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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
CHRISTOPHER MANION: LOST IN THE DARK, THE GOP IS LONGING FOR A SPARK

The media will attack Walker in every possible way. The governor can easily point out that his primary opponents seem to agree with the liberal media. That's all the folks back home need to know. 

Here the key is staying power. Echoing FDR, the governor must emphasize these unique qualities "again and again and again."

"Sell the Difference!" Phenomenally successful executive experience; a demand for congressional backbone; and a strong defense of the Constitution: these three keys can carry Governor Walker all the way to the White House.



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. MARK HENDRICK: NEGATIVE INTEREST RATES: A BRILLIANT CONCEPT!

Negative interest rates are being offered on a growing share of European sovereign debt. In this interesting article that first appeared at Forbes.com, Dr. Mark Hendrickson asks, “Who in their right mind would invest in a financial instrument that would guarantee a loss of principal?” Will these investments pay off or are they merely a symptom of economic dysfunction? 

 



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - APRIL 24, 2015

MOVING UP; MYSTERY FIRES; UND PRESIDENT ROBERT KELLEY; NDSU PRESIDENT DEAN BRESCIANI; CAN YOU BLAME THEM?; DON’T TRY THIS; STRAIGHT SOUTH TO TROUBLE; USE CRIMINALS TO CATCH CRIMINALS; PROBLEM COMING CLOSER; LUGAR TURNED CRYPTIC; YOU FINANCE TERRORISM; DAKTOIDS



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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
CRAIG TURNER: CAN AMERICA STOP THE TIDE OF ASSISTED SUICIDE?

Several states have measures on their ballots that, if passed, will legalize assisted suicide in those states. The dangers of social ills such as drug addiction, alcoholism, and pornography have received much attention lately, but assisted suicide, unlike those others, has rich lobbyists and wealthy benefactors. Billionaire atheist George Soros, one of the seven richest people in America, funds assisted suicide projects and even declared in a 1994 speech that he had offered to help his own mother commit suicide. The sad irony is that assisted suicide is the most depraved of the social ills; the others are of no consequence to a person who is already dead.



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. PAUL KENGOR: HOLLYWOOD’S BLACKLIST AND AGENTS OF STALIN - AND HITLER

Just how severe was the communist penetration of the American film industry during Hollywood’s Golden Age? In this thought-provoking article, Dr. Paul Kengor examines Allan Ryskind’s book “Hollywood Traitors: Blacklisted Screenwriters—Agents of Stalin, Allies of Hitler.” Kengor discusses the false historical narrative created by the American left and highlights that Ryskind’s book is an important contribution to the “long line of literature on just how bad were the loyalties and actions of communists in Hollywood.” 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. GARY SCOTT SMITH: Q&A - ‘RELIGION IN THE OVAL OFFICE”

In his highly praised book “Faith and the Presidency,” Gary Scott Smith cast a revealing light on the role religion has played in presidential politics throughout our nation's history, offering comprehensive, even-handed examinations of the role of religion in the lives, politics, and policies of 11 presidents. Now, in “Religion in the Oval Office,” Smith takes on 11 more of our nation's most interesting and influential chief executives: John Adams, James Madison, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, William McKinley, Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.

 



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

GRAND FORKS MAN CAMP REVERSAL; PULLING THE WELCOME MAT; FOLLOWING APRIL SHOWERS; DIFFERENT STROKES; CONFLICTING NEWS; ONE DOWN; A FRAUD ARTIST, ODD MAN OUT; NO NEED FOR CHANGE; THE PARTY IS ENDING; NAUTICAL DREAMS; DAKTOIDS



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS:  AND ANOTHER ONE RIDES THE BUS

We will see others come forward in days to come, some worthy, some less so, some excellent prospects for Vice President.  But if they are to be a legitimate alternative to Jeb Bush they will need to offer a  vision of America returned to greatness, freedom – from Obamacare, from government surveillance, from illegal aliens (yup, I said it), from our very own version of the KGB, the IRS.  They will need to show us – not tell us – that they support not only the spirit, but the letter, of our Constitution.



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: DECENT OF AMERICA - SUICIDE PLUNGE?

Obama continues to exclude as he locks out congress, our allies and the American people in pursuit of his deadly secret deal with Iran over their inevitable nuclear weapons attainment.

