Vol. 2, No. 12
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at McCarran airport
Only taxpayer hero
from Nevada: John Ensign
to form, focus on politics
worry over nuke deal
NEA financing foes
No Child Left Behind law
syndrome in Seattle
the trend is down
to reject the best
jihad syndrome in Seattle
By Daniel Pipes
At about 4 p.m. on July 28, on the eve of the Jewish sabbath, a
Muslim terrorist of Pakistani origins named Naveed Afzal Haq
forced a 14-year-old girl to get him into the Jewish Federation of
Greater Seattle building by holding a gun to her back. He then
pulled out the two large-caliber semi-automatic pistols he had
just purchased and went on a murderous rampage. Mr. Haq killed one
woman, Pam Waechter, 58, an assistant director at the federation,
and injured five others, one of whom was 17 weeks pregnant.
Fed pause, the
trend is down
Our big economic problems are getting worse
For the last week
or so, I've vacillated between which of my two opposing views was
right. Here is how I described the first one, in my daily column
of July 19:
"I have been
reducing my short exposure in the last couple days, due to my
fears of a combined Fed-is-done and no-news-period rally. The fact
that so many people have been terrified by the only thing they
should not fear, i.e., the Fed, made me very uncomfortable being
Then, I changed my
mind a few days later, thinking that the tape was so weak that my
former view wasn't going to matter. To quote last week's
Contrarian: "In my opinion, the recent action suggests an
inflection point, whereby economic weakness and disappointments
are getting the upper hand."
The freedom to
reject the best
By Jim Fedayko
A new study
suggests that private schools are not inherently better than
public schools. Surprised? Enough people were such that the study,
funded by the US Department of Education, has created a stir in
the education arena, as well as in the national news. But I want
to argue that the results are meaningless, and for reasons not
having to do with the methodology employed in the study.
By Bernard Lewis
Wall Street Journal
During the Cold
War, both sides possessed weapons of mass destruction, but neither
side used them, deterred by what was known as MAD, mutual assured
destruction. Similar constraints have no doubt prevented their use
in the confrontation between India and Pakistan. In our own day a
new such confrontation seems to be looming between a nuclear-armed
Iran and its favorite enemies, named by the late Ayatollah
Khomeini as the Great Satan and the Little Satan, i.e., the United
States and Israel. Against the U.S. the bombs might be delivered
by terrorists, a method having the advantage of bearing no return
address. Against Israel, the target is small enough to attempt
obliteration by direct bombardment.
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The ‘best’ route
to school failure
Talk of 'best
practices' suggests education reform in Nevada is again being hijacked
By Steven Miller
Often when people talk past
each other, it’s because both parties to the conversation are so passionate
about their beliefs that they don’t really hear what the other is saying.
else, however, at least both sides know that somewhere they don’t
What may be
worse is when only one side is talking past the other — in other
words, when parties on one side state their beliefs while parties on the
other side disagree but nevertheless respond with language they know will be
misinterpreted as agreement.
it’s a white lie. At worst, depending on the nature of the relationship —
contractual or fiduciary, for example — it may constitute outright fraud.
brings us to the constant use of the phrase “best practices” by Nevada’s
Appeasing unions at McCarran airport
PLAs double costs, don't
bring promised efficiencies
By Warren Hardy
Associated Builders & Contractors
Clark County Commissioners forced McCarran International Airport to enter
into what is known as a union-only Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for several
of their upcoming construction projects. PLAs mandate that all workers
(including non-union workers) pay union dues, pay into union benefit
packages and that owners become signatory to union work rules while forcing
all apprentices to come through union apprenticeship programs.
Spending your money
NTU: Only taxpayer hero
from Nevada: John Ensign
Fewer than one
Congress in 10 last year sponsored legislation that, overall, would reduce
federal spending, according to the National Taxpayers Union.
bill to lower spending introduced in the House, there were 17 bills to raise
spending, says a new NTU report on the first session of the 109th Congress.
bill to reduce spending introduced in the Senate, 31 would increase
spending, says the report.
Who has the spending
(109th Congress, 1st session)
Sen. John Ensign:
Rep. Jim Gibbons:
Sen. Harry Reid:
Rep. Jon Porter:
Rep. Shelley Berkley:
By Brian Wargo
InBusiness Las Vegas
Renters worried about losing
their apartment to a condominium conversion or looking for an apartment in a
tight market with rising rents might be able to breathe a little easier in
the coming months.
officials revert to
form, focus on politics
After much talk
about emphasizing organizing
Alliance for Worker
Labor is revving up its
political machine for the upcoming elections – again.
federal laws skewed in favor of coercive union fundraising practices have
combined with increasing union reliance on political action to affect the
labor markets to produce what USA Today reports as “record campaign cash”
for political campaigns.
Northeastern governors worry over nuke deal
scheme slipping away
fear that a bill making its way through Congress would move the problems of
dealing with the storage of spent nuclear fuel away from the federal
government’s Yucca Mountain project and back to the states creating the
Vermont Gov. James Douglas and
other members of the Coalition of Northeastern Governors have written to key
lawmakers voicing their objection over the plan, which has passed the U.S.
Senate Appropriations Committee and is expected to come before the full
Senate in September at the earliest.
NEA financing foes of
No Child Left Behind law
The nation's largest teachers
union has spent more than $8 million in a stealth campaign against President
Bush's education reform law, paying for research and political opposition in
an effort to derail it, according to a Washington think tank that supports
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