Latest from SD Political Blogs http://feed.informer.com/digests/XMCC9FFOB5/feeder Latest from SD Political Blogs Respective post owners and feed distributors Sun, 06 Nov 2016 19:27:02 +0000 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ Governor presents awards from GOED and SD Chamber http://my605.com/pierrereview/?p=14344 Pure Pierre Politics urn:uuid:ed092fdd-4b63-b042-788b-cf88609e68fa Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:44:07 +0000 Gov. Dennis Daugaard and David Owen, president for the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry, distributed awards Wednesday at the annual statewide conference for economic development. Daugaard recognized Carol Rae of Rapid City as entrepreneur of the year for 2017. She is founder, chairwoman and chief executive officer for ImmutriX Therapeutics, based in Rapid [&#8230;] <p>Gov. Dennis Daugaard and David Owen, president for the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry, distributed awards Wednesday at the annual statewide conference for economic development.</p> <p>Daugaard recognized Carol Rae of Rapid City as entrepreneur of the year for 2017. She is founder, chairwoman and chief executive officer for ImmutriX Therapeutics, based in Rapid City and with office space also in Sioux Falls.</p> <p>&#8220;ImmutriX has developed a medical device to remove toxins resulting from medical treatments, drug overdoses or other conditions. Currently there is no method of treatment for some of these conditions,&#8221; the Governor&#8217;s Office of Economic Development news release said.</p> <p>The second award presented by the governor was for excellence in economic development. It recognizes dedication and commitment of eight South Dakotans, including Gov. George S. Mickelson. They died April 19, 1993, when the state MU-2 airplane crashed in Iowa as they returned from Cincinnati.</p> <p>The award went to Rodney Fouberg, an Aberdeen banker and a long-time member of the state Transportation Commission. GOED&#8217;s news release said: &#8220;His experience and involvement can be appreciated throughout the Aberdeen community, including time served on several boards, the downtown revitalization project and the affordable housing effort, called Homes Are Possible, Inc.”</p> <p>Fort Pierre received the 2017 community of the year award.</p> <p>“Fort Pierre has undergone some of the biggest transformations the community has seen in a long time,” Daugaard said. He specifically mentioned a new elementary school building, the new My Place hotel and a new riverfront restaurant and event space called Drifters Bar &amp; Grille.</p> <p>&#8220;While there’s still work to be done, Fort Pierre’s visionaries have successfully begun to modernize their community while maintaining its western rural charm,” Daugaard said.</p> <p>The Giant Vision awards also were presented to businesses and students during the conference in Sioux Falls.</p> <p>Winning first place and $20,000 in the business division was NP Systems Integration of Rapid City, headed by Daniel Stanton. University researchers helped start the tech company, whose research partner is The Center for Security Printing and Anti-Counterfeiting Technology (SPACT).</p> <p>Together NPSI and SPACT created an anti-counterfeiting platform that will be marketed under the brand name SecureMarking.</p> <p>Second place and $10,000 in the business division went to Primary Manufacturing of Humboldt, a plastic-parts maker owned by Ladd McCluskey.</p> <p>Third place and $4,000 apiece went to two companies. They are Ease, a senior citizen-oriented hardware and software notification company owned by Travis Kiefer in Aberdeen; and XpressRules of Yankton, a speech-based document-modification company owned by Lanny Turner and Ron Turner.</p> <p>Fifth place and $2,000 was received by Sioux Falls-based Health Workforce USA, doing business as Connect US Health, owned by Krista Marx and Sandy Williams. It is a national data platform that connects healthcare students and practicing professionals with opportunities for jobs and education.</p> <p>In the Giant Vision student division, there was a tie for first place.</p> <p>The two student winners are Ellen Schlechter, from Faulkton High School, who developed The Calving Book app that allows cattle producers to keep track of their calves; and Henry Wegehaupt, from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, whose Parkston-based Provender Technologies offers automated feed bunks for cattle.</p> <p>The South Dakota Refinery Company project at Mitchell, and its student developers from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, who are Scyller Borglum and J. Zack Malone, took third place and $3,000.</p> <p>Receiving fourth place and $2,000 were University of South Dakota students Sam Hummel and Tyler Frank for their e-commerce platform called The Knak. Fifth place and $1,000 went to 305 Bucking Stock, based in Brookings and owned by Jack Stark of South Dakota State University.</p> <p>The four remaining business finalists and six remaining student finalists received $500 apiece toward travel expenses.</p> <p>Brad Wheeler of Lemmon, president of Wheeler Manufacturing, chaired the Giant Vision panel of entrepreneurs who served as judges. &#8220;This is an exciting day with high energy people working hard to share in the American dream,” Wheeler said.</p> SD Government Bob Mercer Bob Mercer *** NOVA on PBS Chernobyl disaster in 1986 and what to do now http://dakotatoday.typepad.com/dakotatoday/2017/04/-nova-on-pbs-chernobyl-disaster-in-1986-and-what-to-do-now.html Dakota Today urn:uuid:0d59921c-4b81-a6a2-71f3-c75c2d8b3e83 Thu, 27 Apr 2017 01:36:32 +0000 PBS NOVA science show is on now. It is dsccussing the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in the Ukraine in 1986. It is worth watching. A tremendous amount of engineering as well as millions of bolts and tons of steel will be used to build an arch "sarcouphagus"to cover the failed reactor. Pieces of the steel structure will be moved over the... All 2017 Climate Climate Change Commerce, Business Current Affairs Environment Health, Medicine, Research History Innovation, originality Newspapers Technology Chernobyl NOVA Nuclear disaster PBS radiation Reactors technology Westinghouse bankruptcy Douglas Wiken Douglas Wiken Who is the most popular Governor in the nation? You know it’s Dennis Daugaard. http://dakotawarcollege.com/who-is-the-most-popular-governor-in-the-nation-you-know-its-dennis-daugaard/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:ed361041-84d7-b4fc-ae08-f6723b79797f Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:07:51 +0000 Who is the most popular Governor in the nation? You know it&#8217;s Dennis Daugaard. From the Inside Gov Website: Before those elections take place, though, InsideGov, a political research site powered by Graphiq, decided to identify the most popular U.S. governors. To do this, the analysts used polling data from MorningConsult, a nonpartisan digital media research company. MorningConsult surveyed more than 71,900 voters in all 50 states between May and September 2016. Governors are ranked <a class="more-link" href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/who-is-the-most-popular-governor-in-the-nation-you-know-its-dennis-daugaard/">Continue Reading &#8594;</a> <p>Who is the most popular Governor in the nation? You know it&#8217;s Dennis Daugaard.</p> <p>From the Inside Gov Website:</p> <blockquote><p>Before those elections take place, though, <a href="http://www.insidegov.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">InsideGov</a>, a political research site powered by <a href="https://www.graphiq.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Graphiq</a>, decided to identify the most popular U.S. governors. To do this, the analysts used <a href="https://morningconsult.com/governor-approval-rankings-september-2016/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">polling data</a> from MorningConsult, a nonpartisan digital media research company.</p> <p>MorningConsult surveyed more than 71,900 voters in all 50 states between May and September 2016. Governors are ranked in ascending order by their net approval rating.* In the case of ties, governors are sorted by their approval rating. Approval ratings are only one metric to evaluate a governor, but they can be a useful indicator of a governor’s success.</p> <p>and&#8230;</p> <p><img data-attachment-id="69021" data-permalink="http://dakotawarcollege.com/who-is-the-most-popular-governor-in-the-nation-you-know-its-dennis-daugaard/daugaard1/" data-orig-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Daugaard1.jpg" data-orig-size="1133,1022" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Daugaard1" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Daugaard1.jpg" data-large-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Daugaard1.jpg" class="aligncenter wp-image-69021" src="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Daugaard1.jpg" alt="" width="420" height="380" /></p></blockquote> <p><a href="http://governors.insidegov.com/stories/20247/most-popular-governors-kasich-cuomo-baker?utm_medium=share&amp;utm_source=twitter&amp;utm_campaign=ao.cm.ob.dt.11188#25-Gov-Dennis-Daugaard">Read it all here</a>.</p> Uncategorized Pat Powers Pat Powers And who shall lead the Dems?  Possible contenders to take over the South Dakota Democrat Party after this weekend’s vote. http://dakotawarcollege.com/and-who-shall-lead-the-dems-possible-contenders-to-take-over-the-south-dakota-democrat-party-after-this-weekends-vote/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:cb9bc710-b202-e85c-d5ce-10a4c0c9c6af Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:45:00 +0000 With all the rumors swirling around the implosion of the South Dakota Democrat Party this weekend and the coup being staged against Ann Tornberg’s chairmanship, one of the things that keeps getting brought up is that no one really seems to be angling for the job. That’s the problem with a revolt.  If you put the queen to the guillotine, no one wants to be the next ruler in case the peasants decide to revolt again. <a class="more-link" href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/and-who-shall-lead-the-dems-possible-contenders-to-take-over-the-south-dakota-democrat-party-after-this-weekends-vote/">Continue Reading &#8594;</a> <p><img data-attachment-id="68968" data-permalink="http://dakotawarcollege.com/dems-on-chair-ann-tornberg-severe-lack-of-management-ability-that-has-led-to-low-fundraising-dropping-voter-registration-numbers/vote_of_no_confidence/" data-orig-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Vote_of_No_Confidence.gif" data-orig-size="320,180" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Vote_of_No_Confidence" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Vote_of_No_Confidence.gif" data-large-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Vote_of_No_Confidence.gif" class="alignright wp-image-68968" src="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Vote_of_No_Confidence.gif" alt="" width="220" height="127" />With all the rumors swirling around the implosion of the South Dakota Democrat Party this weekend and the coup being staged against Ann Tornberg’s chairmanship, one of the things that keeps getting brought up is that no one really seems to be angling for the job.</p> <p>That’s the problem with a revolt.  If you put the queen to the guillotine, no one wants to be the next ruler in case the peasants decide to revolt again.  And trust me. <em>As much as they lose in South Dakota, Democrats can be pretty revolting.</em></p> <p>So, if they are able to change the party bylaws from a 4 year term to a 2 year term accompanied by an immediate election, who do we see as possibility for taking on the chairmanship of the South Dakota Democrat Party?</p> <p><strong><em><u>Possible New Chairs of the SDDP:</u></em></strong></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Paula Hawks (Odds 3-1)</strong></span> If the party bylaws are changed, we give a 3-1 chance that Paula Hawks, who has been one of the Democrats most critical of Ann Tornberg’s less than benevolent rule, might emerge as the new party ruler.</p> <p>The Hawks for Congress campaign arguably suffered the most from the party’s lack of fundraising, disorganization, etcetera.  Hawks has been the most vocal critic of the Party and has been calling for change.   Being the agent of change may put Hawks in a position to run for office again someday, and believe me, the Democrat party has nowhere to go but up.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Slick Rick Weiland (Odds 10-1)</strong></span> Slick Rick Weiland, the political snake oil salesman who tried several times this past election to sell South Dakotans on initiated measures, had washed his hands of the Democrat Party previously after his crushing loss to Mike Rounds for US Senate.</p> <p>But, as any good opportunist, he may view the Democrat Party’s implosion as an opening to bamboozle the Democrats who rule the party that he can lead them to prosperity through initiated measures.  (Because that’s worked so well for them).  It might also give him some face time with the press.  But the problem here would be that he’d have to produce something besides music videos – he’d have to produce results.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Cory Heidelberger</strong> <strong>(Odds 5-1)</strong></span> Interestingly, while Cory has been a vociferous Tornberg supporter in the past, <em>he’s been one of the parties most responsible in loudly publicizing the grievances of the Democrat organization mutineers</em>, and making sure that everyone knows that they want to throw Ann Tornberg out of office for “<em>severe lack of management ability that has led to low fundraising, dropping voter registration numbers, a nearly invisible message, and at the center, zero of anything resembling a strategic action plan for the State Party.”</em></p> <p>In other words, if Cory had not been promoting it and making sure as many Democrats saw it as possible, there might not be much of a revolt.  Sure, others had expressed dissatisfaction in the past. But no one had really undercut Tornberg until the article Heidelberger published on his blog came out. Giving voice to the dissidents made a lot of ugly family secrets open to the world. And now, interestingly, Cory is back riding the fence trying to claim the high road while dispensing advice as to what Democrats should be doing…. Which sounds a little too much like he wants the job.</p> <p>The downside for Democrats is that Cory rarely follows through, and has a tendency to turn people off, much like he’s helped Aberdeen move more strongly into the GOP Column as part of his ill-fated run for State Senate.  The more he campaigned, the more ground he lost to Al Novstrup.  If we think Ann Tornberg’s current implosion is spectacular, I imagine Cory’s would put it to shame should he get the nod.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Frank Kloucek</strong> <strong>(Odds 25-1) </strong></span>Frank has been critical of the chair for months, and not behind closed doors. The former Senator was openly attacking her in Democrat party “listening tour” sessions where Tornberg went across the state and tried to make excuses for the Democrat party’s dismal performance.</p> <p>The problem with Frank, is well… Frank. While he’d actually be the closest leader that Democrats could come up with resembling a moderate South Dakotan as opposed to the party of liberal Social Justice Warriors which Democrats have styled themselves as, Frank also has a tendency to come off as a bit of a buffoon, and they may not have a lot of confidence in his ability to lead or raise the money that Democrats need to keep the lights on.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>“Effective” Ann Tornberg</strong>. </span><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">(Odds 2-1)</span>  </strong>Let’s face it. South Dakota Democrat Party chair is an awful position, and no one wants it.  <a href="http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/politics/2017/04/26/democrats-consider-replacing-chair-party-meeting/100877450/">Ann claims she’s been effective</a>, despite evidence to the contrary.   If there’s a revolution and no one wants to lead in its wake, there becomes a great question of who will fill the void.</p> <p>Given that Democrats aren’t entirely convinced yet that there should be a revolution in the first place, I think there’s a 50/50 chance or better that they’ll just leave “Effective Ann” in place, and revisit the whole mess in December of 2018 like they’re scheduled to do anyway, and just cancel the revolution (at least for a while).</p> <p>They’ll bumble along, lose the 2018 election, and go home to lick their wounds for the next cycle.  I&#8217;m guessing that’s probably the best bet to place if you’re playing the odds for this weekend’s Democrat meeting.</p> <p>Otherwise, anyone have any suggestions as to who the next chair for the SDDP should be? Sound off in the comment section. (You might want to encourage them.)</p> Uncategorized Pat Powers Pat Powers Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Senator Richard Gregerson http://dakotawarcollege.com/gov-daugaard-orders-state-capitol-flags-at-half-staff-for-former-state-senator-richard-gregerson/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:d45e84ad-7104-7cb0-bcbf-453f2dc0ec77 Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:15:56 +0000 Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Senator Richard Gregerson PIERRE, S.D. – Flags at the State Capitol will fly at half-staff on Monday, May 1, to honor the life of former legislator Richard “Dick” Gregerson of Sioux Falls, who passed away on Tuesday, April 25. Gregerson, 84, represented a Minnehaha County district in the state Senate from 1979 to 1982, and also served 16 years on the state Transportation Commission. <a class="more-link" href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/gov-daugaard-orders-state-capitol-flags-at-half-staff-for-former-state-senator-richard-gregerson/">Continue Reading &#8594;</a> <p><strong><img data-attachment-id="41657" data-permalink="http://dakotawarcollege.com/daugaard-to-announce-re-election-plans-on-tuesday/daugaardheader/" data-orig-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/daugaardheader.jpg" data-orig-size="600,150" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;}" data-image-title="daugaardheader" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/daugaardheader.jpg" data-large-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/daugaardheader.jpg" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-41657" src="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/daugaardheader.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="150" />Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Senator Richard Gregerson</strong></p> <p>PIERRE, S.D. – Flags at the State Capitol will fly at half-staff on Monday, May 1, to honor the life of former legislator Richard “Dick” Gregerson of Sioux Falls, who passed away on Tuesday, April 25.</p> <p>Gregerson, 84, represented a Minnehaha County district in the state Senate from 1979 to 1982, and also served 16 years on the state Transportation Commission.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">-30-</p> Uncategorized Pat Powers Pat Powers Sen. Richard Gregerson, 1932-2017 http://my605.com/pierrereview/?p=14340 Pure Pierre Politics urn:uuid:dd40ff2f-67df-903f-3c2d-3376063cbfac Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:10:18 +0000 Gov. Dennis Daugaard said flags will be at half-staff Monday, May 1, for state Sen. Richard &#8220;Dick&#8221; Gregerson, R-Sioux Falls. Gregerson died Tuesday, April 25, at the age of 84, two days short of his next birthday. He was born April 27, 1932. He served in the Senate from 1979 through 1982. Gregerson, a lawyer [&#8230;] <p>Gov. Dennis Daugaard said flags will be at half-staff Monday, May 1, for state Sen. Richard &#8220;Dick&#8221; Gregerson, R-Sioux Falls.</p> <p>Gregerson died Tuesday, April 25, at the age of 84, two days short of his next birthday. He was born April 27, 1932. He served in the Senate from 1979 through 1982.</p> <p>Gregerson, a lawyer at the Woods, Fuller, Shultz &amp; Smith firm in Sioux Falls, also served on the state Transportation Commission for 16 years.</p> <p>For information on his funeral visit <a href="http://siouxfalls.business/funeral-arrangements-announced-for-longtime-attorney-gregerson/">here</a>.