Tuesday, August 16, 2016

TDP going on hiatus

There is nothing but derision and hatred among South Dakota's four most read bloggers.

It took the creation of The Dakota Progressive to force fake progressive Cory Heidelberger to admit he is a Democrat and to adopt the mantle of mouthpiece and advertiser for the bumbling South Dakota Democratic Party. Shaming him really is the only way to keep him honest.

As a trailing candidate for legislature dry drunk Heidelberger can't afford to link to this blog. He is an "ultra-liberal" like obese earth haters Pat Powers and Scott Ehrisman are yoga instructors. Powers and Ehrisman simply can't bear dissent.

This blogger controls every twitter hashtag pertinent to South Dakota politics and will continue to do so unless bought off.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Activists shame bikers leading to smaller Sturgis® slaughter

South Dakota killed at least 16 during last year's Sturgis Rally bacchanal driving some bikers to boycott the annual slaughter.
Numbers are down in Sturgis this year and that trend appears to be the same in Custer. Both merchants and officials are saying numbers are down and the bikers who have made their way to Custer have been mostly docile. [Custer County Chronicle]
Even the State of South Dakota is lamenting fewer sex crimes, drug busts and hospital visits that pay the bills in the chemical toilet where civil forfeitures and sales taxes fund single party rule especially in Marty Jackley's home town. Traffic counts are down at least 40 percent from 2015 according to state Transportation Department spokeswoman Kellie Beck.

This year Rapid City Regional Hospital was the only Republican-owned business to cut a fat hog.

South Dakota media outlets are rife with stories about a meth and heroin epidemic but Marty Jackley takes on a guy alleged to have fifty five cannabis seeds for a legal buyer. Leave it to his homeboys and minions in the law enforcement industry look away from the hallmark lawlessness peculiar to the Sturgis Rally.

Montana's Northern Cheyenne joined tribes trapped in South Dakota in raising awareness of the Rally's desecration of sacred ground on and near Mato Paha known to white people as Bear Butte.

Costs to South Dakota's law enforcement industry cut into whatever profits the state enjoyed from selectively arresting those "docile" offenders.

That's why cops' lives suck. Little wonder LEOs abuse their families, alcohol, drugs, food, power, detainees and occasionally murder their wives.

So, hats off to those who resist the drunken social engineering white people employ while defiling He Sapa!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Trahant spotlights JR LaPlante

Mark Trahant is a member of the Shoshone Bannock Nation and has been writing about American Indians running for political office.
What do I mean? Candidates who have experience, drive, ideas, and own the tools needed to win. JR LaPlante is a great example. He’s running for the South Dakota Legislature as a Democrat. He’s an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. He’s an attorney and his current job is director of Tribal Relations for Avera Health where he coordinates a number of health initiatives. LaPlante’s public policy resume is deep. He has worked for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Equal Justice Works, an AmeriCorps Legal Fellow with South Dakota Access to Justice, and was in the first group of scholars with Bush Foundation’s Native Nation Rebuilders program. [Trahant, Indian Country Today Media]
Before she left the failing Rapid City Journal Mary Garrigan wrote an excellent piece on the appointment of Leroy "JR" LaPlante as secretary of the newly created South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations that suggested that maybe people are getting more serious about healing the scars of hate. That Mr. LaPlante is a christian who submitted to an autocratic GOP/wasicu administration made his choice highly suspicious.
Rosebud Sicangu Lakota elder and spiritual leader Albert White Hat spoke about the responsibilities and burdens that his nephew would face in his new job. "A lot of us still don't trust the state. Some of us have scars that we'll take to our grave," White Hat said, before praying over his nephew with an eagle feather to ask the Eagle Nation to assist him. The Bad Nation Singers, a drum group from the Crow Creek Reservation, offered Lakota flag and honor songs to the Great Spirit during the ceremony. A history of broken promises and the historic underfunding of treaty obligations is part of the challenge of his new job, LaPlante knows, but he echoes the governor in saying he wants to see new collaborations and fresh ideas in state-tribal relations. "We are mutually tied to the land and citizens of South Dakota, both Indian and non-Indian," he said. [Garrigan, Rapid City Journal]
In 2011 LaPlante appeared with Stephanie Rissler on Bill Janklow's idea of public teevee.

