Pat Powers has a Q&A with newly appointed Senator Bill Shorma. Shorma claims what most all Republicans claim:
It will likely be no surprise to most that I am fiscally conservative and my personal belief system will weigh in on my votes.
Then he immediately says:
One area of interest that I have been working on is born out of my Manufacturing background. Workforce development has been a growing hot topic that the state, educators, tech schools, manufacturers and others must join forces on to be certain that new folks entering the workforce understand that manufacturing offers a wide range of great jobs to choose from.
Having the state involved with private sector workforce costs is not fiscally conservative. Often we hear liberal big government Republicans first claim they are conservative before promoting big government.
Tuesday I participated in a debate as candidate for the Mitchell School Board. Here is the coverage in regard to teacher pay:
The teacher situation in South Dakota has received a lot of conversation over the last year, with teacher and administrator groups saying districts are having a hard time hiring and keeping teachers in the state.
When asked whether the Governor's Blue Ribbon Task Force on education was a good idea, there was a split among the candidates. Mah compared it to getting a second opinion or analysis from a doctor before making a decision, but acknowledged that this could have been avoided if legislators worked together more.
"Having been around the state and in different education programs, you're seeing that teachers are doing as much as they can with as little as they have," Mah said. "I don't see the Mitchell School District as a squandering place for teachers, but that's not to say that there's not other school districts that have issues."
Putnam held similar sentiments, saying that more discussion and input couldn't hurt and can also create additional ideas that could be beneficial.
"There may be other options or other ways out there, and if nothing else, we'll have the linkage of K-12 and higher education and that's healthy to have that conversation," he said.
Volesky said she felt the state was just "kicking the can down the road" on the topic and felt there should be more teachers—both current and retired—on the task force.
Sibson was outspoken, saying that special interests would dictate what happens in the task force and that it would be merely rubber stamped next year in the Legislature. But he alleged that the same sort of rubber stamping happens at the local level, accusing the Mitchell Chamber of Commerce of privately dictating what happens at the local school level.
"Business interests dictate what happens in local schools," he said. "It's done behind closed doors by the ruling class."
In answering a different question, Sibson said that he felt changes had to be made in the state government to reallocate funds from capital outlay—which must be used for infrastructure and building upgrades—and general funds, which is where teachers are paid from.
"We're rich in money for brick and mortar, but we're poor in teacher pay," he said. "We need to go to Pierre to make a change in education."
Clearly we can increase teacher pay without raising taxes. But the crony capitalists in Pierre won't go for that idea. Also note that I exposed the crony capitalism that is being implemented at the local level by the Mitchell Chamber of Commerce.
In my first book En Route to Global Occupation I summarized the economic, political and spiritual aspects of the one-world/New Age movement, showing their interaction in the pursuit of a global civilization. My latest book The New World Religion picks up where En Route left off, bringing people up-to-date on the most recent developments while examining the one-world movement's spiritual roots and religious goals.
In order to achieve their occult objective, New Agers had to deal with the "problem" of Christianity which had been the main obstacle to their success. Christians had to somehow be neutralized or, if possible, seduced to unwittingly support their agenda. The modern ecumenical movement, as I documented in my book, has played a key role in accomplishing this mission.
Most people do not realize that today's ecumenical movement is an integral part of the broader one-world movement. The seeds for twentieth-century ecumenism were sown in the late 1800s. During that time there was a growing interest in achieving unity for the alleged purpose of building an earthly utopia. Masonically-inspiredorganizations, ranging from the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn to the Theosophical Society, were busy laying the groundwork for the next century, which they hoped might finally usher in their long-awaited new world order.
Against this backdrop, religious leaders from around the world gathered in Chicago for an unprecedented ecumenical event– the 1893 Parliament of the World's Religions (also known as the Parliament of World Religions). The people who attended this international conference came from a variety of faiths. Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Roman Catholics, Protestants, and a host of others prayed and dialogued together for seventeen days. This was the largest interfaith leadership conference of its kind up to that time.
