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Monday, April 7, 2014

Now that Madville Times is a hot item...

On April 9, 2011, the blog, Madville Times, posted a video of its moderator in a candidate forum as he replies to a less-than-friendly query from one of the six-or-so concerned citizens who appeared to be in attendance.

The query had something to do with temper.

Madville Times and its moderator, Cory Heidelberger, have achieved recent notoriety because Heidelberger has filed a formal accusation of perjury against Annette Bosworth, of whom you may not have heard prior to this scandal.

Heidelberger sent a letter to the Secretary of.... Oh, just go browse through the past ten days posts at Madville Times.

I assume Cory made a reasonable assessment of the evidence, and, after browsing Annette Bosworth for Senate on Facebook, I can easily believe his charges.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Perfect job for a sociopath

Radley Balko wrote a blog entry for the Washington Post yesterday that you should read.

The Head Doorkicker of the DEA has always had to be either criminally stupid or criminally inclined to enforce the craziest and most counterproductive US Gummint policies that have ever existed in this country. This is maybe the best gummint job for a sociopath, amidst several choices.

Michelle Leonhart is Head Doorkicker now, having spent 33 years in a law enforcement agency that has utterly failed to control the arbitrarily-illegal industries over which it supposedly has jurisdiction. The DEA presents us body counts: "We have put more people in prison than anyone in history." The illegal industries present us with ever-cheaper psychotropic substances.

Only someone either criminally stupid or criminally sociopathic could oppose allowing sick, disabled and dying people the relief undeniably given them by cannabis, while warning that cannabis might kill your dog, basing her opinion on a newspaper piece that did not say that at all.

This from a woman whose agency, and nearly all "drug task forces," are notorious for killing dogs for no reason during executions of raids on suspected "drug" dealers or users. Balko's story ends with a list of incidents in which various SWAT teams egregiously shot pets, sometimes of people in whose house they found nothing incriminating.

And there's this video of a SWAT team executing dogs.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Legal cannabis or Inquisition? There's no middle ground.

Colorado has 5,268,367 people, South Dakota has 844,877 (2013 Census estimates). That's a 6:1 ratio; SoDak has 16% as many people as CO. I maintain that, in South Dakota, there is at least 10% of Colorado's cannabis sales potential for South Dakota coffers. That would be about $200 grand a month into the South Dakota tax handout system. It could be a significant addition.

How many dollars are extracted in the Inquisition that has SoDak Highway Patrolmen lying in wait on the borders for cars with Colorado or Washington plates, or any car that might be coming from Washington or Colorado?

The weight of the fines ("getting-caught taxes") opposed to the weight of the tax revenue potential; that's the observation South Dakota legislators will increasingly have to face. One by one, South Dakota legislators will announce, "I've always been in favor of industrial hemp." Or, "I've never thought people should have a criminal record just for using cannabis."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/10/colorado-marijuana-tax-revenue_n_4936223.html
 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Is it sinful to break a law?

It was not all that long ago that the Supreme Court held that runaway slaves had to be returned to their owners, even if the runaway had made it to a free state. People in free states who harbored runaway slaves were breaking the law.

Rep. Hickey and others maintain that it is sinful to break the law. Are the souls of those who illegally harbored slaves still in Hell? Are Catholics who ate meat on Friday back when it was illegal still in Purgatory? Is Thomas Jefferson still trying to justify his defiance of tyranny?

Annoyed...

When they said, "We want you to remove your shoes so we can see if you have bombs in them, we said, "Okay, but we're annoyed."

When they said, "We are gonna take scans of you that show your dick and cunt," we said, "Okay, but we're annoyed."

When they said, "We are gonna handle your dick and stick our fingers in your cunt and asshole," we said, "Okay, but we're annoyed."

Then they said, "We are gonna lie about everything we have done and will do."

We said, "Okay, but we are annoyed. Make no mistake. But we are still gonna vote into office those who promote this bureaucratic finger-fucking."

Sunday, March 2, 2014

You've seen the brick wall...

On March 1, I posed the question to Rep. Hickey (R-Sioux Falls): "What is the downside of letting sick, disabled and dying people use an herb, the use of which has caused no death in known history, to palliate their suffering?"

Here are his responses:

"Bob - what question haven't I answered yet? That pot is an answer to prayer? I'm pretty sure God won't answer a prayer by telling us to break the law."

"Bob I've answered the question about the downside. Pot docs moving into SD and prescribing it for 18 year olds who fall off their skate board, law enforcement dealing with the drug lords and runners who are violent and could care less about sick people in pain, the pot of today is stronger and dosages aren't scientific or stable and safe. You've heard all this from me and others before and I know you have counter points. If it was only a matter of people in chronic pain getting it I'd think it would be legal. But it opens the door to so more. That's the downside and why it keeps getting voted down. Take heart though, the nation is moving toward lawlessness and everything will be legal soon everywhere. Obama probably still smokes pots. Why do you smoke it everyday? Pain? What are the stats on traffic fatalities in states where pot is legal? Do we know yet?"

"I'm trying to talk sense and gave you my best answer."

"I'd be happy if we let many of the people in jail for pot use and other nonviolent crimes out of jail. We need prison reform."

