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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
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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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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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
- Joseph Sobran: The Apotheosis Of The Lie

Sobran’s: The Real News of the Month, 2000 — “I cannot tell a lie,” the mythical little George Washington told his father. Parson Weems seems to have invented this edifying tale, and it summed up the old American assumption that republican rulers should be virtuous men, with honesty chief among their virtues. The apotheosis of Abraham Lincoln included the popular myth of “Honest Abe.”

These myths made a deep impression on generations of Americans. I know, because they made a deep impression on me. I still vividly remember reading children’s biographies of Washington and Lincoln in the second grade in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in a small classroom where the Ten Commandments were also posted on the bulletin board. After reading that Lincoln had walked miles to pay a few pennies to a customer he had (inadvertently) shortchanged, I made a point of admitting my own faults whenever possible. It always made me feel good

  

 



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - AUGUST 7, 2018

THE BAKKEN IS BACK; THE APPLEBEE ROAD; STANDOFF AT THE NDSC; LLOYD OMDAHL; BEWARE OF PARENT DEBT; MAJORITY-MINORITY SCHOOLS; WELCOME TO LITTLE AFRICA; ANOTHER PM VISIT; RETIRED BASKETBALL COACH DALE BROWN; BIG SPENDERS; THE LONG TAIL OF THE DAPL PROTESTS; DAKTOIDS



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: THE ARMED CITIZEN

Records indicate that firearms are used more than 2 million times a year for personal protection as corroborated by the Centers for Disease Control data. The mere presence of a firearm very often prevents crime without a shot being fired.

The following news items gathered from around the United States were reprinted by the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) four different magazines. They substantiate the validity of personal protection claims. The NRA agrees to let anyone reproduce these accounts. I took them up on their offer. Here are a few of the accounts.

  

 



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JULY 2, 2018

THE DAKOTA ACCESS PROTESTS; ND V. US - LONG SHOT; "STANDING ROCK REDUX"; SENATOR'S DILEMMA; WHAT'S A STRONGERWORD THAN NONSENSE?; GOING, GOING GONE; HUH!; JUSTICE LANGE; ANDREW SCHROEDERMEIER ON HIS SUZUKI; ROUNDABOUTS; WARD COUNTY; MINNESOTA AND WISCONSIN; DAKTOIDS



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Center for Vision & Values
“WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?” A REVIEW OF THE DOCUMENTARY

A new documentary about the life and career of Fred Rogers is now playing in movie theaters across the nation. In this review, Dr. Mark Hendrickson details how the documentary hits the mark in its depiction of Rogers’ remarkable service to educating America’s children. Hendrickson writes, “I was deeply moved by how beautiful and powerful a loving heart can be. As I left the cinema, I almost felt a sense of culture shock. At a time when Hollywood relies on over-the-top stimulation to entertain us, this low-key documentary about an unpretentious man and his unpretentious show delivered a deeper, more genuine emotional experience.”



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS:  PART 7 - FREEDOM OF SPEECH 101:  THE BEDROCK OF LIBERTY

“To suppress free speech is a double wrong.  It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.”  Frederick Douglass


 



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: A MAN AND THE MOON

Doug lived a life of service in which people were paramount. He took care of his own. He fondly recounted a remark made by the Apollo project manager at the project's completion. "There are two products as a result of this mission--the spacecraft and the people. The spacecraft goes into the museum to gather dust; the people are what count."   

As I gaze at the moon on a clear night the memories return. Doug was a brilliant astrophysicist whose inquiring mind raced with the speed of light generating a million questions and seeking the answers. I believe all his questions are answered now. We have Doug, among many others, to thank for the Apollo moon landing and world-class discoveries from Hubble. In my mind's eye I imagine him, with a puckish grin, urging us on to return to space exploration.

God bless you, Doug -- and thanks for everything. You are not forgotten.

 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. GARY S. SMITH: THE POWER OF WATER

Few of us will ever have the opportunity to rescue an individual from a burning building or from drowning, but we can save (or at least significantly enhance) the lives of poor children and adults by paying for wells that supply clean, safe, reliable water for drinking, cooking, bathing, and cleaning. Working through numerous organizations including charity (Living Water International, individuals, families, Sunday school classes, congregations, and community organizations) can fund the digging of wells to transform the lives of the poor. Charity: water, for example, helps children in the developed world use their birthday parties as a means to raise money to dig wells rather than receive presents. Working together, we can make a difference and help fulfill the biblical mandate to care for the least of these.



