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/ Hughes County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner – Livestreamed via Facebook http://dakotawarcollege.com/hughes-county-republican-lincoln-day-dinner-livestreamed-via-facebook/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:8f40e710-d145-487f-7c0c-8a9022cd1f6d Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:57:14 +0000 From Facebook: <p>From Facebook:</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FSDGOP%2Fvideos%2F10155258157873244%2F&#038;show_text=1&#038;width=560" width="560" height="382" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true" allowFullScreen="true"></iframe></p> Uncategorized Pat Powers Noem: NRA is Welcome to South Dakota http://dakotawarcollege.com/noem-nra-is-welcome-to-south-dakota/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:1840ec9f-debe-709e-a5c9-4882db0f1891 Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:03:39 +0000 Noem: NRA is Welcome to South Dakota SIOUX FALLS, SD — Kristi Noem today released the following statement in the wake of the Dallas, Texas, Mayor Pro Tem asking the NRA to relocate their convention: “The NRA would be welcome to South Dakota. We understand the freedoms and liberties that come with defending our Second Amendment, how it allows us to protect our families and carry on South Dakota’s cherished hunting traditions. Especially after a <a class="more-link" href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/noem-nra-is-welcome-to-south-dakota/">Continue Reading &#8594;</a> <p dir="ltr"><img data-attachment-id="72005" data-permalink="http://dakotawarcollege.com/new-video-noem-fights-for-the-2nd-amendment/logo-3/" data-orig-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Logo.jpg" data-orig-size="360,180" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Kristi Noem logo" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Logo.jpg" data-large-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Logo.jpg" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-72005 aligncenter" src="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Logo.jpg" alt="" width="360" height="180" /></p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><strong>Noem: NRA is Welcome to South Dakota</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">SIOUX FALLS, SD — Kristi Noem today released the following statement in the wake of the Dallas, Texas, Mayor Pro Tem asking the NRA to relocate their convention:</p> <p dir="ltr"><i>“The NRA would be welcome to South Dakota. We understand the freedoms and liberties that come with defending our Second Amendment, how it allows us to protect our families and carry on South Dakota’s cherished hunting traditions. Especially after a successful Pheasant Fest and Stock Show, South Dakota is ready, and we would be proud to celebrate those freedoms and traditions as host of the NRA Convention.”</i></p> <p dir="ltr">Noem, who is a lifetime member of the NRA and once owned a hunting lodge in northeast South Dakota, has been a proud defender of the Second Amendment. Most recently, Noem led the U.S. House in passing national concealed carry legislation.</p> <div style="text-align: center;">###</div> Uncategorized Pat Powers Dakota Posts on running down Republicans http://dakotawarcollege.com/dakota-posts-on-running-down-republicans/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:9bd8af2b-f880-455a-2dac-5bee3aaf62a2 Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:57:44 +0000 From Facebook this morning: <p>From Facebook this morning:</p> <p><iframe style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FDakotaPosts%2Fposts%2F207445006474753&amp;width=500" width="500" height="502" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> Uncategorized Pat Powers Noem Campaign Kickoff Continues in Rapid City, Sturgis Wednesday http://dakotawarcollege.com/noem-campaign-kickoff-continues-in-rapid-city-sturgis-wednesday/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:0bb29466-f676-f9f5-2534-339d9969d2ee Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:13:55 +0000 Noem Campaign Kickoff Continues in Rapid City, Sturgis Wednesday Rapid City, S.D. – Kristi Noem will be in Rapid City and Sturgis on Wednesday, February 21, as part of her statewide campaign kickoff tour. During the tour, Noem will host events in rural Hamlin County, Pierre, Rapid City, Sturgis, Aberdeen, Sioux Falls, Yankton, Vermillion and Mitchell. WHAT: Noem to Host Meet and Greet in Sturgis WHEN: Wednesday, February 21 &#8211; 11:45AM (MT) WHERE: Belle Joli <a class="more-link" href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/noem-campaign-kickoff-continues-in-rapid-city-sturgis-wednesday/">Continue Reading &#8594;</a> <p dir="ltr"><img data-attachment-id="72005" data-permalink="http://dakotawarcollege.com/new-video-noem-fights-for-the-2nd-amendment/logo-3/" data-orig-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Logo.jpg" data-orig-size="360,180" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Kristi Noem logo" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Logo.jpg" data-large-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Logo.jpg" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-72005" src="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Logo.jpg" alt="" width="360" height="180" /></p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><strong>Noem Campaign Kickoff Continues in Rapid City, Sturgis Wednesday</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Rapid City, S.D. – Kristi Noem will be in Rapid City and Sturgis on Wednesday, February 21, as part of her statewide campaign kickoff tour. During the tour, Noem will host events in rural Hamlin County, Pierre, Rapid City, Sturgis, Aberdeen, Sioux Falls, Yankton, Vermillion and Mitchell.</p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Tahoma;"><b>WHAT: </b>Noem to Host Meet and Greet in Sturgis<br /> </span><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Tahoma;"><b>WHEN:</b> Wednesday, February 21 &#8211; 11:45AM (MT)<br /> </span><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Tahoma;"><b>WHERE: </b>Belle Joli Winery (3951 Vanocker Canyon Road, Sturgis)</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Tahoma;"><b>WHAT: </b>Noem to Host Tourism Listening Session in Rapid City<br /> </span><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Tahoma;"><b>WHEN:</b> Wednesday, February 21 &#8211; 2:00PM (MT)<br /> </span><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Tahoma;"><b>WHERE: </b>Black Hills Visitor Information Center (1851 Discovery Circle, Rapid City)</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Tahoma;"><b>WHAT: </b>Noem to Open West River Campaign Headquarters<br /> </span><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Tahoma;"><b>WHEN:</b> Wednesday, February 21 &#8211; 5:00PM (MT)<br /> </span><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Tahoma;"><b>WHERE: </b>Kristi for Governor West River Campaign Headquarters (1739 W Main Street, Rapid City)</span></p> <div style="text-align: center;">###</div> Uncategorized Pat Powers Lack of leadership dooming South Dakota Democrats http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2018/02/lack-of-leadership-dooming-south-dakota.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:f603865e-3c26-1b97-e836-0ce9bfa85242 Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:42:10 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">I have no regrets exposing Cory Heidelberger and the South Dakota Democratic Party as the flaccid political novices they are. <br /><br />Without any leadership the entire group is doomed to ignominy. After allowing unaffiliated voters to influence their elections the South Dakota Democratic Party should abandon the primary process and nominate their candidates at their state conventions.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>In addition to Butte, Meade, Lawrence, Pennington, Custer and Fall River in the southwestern corner of the state, Union and Lincoln counties in the southeastern corner all show more no-party voters than Democrats, based on February numbers from the Secretary of State's office. And a handful of other counties show nearly a dead heat, like Brookings County, which tallied 5,112 Democrats to 5,105 who registered with no party affiliation. About the general downward trend in Democratic registrations Amanda Thronson, chairperson of the Hughes County Democrats, said it's a matter of "identity politics." She said Republicans went after pro-gun, pro-life and anti-LGBTQ issues that appealed to the evangelical Christian base. </b></i></blockquote><a href="http://www.capjournal.com/news/dems-down-no-party-up-hughes-stanley-voter-registrations-reflect/article_5a88a9b2-15fd-11e8-b7c8-070cf43d1850.html">Read the rest here.</a><br /><br />Democrats are losing even more credibility with young people and American Indians. That South Dakota Republicans prop up illegal drug use and project an ethics black hole while ignoring a potential revenue source is just more evidence of red state collapse.<br /><br />But, a red moocher state like South Dakota is powered by sin: video lootery, a loan shark industry that preys on the least fortunate, a massive gambling addiction and a too-big-to-jail banking racket fill in the gaps created by lobbyists who enjoy the protection of single-party tyranny. Fact is: the best way to a strong two party system in South Dakota is for arch-conservatives to launch a third party. South Dakota's most ardent earth haters are still looking for principled conservatives to run in statewide elections. Shad Olson, Stace Nelson, Neal Tapio and Lora Hubbel could be those candidates.<br /><br />Pass a corporate income tax, end video lootery, reduce the number of South Dakota counties to 25, turn Dakota State University into a community college, and adopt my cannabis template: the kurtz solution painted on a thumbnail.</div> larry kurtz New Mexico destined to legalize cannabis for all adults http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2018/02/new-mexico-destined-to-legalize.html interested party urn:uuid:4a6773b6-cd59-5eea-6102-dafe21b4efd8 Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:41:07 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Here in New Mexico Republicans are watching their 2018 chances going up in smoke as the state's governor drags her feet.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>The number of Taos County residents who have a medical marijuana card grew in the last five years from 195 cardholders to 1,305, according to New Mexico Department of Health statistics. The growth mirrors what is happening elsewhere in the state, which now has nearly 48,000 people with medical marijuana cards. Santa Fe County saw a 43 percent jump in medical marijuana cardholders from January 2017 to January 2018; the number now tops 5,245 people. Medical marijuana patients and advocates think the burgeoning dispensary business puts New Mexico one step closer to legalizing marijuana for recreational use. People polled in the state consistently have strongly supported legalizing marijuana. [<a href="http://taosnews.com/stories/new-mexico-fields-growing-number-of-medical-marijuana-cardholders,46330">Taos News</a>]</b></i></blockquote>Democrats are keenly aware that to energize millennials and a jaded base radical times call for sensible approaches to reforms of civil liberties for all adults.</div> larry kurtz “SD Voices for Peaceful Justice & Diversity” group formed to oppose sharia law. http://dakotawarcollege.com/sd-voices-for-peaceful-justice-diversity-group-formed-to-oppose-sharia-law/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:b7c485e6-0ba7-33a4-530e-b789f59e36a9 Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:26:01 +0000 A group appears to have formed out west &#8211; the SD Voices for Peaceful Justice &#38; Diversity &#8211; and is actively promoting an upcoming anti-sharia law event coming on April 6th at the Alex Johnson in Rapid City, similar to events that have taken place in Aberdeen. Curiously, the group seems to be trying to co-opt the name of the Sioux Falls groups calling themselves &#8220;South Dakota Voices for Peace&#8221; and &#8220;South Dakota Voices for Justice.&#8221; <a class="more-link" href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/sd-voices-for-peaceful-justice-diversity-group-formed-to-oppose-sharia-law/">Continue Reading &#8594;</a> <p>A group appears to have formed out west &#8211; <a href="https://www.facebook.com/saynosharia/">the SD Voices for Peaceful Justice &amp; Diversit</a>y &#8211; and is actively promoting an upcoming anti-sharia law event coming on April 6th at the Alex Johnson in Rapid City, similar to events that have taken place in Aberdeen.</p> <p><img data-attachment-id="73259" data-permalink="http://dakotawarcollege.com/sd-voices-for-peaceful-justice-diversity-group-formed-to-oppose-sharia-law/screen-shot-2018-02-20-at-7-20-47-am/" data-orig-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Screen-Shot-2018-02-20-at-7.20.47-AM.png" data-orig-size="1058,1494" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Screen Shot 2018-02-20 at 7.20.47 AM" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Screen-Shot-2018-02-20-at-7.20.47-AM.png" data-large-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Screen-Shot-2018-02-20-at-7.20.47-AM.png" class="wp-image-73259 aligncenter" src="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Screen-Shot-2018-02-20-at-7.20.47-AM.png" alt="" width="549" height="771" /></p> <p>Curiously, the group seems to be trying to co-opt the name of the Sioux Falls groups calling themselves &#8220;South Dakota Voices for Peace&#8221; and &#8220;South Dakota Voices for Justice.&#8221;</p> <p>And while it has no immediate organization or contact information available, one of the few people noting as attending at this early date is Ed Randazzo, who is affiliated with the Family Heritage Alliance group.</p> Uncategorized Pat Powers Release: Tapio Challenges Candidates, Elected Leaders to Speak Frankly About Refugee Resettlement, Islamic Terror http://dakotawarcollege.com/release-tapio-challenges-candidates-elected-leaders-to-speak-frankly-about-refugee-resettlement-islamic-terror/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:e80c5bd9-3ac0-c8f1-4ce0-67b904f258d3 Tue, 20 Feb 2018 01:15:33 +0000 Tapio Challenges Candidates, Elected Leaders to Speak Frankly About Refugee Resettlement, Islamic Terror (Tuesday, February 19, 2018) With a looming showdown over the Federal Refugee Resettlement Program scheduled for Wednesday’s Senate State Affairs Committee in Pierre, congressional candidate and Watertown State Senator Neal Tapio is issuing a challenge to every elected leader and political candidate in South Dakota: Find the courage to have an open and honest dialogue about Islamic terrorism and the statistical reality <a class="more-link" href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/release-tapio-challenges-candidates-elected-leaders-to-speak-frankly-about-refugee-resettlement-islamic-terror/">Continue Reading &#8594;</a> <p><strong>Tapio Challenges Candidates, Elected Leaders to Speak Frankly About Refugee Resettlement, Islamic Terror</strong></p> <p>(Tuesday, February 19, 2018) With a looming showdown over the Federal Refugee Resettlement Program scheduled for Wednesday’s Senate State Affairs Committee in Pierre, congressional candidate and Watertown State Senator Neal Tapio is issuing a challenge to every elected leader and political candidate in South Dakota: Find the courage to have an open and honest dialogue about Islamic terrorism and the statistical reality of incidental violence and terrorist threat presented by Islamic refugee populations in the United States.</p> <p>“The time is long past when we can allow our elected leaders to hide behind the comfortable, politically correct language that refuses to even utter the phrase, “Islamic terrorism,” Tapio said.</p> <p>“I call on every candidate for Attorney General, Governor and Congress to publicly support or reject SB 200,” Tapio said.</p> <p>“Tell us whether or not you think the refugee resettlement program is safe. Tell the citizens of South Dakota if you agree with Governor Daugaard that those concerned about islamic terrorism and refugee resettlements from terror prone counties are just fear mongers, as Governor Daugaard says. Be specific. Tell the people of South Dakota whether or not you think Somali violence and terrorism is a real threat that should be addressed.” Tapio said.</p> <p>“We live in challenging times. This is not the time for weak politicians to run for office avoiding the real issues, offering platitudes and throwing out breath mints. Those days are over. The issues are too large and complex and the solutions are too complicated and controversial for politics as usual. We need leaders to take a stand, not politicians that take a poll. The people just want to know what you really think.”</p> <p>Tapio’s bill, Senate Bill 200, would immediately end all forced refugee resettlement in South Dakota from the five nations listed in President Donald Trump’s travel ban. Proponents call it a much needed response to stemming the tide of Islamic immigration to the United States and the risk that concentrated Muslim communities become hotbeds of radicalized Islamic practice and thought and potential incubators for sleeper cell terrorism on American soil.</p> <p>To underscore the necessity of decisive action to end forced refugee resettlement in America, Tapio will be joined in committee testimony by an impressive lineup of national security and policy experts who will offerstatistical analysis of the criminal activity, propensity for terrorism radicalization and social and economic costs shouldered by communities and states where large refugee populations are proving incapable of peacefully and safely assimilating into the general population. Tapio sees it as a clear line of demarcation on a crucially sensitive matter of national destiny.</p> <p>“Wednesday’s hearing on my bill to end refugee resettlement in South Dakota (SB 200) will expose the fraudsters, the cowards and the pretenders in this debate, who are not only unwilling to speak openly about the threats facing our nation, but are also helping each other profit politically and corporately by their acceptance of horrible program and policy,” Tapio said.</p> Uncategorized Pat Powers Noem in Pierre Tuesday http://dakotawarcollege.com/noem-in-pierre-tuesday/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:9faa8660-366b-c1ce-4e2c-a15cbdc179e4 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:37:15 +0000 Noem in Pierre Tuesday Pierre, S.D. – Kristi Noem will welcome South Dakotans for coffee and cookies at the Ramkota Inn in Pierre on Tuesday, February 20. Noem will talk with attendees about her recent work and her vision for South Dakota, as well as take questions. WHAT: Noem to Host Meet and Greet in Pierre WHEN: Tuesday, February 20 &#8211; 3:00PM (CT) WHERE: Ramkota Inn (920 W Sioux Ave, Pierre) ### <p dir="ltr"><img data-attachment-id="72005" data-permalink="http://dakotawarcollege.com/new-video-noem-fights-for-the-2nd-amendment/logo-3/" data-orig-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Logo.jpg" data-orig-size="360,180" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Kristi Noem logo" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Logo.jpg" data-large-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Logo.jpg" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-72005 aligncenter" src="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Logo.jpg" alt="" width="360" height="180" /></p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><strong>Noem in Pierre Tuesday</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Pierre, S.D. – Kristi Noem will welcome South Dakotans for coffee and cookies at the Ramkota Inn in Pierre on Tuesday, February 20. Noem will talk with attendees about her recent work and her vision for South Dakota, as well as take questions.</p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Tahoma;"><b>WHAT: </b>Noem to Host Meet and Greet in Pierre</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Tahoma;"><b>WHEN:</b> Tuesday, February 20 &#8211; 3:00PM (CT)</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Tahoma;"><b>WHERE: </b>Ramkota Inn (920 W Sioux Ave, Pierre)</span></p> <div style="text-align: center;">###</div> Uncategorized Pat Powers Noem to Host Campaign Kick-Off Rally TODAY AT 5PM http://dakotawarcollege.com/noem-to-host-campaign-kick-off-rally-today-at-5pm/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:0e85c051-cb98-b0bf-b187-6061782e1608 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:48:49 +0000 Noem to Host Campaign Kick-Off Rally TODAY Watertown, S.D. – Kristi Noem will host a rally Monday, February 19, to officially launch her campaign to become South Dakota&#8217;s next governor. The rally will be held at Kone&#8217;s Korner in Castlewood, South Dakota, where she first launched her 2010 congressional campaign. Noem was born and raised in rural Hamlin County, just miles from where Kone&#8217;s Korner is located. There, she farmed and ranched while also starting <a class="more-link" href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/noem-to-host-campaign-kick-off-rally-today-at-5pm/">Continue Reading &#8594;</a> <p dir="ltr"><img data-attachment-id="72005" data-permalink="http://dakotawarcollege.com/new-video-noem-fights-for-the-2nd-amendment/logo-3/" data-orig-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Logo.jpg" data-orig-size="360,180" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Kristi Noem logo" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Logo.jpg" data-large-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Logo.jpg" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-72005 aligncenter" src="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Logo.jpg" alt="" width="360" height="180" /></p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><strong>Noem to Host Campaign Kick-Off Rally TODAY</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Watertown, S.D. – Kristi Noem will host a rally Monday, February 19, to officially launch her campaign to become South Dakota&#8217;s next governor. The rally will be held at Kone&#8217;s Korner in Castlewood, South Dakota, where she first launched her 2010 congressional campaign.</p> <p dir="ltr">Noem was born and raised in rural Hamlin County, just miles from where Kone&#8217;s Korner is located. There, she farmed and ranched while also starting a hunting lodge, running an insurance agency with her husband, and helping manage her mom&#8217;s restaurant. In 2006, she was elected to represent the area in the South Dakota state legislature. She was elected to the U.S. House four years later. While there, she&#8217;s negotiated a 5-year Farm Bill as well as one of the largest tax cuts in U.S. history. Noem is now looking to put that diversity of experience to work as South Dakota&#8217;s next governor.</p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Tahoma;"><b>WHAT: </b><span style="font-size: small;">Noem to Hold Rally Launching Gubernatorial Campaign</span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Tahoma;"><b>WHEN:</b> Monday, February 19 &#8211; 5:00pm(CT)</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Tahoma;"><b>WHERE: </b>Kone&#8217;s Korner (18299 US Hwy 81, Castlewood)</span></p> <div style="text-align: center;">###</div> Uncategorized Pat Powers Political Jockeying and throwing rocks to break the GOP’s leadership coalition. http://dakotawarcollege.com/political-jockeying-and-throwing-rocks-to-break-the-gops-leadership-coalition/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:8a2800cb-c30a-d4e6-276c-9b4d0efcd7cb Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:08:36 +0000 In the midst of the election chatter of the last week, I found myself observing some of the most futile and in some cases, ridiculous antics to date coming from what many Republicans would term as the hard right. Lora Hubbel was busy being Lora, which by now qualifies for its own DSM Code. When he wasn’t attacking a long-dead Governor as being a career politician, Stace Nelson was on Facebook promoting an implausible conspiracy <a class="more-link" href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/political-jockeying-and-throwing-rocks-to-break-the-gops-leadership-coalition/">Continue Reading &#8594;</a> <p>In the midst of the election chatter of the last week, I found myself observing some of the most futile and in some cases, ridiculous antics to date coming from what many Republicans would term as the hard right.</p> <p><img class="alignleft " src="https://shanaschutte.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/throw-rock.jpg" width="301" height="202" />Lora Hubbel was busy being Lora, which by now qualifies for its own DSM Code. When he wasn’t <a href="http://www.capjournal.com/news/will-a-well-driller-named-peter-norbeck-get-a-working/article_a91ab6e8-120f-11e8-ad61-77751b26d08b.html">attacking a long-dead Governor as being a career politician</a>, Stace Nelson was <a href="https://www.facebook.com/stacey.nelson.547/posts/10211993460893502">on Facebook promoting an implausible conspiracy theory</a> written by a guy in Iowa about a plot to deny him the US Senate seat.