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Noem Evidently Sending Guards to Border to Wage Political War

Governor Kristi Noem has kept her travel details secret for “security reasons”. Now “security concerns” are why we don’t get to know where she’s sending our National Guard:

A battalion of the South Dakota Army National Guard was thanked by Gov. Kristi Noem, U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., for their sacrifice and service during a deployment ceremony Saturday.

Twelve South Dakota communities are represented in the deployment. The Journal agreed to release limited information on the deployment due to security concerns and the nature of the mission [Siandhara Bonnet, “South Dakota Army National Guard Deploy on New Mission,” Rapid City Journal, 2022.10.03].

We heard this same malarkey from Noem when she tried to hide details about her pimping out our National Guard to give her campaign photo opportunities between fundraisers in Texas. And just like then, whatever muzzle the Guard has put on the press doesn’t stop Noem from spilling details that make for nice campaign tweets:

Gov. Kristi Noem, tweet, 2022.10.01.
Gov. Kristi Noem, tweet, 2022.10.01.

Evidently Noem is sending the South Dakota National Guard on another stunt deployment to the border, which is not “open” and is not a “war zone”. And all the Guards and planes and false tweets Noem can muster won’t stop the flow of drugs, prostitutes, and workers that enter the country to meet American demand (Meth? Yeah, We’re Still On It).

Noem’s last border deployment achieved none of its stated goals; neither will this one. Instead of sending the Guard to the border, perhaps Noem should send our Guards to buzz the CAFOs along I-29. But addressing illegal immigration as a demand problem here in South Dakota and perp-walking one’s own ag-industrial campaign backers doesn’t make nearly as good campaign optics as pretending to ship our boys off to a secret war.


  1. sx123 2022-10-04 06:02

    What are ending up in SD? The humans, the drugs or both? If humans are, then you already know about them, and know who are buying them, so do something locally about that, like throw the buyers in jail. I’m not seeing major headlines of “such and such in SD goes to prison for human trafficking” very often, if at all.

    Only reason the border is a problem is because of willing buyers on the north side of the border.

  2. Nick Nemec 2022-10-04 06:59

    Using the South Dakota National Guard as a campaign prop is disgusting, but not surprising from Noem. I wonder which billionaire campaign donor is paying for this deployment? South Dakota government is for sale.

  3. cibvet 2022-10-04 09:16

    At first thought, I considered her a madam or pimp of the National Guard, but then realized that mercenary was a more fitting title.
    Mercenary definition: (of a person or their behavior) primarily concerned with making money at the expense of ethics.
    “she’s nothing but a mercenary little gold digger”

  4. John Dale 2022-10-04 10:16

    I would prefer we work on South Dakota’s depositor problem. Our banks are flush with money, but none of it ours, and all of it used to control the state’s body politic to prevent election integrity.

  5. O 2022-10-04 15:53

    SD will throw money into this political stunt; then when a crisis hits, we will have our hand out to the federal government to pay because we will be strapped for cash.

  6. O 2022-10-04 19:11

    Is it possible we have this all wrong? Could the National Guard be being deployed to the border with job applications to welcome in a new, much needed workforce to fill the jobs SD entrepreneurs so desperately need filled?

  7. Melody Jensen 2022-10-05 15:52

    This shows who wants to get attention in S.D.. All of them are loyal Trump supporters and will do everything to be loyal to him. They spend Taxpayers Money and the time they spend not fixing issues in our state is just disgusting and alarming.
    What they are doing is Shameful. Vote for her opponent who will get the job done.

  8. e platypus onion 2023-02-05 15:41

    How well is drumpf/Noem border wall working? Splendidly according to WAPO and the Cato Institute….

    “Smugglers with a taste for more elaborate gear can deploy an inexpensive power saw to get through,” wrote Wilkerson. “The Washington Post reported last year that traffickers had done exactly that — 3,272 times in the preceding three years. Some of the openings they created were large enough to drive a vehicle through. Occasionally, authorities find a tunnel that enables passage beneath the wall.” And a report by the Cato Institute found that “the border wall was breached 4,101 times — more than 11 times per day. This was far more than the number of breaches in any of the prior six years and double the number of breaches for fiscal year 2016 before any of the Trump wall was built.”

    Alkl iterations of the “Wall” were easily breached by ladders.

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