Friday, June 23, 2017

SD delegation joins Trump death panel; NM delegation outraged


South Dakota's earth hater congressional delegation is circling the wagons around the failed policies of the Trump White House.

The newest version of Trumpcare isn't a health care bill, it's a purge.
In a statement, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall said he has received more than 10,000 letters and emails urging him to oppose the bill, which would roll back some rules for health insurers and eventually reduce the number of low-income Americans covered under the government-funded Medicaid program. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich called the bill a “train wreck” that “seems to be everything we feared it would be.” [Santa Fe New Mexican]
In stark contrast to the New Mexican, the Sioux Falls Argus Leader reads like a bulletin from the South Dakota Republican Party.

Mike Rounds is a sleaze bag. Anyone else notice he and fellow earth haters John Thune and Krusti Noem are begging the Trump Organization to socialize agriculture for their donors as drought grips my home state? The state's governor says he believes slashing Medicaid will curb debt while putting more burden for indigent care on counties.

Sioux Falls and the Big Sioux River are dying in a toxic stew of chemically-infused feces while the South Dakota Republican Party gloats over cancer rates driving a medical industry. Rounds donor Denny Sanford is a billionaire and South Dakota is a $3 TRILLION tax haven.

Steve Rounds enjoys an unusual 30-year lease on land managed by a state agency. Rounds got the lease to the Oahe Marina from South Dakota Game, Fish and Plunder while his brother was governor and when his banker, Larry Deiter was named South Dakota Director of Insurance.

I like the idea of rolling the funding for Tricare, Medicare, the IHS and the VA together then offering Medicaid for all by increasing the estate tax, raising taxes on tobacco and adopting a carbon tax. Reproductive freedoms should be included with conditions just like the military does under Tricare.

Which part of crony capitalism escapes South Dakotans? Why anybody lives in South Dakota remains a mystery.

Cartoon: Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Yankton wins best town, hosts Hobie regatta


Only seven readers of interested party believe South Dakota has any good towns at all but Yankton won anyway.

Hot Springs - 1(14%)
Spearditch - 1 (14%)
Yankton - 5 (71%)
"It’s a perennial favorite," said Ben Wells, the media coordinator with the Hobie Class Association, which will hold its Hobie 16/20 North American Championships at Lewis & Clark Lake this week. Yankton has previously hosted Hobie Cat national events (in 2008 and 2013), but this particular championship is on a grander scale, according to Wells. "This will be one of the larger events we’ve hosted," Wells said. Wells said there will also be a couple of teams from Cuba. [Yankton Press & Dakotan]
Fugitive Lyle Jeffs of FLDS fame was just apprehended in Yankton after pawn shop operators dropped a dime on him.

Angostura Reservoir on the Cheyenne River near Hot Springs has hosted regattas sponsored by Hobie Fleet 198 and Spearditch isn't that far from the Belle Fourche Reservoir where sailing can mean flying boats right out of the water.

One of my favorite experiences at Orman Dam was a 1990 mushroom-inspired sail at midnight under a full moon with 20 knot winds and hundred degree temps with Jack Kreitzer and Bob McNeill helping to hold the boat down as it reached for another plane.

Yes, this blogger still has a Hobie 16 but sailing in New Mexico means long road trips. Elephant Butte is not very sail-friendly and Navajo is too far. Nearby Cochiti Reservoir at the confluence of the Rio Grande and Santa Fe River is a radioactive sewer.

Above ip photo is from 2011 taken at Canyon Ferry Reservoir near Helena, Montana not far from the headwaters of the Missouri River.

Monday, June 19, 2017

SDSMA: cannabis is bad because it's illegal

interested party appears to be the only politics journal covering the South Dakota State Medical Association's white paper from early June and its obviously unanticipated foregone conclusion on cannabis as medicine.

Not surprisingly, it reads like a bulletin from the Republican Party's Drug Enforcement Administration. In fact, it relied on recommendations not from a medical doctor but from Bertha K. Madras, Ph.D, of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse.

SDSMA contends that although "marijuana and dronabinol decreased pain" the pharmaceutical industry produces opioids that are legal albeit highly addictive, easily abused and often deadly. South Dakota is among the worst states for opioid abuse. Besides, President Tronald Dump is sending more troops to Afghanistan to guard the opium crop essential to stocking America's opioid crisis.
Although there are different schools of thought concerning the efficacy of marijuana to treat certain medical conditions and concerning whether its possession and use ought to be decriminalized altogether, the fact remains that it is a violation of federal law and South Dakota law to possess or distribute it for any purpose. And while many states, including some close to South Dakota, have legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes, writing a prescription for marijuana, even to a patient living in a state where its use and possession is legal, could result in a disciplinary proceeding brought by the SDBMOE. Accordingly, it is recommended that the practitioner not prescribe (either using a traditional prescription or a certification) marijuana unless and until changes in the law make it clear that doing so is legal, and then only when it is medically-necessary and appropriate. [Marijuana as Medicine]
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association opiate-related deaths have decreased some 33 percent in 13 states after therapeutic and casual cannabis were legalized.

