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Fargo Phantom is a collaboration of local professionals, financial advisors, entrepreneurs, educators, physicians, farmers and what many may refer to as a “crackpot.”

All writers have selected a “Phantom Name” due to the controversial content and editorial mission of the publication. The decision was made to help protect their professional standings in the community.

This underground newspaper is dedicated to seeking truth and justice and revitalizing the role of the free press as a guardian of liberty. We remain faithful to the traditional and central role of a free press in a free society – as a light exposing wrongdoing, corruption and abuse of power. This is why we are not accepting advertising for this venture. This is why we have assembled a arsenal of writers from all walks of life and income status.

Fargo Phantom is also designed to stimulate a free-and-open debate about political ideas facing the Red River Valley. Through educating and advocacy, we will continue to promote democracy. One constant motivation is the old-fashioned notion that the principal role of the free press in a free society is to serve as a watchdog on government - to expose corruption, fraud, waste and abuse wherever and whenever it is found.

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Your Altenative to the Fargo Forum: No Deal

No Deal, GOP Sen. Richard Shelby emerged from a White House meeting on a $700 billion Wall Street bailout to say: “I don’t believe we have an agreement.” Read More Here

Friday, September 12, 2008

Your Alternative to the Fargo Forum: The Coen brothers' "Burn After Reading"

The Coen brothers' "Burn After Reading" is a screwball comedy that occasionally becomes something more. The characters are zany, the plot coils upon itself with dizzy zeal, and the roles seem like a perfect fit for the actors -- yes, even Brad Pitt, as Chad, a gum-chewing, fuzzy-headed physical fitness instructor. I've always thought of him as a fine actor, but here he reveals a dimension that, shall I say, we haven't seen before.

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Friday, July 4, 2008

North Dakota Democrats Unit around Obama

Democrats Unite in Fargo.

Fargo,ND. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, speaking before veterans, their family members and others in Fargo this afternoon, said the country must do better by those who serve in the military.

Speaking for about 20 minutes at the Children's Museum at Yunker Farm under a bright sky and with his dress shirt sleeves rolled up, Obama noted that the Fourth of July is not only about barbecues, parades and fireworks, but the United States should be sending its young men and women "to war [only] when we must and giving them the equipment they need."

He also contended the medical and financial help for veterans when they return home needs to improve. "It doesn't have to be this way," he said.

Whether going to war is the right decision or not, Obama added, "Caring for our veterans is something that we can still get right."

He pledged, if elected, to reduce the red tape that veterans face when seeking medical treatment or help with education and housing benefits.

He said he wants to expand funding to help veterans buy homes, and medical treatment for mental health care and brain injuries needs "to dramatically improve."

As for financial aid for education, Obama said, the government needs to look to how the GI Bill helped World War II veterans and pay the full bill for college.

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Sunday, June 8, 2008

Alternative to the Fargo Forum: Fargo And The Smoking Ban.

Fargo voters will decide Tuesday if they want their city to have a more comprehensive smoking ban or keep smoking prohibitions as they are today.

The two smoking measures on the city ballot are in some ways an extension of a vote nearly four years ago, when Fargoans chose from three smoking ban options.

Measure 2 would prohibit smoking in indoor workplaces, including bars, truck stops and rental halls. That’s taking the city’s current smoking ban up a notch.

Measure 3 would prohibit smoking in indoor workplaces, except for enclosed bars that prohibit patrons under the age of 21, designated areas of truck stops and J.T. Cigarro Tobacco Bar

Friday, June 6, 2008

Alternative to the Fargo Forum: Xcel Customers Ouch This Will Hurt

Some Xcel Energy customers must pay natural gas bills costing hundreds more than they may have anticipated.

The company last winter failed to receive electronic readings from gas meters of about 4,400 North Dakota residences, said Bonnie Lund, Xcel’s senior communications rep in the state.

