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Vin Suprynowicz
Website: Liberty Book Shop
The Libertarian is the creation of the highly acclaimed author, award-winning writer and columnist Vin Suprynowicz and is rooted in the critical need for information on why you need to "keep your gold, keep your guns, and keep your freedom!" Vin's background, and his achievements, goals and philosophy will help you understand what he's up to and why he is particularly qualified to provide these messages that warn us on how we are losing our liberties. Vin's columns expose the travesties and injustices the government foists upon us every day. He points out the greed and stupidity of the Republicrat politicians and the overbearing rules and power wielding of bureaucrats at every level of government. He criticizes the Government Indoctrination Camps (public schools), the Victim Disarmament Gangs (anti-gun crusaders), the various Jack-Booted Extortion Specialists (tax collectors), and all the other groups who threaten our liberty and trample the Constitution every day. If you are someone who loves true freedom and hates the creeping socialism that is infiltrating our lives and destroying clear thinking minds everywhere, then you should read Vins columns.  

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2007-04-18
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The Libertarian 
2007-04-15 
'Science' and predetermined outcomes 
   What became of the Maya? The Mayan people developed an agricultural system productive enough to support populations in the hundreds of thousands. For better or worse, this allowed them to develop specialization. Their kings and priests started
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2007-04-02
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The Libertarian 
2007-04-01 
'CARRYING A CONCEALED WEAPON ... IS A PRIVILEGE. IT'S NOT A RIGHT' 
  

Imagine with me that you opened your newspaper today and found the following story:

“NORCO, Calif. (AP) -- More than 1 million sheets of paper, a cache of unregistered books and a tunnel were found at a man’s home after a fire that forced a ne
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2007-04-02
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The Libertarian 
2007-03-31 
'THE GREAT OBJECT IS, THAT EVERY MAN BE ARMED' 
   Within living memory, Southern Nevada high schools had rifle ranges and competitive shooting teams. Kids brought their .22s to school; no one thought much about it.

Up until 1989, Nevada had no restrictions on teachers carrying weapons in the sch
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2007-03-26
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The Libertarian 
2007-03-25 
SELF-INTERESTED DEFENDERS OF 'THE PECULIAR INSTITUTION' 
   From my last name, a lot of folks wouldn’t think half my ancestors were English -- Clarks and Bishops and Higginbothams, some active in the emancipation movement as much as three centuries ago.

Digging through the family archives, I find a yellow
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2007-03-24
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The Libertarian 
2007-03-19 
RED LIGHT CAMERAS KILL DUE PROCESS -- AS WELL AS MORE DRIVERS 
   Last week, the Nevada Senate’s Transportation and Homeland Security Committee voted 5-2 to approve Senate Bill 61, which would allow “limited” use of robot traffic cameras to write tickets to Nevada red-light runners “on a pilot basis.” That vote for
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2007-03-24
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The Libertarian 
2007-03-18 
TRYING TO FIGURE OUT THIS 'RIGHT' TO A HOME 
   One Natalie Unzueta wrote in, recently:

“On Sunday Feb. 18 I among 200 others camped out in front of the legislature in Carson City in order to support Bill 126 (which) proposes that 20 million dollars of the budget be set aside for homeless serv
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2007-03-24
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The Libertarian 
2007-03-16 
A NATION OF CHILDREN 
   In his syndicated newspaper column this week, John Stossel of ABC News looks into the claims of the nanny-staters that their endless attempts to regulate every aspect of our personal lives and freedoms do, at least, save lives.

It turns out they
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2007-03-24
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The Libertarian 
2007-03-12 
THE DANCE OF THE SEVEN EMPOWERMENTS 
   As promised in his State of the State address, Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons last week unveiled his plan for local school “empowerment,” predicting it would take Nevada “off the top of every bad list and put it at the top of every good list.”
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2007-03-24
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The Libertarian 
2007-03-11 
FAN MAIL FROM THE ZEALOTS 
   Last week, we ran a sampling of fan mail on my latest expose of the “Global Warming” hysteria.

Let’s stipulate once more that I do not side with a “No-Global-Warming crowd” " if there really is a sizable group of such folks. For the most part, th
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2007-03-24
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The Libertarian 
2007-03-07 
THE 'EMPLOYEE FREE CHOICE ACT' 
   If a union offers to serve as bargaining agent for the workers at a given workplace -- in exchange for considerable dues -- but it turns out that in a secret-ballot election the majority of those workers would oppose unionization, then the law should
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2007-03-24
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2007-03-06 
THE TRUTH, BUT NOT THE WHOLE TRUTH ... 
   Last month, here in Las Vegas, the Clark County School District ballyhooed a “longitudinal” study which (officials there argue) demonstrated the effectiveness of government-run all-day kindergarten in improving academic performance.
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2007-03-24
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2007-03-05 
WHAT? PROHIBITION NOT WORKING? WHO'D HAVE THUNK IT? 
   Four months ago, Nevada voters approved by a 54-46 margin Question 5, which prohibits tobacco smoking in nearly all public places in the state, including restaurants and bars that serve food. (Though brothels and casino floors are exempted -- the lat
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2007-03-24
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2007-03-04 
WHY WOULD ANYONE EMBRACE 'MAN MADE GLOBAL WARMING' BALONEY? 
   Quite a bit of e-mail on last week’s brief debunking of the current “global warming” hysteria, being promoted by the same folks who 30 years ago were predicting -- on the cover of Newsweek, and elsewhere -- that the next Ice Age is right around the c
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2007-03-24
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The Libertarian 
2007-03-02 
COURT RULINGS? WHAT COURT RULINGS? 
   Boy, Las Vegas and Clark County officials sure don’t care much for free speech.

Back in 2005, two preachers were arrested in front of the Bellagio casino on the Las Vegas Strip for carrying “Trust Jesus” signs. They’d originally been informed a C
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2007-03-24
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2007-03-01 
THROWING GOOD MONEY AFTER BAD 
   Responding to the shortage of qualified math and science teachers in Nevada’s public schools, state Sen. Barbara Cegavske, R-Las Vegas, now offers Senate Bill 52, which would hand extra tax dollars to Millennium Scholarship recipients who agree to te
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2007-03-24
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The Libertarian 
2007-02-25 
SINCE MY GAGGED OPPONENT REMAINS SILENT, LET ME CONTINUE ... 
   A 2003 poll of 530 climatologists in 27 countries showed 34.7 percent of interviewees endorsed the notion that a substantial part of the current global warming trend -- which might see temperatures rise by a degree or two, on average, by century’s en
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2007-02-24
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The Libertarian 
2007-02-22 
TSA STILL DRAGS ITS FEET ON ARMING PILOTS 
   The story is told -- documentation seems scant -- that at the advent of the automobile, certain jurisdictions enacted ordinances requiring a man to walk in front of each vehicle waving a red flag, the better to avoid frightening the horses.

The r
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2007-02-24
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2007-02-19 
BILL WOULD GUARANTEE SHORTAGES IN TIMES OF EMERGENCY 
   Even though she admits the “problem” has not arisen in Nevada in recent memory, ever energetic state Sen. Dina Titus, D-Las Vegas, now offers Senate Bill 82, which seeks to ban “price gouging” by classifying as an illegal “deceptive trade practice” t
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2007-02-24
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The Libertarian 
2007-02-18 
'SOCIETIES' DON'T RAISE KIDS, PARENTS DO 
   A loyal reader writes in response to last week’s opus:

“Dear Mr. Suprynowicz, I read your columns on a regular basis, and while I don’t often agree I have never felt compelled to write. But the education issue in Nevada and across the nation just
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2007-02-24
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The Libertarian 
2007-02-11 
THE SCHOOLS AREN'T FAILING 
   Sure enough, just as I predicted last week, a preliminary assessment of Clark County second-grade students released by the county school district a few days back, supposedly designed to weigh the impacts of all-day versus half-day kindergarten, weigh
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2007-02-24
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2007-02-09 
MISTRESS OF ALL SHE SURVEYS 
   Today, Venezuela has a Communist dictator. When Hugo Chavez doesn’t like the way things are going with his country’s oil, telecommunications and electric power industries -- or if he merely craves their wealth -- he simply seizes them, calling it “na
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2007-02-24
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2007-02-04 
WHAT DO YOU CALL SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO GET THEIR HANDS ON YOUR 5-YEAR-OLD? 
   Three months ago, Nevada held an election. The Democratic candidate, state Sen. Dina Titus, wanted to grab millions more in tax moneys (you thought it would all be free?) and use it to impose mandatory all-day compulsion schooling for 5-year-olds. Sh
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2007-02-24
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2007-02-01 
SHOW US THE MONEY 
   When college freshmen at UCLA were asked, back in 1966, whether they thought it was essential or very important to be “very well-off financially,” only 42 percent answered “Yes.”

