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FULL-SERVICE SOCIAL AGENCIES?: Mission creep

Sunday, March 16, 2003
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Talk to administrators, teachers and union officials in any of the nation's 10 largest school districts -- whether you choose New York and Los Angeles (first and second in size), or Las Vegas and Philadelphia (sixth and seventh). Ask whether class size should be reduced. They will answer, "Yes." Then ask if school size should be reduced. They'll most likely approve of that, too.

Shrugged off as "business as usual"

Sunday, May 18, 2003
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Last time, California-based defense contractor SY Technology (now SY Coleman) was denying assertions that its CEO, retired three-star Gen. Jay Garner (who served as our governor-general in Baghdad up until his May 6 demotion) may have received a "payoff" in the form of millions of dollars of inappropriate "sole source" contracts awarded to the company by former subordinates in the Space Command.

'Attempting to close the budget gap'

Sunday, June 01, 2003
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I can now go months at a time without tuning in the carefully coiffed airheads who close out each evening by bringing us the statist shills' shorthand version of "the news."

But last week I was chilling a bit, as the young people might say, after returning from my last speaking engagement of the season at the Free State Memorial Day weekend conference in Missoula, Mont.

The suspect police ignored

Sunday, June 15, 2003
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Last time, Clark County prosecutors were about to explain why the fact that the government's own DNA tests have excluded David Ruffa as the man who strangled and killed his estranged wife, Shao Lei Ruffa, is of no great concern as they keep him locked up in the Clark County jail and proceed with plans to try him for murder on Aug. 18.

'You're an officer of the federal government'

Sunday, June 22, 2003
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Pete the Pilot, who I interviewed on Sept. 12, 2001, for the "Sept. 11" chapter of my latest book, had a layover in Vegas a short time back, so I asked him how things were going with arming America's commercial airline pilots.

The fix was in

Sunday, July 20, 2003
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The little fish were 'threatened'

Sunday, July 27, 2003
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Tinkering with the ballot

Sunday, July 27, 2003
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There's a certain type of person who, finding himself the lone holdout juror who believes a murder suspect innocent, will vote guilty anyway, "just to make it unanimous, because otherwise we'd have a hung jury."

'There was no quid pro quo'

Sunday, August 03, 2003
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The rest of my initiative suggestions will have to wait until next week. In the meantime ...

The Nevada Supreme Court's July 10 decision in Guinn v. Legislature -- to suspend the constitutional requirement for a two-thirds vote in both houses of the Legislature before hiking taxes -- was immediately met with widespread criticism and ridicule of the court's scholarship and powers of legal analysis.

'We don't write the laws, we just enforce 'em'

Sunday, August 17, 2003
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The double-dippers seem to have grown a bit shrill in response to my recent columns, in which I modestly proposed a few initiatives the people of Nevada may want to adopt in order to inoculate ourselves against any repeat of the treason of July 10.

For starters, my "proposed initiative excluding public employees from serving in the legislature is probably unconstitutional," wrote in one Burkley Myles of Henderson.