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U.S. Supremes Rule Against Native Hawaiians' Land Claims

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The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that Congress' apology for overthrowing the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893 bears no moral, political or legal weight in stopping the State of Hawaii from selling 1.2 million acres of land seized during the illegal regime change

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Aletta Kraan (146)
Tuesday April 7, 2009, 7:25 pm
Noted , thanks !

Casey Reed (44)
Thursday April 9, 2009, 6:59 pm
To some it is a question of land; to others it is a question of time. When materialism, as a paradigm, orders the world in one's mind around ownership, people are seen as good or bad OBJECTS. When we look at the "ownership" of anything, nobody owns anything upon their death: we are on borrowed time.

Materialism is linked to agricultural development and the rise of wealth, cities, and institutions, religions, and governments. Humanism is linked to the arts and academia. We need humanism to be the basis of our existence and our most valued cultural ethic. All cultures are equal, not because of what they do, or produce, or bring to the world, but because they exist.

Religion is the philosophy of the first corporatists. Money and wealth are at the center or every city as are places of worship and institutional power. The largest corporation, as defined by direct influence over the most people, owning the most property and wealth, and longest in existence would be the Catholic Church.

Is our "destiny" linked to a religious identity, materialism, beliefs of good and bad gods and good and bad people, or a black and white view of the human condition that religious philosophies endorse? Through our culture and consequential psychological identities we are living a self fulfilling divine curse upon ourselves. Our divisions and conflicts from Bolivia, Cuba, Mexico, to Indonesia, Iraq, and Israel are religious or divine mythological paradigms applied politically that result in ongoing wars both active and cold. Is that our ties to our religious institutional destiny, pun intended...?

We need to see our nature and control it, just as we do many other bodily functions, to stop villainizing our enemies who are different than ourselves, it is our instinct to do this, but just because our instincts are to take territory, go to war, dominate and control, doesn't mean we are right. We really need to change now.


"Manifest Destiny is the historical belief that the United States is destined, even divinely ordained,[1] to expand across the North American continent, from the Atlantic seaboard to the Pacific Ocean. Sometimes Manifest Destiny was interpreted so widely as to include the eventual absorption of all North America: Canada, Mexico, Cuba and Central America...The term was first used primarily by Jacksonian Democrats in the 1840s to promote the annexation of much of what is now the Western United States (the Oregon Territory, the Texas Annexation, and the Mexican Cession). It was revived in the 1890s, this time with Republican supporters, as a theoretical justification for U.S. expansion outside of North America. The term fell out of usage by U.S. policy makers early in the 20th century, but some commentators believe that aspects of Manifest Destiny, particularly the belief in an American "mission" to promote and defend democracy throughout the world, continues to have an influence on American political ideology." (From Wikipedia link below.)

Haudeno Saunee (19)
Friday April 10, 2009, 12:08 am
Were the Racist Supremes who ruled in favor of this decision, wearing their WHITE KLAN ROBES? No doubt the White Power Structure in Hawaii will party because of this.

Doug Wilson (30)
Friday April 10, 2009, 7:02 am
Wow Casey, I rarely read anything that good anywhere. I've never sent anyone a friend request on this site or any other. Maybe not since grade school. But I'm going to do it, just so I don't miss anything.

John Davis (215)
Friday April 10, 2009, 2:09 pm
Really great comment, Casey. I am glad that they at least upheld the apology. So, next time Rush LImbaugh complains of the "Liberal Courts", just remember this case.

Darlene K (356)
Saturday April 11, 2009, 1:45 am
The United States dethroned our Queen, and took the islands for the military. Hawaiians are of the same bloodlines of the Native Indians. Land that is of the people, which NO ONE should be able to take away. My mother told me this would happen...The military testing with DU has contaminated so much of life in the islands. I commented on this at the site, a couple days ago. Just cheeses my burger.

Haudeno Saunee (19)
Saturday April 11, 2009, 2:16 am
Dar D:

In re: "...took the Islands..." Yeah those military savages took the Islands all right...BY FORCE! Followed by Custer style rapiing, murder and mutilation
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