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Center for Vision & Values
DR. PAUL KENGOR: WINSTON CHURCHILL’S DARKEST HOUR

In May 1940, western civilization hung in the balance. Pressure was high to negotiate with the Nazis in Great Britain but Winston Churchill stood boldly and refused. Recently, Dr. Paul Kengor watched the new biopic “Darkest Hour.” In this article that first appeared at The American Spectator, Kengor discusses “Darkest Hour” and writes, “This powerful film portrays what [Churchill] was up against and how he prevailed—a rousing lesson from the time and for the ages.”



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Selwyn Duke
SELWYN DUKE: LEFTIST TOILET MOUTHS CONDEMN TRUMP AS THEY CORRUPT NATION

As for Trump, his alleged potty-mouth moment was reported by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), a scoundrel with a history of lying about White House meetings, according to Daily Wire. But whatever the president said, he said in private. This is far different from Durbin, who introduced the story. It’s far different from ex-California Democratic Party chairman John Burton, who led a “F*** Donald Trump!” chant at California’s Democratic Party convention in Sacramento early last year. And it’s far different from CNN and the rest of the effluent-stream media, which, like an exhibitionist, just revel in the chance to flaunt publicly what excites them privately.

They are despicable. May they be the first to drown in the wave of tyranny they invite.

 



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: SELF-INTEREST AND CLASSIC CAPITALISM

Those prone to castigate capitalism as a greed-based economic system would do well to look past demagoguery and invoke objectivity. Historical precedent will help.

Capitalism may not be perfect, but millions of individual decisions based on self-interest in a free society beats relying on a government bureaucracy, committee, commission or politburo deciding who gets what, when, how much and at what price in the distribution of goods, services and accumulated wealth.



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JANUARY 16, 2018

THE NCAA FCS CHAMPIONSHIP; SMALL TOWN BIG DREAMS; AN INCREDIBLE ASSET; ANOTHER PIPELINE; YES, IT’S STRANGE; PLAYING FAST AND LOOSE; “THE HOSPITAL’S BOARD ALL LEFT”; THE ENCHANTED HIGHWAY; ND’S COMMODITY-DRIVEN RECESSION; ND FARMERS; DEPARTMENT STORE CLOSINGS; HENRY; DAKTOIDS



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Selwyn Duke
SELWYN DUKE: IS KILLING TRUMP THE DEEP STATE’S “PLAN C” ?

Roger Stone, a longtime Trump advisor and confidante, certainly knows his way around Washington, having worked as a senior campaign aide to Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Senator Bob Dole as well as having held many other political positions. This proximity to the Deep State is what makes his claim, expressed in a recent wide-ranging interview with The New American magazine’s Alex Newman, that much more eyebrow-raising. Stone outlined three plans the Deep State has for eliminating the president.



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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
JOSEPH SOBRAN: JOURNISM V. CONSERVATISM

Liberalism has succeeded in imposing its verbal prescriptions on the whole population: everyone must now mind even his or her pronouns, or face obloquy.

“Discrimination” now betokens not a fine mind, but a character flaw: one that makes you Politically Incorrect



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: TRUMP’S ACCOMPLISHMENTS THE MEDIA WON’T TELL YOU

In spite of opposition from Democrats, the mainstream media and never-Trump Republicans, President Trump is succeeding beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. The libs and never-Trumpers fear the next 3 years – much less possibly 4 years beyond. This is hardly the product of a lunatic as portrayed by the mainstream media. Given the opposition to Trump, his success is delicious to watch.

In effect, President Trump is deconstructing liberalism and unravelling the administrative state! What follows is a comprehensive list of Tabor’s points. Space does not permit an exhaustive list.



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JANUARY 8, 2018

GF HERALD PERSON OF THE YEAR; CHRIS KLIEMAN; SALLY SMITH; ISSUES PENDING FOR GOV. BURGAM; THE BIGGER THEY FALL; MAKING A SILK PURS OUT OF A SOW'S EAR; CUBAN OPPORTUNITY; BRRRR!; BREATHE FREE; HAPPENINGS IN MINNEAPOLIS; DAKTOIDS



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Selwyn Duke
SELWYN DUKE: THE LIB/CON UTAH SCHOOL PORN WAR RAGES ON

Recently I reported on the firing of Mateo Rueda, now an ex-art teacher after showing 10 and 11-year-olds nude “artwork” at Lincoln Elementary School in Hyrum, Utah on Dec. 4. Normally I would have let this story go by now, but Rueda continues playing the victim, aided and abetted by complicit reporters; libertines the world over; and, unfortunately, some good people who don’t realize that the media have mischaracterized his trespass.

