Thursday, January 18, 2018

Deploy body cameras to fight predators in Pierre

What prevents interns and other people concerned for their safety from wearing body cams in Pierre’s predatory environment?
The rewriting of the rules was prompted in large part due to recent allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault against lawmakers including one report that led to state representative Matthew Wollman resigning his seat last year.
Read more here.

Sexual predators in Pierre have been a feature of South Dakota for its entire history but to Sioux Falls-area legislator, Deb Peters it's no big deal.
“It’s not acceptable behavior and never should be acceptable behavior,” said Peters, a Republican from Hartford. “But I also I don’t put myself into situations where that becomes a problem,” she said.
Read the rest here.

The Aberdeen American's editorial board is pointing fingers at other South Dakota media for lousy coverage of the Republican rape culture in Pierre. "Unsafe. Unacceptable. Hyper-masculine. Sexualized. Dirty." That's how the board and how women have described earth haters in Pierre.

The South Dakota Newspaper Association, teevee stations and local media have known about Pierre's rape culture and culture of corruption for decades and simply demurred to the twenty earth hater donors who run the state.

Looks like Lt. Governor Matt Michels is out of the loop, too.
Michels says it is inaccurate to describe a “culture of harassment” around the legislative sessions. Michels says beyond laws, the legislature has ethics rules for their members. Many of the allegations came from lobbyists, who are outside the rules of the legislature. [WNAX]
Kinda makes you wanna puke, init?

So, if it isn't happening to Deb, it simply isn't happening.

Rapes in the Governor's Mansion, jokers to the right, there she is: stuck in the middle with Wild Bill Janklow.

I am sitting on a story of the sexual assault of the late wife of a former Rapid City lawmaker at a legislative event. Watch this space.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Lower Big Sioux River basin at very high, severe wildland fire risk

Today's Wildland Fire Assessment shows the highest risk in the US, Very High and Severe, at the mouth and on tributaries of the Big Sioux River.

That dovetails with news that the South Dakota Department of Ecocide and Natural Ruination (DENR) is out of funding.

Dick Wadhams is alive and well in South Dakota's US House race

Straight out of the Dick Wadhams playbook: unaffiliated candidate George Hendrickson 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.

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.

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. Neal Tapio and Lora Hubbel could be those candidates.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Georgetown study infers college grads fleeing South Dakota

According to a 2017 Georgetown University study a good job is one that pays at least $35,000 annually for those under 45 and at least $45,000 annually for workers 45 and older. Who knew?
Additionally, the report says South Dakota’s 95 percent growth in “non-BA” good jobs from 1991 to 2015 was the second highest in the nation, behind the 105 percent growth in Utah.
Read the rest here.

Anyone reading between the lines of the Rapid City Journal story means most graduates flee South Dakota the first chance they get. Tomi Lauren is just one who did.

Earth hater President Scott VanderWal of the South Dakota Farm Bureau says tax deform will benefit the farmers and ranchers in his group. He was just reelected to that post even as economists are saying the red moocher state's ag sector will continue to struggle.

Now, he wants South Dakota's white congressional delegation to import brown wage slaves from other countries.
"We need a stable, legal workforce that can be used for agriculture," VanderWal said. "Farm Bureau is very concerned about the number of workers in our country and South Dakota as well." South Dakota's all-Republican congressional delegation, Sens. John Thune and Mike Rounds and Rep. Kristi Noem, has expressed support for changing the visa program to ensure workers can participate in other agricultural sectors. The New American Economy campaign on Thursday kicked off a 50-state effort to highlight the importance of immigrant labor on the U.S. economy.
Read it here.

So, instead of raising wages for Americans earth haters want to pay brown people less to do more.

The crony capitalism that keeps South Dakota the 8th worst state for the working class is destroying lands promised to native peoples by treaty and my home town of Elkton is struggling to find enough housing for migrant workers often living in squalor.

South Dakota is graying fast and nursing beds represent economic development. The Janklow-owned Riverside Manor in Flandreau is overwhelming staffed by Filipinos and Filipinas as are most facilities for the elderly in South Dakota.

Any registered nurse with half a brain will leave for Minnesota, Colorado or the Southwest the instant they graduate so the work force in South Dakota will just get stupider and more Republican.

Today's intersection: farmer suicides and socialized medicine

Since suicides and murders have become commonplace in South Dakota politics the toll on the SDGOP could mount.

Earth haters like Kristi Noem and Pat Powers can squawk all they want about "socialized medicine" or "government-run health care." South Dakota is already a perpetual welfare state and permanent disaster area. It leads the US in breast cancer rates and is one of seven states that would be devastated by the repeal of Obamacare.
“Suicide is a pressing public health issue,” said Department of Health Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon. Rather than looking for funding, Malsam-Rysdon said the Legislature’s best role may be in helping to raise awareness. “There’s not a way to legislate our way out of this,” Malsam-Rysdon said.
Read the rest at the Brookings Register.

Brookings is home to obese blogger Powers who says he's thriving under the town's socialism.

