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Source: Fudged reports behind robbery decline

Crime rates are down within Metro's jurisdiction for the five major categories reported to the FBI, Sheriff Doug Gillespie proudly reported Feb. 7. Most of the drops are substantial. The drop in auto thefts is particularly good news, because those...

Time to bring back the smoke-filled room

Did everybody have fun at those Saturday morning Republican caucuses? I almost didn't go myself, figuring the "Stick with the unprincipled RINO Bob Dole-George Bush-John McCain-Mitt Romney" lemmings already had their done deal. The 16 members of my...

Raid turns Overton farmers into celebrities

It was a bit of a consciousness-shifting event to sit in a banquet hall at the Tuscany in Las Vegas on Monday evening alongside some 95 county sheriffs and a handful of deputies -- most in full uniform with gleaming badges -- listening to and...

Lawmen who take their oath seriously

Richard Mack first came to national attention when, as sheriff of Graham County, Ariz., he successfully brought the lawsuit Mack v. United States (re-named Printz v. United States, when Mack's suit was joined with that of Sheriff Jay Printz of...

Is the fix in on district attorney search?

I see where the Clark County Commission received seven applications to replace District Attorney David Roger, who resigned the post just one year after telling voters he really, really wanted another four-year term. The field was promptly thinned to...

Re-legalize it

Watch the Lamestream Media continue to dismiss top-tier GOP presidential contender U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, as an "unelectable crank" because he argues our endless, undeclared, "no-win" overseas wars are both unaffordable and counterproductive;...

Taxpayers roasting on an open fire ...

The nation's "Forests Are Severely Damaged By Marijuana Grow Sites," reads the headline on the Dec. 7 news release from the U.S. Forest Service. Marijuana cultivation sites in 20 states on 67 national forests "have caused severe damage," said Forest...

A doctrine 'most false and unfounded'

America's great national holiday is July 4, the celebration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. But how long did that confederation of sovereign states, founded to fight the Revolution, really last? Only the brightest of today's young...

Oh, those mortgage-service charmers

Do you know who owns your mortgage? Wanna bet? In 2004, the nice New York couple who rented me my house decided to retire to San Diego instead of Las Vegas. They asked me if I wanted to buy. I asked the folks at my bank, then called Bank West of...

Institute weighs in on health district debacle

If you've been unable to find any good local reporting on the Southern Nevada Health District's absurd debacle, destroying perfectly good, locally grown organic food at Quail Harbor Farm in Overton back in October -- refusing to even let it be fed...

Carrying legal pistols across state lines

Michael McDerrmott, 43, was convicted on seven counts of first-degree murder after walking into his workplace -- a software company in Wakefield, Mass. -- and shooting seven co-workers on the day after Christmas, 2000. McDermott did it, and he...

What economy? He's a groper!

Shall we choose our next president based on who smooched whom behind the bleachers in the eighth grade? The presence on the GOP ticket of black businessman Herman Cain would take away the last likely line of Democratic attack against those might...

Pipe down and roll up your sleeve

Are parents merely "advised," or are they actually "required," to get their infants an ever-increasing barrage of marginally efficacious vaccinations -- even if they have no intention of ever allowing them to be interned in the government youth...

If at first the thieves don't succeed ...

The Ace pawnshop has hung on, paying its taxes and absurdly jacked-up license fees, for SIXTY YEARS. On the other hand, the city's "subsidize our buddies" seizure-for-private-development schemes go bankrupt after a year or three, like clockwork. (...

Already time for the Christmas book list

Books make great Christmas gifts. No one ever complains they're the wrong size or color. Great books reveal themselves when their audiences expand beyond their assigned pigeonholes. One time at a big box bookstore, after dividing and quartering the...

We'll tell you what you can eat

Fresh-from-the-farm organic produce: considered by your county health department, right here in River City, to be a "bio-hazard" not suitable to be fed to pigs? The incident occurred Oct. 21 in Moapa, Ariz., about an hour northeast of Las Vegas. See...

There they go again

I see where "conservative" Republicans on Washington's budget cutting "supercommittee" have offered to "compromise" by embracing $300 billion to $500 billion in tax hikes pretty much right away, in exchange for Democratic promises of more of the...

Records are public when Metro says so

I called Sheriff Doug Gillespie's office Nov. 1, looking for the report on the Sept. 15 traffic accident involving Clark County Detention Center guard Victor Hunter. As I reported last week, the corrections officer died of a massive heart attack a...

Was guard's death 'off-duty event'?

The story filed Sept. 16 on the Channel 8 website was brief: "A Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department corrections officer died Thursday night after crashing into a truck in downtown Las Vegas. "Victor Hunter may have suffered a heart attack...

This is how we honor the face of G.I. Joe?

I see where Paramount has announced an Aug. 10, 2012, release date for its upcoming sequel to the 2009 film "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra." Jon Chu will direct the follow-up special effects extravaganza. I reported back in 2007 that Hollywood had...

Remember the lesson of steamship subsidies

Imagine some great reformer back in 1650 had decided we needed to replace sailing craft, because it took so many men to run a sailing ship that they had to live crammed together in wall-to-wall hammocks, with little hygiene and even less privacy,...

Say it: 'I will never again be an employer'

There are alien abduction and crop circle websites. There are websites that argue the Holocaust and the moon missions were faked. And now, at www.propublica.org/blog/item/whats-the-evidence-that-regulations-kill-jobs , you can read about how...