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SALLY MORRIS: THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME - WHERE DID IT GO . . .  AND WHY?

A ghostly silence reigns. You don’t hear kids cheering in a backyard or the whap of a bat on a softball.  You rarely see kids in a wading pool in the yard. These are signs of cultural failure. No, it isn’t silly.  It is deadly serious.


 

 



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: CELEBRATING OUR ARMED FORCES

The third Saturday in May is designated Armed Forces Day. For 2018 the date is set for May 19. The purpose is to honor men and women who have served the United States in the military. Unlike Veterans Day, this day is also designated to educate the public on various roles of the military and how each service plays a role in keeping America safe.

Unlike other Presidential cabinet positions, the armed forces and the defense of the nation is explicitly addressed in the US Constitution Article I, Section 8.

 

All the military services should expect a well-deserved salute from the public whom they protect. They merit a heartfelt thanks from a grateful nation. And, may we never take for granted the volunteers who serve.



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Center for Vision & Values
THE GROVE CIGTY BILL: A PRESIDENT VS. CONGRESS

Thirty years ago, President Ronald Reagan vetoed a bill proposed by Senator Ted Kennedy that sought to reverse language in the Supreme Court’s holding in the Grove City College v. Bell case. Kennedy’s legislation, dubbed the “Grove City Bill” by the media, changed Title IX and other federal civil rights legislation to allow more government control over higher education. Reagan saw the threat to freedom and the substantial compliance burden that could result and sent the bill back unsigned. Unfortunately, the House and Senate overrode his veto and the “Grove City Bill” became law. In this article, constitutional scholar Dr. John Sparks looks back at the events and demonstrates why Reagan was correct 30 years ago and why Grove City College remains correct today.



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SALLY MORRIS:  AMERICA THE “INVINCIBLE”

It is from the perspective of an immigrant from a land of long - and recent - experience - that Rafizadeh speaks to us, someone who has insight valuable to us, knowledge he would like to pass along to us that might save us from a terrible calamity.


 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. PAUL KENGOR: MARX’S APOLOGIEST SHOULD BE RED IN THE FACE

Saturday marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx. Today, many supporters of Marx argue that his philosophy was not the problem that led to tens of millions of deaths under communism but rather it was the aberration of the likes of Stalin, Lenin, Pol Pot, Castro, etc. who used the philosophy to murder. In this article that first appeared at The Wall Street Journal, communism scholar Dr. Paul Kengor argues that this type of this support for Marx is baseless because Marx “set the stage with his philosophy for the greatest ideological massacres in history.”



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: AMERICAN DEMOCRACY IN REVIEW

America today appears as divided as ever. It seems our divisiveness and disunity has never been worse.

Not so. America was born in discord and never outgrew it. This is as good a time as any to offer perspective – historical perspective.

  

 



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

BUSINESS CONDITIONS BRIGHTEN; PUBLIC PENSION PLANS IN ND; ND HAS TWO OIL REFINERIES; HART FAMILY; I RARELY MAKE PREDITRIONS; A VICTIM OF CRAFT-BEER; PUZZLING ND DEMOCRAT DECISIONS; THE NEW INCOME TAX LAW; ELEVEN ND COLLGES & UNIVERSITIES; END OF CATHOLIC RESETTLEMENTS; COINCIDENCES;DAKTOIDS



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Center for Vision & Values
PAUL KENGOR: MARX AT 200 - CLASSICAL VS. CULTURAL MARXISM

Tomorrow marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx. Some around the world are celebrating with tributes, lectures, and even birthday parties. But is classical Marxism on the decline? In this article that first appeared at The American Spectator, communism scholar Dr. Paul Kengor argues that Marxism is alive and well but the focus of Marxism today is not economic driven as it once was, rather it has become a cultural ideology. Kengor writes, “It’s a form of Marxism so radical in its redefinition of human nature that Marx himself would blush and find it bewildering.”



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: DEMISE OF THE NFL

The NFL has been a target of the left for decades. It is not what the NFL has done. It is what the NFL represents. The NFL represents masculinity, strength, talent, rugged individualism, excellence, winning, competition, and love of country – everything leftists, liberals, and progressives hate. The NFL has represented this great American game and the intolerant left cannot stand it. Liberals have attacked the NFL over and over pushing themes like global warming, domestic violence, homophobia, concussions, and demonization of Christians. Check this annual sampling.



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SALLY MORRIS: I AGREE WITH PIERS MORGAN

And yes, it appears that Alfie was, indeed, euthanized.  With his mother, Kate semi-conscious, a nurse entered the room in Tom’s absence and administered four different drugs.  Within two hours the child was dead.


