The Election Called Because of Climate Change

By Janice Barlow It’s Game Seven of the World Series. Bottom of the 15th inning. Score tied 4-4. Bases loaded. Two men out. The home team has used up all of its pinch hitters and the pitcher is due at the plate. He has a batting average of .042. What should the manager do? It doesn’t matter! Suddenly, a lightning bolt streaks down from the sky, knocking out power to all the lights in the stadium. A violent microburst of wind, hail, and rain lashes from out of nowhere, sending…

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Paying For A Brick In The Wall

By Janice Barlow A FEW DAYS AGO, several people came up with an emotion driven idea that, since there would be no wall built by our tax dollars, why not create an account to contribute more money to, in order to fund President Trump‘s border wall between the United States and Mexico? Thus, a gofundme account was born. It was started by Veteran Brian Kolfage, an amputee and Purple Heart recipient. And in the first three days, over a million dollars was donated by close to 50,000 people to this…

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Trump Alone Can Do It, And We Decide–Claims The GOP

By Janice Barlow On the first day of Christmas I heard this from DC:  Trump 2020 merging with the RNC On the second day of Christmas I heard this from DC: No border wall, and Trump 2020 merging with the RNC On the third day of Christmas, I heard this from DC: A ban on bump stocks, no border wall, and Trump 2020 merging with the RNC On the fourth day of Christmas, I heard this from DC: $Billions for Mexico, a ban on bump stocks, no border wall, and…

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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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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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