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I Am Alive the Rick and Morty Remix

Happy Rick and Morty day!  Or is it Game of Thrones Day?  Either way its Sunday!  Enjoy the new episodes tonight.

Game of Thrones – Ice Ice Baby

What’s that you say?  You don’t watch either of these shows?  Then I’m going to need you to get your shit together:


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Oh Great Now I Have To Worry About Being Crushed By Large Mammals

Nine years ago I moved to South Dakota. I survived allergies, ridiculously cold weather, ridiculously hot weather, and the ultra-annoying drone of cicadas. I have taken on these challenges with good humor and grace but now I have another concern: being attacked by large mammals. That fact comes via The Tribunist Blog.

C.D.C. chart: Ways to Die

What Kind of Beast Hides on These Plains?

I am a native New Englander, so I am used to coexisting cows, white tail deer, and the occasional moose or bear. Interestingly the all of New England has insufficient data on animal destruction. South Dakota is a completely different story. It seems that the plains are ripe with sinister beasts. What kind of atrocities are the people of South Dakota hiding from me? I can only assume that it is some type of wild-super-gorilla that hides in the hills of Great Bear at night. Or maybe it’s just a really pissed off bison…


Not gonna lie, I don’t know what a bison looks like. I think this looks right. Image credit Yoky via

I Don’t Really Like These Odds

According to the article, I have a 1 in 814,179 chances of meeting my end at the hands (or hooves) of a beast. South Dakota ranks third in the nation for animal deaths behind Montana and West Virginia. The entire population of South Dakota according to the 2016 census is only 865,454 people compared to an estimated 3.5 million head of cattle. That’s only cows! How many other types of large mammals are waiting to crush the life out of me?


If there is a bright side, here it is

The article does identify some other animals that kill. If I had to find a bright side, it is that South Dakotans will be able to see their attackers coming. For example, Texans are most likely to die from venomous arthropods (spiders and scorpions). And Illinois and Missouri have the highest chance of being killed by a large reptile (I didn’t even know they had large reptiles in Illinois). If I had to pick an attacker, I guess death by large mammal is better than by alligator, scorpions, or a swarm of angry bees.

Turns out the culprit fairly average

As usual, when looking into the actual numbers the story is not nearly as exciting. The menace is not a super mutant bison thirsting for my Yankee blood, most of the deaths are due to car accidents caused by deer. The second most deadly creatures are flying insects like bees, wasps, and hornets. I guess the real lesson here is to drive safely and watch out for those dumb-as-hell deer.

I Ain’t Scared Tho

As stated previously, I have survived everything that the great state of South Dakota has thrown at me. I will not let some giant hell-bison or car crushing deer scare me out of this state. The real culprit might be deer, but I still wonder what kind of beasts out there on the prairie.

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Disney On Ice presents Dream Big comes to Denny Sanford PREMIER Center

(Sioux Falls, SD) – Believing is just the beginning when dreamers from Sioux Falls witness the empowering tales of Disney’s most courageous leading ladies told through artistic skating and acrobatics in Disney On Ice presents Dream Big. Audiences are invited to join eight Disney Princesses – Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Jasmine, Aurora and Snow White – as they embark on incredible adventures, determined to make their dreams come true. In addition, experience the sisterly love that has captivated millions as Disney’s Frozen is brought to life on the icy stage.

Disney on Ice Dream Big Photo from Feld Entertainment

Disney on Ice Dream Big –  Photo from Feld Entertainment

Tickets for performances at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center go on sale August 15, 2017 at 10 a.m. and are available at the KELOLAND Box Office,, or charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000.

“Before dreaming up this show, we reflected on what makes Disney’s leading ladies so unique,” said Producer Kenneth Feld. “Having three daughters, it didn’t take long to realize that every princess had one thing in common: each one had a dream and the determination to make it a reality. We wanted to share that inspirational message with our audiences by celebrating the stories of these courageous young women and the friends that helped them along the way.”

Guests will also enjoy a special second act including royal sisters Anna and Elsa from the Academy Award®-winning and number one animated feature film of all time, Disney’s Frozen. Audiences will enter the land of Arendelle and journey up the North Mountain with Olaf and rugged mountain-man Kristoff as they help the sisters discover true love can conquer all.