In the following decades, two catastrophic world wars were fought, each adding to the one-world movement's momentum. World War I resulted in the League of Nations and World War II led to the United Nations. Both were created in the name of world peace. These institutions would give the secret societies a focal point around which they could rally religious leaders. The public, worn down from years of war, was ready to accept a new approach to maintaining peace. The United Nations was presented as the only hope for peace between nations and unity among the world's religions.
Riding this crest of postwar sentiment, global planners seized the moment, attempting to unite the Protestant denominations through one organization. Although the spirit of ecumenism had been alive for decades, the founding of the pro-U.N. World Council of Churches in 1948 marked the beginning of the modern ecumenical era.
Strongly influenced by the Masonic Lodge and with funding from major "old money" sources such as the Rockefeller Foundation, the World Council of Churches (WCC) embarked on its mission. From the time of its first meeting in Amsterdam its purpose was clear: to help create the religious atmosphere for achieving a new world order. In a report issued in 1994 at one of its meetings in Jerusalem, the WCC confirmed this intention, stating: "After the second world war, the establishment of the World Council of Churches in 1948 signalled the resolve of the ecumenical community both to work for the fuller unity of the church and to participate in the struggle for a new just world order."
So we give Sibby another chance even though he has yet to reciprocate such graces to anyone else. My last interaction with him was zero policy and all personal. Forgive me if I am not quick to embrace the suddenly softer Sibby. How he went after Erin Heidelberger was unjustified and unacceptable, and it was only last week. I’ll wait to see more fruit of genuine change. Maybe he should take a class there at Dakota Wesleyan on how to be more winsome.
So I asked, "What parts of Dr. Jones’ analysis do you find incorrect?" His answer:
Sibby, who appointed you arbiter of all that is true? I didn’t read Dr Jones analysis because I could care less what he thinks. You dumping extended citations from your University of Google studies effectively ends dialog. If you want to win me, talk to me — don’t label me or others. You have formed and then broadcast sweeping false conclusions about many things and many people and it’s a real turnoff . Here’s a tip: review your interactions with people online and make a list of a dozen conversation stoppers you regularly employ. Presently you are oblivious to the fact that certain references effectually stop your ability to communicate with others. One is the New World Order. You can believe in that and never reference it directly and keep a conversation going.
Not exactly an in depth analysis of Dr.Jones' Biblical based arguments.
Notice Hickey also defended the New World Order. Being winsome is his way of promoting the ecumenical movement.
Heidelberger continues to let Hickey comment at Madville, but has banned me. The truth is an enemy to the New Age Theocracy. Many times Heidelberger confused that with a "Christian Theocracy". I did my best to straighten him out, but it only made him "mad".
This falls in line with the mediocrity resulting from Common Core:
South Dakota officials are thinking about making it easier for some educators to get the credentials they need to teach high school-level math.
Currently, public school teachers must pass content-specific tests for particular subjects such as math to be certified to teach, and almost half of aspiring math teachers in South Dakota are flunking the exam, according to the state's top education officials.
Standards for teachers won't be lowered, said State Board of Education President Don Kirkegaard, but officials want to see if there are alternatives better suited to teachers who might not specialize in math, or who teach only lower levels.
Amazing how the Educrat Establishment will do something like lower standards and then deny it. They must believe that public education has dumbed down a majority of citizens and if anybody still has the capacity to think and speaks, we are then marginalized as radicals.
It is disheartening to learn that Steve Sibson works for a crony capitalistic corporation, the very same people he claims to be fighting against.
Takes a chicken to attack a man who Cory has banned from commenting. Also shows that they are obsessed with hating conservatives. The chickens can't stand being told that the crony capitalism need their big government in order to take control. It is the recipe for legalized corruption.
Cory Heidelberger has a post on changing the name of Harney Peak to an Indian name:
South Dakota Board of Geographic Names has voted unanimously to recommend changing the name of Harney Peak to Hinhan Kaga. Actually, the board would include its accepted English translation in parentheses: “Hinhan Kaga (Making of Owls).”