Black market cannabis not tested or subject to regulation makes America and South Dakota less safe. Legalizing and regulating a product that so many people enjoy is reasonable public policy that would align with our life/safety concerns.
So, legalization initiatives have a clear Democratic benefit. Democratic-leaning voters, who otherwise might have stayed home, could turn out to vote on marijuana reform. Some may leave other parts of the ballot blank, but Democrats could see a meaningful benefit overall. In a race that is close, a few thousand votes here or there could force an incumbent Republican Senator to pack up his office or shift a state’s electoral votes from red to blue. [Brookings Institution]
South Dakota has the most draconian cannabis laws in the US: the law enforcement industry can even force catheters into urethras and penises to test possession by ingestion even as Big Pharma contributes to the campaigns of its attorney general.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Cajete Fire expected to move into old Las Conchas, Thompson Ridge Burns


If the Cajete Fire moves beyond Los Griegos Mountain it will slow when it hits burn scars from the 2013 Thompson Ridge Fire and the 2011 Las Conchas Fire.

A Type 1 IC team took command of the incident at 0600 MDT this morning after active burning increased the size of the blaze to at least 700 acres. Extreme fire conditions have been observed. Gusty winds, high temperatures and low relative humidity continue today although a red flag warning has not been issued at post time.

The Las Conchas Fire started in late June of 2011 when an aspen tree fell onto power lines in the Jemez Mountains then quickly spread and became one of the most extensive wildland fire in New Mexico history. The Thompson Ridge Fire was the inspiration for this 2013 post. Note ponderosa pine in the photo at this Santa Fe New Mexican piece.

Wildland fires in New Mexico are common by this time of the year and at least eleven wildfires are burning.

Yesterday's ip photo was taken from the casita. So far, Baja Waldo has been mostly spared from smoke but Santa Fe and Los Alamos have been inundated causing air alerts.

Black Hills-based Wildfire Today uploaded a map of the Cajete Burn to twitter. That bare spot to the upper right of the blaze is the Valles Caldera.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

New poll: what's the best town in South Dakota

According to readers of this blog Sturgis, Pierre and Huron are the worst towns in South Dakota. So, to balance cynicism with something else interested party wants input on the best town. Vote now or leave your choice in the comments.

My choices for worst towns in my home state are listed below with your results. Huron is assumed to be the other. Mobridge should be on the list of shit holes but missed the cut; so did Custer among others.

Sturgis
5 (25%)

Watertown
0 (0%)

Brookings
1 (5%)

Aberdeen
2 (10%)

Rapid City
0 (0%)

Sioux Falls
2 (10%)

Mitchell
2 (10%)

Pierre
4 (20%)

Other
4 (20%)

Monday, June 12, 2017

Drought could make non-meandered lakes fix moot


Since South Dakota statehood the US Army Corps of Engineers have had purview over water that flows into bodies that can support navigation.

Nearly every moving stream, intermittent or not in South Dakota, has supported a pre-settlement Amerindian or European explorer pulling and propelling a canoe over it.

In South Dakota, once it leaves its source, all surface water that flows from or through private property is owned by the state.

Property owners can harvest and possess rainwater and with a permit can pump from aquifers; but, the moment runoff reaches another body of water outside that boundary, contaminated by whatever residue it encounters along the way, within state borders, it's the property of the State of South Dakota.

Unfortunately, in South Dakota, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources is governed by those same offenders and therefore effectively neutered.

Rapid City environmental lawyer David Ganje is doing work for the South Dakota Farmers Union. He believes the legislature's fix is deeply flawed.
The summer committee of the Legislature voted approval of a nonmeandered waters bill June 2. The bill includes several workable and good provisions. Still, the committee opted for a bill that is unfinished, even for the limited, immediate issues the bill seeks to remedy. This use of public waters cannot be bought or leased by the state. If the purpose of the bill is to buy or lease property rights from private landowners, the bill does not achieve this purpose. [David Ganje]
According to KWAT Radio 2014 gubernatorial loser, Susan Wismer is supporting the fix.

Longtime Democratic politico, Nick Nemec said, "the simplest and easiest solution is to forgive all property taxes on submerged land and open it to recreation. Possibly include 50-100 foot setbacks from shore and expanded no wake zones as an answer to some of the complaints of landowners."

Largely created by tiling East River lakes are mostly eutrophic shit holes filled with toxic algae and unable to even support fish populations: why they're not tapped for irrigation instead of pumping fossil water from depleted aquifers remains a mystery.

Ranchers and farmers who pump aquifers to water hay crops are out of hay after giving it to other ag welfare recipients this Spring.

That's not self-reliance; it's moral hazard.

This legislation is simply an extension of the watershed buffer bill that has no teeth either.

Despite greater than average mountain runoff into the Missouri River permanent disaster area South Dakota is banking on drought to coax relief from the Trump Organization even as the Prairie Pothole Region suffers from the ravages of industrial agriculture.

Little wonder the federal government wants ag welfare and crop insurance reform.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Kralj crashes Smith River forum, tells it like it is



Update, 11 June, 12:13 MDT: the video was uploaded to youtube.

Larry Kralj, is a brother-in-arms and icon of the Montana blogosphere. He could be my alter ego.
LK, they tell me I need anger management. What do you think? Problem is, if been fighting these no good bastards for so long that I have very little patience for them any more. I just want to get in their faces. Is that so bad? - LK
Jessica Sena is an earth hater lobbyist for the extractive industry that wants to mine on a tributary of the Smith River. The video is posted at her Facebook page with over 500 comments. Like Barrick, Tintina is a Canadian miner.
Environmental groups and anglers have lined up in opposition to the mine, arguing that it could harm water quality in Sheep Creek, an important spawning stream for Smith River trout. Tintina maintains that their operation will use the best mining techniques and won’t harm either stream. [Bozeman Daily Chronicle]
Kralj owns the phrase "Holy Roman Kiddie Diddlers" along with many other colorful colloquialisms.

