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SELWYN DUKE: HOW TO WIN THE CHRISTIAN BAKER/SAME-SEX “WEDDING” CAKE DEBATE


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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
CHARLES G. MILLS : “OUR DAILY BREAD”

The beginning of the Lord's Prayer reflects the first two of the Ten Commandments and the first great commandment to love God above all else.



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - MARCH 27, 2015

FORGET COST; UTOPIAN DREAMS; BE READY!; IT’S OBVIOUS; SLOWDOWN IN SIGHT?; LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD; GET A BIGGER PIECE OF THE PIE; THE MINNESOTA SHAKOPEE SIOUX; THE FORT BERTHOLD RESERVATION F RACKING RULES; HAT NOW?; WELL SAID; MARCH 21, 2005; SLIPPED THROUGH HIS FINGERS; SUSAN WEFALD; GUESS WHO WROTE THIS OBITUARY; THERE IS AN UPROAR; DAKTOIDS 



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: MIDDLECLASS AND THE MYTH OF THE LITTLE GUY

Here is the great hypocrisy. “Leaders” in Washington, the most expensive place to live, claim to do everything for the “little guy.” They claim to stand up for him and defend him. Believing this, the “little guy” continues to vote for liberal politicians because he believes they are looking out for him. Meanwhile, the political class of our nation surround themselves with unbelievable luxury. Beginning with the president, they have hijacked the wealth of the nation; given it to themselves, their friends and their families; and live and vacation in ways the “little guy” could never dream of. The esteemed political leadership has robbed America blind.

The myth that liberals and Democrats stand with the middleclass and “little guy” is embarrassing. It’s time to defeat the myth.

 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. EARL TILFORD: AIR POWER DEPENDENCE - THE GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY OF BAD DECISIONS

Fifty years ago, to satisfy domestic political considerations, President Lyndon Johnson chose air power to avoid a ground war in Vietnam. History reveals that the strategy didn’t work. In this interesting article, Dr. Earl Tilford examines the last 50 years of American war strategy and argues that the current administration “would do well to study Johnson administration decision making in 1964 and 1965.” 



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - MARCH 22, 2015

A WILD SWING; THE WALL STREET JOURNAL; A LITTLE NOTE TO EASTERN LEGISLATORS; GIVE US OIL MONEY!; GO SLOW, OR ELSE UND; BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW; MAYBE IT’S TIME TO . . .; STICK ‘EM UP; NORWAY TO ND; DAKTOIDS



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Dustin Gawrylow
DUSTIN GAWRYLOW: INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION OPPOSES WAWS REFORM BILLS

 

 

Since last month's update on the WAWS Reform effort, the Senate overwhelmingly approved both bills that were introduced to start the process of reining in the Western Area Water Supply Authority.

Perhaps the State House which voted 61-27 on House Bill 1187 to significantly reduce the Industrial Commission's rule-making powers will take issue with the Industrial Commission trying to interfere with the legislature's on-going work.



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - MARCH 15, 2015

ONCE, ND DID NOT LIKE LISTS; SURGE MONEY; CARNAGE IN OIL COUNTRY; WATFORD CITY; MAN CAMPS; GRAND FORKS GROWS ANXIOUS; TITAN MACHINERY; WATCH TITAN CLOSELY; BE ALERT FOR “INTELLIGENT DOZERS”; DON’T CALL US MIDWESTERNERS; U-HAUL FRANCHISES; DAKTOIDS



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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
CHRISTOPHER MANION: TIME FOR TRUTH - CONSERVATIVE COWARDICE

If there is one common theme in the religious, cultural, and political collapse which we see all around us, it is cowardice.

The cowardice seems to be contagious. Today, true conservatives shudder as the historic Republican Congress and Senate shrink from their responsibilities. Yes, the pols insist - properly - that Obama is ignoring his constitutional duties while flouting the law. But they refuse to exercise the powers conferred upon them by the Constitution to address those crimes and misdemeanors.



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Selwyn Duke
SELWYN DUKE: AMNESTY PLAN - LEGALIZE FOREIGNERS, “TAKE OVER THE HOST

Obama’s amnesty plan is to use illegal aliens as “seedlings,” said the federal officials. They will “navigate, not assimilate,” as they “take over the host,” create a “country within a country” and start “pushing the citizens into the shadows.

Welcome to the “fundamental transformation” of America.

The Left was very successful boiling the frog slowly with the legal importation of socialist voters and the gradual transformation of our culture via entertainment, the media and academia. But liberals’ childish haste may have led to a tactical error. By going all in on executive orders and amnesty — by transitioning from evolutionary to revolutionary change and turning the burner up high — the Left risks rousing that frog from his pan. And how should it jump?

 



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: QUOTES - DUMB AND DUMBER

Without fail, perusing the news will always reveal political quotes generating some irreverent humor. Try these.



