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SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - MAY 2, 2016

PRINCELY REASONS; SHOWING A LITTLE STYLE; FARGO & BISMARCK CELEBRATE NDSU; THERE'S JUST SO MUCH PRIDE; DOUG BURGUM; TEAM BURGUM; FORUM COLUMINSTS GO AT EACH OTHER; DID IT END WELL?; FORWARNED IS FORARMED; DOWNGRADED; UPGRADE OR START OVER?; WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT? IT'S NOT A REPEAT OF THE 1980S; EARLY INDICATORS; CRISIS; DAKTOIDS



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Selwyn Duke
SELWYN DUKE: IS “INEQUALITY THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL”?

Russia transitioned from being one of the world’s largest exporters of food under Tsar Nicholas II to one of its largest importers of food under the Soviets, why North Korea suffers similar woes today, and why oil-rich Venezuela can’t provide basic necessities for its people. As famed economist Milton Friedman put it, “The society that puts equality before freedom will end up with neither. The society that puts freedom before equality will end up with a great measure of both.” 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. JOSEPH HORTON: CONSERVATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR JUST WAGES

American workers, the media, politicians, large corporations and even Main Street are all talking about the minimum wage. Some argue for a large increase while others suggest that drastically changing it would harm the economy. Is there a solution to the minimum wage debate? Moreover, is there a conservative solution? In this interesting article, Dr. Joseph J. Horton argues that there is indeed a solution and suggests “the conservative path to higher wages is less direct than mandating that wages be increased.” 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. PAUL KENGOR: WESTERN CIV IN THE CROSSHAIRS - A GLIMMER OF HOPE

Earlier this month, students at Indiana University-Bloomington mistook a Dominican friar for a member of the Ku Klux Klan. Ordinarily, this may be amusing—but is there a deeper lesson here? Is something happening in America’s public universities that would result in such an occurrence? In this must-read article, Dr. Paul Kengor explores the situation and argues the incident represents “a further sign of the state of our universities, and what is and isn’t being taught.”



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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
ROBERT HALE: HILLARY’S RESPONSE TO ISIS - A POLICE STATE?

Mrs. Clinton's suggestion involving increased security is the most troubling of her comments. She wants "greater security protocols at airports, potentially clamping down on public zones within terminals, before security checkpoints; and taking a harder look at our security protocols at airports and other so-called soft sites, especially areas outside our guarded perimeters."

She demands that we stop expressing hurtful rhetoric against terrorists. She proposes massive, invasive, time-consuming, and expensive steps to further create an internal police state in America. These are steps that would, presumably, expose each American and guest to increased police and security invasions that are significantly more intrusive than those to which we are presently required to submit. 

Remember, those willing to give up freedom for security will end up with neither. Or is a police state part of Mrs. Clinton plan? 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. TRACY MILLER: CRUZ VS. TRUMP - COMPARING THEIR TAX PROPOSALS

This campaign season the Republican candidates have spent a lot of time talking about lowering taxes. Senator Ted Cruz often states that he would “abolish the IRS” while Donald Trump argues for a flat rate on corporate income taxes. In this must-read article, economist Dr. Tracy Miller examines the tax plans of Cruz and Trump and analyzes which proposed plan would be the most beneficial for Americans.



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: FREDERIC BASTIAT LIVES!

Bastiat’s greatest contribution to economics lay not in numbers, charts and graphs but in his clear and witty explanation of economic truths. As a contemporary and polar opposite of Karl Marx, he expressed these truths so plainly and concisely they cannot be disregarded. Beyond question he polarized free market thinking in is day and continues his influence down to our time. The words he wrote in his famous essay, “The Law” (75 pages), published in 1850 could easily have been written today.



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS: SEPARATING THE WHEAT FROM THE CHAFF

States which have no such laws on the books are being sued now in federal courts. A challenge to traditional restroom designation in North Dakota will more likely originate with an LGBT-funded lawsuit than through either the state legislature or a referral measure. It is likely to come and soon.



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Beacon Author
PAUL SORUM: LET’S DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY!

We might well wonder what else we are paying for due to sloppy administration and irresponsible project !management.



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - APRIL 25, 2016

CONTRARIAN VIEW; ROADS COME FIRST; WYOMING COAL HARD HIT;  SPRING CLEANING; LAST GUY OUT THE DOOR; DON’T TINKER; BIG DEVILS LAKE OOPS!; DISQUIETING; THE JAMESTOWN AREA; FARM ROMANCE; CAUSE AND EFFECT?; ST. PAUL WILL NOT BE LEFT BEHIND; MINNESOTA RACIAL DISPARITIES; L.A. OR PHILLY?; DAKTOIDS



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS: NORTH DAKOTA VOTERS DESERVE SUBSTANCE IN THE JUNE PRIMARY

These three candidates owe their prospective constituents an opportunity to hear them out and answer their questions. This ought not to be an entertainment for the media to promote – it ought to be a well-thought out, considered and well-informed decision.



