Refocusing on Victims of Sexual Abuse: Teens and Children, and How You Can Help

By Janice Barlow All the media attention that has resulted from teenagers being sexually assaulted has once again put the topic in the limelight. This article is not about the innocence or guilt of any one person, but instead about an issue that needs more focus because our children are the future of this country, and as potential victims, they are facing some serious challenges. We have lost sight of who these victims are. They are children and teens everywhere, from all races and socioeconomic backgrounds. We know that in…

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The Last Temptation of Christ, And Other “Blasphemies”

by Oletta Branstiter I haven’t attended church for many years. Either I leave them or they leave me. Cases in point: One church banished me because I was living with my fiancé. We had planned to get married there, but they kicked us out. Ironic. We’ve been married since 1982, wed by a pastor who welcomed us to his church as fellow sinners.  I left another church because it was obviously under God’s judgment and I didn’t want to go up in flames with it. This was a literal fear after the building…

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Pssssst! Read Any Banned Books Lately?

by Oletta Branstiter A School Library should challenge students. As an Intermediate public school Library Specialist, intimately acquainted with over 9,000 books in circulation, I can attest to the fact that over two dozen of the books on the American Library Association list of frequently challenged children’s books are either checked out or resting comfortably on the bookshelves in my library. This is my eighth year working in a public school library. I can count on the fingers of one hand the times a book in my library has been…

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Christmas, A Time for Joy? Yes – Except For Many Pets Given As Gifts

photo image of two small white dogs posing for Christmas picture with Christmas tree bandanas on

by J. Lee CHRISTMAS, A TIME FOR JOY – BUT FOR PETS GIVEN AS GIFTS? Who has been naughty and who has been nice? It is that time of the year when people get out their Christmas shopping lists. Gifts are fun to give and fun to get. Christmas is all about giving and celebrating with family and friends. What is not fun are statistics that show pets given as gifts abandoned following Christmas. Sadly shelters fill up with relinquished pets. Similar statistics occur following Easter with the abandonment of…

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North Korean Soldier Defects To West In Panmunjom Along DMZ – Sustains Critical Injuries

by Richard Cameron SEOUL, South Korea The South Korean Military and the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCOS) are reporting that earlier on Monday, a North Korean soldier thought to have been stationed near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), defected to South Korea. The soldier was fired upon by North Korean patrols as he attempted to negotiate his way through guard stations (see photo left) and across the DMZ to the South Korean side. The area where the defection took place was in Panmunjom in North Hwanghae Province, where the armistice…

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Roy Moore: Sex, Lies, and Videotapes – A Rational Analysis

By Janice Barlow After spending most of the last three days on the dilemma of Roy Moore, the Alabama candidate for Republican Senator accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl in 1979, I have decided to draw things to a close with this article. However, like most things in real life, closure is often complicated and riddled with loose ends. I’ll do the best I can. First off, a few observations from the bleachers. People have really revealed much about how they react to situations simply because of the existence of…

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The Life And Times Of Judge Roy Moore

by Oletta Branstiter Old Judge Roy is in the spotlight again. Lights! Camera! Action! Who remembers the Oscar-nominated 1972 Western spoof starring Paul Newman, titled “The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean?” Famous director John Huston wove a revisionist tale whose motto was, “If this story ain’t true… it shoulda been!” The IMBD page defines the film this way:  “In Vinegaroon, Texas, former outlaw Roy Bean appoints himself the judge for the region and dispenses his brand of justice as he sees fit.” Does anyone else have the uncomfortable feeling…

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Senator Ted Cruz Campaigns On Term Limits Amendment

by Oletta Branstiter Senator Cruz seeks reelection while proposing term limits. Texas Senator Ted Cruz recently sent out a donation request to help fund his 2018 campaign, touting his Constitutional amendment for mandatory term limits co-sponsored by Florida Representative Ron DeSantis early this year. According to a January 3, 2017, press release, “The amendment would limit U.S. senators to two six-year terms and members of the U.S. House of Representatives to three two-year terms.” The statement continued: “D.C. is broken. The American people resoundingly agreed on Election Day, and President-elect Donald…

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Trump A.G. Jeff Sessions’ Obsessions With Marijuana And Disdain Of The 10th Amendment

montage of Atty General Jeff Sessions on the image left and verdant Cannabis Sativa plant to his right

by Richard Cameron Sessions’ Marijuana  Obsessions Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions has decided to use the legal muscle of the Justice Department to pursue his longstanding personal agenda – some would call it a vendetta, against Marijuana. While this has not been a secret, and he has made numerous statements since settling into his position, nothing illustrates the extent of his determination to bring the hammer down on other’s personal choices regarding the much maligned substance than when the subject came up once again recently during a visit with far…

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The Trump Cult And Their Love For Fake News

By David Cholesterol While riding on the back of Infowars, The Gateway Pundit, The National Examiner, and a plethora of conspiracy theory and Russian bot bloggers all the way to the White House, “FAKE NEWS” is a common attack Donald Trump shamelessly implements against every negative news story about him. “The media is really, the word, one of the greatest of all terms I’ve come up with, is ‘fake,’” Trump told Mike Huckabee in an interview on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. “I guess other people have used it perhaps over the…

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