</p> SD Government Bob Mercer Bob Mercer “There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heart.” (St. Augustine) http://dakotawarcollege.com/there-is-something-in-humility-which-strangely-exalts-the-heart-st-augustine/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:d82ee462-6c3e-647c-1db0-482518dda24d Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:44:56 +0000 Background and context: In 1980, I was the intern for State Senators Dick Gregerson &#38; Dick Flynn. In roughly 1983, Dick Gregerson took a sabbatical from Woods Fuller and spent roughly three months as an “intern” for US Senator Jim Abdnor, where one of my duties was Intern Coordinator. In other words, I once worked for Dick Gregerson and he once “worked” for me. I think maybe the best tribute I can do is tell <a class="more-link" href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/there-is-something-in-humility-which-strangely-exalts-the-heart-st-augustine/">Continue Reading &#8594;</a> <p>Background and context: In 1980, I was the intern for State Senators Dick Gregerson &amp; Dick Flynn. In roughly 1983, Dick Gregerson took a sabbatical from Woods Fuller and spent roughly three months as an “intern” for US Senator Jim Abdnor, where one of my duties was Intern Coordinator. In other words, I once worked for Dick Gregerson and he once “worked” for me. I think maybe the best tribute I can do is tell stories about Gregerson. </p> <p><strong>Story #1- Played to win:</strong> Gregerson and Flynn were polar opposites with regard to style and personality but they were close personal friends. As their intern, I can’t remember ever working “for” a bill but know I spent a lot of time helping them kill bills. One morning I get to the Capitol and they tell me to go to Lyndell Peterson’s committee and take down the names of every person who comes to the committee and what they say on what bill. If I don’t know their name, I am to ask for their name. No other direction than this. Part way into the hearing, Peterson cant’ stand it any more, looks at me and asks “What are Frick and Frack up to?” In all honesty, I tell him I’m here to take names and notes. But, I can tell Peterson is bewildered and maybe a bit rattled. </p> <p>After the hearing, I type up the list of attendees and notes. When I give it to them, they don’t care about my notes but ask about it and I tell them what Peterson said and his reaction. They laugh and tell me they just want to get in his head because he has been messing with some pro-Sioux Falls legislation. </p> <p><strong>Story #2- Preacher’s Kid:</strong> That session, five of us from Augie were interns (three guys and two gals). Since I was from Pierre, I was charged with finding a place to live. I end up finding an empty house which was big enough for all of us. Well, Gregerson had a visceral reaction to gals and guys living under one roof so he told me it was MY RESPONSIBLITY to protect the gals reputation by stomping out any rumors and not giving cause for any rumors with regard to hanky-panky. </p> <p><strong>Story #3- Confident and could be made fun of:</strong> As I said above, my bosses were polar opposites and the moniker “Frick and Frack” was perfect. Flynn was boisterous and aggressive. Gregerson was always the gentleman. Flynn always teased Gregerson of being too nice. Anyway, one morning I’m instructed to go to the men’s clothing store and pick up a mannequin, get it up into an office without Gregerson seeing it, and then when Gregerson is stuck in Governor Janklow’s office at the start of session to get it into the chamber in Gregerson’s spot. </p> <p>When Gregerson came into the Chamber, Flynn was crouched down at another desk and asked to speak. The Lt. Governor Lowell Hansen as President of the Senate recognized “Senator Gregerson” where Flynn mimicked Gregerson’s style which included “speaking on the bill” by saying something nice about each of the sponsors (attire, haircut, spouse, etc.) to only conclude with “Thank you for your great work on this bill but I’m sorry to tell you I’m voting against it.” The place couldn’t stop laughing. </p> <p><strong>Story #4- Trustworthy:</strong> While they didn’t know each other well at the start, when Gregerson spent his sabbatical with Senator Abdnor, as an unpaid intern, his “job” was basically to go everywhere with Senator Abdnor. He was in every meeting, sat in the lobby outside the Senate Chamber when Senate was in session, and went to every social engagement with the Senator. It wasn’t long before Senator Abdnor asked that every memo be also given to Gregerson. In short, Dick became wholly trusted by Abdnor in literally days. </p> <p><strong>Story #5- Humble:</strong> Every morning when he came to the office, he first came to my desk and asked if I (as Intern Coordinator) had anything for him. Part of it was for us to laugh of the “role reversal” since I worked for him in Pierre. Part of it was to express a willingness to do something besides be Senator Abdnor’s “boy Friday.” But, after awhile I came to appreciate it was Dick just being respectful to the office and every person who worked there. </p> <p>I could tell more stories but want to end with the last time I saw Dick. It was at Kaladi’s where he was meeting friends/peers for coffee. I had stopped by myself to eat breakfast and answer some emails. I hadn’t even seen Dick when he stopped by to say hello. We quickly got updated in a cursory way and said to each other “we have to have lunch.” It never happened. </p> <p>Of course, I have regret I didn’t make it happen. But, not as much as you might think. Over 30 years ago, in two 90 day tranches, I got to know Dick and developed a deep fondness and respect that never diminished. I never felt we needed regular contact to keep the bond formed so long ago. Even though he has passed, I have no sense of it diminishing either. Dick Gregerson is just that solid. </p> <p>Dear Lord, the separation of our friends from us is concurrently a union with Eternal Destiny. By the merits of your Cross and by your Divine Mercy may our friend Dick Gregerson be an oblation to your Father. We praise and thank you for the blessing of Dick Gregerson for we could see glimpses of You in him. Amen.</p> Uncategorized Troy Jones Troy Jones Argus: Ann Tornberg thinks she’s effective. Ann, seriously. You just keep on being you. Really. http://dakotawarcollege.com/argus-ann-tornberg-thinks-shes-effective-ann-seriously-you-just-keep-on-being-you-really/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:6a0f7e21-542d-cc81-0c7b-7fb5bd647c25 Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:19:32 +0000 Democrats are killing me with hilarity today, as the slowly rolling coup d&#8217;etat against Ann Tornberg continues to grow to a crescendo this weekend with a party bylaw change to force a vote of no confidence against the chair, and rewriting the rules so she&#8217;s up for election immediately. Despite the fact that no candidate for the job has emerged. Yep. No candidates, just people wanting to throw her out. However, as reported by Argusleader.com, <a class="more-link" href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/argus-ann-tornberg-thinks-shes-effective-ann-seriously-you-just-keep-on-being-you-really/">Continue Reading &#8594;</a> <p><img data-attachment-id="68968" data-permalink="http://dakotawarcollege.com/dems-on-chair-ann-tornberg-severe-lack-of-management-ability-that-has-led-to-low-fundraising-dropping-voter-registration-numbers/vote_of_no_confidence/" data-orig-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Vote_of_No_Confidence.gif" data-orig-size="320,180" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Vote_of_No_Confidence" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Vote_of_No_Confidence.gif" data-large-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Vote_of_No_Confidence.gif" class="alignleft wp-image-68968" src="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Vote_of_No_Confidence.gif" alt="" width="199" height="115" />Democrats are killing me with hilarity today, as the slowly rolling <em>coup d&#8217;etat</em> against Ann Tornberg continues to grow to a crescendo this weekend with a party bylaw change to force a vote of no confidence against the chair, and rewriting the rules so she&#8217;s up for election immediately.</p> <p>Despite the fact that no candidate for the job has emerged. Yep. No candidates, just people wanting to throw her out.</p> <p>However, as reported by Argusleader.com, embattled SDDP Chair Ann Tornberg disagrees with her detractors, and thinks she&#8217;s been &#8230;.. <em><strong>effective.</strong></em></p> <blockquote><p>&#8220;We don’t hold Ann Tornberg responsible for all that ails the SDDP. She has tried her best, and for that we thank her,&#8221; Norberg wrote. &#8220;What we do hold her responsible for is a severe lack of management ability that has led to low fundraising, dropping voter registration numbers, a nearly invisible message, and at the center, zero of anything resembling a strategic action plan for the State Party.&#8221;</p> <p>Tornberg said Tuesday that she wanted to respect the proposals and the democratic process by giving them consideration in committee. <strong>She also said she felt she&#8217;d effectively managed the party since she was elected in 2014, despite the outcome of the 2016 elections.</strong></p> <p>&#8220;I feel like I worked very hard and there was a lot of indications of effectiveness,&#8221; Tornberg said. &#8220;I understand the frustration with South Dakota Democrats as there are frustrations all over the country about the election of Donald Trump.&#8221;</p></blockquote> <p><a href="http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/politics/2017/04/26/democrats-consider-replacing-chair-party-meeting/100877450/">Read it all here</a>.</p> <p>If effective means raising no money, not running candidates, scraping up candidates the quality of Jay Williams for US Senate, and diminishing the number of elected Democrats to all time lows&#8230;  Then Ann Tornberg is the most effective Democrat Chairman that the Republican Party has ever had the pleasure to have.</p> <p>You just keep on being you Ann.</p> <p><em>With love, the Republican voters of South Dakota. </em></p> Uncategorized Pat Powers Pat Powers Pettigrew is topic at Cultural Heritage Center http://my605.com/pierrereview/?p=14337 Pure Pierre Politics urn:uuid:320bc67d-1f31-0514-4436-58489ecce011 Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:18:20 +0000 Former legislator and former U.S. Sen. Richard Pettigrew, who moved to Sioux Falls in 1870 and promoted the city for the rest of his life, will be the topic of discussion on the second Tuesday in May at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. Pettigrew won election to the U.S. Senate from the [&#8230;] <p>Former legislator and former U.S. Sen. Richard Pettigrew, who moved to Sioux Falls in 1870 and promoted the city for the rest of his life, will be the topic of discussion on the second Tuesday in May at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.</p> <p>Pettigrew won election to the U.S. Senate from the newly seated Legislature after South Dakota received statehood in 1889. His Sioux Falls biographer, Wayne Fanebust, will lead the discussion May 9 starting at 7 p.m.</p> <p>Fanebust said one of Pettigrew&#8217;s accomplishments as a senator was his involvement in passage of the federal forest reserve act in 1891 that allowed the president to create national forests from the public domain.</p> <p>Fanebust said &#8220;it saved America’s forests that had been under assault for many years.&#8221;</p> <p>Pettigrew won election as a Republican but later left to become a member of the People&#8217;s Party. He served two terms as a senator. He died Oct. 5, 1926.</p> SD Government Bob Mercer Bob Mercer Former Dem Senate Candidate advocates Democrat dissidents to be “thrown out” http://dakotawarcollege.com/former-dem-senate-candidate-advocates-dissidents-to-be-thrown-out/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:691bc81e-8cbc-774b-0cec-56f2ee729ecc Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:52:47 +0000 Well is was an interesting development in the soap opera that is the South Dakota Democrat Party. Not long after Todd Epp wrote his piece about the &#8220;Night of Long Butter Knives,&#8221; and shortly after I pointed it out, losing State Senate Candidate Cory Heidelberger of Aberdeen came out swinging against Democrat Party dissidents &#8211; and in a shocking example of small-tent mentality, is openly advocating for the dissidents to be &#8220;thrown out:&#8221; Epp appears to <a class="more-link" href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/former-dem-senate-candidate-advocates-dissidents-to-be-thrown-out/">Continue Reading &#8594;</a> <p>Well is was an interesting development in the soap opera that is the South Dakota Democrat Party.<img data-attachment-id="68968" data-permalink="http://dakotawarcollege.com/dems-on-chair-ann-tornberg-severe-lack-of-management-ability-that-has-led-to-low-fundraising-dropping-voter-registration-numbers/vote_of_no_confidence/" data-orig-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Vote_of_No_Confidence.gif" data-orig-size="320,180" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Vote_of_No_Confidence" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Vote_of_No_Confidence.gif" data-large-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Vote_of_No_Confidence.gif" class="alignright wp-image-68968" src="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Vote_of_No_Confidence.gif" alt="" width="227" height="131" /></p> <p>Not long after Todd Epp wrote his piece about the &#8220;Night of Long Butter Knives,&#8221; and shortly after I pointed it out, losing State Senate Candidate Cory Heidelberger of Aberdeen came out swinging against Democrat Party dissidents &#8211; and in a shocking example of small-tent mentality, is openly advocating for the dissidents to be &#8220;<strong>thrown out</strong>:&#8221;</p> <blockquote><p>Epp appears to share my concern that, amidst calls for new leadership in the SDDP, no one has publicly offered names or plans for that new leadership.</p> <p>and&#8230;</p> <p>The best possible outcome is that everyone meets, speaks, and departs as allies united around a common plan of action. Anyone who talks about anything other than our practical goals and action, anyone who gripes and moans about personal grievances, should be slapped back to reality or, if they keep griping and moaning, <strong>thrown out&#8230;.</strong></p> <p>&#8230;Gripers and moaners add no value to the party; doers do.</p></blockquote> <p><a href="http://dakotafreepress.com/2017/04/26/democrats-put-down-the-knives-pick-up-a-plan-to-win/">Read it here</a>.</p> <p>Heidelberger is couching his bets on whether Tornberg can survive the vote on Saturday. But either way, he&#8217;s openly advocating for dissidents to be &#8220;<strong>thrown out</strong>,&#8221; because they &#8220;add no value&#8221; to the Democrat party.</p> <p>No wonder they keep on losing. And throwing out &#8220;gripers and moaners?&#8221; A good reason to continue not to ever elect Cory to anything.</p> Uncategorized Pat Powers Pat Powers Tornberg’s promises versus her results. http://dakotawarcollege.com/tornbergs-promises-versus-her-results/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:f627b55e-682c-44be-4e37-921626a34850 Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:08:52 +0000 As we count the hours until the impending collapse of the South Dakota Democrat Party this weekend, I thought it would be interesting to look at what Democrat Party Chair was promising to do as chairwoman of the Democrat Party, as she came in with hopes and dreams&#8230;. only to find out that South Dakota is not a liberal democrat state: As reported by WNAX: Tornberg says she wants to rebuild their financial base from the <a class="more-link" href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/tornbergs-promises-versus-her-results/">Continue Reading &#8594;</a> <p><img data-attachment-id="68968" data-permalink="http://dakotawarcollege.com/dems-on-chair-ann-tornberg-severe-lack-of-management-ability-that-has-led-to-low-fundraising-dropping-voter-registration-numbers/vote_of_no_confidence/" data-orig-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Vote_of_No_Confidence.gif" data-orig-size="320,180" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Vote_of_No_Confidence" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Vote_of_No_Confidence.gif" data-large-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Vote_of_No_Confidence.gif" class="alignright size-full wp-image-68968" src="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Vote_of_No_Confidence.gif" alt="" width="320" height="180" />As we count the hours until the impending collapse of the South Dakota Democrat Party this weekend, I thought it would be interesting to look at what Democrat Party Chair was promising to do as chairwoman of the Democrat Party, as she came in with hopes and dreams&#8230;. only to find out that South Dakota is not a liberal democrat state:</p> <p>As reported by WNAX:</p> <blockquote><p>Tornberg says she wants to rebuild their financial base from the grassroots.</p> <p>and&#8230;</p> <p>Tornberg says they will also be hiring more staff for their offices.</p></blockquote> <p><a href="http://wnax.com/news/180081-south-dakota-democratic-party-chair-from-beresford/">Read that here</a>.</p> <p>As reported by the Rapid City Journal:</p> <blockquote><p>Tornberg said she’ll focus on building the party’s county-level organization and fundraising rather than trying to influence policy positions. Nevertheless, she does not think her position on abortion conflicts with the party’s platform, which she said is broad enough to include a spectrum of views on abortion.<br /> and..</p> <p>Joe Lowe of Piedmont was elected vice chairman of the party and said he’ll focus on beefing up Democrats’ West River operations, possibly including the opening of a West River office.</p> <p>and..</p></blockquote> <blockquote><p>“You are electing an administrator, not a policymaker,” Heidelberger wrote. “You are electing someone to raise money, organize volunteers, and win elections. Delegates in 2016, not the chair, will determine whether ‘reproductive rights’ remain in the party platform.”</p></blockquote> <p><a href="http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/democrats-elect-pro-lifer-to-lead-state-party/article_a8725cd3-fa31-5977-b673-5bd39b3417b2.html">Read it here</a>.</p> <p>From Ann herself&#8230;</p> <blockquote><p>&#8220;Our state party has made a lot of progress over the last four years, but we&#8217;re still not seeing results at the ballot box. I want to help change that.</p> <p>I&#8217;m running for South Dakota Democratic Party Chair because we need to rebuild our county parties, raise money to expand our outreach, recruit a full slate of candidates at the local, state and federal level, and register new voters among diverse constituencies.</p> <p>Working together from the bottom up, Democrats across the state can build on the progress we&#8217;ve made and fulfill the promise George McGovern instilled in our party to win elections up and down the ballot.</p></blockquote> <p><a href="http://madvilletimes.com/2014/11/tornberg-challenges-barth-for-state-democratic-chair/">Read it here</a>.</p> <p>If we were to summarize the promises Team Tornberg made in December of 2014 alongside the results&#8230;</p> <table width="571"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" width="279"><strong>Tornberg Promise</strong></td> <td style="text-align: center;" width="292"><strong>Tornberg Results</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="279"></td> <td width="292"></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="279">Rebuild Financial base from the grassroots.</td> <td width="292">Failed.   No evidence of change.</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="279">Hire more staff for offices</td> <td width="292"><strong>Yes.</strong> Hired several staff members.</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="279">Build County-level organizations</td> <td width="292">Failed.  Did anything happen here?</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="279">Beef Up West River Operations (Via Joe Lowe)</td> <td width="292">Failed. (Where&#8217;s Joe Lowe in this coup, anyway?)</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="279">Recruit a full slate of candidates</td> <td width="292">Failed. And failed again. Back to using placeholders.</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="279">Register new voters among diverse constituencies</td> <td width="292">Failed.  Voter registration has dropped.</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" width="279"><span style="font-size: 18pt;"><strong>Win Elections.</strong></span></td> <td width="292"> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Failed.</strong></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Democrat office holder numbers are at historic lows. </span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>If I&#8217;m reading this correctly, Ann promised to hire more staff, and was able to deliver on that. Yes, she did hire a pile of staff.  For all the good that did them.</p> <p>Well, maybe her staff will get to vote, and she&#8217;ll be able to hang on to her job this weekend.