Can Donald Trump Rely On His Shrinking Base To Carry Him Through The 2018 Mid Terms?

by Richard Cameron   National Compass has been periodically examining the health of Donald Trump’s presidency, by looking at the ‘medical charts’ – a variety of national polls revealing approval ratings.  What we have discovered here in January 2018, a full year into Trump’s first term, should be ringing warning alarms for his party. Here, we will review some comparable numbers ranging from election day 2016 and contrasting them with what Americans think at the moment. The top line numbers are disconcerting to any administration that is witnessing them. In…

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Are Evangelicals And The Religious Right Damaging Christianity With Their Trump Worship?

by Richard Cameron   A friend and colleague, alerted me to an interesting article published in the online site, Baptist News Global, entitled, “The death of Christianity in the U.S.”,  written by Miguel De La Torre.  The title seemed a bit hyperventilated, but as I began reading his column, it was clear that he had a point.  From the first paragraph: Christianity has died in the hands of Evangelicals.  Evangelicalism ceased being a religious faith tradition following Jesus’ teachings concerning justice for the betterment of humanity when it made a…

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Do We Still Need Black History Month?

by Dena Leichnitz Starting next month, we will have to hear from angry conservatives talk about how Black History Month is racist and why don’t we have White History Month? Such a question is utterly ridiculous and goes to show how insecure and vapid a lot of people are.  I am sorry did no one teach you about George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Jonas Salk, Marie Curie, John Locke, or Eleanor Roosevelt? “White history” as they like to call it is still the main history learned about in American history classes. …

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The Case for #NeverTrump in 2018

by Wes Walker via libertyisftw.org During the Republican presidential primaries in 2015 and 2016, the case for opposition to Donald Trump was clear to all but Trump’s core supporters comprised of largely uneducated working class nationalists and Baby Boomers, who now vastly outnumber the declining Greatest Generation and Silent Generation voters that elected Ronald Reagan, George H. W Bush, and George W. Bush. To Trump’s voting block, it didn’t matter that Trump’s entire life had been a horror show of marital infidelity, financial incompetence, small-minded bigotry, pathological dishonesty, and unchecked narcissism.…

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Finding the Good – On The Road With Steve Hartman

by Oletta Branstiter Virtual Road Trip Sometimes in the evening, as I switch my TV on to tune into the local CBS news broadcast, I will be fortunate enough to catch the very end of the latest Steve Hartman – On the Road episodes. I admit: sometimes I hesitate, knowing it will leave me with a catch in my throat and a tear in my eye. But I never regret it. Steve Hartman took the wheel for On the Road when Charles Kuralt passed away from complications of Lupus in…

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A Forger’s Life – Book Review

by Oletta Branstiter Rebel With a Cause Sarah Kaminsky’s revelations of a rebel with a cause have finally been translated into English. Originally published in French in 2009, this focused biography of her father peels back the layers of a serial criminal whose forgeries spanned almost three decades. The actress and screenwriter was born in Algeria but grew up in France with her mature father and young Tuareg mother.  Using a first-person narrative, prompted by unobtrusive and infrequent questions of a curious daughter, Adolfo Kaminsky unravels the deceptions in his…

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Trump’s Stance on Immigration Turns the GOP into an Ill-Eagle

  By Janice Barlow THERE HAS BEEN MUCH ADO about immigration reform since, well, since I can remember. But now, more than ever, people want to see a solution to this ever-expanding issue. And many of them are not advocating amnesty. Amnesty, for the purposes of this article, is allowing anyone who is in the United States illegally, to remain in the United States pemanently, whether citizenship becomes the result or not. To its credit, the Trump administration has stepped up the number of undocumented alien arrests, but to its…

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Pillow Talk: Examining The Morality And Societal Impact Of Prostitution

by J Hellen Pillow Talk: Examining The Morality And Societal Impact Of Prostitution Prostitution is cliché’d to be the “world’s oldest profession”, and for as long as prostitution has existed, it has also been considered taboo. Even today, in the midst of the New Sexual Revolution, where there are about as many different sexual preferences as there are gender preferences and hardly anything comes as a shock –  prostitutes, and particularly female prostitutes, are still criminalized, ostracized, and stigmatized for plying their wares. Here, we will examine the pros and cons…

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Expecting the Unexpected: How Survivalists Prep

by J. Lee Many people consider survivalists who are also called preppers as those who wear tin foil hats. That is not a true assessment. It is never a waste of time to be prepared or to learn basic survival skills. The opinion of skeptics is of no surprise. Many prefer to take it one day at a time. They never think of scenarios when not being prepared could become a matter of life and death. They think crisis will never happen to them. I have had a survivalist mentality since…

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