John MacMurray: To get a picture of what this blast of water does to the rock below, try this: put a brick on the sidewalk. Hit the brick with a large hammer. Notice all the broken pieces and shards. That’s what fracking does.
John MacMurray: If more of us vote with our wallets, and tell the ALEC companies and the right wing actors and the banks that we’re no longer paying them to ruin our air, our water, our standard of living, and our kids’ futures or to support people who do these things—we may get some actual progress toward a better life for us all.
John MacMurray: What concerns those of us who were sitting on or near the recent 5.1 quake of March 28, 2014, or any of the 47 bazillion (by my unofficial count) pre-and-after shocks, is how big a part fracking might be playing in beating up our dwellings and frazzling our nerves, and what we might expect in the future.
West Virginia Oil Spill — The Brothers Koch have put out $30 million to convince us that their coal and petroleum processing doesn’t really hurt the environment.
Self Deport — Make their lives so miserable that they’d run back home, wherever “home” was, just to get away.
John MacMurray: The important point—actually the only point Kristol makes—is that if ObamaCare is passed, people will like it. And people will realize that Democrats gave them healthcare and the Republicans didn’t.
John MacMurray: Despite its lofty reputation, the AMA fought every major effort at health care reform over the past 80 years.
John MacMurray: Faith is faith and science is science. Fervent belief or a show of hands doesn’t determine whether gravity works or not.
John MacMurray: The picture we are given by groups with axes to grind in a particular direction, shamefully abetted by a shallow and sycophantic media, shows immigrants massing along our southern border, poised to rush across and take jobs away from the Americans who are rightfully entitled to them.
John MacMurray: Perhaps the public disrespect to President Obama shown by these Orange County Republicans goes deeper than mere juvenile humor, or just a sour grapes attitude over losing two Presidential elections to him.
John MacMurray: And while very few communities will openly admit their disdain for these people who have no permanent place to live, many cities have no problem creatively enforcing ordinances that make being homeless far more difficult than it already is.
John MacMurray: The Roman Catholic Church has changed greatly over its long life, and one of the points that has changed is the issue of celibacy for the Clergy. Until about the 13th century, celibacy was seen as optional.
John MacMurray: Try this for a scenario: when Cardinal Roger Mahony leaves for Rome to elect the new Pope, he may not be coming back.