Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Noem sleeping with the ones who brung her

Hey, Tory Troy Jones, you hapless sot: my confirmation name was John to honor the 35th President and the 23rd pope with that handle.

If Tike Mike Rounds says DC is dysfunctional he should know: he's a pro at dysfunction.
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No, Aaron Schock is not gay but he is as corrupted as South Dakota's At-large Representative is.
South Dakota Rep. Kristi Noem on Tuesday said a proposed $10 million economic-recovery grant would help the Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad continue to improve its rail lines in the state.
Read more about GOP hypokristi here.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway gave Noem $10,000 last cycle and Union Pacific gave her 2,500 simoleons.

What a fucking surprise.

$12,500 for $10 million: good pimping.

Noem is famous for sleeping with the enemies of the good and a known philanderer.

How desperate is John Thune to hide his shitty record? He's hired a Pandering Pig to squeal out his message.

Big Government is when it helps the little guy but when it greases Republican donors it's essential services.

So, i have two popes on SDGOP squish, Jones: Pius XII blessed the rosary in my hands at Vatican City just weeks before the war criminal died in October of 1958: the year we went to the Worlds Fair in Brussels because nothing says Big Government like the United States Air Force.

Democrats = safe. Republicans = cheap.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Flandreau tribal nation dismisses Jackley-booted thugs

Marty Jackley is not only a partisan twerp tribes are already counties in the 51st State.
The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe is cutting ties with the City of Flandreau Police Department because of a rift over marijuana legalization, city officials said. Among the officers the police department lost is the Flandreau Public School Resource Officer. Flandreau Police Chief Anthony Schrad said the resource officer was paid for through the federal funding, which covered roughly 30 percent of their operating budget.
Read more about tribal sovereignty here.

Excitement is building as the Flandreau Santee Sioux Nation expands on its cannabis plans that include shuttle service to its revolutionary facility.
Terms of the initial 5-year agreement includes; the design, construction, and development of a 10,000 sq. ft. marijuana grow facility to supply a 15,000 sq. ft. on-site retail recreational marijuana consumption lounge. That lounge will be in the current Family Recreation Center on S. Veterans Avenue. The tribe hopes to officially re-open on or before January 1, 2016. [Moody County Enterprise]
The Kul Wicasa Oyate could be the next tribe trapped inside South Dakota to legalize cannabis.
Vice-Chairman Kevin Wright says it's a matter that's crossed the minds of members in the community. “What I gathered from a small group of people is that they want it legalized and they're asking us what we're going to do about it,” said Wright.
Read it here.

The Lower Brule Nation has off-reservation property in Fort Pierre where they could test their sovereignty.

Tribes are the 51st State to the US Environmental Protection Agency. It just awarded the Lower Brule $200,000 to clean up contamination in their community.

The Standing Rock, Cheyenne River and Oglala Lakota Nations are also mulling cannabis projects.

Legislators and other stakeholders should use my model as a roadmap to legalization to raise revenue for critical infrastructure improvements and teachers' salaries.

Stock in Monarch America gained over seven and a half percent today in an otherwise dismal market.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Jackley settles suit with GOP donor

Mike Rounds got $6000, John Thune and Kristi Noem got $1000 from Amgen last cycle. Thune got $5000 from the criminals in 2012. Thune got $8000 and Noem got $2000 in 2010. Tim Johnson got $0 from Amgen in 2008.
Under a settlement announced this week, the company will pay $71 million to settle an investigation into illegal marketing of its drugs Aranesp and Enbrel, ending an investigation by 48 states and the District of Columbia. Amgen says it is pleased to have resolved the matters and adds it has a strong legal compliance program. [KWAT Radio]
Of course, Amgen gave far more to Republicans.

Marty Jackley helped negotiate a settlement with his donor, GlaxoSmithKline. That firm has also been busted for bribery.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Board tours Janklow mine disaster

With uncanny accuracy the late Gary Heckenlaible predicted the failure of the Gilt Edge Mine south of Deadwood now a Superfund site. He was also a strong champion for reproductive rights and a valiant opponent of the Dewey Burdock uranium mine.
Members of the South Dakota Board of Minerals and Environment took a tour of the Gilt Edge Gold Mine, which in 2000, was placed on the EPA Superfund list due to concerns over acidic water created by the exposure of sulfide rock during mining activities. Brohm Mining Company began large scale mining operations at Gilt Edge in 1986, despite potential acid mine drainage concerns. After filing for bankruptcy, Brohm abandoned the mine in 1999, turning over responsibility for the cleanup to the EPA.
Read more about Bill Janklow's toxic legacy here.