The Board must have come up with those parentheses while dining at (kōl). Including parentheses in the name of South Dakota’s highest peak may not be hipster nonsense, but it will clutter the map with clinging colonialism. If we’re going to rename a mountain to erase General Harney’s ill deeds, can we not just give the mountain its old Lakota name and let the English-only crowd look the name up or ask an elder what it means?
Referring to "clinging colonialism", "General Harney’s ill deeds", and "let the English-only crowd look the name up" are proof that Cory is promoting the hatred of whites. Here we learn about the myth Cory is using to promote that racism:
To be sure, some white settlers committed terrible crimes and atrocities against Indians, Africans and others, but the idea of the imperialistic white Americans regularly slaughtering innocent, peace-loving Indians for no reason, is mythology pure and simple. It is not legitimate to white-wash history just because what actually happened is no longer politically correct.
Undetoured, politically correct apologists often take stories out of context or just flat out ignore or lie about primary sources. They will, for example point to the 1864 atrocities like the Sand Creek incident in which about 700 Colorado soldiers attacked a village of about 500 Indians in a massacre and mutilation. It was horrendous! But it was also an isolated incident and occurred only after about three decades of Indian atrocities on settlers.
Some examples of such atrocities follow (warning: if you are sensitive to graphic descriptions of torture, please stop reading now.
When Indians attacked a farm or small settlement, fathers and husbands were usually slaughtered and scalped (not always in that order). They were sometimes mutilated and disemboweled. Sometimes their own genitals were cut off and stuffed in their mouths—sometimes in front of their wives and children!
Women were often taken captive, though not always. Mrs. Lee was shot in the back with an arrow. Her children watched as warriors scalped her, cut off her ears and chopped off her arms.
Indians would sometimes pretend to be friendly in order to get food—and then after they had eaten they would turn on the settlers and slaughter them, or slaughter the men and kidnap their wives and children.
Some of the tortures to which women and children captives were subjected include dripping sizzling fat on captives bare legs, repeatedly sticking a flaming stick up a captive’s nose, being beaten with sticks and whips, women being stripped naked, knocked down, repeatedly beaten (regularly for days, weeks and months on end), stoned, or stamped on.
Some women and children were forced to walk nearly naked and barefoot through briars and cacti. They were often given little or nothing to eat. Some who were finally rescued were just skin and bones. The women were often (usually?) sexually assaulted, often gang raped, sometimes by every man in the tribe and sometimes repeatedly for months or years on end.
There is a reason white settlers referred to Indian captivity as a fate worse than death. There is a reason settlers referred to Indians as "savages." One woman was actually happy when she learned that her Indian captors were planning to burn her at the stake because being burned alive at the stake was preferable to the tortures she had been forced to endure.
These atrocities were not committed by one or two Indian tribes. They were committed by tribes like the Apaches, Sioux, Comanches, Araphaoes, Cheyennes, Blackfoot, Lakotas, Shoshones, Bannocks, Mojaves, Yavapais, Crow, Kiowas, Kickapoos, Utes, and Chiricahuas.
In one year--1862--about 300 settlers were enslaved by Indians in Minnesota alone. Thousands of Spanish and Mexicans were enslaved.
So perhaps South Dakota should look into removing Indian names like Sioux Falls.
Imagine the outrage if the so-called colonial imperialists of today would treat the illegals from Mexico and Cuba the same way the Lakota and Sioux treated what Cory and his gang of New Age theocrats call invaders. If we want to deal with reality, then we must stop believing the muths being created by the cultural Neo-Marxists.
Memo to South Dakota’s right wingnuts: South Dakota’s Republican Senators John Thune and M. Michael Rounds are now advocating passionately for President Barack Obama’s globalist agenda. Tea Party, if you’re still out there, if you’re voting for liberty, you’re voting for Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.
Finally, conservatives have a real socialist to go crazy about. Instead of concocting dark fairytales about how Barack Obama, a very conventional liberal Democrat, is a secret Marxist who wants to destroy the American way of life, they can shriek about Bernie Sanders, the independent Vermont senator who has never shied away from the socialist label.
