Schmidt Wrote: Bills that cannot stand on their own are often attached to major spending bills at the last moment. This is a practice that has been going on for a long time, but it by-passes the democratic process of debate. The 2015 National Defense Authorization Act is one of those that has had a last minute amendment without debate.ReVerb Press: Congress Giving Sacred Apache Lands To Foreign Mining Company"Congress slipped in a provision that will hand off 2,400 acres of land sacred to the San Carlos Apache to a foreign mining concern. The ancestral and ceremonial lands, a part of the Tonto National Forest, includes the site, Apache Leap, where Apache warriors jumped to their deaths rather than be captured by US troops. The measure which has failed several times in the past but was inserted into the must-pass defense appropriation bill thanks to the efforts of Arizona Republican Senator, John McCain. On passage of the NDAA, the land will be given over to Resolution Copper, a subsidiary of the Rio Tinto, a massive mining concern based in London, England and Melbourne, Australia that has been salivating over the prospect of mining the area for years."Tribe Chairman, Terry Rambler had been asking Congress to not go through with this so it's not like no one was aware of the implications. However, "when the latest version of the bill was read on Tuesday evening, (Dec 2) there was no mention of the Apache land. On Wednesday morning, there it was. He is asking that the Senate not vote on the appropriation until the measure is removed."What is really disturbing is that John McCain seems to care more about a huge multinational foreign company than the Apaches in his home state. Way to go John McCain...you have shown how money talks.
Schmidt Wrote: Dutch -- You are right about the 1 percent. But when you say "Americans have no longer any respect for anything" that is a blanket statement that doesn't stand up to scrutiny.
lonely bird Wrote: screwing the natives once again. hundreds of years go by and nothing changes. time to go wash out my brain with soap.