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DUSTIN GAWRYLOW: TIME TO RE-BOOT THE HEALTHCARE DEBATE

Much has been made by Congressman Pomeroy (as well as Senators Conrad and Dorgan) about the provision of "negotiated rates" for the public option rather than tying rates to what Medicare currently pays

This is

The dirty little secret is that Medicare does not reimburse doctors and hospitals at a dollar-for-dollar cost level for services.  As a result, doctors and hospitals charge private insurance more to make up the lost ground.  This means Medicare itself is driving up the cost of private health insurance. 



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Dennis Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: SILENCE ON THE EPHEMERAL HOAX OF GLOBAL WARMING

Implications are enormous. A second global warming treaty negotiated at Copenhagen next week makes no sense at all. The vast amount of greenhouse gas emissions, estimated at 99.7%, is beyond human control. At the same time, the cost to reduce further emissions is estimated to cost over $100 trillion. Much of that cost would be borne by the United States.

 

The White House remains mum. Oblivious to the scandal, President Obama is traveling to Copenhagen to sign a global warming treaty replacing the Kyoto Accords (which the U.S. never signed). It would obligate the U.S. to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions and subsidize reduction in other countries to the tune of billions of dollars. Our lifestyle would change.

 

Congressional leaders, too, remain silent about the hoax. Congress long ago bought the AGW argument with the passage of cap and trade legislation in the U.S. House. Now the Senate takes its whack at cap and trade.

 



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SALLY MORRIS: TO BE OR NOT TO BE - THE HUMAN FACE OF HEALTH CARE

I have never known anyone like Melissa. She was funny, talented, strikingly beautiful, loving, creative. Maybe you know someone like her. (Or maybe you just know someone's sister or daughter . . . or mother.) Sometimes I see a little of her in my own beautiful and talented young daughters. I wonder what life will have in store for them. I hope that they will have the opportunity to have every chance to fulfill their promise and dreams.

I hope that a “health care system” that views saving life an undesirable result of “misguided” application of the Hippocratic Oath and an “’outmoded’” concern for the individual patient” will not cut deprive them of that promise.



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MIKE MAGUIRE: CO2 IS NOT POLLUTION - SUN CONTROLS CLIMATE!

Powerful evidence of this positive link to life from increased CO2 and warmth comes from digital satellite observations that were processed, refined and compared to changes of satellite-based maps of vegetation collected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s series of AVHRR (Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer) sensors. The digital satellite observations were processed and refined into maps by NASA’s Global Inventory Modeling and Mapping Studies project.

 

Temperatures have always fluctuated naturally on this planet. Looking back over the past 100 years, the earth warmed from 1900 to around 1940. There was global cooling after that until the late 1970's. It warmed again in the 1980's and 1990's, with the warmest year on record being 1998. There has been no warming since then even as CO2 has increased during the entire period.

 

As of the 2009 growing season, the US has now gone a record 21 straight years without a widespread drought in the Cornbelt. Soybean yields this year are easily a record. Corn yields were just shy of a record because it was actually too COOL in the Upper Midwest, not allowing the crop to reach full maturity. Climate models from man made global warming alarmists have consistently predicted increasing droughts along with yield reducing excessive heat.

 

As a meteorologist that understands these models and appreciates our challenge to get the weather forecast right for next week, it has always amazed me that the public has been so easily bamboozled into believing the exaggerated 20 or 50 year cataclysmic climate forecasts. Would you keep listening to the same weather man if he was wrong 21 forecasts in a row, then tried to sell you on his prediction for 50 years from now?

 

The sunspot count continues to be at the lowest level in a century. Looking back in the past, there appears to be a strong link between an inactive sun and a cooler earth The sun is the source of incoming heat on this planet. It has cycles that we haven't been around long enough to study and understand clearly. We do know with certainty that all of the many temperature fluctuations in the past were caused by natural cycles or events. Those natural cycles will continue to happen with or without human beings.. That's why temperatures have gone up and down the past 100 years even while man made CO2 has gone up EVERY year.

 

The biggest legitimate link involving CO2 is with plants. We know that increasing CO2 increases plant growth and crop yields. CO2 is essential to all life forms on earth. Treating it as pollution is about as absurd as believing we can predict our climate 50 years from now. We also know that the warmer our planet has been in the past, the more life it supported.

 

Powerful evidence of this positive link to life from increased CO2 and warmth comes from digital satellite observations that were processed, refined and compared to changes of satellite-based maps of vegetation collected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s series of AVHRR (Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer) sensors. The digital satellite observations were processed and refined into maps by NASA’s Global Inventory Modeling and Mapping Studies project.

