The Fog Of Hate

FRANCIS J WILHELM·SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2019

A fog rolled into town early this morn,

I had just read a story about abortion,

Protecting the rights of a fetus unborn,

Bible toting folks that know better than,

Docs and the pregnant women,

The Bible toting folks look on with faces of scorn,

Wisp of the truth from a breeze,

The light of knowledge will dissipate,

The fog of hate for those that wish to see,

Hate born from ignorance and blinded,

By a false belief in an insane preaching,

Blinding the truth of Nature,

Embrace the teachings of Nature,

Nature is your true church,

To do good should be your religion,

Love your neighbor as yourself and,

Lift this Fog of Hate.

Dems on Rick Becker: Let it go

You’re gonna hate me for this, but you know what? As a rape survivor, I honestly don’t give a damn what Rick Becker posts on his Facebook page. I’ve known who and what he was since I watched many of his videos of nothing but himself talking. Rick Becker is in love with Rick Becker and any attention to him is good attention. He’s even using the “outrage” to raise money presumably for a re-election campaign. In case you missed it, here is a screen shot of the exact post all of this ire is being hurled at:

Stop it. It was meme. If you want to be outraged for rape, please save it for actual victims. If you want to get angry and call for resignations, save it for the judges that give admitted rapists ridiculously light sentences. Save your outrage for the backlog of rape kits, the way rape victims are the ones on trial and on the lack of resources available to assist them. My point is, there are so many better things to spend your energy on than a stupid prison/soap in the shower meme. That joke is almost as old as Becker himself. The outrage seems overly political to me, with Democrats acting as though it’s the worst thing Becker has done. It seems like an excuse for Democrats to trash a republican and that’s it.

He’s loving the attention. You’ve given him reason to call you snowflakes and you’ve managed to make a bigger mountain out of a dumb meme than the issue of rape itself. I find it disingenuous and honestly, a little embarrassing. Please drop it now.

And Rick, if you want to impress survivors, rather than raise money for yourself, it would really impress me and I’m sure, other survivors, if you donated that money to the rape and abuse crisis center.

Ron Schalow: ND Gun Fringe Yells NO to Saving Lives

Not on their watch, by golly. Panic has set in with a small dish of the loudest North Dakota gun extremists. They felt a paranoid twinge and immediately turned up the dial on the, “what don’t you understand about ‘shall not be infringed?’”

It’s not unusual. Many the hobby or ideology winds up with fanatics on the fringe. Most North Dakotans don’t own guns, but of those, the majority are hunters who keep their weapons locked in a safe until the proper season. They aren’t on the fringe.

The insecure fellows are the ones who are a little too attached to their chosen firearm. They and their fellow zealots are currently worked into a lather about the bipartisan action of 10 legislators.

Democratic Rep. Karla Rose Hanson and Democratic Sen. Erin Oban, plus 8 Republican lawmakers, decided to do something proactive about dangerous people with guns before a Stoneman Douglas High School shooting gallery plays out in this state, not after.

Or before another Fargo cop killing takes place. Perhaps Officer Jason Moszer may have been spared, had a walking red neon danger sign like Marcus Schumacher had been Red Flagged and law enforcement had a legal way to sequester Schumacher from his gun(s) at the time. Maybe.

Anyway.

“The ‘Public Safety Protection Order Bill’ (aka a Red Flag law) allows law enforcement or family members to petition a court to temporarily ban someone considered a danger to themselves or others from possessing guns.” — KFGO

“The Commission endorses Extreme Risk Protection Order laws, which give authorities a temporary way to keep those who threaten society from possessing or purchasing firearms.” — President Donald J. Trump’s Commission on School Safety

“Because a suicidal person may have to wait to get their initial behavioral health services…a public safety protection order can put some time and distance between that person and lethal means while they get stable.”‘ — Democratic Rep. Karla Rose Hanson

“Public safety protection orders save lives by enabling people to act before warning signs escalate into tragedies.” — Rep. Karla Rose Hanson

“The bill is supported by West Fargo Police Chief Heith Janke. ‘We need to provide the right tools to be pro-active in preventing these deaths’ Janke said. This bill provides an additional tool to hopefully save more lives and prevent more statistics from being made.” — KFGO

“There are times where people go through crisis in life, there’s this window of instability in their life where perhaps them having access to a weapon isn’t the greatest thing in the world.” — Fargo Police Chief David Todd

“Todd and Janke predicted officers would rarely use the new powers and said the bill provides adequate due process protections by requiring a hearing to determine whether an public safety protection order should be issued. It also allows firearm owners to seek an order’s termination.”  — Bismarck Tribune

