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Perry on the Money With ‘Ponzi scheme’ Diagnosis

Perry on the Money With 'Ponzi scheme' Diagnosis

Texas Gov. Rick Perry made waves during a recent Republican presidential debate when he referred to Social Security as a “Ponzi scheme.” In defending itself against Perry’s criticism, the Social Security Administration (SSA) released a statement acknowledging that the program “is and always has been either a ‘pay-as-you-go’ system or one that was partially advance-funded.” Translation? Yes, it’s a Ponzi scheme.

South Dakota Decides Not to Hold Plaintiffs Responsible for School Funding Lawsuit Costs

South Dakota Decides Not to Hold Plaintiffs Responsible for School Funding Lawsuit Costs

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announces that the State will not seek to collect the court costs against the Plaintiff parents in the school funding litigation. On September 1, 2011, the South Dakota Supreme Court unanimously held that the Plaintiffs in Davis v. State failed to prove that the South Dakota School funding system is unconstitutional. Under South Dakota law, a prevailing party is legally entitled to receive costs necessarily incurred in gathering and procuring evidence for both trial and appeal, excluding expert and attorney fees.

Appeals Court Upholds South Dakota’s Informed Consent Requirements

Appeals Court Upholds South Dakota’s Informed Consent Requirements

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announces that the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today in Planned Parenthood v. Rounds (III) that significant provisions of South Dakota’s abortion disclosure requirements are constitutional. “Today’s decision supports the Legislature’s goal of encouraging women seeking an abortion to make informed and voluntary decisions,” stated Attorney General Marty Jackley.

8th Circuit Upholds Majority of South Dakota Informed Consent Law

8th Circuit Upholds Majority of South Dakota Informed Consent Law

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit Friday upheld the majority of South Dakota’s informed consent law, including a requirement that doctors inform pregnant women that they have “an existing relationship” with an “unborn human being.” A lower court ruling had struck down that provision because the judge concluded that preborn children are not “persons.”

SD Sec of State Receives Tax Increase Petition Language

SD Sec of State Receives Tax Increase Petition Language

Secretary of State Jason M. Gant announced today that “Officials from the South Dakota Education Association and the South Dakota Association of Health Care Organizations submitted their proposed petition language for an initiated measure to permanently increase South Dakota’s sales taxes by one percent, with the new funds being divided between health care and education.“

The Propaganda of ‘Big Oil Subsidies’

The Propaganda of 'Big Oil Subsidies'

Every American manufacturing company gets tax deductions that help it create jobs and strengthen our economy — whether it produces newspapers, furniture, cars or fuel. Eliminating those deductions would increase unemployment and further slow our nation’s desperately needed economic recovery. Yet that is precisely what President Obama wants to do when oil companies want to use the deductions.

Rapid City Observance of 911 10th Anniversary

Rapid City Observance of 911 10th Anniversary

When al-Qaeda terrorists attacked the United Stated on September 11, 2001, two former Ellsworth commanders were directly involved. Brigadier General Scott A. Vander Hamm and Col. Debra Shattuck (ret) will return to Rapid City to remember the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11 and will be the focus of a special event at the Western Dakota Technical Institute on Saturday, September 10 at 9 am.

Time to Normalize Pedophilia: Firsthand Report on B4U-ACT Conference

Time to Normalize Pedophilia: Firsthand Report on B4U-ACT Conference

On Wednesday, August 17, child advocates Matt Barber, Vice President of Liberty Counsel Action, and Dr. Judith Reisman, a visiting law professor at Liberty University School of Law, attended a Baltimore, MD conference hosted by the pedophile group B4U-ACT. World renowned “sexologist,” Dr. Fred Berlin of Johns Hopkins University gave the keynote address, saying: “I want to completely support the goal of B4U-ACT.”

