Welcome to South Dakota, where the Constitution doesn’t apply

When I see stuff like this, I just shake my head, especially when a governmental body doesn’t understand the US Constitution, ESPECIALLY a school board. Apparently in Miller, SD, they don’t teach any civics courses;

Zacher said he was disappointed the board was forced to change its policy and disallow the Bible distribution.

First off, NO one forced the board to do anything. Following the US Constitution should be a duty of any governmental body, it shouldn’t be something you should even have to think about or second guess, it should come naturally. I bet if someone tried to take away your guns in good ol’ Miller, the Constitution would rear it’s ugly head and be on your side. But like most Hicks, you like to pick and choose what parts of the Constitution you think should apply.

“Our founding fathers felt God very strong in this country,” he said.

Zacher, you are absolutely correct. In fact they thought so highly of God and religion, they wanted to keep government OUT of their personal beliefs on God. The US Constitution’s view on this is to protect people from government’s intrusion into your religious beliefs. When are you going to figure this out?! Does somebody have to hit you upside the head with a bible or better yet a copy of the Constitution. Geez!

Saw this coming a mile away

When I first heard about this yesterday, the first thing I thought;

Sioux Falls musicians say it’s insulting to be asked to play for free at the Denny Sanford Premier Center’s soft-opening event.

City of Sioux Falls officials and SMG, the company that manages the events center, put out a call to artists this week, looking for local bands and entertainers to perform at a two-day soft opening event Sept. 19 and 20. Because of a limited budget, they say, they’ll be looking for acts to play for free.

Thomas Hentges, who performs as Burlap Wolf King, said he was sickened by the news.

 Should the city pay local acts to perform at open houses at the events…

“It just says that they have no value in their local musicians,” he said.

Few musicians in Sioux Falls make a living from their music, and getting paid isn’t what it’s all about, Hentges said, but it sends the wrong message when a place that clearly can afford it asks people to donate their services.

I actually called a local musician about it and said, “The mayor says they ‘might’ pay you.” He gives a sigh and a short snort and says, “Yeah, that means it doesn’t pay.” He pretty much voiced the same opinion as the others in the story, with all the money behind this place, they can afford to pay. I also called a city councilor and told them the sponsors should foot the bill for the musicians, as I originally suggested;

His idea was to have a FREE concert for the opening event that the title sponsors and other businesses in town could underwrite. 

Well, at least they took HALF of my idea :(

Gant calling the Kettle Black

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So when Jason’s partisanship is called out, he calls it ‘Absurd and Pathetic’

Myers has described the secretary of state as ‘a hit man for the Republican machine in Pierre.’

“The secretary of state is used as a party to advance the interest of the dominant party,” said Myers.

“Absolutely not — that’s absurd and pathetic. That’s just the sad attempt of publicity,” said Gant.

“And you know what, I don’t like bullies. So Gant is the big guy up in front of all the bullies,” said Myers.

“The law is the law and I can’t change it. Mr. Myers can’t change and I have to follow it. If he doesn’t agree with it, that’s his concern,” said Gant.

Jason has time and time again used his position as a REPUBLICAN to advance his party, he has made anybody who isn’t in the Republican party follow a separate set of rules, he has raised gobs of money for the state party, he has even went as far to purchase equipment from companies that have donated to the state party (E-Poll books) and has even endorsed candidates. Now if that isn’t partisanship, not sure what is. This issue could have been easily accommodated, the AG could have went in front of a judge (in the absence of the law referring to Indy candidates) and asked for an exception for Myers and Hubbel, then instructed Gant to put them on the ballot. But instead, they must punish those who don’t ‘kiss the ring’ and make them go dig up attorneys. Gant and Jackley know who their bosses are, and it is not the citizens of this great state.

It’s all about image with the Mayor

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Who wants to see the Big Cat anyway?

Substance abuse? Homeless peeps? Rape? Theft? Assault? Drug dealing? That’s the least of MMM’s concerns when it comes to Van Eps Park;

Huether is also concerned about the image people get of Sioux Falls right off Minnesota Avenue in what he calls “The Grand Gateway”  to our town.