A study recently published in the Journal of Rural Health found the suicide rate for farmers is not only the highest of any occupation in America, it's spiking because of a lack of ready access to mental health care services.
The agrarian imperative theory, as last week’s article explained, postulates that people engaged in farming have a strong urge to supply essentials for human life such as food and materials for clothing, shelter and fuel, and to hang onto their land and other resources needed to produce these goods at all costs. The theory also suggests that when agricultural producers are unable to supply these requisites, they feel they are letting down those who depend on them, foremost — their families and communities, and all consumers as well. That’s when some farmers undertake what they may feel is their last alternative: to hold themselves responsible for their failure, even if it means taking their own lives. [Yankton Press & Dakotan]
Socialized military, socialized coal, socialized timber harvest and socialized ag/livestock production are what Republicans want.
U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem is hoping to see the next iteration of the Farm Bill get kicked over to the Senate well in advance of its expiration. Aside from continuing to improve crop insurance programs, Noem expects "safety net" services like disaster relief will join conservation program expansion as the top priorities during Farm Bill discussions. [Mitchell Daily Republic]
Noem and her husband sell subsidized crop insurance and have received federal agriculture subsidies. She was just in Rapid City for a town hall defending the Trump Organization's plan to end medical insurance coverage for some 22 million Americans including thousands of farmers.

But, if the South Dakota earth haters had any integrity whatsoever and cared about food security they'd urge South Dakota's congressional delegation to work toward rolling the funding for Obamacare, TRICARE, Medicare, the Indian Health Service and Veterans Administration together and offer Medicaid for all by increasing the estate tax, raising taxes on tobacco, support the kurtz template and adopting a carbon tax. Reproductive freedoms should be included with conditions just like the military does under TRICARE.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Hickey blasts Republican failures

Boycott means dreary 2018 South Dakota tourist season

After South Dakota's governor signed a bill into law that discriminates against some couples who want to adopt a California-led boycott is queering Denny Daugaard's pitch.

The 2018 South Dakota Tourism Conference is scheduled in Pierre where the dreary 2017 numbers will be announced.

Personal income growth in South Dakota was the slowest in the United States in the third quarter.
South Dakota’s disappointing performance was driven primarily by a 0.1% decline in earnings (wages and salaries, and proprietor’s income). Investment income rose 0.1%, and transfer receipts—payments under programs like Social Security—rose 0.4%. The state also experienced marginal declines in forestry, fishing and related activities (-0.54%), construction (-0.43%), retail trade (-0.23%), and arts, entertainment and recreation (-1.61%).
Read more about red state failure here.

Some of South Dakota's candidates for governor are expected to attend.

Fire danger is already happening on the Missouri River basin

South Dakota's failure to sufficiently clear decades of overgrowth and understory led to the Legion Lake Fire.
According to Pheasants Forever Biologist Brian Teeter, this lack of fire has resulted in negative consequences in the health and diversity of our prairies and forests which are critical to our wildlife and agricultural economy. “You don’t have to travel very far to see that the eastern red cedar is rapidly expanding and is negatively affecting our grazing lands but there is also less obvious benefits that range from improving wildlife habitat to increasing forage quality.” Teeter noted.
Read the rest here.

Clear the second growth Pinus ponderosa and restore aspen habitat, prescribe burns, begin extensive Pleistocene rewilding using bison and cervids, enlist tribes and buy out ranchers or lease private land for wildlife corridors, turn feral horses from Bureau of Land Management pastures onto other public land to control exotic grasses and elect Democrats to lead the way.

Parts of kurtz agenda slowly unfolding

In the years after my 1997 vision at Orman Dam, a quest for redemption overtook me.

I pursued numerous concepts nearly simultaneously. A recycling initiative that would look much like Rapid City's Material Recovery Facility does today would have been based in Lead where the mining infrastructure vacated by Homestake's closure would be adapted. Metals, paper, plastics, glass, the whole schmear.

The Janklow administration, right?

But this morning's trip through South Dakota's media shithole reveals that the Black Hills region is still struggling with the same challenges.
Currently, the curbside recycling program does not accept paper, cardboard and plastic bags, for example. While the city does provide a few drop-off sites for paper and cardboard, it does not recycle plastic bags at all. Also, recycling bins are not available at apartment complexes, which are popping up at a greater rate lately.
Read more at the Rapid City Journal.
Where recycling falls in terms of priorities for the city is among the topics the Spearfish City Council plans to discuss during an upcoming strategic planning session Wednesday. “We’re looking at a variety of ways to increase recycling efforts in Spearfish,” City Administrator Mike Harmon said Jan. 4. “We haven’t found a good solution yet, but that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped looking.”
Read that at the Black Hills Pioneer.

I've preached this for going on forty years.

It takes trucks, tub grinders and balers dedicated to specific materials on a regional scale.

There should be a kitchen appliance that turns plastic packaging back into petroleum for use as a stove fuel. The US has thousands of mountains of glass cullet from the municipal waste stream just waiting to be repurposed: Japan recycles nearly 100% of her glass.

We sell millions of tons of salvage material to India and Asia to be recycled while tearing up our own ground mining for virgin minerals while steel and plastics, that could be petroleum, are buried in landfills.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Standing Rock hosting Obama energy expert

The Obama administration is still reaching out to Indian Country.

Microgrid technologies are destined to enhance tribal sovereignty and free communities from monopolistic utilities.
Speakers will address topics related to solar, wind, sun, electricity, water, fusion, hydropower and currency energies. Former US Chief Technology Officer for the Obama administration, Megan Smith, headlines a group of high-level experts set to address the conference.Activist and co-founder of Women of All Red Nations (WARN) Phyllis Young organized this first-of-its-kind summit, which is co-hosted by Sitting Bull College, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s SOLVE.
Get the story here.

Because Republicans hate American Indian sovereignty ice storms routinely knock out electric power on reservations sometimes resulting in lost lives.

