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/ The South Dakota political collectible you didn’t know you needed. http://dakotawarcollege.com/the-south-dakota-political-collectible-you-didnt-know-you-needed/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:b45e6639-9488-2697-0958-307acbc708bb Tue, 24 Nov 2020 13:38:13 +0000 I don&#8217;t think I realized that this was out there until I got one in a box of miscellaneous political items. I was buying the box, because there were a Bjorkman for Congress pin, which I didn&#8217;t have (because it was rare for his campaign to do anything except chew through staff).   Also snagged a [&#8230;] <p>I don&#8217;t think I realized that this was out there until I got one in a box of miscellaneous political items. I was buying the box, because there were a Bjorkman for Congress pin, which I didn&#8217;t have (because it was rare for his campaign <a href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/has-another-bjorkman-staffer-bitten-the-dust-looks-like-big-campaign-staff-exodus-took-place/">to do anything except chew through staff</a>).   Also snagged a morton pottery Mundt elephant to add to my &#8216;herd.&#8217;</p> <p>I ended up giving an completely mint and unused Gov. Bill Janklow trucker hat to my daughter, but I kept this for myself:</p> <p><img loading="lazy" class="aligncenter" src="http://southdakotapoliticalnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/abdallah.jpg" width="379" height="393" /></p> <p>I can&#8217;t say I&#8217;ve ever come across an unused &#8220;Gene Abdallah for House&#8221; golf ball imprinted with his logo &amp; photo before.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Uncategorized @SoDakCampaigns 2021 SD House Legislative Committees are announced http://dakotawarcollege.com/2021-sd-house-legislative-committees-are-announced/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:7181c7a0-cfbf-9356-41c8-9b5121622666 Mon, 23 Nov 2020 22:40:45 +0000 In case you were wondering, the State House Committees for the coming session have been posted: House State Affairs Chair: Peterson K VC: Johnson Jensen K Gosch Goodwin Anderson Chaffee Hansen Wiese Reimer Beal Lesmeister Smith House Judiciary Chair: Hansen VC: Stevens Aylward Rehfeldt St. John Peterson S Barthel Reimer Odenbach Pischke Soye Pourier Cwach [&#8230;] <p>In case you were wondering, the State House Committees for the coming session have been posted:</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>House State Affairs</strong></span><br /> Chair: Peterson K<br /> VC: Johnson<br /> Jensen K<br /> Gosch<br /> Goodwin<br /> Anderson<br /> Chaffee<br /> Hansen<br /> Wiese<br /> Reimer<br /> Beal<br /> Lesmeister<br /> Smith</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>House Judiciary</strong></span><br /> Chair: Hansen<br /> VC: Stevens<br /> Aylward<br /> Rehfeldt<br /> St. John<br /> Peterson S<br /> Barthel<br /> Reimer<br /> Odenbach<br /> Pischke<br /> Soye<br /> Pourier<br /> Cwach</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>House Ag/Nat Resources</strong></span><br /> Chair: Overweg<br /> VC: Hoffman<br /> Blare<br /> Chase<br /> Schneider<br /> Vasgaard<br /> Goodwin<br /> Ladner<br /> Marty<br /> Wink<br /> York<br /> Finck<br /> Lesmeister</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>House Education</strong></span><br /> Chair: Greenfield<br /> VC: Peterson S<br /> Mortenson<br /> Odenbach<br /> Randolph<br /> Davis<br /> Stevens<br /> Bartels<br /> Jensen P<br /> Dennert<br /> Marty<br /> Miskimins<br /> Soye<br /> Healy<br /> Keintz</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>House Commerce/Energy</strong></span><br /> Chair: Milstead<br /> VC: Beal<br /> Ladner<br /> Schneider<br /> Bartels<br /> Perry<br /> Willadsen<br /> Reed<br /> Weisgram<br /> Vasgaard<br /> Weis<br /> Anderson<br /> Bordeaux</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>House Health/Human Svc</strong></span><br /> Chair: Jensen K<br /> VC: Deutsch<br /> Aylward<br /> Davis<br /> Miskimins<br /> Perry<br /> Rehfeldt<br /> St. John<br /> Wiese<br /> Weis<br /> Jensen P<br /> Keintz<br /> Healy</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>House Transportation</strong></span><br /> Chair: Finck<br /> VC: Blare<br /> Otten<br /> Tidemann<br /> Duetsch<br /> Derby<br /> Koth<br /> Chase<br /> Milstead<br /> Overweg<br /> Willadsen<br /> Wink<br /> Bordeaux</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Appropriations</strong></span><br /> Chair: Karr<br /> VC: Howard<br /> Fitzgerald<br /> Mulally<br /> Gross<br /> Mills<br /> May<br /> Haugaard<br /> Duba</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>House Taxation</strong></span><br /> Chair: Dennert<br /> VC: Pischke<br /> Randolph<br /> Jamison<br /> Koth<br /> Drury<br /> Otten<br /> Chaffee<br /> Derby<br /> Thomason<br /> Olson<br /> Tidemann<br /> Pourier</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Legislative Procedure</strong></span><br /> Chair: Gosch<br /> VC: Hansen<br /> Peterson k<br /> Johnson<br /> Haugaard<br /> Finck<br /> Healy</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>GOAC</strong></span><br /> Chair: Gross<br /> VC: Otten<br /> Peterson S<br /> Karr<br /> Duba</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Retirement Laws</strong></span><br /> Chair: Bartels<br /> VC: Tidemann<br /> Perry<br /> Duba<br /> Cwach</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Military &amp; Veterans</strong></span><br /> Chair: Randolph<br /> VC: Gross<br /> Marty<br /> Overweg<br /> Johnson<br /> Deutsch<br /> Goodwin<br /> Tidemann<br /> Drury<br /> York<br /> Olson<br /> Howard<br /> Pourier</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>State-Tribal Relations</strong></span><br /> Chair: St. John<br /> VC: Haugaard<br /> Randolph<br /> Pourier<br /> Bourdeaux</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Rules Review</strong></span><br /> Chair: Kevin J<br /> VC: Hansen<br /> Cwach</p> <p>There&#8217;s some good choices in there.. and maybe a few I wouldn&#8217;t concur on, but I&#8217;m not in charge.</p> <p>I do notice that the punishment for <a href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/group-of-radical-rinos-abandon-party-and-line-up-against-gop-candidate-in-d35/">campaigning against your own party in the general election</a> appears to be Chairmanship of the Mil/Vets committee.</p> <p>And so we move forward into the next session.</p> Uncategorized @SoDakCampaigns Christmas at the Capitol Grand Lighting Ceremony  http://dakotawarcollege.com/christmas-at-the-capitol-grand-lighting-ceremony/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:5f085372-357e-70e9-8b10-ee05d76e8030 Mon, 23 Nov 2020 15:28:44 +0000 Christmas at the Capitol Grand Lighting Ceremony PIERRE, S.D. – The 2020 Grand Lighting Ceremony for Christmas at the South Dakota Capitol will take place in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. CST. The public is invited to join Gov. Kristi Noem, First Gentleman Bryon Noem, and Pierre Mayor Steve Harding [&#8230;] <p><strong><img class="aligncenter" src="http://southdakotapoliticalnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/image001.jpg" /></strong></p> <p><strong><img loading="lazy" class="alignleft" src="http://southdakotapoliticalnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/gov-photo_r.png" width="214" height="214" /></strong></p> <p class="xxxmsonormal" align="center"><strong>Christmas at the Capitol Grand Lighting Ceremony</strong></p> <p><b>PIERRE, S.D</b>. – The 2020 Grand Lighting Ceremony for Christmas at the South Dakota Capitol will take place in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. CST.</p> <p>The public is invited to join Gov. Kristi Noem, First Gentleman Bryon Noem, and Pierre Mayor Steve Harding as they welcome guests and light the Capitol trees.</p> <p>The Capitol Christmas display includes around 83 trees decorated by volunteers from communities, schools, churches, nonprofit organizations and state government offices. This year’s theme for Christmas at the Capitol is “Deck the Halls.”</p> <p>The largest tree in the Capitol, a 42-foot Engelmann Spruce, is being decorated by the South Dakota Nurses’ Association and was donated by Brian and Lori Stahl of Onida, SD. After being trimmed, the tree stands at 26.5 feet in the rotunda.</p> <p>At the ceremony, entertainment will be provided by soloists Brian Oakland and Sarah Carlson.</p> <p>Santa will be here to say hello to the kids and unveil his new mailbox. Rather than sitting on his lap for photos, children can write letters to Santa at home and bring them along to the lighting ceremony. After the ceremony, Santa’s mail box will be located on first floor by the South Dakota First Ladies and First Gentlemen Exhibit.</p> <p>Hours for folks to view the tree display are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, starting on Nov. 25 including holidays and weekends. The last day to view the display is Saturday, Dec. 26.</p> <p>You can follow the Christmas at the Capitol events on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ChristmasattheCapitol/?fref=ts">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/catcpierre/">Instagram</a>.</p> <p class="xxxmsonormal" align="center">###</p> Uncategorized @SoDakCampaigns Dr. Terry Lee for Governor effort for Gov in 2022 appears to have been terminated. But there’s already a Libertarian. http://dakotawarcollege.com/dr-terry-lee-for-governor-effort-for-gov-in-2022-appears-to-have-been-terminated-but-theres-already-a-libertarian/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:7eab0214-2a60-fb69-02b9-9c85cb03f7b4 Mon, 23 Nov 2020 14:24:14 +0000 I was doing a little work on cleaning up things from 2020, as we move towards the 2022 election cycle, and I noticed that we&#8217;ve already appear to have lost one of our declared gubernatorial candidates for 2022. Dr. Terry Lee LaFleur, D.O.L./J.D. and other superlatives, apparently terminated his campaign committee at the time of [&#8230;] <p>I was doing a little work on cleaning up things from 2020, as we move towards the 2022 election cycle, and I noticed that we&#8217;ve already appear to have lost one of our declared gubernatorial candidates for 2022.</p> <p>Dr. Terry Lee LaFleur, D.O.L./J.D. and other superlatives, apparently terminated his campaign committee at the time of the last filing without any public mention:</p> <p style="margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"><a style="text-decoration: underline;" title="View Terry Lee Terminated on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/document/485481646/Terry-Lee-Terminated#from_embed">Terry Lee Terminated</a> by <a style="text-decoration: underline;" title="View Pat Powers's profile on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/user/41567295/Pat-Powers#from_embed">Pat Powers</a> on Scribd</p> <p><iframe id="doc_30731" class="scribd_iframe_embed" title="Terry Lee Terminated" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/485481646/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;access_key=key-RlwEXUrWLMkkaA8JqYlw" width="100%" height="600" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="0.7729220222793488"></iframe></p> <p>If you recall, LaFleur had earlier declared that he would be running on the Constitution Party Ticket for the office of Governor in the 2022 election. Unfortunately, <a href="https://dakotawarcollege.com/the-entire-south-dakota-constitution-party-is-dismissed-at-least-their-dueling-federal-lawsuits/">Terry and Lora Hubbel broke the CON party</a>, so there isn&#8217;t one in the state anymore.  And it appears that Terry is going quietly into the night.</p> <p>However, if you third-party acolytes were thinking you&#8217;re going to be left out of the campaigns in 2022, <a href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/watch-out-theres-now-a-constitution-party-primary-for-governor-in-2022-even-though-theres-no-constitution-party/">you&#8217;re forgetting the alternative</a>. Because as of August 21, Rene Meyer has announced she&#8217;s switched from the Constitution Party because there were &#8220;people in the party creating problems that could not be overcome or saved, &#8221; and she&#8217;s now running for Governor as a Libertarian in 2022:</p> <p><iframe style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FReneforgovSD2022%2Fposts%2F200183231453362&amp;show_text=true&amp;width=552&amp;appId=441785562537583&amp;height=792" width="552" height="792" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Stay tuned.</p> Uncategorized @SoDakCampaigns US Senator John Thune’s Weekly Column: Tough Times Highlight Blessings http://dakotawarcollege.com/us-senator-john-thunes-weekly-column-tough-times-highlight-blessings/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:c1a6b919-3a48-9f65-9dca-e7d196c3b530 Sun, 22 Nov 2020 23:33:20 +0000 Tough Times Highlight Blessings By Sen. John Thune It’s been a tough year for pretty much everybody. The global pandemic has changed our lives in ways we could not have imagined last Thanksgiving, and our celebrations may look a little different this year. Tough times can be, well, tough. We have strains and worries this [&#8230;] <p><img class="aligncenter jetpack-lazy-image jetpack-lazy-image--handled" src="http://southdakotapoliticalnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/ThuneHeaderNew.png" data-lazy-loaded="1" /></p> <p><strong><img loading="lazy" class="alignleft jetpack-lazy-image jetpack-lazy-image--handled" src="https://www.thune.senate.gov/public/?a=Files.Serve&amp;File_id=84012F2C-85A5-4105-BDBD-DF8661CD1ECC" width="172" height="217" data-lazy-loaded="1" /></strong></p> <p><strong>Tough Times Highlight Blessings<br /> </strong><em>By Sen. John Thune</em></p> <p>It’s been a tough year for pretty much everybody. The global pandemic has changed our lives in ways we could not have imagined last Thanksgiving, and our celebrations may look a little different this year.</p> <p>Tough times can be, well, tough. We have strains and worries this Thanksgiving that we did not have in years past. But tough times can also highlight blessings. They can throw into sharp relief the things that we <em>do</em> have, some of which we might not ordinarily remember to be grateful for.</p> <p>In America we’re used to abundance, and sometimes it can be easy to take that abundance for granted. Things like full grocery store shelves. An endless choice of paper towel brands and toilet paper. Whole aisles full of cereal.</p> <p>But during the early days of the pandemic, as supply chains were disrupted and store shelves emptied, we started to be grateful for what we could find at the grocery store … even if it wasn’t our preferred brand. We also gained a new appreciation for grocery store workers, truck drivers, food supply workers, and farmers and ranchers – the individuals who are responsible for all that food making it onto store shelves.</p> <p>Then there were all the other essential workers whose jobs we don’t always think about, but whose contributions have been brought into focus by the pandemic. The delivery drivers who make sure we get our packages of essential items. The people who clean our hospitals and office buildings. The medical researchers who work year in and year out to deliver new treatments and cures for diseases, and who are working right now to find ways to treat and cure COVID – with two promising vaccines on the horizon. And of course, the heroic doctors and nurses who are directly confronting this pandemic and who are doing their jobs under conditions of extreme stress.</p> <p>This year and every year, we have cause to be grateful for our country, and the people who defend it. The police officers who protect our streets 365 days a year, pandemic or no pandemic, no matter what the challenges. And the men and women of the United States military, who stand watch around the world so that we can live in peace and freedom.</p> <p>Our nation is not perfect of course, and we haven’t always gotten it right. But we never stop trying. We enjoy tremendous blessings in this country – blessings that we should not take for granted. And I’m grateful every day to be a citizen of this great country.</p> <p>Of course, I can’t mention Thanksgiving without thinking about how blessed I am to call South Dakota home. I am thankful for the beauty of our state – for our wide-open spaces, rolling prairies, soaring hills – and I am thankful for the kindness, graciousness, and resilience that characterize South Dakota communities. It is an honor to represent South Dakotans in the United States Senate.</p> <p>As we remember our abundance this year despite the challenges we’ve faced, let’s remember those whose lives have been truly overturned by this pandemic – who have lost loved ones or income or their livelihoods. And let’s remember to give out of our blessings. Food banks around the country are in need of donations, and there’s no better way to have a happy Thanksgiving than to share what we’ve been given with those who have less.</p> <p>In his first letter to the Thessalonians the Apostle Paul says, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” In all circumstances, even pandemics, there is reason to give thanks. I pray that every American has a happy Thanksgiving filled with blessings. And I thank God for the privilege of living in the United States of America.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Uncategorized @SoDakCampaigns US Senator Mike Rounds’ Weekly Column: Chicken on Turkey Day http://dakotawarcollege.com/us-senator-john-thunes-weekly-column-chicken-on-turkey-day/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:7b6920dd-2e72-874f-cca3-02f3348d0b73 Sun, 22 Nov 2020 23:32:10 +0000 Chicken on Turkey Day By U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) Should we do this? It’s the question on everyone’s mind right now. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and we are all attempting to determine how best to celebrate the holidays in the age of a deadly pandemic. Everyone’s situation is a little different. Some [&#8230;] <p><img loading="lazy" class="aligncenter size-medium jetpack-lazy-image jetpack-lazy-image--handled" src="http://southdakotapoliticalnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Rounds-Logo-2016.jpg" width="839" height="177" data-lazy-loaded="1" /></p> <p><img loading="lazy" class="alignleft jetpack-lazy-image jetpack-lazy-image--handled" src="https://www.rounds.senate.gov/imo/media/image/Mike_Rounds_official_Senate_portrait_sm.jpg" width="174" height="217" data-lazy-loaded="1" /></p> <p><strong>Chicken on Turkey Day<br /> By U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.)<br /> </strong></p> <p>Should we do this? It’s the question on everyone’s mind right now. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and we are all attempting to determine how best to celebrate the holidays in the age of a deadly pandemic. Everyone’s situation is a little different. Some of us have big families, some of us have small families. But there’s one thing we have in common: COVID-19 has impacted all of us in one way or another.</p> <p>At the time I’m writing this, there have been 741 deaths from COVID-19 in South Dakota. Let that sink in – 741 deaths. That’s more than the population of some towns in this state. In South Dakota, our communities are so tightly knit together that it feels like we’re part of one big family. That’s what makes this so difficult. This virus has taken from us our moms, our dads, our grandpas and grandmas, our sons and daughters. Our hearts grieve together.</p> <p>This message isn’t about Thanksgiving 2020. It’s much bigger than that. This is about how we get through Thanksgiving 2020 so we can all enjoy Thanksgivings together for years to come. The good Lord blessed us in South Dakota with common sense. Now is the time to use it.</p> <p>First things first &#8211; wear your mask. If you’re going to the grocery store to get your turkey, wear your mask. If you’re going out to do Christmas shopping, wear your mask. Are there instances where wearing a mask isn’t common sense? Certainly. But here’s a good rule of thumb &#8211; if you’re out in public and cannot socially distance, wear your mask. Wearing a mask isn’t just about protecting you, it’s about protecting others around you. Leaders wear masks.</p> <p>We also need to remember the importance of washing our hands and using hand sanitizer. That’s not only good advice to combat COVID-19, but also other more common ailments we face every year like the cold and flu.</p> <p>What we know about COVID-19 is that it disproportionately impacts those who are older. If you contract this virus and you’re over the age of 70, the numbers show that you have a 7 percent chance of dying. If you’re over 80, your risk rises to 13.4 percent. Those numbers are getting close to the odds you’d have when playing Russian roulette with a loaded revolver.</p> <p>Those numbers are one reason that gathering this Thanksgiving is difficult for families. From experience, I know that you can’t keep grandkids off grandparents. And it’s pretty tough to keep grandparents away from grandkids, too. While grandkids might not display symptoms, they can still carry the virus and that can be dangerous.</p> <p>If you are worried about getting sick, stay home. If you are worried that you are sick and might infect someone else, stay home. If you have a “cold” you might actually have COVID-19. Stay home. If you’re worried about your kids getting your parents or grandparents sick, stay home. We live in the 21st century. Whether it’s FaceTime, Skype or another platform, there are methods for us to be together while apart. It’s okay to be a chicken this Turkey Day.</p> <p>Here’s the point – the government isn’t going to mandate how you should celebrate Thanksgiving. You have the power to decide what’s best for your family. Vaccines are on the way, but in the meantime we must use our common sense to fight this virus and live to see another Thanksgiving. We’ll get through this together.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Uncategorized @SoDakCampaigns Dusty Johnson’s Weekly Column: Keeping Our Economy and Schools Open http://dakotawarcollege.com/dusty-johnsons-weekly-column-keeping-our-economy-and-schools-open/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:a0e2373d-1fe1-dffd-ac42-78e59f8d0b7b Sun, 22 Nov 2020 23:30:15 +0000 Keeping Our Economy and Schools Open By Rep. Dusty Johnson Like most South Dakotans, I want to keep our schools open and our economy strong. If we don’t get COVID-19 under control, that’s going to be increasingly difficult. On Monday, Rapid City Schools announced schools would be closing and students would be moving to virtual [&#8230;] <p><img loading="lazy" class="aligncenter size-medium jetpack-lazy-image jetpack-lazy-image--handled" src="http://southdakotapoliticalnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Dusty_Logoimage002.png" width="329" height="125" data-lazy-loaded="1" /></p> <p><strong><img loading="lazy" class="alignleft jetpack-lazy-image jetpack-lazy-image--handled" src="https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/26/Dusty_Johnson%2C_official_portrait%2C_116th_congress.jpg/440px-Dusty_Johnson%2C_official_portrait%2C_116th_congress.jpg" width="174" height="217" data-lazy-loaded="1" /></strong></p> <p><strong>Keeping Our Economy and Schools Open<br /> </strong><em>By Rep. Dusty Johnson</em></p> <p>Like most South Dakotans, I want to keep our schools open and our economy strong. If we don’t get COVID-19 under control, that’s going to be increasingly difficult.</p> <p>On Monday, Rapid City Schools announced schools would be closing and students would be moving to virtual learning. More than 10% of Rapid City teachers and administrators are unable to work because they have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed. As of Monday, the Harrisburg School District had 50 positive COVID-19 cases between students and staff – 33 staff members are currently quarantining. Over 1,665 South Dakota teachers have had COVID since August. Our school systems can’t afford more cases.</p> <p>Avera, one of the state’s largest health systems, has said community spread of COVID-19 has forced hundreds of their employees to remain at home in recent weeks. Maintaining adequate staffing is the largest concern for our hospitals. Avera has been at or above patient capacity every single day in recent weeks. In October, 52.5% of nursing homes in South Dakota had a shortage of nurses. Our state can’t afford a health care worker shortage.</p> <p>In North Dakota, nurses with COVID-19 are now permitted to work on other COVID patients. South Dakota hospitals are considering following suit. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.</p> <p>It’s getting colder and that’s presenting new challenges. More than seven hundred of our neighbors have passed away. I’m not saying these things to invoke fear, but these are the facts, this is the data. This virus is very real, and sometimes it’s deadly. I’m reminded of this almost weekly as I receive news of friends and colleagues who have passed from the virus.</p> <p>So, what can we do?</p> <p>I feel a sense of duty to protect those around me who are more susceptible to the worst outcomes of this virus. That’s why I wear a mask – that’s why I’ve stepped up my social distancing.</p> <p>We all need to step it up and do what we can to slow the spread. In the meantime, I’ll be fighting for better testing and PPE for our schools, hospitals, and businesses.</p> <p>I have faith in South Dakotans – but we can’t win this fight without your help. As we fight this together keep in mind the three W’s: Wash your hands, watch your distance, and wear a mask.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Uncategorized @SoDakCampaigns Governor Kristi Noem’s Weekly Column: Thanksgiving and Personal Responsibility http://dakotawarcollege.com/governor-kristi-noems-weekly-column-thanksgiving-and-personal-responsibility/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:9b61b6bc-e1c1-bdaf-481a-be84e6eb0d55 Sun, 22 Nov 2020 23:27:26 +0000 Thanksgiving and Personal Responsibility By Governor Kristi Noem  Thanksgiving is around the corner, and across the country families are planning how to celebrate with their loved-ones in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some states across the country are imposing restrictions on Thanksgiving celebrations. Some in the media are even looking ahead and planning to [&#8230;] <p><strong><img class="aligncenter" src="http://southdakotapoliticalnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/image001.jpg" /></strong></p> <p><strong><img loading="lazy" class="alignleft" src="http://southdakotapoliticalnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/gov-photo_r.png" width="214" height="214" /></strong></p> <p><strong>Thanksgiving and Personal Responsibility<br /> </strong><em><strong>By Governor Kristi Noem </strong></em></p> <p>Thanksgiving is around the corner, and across the country families are planning how to celebrate with their loved-ones in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some states across the country are imposing restrictions on Thanksgiving celebrations. Some in the media are even looking ahead and planning to cancel Christmas. In South Dakota, we won’t stop or discourage you from thanking God and spending time together this Thanksgiving.