To create this thrilling production, Kenneth Feld has selected some of the brightest and most creative minds in the industry:

Patty Vincent (Director) – Directed numerous Feld Entertainment ice and stage shows including Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic, Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart, Frozen, Magical Ice Festival, Dare to Dream and The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice; began her career at Feld Entertainment as a skater 31 years ago and has advanced in the company to become the Character Development Director for all touring Disney On Ice productions. Additional credits include co-director of Playhouse Disney Live! and co-director of High School Musical Summer Celebration.

Cindy Stuart (Choreographer) – 2016 Professional Skaters Association’s Choreographer of the Year Award winner; two-time Sonja Henie Award nominee; collaborated with Olympic Gold Medalist Robin Cousins on multiple projects; choreographed for US Champion Gracie Gold,  U.S. Bronze Medalist Mirai Nagasu, World and Olympic Champions Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao and Olympic Champions Jamie Salé and David Pelletier; choreographer for several Disney On Ice productions, including Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart and Frozen.

Robert Little (Scenic Designer) – Scenic designer for Disney On Ice presents Beauty and the Beast and multiple Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® productions; designed musicals for Utah Festival Opera Theater and Goodspeed Musicals, along with operas for Tri-Cities Opera Company.

Ilona Somogyi (Costume Designer) – Yale faculty member and freelance costume designer; served as associate designer for Broadway’s Spamalot and for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®; worked on productions including Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance, Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ethan Coen’s Almost an Evening and The Opera at Carnegie Hall.

Peter Morse (Lighting Designer) – Disney On Ice veteran who has worked with such talent as Barbra Streisand, Usher, Carrie Underwood, Madonna, Prince, Shania Twain and the Backstreet Boys; worked on multiple TV productions and feature films, won an Emmy® Award for his work on Bette Midler’s HBO Special Diva, Las Vegas.

Ticket prices are $20, $25, $30 (Gold Circle), $35 (VIP Sideline), $40 (VIP Endzone), $50 (Rinkside), $60 (Front Row). Tickets are subject to handling, facility and convenience charges. Seats are $2 more for the Saturday 11 a.m., Saturday 3 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. shows only.

*Opening Night Ticket Price: $15.00 all seats, excluding Premium seats.

Dates: November 30-December 3, 2017

Show times:

Thursday, 7 p.m.
Friday, 7 p.m.
Saturday, 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m.

Twitter: @DisneyOnIce #DreamBig
Instagram: @DisneyOnIce

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Panic in Detroit: Part 3

Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series.  Check out part one here and part two here.

