Archive for February, 2009

Here come the ‘big, bold ideas’!

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Preening that Nevada could lead the nation in linking job creation to energy efficiency, state Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford detailed his “green jobs” initiative to a legislative panel in Carson City last Friday. SB152 would use federal stimulus funds to train an estimated 3,200 workers at a cost of about $3,500 each, and cover […]

The Great Shaman Shamboozle

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

Steve McIntyre appears to have caught NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in a slight problem with the backup data for the outfit’s “2008 was the hottest October on record” globaloney. (See The GISS computerized maps seemed to show readings 10 degrees higher than normal all across Russia for the month in question, […]

‘I am here to say Nevada has never thrown money at the problem’

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

After decades of watching state welfare bureaucracies and their budgets increase by double-digit percentages, the economic slowdown finally hit. Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons announced late last year those budgets will have to be pruned by a modest 9.3 percent — some $2.3 billion — for the upcoming biennium.

‘This student should have to pay some price’

Friday, February 20th, 2009

A few weeks after Proposition 8 was approved by California voters back in November — banning same-sex marriage there — Professor John Matteson apparently assigned members of his public speaking class at Los Angeles City College to address the issue. Did the instructor actually expect all his students would adhere to the minority position — […]

With the dawn, cackling, come the crows and the lawyers

Monday, February 16th, 2009

It’s too early for the crow or even the mockingbird to put in an appearance, but mourning doves greet the gray first light as a family of Gambel’s quail stirs in the ground cover. The eastern sky shows faint yellow and pink as down near the mission the homeless guys roll out of their bedrolls […]

The impact of airborne frogs on the stratospheric ozone layer

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

The mailbag being nearly full, and your loyal correspondent thanks to a sinus headache having been shuffling around this past week like the archetypal Vulcan in the old “Spock’s Brain” Star Trek episode (third season, original series), herewith some recent missives of interest: Brian writes in:

Ever tried to ‘actively manage’ a 401(k) account?

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

On Jan. 10, Los Angeles Times columnist Tim Rutten penned a column on the recent tumble of the nation’s 401(k) tax-deferred retirement accounts. “There’s been little discussion of the way in which this economic implosion has exposed the utter failure of the now-ubiquitous 401(k) retirement accounts,” Mr. Rutten offered. “In fact, the entire 401(k) system […]

‘They can’t tell you you’re going to fail. He has to run it’

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Peggy Brown, a retired poker dealer whom I’ve known for some years as an upstanding and truthful sort, writes in that her 2003 Dodge Neon was in storage for nine months while she was out of state. When she got back, “I needed to get it re-registered and get new plates for it.”