Brohm was an Australian company recruited by a Republican governor who gutted environmental protection in South Dakota.

The Board of Minerals and Environment is an arm of the South Dakota Republican Party who ceded regulatory authority to the US Environmental Protection Agency for uranium mining after the state's moocher state legislature realized there is no competent oversight from state agencies.

Under the General Mining Act of 1872 Canadian miners have carte blanche to rape the Black Hills, so they are.

Photo is of acid mine drainage on Minnesota Ridge in the northern Black Hills.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

UNL study: ag responsible for uranium leaching into High Plains Aquifer

In a newly-completed study 78 percent of groundwater samples found with unsafe concentrations of uranium were also contaminated with nitrates from industrial agriculture.
The researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln estimate that nearly 2 million people in California and the Great Plains live over groundwater that has been contaminated with uranium, which can cause health problems. Data from roughly 275,000 samples from two of the nation's largest aquifers — the High Plains aquifer and the Central Valley aquifer in California — were examined for the study. Those two underground stockpiles supply water for irrigation and many communities rely on the aquifers for drinking water. The High Plains Aquifer stretches underneath some 174,000 square miles in parts of South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas. [Mitchell Daily Republic]
At Crow Butte near the headwaters of the White River above Crawford, Nebraska Canadian-based Cameco, Inc. has obtained rights to use 9,000 gallons of water per minute to extract raw uranium ore through 8,000 holes bored into the Ogallala and Arikaree Aquifers.

The foreign miners have already pumped about half a billion gallons of radioactive waste water into disposal wells and have rights to bury more. Two years ago Cameco, the world’s largest uranium producer, paid a million dollar fine for environmental damage in Wyoming.
In 2011, the total water stored in the aquifer was about 2.96 billion acre-feet, an overall decline of about 246 million acre-feet (or 8 percent) since pre-development. Change in water in storage from 2009 to 2011 was an overall decline of 2.8 million acre-feet. The overall average water-level decline in the aquifer was 14.2 feet from pre-development to 2011, and 0.1 foot from 2009 to 2011.
The High Plains Aquifer, also known as the Ogallala Aquifer, underlies about 112 million acres (175,000 square miles) in parts of eight states Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming. The USGS, at the request of the U.S. Congress, has published reports on water-level changes in the High Plains Aquifer since 1988. Congress requested these reports in response to substantial water-level declines in large areas of the aquifer. --news release, US Geological Survey, links added.
A breach like one at the Gold King Mine in Colorado would send toxic, radioactive waste into the Oglala Lakota Nation and into the Missouri River.

Read more about indigenous action from Debra White Plume's piece at Indian Country Today.



At least one South Dakota Republican calls it the "fed's war on energy" when it's really Big Energy's war on the Earth.
Debra White Plume (Wioweya Najin Win), Executive Director of Owe Aku, is an Oglala Lakota grandmother and water rights activist who is taking on Cameco, the world’s largest producer of uranium, near her homeland on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, in South Dakota. From traveling through the lands, providing training camps, speaking engagements, strategic planning meetings, prayer circles with the Cheyenne Nation, Lakota Nation, Diné Nation, Apache Nation, Annishanabe Nation (Canada), Gila River Nation and Palestinian allies, the message is out there to continue to resist, to engage, to empower, to act collectively, to never give up.
Read it here.
Powertech/Azarga proposes a uranium mine split between Fall River County and Custer County threatening water uses and availability in those areas. This project is loaded with red flags for both water and public health. The economic fate of the Black Hills is at stake. The EPA has proposed rules changes for In Situ Recovery to protect valuable water resources. They recognize that ISR activities use significant volumes of water and state "the ISR process does directly alter groundwater chemistry, posing the challenge of groundwater restoration and long-term subsurface geochemical stabilization after the ISR operational phase ends." They also acknowledge that the lixiviants used can liberate other elements, particularly heavy metals, and that the migration of these outside the production zone can potentially contaminate surrounding aquifers. [Letter, Rebecca Leas]
With uncanny accuracy Gary Heckenlaible predicted the failure of the Gilt Edge Mine south of Deadwood now a Superfund site. He was also a strong champion for reproductive rights and a valiant opponent of the Dewey Burdock uranium mine.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Ecocide's best hits: death and taxes edition

Tike Mike Rounds is getting basted in the Rapid City Journal's notoriously Republican comment section. Rather than fund veterans care South Dakota's GOP Senators would rather expand the size of a cemetery.