After blogging up to this week’s release of the film “Detroit” which addresses the 1967 Riots that took place in my hometown, I finally got the chance to hit the theater and watch history play out.
Clocking in at a whopping 143 minutes, Katheryn Bigelow’s directorial effort to highlight the significance of what happened 50 years ago let me down, frankly. I deliberately did not read any reviews until after I had seen the film, but I’m going to echo some of those criticisms.
First, I have to give high praise to the film for some of its casting choices. Foremost among them, John Boyega. Boyega, a British actor, burst onto the Hollywood scene with 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Since then he has had a small number of supporting roles in films like “The Circle” (also reviewed here at The Sioux Empire). Make no mistake – Boyega is a major, major star in the making. He has the stoic, lock-jawed gravitas of a young Denzel Washington and his moments on screen in “Detroit” are the most riveting.
Also, well-cast in this film are the young actors Algee Smith, Jacob Latimore, and Hannah Murray. Each manages to convey the sense of terror, confusion, and indignation at what they are about to endure. It is through the eyes of these four actors (including Boyega) that the audience views the events depicted.
As a brief recap to my previous posts, about the Riots: By 1967 most Detroit neighborhoods were still heavily segregated but the movement was afoot. However, housing options were extremely limited as were employment, transportation and even entertainment for the city’s black folk. Like other cities across the U.S., Detroit was facing a racial conflict over the issue of policing and police brutality. Tensions came to a head on the night of Saturday, July 22nd, 1967 when undercover police raided a ‘blind pig’ or illegal drinking establishment at the corner of 12th and Clairmount.
Police found 82 black men in attendance at the club. They were there to celebrate the return home for two local GI’s, back from ‘Nam. But there were also illegal drinking and gambling going on. When the police decided to arrest everyone, a crowd began to gather out on the street.
It was a brutally hot summer night, tensions were high, and the arrested men along with the neighborhood looky-loo’s started to taunt the cops. My 17-year old father arrived on the scene somewhere around this moment. He doesn’t remember any police, but he remembers a commotion and a lot of people milling around. (See “Panic in Detroit: Part 2”)
By 3 am, the arrested had been loaded into paddy wagons and transported to the police station. Someone lobbed a bottle at the police, and then some bricks, and then the crowd became enraged. They looted a nearby clothing store and rioted through the morning hours.
By Sunday night there was a city-wide curfew. Concerts were canceled. Cooler heads were begging the rioters to go home, but the violence escalated. Businesses were fire-bombed. Anyone out on the streets was arrested. Most of the violence was cop against citizen, but there were also snipers firing at cops and firemen. Black-owned businesses were not spared from looting and firebombing. By Tuesday night, the National Guard was called in.
In the end, 43 people were dead. Among the dead were three young black men killed by police at the Motel Algiers. “Detroit” is about the riots, but specifically about the Incident at the Algiers that occurred on Tuesday, July 25th, the third day of the riots.
Most Americans don’t know crap about Detroit, about the Race Riots of ’43 and ’67 and frankly, don’t care. It’s a shame because it does have real relevance in our culture, even today. But as a native-born Detroiter, I can tell you that most of the time when I mention where I’m from I receive comments about how violent Detroit is and how bankrupt the city is and how broken down everything looks. I’m always shocked to hear those comments because, to me, Detroit is still a shining example of industriousness and ingenuity. But more importantly, Detroit is its people. They’ve endured a lot, and they’re still standing. What’s not to root for?
By focusing on the Incident at the Motel Algiers and not providing a deeper context, “Detroit” narrows its reception to those who already agree that police brutality is a major issue. By painting such bold stripes with her cinematic brush, Bigelow’s “Detroit” shows what happened in July 1967 in a divisive and cartoonish fashion. By failing to understand what was happening around the Algiers, around the city, most viewers will know little about this historical event by watching this film.
The film opens with a creative but too-brief montage that depicts the Northern migration of Southern black families to work in the auto plants and the racial divides and inequity they continued to face over the next several decades. From there, we go into the nightclub that was raided.
Aside from several minor historical inaccuracies, I felt that this scene got the tone and sentiment correct. You feel the heat, the sweat, the indignation and humiliation of the crowd. The next couple of scenes show the action on the streets. However, it doesn’t feel like a buildup from the past scene. We do get introduced to a racist cop played by Will Poulter (of “Revenant”) who is already on disciplinary action from the Detroit PD by the time he arrives at the Motel Algiers. Poulter’s Officer Krauss is so bigoted that he’s lampoon-ish. Krauss is not a real character – he’s a composite, and it’s pretty clear that he serves as a cudgel to this story.
My biggest issue with “Detroit” however is the shifting perspective. This film is portrayed as an ensemble piece, but as a viewer, you constantly want to focus on one person’s experience. I felt that Boyega’s Melvin Dismukes was the likely candidate but as soon as I began to connect with him, he was off screen and someone else was the focus. By the end of the film, this was Larry Reed’s story.
Algee Smith plays Larry Reed, lead singer of The Dramatics – a Motown-inspired quintet poised at their first chance of stardom when they are selected to perform at Detroit’s Fox Theater on the evening of Sunday, July 23rd. Larry’s best friend Frankie, played by Latimore (the very definition of wide-eyed and wounded innocence) helps to manage the band.
The Dramatics would later go on to some modicum of fame (their biggest hit was 1975’s “Me and Mrs. Jones”) but neither Larry nor Frankie would remain involved with the Dramatics, due to what occurred at the Motel Algiers. Nor would the Dramatics take the stage that night, thanks to the riots and the announcement of the curfew. The band heads out of the Fox Theater into the streets, where Frankie and Larry become separated from the others and wind up at the Motel Algiers.
This film either needed to be a true ensemble piece or it needed to pick a protagonist. Failing to do that only disconnected audiences from the characters and, therefore, from the narrative.
Boyega’s Dismukes is exactly the kind of overachieving black Detroiter that racist cops like Krauss and his partner Flynn needed as a foil. Working two jobs, working double shifts during the riots, coming home to Mama’s house to fix a quick sandwich before heading to the next one, bringing hot (if mediocre) coffee to the National Guard troops patrolling in front of the store he is securing, Dismukes arrives at the Algiers to witness some of the taunting and abuse by the cops. He is joined by a few members of the National Guard including Austin Hebert as Warrant Officer Roberts. Roberts, with his craggy Bill Murray face, is the only person on the scene to defy the cops. Dismukes merely looks alarmed, biting his lip. Later, after three young men are dead, Dismukes is implicated in the crimes by a couple of edgy detectives trying to sort out the facts. But he’s barely on screen for the second half of the film.
Perhaps it’s good that Dismukes isn’t painted as the hero of Algiers because there were no heroes that night. There were victims, there were perpetrators, there were innocent bystanders, and there were people who failed to do the right thing. Ten black men and two white women were beaten, harassed, humiliated and tortured by police that terrible July night. A starter gun had been jokingly fired inside the hotel, shattering a window and bringing cops and National Guardsmen to the scene. One man was immediately killed by police and, hours later, two more black men were shot to death.
Murray’s Julie and her friend Karen are the two white women, partying it up at the Algiers, visitors from Ohio. Salacious and impulsive, Julie jests with Karen about becoming a prostitute not long before meeting Frankie and Larry. But the film doesn’t define the women’s intentions. Later, seeing these two white women partying with a group of black men seems to be the inciting moment for the cops to start whooping some ass.
The scenes in the Algiers are brutal to watch but I felt little would be learned by audiences sitting through it. The end of the story jumps forward quite a bit, showing a few the trials of the officers (guess as to the verdicts arrived at by all-white jurors). But Dismukes was also tried, found innocent, but named in a civil suit later.
Kathryn Bigelow has made her raison d’etre in war porn and “Detroit” was no better. Perhaps the Riots would be better served by a more thoughtful and three-dimensional docu-series that showed the riots, the rebellion, the Algiers, the devastation, the occupation and the full aftermath of what happened to the 5th largest city in America after July 1967. It’s a story that needed to be told, but “Detroit” failed to do so.
The good news: at least I didn’t go see “The Dark Tower.”
Two mitts down. A little “Michigan” humor to end on.


