Fiction and Non-Fiction in Manhattan

A nineteen year old kid tells the FBI various things and New York City reacts to the imaginary attack the same way a “pro-life” fanatic reacts to an imaginary baby. Beware: it is in this stew of raw emotions and bad fiction that Patriot Acts are foisted on us. When we lose sight of the difference between the real and the imagined, we become the slaves of anyone with a microphone and a slick story to tell. Continue reading

Oh, THAT 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 represented the Boy Scouts of America in national competitions sponsored by the Reader’s Digest. As a graduate student, he … Continue reading

Tamerlan Tsarnaev Received Mass. Welfare Benefits

The wingnuts are in a tizzy… The Boston Herald reports Tamerlan Tsarnaev and family were receiving Mass. welfare benefits: State officials confirmed last night that Tsarnaev, slain in a raging gun battle with police last Friday, was receiving benefits along with his wife, Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, and their 3-year-old daughter. … Continue reading

The Rich Continue To Get Richer, The Lower 93% Struggle On

If you are like me, you’re among the lower 93% still waiting for a break from the long recession/depression that we still haven’t recovered from. According to an analysis by Pew Research Center of newly released Census Bureau data, “During the first two years of the nation’s economic recovery, the mean … Continue reading

Jeanne Shaheen Trounces Scott Brown in Dem Poll

Former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown has been contemplating jumping the MA/NH border to challenge Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. Not such a good idea perhaps for Brown. Politico reports that Brown “trails his could-be opponent by double digits in a new poll conducted for the League of Conservation Voters.” Brown’s personal … Continue reading

Boston Marathon Bomb Suspect Is Charged, To Be Tried In Federal Court

One week after unleashing hell on the city of Boston, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been charged with “using a weapon of mass destruction.” The Boston Marathon bombings resulted in three deaths and wounded more than 200 people with injuries that included amputations. In a criminal complaint unsealed today … Continue reading

Senator Boxer’s Statement on 43rd Earth Day

Today is the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day as Walter Brasch noted below. Senator Barbara Boxer released the following statement on Earth Day: “As we celebrate Earth Day, it is important to remember the significant progress we have made since the first Earth Day in 1970 and prepare for the serious … Continue reading

Pennsylvania: You Are Fracked

  by Walter Brasch    AUTHOR’S 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 look at the nature and consequences of high-pressure horizontal hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking. Even if you are … Continue reading

No Charges Filed Yet In Boston Marathon Bomber Case, Suspect In Critical Condition (UPDATED)

No charges have been filled yet in the case of the Boston Marathon Bomber suspect, 19 year old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Tsarnaev remains in critical condition in the hospital with “a bullet wound to what appears to be the back of his neck and another to his leg.” The bullet wound to … Continue reading