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How Sin City Got It’s Name
Jul 26th, 2006 by Mike

Nevada

Las Vegas Review-Journal1

Don’t feed the people. That’s the warning from officials in Sin City. A new city ordinance in Las Vegas makes it illegal to give food to homeless people in city parks. The law, which went into effect yesterday, carries a maximum penalty of $1,000 and six months in jail. city council members say the ordinance is aimed at mobile soup kitchens that attract large groups of homeless people in the parks. The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada says the law is unenforceable and unconstitutional.

No wonder Las Vegas is called, “Sin City.” What kind of “love one another” is this?

I think this is one of the few positions that the ACLU has taken correctly. I don’t know if it’s unconstitutional but it certainly is immoral.

© 2006 – 2008, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.

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  1. quoted in The Villages Daily Sun, July 26, 2006 []
Thanking Jesus in Court Lands Hawaiian Man in Jail
Jul 17th, 2006 by Mike

FOXNews.com – Thanking Jesus in Court Lands Hawaiian Man in Jail
HONOLULU – Junior Stowers raised his hands and exclaimed, “Thank you, Jesus!” in court last month when he was acquitted by a jury of abusing his son.But his joy was short-lived when Circuit Judge Patrick Border held him in contempt of court for the “outburst” and threw him in jail.

Despite being released in six hours with the contempt charges dismissed, it makes you wonder what is going on in our courts. I wonder what would have happened if the man had exclaimed, “Thank you, lettuce!”

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Cal Thomas Has a Point
Jul 17th, 2006 by Mike

Townhall.com::Are Republicans Kidding Us?::By Cal Thomas

House Republicans are being told by their leaders to run campaigns this fall on a platform of fiscal discipline that includes cutting spending. This from a party that has given us new entitlement programs resembling Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society; this from a party that has set new records in “earmarks” for pork barrel projects in their home districts and states; this from a party that under Ronald Reagan at least tried to eliminate the Department of Education, but under President Bush has thrown new money at it with no appreciable improvement in academic achievement.

What happened to the party of small government? How can the Republicans campaign on fiscal restraint? Is anyone laughing?

I am.

© 2006 – 2008, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.

Gay Marriage In the Constitution
Jun 3rd, 2006 by Mike

I consider myself a conservative in spite of all the surveys I’ve taken that call me a centrist.

Maybe I am. The news now reports that President Bush is following the conservative wing of the Republican party by endorsing the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. Read the rest of this entry »

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Deter, Detect, Defend
May 24th, 2006 by Mike

On Monday, all of the news agencies, inclucing Fox News reported that 26.5 million veterans’ social security numbers and dates of birth were stolen. While I haven’t received a letter, yet, my records are in the range of those stolen.

The VA says they’ve “set up a call center at 1-800-FED-INFO and Web site, http://firstgov.gov, if veterans believe their information has been misused.” Well, the first piece of advice they give you there in their “Deter, Detect, Defend” tactic is, “Deter identity thieves by safeguarding your information.”

Well, dah, what are we supposed to do when the federal government can’t even protect our information?

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