The High Cost of Freedom from Fossil Fuels

For a few hours on the afternoon of Nov. 1, the people of southern California were scared by initial reports of an alert at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. An “alert” is the second of four warning levels. Workers first detected an ammonia leak in a water purification system … Continue reading

A Patch of Pumpkin Heads

by Rosemary and Walter Brasch In a few days, millions of children will put on costumes, go door to door, and shout “trick or treat.” By Nov. 1, it’ll be over. But, it won’t be over for Americans who will face presidential candidates for the next year. The candidates will … Continue reading

Iraq: Just Another War Without an End

We know the names of every one of the 4,479 Americans who were killed and the 32,200 who were wounded, both civilian and military, between March 20, 2003 and Oct. 21, 2011, the day President Barack Obama, fulfilling a campaign promise, declared the last American soldier would leave Iraq before … Continue reading

Drinks Are on the House (and Senate)

“Got any idea how to make a frozen daiquiri?” Saturday. 6 a.m. A question no one else would have asked at that hour. I knew it had to be Marshbaum, my faux-friend foil. “Too early to be drinking,” I mumbled, then hung up. The phone rang again. “It’s not for … Continue reading

OCCUPY WALL STREET: Separating Fact from Media

Newspaper columnist Ann Coulter, spreading the lies of the extreme right wing, called the Occupy Wall Street protestors, “tattooed, body-pierced, sunken-chested 19-year-olds getting in fights with the police for fun.” She claimed the protestors, now in the thousands in New York, are “directionless losers [who] pose for cameras while uttering … Continue reading

Political Log Rolling in the Clinton Campaign

It was just an old-fashioned case of political log rolling. In this case, the Clinton campaign approached a Democratic county commissioner and held up a political carrot—if the commissioner, the only Democrat of the three commissioners, would endorse Sen. Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, they would do their best … Continue reading

The Flocked-Up Press Gaggle

Shortly before the primary votes this past week, Newsweek called Barack Obama’s surge to the Democratic nomination “inevitable.” It also called for Hillary Clinton to “start campaign for Sen. majority leader.” Newsweek was one of only dozens of national media that made that “analysis.” But the voters had their own … Continue reading

President Bush’s Safari to Find Friendly Faces

President Bush is in Africa this week, sulking because he didn’t get his way. In one of the rare times the past seven years, the House of Representatives, now under Democrat control for the first time in 12 years, defended the Constitution and refused to allow the President to bully … Continue reading

Flying the Chinese-Made American Flag to Stimulate the Economy

Walking down Main Street, pushing a grocery cart loaded with clothes, toys, and appliances was Marshbaum. Fastened to the right front corner of the cart was an American flag tied onto a three-foot ruler. “Patriot!” he was calling out. “Step aside for an American patriot!” “You posing as a homeless … Continue reading