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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: HURRICANES AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Major media outlets build on the story of Hurricane Florence as an entertainment piece at the expense of the unfortunate. CNN shows Anderson Cooper standing in a ditch of water for effect as his cameraman films the affair. The Weather Channel shows a reporter playacting leaning markedly into the wind while a couple of casual teens stroll effortlessly behind him. All for the entertainment value.

Much of this silliness is on display as a blame game based on the poorly informed, the hopelessly sentimental, or the ideologically hard core. At the far left environmental wackos capitalize on the weather to fabricate the climate change myth.

  

 

In truth, the US Energy Information Administration’s latest energy report states that from 2005 through 2017 US energy related CO2 emissions plunged by 14%. In the same period the rest of the world’s output rose by 21%. The US will neither choke, bake, nor flood the planet. Not only is the US the only major country cutting CO2 emissions, it is providing leadership showing others how to do it.



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. JORDAN B. PETERSON: A SIGN OF THE END TIMES?

Over the past year, Dr. Jordan B. Peterson has gained notoriety for his forthright statements on our current cultural climate. In fact, a YouTube video with a UK journalist went viral over the summer. What is Peterson saying that has so many outraged? In this article that first appeared at the WhiteHorseInn.org, Dr. Carl Trueman looks at the premise of Peterson’s new book and argues that his ideas are not revolutionary and should not be as controversial as some proclaim. Trueman writes, “That this has proved so controversial is paradoxically both surprising and entirely predictable. Surprising because we live in an age where the individual is supposed to be sovereign over their own identity; entirely predictable because our contemporary individualism always assumes that our failure to fulfill personal potential is always somebody else’s fault. We live in a culture of sovereign individual victims.”



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - SEPTEMBER 17, 2018

EYES ON ND; HEALTHCARE COMPETITION; WALLET HUB RANKS HAPPIEST STATES; HE DIDN'T MEAN IT; WAS IT WORTH THE HUMILIATION?; LOCAL PRIDE IN ND; THINK CRITICALLY; ENDDANGERED SPECIES ACT; KENT CONRAD; A RUGGED LIFE; THE PARADOX OF JOSEPH BRUCE SR.; DAKTOIDS 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. JUSTIN DEPLATO AND MATTHEW MARKULIN: IMPEACHMENT OF THE PRESIDENT?

Nearly every week media outlets discuss impeachment of President Donald Trump. This week is no exception—especially after the president’s former campaign chief Paul Manafort’s guilty plea and decision to cooperate with Robert Mueller’s investigation. In this article, Dr. Justin P. DePlato and Mr. Matthew M. Markulin examine the history of impeachment in America and argue that the best place to find answers is the Constitution. They write, “Now that impeachment is again the subject of headlines, it’s necessary and prudent to understand what impeachment meant to the Founders, as well as the historical usage of congressional impeachment power—rather than rely on the casual observations of journalists and D.C. pundits about the meaning of constitutional impeachment.”



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: BLUE WAVE? WHAT BLUE WAVE?

Stop and think. Does it stand to reason that the continued resistance and over-the-top attacks on Trump will peel off voters to support radical Leftists to retake the House, much less the Senate? The Democrats lost the 2016 election because they followed the costal liberal elites who lost touch with the ordinary people of Middle America. Childish behavior by Democrats and the media merely confirms to the majority of voters and Trump’s base that Democrats still don’t get Trump and the people who support him. The Left’s contempt of Trump is the best thing that ever happened to the GOP.

Only if Republicans avoid voting in November will the Democrats win.

  

 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. CALEB VERBOIS: A LOT LESS BLUSTER AND A LITTLE MORE SASSE

Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing to the Supreme Court is underway. What have we learned so far—especially from the procedures on day one? In this article, political science professor Dr. Caleb Verbois reviews the hearing and argues that the “…circus hearings this week are not really about Kavanaugh, or even about Trump. Our judicial hearings have been a spectacle for three decades.”



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Center for Vision & Values
ADAM V. NOWLAND: BRETT KAVANAUGH RUNS THE GAUNTLET

Today, Judge Brett Kavanaugh will begin his confirmation hearing before the Senate. Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nomination to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy, will face tough questions throughout the week. In this article, Adam V. Nowland ’07 examines the process and offers insight into what expect this week.