“Vice President Pence highlighted the restraining orders during a meeting last month with President Trump and members of Congress in response to the Parkland shooting. Pence, a former governor of Indiana, said the laws allow due process, ‘so that no one’s rights are trampled.'” — USA Today

“State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler called the legislation ‘one of the most significant’ ways policymakers could address school safety.” — Bismarck Tribune

Dana Loesch, the NRA’s spookiest Spokesperson is pro-Red Flag, too. “I want to make a couple — one point. This is the eighth tragedy, the eighth tragedy where we have seen numerous tips that have been reported and red flagged — I mean — are we talking about prevention or not? I mean I think it’s incredibly important –” (From a CNN town hall, February 22, 2018)

“You have to follow up on these red flags.” (Ditto)

“In an NRATV video, the group’s top lobbyist said Congress should provide funding for states to adopt ‘risk protection orders.’ But the association says its position hasn’t changed. “Our position has always been dangerous people should not have access to firearms,” said NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker.”  — USA Today

OK. That all checks out.

So a large bipartisan group of lawmakers, the president of the United States, the State Superintendent of Education, the vice president of the United States, two police chiefs and the NRA’s first string spokespersons, are all for a common sense law with due process protection that would save lives. What’s not to like?

Then, it begins. With a historical retort.

“Wardner (Republican Senator Rich) said the bill takes a proactive approach to public safety and is ‘pro-gun’ because it could help prevent mass shootings that spur support for firearm restrictions.” — Bismarck Tribune

Wardner makes a logical case. Constant shootings don’t make for good marketing material. We’ve seen the backlash after a mass shooting before. But Rep.Rick Becker took the senator’s statement very hard. So, hard that he was forced to use a moldy Pol Pot reference.  

“If this is ‘Pro gun’, then Pol Pot was ‘pro life.’
Gimme a break…”

The new Dennis Miller, ladies, and gents. As if the bartender had never taken away the keys from an inebriated customer at one of Becker’s establishments to prevent possible death and destruction. Maybe Rick did. Less hassle, but the same difference. People in vulnerable states aren’t that hard to spot. If it is hard to spot, you’ve been cheated out of some good observational tools.

Some regular people intervene in obviously dangerous situations all of the time without involving the legal system. “I don’t think depressed cousin Alphonse needs a straight razor in this cabinet on this day in his life. Yoink.” “I’m keeping all of your guns at my house from now on, uncle Rog. If you ever sober up and want to go hunting, that’s where they are. You won’t remember but that’s where they will be.” “Pack light. You’re leaving this house before he kills you.”

But sometimes the legal system is needed because personal intervention isn’t possible.

But these extra industrial strength gun guys don’t care about that snowflake stuff. “Like she can’t survive a couple of small bullet wounds.”

T. Arthur Mason’s MinuteMan Blog went with the subtle headline below:

“ND Republican Traitors Stand with Democrats on Red Flag Gun Law,” T. howls into the cold dark night. Geez.

“Can you imagine the can of worms opened up by this definition? It’s not like false allegations aren’t a reality in our world today, right? And with the bar being as low as only having been arrested for a crime — not necessarily being convicted of one — where does that potentially leave those who are then wrongly accused of being dangerous? Yep, they may have just qualified as being ‘a risk of personal injury to self or others’— and the state can seize their firearms.

What about violence or cruelty to an animal? Depending on the judge, what might constitute that? Kicking the neighbor’s annoying dog when it strayed unwelcomed onto your property for the umpteenth time? Getting a tad irritable with that horse you’ve been trying to break to ride? The list is endless.”

I’ve never seen a can of worms, but I know that plenty of them have been opened. “Hello. Yes, Harry Smith is a danger to himself and others. No. That’s all. Goodbye now.” And off Harry’s gun(s) goes to what is commonly known as “Lizard Island.” Lots of lizards on that island, boy.

Red Flag laws are more subjective than the computer lists that pop out information for the Scheels clerk. They are better and millions of times less common. Yet, the T.’s of the world only bark at red and don’t even notice the lonely background check.

A Red Flag law does the same thing as a background check. We look at some clues and play the odds.

Most of the above nattering is stupid talk since his lame examples have nothing to do with the Red Flag Bill. But after some more grousing, he jumps right to a full ban on firearms. It’s an impressive leap.

“If they’re going to cede this ground, then where does it stop? Why not longer waiting periods and enhanced background checks? What about proficiency tests? Should we make people prove to the state that they are physically, mentally, and emotionally stable enough to possess a firearm? Mandatory registration? Ah heck, why not go the whole way— let’s just ban firearms altogether?”

Cede this ground? Oh boy, the slippery slope has been introduced, like it is every time. You would think this country never had any gun control when it has since the beginning. It’s only been since the late 1970s when the NRA went to hair band nuclear fear level. “If you give an inch, the government is going to take your guns. Period.” And as with lots of things, like Donald Trump’s appeal, for example, we’ve never had a shortage of gullible people.