Ellsworth Air Force Base will start practice-bombing parts of Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota if the expansion of the Powder River Training Complex ever gets off the ground. Damage to ranch land values, wildlife habitat and to quality of life is expected to be in the millions if not more. Can't wait for bombers to buzz Betty Olson's house.

The "'Black Hills National Forest' and 'He Sapa' are one and the same place," according to Rainbow Family member, Scottie Addison.

In a trip to Iowa Jeb Bush pushed for agriculture deregulation in a state where drinking water is fouled and beaches closed due to rampant ag pollution while calling for an end to federal funding for women's health needs.

The Keystone XL Pipeline is a moral hazard.

Vice president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council Kari Cutting has blown off workplace deaths about the same way Dennis Daugaard blows off the Sturgis Rally carnage.
On average, someone dies about every six weeks from an accident in the Bakken – at least 74 since 2006, according to the first comprehensive accounting of such deaths using data obtained from Canadian and U.S. regulators. Scientists plan to ask energy companies for permission to invite workers at man camps, which house laborers; trucking centers and other facilities to participate in the survey. [The Center for Investigative Reporting]
40 percent of children in the now busting Bakken southwest of North Dakota are in foster care because of that nanny state's crackdown on parental substance choices as they deal with brutal workplace conditions and six month winters while the Federal Drug Administration approves the use of OxyContin for kids as young as eleven.

Clay Jenkinson, my new favorite historian, writes in the Bismarck Tribune: "In short, the settlement of North Dakota was made possible by the federal government."

White supremacist Craig Cobb wants to take over Antler, North Dakota and rename it after Donald Trump.

Because of a perceived threat to its bottom line a GOP farm group in Wyoming is interfering in an Indian reservation boundary suit.

Policing for Profit: in Wyoming only a small percentage of cash seized under asset forfeiture is returned.

The Crow Nation, a tribe trapped in Montana that sided with Custer at the Battle of Greasy Grass, signed a coal deal.

According to federal estimates of the more than 160,000 abandoned mines at least 33,000 have polluted water supplies or left arsenic-contaminated tailings.

Scientist: “This definitely has the potential of being the Godzilla El Niño.”

Like me more and more retirees are seeking out states where cannabis rights are being recognized.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Quack Unruh selling lies to raise hush money

I caught this LTE this morning in the paper and thought I'd expose another charlatan in the South Dakota Republican Party.

Religious fundamentalists that colonized the New World were debauched, polygamist slavers. Those are parts of American History liars like Al Unruh want excised from Common Core guides.

Are all chiropractors criminals and nutjobs or just the Republican, catholic ones? Scott Munsterman groped at least one teen, Fred Deutsch wants to end women's civil rights and Unruh wants to rewrite history.
The same five lawyers on the Supreme Court changed their minds and over-ruled the American people, dismantling the laws of all 50 states according to their own humanist ideology. It was judicial activism unauthorized in the Constitution according to Supreme Court Justice Roberts. [Al Unrubh, My Voice: America is in need of a ‘spiritual revival’]
Unruh is an Elkton boy: his family was run out of town after his father, also a "chiropractic physician," was caught molesting children during exams at a time in South Dakota history when quacks enjoyed intimate physical contact with boys to determine who would participate in school sports.

It's just creepy.

You see this all the time with Talibangelicals: someone threatens to out one as a serial molester, he runs an op-ed in the paper then diverts some cash he raises from sermonizing wedge issues to shut up the people he's raped or groped.

Think of it as the Bill Cosby Effect: the more sanctimonious the speech the more cash gets raised to hide career criminal behavior.

Republicans are evil.

Turn your head and cough.


