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Walter Brasch is an award-winning journalist and professor of journalism emeritus. His current books are Before the First Snow: Stories from the Revolution , America's Unpatriotic Acts: The Federal Government's Violation of Constitutional and Civil Rights, and 'Unacceptable': The Federal response to Hurricane Katrina, available at amazon.com, borders.com and most major on-line bookstores. BEFORE THE FIRST SNOW is also available at www.greeleyandstone.com (20 discount)

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Saturday, July 12, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Passing Gas to the Consumer
Want to know why gas prices were so high the past week? Here's one possible reason.

Monday, July 7, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
New Pennsylvania Judge Filmed Shooting Live Pigeons under Confederate Flag
(3 comments) The following article was written by Steve Hindi and Stuart Chaifetz of SHARK (SHOWING ANIMALS RESPECT AND KINDNESS.) The story outlines a major problem in Pennsylvania and helps explain why it is possible that State Police did not investigate persons at pigeon shoots--SW Pa. is only place where this butchery of animals is still being carried out--for underage drinking, alcoholism, illegal gambling, and harassment.)

Thursday, July 3, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Pennsylvania Senate Committee Says Pigeon Shoots are Animal Cruelty
(4 comments) Pigeon shoots are animal cruelty--but will the legislators in Pennsylvania have the courage to stand up against the NRA?

Saturday, June 21, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Scientists Predict Increased Rain, Floods for Northeast
(1 comments) Increased rainfall and floods are seen for NE US for 5 decades, the result of climate change, increased fossil fuel usage, and fracking.

Sunday, June 8, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
An Assault Upon Our Civility
(2 comments) Open Carry Texas has shoved guns into our faces, and claims we shouldn't be afraid of semi-automatic assault weapons.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
OEN senior editor wins journalism awards
(19 comments) OEN senior editor wins awards

Friday, May 30, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Insanity Extends Beyond the Shooters
(21 comments) A CBS poll revealed about 85 percent of all Americans, including gun owners, support federal legislation to require thorough background checks on all persons planning to buy a gun. Apparently, the NRA leadership, far

Monday, May 26, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
A Memorial Day Truth
(3 comments) Here's what the politicians also won't say. They won't tell us that 41 Republican senators blocked legislation this past year to provide necessary funding for veterans health.

Thursday, May 22, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Sounds of Silence--Political Style
(2 comments) The cost to convince us to vote for a particular candidate is in the range of the gross national product of a small industrialized nation. Already, Congressional candidates have spent about $330 million, while Senate candidates have spent about $175 million, according to Open Secrets.

Sunday, May 11, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
A Mother's Day Tribute-- That Should Not Have to Be Written
(2 comments) Every mother, no matter what her beliefs and values are, mourns the loss of a child in war.

Saturday, May 10, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Fracking of Academic Integrity in American Colleges (part 3)
t 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.

Friday, May 2, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Fracking Prostitutes of American Colleges (part 2)
Flawed and biased academic studies have contributed to why Pennsylvania has not taxed gas drillers adequately. Several colleges have already begun preaching the benefits of fracking, without equal discussion to the environmental and health effects.

Sunday, April 27, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Fracking Prostitutes of American Colleges
(6 comments) Some American colleges have cast aside the academic tradition of inquiry, and have become corporate shills for the oil and gas industry. This is their story.

Saturday, April 19, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
SitComs Not Always a Laughing Matter
One of the reasons I like the new CBS comedy, "Growing Up Fisher," is because the producers don't insult us by inserting a most-noxious laugh track. Here's why.

Sunday, April 6, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Tragedy in the 24/7 News Media
(1 comments) The 24/7 news cycle has given more air time to more stories--but, it has also given an inordinate amount of air time to one story at the exclusion of other stories that may have more relevance and importance.

Sunday, March 30, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
TV Secrets vs. Washington Leaks
(1 comments) "The Good Wife" cast and crew can keep a secret when it matters; they also work together to solve problems. Now, about Congress . . .

Thursday, March 20, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
An Injunction Against the First Amendment
(4 comments) A Pennsylvania anti-fracking activist, who believes in non-violent confrontation, will be in court, March 24, to protest an injunction that forbids her from going to the local hospital, her rehab center, and forbids her from going to even local restaurants.

Saturday, March 15, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Lettuce Look at Some Prices
(14 comments) A $4 head of lettuce may be in our future. Here's why.

Saturday, March 8, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Disposable Assets in the Fracking Industry
(4 comments) The fatality rate in the oil/gas industry is 7x that of the U.S. rate overall. And, yet, the oil/gas lobbhy PR machine continues to claim that fracking is "safe." Here's why it isn't.

