Archive for the 'Common Defense' Category

Driving the Ranchers Off the Land, Part 6 of 6

Monday, October 13th, 2014

(NOTE: a condensed version of this report appears in the Autumn, 2014 issue of “Range” magazine, on newsstands through Oct. 15.) IS IT ALL TO SAVE THE TORTOISE? The federals contend they’re doing all this to “protect the threatened desert tortoise,” though I’ve documented again and again over the years (citing such experts as Vern […]

Driving the Ranchers Off the Land, Part 5 of 6

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

(NOTE: a condensed version of this report appears in the Autumn, 2014 issue of “Range” magazine, on newsstands now.) WHAT’S ‘THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF GRAZING’? With the BLM having turned tail on April 12, has Bundy won -– as his supporters hope and believe — or will the federals just lick their wounds before coming […]

‘I’m so mad I just want to spit’

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

My friend Ed was a United States Marine. Some would say he was an “ex-Marine,” but I’m not sure these guys are ever “ex-” Marines. Ed lived in Connecticut. It’s my birthplace, but a state I left long ago. If I needed to be reminded why, my recent conversation with Ed’s widow would have done […]

Hey, it was just an innocent question

Monday, January 6th, 2014

The Brietbart Web site reported Dec. 5 that Barry Greenfield, an elected Selectman in Swampscott, Mass., “is pushing a measure to give police the authority to conduct home searches to check proper storage of firearms.” The site reports Greenfield said “State law requires Massachusetts gun owners to keep their firearms locked away or rendered inoperable.” […]

A Bridge Too Far

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

Every once in awhile Harry Reid realizes another six years have sped by. He then feels obliged, like a salmon seeking out the quiet stream of its birth, to fly to Nevada. Here, he temporarily dons a new pair of blue jeans and gets himself photographed a) sitting on a hay bale, and/or b) holding […]

Making life worse for those in pain

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

During the Christmas season, 1994, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration put Las Vegas medical doctor Dietrich Stoermer, who had treated our troops in Vietnam, on trial here for writing “too many” painkiller prescriptions. Since other doctors worried about being “red-flagged” by the drug police if they took on the cases of chronic pain patients, Dr. […]

‘Fast and Furious’: what are they hiding?

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Univision, the largest Spanish-language network in the U.S., aired a lengthy report on the Justice Department’s “Fast and Furious” Mexican gun-running operation on Sept. 30. Gerardo Reyes and Santiago Wills offer an English-language version at http://tinyurl.com/9jdp2gh: “On January 30, 2010, a commando of at least 20 hit men parked themselves outside a birthday party of […]

There’s something wrong with these young men

Monday, September 10th, 2012

There were more disturbing — in fact, downright evil — mass shootings this summer, which of course brought more predictable knee-jerk calls for yet more gun control. “AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not on the streets of our cities,” said Barack Obama. (Actually, while the Second Amendment certainly does guarantee my right as […]

How many U.S. Marines does it take to hold a hill?

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

I see where Paramount has announced an Aug. 10, 2012, release date for their upcoming sequel to 2009’s “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.” Stephen Sommers has reportedly bowed out; Jon Chu will direct the follow-up special effects extravaganza. I reported back in 2007 that Hollywood had already decided a movie based on the Hasbro […]

It’s all a vicious game of ‘Let’s pretend’

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

By now most folks have likely heard about the case of Nigerian-American Olajide Oluwaseun Noibi, 24, also known as Seun Noibi. On June 25, America Flight 415 from New York’s JFK to Los Angeles was two hours into its journey when passengers in the upscale “Main Cabin Select” section complained that the man seated in […]