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|Citizen-Journalist Fined for Telling the Truth
by Walter Brasch Vera Scroggins of Susquehanna County, Pa., was found to be in contempt of court, Thursday, and fined $1,000. Her offense? She tells the truth. Truth is something that ...
|Sick and Tired Workers: An Epidemic of Corporate Greed
by Walter Brasch Snaking its way through the Pennsylvania legislature is a bill that will block local governments from requiring companies to provide sick leave, even if unpaid, that is more ...
| A Call for Fair Pay for College Athletes
by Walter Brasch Some people foolishly believe the purpose of a college education is to further one’s education. To explore new cultures and views. Perhaps to help make a difference in the world.
|Pennsylvania School is Flushed by a Problem
by Walter Brasch Ten-year-old Kaitlyn Montgomery, a fourth grade student at Park Elementary School in Munhall, Pa., now has access to that school’s restrooms. Like most schools, Park ...
| America’s Real Traitors
by Walter Brasch The Tea Party wing of the Republican party thinks House speaker John Boehner is a rhino. Not the thick-skinned horned mammal that lives in Africa. This rhino is an R-I-N-O . . .
|They Brand Cattle, Don’t They?
by Walter Brasch “Branding! We have to make you a brand!” “I’m not cattle,” I told my sometimes faux foil assistant Marshbaum, who had just burst into my office. “And if you think I’
|Divesting America of Ozone-Destroying Energy Sources
by Walter Brasch Long before the price of gas and oil began to plummet, socially conscious churches, universities, non-profit organizations, and local governments began to divest themselves of ...
|The Fascist Socialist Muslim Kenyan President
by Walter Brasch Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas), like many Americans, was upset that President Obama did not go to Paris to personally show his solidarity with France, and publicly mourn the 12 ...
|A Textbook Case of Willful Distortion
by Walter Brasch HarperCollins says it’s sorry. It says it regrets not including Israel on a map of the Middle East in an atlas it published and distributed in the Middle East. It says all ...
| Setting America’s Priorities for 2015
by Walter Brasch Marci Rosenberg, a senior speech language pathologist at the University of Michigan, earns about $73,000 a year. Desmond Patton, who studies the problems of gang violence, is ...
|The Fracking Boom is a Fracking Bubble
by Walter Brasch Gas prices have plunged to the low $2 range—except in Pennsylvania. In Pennsylvania, the prices at the pump are in the mid-$2 range. That’s because Gov. Tom Corbett and ...
| Practicing Subsidized Un-Medicine
by Walter Brasch Clutching newspaper clippings in one hand and a medical bag loaded with seeds in the other, my ersatz friend Dr. Franklin Peterson Comstock III, knocking down pregnant ladies, ...
|The Annual Avariciousness Assault; And a Non-Existent War Upon Christmas
by Walter Brasch It’s now been about a week after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. During the four-day spree, about 133.7 million shoppers spent about $50.9 billion, ...
|Perceptions of Reality— And a Failure of a Grand Jury to Indict
by Walter Brasch She quietly walked into the classroom and stood there, just inside the door, against a wall. The professor, his back to her, continued his lecture, unaware of her presence ...
|How Americans Came to Oppose Fracking
by Walter Brasch For the first time since high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as nonconventional fracking, was developed, more Americans oppose it than support it. ...
|A Nation of Fear
by Walter Brasch Maintenance workers at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pa., airport shot and killed a bear and her three cubs. The bears had crawled under a perimeter fence and were just lying ...
|Cowardice Plagues Pa. House of Representatives
by Walter Brasch The Institute for Legislative Action of the National Rifle Association (NRA-ILA) gives politicians Defender of Freedom awards. The award, accompanied by a glowing press release, ...
|Pennsylvania’s Politics of Virtue
by Walter Brasch The Pennsylvania Senate, possibly for the first time in its history, stood up against the NRA leadership and extreme gun-rights groups, and voted to ban pigeon shoots. The ...
|A Swift Boat Load of Lies: SCOTUS Allows Politicians to Lie
First Amendment, politics, advertising, political advertising, Supreme Court, mass media by Walter Brasch “Gov. Tom Corbett, who claims he opposes legalization of marijuana, was seen behind a ...
|A Fracking Good Letter
by Walter Brasch The oil and gas industry has retreated from its entrenched position to have the public delete the “k” in “fracking,” and write it as “frac’ing” or “fracing.” ...
