Hello, IRS?

It’s kind of scary to realize the Internal Revenue Service will be handling our medical records starting in 2014 as part of the Affordable Care Act, better known a Obamacare. The agency has already shown how it disregards rights when it comes to whom we support in presidential elections, so think how secure you and I’ll be knowing our health secrets are available to people who see us only as numbers or even the ‘enemy.’

It’s made worse if you realize these are the same dues paying folks of the “National Treasury Employees Union,” who spent a ton of cash on President Obama’s re-election and whose employees are now accused of investigating individuals and group opposed to their candidate. Furthermore, the federal government is planning to hire 16,000 more IRS agents in the next year jus’ to handle these records.

“Hello, IRS? Oh, good. I need to make a doctors appointment.”

Toy Guns

Recently, a six-year-old boy brought a toy gun jus’ a little larger than a quarter onto a school bus in Palmer, Massachusetts and immediately found himself in trouble for violating the districts zero-gun policy. The school sent a letter home  saying he must to write an apology and attend detention and was facing bus suspension.

In 1967, when I was seven-years-old, I took a pair of pearl-handed, silver six-shooter cap guns to Margaret Keating School in Klamath, and wore them most of the day in my genuine plastic, brown cowboy holsters. The only time my second-grade teacher, Mrs. Lennie Newquist took them away from me was because I kept playing with them when I should have been doing my school work.

Fortunately, the six-year-old wasn’t punished. This came after school officials took the time to review the bus’ surveillance footage and concluded none of the children or even the bus driver were distressed over seeing the toy gun.

I grew up in a much better time.

Comma

The U.S. had jus’ fired a missile into Iraq that evening as a preëmptive strike and now the nation was at war on two fronts, Afghanistan was the other. As Jeff and I sat in the lunchroom of our workplace we discussed the implication and ramifications of a drawn out conflict in the Middle East.

Somehow we came down to bumper sticker slogans and he said “God Bless America.”

I repeated it — thinking I couldn’t do better.

Then he stopped me and said, “God Bless America.”

“I don’t get where you’re headed with this,” I told him.

He pulled out a pen and scribble three words on a napkin and pushed towards me. I read it and realized what he was saying and I knew then he had taken a slogan many might consider old and worn out and revitalized.

Jeff had written, “God, Bless America.”

Pallets

We had jus’ been told we were heading into combat, a first for many of us. We were whooping it up, yelling things like, “Let’s go kill us some commie bastards.”

As the day grew longer and our departure delayed time and again, we grew restless. But our bravado never wavered as we continued to wait, gear packed and ready to be stowed.

“What the hell’s the hold up, Gunny?” one Jarhead called out.

“We’re waitin’ for that pallet over there to be loaded!” the older Marine called back.

Puzzled, someone else asked, “What the fuck’s so important about a pallet?”

Without missing a beat, the Gunny answered, “Those are body bags, Gomer Pyle.”

Silence.

Religious Freedom Under Lois Lerner

New questions about IRS director of Exempt Organization Lois Lerner and the attitude she’s taken in the past about conservative and Christian groups are being asked. The Blaze reports, as head of the Enforcement Office at the Federal Election Commission, she had a hand in questioning the Christian Coalition during the 1990s, and again in 2003 as transcripts show her agency was busy questioning Lt. Col. Oliver North about why Pat Robertson and his wife were praying for him.

FEC: (reading from a letter from Oliver North to Pat Robertson) “‘Betsy and I thank you for your kind regards and prayers.’ The next paragraph is, ‘Please give our love to Dede and I hope to see you in the near future.’ Who is Dede?”
LTC: “That is Mrs. Robertson.”

FEC: “What did you mean in paragraph 2, about thanking you and your wife thanking Pat Robertson for kind regards?”

LTC: “Last time I checked in America, prayers were still legal. I am sure that Pat had said he was praying for my family and me in some correspondence or phone call.”

FEC: “Would that be something that Pat Robertson was doing for you?”

LTC: “I hope a lot of people were praying for me, Holly.”

