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LICENSED APPRAISERS SUBJECT TO STATE RETALIATION

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The Libertarian
LICENSED APPRAISERS SUBJECT TO STATE RETALIATION
by Vin Suprynowicz
The Constitution requires that when government seizes private property “for public use,” the property owner must be justly compensated. But who is to say what the land is worth?

Obviously, the government entity is reluctant to pay the land-o
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GIVE BACK THE SURPLUS -- AND THEN PASS TABOR Opinions
The Libertarian
GIVE BACK THE SURPLUS -- AND THEN PASS TABOR
by Vin Suprynowicz
It looks like some Carson City version of Sadie Hawkins Day, at first glance -- everything turned upside down.

Two of Nevada's legislative leaders say they have examined a proposal to return $300 million of this biennium’s estimated $600 mil
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THE LAST GUN STORE IN MINNEAPOLIS
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The Libertarian
THE LAST GUN STORE IN MINNEAPOLIS
by Vin Suprynowicz
Since 1995, Mark Koscielski has been co-owner of the one remaining gun shop in Minneapolis.

On May 19, the city government would like to make that “zero” gun shops.

“They say it’s a matter of the public’s health, safety, and welfare” Mark
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EMINENT DOMAIN 'REFORM,' NEVADA STYLE

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The Libertarian
EMINENT DOMAIN 'REFORM,' NEVADA STYLE
by Vin Suprynowicz
What happens to the citizen’s property rights when the legislative and executive branches huddle to discuss a “reform” of property seizures under eminent domain?

NBC News correspondent Lloyd Dobyns once filed a videotaped report that secre
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THEY HAVEN'T GIVEN UP ON THE 'SMART GUN' Opinions
The Libertarian
THEY HAVEN'T GIVEN UP ON THE 'SMART GUN'
by Vin Suprynowicz
It took them awhile, but one or two die-hard left-wingers (Ronald Brownstein of the Los Angeles Times, most notably) finally figured out they could use the crime of hulking 16-year-old Jeff Weise -- who killed 10 at the Red Lake High School on
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WHERE TO CUT THE NEVADA STATE BUDGET

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The Libertarian
WHERE TO CUT THE NEVADA STATE BUDGET
by Vin Suprynowicz
Even as the national GOP was suffering defeat after defeat, clinging valiantly to the banner of “smaller government, more freedom” from 1933 through 1979, passing its standard in turn to Robert A. Taft, then to Barry Goldwater, the little state
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WHO OWNS THE PRAIRIE POTHOLES? Opinions
The Libertarian
WHO OWNS THE PRAIRIE POTHOLES?
by Vin Suprynowicz
Last year, President Bush invited leaders of several hunting and fishing groups to his Texas ranch to reassure them of his concern for wetlands.

Before the election, the president vowed: “Instead of just limiting our losses, we will expand
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IT'S FUN TO PLAY DOCTOR Opinions
The Libertarian
IT'S FUN TO PLAY DOCTOR
by Vin Suprynowicz
In Carson City this year, Assembly Democrats have come up with all manner of new schemes to require Nevada’s hospitals to hire more clerks to handle state-mandated paperwork.

Oh, that’ll help lower medical costs.

Of course, none
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'TAKING A FEW PAGES FROM MUSSOLINI . . .'
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The Libertarian
'TAKING A FEW PAGES FROM MUSSOLINI . . .'
by Vin Suprynowicz
Last week, letter-writer Herman Gordon was asking us how the tyrant Roosevelt’s theft of America’s gold in 1933 caused results similar to what Mussolini had done in Italy after 1925 -- a connection which Mr. Gordon seemed to find absurd, based
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'WHAT WOULD BE THE MECHANICS FOR CAUSING SUCH WORLD WIDE INFLATION?' Opinions
The Libertarian
'WHAT WOULD BE THE MECHANICS FOR CAUSING SUCH WORLD WIDE INFLATION?'
by Vin Suprynowicz
THIS IS THE FULL, 4,000-WORD VERSION OF VIN’S APRIL 24 COLUMN ON ROOSEVELT’S 1933 GOLD SEIZURE.