LaPlante, the inaugural Secretary of Tribal Relations, left that post under the current Republican governor to take a job as a prosecutor for former Democratic US Attorney for the District of South Dakota Brendan Johnson.

If he wins LaPlante represents a tiny glimmer of hope for the struggling South Dakota Democratic Party.

With the success of renaming South Dakota's highest geographical point American Indians have the opportunity to begin influencing policy in the chemical toilet.

Of course, the South Dakota Democratic Party should urge President Obama to pay the tribes, dissolve the Black Hills National Forest, move management of the land from the US Department of Agriculture into the Department of Interior; and, in cooperation with Bureau of Indian Affairs Division of Forestry and Wildfire Management, rename it Okawita Paha National Monument eventually becoming part of the Greater Missouri Basin National Wildlife Refuge. Mato Paha (Bear Butte), the associated national grasslands and the Sioux Ranger District of the Custer/Gallatin National Forest should be included in the move.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Rounds playing a conservative to raise cash, fly to Pierre

Mike can't fly home.
Unfortunately, regional airline service in Huron, Watertown, Aberdeen and Pierre have struggled in recent years. Delays, canceled flights and fewer flight options have made it more difficult for residents to fly in and out of these communities. My amendment seeks to increase the qualified pilot pool for regional airlines by creating new state-of-the art, FAA-certified safety courses that would count toward minimum pilot flight hour requirements. [chippy staffer Natalie Krings writing as Senator Mike Rounds]
Pierre is undergoing another experiment with subsidized air service.
The system in Washington D.C. is broken, South Dakota U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds, R, told a hometown crowd Tuesday in Pierre. Rounds said he didn’t have good answer to the problem. “I wish I had a better answer,” Rounds said.
Read it all here.
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 governor 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.

Rounds and Krings recently appeared on Facebook Live acknowledging that they are part of the dysfunction in DC.

Recall that Rounds pledged to raise $9 million to run for Senate but is still struggling to erase his campaign debts. White supremacists like Mike see Donald Trump as their last hope.

While Rounds was governor the Department of Social Services seized hundreds of American Indian children and placed them in subsidized foster homes. Activists are reversing those attempts at genocide.

According to a source close to the Rounds family South Dakota's functionally illiterate junior senator is lamenting his time living inside the Beltway.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Panel: “Whiteclay is becoming the Flint, Michigan, of Nebraska”

It would be interesting to know how much beer distributors pay tribal authorities to keep reservations dry.
The state should hire a full-time law enforcement officer in Whiteclay, Nebraska, and open an alcohol detox center to clean up the notorious border town, an ad hoc committee formed by Gov. Pete Ricketts has recommended. “Whiteclay is becoming the Flint, Michigan, of Nebraska,” said Lincoln businessman Alan Jacobsen, a former candidate for governor. He was among a group of Lincoln advocates calling for action from the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission. [Omaha World-Herald]
Cannabis has shown to be an effective treatment for alcoholism.

Senators in the single-chamber Nebraska Legislature voted 30-19 to override the veto of GOP Governor Pete Ricketts who supports the death penalty. Ricketts has retaliated by vowing to execute people on death row anyway after ordering drugs illegally from outside the United States.

South Dakota enjoys killing and has built an economy around death but Nebraska's move has stirred hopes in South Dakota that its legislature could follow suit. Republican former Representative Steve Hickey says 46% of the state opposes the death penalty.
Conservatives who voted for the repeal cited their own personal principles, such bureaucratic overreach and fiscal recklessness involved in the process. So, in some ways, this has become a philosophical alignment, in which both conservative and liberal philosophies have melded together. ["]Do we want a government so big, so powerful, they can decide life and death?” stated District 18 Sen. Bernie Hunhoff (D) of Yankton in an Associated Press report. [editorial, Yankton Press & Dakotan]
The litigation costs of trying a capital crime persuaded Nebraska to abandon state-sponsored killing: how is the price of putting people to death either conservative or sustainable?

Screw Nebraska. Flood the state with cannabis grown in the Oglala Lakota Nation.

