Archive for January, 2009

Blaming the victims

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

In the fourth and final installment of a series reporting results of a poll of nearly 70 Southern Nevada business owners and managers, published in Tuesday’s Review-Journal, 43 percent of respondents said local schools and colleges are “not at all effective” in preparing students for the workplace. A startling zero percent — not a one […]

Let’s make a deal!

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Famously, the new president, Barack Obama, argued in his inaugural address last week “The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works. … Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end.” Given that not […]

The old shakedown racket

Monday, January 26th, 2009

The politically potent Culinary union Local 226 says its already gathered enough signatures to require a popular vote on the City Council’s current scheme to move Las Vegas City Hall to an abandoned casino site six blocks to the southwest of its current location — which would place it between the Clark County Temple to […]

Nevada again draws a poor report card

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

I see where the Review-Journal published without notable dissent (lede story, Page 2B, Jan. 16) another one of these cooked-up “report cards” on how Nevada is doing, this one from a Henderson-based outfit calling itself the Children’s Advocacy Alliance. As usual, the finding was: “We suck.” Oh, the state scored an A-minus for infant and […]

‘The aggressor state’

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

More than 700 and perhaps as many as 1300 years ago — back when the peace-loving Muslims were trying to conquer Europe by the sword (till they were stopped at Tours by Charles Martel) — the ancestors of the people who became the Aztecs passed through what is now Utah and Arizona, on their way […]

‘The weapons ban has worked well all these years’

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

On Dec. 31, the daily Miami Herald editorialized: “The Bush administration last month gave the National Rifle Association a parting gift by lifting a decades-long ban on concealed weapons in national parks. … “These harmful new rules could take years to undo,” warned the suntanned statists. “Make no mistake, though, they must be taken off […]

Only 10 shopping days till the big gun grab

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

SPECIAL TO THE SHOTGUN NEWS President-elect Barack Obama hasn’t even taken office yet. But he’s already got one big group of Americans on their feet and moving. What is Barack Obama’s position on the rights to bear arms? Sen. Obama’s campaign Web site said he “respects the constitutional rights of Americans to bear arms.” It […]

Define ‘aggression’

Friday, January 9th, 2009

Over the weekend, Israeli troops and tanks invaded Gaza, the coastal strip of land south of their country which is inhabited almost entirely by Muslim Arabs, speaking the same colloquial Arabic as the Egyptian residents of the Sinai. From the tone of some of the news coverage, one might get the impression Israeli generals and […]

Destroying California, one law at a time

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

“Corruptissima republica plurimae leges,” warned Publius Cornelius Tacitus, the Roman senator and historian: “The more corrupt the republic, the more numerous the laws.” “If you have ten thousands regulations, you destroy all respect for the law,” agreed the similarly pragmatic Winston Churchill, a few millennia later. Few would wish to live in a completely lawless […]

‘The glaciers, Greenland, and the polar ice-cap are melting’

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

California Correspondent writes to respond to my piece on the global cooling of 2008: “You may be aware of Bjorn Lomborg, a Danish scientist who was long skeptical of global warming. He is not any more. His complaint is with what he perceives as hysteria, and unsound policy. I wonder if your line of reasoning […]