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Hubbel/Tapio Campaigns Appear on Misogynist, Traitorous Rapid City Podcast

I’m not nearly as invested in beating the tiny flat piñata of Lora Hubbel’s campaign for Governor. But while Pat Powers hyperventilates over Lora’s keepsake Legislative badge and Tapio clinger Shad Olson’s crypto-Klannish paranoiac rantings, I notice a couple significant images in the background of Hubbel and Olson’s appearance on the “Reb Rider” podcast from Rapid City:

screen cap from "Reb Rider" podcast, video posted by Dakota War College, 2018.03.11.
screen cap from “Reb Rider” podcast, video posted by Dakota War College, 2018.03.11.

This “Reb Rider,” who brands himself as part of the “MIB”—Mutual Independent Biker!— radio network, goes on air with a bikini poster objectifying women and a Confederate traitor flag on the wall.

I suppose we can cut Shad some slack, since he only called in and didn’t have opportunity to scope out the sexist and racist items on the host’s walls. But Hubbel was there in the flesh and let herself be recorded and screenshot in front of these items.

Stay classy, Lora.


  1. El Rayo X 2018-03-12 08:09

    Cory, if Reb Rider’s mom ever lets into her basement for one her boy’s podcasts, there’ll be no Hot Pockets for you.

  2. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-03-12 12:39

    El Rayo, I’d accept even a Hot Pocketless invite, just so I could scan the rest of the walls for objectionable content. We could do a whole show just on that topic.

  3. Mike J 2018-03-12 12:56

    Lora was interviewed by NewsCenter1 TV at the Black Hills Home Builders show over the weekend. Here is the first quote she gave from the interview. “My moral compass is the Bible,” Hubbel said. “My moral compass is not the law.” So she must not believe in the law. Not a good Governor of all the people of the state of South Dakota.

  4. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-03-12 13:28

    “My moral compass is not the law.” Perhaps a deeper philosophical debate is possible, but on face, I’d say a statement like that should disqualify any candidate for public office.

    I wonder how Lora and Shad would respond to a Muslim candidate for public office who would say, “My moral compass is not the law. My moral compass is the Qur’an.”

  5. Dana P 2018-03-12 13:47

    Lora Hubbel is “interesting”, isn’t she? But yeah, the objectifying of women and the rebel flag. My goodness, Ms Hubbel. Fer cryin’ out loud. Saw her interview on KOTA news the other night. she also said, “there are no conservative candidates running for Governor in South Dakota this year”. I’m sure that is big news to Tapio, Noem, and Jackley. But I guess she adhere’s to Stace Nelson RINO crowd comments (I was surprised to find out this weekend from Stace’s comments that South Dakota is a liberal state….but I digress)

    I attended the Black Hills Home Show in Rapid City this weekend. I did see candidate booths for Jackely, Hubbel (she gets points for being there in the flesh), and Tapio. Good ole word salad, slick-backed hair, tin foil hat wearing, white privileged man, Shad Olson was manning Tapio’s booth and collecting signatures. I wanted to ask Shad what rating Tapio gets from the KKK, but I didn’t.

    I did not see a Noem booth there. Disappointing as it was, I also didn’t see a Sutton or Bjorkman booth there. I hope that our D candidates deemed a “home show”‘ as a place where politics shouldn’t be mixed. Interesting “no show” decision.

  6. Ryan 2018-03-12 15:21

    Alright, the accusations contained in this post are quite a bit of a stretch, eh?

    Is your labeling of the podcast as “Misogynist” solely due to the picture of the woman in a bikini? If you are basing that label on something else I don’t know of, pardon my monologue, but if you really are suggesting that the publisher of the podcast is a misogynist because he has a picture of a female in something less than a full shirt, that’s a bit much. I’m sure you are aware of the definition of misogyny, but as a reminder, it is, “the dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women.” It seems like whoever stuck that picture on the wall likes women just fine. Misogyny doesn’t mean, “Anything a man says or does in regard to the opposite gender.”

    Next, can you even tell if that’s a bikini in that picture, much less a woman? Can you discern the details any more than you can tell what the words are on a small representation of our state seal? Zoom in, check out the pixels – you can’t see anything but blurr. That could be a barbie doll or a watercolor painting. Or a guy. You can’t tell. You saw something that may or may not be a swimsuit, and you assigned quite a bit of meaning to it for your own personal reasons. That’s propaganda.

    Anyway – let’s assume, just for fun, that it is a woman, and she is wearing a bikini. Do you think she posed for that picture voluntarily or do you think she was held hostage? What if she is a model, whose passion is posing for pictures and getting paid to do so? Then, when those pictures are printed and distributed to the audience for which they were taken, are the members of that audience really “objectifying women” by viewing or displaying that picture? Is every photograph of a woman that reveals skin below her neck an “objectification” of women? Even if she wanted her picture to be taken with that skin showing? Or is it not about the amount of skin showing or the location of the skin – is it because some person or company profited from a photograph of a woman? I need help here. Is the Mona Lisa objectifying? Are all those renaissance nudes objectifying? Is this label arbitrary when coming from anybody other than the allegedly objectified party?