Let’s ensure that cannabis cultivation and distribution stay out of the hands of Big Dope. It’s time to enter compacts with the tribes, let them distribute on the rez, on off-reservation properties and in Deadwood.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Montana thwarts cannabis repeal as South Dakota resists compassion

Update, 0945 MDT: a Republican judge has denied the petition for a vote on therapeutic cannabis this November.


In 2004 Montana voters passed an initiated law legalizing therapeutic cannabis and its red state legislature gutted the statute in 2011.

The office of Democratic Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch has completed the count of a ballot initiative to repeal the state medical marijuana program. A county tally released on Aug. 2 put I-176 at 20,038 verified signatures lacking the 24,175 necessary.
A competing initiative, I-182, qualified in July for the fall ballot with more than 27,000 signatures. The measure would remove new restrictions on the medical marijuana program, including a limit of three patients per provider and a review of doctors who recommend more than 25 patients. [Billings Gazette]
In contrast, New Approach South Dakota is in Pierre today suing Republican SOS Shantel Krebs to place legal access to therapeutic cannabis on that state's ballot.

Krebs recently dispatched one of her fellow reptiles with a firearm.

Even if cannabis is legalized by South Dakota voters the state's heartless legislature is expected to eviscerate the initiative because Big Pharma and Big Booze subsidize SDGOP campaigns. Industry leaders say SD felony charges against consultants are a "troubling development" even as the Sturgis Rally maims and kills bikers with reckless disregard for human life.

Montana recently reduced fees for patients with green cards.

Yesterday on Argus Leader Media's 100 Eyes webcast the panel excoriated South Dakota's Republican-glutted legislature for lack of access to documents saying other red states like Montana are far more transparent.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Noem, GOP delegation embracing socialism to save tourist trap

South Dakota's Republican congressional delegation has been obstructing attempts by the US Fish and Wildlife Service to streamline the agency weaning support from a hatchery known for introducing invasive species in Black Hills watersheds and into the waters of the United States.

When a socialist like David Nickel of Spearditch is supporting Republican US House member Kristi Noem you know things are getting weird.
Rep. Kristi Noem worked to get language in the just passed 2017 House Appropriations Bill that would (among other things) prevent closure and fill and station on-site all vacant staff positions (this will help serve visitors and maintain the facility). I urge my fellow Argus Leader readers to thank Noem and her staff for their work on this issue and ask Sens. Mike Rounds and John Thune to be sure that similar Booth Hatchery language is in the Senate Appropriations Bill. [LTE, Sioux Falls Argus Leader]
Trout are not native to South Dakota yet the state's sitting At-large US Representative is staking her seat on infesting the waters of the United States.

These clowns won't support the combating of infectious diseases but will wholeheartedly jump on the bandwagon to save a tourist trap.

Ya know: this blog does not support the state land grab in Spearditch Canyon but a smart South Dakotan would counsel the state's climate change denier governor to ask the Service to divest from Booth and make it part of the proposed state park.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service should block releases of these fish into any part of the greater Missouri basin.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

"Jackboots Jackley missing out on real crime"

Jonathan Ellis of Argus Leader Media apparently submitted his blog post to his editor as "Jackboots Jackley missing out on real crime" but that is not the headline.
He’s defended a Medievalesque law that allows law enforcement to forcefully catheterize suspects. You know, holding people down and sticking tubes up their whatchabadinks just to prove they’ve used drugs. Because, apparently, waiting for somebody to relieve himself isn’t as expedient. [Ellis, As violent crime surges across S.D., Jackley pursues pot growers]
Run your browser's cursor over the link. Too funny.

SDGOP‬ hack Pat Powers is on full tilt after Ellis exposesd Jackley as a partisan Trumpoid psychopath. Selective enforcement is a hallmark of South Dakota's Republican attorney general. Marty Jackley routinely settles lawsuits as attorney general with his own campaign contributors.

Be careful, Ellis. Anyone who believes Marty Jackley and his accomplices aren't capable of treachery has forgotten Heather Plunkett.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Mentele announces bid for SD House District 19

Tomorrow July 29th the attorney will be contacting the SOS office and giving them an opportunity to do the right thing before we go to court. The right thing would be to allow medical cannabis access to the 2016 ballot. He believes we will have our day in court instead of them cooperating.

