Archive for April, 2008

Done Deal

What is with the crap that fat guy on MSNBC is spouting off about? Does he really think that voters in North Carolina or Indiana are really still thinking about who they are going to vote for?Really?I doubt it.The make up of the State is hugely importa…

Hey Look! We’re a Red State Again!

I LOVE the bullcrap that the hairpulling throwdown between O and C is “good for the Party”. That is like saying having HIV is good for you because it makes you eat better.Look at this: SCARY MAPAll I can say is, it didn’t have to be like this. I suspec…

Ron Paul and the Nevada Republican Convention Fiasco

Traditionally, Nevada’s political conventions have been a relatively staid and sparsely attended affair. Since the results are usually a formality, as the nominee is almost always anointed by the time the Silver State comes together, these meetings are mainly for the party faithful who do the heavy lifting during the year. In other words, a small minority.

But whenever you have the combination of low attendance and a rabid base, funny things can happen. That’s what occurred Saturday in Reno with the Nevada GOP convention when Ron Paul supporters swamped the Peppermill and forced a a vote that gave them a chance to snare a good number of national delegates. In the end, though, the convention was cancelled before the final selection of delegates was completed.

Here’s a wrap up of what actually happened from a variety of local sources, including the much-maligned, at least in some circles, Bob Beers:

And some non-Nevadan impressions:

The End of The Second Gilded Age?

Wow, Steve Fraser’s “The Gilded Age, Past and Present” is a scary read.  I highly recommend it.

The Dean of Nevada

Why is this guy our Congressman? Does God Really Hate Reno?Earthquakes, Wind Storms and Dean Heller.Yep. Looks like He does.

The Dame Squealed

Down at the bar yesterday, the boys were talking about our Governor. The word floating around out there, is that when Dawn Gibbons was interviewed by the FBI earlier this year about the activities of her “upstanding” husband when he was our Congressman…

Life in the Land of Earthquakes

First of all, I thought when I moved from Northern California to Nevada, where nothing ever happens except for Vegas, where whatever happens there magically stays there anyway… I would completely leave the whole Bay Area earthquake thing behind. Turns out, Nevada is the number three state behind Alaska and California for earthquake activity, which [...]

KOLO Covers GOP Convention Disaster

Interesting how KOLO makes it look like it was not the mess it was.

First Lady Dawn Gibbons Occupies Nevada Governor’s Mansion

I know it’s par for the traditional gender roles course for the wife to occupy the home of past marital bliss, but in this case, when the home is Nevada’s governor’s mansion, shouldn’t the Governor Gibbons retain occupancy of the residence?  This seems particularly true when it is the citizens of Nevada who are paying [...]

Ron Paul Supporters Shutdown Nevada GOP Convention

Another do over Nevada convention–this time on the GOP side.  Ron Paul supporters took over the Nevada GOP convention. Convention Chair Bob Beers was booed and escorted from the premises surrounded by armed security. From the AP: Outmaneuvered by raucous Ron Paul supporters, Nevada Republican Party leaders abruptly shut down their state convention and now [...]

McCain Needs A Little Education

He’s kidding right?  McCain opposes the equal pay measure because it would result in more lawsuits?  Nice logic.  Perhaps we should stop protecting all kinds of rights because of all the trouble they cause?  Like the right to own a gun for instance?  Or the right to free assembly?  Or the right not to be [...]

The Big MacChicken

Granted, this has nothing to do with politics, unless you want to try and use it as a metaphor for a candidate pandering to two distinct constituencies (in this case, the great chicken vs. beef debate).

But, in reality, we just wanted to draw attention to this monstrosity and the man who not only created it, but actually attempted to eat the Big MacChicken.

Take three McDonald’s McChickens, one Big Mac, ditch the bread and prepare for a saturated fat (but low carb!) assault on your digestive tract.

But how did it taste? We’ll let him describe the experience.

With the first bite I found myself going through a crunchy/juicy layer after layer and the texture was to die for. Everything just worked. Clouds split as a bright ray of sunshine beamed down to my table. The elderly couple a few tables over started playing a harp as a unicorn walked by during my second bite. I was in heaven for a few seconds then the guilt hit me. Was I really doing this? 4 sandwiches at once? I had to stop. There was no way I could finish this monster.

Of course, 35 minutes later there was this reaction:

Thoughts of running to the restroom to vomit are racing through my head … Is it really my stomach that is aching or am I psychologically telling myself to vomit. All I know is that my mind is telling me that the sandwich was absolutely delicious but my body is rejecting it.

Ron Paul Rally and Convention Speech

Will Ron Paul devotees manage to successfully crash Nevada’s GOP convention this weekend?

A combination of a Paul visit, his hyper-enthusiastic base and the fact that caucus-winner Mitt Romney is no more, could make for some surprises this Saturday at the Peppermill in Reno. Especially since Paul supporters seem to be the only ones actually planning for the event.

Besides a scheduled convention speech by the Texas congressman, the lone presidential candidate slated to appear, Paul also will attend a pre-convention rally/party Friday night at Wooster High.

Don’t Gamble On Gold Butte

This picture was from our recent Gold Butte Weekend BBQ with the theme – “Don’t Gamble on Gold Butte”. While enjoying the great food, beer, and company, we took a few minutes to discuss a recent report from Campaign for America’s Wilderness that highlights Gold Butte as one of the most threatened areas in the [...]

Ripples in Our Local Market

Is it just me, or does the 5:30 commute on 395 from South Reno to I-80 seem lighter to you these days? Yesterday I had lunch with some colleagues at a an upscale restaurant in South Reno. I arrived at noon and ended up waiting a half hour as the rest of my party was [...]