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Noem Budget Address Lacks Great Innovations, Continues Federal Dependence

Governor Kristi Noem offered a rather uninspired, status-quo budget speech yesterday. She does propose a 4% increase in funding for schools, state employees, and healthcare providers—a step down from the 7% boost last year and the 6% boost the year before that, but still better than the 3% cap state law toothlessly requires.

But the speech offered no big new creative policy initiatives. Her $6M for a quantum computing center (no location yet; evidently, like quantum particles, we can’t know exactly where the quantum center is) just catches us up with universities around the world in exploring this new technology.

Many of her major new investments—expansion of the Jobs for America Graduates program, expansion of Bright Start personal nursing services for moms and babies, additional investment in water and wastewater projects and dam repairs—depend on federal funds. 44.1% of the proposed general appropriations bill comes from federal funds, down from the 47.1% Uncle Sam is providing South Dakota’s budget this fiscal year but still much higher than the 33.2% federal subsidy that South Dakota relied on in FY2019, the last pre-Noem budget. For all of her professed conservativism (she used the word conservative six times and conservatively twice in yesterday’s speech), Noem continues to rely on the federal government to provide over two out of every five dollars that South Dakota needs to keep its lights on.

On taxes, Noem has completely abandoned the repeal of the food tax that she promised toward the end of her 2022 campaign but then failed to push through the 2023 Legislature. Instead, she has fully capitulated to the Legislature’s preference for the general reduction of sales tax from 4.5% to 4.2% and asks the Legislature to extend that tax cut past June 30, 2027.

Democratic leaders note that Governor Noem could have included one simple policy initiative to reduce the cost of eating in South Dakota and boost education: funding school meals for all kids!

Like the Governor, Democratic legislators share a commitment to make our kids and grandkids a policy priority. However, unlike the Governor, we believe this should include free breakfast and lunches for our public school students, assistance for childcare, and accepting the federal government’s offer of a summer EBT program for families. Hungry children struggle to learn. We’re a rich state and can meet this need if it is a policy priority [Senator Reynold Nesiba (D-15/Sioux Falls) and Representative Oren Lesmeister (D-28A/Parade), press release from South Dakota Democratic Party, 2023.12.05].

State-funded school meals doesn’t even take a lot of creativity; as usual, we can find examples of humane policy innovation right across the border in Minnesota. But even that simple reform requires too much effort and humanity from this administration.

Perhaps Noem is simply avoiding setting herself up for failure. The Governor has consistently failed to translate her popularity and electoral mandate into an ability to drive policies through a Republican super-majority Legislature that should yield to her governance like butter to a hot knife. This mild budget address suggests Noem prefers to avoid embarrassment this year and let the Legislature drive the budget.


  1. Nick Nemec 2023-12-06 08:56

    Love him or hate him Bill Janklow had the guts and clout to make his proposals a reality, and wasn’t afraid to spar with journalists in regular, free ranging press conferences to get his plan passed. Noem has never displayed a similar ability to govern.

  2. John 2023-12-06 08:57

    No surprises here. Noem completely lacks ‘that vision thing’. Her vision is herself.

  3. DaveFN 2023-12-06 11:12

    Roger that, Nick.

  4. Mike Lee Zitterich 2023-12-06 12:01

    In 1859, the Southern States began to Adopt their Ordinances, adopting Resolutions to Separate from the Federal Government.

    They were using a mechanism that is held within our Organic Documents, and is upheld by both the Articles of Confederation, as well as the United States Constitution. They were not leaving the Confederacy of States, they were simply separating from the Federal Government, choosing to sever the contract, or compact made in 1791.

    This is a legal mechanism, allowing for “The People” to terminate their 1791 agreement to create and establish the Federal Government.

    The said territory, and the States which may be formed therein, shall forever remain a part of this confederacy of the United States of America, subject to the Articles of Confederation, and to such alterations therein as shall be constitutionally made; and to all the acts and ordinances of the United States in Congress assembled, conformable thereto.

