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But Nothing Happens in Beziers

Posted on 23 January 2015 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

There is a large town or small city in the south of France called Beziers.

Pronounced BeZEE AY and not Bezeers.

It is a town we know well and love quite a bit.

It is the home town of our wife and every ten years or so we made pilgrimage to it.

It is a place where nothing much happens— Ever!!

It is the reason why our father-in-law chose it over the much more happening Paris, Nice or Marseilles when he was looking to relocate from Algiers,

Nothing happens in Beziers!! For a veteran of World War II who found his family in the middle of an Arab revolt that phrase was less of a curse than an invitation.

We first met Beziers during our war. We got special leave during a fire fight outside of Beirut and five hours later we with our wife landed in Beziers.

And for three glorious weeks nothing happened.

It was not just us or just then.

Nothing was happening in Beziers since the 12th century.

That was when the southern French wanted a little bit more autonomy from the king in Paris.

The king did not approve and sent his favorite mass murderer Simon de Montfort to reason with the folk in Beziers.

De Montfort killed every one in town,

Every one died even those who loved the king.

After a while Beziers was repopulated by folk from the country side.

But since the great Bone Fire the new townsfolk made sure that nothing would ever happen again in Beziers.

For the most part they succeeded beyond anyone’s expectation.

The placid burghers of Beziers barely noticed the French revolution and the revolution paid no attention to Beziers.

Napoleon visited once to inaugurate a new fountain and then left because nothing ever happens in Beziers.

The trench warfare of World War I was far away and never intruded on the bucolic life of Beziers,

When France fell in World War II and Vichy took over, Beziers was ignored.

The leader of the French resistance Jean Moulin was a son of Beziers but went off to fight the Nazis in Paris because nothing was happening in Beziers.

After the war Beziers named a school after him but the kind of had to.

Beziers is known for the song “Some Where Beyond the Sea” that was written by the Beziers native Charles Trenet at the Beziers train station board out of his mind with three hours to kill.

The other thing Beziers is known for is it was the first choice for Euro Disney but the town fathers turned down Mickey Mouse and sent him and his friends and their dollars to Paris,So nothing still happens to Beziers.

Until this week when six Chechen Islamist terrorists were captured in their Beziers apartment plotting blowing up something.

Suddenly everything has changed.

Wonderful boring Beziers has French Legionaries patrolling the streets.

The are camped outside the synagogue our father-in-law founded. Our family still there are worried more than they have ever been.

Something is happening in Beziers.

And it is evil.

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Julia Faye Shoup Passes At 58

Posted on 23 January 2015 by Howard Copelan


Someday I’ll wish upon a star and wake up where the clouds are far behind me.  Where troubles melt like lemon drops, away above the chimney tops, that’s where you’ll find me…..

JULIA FAYE PELTIER SHOUP, 58, received a call from her soul-mate, Bob, telling her it was time to come home, and home is now where she finds herself reunited with many friends and family that she missed so dearly, including her father Bob, mother Nona, and baby brother Marty.  It’s a beautiful place where she will spend her time socializing, dancing, and of course singing those beautiful melodies with the love of her life, Bob Shoup.  Music and Love are guaranteed, food is delicious and there isn’t a pound to be gained.   She left detailed instructions for her family to celebrate her mission here, which has now been completed; minimal adherence to this instruction will not be tolerated.

Julia was born on January 9, 1957 and raised in Wells, Nevada spending most of her childhood on the Peltier Ranch in Clover Valley.  She graduated from Wells High School in 1975 and was active in high school rodeo.  Following high school Julie pursued a career in Nevada’s gaming industry working at several popular casinos throughout Nevada including the Stockmen’s and Red Lion in Elko, and the Peppermill in Wendover. Bob and Julie were married on February 2, 1986 and from that moment on she was his “Sweet Lady”. Julie never left Bob’s side; Bob passed away in May of 2012.

“Julie”,  as known by most, left several family members here on earth to look after each other including her two handsome brothers, Robert (Jeanie) Peltier, Jim Peltier, and three beautiful sisters, Diane (Larry) Humphrey, Sandy Watson, and Brooke Peltier.  She was also adored and will be missed dearly by her nieces and nephews, Richard (Kristen) Peltier, Payton Peltier, Shelby Peltier, Mark Ledezma, Pamela Williamson, Jeff Humphrey, Kelly Pitts, Rachael Cooper, Amanda Peltier, and Allison Peltier.

The family is planning an early May Celebration of Life in honor of both Julie and Bob at the Peltier Ranch in Clover Valley, Nevada.  Details will follow at a later date. 

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These Are The Days

Posted on 16 January 2015 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Soon construction equipment will begin rolling east and rolling west as Newmont begins to mine a mountain of gold in the Pequops range.

We are excited about as any resident of northeast Nevada should be.

The jobs and the economic growth this mine will create has the potential to transform this corner of Nevada from the fly over part of the Silver State to a destination.

Of course we do not expect the mine to solve all of our problems in fact it may even create some new ones.

