So what do you think of your new first lady? I picked Moronia— what’s your name, honey? Melania, right. Great name. I just picked Melania here from a very wide selection of possibilities— not just because the sex is incredible but because this nation wants and deserves a trophy first lady. When everyone sees our first lady standing next to some other first lady of another country, the wife of a premier or whatever, they’ll want to go to bed with our first lady, not the other one.
Cory Heidelberger goes after Pat Powers for being a hypocrite:
But the erupting sex scandal in Pierre gives us a remarkably real turntable on which to dissect the hypocrisy of morally vacuous Republican spin blogger Pat Powers. Let’s compare Powers’s response to Republican Representative Mathew Wollmann’s sex with interns to Powers’s coverage of allegations of sexual misconduct by Democratic then-Senator-Elect, now Senator Reynold Nesiba.
I can’t help but notice the irony that your very next thread opens with mention of “sex scandal” on an issue about ballot initiatives while you argued for “let the facts come out” on Nesiba before judging.
For different reasons, I am not pleased with either situation but there is only one where there was ever a question of consent which is a difference worth noting.
And don’t get me wrong. As this has progressed, I support the rule proposed. But, the fact two young twenty-year olds with common interests (politics at least) did this is not a scandal unless one is a puritan. Whether a governmental entity or business, such private behavior would not be monitored or regulated. in fact because it would be so prevalent, enforcement is effectively arbitrary and capricious.
Troy, the sex scandal is real. The facts are out, straight from the person who pursued the sex. No irony there. We have more more substantial facts on the record in the Wollmann case than in the Nesiba case, far more public interest in the violations, and Powers chooses to downplay the Wollmann case. Unacceptable, indefensible, and significantly refutatory to any claim that Powers is a reliable journalist.
Age does not matter. If you’re mature enough to legislate, you’re mature enough not to boink legislative staff. Oh, the sacrifices of public service….
Arguing that governmental offices and business are rife with individuals in the highest positions of power seeking sex from individuals in their organizations in the lowest positions of power does not excuse Powers’s effort to downplay this serious scandal, nor does it say there is no scandal. It says this scandal is only an ugly public manifestation of scandalous practices that riddle our society and should be stopped.
No arguments from me on that position, but again, Cory is not being consistent with his policy position. He doesn't apply the same standard to Democrats. As with Nesiba, Wollman also denied wrongdoing:
They were what I would say is long standing friendships that maybe turned into more. I could pick up the phone today and still call these individuals and have a good conversation and really there’s no question in my mind that I didn’t hurt them. No question in mind that I didn’t hurt them….
To which Cory responded with this:
As neither a lawyer nor a public relations consultant, I say, Good grief, Mat!Pick a lane… and stop talking about yourself in the third person. You don’t have a strong enough hand to play moral arbiter and pretend to speak in the voice of “many” who think young legislators get to boink interns but older ones don’t. You win no chips by playing that hand. You admitted you did wrong; now hush.
So Cory is now playing the role of a puritan, as he hammers Wollman for arguing that he caused no harm. And what is with the "now hush"? If you try and tell Cory something he doesn't want to hear, he gets mad and starts to bully.
So the question I propose is if the interns claim Wollman's advances were not welcome, would Nesiba's argument, that he thought they were just "playing hard to get", cause concern? For Cory yes, but for Pat Powers? Probably not. But when a Democrat makes that argument, Cory is alright with it. Keep this "playing hard to get" in mind when the legislature distinguishes (or not) sexual harassment and sexual contact.
Sexual harassment does involve positions of power within an organization and subordinates. And Cory has been confronted with the fact that Monica Lewinsky was an intern regarding that sex scandal that Clinton tried to cover up with denying it happened.. Here is Cory's hypocritical response to that fact:
Whoa—enough about Clinton. He did his business before there even was a South Dakota blogosphere, so that example doesn’t help us understand what’s happening here.
My point on this post is less about Wollmann or Nesiba and very squarely about Pat Powers and his hypocritical treatment of the two affairs. So far, I haven’t seen anyone disagree with my assessment of how Pat’s coverage of these two affairs demonstrates a gross bias and unreliability.
So now the truth comes out, Cory does not care about the sexual immoral aspect, he is only trying to make Pat Powers look bad. Cory cannot argue that this is a sex scandal, if he considers sexual immoral conduct is not wrong. Yes I know Pat Powers is bias toward the agenda of the SDGOP establishment, but Cory Heidelberger also carries a huge political bias. From a puritan worldview, all of these cases involve sex outside of marriage and therefore have moral issues. A rational person would see problems with them all, and leave political allegiance out of it . But in partisan political blogs, right and wrong is defined by whether or not the person in the cross hairs is a member of your party, not on principles. Both Pat and Cory are guilty of that, and should not be considered reliable journalists. With that said, I still believe they both provide important information, you just have to take it with a grain of salt.
