The Rapid City Journal is reporting:
HOT SPRINGS -- Officials at the Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans
Home in Hot Springs paid tribute Thursday to the lone surviving Lakota Code Talker,
Wolfguts, 84, was recognized in the Code Talkers
Recognition Act signed by President Bush earlier this month. The bill authorized
the production of a congressional medal for all Native American code talkers.The
aging veteran did not speak at the program attended by 70 fellow veterans home
residents, staff members, family members and dignitaries. Wolfguts, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe,
served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in the Pacific Theater during World War II.
He and other Native American soldiers from different tribes were assigned to
exchange coded radio messages about troop movements and other sensitive
information. That befuddled enemy soldiers, who could not decipher their
languages, thus providing for secure communications.The 2002 South Dakota
Legislature honored Wolfguts and 10 other Native code talkers for their
work, saying it saved the lives of countless American and allied
forces.According to the Congressional Record, Wolfguts was one of a team of Lakota code talkers during
the war who exchanged information over the radio under heavy combat action.Wolfguts and the code
talkers were so successful that military commanders credit them as key to the
success of many battles, the record said.
Friday, October 31, 2008
The Rapid City Journal is reporting:
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Reuters is reporting:
SAN FELIX, Venezuela (Reuters) – Despite having some of the
world's largest energy reserves, Venezuela is increasingly struggling to
maintain basic electrical service, a growing challenge for leftist President
The OPEC nation has suffered three nationwide blackouts this
year, and chronic power shortages have sparked protests from the western Andean
highlands to San Felix, a city of mostly poor industrial workers in the
Shoddy electrical service is now one of Venezuelans' top
concerns, according to a recent poll, and may be a factor in elections next
month for governors and mayors in which Chavez allies are expected to lose key
posts, in part on complaints of poor services.
The problem suggests that
Chavez, with his ambitious international alliances and promises to end
capitalism, risks alienating supporters by failing to focus on basic issues like
electricity, trash collection and law enforcement.
"With so much energy in
Venezuela, how can we be without power?" asked Fernando Aponte, 49, whose slum
neighborhood of Las Delicias in San Felix spent 15 days without electricity --
leading him to block a nearby avenue with burning tires in protest.
door, Carmen Fernandez, 82, who is blind and has a pacemaker, says she has
trouble sleeping through sultry nights without even a fan to cool
Experts say Venezuela for years has skimped billions of dollars in
electrical investments, leaving generation 20 percent below the level necessary
for a stable power grid and increasing the risk of national outages. Officially
Venezuela has a capacity of 22,500 megawatts for a population of 28 million
people, but a sizeable proportion is not working, analysts say.
Chavez has won praise for investing in health and education, his government has
done little to repair local distribution systems that deliver electricity to end
users, from barrio residents to business and industries.
Pastora Medina, a legislator representing San Felix and nearby cities
suffering chronic power problems, this month tried to bring the issue up in the
national Congress in Caracas, but the legislature's leadership refused to let
Several hours later, as the legislature discussed a South American
integration plan created by Chavez, Congress itself lost power for around 10
"Congress wouldn't listen to me, but God must have," Medina said
with a chuckle as she recounted the incident later at her office in San
Though it is a key oil exporter, most of Venezuela's power comes from
hydroelectricity generated in dams in the southeast, near Brazil, and sent to
the rest of the country. The remainder comes mainly from aging oil-fired
The transimission system is also suffering from underinvestment,
which makes it vulnerable to the failures that caused this year's
The government has responded by building dozens of tiny local
plants that generate a fraction of a percent of national consumption, a model
known as "distributed generation" used in Cuba, where a U.S. embargo impedes
But to keep up with demand, Venezuela needed to add
1,000 megawatts of new generation capacity every year for at least the last five
years, but instead it has installed only about 350 MW a year.
"We have to
reach the most remote villages with the system of distributed generation,"
Chavez said in recent speech, inaugurating a generator in a town with deficient
His government has also promised to accelerate new generation and
boost transmission grid investment.
