Bestest of the grotesquest for 2013
Who will be the most powerful Nevadans, for better or worse, in 2013? Send your nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org 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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
Tit for Tat: Lydia and Kap
Lydia, oh Lydia, say, have you met Lydia? Lydia the Tattooed Lady. When her robe is unfurled, She will show you the world. You can learn a lot from Lydia. For two bits she will do a mazurka in jazz With a view of Niagara that nobody has And on a clear day, You can see Alcatraz. You can learn a lot from Lydia. Blogger David Whitley has bee...
Israelis want to have ‘it all’
The whole civilized world is against Israel except the United States and tiny Pacific island nations of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and the Marshall Islands. With excellent reason. The Israelis continue to build settlements on Palestinian soil. They continue to flout international law. Angered by the U.N. General Assembly vote to grant Palestine status as an observer state, the Israeli government will build 3,000 more housing units in areas near ...
Good will to Boise, St. Louis and Nepal
Washoe school trustee-elect Howard Rosenberg said Tuesday that he doesn’t believe recently-inflated high school graduation rates, something I exposed last April and to which former education boss Heath Morrison admitted —after he blew town. Responding to Reno Gazette-Journal writer Ray Hagar and Nevada Newsmakers host Sam Shad, Rosenberg added that Morrison spent way too much time on public relations. Wow, a refreshing voice — as Rosenberg was...
Toulose-Letrec ‘steals’ Bay Area exhibition
SAN FRANCISCO —Exhibits of French Impressionists and Post-Impressionists often reveal works I have never seen or “noticed” before despite decades of going to art exhibitions in America and Europe. So it is with the William Paley collection of 60 paintings showing through Dec. 30 at the de Young museum in Golden Gate Park here. The exhibit contains several gems. The best is Mme. Lili Grenier, an oil portrait by Toulouse-Lautrec painted in 1888....
The ABCs of George G
Last week in this space I submitted a formal obituary on behalf of my good friend of 44 years George Galante of Incline Village.
Why rednecks didn’t vote for Obama
At Tuesday’s Democratic Party revelry at Reno’s Grand Sierra Resort, I saw a couple of big hounds who didn’t belong there. One was howling and getting hard to control in the cacophony of the celebration. I expressed my concern to a party official and related that I had recently been attacked by a beast who tore a piece out of my side (and ruined my Tim Lincecum t-shirt). I was told that GSR is a “dog hotel” and to please keep quiet because the...
Journalism schools should be abolished
Emory College in Atlanta is closing its journalism program. All other journalism programs in the country should do likewise. “It’s not our job as a liberal arts college to simply train people to be professional journalists,” Emory Arts & Science Dean Robin Forman said. He’s right about abolition. But the biggest problem is that major J schools are hag-ridden with PhDs, scholars and theorists. They teach “coding,” “aggregated content” and soci...