    The inhabitants and settlers in the said territory shall be subject to pay a part of the Federal debts, contracted, or to be contracted, and a proportional part of the expenses of government to be apportioned on them by Congress, according to the same common rule and measure by which apportionments thereof shall be made on the other States;

    the taxes for paying their proportion shall be laid and levied by the authority and direction of the legislatures of the district, or districts, or new States, as in the original States, within the time agreed upon by the United States in Congress assembled;

    The legislatures of those districts, or new States, shall never interfere with the primary disposal of the soil by the United States in Congress assembled, nor with any regulations Congress may find necessary for securing the title in such soil to the bona- fide purchasers.

    No tax shall be imposed on lands the property of the United States; and in no case shall non-resident proprietors be taxed higher than residents;

    The navigable waters leading into the Mississippi and Saint Lawrence, and the carrying places between the same, shall be common highways, and forever free, as well to the inhabitants of the said territory as to the citizens of the United States, and whose of any other States that may be admitted into the confederacy, without any tax, impost, or duty therefor.

    The 14 State Republic’s in the Southeast, were agreeing to distance themselves from the Federal Government, no longer binding themselves to the United States Constitution, but rebuilding themselves as a complete, independent, and sovereign territory.

    The Southeast Territory, and the Republic of Texas were fast agreeing to organize together as a Territory, using the Ordinance of 1788 to which allowed them to form a Temporary Government in the short term, allowing the following steps to transpire:

    Each of the States would withdraw, and remove their Two Senators from the U.S Senate, leaving the seats vacant;
    The People of the States were agreeing to withdraw, and remove their Federal Representatives from the U.S House;
    The States were Agreeing to Work Together to Form the Southeast Territory to which Allows them to Organize as One.

    This allows them to work with Congress as a Separate Territory, to whom Congress would appoint a Governor of the Territory, whereas the People of the said Territory would now elect a Common Legislative Assembly, and the Governor could now appoint judges to a Judiciary to whom would act as the temporary government as the “States” reorganized themselves as Republics.

    Let’s look at two of the States Ordinances shall we, and this proves they simply wished to dissolve the contract, that was the Constitution, thus terminating the ‘contract’ that bound them to the constitution itself…

    South Carolina – An Ordinance to dissolve the union between the State of South Carolina and other States united with her under the compact entitled “The Constitution of the United States of America.” We, the people of the State of South Carolina, in convention assembled, do declare and ordain, and it is hereby declared and ordained, that the ordinance adopted by us in convention on the twenty-third day of May, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-eight, whereby the Constitution of the United States of America was ratified, and also all acts and parts of acts of the General Assembly of this State ratifying amendments of the said Constitution, are hereby repealed; and that the union now subsisting between South Carolina and other States, under the name of the “United States of America,” is hereby dissolved. Done at Charleston the twentieth day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty.

    Florida – We, the people of the State of Florida, in convention assembled, do solemnly ordain, publish, and declare, that the State of Florida hereby withdraws herself from the confederacy of States existing under the name of the United States of America and from the existing Government of the said States; and that all political connection between her and the Government of said States ought to be, and the same is hereby, totally annulled, and said Union of States dissolved; and the State of Florida is hereby declared a sovereign and independent nation; and that all ordinances heretofore adopted, in so far as they create or recognize said Union, are rescinded; and all laws or parts of laws in force in this State, in so far as they recognize or assent to said Union, be, and they are hereby, repealed.

    These States were becoming independent, sovereign, and free nations as they were prior to 1791, and to which would govern themselves as per the Articles of Confederation. This also meant, by electing to do so, would bind the people of these states to the obligations, debts, liabilities, and agreements made by the “states” by both the Articles of 1777, and the Treaty of 1783.

    While they agreed to dissolve their contract, by leaving the “Federal Union”, they agreed to remain a part of the Confederacy of State’s to whom were to be called the United States for America as created in 1777, to whom took an oath to the 1776 Declaration of Independence.

