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Video: Dale’s Encounter with Cop-Calling Cable Crew Illustrates SD “Conservative” Hypocrisy

My Spearfish neighbor John Dale had an unpleasant experience with what he describes as an SDN Communications field crew (maybe subcontractors, hard to say) whose boss, when confronted with Dale’s objection to 5G technology, told him to buzz off as they dug up his property and the street abutting it. I post in full his recorded encounter from his front yard on Jackson Boulevard:

At one point the crew chief calls Dale a Democrat. The crew chief obviously doesn’t read this blog attentively; John Dale’s comments here make his Trumpism even clearer than that professed by U.S. Senate candidate Scyller Borglum. Yet, like Mike Rounds, when the crew chief doesn’t like someone, he apparently just shouts “Democrat!” regardless of fact.

In an even poorer choice of words, the crew chief blurts, “I don’t care if you live here or not”… just before the city cop whom the chief called showed up (around 8:20 in the video) to ask what the problem was. The city cop asks for Dale’s ID, which Dale willingly provides… even though I question the validity of a law enforcement’s warrantless demand that a citizen produce ID while on his or her own property. Dale then proceeds to explain the possible health risks of police body cameras. The officer responds by explaining what ought to be obvious: that Dale has every right to stand on his property and express his views.

Now I don’t know this crew chief, and, like John Dale, I have no desire to attack him personally. But in this one strange streetside encounter, we witness a common-man’s version of South Dakota Republican hypocrisy. A man uses “Democrat” not as an accurate or informative descriptor but merely as an impulsive insult to someone he perceives as an opponent. The insult signals that the crew chief must consider himself a Republican or conservative of some sort. Yet he makes his living infringing on private property, and he calls law enforcement to stifle a man’s exercise of his basic Constitutional rights. In those regards, it’s tough to tell the difference between the crew chief and Kristi Noem.


  1. jerry 2019-07-03 13:25

    John Dale “or move to Canada” seems kinda reasonable. Mr. Dale must have recorded this some weeks ago as trump has now welcomed Huawei back into good standing and has allowed companies to sell chips and products to Huawei for their 5G networks. National security? please man, we have the NSA to back door everything we say and do.

    trump has surrendered with the exception of the farmers, you all will continue to be in the brothel of trump love. Good news for Mr. Dale and his daughter though, tomorrow they can celebrate Thursday with ol’ tubby hisownself.

  2. Jenny 2019-07-03 14:02

    I wish Trump supporters got this excitedly concerned about all the other environmental issues also.
    Only when it’s in their back yard I guess. Maybe John Dale knows now how the Native Americans feel about dirty pipelines being built on their sacred grounds

  3. Jenny 2019-07-03 14:25

    Health risks to body cameras? Good grief. White people can freely talk to officers like that without fear of getting arrested or killed, black guys would much more likely get arrested or killed.

  4. mike from iowa 2019-07-03 14:30

    From what I can see of the “person” to the right with blue jeans and red shirt, this could very well be a Drumpfian plan to smuggle Norwegians into America’s heartland to vote in the election.

  5. Jenny 2019-07-03 14:32

    John Dale should take being called Democrat as a compliment. We’ve always been the party that truly cares about the environment.

  6. John Dale 2019-07-03 17:06

    ” allowed companies to sell chips and products to Huawei for their 5G network” — not exactly, Jerry. Trump allowed American manufactures of chips to resume sales to China. No Huawai devices to the US, still (that was an act of Congress that Trump signed).

    “John Dale knows now how the Native Americans feel about dirty pipelines being built on their sacred grounds” — I was in camp the day after Jesse Jackson watering the pony he rode and delivering some foodstuff for the kids. I spent countless hours advocating that DAPL, ETP, and USACE respect tribal property rights and not let DAPL through (the true conservative, free market position).

    “this could very well be a Drumpfian plan to smuggle Norwegians into America’s heartland to vote in the election.” — Mike, you win the dada, CHING! prize. That was a hell of a zinger that gave mea belly laugh. But still, BUILD THE WALL.

    My philosophy: when you’re right on every issue, you can’t possibly belong to every party. Furthermore, you get hated by both sides (each side only needs one reason, more “incentive” to tow 100% of the party line).

    Nice write-up, Cory. And thanks to anyone helping this video go viral and getting the word out about 5G, which is the same spectrum used by crowd control devices at Standing Rock.

