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Norfolk (aka Casinotown) City Council

They've done it now, sold out their own city to a Native American tribe looking to create sovereign tribal territory inside the city so that it (and the billioaire behind it) can profit from a casino exempt from taxation, code enforcement, and environmental protections.

See the city council meeting in which it voted to sell out their city

(comments of Andria MClellan, only council member to vote against the casino, start at the 2:23:07 mark on the video.)

Billionaire white man and Native American casinos

Read about the downsides of casinos

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No disrespect to Native Americans intended,

but let's face it, the Pamunkey Tribe (population 200 or so) and, of course, the billionaire behind them behind them, are looking to cash in on their casino deal, and cash in big time.

Native Americans have been horribly abused, and reparations are definitely overdue. But the exclusibe right to foist casino gamblingand all its accompanying ills — on any community is not be the way. Two wrongs do not make a right.

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Shades of the spirit of Old Norfolk?

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Replaced by the spirit of the Tribe?

(actual image of an online slot machine)

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Here's a design for the appropriate new city signs:

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And the mayor's new image:

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Pamunkey Punkery

Oh, look, some locals have joined with the selfr-described "Indian casino" entrepreneurs for some Pamunkey punkery. Visit their phoney populist website here here, compliments of the Pamunkey's (or is that their billionaire backer's) lobbying firm. So why not this next?

 

 

Found in an old Bible. A prophecy fulfilled?

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An homage to the council members who voted in favor of the casino:

(only one council member, Andria McClellan, stood up against the lure of easy money)

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What the hell?

Anti-casino petition drive unexpectedly FAILS!

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Let's face it, Norfolk's gonna get a casino one way or another. Even if this highly questionable "Indian casino" deal is stopped in its tracks, another, or even a commercial casino (if the Republican good ole boys in Richmond finally allow it) will come along and wow Norfolk's leaders, because that's the kind of leadership Norfolk has. And let's really face it, isn't Norfolk just that kinda town?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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