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 Told You It Would Happen – Trump Gets Snookered By North Korea’s Kim

by Richard Cameron   We reported earlier this year, following the meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, in Singapore, that there was a strong likelihood that Kim misled Trump about his intentions. Now, evidence is emerging that demonstrates that Kim used the session as a photo op and as a stratagem to stall America and our allies while he continues development of his weapons program. U.S. military intelligence has confirmed that scenario. The Pentagon and the NSA are witnessing, via satellite and other interception of data, new missile…

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Ongoing Fallout From Trump’s Press Conference And Helsinki Summit With Putin

by Richard Cameron Helsinki Summit – A Disaster and a bigly clean up job Donald Trump, after approximately 24 hours of furious reactions to his abominable actions in Helsinki, relented to administration political advisors and agreed to stage what amounted to a transparently insincere damage control dog and pony show. What caused the firestorm to begin with?  Let’s put those on the table first, so we can examine the validity of Trump’s gainsaying of his behavior on foreign soil. Trump’s statements at the post private meeting press conference were standard…

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The GOP Congress’ Disgraceful And Desperate Peter Strzok Hearing

by Richard Cameron   It’s indisputable that much of what takes place in congressional hearings have a partisan edge to them. It is essentially baked in the cake. That is to be expected. Seldom, however, will you see a hearing like the one conducted yesterday on Capitol Hill, in which a witness is subjected to scurrilous and indecent character attacks, the likes of which Donald Trump engages in on a daily basis and which the self same legislative thugs alternately excuse, deflect and remain silent on as frequently.  Spanning close…

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Trump And Kim’s Singapore Handshake Deal – Why You’d Use A Hand Sanitizer

image of Trump giving military salute to top ranking North Korean military official

by Richard Cameron Singapore Handshake Deal Donald Trump arrived in Singapore on Monday, leaving the wreckage of our relations with America’s closest and most important allies in his wake. Going into the meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong un, there was no shortage of extravagant and perfunctory reporting that emphasized the ‘historic’ nature of the stage managed encounter – which, ironically, pre-empted ABC’s regularly scheduled broadcast of “The Bachelorette”. The focus was on the pomp and circumstance as if this was some sort of event of general curiosity like…

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Trump Heads To Nuclear Talks In Singapore After Alienating Allies In Canada

Trump on the south lawn of the White House with short statement about bringing Russia back into G-7 group

by Richard Cameron   If Donald Trump gets the Singapore summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un as wrong as he just got the G6+1 meeting in Canada – the US is going to get taken to the cleaners, bigly. Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul put it in these terms:       Trump, as has been reported, slunk out of the meetings in Charlevoix, Quebec, pouting and grumbling that the other national leaders did not dance to his tune the way the GOP Congress has for the past…

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My Trip To The Voting Station – A Fool’s Errand, And So Much More, Or Less …

North London polling station

by Richard Cameron   So, earlier this week, I went to the polling place with my California mail in ballot already filled out and tucked into the envelope. Our Jewish friends in the local community were kind enough to host the polling station at their temple – so now I can, without lying, state that I have been in a temple, though not for services. That’s always a possibility as well, though. I hand delivered it, together with my wife’s ballot, who (please don’t share this with anyone) considered it…

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Neema Mission Centre – Bringing Change To Uganda At The Community Level

by Richard Cameron I have my first international mission trust and infatuation – and I’d like to entice you to partner with me in it. There’s plenty of room for participation and more hands in the field are more than welcome. I refer to a community based development organization in Uganda known as the Neema Mission Center. Before I go into detail on Neema, I think it would be valuable to outline the setting of Neema and the conditions that exist in this portion of East Central Africa – a…

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North Korea’s Kim Gets Cold Feet Before The Wedding – Put The Champagne On Hold

by Richard Cameron   In the last 24 hours, the narrative about the upcoming summit between Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, has pivoted from upbeat speculation of a grand diplomatic breakthrough between the two Koreas and the United States, to a ominous mass of clouds on the horizon. On Tuesday, North Korea’s state information ministry, KCNA (Korean Central News Agency) issued a statement in reaction to the commencement of the U.S.- South Korean joint military exercise named “Max Thunder” : “This exercise targeting us, which is being…

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