Friday, August 14, 2015

Republican Pierre mayor reaches for more federal cash

Gravity-challenged Mayor Laurie Gill is a career bureaupublican and former operative in South Dakota's authoritarian executive branch.
The $150,000 from the feds would make up the bulk of a two-year $180,000 marketing campaign, buttressed by $20,000 in cash and $10,000 worth of “in-kind” contributions provided by the “City of Pierre and the community,” according to the application. The city’s application for the grant proposes spending $100,000 on television and radio advertisements and $15,000 on newspaper advertisements. It includes letters for hunting lodges saying how important it is to improve air service to Pierre. [Pierre Capital Journal]
South Dakota voters already know subsidized air service into Pierre is a bridge to nowhere.

Gill has embraced Agenda 21. Pierre's struggling mayor entered her town in competition for recognition by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, or ICLEI.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

SDGOP blog bully embraces usury but cannabis prohibition not nanny-statism


Update, 14 August, 0850 MDT: here is more evidence that video lootery, payday and title loan sharks are parasites feeding off South Dakota's regressive tax structure.

In her column Democratic lawmaker, Representative Peggy Gibson reminds readers of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader that South Dakotans owe the state over $127 million while taking an extremist Republican to task for lying to voters.

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In June, Colorado collected a total of $9 million in taxes and fees after Democrats backed the state's cannabis initiative.

South Dakota's Republican Party blowhole has been pouring putridity over efforts of groups trying to put cannabis rights reform in front of the state's voters.

Video lootery, payday loan sharks, domestic violence and homelessness are inextricably linked putting children at risk to more catastrophic consequences far more often than has happened in states that have legalized or lessened penalties for casual use of cannabis.

While admitting he has just recently availed himself the services of a pawn shop Pat Powers is stumbling drunk through a nanny state minefield decrying proposals that would mean more consumer protection from predatory pawn brokers and quickie loan joints while upholding that same state's mandate to deny drug therapies to patients with life-threatening medical conditions.

Now he's bashing fellow Republican, Steve Hickey for being part of a drive to end predatory lenders.

Yes, the initiative and referendum processes are blunt instruments but they're the people's weapons to resist the tyranny of one-party rule.

Divining the alternate universe where Randy Scott still cruises the Moody County back roads while a Hellbent Bill Janklow serially lurks at every intersection in South Dakota's ideological landscape is one of the most flagrant examples of putting the best possible face on the decriminalization of Citibank's prospectus that has ever been perpetrated by an entrenched Republican spin machine.

It's becoming increasingly apparent that this phenomenon is no accident: it has been manufactured to make the state a corporatist tax haven for an exclusive set of Republicans while $2.5 trillion languishes in South Dakota banks.

When democracy is outlawed only outlaws will have democracy.

Ohio will have a legalization initiative on her ballot.


Grizzly Gulch tailings impoundment breach would be catastrophic


Update, 14 August, 0830 MDT: looks like other media outlets are covering the potential for catastrophic breaches in the Black Hills. Homestake reclamation efforts ongoing and CO Mine Wastewater Spill Highlights SD Cleanup Plan and The Outdated Law That Helped Lead To The Massive Mine Spill In Colorado.

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Homestake Mining Company has a Superfund site in New Mexico, too.
Because of the antiquated 1872 Mining Law, companies take federal (read: publicly owned, by you, the taxpayer) minerals with no royalty payments and are generally allowed to operate on any federal lands they select, regardless of public opposition. Even more heinous, new mega-mines are allowed to be built even though it’s clearly understood that they will have to treat acidic, metal-laden runoff for thousands of years at extreme cost. Not only are we allowing companies to take minerals for free, but we’re telling them it’s OK to create the same type of permanent water treatment liabilities that polluted the Animas. [Major Colorado mine waste spill highlights urgency for comprehensive mining law reform]
Logging out the basin for the Grizzly Gulch Tailings Disposal Project above Pluma and Deadwood in 1977 helped to launch this blogger's love of the Black Hills.