On the other hand we have seen growth and stagnation.

We prefer growth.

Like the Carlin Trend, Long Canyon may just be the first of many mines in this part of the state.

Now that would be something indeed.

Our son asked why is there such a fuss about Charlie Hebdo massacre when other equally vile Islamist attacks have gone almost unnoticed.

We have a very perceptive son and it was a question we found hard to answer.

Charlie Hebdo was a big deal because  journalists were killed and journalists covered the story. We are a narcissistic bunch and often time we think the world revolves around us.

It is also a big deal because we are getting to point where each and every one of us must answer this question: Whose side are you on?

We have little option ourselves.

There is only one side for us.

But the mullahs and the imams and the sheiks and the caliphs are counting on the West to buckle, to give up, to fly the white flag to, as the would Islam means to submit.

We really hope the western world stays strong to counter this assault on our freedom to write, speak and think.

We hope that some of the displays in surrendering those freedoms are simply very naive attempts at getting along.

Thankfully it matters not what we say but what Islamist say that really counts.

How many times do they have to say they want to kill us before we take them seriously?

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Courage mon vieux

Posted on 09 January 2015 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

We woke up Wednesday to the news of the massacre of the staff of Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

We got to know its editor  Stéphane Charbonnier, in 2006 when we re-published the Danish cartoons that ridiculed the prophet Mohamed.

Now he is dead.

Call it lost in translation but to be completely honest we never liked the content of his newspaper. We found it rude and crude and for a satirical publication it really wasn’t that funny.

hebdo5But they did have the guts to republish the Mohamed cartoons and unlike us, they republished them in a city, Paris, and a country , France, where laughing at Muslims can get one killed.

The risk they took was much, much greater than the one we took.

So we kept up our subscription and kept sending them the Advocate because courage should be rewarded.

And to honor Charbonnier and the 11 other martyrs of freedom we republish their cartoons.

hebdo1According to our president “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”

We ask why shouldn’t it?


(les canards(ducks)= magazine/newspaper french slang) Ducks will always fly higher than guns

Sure there are a billion Muslims in the world. But that leaves 6 billion infidels.

Speaking as one of those infidels We are going to insult the prophet of Islam until we are blue in the face.

Mohamed’s mother wore Army boots!!!


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Not A Black or White Issue

Posted on 26 December 2014 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

We always feel left out when there is a debate about race.

Our family never owned a slave or participated in a lynching.

In fact the, first time an ancestor of ours arrived at American shores was on July 14th in 1863. Yes, that was during the infamous draft riots. After witnessing hundreds of black men being lynched and then set on fire from his ship he promptly bought a rerun ticket back to Lithuania. 40 years later his son came back this time to Philadelphia and stayed.

Today by virtue of our skin, we are considered ‘white’ and thus heirs to the racist heritage that bedevils this country.

We don’t think that is quite fair, especially when we are asked to pay reparations.

Considering how crappy it was for immigrants a century ago and how hard our ancestors had to work for their daily bread, calling them racists is down right mean and categorically wrong.

Our situation is not unique, in fact it is almost the norm.  Considering the fact that according to the 1910 census, at least a third of all Americans were foreign born, a lot of us are simply not guilty of the horrors of slavery.

Perhaps that is why there is a growing disconnect in the discussion about race. We never were connected in the first place.

A lot has been made about our first black president, but as he reminded us over and over again, his black father was a Kenyan and his white mother was from Kansas. Until he married a truly African American woman, his connection to slavery was as distant as our own.

Being disconnected from the issue give us a different perspective from the descendants of slaves and the descendants of slave owners.

Thugs should not be given a pass to rob stores just because their great great great grand parents were in bondage, nor should police should get a wink and a nod just because they come from a long line of “Good ol’ Boys”.

The accusation of racism becomes absurd when neither the accuser or the accused have any connection to the systematic oppression and exclusion of blacks in American history.

We are not saying that immigrant whites cannot be racists, but they and their descendants cannot be guilty of institionalised racism that was the law in this land until 50 years ago.

50 years is a long time and let us imagine 50 years from now.

On the bicentennial of the end of the Civil War will we still have Fergussons?

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Happy Christmas

Posted on 19 December 2014 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Once again the Peppermill Corporation did itself proud by generously donating its concert hall for a High School concert.

The thrill of the children playing on a grown up stage is wonderful to watch and for them glorious to remember.

There are few, if any other, casinos who would generously offer their show rooms or concert halls to high school kids. The donation is not just the space but also the staff and their expertise.

We will be web-casting a low resolution video of the event. But for a real video shot in High Definition simply call west Wendover High and place an order.

A $10 donation is requested, which really isn’t much when compared to the wonderful memory captured for eternity.

West Wendover’s Christmas display both the secular Santa Claus display and the religious crèche are not actually over 2,000 years old even if they do look that way.

Seriously it is time to get a new display if not for religious reason then for municipal pride.

While we rejoice to the freedom of Alan Gross others thoughts go to Jonathon Pollard who has spent three decades behind American bars.

