Longing for the wisdom of the grateful dead
Mr. Wynnderfull and the Ghost Rider have served notice that the peons shall again grovel for crumbs falling from the feast of the fat.
The Nevada Legislature is performing as ordered, subsidizing the businesses of Steve Wynn and Nicolas Cage at the expense of their lessers without lobbyists: little kids who can't vote or shoot back as supposedly wise elders play cowboys and Indians in three-piece suits.
BALLOT BOXING. Local citywide voting w...
Obama plunges down corporate rabbit hole
Whatever hope many of us had in 2008 for electing Barack Obama president is rendered ridiculous by his recent naming of Penny Pritzker as secretary of commerce.
“The despicable appointment boosts corporate power and shafts the public,” social critic Norman Solomon writes. “Obama’s frequent boast of standing up for working people against special interests tumbles, his integrity becomes laughable.”
Pritzker was Obama’s heavyweight fundraiser ...
Scandals reach critical mass
Certainly last week was the worst period in the short second-term Obama administration. The long-running Benghazi scandal was surpassed by two new revelations. One concerned the DOJ confiscating the phone records of the Associated Press. The other was the IRS mishandling of conservative groups’ requests for tax-exempt status.
As usual a flustered President Obama said he was unaware of the two matters and had only learned about them through...
The wealthy Christian Republican
The Republicans are at it again: Now they’re demanding cuts in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP. The food stamp program feeds one out of every seven poor Americans including undernourished children, the working poor and the starving elderly.
Last week, the House and Senate Agriculture Committee began deliberations on reducing the almost $80billion annual budget by three percent over a five year period. Republicans cited t...
Clichés and clutter spoil art of writing
Clutter is the disease of American writing. We are a society strangling in unnecessary words, circular constructions, pompous frills and meaningless jargon. — William Zinsser in “On Writing Well”
Monkey see, monkey do. Writers and headline editors are like that. They see words and phrases in print and republish them so often they become clichés.
We have President Obama’s “signature” health care legislation and a basketball team’s “signature”...
Star-stuck: Dirty deals for dirty movies
"My opponent supported shunting school money to porno films."
I guarantee such words will surface in 2014 campaign attack ads. Blame Nicholas (Coppola) Cage, the Oscar-winning actor who slummed in Carson City last week to demand corporate welfare for Hollywood.
Senate Bill 165 was introduced by a bi-partisan pack of lawmakers who view it as a good idea even if it takes money from schools, roads, parks, police and fire protection.
Hillary paves way for Chris Christie
When republicans pushed for a congressional hearing investigating the attack on our embassy in Libya, most democrats claimed it was just another political witch hunt and personal attack on then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Scientology proves cult credibility amazingly boundless
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 a...
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 ...
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 Cong...
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 impa...
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.
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 ...
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.