You may recall it was nearly 33 years ago the Star Wars phenomenon was launched. Who could forget those yellow words sliding away in the distance as the movie opened, and all the wonder and excitement that would follow that text. That text has finally made its way to earth…and you’d better watch out!
The best of the best at Dakota Voice last week, including: Live Free…Or Die;Attempt to Repeal SD Embryonic Stem Cell Research Ban Involves More Deception; Climate Scientist Warns of ‘ClimateGate USA’; Amazon Conned: More Egg on the IPCC’s Face; Justice Alito: ‘Not True’ To Obama’s Anti-First Amendment Spin; Head of NASA’s Goddard Institute Supports End of Industrial Civilization; Christian Apologists: Gospel of Oprah is Bad Advice; South Dakota Joins the Firearms Freedom Movement; and more!
The latest in a long string of embarrassments to the UN IPCC global warming group, we now learn that Dr Rajendra Pachauri, the head of the IPCC, uses a personal chauffeur to pick him up at his £4.5 million home and drive him one mile to work, and on short trips to eat at restaurants. Can the rest of us “little people” take our lead on environmental consciousness from the leaders of environmentalism?
A group of atheist and agnostic “freethinkers” opposed to religion has criticized the United States Postal Service for honoring Mother Teresa with a stamp that it says goes against postal regulations. Last month, in announcing the Mother Teresa commemorative stamp, the USPS praised the internationally famed Catholic nun for her 50 years of service to “the sick and destitute of India and the world,” as well as her “humility and compassion” and “respect for the innate worth and dignity of humankind.”
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The Muslim parents of a teenage girl who ran away from home because she feared they would kill her for converting to Christianity have withdrawn their consent to a deal that would allow their daughter to remain free from them. Since last August, Bary has been involved in a legal battle with her parents, who she ran away from the month before by boarding a Greyhound bus bound for Orlando.
“How lucky it is for rulers,” Adolf Hitler once said, “that men cannot think.” The horrors that followed in Nazi Germany might have been easier to explain if Hitler had been right. But the problem is not so much that people cannot think but that they do not think. Or if they do think, as in the case of the German people, that thinking becomes muddled and easily led.
Opponents have again begun assailing abstinence education following the release of a report that shows an increase in teen birth and abortion rates for the first time in more than a decade. The Guttmacher Institute, which released the report on Tuesday, insists the rise is a result of steep declines and a subsequent plateau in contraceptive use in the early 2000s and the widespread abstinence-only sex education programs that were promoted under the Bush administration.
In the wake of Democrats’ historic Massachusetts smack-down, I’ve been anxious to see whether Obama would dig in his jackbooted heels and forge ahead with his wildly unpopular socialist agenda; or if he’d play nice with others and tack center (à la Bill Clinton in ‘94). Wednesday night, during his first State of the Union address, we got our answer.
Wednesday’s testimony saw the cross-examination of marriage expert David Blankenhorn. Blankenhorn, a self-described liberal Democrat who usually advocates for homosexuals, nevertheless remains firm in his belief that marriage means one man and one woman. This man presents an exceptionally convincing case against redefining marriage.
With the opening of the 2010 legislative session in South Dakota, South Dakota has become the latest to join the Firearms Freedom movement which reasserts state jurisdiction over firearms manufactured and sold within the state. A host of South Dakota legislators have already signed onto SB 89 as sponsors, including some liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans.
Day 11, Tuesday, can be aptly described as an exercise in the pot calling the kettle black (or what’s good for the goose is somehow not good for the gander). The plaintiffs’ case, in some part, has hinged upon the premise that reasonable people reflect upon their viewpoints and sometimes change their opinions.
It didn’t take long for the liberals to get bent out of shape over Justice Samuel Alito’s head-shake and mouthed, “Not true” in response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union statement that allowing the First Amendment to work will “open the floodgates for special interests–“special interests” like the free-market companies that have been muzzled for years at the expense of the Constitution.
A bill has been introduced in the South Dakota legislature to repeal South Dakota’s ban on embryonic stem cell therapy and human cloning. But this line of research has produced no successes, while adult stem cell research has produced dozens of successful therapies for suffering people. The campaign to repeal South Dakota’s law is based on emotionalism and deception, not real science and truth.