|The Politics of Animal Cruelty
by Walter Brasch Pennsylvanians can still butcher, braise, and broil their pet cats and dogs because a murky mixture of politics has left a critical bill on the table in the state senate. ...
|Arsenic-Laced Coffee Good for You
by Walter Brasch You’re sitting in your favorite restaurant one balmy September morning. Your waitress brings a pot of coffee and a standard 5-ounce cup. “Would you like cream and sugar ...
| No Safe Haven for Obstructionists
by Walter Brasch Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the Senate minority leader, is not a happy man. He didn’t like it when Barack Obama was elected president. Just about the first thing McConnell ...
|A Quacked-Up Strategy to Stop Terrorism
by Walter Brasch Just about everyone has an opinion of what President Obama should do about the ISIS threat in Iraq. Many of the suggestions have come from the architects of America’s latest ...
|Labor Day Assignment: Educating the Uninformed
by Walter Brasch It’s Labor Day weekend, the schools have been in session about a week, and the disgruntled voices of a minority drone on. Their screeching refrain, often in letters to the ...
|Railroad ‘Bomb Trains’: Speeding to Disaster
by Walter Brasch It’s 3 p.m., and you’re cruising down a rural road, doing about 50. A quarter mile away is a sign, with flashing yellow lights, alerting you to slow down to 15. It’s a ...
|House Committee: No Benghazi Scandal
by Walter Brasch The House Select Committee on Intelligence, following almost a two-year intense investigation, unanimously determined there is no basis for what has become known as the Benghazi ...
|AIDS Advances May be Compromised by Legislative Inaction
by Walter Brasch Researchers at Temple University in Philadelphia may have found an entry-way to the cure for AIDS. Once the HIV virus enters the body it can lie dormant for years. It can also ...
|Packing Heat in the Brothers’ ’Hood
by Walter Brasch A group of white gun-rights advocates plan to sling rifles, shotguns, and semi-automatic assault weapons onto their bodies, and walk through a Black neighborhood in Houston. ...
|Passing Gas to the Consumer
by Walter Brasch Gas prices at the pump during the July 4th extended weekend were the highest they have been in six years. This, of course, has little to do with supply-and-demand economics. It ...
|Pennsylvania Senate Committee Says Pigeon Shoots are Animal Cruelty
by Walter Brasch HARRISBURG, Pa.—There is a remote possibility that Pennsylvania will finally ban the cruel practice of live pigeon shoots when the state senate reconvenes in September. ...
|Scientists Predict Increased Rain, Floods for Northeast
by Walter Brasch Residents of New England and the Mid-Atlantic states will experience increased rainfall and floods if data analysis by a Penn State meteorologist and long-term projections by a ...
|An Assault Upon Our Civility
by Walter Brasch For awhile, it appeared the NRA leadership committed an act of sanity. But, a few hours later, the pills wore off. The story begins with a group called Open Carry Texas (OCT). ...
|Insanity Extends Beyond the Shooters
by Walter Brasch During this past week, in Scranton, Pa., a 16-year old put two bullets into the head of a taxi driver and then stole about $500 earned by the cabbie that evening. The teen, who ...
|The Sounds of Silence—Political Style
by Walter Brasch A hush has fallen over our house. It began late Tuesday night and, if we are fortunate, will last at least a week. But it will return. We have no illusions that there will be ...
|The Fracking Prostitutes of American Colleges (part 3 of 3)
by Walter Brasch [Part 1: Lackawanna College, a two-year college in Scranton, Pa., accepted a $2.5 million endowment from Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. to strengthen that college’s programs and ties ...
| A Mother’s Day Tribute— That Should Not Have to Be Written
By Walter Brasch Nine American mothers will not enjoy Mother’s Day this year. Their sons were killed in the past month in Afghanistan. This past Wednesday, a family of nine was killed by ...
| The Fracking Prostitutes of American Colleges (part 2)
(part 2 of 3) [Part 1: Lackawanna College, a two-year college in Scranton, Pa., accepted a $2.5 million endowment from Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. to strengthen that college’s programs and ties to ...
|The Fracking Prostitutes of American Colleges
(part 1 of 2) by Walter Brasch Lackawanna College, a two-year college in Scranton, Pa., has become a prostitute. The administration doesn’t think of themselves or their college as a ...
|We Gather Together to Ask . . .