Homestake Mining Company that also operated the sawmill near Spearfish, hired a local contractor who gave a farm boy and School of Mines dropout a skidder job. Future neighbor, Jim Whitlock wrote the proposal for an upgrade to the project.
Last Monday, a dam holding waste from the Mount Polley gold and copper mine in the remote Cariboo region of British Columbia broke, spilling 2.6 billion gallons of potentially toxic liquid and 1.3 billion gallons of definitely toxic sludge out into pristine lakes and streams. That’s about 6,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools of water and waste containing things like arsenic, mercury, and sulphur. Those substances are now mixed into the water that 300 people rely on for tap, hundreds from First Nations tribes rely on for hunting and fishing, and many others rely on for the tourism business. And thanks to lax government regulation in the US, an estimated 39 percent of tailings-pond dam failures happen in the states — a rate higher than anywhere in the world. Just six months ago, a pipe at a coal slurry pond in North Carolina opened, leaching 1.1 billion gallons of sludge into a river. [Tailings Ponds are the Biggest Environmental Disaster You've Never Heard Of]
Former Rapid City Journal reporter, Bill Harlan, became public relations representative for the underground lab built into the former Homestake/Barrick property. He writes:
Our water treatment plant removes iron from water pumped from underground. Under an agreement with Homestake Mining Co., we also treat water from the company’s Grizzly Gulch tailings impoundment, which contains trace amounts of ammonia. [press release]
Harlan wrote in March, 2004:
Erosion and flooding after big fires pose threats to people, property and the environment. The Galena Fire did cause flooding and erosion in Custer State Park. For example, in 2002, mud ran down the streets of Deadwood after the Grizzly Gulch Fire. [Fire boosts creek flow]
The issue is a perpetual threat:
The problem in Canada, the US, and elsewhere is that no one knows exactly what to do with these ponds. Much of the sludge they contain is too toxic to remediate and let back into the environment. As of now, the plan is to just let them sit there and hope they don’t fail.
Cook Lake Recreation Area in the Wyoming Black Hills has been closed due to landslide activity.

The GOP-owned South Dakota Department of Ecocide and Nepotism Resources says the Grizzly Gulch impoundment, a bird killer for most of its history, is good to go until 2035.

Unless it's not.



Reed Richards is an attorney practicing in Deadwood and Spearfish: he is also Treasurer for the Lawrence County Democrats.
The Rapid City Journal recently applauded the EPA for its actions on the Gilt Edge Mine disaster. Why don’t South Dakota newspapers do some reporting on why the EPA has had to declare the area a Super Fund Site?
The record is clear. In the 1980’s, Gov. Bill Janklow and his Republican toadies forced through the approval of the Brohm Mining permit (it’s good for business, you know) even though knowledgeable opponents clearly pointed out that the bond was inadequate (so far, by about $90 million tax dollars and still counting).
So, what’s the moral of this story? Have you heard of the Trans Canadian Pipeline? Good for business, the Republican politicians say. They don’t need a big bond because their pipeline will never leak (really?). Besides, if it does leak, they will clean it up (sure they will). They won’t go bankrupt like Brohm, (we have their word on that) and leave the taxpayers holding the bag.
This bullroar is South Dakota’s very own Groundhog Day. When will the citizens stand up and tell the South Dakota Republican politicians to stop using South Dakota as a waste dump so their business supporters can make millions at the expense of South Dakota’s clean air and water. [Reed Richards, Sioux Falls Argus Leader, links mine.]


Deadwood homeboys tell the stories of the shooting range at the slag pile in Whitewood Canyon just below town.

Creating a precedent, the Sheriff's Department and Deadwood city cops shot down there until the US Environmental Protection Agency began restoring the watershed in 1981. They shot there when I moved to Deadwood in 1977. According to the late Tommy McGrath setting off a vintage Thompson submachine gun from the city arsenal was commonplace and lead from a century of gunfire pollutes the sensitive riparian zone. The official practice range is south of Lead on Yellow Creek Road.

This blogger haunted that part of the canyon just beyond the city limits and witnessed the periodic sloughing-off of the black slag pile where wild turkeys and bald eagles live above the recovering stream that carved the canyon.

Real estate sales have been active where long-held properties are being lost to out of state investors.

The Rapid City Journal removed a piece by Deadwood-area reporter, Tom Griffith. That article detailed a failed city commission candidate's attack on the mayor and council over their hesitation to approve a proposed shooting range.

Nutcase Greg Vecchi, who lost his bid for a commission seat to far better qualified candidates, wants to build a bar with an attached firing range atop the slag pile in the Northern Hills community and attacked sitting members of the governing body who oppose it.

