The political fulcrum to the White House: the Supreme Court
Last week the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to uphold Habeas Corpus was just one of many judicial rulings against the Bush Doctrine. The prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay now have the right to challenge the government in a Federal Court. Habeas Corpus is a constitutional right that protects the innocent from being falsely accused or unjustly held in prison. In this case, the government has to show cause or evidence indicating the detainees are t...
Top court sides with corporatocracy
It speaks volumes about the Supreme Court when it could not rule on a case recently because it lacked a quorum of six. Three justices recused themselves because they held stock in companies being litigated. A fourth justice recused himself because his son works for one of the firms. Embarrassing, yes. But it shows that the justices are rich and therefore seldom rule for the vast majority of people. Seven members of the court are millionaires. ...
Nevada: A good place to visit, but do you want to live here?
Bad news pounded Nevada like earthquake waves through the high desert last week. We stand among 44 states with abominable protections from the depredations of the insurance industry. Worse, we are one of the reasons for it. Nobody remembers the McCarran-Ferguson Act of 1945. Yes, another disaster from the powerful and thoroughly corrupt red-baiting legend from Nevada. Because of it, insurance is among the few businesses (baseball is another) t...
Bringing the world to Nevada
If the happenings of this week are any indication, the Daily Sparks Tribune may soon have a team of foreign correspondents to bring you news from around the globe. One of my part-time reporters, Sarah Cooper, spent the last 10 days or so in England, and another part-timer, Cortney Maddock, is applying to study in a journalism program in Germany later this year. Finally, The Roommate left on Monday to study for a month in India. We’re well on o...
Deer and predators: NDOW charts new course
For 15 years in a row here in the Tribune I have written an annual column on the status of Nevada’s deer herd and, remarkably, the numbers have barely moved, with the herd remaining at rock-bottom levels: a little more than 100,000 animals. By comparison, we reached a peak in 1988, when 250,000 deer roamed the state. That’s the bad news. But hope is on the horizon – at least the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) is making major strides to, ...
The Persian Gambit
The core question for the current generation of Americans is actually quite simple: Do we want to be the conquering army of Christian democracy around the world, beginning with the oil fields of the Middle East, or not?
Court decisions dent gay bias
Intolerance. Hatred. Bigotry. Prejudice. Discrimination. Ignorance. Fear. All were dealt a severe blow by the courts as gays and lesbians recently won two sparkling victories.
Competing against ourselves
top of our mound of daily duties we have had to prepare entries in the yearly Nevada Press Association journalism contest. In this year’s competition there are 49 categories between breakdowns of news, sports, photography and advertising. In this my first year as editor, I allowed the staff to run amok with submissions and, because the bill got too big, I had to eliminate some contending articles to get us to a total of 50 entries. Last year, ...
The prime axiom in any enterprise is “Innovators, Operators and Undertakers,” the three phases of any development — economic, social or political.
When life and MySpace collide
Little Caesar’s Pizza as a junior in high school — I remember going for the interview wearing a maroon shirt and tie with a black vest. Maybe I was a little overdressed for the occasion, considering the woman who interviewed me was wearing a ratty green apron covered in flour, but to me it was important to look impressive for the momentous occasion in my young life. Since that first attempt at employment, which was successful, by the way, I ha...
Futuristic prediction is, at best, a tricky business, particularly in the case of political punditry focused on the promised progress of civilization under American tutelage.