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SELWYN DUKE: HOW TO WIN THE CHRISTIAN BAKER/SAME-SEX “WEDDING” CAKE DEBATE


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Selwyn Duke
SELWYN DUKE: HOW TO WIN THE CHRISTIAN BAKER/SAME-SEX “WEDDING” CAKE DEBATE

To drive the point home, should a liberal baker be compelled to craft the message, “Celebrate Gun Rights,” “Life Begins at Conception” or “Marriage is One Man, One Woman”?



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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
JOE SOBRAN: FOR FEAR OF THE JEWS

The fear of the label anti-Semitic is a fear of the power that is believed to lie behind it: Jewish power. Yet this is still pretty much unmentionable in journalism. It's rather as if sportswriters covering pro basketball were prohibited from mentioning that the Los Angeles Lakers were in first place.



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: ISLAM - RELIGION OF PEACE?

Muhammad died in 632 after conquering Arabia but he envisioned the continued expansion of Islam. This was not to be done by handing out tracts on sand dunes but by the power of jihad.

The Crusades began in 1080 AD involving 16 battles fought over 180 years. The Crusades were fought in response to Islam conquering a Christian Middle East.

On the other hand, Islam has been fighting jihad from the time Muhammad was expelled Mecca in 622 until today. Over these 1400 years the Islamic jihad fought 548 battles against classical western civilization in Europe. These battles do not include the jihad conducted against North Africa, India and Afghanistan.

The Islamic struggle against Judaism and Christianity has been going on a long, long time. Is Islam a religion of peace? Actions speak louder than words. Draw your own conclusion.

 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. MARK HENDRICKSON: THE FCC VERSUS INTERNET FREEDOM

Congress needs to wake up and decisaively halt this unwarranted expansion of executive branch power. In previous cases of bureaucratic overreach (IRS, NLB, NSA, etc.) some members of Congress have made lots of noise, but the consequences to the perpetrators have been pathetically weak. It’s time to move beyond giving indignant speeches and an occasional slap on the wrist. Why not abolish the FCC, update federal communication law, and then let individual cases be litigated in common law courts?



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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
ALLAN C. BROWNFELD: HOLLYWOOD TRAITORS - SCREENWRITERS PROMOTED BOTH STALIN AND HITLER

The implication, of course, was that the idea that Communism in any way threatened the integrity of the motion picture industry was a myth promoted by a right-wing intent upon pursuing an American form of Fascism.
The reality was quite different.



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - FEBRUARY 22, 2015

BIG FISH SWALLOW SMALLER FISH; SAFER THAN RAIL; THAT WAS A LITTLE CARELESS; BUM RAP; DON’T WASTE OUR TIME AND MONEY; THE TRICKY DEVILS WILL FIND A WAY; HELP WANTED; KIRSTEN BAESLER; HE WAS NOT THE PROBLEM; DON’T LOOK NOW; FOOD STAMPS; AN ALTERNATIVE TO NO CARE; HIGH-WATER MARK; SORRY, SHELTON; FIGHTING RADICALIZATION; THE TWIN CITIES; HOW SWEET; DAKTOIDS



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: THE RACIAL GRIEVANCE INDUSTRY AND RESENTMENT

“There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs – partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.” – Booker T. Washington, Chap. V, “The Intellectuals and the Boston Mob,” 1911, p. 118.

Are race relations any better today than after the civil rights era? Or, has public resentment been piqued as liberals and progressives force their view of tolerance on America thus displacing freedom of conscience?

Most people will always have an aversion to others at some point in their life whatever the pretext. Is America contending with racism or resentment?

 



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - FEBRUARY 16, 2015

IS THERE MORE TO THIS STORY?; CONCORDIA COLLEGE; IT’S NOT JUST CONCORDIA; HALTING TRANSFERS TO SOMALIA; REHAB FOR RADICALS; THE OPINION PAGES; JUST WHAT DICKINSON NEEDED; TIMES HAVE CHANGED; HUH!; LOUD AND NUTT; LEITH MAYOR RYAN SCHOCK; BE WARY; NO ACCOUNTING FOR TASTE; THE NORTHERN PLAINS



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS: AN EXCHANGE WITH A GENUINE RACIST

Do you want someone who looks to Ronald Reagan - or someone who prefers the philosophy of Woodrow Wilson? Cruz favors the Reagan approach. Cruz is unequivocal in support of "American Exceptionalism". Do you want a mugwump who will tell you one thing and then betray you with a vote? Cruz will not tell you he's for one thing and vote the other way - he has a track record on this.



