South Dakota Democratic Party Fires Pro-Abortion Blogger

Abortion Feud Strikes Dems,” by Kevin Woster, The Rapid City Journal, 5 June 2006, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/articles/2006/06/04/news/top/news01.txt (from South Dakota Politics).

Just a day after I noted that the Oglala Sioux Nation suspended her President for pushing pro-abortion views at the expense of the Tribe, the South Dakota Democratic Party has fired two contractors (including one prominent blogger) for similar reasons

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Pro-Life State

The Democratic leader in the South Dakota Senate says a Sioux Falls consultant under contract with the party is advancing a pro-choice philosophy on abortion at the expense of Democratic candidates for the state Legislature who oppose abortion.

Sen. Garry Moore of Yankton said consultant Steve Hildebrand, a former executive director for the state Democratic Party and past campaign manager for Tom Daschle, is working to defeat Democratic legislators who voted for HB1215, the controversial near-total ban on abortion approved by the Legislature this year.

Moore said Hildebrand has made it clear that electing pro-choice candidates is more important than electing Democratic candidates. Hildebrand and his employee Chad Schuldt have also issued critical and — in Shuldt’s case — profane statements about Democrats who supported HB1215.

During the past legislative session, Schuldt referred to some Democrats who voted for HB1215 as “(expletive) idiots” and “sickos” on an Internet political blog he maintains. Schuldt also called Moore “a joke” as a legislative leader and encouraged his defeat, along with others who voted for the abortion bill.

Chad Shultd of Clean Cut Kid, whose front page at present discusses George Bush’s desire for a draft and establishing the fact that Northern State University political science professor Jon Schaff [of South Dakota Politics is an idiot, has been mentioned on tdaxp before.

For more excerpts from the article, read on:


Critics of Hildebrand and Schuldt have taken the issue to Judy Olson Duhamel of Rapid City, the state chairwoman of the South Dakota Democratic Party. Former state Sen. Jim Hutmacher of Oacoma, a current member of the party’s Central Committee who once was Democratic leader in the Senate, has asked Olson Duhamel and the party’s executive board to sever business relationships with Hildebrand. Hutmacher also wants Hildebrand removed from his unpaid position as coordinator of the campaign fund named in honor of Daschle.

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They are particularly irked by Hildebrand’s statements in a Washington, D.C., political publication that he would work for a pro-choice majority in the Legislature.

“As a former Democratic Senate Leader, I am very offended at Steve Hildebrand’s ‘goal’ of a ‘pro-choice majority,’” when it comes at the expense of current members of the Democratic Caucus,” Hutmacher wrote to Olson Duhamel. “Steve Hildebrand is one of those people who would see our party divided and some of our legislators defeated.”

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In a letter soliciting donations to his PAC, Common Sense South Dakota, Hildebrand said Bartling had “crawled in bed with the likes or Roger Hunt [the prime sponsor of HB1215, which outlawed abortion in the state], Rob Regier and Alan and Leslie Unruh — people who worked their tails off to defeat Tom Daschle in 2004 and make abortion an issue in his political campaign.”

There is a connection too:

Abortion became a troublesome issue for Daschle during his 2004 re-election campaign against successful challenger John Thune. Daschle maintained that he opposed abortion personally but also supported abortion rights affirmed in the 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision.

That put Daschle in a difficult position as Thune, his campaign staff and anti-abortion activists hammered at the abortion issue. Hildebrand ran Daschle’s campaign two years ago. And even though Daschle received about 30,000 more votes than Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson captured in defeating Thune in 2002, Thune topped Daschle in 2004.

Obviously angered by Hildebrand’s actions regarding HB1215 supporters, Moore recalled the 2004 election last week.

“Maybe we can blame Hildebrand for Daschle’s defeat,” Moore said. “Quite frankly, he isn’t the smartest individual.”

For those interested in networked warfare, this amounts to a defensive strike by the Democratic network against an ideological network.

Naming Names

Authoritative List of Core, New Core, and Gap countries,” by Thomas Barnett, Thomas P.M. Barnett :: Weblog, 16 April 2006, http://www.thomaspmbarnett.com/weblog/archives2/003162.html.

Before Redefining the Gap, and then Synthesizing that with Barnett’s own theory, I asked if there was a list of countries in the Core and the Gap

Tom responded:

Did once, but strictly by old-line and just Core-Gap.

Of course, the concept is meant to be dynamic and open to interpretation, not dogma.

So only thing that interests me is how breakdown pushes you to contemplate the how and why of shrinking the Gap.

Once you accept that challenge, you can do no serious wrong in my eyes.

And you can quote me on that.

Still, I was curious, and the data for my interpretation of his Core-Gap division, as well as the AfroIslamic Gap, is available as a computer file from this blog. A more human readable version of the Old Core, New Core, Gap division, plus the Synthesized division, is below.