The Dangers of Executive Orders

The Dangers of Executive Orders

An executive order (E.O.) is a direct mandate from the President that is implemented by the Executive branch. It has the full force of law and can be enacted immediately. If that thought scares you, congratulations, you have a functioning brain. In our nation of checks and balances, we need to start making sure that the I’s are dotted and the T’s are crossed in these executive orders, otherwise we could end up blindsided with a rule that we have no control over, but that has full control over us.

Federal Financing for Frat Parties

Federal Financing for Frat Parties

On Monday Michigan threw 30,000 college students off of its food stamps program in an effort to combat the rampant abuse of the system. College students were using their government funded debit cards to buy not just milk and cheese, but beer and cigarettes, hardly the “necessities” the program was established to provide. One student on his blog Viceland commented about how he never realized he could qualify for food stamps until he witnessed his friend buy beer and a bag of chewing tobacco with his food stamps card, prompting him (and presumably other students) to do the same.

Pregnancy Isn’t a Disease, and Poison Isn’t Medicine

Pregnancy Isn't a Disease, and Poison Isn't Medicine

Why is it that the President Obama and Secretary Sebelius want women to have free access to abortion and cancer-causing birth control to fight the “disease” of pregnancy, yet medication that literally keeps my 2 1/2 year old son Gunner, who has cystic fibrosis, from dying costs my husband and I hundreds every month? Why is it that the Left in America has virtually everything turned upside down and backwards in their minds?

SD Governor Has Debt Suggestions for Federal Govt

SD Governor Has Debt Suggestions for Federal Govt

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard offers some suggestions to the federal government for dealing with their debt mess. One is to stop increasing the federal debt. Another is the power of a line-item veto. The federal government should also prohibit bills that deal with multiple subjects; non-related appropriations are often tacked onto bills and carry with them increases in spending.

Faith-Based Audiences Embracing New Film ‘Warrior’

Faith-Based Audiences Embracing New Film 'Warrior'

The relationship between Hollywood studios and faith audiences continues with Lionsgate’s forthcoming WARRIOR, an intense glimpse into the world of mixed martial arts (MMA) and a portrait of a family who finds wholeness and healing after devastation by alcoholism. Faith-based leaders are responding enthusiastically to early screenings of the film, citing its artistry and urgent focus on forgiveness as the key to healing.

Planned Parenthood and Children as a Commodity

Planned Parenthood and Children as a Commodity

Last week, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) released their new publication just time for next week’s United Nation’s 2011 International Year of the Youth High Level Meeting in New York. The publication, entitled Exclaim! Young People’s Guide to ‘Sexual Rights: an IPPF Declaration,’ is a shocking look into how this billion dollar industry views our children. It attempts to actually defend IPPF’s claim that “young people are sexual beings” with the right to “explore, experience and express their sexuality in healthy, positive, pleasurable and safe ways.”

Mitt Romney Dangerous on Climate Agreements

Mitt Romney Dangerous on Climate Agreements

Mitt “RomneyCare” Romney says he doesn’t like the Kyoto Protocol global warming treaty. However, it isn’t because he doesn’t believe in the hoax of anthropogenic global warming (he does), nor is it because he doesn’t believe in loading down America with unnecessary emissions controls and increased costs for consumers (he does), it’s just because Kyoto was too easy on other nations. Romney has made it clear what he will do if elected: “I will work on a global basis to get other nations to combine to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions in a way that is fair to us and the other people of the world.”

Origins 2011 Conference Coming to Rapid City

Origins 2011 Conference Coming to Rapid City

The Origins 2011 creation conference is coming to Rapid City this month! The three-day event will be held July 28-30 at South Canyon Baptist Church in Rapid City, South Dakota. Origins 2011 will feature 10 scientists and educators from creation-affirming colleges and ministries. These individuals will be presenting cutting-edge research in creation science and education. Presentations will be made the evenings of July 28 and 29, and all day July 30.

