For regular readers of Salon Online Magazine in those days and related comments in the now gone Table Talk Forum, the lies were obvious long before the war. Our congress critters refused to look at the evidence and source of the lies. Something in the area of 5000 US and other soldiers died, tens of thousands were injured, many will carry the emotional and psychiatric scars of that war for the rest of their lives.
As was powerfully indicated in the Moyers Show, the future of our system as a real democracy depends on determining truth and falsity in government propaganda. That requires determined digging and prodding journalists who need our support when even a "liberal" President Obama goes after whistle blowers and truth tellers with the kind of bureacratic vengeance not even seen by the morally rotten Bush, Jr. Administration.
And, we still need explanations from our own Senator Tim Johnson on why he suckered for the lies or went along with them when he had been provided ample evidence that the Bush War Card was a nearly complete and total fraud. We have let all of our congress critters in those days get off without an explanation for their incompetence or willing intelligence failure in the runup to the Iraq war.
And, in recent news is a bunch of partisan crap about how the IRS scrutinized right wing money-making schemes and propaganda devices when they went after tax exemptions. Several hundred e-mails apparently disappeared when hard drives failed BEFORE the GOP demand which produced something like 70,000 e-mails despite the computer crashes. In the Moyers show, is a note that the Bush-Cheney administration used corporate e-mail to avoid scrutiny inevitable with government e-mail systems and that 10,000,000 of those e-mails related to the Iraq war and presumably to the money-making schemes of the industrial war machine were destroyed.
*** Stay tuned...and never trust without proof and always verify--- Doug Wiken
Will "Susan" and a "Susan variation" combination make for a winning Democratic gubernatorial campaign in SD? I don't really know, but the backward thinking of Republican Dennis Daugaard may make him particularly vulnerable to attacks by an accountant and a nurse.
Well, I hope the Susan Wismer-Suzy Blake combination can campaign like tornadoes ripping up the GOP mythology, but right now, this two-woman combination appears to be the furthest thing from a successful strategy.
Of course, the type of press coverage of this combo may make a lot of difference. And, will more women vote for them because it is a female team, or will more men vote against them because it is a female team? Or will SD perverse Republican tendencies and lazy Democrats make a Daugaard victory inevitable?
A nurse can be the attack dog on Daugaard's denial of "Obamacare" expansion in South Dakota and consequent loss of $45 million in health and economic impact on SD can both be territory for a medical specialist and an accountant. Do the numbers, do the damage assessment. Raise hell.
Democrats will continue to loose elections in South Dakota if they fail to perform the education function of a political party. Democrats who think "Republican meek" is a winning strategy destroy current prospects for the SD Democratic Party and insure its future complete demise in South Dakota. Make the real case for real Democratic policies, and real voters will come. Build it.
*** Stay tuned for more in the exciting tale of Susan and Suzy on the campaign trail..but remember I have an affinity for "Susan". Wife and I named our daughter Susan--- Doug Wiken
Former GOP SD candidate for the US Senate Dr. Annette Bosworth has been indicted by a grand jury for election petition errors or actual criminal behavior. The AG's allegations seem to be an election late, but do show that he can get an indictment against a political ham sandwich.
The indictment shows that Cory Heidelberger and cohorts analysis of Bosworth's petition demonstrated truly significant problems. Her statements and those of her fellow aiders and abettors haven't helped her. Finding themselves in this big hole, they might seriously consider stopping digging.
South Dakota laws and regulations on petitions seem to be designed more as deterents for petitions than rational processes. The Bosworth indictment results from her shortcuts and dodges, but the signature process should be changed to something like 20 signatures and a $200 filing fee. Let the voters decide who they want on ballots instead of a process preventing many from jumping through a bunch of needless hoops.
On the other hand, much of the process or processes required for initiatives and referenda should probably remain stringent or we will be overwhelmed with such on ballots dumped in here by out-of-state special interests and corporations.
The whole election system needs to be studied. The calendar used makes reviewing petitions difficult in time available. The Secretary of State needs also to determine if signatures are actually valid. Reducing the number of signatures needed would make checking EVERY signature a less onerous task so that even nearly incompetent state office space occupiers might be able to do it in reasonable time and correctly.
*** Stay tuned and remember, SD legislators do NOT need to attend ALEC meetings to get ideas for South Dakota legislation--- Doug Wiken
I watched most of PBS NewsHour on SDPB-TV earlier this evening. Elizabeth Drew was interviewed about her updated book on Nixon and Watergate. Her latest version of Washington Journal is available in hardcover and soon in Kindle version at Amazon.
