Who Loses And Who Wins When Net Neutrality Rules Are Repealed By The FCC?

by Richard Cameron   To make an accurate assessment of the effects of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans of reversing the previous safeguards of the common carrier provisions in the Title II Communications Act, it is necessary to unravel not only the claims and counter-claims, but to outline the underlying facts. Net Neutrality – the default condition of the internet for decades, was formalized by the FCC in 2015. There are two competing narratives regarding Net Neutrality. One is that the warnings of what will result from the lifting of…

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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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The Life And Times Of Judge Roy Moore

by Oletta Branstiter Old Judge Roy is in the spotlight again. Lights! Camera! Action! Who remembers the Oscar-nominated 1972 Western spoof starring Paul Newman, titled “The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean?” Famous director John Huston wove a revisionist tale whose motto was, “If this story ain’t true… it shoulda been!” The IMBD page defines the film this way:  “In Vinegaroon, Texas, former outlaw Roy Bean appoints himself the judge for the region and dispenses his brand of justice as he sees fit.” Does anyone else have the uncomfortable feeling…

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Trump And Bannon Are Changing The Way We Think – Is It For The Better?

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by Tony Wyman Steve Bannon, one-time adviser to President Trump and current editor of Breitbart News – a far-right political website that mixes hard news with tabloid sensationalism, has perfected a method of dialogue that is changing the way people think. What Mr. Bannon does is he takes an extremist position and hopes his readers will follow him at least 75% of the way. Let’s look at immigration, as an example. Immigrants to this country are substantially less likely to commit crimes than native-born Americans. Legal immigrants, for example, are 69%…

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Credible News Sources Versus Incredible Sensationalism: Getting at the Truth

By Janice Barlow In recent days, America has been deluged with seemingly endless tragedies, both individual and massive. Hurricanes, earthquakes, a mass shooting in Las Vegas, raging fires in California, and the deaths of celebrities have and are bombarding our newsfeeds.  (I do say, America, because Puerto Rico is a Territory of the U.S. and Mexico is part of the American continent). All sources want to be first. But who gets it right? Although we should never become jaded, inured to the horrors that seem to be occurring with increased frequency and magnitude,…

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Phil Williams And His Mission To Inspire Youth Via The Medium Of Entertainment

Phil Williams' Lil' Jimmy character with custom van and Lil' Jimmy graphics

By Janice Barlow Phil Williams is not your garden variety veteran of military service.  He’s a gospel singer/songwriter who has written hundreds of songs and records and mixes for other artists.  He has a radio podcast.  He’s a preacher when the occasion calls for it; a youth pastor at Mustard Seed Faith Ministries under Pastor Jimmy A. Copeland – and a motivational speaker. Phil’s out in neighborhoods in and around metropolitan Atlanta daily, talking with young people about civics and responsibility, conflict resolution and problem solving in their own street…

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A Reality Check On The Trump Phoenix Rally (Worship Service)

Trump at his speaking podium during rally in Phoenix, Arizona

by Richard Cameron The National Clown Gangsta made an appearance in Phoenix yesterday to flatulate.  It was not necessary, was disruptive and had nothing to do with governance.  Drumpf the Clown just needed a worship service.  He’s addicted to them now.  Trump essentially announced without actually doing so, a presidential pardon for a former law enforcement official (convicted Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio), that callously and deliberately disobeyed the clear and unambiguous order of a federal court. Because it is the right thing to do? No – because his shriveling…

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Revered Comedian Jerry Lewis, Gone at 91

By Janice Barlow Jerry Lewis was many things to many people. But most people remember him as kind, funny and good hearted. He passed away at home in Las Vegas this morning. He was 91 years old. Lewis had a long and mostly successful career which launched in the mid 1950’s after connecting with crooner, Dean Martin. Later, he went on his own as a film star. Jerome Levitch, as he was born on March 26, 1926, was a high school dropout at 16 who had an insecure upbringing as he…

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Stranger Than Fiction Reality TV Shows On Cable Trying to Steal Network Viewers

By Janice Barlow Cable television is heating up for the fall season, in competition with the networks. Each year, the cable channels steal away some of the viewers from traditional shows on network television. Personally, I can’t recall watching any network TV show on a regular basis recently except for “24“. The fixation with reality shows continues. On the standard viewing circuit, the typical competition shows, complete with drama prevail. “American Idol“, “Dancing With the Stars“, “America’s Got Talent“, “Survivor“, and so on, have replaced sitcoms. But cable has taken…

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Did Russian President Vladimir Putin Order The Murder Of The Founder of Russia Today?

photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin in casual dress, leather jacket

On November 5, 2015, Mikhail Yuriyevich Lesin, close confidante of Russian President Vladimir Putin and founder of the website Russia Today, which the Columbia Journalism Review called, “The Kremlin’s propaganda outlet,” was found dead in his Washington D.C. Dupont Circle hotel room. Despite multiple bruises on Mr. Lesin’s head, neck and upper-body, including signs of blunt force trauma that would indicate he died a violent death, initial reports indicated the 57-year-old Russian died of a simple heart attack. “Mikhail Lesin, a prominent Russian political figure and mass media expert credited with…

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