2018’s Mass School Shootings – 29 Deaths That Failed To Move A Nation

Sky cam view of Santa Fe High School with law enforcement and first responder vehicles staging response to Friday's mass shooting on campus

by Tony Wyman No matter what I write, no matter how much I plead with readers that we not allow the deaths in Texas yesterday to be in vain by allowing our discussion of the problem of school shootings to degrade into a pointless, futile shouting match over the Second Amendment, that is likely what will happen. Because we care more about guns – loving them or hating them – than we do about kids. I suppose that isn’t really a fair statement.  Outside of the most deranged and extreme…

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Trump’s Anti-immigrant Policy – Hurting Graduate Schools And Global Competitiveness

A third-generation immigrant student graduates from university with his grandmother beside him.

by Tony Wyman The impact on graduate schools of Trump’s anti-immigrant policy If you attend a graduation ceremony this summer, one thing that is likely to catch your attention is the number of foreign-sounding names receiving advanced degrees, particularly ones in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields. Many of these students are the second- or third-generation offspring of immigrants, legal and otherwise, entering the United States to make a better life for themselves and their children and grandchildren. Like many immigrants before them, they have taken advantage of the…

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The Invisible Plight of Homelessness In The Middle Class

photo of tent city in Santa Ana (Orange County, California)

by Dena Leichnitz   The blight of homelessness is hitting the middle class.  WE THINK OF HOMELESSNESS as a problem of poverty, but every year in California due to wildfires, homelessness hits the middle class. Homes burn down and people lose everything. Of course, that is not the only way people end up homeless; sickness in the family and the piling medical bills can drive them to the streets. Some lose their jobs like David Raether, (video below), and in California especially, losing your job can be an one way…

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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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India’s Persistent Rape Culture – What’s Behind It? What Will End It?

Women protest publicly to mobilize the public to demand a change to India's national rape culture

by Richard Cameron India’s Rape Culture Editor’s note  – the reader is advised that many of the details of this report are extremely graphic and disturbing. Once again, the world was shocked at a grotesque rape story coming out of India.  Last week, a 16 year old girl was kidnapped from her home in rural Jharkand, taken to a wooden area nearby and sexually assaulted by as many as 20 men, according to reports. The girl’s family, upon hearing what happened, reported it to the village council (panchayat) and demanded arrests…

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Setting Our Children Apart

by Oletta Branstiter What does it mean to be set apart? How do we set our own children apart for a greater purpose? The Apostle Paul admonished: Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his…

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Second Amendment Isn’t About Guns

Second Amendment graphic

By Lynda Bryant-Work   “What, Sir, is the use of a militia? It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty …. Whenever Governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins.” Mass, Rep. Elbridge Gerry, I Annals of Congress 750, August 17, 1789. “The Second Amendment.” For those who grew up in America, they have heard those words spoken with feeling – forceful and direct. Both advocates…

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The Conservative Creed: Freedom, Egalitarianism, Liberalism

Freedom, Egalitarianism, Liberalism

by Wes Walker via libertyisftw.org The newspapers shout a new style is growing. But it don’t know if it’s coming or going. There is fashion, there is fad. Some is good, some is bad. And the joke is rather sad. That it’s all just a little bit of history repeating! – Alex Gifford (as performed by the Propellerheads and Shirley Bassey) While it is true that the political landscape has changed drastically over the last 30 years, not every change has been for the better, a fact that many on…

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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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