Thursday, August 22, 2019

Rail board wants to sell state-owned track in South Dakota

Someone has been mowing the right of way at Stamford on the former Milwaukee Road.

South Dakota's rail board is made up of two Democrats and five members of the American Nazi Party. A majority has voted to put all of the state-owned track up for sale.
South Dakota state government bought hundreds of miles of track in the late 1970s when the Milwaukee Road went bankrupt. “Forty years ago we were looking at the death of railroads,” Karla Engle, a lawyer for the department, told board members Wednesday. “So now we’re looking at it coming full circle.” The regional railroad authorities that lease the lines from state government, and the companies that operate over them, can decide if they want to answer questions, department officials said. Burlington Northern Santa Fe has purchased hundreds of miles of lines that state government previously owned. [KELOland teevee]
The move comes after catastrophic plunges in commodities prices, numerous wrecks and water breaches on track owned by Rapid City, Pierre and Eastern Railroad (RCPE), a subsidiary of Genesee and Wyoming. The railroad is probably fed up trying to move product at ten miles an hour between Wall and Fort Pierre where Cretaceous shale buckles track bed every year. GWRR itself has seen stock losses of over three percent in each quarter in the past five years.

This blog spoke to a RCPE executive in 2015. She said that the line between Crawford and Dakota Junction, Nebraska connecting to Rapid City is active and hauling bentonite south to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and to Union Pacific. Recall TEApublican former governor Mike Rounds squandered Amtrak money on an airplane for his personal use. In 1997 the red moocher state received $23 million from taxpayers for going without Amtrak service.

Building two east-west rail systems exclusively for freight in South Dakota is lunacy. The same geology that thwarts railroads and forces engineers to rebuild I-90 between Reliance and Rapid City and I-94 between Mandan, North Dakota and Billings, Montana every year also makes construction of the Keystone XL pipeline untenable.

In 1921 my maternal grandparents honeymooned in Hot Springs riding the train from Humphrey, Nebraska and my grandfather was a career conductor for the Union Pacific Railroad. I have at least one vague memory from my toddlerhood going over the Continental Divide in Colorado while riding the California Zephyr between Omaha and Emeryville, California near Castle AFB where my dad was stationed and the place of my birth. Meanwhile the Trump Organization is pledging to kill passenger rail service while traffic between the Black Hills and Denver continues to increase as does the volume between Denver and Santa Fe.

Yes, overcoming the task of building a bridge at Chamberlain across (under?) the Missouri River and over the Pierre Shale should lead to passenger service being built on the abandoned Milwaukee bed between Sioux Falls and Rapid City including access for rural communities then connect with a future line built to Colorado's rail line. It's not hard to imagine a future without passenger rail of some kind in the I-29 corridor.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Volesky, Democrats moving to stem Native American genocide in South Dakota

Corrections Department Secretary Denny Kaemingk says South Dakota's jails and prisons are full, the numbers continue to rise, the population "hit a new benchmark" and are especially evident in the women’s prison. Policing for Profit has allowed the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) to provide military armaments for the law enforcement industry throughout South Dakota.
“We’re making progress, we feel, and it doesn’t cost the taxpayers one penny,” Huron attorney Ron Volesky said Thursday. Speaking at the District 22 Democratic Forum, the former state senator said “Fathers Against Meth” has been followed by a “Mothers Against Meth” organization and, after a rally at the women’s prison in Pierre, by a nonprofit group called “Sobriety is Sacred” (SIS). “Several years ago, we were talking about 500 or 600 arrests a year for meth, and now we see we’re over 4,000 I would think,” Volesky said. “I know last year we had 3,600 statewide. “What do we do? We must not give up,” he said. “We must fight this cruel addiction.” There are no drug courts in Indian country, he said. Halfway houses are needed, as are more foster homes. [Attorney assists inmates battle against meth]
The tribal nations trapped in South Dakota are the victims of white motorcycle gangs and meth is just another tool of genocide. One reason that Republicans don't like Common Core history standards is that the curriculum includes the near-extermination of American Indians by European colonialism long-ignored by textbooks.
Frank Waln is a rapper and member of the Sicangu Lakota. He has rapped about the Keystone XL Pipeline, his battle with depression, and the modern Native American experience. Waln joins Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson to talk about his new album, Tokiya, which comes out this year, and his efforts to be a role model for young Native Americans. “This album Tokiya is a very personal album,” Waln said. “A lot of it is telling the story of how I’m trying to deal and heal from the historical trauma that has been dealt to me through my ancestors and through being a survivor of genocide.” [WBUR's Here and Now]
Waln has appeared on a Native America Calling broadcast on University of New Mexico-based KUNM. He is a thoughtful and exciting role model for young American Indians. KILI in Porcupine also airs the live call-in program and many who comment are from tribal nations trapped in South Dakota. Waln joined Neil Young and Willie Nelson for an anti-KeystoneXL concert in Nebraska. Tribal nations are leading resistance to the Dakota Access ecocide/land grab.

