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As a lifetime resident of Northern Nevada (also known as Nevada), I've seen quite a bit of change. In addition to the tremendous change in size and the uncontrolled urban sprawl, I've seen conspicuous attacks on Nevada's values and traditions. These attacks often come from people who move here from California, since they are converging on the Reno area rapidly. Those who make the attacks are fleeing high home prices, excessive taxes and crime. They come to Reno and begin to vote to make Nevada just like the places they fled. In addition to the flagrant attack by outsiders, we are constantly under the thumb of a corrupt city government. Both Reno and Sparks often find themselves at the mercy of the City Council and citizens have no way to defend themselves. I know no one reads this stuff and even fewer people care, but it's a type of relief to talk about things I'm passionate about. I'd love to hear your thoughts, whether you agree with me or not. Send me a message and let me know what you think! Brad

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The 2016 Election: Part III

Welcome to the third and final part of this uninformed series. There’s a saying: “Don’t talk politics and religion.” I believe this is nonsense. These are two of the most important things for us to discuss. I don’t believe we can just argue and complain, though. Discussion should be thoughtful and productive. As long as...
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The 2016 Election – Part II

Thank you for coming along with me to part II. I’m under no delusions that what I write is of consequence. I’m kind of hoping that you are. Previously, we discussed why Trump is a terrible nominee and why the Trumpkins are indistinguishable from Obama’s supporters. This is all part of one giant ball of...
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The 2016 Election – Part I

A couple of months ago I sat down and collected my thoughts about the 2016 election and the insanity that is Donald Trump. I never got around to posting what I wrote for a variety of reasons, but mostly because it doesn’t matter. It may seem like I’m wallowing in the hopelessness of it all,...
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What is Voter Suppression?

It occurs to me that I may not understand what “voter suppression” is. While picking up a book at the library, I was approached by a man collecting petition signatures. The petition appeared to be for this initiative, which would automatically register people to vote while doing business at the DMV unless they specifically opted-out....
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Can We Agree to Disagree Without Being Disagreeable?

Today #HB1523 is trending on Twitter. Reactions range from “this is legalized discrimination” to “thanks for standing up for the First Amendment”. Of course, this is just another battle in a misguided war. I gave a quick treatment to this topic a couple of years ago. The argument hasn’t changed much, but that’s never stopped me from talking....
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For the Record: Why I Voted for Cruz

It’s easy to trash Trump and his supporters. It feels pretty good, too. Unfortunately, it doesn’t do any good. I’m going on record to say why I voted for Ted Cruz in the Nevada Caucus. The most important issue for me is integrity. I know that Trump has a “Lyin’ Ted Cruz” narrative going, but...
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GOP Debates (America’s Plague)

Against my better judgement, I sat and watched most of the GOP debate tonight. Then, in an act of masochism, I followed along on Twitter as ABC tortured America. It seemed a bit duplicitous to badger the candidates with questions about waterboarding while subjecting viewers to this spectacle. My discomfort started with the GOP tweeters...
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Trump Redux – More Crazy Pills

Today is a big day in the 2016 Presidential Election. Today, Iowa is caucusing and America gets its first official glimpse at the sordid road that we will travel together in 2016. This morning I caught a few minutes of Rush Limbaugh and heard an exchange where a caller made an impassioned plea for Donald...
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Voting for Trump (Clear Conscience Not Included)

Do you feel like you’re going crazy? I do. People I thought I knew are ripping away their masks and revealing that they are not, as they led me to believe, human, but rather some kind of weird flesh-eating zombie martians. Well, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. I’d be less surprised if that were...
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Why I Don’t Heart Common Core

If you aren’t familiar with Common Core by now then there’s not much I can do to help you. I don’t want to beat a dead horse, but it’s dead and the activity can be fantastic for relieving stress. Now that I’ve thought about it I’ve changed my mind. I’ve decided to beat a dead...
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You and the Elected Representatives Ruling Class

I’m finding that life is often complicated by life. I want to be here showering the world with drivel, but this can be a challenging challenge. To apply a serious thought to a trite matter, “the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” But enough excuses. I’m here now and ready to extract...
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Happy Sesquicentennial Birthday, Nevada!

