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CACTUS SUE MAXWELL:  THE CASE FOR REVOLTING DELEGATES


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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: U.S. MILITARY IS IN TROUBLE

Military personnel observe the way they are funded, equipped and trained by congress and the president. Retirees in particular have been the best recruiters for the next generation of military volunteers. No more. In recent years the perception of treatment of military service by our congress and president has been “...and don’t let the door hit you in butt on the way out.” The nation’s defense will incur a greater penalty in personnel, equipment and training readiness if sequestration is not corrected.

Please, Senator Hoeven. Please Senator Heitkamp. Get off your duff and address the declining military readiness situation before the 114th Congress comes to a close and you pass the buck to the 115th Congress

 



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

; ROUGH RIDE AHEAD; THROWING IN THE TOWEL; TEAM ND; SCHEELS;  FORUM COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY; MINNESOTA'S BLACK EYE; SEPARATE REALITIES; JUMPING THE GUN?; ARE THEY PARTING?; OLD ENOUGH TO KNOW BETTER; JAMES HENRIKSON; DAKTOIDS



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. GARY WILTON: THOSE COLLEGE NIGHTMARES - MINE AND YOURS

Dream surveys consistently show that dreaming about being back in school is among the top three content areas of our adult dreams. College is often described as being the best years of our lives (though I don’t care to repeat those years), yet our college dreams are more often nightmares than glowing memories.



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS:  A MAN IN THE MIRROR

A presidential candidate apparently unhinged.



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS: DEFENDING THE RIGHT TO CONSCIENCE

Those who support Trump now may not know in the end whether they would have found Trump to be the deep-dyed liberal Democrat he has been for 70 years now as President because it is unlikely he will be elected if he is the nominee.



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: RACIST AMERICA?

Over a hundred years ago Booker T. Washington, Negro educator and founder of Tuskegee Institute (1881), identified a problem that continues to plague us today.

“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.

It would seem that little racial progress has been made in the past century because of those who sustain and profit from it. On the other hand, and as a consolation, the old meaningless epithet “racist” is dying a natural death. Fare well.

 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. JOHN SPARKS: JUSTICE BLACK SEES TEXAS ABORTION RULING - 50 YEARS AGO

Two weeks ago, the Supreme Court struck down a Texas law that required abortion clinics to meet the same standards as any other Texas ambulatory surgical center. Does this decision suggest a clash between state legislatures and federal judges who are arrogating more and more power to themselves? And did former Justice Hugo Black see this coming over a half century ago? In this article, constitutional scholar Dr. John Sparks discusses the current ruling while examining Justice Black’s warning from 51 years ago.  

 



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JULY 11, 2016

NORTH DAKOTA DOUBLE WHAMMY; CAUSE AND EFFECT?; REPUBLICAN SPENDING AMBUSH: “FRACK MASTER”; THERE IS MORE DOPE HERE THAN EVER; DUELING EDITORIALS; SPRING HOUSECLEANING; SCHAFER'S PERFORMANCE: HE'S GOT RESUME; UND'S SURPLUS OF COLLABORATION; FARGO FORUM MORE THAN INTERESTED; MINNESOTA SOMLI!; HOMELESS JESUS; DAKTOIDS



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. EARL TILFORD: THE GONG SHOW ELECTION OF 2016

The Gong Show was a short-lived TV game show that first appeared on NBC in the 1970s. The show featured amateur performers with three judges awarding prizes to the least deplorable performance. In this interesting article, Dr. Earl Tilford uses the game show to draw a comparison to today’s political climate. Tilford writes, “In 2016, unless the Democratic Party and the Republican Party conventions experience a few moments of temporary sanity, the electorate will be choosing between candidates with political acumen best suited for The Gong Show.” 



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Center for Vision & Values
JOSEPH SOBRAN: EQUALIY RUN AMOK

"It was often apparent that what "minorities" were after was
not equality, but privileged treatment. Or, in a word, power," writes Joe Sobran in a classic column* from 2004. 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. JOHN SPARKS: THE TRUTH ABOUT SOCIALISM - VENEZUELA DESTROYS IT’S CURRENCY

Recent news coverage has shown images of Venezuelans standing in line for hours hoping for the opportunity to shop at a grocery store to buy bread and milk. And, unfortunately, sometimes the waiting turned to rioting. In this must-read follow-up to his popular article on the perils of socialism in Venezuela, Dr. John Sparks examines yet another disastrous policy embraced by the government: Inflation of its money supply. Sparks asks, “Has Venezuela entered into the final phase of monetary destruction, namely: hyper-inflation?” 



