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SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - OCTOBER 8, 2018

APPLAUSE FOR THE TRADE DEAL; WILL ND BE A TECHNOLOGY LEADER?; SENATE RACE; MARIJUANA; MONEY STRUGGLE; HE WON’T GO FAR; SURPRISING MIDWEST CITIES; WHAT DRIVES THE GROWTH?; FISH STORY; GOING, GOING, GONE; SUPPORT IN SPIRIT; TRIBAL MEMBERS GET LEFTOVERS; DAKTOIDS



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: DEMOCRATS’ HARD LURCH TO THE LEFT

Consider a few of the many recent news stories. “Membership in the Democratic Socialist of America (DSA), which has been around since 1982, has grown from about 5,000 to 35,000 since November 2016, and dozens of DSA candidates are running for office around the country. In June, one of them, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, upset Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary, knocking off a ten-term incumbent and one of the most powerful Democrats in the House.” – “The Socialist Network,” Washington Monthly, July-August 2018.

       “She represents the future of our Party.” – Tom Perez, DNC co-chair, discussing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on “The Bill Press Show,” 7/3/2018.

  

 



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Selwyn Duke
SELWYN DUKE: BLASEY FORD’S CURIOUS OMISSION

There was something curiously missing from Professor Christine Blasey Ford’s Thursday Senate testimony, something quite relevant to her basic claims. Please consider the following segment from her testimony about the alleged (circa) 1982 sexual assault by SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh:

Both Brett and Mark [Judge] were drunkenly laughing during the attack. …During this assault, Mark came over and jumped on the bed twice while Brett was on top of me. And the last time that he did this, we toppled over and Brett was no longer on top of me. I was able to get up and run out of the room.

Now please read the corresponding segment from her original letter, sent months ago to Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.):

Kavanaugh was on top of me while laughing with Judge. …At one point when Judge jumped onto the bed, the weight on me was substantial. The pile toppled, and the two scrapped with each other.

After a few attempts to get away, I was able to take this opportune moment to get up and run across to a hallway bathroom.

  

 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. AMERICA’S RELIGION OF HEDONISM

“We all ought to be burdened about the stories coming out about our public figures. We are now living in a culture with a broad consensus of worshipping hedonism,” writes Dr. Gary Welton. In this article, Welton looks at recent research that suggests there are strategies for changing the “hedonistic environment.”



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - SEPTEMBER 30, 2018

LUCKY NODAKS; COULD GO EITHER WAY; MIKE JACOBS; NOTIFY ALL TROLLS; "THE UNIVERSITY'S MOST FAMOUS ALUMNUS"; THE JACKS ARE COMING; WENTZ IS BACK; IT'S A TOTAL MESS; OPPORTUNITY OR MYTH?; IN THE REAL WORLD; HARD TO FIND A MATERNITY WARD; REFUGEES; DAKTOIES



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: BRETT KAVANAUGH SENATE CIRCUS

How will the Kavanaugh hearings impact the 2018 midterm elections? Pollsters predict doom for Republicans. But then, the pollsters were dreadfully inaccurate with a failure record in an attempt to forecast the outcome of several recent elections. Bad performance does not give them much credibility this time around.

Is Kavanaugh so vile, so ill-equipped, so devoid of character that his life and family must be destroyed and he not seated on the Supreme Court? Or, are the Democrats overwhelmed with a spirit of vindictiveness?

Leave it to the propaganda arm of the Democrat Party, the mainstream media, to run with speculative stories and commentary emphasizing the negative to shape the anti-Kavanaugh sentiment.

   

 



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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
CHARLES G. MILLS: HIGH COURT PICK WILL IMPACT RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

The confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court could assure us that we are championing liberty for the next generation. We have frequently been disappointed by justices who appeared to be greater champions of life, liberty, and property when nominated than they proved to be once they were on the Court. Some of this is due to the decline in American jurisprudence over the past century, some is due to the unpredictability of the future decisions of justices, and some is due to the poor selections of nominees. In general, Judge Kavanaugh seems to be a friend of religious liberty, although some of his statements may disclose hints of positivist



