Flip side from an old fry cook
For old fry cooks like me, the worst insult is getting called a shoemaker. Former Tribune writer Dennis Myers came up with the journalism equivalent: stenographer, a robotic secretary who dutifully takes dictation. Which brings me to Sunday’s Reno Gazette-Journal which published a PR man’s wet dream. The RED Development Corporate Welfare Shopping Center, aka Legends at Sparks Marina, scored a full freakin’ page of stenography complete with col...
The mythology of God
Katha Pollitt, Nation columnist, recently reported an astounding statistic: 46 percent of American college graduates believe the story of Adam and Eve is literally true. “Even 25 percent of Americans with graduate degrees believe dinosaurs and humans romped together before Noah’s flood,” Pollitt writes. She sadly concludes that rejecting evolution is a clear indication of American inability to think critically. The ignorance of creationist thi...
The blind man, burlesque queens and politicians
Having a paper route was the dream of every boy in the big city. Using my American Flyer customized wagon, I delivered eighty papers a day and “hawked” another twenty on the street corner until they were all sold. My route covered a cross-section of the city. I had wealthy customers uptown, small businesses on the main street and an eclectic bunch downtown. The best part of the job was every Saturday on collection day. The most memorable Satu...
Glorious Supreme Court dissents
Despite the long litany of woes heaped on the people by the Supreme Court throughout history, some great dissents have illustrated what it means to be an American.
Biden, hope and chains
Following his latest barrage of closed-door language in a public setting, Vice President extraordinaire Joe Biden was recently pulled off the campaign trail and tucked into a secret location.
Lie when that pollster calls you
This column was written by a 64 year-old non-partisan Hispanic woman. Me. She’s the poll respondent I created for former Sparks schoolboy Karl Rove and his minions who call three or four times every evening.
Obama: playing politics with immigration?
The DREAM Act (0Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) was first introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Orrin Hatch a Republican from Utah and Sen. Dick Durbin a Democrat from Illinois on August l, 2001. Since then, providing a conduit for American citizenship for children brought to the United States illegally by their parents has been used as a political mantra by both Democrats and Republicans. Finally, on June 15, in the elect...
Investigate before back-to-school shopping ensues
The start of the traditional school year is just a week away. Many families are in the throes of those back-to-school purchases. What do we need and how much do we have to spend? I know I should be supporting anything that stimulates the economy, but in all fairness to families, as a former teacher, I can’t urge you enough to not buy into all those ads telling you to buy all those school clothes and supplies now. Before you set out on that all...
End The War On Drugs Fiasco
I recently read an old article written by Paul Armentano called “Drug War Mentality.” In his article he states that the war on drugs has been supported by lies and fears that have no basis in fact. He cites to complicity by the media and an uneducated public on the issue. Washington bureaucrats and prohibitionists have consistently pushed propaganda based on myths to support the continuation of the anti-drug war. These are described and debunk...
Love, hate and Chick-fil-A
The easiest way to capture the moral high ground in any argument is to start out with a clever brand name that exudes an aura of untouchable coolness.