There is a lot of focus these days on the issue of homosexuality — not because it’s worse than other sexual abnormalities, but because it’s the one such abnormality that is currently being loudly proclaimed as “normal.” The simple reality, though, is that homosexuality is no more an “orientation” than pedophilia, porn addiction, or any other sexual issue. Rather, it is just one of many directions in which sexuality can be “bent” early in a person’s life.
To understand the debate over the ratification of the Constitution it is necessary to first establish the context, for the study of a text without a context is a pretext. Therefore, each of the next three weeks I will post one installment of a short refection on the ratification debate. Was the Constitution the first document produced to form the United States of America? Does it mark the beginning of our nation and its government?
Last month the Obama administration announced it would release 30 million barrels of oil, the largest ever, from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Only those without an understanding of basic economics would applaud such a move. While we are arguing about Big Oil’s subsidies of $18 billion over 10 years, no one seems concerned about Big Government’s windfall taxes of $24.4 billion every year. We should keep the strategic reserves for a real emergency.
The number of West Nile virus cases has gone down in the past few years, but that certainly is no guarantee it will stay that way. This is especially true this summer with South Dakota almost smothered by water, the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Fourteen South Dakotans died in 2003. They were among the 1,039 who were infected that year. There were only 20 people had positive tests for the virus last year, with no deaths reported. What the report will be for this year is anyone’s guess, said Lon Kightlinger, South Dakota’s state epidemiologist.