Friday, November 27, 2015

Thanksgiving with Wednesday Addams

Friday, November 20, 2015

Quotes For Thoughts

"You assist an evil system most effectively by obeying its orders and decrees." - Mahatma Gandhi

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." – Chinese Proverb

"Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right." – Henry Ford

"Half this game is ninety percent mental." - Yogi Berra

"I must follow my people, for I am their leader" -Mahatma Gandhi

" The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any." – Alice Walker

"Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws." - Plato

"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But in practice, there is." - Yogi Berra

"The expert knows more and more about less and less until he knows everything about nothing" - Mahatma Gandhi

"You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take." – Wayne Gretzky

"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." - Mahatma Gandhi

"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light." – Plato

"Life is about making an impact, not making an income." – Kevin Kruse

"The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." – Amelia Earhart

"Every strike brings me closer to the next home run." – Babe Ruth

"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." – Henry Ford

"A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on." - Sir Winston Churchill

"The best revenge is massive success." – Frank Sinatra

"I may be despicable person, but when Truth speaks through me I am Invincible." - Mahatma Gandhi

"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." - Martin Luther King Jr.

"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." - Martin Luther King Jr.

"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake."
- Napoleon Bonaparte

"If you are going through hell, keep going."
- Sir Winston Churchill

"The difference between 'involvement' and 'commitment' is like an eggs-and-ham breakfast: the chicken was 'involved' - the pig was 'committed'."
- unknown

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain." - Vivian Greene

"Many wealthy people are little more than janitors of their possessions."
- Frank Lloyd Wright

"If you can count your money, you don't have a billion dollars."
- J. Paul Getty

"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." - Arthur Schopenhauer

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." - Mahatma Gandhi

"The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice." - Martin Luther King Jr, Theodore Parker

"Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action."
- Auric Goldfinger, in "Goldfinger" by Ian L. Fleming

"If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough."
- Mario Andretti

"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal."
- Henry Ford

"When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong." - Buckminster Fuller

"One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important." - Bertrand Russell

"Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler." - Albert Einstein

"No one can earn a million dollars honestly." - William Jennings Bryan

"Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names." - John F. Kennedy

"A man can't be too careful in the choice of his enemies." - Oscar Wilde

"You got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there." - Yogi Berra

"When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before." - Mae West

"Men have become the tools of their tools." - Henry David Thoreau

"Well done is better than well said." - Benjamin Franklin

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." - Sir Winston Churchill

"If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?" - Will Rogers

"A pint of sweat saves a gallon of blood." - General George S. Patton

"The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense." - Tom Clancy

"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog." - Mark Twain

"It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both." - Niccolo Machiavelli

"Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame." - Benjamin Franklin

"Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing." - Wernher Von Braun

"There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it." - Oscar Wilde

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." - Albert Einstein

"Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced." - Soren Kierkegaard

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life. It goes on." - Robert Frost

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Pala Interactive Ramping Up Business

Pala Interactive in the news:

Pala Interactive adds new content and payment method to NJ site


Pala Interactive, the iGaming arm of the Pala Band of Mission Indians, is adding 65 online and mobile games to its New Jersey licensed iGaming offering, alongside a new payment method to ease player deposits.


read full article here-->Pala Interactive adds new content and payment method to NJ site

Also:

New Jersey iPoker Down 2.8% to $1.91m in October

Continuing to lead the Garden State’s iPoker market is the Borgata (PartyPoker/Pala Interactive) with $1,079,478 in revenues last month, while Caesars Interactive (888/WSOP) was a little further behind on $833,925.

Read Full Article Here-->New Jersey iPoker Down 2.8% to $1.91m in October

Winner winner chicken dinner - per caps raise all around next year for PBMI members!

If you want to read the $100 Million MOU setting up Pala Interactive go here.