That equals about 10 percent of all North Dakotans whom Xcel serves, and customers must now retroactively pay for the energy Xcel approximates they used.

For more information

Customers affected by Xcel Energy’s meter reading failures can call (800) 895-4999 about payment options, including an installment plan that does not charge interest.

What do you think about this at a time when energy companies are recording record profits ?

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Alternative to the Fargo Forum: He Made History

Fargo ND, Despite a loss to Hillary Clinton in South Dakota, the Illinois senator and one-time long shot managed to win the support of enough pledged delegates and superdelegates tonight to clinch the Democratic Party nomination and become the first-ever black nominee of a major political party in U.S. history.

For months on the campaign trail, the former first lady told voters that with their help she would make history, but in the end it was the young, first-term senator from Illinois that voters helped do just that.

"Because you chose to listen not to your doubts or your fears, but to your greatest hopes and highest aspirations, tonight we mark the end of one historic journey with the beginning of another -- a journey that will bring a new and better day to America," Obama said as the audience at the Xcel Energy Center roared. "Because of you, tonight, I can stand before you and say that I will be the Democratic nominee for the President of the United States."

The crowd at tonight's rally, numbering some 32,000 people -- 17,000 inside and 15,000 outside -- was well aware of the significance of the moment. They spent almost as much time cheering, chanting and clapping as Obama did speaking. Once every minute or so during his roughly half hour remarks, they interrupted with thunderous applause and periodic chants of "Yes we can" and "Si Se puede."

Obama thanked his family, his staff, his volunteers and supporters and he dedicated his moment to his grandmother, who was at home in Hawaii because she cannot travel, saying she "poured everything she had into me" and that she "helped to make me the man I am today."

He praised his former rivals, saying he had learned from them, and he congratulated Clinton on her win in South Dakota. He hailed Clinton for the "barrier-breaking" campaign she ran and the support she received.

"Sen. Hillary Clinton has made history in this campaign. She has made history not just because she’s a woman who has done what no woman has done before, but because she is a leader who inspires millions of Americans with her strength, her courage, and her commitment to the causes that brought us here tonight. I congratulate her on her victory in South Dakota and I congratulate her on the race that she has run throughout this contest," he said to more cheers. "Our party and our country are better off because of her, and I am a better candidate for having had the honor to compete with Hillary Rodham Clinton."

It was his big win in Iowa that set Obama on this long and winding road, a win his chief strategist, David Axelrod, spoke about while taking questions briefly with reporters on the plane ride from Chicago.

"Going in, we believed that there was this hunger for change,” he said, “and that if we could do well in Iowa, we could ignite something that would take hold across the country, and I think that’s what happened.”

Obama also spoke of the race to come, hinting at some of the attack lines he expected from his Republican rival and acknowledging the significance of the arena where he chose to celebrate his victory. Republicans will hold their party convention here the first week in September.

"The other side will come here in September and offer a very different set of policies and positions,” Obama said, “and that is a good thing, that is a debate I look forward to. It is a debate the American people deserve. But what you don’t deserve is another election that’s governed by fear, and innuendo, and division.

“What you won’t hear from this campaign or this party is the kind of politics that uses religion as a wedge and patriotism as a bludgeon. What you won't see from this campaign or this party is a politics that sees our opponents not as competitors to challenge, but enemies to demonize -- because we may call ourselves Democrats and Republicans, but we are Americans first. We are always Americans first."

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

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Fargo Forum: Why are you so Dam expensive? and uninformative.

Why is the fargo forum is so expensive? Has anyone ever asked themselves why the fargo forum is more expensive the the Wall St Journal? All the stories they use or at least a majority of them are pulled off the AP. So what are you paying for? 3 pages of real actual local content. Wowwie Fooled again Fargo Moorhead. Lol keep buying that load.

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Friday, January 4, 2008

Fargo Forum Alternative: How Will History Remember GW Bush?