Then head Bastiat, stable genius and drama queen, Rep Rick Becker, puts out the “Yes, it’s that bad” <<<<ALERT>>>>> on Facebook. For Pete’s sake.

“<<<<ALERT>>>>>
The Minuteman uses some choice words here, but I strongly suggest you read this. This is a terrible government overreach which does away with due process, the 4th Amendment, and the 2nd Amendment in one fell swoop.

“Call and email each of your legislators NOW! Share this! Fill the chamber, fill the room with citizens wanting to give testimony opposed. If you do not act on this strongly and swiftly, please never complain to me about losing your 2nd Amendment rights. Yes, it’s that bad”

Like the non-crisis at the southern border, the anti-Red Flag bullshit is at DefCon 32. No swooping will happen. Becker’s fans are easy to scare and they will be consumed with the swooping to come. Then the black helicopters.

More Becker:

“Bismarck Republican Rep. Rick Becker, the chief backer of the ‘constitutional carry’ bill in the 2017 session, called Hanson’s legislation a ‘huge gun control maneuver’ taken ‘under the guise of having very good intentions’ that’s ‘ripe’ for abuse.” — Grand Forks Herald

Uh huh, It’s a “HUGE gun control maneuver” under a “GUISE” of some sort,  that’s “RIPE for abuse.”

It’s a “HUGE gun control maneuver.” No, it isn’t.

A “GUISE.” Deceit is at play here. These people aren’t sincere in their concern for public safety. Well, that’s a lie.

“RIPE for abuse.” As if the plan you and Seabass have to let 18-year-olds carry loaded pistols into a SCHOOL isn’t ripe for abuse. But, Rick knew that and did it anyway.

Oooh, and the potential false accusers. The rubes — you know where — are repackaging the “woman lie” campaign used heavily during the Brett Kavanaugh supreme court confirmation, to the “anybody could lie about you so Officer Joe will take your gun away for no good reason, without due process and something else.

What kind of people do you know? Maybe there’s something to look at in that area.

But, what about Wilbur?

Wilber has been waiting for years to plug Earl in the gizzard. They had a noteworthy dispute about a clothesline location long ago, but Earl’s always packing and is lightning fast on the draw. Too dangerous for Wil. So he waited all of these years for a Red Flag law to kick in. Then, Wilbur called the cops and tells them that Earl had a frowny face. (Actual Sayanythingblog comment.)

Because cops and judges are so stupid, you know. Of course, the cop tells a judge. The judge says, “take that man’s gun away for 10 days and give him some lashes with a dirty rope.” Earl will be gunless for a third of a month now. Wilbur is ready and shoots Earl right in the gullet. Earl is effectively deceased.

I don’t know why these people think that someone is out to get them, but there are plenty of ways to get revenge or pull a prank on a dude. Is depriving a man of his gun for a few weeks the proper level of pain to dole out? Is that the sweet spot between sending a hundred pizzas and falsely turning someone in for cooking meth?

And temporary separation from a gun isn’t a punishment. It’s possible prevention of misery for innocent people and the gun owner, and you would have to be on the stupid side of a bologna sandwich to file a false report with the police since doing so is a crime. But these dull-witted nuts think the police will be in on the wholesale “gun grabbing,” for the fun of it, I guess.

Who would decide? That’s a burning question for some, even though it’s laid out in the Bill.

Well, it’s the same people you join for Thanksgiving dinner, the cop who decides if you are worthy of arrest for a DUI and the judge who decides things for a living. The same cast of characters as always.

POVnow on KVLY likes to frighten people without cause. Even though “refugees have TB” thing blew up in their face, they still aim for the FOX demographics.

“Red Flag Laws might be coming to North Dakota. Do you trust friends and family members to decide if you are a danger? If so is this the best action to take? I wonder if there are other ways to handle this that does not infringe on our rights.” –Producer Josh

Coming UP: ND looks to pass a RED FLAG law that could infringe on YOUR gun rights…I will break it down for you tonight.

POVnow wants to make it an issue of your families trustworthiness as if that’s in your worry sack. I’ve had guns and if someone would have hidden them for a week or month, I wouldn’t have melted down, suffered separation anxiety, or noticed. Metal and wood. Not once did I wonder, “What is my gun doing tonight? I hope it’s happy.”

The Fargo Forum blogger, who loves the word hubris chimes in to feed his regulars.

“It seems like hubris, to me, for we as a society to decide we know so much about what a person might do that we can act against their civil rights. More than that, it’s a dangerous legal precedent to set. Because if the government can deny you your 2nd amendment rights simply by deciding you’re too dangerous to exercise them, what else can they take from you?”– Rob Port, the Forum blogger most likely to wrestle a Coke machine.