</p> Uncategorized Pat Powers Pat Powers KELO AM’s Todd Epp calls the fledgeling coup against Ann Tornberg “The night of the long butter knives” http://dakotawarcollege.com/kelo-ams-todd-epp-calls-the-fledgeling-coup-against-ann-tornberg-the-night-of-the-long-butter-knives/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:852a4d91-ecf1-bea9-ae09-5a1e83c5bc57 Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:09:22 +0000 You know you&#8217;re dealing with Democrats when they know they have a problem. They can identify it. They can call for correcting it. And they still manage to screw that up: If you’re going to stage a coup, and you tell everyone you’re going to stage a coup, you better succeed. This Saturday’s annual South Dakota Democratic Party’s McGovern Day in Sioux Falls could instead turn into The Night of Long Knives. Ok, maybe more <a class="more-link" href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/kelo-ams-todd-epp-calls-the-fledgeling-coup-against-ann-tornberg-the-night-of-the-long-butter-knives/">Continue Reading &#8594;</a> <p>You know you&#8217;re dealing with Democrats when they know they have a problem. They can identify it. They can call for correcting it. And they still manage to screw that up:</p> <blockquote><p>If you’re going to stage a coup, and you tell everyone you’re going to stage a coup, you better succeed.</p> <p>This Saturday’s annual South Dakota Democratic Party’s McGovern Day in Sioux Falls <img data-attachment-id="68968" data-permalink="http://dakotawarcollege.com/dems-on-chair-ann-tornberg-severe-lack-of-management-ability-that-has-led-to-low-fundraising-dropping-voter-registration-numbers/vote_of_no_confidence/" data-orig-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Vote_of_No_Confidence.gif" data-orig-size="320,180" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Vote_of_No_Confidence" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Vote_of_No_Confidence.gif" data-large-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Vote_of_No_Confidence.gif" class="alignright size-full wp-image-68968" src="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Vote_of_No_Confidence.gif" alt="" width="320" height="180" />could instead turn into The Night of Long Knives. Ok, maybe more accurately, The Night of Long Butter Knives. These are Democrats, after all.</p> <p>and..</p> <p>The goal of all this is to get rid of current chair Ann Tornberg.  <a href="http://kelo.com/blogs/token-liberal/6072/what-state-democrats-need-now-is-a-membership-plan/">As I have noted in the past,  </a>her regime has seen dropping party registrations and fewer and fewer Democratic state legislators and NO Democratic statewide elected officials. It has been an unmitigated disaster for us Democrats.</p> <p>and..</p> <p>If the Night of Long Butter Knives actually occurs, it could put the state party in a better position. God knows we can’t do any worse, could we? But as is often the case for South Dakota Democrats, just when you thought it wasn’t possible to go any lower, we sink deeper into the prairie gumbo because we will have no chair and no plan and just a bunch of ticked off Democrats.</p></blockquote> <p><a href="http://kelo.com/blogs/token-liberal/6072/democrats-beware-of-mcgovern-day-and-the-night-of-long-butter-knives/">Read it here</a>.</p> <p>Any wonder why they can&#8217;t win an election to save their lives? They know they have a chair who has driven the party into the ground. But, they&#8217;re not sure they want to, and no one wants to take the wheel.</p> Uncategorized Pat Powers Pat Powers Senator Mike Rounds Talks Tax Reform on Fox Business http://dakotawarcollege.com/senator-mike-rounds-talks-tax-reform-on-fox-business/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:37a935cd-89d0-4bc1-a1be-38bf3fb386c2 Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:49:08 +0000 <p><iframe style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FSenatorMikeRounds%2Fvideos%2F1542951075749734%2F&amp;show_text=1&amp;width=560" width="560" height="439" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> Uncategorized Pat Powers Pat Powers Democrat Event with radical liberal Keith Ellison closed to the press, GOP Horowitz Event open, and expanding! http://dakotawarcollege.com/democrat-event-with-radical-liberal-keith-ellison-closed-to-the-press-gop-horowitz-event-open-and-expanding/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:eb5b0033-025e-0e0a-07c6-ce8e75692d99 Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:34:45 +0000 I heard something that was more than interesting yesterday about Saturday&#8217;s competing Republican/Democrat events at the Ramkota in Sioux Falls. A story from a reporter was related to me about how the Democrat McGovern Day Dinner event with Keith Ellison is closed to the press. As in they fear that someone who will report it listening to the crazy things he says. I&#8217;m not sure if they want to hide the fact that their keynote <a class="more-link" href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/democrat-event-with-radical-liberal-keith-ellison-closed-to-the-press-gop-horowitz-event-open-and-expanding/">Continue Reading &#8594;</a> <p><img data-attachment-id="68814" data-permalink="http://dakotawarcollege.com/sdgops-event-counter-program-of-sddp-mcgovern-dinner-and-headlined-with-critic-of-their-speaker/screen-shot-2017-04-13-at-9-28-20-am/" data-orig-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Screen-Shot-2017-04-13-at-9.28.20-AM.png" data-orig-size="1630,1280" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Screen Shot 2017-04-13 at 9.28.20 AM" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Screen-Shot-2017-04-13-at-9.28.20-AM.png" data-large-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Screen-Shot-2017-04-13-at-9.28.20-AM.png" class=" wp-image-68814 alignleft" src="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Screen-Shot-2017-04-13-at-9.28.20-AM.png" alt="" width="283" height="223" />I heard something that was more than interesting yesterday about Saturday&#8217;s competing Republican/Democrat events at the Ramkota in Sioux Falls.</p> <p>A story from a reporter was related to me about how the Democrat McGovern Day Dinner event with Keith Ellison is closed to the press. As in they fear that someone who will report it listening to the crazy things he says.</p> <p>I&#8217;m not sure if they want to hide the fact that their keynote speaker Keith Ellison has said that a 63 Percent Tax Rate is &#8220;Fair,&#8221; and they&#8217;re afraid that it could see print in the Argus Leader or Rapid City Journal.</p> <p>Or that a KELOland reporter might note to the audience that Ellison gave a speech defending Sara Jane Olson, a Domestic Terrorist and attempted Cop Murderer.</p> <p>Or it could be that Ellison stated that he believes the Democrat Party should come out against the Second Amendment, and Democrats are afraid how that&#8217;s going to look for their party in South Dakota when it appears in every weekly newspaper in the state?</p> <p>(<a href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/sdgop-press-release-david-horowitz-to-speak-at-freedom-rally/">You can read more about Keith Ellison&#8217;s stances here, BTW</a>)</p> <p>Or, it could be that Democrats might be also trying to <a href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/dems-on-chair-ann-tornberg-severe-lack-of-management-ability-that-has-led-to-low-fundraising-dropping-voter-registration-numbers/">hide from the media in the face of this week&#8217;s call for the ouster of State Democrat Party Chair Ann Tornberg</a>, where board members sent out a letter citing Ann&#8217;s &#8220;<em>severe lack of management ability that has led to low fundraising, dropping voter registration numbers, a nearly invisible message, and at the center, zero of anything resembling a strategic action plan for the State Party.</em>&#8221;</p> <p><img data-attachment-id="68968" data-permalink="http://dakotawarcollege.com/dems-on-chair-ann-tornberg-severe-lack-of-management-ability-that-has-led-to-low-fundraising-dropping-voter-registration-numbers/vote_of_no_confidence/" data-orig-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Vote_of_No_Confidence.gif" data-orig-size="320,180" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Vote_of_No_Confidence" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Vote_of_No_Confidence.gif" data-large-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Vote_of_No_Confidence.gif" class="alignright wp-image-68968" src="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Vote_of_No_Confidence.gif" alt="" width="232" height="134" />Having to respond to questions on that topic might prove to be embarrassing for the Democrat party, and it&#8217;s easier for embattled chairwoman Ann Tornburg to close the press off from their events than to respond to pointed questions from reporters about why her board is calling for a vote of no confidence, and to hold elections to choose a new chair at their biggest event of the year.</p> <p>I compare this to the SDGOP who had a contested race for chair this year, for the first time in decades. They allowed reporters at the event, and it was open.  The candidates competed on the field of ideas with two great candidates, and the majority ruled.</p> <p><strong>On a night where the Democrats are <span style="text-decoration: underline;">intentionally trying to hide their message</span></strong>,  <strong>the GOP is <span style="text-decoration: underline;">openly competing on the field of ideas</span></strong>, and offering an alternative view from radical liberal Keith Ellison, and hosting conservative bestselling author David Horowitz as an alternative in an event open to the press.</p> <p>And the GOP Event is an event that keeps on growing.  Call today to get your tickets for Saturday night!</p> <p><img data-attachment-id="68810" data-permalink="http://dakotawarcollege.com/join-the-sdgop-at-the-freedom-rally-with-david-horowitz/goprally/" data-orig-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/GOPRally.jpg" data-orig-size="971,1500" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="GOPRally" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/GOPRally.jpg" data-large-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/GOPRally.jpg" class="alignright size-full wp-image-68810" src="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/GOPRally.jpg" alt="" width="971" height="1500" /></p> Uncategorized Pat Powers Pat Powers Rounds’ second nominee accepted at West Point http://my605.com/pierrereview/?p=14334 Pure Pierre Politics urn:uuid:d6aca48c-fae6-31ea-fb44-f293039430a7 Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:22:28 +0000 Jonah Nelson of Sioux Falls Washington High School has been offered and has accepted an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, according to U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds. Rounds nominated Nelson. He is the son of Layne and Jennifer Nelson of Sioux Falls. Last week Zachariah Markel of Watertown High School accepted an [&#8230;] <p>Jonah Nelson of Sioux Falls Washington High School has been offered and has accepted an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, according to U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds.</p> <p>Rounds nominated Nelson. He is the son of Layne and Jennifer Nelson of Sioux Falls.</p> <p>Last week Zachariah Markel of Watertown High School accepted an appointment to West Point. The senator nominated him.</p> SD Government Bob Mercer Bob Mercer Winter wheat outlook is slightly weaker http://my605.com/pierrereview/?p=14331 Pure Pierre Politics urn:uuid:dbd3adb0-8147-bd22-fb84-228318a99476 Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:16:00 +0000 The condition of winter wheat planted in fall 2016 throughout the state has declined another percentage point, according to the latest weekly report from the South Dakota Wheat Commission. The April 24 report shows 9 percent of winter wheat is now rated as poor. That is the highest so far for the fall 2016 planting. [&#8230;] <p>The condition of winter wheat planted in fall 2016 throughout the state has declined another percentage point, according to the latest weekly report from the South Dakota Wheat Commission.</p> <p>The April 24 report shows 9 percent of winter wheat is now rated as poor. That is the highest so far for the fall 2016 planting.</p> <p>Meanwhile 35 percent is fair, 55 percent good and 1 percent excellent.</p> <p>South Dakota farmers planted about 900,000 acres to winter wheat last fall. That was down 24 percent from 2015, when farmers planted 1,180,000 acres in winter wheat. The previous fall, in 2014, they planted about 1.4 million acres to winter wheat.</p> SD Government Bob Mercer Bob Mercer Twelve S.D. residents charged in federal investigation http://my605.com/pierrereview/?p=14328 Pure Pierre Politics urn:uuid:7bf66156-0d38-228c-b6da-f237bc767b07 Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:48:10 +0000 The U.S. attorney for South Dakota, Randy Seiler, has received federal criminal indictments for 15 people, including at least 12 persons with South Dakota addresses, in an alleged trafficking scheme involving sales of eagles and other migratory birds called Project Dakota Flyer. The initial appearances in U.S. district courts are scheduled for May 1 in [&#8230;] <p>The U.S. attorney for South Dakota, Randy Seiler, has received federal criminal indictments for 15 people, including at least 12 persons with South Dakota addresses, in an alleged trafficking scheme involving sales of eagles and other migratory birds called Project Dakota Flyer.</p> <p>The initial appearances in U.S. district courts are scheduled for May 1 in Rapid City and May 4 in Pierre, according to Seiler. The undercover operation spanned two years.</p> <p>The 12 South Dakotans who face federal charges are:</p> <p>Troy Fairbanks, 54, of Rapid City;</p> <p>Majestic Fairbanks, 22, of Rapid City;</p> <p>Troy Young Fairbanks, 24, of Rapid City;</p> <p>Michael Primeaux, 32, of Parmelee;</p> <p>Juan Mesteth, 39, of Pine Ridge;</p> <p>Aaron David West, 64, of Eagle Butte;</p> <p>Aaron David West Jr., 33, of Eagle Butte;</p> <p>Valencia Neck, 38, of Parmalee;</p> <p>Benjamin Iron Hawk, 44, of Kyle;</p> <p>Chet Christensen, 66 of Tuthill;</p> <p>Ronald Fisher, 64, of Kyle; and</p> <p>David Jasper, 60, of Box Elder.</p> <p>Also indicted were Alvin Brown Jr., 37, of Ethete, WY; Jorge Pena, 44, of Mt. Vernon, IA; and Gary Fisher, 69, of Gordon, NE.</p> SD Government Bob Mercer Bob Mercer Democrat Leadership to Force a Capital Felons Mentality on Their Membership http://www.americanclarion.com/2017/04/26/democrat-leadership-to-force-a-capital-felons-mentality-on-their-membership-48110/ American Clarion urn:uuid:4571fde2-bf48-4807-a48c-82217b4115d9 Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:41:50 +0000 In the Constitution we find the framers securing and guaranteeing protection of all life in the 5th Amendment: “No person shall be deprived of life…without due process of law.” This applies to every living person, and we know abortion violates this right by killing babies before they’re born, let...<br/> <br/> Visit American Clarion to read more<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=IzLYZQSHrCE:UX3i8xWnOPo:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=IzLYZQSHrCE:UX3i8xWnOPo:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?i=IzLYZQSHrCE:UX3i8xWnOPo:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=IzLYZQSHrCE:UX3i8xWnOPo:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=IzLYZQSHrCE:UX3i8xWnOPo:gIN9vFwOqvQ"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?i=IzLYZQSHrCE:UX3i8xWnOPo:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=IzLYZQSHrCE:UX3i8xWnOPo:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?i=IzLYZQSHrCE:UX3i8xWnOPo:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AmericanClarion/~4/IzLYZQSHrCE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> National US Constitution abortion Constitution crime Democrats contact@americanclarion.com contact@americanclarion.com TSA Sexual Assault Redux http://www.americanclarion.com/2017/04/26/tsa-sexual-assault-redux-48108/ American Clarion urn:uuid:49b483b9-80d5-8a1e-23a1-8c9240843e0e Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:39:57 +0000 Back in February I wrote a report on being heavily groped between my legs by a woman with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. I labeled what she did to me sexual assault, to which some people took offense in the comment sections where...<br/> <br/> Visit American Clarion to read more<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=IDc9SQZXeQM:EiQ-yQffXAg:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=IDc9SQZXeQM:EiQ-yQffXAg:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?i=IDc9SQZXeQM:EiQ-yQffXAg:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=IDc9SQZXeQM:EiQ-yQffXAg:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=IDc9SQZXeQM:EiQ-yQffXAg:gIN9vFwOqvQ"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?i=IDc9SQZXeQM:EiQ-yQffXAg:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=IDc9SQZXeQM:EiQ-yQffXAg:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?i=IDc9SQZXeQM:EiQ-yQffXAg:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AmericanClarion/~4/IDc9SQZXeQM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> National Constitution Fourth Amendment terrorism contact@americanclarion.com contact@americanclarion.com The Benedict Option? http://www.americanclarion.com/2017/04/26/the-benedict-option-48105/ American Clarion urn:uuid:b3b14731-4529-9894-e601-bbd7e5f23207 Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:34:46 +0000 In a time when ‘anti-Christian hostility infects powerful elite subculture,’ as studied and hypothesized by David Williamson and George Yancey in the book, “So Many Christians, So Few Lions: Is There Christianophobia in the United States?” the need to review and reassess our standing before God and...<br/> <br/> Visit American Clarion to read more<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=T42TWcH-cE4:R5F9yfaBb6U:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=T42TWcH-cE4:R5F9yfaBb6U:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?i=T42TWcH-cE4:R5F9yfaBb6U:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=T42TWcH-cE4:R5F9yfaBb6U:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=T42TWcH-cE4:R5F9yfaBb6U:gIN9vFwOqvQ"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?i=T42TWcH-cE4:R5F9yfaBb6U:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=T42TWcH-cE4:R5F9yfaBb6U:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?i=T42TWcH-cE4:R5F9yfaBb6U:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AmericanClarion/~4/T42TWcH-cE4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> National Christianity culture history contact@americanclarion.com contact@americanclarion.com Driver exam offices closed Friday and Saturday http://my605.com/pierrereview/?p=14325 Pure Pierre Politics urn:uuid:bf09f06d-3eb7-affc-8b77-e6f874b86218 Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:21:21 +0000 Driver examination offices throughout South Dakota are closed for annual training of staff on Friday and Saturday, according to state Department of Public Safety spokesman Tony Mangan. The stations will reopen starting next week at their normally scheduled dates and times, he said. <p>Driver examination offices throughout South Dakota are closed for annual training of staff on Friday and Saturday, according to state Department of Public Safety spokesman Tony Mangan.</p> <p>The stations will reopen starting next week at their normally scheduled dates and times, he said.</p> SD Government Bob Mercer Bob Mercer Mitchell man faces fentanyl charges http://my605.com/pierrereview/?p=14321 Pure Pierre Politics urn:uuid:fa44ac58-310c-49bc-c2d2-ab0651340cde Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:04:53 +0000 State Attorney General Marty Jackley said Tuesday his office is prosecuting Jacob Hubbs, 20, of Mitchell on three criminal counts regarding drugs. The arrest was made by Mitchell police and the state Division of Criminal Investigation. More than 1,000 fentanyl pills and $11,000 cash were seized Monday. Hubbs is charged with: Possession of fentanyl, a [&#8230;] <p>State Attorney General Marty Jackley said Tuesday his office is prosecuting Jacob Hubbs, 20, of Mitchell on three criminal counts regarding drugs. The arrest was made by Mitchell police and the state Division of Criminal Investigation.</p> <p>More than 1,000 fentanyl pills and $11,000 cash were seized Monday.</p> <p>Hubbs is charged with:</p> <p>Possession of fentanyl, a controlled substance, which a class 5 felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine;</p> <p>Possession with intent to distribute, a class 4 felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine; and</p> <p>Possession with intent to distribute in a drug-free zone, a class 4 felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.</p> <p>Police in Mitchell, Watertown, Brookings and Yankton; drug task forces for the James Valley and Sioux Falls; the state Highway Patrol; and DCI assisted in the investigation.</p> SD Government Bob Mercer Bob Mercer Ag industry hoping to sex up droopy members with new farm bill prescription http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2017/04/ag-industry-hoping-to-sex-up-droopy.html interested party urn:uuid:0e71ab1b-f903-c2d8-7840-7f3caddabf06 Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:25:04 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mO_GepCftbI/WP-2HA0rsbI/AAAAAAAAFSo/bRVnej_Su0IqOoq5p6kOfEipSnyYGmRwACLcB/s1600/25-70-17257952-336x420.