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Betty Olson Jokes About ISIS, Recycles Obama Birther Insult

Last updated on 2014.10.08

I can only take so much Betty Olson. That's why I missed Republican Representative's September 9 column. Rep. Olson, who is seeking to switch from House to Senate for District 28, reaches far above her pay grade and tries to talk foreign policy. She chants some thoughtless slogans about the so-called "Islamic State" terrorists (press her for a real solution, and I'm sure she'll prescribe requiring every American to carry a gun). She then tells a racist joke... which the Rapid City Journal has the poor taste not to reject:

A second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, was beheaded by ISIS this week. The terrorist group has taken over most of Iraq and formed an Islamic State. ISIS still has more Americans in its blood-stained hands and is willing to butcher more innocents in the name of its perverted cause. The world can no longer turn a blind eye. Whether or not the Commander-in-Chief leaves these terrorists alone, it is high time that a strategy is formed to defeat them.

On a lighter note, Dave Kurth sent me a copy of the threat the Islamic terrorists released before they started beheading Americans:

This morning ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood warned the United States that if the United States continued meddling in Iraq, Libya, and other potential hot spots in the Middle East, they intend to cut off America's supply of 7-11 and Motel 6 managers.

If this action does not yield sufficient results, cab drivers will be next, followed by Dell, AT&T and AOL customer service reps.

Finally, if all else fails, they have threatened not to send us any more presidents either.

It's gonna get ugly, people [Rep. Betty Olson, "Grand River Roundup," Rapid City Journal, 2014.09.09].

Rep. Olson's birther outburst is bringing South Dakota more embarrassment in the national press. But I have a bad feeling that such press will only reinforce Olson's hatefulness.


  1. mike from iowa 2014.10.06

    I'm guessing Betty Olson WAS the punchline or did I miss something? I learned to stutter-it was Repugnant Repugnant Betty Olson.

  2. Roger Cornelius 2014.10.06

    Any chance of handing Betty Olson over to ISIS?

  3. 96Tears 2014.10.06

    AUSTIN, Texas (July 13, 2016) AP - 2016 GOP Presidential nominee Rick Perry today announced his selection for Vice President, state representative Betty (the kids just call me Ma!) Olson.

    "Riveting!" Fox News

    "A game changer!" Dakota War College

    "That's goin' double-rogue!" Sarah Palin

    "Eat glass shards and die, America!" Ann Coulter

  4. caheidelberger Post author | 2014.10.06

    I actually wouldn't mind sending Betty Olson to go catch ISIS. She's not a bad shot, and I hear those ISIS dudes think they don't get into heaven if a woman kills them. Send Betty to the Crusades... and make South Dakota safer.

  5. owen reitzel 2014.10.06

    And what is really sad is there a lot more of these clowns around. Any word on an apology?

  6. Bill Fleming 2014.10.06

    The Rapid City Journal actually printed that?

  7. JeniW 2014.10.06

    What exactly does she plan to do about it?

    Talk is cheap, putting her money where her mouth is will not be cheap.

  8. Francis Schaffer 2014.10.06

    Owen, apologizing comes from the realization that he/she said or did something offensive(wrong) and requires a bit of self reflection. My hope is a sincere apology will come, my reality is some will never admit they did anything wrong.

  9. Jana 2014.10.06

    Troy, your services are needed again in telling everyone to calm down and not be hyper-partisan!

    There seems to be a lack of a filter that runs through the GOP...of course that can probably be directly attached to the overabundance of narcissism that drives their very being.

  10. mike from iowa 2014.10.06

    I sincerely doubt that ISIS reads or cares what dingbat wingnuts have to say,but is it really necessary for these people,whose children probably will never be put in harms way to beat a hornet's nest with sticks? We have enough problems with these people w/o two bit pols attempting to stir up more troubles.

  11. Jana 2014.10.06

    Once again, the GOP provides a reason to embarrass us on the national stage...

    Betty, you're right it's going to get ugly.

    Mike Rounds, John Thune, Dennis Daugaard, Kristi Noem and all GOP have a very short time frame to denounce and repudiate everything your political friend has said.

    Tick toc, tick toc...

    Corrupt and racist...ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to the South Dakota GOP!

  12. Roger Cornelius 2014.10.06

    Remember that Betty Olson is from the party of Lincoln, Mike Rounds, Dennis Daugaard, John Thune, and Kristi Noem, just to name a few.

  13. JeniW 2014.10.06

    Jana and Roger, you mean to say that Betty is another one of those who practice chest pounding just to show off, but in doing so they knock the wind out of themselves??? LOL

  14. owen reitzel 2014.10.06

    Francis good point.

