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Does the GOP’s Online Gaming Platform Make Them Identical to Democrats?

September 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off on Does the GOP’s Online Gaming Platform Make Them Identical to Democrats?

Robert Fellner has an interesting piece on the GOP’s platform plank to resist the expansion of on-line gambling: The stated justification for this horribly intrusive, un-Constitutional, un-American, nanny-state action that the most hardcore Progressive would be proud of, is that “compulsive gambling is a serious disease” blah blah blah, Why is there no call to […]

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Tags: 1st Amendment · Big Government · Brian Sandoval · Campaign '12 · Federalism · Harry Reid · Health Care · Republicans · Rick Santorum · Social Conservatism

Be Careful What Newt Wishes For…

April 4th, 2012 · 1 Comment

A few months ago, I was seriously considering Newt Gingrich for my caucus vote.  But then he came out with his absurd and dangerous suggestion that the political branches of government have the power to haul federal judges before boards of inquiry, and that they be subject to impeachment if we don’t like their legal […]

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Tags: Big Government · Campaign '12 · Constitutional Law · Health Care · Judges · Mitt Romney · Newt Gingrich · Obama

It’s Not About Sex. It’s About Freedom. And Also About Being Broke.

March 4th, 2012 · Comments Off on It’s Not About Sex. It’s About Freedom. And Also About Being Broke.

I tweeted out this Big Journalism story on the trap Republicans were falling into on this whole birth control mandate issue, with the added commentary, “Focus, people.  Focus.”  It drew several questions and comments both on Twitter and Facebook that I felt were worth discussing. The issue is an important one, but it is important […]

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Tags: 1st Amendment · Big Government · Campaign '12 · Deficits and Debt · Health Care · Islam and Islamists · Nanny State · Obama · Religion · Rick Santorum · Social Conservatism

What Should I Call Posts Like This? Everyone Else Already Uses “Nuggets”…

February 21st, 2012 · 2 Comments

So much great stuff around the Silver State’s Intertubes (and beyond) today… ~~~ Attorney General Cortez-Masto says that the presence of a middle man cures otherwise Unconstitutional transfer of money from government to private industry.  Interesting. I really hope NPRI files a lawsuit over this, if for no other reason than I always get a […]

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Tags: Big Government · Campaign '12 · Constitutional Law · Corruption · Education · Environment · Environmentalists · Federalism · Health Care · Libertarians · Mitt Romney · Nevada Politics · Newt Gingrich · Principles · Religion · Republicans · Rick Santorum · Social Conservatism · Taxes

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

Non-Live Blog of the State of the Union

January 26th, 2011 · Comments Off on Non-Live Blog of the State of the Union

I couldn’t live blog tonight, as I had a class to teach.  But I listened to most of it on the radio, and watched the rest on DVR when I got home. I wish the entire nation could have seen Governor Sandoval’s speech last night, in order to contrast it with this one.  Sandoval gave […]

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Best ObamaCare Legal Analysis Yet

December 15th, 2010 · 3 Comments

University of Chicago Law Professor Richard Epstein makes Virginia v. Sebelius easy to understand for anyone who cares to actually understand the Constitutional (as opposed to policy) arguments against ObamaCare: The key successful move for Virginia was that it found a way to sidestep the well known 1942 decision of the Supreme Court in Wickard […]

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Tags: Constitutional Law · Health Care

In Defense Of Tyranny

November 6th, 2010 · 3 Comments

No, not from me.  From William Saletan at Slate, arguing these midterms were actually a victory for Dems: Politicians have tried and failed for decades to enact universal health care. This time, they succeeded. In 2008, Democrats won the presidency and both houses of Congress, and by the thinnest of margins, they rammed a bill […]

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Tags: Congress · Health Care · Nanny State

Why Nevada Must Challenge ObamaCare

April 13th, 2010 · Comments Off on Why Nevada Must Challenge ObamaCare

Attorney General Cortez-Masto’s decision to ignore the Governor’s request and to not join over one third of the Union in a Constitutional challenge against ObamaCare is a travesty.  The threat to our country and to our state particularly is real and immediate, and our participation in the lawsuit is critical to the rule of law […]

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Tags: Assembly 25 Campaign · Big Government · Constitutional Law · Federalism · First Documents · Health Care · Principles

Liveblogging the State of the Union

January 27th, 2010 · 22 Comments

Well, no big surprises.  He made the same promises that he made a year ago, and the only difference is that now we can be even more sure he won’t keep any of them. The big takeaway from me on this was just how unserious this speech was. 

