Anytime you have a ‘abortion is murder’ pastor, a quacktorpractor and a plagiarizing cartoonist organize an event, you can guarantee manipulation runs amuck


The hat may be on tight, but trust me, the screws are loose

Golly, should any of this surprise us?

When 19 Lincoln High School drummers rolled up to Terrace Park on Wednesday, they were surprised to find thousands of protesters, some wearing T-shirts bearing slogans such as “Kill socialism.”

Obviously they have never met the neo-cons version of the Merry Pranksters, Jason, Steve and Allen, without the drugs, free love and peace of course.

“If we don’t stop it here, these young people and our grandchildren and their children are going to end up paying the debt that we’ve got to stop right now,” Folkerts declared, pointing toward the students.

Dan Sailor, who also played in the drum line, was among the choir students who sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.”


“He made an example of us, which was uncomfortable,” he said of Folkerts.

Finally FolkArts did something funny, and wasn’t even aware of it.

“I didn’t know that they didn’t know,” Folkerts said Thursday. “It surprises me that the teachers and the school system didn’t do any checking. … My assumption is that the band leaders would have been fully aware of what they were going to.”

Yes, play stupid (which isn’t too hard for you and your ilk). Not everyone clings to FOX News and Stormland TV to find out the lastest circus the neo-cons are putting on in town.

School officials agree the students shouldn’t have been there.

“It was the Lincoln High drum line,” said school district spokeswoman DeeAnn Konrad. “They were representing Lincoln.”


That fact put the event in violation of a school district policy governing staff participation in political activities. “School employees shall not engage in partisan political activity on school premises during normal business hours or during a work assignment,” the policy reads.

Wasn’t Konrad the same person who allowed the abortion ad to be printed in the school guide? When is the school district gonna start punishing her or at least start asking her to do her job?

Klinedinst said the drum line’s invitation to play the event came from Pete Hansen, a private percussion teacher who is contracted to work with the Lincoln marching band for part of the year. Hansen’s wife, Sarah, works in Thune’s Sioux Falls office.

Because if you want Neo-cons to show up to an event just mention Ironic Johnny’s name and they will come in throngs.

I know I said I wouldn’t post anymore about this, but this is a satire site, and these guys are so ridiculous, I couldn’t resist. Surprised they didn’t get out the garbage can of mock aborted babies and throw them overboard to?

Dakotawomen does a fine job of reviewing the event


#1 Angry Guy on 04.17.09 at 6:53 am

Nice post. Great minds DO think alike. Funny that we both posted pics of arrogant douchebags pretending to be patriots.

#2 hossenpheffer on 04.17.09 at 6:55 am

crazy bastards

#3 l3wis on 04.17.09 at 6:58 am

They are so consumed with hate towards liberals they make my hate towards neocons seem like a hug from a Care Bear.

#4 OUTRAGE! SD Lincoln High School students subjected to PRAYER! on 04.17.09 at 8:16 am

[…] about things like "tea bagging" and laugh at the fun I and others had at the tea party (here and here), a couple local media outlets finally heard about it and decided to try to make a story […]

#5 Ghost of Dude on 04.17.09 at 8:23 am

There is no doubt in my mind that these protests would not be occuring if McCain had been elected – even though the exact same stimulus package would have been rammed through congress.
This was a protest against Obama, no matter how hard the organizers tried to disguise it.
The new code word for Obama is “socialism”.

#6 Steve Hickey on 04.17.09 at 9:08 am

“Consumed with hate??”

Buddy, look at that picture again – that’s a happy face, I’m having fun… and I’m laughing at the idiocy of those who think creating more money out of nothing will do anything but make things far far worse.

Hate? You are free to label me as you please but it remains that my blog is still “South Dakota’s most loving blog.”

#7 Warren Phear on 04.17.09 at 9:14 am

“I’m laughing at the idiocy of those who think creating more money out of nothing will do anything but make things far far worse.”

Got ask you steve. Where were you and your sidekicks during the eight year run of GWB that saw our debt increase by 71%?

#8 Warren Phear on 04.17.09 at 9:17 am


I’m kinda new here. Without me digging thru a lot of your old links, could you give me short history lesson of folkerts and his plagarism? I’d heard of his plagarism, and guess I never realized til now, what a fringe player he actually is.

