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A few worthwhile books have crossed the desk lately, the most notable being Thomas E. Woods’ “Politically Incorrect Guide to American History,” Regnery, $19.95.

This is a non-threatening 246-page large-format paperback. In fact, what I mis

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Demonstrating his macho qualities for reporters (at least, after the fashion of lawyer-politicians in business suits) California Attorney General Bill Lockyer bragged not long ago that he would like to “personally escort” Enron CEO Kenneth Lay

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(Originally appeared in "Shotgun News")

I wish I could say it was amusing, but that would be disingenuous. It’s more like having to deal with a child who continually wakes up screaming that there are monsters under the bed.

(Th

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Is some new mixture of satire, fact, and ridicule required?

Art Buchwald, Mike Royko -- an older generation found a safe niche in a world of newspapers put out and read by blue collar Joes more likely to play poker down at the firehouse th

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So long as their jobs are funded out of tax moneys, most would agree that a firefighter injured while rescuing residents from a burning building, or a cop or probation officer who blows out a knee while chasing a dangerous suspect, should have

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It would be a bad thing if talented individuals were blocked from their careers of choice because of sex or race. But while some subtler prejudice doubtless remains, the days when applicants to American colleges or medical schools were told “Yo

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Out of Green Bay, Wisc., The Associated Press reported Tuesday “A woman who was upset over being searched bodily at an airport was convicted Tuesday of assaulting a security screener by grabbing the federal officer’s breasts.”

A federal ju

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Colorado led the way, a decade ago. History had shown that “voluntary spending limits” adopted by legislative bodies are easily (and inevitably) sidestepped, violated and/or ignored by the very same legislators who enact them.

Whether on t

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“The federal government’s campaign against income tax protesters suffered a major setback yesterday when a federal jury in Sacramento acquitted a former Internal Revenue Service investigator on charges of helping to prepare false tax returns,”

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There’s a lot of face-saving going on as the nonprofit Las Vegas Monorail Co. dismisses its current management company, Transit Systems Management LLC, and moves in to take control of the troubled East-of-the-Strip Las Vegas tourist train, itse

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I wish I could say it was amusing, but that would be disingenuous. It’s more like having to deal with a child who continually wakes up screaming that there are monsters under the bed.

Except that with children you can be reassuring and suppo

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Dozens of innocent British civilians were murdered -- hundreds more injured -- in a series of four terrorist blasts targeting the London transit system Thursday morning.

It was not immediately clear who was responsible -- such events have be

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There's a wide consensus that American medical care needs reform. The problem is that by "reform," most Americans -- particularly our politicians -- seem to mean "more socialism."

In fact, socialized medicine failed so badly under Russian co

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This weekend we celebrate that stirring day in history, July 4, 1812, when the first president of the United States, Benjamin Franklin, emerged from the old State House in Boston, held up the new Constitution freshly penned by Thomas Jefferson

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I first heard a version of the idea proposed by New Hampshire state Libertarian Party Chairman John Babiarz at a June 25 luncheon at J.W. Hill's pub, across Elm Street from last weekend's Freedom Forum in downtown Manchester, where Marc Victor

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Back in 2001, a dangerous loony -- am I now required to call him a “former dangerous loony”? -- named Michael Kane was playing a violent video game with some friends at a house near Flamingo Road and Boulder Highway, in Las Vegas.

Young Ka

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This column appeared in the June 10 issue of "Shotgun News"

Our old friends at The New York Times editorialized April 4, in a little billet doux they called “Guns for Terrorists,” as follows:

“If a background check shows that you

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Meeting in London June 11, government functionaries of the “Group of Eight” industrialized nations agreed on an historic deal which will see the taxpayers of Germany, Great Britain and the United States (primarily) pay off more than $40 billion

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We’ve all seen dangerous drivers putting others at risk, found ourselves asking “Why is there never a cop around when you need one?”

But the most dangerous behaviors generally involve rapid lane changes and other forms of reckless driving.

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During last year’s presidential campaign, John F. Kerry was the candidate generally portrayed by the urban, left-leaning media as sophisticated, intellectual, nuanced, and complex, while George W. Bush was dismissed as a barely literate simperi

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The young soldier was standing at the back of the ticket line at McCarran International Airport. He had on his travel uniform. He was carrying his duffel bag. Those things can get heavy.

“Everyone was just ignoring him, and the line was so

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On June 7, the 2005 session of the Nevada Legislature ended in failure.

Yes, there’s a budget, if you can call it that: a bloated monstrosity featuring the kind of ongoing over-20-percent spending growth that will either bankrupt the state

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When we hear of various American freedoms being protected “by the Constitution,” we tend to assume the speaker refers to the first eight amendments to that document -- the main body of the Bill of Rights.

Now, mind you, the courts have bee

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On May 24 in San Francisco, more than 150 parents of autistic children launched a new nonprofit outfit, Generation Rescue, coordinating their announcement with a full-page ad in that day’s USA Today, offering the eye-catching message (twice) th

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Defense attorney Andrew Leavitt and Clark County Public Defender Phil Kohn contend an unmistakable pattern has developed in Southern Nevada courtrooms -- illegal aliens who are convicted of crimes that would likely draw probation for U.S. citiz

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Memorial Day. This first weekend of summer has long been a time of picnics and barbecues and trips to the beach. To their credit, Americans never actually forgot the sacrifices of those who gave the final measure to protect the freedoms we now

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The Third Ward City Council race in North Las Vegas did at least deliver the best exchange in the newspaper’s current round of endorsement interviews.

Jean Withers, the Winnemucca native in the big hat and the crocheted flower appliques wh

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When was it (and what was it that kept us too distracted to notice) -- when ours became something other than a government staffed by common citizens taking time off to pitch in and do the public’s business, oiling the roads and cleaning the dea

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Bart Ross, a 57-year-old out-off-work Chicago electrician, blamed a jaw disfigured by cancer on doctors and the judge who dismissed his medical malpractice suit.

Usually appearing without a lawyer, Ross became a fixture in the state and fe

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