</p> <p>It all has me asking the question – So, where have the ‘good’ strong conservative Republicans gone?</p> <p>Let me start that conversation by noting that they’re still there. Conservative Republicans have long assumed the mantle of Republican leadership in this state. It’s been reflected in the party’s platform growing ever more conservative over the years.  In fact, some use the term ‘conservative’ interchangeably with ‘Republican.’</p> <p>When party leadership is as conservative as it is up and down the board; strongly pro-life, pro-gun, etcetera and so on, I’d argue that the divisions in the GOP are less a matter of philosophical divisions, and more a matter that those who are not in charge are busy trying to figure out how they can become the people in charge.</p> <p><img data-attachment-id="47120" data-permalink="http://dakotawarcollege.com/dakotafest-images-from-today/howie-2/" data-orig-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Howie.png" data-orig-size="1360,1688" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;}" data-image-title="Howie" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Howie.png" data-large-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Howie.png" class="alignright wp-image-47120" src="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Howie.png" alt="" width="162" height="199" />It’s not a matter of philosophy as much as it is of coalitions, and if you can break them by throwing enough rocks.</p> <p>Organizationally, Gordon Howie attempted to circle the wagons for the harder right conservatives back in 2010. Howie’s coalition was probably the first one in recent years in Republican circles to try to divide the GOP up by those who were ‘real Republicans’ and those who did not fit his guidelines.</p> <p>Howie tried to rally the most conservative in the GOP to his cause, but could not achieve the critical mass to get over the line in the 2010 GOP Gubernatorial Primary. In fact, he didn’t come even close, and only garnered a little over 12% when the votes were totaled.</p> <p>His base further eroded when he supported Stace Nelson for US Senate in the 2014 GOP Primary, only to <a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/202575-second-independent-running-for-senate-in-sd">abandon Nelson’s candidacy before the primary to run himself as an Independent</a>, where he got 3%. By 2017, Howie’s influence was almost nil, and has seemingly reached its aphelion.</p> <p><img data-attachment-id="67772" data-permalink="http://dakotawarcollege.com/sdgop-chairmanship-to-have-contest-for-first-time-in-many-many-years/dan-lederman-2/" data-orig-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Dan-Lederman.jpg" data-orig-size="400,400" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Dan Lederman" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Dan-Lederman.jpg" data-large-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Dan-Lederman.jpg" class="alignleft wp-image-67772" src="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Dan-Lederman.jpg" alt="" width="158" height="158" />2017 also found former State Senator Dan Lederman planning a bold gambit to attempt something that had not been done in nearly 50 years – direct selection of the State Republican Party Chair. It was an unheard of and audacious move.</p> <p>Helping Lederman’s cause was a movement among conservative activists in the GOP that they wanted more of a direct voice in party affairs. They had come off of a term of office from the Governor’s choice for that office, Pam Roberts, who seemed ambivalent about another term, and who may have signaled she was not going to run.</p> <p>Without getting into the details, Lederman was able to successfully build a Republican coalition and capture the Chairman’s seat, and in the time since for most all concerned, he has earned positive reviews among the GOP faithful for his performance.</p> <p>Did I say most all?</p> <p>Another factor cropped up in 2017, the year which marked a return to elected office for the same Stace Nelson who came in third in the US Senate Race in 2014. The same Stace Nelson who I noted earlier was promoting conspiracy theories about that Senate race this week.</p> <p>During the near entirety of his political career, Nelson has always seemed be involved with attacks on Republican Leadership. If not doing so directly, at the least he’s been viewed as hanging out on the periphery of attacking leadership, and trying to insinuate that they’re not true conservatives or not Republican enough.</p> <p><img data-attachment-id="70336" data-permalink="http://dakotawarcollege.com/stace-nelson-on-belfrage-this-am-his-claims-against-rep-schoenfish-starting-to-fall-apart/screen-shot-2017-08-03-at-8-04-28-pm/" data-orig-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Screen-Shot-2017-08-03-at-8.04.28-PM.png" data-orig-size="328,316" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Angry Stace Nelson" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Screen-Shot-2017-08-03-at-8.04.28-PM.png" data-large-file="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Screen-Shot-2017-08-03-at-8.04.28-PM.png" class=" wp-image-70336 alignright" src="http://dakotawarcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Screen-Shot-2017-08-03-at-8.04.28-PM.png" alt="Angry Stace Nelson" width="162" height="156" />Since returning to office in 2017, his attacks seem to be mainly directed at State Party Chair Dan Lederman, as if Nelson is on a mission. And, he might be.  That mission might be to try to derail <a href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/trial-to-proceed-on-stace-nelson-robocall-lawsuit/">a long-standing civil lawsuit against Nelson by Lederman’s Rushmore PAC</a> for being <a href="http://www.keloland.com/news/article/news/day-two-of-robocalls-trial">involved in an illegal robocall scheme</a> which seeks monetary damages for the unwanted phone calls.</p> <p>But, the sometimes nonsensical attacks also seem to be an effort to try to break people off from the Lederman Republican party coalition. The word is Nelson may have enlisted his allies in former Howie group Citizens for Liberty to attack the party chair, at the same time he’s <a href="https://www.facebook.com/SenatorStaceNelson/posts/1903825109631982">trying to gin up already settled nonsense</a> over the chair of the party‘s near decades old voter registration.</p> <p>But much like the Howie efforts of yore, the problem with trying to peel people away from the existing Republican coalition that Lederman has been able to assemble is that there’s unruly people bleating a lot of noise about ‘who is a true Republican.’ ….but there’s otherwise <em>no reason</em> to side with the people throwing rocks other than to be a rock thrower.</p> <p>For most Republicans on the inside of party affairs, the truth of the matter is that they like organization, execution, cohesive planning and goals.  As conservatives, most ignore the petty horsesh*t that comes with twitter attacks, and Facebook conspiracies. They aren&#8217;t there to throw barbs 140 characters at a time. They&#8217;re taking part to get Republicans elected to office.  And rock-throwing simply for the sake of rock-throwing does not appeal to them.</p> <p>I think it&#8217;s safe to assume that no matter who is in charge, rock-throwers will always be there.</p> <p>For the rest of the people in the GOP who are there to get the job done, the ‘real Republicans’ get the envelopes licked, go door to door, and to get their people elected.  Despite all the drama from people throwing rocks and jockeying.</p> Uncategorized Pat Powers Dakota Posts takes on Lora Hubbel. http://dakotawarcollege.com/dakota-posts-takes-on-lora-hubbel/ South Dakota War College urn:uuid:83e21b68-2655-f578-a08c-1367835ff04e Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:33:55 +0000 Dakota Posts is taking on Gubernatorial Candidate Lora Hubbel this AM. But I think something on how Hubbel has said &#8220;Pharmacy is Sorcery&#8221; or &#8220;Alcohol Consumption will allow you to be possessed by spirits&#8221; would be funnier. (maybe next time) From Facebook: <p>Dakota Posts is taking on Gubernatorial Candidate Lora Hubbel this AM. But I think something on <a href="http://dakotawarcollege.com/lora-hubbels-prohibitionist-and-anti-sorcery-platform-planks-for-the-2018-gubernatorial-race/">how Hubbel has said &#8220;Pharmacy is Sorcery&#8221; or &#8220;Alcohol Consumption will allow you to be possessed by spirits&#8221;</a> would be funnier. (maybe next time)</p> <p>From Facebook:</p> <p><iframe style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FDakotaPosts%2Fposts%2F207409353144985&amp;width=500" width="500" height="510" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> Uncategorized Pat Powers Sacrificial beheading is all the rage in America http://northernbeacon.blogspot.com/2018/02/sacrificial-beheading-is-all-rage-in.html Northern Valley Beacon urn:uuid:c1cc4671-9cca-431b-3332-fb5b830a33ff Sun, 18 Feb 2018 18:19:30 +0000 <span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">In the constant revelations of men who have sexually&nbsp;harassed&nbsp;and abused women, some have flummoxed me and other people I know. &nbsp;One is the matter of Bill Cosby. &nbsp;What he has allegedly done to women is totally contradictory to the values and character he has portrayed in his entertainment. &nbsp;Another is the matter of the Olympic gymnast physician, <a href="http://fortune.com/2018/01/24/larry-nassar-sentencing-judge/">Dr. Lawrence Nassar, </a>who sexually violated hundreds of young female gymnasts for which he has been sentenced to multiple lifetimes in jail. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">The Nassar case was particularly bothersome because he was on the faculty of &nbsp;Michigan State &nbsp;University, where I have spent much time and worked with some impeccable, talented people. &nbsp;The Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature, of which I am a member and a former officer, is headquartered there. &nbsp;As a result of the Nassar revelations and trials, a number of <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/story/tech/2018/01/18/msu-president-told-nassar-complaint-2014/1042071001/">Michigan State officials</a>, including the university president, have been forced to resign.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">The revelations of sexual misconduct &nbsp;of all degrees produce a hysteria in which resignations or firings are demanded. &nbsp;In many cases, probably most, they are likely justified. &nbsp;But a lot of people with talent and expertise who were not directly involved in the incidents are sent into oblivion, their talents and accomplishments banished along with them, and we never know what actually happened or what can be done to prevent such things from happening again. &nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white; color: #282f2f; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; letter-spacing: 0.30000001192092896px;"><span style="font-size: 17px;">I</span>n the case of</span><span style="background-color: white; color: #282f2f; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; letter-spacing: 0.30000001192092896px;">&nbsp; <a href="http://time.com/5117892/michigan-state-lou-anna-simon-resigns-larry-nassar/">the MSU president</a>, the chair of the Board of Trustees said,</span><span style="background-color: white; color: #282f2f; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; letter-spacing: 0.30000001192092896px;">“President Simon has served with distinction as MSU’s President for 13 years and has been a constant presence at the university for more than 40 years. She literally has devoted her entire professional life to this institution, and more than anyone else has helped make MSU a national and international leader in higher education.” &nbsp;So, figuratively speaking, she was beheaded anyway.</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #282f2f; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; letter-spacing: 0.30000001192092896px;"><br /></span><span style="color: #282f2f; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white; letter-spacing: 0.30000001192092896px;">Many humans are intellectually and socially primitive. &nbsp;They need ritual killings. &nbsp;To maintain their delusions of moral self-esteem and superiority, they need <a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/myth-the-mind/201706/sacrifices-sacrificial-lambs-and-scapegoats">scapegoats and sacrificial lambs</a>. &nbsp; People, including in America, used to pack picnic baskets and attend hangings and beheadings in throngs, as if the occasions were celebrations. &nbsp;In Orwell's <i style="font-weight: bold;">1984</i>, &nbsp;children berate their parents because they won't take them to one of the periodic mass hangings held in &nbsp;Oceania. &nbsp;Seeing people humiliated and killed in public is essential to their feelings of self-worthiness. &nbsp;Such sacrificial atrocities purged any sense of guilt or blame they might harbor about the injustices other people experience. &nbsp;A popular piece taught in freshman literature courses is Shirley Jackson's short story &nbsp;</span></span><a href="https://americanliterature.com/author/shirley-jackson/short-story/the-lottery" style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">"The Lottery,"</a>&nbsp;<span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">&nbsp; &nbsp;In the story,&nbsp;everybody in the community gathers at an annual event at which each person draws a slip of paper. &nbsp;One slip has a black circle on it&nbsp;which designates who is to be stoned to death by the rest of the community that year. &nbsp;Many people take offense at the story because it presents such a bleak portrayal of human nature. &nbsp;It addresses the social psychology that society clings to which requires people to be sacrificed in public to satisfy the group's sense of self-esteem and righteousness.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">The #MeToo movement has taken up an injustice inflicted upon women through sexual harassment and assault. &nbsp;It is an advance toward a just and equitable society. &nbsp;Women's complaints about sexual harassment and assault were often ignored or dismissed. &nbsp;The #MeToo movement has brought into general recognition the prevalence of sexual aggression and the torment that women face. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">The forms the aggression takes ranges&nbsp;from spousal abuse, sexual&nbsp;assault and molestation, and sexual&nbsp;harassment from verbal abuse to suggestive double entendre. &nbsp;The accepted solution for all degrees of sexual misconduct is to fire the accused miscreants or those associated with them and to publish the allegations. &nbsp;No matter &nbsp;what level of misbehavior is alleged, from physical assault to verbal suggestiveness, the required punishment is firing the accused from their jobs--in other words end their ability to make a living. &nbsp;Figurative death, beheading.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">In the case of Dr. Nassar, &nbsp;people who had oversight over him, such as President Simon, are said to have received complaints of his molestation and abuse of girls. &nbsp;Nasser was investigated but no substantive charges were forthcoming until he was fired in September 2016. &nbsp;The state attorney general was asked to investigate how the university handled the &nbsp;complaints, &nbsp;but no report from MSU was ever submitted. At one point, when he was investigated after some complaints, he was cleared by the university, but instructed to follow a protocol which required another person to be present when examining and treating patients.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">Administrators at &nbsp;Michigan State could have been more thorough in their responses to reports of Nassar's transgressions, perhaps, &nbsp;but those who demand vengeance for his actions by beheading anyone associated with him ignore the complicated and conflicting circumstances in which they were operating. &nbsp;Nasser was considered to be a medical star. &nbsp; One of the women he treated but did not molest said.&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: #fafafa; color: #333333; font-family: &quot;arial&quot;; font-size: 14px;">“</span><span style="background-color: #fafafa; color: #333333;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2017/08/10/rise-fall-larry-nassar/104491508/">He was great. I loved him. I looked up to him.”</a>&nbsp; He performed some of his acts&nbsp;</span></span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">with the girls' mothers in the room, and they thought he was administering&nbsp;treatments, not performing acts of molestation. &nbsp; Some of the young women did not realize they had been sexually violated until the accounts of other&nbsp;women were published in the media. &nbsp;Nassar developed such a reputation for being an outstanding physician that it earned him a role with the US Olympic Womens Gymnastic Team. &nbsp;A coach for the men's team remarked,&nbsp;</span></span><span style="background-color: #fafafa; color: #333333; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">“</span><span style="background-color: #fafafa; color: #333333; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif;">Everybody knew who Larry Nassar was — he was the renowned gymnastics doctor on the women’s side."</span><br /><span style="background-color: #fafafa; color: #333333; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: #fafafa;"><span style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif;">In addition,&nbsp;Nasser&nbsp;was know as an&nbsp;</span></span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif;">active, benign member of the community in which he lived. &nbsp;A neighbor woman said,&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: #fafafa; color: #333333; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2017/08/10/rise-fall-larry-nassar/104491508/">“I really cannot say enough good about Larry because he is just a wonderful man. He will do anything in the world for anybody. We all love Larry. We really, really love Larry.”</a></span><br /><span style="background-color: #fafafa; color: #333333; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: #fafafa; color: #333333; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif;">The question raised about Nasser is, how did he manage to engage in his molestation so long and nobody did anything about it? &nbsp;The answer is complex. &nbsp;The stories of the victims indicate that their own parents were not aware of his actions or did not understand reports from the children. &nbsp;And the reports to officials at MSU apparently did not provide the evidence to support the allegations. &nbsp;Those who are applying due process are bound to test accusations according to the evidence provided and to guard against specious or malicious claims. &nbsp; Such claims are a frequent presence in the academic world and are the resort of vengeful students unhappy with a grade and, unfortunately, of faculty as they compete for promotion or tenure. &nbsp;As a result, &nbsp;academics are likely to treat accusations of sexual misbehavior with a measure of doubt. &nbsp;And they are wary of the &nbsp;threat of severe legal consequences if they raise an accusation that is not true.</span><br /><span style="background-color: #fafafa; color: #333333; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: #fafafa; color: #333333; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif;">Academic officials treat their &nbsp;"stars," such as Nasser had become, with deference, especially if they contribute to &nbsp;the university's reputation for innovation and excellence. &nbsp;Nasser operated under the cover of that kind of reputation and being a person much liked and respected in his community.</span><br /><span style="background-color: #fafafa; color: #333333; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: #fafafa;">Instead of President Simon convening her faculty and&nbsp;</span>examining what&nbsp;circumstances allowed&nbsp;Nasser to operate as he did and formulate procedures and policies that would prevent it, &nbsp;she was fired, along with others who could provide information and perspectives on the issue that are necessary in devising solutions to such problems. &nbsp;Instead, &nbsp;these people are thrown on the discard pile, &nbsp;making them as much victims of Nassar's deceit as the young women he touched with his hands. &nbsp; &nbsp;Heads had to roll.</span><br /><span style="background-color: #fafafa; color: #333333; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: #fafafa;">For many people, &nbsp;the only reaction they can conceive of for a wrong is acts of harsh vengeance and public humiliation, even if they are inflicted on people who were not involved in the offending incidents. &nbsp;They have no interest in addressing the circumstances surrounding the incidents or finding ways to repair and compensate for the damage done; &nbsp;they just need to see someone suffer. &nbsp;And so, &nbsp;they compound the damage. &nbsp;And they absolve themselves of any culpability for matters that go wrong in society.</span></span><br /><span style="background-color: #fafafa; color: #333333; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: #fafafa; color: #333333; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif;">Another tactic for dealing with accused offenders is borrowed from George Orwell's <i style="font-weight: bold;">1984.</i>&nbsp; One day you come to work and find that the work desk of a fellow is gone. &nbsp;Every trace or memory-producing evidence of the fellow is gone. &nbsp;He has been vaporized for some reason by the powers that be.</span><br /><span style="background-color: #fafafa; color: #333333; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: #fafafa; color: #333333; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif;">&nbsp;Minnesota Public Radio vaporized Garrison Keillor--or tried to. Someone accused Keillor of making lustful advances to a woman. &nbsp;The head of Minnesota &nbsp;Public Radio declared them an unforgivable offense and true. &nbsp;As a result MPR&nbsp;</span><span style="font-style: inherit; letter-spacing: inherit;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">ended all its contracts with Keillor and his companies,&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-style: inherit; letter-spacing: inherit;">stopped broadcasting his syndicated show The Writer's Almanac,&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-style: inherit; letter-spacing: inherit;">stopped rebroadcasting highlights from A Prairie Home Companion, and&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-style: inherit; letter-spacing: inherit;">separated from an online catalogue and website associated with Keillor. &nbsp;The Washington Post for whom Keillor wrote columns ended their relationship. Then the University of Minnesota removed a plague which honored Keillor for his&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">contribution to the state's culture. &nbsp;Keillor was vaporized. &nbsp;Precisetly for what was never explained, but one day he found himself holding that slip of paper with the black circle on it in his hand. &nbsp;Zap.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">Al Franken who was accused of sexual misconduct wanted the &nbsp;U.S. Senate Ethics Committee to hold an&nbsp;investigation and a hearing, &nbsp;but his colleagues chose &nbsp;beheading instead. &nbsp;It made the senators feel responsive and righteous, even though Franken's staff members, both from the Senate and Saturday Night Live, came out in public support of him. &nbsp;The guillotine is better than due process because it makes&nbsp;everyone feel better.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">Franken and Keillor were put in the same category as Cosby and Nasser, &nbsp;and they had to go. &nbsp;And the powers took out a university president while they were at it.The collective demise made a lot of people feel good. &nbsp;We need to reinstitute public mass hangings or stonings so we can feel great about ourselves again. &nbsp; &nbsp;We could watch the heads of a whole bunch of university presidents roll, and we could really rock.</span><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qtv82ir1WbU/Wom_zBN-56I/AAAAAAAADQw/wKO6isW0QqI7Zg8CKGutFtdrbTMfvHtrQCLcBGAs/s1600/Gainesville%2Btexas%2Bhanging.