Archive for the 'Heroes' Category

‘That’s not the public part of the report’

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

I called Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie’s office Nov. 1, looking for the official report on the Sept. 15 traffic accident involving Metro jail guard Victor Hunter, who died of a massive heart attack a block and a half from the jail (per the county coroner’s office), after reportedly being given a shot and told […]

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 […]

‘An extremely lucky degree of coordination’

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

When Americans boys are sent off to war — when war is thrust upon us, as it was on Dec. 7, 1941, and again on Sept. 11, 2001 — we ask our young men to put their lives on the line. Then, the college debaters in charge at the White House proceed to spend more […]

One thing stops multiple murderers: a gun

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

Early in the morning of December 5, 1999, off-duty Las Vegas Metro police officer Dennis Devitte was one of the customers at Mr. D’s Sports Bar, at Rainbow Boulevard and Oakey Drive, where he and some pals had gone to hear the band Pigs in a Blanket. A little after 1 a.m., three armed robbers […]

‘What’s that you got hidden there, Jew boy. A book?’

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

How gratifying to hear from so many veterans in response to my Oct. 25 column on Mitchell Paige and Guadalcanal. I heard from Clayton Fisher, 87, of Henderson, who served under Chesty Puller in the 1st of the 7th Marines, receiving his first purple heart at Guadalcanal (the night before the action I described in […]

It came down to one Marine

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

It’s hard to envision — or, for the dwindling few, to remember — what the world looked like on Oct. 26, 1942, when a the few thousand United States Marines stood essentially stranded on the God-forsaken jungle island of Guadalcanal, placed like a speed bump at the end of the long blue-water slot between New […]

If none of them wear uniforms, aren’t they all ‘civilians’?

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

In my opinion, we shouldn’t have troops in Afghanistan. The country can’t be conquered or held, because it’s not a country. It’s a mountain range sparsely settled by a loose coalition of anarchist goatherds and opium farmers. (If it works for them, I have no problem. Though I suspect it was a much nicer place […]

We’d hardly know a real leader if we saw one

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

One point that probably deserves further mention about last week’s Dead Kennedy Funeral Parade was the behavior of the press, which wept and moaned and gnashed its collective teeth with nary a soul saying “Enough, already,” as though the corpse of a Pharaoh was headed for its final hoedown with the sun god. I’m surprised […]

His monument stands all around us

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

The most revealing moment in Edward “Ted” Kennedy’s political life came on Nov. 4, 1979, just three days before he would officially launch his presidential challenge to a sitting president of his own party, Jimmy Carter. In a televised interview, CBS News correspondent Roger Mudd asked the already stout Massachusetts senator a “giveaway” question, a […]

It came down to one Marine

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

Editor’s note: USMC Col. Mitchell Paige (ret.) died Nov. 15, 2003, in La Quinta, Calif. This annual column is dedicated to his memory, and to the men who fought beside him. It’s Oct. 26. Today we struggle to envision — or, for a few of us, to remember — how the world must have looked […]