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Perceptions trump performance for the Las Vegas Sheriff

Sheriff Doug Gillespie of Las Vegas would like the voters to look at his record and see that there are more officers on the street and crime is down during his term in office.   Read more

Outside infuences on elections can be reduced

There has been quite a bit of talk about our political races being influenced by outsiders this cycle, and according to a recent story by the Center for Responsive Politics there is good reason to be concerned. Using data released by the Federal Election Commission on September 13, CRP reports that out-of-state contributions account for 76.9% of Harry Reid's war chest and 74.2% of Sharron Angle's.   Read more

"Burn a Quran Day" Is NOT Free Speech

I find the proposed "Burn a Quran Day" to be morally repugnant even though I am not religious. That said, I have to ask if it is an exercise of free speech or is it in fact something that infringes on society's (and hence my) right to a peaceful existence?

The act of publicly burning the Quran is, in my opinion, an open invitation for violent retaliation by some groups.   Read more

Good and Bad Tidings Give Pause For Thought

Every once in a while events happen that make you think about more than just politics or paying the bills.

For example, my dogs woke up Sunday night at about 10:30 and were all excited about something. There was no obvious cause for this, they were not acting as if they had heard something outside. About five minutes later my wife called from the hospital to tell me our latest grand daughter had just been born.

That is an interesting coincidence in itself, but there is more.   Read more

Views on Park51 (Cordoba House) are mixed up

The discussion surrounding the Cordoba House project in New York City contains core contradictions held by people on both sides. Many of the people who oppose it should in fact be accepting, and many of those who support it should be opposed for the very reasons they cite for support.

One premise that generates contradiction is this: the project is intended to be an insult to the memory of those who died on September 11, 2001. Let's accept this as being true and see what contradictions result.   Read more

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