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="289" data-original-width="500" height="368" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qtv82ir1WbU/Wom_zBN-56I/AAAAAAAADQw/wKO6isW0QqI7Zg8CKGutFtdrbTMfvHtrQCLcBGAs/s640/Gainesville%2Btexas%2Bhanging.jpg" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL</td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: #fafafa; color: #333333; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: #fafafa; color: #333333; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: #fafafa; color: #333333; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: #fafafa; color: #333333; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span> David Newquist Pheasant phorecast: phowl phucked http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2018/02/pheasant-phorecast-phowl-phucked.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:c7616ed5-559a-c3c4-0044-809527407095 Sun, 18 Feb 2018 13:35:23 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-QQM1Qc5EFIo/Wol6faFa7cI/AAAAAAAAF-A/FQJE-nlthTA9VIevgI7Qq2T72BxYVisOwCLcBGAs/s1600/fm_100.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="607" data-original-width="815" height="298" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-QQM1Qc5EFIo/Wol6faFa7cI/AAAAAAAAF-A/FQJE-nlthTA9VIevgI7Qq2T72BxYVisOwCLcBGAs/s400/fm_100.png" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3qLWv1BziT8/Wol6uJBg0hI/AAAAAAAAF-E/hQiU2u-K5kAd__NdovnyLowB3jZicWdtwCLcBGAs/s1600/nsm_depth_2018021805_National.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="458" data-original-width="801" height="229" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3qLWv1BziT8/Wol6uJBg0hI/AAAAAAAAF-E/hQiU2u-K5kAd__NdovnyLowB3jZicWdtwCLcBGAs/s400/nsm_depth_2018021805_National.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />Do you see those dead fuels at the mouth of the Big Sioux River and the lack of snow in northeastern South Dakota?<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>In fact, Roberts, Grant, and Codington counties have received less than half normal amounts of moisture this winter. And this lack of moisture has caused the moderate drought category to cover all of northeast South Dakota. Parts of western South Dakota is still under the severe drought. And these dry conditions are really causing problems. The latest Crop Progress and Condition report rated 21 percent of winter wheat at poor or very poor. Rivers and streams were at or below normal levels. And if the dry conditions continue, the fire danger season may creep up soon than usual.</b></i></blockquote><a href="http://www.keloland.com/news/article/weather/dry-conditions-across-keloland-causing-problems">Read the rest here.</a><br /><br />Kristi Noem and Marty Jackley have both panicked outlining radical steps to preserve habitat for the Chinese Ring-necked Pheasant, an invasive species that crowds out native wild turkeys.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>“Get the youth involved, that’s a big part of it. This is the year my daughter shot her first pheasant at age 11; we should do everything we can to get our youth involved in this tradition,” Jackley said. [<a href="http://www.ksfy.com/content/news/How-Noem-and-Jackley-plan-to-boost-the-states-pheasant-industry-474403423.html">KSFY teevee</a>]</b></i></blockquote>They're just employing magical thinking. That dead zone at the mouth of the Big Sioux River is an indication that the basin is beyond fixing.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>Last year, South Dakota landowners applied to enroll more than 42,000 acres during the regular sign-up for CRP, but only two landowners and 101 acres were accepted. That’s right, only two landowners.</b></i></blockquote><a href="http://www.capjournal.com/opinions/columnist/sd-pheasant-season-showing-fewer-pheasants-and-hunters/article_03a7cb98-d0af-11e7-bed5-ab3ea33e0422.html">Read the rest here.</a><br /><br />Which part of <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/11/hunting-revenues-are-in-shitter.html">ecocide</a> don't you understand?<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>“Even the good habitat is lacking in birds,” said Eric Rasmussen, a soil conservationist for the National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) office in Ipswich. “It’s one of the first years when guys like Tony Julik are seeing it.” Signs of distress are everywhere: dried-out swamps, a sickly corn crop, cattle grazing on the thinnest of stubble and baby pheasant hens so small they look like doves.</b></i></blockquote><a href="http://www.startribune.com/south-dakota-s-2017-pheasant-collapse-extends-to-lands-groomed-for-holding-birds/455979903/#1">Read the rest here</a>.<br /><br />As this species is wiped out by industrial agriculture revenues in South Dakota continue to slide.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>So far this year, about 4,600 fewer people have purchased South Dakota non-resident, small- game hunting licenses, which allow people to hunt ring-necked pheasants in the state. That represents a roughly 9 percent decline in non-resident license sales in the state. It also means a $556,000 revenue shortfall for the state’s Game, Fish and Parks Department. That’s a big deal because the department largely is funded by the sale of hunting and fishing licenses.</b></i></blockquote>Read more about <a href="http://www.capjournal.com/news/fewer-hunters-visit-sd-so-far-in/article_e0801704-c377-11e7-b5f2-5f0b3851548e.html">red state collapse here</a>.<br /><br /><a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2011/06/sinkhole-developing-near-oahe-dam.html">Robert Schneiders</a> is the author of two books on the environmental history of the Missouri River.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>As for pheasants, they don’t stand a chance. Although the South Dakota Game, Fish &amp; Parks Department claims pheasant numbers rebounded somewhat in 2014 and 2015, because of two back-to-back warm winters, the overall trend looks bleak. Why? Because urbanization and industrialization of rural Dakota isn’t slowing, it’s accelerating. Consequently, habitat is going to continue to fall under the plow, bulldozer and backhoe. And there is nothing, and no one, who is going to stop it, especially not Gov. Dennis Daugaard and his lame pheasant recovery task-force. [<a href="http://www.argusleader.com/story/opinion/voices/2016/01/10/voice-pheasants-going-going-gone/78597854/">op-ed, Robert Schneiders</a>]</b></i></blockquote>During the flooding of 2011 Schneiders appeared on <a href="http://www.sdpb.sd.gov/newsite/shows.aspx?MediaID=59768&amp;Parmtype=RADIO&amp;ParmAccessLevel=sdpb-all">Bill Janklow's idea of public radio</a> where he forecast the death of the Missouri River as a living ecosystem.<br /><br />The <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2015/12/ecocide-erasing-pheasant-numbers.html">bird is not wildlife</a> but it is a canary in a chemically and genetically engineered coal mine. <br /><br />Your thoughts?<br /><br /><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><div dir="ltr" lang="en">Another great father-son weekend hunting in South Dakota! Michael got his east river buck (a nice 5x5) and we got our limit of pheasants! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/hifromSD?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#hifromSD</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HuntinSD?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HuntinSD</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/proudDad?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#proudDad</a> <a href="https://t.co/yqlvnhvR2c">pic.twitter.com/yqlvnhvR2c</a></div>— Marty Jackley (@martyjackley) <a href="https://twitter.com/martyjackley/status/932606475024982020?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 20, 2017</a></blockquote><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script><br /></div> larry kurtz Sioux Empire Podcast 098 Porn and Pancakes Church Breakfast with Patrick Lalley https://www.thesiouxempire.com/patrick-lalley/ The Sioux Empire Podcast urn:uuid:279df37b-7b93-27f8-2025-95621822e567 Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:26:26 +0000 <p>This podcast contains adult content, listener discretion advised. This week Sioux Empire Podcast crew members Seth Glover and Robert Mehling welcome Radio’s Patrick Lalley (Host of Information 1000 KSOO’s The Patrick Lalley Show).  So grab your porn-themed church pancakes and alcohol infused cupcakes and pull up a chair.  We talk about a Sioux Falls church […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.thesiouxempire.com/patrick-lalley/">Sioux Empire Podcast 098 Porn and Pancakes Church Breakfast with Patrick Lalley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.thesiouxempire.com">TheSiouxEmpire.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/401246289&amp;color=%23ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_teaser=true&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="300" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">This podcast contains adult content, listener discretion advised.</span></i></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This week Sioux Empire Podcast crew members Seth Glover and Robert Mehling welcome Radio’s Patrick Lalley (Host of Information 1000 KSOO’s The Patrick Lalley Show).  So grab your porn-themed church pancakes and alcohol infused cupcakes and pull up a chair.  We talk about a Sioux Falls church that’s outreach is getting a little personal. A baker who’s cupcakes can’t get you trashed but are getting trashed by the laws of South Dakota.  And we give you an update on the defeat of SB 145, the bill that let South Dakota sell your organs to zoos for meat.  (That’s not what SB 145 was about but admit it, the way this session is going you kind of believed it for just a second).  We also talk about South Dakota Speaker of the House Mark Mickelson’s campaign of punitive retribution against voters.  This week’s episode is brought to you by the new music podcast My Father’s Records.  In &#8220;My Father&#8217;s Records&#8221; comedian Dan Bublitz Jr digs into his father&#8217;s massive vinyl record collection. In each episode, Dan talks about an album or two from the collection. He talks about the experience of listening to the record to facts about them.  The Sioux Empire Podcast does not endorse or condone drinking every time “bikes” or “biking” are mentioned on The Patrick Lalley Show on Information 1000 KSOO every Monday thru Friday 3 pm to 5 pm.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Patrick Lalley Information 1000 KSOO</span></p> <p><a href="http://ksoo.com/author/patrick-l-lalleygmail-com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">http://ksoo.com/author/patrick-l-lalleygmail-com/</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Headlines</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Insert church porn joke here.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/crime/2018/02/09/sioux-falls-church-hosts-porn-and-pancakes-event/324895002/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/crime/2018/02/09/sioux-falls-church-hosts-porn-and-pancakes-event/324895002/</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Booze cupcakes</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/business-journal/2018/02/11/cupcakes-sioux-falls-dessert-maker-gets-notice-city-hall-using-alcohol/325162002/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/business-journal/2018/02/11/cupcakes-sioux-falls-dessert-maker-gets-notice-city-hall-using-alcohol/325162002/</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Expendables (that’s you)</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.keloland.com/news/article/investigates/challenging-comp-claims?utm_medium=social&amp;utm_source=facebook_KELOLAND_News" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">http://www.keloland.com/news/article/investigates/challenging-comp-claims?utm_medium=social&amp;utm_source=facebook_KELOLAND_News</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">UPDATE This was killed in committee.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Damn Journalism!</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.capjournal.com/opinions/columnist/senator-objected-to-honoring-television-s-angela-kennecke/article_6c513f1e-12e8-11e8-b883-e3d4ab356abe.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">http://www.capjournal.com/opinions/columnist/senator-objected-to-honoring-television-s-angela-kennecke/article_6c513f1e-12e8-11e8-b883-e3d4ab356abe.html</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">South Dakota News Watch</span></p> <p><a href="https://www.sdnewswatch.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">https://www.sdnewswatch.org/</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.thesiouxempire.com/patrick-lalley/">Sioux Empire Podcast 098 Porn and Pancakes Church Breakfast with Patrick Lalley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.thesiouxempire.com">TheSiouxEmpire.com</a>.</p> Food Health History Interview Opinion Podcast Politics Pop Culture Sioux Falls South Dakota TheSiouxEmpire.com Top Stories TV US Altered Carbon Argus Leader Bill Janklow Bob Keyes Booze Butt Chugging Central Church civics Copy Editor Cupcakes Freedom of Information HB 1102 IM 22 Information 1000 KSOO Intoxibakes Investigative Journalism Jack Marsh John Thune KELOLand Legislative Coffee Mark Mickelson Mike Huether Minnehaha County GOP Natasha Estes Pancakes Patrick Lalley Personal Ads Pornography addiction Radio Randell Beck Robert Mehling SB 145 Secret Pardons Seth Glover Sex Education South Dakota Democrats South Dakota News Watch Stephanie Herseth Sandlin Sue Peterson Sunshine Foods Tempest The Patrick Lalley Show The Volonte Tim Johnson Tom Daschle University of South Dakota vanilla extract The Sioux Empire Podcast 1:14:44 yes This podcast contains adult content, listener discretion advised. This week Sioux Empire Podcast crew members Seth Glover and Robert Mehling welcome Radio’s Patrick Lalley (Host of Information 1000 KSOO’s The Patrick Lalley Show). <br /> This podcast contains adult content, listener discretion advised.<br /> This week Sioux Empire Podcast crew members Seth Glover and Robert Mehling welcome Radio’s Patrick Lalley (Host of Information 1000 KSOO’s The Patrick Lalley Show).  So grab your porn-themed church pancakes and alcohol infused cupcakes and pull up a chair.  We talk about a Sioux Falls church that’s outreach is getting a little personal. A baker who’s cupcakes can’t get you trashed but are getting trashed by the laws of South Dakota.  And we give you an update on the defeat of SB 145, the bill that let South Dakota sell your organs to zoos for meat.  (That’s not what SB 145 was about but admit it, the way this session is going you kind of believed it for just a second).  We also talk about South Dakota Speaker of the House Mark Mickelson’s campaign of punitive retribution against voters.  This week’s episode is brought to you by the new music podcast My Father’s Records.  In &#8220;My Father&#8217;s Records&#8221; comedian Dan Bublitz Jr digs into his father&#8217;s massive vinyl record collection. In each episode, Dan talks about an album or two from the collection. He talks about the experience of listening to the record to facts about them.  The Sioux Empire Podcast does not endorse or condone drinking every time “bikes” or “biking” are mentioned on The Patrick Lalley Show on Information 1000 KSOO every Monday thru Friday 3 pm to 5 pm.<br /> Patrick Lalley Information 1000 KSOO<br /> <a href="http://ksoo.com/author/patrick-l-lalleygmail-com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://ksoo.com/author/patrick-l-lalleygmail-com/</a><br /> Headlines<br /> Insert church porn joke here.<br /> <a href="http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/crime/2018/02/09/sioux-falls-church-hosts-porn-and-pancakes-event/324895002/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/crime/2018/02/09/sioux-falls-church-hosts-porn-and-pancakes-event/324895002/</a><br /> Booze cupcakes<br /> <a href="http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/business-journal/2018/02/11/cupcakes-sioux-falls-dessert-maker-gets-notice-city-hall-using-alcohol/325162002/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/business-journal/2018/02/11/cupcakes-sioux-falls-dessert-maker-gets-notice-city-hall-using-alcohol/325162002/</a><br /> The Expendables (that’s you)<br /> <a href="http://www.keloland.com/news/article/investigates/challenging-comp-claims?utm_medium=social&amp;utm_source=facebook_KELOLAND_News" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.keloland.com/news/article/investigates/challenging-comp-claims?utm_medium=social&amp;utm_source=facebook_KELOLAND_News</a><br /> UPDATE This was killed in committee.<br /> Damn Journalism!<br /> <a href="http://www.capjournal.com/opinions/columnist/senator-objected-to-honoring-television-s-angela-kennecke/article_6c513f1e-12e8-11e8-b883-e3d4ab356abe.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.capjournal.com/opinions/columnist/senator-objected-to-honoring-television-s-angela-kennecke/article_6c513f1e-12e8-11e8-b883-e3d4ab356abe.html</a><br /> South Dakota News Watch<br /> <a href="https://www.sdnewswatch.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.sdnewswatch.org/</a><br /> Kristi Get Your Gun. http://theconstantcommoner.blogspot.com/2018/02/kristi-get-your-gun.html THE CONSTANT COMMONER urn:uuid:224aabd3-a1b8-3d6c-dd72-1323b21cd389 Sat, 17 Feb 2018 19:58:58 +0000 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<b><span style="font-size: x-large;">P</span>erversely, the most telling aspect of South Dakota's Republican Congresswoman Kristi Noem's campaign for governor this year is what some of the state's most conservative leaders <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://madvilletimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/KristiNoemonHorseFirstTVAd2012.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://madvilletimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/KristiNoemonHorseFirstTVAd2012.jpg" data-original-height="350" data-original-width="599" height="186" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: small;">Kristi Noem</span><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;">She Can Still Ride Horse</span></b></td></tr></tbody></table>are saying about outgoing Governor Dennis Daugaard.&nbsp; </b>In dissing Daugaard's lack of support for their agendas, Rapid City Representative Lynn DiSanto (whose legislative efforts at loosening the state's gun law restrictions have hit a brick wall when they reached the governor's office) last month told the <b><a href="https://brookingsregister.com/article/gop-looks-to-next-governor-for-wins" target="_blank">Brookings (SD) Register</a>&nbsp;</b>that "conservative legislators . . . just have to ride out Governor Daugaard's last remaining year . . . I think that Daugaard has pretty clearly shown his colors." Ed Randazzo of the state's Family Heritage Alliance, which has supported transgender-targeted bathroom legislation that has also failed to get a pass from Daugaard, added that if either Noem or her main primary opponent SD Attorney General Marty Jackley becomes governor "we think that the governor's office will be more receptive to our issues."<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; <span style="font-size: x-large;">&nbsp;</span><b><span style="font-size: x-large;">I</span>t looks like "gun rights" and "family values" conservatives in South Dakota will be getting wooed aggressively by Noem during the primary campaign.&nbsp; </b>Her official&nbsp;<b><a href="https://kristiforgovernor.com/" target="_blank">video</a></b> sets the tone.&nbsp; She asserts that she's "pro Second Amendment" and concludes with a fetchingly tongue-in-cheek touch: "I can still ride horse.&nbsp; I can still shoot a gun.&nbsp; What else do you need in South Dakota?"&nbsp; Adorably condescending as it is, the line compresses the essence of her appeal.&nbsp; She's one of us and we're all nice people who work hard, shoot straight, and love the land, right?&nbsp; More pointedly useful is Noem's commitment to social values embraced and promoted by South Dakota's Family Heritage Alliance, which <b><a href="http://familyheritagealliance.org/2016/08/fha-public-policy-analyst-meets-with-representative-noem/" target="_blank">calls her</a>&nbsp;</b>"a longtime and faithful supporter" of the organization's Christian conservative agenda.&nbsp;<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<span style="font-size: x-large;"><b>V</b></span><b>oters who are focused on conventional, secular issues like the economy and government operations won't find much on Noem's website.&nbsp; </b>Looking for them elsewhere I found a <b><a href="http://www.ksfy.com/content/news/Gubernatorial-candidate-Kristi-Noem--458135543.html" target="_blank">recent interview</a></b> with KSFY television<b>&nbsp;</b>that revealed both substance and vision.&nbsp; Actually, she nailed it on one front:&nbsp; South Dakota's "brain drain."&nbsp; Noem notes that many of our young people "get through college and leave for higher paying jobs."&nbsp; Obvious as it is, it's nice to hear a politician acknowledge the fact.&nbsp; Noem wants to turn that trend around by aggressively courting businesses to come to South Dakota, upgrading our technological infrastructure, melding biotech with our ag sector and expanding county-specific developments in the vast rural sections of&nbsp; the state.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<b><span style="font-size: x-large;">T</span>hese are themes she needs to stress.&nbsp; </b>Noem's already well-established Christian conservative creds won't be enough to take her over the top.&nbsp; They certainly didn't help her at the state fair in Sioux Falls last summer, where Noem's main primary opponent Jackley won a straw poll with 57% of the vote to Noem's 41%--unscientific, yes, but an eye-opener just the same.&nbsp; Kristi Noem would be smart to reach out to secular voters and get their attention by stressing accelerated economic growth.&nbsp; That "brain drain" issue is one that will hit the mark in a lot of homes in this state.&nbsp; John Tsitrian Hickey goes off on military, Nelson http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2018/02/hickey-goes-off-on-military-nelson.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:714ec2a9-7fe7-3a56-1e99-a32168ced4e9 Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:22:15 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Former Republican legislator and pastor emeritus, <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2018/01/hickey-blasts-republican-failures.html">Steve Hickey</a> let his feeling known about the world as he sees it. <br /><br /><a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/12/hickey-will-preach-in-sioux-falls-again.html">He has advocated</a> for the shuttering of Ellsworth Air Force Base outside Rapid City, for a truth/reconciliation commission to study the extirpation of American Indians from their homelands and for ending video lootery. His draft for reconciliation has been sent to this blog but permission has yet to be given for its publication.<br /><br />The following comment appeared at a Brookings, South Dakota-based website.<br /><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>I’ll get to Stace in a moment. Some context.</b></i><br /><i><b><br /></b></i> <i><b>I’m a military brat. The Vietnam War ruined my dad. There is a book called Vietnam Wives which describes what it was like to grow up in our home. I loved my dad, he was faithful to my mom, good to my brother and I, and he grew to hate the military and the government. I never saw him so mad as when he heard me talk about enlisting during the first Gulf War because the government offered me a $25000 sign-on bonus because they needed chaplains so bad. My dad was mad because he lost all faith in any military operation of the US Government. He refused to lose a son to someone else’s ill-conceived war – he had come to believe all wars were bankers wars (that phrase coming from a book by that title written by a highly decorated war vet). Enough on all that, now to Stace.</b></i><br /><i><b><br /></b></i> <i><b>My dad would ask the Bull Marine if he has ever had in income that wasn’t a government check. He would tell the Bull Marine he’s not impressed with his incessant military boasting and bravado, having only a career cop job in the military no doubt being a bully, walking secure bases, and doing less in harms way than any Sioux Falls cop does every night. Mostly as a fiscal conservative he would question retirement for anyone, in any career, at year 20. He would challenge, as others are – see link, this unsustainable spending program that has become career military retirement.</b></i><br /><i><b><br /></b></i> <i><b>My dad fought for VA benefits for decades. I support vet benefits. But, this retirement thing Stace is cashing in on, it does need to be revisited.</b></i><br /><i><b><br /></b></i> <i><b>I view the Bull Marine as a career government employee who now has a cash stream for life. Meanwhile, people like my dad grovelled to stay employed, war having so messed them up they are quite unemployable.