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Vote For Jacky!!!

Posted on 24 April 2015 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

A daughter of Wendover needs our help.

She is in the singing contest La Voz Kids on Telemundo.

We have never seen a program on Telemundo and we are not loyal to any particular Spanish language brand.

We are loyal to Wendover and a daughter of Wendover Jacqueline Collazo needs us, all of us from this tiny little corner of the world to vote for her.

And so we will vote for Jacqueline and implore all of our dear readers to do the same.

Even if like us, Spanish language television is not one’s cup of tea follow the link on our website and make a little girl’s dream come true.

Yes at 15 Jacqueline probably does not think of herself as a little girl.

But our own little girl is 31 with two sons of her own yet she is still our little girl.

Anyone who has a daughter or who knows a daughter should take the time and vote for Jacqueline because she is ours and we should support our own.

Buena Suerte Jacqueline.

Good Luck!!!!

Speaking of our daughter, we remember some 19 years ago when our Annabelle came home so excited that there was going to be a band at her new high school.

She asked me what instrument should she play. That was when I was still if not infallible mostly right most of the time.

I suggested the oboe and Patty Eklund, the brand new band director gave Annabelle hers.

Patty gave more than just the oboe to  Anna and her three sax playing brothers after her. Patty gave them the gift of music.

And while the boys didn’t take to it as well as their sister they still today enjoy making music.

We have often thanked Patty and we will in the future.

She has been a heck of band leader and a great friend.

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To The Men Who Keep Things Going

Posted on 16 April 2015 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

This week we were reminded that for all our mastery of the elements and our impressive ,at least to us, technology we all live only with the forbearance of nature.

It is not a nice thing to ponder that an earth quake here or a tsunami there we might be the victims in someone else’s news report. It is humbling to realize we are so fragile.

Despite our fragility there are men among us who when the weather turns lethal gird their loins and go out and do battle to restore a semblance of civilization.

These are of course the linemen, the road crews, the cops, the techs. The people we rely on and mostly only notice when things go wrong and we are in the dark, without connection or cold and freezing stuck on some forsaken stretch of road hoping against hope that somehow we will be rescued.

And the miracle happens, we are rescued, saved, back on line and connected. The lights work again. The phone works again. And all the frantic panic seems somehow silly and so far away.

With the lights on and the heat blasting the television screeching and the keyboards cliquey clacking it is easy to forgot mere moments before we were contemplating a return to the stone age and we did not give ourselves very good odds on making it through the night.

This month Wells Rural Electric has its “Thank a Lineman” campaign. And we whole heartedly agree and we go out of way to thank linemen. They are however extremely camera shy. And we are too old and slow to catch them anymore.

But we do thank them. Them and all their brothers who are the defenders of our civilization.

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Likable Scoundrals

Posted on 12 April 2015 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

The one time we talked with Tony Vera backlash year we liked him.

Sure we wouldn’t trust him with our wallet or our wife but we liked him.

Kind of similar to how we felt about Bill Clinton.

There are people like that personable rogues for whom we can only smile and shake our heads.

We are shaking our head now and if Mr. Vera is sentenced to life in prison we will shake our heads again.

Despite being a likable guy Mr. Vera really should spend the rest of his life in prison because as soon as he gets out he commits another crime.

He can’t help himself and therefore we can’t help him.

He has squandered every second chance he has ever received and one day in 20 or 30 years when he is too old or too sick to cause trouble he may get to breath free air again.

If he survives.

A new era in Wendover and Wells is about to dawn with the construction of the Long Canyon Mine.

We believe Long Canyon is but a first step it what could be a transfiguring economic and social revolution in this corner of Nevada.

How it will play out could be anyone’s guess.

But being optimists we are hopeful.

We are hopeful that the competition for good jobs and decent wages will bring an era of prosperity and dignity to a population that has had too little of either.

We spent a pleasant Passover in Salt Lake less than a block from the Mormon Temple and a mile from the Catholic and Episcopal Cathedrals. It was also Easter Week and Conference week so there was a whole lot of Holy going on.

What was incredibly nice was that everyone got along famously. No matter what our creed or our sect peace reigned between us and among us. We were proud to be human.

And then we returned to the real world and it seems as though the vaunted deal our president worked out the mad mullahs of Iran is even worse than expected.

Yes we know the straw man Obama likes to play that it is either a choice between this deal now or war.

First of all there is war going on right now. In Syria, Iraq and Yemen the forces of Shia Islam are battling Sunnah Islam for control of the world.

Yes it might seem silly but they believe it and with nuclear weapons it could even turn out to be true.

Thank you Barack Obama and John Kerry for bringing this nightmare so much closer to reality.

