Writer’s Lounge 10-23-19, “Joker”, William Taylor, Mick Mulvaney, Lindsey Graham

photo of a room that has old, comfortable Leather upholstered couches, a fireplace, wood paneled walls, an Irish Whiskey advertisement, a wall mounted television and a vintage coffee table. The photo is dubbed, "Writer's Lounge".

  Thanks for visiting us here once again, in the lounge. Oddly enough, we do get a lot of work done here and much of it involves thinking. And on the subject of thinking, we just published a long form essay on the intense film from writer, director and producer, Todd Phillips – “Joker”. It is a film that makes a lot of people uncomfortable because it provokes thought and provoking thought in American society can often breed resentment. We do a fair piece of that at National Compass. The…

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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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America … No, I Won’t Love it Or Leave It

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                                                                                                                            Jennifer Keller Puebla   The whole “not my president” or “he’s still your president” argument is nothing new. It happens every time we have an election. Democrats say…

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Farmers Battle For Survival Against Natural Disasters, Government Policy

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  By Lynda Bryant Work   Most Americans remember the bomb cyclone that hit and affected the central United States from Minnesota to Texas, with the hardest hit suffering from fierce wind, heavy snow, ice and rain. The destruction was unprecedented, bringing catastrophic flooding to many areas leaving people stranded, farmland wrecked and livestock dead. Roads were destroyed, bridges damaged, and levies breached and collapsed. Flooding also threatened the safety of millions of private water wells in 10 states due to bacteria and industrial contamination. More than a million acres…

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The Election Called Because of Climate Change

By Janice Barlow It’s Game Seven of the World Series. Bottom of the 15th inning. Score tied 4-4. Bases loaded. Two men out. The home team has used up all of its pinch hitters and the pitcher is due at the plate. He has a batting average of .042. What should the manager do? It doesn’t matter! Suddenly, a lightning bolt streaks down from the sky, knocking out power to all the lights in the stadium. A violent microburst of wind, hail, and rain lashes from out of nowhere, sending…

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Donald Trump – Master Of Bait And Switch And Evaporating Claims

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by Richard Cameron   If you look closely, or even not so closely at the outcomes of virtually every assertion that Trump and his administration have made in the last 28 months and even reaching back before his inauguration – a distinct pattern emerges. The pattern? Trump makes claims about his presidency that receive a lot of traction in the right wing media, but that inevitably, whether it is a day later, a week later or even a few months, are found to have been fictitious. It started with Trump’s…

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Intelligence Operations are Designed to be Impossible to Prove: Why the Mueller Report Failed to Find Collusion

by Kseniya Kirillova For the second time this week, the leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, blocked the resolution which called for the publication of the Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russia’s intervention in the 2016 presidential election. As of now, all we know about the content of the report is what’s in the short summary by the Attorney General William Barr, who said that the Special Counsel “…did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in…

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Trump Cabinet Clown Show Demonstrates Accelerating Mental Disintegration

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by Richard Cameron   Periodically, we at National Compass, take an inventory of the random, nonsensical, juvenile, puerile ramblings of Donald Trump. We do it periodically, because even though Trump spouts off daily and sometimes hourly – it is not possible to publish updates that frequently with all of the other issues to deal with that arise from Trump’s radioactive presidency. Beyond that, the intervals between these examinations makes them somewhat a barometer of Trump’s mental health state. Given the fact, however, that Trump’s mental state was acutely troubled before…

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The Border Wall Dance – Donald Trump And His Two Left Feet

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by Richard Cameron The government shutdown continues apace heading into the New Year, spurred on by Donald Trump’s insistence on $5 billion for the border wall he based most of his premise as a candidate for the presidency.  During the campaign, Trump made innumerable pledges about the wall. In sum, they were typified by this.  “On day one, we will work on an impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful southern border wall”. Policy advisors within his administration have counseled the president that what he promised his steadfast constituency, is not feasible.…

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Nationalism isn’t Patriotism, It Is Another Form of Collectivism

by Tony Wyman “You know, they have a word. It sort of became old-fashioned. It’s called a nationalist. And I say, ‘Really, we’re not supposed to use that word?’ You know what I am? I’m a nationalist. … Use that word.” – Pres. Donald Trump When Mr. Trump used that word in front of an adoring crowd of supporters in Houston, Texas in late-October, he kicked off a controversy two weeks before the midterm elections that had fans praising his patriotism, critics warning that his dictatorial nature was showing, and…

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