</b></i><br /><i><b><br /></b></i> <i><b>And Stace vilifies me for my views, he’s heard me voice these before. I wonder if I’m the only military brat he belittles. Certainly he has no regard for the price a military brat like myself paid growing up in war. Unless we honour the Bull Marine with Kim Jong-un-like salutes as we parade by his ruddy rotund greatness every morning we are to be crushed beneath him, investigated, and threatened with a bodily confrontation.</b></i></blockquote></div> larry kurtz The Party of No https://www.dailykos.com/story/2018/2/14/1741475/-The-Party-of-No South Dakota Kos urn:uuid:8a7484f2-aeb1-f04b-c6ec-1a486e2bbe0d Thu, 15 Feb 2018 05:30:59 +0000 <p>I wrote a diary on February 1st about the <strong><a title="" href="https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/2/1/1737919/-Civil-Rights-comes-to-Monument-Avenue-in-your-face-KKK" target="_blank">monument to Dr. Ferguson Reid S</a><a title="" href="https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/2/1/1737919/-Civil-Rights-comes-to-Monument-Avenue-in-your-face-KKK" target="_blank">r</a></strong>. that was being proposed for Monument Ave in Richmond Virginia.</p> <p>I thought it was pretty impressive that Elizabeth Guzman, the first Latina elected to the VA Assembly, chose, as one of her first acts in office, the introduction of a bill to honour <strong><a title="" href="https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/2/1/1737919/-Civil-Rights-comes-to-Monument-Avenue-in-your-face-KKK" target="_blank">Dr. Re</a><a title="" href="https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/2/1/1737919/-Civil-Rights-comes-to-Monument-Avenue-in-your-face-KKK" target="_blank">id,</a></strong><a title="" href="https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/2/1/1737919/-Civil-Rights-comes-to-Monument-Avenue-in-your-face-KKK" target="_blank"> </a>the first African American since Reconstruction to be elected to the VA Assembly,<a title="" href="https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/2/1/1737919/-Civil-Rights-comes-to-Monument-Avenue-in-your-face-KKK" target="_blank"> </a>with a monument.</p> <p>Right there on Monument Avenue with the racist Confederates, (and Arthur Ashe), a monument honouring <strong><a title="" href="https://www.facebook.com/90-for-90-1678531905707358/" target="_blank">Dr. Re</a><a title="" href="https://www.facebook.com/90-for-90-1678531905707358/" target="_blank">id</a></strong>, a living Civil Rights icon. I mean, how cool is that?</p> <div class="align-center"> <figure class="image-captioned width-xl"><img title="Dr._Reid.png" class="width-xl" alt="Dr._Reid.png" src="https://images.dailykos.com/images/507856/large/Dr._Reid.png?1518672070"> <figcaption>Dr. William Ferguson Reid Sr.</figcaption> </figure> </div> 90for90 Aird BillBlocking blackhistorymonth CivilRightsIcon Dr.WilliamFergusonReidSr Guzman kirkcox MonumentAve Rasoul VAelections rss@dailykos.com (ZenTrainer) John Thune fingered in Facebook/Russia conspiracy http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2018/02/thune-fingered-in-facebookrussia.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:53f66ca5-a79e-3443-d4a0-7e6b3b19eef3 Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:32:50 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-o7H4LsFjjzM/WhrdRrFnRnI/AAAAAAAAFvc/dpnYSHBH8ywB7fa7j-yc-43odI56QEDggCLcBGAs/s1600/DPkVc_sV4AARbwO.jpg%2Blarge.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="360" data-original-width="640" height="225" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-o7H4LsFjjzM/WhrdRrFnRnI/AAAAAAAAFvc/dpnYSHBH8ywB7fa7j-yc-43odI56QEDggCLcBGAs/s400/DPkVc_sV4AARbwO.jpg%2Blarge.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />9 May, 2016: former Facebook workers allegedly told <a href="https://gizmodo.com/former-facebook-workers-we-routinely-suppressed-conser-1775461006">Gizmodo</a> they routinely suppressed news from conservative sources.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2016/05/gop-unfriends-facebook-liberals-223030">10 May, 2016:</a> Senator John Thune (earth hater-SD) or somebody hoisted upon his staff wrote a letter to Facebook then he, <a href="http://thehill.com/policy/technology/279554-republican-tech-panel-chair-facebook-bias-issue-is-tricky">other earth haters</a> and Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus teamed up to threaten Facebook. "Senator Thune (R) once opposed the FCC's Fairness Doctrine now wants <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2016/05/10/senate-committee-asks-facebook-to-answer-questions-about-its-trending-topics/">Q&amp;A with Facebook</a> about its trending topics."<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>But the bad press wasn’t what really rattled Facebook—it was the letter from John Thune, a Republican US senator from South Dakota, that followed the story’s publication. Thune chairs the Senate Commerce Committee, which in turn oversees the Federal Trade Commission, an agency that has been especially active in investigating Facebook. The senator wanted Facebook’s answers to the allegations of bias, and he wanted them promptly. The Thune letter put Facebook on high alert. The company promptly dispatched senior Washington staffers to meet with Thune’s team. Then it sent him a 12-page single-spaced letter explaining that it had conducted a thorough review of Trending Topics and determined that the allegations in the Gizmodo story were largely false. [<a href="https://www.wired.com/story/inside-facebook-mark-zuckerberg-2-years-of-hell/">WIRED</a>]</b></i></blockquote>11 May, 2016: John <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/11/technology/facebook-thune-conservative.html">Thune accused Facebook</a> of bias. Jim <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/05/11/comey-rebuffs-clinton-claim-fbi-only-conducting-security-inquiry-on-emails.html">Comey admitted</a> to combing Hillary Clinton's correspondence.<br /><br />13 May, 2016: Thune asked Facebook to make space for <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/05/facebook-isnt-fair/482610/?utm_source=twb">all viewpoints</a>.<br /><br />18 May, 2016: Thune met with <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-bias/facebooks-zuckerberg-meets-u-s-conservatives-over-bias-controversy-idUSKCN0Y923S">Mark Zuckerberg</a> and a bank of lawyers. "Just about nobody, Sen. Thune included, wants the feds to police <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-bias/facebooks-zuckerberg-meets-u-s-conservatives-over-bias-controversy-idUSKCN0Y923S">how Facebook displays news</a>."<br /><br /><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/19/opinion/the-real-bias-built-in-at-facebook.html">19 May, 2016:</a> "The first step forward is for Facebook, and anyone who uses algorithms in subjective decision making, to drop the pretense that they are neutral. If I am reading their letter to Thune right, Facebook's response is to gut a perfectly defensible part of the process. Why? PR concerns atm (at the moment)." <br /><br />23 May, 2016, in the name of "<a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2016/11/thune-responsible-for-facebooks-fake.html">net neutrality</a>" Thune and the Senate GOP said they <a href="http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/thune-senate-gop-wont-regulate-facebook/article/2592093">won't regulate Facebook</a>. <br /><br />24 May, 2016: <a href="https://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/93a14e98-2443-4d27-bf04-1fc59b8cf2b4/22796A1389F52BE16D225F9A03FB53F8.facebook-letter.pdf">Facebook's 12 page response to Thune</a>.<br /><br />31 May, 2016: <a href="http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/trailguide/la-na-trailguide-updates-south-dakota-s-thune-joins-chorus-1475946585-htmlstory.html">Thune backs Trump</a>.<br /><br />3 June, 2016: Trump twitter bots began urging then-Senator Jeff Sessions to investigate censorship.<br /><br /><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/06/us/politics/hillary-clinton-fbi-email-comey.html">5 July, 2016</a>: Jim Comey recommended no criminal charges against Hillary Clinton.<br /><br />27 July, 2016: <a href="https://amp.businessinsider.com/russia-internet-trolls-and-donald-trump-2016-7">dezinformatsiya</a>, "Russian internet trolls were being hired to pose as pro-Trump Americans."<br /><br />August and September: Clinton's correspondence on a private server became a Trump bot meme and <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/31/us/politics/anthony-weiner-democratic-reaction.html?mcubz=3">somebody goaded</a> the husband of Clinton's closest advisor to share inappropriate correspondence with an alleged minor.<br /><br />8 October, 2016: <a href="http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/trailguide/la-na-trailguide-updates-south-dakota-s-thune-joins-chorus-1475946585-htmlstory.html">Thune condemns Trump</a>.<br /><br />12 October, 2016: <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/13/us/politics/gop-reaction-donald-trump.html">Thune flips again and backs Trump</a>.<br /><br />25 October, 2016: Rudy Giuliani on Fox News said that the campaign had an upcoming "surprise." <br /><br />28 October, 2016: Jim <a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/352493-clinton-suggests-giuliani-others-pressured-comey-to-reopen">Comey said</a> he's going to reopen the FBI investigation into Sec. Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. In an interview Clinton blamed Guiliani "and others" of leaning on Comey.<br /><br />7 November, 2016: despite accusing Hillary Clinton of wrongdoing <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/06/politics/comey-tells-congress-fbi-has-not-changed-conclusions/index.html">Comey said</a> hours before the election there actually was none.<br /><br />8 November, 2016: the e<a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2016/11/god-damn-america.html">nd of the world as we know it.</a><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>Nine days after Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg dismissed as “crazy” the idea that fake news on his company’s social network played a key role in the U.S. election, President Barack Obama pulled the youthful tech billionaire aside and delivered what he hoped would be a wake-up call. [<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/obama-tried-to-give-zuckerberg-a-wake-up-call-over-fake-news-on-facebook/2017/09/24/15d19b12-ddac-4ad5-ac6e-ef909e1c1284_story.html?utm_term=.9e13da4c6563&amp;wpisrc=al_alert-COMBO-economy%252Bnation&amp;wpmk=1">Washington Post</a>]</b></i></blockquote><a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2016/11/18/where-a-gop-senate-leader-says-hell-play-ball-and-where-hell-buck-president-trump.html">18 November, 2016</a>: Thune: "Russia is constantly looking for ways to undermine and disrupt our democratic systems." Thune knows this because he plays basketball with James Comey. Comey and Obama didn't play basketball together nor did Obama and Thune.<br /><br /><a href="https://www.scribd.com/document/359617514/Sens-Warner-Klobuchar-Dear-Colleague-Letter-On-Online-Political-Advertising-Disclosure#close_user_settings_menu">Thune's rejection of Trump was a ruse</a>. He already knew Donald Trump was a sleaze from his basketball buddy Jim Comey.<br /><br />That's right: the vast wrong-wing conspiracy was going to beat Hillary Clinton at any cost even if it meant colluding with a sworn enemy of the United States, destroying the presidency and taking down the republic.<br /><br /><a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2013/02/earth-hater-thune-cant-run-for-president.html">Thune can't ever seek any higher office</a> than he has now and unless he's indicted his term doesn't end until 2023. There are no media in his home state that aren't beholden to the Republican Party and although he went to DC <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2012/07/open-secrets-thune-is-poor-senator.html">without much money</a> he's got at least $12 million now.<br /><br />Facebook is malware. 3,000 ads with Russian links may be “<a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/26/facebook-russia-trump-sanders-stein-243172?lo=ap_a1">the tip of the iceberg</a>,” supported Sanders, Stein and Trump<br /><br />The paper trail is clear: John Thune made Congress <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2016/11/thune-responsible-for-facebooks-fake.html?spref=tw">look the other way</a> as Russia infiltrated Facebook. <br /><br />He's <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/11/thune-getting-rich-in-swamp.html">the perfect stooge</a> to pull this off.</div> larry kurtz Santa Claus, Sani Flush, Drāno http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2018/02/santa-claus-sani-flush-drano.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:eea55b2d-17ea-230c-67cf-6bb6c7b4c86b Tue, 13 Feb 2018 12:53:26 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Today in relativism: <br /><br />Ellsworth Air Force Base will be the home of the next generation of world killers thanks to Heather Wilson, a former South Dakota School of Mines president: <a href="http://www.keloland.com/news/article/news/ellsworth-will-be-home-to-the-next-generation-of-stealth-bombers">KELO teevee</a>.<br /><br />A Canadian company is drilling exploration holes after receiving a permit to mine stolen treaty lands in the Black Hills: <a href="http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/company-hoping-for-another-homestake-as-gold-drilling-starts-near/article_001363a7-ed91-5ad0-a251-2c443440d063.html">Rapid City Journal</a>.<br /><br />50 percent of American Indian students in the Rapid City school district drop out yet a South Dakota legislative panel rejected teaching their history: <a href="http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/panel-rejects-requirement-to-teach-state-s-native-history/article_338f8e7e-bb5b-5d48-a7d5-19468e21a67a.html">Rapid City Journal</a>. <br /><br />Thoughts? Prayers?</div> larry kurtz A Small Bump In South Dakota Sales Tax Revenues Does Not An Economic Turnaround Make http://theconstantcommoner.blogspot.com/2018/02/a-small-bump-in-south-dakota-sales-tax.html THE CONSTANT COMMONER urn:uuid:8b80297e-215c-1e08-7a6d-b4bf26036271 Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:53:52 +0000 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<b><span style="font-size: x-large;">T</span>he hopelessly reactive nature of South Dakota's Republican leadership to the news that state sales tax revenues are slightly better than planned (maybe "prayed for" is a better phrase) <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/b39e22489f600999525d67f05329aee21b9c7764/c=171-0-3653-2618&amp;r=x404&amp;c=534x401/local/-/media/2016/12/09/SiouxFalls/SiouxFalls/636168907497113374-uscpcent02-6spce9o6kgh1hxifgcfd-original.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="401" data-original-width="534" height="240" src="https://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/b39e22489f600999525d67f05329aee21b9c7764/c=171-0-3653-2618&amp;r=x404&amp;c=534x401/local/-/media/2016/12/09/SiouxFalls/SiouxFalls/636168907497113374-uscpcent02-6spce9o6kgh1hxifgcfd-original.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: small;">Governor Daugaard</span><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;">Expenses Are Way Up Here<br />Tax Revenues Are Way Down There</span></b></td></tr></tbody></table>is symptomatic of the budgeting stasis that has characterized state government during Dennis Daugaard's tenure as governor.&nbsp; </b>The 1.9% <b><a href="http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/latest/climbing-tax-collections-boost-south-dakota-budget-outlook/article_13770618-a695-5a27-bf3f-cde7bff08579.html" target="_blank">improvement over Daugaard's downwardly revised </a></b>projections toward the end of last year seems to have provoked a collective sigh of relief in Pierre.&nbsp; Daugaard greeted the news by saying that last December there was "little hope" that the revenue shortfall could allow for even inflationary increases in funding for education, Medicaid providers, and state workers.&nbsp; Now Daugaard is telling the Rapid City Journal that there is "certainly hope" but that "time will tell."&nbsp; Indeed.&nbsp; Going into his eighth and final year as Governor, Daugaard's wait-and-see posture remains unshaken. Unaddressed is the need for dynamic and pro-active leadership when it comes to finding ways to goose South Dakota's economy to at least the point where we can keep up with the growth rates of our immediately neighboring states, not to mention the U.S. as a whole.&nbsp; As noted here before, South Dakota's <b><a href="https://www.bea.gov/iTable/iTable.cfm?reqid=70&amp;step=10&amp;isuri=1&amp;7003=200&amp;7035=-1&amp;7004=sic&amp;7005=1&amp;7006=xx&amp;7036=-1&amp;7001=1200&amp;7002=1&amp;7090=70&amp;7007=-1&amp;7093=levels#reqid=70&amp;step=10&amp;isuri=1&amp;7003=1000&amp;7004=naics&amp;7035=-1&amp;7005=1&amp;7006=xx&amp;7001=11000&amp;7036=-1&amp;7002=1&amp;7090=70&amp;7007=-1&amp;7093=levels" target="_blank">per capita growth through 2016 </a></b>has fallen far behind the rest of the country during Daugaard's tenure in Pierre.&nbsp; Complete 2017 data have yet to be released, but considering that SD's personal income growth during <b><a href="https://www.southdakotadashboard.org/11258-south-dakota-lags-all-other-states-in-personal-income-growth-in-third-quarter-of-2017" target="_blank">Q2 and Q3, 2017 were 44th and dead last</a>,&nbsp; </b>respectively,in the country, I doubt that we'll see much improvement in our standing when the final numbers for 2017 come out in March.<br />&nbsp; &nbsp;<b><span style="font-size: x-large;">M</span>eantime, a</b><b>s to those higher-than-expected sales tax receipts that have ratcheted up the hope level in state government (House Majority Leader Lee Qualm says his mood is "guardedly optimistic), I'd say the news should be an embarrassment to those who see some hope in them.&nbsp; </b>The South Dakota <b><a href="http://dor.sd.gov/Taxes/Business_Taxes/Statistics/2017/CY17/CY17StateMjrGrpDiv.pdf" target="_blank">Department of Revenue </a></b>discloses that 2017 taxable sales for the state were just 1.05% higher than in 2016.&nbsp; That would be half the relatively modest <b><a href="https://inflationdata.com/Inflation/Inflation_Rate/CurrentInflation.asp" target="_blank">2.1% national inflation rate </a></b>for the year.&nbsp; Being guardedly optimistic about revenues that can't even keep pace with inflation is a measure of the impotence of our state's leadership when it comes to moving South Dakota's economy forward.<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<b><span style="font-size: x-large;">C</span>onsidering that the U.S. Department of Agriculture projects a decline of nearly 7% in U.S. farm profits during 2018, I don't see our ag-dominated state's financial fortunes improving much during this last year of Governor Daugaard's tenure.&nbsp; </b>USDA's <a href="https://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/farm-economy/farm-sector-income-finances/highlights-from-the-farm-income-forecast/" style="font-weight: bold;" target="_blank">projections&nbsp;</a>expect the lowest farm income since 2006 to materialize this year, which only highlights the failure of South Dakota's leadership to create broader economic opportunities and take advantage of those that already exist.&nbsp; For example, the <b><a href="http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20161117/NEWS/161119914" target="_blank">irrational rejection</a></b> of the <b><a href="https://www.healthinsurance.org/south-dakota-medicaid/" target="_blank">billions of dollars</a></b> that would have materialized by expanding Medicaid comes to mind right away.<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<b><span style="font-size: x-large;">T</span>here are others, and they're&nbsp;</b><b>worth exploring.&nbsp; </b>As we bid adieu to Daugaard, we have a chance to check them out in the context of what his contending field of&nbsp; replacements have in the way of economic development ideas.&nbsp; I'll do a 3-part series on just those issues and my take on how Kristi Noem, Marty Jackley and Billie Sutton plan to address them starting next week.<br /><b><a href="https://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/farm-economy/farm-sector-income-finances/highlights-from-the-farm-income-forecast/" target="_blank">&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</a></b> John Tsitrian Missouri basin snowpack on 2011 track http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2018/02/missouri-basin-snowpack-on-2011-track.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:c241d2be-b7b4-e428-d7b3-e2ff681110ef Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:51:17 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">The upper Missouri River basin snow pack water equivalent is at 114%. Looks bleak for parts of northeastern South Dakota, eastern Wyoming and the Nebraska panhandle but the rest looks pretty good. Click on any image for a better look.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eHaIlSztj9E/WoGaQOnUfVI/AAAAAAAAF9w/vIZ_XdJc9F4H5QhQboDz21tANLA-kiKzwCLcBGAs/s1600/nsm_swe_2018021205_National.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="458" data-original-width="801" height="229" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eHaIlSztj9E/WoGaQOnUfVI/AAAAAAAAF9w/vIZ_XdJc9F4H5QhQboDz21tANLA-kiKzwCLcBGAs/s400/nsm_swe_2018021205_National.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EgmagDdjpOc/WoCH7NLsA5I/AAAAAAAAF9Y/2jFinpDPxfAMxznc9ciRiyOXsJm6zlIMQCLcBGAs/s1600/slide%2B2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="770" data-original-width="1280" height="241" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EgmagDdjpOc/WoCH7NLsA5I/AAAAAAAAF9Y/2jFinpDPxfAMxznc9ciRiyOXsJm6zlIMQCLcBGAs/s400/slide%2B2.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-kmtdK9D5TJc/WoCIPW3IBWI/AAAAAAAAF9c/5Nc4-OuQPKcqR5qhLyM-VodEj-2K9yH_ACLcBGAs/s1600/slide%2B3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="770" data-original-width="1280" height="241" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-kmtdK9D5TJc/WoCIPW3IBWI/AAAAAAAAF9c/5Nc4-OuQPKcqR5qhLyM-VodEj-2K9yH_ACLcBGAs/s400/slide%2B3.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HHkL4H1mK88/WoCGYU5SCjI/AAAAAAAAF9A/4GmwjqhH9EMykyyu3IirqFXIuLTxVFZewCLcBGAs/s1600/slide%2B1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="1280" height="250" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HHkL4H1mK88/WoCGYU5SCjI/AAAAAAAAF9A/4GmwjqhH9EMykyyu3IirqFXIuLTxVFZewCLcBGAs/s400/slide%2B1.jpg" width="400" /></a></div></div> larry kurtz Pressure mounts on South Dakota Legislature to proscribe predator priests http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2018/02/pressure-mounts-on-south-dakota.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:87541e2f-316b-5c17-d77e-32685305538e Sun, 11 Feb 2018 18:04:29 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">The South Dakota Legislature is considering the Catholic <a href="https://lastrealindians.com/recounting-of-sexual-torture-by-priests-and-nuns-spurs-s-d-bill">Church as a sinister force</a>.<br /><br />Senate Bill 196 would remove the statute of limitations for bringing a civil action for certain cases of child sexual abuse. It's <a href="http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=196&amp;Session=2018">scheduled for a hearing Tuesday</a>. <br /><br />In 2013 the Order of Saint Benedict sold the Blue Cloud Abbey near Watertown to settle lawsuits for years of <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2016/03/roman-church-still-destroying-lives.html">sex abuse at the hands of catholic clergy</a>.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>Two Abbey of the Hills leaders are wondering if people think the former Blue Cloud Abbey is still associated with the Catholic Church. The Dakota monks, led by Bishop Martin Marty, settled into Native American reservations in Dakota Territory. Their purpose was to teach the gospel and to educate the natives. Mount Marty College of Yankton, which also has a satellite campus in Watertown, is named for Bishop Marty.</b></i></blockquote><a href="https://www.thepublicopinion.com/news/local_news/no-clouds-hanging-over-abbey-of-the-hills/article_6299d370-d38a-11e7-aaeb-c7ab011d6eb0.html">Get the story here.</a><br /><br />Bernie v. Blue Cloud Abbey was one of several cases that ended up before the South Dakota Supreme Court alleging church officials at the time covered up <a href="http://listen.sdpb.org/post/letters-detail-alleged-church-sex-abuse">serial sexual abuse</a> taking place at the compound.<br /><br />After helping to broker the sale of the abbey Watertown member of the Church of the Holy Roman Kiddie Diddlers, <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2015/09/slimy-shyster-schoebeck-appearing-with.html">Lee Schoenbeck</a> forced the South Dakota Legislature to pass laws covering up <a href="http://www.keloland.com/news/article/investigates/what-happened-next-to-fr-wachs">countless crimes committed by his sect</a>.<br /><br /><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">&quot;Post files state Wachs resigned from his post at the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith effective Sept. 30, 2017, amid allegations of sexual harassment in his home parish in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.