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steve’s funny cloumn

steve’s funny cloumn

April 24th, 2014

60 years of TV: a colorful evolution

By STEVE LANG

“If you believe that your thoughts originate inside your brain, do you also believe that television shows are made inside your television set?” – Warren Ellis.

“If it weren’t for Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of television, we’d still be eating frozen radio dinners.” –  Johnny Carson.

My 60-year association …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

April 17th, 2014

Torture and satire make great theater of the absurd

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

The old conundrum of whether life imitates art or art imitates life has, in my opinion, always been dealt best in the theater. When you combine satire and contemporary news and view it through a funhouse mirror you can come close to understanding “Why …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

April 17th, 2014

The Latino, Hispanic word-use conundrum

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: I like reading your articles; they are funny, sad, insightful, crude, serious and even a little provocative and antagonizing at times. One thing I find a little antagonizing is the use of the term “Latino” as a synonym only for “Hispanic.” Certainly yours is not the only …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

April 17th, 2014

Ballparks measured by bad hops and bizarre bounces

By STEVE LANG

“I feel greatly honored to have a ballpark named after me, especially since I have been thrown out of so many.” – Casey Stengel

“I have discovered in 20 years of moving around a ballpark that the knowledge of the game is usually in inverse proportion to …

¡ask a Mexican!

¡ask a Mexican!

April 10th, 2014

‘Mande’ isn’t submissive, vato

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: Even though throughout the years since I came to the US 20 years ago I have seen it happening with less frequency, the use by Mexicans of the expression ¿Mande? (Command me) has always struck me. I personally see it as a symbolic legacy of submission probably originating …

the road to excellence

the road to excellence

April 10th, 2014

Scholarships help Marfa students

By ANDREW PETERS

Each year, we read in May about the number of scholarships presented to Marfa High School students.  Marfa ISD students are blessed to have a few regular donors that want to change a student’s life by providing a scholarship.  The Ex-Shorthorns of El Paso have long been a steady provider …

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 …

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