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Some Justice in a Mostly Forgotten Place

Charlie Barber, Mandan

By Charlie Barber
Part 2 of a series. Republished by permission of the au­thor and the High Plains Reader

It is very lonely sometimes, trying to play God.”
– U.S. Supreme Court Jus­tice Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not so­cialism.”
– Hubert Humphrey

“Trust everyone, but cut the cards.”
– Finley Peter Dunne

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These Two Pipelines are Much Better Than the Other One

Charlie Barber, Mandan

Reprinted by permission of the au­thor and the High Plains Reader
By Charlie Barber


Amillion people spread out over this state [North Da­kota] is not going to seem very populated.”
– Harold Hamm, Chairman and CEO of Continental Resources

“We kind of feel like we’re drinking out of a fire hose right now.”
– Ward Koeser, Mayor, Williston, ND

“The genuine man of action is not intent on renovating the world, but on possessing it.”
– Eric Hoffer

“Our frustration is greater when we have much and want more than when we have nothing and want some.”
– Eric Hoffer

“History is made by juveniles.”
– Frederick Gentles

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These Two Pipelines are Much Better Than the Other One

Charlie Barber, Mandan

By Charlie Barber. Reprinted by permission of the author and the High Plains Reader.

“I don’t know what we’re standing in the way of. This is a full-blown boom. Instead of sending $1 billion a day to buy oil from the Mideast, we can send it to the Midwest of our own country.”

– Senator Kent Conrad, D-N.D.,
Bismarck Tribune, 4/4/12

“Some of the wise monkeys in North Dakota’s Oil Patch (“see no evil,” “hear no evil,” “speak no evil” of Japanese folklore) would like the state’s news media to censor the news coming out of oil country. Maybe “censor” is too strong a word. They want news manipulated to emphasize the positive (there is plenty of it) and downplay the negative (there is plenty of that, too.)”

– Fargo Forum, 4/13/12

“The simple truth is that the long-term viability of all UND athletics is at risk [if the ‘Fighting Sioux’ nickname is kept].”

– Rick Burgum, UND Alumni
Association, Bismarck Tribune, 5/2/12

“…where ignorance is bliss, ‘Tis folly to be wise.”

– Thomas Gray

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The “Fighting Sioux” vs. “The Fighting Trolls”

Reprinted by permission of the author and The High Plains Reader, Fargo, ND

Sioux eyes are smiling”
Grand Forks Herald

“Ole says: ‘It’s awful to grow old by yourself. Lena hasn’t had a birthday in seven years.’”
– Red Stangland

“Troll: a dwarf or giant in Scandina­vian folklore inhabiting caves or hills.”
– Merriam Webster Dictionary

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Big Brother on the Bakken, corporate empires and their North Dakota Targets: Christmas shopping with WBI and MD

Charlie Barber, Mandan

Part 1 of a series. Republished by permission of the author and the High Plains Reader, Fargo, ND. By Charlie Barber

And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away; so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.”   – Micah, 2:2

“I don’t want to be there [Williston] anymore.”   – 3rd Generation Williams County farmer

“Not only do we [the longtime inhabitants of western North Dakota] feel abandoned by our so-called ‘leaders,’ but we also feel that we are under major assault by the oil industry and the outsiders they bring along.”  – John Heiser

“For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.” – Micah, 6:12

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The Oil Genie and the XL Pipeline

Approval of the proposed Keystone XL would help protect western North Dakota’s infrastructure and create thousands of jobs, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said Wednesday.”

– Bismarck Tribune, 1/12/12

“Hopes for the Keystone pipeline to provide a meaningful outlet for Bakken oil are unrealistic and mis­guided.”

– A.L. “Bud” Johnson – CIA Oil and Gas Analyst

“Colorado company proposes oil pipeline in N.D.”

– Bismarck Tribune, 2/17/12

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“Blame It on the Karaoke”

Charlie Barber, Mandan

Revised and reprinted by permis­sion of the author and the High Plains Reader.

“What is too silly to be said may be sung — well yes; but what is too subtle to be said, or too deeply felt, or too reveal­ing or too mysterious — these things can also be sung and ONLY be sung.”

– Kenneth Clark, Civilization

“Karaoke is, without doubt, the de­finitive social equalizer. Regardless of your walk of life, no one is immune to the fear and nervousness of stepping up to a microphone to sing in front of a captive audience. Whether performing for friends, family, work colleagues or complete strangers, the fear of making a complete “ass” of yourself can haunt us all.”

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“Charity Begins at Home”- Except in Republican North Dakota

By Charlie Barber

Abridged/printed by permission of the author and the High Plains Reader, Fargo, ND

After living all of her 82 years in the same com­munity, Lois Sinness left her hometown this month, crying and towing a U-Haul packed with her every possession…’Our rents were raised, and we did not have a choice,’ Sinness said. ‘We’re all on fixed incomes, living mostly on Social Secu­rity, so it’s been a terrible shock.'”

Bismarck Tribune, 11/15/11

“Former North Dakota Gov. Ed Scha­fer has joined the board of Continen­tal Resources Inc., the state’s largest oil producer, months after he led an unsuccessful public campaign to prod the Legislature into cutting oil tax rates.”

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The Oil Genie and the Fossil Toad

By Charlie Barber

(Reprinted by permission of the au­thor and the High Plains Reader, Fargo, ND)

“We have to rein in the government…Our government is overreaching. As far as North Dakota is concerned, it is far over regulated.”- Betty Grande [R-Fargo]

“These rose colored glasses, that I’m lookin’ through; show only the beauty, ‘cause they hide all the truth.”

– John Conlee

I was headed up to Williston last month to see a friend when I ran into the Oil Genie once again, as I swerved and slowed to avoid having a Bakken 18+ wheel behemoth run into me.

My friend was giving aid and com­fort to a cousin up there who was really upset when an oil man told her: “when we’re finished with you up here [on the Bakken]; it’s gonna look like [what we did in] Oklahoma.” Continue reading