Today marks the glorious sesquicentennial for the magnificent state of Nevada. To mark this momentous occasion we’ve arranged for “legal” Nevada Day to coincide with actual Nevada Day. You may remember that Nevada was admitted into the Union on the last Friday in October, 1864. You see, they wanted to ensure that the creation of...
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Do You Have an Impeach-mint? Perhaps some Binaca?

The case for impeachment can easily be made, especially when President Obama is embroiled in so many scandals that it’s almost impossible to keep track of them all. That said, I can’t figure out why people like Sarah Palin are calling for impeachment. What purpose would it serve? As much as this president deserves to be...
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ALERT: Students FORCED to go to college and take on debt!

I’ve been struggling for a while now. I’ve been asking myself many of the same questions all of us ask. Who am I? Where did I come from? Where am I going? What flavor of wings should I order today? Honestly, it’s not quite that dramatic. Not quite. But I have been suffering a crisis...
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Right On Cue! “Musicians Sing for a Cause That’s Their Own”

As if they felt the burning need to respond to my last post about musicians and royalties, The New York Times joined the chorus of those complaining about how darn unfair royalties are. You can read their blurb here, but I’ll give you a couple of my favorite lines. Marc Ribot declares that “[the creation of...
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The Whining of the Musicians

So, it seems like the cool thing to do lately is complain about how little musicians make in royalty payments. These stories keep popping-up on Facebook and usually feature pictures of bank statements with ridiculously low royalty payments. Next to the pictures are captions like, “Britney Spears only made .15 from ‘Oops!…I Did It Again’ even...
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Separation of Church and State – The One Way Street

Yet another “separation of church and state” item popped-up in the news yesterday. The Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent a letter to the the School of Engineering and Arts in Golden Valley, MN, threatening to sue the school. The issue seems to be that the school takes its students on field trips to the Calvary Lutheran Church to...
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KOH KO’d? Reno’s Heavyweight Champion Takes a Punch

Bad news for KOH. As predicted previously, Nielsen Audio market data released today shows that KRNO (106.9) took the top spot with a rating of 8.2. KOH slipped to 7.6. I’m not sure how long KOH has been in the top spot, but it’s been YEARS. Is this the result of Cumulus pummeling the station?...
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Does CNN Wonder Why No One Takes Them Seriously Anymore?

Unlike “Faux News”, CNN brings you only the hard news that matters. Like “how @FLOTUS uses her style to move a nation.” BAM! Happy birthday, Michelle Obama! Take a look at how @FLOTUS uses her style to move a nation: http://t.co/EqhQKvF6q5 pic.twitter.com/ywxQWjUVQL — CNN (@CNN) January 17, 2014...
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A Modern-day Flood. Boo.

Previously on NevadaBrad.com: I lamented – but didn’t necessarily disapprove of – the fact that most of Nevada’s representatives are not from Nevada. After griping, I noticed that the horse was still moving so this is an attempt to give it a proper and final beating (settle down, it’s just a wild horse). First, a...
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Obama and the Pride of Having a Job

I can’t name a time where I met an American who would rather have an unemployment check than the pride of having a job.Barack Obama So says our supreme leader, President Barack Obama (mmm, mmm, mmm). At face value I find this a little hard to believe; however, since he’s the most accomplished wordsmith of our time...
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The Great Radio Shake-up of 2013/2014

It’s a new year. A time for more nonsensical literary meanderings. I’ve disqualified myself from discussing the state of Reno radio on a couple of occasions, primarily because I don’t listen like I used to. I generally pedal to work for seven or eight months of the year and this definitely affects how I tune in...
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SB303 and the Great Representatives of Nevada!

First of all, let’s stop with this ridiculous “undocumented immigrant” tripe. While reporting about the “Driver Authorization Cards” I heard KRNV painfully and awkwardly report about “undocumented immigrants”. They’re not the only ones, though. If you want to see a headline, check out this one from KOLO TV: “Illegal Immigrants Are Now Legal Drivers”. Of...
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Bully Those with Whom You Disagree!