A uniter not a divider, I am the decision-maker, a compassionate conservative, mission accomplished, bring it on, stay the course, axis of evil, etc... are all terms that will forever be etched in the minds of Americans concerning George W. Bush #43. Like him or not, this President has drawn the ire of liberals and the contempt of conservatives.

But what should this president be remembered for?

* No terrorist attacks on our soil after 9/11- credit President Bush
* Inherited a recession and employed two major tax cuts to revive economic growth - credit President Bush
* Held firm to sanctity of life issues with embryonic stem cell research - credit President Bush
* Sent 21,000 more troops into Iraq staying the course in the bleakest of moments - credit President Bush
* Appointed Alito & Roberts to the Supreme Court - credit President Bush
* 4 1/2% unemployment, record wealth creation, main street prosperity, & wall street prosperity - credit President Bush
* Peace initiatives between Palestinians and Israelis - credit President Bush

It is clear that President Bush has drawn an inside straight since November 2006, after losing the House and Senate rather embarassingly. The above achievements will go down as credible victories for a president besieged by liberals and even conservatives who left his side against the fight on the war on terror.

Pundits can rip the president apart today. But history will have the last say about President Bush. I do believe that history will receive this man more kindly than contemporaries receive him today.

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Global Politico

Global Warming Jihad

"Popular opinion is the greatest lie in the world," declared Thomas Carlyle.

Enter Al Gore. A privliged Senator's son, a former Vice President, a Global Warming Jihadist, and of course - a Nobel Peace Prize winning statesman right next to Yasser Arafat, who now more than ever -

Mr. Gore has a popular opinion.

This superstar global doomsayer has put on his green cape traveling the world preaching global jihad against industrialism. It is possible that no man today will effect such a profound change in politics, religion, and economics since Einstein's Manhattan Project or Darwin's Theory of Evolution, or Guttenberg's printing press. And thats after losing his presidential bid!

Yet, it is rather difficult to buy the whole enchilada that the sky is falling, the earth is crumbling, and mankind is nearly beyond a point of no return unless he acts now to save himself. Isn't this Al Gore's message to America? And to the world?

An excerpt of an interview with Grist Magazine in May 2006, this caped green crusader provides an answer:

"In the United States of America, unfortunately we still live in a bubble of unreality. And the Category 5 denial is an enormous obstacle to any discussion of solutions. Nobody is interested in solutions if they don’t think there’s a problem. Given that starting point, I believe it is appropriate to have an over-representation of factual presentations on how dangerous it is, as a predicate for opening up the audience to listen to what the solutions are, and how hopeful it is that we are going to solve this crisis."

An over-representation of the facts? This is what we get from Al, the environmentalist? That maybe we aren't in a heap of trouble yet- but why wait to get there when we can yell fire in a crowded theater where the Americans are watching their movie? So apparently lying to the American people; not telling them the version of the story that is most accurate is justifiable for personal political gain???

A man's words is the test of his character. Note how often this global crusader of Green Jihad has exaggerated or outright lied through his career, according to The Free Republic:

shows an amusing 16 lies or exaggerations are tied to this green caped crusader of global warming.

What's the point of dredging up a closet full of old bones?

Because the famous Green Caped Crusader is famous for not leveling with public!

Gore may have written "An Inconvenient Truth". But the real "inconvenient truth" occurs when Gore's test of character is quesitoned concerning his honesty. Superman's weakness was cryptonite. Gore, the green caped craseder's cryptonite is his imaginative fabrications that have come so naturally over the years.

Whether it was Love Canal, creating the internet, or the Buddhist fundraising scandal, trusting Gore is like trusting "Slick Willie" to honor Hillary all the days of his life. Does anyone believe that Gore can honor the truth to a greater degree than his former boss can honor Hillary?

Strange as it may sound, when Gore was just Vice President we were OK. But now as the international coronated king of Jihad against Carbon Emissions, the world has panicked. The effect may well be felt in our wallets with significantly higher taxes.