  15. grudznick 2014.10.06

    That's a huge tent there, Mr. C. I would submit to you, sir, that young(er) Ms. Olson stands over in the unkempt corner of the tent where only Messrs. Howie and Nelson and their ilk lurk about. It is not the well lit, arid part of the tent with the high, transparent ceiling, where the majority of the GOP skips and dances around me.

  16. Jana 2014.10.06

    Grud, but yet you don't disavow your friend Betty...have you no shame? Oh, sorry...I forgot. Carry on and have a good breakfast tomorrow.

  17. Jana 2014.10.06

    OK, so who knows how to get this to MSNBC, CBS, ABC and the national press and blogs?

    Of course, Tim Johnson's office could condemn it and it would be instant news. Hi Tim and staff!

  18. Jana 2014.10.06

    Does Betty have a challenger?

  19. Steve Sibson 2014.10.06

    "But I have a bad feeling that such press will only reinforce Olson's hatefulness."

    I think you have the hate label on the wrong place. Betty has not beheaded anyone. And your racist charge is without foundation. Betty did NOT say: they have threatened not to send us any more (black) presidents either.

  20. Jane Smith 2014.10.06

    Big difference between ignorance and stupidity. B.O. Is stupid. Her great grand parents were immigrants too. How would she like it if a Native American told her go back to your country? Special note for B.O.: As a member of the "Silent Generation", shhhhhhh. Hushhhhh. It best, shhhhhhhh.

  21. Jana 2014.10.06

    No Sibby, she only told the world that, as an elected official of South Dakota, that Motel 6, 7-11, ATT&T, Dell and AOL are official enablers of ISIS.

    What could go wrong with that?

    However we will add your name to the record of supporting Betty.

    Still waiting to hear from Mike, John, Kristi, Dennis and GOP Leader Craig. Guessing the silence means they are in support.

    Oh wait, they are trying to get approved through Pat Powers...their overlord and mouthpiece.

  22. mike from iowa 2014.10.06

    I see what you did
    it's only hate when the head goes flying
    who are you to kid?
    it won't be wingnut children dying.

  23. Roger Cornelius 2014.10.06

    You're right grudz, it is a pretty big tent and if Olson is in the stinky part of the tent, she is still in the tent, right?

    Any and every Republican that is a aware of Olson's racism and hasn't disavowed her hatred is as bad, if not worse, than she is.

    Sibson the Olson apologist has shown his true racism by attempting to justify and explain the Olson hate.

    The worrisome part of this, is that there are wall to wall Republicans in this state that think just like Olson.

  24. Dave 2014.10.06

    Meanwhile, over at the War Toilet, Pat Powers is lecturing the Rapid City Journal on the topic of headline writing. Wonder if PP, the professional journalist, will offer any letter to the editor writing tips to Betty? Or at least serve as a voice of the Republican Party in South Dakota and condemn her comments?

  25. Charlie Hoffman 2014.10.06

    OK now just what did VP Joe Biden say today?
    Remember when smothering a female GOP Vice Prez candidate with ugly innuendos of stupidity were the rage? (And the Libs say conservatives have a war on women?)
    Cory the shoe fits, you just need to lighten up and try it on the other foot..................

  26. Jana 2014.10.06

    I don't think anyone here is trying to excuse any bad behavior...except maybe you Charlie.

  27. grudznick 2014.10.06

    Mr. C, my only concern with Ms. Olson is that if swell fellows like you say "hey, not everybody in that big tent is plugging their nose and saying to fumigate the funky corner, so let us castigate all of them in there even those who are."

  28. Jana 2014.10.06

    Joe's comments and Betty's comments are the same? Seriously Charlie? You might want to look up false equivalency on the intertubes.

  29. mike from iowa 2014.10.06

    Yeah,but-Obama was never vetted like Snowgrift Snoozie was.

  30. mike from iowa 2014.10.06

    Palin is still a swaggering,word salad spewing comedian's dream. Apparently you haven't been paying attention.

  31. Charlie Hoffman 2014.10.06

    Jana, Betty Olson was trying to use humor to end her weekly piece which 99% of her readers will find quite funny. Would I have written the same joke in my local paper? Not a chance but I'm more of a realist maybe.
    We are just the grease that keeps the machine running Jana. Be happy, smile, laugh and know they want us around for awhile.

  32. john tsitrian 2014.10.06

    What are the elements of this "joke" that make it funny to you, Mr. Hoffman?

  33. Roger Cornelius 2014.10.06

    Charlie Hoffman is the typical South Dakota Republican I talk about, his white privilege dominates his life and his politics.

  34. jerry 2014.10.06

    Betty is too damn dumb to come up with that crap herself. She got it from ALEC. Because we taxpayers pay for those junkets, we support what she says. Betty needs the attention or a boyfriend or a girlfriend, but it is clear, she is lonesome. Maybe Hoffman could come give her a snuggle and giggle all night long.