  7. John Dale 2019-07-03 17:07

    “can’t possibly belong to every party” should be “can’t possibly belong to any party”

  8. John Dale 2019-07-03 17:11

    I told a much broader story containing some juicy conspiracy theory on my radio program this morning. It’s 1 hour commercial free.
    If you’d like to listen, here is the URL.
    Trigger warning – you will not agree with all of my politics or rants, but we can still be friends as long as I don’t have to be your crazy uncle.

  9. mike from iowa 2019-07-03 17:30

    Construction workers and not a single hard hat to be seen. Moar Drumpf deregulation?

  10. Jenny 2019-07-03 17:42

    Remember its South Dakota,Mike, They wouldn’t be concerned with worker safety all that much.

  11. jerry 2019-07-03 19:13

    Good call mfi. Legitimate company’s wear hard hats and wear company safety shirts. This outfit is low bidding scabs, most likely without bonding or any kind of insurance like Workmen’s Compensation. Legitimate company’s pay for their Workmen’s Compensation, scabs have the hospitals absorb the costs for their mishaps. Thanks to John Dale, we get to see how the gig economy works. Department of Labor, do your damn jobs and check it out.

  12. grudznick 2019-07-03 20:14

    Mr. Dale, you are lucky some of those construction people just doing their jobs did not feel threatened by you and feel the need to take self-defense. They could have snapped you or beaten you with a shovel and been justified. You should think about taking lemonade and treats to people working and doing their jobs instead of assaulting them. They might knock your head next time, or sick their union goons on you. Unions have goons. I’m just sayin…

  13. John Dale 2019-07-03 21:19

    Hey Grudznick – last Saturday we made gingerbread cookies, but you knew that? It was a concrete crew that cares about families and kids. My real question is .. what did you learn about 5G? I suppose I would have welcomed such a challenge. I had a shovel just behind the fence .. you know, 10 feet behind me. Did you know that some Germans in the Nuremberg trials actually tried to get out of their prosecution by saying “we were just following orders”? If I’m not mistaken, we hung those ignorant bastards. Know your history, and try not to make such an insane argument again. “I’m just trying to feed my family by putting your kids at risk of cancer” doesn’t hold much water. Good day, sir. *clanks shovel/sabre*

  14. jerry 2019-07-03 22:50

    The truth being that the madman trump folded like a cheap suit. Huawei is back in the game and doing very well indeed. Xi told him that he could take his blond girl friend or daughter, hard to figure that one, and Tucker Carlson to shoot the cool breeze with Kim. Pyongyang is a long way from the DMZ which leads one to wonder, how did he get there so soon in his armored train unless, he somehow knew the meeting was going to happen. That train is not a high speed train, goes about as fast as a three wheeled bicycle, and yet, he made it. In return for this, trump folded on Huawei to the surprise of no one on the Chinese side.

  15. Debbo 2019-07-03 23:09

    At first it was kind of fun to listen to Dale’s hysterical voice and silly conspiracies, which he seems to wholeheartedly believe, but then he’s a trumpelstilskin, so I shouldn’t be surprised. After about 5 minutes that voice just got too grating though.

    “when you’re right on every issue” Dale’s only funny came in this comment section. Have a good time yelling at working people, Dale.

  16. grudznick 2019-07-03 23:34

    grudznick certainly is agreeing with Ms. Geelsdottir on this one. And my belly, round and pale, tremulated with mirth as I considered her term “Mr. Trumplestiltskininsky” which will keep me awake tonight, chuckling in my dreams.

  17. Dana P 2019-07-04 08:19

    That appears to be the southeast corner of Jackson and State Street, in Spearfish, which is where a motel is located. Per Lawrence County GIS, the entire s/e corner of that intersection (broken down into three segments) is owned by Rand Williams.

    Mr Dale’s video (“I live here) panned quickly to a small, curved roof (it is the size of a very large shed/mini garage) structure. Are you renting this from Mr Williams, Mr Dale?

    The sidewalk area where these workers are doing their work, is a public right-of-way. They have every right to be there doing their permit approved work. Yelling your opinion at people just doing their work doesn’t make your point any better.

    Mr Dale’s beef appears to be with the SDN company, not these workers. Mr Dale, please call, write, or whatever, the CEO’s of this company. Plead your case to City of Spearfish leaders. Plead your case to Gov Noem’s office, Rounds/Thune/Johnson. If you do have a case, the way this was handled sure didn’t win over anybody.

    Directly to the north of this location, and across the street, is the Spearfish United Methodist Church, where there is a playground and exercise area for children. Children. Maybe Mr Dale and this construction supervisor were better suited to walk over there where the children could have taught the “adults” some lessons in civility and maturity.

