Cory Heidelberger finally gets to reporting on the latest economic development project for Sioux Falls:
It’s awfully nice of us to use government money to help private business create 8,000 jobs. It’s awfully nice of us to take care of all the land acquisition to spare businesses the hassle of dealing with local landowners. But it continues to surprise me that Governor Daugaard gives handouts like these to able-bodied capitalists who apparently recognize the value of land at a transportation hub (two Interstate highways and a BNSF rail line, all built with government assistance) and ought to be able to buy this land and develop their projects by their able-bodied selves.
The Development Foundation is holding an announcement with Governor Dennis Daugaard and Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether about the partnershipwith the state on the development of the park on Tuesday afternoon.
Cory doesn't want his Kool-Aid drinking Democrats to know that they are part of the crony capitalist agenda. Telling Madville that truth will get you banned.
Gnostics were a first-century cult that taught that matter didn’t matter. More precisely, they held that our physical bodies were vulgar and thus lacked value, while our inner spiritual state represented true reality.
The modern transgender movement seeks to differentiate between one’s biological sex and the concept of gender. Your sex is what you are born with, while gender is a social construct foisted upon you at birth by a society that (wrongly) assumes that your sex is related to your gender.
This movement has as its goal the obliteration of that connection. Now let me be quick to say that the movement entirely lacks logic and any kind of propositional truth that is remotely plausible. Consider: in claiming that sex and gender are not connected, they also claim that some people can be born with the “wrong” sex (hence a sex-change operation). For example, they purport that a person can be born biologically male, but have an internal gender of female, and hence have the “wrong” body.
But if gender is not connected sex in the first place, then in what sense could someone be said to have the “wrong” body? If gender is all about social constructs, why change a person’s body to match one’s internal gender? It doesn’t make any logical sense. (Actually, let me rephrase that: it makes as much sense as saying gender doesn’t have anything to do with marriage.)
A taco is masculine, and a tostada is feminine, and this has nothing to do with what biological parts they have. This is admittedly an abstract concept in English, since ours tends to be a gender neutral language, but if you remember high school French or Spanish or Latin, you likely remember that gender is a concept that is grammatical, not biological.
Unlike gender, sex is biological. There are chromosomes involved, and physical parts that correspond. With apologies to the transgender Gnostics of our day, sex is not a social construct but a physical reality. While in some cases there are people born with a biological defect (where their sex organ does not match their biological sex), these exceedingly rare examples demonstrate that in a fallen world all of our physical capacities are subject to corruption. In other words, the existence of congenital blindness does not demonstrate that eyesight is a social construct.
Certainly there are some social gender constructs: boys play with guns, and girls with dolls. But a boy that plays with dolls does not mean that he has the wrong physical parts, and he certainly should not then use the bathroom with females. Bathrooms match sex, not your childhood toy preference.
Sex is binary (you either have a male chromosome, or you do not), and in as much as gender is connected to people, it is likewise connected to sex.
Pat Powers jumps on the Huether-pocrisy bandwagon, not because Powers is particularly concerned about helping kids get around town safely, but because it gives him another chance to berate a Democrat. Powers’s tiresome partisanship becomes amusing when we look at what he’s really criticizing the mayor for. Powers seems to agree with the independent Ehrisman and Democrat me that Mayor Huether’s ego-trip ad campaign was a slushy payment to private vendors for work the private sector could have done on its own. Powers seems to agree with Ehrisman and me that not signing off on free summer bus rides for kids makes the mayor look like a jerk.
Hmm… handouts to companies but no help for kids. Seems to me Pat is criticizing Democrat Huether for acting like a Republican.
And so am I. Isn’t it nice that we can all agree?
Cory Heidelberger calls Pat Powers a partisan (and he is) and then uses spin to craft a partisan piece of propaganda. I have provided Madville countless examples of how the Neo-fascist crony capitalist prosper from the big government that the Neo-Marxists have helped to create before I was banned. They then become very upset because it gets into their "hate everything that is not Democrat." Cory, the smart fool, has no idea that he is his worse enemy.
