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Clinging to the ledge and paying for our sins
It’s time to pay for our sins in that biennial confessional called the Nevada Legislature. First up to do penance, our fearless leader hisself. GOV. SUNNY’S DARK SIDE. Liberals have made much of Gov. Brian Sandoval’s seemingly un-Republican decisions to cooperate with President Obama. Treading where other Republicans have feared to schlepp, the guv signed a 2011 bill to establish a health insurance exchange website where consumers can shop pri...
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Vegas political columnist shames PR reporting
Hugh Jackson, columnist for CityLife of Las Vegas, is the best political commentator in the state. He reveals the truth behind the truth. Every political writer tells us that Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller is expected to run for attorney general in 2014. Only Jackson tells us of Miller’s “naked political cynicism” about voter ID. Miller, the state’s chief election officer, has repeatedly declared that voter fraud does not exist in Nevad...
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Winter was fierce 61 years ago
It’s been said that timing is the essence of life and it proved to be true at this month’s GOD (Good Old Days) Club luncheon.
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Hurricane Sandy rescued our democracy?
The best thing that has happened to the Republican party in the last eight years, besides putting a G.W. Bush in the political closet of obscurity, was the arrival of Hurricane Sandy.
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Murder according to law in Ireland
“Ireland murders pregnant Indian dentist,” the India Times headline declared.
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Moonhowlers, smoking guns & warning labels
Big polluters and perverters will support any remedy that doesn’t work.
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An Old Friend Gets a “Makeover”
The recent closure of the former main Post Office in downtown Reno brought an end to an era. For many years it served as the official meeting place of business and professional men of Reno. Every morning they would eschew their secretaries picking up the daily mail, preferring to do so themselves. The main reason for this was the fact that the Post Office itself was a meeting place for them to interface with others about the daily news. Since ...
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Swiss longevity, gun control join the Marines
If you want to live a long healthier life, move to Switzerland. In a new study released by The National Research Council, Switzerland ranked No. 1 in the world for life expectancy of men. The USA ranked 17th. Swedish men should live to almost 85, compared to American men, whose average age is 75. Swedish women are expected to live until the age of 84, outliving American men by almost 10 years. Oddly enough, After spending an average of $9,000 ...
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Peering inside the U.S. Supreme Court
THE OATH                                               The Obama White House and the Supreme Court                                                                           By Jeffrey Toobin                                                                    Doubleday, 298 pages, 2012 This is an important inside look at the Supreme Court but a badly titled book. The botched oath of office administered by Chief Justice John Roberts to president-...
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Power politics & prescient predictions
Only fools make predictions about follytix. So let's get foolish. Even the most optimistic dreamers never make a book on anything good coming out of the Nevada Legislature. During fat years, a few crumbs fall off the table to tantalize the deprived During lean years, those groveling on the floor are left to chew on the carpet. When it's time to cut, Nevada makes the least among us suffer the most. The physically and mentally disabled are alway...
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Patron saint of donuts
Statistically, by the time you read this at least half of you have already broken your New Years resolutions.
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Goodbye to the ‘Little General’
The No. 1 news story of 2012 coming out of the University of Nevada was the abrupt resignation of football coach Chris Ault.
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Six names to remember
One of the most popular traditions on New Year’s Day is to sum up the previous year.
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Government and Religion corrupts man’s soul
The father of Transcendentalism Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “Within us is the soul of the whole, the wise silence, the universal beauty, the eternal One.”
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Bestest of the grotesquest for 2013
Who will be the most powerful Nevadans, for better or worse, in 2013? Send your nominations to barbano@frontpage.reno.nv.us I’ll publish results just in time for the start of the biennial Carson City legislative petting zoo. To refresh your memory, here’s last year’s rogues gallery: 1. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Searchlight. 2. Steve Wynn, megalomanical Macau and Las Vegas casino overlord. 3. Sam McMullen, lawyer-lobbyist. 4. In...
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Nation cruise nothing to write home about
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The Nation cruise recently to the Caribbean, like many long anticipated trips, was disappointing. Some panelists were wordy, others enamored of their celebrity, others ego-tripped and several acted like standup comics rather than giving topics the seriousness they deserved. A discussion with Nation editor Katrina Heuvel confirmed what I have long felt: America has no Left of any political significance. The Establishment...
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Obama sobs but refuses to urge gun controls
President Obama’s first statement on the Connecticut massacre of 20 kids was a tear-filled declaration that “our hearts are broken.” Nothing about gun controls. After a Colorado shooting massacre in July, Obama expressed a pious hope: “This is a day for prayer and reflection … May the Lord bring comfort and healing.” Nothing about gun controls. Obama, despite his overwhelming re-election, remains a follower not a leader. He does not take on th...
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John Wayne, Michael Moore & Andrew Undershaft
Current calls for gun control confront an immortal adversary: mythology. Here’s a checklist. 1. CELLULOID COWBOYS. The American cowpoke is both legend and legerdemain. Marketers morphed the Hispanic gaucho into John Wayne with hat brim heroically upturned for the cameras. Gauchismo brought with it the macho myth that the truly rugged individual should aspire to become a law unto himself. Wacko Tom Cruise’s new movie recycles the always sellabl...
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Every now and then
It was the day before Christmas. My life had changed and I would never be the same again.
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Benghazi Cooks Rice
Although it has been over four months since the blaze that engulfed the embassy in Benghazi, the flames were still high enough to cook UN Ambassador Susan Rice’s chances to become the next Secretary of State.
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