Whistleblowers Are as American As Apple Pie And Hot Dogs

Lynda Bryant Work   “Every country needs its whistleblowers. They are crucial to a healthy society. The employee who, in the public interest, has the independence of judgement and the personal courage to challenge malpractice or illegality is a kind of public hero.”                                                   – Fuad Alakbarov   From the dawn of the United States, Congress has supported democracy and public integrity by protecting those who…

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Trump’s Witness Tampering, Treason, Civil War According To United States Law

Image of Judge's Gavel and the text: "Grounds For Impeachment; Witness intimidation, tampering, treason and incitement according to U.S. law"

  By Lynda Bryant Work   Witness tampering is the act of attempting to alter or prevent the testimony of witnesses within criminal or civil proceedings. Laws regarding witness tampering also apply to proceedings before the U.S. Congress, executive departments, and administrative agencies. To be charged with witness tampering in the United States, the attempt to ALTER or PREVENT testimony is sufficient. There is no requirement that the intended obstruction of justice be completed. In situations where intimidation or retaliation against witnesses is likely (such as cases involving organized crime),…

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Independent Candidates: Please Run For Office, Just Plan On “Failing”

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by Paul Hamlin   For the naïve and uninitiated, the campaign trail is full of heartache and pain.  The apathy, the dismay and the contempt that the voter has about the election process and all people who dare run a campaign is astounding, and not necessarily misplaced. PERSONAL JOURNEY When I struck out to run for the US House of Representatives the intent was noble, and I can only assure people that it did not come from a desire to have power.  I am a firm believer that the people…

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Trump’s Wall Emergency is Just Another Example of How He Uses the Powers of the Presidency to Protect Himself

by Tony Wyman Make no mistake about it, President Trump didn’t declare a national emergency to build a wall to protect you.  No, he declared a national emergency to build a wall to protect himself. If illegal border crossings of poor and desperate Latinos was really a national emergency, as President Trump claimed Friday before going off for a weekend of golf at taxpayers expense, he and the Republican-controlled Congress would have found $25 billion or more in 2016 to start throwing up barriers before the Democrats knew what hit…

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School House Rock – The Seedy Underbelly

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by Paul Hamlin   School House Rock Remember the “School House Rock” on how a bill becomes a law?  It was a part of my childhood and it is how many of us were introduced to the function of our legislators and legislation.  In case you are not of my generation take a look here:  Well, it turns out there was some missing information in “School House Rock”, and it is obviously devastating to some of us.  The writing of a bill and its passage into law, is much more…

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Casualties Of Trump’s Trade War Begin To Emerge

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By Lynda Bryant-Work Trade War casualties pile up … “As we learned after President Herbert Hoover signed the Smoot-Hawley tariff at the     outset of the Great Depression, vibrant international trade is a key component to  economic recovery; hindering trade is a recipe for disaster.” -Asa Hutchinson Trump tariff casualties attributable to Donald Trump’s insistence on amping up the trade war he promised his voters, are beginning to surface as the economy bleeds jobs and prices begin rising. Industries that use steel and lumber are being hit with higher costs effecting…

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Superhero Or Supervillian: Is There Really A Difference?

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by Lynda Bryant-Work “It’s the superhero problem. Superpowers make everything personal. Batman versus Joker. Fantastic Four versus Galactus. The Big G might be the Devourer of Worlds, but in the end he’s just a dude. Beat him and the problem goes away. But the real problems aren’t like that. You can’t solve them by hitting them. The real supervillains were people in suits who met in rooms and decided things. Destroy one and another would take their place.”  Ian McDonald It is called “Superhero Politics.” Convince a fan base that someone is…

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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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Second Amendment Isn’t About Guns

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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 Privacy Crisis – The Perfect Excuse To Restrict Freedom of the Press

by Oletta Branstiter Are you a “media influencer”?  If so, the U.S. government is very interested in your online activities. The Department of Homeland Security needs a private contractor to provide “24/7 access to a password protected, media influencer database, including journalists, editors, correspondents, social media influencers, bloggers etc.” in order to “identify any and all media coverage related to the Department of Homeland Security or a particular event.” from Forbes.com Hmmm. Couldn’t anything be considered a “particular event”? Haven’t we all become “bloggers”?  According to the Forbes article, “the United…

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