silver sage

opinions from the high desert

Just can’t help myself

I’m not sure why I’m so fascinated by Edward “Fast Eddie” Hamilton’s run for Nevada’s Senate seat. It must be the name. The only way it could be more intriguing is if his name was “Slick Louie.” So, while looking for information on him I found his Letter to Voters. It’s fairly short and to the point. It’s nice to see a campaign statement actually written by the candidate, although for something so important I might have had a friend proofread it. But , it’s clearly written by a regular guy going up against a big dog in a national election. I like that. I love the idea that in this country anybody can run for office. The “nobodies” rarely win. The deck is stacked against them as far as finances and name recognition. But that isn’t the only reason. Sometimes they just have kooky ideas. The last paragraph of Fast Eddie’s letter is this:

( 6 ) Finally, as your US Senator I will introduce legislation to fully grant the emancipation rights for 18,19,and 20 year olds as guaranteed by the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution ratified thirty years ago last month. Nevada’s unemployment rate for 18,19,20 year olds are three times higher than other adults due to age discrimination. We have the only 24/7 economy on the planet and we need more people to work or the illegal aliens will get all the jobs.

As he wants 18-20 year olds to have something they don’t presently have I have to assume it is the ability to work in alcohol related jobs. Bartending, cocktail waitressing, or casino jobs related to gambling. Did Congress really pass an amendment to the Constitution granting that right?’

26th. Amendment
to the U.S. Constitution

Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.

Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Hm. I don’t see how the voting age relates to a right to work in industries that are presently off limits. If you want to lower the legal drinking and gambling age to eighteen, then say so. Don’t try to BS me about it being a Constitutional right.


August 3, 2006 Posted by | Nevada, News and politics, Politics & Elections, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Nevada primaries (continued)…

Continuing my post on the Nevada primaries, with a little help from There will likely be opinions on Humboldt county candidates at some point, maybe after the primaries, if I can do it without hurting feelings. Yes, the town is that small.


Active Candidates:

I don’t really care about this, Kroliki or Hammargren will probably get my vote.

* Lonnie Hammargren (R)
Ex-Lt. Governor, Retired Surgeon & ’98 Governor Candidate
* Eldon Hardy (R)
State’s Homeowners Association Ombudsman & Retired Businessman
* George Kao (R)
Business Consultant- Don’t remember exactly why I wrote him off. Either from Vegas or a transplant, or both. If I’m wrong I’ll give him another look.

* Brian Krolicki (R)
State Treasurer
* Barbara Lee Woollen (R)
Businesswoman – Woolen is running on a family values platform but her business has ties to porn. Kroliki called her on it, so she sued him. I don’t care about the porn thing, but that isn’t what the courts are for. Sorry Barb, you would have had a chance with me if you hadn’t filed that frivolous suit.

* Janet Moncrief (R)
* Bob Goodman (D)
Ex-State Economic Development Commissioner & Trade Association Executive
* Bill Montgomery (D)
* Bob Stupak (D)
Ex-Casino Owner & World Champion Poker Player- I just have to say that Stupak creeps me out. Too many face-lifts maybe.

* Bob Unger (D)
Real Estate Developer & Attorney
* Thomas Jefferson (IAP)
Retired Auto Parts Store Owner & USAF Veteran- How can you not vote for that name? Continue reading

July 31, 2006 Posted by | Nevada, News and politics, Politics & Elections, Social and Politics | Leave a comment

A public “service”…

As everything in the world is being covered by every other blog, ad nauseum, I thought I might take this opportunity to voice my opinion on the upcoming elections and what I think of some of Nevada’s candidates. I’m sure it was only evident to locals where the name of my blog comes from. Nevada is the Silver State and our state flower is the silver sage. My apologies to anyone that thought I was a silver haired wise man. No doubt, after my in-depth “analysis” you won’t be thinking that anyway.

I have never really been into politics, and only have the most basic understanding of our political parties, but I think I’m an average representative of how people my age (38) view politics and elections. If my opinions seem over simplified to you, it may be that I’m dumb, but I might also suggest that you have a greater interest in the subject and I might think you’re lacking in other areas. So, again, I think I’m the average Joe on the street. Continue reading

July 31, 2006 Posted by | Nevada, News and politics, Politics & Elections | Leave a comment

Leaps of Logic in a Nevada Primary

From FactCheck.Org.

In a race that The Hotline
calls “the ugliest primary no one is watching,” state Senate Minority
Leader Dina Titus and Jim Gibson, mayor of Henderson, NV, are again
trading barbs through television ads across the Silver State.

In her ad, Titus claims that Gibson
“was paid more than half a million dollars by Nevada Power to keep
utility rates high.” Gibson’s law firm was paid this sum for
consulting services, but there is no evidence he had any role in
determining rates.

Gibson attacks Titus for Nevada’s poor education system, blaming her
for all of the state’s woes on that front. His statistics are a little
off and it takes no small amount of creativity to hold one state
senator — especially one who’s in the minority — responsible for the
whole mess.

Guys, the phrase, “Go ugly, early.” means something entirely different. However, I don’t think this race is going to be as fun as the one for the US Senate seat with Edward “Fast Eddie” Hamilton.  There isn’t any information on him, so for all I know he may be a very nice guy. I will just say, my friends call me a lot of things, none of which I would use in a political campaign.

July 22, 2006 Posted by | Nevada, Politics & Elections | Leave a comment