&quot; <a href="https://t.co/VtNDTM7UBu">https://t.co/VtNDTM7UBu</a> <a href="https://t.co/OSJJx5AFGZ">https://t.co/OSJJx5AFGZ</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/sdleg?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#sdleg</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/hifromsd?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#hifromsd</a></p>&mdash; interested party (@larry_kurtz) <a href="https://twitter.com/larry_kurtz/status/962720631660793857?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 11, 2018</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><br /><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><div dir="ltr" lang="en">Priest in child porn case released after posting $250,000 bond <a href="https://t.co/tikzlKvp6A">https://t.co/tikzlKvp6A</a></div>— interested party (@larry_kurtz) <a href="https://twitter.com/larry_kurtz/status/961972766831292416?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 9, 2018</a></blockquote><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script><br /><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><div dir="ltr" lang="en">Sister Kathleen of the Presentation Sisters asks the committee to vote against SB 103 on the belief that as human beings we have a right to be educated. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/sdleg?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#sdleg</a></div>— Libby Skarin (@Libby_ACLUSD) <a href="https://twitter.com/Libby_ACLUSD/status/961607360165892099?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 8, 2018</a></blockquote><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script><br /><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><div dir="ltr" lang="en">ABC-7 AT 6: The lawsuit filed against the Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces alleges Father Bauza was transported out of state and that whistleblowers were fired from the parish "in apparent retaliation for reporting the abuse." <a href="https://t.co/iSPTk3AvY5">https://t.co/iSPTk3AvY5</a></div>— Kate Bieri KVIA (@KateBieriKVIA) <a href="https://twitter.com/KateBieriKVIA/status/961314983194906624?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 7, 2018</a></blockquote><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script><br /></div> larry kurtz Republicans scrambling to catch Democrats on legal cannabis http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2018/02/republicans-scrambling-to-catch.html interested party urn:uuid:2206aec0-d404-f303-ae4e-604a1451a46b Sun, 11 Feb 2018 13:22:08 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">So, I’m a cannabis advocate for five western states and don’t know anybody who actually has to buy it.<br /><br />Democrats in blue states already understand the added value to their campaigns but a red state Indianan gets it, too.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>“We don’t need to give him another ounce of our brain-space,” Dan Canon told the crowd of 40 people, hitting the TV mute as President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech began. Students seem drawn to Canon in part because he was one of the plaintiff attorneys in the lawsuit that became Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court case that legalized same-sex marriage. They like his stances on raising the federal minimum wage and providing Medicare for all. But it’s his full-throated support for legalizing medical marijuana at the federal level that has distinguished him in the eyes of many young voters, who consider it a threshold for taking any politician seriously. </b></i></blockquote><a href="https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/02/06/legal-marijuana-red-state-democrats-216941">Read that here.</a><br /><br />West Virginia is another red state where Democrats favor legal cannabis, <a href="http://wkrn.com/2018/02/01/medical-marijuana-efforts-began-with-democrats-before-turning-to-republicans/">so is Tennessee</a>. <br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>Voters would have another chance to weigh in on legalizing marijuana in Arizona under a proposal in the state House. The proposal from Republican Rep. Todd Clodfelter of Tucson and Democratic Rep. Mark Cardenas of Phoenix was announced Thursday. If approved by the House and Senate, it would be on November's ballot. [<a href="http://knau.org/post/arizona-democrat-republican-lawmakers-propose-pot-legalization">KNAU</a>]</b></i></blockquote>Legal cannabis has become a favorite in Minnesota's Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party gubernatorial primary, too. Even so-called 'moderate Democrats' are on board.<br /><br /><a href="http://helenair.com/news/local/montana-cannabis-conference-coming-to-state-capitol/article_70e331fd-2817-5b12-8824-6f6cfa13108f.html">Democrats in Montana</a>'s legislature want better testing for contaminants in cannabis to better serve that state's 18,953 registered therapeutic cannabis patients and 616 providers. <br /><br />In Nevada, Tribal Cannabis Consulting has established cannabis compacts with Gov. Brian Sandoval’s office and the Yerington Paiute, Ely Shoshone and Pyramid Lake Paiute tribes.<br /><br />And in California tribal nations want compacts with the state. <br /><br />Red state Alaska has a thriving cannabis industry.<br /><br />North Dakota has adopted therapeutic cannabis.<br /><br /><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2018/01/05/democratic-white-house-hopefuls-attack-sessions-over-marijuana-policy-change/">Democrats are keenly aware</a> that to <a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/01/democrats-should-get-higher-on-weed-in-2018.html">energize millennials</a> and a jaded base radical times call for <a href="https://the1a.org/shows/2018-02-07/dimes-into-dollars-the-marijauana-economy">sensible approaches to reforms</a> of civil liberties for all adults.<br /><br />Indian casinos are <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2016-10-31/america-s-legal-pot-economy-is-forced-underground">small banks</a>. It's time for states to enter cannabis compacts with tribal nations.<br /><br /><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><div dir="ltr" lang="en">Latest <a href="https://twitter.com/FoxNews?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@FoxNews</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Poll?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Poll</a> finds 59% of voters favor legalizing marijuana…a record high DETAILS: <a href="https://t.co/uqJpRKAtLk">https://t.co/uqJpRKAtLk</a> <a href="https://t.co/eO5Wnp5phS">pic.twitter.com/eO5Wnp5phS</a></div>— Fox News Poll (@foxnewspoll) <a href="https://twitter.com/foxnewspoll/status/961350204891987970?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 7, 2018</a></blockquote><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script><br /><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><div dir="ltr" lang="en">Colorado legalized marijuana in 2014, and <a href="https://twitter.com/GovofCO?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@GovofCO</a> says that since then "we haven't seen a spike in consumption -- but we HAVE seen millions of dollars in tax revenue."</div>— 1A (@1a) <a href="https://twitter.com/1a/status/961266311232917504?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 7, 2018</a></blockquote><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script><br /><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><div dir="ltr" lang="en">JUST IN: Colorado <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/marijuana?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#marijuana</a> shops raked in $1.5 billion in sales in 2017, a new yearly record for the state's 4-year-old industry. <a href="https://t.co/kyWSXvACyN">https://t.co/kyWSXvACyN</a></div>— The Cannabist (@cannabist) <a href="https://twitter.com/cannabist/status/962084590952370176?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 9, 2018</a></blockquote><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script><br /><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><div dir="ltr" lang="en">Marijuana spa planned for Denver, will offer 'ganja yoga' <a href="https://t.co/hTtEg0sFJa">https://t.co/hTtEg0sFJa</a> <a href="https://t.co/Lp7S70Fefk">pic.twitter.com/Lp7S70Fefk</a></div>— Denver Biz Journal (@denbizjournal) <a href="https://twitter.com/denbizjournal/status/961978773326483456?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 9, 2018</a></blockquote><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script><br /><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><div dir="ltr" lang="en">US Sen. <a href="https://twitter.com/CoryGardner?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CoryGardner</a> of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Colorado?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Colorado</a> is standing by his pledge to block Justice Department nominees until Jeff Sessions eases up on state-legal cannabis. <a href="https://t.co/JztdHajQuZ">https://t.co/JztdHajQuZ</a></div>— Leafly (@Leafly) <a href="https://twitter.com/Leafly/status/961383166668767233?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 7, 2018</a></blockquote><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script><br /><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><div dir="ltr" lang="en">My latest analysis: Lawmakers in at least six states are considering bills that would place marijuana legalization referendums on November ballots this year.<a href="https://t.co/uCh3hbPSAj">https://t.co/uCh3hbPSAj</a> <a href="https://t.co/pMxHbe7Lik">pic.twitter.com/pMxHbe7Lik</a></div>— Tom Angell cannabis montana politics public radio tribes us politics larry kurtz Sioux Empire Podcast 097 Owl Creek Bridge and Theresa Stehly https://www.thesiouxempire.com/sioux-empire-podcast-097-owl-creek-bridge-theresa-stehly/ The Sioux Empire Podcast urn:uuid:94186f81-5475-67b2-ad93-a0a30c73fa1c Sat, 10 Feb 2018 17:31:11 +0000 <p>This podcast contains adult content, listener discretion advised. Theresa Stehly makes her triumphant return to The Sioux Empire Podcast this week to tell Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, Natasha Estes, and Dustin Buri all about city government and her adventures in amateur journalism. But first, Seth give the crew a little run down on “An Occurrence […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.thesiouxempire.com/sioux-empire-podcast-097-owl-creek-bridge-theresa-stehly/">Sioux Empire Podcast 097 Owl Creek Bridge and Theresa Stehly</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.thesiouxempire.com">TheSiouxEmpire.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/397192347&amp;color=%23ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_teaser=true&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="300" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">This podcast contains adult content, listener discretion advised.</span></i></p> <p>Theresa Stehly makes her triumphant return to The Sioux Empire Podcast this week to tell Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, Natasha Estes, and Dustin Buri all about city government and her adventures in amateur journalism. But first, Seth give the crew a little run down on &#8220;An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge&#8221; by Ambrose Bierce. A story Kurt Vonnegut called “the greatest American short story.” Theresa tells us all about her newsletter “The Stehly Report” and talks about what it would be like to run a small newspaper. She also gives us an update on last week’s legislative coffee and a quick rundown of recent city news. This episode is brought to you by Sioux Falls Sno Jam Comedy Festival celebrating comedy and&#8230;Snow! That&#8217;s right there is no other comedy festival like it. Thirty comedians from around the country will be traveling to Sioux Falls, SD to perform in various venues across the city. Over the course of three days they will perform in both stand up and themed showcases, not only testing their comedy wits but their endurance to the cold. All the while supporting a good cause. Net proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics of South Dakota. Kurt Vonnegut also once called The Sioux Empire Podcast “the greatest American Podcast.” Sure he died seven years before this podcast existed, but you’d be amazed what you can find out with an ouija board and enough cough medicine.</p> <p>Seth’s Book Club<br /> An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce<br /> &#8220;An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge&#8221;, a short story by American author Ambrose Bierce, is &#8220;one of the most famous and frequently anthologized stories in American literature&#8221;. Originally published by The San Francisco Examiner on July 13, 1890, it was first collected in Bierce&#8217;s 1891 book Tales of Soldiers and Civilians. The story is set during the American Civil War, in which Bierce himself was a soldier.</p> <p>&#8220;An Occurrence&#8221; is renowned for its irregular time sequence and twist ending. Bierce&#8217;s narrative, discarding linear sequence, and adopting the protagonist&#8217;s inner experience, is an early employment of stream of consciousness. Calling it &#8220;the greatest American short story,&#8221; author Kurt Vonnegut added, &#8220;It isn&#8217;t remotely political. It is a flawless example of American genius, like &#8216;Sophisticated Lady&#8217; by Duke Ellington or the Franklin stove.&#8221;</p> <p><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Occurrence_at_Owl_Creek_Bridge" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Occurrence_at_Owl_Creek_Bridge</a></p> <p>It has been adapted as a film, as well as an episode of the twilight zone and, has been imitated in popular culture thousands of times.</p> <p>Tags and Topics:</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Robert Mehling, Natasha Estes, Seth Glover, Theresa Stehly, Voting, Government Spending, The Stehly Report, Tom Walsh, Great Life, Golf Contract, Pat Starr, Snow Gates, John Hult, Tim Stanga, Greg Belfrage, Patrick Lalley, KSOO, Kermit Staggers, Gary Hanson, Utility Costs, Pam Nelson, Minnehaha County, Mike Milstead, Minnehaha County Sheriff, Argus Leader, Small Newspapers, Gannett Media, Joe Sneve, Jeff Barth, Crime, Todd Epp, KELO, Veterans Cemetery, Larry P. 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But first, Seth give the crew a little run down on &#8220;An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge&#8221; by Ambrose Bierce. A story Kurt Vonnegut called “the greatest American short story.” Theresa tells us all about her newsletter “The Stehly Report” and talks about what it would be like to run a small newspaper. She also gives us an update on last week’s legislative coffee and a quick rundown of recent city news. This episode is brought to you by Sioux Falls Sno Jam Comedy Festival celebrating comedy and&#8230;Snow! That&#8217;s right there is no other comedy festival like it. Thirty comedians from around the country will be traveling to Sioux Falls, SD to perform in various venues across the city. Over the course of three days they will perform in both stand up and themed showcases, not only testing their comedy wits but their endurance to the cold. All the while supporting a good cause. Net proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics of South Dakota. Kurt Vonnegut also once called The Sioux Empire Podcast “the greatest American Podcast.” Sure he died seven years before this podcast existed, but you’d be amazed what you can find out with an ouija board and enough cough medicine.<br /> Seth’s Book Club<br /><br /> An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce<br /><br /> &#8220;An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge&#8221;, a short story by American author Ambrose Bierce, is &#8220;one of the most famous and frequently anthologized stories in American literature&#8221;. Originally published by The San Francisco Examiner on July 13, 1890, it was first collected in Bierce&#8217;s 1891 book Tales of Soldiers and Civilians. The story is set during the American Civil War, in which Bierce himself was a soldier.<br /> &#8220;An Occurrence&#8221; is renowned for its irregular time sequence and twist ending. Bierce&#8217;s narrative, discarding linear sequence, and adopting the protagonist&#8217;s inner experience, is an early employment of stream of consciousness. Calling it &#8220;the greatest American short story,&#8221; author Kurt Vonnegut added, &#8220;It isn&#8217;t remotely political. It is a flawless example of American genius, like &#8216;Sophisticated Lady&#8217; by Duke Ellington or the Franklin stove.&#8221;<br /> <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Occurrence_at_Owl_Creek_Bridge" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Occurrence_at_Owl_Creek_Bridge</a><br /> It has been adapted as a film, as well as an episode of the twilight zone and, has been imitated in popular culture thousands of times.<br /> Tags and Topics:<br /> Robert Mehling, Natasha Estes, Seth Glover, Theresa Stehly, Voting, Government Spending, The Stehly Report, Tom Walsh, Great Life, Golf Contract, Pat Starr, Snow Gates, John Hult, Tim Stanga, Greg Belfrage, Patrick Lalley, KSOO, Kermit Staggers, Gary Hanson, Utility Costs, Pam Nelson, Minnehaha County, Mike Milstead, Minnehaha County Sheriff, Argus Leader, Small Newspapers, Gannett Media, Joe Sneve, Jeff Barth, Crime, Todd Epp, KELO, Veterans Cemetery, Larry P. Zikmund, City Council, South DaCola, Jim Schmidt, Lincoln County, Lura Roti, Bruce Danielson, Mixed Use parking Ramp, Gold Plated Ramp, Annexation, Llyod Company, Tax Increment Financing, TIF, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, Ambrose Bierce, Civil War, Kurt Vonnegut, Dustin Buri, Sioux Falls Sno Jam Comedy Festival<br /> Letter: Jackley a Soros dupe http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2018/02/letter-jackley-soros-dupe.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:61a62676-4fb4-08cd-f223-dbad477fec52 Sat, 10 Feb 2018 13:28:43 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Marty Jackley is a closeted liberal? Who knew?<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>Candidate Marty Jackley, current attorney general, bears watching with extreme prejudice. Mr. Jackley's infamous reputation letting fellow elected and appointed officials skate on felonious conduct should raise red flags. The EB-5, GEAR UP and Redfield Sunflower plant scams are documented proof of red flag cases that cost our state over a hundred million, no criminals brought to justice. Ultimate red flag however and little known fact is, Mr. Jackley's acceptance to the <a href="https://www.aspeninstitute.org/news/press-release/aspen-institute-selects-rising-stars-governance-its-rodel-fellowships-public-leaders/">Aspen Institute Rodel Fellowship class of 2011</a>. Why should this be of concern you are wondering? The Aspen Institute is an ultra liberal think tank based in Washington, D.C., that promotes radical environmentalism and views America as a nation plagued by deep-seated "structural racism." The Aspen Institute is directly funded by none other than George Soros and his Open Society Foundations.</b></i></blockquote><a href="http://www.mitchellrepublic.com/opinion/4401442-letter-careful-jackley">Read the rest here.</a><br /><br />Steve Novotny is exactly the kind of <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2018/01/wadhams-candidate-for-south-dakota.html">principled conservative</a> who should run as a third party or unaffiliated race for South Dakota governor.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="271" scrolling="no" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fpermalink.php%3Fstory_fbid%3D525877764463138%26id%3D100011227564714&amp;width=500" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" width="500"></iframe></div></div> larry kurtz My 17 year old daughter registered to vote this week. https://www.dailykos.com/story/2018/2/9/1740049/-My-17-year-old-daughter-registered-to-vote-this-week South Dakota Kos urn:uuid:3fbd3ee0-ec93-0b05-6994-51f90db43fa1 Fri, 09 Feb 2018 17:12:20 +0000 <p>She’ll be 18 in August, so she’ll get to vote in what will be a “Wave” election <em>if  </em>we work hard enough this year.</p> <p>The only way to<em> guarantee </em>a wave is through massive voter registration. The polls now, e.g., the generic ballot, are based on <em>past </em>electorates.  Expand that electorate and you can add points for the good guys in those polls.  That includes massive registration of all ages, but particularly young people, who when they vote, are strongly Democratic.</p> <p>These are the first of the “Post-Millennials” to reach voting age.  (There doesn’t yet seem to be a name for their cohort.  How about <strong>“The Posters”</strong>? Has a ring, no?)</p> <p>My “Poster” daughter and her (also Poster) sister have become very politically active and interested — and not just because of my influence. They’ve done papers on voter suppression, the Nunes “memo” and other topics and now can’t wait to vote. <em>[Obligatory choked up comment about how I can’t believe it’s been 15 years since they toddled into the voting booth with me and I explained what was going on.</em> <em>Sniff</em>.] Now they insist I watch every video mocking Trump et al., including the ghastly “wind blows hair up, disgusting millions” clip. (Thanks a lot, girls.)</p> <p>My daughter registered as part of a school registration program, which raised these questions for me:</p> <blockquote> <p>How many schools have a program like that?</p> <p>How are they organized?</p> <p>Who is doing the organizing?</p> <p>How often is it done?</p> <p>Who in liberal and Democratic groups is coordinating it:</p> <ul> <li>Nationally</li> <li>By state</li> <li>By Congressional District</li> <li>By School District</li> </ul> </blockquote> <p>Students’ motivation should have some effect on their parents, encouraging them to get off their <s>asses</s> couches to register and vote.</p> <p><a href="http://www.90for90.org/" target="_blank">90for90.org</a> and other registration groups can inspire this effort.</p> <p><a href="https://www.rockthevote.org/wp-content/uploads/publications/field/voter-registration-how-to.pdf" target="_blank">Rock the Vote</a> has a guide for registration efforts.</p> <p>So does <a href="https://www.lwv.org/educating-voters/high-school-voter-registration" target="_blank">The League of Women Voters</a>.</p> <p>First time voters can help change this country.</p> <p class="is-empty-p"></p> <p class="AlignCenter"><strong><em>Go Posters!</em></strong></p> <p class="is-empty-p"></p> highschool posters VoterRegistration rss@dailykos.com (Bethesda 1971) Kelley: out of state money greases South Dakota Republicans http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2018/02/kelley-out-of-state-money-greases-south.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:e010c095-2ba5-30b2-e916-dac02d1c4896 Thu, 08 Feb 2018 12:33:54 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5PQyMdEz33Y/WnxBV8Tlr6I/AAAAAAAAF8Y/3GJjzIOVJLc0CWgk_sQqBllbfT9i9at3ACLcBGAs/s1600/26918_1425011190283_5363631_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="540" data-original-width="720" height="150" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5PQyMdEz33Y/WnxBV8Tlr6I/AAAAAAAAF8Y/3GJjzIOVJLc0CWgk_sQqBllbfT9i9at3ACLcBGAs/s200/26918_1425011190283_5363631_n.jpg" width="200" /></a></div>Don Kelley is a cool guy: as a fellow Kucinich watcher on a western South Dakota burro, windmills often become mutually quixotic destinations.<br /><br />With nurse and partner, Kim, the Vietnam-era former pathologist has built a small farm along one Black Hills elk migration route within prime mushroom habitat just off the Merritt Estes Road between US385 and the Nemo Road on the border of Pennington and Lawrence Counties. They have been part of Dakota Rural Action, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/don.kelley.7374">Solarize South Dakota </a>and off-grid builders for at least two decades.