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...
Protecting ‘sacred’ institutions, not kids
The pedophilia scandals over the past decade have a common seamy thread: institutions protect their reputations at the expense of children. The Roman Catholic Church became notorious for pedophilia by priests. Penn State officials covered up serial pedophilia. Newly released “perversion files” of the Boy Scouts reveal decades of “a corrosive culture of secrecy” that failed to protect kids. Now the venerated BBC of Britain protected sexual abu...
Dreams of Redemption on All Saints Day
Here’s a presidential candidate I can and cannot support. “We have majority support in poll after poll on nearly all of the key issues, from downsizing the military budget and bringing the troops home, to taxing the rich, to stopping the Wall Street bailouts, to breaking up the banks, to ending the offshoring of jobs, to supporting workers’ rights, to increasing the minimum wage, to health care as a human right, through Medicare for all. These...