Rueda, a native of Colombia, demands an apology, even as he condemns his fellow Cache Valley residents as “cultural dead-ends” and members of a “narrow-minded community.” He also said, “I was overqualified[;] I took the [teaching] position with an open heart to make a difference in a predominantly[] Mormon community where there isn’t much culture.” My, charitable as well as charming! Yet his defenders — who’ve called people such as me puritans, prudes and even Nazi-like book burners — should know that Rueda himself confessed that the nudes were out of bounds.

 



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Schmid
SCHMID: THE TOP NORTH DAKOTA STORIES OF 2017S

DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE PROTESTS; GOVERNOR’S FIRST YEAR; HIGHER EDUCATION; ND ECONOMY; REFUGES; SELF-DEFEATING POLICIES; RETAIL SHAKEOUT; A RIVER OF DRUGS; MINOT - LEFT HOLDING THE BAG; CARA AND CARSON; F-M FLOOD DIVERSION



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: WHAT A DIFFERENCE A MILLENNIA MAKES

A quote for the passage of time: “Lost yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered for they are gone forever.” How appropriately Horace Mann expressed the passage of time.

Another year has passed forever. A new year dawns and with it brings another chance to redeem our time in 2018. Mom used to advise not to wish time away. The end of time will come soon enough for every person. Wishing away time is poor stewardship of a valuable resource.

Let the pundits recap 2017. To gain a better feel for the magnitude and speed of change one need only to glimpse at the past thousand years. Change and the passage of time go hand-in-hand. They impact the tempo of our lives and over the past millennia that tempo increased radically. Historical factoids illustrate that fact and provide context for understanding follow-on events.

 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. GARY WELTON: THE POLITICAL INTRIGUE OF 1968 - FIFTY YEARS AND COUNTING

As we begin 2018, there are sure to be major political stories in America this year: spending bill battles, midterm elections, foreign policy debates, special congressional elections, the economy and many more. To help set the stage for 2018, Dr. Gary Welton looks back 50 years to 1968—arguably one of the most interesting campaign seasons in recent American history. Welton details what a fascinating (and at times very tragic) year it was for America in 1968.



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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
JOSEPH SOBRAN: THE INCOMPARABLE ONE

Jesus

It is, of course, impossible for anyone to invent a single saying worthy of Jesus. Much easier to coin a phrase worthy of a human genius like Shakespeare! “Heaven and earth shall pass away,” Jesus said, “but my words shall not pass away.” Once we have heard those words, they become part of us. They seem so familiar that we may think they are trite, but they are not. They are eternally new, even when we have heard them all our lives, and they always reward meditation on them.

 

 



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: A CHRISTMAS POSTSCRIPT - 2017

In the modern world quite often when a person becomes a Christian they inevitably question the ephemeral culture surrounding them. Christians, by their very nature, have at times been regarded as a threat to the authority of the state. Some people unfortunately still hold that view.

No totalitarian state can tolerate people who hold absolute standards by which to judge that state and its behavior. In Roman times, as in our own, Christians held a standard by which to judge morals and the state. As such, Roman Christians were regarded as enemies of the state and of Caesar, god of the empire. The emperor as god merely constituted amplified humanity. When Roman society collapsed, their god went with it. During the chaos of decline, people eventually accepted authoritarian government. Christians, however, were not caught in the flux of the relativistic world.

Rome’s Christians had answers -- answers to ultimate questions all people ask at one time or another. Why am I here? What happens when I die? Christians could face persecution because they had the strength of a personal, eternal God who had spoken truth to them. It was their faith that granted them the strength to face horrible death in the Roman arena. Throughout the centuries their strength could not be overcome despite their persecution. Not only did Christianity survive, it grew and spanned cultures, peoples, and millennia.

