The Problem with the Bahmas

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Walter Brasch: When I last saw Fishbottom, he was calmer, chatting with a couple of dozen of his Congressional colleagues, not planning to do anything other than convene a hearing that he hoped would lead to the end of recorded music—and an impeachment.

Confessions of a Juiced Journalist

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Walter Brasch: I must confess now. While Stephen King, Aaron Sorkin, Robert Louis Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle, and thousands of other great writers used coke or pot to get high and produce great works, I used steroids.

America’s Uncivil Phone Manners

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Walter Brasch: More and more we see a loss of civility by people and organizations that may think they’re just too important to deal with the people.

Fiscal Chicken

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Walter Brasch: The obstructionists in Congress need to realize this isn’t a deserted two-lane highway, and Americans don’t want the Republicans playing chicken with our nest eggs.

America’s Gun Culture This Year

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Walter Brasch: There were 12 mass murders so far this year. There will be 33 more deaths from gunshot wounds today. There will be 33 more tomorrow. And the day after that and the day after that.

Dissolving a Stain Painted by Henry Ford

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Walter Brasch: It’s possible my family, and thousands of other Jewish families, may some day buy a Ford. The stain the company’s founder painted onto his product has faded.

Walmart: Discounting Lives to Maximize Profits

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Walter Brasch: Imitating Sgt. Schultz of “Hogan’s Heroes,” Walmart executives claimed they knew nothing—NOTHING—about working conditions in a garment factory in Bangladesh where 112 workers died and more than 150 were injured in a fire.

Truckin’ to Treason: The Hot Air of Secession

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Walter Brasch: The Civil War—known as the War Between the States among Confederate sympathizers—is still being fought. Almost 25,000 Pennsylvanians have now signed petitions to have the Keystone State secede from the union.

University Governance Doesn’t Represent the People

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Walter Brasch: About 800,000 Pennsylvanians are members of labor unions, and the state has a long history of union rights and activism, but neither of the two largest university systems has a labor representative on its governing board.

Intruding Upon the Constitution by the Religious Right

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Walter Brasch: 28 percent of Americans, according to a First Amendment Center poll in February, don’t believe there is a Constitutional separation of church and state.

I Have Questions; The Candidates Don’t Have Answers

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Walter Brasch: Most of the questions—and responses—in the three presidential debates had been asked—and answered—several times during the campaign. But there are critical questions that were not asked.

BREAKING NEWS: AP, Media Fumble News Story

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Walter Brash: Reporters who socialize with the power elite—and this happens far more than it doesn’t happen—often fail to do their primary job: challenge authority, as the Founding fathers so eloquently asked.

’Twas the Blight Before Christmas

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Walter Brasch: Sometimes, being bathed by the wisdom of the Founding Fathers’ that all views should be heard, even the ones we disagree with, even the ones that may not be truthful, may be more than any citizen should have to endure.

Romney v. Obama: The Debate That Wasn’t

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Walter Brasch: What passed as a presidential debate, Wednesday evening, was nothing more than a series of carefully-rehearsed, often rambling, mini-speeches that were more focused on generalities than on specifics.

Republicans Lie About ‘Support Our Troops’

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Walter Brasch: If the Republicans truly wanted to support the troops, they would have demanded—early in the wars—better armament and vehicles for the troops.

Attacking American Sovereign Soil Diminishes the Rights of Religion

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Walter Brasch: President Obama and Secretary Clinton could not allow government action against the filmmakers, as the protestors wanted. The Founding Fathers demanded freedom of speech, the press, and religion.

Grade Inflation; Education Degradation

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Walter Brasch: A recent UCLA study revealed that although students are studying less than ever, grades of A- and A in high school classes are the most common grades.

Don’t Count Out the Labor Movement

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Walter Brasch: It’s a time to honor the working class, and the unions that gave them the rights of collective bargaining. They may be struggling but they are far from dead.

Romney Tax Return Provides a Window to His Soul

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Walter Brasch: What does matter is that by stonewalling, obfuscating, and refusing to give full disclosure, he appears to have something to hide.

Vouchering an Educational Adventure

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Walt Brasch: Had to. He was at the top of the salary schedule. Besides, he was teaching about the rise of the middle class and how unions helped get better wages and benefits for the masses. That’s just downright unpatriotic. He refused to be a team player.

Baffled, Befuddled, and Bamboozled: Penn State Trustees and NCAA Are Sinking

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Walter Brasch: When we last left the baffled and befuddled Penn State trustees, they were trying to figure out what happened in the Great NCAA Sanctimonious Sanction.

Olympians Medal in London; NRA Meddles in Harrisburg

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Walter Brasch: While 11,000 athletes from 205 countries continue to excel at the Olympics in London, 75 pretend hunters and faux sportsmen are at the Wing Pointe club near Hamburg, Pennsylvania, this weekend where they are shooting more than 10 times the number of pigeons killed at the 1900 Olympics.

Sunshine Still Blocked at Penn State

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Walter Brasch: Apparently, the Board believes that “discussions” without a vote aren’t covered by the Sunshine Act, so it was free to hold yet another unpublicized secret meeting. The Board, as has been so often the case, was wrong.

The Fluff Factor: Today’s Journalism

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Walter Brasch: Today’s news co-hosts, known as anchors, are usually a tandem of a wise middle-aged older man and his pretend trophy wife, both of whom spend more time in Make-up and Hair Dressing than they ever spent in journalism classes.

Pennsylvania Politics Continues to Trump Health and the Environment

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Walter Brasch: Why do Pennsylvania Republican leaders support a state law that discriminates against the rural counties, while supporting a special exemption that protects the the urban and suburban counties where many of the state’s most powerful and wealthiest constituents live.

More Jokes From the Penn State Trustees

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Walter Brasch: The Penn State Trustees, clueless as most college trustees are, could have learned about the allegations and taken action to protect the university and children.

American Patriotism in Hyper-Drive

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Walter Brasch: Many of the hyper-patriots are insensitive to the problems of the 700,000 Americans, about 70,000 of them veterans, who are homeless on any given day.

Splitting Hairs in a Multi-Cultural School

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Walter Brasch: Students can only have “natural hair color.” They can dye their hair honey blonde or raven, and highlights and lowlights in female hair are also acceptable. But a blue streak? No way.

The Snipers of Jersey Shore

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Walter Brasch: Trailer park residents – most elderly, disabled, or living slightly above the poverty line – are evicted. Bloggers mock them siding with the corporate landowner.

Pigeon Shoots: Pennsylvania Politics Continues to Override Humane Actions

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Walter Brasch: Although Pennsylvania legislators, police, and DAs may publically say how much they detest animal cruelty, they have shown their cowardice to do what is right by their failure to prosecute cruelty charges against pigeon shoots.

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