 



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

GOV. BURGUM TO SHAKE UP ND UNIVERSITY SYSTEMIT’S THE ND GOVERNOR'S TRAVEL BUDGET, STUPIDND INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION EMBARRASSMENTSENATOR HEITKAMPS' ENFORCERDAKOTA GROWERS PASTATWO LARGE ND FARMS BANKRUPT; ND AND ITS NEIGHBORSYOU CAN’T JUST BE A BUFFALO; JAMESTOWN AND THE LURE OF BIG CITY LIGHTS; OHMDAHL JOUSTING WINDMILLS; MINORITIES SLIPPING BEHIND IN ND EDUCATION; DAVE OSBORN; FARGO' S BAD BOYS, BAD BOYS; DAKTOIDS



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Center for Vision & Values
GROVE CITY COLLEGE: ON SMALL BUT MIGHTY COLLEGE VS. FEDERAL DOMINATION

In 1976, the federal government sought a signature from Grove City College’s fifth president, Dr. Charles MacKenzie—they did not receive one. What followed were compliance proceedings, a law suit in Federal District Court in Pittsburgh, then to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and finally to the U.S. Supreme Court. In this article, constitutional scholar Dr. John Sparks takes readers through this important time in history for private higher education—a time that would lead, a few years later, to a battle between President Ronald Reagan and Congress.



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SALLY MORRIS: SILENCE

And there it is, folks - the hammer.   Anyone caught posting (and you WILL be monitored) will be investigated and their communications and behavior, where necessary, will be acted upon.


 

 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. MARK HENDRICKSON: THE PASSING OF TWO GREAT AMERICANS

Tom Brokaw’s “greatest generation” is thinning out on a daily basis. Last Saturday the world watched as much-loved First Lady Barbara Bush was laid to rest. In this article, Dr. Mark Hendrickson remembers Mrs. Bush along with a long-time friend who recently passed away.



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SALLY MORRIS:  THE POWER OF THE STATE - ALFIE EVANS’ FIGHT FOR LIFE

This is not and has never been about a child’s “best interests”, “rights” or “dignity”.  It has always been about power: the power of the state to dictate and to subjugate and undermine the family unit.  This is always a prime goal of statists. This is what is at issue here.



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: THE REAL COLLUSION SCANDAL

Here are just a few examples but space does not permit inclusion. Is there any doubt that the Inside Washington crowd, the “swamp,” looks out for each other, protects each other, and joins in targeting anyone who threatens the establishment? The Mueller investigation is particularly thick with conflict and collusion. And the best that the media can report on is a porn star! Give me a break!



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. EARL TILFORD: THE GRAND STRATEGY OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

When coalition forces struck targets in Syria on April 14 some critics suggested that the attack was a reflection upon President Donald Trump’s administration lacking strategic acumen. In this article, Dr. Earl Tilford disagrees and argues that the military force was actually an integral part of a comprehensive grand strategy. Tilford writes, “A new global paradigm is emerging and the same old same old is over in Washington.”



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - APRIL 22, 2018

ND MORE URBAN THAN YOU THINK; ND LIFE EXPECTANCY; ND MINIMUM WAGE DISAGREEMENT; 'CAN THIS PRESIDENCY (UND) BE SAVED?'; DISAPPOINTMENT IN JAMESTOWN; THE HIGH COUNTRY NEWS; JENNI MONET - IS PROSECUTION WARRANTED?; FBI AGENT CONFESSES; AOL IDENTIFIES HIDING FROM TAXES; SD GOVERNMENT CAN GET IN THE WAY; GRAY WOLVES FAIR GAME IN MN; DAKTOIDS



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Center for Vision & Values
PAUL KENGOR: REMEMBERING BARBARA BUSH - AND ROBIN

Barbara Bush was a remarkable person—unwaveringly dedicated to her family, admired by the world, and married for over seven decades. She was one of only two women who were both wife to a president and mother to a president. In this touching tribute that first appeared at The American Spectator, Dr. Paul Kengor recalls a seldom told story about Mrs. Bush and her daughter Robin. Kengor recalls that the story is, “probably the most human thing about this very human lady.”



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Selwyn Duke
SELWYN DUKE : WHY SHOULD WHITES BE HAPPY ABOUT BECOMING A MINORITY?

The reality expressed in this article eludes most because of conditioning: The double standard, the prejudice, is ingrained. Whites are simultaneously portrayed as uniquely inhuman and something more than human, in that they’re supposed to be above normal human concerns (desire to retain one’s own culture, etc.). They’re cast as singularly oppressive for exhibiting the same moral failings as every other group, such as having practiced slavery, but as strikingly unexceptional despite taking unprecedented steps to mitigate those moral failings. They’re condemned as “cultural appropriators” merely for using foreigners’ food recipes, but given no credit for birthing a recipe for civilizational success copied the world over (which is why Western technology and economic practices are ubiquitous).

  

 



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Steve Cates
DR. CALEB VERBOIS: WHITHER CONGRESS?

On Friday night, the United States—along with Britain and France—bombed Syrian targets in response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons against civilians outside Damascus. President Donald Trump, like his predecessor President Barack Obama (Libya in 2011), did not seek congressional authorization for the strike. In this article, Dr. Caleb Verbois examines why this presidential behavior has become common in recent years and argues that Congress has options.



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: JOHN BOLTON AS NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR

            If opposition to Bolton’s appointment is any indication of his potential effectiveness, then he deserves high accolades. Liberals, neocons, Republican Never-Trumpers, and several media pundits oppose Bolton for different reasons but are unified in their ignorance of foreign policy. To hear these folks talk, the greatest threat to the United States is not Russia, North Korea, China, Iran, or Islamic Extremism. It is John Bolton.