</p> <p>I’ll continue to encourage each and every one of you to exercise personal responsibility and make smart choices for yourselves and your loved-ones. As you dig in to enjoy that delicious turkey and stuffing, make sure that everyone in your household is practicing good hygiene. Wash your hands. If someone in your family is in the vulnerable population, take extra precautions to keep them safe.</p> <p>Smaller gatherings may be smarter this year. Let’s make sure to use common sense when we’re planning our celebrations. If you or someone in your family is sick or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, it may be best to stay home and join your loved-ones over FaceTime, Skype, or another app. As we learn more about COVID symptoms, it can be hard to keep track of them all, so visit the CDC website to refresh your memory.</p> <p>I’d like to take this opportunity to remind you why we haven’t taken certain actions here in South Dakota. Your friends and family in other states might be living through renewed lockdowns or shelter-in-place orders. They may be mandated to wear masks. Here in South Dakota, we took a different path.</p> <p>The truth is, there is no science to support the claim that lockdowns stop the spread of the virus. The virus will spread – we cannot stop it until there is a cure – but we can slow it down with mitigation measures. Not even mask mandates have stopped cases from rising in communities. On the other hand, such actions can devastate our livelihoods and our ability to provide for our families. In South Dakota, we’ve fought the virus while still allowing you to put food on the table and keep a roof over your head.</p> <p>Let’s all take the time to remember what Thanksgiving is all about – thanking God for everything that he has blessed us with in our lives. During difficult times, it’s important to be extra thankful for what we have, for time with family, for the tremendous blessings that we have as citizens of the United States of America. Even on our worst day, we are still better off than the vast majority of the people in the world because we woke up in America.</p> <p>This year, my family will send up thanks for the years we’ve spent with each other and the years to come. We’ll also thank God that we get to live in the greatest nation in human history, one founded on the key principles of freedom, equality, and opportunity. I’ll be thankful for the tremendous opportunity to serve the people of South Dakota and for the trust that you’ve shown me throughout this pandemic. Thank you, and may God richly bless your Thanksgiving.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Uncategorized @SoDakCampaigns Yes, the Sturgis motorcycle rally did result in COVID-19 cases across state lines, according to CDC https://www.dailykos.com/story/2020/11/22/1997531/-Yes-the-Sturgis-motorcycle-rally-did-result-in-COVID-19-cases-across-state-lines-according-to-CDC South Dakota Kos urn:uuid:b44fa687-9454-48b1-d419-5fac81bd082f Sun, 22 Nov 2020 16:19:41 +0000 <p>Between the literal global pandemic and the 2020 presidential election, it’s easy to feel like time is a myth. What month is it? What day? What happened over the summer can feel like a lifetime ago. Still, you might remember when Daily Kos covered the enormous <a href="https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/9/2/1974459/-Minnesota-man-is-the-first-linked-COVID-death-to-Sturgis-rally" target="_blank">motorcycle rally</a> held in <a href="https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/8/7/1967438/-Sturgis-Motorcycle-Rally-to-be-held-over-the-fears-and-objections-of-local-residents" target="_blank">Sturgis, South Dakota</a> back in August. About 460,000 people attended the rally, in spite of the pandemic, and as Daily Kos covered, <a href="https://abc7news.com/sturgis-rally-2020-south-dakota-bike-motorcycle/6361243/" target="_blank">few masks</a>&nbsp;and many <a href="https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/8/27/1972753/-Cell-phone-data-indicates-that-Sturgis-rally-attendees-later-visited-61-of-U-S-counties" target="_blank">out of towners</a> were involved. Now, a new <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/pdfs/mm6947e1-H.pdf" target="_blank">report</a> from the Centers of Disease Control &amp; Prevention found that at least 86 cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota (which borders South Dakota) have been linked back to the rally. Of those 86 cases, four involved hospitalizations. One case resulted in death.</p> <p>According to the report, 51 people <a href="https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/8/27/1972753/-Cell-phone-data-indicates-that-Sturgis-rally-attendees-later-visited-61-of-U-S-counties" target="_blank">attended</a> the rally. The remaining 35, however, merely came in contact with people who attended the event. This finding makes the rally even more important to consider in the larger context of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Let’s break down why below.</p> Coronavirus COVID19 DonaldTrump KRISTINOEM Minnesota MN Motorcycles Pandemic Rally SouthDakota Sturgis TimWalz rss@dailykos.com (Marissa Higgins) Water protector jailed in Philip after locking herself to pipeline pump station http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2020/11/water-protector-jailed-in-philip-after.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:3cf157f6-e6f4-5641-0568-3acb4d47c541 Sun, 22 Nov 2020 14:29:24 +0000 Genesee &amp; Wyoming, the parent company of the Rapid City, Pierre and Eastern Railroad, conducts the business on the west end of its holdings and operates on the right of way that intersects the proposed Keystone XL pipeline at Philip. Rail cars carrying diluted bitumen could be loaded there then be transported through Pierre, Huron and maybe Brookings then south through Sioux Falls to the depot at Cushing, Oklahoma. But, running a bomb train through white towns won't fly when you can build a leaky pipeline through stolen treaty ground so it's hard to imagine these projects going through cemeteries where people of European descent are buried.&nbsp;&nbsp;<div><br /></div><div>If the Quinn Dam just upstream of a RCPE washout fails one of its first casualties would be the KXL pipeline where it's proposed to cross the Bad River. <b><i><blockquote>Jasilyn Charger, of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe said she felt it in her heart to make a stand for her people, her Homelands and all the children who have no say about the destruction currently happening to their home. Today 11/21/20 She locked herself down to one of the pipes at the Royer road KXL Oil Pumpstations to stop the illegal construction happening. A complaint was filed to the states attorney in Haakon County but no action has been taken yet. So Jasilyn felt it was her civic duty to act and make a stand for those who cant. We stand with her.. solidarity ✊ larry kurtz Word coming down on House appointments. Appropriations skips over experienced members. http://dakotawarcollege.com/word-coming-down-on-house-appointments-appropriations-skips-over-experienced-members/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:153d16b7-3ade-443e-a1dd-4ab2a490d8e5 Sat, 21 Nov 2020 21:55:53 +0000 Just getting word that some House appointments are being made &#8211; and first out of the gate is Appropriations, which seems to be passing over some experienced members. House Appropriations Chair Chris Karr.  Vice Chair, Taffy Howard.  On the Committee: Tina Mulally, Liz May, Steve Haugaard, John Mills, Randy Gross, Mary Fitzgerald, &#38; Linda Duba. [&#8230;] <p>Just getting word that some House appointments are being made &#8211; and first out of the gate is Appropriations, which seems to be passing over some experienced members.</p> <p class="p1" style="padding-left: 40px;">House Appropriations Chair Chris Karr.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>Vice Chair, Taffy Howard.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span></p> <p class="p1" style="padding-left: 40px;">On the Committee: Tina Mulally, Liz May, Steve Haugaard, John Mills, Randy Gross, Mary Fitzgerald, &amp; Linda Duba.</p> <p>Who was passed over for Appropriations who had significant prior experience on the panel? Larry Tidemann, Hugh Bartels, David Anderson, &amp; Dean Wink</p> <p>Stay tuned for more to come.</p> <p class="p1"> Uncategorized @SoDakCampaigns Hearing Arch Beal was successful in recount http://dakotawarcollege.com/hearing-arch-beal-was-successful-in-recount/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:aedd14a6-2110-0096-4f60-bab3248fe1e1 Sat, 21 Nov 2020 16:39:21 +0000 I don&#8217;t have a lot of details just yet, but I am told this morning that State Representative Arch Beal was successful in his recount, securing him two more years in the South Dakota state legislature. <p>I don&#8217;t have a lot of details just yet, but I am told this morning that State Representative Arch Beal was successful in his recount, securing him two more years in the South Dakota state legislature.</p> Uncategorized @SoDakCampaigns Lawsuit paid for by the State of South Dakota will allow tribal nations to be sole cannabis producers http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2020/11/lawsuit-paid-for-by-state-of-south.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:bbaeae9a-6bfe-a41d-f2e4-7f185f671852 Sat, 21 Nov 2020 13:35:12 +0000 <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2UrHYMO-B-g/X7kVpWXxb_I/AAAAAAAAHTs/oLS96TEyQ50JDDCwGWTsZfaaA3xN7LyRQCLcBGAsYHQ/s321/images%2B%25281%2529.jpg" style="display: block; padding: 1em 0px; text-align: center;"><img alt="" border="0" data-original-height="157" data-original-width="321" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2UrHYMO-B-g/X7kVpWXxb_I/AAAAAAAAHTs/oLS96TEyQ50JDDCwGWTsZfaaA3xN7LyRQCLcBGAsYHQ/s400/images%2B%25281%2529.jpg" width="400" /></a></div> As expected the the Pennington County Sheriff and Superintendent of the South Dakota Highway Patrol have asked a Hughes County judge to toss Amendment A since it violates the state's constitution by addressing multiple topics.&nbsp;<div><br /></div><div>Paid for in part by the State of South Dakota the lawsuit will compel Sixth Judicial Circuit Judge Bobbi Rank to toss Amendment A and empower the tribal nations trapped in the state to be the sole cannabis industry leaders.&nbsp; &nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>&nbsp;A 1986 amendment to federal law allows tribes to acquire off-reservation land to serve the needs of its people so the Oglala Lakota Oyate bought property on I-90 just outside Badlands National Park. The Isanti Dakota Oyate or Flandreau Santee Sioux Nation has also taken steps to resume their cannabis initiative. A former chairman of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate is a tribal liaison for a cannabis development firm and South Dakota Secretary of Tribal Relations Dave Flute is also a former chairman of the SWO.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>As President Joe Biden is taking the Oath in January Trump Organization-appointed US Attorney for the District of South Dakota Ron Parsons will be leaving office freeing tribal governments to better exercise their sovereignty.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>A well-funded court fight over Amendment A is a masterful political maneuver engineered by Democratic former US Attorney Brendan Johnson and others to drive public support from the South Dakota Republican Party after voters from three political parties overwhelmingly approved the change to the South Dakota Constitution.</div><div><br /></div><div>Judge Rank worked for eight years as an assistant attorney general in the offices of Attorneys General Larry Long and Marty Jackley before being named to lead the Sixth Circuit.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Let the wild rumpus start! </div> larry kurtz Donny Detestable is contagious http://northernbeacon.blogspot.com/2020/11/donny-detestable-is-contagious.html Northern Valley Beacon urn:uuid:10184688-5df9-5075-4d71-427d9d1e62eb Fri, 20 Nov 2020 21:41:21 +0000 <p></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jg4O03MpBqg/X7fTUHCy3qI/AAAAAAAADuc/65Pd_P6ketIWQ2JEKWael5e9y3F-mfX2QCLcBGAsYHQ/s274/00963888-A456-4373-B3F1-63263D16DB81_4_5005_c.jpeg" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;"><img border="0" data-original-height="182" data-original-width="274" height="301" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jg4O03MpBqg/X7fTUHCy3qI/AAAAAAAADuc/65Pd_P6ketIWQ2JEKWael5e9y3F-mfX2QCLcBGAsYHQ/w453-h301/00963888-A456-4373-B3F1-63263D16DB81_4_5005_c.jpeg" width="453" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">Everything associated with Donald Trump &nbsp;seems in a process of deterioration. &nbsp;His record as a businessman is one of stiffing contractors, fleecing investors, and unleashing lies as fast as his mouth can move, and he has governed with those principles. &nbsp;The most fitting image of his administration is brown-stained sweat streaming down Rudy Giuliani's face as he frenetically tries to recite Trump lies and conspiracy theories at a <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/11/20/rudy-giuilani-sweaty-press-conference-latenight/">press conference</a>.&nbsp;</span><div><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">A number of reporters who were present characterized the whole thing as insane, putting it&nbsp;in the context of a mentally impaired president in frantic denial that he&nbsp;lost an election. &nbsp;It was a grotesque moment, but Trump's entire term has been a grotesque display of &nbsp;failure of intellect and character. &nbsp;The time should come to an end in two months, but there &nbsp;is a serious question about whether the nation has been seriously damaged. &nbsp;The forces that put Trump into&nbsp;office will still be with us. &nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">Recently fired chief of election security Chris Krebs tweeted &nbsp;"<span style="background-color: white; letter-spacing: -0.1599999964237213px;">That press conference was the most dangerous 1hr 45 minutes of television in American history. And possibly the craziest."</span></span></div><div><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;"><span face="graphik, Arial, sans-serif" style="background-color: white; letter-spacing: -0.1599999964237213px;"><br /></span></span></div><div><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;"><span face="graphik, Arial, sans-serif" style="background-color: white; letter-spacing: -0.1599999964237213px;">The country has fallen into a state of disarray in which absurd falsehoods and malicious contentions have become a large part of the reports on the state of its governance. &nbsp;People who voted for Joe Biden obviously did so to return some semblance of sanity to federal government, but the party of Trump will still be present to agitate for misrule. &nbsp;</span></span></div><div><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;"><span face="graphik, Arial, sans-serif" style="background-color: white; letter-spacing: -0.1599999964237213px;"><br /></span></span></div><div><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;"><span face="graphik, Arial, sans-serif" style="background-color: white; letter-spacing: -0.1599999964237213px;">Some diseases leave permanent after effects.&nbsp;</span></span><div><div>&nbsp;<p></p></div></div></div> David Newquist Longest known fossilized human trackway lends more clues to Clovis migration, hunting practices http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2020/11/longest-known-fossilized-human-trackway.html interested party urn:uuid:611d88ef-8b7d-d1ca-1eac-0a4cf9e74119 Fri, 20 Nov 2020 19:53:59 +0000 <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-uEtxiLGFzZ8/X7f0yFbSmHI/AAAAAAAAHTc/Z6IxGWe0nBgmxUY00iXw0NXOzus6fkRTACLcBGAsYHQ/s434/Human-foot.jpg" style="clear: right; display: block; float: right; padding: 1em 0px; text-align: center;"><img alt="" border="0" data-original-height="434" data-original-width="253" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-uEtxiLGFzZ8/X7f0yFbSmHI/AAAAAAAAHTc/Z6IxGWe0nBgmxUY00iXw0NXOzus6fkRTACLcBGAsYHQ/s200/Human-foot.jpg" /></a></div>Somewhere between 15,560 and 10,000 years ago human footprints were pressed into the mud along the shore of prehistoric Lake Otero now called Alkali Flat just west of the white gypsum dunes of White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. It's believed the hunters who made that trackway carried spears tipped with the large fluted stone points of the Clovis culture.<div><b><i><blockquote>The ice age ended because of changes in the earth’s climate. Environments once rich in lush green life began to disappear. The reason for the disappearance of the great beasts of the ice age is still debated among scientists. More than likely, it was the combination of both the changes in climate and the overhunting by skilled people. [<a href="https://www.nps.gov/whsa/learn/nature/fossilized-footprints.htm" target="_blank">National Park Service</a>]&nbsp;</blockquote></i></b><div>A Clovis site in Alaska dated to about 12,400 years ago has led most archaeologists to believe the culture arose only after their arrival to North America.</div><div><br /></div><div>Exploiting the gap between the Cordilleran and Laurentide ice sheets during the Wisconsin Glacial Episode those Clovis People were the first humans to see the Missouri Buttes and Devils Tower. The Clovis culture thrived in <a href="https://interested-party.blogspot.com/2010/07/from-rapid-city-journal-sentencing-is.html" target="_blank">South Dakota</a> before settling the rest of the Mississippi basin but the Clovis Culture had already explored parts <a href="https://phys.org/news/2014-02-america-clovis-skeleton-genome-clues.html" target="_blank">of Montana</a>&nbsp;long&nbsp;before they found Clovis, New Mexico where tools were found in the 1920s. Before US 14 was widened a team led by Adrien Hannus from Augustana University found evidence of human habitation from over 12,000 years ago in a cave in Boulder Canyon near Sturgis, South Dakota.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>At one excavation site in Wyoming evidence revealed humans killed a mammoth with a Clovis point and an atlatl.&nbsp;<div><b><i><blockquote>...he also radiocarbon-dated the humerus of the mammoth, which places the animal’s life (12,694 to 12,863 years ago and within 100 years of the LaPrele mammoth) during the Clovis period and right in the time frame that humans could have killed it. [<a href="https://www.uwyo.edu/uw/news/2018/08/uw-anthropology-department-asks-for-publics-help-in-mammoth-mystery.html" target="_blank">University of Wyoming</a>]</blockquote></i></b></div><div>I believe the ancestors of the Chacoans came up the Columbia and the Snake Rivers then into ancient Lake Bonneville and down the western slope of the Rocky Mountains into the Four Corners Region. At the southern terminus of the Rockies near Santa Fe interaction with the Clovis culture seems perfectly likely.</div><div><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>It’s easy to see how seafaring people might have reached Cooper’s Ferry, says Loren Davis, an archaeologist at Oregon State University in Corvallis who led the excavations. Although the site is more than 500 kilometers from the coast, the Salmon, Snake, and Columbia rivers link it to the sea. [<a href="https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/08/first-people-americas-came-sea-ancient-tools-unearthed-idaho-river-suggest">First people in the Americas came by sea, ancient tools unearthed by Idaho river suggest</a>]</b></i></blockquote><div></div><br /><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><div dir="ltr" lang="en">Note river path in remnants of Yellowstone Caldera. Red Rock Pass: Spillway Bonneville Flood <a href="http://t.co/DS5rpN9cOu">http://t.co/DS5rpN9cOu</a> <a href="http://t.co/XryyTX4ATw">http://t.co/XryyTX4ATw</a></div>— interested party (@larry_kurtz) <a href="https://twitter.com/larry_kurtz/status/385095921488240640?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 1, 2013</a></blockquote><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script> <br /><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><div dir="ltr" lang="en">Bonneville Flood-Lake Bonneville Red Rock Pass Snake River Canyon <a href="http://t.co/8tejI4PokG">http://t.co/8tejI4PokG</a></div>— interested party (@larry_kurtz) <a href="https://twitter.com/larry_kurtz/status/385097483111497728?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 1, 2013</a></blockquote><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script> <br /></div></div></div> Earth ip manifesto montana wyoming larry kurtz Weaponized dogs, potency caps, Big Dope all at play for South Dakota's cannabis plan http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2020/11/weaponized-dogs-potency-caps-big-dope.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:d2a697eb-3df0-0911-8625-4a2c2ebfe30f Thu, 19 Nov 2020 14:11:21 +0000 <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Weaponized dogs have long been a tool of the law enforcement industry in South Dakota. <a href="https://t.co/gU24BhbqEG">https://t.co/gU24BhbqEG</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/sdleg?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#sdleg</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/cannabis?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#cannabis</a></p>&mdash; interested party (@larry_kurtz) <a href="https://twitter.com/larry_kurtz/status/1329043495684763648?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 18, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">If cannabis measures survive the expected court challenges South Dakota&#39;s law enforcement industry appears to be pushing for potency caps and state-owned dispensaries. <a href="https://t.co/Go95djg8jj">https://t.co/Go95djg8jj</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/sdleg?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#sdleg</a></p>&mdash; interested party (@larry_kurtz) <a href="https://twitter.com/larry_kurtz/status/1329047334500528128?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 18, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Big Dope Columbia wants to control legal cannabis in South Dakota but the tribal nations trapped in the state should be the sole industry producers. <a href="https://t.co/P4lc45KC9s">https://t.co/P4lc45KC9s</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/sdleg?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#sdleg</a> <a href="https://t.co/jYWjUX4vgb">https://t.co/jYWjUX4vgb</a></p>&mdash; interested party (@larry_kurtz) <a href="https://twitter.com/larry_kurtz/status/1329424934330789889?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 19, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> larry kurtz The election may be over, but only Republicans own the damage coming this winter https://www.dailykos.com/story/2020/11/15/1995918/-The-November-election-may-be-over-but-all-Republicans-will-own-what-happens-this-winter South Dakota Kos urn:uuid:285e2e7e-be71-7898-f651-47da5c4bb36b Sun, 15 Nov 2020 18:06:47 +0000 <p>With the 2020 election now history, the political pundit class is already treating the two months leading up to Jan.&nbsp;20&nbsp;as if they don’t really exist. Donald Trump’s <em>“I wuz robbed</em>” shtick has <a href="https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/trump-suggests-biden-won-falsely-claims-election-rigged-n1247856" target="_blank" title="">already worn thin</a> in just the span of a week, and the dark, apocalyptic projections of a coup instituted in some fashion by electoral shenanigans have already been <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/11/14/ploy-flip-electors-trump-rejected-republican-leaders-4-key-states/6298966002/" target="_blank" title="">doused with cold water</a>.&nbsp;What we are seeing now is mostly <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/11/04/democrats-did-not-have-night-they-hoped-battle-senate/" target="_blank" title="">handwringing</a> over the Democrats’ failure (thus far) to recapture the Senate and the haircut to its House majority. We are hearing preemptive howls of despair as&nbsp;the prospect of a perpetually divided government for another two or four years looms.</p> <p>But the reality is that come Jan. 20&nbsp;when Joe Biden is inaugurated as the nation’s 46th president, the country will most likely be in the same position it is right now, minus Donald Trump in charge, replaced by a competent executive. And however much malicious disruption he decides to inflict from wherever he plans to spend the coming four years&nbsp;(he may want to avoid New York City), Republicans will suddenly be without a leader capable of actually implementing policy. Even should they retain their Senate majority, they won’t be able to hide from the American public behind the persona of Donald Trump. Which brings us back to the interregnum that has been easy to ignore over the last week as Trump’s perpetual clown show rudely dominated our thoroughly frazzled nerves.</p> 2020election Covid-19 DemocraticParty DonaldTrump Economy EricLevitz JosephONeill MitchMcConnell NewYorkReviewofBooks NewYorkTimes rss@dailykos.com (Dartagnan) A delusion for which there is no cure https://www.dailykos.com/story/2020/11/15/1995855/-A-delusion-for-which-there-is-no-cure South Dakota Kos urn:uuid:dc7e385a-d0b9-52cc-1117-4b8853d739e3 Sun, 15 Nov 2020 16:03:02 +0000 <p>It is often hard to fathom why so many people act as if there is no pandemic ravaging the country.</p> <p>Why is it that in a state like South Dakota or Iowa or Nebraska, where the virus is spreading like a prairie fire, that people refuse to wear masks and appear fatalistic about the whole thing?</p> <p>And why is it that so many&nbsp;<a href="https://apnews.com/article/iowa-south-dakota-coronavirus-pandemic-nebraska-north-dakota-bf7197b284401dea8b779cfa764dfab2" target="_blank">just don't believe</a>&nbsp;any of it.</p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align:start">It’s not that people in Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa and elsewhere don’t realize their states are leading the nation in new cases per capita. It’s that many of them aren’t especially concerned.</p> <p style="text-align:start">Wayne County, home to 6,400 people in southern Iowa, has the state’s second-highest case rate, yet its public health administrator, Shelley Bickel, says mask-wearing is rare. She finds it particularly appalling when she sees older people, who are at high risk, shopping at a grocery store without one.</p> <p style="text-align:start">“I just want to get on the speaker and say, ‘Why don’t you have your mask on?’ It’s just amazing,” Bickel said.</p> <p style="text-align:start">Jenna Lovaas, public health director of Jones County, Iowa, said even now that her rural county has the state’s highest virus rate, people have opted not to make any changes, such as protecting themselves and others by wearing masks.</p> <p style="text-align:start">“They don’t think it’s real,” she said. “They don’t think it’s going to be that bad or they just don’t want to wear a mask because we’ve made it a whole political thing at this point.”