FEC: “But you knew that Pat Robertson was?”

LTC: “Well, apparently at that time I was reflecting something that Pat had either, as I said, had told me or conveyed to me in some fashion, and it is my habit to thank people for things like that.”

FEC: “During the time that you knew Pat Robertson, was it your impression that he had – he was praying for you?”

CC: “I object. There is no allegation that praying creates a violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act and there is no such allegation in the complaint. This is completely irrelevant and intrusive on the religious beliefs of this witness.”

CC: “It is a very strange line of questioning. You have got to be kidding, really. What are you thinking of, to ask questions like that? I mean, really. I have been to some strange depositions, but I don’t think I have ever had anybody inquire into somebody’s prayers.I think that is really just outrageous. And if you want to ask some questions regarding political activities, please do and then we can get over this very quickly. But if you want to ask about somebody’s religious activities, that is outrageous.”

FEC: “I am allowed to make –“

CC: “We are allowed not to answer and if you think the Commission is going to permit you to go forward with a question about somebody’s prayers, I just don’t believe that. I just don’t for a moment believe that. I find that the most outrageous line of questioning. I am going to instruct my witness not to answer.”

FEC: “On what grounds?”

CC: “We are not going to let you inquire about people’s religious beliefs or activities, period. If you want to ask about someone’s prayers. Jeez, I don’t know what we are thinking of. But the answer is, no, people are not going to respond to questions about people’s prayers, no.”

FEC: “Will you take that, at the first break, take it up- we will do whatever we have to do.”

CC: “You do whatever you think you have to do to get them to answer questions about what people are praying about.”

FEC: “I did not ask Mr. North what people were praying about I am allowed to inquire about the relationship between-’’

CC: “Absolutely, but you have asked the question repeatedly. If you move on to a question other than about prayer, be my guest.”

FEC: “I have been asking you a series of questions about your relationship with Pat Robertson, the Christian Coalition. It is relevant to this inquiry what relationship you had with Pat Robertson and I have asked you whether Pat Robertson had indicated to you that he was praying for you.”

CC: “If that is a question, I will further object. It is an intrusion upon the religious beliefs and activities of Dr. Robertson. And how that could — how the Federal Government can be asking about an individual’s personal religious practices in the context of an alleged investigation under the Federal Election Campaign Act, I am just at a complete loss to see the relevance or potential relevance, and I consider that to be also intrusive.”

FEC: “Was Pat Robertson praying for you in 1991?”

CC: “Same objection.”

LTC: “I hope so. I hope he still is.”

At the time, the FEC was investigating whether the Christian Coalition had been “coordinating issue advocacy expenditures with a number of candidates for office.” The Christian Coalition successfully fought off the allegations, but not before investigators took nearly 100 depositions.

Lerner came under fire when she chose to invoke her Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate herself rather than testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform committee about the IRS targeting religious and conservative groups. She has since been placed on administrative leave after reportedly refusing to resign.

Blowing Kisses

We were on our way to the gas station to fill up my truck’s tank, when I looked over to my left and noticed an attractive woman puckering her red lips and blowing kisses at me. I smiled back and did my best not to look her way again.

When I rolled into the parking lot of the gas station, I looked in my rear-view mirror and saw the same woman behind me. She pulled up and got out of her car jus’ as I got out of the truck.

“Hello,” I said to her as she walked by me and towards the cab of my truck.

She stuck her head in the window and started talking baby-talk to my Pit Bull Terrier, Roxy. After the dog finished licking her face half-off, she turned and headed back to her vehicle.

As she strolled by me, she said with a smile, “Thank you.”

“You’re welcome,” I answered as she got into her sports car and drove away.

I though the old man on the other side of the pump from me was going to pee himself from laughter.

Beautiful Dream

1997

In a dream late last night,
As I slept in my easy chair,
Beautiful, filled with light,
The scent of pine in the air.

I talked with the Son of God,
In this dream, in my sleep,
He schooled me about the sod,
An’ the promise he did keep.

He said he loves the cowhand,
Tho’ not mentioned by name,
Face and neck all tanned,
He loves us all the same.

