The Rite of Spring – 3. Sacrificial Dance (conclusion)

So: the moment that changed my life was no physical one, nor religious one, nor even sentimental nor loving one. It was a moral moment. I decided to keep my promise to not take sides, but nowhere in that promise did it say …. Continue reading

The Rite of Spring – 2. The Ritual of Abduction

If anyone knows what a “Jesus Bar” is (that handle on the passenger’s side, that you grab and shout “JESUS!” when the driver puts too much G-force on you, etc.) the Puddle Jumper had two: one for the pilot and one for the co-pilot. It gave me no sense of security that pilot kept grabbing his like a San Francisco trolley passenger in an earthquake…. Continue reading

Circumventing Transparency: Pennsylvania’s 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 persons to discuss a proposal by National Gypsum and En-Tire Logistics to build a tire burner plant in Union … Continue reading

Tipping Points

“Tipping Point” – Recently I have been struck by how many times I have heard that term lifted up. I heard it in reference to our atmosphere passing beyond the “tipping point” of 400 parts per million CO2. Climate change has happened – we’ve passed the tipping point. I saw … Continue reading

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 north border is the Red River; to the west is the Bois d’Arc Creek. TransCanada is … Continue reading

Former Secretary of Defense Bob Gates on Benghazi

The Benghazi Kabuki theater continues as House Republicans push on with “hearing” that some are calling a witch hunt. An apt description… Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told CBS’ Face the Nation that “some critics of the administration have a “cartoonish impression of military capabilities and military forces.”” Gates, a … Continue reading

‘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. In some colleges, about half will be honor graduates. It’s not that the current crop is that bright, it’s that … Continue reading

Ben-Hur, Benghazi, Ben Gay

Look at that sea of red. Only Little Green Footballs and Daily Kos have any rebuttal to the massive right-wing red/pink blog kkkonspiracies. Because, you know, the REAL criminals of the Benghazi attack were, conveniently, Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama. I mean, Terrists gone be terrists, raht? Continue reading