As the clock ticks in Missouri, the KKK rises from the shadows
Nov17

As the clock ticks in Missouri, the KKK rises from the shadows

While Anonymous deals the KKK digital blows A grand jury in St. Louis County, MO, has been hearing testimony for months regarding the August 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, by Officer Darren Wilson of the Ferguson police force. A shooting that took place in less than 90 seconds. As the clock ticks closer to a grand jury decision, the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) have become more visible, with flyers...

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This is our government’s war on privacy
Nov14

This is our government’s war on privacy

It’s becoming increasingly evident that governments see our phones as personal tracking devices. Read on for a new slant on these words: dirtbox and stingray. *** Boeing is at the center of the latest Department of Justice privacy story that broke in the Wall Street Journal ($) Thursday. The claim: the DOJ, via its US Marshals Service, has been using airplanes to secretly collect cellphone data from phones on the ground since...

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A Special ‘Thank You for Your Service’
Nov11

A Special ‘Thank You for Your Service’

I fully appreciate that, by now, some readers have had enough of Veterans Day stories. I agree that sometimes we are just inundated by them and I kind of apologize for contributing to such a deluge. “Kind of,” because readers can stop reading right here if they have had enough and because I just came across such a touching and eloquent coverage of an issue that is not often mentioned on Veterans Day — one that readers who are...

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Why Veterans Are Important…
Nov11

Why Veterans Are Important…

Each year, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) holds an essay contest for High School students on patriotic subjects. It is a unique contest that encourages young people to explore and express themselves on such subjects but also gives them the opportunity to “win a share of the $2.2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the VFW’s Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition.” Prizes and awards include a $30,000...

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Look out Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts: Here comes Tim Hortons
Nov11

Look out Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts: Here comes Tim Hortons

TORONTO, Canada — Look out Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts. Here comes the new international corporate powerhouse Tim Hortons. They have a huge niche — and market presence — here in Canada and they can easily create their own huge presence in the U.S. When the Canadian coffee/coffee shop giant announced last summer that it was merging with Burger King, many dismissed and dissed it as strictly a tax move where...

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Helping Veterans at the Grassroots Level
Nov10

Helping Veterans at the Grassroots Level

In his 2014 Veterans Day message, the president stressed that the responsibility to support and take care of our veterans “far exceeds the boundaries of government.” “It’s a job for every American,” he said. “We’re all keepers of that sacred trust that says, ‘If you put on a uniform and risk your life to keep us safe, we’ll do our part for you. We’ll make sure you and your...

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An Election Parable: It Used To Be About Kibble & Change, But Now . . .
Nov10

An Election Parable: It Used To Be About Kibble & Change, But Now . . .

Imagine the American public as a big mixed-breed dog. (That was easy, wasn’t it?) This dog had been treated poorly by its master for years, if not outright abused. Other dogs, especially purebreds, were pampered with steak and all kinds of treats. They luxuriated in comfy dog beds from L.L. Bean, never got wet when it rained or snowed or were toweled off if they did, had their own spot in the back of the family SUV when they...

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A Nation of Fear
Nov08

A Nation of Fear

by Walter Brasch Maintenance workers at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pa., airport shot and killed a bear and her three cubs. The bears had crawled under a perimeter fence and were just lying around, several hundred yards from a runway. The airport director claimed the bears might have posed a risk to flights. The mother bear weighed less than most pro football linemen. While the airport officials were worrying about what a bear and her...

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“My name is the symbol of my identity”
Nov07

“My name is the symbol of my identity”

It’s a factoid that should raise eyebrows: as recently as 1982, a married woman forfeited her right to vote unless she took her husband’s name. You may think we’ve come a long way since the Dark Ages. Think again. *** In 1855 she couldn’t vote, but that year Lucy Stone became the first woman in the U.S. to keep her surname after marriage. Stone’s rationale for not taking the name of her husband, Henry Blackwell: “My name is the symbol...

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Election News (UPDATED at 10:20 pm/1:20 am)
Nov04

Election News (UPDATED at 10:20 pm/1:20 am)

This will be our quasi official election post. I’ll do my best to keep things updated as late as possible A quick observation in flipping between the 3 news networks (Fox/CNN/MSNBC) is to see how on Fox they are quasi overtly rooting for the GOP, on MSNBC they are doing so for the Democrats and CNN is actually fairly neutral. For some really cool election nerd coverage check out CNN Election Wall A little factoid on the Senate....

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RIP Brittany Maynard
Nov02

RIP Brittany Maynard

Terminally Ill Woman Brittany Maynard Has Ended Her Own Life. Brittany Maynard, who became the public face of the controversial right-to-die movement over the last few weeks, ended her own life Saturday at her home in Portland, Oregon. She was 29. If you don’t believe in it that’s fine but don’t try to force your mythology on others. I live in the Portland area and am witnessing the standard hysteria of the bible...