By 1980, the percentage had climbed to 62.5. This year, the univers
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2007-02-24
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The Libertarian 
2007-01-30 
THAT'S 'DEMOCRATICS' TO YOU, BUSTER 
   Members of the Democratic Party have selected their latest cause of umbrage; they now line up to fume that President Bush purposely insulted them in his State of the Union address last week by referring to the Democratic Party as “the Democrat party.
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2007-02-24
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2007-01-28 
JUST WHAT IS A 'BEST SELLER'? 
   This month, I find myself writing about books.

I’ve been browsing the 2001 volume “Making the List: A Cultural History of the American Bestseller 1900-1999,” by retired Simon & Schuster editor Michael Korda, the British-born nephew of Merle Obero
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2007-02-24
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2007-01-23 
THE STATE OF THE STATE 
   Incoming Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons did a competent job presenting his general fund budget for the next two fiscal years in his “State of the State” address in Carson City Monday evening -- though those waiting for an inspiring orator to move beyond the
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2007-02-24
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2007-01-21 
HOW WOULD THE ATHENIANS HAVE PACIFIED BAGHDAD? 
   An attentive reader points out I never filed my annual “Christmas books” column. (Nutshell version: Give the antique lover in your life a Lovejoy mystery -- start with “The Judas Pair” or “The Tartan Sell.” Buy other book lovers a gift certificate to
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2007-02-24
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2007-01-19 
NO 'NEW DIRECTION' ON FARM POLICY, THANK YOU 
   Since the current farm bill, written in 2002, expires at the end of this year, a Democratic Congress now contemplates writing a new one -- while grudgingly entertaining sufficient Republican input to make sure President Bush will sign the thing.


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2007-02-24
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2007-01-14 
LIFE IMITATING ART ... OR, AT LEAST, SOME POTBOILER 
   Glen from Bargain Pawn rang me up Wednesday to read me portions of a Jan. 5 letter fresh from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

“Dear Licensed Dealer,” writes Sgt. Thomas Johnson of the Tourist Safety and Firearms Section (motto: “An
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2007-02-24
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The Libertarian 
2007-01-12 
LINE FORMS AT THE REAR, HOMBRES 
   Concerned about illegal aliens coming here and getting just as good a deal from our government “entitlement” programs as U.S. citizens? Have your friends and acquaintances, perhaps, gone so far as to suggest you may be a little “paranoid” on this sco
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2007-02-24
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2007-01-10 
HE DARED TO SPEAK THE TRUTH IN A COURTROOM 
   The Nevada Supreme Court has issued a scathing condemnation of Las Vegas defense attorney Phillip Emerson, addressing four civil cases from 2004 in which Mr. Emerson, defending insurance companies, made arguments such as:

“This is a case where th
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2007-02-24
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The Libertarian 
2007-01-07 
'THAT BIOLOGICAL PARENTS ARE THE ENEMIES OF THEIR OFFSPRING' 
   A Dec. 31 Review-Journal editorial detailed some of the $7 billion in spending the members of the 2007 Nevada Legislature have already proposed -- all while earnestly bleating that no tax hikes will be required.

“Atop the list,” we noted, “is a m
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2007-02-24
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The Libertarian 
2007-01-03 
SEVEN BILLION IN SPENDING, AND IT'S ALL FOR FREE! 
   Nevada lawmakers, due to convene in early February for the 2007 legislative session, have big plans for lots of expensive new government programs -- but vow that no tax hikes will be needed to fund them.

Wow. Talk about an offer we can’t refuse!
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2007-01-01
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The Libertarian 
2006-12-27 
IT SURE COSTS A LOT OF TAX MONEY TO MAKE THINGS 'AFFORDABLE' 
   Let’s suppose you manage a restaurant -- one of the pricier variety, with white tablecloths and some hefty double-digit prices in your menu.

A family comes in, is seated, and looks over that menu. Then one of the adults takes you aside and asks,
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2007-01-01
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The Libertarian 
2006-12-25 
'I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS, YOU CAN PLAN ON ME' 
   And now the bustling streets and malls fall strangely quiet. In many a home the living room rests ankle-deep in an effluvia of ribbons and paper and bows, while in the background someone has left the TV running -- Alastair Sim throws open his window
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2007-01-01
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2006-12-24 
A MISSION TO BEIJING 
   I see where the Republicrat congresscritters in Washington are pounding on their desks, insisting that the minimum wage be hiked so they can brag they’ve done something for the working man.

Meantime, a high-profile U.S. delegation led by Treasury
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2007-01-01
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The Libertarian 
2006-12-22 
SEN. KENNEDY SEEKS TO FEDERALIZE STUDENT LOANS 
   Let’s suppose you had a service to offer, and you knew the average customer was willing (and could afford) to pay about $12,000 a year for it. Over a period of years, what price do you suppose you might arrive at for your service?

Yep.

Now le
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2007-01-01
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The Libertarian 
2006-12-17 
SHERIFF OPPOSES REGISTRATION -- IF HE CAN BE BELIEVED 
   In a largely symbolic move reflecting frustration with the unwillingness of the federal government to enforce its own immigration laws, the Pahrump Town Board on Nov. 14 adopted an ordinance that bans the flying of foreign flags by themselves (as opp
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2007-01-01
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The Libertarian 
2006-12-15 
OUR SECOND NATIONAL HOLIDAY 
   Americans make a big hubbub over the Fourth of July.

True, the victory of 1781 was an amazing triumph, and the vision of those gathered in Philadelphia five years before -- that men may rightfully form or disband governments at will, for the
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2007-01-01
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The Libertarian 
2006-12-14 
GOT PRICE-FIXED MILK? 
   If Republicans passed a new, 20-cent-a-gallon tax on milk, what do you suppose the leadership of the Democratic Party -- the party of the working man -- would say?

Wait: Take that a step further. Let’s pretend Republicans wanted to charge poor pe
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2007-01-01
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The Libertarian 
2006-12-10 
WHAT'S MISSING FROM THE LIST OF HIKERS' 'ADEQUATE EQUIPMENT'? 
   Alongside the Pinnacle Lake Trail in the Mount Baker/Snoqualmie National Forest, east of Everett, Washington, the bodies of hikers Mary Cooper, 56, and Susanna Stodden, 27, were found by a hiker on July 11.

The Seattle mother and daughter had eac
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2007-01-01
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The Libertarian 
2006-12-9 
JUSTICE ADMITS HE IGNORES EDICTS OF THE CONSTITUTION 
   To enjoy the benefits of a rule of law, the law has to be predictable, knowable, and equitably enforced. If those in power can “reinterpret” or ignore the written law as they please, predictability evaporates. No one feels safe. Long-term investments
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2007-01-01
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2006-12-8 
BREATH TESTS FOR BUMS: PROBLEM IS IN THE FUNDING, NOT THE POLICY 
   Why do you do a man a bigger favor by teaching him how to fish than by giving him a fish to eat? Because the latter plan leaves him hungry tomorrow; the former gives him a chance at self-sufficiency.

There are exceptions, but on balance, private
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2007-01-01
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2006-12-3 
KEEP THOSE KEVLAR JAMMIES HANDY 
   Over the decades, the U.S. Supreme Court has heard many cases stemming from police violence against Americans justified by the so-called “War on Drugs.” Never once have the justices seized the opportunity to rule -- as they are obliged to rule by the
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2007-01-01
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2006-12-1 
A BLIND EYE FOR THE SEPARATION OF POWERS 
   For four years, the case worked its way through the courts. The American Council of the Blind was asking the federal judiciary to rule that American paper money as currently printed violates the federal Rehabilitation Act, which prohibits discriminat
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2007-01-01
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The Libertarian 
2006-11-26 
TYRANNIES CAN'T AFFORD TO LET US 'VOTE WITH OUR FEET' 
   Kevin writes in from Texas:

“Hi Vin, I just read your (Nov. 12) column and Googled with some subdued alarm that Nevada voted in a smoking ban. Very interesting, thanks for the public information. I would have never imagined such a thing.

“Her
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2007-01-01
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2006-11-23 
FOR WHAT DO WE GIVE THANKS? 
   As our modern gladiators chase a pigskin down the field in Dallas or Detroit, we settle into our living rooms, loosen our belts and remind the little ones this is the day we echo the thanks of the Pilgrims, who gathered in the autumn of 1621 to celeb
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2007-01-01
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2006-11-19 
WILL EVERYTHING BE COMING UP ROSES? 
   As you read this, the auctioneers are in the midst of the five-day sell-off that will strip the Stardust Hotel and Casino pretty much down to the carpets. It was fun (but also a tad melancholy) to attend the auction preview Wednesday night in the Pav
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2007-01-01
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2006-11-15 
WILL DEMOCRATS TURN BACK THE CLOCK ON TRADE? 
   UNLV economics professor Hans-Hermann Hoppe has an effective way of explaining free trade.