Twitter flaying Tomi Lahren for fleeing shithole Rapid City, chemical toilet South Dakota

Watertown moving to keep Lake Kampeska from looking like Lake Mitchell

Speaking of shitholes.

Tara Volesky has been riding her husband's coattails for years.
Taxpayers of Mitchell, please do some researching before buying into the propaganda the mayor, media, Fyra and special interest groups are trying to sell us concerning Lake Mitchell. It's time to drain the swamp, and I am not talking about the one north of town.
Read the rest here.

Tara should get away from the computer, stay home baking cookies and leave the environment to professionals.
If all goes according to plan, 2018 could be a pivotal year for the development of Lake Kampeska. That not only may include cleaning the lake of pollutants and sediments, but also develop the lake’s shores with recreation and commercial opportunities as well as implementing some lake specific zoning ordinances. Expected to be made up of city staff and elected officials, Watertown Municipal Utilities officials and county commissioners, among others, the steering committee will spend the next couple of months discussing everything from marinas and sediment traps to dredging the lake itself.
Read the rest here.

Actually, draining Lake Mitchell then dredging the contaminated soils is the best course for every eutrophic lake in eastern South Dakota.

South Dakota earth haters refuse to respond to Trump's shithole reference

There are reports that 45 actually said shithouse countries but it matters little.
KSFY News reached out to South Dakota's Republican Party multiple times for comment and never heard back. KSFY also contacted Senator Thune, Rounds and Congresswoman Noem. None of South Dakota’s congressional leaders responded to the request for comment.
Read the rest here.

Anyone who is surprised by Trump's antics is simply as treasonous as he is.

Earth hater Jensen calls out Pierre's culture of corruption

Rapid City is represented in the Legislature by a gaggle of misanthropes, philanderers and earth haters.

Nutbag Lynne DiSanto posted an 'all lives splatter' expletive to her Facebook page, Mike Diedrich is South Dakota's Callista Gingrich and Phil Jensen calls all LGBTQ people paedophiles.

When what to my wondering eyes did appear, but a miniature slay and a Phil Jensen smear.
The Republican Chair of the Government Operations and Accountability Committee (GOAC), Sen. Deb Peters, stymied another opportunity to get answers in the GEAR UP money mystery when she also refused to issue subpoenas or place witnesses under oath. It’s no wonder that South Dakota ranks fourth in state government corruption. Stay tuned for more on this story.
Read the rest here.

I love the smell of earth hater on earth hater napalm in the morning.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Vermillion will celebrate diversity in the wake of racist comments

Earth haters Neal Tapio and Lora Hubbel have been dominating South Dakota's news after he said he wants to jail more teens, deny more Muslims freedom of religion and she painted an American Indian legislator with a racist smear.
Celebrating the diversity found right here within the Vermillion community will be the focus of a special event held next Monday, Jan. 15, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, at the Washington Street Arts Center. Families and individuals young and old are invited to attend the free event, entitled “The Art of American Diversity,” from 5 until 8 p.m. at the art center, located at 202 N. Washington Street. Monday’s event will feature many diverse voices. At 5 p.m., the Oyate Singers, a Native American singing group, will open the event.
Read the rest here.

In an effort to cover up the crimes committed by the State of South Dakota at a now-shuttered stigmatized property earth hater Neal Tapio of Watertown is saying too few adolescents are being imprisoned.

Hubbel has taken a page from the Trump playbook and said exactly what Republicans in the state believe: anyone who has American Indian heritage should not be serving in a legislature reserved for white people. Instead of calling Gene Abdallah, Mohammad or Stan Adelstein, Hymie she called State Senator Troy Heinert South Dakota's Pocahontas parroting the derision 45 has for US Senator Elizabeth Warren.

New Approach South Dakota announces event speakers

Ellison blasts Trump's racism

South Dakota school districts smarting from GOP rule

More evidence of Daugaard tyranny: a third of qualified teaching grads leave South Dakota while the remainder struggle with certification.
Mike Hanson, superintendent of Hill City school district, said the new funding formula in 2016 was based on lowering taxes and increasing teacher salaries. They are looking at every code in the budget to ensure efficiencies, create exemplary opportunities for students and to be within budget, a budget in which taxpayers will be confident in. The first source of revenue for these school districts is property taxes. Levies have dropped significantly and the school district is receiving less tax revenue than what they had been receiving. The school district saw a loss of $330,000 recently due to a focus on property tax relief that came in 2016. Last year’s general fund budget for the school district was around $4.8 million.
Read the rest here.

As teachers flee South Dakota for blue states Sioux Falls is recruiting cheaper brown skinned educators.

K-12 Achievement: D (65.2), Status: D- (62.5), Change: F (57.6), School Finance: D (66.3), Spending: F (48.6). Read it all at Education Week.

How 65 county seats and their bureaucracies are either conservative or sustainable remains a mystery.

Volunteer fire departments exhausting resources

Volunteer fire departments are irreplaceable as first responders to unexpected blazes and if the Federal Emergency Management Agency survives a Trump presidency it should convince Congress to make sure the resources are there to sustain rural fire departments.

After a century of fire suppression, a decades-long moratorium on prescribed burns, a lack of environmental litigators and GOP retrenchment the Black Hills National Forest and surrounding grasslands remain at risk to more blazes like the Legion Lake Fire.
In South Dakota, 92 percent of fire protection is accomplished by volunteers. Many of the volunteer departments surrounding Rapid City broke records in call volume, including Rapid Valley, Rockerville, Box Elder, Hill City, and Black Hawk. Box Elder saw an increase of 3 percent over 2016, while Rockerville saw an increase of 40 percent.
Read more here.