I had not seen or read much from Elizabeth Drew for several years and also not a whole lot of anybody remembering Watergate and tricky Dick. My wife and I watched McNeil and Lehrer nearly every night they covered the Watergate hearings. That was the beginning of an evening news program on PBS. It was interesting and a bit frightening to read comments on the book like, "I remember my parents talking about TV coverage......" Well, I can remember the TV coverage even if it was a bit snowy in those days.
I guess I am a sucker for such books and I ordered it tonight. Another reminder of those days was the recent destruction of the garage where an insider passed on "secrets" to reporters. Elizabeth Drew more or less said this book is her attempt to keep the memory of those days alive. It is her perhaps self-interested position that knowledge of Watergate is important for those who did not live through it vicariously compliments of PBS and SDPB-TV.
***Stay tuned, if I get my new glasses, I might even get the fine print (about the only complaint about the book) in the book read-- Doug Wiken
Rounds ads is a nearly complete package of BS, deception, and irrelevancy. It may appeal to Republican primary voters who accept any trash from a GOP candidate as if it came from Moses on two stone tablets.
Rounds wants to eliminate the over-burdensome federal regulations that are crippling our economy. Note to Rounds: How about listing even a single "over-burdensome federal regulation". While you are discussing over burdensome regulations, what about the Republican supported voter ID laws and driver licensing laws and regulations that are an unfair demand on female drivers and certainly an over-burdensome regulation designed to deter voting by the un-rich?
Rounds wants to replace Obamacare. With What? The great GOP and Rounds plan doesn't exist. Their idea is to let the poor and unfortunate die if they can't afford to pay absurd premiums that subsidize Rounds and the really over-paid executives of the insurance industry.
Rounds wants to eliminate the US Dept. of Education. He fails to mention how much money that department dumps into South Dakota or how much South Dakota taxes would have to be increased should Republican loons eliminate the Department.
And, Rounds wants to dramatically cut the size of government and reduce the out-of control federal bureaucracy. I guess the out of-control federal bureaucracy he would most likely want to eliminate is the Corps of Engineers which dared to manage water in a reservoir in a way that may have damaged Rounds house built a few inches above the Missouri River. Or perhaps he wants to dig Janklow up and charge him with something for his harranging the Corps into maintaining high reservoir levels so his boating buddies and fishing buddies could have fun.
Mike says he believes in an America Where (among other things): Free enterprise can flourish. My guess is that nearly every US citizen agrees with this and also every Democratic office holder supports this. Fairly taxing those who can utilize the systems built in the common good by tax money and generations of work also makes sense. No sign of Rounds supporting taxes on those most able to pay them and also most deserving of paying.
Mike believes in America where individual liberty is cherished and government is limited. Well, so what? Everybody supports that ideal. Some of us however also realize that giving corporations free reign to exploit everybody and all our information is also oppressive. Apparently Mike is ignorant of corporate oppression in the name of obscene profits.
Mike believes citizens have an "absolute right" to bear arms without fear of government confiscation. Can Mike point to a single case of sporting arms being confiscated from law-abiding citizens? Does Mike think you and I have an absolute right to have anti-aircraft guns? Does he think everybody no matter how insane or corrupt should have access to machine guns? Mike is spouting a mindless generality that makes no sense in a real world. Mike might also want to know that the right to keep and bear arms in the days of the Constitution writing often meant that the citizens kept the arms and the government kept the ammunition so that the arms really were for the use of a regulated militia and not for the use of war lords, gangs, bank robbers, burglars, drug nuts, and wingnut crazies.
And of course, Mike doesn't believe "profit is a dirty word". Mike apparently never met an obscene profit made in an obscene scam unregulated by government and isn't aware of the near collapse of the economy because of such unregulated obscene profit schemes. Fair profits are not dirty. Rippoffs by insurance companies, banks, credit card operations, brokers, et al do make profit a dirty word. Gimmicks to move US profits to small islands with no taxes makes those profits obscene. Mike is again spouting mindless generalities than the uninformed might suck on.
Mike also believes in National defense as a priority. I assume that means that military waste, fraud and abuse is off limits to regulation since we don't want burdensome federal regulations. Mike also wants to support commitments to our veterans. Mike however doesn't offer a single word of complaint about the US House Republicans trying to slash funding for veterans health care by $300 million.