What else can they take? Well, the government has been dying to get at your submarine sandwiches, Rob.

Port also spends oodles of his allotted Internet space to declare how a person and/or organization is really thinking, without any evidence, so he knows his hubris, although I don’t know what foolish pride has to do with this.

Then, Port writes this in his column for the Sunday paper:

Immediately, he starts with the deceit that makes him Rob Port.

“The person losing their civil right to keep and bear arms does not actually have to break any laws for this to take place. Others need only say the person is dangerous, putting that person in the position of preserving their rights only by convincing a judge they are not dangerous.”

Port purposely inverts the truth into a friggen lie. The burden of evidence falls on the person(s) who don’t want bad things happen. His “need only say” claim is pure port$#!*. Rob is one of those knuckleheads who thinks that a short call to the cops will get a guys ass hauled down to the courthouse minus his guns. Is Virginia Slim adding a “deliberately stupid” element to his “already stupid part? Yes, it’s personal.

“I am sympathetic to what Rep. Hanson and her coalition is trying to do – I am as against suicide and school shootings as anyone else – but this legislation is far too cavalier in its treatment of our rights.”

Rob is against these tragedies. He just doesn’t want to do anything about them. He extends his sympathies. And he doesn’t know what cavalier means. Probably not the definition of “sympathetic” either. Anyway, he cares an equal amount as anyone.

Rep. Luke Simons, another Bastiat tastelessly uses the slaughter at Wounded Knee on Facebook to make his case against a Red Flag law.

In Luke’s mind, the government is coming to collect all of the weapons, any day now, as it did to the Natives in the 1800s. But it’s not.

Then, all of the men, women, and children, are going to get murdered by our own government. That isn’t going to happen, either.

Another post of Mr. Simons.

“Folks I’ve asked many of you on Facebook to call your legislator on the Red flag bill, but be kind. A lot of these people/legislators are very good people, and they mean well. Say what you mean, but don’t say it mean.”

Too late. I wouldn’t say the majority of the sponsors to the Bill are very good people, but a lot of them are. And cool hand Luke knew for certain that his fans would be “mean.” Yeah, I’m sorry my Rottweiler  sicced himself on you, but I’ve given him a stern talking to.

Saving lives is a good thing in case the no, no, further, further than that, right wingtip Bastiat Caucus, in case they, especially Simons, forgot that the cell mass who can play the trumpet counts, too.

Nobody is getting executed or drenched with water and pushed into the cold. It’s just a preventative tool.

If you see your neighbor hauling firearms by the wheelbarrow full into their garage, and you’re afraid to ask him why the iduiliotis part of part of your brain lights up like Times Square and senses a firefight is near at hand. Call someone if you think that gunplay is important for someone to know. “If You See Something, Say Something®”

Stand Your Ground ND, a Facebook group has a late entry in the moronic category. Those clever boys photoshopped Superintendent Baesler’s face onto the body of an old-timey Russian soldier guy and made a meme. They used her words and a Lenin quote, just like this.

State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler -“called the legislation “one of the most significant” ways policymakers could address school safety.”

“Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted”-Vladimir Lenin

I guess that’s supposed to mean that Baesler is indoctrinating our youth. My brain doesn’t see the connection but I haven’t been breathing in a lot of gunpowder fumes lately.

There Will Be More Blood

From a marketing standpoint, it was a serious breach of intellect.

It’s 101 material. If you send out a product that explodes and kills people, you aren’t smart enough to grow hair. Mushroom clouds always draw bad press. There’s no middle ground.

“Chad, does our new shiny thingy explode?” “No sir.” “Ship it. Where are we going for lunch?”

Or, “Hello, Samsung! My luggage is kinda charred. I think my $80,000 Rolex was in the bag, too, oh, oh, and a bottle of Macallan Lalique 50 Year old.”

Some problems don’t have a solution, this one had an easy fix.

They all knew.

The first batch of fracked Bakken crude wasn’t just poured into a pipe, or a waiting tanker car. It was tested at an atomic level. They don’t call them petroleum engineers, because they CAN’T figure out the ingredients of carbon based liquid matter and easily separate the elements of the translucent golden fully cooked bubbly concoction that came out of the North Dakota ground.

They (use your imagination) sat at a table one day in the mid 2000s, and one guy, who I’ve heard has since had his conscience deflated with an ice pick, said, “We know that if we put this on a train, and there’s a derailment, it’s going to burst into a Dante level inferno, right?”

Scary silence. Then, another voice groans, “There is no way for us to deal with the explosive gases intermingled in the crude besides burning it off, is there?”

