The 2011 South Dakota Scholastic Chess Tournament was held today in Rapid City, with students coming from all over the state–many from the Sioux Falls area–to participate. It was my homeschooled daughter Karissa’s first chess tournament, and though it was challenging, she and her team came away with a trophy.
The Rapid City Journal editorial staff recently made the claim that an informed consent law passed by the South Dakota Legislature “distract[s] the Legislature from more important business.” Thomas Jefferson said, “The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.” I can’t escape the question of what could possibly be more important than saving innocent human life.
South Dakota Attorney General Marty J. Jackley announces that he has joined 21 State Attorneys General requesting the EPA to defer its greenhouse gas regulations so that Congress may have an opportunity to evaluate the regulations. Other State Attorneys General joining in the EPA request include Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Georgia, Guam, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wyoming and Florida.
About 150 leaders from the 28th Bomb Wing and invited guests witnessed the unfolding of a new era as Detachment 1 of the 28th Operations Group was officially activated during a ceremony April 1 in the 28th Operations Support Squadron auditorium at Ellsworth AFB, SD. Det. 1 will bring the MQ-9 Reaper ground control station mission to Ellsworth, along with 280 civilian and military personnel to operate the remote aircraft.
Years of political myopathy have brought America to the brink of financial and moral bankruptcy. Both conditions threaten the republic, and we cannot recover from one without addressing the root causes of the other. Our collective pursuit of “a more perfect union” must be one that takes into account the many dimensions of human society and the human person. This endeavor requires leaders who will put the country first, and who have the courage and vision to see past the current election cycle. Cut corners in pursuit of the easy win, and nothing will ever change.
Republicans have today within their ranks some individuals that actually stand for something. Democrats, who have fair party unanimity in their comfort level to go on growing government and aborting our children forever, relish watching internal Republican tensions and potential splits over principle. So taking things to the brink is just fine with Democrats. They don’t see any big problem to begin with and by certain calculations, Republicans would bear all the political costs.