"American Indian the FORGOTTEN MINORITY "



Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Things getting back to normal...SLOWLY!!

Sorry for not updating sooner, I know it has been a while but so much has gone on and happened
in my life (so to speak) for the last while, I am still trying to find a way back.


1st off THANK YOU TO EACH OF YOU THAT HAS PRAYED AND THAT ARE STILL PRAYING FOR MEMBERS IN MY FAMILY!! The prayers have been tremendous and all of the prayer lists we've been put on is out of site...I can't thank each of you enough for your prayers! GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU!!!!!!

2nd for those that don't know what I'm talking about we found out my dad has cancer in his
pancreas and lower stomach, we've made several trips back and forth to hospital for test and Dr.
visits. They aren't going to do anything because of dad's age and health problems...not to mention
dad said he was through with more surgeries. So it is suppose to be a slow growing type of
cancer, at this point all we can do is wait and see.

Then one of my g.daughter's boyfriend had an accident, he was cutting trees down and one fell
on him hitting him in the head. Broke every bone in face and had serve concision. Has had three surgeries and will need more. Was in icu for wks, but is now home and is doing better.

My oldest g.daughter gave birth to a sweet baby girl the 13th of this month.(Very high risk pregnancy) this was her second child. After delivery she started having problems and was kept in hospital for a extra day or so. Then sent home, the next night had to be rushed back to hospital because of heart failure, and was in icu for several says. It has been critical for her most of the time but she is now home and the Dr. said it would be a very long and slow process for her.

My mother has had several TIA's, which for those of you that aren't familiar with that term...it is mini strokes.
(Either a few or a cluster of mini strokes.)
I will be adding info about tia's to my other blog if anyone wants to check it out.
www.stepitupwithleslye.blogspot.com

Thank you each one of you again, I greatly appreciate everything so much!
Leslye

Monday, November 21, 2011

BE VERY AWARE!

BE VERY AWARE OF GOOGLE'S NEW
SOCIAL SITE google+...THERE IS STILL
SOME OF IT THAT NEEDS TO BE RE-
WORKED!
You can lose all of your personal information
and all of your pictures if you go to change or
delete from that site and you do not get any help
with any of it when you ask for help! You will
literally lose any and all of your pictures from
any of the other google sites you might have!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Walgreens, ARE YOU THAT INCREDIBILY STUPID?

Walgreens, has FIRED one of their employee/manager for ACTUALLY STOPPING TWO robbers that had come into the store and held one of the employees hostage! This manager who was also the pharmacist was protecting himself and his employees.

One of the robbers pointed and fired the gun at the manager…THANK GOD THE GUN MISSED FIRED, NOT ONCE…NOT TWICE…BUT THREE TIMES!!!!!! During this time it allotted the manager to get to his own gun *(which he had a gun permit for)* and fire back at the robber! The robbers then ran and let the hostage go also, this BRAVE ACT SAVED NOT ONLY THE LIFE OF THE MANAGER BUT POSSIBLY THE OTHER EMPLOYEES ALSO!


AND WALGREENS “FIRESTHIS MAN FOR SAVING HIS LIFE AND THE LIVES OF OTHERS…what is WRONG with this picture? Walgreen’s need to honor this young man as an HERO, not fire this man for doing the best he could do!


ARE YOU THAT SO INCREDIBLY AND THAT TOTALLY STUPID OR WHAT? Well here is your sign Walgreens…!


I will also not step foot back into another Walgreens, unless and until they realize what an asinine and moronic move that was. I will do my very best to let others know and see how big of a boycott can get started!

“”SHAME…SHAME…SHAME ON YOU Walgreens, SERIOUSLY WHAT A WRONG MOVE…SHAME ON YOU!”"

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Sacred White Buffalo Born in Texas

This one is the REAL SPECIAL WHITE BUFFALO with the distinct markings of the SACRED WHITE BUFFALO!!!!

You can go to Fox News below and check out all of the story!

http://www.myfoxdfw.com/dpp/news/unusual/053111-sacred-white-buffalo-born-in-texas?sms_ss=gmail&at_xt=4de848876bffbf6a%2C2



Tuesday, May 31, 2011

My Soldier

~My soldier was a husband, a father, a son.
He was God’s child, my best friend and friend to many others.
He was loving, caring, passionate, smart, funny, respectful, truthful,
loyal, honest and the best friend that anyone could ever ask for.
~He was so compassionate, had morals and values, he was
very strong willed and strong mined. He was playful, like to
kid and joke around, he was so stubborn just like you would
think a man would be and could be, but he was also fair or would
try his best to be.
~He loved God, me and his children, he loved his country and was
proud to serve for his country, his family and friends.
~He was kind, considerate, bashful at times which was funny be-
cause he was bold, and so courageous . He never showed fear no matter
what the situation was, he had nerves of steal and a calmness that
was as eerie.
~He could be so obstinate, and relentless. The temper he had was oh so real,
he was a force to be reckoned with when that temper did show. His dark side
as he would say, he had to be careful because of the damage he that could do.
I had seen him in action a few times, to tell that you had rather tangle with the
devil itself than with this man when he was in that mode.
~Yet he could be so gentle and soft, do as good a job as I cooking, cleaning,
feeding or changing a baby’s diaper.
~No, he wasn’t a dream…this man was totally real. He was the love of my life, my world,
my heart, body and soul. He tried to do the right things and be the best he could be.
He believed in God, family, his country and our freedom. He gave his life to protect
what we had and his beliefs. Now he’s looking down from above with God’s arm around
his shoulder saying to him…“Good job soldier you made us PROUD!”
lah
Jan 15, 2010

Sunday, May 29, 2011

THANK YOU FOR OUR FREEDOM!!!!

To the ones that have survived, the ones that are serving now,

and the ones that we have lost in all of our military branches that
has paid the ultimate price with their lives for all of OUR FREEDOM,
AMERICA’S FREEDOM, I stand with my hand over my heart and
Blessings to you in my prayers (for your families also)! To say THANK
YOU ISN’T ENOUGH, but I do Thank You with all of my heart and I
Know there are thousands of Prayer List going out there to BLESS YOU
AND KEEP YOU SAFE, THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU GIVE TO US
HERE AT HOME…OUR FREEDOM! GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!

