Snowden, Manning: ‘dangerous’ men praised as American heroes
The most dangerous man in America. —Government label for Daniel Ellsberg after he released Pentagon Papers, revealing U.S. lies and deceptions during the Vietnam War. America’s government under President Obama has become a Surveillance State with its National Security Agency spying at home and abroad. Before whistleblower Edward Snowden was recently granted asylum in Russia, Attorney General Eric Holder declared that Russian President Putin sh...
A quarter century of Barbwire, part deux
Twenty-five years ago on August 12, this column moved from regional magazines to the newly-daily Tribune. Last week, I told how I got here. This week, highs and lows from over 1,300 Barbwires. 1. THE UNIVERSITY SCANDALS OF 1996-97. Rambunctious UNR Prof. Howard Rosenberg was elected to the university board of regents. The establishment tried to negate his win, arguing that he should not serve because he was a system employee. The Nevada Ethics...
Alphabet soup of scandals
Despite the President’s protests, that the scandals engulfing Washington are “phony,” his popularity has hit a new low of 42 percent approval.
The Kremlin Gremlin
The decision by Russian President Vladimir V. Putin to grant American whistleblower Edward Snowden temporary refugee status until July 31, 2014, is not only a political decision but a philosophical one as well.
No Morsi, no jets for Egypt
It is difficult to tell what sort of message President Obama is sending to the Middle East with his move to cancel the sale of American jet fighters to Egypt.
Men to Match My Mountains
Long-time famous Nevadan Jack Streeter, who passed away recently, was one of the last “men to match my mountains” in this area. Many thought the charismatic individual, who started off as District Attorney of Washoe County following his heroic exploits in WWII, would continue on to political prominence. A towering physical presence, he commanded respect in all venues in which he appeared. Unfortunately, as far as politics was concerned, he was...
Zimmerman: Law of the old west
If nothing else, the prosecution of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin, a 16-year-old African American boy while he was on his way home from a neighborhood grocery store, demonstrated just how far lawmakers will go to appease the NRA and a lingering good-old-boy mentality from the days and lifestyle of the old west. Even though the prosecution never mentioned it in its arguments, the trial was really about Florida’s stand-your-g...
Supreme Court denounces hatred of gay couples
The Supreme Court leaped into the 21st century recently by nullifying the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), catching up with public opinion favoring gay marriage. The court, with the usual 5-4 “political” split, ruled that married same-sex couples are entitled to federal benefits such as health care, Social Security, life insurance and survivor tax policies. Edith Windsor of New York offers a good example of how survivors in gay marriages w...
Bagging black bucks in the Gunshine State
George Zimmerman often went out hunting and finally bagged himself a young black buck. Had there been no public outcry, he could have done like more than 500 fellow killers in the 22 states with "Stand Your Ground" laws: Just say he felt threatened, then walked away to wash off the blood. And maybe look for a good taxidermist to mount the trophy. Zimmerman pales in comparison to an angry white guy named Michael David Dunn. Nine months after Tr...