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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: MY TAKE ON AMERICA’S TO MILITARY ANALYSTS

There are many admirable analysts commenting on military matters these days. Two individuals are a cut above. One is Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Peters and the other is Victor Davis Hanson.

If a lay person paid attention to these two men they would gain more than an adequate ability to assess contemporary military policy.



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Selwyn Duke
SELWYN DUKE: GOP DEBATE: TRUMP WAS THE WINNER

Perhaps it was a first: a man winning a debate by not showing up. That’s my take, anyway, that Donald Trump prevailed at Thursday night’s GOP debate. Although, something curious did happen after the event that gives me pause for thought.

Pollster Frank Luntz conducted a focus group, and one question concerned their feelings on Rubio; you know, the guy not only proven via video to be completely dishonest, but who supported a culture-rending scamnesty bill. When after the debate Luntz asked how many in the group had planned on voting for Machiavellian Marco coming into the debate, about three people raised their hands. And after the debate?

Forty to fifty percent of those present did.

Beam me up, Scotty. It just renews my faith in my lack of faith in the average voter. But the explanation probably lies with a study some years back showing that if a person is articulate and eloquent, he’ll sway people regardless of what he actually says. It’s style over substance, and the slick-talking, eye-candy Florida python has the former in abundance.

Having said this, my guess is that Rubio only swayed some undecided low-info voters, and it certainly won’t be enough to change his fortunes. As for the biggest presence on stage Thursday night, it was a man who wasn’t even there.




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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - FEBRUARY 1, 2016

WELL DRESSED BRESCIANI; DIFFERENT VIEW; ANDRIST SAYS IT’S CONFUSING; FARGO IS DIFFERENT; THE KILBOURNE GROUP; CONTROVERSY OVER TAX BREAKS; GRAND FORKS GHOSTS; THIS IS A BIG-TIME SCIENCE PROJECT; MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS; DOUBLE TROUBLE; CONCORDIA COLLEGE; BLACK LIVES MATTER IN MN; THE MANHATTAN INSTITUTE; DAKTOIDS



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. R.B.A. DIMUCCIO: DONALD TRUMP, NATIONAL REVIEW, AND THE BATTLE FOR THE CONSERVATIVE MIND

“How can it be that the Republican currently garnering a large plurality of support in a crowded but highly qualified field of candidates is the one with the feeblest conservative credentials and some of the most heretical statements and positions?” In this interesting article, Dr. R.B.A. DiMuccio asks this important question and offers data as a possible reason why Donald Trump is still leading—even after National Review came out strongly against him. 



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Beacon Author
GARY EMINETH: WHY I AM SUPPORTING RICK BECKER FOR NORTH DAKOTA GOVERNOR

Rick upholds the importance of the individual as a free and sovereign agent and the inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
In a response to frequently asked questions, Rick is willing to declare his positions on several issues of interest to me. One in particular is his view on life. He believes there should be NO devaluation or discarding of human life at either end of the spectrum, whether the unborn or elderly.
As for education, his belief in local control and the need for common sense rather than a Federally mandated curriculum like common core to insure that the
future Generations of citizens are prepared to meet the demands of a competitive world market, is right in line with my view.
In all, Rick is about limited government and the individual's responsibility and the Rule of law rather than the rule of "The government knows best". His experience as a Professional and business owner enhances his qualification to execute the duties as Governor.



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Selwyn Duke
SELWYN DUKE : IS TRUMP THE FIRST “EUROPEAN-CONSERVATIVE” AMERICAN PRESIDENTIAL CA

Ever since Donald Trump’s rise to 2016-contender prominence, the rap on him, and perhaps part of his broad appeal, has been that he’s not a conservative. And he’s not — he’s a nationalistic populist. Yet there’s another way to understand The Donald’s professed politics: as that of the first prominent “European-conservative” American presidential candidate. He’s not so much America’s next Ronald Reagan or Barry Goldwater, but her first Marine Le Pen.   