Saturday, March 1, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
No Merit Badge for This Scout
(3 comments) He's an Eagle Scout who violates both the Oath and the Law of the Boy Scouts, and believes he can frack the earth because it yields corporate profits.

Saturday, February 22, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Communicating the Atomic Fart
(6 comments) Smart Phones can be programmed to turn on your lights from a continent away . . . or to play the "1812 Overture" in fart notes. But, does everyone need a smart phone?

Friday, February 14, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
No Honor in Killing God’s Dog
(7 comments) Slaughtering coyotes doesn't restore the "ecological balance" as many pretend-hunters claim. Nor will a bounty by Pa.'s legislature solve what isn't a problem. Here's why.

Friday, February 7, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Propaganda Olympics
(32 comments) The 2014 Sochi Olympics has some remarkable parallels to another Olympics.

Monday, February 3, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Pets Are Nothing More Than Kitchen Chairs
(5 comments) State legislatures consider pets to be in the same class as kitchen chairs. It's time the paid and elected representatives of the people see cruelty for what it is.

Friday, January 17, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Boozy, but not Newsy, Mass Media
It's boozy, but is it newsy? The state of today's mass media

Friday, January 10, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
It's a TV Snow Job
(1 comments) Want the truth about the snow and weather freeze? Forget vortexes, and read Walt Brasch's story about how TV weather people cover a storm.

Friday, December 27, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Depth Takes a Holiday in Mass Media
(4 comments) News editors love making end-of-the-year lists of the "Top 10 Headlines." Like the other editors, they don't tell us why their pick of the top news story was more important than the No. 2 story--or why the No. 10 story was any more important than the thousands that did not make the list.

Sunday, December 22, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
America's Political Twerks
Kanye West says he's the next Nelson mandela. Sarah Palin says Obamacare is as bad as slavery. What other fools are talking. Find out in Walt Brasch's current column.

Sunday, December 15, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
OBGYNs Stir Up Controversy
(1 comments) The OB/GYN Board is the only one of 24 medical specialty boards to impose sexist rules.

Sunday, December 8, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The 10 Percent Solution to Expensive Weddings
(2 comments) Want to know why the average wedding costs $29,000? Journalist Walter Brasch deconstructs it for you.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
We Gather Together to Ask . . .
(1 comments) There may be a lot to be thankful for . . . but there are many who struggle to survive in a nation that has politicians who mouth the words but don't mean them.

Friday, November 22, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
No Area Safe From Fracking
New Jersey thinks uit's safe from fracking becausebthere areno wells -- yet. But vetos by Gov. Chris Christie of moratoriums overwhelming passed by the legislature could eventually doom the "Garden State" to what Pennsylvania now looks like.

Monday, November 11, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Let's Phrase This Another Way
(1 comments) Put your hands together and show Dr. Brasch some luhhhhhv!

Saturday, November 2, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Pennsylvanians Support Pigeon Shoot Ban
(6 comments) The Pennsylvania legislature still believes in animal cruelty. But, there may be a slice of light that will end their misguided beliefs/. What are those beliefs? And why do they have them? Walter Brasch explains.

Saturday, October 26, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
An Injunction Against the Truth
(7 comments) A Pennsylvania anti-fracking activist has been forbidden by a common pleas court from visiting in some of her friends' home, even at their invitation, or going to the county's recycling center. Here's how private companies can shut up people who tell the truth.

Monday, October 21, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Are You Ready for Less Academics?
(1 comments) One college may lose its accreditation because it's football team isn't up to par. Get the details in the Walt Brasch satire.

Thursday, October 17, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Shuffling Federal Paperwork
TheTea Party republcians think they were two-year olds, and screaming would get it attention. All it got them was the people's disgust.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Jumping Aboard Fracking's Fossil Fuel Carousel
Two Pa. politicians have soent 2 years praising fracked gas as the future of the state. So, why are they now praising coal?

Thursday, October 3, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Standing in the Sunshine, The Answer is Blowin' in the Wind
(3 comments) There are no more dinosaurs to provide fossil fuel. But there are dinosaurs among conservatives do don't believe in renewable energy.

Friday, September 27, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Discriminating Taste: Sexism in America--A Continuing Story
Crying racism when none exists is just as bad as racism itself.

Sunday, September 8, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Tom Corbett's Sizzle has Fizzled
(2 comments) With the popularity of a hairy wart, Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett is doing his best to justify his critics' call of "One term Tom." Here's why.