My father, oldest son, uncles, cousins, countless friends have served for country...
my husband, uncle, a few cousins, and so many friends have lost their lives.

WE NEED TO STAY/STAND TOGETHER "UNITED" TO KEEP AMERICA FREE...
TO KEEP OUR FREEDOM! If we don't it will seem like all of the people that
has died have done so in vain...and nothing could be further from the truth.

We need to PRAY FOR OUR COUNTRY AND OUR MILITARY, FOR ALL
OF THE MEN AND WOMEN THAT SERVE OUR COUNTRY, for the sacrifice's
that they are having to go through for us here in America and we the American people!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Our So CAlled President Just Keeps Doing What He Wants!!!!

HB 1388 PASSED
You just spent $20,000,000 to move members/supporters of Hamas, a terrorist organization,
to the United States; housing, food, transportation, the whole enchilada.


HB 1388 PASSED
Whether you are an Obama fan, or not, EVERYONE IN THE U.S. Needs to know....
H.R. 1388 was passed, behind our backs.

It wasn't mentioned on the news.... Just went by on the ticker tape at the bottom of the CNN screen.


Obama funded $20M in tax payer dollars to immigrate Hamas Refugees to the USA . This is the news that did not, and will not, make the headlines..


By executive order, President Barack Obama has ordered the expenditure of $20.3 million in "migration assistance" to the Palestinian refugees and "conflict victims" in Gaza . The "presidential determination" (ain't that nice?) which allows hundreds of thousands of Palestinians with ties to Hamas to resettle in the United States , was signed and appears in the Federal Register.


Few on Capitol Hill, or in the media, took note that the order provides a free ticket replete with housing, transportation and food allowances to individuals who have displayed their overwhelming support to the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the parliamentary election of January 2006.


Now we learn that he is allowing thousands of Palestinian refuges to move to, and live in, the US at American taxpayer expense.


These important and insightful issues are being "lost" in the blinding bail-outs and "stimulation" packages.

Doubtful? To verify this for yourself: www.thefederalregister.com/d.p/2009-02-04-E9-2488


YOU MUST PASS THIS ON... AMERICA NEEDS TO KNOW...

Friends, WE are losing this country at a rapid pace and WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING MORE THAN JUST FORWARDING EMAILS TO EACH OTHER.
WHEN WILL THIS METHODICAL DESTRUCTION OF THIS COUNTRY, ECONOMICALLY AND OTHERWISE STOP?
SENDING EMAILS AND INFORMING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL NOT BE ENOUGH.

Friday, April 15, 2011

No one was listening...now it's 2012 re-election time

I especially like the following phrase in the following e-mail--
"conduct ourselves like the nations of Islam, where peace prevails"

Is that what he calls "peace" that is going on over there now? The sad part is I know a couple people who still have excuses for him now and would probably vote for him again. The polls are suggesting that he could win again. Do we all have to wait until next year and march in every city to make sure people vote for someone else -- let's hope we can find a someone to run who is some kind of moral businessman. Are there any left????

Yes, he told us in advance what he planned to do, but no one was listening. Everyone should read this . . .


The following is a narrative taken from a 2008 Sunday morning televised "Meet The Press" TV program. The author (Dale Lindsborg) is employed by none other than the very liberal Washington Post!

From Sunday's 07 September 2008 11:48:04 EST, televised "Meet the Press," THE THEN Senator Obama was asked about his stance on the American Flag.

General Bill Ginn, USAF (ret.), asked Obama to explain WHY he doesn't follow protocol when the National Anthem is played.

The General stated to Obama that according to the United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Sec. 171 ... during rendition of the national anthem, when the flag is displayed, all present (except those in uniform) are expected to stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. Or, at the very least, "Stand and Face It."

NOW GET THIS!!

'Senator' Obama replied:

“As I've said about the flag pin, I don't want to be perceived as taking sides. There are a lot of people in the world to whom the American flag is a symbol of oppression. The anthem itself conveys a war-like message... you know, the bombs bursting in air and all that sort of thing."

(ARE YOU READY FOR THIS???)

Obama continued:

"The National Anthem should be 'swapped' for something less parochial and less bellicose. I like the song 'I'd Like To Teach the World To Sing.' If that were our anthem, then, I might salute it. In my opinion, we should consider reinventing our National Anthem as well as 'redesigning' our flag to better offer our enemies hope and love. It's my intention, if elected, to disarm America to the level of acceptance to our Middle East Brethren. If we, as a Nation of waring people, conduct ourselves like the nations of Islam, where peace prevails... perhaps a state or period of mutual accord could exist between our governments. When I become President, I will seek a pact of agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war, or in a state of enmity, and a freedom from disquieting oppressive thoughts. We as a Nation, have placed upon the nations of Islam, an unfair injustice which is WHY my wife disrespects the flag. She and I have attended several flag burning ceremonies in the past. Of course now, I have found myself about to become the President of the United States and I have put my hatred aside. I will use my power to bring CHANGE to this Nation, and offer the people a new path. My wife and I look forward to becoming our Country's first black family. Indeed, CHANGE is about to overwhelm the United States of America."

Yes, you read it right. I, for one, am speechless!!!
Dale Lindsborg, Washington Post

EVERYONE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA NEEDS TO READ THIS... KEEP IT GOING!!!


SAVE AMERICA BEFORE IT'S TO LATE!!!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Lines and Wrinkles or a Road Map?

