School Shootings Part Two – A Warning About Mishandling The Mental Health Component

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by Richard Cameron   In the first of this series on the mental health factors of school shooters, we examined the general outlines of the three main categories or psychological profiles of the (mostly) young men who commit these attacks.  In this follow up report, we’ll set forth the hazards of getting the public into a mindset of amateur diagnoses that could conceivably derail any successful program devised to assist those vulnerable individuals in need of professional counseling and treatment.  Before we do, however, I would just like to forward…

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Generation Gap Will End The Republican Party

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by Wes Walker via Leadership is not about the next election, it’s about the next generation.” -Simon Sinek Earlier this month, Pew Research Center released their latest data on political party membership in the United States focusing on the generation gaps in American politics. What they’ve found is the Republican Party, after reversing years of positive trends, is fantastically doomed in November. To understand just how bad things really are, we have to rewind a bit to 2006, halfway through George W. Bush‘s second term and the first year…

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Conor Lamb Wins 18th CD Pennsylvania – Trump And GOP Continue Losing Streak

by Richard Cameron   It is now official – barring the possibility that a recount of the election is granted and the result indicates other than the final tally – Conor Lamb, Democrat candidate in Pennsylvania’s special election in the 18th Congressional District, has been declared the winner over GOP opponent, Rick Saccone – a Trump acolyte. Election observers were keenly intrigued about what the overall effect of Donald Trump’s visit to Pennsylvania to stump for Saccone would be. The election was widely seen as the latest in a series of…

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Rex Tillerson Dumped By Trump For Not Following Trump’s Line On Russia

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by Richard Cameron   Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was fired this morning (Tuesday) by Donald Trump.  Trump’s manner of communicating the dismissal was via Twitter around 8:44 a.m. Eastern Time.       . Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018 The State Department issued…

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The Economy in Context

by Wes Walker via The most recent job numbers released on March 9th by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, represented a strong preliminary number for February that, should they hold, could be a solid piece of good economic news since the tax reform bill passed last year. It remains likely that the numbers will not survive the tariffs put into place last week, assuming they aren’t revised downward next month, and, despite the bump in the stock market from the positive preliminary jobs numbers, it’s important to keep in…

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Dena vs. Dena: Two Sides Of Sanctuary Cities

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By Dena Leichnitz   This is Dena Takruri (video below), and this is her take on why we should keep sanctuary cities.  All I have to say to her comments are, “Dena, you are wrong!”  And believe me that is not a sentence I utter very often.  So lets go over her comments and see why sanctuary cities are a bad thing and not helpful to society.  In order to avoid confusion when I am referring to Ms. Takruri, I will use the initials DT and when referring to myself, I…

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Tariffs – Retuning Another Engine that isn’t Broken

By Janice Barlow “Many people want the government to protect the consumer. A much more urgent problem is to protect the consumer from the government” – Milton Friedman   AS OUR NATION ROLLS ALONG, it seems that not a day goes by without some new drama hitting the airwaves from Washington. If it isn’t someone being fired or resigning, it’s a knee-jerk reaction to a horrific event, like modifying the Second Amendment because of a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, or a tweet-storm from the Commander-in-Chief about North Korea. We…

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Salvaging the Conservative Movement

by Wes Walker via If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” –Will Rogers It goes without saying that the Republican Party has a credibility problem heading into the 2018 mid-terms. Even if Donald Trump is ultimately exonerated (fat chance) of all of the shady dealings and questionable collaborations with foreign powers, he’ll still already be responsible for reversing almost a decade of modest but steady economic gains, for polluting long standing foreign relationships, for what promises to be massive deficits coming in 2018, for an indefensible reversal on gun…

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White House Economic Advisor Gary Cohn Resigns, Trump Admin In Damage Control Mode

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by Richard Cameron   Gary Cohn, officially announced his departure from his position as President Trump’s White House Economic Advisor and head of the administration’s Economic Council this afternoon. Cohn, a former president of Goldman Sachs is in the cleaning out his desk mode and will vacate his office within the next several days. Cohn issued a statement: “It has been an honor to serve my country and enact pro-growth economic policies to benefit the American people, in particular the passage of historic tax reform. I am grateful to the…

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Jared Kushner’s Failed Security Clearance And The National Security Implications

Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor to President Donald J. Trump, receives a gift from Iraqi Minister of Defense Erfan al-Hiyali at the Ministry of Defense in Baghdad, Iraq, April 3, 2017. (DoD Photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro)

by Richard Cameron Trump and National Security Donald Trump contends that he is keenly concerned with matters of national security.  So much so, that he has had a plan drawn up to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum on that basis – although economists and commerce experts have exposed the false premise and the potential catastrophe of such a move. But when it comes to shielding classified information from individuals not qualified to access such information, Trump has demonstrably no concerns. As was reported in recent days, President Trump’s…

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