7/23/24

Bored Noem eying Senate seat

In 2014 Jean Rounds pleaded with her husband not to run for the US Senate but Reich Mike Rounds knew he had to run to stall then-US Attorney for the District of South Dakota Brendan Johnson from opening an investigation of Rounds' role in Bendagate to the public. 

In 2015 Bob Mercer's request to see Richard Benda's autopsy report and investigation proving he was shot in the abdomen was denied by a Republican-owned court in South Dakota. 

In 2019 to treat Jean's aggressive tumor near her sciatic nerve the Roundses headed to a Minnesota hospital well known for its excellent reproductive health care service but she died anyway.

Today, Kamala Harris is destined for coronation and Rounds is facing massive Republican losses in Congress. Donald Trump is driving his political party into the sewer and Kristi Noem has nothing else to do but post pictures on "X" and Faceberg of her looking busy while Rounds spends his days posting pictures of his grandkids. 

Mrs. Noem failed on a COVID response and has failed on flood decisions. To bury her past criticisms of Trump she deleted her old twitter feed so if Rounds resigned today she would simply appoint herself to the seat.  

None of this is lost on Dana Hess.
“You really are the heart of every single community,” Noem told about 30 people who worked for newspapers. “It really is important work.” The mood in the room changed swiftly when Noem was confronted by her own words in a political fundraising letter. In part, the letter said: “You know as well as I do that we can’t trust the liberal media to tell the truth.” It’s odd to hear Noem espouse that freedom, since a couple of times earlier in her book she took credit for banning critical race theory from the state’s universities. [Praising free speech while trampling on it]

7/22/24

Sturgis bracing for another racist Rally as Noem, LEOs turn heads from child sex trafficking and meth

South Dakota is all about the money that video lootery, a too big to jail banking racket, a medical industry triopoly, prostitution, the Sturgis Rally, policing for profit, sex trafficking, hunting and subsidized grazing bring to the Republican Party destroying lives, depleting watersheds and smothering habitat under single-party rule. 

We all know Kristi Noem is a racist so she orders the cops to just turn away from the misery of forced prostitution that often plies kidnap victims to become playthings for abusive white men. The same is the case during the Rally where girls as young as ten are bought and sold like methamphetamine, Wild Turkey or souvenir Trump t-shirts. 

So thanks to selective enforcement white thugs have carte blanche to commit flagrant criminal acts during the Rally. A long history of lawlessness can make the event highly virulent attracting common parasites who breed in the cesspools of human existence. Gangs of armed men with mental illnesses and addictions to meth power their way into western South Dakota every year; and, an accepted outlaw biker culture routinely traffics illicit behaviors that would otherwise be subject to legal interdiction.
Human trafficking takes place every year at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Experts say it seems to only be getting worse and Indigenous girls are a common target. [Sturgis, hunting season a hotspot for trafficking of Indigenous women]
Learn more about red state failure at South Dakota News Watch.

7/21/24

Indigenous water protectors band with non-Natives to stanch Black Hills bleeding

Organizers from the Black Hills Clean Water Alliance, Dakota Rural Action, NDN Collective were part of a 2023 community meeting that gathered to oppose F3's assaults on the southern and central Black Hills. 

Using up to ten thousand gallons of water from a municipal source (probably Newcastle, Wyoming) every day, out of state F3 Gold plans to execute the Newark Exploratory Drilling Project on the Hell Canyon Ranger District west of a South Dakota town named for a war criminal. Land seized from the Great Sioux Nation had been remanded to the tribes under the Treaty of Fort Laramie but Congress broke the agreement to pay down Civil War debt then exploited the Custer Expedition's discovery of gold in the Black Hills.

Water protectors from Indigenous group NDN Collective again joined area residents and others opposed to the attack on public lands citing fears of polluting groundwater after the Black Hills National Forest approved the scheme to drill some 390 5000-foot holes in the heart of Indian Country.
“Through our shared opposition to F3 Gold’s exploratory drilling project, local Native and non-Native communities realized we have similar ideals about how this land should be cared for – and that the only way for us to protect ourselves from toxic mining is to band together as a united force,” said Taylor Gunhammer, organizer at NDN Collective and member of newly formed community board opposing the Newark project. “By pushing F3 Gold’s Newark project through, The U.S. Forest Service has eliminated both environmental review and meaningful tribal consultation altogether.” [NDN Collective]
Colorado's mineral extraction industries have effectively stolen over $500 billion from the Apache of Oklahoma, Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, Comanche, Kiowa, Northern Arapaho, Northern Cheyenne, Shoshone, Ute Tribe of Utah, Southern Ute, and Ute Mountain Ute. Read that here.

7/19/24

Despite Noem brags energy and medical costs make South Dakota toxic for many

Not only has the South Dakota Republican Party failed American Indians by not expanding Medicaid it has failed farmers, veterans and the elderly: its historically loyal voter base. And what are the Trump Organization and its political party doing about it? Accelerating the end of all life on Earth, of course. 

The failed red state even has the second highest number of West Nile virus cases, measles has returned and Republicans are tapping an $81 million surplus to build another prison! South Dakota has benefited greatly from the Biden years yet Sioux Falls and Rapid City are second and sixth of US cities where rent is cheap but 122nd and 113th in quality of life according to WalletHub. Why? Because utilities are not your friends and drive energy expenses into the ozone while medical costs are among the highest in America. 

 
Source: WalletHub

South Dakota's Trump-drunk Republican governor has been selling the state as one of the freest in the United States but continual sobriety checkpoints have done little to discourage inebriated drivers from operating motor vehicles in Mrs. Noem's state according to Forbes while diabetes remains unchecked. Progress has been made under current school lunch rules but as industrial agriculture lines Republican pockets South Dakota's women and children will continue to suffer from elevated risks to obesity and to moral hazard.
About one in four farmers in the United States turn to binge drinking in response to high stress levels, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Georgia. The study authors also surveyed producers about their perceived stress and mental health stigma. The farmers surveyed reported overall high stress levels, as well as concerns about social stigma and financial costs connected with seeking mental health services. [Study: Link Between Ag Stress, Alcohol]