An astonishing news analysis moved last week on the Bloomberg News wire -- a news service controlled by the billionaire New York City Mayor who wants to outlaw cigarette smoking as well as the Second Amendment wherever his authority extends. (And to
Visiting with some students at the Community College a few weeks back, I struggled to answer a question about illegal immigration.
I struggle, still.
Explaining libertarian thought -- and Austrian economic principles -- on open borders isn’t
On July 11, I penned an editorial in the Review-Journal which we headlined: “Grabbing kids left and right.” We said:
Marlena Olivas was already missing one child.
The young mother says the reason two of her children were taken away from her b
Two millennia ago, the Romans called the province Judea -- the land of the Jews.
When the First World War brought the collapse of the decadent Ottoman Empire, a number of new states were carved out in the area, including a British protectorate ca
In Washington state, doctors and hospitals officials admitted 9-month-old Riley Rogers was in no imminent danger of death.
But Riley was born with poorly functioning kidneys, and doctors believe he will probably need a kidney transplant later in
Resolving a Utah case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously May 22 that police officers may go into a home uninvited, without a search warrant, without knocking -- providing they assert they did so to break up a fight they saw through the kitchen
Up Montana way, a popular postcard shows a bedraggled group of men shuffling down out of the mountains, bedecked in a wide array of splints, casts, and bandages. This, the wide-eyed tourist is informed, is one of the region’s “Mountain Lion Artificia
Going into the November general election, the winner of the Aug. 15 Republican primary will likely be the front-runner to succeed Kenny Guinn as governor of Nevada.
In recent weeks, both state Sen. Bob Beers, R-Las Vegas, and Northern Nevada Cong
Relax: New Jersey legislators agreed on a state budget Thursday, finally caving in to the squeeze play of Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine.
How did the governor, who in his 2005 election campaign said he did not plan to raise taxes, respond to the del
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 of Ne
I spoke to a class of bright young folk at the community college in Henderson last week. The most intriguing questions are the ones that catch you off guard. Asked what I thought of the United Nations, I believe I stammered out that the Founding Fath
The supposedly august body known as the U.S. Senate has not exactly done itself proud in recent months.
First there was the puzzling initiative to encourage the ongoing abdication of immigration law enforcement -- lots of amnesty, no fences -- in
When a private business faces a revenue shortfall, the goal in trimming expenditures is to find areas that will inconvenience customers as little as possible.
But government managers see the world differently. After all, there’s no concern that a
On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court managed to do the right thing with Vermont’s draconian campaign contribution and spending limits, tossing them out as a violation of the First Amendment right to political speech.
Vermont’s contribution caps, $2
Local attorney Bob Nersesian wrote in about my recent citation of the 14th Amendment’s language restricting birthright citizenship.
“Dear Vin: I must take strong issue with your column of June 4. It appears to me that you have approached the limi
During her younger days, a native Las Vegan of my acquaintance grew weary at the wide-eyed responses she used to receive when she’d travel out of state and confess this was her home.
“You LIVE in Las Vegas?” the amazed yahoos would often respond,
The Supreme Court ruled June 15 that -- so long as they have a warrant -- police can now break into homes and seize evidence without even knocking.
The 5-4 ruling is another signal that the court is now dominated by justices who place the conveni
Local doctors who favor shooting up our children with toxic mercury keep asking me how I dare to continue writing on the subject when there's no Thimerosal left in our vaccines. So imagine my surprise when the usually reliably statist Los Angeles Tim
The UNLV dental school has determined that 10 members of its first graduating class of 71 students -- administrators refuse to release the names -- were caught using the computer password of a part-time faculty member to sign off on patient treatment
[Due to a system glitch, we're resending this column from yesterday -- apologies if you're receiving this as a duplicate mailing.]
The late Murray Rothbard, a UNLV economist of national repute, used to tell a story about his mentor, the great Au
In Washington state last year, citizens placed on the ballot Initiative 912, intended to repeal a whopping new gasoline tax increase of 9.5 cents per gallon OK’d by the 2005 state Legislature.
On a local radio station, talk show hosts John Carlso
Precise language facilitates clear thinking, which may help explain why our politics are in such a muddle.
What is a “conservative”? A conservative is someone who wants to keep things pretty much as they are, dubbing any major shift in direction
The Second Amendment Foundation, headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, announced in mid-April that they have finally prevailed upon New Orleans authorities to start returning some of the firearms confiscated from law-abiding citizens there in the im
The U.S. Senate is expected to vote today, June 8, on repealing the death tax.
The House has already voted to repeal; the president also favors the step.
There’s a lot of talk that a repeal would “cost” the government money, with “cost” being
Finally freed to speak -- months after a judge ordered their gag order lifted -- a group of four Connecticut librarians are hopping mad about the infringement of their customers’ First Amendment rights, and a government that wouldn’t even let them pa
Voting mostly along party lines, the California Assembly on May 30 gave 49-31 approval to a bill which would award the state’s presidential electoral votes not according to how California’s own residents vote, but to the recipient of the most popular
In its May 20 convention in Mesquite, the Nevada Republican Party adopted a platform plank opposed to the automatic granting of citizenship to children of illegal aliens who trespass here in order to bear those “anchor babies” -- often without even p
Does the freedom of speech mean no one can be punished for anything they say?
Most would agree the Bill of Rights grants no immunity for statements like “Stick ’em up and back away from that cash drawer.” But what about a government employee who
In the early days of television, some kids were so reluctant to miss a Saturday morning episode of “The Lone Ranger” or “The Cisco Kid” that they’d plop themselves in front of the TV with their bowl of Cheerios while the test pattern was still on. <
Does every child have a right to a high school diploma? Then why not hang them like toe tags off the wiggling pinkies of every newborn in the maternity ward? Surely that would save us billions.
Clearly, the premise must be flawed, as stated. To u