Does the opposite of free trade -- quotas and tariffs designed to “protect” domestic industries and their workers -- sound like a good idea? Then why impos
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2007-01-01
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2006-11-14 
BAN CAVIAR, AND STILL HAVE PIZZA? IT'S BEEN TRIED BEFORE 
   They’re at it again.

“Over the past quarter-century, and especially in the last 10 years, America’s very rich have grown much richer,” shuddered the extremely alarmed Kevin Hall of the McClatchy newspaper chain last week, citing a study by econom
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2007-01-01
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The Libertarian 
2006-11-11 
NO SMOKING. NO TOUCHING. NO DRUGS. WELCOME TO VEGAS, HAVE A NICE STAY 
   Drive through Goldfield, sometime.

A mere century ago this was the biggest, boomingest town in Nevada. Its hotel was the most opulent between Kansas City and San Francisco; it took 80 bartenders to handle the patrons at Tex Rickard’s Northern. <
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2007-01-01
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2006-11-6 
NANCY BECKER MUST BE REMOVED 
   As her opponent, District Judge Nancy Saitta, surged to a 5-point lead in the polls last week, it began to appear voters are indeed “getting it” about Nevada Supreme Court Justice Nancy Becker, the first member of the high court that created the odio
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2007-01-01
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2006-11-5 
SCANDAL EXCITEMENT REACHES FEVER PITCH (SNORE) 
   I hope I won’t be kicked bodily out of the journalistic fraternity if I pass up this “last opportunity” to weigh in on all the latest electoral “scandals” before Election Day -- carefully crafting my “objective analysis” to regretfully reach the conc
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2007-01-01
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2006-11-2 
HOW MANY NEW RATS AND BUGS SHOULD BE SAVED EACH YEAR? 
   Future scholars, seeking a textbook example of the way a federal bureaucracy can stretch a limited congressional authorization to justify regulating everything in sight, could do worse than the Endangered Species Act.

The law seemed non-controver
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2007-01-01
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2006-10-31 
THOUGHTS ON THE OCCASION OF THE OCTOBER MOON 
   Halloween is here, the day when many an American parent will suit up the little ones in black robes, matching 17th century conical hats, and oversized warty noses, sending them off to delight the neighbors with this impersonation of a witch, as tradi
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2007-01-01
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2006-10-29 
HOW HARD SHOULD IT BE TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA? 
   Such is the shorthand of politics that -- should Nevadans defeat Question 7 on November’s ballot -- the national press would doubtless report “Nevadans refuse to legalize up to on ounce of pot.”

In fact, I’m no lawyer, but I believe I could easil
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2007-01-01
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2006-10-6 
HOW MANY FCCs SHOULD ONE GOVERNMENT BE ALLOWED TO OWN? 
   The Federal Communications Commission kicked off the first of six planned public hearings Tuesday to discuss a number of broadcast ownership rules, including whether a single company should be able to own both a newspaper and a television station in
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2007-01-01
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2006-10-4 
NEW CRISIS LOOMS: BEARS FOUND DUMPING IN THE WOODS 
   In Philippe de Broca’s 1966 comedy “King of Hearts,” set during the First World War, a British private is sent into a French village in search of an armed bomb supposedly left behind by retreating German forces.

The villagers he encounters seem r
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2007-01-01
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2006-10-2 
A HEFTY HELPING OF D.C. DOUBLE-TALK 
   At the White House on Sept. 22, President Bush met with Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, who vowed continuing efforts to root out the Taliban and other extremists from Afghanistan and from Pakistan’s own northwest provinces.

Then, Sept.
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2007-01-01
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2006-10-1 
TIME TO HOSE OUT THE SERVANTS' QUARTERS 
   Let us suppose those oil stocks you bought went through the roof, you invented a better mousetrap, or the Megabucks machine finally decided to line up just right. Imagine, in other words, you’re suddenly a millionaire with a new house so big you need
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2007-01-01
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2006-9-29 
THE STRATEGY BEHIND THE CLINTON BLOW-UP 
   Off-year elections are about expectations.

The party of a lame-duck president, having presumably spent much of its momentum, is expected to lose seats. The only question is: how many?

When the incumbent president is not the most eloquent of s
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2007-01-01
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2006-9-25 
LEAVE CENSORSHIP TO THE TURKS 
   Experience “should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficent,” warned Justice Louis D. Brandeis, in his prescient dissent in America’s first case involving warrantless wiretapping, 1928. “Men bo
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2007-01-01
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2006-9-24 
THROWING SOME READER MAIL ON THE BARBIE 
   My recent column on the curious lack of international coverage of the death of Rod Ansell (the man who became the real-life model for the movie character “Crocodile Dundee”) in a 1999 shoot-out with Aussie police brought some “attaboys” ...

“Hell
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2007-01-01
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2006-9-21 
45,000 ACRES IS BETTER THAN NOTHING 
   In exchange for the “protection,” a bill that would designate nearly 550,000 acres of new “wilderness” in the Nevada desert -- further blocking access and most productive uses of that land -- would also open up for development 45,000 new acres in rur
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2007-01-01
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2006-9-17 
'ONLY TWO CANDIDATES, AND THEY'RE SO DIFFERENT!' 
   There was no collusion -- the two staffs barely speak.

And that made the coincidence all the more notable.

The lead story on the Review-Journal’s local news section Aug. 17 -- 36 hours after the polls closed on Nevada’s Aug. 15 Nevada primary
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2007-01-01
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2006-9-16 
A VERY INCONVENIENT DOCUMENT 
   Thanks to a 2004 law authored by U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., every American school and college that receives federal money must teach about the Constitution on Sept. 17 (the date the document was adopted, in 1787), or the closest school day avail
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2007-01-01
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2006-9-15 
VICTIMS' FAMILIES DESERVE A VOICE IN INQUEST PROCEEDINGS 
   As has happened more than a hundred times in the past 30 years, Clark County coroner’s juries have cleared Metropolitan Police officers of wrongdoing in all 15 inquests into fatal police shootings this year -- including the May 13 shooting death of 1
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2007-01-01
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2006-9-11 
YES, ANOTHER SEPT. 11 FIFTH-YEAR ANNIVERSARY COLUMN 
   Did history really change -- did America change -- on Sept. 11, 2001?

In terms of events that changed our history, where will the terrorist attack that brought down the World Trade Center on that dark day rank next to, say, the first voyage of Co
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2007-01-01
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2006-9-10 
THE U.N. -- FACILITATING GENOCIDE AROUND THE GLOBE 
   I spoke to a class of bright young college folk here in Southern Nevada recently. 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 Fathers wer
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2007-01-01
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2006-9-9 
WHY WAS THE DEATH OF THE REAL-LIFE 'CROCODILE DUNDEE' IGNORED? 
   A few days ago, on Sept. 6, the Review-Journal -- along with a lot of other metropolitan dailies -- gave prominent coverage to the death of Steve Irwin, the popular Australian zookeeper who charmed international audiences with his enthusiastic animal
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2007-01-01
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2006-9-7 
FREE TO CHOOSE ... WITH TWO BIG GUYS LEANING OVER YOUR SHOULDER 
   Decades ago, a then-young man of my acquaintance found summer employment while working his way through college, driving a taxicab in New York City.

The company was unionized.

One day, my young friend showed up for work to find all the cabs si
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2006-9-3 
DEA WANTS TO JAIL ITS POLITICAL OPPONENTS 
   The current cattle-chute nonsense at our airports is designed to accustom us to police-state searches, body probes, and questions about why we’re carrying cash (IRS) or pharmaceuticals (DEA.)

This rigmarole costs billions in lost productivity and
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2006-8-31 
THOUGHT CRIMES 
   On Aug. 23, a teen here in the Las Vegas valley received an e-mail from a Henderson 14-year-old asking “Would you be up for some Columbine-like (expletive).”

“Like what we talking?” asked his admirably articulate correspondent.

“I can’t talk
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2006-8-30 
THIS IS YOUR AD BUDGET ON DRUGS 
   The federal government has spent about $1.2 billion since 1998 on scores of television, print and radio ads designed to “discourage drug use” among youth. President Bush has requested another $120 million for next year.

The words “discourage drug
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2006-8-29 
THE NEW, IMPROVED ARNOLD 
   Someday a great biography will be written about Arnold Schwarzenegger, a born-again American who proved able to remake himself in whatever ways proved necessary to succeed.

Properly explored, however, there may be pathos in Schwarzenegger’s story
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2006-8-27 
OH, YEAH. WHOLE LOT O' SHIVERIN' GOIN' ON 
   Last week, former Clark County Commissioners Dario Herrera, 33, and Mary Kincaid-Chauncey, 68, were sentenced to 50 and 30 months in federal prison, respectively, for taking bribes from local strip club owner Michael Galardi.

Or were they?

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2006-8-25 
MEDICARE: ANOTHER WAY TO 'PUNISH THE RICH'? 
   Imagine for a moment the federal government owned all the supermarkets.

