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


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SELWYN DUKE: BIKER SHOOTOUT - GOING WACKO OVER RACE IN WACO

Leftists are upset about what they view as a double standard with respect to the Baltimore/Ferguson affair and the recent Waco gang shootout. They’re right, too — there sure is a double standard.

And, as usual, it’s their own.

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Oh, as for the adjectives, it’s self-evident that the Waco criminals are thugs. The reason why the point had to be made in Baltimore is that politicians, media propagandists and race-baiting activists had euphemized the rioters as “protesters” who cared about Freddie Gray (whom they would have knifed in a second for 50 bucks) and had legitimate grievances. So even Obama, in a rare and fleeting moment of lucidity, pointed out the obvious: get off it — they’re just thugs.

 

 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. ALEJANDRO CHAFUEN: BUILDING A LEGACY FOR FREEDOM: REMEMBERING JACK TEMPLETON

Free enterprise has lost an innovative leader and champion. Dr. John (Jack) Marks Templeton, Jr., president of the John Templeton Foundation, made many contributions as a medical doctor, a foundation president, and as a family man. In this warm tribute, Dr. Alejandro Chafuen remembers his friend whose unique vision was “grounded in a humble spirit to improve human understanding, flourishing, and freedom.” 



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS:  AREN’T WE JUST TALKING PRICE?

Putin now has our uranium.  


 



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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
CHARLES G. MILLS: IRELAND’S MARRIAGE PLEBISCITE NEGATES ITS CONSTITUTION’S PREAMBLE

In recent years, however, something unhealthy has occurred in Ireland. Massive propaganda campaigns have undermined confidence in the Church by defaming priests and religious women and fostering false versions of the teachings of Vatican II.

Much damage has been done by the worldwide rebellion against sexual and family morality. In particular, enthusiasm has been growing, in Ireland as in most countries, for pornography, unnatural contraception, homosexual practices, abortion, small families, and forms of "marriage," such as same-sex marriage, previously unknown in the Christian world. The Irish social media have engaged in a relentless campaign for legal recognition of same-sex marriage.

These aberrations may do great damage, but they are too self-destructive to be permanent. If, however, they are incorporated into the nation's constitution by a single majority vote, they can do great damage to the nation's rule of law.



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - MAY 26, 2015

STALKING-HORSE; WATCH OUT!; THE TOWER OF POWER; END OF A RUN; SMALL WORLD; PLAYING FAVORITES; GUESS WHAT SHE WAS COOKING?; THE TOP BABY NAME; WHAT’S THAT BUZZING?; A GLIMPSE OF THE FUTURE; FEWER RIGS, FEWER STUDENTS?; THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN; ALIENATION; MORE CHARGES; DAKTOIDS



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. PAUL KENGOR: SEVEN BROTHERS? A REMARKABLE WORLD WAR II STORY

It started with a letter that said, “My mother, Stella Pietkiewicz, had seven sons serve in WW II. She had the honor to christen the plane, Spirit of Poles, because she had the most sons who served in WW II.” In this must-read Memorial Day tribute, Dr. Paul Kengor relates the remarkable story of a Pennsylvania family who had seven sons serve their country in World War II.



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. MARK HENDRICKSON: MEMORIAL DAY - REMEMBERING LOYCE DEEN OF ALTUS

To help commemorate Memorial Day 2015, Dr. Mark Hendrickson offers a touching tribute to a man who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country during World War II. Loyce Deen, of Altus, Oklahoma, was a man of “character, courage, loyalty and love.” 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. PAUL KENGOR: THE MAN WHO COULD REDEFINE MARRIAGE

Last week the Supreme Court heard arguments regarding same-sex marriage. The Court’s ruling, which is expected in June, could determine if same-sex marriage is protected under the Constitution and if states must recognize same-sex marriages from other states.