Single-handedly Al Gore has propelled the world of nations to act upon the desperate global warming issue whether or not the facts support action. A world hero, Gore, has taken the mantle to mock and taunt the Bush administration's perceived failture to act to save the world from mankind. The Green Goracle™, never one to miss a chance to blame the United States in general and George Bush in particular for just about anything, told the delegates that the U.S. was “principally responsible for obstructing progress here in Bali.”
So what are we to do with a former Vice President who has a Messianic Complex to save Americans and the world from global warming? What can we do? Let the foolish dribble their opinions; let the facts illuminate the truth. In thirty years Gore may have found a new cause: global cooling???
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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Your Alternative to the Fargo Forum: Just What does Katrina have To Do With Immigration

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By: London Calling

We are near the anniversary of Katrina, the storm that all but wiped out New Orleans. What does this have to do with immigration, legal or otherwise? One argument against massive immigration across the United States, for example, on our southern border is the illegal aliens are taking jobs away from Americans. The response is that the jobs they are taking are jobs American are not willing to do, at least not for the same wage. Oh? Why is that true, if it is. Katrina showed the people of Fargo and the rest of the country the massive poverty in New Orleans and by extension, in many other large cities. It revealed hundred of thousands of people, nearly destitute, totally unable to fend for themselves, totally dependent on an unresponsive Federal government. I sure help hope the people of Northwood, ND don't experience the same treatment from our Government. What ever happened to "workfare?" Didn't work, I guess. Well, as long as our lowest class doesn't have to go to work I think it rather obvious it won't work. I think we might be surprised how well many of them could care for a lawn if their livelihood depended on it. As good as any illegal immigrant, I would bet. Further, has anyone considered if we're doing anybody any good? People leave their home countries and come here presumably because life here at its worst is better than at home. By accepting, we are robbing them of their opportunity, or even responsibility, to make their own county better. If their government is the problem, then according to our founding fathers, it is their responsibility to change it. By accepting their immigrants,

we are robbing these countries of the opportunity to develop. Such is not easy: we didn't find it so, but nothing worthwhile ever is.

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Saturday, September 1, 2007

Fargo Politics: Crash goes the Monument in Fargo?

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Recently the Fargo City Commission heeded a petition drive, reversed it's earlier decision to divest itself of the Ten Commandments Monument and rejected the "gift" of the Red River Free Thinkers of a copy of a Treaty between the United States and Algiers, a Barbary state or close to it. The treaty clearly states that the United States is not a Christian country. I don't take this treaty seriously: looks like diplomacy to me, but I don't think we've heard the last of this. First, most court cases involving things like the Monument result in their removal. The court that ruled on the Fargo case based its ruling on the idea that Fargo would accept any other such monument. Even this isn't good enough for many, including me. My spiritual beliefs are mine, and I do not share them easily. I certainly don't want to build monuments to them and don't think monuments to others beliefs should be on government sites. By rejecting the Free Thinkers gift, the Commission has negated the courts reasoning, setting themselves up for another court case, unless the Free Thinkers are either tired of this or are out of money to spend on attorneys. Now, what about the Commandments themselves? I've heard two arguments for keeping it. One is that the Founding Fathers were devout Christians, the other is that the commandments are in some sense universal, applicable to everyone. I think both are rather obviously false. The inconvenient truth about the religious beliefs of our Founders is that most were Deists. At least, that's what the scholars seem to be saying. A Deist believes in a Supreme Being, but do not believe it interferes with the Universe as we know it, does not hear or answer prayers. This seems to indicate they are not Christians. I find it difficult to reconcile Deism with the public statements of many of our Founders save one: Thomas Jefferson, "that notorious Deist(Harpers)". That's good enough for me. There being no evidence that our Founders wished to found a Christian Society, that's pretty strong evidence that they didn't. With regard to who would accept the commandments, I do not think it the Governments Business to outlaw idolatry(nor are they trying to), or enforce the observance of the Sabbath, although they've tried. Since the Sabbath is not the same to everyone(in fact, most think it's Saturday), this clearly can't be done without espousing one or more religions.