There’s a group out there that you’ve almost certainly never heard of. The purpose of this group is to bully businesses who advertise during Rush Limbaugh’s radio program. The group is ignorant and impotent at best, hateful at worst. Their modus operandi is basically this: they collect the names of businesses (mostly local, mind you) who...
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It’s Pointed at You…What Do You Do?

Have you stopped to consider the danger you’re in every day? Everywhere you go, you’re surrounded by loaded weapons. Almost everyone you know brings one to work. Even teenagers are taking them to school. In many cases kids have access to weapons that were provided to them by their parents. Weapons that are always aimed...
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107.3 KNEWS Officially Launched – Glenn Beck Returns to Reno!

As reported several weeks ago, there is indeed a new news talk station in the Reno market. Shamrock Communications launched 107.3 KNEWS last week and the lineup looks pretty good. Here’s the official lineup (courtesy of our friend “Ben”): Glenn Beck, Mike Huckabee, Michael Smerconish, Sean Patrick, Rusty Humphries, Clark Howard, Neal Boortz and Overnight...
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Will You Make Government Your God? The Case Against Mormons Supporting Obama

The election is less than a week away and it’s time that we address the abominable Harry Reid. There are a few reasons this is necessary. First, Gregory A. Prince wrote an article in which he bragged about how little he knows about Mormonism. One of his claims is that Romney has somehow “sullied” Mormonism....
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Glenn Beck, Sean Patrick to Return to Reno Radio? Oh, Sweetness…

So, as I abandon local talk radio that’s when things start to become interesting. KOH, the previously uncontested champion, has been slowly slipping away. The acquisition by Cumulus did little to stanch the bleeding. In fact, Cumulus may be exacerbating the situation. Or they might even have caused the situation. 99.1 FM Talk was doing...
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Reid Fundamentally Disconnected from LDS church and Nevada

Congratulations, Harry Reid. You’ve gone from being a lawyer to being a politician to being a really bad politician to being veritable scum of the earth. Interestingly, Harry Reid recently decided that, as self-elected mouthpiece for the Mormon church, he has the obligation to spread lies and bear false witness against Mitt Romney. He also...
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You Didn’t Build That: Mystery Solved!

Ever wonder why Obama made the now infamous “you didn’t build that” comment? It seemed weird at the time, but I figured it out. If you are not responsible for your successes then Obama is not responsible for his failures. For example, consider this potential exchange: Fictitious and Unlikely Reporter: “Mr President. Don’t you feel responsible...
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Radio Withdrawal

Arbitron released the Spring 2012 market ratings a while back, but the information is becoming increasingly uninteresting. In summary, KKOH continues to drop like a rock. They posted 8.5, which means that they could easily be surpassed by one of the music stations in the near future. This is their fourth consecutive drop and the...
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ObamaTax and the Enslaving of America

What more can be said about the Supreme Court’s abominable decision last week regarding ObamaTax? Don’t worry, I’ll find something to say whether it’s worthwhile or not. Two things occurred to me as I’ve been listening to the discussion. First, I realized just how close-minded those on the left are. Those on the right can...
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Free Prose – Nothing to Read Here

As the messages and comments continue to come in, it’s clear that Bill Manders continues to be a hot topic. Admittedly, I didn’t listen to Manders much when he was on KOH. Then again, I didn’t listen to KOH much at all. I’ve listened to Manders more since he came over to 99.1 FM Talk...
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Whiners and Winners

Republicans tend to get flustered when it comes to picking a candidate. It seems to be a much easier task for Democrats (“Would a dead person vote for this candidate?”). I admit that I struggle a bit myself; however, it usually doesn’t take long before the choice is apparent. Consider the crybabies (hereafter referred to...
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Burned by The Blaze

I’ve always been a big fan of Glenn Beck and the wares that he peddles. TheBlaze.com is one of the products that I’ve loved since it was first launched. Several weeks ago the site introduced annoying pop-up ads that jump out when you click anything on the page. They aren’t even good ads. They are...
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The Walmart Condition

