Thursday, May 13, 2021

The Dakota Progressive will no longer be updated

I started a second blog to promote the South Dakota Democratic Party and that's all over now but there is nothing decent or ethical about the Republican Party. Yesterday during the WBUR program On Point analyst Jack Beatty called the GOP the party of blocking because it doesn't know how to govern. There isn't a single member that isn't reactionary or ridiculous. 

My home state of South Dakota will suffer brain drain for years to come and New Mexico has it’s own set of challenges but living where the Republican Party is virtually powerless and Democrats rule is well worth it.

Dusty Johnson will be re-elected because the South Dakota Democratic Party is broke and broken.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

From GOP to goat: Ravnsborg should join Benda, Westerhuis in South Dakota history


Watching Jason Ravnsborg tearing the South Dakota Republican Party asunder is making Joe Boever a martyr. 

South Dakota's crusade against equal rights for women was being propelled by incel Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg — an obese, extraordinarily homely confirmed bachelor, killer and member of the Church of the Holy Roman Kiddie Diddlers with little hope of attracting a mate himself because he's just so creepy. 

Republican South Dakota former and probably next Attorney General Marty Jackley has said that the Melody Schopp/Scott Westerhuis outrage was important because wrongdoing and stolen taxpayer dollars attracted too much national attention. Jackley alleges Scott and Nicole Westerhuis stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Mid-Central Educational Cooperative, an organization that ran the GEAR UP program designed to empower American Indian high school students. 

Like the narratives explaining the deaths of Brady Folkens and Rich Benda are sketchy Jackley's story is that Scott Westerhuis was tipped off then killed his family, set fire to their house then shot himself and that the safe likely holding evidence went missing. 

The killing of Joe Boever is just another chapter in the history of FUBAR in the South Dakota Republican Party. And they just keep getting away with it. 

Ravnsborg's political career is over. He should simply join Scott Westerhuis and Rich Benda at their places in South Dakota history.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Religious cult will stay in South Dakota county named for a war criminal

Sharia Law? Nah. Sons of Perdition. 

Recall the mother of former legislator, now Republican Fall River County State's Attorney Lance Russell sold property to the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) where minor girls have been trafficked and raped. In 2011 Russell was censured by the state's judiciary for leaking grand jury testimony. 

Polygamy and pedophilia are apparently protected religious freedoms in South Dakota as far as incel and Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg is concerned. In South Dakota where corruption drives the Republican Party the FLDS uses Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) dollars to bleed the beast. It's a community where counterfeit plural marriages of children to old white men are not only accepted they're encouraged. 

Last Thursday at the courthouse in a South Dakota county named for a war criminal members of the splinter group bought the 140 acre compound for $750,000 Thursday despite its $9 million valuation. The cult was not delinquent on property taxes but the acreage was sold at a sheriff's auction to settle a $2.1 million judgment against the FLDS, the towns of Hildale, Utah and Arizona City, Colorado. It's believed some twenty adults live on the parcel but they're expected to leave before close of escrow according to buyer Patrick Pipkin, manager of Blue Mountain Ranch of Colorado — a summer camp for at risk adolescents, no less.

Over three years later there are only three possible outcomes for Serenity Dennard's disappearance: she perished in another brutal South Dakota winter, she hooked up with a Jeffrey Epstein-type character or was lured into the fold by a representative of the FLDS Church.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

South Dakota's 'Singing Bridge' damage emblematic of failing infrastructure

In South Dakota infrastructure suffers to prop up the state's retirement system.

The 'Singing Bridge' was built in 1963 across the Grand River where it meets the Missouri River and on Feb. 20 the South Dakota Department of Transportation closed it because of observed failures after girders contracted at one pier cap and damaged a pillar due to the recent extreme cold temperatures. 
According to Jeanne Weigum, in the “bad old days” those wanting to get to Mobridge from Wakpala or from homesites on that side of the river, if they did not want to drive “the long way,” would either drive through the shallow Grand River or drive on the ice in the winter. It is about three-fourths of a mile long and part of the three-bridge combination that gave Mobridge its designation. According to Jeanne, the bridge got its unique moniker, The Singing Bridge, because when it was first built it made a distinct and spooky humming sound when you drove over it. My dad would make up stories about the spirits singing to us as we crossed the bridge. It was a part of my childhood. [KATIE ZERR: ‘Singing Bridge’ is vital to community]
In 2020 South Dakota was 4th in the US in the number of structurally deficient bridges at 17 percent and 10th in the percentage of structurally deficient bridge deck area. So, at a price of some $50 million the red moocher state chose an Iowa builder to replace the bridge across the Missouri River between Fort Pierre and the cesspool on the east side. Built in 1962, it was deemed the existing span is structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. Maybe it will open by 2023

As Spring ice floes bash bridge piers and flooding scours fill from river bottoms the disasters befalling the Missouri basin should be a stern warning to erstwhile pipeline operators: it's not nice to fool Mother Nature

Read more about South Dakota's failing bridges linked here.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Island protégé Barker popped in massive meth bust

Most, if not all, meth in South Dakota is trafficked by white Trump-worshiping motorcycle gangs. These hordes are essentially domestic terrorists operating with the blessings of the prison/industrial complex.

The Sons of Silence, Bandidos and Hells Angels control organized crime in the Black Hills area where members have infiltrated nearly every community even operating Rapid City's Cornerstone Rescue Mission for a time as a front for their activities. Former Cornerstone director, Dan Island, build a Lawrence County mansion and together with his brother Frank built a cocaine and meth empire before their deaths. 

So, in one of his last efforts before he leaves as US Attorney for the District of South Dakota Ron Parsons announced the indictment of 37 people including Island protégé, Kelly Barker who has been peddling cannabis and other banned substances in the Black Hills since I moved to Deadwood in the late 70s.

The above image of Breaking Bad's Walter White and Jesse Pinkman appears on the Faceberg page of Barker's co-defendant, Darwin Toof. In 2019 another white biker told Faceberg he's a meth dealer then got popped for being a meth dealer: South Dakota stupid on parade.