“Nope. No infrastructure. We would need stabilizers, gathering lines, processing plants for the butane, propane, ethane, methane, the other thanes, and means of distribution.”

“Why didn’t we do all of that first? Are we stupid?” yelped someone who thought he was important. His body was never found.

“Screw that, and screw you, whoever you are,” shouted a short gent with matching hedgehog eyebrows. “We make money now, while the price is up. Pour everything in the tankers. They pay either way. We can afford to kill a few people. What’s the going rate per body?”

It could be said that this was a cart before the horse situation, but burning down an inhabited town is a bit more weighty than an annoyed Clydesdale.

And unless they were totally detached from the realities of their job, regulating oil development, North Dakota officials, including Kevin Cramer, Wayne Stenehjem, and John Hoeven (former member of the North Dakota Industrial Commission), knew the danger of shipping a mixture of these elements. Or standing close to it. It tastes OK, though.

Statoil, Continental, Whiting, Oasis, and the other sociopathic entities had no incentive to make the infrastructure happen because no one running this state dreamed of making them do the proper thing. It would cost the oil geezers money and slow the whole works. So, the oil Kings turned down proposed pipeline projects, didn’t install stabilizers, and didn’t invest, or entice investment in facilities for ethane, propane, butane, and the other valuable gases. And everyone who should have been freaking out, looked the other way.

Pipelines should have been in the works nearly a decade ago, and sited with consideration for the environment. And maybe they could have avoided sticking both thumbs directly into the eyes of the First People.

And nothing has changed. Nearly every time I ask a lawmaker, or state official, why they aren’t stabilizing, YET, they say, “But there’s no infrastructure to do that.”

That’s the bloody point!

It’s 2016. Where the hell is it? Was I supposed to do it? I don’t even have a decent hole-digging shovel. Infrastructure doesn’t just pop out of the ground like mushrooms, even though that would be cool.

I’ve been shouting into a stiff westerly wind about this for nearly 3 years. The only North Dakota legislator to utter the word “stabilization” in chambers last session has moved to California, to a town that is one of the destination points for Bakken oil trains. The Bakken curse.

The Bakken oil trains keep blowing up and upsetting people, especially the odd ducks who don’t want to be cremated before a natural death, on a city street, and swept into an oily gutter.

The fire chief of Mosier, Ore., is still whiter than usual, and shaking, just at the thought of what the damage would have been, when a single sheared off track bolt caused the derailment, fire, and explosion, of a Bakken oil train, that would have burnt down the entire town, had the wind been blowing like normal through the Columbia River Gorge. Spilled oil gummed up their sewage system, but none reached the river, so yay for abnormal weather conditions.

But instead of fixing the problem, you get excuses and whining; “They really do seem to be picking on us,” said Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. Lob a Molotov cocktail through your neighbors kitchen window, and see if you get picked on by the survivors. Stenehjem is also a member of the North Dakota Industrial Commission.

Former Public Service Commissioner and current Congressman Kevin Cramer, the proud owner of an oddly configured brain, said it is “discriminatory” to call Bakken crude by it’s given name, in a feeble attempt to obscure the source of the danger from the rest of the continent. When some murderer was poisoning random boxes of Tylenol in the 1980’s Chicago, did the authorities withhold the brand name? No, because that would have been stupid and irresponsible.

“Well, whenever they refer to it as Bakken crude, you have to conclude they are discriminating because crude is not categorized, or characterized by it’s origin, by it’s location, by it’s geography.

It should be characterized by it’s characteristics, it’s scientific and chemical make-up, so I think the rhetoric get’s a little reckless. It tends to favor a particular point of view, a bias in advance, and that’s what I want to do away with on the 9th.” Don’t look at me. I wanted to call it Wilhelm, after my Grandfather.

But if the Holy Cramer is serious about a different name, I hear that New Coke is available, if they decide go the rebranding route. Bakken crude is also fizzy, but it doesn’t taste all syrupy and too sweet like Pepsi, as New Coke did. It’s more of a 977 proof pale ale. Add a shot of toluene, xylene, hexane, or benzene, and you have a party. Leave the hydrogen sulfide in the cupboard, along with the Asparagus Schnapps.

And at an online Town Hall in 2014, Cramer answered a question I planted this way; “This is what I would say about removing the volatility, IF THERE IS A SCIENTIFIC WAY TO DO THAT, and I know there are people working on it.”

The oil industry was WORKING on it, a big boned tortoise’s lifetime ago, and using the process of stabilization for many decades. The Saudi’s have been wisely stabilizing their crude before loading it on the expensive ships since televisions weighed 700 pounds, and the Texans do it as a matter course, and their infrastructure wasn’t included with the land, either. It’s good to know that our Congressman will lie so easy

A few weeks later, to another question I posed, the congressman backed away from his former nonsense, but spun another yarn. He’s worried about the economics, as though he has pay to the costs himself, and propane or butane, are not a problem for the oil industry to distribute, but bullet trains (do we have those?) made up entirely of natural gas sounds scary, but that’s not how it works.