Jo Dee Black of the Great Falls Tribune covered the event but makes no mention of LK's contribution. Here is some of her Periscope of the forum but it is cut off when he entered:


Friday, June 9, 2017

Hickey: Billie Sutton is anti-civil rights

"Prolife" is simply code for white people breeding.
My friend and former colleague Senator Billie Sutton is running for Governor. Pro-life, consistently. Christian, committed. I consider myself a Republican [P]arty defector in part because the SDGOP didn't steward its supermajority well. Billie bucked them and didn't fall in line either. And he's certainly not [the] Democrats['] dream candidate. I think he gets the South Dakota neighborliness that I've been saying [is] the way forward for the state. [Steve Hickey, Facebook post]
Rich women don't have to put up with this crap: they have full reproductive freedom while women at middle and lower income levels experience chilling effects on their rights. Women in South Dakota who can afford it simply jump on a plane and fly to Santa Fe, Minneapolis or Denver for their procedures. Imagine a woman in Standing Rock or Pine Ridge doing that.

Hickey just got back from a trip to Russia. Sometimes he actually gets it right.

Unless Sutton embraces passing a corporate income tax, reducing the number of SD counties to 25, turning Dakota State University into a community college, ending video lootery, supporting women's rights and adopting my cannabis template he is just wheeling into the fray as an SDGOP-lite asterisk.

Patrick Lalley doubles down here. Kevin Woster takes the long, long, long way around damning the SD Dems with faint praise.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Casita is fully functional

The cost of subsidizing, manufacturing, transporting, erecting and maintaining just one wind farm turbine bat and bird killer would take a thousand subscribers off the grid. Craigslist, barter and four golf car batteries powered our new investment property for about $1200. Anyone who can afford to get off the grid should do it now.


Upper left is the charge controller, upper right is the 12V breaker box, on the counter is the inverter and underneath the counter are four 6V golf car batteries wired as two 12V. Note gray conduit holding cables coming from the rooftop array going into the breaker box. The gray cable coming out of the inverter goes through the adobe to the 120V breaker box in the building.

The workhorse inverter is a Trace 2000W 12V but a dinosaur by today's technology. We traded neighbors Lynn and Steve some dirt work for it.

After searching Craigslist Our Lady of the Arroyo found Tim, upsizing to a 24V system who had three Solarland 100W panels, a mount and the 2015 model year charge controller for $625. Delivered! That cost is about a third of their new value.

The four batteries came from Sam's Club at $85 each but we had two old cores worth $18 apiece lowering the final bill.



The water system features the pressure pump in top of image, 20 gallon pressure tank lower left and the filter on the right. Water source is a 1600 gallon tank filled by a 100 year old Aermotor windmill. Neighbor Kosta gave us the 12V pump motor for letting him use an air stapler but the brass pump itself has been remanufactured.

I did all the plumbing and interior wiring but our guru electrician, Bob wired the array, the 120 and 12V panels, batteries, charge controller and pressure switch on the tank.

A cheap one inch spade bit 10 inches long went through the adobe for pipes and wire.



This is a Bosch LP gas tankless water heater without its cover. The exhaust is taped for now but it runs great after getting the regulators figured out. Propane is a waste byproduct of natural gas wells and is usually flared off. Why not tap it instead of burning coal for electric baseboard or cove heat? The water heater and drop-in stove top are fed by a 100# Skelgas bottle salvaged from the farm in Elkton: it's stamped 1963 but passed certification with ease.


Here's a photo of the the array before the pump house was built.






Interior photos are from March. Note stained floor. New interior photos are coming soon. Prior images threaded here and here.

The rest of you still trapped in South Dakota are simply idiots.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

New poll: what's the worst town in South Dakota?


Of course there are many from which to choose. Fuckwad Pat Powers cites a United Van Lines piece about inbound migration but Allied tells a different story.

Please vote at the sidebar or leave your choice in the comment section.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Lalley: SD Dems don't have a prayer without hope and change


With the Argus Leader, KSOO Radio and every other media outlet in my home state in the tank for the South Dakota Republican Party Patrick Lalley's job might indeed be better held by someone from Iraq but unfortunately Tariq Aziz is no longer available.
To be blunt, the Democrats introduced Billie Sutton to the state by putting him up on a barren stage in the middle West River ranch country. But it doesn’t look forward. Democrats haven’t held the governorship since Dick Kneip in the mid-70s. They need to change and refocus the core issues they are built upon. They need to find some way to attract middle class households from Harrisburg to Hartford to Brandon. [Patrick Lalley]
Blunt.

Exactly, Pat. Sutton is a fart in a haboob who bought Susan Wismer's mailing list now bombing my inbox begging for money. The South Dakota Democratic Party apparently learned nothing from the failure of a cowboy running for Montana's At-large congressional seat.

Unless Sutton embraces passing a corporate income tax, reducing the number of SD counties to 25, turning Dakota State University into a community college, ending video lootery and adopting my cannabis template he is just wheeling into the fray as an SDGOP-lite asterisk. No SD Dem gets a dime from me until the county chairs are filled.

Having said all that, a few leaks about Kristi Noem's dalliances could make the difference in the earth hater primary where Marty Jackley is out-financed by a factor of ten.

Primaries are expensive and allow far too much mischief: since turnout is so pathetic especially during midterms the drain-circling South Dakota Democratic Party should end them and choose candidates at the state conventions.

As progressive activist Chaz Jewett said, "Again we are given a shiny penny by the South Dakota Democratic Party. When is enough enough? Options are wanted."

In the above ip photo Heck on Wheels Billie Sutton and another ineffectual legislator review the script for a skit during the 2014 Democratic SD State Convention.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Today's intersection: Afghanistan and Indian Country


Eighty percent of the world's heroin comes from Afghanistan's poppy fields.