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Tags: 1st Amendment · Big Government · Campaign '10 · Class Warfare · Congress · Constitutional Law · Corporations · Democrats · Economy · Education · Environment · Federalism · Foreign Policy · Free Markets · George Bush · Global Warming · Health Care · Iraq · Military Service · Nanny State · Obama · Partisanship · Republicans · Taxes · Veterans · War on Terror

There Are Goals, and Then There Are Goals

August 26th, 2009 · 6 Comments

I’m greatly amused over the hippy boycott of their former-favorite grocery store, Whole Foods, over WF CEO John Mackey’s Wall Street Journal Op/Ed on health care reform.  Fortunately for all the working stiff WF employees liberals claim to care about, it doesn’t seem to be hurting the company’s bottom line any. The thing that kills […]

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Tags: Big Government · Federalism · Health Care · Hippies · Nanny State

Do Protests Matter?

August 20th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Considering the absurdity and pointlessness of some lefty protests I’ve seen, I’ve never been sure.  But a friend of mine sent me this article from the New York Times on the subject, which in its left wing absurdity (domestic terrorist Bernardine Dohrn contributes) got me re-thinking that question in terms of the Town Hall/Tea Party […]

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Tags: 1st Amendment · Health Care · Hippies

Accidental Health Care Wisdom from Canada’s Prime Minister

August 12th, 2009 · 21 Comments

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently sat down with ABC’s Jake Tapper, and the discussion inevitably turned to health care.  From that short discussion, the Prime Minister revealed two important things for us to keep in mind – one intentional, and one probably not so much. Most important was the accident.  When asked if Canadian […]

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Tags: Big Government · Health Care · Obama · Taxes · Welfare

What Nancy Pelosi Doesn’t Understand About the Townhall Protesters’ Intentions

August 10th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Nancy Pelosi’s article calling the Obamacare protesters “un-American” is, of course, ridiculous.  It is beyond parody.  If I wrote it word for word under her name as satire, I would be accused of straining hyperbole to beyond all limits and beyond.  Only slightly less absurd are the “factual” claims she makes in the piece. But […]

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Tags: 1st Amendment · Big Government · Congress · Health Care · Partisanship · Patriotism

What We’ve Learned from Cash for Clunkers

August 5th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Obama has declared the program a “success.” But what does that mean?  Consider: Congress authorized $1 Billion for the program, and expected it to last until November.  It didn’t make it past the first week of August.  This is an important thing to consider when considering the President’s own spending and deficit projections. That first […]

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Tags: Big Government · Constitutional Law · Economy · Environment · Health Care · Liberals · Obama · Socialism


June 10th, 2009 · 1 Comment

I recently bought a new car.  I test drove an Accord I really liked, but knowing I needed to be careful not to get sucked in (and having a smarter-than-me wife who reins me in), I told them I wanted to go test drive some other brands of cars.  The saleswoman said, “That’s fine – […]

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Tags: Economy · Health Care · Judges · Obama

Quote(s) of the Day

February 18th, 2009 · 1 Comment

At a protest of President Obama: They held their signs up high: “Don’t tread on me,” “Spend all you want, I’ll pick up the tab,” “I’ll keep my freedom! You keep the change!” “Free fertility drugs now.” And “B.O. smells and so does Socialism.” A Gilbert woman, with a sign that said, “Fund bikini wax […]

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Tags: Big Government · Economy · Health Care · Nanny State · Obama · Quotes of the Day

SHOCK: Socialized Medicine Doesn’t Work!

October 18th, 2008 · Comments Off on SHOCK: Socialized Medicine Doesn’t Work!

Who would have thought that a socialized medicine program would result in free riders, reduce the quality of care, and break the bank to boot?!?  Hawaii just got done learning the hard way: Gov. Linda Lingle’s administration cited budget shortfalls and other available health care options for eliminating funding for the program. A state official said […]

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Tags: Free Markets · Health Care