 

The time frame for this comprehensive study is significant. It studied the years of greatest warming this century. The scientists concluded: “Between 1982 and 1999, 25 percent of the Earth’s vegetated area experienced increasing plant productivity”. They assumed that “increasing CO2 caused plants to grow better” but “carbon dioxide fertilization couldn’t be solely responsible for the change; climate change must be playing a role as well.” Part of the increase was from more sunshine in the tropics and part was from warmer temperatures in the high northern latitudes. http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/GlobalGarden/

 

I believe in reducing all forms of real pollution, recycling, conserving and developing renewable energy. I also believe strongly in telling the truth. The truth is that CO2 is not pollution and that man did not cause much of the global warming that occurred in the last one hundred years. Don't believe the cleverly constructed presentations using distorted data from agenda driven groups. They consider their hidden interests to be more important than the truth. They often use well intentioned credible people to help perpetrate the scam. Don't believe them. We need to hold our policy makers accountable for their decisions, basing them on truth and the best interest of our country and planet. Don't believe me either. Educate yourself on the subject, verify that everything stated here is the truth...........then believe it!!!

 

Mike Maguire

 

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SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: NOVEMBER 27, 2009

ND’S HIGHEST HONOR, WE’RE NOT GETTING ANYPLACE, EFFORTS TO CREATE CLIMATE CHANGE, SURPRISING NEW DEVELOPMENT, WHATEVER THE NAME, CRITICISM IS NOT WELCOME, ELLEN CHAFFEE, QUASI QUOTA SYSTEM, SHE IS HAILED AS A HEROINE, THAT’S NOT SO GOOD, THIS AND THAT, DAKTOIDS



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MARK STEYN: CLIMATE SCIENCE AND THE PEER-REVIEW CONSENSUS FORGERY

The "consensus" warm-mongers could have declared it only counts as "peer-reviewed" if it's published in Peer-Reviewed Studies published by Mann & Jones Publishing Inc (Peermate of the Month: Al Gore, reclining naked, draped in dead polar bear fur, on a
melting ice floe), and Ed Begley Jr and "Andy" Revkin would still have wandered out glassy-eyed into the streets droning "Peer-reviewed studies. Cannot question. Peer-reviewed studies. The science is settled."


Looking forward to Copenhagen, Herman Van Rumpoy, the new President of the European Union and an eager proponent of the ecopalypse, says 2009 is "the first year of global governance". Global government, huh? I wonder whereyou go to vote them out of office. Hey, but don't worry, it'll all be "peer-reviewed".



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ROBERT HALE: LEAVING SOLDIERS IN HARM’S WAY

It may be a clever rhetorical claim that not making a decision is a decision. However, when one has time to play, party, politic, and campaign, but not time to decide how to best lead, direct, protect, and give meaning to Americans whose lives are on the line, it is neither clever nor leadership.  If I did not respect the office of the President, I would say that President Obama's failure to act border on dereliction of duty and treason.



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Steve Cates
THE PREVARICATING PROSECUTOR III, NO. 9: STATES’ ATTORNEY VIOLATES RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

Against Rule 16 of the North Dakota Rules of Criminal Procedure, Burleigh County State's Attorney's Office attorney Feland withheld from defendent Blunt and Hoffman investigative interviews and/or witness statements collected during the prosecution of the case. Rule 16 (f)(1)(B) delineates under “Demands for Production of … Statements of Witnesses” that Upon a defendant's written request, the prosecution must furnish the defendant: (b) any statements made by the listed prosecution witnesses.”



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DR. MARVIN FOLKERSMA: BARACK AND THE BUCHANAN PRESIDENT

This is the danger of the Obama presidency, as Barack Obama juggles a half dozen major bills along with several foreign-policy challenges, any one of which risk failure that could damage his presidency severely, if not destroy it altogether. Since the summer especially, Obama’s executive style has been carefully documented with increasing alarm by president-watchers, even those who are sympathetic to his goals.



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Steve Cates
THE PREVARICATING PROSECUTOR III, NO. 8: DECEPTION OF VOLUNTARY vs. INVOLUNTARY EFFECT THE JURY
State's Attorney
Richard Riha
Assistant State's Attorney
Cynthia Feland
Assistant State's Attorney
Lloyd Suhr

There is no getting around the fact that that the perpetrated and collusive deception by Burleigh County State's Attorneys Feland and Suhr, and North Dakota State Auditor's Office auditor Wahl regarding David Spencer’s departure status did in fact impact the outcome rendered by the jury. The trial transcript shows that the only substantive question asked by the jury during their deliberations surrounded the issue of what is a voluntary versus an involuntary resignation.



