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the anti-fan

the anti-fan

April 10th, 2014

Wedding bells may save Rice from slammer

By JIM GORDON

Is there any sound as sweet as the tinkling of wedding bells?

Now, some of you might expect The Anti-Fan to be suspicious of the timing of the recent nuptials of Ray Rice and Janay Palmer.

True, the last image most of us have of Palmer is from the …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

April 3rd, 2014

Pochos, wabs, gabachos, and viva Chavez

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: I’m a second-generation Orange County, California pocho. Both sides of my family have been civil rights activists since the 1940s. My mother’s family took part in the landmark case Mendez vs. Westminster in 1946. My father was a Chicano activist in the 1960s and 1970s. From …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

April 3rd, 2014

New media connects old news hounds

By STEVE LANG

“It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

As far as Lee B. Temte and I are concerned, Morris, Minnesota and our alma mater (University of Minnesota, Morris) could just as well be 10,000 miles …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

April 3rd, 2014

Buzzards, bugs, and other signs of spring

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

We have a number of signals that announce the coming of spring in our little parched parcel of paradise. Buzzards, bugs, and dry weather are the events that tell us the season is changing.

We all know that swallows return to Capistrano every year to mark the …

A letter from Joe (9171977)

A letter from Joe (9171977)

March 28th, 2014

March 27, 2014

Well the Prada Marfa, or should I say the “Toms Marfa” installation has received some attention to this faction of society we recognize as the art world. I am glad to see a dialog opening, beyond the stereotypes of vandalism, graffiti and guerrilla artist. My installation is shameful to real graffiti writers and artist, and …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

March 27th, 2014

Searching for lemons in Mexico

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: Can you help me unravel the citrus dilemma? When I am in Mexico or a Mexican restaurant or market I am unable to find lemons (yellow, egg-sized, tart-tasting fruits). Whenever I ask, I get green-colored fruit, which looks and tastes to me like limes (green, smaller than …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

March 27th, 2014

Higher education’s
endearing/enduring values

By STEVE LANG

Having read or heard numerous observations regarding reincarnation, I now ignore all but my first encounter.

Some 45 years ago, when I played amateur baseball in Minnesota, a local booster vented his rage over our forfeiture of a game due to a shortage of players.

“Ashby forfeiting a game? That’s unheard of! They …

dispatch from dc

dispatch from dc

March 20th, 2014

Taking care of our children – through nutrition – a national priority

 By PETE P. GALLEGO

 No child should attend school hungry or malnourished. Nor should our children learn poor eating habits in our school systems. With child obesity rates in Texas nearly doubling to 16.8 percent since 2009, we should exercise caution …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

March 20th, 2014

Mexican pastries are oh so bland

 By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: What’s the story with Mexican pastries? Like most cultures, Mexicans seem to be cribbing from the French, but pan dulce just winds up tasting like a dinner roll with a little icing on top. So many other parts of Mexican cuisine emphasize strong flavors. Why must …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

March 20th, 2014

Advice for spring break visitors to Big Bend

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

To insure your safety and well being on your visit to our prickly pear part of paradise I suggest you first visit Fort Davis’ famous Rattlesnake Museum on Hwy 118. This is to insure that while you are wandering around our scenic landscape that earthworms …

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