Press "Enter" to skip to content

Blog Note: No One Else Sets My Editorial Policy

Speaking of incoherence, Larry Kurtz sneaks some counterfactual speculation into his daily nihilism:

Apparently Dakota Free Press is being graymailed by someone forcing the deletion of my comments [Larry Kurtz, “Pat Powers Is Right; SDDP Is Toast,” The Dakota Progressive, 2016.03.20].

For the record, no “graymail”—either solicited proto-spam or threats of revelation of state secrets (state secrets?! by all means, send Richard Benda’s and Rick Melmer’s old DOE e-mails my way!)—has “forced” me to make any editorial decisions. I have simply decided that my commenters need a break from Mr. Kurtz’s incessant cannabi-nihilist personal attacks.

I have decided… because I find nihilism as tiresome and useless as relativism.


  1. Thomas 2016-03-21 09:46

    You made an excellent choice.

  2. Bob Newland 2016-03-21 11:06

    Now, if you would just apply similar action to grudznick.

  3. Steve Hickey 2016-03-21 11:59

    Larry and I are the only ones banned these days from the blog room chats. Me from DWC and him from here. Good thing my identity isn’t wrapped up the their acceptance. I’d rather hear Larry who-uses-his-own-name continually sound one note here than to the sharp discord of the anonymous over there.

  4. mike from iowa 2016-03-21 12:27

    Isn’t Kurtz banned from the war toilet,as well? Bet you guys didn’t get banned because of your names,now did you? Guess it clearly shows some tolerance on Cory’s part.

  5. Curt 2016-03-21 13:11

    He has his own outlet … if I get hungry for what he spews, I know where to look.

  6. Joseph Nelson 2016-03-21 13:38

    Wait, you are against relativism? For some reason I have been thinking you were a relativist! Does this make you an absolutist? I have more questions! Maybe you can write a blog post on this when you have the chance.

  7. Kris 2016-03-21 13:44

    dude anyone a frend of the plant is a frend of me. haters gonna hate!

  8. Roger Cornelius 2016-03-21 13:48

    Steve, I’ve been banned from the Dump Site since the EB-5 scandal started to heat up. It was not for using vulgarity or insulting anyone, it was for asking legitimate questions.

    How quickly the tides have turned, Larry Kurtz getting in bed with Pat Powers. They’ll probably be playing perverse sexual games.

  9. MC 2016-03-21 14:03

    It is your blog! you can ban who you want, you don’t need anyone’s permission. Just do it! If you want to be nice about it, you sent them a note telling them they were banned and why.

    So let it be written, so it shall be done.

  10. caheidelberger Post author | 2016-03-21 15:45

    Speaking of tiresome and useless, I find “haters gonna hate” to be a substanceless phrase and generally discount the intellectual capacity of anyone using it… especially someone who uses it in every other comment.

    Kris, you never told me whom I could meet and when and where to sign a petition to recognize the Green Party in South Dakota. Are you and your friends really circulating such a petition, or were you just blowing smoke?

  11. caheidelberger Post author | 2016-03-21 18:35

    Joseph, I spent an entire spring semester at SDSU writing such essays against relativism for my beleaguered Human Relations professors. Start with this passage from my blog post last year on Rep. Lynne DiSanto’s bill outlawing female genital mutilation:

    Rep. DiSanto and I would have gotten along swimmingly back in my SDSU days when I was listening to Rush Limbaugh and waging war against my profs for teaching multiculturalism in my education classes. “If our calling as teachers is to respect and celebrate other cultures,” I would ask my profs, “how do we deal with cultural practices that harm the health and dignity of our students?” Had I known about female genital mutilation at the time, I’d have held it up as Exhibit #1 of the limits of multiculturalism.

    I’ve given up Rush, but I maintain my apparent agreement with Rep. DiSanto that some cultural practices deserve no tolerance, let alone celebration [CAH, “Rep. DiSanto Files Bill to Outlaw Female Genital Mutilation in South Dakota,” Madville Times, 2015.01.27].

    Relativism takes all the fun out of politics, because if everything is relative, then what’s left to fight for?

  12. Heckifino 2016-03-21 22:10

    I appreciate you giving us a break from his vicious and hateful words. His negativity often drives me from the comment section.

  13. Troy 2016-03-21 22:26

    While I agree with the decision, it saddens me that someone who has something to say is unable to say it without being vulgar and so deeply personal.

    Myself included, the political debate would be a lot better if our tone of discussion was fit for our grandmother to be in the room. My grandmothers (one Dem and one GOP) could debate with the best but they argued with nobody. Its like how Carol Burnett/Tim Conway could be funny without being vulgar.

