Human Trafficking Part II: The Crackdown on Backpage.com

By Janice Barlow The Door Slams on Backpage.com BACKPAGE.COM WAS THE LEADING PROMULGATOR of sex trafficking online advertising, both of minors and adults. It ran online classified ads which allowed those in the public who knew how to gain access to it (which was not overly difficult), to set up an “account”. The Senate had been investigating Backpage for some time, and was seeking a way to crack down on it and close it down once and for all. Backpage did not only advertise classifieds for prostitution, but it taught those involved…

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Spend Your Tax Day Remembering Thomas Paine

by Wes Walker via libertyisftw.org [A] by-stander, not blinded by prejudice… would declare, that taxes were not raised to carry on wars, but that wars were raised to carry on taxes.” – Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man Thomas Paine, whose name sadly few Americans will even recognize, is undeniably as central a hero of the American Revolution as any of the Founding Fathers. Without Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, there isn’t Paul Revere‘s midnight ride, Thomas Jefferson‘s Declaration of Independence, or George Washington‘s ultimate victory at Yorktown. Without Paine, the American Revolution dies stillborn…

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Rediscovering Sobriety in America

by Wes Walker via libertyisftw.org Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:32 Political victories are intoxicating. The passion of the movement. The zeal of a shared purpose. The consummation of esprit de corps. Being party to something larger than one’s self. All of it is intoxicating… but, like all things that intoxicate the mind and the spirit, there are inevitable downsides. Eventually, the high wears off, the glowing facade fades with it, and you’re left with the world as it is, the sum…

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Human Trafficking in the United States Part 1: A Common Situation

By Janice Barlow Human Trafficking is not just overseas anymore. SEX TRAFFICKING of both young men and women and boys and girls has been a rampant problem in this country for many years. That’s correct. Not globally, but in the United States. Only recently has the issue begun to surface in mainstream headlines, and primarily on account of the shutdown of the website, Backpage.com, where men would seek out ways to hook up with these troubled and abused youth, many of whom were kidnapped. Although I was aware that this…

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As Long As Assad Remains In Power, The West Is Losing In Syria

photo image of bombed out apartments and buildings in the suburbs of Damascus.

by Tony Wyman Assad will remain in control of Syria – Missile strikes or not   President Trump rightly called Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad a monster. That is precisely what the tyrant is, an evil man with no conscience who deserves to meet a bloody end at the hands of his own people. While last night’s strikes degraded his ability, we’ve been told, to use chemical weapons such as Chlorine gas, to murder more helpless children in his country, it did nothing at all to remove Mr. Assad from power. What…

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Here’s The Problem With Trump’s Trade War: Trade Deficits Aren’t Necessarily Bad

WPA poster titled First Foreign Trade Zone - artist Jack Rivolta. Produced 1937 during New Deal trade initiative.

by Tony Wyman Trade War Between Trump And Credible Economists You could hit an imported Chinese golf ball into a room full of economists and have a pretty good chance of not hitting one who agrees with President Trump‘s trade kerfuffle with China.  Why?  Because, unlike the president, most economists think trade deficits aren’t a bad thing.  In fact, some even think they are good. How can that be?  Doesn’t it make sense that we are losing against China if they are selling us more than we are selling them? …

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The Pilgrimage of Pain

by Oletta Branstiter Author and Christian apologist C.S. Lewis examined the unavoidable dilemma of suffering in his book, “The Problem of Pain”, published in 1940. In this thoughtful study, Lewis reveals that: Humans have the capability to anticipate and philosophize pain. Pain shatters the illusion that we have all we need. Pain is a means to an end. Pain reminds us that this world is not enough. Pain is a foreshadow of hell to avoid. Pain is a condition experienced by most people at some time in their lives, and…

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In the Midst of a Horrific Tragedy, A Nation Forgets Where to Turn

By Janice Barlow LATE IN THE AFTERNOON LAST FRIDAY, in the wide open expanses of western Canada, the unthinkable happened. A bus carrying a hockey team, a coach, an assistant coach, a young statistician, and a radio announcer was plowed into by a semi-truck. Fifteen people were killed and the rest were all injured. The small town of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, population 6,000, was forever changed. Much of Canada lives and breathes hockey. Most of the children grow up knowing how to skate, and many dream of playing in the NHL…

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The Privacy Crisis – The Perfect Excuse To Restrict Freedom of the Press

by Oletta Branstiter Are you a “media influencer”?  If so, the U.S. government is very interested in your online activities. The Department of Homeland Security needs a private contractor to provide “24/7 access to a password protected, media influencer database, including journalists, editors, correspondents, social media influencers, bloggers etc.” in order to “identify any and all media coverage related to the Department of Homeland Security or a particular event.” from Forbes.com Hmmm. Couldn’t anything be considered a “particular event”? Haven’t we all become “bloggers”?  According to the Forbes article, “the United…

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Trump’s New Tariffs Set To Drive Up Cost Of Living

By Lynda Work Canadian lumber tariffs imposed in 2017 are already having an impact on the housing and paper industries and the new steel tariffs will make the crunch even worse. Home prices are set to be driven up making it difficult for young buyers and even the middle-class buyer to purchase a property. The steel tariffs tack on 25 percent to steel, which is used in home foundations, floors and high-rise construction, and 10 percent for aluminum from foreign suppliers. The Trump administration levied tariffs of more than 20…

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