It’s Not Trump, But It’s Some Who Will Defend Anything To Stay Orange

By Janice Barlow   WHEN YOU TWIST UPON A STAR ONCE UPON A TIME, there was a television show. It was a show about a dysfunctional family. The mother figure was crass and vulgar, and supposedly represented much of Blue Collar America with her behavior. The father figure was more stable, but he enabled his wife because he loved her. The kids were always in some kind of mess. There were fights and laughs and “I can’t believe that!” moments; a typical comedy for the time period. Decades went by,…

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Brad Thor, A Primary Opponent For Donald Trump And The BIG “IF”

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By Janice Barlow Definition of “Conservative”: a person who is averse to change and holds to traditional values and attitudes, typically in relation to politics. Synonyms: Right-winger, reactionary, rightist, die-hard (www.dictionary.com) Best selling author Brad Thor tweeted on Saturday that he would primary President Donald Trump in a 2020 run “IF no conservative steps up…..” (emphasis mine). That’s a big IF. and it’s also a broad challenge. Who is included in that statement? If no conservative steps up, I will absolutely challenge Donald Trump in 2020. America deserves better leadership. pic.twitter.com/xwNG8LZs8c…

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A Short Word: The Unmaking of America

by Wes Walker via libertyisftw.org America is the greatest, freest and most decent society in existence. It is an oasis of goodness in a desert of cynicism and barbarism. This country, once an experiment unique in the world, is now the last best hope for the world.” –Dinesh D’Souza While our story begins much earlier than 2015, the telling of the beginning of the great and dismal decline of our nation would require volumes of its own; however time is of the essence, so let us begin by acknowledging that the…

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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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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: Sex, Lies, and Videotapes – A Rational Analysis

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By Janice Barlow After spending most of the last three days on the dilemma of Roy Moore, the Alabama candidate for Republican Senator accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl in 1979, I have decided to draw things to a close with this article. However, like most things in real life, closure is often complicated and riddled with loose ends. I’ll do the best I can. First off, a few observations from the bleachers. People have really revealed much about how they react to situations simply because of the existence of…

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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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Credible News Sources Versus Incredible Sensationalism: Getting at the Truth

By Janice Barlow In recent days, America has been deluged with seemingly endless tragedies, both individual and massive. Hurricanes, earthquakes, a mass shooting in Las Vegas, raging fires in California, and the deaths of celebrities have and are bombarding our newsfeeds.  (I do say, America, because Puerto Rico is a Territory of the U.S. and Mexico is part of the American continent). All sources want to be first. But who gets it right? Although we should never become jaded, inured to the horrors that seem to be occurring with increased frequency and magnitude,…

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Communication Breakdown – The Trump Administration’s Policy Messaging Disconnect

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by Richard Cameron Communication Breakdown – it’s always the same… Since Trump’s swearing in as president, he has consistently issued public messages, mostly through social media avenues that contradict those of his cabinet officials and even the men and women  in the White House communications office, whose task it is to disseminate orderly and consonant information to the public through the press, radio and television. This week has been remarkable in that respect. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson reported that he had embarked on a diplomatic initiative involving private talks…

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Trump’s Disordered & Opportunistic DACA Messaging & The Scapegoating Of Dreamers

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by Richard Cameron Trump’s DACA Messaging I’m seeing a lot of heated discussions about the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program and Trump’s handling of it.  If you’re following DACA at all, you are aware that it came into existence through an executive order signed by President Barack Obama in 2012.   The program provided for the children of illegal migrants that were brought to the US as children, to register with immigration authorities and remain for 2 year periods, then apply again at the end of the term…

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