 



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: UNDERSTANDING NOVEMBER 2016

The January 19, 2016 issue of The Week carried a story titled “How an Obscure Adviser to Pat Buchanan Predicted the Wild Trump Campaign in 1996” written by Michael Brendan Doughtery. Doughtery opened with a citation (not an actual quote) credited to Samuel Francis (Buchanan’s adviser) in the 1996 issue of Chronicles.

“[S]ooner or later, as the globalist elites seek to drag the country into conflicts and global commitments, preside over the economic pastoralization of the United States, manage the delegitimization of our own culture, and the dispossession of our own people and disregard or diminish our national interests and national sovereignty a nationalist reaction is almost inevitable and will probably assume populist form when it arrives. The sooner it comes, the better….”

That was the gist of the advice Francis gave Buchanan in his essay “From Household to Nation.” The issue here is not Donald Trump. The issue is the transformation of Middle America and its discontent with its political and bureaucratic overseers, the Ruling Class.

 



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Selwyn Duke
SELWYN DUKE: TRUMP PHENOMENON EXPLAINED SO EVEN PUNDITS CAN UNDERSTAND

Of course, stating the obvious, to connect with people emotionally you must capitalize on something appealing to them emotionally. Trump’s bold nationalism does this. What do the others offer? Jeb Bush is associated with saying that illegal migration is “an act of love” and John “Can’t do” Kasich with “Think about the [illegals’] families, c’mon, folks!” which might appeal to illegal migrants if they could speak English. And none of the others will even support suspending Muslim immigration — despite deep and widespread fear of Muslim terrorism — which certainly will appeal to Da’esh (ISIS).

It’s as if Trump is courting Lady America with wine, roses and his alpha-male persona, while the Establishment candidates are lead-tongued nerds promising a tent with NSA surveillance, a bowl of soup and squatters on a burnt-out lawn.

 



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JANUARY 25, 2016

HIGH HOPES; KEEP QUIET; GRAND FORKS NEEDS THE BODIES; SU PRESIDENT DEAN BRESCIANI; NEW FACE; FROWNING FACE; HAPPIER FACE; REGROUPING; THE FARM ECONOMY; BETTER THAN NO PUBLICITY; NINE DRUG OVERDOSES; HOW BLACK IS F-M?; DAKTOIDS



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Beacon Author
DR. JOSEPH HORTON: CONTROL WHAT YOU CAN AND ENJOY THE BENEFITS

When taking steps to become healthy many people may be focusing on the wrong objective: becoming thin. In this interesting article, Dr. Joseph Horton shares a personal example of how the expectation that exercise will result in massive weight loss and a buff body often fails to materialize. Horton encourages us to “practice a healthful lifestyle for the many benefits beyond elusive buffness.” 



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS:  A NICE CIRCLE OF FRIENDS

"He's running his country and at least he's a leader, unlike what we have in this country," Trump said Friday morning on MSNBC. "I think our country does plenty of killing also." 



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS: A LETTER TO IOWA

Trump says he's "evolving".  Sounds more like "revolving" . . . 



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Selwyn Duke
SELWYN DUKE: TRUMP, CRUZ AND NEW YORK VALUES

New York City values are going through the roof. And it’s not just real estate. A prime story the last many days has been the GOP debate dust-up between Donald Trump and Senator Ted Cruz. After the senator impugned “New York values” in an effort to call into question the businessman’s conservative bona fides, Trump responded with an impassioned defense of New Yorkers’ character. Trump won the exchange on style with rhetorical effectiveness, but, frankly, Cruz was right on substance.

This is not a commentary on whether Trump exemplifies NY values. In fact, I love most of what The Donald is saying; furthermore, while I have great respect for Cruz, the fact that no other candidate Thursday night could join Trump in supporting a halt to Muslim immigration — a common-sense measure — calls their qualifications for the presidency into question. But this isn’t a commentary on that, either, or on NY values, although I will touch on them. This article is about something far deeper.

 



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: WE HAVE RULERS—NOT LEADERS

The Ruling Class accumulates power by redistributing other people’s wealth. Power derives from public office because it is from there that elected officials distribute the “bacon” as it were back to their constituents from whom the money was confiscated as taxes in the first place. Money becomes an aphrodisiac administered by Senators and Representatives to the public so they can show love and be loved in return.

