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Happy Independence Day! Remember we are Free when we are Open and Transparent

“The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.” – Patrick Henry

“Information is the currency of democracy.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Without freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty, without freedom of speech.” – Ben Franklin

“Let the people know the facts, and the country will be safe.” – Abraham Lincoln

“A popular Government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives.” – James Madison

“Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Ben Franklin

“Secrecy is for losers.” – Daniel Patrick Moynihan

“Sunshine is the greatest disinfectant” – Louis D. Brandeis

“Everything secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity.” – Lord Acton

Noem suing over fireworks is idiotic

Noem claims the Biden Administration is making this political? Really? Who is the one suing using taxdollars to spend more taxdollars on something most people don’t give 2-Sh!ts about. Noem has zero grounds to sue. The property is Federal not state, which she admits and she has no control over. As for a memo from Trump, that isn’t worth the paper it is written on. He is no longer the president, so it means nothing.

As for last year’s display, that was simply a taxpayer funded campaign rally for the Orange Menace and little else.

As for the fireworks, most people can’t attend anyway due to the lottery and most people don’t care. When I think of Independence day, I think of the great people in this country, it has little to do with a rock sculpture and Chinese explosives. Noem needs to concentrate on making the lives of working people in this state better and knock off her grandstanding.

Dusty Johnson ONLY dignitary to wear mask at Rushmore event

All I can say is ‘BRAVO’ to Dusty to have the courage to wear a mask and not be worried about being shamed. Of course he was in the back row and not sitting with Rounds and Thune on the president’s stage. I guess Rounds was wearing a mask to but took it off before the Great Pumpkin showed up.

A lot of people took notice also that the governor must have been hitting the weights, the tanning booth and popping the water pills in preparation for the big night. It’s funny how she had time to get her appearance perfect but couldn’t memorize a couple of minute speech. Oh, that’s right, it’s only about appearance with these folks, substance is for another day.

Happy Independence Day!

This is a great story about what it means to be American, remember our country was born on protests;

On July 9, 1776, a rowdy group of American colonists banded together at a political rally in New York City and did something that today would be called “badass.”They had just been treated to a public reading of the Declaration of Independence, which Congress had officially adopted less than a week earlier.

After hearing calls to “dissolve the political bands” of tyranny, they marched to a public park that featured a statue of King George III, Britain’s ruler, and knocked the 4,000-pound statue off its 15-foot pedestal.The head of the statue was then decapitated and perched on top of a spike, and much of the rest was melted down to make 42,000 musket balls for American soldiers.

The historian Erika Doss thought of that scene recently while watching protesters toppling statues of Confederate heroes. Doss, who recounts the 1776 episode in her book, “Memorial Mania,” sees a parallel between the colonists who fought against Great Britain and protesters who rail against Confederate monuments today.

Of course our All-Knowing SD AG has a different take on history (as he reads off of piece of paper – I mean really Jason, you can’t remember 4 minutes worth of commentary? Doubt he wrote the talking points).

I watched most of the event last night and also got a good chuckle out of Noem reading the teleprompter in the podium (why didn’t she use the president’s? Or better yet, have the speech memorized?) Often when have done public input, I either just do it from thoughts I have or 5-10 words I wrote down on a piece of paper. It often amazes me how our supposed leaders who are supposed to be so passionate about their role can’t make a 5 minute speech without reading it. It is because they are not ‘passionate’ about anything except enriching themselves. I hope in November this country has a reckoning where the Senate and White House is turned over to the opposing party so we can go back to progressive ideals in this country like equality, higher education and healthcare for EVERY American. And while our founding fathers where mostly white Christian men they still believed this country was founded for everyone. Let the protests continue this is the only way we will topple this destructive regime that is persistent on burning it to the ground.

The City of Sioux Falls does NOT have the right to limit protesters

Many people have been wondering why you would need to get a permit to protest in Sioux Falls. You do not.

Is it a good idea to meet with the SFPD and give them an idea of what you will be protesting and how many people may show up? Sure it is. It’s a nice gesture but not required.

Remember, the US Constitution and your 1st Amendment right to organize and peacefully protest and assemble trumps any state constitution or city charter. While the city can have such an ordinance, it really wouldn’t stand up in Federal court if challenged.

I may be wrong about this, but I think the ordinance came about to break up the kids hanging out downtown while cruising the loop. It has nothing to do with protesting or your 1st Amendment rights.

I encourage anyone protesting in the future to reach out to the SFPD, but don’t get a permit. Besides the enormous powerful message the BLM movement is sending, our right as citizens to peacefully protest is protected already, with a permit or not, and that message needs to also be sent in these troubling times.


Mayor TenHaken announced on FB on Friday that the parade has been cancelled this year and the Falls Park feeding.