It's a place where dropping the Earth's largest non-nuclear explosive has not only resulted in blowback, an attack in Kabul that killed a hundred people and injured many more, it's driving a formidable native insurgency. The Republican-led wars there and in Iraq have cost American taxpayers some $6 TRILLION.
On March 28, 2017, the Afghan Ministry of Defence fired 1,394 officials for corruption. In 2016, 35 per cent of the Afghan security forces were killed: 6,800 soldiers and police. It is unlikely that even an increase of 5,000 U.S. troops will have an impact on the Taliban’s rush towards Kabul. The style of U.S. warfare is likely to increase civilian casualties, and the deterioration of the Afghan National Army will not raise the population’s confidence. [AlterNet]
South Dakota's Ellsworth Air Force Base has slaughtered countless civilians during the actions to protect the heroin trade keeping the Russian mob and the American Central Intelligence Agency in cash.

An editorial at Rapid City-based Native Sun News lambasted the Trump Organization.
Donald Trump is asking Congress to make drastic budget cuts to Medicaid, food stamps and to other programs that benefit the poor and elderly. Think about that: Six trillion dollars for two wars that are still ongoing and wars that have accomplished simply nothing to benefit the average American. As the infrastructures in this country continue to crumble we are spending millions to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan. What about our crumbling bridges and decaying roads? The impoverished Indian reservations could have used a tiny percentage of the money wasted in Iraq and Afghanistan to rebuild our bridges and roads, to improve our failing health care system, our schools, our colleges and our tribal administration buildings. [How much have the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan cost us?]
Trump doesn't merely push Democrats' buttons. He lays on the keys.

A recent Intercept article on the American Indian and Canadian First Nations' insurgency chronicled the cash relationship between Energy Transfer Partners, builders of the Dakota Excess Pipeline, and mercenary group TigerSwan hired to quash the demonstration forecast by interested party.

Desperation in Indian Country has long been exacerbated by the cost of American imperialism and addiction has begun to look like a gift from God.




Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Democratic NM gubernatorial candidates pondering legal cannabis


Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson lives in Taos. According to a poll conducted by Military Times had armed forces personnel been the only voters in the 2016 presidential election he would have won. He has said he buys cannabis in Trinidad, Colorado.

Under term-limited Republican Governor Susana Martinez New Mexico unemployment rates are the worst in the United States while enrollment in New Mexico's therapeutic cannabis program has just gone over the 40,000 member threshold.
So, legalization initiatives have a clear Democratic benefit. Democratic-leaning voters, who otherwise might have stayed home, could turn out to vote on marijuana reform. Some may leave other parts of the ballot blank, but Democrats could see a meaningful benefit overall. In a race that is close, a few thousand votes here or there could force an incumbent Republican Senator to pack up his office or shift a state’s electoral votes from red to blue. [Brookings Institution]
Democrats Jeff Apodaca, Peter DeBenedittis, Joseph Cervantes and US Representative for New Mexico's First District, Michelle Lujan Grisham are expected to run in next year's primary to replace Martinez. They all laud the state's cannabis initiative.
Apodaca’s father, former governor Jerry Apodaca, was governor when New Mexico became the first state to legislate the medical use of cannabis in 1978 through Controlled Substances Therapeutic Research Act. But Apodaca says cannabis could be more than a driver of jobs: It could also be an area where New Mexico’s universities lead other states in research and development. “If they can create 34 different strains of green chiles, are you telling me we can’t lead the world, the country, in [cannabis] research from our university?” [Santa Fe Reporter]
The Santa Fe Reporter's Peter St. Cyr won a lawsuit that opened New Mexico's cannabis growers to journalism's watchdog spotlight saying the state's Department of Health was violating public records law by keeping producers’ names secret.

Revenues from therapeutic cannabis in the first quarter of 2017 reached $19 million, an 86 percent increase over the first quarter of 2016. Total receipts for 2017 are projected to exceed $83.5 million.

For the record, I do not support widespread growing of hemp: it is an invasive species and capable of overgrowing native grasses.

New Mexico's Democrat-dominated legislature is in special session to address the state's budget woes. Gov. Martinez could sign a cannabis bill if Democrats support capital punishment for Victoria Martens' killers.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Betty Olson adopts Donald Trump's double standards

Earth hater former South Dakota legislator Betty Olson writes a mostly-weekly column for the Rapid City Journal. She never misses a chance to rail against big government, climate science and apex predators especially if it boosts her bottom line.

Because of the highly offensive content she lifted without attribution this blog isn't going to provide the link to Betty's current sliming in the Journal who rewards her for this shit but here is a snip from it:
Pres. Trump is planning to reduce the federal budget deficit by cutting back on taxpayer money going to fund Medicaid, food stamps, farm subsidies, and several other welfare programs.

Put me in charge of WINZ food grants [WINZ is a New Zealand social safety net., ed.]. I'd get rid of cash for potato chips, candy or sodas, just money for 50kg bags of rice and beans, blocks of cheese and all the powdered milk you can haul away. If you want steak and frozen pizza, then get a job.

Put me in charge of healthcare. We'll test recipients for drugs, alcohol, and nicotine and document all tattoos and piercings. You will not receive a bigger check for every time you have another illegitimate child. If you want to reproduce, use drugs, alcohol, smoke, or get tattoos and piercings, then get a job.

Put me in charge of government housing. Ever live in a military barracks? You will maintain our property in a clean and good state of repair. Your "home" will be subject to inspections anytime and possessions will be inventoried. If you want a plasma TV or Xbox 360, then get a job and your own place.