With the Mitchell School Board the voters once again denied Tara Volesky and Steve Sibson an elected office position. Steve Sibson stated that he was going to use the 1 year school board position to launch another run for the legislature in 2016. Hopefully he realizes he will be defeated again in that race by an even wider margin.
As Craig suggested above hopefully they will learn from their defeat and in a positive way there are other ways they can contribute by volunteering.
I faired better than the Democrats did during the last election cycle. So perhaps the Madville liberals out to practice what they preach and tell the South Dakota Democrat Party to fold up their little tent and concentrate on volunteering for soup kitchens.
Not only was my comments in response to their silly attacks banned, it looks like Rod Hall's comment was deleted. I thought both Volesky and Hall were registered Democrats. And why are these liberals happy that candidates who went after the crony capitalists of Mitchell lost?
Cory Heidelberger makes this analyses of conservatives for saying the Pierre Establishment is willing to raise taxes next legislative session to pay teachers more:
I’m not sure how this argument plays well for the legislators involved. Either they are affirming Senator Jensen’s Session-ending assessment that legislators, themselves included, are mostly ineffective puppets who couldn’t stop a gubernatorial tax hike if they wanted, or they are telling voters that they themselves plan to vote for a state tax increase and don’t want a local opt-out to drain the bucket of cash and political will and make their vote harder. In either case, the legislators are making a good case for electing new legislators.
First off, conservatives are not included in the ineffective puppets. They voted against the road tax increase, while liberal Democratic and liberal Republican legislators voted for the Daugaard road tax increase. And second, the conservatives will not be voting for the increase next year. It will be the same liberal Democratic and liberal Republican legislators who will be rubber stamping the Blue Ribbon gathering of special interest groups sucking more money out of the working class pockets. Come on Cory, come over here and explain how a Neo-Marxist like you support tax and spend policies that suck money out of the working class and hand it over to the ruling class.
Update: Cory makes another false statement against Rep. Lance Russel:
Wait a minute: Rep. Russell is from Hot Springs. Is he allowed to come politick on an opt-out vote in a district he does not represent?
Rep Russell does live in Fall River County and represents Dist 30 – which encompasses all of Curter and Fall River Counties as well as much of rural Pennington. There are residents of Dist 30 who reside within the boundaries of the RC School Dist – Hart Ranch area, for example.
I doubt Cory will retract his falsehoods. He continues to ban me because he does not want his false propaganda exposed.
How do you attract major industries to Sioux Falls? Community leaders say it takes land and a lot of it.
A new industrial park is in the works for the Sioux Falls area. And that could also lead to an announcement about a new business for the park.
The Sioux Falls Development Foundation has been buying up landto the northwest of where Interstates 90 and 29 intersect.
The Development Foundation made four purchases from separate landowners on May 15, totaling $7 million. In all the Development Foundation has acquired 350 acres.
Sources tell KELOLAND News it's part of a bigger plan for a 1,000 acre industrial park located just north of 260th street.
The state is expected to announce that it will give the Development Foundation $12 million in REDI Fund loans and grants to purchase all of the land needed for the park.
Leaders wanted to develop a 1,000 acre industrial park to attract larger businesses to the city.
The area for the planned industrial park is not currently in the city of Sioux Falls, but is expected to go through the annexation process to become part of Sioux Falls city limits.
The Development Foundation is holding an announcement with Governor Dennis Daugaard and Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether about the partnership with the state on the development of the park on Tuesday afternoon.