                    Lines and Wrinkles
~These lines across my face is a map of where I’ve been,
if you look closely you can see the difference of the depth
in the lines that look like highways crossing here and there.
~The fine lines over time has grown into deep lines and wrinkles,
where over the past sixty years it’s not hard to see there has been
a lot of life that I have lived.
~I guess you can actually call it a road map of my life, where I started
and how far I have made it and possibly how much further I have to
go before there is a sign put up saying this road is closed and there is
no outlet.
~Everyone has a road map on their face that tells a story of their life from
start to finish, the only difference is some road maps aren’t as well driven
as others have been, or they were taken care of much better than some.
~I think you can tell a lot about some one when you look at their face, how
some hold up better than others, how some have really had to struggle to
live. Others the pain they have had or the sadness that was to much for
them to bear, but then you can also see how some have had a life of
ease in some ways or not had a hard life at all.
~I think the road map of my face or the lines and wrinkles that show,
give me character and hopefully shows I have been around long enough
to have gotten some wisdom, patience, understanding , empathy for all
that is around me and for the world in general.
~I don’t look anymore at an older person that has a lot of years under their
belt and think wow look at those really deep wrinkles and lines they have.
No, instead I see not just a story but a life of history in this person’s face
and wonder how much was good and how much was painful.
~We all have a road map we wear on our face and this is what does makes us
part of us, this is part of who we are and what we are. Some would like to
have a little less of the lines and wrinkles and maybe be able to detour a
few of the roads here and there, but when you think about it and look back
on your life, it really goes hand in hand…yes the wrinkles and lines and the
story of your life, it all leads up to the uniqueness of each of the road maps
that show on our face.
lh
3/2011

Friday, April 1, 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011

The WWII/Korean War Version of Before You Go - Before You Go

The WWII/Korean War Version of Before You Go - Before You Go


A tribute and thank-you to Veterans of WWII and Veterans of the Korean War


Please listen to this song and PLEASE thank a veteran every chance you get...we
really have so very much to be so grateful to these people for that have fought in the
past and here in the present and who will be in our future!
 
These BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN have died and or been hurt physically and or
mentally...some to the point they may or will never be the same again! Their families
have also gone through just as much pain and hurt but in different ways...and their
families have given so much for all of us also! I can't say enough about our VETS
and what they have done and are doing for us here in America...for our FREEDOM,
TO BE ABLE TO KEEP OUR FREEDOM, OUR COUNTRY, OUR RELIGIOUS
BELIEFS. GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERYONE ONE THEM!!!
"THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FROM THE
VERY DEPTHS OF MY HEART AND SOUL!"

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Smartphone pictures pose privacy risks



PLEASE WATCH THIS VIDEO...IT IS SO VERY IMPORTANT!
THIS VIDEO SHOW YOU HOW SOME ONE CAN TRACK THE
PICTURES YOU TAKE (OF YOUR CHILDREN) AND LEAD A
PERSON RIGHT TO THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE WATCH!!!!
This video is on http://www.youtube.com/, it needs to be sent to anyone
with children or keeps children to help keep them SAFE!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Obama and Holder taking on Arizona's SB1070


Well this just goes to show you how the so called president obama is WRONG
ONCE or YET AGAIN AS USUAL!!!!! I can't believe that JIVE TURKEY
ASS has stayed in office this long...I know this story isn't over!

We The People


WE THE PEOPLE NEED TO STAND UP FOR AMERICA AND SHOW
EVERYONE FROM AROUND THE WORLD WE ARE STILL AMERICA
and this goes especially for our so called president obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Payday Lenders Hiding Behind The Tribes

In the battle to shield themselves from lawsuits and government oversight, some high-interest payday lenders have found unlikely allies: Native American tribes.


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In legal fights in California, New Mexico, West Virginia and Colorado, a group of Internet-based payday lenders have argued they are immune from lawsuits and regulation because they are “tribal enterprises.” They claim they enjoy tribal-nation sovereignty, which allows them to operate outside state oversight — even when they’re making loans to non-Native Americans living far from Indian lands.

State regulators and consumer lawyers say that the lender-tribe marriages are ruses designed to allow non-Native American companies to skirt consumer-lending laws. The tribes, they claim, are being used as fronts for the lenders.

An ex-employee of one tribal-affiliated lender testified the company secured post office boxes on tribal land to protect itself from attacks by consumer lawyers and government regulators. He claimed a manager told him: “They don’t touch us on Indian reservations.”

Affiliating with tribes is just one method some payday lenders have used to skirt existing laws and oversight. Others have operated online payday lending sites from offshore headquarters. And still others have claimed that borrowers are actually paying for Internet access with a rebate. In Texas, payday lenders get around state interest-rate limits by calling themselves credit service organizations set up to help consumers repair their credit records.

“This industry is so good at finding loopholes or gaps it can exploit,” Jean Ann Fox of the Consumer Federation of America says.


So good that the new federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will be challenged to bring some order to the chaos. Experts say the new bureau will likely have rulemaking authority over tribal payday lenders. But it’s also likely that any effort by the agency to take enforcement action against them would spark drawn-out court battles that would delve into the legal intricacies of tribal immunity.

The broad financial reform law passed by Congress last summer gives the consumer bureau the power to regulate payday lenders, which extended an estimated $42 billion in credit and took in more than $7 billion in revenues in 2008, according to investment bankers at Stephens, Inc.

In a typical payday loan transaction, a borrower might pay a $50 finance charge to borrow $300 that’s scheduled to be paid back in two weeks, when his next payday comes around.

Payday lenders say they provide reasonably priced, short-term cash to people in need. The industry’s trade association says its customers are “the heart of America’s middle class. They are typical hard working adults who may not have savings or disposable income to use as a safety net when unexpected expenses occur.”

Critics say many customers can’t cover the quick repayment, so they’re forced to roll over their loans many times and pay still more fees.

Interest Rate Over 1,200 Percent

A payday loan customer in California, Amy Baillie, claims that after she borrowed $300 from a tribal-affiliated lender, the company debited a total of $977 from her bank account over the next five months, then told her she still owed $430. The lender disclosed an annual interest rate on the loan of over 1,200 percent, according to her lawsuit in federal court in Oakland.

Andrea Felts, an assistant high school principal in Albuquerque, N.M., says she had a similar experience with three tribal-affiliated lenders.