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Holy Days Greetings From The Advocate

Posted on 03 April 2015 by Howard Copelan

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Portents & Arms Negotiations By Morons

Posted on 03 April 2015 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Once again we are being warned for the near future end of the world.

This time the harbinger of our collective doom are the four blood moons that are supposed to occur this year.

We read the predictions and we would be lying if we said we didn’t have a little shiver run up or spine of down or leg. But overtime we hear of the pending end of the world we think of our daughter and we smile.

Our daughter was born in the Latin year 1984 which was also the Hebrew year 5745. Numbers are counted with Hebrew letters and sometimes those numbers end up spelling a word. In our daughters year the ward was Tishmad which translates to the year of destruction. )That was also the reason Orwell chose 1984 for his novel of a dystopia future by the way.)

Orwell was not alone. A lot of people for a lot of years were predicting that the end of the world would happen in 1984. Or if not the end then something pretty bad with a lot of destruction. For most people however there was about the average amount of destruction in 1984 and the world certainly didn’t end. And for us 1984 brought us the miracle of creation in our daughter.

The moral of this story is that for all the omens and portents out they only in hindsight are they 20/20. And only then by shear luck.

It weren’t the Ides of March that were dangerous to Julius Caesar but rather all those other ancient Romans with daggers.

So we aren’t to worry about blood moons no matter how many of them happen to show up in the night sky.

What really gives us the here jibes is that the world’s safety and security for the near future is now being negotiated with Iran by Barack Obama and John Kerry. We did not have to consult a Ouija board to see that revelation but merely to listen to the news.

So far this dynamic duo of dumb and dumber have been absolutely, positively and emphatically wrong about every foreign policy decision in the past seven years. Their mistakes have resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of people who while mostly not Americans put their lives on the line trusting American promises and America’s word of honor.

Words are cheap and from the Ukraine to Damascus to South Sudan to Iraq so are lives.

Our fear is not of blood moons or years with cryptic Hebraic messages. Our fear is that the morons tasked with protecting us are selling our lives down the river for the worthless promises of insane mullahs. That is what really scares us that and black cats walking under a ladder.

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The World Turned Upside Down

Posted on 27 March 2015 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Time may not heal all wounds but it does put pain into perspective.

The pain and loss this entire community felt with the murder of one so bright and beautiful four years ago has been joined with a real appreciation for Mickie Costanzo and her wonderful family.

Throughout this ordeal Celia and Teddy and their daughters were lessons to us all on how to endure with dignity the most outrageous fortune.

It was an honor to know them and a privilege to tell their story.

Bowe Bergdahl feted as a hero by the administration is now charged with desertion.

Yet in this strange Orwellian reality who can be surprized?

Allies such as Great Britain and Israel are enemies.

Enemies like the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran are allies.

Obama leads from behind and calls complete and total defeats– victories.

There are some things we will never undertand and this administration’s foreign policy is one of them.

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Qualified for prez but can’t sell booze

Posted on 20 March 2015 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

We were dismayed at the West Wendover City Council refusal to give local entrepreneur Jeff Dunham his liquor license for a more than decade old crime of posse-sing marijuana and DUI.

Okay the crimes weren’t so smart to commit but one wont be illegal very soon and the other is also forgiven.

Heck having either one on his record still would not preclude Mr. Dunham or anyone else from becoming president of the United States.

Just ask Bill Clinton, Bush the Younger and Barry Obama about their youthful indiscretions.

Maybe selling beer in Wendover is a matter of national security.

The line has to be drawn somewhere by someone good thing our council is looking out for us and keeping that kind of riff raff from opening businesses and making a living.

Speaking of our erstwhile president seems as though the nation of Israel poke him in the eye again.

Gee what’s the matter they don’t trust him?

Yeah they don’t.

Barry makes a good speech but no barbarian ever was dissuaded from committing mass murder by pretty words.

The carnage that is going on in the middle east today and for the last six years is directly the result first of Obama’s inability to comprehend that there are good guys and bad guys in this fight.

And secondly America’s destiny is not to play referee but to champion the good over the evil.

There is no need for spin. No need for explanation or new definition and terms.

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Told You So/ Death Row Heart Throb Dies Forgotten

Posted on 13 March 2015 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

As our confidential source predicted the only news coming out of the forensic audit of the Ely RR is simply no news.

Yes there is room for improvement in the rail roads bookkeeping but for a mostly volunteer group functioning from hand to mouth and grant to grant they are doing pretty good.

We know the Ely City Council got their panties in a bunch but now it seems everyone is ready to make nice once again.

And it is good that they do.

