National Compass http://www.nationalcompass.net A New Direction in National Media Sun, 23 Sep 2018 20:15:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://www.nationalcompass.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/cropped-National-Compass-Logo-Six-32x32.jpg National Compass http://www.nationalcompass.net 32 32 127682441 From The Inside Looking Out: A Weather Report From Wilmington, Part 2 http://www.nationalcompass.net/2018/09/23/from-inside-looking-out-weather-report-from-wilmington-part-2/ http://www.nationalcompass.net/2018/09/23/from-inside-looking-out-weather-report-from-wilmington-part-2/#respond Sun, 23 Sep 2018 19:52:30 +0000 http://www.nationalcompass.net/?p=12210 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 http://www.nationalcompass.net/2018/09/17/from-inside-looking-out-weather-report-from-wilmington-resident-part-one/ http://www.nationalcompass.net/2018/09/17/from-inside-looking-out-weather-report-from-wilmington-resident-part-one/#comments Mon, 17 Sep 2018 17:34:39 +0000 http://www.nationalcompass.net/?p=12201 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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Mollie Tibbetts’ Death Was About Violence Against Women – Not Immigration http://www.nationalcompass.net/2018/09/10/mollie-tibbetts-death-violence-against-women/ http://www.nationalcompass.net/2018/09/10/mollie-tibbetts-death-violence-against-women/#respond Mon, 10 Sep 2018 18:06:58 +0000 http://www.nationalcompass.net/?p=12170 by Tony Wyman Few would have blamed the family of 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts if they had joined the president in condemning a race of people the day police were led to her body by the Hispanic immigrant accused of brutally murdering her. After all, they had just suffered through 34 days of unimaginable fear and pain, desperately praying for a miracle, only to be crushed by the news they would never again see Mollie’s beaming smile light up a room again. Emotions will lead us to public statements that we…

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The Mechanics Of Donald Trump And Vladimir Putin’s Disinformation Operations http://www.nationalcompass.net/2018/09/05/trump-putin-disinformation-operations/ http://www.nationalcompass.net/2018/09/05/trump-putin-disinformation-operations/#comments Wed, 05 Sep 2018 22:04:31 +0000 http://www.nationalcompass.net/?p=12160 by Kseniya Kirillova While analyzing all that is happening today in the United States, I’ve often noticed the striking similarity between the behavior and propaganda of President Trump with his entourage and President Putin’s Russia. The similarities are so obvious that sometimes it seems that Trump and his team’s methodologies were written in Moscow. Renown Russian opposition politician and former world chess champion Garry Kasparov recently last year the typical game plan that an autocratic leader follows when he gets caught “red-handed.” This is what it looks like: Deny, lie, slander. Claim that it was a misunderstanding.…

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Fascism Is On The Rise In America: Is It A Real Threat This Time? http://www.nationalcompass.net/2018/08/30/fascism-on-the-rise-in-america/ Thu, 30 Aug 2018 16:19:56 +0000 http://www.nationalcompass.net/?p=11982 by Tony Wyman There’s never been a time in human history where fascism took hold in a nation unless there existed in the population a strong sense of injustice, social or ethnic tension, or anxiety over a declining or stagnant economy. Never has fascism found purchase in a nation experiencing times when the economy was sound, when plentiful jobs were providing workers with growing paychecks, when the people were united by shared values and a belief that the nation’s governing system worked equally for all, regardless of class, politics, race…

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Patriotism : Is It Found In A Flag Or A Man? Revelations About John McCain http://www.nationalcompass.net/2018/08/29/patriotism-found-flag-or-man-revelations-about-john-mccain/ http://www.nationalcompass.net/2018/08/29/patriotism-found-flag-or-man-revelations-about-john-mccain/#comments Wed, 29 Aug 2018 21:30:11 +0000 http://www.nationalcompass.net/?p=12121 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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Clearing The Record On John McCain’s Record Of Service In The Navy http://www.nationalcompass.net/2018/08/29/clearing-the-record-john-mccains-record-of-service-in-the-navy/ Wed, 29 Aug 2018 20:54:17 +0000 http://www.nationalcompass.net/?p=12131 by Richard Cameron   Due to the proliferation of fictitious accounts of the late Senator John McCain’s actions and experiences while serving in the United States Navy during the Vietnam conflict, I made the decision as Editor in Chief of National Compass, that we must correct the record regarding the most frequently cited episodes – his role during a catastrophe that took place on the aircraft carrier, U.S.S. Forrestal, his time as prisoner of the North Vietnamese government in Hanoi, and allegations that he was a supporter of the Islamic…