Senator John Hoeven and Representative Kevin Cramer have been co-opted into the Ruling Class. They are not conservative – except in their rhetoric at election time. Evidence? The Heritage Foundation has tracked their voting records at around 50% conservative. Together with Senator Heidi Heitkamp, Hoeven and Cramer have become part of the Ruling Class. They are more prone to “reach across the aisle” in a gesture of “bipartisanship” in order to “get things done” rather than to resolve hard issues.

 



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JANUARY 18, 2016

DOUG BURGUM; THE STATE’S TALLEST BUILDING; THE BLACK BUILDING; THE HERD ROLLS TO VICTORY; FOLLOW THE BOUNCING FOOTBALL; TSK, TSK!; DUELING LETTERS; THE FOURTH LEG UND'S AERISOACE ORIGRAN; THE ND WAY OF DEATH; DICKINSON STATE UNIVERSITY: A MENTALLY ILL CRIMINAL; SOMALI IN GRAND FORKS;  BRADY MARTZ; HMM! WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?; VIKING FANS; DAKTOIDS



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. PAUL KENGOR: PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND HILLARY CLINTON

For the first time in the organization’s 100-year history, Planned Parenthood has endorsed a candidate in a presidential primary. Earlier this week, Cecile Richards—president of Planned Parenthood—enthusiastically announced that the organization is backing Hillary Clinton’s bid for the nomination. In this must-read article, Dr. Paul Kengor examines the history of the organization and asks if Clinton is willing to repudiate Planned Parenthood’s “highly questionable and objectionable history.”  



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. GARY S. SMITH: TRUMP AND EVANGELICALS - STRANGE BEDFELLOWS

Various national polls reveal that a significant percentage of evangelical Christians support Donald Trump’s bid for the Republican nomination. In this interesting article, presidential scholar Dr. Gary Scott Smith examines possible reasons why Trump is polling so high among some evangelicals. Smith writes, “Given Trump’s beliefs, lifestyle, crude language, and some of his positions on issues, this is baffling.”



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: LOONEY TUNES FOR LOONEY TIMES

The year 2016 is going to be a long year. This will be the year of wall-to-wall all the time politics. As the saying goes, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” – sort of. Here is some comic relief.



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JANUARY 12, 2016

THIS IS NOT A COLLAPSE; TIGHTENING THEIR BELT; EXCELLENCE COMES WITH A PRICE; HELL GAME; YES, IT DIDN’T WORK; COACH DALE BROWN; MILLS FLEET FARM; UNSUSTAINABLE; WINONA LADUKE
ROB PORT; DAKTOIDS



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Selwyn Duke
SELWYN DUKE: DONALD TRUMP - THE POLITICAL AND CULTURAL PHENOMENON

This is what the cultural and political establishments don’t fully grasp and why they’re apoplectic. Their PC weaponry, heretofore deployed to such devastating effect, is as nothing. Trump is like the blob: the more trash the thought police throw at him, the bigger he gets. And this is because PC has always been trash, foisted on us by cultural illegal dumpers who, proceeding contrary to the people’s will, have acted as undemocratically as the KGB.

Trump is taking out the trash. And the more it tries to burn him, the more people will want to see it burn. 

 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. JOHN SPARKS: BIG BROTHER VS. THE LITTLE SISTERS … OBAMA TAKES NUNS TO SUPREME COURT

In March, the Supreme Court will hear arguments for yet another case concerning the long reach of the Affordable Care Act and its unyielding interpretation by the federal Department of Health and Human Services. Should a noble Catholic religious order—the Little Sisters of the Poor—be forced to forsake its faith commitments in order to comply with the ACA? In this must-read article, Dr. John Sparks details the case and argues that the message the Supreme Court should send is simple: leave them alone. 