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mO_GepCftbI/WP-2HA0rsbI/AAAAAAAAFSo/bRVnej_Su0IqOoq5p6kOfEipSnyYGmRwACLcB/s200/25-70-17257952-336x420.jpg" width="160" /></a></div>Ag and livestock producers in red Trump states are suffering from sagging profits, flaccid numbers, and limp resolve.<br /><br />Some blame Mother Nature.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>Catastrophe, tragedy, a devastating loss cannot even begin to describe the turmoil that has unfolded for hundreds of ranchers across the states of Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado following the devastating fires of March 2017. [<a href="http://www.farmforum.net/2017/04/25/brothers-in-agriculture-will-help-kansas-farmers-rebuild-following-devastating-fires/?utm_medium=social&amp;utm_source=twitter_FarmForum1">smokin' hot Kelly Morrison, Farm Forum</a>]</b></i></blockquote>Climate disruptions are hitting corn growers who rely on federal subsidies to farm, Mexico is threatening to retaliate against the protectionist Trump junta, and even the earth hater Heritage Institute says it's time to end ag bailouts.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>Congress needs to stop fleecing American taxpayers to further enrich large agribusinesses. It can start immediately with ending bailouts and limiting the exposure that taxpayers have in connection with these massive new farm-handout programs. That $15 billion should be in the pockets of taxpayers, not large agribusinesses. [<a href="http://www.heritage.org/agriculture/commentary/handouts-the-agriculture-industry-are-out-control?utm_source=twitter&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_campaign=thf-tw">Heritage: Handouts to the Agriculture Industry Are Out of Control</a>]</b></i></blockquote><a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2013/06/when-climates-decouple.html">Desertification</a> driven by <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2014/07/western-watersheds-public-lands.html">overgrazing</a> has turned parts of the high plains into <a href="http://kfor.com/2017/03/07/oklahomans-race-to-save-livestock-during-wildfire-outbreak/">scorched earth</a>.<br /><br /><a href="http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/235690-week-ahead-gop-spotlight-on-epa-rules-crude-oil-ban">This year</a> South Dakota's GOP congressional delegation is stumbling all over itself trying to protect <a href="http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pacgot.php?cmte=C00042069">donors like Monsanto</a> and Syngenta from their accountability for <a href="http://iaspub.epa.gov/tmdl/attains_state.control?p_state=SD&amp;p_cycle=&amp;p_report_type=T">the state's impaired waters</a>. John Thune (<a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2016/09/small-government-thune-wants-to-add.html">earth hater-SD</a>) has rolled out his farm bill <a href="https://www.thune.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=FD8E0720-1AFC-4329-9359-9DCF5290522D">template for moral hazard and socialized agriculture</a> while South Dakota's lone US House member and <a href="http://wnax.com/news/180081-house-ag-chair-says-farm-bill-will-be-done-on-time/">her fellow earth haters</a> support it. <br /><br /><a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2014/01/provisions-in-farm-bill-spell-doom-for.html">Moral hazard</a> is the flip side of self-reliance and the livestock industry knows emergency declarations will provide bailouts for those who chose risk instead of burning off dry grasses minimizing losses.<br /><br />Domestic livestock have contributed to <a href="https://www.abqjournal.com/830077">catastrophic wildfire conditions</a> and Republican welfare <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2015/01/wuerthner-ranchers-are-real.html">ranchers are the real ecoterrorists</a> who hate subsidies <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2017/03/socialized-agriculture-driving-spring.html">unless they benefit from them</a>.<br /><br /><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><div dir="ltr" lang="en"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Monsanto?src=hash">#Monsanto</a>'s "Let Nothing Go" program: Paid social media trolls "who appear to have no connection to the industry" <a href="https://t.co/TdnLkNRUKL">https://t.co/TdnLkNRUKL</a> <a href="https://t.co/ptkVU08M8D">pic.twitter.com/ptkVU08M8D</a></div>— Gary Ruskin (@garyruskin) <a href="https://twitter.com/garyruskin/status/856677879601545216">April 25, 2017</a></blockquote><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></div> Earth red state failure sd politics larry kurtz larry kurtz 2017 South Dakota Second Amdt Scorecard http://www.americanclarion.com/2017/04/24/2017-south-dakota-second-amdt-scorecard-48096/ American Clarion urn:uuid:a82a540e-4bd3-08ea-0f1f-718d2ce8042b Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:47:39 +0000 South Dakota Citizens for Liberty recently released their Second Amendment scorecard, scoring the 2017 South Dakota legislature on Second Amendment issues.<br/> <br/> Visit American Clarion to read more<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=2DfJVTd3ni4:rHmZ_KcNUyY:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=2DfJVTd3ni4:rHmZ_KcNUyY:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?i=2DfJVTd3ni4:rHmZ_KcNUyY:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=2DfJVTd3ni4:rHmZ_KcNUyY:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=2DfJVTd3ni4:rHmZ_KcNUyY:gIN9vFwOqvQ"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?i=2DfJVTd3ni4:rHmZ_KcNUyY:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=2DfJVTd3ni4:rHmZ_KcNUyY:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?i=2DfJVTd3ni4:rHmZ_KcNUyY:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AmericanClarion/~4/2DfJVTd3ni4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> RINO Watch South Dakota legislature Second Amendment contact@americanclarion.com contact@americanclarion.com In God We Trust Revisited: The Peculiar Case of Former NJ Congressman Scott Garrett http://www.americanclarion.com/2017/04/24/in-god-we-trust-revisited-the-peculiar-case-of-former-nj-congressman-scott-garrett-48095/ American Clarion urn:uuid:5619bca2-1c67-8b10-bbe8-216b0525a580 Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:24:08 +0000 Christian liberty sacrificed at the altar of greed, the tragic tale in which corporate America defines a new arbitrary moral code. Another fairly recent and notable example of our political system run amuck occurred when alleged ‘social extremist,’ Scott Garrett, became a surprising casualty of the...<br/> <br/> Visit American Clarion to read more<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=NJ6Xz6dCa7M:WbW6giVFXKI:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=NJ6Xz6dCa7M:WbW6giVFXKI:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?i=NJ6Xz6dCa7M:WbW6giVFXKI:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=NJ6Xz6dCa7M:WbW6giVFXKI:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=NJ6Xz6dCa7M:WbW6giVFXKI:gIN9vFwOqvQ"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?i=NJ6Xz6dCa7M:WbW6giVFXKI:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=NJ6Xz6dCa7M:WbW6giVFXKI:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?i=NJ6Xz6dCa7M:WbW6giVFXKI:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AmericanClarion/~4/NJ6Xz6dCa7M" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> National GOP homosexuality marriage religious freedom Republicans RINOs contact@americanclarion.com contact@americanclarion.com South Dakota's Fiscal Policy Is Based On Finger-Crossing http://theconstantcommoner.blogspot.com/2017/04/south-dakotas-fiscal-policy-is-based-on.html THE CONSTANT COMMONER urn:uuid:2810db3d-06ac-26fa-2297-3c76d6d167a0 Sun, 23 Apr 2017 20:40:32 +0000 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif; font-size: x-large; font-weight: bold;">I</span><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>t looks like there's no relief in sight for South Dakota's chronic fiscal problem, a shortfall in sales tax revenues. &nbsp;</b>As RCJ correspondent Bob Mercer put it in <b><a href="http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/legislature/state-revenues-continue-falling/article_f5ede751-c65f-595d-ba49-ff1200af82e7.html" target="_blank">his report</a></b> on a legislative board <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://inflationdata.com/Inflation/images/charts/Corn/Inflation_Adjusted_Corn_Price.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="232" src="https://inflationdata.com/Inflation/images/charts/Corn/Inflation_Adjusted_Corn_Price.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: small;">SD Makes Projections On This?</span><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;">Give Me A Break</span></b></td></tr></tbody></table>meeting discussing the issue a few days ago, "the news is getting worse." &nbsp;Mercer notes that Sioux Falls GOP Representative Mark Mickelson called the downturn in state revenues "the No. 1 issue" facing state government, adding that his concern is "the erosion of our ability to keep pace." &nbsp;Rising expenses and falling revenues are a persistent reality for South Dakota government, which is headed for a second straight year of declining sales tax revenues, even as our state's population has increased by a bit over a percentage point since 2015. &nbsp;Little wonder that Mickelson is concerned about our ability to keep pace. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif; font-size: x-large; font-weight: bold;">E</span><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>ven more wondrous to me is that nobody in Pierre acknowledges the obvious, which is that our fiscal policy is based on finger-crossing. &nbsp;</b>South Dakota's<b>&nbsp;</b>agriculturally-dependent economy has suffered a three billion dollar hit in the past few years, seriously cutting down the flow of cash that streams through the state and surfaces as taxable sales. &nbsp;For the government to base its cash-flow projections on any assumptions about commodity prices is folly, as we've seen the past couple of years. Our state's rigid dependence on sales and, more locally, property taxes for the lion's share of operating revenues is the stuff of gambling and hoping that lady luck will be with our commodity markets every crop year.</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif; font-size: x-large; font-weight: bold;">A </span><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>comprehensive review with an eye toward tax reform should be on Governor Daugaard's order of business for the remaining months of his term. &nbsp;</b>Our regressive sales tax-based system (4th <b><a href="http://www.itep.org/whopays/full_report.php#The 10 Most Regressive State &amp; Local Tax Systems" target="_blank">most regressive </a></b>in the nation) plants its burdensome feet most heavily on our lower-income residents, and our high property taxes (16th <b><a href="https://wallethub.com/edu/states-with-the-highest-and-lowest-property-taxes/11585/" target="_blank">highest in the country</a>&nbsp;</b>at 1.4% of valuation--mine being closer to 2%) could stand some downward adjustment. &nbsp;Taking those taxes down significantly and replacing the revenues with corporate and possibly individual income taxes<table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MAoOQDG29Bo/UWSv0rNkjzI/AAAAAAAAAAw/HX8ORL6hyMY/s400/Capture1.PNG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MAoOQDG29Bo/UWSv0rNkjzI/AAAAAAAAAAw/HX8ORL6hyMY/s400/Capture1.PNG" height="176" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: small;">An Impractical Set-Up</span><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;">That's Also Unfair</span></b></td></tr></tbody></table>would smooth out the state's revenue stream and give property owners some long-needed relief. &nbsp;It would also inject some equity into our state's financial structure. &nbsp;It might even give our area ag producers some <b><a href="http://theconstantcommoner.blogspot.com/2016/12/property-taxes-need-overhauling-as-part.html" target="_blank">relief from the pain </a></b>of paying the same property taxes every year whether they've made money or not. &nbsp;The impracticality of the status quo is self-evident. &nbsp;Fixing it would also be a way of having the word "fairness" applied more judiciously to South Dakota's tax system, which is profoundly indifferent to the equitable distribution of its burden. &nbsp;</span> John Tsitrian John Tsitrian Creating War While Leading Through Opposition! http://www.americanclarion.com/2017/04/21/creating-war-while-leading-through-opposition-48092/ American Clarion urn:uuid:53dc5515-10fc-3ebc-4d05-7893ed203c89 Sat, 22 Apr 2017 02:00:00 +0000 There is less than 21% approval rating for the American media. The reason is that people in this country understand that it is nothing more than fake and contrived news! Yet, they remain in the present, continuing to lie and to further their agenda by promulgating propaganda, as well as driving...<br/> <br/> Visit American Clarion to read more<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=ILNZKdKEgAo:_ggBmD-Oq1s:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=ILNZKdKEgAo:_ggBmD-Oq1s:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?i=ILNZKdKEgAo:_ggBmD-Oq1s:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=ILNZKdKEgAo:_ggBmD-Oq1s:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=ILNZKdKEgAo:_ggBmD-Oq1s:gIN9vFwOqvQ"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?i=ILNZKdKEgAo:_ggBmD-Oq1s:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=ILNZKdKEgAo:_ggBmD-Oq1s:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?i=ILNZKdKEgAo:_ggBmD-Oq1s:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AmericanClarion/~4/ILNZKdKEgAo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> National Donald Trump media bias contact@americanclarion.com contact@americanclarion.com Load limits lifted for SD 25 and SD 42 http://my605.com/pierrereview/?p=14319 Pure Pierre Politics urn:uuid:faeeb122-fb5f-e914-1c06-632676ac2d28 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:11:16 +0000 Two segments of South Dakota&#8217;s highway system saw spring load limits lifted this morning. They are in the Mitchell region. One is SD 25 between the SD 38 junction and the SD 34 junction. The other is SD 42 from US 281 east to the Davison County line. <p>Two segments of South Dakota&#8217;s highway system saw spring load limits lifted this morning. They are in the Mitchell region.</p> <p>One is SD 25 between the SD 38 junction and the SD 34 junction.</p> <p>The other is SD 42 from US 281 east to the Davison County line.</p> SD Government Bob Mercer Bob Mercer Repubs and indies up, Dems down… again http://my605.com/pierrereview/?p=14315 Pure Pierre Politics urn:uuid:083767cc-a0c3-9ae2-792a-07d0ce2e68c0 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:54:47 +0000 Republicans and independents increased their voter registrations, while Democrats fell for the fifth month in a row, according to the latest numbers for South Dakota. The web site for Secretary of State Shantel Krebs shows that, as of April 10, Republicans remained the dominant party, with 253,845 registered voters. That was a slight &#8212; nine [&#8230;] <p>Republicans and independents increased their voter registrations, while Democrats fell for the fifth month in a row, according to the latest numbers for South Dakota.</p> <p>The web site for Secretary of State Shantel Krebs shows that, as of April 10, Republicans remained the dominant party, with 253,845 registered voters. That was a slight &#8212; nine total &#8212; downturn from March 1. But it was an overall increase from the 252,116 Republicans registered for the November general election, and the 243,523 Republicans registered for the June primary.</p> <p>Then we have the independents and No Party Affiliation voters. Their combined total as of April 10 was 122,373. That was an increase of 662 since March 1. More significantly, it was an overall increase from the 118,669 independents and NPAs registered for the November general election, and the 110,839 registered for the June primary. Independents and NPAs climbed 14 months in a row.</p> <p>Now for the Democrats: They have fallen five months in a row. As of April 10, there were 169,688 Democratic voters registered in South Dakota. That was a decrease of 369 since March 1. It also was an overall decrease from the 170,694 Democrats registered for the November general election. It was an increase, however, from the 168,301 Democrats registered for the June primary.</p> <p>As for the smaller political parties, the Constitution Party stood at 493 on April 10, down from 500 for the November general; it became an officially recognized party again on March 31, 2016. The Libertarian Party had 1,682 registered voters on April 10, an increase from 1,620 for the November general. The Libertarians became an officially recognized party again on June 17, 2016.</p> <p>Flip the calendar back to July 2009: Democrats stood at a peak of 206,086, while independents and NPAs totaled 86,310. At the rates they have changed since then &#8212; Democrats down more than 36,000 while the independents and NPAs up more than 36,000 &#8212; the independents and NPAs could overtake Democrats within seven to eight years.</p> <p>If not sooner.</p> SD Government Bob Mercer Bob Mercer When Sanity is the New Anarchy http://www.americanclarion.com/2017/04/21/when-sanity-is-the-new-anarchy-48088/ American Clarion urn:uuid:0e983419-94f9-cab0-1783-2e0e90ee75b7 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:15:26 +0000 I find myself in a strange political place. One in which I vehemently reject the secular status quo establishment, but scoff at the politically correct progressive push toward a dehumanized socialist society.<br/> <br/> Visit American Clarion to read more<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=cLiyhSI-6gE:TzmDUdkWWVc:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=cLiyhSI-6gE:TzmDUdkWWVc:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?i=cLiyhSI-6gE:TzmDUdkWWVc:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=cLiyhSI-6gE:TzmDUdkWWVc:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=cLiyhSI-6gE:TzmDUdkWWVc:gIN9vFwOqvQ"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?i=cLiyhSI-6gE:TzmDUdkWWVc:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=cLiyhSI-6gE:TzmDUdkWWVc:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?i=cLiyhSI-6gE:TzmDUdkWWVc:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AmericanClarion/~4/cLiyhSI-6gE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> National Christianity contact@americanclarion.com contact@americanclarion.com PennCo asphalt plant on collision course with soccer complex, GOPers http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2017/04/rapid-city-asphalt-plant-on-collision.html interested party urn:uuid:11668675-0be7-1d2f-5fb1-32f61a7816bf Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:40:07 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-jez9JIa1X-0/WPi2d0wuCvI/AAAAAAAAFR8/Qwph6z8Q13AXfzsepG2L5vqf6jnryUpywCLcB/s1600/Black-Hills-rapids-soccer-club-banner.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="92" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-jez9JIa1X-0/WPi2d0wuCvI/AAAAAAAAFR8/Qwph6z8Q13AXfzsepG2L5vqf6jnryUpywCLcB/s400/Black-Hills-rapids-soccer-club-banner.png" width="400" /></a></div><br />Attorney Doyle Estes donated stolen prairie swampland in Pennington County to Rapid City if it would develop <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2013/11/without-tif-rapid-city-soccer-complex.html">a soccer complex</a>. The property is home to buried toxins: residue from Rapid City's early years. Earth hater former South Dakota Attorney General Roger Tellinghuisen, now director of Dakota Fields, helped to raise money for the pitches.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>“You’re being asked,” Attorney Roger Tellinghuisen said to the commissioners, “to put one company’s profits ahead of the health, safety and welfare of not only the people who live adjacent to this particular site, but all the kids, and moms and dads, and grandpas and grandmas who are coming to this soccer field.” Doug Noyes, executive director of the Black Hills Rapid Soccer Club, also expressed concerns about the asphalt plant. [<a href="http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/county-commissioners-green-light-asphalt-plant/article_82fadcb6-2927-5eb9-831a-224a6569169e.html">Rapid City Journal</a>]</b></i></blockquote>From my inbox:<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>I want to start by thanking everyone for their concern over the rezoning request to allow an area 1\2 mile west of our soccer Complex to become Heavy Industrial. This issue has long reaching consequences for the neighborhood. We are a half mile away, think about the home and business owners that border the property and what this means for them as well.