Union refs, teachers win big
Unionism, battered nationally for a decade, scored two glorious victories recently. The National Football League Referees Association defeated the pinch-penny owners and the Chicago Teachers Union beat the corporatist mayor of Chicago. The NFL was humiliated by an outpouring of outrage by fans, players and coaches because of egregious incompetence by scab referees. The scabs not only botched many calls in three weeks but sorely damaged the int...
Apathy is never having to say you’re sorry
Voter registration closes shortly and responsible citizens encourage it. Whadda they know? Nationally, about three in four of those eligible to register actually do. About six in 10 (and often fewer) bother to show up. So decisions get made by roughly four in 10 (60 percent of 75 percent) of those eligible, about half of whom are on the winning side of any race. So every vote you cast on the prevailing side actually represents about five citiz...
Please don’t cook or eat the books
“You buy ‘em the book and they chew on the corners,” my late wife once mused. Last Friday’s Regional Transportation Commission brouhaha would have probably received no press coverage if not for the special bulletin I uploaded. (Read the full story at NevadaLabor.com/) Reporters showed up from KRNV TV-4 and the Reno Kazoo-Journal, as the late great columnist Guy Richardson termed his employer. Both ignored the best part. After three hours of st...
I.F. Stone, he sided with angels
THE BEST OF I.F. STONE Edited by Karl Weber Public Affairs, 340 pages, 2006 Izzy Stone, one of the greatest independent journalists in American history, published I.F. Stone’s Weekly from 1953 to 1971. By reading the documents rather than attending government press conferences, Stone proclaimed truths that the government preferred to keep hidden. Perhaps his greatest truth was that all governments lie and are not to be believed unless proven t...
Hillary Clinton in Wonderland
The virtual rabbit hole that Lewis Carroll created for Alice in Wonderland was enlarged in the past two weeks to enable Hillary Clinton, Vivian Newland and Susan Rice to re-enter en masse.
Flip side from an old fry cook
For old fry cooks like me, the worst insult is getting called a shoemaker. Former Tribune writer Dennis Myers came up with the journalism equivalent: stenographer, a robotic secretary who dutifully takes dictation. Which brings me to Sunday’s Reno Gazette-Journal which published a PR man’s wet dream. The RED Development Corporate Welfare Shopping Center, aka Legends at Sparks Marina, scored a full freakin’ page of stenography complete with col...
The mythology of God
Katha Pollitt, Nation columnist, recently reported an astounding statistic: 46 percent of American college graduates believe the story of Adam and Eve is literally true. “Even 25 percent of Americans with graduate degrees believe dinosaurs and humans romped together before Noah’s flood,” Pollitt writes. She sadly concludes that rejecting evolution is a clear indication of American inability to think critically. The ignorance of creationist thi...
The blind man, burlesque queens and politicians
Having a paper route was the dream of every boy in the big city. Using my American Flyer customized wagon, I delivered eighty papers a day and “hawked” another twenty on the street corner until they were all sold. My route covered a cross-section of the city. I had wealthy customers uptown, small businesses on the main street and an eclectic bunch downtown. The best part of the job was every Saturday on collection day. The most memorable Satu...