While I understand serving food to 5,000 people in Falls Park is not a good way to social distance, I think having a parade outside (where people can distance) would be just fine. In fact in my bike rides downtown over the past couple of weeks, DTSF has been packed with people. The bars and restaurants are at capacity and most people are not social distancing. I really don’t understand why the city is so hesitant to open city buildings, pools and libraries when every other place is full capacity (which they gave permission to do in ordinance). Oh that’s right, it goes back to the hypocrisy thing.

Freedom is FREE! Speak Out!

With Independence Day coming up, it is that time of the year to reflect on being American. While many National holidays often focus on the military, guns & flag waving, when I think of July 4th, I think about what makes our country one of the better Republics in the world, it is our ability to dissent our government, I cannot think of a higher level of patriotism.

While the gun chucklers in our country and mostly in our state get all worked up over the 2nd amendment (basically created to protect white landowners from slave uprisings) it’s the 1st Amendment that really makes us unique, and why our founders put it FIRST.

“The pen is mightier then the sword.”

As I have been watching things unravel over the past couple of weeks with a guy who claims he belongs to a clan (conveniently named after him), I find his case intriguing. Recently his attorney defended his free speech rights by saying it was just ‘hyperbole’ and he was really arrested for reprisal for filing a Federal suit against the city due to the implementation of 5G.

I’m not going to defend ‘The Living Man’ because some of the stuff he is claiming is a little wacky, and I don’t know him personally, but he really was using figures of speech and he is absolutely right about 5G being dangerous. But a good rule of thumb when emailing public officials, don’t use references to guns, bullets or people dying. I hate violence anyway, and I absolutely hate guns because I think it defines us as a violent society (which we are).

I recently talked to a retired high level military officer about what really is ‘classified information’ (I was looking for a definition, not something in particular). In our discussion (BTW, they did not share any with me) they brought up 5G, they told me besides the radiation affects of 5G and other health issues, what concerned them the most was the spyware installed in the 5G antennas made in other countries like China. They basically said that once a nationwide 5G network is implemented, the Chinese or other foreign entities will be able to spy on virtually ALL Americans. Scary crap.

What does concern me though about the arrest of ‘The Living Man’ is this isn’t the first time the city has arrested someone based on their dissent. Several years ago, Cameraman Bruce was arrested on a ‘Penny Bond’ over a stack of shingles in his backyard. Bruce won the case, but what is interesting is he was arrested on the same day he was set to testify to the City Council about the Events Center siding issue. Curiously, it was changed to ‘penny bond’ shortly before he showed up to be booked. So instead of just filling out the necessary paperwork and being on his way in a couple of minutes, he was arrested and placed in custody for several hours, preventing him to testify.

While I still need to see how the Living Man’s case plays out, we must be diligent about resisting reprisal for dissenting our government. I’ve been warning the city for years that a major 1st Amendment case will be boiling to the surface if they continue to try to limit free speech. I’m not sure what that will look like? Just remember celebrating Independence Day is about celebrating freedom, and freedom of speech is one of our greatest gifts in this country.

FREE Speech is the foundation of our country

I spoke at the city council meeting Tuesday night about the importance of the 1st Amendment and FREE SPEECH. It truly is the greatest right we have as Americans to dissent our government, remember this while celebrating our Independence today!

Mayor’s 4th of July Parade officially over!

Woot! Woot! The parade is still happening, but it has been turned over to the peeps.

Paul must be feeling pretty good, kudos from DaCola twice in one day.

Mayor TenHaken has changed the name of the 4th of July celebration and has officially made it about Independence instead of Narcissism.

UPDATE: Mayor’s 4th of July meal cost taxpayers $15,000

I guess I was a little surprise to hear that today when I have often thought it was a donation from Smithfield and city employee volunteers handing out the grub. I’m wondering when this changed? Don’t get me wrong, maybe there still was a donation of meat, but I started getting suspicious when I saw Tony’s Catering show up with their vans.

While I think it is a nice gesture to hand out the pork sandwiches, I think there should of been more transparency about the fact it wasn’t a handout at all, just more of Huether’s propaganda machine at work.

Yeah, I know, should I be really surprised by the lack of transparency? $15,000 to make the mayor look good but we can’t afford to expand bus routes. Go figure.

UPDATE: Here is a cost breakdown for the $15,000

Picnic Supplies
Equipment rental
Utility bill inserts

The meat is donated by Smithfield and Sunshine prepares it.

UPDATE: ‘Smoother Roads Ahead – Jamison 2018’

Here is me, about 20th in line for a pork sandwich, waiting for the mayor to drop the hammer. I found it ironic they herd us like cattle to eat pig.

My sad attempt at being a Fireworks photographer.