They wouldn’t have different names, anymore. They’d all be emblazoned with the blue-eagle logo of the NSA -- the Nutritional Security Administration.

But this would be a
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2006-8-23 
FOR HERRERA, KINCAID-CHAUNCEY, JUSTICE IS DONE 
   Former Clark County Commissioners Dario Herrera, 33, and Mary Kincaid-Chauncey, 68, were sentenced to federal prison Monday for taking bribes from local strip club owner Michael Galardi in the political corruption case dubbed G-sting.

Herrera, a
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2006-8-22 
'OUR MAYOR IS MORE FUN THAN YOUR GOVERNOR' 
   This summer, the new governor of New Jersey, who won election by promising not to raise taxes, got darned upset when the Legislature in Trenton refused to enact his whopping new budget, just because it contained a bunch of, you know ... tax hikes. <
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2006-8-18 
DANGEROUS WORM PEDDLER NABBED* 
   *(Apologies, this one got lost in the shuffle -- from the "better late than never" dept.)

Make no mistake, when it comes time to count the faces that delegates to our state capitals see in hearing after hearing, plain old taxpayers clinging tight
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2006-8-13 
WATCH NICK DEL VECCHIO, BOB BEERS, AND JERRY AIROLA 
   The Review-Journal offers no formal endorsements in Tuesday’s primary elections, and neither do I. A few observations:

First, not voting is OK. Choosing the new ruler who will decide how much of our money and property to “allow” us to keep from a
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2006-8-12 
FENCING OFF THE LAST WASTELAND 
   Flying over the desert West, looking down on an ochre or red-brown surface more than a little reminiscent of Mars, more than one traveler has remarked, “Good gracious. There sure is a whole lot of stinking desert down there. Doesn’t it ever end?”
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2006-8-8 
DEMOCRATS BLOCK MINIMUM WAGE HIKE 
   Minimum wage hikes are bad, since they outlaw the jobs of those -- mostly part-time teen-agers -- currently earning $5.15 per hour.

Fans of this form of government meddling are fond of saying a minimum wage hike would “benefit more than 6 million
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2006-8-6 
JUST THIS ONCE, LET THEM FIGHT TILL SOMEONE LOSES 
   War is horrible. It kills and maims and orphans the innocent along with the combatants, who themselves are not always there willingly. It is to be avoided whenever possible.

(For instance, Lincoln had no right to invade the South, which in no way
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2006-8-4 
OUR MAGINOT LINE IN THE SKY 
   Imagine finding that -- as you innocently boarded a commercial flight at McCarran Airport last year -- you’d been falsely identified by a U.S. air marshal as a potential terrorist.

Placed on a watch list without being told why, you could face int
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2006-8-2 
JUDGING JUSTICE BECKER 
   In July, 2003, the Nevada Supreme Court in “Guinn v. Legislature” had the nerve to dismiss a constitutional amendment requiring a two-thirds legislative vote to raise taxes. Although that amendment had been ratified by an overwhelming majority of Ne
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2006-7-31 
POLS WILL SOON CLAIM 'PISTOL,' 'TASC' CAUSE STERILITY 
   One after another, the major gubernatorial candidates of both parties who oppose state Sen. Bob Beers’ modest “Tax and Spending Control” initiative have trouped through the Review-Journal editorial offices this summer, insisting the proposed constitu
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2006-7-30 
ON WILD HORSES AND 'NO-KNOCK' SEARCHES 
   Melvin C. Bailey, Jr., master chief petty officer, USN retired, writes in:

“I was impressed by the comprehensive nature of the Review-Journal’s June 19 editorial, ‘Police no longer need to knock.’ Sadly, your hypothetical question about an Americ
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2006-7-28 
THE BEST CLOWN SHOW IN TOWN 
   Well, give them one thing: Warring candidates Brian Krolicki and Barbara Lee Woollen have managed to “push through the clutter” and elevate the visibility of a summer primary race for a do-little office that Nevadans generally ignore -- that of lieut
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2006-7-24 
MARYLAND'S 'WAL-MART TAX' HITS THE DUMPSTER 
   These days, states are finding an increasing share of their budgets consumed by Medicaid -- the socialized medical subsidy for the poor.

Not that Medicaid is a one-size-fits-all program. It does require that certain poor people -- such as the dis
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2006-7-23 
SOMETHING MORE THAN 'MERE TERRITORIAL JURISDICTION' 
   A few weeks back, we were debating in this space whether the 14th Amendment grants automatic birthright citizenship to children of illegal aliens born in this country. A helpful reader refers us to a Dec. 7, 2005 letter to the Wall Street Journal fro
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2006-7-22 
BEMOANING A 'DO-NOTHING' CONGRESS 
   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
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2006-7-16 
IMMIGRATION LAWS NEED TO BE ENFORCED, NOT 'REFORMED' 
   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
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2006-7-15 
GRABBING KIDS LEFT AND RIGHT 
   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
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2006-7-14 
ISRAEL GOES TO WAR 
   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
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2006-7-11 
SHE DARED TO DEFY AUTHORITY 
   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
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2006-7-10 
PRIVACY PROTECTION ERODED A LITTLE MORE 
   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
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2006-7-10 
WILD HORSE BIRTH CONTROL 
   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
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2006-7-9 
REPUBLICAN HOPEFULS DIFFER ON WATER, SPENDING LIMITS 
   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
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2006-7-8 
IN NEW JERSEY, THE SUICIDE SQUEEZE 
   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
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2006-7-4 
THE HISTORY WE CELEBRATE TODAY 
   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
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2006-7-2 
THE U.N. -- FACILITATING GENOCIDE AROUND THE WORLD 
   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
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2006-7-1 
SENATE WOULD DISCONNECT CENTURY-OLD PHONE TAX 
   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
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2006-6-30 
ATLANTIC CITY CASINOS TO GO DARK? 
   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
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2006-6-29 
COURT STRIKES DOWN CAMPAIGN SPENDING LIMITS 
   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
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2006-6-25 
A DISCOURSE ON 'ANCHOR BABIES' AND BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP 
   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
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2006-6-24 
CASINO WISE TO BAN KIDS' ACCESS 
   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,
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2006-6-19 
POLICE NOW ALLOWED TO BREAK IN WITHOUT KNOCKING 
   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
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2006-6-18 
SOME UPDATES ON THE NEWS OF THE WEIRD 
   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
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2006-6-15 
DENTAL SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL 
   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
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2006-6-14 
THE WAR ON LOOPHOLES MUST NEVER END 
   [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
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2006-6-12 
PENALIZING POLITICAL SPEECH 
   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
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2006-6-11 
WHY I AM NOT A 'CONSERVATIVE' 
   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
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2006-6-10 
WHAT 'CLEAR SIGNALS' HAVE BEEN SENT? 
   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
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2006-6-8 
IS IT MORAL TO STEAL FROM THE DEAD? 
   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
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2006-6-6 
BUT WHICH BOOKS ARE 'SUSPICIOUS'? 
   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
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2006-6-5 
SCHEMING FOR A POPULAR VOTE 
   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
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2006-6-4 
WHY DOES IT SAY 'AND SUBJECT TO THE JURISDICTION THEREOF'? 
   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
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2006-6-3 
SILENCING THE WHISTLEBLOWERS 
   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
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2006-5-31 
FCC SHOULD BUTT OUT OF TV NEWS 
   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. <
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2006-5-30 
EVEN IN CALIFORNIA, NONSENSE HAS ITS LIMITS 
   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
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2006-5-29 
A FLAG FOR THE MILITIA? 
   The first weekend of summer, time for picnics and barbecues and trips to the beach.

To their credit, Americans never really forgot the sacrifices of those who gave the final measure to protect the freedoms we now hold so casually. But their sacri
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2006-5-28 
BEST ARGUMENT FOR DRUG FREEDOM IS ... FREEDOM 
   There’s another proposal to legalize marijuana being marshaled for the Nevada ballot, this time under the guise of “regulating marijuana and making it harder for kids to get.”

It’s tempting to say they never asked me for my opinion. In fact, thou
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2006-5-25 
PRIVACY PROTECTION ERODED A LITTLE MORE 
   Resolving a Utah case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday 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 window.
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2006-5-23 
A NEW CITY HOUSING PROJECT 
   The term “affordable housing” gets tossed around a lot, these days. Take, for instance, the question of what the city of Las Vegas should have done about the run-down and unhealthful dwelling units in the Monterey Villas apartment complex, on Tam Dri
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2006-5-21 
MORE 'BUSINESS AS USUAL' AT METRO 
   Clark County Sheriff Bill Young won’t run for a second term. Instead, he’s doing everything he can -- waiting till the last minute to withdraw in order to give other challengers less time, even trying to turn over his $900,000 war chest intact -- to
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2006-5-20 
A NEW PRESIDENT FOR UNLV 
   And so the Nevada Board of Regents, deprived of their leading candidate, have chosen as the new president of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a man who was no one’s first choice -- except for activist faculty members looking for someone who would
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2006-5-15 
THIS COULD GET INTERESTING 
   The committee searching for a new president of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has unanimously endorsed the three-star general who supervises the U.S. MIlitary Academy at West Point to be the next president of UNLV. The state’s 13-member Board o
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2006-5-14 
IT WASN'T 'INTERSTATE,' AND IT WASN'T 'FRAUD' 
   I think Dario Herrera and Mary Kincaid-Chauncey are dirty.