We have to have a court date & a verdict by a judge no later then August 15. So time is of the essence. He has put in countless hours getting prepared for the fight & we need to make sure he is compensated for his hard work. Please donate if you can. The hard work is done hundreds of people came out last summer & circulated, educated and volunteered time. Let's show them all we appreciate the effort and are willing to put some money into ensuring this issue makes the ballot!

Thank You to all who have donated let's keep those donations coming!

Melissa [Facebook post]

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Jackley's cannabis hypocrisy is boundless

Republican South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley has indicted two cannabis consultants who allegedly contracted with the Flandreau Santee Sioux Nation to provide cultivars and equipment for a grow operation.

All of a sudden it's pretty clear why fellow Republican, Governor Dennis Daugaard, supported more gambling at the FSST casino. The State of South Dakota receives revenue from FSST through a compact with the nation. The state and the Yankton Sioux Nation are mulling a gaming compact.

The hypocrisy of Jackley and the SDGOP is boundless. Jackley is a white supremacist bent on keeping tribes repressed. $20 says the State of South Dakota has paid off tribal officials to resist cannabis grow ops.

Case will never go to trial because Jackley can't risk jury nullification. One player has rolled over to cover his own ass and Eric Hagen will plead then pay a fine. Jackboots said Hagen is cooperating.

South Dakota's Division of Criminal Investigation has revealed multiple unlawful practices and questionable activity throughout the Flandreau Police Department.

Attorney General Marty Jackley is not only a partisan twerp he's as dirty as the police forces he oversees. Jackley says he believes conflict of interest laws are too lax yet he is hoarding information on Bendagate that could put his political party in the legal cross hairs. He's struggling to raise enough campaign cash to run for governor.

South Dakota media outlets are rife with stories about a meth and heroin epidemic and Marty Jackley takes on a guy alleged to have fifty five cannabis seeds for a legal buyer even as his homeboys and minions in the law enforcement industry look away from the Sturgis Rally bacchanal.

The US Drug Enforcement Administration is in the final stages of rescheduling cannabis.

Jackley is a recipient of campaign contributions from Big Pharma and Big Booze.

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

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Tribes, Black Hills still suffering effects of gold rush

It’s been 36 years since attorney Mario Gonzalez filed the federal court case stopping payment of the Black Hills Claim award to the Oglala Lakota Nation. Gonzales contends that the commission charged to make peace with tribes inserted language into the document signed in 1868 that Red Cloud had neither seen nor agreed to in negotiations.
Totally disregarding the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 the United States government illegally seized the Black Hills from the tribes of the Great Sioux Nation which prompted Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun to write, “A more ripe and rank case of dishonest dealings may never be found in our history.” And we should all pray that Hillary Clinton is elected as our next President of the United States so she can carry on the aspirations for the Indian people held by the Barack Obama Administration. Heaven forbid that Donald J. Trump steps in because his administration would surely attempt to force a settlement upon the Lakota people. [editorial, Native Sun News]
Geotechnical monitoring of the Open Cut East Block reveals that the area is expected to fail, with failure on Homestake property within the pit boundaries. The Richmond Hill Mine reclamation acreage overview indicates 341 total affected acres, 265.94 total released acres, 75.09 total remaining affected acres, 73.33 un-reclaimed acres (for water treatment), and 1.76 acres to be reclaimed in the short-term. [Black Hills Pioneer]
South Dakota's earth hater US senators and attorney general are leading a crusade to block the US Environmental Protection Agency from identifying non-point sources of pollution deposited into watersheds by their GOP donors.
The 2016 Missouri River Institute Symposium was held Thursday on the campus of the University of South Dakota where everyone from chemists and biologists to National Park Service representatives and geologists shared their information on research done in the last several months on the Missouri River, and what impacts the data they have collected will have on the river and the people who live along its banks. David Swanson, Director of the Missouri River Institute and Professor of Biology at USD said that sharing of findings falls directly into line with the goal of the institute founded in 1999. “Part of it is, (the river) stays the same a lot more now than it did before the dam,” Swanson said. “Some of that variability of what you had before the dam is what made that whole ecosystem go and some of that is lost now. Can we mediate for that and is it important – those are some of the questions we need to be asking.” [Symposium Looks At Impact Of River On Area Ecosystem, Wetlands]
Mike Rounds is still blaming the US Army Corps of Engineers for his own stupid choice to build in a floodway.
A report released Sept. 12, 2014, by the Government Accountability Office said a number of factors were behind the flood and there were no forecasting tools available to the Corps that could have prevented the event. “By June 2011, the volume of water coming into the reservoirs from the extreme rains and melting snow was so great that the Corps had no choice in June and July but to release water to accommodate the inflow and prevent damage to dam infrastructure, such as spillways in danger of being overtopped,” the report says.[Joel Ebert, Pierre Capital Journal]
The Republican former governor of South Dakota after having built a house in a swamp that flooded received a generous self-reimbursement from insurance coverage underwritten by his own company knowing Lake Sharpe is filling with silt.
Fort Pierre and Pierre, South Dakota, sit at the head of Lake Sharpe. The Army formed Lake Sharpe after the closure of Big Bend Dam in 1963. The capital of South Dakota and its sister city now face a flood of epic proportions because of a combination of high water releases from Oahe Dam and the presence of a silty delta at the head of Lake Sharpe, which begins just southeast of Fort Pierre. [Muddy Mo: Reservoir Siltation and the Flood of 2011]
He's the same US Senator under federal investigation for his role in the EB-5 Bendagate scandal. He also lavished $75 million of state money on political cronies and donors and flagrantly violated the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Hidden agenda? The state has at least a $83 million dollar surplus but would argue it can’t afford to dredge and treat the dams so it expects taxpayers to do it. Ag and livestock special interests likely contribute the most poison crap to the system followed by human-based pharma/chemical toiletries.