While going through a divorce, Felts says, she went online to get some quick cash to help “reestablish” herself and her daughter. But the price ended up being steeper than she expected. On the final transaction, for example, her lawsuit says she paid an annual interest rate of 521 percent on a cash advance from Ameriloan, which claims a relationship with the Miami Nation of Oklahoma.

When she found she couldn’t keep up with the payments on the loans, Felts claims, collectors began calling her at home and at work, with one even threatening to have her arrested on a bad-check charge.

“It ends up being one big trap,” Felts says. “You take out one loan and before long you need to get another one to pay the first one and it will just continue. It’s a vicious cycle.”

Felts’ and Baillie’s cases are among three private lawsuits filed in New Mexico and California against tribal-affiliated lenders. All seek class action status.

The lenders and tribes involved in these cases could not be reached by the Center for Public Integrity for comment. An attorney for one group of tribal-affiliated lenders said in an e-mail: “We decline to comment on matters in litigation.”

‘Revolving Door of Debt’

The federal government has mostly left oversight of payday lenders up to the states, producing a regulatory patchwork.

Seventeen states ban or discourage payday lending. In the rest, the rules often allow them to charge annual interest rates of 400 percent or more.

The new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau won’t be able to regulate interest rates, but Fox and other activists say they want the agency to write rules that will make it harder for payday lenders to trap borrowers in cycles of debt by defining frequent, costly loan rollovers as an unfair practice.

Elizabeth Warren, the presidential aide who is overseeing the bureau’s launch on July 21, says payday lending will be a “high priority” for the agency. During a recent fact-finding trip to Ohio, Warren said families need access to small-dollar loans for emergencies, but “a model that is designed to keep those families in a revolving door of debt is not good for families — and ultimately not good for the economy.”

If the agency does seek tighter rules on payday loans, it will tangle with an industry that isn’t shy about spending money to influence voters and lawmakers. In 2008 in Arizona and Ohio, the industry invested $30 million pushing unsuccessful ballot measures that would have wiped out laws banning payday lending, outspending opponents by more than 60 to 1.

Payday lenders say they’re not against sensible regulation, but they’re against laws that cut off access to consumers who need credit. These laws, the lenders say, are the work of critics who’ve spread misinformation about the industry.

They say their customers seldom get caught in cycles of debt and that quoting annual interest rates is misleading, since most loans are for two weeks.

Steven Schlein, a spokesman for the Consumer Financial Services Association, an industry group for payday lenders, says it’s ridiculous to suggest that payday lenders go to great lengths to avoid regulation. “We’re highly regulated by the states. We adhere to all the state laws.” Consumer activists, he added, have “just got into this blind spot where they’re just going to oppose anything the payday lending companies do, whatever product they offer.”

As for the possibility that the new federal agency will get tough with payday lenders, Schlein says he’s confident that, if they look at the facts, the agency’s architects will see that consumers need ready access to the kinds of loans that the industry provides.

“They’re not there to deny consumers credit,” he says. “They’re there to make sure that credit is done in a very simple, straight-forward way.’’

‘Rent-a-Bank, Rent-a-Tribe’

Not much is simple about the battles that have been waged over the past decade and a half over how payday lenders do business.

In the 1990s, as some states began enforcing limits on what they could charge, many payday lenders teamed with out-of-state banks to evade interest-rate caps in states with strict limits on finance charges.

Under federal law, a state-chartered bank could “export” interest rates allowed in its home state to another state — using one state’s loose interest-rate rules to make loans in a state where interest rates were capped. The payday lenders structured the deals so that they acted, on paper, as loan brokers, and the out-of-state banks were the lenders of record.

Consumer advocates dubbed the arrangement “rent-a-bank.”
That approach worked well for payday lenders until federal banking regulators enacted rules discouraging banks from working with payday lenders.

By 2005, with the “rent-a-bank” model essentially shut down, payday lenders began searching for new ways of doing business. It was around that time that a group of online payday lenders began using what consumer attorneys now call the “rent-a-tribe” model.

It was a model built on more than two centuries of legal precedent. Court decisions have decreed that state governments have little authority over tribes.

State authorities first became aware of the tribal lending model after they began investigating unlicensed operations that were offering loans over the Internet.

In 2005, Colorado’s attorney general obtained a court order for production of documents from two payday lenders, Cash Advance and Preferred Cash Loans, which ran various websites under names such as Ameriloan and One Click Cash.

After months of silence from the Nevada-based companies, state officials were surprised when two Indian tribes, the Santee Sioux Nation of Nebraska and the Miami Nation of Oklahoma, intervened in the case, claiming that they actually owned the businesses. The same scenario played out in California in 2007, when the state Department of Corporations went to court to try to stop Ameriloan, US Fast Cash, One Click Cash, and other online lenders from doing business in the state.

A company called Miami Nation Enterprises explained to a California judge that it was an “economic subdivision” of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and that it used Ameriloan and US Fast Cash as trade names in its payday lending business. Another company, SFS Inc., explained that it was owned by the Santee Sioux Nation of Nebraska and that it made loans under the trade names One Click Cash and Preferred Cash.

Both said that, as arms of federally recognized tribes, they were immune from state enforcement actions. Both added, too, that the profits from payday lending were vital to the welfare of the tribes.

More than a century ago, their lawyers say, the tribes were “stripped of their economic vitality and forced to relocate to remote wastelands” incapable of supporting their populations. The Miami tribe says profits from payday lending are used to pay for such items as “tribal law enforcement, poverty assistance, housing, nutrition, preschool, elder care programs, school supplies and scholarships.”

Address Unknown for Tribe’s Lending Arm

Surrounded by flat farmland in northeastern Oklahoma sits a modern brick and stone building where the Miami Nation conducts its business. When a reporter from the Center for Public Integrity visited in December, the front door was locked. A receptionist said no one was available to answer questions, but promised to have an official from the tribe call the Center.

No one from the tribe responded to repeated requests for information from the Center over the following weeks.