No, I doubt either of the former Clark County Commissioners initially ran for office thinking “What a great way to get rich and pad my lifestyle, accepting bribes and handouts and extorti
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2006-5-11 
CULINARY TRIES TO BLOCK NEW JOBS FOR RENO 
   Bob Fulkerson of the Progressive Leadership Alliance of (Northern) Nevada is backing a petition drive to slap a special tax on casinos built outside of Reno’s decaying urban core, supposedly to help pay off the debts of earlier, failed downtown redev
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2006-5-10 
'SECURING THE BORDERS'? 
   I believe every senator in Washington is now on record saying they favor some kind of “compromise immigration reform bill ” which will “secure our border with Mexico.”

Here, I submit, is another great example of how the Alice-in-Wonderlan

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2006-5-7 
IS IT ENOUGH TO SAY, 'SHOW US THE LAW'? 
   Last time, we were previewing former Hollywood producer -- and former Nevada gubernatorial candidate -- Aaron Russo’s new documentary, “America: Freedom to Fascism.”

The film argues it’s enough to set us free, for citizens and jurors to simply as
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2006-5-6 
NO PERMITS REQUIRED FOR THE POLITICALLY CORRECT 
   Thousands of demonstrators tied up traffic on The Las Vegas Strip and other local streets Monday, drawing the attention of more than 200 Las Vegas Metro policemen who worked to divert traffic, in large measure to keep the demonstrators safe.

That
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2006-4-30 
RUSSO'S NEW FILM TACKLES THE INCOME TAX 
   Former Nevada gubernatorial hopeful Aaron Russo -- one-time producer of mainstream films including “Trading Places” -- vows to take his new documentary, “America, Freedom to Fascism” to Cannes in May and open it in major U.S cities in July.

The
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2006-4-25 
EXTORTION COMES IN MANY FORMS 
   There was no doubt about the legislative intent. State Sen. Dina Titus, D-Las Vegas, figured the strip clubs of Las Vegas had plenty of extra money lying around, and decided Nevada state government needed an additional share of that loot to fund her
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2006-4-24 
NUCLEAR REPROCESSING IN NEVADA? WHAT WOULD SEN. REID SAY? 
   Although most of Nevada’s political elite embraced the notion of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository when it was first proposed -- after all, federal contracts had long meant high-dollar jobs floating down like manna from heaven -- it’s now d
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2006-4-23 
'LITERACY ROSE ... TO BETWEEN 91 AND 97 PERCENT' 
   Last time, one Carol A. Davis wrote in: “Since Mr. Suprynowicz is allowed to take almost a half of a page making, just one more time, the RJ’s constant point that ‘public schools just ain’t no damn good,’ ” (March 26) “why doesn’t he enlighten us som
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2006-4-20 
THE 'FAMILY AND FRIENDS' CALENDAR 
   In the ongoing federal corruption trial in downtown Las Vegas, strip club owner, star witness, and confessed felon Michael Galardi has named a lot of names.

One, former Deputy District Attorney Gary Guymon, is alleged by Galardi to have frequente
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2006-4-17 
GOP DROPS FELONY CHARGES FOR ILLEGALS 
   In an April 12 letter, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada asked Majority Leader Bill Frist to return to work on immigration legislation immediately after Congress returns from its two-week Easter recess (well, right after they cooperate in s
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2006-4-16 
'PROVE YOU ARE CORRECT, PLEASE, I WANT TO LEARN.' 
   One Carol A. Davis writes in: “Since Mr. Suprynowicz is allowed to take almost a half of a page making, just one more time, the RJ’s constant point that ‘public schools just ain’t no damn good,’ ” (March 26) “why doesn’t he enlighten us some more. I
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2006-4-14 
MOST FAVOR OUTLAWING JOBS FOR KIDS 
   More than three-fourths of Nevadans -- 77 percent -- who responded to a recent Review-Journal poll support a state constitutional amendment to increase the state’s minimum wage to $1 per hour higher than the current federally required $5.15.

(The
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2006-4-12 
FREEZING FREE SPEECH 
   In Washington state last November, citizens placed on the ballot Initiative 912, intended to repeal the new gasoline tax increase approved by the 2005 state Legislature.

On a local radio station, KVI 570, talk show hosts John Carlson and Kirby Wi
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2006-4-11 
TEAPOT MUSEUMS? TOILET SUMMITS? CONGRESS NEEDS EVERY DIME 
   You worked hard for all that money you earned last year. So it’s gratifying to know our representatives in Washington plan to squeeze value out of every nickel we’ll send them next week, right?

Right?

The group Citizens Against Government Was
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2006-4-10 
FANS OF A DISARMED PEASANTRY RECYCLE SAME OLD LIES 
  
I wrote recently on uniformed cops shooting undercover cops (one such incident having occurred at a college football game last fall in Orlando, Fla.) -- and the bizarre proposal that to solve this problem undercover cops must stop carrying guns s

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2006-4-9 
REMOVING MERCURY REDUCES AUTISM DIAGNOSES 
   Doctors who champion the purposeful introduction of toxic mercury into children’s bodies (does anyone else find that a very odd 12-word phrase?), through dental amalgams and especially through the addition of the mercury-based preservative thimerosal
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2006-4-7 
TEACHER CERTIFICATION PRETTY MUCH WORTHLESS 
   The 2001 federal “No Child Left Behind” law sets considerable store by a requirement that more public schools teachers be certified in “core academic subjects” such as math and English.

But a new study by the Brookings Institution -- hardly a ri
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2006-4-3 
'REPUBLIC, DEMOCRACY, WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?' 
   It was Woodrow Wilson -- violating a solemn campaign promise -- who first asserted that America must involve herself in overseas wars to “keep the world safe for democracy.”

The construction remains in style. Following the Sept. 11 terror attacks
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2006-4-2 
I WANTED TO LIKE 'V FOR VENDETTA,' HONEST 
   I wrote movie reviews for years, actually got paid for it, but was finally able to wean myself of the habit. (I believe what did it was the all-kiddie Saturday preview screening of “Spaced Invaders” -- 1990. An experience like that will make you re-e
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2006-4-1 
COURT DEFENDS FREEDOM FROM WARRANTLESS SEARCH 
   The fissures in the United States Supreme Court were open for all to see -- complete with personal sniping in concurring and dissenting opinions -- as the justices reached a 5-3 decision last week that partially shores up the right of Americans to be
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2006-3-31 
GREENS SCRAMBLE TO BUY -- AND LOG -- TIMBER LANDS 
   A third of the U.S. land mass remains forested today -- the same proportion as in 1907 and fully 71 percent as much land as was forested before settlement by the Europeans.

That’s a lot, though only 57 percent of that land remains in private hand
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2006-3-29 
WHO FAVORS UNLIMITED GOVERNMENT GROWTH? 
   “Nevada and 10 other states are inviting disaster if they approve Colorado-style initiatives that limit government spending to the combined rate of inflation and population growth,” came the breathless report from The Associated Press in Carson City
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2006-3-26 
THE CHARTER FOR UNLIMITED GOVERNMENT 
   A fan of ever-expanding government wrote in this month, complaining about an aside in a recent Review-Journal editorial on the 70th anniversary of the Federal Register -- an editorial lamenting the fact that it took “only” 2,620 pages to itemize all
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2006-3-24 
JUST A LITTLE MORE GOVERNMENT CONTROL OF MEDICINE? PLEEEASE? 
   Moving a full year before the next biennial legislative session in order to demonstrate the state’s minority party has “concrete ideas,” Nevada’s Assembly Democrats last week unveiled a notion for “making medical care more affordable” that’s not real
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2006-3-22 
WILDLIFE 'EXPERTS' THIN OUT THE PUPFISH 
   As documented in Vernon Bostic’s “Ecology of the Desert Tortoise in Relation to Cattle Grazing,” the greatest death loss among Southern Nevada desert tortoises during the severe drought of 1981 occurred in the Crescent Valley Allotment, where cattle
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2006-3-20 
A CHILLING EFFECT ON DISCOURSE 
   Last week, about 20 students walked out, skipping at least one class period at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas, after government teacher Rochelle Behling made remarks which some Hispanic students said they found offensive.

