Bob Ellis – Dakota Voice http://www.dakotavoice.com Exposing the pernicious lie Thu, 04 Sep 2014 11:52:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.5 Dakota Voice is Moving to American Clarion http://www.dakotavoice.com/2012/01/dakota-voice-is-moving-to-american-clarion/ http://www.dakotavoice.com/2012/01/dakota-voice-is-moving-to-american-clarion/#comments Sun, 01 Jan 2012 19:40:08 +0000 http://www.dakotavoice.com/?p=63106 As the Good Lord has told us, there is a season for everything, and a time for every matter under heaven. The time for DakotaVoice.com is drawing to a close. It's time for American Clarion to take hold of the torch and run forward into the future. Come find out about the new project of Dakota Voice, LLC: AmericanClarion.com.

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As the Good Lord has told us, there is a season for everything, and a time for every matter under heaven.

As the “About” page says, Dakota Voice, LLC began in 2005 as a print newspaper covering issues of interest primarily to conservatives and Christians.  The focus at that time was primarily on events and issues within South Dakota, but there was always an eye to national and international events that were of concern to South Dakotans as well as so many other people.

Over time, the time and expense of publishing and distributing a print newspaper became prohibitive, and Dakota Voice became exclusively online, and concentrated more on national issues.

Dakota Voice, operating from www.dakotavoice.com, has published more than 10,000 articles over the past seven years with readers from around the world. That’s not bad for a “one horse operation” with a handful of writers.

But there is a time and season for everything, and the time for DakotaVoice.com is drawing to a close.  It’s time for American Clarion to take hold of the torch and run forward into the future.

As the new flagship of Dakota Voice, LLC, AmericanClarion.com will have a fresh look, fresh layout, fresh organization,  with some fresh emphases.  The new name will reflect our commitment to being a strong and clear voice for American values–and for America herself–as well as our focus on the challenges and opportunities facing America.

We will continue to monitor and report on issues from the Rapid City HQ, as well as things going on across the state of South Dakota that conservatives and Christians care about.  The structure of the new website will feature four basic category areas: Rapid City, South Dakota, National, and International. There may also be special sections going forward, such as the “Upcoming Election” section already in place. These sections will allow readers to more easily hone in on their area of primary interest, while still being able to survey our entire offerings with ease.

Our articles come from a variety of sources.  Some are from syndicated columnists that you’ll recognize from across the nation, while others are exclusively published at American Clarion by writers from all over our country. Still others come to us via various newswire services within South Dakota and nationally.

Speaking of writers, we’re also looking for conservatives and Christian writers who would like to help us be the best clarion possible for American freedom and values.  Writing experience is nice, but a passion for our kind of values and a desire to serve up truth in the public square is the most important qualification, so if you think you might like to do some writing at American Clarion, drop us an email at [email protected].  We’re looking for writers on local Rapid City issues, South Dakota happenings, national and international current events.  You can be a topical writer (concentrating on things like homeschooling, education reform, Christian living, culture, youth, election issues, or whatever trips your trigger as long as it’s within the realm of what you’re not supposed to talk about at parties–politics or religion), and you can write as much (daily or even several times a day) or as little (once a week, once every two weeks, once a month, or just whenever you have a fire in your belly about something that you can’t put out without writing about it). We reserve the right to negotiate an edit of a submission, or reject a submission outright if it runs too far askance from our standards–but we don’t require lockstep agreement (80% or 90% is close enough).  If you’re interested, let us know!

We’ll continue to feature fun and informative political cartoons from great groups like Americans for Limited Government and the Patriot Post.

You’ll also see more featured videos in our sidebar–videos we think you may enjoy, or that may provide information you need to know about (information you won’t hear from the “mainstream” media).

Also in our sidebar you’ll find recommended reading from a variety of news outlets, commentaries, and featured blog posts from some of the best political blogs in South Dakota and across America.

We’ll also feature a list of “Recommended Resources” ranging from important publications we should all be familiar with or have close at hand (the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the Federalist Papers, etc.) as well as important policy organizations that we sometimes partner with or receive information from or both.

American Clarion is available in a variety of manifestations across cyberspace, too. You can receive updates from AmericanClarion.com in your favorite RSS reader via our RSS feed, or receive a daily digest of our articles through your email. In addition to the home platform at AmericanClarion.com, we have a Facebook feed where our articles will also be posted along with other quick-hit items from a variety of other sources of interest. We also have a Twitter feed, as well as a YouTube channel where our future exclusive video content will be housed. Look for mobile apps for your Android, iPhone and iPad in the near future.  And if you are a business or organization who would like access to thousands of viewers a day to promote yourself, there are ad slots available that are just waiting for your ad.

In the coming year, we’ll be watching a number issues closely.  We’ll be monitoring the freshly hot conflict between South Dakota Republicans who are concerned about the party’s Leftward drift, and more liberal “Republicans” who seem to be contemptuous of Republican values and platforms.  The hotly-contested GOP presidential primary will likely hold our attention for many weeks if not months to come, as we see a similar battle played out in the national GOP between real Republicans and those who want to play Democrat-lite. Internationally, world events may hold some interesting developments, from the recent withdrawal from Iraq, to the slow drawdown in Afghanistan, to what may happen with Israel and a nearly-nuclear terror-supporting Iran.