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SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - APRIL 18, 2016

“CHANTS OF ‘LET’S GO SIOUX’; WELL-BEHAVED FANS; HOW DID THEY REACT IN MINNESOTA?; GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS; SMALLER, BUT WELCOME; WHAT A DIFFERENCE MENARDS MAKES; VACCINATIONS; WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?; THE MOOSE WAS KILLED; LET THEM EAT PAMPHLETS; SISTER NICOLE KUNZE; OFFICIALS DISAPPOINT; FIGHTING UGLY RHETORIC; HOW WOULD YOU RULE IF YOU WERE A JUDGE?; TEST NOT; DAKTOIDS



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: EARTH DAY – THEATER OF THE ABSURD

April 22, 2016 marks the 46th anniversary of Earth Day founded by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson and flower power liberal Ira Einhorn. In a weird twist, Einhorn was later arrested for composting his dead girlfriend. In his pre-Senate days, attorney Arlen Specter defended Einhorn until Einhorn skipped bail and fled the country to organized Earth Day overseas.

Earth Day qualifies as an urban legend through its mystical twists and grasping for facts. The biggest fallacy of radical environmentalism is the distorted view of the relation between humans and nature as if humans were excluded from nature. As often happens, a projection of human values and sentimental environmentalism onto an amoral and neutral material world creates a strange romantic view of nature. Nature-love, reinforced with selective scientific citing, creates a potent body of false knowledge.

 



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Beacon Author
ROBERT HALE: FAILING TO UNDERSTAND ISLAM - WEST’S FINAL FAILURE?

Islam wishes to establish a worldwide caliphate and is doing so at an alarming rate. The mass migration of Muslims to Western European countries is an invasion. The goal is to populate and eventually take political control of these countries. Such control will establish these countries under a caliphate; once established, Sharia law will be imposed.

Is this analysis far-fetched? I spent many hours in the 1980s discussing Islam and Christianity with a Saudi acquaintance, who was educated at a Jesuit university in America. He predicted precisely what is happening today. He stated that as this process occurs, we might meet again; unless I was willing to convert to Islam, it would be his duty to kill me as an infidel. 

He was serious. He was not being manipulated. Rather, as he said, "This is the teaching of my faith, a teaching I take literally, and when the time comes, will live out."



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. EARL TILFORD: “PIGASUS” FOR PRESIDENT - CHICAGO 1968 SPEAKS TO 2016

In August 1968, Democratic delegates debated two rival Vietnam policy planks in Chicago. While they debated an estimated 10,000 protestors gathered at nearby Grant Park. Millions of TV viewers watched as demonstrators faced off against platoons of police. The melee moved between Grant Park, the International Amphitheater Convention Center, and the Democratic Party headquarters in the Conrad Hilton Hotel. In this interesting article, Dr. Earl Tilford examines the events from 1968 and warns that there is a great lesson to take from 1968 and apply to 2016.



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: JIHADISTS AND THE QURANIC TEXT

Some important Quranic verses help explain the motivation and behavior of jihadists and other Islamists. These verses are not isolated or parsed.

Congratulations to David Woods, a courageous and powerful truth teller, and his website AnsweringMuslims.com for his work in rendering in context the verses of the Quran to non-Muslims. Also of help is the Quranic Arabic Corpus (corpus.quran.com/translation.jsp), an annotated linguistic resource for the Quran. It offers seven parallel translations in English showing the morphology of verses.

What follows is a discussion about a book and what it teaches. Citing chapter and verse challenges the claim that Islam is a “religion of peace” as purported.

 



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SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - APRIL 11, 2016

DRY SPELL ENDS; ATTORNEY GENERAL WAYNE STENEHJEM; CHASE IRON EYES; DIGGING A DEEP HOLE; NOT ME!; TOO MUCH MONEY?; BRENT SANFORD; PIVOTAL YEAR; BIG CITY CRIME;  GET ON WITH IT; 
JOCELYNE AND MONIQUE LAMOUREUX; 
GOV. JACK DALRYMPLE; SHOULD HEIDI APOLOGIZE?; DAKTOIDS



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS: WINDS OF CHANGE?

The 2016 NDGOP Convention provided some surprises . . . and maybe augurs for the future?



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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
ROBERT HALE: SCOTUS - AN ACRONYM LIKELY TO GO DOWN IN INFAMY
MINOT, ND -- The Supreme Court of the United States is often referred to as SCOTUS. SCOTUS seems determined to make itself the institution that single-handedly destroys what has been the greatest nation on earth.