#9 Steve Hickey on 04.17.09 at 10:13 am

Warren – your point does have some merit. Yet, I’d add this… what’s happened in the last 100 days dwarfs any government expansion ever… and lots of us last fall WERE screaming for Bush to get out of the bailout business… I’ve concentrated my concerns on the moral issues though I’ve repented of recent for not sounding off more publicly (outside our church) about what the Bible says about greed, usury, the use of dishonest weights in the money system, and becoming a borrower nation…

Mostly, know that you have no idea what I have said in years past about the fact that nations like China own us. And you have no idea what I’ve said around here for years about borrowing money, or what I’ve said for two decades about the evils of the Federal Reserve and the immorality of the fractional reserve lending practices of unelected, unnamed, central bankers who pull the strings of world markets to their personal profit.

#10 Ghost of Dude on 04.17.09 at 10:41 am

Pastor Steve the populist!

Mein Hut der hat drei Ecken
Drei ecken hat mein Hut
Und hat er nicht drei Ecken
Dann ist er nicht mein Hut

#11 Angry Guy on 04.17.09 at 10:43 am

You call your blog “South Dakota’s most loving blog”, but when I do the Googles, you aren’t even listed. Now, if I throw everything in quotes, I can see two entries in your comments section where you have used the term when refering to your own site.
I read your site occasionally. It makes my skin crawl and my eyes burn from being exposed to such nauseating piousness, but I still keep coming back. Much like a scab I can’t stop picking, I know it’s stupid and will just make it worse, but I can’t stop. I read a lot of negative shit you spew. I don’t see ‘love’. Sure, you might ‘love’ God more than most, and your ‘love’ for zygotes and calling the president names surpasses, I would assume, every other right wing, anti-choice, neo-con blog in SD. But “most loving blog” just isn’t cutting it. Maybe you should call yourself “South Dakota’s most self-righteous Blog” or “South Dakota’s most intolerant of homo’s and sex-ed” blog. Just a thought.

#12 Warren Phear on 04.17.09 at 11:16 am

Thanks dude. You just wasted 3 minutes of my life looking up your post. Why didn’t you just say so?

My hat, it has three corners,
Three corners has my hat,
And had it not three corners,
It would not be my hat.

#13 Steve Hickey on 04.17.09 at 11:18 am

And South DaCola has no “negative shit” right?”

The most loving blog thing comes from here –

“Most Intolerant of Homo’s” ?? I bet you can’t find three posts that mention homosexuality on the entire blog.

#14 Ghost of Dude on 04.17.09 at 11:41 am

Warren, that was the first little song we learned in 8th grade German class. A silly, simple little song, but a great tool for studying German syntax.

In Muenchen setz der Hofbraeuhaus
Einz, zwei, gestuffe!

or this gem:

Ein Prosit! Ein Prosit!
Der Gemuetlichkeit!

Good old-fashioned beerdrinking songs. They make me want to look over at the well-endowed barmaid and shout “Noch ein Bier, bitte!”

The most loving blog thing comes from here –

Why does every blog in SD seem to have some superlative subtitle?

#15 hossenpheffer on 04.17.09 at 11:44 am

please post the trace job of the Oliphant

#16 Angry Guy on 04.17.09 at 12:25 pm

Nice of you to provide a search tool on your site. Makes it alot easier for me to point out your oversight.

#17 hossenpheffer on 04.17.09 at 12:44 pm

how quickly the good ? pastor forgets.

#18 Steve Hickey on 04.17.09 at 12:53 pm

Ok, so you found ten where I used the word “homosexual.” That really does surprise me – but even so, out of 500 posts it’s obviously not a target topic for me. Even more importantly though you should read them and you’ll see it’s not what you suggest it is. Like here’s a statement…

“Multiple times prior to the election people asked me this question… when we succeed in stopping abortion from being used as back up birth control in South Dakota, will you then turn your energies to fighting homosexuals? My answer surprised each person who asked. No.”

#19 Angry Guy on 04.17.09 at 1:01 pm

that one is convenient for you…
how about
“Let’s talk for a second about who is really “extreme”…

The ACLU leads the way in pressing a wicked agenda on the rest of the nation via lawsuits. They fight for unfiltered pornography on the internet in our public schools and libraries. They defend terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay. They support euthanasia. They fight to abolish all military and prison chaplaincy programs. You can thank them for fighting student-led prayer in the public schools, colleges and townhall meetings. They promote partial-birth abortion and any abortion at any time up to delivery. They lead the way in trying to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance and efforts to remove references to God from monuments and plaques of the Ten Commandments at city, county and state public buildings, courtrooms and schools across America. They push the homosexual agenda in public schools and homosexual marriage thru our judicial system. They fight criminal and civil laws against polygamy. They are fiercely intolerant toward Christianity in any form in any place.”

#20 Ghost of Dude on 04.17.09 at 1:03 pm

They also represented neo-nazi groups who wanted to march in a heavily Jewish Illinois town.
Those damn, dirty liberals…

#21 Steve Hickey on 04.17.09 at 1:07 pm

Sounds like I was hammering on the ALCU there. So what?

