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A Tale of Two Speeches – Bonus Features

January 23rd, 2015 · 4 Comments

So a couple of things I would have liked to have added to my RGJ column about the contrast between Governor Sandoval’s State of the State and President Obama’s State of the Union addresses, but didn’t fit for space or flow reasons: ~~~ I didn’t actually watch either speech.  I’ve always preferred to listen to […]

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Tags: Brian Sandoval · Obama · Partisanship

Barack Obama vs. Liberalism

May 19th, 2013 · 4 Comments

In defending the President against his responsibility for his scandals, liberals undermine their governing philosophy.  We should support these efforts! It’s been incredibly interesting to watch supporters of the President try to defend his actions – or lack thereof – in his various swirling scandals these days.  First there was a lot of silence – […]

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Tags: Big Government · Obama · Partisanship · Principles

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

In Defense of the Two Party System

September 6th, 2011 · 9 Comments

One of the downsides of being a political junkie is that you get tons of various campaign and political E-mails.  It’s not all bad – I usually find it pretty interesting.  But lately I’ve gotten a lot of junk, mostly on Facebook, from a small cadre of people pushing people to vote for Tim Fasano, […]

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Tags: Campaign '12 · Partisanship

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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Tags: Capitalism · China · Congress · Economy · Education · Environment · Foreign Policy · George Bush · Health Care · Iraq · Liberals · Nanny State · Nevada Politics · Obama · Partisanship · Patriotism · Principles · Republicans · Taxes

What’s More Disgusting Than The Murder of Innocents? Using Those Murders To Limit the Civil Liberties of Your Political Opponents (Or Anyone Else)

January 11th, 2011 · 3 Comments

I keep thinking about Christina Green, the 9 year old girl who was murdered in Tuscon this weekend. I think about how many political events I’ve been to, and how many times my family has been with me.  I think about my own little girl.  I think of the many drawers full of felony cases […]

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Tags: 1st Amendment · 2nd Amendment · Constitutional Law · Crime · Hillary Clinton · Palin · Partisanship

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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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

Principles, Hypocrisy, and John Ensign

June 23rd, 2009 · 11 Comments

In all the commentary on the John Ensign adultery debacle, there’s a tremendous lack of common sense or honesty, replaced instead by the kind of tribalism sourced from the same “logic” that makes Vikings fans think Brett Favre actually sucks (unless he decides to play for the Vikings). It’s understandable.  Conservatives want to rally around […]

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Tags: Culture · Partisanship · Principles · Religion · Republicans · Social Conservatism

A Nonsensical Liberal Argument that Admits Liberalism Doesn’t Work

February 22nd, 2009 · Comments Off on A Nonsensical Liberal Argument that Admits Liberalism Doesn’t Work

Yesterday in the RGJ, there was a piece by local columnist David Jacobs snarkily noting that neither George Bush nor Congressional Republicans (back when they held majorities) were all that fiscally conservative.  He further suggested that lack of economic smarts helped cause the economic problems we have now. He’s right. So why, then, would he […]

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Tags: Congress · Democrats · Economy · George Bush · Liberals · Nevada Politics · Obama · Partisanship · Republicans · Taxes

Obama’s Press Conference – Does He Really Believe the Garabage Coming Out Of His Mouth?

February 9th, 2009 · 3 Comments

I should have live-blogged this, so ripe it is with stupidity.  But here are some highlights as I sit a watch with increasing outrage and disbelief. Obama claimed that the “Stimulus” bill is stripped of earmarks.  Really?  Are you kidding?  Sure – only if you get really creative with the language.  You can rename all […]

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Tags: Big Government · Economy · Education · Environment · Iraq · Media · Obama · Partisanship · Socialism · War on Terror

Partisanship Disguised as Non-Partisanship

January 25th, 2009 · 1 Comment

On Friday, President Obama predictably re-opened the funding sluice to abortions overseas.  Leaving aside the propriety of the federal government paying for abortions at all, much less people in foreign countries getting abortions, especially at a time when we don’t exactly have the extra ducats to throw around, Obama’s statement about the decision bothered me […]

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Tags: Abortion · Partisanship