ABC News Nightline just had a show on the apparent fear of the Bush administration of freedom of speech. Bush Thugs were not amused by protestors . One with "L" on a shirt. Another with an "IA" and a third with "R" who decided to stand next to each other.
Another dude with valid ID's came to a Bush rally with a "Kerry Tee Shirt". He was escorted out. Then same dude got a Bush tee shirt and went to a Kerry Rally. Nothing happened. He was not beaten or escorted out.
The "Chicken George and the Chickenhawks" tour is rolling across the country loading local communities with enforcement costs for what the Bush thugs claim are private events. The White House is not amused by bills by local communities for his "private" campaign stops. Seems like it is unseemly for Bush to dump unfunded mandates on local communities for private events requiring tickets..which can be instantly revoked at the mere thought the emperor has no clothes.
Bush is an asshole. A cheapskate asshole too apparently. No doubt about it...first-class to be precise. But, he is a scared shitless asshole too. Anybody who has seen his deer in the headlight look while reading to Florida school children for 7 minutes after he heard about the 9-11 catastrophe probably has a good idea of the man's true strength of character.
Remember all those Chevy "Built like a Rock" TV ads for their pickups that fell apart as if on a clockwork schedule. Same pattern with Bush. We get the brave, stand tall, stand tough, Bush on TV frightened out of his wits by 3 jokers with Tee shirts. At last the weapons of mass destruction have been found. Tee Shirts made in an outsourced foreign factory and hand-lettered by unemployed Americans trying to exercise their right of free speech.
George Bush--Wrong Forever and Proud of It. Dump the bastard before he and his thugs have a chance to further destroy constitutionally guaranteed rights. Dump Bush and Impeach the Robed Whores He Rode in On.
Hey, I'm also pissed off by push polls. Tell those push pollers to Fuck Off and Die. Find out if the robots accept anything beyond "yes".
)))))) Fasten Your Seat Belts. Drive Sober . Stay Pissed Off. Save America .---- Doug Wiken ((((((
South Dakota Highway Patrol Back Issues let you see what Highway Patrol Troopers do. A few of the reports are just plain strange; but must are what you wuld expect. Drivers driving drunk. Drivers driving under the influence of drugs. Drivers driving without valid licenses. Trucks running overweight. Crashes resulting from drinking and driving. Grossly excessive speeds. Illicit cargo.
Hey...and they have a genuine yellow"Elevated risk of terrorist attacks" logo. It doesn't blink like the old bank weatherballs however Clicking it will get you to State of South Dakota Homeland Security Official Web Sit which starts right off with links to ..you can guess i betcha.....White House Press RERelease. You can see the Homeland Secutiy Adfisory System color chart which goes from "Green--No election Forseen" to "Red--Election Dread"
))) Drive Sober. Fasten Your Seatbelts. Sleep Tight..Aschcroft has the aluminum breasts on a statue covered and Tom Ridge has his lips pursed--- Doug Wiken ((((
Well, the wife and I were returning to farm about 10pm Sunday evening. I thought I saw my lights reflecting off tail lights along road. About then, lights flashing all over. A highway patrol car was parked.
The patrolmen came back to car and flashed lights in and then said, "We are looking for people...doesn't look like they are with you.". Hmmm.. Then he said it would be a good night to lock all doors. Apparently five convicts had escaped from the Winner jail.
This is the same jail that is being expanded. The old fire department and city hall are being converted to hold dozens of prisoners after lots of destruction and construction expense. With the Winner economy looking more and more like it is going down the drain, the whiz-bang wonders of economic development stumbled onto the medievial idea of making money on prisoners. Wow. That is really progress...at least that is what they are telling us as they sucker the county into going along with it...which means when the profit is all taken out of the jail business...as it should be...guess who will be stuck with paying a major part of the bill...why you guessed it. Rural property owners who never had a voice in the ill-conceived jail expansion plan.
So, for the last several hours ...from around 2AM Mon to 3:30AM, we have been treated to a small plane flying noisily around in circles over the area apparently searching for five prisoners who choose a bright moonlit night to make their escape. Vehicles with spotlights were driving over farmland about a half mile away and up and down township roads a mile and a half away. Neighbors cows were bellering just to keep things interesting for sleeping.
The small plane is still circling around noisly over our farm at 4:15AM. Right now it is very hard to see anything but aggravation coming from the Winner Mainstree Mafia whiz-bang wonderful medievial prison ransom scheme. Stay tuned. I wonder how long it will take them to decide to build a moat and add drawbridges so they can charge a toll to get to the hospital or the schools....damn, I hope they don't think that is another good idea after a couple months.
)))) Drive Sober. Fasten Your seatbelts. Keep your hands on the steering wheel when the Patrolmen shines his light on you. --- Doug Wiken ((((
Press release from Mothers against drunk driving regarding Amendment A which changes the method of selecting some South Dakota Judges. MADD is against the Amendment.
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MADD takes a Stand against Amendment A in South Dakota
?Merit Selection of Judges?
