UPDATE: TenHaken comes up short . . .

UPDATE: What is even more scary is the Emergency Declaration clause (not the clause itself) but what it permits. It gives the executive/legal branch the authority to hire contractors without going thru the RFP process or ‘lowest bid’. In other words contractors will be coming in and probably charging their ’emergency rates’ you know, like they do for our 100 buildings 🙂

I told a councilor last night if I were mayor, a couple of things I would do is ASK some of the big contractors in town to do the right thing and be fair in their rates, especially with an emergency. We are all in this together. I would have also asked ALL eight city councilors for ideas or references of people that can help. When you have something that could potentially be this big of an issue, you need as many people at the table as possible, good leaders rely on others for expert advice and frankly any advice that is helpful. I’m glad to see they are warning the public in advance, if you do the math, this has the potential to close down the entire city whether your neighborhood is in the flood plain or not. After watching the press conference, I have a feeling they are not telling us everything YET. Everyone was pretty nervous, including the State Hydrologist.

As I have already said, I have tempered my remarks about PTH’s leadership skills in this whole mess, from how Yankton Trail looks like the film set of the Titanic or how it should be renamed ‘Glacial Trail Park’. Or how they finally decided today to close Falls Park (sometime tomorrow – you still have a few more hours to get in your risky behavior). PTH kindly reminds us in this FB video that it is a misdemeanor to cross barriers. Ohhh, a misdemeanor, so baddddd! I’m also wondering why he is wringing his hands so much, reminds me of that scene where Lady MacBeth is washing her hands or is it Mr. Burns at the board table? I’m still debating that one. Fortunately I could not find any Seinfeld references.

But the kicker of this week is the below picture of Mayor TenHaken standing on his tippy toes during this very uncomfortable photo op. And people call me a weird little man. Stay safe Sioux Falls, we may all end up on Giligan’s Island. And for those who will rip me apart for this post, I always remind myself what has gotten me through difficult times is laughter and humor. I only PRAY I don’t split my pants.


#1 "Very Stable Genius" on 03.18.19 at 10:18 pm

Thune, Noem, and TenHaken, or better known as the enabler, the cheerleader, and the teacher who wants to give Trump a “B,” are in serious denial as to the real reason we are having this flooding.

As they reach out to the victims of the flooding, they remind me of the gun shop owner who sends flowers to the funeral of a victim of gun violence.

This flooding is climate change and it is man made, and nothing will really be done about it as long as the “Eddie Bauer R Gang” are in charge.

And let this “Eddie Bauer Moment” be an eye opener to how TenHaken is the next Thune, too. A reality that is compliments of many Republicans here in town and a former Republican, who was found on the Democratic ticket this past year some how.



#2 my ballet toes on 03.19.19 at 3:31 am

Maybe he is practicing for his Tiny Tim Ballet tryout?

#3 scott on 03.19.19 at 6:36 am

i was going to say standing on his tip toes is something heuther would do, but then i remembered mmm would be standing front and center in the picture.

#4 D@ily Spin on 03.19.19 at 8:18 am

The flooding is not over. Spring thaw is another disaster. We should give our political leaders respect. We’ll need them for relief direction and disaster funds procurement.

#5 kurtz on 03.19.19 at 8:57 am

Recall Mike Rounds and Dan Lederman both blamed a black Commander in Chief for flooding in 2011 but don’t expect either of them to hold Trump accountable for the expected elevated Spring, 2019 deluge.

#6 l3wis on 03.19.19 at 10:27 am

VSG – I hate those puffy jackets.

#7 "Very Stable Genius" on 03.19.19 at 4:39 pm

“I hate those puffy jackets.”

Do you mean life preservers? I bet they adorn the walk-in closets of many within the Taupe Housing Society of Conformity, however.


#8 matt johnson on 03.19.19 at 8:27 pm

I must be confused- the state hydrologist said we have not seen water flow levels like we are to day for 50 years; he suggests that the flooding in 1969 was just as bad or worse then now; does that mean that climate change was occurring then and that it was man made then? how have we survived this long then? the ground was frozen and would not take the water; the inlets were plugged and the streets flooded; and where is the flooding otherwise?- why, of course in the flood plain

#9 l3wis on 03.19.19 at 9:42 pm

MJ, the levees have only been built over the past 12 years and have saved our ass many times from 1969 like flooding.

#10 "Very Stable Genius" on 03.20.19 at 12:13 am

Actually, scientist believe that man’s current influence upon our climate began in the late 19th century. I believe “1969” fits into that time frame, does it not?

Did someone ask: “….how have we survived this long then?” Well, I think it has something to do with what is called the multiplier effect.

#11 matt johnson on 03.20.19 at 6:04 am

this flooding of streets did not come because levies were breached- it started right here- not upstream

#12 matt johnson on 03.20.19 at 6:11 am

wis, you might check but pretty sure much of the levee system was built in the late 1950s, early 1960s; the diversion channel and spill way on north side of town was also there in 1969- there have certainly been some additions since then but much has been there for nearing 60 years

#13 Bruce on 03.20.19 at 8:48 am

As one of those who experienced the 1969 flooding and its aftermath I was interested while working for Congressman Frank Denholm a couple of years later while he, Rep. James Abourezk and George McGovern worked to create the storm sewer system we now call the bike trail / levee system.

In the aftermath of the 1972 Rapid City flood helped become our 1969 flooding solution. Anyone who gets upset they can’t use the bike trail doesn’t understand it is a storm sewer first. Nothing permanent should ever be built or rebuilt near the river.

#14 matt johnson on 03.20.19 at 10:59 am

vsg- if the facts don’t fit your argument then change the time frame; I expect that all of our problems stem from early man if you want to carry it that far; we had our warmest weather (and driest) in the 1930s, and much of our coldest after that; we had wet weather before the dry weather and now are having wet weather again; yes climate changes but man has not influenced all of it;

#15 l3wis on 03.20.19 at 11:29 am

The levees going from I-229 to the Airport were built in the past 12 years.

#16 "Very Stable Genius" on 03.20.19 at 2:14 pm


Have you ever seen a dying person have a brief rebound?… I guess they are not dying, huh?

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