 



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JANUARY 4, 2017

GOV. DOUG BURGUM; CARSON WENTZ; CHANGE OF MIND; DONT CRY FOR ME; DIVERSITY AND POVERTY; AGING; CAUTIONS ABOUT DEVERSITY; DIVERSITY PROPONENTS; CRUSHING BLOW TO HARVY; NOT SO SUBTLE MESSAGE; DAKTOIDS



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. BRIAN DELLINGER: NO NEUTRAL GROUND - THE PROBLEM OF NET NEUTRALITY

At its monthly meeting on Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission is set to vote to repeal a 2015 regulation that has become known as net neutrality. What are these Obama-era internet regulations? And is repealing them good or bad for American citizens? In this article, Dr. Brian Dellinger details the 2015 regulations and why repealing them may be the way to go. He writes, “Whatever one’s feelings on net neutrality, the 2015 rules should be seen for what they are: a staggering expansion of bureaucratic power, by decree of the bureaucracy itself.”

 



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Selwyn Duke
SELWYN DUKE: THE DECLINE AND FALL OF AMERICAN NATIONHOOD

Our unofficial motto, once E pluribus unum, has beome E pluribus plura — out of many, many more. This is why we fight over everything, from life’s origin to politics to football to baking cakes to marriage to, even, what boys and girls are. It’s why everything ends up in court.

As for the end game, people with badly conflicting values trying to co-exist under the same roof will eventually go their separate ways — unless, as with bickering children, an iron hand keeps them in line. The large groups of people known as countries are no different. Unless something radically alters our cultural trajectory, as a nuclear blast might alter an asteroid’s, our fate is either dissolution or despotism.

 



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - DECEMBER 20, 2017

THE NDSU FOOTBALL TEAM; TWO OUTSTANDING YOUNG NFL QUARTERBACKS; CROSSING THE LINE; JACK ZALESKI; FAMILY DOLLAR; THE MINOT DAILY NEW; RED FAWN FALLIS (38); LITTLE WALMART; NEW GRAND FORKS HOSPITAL; DOES THIS LOOK RIGHT?; WHAT WOULD TEDDY WANT?; JOE NEEL JR.; MINNESOTA REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT; WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MINNESOTA? 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. JOHN SPARKS: FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND FORCED UNION PAYMENTS: JANUS V. AFSCME

Should employees who chose not to join a public sector union be forced to pay the equivalent of dues to the union? Especially when the collective bargaining positions of the union are antithetical to their own political and ideological beliefs? In this article, Dr. John Sparks examines the case of Janus v. AFSCME—a case that will be argued before the Supreme Court next term—and points out that “fair share” regimes of public sector unions may be unconstitutional.



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: MEASURING MORALITY

Our forefathers understood something we seldom see clearly today. Government of free people must begin with self-control. To govern oneself internally is the prerequisite of free people living in a republic. If people cannot govern themselves internally, then all the external forms of government in the world will not be effective in a democracy. In America’s great experiment with democracy, morals matter and character counts.

If my generation has a low aptitude for moral behavior, then there is always the next generation. The younger generation may find that morality tends to provide some structure to an otherwise chaotic life.

 



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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
JOSEPH SOBRAN: RESISTING JESUS

The columnist Michelle Malkin writes, “We are under attack by Secularist Grinches Gone Wild.” Pat Buchanan goes so far as to speak of “hate crimes” against Christians.

I disagree. In some parts of the world, from Sudan to China, Christians really are being persecuted, even murdered. But what is going on in America’s symbolic opposition to Christianity is something different.

Sometimes I think the anti-Christian forces take Christ more seriously than most nominal Christians do. The Western world, including many of those who consider themselves Christians, has turned Christmas into a bland holiday of mere niceness. If you don’t get into the spirit, you’re likely to be called a Scrooge.

The natural reaction to Christ is to reject him. He said so. In fact, when he was taken to the Temple as an infant, St. Simeon prophesied that he would be a center of contention. Later he predicted his own death and told his followers they must expect persecution too.

 



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Selwyn Duke
SELWYN DUKE: MISANDRY RISES - IN DEFENSE OF MEN

“[A]t the near-genius level (an IQ of 145), brilliant men outnumber brilliant women by 8 to one,” wrote Professor Richard Lynn in 2010. Of course, the ratio varies depending on what data you use, but the pattern is unmistakable, consistent and finds no disagreement among experts: As you move up the I.Q. scale, the ratio becomes more skewed in men’s favor until (according to the study here) the category “I.Q. over 176,” where there is no ratio — because no woman scored that high.

