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Entries from December 2011

#Occupied Again!

December 30th, 2011 · Comments Off on #Occupied Again!

The other day these guys were protesting on the sidewalk between my office and the courthouse.  I thought they were just a regular #Occupy protest, and most of them looked the part.  (Yes, how you dress matters, hippies.  If you want to be taken seriously, shower, shave, take the fishing tackle out of your face, […]

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Tags: Big Government · Class Warfare · Hippies

A Tale of Two Inadequately Argued Election Law Allegations

December 29th, 2011 · Comments Off on A Tale of Two Inadequately Argued Election Law Allegations

Republicans in Clark County have been up in arms over some new election regulations being pushed through by the Secretary of State’s Office over the holidays.  I admit, the timing is very suspicious, and should alone raise all kinds of red flags.  But the article on it is frustrating, because nowhere is there any hint […]

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Tags: 1st Amendment · Constitutional Law · Corruption · Nevada Politics · Partisanship · Republicans · Sharron Angle · Voter Fraud

The World is Too Dangerous for Ron Paul

December 29th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Ron Anderson at Local So-and-So explains why he’s still in Paul’s camp, in spite of The Newsletters.  Ace of Spades explains why he is not.  (Hint:  It’s much, much, much more than newsletters.) I respect where Ron (Anderson) is coming from, but I’m with Ace. 

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Tags: Campaign '12 · Foreign Policy · Iran · Obama · Ron Paul · Sea Stories

Welcome Leadership in Carson City

December 29th, 2011 · Comments Off on Welcome Leadership in Carson City

A couple of days ago I came across this really nice piece on Clark County’s Senator Mike Roberson.  We’re extremely lucky to have this guy in Carson City.  In fact, I would argue that the entire Senate GOP Caucus – with its nice mix of veterans and folks with fresh passion – was the most […]

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Tags: Mike Roberson · Nevada Politics · Republicans

Merry Christmas!

December 25th, 2011 · 1 Comment

On this Christmas Day I come bearing the gift of Cuteness!  If this little video doesn’t help put you in the Holiday Spirit, I just don’t know what can. And just for fun for the nerdier amongst my readership, here’s a theoretical astrophysicist with the scientific background of Lillian’s story. Merry Christmas and a wondrous […]

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Tags: Housekeeping · Silliness

Thank You, RGJ!

December 23rd, 2011 · Comments Off on Thank You, RGJ!

I’m very honored by this – thank you, RGJ!

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Tags: Housekeeping

There’s a Lesson Here – Don’t Blog Angry

December 23rd, 2011 · 10 Comments

This is a funny little lesson on getting one’s facts straight. Today, I noticed that Chuck Muth had written a blog post about me, one which is just a straight up, flat out, verifiable flasehood.  There’s no other word for it.  I understand he’s upset with me for exposing his Republican-harming unethical conduct in the […]

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Tags: Assembly 25 Campaign · Crime · Housekeeping · Nevada Politics

Mitt Romney’s Very Strange Definition of “Conservative”

December 22nd, 2011 · Comments Off on Mitt Romney’s Very Strange Definition of “Conservative”

Mitt Romney has always been my default candidate in this race.  He’s acceptable, good enough, has some points about him I really like, could beat Obama, and ultimately would be a vastly better President than the current one.  And his resume is full of taking economically failing institutions and slashing their waste until they’re successful […]

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Tags: Assembly 25 Campaign · Campaign '12 · Constitutional Law · Federalism · Health Care · Mitt Romney · Newt Gingrich · Principles

Hey AP – You Can Speak Ill of the Dead When the Dead is Il

December 18th, 2011 · 3 Comments

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Kim Jong Il, North Korea’s mercurial and enigmatic longtime leader, has died of heart failure. He was 69. “Mercurial”?  “Enigmatic”?  Are you frickin’ kidding me?  How about “evil”?  How about “crazy”?  How about “murderous” or “terrorist sponsor” or “nuclear arms dealer to the Taliban/Iran/various & sundry Baddies”? And how about […]