Across the street is an empty warehouse that the tribe lists as the address for several businesses, including a rural Internet provider and an attorney’s office.

But nowhere does the tribe list an address for its most controversial business, a collection of websites offering quick, small loans to cash-strapped borrowers.

The tribe, which has about 800 members in Oklahoma, is best known in the area for its casino, The Stables, one of 13 Indian casinos around the Bible-belt town of Miami, Okla.

Locals appear unaware of the Miami Nation’s online payday lending business, or its legal battles with states such as Colorado, California and West Virginia. The head of the local Chamber of Commerce knew nothing about it. And the websites themselves reveal nothing about who owns them.

Authorities in Colorado and California have tried to build the case that the relationships between the lenders and the tribes are marriages of convenience. California authorities have called the affiliations a “sham.”

Colorado authorities contend that Miami Nation Enterprises and SFS weren’t created until the spring of 2005 – as many as two years after they say the lenders had begun doing business. Colorado’s attorney general says that it was only after the state took enforcement actions against the lenders in late 2004 and early 2005 that the tribes incorporated the tribal enterprises and enacted payday loan ordinances.

The California Department of Corporations supported its case with a statement from a whistleblower who had worked for One Click Cash. William James said his former employer was part of a web of companies — as many as 500 in all — that were headquartered in an office complex in Overland Park, Kan., a suburb of Kansas City. Other than mailboxes on Indian land, James said, there was nothing to suggest the companies were owned or run by Native American tribes.

The companies kept their location top secret, barring employees from telling anyone where it was, James said. The third floor where he worked “was very private and extremely secure, and the environment was very luxurious and posh, including multiple 37-inch LCD televisions for the employees.”

Though James was making lots of money, he fretted that One Click Cash and its sister companies were taking advantage of people, “banking on the fact that a person will be unable to repay their loan on time, thus accruing exorbitant interest, extension and late fees.” He saw customer loans of $300 quickly turn into $900 debts, he said.

The lenders’ websites don’t give details about fees or interest rates charged. Money is deposited in a checking account, and payment is later automatically withdrawn from the same account. If there are insufficient funds, the loan is automatically renewed, with additional fees.

The Better Business Bureau, which lists addresses in Nevada, Kansas, Colorado and Oklahoma for Ameriloan, reports that the lender has received hundreds of complaints and gives it an “F” rating.

Bank Overdraft Fees Also Costly

In the Colorado case, lawyers for the lenders and tribes deny the allegations tossed at them by their critics. They suggest, for example, that interest rates charged by payday lenders are a bargain compared to the 3,500 percent annual interest rate that bank customers can shell out for a two-week, $20 overdraft.

The Santee Sioux Nation said in a court filing that all its loans are approved on tribal land. Despite evidence that the tribes are engaging in legitimate lending, the tribes say, the state of Colorado has pursued a “protracted, caustic assault on the Tribal Entities’ status, replete with false allegations and innuendo.”

After years of litigation, the tribal lenders’ battles with California and Colorado show no end in sight. On Nov. 30, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that tribal enterprises can use tribal immunity to block state investigations, but then sent the case back to the trial court so that the judge could determine whether the lenders were truly owned and operated by the tribes.

One case involving tribal lenders has been resolved. West Virginia’s attorney general reached a $128,000 settlement in 2008 with companies associated with the Miami and Santee Sioux tribes as well as a third Native American group involved in payday lending, the Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma. The deal cancelled debts and provided refunds for 946 borrowers. The attorney general’s office had claimed that Internet-based lenders associated with the tribes had violated West Virginia’s limits on payday lending. The tribal companies didn’t admit any wrongdoing.

Richard Guest, an attorney with the Native American Rights Fund in Washington, D.C., says that the tribes want to reach a settlement in Colorado, too, but state officials have shown no interest in working things out.

Guest notes that “I personally am not a big fan of payday lending,” Still, he says, the tribes have to raise money somehow to pay for programs that the federal government has failed to cover.

“Tribes are the ones who’ve gotten screwed over,” he says. “They are not looking to screw others over.”


Michael Hudson is a staff writer at the Center for Public Integrity and author of THE MONSTER: How a Gang of Predatory Lenders and Wall Street Bankers Fleeced America - And Spawned a Global Crisis.

This project was supported in part by the former Huffington Post Investigative Fund, which recently became part of the Center for Public Integrity.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Lasting Looks by Leslye - Home

Lasting Looks by Leslye - Home

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WHY DO THEY KEEP LYING...and WHY DO THEY WANT TO KILL US???

This is a scary

Big problem with these people. Click on link and listen!

When the young lady starts asking her question she refers to MSA. This stands for Muslim Student Association.

If you have had doubts exactly where the "Moderate" Muslims stand on terrorism, you must do yourself a huge service and watch, and listen to this 3:28 video of a live exchange between Dr. David Horowitz and a "Moderate Muslim" student at the University of California in San Diego . Listen to her answer when he finally forces her at the end to answer his question as to whether or not she supports terrorism. Then do this nation a huge service and pass this on to everyone on your email address list, urging them to do the same. THE ALARM CLOCK IS RINGING!

HERE IS A "MODERATE" MUSLIM COLLEGE STUDENT … You must hear her last answer!

Click here: COLLive.com - Muslim Student's True Opinion
(http://www.collive.com/show_news.rtx?id=8982)

They lie when they call themselves moderate! There is no such thing as a moderate muslim!!!!

Monday, February 7, 2011

PRAYER....FINALLY!

                                                 "FINALLY"    Pray if you want to!

CBS and Katie Couric et al must be in a panic and rushing to reassure the White House that this is not network policy – re: Andy Rooney's commentary on prayer.
Folks, this is the year that we RE-TAKE AMERICA & CANADA ******** Get Ready *********

                    Keep this going around the globe. Read it and forward every time you receive it.