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“It was only near the end of the eight minute plunge that everyone finally understood what was really happening. Only near the end when they began to scream.

“Like those passengers, a growing number of Americans feel a helpless dread as they come to the inescapable conclusion that our nation’s decline is an act of choice rather than of chance. The choice of one man who is in full control of our 8 year plunge.

“A man who has locked everyone out.”

 



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - APRIL 12, 2015

TWO DIFFERENT VIEWS; LIFE IS GOOD; GO WEST YOUNG MAN!; WILLISTON CROSSING; PERSISTENT POVERTY; ONE RESERVATION IS AN EXCEPTION; LEGAL STANDOFF; MINNESOTA HMONG; DRUGS FOLLOW MONEY; IT'S NOT REAL MONEY; DON’T LET THIS BUG YOU; GRATEFUL SON; DAKTOIDS



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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
JOHN F. MCMANUS: AN EASTER MEDITATION - RESURRECTION APPARITIONS OF CHRIST

On the first Easter Sunday, the day when Jesus Christ rose from the dead, He made Himself known on six occasions. The great Benedictine Abbot Dom Gueranger refers to the six incidents as "apparitions" and he supplies extremely valuable commentaries in his voluminous work entitled The Liturgical Year.



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: POLITICAL MANIPULATION BY EXPLOITING ECONOMIC IGNORANCE

If tobacco is a luxury, gasoline isn’t. Don’t blame the oil companies for the high cost of gasoline. Thank your greedy legislators for that. Reformulated gas mandated by the Clean Air Act of 1990 push prices up. Mandated use of ethanol may benefit certain farm states but it is twice as expensive as gasoline. It cannot be effectively piped and must therefore be shipped by barge, truck, or rail -- another added expense. And then there are the taxes. Federal and state taxes alone account for 1/3 the price of gasoline at the pump. All of these added costs for gasoline are imposed by legislators who count on the public’s ignorance of economics to impose their way.

 

People voting for the economic illusion of “free” things perpetrated by the political class are putty in the hands of their elected overlords. A blind electorate typically gets what it deserves.

 



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - APRIL 6, 2015

HOW THOUGHTFUL!; KINDER AND MORE MODERATE COMMENTS; YES, THERE IS IRONY; UND WON THE WESTERN REGION PLAYOFFS; THE NICKNAME IS NOT FORGOTTE; AVERAGES CAN BE DECEPTIVE; WAS SHE WEARING A SCARF?; WAITING FOR THE NEW ARRIVALS, GOOD EXAMPLES?; FOREWARNED IS FOREARMED; DAKOTA SPIRIT AgENERGY; WELL NOW!; DAKTOIDS



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Dustin Gawrylow
DUSTIN GAWRYLOW: N.D. HOUSE GUTS SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION FINANCE BILL

The fact remains, by leaving school districts in the lurch until July 2016, some schools may see the need to see traditional bond issues, and pay higher interest rates. That translates into higher property taxes.

After all the money put into education over the years in the name of reducing property taxes, the House seems to be ready to put the kabosh on a plan that only has a $19 million price tag, but could save local taxpayers well in excess of that over a 20 year period.

It's a new reality that won't go unnoticed.

 



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: EASTER - CELEBRATING ONE SOLITARY LIFE

I found it refreshing to think again about the blessings bestowed upon the cultures of this world by Christianity.

            --Established a multitude of hospitals throughout the world from the Middle Ages onward.

            --Founded many universities and centers of learning also dating from the Middle Ages.

            --Fostered literacy and education across cultures.

            --Developed the economic basis of free-enterprise.

            --Gave the world the foundation of representative government.

            --Delineated the idea of separation of powers within governments.

            --Provided the genesis of civil liberties.

            --Initiated the centuries-long struggle against slavery beginning in the Roman era. (Slavery was practiced in all cultures long, long before the American experience.)

            --Laid the foundation of modern science.

            --Elevated women to a status of equality.

            --Elevated the common man to a status of equality.

            --Established many continuing charities and benevolent organizations.

            --Laid the groundwork for higher standards of justice.

            --Provided the context and perspective of deviant sexuality including adultery, pornography and homosexuality.

            --Uniquely valued human life, especially with regard to the elderly, infirm and unborn.

            --Codified and wrote many of the world’s languages.