Now, another Griffith story brings the Shirttail subdivision into the scene.
Vecchi’s Rapid City attorney, Kyle Reese, said the gun range met all city ordinances and state statues, and noted the variance had been unanimously approved by the commission after two public hearings one year ago. Concerts, shootouts, hot rods, and motorcycles were all louder than sounds emanating from the gun range, Reese said. [Rapid City Journal]
Shirttail was developed by former Deadwood City Attorney, Jon Mattson whose wife, Barb is part of the historic Rachetto family. Having done the drywall in many of the homes in the subdivision noise can be a sensitive matter in that area. I know nearly every homeowner there. These are not powerless people: one resident, Tim Davis, owns the Devils Tower Trading Post at the foot of the Tower. Danny Gray is a retired motorcycle equipment manufacturer with ties to the Hells Angels.

A comment below Griffith's article alludes to the death of Vecchi's wife and a botched investigation by the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department.

In 2011, during a staged event in Hill City three tourists were shot when an actor fired a loaded handgun at them.

The parent company of the Rapid City Journal, Lee Enterprises, is known for supporting extreme right wing causes. Griffith is married to Nyla Griffith who sits on the South Dakota Democratic State Committee. Democrats brought gaming to Deadwood where over $95 million was wagered in April.

South Dakota's GOP junior senator is crowing his support for America's right to bear arms while attacking EPA for trying to clean up a century of decimation so going gently into that dark and stormy night is likely miles to go before Deadwood sleeps.

Deadwood has become home for white, male, meth-infused biker trash from somewhere else. The image above is a little message that appeared overnight on a decal attached to one of my rigs in 2012.

How people believe they can parachute into Deadwood Gulch and fix it remains a mystery. 50-year resident and optometrist, Mike Guilbert calls it the Deadwood Triangle.

You poor bastards.

Intermountain Mining and Refining is facing public scrutiny for violations at its Montana mining claim and contacting the hate group, Oath Keepers to resolve control of the surface rights to the White Hope Mine.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Fang: AFP linked to Trump campaign

South Dakota's Political Porker squeals with glee over the dark money efforts of the Koch-powered 'Americans for Prosperity' and pretends to be offended by the un-coded misogynistic hate speech being delivered in the center ring by the leading performer in his party's 2016 presidential clown show.

But, reporter Lee Fang has discovered that the Trump campaign roster reads like a Koch/AFP law firm.




Rounds blames Congress for Pierre's loss of subsidized air service


Tike Mike can't fly home.
Pierre’s essential air service most likely will not get better anytime soon. That’s according to South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds. Rounds says the air service problem in Pierre, was actually caused by Congress. Rounds says he is frustrated with Pierre’s air service just as much as anyone else. Rounds adds that hopefully, there will be some act of congress that will eliminate the minimum amount of flying hours for pilots and alleviate some of that pain of airlines, especially the smaller ones like Pierre’s. [KCCR Radio]
Recall that the TEApublican former GOP governor, Rounds squandered Amtrak money on an airplane for his personal use now Pierre continues to suffer Essential Air Service woes and low boarding numbers even while the legislature is in session.
Recent concerns of poor service and late or canceled flights from Great Lakes Airlines have prompted Pierre officials to try and find a different air carrier as of lately. Pierre’s bid to get another airline firm, Aerodynamics Inc., to provide flights in and out of the capitol is not going to happen.
Read that here.

South Dakota's At-large Representative Republican Kristi Noem voted for an amendment that would have ended federal funding for Amtrak. A bill investing $8 billion in Amtrak's future was ultimately passed.

Rounds build a self-insured house in a swamp that his administration knew was susceptible to flooding which of course flooded in 2011.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Schoenbeck plan would raise taxes on poorest South Dakotans


The hypocrisy of South Dakota’s Republican Party knows no bound.

A wealthy SDGOP legislator wants to raise taxes on the poor...again.

The state Republican Party denies the Anthropocene, the American Genocide, and the legacy of slavery while rich lawyers like Lee Schoenbeck scramble to cover up the crimes being committed against South Dakota's workforce.

Utilities and banks are using the state as a tax haven languishing in the regressive tax structure with which Schoenbeck, a member of a pedophile cult and the National Ravage Association (NRA), raises his campaign money.

South Dakota should listen to Paula Hawks, Bernie Hunhoff and Cory Heidelberger and pass a corporate income tax.

Reduce the number of South Dakota counties to 25, turn DSU into a community college, and adopt my cannabis template: the kurtz solution painted on a thumbnail.

A well-respected, less radical former Republican legislator, Stan Adelstein, was driven from the extremist South Dakota legislature for proposing the bill Schoenbeck is being lauded for.

