Tuesday, June 27, 2017

GOP on GOP violence: welfare rancher takes on SDGFP


Surprise!

Kill off apex predators like cougars then wonder why bighorn sheep contract diseases and raid hay piles.

Okay, this is funny.

As South Dakota's wildlife management bureaupublicans Game, Fish and Plunder release disease-prone bighorn sheep onto federal lands, ostensibly to knock down a cheatgrass infestation created by the failure of Black Hills forest policy, welfare ranchers are in revolt.
In 2001, the state Department of Game, Fish & Parks released 20 bighorn sheep on public land among the reddish sandstone outcrops of the Hell Canyon region, in the rural southwestern Black Hills. But the re-introduction has been a nuisance for Dan Stearns, who lives on his privately owned ranch alongside the mountain’s eastern base. GF&P officials have offered $25,000 worth of assistance to Stearns (he says it amounts to $29,000), including payments for the alfalfa eaten by wildlife, so-called “stack yards” — fenced-in areas to store hay — and specialized fencing to resist damage from wildlife or keep wildlife out entirely. They’ve also offered to haze wildlife away from Stearns’ ranch with aircraft. [Rapid City Journal]
According to the Environmental Working Group Stearns received payments totaling $63,429 from 1995 through 2014 including $34,023 in livestock subsidies.

The reasoning is hardly mysterious: it's all about the money hunting funnels into a region smothering under single-party rule. It's $280 just for the tag, not refundable.

The Grizzly Gulch Fire opened nearly 13,000 acres of overgrown and beetle-killed ponderosa pine but invasive weeds and cheatgrass moved in because cars and hunters have killed off the elk, white-tailed and mule deer.

During the Sturgis Rally riders loop through Aladdin to Hulett and Devils Tower then back through Sundance. Highways are often crowded to capacity and drunken bikers can be seen weaving over every roadway in the Black Hills. Deer are unpredictable and now join bighorn sheep as obstacles to avoid.

Ag and livestock producers in red Trump states are suffering from sagging profits, flaccid numbers, and limp resolve while earth hater welfare ranchers like Stearns and Betty Olson pay next to nothing to graze on public lands and are now out of hay after they shipped it to other welfare ranchers.

Domestic livestock have contributed to catastrophic wildfire conditions and Republican welfare ranchers are the real ecoterrorists who hate subsidies unless they benefit from them.

ip photo: cattle grazing the Black Hills National Forest shitting in a sensitive watershed on Boles Canyon Road.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Hubbel determined but poorly informed

Lora Hubbel is an earth hater former South Dakota legislator supposedly focused on running for her party's nomination for governor.

Hubbel and a gaggle of nutbags have been gathering signatures for a petition that would stop an opt-out. She "believes the Sioux Falls school board should have done more to inform taxpayers about a move to bring more money into schools through increasing local property taxes."

She and interested party agree on a few things: exposing Republican corruption in my home state, ending forced catheterization, policing for profit, civil asset forfeiture, and empowering pharmacists to dispense Federal Drug Administration-approved cannabis to patients suffering from debilitating diseases, disorders or conditions taxed like other prescriptions.

interested party has been lobbying her Facebook page and urging some concentration on policy instead of chasing anti-civil rights conspiracies. It's not easy. Her FB friends are mostly fucking nuts.

Cynics might question whether Lora believes campaigns are just as good as paid advertising for her businesses but if she was serious about running she'd lose the crackpot act and actually do something about property tax relief.

Despite lies from SDGOP, video lootery, payday loan sharks, domestic violence and homelessness are inextricably linked putting children at risk to more catastrophic consequences far more often than has happened in states that have legalized or lessened penalties for casual use of cannabis. Black market cannabis not tested or subject to regulation makes America and South Dakota less safe. Legalizing and regulating a product that so many people enjoy is reasonable public policy that would align with our life/safety concerns.