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Tags: Culture · Media · North Korea

Newt Gingrich, the Judiciary, and the Principle of Limited Government

December 18th, 2011 · Comments Off on Newt Gingrich, the Judiciary, and the Principle of Limited Government

I missed last Thursday’s debate where Newt Gingrich and Michelle Bachmann took aim at the Supreme Court, and indeed, the Federal Judiciary generally.  But since then Newt has kept at it, and his answers make me incredibly nervous. The principle of limited government means that government must be strictly limited – even if you like […]

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Tags: Big Government · Campaign '12 · Constitutional Law · Criminal Law · Judges · Lawyers and the Law · Newt Gingrich · Principles

Nevada Politics – Left, Right, & Center

December 14th, 2011 · 1 Comment

I’m very excited to announce that my quiet little corner of the Blogosphere is about to get a little less quiet.  A new, national site called Politics in Stereo has just launched – the idea is to have a state-by-state lineup of various local points of view, and I’m very proud to have been asked […]

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Tags: Housekeeping · Nevada Politics

Jon Huntsman and the Politics of Subtraction

December 13th, 2011 · Comments Off on Jon Huntsman and the Politics of Subtraction

I feel like I’ve spent a lot of time lately on this blog complaining about the politics of subtraction practiced by the more (allegedly) rightward wing of the party.  But it’s worth looking at the perils of subtracting from the other side of the equation, too. A few of my more moderate Republican friends lament […]

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Tags: Campaign '12 · Republicans

Yes, Rules of Credibility Apply to Blogs, Too

December 13th, 2011 · 4 Comments

I don’t understand why the following concept is difficult to understand:  If you are are working for or with a particular candidate, and then you write and publish an opinion piece lovin’ on that candidate or hatin’ on his or her opponent, you must disclose that relationship if you want to maintain any credibility whatsoever. […]

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Tags: 1st Amendment · Campaign '12 · Nevada Politics

Pearl Harbor – Modern Memories on an Anniversary of Infamy

December 7th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Today, of course, is the 70th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Last year, the Reno Gazette-Journal carried a rather odd editorial (sadly, it doesn’t appear to be archived) which I thought painted a pretty inaccurate picture of what Pearl Harbor is like today.  The editorial essentially argued that the attack had been forgotten, […]

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Tags: Military Service · Sea Stories · Veterans · War on Terror

How Do You Limit Corruption In Government? Limit Government Itself

December 6th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Jon Ralston wrote a fascinating column this weekend arguing for reforms to the Legislature that were inspired in part by NPRI’s recent lawsuit arguing that state employees cannot legally serve in the State Assembly or Senate.  Primary among Ralston’s complaints is the part-time nature of the Legislature itself.  He argues: But the worst and most […]

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Tags: Big Government · Nevada Politics

“They’ve been shamed by life.”

December 3rd, 2011 · Comments Off on “They’ve been shamed by life.”

Via Big Hollywood, Adam Carolla on the #Occupiers.  So, so, so awesome.  (Also gloriously vulgar – fair warning.)

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Tags: Big Government

What’s Wrong With This Headline?

December 3rd, 2011 · Comments Off on What’s Wrong With This Headline?

There are two things that can in my view most significantly impact the quality of news reporting – ignorance and bias.  This headline shows both.

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Tags: Islam and Islamists · Media

Maybe Let’s Not Kill ALL the Lawyers…

December 1st, 2011 · 1 Comment

Bruce Feher shared a post today accusing the Democrats of being “The Lawyer’s Party.”  That’s not necessarily wrong, and there is much to criticize in a litigious and over-regulated society.  But the post goes further and attacks the profession generally.  While even I appreciate a good lawyer joke (and believe me, I’ve heard them all), […]

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Tags: Lawyers and the Law