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Is The War On Drugs Why South Dakota Can’t Have Nice Things?

KELOLAND News is reporting that a search warrant was executed in Aberdeen on 8/7/2017. Aberdeen Police seized $800 cash plus 2.12 pounds of marijuana (Aberdeen Police say the value of the drugs is $6000). I feel like law enforcement gets a lot of grief in the media, so I want to say right now that my opinions are not aimed at the officers who did their job here but at the policy makers who have them doing stupid stuff like this in the first place. Very, very often I feel people don’t appreciate that it is not the officers themselves who make the laws they must enforce but your elected officials you were too busy to vote for in the last election.

I have to question how much was spent on this raid. As more and more states move toward legalizing marijuana, South Dakota remains in the dark ages. In a time when the state is looking at hiking tuition on students at our state schools, while at the same time South Dakota is the 2nd highest state in the country for students who graduate in loan debt, I don’t see how it’s possible that we can have the extra thousands of dollars in court costs and law enforcement hours to chase 2 lbs of pot. The accomplishments of this raid can be canceled out by a bus trip to a “Free” state.

Our governor tells our young people to abandon their aspirations and lower their expectations because the state wants well-trained subjects, not well-educated citizens. While at the same time it throws them in jail for using substances that allow them to escape mental drudgery, if only briefly. And then “Leaders” in South Dakota can’t fathom why young people flee the state in droves and spends still more money on half-hearted attempts to lure them back.

I guess South Dakota should start saving money now to build the wall we’ll need to keep workers in as the rest of the country moves forward in time without us. Don’t worry; they’ll just tell the voters here that it’s to keep immigrants out and it will get built with popular support. Seriously South Dakota, get your shit together.




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Tactical Remote Robot Assists in Felony Arrest

PIERRE, S.D. – Law Enforcement confirm that Chaz VanOrman, 35, Sioux Falls, was arrested August 3, 2017, in Lake County following an extensive search in both Lyon County, Iowa, and Minnehaha County, and ending in Lake County. VanOrman has been charged in Lake County on one count of burglary and one count of possession of a stolen vehicle.

“This operation demonstrates why we are so fortunate in South Dakota to have local government and legislative support to provide our officers with the state-of-the-art equipment to protect them and our communities,” said Attorney General Jackley.