Second, Cory is arguing that people in power should not have sex with those below them in authority, including interns, yet he gives Bill Clinton a pass. Unlike Wollman, Clinton was married. And by the way, the reason I left the Democratic party was because Democrats like Tom Daschle refused to hold Clinton accountable. For Cory sexual immoral acts are rights, unless you happen to be a Republican politician who he wants replaced with a Democrat. So much for his policy position on "equality" and social "justice". Party trumps policy, and for Cory policy is not based on principles. It is based on what he thinks, and if anybody tries to explain why he is wrong, he gets very upset,
The Missouri House and Senate voted to override Democrat Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of Senate Bill 656 yesterday, making Missouri the 11th state to reassert the right of citizens to carry a firearm for self-defense without a permission slip from the government. The votes to institute so-called “constitutional carry” were not even close.
So what is wrong with South Dakota Republicans? Yesterday SDGOP Establishment blogger Pat Powers decided to use technicalities of campaign finance laws to retalitate against the SDGO for holding Governor Daugaard accountable on his liberal position regarding Constitutional carry:
You ever get a problem or question in your head you just have to solve? Courtesy of my insomnia, I had one of those. A 4am mystery that was picking at my brain, which I started to talk about in the previous post, more specifically the SD Taxpayers PAC.
The most likely scenario was some SDGOP Establishment types provided Powers with this:
If you start looking closely at the reports, the numbers, and where the money comes from, you’re left scratching your head over a bit of the mess. And that brings us to where we are today. At least on the surface, it appears that the organization(s) may have some issues to address.
Issue #1:So in what form did the June 2 donation take, and how was it applied? $4004.40 was counted as a donation from a sole entity on June 2, but in the report, $4410 was counted as coming from 2 entities (SDGO PAC and SDGO). And obviously, none of the numbers seem to add up.
Issue #2: South Dakota Gun Owners (Organization and PAC) are noted on the report as having paid for both the printing and the postage on mailings, which went out under SD Taxpayers. Here’s an example of at least one:
Independent Expenditures Statement – SDCL 12-27-16 states that any PERSON or ORGANIZATION that makes a payment or promise of payment totaling $100.00 or more, including an in-kind contribution, for a communication which expressly advocates for or against a candidate, public office holder, ballot question, or political party.
So, I have to do a form when I support Larry Tidemann on a postcard I send out for myself, but SDGO didn’t do one for a postcard that they bought and entirely financed for another PAC which seems to solely advocate against a candidate?
It all depends on your definition of advocacy. And there might be a problem with that.
Issue #2.5 – Can one PAC legally pay to print and mail materials for another PACwith no disclaimer of the first PAC, simply by calling it an in-kind donation? If so, that’s a new loophole I hadn’t heard about.
How many South Dakotans understand the above details? I would argue not many. Here is Pat's conclusion:
I’m sure I’m only scratching the surface, but it looks to me as if there’s a messy campaign finance report, two organizations entangled with each other, with both attacking Republicans, and some things on report form that aren’t all as they seem to be.
Campaign finance laws are suppose to provide the common citizen with transparency. Sadly the laws themselves are not all that transparent. It takes a team of lawyers and accountants to make sure everything is in order. That leaves the average citizen out of the equation. What the campaign finance laws do is provide the Establishment with ways to retaliate against conservatives for holding liberal Republicans accountable for their votes and vetoes by exposing technical errors in their attempts to comply with a very complicated series of campaign finance statutes.
Sadly, Powers considers such accountability by conservatives...attacks. And the media will help them out during the election cycles by calling such efforts "negative campaigning". This is how Pierre's system of legalized corruption is protected. The real impact of campaign finance laws is it's use as a means by crony capitalists to find out the identity of those who are a threat to their ability to use the power of government to fund certain special interests. And that goes with both parties.
Cory Heidelberger goes after Pat Powers for going after the SDGO for going after Governor Daugaard on the issue of Constitutional carry:
Powers shows that for SDGOP climbers, personality outweighs policy. Gun rights are central to Republican campaigning, but when advocates critique the boss, the propaganda machine shows how bread is buttered.
Funny that Cory also puts the Democratic party over policy when it comes to sexual immoral acts by politicians. Once one sees that both party establishments are wrong, politics becomes much more understandable. In order to fight for your party, too many use personal attacks against members of the other party.
Unfortunately, when you hold liberal Republicans to the same standard as liberal Democrats, you get this:
Steve, we are all tired of your rhetorical game playing. You remind me of a kid who was kicked out of high school debate and is still pissed off about it 40 years later. Time to grow up.
Journalist Brandon Ecoffey agrees with me that such tests are unconstitutional (searches without reasonable suspicion) and show conservatives’ “common practice to attempt to subject poor people to an entirely different set of rules.”