A number of Fargo's leading Citizens are Hindus. US Citizens that got that way by legal means within the intent of the Constitution. Hindus believe in three gods, not one: Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. I think that unless Fargo wants to offend these citizens, crash goes the monument.

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Fargo Media: Straight Out of Fargo "Ed Schultz"

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Feb. 21 issue - Ed Schultz comes from Bush country and looks like it. At 6 feet 2 and 250 pounds, his idea of the good life is eating wings, fishing for walleye and watching football on TV. He passionately defends his right to own a gun, eat a steak and drive a Suburban. He loves his nation, his wife and his son, who plays golf for Texas Christian. He's the kind of guy the president might grab in a rope line, give a fake jab to the gut and call by his nickname, "Big Eddie," just like a friend.
But Schultz doesn't want to be George W. Bush's buddy. For three hours every day he rails against Bush on his nationally syndicated radio show from Fargo, N.D., calling the administration "government by the rich, for the rich" and Bush's policies an "axis of bankruptcy." The White House is listening. When Bush came to Fargo this month, Schultz's producer was barred from attending the event (the White House blamed local officials). "Is this what the president thinks of us folks in the heartland?" Schultz asked his listeners. "He's afraid!"
To hear some Democrats tell it, the GOP should be afraid. Schultz is coming after them and doing it on their own turf, smack dead in the middle of Red State America. Al Franken and Air America shattered the myth that liberals won't listen to talk radio. But Schultz isn't interested in just preaching to the converted. He wants to do something even more ambitious: save souls behind conservative lines. So far, he's had tremendous success. He's been sitting behind a mike in Fargo for 20 years, but during the past 12 months he's gone national in a big way. Schultz has the fastest growing radio show since Rush Limbaugh's—81 markets and counting. He can be heard inside Republican fortresses like Waco, Texas, and Phoenix, Ariz. His syndicator, Jones Radio Networks, says he'll be on the air in 150 to 200
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Schultz's secret is to borrow liberally from the Limbaugh playbook of exaggeration and simplification. When Democrats fretted that Bush was secretly plotting against Iran, Schultz pounded away at the White House, breathlessly telling listeners, "This is the kind of stuff that happened back in the 1930s in Germany."
Ideologically, Schultz is all Democrat—he likes universal health care and labor unions, hates Wal-Mart and corporate crooks—but he also
delights in hacking away at his party's more sensitive side. When a gay listener recently called to complain about homophobia, Schultz cut him off. He believes Democrats shouldn't talk up gay rights, just like they shouldn't bash God and guns. Schultz says liberals had better get used to his brand of tough love if they want to win in the heartland. "The party thinks there aren't any Democrats between Texas and North Dakota," Schultz told NEWSWEEK, "so why bother talking to people out here?"
Democrats desperate to connect with Middle America are tuning in. Top Democrats like Joe Biden are flocking to his mike. Ted Kennedy wished Schultz a happy 51st birthday on the air. Hillary Clinton, who sounds increasingly Schultzian herself (she recently toughened her tone on abortion), is a frequent guest. "We've gotten to be pretty good friends in the last couple years," Schultz says with great satisfaction.

Schultz has become such a hit with Democratic insiders that he now spends half of every month in Washington and has an apartment on Capitol Hill. He and his wife recently dined at Cafe Milano, the city's see-and-be-seen restaurant. They craned their necks in search of celebrities and swooned when they spotted two—conservative talking heads Tucker Carlson and Ann Coulter. Schultz loathes their politics but covets their fame. He may not want to get too comfortable in the capital. He has a good thing going playing the ultimate outsider, and that means keeping his show, and eating his steaks, back in Fargo, far, far away.

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