Wildland fire expert Joe Lowe has called South Dakota's current GOP governor, Dennis Daugaard, incompetent and uninterested in governing. Lowe obviously believes that South Dakota's governor is not taking the ecological collapse taking place on the Black Hills seriously enough.

Poor ranching practices continue to add fuels to an already dangerous West River drought bringing with it a moderate fire danger to all reporting stations in the Black Hills.

South Dakota, legislature driving tribal members, veterans to end their lives

Genocide visited upon the American Indian community is a planned development strategy.
Native American suicide rates stood 1.8 times higher than rates for whites in South Dakota between 2004 and 2015. Veterans of the armed forces killed themselves at more than twice the rate for the general population in South Dakota from 2000 through 2016. The five worst counties for suicides from 2004 through 2016 were Todd, Buffalo, Corson, Oglala Lakota and Dewey. All have significant tribal populations.
Read the rest here.

White earth hater legislator, quack Fred Deutsch, has been raising campaign cash gallivanting around South Dakota with a crusade calling Death with Dignity "Don't Eat Grandma" or something but won't spend a dime for mental health.

Groups like Four Directions have recorded voting rights abuses against Native Americans including in South Dakota.

South Dakota's autocratic governor has appointed Meade County School Superintendent Don Kirkegaard to take over the post vacated by the governor's longtime squeeze, Melody Schopp, who is 'retiring' after a murder/suicide marred her career.

Kirkegaard reluctantly canceled homecoming activities that would have featured a football game between the Sturgis Scoopers and the Pine Ridge Thorpes after a car bearing hate speech and a symbol painted on it that some said resembled a swastika was smashed by Sturgis students.

Red state failure is like wiping your ass with a hula hoop: it's endless.

Heinert responds to Hubbel racism

Lora Hubbel is a candidate for South Dakota's 2018 earth hater gubernatorial primary.

She has taken a page from the Trump playbook and said exactly what Republicans in the state believe: anyone who has American Indian heritage should not be serving in a legislature reserved for white people. Instead of calling Gene Abdallah, Mohammad or Stan Adelstein, Hymie she called State Senator Troy Heinert South Dakota's Pocahontas parroting the derision 45 has for US Senator Elizabeth Warren.
In the days leading up to the Christmas break, Heinert was the subject of a tone-deaf social media post from republican gubernatorial candidate Loral [sic] Hubbel, who implied that conflicts of interest were the reasons why Heinert blocked the subpoenas. Hubbel was lambasted by Native Americans who took offense to the tone and implication of Hubbel’s post. Hubbel did not seem to understand the offensive nature of her Pocahontas comment. Heinert condemned the comments. “What is offensive are the efforts to discredit reservation based lawmakers. She has no understanding of our culture, our language, or how we pray. I think I do a pretty good job of representing the interests of our people and our communities. There is no place for comments like this,” he added.
Read the rest here.

And obese Brookings blog bully, Pat Powers responded by putting up a number of posts decrying Hubbel as unfit to serve. He's been adding anonymous comments at his blog to gin up hated of Jews, Muslims and American Indians for its entire history. He certainly hasn't called for Donald Trump to resign for using racist and vulgar language.

Former State Senator Stan Adelstein has threatened to sue Powers who resigned in disgrace from the South Dakota Secretary of State's office.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Wismer stands for reproductive rights

Pro-life is simply code for white people breeding.

Even the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says evidence suggests there is no foetal pain until the third trimester begins at 27 weeks.

South Dakota State Representative Susan Wismer has signed on to the newly-created Reproductive Freedom Leadership Council just launched by the State Innovation Exchange.
The council’s objective is to put reproductive rights at the forefront of progressives’ — and the country’s — agenda. SiX categorically decries progressives who claim reproductive rights aren’t a necessary component to membership in the Democratic party. “Reproductive freedom is a central and necessary component of an inclusive progressive agenda,” reads the new council’s platform.
Read it all here.

Hyperpartisan morbidly obese Brookings earth hater and hack, Pat Powers lives in a town shaped and guided by socialism created long before he moved there to enjoy its fruits.

He is using his blog space this morning to contradict a respected legislator for supporting women's rights.

Industrial chemicals from Monsanto, Bayer and Syngenta abort foetuses all the time but few will hold their feet to the fire about it. Contact with the Big Sioux River as it flows outside Brookings can cause spontaneous abortions.

South Dakota Republicans love the foetus but hate actual non-white, non-christian children discarding them as collateral damage in the so-called War on Terror being prosecuted by South Dakota’s outposts for the military/industrial complex.

Rich women have full reproductive freedom while women at middle and lower income levels experience chilling effects on their rights. South Dakota’s repeated attempts to restrict access to medical care are not only mean-spirited, they're discriminatory anti-choice extremism.

But, applaud the nutball Republican efforts diverting attention from the party’s culture of corruption where murders and their covers up are commonplace by clogging the legislative session with christianic religionist argle-bargle.

Jackley freaked out by white nationalists in Brandon

A 50 year old white nationalist Brandon woman and her teenage son are in jail facing multiple charges after an arsenal of guns and ammunition were found in a reinforced basement room of her home.
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says the large number of guns that were found is a concern. Jackley says police may have stopped something more serious from happening.
Get the story at WNAX.

