A Race We Can and Should Win By Sen. John Thune

By Sen. John Thune 

The United States has experienced numerous technological revolutions throughout its relatively short history that have been so monumental that life as Americans knew it would never be the same. Henry Ford made automobiles and the assembly line a reality. Scientists helped American astronauts take “one giant leap for mankind.” And U.S. innovators and academics played a pivotal role in making the internet as integral to our day-to-day lives as it is today.

It was Americans’ desire to ask “what’s next?” that led to each of these technological revolutions in the past, and it’s already leading to those of the future. An easy example of this is the evolution in how we’ve consumed media over the last century and the technology that has allowed us to do it. We had books and newspapers, then radio and television, then color television, then VHS and VCRs, then DVDs and Blu-ray, and now with a few quick clicks, you can watch a movie from a wireless tablet on a chair in your backyard or on an internet-connected airplane at 30,000 feet.

When it comes to mobile broadband technology, in particular, of which media consumption is only one small part, I believe American innovators and entrepreneurs are at the doorstep of another “what’s next?” moment. I’m hopeful that lawmakers in Washington can help these new American pioneers cross the finish line faster and more efficiently, because if we don’t win this race, another country will.

In early 2016, I introduced the Making Opportunities for Broadband Investment and Limiting Excessive and Needless Obstacles to Wireless (MOBILE NOW) Act, bipartisan legislation that would lay critical groundwork for the next generation in wireless broadband technology. At the time, I said the MOBILE NOW Act would be our passport to a 5G future of gigabit wireless connectivity, and I believe it now more than ever.

While the Senate Commerce Committee, which I chair, easily approved this common-sense legislation a few months later, it unfortunately didn’t make it to the Senate floor before the end of the year. We were close, though, which is why I reintroduced the bill on the very first day of the 115th Congress in 2017. Our hard work and persistence paid off. The committee passed it again, and, as part of a larger legislative package, so did the full House and Senate. Our multi-year effort culminated with the president recently signing it into law.

Now that it’s the law of the land, I hope we can move quickly to cut unnecessary and overly burdensome red tape so U.S. innovators can continue to move the ball down the field. By deploying newer, modernized infrastructure, like small cell technology, and making more of it available for broadband, including inefficiently used government spectrum, the airwaves over which mobile communications travel, we can achieve these goals.

My hope is that as this new technological revolution continues to take shape, states like South Dakota can play a leading role in making it a reality. Some might say, “why South Dakota?” And to them, I say, why not? It’s within reach.

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Why Call It Good Friday?

Good Friday is the day when Christians memorialize Jesus Christ’s crucifixion. So why is it called Good Friday? According to the Bible, Jesus was ordered to carry the cross on which he would be crucified and then put to death. So what’s so good about it?

Some suggest that the day is “good” in that it is holy, or that the phrase is a corruption of “God’s Friday”.

However, according to Fiona MacPherson, senior editor at the Oxford English Dictionary, the adjective traditionally “designates a day on (or sometimes a season) which religious observance is held”. The Oxford English Dictionary states that “good” in this context refers to “a day or season observed as holy by the church,” for example; the greeting “good tide” in England or old Christmas songs. In addition to Good Friday, there is also a less well-known Good Wednesday, namely the Wednesday before Easter.

The earliest use of “guode friday” is in The South English Legendary, from around 1290. According to the Baltimore Catechism – the standard US Catholic school text from 1885 to the 1960s, Good Friday is good because Christ “showed His great love for man, and purchased for him every blessing”.

The Catholic Encyclopedia says that the term’s origins are not precise. It means some sources see its roots in the phrase “God’s Friday” or Gottes Freitag, while others argue that it is from the German Gute Freitag. It notes that the day was called Long Friday by the Anglo-Saxons and is referred to as such in modern Danish. It also says that Good Friday is known as “the Holy and Great Friday” in the Greek liturgy, “Holy Friday” in Romance Languages and Karfreitag (Sorrowful Friday) in German.


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Happy National Puppy Day

Sure it’s a made up holiday, but hey, puppies!

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Boe Forum On Public Affairs: Condoleezza Rice

Each year the Center for Western Studies brings in an amazing and nationally prominent figure to discuss the issues of the day to Augusta Universtiy.  This year we sent Peter Pischke to take some notes and get some reaction to the event.  This years speaker was former United States Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice.