</b></i><br /><i><b><br /></b></i> <i><b>I have not sent an email for a while because I was doing research and study of the dangers of Asphalt Fumes and Vapors. I also wanted to determine the impact being west of the Complex vs a different direction.</b></i><br /><i><b><br /></b></i> <i><b>While the answer to the question of whether exposure to asphalt by road workers working with the substances is clear. It can cause "breathing problems, asthma, bronchitis and skin irritation...and studies have reported lung, stomach, and skin cancers following chronic exposures to asphalt fumes."Source: http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/asphaltfumes/index.html. The question of environmental exposure, what we are worried about, causing problems is unresolved.</b></i><br /><i><b><br /></b></i> <i><b>A paid consultant brought to testify in front of the county commission has tested Asphalt Plant emissions and gave the opinion that they are not significant polluters. I have read one of her papers and as far as the stack emissions (the "oven" that the rock is heated in) I believe she is entirely correct. No one thinks heating rocks is dangerous. It is the rest of the process of making asphalt that releases the dust, dirt and emissions that people are worried about. There is debate in the scientific community about the impact of fugitive emissions.</b></i><br /><i><b><br /></b></i> <i><b>I am not saying that building this plant will absolutely impact our air quality. The immediate neighbors are a different matter and I feel for them. What I am saying, and no one can guarantee me otherwise, is that it might and that is enough of a reason to oppose its construction.</b></i><br /><i><b><br /></b></i> <i><b>The even bigger issue, in my opinion, is what opening the area to Heavy Industrial will possibly bring in the future. The City of Rapid City has long range plans for the area now under review to become residential and commercial with some light industrial. This includes the land immediately surrounding the Complex. These uses are compatible with OUR long term plans of a stadium, more fields and parking (YAY!) and an indoor facility. On the other hand here is a partial list of what heavy industrial zoning will allow: </b></i><br /><i><b><br /></b></i> <i><b>Stockyards, feeding pens, and auction houses for sale of livestock. Tannery or curing or storage of raw hides.</b></i><br /><i><b>Rock, sand, gravel, or earth excavation, crushing or distribution. Slaughter of animals, including poultry killing or dressing.</b></i><br /><i><b><br /></b></i> <i><b>Source: Pennington County Zoning Ordinances Section 212-B</b></i><br /><i><b><br /></b></i> <i><b>BE AWARE! The change will allow such businesses-period-no hearing-no fight-no nothing. This change opens the door to what the law allows and there will be little we can do to stop it.</b></i><br /><i><b><br /></b></i> <i><b>What we can do now is show up. Lots of us. Hundreds of us. Bring the kids if you can. The last meeting was to start at 10:30, didn't start until after 12:00 and several of the witnesses had to leave. The Chair of the Commission commented on how little opposition was there. They passed the change on the first reading but it is the next reading that matters. </b></i><br /><i><b><br /></b></i> <i><b>Please come to the Commission meeting. If you want to speak please do, if you don't, at least be there to be counted. While we do not have the money the proponents of this change have we do have numbers. The County Commissioners are politicians and politicians need votes. They need to see as many voters as possible that do not like the direction this is going. There are almost 700 signatures on the survey. If you haven't signed yet please do. </b></i><br /><i><b><br /></b></i> <i><b>There is only one reason the petitioner wants to move his plant to this location and that is profit. He is following the law in trying to do so. I do not believe his changing of existing zoning for his profit should potentially have a negative impact on the 6 million dollars we have spent on Dakota Fields. Please attend this important meeting to protect the future of our Complex. </b></i><br /><i><b>.</b></i><br /><i><b><br /></b></i> <i><b>–Doug Noyes</b></i></blockquote><a href="http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/rapid-city-government-loses-big-sky-lawsuit/article_56957cd4-0cdf-5dd7-8840-5bda06639d4c.html">Earth hater Doyle Estes</a> is married to ethics-neutral former Board of Regents member, <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2015/11/breaking-bad-comes-to-pierre.html">Kathryn Johnson</a>. This interested party has personal histories with both Estes and Tellinghuisen. <br /><br />My youngest daughter plays for the <a href="http://www.blackhillsrapids.com/">Black Hills Rapids Soccer Club</a>. In the first photo below she's in the front row holding up a finger while picking her nose, subject of the second image and the tall one in the center of bottom shot. My oldest daughter and their mother are also in that photo.<br /><br />Way back in 2014 when the Daugaard administration used to post Future Fund <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2015/05/rapid-city-future-fund-recipient.html">recipients who contributed</a> to <strike>the Governor's Club slush fund</strike> Denny's reelection campaign <a href="http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/capjournal.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/da/fda00c14-8e28-11e3-bd1a-001a4bcf887a/52f1d06d9921c.pdf.pdf">Estes and Johnson figure</a> quite prominently.<br /><br />Sparks will fly.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_b7j8s2Y0lM/WPi7utLqJzI/AAAAAAAAFSM/1F89UCZ4erEH4-iPPBtSG7xFbVkRd-FMQCLcB/s1600/fullsizeoutput_9514.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_b7j8s2Y0lM/WPi7utLqJzI/AAAAAAAAFSM/1F89UCZ4erEH4-iPPBtSG7xFbVkRd-FMQCLcB/s400/fullsizeoutput_9514.jpeg" width="360" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OAlitcMruwI/WPi8MqybR3I/AAAAAAAAFSQ/QGt-5n21RFEMDmOYJMOFuokAFo0I8CIbgCLcB/s1600/fullsizeoutput_93e7.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OAlitcMruwI/WPi8MqybR3I/AAAAAAAAFSQ/QGt-5n21RFEMDmOYJMOFuokAFo0I8CIbgCLcB/s400/fullsizeoutput_93e7.jpeg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6yi7RVGeTVM/WPi9MZ6eL0I/AAAAAAAAFSY/cWpo0vz5TWYuNimAotEHDspCzlZw4qGHACLcB/s1600/17904105_10208904915645107_5200890808525446572_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6yi7RVGeTVM/WPi9MZ6eL0I/AAAAAAAAFSY/cWpo0vz5TWYuNimAotEHDspCzlZw4qGHACLcB/s400/17904105_10208904915645107_5200890808525446572_n.jpg" width="400" /></a></div></div> ip red state failure sd politics larry kurtz larry kurtz The Quest of Tech Billionaires for Immortality http://www.americanclarion.com/2017/04/20/the-quest-of-tech-billionaires-for-immortality-48084/ American Clarion urn:uuid:5e07e03f-d4c1-a531-f684-2b926d797ddb Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:37:57 +0000 It is instructive to see what someone does who achieves great wealth and great power. What do they focus on personally, what do they use their resources to accomplish, what is most important to them?<br/> <br/> Visit American Clarion to read more<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=0otfNFdcZHI:ZFA2R-QYlPM:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=0otfNFdcZHI:ZFA2R-QYlPM:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?i=0otfNFdcZHI:ZFA2R-QYlPM:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=0otfNFdcZHI:ZFA2R-QYlPM:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=0otfNFdcZHI:ZFA2R-QYlPM:gIN9vFwOqvQ"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?i=0otfNFdcZHI:ZFA2R-QYlPM:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=0otfNFdcZHI:ZFA2R-QYlPM:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?i=0otfNFdcZHI:ZFA2R-QYlPM:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AmericanClarion/~4/0otfNFdcZHI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> National Christianity religion science contact@americanclarion.com contact@americanclarion.com A Berkeley professor who understands his job http://www.americanclarion.com/2017/04/20/a-berkeley-professor-who-understands-his-job-48080/ American Clarion urn:uuid:728e3a90-668a-69de-69b3-f24fde27e3db Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:19:05 +0000 What is Alan Ross's secret? His "new" model restores the university to what it is supposed to be and once was: about learning, not politics. Students take a final exam that tests what they have learned from the wide variety of ideas they have heard in the course of the semester, which determines...<br/> <br/> Visit American Clarion to read more<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=AeOXuULw8RM:3-3aDrDQQaI:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=AeOXuULw8RM:3-3aDrDQQaI:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?i=AeOXuULw8RM:3-3aDrDQQaI:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=AeOXuULw8RM:3-3aDrDQQaI:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=AeOXuULw8RM:3-3aDrDQQaI:gIN9vFwOqvQ"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?i=AeOXuULw8RM:3-3aDrDQQaI:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=AeOXuULw8RM:3-3aDrDQQaI:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?i=AeOXuULw8RM:3-3aDrDQQaI:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AmericanClarion/~4/AeOXuULw8RM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> National education contact@americanclarion.com contact@americanclarion.com Return of the witch trials http://northernbeacon.blogspot.com/2017/04/return-of-witch-trials.html Northern Valley Beacon urn:uuid:7edc9b90-e137-2c26-f4ab-1090a733e19b Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:27:28 +0000 <br /><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;courier new&quot; , &quot;courier&quot; , monospace;"><i style="font-size: x-large;"><b>Remember what you have seen, because&nbsp;everything&nbsp;forgotten returns to the circling winds.</b> &nbsp;</i><span style="font-size: x-small;">Navajo Wind Chant</span></span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">When people need to understand the world around them, &nbsp;they turn to&nbsp;literature. &nbsp;It is the repository of the cultural memory. &nbsp;Our lives find meaning and direction in the stories we tell. &nbsp;The literature of Salem and the &nbsp;witchcraft trials is particularly pertinent and informing today. &nbsp;The hysteria in the colony of Massachusetts in 1692 and 1693 is recorded by participants and observers of the time and is part of the canon of American Literature. &nbsp;Samuel Sewall, one of the judges at the witchcraft trial, kept a diary, which records how he came to recognize the &nbsp;serious error he made in judging, but also the mental process he went through to come to that recognition. &nbsp;Five years after the trials, he prepared a statement of repentance which his minister read before the congregation of his church while he stood before it:</span><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #555555; font-weight: bold;">Samuel Sewall, sensible of the reiterated strokes of God upon himself and family; and being sensible, that as to the Guilt contracted upon the opening of the late Commission of Oyer and Terminer at Salem (to which the order of this Day relates) he is, upon many accounts, more concerned than any that he knows of, Desires to take the Blame and shame of it, Asking pardon of men, And especially desiring prayers that God, who has an Unlimited Authority, would pardon that sin and all other his sins; personal and Relative...</span></span></blockquote><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Sewall had fourteen children, few of whom survived childhood, &nbsp;a fact of the hardships of colonial times. &nbsp;But he was particularly affected by the anguish of an adolescent daughter as she tried to deal with the puritan doctrine of&nbsp;predestination. &nbsp;In his daughter's suffering, he saw the injustice inflicted upon those accused of witchcraft. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">That time of hysterical paranoia was taken up as a major literary concern of Nathaniel Hawthorne whose great grandfather was also a judge at the witch trials and was distinguished by being the only one who never repented his participation. &nbsp;A modern examination of the lethal hysteria of that time is</span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">&nbsp;playwright Arthur Miller's </span><i style="font-family: 'trebuchet ms', sans-serif;">"The Crucible,"</i><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">&nbsp; which has become a&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">classic of American theater. &nbsp;That hysteria, &nbsp;when remembered through the stories about it, has ominous relevance for our time.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">The ascension of Donald Trump to the presidency has moved many people to turn to literature to understand and deal with what he means and portends for the nation. &nbsp; They turned to an obvious book, &nbsp;George Orwell's <i style="font-weight: bold;">1984,</i>&nbsp;and 68 years &nbsp;after its first publication,&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">they&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/25/books/1984-george-orwell-donald-trump.html">put it on the best seller list again.</a>&nbsp; The psychological derangement it describes is a combination of hatred and abject fear induced through political conditioning, &nbsp;a form of brain washing, that is recognized as what Trump has brought to America. &nbsp;And it might be said that the particular derangement is what brought Trump into prominence. &nbsp;A huge segment of the American population lost or has rejected science and factual information, &nbsp;endorses the malignant spread of lies and defamation, and scoffs at probity as a condition of democracy. &nbsp;To understand why about half the population abandons the cognitive principles on which democracies and any advanced</span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">&nbsp;civilization are based, one must turn to the accounts of&nbsp;<span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">humankind's biggest failures. &nbsp;The Salem trials&nbsp;show the causes and consequences of the mindless hysteria that gripped the people at the time, &nbsp;later repudiated&nbsp;when heads cleared and facts and reason and moral conscience prevailed.</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">The most obvious and significant parallel of the Salem hysteria to our time is the vilification of Hillary Clinton for things she did not do.</span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">&nbsp; In Salem, the&nbsp;<span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">accusations of witchery were directed&nbsp;primarily at females from as young as 9 to elderly woman.</span></span>&nbsp; &nbsp; <span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Mysogyny is recognized as a&nbsp;contributing motive behind the witch trials combined with other mental and moral failures and derangements. &nbsp;The women accused of being witches were blamed as the&nbsp;cause of every social and natural disorder.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">There are many reasons one can find to&nbsp;politically&nbsp;oppose Hillary Clinton. &nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Those &nbsp;given to prejudice based upon personality can also find cause in their minds,. &nbsp; But the behavior of Trump and the GOP went far beyond political premises into malignant derangement. &nbsp;The main pretexts for the Hillary derangement were her email server and Benghazi. &nbsp;Multiple investigations have been made of those matters by political opponents &nbsp;dedicated to bringing her down and by federal agencies, &nbsp;and they all ended up finding no cause for legal or executive actions against her.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">She admitted that the private email server was a mistake. &nbsp;Mixing personal emails on the same server with State Department business was unwieldy. &nbsp;She initiated her &nbsp;own server after being advised by predecessors that emails often became serious impediments in carrying out diplomatic duties. &nbsp;However, the issue that the Republicans tried to pursue was that documents with security classifications had been put on a server that was not protected with official government devices. &nbsp;The paradox is that her server was never hacked although the servers of security agencies in the government have been. &nbsp;She did turn over all the emails that were not personal for review, &nbsp;although some Republicans claim that she withheld 30,000 emails. &nbsp;The FBI director said the handling of secure messages was sloppy, but there was no breach of security for which Clinton could be held liable. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Congressional committees have conducted 12 investigations into Banghazi. &nbsp;None of them produced information that Hillary did or failed to do anything that led to the deaths of four men, the ambassador and his security staff. &nbsp;The families of the victims except for one have absolved Clinton. &nbsp;One bereft mother, Patricia Smith, was exploited at the Republican National Convention where she was a featured speaker and accused Hillary Clinton of being responsible for her son's death, &nbsp;of lying to her about why it happened, and stating that Clinton should be in jail. &nbsp;The mother of the dead ambassador, Chris Stevens, &nbsp;asked the Republicans to <a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/288981-benghazi-victims-mother-calls-on-trump-gop-to-stop">stop using Benghazi and her son</a> as political propaganda. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">What Patricia Smith claims Hillary lied about was the motive behind the Benghazi attack. &nbsp;She takes up the GOP party line used to besmirch Clinton and Obama's security adviser Susan Rice. &nbsp;The day that Benghazi was attacked, there were <a href="https://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/11/obscure-film-mocking-muslim-prophet-sparks-anti-u-s-protests-in-egypt-and-libya/?_r=0">anti- U.S. protests in Egypt and Libya </a>against a video that mocked Muhammed. &nbsp;In initial reports of the attack on Benghazi that killed Ambassador Stevens and his three staff members, it was assumed that the attack was part of that protest. &nbsp;In her early comments, &nbsp;Susan Rice referred to that protest. &nbsp;Secretary Clinton was condemned by Republicans of holding to that explanation, &nbsp;but the record of her communications show at the outset that she said the attack was carried out by an organized group. &nbsp;Patricia Smith claims Clinton lied to her and the families of the men killed by insisting that their deaths were the result of the protest. &nbsp;Other families say they never heard her mention the video protests.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">In order to support their claim that Clinton lied, &nbsp;the GOP tries to insist that the protests and the Benghazi attack were totally separate incidents. &nbsp;Intelligence analysts make the point that the group that attacked Benghazi used the state of unrest created by the video as an occasion to launch their attack. &nbsp;The most recent testimony indicates there were attacks by both<a href="http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-benghazi-attack-20140709-story.html"> disorganized protestors and by an organized group</a> with a detailed plan. The main perpetrator of the attack has said that part of his motive was in <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/17/benghazi-suspect-video_n_5505181.html">revenge for the video </a>mocking his religion.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">The attempts by the GOP to use differing perspectives on a complex event as the basis for branding Cinton and Rice as liars are perhaps the most significant facts to come out of the turmoil. &nbsp;The Republicans don't care or wish to determine just what actually happened. &nbsp;They wish merely to use the incident as a pretext for maligning Clinton and Rice.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">After Patricia Rice made her accusations at the Republican National Convention, &nbsp;the Republicans instituted, as right out of Orwell's <i style="font-weight: bold;">1984</i>, the 15 minutes of hate in which crowds would rise to their feet at the mention of Hillary Clinton and chant "Lock her up" and other threats to her person. &nbsp;It was the re-enactment of what Orwell describes:</span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><i><b>A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledge hammer, seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current, turning one even against one's will into a grimacing, screaming lunatic.