Archive for January, 2010

CCW: A license to be handcuffed and disarmed

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Charlie Mitchener, the Las Vegas business owner who was handcuffed and disarmed after presenting a concealed weapons permit along with his drivers license to a police officer responding to a burglary call at his place of business Jan. 3 (see my column of Jan. 10), has provided me with his Jan. 19 follow-up letter to […]

They never run out of plans

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

The observation was repeated often enough before Barack Obama’s 2008 election that few can claim not to have been warned: When Democrats including Mr. Obama promise an open, centrist, “bi-partisan” administration where Republicans, free-marketers, Constitutionalists and their ideas will be “welcome at the table,” what they really mean is: “Those guys are welcome to prove […]

If you pay taxes, you’re ‘rich,’ so you should expect more taxes

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

In my Jan. 3 column, I projected that Barack Obama would probably NOT wake up one morning this year, slap his forehead and exclaim that allowing welfare recipients to vote is a blatant conflict of interest which is quickly turning this nation into a collectivist slave state (or that, if he does realize it, being […]

Three-fifths of a person

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller has been hopping up and down about a rumor that the discredited outfit ACORN will be involved in collecting Nevada data for the 2010 Census. The rumor is false and could hamper Nevada’s efforts to count all its residents, which in turn could cost the state millions in federal […]

‘You bastards have screwed up this whole economy’

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Here in Las Vegas, Star Nurseries had a problem. Last fall, customers began complaining about the “day workers” — mostly illegal aliens who have snuck across our borders from Mexico and points south — who would gather by the dozens in and near the nurseries’ parking lots, trampling the landscaping, relieving themselves in the bushes, […]

Half would wait till they’re sick to to buy ‘insurance’

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

Despite the unprecedented horse-trading — that’s the nice term — that top Washington Democrats Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi employed to push their massive bureaucratic takeover of American medical care through both houses of Congress on a “rush” schedule this year, the scheme still seems to be in trouble. House and Senate negotiators face “a […]

Don’t worry, it will all be ‘voluntary’

Friday, January 15th, 2010

City health departments do some useful work, on balance. They were mostly born of the “sanitary” and “hygienic” movements of the late 19th and 20th centuries. Appalled by the squalor and disease in the nation’s crowded tenements, volunteers — at first — set about informing people about how diseases were transmitted, stressing the importance of […]

Handcuffed, disarmed for obeying the law

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

Charlie Mitchener is a 61-year-old general building contractor with an office near Patrick Lane and Fort Apache in Las Vegas. He holds permits allowing him to legally carry concealed weapons in Nevada, Florida, and Utah. Over the past three years, his office has been broken into five times. “Three of those occasions involved me interacting […]

It must be the global warrrminnng!

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

A vicious cold snap engulfed much of the nation Thursday. Snow fell as far south as Alabama and Georgia. That’s unusual. Snow was piled so high in Iowa that drivers couldn’t see across intersections. A cold snap was expected to bring snow and ice Thursday to states from South Carolina to Louisiana. Forecasters said wind […]

After the collectivist winter, will come the spring

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

And so the solstice passes and a new year dawns, leaving “newsmen” everywhere with a dearth of “news” to report (since the government bureaus close down, issuing no new edicts for the “newsmen” to interpret and praise, which should give you some indication of what really passes for “news,” these days.) Traditionally, those in the […]