    This is, and has always been the Right of the People and their Respective Republics to accomplish, they created the contract, they established the Federal Government, and they, when no longer wish the terms of the contract were being adhered to, have the right to dissolve, and terminate the contract at anytime, but what they could not do, was permanently end the Federal Government itself. However, if all the “States” had voted to each dissolve their own contract independently, the Federal Government would become nothing more than an entity, and island, within the 50 States themselves, unable to raise revenues.

    Knowing all of this, now provides to us a greater understanding of what was really occurring between 1859 and 1862. By agreeing to allow these 14 States to terminate the contract, meant, the Federal Government lost the ability to tax them, regulate them, and control them as part of the Constitution, they, Congress then had to adopt the means to work alongside the states.

    But this is not what the federal government chose to do, they began planning to go to war with these states, forcing them back into the federal union, to which kept them bound to the constitution itself.

    Essentially, this was not just a civil war, but a conflict between the 14 States desires to be free from the reigns of the central government, and the federal government’s desire to control them, regulate them, and tax them as per the constitution.

    The rest is history, we all know the direction taken from this point forward, the federal government began to adopt measures that would manipulate these states back into the federal union, by incorporating them as newly created entities as corporate states.

    Those Americans who chose to reside in these corporate states, were then forced to bind themselves to new codes, rules, and oaths, to which means, they could not be part of those independent republics, but were to be U.S Citizens of a Corporate State.

    The newly established corporate states, and the ‘citizens’ under them, now begin to elect new representatives to the United States House, and the Corporate States then appointed, and installed into the vacated seats, two U.S Senators.

    By doing it this way, it left all American Citizens of the 14 Republics, from the federal union, defining them as terrorists.

    This is what really happened between 1860 and 1880, where a Group of Americans chose to terminate their contract.

  5. Arlo Blundt 2023-12-06 14:43

    The States that left the Union is revolt were led by terrorists, traitors, and seditionists. Jefferson Davis was one of the richest people in America. A former Senator, Secretary of War. and high ranking officer in the Mexican War. Robert E. Lee, aside from being from the most famous military family in America, had been commandant of West Point. Robert Toombs, a Senator from Georgia was a vicious racist who insisted on the preservation pf slavery and attempted to reestablish the Confederacy in Mexico. Three quarters of a million men died in combat. One in five men in the South were killed or wounded, and the wounds in the Civil War were life altering. The South was destroyed economically and did not begin to recover for 50 years. It was an American Tragedy that had to occur to preserve our Republic.

  6. Mike Zitterich 2023-12-06 14:56

    They were not traitors nor terriost. They were a Group of Americans standing up for their Rights, and they did a hell of a job. The moral of the story, is we now learn how to separate from the Federal Government. The American Republic is a Loose Confederation of States as prescribed in the Articles of Confederation, and the foundation created by the Ordinance of 1788. I am proud to be part of a country where Americans are willing to die for their rights, and protect, preserve, and defend the Republic of Free People. The Confedracy of States lives on today.

  7. ArielMN 2023-12-06 14:59

    I didn’t realize this had become Screeds are Us.
    “Brevity is the soul of wit.” Hamlet
    Wm Shakespeare

  8. Richard Schriever 2023-12-06 15:08

    Hey Mikey, how many Americans moved from the North to the South in pursuit of “freedom” from 1860-66?? in contrast, how many moved from South to North? People go where they see the best opportunity to succeed. That was NOT in the rebellious, traitorous South, just like it is NOT in South Dakota these days.

  9. Richard Schriever 2023-12-06 15:11

    Also, the Articles of Confederation were voided by the adoption of the US Constitution in 1788.

  10. Dicta 2023-12-06 16:01

    I’m telling you, he’s escalating. His screeds are becoming lengthier and less coherent. This guy is gonna end up hurting someone or himself and we’re all contributing to it.

  11. DaveFN 2023-12-06 16:04

    Like Noem knows the first thing about the state of quantum computing, sold a bill of goods as she likely was by a few SD university academics and techies who will gladly take the bone she throws them to pad their resumes. Will see if the legislature is just as gullible to fritter away 6 million of SD taxpayer dollars (about the same as the amount they refused to put down on lunch vouchers).

