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SALLY MORRIS:  ROY MOORE - A DILEMMA FOR THE GOP

If there is anyone on Planet Earth this side of Harvey Weinstein who should keep his mouth tightly shut on the topic of the conduct or judgment of others it is Trump.



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS:  SELF-PRESERVATION IN AMERICA IN 2017

Paxton predicts this will happen again. Laws against guns only keep guns out of the hands of the law-abiding. There were laws in place to prevent Devin Kelley from acquiring a gun. He just didn't obey them.



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS:  CALIFORNIA HELL

There is a good case to be made for excising California from the United States republic. If they don't see fit to secede on their own, I suggest we explore this route.



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Center for Vision & Values
RICHARD D. KOCUR: DO NO HARM - WHAT WOULD HIPPOCRATES THINK?

The National Health Service—Great Britain’s socialized medical system—recently released treatment guidelines stating that patients who are obese or who smoke will be banned from receiving “non-urgent” surgeries. Why the new policy? In this article, Richard D. Kocur examines the guidelines and argues that it “cuts to the heart of why socialized medicine ultimately fails those whom it is designed to serve.”



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: THE PASSING SCENE

“Bipartisan” is defined as anything consisting of, or supported by, members of two parties, especially two major political parties. That is the definition of the word.

 As practiced, however, bipartisanship is used as a public opinion weapon in the hands of the public. It is hoped that calls for bipartisanship will help beat an opponent into submission. What is said is one thing. What is actually done is another. Calls for bipartisanship become a semantics power game.

Bipartisanship is a staged propaganda event, short and simple.

Are Americans in favor of cooperation? Yes.

 Bipartisanship? Take a knee.

 

 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. JOHN SPARKS: COLORADO’S “HALF-BAKED” DECISION

An upcoming argument before the Supreme Court will ask the question: Should a baker in Colorado be compelled by the state to make a cake for a same-sex wedding reception when the baker has religious and free-speech objections to using his artistry that way? Will the Supreme Court uphold the right of Americans to be free from being compelled by the state to express a message against one’s beliefs? In this article, Dr. John Sparks examines the case and what is at stake in this important upcoming decision.



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Selwyn Duke
SELWYN DUKE: WHY I OPPOSE BANNING BUMP STOCKS

No more free-association gun legislating. No more shots in the dark. No more making it up as you go along. For example:

  • You say bump stocks allow a person to fire too rapidly. Okay, what exactly is the maximum number of rounds per minute a weapon available to the public should be capable of firing? What’s your reasoning?
  • “High-capacity magazines” is an ambiguous term. Exactly what size magazine should citizens be allowed to own? What’s your reasoning?
  • Don’t tell us about “high-powered rifles.” Tell us exactly what the maximum muzzle velocity of a publicly available firearm should be. What’s your reasoning?
  • Another ambiguous (and misleading) term is “armor-piercing ammunition.” What exactly should the maximum penetration power of a publicly available round be? What’s your reasoning?

Once you formulate your concrete vision (for the first time in your lives), please present it. If we accept it, though, note what the agreement means: You don’t get to ask for more anti-gun laws ever again. There’s no more politicizing of the issue after every shooting. The vision is conceived, articulated, agreed upon — and then set in stone.

Of course, I’m sure there’s no way to make such a thing legally binding, and no other agreement with liberals is worth the paper it’s printed on. The point is that without such a vision’s presentation we shouldn’t even take anti-gun proposals seriously. Doing otherwise is akin to pandering to children (and liberals are overgrown children) when they stamp their feet and scream about what they want right now, “just because.”

This doesn’t mean we should be totally averse to compromise. So try this on for size: I propose reducing the 22,000 anti-gun laws currently on the books by 10,000. If that’s unacceptable, however, I’ll agree to a 5,000-law reduction — for now. There’s always next year’s negotiation, after all.

 



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: THE RUSSIANS DID IT!

According to the narrative manufactured by the Democrat left, promoted by the liberal media and never challenged by the Republican never-Trumpers, the duly elected President Trump won the 2016 campaign with collusion by the Russians. As can be seen in the following quotes that is laughable!



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. GEORGE VAN PELT CAMPBELL: THE NASHVILLE STATEMENT: WHY I SIGNED

In late August, a coalition of Christian leaders released the Nashville Statement—a document affirming their beliefs regarding human sexuality—which has over 17,000 signers to date. In this article, Dr. George Van Pelt Campbell explains why he chose to sign. Campbell writes, “The primary reason I signed the Nashville Statement is that, with many other Christians, I believe it expresses truth.”



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Schmid
DENNIS PATRICK: THE WORLD OF ECCENTRIC BOOK LOVERS

Book lovers are in a class of their own. Bibliophiles, the technical term for these gentle folks of bookish behavior, have unbridled affection and unquenchable thirst for the printed word.

Biblioclepts, for example, are people who steal books.

Biblioclasts destroy books.

Bibliotaphs are those who love their books so much they bury them.

Bibliophagi, undoubtedly the most bizarre among book lovers, are people who virtually eat the printed word.

For bibliomanes, quantity counts. 

