Stop being idle. Don’t think too much or you’ll create a problem that wasn’t even there in the first place. Evaluate situations and take decisive action. You can't change what you refuse to face. Making progress involves risk. You can’t make it to second base with your foot on first.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, October 24th, 1870, he lived in East Orange, New Jersey, where he attended school. And from the age of sixteen to nineteen, Tasker Oddie lived on a ranch in Nebraska. After returning to New York City from Nebraska he attended night law school, from which he was graduated, and in … Continue reading From Miner to Governor: Tasker Oddie
My friend – I’ll call him Martin for the purpose of this story – is a former deputy sheriff. Martin doesn’t frighten nor shake easily when it comes to encountering unknown situations. Martin retired about a year ago, so I decided to visit him. Hours later, after driving to Siskiyou County in Northern California, we … Continue reading But She was Gone
Overheard at the dinner table on Thanksgiving Day: "Hey, Mom, this stuffing's great!" "Why, thank you, son." "So how did you get the turkey to swallow it?" ******* May you and yours have a blessed and refreshing day. In that spirit I offer this prayer: Almighty God, giver of all good things, we thank you for … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving 2014
While growing up in Klamath, I played in the dirt and mud, got my ass whipped with a belt, razor-strop or a switch that I had to select, started my school day at MKS with the ‘Pledge of Allegiance,’ used paper bags to cover my school books, had an enforced bedtime, and rode in the bed … Continue reading Remembering Kidhood
There was all sorts of commotion going on Sunday morning in our neighborhood. Mary and I were awakened first by sirens and then the heavy thump of a low flying helicopter. Evidently, a man armed with a rifle, called the Sparks Police saying he was suicidal. They located Robert Brunsvold near Spanish Springs High School, jus’ off … Continue reading Trouble in the ‘Hood’
Obviously, President Barack Obama doesn’t care about the four-million immigrants waiting to get into the U.S. legally. And now, we do have a broken immigration system. On the evening of 104th Anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, Obama said he would use his executive power to damage the U.S. through so-called ‘immigration reform,’ by blocking deportations … Continue reading All Hail, Emperor Obama
Without a peaceful settlement by November 27th, Superintendent Odeneal requested Major John Green, commanding officer at Fort Klamath, to provide enough troops to force Captain Jack to move back to the reservation. The next day, Captain James Jackson, commanding 40 troops, left Fort Klamath for Captain Jack's camp on Lost River. The troops, reinforced by … Continue reading The Great Lava Bed Wars: Battle of Lost River
The Reno-Sparks NAACP wants the Nevada State Assembly Republican Caucus to vacate its recent election of Sparks Assemblyman Ira Hansen as speaker after 'questionable' comments attributed to him appeared in a Reno paper. The Reno News & Review’s Dennis Myer, who was Nevada’s chief deputy secretary of state under Democrat Governor Bob Miller from 1987 to … Continue reading It Wasn’t the Democrats!
Bill Cosby is an outspoken Democrat. But over the past several years, Cosby has railed against ‘entitled’ Americans for their ‘thuggish’ behavior and for remaining uneducated. Cosby -- since the 60s -- has been telling the truth about society, through the lens of humor. But now he’s on the Progressive ‘hit list’ of political correctness, for calling … Continue reading The Internet Lynching of Bill Cosby
The idea of writing this day feels more like an act of procrastination. It comes from having a number of ideas on the brain and an inability to sort through them, to see which might be most appealing to waste ink over. There are many political ruminations I could consider, but they are like chicken scat on … Continue reading Perhaps
Warning: This article includes graphic material, including naked and violent pictures of murder victims. Bill Schultz of Grass Valley passed away November 27, 2013, in Reno, Nevada. He was born on May 19, 1933, in Salmon, Idaho and grew up in Wells, Nevada. He was also the father of murder victim Tiffany Paige Schultz, the first … Continue reading Piquerism’s Prince
Stop looking to others for happiness. If you’re not happy with who you are on the inside, you won’t be happy in a long-term relationship with anyone else either. You have to create stability in your own life first before you can share it with someone else.
