Archive for April, 2009

Do You Believe In Magic?

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Arlen Specter, who as an ambitious young counsel to the Warren Commission intimidated witness Jean Hill in an attempt to make her repudiate her statement that she heard four to six shots at Dealey Plaza on Nov. 23, 1963, was also the chief architect of the “magic bullet theory,” in which a single bullet from […]

Mob rule

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

On a party line vote, the Democrat-dominated Nevada Assembly on Tuesday backed a bill designed to neuter the 538-member Electoral College, guaranteeing the presidential candidate who wins the national popular plurality will always be declared president. The purpose of Assembly Bill 413 is to see to it that Nevada’s five electoral votes go to the […]

Making Shit Up Out Of Thin Air

Monday, April 20th, 2009

On Thursday, The Associated Press reported “Nevada faces the largest budget deficit in the country for the upcoming fiscal year, according to a recent survey of states by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, a liberal Washington, D.C., think tank. “Nevada will have a 30 percent gap between spending and revenue, edging out Arizona, […]

Readers fire back on Drug War, 401(k) plans

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Kevin writes in from Buffalo, N.Y., in response to my March 15 column, “Prohibitionists force pain patients to live in agony”: Mr. Suprynowicz, Thank you for this article. As a chronic pain patient, I find it more and more difficult to get prescriptions for the medication I need to have a quality of life worth […]

‘Rightwing extremists’ are concerned about ‘restrictions on firearms ownership and use’

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Back in March, an unnamed Missouri police officer leaked to the press a report issued by the Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) — part of the law enforcement “fusion” effort now being organized by the Department of Homeland Security around the country — titled “The Modern Militia Movement” and dated Feb. 20, 2009. The MIAC […]

Are the lawmakers going to sell their cars to cover the $3.5 million?

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Attempting to restore both morale and fiscal sanity to a county hospital whose previous gang of imported Chicago operators face indictments for misappropriation of funds — a public hospital still hemorrhaging cash and thus requiring taxpayer subsidies at unacceptable levels — new (local) CEO Kathy Silver and her management team had some tough cost-cutting decisions […]

‘It’s just automatic; there’s nothing we can do about it’

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

I’m very lucky. Despite what our energetic young bankers-turned-derivative-peddlers have done — are still doing, that’s the amazing part — to our economy, I still have a job. I was going to say I’m doubly lucky because it’s a cushy job that allows me to sit inside all summer in an air-conditioned office, but that […]

Stopping common citizens from having guns

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

John Browning’s Model 1911 pistol, an engineering wonder for its day, still serves as a design platform for much modern pistolsmithing. Old examples, especially with military markings, are now highly prized on the collector market, where they can bring hundreds or even thousands of dollars each. Yet 16 years ago, early in the Clinton administration, […]

Then, on the sixth day, He took over the auto industry …

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

The typical American automobile in the early 1920s was easy to describe. It was boxy and black, offered a manual transmission only, and sported a straight-up four-cylinder engine. Creature comforts were few. On the bright side, if your car tipped over on a sharp turn — as the top-heavy contraptions were wont to do — […]