    Now, if IBM considered such an investment in SD worthwhile that they would match the 6 million, I’ll change my tune. But IBM is way ahead of any university in such efforts, and other universities in the world are light years ahead of those in South Dakota with regard to quantum computing and cloud quantum computing, despite Noem’s hyperbole that “South Dakota will be a leader in an emerging technology.” Even a $6 million match by IBM or any other agency wouldn’t be but a drop in the bucket.,-Extends-Roadmap-to-Advance-Era-of-Quantum-Utility

  12. grudznick 2023-12-06 17:18

    Mr. Zitterich, you should heed those who beseech you to tighten up your bloggings. Mr. Dicta is starting to worry.

    If your auto sales outfit is still closed and you have time on your hands, might grudznick suggest that cooking at the local senior center is a good way to contribute in a positive way to your community. There might be some like-warp-minded fellows there to chat with.

  13. larry kurtz 2023-12-06 17:36

    Please join me in sending bullets to Splat Powers, Lee Schoenbeck, John Dale and Mark Mowry so they can enlarge their circular firing squad.

  14. Mike Lee Zitterich 2023-12-06 18:42

    I am not concerned with Mr. Ditka, I hardly ever read his posts, he is worthless to me, he is no longer an asset, he is a self-centered, name caller, that does not warrant my time. I am only concerned with providing to Americans the real history of America.

    As for the Articles of Confederation, they are not dead, they are very much alive, preserved, protected, and defended by the States, and they are maintained within the United States Codified Laws, listed as one of our Organic Laws of which established the United States as a Confederacy of Member States, to which is the Republic. The Constitution does in fact protect the Articles, and uphold all parts to them, except the parts that conflict with the Constitution itself, which are Articles 7 to 14 which are related to the National Government.

    The People who fought for the Southern States are every bit as American as the People who fought for the North also. They deserve respect. They stood up for their Rights, their Beliefs, and their Freedoms just as you and I do. How dare you slander them, and misrepresent them today. I am very thankful for all people who fight in all Wars where Americans go to Fight for their Cause. You Democrats better not ever forget that, and you better show them as much respect as you do the Northern States.

  15. grudznick 2023-12-06 19:00

    Dicta, not Ditka. Mr. Ditka is dead, and was grumpier than Mr. Dicta.
    I do hope Mr. Zitterich goes to Pierre during the sessions. What fun those meetings might be for the legislatures.

  16. Todd Epp 2023-12-06 20:36

    Zit loves Da Ditka!

  17. grudznick 2023-12-06 21:16

    Mr. Zitterich is a fan of Mr. Petty, not Mr. Ditka.
    (grudznick remains a fan of Mr. Dicta)

  18. DaveFN 2023-12-06 21:45

    Sorry, Mike.

    “The Articles of Confederation were adopted by the Continental Congress on November 15, 1777. This document served as the United States’ first constitution. It was in force from March 1, 1781, until 1789 when the present-day Constitution went into effect.”

    Note the words “until” and “when” in the above.

  19. grudznick 2023-12-06 21:53

    Wait. So Mr. Zitterich is living his life based on a document that died, ceased to have the force of law, is now as good as your local Pizza Hut (R) toilet paper, which is not very good by the way.

  20. Mike Lee Zitterich 2023-12-06 21:56

    The Articles of Confederation has never been repealed, nor replaced, Articles 1-6 are still in effect, and enforced by the States to this day. Articles 7-14 have been superceded by the Constitution cause they conflict with parts of the constitution that deal with duties of the National Government. We are every bit a Confederacy of Member-States today, as we were prior to 1791, and this is why Congress lists them in our U.S Register of Codes as Organic Laws that are to be enforced today. In fact, our Organic Laws include:

    Mayflower Compact (1620),

    Declaration of Independence (1776)

    Articles of Confederation (1777)

    Ordinance of 1777 (amended – 1788, 1790, 1804)

    United States Constitution

    Each of these Documents are Organic Law, and are still in effect today, and enforced by the 46 Republics, 3 Commonwealths, and 1 Organized Plantation Organization.