Before a first-period
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2006-3-19 
CORONER'S INQUEST 'NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC' 
   Here in Southern Nevada, there was considerable interest in last week’s coroner’s inquest into the death of aspiring “Gangsta Rap” recording artist Amir Crump, 21, (stage name "Trajik,") killed by Las Vegas Metro police in the southwest valley Feb. 1
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2006-3-12 
IS 'BAND-AID' THE RIGHT FIX FOR BLUE DIAMOND ROAD? 
   Last week, southwest of Las Vegas on the road to Pahrump, speed limits on the five-mile section of Blue Diamond Road from Interstate 15 to Durango Drive were reduced from a high of 65 mph to a consistent 45.

Since July 1, at least 18 people have
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2006-3-10 
PAY ARBITRATION SYSTEM IS BROKEN 
   Even before an arbitrator’s ruling on March 4 granted Las Vegas Metropolitan police officers a 21.85 percent pay hike over the next four years, police wages in Southern Nevada were already among the highest in the country, according to the consulting
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2006-3-8 
END THE 'PREVAILING WAGE' 
   In a 6-1 decision, Nevada’s Supreme Court ruled last week that the private, non-profit outfit building the new Carson-Tahoe Hospital is not required to pay higher “prevailing wages” to construction workers, despite the fact most of the project is bac
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2006-3-6 
STEP RIGHT UP, HE'S THE HEAVY HITTER 
   At the request of the State Bar of Nevada, the Nevada Supreme Court last year empaneled a committee to examine lawyer advertising.

At a public meeting March 1, committee members floated proposals to change the state rules regarding acceptable sol
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2006-3-3 
DICTATING LESSON PLANS VIA CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 
   Steve Brown, a Las Vegas masonry contractor and member of a nondenominational church, has filed an initiative petition proposing a constitutional amendment that would require Nevada teachers to tell their students that questions remain about the theo
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2006-2-26 
JAILED CANCER SURVIVOR LOSES 25 POUNDS IN THREE WEEKS 
   Steve Kubby, 59, the 1998 Libertarian candidate for governor of California, was a leading force behind the passage of the 1996 referendum which legalized medical marijuana there. But it was AFTER voters approved Proposition 215 that California police
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2006-2-24 
CANADIAN BORDER GUARDS MAY FINALLY GET THEIR GUNS 
   On Jan. 24, Whatcom County sheriff’s Deputy Stuart Smith spotted the vehicle of two murder suspects at a rest stop about five miles south of Blaine, Wash. When he tried to arrest the pair, they sped north towards the Canadian border on Interstate 5.
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2006-2-20 
WHAT ON EARTH IS AL GORE THINKING? 
   It’s tough being a politician. The tape recorders always seem to be “on,” catching the kind of gaffes, flubs, and misstatements that the rest of us less-than-perfect orators -- blessedly free of these relentless electronic Boswells -- can far more ea
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2006-2-19 
'THIS ASININE LAW SHOULD BE REPEALED IMMEDIATELY!' 
   An actual letter-writer wrote to the Review-Journal shortly after the Feb. 1 deaths of Metro Police Sgt. Henry Prendes and the chanting gangsta rap “artist” who had reportedly waited in ambush to kill the officer:

“According to a TV news report t
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2006-2-13 
PARENTS FILE THE WRONG LAWSUIT 
   In California, a group of high school seniors and their parents filed suit last week against the state Department of Education and California school Superintendent Jack O’Connell.

Why?

The state won’t give the kids high school diplomas, becau
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2006-2-12 
WHERE NEVER IS HEARD A DISCOURAGING WORD 
   Last time, we were examining George W. Bush’s attempt to rewrite history in his Jan. 31 State of the Union speech -- the president strongly implying it was Iraq that harbored and dispatched the terrorists who attacked this country on Sept. 11, 2001 (
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2006-2-5 
REWRITING HISTORY WITH GEORGE W. BUSH 
   Liberal redistributionists can’t really dislike George W. Bush because he’s “conservative” -- can they? Mr. Bush hasn’t tried to get the federals out of our local schools or to shut down our massive socialist wealth redistribution schemes, from Socia
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2006-1-31 
ISSUE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION ABOUT TO EXPLODE 
   Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission last week postponed plans to print and distribute 70,000 copies of a map intended to show Mexicans -- and others, possibly including Islamic terrorists -- the best and safest ways to enter America illegally.
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2006-1-29 
VACCINATIONS AND GUN BANS TOP THE MAILBAG 
   One Craig Vincent writes in Hi from New Zealand,

"I just read your 'If a black man is armed, is he a criminal?' (Review-Journal, Dec. 4.) I found it interesting and timely. On the news tonight Shell oil had a forecourt service guy describe
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2006-1-27 
'WE SHOULD NOT RESTRICT ACCESS TO THE PUBLIC'S LANDS' 
  
Three rescue efforts have been launched already this month in the federally controlled land adjoining the Heavenly Mountain Resort -- straddling the California-Nevada line south of Lake Tahoe -- after skiers exited the resort through gates in ord

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2006-1-26 
MORATORIUM PROPOSED ON CONDOMINIUM CONVERSIONS 
   Zoning is a restriction on property rights which is generally popular.

When planning and zoning maps and codes are simple and firm, promulgated well in advance, and enforced equitably, the popular consensus is that they do a lot of good. Homeowne
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2006-1-25 
SHOULD BIG BROTHER TRACK OUR WEB BROWSING? 
   Justice Department officials gathering data as part of an effort to resurrect the 1998 Child Online Protection Act -- already rejected by the Supreme Court in 2004 -- admitted last week that they issued blanket subpoenas in August to four major Inter
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2006-1-23 
REPUBLICANS STRAY FAR FROM
THE PATH OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
 
   Limited-government Republicans lost the watershed election of 1964 to that veteran New Dealer and master of big-spending politics, Lyndon Johnson.

Invoking the memory of the recently martyred John F. Kennedy, LBJ twisted enough arms to push thro
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2006-1-22 
'UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES IS IT ACCEPTABLE
TO GIVE MERCURY TO CHILDREN'
 
   Every time I write about the dangers of toxic mercury preservative in the shots we give our kids, I hear from at least one local physician insisting there isn’t any thimerosal in the shots -- hasn’t been for years.

Imagine my surprise, then, whe
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2006-1-21 
NEW JERSEY MULLS CASINO SMOKING BAN 
   It’s tempting for Nevadans to chortle and encourage New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine to “Go ahead, make our day.”

In Trenton, Mr. Corzine said Thursday he needs more time to decide whether to support legislation that would extend New Jersey’s smo
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2006-1-18 
IN DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS, PROTECTIONISM STILL FAILING 
   High fuel prices? Who cares?

Nevada casinos are doing so well that their 2005 take has already surpassed the state’s all-time “win” record -- with only 11 months tallied to date.

The $10.7 billion win (what the casinos retained after paying
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2006-1-17 
I BET I CAN GUESS THE RESULTS 
   Over the opposition of two moderate Republicans (both consistently vote to increase school spending), an interim Nevada legislative committee last week hired a Denver education consulting firm to carry out a $225,000 study “to determine whether publi
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2006-1-15 
WHAT'S THE WORD 'BEAR' DOING IN THERE? 
   Last week, we were discussing the December sentencing of Geoffrey Wells of Las Vegas, on charges of child abuse and endangerment, after his 12-year-old son Syber -- possibly distraught over his parents’ divorce -- committed suicide with his father’s
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2006-1-12 
WILL 'KNOCK AND ANNOUNCE' BE GONE FOR GOOD? 
   A little more than two years ago, in a case arising out of North Las Vegas, Nev., a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled it was OK for police to wait as little as 20 seconds between the time they knocked on a door to announce themselves -- and the time
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2006-1-10 
IF A BLACK MAN IS ARMED, IS HE A 'CRIMINAL'? 
   An “old police tradition of requiring off-duty officers to carry their weapons -- ‘always armed, always on duty’ -- is being scaled back in police departments nationwide following the shootings of off-duty officers by colleagues who thought they were
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2006-1-9 
TOO MUCH INFLUENCE AVAILABLE FOR SALE 
   In the 1992 film “The Distinguished Gentleman,” written by Marty Kaplan and directed by Jonathan Lynn (“My Cousin Vinny”), Eddie Murphy plays a con man named Thomas Jefferson Johnson who grasps his opportunity when long-time corrupt congressman (the
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2006-1-8 
HAVE A CHILD, GIVE UP YOUR GUNS? 
   Jessica Lynne Carpenter was 14 years old on Aug. 23, 2000, the morning 27-year-old Jonathan David Bruce came calling at the Carpenter house in Merced, California.

Jessica Lynne knew how to shoot -- her father had taught her. And there were adequ
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2006-1-6 
SHOULD NEVADANS BE ASHAMED THAT
WE NEED LESS OF A FEDERAL DOLE?
 
   A report released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week places Nevada last among the 50 states in the per capita distribution of federal funds.

In 2004, the federal government spent $12,885 per person in Alaska and $12,150 per person in Virginia -
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2006-1-1 
I'M STICKIN' WITH THE UNION 
   Let’s start a union.

