Archive for February, 2008

Night of the Living Democrats

Friday, February 29th, 2008

If you ever saw George Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” or any of its many sequels, you know that it’s not enough merely to nail some boards across the front door. The zombies will break in through the windows! Through the cellar! Anywhere! Like Democrats trying to bring in nationalized health insurance through the […]

What if they held a convention, and everybody came?

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

The question posed by one local letter-writer — “If the Democratic Party can’t successfully stage a convention in a city that hosts hundreds of conventions a year, how will they fare at something really complicated, like running our country?” — is not entirely fair. Local Clark County (Las Vegas) political conventions, for either major party, […]

Another workers’ paradise, ready for the dumpster

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Word that ailing Cuban dictator, “president” Fidel Castro, has decided to step aside and turn over the reins of power to his younger brother (how democratic!) appears to be evoking some predictable nostalgia from America’s political left, which holds that Cuba is an economic basket case only because the United States viciously allows the island […]

Every shooter crazy ’bout a gun-free zone

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

I see where Clark County Schools Superintendent Walt Rulffes has responded to the drive-by murder of a 15-year-old Palo Verde High School inmate by another one of Mr. Rullfes’ young charges not by admitting a failure of his own tutelage (the first responsibility of educators, surely, being to mold character), but instead by whining it’s […]

They laugh today, but desperate looters will ‘get it’ soon enough

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Struggling to close a $4.4 billion state government budget gap caused by excessive spending — as is usually the case, revenues continue to rise — Democratic Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer has proposed making New York’s illicit drug dealers pay a tax on their stashes. The new tax would apply to cocaine, heroin and marijuana, and […]

Guns? Will People Be Allowed To Go There And Shoot Guns?

Monday, February 18th, 2008

More than 100 irate Las Vegas newcomers crowded into a meeting room at the Aliante Public Library on the evening of Feb. 13, jeering, heckling and throwing things at elected officials and Clark County staff invited to explain plans — 24 years in the works — to build a 900-acre shooting park in the empty […]

Lock Them Away, And Don’t Allow The Day

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

Last week, we again delved into John Taylor Gatto’s invaluable text “The Underground History of American Education,” citing his summary of the career of George Washington. The point of Mr. Gatto — a former New York city and state (government) Teacher of the Year — when he summarizes the careers of men like Washington, Franklin, […]

Vegas judge jails unhappy customer

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

Diana Bickel is upset with the east side jewelry store called Tower of Jewels, at 896 E. Sahara Ave. She contends a one-carat engagement diamond which jewelers at the store set in a ring at her behest proceeded to fall out of its setting one month later. Tower of Jewels attorney Aaron Maurice says store […]

Current schools guarantee there can be no new Washingtons

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

George Washington remains the greatest man of our age. But he was no genius. That our children don’t really know of Washington’s greatness is a devastating indictment of our current schools. As little as a century ago, American children memorized the Farewell Address, with its stern warning against “entangling European alliances.” Why do you suppose […]

Light Up, Get Fat – It’s The Patriotic Thing To Do

Friday, February 8th, 2008

In their private lives — what today we would call “lifestyle choices” — there’s a tradition in America and particularly here in the West to let our neighbors alone, in hopes of being let alone, ourselves. An imperfect tradition, but one in which we continue to make progress. One of the great exceptions is in […]