Events like these are hardly surprising given the racist diatribes of legislators like Neal Tapio, the bigotry of Steve Sibson, the extremism of Shad Olson, Betty Olson's Bundyism and hatred for multiculturalism by countless other South Dakotans.

In 2014 among 382 law enforcement agencies 74 percent reported anti-government extremism as one of the top three terrorist threats in their jurisdictions, according to the New York Times.

According to court documents a Dallas, South Dakota man made several comments about blowing up a Veterans Affairs hospital.
The Black Hills State University Honors Program will kick off the first three weeks of the 2018 Geek Speak lecture series with an ongoing panel discussion about religious diversity. The first week’s panel will serve as an introduction to the religions represented, giving each panel member 15 minutes to introduce themselves and a background about their religion. In the following weeks, discussion will center on what it is like for religious minorities to practice in this area, in a space far from a larger religious community, and what it is like to be perceived as a standard bearer for that religion.
Read that here.

christianity is a disease.

The American Left poses no violent threat to the United States while the hate-filled right wing of the Republican Party always will.

Beetle returning to normal levels after clearing Black Hills pine overgrowth

During a recent meeting of the Black Hills National Forest Advisory Board entomologist Kurt Allen said the mountain pine beetle has returned to endemic, very low levels or about one tree per acre.

Ponderosa pine is not native to the Black Hills. When the Custer Expedition came through the region bringing invasive cheatgrass for their horses stands of ponderosa pine were sparse and scattered but a century and a half of poor management practices have created an unnatural overstory best controlled by the mountain pine beetle, prescribed fires and periodic wildfires.

The southern Black Hills are greener and vistas more spectacular after the mountain pine beetle opened view sheds and increased water supplies. Wind Cave National Park is greenest in its history after a prescribed burn took even more invasive grasses than was planned. Most areas affected by the recent Legion Lake Fire are expected to recover to pre-settlement conditions.

For several decade spruce beetles have been working to restore aspen habitat and helping to recharge water supplies in the northern Black Hills likely moving on logging equipment from other western states.

US Representative Kristi Noem (earth hater-SD) and South Dakota's congressional delegation routinely pressure Forest Service officials to keep Hulett, Wyoming donor Jim Neiman happy.

Tribe wrests control of bison herd from state

Control of a 407 head bison herd owned by the Cheyenne River Sioux Nation but exploited by South Dakota Game, Fish and Plunder is being returned to the tribe.
On April 10, 2017, the Buffalo Board decided to get Pte Hca Ka back to being self-sustained. Since the April meeting, the Board has been moving forward on restoring the herd, the corrals, the pasture fences, and the land the buffalo run on. The Board cleared all outstanding debts and purchased some equipment and hired personnel to care for the herd. While they are working towards their goals, it will remain Pte Hca Ka’s policy to provide meat, jobs, and whatever they can for the people of the CRST. The Lakota people need the buffalo and the buffalo need the people. All Lakota should be committed to restoring the buffalo herd and Pte Hca Ka. Lakota ancestors held them as sacred and honored them for giving life.
Read the rest here.

The bison herd at Pe'Sla in the sacred Black Hills has grown to twenty five.

SDGFP hold domestic cattle and bison to different standards.

In South Dakota white people steal money slated for American Indian education and murder their families when the jig is up then place a complicit attorney general at the head of the investigation. A so-called "South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations" led by earth haters plots new ways to take advantage of and siphon resources from the nine tribal nations trapped in the red moocher state.

Thanks to Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) bison have become America's National Mammal.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

South Dakota Democratic Party blasts single-party rule

Executive Director Sam Parkinson of the South Dakota Democratic Party released a statement in response to Governor Denny Daugaard's final State of the State address.
40 years of one-party rule has led to one budget shortfall after another, a state government plagued by scandal and which regularly overturns the expressed will of the voters, a state educational system falling behind our neighbors, and a state economy where working families are struggling to get ahead. South Dakotans deserve better leadership than they have received from the Republican establishment in Pierre. South Dakota Democrats are fighting for a state government and a state economy that works for everyone, not those at the top, like the powerful and well-connected special interests who have way too much power in Pierre. It’s time for a change in leadership; this November, South Dakotans will remember who is fighting for them and who is fighting for the special interests.
Read the rest here.


Sam forgot a few things.

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.

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 dairies are wreaking habitat havoc. 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.

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 and likely a new repository for nuclear waste. Fireworks are the likely source of Mount Rushmore water pollution.

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.

South Dakota hid evidence in the death of 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.

But, applaud the nutball Republican efforts diverting attention from the party’s culture of corruption where murders and their coverups are commonplace by clogging the legislative session with christianic religionist argle-bargle.

South Dakota Supreme Court hears appeal that pits Rapid City against Daugaard donors

Future fund recipients, Kathryn Johnson, a former member of the Board of Regents implicated in the EB-5/Bendagate scandal, and her husband, prominent Rapid City attorney, Doyle Estes, each gave South Dakota's current governor $4000 in 2014.
The City of Rapid City's battle with Big Sky, LLC went before the South Dakota Supreme Court Tuesday morning. The city and Big Sky have been in court for years over the roads in the Big Sky Subdivision east of Elk Vale Road. The city's appeal to the State Supreme Court stems from a jury verdict in February of last year over the city's quest for damages that went in favor of Big Sky. The city is appealing the verdict on eight issues, including whether Big Sky and developer Doyle Estes were liable to the City of Rapid City as a matter of law.
Read more here.