Put me in charge of compulsory job search. In addition, you will either present a check stub from a job each week or you will report to a government, community service job. It may be cleaning the roadways of trash, painting and repairing public housing, whatever we find for you. We will sell your 22 inch rims and low profile tires and your blasting stereo and speakers and put that money toward the “common good”.

Before you write that I've violated someone's rights, realize that all of the above is voluntary. If you want our money, accept our rules.

Before you say that this would be "demeaning" and ruin their self-esteem, consider that it wasn't that long ago that taking someone else's money for doing absolutely nothing was demeaning and lowered self-esteem.

If we are expected to pay for other people's mistakes we should at least attempt to make them learn from their bad choices. The current system rewards them for continuing to make bad choices.

AND while you are on government subsistence, you no longer can VOTE! Yes, that is correct. For you to vote would be a conflict of interest. You will vote for a ‘welfare’ government only. You will voluntarily remove yourself from voting while you are receiving a government welfare check. If you want to vote, then get a job. [Betty Olson, column]
Betty is still defending the Bundyists in Nevada. Writing in the Black Hills Pioneer she said:
The federal government shouldn’t be allowed to own any land within a state’s boundaries unless it is granted permission by the legislature of that state, and so far, no state has given that permission to the federal government.
Betty has apparently forgotten that the ground she lives on was seized from aboriginal cultures by President Thomas Jefferson through an executive order that even he believed was unconstitutional. She and other GOP ranchers take subsidies just to survive.

Socialized military, socialized ag and livestock production, socialized coal: Republican hypocrisy on parade.

The above photo is lifted from her Facebook page and as we can see she was a drop-dead, stone-cold fox in earlier days. Her daughter is in her arms as her mother photo-bombs in curlers.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Montana Republican assaults reporter; campaign circling drain

Wow, it sure is hard covering how badly Republicans fucked up today. The devastating Congressional Budget Office report on Trumpcare, Marty Jackley pissing the Hagen trial down his leg and the Montana At-large earth hater candidate body-slamming a Guardian reporter in Bozeman today are all competing for blog space. Even my own tweets are going viral.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is calling for the Republican to leave the race and the event is trending on twitter.

Montana's special election will give way to a 2018 election for the US House seat on Friday.

Ben Jacobs exposed Greg Gianforte's links with the Russian mob. Here's his recording of his interaction with the candidate:


Friday, May 19, 2017

SD Board of Minerals and Environment more about minerals than environment

The Board of Minerals and Environment is an arm of the South Dakota Republican Party that 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.

Acknowledging there will always be acid mine drainage the board just met in Pierre to announce its plans to continue the war on the Black Hills Gilt Edge Superfund site as EPA becomes a tool of the extraction industry.

Bob Mercer sat through the meeting so we didn't have to then filed three stories.
The problem is acid mine drainage that occurs when sulfide-bearing rocks are exposed to oxygen. The acid drainage led Brohm mining company to walk away from Gilt Edge in 1999, in the process forfeiting its state bond of about $6 million. South Dakota becomes completely responsible for the cost of managing the Gilt Edge site after EPA completes the cleanup. [Mercer 1]
Under the General Mining Act of 1872 Canadian miners have carte blanche to rape the Black Hills, so they are. Brohm was an Australian company recruited by a Republican governor who gutted environmental protection in South Dakota.

A European miner is cutting a fat hog on stolen Black Hills ground near Lead.
Wharf Resources produced more than 100,000 ounces apiece of gold and silver last year from its Golden Reward mine in the Black Hills, environmental manager Matt Zietlow said Thursday. [Mercer 2]
The earth haters also announced a plan to resume moving 'waste rock' from the Sanford Underground Lab in the former Homestake Mine to Lead's Open Cut.
The rock would cross over Main Street, aka U.S. Highway 385, and spill into the Open Cut next to the basketball courts. The new conveyor system would retrace part of the path of the old aerial tramway that, while now gone, had carried ore for decades o’er the streets of Lead. [Mercer 3]
EPA has been hearing public comment about a uranium mine in Fall River County. It's largely window dressing for the industry.

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.

Regulations are protections. As the war on the West escalates South Dakota has given up on environmental protection and self-reliance and yielded to moral hazard.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

FSST, Hagen cannabis trial soft target for Jackley

Recall officials of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Nation advanced their cannabis initiative after an Iowa casino on the border cut into the tribe's gaming business. Iowa's earth hater governor just signed a therapeutic cannabis bill into law.
Dana Ferguson, who covers politics and state government, received a subpoena Monday ordering her to appear at the Moody County trial of Eric Hagen, a consultant who helped the tribe set up a marijuana growing facility. [Sioux Falls Argus Leader]
All of a sudden it's pretty clear why 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 tribe filed a lawsuit against the state in federal court challenging the state’s interpretation that contractors working on an expansion of the Royal River Casino are required to pay contractors excise tax to the state. The lawsuit alleges that the state’s imposition of the tax “subjects the tribe to an intrusion into tribal sovereignty within its reservation.” The state has comprehensive tax collection agreements with Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Crow Creek, Rosebud and Oglala Sioux Tribes, as well as limited agreements with the Yankton Sioux Tribe and the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate. [Sioux Falls Argus Leader]
This is simply more evidence that every media outlet in South Dakota is a mouthpiece for the SDGOP.

Bill Janklow's idea of public broadcasting can't cover Pierre effectively because its funding is reliant on the South Dakota Republican Party, the Associated Press can't do it because they've been neutered so has the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. South Dakota's teevee stations are bound to Republican advertisers and nobody reads college publications.