In the face of the enormous challenge from technology and electronic devices the world of books is held at bay like aliens from another world. Families gather around the TV for an evening of non-interaction. Books collect dust as individuals peck away distractedly on their devices.

However, as long as people have ideas to share and there are readers who seek understanding, there will always be books.

Where books are found, so are literary addictions.




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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - OCTOBER 12, 2017

UND PROGRAMS WITHOUT LEADERS; DYSFUNCTIONAL SYSTEM; THE ND AND MN GOVERNORS; THE HAROLD NEWMAN ARENA; KATHRYN BURGUM EXCEPTION; SHAQ O'NEAL; WITNESSES TO TRAGEDY; DO YOU FEEL A LITTLE WARMER?; REZ ALCOHOL TAX; LESS TAX FOR NODAKS; WINONA LADUKE; DAKTOIDS



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Center for Vision & Values
NEW YORK TIMES: COMMUNISM “MADE LIFE BETTER” FOR CHINESE WOMEN

October 2017 observes the centenary of communism—a time to solemnly mark the 100 years by reflecting on the fact that an estimated 100 million people lost their lives under communist governments. However, last week the New York Times ran an article that suggested communism was a good thing for women. In this article that first appeared at The American Spectator, Dr. Paul Kengor counters the Times piece and argues that many facts about communism were left out. Kengor writes, “Quite astonishingly, the article makes no mention of poverty or starvation for women in communist China, where more people died than in any other country under communism.”

 



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Selwyn Duke
SELWYN DUKE: DEMOCRATS POLITICIZE LAS VEGAS BEFORE BLOOD EVEN DRY

If anti-gun laws are a good idea now, they’ll also be a good idea later, when the emotion surrounding Las Vegas has subsided. But since facts and reason aren’t on the leftists’ side, they’re left to appeal to emotion — and that’s most easily done when blood is still on the ground. 

 



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

THE LAST MANSION HURRAH; ONE OF ND'S LARGEST FARMS; OIL PATCH HANGOVER; SCANDINAVIAN/GRAND FORKS TEAMWORK; MARK HAGEROTT; IMPULSIVE CARSON WENTZ; BIG SPENDERS; FALL FROM GRACE CHAIRMAN; EPIDEMIC; DAKTOIDS



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: THE RULING CLASS HAS NO CLASS

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” 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.

It is easy for The Ruling Class to give the appearance of “getting things done” by voting on non-controversial measures they know in advance won’t go anywhere. These are “safe” votes that can be sold to their constituents as “bipartisan” efforts.

 On hard issues requiring leadership such as income tax reform, immigration and border security as well as repealing Obamacare, the Ruling Class resolved nothing. Our Senators and Representatives have talked a good fight for years. Yet, through those years, nothing substantive has been accomplished. It is time to drain the swamp starting with the 2018 primaries and conventions.

 

 



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS: WHAT SHALL WE DO ABOUT ALL THIS KNEELING?

Trump has encouraged firings of the players involved and boycotts of football. In the former I disagree – it looks very unhealthy to me to urge firings for expressions of thought, however nebulous the "thought" may be. In the latter, this, at least, utilized the free market and free will to show disapproval and encourage the change we want as a majority of patriotic Americans.



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Center for Vision & Values
MARLON “BIG DOG” BROWN: A STORY OF HOPE AND REDEMPTION

Meet “Big Dog” Brown: From a troubled childhood to multiple stints in prison, Brown’s story is a remarkable journey of God’s love and grace. In this article, Dr. Gary S. Smith tells Big Dog’s story and highlights the importance of Christian charity and compassion. Smith writes, “A compassionate adult might have helped Brown develop better self-esteem, avoid drugs, and come to know Christ at an earlier age. Sadly, hundreds of thousands of children are growing up today in situations similar to the one in which Brown was raised.” Click below for more.



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS: SHOULD WE AGREE TO STARVE THE INFIRM?

We are not God. We do not have a right to arbitrarily determine that a life is not "viable" or worth saving or worth living.



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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
JOSEPH SOBRAN: THE CROSS AND THE SWASTIKA

The most audacious entry in the campaign to equate Catholicism and anti-Semitism is that of Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, author of A Moral Reckoning: The Catholic Church during the Holocaust and Today.

In Goldhagen’s mind, the Cross begot the Swastika. Nazism was the updated spawn of the earliest Christian teachings and the Holocaust was their fulfillment.

But Pius XII isn’t Goldhagen’s ultimate target; Christianity is. He contends that the central Christian doctrine — the doctrine of the Crucifixion — is anti-Semitic!



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - SEPTEMBER 11, 2017

PRESIDENT TRUMP IN MANDAN; GUESTS ON AIR FORCE ONE; U.S. SEN. HEIDI HEITKAMP; ACROSS THE WIDE MISSOURI; LIFE OF HARD WORK; GRANDMA BOOP; CONTRADITCION; FORTY DEFICIENCIES; FISHER INDUSTRIES; MOGADISHU, MINNESOTA CANCELED; HMON; THE AGERICAN GREAT LOOP; STICKER SHOCK; DAKTOIDS



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. PAUL KENGOR: FORGOTTEN CONSERVATIVE: REMEMBERING GEORGE SCHUYLER

It has been 40 years since George Schuyler died. It is a shame that he has gone largely forgotten and overlooked. Schuyler was a man with a mighty pen—a top journalist at one of the nation’s top newspapers. In this article that first appeared at The American Spectator, Dr. Paul Kengor remembers Schuyler and argues that he was a great American and deserves more recognition.