It will require great agility to keep up with such a busy year and a clouded future, but by the grace of God, our new flagship American Clarion will be ready to serve as the watchman we have been called to be, and continue to demolish the pernicious lie everywhere it is found so that our readers will not be taken captive by slickly-packaged deception.

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Dakota Voice/American Clarion Week in Review, Ending Dec. 31, 2011 http://www.dakotavoice.com/2012/01/dakota-voiceamerican-clarion-week-in-review-ending-dec-31-2011/ http://www.dakotavoice.com/2012/01/dakota-voiceamerican-clarion-week-in-review-ending-dec-31-2011/#comments Sun, 01 Jan 2012 13:00:12 +0000 http://www.dakotavoice.com/?p=63104 These were the top articles at Dakota Voice (now becoming American Clarion) last week, including: Mary Did You Know?; SD Governor's Clemency and Commutations; Occupy Wall Street Hypocrisy; SD Republican Legislator Scorecard; Hope Via Oil, Gas and Coal; Another Gospel; Ron Paul: Bush Happy Over 911 Attack; 2012 Restoration Rally Planned for SD Capitol; and more!

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These were the top articles at Dakota Voice (now becoming American Clarion) last week. These are the articles our readers found most interesting and the ones they most wanted to digest. If you missed one the first time around, this is your chance to get caught up and ready for the new year!

Mary Did You Know? –  A moving song and video about the coming of the Savior of the world.

SD Governor’s Clemency and Commutations – South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard has granted executive clemency at the recommendation of the South Dakota Board of Pardons and Paroles to more than a dozen individuals, and commuted sentences of many more. Check this list to find out the names.

Occupy Wall Street Hypocrisy – This video is a great primer on the hypocrisy of the Occupy Wall Street movement. It’s the same hypocrisy the Left has been promoting for decades, and it stinks just as bad (well, maybe worse from these unwashed modern-day hippies) as it ever did from the “respectable” mainline socialists in the Democrat Party. Remember it well, America, and keep it firmly fixed in your mental vision as we enter election year 2012. We have a country to save from these narcissistic maggots.

SD Republican Legislator Scorecard – The Life and Liberty Group in Rapid City sponsored a Pre-Session Legislative Forum Tuesday evening. During the gathering, a Republican Legislator Voting Scorecard, prepared by the Life and Liberty Group, was released. The scorecard examined the votes of South Dakota’s state senators and representatives on several votes in the last legislative session. With so many tools now available to alert voters to legislators who do not live up to the banner under which they sought office, the people will be watching the 2012 session (about to begin in a few days) very closely. And there will likely be some primary challenges in the 2012 election, as well as some new faces in Pierre next year.

Hope Via Oil, Gas and Coal – In spite of the best efforts of this Administration, America is on the verge of an energy revolution with consumer costs plummeting due to secure North American sources of oil and natural gas. Innovative technologies for unleashing huge oil shale deposits in North Dakota and neighboring Canada combined with natural gas discoveries primarily located in the northeastern United States will be the building blocks for a second American century.

Another Gospel – The Bible doesnt leave us hanging. It shows us the way home, how were supposed to get across the gulf that exists between us and God. The question that needs to be asked is: do you believe in personal salvation based upon the life, the death and the resurrection of Jesus? Or do you believe in a collective salvation which is diametrically opposed to the truth who was born in a manger, lived a perfect life, died on a cross in payment for sin, and rose from the dead.

Ron Paul: Bush Happy Over 911 Attack – One can admire, Ron Paul’s dedication to the U.S. Constitution and the limited government it mandates. But his craziness simply eclipses any good he brings to the table, including his insistence that the 911 terrorist attack that killed nearly 3,000 Americans was an “inside job” and that President Bush was full of glee to see it happen.

2012 Restoration Rally Planned for SD Capitol – Christians from across the state of South Dakota will be gathering at the Capitol Building in Pierre on Tuesday, January 10 to pray for state legislators and the laws that will be considered this session. Find out how you can join in the event.

Seven Financial Resolutions for the New Year – Financial resolutions usually don’t even last until the end of January. Making a permanent change in our behavior requires both time and a steely resolve. We can only develop financial character one action at a time. Here are seven practices to take you from pauper to prince or princess if you add one each year. Share your resolution with everyone you meet. You are 10 times more likely to act on a goal that you have articulated to someone else. Don’t wait until you have everything perfect to take ownership verbally.

Everything on the computer should not go into the trash – There are oceans of stuff, yes, stuff, on the computer that we wade through that should go straight to the trash. Then, every now and then something pops up that needs to be shared. That is the basis for today’s column. This column generally deals with and is about South Dakota issues. Today’s column tells how the American Dream is being destroyed.