Yes what he did was wrong but given all the other scumbags who have committed far worse crimes and received far shorter jail terms, Pollard should go free especially when he poses no threat to our country’s security.

It really should not be harder and less rewarding to being an ally of the United States than in being its enemy.

Yet Cuba wins the door prize just for freeing an old man they arrested on trumped up charges five years go.

Mean while Pollard sits in super max.

Let him go Mr. President.

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Wendover Santa’s Helpers Donations

Posted on 12 December 2014 by Howard Copelan

248The West Wendver Fire Department will be accepting Christmas gifts at the West Wendover Fire Station for Santa’s Helpers from now until De- cember 23rd up until 7pm that eve- ning. The fire station is open from 8am-7pm, Monday-Sunday, 7 days a week and closed during lunch from 12pm-1pm. Toys would be greatly appreciated ranging from ages of 2-15 years old.


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Shop With A Cop

Posted on 12 December 2014 by Howard Copelan

As most of you know, the Elko Shop with a Cop will be Saturday, December 13th.  This program is for 100 less fortunate children that may not get a Christmas this year.  Law enforcement and emergency personnel will meet at Flagview Middle School (behind the convention center) at around 7:30 and will be paired up with a child.  Breakfast will be served and then around 8:45-9:00 am,  we will convoy lights and siren (yes kids in the patrol cars and fire trucks!)  down Idaho Street to KMART.  Once at KMART,  the children will shop with us and receive a $200 voucher to spend on Christmas.

When they are done shopping,  the gifts will be wrapped, and we will return the children to their parents in front of the store.

The Shop with a Cop program is funded through donations from the community and local business.  This will be our 21st  year doing Shop with a Cop!!!

Please thank the community for all the generous donations!!!

Trooper Jim Stewart

Nevada Highway Patrol–Elko

Public Information Officer

Firearms Coordinator


*** If anyone is interested in donating to this program, they can always stop by the NHP office (next to DMV), Elko PD, or Elko Sheriff’s Office or mail a check to “Shop with a Cop”,  P.O. BOX 522,  Elko,  NV  89803.   All proceeds go directly to Elko’s Shop with a Cop program.   Individuals or business that donate more than $300 will receive a Shop with a Cop plaque and/or a year plate****

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Anti Vaxers Are Lethal Morons

Posted on 05 December 2014 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

We start out this week with two corrections and one apology to City Councilman Jerry Anderson.

We misspelled his name last week putting an “e” where the ‘o” is supposed to be.

We are sorry and we sympathize.

We also erred by identifying Councilman Anderson as a current employee of the Peppermill when he retired several years ago. Again we are sorry.

About a year ago we read about some Muslim morons in Africa who refused to let their children be vaccinated on the grounds that is was a Jewish/Christian conspiracy to make them infertile and/or impotent. Thus polio, a disease that was declared almost extinct a generation ago was making a comeback on the dark continent.

It seems as though stupidity is another potentially fatal disease and it has spread to our home.

The anti-vaxers screwy ideas would be just as funny as the Muslim morons but for the fact they threaten our children and our elderly.

Perhaps we should start reservations open to all who see a nefarious plot to take over the world via a measles shot or a whooping cough dose.

There they can happily live out their ignorant, paranoid lives without endangering the rest of society.

For those who see evil behind everything we cannot argue with. Facts mean little. Results mean less and dead babies and old people don’t count.

Last year we took a train from Elko to Reno for a funeral of our old debate coach. It was a wonderful trip except for the part of having to wait for it in Elko at 3:00 am. It was freezing.

We thought how nice it would be to be able to catch it in Wendover and sleep through the night until arriving in Reno.

Hopefully soon it will not be a pipe dream and train travel will come to Wendover.

Perhaps with the opening of the Long Canyon Mine there will be more of a demand from the projects employees for both east bound and west bound directions.

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Carter Not Racist, But Not Honest Either

Posted on 28 November 2014 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

We don’t believe West Wendover Mayor is a racist nor was she acting like one in last week’s council meeting despite her ill chosen words.

She was being racial and there is a difference that is all too easily forgotten in this hyper sensitive era.

Racism for those who never experienced it really cannot be described in words it must be felt. But apart from all of its other ingredients of shame, humiliation and exclusion there is a healthy helping of fear.

And we don’t believe either Nick Flores or anyone else was made afraid by Emily Carter’s speech.

Flores himself might have been in embarrassed but he did accept the appointment.

Besides every one in the room knew that Flores ethnicity had less to do with his appointment than his employer. All other things being equal if Flores had been working for any other company besides the Peppermill he would not have been nominated and he would not have won on a 3-2 vote.

What we find difficult to swallow is Carter’s essential dishonesty by omission.

It would have been so much more refreshing for Carter to say “I pick Nick because he is a co-worker of mine and our employer’s interests should be protected on the city council.”

There is no shame in honesty unless one is acting ignobly and is self aware.

Perhaps Carter has told us more in her lie than by telling the simple truth.

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