In answer to my column of April 10, discussing how the giant and inflationary federal Ponzi schemes drain the value of our savings, one Herman Go
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IS BUMHOOD 'INVOLUNTARY' AND 'UNAVOIDABLE'? Opinions
The Libertarian
IS BUMHOOD 'INVOLUNTARY' AND 'UNAVOIDABLE'?
by Vin Suprynowicz
A three-judge panel of the famously odd 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has thrown out a 37-year-old ordinance that Los Angeles police have been using to clear homeless people off the streets.

The circuit’s rulings generally a
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WASHINGTON PORK JUST GROWS MORE RANCID

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The Libertarian
WASHINGTON PORK JUST GROWS MORE RANCID
by Vin Suprynowicz
The general principle is that each bill in Congress -- particularly spending bills -- should deal with one subject, and one subject only. If you want to argue that taxpayers from the other 49 states should be forced to fund your pet trolley mus
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SEND NEVADA TABOR TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE

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The Libertarian
SEND NEVADA TABOR TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE
by Vin Suprynowicz
If those who serve as Nevadans’ legislative delegates in Carson City really represented the needs and desires of taxpayers, passage of the current “Taxpayer Bill of Rights” (TABOR) -- introduced by Sen. Bob Beers, R-Las Vegas -- would be a no-b
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OF RATS AND SINKING PONZI SCHEMES

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The Libertarian
OF RATS AND SINKING PONZI SCHEMES
by Vin Suprynowicz
Last time, visiting Congressman Jack Spratt, D-S.C., ranking minority member of the House Budget Committee, was assuring us that allowing government managers to invest the Social Security “Trust Fund” in the private stock market to gain a “bett
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PC ON THE MARCH: HOPPE AFFAIR GAINS NATIONAL NOTICE

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The Libertarian
PC ON THE MARCH: HOPPE AFFAIR GAINS NATIONAL NOTICE
by Vin Suprynowicz
Each year for the past eight years, the Collegiate Network (CN) has "honored" the most outrageous excess of political correctness on the nation's college campuses.

This year's winner (see www.campusm
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TWO DECADES LATER, '1984' IS ALL AROUND US

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The Libertarian
TWO DECADES LATER, '1984' IS ALL AROUND US
by Vin Suprynowicz
Why are the Democrats -- the party of my youth -- so widely dismissed as pathetic poseurs, these days?

Let’s see. George W. Bush makes a big speech about how America promotes democracy throughout the world. How do the Democrats respond? By p
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PONZI SCHEMES 'CUT THE PURCHASING POWER OF THE DOLLAR IN TWO'

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The Libertarian
PONZI SCHEMES 'CUT THE PURCHASING POWER OF THE DOLLAR IN TWO'
by Vin Suprynowicz
Ponzi schemes ‘cut the purchasing power of the dollar in two’

Last time, visiting Congressman John Spratt, D-S.C., ranking minority member of the House Budget Committee, was explaining the Democratic objections to president Bush’s proposal
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A SHAMEFUL SHAKEDOWN

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The Libertarian
A SHAMEFUL SHAKEDOWN
by Vin Suprynowicz
As the price dropped for buying movie CDs outright or paying to see them on cable, the consternation of customers who had to pay tacked-on late charges if they forgot to rush their rentals back to the store evidently became sufficient to actual
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THE DESPERATE COUNTERATTACK ON 'OWNERSHIP'

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The Libertarian
THE DESPERATE COUNTERATTACK ON 'OWNERSHIP'
by Vin Suprynowicz
Congresswoman Shelley Berkley brought U.S. Rep. John Spratt, Democrat of the 5th District of South Carolina, to town last week to explain her party’s objections to the Bush plan to “allow” wage-earners to place 4 percentage points -- about one
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A THOROUGHLY BOGUS 'STUDY'