Oh, I have my differences with modern organized labor. They’ve long since abandoned George Meany’s sensible advice to remain non-partisan, instead aligning themselves with the freakiest, most far-left “progressive” social ag
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2005-12-31 
WHIP ME, HURT ME, SUE ME 
   In popular literature, the chubby loser who eagerly pays the stern dominatrix in the black corset to whip, denigrate and otherwise abuse him is an object both of humor and of pathos.

In Washington, he’s called the Environmental Protection Agency
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2005-12-28 
CALIFORNIANS DISCOVER INDUSTRY NOT YET
CRIPPLED, SET QUICKLY TO WORK
 
   Guess what?

Evoking a level of public surprise not seen since the last grizzled Japanese World War II straggler was found subsisting on coconuts and taro on some abandoned Pacific outpost, California regulators recently discovered -- less than 2
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2005-12-26 
'THE UNLIMITED POWER OF THE SWORD' 
   A couple of loyal readers asked me, in response to my recent evisceration of the discredited “militia clause” argument, “But Vin, do you think the Founders would have written the Second Amendment that way if they’d known we’d have Uzis”?

Leaving
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2005-12-23 
BUDGET 'CUTS' ARE MOSTLY SMOKE AND MIRRORS 
   It’s too bad the rhetorical smoke and steam generated in the House budget battle in Washington Monday couldn’t be funneled into a pipeline -- they might have saved millions in home heating costs in the frigid Northeast.

Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind.,
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2005-12-21 
HEARINGS NEEDED ON SECRET WIRETAPS 
   The New York Times disclosed last week that in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, President Bush has authorized the National Security Agency to monitor telephone conversations and e-mails within the United States.

The president acknowledge
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2005-12-19 
BUG LOVERS BLOCK BORDER FENCE FOR TWO YEARS 
   Quick: What powers are granted by the Constitution to the Department of Homeland Security?

No, it doesn’t matter that there was no such department till recent years. The Constitution grants its limited powers to “the executive” -- the president
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2005-12-15 
OUR SECOND NATIONAL HOLIDAY 
   Americans make a big hubbub over the Fourth of July.

True, the victory of 1781 was an amazing triumph, and the vision of those gathered in Philadelphia five years before -- that men may rightfully form or disband governments at will, for the h
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2005-12-11 
FANS OF A DISARMED PEASANTRY RECYCLE SAME OLD LIES 
   My column of last week, dealing with uniformed cops shooting undercover cops, and the bizarre proposal that to solve this problem undercover cops must stop carrying guns so their uniformed brethren can continue to feel free to shoot any black man in
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2005-12-10 
BATF CHANGES RULES OF THE GAME IN NEVADA 
   Originally published in Shotgun News Magazine

Despite the Constitution, only in Vermont (and now Alaska) can Americans carry a concealed firearm without a government “permit,” and not worry about being put in jail.

So, wishing to do t
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2005-12-9 
THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND TYRANNY, PORKFAT, AND JOB SECURITY 
   Large sections of the Constitution and Bill of Rights may lie in tatters (“I’m seizing this. No, I don’t have to show you any advance list of what we can seize. Shut up and stand over there. I’m going to feel your genitals now with the back of my han
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2005-12-4 
IF A BLACK MAN IS ARMED, IS HE 'A CRIMINAL'? 
   An "old police tradition of requiring off-duty officers to carry their weapons -- 'always armed, always on duty' -- is being scaled back in police departments nationwide following the shootings of off-duty officers by colleagues who thought they were
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2005-12-1 
FORCED CHARITY DOESN'T MAKE THINGS MORE 'AFFORDABLE' 
   The Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas delivered a report to the Clark County Growth Task Force Nov. 22, recommending the establishment of a community land trust that could buy federal land at a discount (in
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2005-11-24 
FOR WHAT DO WE GIVE OUR THANKS? 
   And so, as our modern gladiators chase a pigskin down the field in Dallas or Detroit, we settle into our living rooms, loosen our belts, and remind the little ones this is the day we echo the thanks of the Pilgrims, who gathered in the autumn of 1621
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2005-11-23 
IT'S PAYDAY; GOT YOUR WHEELBARROW? 
   It’s human nature. The doctor tells us our symptoms are more serious than we thought, that the repercussions could be catastrophic if we don’t make drastic changes in our diet, lifestyle, and exercise regimen immediately.

But we find some pills
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2005-11-23 
IT'S PAYDAY; GOT YOUR WHEELBARROW? 
   It’s human nature. The doctor tells us our symptoms are more serious than we thought, that the repercussions could be catastrophic if we don’t make drastic changes in our diet, lifestyle, and exercise regimen immediately.

But we find some pills
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2005-11-21 
THE AMERICAN DREAM: A TENEMENT ON THE TROLLY LINE? 
   Another group of East Coast academics has done another study on fast-growing American urban areas (Las Vegas right up there, of course), warning that this kind of “sprawl” is going to cost us.

Las Vegas ranks 15th on this latest list of communit
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2005-11-20 
WHAT NEXT, A 'WAR AGAINST THE DRAG BUNT'? 
   It’s widely asserted we’re fighting a “war on terror.” But that’s absurd.

Terror is a tactic -- an attempt to undermine the morale of a much stronger foe, whom the “terrorists” know they cannot defeat in traditional battle.

When we sent Joh
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2005-11-19 
THE NEW KID IN TOWN 
   Billboards and magazine covers now display teasing images of feminine pulchritude that our grandparents would have considered shocking. Not to mention the far more hardcore material now available to any schoolchild with a few clicks of the mouse. <
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2005-11-18 
'NEARER MY GOD TO THEE' 
   Probably the California emigres should have to pass a brief economics test before being welcomed as Nevada voters. Something along the lines of: “Do you understand the role state government played in driving you from the Golden State? Do you agree no
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2005-11-13 
'IT'S TO GET US USED TO SHOWING OUR PAPERS' 
   Dawn Hansen is Nevada chairman of Mothers Against the Draft. Her husband, Christopher Hansen, is the paralegal and retired contractor who served as chairman of last year’s failed “Axe the Tax” tax-rollback petition drive. The couple are active in the
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2005-11-10 
THEY ARE INTENT ON DISARMING US 
   Sure enough. I predicted, when the videos started streaming back to America, showing our troops disarming civilians in Bosnia, Somalia, and more recently Iraq, that these brave lads and lasses were merely being trained for the new official version of
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2005-11-8 
THE PEASANTS DARE CLAIM TITLE TO THEIR LANDS? 
   There are some who believe government has almost unlimited power to dictate what we can and cannot do with our own property.

True, they occasionally run up against that inconvenient Fifth Amendment, which says land owners must be compensated whe
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2005-11-6 
A FAMILIAR SET OF ANTI-CAPITALIST SOUND BYTES 
   Quite a bit of response to my parking-ticket column last week. Winning the award for the most distant correspondent is Don Morrison of Toronto, who writes “The death of every major North American city must be parking. Up here in Toronto our city coun
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2005-11-1 
MODEST SPENDING CUTS SEND DEMS SCAMPERING 
   No, the war in Iraq is not cheap, and neither was the creation of the shambling giant known as the Department of Homeland Security. But those aren’t the main reasons federal spending has grown far faster under President Bush than under his Democratic
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2005-10-31 
THOUGHTS ON THE OCCASION OF THE OCTOBER MOON 
   Halloween approaches, the day when many an American parent will suit up the little ones in black robes, matching 17th century conical hats, and oversized warty noses, sending them off to delight the neighbors with this impersonation of a witch, as tr
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2005-10-29 
BRILLIANCE OF THE FOUNDERS ASSERTS ITSELF 
   Supporters of President Bush may flirt with gloom in the face of the president’s withdrawal of the Supreme Court nomination of his friend and counsel -- and longtime former Democrat -- Harriet Miers.

If bad news comes in threes, this would seem
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2005-10-26 
IT CAME DOWN TO ONE MARINE 
   On Nov. 15, 2003, an 85-year-old retired Marine Corps colonel died of congestive heart failure at his home in La Quinta, Calif., southeast of Palm Springs.

He was a combat veteran of World War II. Reason enough to honor him. But this Marine was
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2005-10-25 
VOLUME OF BACKGROUND CHECKS DOUBLES OVERNIGHT 
   Despite the Constitution, only in Vermont (and now Alaska) do Americans not need to fear arrest and jail if they carry a concealed firearm without a government “permit.”

So, wishing to do their part to keep the crime rate down (John Lott and Pro
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2005-10-23 
MAIL US $20 AND DON'T GIVE US ANY MORE TROUBLE 
   A friend suggested we try the new “Triple George” white-tablecloth restaurant -- wedged between Hogs & Heifers and the equally new “Celebrity” drag-queen lip-sync joint on Third Street near Ogden, in downtown Las Vegas -- late last month.

