Discriminating Taste: Racism in America–A Continuing Story

by Walter Brasch  For years, my father, a federal employee with a top secret clearance, carried a copy of his birth certificate when he went into Baja California from our home in San Diego. Many times, when he tried to reenter the U.S., he was stopped by the Border Patrol. … Continue reading

Wendy Davis Is In

Politico reports that “Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis and her advisers have begun informing influential Democrats that she intends to run for governor in 2014, according to multiple sources familiar with Davis’s conversations.” Davis advisers declined to confirm that she will enter the governor’s race, but Davis consultant Hector Nieto … Continue reading

Byers Beware: The Fallacy of the False Analogy

We all remember that the GOP has claimed “media bias” as their eternal excuse for criminality, political debauchery and generalized cruelty ever since Tricky Dick lied self-pityingly that the media wouldn’t “have Nixon to kick around anymore” in 1962. Continue reading

Commence Out Cry: Kerry To Sign UN Arms Treaty Opposed by Senate, NRA

The wingnuts and gun enthusiasts aren’t happy about this… The Hill reports today that “Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to sign an arms trade treaty opposed by the Senate and the gun lobby as early as Wednesday.” The wingnuts are already crying foul… “This treaty is already dead in … Continue reading

The Texas Wacko in the Senate

All ego… no hat… The Republican Senator from Texas, Ted Cruz is making quite a name for himself and everyone, including members of his own party want him to simply STFU and go away. Pompous, quirky and currently hell bent on taking down Obamacare, Ted Cruz is a one man … Continue reading

NPR — WLRN Backs Down on Banned Book and Author Interview

NPR’s Miami affiliate back-tracked yesterday after canceling an interview with author Stephen Kimber because the subject was “too incendiary and fears of a negative reaction from certain segments of the community.” (See original emails below) Yesterday, after repeated calls to the station from this author, Joseph Labonia, general manager of the station, … Continue reading

Gun Culture’s Messed Up Priorities

I’m stunned by the idea that someone can “rent a gun”… It is believed that Alexis had rented an AR-15, but returned it before Monday morning’s shootings. This concept simply reeks of the messed up priorites of our gun culture. The implications of renting and gun, “using” it and then … Continue reading