Now that Cory has banned me, he thinks it can get away with anything:
if you’re looking for the party of a free market that makes everyone free, you’ve found it in the Warren-Sanders Democrats.
If you want to vote for liberty minded free market types, you should not trust politicians from either of the two dominate parties. We need to go independent, which is the fastest growing political demographic is South Dakota, or third-party. The ruling elites will not let us take over either Party. It is a fact that both parties are ruled by the globalists. The truth is an enemy to the ruling elites.
Cory is also a not so "secret Marxist", who doesn't want me to blow his cover. Capitalism is a transitional step to socialism. Democracy is the tool that is being used to build the bridge. That is currently Cory's MO. The public education system has been promoting the myth of democracy for decades.
Has anyone else noticed the ominous calm on Republican blogs about the President Obama’s South Dakota visit?
The Dump Site or the childish Sibson have not said a word. Why is that?
My comment in response got deleted. Takes a real chicken to issue a personal attack knowing that Cory will protect him.
So here is another issue that Cory does not want his indoctrinated gang of New Age Theocrats to hear. Obama spoke at a technology school offering free tuition. That fuels the fake socialist/capitalist feud. So what if the wealthy lend us more money so that tuition is free. The students still have to pay bills while not receiving a pay check. If the government wants to really help out the working class, then shut the tech schools down, which means business interests will have to do their own training while providing a pay check. The workers would be much better off financially, and the wealthy ruling class will make less money.
Sad that the Democrats don't understand that Obama's Marxist based political position actually benefits the crony capitalists. Even someone as childish as me can figure that out.
On a thread where Madvillites promote coveting taxpayers' and future taxpayers' property, the conversations turns to the point that Republicans are also big government liberals. Cory Heidelberger adds this:
Thune is a creature of government. He has made his living in the public sector nearly all his life, just like me.
So why is Cory spending so much time trying to replace liberal Republicans with Democrats? Perhaps he believes the Republicans are not growing government fast enough. The smart fool doesn't understand that moving too fast to the left in South Dakota is one major reason why the Democrats do not perform well on election day. Thune and Rounds can talk the conservative talk and few know the hypocrisy because they are slowly implementing a totalitarian state. Cory is capable of being a lying politician, but he lacks patience.
Or could Cory's problem be that he wants a bigger piece of the pie. Greed and coveting does go hand in hand.
The Aberdeen League of Women Voters and the Chamber of Commerce hosted a candidate forum for the upcoming city council and school board election. 67% of the candidates showed up to speak; 0.007% of the residents of Aberdeen showed up to listen.
My opponent in the city council race, incumbent Laure Swanson, was unable to attend, due to a prior commitment. The audience thus enjoyed a half-hour of my answering questions about Aberdeen affairs without anyone to interrupt or offer an alternative viewpoint. I like extemp, but I prefer debate: it’s better for democracy.
If Heidelberer prefers debate, then he would not have banned me from his web site. He is clearly misleading the voters of Aberdeen. And America was founded as a republic, not a democracy.
Prominent South Dakota defense attorney Patrick Duffy has died.
Duffy has covered high profile cases in the state such as allegations against state senator Dan Sutton and federal charges against fossil hunter Peter Larsen in a dispute over dinosaur bones. He was also once an attorney for death row inmate Briley Piper, and fought a proposed large-scale garbage dump in the southern Black Hills.
An advocate for Native American voting rights in precedent-setting cases, Duffy was most recently in the news for defending the suspect accused of throwing beer on native american students at a hockey game -- getting Duffy banned from the Pine Ridge Reservation.
Sanford is the greatest philanthropist in South Dakota history and one of the most generous the nation has ever seen, if one measures the staggering size of his contributions against his total net worth. He gives. A lot. And his gifts are unquestionably meaningful in their positive impact upon our community.
