From The Inside Looking Out: A Weather Report From Wilmington, Part 2

By Janice Barlow AFTER WHAT SEEMED LIKE an interminable amount of time, I was able to get back to my home in Wilmington, N.C. in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Part 1 of the experience is linked at the end of this article, in case you missed it. Massive damage was everywhere, the kind that makes you want to stop your car and stare in disbelief. Block after block of towering trees that were decades old lie on the ground, crashed through fences, across side roads and sadly, through the…

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From the Inside Looking Out: A Weather Report From A Wilmington Resident, Part One

By Janice Barlow AFTER HAVING SPENT over half of our lives in Michigan, my husband and I made the move to the gulf coast of Florida in 1994 with our two young boys. We had some concerns about hurricanes, but we were moving to an area west of Tampa Bay that hadn’t seen a direct hit since the 1920’s. We lived there until 2016, staying put through three hurricanes. Frances caused the most damage at a Cat 2 even though it had to traverse the state from east to west…

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Patriotism : Is It Found In A Flag Or A Man? Revelations About John McCain

By Janice Barlow THIS ARTICLE IS A FOLLOW UP to Richard Cameron’s piece in National Compass, “Clearing the Record on John McCain’s Record of Service in the Navy“, also published today. Cameron enlightened us on the truth of McCain’s past military service. I want to briefly touch on what has occurred recently and remind America that military service will always supersede those who mock it, even those at the highest levels. When the flag flies for the heart.  Monday, as the Administration waffled under media pressure to lower the flags…

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Missing Daisy: Coping With The Loss Of A Pet

By Janice Barlow MOST OF US HAVE BEEN THROUGH IT. We’ve either had to make the excruciating decision to have a beloved pet put down, or we lost them suddenly at home or in an accident. It has to be one of the most heart wrenching situations to deal with in life. Some folks never want to have pets. There are various reasons for this decision. Some are far too busy and cannot devote the necessary time to care for and love an animal. Others don’t want to go through…

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But, But What About The Children? – The Liberal Distraction

By Janice Barlow Which children are at risk? SINGLE FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS have become the norm in our country. Hearing about children who are not home at 2 a.m., or are missing for weeks or months because they have run away from home is common. Sons join gangs. Daughters go and live with much older men, often before they have reached adulthood. The cycle did not just suddenly start with their generation, but is usually handed down from their mothers who often neglected them, and/or their totally missing dads. The Democrats…

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Conspiracies Arising – And QAnon Heads The List Of Wackos

By Janice Barlow WE HAVE ALL SCRATCHED OUR HEADS at various conspiracy theories. Some of us may have thought that there was merit to some of these telephone-tag notions, causing them to go viral as we jumped on a bandwagon that usually quickly dissipated and disappeared. Most of the believers in these crazy theories then tucked tail and pretended like they never really latched onto these alternative “facts” after they were proven false. But some die-hards stayed on board, still believing for instance, that school shootings are government-staged events created…

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It’s Not Trump, But It’s Some Who Will Defend Anything To Stay Orange

By Janice Barlow   WHEN YOU TWIST UPON A STAR ONCE UPON A TIME, there was a television show. It was a show about a dysfunctional family. The mother figure was crass and vulgar, and supposedly represented much of Blue Collar America with her behavior. The father figure was more stable, but he enabled his wife because he loved her. The kids were always in some kind of mess. There were fights and laughs and “I can’t believe that!” moments; a typical comedy for the time period. Decades went by,…

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When Pain Becomes Government Regulated, We Are All Potential Victims

photo of prescription opioid bottles. Recently published opioid therapy clinical practice guideline aims to improve quality of care and patient safety when treating acute and chronic pain. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Hailey R. Staker)

By Janice Barlow with Richard Cameron No one should doubt that we’re still in the midst of an opioid crisis and have been for the better part of a decade. The nature of the crisis, however, is not what you have been led to believe by mass media reports and federal authorities.  Opioid medications have been part of treatment regimens for several decades. But in recent years, the line between who needs them to alleviate chronic or acute pain and who wants them because of the pleasant side effects, has become…

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How Functioning Conservatism Can Point The Way To Needed Reform

By Janice Barlow What is Functioning Conservatism? ACCORDING TO PHIL WILLIAMS, man of many hats who coined the term, Functioning Conservatism is: “Doing conservative things instead of just sounding conservative. It is actually producing an outcome instead of just stating that one holds to conservative values.” Functioning conservatism shows how the Constitution protects We the People and gives us religious liberty, instead of being problematic. It illustrates how the Bill of Rights creates equality for everyone instead of being unfair and racist. And it proves that the Rule of Law…

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Sin Justification In The Age Of Trump

By Janice Barlow The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Psalm 37:23 IT IS NO SECRET that many people who claim to uphold Christian values have twisted themselves into all sorts of pretzels as more and more immoral escapades surface in the nefarious life of Donald J. Trump, POTUS. Every time he accomplishes what is termed a “good thing”; (a matter we are supposed to laud him for, pat him on the back for, nod and credit him for, and…

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