Board of Regents and US Department of Education funding drove corruption in the GEAR UP scandal and Westerhuis murders. Recall Mike Rounds ran for Senate calling for the abolition of the US Department of Education knowing it is a source of corrupting influence in South Dakota.

South Dakota is plagued with conflicts of interest and the Future Fund is part of Pierre's culture of corruption.

The program is funded by a contractor’s excise tax that spent more than eleven million dollars last year on Governor Denny Daugaard's pet Republican projects.

Pam Roberts gave a thousand simoleons to Dennis Daugaard during the 2014 election cycle so in turn she got cash from the Future Fund and was appointed to the scandal-plagued Board of Regents.
Roberts currently is chairwoman of the South Dakota Republican Party. She retired as state secretary of labor in the Daugaard cabinet two years ago. Among her previous roles in state government, she was chief of operations for then-Gov. Bill Janklow. She also served in Cabinet-level posts for the Mickelson, Walter Dale Miller and Rounds administrations. [Mitchell Daily Republic]
Gov. Daugaard gave out $26.5 million in Future Fund grants just during his first three years in office.

In 2013 Daugaard appointed disgraced former US Attorney Kevin Schieffer to the board. In a fit of partisan government overreach Schieffer upended local control by seizing a T-Rex fossil in 1992 from the Black Hills Institute of Geology. Like fellow Regent and Future Fund recipient Harvey Jewett, Schieffer has given Daugaard loads of cash and gave Denny Daugaard $4000 in 2014.

On advice of counsel Mike Rounds won't release the names of his Future Fund cronies because he's shielded by South Dakota's lack of ethics oversight.

Kinda makes me wanna puke.

Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson is South Dakota's ranking Democrat. He's scheduled to deliver his State of the Judiciary address this afternoon to the state's extremist legislature.

Heitkamp, Smith, Ellison voice support for DREAM Act

Tribes hire Brendan Johnson, Robins Kaplan to sue opioid industry

Complaint linked here.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Chasm widening between South Dakota, tribes

Racism is a way of life in South Dakota where the Legislature is a hate group.
State officials, starting July 1, intend to tap savings and pay for additional care such as mental health services that previously weren’t covered by South Dakota’s Medicaid program. Sen. Troy Heinert, D-Mission, said the changes potentially affect about 30 percent of tribal members who live in South Dakota. “To me as an Indian sitting here, it looks like we’re saving the state a bunch of money on our backs, again,” Heinert said.
Read that here.

Tribal politics wedged into the 2018 legislative session days before it even opens. It’s another spat among lawmakers on the State-Tribal Relations Committee.
Read the rest of that here.

Thoughts? Prayers?

Nelson: legislators don't deserve raises

Republican South Dakota State Senator Stace Nelson did not rule out a third party or indie run for governor when asked his thoughts about getting into the 2018 race.
There is a move afoot by some legislators to raise their own salary — by a significant amount — and to codify automatic future raises. Setting aside that such an effort comes when the state is facing budget shortfalls due to past ineffective management by the Legislature and governor, and on the ugly note to state employees of yet another year of no raises, it also comes on the heels of legislators intentionally ignoring and covering up the losses of hundreds of millions of tax payer dollars in the EB5 and GEAR UP state government corruption scandals. It’s inappropriate and self-serving, to say the least. Not only should we not raise legislative salaries, we should be cutting executive and judiciary branch salaries. South Dakota, like our national capitol, is experiencing the problem of perpetual politicians who have replaced the honest public servitude of regular citizens.
Read the rest here.

Nelson has called Governor Denny Daugaard a RINO, Dakota War College a fake news hate site, and has accused the executive branch of covering up the wrongful death of Brady Folkens.

Barth: raise taxes on alcohol

In Rapid City during his run for US House Jeff Barth stuck his hand out after greeting the couple before me and after introducing myself he said, "you're a little bigger than I am." My 6'2" 173 pound frame and his 6'1" likely-more-than-that laughed simultaneously. I didn't hesitate: "where you at on the so-called War on Drugs?" It fell right out of my mouth. "It's crazy," he replied. He described a future where, as long as law enforcement can easily test drivers stopped for some other infraction, cannabis law should look just like alcohol law.
Doubling the excise tax would bring in another $14 million, helping close Governor Daugaard’s budget gap. But I doubt it will happen. We have elected people who are distributors of beer and liquor. They are not in Pierre to take care of people. They are there to protect their own profits. Other are plied with free drinks and food daily by friendly lobbyists to assure their resistance to taxing booze.
Read the rest here.

During the 2014 South Dakota Democratic Convention in Yankton Barth and the Minnehaha County people took this straggler into their ranks while pressing the caucus on strict adherence to the rules with vigorous confidence. At that time I lobbied Barth to bring higher wages to Sioux Falls. Now he is taking that concept to community organizers.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Lalley: Mickelson measure unconstitutional

I don’t understand Speaker Mickelson’s end game with this initiative. It’s so clearly a restriction of political speech that it’s impossible to believe that he sees it as actual policy, but rather some sort of shot across the bow of progressives who have increasingly turned to the ballot box for occasional victories. It’s so bad, that even the attorney general’s explanation says the measure's constitutionality is likely to be challenged. This is just bad policy, intended to curb the political influence of people with whom the speaker disagrees. This is not clear-eyed thinking based on the public interest, rather it is self-interest clothed in xenophobia.
Read the rest here.

Rapid City earth hater suggesting he supports therapeutic cannabis

Sunday, January 7, 2018

New Approach South Dakota will hold anti-Sessions session in Sioux Falls

Happy Birthday, Vice President Mondale!