. . by Rosemary and Walter Brasch Segued into a 10-second afterthought, smothered by 60-second Christmas commercials, is the media acknowledgement of Thanksgiving, which nudges us into a ...
|Let’s Phrase This Another Way
by Walter Brasch O.K., all you loyal readers, I’d appreciate it if you would “Put your hands together” for today’s commentary. I want you to “give it up” for me. But, most of all, I ...
|Pennsylvanians Support Pigeon Shoot Ban
by Walter Brasch Three-fourths of all Pennsylvanians want to see an end to live pigeon shoots. A statewide survey by the Mason-Dixon Polling and Research Company reveals not only do 75 percent ...
|Shuffling Federal Paperwork
by Walter Brasch The right-wing part of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, with John Boehner in the role of spineless lackey rather than courageous Speaker, has shut down ...
|Jumping Aboard Fracking’s Fossil Fuel Carousel
by Walter Brasch Two Pennsylvania legislators who have taken money from—and enthusiastically supported—the natural gas industry have teamed up to now praise coal. State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-...
|Standing in the Sunshine, The Answer is Blowin’ in the Wind
By Walter Brasch Tokelau, an independent territory of New Zealand, is a small three island archipelago of about 1,400 residents about 300 miles north of American Samoa in the South Pacific. In ...
| Discriminating Taste: American -isms
by Walter Brasch For years, my father, a federal employee with a top secret clearance, carried a copy of his birth certificate when he went into Baja California from our home in San Diego. Many ...
| Hurricane Katrina: It’s Obama’s Fault, by George
By Rosemary and Walter Brasch Almost one-third of Louisiana Republicans blame President Obama for the slow and largely ineffective response to Hurricane Katrina, which hit the Gulf Coast, Aug. ...
|Government Should Not Define What a Reporter is—or Isn’t
by Walter Brasch Sen. Diane Feinstein and a horde of members of Congress of both parties want to decide who is and who isn’t a reporter. Sen. Feinstein says a “real” reporter is a “...
|Royal Dutch Shell: They’ve Really Got a Friend in Pennsylvania
by Walter Brasch Royal Dutch Shell, which owns or leases about 900,000 acres in the Marcellus Shale, had a great idea. It wanted to frack the Ukraine. But, there was opposition. So, Royal ...
| The No-News Media Cover a Royal Birth
by Walter Brasch Long after the American colonials broke away from the British monarchy, long after George Washington refused to take the title of “king,” Americans are still fascinated by ...
| Practicing Un-Medicine
by Walter Brasch Clutching a sheaf of newspaper clippings in one hand and a medical bag in the other, Dr. Franklin Peterson Comstock III, knocking down pregnant ladies, students, the elderly, ...
|‘Putting People over Profits’: The Fight Against Fracking
By Walter Brasch Pennsylvanians want to put a moratorium on fracking. And it’s not just a few thousand, but a majority of the state’s residents. Pennsylvania lies in the heart of the ...
|You Can’t Hide From These Prying Eyes
by Walter Brasch The government’s knowledge of the lives of individuals is little more than the equivalent to a children’s coloring book compared to the library that private companies have ...
|Pink Sneaks Cushion a Will for Women’s Rights
by Walter and Rosemary Brasch The filibuster is at the core of the U.S. senate. It’s also why nothing of much significance has been done the past decade. Under Senate rules, senators can ...
|Your Friendly Neighborhood Totalitarian State
WANDERINGS, with Walter Brasch June 23, 2013 firstname.lastname@example.org by Walter Brasch It makes no difference if Edward Snowden, who had fled to Hong Kong and revealed that the American ...
|DK Columnist Wins Journalism Awards
Daily Kos columnist Walter Brasch has recently won several state and national awards for work published in 2012. Against statewide competition, the Pennsylvania Press Club honored him with first ...
|A Father’s Day Barbeque—Washington-Style
By Walter Brasch It’s Father’s Day, and that means the Great White Republican Hierarchy in Washington smells burnt charcoal and is ready to barbeque some Democrats. Because Father’s ...
|Fracking America’s Food Supply
By Walter Brasch Fracking—the process the oil and gas industry uses to extract fossil fuel as much as two miles below the ground—may directly impact the nation’s water supply, reduce ...
|Circumventing Transparency: The Latest Shell Game to Protect Big Energy
by WALTER BRASCH David M. Jacobson wanted a transcript of a public hearing conducted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), May 2. The public meeting was to allow ...
|Standing Tall for Landowner Rights
by Walter Brasch Julia Trigg Crawford of Direct, Texas, is the manager of a 650-acre farm that her grandfather first bought in 1948. The farm produces mostly corn, wheat, and soy. On its ...
|A’ is for Average: Grade Inflation in America
by Walter Brasch About 1.8 million students will graduate from college this year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. At least one-third of them will graduate with honors.