Reno, Nevada’s NBC affiliate, KRNV and their parent company gave a total of $40,000 to Ross Miller, the Democratic candidate for state attorney general in Nevada, but failed to mention this during their coverage of the race. KRNV general manager Amie Chapman told CNS News, “This event has nothing to do with Sinclair Broadcast Group. … Continue reading Nevada Broadcast Company Fails to Disclose Donations to Democratic Candidate
This is a nightmare I had in 1996: Adam and I were in the same lab class in college. The professor turned out to be a mad scientist who was drugging students. He had drugged Adam and was trying to drug me. Adam realized what was happening but I remained confused. Adam followed the professor … Continue reading The Mad Scientist
They keep calling it the “Forgotten War,” or the “Korean Conflict,” but to my father, it was anything but. He was a teenager when he found himself in Korea, serving with the 67th Air Police Squadron. The Korean War was fought from June 25, 1950 until July 27, 1953. It remains unresolved today, as South and … Continue reading Police Action
As Mother Russia grows stronger, the U.S. appears to be getting weaker. Reports say tanks and other military vehicles are pouring over the border from Russia into eastern Ukraine, while the former Soviet Union’s long-range bomber patrols will now include the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico along with California and Alaska. And the Obama … Continue reading The Bear Verses the Eagle
We had driven to Fortuna for the day to visit family. On our way back to Klamath, my folks decided to treat the six of us to dinner at the Sizzler in Eureka, California. This was special as we generally ate whatever snacks Mom made for us in the car. It was less expensive this … Continue reading Getting Don Michaels’ Autograph
Here are two news stories that could easily be confused: “The normally bland face of Uranus has become increasingly stormy, with enormous cloud systems so bright that for the first time ever, amateur astronomers are able to see details in the planet's hazy blue-green atmosphere.” “Reality TV star Kim Kardashian is the cover girl for … Continue reading Butt — the Confusion
There is a secret organization that was formed in 1913 by presidential fiat. It will eventually take control of the U.S. economy because most citizens believe it to be part of the federal government – however it isn’t. Instead, it is a privatized organization that only pretends to be what it isn’t. Furthermore, it is … Continue reading The American Star Chamber
Recently President Obama urged the FCC to adopt tighter regulations on broadband service in an effort to preserve "a free and open Internet." This means treating the Internet as a utility, so IPS’s would be unable "to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas." … Continue reading Net-neutrality and Progressive Stupidity
From first grade through the fifth at Margaret Keating School, in Klamath, California, the boys in my class (and I suspect other classes too) had a strange ritual about the stand-up urinals, in what was called the ‘little kids’ bathroom. They were called that because they were located in the east end of the building … Continue reading Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Baby
2011 I didn’t like the casserole, And I didn’t like her cake. Her biscuits were too hard, Not like my mother used to bake. She didn’t make the coffee right, I didn’t like her stew. She couldn’t fold my pants, Not like mother used to do. She pondered for an answer, She was searching for … Continue reading Like Mother
Accused cop killer Eric Frein, one of the FBI's 10 Most Wanted Fugitives, was captured after a 48-day manhunt in Pennsylvania. He’s now charged with first-degree murder, homicide of a law enforcement officer, attempted murder and possession of weapons of mass destruction. U.S. Marshals Service Task force commander Scott Malkowski told ABC News that once … Continue reading What Happened to Frein’s Face?