The am
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2005-10-22 
RESTORING SOME PROPERTY RIGHTS 
   There is widespread public awareness of the growing abuse of eminent domain in this country, following the awful decision by the U.S. Supreme Court last spring that authorized the city of New London, Conn., to seize the attractive homes of local citi
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2005-10-20 
WITH BOTTOMLESS TAXPAYER FUNDING, FEDS MAKE MISERABLE ACTUARIES 
   Insurance is a wonderful invention of the free market.

Owners of properties which face a reasonably predictable chance of loss -- ships’ cargoes, for instance -- voluntarily pay some portion of that value to an insurer.

Funded by private in
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2005-10-18 
IN CALIFORNIA, THE HOUSEHOLD GUARD LAUNCH A QUIET COUP 
   In the face of soaring rates and brown-outs, the gerrymandered and ultra-leftist California Legislature panicked and pulled the plug on an electric deregulation scheme which was half-hearted (and thus largely foredoomed) in the first place.

They
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2005-10-16 
NATURE CULT'S DEVIOUS TACTICS EXPOSED 
   Nature cultists have been lying for decades about the supposedly “devastating” impacts of ranching, mining, lumbering, and just about any other productive use of the Western lands that you can think of.

One of their favorite tactics is to post m
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2005-10-14 
A SHORTAGE OF FRENCHMEN 
   Across Europe, women are bearing fewer than the 2.07 children apiece which are necessary to maintain population levels (excluding immigration) in peacetime.

One result has indeed been immigration -- lots of it. That’s created a problem integrati
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2005-10-13 
A VICTORY FOR THE SHOVEL BRIGADE 
   The Founding Fathers, having promised us a small central government that would seldom meddle in local affairs, might be shocked to drive across this country today.

Along the interstates, scarcely a county doesn’t sport its quota of distinctive w
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2005-10-10 
SHOULD OUR COURTS BOW TO INTERNATIONAL OPINION? 
   In 1998, Gary Sherwood Small of Pennsylvania bought a handgun at a federally licensed gun store.

He answered “No” to the “ever been convicted of a felony?” question on a federal form, although he had been paroled only a few days before from a Ja
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2005-10-9 
CAN YOU TAKE STUFF IF IT'S UNATTENDED? 
   Let’s respond to one more letter on my Sept. 11 column on the fading of the ancient American virtue of self-reliance, in the face of the endless blandishments of the welfare state, and then call it quits.

One Anders Mikkelsen wrote in from somew
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2005-10-2 
SOME UPDATES FROM THE YOUTH PROPAGANDA CAMPS 
   Some subscribers reported receiving an incomplete column for this date, so we are resending it.

The Mainstream Press paid little attention -- wouldn’t want to risk upsetting the lowing herd of worker drones just as they’re about to surrend
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2005-10-2 
SOME UPDATES FROM THE YOUTH PROPAGANDA CAMPS 
   The Mainstream Press paid little attention -- wouldn’t want to risk upsetting the lowing herd of worker drones just as they’re about to surrender their little calves and heifers to a lifetime of tender socialist propagandizing by the unionized minion
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2005-9-25 
'IT IS THE INSTITUTIONALLY INDOLENT THAT I AM TALKING ABOUT' 
   Last week, we started dealing with the mail on my Sept. 11 column about the fading American virtue of self-sufficiency, as hastened by the growth of the welfare state, on display in the person of the mendicant class of New Orleans at the Superdome in
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2005-9-20 
STRAIGHT TALK, THE REAL ENDANGERED SPECIES 
   Haven’t heard enough euphemisms in the John Roberts confirmation hearings, where Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Animal Farm -- that champion of “leaving us alone” who would have armed goons invade our homes and jail us for growing pot or mounting a “bad” w
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2005-9-19 
HIGHER WAGES WOULD LIKELY FREEZE OUT KATRINA SURVIVORS 
   On Sept. 8, President Bush signed an executive order suspending the Davis-Bacon Act and allowing contractors to pay actual going rates to rebuild flood-stricken New Orleans.

The AFL-CIO immediately began squawking. “Employers are all too eager t
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2005-9-18 
'A BLACK UNDERCLASS ISOLATED BY POVERTY' 
   Some mail rolled in, responding to my Sept. 11 column on the aggrieved residents of inner-city New Orleans.

These were residents who, admittedly, had been ordered to the Superdome by city authorities despite the woeful lack of supplies or facili
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2005-9-16 
NATURE CULT'S DEVIOUS TACTICS EXPOSED 
   Nature cultists have been lying for decades about the supposedly “devastating” impacts of ranching, mining, lumbering, and just about any other productive use of the Western lands that you can think of.

One of their favorite tactics is to post m
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2005-9-15 
NEVADA CORPORATIONS -- A 'FRAUDULENT SCHEME'? 
   There is a final defense against excessive taxation -- one that tyrants and their henchmen have been railing against since Pharaoh sent his armies chasing Moses to the Red Sea.

Those who face unacceptable levels of confiscation of their li
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2005-9-11 
WHAT CAN 70 YEARS OF WELFARE PRODUCE? 
   Juicier details will doubtless emerge -- I’m betting we’ll see faked-up emergency response plans; levee repair money diverted to build fancy marinas, riverboats, and casinos; the “best and the bravest” abandoning their posts and the buses that
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2005-9-10 
JOE STALIN, 'CHRISTIAN GENTLEMAN' 
   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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2005-9-5 
'LABOR' IN THE MODERN AGE 
   Labor Day has a different history in America than in Europe, points out Julia Vitullo-Martin, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and editor of the book “Breaking Away: The Future of Cities.”

Europe’s Labor Day observance was announ
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2005-9-4 
LET'S NOT CONFUSE 'RIGHTS' WITH MANDATES AND HANDOUTS 
   Being a libertarian, I’m pro-choice -- and against government intervention -- in just about everything. Given the levels of privacy and intimacy involved, that certainly applies to people’s reproductive decisions.

Unfortunately, many who c
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2005-9-1 
TRAFFIC PLANNERS MISUSE TAX MONEY FOR ONE-SIDED AD BLITZ 
   “Transportation For All? It’s your call,” advise the massive billboards that stare down at Las Vegas drivers in the Spaghetti Bowl and along other major travelways this month.

The irony is, those drivers’ own tax dollars are being used in th
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2005-8-31 
AND THE TYRANT SAID, 'I WANT YOUR LAND, IT'S PRETTY'  
   The U.S. Supreme Court’s execrable Kelo vs. New London decision -- holding local government can seize any property, no matter how prosperous, and turn it over to a different private owner so long as this is held to somehow benefit the amorphous
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2005-8-28 
'TEACHER SHORTAGE' A BUREAUCRATIC FRAUD 
   Despite flying in bands of Philippine mercenaries armed with sneakers, chalk and pointers, the gargantuan Clark County School District claims it’s still short 287 teachers to start the school year, and will fill those gaps with long-term substi
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2005-8-22 
BUT WHO WILL DECIDE WHICH JOBS ARE 'COMPARABLE'? 
   For the record, I see little evidence President Bush’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge John G. Roberts of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, an honors graduate of both Harvard College and Harvard Law who has argued 39 c
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2005-8-21 
QUICK FIX FOR GLOBAL WARMING: DEMOLISH 3 MILLION HOMES 
   How far would the “global warming” loonies go if left to their own devices?

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2005-8-18 
ALTERNATIVE ENERGY? NOT IN HIS BACK YARD  
   The forces of political correctness strive mightily to promote “alternative” energy sources at every turn -- and regardless of the cost or inconvenience to everyone else.

For example, always-PC California for years has required auto manufact
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2005-8-15 
UNIONS CLOSE RANKS AROUND BAD TEACHERS 
   What happens to the staff of a unionized, government-run school that gets a reputation for being a “bad” school, whether that be for academic performance, or behavioral problems, or (all too often) both?

The few good teachers promptly use
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2005-8-14 
WHO CALLED JOE STALIN 'A CHRISTIAN GENTLEMAN'? 
   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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2005-8-12 
SOME SUSPICIOUS PRISON STATISTICS 
   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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2005-8-10 
ALLOWING CITIZEN SELF-DEFENSE 'BORDERS ON INSANITY'  
   (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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2005-8-9 
LAWYER SEEKS TO CHANGE HOW WE EAT, TALK 
   John Banzhaf, a professor of “public interest law” at George Washington University Law School, is famous enough to merit his own “hostile” Web site at www.banzhafwatch.com, where his critics complain
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2005-8-7 
A CLOWN SHOW OF UNPRECEDENTED SCOPE AND GRANDEUR 
   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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2005-8-3 
SALARIES FOR LIFE 
   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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2005-8-1 
BRIGHT LIGHTS DRAW BUGS 
   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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2005-7-31 
SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIM COULD GO TO PRISON FOR RESISTING 
   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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2005-7-28 
SPENDING CAP SHOULD BE FRONT AND CENTER NEXT YEAR 
   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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