A state that calls itself conservative depends on federal Social Security benefits to pay the property taxes that currently bankroll the bulk of South Dakota's moocher state bills while video lootery drives poor residents even further into despair.

South Dakota deserves the legislature it suffers.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Non-white populations growing six times faster than whites in South Dakota

Billy Mills recently posted comments on his Facebook page about the time his family were visitors in a racist Custer in the occupied Black Hills. His posts on the town named for a war criminal have gone viral.

Oglala Lakota County is not just the bluest county in South Dakota, it's the most Democratic county in the US.

As Bob Mercer reports that more Democrats register as Republicans to monkey-wrench GOP primaries in South Dakota that trend could begin to reverse.
South Dakota's population of color grew by 16.6 percent during those four years while the United States population of color grew 8.6 percent. The state's white population grew 2.7 percent while the nation's white population grew 0.3 percent. South Dakota ranks 41st among the 50 states for its population of color, compared to last-place Maine at 6.2 percent and first-place Hawaii at 77 percent. In addition to Hawaii, three other states have populations of color above 50 percent — California at 61.5 percent, New Mexico at 61.2 percent and Texas at 56.5 percent. [South Dakota Dashboard]
Read Mercer's musings linked here.


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

ND oil leases in free fall: Dakota Access, KXL on-ramp become non sequitur

More than $600,000 in bonus payments were collected Tuesday during a quarterly mineral acre lease auction held by the state, the smallest amount secured in a regularly scheduled quarterly auction since 2007. Leases in Williams County drew in just over half of the lease dollars, with $321,709 coming from 2,764 acres. This was followed by Divide County with $125,328 coming from 4,538 acres. [Bismarck Tribune]
Less than 3 percent of 8,000 acres in Iowa affected by a proposed pipeline has been surveyed by a professional archaeologist. The US Army Corps of Engineers are just required to perform archaeological surveys on 16 of the 17 major river and stream crossings.
Energy Transfer Partners spokesman Chuck Frey told North Dakota's Public Service Commission Thursday that 56 percent of the easements needed along the North Dakota route have been obtained. The company wants to build the 1,100-mile pipeline to move 450,000 barrels of North Dakota crude daily to Illinois. The $3.8 billion pipeline also would pass through South Dakota and Iowa.
Read it here.
Iowa’s state archaeologist contends the proposed Bakken Pipeline carrying crude from North Dakota to Illinois should face the same scrutiny as a state project with potential to disrupt archaeological sites. A public agency, such as the Iowa Department of Natural Resources or the Iowa Department of Transportation, would be required in such a project to test land for archaeological significance, wrote John Doershuk, director of the Office of the State Archaeologist, in a May 22 letter to the Iowa Utilities Board. “If this were an Iowa DOT or DNR project, the entire area of potential effect would be included in requirements for archaeological compliance and (the Bakken Pipeline) should be subject to the same level of scrutiny to which we hold Iowa agencies,” he wrote. Dallas-based Energy Transfer requested a permit from the Iowa Utilities Board for its subsidiary Dakota Access LLC to build the Bakken Pipeline for crude oil, which would cut diagonally across 343 miles in Iowa. [The Dickinson Press]
A Minnehaha County judge ordered nearly two dozen landowners who oppose the Dakota Access pipeline project to stand aside and allow developers to case their properties for condemnation.
Metal pin flags used to mark the pipelines so excavators can safely work in the area are often left behind, creating hazards for cattle when the metal winds up in hay bales. “They are everywhere out here,” said McKenzie County rancher Vawnita Best. “It looks like a confetti plant blew up.”
Read it here.
Indigenous Environmental Action (IEN), an international non-profit based in Minnesota also is intervening against the Dakota Access Pipeline in South Dakota. IEN opposes the proposals for Keystone XL, Enbridge Line 13, and Albert Clipper pipelines. [Talli Nauman, Native Sun News]
TransCanada has spent well over $100,000 getting its KeystoneXL ecocide into the veins of teevee users.

South Dakota tribe moving toward adopting kurtz cannabis plan

The Sturgis Rally generates about $30,000,000 in tax revenue for the general fund and kills x number of bikers every year. Medical cannabis will never pay a dime to boost teachers’ wages.

Eric Hagen is talking with 24 tribes in 14 states about legal cannabis.
They say that hint in the air up in Flandreau, that suggestion of something to come, is the sweet promise of marijuana.
Read it here.

