See the offending dream catcher

When I read the news item about St. Joseph’s Indian School’s use of dream catchers as fund-raising swag, I instantly knew of the item in question.

Months ago, we were at my parents’ house while they were opening their mail. When I was in high school, we lived in Chamberlain, so it was no surprise to see the fundraising solicitation from St. Joe’s in the pile of envelopes.

What was a surprise was the dream catcher that had been deftly attached to the materials, which also included foil stickers, as I recall.

This dream catcher from St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain was sent to my parents as part of a fund-raising solicitation this summer.

My 4-year-old son took an instant shine to the dream catcher, and so it has been riding around in our car since the summer, dangling from the side of his car seat.

You can see from the photo that there is little chance of confusing it with the real deal, but it sure did the trick for getting all of our attention and keeping that envelope out of the trash.


So long, Liz, we hardly knew ye

Despite a national profile, endorsements from the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity and her mother’s dulcet nasal twang, Liz Cheney’s Wyoming insurgency never got traction in South Dakota’s neighboring state.

Out here in the RC, the occasional TV ad would leak over the border, and – me not being the target demographic, but still – they were not terribly compelling.

Meanwhile, a written statement issued by the Cheney campaign hints at a health crisis for one of Cheney’s five children, so it might very well be that a genuinely higher priority that brought about this abrupt halt to her US Senate campaign against incumbent Mike Enzi.

Liz Cheney does appear to be one not to walk away from a challenging campaign battle.

One clue to how truly abrupt this all was is Cheney’s own campaign website. A Google search turns up dozens of headlines reporting the end to her campaign. Her own site features this 5-month-old video at the top, explaining why she is running for Congress. One lonely tweet accounts for the campaign’s announcement today.

Left to Obama: ‘You didn’t have to cut us off’

Forgive me for posting an old video, but I have 3 reasons.

  1. I just discovered this little parody gem over the New Year’s holiday.
  2. I think it’s indicative of how the left has turned on Obama and stayed mad. (The original song is, after all, about a romantic break-up. That is fitting to be sure.)
  3. It’s a good launching point to discuss ways 2014 could be even worse for Obama than his “worst year,” which just closed out. Or perhaps how team O could turn things around before the mid-terms in November.

Does it all hinge on What about Iran? Syria? Preschool? Jobs? Immigration? Guns?

Ponder those issues while watching the original version of the song, Gotye’s mega hit, “Somebody That I Used to Know.”

Weiland candidacy making DC waves

Read between the lines in this Politico story, and you don’t even have to squint to see that Democratic senators are apparently taking sides in what Politico reported is a feud between one-time BFFs Tom Daschle and Harry Reid.

Other red-state Dems from Arkansas, Louisiana, Alaska and New Hampshire pitched in to help South Dakota’s own Tim Johnson at a fundraiser for Weiland on Tuesday.

Rick Weiland

Rick Weiland, nation’s most liberal Senate candidate?

The Republicans are seizing on this, calling Weiland “perhaps the most extreme liberal senate candidate in the country” in a mailing sent to criticize the Democrats who helped with the fundraiser.

Perhaps of most interest to those of us here in the Rushmore State (sorry Corn Palace – maybe with the redesign our state’s nickname will reflect your grandeur), is that the Democratic leaders in charge of helping to elect senators say they still hope to get another candidate into the South Dakota 2014 race.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is “still actively recruiting” in South Dakota, according to someone familiar with the organization’s thinking.

Politico brings up Stephanie Herseth Sandlin’s name but avoids suggesting except by juxtaposition that she might still be a player.