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Entries from May 2008

Kept in Poverty and Ignorance – For Your Own Good!

May 31st, 2008 · Comments Off on Kept in Poverty and Ignorance – For Your Own Good!

What would you do if you found out that your home town was actually isolated from the wider world?  What if you discovered that people in the rest of the world had technology yet unheard of that improved their lives, allowed them to communicate more easily, and made their homes more comfortable and more safe […]

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Media Alert

May 31st, 2008 · Comments Off on Media Alert

I’ll be a small part of an article in the Reno Gazette-Journal this weekend, or so I’m told that’s when it’ll be published.  The piece is about one of my clients who served in Iraq.  Hopefully it’ll remain up on their website until I get back from Alaska!

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“Attacking” the Troops

May 31st, 2008 · 5 Comments

Call this a belated Memorial Day post, but today I saw an opinion item that really irritated me.  In the LA Times, Edward Humes, not a veteran himself, attacked John McCain for his correct opposition to an “updated” GI Bill.  The headline was, “McCain’s Attack on Vets,” and subheaded, “His respectful rhetoric isn’t matched by […]

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Tags: John McCain · Patriotism · Veterans

Global Warming Climate Change Causes Greater Clarity in Lake Tahoe

May 13th, 2008 · 2 Comments

This wasn’t the headline on the article that appeared on the front page of today’s Reno Gazette-Journal. But following the logic of most of the alarmist pieces about “global warming,” it should have been. After all, there is the “undeniable truth” that the planet is warming, and stuff is happening in our environment at the […]

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Tags: Global Warming

An Open Letter to the Punk Kid Who Threw His Apple-Bong In My Yard

May 7th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Dear Punk Kid, Yesterday I was in my yard when I noticed a half eaten green apple sitting in the middle of my back lawn.  As we haven’t bought a green apple in some time, there is only one conclusion as to its origin.  You threw it there, Punk. Upon closer inspection, it became clear […]

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Tags: Drugs

McCain on Judges – Can We Trust What He Says?

May 6th, 2008 · 1 Comment

John McCain gave a fantastic speech today on judges, surrounded by conservative legal stalwarts like Ted Olson and Fred Thompson.  It was music to the ears of anyone who believes that, when it comes to protecting the sovereignty of the individual, there is no more important issue in a presidential election than picking the right […]

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Tags: 1st Amendment · John McCain · Judges

The Free Market and the Environment

May 5th, 2008 · Comments Off on The Free Market and the Environment

Today I had to go get my car smog checked.  It’s an annual requirement here in Nevada before you can get your license plates renewed, and considering the temperature inversions that can keep a lot of choking pollution at ground level here in the Truckee Meadows, I think it’s not a bad one.  Your individual […]

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Tags: Environment · Free Markets

May the Fourth Be With You

May 4th, 2008 · 2 Comments

I know. I’m sorry.

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Tags: Silliness

The Ron Paul Republican Suicide Vests

May 3rd, 2008 · 2 Comments

The Paulestineans’ antics last weekend at the Nevada State GOP Convention have really left me thinking that they are more than just irritating oddballs, but are actually threat to conservatism in America, at least in the short term. Like the Jihadists who would rather blow themselves up than compromise with their neighbors or engage in […]

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Tags: Republicans · Ron Paul