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Beacon Author
DR. PAUL KENGOR: ATTACKS ON SCOTT WALKER REMIND OF REAGAN

As soon as a conservative Republican emerges as a serious presidential frontrunner,liberals in the media suddenly yank out the microscopes they’ve been keeping away from Barack Obama since 2007. They could care less what Obama did in college, how he got into college, who paid for his college, who wrote his letters of recommendation, what his grades were, and on and on—but we already know everything about Scott Walker and college. Obama’s media protectors could give a rip that he had a mentor who was a literal card-carrying member of the Communist Party in the Stalin era. But as soon as someone like Scott Walker starts gaining ground, wow, “journalists” lunge for the magnifying glass and became real reporters again, profusely digging and questioning, looking for mole holes to make into vast mountains of scandal.



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - MARCH 7, 2015

IT PAYS TO HAVE A GOOD ATTORNEY; DEMAND DOWN; IT PAYS TO BE PRUDENT; WAITING FOR THE RECKONING; DON’T DISREGARD THE PRESS; FIRE KELLEY; DIVIDE AND CONQUER; FIRE!; NO RESPECT; DRUG PIPELINES; THEY WOULDN’T BELIEVE HER; A LITTLE REDUNDANCY WOULD HELP; DAKTOIDS



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Dustin Gawrylow
DUSTIN GAWRYLOW: LET’S PREVENT A 2017 BUDGET CRISIS

While legislators await a new more formal revenue forecast due by the middle of March, it is worth pointing out where things stand now that the legislature has returned from it's half-time crossover break.

According to the latest numbers, taking into account the actions of both chambers, there is currently a tentative budget deficit of $178 million dollars.

While waiting for the new numbers, legislators should consider what they would rather do - cut 5% from spending this time, and be ok next time, or roll the dice and risk having to make serious cuts?

In either case, addressing one-time needs with money in the bank is part of a prudent plan - making cuts there, but not in on-going spending - is not something that will sit well with those in the Bakken.

While waiting for the new numbers, legislators should consider what they would rather do - cut 5% from spending this time, and be ok next time, or roll the dice and risk having to make serious cuts?

In either case, addressing one-time needs with money in the bank is part of a prudent plan - making cuts there, but not in on-going spending - is not something that will sit well with those in the Bakken.


 



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Steve Cates
STEVE CATES: PRESIDENT OBAMA, ARNE DUNCAN AND DAVID AXELROD CLAIM OBAMACORE AS THEIR CREATION
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In Obama's own words: Common Core is ObamaCore

North Dakota’s education system is being transformed. The transformation is being done through the adoption and implementation of Common Core. Common Core is not simply a set of standards but is the basis, using the federal Race To The Top program to TRANSFORM our state’s education system. This transformation was designed, pushed, managed, and financed, by the Obama Administration Department of Education.

Before America began to understand Common Core and thus opposition grew, Arne Duncan and Barack Obama could not praise their program of NATIONAL TRANSFORMATIONAL REFORM enough. In February of 2010 at the National Governors’ Association meeting President Obama attended that meeting and announced his two major national reforms that he would be working with governors to implement – health care and education.

 



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: SIGNS OF AMERICA IN DECLINE?

Observing the passing scene begs the question, “Is America in decline?”

This can be a touchy issue. Some, with a false sense of pride, might scoff. Others might ignore the question with a whiff of denial. Still others sense an uneasiness they can’t articulate.

With the coarsening of our culture, our society’s sense of meaning is reduced to material and sexual context. If anything, our culture has devolved into individuals fixated more on personal identity and less on cultural unity. Do we even have a collective national soul?

Observing culture and society from the perspective of the passing scene, progress does not appear encouraging in the near term.

 

 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. EARL TILFORD: AMERICAN CRUSADES AND EXISTENTIAL THREATS

Earlier this month, President Barack Obama created a debate when he cautioned against judging the attacks by ISIS and other terrorists as unique to Islam. To illustrate his point, the president brought up the Crusades. In this fascinating article, Dr. Earl Tilford examines American “crusades” and argues that “America at arms excels in crusades fought to a definitive conclusion.” 



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - MARCH 2, 2015

THE BIG GET BIGGER; THEY’RE COMING; GOVERNMENT HELP; WILL SHE, OR WON’T SHE?; MESSALUNA; NORMAL IS MISLEADING; THE MINNEAPOLIS SOMALI; TRAFFIC VOLUMES NEAR WATFORD CITY; HOUSING FOR THE TEACHERS; TAKE WITH GRAIN OF SALT; NO PROBLEM



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Lynn Bergman
LYNN BERGMAN: TIME TO GRILL RAILROAD CEO?

It’s high time that the Railroads spend a significantly greater share of their profits on R&D and maintenance. We know how much “political restraint” the political contributions of Railroad owners have purchased; isn’t it time that “hush money” be “re-distributed” to Research and Development and maintenance? Enough with the derailments already!

 



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Selwyn Duke
SELWYN DUKE: HOW TO WIN THE CHRISTIAN BAKER/SAME-SEX “WEDDING” CAKE DEBATE

To drive the point home, should a liberal baker be compelled to craft the message, “Celebrate Gun Rights,” “Life Begins at Conception” or “Marriage is One Man, One Woman”?



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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
JOE SOBRAN: FOR FEAR OF THE JEWS

The fear of the label anti-Semitic is a fear of the power that is believed to lie behind it: Jewish power. Yet this is still pretty much unmentionable in journalism. It's rather as if sportswriters covering pro basketball were prohibited from mentioning that the Los Angeles Lakers were in first place.