  35. Jana 2014.10.06

    Charlie, I think you just insulted 99% of her readers...or I should say I hope you God she insulted 99% of her readers.

    Because people find it funny, doesn't make it right. I hope you, of all people, would know that.

  36. Jana 2014.10.06

    I was hoping we'd see someone from the GOP stand up and repudiate Betty's racist comments...but crickets.

    Heck, Charlie found it funny.

    So how about a future leader? Lee, we know you read the blog, how about you...think this sheds a good light on South Dakota or once again embarrasses us?

    Mike, Dennis, John, Kristi...still no comment? Is it safe to say that you support Betty?

  37. Roger Cornelius 2014.10.06

    When South Dakota is referred is North Mississippi, it because of the likes of Charlie Hoffman and Betty Olson.

    They stink up grudz's and John Tristan tent.

  38. jerry 2014.10.06

    Cory, is Olson's district Dewey, Ziebach counties? Parade is in Dewey County.

  39. George Rokusek 2014.10.06

    grudznick said "Ms. Olson stands over in the unkempt corner of the tent where only Messrs. Howie and Nelson and their ilk lurk about. It is not the well lit, arid part of the tent with the high, transparent ceiling, where the majority of the GOP skips and dances around me."
    Well, if the well lit portion of the tent is Rounds, Daugaard, Bollen etc. I think you need to shed some more light because they aren't doing a very good job of it. Also, where's the transparency?

  40. Steve Sibson 2014.10.07

    "Sibson the Olson apologist has shown his true racism by attempting to justify and explain the Olson hate."

    So you love those who behead Americans? Very sad that you liberals hate conservatives so much that you have to fabricate lies to promote your hate. Have yet to hear any of you respond to the question, can only whites be racists? If not, provide examples.

  41. larry kurtz 2014.10.07

    Betty Olson is the Dick Cebull of South Dakota.

  42. Mike Henriksen 2014.10.07

    So not only do you not condemn it, Charlie, but you defend her?

    Tough to get rid of racism when it isn't even recognized.

  43. Bill Fleming 2014.10.07

    Sibby, racists, bigots and xenophobes come in a veritable rainbow of flesh tones. What's your point?

    It seems to me, you're saying that the only ones who can justify their prejudice are those who interpret the Bible the way you do. If not, please clarify.

    Otherwise, you seem to me – by your diatribes here and elsewhere – to represent the epitome of the self-righteous supremacist bigot.

    Granted, you may not want to behead anybody, but it seems you can hardly wait to see them suffer as they burn slowly and eternally in hell.

  44. Steve Sibson 2014.10.07

    Bill, I asked for examples not more of your hate-filled bigotry directed at Biblical Christians.

  45. larry kurtz 2014.10.07

    IS has burned hundreds of christian spy rings (churches). South Sudan is next.

  46. Bill Fleming 2014.10.07

    Bosnia, Rwanda, Cambodia, Communist China, North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Palestine, Israel vs the Cannanites, The Inquisition, Sibby vs Everybody Who Doesn't Think Like He Does many examples do you want? Wherever you find religious and/or idealist fanatics, you'll also find bigots. Look in the mirror, Sibson.

  47. Todd Epp 2014.10.07

    Lighten up Francis. --Sgt. Hulka ;)

  48. Steve Sibson 2014.10.07

    Bill you forgot Indians wearing American clothes saying Americans can't wear Indian clothes.

  49. Steve Sibson 2014.10.07

    "Wherever you find religious and/or idealist fanatics, you'll also find bigots."

    Biblical Christians understand there is just one race, one blood. We all came from Adam and Eve. Another false accusation to fuel anti-Christian bigotry by Fleming.

  50. larry kurtz 2014.10.07

    Fake Indian clothes, fake christians.

  51. Roger Cornelius 2014.10.07

    Only Sibson in his twisted and perverted world could spin criticism of Betty Olson's racist joke into, "So you love those that behead Americans?"
    There isn't a single person here that has condoned the IS murders.

  52. Roger Cornelius 2014.10.07


    Why is it that if Biblical Christians believe that we are all one race, the Biblical Christians are usually the most racist and hateful of all?