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

SAVANNA GREYWIND; JUSTICE DELAYED; WAGE SLUMP; SHOWDOWN; THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX/ GREENPEACE; MARVIN WINDOWS; OUTMATCHED; JAMESTOWN; SMALL BUT MIGHTY; THROWBACKS; CRUEL ADVICE; DAKTOIDS



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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
ROBERT HALE: THE PROGENY OF THE LOVE GENERATION - “MS. SNOWFLAKE”

It should surprise no one that so many Americans hold our Congress in such low esteem. Americans know intuitively that something is seriously wrong in America, but cannot put their finger on the problem. They see our communities and nation disintegrating. But why?

In large part, it has to do with the fruits of the 1970's Love Generation’s disrespect for authority, responsibility, striving for excellence and civil discourse.

The children of the Love Generation managed to pull off a virtual takeover of America's once superlative education system. Today our children are not educated, they are indoctrinated by these loveless Love Children.

The rule of law in America is on life support. Laws are brushed aside when they conflict with feelings. Laws enacted today have little or nothing to do with fundamental concepts of right, wrong, reason or logic.

 



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS: FEDERAL ARMING OF LOCAL POLICE A MISTAKE

Perhaps you are unaware of the stealth with which the federal government has insinuated itself into our law enforcement but it is there in funding of personnel and "gifts" of equipment and even possibly training. Your local police probably have a repurposed fire station or bus garage full of the stuff.



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Lynn Bergman
LYNN BERGMAN: COURAGE, WORK, AND LESSER OF EVILS

It is my firm belief that the only way our country will ever become fully healed is for each and every individual American to be taught at home and by educators, both public and private, that Love = Work + Courage. It is up to all of us individually to do everything we can to teach our young that no road is to long or too tough to travel if “Work” is the opportunity at road's end. It is also our responsibility to instill in our young the “Courage” to travel those roads that seek the self-love that “Work” represents.

 



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - AUGUST 28, 2017

IS THE STATE TALKING TO ITSELF?; JOHN "JACK" HOEVEN; LIVING HIGH; METH; WHITE SUPREMACIST CRAIG COBB; WHE WASHINGTON POST; STILL VERY MUCH ALIVE; CHEERLEADERS;GOV. DOUG BURGUM; WHITEY'S WONDERBAR; FAMOUS DAVES'S; HOME OWNERSHIP FOR BLACKS; DAKTOIDS



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Center for Vision & Values
ROBERT HALE: WHERE HAVE ALL THE STATESMEN GONE?

For those unsure who is a professional politician as opposed to a statesman, consider the following:

– A statesman is a person of bedrock principles and unchanging fundamental truths not guided by expediency.

– A statesman is a person governed by a moral compass -- not public opinion polls – but instead a sense of absolute right and wrong.

– A statesman is a person with a true vision of what the community (large or small) can be, is able to identify problems, can craft solutions for both the short and long term to bring the vision to reality.

Perhaps it is time to finally turn off the pundits and turn out all the professional politicians and seek statesmen as our leaders.

 



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Center for Vision & Values
RICHARD KUCOR: AMERICA’S CHARLIE GARD? THINK AGAIN…THE VALUE OF FREE-MARKET HEALTHCARE

In July, the story of Charlie Gard, the baby stricken with a rare and typically fatal genetic disorder, was the center of international news. Tragically, Charlie passed away. Remarkably, a similar story is now beginning to unfold in the United States. In this article, Richard Kocur looks at the fight of Russell Cruzan III, a four-month-old baby from Michigan who suffers from a variation of the same rare condition as Charlie Gard. 



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GARY EMINETH: ICONS, PROTESTORS, AND A GREEN MONSTER….AUGUST 19, 2017

We have been in Boston this week. Cobblestone streets, The squawk of sea gulls. Bracing salt filled breezes to remind one that the ocean is just over yonder-wherever you go there is something that stirs the soul.

Our youngest son is with us and has one thing on his mind-baseball and Fenway Park.

"Iconic" is the word he used to describe the experience of sitting in the green bleachers - the 37' high wall some 310 feet from home plate looms like a "Green Monstah" (that's New Englander for monster) to remind the batter just where he is and what he's up against. 



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - AUGUST 21, 2017

JOLT IN MINOT; ND HUB CITIES; GRAND SKY; 1HE 11TH ANNUAL UAS SUMMIT; DROUGHT; WAYWARD DRUMMER; IT HAPPENED AGAIN; GUILTY; BOBBY WASN'T AVAILABLE; THE CHURCH OF CASH; LEMMINGS; THEY WANT TO BE "CORRECT"; NEW BOODK; DAKTOIDS



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