|Oh, That’s What the Boy Scouts Mean by Being ‘Morally Straight’
by Walter Brasch Harry Strausser III owns a successful small business with 25 employees in Bloomsburg, Pa. As an undergraduate, he was a national champion in several forensics categories, and ...
|Pennsylvania: You Are Fracked
by Walter Brasch SPECIAL NOTE: This is a special Earth Day edition of my weekly social issues column, Wanderings. The information is from my latest book, Fracking Pennsylvania , an overall ...
|NRA Liars and Congressional Cowards
by Walter Brasch President Obama cast off his “No Drama Obama” garb, and became the fiery leader of hope and change that Americans first elected in 2008. At a speech in Hartford, Conn., ...
|No Merit Badge for Courage for Boy Scout Executives
by WALTER BRASCH Sometime in May, the Boy Scouts of America will decide whether they will allow gays to be members, volunteer leaders, or be employed on the professional staff. The decision ...
|The Paul Ryan Magical Mystery Chop, Dice, and Slice Budget
By Walter Brasch In 2011, before he was the Republican nominee for vice-president, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) proposed a federal budget. He called it, “The Path to Prosperity: Restoring America’
|Universal Neglect: A Failure to Protect Americans’ Health
by Walter Brasch I received a letter from a friend this past week. It was a letter he should never have had to write, yet did so out of desperation. He is 80 years old, living off occasional ...
|America’s Culture is Signing on the Dotted Line
by Walter Brasch The signing season has begun. Look through your local newspaper for the next few weeks, and you’ll see a lot of posed pictures of high school athletes. Everyone will be at a ...
|You Can’t Wash Away Fracking’s Effects
by WALTER BRASCH José Lara just wanted a job. A company working in the natural gas fields needed a man to power wash wastewater tanks. Clean off the debris. Make them shining again. And so José
|Weathering a Blizzard of News Media Bravado
by WALTER BRASCH Ginger Zee is an ABC News weather person. She’s 32 years old, has a B.S. in meteorology, and says even in high school she wanted to be a TV network weatherperson. Not a ...
|The No News News Media
by Walter Brasch There was a lot of news this past week. Some of it was even reported by the news media. First, there was a football player from Notre Dame who either did or didn’t know that ...
|The Problem with the Bahmas
by Walter Brasch His face flushed, his cheeks puffing half-syllables of super-heated air, Sen. Porkbelly Fishbottom was about to swallow an aneurysm. I threw water on his face, trying to cool ...
|Confessions of a Juiced Journalist
by Walter Brasch Before Congress creates yet another useless special investigation committee and subpoenas me, I wish to come clean and confess. I took steroids. Strong steroids. The kind ...
|America’s Uncivil Phone Manners
by WALTER BRASCH Wednesday, I called the newsrooms of Pennsylvania’s two largest newspapers. All I got were disembodied voices telling me no one was available and to leave a message. It was ...
by Walter Brasch Talk show hosts and other bloviators have spent hours giving their versions of the fiscal cliff. In fewer than 750 words, I’ll explain the truth. Taxes and the deficit ...
|A Brief Review of 2012: The Gun Culture of America
by WALTER BRASCH Jan. 8, 2011, Tuscon, Ariz.: A man had gone to a political town meeting at a supermarket, with the intent to murder Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. He killed six and wounded 14, ...
|Dissolving a Stain Painted by Henry Ford
by WALTER BRASCH Mark Fields is the new chief operating officer of the Ford Motor Co., second only to the CEO of the 164,000 person multinational corporation. Normally, this would not be of much ...
|Discounting Lives to Maximize Profits
by WALTER BRASCH Imitating Sgt. Schultz of “Hogan’s Heroes,” Walmart executives claimed they knew nothing—NOTHING—about working conditions in a garment factory in Bangladesh where 112 ...
|Truckin’ to Treason: The Hot Air of Secession
by WALTER BRASCH A white Ford F-250 pick-up rumbled through town, a Confederate rebel flag on a pole behind the cab; on the rear bumper were a pro-life and three Anti-Obama stickers, two of which ...
|University Governance Doesn’t Represent the People
by WALTER BRASCH About 800,000 Pennsylvanians are members of labor unions, and the state has a long history of union rights and activism, but neither of the two largest university systems has a ...
|Intruding Upon the Constitution by the Religious Right
by Walter Brasch Roman Catholic Bishop Daniel Jenky, of Peoria, Ill., ordered all parish priests in his diocese to read a letter to their congregations condemning Barack Obama. The letter, to be ...