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DR. PAUL KENGOR: OBAMA—AND—REAGAN GO TO CHINA

It was 25 years ago that another American president, Ronald Reagan, delivered an extraordinary speech at Fudan, one unknown even to Reagan devotees. It was one of the 40th president’s best moments abroad, akin to his May 1988 speech at Moscow State University. Here, I would like to revisit that speech, not simply to pay due homage, but to reinforce Reagan’s teachable moment—needed in America in 2009 as much as China in 1984—and perhaps to uplift conservatives in need of some political inspiration.



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Schmid
SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: NOVEMBER 20, 2009

TORT REFORM, THE BAD GUYS, EARMARKS ARE WASTEFUL, COLLEGIALITY HAS ITS LIMITS, THE DOWNSIDE OF A MONOCULTURE, HE IS IN PRISON FOR LIFE, PRAIRIE SCHOOLS, PRAIRIE CHURCHES, “GRANDMOTHER SCAM”, RON, STOP DIGGING!, DAKTOIDS



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Steve Cates
THE PREVARICATING PROSECUTOR III, NO. 7: PROSECUTORS MISLEAD JURY IN QUESTIONING WITNESSES
State's Attorney
Richard Riha
Assistant State's Attorney
Cynthia Feland
Assistant State's Attorney
Lloyd Suhr

While having full knowledge that there was evidence to the contrary (as had already been extensively established), Burleigh County State's Attorneys Suhr and Feland still continued to forcefully present deceptive opening and closing statements that the Spencer issues were criminal and even questioned witnesses Jason Wahl, Cammie O’Conner, James Long, Jodi Bjornson, and Billi Peltz to establish and perpetrate this ruse. These repeated, knowingly-disingenuous actions undoubtedly mislead the judge and jury to believe that clearly-known, non-criminal offenses were criminal – in short, they lied to the Judge, jury, and citizens of North Dakota in order to secure a guilty verdict against Sandy Blunt.



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BRENT MCCARTHY: YES YOU CAN - STAND FOR FREEDOM!

Put your faith in God and yourself, not others. No politician is ever going to lift you out of poverty. History proves that politicians who promise to provide for people have evil motives and nothing but contempt for your health and well-being. They will say anything to get you to giving up your individual rights and liberties. The cavalry isn’t coming.



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Dennis Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: THANKSGIVING 2009

George Washington accepted the congressional request as a cultural consensus regarding the prevailing Christian precepts. On October 3, 1789, President Washington issued the first Thanksgiving Proclamation. Had the American Civil Liberties Union or a media obsessed with anti-religious bias existed at that time, they would probably have condemned the Proclamation as a bigoted, right-wing conspiracy.



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ROBERT HALE: THE DESTRUCTION OF AMERICA’S REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT

We do not have a representative government in America today. Laws are written in unintelligible code by anonymous special interests, and our representatives shield these interests' schemes. The officials do not represent those who elect them; they do not do their job; they do not even try. Instead, they blindly vote for what they have not read, what they do not understand, and what they have no interest in studying.



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MARK STEYN: PRESIDENT SUPERBOWER - “SPEAK LOUDLY, CARRY A SMALL TWIG”

Tear down that wall …so they can get a better look at me!!! Is there no-one in the White House grown-up enough to say, “Er, Mr President, that’s really the kind of line you get someone else to say about you”? And maybe somebody could have pointed out that November 9th 1989 isn’t about him but about millions of nobodies whose names are unknown, who lead dreary lives doing unglamorous jobs and going home to drab accommodations, but who at a critical moment in history decided they were no longer going to live in a prison state. They’re no big deal, they’re never going to land a photoshoot for Vanity Fair.



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SALLY MORRIS: BARACK OBAMA SCHOOLING CHINA?

America, circa 2009, is not America, circa 1989.  And you, Mr. Obama, are no Ronald Reagan.  Only WE, the American people, have the power to change this picture.  A strong, free, financially sound and morally straight America has always been a powerful force for peace, prosperity and for good in the world.  A weak, bankrupt America led by a weak, dithering president, is a danger to world peace and prosperity - and in a very poor position to lecture the Chinese leadership about anything.



