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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Revolution Through Education – Trading the Institution of Schooling for the Inspiration of Learning

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by Oletta Branstiter A New Secretary of Education The nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education caught many by surprise. Candidate Donald Trump had included the Department of Education in his wish list of cuts during his efforts to prove his Republican bona fides. Some Conservatives, who were otherwise turned off by his personality and lack of Constitutional knowledge were encouraged by his promises to reduce the role of government in their daily lives. Instead of dismantling the extra-Constitutional tax-funded money pits, former Democrat President Trump opted to nominate…

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President Trump Manufactured Adoption Story as Cover for Russian Meetings

by Oletta Branstiter   While President Trump was attending the G-20 Summit in Germany on July 7-8, information was leaking about his son’s June 2016 meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, presumed to be a lawyer connected with the Russian government. At the time, this story was being promoted by many in the media as a “nothing burger”. In fact, White House advisers agreed with Donald Trump Jr. to release a transparent and truthful statement to get ahead of the story repeatedly defined as “innocuous”. Instead, President Trump vetoed that idea. Instead,…

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Senator Lindsey Graham Moves to Restrict President Trump’s Power to Fire Special Counsel Mueller

By Oletta Branstiter Following days of increasingly negative tweets by President Trump expressing his displeasure with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former Presidential candidate and Republican Senator from South Carolina Lindsey Graham put his proverbial foot down yesterday by declaring publicly, “As a human being, I think he should show respect for Jeff Sessions as a person. Jeff Sessions was the most loyal supporter of Donald Trump. A rock-solid conservative. The reason I like him so much is I often disagree with him, but I’d never believe he was a man…

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Federalism Trumps Nationalism In A Republic – States & Their Representatives Must Retain Sovereignty

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by Oletta Branstiter Conservatives have been assailing the trend of populism since Donald Trump entered the 2016 election. As the Trump administration continues to reveal more rings in its circus, those who respect the rule of law can’t help but lament that Nationalism  has been substituted for Federalism. This past week included increasingly troubling revelations about the number of previously undisclosed participants in a meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer presumably representing the Putin regime. The spectacle of a President throwing cabinet members under the bus made headlines as well. In…

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