News stirs daily outrage in this columnist
Paul Conrad, great editorial cartoonist for the Los Angeles Times from 1964 to 1993, used to say that good cartoonists should get out of bed angry every morning and stay angry until they finish drawing their savage views of news events. My weekly column is like that. My outrage is constant. Something in the news offends me. Something I see annoys me. The aim of my outrage is injustice and inequality. A recent example: Nevada Governor Brian San...
We Don't Need No Education: Time to give up?
This week brought red-faced admissions by the local and Gomorrah South education establishments that I've been right all along. The glowing graduation rate increases that turned superintendents into national superstars have been largely lies. They didn't like the count, so they changed the scoring. I'm proud that only the Tribune had the guts to print the truth. As usual, kids pay the penalties for perverted pedagogic professionals. Former Spa...
SEATTLE USES 13TH MAN TO DEFEAT 49ERS
The Seattle Seahawks, who defeated the San Francisco 49ers for the NFC championship, have long established the fact that they have the most talented “12th man” in the NFL because of their raucous stadium crowd noise. Many of their loud-mouthed fans proudly wear jerseys emblazoned with the 12th man logo. They have even gone so far as to raise a huge 12th man flag prior to the opening kick-off. Of course all this decibel record noise occurs when...
Taming a women’s libido
In the latest political, religious, personal and republican assault on women’s rights, Mike Huckabee is using his Fox, so-called news media, as a platform to regurgitate his religious doctrine relating to women. Huckabee said he is opposed to insurance coverage for contraceptives offered in corporate health plans that cover preventive services and prescription drugs for women. His true misogynist attitude toward all women came to light last we...
Justice: Just another word for nothing left to lose
Our shining city on the hill is having trouble keeping the lights on. This week arrived two toxic new coffin nails for the society and world that the myth of America once hoped to shape. A study published by the British humanitarian organization Oxfam International concluded that the richest 85 individuals - 85 freakin' people! - possess wealth equal to that held by the poorest half of humanity. That's a ratio of 85 to 3,500,000,000. Worse, th...
Obama turns blind eye to NSA surveillance
“All governments are run by liars and nothing they say should be believed.” — I.F. Stone, great media critic Two federal district courts are divided about the National Security Agency surveillance of the American people. One ruled recently that NSA’s vast dragnet is highly likely to be unconstitutional. The other declared its enormous trove of phone records constitutional. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon of the District of Columbia co...
All the news you wish you didn't need to know
Not only has local Fox affiliate KRXI-11 been shucking us, they've spread the sickness to KRNV-4. The NBC affiliate has been re-running Fox-11 news feeds. Since corporate octopus Sinclair bought Channel 4 last month, they've merged news departments. Sinclair announced cancellation of Fox-11's popular 10 O'Clock News from KTVU-Oakland and may soon kill their local 11:00 p.m. newscast. Which isn't really local. The show originates from Iowa with...
Humanities, classic literature courses never outdated
“I have taken all knowledge to be my province.” -Francis Bacon in a letter, 1592 Bacon’s wisdom is an essential intellectual pursuit. I have immersed myself in literature: novelists, playwrights, short story writers and poets. I have gazed at some of the great art, including sculpture, in American and European galleries. I love classical music, including opera. I know U.S. and world history. Great movies, mostly those of yesteryear, fascinate ...
Enjoy fine dining on the Comstock
As 2014 marks Nevada’s sesquicentennial of statehood, it was very fitting to spend New Year’s Eve saying farewell to 2013 and welcoming in 2014 at the Crown Point Restaurant within the Gold Hill Hotel.
Can Amazon drones deliver healthy cigarettes?
Last year was bad enough as we flung ourselves back to the future of driverless cars, pilotless drones and rudderless politicians. So where do we go from here? How about... DRONE PROMOTING AND AEROBIC SMOKING: Last week came mass e-mails selling spray-on weight loss, the most outrageous diet promise this side of amputation. Now come healthy cigarettes. (Is smoking aerobic?) "Stay healthy while smoking," promises an ad from XOCigs. (XO, as in k...
U.S. court decisions favor same-sex marriage
Federal courts often strike down reactionary laws enacted by the cretins in state legislatures, reminding us that fairness and equality should prevail in America. A U.S. district court in Utah, home of the Mormon Church and one of the country’s most conservative and religious states, recently overturned a ban on same-sex marriage. Judge Robert Shelby ruled that all Utah residents had “a fundamental right” to get married. Therefore, he said, th...
Pope highly praised but clings to dogmas
Pope Francis in his homilies, press conferences, interviews and off-hand remarks to visitors has impressed Catholics worldwide by his humility, earthiness and friendliness. Typical comments by faith panelists published in the Reno Gazette-Journal: “A witness to the world.” “A visible role model.” “An inspiration.” “Fountain of grace.” “Uplifts the very soul.” “Lover of all mankind.” “A Christ-like pope.” Wonderful. He’s “one of us” whether Cat...
Solar powered insurance drones from hell
Can any difference remain between the Internet and reality? No, no, a thousand times no. Spam sez so. Cyberspace has finally provided evidence that we are nearing the Nirvana long-promised by conspicuously consumptive consumerism. Along with all the year-end pleas for public subsidies ("send us tax-deductible money or we die") came the following: "ONE spray of this does the same thing as a 30-minute workout. Simply Spray This Mist Into Your Mo...