                                         We can't give up on this issue. Andy Rooney and Prayer


                                                                Andy Rooney says:

I don't believe in Santa Claus, but I'm not going to sue somebody for singing a Ho-Ho-Ho song in December. I don't agree with Darwin , but I didn't go out and hire a lawyer when my high school teacher taught his Theory of Evolution.

Life, liberty or your pursuit of happiness will not be endangered because someone says a 30-second prayer before a football game. So what's the big deal? It's not like somebody is up there reading the entire Book of Acts. They're just talking to a God they believe in and asking him to grant safety to the players on the field and the fans going home from the game.

But it's a Christian prayer, some will argue.
Yes, and this is the United States of America and Canada , countries founded on Christian principles. According to our very own phone book, Christian churches outnumber all others better than 200-to-1. So what would you expect – somebody chanting Hare Krishna?

If I went to a football game in Jerusalem , I would expect to hear a Jewish prayer.
If I went to a soccer game in Baghdad , I would expect to hear a Muslim prayer.
If I went to a ping pong match in China , I would expect to hear someone pray to Buddha.


And I wouldn't be offended. It wouldn't bother me one bit.
When in Rome ...

But what about the atheists? Is another argument. What about them? Nobody is asking
them to be baptized. We're not going to pass the collection plate. Just humour us for 30 seconds. If that's asking too much, bring a Walkman or a pair of ear plugs. Go to the bathroom. Visit the concession stand. Call your lawyer!

Unfortunately, one or two will make that call. One or two will tell thousands what they can
and cannot do. I don't think a short prayer at a football game is going to shake the world's foundations.
Christians are just sick and tired of turning the other cheek while our courts strip us of all our rights. Our parents and grandparents taught us to pray before eating, to pray before we go to sleep. Our Bible tells us to pray without ceasing. Now a handful of people and their lawyers are telling us to cease praying.

God, help us. And if that last sentence offends you, well, just sue me.

The silent majority has been silent too long. It's time we tell that one or two who scream loud enough to be heard that the vast majority doesn't care what they want. It is time that the majority rules! It's time we tell them, "You don't have to pray; you don't have to say the Pledge of Allegiance; you don't have to believe in God or attend services that honour Him. That is your right, and we will honour your right; but by golly, you are no longer going to take our rights away.

We are fighting back, and we WILL WIN!"

God bless us one and all...Especially those who denounce Him, God bless America and Canada, despite all our faults, and We are still the greatest nations of all. God bless our service men that are fighting to protect our right to pray and worship God.

Let's make 2011 the year the silent majority is heard and we put God back as the foundation of our families and institutions. And our military forces come home from all the wars. Keep looking up.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Should Be More Letters Like This!

One Pissed Off Housewife


Thought you might like to read this letter to the editor ~ ever notice how some people just seem to know how to write a letter?. This one surely does!

This was written by a Canadian woman, but oh how it also applies to the U.S., U.K. and Australia
THIS ONE PACKS A FIRM PUNCH

Here is a woman who should run for Prime Minister!
Written by a housewife in New Brunswick , to her local newspaper. This is one ticked off lady...

'Are we fighting a war on terror or aren't we? Was it or was it not, started by Islamic people who brought it to our shores on September 11, 2001 and have continually threatened to do so since?

Were people from all over the world, not brutally murdered that day, in downtown Manhattan, across the Potomac from the capitol of the USA and in a field in Pennsylvania ?

Did nearly three thousand men, women and children die a horrible, burning or crushing death that day, or didn't they?

And I'm supposed to care that a few Taliban were claiming to be tortured by a justice system of a nation they are fighting against in a brutal insurgency.

I'll start caring when Osama bin Laden turns himself in and repents for incinerating all those innocent people on 9/11.

I'll care about the Koran when the fanatics in the Middle East, start caring about the Holy Bible, the mere belief of which, is a crime punishable by beheading in Afghanistan ..

I'll care when these thugs tell the world they are sorry for hacking off Nick Berg's head, while Berg screamed through his gurgling slashed throat.

I'll care when the cowardly so-called 'insurgents' in Afghanistan, come out and fight like men, instead of disrespecting their own religion by hiding in mosques and behind women and children.

I'll care when the mindless zealots who blow themselves up in search of nirvana, care about the innocent children within range of their suicide bombs.

I'll care when the Canadian media stops pretending that their freedom of speech on stories, is more important than the lives of the soldiers on the ground or their families waiting at home, to hear about them when something happens.
In the meantime, when I hear a story about a CANADIAN soldier roughing up an Insurgent terrorist to obtain information, know this:

I don't care.

When I see a wounded terrorist get shot in the head when he is told not to move because he might be booby-trapped, you can take it to the bank:

I don't care.

When I hear that a prisoner, who was issued a Koran and a prayer mat, and fed 'special' food, that is paid for by my tax dollars, is complaining that his holy book is being 'mishandled,' you can absolutely believe, in your heart of hearts:

I don't care.

And oh, by the way, I've noticed that sometimes it's spelled 'Koran' and other times 'Quran.' Well, Jimmy Crack Corn you guessed it,

I don't care!!

If you agree with this viewpoint, pass this on to all your E-mail friends. Sooner or later, it'll get to the people responsible for this ridiculous behavior!

If you don't agree, then by all means hit the delete button. Should you choose the latter, then please don't complain when more atrocities committed by radical Muslims happen here in our great Country! And may I add:

'Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering, if during their life on earth, they made a difference in the world. But, the Soldiers don't have that problem.'

I have another quote that I would like to share AND.......I hope you forward all this.
One last thought for the day:

Only five defining forces have ever offered to die for you:
1. Jesus Christ
2. The British Soldier.
3. The Canadian Soldier.
4. The US Soldier, and
5. The Australian Soldier

One died for your soul, the other four, for your freedom.

AMEN!

"NO WAY!"

Is he totally oblivious to what is going on around him?
All I can say, that is one dedicated worker (and there is not very
many like him out there any more. Either that or he is totally STUPID!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Straight Talk....

Let me get this straight . . . .


