Friday, December 18, 2015

The Force Awakens


  • We may never know the names of the public officials who have not been charged criminally or disciplined administratively (read:  judges) in the HOA scandal. [RJ]
  • The special legislative session is dragging on over water issues? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Todd Bice is representing plaintiffs in a lawsuit to stop multi-unit housing from being developed on the Badlands golf course. [RJ]
  • Speaking of golf courses, things took a in interesting turn relative to the Silverstone golf course yesterday when it was disclosed that the course has been sold to another LLC. [LasVegasNow]

30 comments:

  1. And so all the construction defect judges are safe. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good taxpayer-funded pension.

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    1. Tax payer funded pensions for judges who are morons!

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  2. Does it bother anyone else that the Court of Appeals is holding oral argument at a religious institution? -http://nvcourts.gov/Supreme/News/Nevada_Court_of_Appeals_to_Convene_at_Faith_Lutheran_School_in_Las_Vegas/

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    1. Nothing to fear but the sky falling chicken little.

      http://www.reviewjournal.com/view/faith-lutheran-debuts-mock-courtroom-part-18-million-addition

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    2. No, it doesn't. Its a school, not a Mormon temple.

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    3. Will the argument still be open to the public or just students? Are they going to pray before it starts?

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    4. Why should it bother anyone?

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    5. No, and I'm a giant leftist/atheist.

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    6. What actually bothers me is the inequality in having private schools with so much money to burn that they're building mock courtrooms while the poorest schools in Las Vegas can't get enough full-time teachers to cover every classroom. Maybe the Appeals Court should go to one of those schools, rather than a school that is obviously already blessed with an overabundance of resources. But I guess poor kids aren't as good for photo ops.

      (And before you come at me, Faith Lutheran can use its money to build gold plated fake moon landing classrooms for all I care, I just want every kid in Las Vegas to have a decent chance at an education. And people who send their kids to fancy private schools and then vote against adequate funding for public schools are objectively terrible people.)

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    7. Ha ha ha, thanks for reminding me there are still lotsa mindless lefties choking on commie dogma. Oh, boo hoo, kids of parents who worked hard and are successful have access to more resources than the offspring of bums and layabouts who couldn't be bothered to work hard and succeed. Hey, let's confiscate everyone's wealth and own it as a community! Yes, that's the ticket.

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    8. I don't think the participants or the public should be required to go to a religious place in order to attend oral argument. And enough with the road shows - maybe the courts could spend their time visiting schools after they decide some damn cases.

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  3. What Faith has or doesn't have does not come at the expense of public schools. The Supreme Court has held arguments at public schools across the state, but don't let that fact get in the way of your crocodile tears. Did your kid(s) not get in or something? It wasn't hard, even for an agnostic parent whose kid never stepped foot in a Lutheran church or went to any of the feeder schools. I just raised mine to live life without his head up his ass.

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    1. If the voucher system passed by the legislature goes into effect, then Faith Lutheran will be taking money that could have gone to the public schools

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    2. So obviously, you didn't read the coda to my comment where I pointed out that I don't begrudge Faith Lutheran what they have, but wish that every kid in Las Vegas could just have, you know, actually functioning classrooms and teachers.

      And, while it's a complicated issue, to claim that what private schools have doesn't come at the expense of public schools is to ignore the whole history of the funding of public schools in America in the second half of the 20th century. After Brown v. Board of Education and the post-war northern migration of African-American communities, enrollment in private schools skyrocketed, while funding for public schools either steadily decreased or became dependent on local funding which left poorer communities (usually, but not always composed of people of color) at a disadvantage. That wasn't a coincidence. So while you may want to quibble about the degree, historically the funding for private schools has come at the expense of public schools.

      I think that a two-tiered educational system where where the differences between schools is that some schools have money to burn on mock courtrooms and other schools have teachers who have to buy their own teaching supplies (at least if the kids are lucky enough to have a teacher rather a long-term substitute) is both morally troubling and bad for the future or our country. And I want kids in public schools to have decent educations. You, obviously, are free to disagree. And I'm sure you'll have reasoned and nuanced arguments if you do, rather than just more insults about my (hypothetical) children.

