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Center for Vision & Values
DR. GEORGE VAN PELT CAMPBELL: THE NASHVILLE STATEMENT: WHY I SIGNED

In late August, a coalition of Christian leaders released the Nashville Statement—a document affirming their beliefs regarding human sexuality—which has over 17,000 signers to date. In this article, Dr. George Van Pelt Campbell explains why he chose to sign. Campbell writes, “The primary reason I signed the Nashville Statement is that, with many other Christians, I believe it expresses truth.”



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DENNIS PATRICK: THE WORLD OF ECCENTRIC BOOK LOVERS

Book lovers are in a class of their own. Bibliophiles, the technical term for these gentle folks of bookish behavior, have unbridled affection and unquenchable thirst for the printed word.

Biblioclepts, for example, are people who steal books.

Biblioclasts destroy books.

Bibliotaphs are those who love their books so much they bury them.

Bibliophagi, undoubtedly the most bizarre among book lovers, are people who virtually eat the printed word.

For bibliomanes, quantity counts. 

In the face of the enormous challenge from technology and electronic devices the world of books is held at bay like aliens from another world. Families gather around the TV for an evening of non-interaction. Books collect dust as individuals peck away distractedly on their devices.

However, as long as people have ideas to share and there are readers who seek understanding, there will always be books.

Where books are found, so are literary addictions.




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

UND PROGRAMS WITHOUT LEADERS; DYSFUNCTIONAL SYSTEM; THE ND AND MN GOVERNORS; THE HAROLD NEWMAN ARENA; KATHRYN BURGUM EXCEPTION; SHAQ O'NEAL; WITNESSES TO TRAGEDY; DO YOU FEEL A LITTLE WARMER?; REZ ALCOHOL TAX; LESS TAX FOR NODAKS; WINONA LADUKE; DAKTOIDS



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Center for Vision & Values
NEW YORK TIMES: COMMUNISM “MADE LIFE BETTER” FOR CHINESE WOMEN

October 2017 observes the centenary of communism—a time to solemnly mark the 100 years by reflecting on the fact that an estimated 100 million people lost their lives under communist governments. However, last week the New York Times ran an article that suggested communism was a good thing for women. In this article that first appeared at The American Spectator, Dr. Paul Kengor counters the Times piece and argues that many facts about communism were left out. Kengor writes, “Quite astonishingly, the article makes no mention of poverty or starvation for women in communist China, where more people died than in any other country under communism.”

 



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Selwyn Duke
SELWYN DUKE: DEMOCRATS POLITICIZE LAS VEGAS BEFORE BLOOD EVEN DRY

If anti-gun laws are a good idea now, they’ll also be a good idea later, when the emotion surrounding Las Vegas has subsided. But since facts and reason aren’t on the leftists’ side, they’re left to appeal to emotion — and that’s most easily done when blood is still on the ground. 

 



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SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - OCTOBER 1, 2017

THE LAST MANSION HURRAH; ONE OF ND'S LARGEST FARMS; OIL PATCH HANGOVER; SCANDINAVIAN/GRAND FORKS TEAMWORK; MARK HAGEROTT; IMPULSIVE CARSON WENTZ; BIG SPENDERS; FALL FROM GRACE CHAIRMAN; EPIDEMIC; DAKTOIDS



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: THE RULING CLASS HAS NO CLASS

The Ruling Class accumulates power by redistributing other people’s wealth. Power derives from public office because it is from there that elected officials distribute the “bacon” to their constituents from whom the money was confiscated as taxes in the first place. Money becomes an aphrodisiac administered by Senators and Representatives to the public so they can show love and be loved in return.

It is easy for The Ruling Class to give the appearance of “getting things done” by voting on non-controversial measures they know in advance won’t go anywhere. These are “safe” votes that can be sold to their constituents as “bipartisan” efforts.

 On hard issues requiring leadership such as income tax reform, immigration and border security as well as repealing Obamacare, the Ruling Class resolved nothing. Our Senators and Representatives have talked a good fight for years. Yet, through those years, nothing substantive has been accomplished. It is time to drain the swamp starting with the 2018 primaries and conventions.

