Reviewing the rebuttal

Since South Dakota Bill Stegmeier posted a comment (and actually used his name on this visit), I’m happy to reply. Remember, this comment comes from the man who last year agreed Amendment E would apply to “every school board, city council, county commission, professional licensing board, in fact every citizen board in the state […]

The Clarence Thomas visit

Word is finally out that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas visited the USD campus on Thursday. It was a “by invitation only” appearance that was kept secret for security reasons.

My oldest daughter was among those invited to meet with Thomas. I speculate that is because her honors paper last semester was on the religion […]

Book Review: The Expected One (2006)

Pop culture may attribute it to Dan Brown. But fascination with Mary Magdalene is centuries old. That said, were it not for Brown’s bestseller, The Da Vinci Code, Kathleen McGowan’s The Expected One likely would not have had the draw to hit bestseller lists. Of course, McGowan’s back story on the novel and the press […]

J.A.I.L.’s Lies – Part 11

This may end up being a never-ending series given the fact Amendment E proponents seem to have compulsion to mislead the public. The latest comes in South Dakota Bill Stegmeier’s response to a recent op-ed piece by Sioux Falls attorney Dean Nasser Jr. But Stegmeier’s response is largely a repetition of the same old […]

How I spent 9/11

It may have been a perfect way for an American to spend the fifth anniversary of 9/11: aboard a cruise ship on the Ionian Sea en route from Dubrovnik, Croatia, to Greece, and then Turkey. While the setting and travel are obvious reasons why, there are many others.

With few English language newspapers, no U.S. […]

Festival of Books

I have been somewhat remiss in not previously giving more attention to the upcoming fourth annual South Dakota Festival of Books, scheduled for Sioux Falls Sept. 22-24.

Heading the list of presenters is Marilynne Robinson, author of the wonderful Gilead. The book won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and is the 2006 selection for […]