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: THREE CHEERS FOR CAPITALISM

Public schools and universities are known for many things, but teaching sound economics is not one of them. Whether this situation is by design or default it is both debatable and a debacle. Little wonder that public discussion of economics, if it takes place at all, is trite and inane. The education system has not prepared young people to form judgments and cast votes on programs of economic consequence.

To be sure, economics and finance are two totally different subjects. Finance focuses on the management of money and assets and emphasizes the maximization of wealth. Economics is the study of the use of scarce resources which have alternative uses and focuses on optimizing valued goals. Either way, everything of value has a cost. Nothing is free. Ever.

  

 



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS:  WHY WE SHOULD DISREGARD THE TIBBETTS FAMILY’S REQUEST

We should all honor a desire by the family that Mollie Tibbetts be treated with respect by her countrymen and by the press.  But she was not permitted to “die with dignity” by the man who assaulted her. He is the enemy, not those who recognize the relevance of her death to the discussion.  



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Selwyn Duke
SELWYN DUKE : STUPID MEDIA AND THE CLAIM THAT WOMAN ARE BETTER DRIVERS

The real tragedy of the Stupid Media is that, through their combination of profound ignorance and shameless propagandizing, they deceive people on a wide range of issues, some of which are of great import. This begets a civilization that’s out of touch with reality and can’t come to correct conclusions on matters of survival.

That’s the consequence of feeding misinformation into a system. As with a computer, it’s garbage in, garbage out.

  

 



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: THE PARTISAN PROBE

It’s personal. Mueller turned the Manafort and Cohen findings over to the New York District Court because he had no evidence of Russian collusion. Now he has given the Trump Organization CFO, Allen Weisselburg, immunity and turned his findings over to the New York State Court in Manhatten. Trump has no pardon authority over state convictions. Defendants have families and the Mueller probe can threaten their families. They threatened Cohen’s wife because she was a cosigner on his tax returns. They can’t find Russian collusion but they still want to destroy Trump in any way possible whether through friends, family, or Trump Organization. The fishing expedition goes on.



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - AUGUST 27, 2018

ALREADY ANEMIC GRAIN PRICES; NEW WELFARE QUEENS; ARE FARM KIDS BETTER?; NATURAL GAS FLARING; BARGAINS WEST OF THE RED RIVER?; YEA FOR JCS; MIS AMERICA IS UNHAPPY; GRETCHEN CARLSON; MUND GETS SUPPORT; LET BUGS DO IT; DIFFERENT POLICIES; HOBO CRTIMES; CHASE IRON EYES; DREW WRIGLEY; DAKTOIDS



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: THE ILLEGAL ALIEN VOTE

There is one group of voters to be aware of – illegal aliens. This block should not be voting. It is wrong, illegal, and immoral. Only citizens, those who are legitimately franchised, should be allowed to vote. Some of a certain political persuasion warmly welcome illegal voters for their own benefit disregarding the integrity of our democratic system.

  

 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. EARL TILFORD: THE UNWARRANTED STORM OVER SECURITY CLEARANCES

There would be no current storm over security clearances if all such access ended the day people leave government service. In that case President Donald Trump lifting former CIA director John Brennan’s security clearance would be a non-issue.



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. MARK HENDRICKSON: THE LATEST ON THE TRUMP TARIFF STRATEGY

In June, President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum against America’s closest neighbors and oldest allies to match those he had already imposed on China and other non-Western countries earlier this year. In this article, economist Dr. Mark Hendrickson offers an update on the president’s tariff strategy and writes, “None of this is close to a done deal, but if the president eventually manages to negotiate overall lower tariff barriers that result in a restoration of jobs recently lost and thousands of additional American jobs to serve newly open foreign markets, it would be a historic achievement, both economically and politically.”



