“Once our border is secure, we can better identify the needs of our immigration system, ensuring safety, income and opportunity for Americans remains the first priority,” Noem said in a statement [Dana Ferguson, “South Dakota Officials Won’t Commit to Replacing DACA,” USA Today, 2017.09.05].
Like Rep. Noem, Senator M. Michael Rounds has avoided the merits of protecting young immigrants who were brought to America by their parents without proper documentation by unnecessarily tying their fate with stricter border control:
“I think there is some common ground that we all want to work toward and at the same time have compassion for these younger people who in many cases never knew another country,” Rounds said. “But we can’t do that without getting something done on border security” [“Sen. Rounds Won’t Commit to Supporting DACA Replacement,” AP via U.S. News and World Report, 2017.09.08].
Yes, we can, Mike. Securing the border is a completely separate issue. As implemented by President Obama in 2012, DACA extends no protection to anyone who is crossing the border now. Current border security measures have nothing to do with the 800,0o0 DACA recipients already studying or working or both here in America. You and Kristi need to quit forging false complications and just solve the problem: tell these young Americans they can stay, then go back to pretending you’re going to shake down Mexico to build a bigger ineffectual wall.
Chris Ghazarian, our General Counsel, has taken issue with this particular search warrant for being a highly untargeted demand that chills free association and the right of free speech afforded by the Constitution.
…The internet was founded — and continues to survive, in the main — on its democratizing ability to facilitate a free exchange of ideas. Internet users have a reasonable expectation that they will not get swept up in criminal investigations simply by exercising their right to political speech against the government.
We intend to take whatever steps are necessary to support and shield these users from what is, in our view, a very unfocused search and an unlawful request for their personal information [DreamHost, “We Fight for the Users,” corporate blog, 2017.08.14].
I don’t want the Trump-feds trolling for user data from the websites of Inuaguration Day protestors any more than I would support their wholesale scanning of every byte from every user who has visited the vile blog of Jason Kessler, the white-supremacist scum who organized the Nazi/Klan hate-fest in Charlottesville. We must not allow Trump’s law-and-order rhetoric (on everything from racism to opioids) to excuse violations of rights to privacy and protest.
How much did the South Dakota Highway Patrol spend in supporting state/corporate oppression of free speech at the Dakota Access pipeline protests in North Dakota last fall and winter? $518,154.38, says SDHP spokesman Tony Mangan, an amount that has been fully reimbursed by the state of North Dakota. Mangan says our Highway Patrol expended 8,800 manhour and other resources making life harder for Americans who don’t support Energy Transfer Partners’ endangerment of our water.
Our March for Healthcare drew a dozen-plus citizens to Aberdeen’s Main Street to march and demonstrate our support for sensible (i.e., not Noem/Trump) health care policy. We had a great time waving to the rush-hour traffic at South 6th and Main, reminding them that our Congress and White House are assaulting one of our basic rights.
Thanks for joining us, neighbors… and keep those signs handy: we’ll probably need to march again when the Senate takes up the CBO-scored House plan!
Do you go to the doctor? Does someone you love go to the doctor? Are you worried that Kristi Noem and Donald Trump are trying to take away your insurance so you can’t afford to go to the doctor? Well, then we’d like to have you come march with us and tell your story at the March for Health Care here in Aberdeen May 19!
When: Friday, May 19, 5 p.m.
Where: Meet at South First Avenue and Main, outside the Ward Plaza and Bar, downtown Aberdeen.
Our plan right now is to march and protest outside, then convene at the Ward Bar for a short program with speakers talking about the importance of health care and the gross deficiencies of TrumpCare compared to the status quo. I’ll report more details about the evening as they become available. Come march, come talk, come learn!
It wasn’t that hot last weekend in Pierre, but Josie Slaathuag’s March for Science speech boosted the temp a little. The Pierre Riggs junior and aspiring marine biologist would like the Trump regime to get real and fight climate change so she still has some marine biology to study when she graduates. She made this speech at last week’s March for Science in Pierre—video courtesy of her mom Missy, via Facebook:
Today’s guest is Renée Wise, candidate for Aberdeen school board. Wise talks about her interest in dyslexia, classroom technology, and personalized education. Then Wise answers some questions about gifted education, extracurriculars, open enrollment, and other school board issues.
But first, co-host Spencer Dobson and I recap the March for Science, discuss the impact a government shutdown could have on South Dakota tourism (perhaps averted since our recording by Trump’s skillful caving), and review why it stinks to be poor and transgender or Muslim and armed in Sioux Falls.
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29 of us—not counting dogs!—Marched for Science here in Aberdeen this Earth Day afternoon. Neighbors from Groton, Britton, Sisseton, and Mobridge joined us to march around the center of town to show our support for science, education, and facts… things to which far too many of our elected officials and our fellow voters seem strangely averse.
Click here for my full photo album of the event, plus bonus photos from fellow marcher and Aberdonian John Sullivan! Thank you, John for those extra pix and video, and thank you, everyone on the route, for joining us to support science!
A man who was asked to leave an anti-Islam speaking event last week after he held up the Quran and was believed to have weapons on his person will not face charges in connection with the incident, a Sioux Falls Police Department spokesman said Monday.