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - SEPTEMBER 24, 2018

SALES TAX COLLECTIONS IN ND; WHEN WILL THE BAKKEN RETURN?; NEED TO DIVERSIFY; TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE?; FUTURE OF GFAFB; AMTRAK; FARGO'S BLOCK 9 HIGH-RISE; J.R. SIMPLOT; ONLY IN ND; “YA GOT TROUBLE, RIGHT HERE IN NORTH DAKOTA” ; EDINA; DAKTOIDS



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Center for Vision & Values
RACHEL BOVARD: REQUIEM FOR THE PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT

Have Republicans killed the pro-life movement on Capitol Hill? In this article that first appeared at American Greatness, Rachel Bovard, senior director of policy at the Conservative Partnership Institute, argues that Republicans have turned their backs on the pro-life movement. Bovard writes, “45 years after Roe v. Wade, after millions of dollars have been spent on advocacy, when more Americans than ever are pro-life, while thousands continue to march every year, after hundreds of members are elected to Congress on a singular promise to protect life, in only the second unified Republican government in 60 years, congressional leaders will have done . . . nothing.”



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: HURRICANES AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Major media outlets build on the story of Hurricane Florence as an entertainment piece at the expense of the unfortunate. CNN shows Anderson Cooper standing in a ditch of water for effect as his cameraman films the affair. The Weather Channel shows a reporter playacting leaning markedly into the wind while a couple of casual teens stroll effortlessly behind him. All for the entertainment value.

Much of this silliness is on display as a blame game based on the poorly informed, the hopelessly sentimental, or the ideologically hard core. At the far left environmental wackos capitalize on the weather to fabricate the climate change myth.

  

 

In truth, the US Energy Information Administration’s latest energy report states that from 2005 through 2017 US energy related CO2 emissions plunged by 14%. In the same period the rest of the world’s output rose by 21%. The US will neither choke, bake, nor flood the planet. Not only is the US the only major country cutting CO2 emissions, it is providing leadership showing others how to do it.



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. JORDAN B. PETERSON: A SIGN OF THE END TIMES?

Over the past year, Dr. Jordan B. Peterson has gained notoriety for his forthright statements on our current cultural climate. In fact, a YouTube video with a UK journalist went viral over the summer. What is Peterson saying that has so many outraged? In this article that first appeared at the WhiteHorseInn.org, Dr. Carl Trueman looks at the premise of Peterson’s new book and argues that his ideas are not revolutionary and should not be as controversial as some proclaim. Trueman writes, “That this has proved so controversial is paradoxically both surprising and entirely predictable. Surprising because we live in an age where the individual is supposed to be sovereign over their own identity; entirely predictable because our contemporary individualism always assumes that our failure to fulfill personal potential is always somebody else’s fault. We live in a culture of sovereign individual victims.”



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SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - SEPTEMBER 17, 2018

EYES ON ND; HEALTHCARE COMPETITION; WALLET HUB RANKS HAPPIEST STATES; HE DIDN'T MEAN IT; WAS IT WORTH THE HUMILIATION?; LOCAL PRIDE IN ND; THINK CRITICALLY; ENDDANGERED SPECIES ACT; KENT CONRAD; A RUGGED LIFE; THE PARADOX OF JOSEPH BRUCE SR.; DAKTOIDS 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. JUSTIN DEPLATO AND MATTHEW MARKULIN: IMPEACHMENT OF THE PRESIDENT?

Nearly every week media outlets discuss impeachment of President Donald Trump. This week is no exception—especially after the president’s former campaign chief Paul Manafort’s guilty plea and decision to cooperate with Robert Mueller’s investigation. In this article, Dr. Justin P. DePlato and Mr. Matthew M. Markulin examine the history of impeachment in America and argue that the best place to find answers is the Constitution. They write, “Now that impeachment is again the subject of headlines, it’s necessary and prudent to understand what impeachment meant to the Founders, as well as the historical usage of congressional impeachment power—rather than rely on the casual observations of journalists and D.C. pundits about the meaning of constitutional impeachment.”



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: BLUE WAVE? WHAT BLUE WAVE?

Stop and think. Does it stand to reason that the continued resistance and over-the-top attacks on Trump will peel off voters to support radical Leftists to retake the House, much less the Senate? The Democrats lost the 2016 election because they followed the costal liberal elites who lost touch with the ordinary people of Middle America. Childish behavior by Democrats and the media merely confirms to the majority of voters and Trump’s base that Democrats still don’t get Trump and the people who support him. The Left’s contempt of Trump is the best thing that ever happened to the GOP.