#22 Angry Guy on 04.17.09 at 1:43 pm

You specifically mention their homosexual agenda. Were you in support of it?

#23 Ghost of Dude on 04.17.09 at 1:50 pm

What exactly is the ‘homosexual agenda’?

#24 Steve Hickey on 04.17.09 at 2:07 pm

In context I was talking about the ACLU’s promotion of these groups agendas and the blatent and violent intolerance of these groups toward folks like me.

So yes I am the more tolerant and loving one. : )

And no, I do not support any group that insists on opening wide the legal doors for people to marry children, family members, multiple partners, or pets. I, as do the majority of Americans who vote on it in every state, believe gays have just as much a right to marry the opposite sex as you and I do.

#25 Angry Guy on 04.17.09 at 2:36 pm

Steve, you snarky bastard.
This isn’t about the ACLU. Its about homosexuals(porn worthy lipstick lesbians or the ‘you should shave your back’ variety) and their civil rights as human beings.

#26 Ghost of Dude on 04.17.09 at 2:37 pm

And no, I do not support any group that insists on opening wide the legal doors for people to marry children, family members, multiple partners, or pets.

If gay marriage opens these doors, why doesn’t heterosexual marriage?
If anything opens the doors for people to marry their dogs, it’s the state sponsorship of the institution in the first place.
IMO, the legally binding civil aspects of marriage should be separated from the religious aspects. Make a civil union contract that is essentially an exclusive union between two consenting adult human beings.
Go get married in a church (or city hall, or a beach somewhere) and be right in the eyes of God. Then go sign you civil union papers to make it official with the state.
No religious institution would be forced to preside over or recognise marriages they didn’t agree to.

#27 hosepheffer on 04.17.09 at 3:00 pm

don’t mention marriage to your dog or i might be twice divorced, being left for a spry young hankdog.

#28 Steve Hickey on 04.17.09 at 3:34 pm

So in one comment string the names here are flying – I’m a populist, I’m a douche bag, now I’m a snarky bastard. I’ve had enough here for one day and better move on because I don’t have a lot of restraint left in me right now.

“If gay marriage opens these doors, why doesn’t heterosexual marriage?”

Really, is this a serious question? If marriage remains defined as one man/one woman as it has been defined for 4000 years in every civilized society, the door is shut to any other version of so-called marriage. If the redefinition of marriage continues, anyone who “loves” and is “committed” to anything can say “we have a right too” and that’s not a good thing for society.

Your ideas about separating religious and civil unions seems like an easy fix until I and anyone else decides not to recognize certain civil unions. Then what? Here are a couple of examples of what that looks like in society…

Our beloved “free speech” right, which I know is near and dear to this artsy blog, is taken away. We also lose the freedom of religious expression because to protect new and special rights the government will have to make and enforce laws “prohibiting the free exercise” of religion. And these are just a few little facets of what comes in the dark door that you advocate we open in our society.

We need a Federal Marriage Amendment because if we don’t have one we will have regional morality again in America. Last time we had regional morality in America was when the North viewed slavery as wrong and the South viewed it as acceptable. You know how that conflict ended. Let this one play out in your mind… what happens when we have some states that recognize man-animal marriages and others that don’t?

#29 l3wis on 04.17.09 at 4:03 pm

Sorry I have been gone all they from the internets and blogs. Busy with my yard and watching my dog bark at squirrels.

My overview;

#9 and #11 LMAO!

#22 Hooking up with other same sex people? I dunno? They are no threat to my sexuality, so who fricking cares.

#23 Yeah that damn ACLU, sticking up for the US Constitution and such! What do they think this is – America!

#25 “Go get married in a church (or city hall, or a beach somewhere)”

Be careful, AG did one of those

#26 You have nicer hair then Hankdog, Hos.

I wish I could marry a painting, what do you think of that Steve. This would be the one, it is in the permanent collection at the Joslyn in Omaha, and I usually bee-line to it everytime I visit. It’s called ‘Springtime’

#30 l3wis on 04.17.09 at 4:35 pm


Folkarts got busted copying two cartoons;

He traced a Pulitzer prize winning toon by Pat Olphiant, it was Bill Clinton playing a shell game. He replaced Clinton’s head with Rounds’ head

And he traced an illustration by KAL, a world famous cartoonist who illustrates for the ATLANTIC. It was an image of Hillary Clinton. Ironically KAL is a cartoonist advocate against plagiarism.

The Argus was given proof of both incidents, yet they continue to print his stuff. Makes you wonder who is the dumber one, huh?