"Bob, you've seen the brick wall I hit when I bring big changes to Pierre to help struggling people out. Love Roger's comment on it being self serving. It dawned on me in 4 years now I've lived away from home and my wife a total of one year in Pierre. If this somehow helps me I've yet to see how."

My follow-up includes this observation: Rep. Hickey has placed his opinions and reasoning in the public swimming pool. I'd like to see the reasoning behind the opinions of all those legislators who have not joined the discussion who think pot smokers should be put in jail.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Some say cannabis is the answer to their prayers.

On Feb. 24, So. Dak. Rep. Steve Hickey (R-Sioux Falls) posted on Facebook: "My daughter's comment on the far right's opposition to my death penalty repeal: 'They want government to be weak but strong enough to kill people.'"

Based on a couple of years of sporadic exchanges with Rep. Hickey, I find that remark ironic. Assuming that Rep. Hickey agrees with his daughter (why else would he post it?), and given his public statements on a number of issues, I find it so ironic that I spent some time today beating my forehead against the angle of a doorframe.

Prior to the 2013 legislative session, SoDakNORML supplied every So. Dak. legislator--once a week for 17 weeks-- with 17 arguments to quit giving people criminal records for simply attempting to feel better. Three legislators promised me they they would look at the evidence. One, Sen. Tieszen (R-Rapid City), did so after I asked him if he would. Rep. Hickey emailed me, saying he was looking at the evidence. So did Rep. Kaiser (R-Aberdeen).

Of 105 legislators in So. Dak., only three responded to even one of 17 letters, each letter proposing an argument to make pot laws saner. Kaiser and Tieszen co-sponsored a bill to allow medical cannabis use in So. Dak. On the committee that first heard the bill, Rep. Hickey's was the deciding vote that killed the proposal..

Today, in another Facebook post, speaking of a friend, a medical cannabis user who lobbied him on behalf of the bill, Hickey said, "I didn't leave my friend Scott. In fact I looked at both sides of this twice as long because of him. At the end of the day the downside outweighed the upside in my estimation. I've come to believe that there are people who exploit compassion for the hurting because they just want legalized weed. I'm not convinced it's their only medical hope nor do I believe it's dose strength is consistent. I do know healing prayer works."

As a result of that statement, I have one question for Rep. Hickey. "What is the downside of letting sick, disabled and dying people use an herb, to the use of which no death has been credited in history, to palliate their suffering?" Some say cannabis is the answer to their prayers.

[UPDATE 3/1) You can see the course of this discussion at https://www.facebook.com/bob.newland .
[UPDATE 3/1.1) Really, you should take a look at the course of that discussion.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Eisenhower became convinced that adding "under God" would be the "right thing to do...."

The following is not satire, although it could be, if truth weren't stranger than satire.

So. Dak. Representative Stacey Nelson (candidate for US Senator from So. Dak.) was the prime (first-named) sponsor of the following legislation: House Concurrent Resolution 1006, during the current legislative session. it was passed with one dissenting vote, that of Angie Buhl O'Donnell (D-Sioux Falls).


The bill was passed on 1/30/2014.

The rest of this post is direct copy from the So. Dak. LRC website:

Introduced by: Representatives Nelson, Bolin, Campbell, Kaiser, Magstadt, May, Russell, Steele, and Verchio and Senators Van Gerpen, Begalka, and Jensen

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION, Recognizing the anniversary of the addition of the words "under God" to the United States Pledge of Allegiance.

WHEREAS, on February 10, 1954, Senator Homer Ferguson of Michigan introduced a bill in the United States Congress to amend the Pledge of Allegiance by adding the words "under God" to the text of the pledge; and

WHEREAS, February 10, 1954, was chosen as the date to introduce the bill by Senator Ferguson to recognize the five-year anniversary of the imprisonment of Cardinal Joseph Mindszenty of Hungary, who was imprisoned and tortured by Communists for his sermons exposing the goal of Communism to eradicate all religion; and

WHEREAS, speeches were delivered in Congress, by members of both political parties, honoring Cardinal Mindszenty and emphasizing the threat posed to America by Communism; and

WHEREAS, upon introduction of the bill, Senator Ferguson commented, "I believe this modification of the pledge is important because it highlights one of the real fundamental differences between the free world and the Communist world, namely, belief in God....Our nation is founded on a fundamental belief in God, and the first and most important reason for the existence of our government is to protect the God-given rights of our citizens. Spiritual values are every bit as important to the defense and safety of our nation as are military and economic values."; and

WHEREAS, the vote to add "under God" to the United States Pledge of Allegiance was a unanimous vote; and

WHEREAS, on February 7, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower became convinced that adding the words "under God" to the United States Pledge of Allegiance would be the right thing to do after hearing Reverend George Docherty preach that the phrase "nation under God" was first used in the Gettysburg Address. It would be appropriate to add the phrase to the United States Pledge of Allegiance because freedom "is defined by a fundamental belief in God"; and

WHEREAS, the first time the revised United States Pledge of Allegiance was recited was on Flag Day, June 14, 1954; and

WHEREAS, it is the policy of this Legislature to recognize and honor such an important date which strengthens the ties of history that bind us to our belief in God:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the House of Representatives of the Eighty-Ninth Legislature of the State of South Dakota, the Senate concurring therein, that the South Dakota Legislature hereby recognizes February 10, 1954, as the anniversary of the addition of the words "under God" to the United States Pledge of Allegiance.