Only if Republicans avoid voting in November will the Democrats win.

  

 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. CALEB VERBOIS: A LOT LESS BLUSTER AND A LITTLE MORE SASSE

Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing to the Supreme Court is underway. What have we learned so far—especially from the procedures on day one? In this article, political science professor Dr. Caleb Verbois reviews the hearing and argues that the “…circus hearings this week are not really about Kavanaugh, or even about Trump. Our judicial hearings have been a spectacle for three decades.”



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Center for Vision & Values
ADAM V. NOWLAND: BRETT KAVANAUGH RUNS THE GAUNTLET

Today, Judge Brett Kavanaugh will begin his confirmation hearing before the Senate. Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nomination to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy, will face tough questions throughout the week. In this article, Adam V. Nowland ’07 examines the process and offers insight into what expect this week.



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: THREE CHEERS FOR CAPITALISM

Public schools and universities are known for many things, but teaching sound economics is not one of them. Whether this situation is by design or default it is both debatable and a debacle. Little wonder that public discussion of economics, if it takes place at all, is trite and inane. The education system has not prepared young people to form judgments and cast votes on programs of economic consequence.

To be sure, economics and finance are two totally different subjects. Finance focuses on the management of money and assets and emphasizes the maximization of wealth. Economics is the study of the use of scarce resources which have alternative uses and focuses on optimizing valued goals. Either way, everything of value has a cost. Nothing is free. Ever.

  

 



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS:  WHY WE SHOULD DISREGARD THE TIBBETTS FAMILY’S REQUEST

We should all honor a desire by the family that Mollie Tibbetts be treated with respect by her countrymen and by the press.  But she was not permitted to “die with dignity” by the man who assaulted her. He is the enemy, not those who recognize the relevance of her death to the discussion.  



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Selwyn Duke
SELWYN DUKE : STUPID MEDIA AND THE CLAIM THAT WOMAN ARE BETTER DRIVERS

The real tragedy of the Stupid Media is that, through their combination of profound ignorance and shameless propagandizing, they deceive people on a wide range of issues, some of which are of great import. This begets a civilization that’s out of touch with reality and can’t come to correct conclusions on matters of survival.

That’s the consequence of feeding misinformation into a system. As with a computer, it’s garbage in, garbage out.

  

 



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: THE PARTISAN PROBE

It’s personal. Mueller turned the Manafort and Cohen findings over to the New York District Court because he had no evidence of Russian collusion. Now he has given the Trump Organization CFO, Allen Weisselburg, immunity and turned his findings over to the New York State Court in Manhatten. Trump has no pardon authority over state convictions. Defendants have families and the Mueller probe can threaten their families. They threatened Cohen’s wife because she was a cosigner on his tax returns. They can’t find Russian collusion but they still want to destroy Trump in any way possible whether through friends, family, or Trump Organization. The fishing expedition goes on.



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SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - AUGUST 27, 2018

ALREADY ANEMIC GRAIN PRICES; NEW WELFARE QUEENS; ARE FARM KIDS BETTER?; NATURAL GAS FLARING; BARGAINS WEST OF THE RED RIVER?; YEA FOR JCS; MIS AMERICA IS UNHAPPY; GRETCHEN CARLSON; MUND GETS SUPPORT; LET BUGS DO IT; DIFFERENT POLICIES; HOBO CRTIMES; CHASE IRON EYES; DREW WRIGLEY; DAKTOIDS



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: THE ILLEGAL ALIEN VOTE

There is one group of voters to be aware of – illegal aliens. This block should not be voting. It is wrong, illegal, and immoral. Only citizens, those who are legitimately franchised, should be allowed to vote. Some of a certain political persuasion warmly welcome illegal voters for their own benefit disregarding the integrity of our democratic system.

  

 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. EARL TILFORD: THE UNWARRANTED STORM OVER SECURITY CLEARANCES

There would be no current storm over security clearances if all such access ended the day people leave government service. In that case President Donald Trump lifting former CIA director John Brennan’s security clearance would be a non-issue.



