I grew up in a New England Democratic family. Since politics were a matter of culture and ethnicity (I never actually heard it described that way — we just knew), it would have seemed unnatural for us Swamp Yankees to be anything else.
My friend John L Smith — 30-year star columnist of the (still) daily Las Vegas Review-Journal — resigned Tuesday after the paper’s new casino mouthpiece management banned him from writing columns about the newspaper’s owner, billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson, The Guardian reported this week at http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/26/columnist-resigns-sheldon-adelson-las-vegas-review-journal.
(A version of the following missive appears in the summer edition of CJ Hadley’s Range magazine, on newsstands May 1:)
(A version of this column appears in the May 10 edition of “Firearms News,” formerly “Shotgun News,” on newsstands this week.)
Arnold Knightly, editor of the Pahrump Valley Times (which is owned by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, a newspaper that’s gotten rid of all its own libertarian columnists and editorial writers) recently ran an Op-ed by our friend Thomas Knapp, via the good offices of the William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism, challenging the old canard about “not wasting your vote” on anyone but the interchangeable Republicrats, since of course “No one else can win.” On March 25, I sent in a response:
(A version of this column appears in the March 10 edition of “Firearms News,” formerly “Shotgun News.”)
America is not in the midst of a big crime wave. Gun ownership is way up, and violent crime rates are down across the board (See “Gun homicides, violence, down sharply in past 20 years”, http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/08/us/study-gun-homicide/index.html , and “FBI report confirms crime fell while gun purchases soared”, http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2014/11/10/fbi-report-confirms-crime-fell-while-gun-purchases-soared-in-2013/ ) . . . proving empirically what gun-owners have long argued: An armed society is a polite society.
Sneaky, devious, diabolical? Decide for yourself. This first short (5:35) video offers a cursory overview of a potentially huge issue:
The Library of Congress announced a few years back that it will now archive the collected works of Twitter, the cell-phone text messaging service, whose users currently send a daily flood of 55 million messages, none containing more than 140 characters.