The Holy See of discontent
It’s bemusing to me how the smallest nation in the world (.02 square miles) has more power, influence and world-wide wealth than most members of the United Nations. A landlocked imperialistic nation with a population of about 700, mostly men, no equal rights for women, no voting rights for men and the seat of the self-proclaimed voice of God is about to enter the reality of the 21st century. The Vatican oligarchy is on the verge of restructur...
Labor law stacks deck against workers
Labor desperately needs the Employee Free Choice Act, a law that would allow workers to unionize and bargain collectively if the majority in a unit sign for it. But as labor law now stands, workers have to vote to approve a union. This allows companies to intimidate, threaten and fire workers who lead organizing drives. Workers are fired for such trivial reasons as affixing names of the “wrong candidates” on their bumper stickers. Companies al...
Dishonest Abe: white hood on a stovepipe hat
The case against term limits was validated this week by Washoe County Republican lawmakers. Inexperienced Minority Leader Pat Hickey and Assemblymember Randy Kirner advocated exemption of senior citizens from a proposed property tax increase to maintain and repair slumly schools. They apparently don't know about the Nevada constitutional provision that mandates "a uniform and equal rate of assessment and taxation." (Article 10, Section 1) That...
Death of print journalism greatly exaggerated
Four years ago pundits were proclaiming the death of print journalism, characterizing newspapers and magazines as “dead men still walking” in the Digital Age. I too preached that gospel of gloom and doom, even pontificating abroad by giving speeches in Athens and Oxford about anachronistic print journalism. Yet today newspapering is a healthy business. Sunday newspapers are fat, bulging with advertising stuffers. Media giants like Comcast, New...
Greasing the suckers and goosing the gullible
Read this column and you will make money and lose 20 pounds. If such claims insult you as sucker bait, you're correct. But you've gone this far, so let's take a ride. GOOSING GASOLINE PRICES. BigOil once again rapes and pillages with impunity after racking up record profits. As usual, the legit media parrot petroleum-dipped press releases purveying the perpetual propaganda. For two decades, I've documented how the domestic cartel figured out h...
Mike Wallace spinning in his grave
Veteran newsman and “60 Minutes” outstanding interviewer, the late Mike Wallace, is probably spinning in his grave after the week-ago-Sunday interview of President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that aired on the once venerable program was televised.
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 ...