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Occupy Wall Street Hypocrisy http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/12/occupy-wall-street-hypocrisy/ http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/12/occupy-wall-street-hypocrisy/#comments Fri, 30 Dec 2011 13:26:16 +0000 http://www.dakotavoice.com/?p=63085 This video is a great primer on the hypocrisy of the Occupy Wall Street movement. It's the same hypocrisy the Left has been promoting for decades, and it stinks just as bad (well, maybe worse from these unwashed modern-day hippies) as it ever did from the "respectable" mainline socialists in the Democrat Party. Remember it well, America, and keep it firmly fixed in your mental vision as we enter election year 2012. We have a country to save from these narcissistic maggots.

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This video is a great primer on the hypocrisy of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

It’s the same hypocrisy the Left has been promoting for decades, and it stinks just as bad (well, maybe worse from these unwashed modern-day hippies) as it ever did from the “respectable” mainline socialists in the Democrat Party.

Remember it well, America, and keep it firmly fixed in your mental vision as we enter election year 2012.  We have a country to save from these narcissistic maggots.

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Progressive Label Rehabilitates the Same Old Liberal Poison http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/12/progressive-label-rehabilitates-the-same-old-liberal-poison/ http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/12/progressive-label-rehabilitates-the-same-old-liberal-poison/#comments Thu, 29 Dec 2011 13:31:47 +0000 http://www.dakotavoice.com/?p=63067 The Daily Caller has an interesting article entitled "‘Liberal’ unpopular, but newer ‘progressive’ label gets high marks in poll." As the buyer should beware, so should the voter. Slick labels don't always mean something good inside the packaging. In the case of the "progressive" label, it's the same old poison that is destroying the greatest nation on the face of the earth.

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The Daily Caller has an interesting article entitled “‘Liberal’ unpopular, but newer ‘progressive’ label gets high marks in poll.”

The first thing I find interesting is that “progressive” isn’t really a “new” label. It’s one liberals have been trying for a number of years, though they may be right in that it could be increasing in favorability (as the education level of the average American diminishes, that is).

The article says that according to a new Pew poll,  “progressive” has 67% approval among Americans.  After all, why shouldn’t such a name receive great approval?  Who doesn’t like progress?  Who doesn’t want to move ahead and make progress.  Who doesn’t want to see innovative and exciting new things?

Interestingly, when we look at what a “progressive” really is–just a repackaged liberal–the picture is quite different. The label “liberal” gets only  a 39% approval rating and a 50% negative rating.

Is it clear now why liberals want to call themselves “progressives”?  Obviously, they recognize that most Americans reject liberalism for the corrosive, anti-American, self-destructive doctrine that it is.  So they have to “repackage” their poison with a better-sounding name to fool people into buying the same old rot.  Incidentally, “progressivism” is really a regressive ideology, one centered around the old-world regressive idea that elites can run your life better than you can, the pre-American idea that the average person doesn’t need and shouldn’t have too much freedom.

Is it clear now why, in the “mainstream” media, we never hear mention of “liberal” policies or “liberal” politicians.  There are no liberals, in their liberal minds.  In the minds of the “mainstream” media, there are only evil conservatives (which interestingly, still comes in at a very popular 62% despite decades of relentless and non-stop slander and demonization by the “mainstream” media and other elites), and “moderates” (another rehabilitative name for “liberal”).

As the buyer should beware, so should the voter.  Slick labels don’t always mean something good inside the packaging.  In the case of the “progressive” label, it’s the same old poison that is destroying the greatest nation on the face of the earth.

Stick with the conservative brand: the brand that stands for freedom, fairness, justice, and the American way.

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SD Republican Legislator Scorecard http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/12/sd-republican-legislator-scorecard/ http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/12/sd-republican-legislator-scorecard/#comments Thu, 29 Dec 2011 13:12:18 +0000 http://www.dakotavoice.com/?p=63060 The Life and Liberty Group in Rapid City sponsored a Pre-Session Legislative Forum Tuesday evening. During the gathering, a Republican Legislator Voting Scorecard, prepared by the Life and Liberty Group, was released. The scorecard examined the votes of South Dakota's state senators and representatives on several votes in the last legislative session. With so many tools now available to alert voters to legislators who do not live up to the banner under which they sought office, the people will be watching the 2012 session (about to begin in a few days) very closely. And there will likely be some primary challenges in the 2012 election, as well as some new faces in Pierre next year.

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The Life and Liberty Group in Rapid City sponsored a Pre-Session Legislative Forum Tuesday evening.

During the gathering, a Republican Legislator Voting Scorecard, prepared by the Life and Liberty Group, was released.  The scorecard examined the votes of South Dakota’s state senators and representatives on several votes in the last legislative session:

HB 1133: “The Home School Bill” (A bill to revise certain provisions relating to the excusal of a child from school.)

HB 1192: “The Registration/Fee Increase Bill” (A bill to increase certain registration fees for the use of motor vehicles on the public highways.)

HB 1217: “The Pro-Life Consent Bill” (A bill to establish certain legislative findings pertaining to the decision of a pregnant mother considering termination of her relationship with her child by an abortion, to establish certain procedures to better insure that such decisions are voluntary, uncoerced, and informed, and to revise certain causes of action for professional negligence relating to performance of an abortion.)