Saturday, August 31, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Hurricane Katrina: It's Obama's Fault, by George
(8 comments) Almost one-third of Louisiana Republicans believe the slow response by FEMA and the effects of Katrina were because of Barack Obama. One-third of Louisiana Republicans don't have functioning brain cells.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Government Should Not Define What a Reporter is--or Isn't
(7 comments) When the government starts defining who is or isn't a reporter/journalist, there are severe First Amendment red flags that should be waved in front of them.

Saturday, August 10, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Royal Dutch Shell: They've Really Got a Friend in Pennsylvania
(1 comments) What do a billionaire, ice hockey, Penn State, a gasaholic governor, a multinational corporation, and fracking have in common? Award-winning journalist Walter Brasch has the answer,

Saturday, August 3, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Ocean City Beauty Pageant is Crabfully Wonderful
Ocean City, N.J., is having a wonderful summer--and much of it is because of a hermit crab and Mark Soifer.

Thursday, July 25, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The No-News Media Cover a Royal Birth
(1 comments) Think there's too much media coverage of the royal birth? The alternate is even worse.

Saturday, July 20, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Practicing Un-Medicine
Congress has extended billions of dollars to agricorporations and its own members NOT to grow food. So, wouldn't it be advantageous to apply this principle to other areas as well?

Saturday, July 13, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
"Putting People over Profits': The Fight Against Fracking
(4 comments) A majority of Pennsylvanians want a moratorium on fracking. We know Gov. Tom Corbett, the republican-controlled legislature, and Big Energy don't. So, who also opposes this moratorium. This article reveals surprises.

Saturday, July 6, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
You Can't Hide From These Prying Eyes
(1 comments) If you think the government is the only one snooping into your life, you're as wrong as a Tea Party officer at a civil rights rally. You are the problem, and the reason why there is data on everyone--everywhere.

Friday, June 28, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Pink Sneaks Cushion a Will for Women's Rights
(3 comments) At the core of Wendy Davis's fight for a woman's rights is the filibuster, used by Republicans to block the will of the people.

Saturday, June 22, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Your Friendly Neighborhood Totalitarian State
(3 comments) The fact that Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA is spying on Americans should come as no surprise. There have been at least a half dozen programs under the bush-Cheney Administration that compromised the Bill of Rights for what was believed to be national security.

Monday, June 17, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
OEN editor wins major journalism awards
(6 comments) An OEN senior editor and columnist won several awards from journalism organizations for his work in 2012.

Saturday, June 15, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
A Father's Day Barbeque--Washington-Style
The Republicans want to roast donkeys for Father's Day. It looks like all they'll get is a lot of smoke.

Saturday, June 8, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Fracking America's Food Supply
(2 comments) Big Energy, with its newly-found horizontal fracturing technology, is threatening the nation's water supply and the agriculture industry's crops and livestock.

Sunday, May 26, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Circumventing Transparency: Pennsylvania's Latest Shell Game to Protect Big Energy
The Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection has shown itself incapable of meeting citizen demands for transparency, especially in oil and gas records. Is there a connection between DEP and Gov. Tom Corbett's claims that he wants to make Pennsylvania the Texas of the Natural gas Industry?

Sunday, May 19, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Keystone XL, Through Transcanada, Uses Eminent Domain to Seize Texan's Land
(6 comments) Landowners are losing their rights as fracking and Big Energy, in collusion with government, is seizing private property to advance the interests not of the public but of private business.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
"A' is for Average: Grade Inflation in America
(6 comments) Between 1/3 and 1/2 of students at American colleges will graduate with honors. Are they REALLY that bright?

Thursday, April 25, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Oh, THAT'S What the Boy Scouts Mean by Being "Morally Straight'
(8 comments) Faced by significant income loss, the Boy Scouts last Summer rethought their position about excluding gays from membership. A backlash by the right-wing, which also threatened to pull funding and membership, slapped them back into their policy of discrimination. Now, it looks like a ill-conceived "compromise"

Monday, April 22, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Pennsylvania: You Are Fracked
(1 comments) The first Earth Day was in 1970. The people demanded, and eventually got, Congress to enact legislation not only to protect the air and water, but to create a federal agency to enforce those regulations. Today, more than four decades later, it is important that the people push a weak-willed Congress, inflated by Big Energy political contributions, to do what is right, eliminate all loopholes and exemptions, and force the natur

Thursday, April 18, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
NRA Liars and Congressional Cowards
(27 comments) Until the members of Congress develop that one iota of courage that President Obama asked for, the United States will continue to have the highest number of guns per population of 178 countries--and also rank among the world's top 10 countries in the rate of deaths per population from guns.

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