But critics say these
small power plants are political quick fixes that avoid tackling the thorny
problems of boosting generation and fixing decrepit distribution systems.
"We need a clear energy policy, because the policy we have is not
sustainable," Andres Matas, a former planning chief for a state power company.
"This is a problem for the entire country."
He said this will require
investment in local distribution systems, speeding up generation projects
stalled for years by bureaucracy and lifting state-imposed price controls that
keep tariffs at about 20 percent of what U.S. residents pay.
It will also
require collecting fees from millions of barrio residents who illegally link
their homes to the power grid with improvised and dangerous lines -- a move not
likely to be popular with a government that depends on barrio votes.
he enjoys strong support for his oil-financed social development campaign, polls
show Chavez sympathizers are losing patience with the national and local
politicians' inability to tackle bread-and-butter issues.
Chavez last year
fired up his supporters with a wave of state takeovers including the
nationalization of electricity operations, among them Electricidad de Caracas,
which was majority owned by U.S.-based AES Corp.
But his supporters now seem
more concerned about deteriorating service than the state ownership.
power problems take the strongest toll in barrios like those of San Felix --
still bastions of Chavez support -- where power surges routinely burn out home
"Our refrigerators have burned out so we can't shop for the
week, we can only shop for one day at a time," said Nestor Pacheco, 39. "The
situation is serious."
(Reporting by Brian Ellsworth; Editing by Eddie
About four years ago hugo nationalized the energy industry. Nationalizing private businesses NEVER works. We are going to be in mess with the efforts of the 'bailout' of the banks. What happens if we nationalize health care...well we know, but we are going to try it anyway.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
About a week ago my pastor "loaned" me a book called The Shack. Evidently, the ministerial society in town has been in a little bit of an uproar about the book because the Theology of the book 'isn't completely right.' Truth be told I saw some Theological issues with the book, BUT this book may be the one time that the Theology should take a backseat to the message of the book.
The Shack is an allegory in the characteristic of who God really is and deals with a man's grief at the brutal loss of his daughter.
The author did an amazing job of tapping into the emotions of someone that has lost someone in a brutal way. And really challenged the protagonist's perception of who God was. The book showed a logical step-by-step process on how God works on someone to bring them to the point where they can forgive their worst enemy and heals past hurts.
There were a few minor issues I've had with the book, but there are times where the minor issues need to be ignored and God needs to be allowed to work. There are few scars I have yet to work out, and it still will be a while before I could enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner with les, but I think it did a change in my heart.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Since the daily kos guys say alot of strange things I wonder would would happen if some would say, "If you hear bill ayers think ayrian nation." It would be a fun experiment to see what would happen, I just don't care enough to try it.
I guess I don't get how it is racist to draw a direct line from a white domestic terrorist to Senator barry. I don't get how it is racist to draw a direct line to jerimah wright to Senator barry. I hear it's racist to draw a connection between franklin rains, former Fanny Mae CEO that obsconded with TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, who is advising Senator barry. Then Congressman barney 'madame' frank says it's racist to blame the fair housing act that forced banks to loan to people that couldn't afford it (there's alot of blame to go around, but Congressman frank and Senator dodd should explain what in world they were doing).
Why is it every time a liberal is busted doing something wrong they claim racism? Where were the cries of racism when Senator biden called Senator barry 'a clean articulate black guy?' Why isn't the left upset about james carville threatening riots if Senator barry doesn't win? Seams to me like he is saying that African-Americans don't have any self control, but what do I know I'm just a hick and he's a high priced political advisor...I guess that must mean he knows more than me. Shoot, Todd Palin could have called nbc's Saturday night live racist with their incest jokes by this standard.
If these guys are really as intelligent why can't they either provide an honest argument why they did what they did wasn't wrong or at the very least admit they were wrong (I know the latter is a little pollyanish of me...that White Republican from Minnesota still has never apologized for trying to pass blame to my sister for him killing our Dad, but that's another story all it's own, I'll forego mentioning ted stevens from Alaska for right now.)