  18. bearcreekbat 2019-07-04 09:46

    I don’t get the point of the video. While Dale certainly has a right to try to convince workers of the validity of his worries, what is the point of videotaping himself yelling at them? Why not videotape yourself yelling at the TV? It’s not like they or the police or anyone else beat him up, arrested him or did anything else particularly objectionable or unusual in response to Dale’s yelling.

    Jerry, your post about military parades is chilling, especially in light of Dale and other Trump supporter’s fantasy about building another communist style “Berlin wall” to prevent people seeking freedom from leaving a repressive or dangerous country. The tanks on parade seem just another step on the road of efforts to change our government into a repressive reflection of totalitarian countries of the past.

    Add to this Trump’s use of derogatory names and labels in an effort to dehumanize the unfortunate people seeking freedom and safety here, while placing them in what are essentially concentration camps, and the parallel becomes even stronger.

    All I can say to Dale and his “protest” is to paraphrase Martin Niemöller:

    First they came for the Muslims, and I did not speak out— because I was not a Muslim.

    Then they came for federal workers who had supported democratic politics, and I did not speak out—because I was not a federal worker.

    Then they came for the immigrants, and I did not speak out— because I was not an immigrant.

    Then they came for the pregnant women, and I did not speak out—because I was not a pregnant woman.

    Then they came for the journalists and I did not speak out—because I was not a journalist.

    Then they came for transgenders in the military, and I did not speak out—because I was not a transgender.

    Then they came for the children of asylum seekers, and I did not speak out—because I was not a child of an asylum seeker.

    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

    For more see e.g.,…35582.35582..38358…0.0..……0….1..gws-wiz.NLVUjnZhxRU

  19. John 2019-07-04 11:40

    The Trumpians are a case study of the realization that: “It Can’t Happen Here”, Sinclair Lewis satire (and near prediction) of how fascism comes to America. Four years after the satire’s publication the American Nazis had a rally in Madison Square Garden in 1939, the Pro-American Rally. Sound familiar?

    All it takes for evil to prevail is for good people to do nothing . . . like the farcical “church” did in the Jim Crow & Civil Rights eras or now.

  20. Debbo 2019-07-04 14:01

    John, I wish you were wrong. I wish the US government wasn’t running concentration camps. I wish there weren’t Americans supporting this nightmare. I wish that wishes could fix things. In the meantime, I’ll join in whatever actions I can in whatever ways I can.

  21. Debbo 2019-07-04 14:44

    Interesting links Mike, thanks. Reegut was even more criminal than I thought.

  22. John Dale 2019-07-04 17:34

    Wow, lots of rhetoric, here. I have maintained the grass on the corner for 8 years, for what that’s worth. This is a Williams Property. This has little to do with Trump, and everything to do with the technology industry rolling out dangerous and untested technology. I have spoken with members of SDN about this issue. I have followed all available avenues to address this issue with my city. I have been a vocal detractor regarding deployment of 5G technology. My last resort is to make an appeal to the people who are working for the firm installing the emitters and related technology. In my estimation, the people doing this will hurt many people. Thune has been a champion for 5G in South Dakota. In my estimation, when the emitters started going in (on a product trial basis), SD breast cancer rates went from average to first in the nation. Do your own research. This is not a party line issue. Lastly, link below check out some of the cute comments. 5G is invasive and evil, and the tech industry has paid-off many people to tow the line. Sadly, even though there are many detractors to my position, I will be right about this technology, too. If it is installed, there will be a slow-kill, mass murder plan executed by the deep state.

  23. Debbo 2019-07-04 17:51

    “Lastly, link below check out some of the cute comments.”

    What’s cute is that there’s nothing there. 😊 Very cute, Dale.

  24. Certain Inflatable Recreational Devices 2019-07-04 22:58

    I subscribe to John dale’s theory that the tech industry is engaging in a campaign to kill off its customer base. This has long been a tactic of revenue enhancement among American businesses.

  25. Debbo 2019-07-04 23:24


  26. Caleb 2020-05-03 23:37

    I have watched about half this article’s video, and read about 75% of this article’s comments, and agree with John Dale on most points regarding 5G and the toll compartmentalization has taken on our society. To those who have dismissed his comments offhand, I plead that you reconsider your stance toward his ideas.

    This documentary (despite poor graphics at times) is a starting point for considering and cross-referencing related ideas:

  27. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2020-05-04 05:57

    I prefer to support the installation of technology that will allow our economy to withstand pandemics. Better broadband for everyone is a key component of pandemic resistance.

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