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The Constitution’s Emoluments Clause – The Case Against Trump? http://www.nationalcompass.net/2018/08/20/emoluments-clause-case-against-trump/ http://www.nationalcompass.net/2018/08/20/emoluments-clause-case-against-trump/#comments Mon, 20 Aug 2018 19:07:46 +0000 http://www.nationalcompass.net/?p=11869 by Paul Hamlin Emoluments, seems like a strange word in modern conversation and it is a confusing word when applied to modern politics.  This idea has come back to the forefront of the national political conversation, and as always there are several interpretations and several different solutions based primarily on what side of the political isle you find yourself on. If we try to take off our partisan hats and look at all sides of the emoluments clause and the constitution, what does that look like? Benjamin Franklin’s Snuffbox European…

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Aretha Franklin – How She Influenced This White Kid In 1967 Los Angeles http://www.nationalcompass.net/2018/08/17/aretha-franklin-1967/ Sat, 18 Aug 2018 04:31:56 +0000 http://www.nationalcompass.net/?p=12087 by Richard Cameron Aretha Franklin  March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018 I decided not to recap the commonly reported information regarding the broad musical and personal history of Aretha Franklin, who passed yesterday of complications related to Pancreatic cancer. Those details are easily accessible via various news reports and Wikipedia – although some will be touched upon here. Instead, my essay here, has to do with my own recollections of Ms. Franklin, how she emerged on the scene as a breakthrough entertainer in pop music and the context of…

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The Magnitsky Act – Why Vladimir Putin Wants To Get Bill Browder In His Clutches http://www.nationalcompass.net/2018/08/10/magnitsky-act-vladimir-putin/ Fri, 10 Aug 2018 20:08:15 +0000 http://www.nationalcompass.net/?p=11905 by Richard Cameron   Editor’s Note:  Legal theory recognizes that there are three essential components to establishing that a person or organization has committed a crime and that must be established when prosecuting the defendants in court – means, motive and opportunity. Most articles have delved into the opportunity and means involved in the coordination and cooperation between members of Trump’s campaign, family members and likely, Trump himself, with a foreign power, Russia, to subvert our election process. Less examination and focus has centered on the motive behind it.  Although…

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“WE THE PEOPLE” – What It Meant, What It Should And Where We Lost Our Way http://www.nationalcompass.net/2018/08/09/we-the-people/ Fri, 10 Aug 2018 04:14:21 +0000 http://www.nationalcompass.net/?p=12006 by Paul Hamlin   “We The People” In modern political history there has rarely been three more radical, more revolutionary words spoken or written.  “We the people” represents an idea far bigger, far greater than the simple everyday petty politics.  The Constitution is the idea that all people should focus on first, arguments about policy and process should be wrapped in the founding document. The dream of America, of representative governments, was and is that people, ordinary people, would see a need, a gap or a void and that out…

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Farmers Are Casualties In Trump’s Trade War http://www.nationalcompass.net/2018/08/09/farmers-casualties-trumps-trade-war/ http://www.nationalcompass.net/2018/08/09/farmers-casualties-trumps-trade-war/#comments Thu, 09 Aug 2018 15:51:19 +0000 http://www.nationalcompass.net/?p=12021 By Lynda Bryant-Work “As history has repeatedly proven, one trade tariff begets another, then another – until you’ve got a full-blown trade war. No one ever wins, and consumers always get screwed.” Mark McKinnon Strong support from the agriculture sector helped elect President Donald Trump to the White House in 2016. But two years later, concerns about the trade war and trade disputes have many farmers backing away from Trump. Tariffs are expected to raise the price of production for agriculture and make U.S. crops less competitive in China. When it…

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