    I pick on self-proclaimed “social justice warriors” often because they like to complain about problems that don’t actually exist because they want to feel like they are helping in some way without actually doing a single thing. I think this blog sometimes creates problems to gripe about, too. You want to be so irrefutably progressive that nobody could possibly lump you in with all the “bad” white males, but some of the causes you take up are laughable – like this one.

    Cory, you and I have agreed many times that words have real meaning, and those meanings matter. I hope our mentally challenged president hasn’t rubbed off on you to the extent that you are willing to just say whatever catches people’s attention, regardless of truth.

    (I did not mention anything about the rebel flag / traitor issue yet because my post got so long and I didn’t want mike from iowa stroking out trying to read it. But I can’t help myself, so here goes: I think people who try to side with the confederacy this far after the fact are idiots, and so are kids who wear the rebel flag trying to be cool, but are they all traitors? I doubt it. How about if they are just hanging an advertisement for a local car show on their wall? A car show featuring a famous car from a TV show called the Dukes of Hazzard? If a person likes local car shows, or if a person likes the Dukes of Hazzard, they could certainly hang that advertisement up without supporting slavery or the ideology of the confederacy. Are all fans of car shows and tv shows traitors if the car show or tv includes a rebel flag? Here is a t-shirt with the same car show ad:

    I understand 100% that I am not your intended audience, or at least not all of your intended audience, but I’m kind of disappointed in this whole post. You are better than this fake tabloid drama.

  7. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-03-12 17:36

    Thanks for pointing out that interview, Mike J! In the same interview, Hubbel also insults the intelligence of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students who have been speaking out against gun violence and perpetuates the false conspiracy theory that the nationwide protest those students have sparked wasn’t their own idea:

    Hubbel expressed sympathy for the students, but did not think that their actions were their own.

    “I think that’s abusive to a kid’s psyche that [parents] project their opinions onto these children,” Hubbel said. “They don’t have the mental capacity or even the ability to make those changes, so these poor kids are just being abused by all this information. Being forced on these walk-out – it’s not their idea” [Dominic Dausch, “Hubbel greets West River voters; discusses gun control,” NewsCenter1, 2018.03.12].

    Sigh. Hang in there, kids. I believe you, and I recognize that your debate experience makes you this smart and capable.

  8. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-03-12 17:47

    Yup, Ryan, you read me right. This isn’t fake tabloid drama. The podcast dude displays a misogynist poster and a racist poster.

    I don’t need to explore why the woman posed in a bikini. I don’t need to play word games. There is only one reason a guy puts up a poster of a woman in a bikini: he wants to look at her image and think about sex. That is misogynist objectification.

    When I was younger, I had a babe poster. I told myself, “Oh, no, I’m not thinking about sex, she’s just really pretty.” I know better now.

    Consider: do married men put up such posters in their bedrooms? Do male teachers put up such posters in their public school classrooms?

    And Dukes of Hazzard? I loved that show when I was a kid. I realize I can’t in good conscience watch it now or show it to my daughter without offering a running critique: “That symbol on their car is racist and stands for traitors to our nation.” Anyone displaying the Confederate flag is making a statement in favor or racism and treason. Anyone stupid enough not to recognize the content of their statement needs to be taught the content of that statement and then asked if they, with that full knowledge, want to keep making that statement. Once so educated, if they continue to display it, they invite the labels “racist” and “traitor”.

    If you don’t want to be labeled a Nazi, don’t display a swastika. If you don’t want to be labeled a racist or a traitor, don’t make racist or traitorous statements.

  9. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-03-12 17:48

    And campaign optics: if you don’t want to give your opposition the opportunity to show you surrounded by objectionable material, don’t pose in front of objectionable material.

  10. Dr. Terry L. LaFleur 2018-03-13 07:42

    Get a life! You probably have the same if not worse material things around your own home, garage or work place. I can’t stand a hypocrite. Reb is a Christian man, and a true American Patriot; any contentions otherwise are just racist propaganda from mean spirited individuals.

  11. Dillenger Andrews 2018-03-13 08:07

    Cory Allen Heidelberger damn I should have just copied and pasted that last name
    Anyway I have 8X10 pictures all over my Studio walls and the reason being their Autographed buy the person them self also Have a few Biker Magazine covers on Display also only because I am in those magazines so before you try and Bash Someone’s Character know more about the person and as far as the so Called Rebel Flag learn it’s history and what it stood for

    The red field of all four of these combined designs of the Confederate flag represent the Blood of Christ.
    The white border represents the protection of God.
    The blue “X” in all three of the other flags represents the Christian cross of Saint Andrew, the first Disciple of Jesus Christ and Patron Saint of Scotland.
    The 13 stars in these four flags represent the 13 southern states of secession in the United States during the American Civil War.
    Thus, the message of the three national flags of the Confederate States of America and the Confederate battle flag is:
    “Through the Blood of Christ, with the protection of God, We, the Thirteen States, are united in our Christian fight for liberty.”

    and you bashing Mr Reb Rider would be like me bashing you saying Geeeez Mr Allen Heidelberger must be a Nazi and a white supremacist he has a German last name

  12. Lora Hubbel 2018-03-13 08:38

    “My moral compass is the BIBLE “I continued to say….If the Law were a moral compass everything Hitler did was moral because everything he did was LEGAL. Candidates for Governor, are you listening?