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. MARK HENDRICKSON: THE LATEST ON THE TRUMP TARIFF STRATEGY

In June, President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum against America’s closest neighbors and oldest allies to match those he had already imposed on China and other non-Western countries earlier this year. In this article, economist Dr. Mark Hendrickson offers an update on the president’s tariff strategy and writes, “None of this is close to a done deal, but if the president eventually manages to negotiate overall lower tariff barriers that result in a restoration of jobs recently lost and thousands of additional American jobs to serve newly open foreign markets, it would be a historic achievement, both economically and politically.”



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SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - AUGUST 21, 2018

BIG SALES JOB AHEAD; IT'S NOT OVER, UNTIL....; ON THE FENCE; SPEARHEADING; GRAND SKY ON CUTTING EDGE; THE UPPER GREAT PLAINS; THE UPPER GREAT PLAINS; RADISSON HOTELS; CHRISTENSON FARMS; R.D. OFFUTT'S ELKHORN RIVER FARMS; U.S. CITIZENS RELUCTANT TO WORK IN RURAL ND; THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS; THE BISMARCK PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT; DAKTOIDS



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS:  IS TOMMY ROBINSON BRITAIN’S SOLZHENITSYN? AND IS NATO A JOKE?

We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”  Alexander Solzhenitsyn



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: STATIONING US FORCES IN POLAND

The Red Army is gone. Russia does not have the large military ground force it once did. To sail from St. Petersburg to the Atlantic, the Russian navy must pass within range of 11 NATO nations. The Black Sea’s western and southern shores are now controlled exclusively by NATO.

Russia does not have a robust economy. Her economy has shrunk in size to that of Italy. One thing Russia does have is Vladimir Putin – a former KGB officer with the desire to reassemble the old Soviet Union as it existed during the Cold War. That is a Herculean task.

Now consider Thiessen’s contention that US troops in Poland would better position American forces strategically. It would certainly thwart Russian aspirations to reacquire the Baltic states of Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania. Aside from addressing deadbeat countries like Germany who only pay 1.24 percent of her GDP on defense, it also punishes Germany for blindsiding NATO in reaching an energy agreement with Russia. Germany pays Russia for gas sent by the Nord Stream 2 pipeline but it doesn’t pay her fair share for defense. Furthermore, the pipeline runs through Poland and Slovakia. Russia cannot afford to cut off gas supplies to Eastern Europe without cutting off lucrative deals with Western Europe and Germany. If Russia should accept that risk, the US, as a major energy exporter, could fill the void.



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SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - AUGUST 12, 2018

OFFUT THROWING IN THE TOWEL; HARD TO STAY AHEAD OF PETROLEUM FLOW; DAKOTA GASIFICATION CAN NOT COMPETE; LAVISH SPENDING FOR ND'S NEXT US SENATOR; COLUMNIST LLOYD AMDAHL THINKS RUSSIANS TRYING TO HELP KEVIN CRAMER - OFFERS NO EVIDENCE; GOOD TRY! - BUT NO DRUG CONVICTIONS; STEALTH LITTLE MISSOURI BRIDGE; MINNESOTA MUSLIMS BOTH SEEN AND HEARD; ND AG NEEDS FOREIGN WORKERS; SAD FORUM COMMUNICATIONS SUNDAY PAPERS; 



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS:  LATE SUMMER MISCELLANY - AUGUST 2018

But there’s more to come - the Democrats lost no time in hurriedly nominating someone to take his place in the U.S. House:  Ilhan Omar.  Omar is a Somali-born Muslim woman who is best known for having married her brother, Ahmed Nur Said Elmi - presumably for political reasons, and is currently married to two different men, which for the rest of us would mean jail.  Disclaimer: she denies that this Ahmed Nur Said Elmi is the same Ahmed Nur Said Elmi that she is married to, despite the fact that they also share the same birth date.

 


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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: “COMEDIANS” FORSAKE HUMOR

“Comedians” comprise the spokesmen of the liberal left. They are haters who cannot get over the fact that their candidate, Hillary Clinton, lost the 2016 election. This is who they are up close and personal -- hateful, disgusting, despicable, vile (words not yet purged from the English language). They will attack anything and anyone who smacks of Trump, his family, his administration, Christians, conservatives (especially women and Black conservatives), right-of-center – anything imaginable that they perceive threatens the left. There are no barriers. There is no propriety. Nothing is too low.



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