Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Tonight's Podcast: Issues Too Big to Ignore

Scooter Libby's freedom comes at the cost of America, especially since he can't be compelled to testify under oath against the administration. Bush may have said that his penalty was too stiff, but it was precisely in the middle of the highs and lows of his possible sentencing. For someone who committed perjury, making a mockery of the system, as well as putting the administration's needs above America in the Plamegate situation, this was absurd. We're going to talk about it.

We're also going to talk about the Presidential race. Edward's wife likes full equality, Obama, Hil and John are a little skittish. Tsk, Tsk.

Expect to hear something about casinos in Massachusetts. There's been a lot of news I've been itching to opin on since a tribe over at Martha's Vineyard said they'd dip their hands in the cookie jar. Then, of course, we'll have our Blogs of the Week.

Join Mike, Lynne and I live at 7:30pm tonight - over at LeftAhead - or catch the podcast at any time. By the bye, we have Byron Rushing scheduled to join us soon.


eddie said...

Ryan, I don't know if this is universal among Native Ammericans, but the Native Americans I work with consider the term "tribe" to be somewhat pejorative. I know it's always used by the media, but they use the term "Nation" to describe themselves.

As fas as "hand in the cookie jar," you know, in 2007 you wouldn't believe how Native Americans are treated, it's almost as if many people consider them less than human or something. I could tell you some stories. I agree that casinos have a negative impact on the local landscape, but as far as I'm concerned we owe the Wompanoags a debt we can never repay and I don't feel like I have the right of refusal here. They have a right to their lands and should be able to do whatever they want at this late date. :)

Ryan Adams said...

Eddie, I wasn't using the word "tribe" in a pejorative way. That's the first I've heard of it, but I'll take your word for it.

I agree we owe them a great debt, but the answer to that debt isn't casinos. If that's what they get for centuries of mistreatment, we've fleeced them once again.

Casinos are bad for everyone in Massachusetts. They may be good for the elites within their nation, but I bet many lives within every nation that has casinos has been ruined by them, too. Furthermore, if you think the nations who are hosting these casinos are the ones reaping all the benefits, you're mistaken. There are corporate forces at work here.

Casinos aren't the answer to improving our economy. They're not the answer to added revenue. They destroy businesses - just look at Atlanta - and by opening one, you open a pandora's box with many more to follow. If we're not doing enough to help the native tribes of Massachusetts, I'm all ears - but those ears close as soon as they hear casinos. Out of the question.

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