An Injunction Against the Truth

  by Walter Brasch  Monday morning, Oct. 21, 2013. Vera Scroggins, a retired real estate agent and nurse’s aide, was in Common Pleas Court for Susquehanna County, Pa., to explain why a temporary injunction should not be issued against her. Before her were four lawyers and several employees of Cabot Gas and Oil, who accused her of trespassing and causing irreparable harm to the company that had almost $1 billion in revenue in 2012. They didn’t want her on their property they owned or leased in the Marcellus Shale. Scroggins is an anti-fracking activist, someone who not only knows what is happening in the gas fields of northeastern Pennsylvania, but willingly devotes much of her day to helping others to … Continue reading

Two Score Years of Scribbling

Life is funny that way: it waylays you when you least expect it. Destiny often arrives seeming as homely as a street sign or as ubiquitous as a grass lawn. Because it is a LONG piece, and uses a few words that Management frowns on, I’m just going to link to it, rather than attempting to reprint it here. So, I can promise you some special auctorial fireworks and at LEAST two actual explosions! Continue reading

Remember the Alamo? Uh, sure.

Were the Alamo about what everyone pretends it’s about, it would be a shameful act, and an act of political opportunism. The old Daughters of the Republic of Texas would not have allowed it, but we can now expect the Alamo turned into a right wing clown car for future political circuses. Continue reading

Shuffling Federal Paperwork

The right-wing part of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, with John Boehner in the role of spineless lackey rather than courageous Speaker, has shut down much of the federal government. Eighty Republicans had signed a letter expressing their intent to shut down the government. It was a political act of defiance against government by people who themselves were government. The millionaire representatives have grabbed the media, which they publicly say they hate—except for one TV network and a few loud-mouth blowhards on radio—to proclaim their demands. They demand the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, be defunded. To these ultra-conservatives, the most important health care insurance protection in the nation’s history is a socialist trap, just like Social … Continue reading

Obamacare and the Power of Fear

The Affordable Care Act more popularly known as Obamacare, in the opinion of many experts is the most debated law in American history.  Does anyone really know what the Affordable Care Act is? Late night comedian Jimmy Kimmel, in a very humorous fashion pointed out how people truly believed there was a difference between the Affordable Care Act and Obamacare.  When asked “are you for Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act?” the majority of individuals asked replied the Affordable Care Act.  When asked why they preferred the Affordable Care Act their reply was the Affordable Care Act was set up to help people and that Obamacare was forced healthcare and socialist in nature. You and I both know that the … Continue reading