    *The 3 Commonwealth’s are Virgnia, Pennysvania, and Massuhuschets

    **The 1 Organized Plantation Organization is Rhode Island.

    ***The Remaining 46 are “Republics”

    ****There are also 5 Territories Established by Congress.

  21. grudznick 2023-12-06 22:08

    That Organized Plantation Organization in Rhode Island thing is really messing with some of grudznick’s property improvements, god dammit. If the OPORI doesn’t get on board with my improvements, grudznick will just poop in a gasoline soaked paper sack, if you know what I mean. (unrelated to Mr. Nesiba, who allegedly also pooped in a paper sack)

  22. Mark B 2023-12-06 22:16

    Cory, seriously, what are your commenting guidelunes? I know I occassionally have a longer passionate post, but Mike Z is a consistent spammer in this space often spewing chapters of books that have no relevance to the topic.

    I dont expect you to read every post, but a ’20 paragraphs’ rule would even help lighten the brunt of Mr. Z’s propaganda machine.

  23. e platypus onion 2023-12-07 09:46

    Just a few years after the Revolutionary War, however, James Madison and George Washington were among those who feared their young country was on the brink of collapse. With the states retaining considerable power, the central government had insufficient power to regulate commerce. It could not tax and was generally impotent in setting commercial policy. Nor could it effectively support a war effort. Congress was attempting to function with a depleted treasury; and paper money was flooding the country, creating extraordinary inflation.

    The states were on the brink of economic disaster; and the central government had little power to settle quarrels between states. Disputes over territory, war pensions, taxation, and trade threatened to tear the country apart.

    In May of 1787, the Constitutional Convention assembled in Philadelphia to revise the Articles of Confederation. They shuttered the windows of the State House (Independence Hall) and swore secrecy so they could speak freely. By mid-June the delegates had decided to completely redesign the government. After three hot, summer months of highly charged debate, the new Constitution was signed, which remains in effect today.

    First two paragraphs sound eerily like magats of today and it is no wonder A of C was discarded and rewritten completely.

  24. e platypus onion 2023-12-07 09:52

    Wednesday, June 20, 1787: The Convention Today

    The Convention took up a resolution … “that a National Government ought to be established, consisting of a supreme Legislative, Executive and Judiciary.

    Ellsworth (CT) and Gorham (MA) moved to change “national Government” to “Government of the United States.” Ellsworth didn’t want to abolish the Confederation, and he wanted the new plan to be ratified under it. This passed without controversy.

    A second resolution, that the legislatures of the United States have two branches, was taken up. Lansing (NH) moved instead that “the powers of Legislation be vested in the United States in Congress.”

    He contended that neither the powers given the Convention nor public opinion supported abandoning the Confederation. George Mason ridiculed Lansing’s motion; Luther Martin and Roger Sherman supported it. It lost: six states opposed, four small states for, and Maryland divided. The Articles of Confederation would not be retained.

    The Articles of Confederation would not be retained.
    The Articles of Confederation would not be retained.
    The Articles of Confederation would not be retained.

  25. Mike Lee Zitterich 2023-12-07 12:13

    In spite of the movement of Neocon-Republicans and Leftest-Marxist Democrats wishing to steer America down a dangerous, and sinister pathway, towards a more regulated, controlling Federalized Corporate America, the People making up these Free, Independent, and Sovereign Territorial Organizations must remain strong, prudent, and fiscally responsible to one and another, beholden to their Religious Liberties, Morality, and Convictions.

    The Mission to Save the Republic Must Be Made Up of as Many Republic’s, Commonwealth’s, Plantation Organizations, Estates, Territories as possible, of which all these organizations make up the Confederation of Member-States of America.

  26. Dicta 2023-12-07 12:35

    Dont bother responding, Mike. The truth is besides the point. This is why he quickly moves on to new topics when proved wrong. He just has to get what is in his head out or he feels like he might lose it.

  27. Dicta 2023-12-07 12:36

    That was for MFI, by the way, not the lunatic. You just keep pontificating, bud.

