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Center for Vision & Values
DR. L. JOHN VAN TIL: REVIEW OF ‘THE BENEDICT OPTION’

A new book has raised a thought-provoking question: How should Christians live in a post-Christian age? In this article, Dr. L. John Van Til reviews Rod Dreher’s book, “The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in A Post-Christian Nation.” Van Til examines the options and data in the book and suggests it is a worthwhile study “if you desire to understand how your children and grandchildren can survive in the hostile, pagan culture that now dominates America.”



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: THE NEWS NOT AIRED

Not all news is covered by the mainstream media. Those items in particular that are omitted by editorial boards are items that do not fit the liberal progressive narrative. What follows represents stories not typically seen by consumers of the dominant media.

 



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - MAY 16, 2017

DON’T CLING TO OLD MODELS; ANTICIPATE DISRUPTION; NEWSPAPERS ALSO MUST ADAPT; A GRAND MUDDLE; THE ND ECONOMY; THEY’VE GOT THE MONEY; HE WHO PROTESTS TOO MUCH; PHYSICIAN COMPENSATION in ND; FOREIGH DOCTORS AND VISA PROGRAMS; DAKTOIDS



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: THE DERANGED AND UNBALANCED LEFT

Liberals in general and Democrats in particular are unbelievably jealous of Donald Trump’s win. It should have been Hillary. Progressives and far left extremists need to learn how to win if they are ever to recuperate from their sizable losses at all government levels over the past decade.



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. JOSHUA F. DRAKE: MUSICAL THEORY AND MUSICAL JUDGMENT - OPTIONAL AT HARVARD

Recently, Harvard University revised the curriculum in the music department. Music theory and counterpoint—once the bedrock of the degree—are now optional. In this article, Dr. Joshua F. Drake, professor of music and humanities at Grove City College, looks at the change and argues “Having rejected the traditional view of musical judgment, it is easy to see why Harvard was pressed to reject its own curriculum.” 



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: GRACKLE VERSUS SQUIRREL

Enter one squirrel oblivious to his trespassing upon grackle turf, so to speak. Unaware of his pending fate, a better choice of bird feeders in the yard might have saved him some embarrassment. If only he knew what was in store for him.



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Lynn Bergman
LYNN BERGMAN: RELAX ON HEALTHCARE CONSERVATIVES - PARTs I & II

These market-driven solutions must come from the above identified conservative subgroups of the Republican party despite the media and Trump's suggestions that the replacement be bi-partisan. Do you really think the Democrats would be for free market solutions and publicly oppose “single-payer” government run healthcare? Has a mixture of socialism and capitalism really worked in the Nordic countries? The answers are “No” and “No”. The Nordics have a total per capita GDP (including all government programs) that is 2/3 that of their American cousins.

How to Proceed; The Challenge to Insure a Future for Our Grandchildren;  Real Health Insurance “Intervention”; What may we expect from the Left?



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - MAY 1, 2017

THE 65TH LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY; THE BIESIOT ACTIVITIES CENTER; THE UND LAW SCHOOL; NORTHERN PLAINS NITROGEN; THE NEWSPAPER BUSINESS; DOLLAR DOUG DEAL; SENDING MONEY TO ND; IT DIDN’T HAPPEN; MINOT AIR FORCE BASE; BUSY BORDE; BACKFIRE; BRING DOWN THE MINNEAPOLIS SKYWALKS; DALTPODS



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Center for Vision & Values
DANIEL L. DREISBACH: THE BOOK THAT MADE AMERICA

“Does it matter whether the Bible is studied alongside other intellectual influences on the founding fathers who established an independent constitutional republic committed to liberty and representative rule by the consent of the governed?” American University professor Daniel L. Dreisbach answers this question and many more in his article that examines the role the Bible played in the founding of the United States of America. 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. EARL TELFORD: NORTH KOREA REQUIRES RESOLVE AND CAUTION

As tensions mount between the Unites States and North Korea, some pundits are calling for more aggressive military action. In this article, foreign policy scholar Dr. Earl Tilford argues that U.S. forces may not be the ideal strategy in this situation. He writes, “The use of American military force could prove devastatingly expensive in blood. The Trump administration’s best alternative is to ratchet up pressure on China to affect regime change in Pyongyang.”



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: SLAVE TALK - AGAIN?

Any excuse is reason enough to produce wall-to-wall racial incitement by the leftist media. Race becomes fake news, a phony ginned-up issue when the outcome does not fit the race baiters’ narrative. When the eyewitnesses and testimony do not support the racist narrative all that is left is to dredge up sympathy and divisiveness stemming from America’s past wrongs -- slavery.