Here are some excerpts:

NGS3 pursuant to the Development Agreement and for the period of time in between the
Development Agreemcnt and the Operating Agreement and all License Fees and License
application and processing fees for the initial License, in exchange for a 62.5% Percentage
Interest:

(b) NGS3 will contribute the Technology and associated IP. business plan and
expertise in exchange for a 28.5% Percentage Interest.
3.3 "Additional Membership Interests" will be issued as follows:

(a) 5% to the CEO of Pala Interactive: and

(b) 4% to PBMI designated Management.

(c) The Additional Membership Interests will be subject to customary vesting
and other provisions in order to avoid adverse tax consequences to additional Members. the
Additional Membership Interests will be structured as profits interests which will entitle the
Additional members to participate in operating profits and any increase in the equity of Pala
Interactive beyond the initial $100M Capital Contributions through ongoing "Distributions
from Operations" and "Distributions from Capital Transactions'" as defined below.

d) The Board of Directors will have authority to issue additional Membership
Interests in the future, for such consideration and upon such tenns and conditions as they shall
deem prudent, subject to the consent and approval of a Super Majority of the Board andlor the
Members, as further described below. To the extent additional Membership Interests are Issued
in the future, beyond the CEO and PBMI Management contemplated above. all Membership
Interests will be proportionally diluted; provided NGS3's 28.5% interest shall not be subject to
dilution. unless and until PBMI( has contributed its full $70M Capital Contribution.

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(d) Profit Sharing Interests. It is anticipated that Pala Interactive will
establish a phantom stock or other profit sharing plan (the "'Phantom Plan") for key employees
and/or Independent Contractors, pursuant to which those employees will also share in
Distributions of Distributable Cash from Operations and Capital Transactions in accordance
with their respective interests in the Phantom Plan.

3.5 Management. The day to day business and affairs of Pala Interactive will be
managed and conducted by the Managers/Directors. who will function as a Board of Directors.

(a) There will be 5 Directors, 3 to be appointed by PBMI (one of whom will
be the Chairman of PBMI) and 2 to be appointed by NGS3. Generally. decisions of the Board
will require the consent or approval of a majority of the Directors. However, certain "Key
Decisions" will require the consent or approval of "Super Majority" (4 of 5) Directors.
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(b) The Operating Officers of Pala Interactive are set forth below. Each
Officer will receive a salary and may be eligible to participate in the Phantom Plan~ in
accordance with policies and guidelines to be adopted by the Board. The specific responsibilities
and authority of each Officer will be determined by the Board as well.

ChiefExecutive Officer - Jim Ryan (pending)
ChiefOperating Officer - Reeve Collins
Chief Marketing Officer - TBD
ChiefFinancial Officer - Shauna Anton
ChiefCommunication Officer - Kasey Thompson
ChiefTechnology Officer - Dean Abramson
ChiefStrategic Officer - Bill Bembenek

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Agua Caliente Cupeno v Assistant Secretary Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn

We are Cupeno.  We were forcibly removed by the U.S. Government in 1903 from our village at Kupa which is known today as Warner's Hot Springs.  The U.S. Government bought land for us adjacent to the Pala Luiseno Reservation (Old Pala) in an attempt to replace what we have lost.  They called us Warner Ranch Evictees.  
For too long the Cupeno have pushed around.  It is time for the Cupeno to stand up and be proud of who they are once again.  It is time we stop the Executive Committee of PBMI from continually pushing us around, evicting us, stripping us of our rights, and trying to destroy who we are as a people.

HAPPY VETERANS DAY - YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE - YOU MAKE US PROUD

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Father of Margarita Brittain - Pelegrino Ortega

The report on heirship for Merced Nolasquez lists Pelegrino Ortega as the father of Margarita Brittain and Merced.  This is nothing new.  We know this as Carolina testified that Merced and Margarita had the same father but different mothers.  Miguella Owlinguish was Margarita's mother.  Who was Merced's mother?

We also know Robert Smith and the rest of his cronies on the Executive Committee ignore all the evidence we provide.  It is said Robert tells everyone that PBMI now uses the 1928 California Indian Judgement Rolls (CIJR) as the base roll of PBMI instead of the 1913 Allotment Rolls.  This is a violation of Robert's illegal Constitution.  But beyond that if Robert is really using the 1928 CIJR applications as the base roll of PBMI then everyone should be concerned since half the membership of PBMI could easily be wiped off the rolls using the 1928 CIJR as justification.





