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Dustin Gawrylow
DUSTIN GAWRYLOW: THE CITY OF BISMARCK IS ABUSING TAX EXEMPTION POWER

I have had dozens of conversations with legislators over the years about these exemptions, the original intent was to incentivize developers to refurbish old, worn-down buildings and bring new businesses into downtowns. This particular project, as those in Bismarck know, was a brand-new multi-million dollar building. These sorts of condos are well out of the reach of the average citizen, and providing tax breaks to make it easier for developers to sell them was not the intent of the these laws.



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Center for Vision & Values
BRAD TUPI: FAITH-BASED VOTERS AND THE 2014 MIDTERM ELECTIONS - IS THE GOP THE RELIGION PARTY?

National exit polling from Congressional races tells us some interesting things about the role of religious values in the 2014 midterm elections. It also sends a signal to the Republican Party about its supporters now and in the future



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - NOVEMBER 24, 2014

THE LEGACY FUND; LITTLE NORWAY; MONTANA COUNTIES IN THE BAKKEN; OIL AND AG; WHERE ARE AMERICAN INDIANS?; UNDERWATER; HE NEEDED TO RELAX; IS EVILDOER RIGHT?; NOT A LOW TAX STATE; FROM MINNESOTA TO SYRI; SOMALI LEADERS IN THE TWIN CITIES; DAKTOIDS  



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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
JOE SOBRAN: MAKING THE WORLD DEMOCRATIC

The principle of democracy is bad enough in itself. But in practice democracy also breeds corrupt politicians, intent on short-term gain for themselves. The brevity of their tenure gives them an incentive to make hay while the sun shines.



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Selwyn Duke
SELWYN DUKE: BRIGHT SIDE TO AMNESTY

Along with our many other problems, "Americans" (insofar as they still exist) are enduring the slow boil of cultural and demographic genocide. And executive amnesty, as with other kinds of leftist overreach, just may serve to turn that flame up high and rouse people from their torpor.



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Selwyn Duke
SELWYN DUKE: WELCOME TO EBOLACARE — BUT THE WEBSITE IS DOWN

This is what it boils down to. And there's a reason why people such as Barack Obama don't believe in using immigration controls "vigorously and unapologetically to protect Americans."



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. MARK HENDRICKSON:  SAUDI ARABIA VERSUS THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE

So, what now? Should the Keystone Pipeline be built? That's not for me to say and, frankly, I don't see the future clearly enough to know whether it will be economically viable in the coming years. Neither is it for President Obama to say or know. Only the market can tell us which decisions to produce are wise and which are mistaken.



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: GRUBER - CITIZENS MOCKED AND DECEIVED

This past weekend the mainstream media just “stumbled” across the Jonathan Gruber video tapes. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor, one of the architects of the very unpopular and very unaffordable Affordable Care Act, admitted in a series of video tapes that the only way Obamacare could pass into law was by deceiving the American people. The video tapes were created in 2013 as Gruber delivered lectures and presentations. To the mainstream media’s discredit, the alternative media has been reporting on Gruber’s pack of lies since July of 2013. A total of five tapes have been revealed with potentially more to be released.

 



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - NOVEMBER 14, 2014

WHAT’S REALLY WRONG?; KEYSTONE XL; HEITKAMP IS A SWING VOTE; DSU RECEIVES ANOTHER BLOW; THERE’S MORE WHERE THAT CAME FROM; EASY TARGETS; THE TRIB BLAMES RACISM; TRIB NOT IN SYNC WITH READERS; LAUREN DONOVAN; IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE NEWBIES; MARTHA BERGEN (99); GO WEST YOUNG WELLESLEY GRAD; DAKTOIDS 



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Beacon Author
MERECEDES SCHNEIDER: COMMON CORE IS DESIGNED TO DRIVE YOUR LOCAL CURRICULUM

Both Gates and Hewlett want CCSS to drive the entire public education enterprise– and that includes curriculum.



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. PAUL KENGOR: MARTIN LUTHER KING AND THE BERLIN WALL

To help commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Dr. Paul Kengor explores an often overlooked moment in the history of the wall: A powerful speech given by Martin Luther King Jr. In this intriguing article that first appeared in the Washington Post, Kengor discusses King's message and how it may have deeply impacted those who were there to hear it.