We're going to be "gifted" with a health care plan we are forced to purchase and fined if we don't, Which purportedly covers at least ten million more people, without adding a single new doctor, but provides for 16,000 new IRS agents, written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn't understand it, passed by a Congress that didn't read it but exempted themselves from it, and signed by a President who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn't pay his taxes, for which we'll be taxed for four years before any benefits take effect, by a government which has already bankrupted Social Security and Medicare, all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that's broke!!!!!

'What the hell could possibly go wrong!'

Whose Country Is This?

This should be posted in every SCHOOL and every COURTHOUSE in AMERICA!



(only 31 words)
Isn't life strange? I never met one Veteran who enlisted to fight for Socialism.



I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG, OF THE UNITED STATES
OF AMERICA, AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS,
ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND
JUSTICE FOR ALL!


If Muslims can pray on Madison Avenue, why are Christians banned from praying
in public and erecting religious displays on their holy days? Tell me again, whose
country is this? Ours or the Muslims?

It’s estimated that more than 75% of Americans believe in God.
Therefore, I have a very hard time understanding why there is such a problem in
having 'In God! We Trust' on our money and having 'God' in the Pledge of Allegiance.
I believe it's time we stand up for what we believe.

I am not trying to be discriminatory about any religions or other peoples! I am however saying,
THIS IS OUR COUNTRY, THIS IS HOW IT WAS STARTED HERE IN AMERICA!
IT WAS STARTED WITH AND ON THE PRINCIPLES OF "GOD" AND THE "BIBLE"
our Bible that has come down through the eons, written by the disciples of Jesus...OUR GOD!
We are not trying to take other people's religion away from them..."WHY ARE THEY, WHY
DO THEY WANT TO TAKE OURS AWAY FROM US?"

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Church Signs

I received some church signs in email and pulled these four out, I thought there were funny and TRUE!


                                                                 
 

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Shine on me Shinning star


Shine on me shinning star show me how to go home.
Please be with me tonight, so I won’t be alone.
Help me to see what I have ahead, please guide me
and shine your light so that I may see what is in front of me.

Shinning star shine me home, please show me how to go.

I know I can do it if I have your help. The light from you
keeps me going and helps me to see. I know that I’m not
alone as long as I can see you shinning down on me.

Shine on me shinning star show me how to go home.

I’m not afraid with you lighting my way, I know you will
guide the path I need. You are the brightest star in the
sky, you have been there since beginning of time. One of
God’s great creations to help us find our way.

Shining star shine me home, please show me how to go.
Please be with me tonight, so I won’t be alone.

lah                                                                                           
jan. 2010 (copyright)     (this picture is not mine, I found it on a clip art)

Cherokee Nation Tribal Court

Tribal ruling raises dispute over slaves owned by Indians


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U.S. » By Ben Fenwick


OKLAHOMA CITY
Sat Jan 15, 2011 3:49pm EST


OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A tribal court ruling that the Cherokee Nation must allow descendants of former slaves owned by Indians to be tribal members, has again raised the painful history of the forcible removal of the Indians to Oklahoma in the nineteenth century.


A Cherokee Nation tribal court ruled on Friday that the nation cannot exclude the so-called "Freedmen" from tribal membership even though some of them are not blood descendants of the Indians.

The issue arises because when the U.S. government forced Indian tribes to walk from the Southeast U.S. to Oklahoma in 1831, in what the Indians described as the "Trail of Tears", some of them brought their African-American slaves with them.
They brought them because the Cherokee owned plantations in the U.S. South. When the tribe was ejected from the land they were allowed to take their possessions with them, including the slaves.


After the Civil War, those slaves were freed and an 1866 treaty with the U.S. required the Cherokee to admit to the tribe the slaves and their descendants, some with Cherokee blood because plantation owners had fathered children with slave women, and some with no Indian blood.

In 2007, the Cherokee tribe voted for a tribal constitutional amendment that revoked the membership of the slave descendants who could not prove Cherokee blood. This stripped more than 2,800 Freedmen descendants of tribal membership, most of them African-Americans. Friday's ruling invalidates the Amendment.

The case is being heard separately in a U.S. Federal court.
"We have received the (tribal court) decision with which we respectfully disagree," said Diane Hammons, Attorney General for the Cherokee Nation. She said the tribe might appeal.
Marilyn Vann, a member of the Cherokee Freedmen and president of the organization that represents descendants of the former slaves, said the Friday decision was a step in the right direction but action in U.S. Federal court was more important.

"This shows that some in the Cherokee Nation want to rule by law instead of inciting base interest for their own political gain," Vann said.
Vann said some in the Cherokee tribe did not want to allow the descendants of slaves to vote on issues such as distributing the millions of dollars of tribal income from gambling casinos.
"It's about control of the money," Vann said. "They have casinos and hundreds of millions of dollars they don't have to pay taxes on. They don't want to have to account for what they spend that money on

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Court Systems.....WHAT A TOTAL JOKE!!!!!!

It is not hard to be disillusioned, frustrated, bitter, fist fighting mad, or to go postal with this our SO CALLED JUSTICE SYSTEM we have here in America!



This satanism of a so called government that the United States of America has now (especially) and has been headed this way for several years needs to be TOTALLY REDONE FROM START TO FINISH! It seriously needs to be thrown out with the TRASH IT IS and RECONFIRMED!


It is not hard to see or understand why people are going postal as it is put any more!


Just look around you and in every place one looks and listens it isn't hard to see all of the injustice that is done! All of the bribing and paying off of the officials whether thy are federal, state or even county wide that is done.

OH YES, LET US NOT FORGET OUR GOOD OLE' BOY LAWYERS!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, January 17, 2011

New Year barely started and already........

It seems like with the new year comes new problems...every time when you thinkyou might be getting ahead, WHOOP something happens to show you that you are not in as much control of things as you thought you were!
It is 1:02 a.m. and here I am trying to play catch up with some of the things I need to get done for work, but instead I have gotten frustrated and decided to check on my blogs and see if I had a little time to work on at at least one if not all three. Which I can most definitely say at this point I will not be able to get to the third one tonight. Which is alright, because it is one I have just started and it is about some of the things I make... so no big hurry on that one as I feel there is on this one and especially my first one that is also tied into my business and web site.