“I don’t know whether that (stabilization) is necessary or not. That’s part of what we will be exploring in our hearing in the science committee, because is it scientifically possible to strip it out? Obviously, of course, it is…but when you apply not just that, but the economics, and remember, you can strip those light elements off of the crude, but that has to be shipped as well, so in many respects, filling a train with nothing but the light elements, the more explosive, if you will, elements, and making that a bullet train; I’m not sure that is the right answer, so scientifically can you do it, sure, but you have to look at it holistically and consider all of the other elements; including economics, and is the benefit of doing something like that trump other things like speed of trains, and what kind of cars. There are other things to consider. That’s why I think a congressional hearing is the next best step, dealing specifically with the science of the crude.”

That big Science (Space, and Technology) Committee, where we store the greatest scientific minds in the Congress, September 9 meeting took place two years ago. Nothing has happened. Cramer invited his buds from the North Dakota Petroleum Council to testify. They’re the ones who said it was totally safe to ship Bakken crude in the DOT-111 tanker car, which was originally engineered to move corn syrup, even after multiple derailments plus blasts.

One of Cramer’s witnesses John Auers, said, “If I threw a match into Bakken crude oil it would not ignite it.” Auers is an Executive Vice President at Turner Mason & Company. Turner, Mason is an energy consulting firm that wrote “The North Dakota Petroleum Council Study on Bakken Crude Properties” report for the North Dakota Petroleum Council.

Do it with a lit match, junior.

“There are some benefits frankly to the stabilization process and that is stripping some of the liquids, some of the other gases off and using them in the market place. That is a far better solution that just stripping it for the sake of stripping it.” People are dying while Kevin’s no exceptions free market ideology kicks in, but that’s a price our congressman is willing to pay. Bucks before bodies. He continues to rebuke the federal government for encroachment, as he cheers on the oil trains that jeopardize 25 million people across the country.

And my favorite:

Congressman Cramer: “With regard to the responsibility of producers to reduce the volatility I’m not sure…I don’t know if there is in law, or statute, a responsibility. You may argue there is a MORAL responsibility to do that.”

I do argue for doing the moral, responsible, thing, thank you, sir. And I look forward to your remarks when several hundred body bags are lined up in the gymnasium of a small town New Jersey high school. Try to smirk that one off, Mr. Oil E. Tool.

Then, there’s Doug Goehring, North Dakota’s Agriculture Commissioner and another member of the three-person North Dakota Industrial Commission, who groused; “Stabilization is like having mini-refineries, and in order to effectively stabilize the amount of crude leaving the state, the prairies of western North Dakota would need 250-plus mini-refineries.” That’s one way. They are about the size of an old Suburban.

To which I say, so what? Goehring isn’t bashful about allowing the siting of a refinery within spitting distance of a national park, or voting against “special places,” so what’s his real problem?

And Gov. and Industrial Commission member Jack Dalrymple said, “there were not enough facilities in place in North Dakota to make that (stabilization) a viable option.” Viable for who, Governor? There aren’t enough trees, either, so there should be plenty of room for those “facilities,” to be put in place. Another regulator more concerned about the finances of the oil Lords, than the safety of his constituents.

And finally, the head oil regulator in state, the director of the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources, Lynn Helms, who supposedly works for the people of North Dakota and reports to the Industrial Commission. He’s special.

On Dec. 16, 2013, Helms said his agency and the State Pipeline Authority (with some cahooting with the ND Petroleum Council) are working to create a white paper that would study the characteristics of the state’s oil “to dispel this myth that it is somehow an explosive, really dangerous thing to have traveling up and down rail lines.”

He said this after tanker cars filled in the Bakken blew sky high, and blocks wide, in August 2008.

Not mythical. Recorded nicely by a helicopter news team, since it happened only 30 miles from Oklahoma City.

Lac-Megantic, Quebec, July 6, 2013. Forty-seven people dead. Five vaporized. Not mythical.

And then came the fiery towers outside of Aliceville, Ala.

Then Casselton. No. 4. Two weeks after his moronic pronouncement. Visible from I-94. No white paper ever showed up. Then; Virginia, Illinois, Oregon, West Virginia …

Finally, Helms conceded; “Oil that hasn’t been properly conditioned at the wellsite can be stabilized, but that would include an industrial system of pipelines and processing plants.”

Evidently another one worried about the cost to the oil Czars, because we sure as hell don’t have a space problem. To which I say, that’s their problem?