</p> </blockquote> <p style="text-align:start">In South Dakota, an ER nurse offers this&nbsp;gripping account on Twitter of COVID patients refusing to believe the coronavirus is anything other than a hoax.</p> <p class="is-empty-p"></p> <div class="dk-editor-embed center-block" data-twitter-content="&amp;lt;blockquote class=&quot;twitter-tweet&quot;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;p lang=&quot;en&quot; dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&amp;gt;Going to ruin the USA. All while gasping for breath on 100% Vapotherm. They tell you there must be another reason they are sick. They call you names and ask why you have to wear all that “stuff” because they don’t have COViD because it’s not real. Yes. This really happens. And&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;— Jodi Doering (@JodiDoering) &amp;lt;a href=&quot;https://twitter.com/JodiDoering/status/1327771330884808710?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&quot;&amp;gt;November 15, 2020&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/blockquote&amp;gt;"><div class="remove-embed-content">x</div><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Going to ruin the USA. All while gasping for breath on 100% Vapotherm. They tell you there must be another reason they are sick. They call you names and ask why you have to wear all that “stuff” because they don’t have COViD because it’s not real. Yes. This really happens. And</p>— Jodi Doering (@JodiDoering) <a href="https://twitter.com/JodiDoering/status/1327771330884808710?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 15, 2020</a></blockquote></div> <p class="is-empty-p"></p> <div class="dk-editor-embed center-block" data-twitter-content="&amp;lt;blockquote class=&quot;twitter-tweet&quot;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;p lang=&quot;en&quot; dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&amp;gt;Which is what I will do for the next three nights. But tonight. It’s me and Cliff and Oreo ice cream. And how ironic I have on my “home”&amp;lt;br&amp;gt;Hoodie. The South Dakota I love seems far away right now. &amp;lt;a href=&quot;https://t.co/3e5Qg4yAuS&quot;&amp;gt;pic.twitter.com/3e5Qg4yAuS&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;— Jodi Doering (@JodiDoering) &amp;lt;a href=&quot;https://twitter.com/JodiDoering/status/1327771338698674176?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&quot;&amp;gt;November 15, 2020&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/blockquote&amp;gt;"><div class="remove-embed-content">x</div><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Which is what I will do for the next three nights. But tonight. It’s me and Cliff and Oreo ice cream. And how ironic I have on my “home”<br>Hoodie. The South Dakota I love seems far away right now. <a href="https://t.co/3e5Qg4yAuS">pic.twitter.com/3e5Qg4yAuS</a></p>— Jodi Doering (@JodiDoering) <a href="https://twitter.com/JodiDoering/status/1327771338698674176?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 15, 2020</a></blockquote></div> <p class="is-empty-p"></p> Coronavirus COVID Iowa Nebraska NorthDakota Recommended SouthDakota rss@dailykos.com (quaoar) Wioweya Najin Win walks on http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2020/11/wioweya-najin-win-walks-on.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:aa6b89e3-6be4-0c9d-8188-f4f00154758b Sun, 15 Nov 2020 14:19:08 +0000 <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-HL2bg8lPu_4/X7E1_F4uuxI/AAAAAAAAHTE/MPunUqJSIs4Bw8gqbF-nGO01_4h9eaKJgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/72786336_10156687489297666_6948775979871371264_o.jpg" style="clear: right; display: block; float: right; padding: 1em 0px; text-align: center;"><img alt="" border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-HL2bg8lPu_4/X7E1_F4uuxI/AAAAAAAAHTE/MPunUqJSIs4Bw8gqbF-nGO01_4h9eaKJgCLcBGAsYHQ/s200/72786336_10156687489297666_6948775979871371264_o.jpg" /></a></div>Indigenous activist, author, artist and revolutionary Wioweya Najin Win or Debra White Plume has walked on to the Holy Road. Born and raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation White Plume led many of the fights against <a href="https://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2015/04/white-plume-film-chronicles-uranium-and.html" target="_blank">uranium mining</a>, fossil fuel extraction and pipeline construction. <blockquote class="tr_bq"><b><i>Debra White Plume (Wioweya Najin Win), Executive Director of Owe Aku, is an Oglala Lakota grandmother and water rights activist who is taking on Cameco, the world’s largest producer of uranium, near her homeland on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, in South Dakota. From traveling through the lands, providing training camps, speaking engagements, strategic planning meetings, prayer circles with the Cheyenne Nation, Lakota Nation, Diné Nation, Apache Nation, Annishanabe Nation (Canada), Gila River Nation and Palestinian allies, the message is out there to continue to resist, to engage, to empower, to act collectively, to never give up. [<a href="http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/04/02/debra-white-plume-fight-sacred-water-film-want-see-it-159857">Indian Country Today</a>]</i></b></blockquote> <div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="355" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3eYvouIbqhQ" width="480"></iframe></div> larry kurtz The shattered states of Trumpistan http://northernbeacon.blogspot.com/2020/11/the-shattered-states-of-trumpistan.html Northern Valley Beacon urn:uuid:561d9845-7d7d-5944-dcb4-62329e470d66 Sat, 14 Nov 2020 21:11:10 +0000 <p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">I am not one of those who invests great trust in what Americans will do. &nbsp;I am too old, have covered too much as a&nbsp;journalist, and have&nbsp;studied too much as a professor who taught American literature (the country's history is recorded in its writing) to have faith that Americans will always choose the highest intellectual and moral pathways. &nbsp;We have had slavery. &nbsp;We have had segregation. &nbsp;We have had Watergate. &nbsp;We have had Vietnam. We have had unarmed black people shot dead in the streets and in their beds. Those are matters that some people wanted, and many still do. &nbsp;And now we have had Donald Trump.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">America is not the land of the free, equal, and just. &nbsp;It is the land where people who believe in liberty, equality, and&nbsp;justice&nbsp;have to engage in a constant struggle to attain those conditions, and when they are attained, to maintain them. &nbsp;There are a lot of Americans who don't really care about them, some who find them out of their reach, and and others who oppose them. &nbsp;Over a few centuries, America has established them as the goals of our democracy, and for the privileged they may be the conditions of their lives. &nbsp;But there are masses of people for whom they are not. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">As a journalist, I engaged in the study of American literature in order to maintain the context of what I was writing about on a daily basis. &nbsp;I was always aware of literature, particularly by Native Americans and African Americans, that recorded a different America than the one&nbsp;traditionally&nbsp;portrayed. &nbsp;But those divergent portrayals were also present in the work of what we considered as mainstream authors. &nbsp;Most of America is ignorant of its letters. &nbsp;The few who do read tend to do so to affirm their personal bias,&nbsp;prejudice, and hatred, not to gain an understanding of the complex diversity of the country.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">I have been proud and optimistic about the United States' progress toward achieving their goals, but there were always obstacles and opposition. <b>&nbsp;America is always in a state of becoming</b>, and sometimes it has setbacks. &nbsp;It is in a serious one right now. &nbsp;A measure of it is the number of people who think the request to wear protective masks is an assault on their freedom, not a measure to keep them healthy and alive. &nbsp;American people cannot be trusted to have the most rudimentary intelligence.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">We are in a state of siege by what can only be termed obscene stupidity. &nbsp;Some of our fellow Americans just can't think. Nor do they want to. &nbsp;That's why they can't be trusted with matters of thought and consideration. &nbsp;As far as the country's response to the coronavirus is concerned, Dr. Sanjay Gupta put it well: &nbsp;the best we could do is the worst in the world. &nbsp;That's how far the repute of the U.S. has plummeted. Trump is a symptom of the decline, but those benighted souls who support him and adopt his ways are the cause. &nbsp;They have earned the full blame.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">It is wrong to think that the divide in America is between conservatives and liberals, Republicans and Democrats, or authoritarians and freedom lovers. &nbsp;It is between those cling to the right to be stupidly malicious and those committed "</span><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;"><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(85, 85, 85);">to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations." &nbsp;We have diverged far from the course tried to set us on with those&nbsp;</span><span style="caret-color: rgb(85, 85, 85);">words.</span></span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;"><span style="caret-color: rgb(85, 85, 85);">We have instead fulfilled the skeptical words of H. L. &nbsp;Mencken: "</span></span><span style="caret-color: rgb(95, 25, 25);"><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard." &nbsp;</span></span></p><p><span style="color: #383838;"><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;"></span></span></p><blockquote><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;"><b>"As democracy is perfected, the office of the president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."</b></span></blockquote><p></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6xVxSD0GiQE/X7BHKB70xqI/AAAAAAAADuE/kFChYWdJm5U7HzmIqmRZvSKst_SVS67sQCLcBGAsYHQ/s274/0BB51B85-8900-48E2-B141-8CCB1FBB7EB0_4_5005_c.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="182" data-original-width="274" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6xVxSD0GiQE/X7BHKB70xqI/AAAAAAAADuE/kFChYWdJm5U7HzmIqmRZvSKst_SVS67sQCLcBGAsYHQ/s0/0BB51B85-8900-48E2-B141-8CCB1FBB7EB0_4_5005_c.jpeg" /></a></div><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;"><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;"><br /></span></p>Joe Biden has to restore a nation which includes a huge loony ward.</span><br />&nbsp;<p></p><p><br /></p> David Newquist Republican welfare ranchers are driving the desertification of the West http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2020/11/republican-welfare-ranchers-are-driving.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:140acab7-3915-7c09-2cc5-cf858c7da6cb Sat, 14 Nov 2020 13:16:55 +0000 <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_Qt2PV1KO3k/X6_TdnqKWcI/AAAAAAAAHS4/QXrBd_a5yjMlAEBd00oBdtSQFLNKCR22gCLcBGAsYHQ/s1080/grassland1%2B%252848%2529.png" style="display: block; padding: 1em 0px; text-align: center;"><img alt="" border="0" data-original-height="778" data-original-width="1080" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_Qt2PV1KO3k/X6_TdnqKWcI/AAAAAAAAHS4/QXrBd_a5yjMlAEBd00oBdtSQFLNKCR22gCLcBGAsYHQ/s400/grassland1%2B%252848%2529.png" width="400" /></a></div> If livestock grazing is the key to preventing wildfires why is ranch country still suffering from near daily extreme grassland fire danger indices? <a href="https://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2020/01/wildfire-danger-worst-in-cattle-country.html" target="_blank">Because Republicans are evil</a>.&nbsp;<div><br /></div><div><div>Indigenous peoples set at least 47% of fires in the Interior West <a href="https://wildfiretoday.com/2015/02/20/causes-of-fires-in-the-interior-west-between-1776-and-1900/" target="_blank">between 1776 and 1900</a> because smoke from Indigenous cultural fire has been long-applied to <a href="https://baynature.org/2020/09/30/where-theres-good-fire-theres-good-smoke/" target="_blank">control tree pests</a>.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Just <a href="https://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2018/04/a-tail-of-two-cultures-white-privilege.html" target="_blank">150 years ago bison would be clearing</a> the grasses that drive large wildfires. Restoring and rewilding American ecosystems are parts of the Green New Deal.&nbsp;</div><div><b><i><blockquote>None of the studies that promote grazing to reduce fuels considers the unavoidable ecological impacts that accompany grazing. These include water pollution, soil compaction, trampling of biological soil crusts, the spread of weeds (as with cheatgrass), the social displacement of wildlife (like elk), and the loss of forage wildlife and insects, and costs. While targeted grazing and the ecological impacts that result might be acceptable for small areas, say to reduce vegetation around a home or some other limited area, it is not effective or acceptable on a landscape scale. As such, it cannot aid in reducing large wildfires. [<a href="https://www.thewildlifenews.com/2020/09/27/targeted-livestock-grazing-wont-preclude-large-wildfires/" target="_blank">Targeted Livestock Grazing Won’t Preclude Large Wildfires</a>]</blockquote></i></b>The Anthropocene is now and time to rewild some of the American West eventually becoming part of a Greater Missouri Basin National Wildlife Refuge connecting the CM Russell in Montana along the Missouri River through North Dakota to Oacoma, South Dakota combined with corridors from Yellowstone National Park to the Yukon in the north and south to the Pecos River through eastern Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, western Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Clear the second growth conifers and restore aspen habitat, prescribe burns, begin extensive Pleistocene rewilding using bison and cervids, empower tribes, lease private land for wildlife corridors, turn feral horses from Bureau of Land Management pastures onto other public land to control exotic grasses and buy out the welfare ranchers Tony Dean warned us about.</div></div> larry kurtz 'An awful lot of preventable deaths happening right now' in the Upper Midwest https://www.dailykos.com/story/2020/11/13/1995552/-Midwestern-hospitals-are-running-out-of-beds-as-COVID-19-rates-skyrocket South Dakota Kos urn:uuid:50e6c912-79b6-5c12-a7a1-3a897ba1011e Fri, 13 Nov 2020 19:54:49 +0000 <p>In North Dakota, COVID-19 hospitalizations have risen so far that the state will “allow” asymptomatic, COVID-19-positive healthcare workers to keep working, Gov. Doug Burgum&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/GovernorDougBurgum/posts/4833952473312087" target="_blank">announced</a>&nbsp;this week. Allowed. The lucky ducks.</p> <p>COVID-19 hospitalizations in South Dakota&nbsp;<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/coronavirus-midwest/2020/11/12/90508b72-250f-11eb-952e-0c475972cfc0_story.html" target="_blank">increased by 26.5% last week</a>, but Gov. Kristi Noem is still rejecting a mask mandate, and her spokesman points to the fact that 34% of the state’s hospital beds remain vacant. One&nbsp;part he’s not saying is “For now.” Another is that, as the president of Rapid City Hospital&nbsp;told&nbsp;<em>The Washington Post</em>,&nbsp;“<span>Our limiting factor isn’t beds, it’s staff.”</span></p> Coronavirus DougBurgum Iowa KimReynolds KRISTINOEM Minnesota NorthDakota SouthDakota rss@dailykos.com (Laura Clawson) Poll: Noem's indifference to leadership turns off women http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2020/11/poll-noems-indifference-to-leadership.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:7da60a07-c899-e9d0-9373-1332973c6712 Fri, 13 Nov 2020 15:18:43 +0000 <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wCaZfZZ_fwE/X66fIffQzCI/AAAAAAAAHSs/4ikfCXKZr5Mr3AZ9x0C3ROxl4-8kHLr6gCLcBGAsYHQ/s649/kristiandfam%2B%25281%2529.jpg" style="clear: right; display: block; float: right; padding: 1em 0px; text-align: center;"><img alt="" border="0" data-original-height="649" data-original-width="497" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wCaZfZZ_fwE/X66fIffQzCI/AAAAAAAAHSs/4ikfCXKZr5Mr3AZ9x0C3ROxl4-8kHLr6gCLcBGAsYHQ/s200/kristiandfam%2B%25281%2529.jpg" /></a></div>The mother of my daughters, the Odd Goddess of Basin and Our Lady of the Arroyo are all registered nurses, so are neighbors and friends Tim, Micki, Lisa, Matthew, Leslie, Nancy, Joan, Lori and Sarah. Each one loathes Trump as does every other medical professional they know who will never, ever vote for a Republican again.&nbsp;<div><br /></div><div>In 2018 South Dakota ranked 50th in women's 'workplace environment‘ and 38th overall in WalletHub's Best &amp; Worst States. The red moocher state climbed to 32nd in 2019 but sank again in 2020 to surf <a href="https://interested-party.blogspot.com/2020/03/nurses-medical-professionals-are-now.html" target="_blank">the bottom for women’s equality</a> at 38th and 41st in empowerment.</div><div><br /></div><div>Kristi Noem has never supported the Violence Against Women Act and if her #metoo abusers were Democrats she'd be singing like a cardinal. Kristi Noem is a MILF. Is she compliant, infidelitous, or simply a jaded career politician who's used to trading her favors for advancement?&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Republican leadership is an oxymoron. Like most, if not all, Republicans holding office today Noem is milking the prosperity gospel for every dime using every trick in the Koch playbook. Republican former South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs was driven from South Dakota politics for outing Noem as a philanderer.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Kristi Lynn Arnold Noem (KLAN) is a one woman death panel. Which part of <a href="https://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2020/08/noem-would-commit-genocide-in-indian.html" target="_blank">ethnic cleansing</a> do you like best, Republicans?</div><div><b><i><blockquote>While a majority of South Dakotans continue to approve of the overall performance of Gov. Kristi Noem, a new poll shows that women are far less supportive than men of the governor, her handling of health-care issues and the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Since the pandemic began, Noem has espoused and also boasted about her approach to the coronavirus, which has been to allow businesses and schools to remain open, to promote large gatherings such as the Mount Rushmore fireworks and the Sturgis motorcycle rally, and to recommend the wearing of masks but not require it while also casting doubt on the efficacy of masks in protecting wearers from the virus. But the gender gap in support of Noem is also certainly tied to the greater negative impacts the pandemic has had on the lives of many women and a sense among women that the governor has not been proactive enough in pushing precautions or restrictions to limit the spread of the virus.&nbsp;</blockquote></i></b></div><div><a href="https://www.sdnewswatch.org/stories/poll-women-less-supportive-than-men-of-gov-kristi-noem-and-state-virus-response/" target="_blank">Read it all here.</a></div> larry kurtz The empty-headed destruction of democracy http://northernbeacon.blogspot.com/2020/11/the-empty-headed-destruction-of.html Northern Valley Beacon urn:uuid:323896cc-61eb-5b99-b2f4-6392e2efea28 Wed, 11 Nov 2020 17:49:30 +0000 <p></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ow4fmzjKNws/X53LaCo6xQI/AAAAAAAADtw/Kl6dVVdx4pkgSEn92wiQQanwQtzd1qpNgCLcBGAsYHQ/s268/CDDECE90-729F-4405-B3D1-827DDAF0D108_4_5005_c.jpeg" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="186" data-original-width="268" height="278" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ow4fmzjKNws/X53LaCo6xQI/AAAAAAAADtw/Kl6dVVdx4pkgSEn92wiQQanwQtzd1qpNgCLcBGAsYHQ/w400-h278/CDDECE90-729F-4405-B3D1-827DDAF0D108_4_5005_c.jpeg" width="400" /></a></div><br />&nbsp;<span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">I have never&nbsp;understood why anyone&nbsp;who believes in democracy and&nbsp;liberty, equality, and justice could vote for Donald Trump. &nbsp;He is the antithesis of everything our country claims to stand for and has fought wars to preserve. &nbsp;During the 2016 campaign, his behavior was widely broadcast from debates and campaign events. &nbsp;His business practices were documented: &nbsp;he stiffed contractors, he amassed huge debts that he didn't pay; &nbsp;he lied about everything so that none of his business deals could be trusted; he slandered, insulted, and abused competitors; his businesses discriminated on the basis of race. &nbsp;It is impossible to ignore Trump's record. &nbsp;So, if one votes for Trump, we must assume that the vote is for the country to descend to the level of malice, stupidity, and criminality that Trump exhibits.&nbsp;</span><div><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">The local newspaper published some letters-to-the editor which reveal the kind of mentality that votes for Trump. &nbsp;They raise the question of what will become of democracy if the attitudes they express prevail. &nbsp;They recall what skeptic-of-democracy Thomas Carlyle once said: &nbsp;"</span><span face="Roboto, sans-serif" style="background-color: #fafafa; font-size: 22px; font-weight: bold; text-align: center;">Democracy will prevail when men believe the vote of Judas as good as that of Jesus Christ." &nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: #fafafa; font-family: arial; font-size: large; text-align: center;">&nbsp;Those letters reveal mental processes so defective that they pose great peril for the nation. &nbsp;</span></div><div><span face="Roboto, sans-serif" style="background-color: #fafafa; font-size: 22px; font-weight: bold; text-align: center;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">We tend to forget that there are people who attach themselves to authoritarian figures--sort of mental tape worms--and everything they say or do is in emulation of their host figure. If the figure says the grass is purple with orange stripes, to them it is purple with orange stripes. &nbsp;They have no observations or ideas of their own.</span></div><div><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">One of the letters begins:</span></div><div><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;"><p style="background-color: white; color: #393939; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"></p><blockquote><i>Pelosi and Schumer led their Mean Machine and slandered Trump every step; their charges were proven false every time.</i></blockquote><p>The Democratic leaders have cited Trump's falsehoods and errors, and reported on factual matters Trump has done and said, but they have not said anything that can be defined as slander, unless revealing a person's offenses is considered slander. &nbsp;And no one has "proven" their reports to be false.&nbsp;</p><p></p></span></div><blockquote style="border: none; margin: 0px 0px 0px 40px; padding: 0px;"><div><div style="text-align: center;"><span face="Roboto, sans-serif"><span style="background-color: #fafafa;"><p style="background-color: white; color: #393939; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;; font-size: 12.6px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;"><i>Biden is vague, has no agenda and should be running for dog catcher.</i></span></p></span></span></div></div></blockquote><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">In his campaign appearances and campaign advertisements, Bide announced a very specific&nbsp;agenda,&nbsp;including steps to control the coronavirus. &nbsp;One might disagree with his agenda, but it is a total falsehood to say he doesn't have one. &nbsp;Then, we have this model of&nbsp;coherent expression:</span></p><p style="background-color: white; color: #393939; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;"></span></p><blockquote><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;"><i>With regard to the Chinese plague, Biden wanted to open borders. Trump and Pence consult with the finest scientists who discovered Regeneron — the drug used on Trump.</i></span></blockquote><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">Biden's response to the &nbsp;coronavirus threat has been to&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;"><span style="caret-color: rgb(57, 61, 64); color: #393d40;">“re-embrace international engagement,” leadership, and cooperation.</span><span style="caret-color: rgb(57, 61, 64); color: #393d40;">&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;He has&nbsp;said nothing about opening the borders. &nbsp;When Trump contracted a mild case of Covid-19, the Regeneron company obtained an emergency use authorization to try on Trump. &nbsp;What the borders and Trump's supposed consultation with the Regeneron scientists have to do with each other is, well, you know, lost in a Trump kind of sentence.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;"></span></p><p style="background-color: white; color: #393939; font-size: 12.6px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"></p><blockquote><p style="background-color: white; color: #393939; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;"><i>If elected, Hidin’ Biden will leave major decisions to Harris, who represents the radical left. During the riots, Kamala said, “It’s about time they stood up for Black Lives Matter...” What the rioters need is to be in jail. One that has a woodshed out back. Martin Luther King, Jr. protested in a civil fashion. Let me be clear, Black lives matter. We all matter! Especially the lives of the unborn, who don’t stand a chance at the hands of an abortionist.</i></span></p><div></div></blockquote><div><br /></div><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">The idea that &nbsp;Biden would leave the hard work of the presidency to Kamala Harris has no &nbsp;basis other than the malevolent minds of his detractors. &nbsp;But what Kamala actually did was to make a distinction between protests and rioters. &nbsp;She rebuked the rioters, but encouraged &nbsp;"</span><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(91, 105, 127); font-family: arial; font-size: large;">the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." &nbsp;The reference to taking rioters to the woodshed &nbsp;and MLK and BLM is a muddle of inanity and incoherence. &nbsp;It appears to be the product of mental incompetence, but reveals a perennial hazard within our democracy. