Obama’s red line: diplomatic fulcrum for peace
Much to the chagrin of most republican war–hawks, extreme right-wingers and politicians who pray every day at the alter of the U.S. Senate and the tabernacle of Congress for our country’s failure; President Obama has demonstrated his ability to be a peacemaker, negotiator and successful Commander in Chief of our divided, dysfunctional nation. When Obama warned the government of Syria they would be crossing a red line if they used chemical weap...
Putin eats Obama’s lunch
Despite his alleged expertise in basketball, President Obama was recently “faked out of his jock” by the rather diminutive Vladimir Putin. This momentous upset didn’t really occur on the basketball court but it did in the arena of international diplomacy. The whole incident started with Secretary of State John Kerry loudly beating the drums of war over Syrian leader Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons against his own people. The day after K...
Even ‘Joe Six Pack’ has become a peacenik
President Obama, the Great Black Hope, has become as shallow and shabby as any white politician. He is a tragic figure. Cornel West, black intellectual and social critic, laments: “He is a shell of a man. There is no deep conviction. There is no connection to anything bigger than he is.” Historian Norman Pollack is bitter, describing Obama as “the reformer manqué, blithely dealing out death. The ‘humanitarian’ Obama personally oversees a world...
How to play pro ball and be cruel to your school
Last week, the Washoe County School District touted another literally incredible increase in high school graduation rates. At 72 percent, we are now approaching former Superintendent Heath Morrison's latest miracle in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina. Alas, this week the Nevada Dept. of Education released statewide ratings. "More than 20 percent of schools in Washoe County slipped in the ranking of 604 schools," wrote Reno Gazette-Journal...
Radical King’s ‘promised land’ of justice still distant
Most Americans today praise Martin Luther King, one of America’s great heroes. They laud his fight for racial equality. They admire his “I Have a Dream” speech. But precious few Americans know of his radicalism, his other battles for social justice and a decent America. King, who led 250,000 people on the great March on Washington 50 years ago, opposed the Vietnam War. “If America’s soul becomes totally poisoned, part of the autopsy must read ...
Muhammad Ali and Sir David Frost faced off here
I witnessed Muhammad Ali go mano y mano with Sir David Frost 41 years ago. Ali had been beaten in the ring for the first time in 1971, losing to heavyweight champion Joe Frazier on a 15-round decision. He would finally regain the title by knocking out George Foreman in the fabled 1974 "Rumble in the Jungle" rope-a-dope bout in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Congo). In between, Ali fought light-heavyweight champion Bob Foster for the North American heavy...
All hail Manning, worthy of Nobel Peace Prize
Pfc. Bradley Manning, sentenced to 35 years in prison by a military court, deserves two things: a presidential pardon and the Nobel Peace Prize. President Obama has made plain his hostility to the heroic leaker so the odds are 5,000-to-1 against a pardon. Nor are the Peace Prize deciders in Oslo likely to honor Manning with such a prestigious award. But you never know about them. The “wizards” gave a peace prize to Obama in 2009 for his noble ...
Lawnmower man, smoke eaters & bladerunners
When I ventured into the smoky Seventh Circle of Hell that was downtown Reno last Saturday morning, I didn't expect to encounter Lawnmower Man. He wasn't as scary as the guy in the Stephen King novel, but disturbing just the same. The occasion was meant to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the legendary 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. As I walked through the forest-fired haze toward the federal courthouse, I noticed a man lift...
Veteran car dealer retires
Last week at the regular monthly meeting of the Reno Sparks New Car Dealers Association, veteran car dealer Ben Scott was honored on his retirement.