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 25, 2004
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is worried by Constitutional Amendment A
(Merit Selection of Judges) which is on the November 2004 ballot. MADD feels this
change would potentially harm the victims of drunk driving and our justice system.
Right now, voters select their judges at the ballot box. Judges are accountable for their
actions and they must convince us that they will do the best job of providing South
Dakotans with justice. Judges have a lot of discretionary authority in sentencing and
Amendment A would take away this check on the system. By allowing the Governor to
appoint judges, we cannot choose from a number of candidates. We can't get to know
who they are and what they stand for. Amendment A will end direct election of circuit
judges and replace it with an appointment process that will be controlled by the
governor and an unelected commission. There will be a retention vote three years after
the appointment and then every eight years thereafter. MADD believes the retention
vote is a sham because it does not allow the voters to have a say in the appointment.
Essentially this means that circuit judges will be granted life terms in office.
In addition creating lifetime tenure, Amendment A could also be abused in the hands of
future governors. The Judicial Qualifications Commission and Governor could appoint
judges for political reasons rather than the quality of their jurisprudence. The
commission will be made up mostly of lawyers, and Amendment A is written in such a
way that it prevents the legislature from even having an ?advise and consent? vote in the
appointment of judges. The result could be that South Dakotans could be stuck with
judges for life that do not believe in victims' rights or in taking strong measures to deter
drunk drivers. Or worse, we could be stuck with someone who is not a neutral,
unbiased adjudicator, but someone who is beholden to the people who appoint him/her;
this is the world that Constitutional Amendment A could create.
MADD believes that judges should be accountable to the people. The lack of
accountability that would result from Amendment A would be a disaster for all South
Dakotans, including victims of drunken driving.
MADD believes that ?merit? needs to be determined by the people, not a governor or an
unelected commission. We urge South Dakotans to vote ?NO? on Amendment A in
the November 2, 2004 election.
For more information contact:
Lila Doud, President, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)--Pennington County Chapter,
I would like to know what was behind introduction of this amendment. Who presented it, etc.
)))) Fasten Your Seat Belts. Drive Sober. Oh yeah, in relation to this post...DRIVE SOBER --Doug Wiken((((
Bush on the good ship US Dickinbush, is "floating" about 10 feet under the water. Bush is sitting on Dick Cheney's shoulders yelling "Full Speed Ahead". Damn the Press. Damn the Bloggers. Wrong Forever and proud of it. Glub, glub, glub.....Stand up straighter, Dick.
Call Bill O'Reilly, Call Matt Drudge, Call cousin at CNN, Call what's his name at Fox. Call Brett. Where are those guys?
They know the truth. World-class truth tellers.
"Dick, what do you mean you can't swim. With all that blubber you oughta float right to the top." Cheney yells up through Bush's pant leg..".Dammmit George, I am from Wyoming. I never saw water until I was 19 years old."
Sure enough following the trail of bubbles is a speed-boat with "Fox News" on the side. Somebody is yellling "We'll Save You, but first a news flash."
Fox is happy to report that the US DickinBush is doing swimmingly. They have moved head and shoulders past the Kerry-Edwards. Fair and Responsible reporting demands we let you know that George Bush is screaming "Wrong Forever and Proud of It".
We just have to adore a man who doesn't flip-flop. Stay tuned as we broadcast our special report on "Mail-in Sales of Military Medals rampant. Kerry stooges suspected. No new denials this hour........
And so it goes....down the drain.
))))) Drive Sober. Fasten your seat belts...and if you watch Fox "News", Fasten Your Vomit Bags. ---- Doug Wiken ((((((
This is the Table of Contents which takes some clicking to find. The Authors home page indicates she is now Jean Hay Bright and has a new book. Looks like a site for an idle morning or afternoon or an evening.
This is a typed copy of the information from a sample South Dakota General Election ballot for Tripp County. It may include errors.
Constitutional Amendment A
Title: An amendment to Article V, section 7 of the South Dakota Constitution, providing for the merit selection of circuit court judges.
Attorney General Explanation: Under the Constitution,circuit court judges are elected on a non-political ballot for eight year terms. The Governor appoints judges to fill vacancies for the balance of unexpired terms. Nominees for vacancies are selected by the judicial qualifications commission.
Amendment A would change the Constitution by establishing an appointment and retention election procedure. New judges would be appointed by the Governor from nominees selected by the judicial qualifications commission. Judges would be subject to a retention election on a non-political ballot three years after appointment, and every eight years after that, by the voters of the circuits the judge represents..
Conservative interest groups have recently made a lot of noise about this amendment. I am not sure the process we now have is the best, but I am also not at all convinced this amendment is any better. It apparently has no "advise and consent" provisions. My suggestion would be to vote no. But, do some research yourself.
Below is the text from two SD county officials.
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT A:
THE ELIMINATION OF A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT
By Lance Russell, Fall River County State’s Attorney and John Fitzgerald, Lawrence County State’s Attorney
Constitutional Amendment A will permanently take away the right of the people of South Dakota to elect Circuit Court Judges. This is a right we have enjoyed since statehood.