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a man charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine was sentenced on November 17, 2009, by Chief United States District Judge Karen E. Schreier. Brandon Ecoffey, age 26, of Pine Ridge, was sentenced to 60 months' imprisonment, four years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $500 fine and $100 to the Victims Assistance Fund. Ecoffey was indicted by superseding indictment for Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine and Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine and Marijuana by a federal grand jury on May 22, 2008.
By all accounts, Brandon Ecoffey led a double life after he graduated from Dartmouth College and returned to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
By day, Ecoffey worked for the Pine Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce. He mentored and tutored reservation youth, taught classes and was assistant basketball coach at Red Cloud High School.
But by night, he ran with a crowd that was dealing cocaine and marijuana. He developed a gambling problem and a serious cocaine addiction, eventually distributing drugs himself.
Although U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier acknowledged that Ecoffey –- who comes from a prominent family -– has “huge potential” to be a positive influence on his community, she said Monday that the message he sent to young people by dealing drugs was anything but.
“These are kids that look at you and think … ‘I can be just like Brandon,’” she said before sentencing Ecoffey to five years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute cocaine. “After you graduated from college, you were somebody that everybody looked up to.”
Ecoffey does not fit the definition of someone who was poor, and therefore supposedly has a good reason to be using illegal drugs. Ecoffey was "from a prominent family", so the Neo-Marxist argument used against May's legislation does not hold up. He was also a member of the Chamber of Commerce, which is a bunch of bourgeois, not proletariat.
In no way am I advocating one way or another for the use of drugs, I am simply asking people to allow themselves to consider the possibility that the drug laws in this country are not doing anything to advance Native communities. Sometimes people lie, but statistics don’t. Native people are not beneficiaries of the Drug War. We are victims of it.
The tragedy is that there are often ill-informed and racist prosecutors in states like South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana who hand out years like change at a gas station; a nickel here, a dime there, and off to church they go.
That confirms why Heidelberger chose Ecoffey to support his argument. Ecoffey has adopted the cultural Neo-Marxist victimhood argument, that you see often at Madville. The problem is not the drug use, it instead are with those who are to enforce the law.
The day before he was to go to trial last June, Ecoffey pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine. The charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison; however, there is a “safety valve” that allows judges to drop below that in cases that meet five requirements.
In Ecoffey’s case, the first four were simple: he had no criminal history, there were no firearms involved in the crime, no one died and he was not a leader or organizer of the conspiracy.
The fifth requirement was tougher. It states that a defendant must truthfully provide the government with all information he has relevant to the offense.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Mara Kohn said Ecoffey failed to meet the fifth requirement. She said he lied repeatedly to investigators, minimized his role in the operation, and neglected to mention that he had gotten Vigil a new drug supplier when his old connection stopped selling.
Even though Ecoffey got his mandatory sentence cut in half (from 10 years to 5), he does not seem to appreciate the break as he continues his victimhood thinking due to the color of his skin.
An additional way for tribes to address the impacts that America’s War on Drugs has had on our communities is to partner with organizations like Families Against Mandatory Minimums, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, and other like-minded organizations who are lobbying for a move away from mass incarceration and towards more fair and appropriate sentencing mandates for non-violent drug offenders. This includes the use of therapeutic interventions as alternatives to incarceration. For Native peoples, alternative sentencing could include the use of traditional Native American spirituality and ceremoniesto rid our people of the disease of addiction.
In March 2016, Ecoffey continued to push the idea that drugs on the reservation are OK:
The willingness of our people to stand on top of our sovereign rights has cleared the pathway for many other Indigenous peoples in America to capitalize and improve the status of assert their own nations. One of these watershed moments may be approaching as the Oglala Sioux Tribal council will soon decide if they want to poll the Oglala on their interest in marijuana legalization.
The recent meth epidemic is further example that this outdated model of policing banned substances simply doesn’t work and that it is time for a drastic new approach to curbing addiction in our communities by finding a way to heal from our shared trauma. Of course there are pockets of hope all across our reservation but everything must be done to coddle and nurture these movements. To do this we need our people to be healthy and securing funding for this type of initiative will require a steady stream of funding. The economic and social implications of legalizing marijuana and/or hemp are monumental if accompanied by a new approach to community health. Imagine if we used the profits from legalization to create a new economy based in healing.
On the reservation limited resources and understaffed facilities have been stretched to the capacity by a full blown meth epidemic that is impacting communities like nothing we have seen before. I've spent my fair share of time running the streets and to be completely honest, I have never seen a drug make people so insatiably thirsty for its high. Alcohol and Drugs have been part of the Pine Ridge Reservation for decades but the actions that our people are committing while on the drug are far more brazen and violent than what they used to be before the arrival of meth.
