A Father’s Day BBQ–Washington, DC, Style

By Walter Brasch   It’s Father’s Day, and that means the Great White Republican Hierarchy in Washington smells burnt charcoal and is ready to barbeque some Democrats. Because Father’s Day is special, the Republican-proposed Sequester is waived, and there is no budget limit for the day’s food and frivolity. It’s warm this Father’s Day, but the Republicans aren’t complaining about all the fracking heat from their propane grill or the sweat they’re putting into making a nice dinner. They’re sure that it’ll be ice-age cool next year because the destruction of the ozone layer and Climate Change don’t exist. First onto their searing grill is a slice of prime Benghazi. The meat has been marinating for nine months and is … Continue reading

New TIME/CNN Poll Shows Public Favors Stricter Gun Laws

A new TIME/CNN poll released today shows that “55% of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing as President, compared to 43% who disapprove,” and that polling ration also “mirrors the public appetite for tighter restrictions on guns, with 55% of respondents favoring stricter gun control laws and 44% opposed.” The new poll also showed that “Vice President Joe Biden’s approval rating has spiked to 59%, up from 54% in December, amid high-profile turns negotiating the fiscal cliff deal and spearheading Obama’s firearms task force.” Get involved… Via Phonebank.org on Faceboook: Call the Congressional Switchboard today (202-224-3121) and let them know why they need to stop ignoring gun violence! Call your Representative to ban High Capacity Magazines here. Call … Continue reading

Sandy Hook – Our Children, Their Environment

We cannot understand what happens in the universe. What is glorious in it is united with what is full of horror. What is full of meaning is united to what is senseless… – Albert Schweitzer She was the first student who ran out of the Sandy Hooks Elementary School, an un-named six-and-a-half-year-old.  She ran out of the building, covered in blood from head to toe, and the first words she said to her mom were, ‘Mommy, I’m okay, but all of my friends are dead.’ Somehow, in that moment, she had been able to act as if she was already deceased, no doubt saving her own life. Of those who were left in the classroom of first graders, she was … Continue reading

A Brief Review of 2012: The Gun Culture of America

 Jan. 8, 2011, Tuscon, Ariz.:  A man had gone to a political town meeting at a supermarket, with the intent to murder Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. He killed six and wounded 14, including Giffords, who was shot in the head. On Jan. 25, 2012, Giffords, still in recovery from the shooting, walked onto the House floor to a standing ovation. Congress and the President have no plans to restore the assault weapons ban that expired under the Bush–Cheney Administration or to tighten gun laws. April 2, 2012, Oakland, Calif.: A 43-year-old former nursing student entered a classroom at Oikos University, killed seven and wounded three. The suspect used a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun. There are more than 310 million weapons in … Continue reading