Archive for February, 2011

Another politician seeks to outlaw the competition

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

One unidentified businessman claimed to be uncomfortable about relocating to a Nevada county where brothels are legal, so U.S. Sen. Harry Reid lectured state legislators in Carson City Wednesday (to a response of deafening silence) that Nevada should outlaw and close the 28 legal brothels that now pay local taxes and fees — some of […]

‘Struggling workers of the world’? Give me a break

Friday, February 25th, 2011

If anyone wondered why the forces of the Left have been so over-the-top during the past two years, shrieking in the face of all contrary evidence that the Tea Party movement — everyday Americans seeking some restraint on government spending and taxation — was in fact some far-right league of racist lynchers, the logic finally […]

Do they really aim to cancel the whole deal?

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

I wrote recently that under the Second and 14th Amendments, the average citizen must be “allowed” to own, without government license or permission or taxation (the tax having been specifically designed to discourage possession, in the case of the $200 “machine gun tax,” enacted in 1933 when that sum was equivalent to 6,000 to 13,000 […]

And sink giggling beneath the waves

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

America has borrowed too much; her government has grown too large. The only hope of an extended economic recovery is to reduce not only the size, intrusiveness, and cost of government, but also to stop the way government borrowing is eating up all available credit, leaving too little for the growth of private, non-subsidized business […]

‘The courage to cut’

Monday, February 14th, 2011

This year’s insurgent class of freshmen Republican congressfolk were elected in large measure based on their pledge to reduce federal spending by $100 billion. The question — leaving aside for the moment whether a trim of that modest proportion would sufficiently rein in the tax-and-regulatory state to produce a substantial economic rebound — is whether […]

OK, let’s count the murders … again

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

As we grow older, hearing an old familiar tune can make us wax nostalgic. The other day, I heard this one again: “Gun control does work in reducing the amount of violent crime. Any look at the statistics comparing our rates of violent crime to those of Western Europe is enough to demonstrate that clearly.” […]

No legal way to get there from here

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

SPECIAL TO THE SHOTGUN NEWS Back on Nov. 15, “Reason” magazine headlined their story, by senior editor Radley Balko, “New Jersey man gets seven years for being a responsible gun owner.” Sounds a bit far-fetched — unless you’ve ever had dealings with the anti-gun madness in some of our coastal states, where illegal alien gang […]

The federal Eliminating Prosperity Agency

Monday, February 7th, 2011

House Republicans, anxious to make good on last fall’s campaign promises, are determined to promote early passage of a law ordering the Environmental Protection Agency to refrain from enacting costly and job-destroying regulations aimed at limited carbon dioxide emissions, supposedly to halt “man-made global warming.” Since the EPA claims to act under a “Clean Air […]

Glad they got rid of those ‘intrusive’ Census forms

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

Last year, Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller stopped by our office here in the Stephens Media bunker, escorting a guy from the Census Bureau. Their joint message: Tell people to fill out their census forms, since the count will be used to distribute lots of goodies from Washington. I politely told our guests I […]

A mom who cared

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

America’s system of compulsory public schools is based on the premise that “professional educators” (people with degrees not in science or literature but in “education”) can do a better job schooling the nation’s children than if that job were left up to their parents, as it was before the Civil War, when Alexis de Tocqueville […]