- Reno, USA
- January 01
- Jake Highton is an emeritus journalism professor at the Reynolds School of Journalism in Reno, Nevada.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Dissenting hallowed U.S.
October 17, 2014 06:54PM
- Vast secretive empire
October 03, 2014 01:08PM
- New Jesus books bore, rehash,
September 19, 2014 05:22PM
- Vote could free Scotland from
August 31, 2014 11:09AM
- Mormons hate questions
August 31, 2014 11:08AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Dear Ms. Sneed: Your
comment about "I am a Jew"
November 28, 2010 01:58PM
- “To Lainey: which is
nonrestrictive, that is
November 23, 2010 01:52PM
- “To Peter Winkler: Follow
Strunk-White 95 percent of the
Don't follow S/W
November 22, 2010 05:50PM
- “Dear Professor
are absolutely correct.
Instead of saying
November 17, 2010 02:21PM
- “Sean: The Mainstream
Media is more than half of
what is wrong
April 06, 2010 12:03PM
Jake Highton's Links
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 »
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 »
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 »
"God is love."
--I John 4:8Many 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
-- 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 »
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 »
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 »
There is no such thing as a moral or immoral book. Books are well written or badly written. --Oscar Wilde
LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER
By D.H. Lawrence
Introduction by Mark Schorer and letter from Archibald MacLeis… Read full post »
Such is case of the recent bestowal of sainthood on a bad pope: John Paul II.
Maureen Dowd, columnist for the New… Read full post »
But Proverbs 16:18 reminds us: “Pride goeth before destruction and a haughty… Read full post »
"No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money."
--Samuel Johnson, 18th century lexicographer and essayist, in Boswell’s biography.
I am a blockhead. For two years I wrote a weekly column for the Sparks Tribune of Nevada for nothing.
Some readers of the Tribune may feel that… Read full post »
Stevens book misfires
&n… Read full post »
Kerry was seeking the impossible: a peace agreement between Israel and Palestine. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu does… Read full post »
Take Edwin Kagin. He “didn’t die” elsewhere yet the Times… Read full post »
Peter Matthiessen, who died earlier this month, was a man of many talents: littérateur, journalist, environmentalist, explorer, Zen Buddhist and professional fisherman.
The one thing he lacked: integrity. He founded the Paris Review, a magazine devoted to new fiction and poetry, in the… Read full post »
His “straddle dance,” as columnist Jim Hightower recently put it, to characterize Obama as a centrist has been rendered obsolete. Obama, the newly unveiled right-winger,… Read full post »
One fact alone settles the argument about unionism and pay for college basketball and football athletes: John Calipari got a $150,000 bonus because Kentucky reached the Final Four of the March Madness basketball tournament.
Aaron Harrison calmly made the crucial three-point shot with 2.6… Read full post »
The reason… Read full post »
has the inalienable right to donate $3.6 million to politicians.
--Gail Collins in a sardonic comment in her New York Times column
The Supreme Court is still doing its dirty work. It doesn’t interpret… Read full post »