The Politics of Animal Cruelty

Ban Pigeon Shoots

Walter Brasch: Pennsylvanians can still butcher, braise, and broil their pet cats and dogs because a murky mixture of politics has left a critical bill on the table in the state senate.

Labor Day Assignment: Educating the Uninformed

Teachers Not Overpaid

Walter Brasch: When will we realize that teachers are not overpaid relative to others with the same education and experience, that they work more than the average workers—and only because of unions do teachers have the support to keep education from disintegrating into mediocrity?

House Committee: No Benghazi Scandal

No Benghazi Scandal

Walter Brasch: Given the reality that a thorough investigation by a Republican-led House committee shows there is no scandal, you’d expect the rest of the House to drop its $3.3 million investigation that they increased for political purposes months before the November mid-term elections. Good luck with that.

Will Legislative Inaction Compromise AIDS Advances?

AIDS Research Funding

Walter Brasch: Even if there is a cure for AIDS, even if there are significant advances in the treatment and cure of other communicable diseases, it may not mean much if patients can’t get the medical treatment they need because obstructionists are doing their best to separate the people from the solution.

Packing Heat in the Brothers’ ’Hood

Texas Open Carry

Walter Brasch: A group of white gun-rights advocates plan to sling rifles, shotguns, and semi-automatic assault weapons onto their bodies, and walk through a Black neighborhood in Houston. What could possibly go wrong with that?!

Passing Gas to the Consumer

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Walt Brasch: Gas prices at the pump during the July 4th extended weekend were the highest they have been in six years. This, of course, has little to do with supply-and-demand economics. It has everything to do with supply-and-gouge profits.

An Assault Upon Our Civility

Open Carry Texas

Walter Brasch: Perhaps the next action by Open Carry Texas will be to take their weapons into ERs and claim that guns in hospitals are necessary to protect the critically wounded from being further assaulted by nurses carrying sawed-off shotguns in their smocks.

The Sounds of Silence—Political Style

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Walter Brasch: Thanks to special interests and lobbies, and their generosity in promoting American’s version of democracy, if the past is the future, voters will experience non-stop robocalls and TV ads for the next six months, some of the calls outsourced to New Delhi.

How Much Is Tainted Fracking Research Worth?

Tainted Fracking Research

Walter Brasch: It makes little difference if the Community College of Philadelphia accepted “only” $15,000, Lackawanna College accepted $2.5 million, or the University of North Dakota accepted $14 million. We know what they have become—it’s just a matter of deciding how much a tainted body of knowledge is worth.

Fracking Industry Pays to Play with Pennsylvania Universities

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Walter Brasch: Two of the reasons Pennsylvania has no severance tax and one of the lowest taxes upon shale gas drilling are because of an overtly corporate-friendly legislature and a research report from Penn State, a private state-related university that receives about $300 million a year in public funds.

Tragedy in the 24/7 News Media

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Walter Brasch: There is a major problem when the media—print or visual—become fixated upon one story, such as Flight 370. Other stories are swept aside. The mudslide near Oso, Washington, that killed 30, with at least a dozen still missing, is one of those stories that should have dominated the news media.

An Injunction Against the First Amendment

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Walter Brasch: Where the oil and gas lobby has been able to mount a multi-million dollar media campaign, the people who proudly call themselves “fractivists” have countered by effective use of the social media and low-budget but highly effective rallies.

Lettuce Look at Some Prices

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Walter Brasch: “California and the Southwest are in the worst drought in decades. Wiped out much of the agricultural land. Drought’s almost as good as winning the PowerBall. Prices have to rise.”

The Propaganda Olympics

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Propaganda Olympics — For Vladimir Putin, the Sochi Olympics is a carefully orchestrated propaganda opportunity to try to showcase the nation’s athletes.

Pets Are Property Like Kitchen Chairs

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Animal Abuse — Every year, about 2.7 million healthy and adoptable pets in the United States are killed by the staff of animal shelters.

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