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RUBEN LACKMAN: LUNACY AND THE EARL OF POMEROY

Why is Obama so arrogant at home, like a tiger in America to a government he agrees with, but so docile, like a mouse overseas, to governments with whom he should disagree? Whose side is he on?? By the way, the definition of “pragmatical” is  (1)“officious; meddlesome; (2) “dogmatic; opinionated; conceited.” A “pragmatic sanction” ; any of various Royal decrees that had the force of fundamental law.  An analogy would be if a thug held you up and demanded “your money or your life.” the pragmatic solution would be to give him the money.  It’s like asking sheep and wolves to “cooperate” on making Thanksgiving Dinner! Or like asking three sheep and three wolves to each contribute “their fair share” to Thanksgiving Dinner. If they put it to a vote and it’s tied, what do think will be for dinner?                       



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DENNIS STILLINGS: WHY ARE THER LIBERALS AND CONSERVATIVES?

Since the common form of Liberalism has, in the background, a spiritual motivation, it is accompanied by a misapplied moral or religious zeal.  For Liberals, a Conservative who objects to Liberal programs is not merely wrong, he is a bad person—and not too much farther to the left one hears that he ought to be “reeducated.”  The Conservative, on the other hand, responds as though the issues were rational ones.  He argues from matters-of-fact, i.e., the way human beings have behaved for centuries.  He recommends the application of practical solutions based on actual experience.  How droll!



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DR. PAUL KENGOR: WHO WAS NELS KONNERUP?

Born in Everett, Washington on December 4, 1916, Konnerup was shaped by the crucible of the Great Depression. He survived it the old-fashioned, American way: faith and family, himself and his parents, hard work, rugged individualism. For the remainder of his life, he would lament Americans’ slow surrender of responsibility from the self to the federal government.”



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Steve Cates
THE PREVARICATING PROSECUTOR III, NO. 6: PROSECUTORS AND AUDITOR IN COORDINATED TRIAL FRAUD
State's Attorney
Richard Riha
Assistant State's Attorney
Cynthia Feland
Assistant State's Attorney
Lloyd Suhr

The trial transcript gives fairly plain and damning evidence that both Feland and Wahl could converse as they did in open court ONLY if they both knew that attorney Hoffman did not know of the November 8, 2007 memo. It smells like a collusion to conspire to commit legal fraud in open court. While admittedly being a legal layman, it seems to me that this behavior is the very essence of perjury; perjury actively induced and supported by Feland.

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Dennis Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: STOP THE INSANITY!

Government keeps raising the cost of doing business and the handwriting is on the wall. The brain drain has started. In the face of federal takeovers, some former banking and insurance industry executives are testing the waters overseas. Singapore, Switzerland and Dubai are wooing U. S. talent.



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Steve Cates
THE PREVARICATING PROSECUTOR III, NO. 5: PROSECUTOR USES FALSE PREMISE TO PORTRAY BLUNT
State's Attorney
Richard Riha
Assistant State's Attorney
Cynthia Feland
Assistant State's Attorney
Lloyd Suhr

Once inappropriately added, the sick leave and moving expense issues (which were known by the prosecutors to not be crimes) were used as a major subject basis to portray Blunt unfavorably with innuendo that could not be supported by facts. Had Feland not lied and manipulated these items into the case as crimes, a significant portion of BCSAO’s argument, testimony, and opening/closing statements would have been absent. The effectiveness of portraying Blunt using this blatantly dishonest technique cannot of course be quantified, but I conjecture that it was quite pivotal in procuring an unjustified outcome.

 



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DR. MARK W. HENDRICKSON: THE COMING OF CAESAR

How bad could it get? If the social order breaks down, civil unrest could disrupt markets and shortages of essential goods could occur. The resulting chaos could trigger martial law. A strong leader—a Caesar—could institute some sort of command order. Millions would resent it, but it would be accepted, because the alternative—civil conflict, chronic disorder, and impending starvation—would be intolerable. In such a calamity, Caesar would be the lesser of two evils. The American Republic and Constitution would join earlier democracies in the ashbin of history.



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Steve Cates
THE PREVARICATING PROSECUTOR III, NO. 4: STATE’S ATTORNEY WITHHOLDS EXCULPATORY EVIDENCE FROM BLUNT
State's Attorney
Richard Riha
Assistant State's Attorney
Cynthia Feland
Assistant State's Attorney
Lloyd Suhr

 

Burleigh County State's Attorney's Office withholds a critcal memo stating that much of the Sandy Blunt trial was one big FAT LIE! The memo proved that the N.D. State Auditor's Office had consulted with the N.D. Attorney General's Office to establish that the seperation of David Spencer was INVOLUNTARY. The prosecutor's office knew that the primary issue of their prosecution was false and the State Auditor's Office helped in the deception!