Here is the line of reasoning never highlighted by the dominant media. Any economic, social or political event that does not conform to the progressive narrative justifies being branded as racism. Reason? Racism somehow always plays a part. Why? Racism runs deep and wide in our contemporary culture. Reason? Blacks have been mistreated since the days of slavery. Result? Blacks can never receive fair treatment in a White-dominated society. This is typical fare for those who make a living exploiting racial division.

 



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - APRIL 23, 2017

THE GREAT FLOOD; FLOODING IN ND AND NEW ORLEANS; "NORTH DAKOTA NICE REPLACED NORTH DAKOTA NICE; SONY PURDUE; BRUCE GJOVIG; SALLY SMITH' NOT SURPRISING'NEED A ROOM?; BUMPS IN THE ROAD; AN ANNUAL RITUAL; NUCLEAR FOOT PRINT SHRINKING; DAKTOIDS



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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
JOSEPH SOBRAN: CHRISTIANITY AND HISTORY

The great vice of liberal thinking is its failure of imagination with respect to Christians. For all their preaching of “sensitivity” and “multiculturalism,” they are belligerently ignorant of Christian culture and Christians’ feelings.



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: GLEANINGS OF DUMB REMARKS FROM THE LEFT

People who do not consume left wing, i.e., mainstream media, may have missed the following tidbits.



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - APRIL 17, 2017

DEVASTATED; REBIRTH; WHO’S POPULAR?; PRICY WINGS; LEVERAGE; THE LEGACY FUND; MINOT TAKES IT ON THE CHIN; SAD STATS; MORE LOSSES; AN EARLIER ERA; DAKTOIDS



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS: TIME TO GET CITY GOVERNMENTS OUT OF LOCAL BUSINESS

The present misuse of these taxpayer-funded programs gives huge incentives to developers, members of city councils and the building trades to support them. It is a gross distortion of the marketplace and free enterprise as well as abuse of taxpayers. Another word for "taxpayer", under our Declaration of Independence, is "voter".



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. GARY S. SMITH: THE LEGACY OF LENT: DON’T GIVE UP SOMETHING, DO SOMETHING

During Lent, the 46 days from Ash Wednesday to the day before Easter, many Christians focus on giving up or doing without something. While these acts of personal sacrifice are valuable, Christianity also exhorts us to work to help those in need. In this article, Dr. Gary S. Smith encourages readers to look beyond personal sacrifices this Lenten season and reflect upon ways to do “something to improve the lives of one or more of the world’s precious children.” 



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: THE SIGNIFICANCE OF EASTER

One could regard Easter as just another time for fun and food. Bunnies, eggs and candy tend to mask the essential reason for celebration.

Explicitly, as any true Christian knows, the holiday celebrates the return to life of Jesus Christ from the dead to reconcile a broken and rebellious humanity to their Creator. This belief is central to the Christian faith. Without the resurrection of Jesus the man, His life and death would be an ordinary event bearing little significance. There would be nothing unique about His moral teaching. Similar teachings had been spoken by sages before and after Him. Beyond the historic fact of His resurrection, borne out by a multitude of witnesses, His claims would be outrageous. Only a madman would claim He was the Son of God. By any historical account, however, He was not mad. Without the resurrection there would be no Christianity, no overcoming of death, no rebirth, no reconciliation with God the Creator.

 



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Lynn Bergman
LYNN BERGMAN: RELAX ON HEALTHCARE CONSERVATIVES - PART II

How to Proceed; The Challenge to Insure a Future for Our Grandchildren;  Real Health Insurance “Intervention”; What may we expect from the Left?

 



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - APRIL 10, 2016

JAMES ROSENQUIST; BILLBOARDS; POOR DEAL FOR ND TAXPAYERS?; TOO MUCH SPENDING?; JOCELYNE AND MONIQUE LAMOUREUX; TOO MANY SCHOOLS; HEALTH OF COUNTIES; SO THERE!; CONSIDER ANOTHER LINE OF WORK; HARSH EVOLUTION; NO COMMENT; THE LONDON TERRORIST ATTACK; 
DAKTOIDS



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. EARL TELFORD: STEALING THE MARCH

U.S. warships launched dozens of cruise missiles into Syria targeting Shayrat airfield—the suspected origin of a chemical weapons attack upon civilians earlier this week. What does this strike mean on the global front? In this article, Dr. Earl Tilford, military historian and fellow for the Middle East & terrorism, argues that the U.S. strike on Shayrat signifies that America is on the path to “recovering world leader status.” Tilford writes, “Adult leadership is back in charge at the White House and intent on reclaiming America’s exceptional role in world leadership.”  