 

 



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS: WHAT SHALL WE DO ABOUT ALL THIS KNEELING?

Trump has encouraged firings of the players involved and boycotts of football. In the former I disagree – it looks very unhealthy to me to urge firings for expressions of thought, however nebulous the "thought" may be. In the latter, this, at least, utilized the free market and free will to show disapproval and encourage the change we want as a majority of patriotic Americans.



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Center for Vision & Values
MARLON “BIG DOG” BROWN: A STORY OF HOPE AND REDEMPTION

Meet “Big Dog” Brown: From a troubled childhood to multiple stints in prison, Brown’s story is a remarkable journey of God’s love and grace. In this article, Dr. Gary S. Smith tells Big Dog’s story and highlights the importance of Christian charity and compassion. Smith writes, “A compassionate adult might have helped Brown develop better self-esteem, avoid drugs, and come to know Christ at an earlier age. Sadly, hundreds of thousands of children are growing up today in situations similar to the one in which Brown was raised.” Click below for more.



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS: SHOULD WE AGREE TO STARVE THE INFIRM?

We are not God. We do not have a right to arbitrarily determine that a life is not "viable" or worth saving or worth living.



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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
JOSEPH SOBRAN: THE CROSS AND THE SWASTIKA

The most audacious entry in the campaign to equate Catholicism and anti-Semitism is that of Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, author of A Moral Reckoning: The Catholic Church during the Holocaust and Today.

In Goldhagen’s mind, the Cross begot the Swastika. Nazism was the updated spawn of the earliest Christian teachings and the Holocaust was their fulfillment.

But Pius XII isn’t Goldhagen’s ultimate target; Christianity is. He contends that the central Christian doctrine — the doctrine of the Crucifixion — is anti-Semitic!



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SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - SEPTEMBER 11, 2017

PRESIDENT TRUMP IN MANDAN; GUESTS ON AIR FORCE ONE; U.S. SEN. HEIDI HEITKAMP; ACROSS THE WIDE MISSOURI; LIFE OF HARD WORK; GRANDMA BOOP; CONTRADITCION; FORTY DEFICIENCIES; FISHER INDUSTRIES; MOGADISHU, MINNESOTA CANCELED; HMON; THE AGERICAN GREAT LOOP; STICKER SHOCK; DAKTOIDS



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. PAUL KENGOR: FORGOTTEN CONSERVATIVE: REMEMBERING GEORGE SCHUYLER

It has been 40 years since George Schuyler died. It is a shame that he has gone largely forgotten and overlooked. Schuyler was a man with a mighty pen—a top journalist at one of the nation’s top newspapers. In this article that first appeared at The American Spectator, Dr. Paul Kengor remembers Schuyler and argues that he was a great American and deserves more recognition.



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

SAVANNA GREYWIND; JUSTICE DELAYED; WAGE SLUMP; SHOWDOWN; THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX/ GREENPEACE; MARVIN WINDOWS; OUTMATCHED; JAMESTOWN; SMALL BUT MIGHTY; THROWBACKS; CRUEL ADVICE; DAKTOIDS



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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
ROBERT HALE: THE PROGENY OF THE LOVE GENERATION - “MS. SNOWFLAKE”

It should surprise no one that so many Americans hold our Congress in such low esteem. Americans know intuitively that something is seriously wrong in America, but cannot put their finger on the problem. They see our communities and nation disintegrating. But why?

In large part, it has to do with the fruits of the 1970's Love Generation’s disrespect for authority, responsibility, striving for excellence and civil discourse.

The children of the Love Generation managed to pull off a virtual takeover of America's once superlative education system. Today our children are not educated, they are indoctrinated by these loveless Love Children.

The rule of law in America is on life support. Laws are brushed aside when they conflict with feelings. Laws enacted today have little or nothing to do with fundamental concepts of right, wrong, reason or logic.

 



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS: FEDERAL ARMING OF LOCAL POLICE A MISTAKE

Perhaps you are unaware of the stealth with which the federal government has insinuated itself into our law enforcement but it is there in funding of personnel and "gifts" of equipment and even possibly training. Your local police probably have a repurposed fire station or bus garage full of the stuff.



