Court OKs Obamacare—but!
President Roosevelt, frustrated because New Deal legislation enacted by Congress was constantly being struck down by a reactionary Supreme Court, announced a plan to expand the court from nine to 15 members so he could pick his kind of justices. Suddenly, Justice Owen Roberts changed course to uphold New Deal measures. This prompted wags to quip: “A switch in time saves nine.” Chief Justice John Roberts (no relation to Justice Roberts) was und...
C’mon, Big Momma!
Owning a dog promises many wonderful memories and at least one really terrible memory. No one wants to think about the day when a best friend will die. Until last week, I never had to. The deaths of my dogs have been hidden from my view — either my parents dealt with it or it happened after I moved away. Two years ago, my girlfriend and I merged lives so I adopted her three dogs. All of them were older than 10 years so we expected one or more ...
Paging Dr. IRS
It’s a good thing that the Affordable Care Act was dreamed up and passed by the political party that loves puppies, rainbows and Ansel Adams wilderness photographs. Without it, we could be headed for that strange place predicted by Aldous Huxley in his book about bravery, newness and worlds. The main complaint from Tea Party people, and other aficionados of the U.S. Constitution, is that government-provided health care will do two crazy things...
Melinda Gates: world health for women, children and mankind
Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Gates Foundation, has decided family planning and public health will be her priority in life. On July 11, 25 world leaders, including representatives from India, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Tanzania, will meet in London to discuss her “controversial” $4 billion global health program, which includes providing contraception for women around the world. She claims there are 215 million women worldwide in need of family pla...
Romney: Wizard of the GOP
The Republican Party should be thanking its lucky stars. The GOP still has a chance to pull out a victory over the Democrats if it hurries. The party’s presumptive candidate for president has not yet been nominated so its members still have a chance to pull out a winner maybe by bypassing Mitt Romney in favor of some other non-Merlinesque candidate before their national nominating convention later this month. According to Romney, on his first ...
242 Miles To My Graceland
I made it — all 242 miles of barren desert highway back to the graceland where I spent 18 years burying my roots. It had been six months since I made the three-and-a-half hour drive south to Tonopah to visit my family. My excuse: My four-wheeled, six-foot nine-inch baby needed some TLC. By the time I hit my (secret) back road, which actually saves you no time during the drive, I had the windows down and the music cranked up so loud the farmer...
Sun also sets for Nev. Geothermal Power
Nevada Geothermal Power, a Nevada-based geothermal energy company that received a $98.5 million loan guarantee from the Obama administration for an alternative energy project here in Nevada, is headed toward collapse and now the company’s leaders are starting to question whether they can stay in business.
Romney: Half ‘Right,’ All Wrong
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court released its historic decision upholding President Obama’s health care initiative. The legislation will provide health insurance for the 50 million Americans who currently are without it because they are either denied coverage or can’t afford the high premium cost. The health plan is fashioned after Romney’s plan he put in place as governor of Massachusetts. Now, schilling Tea Party extremists, alienated party...
Sex is out of control — in classroom
Let’s talk about sex — in the classroom. I raised one boy 90 percent by myself and two step-children through their younger years. As a seasoned journalist, who doesn’t scare easily, I am absolutely floored by the change in how teachers taught sex ed today compared to how they taught it when I was in fifth grade. I remember being separated from the opposite sex into two groups. All the red-checked ducklings in our group giggled over into Ms. Pr...
Court clings to woeful ruling
Republicans rule the retrograde House because of the misguided voting of the American people, the Senate because of the unconstitutional filibuster and the Supreme Court because of reactionary political decisions.
Fostering the future
One of my favorite movie lines was spoken by the character Tod Higgins in the 1989 film “Parenthood”: “You know, Mrs. Buckman,” Tod said to his girlfriend’s mother, played by Dianne Wiest, “you need a license to buy a dog, to drive a car — hell, you even need a license to catch a fish. But they’ll let any butt-reaming asshole be a father.”