America Forgets Appomattox Courthouse

The North felt no need to defend its victory, while a hundred thousand scratching quills succeeded in portraying the Union victory as somehow unfair, their word unkept, their promises (never made) broken, and, ultimately, slandering Ulysses S. Grant as both a general AND a president, the latter libel of which exists to this very day … Continue reading

They Brand Cattle, Don’t They?

by Walter Brasch “Branding! We have to make you a brand!” “I’m not cattle,” I told my sometimes faux foil assistant Marshbaum, who had just burst into my office. “And if you think I’m getting a tattoo,” I replied, “my body isn’t a canvas.” “It’s sure wide enough,” Marshbaum flippantly … Continue reading

My Tenth Annual Christmas Podcast

I wrote this during the amazing Summer and Fall of 1986, when I wrote two books, two screenplays and a slew of short stories and essays in my Hollywood office on Kingswell, in what turned out to be Walt Disney’s original studio. In 2005 we produced it for KOPT-AM radio in Eugene. Continue reading

His Vorpal Sword Comes to an End

all good things come to an end.

Today marks the end of his vorpal sword in all its incarnations: Skiing Uphill, Boregasm, Zug, The Commonwealth of Blogistan, and, of course, hvs.

I’m not whining. Things change. Once this was EXACTLY the right and only thing to do. Now? Different ground rules. Continue reading

Have We No Decency?

Robin Williams, beloved comedian and actor died yesterday. He committed suicide. His untimely death, like all suicides, is tragic and heartbreaking and fans around the world are mourning his loss. Robin Williams put his all into the characters he played. His improv was incomparable, his wit seemed to roll off … Continue reading

An Open Letter to Katrina vanden Heuvel, et al

Like Microsoft, American magazines have so come to see themselves as indispensable that they cannot conceive of why so much consumer rage is aimed at their exploitive, ripoff approach to consumers … “Auto-renew” is not a convenience. It is a license to steal, and makes keeping your checkbook balanced an impossible task. Continue reading

Democratic Daily columnist wins awards

Walter Brasch, whose weekly column appears in the  Democratic Daily, recently won awards for both his column and his radio commentary. Brasch won first place in commentary (general) and second place in commentary (humor) from the Pennsylvania Press Club, against statewide competition. During the past decade, he has also won … Continue reading

Pat Sajak in Damage Control Mode

Phillips controls one of America’s most potent print media feifdoms: through his various subsidiaries, he publishes THE AMERICAN SPECTATOR (which was, you might recall, originally funded by Richard Mellon Scaife, and was the source of the so-called “Arkansas Project” and “Troopergate” … Continue reading