The technology used at the residence in Lake County was a remote operated tactical robot. The tactical robot is equipped with multiple cameras, a light, and 2-way communications with the ability to listen to surroundings.  It was used in this incident to better understand the layout of the exterior of the residence by driving around it. This allows law enforcement to evaluate the structure from a safe location. The robot is equipped to knock on the residence door and then proceed to the interior where it successfully navigated through the residence giving law enforcement a real time look of the entire structure while having the ability to give it commands from a safe location.
The tactical robot did not locate the subject but did provide officers with the necessary information to enter the structure safely. The subject was located in the residence and arrested without incident. The tactical robot was then used to clear additional spaces in the residence including the attic space.

The tactical robot was a joint law enforcement purchase by the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office, Sioux Falls Police Department and the Division of Criminal Investigation.

Agencies that assisted in this investigation included the Lake County Sheriff Office, Moody County Sheriff’s Office, Flandreau Police Department, SD Highway Patrol and the Division of Criminal Investigation.

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Meet U.S. House Candidate George Hendrickson

On Monday, July 31st, I had the awesome pleasure of sitting down with Independent candidate, George Hendrickson, at Remedy Brewing in downtown Sioux Falls. He’s running against Shantel Krebs and Dusty Johnson of the Republican party, and Tim Bjorkman and Chris Martian of the Democratic party for House Representative in the upcoming 2018 state election. As I sat down with him, it quickly became apparent that he is unlike most political players. At first, I was a little nervous about interviewing a “politician,” as this was my first go-around in this area. As the interview started, I was pleased to find that he’s a pretty normal guy. A family man with a big heart for those he cares about. He was very candid with me. As well as open and honest about who he is, where he came from, and about what his goals and views are. It felt very much like sitting and chatting with a friend over a drink. It was a pleasant surprise that he was so talkative. Throughout the interview portion of this article, I’ll illuminate some of the questions I had for him, but mostly will give his responses since he had so much to say. He gave such thorough answers that he often answered my questions before I got the chance to. I’ll highlight certain topics he discussed with me to give you a better idea of who he is as a person and a candidate. So, allow me to introduce. George Hendrickson.

Brandilyn: “So where did you start off? I know you were a former police officer…”.

George: “Years ago, yeah. Long time ago, I was a police officer back in the early 2000s. Prior to that, I did fugitive recovery. I was a bail bondsman, and I did that from the middle 90’s up to then. I have a background in insurance . . . . Then, you know, getting married and things change. So I ended up eventually coming out of law enforcement when the last chief I had retired and left the state . . . . And so I really love law enforcement, especially fugitive recovery ‘cause that was always something I was really good at I mean I could find anybody. I enjoyed that a lot, but it’s, you know, really dangerous. It’s always foreign jurisdictions, no backup and you know you’re kicking open people’s doors and going in heavy to get them and drag them back to home jurisdiction. Which was great unmarried, but once I was married the wife was kind of like, ‘Well.. you know, is there something a little different you could do?’ So, that was kind of the evolution there. I had a construction background, so I went back into construction and I enjoyed that. I had been doing that for years. I had been doing that kind of thing clear up until my son was born. Then when we started finding out about his condition, and everything that had to do with that. We ended up kind of having to sit down as a family and say, ‘Okay, how are we going to weather this because this child needs full-time care,’ and so it wasn’t even a matter of even playing Rock-Paper-Scissors. I mean, I was self-employed, my wife had a solid, steady job with medical benefits and all of that kind of thing. So, we determined that we could refocus my job a lot easier, and so that’s what we did. And so I became a full-time caregiver for my disabled son. So that was, once again, was an amazing change in life. ‘Cause I’d always been the primary parent just by virtue of the fact that my job was always very flexible, and Mom’s wasn’t, and so I always was the guy cooking all the meals and shagging(driving) the children here and there and stuff. So, we’ve always had a bit of a role reversal ‘cause my wife’s a professional, and she takes her work very seriously. And she’s very good at what she does, and I never had an ounce of second thought or animosity about that. She’s so good at what she does; I’m just blessed to know her and be able to live in the same house, I think. And she’s a great mom, you know, she’s great with the kids too but, it’s the same thing, I grew up where my mom was a stay-at-home mom, and my dad always worked. So, I had a lot less interaction with my dad than I do with my mom, and she suffers through that and that hurts her. But she does it because it’s ultimately for the good of the family, and now as my children get older they really understand it a lot better. . . . Mom, she works full time. She’s also a full-time student. She’s working on her Master’s degree, and we’ve been doing that for the last ten years, and so she’s incredible. I mean, she’s exceedingly capable. You know, she helps me strive for higher goals too just because I watch her knock the snot out of it every day you know? It’s a good environment, but if we didn’t have the dynamic we have, it wouldn’t work. If I weren’t the guy I am, she wouldn’t be able to do what she does. And if she wasn’t the person she is, I couldn’t do what I’m doing, you know just like this whole fiasco. Once it was determined that this is what I must do she was just like, ‘Yep.’ She’s like, ‘Yeah, I always knew it,’ and so it was just a matter of getting there.”