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>There’s an unfortunate trend in the actions of recent S.D. Legislatures. Many lawmakers seem wary of too much democracy, claiming that we voters can be easily swayed by outside influences (justifying the Legislature’s repeal of last year’s initiated measure which aimed to reduce the influence of money in politics). There’s an irony here: many S.D. legislators attend sessions organized by ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council), where large corporations provide model legislation favorable to big business, encouraging attendees to introduce these bills in state legislatures. This sounds a lot like outside influence. ALEC’s stamp can be clearly seen on S.D. laws, including reductions in the power of workers’ unions, preservation of the monopoly power of energy utilities, and the encouragement of a siege mentality regarding peaceful protests against certain corporate projects, such as pipelines. In this last example, we’ve seen attempts to restrict the right of assembly and militarization of law enforcement’s response to demonstrations. The fact that much funding for the ALEC organization comes from fossil-fuel energy companies owned by the Koch brothers may explain the emphasis in these areas. We elect legislators to represent us, not to overrule us in favor of their corporate backers. [<a href="http://rapidcityjournal.com/opinion/letters/feb-letters/article_41a631cd-21fc-5ded-a7c3-17125a7007d5.html">LTE, Don Kelley, Rapid City Journal</a>]</b></i></blockquote>Rapid City-based Chiesman Center for Democracy chronicles South Dakotans' <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2015/03/chiesman-voter-fatigue-plaguing-south.html">voter fatigue and disgust</a> plaguing democracy in the <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/11/earth-hater-wants-to-end-workers-rights.html">red moocher state</a>.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>We all tend to agree that we want our legislative body to be the best it can be, with the very best and brightest at the helm. We can also agree that we want our legislature to be comprised of members who reflect the very demographics of South Dakota. If that is true, then instead of retirees and the self-employed we need to create a legislature that allows for and encourages diversity.</b></i></blockquote><a href="https://chiesman.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/will-raising-sd-legislator-pay-attract-a-more-diverse-group-of-candidates-for-public-office-thats-the-10000-question/">Read that here.</a><br /><br />South Dakota's GOP legislators and candidates have enjoyed millions in lobbyist benefits from the Kochs' contribution arm, the <a href="http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/South_Dakota_ALEC_Politicians">American Legislative Exchange Council</a>; the state's junior senator was elected with cash from ALEC-backed <a href="http://sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=National_Federation_of_Independent_Business">National Federation of Independent Business</a>.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><b><i>Common Cause filed <a href="http://www.commoncause.org/issues/more-democracy-reforms/alec/whistleblower-complaint/supplemental-complaint-2015/supplemental-complaint-2015.pdf">a supplement</a> to its three-year-old tax whistleblower complaint against ALEC, and the two groups sent <a href="http://www.commoncause.org/policy-and-litigation/letters-to-government-officials/joint-letter-to-irs-alec-tax-status.pdf">a joint letter</a> to Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen demanding an investigation, collection of fines and back taxes, and the revocation of ALEC’s status as a tax-exempt charity.</i></b></blockquote><a href="http://www.commoncause.org/press/press-releases/groups-add-to-evidence-in-alec-tax-fraud-claim.html">Read more here.</a><br /><br />Pierre is a shithole where hypocrisy is simply a day to day occurrence and <a href="http://www.blackhillsfox.com/content/news/South-Dakota-lawmakers-reject-transparency-bill-472785793.html">Republican earth haters conspire to occlude</a> their pay to play existence while passing legislation to <a href="http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/state-and-regional/sd-panel-moves-to-curb-out-of-state-money-for/article_9804b3cc-ab6f-5a37-a22e-97fb64558bdb.html">prevent Democrats</a> from changing the status quo. <br /><br />Little wonder <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2018/01/south-dakota-voters-are-disgusted.html">South Dakota voters are disgusted.</a></div> larry kurtz Even red state Democrats are embracing legal cannabis http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2018/02/even-red-state-democrats-are-embracing.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:5242805d-817f-a4c6-68ff-cde01d90e812 Wed, 07 Feb 2018 17:47:24 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">So, I’m a cannabis advocate for five western states and don’t know anybody who actually has to buy it.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>“We don’t need to give him another ounce of our brain-space,” Dan Canon told the crowd of 40 people, hitting the TV mute as President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech began. Students seem drawn to Canon in part because he was one of the plaintiff attorneys in the lawsuit that became Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court case that legalized same-sex marriage. They like his stances on raising the federal minimum wage and providing Medicare for all. But it’s his full-throated support for legalizing medical marijuana at the federal level that has distinguished him in the eyes of many young voters, who consider it a threshold for taking any politician seriously. </b></i></blockquote><a href="https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/02/06/legal-marijuana-red-state-democrats-216941">Read that here.</a><br /><br />West Virginia is another red state where Democrats favor legal cannabis. <br /><br />Revenues from therapeutic cannabis in New Mexico during the first quarter of 2017 reached $19 million, an 86 percent increase over the first quarter of 2016. Total receipts for 2017 are projected to exceed $83.5 million.<br /><br />Legal <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/12/minnesota-adds-conditions-to.html">cannabis has become a favorite</a> in Minnesota's Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party gubernatorial primary, too. Even so-called 'moderate Democrats' are on board.<br /><br />Democrats in Montana's legislature want better testing for contaminants in cannabis to better serve that state's 18,953 registered therapeutic cannabis patients and 616 providers.<br /><br />In Nevada, Tribal Cannabis Consulting has established cannabis compacts with Gov. Brian Sandoval’s office and the Yerington Paiute, Ely Shoshone and Pyramid Lake Paiute tribes.<br /><br />And in California tribal nations want compacts with the state. <br /><br />Red state Alaska has a thriving cannabis industry.<br /><br />North Dakota has adopted <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/12/tribune-editorial-north-dakota-stalling.html">therapeutic cannabis</a>.<br /><br />Not really South, not really Dakota: the state represents everything that is wrong with America and 2018 could be the year the South Dakota Democratic Party dies in a whimpering puddle. <br /><br />Democrats are fleeing South Dakota, <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2018/01/south-dakota-voters-are-disgusted.html">voters are disgusted</a> and <a href="http://dakotafreepress.com/2015/10/13/mobilizing-power-of-pot-politics-questionable-as-decriminalization-petition-sinks/">anti-cannabis Democrat Cory Heidelberger</a> lost his District 3 statehouse bid to earth hater Al Novstrup. <br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>So, legalization initiatives have a clear Democratic benefit. Democratic-leaning voters, who otherwise might have stayed home, could turn out to vote on marijuana reform. Some may leave other parts of the ballot blank, but Democrats could see a meaningful benefit overall. In a race that is close, a few thousand votes here or there could force an incumbent Republican Senator to pack up his office or shift a state’s electoral votes from red to blue. [<a href="https://www.brookings.edu/blog/fixgov/2016/10/28/cannabis-coattails/">Brookings Institution</a>]</b></i></blockquote>Since Heidelberger began blogging Democratic registration numbers have gone right down the toilet.<br /><br />Primaries are expensive and allow far too much mischief: since turnout is so pathetic especially during midterms the drain-circling South Dakota Democratic Party should end them and choose candidates at the state conventions.<br /><br />Indian casinos are <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2016-10-31/america-s-legal-pot-economy-is-forced-underground">small banks</a>. It's time for states to enter <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2018/02/yankton-sioux-tribe-should-build.html">cannabis compacts with tribal nations</a>.<br /><br />Democrats are keenly aware that to energize millennials and a jaded base radical times call for sensible approaches to reforms of civil liberties for all adults.</div> larry kurtz Ellison blows whistle on Trump follies http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2018/02/ellison-blows-whistle-on-trump-follies.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:de47823e-8ce2-a1b2-1be9-e02b2f2fe61d Wed, 07 Feb 2018 14:15:10 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><div dir="ltr" lang="en">In the age of Trump, fliers, stickers, banners and posters supporting white supremacy are increasingly circulating on U.S. college campuses; such incidents saw a dramatic uptick in fall 2017, according to a new report from the Anti-Defamation League.</div>— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) <a href="https://twitter.com/keithellison/status/961182523572342784?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 7, 2018</a></blockquote><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script><br /><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><div dir="ltr" lang="en">The Exalted Leader’s latest idiot (and authoritarian) idea. <a href="https://t.co/eJXt06kJSe">https://t.co/eJXt06kJSe</a></div>— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) <a href="https://twitter.com/keithellison/status/961214255033999360?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 7, 2018</a></blockquote><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script><br /><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><div dir="ltr" lang="en">If you think the Authoritarian’s aspirations can never really be realized, then think about what you thought about him winning the Republican nomination, much less winning the presidency. <a href="https://t.co/hmODhESfRT">https://t.co/hmODhESfRT</a></div>— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) <a href="https://twitter.com/keithellison/status/961215270844096512?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 7, 2018</a></blockquote><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script><br /></div> larry kurtz Rapid City Journal's sister paper unionizing newsroom http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2018/02/rapid-city-journals-sister-newspaper.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:4e70ec61-ceb0-acbf-92fa-4dda4a59f653 Tue, 06 Feb 2018 23:04:31 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We have officially begun the process of forming a union in order to strengthen local media in the Cowboy State. <a href="https://t.co/HB5UoXL2md">pic.twitter.com/HB5UoXL2md</a></p>&mdash; Casper News Guild (@caspernewsguild) <a href="https://twitter.com/caspernewsguild/status/960894675367313409?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 6, 2018</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></div> larry kurtz Tribal sovereignty at risk to Kristi Noem, GOP http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2018/02/tribal-sovereignty-at-risk-to-kristi.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:0d58b4c2-95b6-d3e6-9aa9-cea7dd60f6f8 Tue, 06 Feb 2018 22:48:36 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">In the wake of tribal nations offering sanctuary to deportees two extremist US Representatives, Kristi Noem of South Dakota and Trey Gowdy of South Carolina are pushing a bill to erode sovereignty even further. South Dakota is not a Public Law 280 district that gives the state's law enforcement industry jurisdiction of reservations. <br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>Brent Leonhard, attorney for the Umatilla Confederated Tribes of Oregon said, “There was no consultation on this bill and it will have far reaching negative consequences for tribes and will disrupt tribal/federal/state relations. The bill would allow US Marshalls to arrest tribal members on their reservations with state warrants without having to comply with any tribal/state MOU (memorandum of understanding) or tribal extradition process.” The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe vociferously expressed its concern about the bill. </b></i></blockquote><a href="https://www.indianz.com/News/2018/02/05/native-sun-news-today-tribal-sovereignty.asp">Read the rest here.</a><br /><br />These nations should secede from South Dakota and other red states then petition for an enabling act that would create America's 51st State.</div> larry kurtz Mentele blasts South Dakota's extremist legislature http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2018/02/mentele-blasts-south-dakotas-extremist.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:f8976595-a6c3-a567-7a1b-f3265a73cbea Tue, 06 Feb 2018 22:31:32 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="610" scrolling="no" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fmelissa.mentele.9%2Fposts%2F10156106052507930&amp;width=500" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" width="500"></iframe><br /></div> larry kurtz The BS detectors blare whenever Trump speaks http://northernbeacon.blogspot.com/2018/02/the-bs-detectors-blare-whenever-trump.html Northern Valley Beacon urn:uuid:ea5f4dda-62fe-877a-860e-0a86300a1c8b Sun, 04 Feb 2018 19:06:10 +0000 <span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">Every national &nbsp;major news organization had a team of journalists fact check Trump's State of the Union speech. &nbsp;And these fact checks were not simply a matter of&nbsp;reviewing notable claims made in the speech for accuracy, as has been the practice in years past. &nbsp;They were word-by-words examinations of how what Trump said matched with the facts.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">Here are some of the major fact checks:</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><b><a href="https://apnews.com/e37867ab28704abfbd9ac3dc8ae9612d">Associated Press</a></b></span><span style="font-kerning: none;"><br /></span><span style="-webkit-font-kerning: none;"><b><a href="https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/30/politics/state-of-the-union-address-fact-check/index.html">CNN</a></b></span><b><br /></b><span style="font-kerning: none;"><b><a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/fact-check-trump-state-of-the-union-2018-01-30-live-updates/">CBS News</a></b></span><b><br /></b><span style="font-kerning: none;"><b><a href="https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/politics/2018/01/31/fact-checking-trumps-state-union-speech/109974964/">USA Today</a></b></span><b><br /></b><span style="font-kerning: none;"><b><a href="https://www.npr.org/2018/01/30/580378279/trumps-state-of-the-union-address-annotated">NPR</a></b></span><b><br /></b><span style="font-kerning: none;"><b><a href="http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2018/jan/30/fact-checking-donald-trumps-2018-state-union-speec/">Politifact</a></b></span><b><br /></b><span style="font-kerning: none;"><b><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/30/us/politics/fact-check-sotu.html">New York Times</a></b></span><b><br /></b><span style="-webkit-font-kerning: none;"><b><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/politics/fact-checking-the-2018-state-of-the-union-address/2018/01/31/a56a728a-0653-11e8-aa61-f3391373867e_video.html?utm_term=.63209ff6cac7">Washington Post</a></b></span></span></blockquote><br /><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; min-height: 12px;"><span style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">Dona</span></span><span style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">ld Trump is a symptom. &nbsp;No one with a minimal degree of moral and mental sentience can deny what a profoundly defective, corrupt person &nbsp;he is. &nbsp;He has a documented record of fraud, &nbsp;swindling, lying, associations with organized crime in the &nbsp;U.S. and abroad, &nbsp;and failure. &nbsp;Those who support him support corruption as a part of government. &nbsp;There is a substantial portion of the electorate which subscribes to the idea that success is anything you can get away with. &nbsp;They are the people who celebrate organized crime as portrayed in <i>The Godfather </i>and <i>The Sopranos </i>as the ultimate realization of the American Dream. &nbsp;His election to president is a symptom of the massive intellectual and moral failure of American democracy. &nbsp;As with the so-called banana republics, &nbsp;corruption has won over integrity and competence. &nbsp;</span></div><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">The big question is how did America, home of the Greatest Generation, become so stupid and jaded that this could happen. &nbsp;George Orwell offers an analysis in his depiction of a populace that is constantly beleaguered by propaganda through the media. &nbsp;They are so inured to the ceaseless stream of advertising and promotion directed at them that they have lost interest and the ability to separate fact-based declarations from unsupported and groundless assertions. &nbsp;They do not respond to language, &nbsp;but merely endure it as a factor of their environment, &nbsp;like an ever-present fog. &nbsp; To about half the people, words do not convey information. &nbsp;They are simply the stimulus signals like the bell that makes Pavlov's dog salivate: &nbsp;they react in the ways they have been conditioned to as repressed, obedient organisms. &nbsp;Like those products of ISIS who willingly strap on suicide vests to kill innocents, many Americans willingly react without mind to what their leaders prompt them to do. &nbsp;They are zombies subject to the control of people they regard as their masters. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">Their linguistic currency is bullshit. &nbsp;The English language has no non-defecatory synonym for<i> bullshit</i>. &nbsp;The dictionaries define it as&nbsp;</span><span style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(102, 102, 102); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">nonsense, lies, exaggeration, and&nbsp;</span></span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">foolish insolent talk. &nbsp;But the colloquial term is the most evocative in its&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(59, 62, 65);">reference to revulsive animal waste. And so, when Donald Trump speaks, the press employs its bullshit detectors and identifies every word he says in terms of nonsense, lies, exaggeration, and foolish insolence. &nbsp;The significance of Trump's speech is not in any factual information it conveys, but in the kind of bullshit it invokes.</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(59, 62, 65);"><br /></span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(59, 62, 65);">But there is a linguistic&nbsp;<a href="https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anomaly">anomaly </a>in Trump's speech that explains why everything he says is nonsense. &nbsp;Words have meaning because they name natural facts. &nbsp;Language emanates from the natural universe. &nbsp;They name objects, relationships, and processes that are observable to all. &nbsp;Facts are</span></span><span class="dt " style="color: #3b3e41; display: inline; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; letter-spacing: 0.6399999856948853px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;"><span class="mw_t_bc" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px;">&nbsp;</span>something that has actual existence &nbsp;or are actual occurrences. &nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">We understand what words mean because we can observe and experience what they refer to. &nbsp; However, when the words a person uses do not refer to anything factual that can be verified, they are nonsense. &nbsp;Bullshit. &nbsp;Most of what Trump says proves to be fabricated nonsense. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(59, 62, 65);"><br /></span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(59, 62, 65);">An example is his campaign slogan, Make America Great Again. &nbsp;The slogan is based on the premise that America has lost its claim to greatness. &nbsp; The election of Barack Obama as president was seen throughout the world as a sign that America was advancing in its quest for equality. &nbsp;That is, except to those people who harbored and clung to old racial prejudices, who prefer to believe that minorities are inferior to whites. &nbsp;"Make America Great Again" appealed to these people because the election of a black president was a refutation of the white supremacy that they prefer as a national state of affairs. &nbsp;The fall from greatness stated by the slogan was not a factual case. &nbsp;Under Obama, the U.S. assumed a status of world leadership that was lauded throughout the world. &nbsp;Under Trump and Rex Tillerson, the U.S. hs relinguished that role and has turned leadership over to China, the European Union, and other nations that are stepping up to the fill the void Trump created. &nbsp;And under Trump, &nbsp;many of the advances in civil rights and equality have been either halted or reversed.</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(59, 62, 65);"><br /></span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">Trump claims, such as the cheering of Muslims during the 9/11 attacks and the wire-tapping of Trump Towers by Obama, have been proven to be total fabrications. &nbsp;But that&nbsp;segment of the population that clings to its Nazi-like malice rejoices in Trump's false claims. It is all made up bullshit. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">It is difficult to find any statements made by Trump that have a basis in actuality. &nbsp;His tweets and other public statements are expressions of his depraved attitudes and motives, not anything that can be proven as fact. &nbsp;He depends almost totally on the kind of power that CEOs exercise over employees or contractors who fear for their job and lives. &nbsp;The sycophants and corporate sucks who serve CEOs learn quickly to adopt the attitudes and endorse the utterances of their bosses, &nbsp;no matter how bigoted. malicious, or false. &nbsp;Trump's White House and GOP sucks play that game. &nbsp;The so-called Nunes memo is an exercise in detaching words from the facts they purport to report. &nbsp;It follows Trump's employment of Doublespeak in the havoc it wreaks on language. &nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><b style="color: #222222;">Doublespeak, </b><span style="color: #222222;">as a concept developed by George Orwell,&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222;">is a language that deliberately&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obfuscation" style="background-image: none; color: #0b0080; text-decoration: none;" title="Obfuscation">obscures</a><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222;">, disguises, distorts, or reverses the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meaning_(linguistics)" style="background-image: none; color: #0b0080; text-decoration: none;" title="Meaning (linguistics)">meaning</a><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222;">&nbsp;of words. &nbsp;The Tump administration and his dedicated GOP sucks are prodigious fabricators of such&nbsp;</span></span><span style="color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">language. &nbsp;Doublespeak clouds actuality with a dense fog of depravity and malice.</span><br /><span style="color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">If there is hope that the promises of democracy for liberty, equality, and justice may prevail somewhere, somehow, it lies with people who are smart enough and educated enough to&nbsp;maintain stewardship over the&nbsp;integrity of the language. &nbsp;It is not a matter of partisanship, &nbsp;but of a respectful&nbsp;appreciation of the tool fostered by mankind that is the basis for our life-sustaining achievements. &nbsp;The attempts to&nbsp;subvert science and language should alarm the nation that all the benefits of democracy are under siege. &nbsp;But that understanding is unlikely in a nation that&nbsp;elected Donald Trump president.</span><br /><span style="color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Those with enough mental acumen to understand how lethal bullshit can be will be the ones we depend upon to conserve our language and the human&nbsp;enterprise it makes possible. &nbsp;As the U.S. developed, one of the first things that aspiring&nbsp;communities established was schools that educated&nbsp;children in the use of language. &nbsp;Over time, &nbsp;the study of language arts and critical thinking skills has been&nbsp;systematically undermined in our schools and further degraded by the constant noise of BS in the media. &nbsp;People who&nbsp;retain some respect and understanding of fact-based language are&nbsp;the ones who can restore it to usefulness. &nbsp;But it may be too late for that to happen in the U.S., which is rapidly establishing itself as a nation of organized crime. &nbsp; They may have to think about where they can recolonize.