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Lynn Bergman
LYNN BERGMAN: COURAGE, WORK, AND LESSER OF EVILS

It is my firm belief that the only way our country will ever become fully healed is for each and every individual American to be taught at home and by educators, both public and private, that Love = Work + Courage. It is up to all of us individually to do everything we can to teach our young that no road is to long or too tough to travel if “Work” is the opportunity at road's end. It is also our responsibility to instill in our young the “Courage” to travel those roads that seek the self-love that “Work” represents.

 



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SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - AUGUST 28, 2017

IS THE STATE TALKING TO ITSELF?; JOHN "JACK" HOEVEN; LIVING HIGH; METH; WHITE SUPREMACIST CRAIG COBB; WHE WASHINGTON POST; STILL VERY MUCH ALIVE; CHEERLEADERS;GOV. DOUG BURGUM; WHITEY'S WONDERBAR; FAMOUS DAVES'S; HOME OWNERSHIP FOR BLACKS; DAKTOIDS



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Center for Vision & Values
ROBERT HALE: WHERE HAVE ALL THE STATESMEN GONE?

For those unsure who is a professional politician as opposed to a statesman, consider the following:

– A statesman is a person of bedrock principles and unchanging fundamental truths not guided by expediency.

– A statesman is a person governed by a moral compass -- not public opinion polls – but instead a sense of absolute right and wrong.

– A statesman is a person with a true vision of what the community (large or small) can be, is able to identify problems, can craft solutions for both the short and long term to bring the vision to reality.

Perhaps it is time to finally turn off the pundits and turn out all the professional politicians and seek statesmen as our leaders.

 



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Center for Vision & Values
RICHARD KUCOR: AMERICA’S CHARLIE GARD? THINK AGAIN…THE VALUE OF FREE-MARKET HEALTHCARE

In July, the story of Charlie Gard, the baby stricken with a rare and typically fatal genetic disorder, was the center of international news. Tragically, Charlie passed away. Remarkably, a similar story is now beginning to unfold in the United States. In this article, Richard Kocur looks at the fight of Russell Cruzan III, a four-month-old baby from Michigan who suffers from a variation of the same rare condition as Charlie Gard. 



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Beacon Author
GARY EMINETH: ICONS, PROTESTORS, AND A GREEN MONSTER….AUGUST 19, 2017

We have been in Boston this week. Cobblestone streets, The squawk of sea gulls. Bracing salt filled breezes to remind one that the ocean is just over yonder-wherever you go there is something that stirs the soul.

Our youngest son is with us and has one thing on his mind-baseball and Fenway Park.

"Iconic" is the word he used to describe the experience of sitting in the green bleachers - the 37' high wall some 310 feet from home plate looms like a "Green Monstah" (that's New Englander for monster) to remind the batter just where he is and what he's up against. 



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SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - AUGUST 21, 2017

JOLT IN MINOT; ND HUB CITIES; GRAND SKY; 1HE 11TH ANNUAL UAS SUMMIT; DROUGHT; WAYWARD DRUMMER; IT HAPPENED AGAIN; GUILTY; BOBBY WASN'T AVAILABLE; THE CHURCH OF CASH; LEMMINGS; THEY WANT TO BE "CORRECT"; NEW BOODK; DAKTOIDS



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: WHERE HAS THE SUMMER GONE?

What happened to summer? Suddenly Memorial Day and the 4th of July seem so far away. Signs of summer’s passing are all around us.

Summer passed so quickly. Maybe it is the short summers on the northern plains that makes time seem to fly. Or, maybe the busyness in which we immerse ourselves that distracts us. So much to do; so little time. Rush, rush, rush.

There is a perennial contradiction. It is easy to love summer for its warmth and breezes but hate it for its heat and humidity. This, too, becomes a distraction from the passing of time. In the blink of an eye we soon trade the heat for the cold.

 



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Beacon Author
GARY EMINETH: ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS - AUGUST 9

 

No matter what is more consistent with one's "ancestry", the polka and sausage or the minuet and high tea, one thing is sure. The people on this boat were not expecting a handout or even a hand-up. They risked everything for an opportunity.