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: BURMA SHAVE FROM YEARS GONE BY

It was autumn 1949. A family drove north from Cheyenne across Wyoming headed for North Dakota. To the right-front just off the right-of-way along US Highway 85 south of Chugwater a series of small wooden signs bore the message of the first brushless shave cream.

The over-60 crowd will remember Burma Shave. Younger generations may need help. Back when the highways were just two lanes the white and red signs were a welcome sight. Jingles offered safe driving tips concluding with “Burma Shave.” Here are some samples:

 



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - APRIL 5, 2017

CHICKENS COME HOME TO ROOST; KEEPING SCORE; LATE OIL NEWS; WOMEN SKATE AWAY; GF HERALD REFUGEE ANALYSIS; RECESSIONS IN FARM INCOME; THEY WANT RESPECT; CRAIG COBB; DR. TOM AMBERRY (94); LITTLE HOUSE OF HORRORS; IS THERE ANOTHER DETECTION METHOD?; THE BISMARCK-MANDAN RAILROAD BRIDGE; BOOSTERISM; WINS ACADEMIC LOTTERY; BOB DYLAN; N.D. TALL TREES; DAKTOTOIDS



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Center for Vision & Values
ROBERT HALE: THE PHILIPPINES’ REAL WAR ON DRUGS

President Duterte said criminals have declared war on good and honest citizens. He has declared war on drug criminals. They are terrorists and enemies of the state. Innocent citizens will no longer be easy or cheap pickings.

Duterte has declared that the price to be paid by drug pushers and violent criminals is the ultimate — eradication. It’s about time.

The status quo political class squeals, wrings its hands, and expresses shock and horror at the fact that an elected national leader is actually engaging in a real war on drugs and violent crime. This same political class cares little for the suffering of innocent citizens at the hands of criminals.

 



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Selwyn Duke
SELWYN DUKE: THE GREAT ‘CHRISTIAN TERRORIST’ UNICORN HUNT

The reality is that the Christian norm has been to spread the faith by the word; the Muslim norm has been conversion by the sword.

And perhaps this was reflected in a very interesting German study involving 45,000 young people. Released in 2010, it found that while increasing religiosity made Christian youth less violent, it made Muslim youth more violent.

There simply is no Christian analogue, in all of history, to today’s Islamic terrorism. It only exists in the minds of quislings who, wittingly or not, have become the propaganda arm of global jihad. 

 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. GARY WELTON: THE POLITICAL CENTER IS (ALMOST) DEAD

If you follow trends on social media it may seem like America has become deeply divided. But has our country always been this way and what did former presidents do to bring the nation together? In this article, Dr. Gary Welton looks at the psychological dynamic identified as “group polarization” and calls for a “stronger input from centrist America.”



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Lynn Bergman
LYNN BERGMAN: RELAX ON HEALTHCARE CONSERVATIVES - PART I

These market-driven solutions must come from the above identified conservative subgroups of the Republican party despite the media and Trump's suggestions that the replacement be bi-partisan. Do you really think the Democrats would be for free market solutions and publicly oppose “single-payer” government run healthcare? Has a mixture of socialism and capitalism really worked in the Nordic countries? The answers are “No” and “No”. The Nordics have a total per capita GDP (including all government programs) that is 2/3 that of their American cousins.

 



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Selwyn Duke
SELWYN DUKE: TRIGGER-WARNING TYRANTS

There are seven billion people on this planet with seven billion sets of feelings. When snowflakes demand their feelings be the arbiters of policy, they’re saying that their emotions should be preeminent, with others who feel contrary being subordinate. Worse still, they’re saying that their feelings, which are subjective, should trump what should be the yardstick for policy: the objective, principles such as the imperative of encouraging the expression of Truth.

Only when these oppressors masquerading as victims are stilling their tongues, fearing the scorn, ostracism and possible career destruction threatening sane people today, will we know we’ve made America great again. Remember, people who cannot be reasoned with, can only be fought.  

 

 



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: THE WONDER OF SPRING

Spring comes late to the northern plains. The fields have been clothed in drab for months. As spring struggles to free herself from winter’s icy grip that struggle has been known to linger almost into early June.

The eventual conqueror that she is, spring breaks forth in all her glory with an assault on the senses. One of Robert Browning’s sonnets begins, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” Forgive the personification, but here is how much I love spring.

 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. PAUL KENGOR: NEIL GORSUCH ON LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE NATURAL LAW

This week, Hon. Neil Gorsuch testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing. Did the three-day hearing shed any light on how Gorsuch may interpret the law once he is confirmed for the Court? In this article that first appeared at National Catholic Register, Dr. Paul Kengor highlights some of Gorsuch’s testimony and writes, “Gorsuch’s views stem from a very deep, very rich, and very old tradition known as natural law.”



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