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(91, 105, 127); font-family: arial; font-size: large;">Our founders addressed the matter of people of limited intellect casting votes. &nbsp;Jefferson insisted that a democracy can survive only with an educated citizenry, and his influence was a force in the development of public education. &nbsp;Education has the purpose of giving people the skill of apprehending facts and reasoning with them. &nbsp; John Adams concurred:</span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(91, 105, 127); font-family: arial; font-size: large;"><span style="border: 0px; caret-color: rgb(0, 90, 140); font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"></span></span></p><blockquote><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(91, 105, 127); font-family: arial; font-size: large;"><span style="border: 0px; caret-color: rgb(0, 90, 140); font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"></span><blockquote><span style="border: 0px; caret-color: rgb(0, 90, 140); font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">“The Whole People must take upon themselvs the Education of the Whole People and must be&nbsp;</span><span style="border: 0px; caret-color: rgb(0, 90, 140); font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">willing to bear the expences of it. There should not be a district of one Mile Square without a&nbsp;</span><span style="border: 0px; caret-color: rgb(0, 90, 140); font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">school in it, not founded by a Charitable individual but maintained at the expence of the People&nbsp;</span><span style="border: 0px; caret-color: rgb(0, 90, 140); font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">themselvs they must be taught to reverence themselvs instead of adoreing their servants their&nbsp;</span><span style="border: 0px; caret-color: rgb(0, 90, 140); font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Generals Admirals Bishops and Statesmen.”</span></blockquote></span></blockquote><p><span face="Montserrat, sans-serif" style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">Ben Franklin thought so, too: “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."</span></span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial;"><span face="Montserrat, sans-serif" style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-size: large;">Those letters-to-the-editor force us to&nbsp;</span></span><span face="Montserrat, sans-serif" style="font-size: large;">confront the matter broached by Andy Borowitz: &nbsp;How did people with such little knowledge or&nbsp;respect for facts get processed through our education system? &nbsp; Educators accept that&nbsp;education does not have a lasting effect on everybody. &nbsp;However, in an educated society, the ignorant and those with defective thinking skills are put in a context. &nbsp; The uninformed and incapable have the right tp speak their minds, but the informed have the right and the responsibility to point out misinformation and defects of thought. &nbsp;The accession of Trump to the presidency has given the deficient mentalities the temerity to put their thoughts on display.</span></span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial;"><span face="Montserrat, sans-serif" style="font-size: large;">The local newspaper in printing letters-to-the-editor that stated factual falsehoods breached a journalistic principle. &nbsp;Newspapers I worked for and with abided by the rule to never publish as fact something we knew to be untrue. &nbsp;If in a quotation a falsehood was stated, the principle of balance was applied through which correct information and its sources was presented. &nbsp;As editors, we also were careful not to expose the ignorant and illiterate letter-writers to ridicule. &nbsp;</span></span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial;"><span face="Montserrat, sans-serif" style="font-size: large;">Unfortunately, when members of the public have inanities published, our education system receives the blame. &nbsp;In some school systems, that blame is deserved, as the development of competent language skills has been sacrificed to programing students into being obedient, unquestioning employees. &nbsp;The corrective is to restore curricula which gives the prospective voters skills in information gathering and critical thinking. &nbsp;</span></span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial;"><span face="Montserrat, sans-serif" style="font-size: large;">The alternative is to dismiss the concerns of our founders for what sustains a democracy and to surrender to ignorance and foolery. &nbsp;Trump has given us a preview of what that will be like. &nbsp;</span></span></p><div><div><br /></div></div> David Newquist Follow the money: Trump's refusal to concede is a scam in the purest form of the word https://www.dailykos.com/story/2020/11/11/1994927/-Follow-the-money-Trump-s-refusal-to-concede-is-a-scam-in-the-purest-form-of-the-word South Dakota Kos urn:uuid:07961bb6-e050-41cf-4e42-6083aac1d366 Wed, 11 Nov 2020 15:34:04 +0000 <p>Donald&nbsp;<span>Trump’s refusal to concede has absolutely nothing to do with winning the election. No matter what Trump may be tweeting from the Fortress of Poutitude, he knows he’s lost. There is no scenario in&nbsp;which recounts and court challenges are going to uncover anything close to enough votes to overcome the clear result&nbsp;of the election.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>The refusal to place that grudging call to Joe Biden is also not being set by Trump’s ego. Of course that ego is a factor. Since it’s the size of a small moon, Trump’s ego always generates enough gravity to distort any situation, but no matter how many pundits pearl-clutch over giving Trump time to adjust to being a big loser, or how many Republicans show that they’re so there for Trump in his hour of despair, that’s just …&nbsp;not it. The biggest reason that Donald Trump won’t concede is the simplest. It’s the same reason that has driven every decision of Trump’s life: money.</p> Con DonaldTrump Election2020 ElectionFraud Recommended Scam rss@dailykos.com (Mark Sumner) Decades of Republican Mismanagement Have Left Red States Mired in the Past &amp; at the Bottom https://www.dailykos.com/story/2020/11/10/1994653/-Decades-of-Republican-Mismanagement-Have-Left-Red-States-Mired-in-the-Past-at-the-Bottom South Dakota Kos urn:uuid:bd0f5ce9-0b10-0686-9f5d-c15ff81b75ec Tue, 10 Nov 2020 21:43:59 +0000 <h2>Republican One-Party Dominance&nbsp;in Red States&nbsp;Has Kept Them&nbsp;Mired in the Past, Made them Dependent, &amp; Kept Them Uneducated and Unskilled</h2> <p>The dominance of the Republican party in the South and the lack of competition has allowed the South to stagnate. &nbsp;It is time for a new message. &nbsp;It is time for the South to leave its past and move toward a positive future. &nbsp;Its time for Democrats to forget Republican-framed “identity” politics and send a message of “opportunity for all” because the facts show that the decades of Republican rule in Red states has placed those states at the bottom. &nbsp;It is time for change. &nbsp;It is time for a Red state revolution. &nbsp;It is time for the Red states to realize what Republican rule has done for them and to move out of their past. &nbsp;It is time for Red states to get rid of the Republicans who have been keeping them down and dependent. &nbsp;</p> <h2>Republican Rule Has Created Taxpayer Dependent Red States</h2> <p>Red states are the most dependent upon “big government.” &nbsp;The overwhelming majority of the top state recipients of federal taxpayer money are Red states. &nbsp;In fact, the overwhelming majority of Blue states pay more in federal tax dollars than they get back and the overwhelming majority of Red states get more in federal tax money than they pay. &nbsp;</p> <p>Mitch McConnell’s Kentucky is a prime example. &nbsp;<span>For every $1 Kentucky pays in taxes, it gets back $2.41 in federal taxpayer money.</span> &nbsp;In fact, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Louisiana rely on the federal government for more than 40% of their state revenue. &nbsp;By contrast, Blue states like Connecticut, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York get the lowest percentage of federal money and pay far more in federal taxes than they get back.</p> <p>Red states are responsible for much of our federal budget deficit. &nbsp;Red states are consistently&nbsp;taking more in federal money than they pay in. &nbsp;Decades of Republican dominance in Red states have&nbsp;left those states dependent on our tax money.</p> <p><a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/shaharziv/2020/05/12/blue-state-bailout-red-state-residents-received-largest-stimulus-checks-and-millions-in-federal-aid/?sh=16e6eb9c8352" target="_blank">www.forbes.com/…</a></p> <p><a href="https://apnews.com/article/2f83c72de1bd440d92cdbc0d3b6bc08c" target="_blank">apnews.com/…</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.marketwatch.com/story/states-that-voted-for-trump-depend-the-most-on-big-government-2019-06-19" target="_blank">www.marketwatch.com/…</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/articles/2019-02-12/these-states-depend-the-most-on-the-federal-government" target="_blank">www.usnews.com/...</a></p> <p><a href="https://wallethub.com/edu/states-most-least-dependent-on-the-federal-government/2700" target="_blank">wallethub.com/…</a></p> <h2>Red States Have the Highest Percentage of People on Disability</h2> <p>The top 5 states with people on disability are Red states. &nbsp;Mississippi, Kentucky, Arkansas, Alabama, and West Virginia have&nbsp;the highest number of people on federal&nbsp;disability. &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://247wallst.com/special-report/2016/07/15/states-with-the-most-americans-on-disability-2/11/" target="_blank">wallst.com/…</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.al.com/news/2017/08/only_1_state_has_more_disabili.html" target="_blank">www.al.com/…</a></p> <h2>Red States Have the Lowest Labor Force Participation Rates</h2> <p>9 of the top 10 states with the lowest labor force participation rates are Red states, including, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, West Virginia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and North Carolina. &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.expresspros.com/Newsroom/America-Employed/Express-Releases-State-by-State-Analysis-of-Labor-Force-Participation-Rates.aspx" target="_blank">www.expresspros.com/…</a></p> <h2>Red States Are the Poorest</h2> <p>Red states are the overwhelming poorest states in the country with the highest poverty rates. &nbsp;Mississippi (19.8%), Louisiana (18.7%), West Virginia (17.4%), Arkansas (16.8%), North Carolina 14.1%), Alabama (16.8%), Kentucky (16.7%), Texas (14.9%), Florida (13.7%),&nbsp;South Carolina (15.2%), Oklahoma (15.5%), and Tennessee (15.2%) all have incredibly high poverty rates. &nbsp;With the exception of New Mexico with its impoverished Native American population, all of the top 10 highest poverty rate states are Red states. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/slideshows/us-states-with-the-highest-poverty-rates?slide=11" target="_blank">www.usnews.com/...</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/personal-finance/poorest-states-in-the-us-by-median-household-income-2019-8#15-missouri-1" target="_blank">www.businessinsider.com/...</a>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://data.ers.usda.gov/reports.aspx?ID=17826#P2761bad4553c4c3a90ea45a4d11fafbd_2_229iT3" target="_blank">data.ers.usda.gov/...</a></p> <h2>Red States Have the Least Educated Populations</h2> <p>Red states consistently rank at the bottom of education. &nbsp;Red states make up the overwhelming majority of the worst states for education in our country, including these states who rank at the bottom: Tennessee, South Carolina, Kentucky, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, West Virginia, and Mississippi. &nbsp;Red states also have the least number of college degrees. &nbsp;What has decades of Republican dominance in those states done? &nbsp;Kept them at the bottom.</p> <p>By contrast the top 10 most educated states are overwhelmingly&nbsp;Blue states, including,&nbsp;Massachusetts, Maryland, Colorado, Vermont, Connecticut, Virginia, Washington New Jersey, and Minnesota. &nbsp;</p> <p>Why is this important? &nbsp;Higher education levels mean jobs and higher incomes. &nbsp;An educated population means that businesses are created, entrepreneurs are born, and businesses will settle in your state to hire your educated population. &nbsp;What happens if you don’t make sure your population is educated? &nbsp;They end up dependent on federal taxpayer money. &nbsp;Decades of Republican dominance and platforms based on low taxes, God, guns, and patriotism has left Red states at the bottom.</p> <p><a href="https://www.foxbusiness.com/lifestyle/most-least-educated-states-america-2020" target="_blank">www.foxbusiness.com/…</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/23/the-10-most-and-least-educated-states-in-2018.html" target="_blank">www.cnbc.com/…</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/23/the-10-most-and-least-educated-states-in-2018.html" target="_blank">www.cnbc.com/…</a></p> <h2>Red States Have the Least Healthy Populations &amp; Worst Healthcare Systems</h2> <p>The overwhelming majority of states with the least healthy populations are Red states. &nbsp;The states with the least healthy populations were Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. &nbsp;The 14&nbsp;of the 15 top healthiest states are&nbsp;Blue states&nbsp;and at the top are: Hawaii, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Washington, Rhode Island, New Jersey, California, Maryland, Minnesota, Colorado, New York, Wisconsin, Delaware,&nbsp;and Vermont. &nbsp;Utah was the only state to break into the top 15, which was likely due to its large Mormon population, many of whom&nbsp;do not drink, smoke, or&nbsp;use caffeine. &nbsp;In&nbsp;terms of healthiest regions, the Blue Northeast is the healthiest and the Red south is the least healthiest. &nbsp;They have high rates of obesity, smoking, mental and physical distress, and low birthweight.</p> <p>The bottom 10 states with the worst healthcare systems are all Red states: Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama, North Carolina, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Texas, and Alaska. &nbsp;Residents of Texas are six times more likely to be without healthcare than residents of Massachusetts. &nbsp;Georgia has the worst child immunization rate in the country. &nbsp;</p> <p>4 of the top 5 highest average insurance monthly premiums are Red states: Nebraska, Iowa, West Virginia, and Wyoming. &nbsp;The states with the highest infant mortality rate are Red states: West Virginia, South Carolina, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/rankings/health-care" target="_blank">www.usnews.com/...</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.americashealthrankings.org/learn/reports/2018-annual-report/findings-state-rankings" target="_blank">www.americashealthrankings.org/…</a></p> <p><a href="https://interactives.commonwealthfund.org/2018/state-scorecard/" target="_blank">interactives.commonwealthfund.org/...</a></p> <p><a href="https://wallethub.com/edu/states-with-best-health-care/23457" target="_blank">wallethub.com/…</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.thestreet.com/personal-finance/best-worst-states-healthcare" target="_blank">www.thestreet.com/…</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.medicaleconomics.com/view/top-10-worst-states-healthcare-2019?page=11" target="_blank">www.medicaleconomics.com/…</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeannecroteau/2019/08/19/the-best-and-worst-states-for-healthcare-in-2019/?sh=5c857da23b57" target="_blank">www.forbes.com/...</a></p> <h2>It Is Time for A Red State Revolution!</h2> <p>Decades of Republican dominance in Red states has&nbsp;not yielded results. &nbsp;They have made Red states a drain on our federal government. &nbsp;Republican&nbsp;policies of the past have kept Red states down. &nbsp;Now is the time for change. &nbsp;Republican dominance and the lack of competition for your vote has failed to produce policies that can bring Red states into the future. &nbsp;</p> <p>It is time to blow open Republican mythology about who is the drain on our federal government. &nbsp;Republicans are the party of the past. &nbsp;No more feeding into Republican-framed&nbsp;identity politics of the past. &nbsp;Democrats are the real party of opportunity — “opportunity for all.” &nbsp;</p> <p>We need to take this message to Georgia. &nbsp;Blow open Republican mythology. &nbsp;Republican policies have kept them in the past. &nbsp;They can move forward with Blue and “opportunities for all” or stay mired down in the&nbsp;past with Red.</p> <h2>Why Is Anyone&nbsp;Allowing Our National Policy to Be Formed By This? &nbsp;Here is the Record of Red State&nbsp;Republican Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky:</h2> <h2>Kentucky Ranks at the Top of Federal Taxpayer Dependency</h2> <p>Mitch McConnell&nbsp;has created a state that is entirely dependent upon our taxpayer money. &nbsp;He has created a taker mentality in Kentucky. &nbsp;The Blue states pay the most in federal taxpayer money and his Red state pays less in federal taxes than it takes. &nbsp;Kentucky is at the top of the taker list. &nbsp;Blue states have been subsidizing his poorly run state for decades. &nbsp;For every $1 Kentucky pays in taxes, it gets back $2.41 in federal taxpayer money. &nbsp;The whole reason why we have a budget deficit is because the federal government is paying out more than it takes in and Red states like Kentucky are the problem.</p> <p><a href="https://apnews.com/article/2f83c72de1bd440d92cdbc0d3b6bc08c" target="_blank">apnews.com/…</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/shaharziv/2020/05/12/blue-state-bailout-red-state-residents-received-largest-stimulus-checks-and-millions-in-federal-aid/?sh=25265dde8352" target="_blank">www.forbes.com/…</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.marketwatch.com/story/states-that-voted-for-trump-depend-the-most-on-big-government-2019-06-19" target="_blank">www.marketwatch.com/…</a></p> <p><a href="https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2004/09/red_states_feed.html" target="_blank">taxprof.typepad.com/…</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/articles/2020-05-15/some-states-like-new-york-send-billions-more-to-federal-government-than-they-get-back" target="_blank">www.usnews.com/...</a></p> <h2>Kentucky Ranks at the Top of People on Federal&nbsp;Disability</h2> <p>Kentucky ranks in the very top of the country (second highest in the nation) of people on permanent disability. &nbsp;In 2015, 1 in every 9 residents in Kentucky are on permanent disability which amounted to 11.2 percent of Kentucky citizens. &nbsp;Disability has become the new welfare and we are all paying federal taxes to allow Kentuckians claim disability.</p> <h2>Kentucky Ranks at the Top for Opioid Addiction</h2> <p>Kentucky ranks at the very top of the country in opioid addiction. &nbsp;Kentucky has an incredible amount of opioid prescriptions per 100 people, 79.5 prescriptions per 100 people, which is in the top 3 nationally and they are in the top 10 nationally for opioid overdoses. &nbsp;</p> <h2>Kentucky Ranks at the Bottom for Education</h2> <p>Kentucky ranks overall 45 our of 50 states for education. &nbsp;Kentucky ranks 47th in states for percentage of adults with college degrees. &nbsp;Kentucky ranks 47th among states for adults with associate degrees. &nbsp;The lack of education affects the kinds of jobs people can get, the income they earn, and whether businesses will set up in your state. &nbsp;Businesses want an educated population. &nbsp;Decades of Mitch McConnell have left Kentucky federally dependent, uneducated, and opioid addicted.</p> <h2>Kentucky Ranks at the Bottom of Skilled Workers</h2> <p>Kentucky businesses say that they cannot find enough skilled and trained workers in their own state. &nbsp; &nbsp;Kentucky estimates that there are over 115,000 available jobs in Kentucky that can’t be filled because Kentucky lacks a skilled and trained workforce. &nbsp;This also means that businesses don’t set up in Kentucky because they lack a skilled and trained workforce.</p> <h2>Decades of Mitch McConnell Running Kentucky Has Kept Kentucky at the Bottom</h2> <p>Decades of Mitch McConnell rule has produced a state more and more dependent on our taxpayer dollar. &nbsp;A state with people on disability, opioid addicted, uneducated, and unskilled. &nbsp;Why in the world would we want this person shaping our national policy? &nbsp;What he is really doing is ensuring a steady stream of federal money to prop up his state. &nbsp;</p> <p>Republicans have been so distracted by hating Democrats for so long, they have failed to see the failure of the Republican party principles right under their noses.</p> <p>Time for a Red state Revolution! &nbsp;Moving beyond the past and to opportunity for all! &nbsp;</p> <p>Please share&nbsp;this far and wide! &nbsp;We are on the cusp of a change!</p> <p class="is-empty-p"></p> BlueState MitchMcConnell Recommended Redstate RepublicanParty Senate trump rss@dailykos.com (Quaid) Spanish firm to buy PNM; regulators will be appointed not elected http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2020/11/spanish-firm-to-buy-public-service.html interested party urn:uuid:4b94656f-2874-f1b9-9aed-636d40b01157 Tue, 10 Nov 2020 17:02:09 +0000 <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ILxBbFLT3MA/XmJy6MglDOI/AAAAAAAAG_k/S7V4aNQjugsDviioVCoZ2TLMyrE6mG9SACLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/IMG_0071.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="480" data-original-width="640" height="300" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ILxBbFLT3MA/XmJy6MglDOI/AAAAAAAAG_k/S7V4aNQjugsDviioVCoZ2TLMyrE6mG9SACLcBGAsYHQ/s400/IMG_0071.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div><br /></div> Utilities are not your friends.&nbsp;<div><br /></div><div>Avangrid, Inc., a US-based subsidiary of Spanish energy giant Iberdrola with a base in my home town of Elkton, South Dakota plans to spend at least <a href="https://interested-party.blogspot.com/2020/05/mexican-earth-raper-will-share-wind.html" target="_blank">$216 million on a wind farm</a>. That amount of cash would take nearly 17,000 electric subscribers completely off the grid.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Pending approvals Iberdrola and Avangrid will acquire Public Service of New Mexico (PNM) for about $4.3 billion. The move came just before voters changed the state's regulatory body to an elected five-member board to a three person governor-appointed commission.&nbsp;</div><div><div><b><i><blockquote>The constitutional amendment will not impact the currently serving commissioners, who will serve out the remainder of their terms and leave office in 2023. The two newly-elected commissioners, incumbent Cynthia Hall and newcomer Joseph Maestas, both Democrats, will serve two year terms ending in 2023. At that point, a nominating committee will provide the governor with a list of qualified nominees. The governor will appoint one for a two-year term, another for a four-year term and the final commissioner will be appointed for a six-year term. After those terms are completed, all of the commissioners will serve six-year terms and no commissioner can serve more than two consecutive terms. The governor cannot appoint more than two members that have the same political affiliation and the nominees must be approved by the state Senate. [<a href="https://www.daily-times.com/story/news/2020/11/06/2020-election-results-new-mexico-voters-prc-reform-ballot-measure/6124969002/" target="_blank">'We need professionals rather than politicians.' Voters approve change to an appointed PRC</a>]</blockquote></i></b>Recall that in 2018 Black Hills Energy sold some of its 700 oil and gas wells in New Mexico and the Powder River Basin in Wyoming to help finance a $70 million monolith headquarters in Rapid City. It was built there on the backs of subscribers without choices because out of state Republicans who write the tax law own South Dakota and because the state ended environmental oversight. BHE raised much of its construction cash <a href="https://interested-party.blogspot.com/2020/04/commentary-bhe-predator.html" target="_blank">on Colorado cannabis</a>.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Microgrid technologies are destined to encourage self-reliance, enhance tribal sovereignty, free communities from electric monopolies and net-metering only gives control back to utilities enabled by moral hazard. Ice storms routinely knock out electric power on American Indian reservations often resulting in lost lives and the inevitable cyber attacks on the US will take down the grid for days, even months causing food shortages and mayhem.&nbsp;</div><b><i><blockquote>Public Service Company of New Mexico announced plans Monday to transfer its 13 percent ownership share of the Four Corners Power Plant near Farmington to the Navajo Transitional Energy Company by the end of 2024. [<a href="https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/pnms-planned-power-plant-transfer-to-navajo-nation-is-finalized/article_caa2d33a-1d1b-11eb-82aa-4be628937b6f.html" target="_blank">Santa Fe New Mexican</a>]</blockquote></i></b><div>The average cost of a household photovoltaic system is about $3/watt or around $12,810 before <a href="https://interested-party.blogspot.com/2020/03/despite-trump-organization-tariffs-tax.html" target="_blank">tax credits</a> are factored in. Leaving the grid has never been easier so anyone who can afford to it should do it now and with Trump still in the White House it's never been more urgent.</div></div> Earth I-25 tribes larry kurtz White South Dakota Republicans are failing to become volunteer firefighters http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2020/11/white-south-dakota-republicans-failing.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:06217d04-4f4e-c119-b342-b65a61af087d Tue, 10 Nov 2020 16:25:38 +0000 <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rprW0_QC-Z8/X6q42RnPGCI/AAAAAAAAHSg/cMjXVKVfnBI1XcRXqh6LkitYc1uhtA9LACLcBGAsYHQ/s1080/grassland2%2B%252831%2529.png" style="display: block; padding: 1em 0px; text-align: center;"><img alt="" border="0" data-original-height="778" data-original-width="1080" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rprW0_QC-Z8/X6q42RnPGCI/AAAAAAAAHSg/cMjXVKVfnBI1XcRXqh6LkitYc1uhtA9LACLcBGAsYHQ/s400/grassland2%2B%252831%2529.png" width="400" /></a></div> The grassland fire danger index will reach the high category again tomorrow for much of the permanent disaster area that is South Dakota but if you live in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) government can't always protect you from your own stupidity. Volunteer fire departments 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 firefighters.&nbsp;<div><br /></div><div>Keystone, Hot Springs, Custer, Pringle, Argyle, Hill City, Hisega, Rochford, Nemo, Galena, Silver City, Hanna, Cheyenne Crossing, Savoy, Deadwood, Lead, Whitewood, Newcastle, Alva, Aladdin, Hulett even parts of Sundance, Rapid City, Piedmont, Sturgis and Spearditch are at extreme risk from the tactical use of wildfire. Just six strategically-placed improvised fuel air explosives (FAEs) deployed during red-flag conditions have the potential to create a firestorm that would be virtually unstoppable.