France finally bans smoking while dining
Zut alors! (good grief) The French have abolished smoking in restaurants and cafés. French intellectual life will never be the same without smoking in the Parisian cafes where Sartre, Beauvoir and countless writers like Hemingway reigned. Many French people, unhappy about the ban, bring up the lawyer’s gambit of parading the horrible, detailing what could happen next. The end of cafe life. Banning wine. Prohibiting all alcoholic drinks. And, h...
‘Apartment’ still interesting film
Recent screening locally of the motion picture “Apartment for Peggy” marked the 60th anniversary of the film being shot on the University of Nevada, Reno campus in the winter of 1947.
The disappointment tango
He was a Turkish Nevada cowboy who taught himself Greek so that he could read the bible in original transcription. His radio name was Ted Romero and for many years he was the voice of the Lahontan Valley on Fallon’s KVLV radio.
Martin and Lyndon and Eldridge and Malcolm
The problem with history is the tendency to overlook pertinent details to create a simple version of events for popular consumption. Complex situations and the interplay of the people involved are ignored in order to create an acceptable explanation that satisfies the public interest.
Ron Paul: Adams, Washington and Jefferson
It seems, the political candidates having the most common sense, and who would better serve the people while in office have the lowest support from the American voters – especially Republicans. Ron Paul is a good example.
Do you know what helps makes America great? It’s the fact that a black presidential candidate can win the Democratic Iowa Caucus. Iowa’s black population is about 2.3 percent of the total residents who are 93 percent white. So it obviously wasn’t the black vote that was the cause for Obama’s victory.
A January of new beginnings and political cleanings
January, don’t you just love it! January is one of the coldest, darkest miserable months, unless you are a snow and ice worshipper. The time of year when all the retailers are having their clearance sales and you are busy with a clearance of your own at home by having to find, organize and store away all those darling little Christmas ornaments you worked so hard to find at all the pre-Christmas craft fairs and now you have to buy an additiona...
Professionalism and politeness get an abortion
Look at the wall calendar in most homes and written in the little squares you’ll see an array of the household’s important dates: birthdays, anniversaries, vacations, etc. My house is no different, though instead of kids’ birthdays we have an assortment of canine “birthdays,” which are estimations based on the dates the doggies came to live with us (or with a relative, in the case of our four-legged “nephews” and “siblings”).
Huckabee: The chalice of ‘Jesus Juice’
The Iowa Caucus pushed former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee to the top of the list of Republican presidential hopefuls. The Baptist preacher defeated the temple Mormon, Mitt Romney, by a wide margin, receiving 34 percent of the delegates’ support vs. 24 percent received by Romney. Romney spent millions in Iowa, only to be defeated by the right wing Christian conservatives left over from the glory days of Bush.
Time to launch
To hell with year-end wrapups. Let’s look at what we can do to impact the future. Rein in big banking Legislation is needed to stop the rape and pillage of banking customers. On Dec. 15, Janine Kearney and Debra Reid reported on the Kafkaesque but very familiar case of Janie Boykins-Raschilla, who saw U.S. Bank on Oddie Boulevard turn a 34-cent overdraft into more than $500 in service charges. The bank has refused to reverse any of the usury i...