Collusion – Where Is The Actual Crime?

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By Lynda Bryant-Work   Collusion. Collusion. Collusion. The collusion drama plot thickens. The tangled web between President Donald Trump and Russia continues to get darker and the Jerry Springer-like antics of the president on Twitter and misinformation cloud the issue. As most know, Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son, revealed that he, along with Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, chairman for his 2016 presidential election campaign, met with a Russian government lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, in June of 2016. Prior to the meeting, a mutual…

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Journalists: Free Press in Danger of Extinction

photo of protest in Turkey against the persecution, arrest and murder of journalists.

By Lynda Bryant-Work   Freedom of the press is on the verge of collapse and with it goes liberty. Around the world in 2017, a total of 65 media workers and journalists were killed, 326 imprisoned and 54 held hostage. The deadliest countries for journalists are Syria, Mexico, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Philippines. Countries holding journalists hostage include Syria, Yemen, Iraq and the Ukraine. Countries detaining the most journalists include China, Turkey, Syria, Iran and Vietnam.   We’ve recently detailed how that Russian journalists who run afoul of the regime of…

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Reality Winner’s Case May Determine Who Is A Journalist In The Social Media Age

demonstrators protesting against the prosecution of Reality Winner, government whistleblower that revealed Russian tampering with American election equipment in November 2016 presidential election.

by Tony Wyman By the time Reality Winner, a former intelligence specialist in the United States Air Force, goes to trial, she will have been imprisoned for nearly 18 months – more than twice as long as the sentence served by Dinesh D’Souza, who was recently pardoned by President Trump after being convicted of a felony associated with illegal campaign contributions he made in 2014. Of course, the crime Ms. Winner has been charged with by the U.S. Justice Department is arguably more serious than the one Mr. D’Souza admitted…

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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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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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Danger Ahead! The Runaway Tractor Trailer Rig – Trump’s Presidency

by Richard Cameron Trump’s Runaway Presidency The standard metaphor for anything that is going “south”, that is to say, badly wrong, is a speeding train hopping the rails – an impending train wreck. Since it is so overworked and such a cliché, perhaps we should opt for another analogy to the Donald Trump presidency – the runaway semi-tractor trailer. In this one, the president is the owner-operator of the bigly rig and the rig is the Office of the Presidency and the contents of the trailer is the stability and…

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Restoring Unity Through Patriotism – The Values That Can Bring Us Together

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by Oletta Branstiter Facts + Principles = Opinions I teach my students that forming a strong opinion consists of filtering facts through personal principles to make an ideological conclusion. They learn that if our opinions differ, it’s because our valid personal principles differ. I impress upon my students that opinions cannot be wrong, and should be shared and accepted with respect. It has occurred to me, especially in light of recent divisive statements and protests in current events, that while opinions cannot be “wrong”, they can foment disunity. Diversity at the…

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Compulsory Patriotism – Why I Don’t Insist You Salute Or Observe Anything

1930s era photo of Nazi women saluting Swastika

by Richard Cameron   I’ve seen a lot of angry people expressing their outrage about football players kneeling during the anthem. I respect their right to their viewpoint, while at the same time, I don’t share it.  Donald Trump, predictably, got in the middle of this, seeing in it another opportunity to exploit the anger of his remaining base voters.  At a rally in Alabama, Trump juiced up the crowd with, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say: ‘Get that…

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President Trump Scores a Divisive Goal With A Literal Political Football

President Trump makes goal post sign with capable fingers

by Oletta Branstiter On September 23, 2017, President Trump gave a speech at a campaign rally for senatorial candidate Luther Strange in Huntsville, Alabama. In typical Trump style, the President veered off message in order to cater to his vengeful jingoistic base by declaring: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out. He’s fired. He’s fired!’ ” The next morning, he doubled down on his buffoonery by recommending that…

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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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