Clinging to the ledge and paying for our sins
It’s time to pay for our sins in that biennial confessional called the Nevada Legislature. First up to do penance, our fearless leader hisself. GOV. SUNNY’S DARK SIDE. Liberals have made much of Gov. Brian Sandoval’s seemingly un-Republican decisions to cooperate with President Obama. Treading where other Republicans have feared to schlepp, the guv signed a 2011 bill to establish a health insurance exchange website where consumers can shop pri...
Vegas political columnist shames PR reporting
Hugh Jackson, columnist for CityLife of Las Vegas, is the best political commentator in the state. He reveals the truth behind the truth. Every political writer tells us that Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller is expected to run for attorney general in 2014. Only Jackson tells us of Miller’s “naked political cynicism” about voter ID. Miller, the state’s chief election officer, has repeatedly declared that voter fraud does not exist in Nevad...
An Old Friend Gets a “Makeover”
The recent closure of the former main Post Office in downtown Reno brought an end to an era. For many years it served as the official meeting place of business and professional men of Reno. Every morning they would eschew their secretaries picking up the daily mail, preferring to do so themselves. The main reason for this was the fact that the Post Office itself was a meeting place for them to interface with others about the daily news. Since ...
Swiss longevity, gun control join the Marines
If you want to live a long healthier life, move to Switzerland. In a new study released by The National Research Council, Switzerland ranked No. 1 in the world for life expectancy of men. The USA ranked 17th. Swedish men should live to almost 85, compared to American men, whose average age is 75. Swedish women are expected to live until the age of 84, outliving American men by almost 10 years. Oddly enough, After spending an average of $9,000 ...
Peering inside the U.S. Supreme Court
THE OATH The Obama White House and the Supreme Court By Jeffrey Toobin Doubleday, 298 pages, 2012 This is an important inside look at the Supreme Court but a badly titled book. The botched oath of office administered by Chief Justice John Roberts to president-...
Power politics & prescient predictions
Only fools make predictions about follytix. So let's get foolish. Even the most optimistic dreamers never make a book on anything good coming out of the Nevada Legislature. During fat years, a few crumbs fall off the table to tantalize the deprived During lean years, those groveling on the floor are left to chew on the carpet. When it's time to cut, Nevada makes the least among us suffer the most. The physically and mentally disabled are alway...
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.