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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, December 13, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Practicing Subsidized Un-Medicine Does paying an agribusiness corporation $1 million a year from tax funds bother you? How about a dumb-ass statement by a congressman that Obamacare isn't necessary because hospitals kill people?" If so, this satire is for you. (And the facts are accurate, unfortunately)

Saturday, December 6, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Deck the Malls: The Nightmare After Thanksgiving During the four-day spree, about 133.7 million shoppers spent about $50.9 billion. The psychological necessity to push, shove, and trample strangers while fighting for the right to purchase overpriced merchandise made in China has just begun.

Sunday, November 30, 2014 (15 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Perceptions of Reality-- And a Failure to Indict Perception clouds the truth. But, in Ferguson, Mo., a prosecutor may have decided that truth may not have been what was necessary.

Saturday, November 22, 2014 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
How Americans Came to Oppose Fracking More people now oppose fracking than those who support it. Here's why.

Saturday, November 8, 2014 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A Nation of Fear We kill animals because of what they MIGHT do. We kill humans for the same reason. The U.S. has become a nation living in fear.

Saturday, October 25, 2014 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
NRA Continues Policy of Animal Cruelty The NRA continues to support animal cruelty. This is an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at its influence upon the largest state legislature in the country.

Saturday, October 18, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Pennsylvania's Politics of Virtue--Finally! Pennsylvania is the only state that has open (and legal) pigeon shoots. But the state Senate voted to ban the shoots under a state animal cruelty statute. Now the House, after two decades of scuttling such legislation, afraid of NRA retribution, may develop a spine. We'll know, Oct. 20.

Saturday, October 11, 2014 (11 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A Swift Boat Load of Lies Politicians lying? How absurd! We know they always tell the truth. But, now, they can really lie in paid political ads, thanks to a Supreme Court ruling.

Saturday, October 4, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A Fracking Good Letter It's only a letter--but it has gotten the fracking industry's ire to a new level--one that has led to a massive propaganda campaign.

Sunday, September 28, 2014 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Politics of Animal Cruelty By understanding why a state legislature won't bring up an animal cruelty bill, you can better understand the behind-the-scenes workings of government.

Friday, September 19, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Arsenic-Laced Coffee Good for You The gas/oil industry wants us to believe that fracking is safe and that the fluids used are 99.5% pure. As is often the case, the industry's PR people are rather creative--and wrong.

Friday, September 12, 2014 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
No Safe Haven for Obstructionists What Mitch McConnell and the obstructionists are threatening to do to Americans is only a little less of a terrorist threat than what IS*IS is doing overseas.

Thursday, September 4, 2014 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A Quacked-Up Strategy to Stop Terrorism So far, the US hasn't wiped put ISIS. The patriarch of Duck Dynasty had an idea. I have the way to implement it.

Saturday, August 30, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Labor Day Assignment: Educating the Uninformed Teachers are lazy, greedy, and overpaid. At least that's what many on the Tea party wing believe. Here's why they're wrong (again)

Thursday, August 21, 2014 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Railroad 'Bomb Trains': Speeding to Disaster The railroad industry, with a poor record of safely hauling fracked crude oil, doesn't want federal regulations that reduce the speed of these "bomb trains."

Friday, August 15, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
House Committee: No Benghazi Scandal A Republican-led committee has determined there is NO Benghazi scandal.

Saturday, August 2, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
AIDS Advances May be Compromised by Legislative Inaction The Pa. legislature, like those of many other states and the Congress, have placed low priorities on public health and high priorities at giving tax breaks to the rich. Here's why that's not a good idea.

Saturday, July 26, 2014 (10 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Packing Heat in the Brothers' 'Hood Armed Whites plan a march into a neighborhood of unarmed Blacks--it's to 'educate' them about gun rights. Now, what could ever go wrong with that?!

Saturday, July 12, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
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 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
New Pennsylvania Judge Filmed Shooting Live Pigeons under Confederate Flag 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 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Pennsylvania Senate Committee Says Pigeon Shoots are Animal Cruelty Pigeon shoots are animal cruelty--but will the legislators in Pennsylvania have the courage to stand up against the NRA?

Saturday, June 21, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Scientists Predict Increased Rain, Floods for Northeast 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 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
An Assault Upon Our Civility 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 (19 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
OEN senior editor wins journalism awards OEN senior editor wins awards

Friday, May 30, 2014 (21 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Insanity Extends Beyond the Shooters 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 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A Memorial Day Truth 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 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Sounds of Silence--Political Style 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 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A Mother's Day Tribute-- That Should Not Have to Be Written Every mother, no matter what her beliefs and values are, mourns the loss of a child in war.

Saturday, May 10, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
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      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
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 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Fracking Prostitutes of American Colleges 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      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
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 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Tragedy in the 24/7 News Media 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 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
TV Secrets vs. Washington Leaks "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 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
An Injunction Against the First Amendment 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 (14 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Lettuce Look at Some Prices A $4 head of lettuce may be in our future. Here's why.

Saturday, March 8, 2014 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Disposable Assets in the Fracking Industry 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 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
No Merit Badge for This Scout 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 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Communicating the Atomic Fart 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 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
No Honor in Killing God’s Dog 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 (32 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Propaganda Olympics The 2014 Sochi Olympics has some remarkable parallels to another Olympics.

Monday, February 3, 2014 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Pets Are Nothing More Than Kitchen Chairs 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      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
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 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
It's a TV Snow Job 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 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Depth Takes a Holiday in Mass Media 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      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
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 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
OBGYNs Stir Up Controversy The OB/GYN Board is the only one of 24 medical specialty boards to impose sexist rules.

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

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
We Gather Together to Ask . . . 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      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
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 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Let's Phrase This Another Way Put your hands together and show Dr. Brasch some luhhhhhv!

Saturday, November 2, 2013 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Pennsylvanians Support Pigeon Shoot Ban 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 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
An Injunction Against the Truth 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 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Are You Ready for Less Academics? 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      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
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      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
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 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Standing in the Sunshine, The Answer is Blowin' in the Wind 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      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Discriminating Taste: Sexism in America--A Continuing Story Crying racism when none exists is just as bad as racism itself.

Sunday, September 8, 2013 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Tom Corbett's Sizzle has Fizzled 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 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Hurricane Katrina: It's Obama's Fault, by George 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.

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