I have no stake in this fight other than my perception of what is good for South Dakota. Mr. Sanford wouldn’t know me if he tripped over me. He’s not a client and may not share my opinion on every political issue I could describe. But I can see that his contributions to South Dakota, and particularly to Sioux Falls, are staggering, in that same way I have repeatedly saluted Steve Hickey, whom I like and respect but from whom I might part company on some political issues. To denounce what Mr. Sanford’s done as some sort of “corporate takeover of America” seems ludicrous to me, almost jealous in its intensity, as though we’d all be better off if he bought a big yacht and a small island and lived out his lift like a Millennial Billionaire.
Former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds has joined the Sanford Health team in an advisory capacity.
“Governor Rounds’ experience as our state’s chief executive, health insurance expertise and knowledge of the Medicaid program make him an excellent resource for Sanford Health as we continue to provide the best value for patients in the region,” said Sanford Senior Executive Vice President David Link.
In this advisory capacity, Rounds will provide advice on the further development of health insurance programs, assistance in navigating the Medicaid process with an emphasis on health reform and providing strategic direction in Sanford’s research, education and World Clinic business units.
“I’m honored to serve as an adviser to a great South Dakota company like Sanford Health,” said Rounds. “I look forward to helping its management team shape strategies which grow our economy, create more high paying jobs and build a better health care delivery system.”
Rounds will not be compensated for his advisory role. Instead, he and Sanford Health have agreed to support charitable health care projects of mutual interest.
The former governor’s business, Fischer, Rounds and Associates, is an independent insurance and real estate business located in Pierre with offices in Rapid City, Mitchell, Watertown and Sioux Falls. Fischer-Rounds represents many insurance companies, including the Sanford Health Plan.
Since leaving office in 2011, Rounds has been a member of the Bipartisan Policy Council’s (BPC) Governor’s Council. BPC’s Health Project is embarking on a comprehensive review of the challenges confronting states as they deal with delivery, cost and coverage demands.
If Sanford can afford to spend millions on real estate, you think they may be over charging just a little. And Avera seems to also be flush with cash as they are on a building spree of their own here in Mitchell. Now we are beginning to see the real Obamacare...medical corporate crony capitalism.
You are correct. At the Banquet in Sioux Falls no guest is “means qualified” before or after they are fed. They are just fed.
I know someone who was mooching off the Banquet who had a garage full of electronics, including big screen TVs, boxes full of video games and DVDs, and spent most of one day going to movies eating buttered popcorn and drinking sodas.
A working man comes to the government for food stamps. He’s working hard, but his employer exploits his labor and pays him too little to feed his family. Has the worker committed some failing requiring a lecture or tough love? Or is the private sector taking advantage of the public sector?
So Cory and Jeff, go find such people and feed them. Or start a non-profit and pay some of these people $35 an hour to help you take care of the poor people who have big screen TVs and spend most of their time seeking pleasures. The corporatists who exploit workers and also sell big screen TVs and the products these low-lives buy would appreciate your efforts.
One of those involved with founding the Students for the Democratic Society (SDS), James Kunen, states in his memoir The Strawberry Statement that Big Business sought to channel funds to the SDS as part of a dialectical process:
In the evening I went up to the University to check out a strategy meeting. A kid was giving a report on the SDS convention. He said that at the convention men from Business International Roundtables, the meetings sponsored by Business International for their client groups and heads of government—tried to buy up a few radicals [sic]. These men are the world’s leading industrialists and they convene to decide how our lives are going to go. These are the boys who wrote the Alliance for Progress. They’re the left wing of the ruling class.
They agree with us on black control and student control….
They want [Eugene] McCarthy in. They see fascism as the threat, see it coming from [George] Wallace. The only wayMcCarthy could win is if the crazies and young radicals act up and make Gene look more reasonable. They offered to finance our demonstrations in Chicago.
We were also offered Esso (Rockefeller) money. They want us to make a lot of radical commotion so they can look more in the center as they move to the left. 