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span> David Newquist And Just Like That, The Deficit Explodes: The Saga Of Our Spend And Borrow Republicans http://theconstantcommoner.blogspot.com/2018/02/and-just-like-that-deficit-explodes.html THE CONSTANT COMMONER urn:uuid:2a26a69a-43c2-c251-07ed-36986e2b28a0 Sun, 04 Feb 2018 18:53:40 +0000 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<b><span style="font-size: x-large;">T</span>he phony-baloneyism of the GOP's persistent mantra about the need to contain federal <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.mitchellrepublic.com/sites/default/files/styles/16x9_620/public/0B-FgdyA7YzB-QngtMTBzMjhFV2c.jpg?itok=GrSlYwu2" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://www.mitchellrepublic.com/sites/default/files/styles/16x9_620/public/0B-FgdyA7YzB-QngtMTBzMjhFV2c.jpg?itok=GrSlYwu2" data-original-height="349" data-original-width="620" height="180" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: small;">Rounds, Thune, Noem</span><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;">See No Debt, Speak No Debt, Hear No Debt</span></b></td></tr></tbody></table>deficits was suddenly exposed last week.&nbsp; </b>The stock market nosedived, with the Dow Jones Industrial average falling more than a thousand points (<b><a href="https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/%5EDJI?p=^DJI" target="_blank">about 4%</a></b>).&nbsp; I don't think it was a coincidence that the market sank during a week in which President Trump's State of the Union speech&nbsp;<b><a href="http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/trump-makes-history-by-not-saying-budget-in-state-of/article_84bb06b6-f083-535c-9170-7a9bc77c42fb.html" target="_blank">ignored mentioning the budget</a>.&nbsp; </b>Trump had good reason to lay rhetorically low because it turns out that the United States Treasury is going to have to <b><a href="https://www.marketwatch.com/story/bond-market-braces-for-1-trillion-tsunami-of-treasurys-this-year-2018-01-16" target="_blank">sell nearly twice the bonds</a></b> than it did last year in order to finance government operations, much of the reason being a shortfall in revenues "due to sweeping tax cuts," according to the widely-followed financial website Marketwatch.com.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><b><span style="font-size: x-large;">&nbsp; &nbsp;I </span>spent a little over a decade ('78-'89) as a member/floor trader on the Chicago Board Options Exchange, and learned very quickly that rising interest rates are the fastest way to put the brakes on a bull market.&nbsp; </b>Considering that the United States Treasury is probably the biggest single borrower of money in the world, the need to raise a trillion dollars more than it did last year has already affected interest rates, pushing them higher, and <b><a href="https://www.marketwatch.com/story/bill-gross-says-bond-bear-market-confirmed-amid-treasurys-selloff-2018-01-09" target="_blank">probably will continue to do so</a></b> for the rest of the year.&nbsp; It's little wonder that President Trump chose to ignore the subject altogether last week.&nbsp; The financial markets weren't quite so oblivious, of course, pounding stocks and bonds unmercifully throughout the week.<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<b><span style="font-size: x-large;">M</span>eantime, our GOP reps in Congress have dropped their hypocritical tirades against expanding federal deficits.&nbsp; </b>Representative Kristi Noem once voted to shut down the entire government as a&nbsp;<b><a href="http://www.keloland.com/news/article/politics/noem-no-vote-was-about-the-debt-ceiling" target="_blank">statement against increasing federal deb</a>t.&nbsp; </b>Senator John Thune on his <b><a href="https://www.thune.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/fiscalresponsibility" target="_blank">website</a></b> has said "our country is on an unsustainable fiscal path."&nbsp; Senator Mike Rounds in 2016 <b><a href="https://dakotawarcollege.com/senator-mike-rounds-weekly-column-long-term-budget-forecast-debt-crisis-is-here/" target="_blank">sounded alarms</a></b> over federal debt, saying we're in "for a grim future . . . if we don't rein in spending . . . and address our $18 trillion dollar debt."<br /><div style="text-align: left;"></div><b><span style="font-size: x-large;">&nbsp; S</span>o how did these three follow up on their respective crusades against increased federal borrowing?&nbsp; </b>By completely ignoring the holy grail of Republican dogma against out-of-control budgets and voting enthusiastically for a tax cut that has already sent this year's borrowing requirements skyrocketing.&nbsp; So tough is the situation that Congress will have to<b><a href="https://www.marketwatch.com/story/cbo-treasury-will-run-out-of-cash-by-late-march-or-early-april-if-debt-ceiling-not-raised-2017-11-30" target="_blank"> raise the debt ceiling by late March</a></b> in order to make interest payments on U.S. Treasury notes.&nbsp; This will present our heretofore debt-averse reps in Washington with the exquisitely uncomfortable prospect of thinking about the unthinkable, i.e., increasing federal red ink.<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<span style="font-size: x-large; font-weight: bold;">O</span><b>ur reps had plenty of advance notice about this.&nbsp; </b>The Congressional Budget Office itself <b><a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/08/house-tax-reform-plan-would-raise-deficit-by-1-point-7-trillion-cbo.html" target="_blank">warned</a></b> about the tax cut increasing deficits by more than $1 trillion.&nbsp; But did our congressional delegation care?&nbsp; Not much.&nbsp; They made some <b><a href="http://rricketts.ba.ttu.edu/Tax%20Rates%20and%20Revenues.htm" target="_blank">history-defying</a></b> supply-side noises about increased economic growth creating more tax revenues, but now that the financial rubber is hitting the fiscal road, the United States Treasury can't depend on that political voodooism to materialize.&nbsp; It's planning on a boatload of borrowing needs this year.&nbsp; As that transpires, South Dakotans can plan on higher interest expenses as we compete against our own government for money.<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; <br />&nbsp; &nbsp; John Tsitrian Legal cannabis, death penalty circling drain in New Mexico Roundhouse http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2018/02/legal-cannabis-death-penalty-nixed-in.html interested party urn:uuid:5ff2cc09-5db8-b903-050f-3d908931a1fc Sun, 04 Feb 2018 13:53:03 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Despite soaring enrollment in New Mexico's therapeutic cannabis program and outrage over the grisly deaths of children Democratic legislators have abandoned a deal with the state's governor who recently scored at the bottom of US most popular.<br /><br />Members of the Senate Rules Committee voted 4-3 Friday to advance <a href="https://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/18%20Regular/bills/house/HB0312.html">HB0312</a> a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize cannabis for all adults. <br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>That decision keeps the measure alive, but it has little chance of making the November ballot. Even the amendment’s sponsor, Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino, D-Albuquerque, has said his proposal lacks enough support to clear the full 112-member Legislature to qualify for a vote of the people. [<a href="http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/legislature/legislative-roundup-feb/article_144741cd-1d9a-5089-887d-f081eeb17ebf.html">Legislative Roundup</a>]</b></i></blockquote><a href="https://www.leafly.com/news/politics/new-mexicos-new-legalization-bill-is-shockingly-good-too-bad-it-wont-pass">The bill</a> "includes a provision barring state and local law enforcement from cooperating with federal enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act in cases where the conduct is state-legal."<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>House Bill 155 was just the latest proposal by Republican legislators in recent years to reinstate capital punishment for certain murders. They argued the measure would have made the death penalty an option again for only the worst of the worst criminals. [<a href="http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/legislature/swift-end-for-house-bill-to-reinstate-death-penalty/article_4dec9f33-0253-50c3-8e22-16a12ba01f9a.html">Swift end for House bill to reinstate death penalty</a>]</b></i></blockquote>These are indicators of the power of the law enforcement and prison industries in <a href="http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/new-mexico-s-lost-decade-state-mired-in-economic-problems/article_88fb7f77-15a2-5f34-b8fc-9d3a79c46630.html">a state suffering for a decade</a> under a Republican governor.<br /><br />Democrats are keenly aware that to energize millennials and a jaded base radical times call for sensible approaches to the <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2018/01/jeff-sessions-channels-lee-atwater-with.html">preservation of civil liberties</a>.<br /><br />But why not <a href="http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2018/01/could-new-mexico-democrats-allow.html">throw Susana a bone</a> by letting her craft a legacy based on bipartisanship instead of on a history of lawsuits? <br /><br />Democrats should put a sunset clause on capital punishment applied after <a href="http://krqe.com/2017/08/14/motion-hearing-for-three-suspects-in-victoria-martens-case/">Victoria Martens' killers' trials, their appeals</a> and are put to death or imprisoned for life, draft legislation that accelerates legal cannabis then offer it to the governor.</div> cannabis I-25 larry kurtz Sioux Empire Podcast 096 The New Colossus with Polly Dean https://www.thesiouxempire.com/sioux-empire-podcast-096-new-colossus-polly-dean/ The Sioux Empire Podcast urn:uuid:d43d54c0-7724-a998-308f-b42279ce60d1 Sun, 04 Feb 2018 01:37:53 +0000 <p>This podcast contains adult content, listener discretion advised. This week The Sioux Empire Podcast Crew (Robert Mehling, Natasha Estes, and Seth Glover) get serious to talk about human trafficking with Polly Dean from The New Colossus.  But First, they talk about Russian Gun Advocates, arbitrary, meaningless lists,  and all of those bald glowing children in […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.thesiouxempire.com/sioux-empire-podcast-096-new-colossus-polly-dean/">Sioux Empire Podcast 096 The New Colossus with Polly Dean</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.thesiouxempire.com">TheSiouxEmpire.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/394134990&amp;color=%23ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_teaser=true&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="300" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">This podcast contains adult content, listener discretion advised.</span></i></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This week The Sioux Empire Podcast Crew (Robert Mehling, Natasha Estes, and Seth Glover) get serious to talk about human trafficking with Polly Dean from The New Colossus.  But First, they talk about Russian Gun Advocates, arbitrary, meaningless lists,  and all of those bald glowing children in Brandon.  This episode is brought to you by Sioux Falls Sno Jam Comedy Festival celebrating comedy and&#8230;Snow! That&#8217;s right there is no other comedy festival like it. Thirty comedians from around the country will be traveling to Sioux Falls, SD to perform in various venues across the city. Over the course of three days they will perform in both stand up and themed showcases, not only testing their comedy wits but their endurance to the cold. All the while supporting a good cause. Net proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics of South Dakota.  Don’t look into it but The Sioux Empire Podcast is the #1 podcast in the entire universe according to absolutelynotamadeuplistwebsiteseriously.fakeweb.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The New Colossus </span></p> <p><a href="http://www.thenewcolossus.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">http://www.thenewcolossus.org/</span></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.ksfy.com/content/news/New-online-donation-platform-launches-in-Sioux-Falls-470598863.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.ksfy.com/content/news/New-online-donation-platform-launches-in-Sioux-Falls-470598863.html</a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sno Jam Comedy Fest</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.siouxfallssnojamcomedyfest.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">http://www.siouxfallssnojamcomedyfest.com/</span></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Headlines</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Sioux Empire Podcast has no scruples and will totally launder your rubles.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.keloland.com/news/article/investigates/update-the-keloland-kremlin-connection" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">http://www.keloland.com/news/article/investigates/update-the-keloland-kremlin-connection</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Failing Grade</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.ksfy.com/content/news/Report-South-Dakota-lags-behind-in-tobacco-control-efforts-470913593.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">http://www.ksfy.com/content/news/Report-South-Dakota-lags-behind-in-tobacco-control-efforts-470913593.html</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">More arbitrary lists</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.ksfy.com/content/news/South-Dakota-ranks-worst-in-state-driving-laws-in-new-report-470998833.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">http://www.ksfy.com/content/news/South-Dakota-ranks-worst-in-state-driving-laws-in-new-report-470998833.html</span></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/business-journal/2018/02/01/premier-center-lands-top-50-busiest-u-s-concert-venues/1086265001/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/business-journal/2018/02/01/premier-center-lands-top-50-busiest-u-s-concert-venues/1086265001/</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Radioactive!  Radioactive!</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I guess all of those bald glowing children were drawing some attention.  </span></p> <p><a href="http://www.keloland.com/news/article/news/brandon-included-in-new-report-about-radium-in-tap-water?utm_medium=social&amp;utm_source=facebook_KELOLAND_News" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">http://www.keloland.com/news/article/news/brandon-included-in-new-report-about-radium-in-tap-water?utm_medium=social&amp;utm_source=facebook_KELOLAND_News</span></a></p> <p><b>Tags:</b></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, Natasha Estes, The New Colossus, Polly Dean, Argus Leader, Human Trafficking, arbitrary lists, KSFY, KELOLand, Law Enforcement, Bad Drivers, Brandon, Russia, Imagine Dragons, Internet Safety, Emotional Manipulation, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Snapchat, Criminal Record, Student Loans, Rehabilitation, Drugs</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.thesiouxempire.com/sioux-empire-podcast-096-new-colossus-polly-dean/">Sioux Empire Podcast 096 The New Colossus with Polly Dean</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.thesiouxempire.com">TheSiouxEmpire.com</a>.</p> Business Comedy Crime Education Health History Interview Opinion Podcast Politics Pop Culture Sioux Falls South Dakota Technology TheSiouxEmpire.com Top Stories Travel US World arbitrary lists Argus Leader Bad Drivers Brandon Criminal Record Drugs Emotional Manipulation Human Trafficking Imagine Dragons Internet Safety KELOLand KSFY Law Enforcement Natasha Estes Polly Dean Rehabilitation Robert Mehling Russia Seth Glover Snapchat Student Loans The New Colossus The Sioux Empire Podcast 1:20:11 yes This podcast contains adult content, listener discretion advised. This week The Sioux Empire Podcast Crew (Robert Mehling, Natasha Estes, and Seth Glover) get serious to talk about human trafficking with Polly Dean from The New Colossus.  But First, <br /> This podcast contains adult content, listener discretion advised.<br /> This week The Sioux Empire Podcast Crew (Robert Mehling, Natasha Estes, and Seth Glover) get serious to talk about human trafficking with Polly Dean from The New Colossus.  But First, they talk about Russian Gun Advocates, arbitrary, meaningless lists,  and all of those bald glowing children in Brandon.  This episode is brought to you by Sioux Falls Sno Jam Comedy Festival celebrating comedy and&#8230;Snow! That&#8217;s right there is no other comedy festival like it. Thirty comedians from around the country will be traveling to Sioux Falls, SD to perform in various venues across the city. Over the course of three days they will perform in both stand up and themed showcases, not only testing their comedy wits but their endurance to the cold. All the while supporting a good cause. Net proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics of South Dakota.  Don’t look into it but The Sioux Empire Podcast is the #1 podcast in the entire universe according to absolutelynotamadeuplistwebsiteseriously.fakeweb.  <br /> The New Colossus <br /> <a href="http://www.thenewcolossus.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.thenewcolossus.org/</a><br /> <a href="http://www.ksfy.com/content/news/New-online-donation-platform-launches-in-Sioux-Falls-470598863.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.ksfy.com/content/news/New-online-donation-platform-launches-in-Sioux-Falls-470598863.html</a><br /> Sno Jam Comedy Fest<br /> <a href="http://www.siouxfallssnojamcomedyfest.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.siouxfallssnojamcomedyfest.com/</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Headlines<br /> The Sioux Empire Podcast has no scruples and will totally launder your rubles.<br /> <a href="http://www.keloland.com/news/article/investigates/update-the-keloland-kremlin-connection" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.keloland.com/news/article/investigates/update-the-keloland-kremlin-connection</a><br /> A Failing Grade<br /> <a href="http://www.ksfy.com/content/news/Report-South-Dakota-lags-behind-in-tobacco-control-efforts-470913593.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.ksfy.com/content/news/Report-South-Dakota-lags-behind-in-tobacco-control-efforts-470913593.html</a><br /> More arbitrary lists<br /> <a href="http://www.ksfy.com/content/news/South-Dakota-ranks-worst-in-state-driving-laws-in-new-report-470998833.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.ksfy.com/content/news/South-Dakota-ranks-worst-in-state-driving-laws-in-new-report-470998833.html</a><br /> <a href="http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/business-journal/2018/02/01/premier-center-lands-top-50-busiest-u-s-concert-venues/1086265001/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/business-journal/2018/02/01/premier-center-lands-top-50-busiest-u-s-concert-venues/1086265001/</a><br /> Radioactive!  Radioactive!<br /> I guess all of those bald glowing children were drawing some attention.  <br /> <a href="http://www.keloland.com/news/article/news/brandon-included-in-new-report-about-radium-in-tap-water?utm_medium=social&amp;utm_source=facebook_KELOLAND_News" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.keloland.com/news/article/news/brandon-included-in-new-report-about-radium-in-tap-water?utm_medium=social&amp;utm_source=facebook_KELOLAND_News</a><br /> Tags:<br /> Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, Natasha Estes, The New Colossus, Polly Dean, Argus Leader, Human Trafficking, arbitrary lists, KSFY, KELOLand, Law Enforcement, Bad Drivers, Brandon, Russia, Imagine Dragons, Internet Safety, Emotional Manipulation, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Snapchat, Criminal Record, Student Loans, Rehabilitation, Drugs<br /> &nbsp;<br /> South Dakota Libertarians will spoil Dems' 2018 chances http://interested-party.blogspot.com/2018/02/south-dakota-libertarians-will-spoil.html interested party urn:uuid:737c911f-16fc-5d12-d4e1-23eae3d8535e Fri, 02 Feb 2018 21:07:28 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Straight out of the Dick Wadhams playbook: Libertarian Party candidate <a href="https://georgehendrickson.com/">George Hendrickson</a> has filed with the Federal Election Commission for South Dakota's lone US House seat running to the left of Democrat Tim Bjorkman on cannabis and civil liberties giving an easy win to whichever earth hater is nominated in June.<br /><br />Libertarian candidate for South Dakota governor CJ Abernathey has announced his intention to run to the left of Democrat Billie Sutton on cannabis and civil liberties giving an easy win to whichever earth hater is nominated for that race in June.<br /><br />In 2014 flip-flopping Larry Pressler was enlisted by earth hater operative Wadhams to run to the left in South Dakota's US Senate race as an unaffiliated candidate and successfully eroded Democrat Rick Weiland's base of support.<br /><br />Fact is: the best way to a strong two party system in South Dakota is for arch-conservatives to launch a third party. South Dakota's most ardent earth haters are still looking for <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/11/some-south-dakota-voters-are-waiting.html">principled conservatives</a> to run in statewide elections. Shad Olson, Stace Nelson, Neal Tapio and Lora Hubbel could be those candidates.<br /><br /><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><div dir="ltr" lang="en">Candidate Tim Bjorkman Says Strong Two Party System Best for South Dakota <a href="https://t.co/64ypvDcoGJ">https://t.co/64ypvDcoGJ</a></div>— Northern Plains News (@NPlainsNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/NPlainsNews/status/953305202806935554?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 16, 2018</a></blockquote><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script><br /><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><div dir="ltr" lang="en">Yes, that's why South Dakota needs to elect more Democrats. That one-party rule is bad. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/copolitics?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#copolitics</a> <a href="https://t.co/xPp4HCBEed">https://t.co/xPp4HCBEed</a></div>— Lynn Bartels (@lynn_bartels) <a href="https://twitter.com/lynn_bartels/status/953515574805504001?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 17, 2018</a></blockquote><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script><br /><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><div dir="ltr" lang="en">Thank you, Dick Wadhams, for showing up at my father's funeral. I burst out crying when I saw him. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/copolitics?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#copolitics</a> <a href="http://t.co/fAYfawxc36">pic.twitter.com/fAYfawxc36</a></div>— Lynn Bartels (@lynn_bartels) <a href="https://twitter.com/lynn_bartels/status/578264110070046720?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 18, 2015</a></blockquote><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script><br /><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="453" scrolling="no" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fcjabernathey%2Fposts%2F10160061883865232&amp;width=500" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" width="500"></iframe><br /><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="615" scrolling="no" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fcjabernathey%2Fposts%2F10160061478065232&amp;width=500" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" width="500"></iframe></div> cannabis sd politics larry kurtz Yankton Sioux Tribe should build cannabis resort http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2018/02/yankton-sioux-tribe-should-build.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:9189ba1f-a780-bed7-99a9-88f68246c530 Fri, 02 Feb 2018 15:34:46 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">In defiance of sabre-rattling from the Trump Organization threatening to end tribal sovereignty the Nevada Tribal Cannabis Alliance, the New Mexico-based Acoma Pueblo, Montana's Blackfeet, the Yankton Sioux Tribe and others are all exploring the economic benefits of cannabis grow/ops.<br /><br />Recall officials of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Nation advanced their cannabis initiative after an Iowa casino on the border cut into the tribe's gaming business. Iowa's earth hater governor signed a therapeutic cannabis bill into law.