Comcast Bans Gun Ads as Cable Giant Takes Control at NBC

Comcast, the nation’s largest cable provider, no longer accepts advertisements from businesses selling guns.

The policy change was quietly instituted on Feb. 8 after Comcast acquired a controlling interest in NBC Universal, which already had a policy of not accepting ads relating to firearms.

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Watch the gutter sludge Beckel in all his disgusting glory.

Update: ‘A kind of madness’

Quote of the Day 02/28/13

“An able, disinterested, public-spirited press, with trained intelligence to know the right and courage to do it, can preserve that public virtue without which popular government is a sham and a mockery. A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself.” – Joseph Pulitzer (1847-1911) Hungarian-born American newspaper publisher after whom the Pulitzer Prize was named.

A Story of poverty: The American Indian, the Bear and The Wind River Indian Reservation

A reader W.E. aka “Wild Bill” sent this in.

    “Any man, who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the
    Government take care of him, should take a closer look at the American Indian”.

This got me thinking about a project that I am involved with and God only knows where life will lead us and what the future has in store for us.

But first let set the stage for what I am about to tell you about the American Indian and my experience at The Wind River Indian Reservation.

I grew up on the west side of Chicago, in an area known as “Taylor Street” and this is within walking distance of the Chicago Loop (Downtown)area. The actual block that I lived on was demolished long ago and is now part of the U of I Circle Campus.

When I finally got old enough to venture off of Taylor Street I found that there was a much higher standard of living in the outer reaches of Chicago. As I reflect back to those days, I would classify Taylor Street area one grade above a slum. I do not mean to say that we where a poverty stricken family, but this was an area for low income families.

Before the advent of Interstate Highways, When I was about 15 years old when I went on a road trip with my father to visit family and we drove through the deep South of America (Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia ect.) I soon learned what abject poverty really looked like. People living in tin shacks, old wooden falling down houses without windows and shelters made out of anything they could find.

Now let me fast forward a couple of decades.

I have always enjoyed going fishing, not so much for how many fish I caught, but for the places it brought to see and visit in this great country. Among the many states I have been to is Wyoming and I have been there so many times that I can’t even count them. On one of these trips and I think the year was 2007 I went fishing on the Willow Creek Ranch, a 90,000 acre ranch and the site of the famous “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid…Hole in the Wall hideout.”

Willow Creek Ranch At The Hole In The Wall

At night, Gene, the owner of the ranch and I would sit out on the porch and chew the fat, and one night he asked what I did for a living. I explained to him that I have been the construction industry for some 40 years and I have an educational background in Civil Engineering and Architecture. The very next night Gene said, “I have a few friend in high places that would like to meet you.” You would know the names but I don’t want to be name dropping here.

Now I will fast forward again to the summer of 2011 when one of the names called me and asked me if I could meet with him and others at the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. (Finally I got to the point of the this rant)

The Wind River Indian Reservation
is located in the western part of Wyoming in the middle of the State just southeast of Yellow Stone Park and it covers 2.2 million acres and is home to about 20,000 American Indians of the Arapaho and Shoshone tribes.

And yes, there is an actual Wind River and it is a fisherman’s paradise.

Wind river 3

The Reservation is controlled under the province of Indian Affairs by the Department of Interior.

What is Poverty?

    By definition: Poverty is the state of one who lacks a certain amount of material possessions or money. Absolute poverty or destitution refers to the deprivation of basic human needs, which commonly includes food, water, sanitation, clothing, shelter, health care and education.

As part of my visit, I was assigned an Indian guide to show me around the reservation, his name was Scottie and it was his job to educate the me about living standards on the reservation and the culture of the American Indian. Scottie acted as a liaison between the tribes and U.S. government. He was full blooded Shoshone Indian and a graduate of Stanford University.

Culture: The American Indian is tribal by nature and they live in a society of collectivism where the elders make all decisions for the members of the tribe and the younger are not allowed in the decision making process. It is a form of Socialism.

I was also cautioned by Scottie not to wander around without him as I am a white person and white are not very popular with the Indian People. I was somewhat taken a backed by this and couldn’t resist asking why? His answer was straight forward and honest …”The White man has lied for 200 years to my people and they cannot be trusted.”

He went on to tell me that Indian People do not put their money into a white man’s bank for fear that he will steal it and most of them deal in cash (bill paying etc.).

Poverty: like nothing I have ever seen before.

When you talk about the living standard of the poor in the United States, most of assume that whether they live in an apartment or some 100 year old house, such things as toilet and running water, heat and electric are a given. This is not a given on the Indian Reservation.

Sanitation is deployable as the “odd house” is still in common use and some have well water and others collect running water from streams. Maybe 50% have electricity and the most common method of heating is the “pot belly stove” that burns wood.

The most common house on the reservation is a 30 year old rusted out mobile home on wheels that may have three generations of a family living in it. Other forms of housing are metal shacks and wooden cabins.

Rules and Regulations: As explained to most of the Indians farm their property and raise cattle to earn a living. But they are hampered by 100 year old regulations that no one understands why and how they came about.

1. A limitation of the amount of cattle that they can raise and own (375), this is not enough to earn a good living.

2. The amount of acreage allotted per farm, again, this is not enough to earn a good living.

The average income level among these people is about $24,000.00 / year.

Maybe there is hope and a bright light at the end of the tunnel

There are many people involved in this project and I am only one chog in the wheel and I have happily donated many hours to this project in the area of designing and building some affordable housing.

I was given a set of parameters to work from in designing a house

1. Two master bedrooms on the main floor (1) for grandma and (1) for the next oldest son or daughter.

2. A lower level with (2) dorms …one each for boys and girls.

Here is my floor plan:

Wind River house 1

Wind Rive House 2

Here is what happening now and the art work was donated by another party.

Wind River art