Ecoffey, along with Daugaard, fail to understand that the purpose of incarceration is for protecting society from those who will does us harm. The idea of allowing violent and unstable drug and alcohol abusers to stay within society has caused troubles:
A Pine Ridge woman facing criminal charges after two emaciated toddlers were found in her home on Nov. 11 has asked the U.S. District Court in Rapid City to throw out statements she made to law enforcement.
Roberta Featherman, 50, is charged with double counts of assault resulting in serious bodily injury and felony child abuse and neglect in relation to the children’s condition. She could face up to life in prison if convicted. She has pleaded not guilty.
A pediatrician who examined the girls, ages 2 and 3, said they would have died had they not been found. The doctor compared their level of starvation to that of World War II concentration camp prisoners.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Featherman admitted to FBI agents that she noticed the toddlers were not in good condition, yet did not seek medical help; that she fed them just a couple of times; and that she knew they and other children in her home had head lice.
Poppen’s response also provided previously undisclosed details about the case. It said Featherman was found by tribal police under the basement stairs of her Potato Creek home, passed out and hiding.
The victims’ father was identified as Isaac White Crane, 31, who is serving time in federal prison. He was convicted in 2015 of assault with a dangerous weapon after hitting the girls’ mother, Darcel Featherman, with the handle and nonserrated edge of a knife, then punching and kicking her while she was four months pregnant.
Darcel Featherman reportedly left her 3-year-old daughter in the care of her mother, Roberta Featherman, and the younger one with her sister Darshan Featherman.
Darshan Featherman and a man who lived with Roberta Featherman are facing the same charges as Roberta Featherman. Four other people, who authorities say witnessed the children’s condition but did nothing, are charged with felony child abuse and neglect.
All have pleaded not guilty to the charges.
So we have seven adults living in a home where children go hungry? I am fully aware that there are adults who qualify for governmental assistance, but are too busy having fun to apply for it. Instead they whine to family members and friends about not having what they need to survive. And when they come to the attention of governmental authorities they whine about being picked on because they have brown skin and/or are poor. Heidelberger and Ecoffay will scream racist and fascist for anyone who argues there is a need for personal accountability.
Putting citizens, including children, at risk by not holding alcohol and drug abusers accountable is not good policy. And this irresponsible approach is not limited to reservations, but is also what drove Daugaard's prison reform agenda with the so-called drug courts.
I am concerned about drug testing without probable cause. At the same time I understand the need to prevent welfare funding from becoming a source of drug money. There are always strings attached to government money.
Second, children are the victims when meth moms are not confronted. This is from Iowa:
Mothers working through substance abuse treatment and navigating the child welfare system face a series of medical evaluations, counseling sessions, court dates and testing that can seem overwhelming while dragging on longer than desired.
“It is almost setting them up from the beginning to say ‘This is hopeless.’ It feels hopeless. It feels overwhelming and very lonely,” said Judy Murphy, former meth specialist at the Iowa Department of Human Services and co-founder of the Moms Off Meth support group.
In interviews with IowaWatch over the past six months, health care and social workers said failing to seek treatment increases the likelihood of drug use continuing after the child is born, putting the child at risk of abuse and neglect. Many children raised by drug-addicted parents start using drugs as well.
Methamphetamine has a history of abuse in Iowa, and other drugs, such as prescription pain medications, are starting to raise concerns. In 2011, 62 Iowans died from overdoses of pain medications, which has surpassed traffic accidents as the leading cause of injury death in the United States.
Both meth and prescription pain medications can undermine a baby’s health and create complications at the time of delivery.
And attempts to hold meth users accountable failed politically:
During the past state legislative session, Rep. Clel Baudler, R-Greenfield, sponsored a bill that would have made it a Class D felony under child endangerment if a newborn is found to have traces of an illegal drug within the first three days of birth. The charge could have sent mothers to prison for up to five years or a fine of up to $7,500.
“I would hope it would open their eyes enough that they would get treatment,” Baudler said in an interview with IowaWatch earlier this year.
“I don’t care about their social stigma. I want them to get treatment so their kids don’t grow up in a home with drugs that will continue to spiral society on down.”
The bill didn’t pass, but it raised concerns among health care and social workers, who said they feared criminalizing drug use by pregnant women could be dangerous for the health of the baby if it prevents women from coming into the hospital.
“Once word gets out that women are going to be charged, what are they going to do? They are not going to stop taking drugs. They are going to stop going to the hospital,” Oral, of the UI Children’s Hospital, said.
A mother can kill the child before its born, and also addict them to dangerous drugs. So jail is not the solution for the mothers, and Ecoffey is saying it is not for everyone. Sadly, it is the children who are suffering, as the party from the 60s continue in America. And what most don't know is that this is all by design:
There will be in the next generation or so a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude and producing dictatorship without tears so to speak. Producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel - by propaganda, or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution.