As the Center for Disease Control continues to claim Ebola is hard to catch and can’t be transmitted through ‘airborne’ means, the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases handbook, titled “USAMRID’s Medical Management of Biological Casualties Handbook,” warns it can be. From the chapter, “Viral Hemorrhagic Fever,’ -- a category that includes Ebola, -- … Continue reading What the Army says About Ebola
It was a chilly morning, jus’ after midnight, November 8, 1947, when the four Reno Police officers, a Captain, a Sergeant and two detectives, entered the darkened hallway of the Carlton Hotel at 218 North Sierra Street, near where the Ace Motor Lodge now stands. By the time the acrid-smell of the gun smoke cleared, … Continue reading Death Before Daybreak
Last month, a friend from high school disappeared from his apartment in Arcata. The local media put out a standard ‘missing persons’ story based on what the police department issued in a bulletin, but it hasn’t brought him any closer to being brought home. In fact, when I learned Randy Markin had vanished, I wrote … Continue reading The Hunt for Missing Randy Markin
In September 2014, the State of Nevada announced a grand deal with Tesla, which is going to make lithium ion battery at a factory east of the Reno/Sparks area. The same state authorities are now doing their best to shut down the ride-share program, “Uber,” which started operating in Nevada last month. The attempt to … Continue reading Nevada Picks Businesses to Support or Destroy
The breakfast of champions has a new, unforgettable face. Lauren Hill has landed on the front of the Wheaties cereal box. She suffers from an inoperable brain tumor and is a freshman at tiny NCAA Division III Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati. Her dying wish was to step onto a college basketball court. She scored the … Continue reading A Real ‘Living’ Hero
Nevada turned 150-years-old on Halloween. I would love to buy myself one of those silver cowboy belt buckles that commemorates the anniversary. I bought one when the state was but 125-years-old in 1989. As I wrote this down, I realized the dichotomy of the situation and found myself chuckling. That’s because I realized due to the … Continue reading Dichotomy of the Belt Buckle
Final election results were delayed Tuesday night and were not posted until early Wednesday morning. Jus’ more electoral hanky-panky involving Secretary of State Ross Miller’s office? I'll let you decide. Washoe County's Registrar of Voters said this: "State software having trouble reading files for final verification of absentee ballots. Registrar's office is working with software … Continue reading Nevada’s 2014 Election Results Delayed
It's been over eight-years now since being fired for personally blogging my political opinion while working as a newspaper reporter. Labeled 'unethical,' I was subject of conversation at the local university and the world-wide web. I honestly don't think a reporter should be separated from their opinion, but I also believe it is up to the reporter to … Continue reading The Mixing of Personal Politics and Professional Reporting
KRNV reporter Terri Hendry made this observation via Twitter during the mid-term election celebration’s in Reno: “At GOP headquarters at the Peppermill, FOX is on the TV. At Dem headquarters, it's MSNBC. No surprises there.” Obviously, neither party has learned anything...
Stop trying to buy happiness. Many of the things we desire are expensive. But the truth is, the things that really satisfy us are totally free. Love, laughter and working on our passions.
A Democrat friend of mine asked in an email: “What are you going to complain about if the GOP takes both the Senate and House?” I don’t think she expected the answer I gave her. “Plenty, since most Republicans in Washington DC are no better or worse than Democrats in Washington DC," I responded. "The … Continue reading Welcome to Your 2014 Mid-term Election
Senator Harry Reid told Reno's KRNV in April 2014, “This is not over,” following the stand-off at the Bundy Ranch. He wasn't kidding having introduced a bill to seize nearly 1 million acres of Nevada -- including land involving the Bundy Ranch. "...Reid last month introduced legislation to withdraw 805,100 acres of federal land in Garden Valley and Coal Valley straddling … Continue reading Harry Reid Goes After the Bundy Ranch, Again
"It's so cold, that I can hardly feel my feet and my fingers hurt when I bend them. But continue pressing on. I've decided to stay as close to 395 as possible, while avoiding the towns along the way -- people marauding and looting. Several times over the past several days, I've seen large military … Continue reading Harkening: The Regathering
Four days later, Kyle walked up onto our porch. He looked tired and said he was hungry, so we fed him what we had available. Since our water no longer ran, I felt fortunate that I had set up a rain barrel two years before the E-M-P. Kyle drank three Mason jars full before he felt … Continue reading Harkening: The Losing