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Schmid
SCHMID’S TOP TEN NORTH DAKOTA STORIES OF 2015

OIL SLOWDOWN; THE ECONOMY; OIL TAXES; WELL DONE, MY GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT; SQUAWK, SQUAWK! IT’S A HAWK!;  LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES; TEX HALL HAS MANY LIVES; 
UND PRESIDENT ROBERT KELLEY; WILL-O-THE-WISP; THE HERD’S ON THE MOVE



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: HOLIDAY DRINKING – THE AFTERMATH

While the alcohol abuser practices the fine art of denial, those people closest learn to survive by employing their own form of denial. Just as the alcohol abuser denies their problem, so too, the co-dependent denies their own problems with the abuser. They seek protection by not risking a rupture in their dysfunctional (or, as they see it, “normal”) relationship with the heavy drinker.

I once discussed the issue of drinking with a young pastor full of wisdom beyond his years. His comment made a lot of sense. “Drinking may not be prohibited legally or morally,” he said, “but consuming alcohol has never made an individual a better person.”

 



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK; HOPE FOR A NEW YEAR

Breaking down the Christmas decorations, I came across an ornament given by a friend years ago. Repacking the decorations one at a time symbolized different years in the progress of Christmases past. Handmade ornamented Christmas stockings given by my sister decades ago, candle sticks, a crèche, a music box -- each marked a different Christmas season and each held their own special memory.

Memories cascaded around me tweaking a recollection here, jogging reminiscence there. My rational nature gave way soon enough and emotions kicked in. They do serve a role when attitudes soften, time weighs more precious, good health holds value, friends and family grow more intimate, and children become more cherished. The temporary things that seemed so important yesterday pale in comparison to these realizations.

 



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - DECEMBER 28, 2015

A CHRISTMAS TALE; CAUTION LIGHT; STILL GROWING; BISON AGAINST SPIDERS; YES, KELLEY HAS SUPPORTERS; MATT FERN; A UAS LEADER; HE HAD THE GOODS; ST. PAUL HIGH SCHOOLS: UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES; MINNEAPOLIS AS FLASHPOINT: DAKTOIDS



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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
ALLAN BROWNSFIELD: CHRISTMAS 2015 - A TIME FOR INTROSPECTION

Washington journalist, Allan Brownfeld, hopes that we will contemplate the meaning of life during this Christmas season. "Christmas speaks to that spiritual vacuum in our lives -- but only if we will listen to its message," he writes.



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Center for Vision & Values
DR: PAUL KENGOR: WHEN HOLLYWOOD CELEBRATED CHRISTMAS AND MARRIAGE

Is the America of Hollywood’s Golden Age gone? Especially at Christmas? In this interesting article, Dr. Paul Kengor reflects: Hollywood once made major films with major stars celebrating Christmas and in each case, no matter how different the plot, there was always a common end-goal: marriage. But this certainly isn’t the case today. Why not? And can America survive this?



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: THE MESSAGE OF THE CHRISTMAS CAROLS

George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” crowns the message. The entire oratorio is based on Biblical texts and is divided into three parts: the Prophecies and Nativity; the Passion and the Resurrection; and mankind’s hope of his own resurrection. Accompanying the “Hallelujah Chorus” are these words:

  “The Kingdom of this world is become the Kingdom of our Lord, and of His Christ;

and He shall reign for ever and ever. Amen!”

 God could not have made it any plainer or any simpler. Traditional carols proclaim the glad tidings and Good News to everyone. A return to the daily grind can never be the same.

 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. MARK HENDRICKS: SECULAR FUNDAMENTALISM GOES AFTER LINUS AT CHRISTMAS

In a classic scene from “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Linus van Pelt reminds us all of the true meaning of Christmas when he recites the Gospel of Luke’s account of the birth of Jesus Christ. Recently, a school district in Kentucky ordered all religious references to be removed from school productions—including Linus’ speech. In this must-read article, Dr. Mark Hendrickson examines the controversy and argues that the “censorship was colossally silly.” 



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - DECEMBER 20, 2015

WE’RE A LITTLE SHORT; UNCERTAINTY; NOW, IT’S THEIR TURN; NOBODY’S TO BLAME; NOT A SMALL MISTAKE; ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD;  OPERATION NO SANCTUARY; BOB THE TRICERATOPS;  ON THE HORNS OF A DILEMMA; KEITH ELLISON; WHICH COMES FIRST?; LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON; ND’S RUGGED INDIVIDUALISM



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