|BREAKING NEWS: AP, Media Fumble News Story
by WALTER BRASCH On the Sunday before the final presidential debate, Mitt Romney and some of his senior staffers played a flag football game with members of the Press Corps on Delray Beach, Fla.
|’Twas the Blight Before Christmas
by WALTER BRASCH Once upon a time, a long long time ago, the Christmas season began the day after Thanksgiving. That was sufficient time to get into the spirit, view the lights, buy a nice tree ...
|Romney v. Obama: The Debate That Wasn’t
With a campaign buy of more than one billion dollars just in TV advertising, the voters have already been subjected to enough of what PR people call “messaging.” The presidential debates are ...
|Republicans Lie About ‘Support Our Troops’
Because of their selfish hubris, the Republicans not only created gridlock in Congress, they refused to allow a bill that had the support of a majority of the Senate to go forward to help combat ...
|Attacking American Sovereign Soil Diminishes the Rights of Religion
by WALTER BRASCH The terrorists who attacked the American embassy in Cairo, Egypt, and the consulate in Benghazi, Libya, claimed the attacks were retaliation for the publication on You Tube of an ...
|Grade Inflation; Education Degradation
by WALTER BRASCH As a society we have allowed our children to believe they are all not just above average but superior. Because we’re afraid to hurt anyone’s fragile psyche, or not be loved,
|Don’t Count Out the Labor Movement
by WALTER BRASCH Almost every conservative political columnist, pundit, commentator, blogger, and bloviator has written about the decline and forthcoming death of the labor movement. They ...
|Romney Tax Return Provides a Window to His Soul
by WALTER BRASCH When a craven of buffoons and bigots disguised in the bodies of Birthers figured that anyone with dark skin and a foreign name had to be born outside the U.S., Barack Obama ...
|Vouchering an Educational Adventure
by WALTER BRASCH I hadn’t talked with Marshbaum for a couple of years, ever since he left newspaper journalism for more lucrative work in the fast food industry. But here he was in my office to ...
|Baffled, Befuddled, and Bamboozled: Penn State Trustees and NCAA are Sinking
by WALTER BRASCH When we last left the baffled and befuddled Penn State trustees, they were trying to figure out what happened in the Great NCAA Sanctimonious Sanction. What happened is that the ...
|Olympians Medal in London, While the NRA Meddles in Harrisburg
by WALTER BRASCH Shortly before the Pennsylvania House of Representatives was scheduled to vote on an amendment last December that would ban pigeon shoots, the Pennsylvania Flyers Association ...
|Sunshine Still Blocked at Penn State
by WALTER BRASCH STATE COLLEGE, Pa.--The Penn State Board of Trustees, still sanctimonious in its public moral outrage, continues to violate state law. The Board held a private three hour meeting,
|The Fluff Factor: Today’s Journalism
by WALTER BRASCH Will someone please buy gags for Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford? It makes no difference what the color is. Plain or polka-dotted. Painted or sequined. Scented silk, ...
|Pennsylvania Politics Continues to Trump Health and the Environment
by WALTER BRASCH Politics continues to threaten the health and welfare of Pennsylvanians. The latest is how the Republican-dominated legislature and Gov. Tom Corbett separated one of the ...
|More Jokes From the Penn State Trustees
by WALTER BRASCH Whenever I need a couple of laughs, I turn to the bumbling self-aggrandizing antics of the Republican wing of Congress. However, in the past few months, the Penn State Board ...
|American Patriotism in Hyper-Drive
by WALTER BRASCH It’s midway between Flag Day and Independence Day. That means several million copies of full-page flags printed on cheap newsprint, June 14, have been burned, shredded, thrown ...
|Splitting Hairs in a Multi-Cultural School
by WALTER BRASCH Sasha Rivera is a 15-year-old sophomore at the Multi-Cultural Academy Charter School (MACS) in Philadelphia. She’s an honors student who never got into trouble at school, and ...
|The Snipers of Jersey Shore
. By WALTER BRASCH Garder54 calls Kevin June “a real scum.” LadyDawg4 calls him a “sleazeball.” Proud2bMom calls him a “liar and a thief.” Kevin June is the reluctant leader for ...
|Memorial Day 2012: A Lesson Not Yet Learned
by WALTER BRASCH Today is Memorial Day, the last day of the three-day weekend. Veterans and community groups will remember those who died in battle and, as they have done for more than a century,
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