HB 1248: “The Extension of Sales Tax Sunset Bill” (A bill to extend the sunset of the one-half percent increase in the gross receipts tax imposed on visitor-related businesses.)

SB 65: “The Private School Bill” (A bill to allow nonpublic schools accredited by certain accrediting agencies other than the Department of Education to become members of the South Dakota High School Activities Association.)

SB 89: “The Street Assessment Bill” (A bill to clarify a municipality’s ability to assess a fee for street maintenance.)

SB104: “The Bullying Bill” (A bill to require each school district to develop a policy to prohibit bullying that meets certain requirements.)

SB 161: “The Discrimination Bill” (A bill to prohibit certain unfair or discriminatory practices based on veteran or military status.)

SB 176: “The Human Trafficking Bill” (A bill to provide for the crime of human trafficking, to establish the elements and degrees of the crime, and to provide penalties for the violation thereof.)

In recent months, conservative groups around the state have released several scorecards which reveal many “Republicans” in the state legislature don’t vote very Republican.

First was the South Dakota Freedom Index which looked at issues primarily from the perspective or advancing or limiting freedom.

Then there was the Republican Platform Scorecard which examined how legislators voted on issues that related to specific planks of the South Dakota GOP Platform.

The Republican Party has massive majorities in both houses of the legislature.  Yet last year, many pieces of legislature that are “textbook Republican” could not get passed–many did not even make it out of Republican-controlled committees.  Such failed legislation includes a Health Care Freedom Act to oppose ObamaCare,  a Second Amendment bill, a bill to do the job of blocking illegal immigration that our federal government REFUSES to do, and authorizing drug testing for welfare recipients when government workers have reason to believe the recipient is using drugs.

A Republican legislature that cannot or will not pass textbook Republican legislation to protect the taxpayers and their interests is beyond pathetic.  It is primarily a failure of RINO leadership.  When people elect a Democrat, they expect liberal votes in accordance with the typical Democrat stance. When people elect a Republican, they don’t expect more Democrat votes–they expect a representative who will vote according to Republican values.

With so many tools now available to alert voters to legislators who do not live up to the banner under which they sought office, the people will be watching the 2012 session (about to begin in a few days) very closely.  And there will likely be some primary challenges in the 2012 election, as well as some new faces in Pierre next year.

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Ron Paul: Bush Happy Over 911 Attack http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/12/ron-paul-bush-happy-over-911-attack/ http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/12/ron-paul-bush-happy-over-911-attack/#comments Tue, 27 Dec 2011 16:47:45 +0000 http://www.dakotavoice.com/?p=63039 One can admire, Ron Paul's dedication to the U.S. Constitution and the limited government it mandates. But his craziness simply eclipses any good he brings to the table, including his insistence that the 911 terrorist attack that killed nearly 3,000 Americans was an "inside job" and that President Bush was full of glee to see it happen.

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Ron Paul is downright contemptuous.

One can admire, as I do, his dedication to the U.S. Constitution and the limited government it mandates.  But his craziness-manifest in advocating the legalization of poison for the American public and in his blame-America-first attitude toward foreign policy–just wipes all that out.

There are a lot of areas in which I disagreed with the Bush Administration, and a lot of things the administration did that as a conservative I opposed.

But to imply much less state outright, as Ron Paul has done, that the Bush Administration was behind the 911 terrorist attack that slaughtered nearly 3,000 Americans and that the Administration was “glee[ful]” about the attack goes beyond the pale.

The amount of history this radical libertarian-in-Republican-clothing has to ignore to reach his conclusions is mind-boggling. He sounds like he’d be far more at home in a group of flag-burning potheads than in a group of Republicans.

This dope-peddling, blame-America-first nut has no business getting anywhere near the Oval Office.

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Mary Did You Know? http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/12/mary-did-you-know/ http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/12/mary-did-you-know/#comments Sun, 25 Dec 2011 17:12:41 +0000 http://www.dakotavoice.com/?p=62984 This is one of my most favorite songs, especially around Christmas. I can’t listen to it without getting emotional.Many people have done their own version of this song, but I like Michael English’s the best.  There is a different YouTube version of this video than the one below, one that contains clips from a Jesus movie I can’t identify, but embedding is turned off. You can watch it here.

I suspect Mary did know a great many of these things.  But given that we now have the benefit of hindsight in understanding God’s great plan through Jesus (and we still probably only scratch the surface in appreciating what it all means), I’m sure she had no idea of many others.

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In The Beginning Was the Word http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/12/in-the-beginning-was-the-word/ http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/12/in-the-beginning-was-the-word/#comments Sun, 25 Dec 2011 16:55:38 +0000 http://www.dakotavoice.com/?p=62980 The Gospel of John, Chapter One:

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.