Ferguson will testify because the South Dakota Newspaper Asssociation is powerless to do anything to protect its membership.

Marty Jackley is a recipient of campaign contributions from Big Pharma and Big Booze, has mounted an uphill race for governor and would stoop to anything, including the falsification of drug screens, to look tough on crime. FSST and Eric Hagen are simply soft targets for Jackley.

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.

It's time to test South Dakota's jurisdiction over nations where cannabis is legal and for tribal medical professionals to establish clinics that perform abortions on these non-contiguous parcels as islands of health care that supersede state law.

South Dakota truly is the Land of Infinite Vitiation.

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

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Montana's special election is a referendum on Trump


Despite a measure passed by the Montana legislature in 2015 giving the governor power to appoint its At-large US House Representative during the interim between a vacancy and a special election Congress can refuse to seat that appointee according to Art. I, Sec 2 of the US Constitution. Governors can, however, appoint US Senators in the interim.

Singer/songwriter Rob Quist is the Democratic contender in Montana's 25 May special election, Mark Wicks is the Libertarian Party nominee and the earth haters chose Greg Gianforte even after he lost the governor's contest spending some $6 million of his own money.

It's not like Quist is a perfect human. He has a long debt trail resulting from an acute medical condition that left his family nearly penniless for some twenty years but he does believe it's time to make cannabis legal.

Libertarian Wicks has delivered an effective debate performance. In Montana the LP has had significant impacts in previous elections usually taking three votes from Democrats for every five votes from earth haters.

Gianforte sold his Bozeman-based company to Oracle who plans to use it to build a gun registry in red state Montana. He's a christianist with ties to a creationist museum, has sued to deny stream access to the public, discriminated against a person with multiple sclerosis, denies the anthropocene, has ties to the Russian mob and wants government to come between a woman and her gynecologist. He recently told an audience he opposes Trumpcare but was caught on tape applauding its passage by the US House.

Medical insurance has been a hot topic during Montana's 2017 legislative session and the body voted to tax therapeutic cannabis. Democratic Governor Steve Bullock vetoed an earth hater bill that would have restricted women's access to reproductive health care.

As efforts expand to impeach Donald Trump for his collusion with the Russian mob during the 2016 presidential election Democrats are pouring money into the Quist campaign hoping to fill the US House with sympathetic members. A recent Quinnipiac poll not only reveals voters are deeply dissatisfied with Trump but by a 54/38 percent margin American voters want the Democrats to retake the US House of Representatives.

According to state polls Quist trails Gianforte by single digits and is closing the gap.

Trump is a psychopath and despite Quist's foibles a vote for Gianforte enables treason.

Articles of Impeachment are already being drafted even as earth haters like South Dakota's John Thune say the appointment of an independent counsel will never happen.

Montana is the water tower for parts of two countries. She's too precious to be raped at the hands of Republicans.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Fiesta Days draw weekenders to T or C


In 1950, radio quiz show host, Ralph Edwards, awarded a name change to Hot Springs, New Mexico and the town officially adopted the show's handle, Truth or Consequences.

Like many other post-heyday small towns the main commercial district has shifted to the highways outside downtown leaving many storefronts empty or converted to single family dwellings. Cannabis-friendly T or C has become a tourism-driven economy where many northerners winter. The vast bulk of the properties outside the core are mobile homes and real estate signs are numerous. Much of the burg sits within the Rio Grande floodway in the relative safety of the Elephant Butte Dam.


Here is a favorite entry in the Fiesta Days parade.

T or C's gay and lesbian community is very active in the festivities in a collective where non-traditional couples have settled. We met a geologist from Missoula, Montana who prospects in Sierra County and has claims in Boulder County near my former home in Basin.



The cottage at La Paloma was our home away from home.


The Geronimo Springs Museum is home to a priceless collection of projectile points and stone tools as well as artifacts from the Spanish conquest, European settlement and the Ralph Edwards era.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Wilson leaving SDSM&T even as confirmation for USAF hits snag


South Dakota's corrupt Board of Regents has announced Heather Wilson is leaving the School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City.

New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich, a Democrat, sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee. He defeated Wilson who was introduced at her hearing for Air Force secretary by South Dakota's two earth hater senators.

“My nomination was unexpected. I did not anticipate returning to federal service,” she said. In her written testimony Wilson basically asked Congress to send more money to defense firms she used to work for. She has disclosed at least some of her ties to the military/industrial complex.
A Democratic senator has a hold on U.S. President Donald Trump’s nominee for Air Force secretary, and legislators need to "work through" questions before she can receive a confirmation vote, according to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain. The delay marks the latest setback for one of Trump’s picks for Defense Department leadership. If confirmed, former U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson would be only the second DoD nominee confirmed by the Senate after Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. [DefenseNews]
McCain said he has great concerns about the team around Secretary of Defense Jim "Mad Dog" Mattis.
If confirmed, she would be the first of Donald Trump’s nominees to lead a military service branch to actually start the job. At least two other service branch nominees have withdrawn and Trump’s second pick to lead the Army is currently mired in controversy over statements he made about LGBT issues, Islam and evolution. [Michael Coleman, Albuquerque Journal]
The process to replace Wilson gets underway this month as the Board of Regents identifies and reviews candidates. Its timeline calls for the new president of the School of Mines to be appointed by fall but duties wouldn't begin until Jan. 1, 2018.

Like Greg Gianforte, the earth hater nominee running for Montana's At-large US House seat, Wilson has financial ties to the Russian mob.