US House Moves to Block Pentagon DOMA Violations

US House Moves to Block Pentagon DOMA Violations

The Family Research Council (FRC) praised the U.S. House of Representatives today for overwhelmingly approving U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx’s (R-NC) amendment to the 2012 defense appropriations bill that would prohibit using Pentagon funds in contradiction of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman for all federal purposes.

Those Who Forget The Past

Those Who Forget The Past

There’s no joy in saying “we told you so.” Not when millions of Americans are beset by plummeting home prices, stagnant income levels, deteriorating job opportunities and rising consumer prices. Free market advocates repeatedly warned political leaders of both parties regarding these inevitable “bailout byproducts,” but they didn’t listen. Instead, they rushed to reward their favored banks and bureaucracies for years of gross fiscal negligence — leaving taxpayers stuck with a scarcely-fathomable tab.

South Dakota Health Care Bill Repeal Effort Fails

South Dakota Health Care Bill Repeal Effort Fails

Secretary of State Jason M. Gant announced that ballot submissions to repeal SB 38 and SB 43 did not meet today’s deadline and will not be on the ballot for the November 2012 election. Since they did not meet the deadline, they will take effect as other laws would on July 1st. The bills were related to South Dakota’s compliance with the federal Affordable Care Act (commonly known as President Obama’s Health Care reform).

SD GOP: Dems Choosing Politics Over Policy

SD GOP: Dems Choosing Politics Over Policy

As the South Dakota Democratic Party submits close to 23,00 petition signatures to refer House Bill 1230 to the ballot, the South Dakota Republican Party says Democrats have placed politics over good public policy. Republicans say Democrats ignore the fact that the bill costs 30% less than the old program and is intended to spur job creation in South Dakota.

SD Sec. State: House Bill 1230 Referral Petitions Submitted

SD Sec. State: House Bill 1230 Referral Petitions Submitted

Secretary of State Jason M. Gant announced that officials from the South Dakota Democratic Party appeared at his office today to turn in referral petitions for House Bill 1230, signed by the Governor back in March. The measure is described in its title as “an act to establish the large project development fund, to provide for its administration, and to make an appropriation therefor.”

Energy independence, jobs within reach

Energy independence, jobs within reach

Fuel prices got you down? Need a job? Well, prepare to unlearn everything you’ve learned about domestic energy production. Don’t ever let another green “warmer” tell you, “We can’t drill our way out of this mess.” That’s a lie. Contrary to environmentalist talking points, we know that by conservative estimates, the United States enjoys three times the oil reserves of Saudi Arabia. Additionally, we have enough natural gas reserves to last nearly a century. Let that sink in.

Poll: Americans Affirm Marriage is Between a Man and a Woman

Poll: Americans Affirm Marriage is Between a Man and a Woman

Results from what is likely the most extensive national research survey of its kind show that 62 percent of Americans believe that “marriage should be defined only as a union between one man and one woman.” Fifty-three percent of Americans strongly agreed. The survey results mirror American voter behavior when faced with the decision to either affirm marriage in their state constitutions or leave it open to legal challenges or other attacks.

South Dakota Joins Amicus Brief Challenging NLRB Action

South Dakota Joins Amicus Brief Challenging NLRB Action

Attorney General Marty J. Jackley announces that South Dakota has joined a multi-state amicus brief filed by Texas challenging the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel’s action dealing with Boeing in South Carolina. The NLRB recently filed an action to prevent Boeing from opening a South Carolina assembly line claiming that the new facility would negatively impact Boeing’s unionized work force in the State of Washington.

Obama Commerce Dept: Spreading the Wealth Around the Globe

Obama Commerce Dept: Spreading the Wealth Around the Globe

The nomination of John Bryson as Barack Obama’s new Secretary of Commerce has been touted in some circles as “the latest in a recent string of moves by the Obama administration to mend relations with the business community.” But is the selection of Bryson — who founded a radical environmental organization and helped spearhead the United Nations climate change movement — really a good choice for American businesses?