Instead of the private sector growing the economy in a free market, we have government at the city and state level joining together to buy up land and then control who gets to locate in a prime location. And we have a Republican and a Democrat using executive powerto make this happen. Economic development under the control of government is not a conservative policy. The Democrats complain about crony capitalism in order to set up the rule by the proletariat via mob rule of a democracy, while Republicans talk about reducing much taxes. Those are smoke screens. This partnership is an example of the so-called progressive movement's "Third Way":
Major Third Way social democratic proponent Tony Blair claimed that the socialism he advocated was different from traditional conceptions of socialism. Blair said "My kind of socialism is a set of values based around notions of social justice ... Socialism as a rigid form of economic determinism has ended, and rightly". Blair referred to it as "social-ism" that involves politics that recognized individuals as socially interdependent, and advocated social justice, social cohesion, equal worth of each citizen, and equal opportunity. Third Way social democratic theorist Anthony Giddens has said that the Third Way rejects the traditional conception of socialism, and instead accepts the conception of socialism as conceived of by Anthony Crosland as an ethical doctrine that views social democratic governments as having achieved a viable ethical socialism by removing the unjust elements of capitalism by providing social welfare and other policies, and that contemporary socialism has outgrown the Marxian claim for the need of the abolition of capitalism.Blair in 2009 publicly declared support for a "new capitalism".
In England the progressives are actually Fabian Socialists:
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair is cited as a Third Way politician. According to a former member of Blair's staff, Labour and Blair learnt from, and owes a debt to, Bob Hawke's government in Australia in the 1980s on how to govern as a "third way" party. Blair wrote in aFabianpamphlet in 1994 of the existence of two prominent variants of socialism: one is based on a Marxist economic determinist and collectivist tradition, and the other is an "ethical socialism" based on values of 'social justice, the equal worth of each citizen, equality of opportunity, community'.
And here is how it operates at the national level in America:
The Third Way style of governing was firmly adopted and partly redefined during the administration of PresidentBill Clinton. With respect to U.S. presidents, the term "Third Way" was introduced by political scientist Stephen Skowronek. "Third Way" presidents 'undermine the opposition by borrowing policies from it in an effort to seize the middle and with it to achieve political dominance. Think of Nixon’s economic policies, which were a continuation of Johnson's "Great Society"; Clinton’s welfare reform and support of capital punishment; and Obama’s pragmatic centrism, reflected in his embrace, albeit very recent, of entitlements reform.'
Now we know the true meaning of so-called "moderates"...Neo-Socialists.
Cory Heidelberger makes this denial regarding the concern from Christians that their religious freedoms are out stake:
I’m o.k. with folks like Bartlett and Howie going to church and looking for ways to make our community (town, state, nation, world) better. I’m not o.k. with their vague and incorrect assertions that they are losing their liberty
So then why is he continuing to deny me the liberty to respond to his propaganda? The answer is obvious. Cory's worldview cannot stand up against the scrutiny of a Biblical Christian worldview.
"Sibson focusing on local control" is the headline the Mitchell Daily Republic used on its coverage on my race for Mitchell school board:
That's what Steve Sibson wants to help Mitchell's, and South Dakota's, schools regain.
"If you want local control, if you want to change education so that the teachers are in control and not the bureaucracy in Pierre, vote for me," he said.
Sibson, 59, is one of three candidates for the single, one-year term up for grabs on the Mitchell Board of Education in Tuesday's election.
One of his primary goals, if elected, is to inform people about "what's really in control of their schools."
"Once the people are informed, then it's up to them to decide, 'What do we do about it?' " he said.
Sibson has lived in Mitchell most of his life, attending Mitchell schools from the seventh grade through high school. He earned his master's in accounting from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion in 1983, then started working in Mitchell. He is now the vision controller—aka head accountant—at Toshiba.
He has two stepchildren with his wife, Kathy, and two grandchildren in Mitchell schools. Sibson said he monitors what's going on with them in the school system, especially with the recently instituted Common Core standards.
Common Core is a set of standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. Sibson has been an outspoken opponent of the standards, testifying against their adoption to the state board of education in 2010. He described the standards as "just another way for the state to control the education system," also pointing to the business sector as having too much sway in the education system.
