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Brasch: Look for the Union Bunny

by Walter Brasch Bullied, harassed, and lied to, District 1 of the Amalgamated Association of Easter Bunnies, AFB-CIO (American Federation of Bunnies–Cottontails International Organization) went on strike, forcing a halt to this year’s Easter egg hunts in Wisconsin. At Bunny Headquarters, Solomon P. Bunny, union executive secretary, and a militant corps of Easter bunnies were

A Crock Pot Tax-Exempt Idea

by Walter Brasch A wall of suffocating heat nearly vaporized me as I walked into Marshbaum’s house. In the kitchen was a portable kiln spewing fiery venom that was curling the linoleum. In the den, wildly pumping a potter’s wheel flinging clay all over the room, was Marshbaum. “Got a new hobby?” I asked from

Tax-Deductible Invasions

by Walter Brasch  Millions of Americans gave George W. Bush unquestioned support when he diverted personnel and resources from the war against al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden to invade Iraq. Several million fewer opposed the invasion, stating that the primary mission was to destroy the enemy hiding in Afghanistan that destroyed a part of America

I’d Like Some Sex Ed, but Hold the Sex, Please

On Monday, the North Dakota Senate approved a bill that requires schools to promote abstinence-based sex education: “An amendment introduced by Sen. Larry Luick, R-Fairmont, rewrote the bill, requiring schools to ‘explain why abstinence from sexual activity until marriage provides safety from sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy and other associated health issues.’ Sen. Terry Wanzek, R-Jamestown,

I’ve Had Enough: Obama, You’re Out

It’s very clear that the Republicans and Tea Party folks criticize Obama for ridiculous reasons that have very little substance, but we on the left, particularly those of us who describe ourselves as “progressive,” criticize him too, but for entirely different reasons.  There are a number of strong supporters of the President who believe that

The Clash-of-Civilizations Scam in Brief Review

What separates the “Westerner” from the “Middle Eastern,” and more broadly the Muslim from non-Muslim is not a fissure between civilizations. Even metaphorically, the concept of a Clash of Civilizations is misleading.The separation occurs on a material field, not a metaphysical one. Christian European and Islamic culture have mixed, mutually influenced, permeated into and out of, one

Gov. Tom Corbett: Pennsylvania’s “Savior”

by Walter Brasch Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett may be the most adept politician in America. With the nation focused upon the union-busting Tea Party-backed Scott Walker in Wisconsin, Corbett has snuck in a plan to mine the state’s resources, increase employment, reduce educational problems, and whack unions upside the head at the same time. Miraculously, the

The Left Needs to Stop Whining about James O’Keefe

His methods are working; he’s kicking liberal ass, and it’s time to emulate him rather than engaging in pathetic moral posturing. He’s done it again: This morning, National Public Radio announced the resignation of President and CEO Vivian Schiller, after an NPR fundraiser “was videotaped slamming conservatives and questioning whether NPR needs federal funding during

Saudi Arabia: Royalism and Oilism

Nothing captures the cynical reality of fossil fuel capitalism more than the fear mongering taking place concerning possible uprisings in Saudi Arabia. Where the world should be celebrating people struggling to realize their dignity and gain a voice in the political processes that shape their lives, instead we are being treated to apocalyptic scenarios involving

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