The historic rail road is too great an asset to eastern Nevada to be destroyed by jealousy, greed and incompetence.

One thing is the Ely City Election will be very interesting to watch. The voters of Ely will decide if this two year war against the railroad was in the end worth it to raise or justified to continue.

We hate to admit this but we interviewed Edward Bennett back in the days when he was a heart throb to all the death penalty groupies out there.

Yes there are such things as death penalty groupies. It seems that a man sentenced to die has a certain je ne sais quoi about him that makes some women go giggly.

Edward Bennett had such fans.

He got older and they began to leave but still a loyal core remained and then.

And then he won his appeal and then he won his hearing.

But then he wasn’t special anymore.

No longer stoically facing an execution Bennett became your average lifer. They are a dime a dozen in ESP.

And now he is dead.

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Bibi vs. Barry: Who is telling the Truth

Posted on 06 March 2015 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Barrack Obama made it clear that was not going to be happy with Bibi Netanyahu over his speech to Express this week.

An unhappy Obama is not a nice person and he has the power to make Netanyahu pretty unhappy too.

So why did Bibi do it?

Was it ego?

Did defying the president cause a thrill to run up his leg?

We doubt it.

It might be kind of cool to thumb your nose to the leader of the free world but Bibi knew that he and his country would have to pay for it.

The price for embarrassing Obama we heard was large and often disproportionate to the original offense.

It is not that Bibi needed to prove his manhood either.

The guy was in Sayeret Matkal for goodness sakes

They are the elite of the elite of the commandos in the Israeli Army.

When he was a teenager Bibi was jumping out of airplanes behind enemy lines and fighting his way back home, not once but at least half a dozen times a year for four years.

Bibi made his bones on the battlefield and then again on the only slightly less dangerous minefield of Israeli politics when Barack Obama was still organizing communities.

So why would Bibi go a couple of thousand miles out of his way just to stick a finger in the eye of the president of the United States?

It could be the upcoming election.

Bibi is not above grandstanding but then again with all the hell that Obama is going to make him and Israel pay even if his speech wins him another term as prime minister it might not be worth it.

So why Bibi?

Why did he do it?

This might sound crazy but maybe there really isn’t a hidden agenda.

Maybe Mr. Netanyahu went to Washington precisely why he said he was.

The nuke deal being worked on by Barack Obama and John Kerry is so bad that it is existential threat not only to Israel but to every other territory in the Middle East and perhaps to the world.

There is no probable way Obama will admit he is wrong. He is just not built that way.

Could it not be possible that Netanyahu went to warn Congress and the American people that if this deal went through that the current blood bath now being waged from Syria to Yemen will be like a day in the park compared to post Iranian Nuclear Age.

Perhaps Obama is wrong.

So far the price Obama has paid in being wrong has been pretty cheap at least for him.

Wrong in Iraq just meant dead Iraqis. Being wrong in Syria meant dead Syrians. Wrong in Libya, dead Libyans and just a few dead Americans. Wrong in the Ukraine has just meant dead eastern Europeans.

Perhaps being wrong about Iran will be just as cheap to Obama.

We think however the price will be huge.

John Kerry asked to be given the benefit of the doubt yesterday regarding Iran.

Why?

If given a choice we would stick with Bibi because unlike Obama and company Bibi cannot afford to lose.

We do not believe that things will remain just hunky dory for America in a post nuaclear Iran world.

Even if we win a nuclear war we still lose.

Kind of a hard concept to wrap our head around but it could actually get really bad here.

There will be no satifaction in saying Bibi told us so either.

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Welcome BBQ

Posted on 20 February 2015 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Welcome to Jeff Dunham and Wendover’s first ever BBQ.

We understand that true BBQ is a combination of an art form and way of life.

Mr. Dunham appears to be a true believer.

Just listening talk about his food makes us hungry.

And we wish him great success in this endeavor.

Speaking of food our youngest son made himself what we used to know as a Harry sandwich. Former local Chinese restaurateur George Yan created for our father who passed away some 17 years ago.

Our youngest is but 14 and in addition to never meeting his grandfather we never fed him the sandwich.

Yet there he was munching on an amalgam of food stuffs between two pieces of bread that his grandfather would have been proud of.

Somehow in the billions of genetic codes of the DNA and RNA matches there appears to be a gene to like lots of different food all at once in bread.

Go figure.

Finally an autism group has come in favor of vaccinations. Thank you but we fear it is too late.

Because of some very sloppy science 20 years ago there are thousands of little ticking time bombs running around.

This wasn’t suppose to happen.

Disease was something to be annihilated, made extinct.

Yet because of some self righteous morons all that pestilence that we vanquished has returned to create more misery and death.

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