</b></i></span></span></blockquote><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">This kind of malicious frenzy was experienced during the Salem witch trials, as neighbors turned on neighbors and accused them of evil. &nbsp;Perhaps the latest example is in the accusation that Susan Rice in her<a href="http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/de-derping-the-un-masking-story"> role as security adviser</a> asked for the names of people mentioned in intelligence reports about spies from other nations. &nbsp;That is <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-04-03/top-obama-adviser-sought-names-of-trump-associates-in-intel">part of the &nbsp;job</a>, but Trump and the GOP try to make it a crime. &nbsp;Susan Rice is a prime target for the reals motives of Trump and the GOP: &nbsp;she's a woman and she's African-American. &nbsp;Which adds another dimension of hatred to that "hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness."</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Trump's accusations and threats against Hillary Clinton are wild, malicious hysteria not based on any facts. &nbsp;The fact that so many people join in the frenzy indicates a reversion to an episode in America that is remarked in &nbsp;literature as a matter of shame. &nbsp;But that portion of people who join in the hate sessions are not that literature portion that reads and understands why episodes like the witch trials are recorded in literature as knowledge which warns of the dangers that lurk in the uninformed human mind. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">And once again humanity regresses to mindless rage. &nbsp;</span><br /><br /> David Newquist David Newquist BHNF enabling welfare ranchers http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2017/04/bhnf-enabling-welfare-ranchers.html interested party urn:uuid:d934837c-f0be-53f9-2836-9f6902b12b76 Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:47:08 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sp1WOuvYFC0/UCJlsEHvWUI/AAAAAAAABJk/uK1iQdYAdpk/s1600/DSC_0004.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sp1WOuvYFC0/UCJlsEHvWUI/AAAAAAAABJk/uK1iQdYAdpk/s400/DSC_0004.JPG" style="cursor: move;" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br />ip photo of cattle shitting in a sensitive watershed on the Black Hills National Forest. Note <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2017/04/bimbo-noem-says-humans-stopped-pine.html">bug kill</a>.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>Grasses available in the Black Hills meadows still include some native species, but also include some “introduced” species like timothy grass, brome grass, and Kentucky blue grass, said Julie Wheeler, the zoned rangeland management specialist for the Northern Hills District of the Black Hills National Forest. Water is one critical factor in the usage of the Black Hills for grazing. Most of the watering holes in the western Black Hills have been created by small dams across streams. [<a href="http://www.bhpioneer.com/local_news/forest-grazing-an-important-part-of-black-hills-ecology-and/article_03919dd8-243d-11e7-891d-8bf72256725f.html">SDGOP-owned Black Hills Pioneer</a>]</b></i></blockquote><a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2013/02/black-hills-beetle-winning-war-against.html">Antimicrobials in manure</a> <a href="http://www.scbt.com/animal_health/bovine/antibiotics_and_antifungals.html">kill fungal communities </a> necessary for healthy forests. <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2015/01/livestock-grazing-costs-taxpayers.html">In 2014</a> there were eight grazing allotments on the <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2014/07/western-watersheds-public-lands.html">Northern Hills district</a> that can no longer support livestock.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>The Government Accountability Office <a href="http://www.wildearthguardians.org/site/PageServer?pagename=priorities_wild_places_public_lands_ranching_fiscal_costs#.V8QtSjVBGt8">(GAO) reported</a> the federal government spends at least $144 million annually managing private livestock grazing on federal public lands, but collects only $21 million in grazing fees—for a net loss of at least $123 million per year. It’s time to give ranchers a graceful way out.[<a href="https://secure3.convio.net/wg/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&amp;page=UserAction&amp;id=807&amp;AddInterest=1485#.V8QouDVBGt9">WildEarth Guardians</a>]</b></i></blockquote>Republican welfare <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2015/01/wuerthner-ranchers-are-real.html">ranchers are the real ecoterrorists</a> who hate subsidies unless <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2015/01/livestock-grazing-costs-taxpayers.html">they benefit from them</a>.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><b><i>There are four federal land management groups that allow grazing: the National Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the National Park Service. Tom Smith, range staff officer for the Northern Hills Ranger District of the Black Hills National Forest said there are 36 allotments in his district, eight of which are vacant. The allotments add up to 304,387 total acres and each allotment ranges from 1,223-20,479 acres in size. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has 504 grazing allotments in Western South Dakota said Carmen Drieling, the group’s rangeland management specialist. “It’s a rate based on a formula that we have nothing to do with,” Smith said. “Congress set up the formula during the Regan [sic] administration and has done nothing to change it.” Currently that rate is $1.35 per grazing pair, per month. “It’s ridiculously cheap,” he said. “If you were to lease private land to do the same thing, you’re looking at $30. $20 would be cheap.” [<a href="http://www.bhpioneer.com/local_news/article_06983102-cefc-11e3-9d60-001a4bcf887a.html">Mark Watson, Black Hills Pioneer</a>]</i></b></blockquote><a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2017/03/disease-ravaging-western-ungulates.html">Betty Olson is an earth hater</a> state former legislator who defended the Bundyists in Nevada. Writing in <a href="http://www.bhpioneer.com/opinion/article_4b2823f0-c58c-11e3-b7e4-001a4bcf887a.html">the Black Hills Pioneer</a> she said:<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><b><i>The federal government shouldn’t be allowed to own any land within a state’s boundaries unless it is granted permission by the legislature of that state, and so far, no state has given that permission to the federal government.</i></b></blockquote>Betty has apparently forgotten that the ground she lives on was seized from aboriginal cultures by President Thomas Jefferson. She and other GOP ranchers take subsidies just to survive.</div> Earth red state failure sd politics larry kurtz larry kurtz Our Government Depends on the Resurrection http://www.americanclarion.com/2017/04/19/our-government-depends-on-the-resurrection-48076/ American Clarion urn:uuid:5d3912a5-0cf8-67bb-c20b-7f79b1e7de99 Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:31:44 +0000 Our nation's framers believed freedom was impossible without virtue and that mankind did not possess virtue by themselves. They also understood, in the words of John Adams, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.” ...<br/> <br/> Visit American Clarion to read more<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=cNh8A0kf11U:64gASWwVHCI:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=cNh8A0kf11U:64gASWwVHCI:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?i=cNh8A0kf11U:64gASWwVHCI:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=cNh8A0kf11U:64gASWwVHCI:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=cNh8A0kf11U:64gASWwVHCI:gIN9vFwOqvQ"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?i=cNh8A0kf11U:64gASWwVHCI:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?a=cNh8A0kf11U:64gASWwVHCI:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/AmericanClarion?i=cNh8A0kf11U:64gASWwVHCI:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AmericanClarion/~4/cNh8A0kf11U" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> National Christian Heritage Christianity history contact@americanclarion.com contact@americanclarion.com Commodity Trading Is No Way To Run An Economy http://theconstantcommoner.blogspot.com/2017/04/commodity-trading-is-no-way-to-run.html THE CONSTANT COMMONER urn:uuid:6c8903e7-82be-96fb-0b06-b911184ecb17 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:09:12 +0000 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif; font-size: x-large;"><b>S</b></span><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>outh Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard once told me that as a law student in Chicago he worked for a while as a clerk/runner on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. &nbsp;</b>It might have been about the same time that I was there, getting a grip on the livestock markets as I prepared for my brokerage operation here in South Dakota. &nbsp;The decades I spent trading stock options and ag futures, both in the Windy City and right here in the Black Hills, taught me a lesson that apparently was lost on Daugaard--don't bank on the commodity markets as the basis for making your financial decisions.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif; font-size: x-large; font-weight: bold;">T</span><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>hat truism is common knowledge in the culture of the trading world, but when it comes to South Dakota's financial governance and planning it's an axiom that has no relevance. &nbsp;</b>Just a <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.chrisstucchio.com/blog_media/2014/fervent_defense_of_frontrunning_hfts/pit_trader.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="214" src="https://www.chrisstucchio.com/blog_media/2014/fervent_defense_of_frontrunning_hfts/pit_trader.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: small;">Trading Floor Madness</span><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;">Or Budget-Planning In South Dakota?</span></b></td></tr></tbody></table>few day ago, <b><a href="http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/legislature/weaker-state-revenues-reported-after-revised-legislative-estimate/article_242894e1-8ddd-5925-bb8f-02922e98398a.html" target="_blank">RCJ ran a story</a></b> titled "State revenues come up short," which reported that various state tax revenues for the first two months of this year have missed their cumulative targets by about $10 million. &nbsp;Some sales tax loss to e-commerce might be part of the issue, but I'd be amazed if planners haven't accounted for the relatively steady growth of internet sales when they made their budget projections. &nbsp;If they haven't, they need to be fired. &nbsp;In reality, State Economist Jim Terwilliger's explanation for the shortfall goes right to the heart of the problem inherent to commodity-based budgeting. &nbsp;Noting that our state's farm income fell from $3.8 billion in 2011 to $800 million in 2016, Terwilleger fatalistically said, "you're seeing some adjustments going on in the ag economy. &nbsp;It takes time to adjust to those lower prices." &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif; font-size: x-large; font-weight: bold;">A </span><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>$3 billion hit, ratcheting steadily downward in 5 years to an economy the size of South Dakota's calls for an awful tough "adjustment." &nbsp;</b>But the fact is, swings in commodity prices have been the norm since the days when ancient Greek merchants haggled with Phoenecian traders over future prices for grapes and olives. &nbsp;Modern day state officials held captive to those swings need to examine the concepts of risk management in order to avoid the pain of these endless and inevitable price cycles. &nbsp;Ratcheting up their dedication to spreading out the state's economic base, mainly via <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://overpassesforamerica.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/tax-reform.gif" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="99" src="https://overpassesforamerica.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/tax-reform.gif" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: small;">Yup. &nbsp;That's What We Need</span><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;">In South Dakota</span></b></td></tr></tbody></table>manufacturing is probably first on the to-do list, but we've been hearing that for years with not much to show for it. A more practical and realistic approach is comprehensive tax reform, weaning the state away from from its dependence on the vagaries of sales taxes and spreading the tax burden out more equitably. By "comprehensive" I mean that everything--as that great Republican dealmaker Donald Trump likes to say--"is on the table." Space constraints intervene for now, so I'll explore the tantalizing concepts of "comprehensive, everything, and on the table" when it comes to tax reform next week. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span> John Tsitrian John Tsitrian Bimbo Noem says humans stopped pine beetle outbreak. Uh, no. http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2017/04/bimbo-noem-says-humans-stopped-pine.html interested party urn:uuid:091b5577-ac80-0e97-8ecc-a914cf940fd6 Sun, 16 Apr 2017 21:38:53 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><div dir="ltr" lang="en"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/beatthebeetle?src=hash">#beatthebeetle</a>! Proudly supported on-the-ground efforts with provisions in the last Farm Bill. On to restoration. <a href="https://t.co/MR2uhIOwAj">https://t.co/MR2uhIOwAj</a> <a href="https://t.co/AHpEjC0KZX">pic.twitter.com/AHpEjC0KZX</a></div>— Kristi Noem (@KristiNoem) <a href="https://twitter.com/KristiNoem/status/851543867354689536">April 10, 2017</a></blockquote><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>We could, and should, burn large areas of the forest at least every five to 10 years, but we won’t be able to do that, either, at least not on purpose. Large areas will burn, right down to the ground, in summer fires like those of the past decade. We’ll plant new trees and the cycle will begin again. Pines grow best in open stands with grass or brush underneath. Beetles and fires like dense trees. The pine forests of the Black Hills will continue as they always have, despite our best efforts. [<a href="http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/opinion/columnists/local/frank-carroll/carroll-we-didn-t-end-beetle-battle-they-did/article_73844c58-9422-5083-8a86-5a35193b7577.html">Frank Carroll</a>]</b></i></blockquote>While lodgepole pine is native to <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2015/03/six-bark-beetles-saving-mountain-west.html">the Black Hills</a>, ponderosa pine only reached the Hills and northern Rockies about <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2015/12/ponderosa-pine-not-native-to-black-hills.html">a thousand years ago</a>; but, under orders from timber monopolist, <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2016/02/rmrs-burning-slash-piles-waste-of-fuel.html">Neiman Enterprises</a> and Noem donor, a Colorado contractor working for the Black Hills National <a href="http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/blackhills/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD498411">Forest is spraying</a> Carbaryl on ponderosa pine trees. <br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>"This is a little early. We usually wait until the later part of April," said Black Hills National Forest timber planner Blaine Cook. "But we want to get these recreation sites sprayed because our campground hosts come in and they want to get ready for the tourism season." This year the spray crew will hit 3,700 trees at 28 locations across the Black Hills, most of them at campgrounds and recreation sites, along with a few U.S. Forest Service administrative centers. [<a href="http://www.keloland.com/news/article/news/annual-bug-battle-begins-over-high-profile-trees">Kevin Woster, KELO teevee</a>]</b></i></blockquote>Carbaryl (1-naphthyl methylcarbamate) is a white crystalline solid commonly sold under the brand name Sevin®, a trademark of the Bayer Group. It kills beneficial insects like honeybees as well as crustaceans not to mention its havoc wreaked on fungal communities and amphibians. Sevin® is often produced using methyl isocyanate the chemical that Union Carbide used to kill thousands of people in Bhopal, India.<br /><br />The <a href="http://www.fs.fed.us/rm/pubs/rmrs_gtr097.pdf">deadly chemicals migrate easily</a> into waterways then into groundwater. Bayer CropScience is in court after studies ordered by the US Environmental Protection<a href="http://biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2016/pesticides-04-15-2016.html"> Agency confirmed</a> that another Bayer pesticide is too toxic for wildlife to keep on the market.<br /><br />EPA has found that 97% of endangered <a href="http://enewspf.com/2016/04/12/epa-finds-97-of-endangered-species-threatened-by-common-pesticides/">species are threatened by pesticides</a> like Carbaryl. The Black Hills is home to the threatened <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2015/04/black-hills-bat-listed-as-threatened.html">northern long-eared bat</a>, the American dipper and the <a href="http://mtpr.org/post/field-notes-why-dead-standing-trees-are-essential-forests#stream/0">black-backed woodpecker</a> that feeds on bark beetles.<br /><br />Lodgepole tends to be logged for post, pole and oriented strand board (OSB); ponderosa pine, Douglas Fir and Engelmann Spruce tend to be logged for lumber. <br /><br />Lodgepole pine and Douglas Fir have been extirpated from the Black Hills for nearly a century: the oldest aspen was virtually logged out during European settlement; yet, tiny stands of old-growth ponderosa pine can still be found in the Hills. <br /><br />Ponderosa pine contains a much higher level of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) than many other cone-bearing trees and tends to be more explosive in wildfire conditions especially when under drought stress. Beetle-affected trees are pockmarked with 'pitchouts' that burst into flames during wildfires and torch more readily. <br /><br />The mountain pine <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2015/07/study-bug-kill-doesnt-increase-wildfire.html">beetle is hard at work</a> clearing centuries of overgrowth throughout the Rocky Mountain Complex, so is the western spruce budworm and <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2016/02/spruce-beetles-next-wave-clearing.html">the spruce beetle</a>. But leaving dead or dying conifers on the forest produces methane, an even more dangerous greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide is.<br /><br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_7xycPQPWPPM/TOVgo0-OzjI/AAAAAAAAAX8/TRO4Q6cHmsY/s1600/article-1323141-0BB0BCDB000005DC-123_468x508.jpg"><img alt="" border="0" height="200" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5540941171079958066" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/_7xycPQPWPPM/TOVgo0-OzjI/AAAAAAAAAX8/TRO4Q6cHmsY/s200/article-1323141-0BB0BCDB000005DC-123_468x508.jpg" style="float: right; height: 240px; margin: 0px 0px 10px 10px; width: 221px;" width="184" /></a>Voters can expect <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2012/07/montgomery-noems-milfness-her-only.html">South Dakota's earth hater congressional delegation</a> to do the <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2014/02/thune-noem-donors-lying-cut-and-chunk.html">bidding of their donors</a> and put <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2017/03/socialized-agriculture-driving-spring.html">lots of pork in the next farm bill</a>.<br /><br /><a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2015/03/six-bark-beetles-saving-mountain-west.html">Water supplies are critical</a> this year as <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2016/apr/19/study-humans-have-caused-all-the-global-warming-since-1950">human-caused climate disruptions</a> reduced snowpack in the Black Hills. Insects and fire are critical to reversing the ravages of conifer overgrowth on the Rocky Mountain West.