Voting is Your Right, not an Obligation »

Voting is Your Right, not an Obligation

At the risk of being accused of “voter suppression,” allow me to suggest that if you don’t know the issues and don’t know the candidates that it would be better for your community and our republic if you just stayed home on Election Day. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying you “can’t” vote. Just that maybe you “shouldn’t.” Indeed, if you haven’t taken the time to research both the candidates and the issues on […]

An Unloaded Gun Ain’t Good for Nothin’ »

An Unloaded Gun Ain’t Good for Nothin’

Under cross-examination in an opening scene of the movie classic True Grit, John Wayne’s character, U.S. Marshall Rooster Cogburn, was being grilled over a confrontation with some suspected outlaws he was trying to arrest who ended up dead. Prosecutor: “Was your revolver loaded and cocked?” Cogburn: “Well, a gun that’s unloaded and cocked ain’t good for nothin’.” I couldn’t help but think of that exchange when I first heard that Nathan Cirillo – the uniformed […]

There’s No Question, Vote “No” on Question 2 »

There’s No Question, Vote “No” on Question 2

In an editorial voicing support for Question 2, the Las Vegas Review-Journal began: “If voters approve Question 2 on this fall’s ballot, they will not increase taxes on Nevada’s mining industry.” But that’s like saying if the Gibbons Tax Restraint law – which requires a 2/3 super-majority vote of the Legislature to approve any tax hike – is repealed (as many liberals hope), no taxes will be increased. Which is “technically” true. The problem is […]

Gay Couples Need to Stop Being Intolerant Crybabies »

Gay Couples Need to Stop Being Intolerant Crybabies

It was ten years ago that I testified, for my first and only time, before a government legislative body – the United States Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution. It was surreal. Up on the dais, on my side of the issue, were some of the most liberal elected officials in all the land, including the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, then-Sen. Joe Biden, Sen. Diane Feinstein, Sen. Chuck Schumer and Sen. Russ Feingold. The issue was […]

Wooster: Perlstein in his Nixon-Reagan book plagiarized Shirley »

Wooster: Perlstein in his Nixon-Reagan book plagiarized Shirley

(Neil W. McCabe) – Liberal historian Rick Pearlstein stands accused of plagiarizing swaths of phrasing and analysis from Craig Shirley’s book “Reagan’s Revolution” for his own book about the political transition from Richard M. Nixon to Ronald W. Reagan, “The Invisible Bridge.” A Sept. 16 report by Martin W. Wooster, a journalist and former editor of Harper’s Weekly, detailing the places where Wooster found Perlstein plagiarized Shirley. “Based upon my analysis—which found unattributed direct uses of […]

Why Republicans may not win the Senate after all »

Why Republicans may not win the Senate after all

(Craig Shirley) – Establishment Republicans should keep the champagne on ice until after the midterm elections. Too many are already popping corks, pronouncing their strategy of “crushing” the Tea Party during the primaries as a crucial step in their successful takeover of the U.S. Senate. There are increasing signs, however, that the GOP might not take control of the Senate and may only make modest gains in the House of Representatives. In states like North Carolina, […]

Beyond Rand Paul: The Libertarians Are Coming »

Beyond Rand Paul: The Libertarians Are Coming

(Grover Norquist) – They’re no longer on the fringes. The libertarians are now officially mainstream. Proof? The New York Times Magazine cites the popularity of Republican Sen. Rand Paul and opposition to American “boots on the ground” in Syria and Iraq. But it’s much more than a moment. It’s the culmination of a powerful narrative building over the past 30 years in American politics. This is a movement — and it doesn’t live or die […]

There’s Something in the Air in the Mile High City »

There’s Something in the Air in the Mile High City

(Chuck Muth) – I’m writing this week’s column from Denver, Colorado, where there’s something in the air. And no, it’s not the unmistakably pungent aroma of a certain weed – though I definitely got a whiff or two while walking around the 16th Street Mall downtown.  I’m talking about freedom.  And what a breath of fresh air it is! It started at the Denver airport. Rather than getting hosed by taking a traditional taxi to […]

How Nevada Dems are undermining poor Erin Bilbray’s campaign »

How Nevada Dems are undermining poor Erin Bilbray’s campaign

Poor Erin Bilbray-Kohn just can’t catch a break. The titular head of her party, President Barack Obama, has announced his proposal for dealing with the ISIS head-chopper Muslims running amok all over Iraq and Syria. It’s fair to assume that Bilbray-Kohn, the Democrat running for Nevada’s 3rd congressional district currently represented by Republican Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nevada), supports her fellow Democrat and commander-in-chief. On September 17, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on Obama’s military […]

Stuck on Stupid is as Stupid Does »

Stuck on Stupid is as Stupid Does

I have an exceptionally low level of tolerance for stupidity. Which I guess helps explain why I fight so hard to shrink the size of government. Let’s face it, government is Stupidity Central. Yet – and I think we can thank the government schools at least partially for this – the stupidity virus is spreading throughout society and I fear we may be on the verge of a pandemic. (Remember when government made “pandemic” a […]