6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and[b] is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

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Calgary Welcomes Occupiers, Arrests Christians http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/12/calgary-welcomes-occupiers-arrests-christians/ http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/12/calgary-welcomes-occupiers-arrests-christians/#comments Sat, 24 Dec 2011 12:37:21 +0000 http://www.dakotavoice.com/?p=62959 The war against God in the public square is not confined to the United States. It is being waged in most Western countries to silence and curtail the religious freedom of Christians. Listen to this report about how Calgary's Muslim mayor welcomed the Occupy Wall Street Marxists into city hall, but charged a Christian preacher with trespassing.

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The war against God in the public square is not confined to the United States. It is being waged in most Western countries to silence and curtail the religious freedom of Christians.

Ironically, the freedom enjoyed in the West far and above the rest of the world is due to the Judeo-Christian worldview that influenced the development of the West for nearly 2,000 years.  But with the advent of modern secularism, many freedoms are being trampled underfoot in the name of “progress” and “diversity.”

Listen to this report about how Calgary’s Muslim mayor welcomed the Occupy Wall Street Marxists into city hall, but charged a Christian preacher with trespassing.

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SD Legislators Respond to Denial of Information http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/12/sd-legislators-respond-to-denial-of-information/ Fri, 23 Dec 2011 20:05:04 +0000 http://www.dakotavoice.com/?p=62943 I received an email just a few minutes ago from South Dakota Rep. Stace Nelson with a letter sent by himself and three other legislators to Rep. Charles Turbiville, Chairman of the South Dakota Legislative Executive board. The letter concerns allegations that confidentiality may have been violated concerning legislative bill research when Republican members of South Dakota's House leadership are said to have pressured members of the Legislative Research Council staff for the information.

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I received an email just a few minutes ago from South Dakota Rep. Stace Nelson with a letter sent by himself and three other legislators to Rep. Charles Turbiville, Chairman of the South Dakota Legislative Executive board.

The letter concerns allegations that confidentiality may have been violated concerning legislative bill research when Republican members of South Dakota’s House leadership are said to have pressured members of the Legislative Research Council staff for the information.

This is the text of the letter sent today:

December 23, 2011
Charles M. Turbiville, Chairman
South Dakota Legislative Executive Board
500 East Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501

Re: December 10, 2011, Letter-Denial of Request for Information and Records

Chairman Turbiville:

We are in receipt of your above-referenced letter, and appreciate the opportunity to respond. We respectfully disagree with your denial and renew our requests for several reasons.

South Dakota’s Legislative Research Council (LRC) and Director Fry are accountable to each of the 105 legislators and, as such, the LRC is to serve each legislator impartially. Any determination to the contrary promotes the very circumstances that have been exploited that led to the conduct in question. The behavior alluded to in our initial letter has been notorious within the House Republican Caucus, in detail, for months. In fact, detailed complaints of this conduct were made known to you and House leadership months ago, by email and personal discussions, with no discernable actions undertaken to rectify the conduct or the reported ongoing obstruction of legislators’ services by the LRC pursuant to your order. In your letter, you request specificity of the facts already known to us.

A recap of factual information previously reported:

  • Director Fry confirmed, in writing, that Representative Turbiville ordered Representative Nelson’s bill research, on placing cumulative voting records online, withheld.
  • An LRC staff attorney reported Representatives Lust, Rausch, and Cronin met with Director Fry early during the 2011 legislative session and chastised Director Fry for the subject matter of bills being brought by legislators and allegedly demanded access to legislators’ bill research.
    • Representative Lust and others confirmed that the above-referenced meeting with Director Fry did, in fact, occur.
    • An LRC attorney reported being required to violate the confidentiality of legislators and confirmed providing Representative Lust with Representatives Steele’s, Hubbel’s, and another legislator’s confidential bill research and interacting with Representative Lust on the information.

We appreciate your recent decision to recuse yourself from participating in the investigation of this matter as a result of the above-mentioned facts. Similarly, all special investigative committee members should be impartial and should have not pre-judged the matters charged to investigate. Unfortunately, Senator Joni Cutler, who you have appointed, has made statements to the media wherein she stated that “*t+here’s nothing secret that anybody could do with the information they would gain about a bill draft in the first place.” Senator Cutler is also attributed with the statement that the request for information about violation of legislators’ confidentiality is confidential. On the face, it appears that Senator Cutler believes that the only potential violation of confidentiality here is the confidentiality of the conduct by legislators who violated the confidentiality of LRC and of their legislative colleagues. Senator Cutler’s statements are prejudicial and demonstrate an obvious bias toward the matter to be investigated by the committee. As such, she should recuse herself from serving on this subcommittee.

We respectfully request that: (1) the full executive board determine if it has the authority to investigate this matter, and (2) if it determines that it has the authority and willingness to investigate this matter, the entire executive board, itself, should appoint a truly fair and impartial membership of said committee to investigate this matter.

Thank you in advance for your thoughtful consideration of our requests.