For more than 200 years, America did not have these types of problems. Why? Because we did not have a Supreme Court that allowed the government to exceed its limited authority. Only now do we have Justices who arrogantly take legislation brought before the Court and blatantly rewrite it to mean what Congress specifically said it did not mean. 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. TRACY MILLER: BUDGET MESS IN PENNSYLVANIA

Pennsylvania went nearly nine months without a budget. Many agencies that depend on state funds suffered during the stalemate and some public schools were forced to eliminate programs or seek loans to pay the bills. As soon as the 2015-16 budget became law it was time to begin work on the 2016-17 budget. In this interesting article, Dr. Tracy Miller examines the fiscal shape of the state and warns that “coming up with a budget that is balanced and politically acceptable to the Republican legislature and the Democratic governor may be even more difficult this year.” 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. PAUL KENGOR: TALLKING TRUMP….DEALING WITH THE MONTH OF THE REPUBLICAN FRONT-RUNNER

Has the front-runner of the Republican race for the White House started to tone down his rhetoric? Is this a poll-driven adjustment or a real change? In this interesting article, Dr. Paul Kengor looks at recent examples of Donald Trump’s disparaging comments directed at women and argues that Trump’s true temperament has been on display all along. 



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS: THE TRUTH ABOUT TED CRUZ AND IMMIGRATION

Despite his best efforts to divide the support for this the juggernaut persisted and the Gang of Eight bill passed in the Senate without the Cruz amendment.  Cruz didn’t let it end there.  He went to the House to lobby against it.



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Selwyn Duke
SELWYN DUKE: IF BAKERS CAN BE FORCED TO SERVICE FAUX WEDDINGS, SO CAN CHURCHES

As our Great Sexual Heresy continues its march onwards and downwards, state governments have forced bakers, wedding planners, florists and other businessmen to service faux weddings. This is unprecedented, as never before were Americans governmentally compelled to participate in events they found morally objectionable. Yet when some project out on our cultural trajectory and say churches one day will be subject to the same coercion, they’re met with laughter; this will never, ever happen, they’re told. Yet this is an illogical and inconsistent position. 

 



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS: BEST IN SHOW

There are many who genuinely believe that Heidi Cruz is a very pretty lady and some who think they both are. But who cares?



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. L. JOHN VAN TIL: IS IT IN THE GENES? TRUMP AS BUSINESSMAN

There have been many questions regarding the net worth of Donald Trump since he announced that he was seeking the Republican nomination for president. The figures have ranged from $2 billion to $10 billion. In this interesting article, Dr. L. John Van Til examines the fortunes of Trump’s father and grandfather and asks: Is the “Art of Making the Deal” in the Trump genes? 



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SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - APRIL 4, 2016

ND COUNTIES GROWING1; MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL ARE OVER HALF OF MN POPULATION; THE UND HOCKEY TEAM; WILLISTON TUG OF WAR; BLIND LOOYALTY AND THE LINCOLN TOWNCAR; RURAL ND GROCERY STORES; A HOPE AND A PRAYTER; DISSENT; REBUTTLE; MUSLIM POPULATIONS; MINNESOTA MUSLIMS; ND MULIMS; DAKTOIDS



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS: LET’S PLAY FANTASY POLITICS!

They find a technicality on which to deny both Cruz and Trump the prize, substituting a “fresh face” such as . . . let’s see . . . Paul Ryan?  Is his face fresh enough?    Or revert to Marco Rubio?  John Ka . . . . No!  Don’t!  Please!  I’ll die laughing! 



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: AN EASTER POSTLUDE

Looking beyond Easter’s jellybeans, peeps and bunnies portends something far more profound to contemplate. One of the oldest poems in the English language brings out the overwhelming significance of Easter beyond our contemporary one day celebration. “The Dream of the Rood,” author unknown, was written sometime near the end of the 7th century. This poem pre-dates “Beowulf” by at least 100 hundred years and follows Saint Patrick’s visit to Ireland by some 200 years.



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SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - MARCH 28, 2016

ND IS AWASH IN NATURAL GAS; THEN CAME SCHAFER; PARKINSON’S LAW; POOR HEIDI; ANOTHER HEIDI GOES TO CUBA; A BAD WEEK FOR GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES; STATE SEN. JOAN HECKAMAN; ALFONSO RODRIGUEZ JR; THE SHOE IS ON THE OTHER FOOT; PIZZA CORNER; DAVID BRATON; THE FOUR WINDS--MINNEWAUKAN INDIANS; MORE POVERTY FOR MN BLACKS; THEY’VE SEEN IT BEFORE; EOPLE VOTE WITH THEIR FEET; DAKTOIDS



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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
JOSEPH SOBRAN: HAPPY EASTER ATHEISTS!

[Classic: April 5, 2007] -- It's nearly Easter, and the atheists, God bless them, are writing bestselling books to prove the good Lord's nonexistence. Truly, they have their reward.

ONe of the most famous of them, a British professor named Richard Dawkins, says atheists are generally smarter than Christians. I wouldn't doubt it.

After all, St. Paul says God has chosen the foolish people of this world to confound the wise. I don't know how many times some simple soul has put me to shame when I thought I was being clever. Oops! Maybe polished professors never have this experience.

Of course atheists are clever! People who spend a lot of time justifying themselves generally are. If you devote your waking hours to seeking reasons not to believe, you'll find plenty of them. Darwin sold a lot of books to clever people like that.



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