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Selwyn Duke
SELWYN DUKE: KILLING BBQ AND MAKING LIBERALS EVEM ,MORE CRAZY

Definitions limit; they exclude what doesn’t meet the definition. You can have tradition and exclude iconoclasts, or you can make today’s iconoclasm tomorrow’s norms and exclude traditionalists. But you can’t have your gluten-free cake and eat it, too.

As for health, every civilization has a nut allergy. The Rauzi realm’s dietary and voting decisions make plain that nuts abound in our nation today — and all of America is descending into anaphylactic shock. 

 



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRCIK: AN OPEN LETTER TO SENATOR JOHN HOEVEN

Certainly Senator Hoeven, you have done good work supporting reformed medical care in the Veterans Administration, but that effort is a long, long way from bearing fruit. Active and retired military should not be dumped into a broken VA system with promises that things will improve someday.

In conclusion, please rethink your position on sequestration and its impact on the active force as well as the medical needs of military retirees. This is no time to waffle.

 



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS:  AN OPEN LETTER TO TEA PARTY PATRIOTS ON INDEPENDENCE DAY - END POLITICAL WELFARE

After seven years, the Northwest Tea Party Patriots are calling it a day.  Their experience, as well as their contribution deserves our attention.



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. l. JOHN VAN TIL: CONSCIENCE AND REPUBLICAN CONVENTION DELEGATE VOTING RULES

The state of Virginia has a statute that requires delegates to the national political conventions to vote for the winners of the primaries. But late last week, a delegate from Virginia filed a suit in federal court claiming that the statute violated his rights of conscience under the religion clause of the First Amendment. In this interesting article, Dr. L. John Van Til examines the law as well as the Republican party rules and asks: “If all delegates are ultimately free to vote their conscience on all ballots is it possible that large numbers of delegates could change their ‘bound vote’ status and/or abstain from voting?” 



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: TIME FOR SOME GOOD OLD FASHIONED DIVERSION

Every now and then it is healthy to take a break from the incessant news coverage of campaigns, elections, tyrannical government bureaucrats and their stupid rules and regulations.

With little effort, I’ve settled into part of my summer reading. 

Why not leave this topsy-turvy world behind for a little while. It isn’t going anywhere. It will be there when we get back.

Occasionally the better part of wisdom is to withdraw for a time with a bit of humorous diversion. Truly, laughter is the best medicine.

 

 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. GARY S. SMITH: ALEXANDER HAMILTON AND AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE

Before the new hit musical “Hamilton,” most Americans probably knew little about Alexander Hamilton, perhaps only that he penned many of the Federalist Papers, served as the first Secretary of the Treasury (his picture is on the $10 bill), and was killed in a duel by Vice President Aaron Burr.

To help celebrate America’s Independence, scholar Dr. Gary S. Smith examines Hamilton’s life and extraordinary career (from childhood to the duel) and suggests: “As we sing patriotic songs, watch parades and fireworks, and eat quintessentially American cuisine on July 4th, let us remember the role that Alexander Hamilton played in procuring and ensuring our independence.”

 



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Beacon Author
CACTUS SUE MAXWELL:  THE CASE FOR REVOLTING DELEGATES

It's just simple logic that the preference of a majority, as opposed to the preference of a plurality, is the more accurate reflection of the will of the voters.  Needless to say, none of this precludes the possibility that the preference of a plurality and the preference of the majority could turn out to be one and the same.  A runoff tests this proposition.




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Selwyn Duke
AR-15 AND SELWYN DUKE:  AR-15 SPEAKS! A NEW — AND REAL — ANTI-

Hi, my name is AR-15. Some of you know me, but many more of you know of me — through the media. But you may not know the real me.

I’m that cool, sleek-looking black gun you’ve seen profiled by the press. They put me in newspapers and on TV, showing my picture as if it’s a mug shot, even though I’ve never committed a crime. Oh, bad people have at times used (and abused) me to do bad things, but not really that often; as even The New York Times admitted in 2014, firearms such as me — which that paper and others call “assault weapons” — are only used in two percent of gun crimes (most are perpetrated with handguns).

And that’s another thing. For a long time I didn’t mind the misnomer; it massaged my ego and made me feel like the big man on the block when I was called an “assault weapon.”

 



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JUNE 27, 2016

GF HERALD POLL - 4 TO 1 AGAINST NEW LOGO; BISMARCK LOSES A RENAISSANCE MAN; A PERUVIAN ARTIST; STATE IS NOT SO ROSY; DICKINSON IN DEBT; CREW CAMPS WIN; SANFORD HEALTH LIKE GIANT BLOB; THE ND AP SPORTS WRITERS AND BROADCASTERS; THE INDIAN HEALTH SERVICES; THE TWIN CITIES AREA; VALRIA SILVA; MINNESOTA’S CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION; DAKTOIDS



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS: NEVER TRUMP!