More about genocide visited upon American Indians linked at NPR's Code Switch.

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. At their state convention the SDGOP adopted a platform that punishes people seeking relief from intractable pain and suffering so suspected incel Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg wants to build prisons to warehouse meth addicts and the mentally ill.

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. The Bandidos have had a fortified compound in Rapid Valley and the Hells Angels who own many properties in the area also built the the Cottonwood Lodge in Spearditch.

South Dakota's experiment with a GOP-dominated congressional delegation and Statehouse has failed so many generations that to some suicide looks like the only way out of lives twisted by a special brand of torture.
This is not about just a legal ruling in the latest round of battling over the state's violation of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). This is about the halting of genocide in America. South Dakota has been committing blatant genocide against the Sioux people in violation of subsection (e) by transferring Indian children to white homes, and also of subsection (b) amid allegations of sexual abuse and drugging of Native children in DSS foster care. This is one version of what the world has come to know as ethnic cleansing. [Albert Bender]
The Lakota People's Law Project is seeking funding for foster families and homes after SD Department of Social Services employees in Rapid City committed abuses of the Indian Child Welfare Act. The state seizes about 750 American Indian kids every year reaping nearly a billion federal dollars since ICWA was enacted.
South Dakota Supreme Court Justice David Gilbertson, speaking at the Mitchell Rotary Club's meeting at the Ramada Inn, said the cost savings and reduced recidivism rates among targeted offenders has allowed the the state's system to continue working. Gilbertson noted there are 450 individuals in the state's drug and alcohol court programs, and 1,244 children under their parents' care. Instead of the state Department of Social Services providing for those children because their parents are in jail — at the estimated cost of $10,000 per year — those children are cared for by their working parents, who are also working to address their drug or alcohol addictions. [Mitchell Daily Republic]
Gilbertson is South Dakota's ranking Democrat.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Teens Reap Sacred Harvest at Cheyenne River Youth Project’s Native Youth Food Sovereignty Summit

It's very brave, even progressive, of Governor Kristi Noem to veto the widespread cultivation of industrial cannabis (hemp) and empower the tribal nations trapped in South Dakota to be the sole leaders of cannabis industry growth in my home state.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Wyoming next state to prosecute Holy Roman Kiddie Diddlers

Catholicism is hope like gonorrhea is charity.
Twenty-nine victims were juvenile boys and girls, while one was identified by the diocese as a vulnerable adult. It’s unclear how many more victims have come forward since the list was released in the diocese’s newsletter and on its website June 12. “The Diocese of Cheyenne respects the privacy of all victims and survivors of sexual abuse and therefore does not publish their names,” Patti Loehrer, the diocese’s chancellor, told the Star-Tribune in an emailed response to a list of questions previously sent by the newspaper. Of the 11 men, the most well-known and prominent within the ranks of the Catholic Church is Joseph Hart. Hart is still a member of the clergy. Calls to his Cheyenne attorney in recent days have not been returned. [Diocese says more victims of priest abuse in Wyoming have come forward since June]
Montana is another Mountain West state suffering from sordid sermonizer sex scandals.

Both South Dakota dioceses are up to their areolae in debt to the white christianic ruling class for covering up crimes against Native Americans committed by pederastic priests where catholic congregations and the state's legislature have engaged in obstruction of justice for decades. 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 serial sexual abuse taking place at the compound. After helping to broker the sale of the abbey Watertown member of the criminal cult, Lee Schoenbeck, aided by fellow cultist and lobbyist Jeremiah Murphy, forced the South Dakota Legislature to pass laws covering up countless crimes committed by their sect by enacting statutes of limitations.