Peter Vaughn Pischke

Peter Vaughn Pischke (Photo Provided)

Hello Audience,

This is a summary (what was to be quick)a write-up of the Condoleezza Rice speech at the Boe forum over at Augustana University on 3/20/2018.
I’m not going to pretend to be unbiased when it comes to the incredible legend that is Dr. Condoleezza Rice.

I’m a big fan, and this bio will tell you why.

A Quick Bio

She is a superstar in the worlds of policy, politics, history, and academia in general. Few in the western world know more about the middle east and Russia. She in person talked to Vladimir Putin and Mikhail Gorbachev (another BOE forum speaker).

Both Presidents Bush came to her for advice and guidance on policies across the board, both foreign and domestic. During the whole of the George W. Bush administration she was there to lean on, first as the National Security Adviser 2001-2005 (first woman to do so). Then she served as the 66th Secretary of State 2005-2009, the first African-American woman to occupy that position and the 2nd woman to hold it as well.

Since then, she has written definitive books and guides that still are used by members of academia, and is currently a rock-star professor over at Stanford Graduate School of Business. And to my eyes, she always looks like she is in her 30s, which is pretty good for a young 63 years of age.

So when my friend Robert said he needed to offload some tickets to hear her speak: it felt like I was getting to meet some iconic rock group like the Beetles or the Police.

I mean getting to hear the lady who was an essential guiding hand to our foreign policy following 9/11 is a can’t miss opportunity.

Why all the pain these days, some historical background info

If you want to know what American Conservatism is, you need only listen to this speech from Rice.

Rice started by telling that the reason for the tension and chaos that we are feeling in the United States and across the globe is because worldwide, nations are abandoning the systems put in after World War 2.

After World War 2, an open and free economic system was put together in the U.S. and the rest of the western world. This system was to be non-interventionist and to stay away from protectionism because it was these systems created and elongated the Great Depression. And to help growing nations with developing economies the World Bank and International Monetary Fund so that all countries had a chance to build economically.

These systems worked “remarkably well” and “lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty.”

We, the United States led the allied powers after WW2 into supporting free and independent democratic nations in Germany and later Japan.

“Free Peoples and Free Markets” With the protection of the “American Military power as the Halo on top of this head.”

The Modern Era for China and Russia

“Everyday after September 11th felt like September 12th.  Now we face danger from ungoverned nations. There are new threats like cyber warfare, and Russia and China. (which) are two great powers misbehaving.”

Rice notes accurately how China is angrily expanding at an enormous in the South China Sea. However, China will still have to hold back because they are too integrated and dependent on the United States economy.

Russia is a different case. While China is a rising nation, in her opinion Russia is a declining power.

This next part reminds me of how awesome Rice is:

” I’ve met and talked with Vladimir Putin,” said Rice. Putin believes himself to be a great Russian leader like Peter the Great. I know because he told me “Rice you know us. You know Russia succeeds when a strong leader is in control”. In his eyes “he is turning back the humiliation of Russia.”

That is why he is willing to take Ukrainian land and push jet patrols over the coast of Sweden.

The 4 Horseman

Condoleezza then labeled the evil ideologies that are in opposition to Free Peoples and Free Markets.

Populism, Nativism, Isolationism, and Protectionism

Said Rice “for some globalization didn’t turn out well.”

Rice warned about the rise of these new so-called right-wing parties in Europe that are starting to take control of some governments.

Everyone these days decides to “play the blame game… for the left, it is big banks.”

So how do we begin to protect the liberal order?

Rice referred to when two people who speak a foreign language try to get each other to understand what they’re saying. How that people tend to “speak a bit louder, so they will understand” what they’re saying.

That is what it is like today communicating with people on the other side of politics from you.

To Rice the solution to save the liberal order is dire and straightforward: The United States must lead, or there is no chance for free nations and free markets to prosper.

Technology and Energy

Rice lives and works in Silicon Valley where the tech companies feel that they have the solution for everything. To Condoleezza, she believes that technology is neutral with the potential to be both for good and evil.

Her example is the splitting of the atom, which brought nuclear energy, medical scanning, and useful isotopes. But it also brought the horror of the atomic bomb.

In particular, the power of Online Learning is capable of transforming lives of children who live in poverty. Technology allows a kid from any walk of life the opportunity to gain an education.

Rice said with wisdom “Technology can be the answer to: Do you hear me now?”

She was working at the White House when the price for of a barrel of oil went to almost $145 in 2008. Russia decided to use this opportunity to wreak havoc and invade the Crimea and move forward other intense interests.

