The Shame of Assault, Molestation and Rape; and How False Accusers Damage Survivors

by J. Lee The Shame of Assault, Molestation, Rape and False Accusers My heart aches for girls, boys, women and men who have been victims of sexual crimes committed by family members, acquaintances and strangers. Rape and molestation is all about power and control. It is not about the age of the victim, what a person wears, the victims appearance, if the victim is sexually active or if the person is a prostitute. No means no! Even after a rape or assault crime, people are violated by the medical process, the rape kit…

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Animal Farming: Donkeys For Chinese Medicine & Meat; We Must Be Their Voice

by J. Lee Donkeys Killed For Chinese Medicine and Meat I recently learned about the slaughter of donkeys. It is estimated 4 million donkeys are killed every year. Their skin is used to make a Chinese medicine named ejiao. The demand is a threat to donkeys worldwide. It is created by boiling skins to to produce a gelatin. It is also turned into powders, tablets and face creams. Even though it is thought to have medical benefits many say ejiao has no medicinal value. The market for it is fueled by greed.…

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Pet Crates; Safe Environments or Animal Prisons?

by J. Lee To Crate or Not to Crate? There are many opinions regarding the use crates for dogs. Some feel they provide safety. Some see crates as prisons. Pro-Crate Putting a dog in a crate to keep it safe is considered acceptable if the length of time is limited.  Examples could be when a dog is being transported, when they are part of an adoption event, maybe a new puppy is being introduced in a household with another dog or dogs, during family dinnertime or for medical reasons as…

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Weaponizing Sexual Misconduct For Political Advantage – The Collateral Damage To Victims

Black and White image appearing to be a man's suit and tie, but on closer examination depicts a woman being sexually harassed with a man's hand on her posterior. GOP logo left corner - Democrat logo right corner.

by Richard Cameron As is the pattern with virtually everything that gets caught up in the vortex of national politics, sexual misconduct is being exploited by people who see in it the prospect of gaining partisan advantage against their ideological opponents. When revelations of abhorrent behavior emerge in the news cycle and onto social media – the warring camps line up to either accuse or defend almost strictly on the basis of whether the named offender belongs to one of the national parties or the other. With that, it is…

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You Are The Judge and Jury In The Court of Public Opinion

by Oletta Branstiter “Public opinion sets bounds to every government, and is the real sovereign in every free one.” This quote, by Founding Patriot James Madison, needs to be shouted from the rooftops today. Social media is all atwitter with allegations, apologies, and reports of settlement payments by men who forget that pride goes before a fall. In the otherwise laudable speech by former President George W. Bush, in which he rebuked leaders who would divide the nation with dissentious pronouncements and policies, I’m afraid he went too far by referring…

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Anatomy Of A Cult: How Members Are Manipulated

by J. Lee Anatomy of a Cult Matthew 7:15 (King James Bible) Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Most cults are born out of the need for people to belong. When a person joins a cult they no longer feel they are on the outside looking in. They become part of a group that embraces them. They probably feel accepted, loved, special and wanted for the first time in their life. A cult becomes family to the most vulnerable of society. Leaders…

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The SuperHero Superpowers Of Flight Or Invisibility: Morality is All That Separates Us

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by Tony Wyman There is a question that, on the surface, seems perfectly innocuous, but, when answered, reveals a great deal about us as individuals. Here it is: If you could have one super power, choosing between the ability to fly without an aircraft or the ability to be completely invisible at times of your choosing, which would you choose? Flight or invisibility. Pick one. To my shame, like probably half of you reading this – I took invisibility. Why this choice reveals so much is explained in one of…

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Refocusing on Victims of Sexual Abuse: Teens and Children, and How You Can Help

By Janice Barlow All the media attention that has resulted from teenagers being sexually assaulted has once again put the topic in the limelight. This article is not about the innocence or guilt of any one person, but instead about an issue that needs more focus because our children are the future of this country, and as potential victims, they are facing some serious challenges. We have lost sight of who these victims are. They are children and teens everywhere, from all races and socioeconomic backgrounds. We know that in…

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Christmas, A Time for Joy? Yes – Except For Many Pets Given As Gifts

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by J. Lee CHRISTMAS, A TIME FOR JOY – BUT FOR PETS GIVEN AS GIFTS? Who has been naughty and who has been nice? It is that time of the year when people get out their Christmas shopping lists. Gifts are fun to give and fun to get. Christmas is all about giving and celebrating with family and friends. What is not fun are statistics that show pets given as gifts abandoned following Christmas. Sadly shelters fill up with relinquished pets. Similar statistics occur following Easter with the abandonment of…

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The Christmas Challenge

by Oletta Branstiter So it begins. Christmas ads. Many people are disturbed by Christmas promotion that happens prior to Thanksgiving. I’m disturbed by Christmas. Let me preface this by stating that it doesn’t matter to me whether you celebrate Christmas. But this article may reveal some things to consider with honesty and integrity. Why do you celebrate Christmas?  Please do not reply that it’s the birthday of Jesus. This is a myth, instigated and perpetuated by the Roman Catholic Church to convert pagans, who worshiped Nimrod, born on December 25, and celebrated…

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