States have different methods of selecting judges. Some have partisan elections, some have nonpartisan elections and some have nominating commissions with the governors making the final decision followed by retention elections.
Why should South Dakotans care? Well, there is a movement to amend the state constitution, eliminating contested nonpartisan judicial elections and allowing the governor to appoint circuit court judges from a list of two or more individuals selected by a commission consisting predominantly of lawyers. Three years after the appointment, there will be a “retention” election, where the ballot will ask the voter, yes or no, if they want to retain the judge.
What’s the problem with that? The amendment changes the intent of the framers of our state constitution and will make our judges unaccountable.
South Dakota was founded on the principles of populism and accountability. South Dakota was the first state to allow the people the power of initiative and referendum, and our constitution gave the people the right to elect our judges. In fact, every state entering the Union between 1846 and 1912 provided for judicial elections. This was a reaction to the feeling that the appointed judiciary had become “a bastion of unresponsive aristocracy” and that elected judges would be more independent and less apt to be influenced by the politics and cronyism of governors.
How will the amendment make our judges unaccountable? Simply put: the people of our state will have little say in who are their judges. It will eliminate the check on the judiciary that the framers of our constitution put in place to keep elitists from having unfettered discretion to dictate their will on the people. Proponents of the constitutional amendment will counter that the retention election will be an adequate check on the discretion of the judiciary; however, retention elections have proved to be nothing more than sham elections in other states. Retention elections are just that—they retain incumbents. In retention election states, almost 99 percent of the judges are retained. We all know in countries where there are only one political party, they have essentially retention elections. Those elections also allowed for only one choice, and just like retention elections, are noted for low voter interest, knowledge and turnout.
The bottom line is the proponents of Amendment A are attempting to take away a constitutional right—the right of the people to meaningfully participate in judicial selection.
Who are the proponents of retention elections? Lawyers. They have already raised in excess of $20,000 to secure its passage. Why lawyers? Because the lawyers will be selecting the pool of candidates from which judges will be appointed. The proponents will say whom better than the lawyers to evaluate the abilities of judicial candidates? We say the people.
We believe the people have the intelligence to evaluate the qualifications of judicial candidates, and more importantly, they don’t have an financial interest in who is chosen.
The proponents will also say that the retention system will take the politics out of the judicial selections. However, in Missouri, the first state to adopt the retention system, it has been asserted that the personal injury lawyers have succeeded in gaining control of the politics of the state, including the politics of the judicial nominating commission, and because of that Missouri is one of the favorite plaintiff’s venue in America. If the retention system is adopted in South Dakota, the politics and power of judicial selection will simply go from the people to the lawyers, most likely the trial lawyers. And, we all know the acrimonious role politics plays in the selection of Federal judges. Politics will always be part of the process, the question is: who do you want making the decisions? Politicians, lawyers or you? We believe that the farther the people are removed from the decision making, the farther the courts spiral out of control and make poor decisions.
Judges have awesome power and authority. If a judge decides to legislate law instead of interpret law the only way to hold them accountable is an election. If Amendment A passes there will be no way for the people whom judges serve to hold their judges accountable. A whole branch of the government will be un-elected no checks and balances will exist in this branch. The only beneficiaries of the amendment will be un-elected judges.
The election process in South Dakota has produced fine judges who are both wise and courageous in their decisions. We are public servants and we believe it is in South Dakota’s best interests to continue to elect and hold judges accountable the way the drafters of our constitution envisioned.
Maybe a little long, but also probably not a simple question to explain;
))))))) Drive Sober. Fasten Your Seat Belts. Be prepared to vote --- Doug Wiken (((((
All kinds of polls around. Here is one that puts the data out for all states in terms of popular vote and electoral college vote. American REsearch Grop LAT= http://www.americanresearchgroup.com/
Talk about "dead zones". Check SD and Wyoming support for Bush. Where else would people express preferences so far out of touch with their actual needs and interests. Is it the media, the water, the mostly fresh air, too much beef, whatever?
))) Drive Sober. Fasten your seatbelts. Don't let the polls grind you down. Election Day is the Ultimate Poll and coming soon to a neighborhood near you--- Doug Wiken
If you get information from the Daschle campaign organization you are most likely aware that South Dakota "absentee" ballot laws and regulations have changed. No longer do you need to state any reason for voting absentee. It makes sense to vote at your auditor's office prior to the election to make sure your work on election day does not prevent you from voting or if you know you will be away from your home voting area in college or whereever on election day, take advantage of the absentee voter laws.
As Ben Hanten wrote at Daily Caucus Blog (see links in left column):
Early voting begins today!
South Dakota's new early voting laws allow registered voters to vote any time starting today (Sept 21) through Election Day on November 2nd.
You don't need a reason like in years past. Just go to the auditor's office and vote.
))) Drive Sober. Fasten Your Seat Belts. Make sure your vote counts. Be glad we don't live in Florida --- Doug Wiken (((((
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