B: “So what made you really want to go into politics?”

G: “Oh… I didn’t; I really didn’t. Ah, politics drives me crazy. You know, I have beat my head up against the wall for several years up at the state legislature trying to just do something good for my son and for others that are disabled or sick that can benefit from this. And it’s really been hard because looking at the legislature, most of them really want to do something to help, but they’re afraid to. I mean, I’ve been told by more people than you know, ‘Oh, I would but it’s an election year..’ . . . . Getting back to the ‘Why you going this road?’. Everybody kept saying, ‘Well, you know, until it changes on a federal level we can’t do anything.’ Which is absurd because 46 other states have already done something. So I mean, come on. We’re all adults here. So, I guess that we weighed, you know, what do we do? Do we run for South Dakota House? Do we run for senate? It was like, we can’t do anything to affect anything there because we’re still going to hit the same wall, ‘Well, we can’t do anything until the FDA does something.’ Well, that pretty well moved us to, ‘Well, we have to look at this federally.’ And the place to go is probably, we think is Congress. So, we toiled over that for months. About whether to do it or not you know ‘cause we know that one: it’s not an easy thing to do.. two: it’s completely stacked against you if you are not a political player. And it’s completely stacked against you if you don’t come from name and money.”

B: “Well, and since you’re not accepting Political Action Committee money and not affiliated with one of the two parties, you’ve got a lot working against you, but I personally feel your approach says a lot.”

G: “And we’re counting on that to carry us because our message is completely different from either party. The folks that are running on the Republican side, they are professional politicians. This is what they do. . . . And they are going to fight tooth-and-nail to win this election because this is their next stepping stone to the Senate, or the next stepping stone to the governorship. . . . But up until today, you are given a choice between two party platforms, and you have to figure out which one you can live with; their idealisms, the most. And nowhere do you have anybody saying, ‘You know what? I want to go there and work for the state of South Dakota. I want to work for the people who send me there. Not a platform that’s been handed down to me by some big shot in DC.’ And because that’s what it is. When we’ve sent requests to all three of our federal, elected officials, we nearly got the same form letter back from 2 different senators and one congresswoman. . . . And so it’s no different on the democratic side, they just look at it differently. They were in support of what we were doing at that time. And so the problem is, you’ve got a lot of conservatives that are really, really mad right now at the Republican party because they really feel like they’re not being represented. They feel like these guys are going out there just to get stinking rich. They’re making millions off of taking PAC money. . . . Getting back to the angst of the people, I think we have a fair number of Democrats that are wholly upset over, not only what happened in their electoral process; where they rigged their own primary and just walked away from it smiling, and nobody said anything. And I’m still troubled that nobody has said anything. . . . And likewise the Republican side, they saw the exact same thing where they were trying to get their electors to not vote the way the citizens that sent them there voted, which is akin to fixing or rigging an election. Now luckily, they didn’t do that but there was a lot of talk about it, and it had a lot of people very upset over that process.”

George on his goals for the campaign and what he wishes to accomplish up until the election: “We want to try to accomplish a lot of different things and one of the things that we want to be the best in the world at is having a place, where on say, a Monday night I’m meeting with people that want to be a part of this whole process. Not just a part of the campaign, but a part of the whole think-tank process and everything that are liberal.. and I say that with little quotation marks because I just don’t want to deal with Alt-left, progressive, trump-hating.. just like I don’t want to deal with alt-right either.”

B: “You’re going to want people like me, who are in the middle.”

