2011 – The Blogging Year In Blogging Review

as 1968 ended, there were two grace notes: The crew of the USS Pueblo (taken in early 1968) were released from North Korea. And, of course the Christmas Eve look at the Earth from the Moon, as the astronauts of Apollo 8 read from Genesis. (Madeline Murray O’Hare would file suit, and end that. But it was perfect, that once.) Continue reading

Stories We Will Still Have to Write in 2012

  by WALTER and ROSEMARY BRASCH   In January 2009, with a new president about to be inaugurated, we wrote a column about the stories we preferred not having to write, but knew we would. Three years later, we are still writing about those problems; three years from now, we’ll … Continue reading

Ron Paul and the Invisible Empire

Let me restate the thesis of “The Invisible Empire” the interconnection between self-defined libertarians and the neo-Confederate “lost cause” and White Supremacist underground is exstensive and disturbing. The same characters with the same weird views keep showing up in the same contexts. Take a gander at this … Continue reading

The Seventh Annual Christmas Radio Show!

Originally appeared on KOPT-AM — the local Air America Affiliate. I wrote the script during the amazing Summer/Fall of 1986, when I wrote two books, two screenplays, a slew of short stories and essays, and fathered a daughter in my Hollywood office on Kingswell, in what turned out to be Walt Disney’s original studio. (OK: He originally started in his garage,which was two blocks down the street. I used to walk by it, nights.) Continue reading

One Jew’s Christmas

by WALTER BRASCH  I am a Jew.  I don’t mind receiving Christmas cards or being wished a “Merry Christmas” from friends, clerks, or even in junk mail trying to sell me something no sane person should ever buy. My wife and I even send Christmas cards, with messages of peace and … Continue reading

How To Handle a Crisis (and How NOT To)

We don’t usually see life in these terms, of course. We see it as an endless parade, and we dream about cruising the Mediterranean with our Retirement Nest egg and how proud our grandkids will make us. We dream of moving up the corporate ladder. We dream of creating the perfect confluence between the Pie In The Sky Constitution guarantees of freedom of speech and call in to talk radio shows when Huckleberry Finn has been banned, yet again… Continue reading

Graphic Details

Sometimes it is a good thing to take a vacation from all that Left-brain analysis. Here’s what the Right Brain has been up to. Continue reading

Pennsylvania Legislators Shoot Down Pigeons—Again

  by WALTER BRASCH     If the first year gross anatomy class at the Penn State Hershey medical school needs spare body parts to study, they can visit the cloak room of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. That’s where most of the legislators left their spines. The House voted 124–69, Dec. … Continue reading

Dear Father Christmas …

As a mythological being, I yet see your handiwork every year, see your representatives dressed as that Marketing Demigod, Santa Claus, see him on television and in movies, in print and hear him on the radio. As such, you are the PERFECT person for me to address my plea to. Continue reading

Trouble For Obama Campaign? Justice Party Launches Calif. Ballot Drive

In a move which could cloud President Obama’s re-election campaign, a new third party called the Justice Party has begun a ballot-access drive in California. Headed by presidential candidate Ross “Rocky” Anderson, the Justice Party could complicate Obama’s left flank in a way that Ralph Nader helped frustrate Democrat Al … Continue reading