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DENNIS STILLINGS: OF NOISE AND NIMBYS

 

If a wind turbine spins on the prairie, and your ears are stuffed with money, can you still smell pig manure?



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MARK STEYN: JIHAD AND THE SCANDAL OF “BRAIN-DEAD”  DIVERSITY

The brain-addled “diversity” of General Casey will get some of us killed, and keep all of us cowed. In the days since the killings, the news reports have seemed increasingly like a satirical novel the author’s not quite deft enough to pull off, with bizarre new Catch 22s multiplying like the windmills of your mind: If you’re openly in favor of pouring boiling oil down the throats of infidels, then the Pentagon will put down your emails to foreign jihadists as mere confirmation of your long established “research interests”. If you’re psychotic, the Army will make you a psychiatrist for fear of provoking you. If you gun down a bunch of people, within an hour the FBI will state clearly that we can all relax, there’s no terrorism angle, because, in our over-credentialized society, it doesn’t count unless you’re found to be carrying Permit #57982BQ3a from the relevant State Board of Jihadist Licensing.



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Steve Cates
THE PREVARICATING PROSECUTOR III, NO. 3: PROSECUTORS ADDS CHARGES THAT THEY KNOW ARE NOT ILLEGAL
State's Attorney
Richard Riha
Assistant State's Attorney
Cynthia Feland
Assistant State's Attorney
Lloyd Suhr

Informed by N.D. State Auditor's Office that David Spencer's seperation from N.D. Workforce Safety and Insurance was "involuntary", and therefore issues realted to Spencer's seperation were irrelevant, Burleigh County Assistant State's Attorney Cynthia Feland charges Charles "Sandy" Blunt with felony counts anyway!



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Schmid
SCHMID - LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST: NOVEMBER 13, 2009

ITS GOING TO HAPPEN ONE WAY OR THE OTHER, BIGGEST OIL PLAY IN THE U.S., THE TRIBES NEED NEW HOUSES, LIVING THE GOOD LIFE IN NORTH DAKOTA, REP. EARL POMEROY, GET THIS NDSU AFFAIR BEHIND US, DISSENTING VOICES, CONFLICTS OF INTEREST, EX-CONVICT HANDYMAN, MURDER, MURDER, MURDER, THIS AND THAT, DAKTOIDS

ITS GOING TO HAPPEN ONE WAY OR THE OTHER -- that’s the message Devils Lake is delivering to Valley City, the Red River Valley, and even Winnipeg.  The D.L. people note that the lake rose over three feet this year and is expected to continue rising next year.  If down river folks don’t become more realistic about controlled releases, then they may face vastly greater uncontrolled releases as the lake reaches its natural outlet.


“The Bakken is clearly the BIGGEST OIL PLAY IN THE U.S.” according to the ND Petroleum Council.  The state’s capacity to export crude is rapidly improving and production could soar 50% in 2010.  Pipelines are expanding and, very soon, a 100-car unit train of oil will leave Stanley each day.  The GF Herald urged eastern ND lawmakers to generously support oil-related infrastructure needs in the west, especially if the east wants help with its own future needs (think both Missouri River diversion and flood control).


President Obama met with the nation’s Indian tribes -- all ND tribes were there.  Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Levings appeared before the conference in a war bonnet and made a silver-tongued presentation.  First, he put his full name on the table: Marcus Dominick Levings -- Ee-Ba-Da-Gish -- White-Headed Eagle.  He then reminded Obama that Obama had received a quilt in patriotic colors from Levings’ mother.  Obama acknowledged the quilt and its beauty.  Levings then got down to business, saying his tribes, which had been so kind to Lewis and Clark, were living on hilltops in 77-below wind chill weather.  THE TRIBES NEED NEW HOUSES -- 1,000 would do for now.  Also, they want to develop oil and gas, would Obama please squeeze the bureaucracy and make the process easier?  Obama’s “to do” list grew.


Tribune columnist Ken Rogers can’t help noticing the sharp increase in the number of ND millionaires.  Mind you, he doesn’t begrudge them, but in his eyes their wealth “doesn’t necessarily equate with having lived a good life.”  Rogers says, “LIVING THE GOOD LIFE IN NORTH DAKOTA does not come from a bank balance . . . it comes from being in this place with family and in community, and sharing life here.”  His idea of ND is “working hard, and on a good day, being pretty much middle class.”