Russia didn’t use its energy resource and power for the global good. But we the people do.

“The United States can be the most stable energy platform in human history.”

So just imagine what good it could do?

The Millennial Generation

Condoleezza Rice is a professor and works with millennial students all the time.

“This is the most public-minded generation ever!”

She says a lot of her students then expect their first job too meaningfully. Don’t make this mistake.

“Your first job will not be meaningful; it’s your first job. Just do it and get it over.”

Education problems

“We the People is never an exclusive policy.”

America is an inspiration. It doesn’t matter where you come from. Even if you were born in Russia, and immigrated to the US like the co-founder of Google.

“Sergei Brin, the co-founder of Google, would never have been able to create Google in Russia.”

But Rice is scared for the fate of many young Americans where this founding principle may become untrue.

“The Crisis in K-12 education may be the biggest National Crisis today!”

“8-year-olds that can’t read now will never be able to read.” She also added that only 30% of the military could pass the written basic training test.

Rice stated her worries that people would remain ignorant and thus scared and angry at each other due to a lack of proper education.

“Education is the armor against prejudice.”

With probably the best line of tonight, Rice said: “My Grandfather is a Presbyterian minister and college educated because of it. He knew it would transform generations of Rices.”

Education can provide “limitless horizons.”

Rice fears that the United States may soon exist as if we were like two countries, one that is educated and one that can’t read.


Rice still feels that America can thrive and that “There has to be a way out.”

Americans have the most ingenuity, innovation, and compassion than anyone else.

Solving today’s problems are hard “but no harder than our origins.”

Rice said our founding is profound considering the impossible trials before them. Washington defeating the most powerful nation on earth at that time, the end of slavery via the defeat of the Confederacy in the civil war, and the migration of so many over mountain passes to settle in the beautiful west.

The U.S.A to Rice has come far: “I took the oath of office for Secretary of State under a document that treats a black person as 3/5 of a man.”

Condoleezza Rice ended her speech by praising our great country.

We are the “most compassionate and freest country in the world.”

Boe Forum on Public Affairs Dr. Condoleezza Rice

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Macabre Grimoire Coming Soon (Trailer)

Macabre Grimoire is a podcast of paranormal and mystery exploration. Psychic/medium Ari Show, magician Travis Nye, and historian Robert Mehling delve into the dark places where mysteries go unsolved, events go unexplained, and the line between legend and fact becomes obscured. Whether you’re a skeptic, believer or something in between, the Macabre Grimoire will change the way you see the world.

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Sioux Empire Podcast 099 The Alchemist and Nick Weiland

This podcast contains adult content, listener discretion advised.

This week Nick Weiland, candidate for Sioux Falls City Council, has been tricked into guest hosting the Sioux Empire Podcast with Robert Mehling and Seth Glover. Before we deep dive into Sioux Falls politics, there’s another installment of Seth’s Bi-Weekly Book club. This week we explored a tale of adventure, love, and destiny with The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. This week’s episode is sponsored by the Chaos Reigns Podcast. Chaos Reigns is a talk show about Horror Films, Sci-Fi, Comics, Acting and a host of other topics. The Sioux Empire Podcast went on a dream quest back in college (Go Yotes), I dreamt about skittles making me happy, so I ate skittles non stop for three days and got epic sick. True Story.

Seth’s Book Club
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Nick Weiland, candidate for Sioux Falls City Council at-large seat B

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South Dakota Voices for Justice Celebrates Legislative Session Victories

February 23, 2018 Yesterday’s defeat of SB 193, a bill which forced local governmental unit agents to comply with federal agents in verifying immigration status of all persons or face a civil penalty up to $25,500, marked the final victory for immigrant, refugee, and Muslim communities in South Dakota. Friday was crossover day at the South Dakota legislature, where all bills will have had to be heard and passed to the next chamber, or face defeat. Over the last 28 days, five bills and one resolution that negatively impacted immigrants, refugees and Muslims were fought and defeated:

SB 103: “An Act to prohibit aliens who are not lawfully present in the United States from attending any public postsecondary educational institution or from receiving certain educational financial assistance.” Deferred to the 41st day 5-3, Senate Education Committee.

SB 193: “An Act to require certain local governmental units to cooperate with federal agencies and to provide a penalty thereof.” Failed on Senate floor 15-20.

SB 200: An Act to prohibit certain actions by the state regarding refugee resettlement.” Deferred to the 41st day 8-1, Senate State Affairs Committee.

