Archive for January, 2013

‘This motel is hereby under arrest’

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Civil forfeiture is the government power to take property suspected of involvement in a crime. And unlike cases of criminal forfeiture — the seizure of ill-gotten gains after a criminal conviction — police can seize property without so much as charging the owner with any crime. This led to some widely publicized cases, a few […]

From my mailbox

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

On Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 1:11 PM, Cxxxxxx Cxxxx wrote (reproduced below without edit, remarkably): Dear Mr. Suprynowicz,

The ‘military designed’ weapon

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

I see where freshman Nevada Congressman Steven Horsford, the Democrat who believes big oil companies receive subsidy checks signed by the Secretary of the Treasury, but who at least is no longer in the position to call last-minute weekend meetings at the Nevada State Senate to shift state moneys out of public-school budgets and into […]

Still trying to propitiate the sun god

Friday, January 25th, 2013

The National Resources Defense Council has placed Nevada first in the West and sixth in the nation for heat records broken in the year 2012. According to the environmental activists, 36 heat records fell across Nevada last year, with 12 of the state’s 17 counties experiencing record-breaking temperatures. Nevada also experienced 14 rainfall records in […]

Clowns to the left of us, jokers to the right

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

It’s been half a century since Jack Finney’s 1954 novel (and Don Siegel’s 1956 film adaptation) “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” introduced us to the notion of “pod people” — creatures that look like our neighbors but turn out to be pod-grown clones lacking nearly all human qualities including, presumably, any sense of irony. If […]

Where now, Grand Old Party?

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

The divided Republican Party failed to mount much of a get-out-the-vote campaign this fall. Here in the battleground state of Nevada, National Republican forces, wary of a state party whose largest county organization (Clark) was dominated by a disgruntled Ron Paul insurgency, did an end run around the state GOP apparatus (such as it is), […]

Making a list, checking it twice

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

A newspaper in suburban New York has received a wave of criticism from its readers after publishing the names and addresses of all of the local residents with handgun permits in its coverage area, reported WHAS-TV Channel 11, the local ABC affiliate, on Christmas Day. Hundreds of residents in New York’s Westchester and Rockland counties, […]