#31 That Girl on 04.17.09 at 6:12 pm

Wow. You actually gave credit to Dakota Women for once. Glad we can continue to provide you with such good pictures.

#32 l3wis on 04.17.09 at 7:33 pm

It’s all good. Wanna buy me a drink?

#33 Jackie on 04.17.09 at 8:08 pm

Awhile back when all heck broke loose on this blog — there was an intervention with the artist that we felt copied or traced. He swore that he was simply inspired by Oliphant, but all his work was freehand.

To try and prove our theory, Photoshop and animation was used to illustrate why we felt that way. I uploaded it since you asked. One cartoon is Folkerts’, one is Oliphant’s and one just adjusts the opacity in each frame to compare one cartoon with the other. Freehand or tracing? You decide.

#34 hosepheffer on 04.17.09 at 9:42 pm

thank you jackie!

#35 a Nonnie Mouse on 04.17.09 at 10:52 pm

Definately freehand–only the outside border is even remotely the same.

#36 Plaintiff Guy on 04.17.09 at 11:24 pm

How many comments here? Nonsense but some sense. It’s my “two Words”, both of them.

#37 l3wis on 04.18.09 at 4:16 am

Yeah Nonnie, keep telling yourself that, because if you repeat a lie enough times it becomes truth. BTW, can I get some that Herb you are smoking?

#38 hosepheffer on 04.18.09 at 7:15 am

i’m sure folkarts did draw it freehand, using a light table, tracing the original.

#39 l3wis on 04.18.09 at 8:28 am

Yeah, it’s not like he copied the suit, the hands, the shells and the table. It’s just pure coincidence that it looks EXACTLY like a Pulitzer prize winning cartoon. Ahem.

The irony is he could have credited Olphiant at the bottom of the toon and it would have been fine and noboby would have known any different.

#40 Jackie on 04.18.09 at 12:20 pm

It was really interesting that despite being caught in plagiarism – Folkerts was back at it with the different caricature style of Hillary Clinton vs another caricature style of Barack Obama. One only had to spend a couple minutes online to find the originals. One was KAL’s, can’t remember the other one. No credit given to the original artists … plus on Jason’s blog, he had photos of himself “drawing” that Clinton cartoon. He pulled the blog shortly after he got called out out his antics, as I recall.

#41 Warren Phear on 04.18.09 at 1:37 pm

l3wis, Jackie.

Thanks. You’ve cleared up a lot for me in reference to Folk Arts.

What truly amazes me is that to this day the argus is still labeled as a “liberal” outpost. They employ folkerts. They have syndicated far right hate mongerers that outnumber liberal writers two to one.

Don’t get me wrong. If I had my way, my dog would be out in the driveway every morning sniffing his butt instead of retreiving the Argus.

#42 l3wis on 04.18.09 at 3:46 pm

Yeah, isn’t funny when the letter writers call the Argus liberal, but never once mention all the conservatives columnists in the paper.

BTW, I was happy to see their best journalist, Ellis, win an award.

#43 Costner on 04.18.09 at 11:03 pm

Steve – you might find this interesting considering you have used some of these points to defend your viewpoint:

10 reasons why gay marriage should be illegal

01) Being gay is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning.

02) Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.

03) Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.

04) Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn’t changed at all; women are still property, blacks still can’t marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.

05) Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed; the sanctity of Britany Spears’ 55-hour just-for-fun marriage would be destroyed.

06) Straight marriages are valid because they produce children. Gay couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn’t be allowed to marry because our orphanages aren’t full yet, and the world needs more children.

07) Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children.

08) Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That’s why we have only one religion in America.

09) Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That’s why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children.

10) Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could never adapt to new social norms. Just like we haven’t adapted to cars, the service-sector economy, or longer life spans.

#44 Warren Phear on 04.19.09 at 7:28 am

BTW, I was happy to see their best journalist, Ellis, win an award.

You seem well informed on Argus issues, past and present. I always liked Jennifer Sanderson as an Argus journalist. What ever happened to her?

#45 Angry Guy on 04.19.09 at 7:29 am

Jeez Costner, I might have been wrong about you. That is funny as hell.
Made my morning. Thanks

#46 l3wis on 04.19.09 at 7:52 am

Sanderson was good, I know she got into a private communications job and I think she moved after she got married. She was an arts reporter who wrote very good reviews, especially of concerts. She was a very good interviewer to, she had a way of making you comfortable so you would tell her stuff, she suckered me a couple of times. it was too bad she left the Argus, I think she is the reporter that broke Munson’s campaign finance violations, I think she also broke the phillips to the falls overspending story too. Like I said, she was good at getting info if she wanted to.