  53. lesliengland 2014.10.07

    sib-two things about biblical Christian leaders:

    1. Governor William Bradford wrote, in 1633, about the second reported outbreak (e.g. 1617, 1633) in New England: "... for it pleased God to visit these Indians with a great sickness, and such a mortality that of a 1000. above 900.and a half of them died, and many of them did rot above ground for want of burial, ..."[68][69]

    2. Comanche Chief Tosawi reputedly told [Civil war gen. Philwho Grant appted to lead Dept of Missouri] Sheridan in 1869, "Me, Tosawi; me good Injun," to which Sheridan supposedly replied, "The only good Indians I ever saw were dead." Sheridan denied he had ever made the statement. Biographer Roy Morris Jr. states that, nevertheless, popular history credits Sheridan with saying "The only good Indian is a dead Indian"....[46]***
    Professional hunters, trespassing on Indian land, killed over 4 million bison by 1874, and Sheridan applauded: "Let them kill, skin and sell until the buffalo is exterminated". When the Texas legislature considered outlawing bison poaching on tribal lands, Sheridan personally testified against it, suggesting that the legislature should give each of the hunters a medal, engraved with a dead buffalo on one side and a discouraged-looking Indian on the other.[44]

  54. Charlie Hoffman 2014.10.07

    Steve when the first Middle Eastern suicide bomber hits an American Mall on Black Friday do you think America will embrace an apology (as Obama has done publicly) or embrace a policy of racial profiling?

  55. Roger Cornelius 2014.10.07

    Charlie Hoffman,
    Has former President George Bush ever apologized for allowing the attacks on 9/11?
    Why would you perceive President Obama should apologize for a mythical attack on an American mall?
    For your information, in case you have missed it, 9/11 and George Bush's negligence was real.

  56. caheidelberger Post author | 2014.10.07

    Charlie, that's exactly the response the terrorists would bank on to further inflame their own supporters. We must not give in to their expectations. We must buttress ourselves against our own worst prejudices and fears so those SOBs cannot turn those prejudices and fears against us.

    In other words, Betty Olson is helping the terrorists win. By calling her out, I'm fighting terrorism.

  57. Roger Cornelius 2014.10.07

    There is nothing more the Republicans would love than for terrorists to attack America under President Obama's watch.

  58. Steve Sibson 2014.10.07

    "Biblical Christians are usually the most racist and hateful of all?"

    You are confused because you have ears but cannot hear and eyes but cannot see.

    Leslie, so you want to analyze those who believe there is indeed God's wrath in the same class as those who behead infidels?

    Cory, you are not fighting terrorism, you are fighting anti-crony capitalist conservatives.

  59. JeniW 2014.10.07

    How do we know that it is not you who has ears but cannot hear and eyes but cannot see?

  60. bearcreekbat 2014.10.07

    Sibby, why don't you describe what you perceive to be "God's wrath" so such wrath can be compared to beheading? I wonder which would be worse and more cruel?

  61. caheidelberger Post author | 2014.10.07

    Once again, Sibby misses the point and drags the conversation away from anything valuable.

    Let me say it again: Betty Olson's racism makes it easier for terrorists to scare us into acting against our core American values of equality and liberty. We must smack Olson's racism down so terrorists cannot use it against us.

  62. Roger Cornelius 2014.10.07

    Cory is fully capable of doing his part to fight terrorism and Republican crony capitalism corruption.
    And yes Sibson, I do have eyes and ears and those eyes and ears hate what they are seeing and hearing, the racism and Republican condoned corruption speak for themselves.

  63. Charlie Hoffman 2014.10.07

    Roger I am one but we are many who hope and Pray our defenses stop any future terrorist attack on our soil. I also have stated numerous times that taking out Saddam put into play not only the Obama presidency but ISIS as well. (It was so undeniably certain, 41 even said so!) We own this pig now.

  64. larry kurtz 2014.10.07

    Yet South Dakota is attacked every day by industrial agriculture killing millions from cancer and causing countless spontaneous abortions every year.

  65. Eugene 2014.10.08

    Folks should be aware that Betty Olson's column appears regularly in the Butte County Post, which is a weekly publication printed and supported by the Rapid City Journal.

    The Butte County Post runs Belle Fourche News, however it is widely regarded as a joke. The BCPost staff refuse to run hard news and prefer to use regular columns written by elderly residents for their mostly elderly readers. They prefer to run lots of rodeo coverage and Senior Citizen news. While this is not a bad thing, the rest of the town prefers to not have to pay and read about endless horse and AARP stories.

    Belle Fourche is a bedroom community whose residents most often work someplace else, Spearfish, Deadwood, Rapid, WY, and ND. The folks who commute from Belle Fourche stopped paying attention to the BCPost long ago. The Black Hills Pioneer does a much better job of covering real local issues, and not depending on dated, antiquated views of folks who think the sun rises and sets at the Roundup Rodeo grounds. While there is a significant racist, old fashioned segment of the Belle Fourche population, the rest of us just ignore them and prefer to live in the present, instead of living in the past.

    Belle Fourche residents have long been frustrated by the type of coverage in their local paper, but we gave up long ago. The Butte County Post is in dire need of REAL reporters, and not just folks trying to sell advertising for their owner, the struggling Lee Enterprises.

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