The Bismarck Tribune faulted REP. EARL POMEROY for voting for the House version of health care reform just “to keep the conversation going.” The Tribune noted the legislation “does not appear to effectively control the rising costs of health care or insurance.”  The Tribune said there is a belief floating around “that it doesn’t matter what the reform package ends up being, as long as something passes” -- that it can be fixed later.  “It was critical to get it right the first time,” said the Tribune, and Pomeroy should have voted no on the legislation.


Get thee behind me [Satan], Bible, Matthew xvi. 23.  Well not exactly, but this is close to what Forum Publisher Bill Marcil said in one of his infrequent editorials.  Marcil was talking about the recent problems with NDSU, its foundation, and its soon to be ex-president Joe Chapman.  More precisely, Marcil said, “We need to GET THIS AFFAIR BEHIND US . . . NDSU lost arguably its most successful president . . . It’s time to step back, take a deep breath, and start the healing process.” 


Joe Chapman has many admirers, particularly among Fargo business leaders and politicians.  But there are DISSENTING VOICES, John Calvert, a retired NDSU teacher and sometimes Forum columnist, put it this way, “Chapman himself never, so far as I know, uttered a single word about issues that are related to education.”  Calvert believes universities talk too much about growth and too little about education.


ND Legislators have important public jobs and should disclose material CONFLICTS OF INTEREST.  But it is a part-time job -- most members are intensely engaged only for a couple months every two years -- they are “citizen legislators.”  Therefore, it is unreasonable to ask ND legislators to annually disclose every detail of their family’s employment, clients and affiliations, income and asset values, and more, as recommended by the Center for Public Integrity.  The standards are difficult, even for full-time legislators.  Tom Dennis of the GF Herald flunks ND for not having these standards, although they discourage accomplished candidates with complex interests, but present little barrier to people without assets or income.


Someday, it may be a TV movie: Philip Gattuso, a widowed dentist living with his 3-year-old daughter in Fargo, was found brutally murdered, his car missing and his apartment ransacked.  His wife,  the mother of the girl, died this year after a lengthy illness.  Fairly quickly, police located an EX-CONVICT HANDYMAN in Oklahoma who appeared to have driven to ND, did the murder and trailered the car back to Oklahoma.  That last little bit got him -- a surveillance camera at a rest stop on I-29 captured the plates on the trailer.  The plot thickened, the handyman had been hired by the girl’s grandfather to make the hit.  Clearly, the grandfather didn’t like his former son-in-law.  Relatives of the deceased are battling relatives of the grandfather for custody of the little girl.


MURDER, MURDER, MURDER dominated ND news in 2006 and 2007.  Alfonso Rodriguez, Jr. came first -- the sex offender and ex-convict murdered UND coed Dru Sjodin in 2003 and his nationally followed trial, conviction and death sentence occurred in 2006.  On his heels, ex-convict and sex offender Moe Gibbs murdered Valley City State coed Mindy Morgenstern.  He received a life sentence in 2007.  Aaron Nichols was next, the hothead Fargo truck driver drove to Sykeston in 2007 and shot and burned the former in-laws of his girl friend -- another life sentence.  The 2007 stabbing murder of Minot State coed Amy Knutson was similar to the Morgenstern murder, but remains unsolved.  Gibbs and Nichols are confined in Bismarck; Rodriguez is in federal prison and his death sentence appeals drone on.


THIS AND THAT:  Sounds right to me -- the Fargo Fire Dept. reports someone dumped a harmless red dye into Rose Coulee . . .  In hunting season in ND, a large number of men leave their homes -- this phenomenon is exploited in Fargo by a “Hunter Widow Vendor Sale.”  Widows flock to special deals on decorating items and makeup . . . Dickinson is experiencing more than “bad luck” -- the year is not over and the small city has had a tornado, homicide, murder-suicide, and a gun battle with escaped Alabama convicts.  The latest tragedy -- three Dickinson state women softball players drove their SUV into a pond and drowned . . . Herald Publisher Mike Jacobs reminisced about “Wild Bill” Langer, former ND governor and U.S. senator, on the 50th anniversary of Langer’s death.  Langer is a hero to some and an embarrassment to others.


DAKTOIDS: Military officials say up to 75% of today’s young people are not fit for military service, due to lack of physical fitness, criminal records or failure to graduate from high school.  Young adults in ND fairly shine by comparison, about 45% of them are not fit for service.



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