Tester takes on Trump Organization's anti-veteran stance

Dakota Plains Legal Services seeking attorneys

Managing Attorneys(2), Pine Ridge and Fort Thompson, S.D. The Pine Ridge office serves the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and Oglala Lakota, Jackson and Bennett counties in South Dakota. The Fort Thompson office serves the Crow Creek and Lower Brule Indian Reservations in South Dakota and Brule, Buffalo, Hughes, Hyde, Lyman, Stanley and Sully counties in South Dakota. Please submit a letter of interest and resume to: John J. Buchy, Executive Director, Dakota Plains Legal Services, PO Box 727, Mission, SD 57555, (605) 856-4444, Native Americans, Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply. Dakota Plains Legal Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Read more here.

Racism, genocide ongoing in South Dakota

Jim Kent sat down with Elizabeth Cook-Lynn and interviewed her for an initiative creating the First Nations Sculpture Garden.
It was ironic that a “consultation” meeting between the U.S. Forest Service and the leaders of tribes from across the state regarding proposed gold mining in the Black Hills was taking place just a few feet away. Part of the problem in creating the sculpture garden originated with Rapid City’s government and opposition from the city council. If there’s to be any hope for dealing with racism, according to Cook-Lynn, the bottom line is education. And the First Nations Sculpture Garden is a part of that.
Read the rest here.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Despite taxpayer funded medical care and cosmetic surgery Noem suffering acne breakout

It's been obvious in recent photo ops that Representative Kristi Noem (earth hater-SD) is suffering a rather severe acne eruption.

Two of South Dakota's earth hater delegation receive their medical benefits from Obamacare. Rep. Kristi Noem has a full ride and Sen. John Thune is on the DC HealthLink Obamacare exchange.

A medical professional viewed a multitude of videos with this blog. The following is paraphrased from her assessment of Noem's psychological profile and medical history.

There is evidence of collagen injections, botox, and JUV√ČDERM® (at an approximate cost to taxpayers in the five figures).

Absences in committee meetings might be evidence of some surgery: her hairline has been lowered possibly to mask scarring. There is evidence of cryosurgery especially around her lips; and, her gums and teeth show some signs of reconstruction.

Remember when the earth haters descended on former First Lady Michelle Obama for baring her shoulders? There has been nary a murmur about Noem doing it let alone calling out Melania Trump for her past as a hooker.

It's not like Noem is unattractive or as obese as Linda Daugaard is.

Noem has never supported the Violence Against Women Act and if her abusers were Democrats she'd be singing like a cardinal. Anyone who believes she's never been a victim of sexual harassment or unwanted touching is delusional.

Kristi Noem is a MILF. Is she compliant, infidelitous, or simply jaded?

The look on Kristi Noem's face....

Howdy Doody Dusty Johnson responds to fellow earth hater

Republican is simply another word for earth hater.

Dusty Johnson is a Howdy Doody lookalike who makes cotton candy seem like a healthy snack.

He posted a fluffy rejoinder to fellow earth hater John Tristrian after Johnson was exposed as a newby politician with no chops.

Although Tsitrian has done little to provide fixes for the sins of their political party Johnson has done even less.

Wendel Hiland is a Newell, South Dakota-area handyman and self-styled 'sovereign citizen' who faced 300 years in prison after he was arrested and charged in 2013 with 30 counts of abuse of a minor over the age of seven. He raped a minor, forced her into child marriage and has called Attorney General Marty Jackley "as crooked as they come."

In a Facebook post he recently blind-sided earth hater candidate for US House Dusty Johnson about guns, god and government and Johnson mouthed the boilerplate earth hater lines.

Tsitrian is an equal opportunity hater: when he flings feces he cares not where it lands.

But, applaud the nutball Republican efforts diverting attention from the party’s culture of corruption where murders and their coverups are commonplace by clogging the legislative session with christianic religionist argle-bargle.

South Dakota cop popped

Jesse McLaughlin, a Charles Mix County sheriff's deputy was arrested Friday for allegedly stealing a gun.
"(The) Charles Mix County Sheriff wants the public to know that he will not tolerate employees of the Sheriff's Office violating the law and the taking advantage of other persons property during an arrest and if an employee does so that employee will face the judicial process like anyone else," Charles Mix County Sheriff Randy Thaler said in a statement.
Read it here.

Cops' lives suck. Little wonder they abuse their families, alcohol, drugs, food, power, detainees and occasionally murder their wives.

Friday, January 5, 2018

South Dakota drought increase brings higher fire danger

Poor ranching practices continue to add fuels to an already dangerous West River drought bringing with it a moderate fire danger to all reporting stations in the Black Hills.
Fires can start from most accidental causes, but with the exception of lightning fires in some areas, the number of starts is generally low. Fires in open cured grasslands will burn briskly and spread rapidly on windy days. Timber fires spread slowly to moderately fast. The average fire is of moderate intensity although heavy concentrations of fuel, especially draped fuel, may burn hot. Short-distance spotting may occur, but is not persistent. Fires are not likely to become serious and control is relatively easy.
In other words: public land managers should be coordinating prescribed fires with private landowners but South Dakota's senior senator has made it harder to conduct cooperative fuel treatments.

After haranguing from this blog the Rapid City Fire Department is burning portions of M Hill.