Although I'm not sure I'm ready to stand with the great Patrick Henry and cry, "Give me liberty or give me death", I will say with Ben Franklin, "Well gentleman, I say we all hang together or we will most certainly hang separately."

We have to stick together and Let Freedom Ring. Next on our itinerary is Boston. There we are hoping to get some inspiration and even information for our "journal".

 



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SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - AUGUST 14, 2017

A DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT; DIGIKEY; WORTH A TRY; MAKING DO; PRAIRIE SKYSCRAPER; GOVERNORS' HIGHW; A LESSON; THE REIGN OF TERROR IS OVER; CANDISC; CAUTIONARY TALE; SAD ENDING; TREADING WATER; DAKTOIDS



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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
JOSEPH SOBRAN: IS THE POPE SQUARE?

Griffin Internet Syndicate, August 5, 2003 – Speaking as a Catholic, I wish the Vatican would say nothing about same-sex “marriage.” It’s beneath its dignity to enter into debate with a sick joke, and when it does so it only allows progressive-minded fools to change the subject.

Some people have the ineradicable impression that Catholics regard the Pope as an absolute dictator who can change the moral rules at his own whim.

Such fools, some of them nominal Catholics, argue that the Church is a bunch of hypocritical old men nervously obsessed with sex and Jesus told us to be nice to each other and refusing to let homosexuals marry isn’t very nice because they don’t bother anyone and anyway what about all those pedophile priests so let the Pope mind his own business and look to his own house. You get the idea. Like, if the Church doesn’t enforce its own rules, those rules must be invalid.

 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. DAVID HOGSETTE: RELEVANCE OF THE 2009 MANHATTAN DECLARATION

In 2009, the Manhattan Declaration was drafted to rally traditional Christians to solidarity and to provide guidelines for proclaiming the truth of Christ, boldly and peacefully, in an unfriendly culture. In this article, Dr. David Hogsette revisits the Manhattan Declaration and argues: “The public square is a hostile environment of competing identity politics. However, not all identities are treated equally. Those adhering to Christian orthodoxy do not enjoy the same respect, dignity, tolerance, or acceptance as other identities, despite the constitutional guarantee of religious liberty.”



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. MARK HENDRICK: THE “SUMMER OF LOVE” - A HALF-CENTURY LATER

For some people, 50 years ago was known as the Summer of Love. In this article, Dr. Mark Hendrickson reflects upon 1967 and writes, “Drugs, sex, and rock’n’roll is hardly a formula for generational excellence. Think of ‘the greatest generation’ that found the inner strength and character to prevail in the existential conflict of World War II: Would they have achieved such heroic heights had their priorities been to tune out the world and pursue ease and pleasure? Not a chance.”

 



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Beacon Author
GARY EMINETH: ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS - AUGUST 7, 2017

 

No matter what is more consistent with one's "ancestry", the polka and sausage or the minuet and high tea, one thing is sure. The people on this boat were not expecting a handout or even a hand-up. They risked everything for an opportunity.

Although I'm not sure I'm ready to stand with the great Patrick Henry and cry, "Give me liberty or give me death", I will say with Ben Franklin, "Well gentleman, I say we all hang together or we will most certainly hang separately."

We have to stick together and Let Freedom Ring. Next on our itinerary is Boston. There we are hoping to get some inspiration and even information for our "journal".

 



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Dennis Stillings
DENNIS PATRICK: CONSULATION IN A CUP - COFFEE

Colombians grow it; Bedouins chew it. Africans hoe it; Americans brew it. Coffee, a third world child adopted by Americans, is without question a favorite American beverage. In my case, coffee and I have had a long love affair.

Imagine the despair a few years ago when some anxious pessimists declared caffeine a health hazard adding it to an ever-growing list of no-no’s.

Coffee isn’t the bugaboo some Chicken Littles made it out to be a few years ago. The only apparent danger posed by coffee is from some dolt who drops a cup of the hot stuff in their lap and then wants to sue.

Relax and enjoy a cup o’ joe!

 



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