Could one “Irish Catholic boy from Sacramento” hold the future of marriage in his hands? In this must-read article, Dr. Paul Kengor examines Justice Anthony Kennedy’s past decisions and asks: Does religion matter? Of course it does. Kengor argues, “The presence or lack thereof, or level of devoutness, is at the heart of where America—from everyday citizens to justices on the high court—stand on this unprecedented cultural novelty called ‘gay marriage.’” 

 



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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
CRAIG TURNER: ADVICE TO THE CITIZENS OF IRELAND -  VOTE “NO” ON THE MARRIAGE REFERENDUM

Ireland has a referendum on Friday that would add this line to the Irish Constitution: "marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex." FGF columnist, Craig Turner, analyzes some of the arguments being put forward in this debate on marriage.



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: PROVIDING MILLENIALS A DIFFERENT VIEW – PART 2

America is an exceptional nation. America is exceptional not because our people are better than others but because we have created an environment of freedom that allows and encourages Americans to be the best they can be. How else other than American exceptionalism can anyone explain how our nation transitioned to greatness from the American Revolution to placing a man on the moon in less than 250 years? World leadership was our crowning glory!

Conservatism remains the belief that every person contains potential greatness and that everybody can be better than they think they can be.

But, this is not the bottom line. Are Millenials up to the task? There is still more to the story.

 



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - MAY 18, 2015

ILLINOIS HAS THE WORST RANKING; THE AVIATION SCHOOL IS DIFFERENT; GOOD JOB; THE FORUM GOT IT UPSIDE DOWN; NO PHOTO FINISHES; OIL BOOM BRINGS A DRUG BOOM; THE RIVERSIDE PLAZA HIGHRISES; THE ECONOMIST; THE AMBER LIGHT IS BLINKING; TROUBLE MOVES FROM EAST TO WEST; GOOD LUCK; SHE WAS THE GLUE; DAKTOIDS



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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
ALLAN C. BROWNFELD: BI-PARTISAN AGREEMENT:  OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IS BROKEN

As crime rates have fallen across the country, the number of people in prison has increased dramatically. More than 2.2 million people are currently incarcerated in U.S. jails and prisons, a 500 per cent increase over the past 40 years. Although the U.S. accounts for about five per cent of the world's population, it houses nearly 25 per cent of the world's prison population. 



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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
ALLAN C. BROWNFELD: “WHITE RACISM” WAS THE SCAPEGOAT IN BALTIMORE, NOT THE CULPRIT

Unrest in Baltimore, and legitimate questions about the death in police custody of Freddie Gray, a young African-American, have produced the usual charges of "white racism" and comparisons with the death of another young black man in Ferguson, Missouri several months ago, as well as similar incidents in North Charleston, South Carolina and Staten Island, New York. Each of these cases is different, and characterizing them as part of a single pattern of police behavior may be missing the reality of what is, in fact, taking place.

Events in Baltimore highlight the crisis being faced in our inner cities -- from a variety of causes, from the de-industrialization of our urban areas due to globalization to the breakdown of the black family and the absence of fathers in the home. No problems can be confronted or resolved if they are misdiagnosed. The charge of "white racism," in reality, is the scapegoat for the problems in Baltimore and other urban areas, not the real culprit.



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: PROVIDING MILLENIALS A DIFFERENT VIEW – PART 1

The Millennial Generation (Generation Y) must not be written off as liberal or otherwise disinterested. Their views are different from those of the Baby Boom Generation of the 1950s or the Generation X of the 1980s. With the Millennials there is still hope.

Political views of Millennials are in flux. They want to have their cake and eat it, too. They want lower taxes. But, they also favor smaller government unless it affects them negatively – like cutting support for student loans. Most Millennials have exorbitant student loan debt and do not want to see federal assistance cut.

Millennials are more likely than any other generation to switch parties. For that reason, Conservatives must do a better job of educating and reaching the Millennial Generation to show them the kind of policies that work. In a sense, their political views are fluid and they have an inherent distrust of the political machine as previous generations knew it.

