It’s Time for Candidate Burgum to Start Getting Specific

George Orwell once wrote, “Political language, and with variations this is true of all parties………is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” This was written in the 1940s. Was he wrong or did he have the power of facing unpleasant facts? On the

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Tuesday Voters Call for #Change in North Dakota and Minot

The Tuesday, June 14, 2016 election was a gut shot for several “establishments” in North Dakota. The establishment of the Republican legislative super-majority took it in the shorts from the voters who crushed the corporate farming bill. One of the legislators who had sponsored the corporate farming bill complained to the media about the “lies” of

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2016 Presidential Election: Which ‘Facts’ Do You Hate More?

We can all hardly wait for the 2016 Presidential campaign to give us more information about the past sex lives of two men in their seventies. We have all been taught in school that one of the great things about America is that it is a classless society. I rest my case. What could possibly

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On Burgum, Nelson, Stenehjem, At Least We Know We’re Getting a Norwegian

Because most of us have already made up our minds about the Presidential race to make America grate again, let’s shift over to the intraparty contest for the Republican gubernatorial nod. For full disclosure, once upon a time in the west, I served for eight years with Wayne Stenehjem in the North Dakota state senate.

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Commentary: Socialism is Thriving in North Dakota, and Under Republican Leadership?

If election years are good for nothing else, they are good for irony. Our Republican friends seem to be preaching that socialism is a threat to America. We could become “European” and as substandard as German cars, Swiss chocolates, and French wine. Meanwhile, here in North Dakota, every statewide elected office in Bismarck is held

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Commentary: A House Divided…

In an earlier opinion piece, I referred to the USA as “The Divided States of America”. The never ending presidential campaign is doing little to reunite us. In theory, the best way to govern would be if we were represented by persons who had enough self-awareness and self-doubt to listen to those with differing opinions

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Prescription Medication: We’re Getting Hosed!

Just out of curiosity, during my February travels, I did some comparison pricing regarding a randomly selected prescriptive medication. The investigation involved a non-narcotic  lotion which requires a prescription. The manufacturer in all three instances was the same. The portion in all three instances was the same. The strength in all three instances was the

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Grab Your Popcorn: It’s the Down with Establishment Campaign

There is obviously a significant portion of the American electorate wishing to stick their fingers in the eye of “the establishment”. If one looks back through history, establishments come and go. Where is the Federalist party now? Where is the Whig party now? In the fifties in North Dakota, the state Democratic party and the

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The Five States of America

It would be tempting to write about more compelling current issues such as Donald Trump’s hair, Bernie Sanders’s hair, Marco Rubio’s high heeled shoes, Chris Christie’s weight, why Jeb  isn’t using his last name, why Ted Cruz still puts greasy kid stuff in his hair, or why Hillary didn’t divorce Bill. Instead, allow me to

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In Politics, Beware the Clinical Narcissist

A family friend who is a psychiatric nurse recently shared with me a publication by Daniel J. Fox Ph.D., who is the staff psychologist at the Federal Detention Center in Houston, Texas. He was a recent guest speaker at a medical conference in Seattle, Washington she had attended. A most fascinating chapter of Dr. Fox’s

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Thank God North Dakota Politicians are 100% Honest!

Former New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran has recently pled guilty to two felonies that would not have been detected and arguably not a crime if she had been an elected state official or legislator in North Dakota.Her crimes were that she admitted using campaign contributions for her personal use. In addition to having

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The Insults of Candidacy and Fortunes in a Moniker

I just can’t help myself. I’m hooked on watching Presidential “debates”. The devil in me really enjoys opponents being labeled with epithets such as “dumb”, “boring”, “stupid”, “sweaty” (my favorite), etc. Actually, these insults are pretty mild compared to John Quincy Adams having been called a “hermaphrodite” and Abraham Lincoln having been called a “baboon”

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