Not only is Donald Trump a repulsive example of depravity and personal irresponsibility, he is a danger to American freedom and to world financial and political stability.  He is not worth your vote or mine.  The big lever being used to put him over is “he is better than Hillary” or “ANYTHING is better than Hillary”.  But is he?



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS:  MOB RULE?  AUTHORITARIANSIM? ASK BEN CARSON

If we follow Carson’s “logic” to its inevitable conclusion we have someone advocating the abandonment of our Constitution because the mob wants it abandoned.  It has nothing to do with our rights or our laws. 

It was for people like Dr. Carson that these laws were cast in stone. 



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: THE FERGUSON EFFECT AND BLACK LIVES MATTER

Murder rates in many cities skyrocketed in 2015 and 2016. The reason given is the reduction of proactive policing in high crime neighborhoods of many US cities. And, the reason for the reduction of proactive policing is, as a minimum, the fear by police of recrimination and of being wrongly accused of racism in pursuit of their duties. Proactive policing by officers sparked a backlash by the politically correct race industry. This, in turn, generated physical reprisals and executions of police by civilians. Such withdrawal by police of vigorous law enforcement from crime-ridden areas is known as the “Ferguson Effect.”

The anti-cop dogma of Black Lives Matter maintains that enforcement actions must parallel population data otherwise the police are considered “racist.” Returning again to New York City as an example demonstrates the stupidity of this dogma. In New York City blacks comprise 23 percent of the population. Coupled with Hispanics they total 98 percent of all gunfire in the city. Whites are 33 percent of the population but they account for less than 2 percent of all shootings. Therefore, every time New York City police are called to shooting incidents they are destined for minority neighborhoods looking for minority suspects. The use of proactive tactics in minority neighborhoods is warranted. Unfortunately, proactive tactics are on the decline as a result of the “Ferguson Effect.”



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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
ROBERT HALE: IS THERE HOPE FOR THE IGNORANT AND HYPERSENSITIVE?

One thing is certain -- the extent of people's capacity for ignorance and hypersensitivity cannot be underestimated.


A harsh statement? I know. As one among billions on earth, I would like to offer my advice for the billions (I hope) of normal, rational, thoughtful, secure, and balanced humans who must live among the ignorant
and hypersensitive. 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. JOHN SPARKS: THE TRUTH ABVOUT SOCIALISM - THE VENEZUELAN DISASTER

Recently, some Americans are finding socialism attractive—at least as presented by Bernie Sanders on the campaign trail. But there is ample and dramatic evidence of how a full-fledged socialist state fails its own citizens. Take the country of Venezuela for example. In this interesting article, Dr. John Sparks looks at the falling economy in Venezuela and argues that the last 18 years of socialism, “have left the economy in shambles and the living standards of Venezuelans falling to a level that can only be described as intolerable.” 



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JUNE 20, 2016

DOUG BURGUM; CROSSOVERS; WIDESPREAD VICTORY; RESET BUTTON; MEASURE 1; GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT; WELL-DESERVED; OVERREACHING REGULATIONS; BEAUTIES IN WILLISTON; MISS GRAND FORKS; TOM CLIFFORD; A PEREGRINE FALCON CHICK; WIN A FEW, LOSE A FEW; HERE HE COMES AGAIN; BLACKS AND PRISON; DAKTOIDS



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Beacon Author
GARY EMINETH: IS POLITICS WORTH IT?


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Selwyn Duke
SELWYN DUKE: MISSING THE POINT ON THE “TRANSGENDER” BATHROOM WARS

To wit: this has nothing to do with men masquerading as women so effectively that they can use a women’s bathroom while raising nary an eyebrow. Such men obviously don’t need a law to gain access to the girl’s room.

This is about socially reengineering society — about changing hearts and minds — by legitimizing made-up sexual statuses.

Please make sure you’ve fully digested the above line before continuing. 

 



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS:  WE’RE IN JIHAD WHETHER WE CALL IT THAT OR NOT

We have a very serious – no, an existential – problem in America with our failed, decimated immigration “policy”.



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. MARK HENDRICK: HAPPY FATHER’S DAY, JEAN

As Father’s Day approaches, Dr. Mark Hendrickson observes, “Father's Day invites us to ponder the father figures we have known—not just our biological fathers, but any man who has blessed us with fatherly action at some point in our lives.” To help commemorate the day, Hendrickson writes a personal tribute to a man whose paternal kindness helped save his life many years ago. 

 



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