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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
CHARLES G. MILLS: REMAINING IN THE TRUTH OF CHRIST

Charles Mills reviews a new book of essays on divorce and remarriage, Remaining in the Truth of Christ. It refutes some of the arguments made by Cardinal Kaspar at the recent Catholic Bishops Synod on the Family.



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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
Herbert W. Stupp: The “Big Tent”

Herbert W. Stupp reviews Big Tent, a new book on the conservative revolution.



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Dustin Gawrylow
DUSTIN GAWRYLOW: IS WAWS PULLING A FAST ONE ON THE INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION?

If WAWS cannot fulfill the public water needs, it has no business competing with private businesses for fulfilling the oil industries needs.



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. PAUL KENGOR: DROPPING IN ON THE VETERAN DOWN THE STREET

Dr. Paul Kengor helps commemorate Veterans Day in this feel-good piece that expresses gratitude to the men and women who have proudly served America. Kengor visits with a WWII veteran who recounts many amazing stories from his time serving our country.



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. ROBERT H. CLEMM: “THE GREAT AND HOLY WAR:” HOW WORLD WAR I BECAME A RELIGIOUS CRUSADE AND RESHAP

World War I is often remembered as a brutal and futile war. The war certainly changed the political landscape of the world, but often overlooked is how WWI altered the religious landscape across the globe. In this comprehensive review, Dr. Robert Clemm explores Philip Jenkins' book, The Great and Holy War: How World War I Became a Religious Crusade, and notes that Jenkins' work "firmly establishes that WWI did not just reshape the political landscape, but it created the religious world we exist in today."



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK:NITWITS OF NOTE

Midterm elections passed into history on November 4 resulting in a Republican tidal wave victory. Not only did they gain control of the US Senate, but they took additional seats in the US House as well as governorships and state legislatures. Once again the pollsters were befuddled. How could they have not seen this coming?

Leftists and liberals of all stripes share a strange mindset outside the normal pattern of thinking. Their line of thinking too often produces wacky results. Maybe this mindset helps explain the far ranging Democrat defeat that the pollsters could not measure. Here are some illustrations of how liberals think.

 



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Lynn Bergman
LYNN BERGMAN: ND HIGHER ED OPPOSES MN COPPER & NICKEL MINING….WITH TAXPAYER $$?

As I left the event, I picked up a “Save the Boundary Waters” advertisement openly laid on a table at the top of the stairs, noticing the presence of the Acting Chancellor of the University System who appeared cheery and pleased, as usual as he took his copy.

The back page of the advertisement stated:

“Now this special place is jeopardized by proposals for sulfide-ore mining for copper and nickel – a risky type of mining that has never before been permitted in Minnesota. By-products of sulfide-ore mining include hazardous pollutants such as sulfuric acid and heavy metals, which could permanently ruin the pristine water and unspoiled forests of the Boundary Waters Wilderness. While the proposed sulfide-ore mines are not within the Boundary Waters Wilderness itself, their pollution will flow into the Wilderness and directly damage the Wilderness.”

Several points must be made. First, nowhere on the poster was the “Save the Boundary Waters” mentioned. Secondly, the BSC-produced posters and the venue itself were taxpayer funded.

 



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - NOVEMBER 10, 2014

IT'S EASY TO SUM UP THE ND ELECTIONS; TIME TO REBUILD; MINNESOTA HAD ELECTIONS TOO; COMMON SENSE POLICIES; CIGGIES SLIP ACCROSS THE RED RIVER; HE I-94 MIGRATION; THE STATE OF RURAL MINNESOTA 2014; IS THAT SO?; THE HEAT IS ON TEX; THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE; VISITORS TO ND AIRPORTS; SAY NO MORE; BOASTING?



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: ARMED FORCES PURGE CONTINUES

The Obama administration appears engaged in a purge of senior military personnel throughout the armed forces. The term “purge” is not insignificant. Last year at this time the count was 137. The number has risen to 231 and continues to climb. Years of military excellence and experience are shredded and cannot be easily replaced.

Sequestration, an Obama initiative, reduces the defense force structure across the board and serves to eliminate personnel up and down the ranks without distinction. However, senior personnel who oppose Obama’s social and political agendas can be removed for trivial charges.