SB 201: “An Act to prohibit certain persons and organizations from entering the campus of any public institution of higher education or postsecondary technical institute.” Withdrawn by prime sponsor.

HB 1260: An Act to provide certain provisions regarding cooperation with federal agencies by localities in the state.” Deferred to the 41stday 11-2 House Judiciary Committee.

SCR 13: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION, Recognizing the root cause of the global war on terror. Failed on Senate floor 16-19.

“This is a testament to the power of civic engagement, building coalitions across the state, and direct lobbying. We were able to strategically engage South Dakotans through social media to contact their legislators and engage in productive and factually based conversations. We also built unique coalitions with organizations and lobbyists in Pierre to work on each bill and resolution. We had no outside experts or influence. This was truly a South Dakotan effort for truth and justice,” said Taneeza Islam, Executive Director of SDVFJ.

“Last year we learned that a constant presence and building authentic relationships with legislators was key to defeating xenophobia and Islamophobia in SD. We had to get beyond talking points and into the actual facts, intentions, and consequences of each bill. Our investment this year in hiring a lobbyist to do this work paid off,” explained South Dakota Voices for Justice, SDVFJ Policy Director.

South Dakota Voices for Peace and South Dakota Voices for Justice’s mission is to empower South Dakotans with accurate information about Islam, Muslims, immigrants, and refugees to fight Islamophobia and anti-immigrant bigotry in order to nurture informed, inclusive, and civically engaged communities.

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What will the crime of the day be tomorrow Al Novstrup? (Cartoon)

“I believe we should be searching for people that look like the possible
people that might be involved in the crime of the day,” Al Novstrup

"I believe we should be searching for people that look like the possible people that might be involved in the crime of the day," Al Novstrup

“I believe we should be searching for people that look like the possible people that might be involved in the crime of the day,” Al Novstrup

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Urban Indianz Podcast Episode 020 HB 1253 Kenny Anderson Jr and HellnBack

Urban Indianz Podcast: Gabriel Night Shield, Char Green, Kat Stands, Levi Hansen

Guests: Kenny N Anderson Jr Candidate for Sioux Falls Mayor and Artist HellnBack

Produced By Robert Mehling

Music Spotlight:  
“Keep on Moving” by HellnBack

Native American History Bill Story

Gabriel Night Shield, Levi Hansen, Robert Mehling, Char Green, Kat Stands, Standing Rock, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Rosebud, Kenny Anderson, Kenny Anderson Jr, HellnBack, History, South Dakota State Legislature, Native History, Black History, HB 1253, Julie Frye-Mueller

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South Dakota Voices for Justice Celebrates the Defeat of SB 103

February 9, 2018 Yesterday, Senate Bill 103, “an act to prohibit aliens who are not lawfully present in the United States from attending any public postsecondary educational institution or from receiving certain educational financial assistance,” was defeated in the Senate Education Committee by a vote a 5-2. Introduced by State Senator Stace Nelson, the bill was riddled with logistical and legal challenges. After less than an hour of debate and deliberation, Senate Bill 103 was deferred to the 41st legislative day, effectively tabling it.

“The defeat of SB 103 is a victory for all who believe education is a human right,” said Taneeza Islam, executive director of South Dakota Voices for Justice. “The level of misinformation used by proponents was eye-opening and alarming. Undocumented students are not eligible for any scholarships or in-state tuition in South Dakota; to imply that they are a drain on our state’s economy is blatantly false. Also, Senator Nelson incorrectly used the word ‘sanctuary.’ A sanctuary city or campus is one that declares they will not assist the federal government in enforcing immigration laws. No city, school or governmental unit has done so in South Dakota. Senator Nelson’s rhetoric framing universities in South Dakota as  ‘sanctuary campuses’ is simply not true.”

The bill’s sponsor was the only proponent, with the South Dakota Board of Regents, South Dakota Voices for Justice, South Dakota Education Association, Sister Kathleen of the Presentation Sisters, and South Dakota Association of Social Workers in opposition. Two DACA recipients sat in through the committee hearing as well.

“The committee members who voted to defer the bill absolutely made the right decision,” Samantha Spawn, policy and communications director stated. “Immigration is a federal issue, and states should not try to step in where they do not belong. A Department of Homeland Security memo clearly states that ICE will not enforce policies in “sensitive locations,” such as schools, including post-secondary institutions, churches and hospitals. Proponents accused the Board of Regents as harboring undocumented people. They should read up on how immigration laws are actually implemented.”
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