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A Few Good ‘Frontmen’
I have been fortunate in my 15 or so years as a journalist to meet a number of celebrities. I’ve gotten to know political figures, rock stars, professional athletes and the like. The one thing I’ve come to realize is they’re all normal people just like you and me. Some of them are incredible people, some are scumbags — and still others are incredible scumbags. In the scumbag category is the governor of a nearby state whom I used to frequently ...
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And God sent his only sun
I must have thought that the dreaded fireball in the sky wouldn’t be able to catch me in my convertible.
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Who done it?
As the lemming leadership of Congress approaches the cliff edge of economic Armageddon this August, it behooves us to glance back, briefly, at how we got to this dire predicament. It has taken nearly a full year and a half of pre-meditated sabotage against the president and his policies by the Republican party at large, and its right wing partisans, dedicated to making sure the national elections next year are waged against a background of pol...
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I’ll die another day
normal. My life became a nightmare. I felt scared … and trapped. And my will to live disappeared as the mental, and eventually physical, abuse escalated. I wasn’t suicidal, just indifferent about living.
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Dr. Strangelove and Sen. Don the Dumberer
Songwriter and math professor Tom Lehrer was right in stating that satire died the day Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Killer K was the model for the title character in director Stanley Kubrick’s wicked 1964 nuclear war satire, “Dr. Strangelove -— How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb.”
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Georgia immigration: Bursting the bubble of American prosperity
The state of Georgia has just passed its own immigration law. It mirrors Arizona’s strict controversial attempt to identify undocumented immigrants and return them to their country of origin.  Sections of Arizona’s discriminatory law have been blocked by the courts and the Georgia law met the same judiciary wall of common sense.  As passed, the law would have allowed the police to verify the legal status of anyone stopped for a traffic violati...
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Trains need better passenger tracking
The recent train wreck that occurred southeast of Reno has brought to light some blatant security lapses in our Amtrak cross-country railroad system. There have been some sporadic reports in the media that Osama Bin Laden had mentioned in his writings captured and deciphered after his death that terrorism should focus on United States rail lines when conducting future terrorist activities. The lapses that came to mind following the recent trai...
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Anti-Social Media
Last Thursday, our little city had the honor of participating in the worldwide excitement of National Procrastination via Technology Day. The official title was Reno Social Media Day, a time to celebrate the various websites and walls that encourage us to connect and communicate keyboard-to-keyboard rather than face-to-face. Mayor Bob Cashell even went so far as to release an official proclamation. It declared that social media day “celebrates...
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Court upholds Wal-Mart bias
“Jurisprudence is but the will of your class (bourgeois) made into a law for all.” ­— “The Communist Manifesto” by Marx and Engels The five business leaders of the Supreme Court exercise the will of the ruling class to the great detriment of the vast majority of Americans. If anyone naively thinks those five are not reactionary politicians their decision in the recent Wal-Mart case should disabuse them. The Supreme Court rejected, 5-4, a class...
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Shock of reviewing our own culture
It’s late on a Saturday and the people in the international terminal of LAX are beginning to check their watches. The gates begin to swell with sleepy people, all waiting to board planes that soon will be chasing the sun in a losing race. Something pierces the awkward tension of people being herded together with little in common other than a destination. It’s the curiosity of a camera crew that brings everyone’s gaze from the television screen...
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Adopt a new perspective
The concept of being adopted has always been part of my life. Not because I am adopted, but my mother is. It was never any kind of familial scar or mystery — it was simply a matter of fact and I believe the same holds true for my mother. In her eyes, she only ever had one set of parents and it was the man and woman who raised her. I can understand that attitude since my mom’s path in life was charted while she was still in the womb back in 195...
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Patriot Games
So now comes around the annual celebration of our independence, as selfdeclared some two hundred twenty five past. In our Nixon calendar this is another three-day weekend designed to bolster barbecue sauce sales and fireworks. I suppose the observation of the anniversary is appropriate. The event itself deserves honorary commemoration, regardless of the failing results of our great experiment in self-rule. It seemed like a good idea at the tim...
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July 4 railroad jobs: We’re red, white and screwed
Splat. Over the past 10 days, we were thrown onto the tracks as the twin locomotives of money and power again crushed us — railroad jobs both physical and political. Barbwire e-list subscribers got exclusive insight on the multiple fatality Amtrak rail disaster from the driver of the train. Washoe County Commissioners rolled over for bullet-headed D.A. Dick Gammick and imposed a system to push defendants to plea-bargain within 72 hours of arre...
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Anti-tax propaganda is winning
For decades now, the new conservatives and reactionaries have been spewing forth anti-tax propaganda. Their mantra is that all taxes are bad and no taxes means we all will live in utopia. I am tired of listening to their lies and their propaganda. Without taxes we wouldn’t have any roads, water or electricity in our homes, police or fire protection, public parks or pools, buses or libraries. We all contribute to support these services that mak...
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Amodei: Just a lot of Bull
The older I get the more I realize there’s not much difference between the hype of a rodeo and the rhetoric of Republican politics. The crowds of people at rodeos yell, scream and applaud bull riders and bronc busters playing cowboy. The Republican electorate shouts, applauds and cheers their favorite candidates spreading the bull of politics. The rodeo crowd is led to believe the bull is jumping six feet off the ground to throw the rider off ...
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Gov’t helps those who can’t help themselves
As the population of our country ages, some say that within a few years, 20 percent of our people will be more than 65 years old and the cost of medical care will rise exponentially. There are already measures afoot to try to stem this rise in costs by slashing Medicare funds as well as coverages already offered through Medicare. Many Medicare recipients are in such poor physical shape as to not necessarily be aware of any measures to treat th...
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Politicians need to wear shin guards
I am a huge baseball fan and, since moving to Reno four years ago, each season I have paid $160 or so to get the television package that allows me to watch all the Major League Baseball games. I am one of those people who could happily sit and watch baseball for seven months straight – regular season plus playoffs. This year, however, with my credit card debt getting a bit high, I cut back and canceled the package. It was painful at first, but...
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Carrigan wrong, wrong, wrong
Sparks Councilman Mike Carrigan is a good guy, an honest guy. But he is also stubborn. Even after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously against him on an ethical position he remained defiant. He thinks he’s right, the court is wrong and so are nationwide ethical codes. He still insists that the Nevada ethics law is “unconstitutionally vague” as to what is an ethical conflict. Maybe. But maybe it’s also a case of a former Navy careerist with...
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