A vote on her confirmation is scheduled for 8 May.

It does make one wonder what Trump's Kompromat Cabinet will do to America.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Jackley thugs likely faked meth use evidence to frame Second Amendment advocate

There is no question that forced catheterization is outrageous and a violation of the US Constitution's Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. Nevertheless police in South Dakota performed the procedure on a three year-old.

A Second Amendment advocate accused of threatening a Muslim turned christian was arrested after a hate-filled xenophobic race-driven public witch hunt driven by white South Dakotans.
According to a news release from the Attorney General’s office, Ehab Jaber tested positive for methamphetamine following a drug test. Jaber posted bond Tuesday in both Lincoln and Minnehaha counties. He was required to participate in drug testing through the 24/7 sobriety program. [Sioux Falls Argus Leader]
Former Butte County State's Attorney Heather Plunkett and her husband fled South Dakota after politically motivated arrests and trials. Shrouded in subterfuge she had been served a warrant and was arrested by the state Division of Criminal Investigation, no less, for under two ounces of cannabis and a couple of pipes.

Plunkett, a Republican, served as county vice-chair and elected by the central committee of Butte County GOP per the bylaws, was appointed State's Attorney in 2010 by outgoing Governor Mike Rounds. Plunkett is the daughter of Mike Messmer, a principal in Meade County Republican politics.

Overseen by DCI the South Dakota law enforcement industry has a history of evidence tampering.

Attorney General Marty Jackley owns property in Vale, not far from Newell where sovereign citizen Wendel Hiland and wife Jessica Hiland, accused of wrongdoing in a child abuse case Plunkett was investigating, live.

Republican former legislator and pastor emeritus, Steve Hickey, is calling for restraint and forgiveness for the accused Ehab Jaber. Hickey has been targeted for violence by racist, christianic earth haters like Pat Powers.

Recall that candidate Donald Trump and his sidekick Ted Nugent have not only incited violence against Muslims they urged the assassination of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton without arrest.

According to the Cato Institute far-wrong Republican Party extremist groups were responsible for 73 percent of deadly terror incidents since September 12, 2001.

Jackley has mounted an uphill race for governor and would stoop to anything, including the falsification of drug screens, to look tough on crime.

A judge ruled in a Pennsylvania case that even if drugs are found such brazen police behavior represents a chilling effect on a detainee's civil rights.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Ag industry hoping to sex up droopy members with new farm bill prescription

Ag and livestock producers in red Trump states are suffering from sagging profits, flaccid numbers, and limp resolve.

Some blame Mother Nature.
Catastrophe, tragedy, a devastating loss cannot even begin to describe the turmoil that has unfolded for hundreds of ranchers across the states of Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado following the devastating fires of March 2017. [smokin' hot Kelly Morrison, Farm Forum]
Climate disruptions are hitting corn growers who rely on federal subsidies to farm, Mexico is threatening to retaliate against the protectionist Trump junta, and even the earth hater Heritage Institute says it's time to end ag bailouts.
Congress needs to stop fleecing American taxpayers to further enrich large agribusinesses. It can start immediately with ending bailouts and limiting the exposure that taxpayers have in connection with these massive new farm-handout programs. That $15 billion should be in the pockets of taxpayers, not large agribusinesses. [Heritage: Handouts to the Agriculture Industry Are Out of Control]
Desertification driven by overgrazing has turned parts of the high plains into scorched earth.

This year South Dakota's GOP congressional delegation is stumbling all over itself trying to protect donors like Monsanto and Syngenta from their accountability for the state's impaired waters. John Thune (earth hater-SD) has rolled out his farm bill template for moral hazard and socialized agriculture while South Dakota's lone US House member and her fellow earth haters support it.

Moral hazard is the flip side of self-reliance and the livestock industry knows emergency declarations will provide bailouts for those who choose risk instead of burning off dry grasses minimizing losses.

Newly-confirmed Secretary of Agriculture, earth hater Sonny Perdue, could very easily destroy the US Forest Service instead of the implementing the reforms proposed by this interested party. USDA's division of death, so-called "Wildlife Services," is to blame for the widespread use of lethal poisons like cyanide bombs that kill family members.

Domestic livestock have contributed to catastrophic wildfire conditions and Republican welfare ranchers are the real ecoterrorists who hate subsidies unless they benefit from them.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

PennCo asphalt plant on collision course with soccer complex, GOPers


Attorney Doyle Estes donated stolen prairie swampland in Pennington County to Rapid City if it would develop a soccer complex. The property is home to buried toxins: residue from Rapid City's early years. Earth hater former South Dakota Attorney General Roger Tellinghuisen and erstwhile director of Dakota Fields, helped raise money for the pitches.
“You’re being asked,” Attorney Roger Tellinghuisen said to the commissioners, “to put one company’s profits ahead of the health, safety and welfare of not only the people who live adjacent to this particular site, but all the kids, and moms and dads, and grandpas and grandmas who are coming to this soccer field.” Doug Noyes, executive director of the Black Hills Rapid Soccer Club, also expressed concerns about the asphalt plant. [Rapid City Journal]
From my inbox:
I want to start by thanking everyone for their concern over the rezoning request to allow an area 1\2 mile west of our soccer Complex to become Heavy Industrial. This issue has long reaching consequences for the neighborhood. We are a half mile away, think about the home and business owners that border the property and what this means for them as well.

I have not sent an email for a while because I was doing research and study of the dangers of Asphalt Fumes and Vapors. I also wanted to determine the impact being west of the Complex vs a different direction.

