Trump’s Serial Bad Hires And Fires – Is It Staff, Or Does The Boss Need To Be Let Go?

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by Richard Cameron Yesterday, Tom Price tendered his resignation as Secretary of the department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It is the most recent departure of a member of the Trump administration, but is only the most recent and will, by no means be the last.  In fact, this article, which details at length, the ineptitude of Trump’s hirings and dismissals, will never truly be complete, because more chaos and disarray will always be on the near horizon. Trump’s Hire / Fire Hall of Shame Beginning with his presidential…

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Restoring Unity Through Patriotism – The Values That Can Bring Us Together

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by Oletta Branstiter Facts + Principles = Opinions I teach my students that forming a strong opinion consists of filtering facts through personal principles to make an ideological conclusion. They learn that if our opinions differ, it’s because our valid personal principles differ. I impress upon my students that opinions cannot be wrong, and should be shared and accepted with respect. It has occurred to me, especially in light of recent divisive statements and protests in current events, that while opinions cannot be “wrong”, they can foment disunity. Diversity at the…

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Hefner, Trump and the National Anthem…We Can Judge it All

By Janice Barlow After a much needed vacation, I came back to an incongruous pile of topics, that, on the surface appeared to have little substance in common. But oh contraire! There is a boatload of fodder to sift through, the goal being how to keep this piece from drifting into novella territory. I’ll be the judge of that. The week started out with a horrendous hurricane, Maria, making the island U.S. territory of Puerto Rico a bullseye. Within 24 hours, over 3 million people were without power or running…

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Wouldn’t You Like To Be A Prepper, Too? Water – The Elixir Of Life

by Oletta Branstiter Water, water, everywhere, but not a drop to drink! This is what recent victims of Texas and Florida hurricanes experienced. They were literally at risk of drowning in water too dangerous to sustain them! On Tap The first provision we should consider for emergency preparedness is water. A human can live up to three weeks without food, but only three days without this basic but precious commodity. Like most people, especially in the developed world, you probably get your water from a faucet or refrigerator dispenser. You…

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Does The NFL Have A Rule Requiring Players To Stand During The National Anthem?

by Richard Cameron If you have been following the debate on the sideline protests in the NFL on social media and in forums, you have heard people making claims and counter-claims about whether the National Football League has a rule mandating that players must stand during the national anthem. The notion here, underlines the controversy of whether athletes are violating league rules prohibiting players from not observing patriotic rituals in one certain manner. Donald Trump, himself, is under the impression that the players are violating league rules.  Is there such…

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Animal Farming – Rabbits Abused For Fur and Meat; We Must Be Their Voice

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by J. Lee RABBITS ABUSED FOR FUR AND MEAT The horrors of rabbits farms Rabbits kept for fur and meat suffer from unimaginable cruelty. They are abused while being kept in dirty wire cages that injure their delicate feet. In fur farms rabbits are kept in solitary confinement. In meat farms they are crammed into overcrowded cages. Many of them suffer from untreated fungal infections that causes skin ulceration’s and their fur can fall out. They are unable to play, run, dig, feel solid ground under their feet or enjoy sunshine. Those kept…

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Cincinnati Is Becoming A Soccer Powerhouse In The Middle Of Football and Baseball Country

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by Tony Wyman   Cincinnati – Soccer Powerhouse It isn’t unusual to see the U.S. Women’s National Team, arguably America’s favorite soccer team, fill the stands wherever they play.  So it wasn’t shocking when 30,529 people filled the seats at the University of Cincinnati’s venerable Nippert Stadium to watch the United States, led by Alex Morgan and Cincinnati native Rose LaVelle, crush the New Zealand team, 5-0.  On a Tuesday night.  During the school year.  When the city had been pelted by rain, lightning and thunderstorms all day.  And when…

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Compulsory Patriotism – Why I Don’t Insist You Salute Or Observe Anything

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by Richard Cameron   I’ve seen a lot of angry people expressing their outrage about football players kneeling during the anthem. I respect their right to their viewpoint, while at the same time, I don’t share it.  Donald Trump, predictably, got in the middle of this, seeing in it another opportunity to exploit the anger of his remaining base voters.  At a rally in Alabama, Trump juiced up the crowd with, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say: ‘Get that…

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President Trump Scores a Divisive Goal With A Literal Political Football

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by Oletta Branstiter On September 23, 2017, President Trump gave a speech at a campaign rally for senatorial candidate Luther Strange in Huntsville, Alabama. In typical Trump style, the President veered off message in order to cater to his vengeful jingoistic base by declaring: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out. He’s fired. He’s fired!’ ” The next morning, he doubled down on his buffoonery by recommending that…

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GLADD Wants The Wonder Woman Sequel To Feature Her Bisexuality

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By Dena Leichnitz The push to re-invent comic book superheroes and Wonder Woman The Left has continually tried to “turn” everyone gay by outing historical figures, whether there is evidence to support it or merely innuendo. Having incorporated that is a tactic in GLBTQ politics, it probably comes as no surprise that there is a concerted effort to “reboot” entertainment  icons including in the world of comics –  particularly action figures. For instance, in today’s iteration of comic books, Iron Man has gone from a straight, White male to a Black lesbian. From…

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