G: “Yeah, I want my brothers and sisters. The people are worried about how they’re going to survive, what our country’s going to look like in 20 years. The people that rationally look at things from their point of view and also rationally be able to look at things from someone else’s point of view. I want to meet with those people on Monday, and on Wednesday I want to meet with the other side. I want to have the same conversation with both groups so I can find out what our passions are and where they cross lines. Where they meet and how we can gel them because if we can put together a group of liberals and a group of conservatives and we can bring them together in a bipartisan way as a campaign. Then our ability will be endless in Washington because that group will never disappear. That group will ever be growing and evolving. It’ll be all over the state eventually if we can do this right. Because that’s how this job should be. You know, I see all the time, postings: ‘Will you stand with me on this subject.’ And the whole point is what can I stand with YOU on? That is what these conversations have to be about. At first, I need to meet with these groups separately, because I don’t want them fighting over their politics. If I’m the bridge, if I’m the one who’s going to stand in the gap, then I’ll stand in the gap between them until we can get more groups together. But if we have to meet separately, then we will until we can. It’s because I love my friends on the left just as much as the ones on the right. We all just want to live a great, peaceful life with the reassurance that our government is not[screwing] us. Because we all feel like it is. And if I fail miserably, thank God it’s a two-year term, and you can replace me!

During the interview, I stated that I thought he was in the middle on some issues(my bad, George), but I was wrong. He’s standing in the gap.. between the Left and the Right. There IS a difference. Then I asked him specifically about his stance on medical cannabis, and if he thought that would hurt him in South Dakota. To which he said, “No, oh my God, no. Because the level of acceptance people have for medical cannabis is through the roof. That is probably the most frustrating thing for people right now. When they look at my child and know he can’t get relief in this state. And they know damn well that it is really that simple if 46 other states can do it. They feel that is completely being ludicrous, and it will hurt the other candidates more. . . . It will help me. It will hurt them. The thing is, I don’t want everyone to think that is my single issue because I’ve already been accused of that. Even though, my website says otherwise. Even though, everything says otherwise.”

As you can see, George is unlike most other politicians. So much so, that he doesn’t even consider himself a politician, in fact, he said, “As a matter of fact, I loathe that.” He would, likely, invite you to openly approach him with any questions you may have about his campaign, the issues surrounding politics, or just inquiring about who he is. He wants to get to know the people he plans on representing in Washington, D.C. I feel that George is a breath of fresh air when compared to the stale atmosphere of current politics. Here, we have an option for political office that is true of and for the people of South Dakota. Someone who is unbound by party lines, and is willing to meet others as a real person, not just a politician. Thank you so much, George, for allowing me to get to know you a little better and help to share your story. I wish you the best of luck in the upcoming election!

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Republic of China (Taiwan) to Honor American Veterans Who Served in Taiwan

PIERRE, S.D. – Republic of China (Taiwan) will honor 52 South Dakota veterans who served in Taiwan during 1955-1979 at a ceremony hosted by the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs. The ceremony will be held Monday, Aug. 14, at 1 p.m. (CST) in Galleries B & C at the Ramkota Conference Center in Pierre.

On behalf of the Republic of China (ROC) government, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Denver will present the “US-ROC Mutual Defense Commemorative Badge” to express the country’s appreciation for their service and contributions.

The United States of America and the Republic of China established a Mutual Defense Treaty from 1955 to 1979, which defended Taiwan’s democracy and freedom. Director General Jerry Chang said, “The American soldiers played a very important role in maintaining the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait during that time and we are very grateful for all the veterans’ contributions to providing assistance in Taiwan’s self-defense. Taiwanese people will always remember with deep appreciation.”

“It has been an honor to work side by side with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office on this ceremony,” said Larry Zimmerman, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs.  “They recognize what these heroes have given and as a token of their sincerest appreciation they will present them with the US-ROC Mutual Defense Commemorative Badge which symbolizes their adoration and appreciation for their service and sacrifice.”

“This is a conflict not many remember, and few even know about,” said Zimmerman.  “We must continue to provide opportunities like this ceremony to educate all on the sacrifices made by those who serve.”

The ceremony will include remarks from Gov. Dennis Daugaard, SDDVA Secretary Larry Zimmerman, and Director General Jerry Chang.

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Game of Thrones – Ice Ice Baby

The Game of Thrones cast singing Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice.  Enjoy!

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South DaCola Podcast 004 News Media with Patrick Lalley

South DaCola Podcast 004 News Media with Patrick Lalley.

Host Scott L. Ehrisman and nameless co-host.

Guest Patrick Lalley

Produced by Robert Mehling

Theme Music “Rainy Day” by Brian Masek & Friends

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