I realize some of the divisions between the Old Core and New Core are arbitrary. There’s no authoritative list, so I did the best I could. Don’t like them? Then create your own list, or add your comments below.


The Old Core, The New Core, and the Gap

States of the Non-Integrating Gap

Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Angola
Anguilla
Antigua and Barbuda
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Bahamas, The
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burma
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
Colombia
Comoros
Congo Dem
Congo Rep
Cook Islands
Costa Rica
Cote d’Ivoire
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
East Timor
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Fiji
Gabon
Gambia
Georgia
Ghana
Grenada
Guam
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Israel
Jamaica
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Korea DPRK
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Macedonia
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Marshall Islands
Martinique
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mayotte
Mexico
Micronesia
Moldova
Monaco
Montserrat
Morocco
Mozambique
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
New Caledonia
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Niue
Norfolk Island
Northern Marianas
Oman
Pakistan
Palau
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Puerto Rico
Qatar
Reunion
Romania
Rwanda
Saint Helena
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
Sao Tome
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia and Montenegro
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Solomon Islands
Somalia
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Suriname
Swaziland
Syria
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Togo
Tokelau
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Turks and Caicos Islands
Tuvalu
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Venezuela
Vietnam
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe

States of the New Core

Argentina
Australia
Bermuda
Brazil
Chile
China
Czech Republic
Estonia
Hungary
India
Korea ROK
Latvia
Lithuania
Mongolia
Poland
Russia
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
Taiwan
Uruguay

States of the Old Core

Andorra
Austria
Belgium
Canada
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Holy See (Vatican City)
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Malta
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Portugal
San Marino
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
United Kingdom
United States

The Afro-Islamic Gap, The Seam, the New Core, and the Old Core

States of the Afro-Islamic Gap

Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Angola
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Benin
Botswana
Brunei
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cameroon
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
Comoros
Congo Dem
Congo Rep
Cote d’Ivoire
Djibouti
Egypt
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Gabon
Gambia
Ghana
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Mauritania
Mauritius
Morocco
Mozambique
Namibia
Niger
Nigeria
Oman
Pakistan
Qatar
Rwanda
Sao Tome
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Somalia
Sudan
Suriname
Swaziland
Syria
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Togo
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Uganda
United Arab Emirates
Uzbekistan
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe

States of the Seam

Anguilla
Antigua and Barbuda
Armenia
Bahamas, The
Barbados
Belarus
Belize
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Burma
Cambodia
Colombia
Cook Islands
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Dominica
Dominican Republic
East Timor
Ecuador
El Salvador
Fiji
Georgia
Grenada
Guam
Guatemala
Haiti
Honduras
Israel
Jamaica
Kiribati
Korea DPRK
Laos
Macedonia
Marshall Islands
Martinique
Mayotte
Mexico
Micronesia
Moldova
Monaco
Montserrat
Nauru
Nepal
New Caledonia
Nicaragua
Niue
Norfolk Island
Northern Marianas
Palau
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Puerto Rico
Reunion
Romania
Saint Helena
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
Serbia and Montenegro
Singapore
Solomon Islands
South Africa
Sri Lanka
Thailand
Tokelau
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
Tuvalu
Ukraine
Vanuatu
Venezuela
Vietnam

States of the New Core

Argentina
Australia
Bermuda
Brazil
Chile
China
Czech Republic
Estonia
Hungary
India
Korea ROK
Latvia
Lithuania
Mongolia
Poland
Russia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Taiwan
Uruguay

States of the Old Core

Andorra
Austria
Belgium
Canada
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Holy See (Vatican City)
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Malta
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Portugal
San Marino
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
United Kingdom
United States

Coming Anarchy 1, Introduction

Note: This is a selection from Coming Anarchy, part of tdaxp‘s SummerBlog ’06

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My interview with Dr. Thomas PM Barnett was the minor research project for Creativity, Talent, and Exerptise. The major project was a profile of Coming Anarchy — a rising blog that focuses on international affairs. CA is poised to be one of the most influential blogs in this world, and this series explores the ingredients of Chirol’s, Curzon’s, and Younghusband’s recipe for success.

The presentation is by me. The text often included below the slides was compiled by my partner, Matthew Gleason.


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Coming Anarchy, a tdaxp series:
Coming Anarchy 1: Introduction
Coming Anarchy 2: Methods and Analysis
Coming Anarchy 3: Identity
Coming Anarchy 4: Failure
Coming Anarchy 5: Obsession
Coming Anarchy 6: Sacrifices
Coming Anarchy 7: Humility
Coming Anarchy 8: Geography
Coming Anarchy 9: Recognition
Coming Anarchy 10: The Gap
Coming Anarchy 11: Conclusion