 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. PAUL KENGOR: THE MAN WHO COULD REDEFINE MARRIAGE

Last week the Supreme Court heard arguments regarding same-sex marriage. The Court’s ruling, which is expected in June, could determine if same-sex marriage is protected under the Constitution and if states must recognize same-sex marriages from other states.

Could one “Irish Catholic boy from Sacramento” hold the future of marriage in his hands? In this must-read article, Dr. Paul Kengor examines Justice Anthony Kennedy’s past decisions and asks: Does religion matter? Of course it does. Kengor argues, “The presence or lack thereof, or level of devoutness, is at the heart of where America—from everyday citizens to justices on the high court—stand on this unprecedented cultural novelty called ‘gay marriage.’” 

 



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - MAY 11, 2015

ANOTHER OIL TRAIN FIRE; THE WALL STREET JOURNAL; HERALD COLUMNIST MIKE JACOBS; UND NICKNAME AVALANCHE; NOT HELPFUL; TOWERS CRUMBLE, BUT PEACE DOESN’T; “A ONE-STOP SHOP FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT”;  WATFORD CITY GROWING PAINS; IT WAS BOUND TO HAPPEN; HEALTHY SELFIES; DAKTOIDS



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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
JOE SOBRAN: FROM DARWIN TO KERVORKIAN

The chief practical result of the theory of evolution is the belief that human life isn't particularly special or sacred. This belief has found expression in mass murder, in the bombing of cities, and in abortion clinics. Today new implications are still being found in it, as witness the career of Dr. Jack Kevorkian.



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Center for Vision & Values
TRACY MILLER: OVERCOMING STAGNANT WAGES - STRONGER UNIONS AND HIGHER MINIMUM WAGES - NOT THE ANSWER

Some economists are making the argument that raising the minimum wage and increasing the number of workers in labor unions will have a significant impact on income and wealth inequality. Not so fast, writes Dr. Tracy Miller in this interesting article. Miller examines the latest data and cautions: “Unions and minimum wages increase the wages of some workers, but at the expense of others.”  

 



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: SPRING IN DAKOTA – THE BACKYARD BIRD SHOW

If I were a cartoonist my feathered friends would provide a never-ending source of material. I would get my ideas observing the antics of the birds at the feeder and bird bath outside my kitchen window.

 

 



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - MAY 5, 2015

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER; TIME TO RELAX; JAMAICAN SCAM ARTISTS; GOING DOWN WITH THE SHIP; FERMENT; SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF REQUIRED; SERIOUS STUFF; “LAND OF 10,000 TERRORISTS”; WANT TO LEARN MORE?; "I DON’T SEE IT REVERSING";  WHAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT MINNESOTA; RECRIMINATION; DAKTOIDS



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Beacon Author
TIM LUND – “YESTERDAY IS OVER”

As it happens, the only people we know for sure who didn’t see Reagan as any sort of political Elvis are the Party moderates.  They first insisted only Ford stood a chance against Carter in ’76, and then that anyone other than Reagan was a safer bet in1980.



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. EARL TILFORD: THE S-300 SLAP DOWN OF AMERICAN DIPLOMACY

Earlier this month, Russia lifted a ban on the sale of a sophisticated air-defense system to Iran. What does this mean for the United States and Israel? How will this impact the current talks on a long-term nuclear deal with Iran? In this must-read article, Dr. Earl Tilford asks, “What can be done?” Tilford outlines possible actions and warns, “Time is critical for possible military action by Israel or the United States. However, the gloved hand of diplomacy succeeds best when sheathed in steeled determination.”



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: COLLECTING AND THE THRILL OF THE HUNT

Whether attracted to stamps, coins, baseball cards or other items, collectors are not just ordinary hobbyists but gatherers smitten with the thrill of the hunt. They are a special breed unto themselves.

I know. I am one.

Collectors attract collectors. Those who experience the thrill of the hunt know what I mean. I welcome hearing from interested bibliophiles who share similar interests.

And the chase goes on.



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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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