Barrick Mining Company is on the hook for most of the worst shit: it's armed to the teeth with a bank of lawyers and lobbyists. The State enjoyed royalties and severance taxes. In another government land grab Barrick is engaged in negotiations that would trade property in Spearfish Canyon to the State of South Dakota belonging to tribal signatories of the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868.

With help from former Homestake land manager now Sturgis real estate broker, Denny McKay, former US Senator Tom Daschle sold out the people of South Dakota and the tribal nations trapped within its border by drafting legislation holding Barrick harmless.

Robert Schneiders is the author of two books on the environmental history of the Missouri River.
As for pheasants, they don’t stand a chance. Although the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department claims pheasant numbers rebounded somewhat in 2014 and 2015, because of two back-to-back warm winters, the overall trend looks bleak. Why? Because urbanization and industrialization of rural Dakota isn’t slowing, it’s accelerating. Consequently, habitat is going to continue to fall under the plow, bulldozer and backhoe. And there is nothing, and no one, who is going to stop it, especially not Gov. Dennis Daugaard and his lame pheasant recovery task-force. [op-ed, Robert Schneiders]
The bird is not wildlife but it is a canary in a chemically and genetically engineered coal mine.

During the flooding of 2011 Schneiders appeared on Bill Janklow's idea of public radio where he forecast the death of the Missouri River as a living ecosystem.

Since at least 2004 zebra mussels have been plaguing the main stem dams in the Missouri River. The invasive mussels compete with paddlefish and other native species like the pallid sturgeon.

Rounds co-conspirator, Attorney General Marty Jackley, is engaging in legal sock-puppetry. By suing the corps over surplus water he is forcing We the People to pay for the clean up of a century of mine tailings and organic effluent that has saturated the banks of the Belle Fourche/Cheyenne River system depositing many tons of toxic silt into Lake Oahe and the other downstream dams after 1962 now displacing many acre-feet of water.

The federal government has taken steps to remove dams on the Klamath River to restore habitat essential for spawning salmon and to preserve biological diversity.

It's time for that to happen on the Missouri River, too.

Of course, the South Dakota Democratic Party should urge President Obama to pay the tribes, dissolve the Black Hills National Forest, move management of the land from the US Department of Agriculture into the Department of Interior; and, in cooperation with Bureau of Indian Affairs Division of Forestry and Wildfire Management, rename it Okawita Paha National Monument eventually becoming part of the Greater Missouri Basin National Wildlife Refuge. Mato Paha (Bear Butte), the associated national grasslands and the Sioux Ranger District of the Custer/Gallatin National Forest should be included in the move.