This month already has taken a toll on me and it's only half over. My mother is having problems again with her health and it is so hard to tell what is connected with the dementia and blood pressure and what else might be starting to develop with her.


And of course we can't forget my dad who thinks he doesn't have to do what the doctors tell him he needs to or should, he of course knows better! Dad has been having more problems over the last oh, eight weeks now and nothing is going right for him...WONDER WHY DAD! I am so tired of having to fight him to go to the doctor when he has a problem! He can come up with more excuses than carter has liver pills, or than a high school kid not wanting to do their homework! And he 83 yrs. old, I feel like I am back in the time when my kids were in high school and having the same conversations except for them it was about school and with him it's about the doctors and what he is not suppose to be doing!

I am here to tell you it doesn't get any better or easier either. The saying from child to parent, to grandparent, back to child is so true...being our parents' parent is so hard to do, but that is what I am having to do just like millions of others in my position are doing and having to do. Being a parent to your own child is one thing but being a parent to your own parent is something entirely different.


One thing I do know for sure that will help get you through is having faith...faith in GOD! I know for a fact that I would not have been able to come this far or last this long if it were not for having FAITH and knowing even when I get in a hurry or do not have the patience I need that God is there for me, I know sometimes it's like I forget he is but I really don't. I just think I can get things done faster if I go ahead and do it then I really mess things up, and He gives me a reminder, sometimes it's gentle and then sometimes it's not!


At any rate after almost two years of this with both my parents and being WORN OUT and BURNED OUT, it is really starting to get to me. I was sick for almost two weeks and ended up in the E R myself and knowing what caused most of my problems, it is not gonna go away just like that! The doctor says there is to much stress in your life...."DA, YA THINK!" But you gotta do what you have to do and that does include PRAYING A LOT FOR HELP, GUIDANCE, PATIENCE and what ever else you need to get through.

So to all of the others out there in my same position, my hat is off to you, I do hope you have some kind of help even if it's just a little bit, ( I have kids and they try to help me when they can but it's hard on them also because they have families and jobs that make it difficult at times for them, but I am blessed with me kids because they will help me when they can).Some may not have kids to help them ask your friends or your parents friends,( the ones that still are able too) are check into some of the churches and other agencies around where you live to get some type of help. It is just to hard to do by yourself, I am finding that out and as I have already said it does not get any easier!


I do pray that this year brings to each of you a bright, happy, fruitful and blessed new year!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

A New Year is here...ready or not!

Today is Jan. 2nd, 2011 can you believe it? I don't know if I can or not in some ways.
But at any rate it is here so it really doesn't matter when it comes right down to it, does it?
I left work thursday at 4:30 p.m. and ran errors, went to see my mother at the nursing
home and she was in one of those moods...where she gets so mad at me for any reason,
no reason, what ever reason and starts to hit, bite, kick what ever she can do at me to me,
curses me and of course everything is my fault! So I helped the nurse give her the meds.
It was time for and then I left. I am learning it's ok for me to leave when my mother does
her acting out/up or what ever it is called. I do have to admit about half of the time she doesn't
know what she's doing because of the dementia she has, but then there are other times
that she does know exactly what she is doing and she does take full advantage of it! She use
to with me, but I realized what was going on and not the biggest part of the time, she does it with
my dad, because he still believes she really doesn't know what she doing at any time! Even the
nurses have told him she does here and there like I have. But he doesn't want to believe it I think!
( I call it having a moment) when she knows what she's doing, because she is in the moment and
knows what is going on and even if she still can't talk very good...believe me you do get the jest
of what she is staying or trying to say!

It is hard to believe in one way that in March it will be 2 yrs. since mother had her heart attack
and double stroke. It has been a very long 2 yrs. and I know it isn't going to get any better, infact
it is getting worse and I have to wonder and question about her quality of life, by that I mean there are thousands of other people in the world that is going through the same thing my mother is and the what
kind or type of quality of life do they have? It actually has to be like my mother's and that is really NONE! How can anyone call this any kind of a life these people are going through? They don't know or understand for the most part, so how are they to learn anything from this or get right with their maker/creator if they can't think straight or at all? They can't find the words to be able to talk when they are able to speak...they search for words they know they are suppose to know but honestly haven't a clue what, why, when, where! These people do not have any quality of life and this is very sad to me, I can't help my mother, except for washing her clothes, making sure she does not want for anything, (which most of the time she doesn't know anyway if she does or not)! To make sure she is taken care of at the nursing home...(and believe me most of the time when it comes to my mother these people need a metal taking care of her, because she is totally something)!

"I am learning I can only do what I can do, and I am not SUPER WOMAN!"


I had a four day wk-end and that was so great, I was going to get so much done but as usual I didn’t get hardly anything done. My dad hurt himself and so I have been taking care of him all wk-end and trying to get him to go to the ER but no he wants to be stubborn about everything, so I finally gave up and said what
ever you want to do just let me know.


I have been doing some soul searching and trying to figure out how much of me I need to change (for the better) and how much of me is more or less ok, I don't need to change so much but work on more. I do know what my faults are and I try to work on them every day, but honestly I don't make it like I would like to, but I do try and I do work on them, they are always in my thoughts. I do want to be a better person and to be a good example for my kids and grandkids! I have stopped trying to work so hard to prove to my dad that I am the kind of person he thinks or wants me to be or should be...I know after years of trying so hard I will never make it and I have finally adjusted to that fact and have came to peace with it! I have come to peace also about my mother and I have never been the child she wanted either! In their hearts there is only my brother and that is fine because I know the good Lord knows and my kids know and I don't have to worry about any one else!

So this year should prove to be a better year at least for me in the fact that I am the care taker of both my parents and I am truly doing the very best that I can in every way I can...I don't have to wonder,
worry or stress out so much any more because I can only do what I can do, the rest is in God's hand!