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - AUGUST 21, 2018

BIG SALES JOB AHEAD; IT'S NOT OVER, UNTIL....; ON THE FENCE; SPEARHEADING; GRAND SKY ON CUTTING EDGE; THE UPPER GREAT PLAINS; THE UPPER GREAT PLAINS; RADISSON HOTELS; CHRISTENSON FARMS; R.D. OFFUTT'S ELKHORN RIVER FARMS; U.S. CITIZENS RELUCTANT TO WORK IN RURAL ND; THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS; THE BISMARCK PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT; DAKTOIDS



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS:  IS TOMMY ROBINSON BRITAIN’S SOLZHENITSYN? AND IS NATO A JOKE?

We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”  Alexander Solzhenitsyn



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: STATIONING US FORCES IN POLAND

The Red Army is gone. Russia does not have the large military ground force it once did. To sail from St. Petersburg to the Atlantic, the Russian navy must pass within range of 11 NATO nations. The Black Sea’s western and southern shores are now controlled exclusively by NATO.

Russia does not have a robust economy. Her economy has shrunk in size to that of Italy. One thing Russia does have is Vladimir Putin – a former KGB officer with the desire to reassemble the old Soviet Union as it existed during the Cold War. That is a Herculean task.

Now consider Thiessen’s contention that US troops in Poland would better position American forces strategically. It would certainly thwart Russian aspirations to reacquire the Baltic states of Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania. Aside from addressing deadbeat countries like Germany who only pay 1.24 percent of her GDP on defense, it also punishes Germany for blindsiding NATO in reaching an energy agreement with Russia. Germany pays Russia for gas sent by the Nord Stream 2 pipeline but it doesn’t pay her fair share for defense. Furthermore, the pipeline runs through Poland and Slovakia. Russia cannot afford to cut off gas supplies to Eastern Europe without cutting off lucrative deals with Western Europe and Germany. If Russia should accept that risk, the US, as a major energy exporter, could fill the void.



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - AUGUST 12, 2018

OFFUT THROWING IN THE TOWEL; HARD TO STAY AHEAD OF PETROLEUM FLOW; DAKOTA GASIFICATION CAN NOT COMPETE; LAVISH SPENDING FOR ND'S NEXT US SENATOR; COLUMNIST LLOYD AMDAHL THINKS RUSSIANS TRYING TO HELP KEVIN CRAMER - OFFERS NO EVIDENCE; GOOD TRY! - BUT NO DRUG CONVICTIONS; STEALTH LITTLE MISSOURI BRIDGE; MINNESOTA MUSLIMS BOTH SEEN AND HEARD; ND AG NEEDS FOREIGN WORKERS; SAD FORUM COMMUNICATIONS SUNDAY PAPERS; 



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS:  LATE SUMMER MISCELLANY - AUGUST 2018

But there’s more to come - the Democrats lost no time in hurriedly nominating someone to take his place in the U.S. House:  Ilhan Omar.  Omar is a Somali-born Muslim woman who is best known for having married her brother, Ahmed Nur Said Elmi - presumably for political reasons, and is currently married to two different men, which for the rest of us would mean jail.  Disclaimer: she denies that this Ahmed Nur Said Elmi is the same Ahmed Nur Said Elmi that she is married to, despite the fact that they also share the same birth date.

 


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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: “COMEDIANS” FORSAKE HUMOR

“Comedians” comprise the spokesmen of the liberal left. They are haters who cannot get over the fact that their candidate, Hillary Clinton, lost the 2016 election. This is who they are up close and personal -- hateful, disgusting, despicable, vile (words not yet purged from the English language). They will attack anything and anyone who smacks of Trump, his family, his administration, Christians, conservatives (especially women and Black conservatives), right-of-center – anything imaginable that they perceive threatens the left. There are no barriers. There is no propriety. Nothing is too low.



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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
- Joseph Sobran: The Apotheosis Of The Lie

Sobran’s: The Real News of the Month, 2000 — “I cannot tell a lie,” the mythical little George Washington told his father. Parson Weems seems to have invented this edifying tale, and it summed up the old American assumption that republican rulers should be virtuous men, with honesty chief among their virtues. The apotheosis of Abraham Lincoln included the popular myth of “Honest Abe.”

