Archive for the 'About Town' Category

‘Blood on their hands’?

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

(Note: A version of this column appears in the Nov. 10 edition of “Firearms News,” on newsstands next week.)

The Way Things Work in Vegas . . . Part Two

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

(Our first installment ended with a lengthy excerpt from Tom Conley, a former civilian police captain, senior-level commissioned officer in the United States Navy Reserve, and certified U.S. Department of Defense counter-terrorism instructor, posted at the “Security” magazine Web site on Oct. 13 ( https://www.securitymagazine.com/blogs/14-security-blog/post/88391-the-las-vegas-massacre-the-anatomy-of-a-catastrophic-security-failure .)

The Way Things Work in Vegas . . . Part One

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Our friend Ernie Hancock, who runs the Freedom’s Phoenix radio show and Web site down in Phoenix ( http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Front-Page.htm ) claims I originated the dictum that -– if you want the straight dope on any big, controversial news event -– you just need to “wait three weeks” for the official “massaged for the masses” narrative […]

Defying the Health Nazis’ edicts

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

On June 3, the little twice-a-week “Pahrump Valley Times” re-ran an article from its parent publication, the daily Las Vegas Adelson-Journal, reporting the health of older folks in Nevada is about as bad as it can get.

“A Fount of Strange Wisdom”

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Post title pilfered from this Reason “Hit and Run” blog post. Images mainly stolen from McAfee’s F***book pages, here and here.

Is Donald the GOP’s Doctor Doom?

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

A friend who’s a Republican (hey, no one’s perfect) writes to ask: “In your opinion, with The Donald at the GOP’s helm, are we doomed? I say nay, but others say oh hell yes. I think Hillary is too unsavory for most to support while the Donald’s brashness appeals to the lowest (voting) common denominator. […]

‘The Annual Roosevelt-Kennedy Dinner’

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

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.

Adelson henchmen cleaning house

Friday, April 29th, 2016

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.

The First Thing You Won’t Be Investigating . . .

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

I see where the (still) daily Las Vegas Review-Journal sold late last week for more than $140 million — seven times its earnings for the most recent 12 months and thus somewhat above the morning paper’s market value, as figured by some who focus on its declining display advertising pages (hardly a unique predicament, in […]

A few recent listings — ‘The High End’

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

So, there you are at the yard sale, confronted by boxes of old books, records, and miscellany. What do you look for? “Buy what you like,” has long been good advice. Until you learn to grade for condition — and to tell a first edition from a later reissue or even (God forbid) a book […]



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