Gun Culture is Out of Control in America

 As I sit on the futon trying to concentrate on reading Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilyich for my Existential Philosophy class I find myself unable to stay focused today. There has been another shooting at a school today, and my heart is aching for the loss of more lives … Continue reading

An Assault Upon Our Civility

by Walter Brasch   For awhile, it appeared the NRA leadership committed an act of sanity. But, a few hours later, the pills wore off. The story begins with a group called Open Carry Texas (OCT). This fringe group rubbed both its brain cells together, wrapped itself in what it … Continue reading

Insanity Extends Beyond the Shooters

    by Walter Brasch   During this past week, in Scranton, Pa., a 16-year old put two bullets into the head of a taxi driver and then stole about $500 earned by the cabbie that evening. The teen, who showed no remorse when arrested a few hours later, mumbled … Continue reading

Amesbury, MA Mayor’s Hire of 19-year-old Chief of Staff Draws Ire

The Newburyport Daily News has a piece today about the new Mayor of Amesbury, Ken Gray and his recent hire of 19-year-old college sophomore as his “interim chief of staff.” Gray’s decision has drawn some criticism, the Newburyport Daily News reports. While I tend to stay out of the small … 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

Police Lock Down U.S. Capitol After Shots Fired (Updated)

On the 3rd day of the federal government shutdown, reports of shots fired outside the U.S. Capitol have facilitated a lock down on Capitol Hill. The shooting, at about 2:19 p.m., sent the busy Capitol complex into lockdown, with legislators and other employees told to shelter in place. It appeared to … 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

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

Sabattus Man Spews Racist Rant Against Obama on Facebook and Defends Foul Actions and Words

Secret Service visited candidate for selectman, David Marsters, Tuesday after he post a message on Facebook “referring to President Barack Obama with a racial slur and calling for him to be shot, the Portland Press Herald reported.” Marsters is a “retired Massachusetts police officer and a candidate for selectman in Sabattus, … Continue reading