Tariffs – Retuning Another Engine that isn’t Broken

By Janice Barlow “Many people want the government to protect the consumer. A much more urgent problem is to protect the consumer from the government” – Milton Friedman   AS OUR NATION ROLLS ALONG, it seems that not a day goes by without some new drama hitting the airwaves from Washington. If it isn’t someone being fired or resigning, it’s a knee-jerk reaction to a horrific event, like modifying the Second Amendment because of a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, or a tweet-storm from the Commander-in-Chief about North Korea. We…

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Schrodinger’s Cat And Trump’s Potty Mouth

by Oletta Branstiter “Shithole Countries” On Thursday, the Washington Post was the first to report the accusation by Senator Dick Durbin (D – IL) that during a bipartisan legislative meeting on immigration, President Trump said, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” The President was referring to what he considers the bad policy of a lottery program to accept immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and Honduras. He says he prefers a merit-based immigration program. According to The Guardian, He claimed without specifics or evidence that the…

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Resolutions For Restoring Our Republic

by Oletta Branstiter In 2017, America resolved to curb the Progressive movement. Reflecting back to 2017, President Trump accomplished much better policies than Hillary Clinton would have wrought! This article proves it: Year One List: 81 major Trump achievements, 11 Obama legacy items repealed   Americans are not content with better. We strive for what is best. The United States dodged a disaster when we rejected Hillary Clinton and her Progressive agenda to occupy the White House. The American voters recognized that the Obama era had fractured our Republic. In…

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Nixing the F-Bomb in 2018

By Janice Barlow A NOTEWORTHY RESOLUTION for all upstanding people of faith and otherwise, would be to remove the offensive “f-bomb” from their vocabularies in the upcoming new year. However, this is much more difficult than one would believe; more difficult even, than a diet. Incorporating something as simple as a word into one’s everyday speech until it has become a habit is almost like breathing. People often say something without realizing that they have verbalized it. Take, for instance, the word “like“. As a teenager, I was reprimanded countless…

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Roy Moore and the Normalization of Right Wing Extremism

By Janice Barlow Tomorrow Alabama holds its special election for its state Senate seat. Republican Roy Moore is going up against Democrat Doug Jones in a very red state. Moore will likely win, but as of now, that is an unknown result. Jeff Sessions held the seat, but was promoted to the position of Attorney General. Now there is a vacancy that was assumed would be easily filled by a Republican. A primary was held last September in which mainstream Republican Luther Strange, endorsed by President Trump, battled against Roy…

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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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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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Hurricane Harvey Nears Texas Gulf Coast Bringing Category 4 Storm In Hours

NASA Satellite image of tropical storm formation

by Richard Cameron Hurricane Harvey Headed Inland HOUSTON, TX Over two million residents of 7 counties on the Gulf Coast of Texas are bracing for what the National Hurricane Center, the National Weather Service and the governor of the state, Governor Greg Abbott, is predicting to be a Category 3 storm heading toward land within the next 12 hours –  by some estimates as soon as 8PM Central, Friday evening.   (Editor’s Note: National Compass – at 6:15 Central, has just been informed that Harvey is now been updated to Category…

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President Trump Channels King Richard III With Ego-Driven War Mongering

Portrait painting of King Richard III

by Oletta Branstiter Schoolyard Bullies The U.S. President and the North Korean President are engaging in a playground competition to compare the size of their respective “missiles”, endangering the entire globe. Did we expect anything less? In his usual style, Trump tweeted a threat to Kim Jong Un: Military solutions are now fully in place,locked and loaded,should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 11, 2017 When confronted by media for the bombastic tone, the Commander-in-Chief doubled down by…

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Leaky Trump Syndrome – The President’s Bad News Continues Into August

Donald Trump

by Oletta Branstiter     Quotes “Even the President of Mexico called me. Their southern border, they said very few people are coming because they know they’re not going to get to our border, which is the ultimate compliment.” “I got a call from the head of the Boy Scouts saying it was the greatest speech that was ever made to them, and they were very thankful.” Lies After bragging that both the President of Mexico and the head of the Boy Scouts organization had made calls to praise him, President…

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