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Entries from May 2012

Reno’s Annular Eclipse – Back Yard Photos!

May 20th, 2012 · 3 Comments

Today, of course, we here in northern Nevada were lucky enough to be in the path of an annular solar eclipse.  If you’re really into the science of it, here’s a great article.  Since I’m not as smart as Ethan Siegel, though (which is why I blog about politics instead of astrophysics), I’ll just share […]

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Tags: Life · Space

How a State Party Destroys Itself – And How Nevada Republicans Might Actually Come Out Ahead in the End

May 17th, 2012 · 2 Comments

There was a lot of news today about the continuing implosion of the State GOP.  The Clark County (Vegas) Central Committee voted to condemn the RNC chair for (gasp!) supporting the (yes, “the”) Republican Presidential candidate, erroneously claiming rules were violated.  Outside conservative organizations like Americans for Prosperity are overtly announcing themselves as alternatives to […]

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Tags: Nevada Politics · Republicans

The Flexibility of Statistics and the Real US Jobs Picture

May 10th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Today on Nevada Newsmakers we had a spirited discussion about the unemployment rate, with a claim that the number of jobs has actually been increasing under President Obama.  (You can see the full panel discussion here – it was much feistier than usual!)  I threw out some rough approximation of stats during the debate (you […]

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Tags: Economy · Media Alert

So Ron Paul Supporters “Win” – But What Exactly Did They Win?

May 8th, 2012 · 13 Comments

Ron Paul supporters in Nevada had their crowning achievement this weekend – they “took over” the state party.  It took them four years of planning, coordination, and subterfuge, but they won a smashing victory over the weekend by sticking it to “The Establishment”. And in doing so, they (at best) did nothing.  At worst, they […]

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Tags: Campaign '12 · Constitutional Law · Constitutionalists · Corruption · Libertarians · Mike Roberson · Mitt Romney · Principles · Republicans · Ron Paul · Sharron Angle

Ron Paul Campaign: So What If We Cheat? Whaddyagonnadoaboudit?

May 1st, 2012 · 24 Comments

The goal of my last post on the Ron Paul Campaign’s exhortations to lie, cheat, and steal was to shine as bright a light as possible on their dishonorable and ultimately self destructive tactics.  I’m not alone amongst principled conservatives – Ned Barnett in particular has been doing yeoman’s work in ferreting out the hypocrisy […]

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Tags: Campaign '12 · Republicans · Ron Paul · Voter Fraud