            --Brought a civilizing effect to many primitive cultures.

            --Inspired some of the world’s greatest works of art, music and literature.

            --Transformed untold numbers of people into valued members of their respective cultures.

 



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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
CHARLES G. MILLS : “OUR DAILY BREAD”

The beginning of the Lord's Prayer reflects the first two of the Ten Commandments and the first great commandment to love God above all else.



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

FORGET COST; UTOPIAN DREAMS; BE READY!; IT’S OBVIOUS; SLOWDOWN IN SIGHT?; LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD; GET A BIGGER PIECE OF THE PIE; THE MINNESOTA SHAKOPEE SIOUX; THE FORT BERTHOLD RESERVATION F RACKING RULES; HAT NOW?; WELL SAID; MARCH 21, 2005; SLIPPED THROUGH HIS FINGERS; SUSAN WEFALD; GUESS WHO WROTE THIS OBITUARY; THERE IS AN UPROAR; DAKTOIDS 



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: MIDDLECLASS AND THE MYTH OF THE LITTLE GUY

Here is the great hypocrisy. “Leaders” in Washington, the most expensive place to live, claim to do everything for the “little guy.” They claim to stand up for him and defend him. Believing this, the “little guy” continues to vote for liberal politicians because he believes they are looking out for him. Meanwhile, the political class of our nation surround themselves with unbelievable luxury. Beginning with the president, they have hijacked the wealth of the nation; given it to themselves, their friends and their families; and live and vacation in ways the “little guy” could never dream of. The esteemed political leadership has robbed America blind.

The myth that liberals and Democrats stand with the middleclass and “little guy” is embarrassing. It’s time to defeat the myth.

 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. EARL TILFORD: AIR POWER DEPENDENCE - THE GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY OF BAD DECISIONS

Fifty years ago, to satisfy domestic political considerations, President Lyndon Johnson chose air power to avoid a ground war in Vietnam. History reveals that the strategy didn’t work. In this interesting article, Dr. Earl Tilford examines the last 50 years of American war strategy and argues that the current administration “would do well to study Johnson administration decision making in 1964 and 1965.” 



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

A WILD SWING; THE WALL STREET JOURNAL; A LITTLE NOTE TO EASTERN LEGISLATORS; GIVE US OIL MONEY!; GO SLOW, OR ELSE UND; BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW; MAYBE IT’S TIME TO . . .; STICK ‘EM UP; NORWAY TO ND; DAKTOIDS



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Dustin Gawrylow
DUSTIN GAWRYLOW: INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION OPPOSES WAWS REFORM BILLS

 

 

Since last month's update on the WAWS Reform effort, the Senate overwhelmingly approved both bills that were introduced to start the process of reining in the Western Area Water Supply Authority.

Perhaps the State House which voted 61-27 on House Bill 1187 to significantly reduce the Industrial Commission's rule-making powers will take issue with the Industrial Commission trying to interfere with the legislature's on-going work.



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - MARCH 15, 2015

ONCE, ND DID NOT LIKE LISTS; SURGE MONEY; CARNAGE IN OIL COUNTRY; WATFORD CITY; MAN CAMPS; GRAND FORKS GROWS ANXIOUS; TITAN MACHINERY; WATCH TITAN CLOSELY; BE ALERT FOR “INTELLIGENT DOZERS”; DON’T CALL US MIDWESTERNERS; U-HAUL FRANCHISES; DAKTOIDS



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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
CHRISTOPHER MANION: TIME FOR TRUTH - CONSERVATIVE COWARDICE

If there is one common theme in the religious, cultural, and political collapse which we see all around us, it is cowardice.

The cowardice seems to be contagious. Today, true conservatives shudder as the historic Republican Congress and Senate shrink from their responsibilities. Yes, the pols insist - properly - that Obama is ignoring his constitutional duties while flouting the law. But they refuse to exercise the powers conferred upon them by the Constitution to address those crimes and misdemeanors.



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Selwyn Duke
SELWYN DUKE: AMNESTY PLAN - LEGALIZE FOREIGNERS, “TAKE OVER THE HOST

Obama’s amnesty plan is to use illegal aliens as “seedlings,” said the federal officials. They will “navigate, not assimilate,” as they “take over the host,” create a “country within a country” and start “pushing the citizens into the shadows.