Sibson's overall philosophy of education reform is that teachers need more pay, and they need to be in control of what's going on in the classroom—not be controlled by the state standards.
He pointed to Switzerland as a nation that ranks highly internationally in academic testing, but doesn't focus on national standards.
"Teachers are treated very similar to how the military is treated in America. They're highly respected," he said of Switzerland. "They perform a very important role."
Instead, he said the country focuses on hiring highly trained teachers—those with master's degrees in their subject area, rather than education degrees, which he said have reduced teachers to facilitators.
"I believe that the education degrees from the colleges are simply a way to help the teachers facilitate the standards, and I disagree with that," he said.
Once teachers become facilitators, Sibson said the philosophy is that "anyone can facilitate."
That's why he proposes doing away with education departments at colleges and universities and the state department of education, and focusing those resources on training teachers in their respective disciplines.
By focusing on teachers, Sibson said there wouldn't be a need for national standards.
"With a master's degree, you know what the standards are," he said. "You don't have to have the state of South Dakota tell you what the standards are."
He also advocates de-emphasizing extra-curricular activities so they "are not a distraction to the education process." Eventually, he'd like to see all activities like sports and show choir move to club activities, pointing to Mitchell's hockey program as an example a successful club sport.
He said it would take a large amount of effort to change that, but said it's just part of his long-term philosophy to help "fix the system."
"Because right now, it's very much a money-hungry system," he said. "And the focus is not, in my view, on education."
That's not just in Mitchell, Sibson said—it starts in Washington, D.C., and trickles down. That's why Sibson said he chose to run for the one-year spot, with an eye on the Legislature next year when Sen. Mike Vehle's term ends in the District 20 senate seat. Sibson has run for state senate twice against Vehle in 2010 and 2012, losing both times.
"It will only be natural for me to use this experience on the school board, to carry that forward to the state level," he said. "That's where things need to be fixed, is at the state level."
Though Sibson opposed the school board's recent decision to build a fine arts center, with a net cost of $15.3 million, he said if elected, he would not try to reverse the process now that it is in motion.
His long-term goals, he said, will take a lot of collaboration. If enough people get on board with his ideas for education reform, Sibson said "then we can go to work." More than anything, Sibson said he wants people to be informed, and to be properly and fairly represented.
"It's going to have to be the people that want a change, that want to be represented," he said. "I'm just putting my hand up saying, I'm willing to lead the process. But a leader is not a leader if there's no followers."
Mitchell School District's budget is in good shape.
That's the message Business Manager Steve Culhane and Superintendent Joe Graves had for board members Tuesday.
"It's status quo for the Mitchell School District," Culhane said.
Culhane breezed through an overview of the school district's proposed General Fund, Capital Outlay, Special Education and Food Services budgets during the Mitchell Board of Education's regular meeting Tuesday night at the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy.
The General Fund, the largest of the budgets discussed, is slated to just top $17 million. One of the highlights of the district's overall budget, Culhane noted, is that there is no request for an opt-out this year, which other board members have also touted as a positive. Culhane said the district has the ability to ask for up to $700,000 in additional taxes through the opt-out.
"The school board has always said that they would only do that if it was necessary," he said. "At this point, our reserves are such, that we don't have to ask the taxpayers of the Mitchell School District for more."
He said the district's reserves have about $4.6 million. If the district ends up spending and earning back everything as projected, Culhane said the district could end up dipping into about $300,000 of those reserves—which he described as a "very small amount."
The school district also had an extra $800,000 in the Capital Outlay fund in order to cover the recently approved Fine Arts Center project that came in over budget by 15%. I suggested reducing the levy on Capital outlay by $700,000 and use the $700,000 opt-out to increased teacher pay without adding more taxes. Clearly the low teacher pay is not due to lack of tax revenues, but due to misplaced priorities at the state and local levels.