Archive for October, 2011

Was jail guard’s death an ‘off-duty event’?

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

The story filed Sept. 16 on the Channel 8 Web site was brief: “A Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department corrections officer died Thursday night after crashing into a truck in downtown Las Vegas. “Victor Hunter may have suffered a heart attack before crashing into the back of a pickup truck at Main Street and Bonneville […]

What about existing businesses?

Monday, October 24th, 2011

The firm currently has only seven employees. Nonetheless, the recent decision of Walls 360 — a graphic arts firm that licenses images from children’s books and video games to make life-size wall art — to relocate from San Francisco to downtown Las Vegas is welcome news to a city that’s struggled with the financial effects […]

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 […]

Only a few billion left: Quick, let’s subsidize a perpetual motion machine!

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Imagine some Great Reformer back in 1650 had decided we needed to replace sailing craft, since it took so many men to run a sailing ship that they had to live crammed together in wall-to-wall hammocks, with little hygiene and even less privacy, under a discipline little better than slavery? Imagine a powerful government at […]

Repeat after me: I will never again be an ‘employer’

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

There are Alien Abduction and crop circle Web sites. There are Web sites that argue the Holocaust and the moon missions were faked. And now, at www.propublica.org/blog/item/whats-the-evidence-that-regulations-kill-jobs, you can read about how regulation doesn’t cost jobs, since all jobs lost in the regulated industries are replaced by new and better jobs in the regulatory agencies […]

Tolerance?

Friday, October 7th, 2011

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (and here I thought Muslim residents of America generally WERE Americans, which would make that read “Council on American-American relations”) busies itself urging American college campuses to bar “anti-Islamic speakers,” revealing a modest blind spot when it comes to the American tradition of widespread tolerance of differing viewpoints that led […]

Destroying Americans’ health and wealth, one boondoggle at a time

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

I see where “authorities” (so many BDU-clad narcs want in on the action that no one even tries any more to list all the outfits currently operating under the rubric of the “multi-agency narcotics team” or the “High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program”) began removing another 9,400 marijuana plants from the mountains west of Las […]

Shaping up as another Teapot Dome

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Nevada, widely acknowledged to be “Ground Zero” of the Great Recession, needs both cheap and plentiful electricity, and jobs. President Obama has acknowledged, more than once, that the great historic generator of jobs and sustainable wealth in this country has always been the private sector. Private investors have already rendered a judgment on the productive […]