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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Why Trump Is The Biggest, Best, Most Winning At Everything

By Janice Barlow WHY DOES THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES feel that he must be the best, do the most bigly and huge things, and out-perform everyone at everything in his wheelhouse? Donald Trump has the biggest, the best words. He’s very smart, a “stable genius“. He won in a landslide Electoral College victory. “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally” -November 27 on Twitter. (And now he wants to do away with…

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Brad Thor, A Primary Opponent For Donald Trump And The BIG “IF”

movie still of the Marvel Super Hero - THOR

By Janice Barlow Definition of “Conservative”: a person who is averse to change and holds to traditional values and attitudes, typically in relation to politics. Synonyms: Right-winger, reactionary, rightist, die-hard (www.dictionary.com) Best selling author Brad Thor tweeted on Saturday that he would primary President Donald Trump in a 2020 run “IF no conservative steps up…..” (emphasis mine). That’s a big IF. and it’s also a broad challenge. Who is included in that statement? If no conservative steps up, I will absolutely challenge Donald Trump in 2020. America deserves better leadership. pic.twitter.com/xwNG8LZs8c…

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Human Trafficking Part III: How it Happens and How to Report it

By Janice Barlow _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Human (Sex) Trafficking is Nationwide Just about anywhere you go, if you know who to contact or what to look for, you can “hook up” with an underage girl or boy for sex. There are different types of action that people seek. Sadly, a good number of those who seek out this pedophilia (and that is precisely what it is – so if you know anyone who has, you may safely label that person a pedophile), are white married men, often who have their own children.…

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Human Trafficking Part II: The Crackdown on Backpage.com

By Janice Barlow The Door Slams on Backpage.com BACKPAGE.COM WAS THE LEADING PROMULGATOR of sex trafficking online advertising, both of minors and adults. It ran online classified ads which allowed those in the public who knew how to gain access to it (which was not overly difficult), to set up an “account”. The Senate had been investigating Backpage for some time, and was seeking a way to crack down on it and close it down once and for all. Backpage did not only advertise classifieds for prostitution, but it taught those involved…

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Human Trafficking in the United States Part 1: A Common Situation

By Janice Barlow Human Trafficking is not just overseas anymore. SEX TRAFFICKING of both young men and women and boys and girls has been a rampant problem in this country for many years. That’s correct. Not globally, but in the United States. Only recently has the issue begun to surface in mainstream headlines, and primarily on account of the shutdown of the website, Backpage.com, where men would seek out ways to hook up with these troubled and abused youth, many of whom were kidnapped. Although I was aware that this…

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In the Midst of a Horrific Tragedy, A Nation Forgets Where to Turn

By Janice Barlow LATE IN THE AFTERNOON LAST FRIDAY, in the wide open expanses of western Canada, the unthinkable happened. A bus carrying a hockey team, a coach, an assistant coach, a young statistician, and a radio announcer was plowed into by a semi-truck. Fifteen people were killed and the rest were all injured. The small town of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, population 6,000, was forever changed. Much of Canada lives and breathes hockey. Most of the children grow up knowing how to skate, and many dream of playing in the NHL…

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Trapped Between Childhood and Adulthood With too Much Power

By Janice Barlow Common Scenario. Fourteen year old son: “Mom! I can’t find my blue jeans!” “They are in the wash, honey.” “But MOM! I NEED to wear them TODAY! They are the only ones that go with my “Born to be a Unicorn” Tee shirt!” “Sorry, Cade, wear it tomorrow, that’s dirty too. Besides, you need to expand your wardrobe. You have plenty of clothes.” “Yeah, but they all SUCK! Everything sucks! This house sucks, this family sucks, you guys are clueless about reality, and I can’t wait to…

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