<div><br /></div><div>Recall the <a href="https://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2016/06/crow-peak-fire-told-you-so.html" target="_blank">2016 Crow Peak Fire</a> near Spearditch affected mostly Republican landowners who built in <a href="https://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2019/12/lawco-admits-area-is-ripe-for.html" target="_blank">the WUI</a> and begged the feds to protect their properties. Most of the vegetation on some 274,000 surface acres in the South Dakota Bureau of Land Management's Field Office is prairie grassland or juniper woodlands but the trees at the Fort Meade Recreation Area are mostly ponderosa pine and bur oak. Around Lead and Deadwood pine and oak are mixed with spruce, birch, and quaking aspen.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>91% of fire departments in the chemical toilet are staffed by volunteers in a state where <a href="https://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2020/02/graying-of-south-dakota-nearing-crisis.html" target="_blank">white old Republicans</a> are giving up the ghost.&nbsp;</div><div><b><i><blockquote>As volunteers leave or retire, it has been getting more difficult for many rural fire departments to replace them. “Across the state it’s a challenge in getting individuals in that 25 to 40 age range,” said Charlie Kludt, the president of the South Dakota Firefighters Association and member of the Viborg Fire Department. South Dakota has 337 fire departments and 324 of them are all volunteers departments, according to the SDFA.</blockquote></i></b>&nbsp;<a href="https://www.keloland.com/keloland-com-original/who-will-put-out-the-fire-officials-say-its-getting-tough-to-find-keep-volunteer-firefighters/" target="_blank">Read the rest here.</a></div></div> larry kurtz Getting rid of Trump is the removal of a malignancy http://northernbeacon.blogspot.com/2020/11/getting-rid-of-trump-is-removal-of.html Northern Valley Beacon urn:uuid:1b6c15b3-7a68-3987-8fac-adf705cfe619 Tue, 10 Nov 2020 16:11:02 +0000 <p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">But that&nbsp;doesn't necessarily mean a full return to health.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">The public sensed something that polls did not detect. &nbsp;Although pre-election polls predicted that Joe Biden was favored over Trump by many points, there was a great reluctance on the part of many people to trust those numbers. &nbsp;Part of their wariness was because of how wrong the polls were about the outcome of the Clinton-Trump contest. &nbsp;The wary people were right. &nbsp;Although Joe Biden came out on top, his win was not anywhere near the magnitude suggested by the polls. &nbsp;People are again asking what is wrong with the polls. &nbsp;The insidious reason is that some people who are polled lie.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">Some years ago I was the poll coordinator for a newspaper. &nbsp;As polls are very expensive, the newspaper joined with other news media in the region to sponsor polls and find out what the public thought on crucial issues. &nbsp;My task was to work &nbsp;with representatives from other media to determine just what information we wanted to obtain from the polls. &nbsp;We used a polling organization that was a direct descendant of the original Gallup polls, and that organization did the actual surveying. &nbsp;A fact not &nbsp;well understood is that for a survey to be accurate, the sample from which respondents are drawn must reflect the proportion of characteristics of the population of people represented. &nbsp;That is a complicated and tricky business. &nbsp;It is not a matter of randomly choosing names out of the telephone book. &nbsp;If the sample does not reflect the population in terms of gender, age, education, and other significant factors, the poll will not produce very accurate information. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">But, we found that &nbsp;even if the sample is an accurate portrait of the population, the resulting information might be inaccurate because some people lie. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">Why would people lie in an anonymous poll? &nbsp;Because they do not want to admit &nbsp;(to themselves and others) that they are malefactors--people who are willing to break the law and commit offenses against their fellow citizens. &nbsp;The age of Trump has produced many of these people. &nbsp;They are people who know full well that Trump is a corrupt, lying, malicious, low-life conniver. &nbsp;But while they wish to be seen as righteous, upstanding citizens, they will indulge themselves in all manner of evil behavior if it benefits them. &nbsp;The <a href=" https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/nov/08/american-politics-trump-broken-system">Guardian</a> explains why such people gave such avid support to Trump:</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;"></span></p><p style="background-color: #fef7f2; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"></p><blockquote style="color: #0f0f0f;"><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">So what can we say about the voters who stuck with Trump? First of all, this was no reluctant nose-holding: it no longer makes sense to say people voted for Trump “in spite of” his worst qualities, those are clearly a major part of the appeal.</span></blockquote><p><span style="color: #0f0f0f; font-family: arial; font-size: large;">Removing Trump from the White House will, in effect, remove a burgeoning, malignant tumor, but the infected tissue in the body politic which&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #0f0f0f; font-family: arial; font-size: large;"><span style="caret-color: rgb(15, 15, 15);">produced him will remain. &nbsp;Trump as president gave people some&nbsp;</span></span><span style="color: #0f0f0f;"><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">comfort in indulging their iniquities in a country&nbsp;which professes decency as a national characteristic. &nbsp;Many &nbsp;prefer a leader who gives them&nbsp;license to indulge themselves. &nbsp;They will be there to frustrate Joe Biden in any efforts to restore humane decency as a&nbsp;</span></span><span style="color: #0f0f0f; font-family: arial; font-size: large;"><span style="caret-color: rgb(15, 15, 15);">standard of conduct. &nbsp;Their&nbsp;standard of American greatness as&nbsp;presented to them by Trump was unbridled avarice and mendacity. &nbsp;And they will long for those good old days, as they seek a leader who embodies those qualities again.</span></span></p><p><span style="color: #0f0f0f; font-family: arial; font-size: large;">The usual procedure when a cancerous growth is removed is to undergo chemo or radiation therapy to clear&nbsp;retaining infection from the body. &nbsp;In socio-political terms, &nbsp;the factors of such therapy are the scorn and contempt of people who see honesty and decency as the essential premises on which democracy operates. &nbsp;But the avoidance of such therapy is why people lie to poll-takers, their fellow citizens,&nbsp;<span style="caret-color: rgb(15, 15, 15);">and themselves.</span></span></p><p style="color: #0f0f0f;">&nbsp;</p><p></p> David Newquist Woster gets on board with kurtz cannabis plan http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2020/11/woster-gets-on-board-with-kurtz.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:64251611-0b1b-ded0-c4d2-a0fecd6ba6ce Fri, 06 Nov 2020 13:51:43 +0000 Since at least 2013 I've taken my proposal to <a href="https://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2018/02/yankton-sioux-tribe-should-build.html" target="_blank">mirror state gaming statutes</a> and make Deadwood the non-tribal cannabis market to mayors and several council members but they have always blown me off because they want the sports betting gig. So my position today is that the tribes must have exclusive production and distribution privileges. If either or both of the ballot initiatives pass and the Neanderthal South Dakota Legislature had any integrity or ethics (they don’t) they would empower Indigenous communities to be the sole producers and marketers of legal cannabis in the state. But, since the perpetual welfare state is owned by the out of state Republicans who make the laws an attorney general probably guilty of manslaughter will sue to block either or both of them from taking effect.<div><br />&nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allow="encrypted-media" allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="547" scrolling="no" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FOntheotherhandkevinwoster%2Fposts%2F2731589310299375&amp;show_text=true&amp;width=552&amp;height=547&amp;appId" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" width="552"></iframe></div></div> larry kurtz 2020 Elections: It's not just about Biden vs Trump (congress, minorities, rec. drugs, etc) https://www.dailykos.com/story/2020/11/4/1992490/-2020-Elections-It-s-not-just-about-Biden-vs-Trump-congress-minorities-rec-drugs-etc South Dakota Kos urn:uuid:c63a368f-4057-17ec-3594-717ea5108ff9 Wed, 04 Nov 2020 10:02:10 +0000 <p>I know we need to get rid of Trump BUT looks like that vile creature, Mitch McConnell will still be majority leader.&nbsp;</p> <p>Democrats not holding the senate is devastating as this was the cycle to pick up seats. Even more depressing, is Democrats dropping House seats—some in <strong>BLUE districts, in THIS cycle, with THIS turnout against THIS president</strong>. WTF? ? Really curious about that and how we think that could’ve happened. Trump we can say Trumpers’ going to Trump, but this one is hard to explain.&nbsp;</p> <p>Biden vs Trump will get the headlines but congress was going to be just as important. &nbsp;It’s been a bad day. We’re in a pandemic, and the party of Qanoners and anti-healthcare is making gains in congress in as harsh an environment as it can get for them.&nbsp;</p> <p>The other sad development is we lost ground with minorities. This is not a good long term trend and I hope in future elections, we will actively campaign and speak to them, and not assume they’re our default.&nbsp;Republicans getting ~30+ of the minority vote means we’re relying on voters with more of a “natural” affinity for republicans.&nbsp; Mr. MuslimBanMexicanRapists making gains with minorities?&nbsp;</p> <p>To the extant that there’s something to feel good about, it’s that there are wins for more progressive recreational drug policy—even places like South Dakota are decriminalizing marijuana, and DC <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/dc-magic-mushrooms-result/2020/11/03/bb929e86-1abc-11eb-bb35-2dcfdab0a345_story.html" target="_blank">legalizing psychedelics</a>, and Oregon <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/nov/03/oregon-drugs-decriminalize-arizona-new-jersey-marijuana" target="_blank" title="">decriminalizing&nbsp; drugs all together</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p class="is-empty-p"></p> Congress DrugPolicy Elections JoeBiden Marijuana Senate trump USSenate rss@dailykos.com (superseiyan) Minnesota grower learns industrial cannabis is a gamble http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2020/11/minnesota-grower-learns-growing.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:1fa57a90-a1cf-527c-ceb5-8ea4ee2c5e06 Tue, 03 Nov 2020 13:34:09 +0000 <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8irbxefD-Wg/X6FYTzOw8tI/AAAAAAAAHSU/t1NjZbcuFk0oZ3C9PKQofGQRFnDbf3UoACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/EjXECjXXYAA7EiF.jpg" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8irbxefD-Wg/X6FYTzOw8tI/AAAAAAAAHSU/t1NjZbcuFk0oZ3C9PKQofGQRFnDbf3UoACLcBGAsYHQ/w150-h200/EjXECjXXYAA7EiF.jpg" width="150" /></a></div>Industrial cannabis (hemp) seeds with decent&nbsp;cannabidiol (CBD) producing genetics are a buck apiece costing about $50,000 to sow 20 acres. One grower gets $5 a seed, a pretty spendy investment for any farmer but putting any cannabis industry into the hands of a few oligarchs is stupid policy.&nbsp;<div><br /></div><div>This crop is not the benign introduced species it’s cracked up to be and <a href="https://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2020/02/industrial-cannabis-trojan-horse_12.html" target="_blank">stray pollen from the hemp industry</a> can wreak havoc on growers of therapeutic and “recreational” cannabis. Medicine and a potential revenue source are being put at risk by an experiment that makes Jerusalem artichokes and Belgian endive look like safe investments.<div><br /></div>Alex White Plume of the Oglala Lakota Nation in occupied South Dakota planted his grow/op on May 30 and on August 1st he tested the THC level to be sure his crop conforms to tribal code. He said the original law was 1% but the "lawyers got a hold of it and rather than act sovereign they went .3%." His clones are bred to be high in CBD. In a Faceberg post White Plume told journalist, Tim Giago that growers are governed by <a href="https://www.keloland.com/news/capitol-news-bureau/industrial-hemp-seminar-held-in-chamberlain/" target="_blank">heavy-handed policy from the federal government</a> and the tribal councils so there is little will to deviate from the rules. He has since harvested and sold his crop to a Colorado processor.</div><div><br /><div>Before planting just one and a half acres Minnesota grower Phil Reed hired Luis "Lulu Magoo" Hummel as a consultant whose own crop tested above the .3% THC level and led to criminal charges so attorney's fees keep the industry a gamble.&nbsp;</div><div><b><i><blockquote>Hemp is a "challenging grow" that's not for everybody, said Reed. According to Margaret Wiatrowski, program coordinator for the Industrial Hemp Program with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, there were 580 hemp licenses issued this year. That number includes both hemp growers and processors. An MDA inspector must sample each hemp lot produced in Minnesota, and the lots are sampled within 30 days of harvest, said Wiatrowski. Wiatrowski said over 700 samples had been collected by MDA inspectors this year, and estimated between 5-10% of the samples had failed THC threshold testing. In 2019 there was a 12% failure rate of the THC tests, she said. After being charged in Fillmore County, Hummel felt that state officials had forced him to destroy his crop without due process or clear rules in the industry.&nbsp;</blockquote></i></b></div><div>&nbsp; <a href="https://www.farmforum.net/farm_forum/banned-minnesota-hemp-farmer-settles-into-role-as-consultant-for-new-grower/article_d7c26af5-7a7a-5b4a-a3f8-cb7429b46dca.html" target="_blank">Read the rest here.</a></div></div><div><br /></div><div>Photo: top bud of an OJ Kush strain.</div> larry kurtz Native Sun News Today reaches out to NM Rep. Haaland to advance land-back legislation http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2020/11/native-sun-news-today-reaches-out-to-nm.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:ba100e5f-bc1f-b89a-1c05-5776f4c2721c Mon, 02 Nov 2020 14:25:50 +0000 <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4-Fobl16IA4/X6AWQ15xutI/AAAAAAAAHSI/OAllhzYsXNwE0RjB7G60rh3yS3enjW5UQCLcBGAsYHQ/s400/DSC_0032.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="266" data-original-width="400" height="266" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4-Fobl16IA4/X6AWQ15xutI/AAAAAAAAHSI/OAllhzYsXNwE0RjB7G60rh3yS3enjW5UQCLcBGAsYHQ/w400-h266/DSC_0032.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div><br /></div><div>It’s been 40 years since attorney Mario Gonzalez filed the federal court case stopping payment of the Black Hills Claim award to the Oglala Lakota Nation. Gonzales contends that the commission charged to make peace with tribes inserted language into the Fort Laramie Treaty signed in 1868 that Red Cloud had neither seen nor agreed to in negotiations. The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has passed resolutions condemning what they say are abuses of the General Mining Law of 1872 that led to the Custer Expedition's discovery of gold in the Black Hills.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>The South Dakota Democratic Party should advocate for paying the tribes and settling the Black Hills Claim, dissolving the Black Hills National Forest, moving management of the land from the US Department of Agriculture into the Department of Interior in cooperation with Bureau of Indian Affairs Division of Forestry and Wildfire Management. Mato Paha (Bear Butte), the associated national grasslands and the Sioux Ranger District of the Custer/Gallatin National Forest should be included in the move.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Rewild it and rename it <a href="https://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2019/02/todays-intersection-socialization-and.html" target="_blank">He Sapa or Paha Sapa National Monument</a> eventually becoming part of the Greater Missouri Basin National Wildlife Refuge connecting the CM Russell Wildlife Refuge in Montana along the Missouri River to Oacoma, South Dakota combined with corridors from Yellowstone National Park to the Yukon in the north and south to the Canadian River through Nebraska, eastern Colorado, western Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas.&nbsp;<div><b><i><blockquote>The Editorial Board of Native Sun News Today and its Publisher Tim Giago sent the Bill Bradley Bill and the history of the illegal taking of the Black Hills to Deb Haaland, (D-NM) Congresswoman from New Mexico, a Native American woman, and we are encouraging her to study them and perhaps meet with some of the leaders of the tribes of the Great Sioux Nation, in order to discuss the idea of putting together another Bill in the fashion of the Bradley Bill, in an effort to get some of the stolen lands of the Black Hills returned to the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota people.&nbsp;</blockquote></i></b></div><div><a href="https://www.nativesunnews.today/articles/making-an-effort-to-get-legislation-for-the-return-of-land-in-the-black-hills/">Read the rest here.</a></div></div> larry kurtz WATCH Chris Wallace Destroy Corey Lewandowski for Defending Trump's Lie about Doctors https://www.dailykos.com/story/2020/11/1/1991539/-WATCH-Chris-Wallace-Destroy-Corey-Lewandowski-for-Defending-Trump-s-Lie-about-Doctors South Dakota Kos urn:uuid:9fbe90b5-d47f-0ee3-8811-83beb366eeca Sun, 01 Nov 2020 15:51:44 +0000 <p>Trump’s despicable attack on doctors’ integrity is a leading topic on all the Sunday news shows. That issue has emerged as Trump’s closing argument, weather his campaign intended it to be or not.</p> <p>Chris Wallace does a great job exposing Trump’s malicious lie about Doctors deliberately inflating the number of COVID-19 deaths, when&nbsp;Corey Lewandowski attempted to defend this preposterous claim.</p> <p>.</p> <div class="dk-editor-embed embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9 center-block"> <div class="remove-embed-content">x</div> <a class="iframe_placeholder youtube dk-embed" href="//youtube.com/watch?v=XTX1rekBJYQ" data-frameborder="0" data-height="720" data-src="//www.youtube.com/embed/XTX1rekBJYQ" data-width="1280">YouTube Video</a></div> <p class="is-empty-p"></p> <blockquote> <h3><a href="https://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/523823-wallace-confronts-lewandowski-on-trump-doctor-conspiracy-theory" target="_blank" title="">Fox's Wallace confronts Lewandowski on Trump-promoted COVID-10 death count conspiracy theory</a></h3> <p><span>BY<span>&nbsp;</span></span><a href="https://thehill.com/author/zack-budryk">ZACK BUDRYK</a></p> <p><em>“I haven’t seen that evidence but we have seen on multiple occasions instances where people have claimed that they have died from COVID-19 and that wasn’t the case,”</em> Lewandowski, a senior Trump campaign aide, said. <em>“I think we’re categorizing individuals who may have COVID but aren’t dying from that and claiming it as a COVID death, which is not accurate.”</em></p> <p>Wallace pushed back, saying: <em>“We’re talking specifically about the president claiming that doctors are inflating the number of COVID deaths … it’s a pretty serious thing to say about the nation’s doctors.”</em></p> <p>The host also noted that research has indicated the number of deaths from the virus <a href="https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/10/20/1988126/-CDC-Report-Overall-an-estimated-299-028-excess-deaths-have-occurred-in-US-Jan-1st-to-Oct-3rd" target="_blank">is likely undercounted.</a></p> </blockquote> <p><strong><a href="https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/10/31/1991347/-AMA-issues-statement-refuting-Trump-s-claim-doctors-get-more-money-if-somebody-dies-from-COVID" target="_blank">AMA issues statement refuting Trump's claim: "doctors get more money if somebody dies from COVID"</a></strong></p> <blockquote> <p><a href="https://www.ama-assn.org/press-center/ama-statements/ama-statement-ongoing-attacks-physicians-treating-covid-patients" target="_blank">Susan R. Bailey, M.D.</a><br> President, American Medical Association</p> <p>“Throughout this pandemic, physicians, nurses, and frontline health care workers have risked their health, their safety and their lives to treat their patients and defeat a deadly virus. They did it because duty called and because of the sacred oath they took.<span>&nbsp;</span><strong>The suggestion that doctors—in the midst of a public health crisis—are overcounting COVID-19 patients or lying to line their pockets is a malicious, outrageous, and completely misguided charge.</strong><span>&nbsp;</span>COVID-19 cases are at record highs today.<span>&nbsp;</span>Rather than attacking us and lobbing baseless charges at physicians, our leaders should be following the science and urging adherence to the public health steps we know work—wearing a mask, washing hands and practicing physical distancing.”</p> </blockquote> <p>As you might expect, medical professionals are livid over Trump’s malicious claim.</p> <div class="dk-editor-embed center-block" data-twitter-content="&amp;lt;blockquote class=&quot;twitter-tweet&quot;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;p lang=&quot;en&quot; dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&amp;gt;As an Iraq war vet and ER doctor, I risk my life every fucking day at work treating patients with COVID. I&amp;amp;#39;m not asking for a thank you, but I am asking that Trump doesn&amp;amp;#39;t lie and disrespect us. I&amp;amp;#39;ve never seen such a weak draft-dodging coward in my life. He is unfit to lead!!&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;— Cleavon MD (@Cleavon_MD) &amp;lt;a href=&quot;https://twitter.com/Cleavon_MD/status/1322275304589553666?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&quot;&amp;gt;October 30, 2020&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/blockquote&amp;gt;"><div class="remove-embed-content">x</div><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>As an Iraq war vet and ER doctor, I risk my life every fucking day at work treating patients with COVID. I'm not asking for a thank you, but I am asking that Trump doesn't lie and disrespect us. I've never seen such a weak draft-dodging coward in my life. He is unfit to lead!!</p>— Cleavon MD (@Cleavon_MD) <a href="https://twitter.com/Cleavon_MD/status/1322275304589553666?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 30, 2020</a></blockquote></div> <p class="is-empty-p"></p> <div class="dk-editor-embed center-block" data-twitter-content="&amp;lt;blockquote class=&quot;twitter-tweet&quot;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;p lang=&quot;en&quot; dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&amp;gt;FOR F*CK SAKE!!! Trump just picked the wrong goddamn fight trying to blame doctors for “phony” &amp;lt;a href=&quot;https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash&amp;amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&quot;&amp;gt;#COVID19&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; diagnoses and deaths. Here are over 20+ doctors who have **DIED ON THE FRONTLINES** among almost 2000 healthcare workers who have died. &amp;lt;br&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br&amp;gt;Trump—you can goto hell after we &amp;lt;a href=&quot;https://twitter.com/hashtag/VOTE?src=hash&amp;amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&quot;&amp;gt;#VOTE&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; &amp;lt;a href=&quot;https://t.co/2ldjuspWxa&quot;&amp;gt;https://t.co/2ldjuspWxa&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) &amp;lt;a href=&quot;https://twitter.com/DrEricDing/status/1322447193450622976?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&quot;&amp;gt;October 31, 2020&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/blockquote&amp;gt;"><div class="remove-embed-content">x</div><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>FOR F*CK SAKE!!! Trump just picked the wrong goddamn fight trying to blame doctors for “phony” <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#COVID19</a> diagnoses and deaths. Here are over 20+ doctors who have **DIED ON THE FRONTLINES** among almost 2000 healthcare workers who have died. <br><br>Trump—you can goto hell after we <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/VOTE?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#VOTE</a> <a href="https://t.co/2ldjuspWxa">https://t.co/2ldjuspWxa</a></p>— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) <a href="https://twitter.com/DrEricDing/status/1322447193450622976?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 31, 2020</a></blockquote></div> <p class="is-empty-p"></p> <p>Full disclosure: my father was a doctor who attended Johns Hopkins Medical School.</p> <p class="is-empty-p"></p> AMA ChrisWallace CoreyLewandowski Covid-19 Doctors Recommended rss@dailykos.com (Lefty Coaster) Bison come home to Sicanju Oyate http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2020/11/bison-come-home-to-sicanju-oyate.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:f11e524f-1a69-4795-5b5f-8aff3dc13ce4 Sun, 01 Nov 2020 13:00:12 +0000 <div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="355" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1QImA1dKZRs" width="480"></iframe></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div> In 2010 then-Democratic Senator Tim Johnson tried to make a portion of the Buffalo Gap National Grassland adjacent to Badlands National Park part of the Tony Dean Wilderness Area and in 2011 Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) attempted to revive the idea.&nbsp;<div><br /></div><div>Led by The Nature Conservancy, a non-profit that began buying land there in 2007, sold some land in 2012 to Badlands National Park. Conata Basin is on the top ten ecotourism sites chosen by the University of Nebraska's Great Plains Center. The World Wildlife Fund, Defenders of Wildlife and the Nature Conservancy teamed up with the National Park Foundation, Badlands Natural History Association, Badlands National Park Conservancy and the National Park Service Centennial Challenge fund to expand the bison range at Badlands National Park by nearly 35 square miles.