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Night of the Living Dead in Las Vegas (Part 1)

Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 in Blog, Essays, Las Vegas, Personal | 1 comment

 

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Meeting Dr. Werner Spitz, the father of modern forensic pathology

 

Forensic pathologists have the coolest patients.

That’s just one of several jokes I heard at the annual conference of forensic pathologists’ held here in Las Vegas a few nights ago.

Forensic pathologists study dead people.  Their objective is to determine cause of death.  Popular culture knows this squeamish science mostly through popular television shows like “CSI.”  However, forensic pathology involves far more than prodding corpses, probing for gunshot wounds, and sawing off skulls to examine brain tissue.  As I would gradually come to discover, forensics have become the new frontier of law and order, bolstering the justice portion of the “criminal justice” system, while also sometimes igniting controversy and framing much of what we know of current events.  Impartial to politics of sentiment, it’s findings can trigger murder charges, free the innocent, and even assuage the boiling tinder of race riots.  At it’s core, forensics can also be the emotional salve of truth for survivors of the deceased, who may wonder what really happened to their friends and loved ones.  Forensics is the dispensation of peace.

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Why Was Chad Holloway Not Nominated for an American Poker Award?

Posted by on Feb 24, 2016 in Blog, Essays, General Poker, Personal, World Series of Poker | 1 comment

 

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I’ve decided to pass on attending this year’s American Poker Awards, to be held in Los Angeles this weekend.

There are a number of reasons for this, which I won’t get into at the moment.  I do want to express my support for the idea of handing out awards to those who have improved the game and for recognizing players and insiders who have made significant contributions over a certain period of time.

Are awards like this frivolous?  Perhaps they are.  But since just about every other business, sport, and art form honors its super achievers and icons, then so too should we.  Even science, mathematics, economics, and literature indulge in their very own annual awards ceremonies.  Poker, which is played by about 100 million people worldwide, rightly deserves a special night of spectacle, and the APA’s creators and organizers — Alex Dreyfus in particular — deserves our appreciation for making this happen.

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What is Hillary Clinton Hiding?

Posted by on Feb 24, 2016 in Blog, Essays, Politics, What's Left | 3 comments

 

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I’ll begin my diatribe with the usual disclaimer.

New readers joining the fray might assume from my accusatory question masquerading as a blog headline that I’m one of those bug-eyed Hillary-bashing right-wing dick swingers who’s been poking along for any crack they can find in the formidable Clinton armor, sensing the scent of tainted blood to feed their inner vampires of hate.  I’m not.

Give Clinton credit.  A shitload of credit.  Her scandals by the dirty dozen and detractors by the militant millions haven’t managed to lay so much as limp-wristed glove on America’s pant-suited rendition of the Iron Lady.  The goons and gremlins have spent 25 mostly fruitless years hurling pointless investigations, frantic witch hunts, and fabricated jello fights mostly fueled by misogynistic lunatics who spend weekends burying gold coins out in the back yard and stockpiling canned food.  If anything, if nothing else, Clinton’s proven to be one tough-as-nails battle-ax who can take a punch with the best and then clinch her fist and fire two back with a set of brass knuckles.  She clearly brighter and has bigger balls than any Republican in the field.  In many ways, she’s almost an ideal presidential candidate.

However….

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The Day I Met Jesse Owens

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in Blog, Essays, Personal | 4 comments

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There’s a new movie out right now, titled “Race.”  It’s the life story of Jesse Owens, the Olympic legend and 4-time gold medal winner best known for his astounding accomplishments at the 1936 Olympiad, which were held in Berlin under the shadow of grandiose Nazi pageantry.

From critics’ reviews, the movie is won’t be shattering any world records.  I have no plans to go see it.  It’s quite sad that the life of one of the greatest athletes of the last century was reduced to a muddled mess that will likely end up on Showtime by the end of March.  [LISTEN TO THE PODCAST AT PAUL HARRIS’ WEBSITE HERE…it’s terrific]

Owens died in 1980.  But he remains an intriguing figure in history for what he experienced and endured not just in track and field, but in society as presumably one of America’s “heroes.”

I had the great honor of meeting Mr. Owens in person, once.  That occasion took place back in 1976, four years before his death.  Permit me to tell you that story.

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What a Presidential Candidate’s Net Worth Reveals….

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in Blog, Essays, Politics, What's Left | 2 comments

 

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Everyone says they want to elect an honest politician.  Bullshit.  You fucking hypocrites.

Rarely does a politician come around who hasn’t pigged out at the political trough and enriched themselves. One finally comes around in the 2016 race, and most of the electorate are busy shilling for millionaires.

Wake the fuck up, or quit bitching about dishonest politicians, and then re-electing them time and time again.

 

(Okay, so this was to be my lead in to the following article.  Now, I’ll try and be more civil and present a reasonable argument and play nice…..)

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My Experience at the Nevada Democratic Party Precinct Caucus

Posted by on Feb 21, 2016 in Blog, Essays, Personal, Politics, What's Left | 9 comments

 

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Introduction to an Overly Long, Admittedly Self-Indulgent, Highly-Detailed, and Occasionally Funny Story of My Nevada Caucus Experience 

Saturday morning, I attended the Nevada State Democratic Party caucus for Precinct #6672, which covers The Lakes section of Greater Las Vegas.

My precinct includes mostly single-family homes, plus some nice condos and a few apartment complexes in the area just north of Desert Inn and west of Durango.  For those unfamiliar with Las Vegas, that’s about 7 miles off the Strip, heading west towards Summerlin.

Democracy in action.

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Why I’m Supporting Bernie Sanders in the Nevada Caucus

Posted by on Feb 19, 2016 in Blog, Essays, Politics, What's Left | 4 comments

 

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It’s no surprise I’m supporting Bernie Sanders for president.

Now the eve of the Nevada State Democratic Party precinct caucuses coming up this Saturday, Feb. 20th, I’ll explain why I’m backing Sen. Sanders and make an argument he’s the best candidate in the race, not only for progressives, but for our nation’s future.

In a culture where cynicism dominates the national dialectic, in which an overwhelming majority of Americans have lost faith in government — like so many others — I too hunger for a renaissance of optimism.  To realize this most noble ambition, authenticity and integrity matter.  Who is best suited to deliver on questions of authenticity and integrity?  I believe that answer is obvious.

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“Fail, Caesar” (Coen Brothers Drop Another Bomb)

Posted by on Feb 15, 2016 in Blog, Essays, Movie Reviews | 3 comments

 

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“Hail, Caesar!” is a cringe worthy two hours of excruciating boredom, a thoroughly aimless and fruitless trial of audience perseverance, haphazardly bundled into an incomprehensible splotch of snippets sure to stain an otherwise stellar legacy of previous films produced, written, and directed by the Coen Brothers, a.k.a. Ethan Coen and Joel Coen.

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2016 Grammy Awards Thoughts and Picks

Posted by on Feb 15, 2016 in Blog, Essays, Music and Concert Reviews | 0 comments

 

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If you were around last year at this time, you witnessed one of the most impressive instances of special events handicapping in quite some time.

Matt Lessinger, who has appeared here frequently as my guest on this site (usually giving out picks on boxing, Mixed-Martial Arts, Oscars, Grammys), successfully rattled off an astoundingly perfect night at the 2015 Grammy Awards, picking several winners including a 10-1 shot as “Album of the Year.”  That’s as amazing a feat as you will see on a public forum and is far better analysis than anything which appears on the conventional entertainment programs which tout “expert advice.”   This is just one reason Lessinger appeared on National Public Radio (NPR) a few years ago, evaluating all the major categories.

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