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    3. I am always perplexed when people think lack of funding is the cause of the decline in our nation's schools. If parents were more involved in their children's education, the kids would learn. But, no, many parents leaving teaching to the schools 100%, when parents need to play just as large, if not larger role, in their child's education. Ever watched, Waiting for Superman?

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    4. Providing every child with perfect parents is an excellent and easily achievable plan! Educational reform is solved! Cabinet appointment for you, my friend!

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    5. What's Really ironic (disgusting?) is how so many of the elitist parents who poo-poo public schools and who are not "bums and layabouts" (seriously??? @12:29) are the ones who are going to be taking advantage of the new "school choice" program. I.e., they are not SO above it all that they're going to turn away government handouts/welfare! As for the Court of Appeals, good on them for getting out amongst the people. I want to read about them holding arguments at one of the "high risk" schools NEXT.

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    6. "Parents need to be actively engaged in the upbringing of their children, for the betterment of all of society..." but "I am against raising wages so parents can earn a decent living and against free, quality childcare!" I make over $100k a year and can afford tutors and extracurricular programs for my children--why can't you do the same making $9.00 an hour at 7-11??? Sheesh...

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    7. Without involvement of parents, no amount of money will turn around poor performing schools. Sorry, lefty!!

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    8. Fucking teachers unions are the real problem. Everyone's dream. Do shitty work and then give the boss the finger if he even thinks about firing you. Oh, and if you go get a masters from some fly-by-night online degree mill, they double your salary.

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    9. "I make over $100k a year and can afford tutors and extracurricular programs for my children"

      I am a young attorney and I just cleared $100k this year. First time. And you know what? It's not really that much money. And yet my income puts me in the top 10% of income earners and by myself I'm double the median household income in Clark County. And yet, really, it isn't a lot of money. I don't have any frills to show for it. And that's what's fucked up about our economy- when the top 10% can only manage a very modest middle class lifestyle, what the fuck is everyone else supposed to do? The system is rigged, and not by the top 10%, but a much, much smaller group of people. A small group that almost none of us will ever be in.

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    10. Most people live on dual incomes. 60k from each spouse etc.

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    11. $100k is more than a suffient income to live unless one is strapped with high student loan debt or live beyond one's means. I make about $100k/year, I am frugal, I have some student loans and get by because I don't have a new car or otherwise live extravagantly. I get really upset when I know people who make half as much as me are driving a new car, get their nails done and eat out at expensive restaurants on a regular basis. And before anyone tells me it's none of my business, it is my business when I will be supporting them during retirement because they don't know how to manage their money.

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    12. I lean left and don't believe religion should be in public schools, and it doesn't bother me at all that the appeals court will be at Faith Lutheran. My kid goes to one of those (non-religious) elitist private schools. I believe Clark County schools are underfunded and I don't vote against taxes that would properly fund schools.

      I happen to have a view into how a good number of parents who are uninvolved in the education of their kids treat work. Many of these people make $15-20/hour, get their nails done, always have a new car that's nicer than mine, always have the newest iPhone, take extravagant vacations, get their kids the latest expensive toys. They use any excuse to not go to work, yet complain about not having enough money. Nothing is their fault or a result of their own bad life choices. Certainly I'm not saying everyone or even most people are like this, but too many are. These are people that simply do not give a crap about education (or saving for retirement or kids' college funds), and I don't know what would change that.

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    13. Wow, really enjoyed this thread. Most times the commenters on this blog seem just as depraved as those on ATL, but other times, like now, it almost seems like there might be some thinkers out there in the crazy land that is practicing law in Las Vegas.

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  4. fascinating. http://m.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/judge-adelson-lawsuit-subject-unusual-scrutiny-amid-review-journal-sale

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    1. Judge Gonzales should be honored that someone would pay $140 Million to prepare hit pieces on her.

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  5. Listening to the Grinch song, and boy do a lot of people come to mind when I hear this song.

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  6. Amen to that, why didn't anybody contact me about making a contribution for Judge Johnson, who do I contact?

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