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: REAL NEWS COVERAGE AND DECLINE OF THE FOURTH ESTATE

The health of democracy depends on access to information. An informed citizenry capable of making informed decisions is preeminent. The alternative is that citizens act out of ignorance. An independent press serves as a check on elected officials to carry out the wishes of those who elected them. Many in the United States naively believe that the contemporary news media monitors the political process to ensure that politicians don’t abuse the democratic process.

Today we can praise the “Fifth Estate” – bloggers, journalists and alternative media outlets -- who operate outside the reach of the mainstream news. For the most part, they do today what the mainstream media was once famous for – sound news coverage.

 

 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. MARK HENDRICKSON: REMEMBERING THE “MIRACLE ON ICE”

The Miracle on Ice eclipses all the other great sports moments because it was about more than just sports. It was our country and its most cherished values against the Soviet Union and its antithetical exaltation of atheism, tyranny, and oppression. It was the ultimate good-versus-evil showdown.



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. GARY S. SMITH: THE OBAMA’S NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST REMARKS - A DIFFERENT CONVERSATION

However, rather than joining the debate over Obama’s analysis of the role Christianity plays in promoting violence and condoning racism, the importance of doubt in Christian faith, or the right of a president to discuss his personal religious views, I want to focus on a different issue.



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Steve Cates
STEVE CATES: POSSIBLE ILLEGALITY OF NORTH DAKOTA’S COMMON CORE CONSORTIUM

On February 2, 2015 constitutional attorney D. John Sauer testified before the North Dakota House Education Committee regarding the legality of the state’s involvement in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium with regards to violation of the Interstate Compact Clause of the U.S. Constitution and loss of the state’s sovereignty over education policy.


COMMON CORE IMPLEMENTATION AND FEDERAL DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ACTIONS ARE ILLEGAL

SHOCKING FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COURSE OF CONDUCT

VIOLATED PROHIBITIONS OF FEDERAL LAW

ELABORATE GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE OF NORTH DAKOTA’S CONSORTIUM

NORTH DAKOTA CEDING OF EDUCATION POLICY AUTHORITY



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS:  AMAZING DISGRACE

Of all the wrong people to bring up humility. This man was going to make the oceans recede, remember?

 



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - FEBRUARY 9, 2015

THE ENVIED 1 PERCENT; POVERTY RATES; THE PARTY IS ENDING; WAIT AND SEE; ANOTHER PARTY IS OVER AT UND; A DESTINATION IN AND OF ITSELF; WILLISTON CROSSING; TRAFFIC FATALITIES; SIOUX FALLS COMPLAINS; “FARGO, NORTH OF NORMAL”; FORGET IT; NOT THE EASTER BUNNY; LITTLE JAPANESE GIFTS



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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
CHARLES MILLS: LIBERALS DECLARE ECONOMIC WAR ON ALASKA

As part of Alaska's admission as a state, a compact was made between the United States and Alaska; it identified the parts that are wilderness, the parts that would be studied to see if they are wilderness, and the rest of the state. About 90 percent of this new "wilderness" is in that "rest of the state." The Obama action is a blatant violation of the terms of Alaska's admission to the union.



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. EARL TILFORD: THE FUTURE OF WAR

Religious factors are extremely important. The United States is in its 14th year of a religious war with Islamic radicals. Failure to recognize the true nature of this war makes devising an appropriate strategy nearly impossible.

 



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Selwyn Duke
SELWYN DUKE: THE REAL WHITE PRIVILEGE AND MY RADIO RACE WAR

But accepting white privilege as supposition is prejudice itself. If someone wishes to claim this phenomenon exists, the burden is on him to prove it; it is not on those who would have to prove a negative. 



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: EXECUTIVE ACTIONS - GOVERNMENT BY DECREE

To date, President Obama has issued 195 EOs. But, Obama has resorted to issuing another form of executive action – presidential memoranda. Like EOs, they don’t require action by congress; they have the force of law and have consequences just as far reaching. He has used memoranda to make policy on gun control and immigration. He has issued 198 memoranda, more than any other president. Combined with his EOs, Obama has taken more executive actions than any president since Harry Truman.

The good news is that power still resides with the people -- if they will use it. First, Congress must restore its legislative authority. Second, Congress must stop deferring to the President to fill in the details of laws it passes. Finally, there is always hope that a wisely vetted president with integrity will rescind damaging EOs implemented by other presidents.



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. JOHN SPARKS: OBAMA DROPS PLAN TO TAX COLLEGE SAVINGS PLAN

So for now, the 529 plans will remain intact. That’s the good news. This episode illustrates, however, the ill-informed advice the president received from his staff on this issue.