Aldous Huxley, 1961 / lecture to California Medical School in San Francisco
Heidelberger and Ecoffey are helping the crony capitalists turn the Indian reservations into concentration camps. They seem to not know what they are doing. Or perhaps Ecoffey does. earlier in this post I quoted Ecoffey, "For Native peoples, alternative sentencing could include the use of traditional Native American spirituality and ceremoniesto rid our people of the disease of addiction." And in the report regarding his 5 year jail sentence we find this:
Spiritual leader Jerome LeBeau said Ecoffey has started sundancing and found a spiritual foundation from which to help his people.
As Paganism is an alternate culture, we have different experiences and responses to the use of drugs and alcohol. As many on the path are seeking enlightening experiences, drugs are sometimes used to elicit a mind-expanding opportunity. Alcohol was used by Dionysians to commune with their God. Many native and shamanistic cultures use a variety of hallucinogenic drugs in their rituals. They may use peyote, hallucinogenic mushrooms, LSD, marijuana, etc.
About a dozen supporters of a voter-approved ethics law rallied in Pierre Tuesday to oppose its repeal.
“We passed IM 22, we told the legislators what we wanted and now they’re turning around and saying that they’re going to take it away or that we didn’t know what we were voting for,” Doug Kronaizl, spokesman for Represent South Dakota, told the law’s backers. “It was pretty clear when we went to the polls what we wanted.”
The Clay County Democrats emphasize the open nature of this watch party. "Political affiliation aside, we encourage all interested voters to join us on Oct. 13," Vice-Chair Doug Kronaizl said, "and we hope this event serves partly as a chance for voters to hear what the Democratic candidates are saying, but also as an opportunity to discuss how these candidates and their stances might impact our lives here in Clay County."
I raised $5,701.02 from 76 donors for my District 3 Senate campaign by using ActBlue to collect contributions online. That’s over a quarter of my campaign fund, with an average donation of about $75. Initiated Measure 22, the Anti-Corruption Act, just made raising that amount from relatively small donors on ActBlue illegal in South Dakota.
Powers does not, of course, address the actual substance of the charges Represent.Us lays against Republicans Peters and Curd. Powers only says that if someone from outside South Dakota says poop stinks, then poop must not stink.
Powers will have to extend his outsiders-lie, poop-doesn’t-stink critique to Vermillion activist Doug Kronaizl, co-leader and spokesperson of Represent South Dakota:
“An ethical government is not a Republicans versus Democrats issue; support for this measure extends from Sioux Falls to Rapid City among voters of all stripes,” said Doug Kronaizl, a spokesperson for Represent South Dakota, the local chapter of Represent.Us, the nation’s largest grassroots anti-corruption campaign. “What we are seeing and hearing now, though, blatantly disregards that support and, in turn, disrespects the voters.”
In recent days, public pressure began building on ringleaders of the repeal effort, starting with an aggressive online and print campaign, including a full page ad in the Argus Leader highlighting how Senate Majority Leader Blake Curd — the leading repeal proponent — is involved in a potential conflict of interest that the Anti- Corruption Act is designed to prevent. Curd is an owner of a hospital that received state contracts while he was a state senator. The state has refused to release emails that would show whether or not Curd was involved in contract negotiations. Curd signed an amendment to one of the state contracts [Represent South Dakota, press release, 2017.01.09].
Represent.Us/SD is also hitting Senator Curd with a mailer
Not only is Curd in violation of IM22, but so Is Kronaizl and anyone else who raises money with ActBlue. Kronaizl does not represent South Dakota. He is just another Democratic operative who is trying to get ahead by attacking Republicans with political games. And as Pat Powers has pointed out, they don't really care if the Constitution of South Dakota or the Constitution of the United States get into their way. They are motivated by hate and bigotry.
Most feel local school districts already have the issue well in hand, which is exactly what Governor Daugaard said last year when he vetoed the bathroom bill.
The governor repeated those comments yesterday in an exclusive interview with the Newspaper Whose Name We Do Not Speak.
“It is a solution in search of a problem," Daugaard told Argus Leader Media. "I think to the extent that there are issues that concern transgender students in our schools that, as I mentioned in my veto message, those are being addressed at the local level and there is no need for a state one-size-fits all solution to be imposed upon local governments when those governments can manage the situation already.”
I've heard all of the emotional and moral arguments. I agree with some of them.
However, I don't support the legislation.
This is, foremost, an issue of local control. Local school boards are much more effective in responding to the needs of their students and communities than the state legislature.
The last thing you can say about this is it is about local control. It is about mandates originating out of federal law:
The federal Title IX law, which bans sex discrimination in schools, has been interpreted by courts and the US Justice and Education Departments to prohibit discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming students.
If your child’s middle school or high school doesn’t have “Transgender Awareness Month” yet, get ready. A whole new world of indoctrination is on the horizon.