  28. larry kurtz 2023-12-07 12:51

    Just say it: radical christianic terrorism.

  29. Mike Lee Zitterich 2023-12-07 13:22

    Thank You for All Your Support, We The People are Beginning to Wake tons of people up, from their deep sleep, they have been in over the past 150 years, the time has come, we will join together to Make America Great Again. This is a fight to restore order, and to kick out the enemy from our land, and when it is done, the Republic will be put back in power, above the Federal Government, in its rightful place.

  30. jerry 2023-12-07 13:29

    You can get the idea of we the people, by seeing what this loon writes. Never do business with a loon.

  31. e platypus onion 2023-12-07 14:54

    Zit just spelled out the reasons why the A of C were replaced by the constitution. He’s a lunatic in need of hospitilization by white coats.

  32. Mike Lee Zitterich 2023-12-07 17:57

    Democrats have made doing business in America so much tougher, the economy sucks, thanks to Democrat politicies over the past 50 years. Inflation is through the roofs. The cost of business thanks to Democrat regulations has killed our economy, and they want to blame businesses for the rise of prices. Coming from a automotive family, rent on commercial property has killed the small business dream.

  33. Arlo Blundt 2023-12-07 20:25

    Mr. Zitterich–rent on commercial property is a business expense that has nothing to do with the federal government. Property taxes are generated by the State and Local governments. In South Dakota, we have no income tax. south Dakota is heaven on Earth for small, family owned businesses. I know, cause Governor Noem told me so.

  34. Mark B 2023-12-08 06:41

    Mike is such an idiot. There would be no states other than the original 13 without a federal government. Mike Z believes there was no need to pool money at a federal level to make all this sh*t work. He fails to see that in a Democratic Republic people have been involved along the way voting and legislating. Instead he thinks Satan made all the ‘bad’ and ‘wrong’ decisions, and a long history of tough but legitimate electoral mandates is a QAnon conspiracy in hindsight.

    Fricking Cry Babies. Now Jesus will fix it. Have your opinion and vote, but dont tell me what Jesus would do, you have no idea.

    I still think Mike Z may be Cory’s alter ego put here to fire us up..

  35. Mike Lee Zitterich 2023-12-08 08:24

    Thank You for the strong encouragement to stand up for our beliefs, strong sense of christian principles, and a strong sense of moral support for the movement to rid America of a Socialist, Fascist, Communist Take over of the United States. Every day I read your comments, and i am reminded each day how God works in mysterious ways to present to me how good things happen to those who bind themselves to his word, and to his principles. Being able to provide to all of you in a calm, respectful, form of free speech, is the ultimate means of God’s powerful message to the world. For where you respond in a negative, name calling, insulting form of speech, allows me to better understand how satan has grabbed hold of your soul, leading you down a rotten path. You may not agree with me, but so long as I respond in a moral stance, using God has my backdrop, I will be protected from from bad things occuring, and that is most important. America was literally formed by a Group of Men and Women Standing firm under the House of God, forming states to whom had taken an oath to God and stand with God, by placing God in their Constitutions, being protected from being persecuted for doing so in return. God Stand with America. I strongly believe that, even where I buy and sell used cars providing a cheap car to that single mother, or that single father hwo needs a car for $1000 dollars to get to work, or to get their kids to school or to a doctor, and when you place GOD over profit, good things happen.

  36. larry kurtz 2023-12-08 08:31

    Actually, Zitterich’s god hates South Dakota as the grassland fire danger index will reach the very high category again today for much of the hideous red state. Burn, baby, burn.

  37. Dicta 2023-12-08 08:33

    Lol, dude is literally attempting to martyr himself on the internet.