SDDP: Jackley campaigning on state's dime

The crippled South Dakota Democratic Party emerges from its gurney to criticize Attorney General Marty Jackley as he gallivants across the state at taxpayer expense.
In 2018, the voters of South Dakota will remember that Marty Jackley is obviously more interested in running for his next government job than he is in doing the job they elected him to do.
Read the rest here.

SDDP has yet to field a candidate for attorney general.

In South Dakota English quickly becoming second language

United Van Lines is reporting South Dakota is the fifth most desirable destination for white retirees from somewhere else seeking the state's regressive tax structure.

But young people are fleeing in an exodus leaving brown people to do the work.
El programa de ingl√©s como segundo idioma de la comunidad de Madison, o ESL, comenzar√° sus clases de primavera el 9 de enero. Las clases est√°n abiertas para cualquiera que desee aprender ingl√©s, con clases avanzadas y para principiantes disponibles. La atenci√≥n se centrar√° en aprender la comunicaci√≥n diaria para el trabajo, las compras, la atenci√≥n m√©dica y la comunicaci√≥n con los maestros de un ni√Īo. El programa tambi√©n ayuda a las personas a leer y escribir en ingl√©s.
Read the rest here.

Lake County is ground zero for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) where South Dakota's lack of environmental oversight puts groundwater at risk just to maintain the property tax base keeping the red moocher state on life support.

Instead of insisting ag exploiters clean up their messes the state relies on the federal government to do it.

Kinda makes ya wanna puke, init?

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Stigmatized former boot camp could be 'light industrial' park

Brady Folkens died in state custody after a botched diagnosis at the now-shuttered STAR Academy on December 21, 2013.
During a public auction Thursday morning at the Custer County Courthouse, the sprawling STAR Academy property south of Custer sold for the minimum bid of $2.34 million. The buyers were a group of investors represented at the auction by real estate agent Jared Carson of Custer. The sale is contingent on the approval of Governor Dennis Daugaard.
Read it here.
After the meeting, Carson said there are plans to turn the campus into an ecologically minded, clean-air light industrial project that will not only provide an opportunity to bring new technology to South Dakota, but also provide a place for economic development in Custer County.
Read that here.

Retired Yankton surgeon Lars Aanning says, "We believe that besides Jeff Haier, the other participants in this cover-up include Denny Kaemingk, head of Corrections, and John Porter, CEO of Avera Health."

Lt. Governor Matt Michels, a former Avera lawyer, and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation have also been implicated in a conspiracy to hide evidence.

Ellison responds to Republican war on people of color

Crackers will host public legislative sermons

South Dakota's white, mostly Republican legislators have scheduled prolonged sermons to the voting public. The following list has been provided by the Associated School Boards of South Dakota.


In the Centennial Rooms at Northern State University from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Saturday, January 27
Saturday, February 3
Saturday, February 10
Saturday, February 24


In the Bethany Meadows Community Room from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, January 27
Saturday, February 24

Fort Pierre:

At Magpies from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, February 10


At City Hall from 9 to 10 a.m.

Saturday, January 20
Saturday, February 3
Saturday, February 24


Legislative preview at Madison High School Auditorium from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 3


At the Piedmont Valley Legion Post from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 10


In the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce Community Room from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, January 20

Rapid City:

Multiple dates and locations

Saturday, January 27 at the South Dakota School of Mines from 9 to 11 a.m.
Saturday, February 10 at Western Dakota Tech from 9 to 11 a.m.
Saturday, February 17 at the Outdoor Campus West from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 24 at the South Dakota School of Mines from 9 to 11 a.m.
Saturday, March 3 at Western Dakota Tech from 9 to 11 a.m.

Sioux Falls:

Legislative Breakfast at the Ramkota Hotel from 7 to 9 a.m.

Thursday, January 4


In the Vermillion City Hall Council Chambers from 9 to 11 a.m.

Saturday, January 27
Saturday, February 17


In the Avera Professional Office Pavillion from 10 to 11 a.m.

Saturday, January 20
Saturday, February 3
Saturday, March 3

Bjorkman pledges to run low dollar campaign

Retired judge, now Democratic candidate for South Dakota's lone US House seat, Tim Bjorkman says the practice of paying to chair certain committees or being based on how much money one can raise for ones political party has created the swamp in DC.

Bjorkman spoke with an increasingly rotund Todd Epp, himself a former lawyer.
He says there are A, B, and C tiers of committees, with A committees commanding the most to be raised. Bjorkman said the "dues" can run from over $200,000 for a B-level committee to $25 million to be Speaker of the House. Bjorkman says he will likely need to raise $750,000 to $1 million to be competitive in his at-large House race. He says he will also have to do it without raising money from political action committees.
Get the story here.

Bjorkman will be in Huron today campaigning with other Democratic candidates.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

South Dakota Democrat Announces for District 12 House

Democrat Jeff Hayward has announced he will run for South Dakota District 12 House saying he wants to expand job training programs and encourage economic development.
The 34-year-old project director at Job Corps said he hoped to boost support for workforce training and increase transparency in government if elected. The Pierre native said he was confident that he could find a support in a district currently represented by a full slate of Republicans.
Read the rest here.

Last September Hayward blasted Rapid City legislator Lynne DiSanto for her racist Facebook remarks about legal protests.

Also from the Argus Leader, another pastor says Republicans will get worse before they get better. "They will go lower. S.D. folks with morals, character, integrity, love of country need to bottom-up with great voices/actions. Top down is dead."

United Van Lines is reporting more white people are moving to South Dakota suggesting winters in the state are doing nothing to keep the riffraff out.