Various blog friends have told me yesterday's "100 Eyes on S.D. Politics" program, sponsored by that Sioux Falls paper, opined that the South Dakota blogosphere doesn't matter much.
Fourteen hours later, rising South Dakota blogospherian Displaced Plainsman breaks the story that opponents of the Yankton school opt-out have hired out-of-state consultant Paul Dorr to propagandize for a No vote. As DP thoroughly documents, Paul Dorr believes that public schools seek to destroy Christianity. Dorr wants to eliminate the public schools. As DP points out, Dorr's agenda contradicts claims of local opt-out opponents who say they aren't against public education.
The new Yankton Opt-Out Mythbusters will likely be busy in the coming two weeks. Dorr is well known for tying up school staff with enormous information requests, then spinning and twisting that information for his paying clients to sow mistrust in their school district. Mythbusters, be sure to review this brief on Dorr's campaign tactics.
DP labels Dorr's hiring by the opt-out opponents a "rumor." I have documents coming to confirm the rumor.
But you know what the real journalists say: it's just a blog story, so it probably doesn't matter. It's just a right-wing ideologue coming to Yankton to destroy public schools under the guise of prophetic piety. No big deal.
And now for some relevant observations on Paul Dorr's reputation and thinking:
- Dorr's local sheriff in Osceola County, Iowa, has testified that he has heard neighbors describe Dorr as "a whacko, delusional, a nut job, a spook, and narcissist." You might want to think twice about saying such things to Dorr's face, since Dorr is probably carrying a concealed weapon (something Yankton school officials might want to check the next time Dorr sets foot on school grounds).
- Dorr named his Copperhead Consulting Services for the Copperheads, Northerners who sympathized with the Rebel cause during the Civil War. Dorr seems to think God was on the South's side.
- Dorr clearly believes he is on a mission from God to "get God's children out of Pharaoh's schools." Dorr's certainty of divine rightness also helps him justify making a profit on his crusade. Come on, now, Paul: even the most fanatic crusader cannot serve both God and mammon, can he?
- Dorr seems to think that the DARE program is just a plot to increase illegal drug use and thus allow the state to expand its power.