It’s tempting for conservatives to say that the transgender anti-discrimination & public accommodation laws being pushed these days by the LGBT lobby are simply “bathroom bills”. Yes, they do allow cross-dressing men to go into women’s restrooms and locker rooms. But it’s really a lot more than that.
The LGBT lobby sees this as a stepping-stone-- for leveraging the concept of “transgender non-discrimination” into psychologically forcing the inversion of people’s mental and emotional perception of the natural order of male and female. And they are starting with children, who are the most vulnerable to such ideas.
This past November was heralded as “Transgender Awareness Month” by the national LGBT movement. That’s not itself a new thing for them. But this year, on the heels of the “gender identity non-discrimination” initiatives around the country, it’s being re-packaged into a major part of their movement’s assault on society. We predict that it will be soon be one of the most powerful propaganda tools in their arsenal.
And in the hotly politicized world of gender politics, that makes him, in many people’s eyes, a dangerous reactionary. They argue that a child’s identity must be honoured, and that treatment should start sooner rather than later. They equate the watch-and-wait approach with the widely discredited practice of reparative therapy, which was a failed effort to turn gay kids straight. With the advent of powerful new drugs that delay puberty, the stakes in this debate are even higher. Start them early on puberty-blocking drugs, and their eventual transition will be easier. But which kids? What if you’re pushing them on a path they don’t need to go down? At what point do you start taking life-altering decisions for a child that will have enormous physical, social and emotional consequences?
Alice Dreger is a bioethicist and professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. She calls herself an (im)patient advocate who prefers evidence to ideology. She is a strong supporter of transgender rights. But she thinks the pendulum has swung too far.
One reason is that social norms have dramatically changed. It is now fashionable to embrace your diverse child. Parents who encourage their kids to change gender “are socially rewarded as wonderful and accepting,” while parents who try to take it slow “are seen as unaccepting, lacking in affection and conservative,” she says.
These days, parents who don’t like the slow-and-careful answer can shop for another one. Ms. Dreger is highly critical of what she calls the “hasty clinics,” which are happy to help a kid transition right away. “Parents don’t like uncertainty,” she says. “They’d rather be told, ‘Here’s the diagnosis, and it’s all gonna turn out fine.’” Teenagers can find fast help, too. Plenty of doctors are happy to help them out with hormone treatments just for the asking.
For some people, including some adolescents, transgender treatment is lifesaving. But these treatments are neither simple nor benign. They may, among other things, retard maturation, suppress your growth or render you sterile. And in the end, medical science cannot create a body that makes you forget you were born the other sex. “Some kids need it, but for the kids who don’t, it’s dangerous,” she says. “All else being equal, it’s better to avoid long-term hormone therapy and major surgery that removes a lot of tissue.”
Disturbingly, data on long-term outcomes for transgender kids are scarce. No one is tracking the evidence on puberty-blocking intervention either. “We are doing major interventions and we have shockingly little idea what the outcomes are,” Ms. Dreger says. You get the sense that what we have is not so much a rational approach to a psychosocial issue as a radical ideological experiment.
Here’s more unwelcome news from Ms. Dreger. A child’s gender issue may merely be a symptom of other family problems. “The dirty little secret is that many of these families have big dysfunctional issues.When you get the clinicians over a beer, they’ll tell you the truth. A lot of the parents aren’t well in terms of their mental health. They think that once the child transitions, all their problems will magically go away, but that’s not really where the stress is located.” Clinicians won’t say these things publicly, she says, because they don’t want to sound as if they’re blaming gender problems on screwed-up families.
I think what the Governor wanted to say was that the Family Heritage Alliance are “scam artists” who are trying to “hoodwink” the legislature.
This is not about local control, but instead about harming kids and a further break down of the family and society in order to further destroy Western culture.
Sadly Daugaard agrees with Heidelberger on another point; that those things are less important than money:
not if you don’t want South Dakota to lose tens of millions of dollars:
I know that the Chamber of Commerce in Sioux Falls is very concerned about all the NCAA tournaments and the other kinds of sports tournaments we are hosting at the Sanford Pentagon and at the Premier Center. And those are tens of millions of dollars of tournaments that are at risk if the state jumps into this arena unnecessarily [Daugaard, in Ferguson, 2017.01.09].
On this issue, the Governor is talking sense. Legislators, stick with the budget and corruption.
No, the governor is not talking sense, he is talking cents...100s of millions of them. Again we have liberals in both political parties being driven by one thing...money. And that is how South Dakota is being corrupted.
Cory Heidelberger has a post on the corrupt activities of a couple of South Dakota Republicans:
Republican spinster Pat Powers tries to distract the public by pointing out that Represent.Us is an out-of-state political action committee. That’s a typical South Dakota Republican ad hominem tactic, hollering that the person saying things they disagree with somehow isn’t one of us.