And "we" (not just Mike?) have respect for all human life-- from the very young to the very old. So, why is Mike opposed to bringing in $45 million per year to care for elderly and poor South Dakotans? South Dakota is failing to make Obamacare work. Mike and Daugaard can say how much they respect life young and old, but there actions show otherwise. Their support for the very young ends at nine months of pre-natal life.
In short, Mike is full of bullshit up to his bright shining eyeballs and it spills out the corners of his ever-smiling insurance agent's face.
*** Stay tuned even if GOP static blurs reality--- Doug Wiken
They say everybody talks about he weather, which is definitely not true, but weather is a common conversation topic considering research indicating human waste of fossil fuel energy can be generating global warming even if fundamentalis preachers wave their arms enough to generate a gale of religious humbug. In farm communites weather can be the difference between profit and loss. Dr. Annette Bosworth claims she is only discussed by bloggers and politicos with some variations of a sexual slam.
And now, talk about one of those cycles that doesn't depend on fossil fuel changing the environment. El Nino may be back. NPR had some discussion yesterday, and I found the link below today.
Meanwhile on the ground in south central South Dakota, the weather is hot and clammy (88F and 40% humidity according to my gauges) and rain has been scattered here and there, but not right here. Grass is growing and needs mowing. Just got the mower repairs and when the sun gets a little less direct, back to mowing.
While enjoying air conditioning earlier, I heard Dr. Annette Bosworth, Republican candidate for the GOP slate, on SDPB-Radio Midday. Despite her accusations, one does not need to use vulgar language to be critical of her nonsense. She is claiming all kinds of problems with "Obamacare", but providing no specifics and certainly no specifics on improvement in health care other than doing away with federal regulation.
Perhaps a medical doctor such as Bosworth can be completely ignorant of political history and reality, but her claiming only local and state regulation is needed ignores a few hundred years of states failing to protect general citizenry from corrupt and incompetent medical people and procedures and corrupt obscene charges of the medical businessmen. The federal government moves into the state vacuum of regulation. Doctors just don't want to have the government separate them from their patient's wallets.
She also yammers on the Veterans Health problems, but of course does not mention that the GOP congress critters slashed $220 million from veterans care. Bosworth hammers on adminstative costs of government programs, but fails to mention or perhaps even realize that administrative costs of private healthcare and insurance systems is many times that of government systems.
Bosworth is not being attacked because she is a woman, she is being attacked because most of her ideological and policy positions are nearly totally absurd.
Bosworth is like the canary in the coal mine (or perhaps she is the coalmine and voters are the canaries). She is a frightening indicator of the total lunacy likely if more of the retrograde ideologues and TEA baggers get into the GOP and Congress.
***Stay tuned and pray you don't get sick or injured in a place where the only medical care available comes from Dr. Bosworth or she is the only source of political "information".--- Doug Wiken
The Mitchell Daily Republic today had a story on advanced Lyme Disease which was scary. More on that later.
There was also an interesting comment on candidate Rounds in the somewhat silly "Hisses and Cheers" editorial. The "hiss" for Rounds involved Rounds inane silly claim that he would try to eliminate the US Department of Education when SD is third on the list of beneficiaries and eliminating such funding would be a disaster for SD finances and education. At least somebody besides bloggers is finally noticing and noting this problem with Rounds "common sense".
Below is the part of Hisses and Cheers critical of Rounds:
HISSES to former governor and current U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds for repeating, during his Friday night visit to Mitchell, his earlier call to abolish the U.S. Department of Education. The same day we printed his comments about that, we also printed a separate story revealing that South Dakota is third-most dependent among all states on federal government aid for K-12 education, receiving 16.4 percent of its K-12 budget from the feds. A man who governed a state so dependent on federal education money lacks the credibility to claim the federal government should have no role in K-12 education. Change and improve the Department of Education? Fine. But calls to abolish it strike us as unrealistic political pandering.
The story on advanced Lyme disease is scary for several reasons. It indicated the serious physical and emotional damage and pain a bite from a deer tick can generate. It also indicated that the arrogance of doctors who just know there can't be deer ticks in eastern South Dakota (even if there are deer all over) and thus an ailment can't be Lyme disease even if tests show it is. If no doctor believes such a test is valid, it is unlikely Lyme disease would ever be a diagnosis. Sort of self-fulfilling proof of absence even when the disease would be the correct diagnosis.
It is hard to read that story and not believe that a number of doctors should be sued for malpractice and dmages, but then I am neither a doctor nor a lawyer and don't even play either on TV. Source at MDR Note, this will turn into a dead link in a few days. Worth reading while it is available.
