Halloween, the day when many an American parent will suit up the little ones in black robes, matching 17th century conical hats, and over-sized warty noses, sending them off to delight the neighbors with this impersonation of a witch, as traditionally represented from 17th century Austrian paintings of the Hexensabbat right up through Disney’s “Snow […]
Archive for October, 2009
The U.S. economy grew by 3.5 percent from July to September, the Commerce Department reports. But, contradictorily, unemployment continued to rise, to a 26-year high of 9.8 percent. Since the recession began in 2007, the U.S. has lost 7.2 million jobs. Unemployment has risen more than 2 percentage points since President Obama took office in […]
It’s hard to envision — or, for the dwindling few, to remember — what the world looked like on Oct. 26, 1942, when a the few thousand United States Marines stood essentially stranded on the God-forsaken jungle island of Guadalcanal, placed like a speed bump at the end of the long blue-water slot between New […]
Speaking before a carefully hand-picked audience — most of the 500 tickets to the gathering in the Lawlor Events Center at the University of Nevada, Reno were distributed through the office of Majority Leader Harry Reid — Vice President Joe Biden assured Northern Nevadans Friday that the Obama administration’s $787 billion economic stimulus plan has […]
Clark County commissioners voted last week to stop picking up and caring for unwanted pet Mojave Desert tortoises as of the end of the year. The county has been funding the care of the cast-off tortoises at a 220-acre conservation center operated by state and federal agencies.
There’s a recession on. Energy prices are down, and the official cost of living with them. Therefore, you might expect government payments that carry “cost-of-living adjustments” to be dropping, helping to ease the deficit. Not so. When the cost of living goes up, payments to Social Security recipients — among others — also go up. […]
Delinda Epstein, 51, was living in a townhouse in the swanky Las Vegas suburb of Summerlin, a few years ago. She owned a brand new truck, worked as an administrator for a Henderson construction company. But she lost her job in the recession. She lost her truck and had to move into a smaller apartment […]
On Friday, President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. Here’s where I’m supposed to establish I’m not some kind of grumpy, sour-grapes Obama-hater by saying all Americans should share some national pride in the Norwegian committee’s decision to honor our freshman president’s efforts and intentions, blah blah blah.
“Consumers’ confidence in the economy falls in September as Americans’ worries about job security offset any enthusiasm about the rally in the stock market,” read the Sept. 29 news flash. How come? The big bankers running our economy — it’s essentially the same gang under Barack Obama that it was under George W. Bush, make […]
In my opinion, we shouldn’t have troops in Afghanistan. The country can’t be conquered or held, because it’s not a country. It’s a mountain range sparsely settled by a loose coalition of anarchist goatherds and opium farmers.