 



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - NOVEMBER 3, 2014

CALIFORNIA REFINERIES; DISTURBINGLY VAGUE; TRUST ME; THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER IS DIFFERENT; MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL; OLE AND LENA’S PIZZERIA; THE METAL ARTS FOUNDRY; MARILYN HUDSON IS A HISTORIAN; WHAT THE CANDIDATES SAY; WILLIAMS IS TRIBAL ATTORNEY; ALL IN THE FAMILY; BYPASSES; 



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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
CRAIG TURNER: BRITTANY MAYNARD’S TRAGIC CHOICE

Apparently, snuffing out people deemed unworthy of love and life has become the new norm in Belgium and that should alarm everyone.





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Center for Vision & Values
DR. GARY WELTON: A CHALLENGE TO COLLEGE STUDENTS: BE A FULL-TIME STUDENT

This picture suggests that college faculty have expectations that are too low, and/or that college students put a low priority on meeting these educational expectations. It is likely that both of these factors are playing a role. Also, it is likely that the situation will get worse. In college admissions, it is currently a buyer’s market.



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: TRANSGENDERISM - A MENTAL DISORDER ACCORDING TO SCIENTISTS

“He also reported on a new study showing that the suicide rate among transgendered people who had reassignment surgery is 20 times higher than the suicide rate among non-transgendered people.”

 

“Dr. McHugh further noted studies from Vanderbilt University and London’s Portman Clinic of children who had expressed transgender feelings but for whom, over time, 70%-80% ‘spontaneously lost those feelings.’”

 

“And so at Hopkins we stopped doing sex-reassignment surgery, since producing a ‘satisfied’ but still troubled patient seemed an inadequate reason for surgically amputating normal organs,” said Dr. McHugh.

 



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - OCTOBER 27, 2014

DEVILS LAKE GIRL IS A WINNER; SAYANYTHINGBLOG; THE THREE AFFILIATED TRIBES; WILLISTON’S UNDERSIDE; THE COMMON GOOD; GALLOPING GROWTH; DAKOTA PRAIRIE REFINING; WHO WILL HAUL POTATOES?; THE NATION’S LARGEST LIBERIAN COMMUNITY; TOSS A COIN; MARMATH MONSTER; ONCE YOU’VE FIXED A FEW TIRES; DAKTOIDS 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. EARL TILFORD: WAR BY ALGEBRA DEFIES THE TRUE NATURE OF WAR

In this case, air attacks absent a coordinated ground campaign cannot succeed and may do more harm than good.



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: DUMB QUOTES FROM OUR NATIONAL LEADERS

Can anybody believe these people? No wonder Americans increasingly lack trust and confidence in their government.



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS: CANADA IN LOCKDOWN

One asks oneself, how long before ISIS takes control of the Mall and Capitol in Washington (it might appear to some that they have controlled the other end of the Mall for the past 6 years).  I would think that perhaps one deterrent is that in America, the guy buying the newspaper down on the corner might, just might, have a loaded gun.  You see, all of Canada is, for most intents and purposes, one of those “gun-free” zones, like Utøya in Norway. 



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Beacon Author
GARY EMINETH: BECAUSE THEY LIVE, I AM COMPELLED TO WRITE OF THE TRUTH OF LIFE

That something is this: What would my life have been like without him at all?

My two sons are adopted. Both of these boys were born to single mothers under the age of 17 in less than desirable circumstances. They could have easily have become statistics had these young women made different choices. When I look at the pictures of these young men on the mantle of my fireplace, I see two young men who have grown into adults.

Two lives.

I have a granddaughter who will turn two this week. She has a full head of beautiful blonde curls and is full of life. When she holds out her arms and runs to me, I can hardly contain myself! When she throws her head back and laughs out loud, I am completely undone.

One life.

These three lives were endowed by their creator with the unalienable right to life. No one has the right or the choice to deprive them of that right to existence. Without life, all other rights become irrelevant.

I am compelled to write to you today because I believe this to be true. I have three reasons in my life who keep this truth in front of me and remind me daily of the importance of life and my duty to do what I can to protect it.

 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. PAUL KENGOR: WHEN THE COMMUNISTS MURDERED A PRIEST

This priest, however, was remembered, by the millions. When he didn’t show for 7:00 a.m. Mass the next morning, his parishioners were immediately alarmed. This wasn’t like the loyal and punctual man of the cloth. A search for his whereabouts quickly commenced.



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