Jesus Would Be Facing A Prison Sentence In Federal Court On Migrant Smuggling Charges

image of Jesus Christ as portrayed in the CNN documentary series, "Finding Jesus"

by Richard Cameron   I, as a general matter of policy as Editor in Chief, tend to strenuously avoid articles that delve into religious issues. We have a sister publication, National Candle, whose wheelhouse is just that. However, rules are made to be broken. Had Jesus been incarnated in the flesh in the American Southwest and brought light, hope and salvation to residents and immigrants alike, in the border zones of the Sonora Desert between the United States and Mexico, He would have found himself under the close scrutiny of…

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Sentencing Of Islamic Community Center Burglars Raises Other Questions

by Richard Cameron   The Arizona Republic this morning, featured a news item about a woman tried, convicted and now sentenced for her part in a burglary in March of last year of a mosque at the Islamic Community Center of Tempe, Arizona. The defendant, Tahnee Gonzales, 32, was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Mark Brain, to 225 hours of community service and 24 months of supervised probation. One condition of the arrangement was that she personally author a letter of apology to the Islamic community of Tempe.     …

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Trump’s Royal Embarrassment Of Himself And America In Great Britain

photo of thousands in London protesting the visit to Great Britain of U.S. President Donald Trump

by Richard Cameron   Once again, as regularly as the sun rising in the East, Donald Trump succeeds in making America look profoundly foolish on the international stage – this time in a command performance in England, at the invitation of Her Majesty, Queen of England. Trump managed, in this trip, to: Insult a member of the Royal Family, the Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry’s wife, Meghan Markle, calling her “nasty”. Launch into a contemptuous slag of the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan – terming him a “stone cold loser”.…

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Donald Trump – Master Of Bait And Switch And Evaporating Claims

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by Richard Cameron   If you look closely, or even not so closely at the outcomes of virtually every assertion that Trump and his administration have made in the last 28 months and even reaching back before his inauguration – a distinct pattern emerges. The pattern? Trump makes claims about his presidency that receive a lot of traction in the right wing media, but that inevitably, whether it is a day later, a week later or even a few months, are found to have been fictitious. It started with Trump’s…

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The Irrational Exuberance Of Consumer Confidence Indexes As Economic Indicators

chart tracking volatility of consumer confidence surveys from November 2018 to April 2019

by Richard Cameron   The Consumer Confidence Board released survey numbers for May, which showed an increase in the index from April’s 129.2 to 134.1.  What are these surveys asking, who is being asked and should anyone rely on them for an indication of the economy’s performance in the near term or beyond? The two main surveys that investors follow are the Consumer Confidence Board – actually conducted by the same people (Nielsen) that estimate TV ratings and the University of Michigan. There are some other surveys that troll these two,…

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Otto Warmbier, Kim Jong-un and The Feckless American President

photo of American President Donald Trump gratuitously shaking hands with brutal and oppressive North Korean autocrat, Kim Jong-un.

by Richard Cameron   Co-host of the NPR (National Public Radio) program, “Here And Now”, Audie Cornish, interviewed Washington Post journalist Anna Fifield yesterday on a story she authored that is still resonating internationally. Before we review her comments and her story, let’s set the background briefly. Otto Warmbier was a 21 year old student at the University of Virginia, who elected to participate in a study abroad program in late 2015, part of which found him taking a 5 day side excursion from Hong Kong, to Pyongyang, North Korea…

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Arizona State Representative Is Latest Casualty In The Hypocrisy Of G.O.P. Family Values

video screen shot of local Phoenix coverage of former Arizona State Representative David Stringer and the campaign to force his resignation based on sexual crimes against children

by Richard Cameron   Arizona State Representative David Henry Stringer (R-Prescott), resigned his office this week, just hours before a police report obtained by legislative leaders was set to be made public in the hearings calling for his removal from the Arizona House. Stringer was, by both national and Arizona standards, an “ultra-conservative”, alt-right, far right political figure and legislator. A man whose racial and anti-immigrant view are on par with and in some instances even exceed that of Iowa Congressman Steve King and another House member from his own…

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Draconian Opioid Crackdown Produces Collateral Victims And Unnecessary Trauma For Chronic Pain Sufferers

photo of protest against opioid crackdown that has deprived chronic pain sufferers the pain medications they rely on

by Richard Cameron   Last May, we published an article about the unintended consequences of the federal and state response to the Opioid crisis. Following that, we received a considerable number of comments that reinforced our contention that the policies that were instituted created considerable more turmoil and trauma than they alleviated. Here is a sample of what we heard. The names have not been published to protect the privacy of the correspondents: “I have MCTD (mixed connective tissue disease). What that is is overlapping autoimmune diseases. I have 8…

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Mueller Report Results In Premature Exoneration For Trump Mouthpieces

photo of Robert Mueller, former FBI director and Special Counsel

by Richard Cameron   Trump’s media cartel and others in Republican ranks are already speculating that the Special Counsel’s report turned in to the Justice Department on Friday, will not contain specific details about Donald Trump’s participation in a conspiracy with Russian operatives to impact the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. The notion among those in these circles is that because there may be no ‘smoking gun’ in Robert Mueller’s report specifically demonstrating Trump himself coordinating with the Russians, that they can spin Mueller’s summary into an exoneration of…

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Trump Cabinet Clown Show Demonstrates Accelerating Mental Disintegration

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by Richard Cameron   Periodically, we at National Compass, take an inventory of the random, nonsensical, juvenile, puerile ramblings of Donald Trump. We do it periodically, because even though Trump spouts off daily and sometimes hourly – it is not possible to publish updates that frequently with all of the other issues to deal with that arise from Trump’s radioactive presidency. Beyond that, the intervals between these examinations makes them somewhat a barometer of Trump’s mental health state. Given the fact, however, that Trump’s mental state was acutely troubled before…

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