Shawn and the big book of obstruction.

This guy really needs to hang it up. Shawn is running again for the legislature. There are several reasons why this guy needs to be banned from any form of public service ever again in his life. Here’s a few reasons;

Some of those facts became public between Tornow’s termination in 2010 and his public censure in 2013, which was investigated by the Bar and affirmed by the state Supreme Court.

While working for the city, Tornow mislead then-mayoral candidate Kermit Staggers about the existence of a recorded phone conversation and tried to get a speeding ticket for his adult daughter dismissed.
Don’t forget dragging out Dan Daily’s case for 7 years and ultimately losing.
Some people you just don’t trust to serve in the legislature because you have a gut feeling. But this guy has a track record. Fired from the city for fixing a ticket, lying to elected officials he is supposed to be serving and getting censured by the Supreme Court and State Bar. And you want to be in the legislature Shawn? Who would vote for this clown? Please Shawn, crawl back into that deep dark hole you came from and never return.


No this isn’t evidence, it is my cake recipe book

The same guy who tormented citizens over code enforcement (Drug out the Dan Daily case for 7 years), was terminated for trying to ‘fix’ a traffic violation for his child and was censured by the State Bar & SC wants a second chance;

A former assistant city attorney for Sioux Falls who walked out of an appeal hearing on his termination wants another chance to make his case.

The legal challenge is the latest in the four-year fallout from the firing of R. Shawn Tornow, a two-term state legislator who had been one of the longest-serving and controversial members of the city’s legal team.

Tornow oversaw the civil service board and became the public face of high-profile legal battles over code violations and the city’s now-defunct automated traffic cameras before his dismissal.

He also was the subject of a public rebuke from the state Supreme Court for dishonesty and abuse of power during his tenure.

On July 30, 2013, Tornow walked out of what was scheduled to be a two-day hearing with the city’s civil service board after it ruled that panelist Tom Nicholson did not have a conflict of interest and could make a fair decision in the case.

Nicholson was president of the State Bar of South Dakota when the Bar’s disciplinary board censured Tornow for ethical violations.

After Tornow’s walkout, the board issued a ruling that said he’d defaulted on claims of improper termination and given up the right to further hearings. They also charged him $900 for failure to stay.

While working for the city, Tornow mislead then-mayoral candidate Kermit Staggers about the existence of a recorded phone conversation and tried to get a speeding ticket for his adult daughter dismissed.

Tornow contends he was forced out hastily and contrary to city policy, but has never presented evidence to the civil service board or to a circuit court judge.

“Aren’t you trying to have your cake and eat it, too?” Riepel said.

Oh, Pat, we both know he likes to eat cake. I wonder if Tornow missed the semester or two in law school about ‘presenting evidence’ so you can argue your case? I think the city and county should go a step further and ban this disgrace of a municipal attorney from our city and county. Please, Shawn, go away, you have wasted enough tax dollars and time.

“Let’s see here, I have three Whopper Jr’s, a Thune press release, a hidden server and STYX blaring on my stereo. I’m ready to blog!”

The Argus is at it again, asking if Bloggers are journalists. I ask the bigger question, are their journalists very good bloggers? Well, during the State Legislative session, David Montgomery had the most extensive coverage of any journalist of the session. Fair, balanced and accurate, but you didn’t read about it in the newspaper or even on their website, all of this very well balanced ‘reporting’ by a ‘journalist’ occurred on David’s BLOG.

Do I think I am a journalist? No. I prefer citizen advocate. I don’t have a degree in journalism, and I often misspell words and use poor grammar. But the main reason I don’t consider myself a journalist is because 1) I am not getting paid to write on my blog 2) I don’t consider what I do as writing ‘news’ stories. I see things happening, I get a couple of good sources, I ask questions. I also offer my opinion, which makes me more of an editorialist then anything (the main reason I started the blog to begin with).

I did get a kick out of the cast of characters rooted up for the Robo-call trial though;

He and several high-profile Republicans have been called by Willard as witnesses for the defense, along with Secretary of State Jason Gant, state senator Dan Lederman, and Tony Venhuizen, a senior adviser to Gov. Dennis Daugaard. (also Powers, Joel Arends and Shawn ‘The Tornado’ Tornow are involved).

Joel Arends VS. Shawn Tornow. Would love to see that Sh*t Show. I hope they don’t slip on each other’s slime. Then you have Powers as a ‘Journalist’ (I didn’t know publishing Thune and Noem press releases was considered ‘journalism’)

So do I agree with the judge that bloggers are journalists? I dunno?

Book Em’ Danno!

This censure has all the makings of a Greek tragedy (Document: Censure-Shawn-Tornado )

It has all the deception, hidden evidence, deleted recordings. I joked to a city public official yesterday that Tornow must of had a 4-HP Briggs and Stratton motor on his paper shredder.

It also has a band of characters;

David Fiddle-Faddle (who filed the complaint against Tornow)

Huether (who plays dumb about the Staggers ethics complaint (that part is interesting)

and several other characters and subplots.

It’s a sad read if you got an hour to waste.

Here’s some other fun reading about Tornado’s employment ‘history’ with the city;

Just another knuckle dragger.

Not only does he know very little about the US Constitution, he apparently knows very little about evolution;

Tornow offered the sharpest criticism. The Common Core, assuming school districts across the country will teach the same things, “makes me very nervous,” he said.

“Quite honestly, I don’t care what they want to teach in California and New York when it comes to science. I don’t want to hear about their flawed theories of evolution.”

Yeah, who can believe we evolved from a monkey? Or are you still evolving?