But our boy regresses, stating in a Letter to the Grand Forks Herald; “The fact is that stabilization is a process used not on crude oil …” Only for generations, so it was a big fat lie, but Helm’s never suffers any consequences for anything he says, so why not.

These guys aren’t regulators and lawmakers, they’re lobbyists.

Then, there are an assortment of apologist newspapers, and dancing bears, like Forum Communication blogger Rob Port, who is delegated with rationalizing every spill, explosion, employee death, and negative impact, caused by the oil companies, and attacking every critic with lies, misinformation and smear campaigns. He also sounds like a shouting blue cartoon dog on the radio, but cartoonish is his thing, so it works out.

Port wrote this cute headline, after a Bakken oil train finally didn’t explode after derailing near Culbertson, Mont., “Is A Bomb Train Still A Bomb Train If It Doesn’t Go Boom?”

Oh, I don’t know. Is a grenade still a grenade if doesn’t explode? Is a landmine still a landmine?

What a dip.

So, how did the whoring for the oil conglomerates work out? Did letting them skip essential steps make the marketing of the Bakken easier, or harder? Is it a plus to have distribution channels dry up, because cities have simply refused to accept the product, since they value the lives of their citizens more than commerce? Is it helpful to have a paragraph about the Lac-Megantic disaster in every article about the Bakken, where over 1,000 firefighters participated?

There didn’t have to be demonstrations across the U.S. and Canada. New proposed regulations to set a national vapor pressure, possibly at 9.0, wouldn’t be winding their way through Congress.

The Secretary of Transportation and other federal agencies wouldn’t be breathing down certain necks. Senators wouldn’t be barking, and governors wouldn’t be ordering their assistants to whip off a nasty letter to North Dakota.

Will it be a cheap experience, when the Feds inevitably take over, and demand safety? Is that why Kevin Cramer and Harold Hamm are pulling for Trump?

From the state, when it comes to public safety; we get nothing, but a window dressing order to the producers to keep the Reid Vapor Pressure, a measure of volatility, at or below 13.7, and 2 more railroad inspectors. The oil companies have to keep the temperature on their heater-treaters at 110 degrees, a few bumps more than a stiff fever, which accomplishes nothing. 80% of crude coming out of Bakken already meets the vapor pressure standard, plus most of the explosions involving Bakken oil was already below the 13.7 mark, and the decimation of Lac-Megantic happened at 9.33.

Bismarck officials ran through a simulated oil train derailment, and assumed that some of the< town’s buildings would be devastated or destroyed, and there would be over 60 or 70 casualties.

No biggie. I guess since nobody in Bismarck even perspired a bit on the forehead.

But if Native American’s start to gather in a walking manner, and slow the work of any company associated with the oil industry, the governor runs in his socks through halls of that tall building, shouting, “Public safety. Public safety.” He eventually dozes off in one of the elevators. The motion is very soothing, but he hasn’t gone unheard.

Operation DiCaprio kicks in. It’s a cross between Route 66 and Full Metal Jacket. Roadblocks are set up to catch somebody doing something. Mace, dogs, and skeet shooting at threatening plastic drones. Arrest journalists, strip search celebrities, wake Port and Hennen. Suddenly decide that some (wink) citizens SHOULDN’T be carrying guns.

Millions of dollars are being spent because the oil industry is being inconvenienced, but nothing is being done to prevent downtown Seattle from going up in smoke. We can stop wondering who runs this state.

2019: North Dakota Legislature Aims at Taking Back the State’s 1975 Ratification of the ERA

At a time when many states are still ratifying the 1972 Equal Right Amendment, North Dakota legislators are hoping to pull back North Dakota’s 1975 ratification of it. Yes, you read that right. It always impressed me that North Dakota had ratified it at all, but it was one bit of ND history I could be proud of.  Not anymore.

Not only is North Dakota once again looking to strip away women’s rights to their own bodies again, but they’re seeking to take away the 1975 decry that women are equal to men. Ironically, they are stating that women are now equal to men while at the same time trying to make doctors lie to us if we’re facing an unwanted pregnancy. Equal? I don’t think so. Also, ironically, this is coming at a time when our neighbor to the east is pushing to ratify the ERA in their state constitution at last. You can read about Minnesota ERA movement here:

http://www.startribune.com/equal-rights-amendment-on-the-move-in-minnesota-nation/504771342/