 Why the opposition? Maybe it is because, by all accounts, Bolton is a clear thinker and straight talker. Anyone who has watched him on Fox News and witnessed his comments can testify to his attributes.

 

 



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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
CHARLES G. MILLS: NOT J. EDGAR HOOVER’S FBI

Federal police power has grown to be many times greater than anything the Framers of our Constitution could have imagined.

In the 1920s, J. Edgar Hoover expanded the role of the FBI to include high-profile crimes, such as bank robbery and kidnapping, as well as to become a major force in fighting organized crime mobs

The Obama administration abandoned J. Edgar Hoover’s high standards of professionalism in favor of political exigencies.



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

CALIFORNIA TRAGEDY HAS ROOTS IN SD; FIRST TIP CAME IN MINNESOTA; ND REPUBLICANS; “THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING”; JOB OPENINGS SPIKED; ND STUDENTS ARE WEAK READERS; $15 MINIMUM WAGE; BE CAREFUL; STATE FLOUR MILL; MASCOT CONSULTANT; NITWITS; SHD A SMALL TEAR; EASTERN ND NUKES; DAKTOIDS



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: IS COFFEE REALLY A FOOD GROUP?

A close family member (no, not my son) actually has a coffee niche in his home. There in the corner of his family room is something of a sanctuary resembling an altar. No kidding. Arranged on a coffee stand is an elegant coffee pot, an espresso maker, a coffee grinder, and an assortment of utensils, cups and filters.

No, he doesn’t worship Goddess Java. Perish the thought. Only as a joke do I refer to his niche as an altar. The clock on the wall over the coffee stand testifies otherwise. He has displayed a gaudy, eye-catching neon clock with a 1950s logo “Coffee 5 cents a cup.”

More to the point, his passion for coffee has made him something of a coffee aficionado.

I usually take a moment to bait him a little when we get together. He takes the bait like a good sport. For both our sakes, he possesses a healthy sense of humor unlike the grouchy demeanor of some other family members. He can take a ribbing and come back kidding.

“So, coffee is a food group, right?” He can see my tease coming a mile off.

“Well, not exactly,” he responds. “But it should be.” I threw down the gauntlet and he accepted my challenge. That his response is even half-serious eggs me on. From here on it is tit for tat.

“Now be honest,” I chide him, “does the coffee industry target children in order to expand their market share? Sorta like the tobacco industry? They had their Joe Camel. Does the coffee industry have their burrow named Juan Pepito? That would hook the kids, wouldn’t it?”



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - APRIL 10, 2018

THE OIL PATCH LEADS; IS'S NOT SO GREAT THERE; FELONY LEVEL CRIMES; UND PRESIDEN MARKD KENNEDY; UNFILLED WISH; ND FARM ORGANIZAGIONS; FOOL ME ONCE; THE DAKOTA TERRITORY RETURNS; AWW SHUCKS!; WHERE IS THE SIMPLE LIFE GOINIG?; SURPRISING GROWNTH; WESTMORELNAD COAL CO; INNOVATION IN EDUCATION; DAKTOIDS



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: OMNIBUS BILL SABOTAGES TRUMP’S AGENDA

This spending bill makes it almost impossible for President Trump to implement his agenda, particularly the campaign promises that got him elected, i.e., dealing with illegal immigration and border security. This bill was the purposeful sabotage of the Trump agenda designed to separate Trump from his base.

When signing the bill President Trump said he will not sign another omnibus bill. When this bill expires on September 30, just prior to the midterm elections, are we to expect a government shutdown? Why not? Let’s rumble!

 



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

T. ROOSEVELT LIBRARY; NOW, THEY NEED MONEY; NO GROWTH ND; STEADY GROWTH; PILOTS NEEDED; THE FARGO-MOORHEAD DIVERSION; POWER ON THE PRAIRIE; HOW DO THEY VOTE?; WELCOME CHANGE; POVERTY RATES; THE OTTO BREMMER TRUST; CARSON WENTZ; GUN LAWS; THINK IT WILL WORK?; DAKTOIDS



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SALLY MORRIS:  A SIMPLE FIX TO MAKE TRANSPARENCY AND INTEGRITY POSSIBLE IN WASHINGTON

All of this is bad enough, but this bill represents $1.3 trillion in spending.  Do any of these people remember that we already are collapsing under $20 trillion-plus?  Just a few short years ago there were those who had viable plans which could have begun to significantly reduce this burden on American taxpayers.  We are rocketing away from this possibility every time Congress meets.


 

 



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: THREE CHEERS FOR EASTER

On the basis of the improbable miracle of the resurrection it is no wonder non-believers reject Jesus Christ. Any notion of the resurrection is foolishness to non-believers. This has been the story of the ages and it is no different story today.

What is not so foolish are results born of true believers who embraced the resurrection of Jesus in the face of trial, tribulation, and death. It is encouraging to reflect on the benefits bestowed upon cultures of this world through Christian influence. Here are a few of those benefits.

 



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