Aretha Franklin – How She Influenced This White Kid In 1967 Los Angeles

photo of the wax figure of R&B legend Aretha Franklin on display at the famous Madame Tussauds' museum in London, England.

by Richard Cameron Aretha Franklin  March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018 I decided not to recap the commonly reported information regarding the broad musical and personal history of Aretha Franklin, who passed yesterday of complications related to Pancreatic cancer. Those details are easily accessible via various news reports and Wikipedia – although some will be touched upon here. Instead, my essay here, has to do with my own recollections of Ms. Franklin, how she emerged on the scene as a breakthrough entertainer in pop music and the context of…

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The Magnitsky Act – Why Vladimir Putin Wants To Get Bill Browder In His Clutches

by Richard Cameron   Editor’s Note:  Legal theory recognizes that there are three essential components to establishing that a person or organization has committed a crime and that must be established when prosecuting the defendants in court – means, motive and opportunity. Most articles have delved into the opportunity and means involved in the coordination and cooperation between members of Trump’s campaign, family members and likely, Trump himself, with a foreign power, Russia, to subvert our election process. Less examination and focus has centered on the motive behind it.  Although…

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“WE THE PEOPLE” – What It Meant, What It Should And Where We Lost Our Way

by Paul Hamlin   “We The People” In modern political history there has rarely been three more radical, more revolutionary words spoken or written.  “We the people” represents an idea far bigger, far greater than the simple everyday petty politics.  The Constitution is the idea that all people should focus on first, arguments about policy and process should be wrapped in the founding document. The dream of America, of representative governments, was and is that people, ordinary people, would see a need, a gap or a void and that out…

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Farmers Are Casualties In Trump’s Trade War

Farmers Trade War

By Lynda Bryant-Work “As history has repeatedly proven, one trade tariff begets another, then another – until you’ve got a full-blown trade war. No one ever wins, and consumers always get screwed.” Mark McKinnon Strong support from the agriculture sector helped elect President Donald Trump to the White House in 2016. But two years later, concerns about the trade war and trade disputes have many farmers backing away from Trump. Tariffs are expected to raise the price of production for agriculture and make U.S. crops less competitive in China. When it…

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Obstruction Of Justice Case Mounting Against Trump

photo of sign announcing the entry of Obstruction Point in Washington State

By Lynda Bryant-Work Each day there seems to be some new question about President Donald Trump attempting to obstruct justice. The question of Trump’s obstruction of justice reared its ugly head beginning about the time of former FBI Director James Comey’s firing and has become increasingly the focus of attention. With continued indictments at this stage of Special Council Robert Mueller’s investigations with mounting evidence of alleged wrong doing by many in the Trump administration, the obstruction issue keeps growing. Obstruction of justice, in United States jurisdictions, is the crime…

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The Fate of Our Families And How We Can Change Course

crayon style drawing of family with Mom, Dad and Child.

by Paul Hamlin This may be chicken and egg argument, but in truth it doesn’t matter.  The American family is disintegrating, and it really doesn’t matter what happened first, whether societal pressures are destroying families or if families dissolving are causing the societal illness.  What we do know is that the family is a representation of the modern society. So, we can argue which came first, but the truth is we cannot solve the problems of society without looking at and solving our family issues. Let’s start with some disclaimers: This is…

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Collusion – Where Is The Actual Crime?

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By Lynda Bryant-Work   Collusion. Collusion. Collusion. The collusion drama plot thickens. The tangled web between President Donald Trump and Russia continues to get darker and the Jerry Springer-like antics of the president on Twitter and misinformation cloud the issue. As most know, Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son, revealed that he, along with Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, chairman for his 2016 presidential election campaign, met with a Russian government lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, in June of 2016. Prior to the meeting, a mutual…

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