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. TRACY MILLER: GIVING WORKERS FREEDOM

Mandating that such firms provide health insurance makes those firms and those workers who would prefer cash compensation worse off. It also makes workers whose hours are reduced worse off.



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JANUARY 3, 2015

WHOA, NELLIE! ; THE REAL DRIVER OF RECOVERY; FAR TOO CLEVER; DIVERSITY IS WANING; NOT A LOUD VOICE; IN ALL MODESTY; SHE HAD THE LAST LAUGH; HIDING ON THE RESERVATION; LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD; PERCEPTION TRUMPS REALITY; BE CAREFUL; DAKTOIDS



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Selwyn Duke
SELWYN DUKE:  THE NORTHEAST NANNY-STATERS WHO ARE AND THE NON-BLIZZARD

For the record, the total snowfall in Central Park, NYC was 5.5 inches. And though it was heavier in some other areas, let’s get something straight: in a supposedly free country, you don’t tell people they can’t travel because of some snow.

(Good test run for martial law, though.)



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. MARK HENDRICKSON: REMEMBERING JAMES B. EDWARDS

Limited to one four-year term by the state constitution, Jim worked to promote the presidential candidacy of Ronald Reagan. After Reagan’s election in 1980, he tapped the oral surgeon from South Carolina to be his Secretary of Energy with the mission of shutting down the Department of Energy.

 



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: CONTINUING IRS SCANDAL

Lois Lerner and the IRS conspired with attorneys of the FEC to thwart conservative organizations that opposed the Obama administration. Exchanges of e-mails show that enforcement attorneys from the FEC asked Lois Lerner for confidential tax information about conservative groups. Yet another set of e-mails confirms the FEC received detailed, confidential information concerning tax status and returns of conservative groups. This is a serious violation of federal law. It illustrates how the IRS and FEC were working together to cripple conservative opponents of the Obama administration.

Keep IRS abuse information in mind during this tax season. Also, remember the expanded enforcement authority given the IRS under Obamacare. Finally, observe carefully the legislation acted upon by our Senators and Congressmen regarding Obamacare.

As one attorney recently observed, “…any government big enough to take care of all of us is big enough to destroy any one of us.”

 



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JANUARY 27, 2015

BOTH ND SENATORS AGREED; OUTRAGED, BUT VAGUE;  THE BOARD IS THE PROBLEM; A FAMILY OF ACHIEVERS; HE DESERVES A TEDDY; CHICKEN FEED; GRIGGS COUNTY; POOR AND GROWING; THE ANNUAL STATE OF THE TRIBES ADDRESS; HOLSTEINS ARE EXPENSIVE; WILLISTON; DIRTY, DIRTY; TARGET CORPORATION; LIVING BEYOND; DAKTOIDS



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Steve Cates
STEVE CATES: COMMON CORE – TRANSFORMING EDUCATION – MIND MAPPING STUDENTS?

    • Common Core in North Dakota is a means of fundamental transformation of the state’s education system.
    • The Obama Administration designed and financed education reform has as it’s core, the  technological application of assessments using computer data systems.

    • The assessments are explained by the U.S. Department of Education as using psychometric analysis techniques through the assessment process to build databases of student cognitive function and thinking processes.

    • The citizens of North Dakota were not informed of this. Parent and students are unaware of what data is being acquired via “assessments.” No one was told. No one was asked.

    • ND DPI has entered ND citizens into a contractual obligation that has the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) manage the consortium that ND is a member of (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium).

    • The division of the graduate school of education at UCLA managing Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is referred to as CRESST.

    • CRESST is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

    • The directors of CRESST are psychologists as are a majority of the staff.

    • Over half of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium primary individuals are psychologists either through education degree or academic publication.


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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: NET NEUTRALITY? WHAT NET NEUTRALITY?

Here is the critical issue and a political one at that. Once again the sucker punch is delivered in “soft speak,” that is, in the name of “fairness.” The FCC gains control over how the ISPs manage web traffic on their networks. Supposedly the FCC is the “honest broker” ensuring the ISPs treat all Internet content “fairly.” Determining what is “fair’ is at the heart of the controversy. Allowing politicians and bureaucrats to determine “fairness” creates a very scary bogeyman.

 



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS:  ROBIN HOOD GETS A BUM RAP

I think he'd be on our side – not Obama's.



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JANUARY 19, 2015

RECORD BREAKING; THE FIGHTING SIOUX; NOT SO FAST UND; PAULA BROADWELL; ND HAS WHAT CUBA NEEDS; FARMLAND RENTALS; CLASS AND RACE; SELF-CORRECTING; BOOM BABIES; CRAZY COLD; WHAT DOES SHE HAVE IN MIND?; DAKTOIDS



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