Hinderaker, Putin, Koch and Climate Denial, Oh My!

The Koch Brothers CONTINUED to do what they do, including, most recently, the “defense” of these “great Americans” on the floor of the US Senate by Ted Cruz, and then the EXACT SAME PHRASING and “Luntz words” were used by several Koch stooges. “Private citizens” being oppressed by the U.S. Senate! Continue reading

Of Rubik and His Cubes

We used to use the term “natural philosopher” for those persons, like Benjamin Franklin or Leonardo da Vinci, carefully observed nature and made fundamental discoveries about the nature of our relationship to the universe that, mysteriously, had NOT come from repeated reading of the mythic words in the magic book. Continue reading

An Injunction Against the First Amendment

by Walter Brasch   Vera Scroggins of Susquehanna County, Pa., will be in court, Monday morning. This time, she will have lawyers and hundreds of thousands of supporters throughout the country. Representing Scroggins to vacate an injunction limiting her travel will be lawyers from the ACLU and Public Citizen, and a private attorney. The last time Scroggins appeared in the Common Pleas Court in October, she didn’t have lawyers. That’s because Judge Kenneth W. Seamans refused to grant her a continuance. When she was served papers to appear in court, it was a Friday. On Monday, she faced four lawyers representing Cabot Oil and Gas Corp., one of the nation’s largest drillers. Seamans told the 63-year-old grandmother and retired nurse’s … Continue reading

Lettuce Look at Some Prices

   by Walter Brasch   I was resting at home when Marshbaum called to ask if I wanted to go with him to look at the lettuce. “The supermarket’s got lettuce for less than two bucks a head,” he said enthusiastically. “What’s so unusual about that?” “Because it’s going to be extinct in a few weeks.” “You’re buying up lettuce and selling it on eBay as antiques?” I sarcastically asked. “Don’t be ridiculous! I’m buying the best heads, storing them, and selling them for four bucks in a couple of months.” “What makes you think anyone would pay four bucks a head when they can get them now for less than two bucks?” “Weren’t you listening, Ink Breath? I said, … Continue reading

It’s My Tenth Blogiversary

It had a very intimate feeling, and I availed myself of the amazing free comedy improv show for months. Once Harvey Lembeck asked me why I was auditing, and I told him that I wanted to write comedy dialogue, and understanding the actors’ process would help me and help them. He liked that and let me stay … Continue reading