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Today, with cooperation from South Dakota <a href="https://www.facebook.com/SenatorTroyHeinert/posts/2547001842265881" target="_blank">State Senator Troy Heinert</a> more <a href="https://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2018/01/tribe-wrests-control-of-bison-herd-from.html" target="_blank">bison are coming home to the Nations.</a><br /><div><b><i><blockquote>Rosebud Economic Development Corporation (REDCO), the economic arm of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, has secured nearly 28,000 acres of native grassland for the creation of a new plains bison herd with the support of the Rosebud's Tribal Land Enterprise. With a capacity to support 1,500 animals, the Wolakota Buffalo Range will become North America's largest Native American owned and managed bison herd. The project is being advanced by a partnership with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and with support from the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI).</blockquote></i></b></div><div><a href="https://www.worldwildlife.org/press-releases/rosebud-sioux-tribe-to-create-north-america-s-largest-native-owned-and-managed-bison-herd" target="_blank">Read the rest here.</a></div></div> larry kurtz Guns, ammo flying off shelves as Whites tempt civil war http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2020/10/guns-ammo-flying-off-shelves-as-whites.html interested party urn:uuid:6253a479-8e65-a025-d7d3-1b9cbb31641f Sat, 31 Oct 2020 13:49:14 +0000 <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-24aVI6b90UQ/XHQPYlKNdcI/AAAAAAAAGhE/K4jFoQx0pKE43p4P2YULoCStZo7E2pVIwCLcBGAs/s1600/2016-02-27-1456595959-4038664-trumphitlertimefaux1-thumb.jpg" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="570" data-original-width="428" height="200" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-24aVI6b90UQ/XHQPYlKNdcI/AAAAAAAAGhE/K4jFoQx0pKE43p4P2YULoCStZo7E2pVIwCLcBGAs/s200/2016-02-27-1456595959-4038664-trumphitlertimefaux1-thumb.jpg" width="150" /></a></div>Doom scrolling,&nbsp;<div>Zoom trolling,&nbsp;</div><div>Gloom polling:&nbsp;</div><div>This is why we can never have nuthin' nice.</div><div><br /></div><div>In the early twentieth century after President Theodore Roosevelt invited Booker T. Washington to the White House white supremacists began erecting statuary commemorating and celebrating treason in the United States.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>After Orson Welles' 1938 <a href="https://interested-party.blogspot.com/2020/06/trump-keeps-roswell-ufo-myth-alive-for.html" target="_blank">radio broadcast of War of the Worlds on Halloween</a> Adolf Hitler cited the ensuing panic as "evidence of the decadence and corrupt condition of democracy" then modeled his final solution on the Native American Genocide. General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Joseph Stalin actually used the radio play to his advantage.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Recall that the <a href="https://interested-party.blogspot.com/2015/06/domestic-terrorism-realm-of-young-white.html" target="_blank">Boston Marathon bombers</a> studied American white wing extremism before their attack and South Sudan was founded by christianic terrorists. US imperialism created the Somali refugee crisis where ISIL chickens are coming home to roost in Minnesota and Syrians are fleeing another Israeli/American war of aggression.</div><div><br /></div><div>The sovereigns are overwhelmingly white christians using maladapted interpretations of the Second and Fourteenth Amendments to rationalize its commitment to a pending race war using links to the federal storming of Ruby Ridge in Idaho and the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas culminating in <a href="https://interested-party.blogspot.com/2016/04/okc-bombing-was-just-another-day-in.html" target="_blank">the Oklahoma City bombing</a>. Many are either convicted felons no longer able to vote or have been marginalized by those who believe that the democratic process is ineffective especially since a person of color is President of the United States. The guy who killed some 60 people in Las Vegas was <a href="https://theintercept.com/2020/09/22/stephen-paddock-las-vegas-shooting-far-right/" target="_blank">a white supremacist</a>&nbsp;bent on starting a race war.</div><div><br /></div><div>After a 2019 shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas asked the NM Legislature for funding to form a "special investigative unit to guard against hate crimes and terrorism." Balderas' office has also been investigating predator priests. Empowered by spiteful, vindictive bombast from Donald Trump the hate group New Mexico <a href="https://interested-party.blogspot.com/2020/07/apd-morale-in-dumps-as-trump-targets.html" target="_blank">Civil Guard has abandoned lawful protest</a> and started shooting protesters.</div><div><br /></div><div>Today, Walmart has pulled guns and ammunition off shelves and some ammo is simply not available anywhere.&nbsp;</div><div><b><i><blockquote>Mike Giglio writes about one such militant group, the Oath Keepers, that he says has tapped into a deep current of anxiety that could cause a surprisingly large contingent of people with real police and military experience to consider armed, political violence. Giglio got access to a leaked database of the Oath Keepers membership from 2009 to 2015. Nearly 25,000 people were on that list. About two-thirds of them had a background in the military or law enforcement. About 10% was active duty. He also interviewed the group's founder and leader Stewart Rhodes, who has warned crowds to be ready for war. This is a prospect that Giglio finds especially disturbing because he's covered civil wars in Syria, Ukraine and Iraq and has witnessed the suffering they've caused. He's also the author of a book about ISIS called "Shatter The Nations." [<a href="https://www.npr.org/transcripts/928644025" target="_blank">Fresh Air, NPR</a>]</blockquote></i></b>Republican is not just another word for earth hater; it's another word for Nazi. The American Left poses no violent threat to the United States while the <a href="https://interested-party.blogspot.com/2020/05/america-fucked-kent-state-re-revisted.html" target="_blank">hate-filled white wing of the Republican Party</a> always will. </div> public radio us politics larry kurtz Oglala Lakota Nation ends cannabis prohibition http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2020/10/oglala-lakota-nation-ends-cannabis.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:eaddf2fa-b960-eb1f-a827-52282eb1283d Thu, 29 Oct 2020 13:59:32 +0000 <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-LXqMZvsnKWs/XbrYz7KaS_I/AAAAAAAAG0E/K9veopqZjzQfOqL8dvnsWQfYXDZLS7UUwCLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/IMG_1149.JPG" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="640" data-original-width="480" height="200" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-LXqMZvsnKWs/XbrYz7KaS_I/AAAAAAAAG0E/K9veopqZjzQfOqL8dvnsWQfYXDZLS7UUwCLcBGAsYHQ/s200/IMG_1149.JPG" width="150" /></a></div>If either or both of the ballot initiatives pass and the Neanderthal legislature had any integrity or ethics <a href="https://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2020/10/democrat-abdallah-supports-legalization.html" target="_blank">(they don’t)</a> they would empower the tribal nations trapped in South Dakota to be the sole producers and marketers of legal cannabis in the state <a href="https://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2020/10/south-dakota-law-enforcement-industry.html" target="_blank">(they won't)</a> but Republicans will find an activist judge like Larry Long then sue to have them struck down in court.<div>&nbsp; <div>A 1986 amendment to federal law allows tribes to acquire off-reservation land to serve the needs of its people so last year the Oglala Lakota Oyate bought property on I-90 just outside Badlands National Park. The Isanti Dakota Oyate or Flandreau Santee Sioux Nation has also taken steps to resume their cannabis initiative. A former chairman of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate is a tribal liaison for a cannabis development firm and South Dakota Secretary of Tribal Relations Dave Flute is also a former chairman of the SWO.<div><b><i><blockquote>The Oglala Sioux Tribe is the first Native American tribe to move forward to legalize marijuana use in a state that has yet to similarly regulate it. [<a href="https://norml.org/blog/2020/10/28/south-dakota-oglala-sioux-enacts-ordinance-legalizing-marijuana-use-on-tribal-lands/" target="_blank">NORML</a>]</blockquote></i></b></div><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Robbing Peter to pay Paul: online sports betting would sustain red state failure by fleecing South Dakotans. <a href="https://t.co/f7wPDDTYhg">https://t.co/f7wPDDTYhg</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/sdleg?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#sdleg</a></p>— interested party (@larry_kurtz) <a href="https://twitter.com/larry_kurtz/status/1321795637092909056?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 29, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async="" charset="utf-8" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></div></div> larry kurtz Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society.* http://northernbeacon.blogspot.com/2020/10/every-violation-of-truth-is-not-only.html Northern Valley Beacon urn:uuid:d06286ac-df76-549d-4b41-35e3be4e8267 Wed, 28 Oct 2020 13:55:30 +0000 <p>&nbsp;<span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">Those words&nbsp;from *Ralph Waldo Emerson diagnose the cause of a failing democracy. &nbsp;We are experiencing it now. &nbsp;He was one of the first American scholars to study language and how it works in the human experience and what role it has in how humanity organizes itself. &nbsp;Language is the bloodstream of the mind. &nbsp;It nourishes and provides the oxygen of consciousness and thought. &nbsp;When language is polluted, it poisons the personal and social thought processes. &nbsp;Individual and social thought then malfunctions. &nbsp;The most deadly pollutant is lies.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">Most people of any intelligence almost instinctively understand lies are cancers that decay and kill life. &nbsp;If you can't trust language, you can't&nbsp;believe or trust anything. &nbsp;Therefore, people who have any knowledge and respect for the requisites of a decent life avoid liars.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">However, there is a distinction between types of lies. &nbsp;There are malicious lies which are intended to gain some kind of advantage for oneself over others or to deceive others for some purpose. &nbsp;They are the ones that damage people, their relationships, and the world we live in. &nbsp;Then there are the white lies, the false compliments or the making-nice deceptions we make in deference to the feelings of others. &nbsp;When, for example, a couple shows us a new born who has a nose like a rutabaga and ears like an elephant, &nbsp;we don't say, "Jesus Christ! &nbsp;That's one ugly baby!" &nbsp;We comment on how cute, precious, and adorable it is, because we understand that the baby is precious to someone. &nbsp;And to those who adhere to &nbsp;the better parts of human culture, all life that is not malevolent is valuable and worthy of respect. &nbsp;Lies told to maintain good will and respect are forgiveable and often necessary. &nbsp;They are the opposite in purpose of lies of malevolence. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">Humans are social creatures that create relationships and complicated infrastructures to live satisfactory lives. &nbsp;Our social relationships recognize interdependencies and the destructive effects of lies. &nbsp;For Christians, the Bible condemns lies and warns people about their effects throughout. &nbsp;Paul writes to the Ephesians (4:25):</span><span face="Corbel, Verdana, sans-serif" style="color: #444444; font-size: 14.079999923706055px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">"Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another." &nbsp;He stresses the damage lies do to the human community. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">So, here we are with a president whose words cannot be believed or trusted. &nbsp;His lies are a constant stabbing at society. &nbsp;And our democratic society does not seem to realize that it is being stabbed to death from a multitude of wounds. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">Lying has been recognized as a peril to life from the earliest records of civilization. &nbsp;When the leader of a country is a prodigious liar, the country cannot be trusted to fulfill its announced purpose. &nbsp;Trump is avidly stabbing away at democracy, and his supporters cheer him on. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">We seem to have learned nothing from World War II when we battled against the malicious lies of the Nazis. &nbsp;We are living in violation of truth. &nbsp;While the toll of Covid-19 consumes the country, the liar-in-chief tells us we are turning the corner.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">&nbsp;Lies kill.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;"><br /></span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;"><br /></span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;"><br /></span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;"><br /></span></p> David Newquist Patient belongings: suicide still ravaging South Dakota's Trumpers http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2020/10/patient-belongings-suicide-still.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:282ce9e1-387e-b228-7c71-4af1c33e520b Tue, 27 Oct 2020 15:27:57 +0000 <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_rWqQJEvdDQ/X5g4TU7SF_I/AAAAAAAAHR8/iDyL2bXnPzcVzOM0DVIjRghVXM82eZ_PwCLcBGAsYHQ/s200/IMG_1157.JPG" style="clear: right; display: block; float: right; padding: 1em 0px; text-align: center;"><img alt="" border="0" data-original-height="200" data-original-width="150" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_rWqQJEvdDQ/X5g4TU7SF_I/AAAAAAAAHR8/iDyL2bXnPzcVzOM0DVIjRghVXM82eZ_PwCLcBGAsYHQ/s200/IMG_1157.JPG" /></a></div>&nbsp;<a href="https://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2018/07/rapid-city-journal-lays-spike-in.html" target="_blank">In 2018</a> the Rapid City Journal blamed the South Dakota Republican Party for spikes in suicides and depression then a Sanford Health executive did the same in 2019. South Dakota is ranked 6th highest in the nation for suicides reporting more than 22 self-administered terminations per 100,000 people or an increase of 59% since 1999 and the 11th highest increase in any state.&nbsp;<div><br /></div><div><div>So, what’s not to like about six (seven? eight?) month winters, rampant racism, chilling effects on civil rights, an extremist legislature, living in a chemical toilet, sacrifice zone, perpetual welfare state and permanent disaster area?&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Veterans are killing themselves because of America's imperialist endless wars but farmers in South Dakota and in greater Trumpistan are ending their lives because of Herr Trump's failure to lead.</div><div><br /></div><div>Yes, socialized agriculture, socialized dairies, socialized cheese, socialized livestock production, a socialized timber industry, socialized air service, socialized freight rail, a socialized nursing home industry, a socialized internet and now socialized gas well remediation are all fine with Republicans in South Dakota but then they insist single-payer medical insurance is socialized medicine.</div></div><div><br /></div><div>Not only has the South Dakota Republican Party failed American Indians by not expanding Medicaid it has failed veterans and the elderly: its historically loyal voter base. And what are the Trump Organization and his earth hater party doing about it? Accelerating <a href="https://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2018/02/hopelessless-is-epidemic-in-south-dakota.html" target="_blank">the end of all life on Earth</a>, of course.&nbsp;</div><div><b><i><blockquote>The number of suicides in South Dakota is up significantly over the past decade, increasing by 40%. At the same time, hospitalizations and emergency room visits for self-inflicted wounds nearly doubled. Falling commodity prices, bad weather, trade wars and isolation are just a few of the problems that farmers are facing today. Net farm income is down significantly over the last several years. Crops are planted, not knowing if they will be harvested at a profit. In the meantime, bills come due and loans must be repaid. The Dykshorn children attend the nearby Christian school. [<a href="https://www.agupdate.com/tristateneighbor/news/state-and-regional/a-growing-concern-stress-suicide-on-the-family-farm/article_da05e56c-12e7-11eb-b6f8-a794e3ef8fd7.html" target="_blank">A growing concern: stress, suicide on the family farm</a>]&nbsp;</blockquote></i></b></div> larry kurtz Senator Wismer often the only adult in the South Dakota Legislature http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2020/10/wismer-often-only-adult-in-south-dakota.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:4ef41eef-1fb6-0ded-3f4b-d1946511cd20 Mon, 26 Oct 2020 15:10:53 +0000 <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wp6ykBnqRbQ/U64vLLSVKyI/AAAAAAAAEiM/B38O9PtOlYA/s400/DSC_0137.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wp6ykBnqRbQ/U64vLLSVKyI/AAAAAAAAEiM/B38O9PtOlYA/s400/DSC_0137.JPG" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div> When this blog asked Susan Wismer to run for governor in 2014 she told me Cory Heidelberger and Madville Times were just too radical for her, hence Heidelberger supported Joe Lowe in the primary so that weblog never really got behind Wismer as a gubernatorial candidate. Even today dry drunk atheist Heidelberger's newest blog just hasn't delivered for Democratic voters.&nbsp;<div><br /></div><div>Former Argus Leader reporter, David Montgomery believed Wismer was a fantastic candidate with the skills to govern but she had no chance because she didn't have the cash resources to fight the gubernatorial battle on teevee. Ultimately it was Wismer's choice of running mate that sank her campaign. State Senator Wismer has acknowledged the risk of earth haters holding supermajorities in the legislature and has also warned the state is living in the "dark ages." But today the <a href="https://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2019/09/rapid-city-loser-tells-south-dakota.html" target="_blank">South Dakota Democratic Party has never been less powerfu</a>l.&nbsp;</div><div><b><i><blockquote>Here’s the number one reason I’m best candidate. I’m an authentic, respected, experienced rural voice for our rural district. District 1 legislators have historically been counted on to be a voice of reason. Sometimes, as the only Democrat in the committee room, I am the only one who can speak truth to power without fear of a backlash from far-right elements of the Republicans or the governor. In what has become dangerously close to a one-party system, it’s important that District 1 continues to provide that balance. You don’t see me wasting precious legislative time with bills telling school boards which bathrooms their students may use or telling doctors how to treat women or LGBTQ patients. We know a democracy is best served by good listeners with open minds, and that’s who I have strived to be. [<a href="https://www.aberdeennews.com/news/election2020/two-vie-for-district-1-senate-seat/article_94fcf770-0e65-11eb-95f8-2bb92060e41d.html" target="_blank">Aberdeen American News</a>]&nbsp;</blockquote></i></b></div><div>Photo: then Representative Susan Wismer and running mate Susy Blake enjoy a close moment at the 2014 Democratic Convention in Yankton. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">After harping on it for years South Dakota Democrats are listening to me, wising up and are registering as Republicans. <a href="https://t.co/QWltYdTlrs">https://t.co/QWltYdTlrs</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/sdleg?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#sdleg</a> <a href="https://t.co/iQakAKIhtC">https://t.co/iQakAKIhtC</a></p>&mdash; interested party (@larry_kurtz) <a href="https://twitter.com/larry_kurtz/status/1319006171672551424?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 21, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></div> larry kurtz Covid Worst in States with Republican Governors https://www.dailykos.com/story/2020/10/24/1989252/-Covid-Worst-in-States-with-Republican-Governors South Dakota Kos urn:uuid:6fa9912e-7fe8-cd3f-49e5-7e8ece8cb7dc Sat, 24 Oct 2020 19:09:08 +0000 <p>Being something of a numbers nerd, I got to wondering this morning where the Covid 19 epidemic was most severe. Simply looking at raw numbers of cases does not really tell much. Of course, States with large populations, like California and Texas, will probably have large numbers of cases, and States with small populations like the Dakotas, or Idaho,&nbsp;will have smaller numbers of cases. One&nbsp;way to compare apples to apples is to look at the&nbsp;number of reported cases per 100,000 people for each State..</p> <p>The chart below does exactly that. It ranks&nbsp;the number of reported Covid 19 cases&nbsp;in each State,&nbsp;per 100,000 people, and shows where the epidemic is most out of control. After ranking State infection rates (based on data from each State’s Department of Health), I added another layer by noting whether the State’s governor is Republican or Democrat. The chart pretty much speaks for itself.&nbsp;</p> <p>Seventeen States out of the worst twenty have Republican governors who drank the Trumpian Cool-aid about the epidemic. The lone Democratic-led&nbsp;State in the worst nine, is Louisiana, where a bad call about keeping Mardi Gras open led to widespread early infection.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Thirteen States out of the best 20 have Democratic governors who ignored the entire disinformation campaign the Trump administration has running since February.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The hardest hit State, North Dakota, has almost twice the infection rate of New York, and more than twice the infection rate of California, two of the earliest hard hit States. Even my rural state, Idaho, has higher rates of infection than California&nbsp;and New York. If the State’s largest. and only urban, county had not bucked the Republican governor and legislature, by imposing mask requirements and social distancing regulations, we would be right up there with the Dakotas and Florida.</p> <p class="is-empty-p"></p> <div class="table-wrapper"> <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="803"> <tbody> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom; width:128pt">State</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom; width:129pt">Popx100k</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom; width:129pt">total cases</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom; width:129pt">rate/100k</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom; width:87pt">Governor</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">North Dakota</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">762</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">35,939</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">47.2</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Republican</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">South Dakota</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">884</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">36,017</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">40.7</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Republican</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Louisiana</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">4,649</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">181,904</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">39.1</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Democrat</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Mississippi</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">2,976</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">113,876</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">38.3</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Republican</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Alabama</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">4,903</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">177,064</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">36.1</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Republican</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Iowa</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">3,155</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">111,811</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">35.4</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Republican</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Florida</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">21,477</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">758,306</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">35.3</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Republican</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Tennessee</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">6,829</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">237,907</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">34.8</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Republican</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Arkansas</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">3,018</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">102,798</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">34.1</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Republican</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Wisconsin</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">5,822</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">195,823</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">33.6</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Democrat</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Georgia</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">10,617</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">345,535</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">32.5</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Republican</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">South