Middle-aged Male Loneliness, The Epidemic No One Wants To Discuss

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by Tony Wyman Guys, if you were awake at 2 A.M., so worried or scared about something that you couldn’t sleep, who would you call for emotional support and comforting advice? If you are like most men, the answer to my question is: no one.  And, if you are like most men, you were as uncomfortable reading my question as I was writing it.  When I wrote it, after four or five failed attempts to type out the 28 words in the sentence, I couldn’t help but cringe at the…

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“Braking” the March for Our Lives Narrative

by Wes Walker via libertyisftw.org Well, I say one life is worth more than all the guns in America.” – Sarah Chadwick, Parkland School Shooting Survivor The gun control lobby is continuing a strong emotional push for legislation abridging the constitutionally protected right of millions of Americans to keep and bear arms, most recently with the so called “March for Our Lives” rally in Washington, D.C. that featured several of the survivors of the Parkland School Shooting. Though their movement is heartfelt, and I don’t doubt for a moment the sincerity…

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The Derailing of the Trump Presidency and Why Many Supporters are Finally Walking Away

By Janice Barlow PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS ANGERED MANY on the right from the start. They didn’t vote for him, didn’t back him, and some grudgingly gave him a nod when he did the occasional good thing that they expected from a president who wasn’t Obama. I struggle to think of an example beyond Neil Gorsuch, a name picked from a list of semi- to completely conservative SCOTUS justice picks that any Republican president would have chosen acceptably from. Of course, the response is always: But Hillary wouldn’t have! Let’s move…

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Omnibus Spending Bills Avoid Meaningful Debate and Solutions

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by Lynda Bryant-Work The passage of the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill as signed yesterday by Donald Trump represents a shortcut to everything that is wrong with Washington, D.C. By avoiding any semblance of the regular order budget process in favor of funding by crisis and failing to perform an important function: oversight. Congress opted instead for wasteful, inefficient and inappropriate funding of tens of billions of dollars in additional funding, with no meaningful reforms. In the simplest of terms, the omnibus is a spending bill that collects ALL the appropriation…

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Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act: No Tariff Goes Unpunished

photo of Senator Smoot and Congressman Hawley, authors of the Smoot-Hawley trade tariff of the 1920s that many economists consider a major contributing factor to the onset of the Great Depression in America and internationally

by Lynda Bryant-Work As President Donald Trump rolls out more and more tariffs and trade partners are angered – the warnings of the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act are ignored by the administration. Most Americans have not heard of the legislation and have no conception of how disastrous it was, as once again the pendulum swings from free trade to protectionism. The tariff act is a story and piece of history of a bill going off the rails, off a cliff and helping sink the world economy. Senator Reed Smoot, Republican…

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America Descending: The Reality TV Presidency

by Wes Walker via libertyisftw.org I’m going to surround myself only with the best and most serious people…” – Donald Trump It’s no secret that coverage of the Trump White House has been an unabashed three ring political circus of scandal, confusion, and incompetence from the word go, though, to be fair, some of the insanity has clearly been manufactured by a hostile media firing off everything they can lay their hands on to take Donald Trump down. That’s not to say that not all of it has been serious (it has),…

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Newspapers Face Rising Costs Due To Trump Commerce Department Tariffs

by Lynda Bryant-Work Community newspapers are being threatened by a newsprint tariff imposed on Canadian paper mills by the Trump administration in January. In a decision opposed by some Republicans, the U.S. Commerce Department imposed a 22.16 percent import tariff on Canadian newsprint companies it says are unfairly pricing their paper against U.S. mills. A final decision in the investigation is expected about Aug. 2, the Commerce Department said, but U.S. Customs authorities began collecting cash deposits immediately from Canadian importers based on the preliminary duty rate. The tariffs issue…

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Trump Toadies For State And CIA – Mike Pompeo And Gina Haspel Under The Microscope

photo of Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo - photo credit Greg Skidmore

by Richard Cameron   As is typically the fashion with Donald Trump – looking for appointees that he perceives will put loyalty to him and his personal interests ahead of their obligation to serve America, Trump has opted to move two dubious administration officials around on the organizational chart.  Since Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would not echo Trump’s patently false narrative about Russia, he was dismissed last week and in his place – subject to confirmation, will be present CIA Director, Mike Pompeo.  Pompeo, depending upon who you ask,…

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Getting on the Protest Bandwagon…Lives are at Stake

By Janice Barlow THIS MORNING, news of another school shooting hit the headlines, this time in Baltimore, Maryland. Fortunately, the school resource officer was on hand to gun down the student shooter, but not before two students were injured in the event. A nationwide walkout by students occurred last week, as many of them wanted to vent their frustration and fears on the lack of school safety, and a misguided desire to ban guns. Others just were happy to have any excuse not to be in class. The same old…

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

photo of an informational display from the post war era, created by the Minnesota Mental Hygiene Society, touting the benefits to individuals and society of mental health treatment and counseling.

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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