Kerry Should Stay in Senate, Romney for Secretary of State


President Obama had lunch yesterday with Mitt Romney and one of the topics they discussed was Romney’s plan for making “government more efficient.” Obama has praised Romney for his work in running the Olympics and for his skills that could lend themselves to making the government work better, said Jay Carney, White House spokesman. Certainly Romney has great passion and experience for restructuring and downsizing inefficient companies. If any organization is dysfunctional and outrageously expensive for what we get in return, it is the Department of Defense… a Mitt Romney, when not catering to right-wing Tea Party zealots, surely recognizes that. Maybe Romney could outsource some of these defensive duties to our erstwhile allies overseas. Does the Pentagon really need … Continue reading

Discounting Lives to Maximize Profits

Fires, manufacturing, Bangladesh, outsourcing, Walmart, sweatshops,     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 workers died and more than 150 were injured in a fire. Tazreen Fashions made Walmart’s Faded Glory brand clothes, as well as clothes for Sears and other dozens of other major retailers. Walmart officials told the news media they had previously terminated Tazreen as a direct supplier because of concerns about fire hazards, but that another supplier had subcontracted the work to Tazreen. Walmart refused to identify the supplier. In an official statement, Walmart said that the fire was “extremely troubling to us, and we will … Continue reading

L’Affaire Doofus Enters Third Week

And, after two weeks that have encompassed the Thanksgiving holiday, one can only presume that the Republican attack on peace on earth and good will to (hu)men will continue through the Solstice, at least, if not through all the Advent Sundays through Christmas.
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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 could not be revealed in a family newspaper. It wasn’t a lone wolf protest; several cars, trucks, and homes in the area sport similar flags and messages. During the summer, when a 4-wheel Jamboree and a Monster Truck rally are held at the local fairgrounds, attracting thousands from a multi-state area, many trucks fly rebel flags, insignia, and political statements. During the annual eight-day fair at the end of September, vendors sell all kinds of items with the Confederate battle flag, most of … Continue reading

GOP-Qaeda Strikes Again

To the enemies of America, a giant propaganda victory is given, SPECIFICALLY to Al Qaeda. And, American command and control is diverted from paying attention to their latest round of recruitment, courtesy of the “patriots” of the GOP. Continue reading

New Majority Coalition

On Tuesday, November 6, 2012, Americans, despite fierce opposition, just may have become the great melting pot Dr. Martin Luther King once dreamed America could be. A coalition made up of Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, and Asians; both straight and gay, of all different ethnic and religious backgrounds; young and old came together to re-elect President Obama to this nation’s highest office; however, this coalition is not a new phenomenon to American politics. In the 1980’s Reverend Jesse Jackson once called this coalition the “Rainbow Coalition”. Critics of the Rainbow Coalition said that Whites, Hispanics and Asians would never truly trust Black leadership; therefore, the coalition would not sustain significant political power. In my opinion four years under the leadership of … Continue reading

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, neither of the two largest university systems has a labor representative on its governing board. The only labor representative on the Board of Governors of the State System of Higher Education (SSHE) in its 29 year history was Julius Uehlein, who served 1988–1995 while Pennsylvania AFL–CIO president. The appointment was made by Gov. Robert P. Casey, a pro-worker Democrat. The SSHE, a state-owned system, has 120,000 students enrolled in 14 universities. Only three persons have ever represented labor on Penn State’s Board of Trustees. Gov. Milton Schapp, a Democrat, appointed Harry Boyer, the state AFL–CIO … Continue reading