Carolina</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">5,149</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">167,485</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">32.5</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Republican</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Arizona</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">7,279</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">234,906</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">32.3</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Republican</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Idaho</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">1,787</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">56,660</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">31.7</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Republican</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Nebrasha</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">1,934</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">61,285</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">31.7</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Republican</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Utah</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">3,205</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">99,549</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">31.1</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Republican</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Nevada</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">3,080</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">92,853</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">30.1</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Democrat</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Oklahoma</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">3,957</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">118,841</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">30.0</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Republican</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Texas</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">28,995</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">846,100</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">29.2</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Republican</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Illinois</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">12,671</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">363,746</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">28.7</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Democrat</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Rhode Island</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">1,059</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">29,594</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">27.9</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Democrat</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Missouri</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">6,137</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">162,723</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">26.5</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Republican</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Kansas</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">2,913</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">74,456</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">25.6</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Democrat</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">New Jersey</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">8,862</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">224,385</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">25.3</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Democrat</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">New York</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">19,453</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">491,687</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">25.3</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Democrat</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Montana</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">1,068</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">26,320</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">24.6</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Democrat</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Delaware</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">974</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">23,687</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">24.3</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Democrat</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">North Carolina</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">10,488</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">252,992</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">24.1</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Democrat</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Indiana</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">6,732</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">155,246</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">23.1</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Republican</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Maryland</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">6,046</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">138,691</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">22.9</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Republican</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Minnesota</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">5,640</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">128,152</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">22.7</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Democrat</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Massachusetts</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">6,893</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">153,823</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">22.3</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Republican</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Californa</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">39,512</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">880,724</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">22.3</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Democrat</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Kentuxky</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">4,468</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">92,299</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">20.7</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Democrat</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Virginia</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">8,536</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">171,284</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">20.1</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Democrat</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">New Mexico</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">2,097</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">39,377</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">18.8</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Democrat</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Connecticutt</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">3,565</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">66,373</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">18.6</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Democrat</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Wyoming</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">579</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">10,119</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">17.5</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Republican</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Michigan</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">9,987</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">170,076</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">17.0</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Democrat</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Ohio</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">11,689</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">190,430</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">16.3</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Republican</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Alasha</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">731</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">11,837</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">16.2</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Republican</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Colorado</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">5,759</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">90,222</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">15.7</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Democrat</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Pennsylvania</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">12,802</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">188,360</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">14.7</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Democrat</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Washington</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">7,614</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">100,526</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">13.2</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Democrat</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">West Virginia</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">1,792</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">21,057</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">11.8</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Republican</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Hawaii</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">1,416</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">14,284</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">10.1</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Democrat</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Oregon</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">4,217</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">40,819</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">9.7</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Democrat</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">New Hamphire</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">1,360</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">9,994</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">7.3</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Republican</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Maine</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">1,344</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">6,095</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">4.5</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Democrat</td> </tr> <tr style="height:16pt"> <td style=" height:16pt; vertical-align:bottom">Vermont</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">624</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">1,987</td> <td style=" text-align:right; vertical-align:bottom">3.2</td> <td style=" vertical-align:bottom">Republican</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <p class="is-empty-p"></p> <div class="table-wrapper"></div> <p class="is-empty-p"></p> COVID rss@dailykos.com (Rhughes48) Trump's Forest Service expected to pick Neimans over Norbeck http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2020/10/trumps-forest-service-expected-to-pick.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:c5a0062f-fd50-2182-d0d7-ff1f74982420 Fri, 23 Oct 2020 13:35:50 +0000 <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FKgxTydhIS0/XYYnl2x0OOI/AAAAAAAAGw4/6DnTQchrJoYPJ8GhFlKwLPfcKsdZK436wCLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/Picture%2B053.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="279" data-original-width="400" height="279" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FKgxTydhIS0/XYYnl2x0OOI/AAAAAAAAGw4/6DnTQchrJoYPJ8GhFlKwLPfcKsdZK436wCLcBGAsYHQ/s400/Picture%2B053.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><i><br /></i></div><div style="text-align: center;"><i>Photo shot of 2002 Grizzly Gulch Fire from '59 burn: spot fire on Pillar Peak, at least a mile downwind of main fire</i></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div>Dendroctonus ponderosae or mountain pine beetle predates by millions of years Pinus ponderosa in the Black Hills which only reached that region less than four thousand years ago. Native Douglas fir, limber and lodgepole pine have been mostly extirpated from He Sapa, The Heart of Everything That Is and after a century of destructive agricultural practices invasive grasses infest most of western South Dakota. The Island in the Plains has been broken for decades but the collapse of select Black Hills ecosystems has been evident since <a href="https://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2019/12/lawco-admits-area-is-ripe-for.html" target="_blank">at least 2002</a>.&nbsp;<div><br /></div><div>The absence of prescribed burns and the persistence of cheatgrass on the Black Hills National Forest and on other federal and state ground are just more examples of the intense lobbying efforts of Neiman Enterprises and from welfare ranchers addicted to cheap grazing fees. Instead of allowing native aspen to be restored, stands of doghair ponderosa pine (ladder fuels that feed wildfires) cover much of upper Castle Creek.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Spurred by the Neimans the Black Hills National Forest is still planting pine in the Jasper Fire area. Much of the 2002 Grizzly Gulch Fire outside Deadwood occurred on ground owned by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the 60th anniversary of the 1959 Deadwood Hill Fire was just recently commemorated but because of Senator John Thune (NAZI-SD) costs of conducting prescribed burns are now thousands of dollars per acre instead of hundreds.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Add the very high number of private inholdings within the Black Hills National Forest that make the wildland urban interface (WUI) very large to one of the highest road densities in the entire national forest system and Region 2 to lots of logging, hardrock mining and pesticides like Carbaryl then understand why over a hundred species in South Dakota alone and a million worldwide are <a href="https://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2019/09/howdy-doody-dusty-becomes-jim-neimans.html" target="_blank">at risk to Dusty Johnson, Jim Neiman</a> and the former Republican Party now the American Nazi Party.&nbsp;</div><div><b><i><blockquote>A divided advisory board on Wednesday rejected Forest Service research calling for less logging in the Black Hills National Forest and instead recommended more logging. On Wednesday during a virtual meeting, the group presented its recommendation to the advisory board: Instead of being reduced, logging should be increased to 181,000 CCF annually. Paul Pierson delivered the working group’s presentation. He works for Neiman Timber, the main sawmill company in the region. South Dakota State Forester Greg Josten chairs the working group. He agreed with Pierson. Working-group member Bob Burns was the other dissenting member of the group. As a member of the Meade School Board, he was appointed to represent local governments. He’s also a member of the South Dakota Family Forests Association and a conservation group called the Norbeck Society. [<a href="https://www.sdpb.org/blogs/news-and-information/board-goes-against-researchers-tells-forest-service-to-increase-logging-in-black-hills/" target="_blank">Bill Janklow's idea of public radio</a>]</blockquote></i></b>The good news? After Trump is ejected from the White House President Joe Biden's Secretary of Agriculture will clear the second growth ponderosa pine, conduct fuel treatments, restore aspen and other native hardwoods, build wildlife corridors and approximate Pleistocene rewilding using bison and cervids. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">“Wildfires 2020: Why fire is our best tool against megafires” <a href="https://t.co/RyXZFlW9ZO">https://t.co/RyXZFlW9ZO</a></p>— interested party (@larry_kurtz) <a href="https://twitter.com/larry_kurtz/status/1319330066862583808?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 22, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async="" charset="utf-8" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></div> larry kurtz Why the idea of uniting the country is ridiculous http://northernbeacon.blogspot.com/2020/10/why-idea-of-uniting-country-is.html Northern Valley Beacon urn:uuid:f7a81ac0-ae71-ab1a-97d5-71d8d1bb677a Thu, 22 Oct 2020 23:56:16 +0000 <p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">Joe Biden includes uniting&nbsp;the people instead of dividing them among his intentions, should he be elected president. &nbsp;He will no doubt make that effort. As a senator, Biden's congenial and straight-forward personality earned him a reputation as someone who could engage with the opposition party in productive work. &nbsp;On crucial issues, he often assumed the role of conciliator. &nbsp;<i>The New Yorker</i>&nbsp;notes that "Joe Biden&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: arial; font-size: large;">has long valorized comity and respect in the political arena, but the country’s deepest cleavages are now imprinted on Americans’ party affiliations."</span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; font-family: arial; font-size: large;">Even the most optimistic patriots recognize that&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">the presidency of&nbsp;Donald Trump may well have solidified a moral animosity that cannot be bridged. &nbsp;He is &nbsp;a vile, thoroughly depraved person. &nbsp;Even if he is removed from the presidency, those who support him and subscribe to his ways will remain to be dealt with. &nbsp;His presidency has revealed that a significant population of the American people is committed to malevolence. &nbsp;Their politics is designed to serve their&nbsp;favorite hatreds through which they wish to impose cruelty, degradation, and&nbsp;oppression on others,</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">The divide is not merely political about how the country should be run. &nbsp;The&nbsp;divide is a very&nbsp;fundamental one between decency and indecency. &nbsp;The issue is if decent people would be so gullible as to make an alliance with the indecent whose words&nbsp;and actions cannot be trusted.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">The Supreme Court&nbsp;nominations have starkly defined&nbsp;underlying moral differences that have emerged within the Democratic and Republican parties. &nbsp;In the nomination &nbsp;process, the&nbsp;Republicans have put on a demonstration of dishonesty,&nbsp;betrayal, and chicanery that is now indelibly engraved into our history. &nbsp;This demonstration cannot be ignored. &nbsp; It is&nbsp;part of the definition of what the United States has become.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">When Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, it was eight months before the next election. &nbsp;The Republicans, led by Mitch McConnell, insisted that the nomination was too close to the next election and refused to give Garland a hearing before the Senate. &nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(16, 16, 16); color: #101010;"><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">Amy Coney Barrett was nominated by Trump two months before the next election. &nbsp;The Republicans have ignored all the rules, which they formulated, and have expedited Barrett's nomination so that she will be voted onto the court before the election.&nbsp;</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(16, 16, 16); color: #101010;"><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">The Senate Judiciary Committee also had a rule that at least two members of the opposition party must be in attendance to conduct official business. &nbsp;The Democrats protested the contrived nomination process by boycotting the committee vote on Barrett. &nbsp;The Republicans chose to blithely ignore that rule, too. &nbsp;So, they have established that procedural rules don't mean a thing. &nbsp;What the Republicans have so dramatically demonstrated is not merely hypocrisy; it's treachery. &nbsp;And that demonstration is changing the way citizens will think about and respond to their government. &nbsp;The Republicans have disproved that we are a nation of laws. They have &nbsp;long given up any claim to being the party of Lincoln. &nbsp;We are, in fact, a nation of political whims about what is regarded as rules and precedents. &nbsp;It is hard to take laws and rules made under such capricious circumstances seriously. &nbsp;It is humiliating and demoralizing to live in a sham democracy.</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(16, 16, 16); color: #101010;"><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">If Joe Biden is elected president, he can probably get some people to work together. &nbsp;But he cannot change what the people who strive for decency have learned about fellow Americans who practice the Trump cult. &nbsp;He cannot change people from teaching their children and grandchildren to avoid the kind of people who wear MAGA hats and fly Trump flags for the same reason that we teach them to avoid people who fly Nazi flags or worship Stalin. They are intellectually and morally pernicious.</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(16, 16, 16); color: #101010;"><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">Some people claim they voted for Trump because they thought he was a successful businessman who would bring organizational skills and resources to government. &nbsp;But they had to ignore the way he behaved. &nbsp;And they had to ignore the press, including the conservative press, that gave full accounts of Trump's nefarious ways in business and society. &nbsp;However, most people who voted for and supported Trump did so because he is precisely what they want for themselves and the country. &nbsp;That is a fact of what the United States has become. &nbsp;They will be there to obstruct and demolish anything Joe Biden tries to do, no matter what deranged and degrading tactics will achieve their purpose. &nbsp;</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(16, 16, 16); color: #101010;"><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">Our ancestors left the Old World and came to America to escape the kind of world Trump represents and to be part pf a New World of democratic decency and integrity. &nbsp;But those qualities of life have been displaced by malice, which dwells under MAGA hats and Trump flags. &nbsp;</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(16, 16, 16); color: #101010;"><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">Joe Biden might be able to get a majority of Americans to work together and even inspire a democratic reformation &nbsp;But we have seen Trump and his minions. &nbsp;And no decent person would be so gullible or insane as to reconcile with their values. &nbsp;It would be like &nbsp;deliberately contracting Covid-19. &nbsp;Making nice to the cult of indecency would divert any attempt to put America back on the course of decency.</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(16, 16, 16); color: #101010;"><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">If Joe Biden wins the election, the American ethic may be kept alive to reform the country back into a benevolent democracy. &nbsp;If he doesn't, it would be insane for the decent to submit to the indecent. &nbsp;It would time to lower the flag and olay Taps one last time. &nbsp;</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(16, 16, 16); color: #101010;"><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">And let the people who want genuine liberty, equality, and justice do what is necessary to find America again.</span></span></p><p><br /></p> David Newquist From 50 plants for seed stock to a $25 million operation, industrial cannabis still a gamble in New Mexico http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2020/10/from-50-plants-for-seed-stock-to-25.html interested party urn:uuid:a317fa7a-3bba-e155-d7a9-57ba2a03e6c2 Thu, 22 Oct 2020 13:34:52 +0000 <p></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TqG_H28mFEc/X5F-7ctUANI/AAAAAAAAHRs/aoU3iN3MJgkEUgOI9nR44E-X4HlpaDs2ACLcBGAsYHQ/s960/119938364_3306412379424818_9054398335139074404_n%2B%25281%2529.jpg" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="960" data-original-width="720" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TqG_H28mFEc/X5F-7ctUANI/AAAAAAAAHRs/aoU3iN3MJgkEUgOI9nR44E-X4HlpaDs2ACLcBGAsYHQ/w150-h200/119938364_3306412379424818_9054398335139074404_n%2B%25281%2529.jpg" width="150" /></a></div>Industrial cannabis (hemp) seeds with decent CBD-producing genetics are a buck apiece costing about $50,000 to sow 20 acres. One grower gets $5 a seed, a pretty <a href="https://interested-party.blogspot.com/2020/02/industrial-cannabis-trojan-horse.html" target="_blank">spendy investment</a> for any farmer but putting any cannabis industry into the hands of <a href="https://interested-party.blogspot.com/2020/07/new-mexico-begins-therapeutic-cannabis.html" target="_blank">a few oligarchs</a> is stupid policy.<div><b><i><blockquote>This year, another high-profile entrepreneur also came on board, former gubernatorial candidate Jeff Apodaca, who had been operating a business that provided harvest, finishing and marketing services for hemp producers. They've scraped up what they say is $6 million and are working on another $25 million they plan to invest in a large facility for drying and processing hemp at the Mesa Del Sol development southwest of Albuquerque. The topmost flowers are cured for smoking. Of the 169 outdoor growing permits granted this year, the average number of acres of hemp per grower is 12, for a statewide total of an estimated 2,037 acres. [<a href="https://www.sfreporter.com/news/coverstories/2020/10/21/hempire/" target="_blank">Hempire, Santa Fe Reporter</a>]</blockquote></i></b></div><div>As New Mexico's therapeutic cannabis program nears 100,000 patients the legislature is poised to legalize cannabis for all adults despite the state being the <a href="https://interested-party.blogspot.com/2020/01/water-shortages-limit-cannabis-growth.html" target="_blank">most water-stressed</a> in the entire US.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>With the help of an Indigenous firebrand a Chinese syndicate had been growing cannabis on the Navajo Nation so the tribal council has changed the definition of marijuana <a href="https://www.krqe.com/news/new-mexico/navajo-nation-changes-definition-of-marijuana/" target="_blank">to include the entire plant</a>, industrial or otherwise.