Former Rapid City cleric Bob Gruss is settling into the Saginaw, Michigan diocese, itself wracked with abuses committed by predator priests.
“It’s one of the tragic moments in the history of the church, but we have acknowledged that. We have put things in place to help protect children, far more than any institution in this country," he said. “We’ve accepted our fault in all of this and we’re trying to make the church and society a more safe place for children." [mLive]
In South Dakota at least thirty two members of the Church of the Holy Roman Kiddie Diddlers have been credibly accused of preying on children and vulnerable adults but don't expect suspected incel Jason Ravnsborg, Attorney General, former altar boy and member of the Church of the Holy Roman Kiddie Diddlers to take on both South Dakota Dioceses.

Image lifted from the Santa Fe Reporter.

Friday, August 16, 2019

B-1 bombers hurt by Republican shutdown are scheduled to limp into PRTC

US Senator Mike Rounds (NAZI-SD) is currently whining about the poor condition of most B-1B Lancers some of which are stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base. Why? The Republican government shutdown and the 2013 sequester have ripped into military readiness.
The head of U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM), Air Force Gen. John Hyten, told Senate Armed Services Committee members this week that the service has only six bombers that are ready to deploy. "Right now, of all of our B-1 bombers, we have six of them that are fully mission capable: five split between Ellsworth Air Force Base [South Dakota] and Dyess Air Force Base [Texas], one is a test aircraft, 15 B-1s are in depot," he said. "The remaining 39 of 44 B-1s at Ellsworth and at Dyess are down for a variety of discrepancies and inspections." [Only a Handful of the Air Force's B-1 Bombers Are Ready to Deploy]
And it's not just the bombers at Ellsworth.
Malmstrom Air Force Base and the Montana National Guard are likely budget cut targets, now that the U.S. Supreme Court has given President Donald Trump the go-ahead to the fund a U.S. southern border wall with money already committed to other projects. [Billings Gazette]
In the name of geoengineering or albedo modification, the Air Force routinely sprays into the atmosphere over the ocean and above parts of at least four states, an aerosol cocktail of silver iodide, lead iodide, aluminum oxide, barium, frozen carbon dioxide, common salt, water and soot from burning hazardous waste in pits at bases including concoctions from Ellsworth near Rapid City, South Dakota.
Combat Raider, a military exercise involving various aircraft, is scheduled to begin Sept. 10 in parts of the Powder River Training Complex (PRTC), and will conclude Sept. 12, 2019. [Ekalaka Eagle]
Included in the war games are KC-135 Stratotankers that disperse the climate-altering chemicals formulated to reduce the effects of a warming planet. Chemtrails have been observed by the public and by general aviation pilots in the expanded practice bombing range.

Ellsworth AFB is home to a Superfund site so are Malmstrom AFB, Montana; Minot AFB, North Dakota and FE Warren AFB, Wyoming. All participate during the so-called 'Combat Raider' deployments.

Last year The Dakota Progressive pressed teevee meteorologist Andrew Shipotofsky to investigate Ellsworth's involvement in geoengineering so the Air Force responded by suspending the exercises over the PRTC blaming a near-miss with a general aviation aircraft in 2016 and Shipotofsky left Rapid City for another market.

There have been several incidents in the PRTC and airmen have been killed. After the 1997 crash of a B-1 in Carter County, Montana a responding volunteer firefighter from Alzada told an interested party the multi-million dollar aircraft was brought down by a rancher with a .30-30 Winchester.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Little Missouri River still at risk to Australian uranium miners

The divide between the Little Missouri and the Belle Fourche drainages is not very wide: less than a mile just west of the Missouri Buttes. At that location it's not difficult to visualize how the Clovis People migrating into the region some 12,000 years ago seeking shelter and food sources found their way into lands free of glaciation. At least 23 prehistoric sites near Devils Tower National Monument, some of which are archaeological treasures eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, are also at risk to an 8000-acre expansion of Australia’s largest US aquifer uranium mining operation.