“Fly into our airport, come down Minnesota Avenue, go down 6th and 8th Streets to our beautiful Falls Park and as you’re driving by, you drive Van Eps Park and you go, ‘What was that?’  Reality is it’s a highly visible location and we’re going to make sure it shows well,” Huether said.

As I have said before, this isn’t a hard fix, but when you have a city administration more concerned about IMAGE over REALITY what do you expect?

 

Why is the State GOP acting like a bunch of chickens over the EB-5 investigation?

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Larry Tidemann gets the South DaCola most chickenshit state senator of the week award after he finds no reason to subpoena Joop-Loops Bollen in the EB-5 investigation;

One of the main points of contention during Tuesday’s hearing came when the only Democrat who was present at the meeting, Representative Susan Wismer (D) Britton, made a motion to subpoena Benda’s former boss Joop Bollen.

The motion failed when Wismer failed to garner one lawmaker to second the move.

“We have deliberately avoided talking to the highest officials in the Rounds, Daugaard administration who oversaw this project. We’re like sheriffs who don’t want to bring in the witness,” Wismer told the committee when the motion failed.

Though the state has severed ties with Bollen, Wismer says the committee isn’t doing its job if it doesn’t call him to testify.

“I believe this committee still hasn’t visited with the one person who is still alive who dealt with this program,” Wismer said.

Larry Tidemann, the chairman of the Republican-dominated committee, says state agents have already interviewed Bollen during their criminal investigation.

“I think we have to look at what they have provided us and what would we garner if we were to bring him in?” Tidemann said after the meeting.

Yeah, gee, why would we want to actually interview the guy WHO IS STILL ALIVE! That’s because he just might indict a whole host of other people, like Daugaard, Rounds, Jackley and Pat Costello? Well we can’t have that? Can we? Shutup woman running for governor! Besides, Larry contests there isn’t anything that can be done now (snort);

“We can’t correct mistakes of the past but we can correct things for the future,” Tidemann said.

Ah, yes we can, by cuffing and stuffing the people that are still alive that were involved with this fiasco, but that would of course require our state legislators like Larry to not be BALD FACE COWARDS, so they can protect Rounds and Daugaards reputations. I think the entire GOP state legislature should be subpoenaed and questioned. First question; Why are you all a bunch of spineless chickenshits? If you are sure that Benda is the only one at fault here, let’s prove it.

 

Art ‘FIRE SALE’

I have been producing some new cool stuff, and it is time to clean the walls of some of my older pieces. No reasonable offer will be refused.

Contact me at: fb.art@sio.midco.net

‘Queen of Broken Hearts; Bettie Page’

Mixed media on masonite, custom frame. Approximately 12 x 36″

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Where did I take this photo?

I will give you a clue, it was at night and it was DTSF.

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The SD Republic Party & the games they play

I found their cute little video they made comical. Instead of just asking people on the street if they know Rick Weiland, this is how I would have gone about this unscientific poll.

1) Are you a registered voter in South Dakota? If so,

2) Do you plan on voting in the November election? If so,

3) Do you know who this person is?

I can tell you that these questions were probably not asked first, in fact one particular person they interviewed (a regular DT) probably wouldn’t know what a picture of themselves looked like, let alone Rick Weiland, that person isn’t real keen on soap and water either.

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Southside Walmart asks for building permit

I found it a little interesting that the AL was reporting that Walmart has requested a building permit for their Southside store. The Planning Department says it will take 3-4 weeks to issue the permit. In other words they have to wait to hear what a judge says after the August 18 hearing about ballot language. The city is requesting an immediate/timely ruling. I can guarantee you if the judge rules in favor of the city and Walmart, that building permit will be issued before the judge even leaves the courtroom.

Monday’s Speaking Engagements

I will be on ’100 Eyes’ today at 3 PM. You will have to tune in to find out what topic we will be discussing, I want to ‘keep it a secret’ :)

I will also be speaking to the Freethinker group at the DT Main Library, Room B at 6:30 PM about local government.