</div> cannabis I-25 larry kurtz Parsley: Daugaard education task force hasn't followed through http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2020/10/parsley-daugaard-education-task-force.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:6a5f7541-b4eb-f093-409e-5778a0832e85 Wed, 21 Oct 2020 12:53:10 +0000 <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MDG8OBbaGvg/WzTccJuLyyI/AAAAAAAAGQk/R8vcLUu6qYsKqIdPnCmrmMfhea3AWkOuQCLcBGAs/s1600/636168907497113374-uscpcent02-6spce9o6kgh1hxifgcfd-original.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="326" data-original-width="580" height="225" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MDG8OBbaGvg/WzTccJuLyyI/AAAAAAAAGQk/R8vcLUu6qYsKqIdPnCmrmMfhea3AWkOuQCLcBGAs/s400/636168907497113374-uscpcent02-6spce9o6kgh1hxifgcfd-original.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><i>Republican former Governor Denny Daugaard describes Melody Schopp's breast implants</i></div><div><br /></div> K-12 Achievement: D (65.2), Status: D- (62.5), Change: F (57.6), School Finance: D (66.3), Spending: F (48.6) and a third of qualified teaching grads left South Dakota while the remainder struggled with certification. That's what education looked like during the Daugaard years.<div><br /></div><div>'Common Core' is just a poor choice of words to describe education standards chosen every seven years, according to Republican former SD Secretary of Education Melody Schopp. Many called for her resignation after Scott <a href="https://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2015/09/westerhuis-church-deplores-suicide.html" target="_blank">Westerhuis killed his family and himself</a> after yet <a href="https://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/11/jackley-calls-out-sdgop-for-corruption.html" target="_blank">another scandal rocked education funding</a>.&nbsp;<div><b><i><blockquote>Val Parsley Age: 68. Town: Madison. Political Party: Democrat. Occupation: Retired from 34 years in secondary public education. Education: BA from South Dakota State University in English and German secondary education and MA from the University of South Dakota in secondary administration. Family: Husband, Scott. Three adult children: son Nick, daughters Caitie and Chrissy, and grandson Archer.</blockquote><blockquote>&nbsp;The Blue Ribbon Task Force in 2016 worked to increase funding for education. A half-cent sales tax increase had been approved to go to education with the majority earmarked for teacher pay plus a 3 percent annual raise in state support to education or the cost of living, whichever was less. Since 2017, the state hasn’t followed through with the law. If the legislature had followed through, education would be sufficiently funded by now. It is unsettling that we have so many people suffering from mental health issues that are not being recognized or addressed, and suicide rates continue to climb. According to sdsuicideprevention.org, suicide is the ninth leading cause of death in our state, but is second among 15 to 34-year-olds. In 2019 alone, there were 185 suicides in South Dakota. Mental health practitioners need more support from state government. </blockquote></i></b>Read the rest at the <a href="https://moodycountyenterprise.com/article/district-8-house-race-draws-four-candidates" target="_blank">Moody County Enterprise</a>.</div></div><div><br /></div><div><i>Editor's note: Scott Parsley and The Dakota Progressive have cousins in common.</i></div> larry kurtz Western South Dakota, Rapid City to endure more military aircraft noise http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2020/10/western-south-dakota-rapid-city-to.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:43b60130-5873-1160-0976-9edf237bd22d Tue, 20 Oct 2020 13:38:54 +0000 <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NmXxt3EqODw/XhNHNRmve_I/AAAAAAAAG5M/MWgE_pGp31okf5lpBIUrFTseYA1MxWtIACLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/ENmlaZxX0AAx7_Y.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="395" data-original-width="527" height="300" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NmXxt3EqODw/XhNHNRmve_I/AAAAAAAAG5M/MWgE_pGp31okf5lpBIUrFTseYA1MxWtIACLcBGAsYHQ/s400/ENmlaZxX0AAx7_Y.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div><br /></div>As suicides in the US military continue to spike under Herr Trump Combat Raider exercises over the Powder River Training Complex are suspended because of the poor condition of B-1 bombers stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base near Rapid City, South Dakota. Ellsworth is also a Superfund site.<div><br /></div><div>The Trump Organization had planned to spend at least half a billion taxpayer dollars on each new B-21 bomber and some $1.4 TRILLION on a proposed Defense Department budget instead of really making America great again. Republicans are whining about the poor condition of the obsolete B-2 and most B-1B Lancers some of which are stationed at the base in occupied South Dakota. Why? Because the Republican government shutdown and the 2013 sequester to embarrass President Barack Obama ripped into military readiness.&nbsp;&nbsp;Even if it's ever completely funded the B-21 'Raider' isn't expected to be delivered until maybe 2030.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Trump wants to put the B-21 in red states to avoid confrontations with Democratic governors and if the system for weapons of mass destruction survives the Powder River Training Complex over parts of four states will continue to threaten habitat and wildlife, not to mention skeptical Republicans in ranch country. Meanwhile, deteriorating B-1B Lancers are eating up the resources needed to fight a virus outbreak in the homeland and the seventy year old B-52 continues to rain death on civilians in war torn countries on stages in the usual theaters of war. Instead of rattling impossibly expensive sabers Trump should be accelerating the cleanup of the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contaminating nearly every military base in the United States and in the other countries subjected to American imperialism.</div><div><br /></div><div>Just say it: <a href="https://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2019/08/b-1-bombers-hurt-by-republican-shutdown.html" target="_blank">radical christianic terrorism</a>.</div><div><br /></div><div>Learn more at <a href="https://www.kotatv.com/2020/10/19/expect-more-noise-as-ellsworth-flies-28th-bomb-wing/" target="_blank">KOTA teevee</a>.</div> larry kurtz SDGOP continues to splinter http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2020/10/sdgop-continues-to-splinter.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:fc8c29d2-24b1-707c-37a7-ee24934f6194 Mon, 19 Oct 2020 13:54:41 +0000 <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ye9aRXWDP-U/X1zWOwpLNyI/AAAAAAAAHPg/rLlPQcqOPz82OFGl27QoNviUhb9NBdhwQCLcBGAsYHQ/s512/unnamed%2B%25281%2529.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="290" data-original-width="512" height="226" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ye9aRXWDP-U/X1zWOwpLNyI/AAAAAAAAHPg/rLlPQcqOPz82OFGl27QoNviUhb9NBdhwQCLcBGAsYHQ/w400-h226/unnamed%2B%25281%2529.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div> Recall <a href="https://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2020/09/perpetrators-of-911-attacks-could-buy.html" target="_blank">Saudi-funded SDGOP chair Dan Lederman</a> paid Gordon Howie a five figure sum to abandon his third party insurgency. Now the chasm separating the establishment Republicans from the principled conservatives in South Dakota is widening even more. Longtime Republican stalwarts like Phil Jensen, Charlie Hoffman, Betty Olson and at least fifteen others threw up their hands in desperation with first term Representative Howdy Doody Dusty Johnson and backed Elizabeth Marty May in the Republican US House primary.<div><br /></div><div>Republican former State Senator Lyndi DiSanto spent loads of air time raising awareness of the abuses committed by the Children’s Home Society near Rapid City, South Dakota in the wake of the disappearance of Serenity Dennard. The Children’s Home Society has been under the regulatory microscope before for violations of trust. One former executive director is none other than Republican former South Dakota Governor Denny Daugaard. Mass incarceration fuels the white foster home industry: a pet project of Daugaard’s wife. Billionaire Republican Denny Sanford has given millions to the Children’s Home Society and as the story of his pedophilia broke Carmel, Indiana-based private investigator Veracity I-I-R confirmed that they were hired by Serenity’s family to revist the steps that led to her disappearance and explore likely outcomes.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Frustrated with Republican obfuscation in his adopted step-daughter’s likely abduction Brian Gentry is running an unaffiliated race for the South Dakota Legislature supported by other disaffected South Dakota Republicans. Even the <a href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/group-of-radical-rinos-abandon-party-and-line-up-against-gop-candidate-in-d35/" target="_blank">SDGOP mouthpiece is apopleptic</a>&nbsp;calling the defectors RINOs or Republicans in Name Only. That <a href="https://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2019/03/shad-olson-responds-to-dwc-fake-news.html" target="_blank">porcine prevaricator Pat Powers</a> uses apostrophes where they're not called for is simply more evidence of his ineptitude.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Over a year later there are only three possible outcomes for Serenity Dennard's "disappearance:" she hooked up with a Jeffrey Epstein-type character or with a representative of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) Church where minor girls are trafficked and raped or since South Dakota routinely falsifies lab records the state will pin Serenity's death on a mountain lion so Game, Fish and Plunder will just go out and kill one then close the case.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Principled conservatives loathe Lederman because sleaze and crime built his business. He spent $50,000 to buy a seat in South Dakota's corrupt legislature flaunting the same class by throwing it away resigning after the 2015 session then forcing his way into the chair of South Dakota's earth hater party. That he would steer criminals like Mohammed bin Salman into South Dakota is completely within his crooked wheelhouse.</div> larry kurtz Big Brother isn't all there http://northernbeacon.blogspot.com/2020/10/big-brother-isnt-all-there.html Northern Valley Beacon urn:uuid:5c267e47-affa-21d3-1dc4-81cfe5ab8250 Sun, 18 Oct 2020 17:51:19 +0000 <p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;"><br />No, it's not out of George Orwell's imagining of life in a totalitarian dystopia. &nbsp;It was on CNN Friday from &nbsp;Fort Myers, FL, where Trump was addressing the elderly about healthcare. &nbsp;He was rattling off about how well he had handled the coronavirus and how we had turned the corner and would soon be free of the pandemic. &nbsp;Every claim he made was false, and I was wondering how anyone would dare stand in front of the entire country and try to pass off lies when the facts which refuted everything he said were broadcast or published in every medium. &nbsp; But then the TV host,<a href="https://www.mediaite.com/tv/cnns-brianna-keilar-dumps-out-of-trump-speech-to-seniors-so-she-can-call-out-myriad-of-lies/"> Brianna Keilar</a>, cut in and said, </span><span style="background-color: #fefefe; caret-color: rgb(51, 51, 51); color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 20px;">“</span><span style="background-color: #fefefe; caret-color: rgb(51, 51, 51); color: #333333;"><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">Quite frankly there are so many falsehoods, we just need to interject and fact-check some of this."</span></span></p><p></p><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Big Brother is not all there" border="0" data-original-height="194" data-original-width="344" height="226" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-efrHe7AtBf8/X4xyayl0BsI/AAAAAAAADtc/EXu2a_53dVgYZ600domrvvBSMvrZNloMgCLcBGAsYHQ/w400-h226/F62ADE83-AAB9-47E8-B045-7B67D8526740_4_5005_c.jpeg" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="400" /></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Big Brother is not all there</td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">Of course, such actions will trigger Trump's charges of the media &nbsp;being the purveyor of fake news and the enemy of the people. &nbsp;Such charges will be given extra voltage by disinformation campaigns which erode away the United State's credibility at home and abroad. &nbsp;But the Trumpies will swoon in praise and adulation as Trump feeds them the gibberish that nourishes their malignant brains. &nbsp;To them, facts are the bias of their chosen enemies.</span><div><br /></div><div><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">In its fact check of things Trump said at his recent campaign events, the Associated Press notes, "</span><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(34, 34, 34); color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;">Regard for the facts is not a hallmark of Trump's campaign for the Nov. 3 election or of his presidency." &nbsp;You can read their <a href="https://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article246522813.html">fact&nbsp;</a></span></span><span style="color: #222222; font-family: arial; font-size: large;"><span style="caret-color: rgb(34, 34, 34);"><a href="https://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article246522813.html">check here</a>&nbsp;--if you care to read the&nbsp;ravings of&nbsp;someone who lives in a universe created&nbsp;totally by his malfunctioning mind. &nbsp;And you can read about that here:&nbsp;</span></span></div><h1 class="post-headline " style="border-bottom-color: rgb(216, 216, 216); border-bottom-style: solid; border-bottom-width: 1px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #111111; font-family: LabGrotesque, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 2.6875rem; line-height: 1.21; margin: 20px 0px 10px; padding-bottom: 17px;"><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/psychiatrists-submit-warning-trumps-mental-health-deteriorating-2019-12">350 health professionals sign letter to Congress claiming Trump's mental health is deteriorating dangerously</a></h1><div style="box-sizing: inherit; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; font-stretch: normal; height: 1px; line-height: normal; outline: none; overflow: hidden; width: 1px;"><br style="box-sizing: inherit; outline: none;" />Read more here: https://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article246522813.html#storylink=cpy</div><div><p></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;"><br /></span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: large;"><br /></span></p></div> David Newquist South Dakota continues slipping into darkness https://www.dailykos.com/story/2020/10/17/1987442/-South-Dakota-continues-slipping-into-darkness South Dakota Kos urn:uuid:0b7575b3-6901-9a55-7e6a-808363e9363f Sun, 18 Oct 2020 04:51:06 +0000 <p>As our COVID cases <a href="https://www.argusleader.com/story/news/crime/2020/10/08/south-dakota-covid-19-case-count-new-york-times/5923565002/" target="_blank" title="">continue to go through the roof</a>, and Governor Noem is busy serving Dear Leader as she <a href="https://www.argusleader.com/story/news/politics/2020/10/15/gov-kristi-noem-campaigns-new-hampshire-virus-surges-home/3669508001/" target="_blank" title="">campaigns for the President*’s re-elect with Cory Lewandowski</a>. She’s in New Hamphire —&nbsp;no doubt preparing for a soon-to-be laughable 2024 Presidential run.</p> <p>And, we are facing another two-year period&nbsp;of, let’s say, insufficient, legislative sessions that will do nothing to correct this asleep-at-the-switch Executive. With the new Supreme Court team, I expect a lot of forced birth and anti-equality legislation in 2021-22. Ugh.</p> <p>Case in point of what our Legislative races are like:&nbsp;our nearby District 35 has four candidates. Guess which ones are R incumbents likely to cruise to easy re-election <a href="https://rapidcityjournal.com/news/election/four-candidates-compete-for-two-district-35-house-seats/article_2dd8b6e8-8981-540f-b7d7-2e5f9a5ed197.html" target="_blank" title="">(answers here, as if you need them)</a>:</p> <ul> <li>An experienced social worker who graduated from SDSU and knows the real issues of people living in her district to economically and culturally survive</li> <li>A former Army paratrooper who is a local web developer (also an SDSU graduate) who believes we should take the Medicare expansion to help our health and economy.</li> <li>A former itinerant&nbsp;karaoke DJ&nbsp;whose main platform is all about God and guns, and of course, low taxes (for people with money, taxes are for poor people;&nbsp;we love our sales tax! On food too!</li> <li>An electrical contractor but, mostly,&nbsp;professional Christian who annually puts up anti-gay&nbsp;bills that are dismissed because, well, they are on their face unconstitutional.</li> </ul> <p>It sure would be great if District 35 would finally send someone to Pierre that is actually qualified to serve. I am not holding my breath.</p> <figure class="image-captioned width-xl align-right"><img alt="SDPVIs.gif" class="width-xl" src="https://images.dailykos.com/images/702996/large/SDPVIs.gif?1564748547" title="SDPVIs.gif"> <figcaption></figcaption> </figure> <p>A little context , we have not had a Democratic governor in 40 years and the both houses have been in Republican hands for more than 30.&nbsp; In the 25 years I have been here, we have lost ground every cycle, so now we&nbsp;only have a handful of D state legislators (we are <em>horrifically </em>gerrymandered). Republican voter registration advantage has <a href="http://dakotafreepress.com/2020/10/16/gop-above-48-of-sd-electorate-dems-below-28" target="_blank" title="">increased</a> since 2016. To pile on, it turns out more asshats from around the country are <a href="https://rapidcityjournal.com/news/state-and-regional/pandemic-boosting-home-sales-in-the-state-realtors-say/article_bd7cd155-34b3-51e0-8d69-bd575913a0be.html" target="_blank" title="">moving here because they love our Governor’s terrible lying response to COVID-19 and our regressive taxation so much.</a></p> <p>It’s just bad, and getting worse.</p> <p class="is-empty-p"></p> EndTimes Legislature SouthDakota rss@dailykos.com (robbinsdale radical) New Indigenous Digital Archive Has Native American Treaties! https://www.dailykos.com/story/2020/10/17/1986883/-New-Indigenous-Digital-Archive-Has-Native-American-Treaties South Dakota Kos urn:uuid:e2e002c3-006e-3d75-a285-1d7006d58902 Sat, 17 Oct 2020 13:22:12 +0000 <p>&nbsp; &nbsp;<em><a href="https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hundreds-native-american-treaties-digitized-and-online-first-time-180976056/" target="_blank">Hundreds of Native American Treaties Digitized for the First Time</a></em>&nbsp;really grabs my attention.</p> <blockquote> <p><span style="text-align:start">Those hoping to delve into the trove can use<span>&nbsp;</span></span><a href="https://digitreaties.org/" target="_blank">Indigenous Digital Archive (IDA) Treaties Explorer</a><span style="text-align:start">, a free tool optimized for easily searching and studying the documents. In addition to providing a framework for research, the portal offers maps of different treaty land designations, as well as extensive historical and contextual information.</span></p> </blockquote> <p>So, I&nbsp;<a href="https://digitreaties.org/" target="_blank">follow&nbsp;the link.</a></p> <blockquote> <p><span>Thanks to an anonymous donation, the US National Archives conserved and digitized the Ratified Indian treaties in its holdings. Here you can see the original documents spanning more than a hundred years.&nbsp;</span><span>Most are now available, and more will be added as the National Archives completes preservation and scanning.</span></p> </blockquote> <h2>And I see&nbsp;the&nbsp;<a href="https://digitreaties.org/treaties/treaties/" target="_blank">IDA Treaties Explorer</a>.</h2> <p>Needless to say, treaties&nbsp;are instrumental in&nbsp;<em><a href="https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hundreds-native-american-treaties-digitized-and-online-first-time-180976056/" target="_blank">disputes over land and water rights.</a></em></p> <blockquote> <p><span style="text-align:start">As Kimbra Cutlip reported for<span>&nbsp;</span></span><a href="http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/1868-two-nations-made-treaty-us-broke-it-and-plains-indian-tribes-are-still-seeking-justice-180970741/"><em>Smithsonian<span>&nbsp;</span></em>magazine</a><span style="text-align:start"><span>&nbsp;</span>in 2018, a group of Native American tribes has long contested its right to land in South Dakota’s Black Hills. The tribes’ argument hinges on the<span>&nbsp;</span></span><a href="https://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/sioux-treaty#:~:text=In%20the%20spring%20of%201868,reservation%20in%20the%20Dakota%20Territory." target="_blank">Fort Laramie Treaty</a><span style="text-align:start">, an 1868 legal document forged between a collective of Native American bands—including the Dakota, Lakota, Nakota and Arapaho—and the U.S. government. Though officials had initially designated the Black Hills as land reserved for Native use, they reneged on the treaty when<span>&nbsp;</span></span><a href="https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/custer-timeline/" target="_blank">gold was discovered</a><span style="text-align:start"><span>&nbsp;</span>in the region less than a decade later.</span></p> <p><span style="text-align:start">The importance of historic Native American treaties once again surfaced in the news in July, when the Supreme Court<span>&nbsp;</span></span><a href="https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scotus-rules-much-eastern-oklahoma-native-reservation-180975289/">ruled<span>&nbsp;</span></a><span style="text-align:start">that much of the eastern half of Oklahoma falls within Native American territory. Though no land changed hands, the<span>&nbsp;</span></span><em><a href="https://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/mcgirt-v-oklahoma/" target="_blank">McGirt v. Oklahoma</a></em><span style="text-align:start"><span>&nbsp;</span>decision was hailed as a win for tribal sovereignty because it demonstrated that Native reservations established by treaties with the U.S. in the 1830s were still valid despite the fact that Oklahoma became a state in 1907.</span></p> <p class="is-empty-p"></p> </blockquote> <p>And what needs attention, but doesn’t get it, is&nbsp;<em><a href="https://www.vox.com/the-highlight/21405900/germany-holocaust-atonement-america-slavery-reparations" target="_blank">Untreated, the past festers, Neiman writes. In time, it becomes an open wound.</a></em></p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align:start">We can tell ourselves that the Holocaust is a singular phenomenon — that no ground cries out like Auschwitz or Treblinka or Dachau. But even if that’s true, that doesn’t preclude our learning from the German process, however incomplete. “What Germans have done, which the United States has not done thus far as a nation,” Neiman says in an interview, “is to be honest: ‘We suffered, but we have caused other people to suffer more, and we have to face that. We cannot continue to cover up the crimes of our past.’ The fact that Germans didn’t do it wholeheartedly at the beginning — that can be something that gives us hope.”</p> <p style="text-align:start">Atonement<strong><span>&nbsp;</span></strong>depends on renewed commitment; the return of anti-Semitism and far-right ideologies in the former Reich have proven as much. But is it possible to see Germans’ sustained effort to heal as a model? Can we hold up a mirror to ourselves and accept the repellent parts of our own reflection?</p> <p class="is-empty-p" style="text-align:start"></p> </blockquote> <p style="text-align:start"><em>&nbsp;Can we hold up a mirror to ourselves and accept the repellent parts of our own reflection?</em>&nbsp;Well, depends on how many think I and people like me are&nbsp;<em><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QAnon" target="_blank">Satan-worshiping pedophiles</a>,&nbsp;</em>doesn’t it?Suffice it to say, it doesn’t look good.</p> <div class="align-center"> <figure class="image-captioned"><img alt="stock-photo-qanon-q-symbol-with-glitch-effect-illustration-1817206628.jpg" src="https://images.dailykos.com/images/869818/large/stock-photo-qanon-q-symbol-with-glitch-effect-illustration-1817206628.jpg?1602811163" title="stock-photo-qanon-q-symbol-with-glitch-effect-illustration-1817206628.jpg"> <figcaption></figcaption> </figure> </div> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp;So what <u>also</u> grabs my attention is wondering how the extremely ignorant will avoid the reality,<em>'We cannot continue to cover up the crimes of our past,’&nbsp; </em>because<em>&nbsp;<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/sep/18/first-thing-whitewashing-us-history-with-patriotic-education" target="_blank"><span>Our youth will be taught to love America.</span></a></em></p> <blockquote> <p>&nbsp;<span>Speaking at a conference in Washington DC on Thursday, the president announced a new national commission to promote “patriotic education” and counter the “decades of leftwing indoctrination” to which he claims US schoolchildren have been subjected. “Our youth will be taught to love America,” he said.</span></p> </blockquote> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp;I predict they’ll say Columbus discovered the&nbsp;<em><span style="text-align:start">global child sex-trafficking ring.&nbsp;</span></em><span style="text-align:start">That'd be one way to avoid it, wouldn't it? Hence,&nbsp;<a href="https://digitreaties.org/treaties/treaty/299803/" target="_blank">the need.</a></span></p> <p class="is-empty-p"></p> <figure class="image-captioned align-right"><img alt="default.jpg" src="https://images.dailykos.com/images/870431/large/default.jpg?1602904771" title="default.jpg"> <figcaption>Fort Laramie Treaty&nbsp;<a href="https://digitreaties.org/treaties/treaty/299803/">digitreaties.org/...</a></figcaption> </figure> <hr> <hr> <hr> <p class="is-empty-p"></p> <p><em>Author is a<span>&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.dailykos.com/story/2018/2/21/1743568/-Me-tis-Nation-of-the-United-States-in-Oklahoma-Where-Are-You" target="_blank">member of the Metis Nation of the United State</a>s</em></p> AmericanHistory AmericanIndians Araphaho Auschwitz BlackHills Cherokee chickasaw Choctaw Creek Dachau Dakota FiveCivilizedTribes fortlaramietreaty Gold GreerCountyTX History IDATreatiesExplorer IndianTerritories IndigenousDigitalArchiveTreatiesExplorer Lakota McGirtVOklahoma Nakota NativeAmericans Oklahoma Patriotism PlainsIndians SCOTUS seminole SouthDakota Texas Treaties treblinka TribalLands tribalrights USNationalArchives rss@dailykos.com (Winter Rabbit)