  38. Mike Lee Zitterich 2023-12-08 08:43

    You all claim I am wrong by everything I have stated in the past, but what you cannot argue is the CORPORATE STATE that we are residing in since the year 1871. The Democrat and Republican Parties have both played their roles in destroying the FREE REPUBLIC in return for a CORPORATE AMERICAN DEMOCRACY we are experiencing today where the CORPORATE ELITE have usurped power from the Republic of Free People, creating a populous for the District of Columbia, giving to it a Corporate Munciple Government, to which contracts out to the Federalized Corporate States trapping them to a life of Corporate Welfare of Tax Subsidies, Benefits, and Shelter. This has allowed this Luciferian Federal Government, led by their Corporate Powers to place themselves above the States, enslaving Americans to a life of debt, ensolvancy, and high corporate taxes. You all claim I am incorrect in my assessment of America, but yet, prior o 1871, ‘we’ were a Country of Independent, Sovereign, Free Republics, to each of who elected an EXECUTIVE to whom preserved, protected, and defended the Republic.
    We were not involved in Global Wars, Stood Up Against the Central Bankers, and each State had their own State Bank and Currency, and a Strong economic prosperity.

    Today, You so called Democratic Supporters hide behind your beloved Fake Names, behind that computer Screen, calling people names, attacking them, and insulting them, slandering those small business owners who make every effort to help people within this current Multi-Nationalist Economic tradition of Big Corporate Highjacking of our Economy.

    Multi-Nationalism is a belief in Corporate Power is vested by those People who invest in them, pooling their assets to ruin our independent state economies, by using everyone else’s money, to enrich a few corporate elitists, to whom hide behind their Non-profit financial schemes.

    Both Democrat and Republican Parties have fell victim to this Global Multi-Nationalism Scheme of Enriching the Elite to Destroy the Great American Republic.

  39. BobJ 2023-12-10 10:54

    MLZ, maybe you could look forward instead of backward. While you are the current king of “copy and Paste” , you are totally irrelevant in the greater good,for South Dakota.

  40. grudznick 2023-12-10 17:59

    Mr. Mike, you are from Iowa, so your words are smaller than most, but your Governor is very pretty and often makes good sense. Do you put bloggings out about Iowa things, too? grudznick is curious and knows some fellows who are lobbists in Des Moines, if you ever need a word.

  41. e platypus onion 2023-12-10 19:10

    iowa guv Aluminum Foil makes sense only if your twisted mind is programmed to follow drumpian garbage salad. I guess we know what side of the border you, Goatzilla, come down on.

  42. All Mammal 2023-12-10 19:40

    Mr. mfi is the voice that I love to hate. I’m like cheering him on, but then peeved off at the same dang time. he has to try. One day, they will ask us:
    What did you do while the earth was dying?
    Did you you sing one song? Write one letter?
    Did you hold hands with someone? Did you help to stop harming her?
    Did Fauna’s dying enrage you?
    Or when George, the last giant land snail, died alone? Did you feel pain from our absolute loss?
    What did you do while the earth was dying?

    Not sure, but I thought I read this poem in a book before. It might be written by St. Frances of Assisi- but couldn’t find it

  43. Bob Newland 2023-12-10 20:37

    Guinness Stout and John Prine music
    When I hear Common Sense, I feel at home
    Guinness Stout and John Prine music
    Have kept my heart alive since you’ve been gone

  44. grudznick 2023-12-10 20:58

    Back in the day, when grudznick and his good friend Bob frequented some rockabilly joints around the south east part of the Black Hills of South Dakota, ol’ Bob could dance like Beelzebub hsownself.

    Sir Beelzebub pulls by the scruff
    His little black puppets who grin at the sky,
    And with a backhander in the head like a kick,
    Makes them dance, dance, to an old Carol-tune!

  45. Bob Newland 2023-12-11 09:07

    What I remember about grudznutz in the joints was him crawling around under the tables stealing upskirt glances.

  46. All Mammal 2023-12-11 12:03

    e platypus onion- wow! Thank you. I have never read that man’s poem and it sure isn’t St. Francis of Assisi. Uncanny. It sorta still made me bawl, though. Thanks.
    I didn’t want to plagiarize since I can still see the page in my mind’s eye. I scoured all my 2 tons of books and online until I just winged it. What you found is way too similar, yet still brand new to me. I guess the simplest explanation is that hieroglyphic stairway is real, man.

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