While the answer to the question of whether exposure to asphalt by road workers working with the substances is clear. It can cause "breathing problems, asthma, bronchitis and skin irritation...and studies have reported lung, stomach, and skin cancers following chronic exposures to asphalt fumes."Source: http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/asphaltfumes/index.html. The question of environmental exposure, what we are worried about, causing problems is unresolved.

A paid consultant brought to testify in front of the county commission has tested Asphalt Plant emissions and gave the opinion that they are not significant polluters. I have read one of her papers and as far as the stack emissions (the "oven" that the rock is heated in) I believe she is entirely correct. No one thinks heating rocks is dangerous. It is the rest of the process of making asphalt that releases the dust, dirt and emissions that people are worried about. There is debate in the scientific community about the impact of fugitive emissions.

I am not saying that building this plant will absolutely impact our air quality. The immediate neighbors are a different matter and I feel for them. What I am saying, and no one can guarantee me otherwise, is that it might and that is enough of a reason to oppose its construction.

The even bigger issue, in my opinion, is what opening the area to Heavy Industrial will possibly bring in the future. The City of Rapid City has long range plans for the area now under review to become residential and commercial with some light industrial. This includes the land immediately surrounding the Complex. These uses are compatible with OUR long term plans of a stadium, more fields and parking (YAY!) and an indoor facility. On the other hand here is a partial list of what heavy industrial zoning will allow:

Stockyards, feeding pens, and auction houses for sale of livestock. Tannery or curing or storage of raw hides.
Rock, sand, gravel, or earth excavation, crushing or distribution. Slaughter of animals, including poultry killing or dressing.

Source: Pennington County Zoning Ordinances Section 212-B

BE AWARE! The change will allow such businesses-period-no hearing-no fight-no nothing. This change opens the door to what the law allows and there will be little we can do to stop it.

What we can do now is show up. Lots of us. Hundreds of us. Bring the kids if you can. The last meeting was to start at 10:30, didn't start until after 12:00 and several of the witnesses had to leave. The Chair of the Commission commented on how little opposition was there. They passed the change on the first reading but it is the next reading that matters.

Please come to the Commission meeting. If you want to speak please do, if you don't, at least be there to be counted. While we do not have the money the proponents of this change have we do have numbers. The County Commissioners are politicians and politicians need votes. They need to see as many voters as possible that do not like the direction this is going. There are almost 700 signatures on the survey. If you haven't signed yet please do.

There is only one reason the petitioner wants to move his plant to this location and that is profit. He is following the law in trying to do so. I do not believe his changing of existing zoning for his profit should potentially have a negative impact on the 6 million dollars we have spent on Dakota Fields. Please attend this important meeting to protect the future of our Complex.
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–Doug Noyes
Earth hater Doyle Estes is married to ethics-neutral former Board of Regents member, Kathryn Johnson. This interested party has personal histories with both Estes and Tellinghuisen.

My youngest daughter plays for the Black Hills Rapids Soccer Club. In the first photo below she's in the front row holding up a finger while picking her nose, subject of the second image and the tall one in the center of bottom shot. My oldest daughter and their mother are also in that photo.

Way back in 2014 when the Daugaard administration used to post Future Fund recipients who contributed to the Governor's Club slush fund Denny's reelection campaign Estes and Johnson figure quite prominently.

Sparks will fly.



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

BHNF enabling welfare ranchers


ip photo of cattle shitting in a sensitive watershed on the Black Hills National Forest. Note bug kill.
Grasses available in the Black Hills meadows still include some native species, but also include some “introduced” species like timothy grass, brome grass, and Kentucky blue grass, said Julie Wheeler, the zoned rangeland management specialist for the Northern Hills District of the Black Hills National Forest. Water is one critical factor in the usage of the Black Hills for grazing. Most of the watering holes in the western Black Hills have been created by small dams across streams. [SDGOP-owned Black Hills Pioneer]
Antimicrobials in manure kill fungal communities necessary for healthy forests.

In 2014 there were eight grazing allotments on the Northern Hills district that could no longer support livestock.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported the federal government spends at least $144 million annually managing private livestock grazing on federal public lands, but collects only $21 million in grazing fees—for a net loss of at least $123 million per year. It’s time to give ranchers a graceful way out. [WildEarth Guardians]
Republican welfare ranchers are the real ecoterrorists who hate subsidies unless they benefit from them.
There are four federal land management groups that allow grazing: the National Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the National Park Service. Tom Smith, range staff officer for the Northern Hills Ranger District of the Black Hills National Forest said there are 36 allotments in his district, eight of which are vacant. The allotments add up to 304,387 total acres and each allotment ranges from 1,223-20,479 acres in size. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has 504 grazing allotments in Western South Dakota said Carmen Drieling, the group’s rangeland management specialist. “It’s a rate based on a formula that we have nothing to do with,” Smith said. “Congress set up the formula during the Regan [sic] administration and has done nothing to change it.” Currently that rate is $1.35 per grazing pair, per month. “It’s ridiculously cheap,” he said. “If you were to lease private land to do the same thing, you’re looking at $30. $20 would be cheap.” [Mark Watson, Black Hills Pioneer]
Betty Olson is an earth hater state former legislator who defended the Bundyists in Nevada. Writing in the Black Hills Pioneer she said:
The federal government shouldn’t be allowed to own any land within a state’s boundaries unless it is granted permission by the legislature of that state, and so far, no state has given that permission to the federal government.
Betty has apparently forgotten that the ground she lives on was seized from aboriginal cultures by President Thomas Jefferson through an executive order that even he believed was unconstitutional. She and other GOP ranchers take subsidies just to survive.