These myths made a deep impression on generations of Americans. I know, because they made a deep impression on me. I still vividly remember reading children’s biographies of Washington and Lincoln in the second grade in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in a small classroom where the Ten Commandments were also posted on the bulletin board. After reading that Lincoln had walked miles to pay a few pennies to a customer he had (inadvertently) shortchanged, I made a point of admitting my own faults whenever possible. It always made me feel good

  

 



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - AUGUST 7, 2018

THE BAKKEN IS BACK; THE APPLEBEE ROAD; STANDOFF AT THE NDSC; LLOYD OMDAHL; BEWARE OF PARENT DEBT; MAJORITY-MINORITY SCHOOLS; WELCOME TO LITTLE AFRICA; ANOTHER PM VISIT; RETIRED BASKETBALL COACH DALE BROWN; BIG SPENDERS; THE LONG TAIL OF THE DAPL PROTESTS; DAKTOIDS



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: THE ARMED CITIZEN

Records indicate that firearms are used more than 2 million times a year for personal protection as corroborated by the Centers for Disease Control data. The mere presence of a firearm very often prevents crime without a shot being fired.

The following news items gathered from around the United States were reprinted by the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) four different magazines. They substantiate the validity of personal protection claims. The NRA agrees to let anyone reproduce these accounts. I took them up on their offer. Here are a few of the accounts.

  

 



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JULY 2, 2018

THE DAKOTA ACCESS PROTESTS; ND V. US - LONG SHOT; "STANDING ROCK REDUX"; SENATOR'S DILEMMA; WHAT'S A STRONGERWORD THAN NONSENSE?; GOING, GOING GONE; HUH!; JUSTICE LANGE; ANDREW SCHROEDERMEIER ON HIS SUZUKI; ROUNDABOUTS; WARD COUNTY; MINNESOTA AND WISCONSIN; DAKTOIDS



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Center for Vision & Values
“WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?” A REVIEW OF THE DOCUMENTARY

A new documentary about the life and career of Fred Rogers is now playing in movie theaters across the nation. In this review, Dr. Mark Hendrickson details how the documentary hits the mark in its depiction of Rogers’ remarkable service to educating America’s children. Hendrickson writes, “I was deeply moved by how beautiful and powerful a loving heart can be. As I left the cinema, I almost felt a sense of culture shock. At a time when Hollywood relies on over-the-top stimulation to entertain us, this low-key documentary about an unpretentious man and his unpretentious show delivered a deeper, more genuine emotional experience.”



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS:  PART 7 - FREEDOM OF SPEECH 101:  THE BEDROCK OF LIBERTY

“To suppress free speech is a double wrong.  It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.”  Frederick Douglass


 



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: A MAN AND THE MOON

Doug lived a life of service in which people were paramount. He took care of his own. He fondly recounted a remark made by the Apollo project manager at the project's completion. "There are two products as a result of this mission--the spacecraft and the people. The spacecraft goes into the museum to gather dust; the people are what count."   

As I gaze at the moon on a clear night the memories return. Doug was a brilliant astrophysicist whose inquiring mind raced with the speed of light generating a million questions and seeking the answers. I believe all his questions are answered now. We have Doug, among many others, to thank for the Apollo moon landing and world-class discoveries from Hubble. In my mind's eye I imagine him, with a puckish grin, urging us on to return to space exploration.

God bless you, Doug -- and thanks for everything. You are not forgotten.

 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. GARY S. SMITH: THE POWER OF WATER

Few of us will ever have the opportunity to rescue an individual from a burning building or from drowning, but we can save (or at least significantly enhance) the lives of poor children and adults by paying for wells that supply clean, safe, reliable water for drinking, cooking, bathing, and cleaning. Working through numerous organizations including charity (Living Water International, individuals, families, Sunday school classes, congregations, and community organizations) can fund the digging of wells to transform the lives of the poor. Charity: water, for example, helps children in the developed world use their birthday parties as a means to raise money to dig wells rather than receive presents. Working together, we can make a difference and help fulfill the biblical mandate to care for the least of these.



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS:  PART 6 - FREEDOM OF SPEECH 101:  “BE IT RESOLVED . . . “

The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil. Cicero

One that confounds good and evil is an enemy to good. Edmund Burke

 

 



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