  14. grudznick 2016-03-21 22:38

    I miss my friend Lar. It will be a month before I can visit with him at breakfast again and I look forward to that reunion.

  15. leslie 2016-03-21 23:41

    so larry is gone and suddenly we are talking about nuetrinos? “vulgarity” maybe better understood:)

    yer next grudz

  16. mike from iowa 2016-03-22 07:05

    Wingnuts ideas of humor border on obscene and pain and suffering for the least among us. Drumpf and his minions are bringing that to light.

  17. barry freed 2016-03-22 08:03

    Part of critical thinking is to know the agenda of those who would educate you on an issue. To get a complete picture of their agenda and judge their credibility, one must research the funding and founders of internet websites. A veil has been lifted.

  18. Paladn 2016-03-22 10:11

    Thank you.

  19. mike from iowa 2016-03-22 11:00

    To get a complete picture of their agenda and judge their credibility, one must research the funding-if the wingnuts in charge of the cluster called South Dakota,but of course you can’t because that info is privileged for the moneyed elite.

  20. Jack Shaftoe 2016-03-22 12:54

    Hey Cory,

    Just out of curiosity, when were your SDSU days?

  21. caheidelberger Post author | 2016-03-22 14:38

    (JS, my SDSU days were a splendid time, January 1990 to May 1994. You?)

  22. Jack Shaftoe 2016-03-22 15:02

    I attended from fall of ’79 and graduated in May ’83. Was about 9 years later getting schooling than my cohort.

  23. Kris 2016-03-22 15:20

    dude why you throin shade on me? my frends messed up and got the wrong papers for petitions. i super busi at da terky farm an bummd wit too lil time. we try next time for green party.

    we gotta free the plant and you gotta to free larry kurtz dude!

  24. caheidelberger Post author | 2016-03-22 15:40

    Kris, did your friends go back to the Secretary of State to get the right papers? Who, what, when, where?

    And please, stop talking and typing like a moron. The act is old.

  25. Jack Shaftoe 2016-03-22 16:00

    Quoting from Cory’s earlier post:

    I’ve given up Rush, but I maintain my apparent agreement with Rep. DiSanto that some cultural practices deserve no tolerance, let alone celebration [CAH, “Rep. DiSanto Files Bill to Outlaw Female Genital Mutilation in South Dakota,” Madville Times, 2015.01.27].

    The appeal for the US Army Green Beret who stopped an Afghan police officer from raping a 10 year old boy was denied just this week in a case of moral relativism. The American soldier is supposed to allow this because it is their culture. This brings to mind the idea that US military laws apply on any foreign installation. My sister was born on a foreign AF base (Goose Bay, Labrador) and her naturalization is automatic. I think there is a morally superior position in preventing child rape and it doesn’t matter under what circumstances it occurs, wrong is wrong. But I don’t see any reason to save their country – if that is why we are still there-if this is the norm. Occasional emergences of Al Qaeda and their training facilities can be carpet bombed as necessary and it isn’t hard to get the intelligence as most of them would sell out relatives for a little money. Keeping the Military Industrial Complex highly profitable seems to be the reason we are still there, but it is sickening that we as the supposed good guys are supporting it. I am not talking about policing the whole country as that is only possible when Afghanistan breaks through the barrier and is actually civilized – but just on “American” property.

  26. leslie 2016-03-22 16:14

    js-what does your moniker mean? I think I know based on the content of your post.

    damn, international laws are confusing.

    we do shoot 10 year old boys in the USA. CIVILIZED

  27. Kris 2016-03-22 16:29


  28. Jack Shaftoe 2016-03-22 16:43

    To Leslie:

    JS is the main character in a favorite series of novels by Neal Stephenson called “The Baroque Cycle”. It starts around the time of Isaac Newton’s education at Cambridge. There are many streams of classes of people and it might be summed up by the title of the third of the three novels which is “The System of The World” which lays out the development of money systems. Natural Science emerges as Alchemy declines, the quicksilver economy is explained plus bizarre and hilarious plot turns and much, much more. It is about 2700 pages.

  29. caheidelberger Post author | 2016-03-22 18:08

    wth? fyi, if yer gonna try next time to go Green, y’ll nd 2 start speaking in complete sentences that the 40,000 people you’ll ask and the 6,396 you actually need to sign will be able to understand. You cannot explain your political party’s raison d’être in Web-texty abbreviations and plaintive cries to Free the Weed. (If you think you can, well, lol.)

  30. mike from iowa 2016-03-22 18:23

    Some wingnut congressweasel from Missouri wants to neuter Senator Elizabeth Warren from Mass.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.