Powers does not, of course, address the actual substance of the charges Represent.Us lays against Republicans Peters and Curd. Powers only says that if someone from outside South Dakota says poop stinks, then poop must not stink.
Powers will have to extend his outsiders-lie, poop-doesn’t-stink critique to Vermillion activist Doug Kronaizl, co-leader and spokesperson of Represent South Dakota
Just eight months after it was created to eliminate corruption in local government, the Tallahassee Ethics Board seems to have ethics problems of its own.
At the end of its July meeting, board members quietly agreed to hire as their legal counsel the very same law firm that represents the city commission — which the board is supposed to police.
“It was all done behind closed doors,” Peter Butzin, chair of Common Cause Florida and until now one of the ethics board’s key supporters, told the Tallahassee Democrat. “We don’t even know who made the decision.”
The process for forming the ethics board in Tallahassee is mandated by a 2014 voter-approved amendment. It gives four local institutions one nomination each, including the chief judge and state attorney of the Second Judicial Circuit and the presidents of Florida State and Florida A&M universities. Strangely, the board nominees are subject to final approval by the same city commissioners they’ll oversee.
Butzin has said he’ll sue the board if it doesn’t implement a more transparent method for choosing ethics officers.
Despite that debacle, Represent.us, the group that bankrolled the Florida effort, sees the Tallahassee ethics board as a model for cities across the nation.
Represent.us, which somewhat ominously calls its nationwide campaign “The Plan,” has already launched new efforts to establish appointed ethics boards in Lansing, Michigan, and Seattle, Washington.
USA Today reports that the battle lines are drawn between proponents Massachusetts-based Represent.Us and Koch brothers–backed Americans for Prosperity in opposition. According to the South Dakotans for Ethics Reform state campaign finance report, Represent.Us provided 100 percent of the cash in 2015 funds to draft and organize the ballot petition as well as additional in-kind support. Funding for the 501(c)(4) Represent.Us social welfare organization comes almost exclusively from the related Represent.Us Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity that receives significant support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (see here and here) and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
Information on donors to the 501(c)(4) Americans for Prosperity is both more and less available, as the organization is known to be supported by the Koch brothers’ network of wealthy conservative donors, but their exact contribution amounts are not known and members’ names are only disclosed by accident.
So it looks like IM22 is a feud between the Koch Brothers and the Rockefeller Brothers. Here is more on the Koch versus the UnKoch feud:
Liberal foundations financing a nonprofit news venture that is reporting on donations made by the Koch Brothers to colleges are also financing on-campus groups protesting the Kochs’ donations.
The same foundations have also spent billions backing educational initiatives of their own that frequently promote left-wing policy agendas. Despite that spending, their grantees say that conservative and libertarian philanthropists are uniquely determined to advance their own views on campus at the expense of academic freedom.
The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative news venture, on Friday published a story highlighting libertarian philanthropists Charles and David Koch’s contributions to, and involvement in, programs at a handful of universities that seek to promote free market values and train students for public policy-focused careers.
Headlined “Koch brothers’ higher-ed investments advance political goals,” the story detailed the Kochs’ grants to colleges and universities, that, reporter Dave Levinthal wrote, are “now a critical part of their broader campaign to infuse politics and government with free-market principles.”
According to Levinthal, Koch-backed foundations provided $19.3 million in funding for colleges and universities in 2013, a $6.6 million increase over 2012. “Funding—as well as pushback against it—is increasing,” he wrote.
One group committed to such “pushback” is UnKoch My Campus, which immediately picked up on and promoted CPI’s story. Its publication came just days before UnKoch’s planned “day of action” this Thursday to protest what it says is the Kochs’ undue influence on the curricula and staffing of those programs.
UnKoch says its effort is less about the Kochs per se than the influence of the wealthy on American higher education. “As unbelievable as it seems, multi-billionaire industrialists (through the power of their purse) are using your university to push their own philosophy, agenda, and economic interests,” the group’s website says.
The tone of that complaint is content-neutral, but UnKoch, as its name suggests, is focused exclusively on the influence of conservative and libertarian university donors.
“The Kochs and their vast network of front groups they fund work tirelessly to undermine the issues many students today care about: environmental protection, worker’s rights [sic], healthcare expansion, and quality public education, to name just a few,” the website says.
UnKoch’s views reflect those of the groups backing the campaign: environmental giant Greenpeace; Forecast the Facts, a climate-focused project of the left-wing Citizen Engagement Lab; the Center for Media and Democracy, another nonprofit news venture; and the American Federation of Teachers.
Those groups receive significant funding from the same foundations that finance CPI’s reporting. The Park Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Foundation for an Open Society have all granted money to CPI and at least one of the groups behind the UnKoch effort.
