Archive for March, 2011

The new ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

I never thought of the desert town of Pahrump a bastion of Political Correctness, but new Nye County Assessor Shirley Matson seems to have stirred some PC ire, west of the mountain, by sending a quasi-official email to Nye County Sheriff Tony DeMeo, asking to him to determine whether allegedly non-English-speaking laborers working to build […]

And it’s one, two, three, what are we fighting for?

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

On Dec. 20, 2007, the most likely setting for American military intervention on everyone’s minds was Iran, not Libya. (Like waiting to mount your favorite horse on the merry-go-round, don’t despair — just wait awhile and it’ll come ’round again.)

Government by Mad Hatter

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

It seemed so easy. No need to wait for dull-witted consumers to decide on their own, based on free-market price signals, to make changes in their household fixtures and behavior that might save them some money on their gasoline, water, and electric bills. That could take forever! Instead, an elite blessed with vastly superior wisdom […]

What’s ‘the deal’ with the Nation of Islam panhandlers?

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Eighteen-year Las Vegas police officer Laurie Bisch keeps running for sheriff against her boss, Doug Gillespie. She says her independent attitude sometimes makes her feel “like a woman without a country” when she goes to work — though other officers have been known to approach her in private and thank her for raising issues others […]

Be the first kid on your block to live in a cardboard box

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

As we saw last week in the “Girl Scout cookies” case out of Savannah, Georgia, government — which was supposed to provide a level playing field by providing courts of law and barring interstate tariffs but otherwise stay out of the way — is destroying our economy, largely to protect the jobs of all its […]

Jail for ‘petty’ crimes

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Hundreds of felons now clog Nevada prisons — serving sentences of one to 10 years on charges of “felony burglary” — for offenses as “minor” as stealing food from Walmart or clothes from T.J. Maxx. A bill debated March 2 before the Assembly Judiciary Committee would make these non-violent, “category B” felons eligible for an […]

Government ‘service’: kicking Girl Scouts off the sidewalk

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

I’ve been editing newspapers long enough to have seen at least two waves of “bubble” job applicants. Back in the late 1980s, in Arizona, I advertised some relatively low-paying, modest-benefit newspaper jobs — stuff for which we would normally have expected to receive a dozen applications. Instead, we got 50. Many resumes had been jimmied […]

The boat had a yard arm, didn’t it?

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

On Feb. 22, one week ago, Bible missionaries Scott and Jean Adams, 70 and 68, of Marina del Rey, Calif., and traveling companions Bob Riggle, 67, and Phyllis Macay, 59, of Seattle, were shot and killed aboard the Adams’ 58-foot sloop The Quest by Somali pirates in the Arabian Sea between Somalia and Iran. The […]