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS:  PART 6 - FREEDOM OF SPEECH 101:  “BE IT RESOLVED . . . “

The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil. Cicero

One that confounds good and evil is an enemy to good. Edmund Burke

 

 



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JULY 23, 2018

NEW N.D. OIL AND GAS RECORDS; N.D. ECONOMY - "SLOW AND STEADY"; REGS FOR RV PARKS; NOT QUITE THE STATE'S TALLEST; NOT A GIRLY GIRL; GF HERALD SHOCKS; CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY!; UNIVERSITY RESEARCH AS A MULTIPLIER; IF ONLY HE HAD SAVED HIS CAVALRY UNIFORM; MINNESOTA INDIAN LEADER WINONA LADUKE; DAKTOIDS



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS:  MINNESOTA’S SERIOUS AG PROBLEM

When we see the importance of this office in Minnesota in shaping public policy in the crucial years ahead, when issues of free speech, taxation and spending and immigration and resettlement will be at the fore, it is obvious that we must settle on one person to go against Ellison for that vital job.  

 

 

 



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: DISCONTENT OF THE NEVER TRUMPERS

Often a presidential candidate turns out to be more liberal than they let on before they are elected. In President Trump’s case it may have been the other way around. He may have been more conservative than he let on. In fact, it may well be that Trump intentionally portrayed himself as more of a pragmatist (which he is) than either a conservative or liberal.

One and a half years into his first term Trump has demonstrated himself to be fairly conservative. At least the achievements he has racked up pretty much align with a conservative agenda.

Even so, Never Trumpers still have their collective noses out of joint. Their irrationality persists in spite of Trump’s accomplishments including tax cuts, appointment of good judges and justices, the promotion of deregulation, restraint on military adventurism, and a strong stance against illegal immigration to name a few of the campaign promises he has kept. These are all things conservatives have worked for over decades. Now that they are finally being fulfilled, Never Trumpers are unhappy because a despised outsider is achieving them.

   

 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. JAMES THRASHER: FBI AGENT STRZOK - I CHECKED MY BELIEFS AT THE DOOR

Lawmakers from the House Judiciary and House Oversight committees publicly questioned Peter Strzok last week about FBI investigations into Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Was there bias in the 50,000 texts and emails Strzok sent to his extramarital affair and FBI attorney Lisa Page? In this article, Dr. James Thrasher discusses Strzok’s testimony and argues that, “A person cannot isolate and then prevent his political and personal views from being thoroughly integrated in his overall life philosophy.”



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JULY 16, 2018

FEWER CHURCHES ON THE PRAIRIE; WHILL IT WORK?; A DEAD BABY IN A SLOUGH; DAPLE PROTESTOR SENTENCED; OIL MONEY STIRS INTERES; RECREATIONAL VEHICLES; MARIJUANA; SURPRISING ATTACK ON HOEVEN; REFUGEE TRAVEL BAN; NDFU IS ALARMED; OBAMA IS ON THE SIDELINES; SUPREME COURT NOMINEE; BERNIE HELPS KEITH; DAKTOIDS



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: SOROS - GETTING TO KNOW ALL ABOUT YOU

The left-leaning Snopes has done its best to pooh-pooh stories critical of Soros in long winded, convoluted, apologetic rants. The rants are unconvincing. A word to the wise comes from the former editor of National Review, John O’Sullivan. He postulated his First Law that goes like this. If an organization or group is not explicitly and actively conservative and right-wing, it will be subsumed by liberalism over time and become left-wing.

At 87, Soros does not have many years left on earth to work mischief. Although he certainly has arranged for the legal disposition of his wealth, nevertheless his amount of money is certain to trigger wars of greed in both his Open Society Foundations and in his fractured “family.” That should be fun to watch.

  

 



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JULY 11,2018

SALES INCREASED, BUT; CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC; NORTH DAKOTA IS A RIGHT-TO-WORK STATE; ED SCHULTZ; DOES TALK RADIO MOVE THE NEEDLE?'; IT'S NOT PEANUTS; LOKKMA, NO HANDS!; LITTLE ND TOWNS KEEP SHRINKING; OH, OH!; WATCH THE WEATER; DID YOU SEE AN OLD CHRYSLER?; WINONA LADUKE; DAKTOIDS



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS:  PART 5 - FREEDOM OF SPEECH 101:  SHOOT THE MESSENGER!