(Digitally Signed)

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Ron Paul’s Parochialism http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/12/ron-pauls-parochialism/ Fri, 23 Dec 2011 17:35:32 +0000 http://www.dakotavoice.com/?p=62936 The Daily Caller has a writeup and video/audio segment of Mark Steyn (who sometimes subs for Rush Limbaugh on his radio show) on Hugh Hewitt's show talking about Ron Paul's crazy statements and the new light they're receiving. I can't decide which would be worse: our current president's Apology Tour Foreign Policy, or Ron Paul's Head-In-The-Sand Defense Posture.

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Ron Paul in Manchester, NH 2008 (Photo credit: Bbsrock)

The Daily Caller has a writeup and video/audio segment of Mark Steyn (who sometimes subs for Rush Limbaugh on his radio show) on Hugh Hewitt’s show talking about Ron Paul’s crazy statements and the new light they’re receiving.

Discussed is Ron Paul’s “trutherism” which claims the 911 terrorist attack which killed nearly 3,000 Americans was an “inside job.”

Steyn calls Paul’s stunted view of world politics “parochialism.”

Also briefly discussed are some old Ron Paul newsletters that have received fresh attention. These newsletters made some pretty wild statements that some believe have racist overtones. As I learned during the 2008 campaign,there’s simply no denying the fact that many of Ron Paul’s followers (often known as “Paulbots” for their mindless, automaton-like defense anytime anyone says anything critical of Paul) are anti-Semites who blame Jews for most of the world’s problems and would be rather happy to see the Jewish nation of Israel thrown to the wolves.

Ron Paul is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to finance and monetary policy, and with a tight leash, might do a fantastic job as Treasury Secretary in a Bachmann or Santorum Administration.

But trusting this guy with the defense of our country? Not for a second. I can’t decide which would be worse: our current president’s Apology Tour Foreign Policy, or Ron Paul’s Head-In-The-Sand Defense Posture.

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Violating the 11th Commandment, or Upholding Its Intent? http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/12/violating-the-11th-commandment-or-upholding-its-intent/ http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/12/violating-the-11th-commandment-or-upholding-its-intent/#comments Thu, 22 Dec 2011 12:20:54 +0000 http://www.dakotavoice.com/?p=62876 As the lights begin to come up and expose the cockroach RINOs of the GOP who like carrying the name "Republican" but don't like doing the work of one, there has been a lot of scurrying for cover from the aforementioned critters. Once again, those who are committed to upholding the values, principles and platform of the Republican Party have been portrayed as the bad guys while being forced to endure the bleatings about "different opinions" and Reagan's 11th Commandment. But was the 11th Commandment intended to provide cover for those who willfully undermine the Republican agenda?

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President Reagan giving Campaign speech in Austin, Texas, 1984.

As the lights begin to come up and expose the cockroach RINOs of the GOP who like carrying the name “Republican” but don’t like doing the work of one, there has been a lot of scurrying for cover from the aforementioned critters.

Once again, those who are committed to upholding the values, principles and platform of the Republican Party have been portrayed as the bad guys while being forced to endure the bleatings about how embracing liberal goals in a party founded on conservative ideas is just “a difference of opinion,” or a “different view” or “someone else’s definition” and similar blather.

But such subjective attempts to deflect culpability for advancing the enemy’s agenda just doesn’t cut the mustard when we examine the hard facts.  You can go to any one of about 314,000 places on the internet to find out what Republican values and principles are; we know what “Republican” is…and what it isn’t, don’t we?  We also know what being a Republican stands for here at home and across our great nation, don’t we?  It isn’t hard to figure out, and it isn’t a matter of great and varied legitimate opinion either.  Again, the evidence is right there in black and white for all to see.

It’s clear that promotion of big government isn’t a Republican value.

It’s clear that promotion of socialized health care isn’t a Republican value.

It’s clear that promoting lawlessness and hindering efforts to maintain law and order are not Republican values.

It’s clear that interfering with efforts to maintain our national sovereignty and control our borders aren’t Republican values.

It’s clear that ignoring our nation’s immigration laws isn’t a Republican value.

It’s clear that blaming America for defending herself is not a Republican value.

It’s clear that undermining military readiness and the strength of our armed forces are not Republican values.

It’s clear that undermining marriage and the family are not Republican values.

It’s clear that refusal to protect innocent human life is not a Republican value.

It’s clear that blocking efforts to ensure fiscal responsibility and personal accountability are not Republican values.

It’s clear that undermining property rights is not a Republican value.

It’s clear that pandering to environmental extremists with associated regulations, taxes and penalties is not a Republican value.

If someone is trying to sell you on the idea that any or all of these things are Republican values, the next thing you know, they’ll probably be trying to sell you some oceanfront property in Arizona (and they might just throw in the Golden Gate for free).

When the fallacies of such claims are exposed for what they are and the excuses start to run dry, it’s becoming more and more common to hear wandering Republicans and RINOs appeal to what is known as Ronald Reagan’s “Eleventh Commandment”:

Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican

As someone who grew up in a Democrat family and was converted to the Republican Party by Reagan, and as someone who considered themselves a Republican long before I could cast my first vote, I have tried to live by that commandment. In fact, I still do.  There are any number of criticisms I might make of many of my fellow Republicans, but most of these criticisms are relatively minor in nature and thus do not warrant ignoring the wisdom of Reagan’s 11th Commandment.