Welcome to the “fundamental transformation” of America.

The Left was very successful boiling the frog slowly with the legal importation of socialist voters and the gradual transformation of our culture via entertainment, the media and academia. But liberals’ childish haste may have led to a tactical error. By going all in on executive orders and amnesty — by transitioning from evolutionary to revolutionary change and turning the burner up high — the Left risks rousing that frog from his pan. And how should it jump?

 



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: QUOTES - DUMB AND DUMBER

Without fail, perusing the news will always reveal political quotes generating some irreverent humor. Try these.



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Beacon Author
DR. PAUL KENGOR: ATTACKS ON SCOTT WALKER REMIND OF REAGAN

As soon as a conservative Republican emerges as a serious presidential frontrunner,liberals in the media suddenly yank out the microscopes they’ve been keeping away from Barack Obama since 2007. They could care less what Obama did in college, how he got into college, who paid for his college, who wrote his letters of recommendation, what his grades were, and on and on—but we already know everything about Scott Walker and college. Obama’s media protectors could give a rip that he had a mentor who was a literal card-carrying member of the Communist Party in the Stalin era. But as soon as someone like Scott Walker starts gaining ground, wow, “journalists” lunge for the magnifying glass and became real reporters again, profusely digging and questioning, looking for mole holes to make into vast mountains of scandal.



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - MARCH 7, 2015

IT PAYS TO HAVE A GOOD ATTORNEY; DEMAND DOWN; IT PAYS TO BE PRUDENT; WAITING FOR THE RECKONING; DON’T DISREGARD THE PRESS; FIRE KELLEY; DIVIDE AND CONQUER; FIRE!; NO RESPECT; DRUG PIPELINES; THEY WOULDN’T BELIEVE HER; A LITTLE REDUNDANCY WOULD HELP; DAKTOIDS



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Dustin Gawrylow
DUSTIN GAWRYLOW: LET’S PREVENT A 2017 BUDGET CRISIS

While legislators await a new more formal revenue forecast due by the middle of March, it is worth pointing out where things stand now that the legislature has returned from it's half-time crossover break.

According to the latest numbers, taking into account the actions of both chambers, there is currently a tentative budget deficit of $178 million dollars.

While waiting for the new numbers, legislators should consider what they would rather do - cut 5% from spending this time, and be ok next time, or roll the dice and risk having to make serious cuts?

In either case, addressing one-time needs with money in the bank is part of a prudent plan - making cuts there, but not in on-going spending - is not something that will sit well with those in the Bakken.

While waiting for the new numbers, legislators should consider what they would rather do - cut 5% from spending this time, and be ok next time, or roll the dice and risk having to make serious cuts?

In either case, addressing one-time needs with money in the bank is part of a prudent plan - making cuts there, but not in on-going spending - is not something that will sit well with those in the Bakken.


 



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Steve Cates
STEVE CATES: PRESIDENT OBAMA, ARNE DUNCAN AND DAVID AXELROD CLAIM OBAMACORE AS THEIR CREATION
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In Obama's own words: Common Core is ObamaCore

North Dakota’s education system is being transformed. The transformation is being done through the adoption and implementation of Common Core. Common Core is not simply a set of standards but is the basis, using the federal Race To The Top program to TRANSFORM our state’s education system. This transformation was designed, pushed, managed, and financed, by the Obama Administration Department of Education.

Before America began to understand Common Core and thus opposition grew, Arne Duncan and Barack Obama could not praise their program of NATIONAL TRANSFORMATIONAL REFORM enough. In February of 2010 at the National Governors’ Association meeting President Obama attended that meeting and announced his two major national reforms that he would be working with governors to implement – health care and education.

 



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: SIGNS OF AMERICA IN DECLINE?

Observing the passing scene begs the question, “Is America in decline?”

This can be a touchy issue. Some, with a false sense of pride, might scoff. Others might ignore the question with a whiff of denial. Still others sense an uneasiness they can’t articulate.

With the coarsening of our culture, our society’s sense of meaning is reduced to material and sexual context. If anything, our culture has devolved into individuals fixated more on personal identity and less on cultural unity. Do we even have a collective national soul?

Observing culture and society from the perspective of the passing scene, progress does not appear encouraging in the near term.

 

 



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