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’30 Years in the Making’: Volunteers Walk San Diego’s New Asian District 6, Urge Asian Vote
Nov02

’30 Years in the Making’: Volunteers Walk San Diego’s New Asian District 6, Urge Asian Vote

’30 Years in the Making’: Volunteers Walk San Diego’s New Asian District 6, Urge Asian Vote by Alexander Nguyen SAN DIEGO, California — On a cold, stormy Saturday in Mira Mesa, at least 40 volunteers with door hangers and other materials sought to increase the turnout among Asian-American voters in the upcoming election. The so-called Super Walk get-out-the-vote campaign was hosted by the Asian Pacific American...

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Halloween In The Time of Ebola
Oct29

Halloween In The Time of Ebola

Halloween In The Time of Ebola Tyrades! By Danny Tyree “Ewww!” said my wife, when I told her that BrandsOnSale.com is marketing leftover “Breaking Bad” meth lab hazmat suits as Ebola Containment Suits this Halloween, at $79.99 a pop. These suits are just part of a trend (call it tacky, insensitive, creepy, gross) that includes Zombie Robin Williams masks, partygoers dressed as disgraced former Baltimore Ravens...

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Nowadays we need sane asylums (Guest Voice)
Oct29

Nowadays we need sane asylums (Guest Voice)

Nowadays we need sane asylums By Michael R. Mantell, Ph.D. SAN DIEGO — It used to be that psychiatrists put insane people into insane asylums. However, today, everyone is seemingly insane. Sort of. Just look at the pathology of our youth, the dysfunction of our families, the violence in our day to day lives, the poisonous popular culture to which we expose our children in their computer games, television, movies and music, and there...

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Cowardice Plagues Pa. House of Representatives
Oct26

Cowardice Plagues Pa. House of Representatives

by Walter Brasch The Institute for Legislative Action of the National Rifle Association (NRA-ILA) gives politicians Defender of Freedom awards. The award, accompanied by a glowing press release, has little to do with freedom; it has everything to do with legislators advancing the NRA agenda. Usually, the award goes to someone who managed, sometimes against great odds, to ramrod legislation that advances gun rights. However, for 2014...

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UPDATE: War memorial soldier murdered/ gunman dead, Canadian Parliment Locked down
Oct22

UPDATE: War memorial soldier murdered/ gunman dead, Canadian Parliment Locked down

UPDATE: The Parliment Buildings are no longer on lockdown in Ottawa. Soldier murdered appears to have been shot in the back. He was Corp Nathan Cerillo, a father of a young kindergarden aged son. The long gunfire in the parliment building which has cathedral ceilings was hugely amplified and terrifying to those in the building. Four others were injured and taken to the hospital, one a security guard. The top security officer of the...

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Everything you need to know to understand #GamerGate
Oct20

Everything you need to know to understand #GamerGate

The hashtag #GamerGate went mainstream in the past week, with commentary and reporting at the Boston Globe, CBS, CNN, Entertainment Weekly, TIME, The Guardian, the Washington Post. Simple summaries are hard to craft: #GamerGate is complicated hashtag that grew out of a discussion of game industry journalism and morphed into death threats against women. I’m not a gamer, and I’ve resisted writing about this mess; the first I...

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Pennsylvania’s Politics of Virtue: Senate Shoots Down Pigeon Shoots
Oct18

Pennsylvania’s Politics of Virtue: Senate Shoots Down Pigeon Shoots

by Walter Brasch The Pennsylvania Senate, possibly for the first time in its history, stood up against the NRA leadership and extreme gun-rights groups, and voted to ban pigeon shoots. The senators correctly called the ban a matter not of gun rights but of eliminating animal cruelty. The International Olympic Committee in 1900 banned pigeon shoots because of their cruelty and never again listed it as a sport. Most hunters and the...

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What’s Wrong With American Healthcare
Oct17

What’s Wrong With American Healthcare

The recent Ebola cases have demonstrated  major problems of the “best healthcare system in the world”.  It is not so much the government but for profit hospitals. If you  want an example you have to look no further than Florida governor Rick Scott and his former company Hospital Corporation of America. The United States is not ready for Ebola and the Dallas hospital is only one example. Here is an example: My wife is an ER...

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Why The Ebola Crisis Is Only The Latest Government-Scripted Disaster
Oct17

Why The Ebola Crisis Is Only The Latest Government-Scripted Disaster

DOES THE EBOLA VIRUS VOTE DEMOCRATIC OR REPUBLICAN? The news that the Centers for Disease Control was unprepared for the ebola virus now that it has made landfall in the U.S. is not exactly a bolt from the blue. Government agencies have been failing us for many years. The CDC, it turns out, had issued lax guidelines to health-care providers on how to treat people with ebola-like symptoms, the predictable result being that one person...

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