But there can and unfortunately has come a time when fellow Republicans support something so egregiously in violation of Republican principles that one has the responsibility to speak out against it.  And when such support for positions contrary to Republican values becomes commonplace and rampant, committed Republicans then definitely have a responsibility to speak out.

My friend Shad Olson of the Shad Olson Show apparently believes similarly, for he has written an article on his website which closely represents my own sentiments.  Here is an excerpt.

For the life of me, I cannot imagine Ronald Reagan standing shoulder-to-shoulder with a pro-gun control, pro-abortion, weak defense, America-Apologizing, big government liberal and withholding criticism or debate for the sake of a tiny ‘R’ on their left shoulder. There are plenty of modern ‘Republicans,’ matching that description discharging their daily duty in ways that would have made Tip O’Neill, or Uncle Teddy Kennedy, right proud. Some of them sit on furniture with known Socialists. Some invent fancy explanations for why state-run healthcare was a good idea for an individual state. Mitt and Newt, meet Tip and Ted. May your similarities define you.

He’s right. Some principles are too important to overlook their being stepped on. And repeat offenses–especially when arrogantly defended–demand exposure and address.  Make sure you read Shad’s entire article.

Some say the Republican Party is a “big tent” party, and to a great extent, I agree.  If you’re a person who’s still a little ideologically inconsistent but you agree with Republicans on most issues or one major issues, come on in!  Let’s work together were we agree.

But don’t take a liberal dump in the middle of my tent.  That’s highly inconsiderate to come into another person’s place and start criticizing their decor–or worse yet, start painting their walls or tearing down their drapes.  Such contempt will cool the hospitality real quick.  If you don’t like the curtains or the furnishings, then keep quiet about them…or if you can’t live with them, leave.  In fact, if you insist on spitting on the rug and criticizing the occupants taste, don’t be surprised if you’re asked to leave. A little respect and consideration (if not consistency) shouldn’t be too much to ask.

Why did Reagan issue the 11th Commandment in the first place?  It was to protect the integrity and public reputation of the Republican Party. If we appear to be a bunch of back-biting snipers who can’t get along, the public will lose confidence in the party’s ability to accomplish its agenda.

But if we sell out our principles and behave like a pale imitation of the party we oppose, have we not blown our reputation and public confidence even more? We most certainly have!  If you don’t like Pepsi, Diet Pepsi probably isn’t going to please you.  And you definitely won’t be happy if you buy a can of Mountain Dew and find Mr. Pibb inside.

No, sometimes we have to speak ill of fellow Republicans, especially when our fellow Republicans are betraying the values, principles and platform of our party.

Would you expect the police department to close ranks and protect a dirty cop…or would you expect other police officers to publicly point out that the dirty cop does not reflect their values or standards?

If a salesman at a store was passing off fake goods and cheap imitations as actual quality name brand items, would you expect his co-workers to not speak ill of him…or make it clear to the public that they do not approve of passing off one thing as if it were another?

When some within our party cast votes and pursue agendas that are contrary to the stated values of our party, we dilute the strength of our party in the public’s eyes, often leading people to think, “Oh, both parties are the same. They’re both worthless.”  This is doubly true when leaders within the party are the perpetrators; if you can’t trust a leader to be faithful to the core values of the organization they represent, who can you trust?

When we who genuinely believe in the values of our party fail to step up and criticize those who carry the name of our party for violating those values, we send the message to the public: “None of us care for the stated principles of our party. We’re just in it for the power; the heck with principle. Our word means nothing. What we tell you we stand for is worthless. Even if there are those of us who still believe in our party’s goals, we aren’t concerned enough to do anything about it.”

With a message like that, do you expect such a party to win many elections, once word gets around and people realize what you’re really about?  If so, you can keep on looking in the Arizona classifieds for some of that oceanfront property.

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A Government-Sponsored Financial Meltdown http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/12/a-government-sponsored-financial-meltdown/ http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/12/a-government-sponsored-financial-meltdown/#comments Thu, 22 Dec 2011 12:15:25 +0000 http://www.dakotavoice.com/?p=62889 This video provides some great analysis from Mary Kissel at the Wall Street Journal over who's really to blame for the 2008 financial and subsequent economic meltdown, and how a current lawsuit further reveals the guilty. And it seems Fannie and Freddie aren't really contesting the ugly truth about this insanity.

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This video provides some great analysis from Mary Kissel at the Wall Street Journal over who’s really to blame for the 2008 financial and subsequent economic meltdown, and how a current lawsuit further reveals the guilty.

From the beginning, the Leftists who created the mess in the first place have desperately tried to blame the free market, deregulation, and every other thing under the sun but themselves, and the “mainstream” media has come alongside with a dutiful can of white paint for the whitewashing party.

Facts are pesky things, however, and those of us who look beyond the pap the “mainstream” media feeds us have known the truth for a long time.