Right now, the Opinion pages of the MDR are unavailable. I will check tomorrow to see if a link to the comment is available. Here is CDC page on Lyme Disease.
*** Stay tuned and beware the ticks and mosquitoes,,,and political weasels--Doug Wiken
Yesterday (Wednesday May 21, 2014), my son and his girl friend were returning by air after visiting her brother and family in Salt Lake City, Utah. Their flight had a scheduled stop in Denver and plane change there. They should have been in Rapid City around Noon yesterday. But, weather and/or climate change got in the way.
Their flight was diverted to Colorado Springs, Colo. apparently while Denver International Airport was cleaning up the accumulated hail. They sat in an airplane for two hours at Colorado Springs. Finally they got to Denver about an hour later. Then they were in the airport until 10PM MDT last night before finding out they had gotten tickets to fly to Rapid City that night after all. The Airline had initially said they would not be able to fly out of Denver until Saturday. About 10 minutes after 11PM Rapid City time, they were back. The day for them had started around 5AM that morning. See CNN story and images on Tornadoes, Large Hail Hit Denver.
Now, a bit about catastropic weather events and air transportation. When I tried to get any information from airports on re-routing, delays, etc. it mostly was not available. A polite helpful woman in administration at Rapid City Airport provided some information, but mostly it appeared to me that communications in the airline industry break down nearly completely when a weather problem delays flights, etc. The airline also told my son, they had no liability for delayed flights, etc. because of weather events.
If as seems likely that fossil fuel use is altering our climate and consequent global warming is generating more and more serious history-making weather events, it is a bit of karma that airlines get hit since they dump a lot of the detritis from burning jet fuel into the atmosphere. But, there must have been nearly zero communication from weather services and airlines and airports prior to the storm.
Federal officials and Congress should be investigating the apparent lack of planning and communication regarding severe weather events, delays, plane damage, diverted flights, etc. It is likely that severe weather events are going to be more and more common and more and more devastating to air travel. In fact, it may be time to do away with domestic commercial air travel and start building a high speed light rail transportation system similar to the interstate highway system.
High speed light rail systems run by power from wind power and solar panels should be rapidly replacing the airline systems for all domestic travel likely to become an ever greater problem as serious weather events become more common and terrorism by lunatic fanatics remain a problem for airlines and air travelers.
The USA has multiple reasons for converting to Solar, Wind, and hydro-electric power that include the ecological and climate reasons, but also the need for the US to lead the rest of the world in technology related to alternate energy systems. This would be a win-win-win for the United States.
But, don't hold your precious breath waiting for the dinosaurs in Congress counting their "contributions" from the fossil fuel industries. It really is time to raise hell with these retrograde boneheads.
*** Stay tuned, and watch the weather on multiple sources. SD TV weather seldom shows anything beyond their advertisers reach--- Doug Wiken
The Dakota Today Dakota Digest about a foot down the left-hand column had gotten seriously out-of-date. Some blogs died, some moved, some changed RSS info. Anyway, you might want to check it for the latest news around the SD Blogosphere.
Now it includes: Bob Mercer, Constant Commoner, Prairie Progressive, Madville Times, Northern Plains News, South Dakota Magazine, And a few more to come as I dig out the RSS feeds.
I am more convinced than ever that you will get more useful, valid information from independent blogs than from corporate media even when the "newsmen" claim independence. I listened to SDPB-Radio today with the "political pundits"-- Kevin Woster, and Jon M. Hunter(?). They went out of their way to say nice things about Mike Rounds performance in the GOP debates..never mentioning a thing about what he said which included obvious falsehoods and misrepresentation of reality. Nothing about the grotesque idea that Obamacare would destroy the United States, Nothing about how there would be an incredible tax increases in South Dakota if the US Dept of Education were actually shut down. In fact, nothing much about anything you can find today on several SD Blogs.
Of course there are no corporate guardians overseeing independent blogs. No corporate bean counters busy counting Mike Round's $9 million campaign cash cache with hopes it will flood TV stations and newspapers with enough cash to justify all kinds of pay increases for executives and editors.
Anyway, enough of that for tonight. Even Uncle Jimmo's jazz on SDPB-Radio might not keep me seriously awake tonight. I watched Frontline earlier tonight and the double talk and outright lies from US Government and corporations should wake up all of us. More on this tomorrow. Check up at Frontline on "The United States of Secrecy--Parts 1 and 2.
*** Stay tuned and sleep tight without talking in your sleep...no telling who might be listening besides your spouse--- Doug Wiken
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