…Sam Clemens, a spokesman with the Sioux Falls Police Department, said security officers at the event believed the man had a weapon at the event and asked him to leave. Clemens said the man left the Hilton Garden Inn South and went to his car.
At that point the man voiced his concern about the tenor of Hadian’s talk titled “Sabotaging America: Islam’s March Towards Supremacy” using Facebook Live. In the video the man pulls out multiple handguns, a shotgun and ammo, which he had in his vehicle. In the video the man curses and says, “be scared,” as he shows the weapons.
Clemens said police and FBI agents met with the man at the event and later on in the evening to verify that he posed no harm to event attendees. Concealed carrying a firearm is legal with a permit in South Dakota, though private business owners can restrict possession in their establishments.
A Muslim man entered a private gathering of Christians in a hotel ballroom in South Dakota, started cursing and livestreaming video on Facebook of the event and then, after he was ushered out, displayed multiple firearms and issued statements the speakers say were a direct threat to their safety.
…“I do believe the off-duty police officer who noticed what was going on is a hero who may have stopped a potential attack,” said Brannon Howse, who was on the podium speaking when Jaber was asked to leave [Leo Hohmann, “Heavily Armed Muslim Warns U.S. Public: ‘Be Terrified’,” World Net Daily, 2017.04.17].
Ehab Jaber has displayed his weapons and rhetoric on Facebook for some time:
Rather than covering his tracks, Jaber is keeping his Facebook page public and displaying his gun pride as unashamedly as Stace Nelson, Jordan Mason, and other South Dakota gun owners. Jaber offers this lengthy response to the white noise (out of Internet politeness, I take the liberty of de-capitalizing what appears on his page in all caps):
i’m sure by now, you probably have seen the picture or video and you’re checking out my fb profile. welcome. relax. it’s not what you think. believe me or not, it’s up to you. i am almost 46. sioux falls has been my home for the last 24 years. as a matter of fact, sioix falls has been home since before i was even born. i am an american. so any call for deportation is just not gonna happen, even with trump in the white house. 80% of my friends are christians. you know what the other 20% is?
i’ve served you and your family, food and drink. i’ve watched over your teenagers when they came to the club for teen night. all common sense says, deactivate my page. shut it down. damage control. buT alas, i’ve done nothing wrong. justlike the fbi detectives told me already. i have nothing to hide. so go ahead, take the fb free tour. if this fb page is no longer up, know that i did not deactivate it. the shirt i’m wearing in the video, i have worn out before many times. some of you might have seen me at huhot wearing the same shirt or a pink one, with my .45 calliber kimber ultra carry stainless…. i know, very nice pistol… some of you might have seen me while getting their hair cut at the mansalon. some might have seen me at walmart or hyvee. and many of you have seen me at the gun range, with my entier arsenal. it’s not for you. i armed myself against stupidity and against what might become one day an oppressive government. because come hell or high water, this american who happens to be a muslim, ain’t getting on no bus and ain’t going to no camp. the double negatives are intentional. to appeal to some in the crowd. if you set out to harm my son or anyone i love, bare in mind, 80% of which are christians, i will do what any of you would do in that case. you will also quickly find out how dillusional and paranoid you are. my fb page is open to you. and will open up my home to you if you want to have a conversation. but stupidity will be met with absolute intolerance to it.
love peace and chicken grease
don’t fall victim to fear. there is no dignity in fear [Ehab Jaber, Facebook post, 2017.04.17].
I maintain as I have in previous discussions that carrying around that many weapons serves little good and much ill. Both the carrier and the people around him are in greater danger of being shot than if the carrier’s guns were not present. That’s why I oppose guns in the Capitol, in courthouses, and in classrooms. If I see Jaber at Huhot with his pistol, I’ll tell him that gun isn’t going to protect him from the biggest threat he faces at that moment, the Five Village Fire Szechuan sauce.
But Jaber is expressing the same misguided armed response to fear and objectionable politics as South Dakota’s avid gun advocates:
Shooting things is a bad solution. Carrying guns and thus threatening to shoot things signals a failure of imagination and faith in civil society. If anyone had shown up at the anti-xenophobia protest here in Aberdeen a couple weeks ago, I suspect organizers would have told the gun-toters to beat it.
But if “Gunny Granny” can show that bad faith and bring her guns from home, why can’t Ehab Jaber? I can offer you a consistent response as to why Granny and Ehab ought to put down their weapons and seek more civil interaction with their neighbors. South Dakota’s white-wing gun nuts cannot. Whatever the Second Amendment covers, it applies equally to white Christian grannies and brown Muslim cooks.
On this week’s show, Spencer Dobson and I discuss Aberdeen’s anti-anti-Islam protest, Kristi Noem’s vanquishing of pine beetles, fishing and private property, and Head Start. Then Spencer and I interview Angie Albonico, leader of an initiative to make it legal for terminally ill South Dakotans to get life-ending drugs from doctors. Have a listen… and if you enjoy the show, help us do more by ringing the Dakota Free Press Tip Jar!