Now another uranium mine planned by a foreign company in the headwaters of the Little Missouri River about 20 miles north of Moorcroft, Wyoming threatens native heritage sites.
Strata Energy, the US subsidiary of Australian Peninsula Energy is looking to ramp up operations at the Lance Projects.Strata hopes to bolster domestic uranium production. The Lance Projects lie in Crook County. Inside the area are the Ross, Barber, and Kendrick projects. At the Ross Project, Strata Energy is in the process of testing a different type of uranium mining. Acid leaching is widely used across the globe in countries like Australia and Kazakhstan. The World Nuclear Association says 96 percent of uranium in 2015 was mined through acid leaching. Lilias Jarding is with the Black Hills Clean Water Alliance. She’s concerned about the shift in operations, and what it could mean for groundwater in the area. “The process is similar to alkaline in situ leach uranium mining and that’s part of what worries us,” Jarding said. “They both happen in the water supply and leave it polluted.” [KNBN teevee]
Restoring the dignity of endangered cultures is one tiny part of eliminating suicides and despair in South Dakota and Wyoming.

Wildlife corridors over public and private land to the Fork Peck, Crow, and Northern Cheyenne nations then into Wyoming's Thunder Basin National Grassland (where this proposed mining expansion is located) and beyond to North and South Dakota would help create the Greater Missouri Basin National Wildlife Refuge.

ip photo: Missouri Buttes and Devils Tower at sunset. Click on the image for a better look.

Monday, August 12, 2019

SDGOP in disarray, Tapio mulling run on Howdy Doody Dusty's right flank

Neal Tapio can't beat Howdy Doody Dusty Johnson in a primary fixed against him but if he runs in the general election as an unaffiliated candidate it would not only be revolutionary, he might even win.

Tapio's announcement follows the decision of Black Hills-area legislator, Scyller Borglum who is running in the earth hater US Senate primary to unseat Mike Rounds, one of the least effective members of Congress.

One source with eyes on the field told The Dakota Progressive at least two more people are expected to mount a primary challenge to Johnson.

At his blog, Dakota War College obese Brookings blogger Pat Powers routinely smears principled conservatives who don't bend the knee to the South Dakota Republican Party establishment. Pernicious Pug Powers, who makes a stopped clock look like a well-greased machine, salts his blog comment section with a seemingly infinite variety of aliases that threaten or jeer his political enemies. But now Powers doesn't know whether to shit or go blind. These developments are seen as failures not only of Pat Powers but of the South Dakota Republican Party and its chair Dan Lederman.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Attacks on environmental protection continue East River

South Dakota State University President Barry Dunn says the chemical toilet should simply accept more confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs).
Mitchell Peterson, an attorney from the Davenport Evans law firm in Sioux Falls who is representing the Living River Group, Sierra Club told Clay County commissioners acting as a board of adjustment Tuesday that they have heard a lot of reasons from their constituents stating why a conditional use permit issued to Travis Mockler should not be approved. Peterson noted that the county’s ordinance dealing with CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) and AFOs (Animal Feeding Operations) states that ‘the applicant shall obtain a letter from the NRCS to determine if the application should be considered an AFO or a CAFO. Peterson said he believed that allowing the maximum number of two medium livestock operations on a single site and not defining it as a CAFO supported his statement. [Sierra Club Attorney: ‘You Have To Say No’]
This isn't self-reliance; it's moral hazard. Instead of empowering stakeholders to harvest snow melt and rain water rural communities continue to be dependent on politicians who exploit need.

Like most of East River South Dakota southwestern Minnesota is a Republican stronghold where dairies, swine units and other concentrated animal feeding operations have devastated water supplies by contaminating wells with nitrates. The United States Geological Survey has found elevated levels of arsenic in ground water near hog confinements.

South Dakota is struggling to keep white workers, infrastructure is crumbing, industrial agriculture is failing, South Dakota churches are girding for gun violence, meth is replacing alcohol as the state's drug of choice, Pierre's culture of corruption and rape violence threaten open government, socialism is quietly replacing free enterprise, pheasant numbers are dwindling, environmental degradation is increasing, wildlife are being exterminated to make way for disease-ridden domestic livestock and exotic fowl, jails far outnumber colleges, ag bankers continue to enslave landowners and the state's medical industry triopoly operates without scrutiny.

Nevertheless, the Yankton County Commission has approved a conditional use permit for a hog nursery barn in the northern part of that county.