There are some great things about Walmart, but, unfortunately, the people there are not among them. Whether dealing with unhappy workers or hostile shoppers, the experience can be downright unpleasant. Shoppers generally seem to be in their own world and refuse to recognize that others exist. Have you ever encountered these types? People who stop...
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It’s Tuesday and It’s Super

It’s Super Tuesday and today will be the day that defines several people’s futures. In a way, the whole process is maddening. But at the same time it’s like a really good Super Bowl. At least I image that’s what it’s like. I don’t watch much sports. Some of the things I’ve been wondering during...
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Return of the Ratings

After a two-year hiatus from talking about the ratings in the talk radio market, it’s time to jump back in. Without me here to express my witless insight it seems like the stations are falling apart. So, here we go… As of this week Bill Manders is back and new life is breathed into talk...
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Intrigue and Change in Reno Radio: Part II

KOH is not the only station that appears to be looking for the right rhythm. 99.1 FM Talk has also been making a lot of changes. In April, the station upgraded to 50,000 watts and also added Sean Patrick to the lineup. Recently, the station dropped Glenn Beck and put Laura Ingraham on in his...
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Intrigue and Change in Reno Radio: Part I

It seems that now would be a good time to talk about the Reno radio market. It’s a sordid, incestuous situation full of conspiracy and intrigue. Well, maybe not quite, but there’s still a lot of interesting things going on. First, what is the story behind the shakeup at KOH? Bill Manders was laid off...
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Applying Affirmative Action to Basketball

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No Comment. Er, Yes Comment.

Sadly, I’ve had little time to attend to my duties here on NevadaBrad. I had an interesting comment this morning, which required that I spend a little bit of time composing a proper reply. Since there has been a dearth of posts I am re-posting the comment and the reply. The comment required that I...
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How to Win an Election When You Can’t Possibly Win an Election

Following up on my previous post, the day of the election I received a letter, this time from “Independent Nevadans for a New U.S. Senate”. The message was the same as the one from America’s Future Fund: don’t support either candidate. Whether Harry Reid mailed these messages personally or whether he assigned the task to...
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From the Sharron-Angle’s-Too-Liberal Department

Today’s the big day. I can tell you right now what’s kind of sad – I’ve been preparing to stay up and watch election coverage for weeks now, but I didn’t know the World Series was going on. Because of a person sitting next to at work I knew the Giants were doing well, but...
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Happy Real Nevada Day!

Happy birthday, Nevada! I hope your birthday wishes come true and Harry Reid gets canned!...
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A Sad “No” to Brandi Anderson

It’s a horrible day. I’ve tried so hard to avoid the election season, at least from a commentary perspective. But today I am announcing something that grieves me terribly. I will be voting for Sharon Zadra, Reno City Council Ward 2. This decision is made as I sit perched directly across from Reno’s newest illegal...
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Silver (State) Lining

As Harry Reid works closely with our supreme leader, President Barack Obama (mmm, mmm, mmm), to turn America into a rotting mess, there is good news in the Silver State! During the past two weeks I have seen several marmots – mostly in the usual place, but a few in places I haven’t seen them...
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Fleeing Marmots

I don’t think I saw a single marmot last year. I can only imagine that they fled the country. I’m not sure what kind of healthcare is available to marmots but I’m sure it’s pretty good. I’ve never actually seen a sick marmot. I suspect they magically regenerate. Or perhaps the colony has a marmot...
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Leftie Talk the Second

Against my better judgment I spent some more time listening to KJFK today. I was surprised to hear some reasonable progressive talk radio for the first time. And on two different programs, no less! Bill Press was actually having a calm discussion with a guest about Obama’s offshore drilling announcement. Of course, they were critical...
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Ow. My Ears Are Bleeding

I finally did it. I turned on KJFK and took a listen. Fortunately, I have a limited amount of time to listen to the radio, which is a good thing when you’re listening to KJFK. It immediately became clear why listenership is low on leftie stations. The hosts were petty, condescending and mean and rarely...
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