It's the view of this columnist that to make an actual impact on South Dakota politics, instead of being creamed in the earth hater primary, Hubbel should abandon SDGOP and run as a third party or unaffiliated candidate for governor.

South Dakota should pass a corporate income tax, end video lootery, reduce the number of counties to 25, turn Dakota State University into a community college, and adopt my cannabis template: the kurtz solution painted on a thumbnail.

Friday, June 23, 2017

SD delegation joins Trump death panel; NM delegation outraged


South Dakota's earth hater congressional delegation is circling the wagons around the failed policies of the Trump White House.

The newest version of Trumpcare isn't a health care bill, it's a purge.
In a statement, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall said he has received more than 10,000 letters and emails urging him to oppose the bill, which would roll back some rules for health insurers and eventually reduce the number of low-income Americans covered under the government-funded Medicaid program. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich called the bill a “train wreck” that “seems to be everything we feared it would be.” [Santa Fe New Mexican]
In stark contrast to the New Mexican, the Sioux Falls Argus Leader reads like a bulletin from the South Dakota Republican Party.

Mike Rounds is a sleaze bag. Anyone else notice he and fellow earth haters John Thune and Krusti Noem are begging the Trump Organization to socialize agriculture for their donors as drought grips my home state? The state's governor says he believes slashing Medicaid will curb debt while putting more burden for indigent care on counties.

Sioux Falls and the Big Sioux River are dying in a toxic stew of chemically-infused feces while the South Dakota Republican Party gloats over cancer rates driving a medical industry. Rounds donor Denny Sanford is a billionaire and South Dakota is a $3 TRILLION tax haven.

Steve Rounds enjoys an unusual 30-year lease on land managed by a state agency. Rounds got the lease to the Oahe Marina from South Dakota Game, Fish and Plunder while his brother was governor and when his banker, Larry Deiter was named South Dakota Director of Insurance.

I like the idea of rolling the funding for Tricare, Medicare, the IHS and the VA together then offering Medicaid for all by increasing the estate tax, raising taxes on tobacco and adopting a carbon tax. Reproductive freedoms should be included with conditions just like the military does under Tricare.

Which part of crony capitalism escapes South Dakotans? Why anybody lives in South Dakota remains a mystery.

Cartoon: Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Yankton wins best town, hosts Hobie regatta


Only seven readers of interested party believe South Dakota has any good towns at all but Yankton won anyway.

Hot Springs - 1(14%)
Spearditch - 1 (14%)
Yankton - 5 (71%)
"It’s a perennial favorite," said Ben Wells, the media coordinator with the Hobie Class Association, which will hold its Hobie 16/20 North American Championships at Lewis & Clark Lake this week. Yankton has previously hosted Hobie Cat national events (in 2008 and 2013), but this particular championship is on a grander scale, according to Wells. "This will be one of the larger events we’ve hosted," Wells said. Wells said there will also be a couple of teams from Cuba. [Yankton Press & Dakotan]
Fugitive Lyle Jeffs of FLDS fame was just apprehended in Yankton after pawn shop operators dropped a dime on him.

Angostura Reservoir on the Cheyenne River near Hot Springs has hosted regattas sponsored by Hobie Fleet 198 and Spearditch isn't that far from the Belle Fourche Reservoir where sailing can mean flying boats right out of the water.

One of my favorite experiences at Orman Dam was a 1990 mushroom-inspired sail at midnight under a full moon with 20 knot winds and hundred degree temps with Jack Kreitzer and Bob McNeill helping to hold the boat down as it reached for another plane.

Yes, this blogger still has a Hobie 16 but sailing in New Mexico means long road trips. Elephant Butte is not very sail-friendly and Navajo is too far. Nearby Cochiti Reservoir at the confluence of the Rio Grande and Santa Fe River is a radioactive sewer.

Above ip photo is from 2011 taken at Canyon Ferry Reservoir near Helena, Montana not far from the headwaters of the Missouri River.