“‘Don’t blame the messenger because the message is unpleasant.”  Ken Starr



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS:  A UNIQUELY BRITISH SENSE OF JUSTICE

There will be those who will argue that Americans just don't understand British law.  There will be those who argue that Robinson was not "convicted" but required to serve out a standing sentence because he violated a form of "rpobation".  But the case for which he was on probation (or "license" in British) was also not legitimate.  There will always be those who will argue about technicalities and yet we know there is right and wrong.  This isn't a cloudy issue.  This is about persecution of an individual singled out because he has been the most vocal and forthright critic of the rot in British government and the legal system - a system which has allowed continued abuse for more than a generation of young working class girls.  We must hear about this because it threatens us as well.  We are rapidly developing a two-tiered social system and this is the beginning of a two-tiered legal system. We are already seeing parallel systems of law with acceptance of Shari'a.  Minnesota must be especially wary of this. It remains - there is a good and there is an evil, regardless of technicalities.   We need to cut through the fog and take a position for what is right and just.



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: THE QUEST FOR FREEDOM - A LEGACY TO PRESERVE

Historical events do not reside in a vacuum and ideas really do have consequences. We cannot separate the ideas of the Founding Fathers from the thinking of Reformation Europe. Our Founding Fathers were sustained by their faith and understood two kinds of government. External government pertains to civil government (civil control). External governments, be they monarchy, dictatorship or even democracy, impose control on the people. On the other hand, internal government pertains to self-government (self-control). It flows from within each person outward toward the family and then into the community. This idea stressed individual responsibility and self-discipline. Our founders’ idea of limited government and maximum freedom rested solidly on the assumption of internal self-government.

Today the paradigm has shifted. Given our contemporary culture, a legitimate nagging question persists. Can we match the character and commitment of our forefathers and act decisively to preserve the legacy of liberty they passed to us?

  

 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. PAUL KENGOR: A VICTORY FOR FREEDOM AND THE PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT

The pro-life movement celebrates this Independence Day 2018 with a big victory at the U.S. Supreme Court. Last week, the court struck down a 2015 California law that forces pro-life crisis pregnancy centers to advertise abortions. In this article that first appeared at Crisis Magazine, Dr. Paul Kengor reviews the ruling and outlines how this is a “major court victory on behalf of liberty.”



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SALLY MORRIS: PART 4 - FREEDOM OF SPEECH 101:  BLASPHEMY IS HARAM!

“Poking fun at other people's beliefs, while it may seem frivolous and offensive, is a non-negotiable right. It is a principle that underpins free speech, the basis for progress.”  Maajid Nawaz



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JULY 2, 2018

MANY RED CAPS AND RED MEAT: HEITKAMP IS SQUEEZED; THE SUPREME COURT: WEED ACROSS THE BORDER; THE DAKOTA ACDESS PIPELINE; IF YOU HAVE A PILOT SHORTAGE; HEY! THEY FOUND THE MACHINE GUN; SURPRISE!; SLIGHTLY DEFENSIVE MAYOR; WHY DOES THIS SCAM GO ON?; THE BISMARCK TRIBUNE; CRIME IS FLAT; HOW TO STOP DRUG RUNNERS?; DAKTOIDS



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. JOHN SPARKS: FORCED PUBLIC SECTOR UNION FEES DISMANTLED

A landmark Supreme Court ruling earlier this week could deal a blow to public sector unions. In this article, constitutional scholar Dr. John Sparks examines the decision and outlines the possible ramifications.



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: INSANE LEFTISTS, PROGRESSIVES, AND FELLOW TRAVELERS

Civility may be all but dead as leftist hypocrisy and vileness expands and thrives.



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS:  PART 3 - FREEDOM OF SPEECH 101: IDENTITY POLITICS AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

Recently a young lady wore a Chinese-inspired dress to a prom and posted a photo on Facebook.  She was roundly and bitterly criticized, critics alleging “cultural appropriation”. Think about the ramifications of joining non-Hispanic friends for tacos, or taking your occidental date for Peking Duck.  


 



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