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The Libertarian
A THOROUGHLY BOGUS 'STUDY'
by Vin Suprynowicz
Accustomed to seeing themselves placed near the bottom in some bureaucrat’s ranking of government spending in one category or another (it never seems to occur to these people to conclude Nevadans thus rank near the top when it comes to t
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METRO COP PLANTED DRUGS IN SUSPECT'S CAR

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The Libertarian
METRO COP PLANTED DRUGS IN SUSPECT'S CAR
by Vin Suprynowicz
There have long been rumors that police canine officers carry around small quantities of contraband drugs which they can use to contaminate a motorist’s car, causing their dogs to “alert” on the vehicle and thus justifying an otherwise illegal
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ANOTHER SOCIALIST FAILURE

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The Libertarian
ANOTHER SOCIALIST FAILURE
by Vin Suprynowicz
The idea behind the government-mandated French 35-hour workweek was simple: Since existing workers would be able to accomplish only 90 percent as much work as under the old 39-hour week, employers would be forced to hire about 10 percent more w
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DOMESTIC PROPAGANDA MUST BE BANNED

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The Libertarian
DOMESTIC PROPAGANDA MUST BE BANNED
by Vin Suprynowicz
Before cheap cartoons took over the time slot, kids growing up in the 1950s and ’60s would rise early on a Saturday morning and plant themselves in front of the TV to catch “Roy Rogers” and “The Lone Ranger.”

Some became over-eager, howeve
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MAY I SEE YOUR TRAVEL PAPERS, PLEASE?
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The Libertarian
MAY I SEE YOUR TRAVEL PAPERS, PLEASE?
by Vin Suprynowicz
There seems to be some fuss about the inadequate security which allowed the personal information of 8,738 people (one wants to say “Nevadans,” but who knows how many really hail from Sinaloa?) who received licenses or ID cards from the Departme
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TSA SHOULD STOP THE FOOT-DRAGGING AND ARM THE PILOTS

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The Libertarian
TSA SHOULD STOP THE FOOT-DRAGGING AND ARM THE PILOTS
by Vin Suprynowicz
In the early days of aviation, pilots whose planes carried the U.S. mail were required to carry sidearms to defend themselves and their aircraft. Needless to say, the screening process for pilots was far less rigorous in those days -- yet pilot
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ELIMINATE OR REFORM THE TRANSFER TAX

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The Libertarian
ELIMINATE OR REFORM THE TRANSFER TAX
by Vin Suprynowicz
It’s not clear how Nevada can justify having a state real property transfer tax, in the first place.

Taxes on tires and gasoline can be justified as a way to hit up motorists for the cost of building and maintaining the roads -- a near subst
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TWO DECADES LATER, '1984' IS ALL AROUND US

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The Libertarian
TWO DECADES LATER, '1984' IS ALL AROUND US
by Vin Suprynowicz
Why are the Democrats -- the party of my youth -- so widely dismissed as pathetic poseurs, these days?

Let’s see. George W. Bush makes a big speech about how America promotes democracy throughout the world. How do the Democrats respond? By point
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SHUT DOWN THE STATE DENTAL SCHOOL
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The Libertarian
SHUT DOWN THE STATE DENTAL SCHOOL
by Vin Suprynowicz
Nevada’s state dental school was the brainchild of state Sen. Ray Rawson, a double-dipping tax-and-spend Republican dentist of legendary proportions (he was even paid by other states for courtroom “expert forensic bite-mark” testimony in which he cla
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CONNECTING THE DOTS
Praise for"How to Deal with 21st Century American Women
by Frosty Wooldridge
"I sit here flipping through the pages of How to Deal with 21st Century American Women, back to front, at a speed that would animate Mickey Mouse if he were drawn on every page. And I'm amazed."
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From Prison to Award for Iraq War Whistleblower
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Ray McGovern: My Take
From Prison to Award for Iraq War Whistleblower
by Ray McGovern
In 2002-2003, our profession of intelligence analysis was systematically corrupted in order to deceive Congress out of its Constitutional prerogative to authorize war.
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