Scientology proves cult credibility amazingly boundless
INSIDE SCIENTOLOGY By Janet Reitman Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 369 pages, 2011 I had a colleague teaching journalism at Wayne State University in Detroit decades ago with a brilliant son who became a Scientologist. He and his wife were horrified. With good reason. Scientology is a fraud. It has been exposed in articles and books for 60 years. Yet still today it is called the fastest growing belief in America. The credibility of people is as as...
Mr. Wynnderful waxes wealthier whilst we wither
We live in a company town servicing a plantation. Soon after I moved to these parts decades ago, I realized that Nevada is basically Smallville spread over a big geography. Nothing's changed. The lowly still return their meager wages to the company store in exchange for borderline sustenance. As I've repeated since 1982, if you've got kids and your income is not upper-middle class or above, be a good parent and move somewhere else. Our own lat...
NRA, Senator Reid foil gun law reform
The National Rifle Association will not allow even the most anemic steps toward gun control. The sad fact is that the NRA rules, not Congress, when guns are the issue. No lobby in America is more powerful. The NRA mobilized its four million members to flood the Senate with phone calls, emails and letters. It spent $500,000 in advertising on the day of the Senate vote. It dispensed $800,000 in campaign contributions (bribes) to members of Congr...
The asinine assassination of KJFK talk radio
No baby survives if smothered during delivery by parents and doctors. Thereby hangs the tale of former talk radio station KJFK am (now programming hip-hop). KJFK's fm sister stations netted a cool $1 million in October of 2006, the month before KJFK launched talk. Local radio execs had long known that State Senate Majority Leader Bill Raggio and his Republican minions, largely working behind the scenes through law firms, could severely impact ...
You're not worth much dead or alive
Do you think your life is worth more than $566 a year? How about $1,483? Still not enough?Don't tell that to the government of the people. That's the value placed on NV Energy lineman Herbie Dempsey Goforth III, an electrical worker killed in a training accident near Las Vegas last September. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fined NVE $43,000 for unsafe conditions and ordered the octopus to make changes by April 15. Tha...
Religion invades public schools, defying Supreme Court
Despite the clear ruling of the Supreme Court that there must be a rigid separation of church and state, regressive states insist on dragging religion into public schools. A high school in Jackson, Ohio, has a devotional painting of Jesus, “The Head of Christ,” hanging in the hall students pass to go to the cafeteria. In Mississippi, Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill, allowing schools to pray over school intercoms and at assemblies, graduations a...
Sen. Dean Heller: Betrayal of our Constitution
Senator Dean Heller’s recent vote opposing an expansion of background checks prior to the purchase of guns is typical of modern-day republican strategy to overthrow the ideals of our original Democratic-Republic party founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1792.
From Benghazi to Boston
Last week’s horrific bombing at the Boston Marathon once again brought home to our shores the threat that exists in the pursuit of worldwide terror.
Indictment of Thatcher long and harsh
The death of Margaret Thatcher makes it impossible to follow the 2,700-year-old Latin advice de mortuis nihil nisi bonum (speak no ill of the dead). There is nothing good to say about the woman dubbed the Iron Lady and Attila the Hen. Indeed, “death parties” and “dancing on her grave” took place in cities like London, Belfast and Glasgow. Graffiti urged: “Rejoice! Rejoice!” and “Rot in hell, Maggie.” Another graffiti artist, punned: “Iron Lady...
Hopelessly trying to win an earthquake
I publicly wept when they looked at me. More than 6,500 young men and women fed into the meat grinder since 9/11. Come prepared to cry when you stare into the faces of the snuffed. "Always Lost: A meditation on war" plays at the Nevada Legislature through May 3. The name comes from Gertrude Stein who once opined that "war is never fatal but always lost." I could not disagree more with the former. I prefer the obviously accurate opinion of Jean...
Air service area’s big problem
The recent news that the Safari Club had canceled an upcoming convention scheduled for Reno because of inadequate air service should be a wake-up call for all those that promote tourism.
Sitting ducks in Sparks as storks stalk Carson
A lot of construction contractors got stiffed on the original Sparks Marina mess. Since then, the traveling salesmen responsible have put a proposed Imax theater out to bid a bunch of times. Insiders viewed it as a shuck to stir up financing through publicity. Some companies won't bid Marina projects anymore because the phonies have burned them too many times. It costs lots of money to prepare major construction proposals. The suede-shoes have...