Get your tickets here!
For the most part, I am a very good driver. Some have called me a slow driver, some have said I drive too close to the center line, but in more than 15 years behind the wheel I have had only one collision with another moving vehicle and that was caused by an icy road. Until just two months ago, I had received only one traffic ticket. That ticket came about eight years ago thanks to a stoplight that stayed green for exactly three-tenths of a se...
Lost my Sense of Direction
My grandfather Smith was at home in the Eastern Sierra. With a fly pole in one hand, he had an innate sense of direction and had no need of a compass to find the trout that filled his creel. My father possessed an even greater ability to read nature like an Outdoor Life magazine. With his knowledge of everything from flora and fauna to scat sign and storm clouds, he was a one-man Audubon Society tour wherever we went. His sense of direction wa...
Barack the American
It is with an enormous sense of relief that I can reliably report that President Obama is, after all, an American. Like millions of others, I had been fretting over rumors that he was actually some sort of Kenyan infant, smuggled into the United States, with a cover identity from Hawaii, to one day become president, from which position of power he could launch the socialist revolution to establish a global autocracy. I mean, I really worried a...
Through a regular outpouring of bleak survey data, Nevada has somehow come to represent the seven deadly sins of America.
One of my earliest memories of politics is a photo on the cover of a checkstand tabloid depicting former Sen. Gary Hart with a beautiful woman sitting on his lap.
Teen mom madness
Last week while on my lunch break I flipped on the TV and came across a program that left me feeling pretty disgusted: “16 and Pregnant” on MTV.
Flying the friendly skiezzzz
My last job was boring. I mean, really, really boring. Not only was I editing a boring subject — taxes — but also there was a lot of down time. And when you have a comfy chair, a secluded office and not much work to do, there isn’t much for a person to do other than sleep. Anyone who has had a similar job can sympathize. I am willing to bet that there isn’t an office worker out there who hasn’t fallen asleep on the job at some point, whether o...
Finding gold amid Vanity Fair dross
Vanity Fair magazine is fat with upscale ads, full of pictures of celebrities and runs 220 pages of dross. But once in a while amid the dreck are gems like the articles buried in the May issue. One article tells the painful truth of the huge gap between the wealthy and most Americans. Another extols the King James Bible. And one carries an interview with a great Shakespeare scholar. The piece on wealth is written by Joseph Stiglitz. It is titl...
So Much for Change Coming to Washington
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama promised to change Washington’s ways. Yet he’s as caught up in them as ever. As the week began, Obama kicked off his re-election bid with a sunny video of people talking about their hopes and needs, the very image of life outside Washington politics. By week’s end, Obama was mired in budget negotiations, canceling trips and scrambling to stave off a government shutdown that could only undermine the publ...
Which side are you on?
History suggests that we Americans are not particularly astute in our election of presidents. Recent experience illustrates our weakness for image over content in our leaders, beginning with Ronald Reagan, whose boyish affability masked a serious lack of understanding of the real world outside his imagined script as leader of the free world. Cushioned by expert partisan advisors, Reagan was allowed to be the figurehead for the neo fascist wing...