</div> Earth red state failure sd politics larry kurtz larry kurtz **Sure sign of Spring..or omen of next blizzard? http://dakotatoday.typepad.com/dakotatoday/2017/04/sure-sign-of-springor-omen-of-next-blizzard.html Dakota Today urn:uuid:e08da469-7354-0121-3ad0-7ef4eeff3f20 Sun, 16 Apr 2017 19:59:30 +0000 Too many times in the past years, the first blossoms of spring have ended up barely sticking out of snow or frosted with ice. Same seems to have been true for Pamida..now Shopko..getting in a bunch of cold-sensitive plants. I am hoping that the tulips in the photo below are true harbingers of nice spring weather and not omens of... All 2017 Columnists Blather Corporate Democrats, Corporate Republicans Current Affairs Elections GOP Irrelevancy Photography Toxic Republicans Wealth Mal-Distribution Weather Winner,SD flowers South Dakota Spring? Trump insane Tulips weather Douglas Wiken Douglas Wiken Boycott of South Dakota hitting state in the wallet http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2017/04/boycott-of-south-dakota-hitting-state.html interested party urn:uuid:9fd82690-e13f-725d-f8bd-345148f415a0 Fri, 14 Apr 2017 14:33:08 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">After signing a bill into law that discriminates against some couples seeking to adopt South Dakota's earth hater governor has fallen five places in popularity. <br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>For two straight months state general fund collections are coming in lower than expected. That’s even after lawmakers revised budget estimates during session. [<a href="http://listen.sdpb.org/post/march-revenue-numbers-come-short">Bill Janklow's idea of public radio</a>]</b></i></blockquote>Visitor traffic in Deadwood is off so dramatically locals are pleading with younger people to move into the Gulch.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>According to the monthly summary issued Monday by the South Dakota Commission on Gaming, gamers visiting Deadwood in February dropped $79.2 million in machines and on tables, an 11 percent decrease as compared to February 2016 and a 10.48 percent decrease year to date. This brings the total amount wagered for 2017 to roughly $156 million, resulting in roughly $7.5 million in taxable adjusted gross revenues for the industry in February. [<a href="http://www.bhpioneer.com/deadwood/deadwood-gaming-numbers-continue-to-slide/article_346a1bb4-1552-11e7-86a2-9fd731a66593.html">Black Hills Pioneer</a>]</b></i></blockquote>And since every single media outlet in the failed red moocher state is a mouthpiece for the South Dakota Republican Party there is complete silence on the effects of the boycott.</div> red state failure sd politics larry kurtz larry kurtz ***Lazy, Hazy or is it just foggy day http://dakotatoday.typepad.com/dakotatoday/2017/04/lazy-hazy-or-is-it-just-foggy-day.html Dakota Today urn:uuid:eda482f6-04a0-8204-2738-4a6d9c4319d9 Fri, 14 Apr 2017 01:46:25 +0000 This morning visibility was not good. Fog blanketed the area and apparently it was over enough of SD that transportation was interrupted. Some specialists did not make it into local hospital today. For some of the patients that made it to town, the video system apparently worked. I don't know any details at all about that, but weather was a... All 2017 Big Brother Government Columnists Blather Current Affairs Environment GOP Irrelevancy Health, Medicine, Research Journalism Plutocrat Scum Politics Rancid Rounds SD Weather South Dakota Taliban Republicans Wealth Mal-Distribution Weather . hazy weather HARPERS hypocrisy Noem partisan smoke and mirrors. Plutocracy Rounds THune Trump Douglas Wiken Douglas Wiken *** Most of 6 inches of snow disappeared this afternoon http://dakotatoday.typepad.com/dakotatoday/2017/04/-most-of-6-inches-of-snow-disappeared-this-afternoon.html Dakota Today urn:uuid:628317e2-ecb3-f70b-006b-ddec2cfc1db0 Wed, 12 Apr 2017 00:14:45 +0000 By noon today, most of yesterday snow on the flat ground with grass and stems sticking out of it had already disappeared. At 4PM, the buttes northwest of Winner, SD. were still bright white with snow. I went to get my camera to take a photo, but the battery went dead. I tried the other battery which I had forgotten... All 2017 SD Weather South Dakota Technology Television Toxic Republicans Weather Winner,SD South Dakota Weather Weather forecasts weather rapid variability Winner SD Douglas Wiken Douglas Wiken Just another boil on Trump's nasty, festering ass http://northernbeacon.blogspot.com/2017/04/just-another-boil-on-trumps-nasty.html Northern Valley Beacon urn:uuid:de89d416-b2ef-6473-794c-e889aa563c92 Tue, 11 Apr 2017 22:49:02 +0000 <span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">It is hard not to notice that since Trump became president, there are a lot of people who are not proud to be&nbsp;American. &nbsp; He has reduced America to the status of a banana republic, &nbsp;a contender with North Korea for being defined by leadership with a bad case of arrested development, &nbsp;a petulant, deranged juvenile. &nbsp;Kim Jong-un and Trump are temperamental cohorts. &nbsp;They like to fire off missiles. &nbsp;And threatening insults. &nbsp;And &nbsp;neither are equipped with the mental or moral restraints against carrying out their threats.</span><br /><div style="text-align: left;"></div><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hT1RfjF3QyA/WOuo13L2MOI/AAAAAAAADKA/ly5DcJzX-40UrWIOg6dn3BAelvfF13cTACLcB/s1600/3F11A5DA00000578-0-image-a-14_1491657844218.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hT1RfjF3QyA/WOuo13L2MOI/AAAAAAAADKA/ly5DcJzX-40UrWIOg6dn3BAelvfF13cTACLcB/s320/3F11A5DA00000578-0-image-a-14_1491657844218.jpg" width="219" /></a><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Trump has been useful to those who want to <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/mitch-mcconnell-the-man-who-broke-america/2017/04/07/8e12f1d8-1bbd-11e7-9887-1a5314b56a08_story.html?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-a%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&amp;utm_term=.05428f179e7d">break America</a>. Mitch McConnell is one of the most prominent and effective destroyers of democracy in America. &nbsp;A native of the South, &nbsp; McConnell was a fairly temperate politician, &nbsp;but as he rose in power in the Republican Party, &nbsp;he found political success in fulfilling the image of Jim Crow. &nbsp; While his state of Kentucky &nbsp;was not part of the Confederacy, &nbsp;declaring itself neutral during the Civil War, &nbsp;it was a slave state and the attitudes arising out of slavery are a tradition in the state. &nbsp;McConnell's Jim Crow image came into focus with the election of a black man to President of the United States. &nbsp;The intensity of McConnell's opposition went beyond policy disagreement to a malicious dedication to obstruct anything Obama proposed by any means possible. &nbsp;His actions and demeanor went far beyond political disagreement into &nbsp;unbridled racist fury. &nbsp;He made clear that he was willing&nbsp;</span><br /><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mDjQJmQq_EU/WOuqSsd22HI/AAAAAAAADKM/8Wddi9Am8gkmIPvbDcO1eQ8rxVMG8_NJACLcB/s1600/fullsizeoutput_248.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mDjQJmQq_EU/WOuqSsd22HI/AAAAAAAADKM/8Wddi9Am8gkmIPvbDcO1eQ8rxVMG8_NJACLcB/s1600/fullsizeoutput_248.jpeg" /></a><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">to break the nation to inflict his Jim Crow vengeance on &nbsp;Obama.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Trump won McConnell's devotion by having launched his political efforts with the birther lie about Obama not being born an American. &nbsp;He further endeared McConnell with his stream of denigrations and insults against Obama. &nbsp;McConnell became a fanatical destructor of anything to do with Obama.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">The act that set up Trump's only success in office so far was to refuse to acknowledge in any way Obama's candidate for the Supreme Court, &nbsp;Merrick Garland. &nbsp;At McConnell's order, the GOP-controlled Senate refused to even acknowledge the nomination with interviews, &nbsp;let alone committee hearings and a vote by the Senate. &nbsp;The insulting discourtesy and abuse of process was right out of the Jim Crow play book, and the Republicans carried it out with the viciousness and vengeance that characterizes racial hatred. &nbsp;And so, Neil Gorsuch was whisked into the Supreme Court. &nbsp;Republicans think it was a victory. &nbsp;The majority who did not vote for Trump don't think it matters. &nbsp;For them, America is over. &nbsp;Its laws and rules are superfluous. &nbsp;Good people do not abide by bad laws. &nbsp;They do not obey bad leaders. &nbsp;They snicker with derision at consequent court decisions. &nbsp;Gorsuch may have qualifications, but they are meaningless because his appointment is the result of McConnell and Trump breaking America apart. He is merely a boil on a festering ass.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">The nation's president is a pathological liar. &nbsp;No one of intelligence believes a word he utters. &nbsp;Those people long ago stopped listening to him. &nbsp;We have a national congress whose majority thinks perfidy is clever politics. &nbsp;Congress has been reduced to a mental institution. &nbsp;The non-Trump and non-GOP supporters regard its antics with bemused distaste, as they lead lives apart from what happened to America.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">There is much talk about resistance, but it has gone quiet. &nbsp;That is part of the resistance. What person of intelligent values wants to contribute to the cacophony of a nation that has become an abomination? &nbsp;Who wants to expose themselves to the festering asses?</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Trump attacked America and its standing in the world when he campaigned with a barrage of disparaging lies. &nbsp;But as president, &nbsp;he made them come true. &nbsp;A friend who is traveling in Europe writes: &nbsp;"</span><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #1d2129; letter-spacing: -0.23999999463558197px;">Experienced a new standard in arrogant, dismissive wait service tonight. The Muse &nbsp;[his spouse] reminds me that we're Americans, not quite equal in humanity to Europeans now. The EU parliament just voted to require visas from American travelers. This would have made this impromptu excursion impossible. America First renders Americans second or third-class world citizens."</span></span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="color: #1d2129;"><span style="background-color: white; letter-spacing: -0.23999999463558197px;"><br /></span></span></span></span><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="color: #1d2129;"><span style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-family: helvetica neue, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="letter-spacing: -0.23999999463558197px;">The idea of America will not dies. &nbsp;Its true adherents will, as&nbsp;</span></span><span style="letter-spacing: -0.23999999463558197px;">their</span><span style="font-family: helvetica neue, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="letter-spacing: -0.23999999463558197px;">&nbsp;ancestors did, &nbsp;will find a place where it can work. &nbsp;Meanwhile on this continent, &nbsp;it has become a subsidiary of the Trump Organization, &nbsp;the United States of Jim Crow.</span></span></span></span></span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-YU0IC5qO0mI/WOzyBdeniUI/AAAAAAAADKc/V6URmFy1dwMQPcF8hySj1AGQtMtXEN7TgCLcB/s1600/fullsizeoutput_24b.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-YU0IC5qO0mI/WOzyBdeniUI/AAAAAAAADKc/V6URmFy1dwMQPcF8hySj1AGQtMtXEN7TgCLcB/s400/fullsizeoutput_24b.jpeg" width="299" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The face of Jim Crow</td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span></div> David Newquist David Newquist The Cat Came Back The Very Next Day http://theconstantcommoner.blogspot.com/2017/04/the-cat-came-back-very-next-day.html THE CONSTANT COMMONER urn:uuid:e482bb2a-769f-9151-953d-2b9dc8a9f056 Mon, 10 Apr 2017 15:56:08 +0000 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif; font-size: x-large; font-weight: bold;">W</span><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>e'll see if the rejection of Initiated Measure 22 by a combo of legislative and executive fiat during the just-ended legislative session will be a watershed event in South Dakota political <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/capjournal.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/3c/03cb7df0-e914-11e6-971d-e3b70993264a/5892d6ed6d733.image.jpg?resize=1200%2C604" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/capjournal.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/3c/03cb7df0-e914-11e6-971d-e3b70993264a/5892d6ed6d733.image.jpg?resize=1200%2C604" height="161" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: small;">Blowback From I-22</span><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;">Will They Quickly Forget?</span><br /><span style="font-size: xx-small;">(photo from Capital Journal)</span></b></td></tr></tbody></table>history. &nbsp;</b>IM 22 was a voter-approved (by 52%) package of campaign and governing reforms that put severe limits on campaign finance and lobbying efforts. &nbsp;Unsurprisingly, it ran into unified resistance in Pierre during this Winter's legislative session, where it was trashed by Governor Daugaard as "unconstitutional," who went on to chastise voters by <b><a href="http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/governor-says-voters-misled-by-im-tactics/article_d9684205-cd45-5474-af48-6a872cfe8397.html#comments" target="_blank">telling them </a></b>they were "deceived" and "misled" into voting for the reforms. Our Republican-dominated legislature went along with Daugaard's <i>de facto </i>defense of our status quo: &nbsp;A state government that gets an "F" grade from The Center For Public Integrity. &nbsp;IM-22 was effectively repealed, posthaste. &nbsp;Its replacement was a basket of bills that addressed some of the issues raised by IM-22, but lack the severity and scope of the defunct initiative, at least as far as I and many of its proponents understand it.</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp; &nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif; font-size: x-large; font-weight: bold;">S</span><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>o determined are those proponents that they have produced not one, but two, reform measures that they hope to get to the voters in 2018. &nbsp;</b>Represent South Dakota just sent the "Voter Protection And Anti-Corruption Amendment" to the state's Legislative Research Council for stylistic and substantive review. &nbsp;Almost simultaneously, South Dakota Voter Protection sent the LRC 3 drafts of its Voter Initiative Protection Amendment. &nbsp;Cory Heidelberger in his excellent Dakota Free Press blog provides the complete text and analysis of both efforts. &nbsp;Complicated and comprehensive as they are, these initiatives represent the yearnings of a substantial (make that a majority, going by how IM-22 did at the polls last year) number of South Dakotans who are fed up with a government that they <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/Ba_aNUngEMo/hqdefault.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="240" src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/Ba_aNUngEMo/hqdefault.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><b style="font-size: medium;">The Very Next Day</b><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;"><b>And It Kept Coming Back</b></span></td></tr></tbody></table>believe is hobbled by its inertia, its one-party domination, and its susceptibility to special interest influence. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif; font-size: x-large; font-weight: bold;">A </span><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>lot of South Dakotans were angered by the cavalier rejection of their will by Governor Daugaard and a huge Republican majority in the legislature. &nbsp;</b>People tell me that the voters will forget and that we'll go back to business-as-usual soon enough. &nbsp;I'm not so sure. Government reassurances that watered down replacement bills have satisfied the will of the voters are probably not compelling enough to put this matter to rest. The reform movement showed its political muscle at the polls last year and there's no reason to think that voter attitudes have changed enough to forget about the reasons they voted for IM-22 in the first place. &nbsp;Like the cat in that great old camp song, they came back the very next day. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span> John Tsitrian John Tsitrian Corps cancel Spring pulse, acknowledge native fish doomed http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2017/04/corps-cancel-spring-pulse-acknowledge.html interested party urn:uuid:83b3dd77-8cac-b280-349c-510d5434fdf9 Mon, 10 Apr 2017 15:53:39 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-czV49ZkoQIA/TdBQi5DpJgI/AAAAAAAAAkA/QoIGv3ha-U8/s1600/IMG00317%255B1%255D.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300px" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-czV49ZkoQIA/TdBQi5DpJgI/AAAAAAAAAkA/QoIGv3ha-U8/s400/IMG00317%255B1%255D.JPG" width="400px" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"></div><br />Despite expected run-off of about 115 percent of normal officials at the Omaha-based US Army Corps of Engineers have again canceled the Spring pulse for endangered species habitat on <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2016/08/tribes-black-hills-still-suffering.html">the upper Missouri River</a>. Some 85 percent of the flood control storage remains available to contain runoff from the spring rainfall and mountain snowmelt but all significant plains snowpack has melted.<br /><br />Oahe Dam releases averaged 19,000 cubic feet per second during March and the corps expects to send 27,400 cfs downstream in April. The reservoir fell 0.2 feet during March but is expected to rise this month due to increases in Garrison releases and spring rains. <br /><br />The corps say <br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>steady to rising reservoir levels during the forage fish spawn at the three large upper reservoirs, Fort Peck, Garrison and Oahe, are preferred, but may be difficult to accomplish this spring depending on the timing and distribution of runoff in the Missouri River basin during the coming weeks. If the runoff is not sufficient to keep all three reservoirs rising, the Corps will adjust releases to result in a steady to rising pool at Fort Peck and Oahe this year. The forage fish spawn generally occurs from early April through mid-June. [<a href="http://www.todayskccr.com/blog/corps-to-hold-public-meeting-in-pierre/">KCCR</a>]</b></i></blockquote>The <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2011/12/panel-corps-not-to-blame-for-2011.html">corps were cleared</a> of responsibility for epic flooding in 2011.<br /><br />Participants from the University of South Dakota, Montana State and the University of Wyoming attended the annual Missouri River Institute Research Symposium last week at USD. Funded by the National Science Foundation and the South Dakota Community Foundation topics included the <a href="http://www.plaintalk.net/local_news/article_a72405e2-1b0c-11e7-9869-73437cc23bce.html">effects of human-induced climate change</a> on the river system.<br /><br />Nearly a century of residue from Black Hills Mining District affects millions of cubic yards of riparian habitat all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. Although the Oahe Dam was completed in 1962 sequestering <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2013/12/north-dakota-claims-its-own-river-silt.html">most of the silt</a> the soils of the Belle Fourche and Cheyenne <a href="http://toxics.usgs.gov/photo_gallery/whitewood_creek.html">Rivers are inculcated with arsenic</a> at levels that have killed cattle. <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2015/01/missouri-river-dams-killing-native-fish.html">Endangered pallid sturgeon</a>, paddlefish, catfish and most other organisms cope with <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2011/01/barrick-wharf-black-hills-corp-mercury.html">lethal levels of mercury</a> throughout the South Dakota portion of the Missouri River.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>Both pallid sturgeon and shovelnose sturgeon are native to the Missouri River. They long ago adapted to living in riverine environments and, for the pallid sturgeon, that became something of an achilles heel with the damming of the Missouri River. Pallid sturgeon can’t reproduce without lots of moving water. [<a href="http://www.capjournal.com/news/dinosaurs-in-the-water-gf-p-starting-study-of-sturgeon/article_d0d9864a-104f-11e7-b1b9-3ba56a305f72.html">Pierre Capital Journal</a>]</b></i></blockquote>Tailings from uranium mining have been detected in Angostura Reservoir in the southern Black Hills and in <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2016/03/little-missouri-watershed-at-risk-to.html">northwestern South Dakota</a> cleanup in the Cave Hills area went for decades without remediation. <br /><br />Ellsworth Air Force Base is already a Superfund site leaching contaminants into Box Elder Creek, a tributary of the Cheyenne River. The former Gilt Edge Mine south of Deadwood is a Superfund site leaching contaminants into Elk Creek also a tributary of the Cheyenne and Missouri Rivers.