A Shattered GOP Dithers on Direction

The coming “Republican Party” wants to be even more “conservative,” — if by ‘conservative’ you mean willfully ignorant, anti-science, anti-knowledge, racist, sexist and isolationist in a global culture. Good luck with that. Continue reading

Is Edward Snowden the Only American Who Remembers the Words of the 4th Amendment?

This week an unusual bipartisan effort from 94 Republicans and 111 Democrats almost succeeded in an attempt to cut off funding for the NSA’s collection of phone data by 205 “yes” to 217 “no” votes. But the movement to curb the NSA’s secret power over American citizens has now spread … Continue reading

Climate Change – is it the Indigenous Peoples who have the answers?

Peoples who have lived in the same place for countless generations – the Amazon, perhaps, or the Arctic, or in la Sierra Nevada in Colombia – possess invaluable knowledge about living with climate change, and it is evolving all the time: SAO PAULO, 23 July – Climate change often seems … Continue reading

How the Right Wing Media Discusses Race

I have a confession to make. I watch Fox News. A lot. I’m not really sure why since I’m not a suburban-dwelling middle to upper class retiree who anyone would describe as a conservative. I have absolutely no illusions that Fox is “news.” My working theory is that it’s something … Continue reading

The No-News Media Cover a Royal Birth

by Walter Brasch   Long after the American colonials broke away from the British monarchy, long after George Washington refused to take the title of “king,” Americans are still fascinated by anything British and royal. The media incessantly pumped out news and features about the royal birth. TV networks gave … Continue reading

The Sick Voyeur at the Center of This (not Weiner, BTW)

WARNING: What follows is as disgusting as the story it covers and the author of that story. So, if you are squeamish, or under 18, please stop reading now. Now, at least you know who you’re in bed with. (I’d get checked for STDs ASAP if I were you.) Continue reading

Happy 44th Moon Day

Over the past several years of blogs, I have tried to keep some remembrance of our most profound anniversary, a future holiday perhaps, on a par with the discovery and taming of fire: the species’ first extraterrestrial landing. (See 2001: A Space Odyssey for more on this.) This is his vorpal sword’s 1700th post. Continue reading

Practicing Un-Medicine

          by Walter Brasch Clutching a sheaf of newspaper clippings in one hand and a medical bag in the other, Dr. Franklin Peterson Comstock III, knocking down pregnant ladies, students, the elderly, and even two burly construction workers who were waiting for a bus, rushed past me, leaving me … Continue reading

Where is the Justice for the Black Boy in America?

The verdict in the George Zimmerman trail has added to the question which has been going back and forth in our legal system since the days of Reconstruction. The question: What is the value of the Black boy in America? George Zimmerman being found not guilty I believe, has sent a … Continue reading