The cannabis buzz is happening in every other state Democratic Party but not in South Dakota. Democratic candidates in red states have exactly zero to lose by embracing legal cannabis as an alternative or supplement to corporate income taxes especially where regressive systems prevail. Cannabis is a winning issue and if Democrats want to win they’ll embrace it or lose: it’s just that simple.

Monarch America enjoys a kurtz Buy recommendation.

The record for rally-related deaths is eleven during the 50th anniversary bacchanal in 1990: that summer was a personal Hell, too.

Read the kurtz plan here.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Hawks, Hunhoff, SDDP leaders agree: income tax would fund South Dakota's failed education strategy

Newly-announced candidate for the South Dakota Democratic Party's nomination to run for US House, Rep. Paula Hawks, is being scolded by South Dakota's Ridiculous Right for sounding too progressive.
It’s not what Governor Dennis Daugaard said in his annual budget address last week but what he didn’t say that concerns state Representative Paula Hawks, a Democrat from Hartford. “Some things I was hoping to hear about and didn’t hear a lot about were education funding and what we’re going to do about the teacher shortage that’s on everyone’s mind right now, and particularly on the minds of school boards and superintendents across the state,” Hawks said. “So I was looking to hear a little bit more from him on that, a little bit more than 'I’m not going to lead the charge on that.'” [Northern Plains News]
Democratic leadership has been supporting the idea of scaling back South Dakota's war on the poor for decades.
Saturday marked the year’s second Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce legislative cracker barrel at the Avera Pavilion. District 18 state representatives Mike Stevens and Jean Hunhoff and Sen. Bernie Hunhoff used the event as an opportunity to update the public on the session’s efforts in dealing with education and Medicaid expansion. Sen. Bernie Hunhoff said much more work needs to be done on funding education in South Dakota. He suggested that South Dakota institute a corporate income tax in order to raise the funds for education. [Rob Nielsen, Yankton Press and Dakotan]
Hawks' announcement seems to say she's stepping down as a District 9 legislator where she serves as Minority Whip.

Republicans are evil: Hawks needs to start talking about Kristi Noem's extremist agenda.

Note the Ridiculous Right ignoring talk of a Heidelberger run for the nomination. Cory could crack Noem's façade in their first debate.

Heidelberger should run for US House

This is one call for Cory Heidelberger to announce a run for statewide office.

Give this blog a reason to be excited about the South Dakota Democratic Party. Announce a run for my home state's lone US House seat where you could energize South Dakota's Democratic base with an effective but far cheaper campaign while going easy on Paula Hawks in a primary.

Someone with more money than you have, like former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, can take on John Thune.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Utilities grease SDPUC

Republicans are evil.
One of the larger donors to South Dakota PUC candidates is the South Dakota Telecommunications Association, which represents 19 companies that provide services across 75 percent of the state. The association typically gives $20,000 to candidates in each election cycle, including PUC candidates. In 2012, Matt McGovern refused to take money from lobbyists or industries the commission oversees when he tried to unseat Fiegen. He was able to outraise the incumbent by $47,800.
Read it all here.

As Kristie Fiegen circles the drain South Dakotans wholly expect their GOP governor to appoint another campaign donor to the post after she croaks.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

The South Dakota Progressive has reached marginal utility



Stay tuned.

Rally carnage begins in earnest

At this post, fifty Sturgis Rally-related accidents have occurred in the Black Hills area since Tuesday and 25 arrests have been made for Driving While Impaired.
A Fort Collins, CO man was killed in a single-motorcycle crash near Lead on Friday. The driver crashed at a curve and was separated from his motorcycle. He was transported to Deadwood Regional Hospital where he died from his injuries. The driver was not wearing a helmet.
Read that here.

From the Hill City Prevailer-News:
Professional managers were hired from other areas around the nation, some of whom wanted to control every aspect of the money-making opportunities – including who had the legal right to use the name “Sturgis” for monetary gain. Sanity returned after a fashion, but the later rallies continued to dip heavily into right-to-use and property naming rights.
Read that and more here.

Meanwhile, hotels, motels and campgrounds in the Hills have jacked up their rates and are all booked so a million fat white people can swill alcohol, stuff their faces, buy children for sex and kill themselves and each other with reckless abandon.