SO, AGAIN how is it racist to tie a white terrorist to Senator obama? I guess I need a fancy Eastern education because even the daily kos couldn't explain that very well
While I doubt anyone that isn't a conservative will actually go see An American Carol my take on the film is that it is worth every cent I spent to see it in the theater. There are so many movies out that I have gone to I regretted paying even matinee or rental fee to see, again this isn't one of them.
I was expecting the movie to be a little funnier, but the one major problem with that thought is some of the jokes were to close to reality for me to laugh at. It was great to laugh at those that are willing to get their virgins by strapping on a bomb, and it definitely was great to see a character that hates this Great Nation get slapped over and over again.
There of course was a message to this movie, which I'm sure those that are predisposed to believe the worst of us as a people will argue against, but that's their choice.
The movie did chronicle a little about how neville chamberline talked to the national socialist party without conditions...I wish the movie would have shown the consequence for that capitulation (or the Blitz).
There was quite a bit of cussing, but it is a Zucker film so it shouldn't have been a shock. I'll toss those that don't like us hicks to much a bone: there are some jokes about both kinds of music Country and Western, so even Senator barry would get a chuckle out of this film.
When it comes out on disc I plan to purchase. Something I don't do a lot because it cuts in to my 'bitter American budget.' So three .45 rounds out of five.
Friday, October 03, 2008
About three dozen cars full of people showed up to greet Mrs. Bush at the church in Sims.
They were the only ones allowed inside, but one resident was determined to get a glimpse of the motorcade, and maybe the First Lady, from his property, which borders the church.
Darrel Jacobson spent a few hours riding around his land on horseback, waiting for Laura Bush to arrive.
He says there has been a lot of excitement in the area lately, and he says he wanted to see what was happening.
"I thought it was pretty neat," says Jacobson. "You have a story to tell, just one of those things that, if you don`t show up, you missed a good opportunity. Things like that don`t happen everyday."
He says his parents were married in the church.
Don't really have anything to add or real reason to post other than it was kind of nice to have the First Lady visit and it was just a cool story.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
I realize I'm just a dumb hick, but when there is problem that was warned about four years ago it can't be a surprise. BUT for some reason those that treat us hicks like 'we don't know nothin' are telling us that we MUST do this thing or Chicken Little will run past us in a big hurry.
IF this is as big of an emergency that we are told it is and is the right thing to do, why didn't the majority party 'do the right thing?' Why should conservatives that reject to ANY version of socialism sacrifice their principles, giving government control of our economy? IF this is such a big emergency why take of Tuesday and Wednesday? IF this is as big of a deal why did the stock market rebound instead of tank farther?
As I listened off and on today to economists I'm convinced that the worst thing to do is to throw $700 Billion at this problem.
If it were up to me the bill would look something like this:
1. If a company fails, the company is obliged (or make it easier for the companies to retrieve) to go after any board members, CEO, CFO and various VP's bonuses. I don't like the idea of government telling companies what they can pay or what bonuses, BUT if a company goes into Chapter 11 the bonuses aren't warranted.
2. ALL political contributions MUST be returned.
3. Companies are forbidden from contributing to politicians that have committee oversight of their industry.
4. Eliminate the capital gains tax. It is an immoral tax that does nothing than punish success, people that sell property and move into a rental property due to health issues, and does nothing to make the great down troddens' lives better. It just gives more money to an irresponsible body of people that couldn't find their way out of a paper sack.
5. Senator dodd must leave in handcuffs. Senator conrad would just be a bonus.
Knowing we have had five or six economic depressions and the last one occurred because we made businesses the enemy and let government intervene in the market making the depression last twice as long as it should have maybe the best thing we could do is get out of the way of capitalism. Remove some of the stupid regulation that the clinton Administration implemented and cut taxes would do more to keep people honest, rather than create strange loopholes, and force businesses to violate any wise business choices.