Perhaps, the North Dakota state legislature is so afraid it will finally pass and they will have to stop with the abortion crap and treat women as equals, so they are going to pull back their ratification. The ERA failed by three states. Since then, those states are still being pushed to ratify it and it is coming up in their legislative sessions thanks to the work of many tireless women that have been fighting for it since it began. Fearing those 3 states will finally ratify, the sneaky NoDak legislators are going to try and take one back. HB3037 sponsors are:

https://www.legis.nd.gov/assembly/63-2013/members/house/representative-chuck-damschen

https://www.legis.nd.gov/assembly/63-2013/members/house/representative-david-monson

https://www.legis.nd.gov/assembly/63-2013/members/house/representative-mark-s-owens

https://www.legis.nd.gov/assembly/63-2013/members/house/representative-don-vigesaa

https://www.legis.nd.gov/assembly/65-2017/members/senate/senator-david-a-clemens

https://www.legis.nd.gov/assembly/63-2013/members/senate/senator-robert-erbele

https://www.legis.nd.gov/assembly/65-2017/members/senate/senator-david-s-rust

In case you don’t have time to click on each link, these are all old, white men. Not one woman legislator would introduce a bill to remove equal rights ratification in North Dakota. If you do have a chance to click on each of the links, you will find each rep’s phone number and email address to contact them and tell them what you think.

You can read the full text of the bill here:

https://www.legis.nd.gov/assembly/66-2019/documents/19-3075-04000.pdf

Taking back ERA ratification?

Seriously, North Dakota?

 

 

 

 

Why is Rural North Dakota so Dangerous?

The second amendment states we have the right to bear arms. Absolutely, I believe in it. It’s in the constitution. Of course, we all have the right to bear arms. We absolutely have a right to fight government tyranny. We have a right to feel safe in our homes. We have a right to shoot anything or anyone that threatens us

However (the fancy, but) is, why are so many North Dakotans so terrified of anything, that they feel the need to be packing everywhere they go?

Was there an influx of damned Mexicans that invaded North Dakota?

Did they hear about our wonderful climate and felt the enormous desire to get in?

I mean, looking at our current legislative session and the number of gun rights bills, in addition to last session’s “constitutional carry” law, I thought perhaps there was a terrible threat I was facing.

Are the wolves at the door? Should I strap myself with a pistol everywhere I go? My god, if someone is trying to kill me for being a middle-aged, single, female property owner, please, someone tell me.

Or, is it just the small towns and rural cities that are facing this threat? I mean, I see all the legislators from small towns or ranches putting forth these bills about our god-given right to carry guns. Is there a rabid deer outbreak? Is it a bunny-in-your garden thing? Or do you actually fear that a homosexual liberal is going to come to your door and steal your freedom?

I’m sure walking down Main Street in Lisbon, ND is a scary thing for a strapping, young male republican in largely republican North Dakota, but I truly need to know.

What are you so afraid of that you need assault rifles, a bump stock, and a pistol to protect yourself from?

Are the turkeys rabid on your property? Or, should I be worried?

Please, tell me.

Don’t Be Fooled, NoDak!

While our panties are all wadded over bible bill 2136 to offer kids bible studies in public schools, the North Dakota superior class of smarter-than-thou legislators are trying to push through a more sinister bill, 4001. This bill, would still allow we, the lowly, dumbass voters in North Dakota to petition to get proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot. Hell, it would even let us vote on them! We could approve of a ballot measure in a landslide with our God-given votes (those bible classes teach about votes, right? Power to the people? Free will?); but if the legislature doesn’t also approve of it? It gets tossed.

That’s right….let’s think back to some of the measures we’ve voted on and approved: remember medicinal marijuana? What the hell happened to that? Wasn’t that approved 4 years ago now? Man, things sure move slowly in North Dakota–unless it’s running down protesters in the street or making sure every Tom, Rick, and Bette can carry a concealed weapon anywhere anytime. Bang! Bang! Yeehaw!

Oh….hang on there, pardner. This bill isn’t really about medicinal marijuana is it? No, it’s about that pesky ethics bill we voted for. Remember all the pushback? All those honest-as-the-day is long legislators saying they don’t have any ethic problems so they don’t need an ethics bill? Yeah….this is about that one.

North Dakotans aren’t dumb, folks. We may like our republicans, but we know they’re still politicians and taking money when they shouldn’t and always looking for ways to screw us. That’s why we approved an ethics bill. The very thought that those corrupt-as-the-day-is-long politicians have put forward a vote to make our voices null and void?

Well, isn’t that just more proof that we sure as hell need a damned ethics bill?

Don’t worry about bible classes offered in school, NoDak. It would never survive a challenge in court. Of course, your legislators are happy to waste your money fighting to make the country church and the school the same just like back on the prairie. Only, now Mrs. Wilder would be packing heat.

What you should be concerned about; pissed off about even, is that your politicians you voted into office want to toss your vote if they don’t like the cockamamie measures you approve of like ethics for politicians. If they discount your vote on ballot measures so easily, who’s to say our vote for them should count either? Oh, wait….

Ethics, anyone?