Robert Smith - Chariman of the Luisenos

Once again BIA Pacific Regional Director Amy Dutschke refers to Robert Smith as Chairman of the Luisenos in April of 2015.  Yesterday this video was published claiming Robert Smith to be Chairman of the Pala Band of Mission Indians.  In this video Robert says "As chairman of the Pala Band of Mission Indians, I am dedicated to preserving our place in California’s history."
What's your place in California History Robert?  Trying to claim the Cupeno and Luiseno are "one people"?  Disenrolling and disenfranchising descendants of Warner Ranch Evictees?  Conducting business as Chairman of the Luisenos and masquerading as Chairman of PBMI?

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Questions For the Next PBMI General Council Meeting

I would like to thank commenters for raising important issues that need to be addressed at the next General Council meeting.

Here are some questions and issues that should be raised:

First off the meeting is being held on Veteran's Day.  Robert has always disrepected Veterans as well as elders.  This meeting should be canceled.

Where is Howard Dickstein's Contract?  Why is he not on the list?  Kilma said Howard was getting 5% of the casino revenue each month.  Who approved that?

How many contacts did Sara Dutschke Setshwaelo really have? First she was hired as an individual, then through Karshmer and Associates, and now through Dentons US LLP.
 
We all know Sara Dutschke Setshwaelo was hired to help disenroll the Brittains.  Why should the tribe pay for an attorney who hurts its own membership.

Who gets to approve Sara's contract?  Her Aunt who happens to be BIA Pacific Regional Director Amy Dutschke?

Where is Karshmer's Contract?  She was working for the tribe for how long?  Since Karshmer is the one that reviewed the Constitution she should know attorney's contracts need General Council Approval and Secretary of the Interior Approval.

Anyone remember when Karshmer got term limits reversed?

Newsflash Kimberly Kluff no longer works for Foreman and Associates.  She currently works for Morongo.

Robert is trying to even get retroactive approval for contracts that are no longer in operation.

What are these attorneys doing for the tribe?  Obviously these attorneys are not representing the tribe, they are representing Robert.  Why does Robert need so many attorneys?

How much are these attorneys getting paid?

Since these contracts pre-dated the Brittains being disenrolled shouldn't they be allowed to vote on them as well since they are affected parties?

Robert Smith's illegal Constitution cannot be amended at a General Council meeting.  It's too late to go on the ballot for the General Election.  It would have to be a General Election called specifically to amend the illegal Constitution.

Don't give the Executive Committee power to remove members and non-members without General Council approval.  To do that would require a Constitutional amendment anyway to transfer that power.  The Executive Committee should make their case for removal of each individual they are targeting to the General Council.  Too often the Executive Committee has used their power to punish and hurt others they view as political opponents.

PBMI members should ask for a bonus for $30K especially since this will be the last year the Brittains are not on the rolls.  If Robert asks where is the money going come from, tell him from the Tribal Gaming Authority which is authorized to expend from the gross revenues for per capita.

If he says there is no money tell him to get it from Pala Interactive,  the avocado grove, lease monies, property investments, and other ventures unknown to the GeneralCouncil.  Robert can also sell 50 of the tribes vehicles and sell the Jets.  Who needs golf anyway.  There's always Sage Capital.  Dividends are high this year, sell some stock.  Maybe the bonus should be $40K.

By the way, where did the minor trust funds go?  Perhaps $50K is more appropriate.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

PBMI General Council Meeting Nov 11, 2015 Agenda


November's PBMI General Council meeting agenda items largely relate to the lawsuit filed against Dentons US LLP and Robert Smith.  There's a lot going on here including amending the Constitution at a General Council meeting and approval of multiple attorney contracts.  Looks like another power grab by the Executive Committee.


PBMI General Council Meeting Nov 11 2015 Agenda