Jake Highton

Jake Highton
Reno, USA
January 01
Jake Highton is an emeritus journalism professor at the Reynolds School of Journalism in Reno, Nevada.


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First bad idea. Obama pushes the main mission of his presidency: perpetual war.

Asking Congress to approve the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), he trips over his own lofty rhetoric as he often does.  He denies wanting endless war. He denies wanting theRead full post »


My contempt for academia increases with every professor’s book I read.

Writing by professors is long-winded and pedantic. The professoriate never uses simple words, preferring important-sounding words like trope, template and counter-intuitive. They all have a PhD, the grand and gloriou… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 16, 2015 3:43PM

Francis: ‘like any old pope”

 Pope Francis talks and acts a good game. He’s open, friendly, accessible, frank, folksy, down-to-earth, likeable and humble.

A cover story by Time magazine named him “man of the year” even though he had made no major reforms. Catholic writer Garry Wills writes a twisted dRead full post »

FEBRUARY 6, 2015 1:30PM

God did not die. God was a lie.

From Lucretius in Roman times to today’s books, “The God Delusion” by Richard Dawkins and “The End of Faith” by Sam Harris, thinkers and writers have tried to answer the greatest intellectual question: is there a God?

Some are skeptical but the vast majority ofRead full post »

JANUARY 22, 2015 3:02PM

Islamic jihadists insane

Allahu akbar! (God is great)

Screams by Muslim terrorists during their deadly homage to Allah.

Surely it is a great god that applauds the massacre of Charlie Hebdo staffers at the French houseRead full post »

JANUARY 16, 2015 3:04PM

Obama Cuban move awfully late

President Obama often does the right thing but is terribly laggard about doing it

Recently he wisely decided to normalize relations with Cuba, extending diplomatic recognition and expanding travel and trade to the Caribbean island nation. But he should have done… Read full post »

JANUARY 9, 2015 4:06PM

Black shooting toll grim

You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear…to hate all the people your relatives hate.

--From “South Pacific” by Rodgers and Hammerstein

It has long been open hunting season in America for police to kill and beat up African… Read full post »

JANUARY 3, 2015 9:39AM

CIA’s torture debases U.S.

The United States has many shameful deeds in its history, from stealing Native American lands, the horrors of slavery and its constant invasions, bombings, assassinations and interventions in foreign nations.

Now comes the Senate report on CIA torture. This abomination makes you weep with… Read full post »

DECEMBER 20, 2014 7:35AM

'Silent Spring' redux

Another ‘Silent Spring’ feared


The sedge has withered from the lake / And no birds sing.

 --“La Belle Dame Sans Merci” by Keats

                    &nbs… Read full post »

I could show my prowess, be a lion not a mouse, if I only had the nerve!

                                     &nbRead full post »

NOVEMBER 14, 2014 7:13PM

Midterms -- nation the real loser

The midterm election was a disaster, the Republicans seizing control of the Senate and increasing their majority in the House. The nation is the real loser.

Abandon all hope of getting even mildly liberal legislation passed by such reactionary cretins.

Nevertheless, immigration reform is now lik… Read full post »

OCTOBER 31, 2014 2:55PM

GOP demands voter ID

Leading the war on voting is the Republican Party, reactionary to the core.

 Since 2011, voting restrictions were introduced in 41 states. They passed in 19 of them. The target of all these roadblocks to democracy: blacks, Latinos and the poor, who historically vote heavily for… Read full post »

OCTOBER 17, 2014 6:54PM

Dissenting hallowed U.S. tradition

The most precious American freedoms are often carved out by brave souls who dare go against the grain of established practices.

One such brave soul was Lillian Gobitis as a Pennsylvania seventh grader in 1935. Gobitis, who died recently, refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, igniting… Read full post »

OCTOBER 3, 2014 1:08PM

Vast secretive empire

Washington has developed a silent empire, a fourth branch of government alongside the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court: the national security state.

Tom Engelhardt, news analyst for Truthout, writes: “Its main characteristic is an unquenchable urge to expand its power and reach… Read full post »

Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, By Reza Aslan
Random House, 216 pages, 2013   

Forged: Writing in the Name of God, By Bart D. Ehrman
HarperOne, 263 pages, 2011

Books about Lincoln and Jesus are automatic best sellers even when they are as poorly written as these two.… Read full post »

AUGUST 31, 2014 11:09AM

Vote could free Scotland from Britain

Scotland should vote for independence Sept. 18, throwing off the yoke of Great Britain. The Brits have trampled the will of the Scottish people for three centuries.

Independence means the Edinburgh Parliament can set its own tax rate  and raise taxes as needed. Without independence, the Scott… Read full post »

AUGUST 31, 2014 11:08AM

Mormons hate questions

"God is love."

--I John 4:8

Many church authorities face questions from parishioners, not out of malice, but from difficult questions they have about their faith. But does any other religion excommunicate, sanction and shun its questioning adherents as the Mormon Church does?

Kane Kelly,… Read full post »

AUGUST 21, 2014 4:58PM

Nobelist wars in Iraq

President Obama heaps irony on irony. The Nobel Peace Prize winner has just re-invaded Iraq and is trying to topple the government of Cuba.

First Iraq. The Great Liberal Betrayer returned to Iraq with air strikes, ground troops and advisers. All of Iraq’s immense problems were… Read full post »

AUGUST 13, 2014 12:37AM

U.S. backs Israeli crimes

Words, words, words.

--Hamlet’s reply when Polonius asked what he was reading

The State Department condemned the recent Israeli strike on a United Nations school in Gaza, declaring it was “appalled by the disgraceful act.” The White House also harshly criticized the strike.

Thos… Read full post »

AUGUST 13, 2014 12:36AM

Judge wrong about tenure

Judges are so important for making sure that all Americans receive social justice. Look at how state laws against gay marriage have been cut down repeatedly by federal courts.

But judges are not infallible. An example is the wrong-headed ruling recently by Judge Rolf Treu… Read full post »

AUGUST 13, 2014 12:34AM

Rape haunts campuses

Rape, dating violence and stalking haunt college campuses but ending them is difficult.

First of all, university investigators are afraid to talk openly about the problem for fear of giving the school a bad name and hence reducing enrollment. Compounding the difficulty is that administrators… Read full post »

JULY 21, 2014 6:15PM

Turnabout is fair play

All they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

 --Matthew 26:52


Brazilian fans anguished over two crushing defeats of their football team in the 2014 World Cup but it was just retribution for roughhouse play.

Brazil committed more fouls than any other team.… Read full post »

JULY 14, 2014 8:44PM

Absurd court rulings

No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body.

 -- Margaret Sanger

The Supreme Court ended its term with a reactionary bang, the five male Catholic justices declaring that corporations do not have to provide contraceptive insurance to employees because it violates… Read full post »

JULY 8, 2014 12:17AM

G.W. Bush’s ‘4th term’

A headline over an article in Truthout said it all about the stewardship of President Obama: “G.W. Bush’s fourth term continues at Guantánamo with torture, secret renditions and indefinite detention.”

The analytical piece by Adam Hudson makes it clear the Bush policies s… Read full post »

JULY 8, 2014 12:16AM

Revolutionary $15 minimum wage

Big cities like San Francisco seeking higher pay for their workers got a tremendous boost recently when the Seattle City Council passed a measure calling for a $15 minimum wage, the highest standard in the nation.

While the pay hike has incremental stages and different tracks for… Read full post »