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Entries from November 2011

Appealing To the Center and Fidelity to Principle Don’t Have To Be Mutually Exclusive

November 30th, 2011 · Comments Off on Appealing To the Center and Fidelity to Principle Don’t Have To Be Mutually Exclusive

Thomas Sowell has a great column on this topic that’s very worth reading, especially here in Nevada where various elections have been (quite wrongly, in my view) analyzed based on whether a candidate was “too conservative” or not. Senator Goldwater was not crazy enough to start a nuclear war. But the way he talked sometimes […]

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Tags: Campaign '12 · Nevada Politics · Principles · Republicans

PLAN – Progressive Liberals Accidentally Nakedly-exposed

November 28th, 2011 · Comments Off on PLAN – Progressive Liberals Accidentally Nakedly-exposed

OK – it’s really the “Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada”.  But while their acronym is catchier and far less awkward (oh, thesaurus, you totally left me hangin’), mine is much more accurate. Consider this recent post about the #Occupy “movement” by PLAN’s state director, Bob Fulkerson, wherein he: Openly advocates criminal activity; Equates the protesters […]

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Tags: Class Warfare · Corporations · Hippies · Liberals · Nevada Politics · Socialism

Was Harry Reid Out of Bounds to Blame Conservatism for the Caughlin Fire?

November 25th, 2011 · Comments Off on Was Harry Reid Out of Bounds to Blame Conservatism for the Caughlin Fire?

In a word, no.  That doesn’t mean he was correct – he wasn’t.  But it’s fair to contemplate how the actions of our government officials – and their stewardship of public money – affect our everyday lives. Last week, while the Caughlin Fire(s) were still raging all over Reno, before a cause of the fire […]

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Tags: Deficits and Debt · Harry Reid · Nevada Politics

Why Is an American Law School Advocating for Global Tyranny?

November 19th, 2011 · 4 Comments

“Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own […]

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Tags: Education · Lawyers and the Law · Socialism

The Fire

November 18th, 2011 · 2 Comments

To all my friends not in Reno who are worried, we’re OK and hopefully far enough from the conflagration that there’s no need to worry. For everyone else, please say a prayer for our friends and neighbors who are less lucky, and if you can, help out those who are going to need it in […]

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Tags: Life

“Ethically Bankrupt”

November 18th, 2011 · 7 Comments

My last post on activist/blogger Chuck Muth’s unethical and likely illegal participation in a political campaign sparked a response from Mr. Muth that’s worth commenting on for a couple of reasons – not the least of which is the spectacle of someone incriminating themselves so profoundly. 

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Tags: Campaign '12 · Lawyers and the Law · Nevada Politics · Sea Stories

Does The Latest Attempt Of The Media To Secretly Meddle In GOP Politics and Pit Republicans Against Each Other…

November 15th, 2011 · 15 Comments

… Come From a Supposed Conservative? In case you missed it, there are three Republicans now running in what will almost certainly be state Senate District 18 down in Las Vegas.  Michele Fiore is one, and the other two are sitting State Assemblymen, Scott Hammond and Richard McArthur.  I’ve observed both of the Assemblymen in […]

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Tags: Campaign '12 · Nevada Politics · Republicans

Updated Blogroll – Come Join It!!!

November 15th, 2011 · Comments Off on Updated Blogroll – Come Join It!!!

Bob Hastings put up a very interesting post about the sudden departure of KOH’s Bill Manders, lamenting the loss of local conservative media.  And while local, talented talk radio is something any community should always want more of, and is something Northern Nevada has a serious scarcity of, we don’t have to just complain.  Every […]

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Tags: Housekeeping · Media

Why I Love Amodei…

November 15th, 2011 · Comments Off on Why I Love Amodei…

Via Ralston, Mark Amodei’s statement on the Congressional Insider Trading scandal (is there a “-gate” for this yet?) reminds me why he’s one of the few politicians I’ve ever enthusiastically voted for: “The American people don’t have a lot of trust when it comes to Washington, D.C. and Members of Congress. They say that sunlight […]

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Tags: 1st Amendment · Corruption · Mark Amodei

Can We Please Get a Little Perspective On Herman Cain’s “Scandal”?

November 3rd, 2011 · 2 Comments

When Bill Clinton was being impeached for perjury, I was beyond annoyed with the whole spectacle.  It’s not that I don’t think perjury should be taken seriously – it should.  And it wasn’t that I was a Bill Clinton fan – far from it. But the sanctimony and obvious political hackery at the heart of […]

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Tags: Campaign '12 · Herman Cain · Media · Mitt Romney · Obama · Ron Paul

Expensive Redundancy

November 2nd, 2011 · Comments Off on Expensive Redundancy

Mike Chamberlain has a great post questioning the mission creep of the Clark County School District Police, who are writing tickets far beyond their jurisdictions.  He’s right to question the costs of them coloring outside of their lines. But the larger question should be this – why do we have separate school police departments at […]

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Tags: Big Government

The Night Halloween Got #Occupied At My House

November 1st, 2011 · 4 Comments

My family and I love Halloween.  Every year we get bigger and better decorations for the house, and I’ve discovered that trick-or-treating is even more fun as an adult passing out candy or going around with a toddler than it ever was when I was a little Freddy Krueger or Orko. Last night was the […]

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Tags: Class Warfare · Hippies · Silliness