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: ISLAM - RELIGION OF PEACE?

Muhammad died in 632 after conquering Arabia but he envisioned the continued expansion of Islam. This was not to be done by handing out tracts on sand dunes but by the power of jihad.

The Crusades began in 1080 AD involving 16 battles fought over 180 years. The Crusades were fought in response to Islam conquering a Christian Middle East.

On the other hand, Islam has been fighting jihad from the time Muhammad was expelled Mecca in 622 until today. Over these 1400 years the Islamic jihad fought 548 battles against classical western civilization in Europe. These battles do not include the jihad conducted against North Africa, India and Afghanistan.

The Islamic struggle against Judaism and Christianity has been going on a long, long time. Is Islam a religion of peace? Actions speak louder than words. Draw your own conclusion.

 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. MARK HENDRICKSON: THE FCC VERSUS INTERNET FREEDOM

Congress needs to wake up and decisaively halt this unwarranted expansion of executive branch power. In previous cases of bureaucratic overreach (IRS, NLB, NSA, etc.) some members of Congress have made lots of noise, but the consequences to the perpetrators have been pathetically weak. It’s time to move beyond giving indignant speeches and an occasional slap on the wrist. Why not abolish the FCC, update federal communication law, and then let individual cases be litigated in common law courts?



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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
ALLAN C. BROWNFELD: HOLLYWOOD TRAITORS - SCREENWRITERS PROMOTED BOTH STALIN AND HITLER

The implication, of course, was that the idea that Communism in any way threatened the integrity of the motion picture industry was a myth promoted by a right-wing intent upon pursuing an American form of Fascism.
The reality was quite different.



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - FEBRUARY 22, 2015

BIG FISH SWALLOW SMALLER FISH; SAFER THAN RAIL; THAT WAS A LITTLE CARELESS; BUM RAP; DON’T WASTE OUR TIME AND MONEY; THE TRICKY DEVILS WILL FIND A WAY; HELP WANTED; KIRSTEN BAESLER; HE WAS NOT THE PROBLEM; DON’T LOOK NOW; FOOD STAMPS; AN ALTERNATIVE TO NO CARE; HIGH-WATER MARK; SORRY, SHELTON; FIGHTING RADICALIZATION; THE TWIN CITIES; HOW SWEET; DAKTOIDS



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: THE RACIAL GRIEVANCE INDUSTRY AND RESENTMENT

“There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs – partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.” – Booker T. Washington, Chap. V, “The Intellectuals and the Boston Mob,” 1911, p. 118.

Are race relations any better today than after the civil rights era? Or, has public resentment been piqued as liberals and progressives force their view of tolerance on America thus displacing freedom of conscience?

Most people will always have an aversion to others at some point in their life whatever the pretext. Is America contending with racism or resentment?

 



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - FEBRUARY 16, 2015

IS THERE MORE TO THIS STORY?; CONCORDIA COLLEGE; IT’S NOT JUST CONCORDIA; HALTING TRANSFERS TO SOMALIA; REHAB FOR RADICALS; THE OPINION PAGES; JUST WHAT DICKINSON NEEDED; TIMES HAVE CHANGED; HUH!; LOUD AND NUTT; LEITH MAYOR RYAN SCHOCK; BE WARY; NO ACCOUNTING FOR TASTE; THE NORTHERN PLAINS



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS: AN EXCHANGE WITH A GENUINE RACIST

Do you want someone who looks to Ronald Reagan - or someone who prefers the philosophy of Woodrow Wilson? Cruz favors the Reagan approach. Cruz is unequivocal in support of "American Exceptionalism". Do you want a mugwump who will tell you one thing and then betray you with a vote? Cruz will not tell you he's for one thing and vote the other way - he has a track record on this.



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: REAL NEWS COVERAGE AND DECLINE OF THE FOURTH ESTATE

The health of democracy depends on access to information. An informed citizenry capable of making informed decisions is preeminent. The alternative is that citizens act out of ignorance. An independent press serves as a check on elected officials to carry out the wishes of those who elected them. Many in the United States naively believe that the contemporary news media monitors the political process to ensure that politicians don’t abuse the democratic process.

Today we can praise the “Fifth Estate” – bloggers, journalists and alternative media outlets -- who operate outside the reach of the mainstream news. For the most part, they do today what the mainstream media was once famous for – sound news coverage.

 

 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. MARK HENDRICKSON: REMEMBERING THE “MIRACLE ON ICE”

The Miracle on Ice eclipses all the other great sports moments because it was about more than just sports. It was our country and its most cherished values against the Soviet Union and its antithetical exaltation of atheism, tyranny, and oppression. It was the ultimate good-versus-evil showdown.



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. GARY S. SMITH: THE OBAMA’S NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST REMARKS - A DIFFERENT CONVERSATION

However, rather than joining the debate over Obama’s analysis of the role Christianity plays in promoting violence and condoning racism, the importance of doubt in Christian faith, or the right of a president to discuss his personal religious views, I want to focus on a different issue.



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