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Reader beware of what's not really there
If you need any more reason to support the Barbwire.TV community channel, looky here. GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST. Walmart must stop stuffing employees with stupid pills. The bandidos are building a new store in the tax-subsidized, underachieving Sparks Marina Legends shopping center. (See Cabellyup.com/) "Amelia McLear, senior manager of public affairs for Walmart, said the company has not closed any stores in the Reno-Sparks area and it does no...
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Biographer misses grandeur of history’s greatest genius
Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling By Ross King Penguin, 318 pages, 2003 Biographer Ross King did the almost impossible: write a bad book about Michelangelo, history’s greatest artist. King recalls every obscure artist of the era, their character, hometown, who they were apprenticed to, their principal works and where the art is located. He writes at length about Raphael paintings, mentions many architects and their buildings and details cons...
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More JFK assassination items
Last Friday saw an enormous amount of coverage of the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy.
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Reid nukes Republican obstructionist
Sen. Harry Reid finally put Republican Tea Party members in their rightful place in the Senate.
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Obama parallels JFK in a failed presidency
The presidencies of John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama have many striking parallels: soaring rhetoric, Hope with a capital H and King Arthur’s Camelot in JFK’s case, the Promised Land in Obama’s. Kennedy spoke of reviving “the idea of America as a young, questing, progressive nation, facing the future with confidence and hope.” He was young, handsome and charismatic. His taste and grace made people believe in the possibilities of the presidency ...
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John F. Kennedy's 2014 inaugural address
Inauguration day crept up so cruelly cold you could understand how it killed William Henry Harrison. A light wind atomized bursts of freshly fallen snow across the vast field of expectant faces. Was it the sun or the new president’s words which caromed off the airborne crystals and transmuted the moist, icy air into a multimedia assault on the senses? Was I there, or was I dreaming? JANUARY 21, 2014 I stand before you today as aware of the pai...
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School board, Humke: Not too smart
Last week, the Washoe County Commissioners voted against Assembly Bill 46 which would have increased both our sales and property tax to fund much needed school repairs.
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JFK assassination at forefront this week
Friday of this week marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
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Remembering another local school murder
The relentless coverage of the recent killings at Sparks Middle School ignored a previous school murder. On May 4, 1972, Libby Booth Elementary Principal Virgil Ouren, 33, met in his office with a teacher, an administrator and a secretary. Ouren was shot three times with a 22-caliber pistol, twice in the head, once in the lower back, killing him instantly. Reno police said the meeting concerned a personnel problem. A guard was placed on Superi...
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Grim cigarette graphics needed
No one should smoke. The lesson has been hammered home again and again and again. The latest lesson comes from the European Parliament, voting to increase the size of warning labels on cigarette packs and pointing out that e-cigarettes and flavored cigarettes are just as dangerous. But those measures are not enough. What is needed are the graphic warning labels the Congress authorized the Food and Drug Administration to print four years ago. U...
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President’s Pinnochio Proboscis
According to the Press last week, President Obama is on course to receive the greatest number of “Pinnochios” of any elected official.
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Virginia, N.J. pathway to the White House
Last week’s election for governor of the great state of Virginia confirmed the dire straits of the splintered Republican Party.
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The bloody guns of October fire on November
April lost both her virginity and her title in Nevada. October now stands triumphant as our cruelest month. Ah, October, October, the time of pretty girls, golden beer, football hopes and hoop dreams-brilliant colors lightening leaves that bounce brightness into the eyes of booby beauties bustling and trundling toward an intemperate arena. But baseball dies every October, the springtime hope of April squished. Now, our fantasy fall has fallen....
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Top Sparks cop bungles school shooting report
The constable has blundered. — Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cardozo in 1961 The annals of U.S. crime are full of miscarriages of justice and mistakes by police officers. Innocent men accused of murder have been hanged. Other men have been wrongly convicted of rape and armed robbery. Still others have been wrongly sent to prison for decades. Far less serious, but aggravating to media reporters, columnists and commentators, is police withholdi...
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The (Un)Affordable Care Act
The headline story across the nation the past week has been the so-called Affordable Care Act implosion.
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Happiness in Idlewild park
The usual regulars were doing their routine walking, jogging and chattering along Riverside Drive.
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Outrage over Redskins name silly political correctness
Sports columnists and TV commentators, wanting to show righteous rage over anti-racism, are howling over the nickname of Washington’s National Football League team. But the nickname, Redskins, is hardly a pejorative like racist names of yesteryear: “spic,” “wop,” “dago,” “kike” and “nigger.” The outrage over Redskins is political correctness run amok. The picture of the Native American on the Redskins’ helmet is dignified and noble. NFL Commis...
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A shotgun wedding for the lady in the red dress
Out west lives an eccentric old lady. Sometimes you can glance at her and see flashes of what she was when she was young and unspoiled, wild and free. But there is an old sadness in her eyes. Men came and violated her one night more than a hundred years ago. The fear is still there. Once in awhile, she still walks the streets of Washington, DC, and, occasionally, she still gets invited in — but only to be used again. The old lady has little le...
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Obamacare Catastrophe
The vaunted signature piece of legislation long promoted by the President, which is commonly known as Obamacare, had a disastrous rollout. Not only could applicants not access the website which went online Oct. 1 but also there were many instances where the site totally crashed. As the first two or three weeks of Obamacare’s introduction dragged on, things seemed to get worse and worse. The contractors whom Health Secretary Sebelius had hired ...
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RGJ: half right, all wrong
Last week’s editorial in the Reno Gazette Journal arguing for Sparks police to release the name of the young boy who shot two students, killed a teacher and then killed himself at Sparks Middle School, lowered the usually high standard of its editorial board and had no merit.   They claimed the community has the right to know the name and identity of the juvenile so we can understand what led to the shooting. That is not true. We the public do...
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