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 apparently has bypassed the court of Judge Kenneth W. Seamans, who retired at the end of 2014, but came out of retirement to handle this case. The case began in October 2013. Scroggins, a retired real estate agent and nurse’s aide, was in Common Pleas Court to explain why a temporary injunction should not be issued against her. That injunction would require her to stay at least 150 feet from all properties where Cabot Oil and Gas had leased mineral rights, even if that distance was on … Continue reading

Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Scores Big on Day One with Social Media

Word has it from Hillary Clinton’s camp that her announcement brought in some very impressive numbers in social media views in the first 24 hours of the campaign. The campaign announcement scored big with over 2.5 million views on Facebook, more than 3.1 million views on YouTube and it was retweeted over 100,000 times: I’m running for president. Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion. –H https://t.co/w8Hoe1pbtC — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 12, 2015 Way to go Team Hillary… This is what I would call making a big impact on social media. You got to love that with all the buzz about Hillary’s announcement she managed to saunter into a Chipolte today to order lunch, showing “how … Continue reading

She’s Ready: Hillary Clinton Announces Run for 2016 Presidency

She’s ready… Hillary Clinton has finally ended all of the speculation of whether or not she would run for president, by announcing her candidacy for the 2016 Presidential Election this afternoon at approximately 3:00 pm. The initial announcement was made by an email from Hillary’s campaign chairman John Podesta, to alert donors and longtime Clinton associates of her intention to run. Podesta noted that Hillary “would meet soon with voters in Iowa and host a formal kickoff event some time next month.” Moments later her campaign released a short video in which Hillary announced with a smile, “I’m running for president.” The NY Times notes: The announcement effectively began what could be one of the least contested races, without an incumbent, … Continue reading

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. They, of course, are wrong. The purpose of going to college is to party, make contacts, and get a job. Sometimes the job is as a shift manager at a fast food restaurant. Sometimes it’s as a professional athlete. March Madness, the nation’s annual tribute to tall teenagers who can dunk a basketball, is now over. A few of the starters will become professional basketball players this year; some in the next year or the year after that. The University of Kentucky and Duke University, … Continue reading

America Forgets Appomattox Courthouse

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The North felt no need to defend its victory, while a hundred thousand scratching quills succeeded in portraying the Union victory as somehow unfair, their word unkept, their promises (never made) broken, and, ultimately, slandering Ulysses S. Grant as both a general AND a president, the latter libel of which exists to this very day … Continue reading