<br /><br />Canadian miner <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2014/06/barrick-buys-off-sdgfpagain.html">Barrick Gold bought off the State</a> of South Dakota for Homestake Mining Company's role in <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2011/10/barrick-bought-off-gfp-to-look-other.html">polluting Whitewood Creek</a> by trading land in Spearfish Canyon for a <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2016/09/forest-service-to-state-of-south-dakota.html">proposed state park</a>.<br /><br />South Dakota's <a href="http://www.law360.com/articles/816822/states-urge-10th-circ-to-revive-clean-water-rule-challenge">earth hater US senators and attorney general are leading a crusade</a> to block the US <a href="http://www.law360.com/energy/articles/823452/water-rule-foes-say-epa-corps-can-t-hide-behind-privilege">Environmental Protection Agency</a> from identifying non-point sources of <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2015/11/obese-recovering-drunk-bush-appointed.html">pollution</a> deposited into watersheds by their GOP donors.<br /><br /><a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2016/08/tribes-black-hills-still-suffering.html">Barrick Mining Company</a> is on the hook for most of the worst shit: it's armed to the teeth with a bank of lawyers and lobbyists. The State enjoyed royalties and severance taxes. In another government land grab Barrick is engaged in negotiations that would trade property in Spearfish Canyon to the State of South Dakota belonging to <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2016/03/gonzalez-settlement-of-black-hills.html">tribal signatories of the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868.</a> Former Deadwood businessman Dave Miller just wrote a letter to the Rapid City Journal opposing <a href="http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/opinion/mailbag/oct-letters/article_de3d7e75-d082-56f6-a60e-4daab9aca489.html">the state land grab</a> in Spearfish Canyon.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.yankton.net/community/article_ae843f52-a911-5781-bea0-95aafdd1bd8e.html">With help from former Homestake land manager now Sturgis real estate broker, Denny McKay</a>, former US Senator Tom Daschle sold out the people of South Dakota and the tribal nations trapped within its borders by drafting legislation holding Barrick harmless.<br /><br />On the east side of the Continental Divide Barrick also operates the <a href="http://mtstandard.com/natural-resources/ray-of-hope-closing-golden-sunlight-could-develop-new-mine/article_39a3b50a-5a86-5cc7-99cf-2e93a1653eaa.html">Golden Sunlight Mine</a> near Whitehall, Montana. <a href="http://montanatmdlflathead.pbworks.com/w/file/fetch/84830227/JeffersonMetalsAppG_GSmineSWdata_29Aug2014.pdf">Effluent from that mine</a> goes into the Jefferson River also a tributary of the Missouri and much of it lies in repose within Canyon Ferry Reservoir.<br /><br />It's time for South Dakota's press to investigate the collusion between the state and polluters instead of pandering to the South Dakota Republican Party.</div> Earth montana montana politics red state failure sd politics wyoming larry kurtz larry kurtz ** Predicted "light dusting" turns into more like spring blizzard http://dakotatoday.typepad.com/dakotatoday/2017/04/-predicted-light-dusting-turns-into-more-like-spring-blizzard.html Dakota Today urn:uuid:df01c9bd-42eb-ffae-3d1f-26e65c07094e Mon, 10 Apr 2017 15:35:38 +0000 Yesterday, weather forecast from Reliance, SD weather radio was something like "light dusting of snow only collecting on grass at higher elevations". That did not sound too bad. I woke up about 4AM and could see some white on grass and street, but street lights reflecting can play visual tricks. This morning, outdoors in daylight looked more like a spring... 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However, the rate of volunteer firefighters has fallen from more than eight per 1,000 people three decades ago to about six per 1,000 people at last count. [<a href="http://missoulian.com/news/opinion/editorial/missoulian-editorial-volunteer-firefighter-emt-shortage-needs-study-at-least/article_7dcded69-fce6-5fc2-bbd9-0743e130e7dc.html">The Missoulian</a>]</b></i></blockquote>Despite adding full time staff Spearditch has just killed five kids in a house fire even as red moocher state South Dakota is the seventh most reliant on federal funding. <br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>“Ambulance services are suffering the same way the fire departments are,” South Dakota Firefighters Association President Charlie Kludt said. “I think there is a lot more of a demand for fire departments to be assisting on medical calls more than what there was in the past.” He estimated that around 70 percent of the department’s calls are not for fires. [<a href="http://www.capjournal.com/news/south-dakota-struggling-to-keep-volunteer-firefighters/article_50ef2e78-0d14-11e7-b699-c7227ef3bfec.html">Pierre Capital Journal</a>]</b></i></blockquote>Veteran fire manager and former gubernatorial candidate Joe Lowe has called South Dakota's <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2016/06/despite-shortage-of-firefighters-south.html">current GOP governor incompetent</a> and uninterested in governing.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><b><i>Of 337 fire departments in South Dakota, 326 were all volunteer, and six were a combination of paid and volunteer, according to a 2013 demographics study conducted by the South Dakota Fire Marshal’s Office. There were just under 7,900 volunteer firefighters, as opposed to 426 paid firefighters. The volunteer force had an average age of 42.3. A review of financial reports, however, show that many departments have needs. Some think that a program similar to one offered to Minnesota’s volunteer firefighters could be a solution. But even that can’t fully compensate for the fact that people are busier with family and work lives. [<a href="http://www.aberdeennews.com/challenges-shadow-sd-fire-departments/article_f0cc5fcc-ec0c-11e4-8d7e-87b76cb2d7e4.html">Jonathan Ellis</a>]</i></b></blockquote>Behind <a href="http://www.aberdeennews.com/news/local/education/out-of-control-burns-can-be-big-hassles-for-rural/article_3b4b06ce-e754-5cdd-bfcc-feefa512d306.html">the paywalls at the American News Aberdeen</a> is lamenting personnel shortages amid escaped fires set by locals. Its department is tasked with cleaning up streams and lakes.<br /><br />Bug counters at the <a href="https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/blackhills/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD537499">Black Hills National Forest</a> are saying its bark beetle outbreak has peaked although <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2017/03/socialized-agriculture-driving-spring.html">dry grasses</a> still plague the region.<br /><br />Prescriptive fires should have been set weeks ago but South Dakota, suffering <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2016/12/south-dakota-is-permanent-disaster-area.html">repeated leadership lapses</a>, a century of fire suppression, a decades-long moratorium on prescribed burns, a lack of environmental litigators, <a href="http://www.hpj.com/ag_news/perdue-confirmation-anticipation-increases/article_b519c98a-1a16-11e7-8b84-cb18481ed12e.html">GOP retrenchment</a> and the potential for weaponized wildfire blowback from the drone war being conducted by Ellsworth Air Force Base the BHNF is also expecting <a href="http://www.hcn.org/issues/49.6/inside-the-dangerous-and-unpredictable-behavior-of-wildfire">an active wildfire season</a>.<br /><br />New Mexico's volunteer fire departments are essential for rural residents. Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) has hired a contractor to trim juniper from under their transmission lines. <a href="http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/jury-utilities-to-blame-for-las-conchas-fire/article_d2883506-7ac1-51ff-8e94-653c704434d7.html">Wildland fires and local utilities</a> have a long relationship in New Mexico as well as in Montana and South Dakota.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>House Bill 4 was passed in January and signed by Gov. Susana Martinez, while Senate Bill 111 is awaiting a vote from the House Appropriations and Finance Committee. Both bills would hand over county and municipal funding intended for public safety and fire protection to the state to redistributed into state agencies, then county and city funds. The Fire Protection Fund would be reallocated into a newly-created fire grant fund within the state’s treasury. Starting in fiscal year 2019 the bill stipulates that “periodic” allotments not to total more than 40.2 percent each year will be taken from the Fire Protection Fund, which pays for county fire services, and deposited in the state’s treasury. The state treasurer would then redistribute the money to counties and cities throughout the state. [<a href="http://www.currentargus.com/story/news/local/2017/03/11/state-reductions-fire-funds-dangerous-move/99025986/">State reductions in fire funds a dangerous move</a>]</b></i></blockquote>The <a href="https://www.santafecountynm.gov/fire/volunteer_fire_districts/turquoise_trail">Turquoise Trail Volunteer Fire District</a> has dispatched teams to this end of Santa Fe County several times including one to an incident here at the ranch.<br /><br />VFDs are irreplaceable as first responders to unexpected blazes and if the Federal Emergency Management Agency survives a Trump presidency it should convince Congress to make sure the resources are there to sustain rural fire departments. </div> Earth I-25 montana montana politics red state failure sd politics larry kurtz larry kurtz Obituary for a democracy http://northernbeacon.blogspot.com/2017/04/obituary-for-democracy.html Northern Valley Beacon urn:uuid:bfb00aa4-5a4a-ee40-f856-4eed3505fb13 Tue, 04 Apr 2017 15:41:28 +0000 <ul><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">The Preamble of the Constitution is &nbsp;straightforward in explaining the document's &nbsp;and the nation's purpose</span></ul><br /><br /><li><b style="font-family: 'trebuchet ms', sans-serif;">form a&nbsp;<span style="background-color: white; font-size: 16px;">more perfect Union,&nbsp;</span></b></li><li><b style="font-family: 'trebuchet ms', sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 16px;">establish Justice,&nbsp;</span></b></li><li><b style="font-family: 'trebuchet ms', sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 16px;">insure&nbsp;</span><a cwidth="0" eza="cwidth:0px;;cheight:0px;;wcalc_source:child;wcalc:90px;wocalc:90px;hcalc:38px;rend_px_area:0;" href="https://www.usconstitution.net/glossary.html#DOMTRAN" style="background-size: auto; color: #0000ee; font-size: 16px; max-width: 640px; text-decoration: none;">domestic Tranquility</a><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 16px;">,&nbsp;</span></b></li><li><b style="font-family: 'trebuchet ms', sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 16px;">provide for the common&nbsp;</span><a cwidth="0" eza="cwidth:0px;;cheight:0px;;wcalc_source:child;wcalc:64px;wocalc:64px;hcalc:19px;rend_px_area:0;" href="https://www.usconstitution.net/constmiss.html" style="background-size: auto; color: #0000ee; font-size: 16px; max-width: 640px; text-decoration: none;">defence</a><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 16px;">,&nbsp;</span></b></li><li><b style="font-family: 'trebuchet ms', sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 16px;">promote the general&nbsp;</span><a cwidth="0" eza="cwidth:0px;;cheight:0px;;wcalc_source:child;wcalc:63px;wocalc:63px;hcalc:19px;rend_px_area:0;" href="https://www.usconstitution.net/glossary.html#WELFARE" style="background-size: auto; color: #0000ee; font-size: 16px; max-width: 640px; text-decoration: none;">Welfare</a><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 16px;">,&nbsp;</span></b></li><li><b style="font-family: 'trebuchet ms', sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 16px;">and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our&nbsp;</span><a cwidth="0" eza="cwidth:0px;;cheight:0px;;wcalc_source:child;wcalc:73px;wocalc:73px;hcalc:19px;rend_px_area:0;" href="https://www.usconstitution.net/glossary.html#POSTERITY" style="background-size: auto; color: #0000ee; font-size: 16px; max-width: 640px; text-decoration: none;">Posterity</a>.</b></li><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Those people who fret over the size of government ignore the goals of the Preamble. &nbsp;If one is to take that sentence seriously, &nbsp;our efforts should be to improve government and the implementation to achieve its goals, &nbsp;not obsess over its size. &nbsp;There is often much to decry in government. &nbsp;Bureaucracies often are managed to accommodate the basest human motives. &nbsp;Many operate as extensions off the pecking order model of social organization. &nbsp;People get caught up in rivalries and resentment, &nbsp;and spend more effort in competing for attention and undermining their perceived rivals than in carrying out the business of making government work. &nbsp;The significant political question is not size of government, &nbsp;but the honesty and competence of government in meeting its purpose. &nbsp;Corporate bureaucracies in the private sector do not even put up the pretense of democratic values; they largely demonstrate human avarice and malice at its worse. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">The matters of the integrity and efficiency of government get lost in a debate over the meaning of "general welfare" that began when the Constitution was being written. &nbsp;Madison thought that Constitution authorized only the power to levy taxes, not to get involved in anything not specified as a duty of Congress. &nbsp;Hamilton took "general welfare" to require the exercise of responsibility for anything dealing with the well-being of the nation and its people. &nbsp; Contemporary citations of the two interpretations define the motives behind the divide that separates the political factions in our nation. &nbsp;The "conservatives" use limiting taxes as the pretext to designate part of the population as undeserving, to exclude them, denigrate them, and oppress them. &nbsp;The conservative movement is misanthropic, regards equality, freedom, and justice as a privilege for its members only.. &nbsp;The "liberals" &nbsp;regard general welfare as a mandate to see to the well-being of all people, &nbsp;something the conservatives claim we cannot afford.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Healthcare is focal point that provides a stark contrast between people of good will and people of ill will. &nbsp;As Bernie Sanders keeps reminding us, &nbsp;the U.S. is the only major country in the world that does not provide healthcare to all its people as a right. &nbsp;Furthermore, &nbsp;the quality of healthcare in the United States <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/danmunro/2014/06/16/u-s-healthcare-ranked-dead-last-compared-to-10-other-countries/#43bd4b09576f">ranks last </a>compared to other leading countries. &nbsp;The fact that a huge segment of the American people deny healthcare to those who cannot afford it defines the true moral state of the country. &nbsp;And it is a moral state which is comparable to Nazi Germany.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">The gas ovens of the Holocaust were not originally designed to kill Jews. &nbsp;They were designed to kill the handicapped and disabled in German institutions because they were considered a financial burden. &nbsp;They were among those Hitler called "useless eaters." &nbsp;So that no money was wasted on the disabled and infirm, &nbsp;they were fumigated with Zyklon. &nbsp;The anti-healthcare Americans aren't as humane. &nbsp;If people can't afford healthcare, &nbsp;it is assumed, that they aren't working or are spending their money on frivolity, &nbsp;and so deserve to get ill and die. &nbsp;The moral wonders of America rally to save the unborn so they may enjoy the full benefit of knowing exclusion and oppression when they are out of the womb. &nbsp;Then maybe they can understand the denial of equality, freedom, and justice that the GOP so fervently has prepared for them. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">The denial of healthcare is just one of the moral devices that is the Zyklon of our age. Another is the right of "law-enforcent" &nbsp;to execute black people when they feel like it. &nbsp;All they have to do &nbsp;is say that they feel that their life is in danger. &nbsp;Then, they can blast away, &nbsp;The Obama administration made agreements with offending police departments to eliminate such abuse. &nbsp;But the Trump administration under the <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/03/us/justice-department-jeff-sessions-baltimore-police.html?hp&amp;action=click&amp;pgtype=Homepage&amp;clickSource=story-heading&amp;module=first-column-region&amp;region=top-news&amp;WT.nav=top-news">orders of Attorney General Sessions</a>&nbsp;will review those agreements to see if they infringe on the right to kill useless eaters. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Admit it or not, &nbsp;but many nations have been more successful in achieving the goals in the Preamble than the United States has. &nbsp;While conservatives rage about following the Constitution, &nbsp;the one they follow conspicuously omits the preamble. &nbsp;When the Constitution states a national purpose to promote the general welfare,&nbsp;establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, and extend the benefits of liberty, &nbsp;it is an affront to the right to hold and prosecute ill&nbsp;will, and it conflicts with the Second&nbsp;Amendment, &nbsp;which is all that matters in the GOP mindset. &nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">But a savior has&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">arisen to champion cause of ill will and abuse in Donald Trump. &nbsp;Ill will reigns with full-throated&nbsp;triumph throughout the land:</span><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Our father&nbsp; in Trump Towers,</span></span><span style="font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">holler out your name,</span></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">your companies come,</span></span><br /><span style="font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">your will be done</span></span><br /><span style="font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">with pussies grabbed&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">on earth as it is in Mara Lago.</span></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Give us today our daily Tweet,</span></span><br /><span style="font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">and take on great debt</span></span><br /><span style="font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">and conveniently go bankrupt</span></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">And lead us not into liberalism</span></span><br /><span style="font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">but deliver to us the joys of evil</span></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">For you are the corporation,</span></span><br /><span style="font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">the abuse of power,</span></span><br /><span style="font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">and the gory narcissist</span></span><br /><span style="font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">for ever.</span></span></blockquote><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Democracy in America died an obscene death. &nbsp;The city on the hill is on other shores.</span><br /><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; line-height: normal; min-height: 13px;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"></span></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; line-height: normal; min-height: 13px;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"></span></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; line-height: normal; min-height: 13px;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"></span></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; line-height: normal; min-height: 13px;"><br /></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 11px; line-height: normal; min-height: 13px;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"></span></div><br /><br /> David Newquist David Newquist *** Some rain, and a tale of two brake shoes http://dakotatoday.typepad.com/dakotatoday/2017/04/-some-rain-and-a-tale-of-two-brake-shoes.html Dakota Today urn:uuid:51d8de03-41ea-01c3-294e-6d11c2883ec6 Tue, 04 Apr 2017 01:44:03 +0000 Looks like we got about a half inch of rain in the form of 18 hours of drizzle. Most of it is going into the dry ground instead of running off to the Mississippi delta. Makes for kind of a gray depressing day anyway. Over the weekend, I helped my son a little bit with work on one of his... All_2014 South Dakota brake puzzle drizzle rain Tripp County Douglas Wiken Douglas Wiken