  13. jerry 2018-03-13 08:57

    Oh, I think the candidates for governor are listening…just not to you. They already know there is a crackpot in Washington and are pretty clear we don’t need another one even remotely close to him. Those ear muffs look good on you!

  14. Jenny 2018-03-13 10:19

    Then gay people loving each other and wanting to get married to celebrate their love are evil, Lora?
    Then having 300 hundred wives like those old farts in the Old Testament were moral men?

  15. Rich 2018-03-13 11:05

    The comment left by Lora Hubbel … is that the real Lora Hubbel?

  16. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-03-13 12:29

    Thank you for joining us, candidate LaFleur. One could contend that “Get a life!’ is more fitting advice to a grown man who sits around in his basement putting up sexist and racist posters.

    I refute your baseless assertion that I have worse materials up in my personal living and working spaces. I do not.

    But more importantly, Dr. LaFleur, may we take it from your statement that you consider the following statements true?

    (1) It is acceptable behavior for a “Christian man” (and there are two criteria to evaluate there) to put up pictures of scantily clad women for their own sexual gratification.

    (2) It is acceptable for a “true American patriot” to display the flag of racist traitors to the Constitution of the United States.

    (3) It is advisable for candidates for public office to appear in photos and video in front of sexist and/or racist materials.

    I also invite your clarification of how the statements I have made on “Reb Rider’s” poor choice of posters are racist.

    This should be good.

  17. Shawn Slawson 2018-03-13 20:58

    hey cheeseburger, yea thats what im going to call you. you want to attack my radio station, dont wage a war your ass cant cash cheeseburger!!!!!!!!!@!

  18. Shawn Slawson 2018-03-13 23:51

    by the way as co-owner of rapid fire radio, i would love to have you call in when reb & i go live wednesday night and you can tell us why you dont seem to like us too much, hot pockets included on that deal………….but seriously we want you on our show this wednesday night………………

  19. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-03-14 06:06

    The tone of that last comment makes me think discourse with Shawn Slawson won’t be terribly intelligent. Given that model, am I to refer to my host as “Cole Slaw” throughout the program? And how exactly does one “cash” a “war” using one’s “ass”?

    And if you’ll pardon me, I’m going to lowercase Shawn’s screaming CAPS.

  20. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-03-14 06:08

    (Shawn, check your e-mail so we can coordinate time and format.)

  21. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-03-14 06:46

    Lora, I think you miss the point with your Hitler critique. Hitler claimed to be acting in accordance with both the law and the Bible. Some church leaders supported the Nazis.

    Legalism is a poor moral compass when a tyrant can rewrite the law to say whatever he wants. Respect for the rule of law is a bulwark against tyranny. That respect can be grounded in Scripture or in secular belief in human dignity and reason.

  22. jerry 2018-03-14 09:41

    Cheeseburger and cole slaw…reminds me of how a friendship can be formed. Not long ago, trump was called dotard by Kim while trump called Kim, rocket man. Now look, they are gonna meet…Maybe. How will the podcast turn out? Who knows. One guy knows how to debate and the other guy just tosses word salad. Should be interesting.

  23. Shawn Slawson 2018-03-14 12:11

    OK man, lol ya got me, Hey I was just laying some steam, I really dont understand why people have to attack anyone no matter what you like about us or if ya really do hate our format. I handle all the pop culture stuff meaning for the past few years I have been doing interviews with BIG time celebs and try bring them on my show and station. We have a good time always, and not once has anyone including WILLIAMS AND REE ever called us names other then being humorist. I hope you understand my point of why i called you cheesburger. But yea if you are serious about coming on the show Id love to have ya on. It make a good show, and wed have alot to discuss……….

  24. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-03-14 12:22

    Yes, I’m serious if you’re serious (though your disavowal of your previous comments as “steam” leaves me wondering what else might dissolve into vapor ;-) ). Check your e-mail, see my questions about topic, time, format, and channel, and if the time works, let’s do a show.

  25. mike from iowa 2018-03-14 13:07

    Reb is a Christian man, and a true American Patriot;

    Sorry, Bud, but being a kristian man by today’s right wing standards isn’t a thing I’d want to brag about. Feed the rich, piss on the poor, the elderly, the children, the veterans, the disabled. Make sure the koch bros are comfortable at the expense of 99% of real Americans.

    All the moral slop you right wing kristians laid on Clinton, you ignore in Drumpf and the rest of the phoniest bunch of kristians the world has ever encountered.

    Drumpf has violated the 10 commandments over and over again without a peep out of so called kristians. Family values? Don’t make me laugh. Even Drumpf’s DIL is lying for him.

    America has never been a kristian nation and never will be.

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