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>Native American tribes and a Deadwood gambling association are pushing back against a proposed casino and entertainment complex in southeastern South Dakota. Officials said Thursday that the Port Yankton project would hurt tribes and the state. A coalition of Nebraska and South Dakota tribes opposes the push, which would require a change to the state constitution.</b></i></blockquote><a href="http://www.kdlt.com/2018/02/01/native-american-tribes-push-back-yankton-casino-plan/">Read that here.</a><br /><br />The hypocrisy of Marty Jackley and the SDGOP is boundless. Jackley is a white supremacist bent on keeping tribes repressed. $20 says the State of South Dakota is paying off tribal officials to resist cannabis grow ops.<br /><br />This blog sees little value in the widespread cultivation of hemp especially on tribal lands: it is an invasive species capable of overgrowing native grasses and easily migrates into adjacent lands. Why anyone would want to buy genetically engineered seed from Monsanto or some other earth hater every year remains a mystery.<br /><br />Black market cannabis not tested or subject to regulation makes America and South Dakota less safe. Legalizing and regulating a product that so many people enjoy is reasonable public policy that would align with our life/safety concerns. <br /><br />It's been thirty years since the <a href="http://www.bhpioneer.com/local_news/the-fire-that-changed-deadwood/article_d001ed9c-e66f-11e7-a30f-53c1420683db.html">Syndicate Fire</a> changed Deadwood and brought economic development to the gulch. Gaming revenues are sliding and that Black Hills community is showing little interest in <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2016/02/turn-lead-deadwood-elementary-into-grow.html">the kurtz template</a> so it might be time to make changes to it and let Deadwood go back to pre-Syndicate Fire days.<br /><br />It's time to test South Dakota's jurisdiction over nations where cannabis is legal and for tribal medical professionals to establish clinics that perform abortions on non-contiguous off-reservation parcels as islands of health care that supersede state law.</div> larry kurtz Civil Rights comes to Monument Avenue - in your face KKK https://www.dailykos.com/story/2018/2/1/1737919/-Civil-Rights-comes-to-Monument-Avenue-in-your-face-KKK South Dakota Kos urn:uuid:c5eee76d-2a0c-8c61-0bf4-55a4997f4a9d Thu, 01 Feb 2018 19:46:56 +0000 <p>I’m sure everyone remembers the<a title="" href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/13/us/charlottesville-virginia-overview.html" target="_blank"> racist riots in Charlottesville </a>last fall and the <a title="" href="http://www.nbc12.com/category/327565/richmond-confederate-monument-controversy" target="_blank">pro confederate demonstration in Richmond.</a></p> <p>One of first things Elizabeth Guzman, the first Latina elected to the VA Assembly did when she was in office was to introduce the bill below.</p> <p>That gave me an idea. Instead of fighting these racist <s>idiots</s> <s>morons</s> <s>asshats</s> people about their racist monuments, let’s put up some of our own.</p> 90for90 blackhistorymonth BlackHistoryMonth90for0 civilrightsicons Dr.FergusonReid ElizabethGuzman SweetVirginia rss@dailykos.com (ZenTrainer) Brookings is backwater for wage slaves, losers http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2018/02/brookings-is-backwater-for-wage-slaves.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:6fdd83e8-6133-9a81-a962-79442ba86b6c Thu, 01 Feb 2018 12:33:56 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Gag.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>Brookings has benefited from steadily population growth during the last decade, but economic development experts in the city are using a new tactic to draw even more families back to the town of nearly 24,000. Officials for Brookings’ Economic Development Corporation created a website, appropriately called liveinbrookings.com, with resources for finding a job, buying a house and applying for child care or health care.</b></i></blockquote><a href="http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/business-journal/2018/01/31/how-one-south-dakota-town-tempting-former-residents-return-and-keeping-them/1076754001/">Read the rest here.</a><br /><br />You're kidding, right? Which parts of six month winters, rampant racism, chilling effects on civil rights and an extremist legislature escape you people?<br /><br />Brookings County is not just home to the <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/12/nelson-brookings-blog-hate-site.html">SDGOP's most obnoxious liar</a>; it sits smack dab in a slough that feeds the <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/11/big-sioux-river-toxic-shit-hole.html">Big Sioux River</a>: one of the most polluted watersheds in South Dakota.<br /><br />A cheese factory made possible by Republican cronyism sustains the stench of thousands of dairy cattle making <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/12/brookings-3m-hoping-to-divert-attention.html">eastern South Dakota a wasteland</a>.<br /><br />In 2012, after another GOP governor gutted environmental protection in South Dakota, the Big Sioux River was named the thirteenth most polluted river in the US although nearly every waterway in the state suffers impairment.<br /><br />A group in Sioux Falls wants white christian earth haters who left South Dakota to return from Minnesota, Colorado and California then isolate themselves from fair taxation, African-Americans, cultural diversity and enjoy the benefits of air service subsidies.<br /><br />A Feeding America survey shows 105,880 people in South Dakota are food insecure. Homelessness in the state is rampant; drunk driving, meth use and teen binge drinking are off the charts.<br /><br />The state is second in addiction to gambling and teachers' salaries are 51st in the nation. Wage slavery is the state's biggest claim to fame and South Dakota <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/11/south-dakotas-socialized-dairy-industry.html">dairies are wreaking habitat havoc</a>. Infrastructure is crumbling and the state's bureaucracy is overbearing and unwieldy. Ag groups want federally subsidized crop insurance and the right to pollute. Corruption and graft are commonplace.<br /><br />Pollution from industrial agriculture has made waterways poisonous, the state has no modern statute addressing financial assurances for pipeline leaks. Trophy fishing for threatened species is a tourist activity. East River, South Dakota is a dead zone.<br /><br />Racism is endemic and white immigrants have been accepted while displacing and disgracing American Indians. South Dakota wrongly puts thousands in nursing homes. Mass incarceration fuels the white foster home industry: a pet project of the governor's wife.<br /><br />In South Dakota 302 children are confined per 100,000 kids; that's the highest number in the United States according to Pew.<br /><br />South Dakota hid evidence in the death of Brookings resident Brady Folkens. Republican Attorney General Marty Jackley routinely benefits from court deals with his campaign donors while the South Dakota Newspaper Association reads like a bulletin for the Republican Party.<br /><br />Fact is: in South Dakota Republicans go to Pierre for the lobbyist-provided hookers while Democrats go to Pierre because they are the hookers. <br /><br />Democrats aren't going to return to my home state to be repressed, oppressed and depressed: South Dakota is doomed to be a shithole for Republicans forever.<br /><br />Russell Halgerson and his wife fled Rochester, Minnesota to be around <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/11/hate-crimes-becoming-norm-in-south.html">white people like themselves</a> and to hide from cultural diversity; but, Brookings is, and will always be a <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2016/04/south-dakota-dairies-bring-habitat.html">backwater for wage slaves</a> who toil under oligarchs like the Larsons, Kurtenbachs and the Fishbacks.</div> larry kurtz South Dakota lawmakers vote down 'cynical' proposal to drug test themselves https://www.dailykos.com/story/2018/1/31/1737606/-South-Dakota-lawmakers-vote-down-cynical-proposal-to-drug-test-themselves South Dakota Kos urn:uuid:4c6490b2-116d-f6fc-de8d-6ef761f81832 Wed, 31 Jan 2018 18:29:37 +0000 <p>Bosses in South Dakota can require job applicants and workers to take drug tests as a condition of employment. But state legislators have the luxury of being their own bosses, at least when it comes to that decision, and a state House panel has <a href="http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/politics/2018/01/31/lawmakers-vote-against-drug-testing-themselves/1082055001/" target="_blank">voted down a proposal</a> to require state lawmakers to take drug tests.</p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align:start">"To me, this is just putting your money where your mouth is and taking a leadership role saying if we're going to make all these other people take drug tests we're going to do it too," said Rep. Dan Kaiser, R-Aberdeen.</p> <p style="text-align:start">Opponents, meanwhile, said the bill's aim was contrived and unnecessary.</p> <p style="text-align:start">"This is a really cynical approach to the Legislature," said Rep. David Lust, R-Rapid City. "And it’s either based on cynicism or grandstanding, and in either case, it's wholly inappropriate to bring to this body."</p> </blockquote> <p>Yes, how cynical to suggest that legislators are subject to the same policies as the little people.</p> <p>South Dakota at least has not (yet) passed a bill requiring drug tests for public assistance or unemployment insurance, though Republicans in the state have <a href="http://dakotafreepress.com/2017/01/09/rep-may-reviving-failed-and-foolish-welfare-drug-testing-bill/" target="_blank" title="">taken a couple of shots at it</a>. </p> <p class="is-empty-p"></p> DrugTesting SouthDakota rss@dailykos.com (Laura Clawson) Wadhams' candidate for South Dakota governor running to Billie Sutton's left on cannabis http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2018/01/wadhams-candidate-for-south-dakota.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:b0a16e04-60a7-e118-8bec-0dc8be6e5138 Wed, 31 Jan 2018 17:37:55 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Straight out of the Dick <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2018/01/dick-wadhams-is-alive-and-well-in-south.html">Wadhams playbook</a>: Libertarian candidate for South Dakota governor CJ Abernathey has announced his run to the left of Democrat Billie Sutton on cannabis and civil liberties giving an easy win to whichever earth hater is nominated in June.<br /><br />In 2014 flip-flopping Larry Pressler was enlisted by earth hater operative Wadhams to run to the left in South Dakota's US Senate race as an unaffiliated candidate and successfully eroded Democrat Rick Weiland's base of support.<br /><br />Fact is: the best way to a strong two party system in South Dakota is for arch-conservatives to launch a third party. South Dakota's most ardent earth haters are still looking for <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/11/some-south-dakota-voters-are-waiting.html">principled conservatives</a> to run in statewide elections. Shad Olson, Stace Nelson, Gordon Howie, Neal Tapio and Lora Hubbel could be those candidates.<br /><br /><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="453" scrolling="no" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fcjabernathey%2Fposts%2F10160061883865232&amp;width=500" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" width="500"></iframe><br /><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="615" scrolling="no" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fcjabernathey%2Fposts%2F10160061478065232&amp;width=500" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" width="500"></iframe></div> larry kurtz Tester stands up for women's rights http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2018/01/tester-stands-up-for-womens-rights.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:499f8117-de5d-43ea-7b54-8e2a491263a4 Tue, 30 Jan 2018 18:24:05 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">It's important to remember that the woman is the patient and not the foetus. Ectopic pregnancies kill women especially those without easy access to medical care like in tribal nations trapped in red states.<br /><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Today I stood with Montana women and families to defeat a bill that would have banned the freedom to choose. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/mtpol?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#mtpol</a> <a href="https://t.co/K7mqajC4aJ">pic.twitter.com/K7mqajC4aJ</a></p>&mdash; Senator Jon Tester (@SenatorTester) <a href="https://twitter.com/SenatorTester/status/958132269222367232?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 30, 2018</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></div> larry kurtz Murkowski, Collins reject anti-reproductive rights bill http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2018/01/murkowski-collins-reject-anti.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:2b23038b-6e41-2d86-89e4-a0d42d59d891 Tue, 30 Jan 2018 13:52:33 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Pro-life is simply <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2018/01/wismer-stands-for-reproductive-rights.html">code for white people</a> breeding.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>Polling by the <a href="http://www.pewforum.org/fact-sheet/public-opinion-on-abortion/">Pew Research Center</a> shows that backing for abortion is as high as it has been in two decade. As of 2017, 57 percent of Americans said abortion should be legal in all or most cases, while 40 percent said it should be illegal in all or most cases.</b></i></blockquote><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/29/us/politics/senate-abortion-ban-20-weeks.html">Read the rest here.</a><br /><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><div dir="ltr" lang="und"><a href="https://t.co/CtkRKlHtIS">pic.twitter.com/CtkRKlHtIS</a></div>— Sen. Lisa Murkowski (@lisamurkowski) <a href="https://twitter.com/lisamurkowski/status/958128831038181376?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 30, 2018</a></blockquote><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script><br /><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><div dir="ltr" lang="en">I recently met with <a href="https://twitter.com/BishopDeeley?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BishopDeeley</a> of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland. We had a substantive conversation on the important topics of humanitarian assistance and child nutrition. <a href="https://t.co/NxKHHHSIY0">pic.twitter.com/NxKHHHSIY0</a></div>— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) <a href="https://twitter.com/SenatorCollins/status/958039111599828993?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 29, 2018</a></blockquote><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script><br /></div> larry kurtz RC Journal, SDSU Collegian blast hate speech bill http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2018/01/rc-journal-sdsu-collegian-blast-hate.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:f9317ed6-f4f0-5c21-4335-1271bfeeac15 Tue, 30 Jan 2018 13:42:58 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">House Bill 1073 seeks to force South Dakota's college campuses to allow hate speech that could lead to violence and opens universities to lawsuits.<br /><br />It's sponsored by the worst of the <a href="http://sdlegislature.gov/legislative_session/bills/Bill.aspx?Bill=1073&amp;Session=2018">worst earth haters in the Legislature</a>.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>Such is the case with House Bill 1073, an onerous piece of legislation that aims to regulate free speech on college campuses by demanding policies with language influenced by lawmakers, requiring the state’s public universities to file annual progress reports to lawmakers, and encouraging individuals to sue the state if they sense an injustice. The bill is sponsored by 30 lawmakers, including Senators Phil Jensen, Terri Haverly and Alan Solano and Representatives Lynne DiSanto and Julie Frye-Mueller, all Rapid City Republicans. This legislation isn't about free speech. It's about making a political point at the expense of taxpayers and the state's universities.</b></i></blockquote>Read the rest at the new and improved <a href="http://rapidcityjournal.com/opinion/editorial/ours-lawmakers-shouldn-t-seek-to-regulate-free-speech/article_30174dce-1b89-5839-99dd-67e07bc38aba.html">Rapid City Journal</a>.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>The simple fact of the matter is, freedom of speech is not under attack on South Dakota college campuses, and HB 1073 opens institutes of higher education up to frivolous litigation and imposes unnecessary standards upon them. Speech that challenges students creates a full college experience and is essential for institutions of higher education. But we don’t need this bill to protect our freedom of speech. We need students, faculty, staff, Brookings community members, South Dakotans and United States citizens to use their First Amendment rights and continue to speak freely.</b></i> </blockquote><a href="http://sdsucollegian.com/2018/01/24/house-bill-1073-sponsors-want-to-expand-free-speech-on-south-dakota-college-campuses/">Read that here.</a><br /><br />Even the Republican state Board of Regents executive director and CEO, Mike Rush, says HB1073 is a solution in search of a problem.<br /><br />Thoughts? Prayers?</div> larry kurtz Rapid City's McKie Group fires racist http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2018/01/rapid-citys-mckie-group-fires-racist.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:580c2810-9052-adbe-1437-2c34dcc3ce3e Tue, 30 Jan 2018 13:17:45 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">The recent wildfire at Mato Paha (Bear Butte) was hardly the first and most certainly won't be the last.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><i><b>A McKie Ford Lincoln employee accused of making discriminatory remarks toward Native Americans has been fired. Steve Jensen reportedly made the comments in response to this weekend's Bear Butte State Park fire during a live Facebook video. McKie took personal responsibility for the incident and made it clear that the company has zero tolerance for discrimination. He said employees will undergo further training "to prevent incidents like this from happening in the future."</b></i></blockquote><a href="http://www.newscenter1.tv/story/37376730/mckie-ford-lincoln-employee-fired-for-alleged-racist-comments-during-wildfire">Read the rest here.</a><br /><br /><a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2017/12/its-time-to-remove-war-criminals-name.html">It's time</a> for the State of South Dakota to abandon Bear Butte State Park that it claimed through colonization and remand it to the tribes for governance so they can restore its name to Mato Paha and for the US Park Service to add the name <a href="http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2015/06/mato-akahpe-proposal-could-rename.html">Mahto Tipila</a> to Devils Tower National Monument.<br /><br /><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><div dir="ltr" lang="en">Grassland fire index on parts of the prairies east of the Black Hills will in the high category next two days. <a href="https://t.co/n2J6LbbUMa">https://t.co/n2J6LbbUMa</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/sdwx?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#sdwx</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SouthDakota?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SouthDakota</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/sdleg?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#sdleg</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/sdfire?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#sdfire</a> <a href="https://t.co/WR94bq4R2D">pic.twitter.com/WR94bq4R2D</a></div>— interested party (@larry_kurtz) <a href="https://twitter.com/larry_kurtz/status/958310644050046976?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 30, 2018</a></blockquote><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script><br /></div> larry kurtz Heitkamp will bring worker advocate to Trump sermon http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2018/01/heitkamp-will-bring-worker-advocate-to.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:bcaf5cb8-be93-24f6-7b99-f81b8d87017e Tue, 30 Jan 2018 13:02:29 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><div dir="ltr" lang="en">It's an honor to have Dennis Kooren from Fargo join me as my guest to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SOTU2018?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SOTU2018</a>. He's been a selfless &amp; determined leader in the effort to protect the pensions of ND workers &amp; retirees who could lose their retirement savings through no fault of their own—unless Congress acts. <a href="https://t.co/i8A1DOhyGa">pic.twitter.com/i8A1DOhyGa</a></div>— Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (@SenatorHeitkamp) <a href="https://twitter.com/SenatorHeitkamp/status/958133590407155712?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 30, 2018</a></blockquote><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script><br /><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><div dir="ltr" lang="en">Tune in to <a href="https://twitter.com/NewDay?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NewDay</a> tomorrow at 8:25am ET/7:25am CT as I'll talk about <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SOTU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SOTU</a>&amp; talk about my guest to the event, Dennis Kooren from Fargo, who has been a leader in helping protect the pensions of thousands of retirees from cuts due to no fault of their own.</div>— Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (@SenatorHeitkamp) <a href="https://twitter.com/SenatorHeitkamp/status/958153206508478465?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 30, 2018</a></blockquote><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script><br /><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><div dir="ltr" lang="en">Dennis is in this fight b/c he cares so much about the hundreds of thousands of UPS drivers, grocery supply workers &amp; others who worked hard to earn their retirements. They will be left in the cold if Congress doesn’t act. Read many of their stories: <a href="https://t.co/W43TaDCtSM">https://t.co/W43TaDCtSM</a></div>— Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (@SenatorHeitkamp) <a href="https://twitter.com/SenatorHeitkamp/status/958140348731191303?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 30, 2018</a></blockquote><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></div> larry kurtz Bullock champions Fair Pay Act http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2018/01/bullock-champions-fair-pay-act.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:8d91e53c-cd16-6c56-2f38-4278d3007456 Tue, 30 Jan 2018 12:54:45 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">On this 9th anniversary of the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LillyLedbetter?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LillyLedbetter</a> Fair Pay Act, let us remember that Montana families do better when Montana families earn more. Our daughters and sons deserve to join Montana&#39;s economy knowing that they will be treated equally with <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/fairpay?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#fairpay</a>. <a href="https://t.co/spgKz8lFYL">pic.twitter.com/spgKz8lFYL</a></p>&mdash; Steve Bullock (@GovernorBullock) <a href="https://twitter.com/GovernorBullock/status/958091420564307969?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 29, 2018</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><br /><br /></div> larry kurtz Ellison decries corporatism http://southdakotaprogressive.blogspot.com/2018/01/ellison-decries-corporatism.html The Dakota Progressive urn:uuid:5a8a85f5-909f-a4c2-0433-60095961bf55 Tue, 30 Jan 2018 12:53:21 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Decades of mega-mergers have resulted in nearly unprecedented concentration of corporate power in America. That&#39;s been disastrous for workers whose wages are held down by the monopolies that dominate their communities. <a href="https://t.co/wsYK3uV902">https://t.co/wsYK3uV902</a></p>&mdash; Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) <a href="https://twitter.com/keithellison/status/958055354096549889?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 29, 2018</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><br /><br /></div> larry kurtz