Why this disparity? I’d theorize that it’s for the same reason why males are more likely to develop X-linked chromosomal abnormalities (such as color-blindness or hemophilia): because, put simply, the Y (male) chromosome increases the chances of anomalies’ emergence. And, well, genius is an anomaly.

Of course, this phenomenon would apply to other abilities as well, whether in music, art, athletics, cooking, chess, writing or, well, most anything else under the sun.

This is why virtually all history’s inventors and innovators have been men. It’s why, barring some bizarre, nature-rending genetic engineering (which would also be birthed by men), they always will be. 

 



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: POLITICAL SEX SCANDALS – OUR RECENT HISTORY

Tumult and turbulence roil the otherwise serene political landscape.

Not! Sex scandals are hardly new in the political realm and America has seen her fair share over the past few decades.

 



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Center for Vision & Values
RICHARD D. KOCUR: JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED

Earlier this week, CVS announced that it was buying Aetna for around $69 billion. The deal between the drugstore giant and health insurance provider could have major implications on America’s the healthcare industry. In this article, Richard D. Kocur looks at the deal and suggests it could “signal a new approach to delivering access to affordable healthcare.”



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS:  THE GREATEST DANGER TO AMERICAN CIVILIANS?

Police pull out the excuse that they are conditioned to fear people, but people are becoming conditioned to fear police.  Could be that we are brewing up a lot more trouble than a few court cases.


 



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS: ARE WE TEACHING BOYS THAT IT’S OKAY TO ASSAULT GIRLS?

We have been groaning through a season of exposees of powerful men abusing women (and boys).


 



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

THE FARGO DRUMS BEAT LOUDER; TWO OUTSTANDING YOUG NFL QUARTERBACKS; MIKE ALLMENDINGER; "FARGO MOORHEAD IS A WINDY PLACE; HOW ABOUT US?; ND SENATORS SPLIT; LEADERSHIP REQUIRES BOLD MOVES; COLUMNIST MIKE JACOBS; THIS MAY SURPRISE YOU; THE WILD WEST IS ALIVE AND WELL; KIGI-KEY IS AN ANOMALY; THE MOST POPULAR UPER DESTINATION IN ND; MALL OF AMERICA WELOCMES ACTS OF KINDNESS; DAKTOIDS



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. PAUL KENGOR: REMEMBERING FIDEL CASTRO’S DEATH

It has been one year since Cuban dictator Fidel Castro died at the age of 90. Since seizing Cuba in January 1959, Castro was responsible for tens of thousands of deaths. In this article that first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Dr. Paul Kengor urges the world to remember Castro for what he achieved the most: tyranny, repression, and death.



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Selwyn Duke
SELWYN DUKE: WE CAN THANK A FLAWED JURY SYSTEM FOR THE STEINLE VERDI

Much has been said about the acquittal of felonious invader Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, the killer of young Kate Steinle, who died in her father’s arms. Yet while most of the focus has been on “sanctuary cities” — a euphemism for treasonous, lawless cities — there perhaps has been no scrutiny of the people whose minds are too often a sanctuary from knowledge and reality: modern jurors. 

I once wrote a piece titled “Why Most Voters Shouldn’t Vote,” and a corresponding principle may be that most jurors shouldn’t sit on juries. People so apathetic that they couldn’t be bothered to try and determine reality on high profile candidates or cases probably won’t transform, magically, into sagacious sleuths of reality upon entering a ballot or jury box. Apathy is not an asset, and ignorance is not a virtue. 

 



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

NDSU FOOTBALL TEAM; UND ATHLETIC DIRECTOR BRIAN FAISON; RETIRED HERALD PULISHER MIKE JACOBS; "THAT'S NOT A DEEP TALENT POOL'; THE FG HERALD'S ICONIC OFFICE BUILDING FOR SALE; ND TAX COMMISSIONR RYAN RAUSCHENBERGER; THE NECESSITY DEFENSE; "I DON'T THINK THE TRIBES THOUGHT THIS THROUGH"; ROGUE CPA; “AFFIRMATIVE ACTION POLICIES HAVE FAILED”; HERMAN STERN; I-POT; DAKTOIDS



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