The Marxists with the Occupy Wall Street movement would do themselves and the country a favor if they’d read about this latest development…but I won’t be holding my breath. It would ruin their narrative, after all.

As Kissel explains, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigated the meltdown and found that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (government-created lending institutions) were given politically correct edicts by the federal government to make loans to people with a dubious ability to repay those loans. When a financial institution ignores common sense and simple economics in making loans to people who don’t have the money to repay, they undermine the viability of their enterprise and could end up risking everything (in the case of Fannie and Freddie, the taxpayers were on the hook from the git-go).

 And it seems Fannie and Freddie aren’t really contesting the ugly truth about this insanity.

I have several years of experience working within the financial industry, and it doesn’t take a genius to realize that while a lending institution can recoup some of its losses from risky loans with higher interest rates, the government keeps a lid on interest rates (especially to protected groups), and ultimately you can only go so high with an interest rate before the loan becomes unpayable because of the interest. A company can accept some risk in order to expand its customer base, but if you go too far out on a limb, the weight of those risky loans will eventually get to be too much and the limb will break underneath you.

But since the taxpayers were backing Fannie and Freddie, and the crony politicians can just manufacture more money to feed the machine out of taxes, debt, or printed money, some people thought it was no problem. Apparently they were wrong. It was a big problem.

This is just another example of why the federal government has no business whatsoever meddling in the free market, much less trying to play both competitor and referee in the free market.

But will anyone in Washington learn?  Only if we put out the guilty parties (and Party) to pasture.

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FRC GOP Presidential Voter Guide Released http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/12/frc-gop-presidential-voter-guide-released/ http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/12/frc-gop-presidential-voter-guide-released/#comments Thu, 22 Dec 2011 12:06:56 +0000 http://www.dakotavoice.com/?p=62864 The Family Research Council has released a 2012 presidential voter guide for the GOP candidates. Even though the scorecard takes the candidates at their word on the campaign trail even when their record differs, the differences are still very clear. The choices for a real Republican are very few, but are very good.

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The Family Research Council has released a 2012 presidential voter guide for the GOP candidates; you can see it here.

You will note that there are only two candidates out of seven who hold across-the-board Republican positions on these “values voter” issues.  That was not really a surprise, as it’s been pretty clear for several months now which candidates are the solid Republicans, which are playing at being a Republican…and which are just pretenders.

It’s interesting that this is clear on the voter guide, even though the guide gives several of these candidates the benefit of the doubt on many issues, going by their campaign trail statements versus their records–and records speak incredibly louder than words.

For instance, Rick Perry doesn’t do too badly based on his statements, and in truth he’s fairly good at representing Republican values. Still, it seems FRC couldn’t find anything to go on for the ENDA question.  And there’s that troubling matter of his softness on illegal immigration and his desire to force young girls to get immunized for an STD–issues not measured by this scorecard.

Then there are candidates like Mitt Romney. Mitt “RomneyCare” gets points for opposing taxpayer funding for abortion, even though his taxpayer-funded RomneyCare (the one that serves as a prototype for ObamaCare) plan covers abortions, and he has said in the past that he supports the Roe v. Wade decision which legalized by judicial fiat abortion in America.  He also gets points for saying he supports a federal amendment to protect marriage at the federal level from being counterfeited…even though he practically laid out the red carpet for the counterfeiting of marriage in Massachusetts. Can someone really be trusted to not do something at a federal level if he did it to his own people in his own state? Sure, pull my other leg now.

Isn’t it time we stopped allowing the “mainstream” media and the RINO GOP establishment pick our nominee for us?  Isn’t it time we stopped listening to the “mainstream” media and the RINO GOP establishment when they try to tell us that only the liberal “Republican” can win?

The choice is pretty clear.  If you want a real Republican to be our next president (and real Republicans will not be able to summon the energy necessary to elect a RINO), then we’re looking at either Michele Bachmann or Rick Santorum.  Only these two have affirmed the Republican position and values on all the issues listed here, and only these two have a consistent record of supporting Republican values on almost all the issues facing our country today.

If you’re looking for just a milder version of the liberal rot that has put our country in the dangerous place we now find ourselves, you can pick one of the other candidates, though.

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A Politically Incorrect Merry Christmas http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/12/a-politically-incorrect-merry-christmas/ http://www.dakotavoice.com/2011/12/a-politically-incorrect-merry-christmas/#comments Wed, 21 Dec 2011 19:36:02 +0000 http://www.dakotavoice.com/?p=62861 You may (or may not) have heard that the PC Police have been out on Capitol Hill during this Christmas, er, holiday, er, winter season and told congressmen that they are not allowed to wish their constituents "Merry Christmas" in official mailings. Representative Scott Rigell (R-VA) has a very politically incorrect Christmas message for you this Christmas season.

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You may (or may not) have heard that the PC Police have been out on Capitol Hill during this Christmas, er, holiday, er, winter season and told congressmen that they are not allowed to wish their constituents “Merry Christmas” in official mailings.

Representative Scott Rigell (R-VA) has a very politically incorrect Christmas message for you this Christmas (and Hanukkah) season.

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