This Big Business involvement with the New Left is confirmed independently by another participant. Gerald Kirk, when a student at the University of Chicago, became active in the SDS, the DuBois Club, the Black Panthers, and the Communist Party, as an informant for the FBI. Kirk broke from the Left in 1969. The following year, he testified before the House and Senate Internal Security panels:
Young people … have no idea that they are playing into the hands of the Establishment they claim to hate. The radicals think they’re fighting the forces of the super rich, like Rockefeller and Ford, and they don’t realize that it is precisely such forces which are behind their own revolution, financing it, and using it for their own purposes…. 
How this process operated can be seen in 1968 when the SDS Columbia chapter instigated a student revolt and take-over of the University. Revolutionary leadership was soon taken out of the hands of the SDS and was taken over by the Students for a Restructured University (SRU) that had been funded with a $40,000 grant from the Ford Foundation. It is of interest to note that during the time the Ford Foundation was funding the SRU amidst the Columbia University riots, McGeorge Bundy was the president of the Foundation. In 1949 Bundy became a research fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and scholar-in-residence at the Carnegie Corporation, 1990–1996. It cannot therefore be claimed that a liberal run Foundation was simply conveying funds to a liberal cause. The Ford Foundation, as with other such Foundations, is generally under the control of individuals associated with Big Business.
These tax-exempt foundations have something in common with Cory...they are designed to dodge taxes. Never mind trying to explain this to Cory and his gang of New Age Theocrats. They will only persecute you and urge Cory to ban your comments. They will continue to promote what the ruling class wants them to promote, while the "smart fools" refuse to listen to warnings from those of us who have been around the block a few times.
Non-judgmental subsidies of counter-productive lifestyles… hmm… I believe we are getting to the core of the issue. P&R don’t just disagree on how to help. We may disagree on who deserves help.
The government issues various benefits—Medicaid, food stamps, WIC—based on pretty simple criteria: income, number of children, medical condition. True, we through the government doesn’t ask welfare applicants, “Well, how did you get into this condition? Did you behave counterproductively to end up poor or pregnant or anemic?” We just check the eligibility criteria and say, “You qualify. Here, feed your kids. Get that check-up.”
So Cory firmly believes those slackers who decide not to go to work should get government handouts without question.
Next Heidelberger calls Jesus Christ a pessimistic carpenter:
The poor will always be with us (said some pessimistic carpenter), so we will always need a clear idea of the principles that motivate us to help and the proper social tools we can us to render that help. If we can work together to help our neighbors through our churches and the United Way, why can we not also work together through the social contract, through our city councils, state legislatures, and Congress to exercise our humanitarian obligations?
So we have a "humanitarian obligation" to take care of those who don't believe they have an obligation to work. Instead of using the Bible to trash Jesus Christ, Cory's wife should use the Bible to teach Cory this:
For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: "The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat."
Sad that slackers, who are above work. are being led to believe that the are "entitled" to food.
In the past I would respond to such threads by saying that Jesus Christ did not say have Caesar take from your rich neighbors and take care of the sluggards so you don't have to. Now that I am banned, comments like these go unchallenged:
I am always dismayed at the conservative/Christian Right who seem to think that the Gospels preached trickle-down faith and love to do their own re-write of the Beatitudes.
It is the New Age Theocrats who re-write the Bible so that those who think they are too good to go to work can covet from those who bust their butts, just to have the government take money out of their paychecks and hand it over to the slackers.
The truth is an enemy to these intolerant hate-mongers. They got very tied of me trying to explain to them that crony capitalism and the welfare state go hand in hand. Corporations don't want the lazy entitlement minded sluggards in the work place. But they do want the government to hand them money so they can buy goods and services that the corporations profit from. The capitalist vs. socialist feud between the two parties is just smoke and mirrors. And Cory Heidelberger is in the business of using propaganda to promote political wars.
MD’s suggestion that Mitchell (and all of South Dakota?) could be caught in a labor-market eddy of substandard workers left behind by go-getters who have the ambition to seek better opportunities elsewhere is alarming. Could a society dysfunction in such a way that it repels its best and brightest and retains only slackers? If so, holy cow—after a generation or two, how does such a society of slackers fix itself?