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

Hack that…

I noticed yesterday that Aaron from the Aaron’s Case website had his blog hacked by Islamotards. I was going to be outraged, but I see he has the matter well in hand. Go check it out. WARNING: swallow your coffee before clicking here.

UPDATE 8-9-06: Never mind, they got him again. Good luck Aaron. Hope to see you again soon.

July 29, 2006 Posted by | Blog Babble, Israel, News and politics, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

This one’s for you Rob…

During yesterday’s adventures with me plagiarising another website, accidentally, but still, it happened, I noticed a practice on that website that I thought might be kind of nice to incorporate here. That practice is the Hat Tip, which Rob got for telling on me, instead of pointing out my error directly to me. I’ll bet you were very popular on the playground, weren’t you Rob? I realize that the Hat Tip is probably copywritten or something like that, but hopefully the concept of appreciation for a job well done is not protected. If it is, I have no doubt that Rob will inform the proper authority, who will then have their people contact me. So, what I am proposing is the “Atta Boy.” For generating massive amounts of traffic to my site that I wouldn’t have received otherwise, thank you Rob. Why do I see swirlies in your future?

[Atta Boy: Rob]

July 26, 2006 Posted by | Blog Babble, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I had mail…

Well, I got up this morning to find that someone actually read my little blog and commented on it. I shouldn’t just say someone. It really was SOMEONE. One of the big fish in the blog world. I even warranted my very own post on his blog. Yeah, me! Well, not really. See, it turns out I copied this story from his website and I didn’t credit him.I made a huge mistake, it was wrong, and I’m sorry. I’ll try to explain what happened and how I was so sloppy, and also reply to my many comments, being very careful to give proper credit. Hopefully you’ll see that I meant no harm, (although the jerk off moniker is probably well deserved) and call off your minions. Apparently there is also a problem with this post as well. I was under the impression that it was credited to the original website, at the end, but I could be wrong. I will go and verify the link in the post when I’m done with this, and if it doesn’t work I will remove the post. Hell, if it works and you still want me to remove it, I will, ‘k?

So, back to the original mistake that got me in hot water. I would like to blame it on being tired, but it was mostly laziness. What I thought I was reading was an opinion piece from Israel National News. Had I bothered to click the link, I would have seen that it was just crediting the quote at the beginning of the post. The rest was obviously written by the guy at The Jawa Report. Well, it’s obvious now. In my grogginess this morning I was a little confused by being scolded about copy and pasting something I thought was copied and pasted. Now that I’m fully awake I see the error of my ways and will be much more careful in the future.

Now hopefully I can ease the minds of some others. I have removed spaces from the original emails. If anyone would prefer I leave them in I have no doubt you’ll let me know. Also, everything I didn’t actually write myself, but copied and pasted, is in italics.

E-mail :


Hey now- plagiarism isn’t the best way to start a new blog.
Maybe you meant to credit ASE and Jawa, but didn’t for whatever reason. Fine. I suggest you do it soon, lest you surrender your reputation right here and now.

Yes, had I been paying attention I would have credited it. Thank you for the vote of confidence. As I didn’t think anyone but friends would ever read this I was unaware that my reputation was in jeopardy. I see now that the post is very similar to my own writing and could be mistaken by my friends for mine.

E-mail :

There are more key’s on a keyboard than the ones used for copy and paste. Right youre own thing!

Yup, I see them all right in front of me. In fact, if someone would move it closer I could hit it with my forehead or nose. I used to regret not being able to use my fingers, but after reading your comment, I see that they would just be a hindrance. Maybe I should start using my nose, instead of my current method.

E-mail :


Your current 252 hits could be the last hits you receive unless you actually BLOG instead of STEAL. I want to read what YOU think, not what you COPY.

252 hits? Holy shit! I didn’t think anyone was reading this. I think STEALING is a pretty harsh word for a mistake, but I now see that I am getting an awful lot of traffic that is rightfully someone else’s. That is probably very threatening. If you want to read what I think, can I take that as an indication that I can hope for one more hit at least?

July 25, 2006 Posted by | Blog Babble, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Your stupid…

I’ve been noticing a strange trend lately. It’s become so prevalent that I’m beginning to think I must have missed something. That thing, the thing giving me fits, is the use of “your” in place of “you’re”. It’s driving me absolutely bonkers. I’ve even seen it on t-shirts. I think it said “your retarded” or stupid, I don’t remember. I couldn’t get past the first word. Is there not an editor in the factory? I can’t hold the little Malaysian kid that made it responsible. But are the kids running the place? I can even deal with it possibly being done on purpose. “Yes, it is your stupid, you possess all of it.” That’s actually kind of funny.
But, I see it everywhere on the internet. Usually by kids, but not always. This leads me to believe that; a) they are, in fact, stupid, or b) it is some type of internet slang or contraction for quicker writing, or c) nobody gives a shit.
I know I’m opening up my own writing for criticism by complaining about this. I’m sure I break all kinds rules. I know because I edit in Word and there are a lot of green lines telling me I have sentence fragments and grammar errors. I also have no idea when to use ‘whom’, or a semi-colon. I kind of know, but it never sounds right. This thing with the apostrophe is something different. I really think that nobody cares anymore. “We all know which form of the word should be there for the sentence to make sense, so do it for me because I just don’t have the energy for those extra two keystrokes.” Placing the burden on the reader to figure it out. I’m even wondering if these minor details are taught in school anymore. Maybe I’m behind the times and should just let it go. I probably won’t though.
Coming soon to a blog near you, there, their, and they’re.


July 16, 2006 Posted by | Grammar, Uncategorized | 8 Comments