He showed how much he loves us,
Spreading his arms fingertip wide,
I pushed back my brim to see Jesus
On the cross exactly as he died.

Rolling Eyes

“‘Local News Stories’ is so boring,” she said to me as she perused my Facebook notes.

“What,” I responded, feeling defensive, “It’s simple and direct.”

“Yeah,” but it’s boring, boring, boring,” she added.

“Then what should I call it?” I asked.

She snorted, “How do I know? You’re the one with all the ideas.”

I looked away so she wouldn’t catch me rolling my eyes at her.

Las Vegas’ El Cortez Added to National Historic Register

The El Cortez hotel-casino in downtown Las Vegas,  built-in 1941 and remodeled in 1952, is now on the National Register of Historic Places. The El Cortez is one of the oldest original buildings still standing on Fremont.

The National Register says when it opened more than 70 years ago it was one of the largest and most fashionable hotel-casinos in Las Vegas. The hotel was built in Spanish Colonial Revival Style.

Marion Hicks and J.C. Grayson built the El Cortez, downtown Las Vegas’ first major resort, in 1941 for $245,000. The location at 6th Street and Fremont was originally considered too far from downtown, but it quickly became so profitable, Bugsy Siegel, Meyer Lansky, Gus Greenbaum, and Moe Sedway bought the property in 1945 from J. Kel Houssels for $600,000.

Houssels originally opened the 59-room hotel and casino before the sale to the major organized crime figures. Houssels purchased the hotel back from Siegel’s group in 1946 for $766,000.

In 1963, the Pavilion Rooms were added after the hotel was purchased by Jackie Gaughan. Another 15-story tower addition was completed in 1980.

The 64-room Cabana Suites were completed in the former Ogden House in 2009 bringing the total room count to its current 364.  Gaughan, a casino owner and operator since the early 1950s, lives in the El Cortez tower penthouse and is known to be on the casino floor almost daily.

The property is one of the few casinos to have never changed its exterior façade in Las Vegas, retaining the same signage and ranch themed architecture for over seventy years.

The only other Vegas casino on the National Register of Historic Places is the Moulin Rouge, which burned down in 2003.

Not Even Chain of Command Trumps the Ego

From: Kelly
Sent: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 5:42 AM
To: Tom; John
Cc: Dan; Ross; Monica
Subject: Old Stories on Morning News?

Hi Tom,

As you know, I’m up early and monitor Reno’s Morning News to get a first glimpse of the day’s latest stories…so imagine my surprise when both yesterday and today I heard stories that were more than 4 days old!

On Monday, Ross & Monica read the “Sandoval Wants $5M for Drones” story, which we’d covered the previous Friday and posted Friday on the web news page:

Nevada Wants Drones posted 5/10, 3:43pm.

Governor Sandoval announced Friday that he wants to use $5 million to help the state be selected as one of six US locations to develop Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones). If the FAA chooses Nevada as a drone development site, it could create thousands of jobs averaging $62K/year, bring $2.5 billion dollars into the state, and deposit $125 million into Nevada’s tax revenue account. (That’s some serious money for the Silver State!)

Then this morning, I’d swear I heard a story that was so old, I’d already scrubbed it from the web news page. It was on FB on Saturday:

Saturday<https://www.facebook.co/photo.php?fbid=10151895633298765&set=a.159166863764.147560.147303388764&type=1&gt;

Cell Phone Violations — The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office has already issued 449 citations in the past four months to drivers talking or texting on their cell phones. Nevada State Law prohibits using a handheld cell phone while operating your car, and the fine can be $250. The State’s goal is to have zero fatalities on our roadways. Sheriff Haley believes we can do it, if drivers eliminate distractions and focus on the road.

Just FYI, yesterday we had a record 21 stories posted on the web news page for 5/13… the most stories for one day since we began reporting news on our webpage, so I don’t understand why we’d need to pull old stories for news today… or any day for that matter.

What’s going on?

