Archive for July, 2010

Meet the cops, go home in a box

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

It’s been two weeks since three Las Vegas Metro cops shot and killed 38-year-old West Point graduate Erik Scott as he exited a Costco store in the upscale suburb of Summerlin on July 10. So far, the incident has generated more questions than answers. If officials lock up the evidence so you can’t get the […]

‘Saving money’ in Cloudcuckooland

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Government economics sure are weird. Imagine you go to the grocery store and the manager tries to convince you to pay $8 for a gallon of milk — twice the usual price. “But wait,” he says. “I’ll give you a $4 subsidy or rebate for the gallon of milk, which drops the price to an […]

Electric cars and the myth of ‘clean energy’

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Here in Las Vegas nine days ago, President Obama, who ran on a promise of post-partisan “change,” made a campaign swing in support of 23-year U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, who has spent 40 of his 70 years on the public payroll. A passage in Mr. Obama’s Friday speech at UNLV seemed somewhat disconnected from most […]

‘Everything is on the table. Everything’

Friday, July 16th, 2010

“The heads of President Barack Obama’s national debt commission painted a gloomy picture Sunday as the United States struggles to get its spending under control,” The Associated Press reports. Republican Alan Simpson and Democrat Erskine Bowles told a meeting of the National Governors Association that everything needs to be considered — closing down the federal […]

Marxist installed to run Medicare, Medicaid

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

As with many Constitutional provisions, “recess appointments” have come to be used in ways the founders didn’t intend. Presidents now use recess appointments to get a desired appointee into office — at least for a time — over the objections of recalcitrant legislators, especially when the Senate is in the hands of the opposition party. […]

Fallen under the rule of lunatics

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

In the past, if anyone asked whether the folks in charge in the nation’s capital were certifiable lunatics, or whether policy decisions were being made by superannuated college kids with no experience out in the real world, who apparently stayed up too late last night, smoking too much dope and listening to too much heavy […]

A dangerous nominee

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Nominated by a president whose party controls both houses of Congress, Solicitor General Elena Kagan’s “confirmation hearings” for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court are largely a formality. Nonetheless, the nominee’s well-coached insistence on pathetically bland non-answers has been so exasperating — and insulting — that she might as well have placed a video […]

If they want more jobs, why not just re-legalize hiring?

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

I’ve lost track of precisely how many “number one” priorities Barack Obama now has. I believe he recently said cleaning up the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf, drilled on a permit issued by the Obama Interior Department in the spring of 2009, which permit contained no emergency plan to deal with a blowout […]