Eight of the 10 largest private foundations are liberal. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest foundation with $37 billion in assets, to which Warren Buffett has pledged his trust, has delivered grants to the Tides Center and the Center for American Progress. So have the Ford Foundation ($11 billion in assets), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ($10 billion), the Hewlett Foundation ($8 billion), the MacArthur Foundation ($6 billion), and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation ($6 billion). The Kellogg Foundation ($8 billion) has donated close to $30 million to the Tides Foundation and to the Tides Center, and the Packard Foundation ($6 billion) has chipped in another $30 million to Tides affiliates, as well as founding, at a cost of $71 million, the environmentalist Energy Foundation.
Of the top 10 foundations, only number 7, the Lilly Endowment (with $7 billion in assets) leans conservative. Other notably liberal foundations in the top 100 include Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Kresge Foundation, George Soros’s Open Society Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, the Heinz Endowments, and Soros’s Open Society Institute. The notorious conservative foundations that constitute the “counter-establishment” do not even crack the top 100. The Lynne and Harry Bradley Foundation, the largest conservative foundation, has assets of $640 million. The Charles G. Koch Foundation in 2012 had assets of $277 million. Conservative foundations are out-gunned.
Looks like IM22 is just a South Dakota version of wealthy crony capitalist fighting over control of money and power. IM22 is about corruption, not about anti-corruption. The liberals of both parties are the problem:
The world of unequal incomes that liberals self-righteously lament, the world of concentrated, inherited wealth, of politics dominated by the concerns of a few, is a world constructed by liberal methods according to liberal ideals. “The ruling ideas of each age have ever been the ideas of its ruling class,” Marx and Engels wrote in 1848. And there can be no denying that the ruling ideas of our age—diversity, multiculturalism, cosmopolitanism, gun control, free trade, unrestricted migration, sexual autonomy, feminism, environmentalism—are liberal ones.
The popular rhetoric of income inequality, the attacks on Charles and David Koch, the assertion that the system is rigged against the common man, the accusations that a vast right-wing conspiracy has despoiled the American landscape and society and polity—these are the means by which the ruling class masks its true position and justifies its continued agglomeration of power and of wealth.
And as I said before, both the South Dakota Democrats and the SDGOP Establishment, work together to set up the system of legalized corruption in Pierre. The only fight is over who has the most control over it. Liberals are not about solving problems, they are the cause of problems. And liberals control both parties in South Dakota.
Chicago investigators are questioning four African-Americans after a Facebook Live video shows a group of people torturing a white mentally disabled man while someone yelled "F*** Trump!" and "F*** white people!"
Chicago police were made aware of the video Tuesday afternoon. A young African American woman streamed the video live on Facebook showing at least four people holding the young white man hostage.
The video is reprehensible," said police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.
"It's sickening. You know it makes you wonder what would make individuals treat somebody like that," Police Supt. Eddie Johnson added.
Throughout the video, the victim is repeatedly kicked and hit, his scalp is cut, all while he is tied up with his mouth taped shut.
At one point, the victim is held at knife point and told to curse President-elect Donald Trump. The group also forces the victim to drink water from a toilet.
The suspects can be heard saying they want the video to go viral.
So-called Social Justice Warriors like Cory Heidelberger are the cause for the hatred directed at white citizens in America. And it is being promoted in the government schools:
White people, and white children specifically, have no reason to be ashamed or to permit themselves to be castigated because they are not a crayon in a box, i.e., a color. Americans I have known since my earliest remembrances have gotten up and gone to work each day; they’ve raised their children and enjoyed their grandchildren. They have suffered tragedy, loss of employment, loss of savings, loss of children, and debilitating health concerns. But I’ve never witnessed the lack of melanin in one’s skin prevent the prevented realities of life, nor the results of bad decisions, from adversely affecting them.
But that is what those who subscribe to cultural-Marxism are inculcating into black and Hispanic children; and they are doing it to the detriment of said children.
It wasn’t enough that a near bankrupt (financially and morally) New York opened a school exclusively for homosexual students. New York has now opened an elite Manhattan school named “Bank Street School for Children.” The express purpose of the school is to brainwash white children K through 8 “that they’re born racist and should feel guilty benefiting from ‘white privilege,’ while heaping praise and cupcakes on their black peers.” (See: Elite K-8 School Teaches White Students They’re Born Racist; Paul Sperry; New York Post; 7/1/2016)
In reality the black and Hispanic children are not their peers. They are being infused with bigotry, animus, and acrimony that has since the so-called end of the civil rights struggle, transmogrified into a variant form reverse racism.
Why not call it fro what it is...racism, because there is nothing reverse about it.
Kissing and grabbing women against their will is woman-hating aggression. Criticizing such bad behavior doesn’t take a PC (politically correct or Presentation College) warrior; it flows naturally from good upbringing (thanks, Mom and Dad!) and probably can’t be cured.