Kelly
Social Media Mistress
News Talk 780 KOH

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From: Tom
To: Kelly
Cc: Dan
Sent: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 10:08 AM
Subject: RE: Old Stories on Morning News?

Kelly — You’ll have to ask John. –Tom

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From: Kelly
Sent: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 5:31 PM
To: John
Cc: Tom
Subject: Re: Old Stories on Morning News?

John, why is Tom saying I’d have to ask YOU why two old stories were used on the morning show this week?

Tom, why are you telling me to ask John? Why can’t YOU just tell me what happened?

This is ridiculous. Could the two of you PLEASE TALK TO EACH OTHER and fix whatever ails you two? Frankly, it is hurting BOTH OF YOU in the eyes of people who have the power to make substantive changes to the KOH newsroom.

Do I have to come down there tomorrow morning with a can of “Killer Kelly’s Wup Ass?”

Love both of you knuckleheads and would hate to lose either of you. You both have such great talents… just wish you were putting them to the betterment of KOH’s timely, accurate and relevant news reporting, instead of pointing fingers at each other.

I feel like I’m at home with warring siblings.

Kelly
Social Media Mistress
News Talk 780 KOH

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From: Tom
Sent: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 12:17 AM
To: Kelly
Cc: Dan; John
Subject: RE: Old Stories on Morning News?

Kelly — The last time I checked — you are not in my chain of command or John’s. You handle the social media stuff, John handles the news content. I simply put the morning shows together. I answer directly to John, Dan and Jennifer. If I am wrong about where you fit into my job requirements and my chain of command, then this needs to be addressed by someone in management. — Tom

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From: Kelly
Sent: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 5:56 AM
To: Tom Darby
Cc: John; Dan; Jennifer
Subject: Your response to “Old Stories on Morning News?”

Tom,

Ouch!

Last time I checked, there is no chain of command when it comes to the friendship and family that makes KOH the unique and exceptional place it is.

I am truly disappointed that you could not see the intent, purpose or value of my email below. There were many other responses you could have made… your choice below was not productive, nor did it support your case for the new role you so clearly covet.

This is not the first time I’ve given you guidance and advice as a friend, to help you more effectively work with KOH staff, so you could accomplish your goals. On several occasions you sought me out, called me at home on weekends and blind-cc’d me to help you better understand what you could do differently to accomplish your goals at work.

You seemed to be blind to job titles on those occasions. Now, suddenly, you throw down the “You’re not my boss” card? Really?

Clearly something has changed, and you are no longer interested in receiving advice or providing information that could assist in your defense.

That’s fine. Just one last helpful hint… if you want to ensure Jen O. gets your emails, you’ll need to spell her last name correctly. I’ve added her to the cc list above, since you wanted her to get your email below.

Kelly
Social Media Mistress
News Talk 780 KOH

A Fourth Scandal Coming for the Obama Administration

The President is finding himself hit by multiple scandals including the deadly attack in Libya, the IRS targeting of tea party, patriot and religious groups and the seizure of Associated Press phone records in a leak investigation. Obama advisers cast the trio of controversies as an inevitable part of life in the White House.

But there is a fourth scandal brewing.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been playing favorites with who it allows to receive a media waiver fee and who doesn’t. Conservative groups seeking information from the EPA have been routinely forced to pay fees normally waived for media and watchdog groups, while fees for more than 90 percent of requests from “green groups” were waived.

The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) reviewed Freedom of Information Act requests sent between January 2012 and this spring from several environmental groups friendly to the EPA’s mission, and several conservative groups, to see how equally the agency applies its fee waiver policy for media and watchdog groups.  Most green groups, including EarthJustice, The Waterkeeper Alliance, and Greenpeace, saw their fees waived.

Similarly, requests from conservative groups Judicial Watch and National Center for Public Policy Research saw approval half the time, and all requests from Franklin Center and the Institute for Energy Research denied. Meanwhile, CEI had its requests denied 93 percent of the time.

Government agencies are supposed to waive fees for groups disseminating information for public benefit.

Famous Marine Corps Trumpeter Passes Away

Born in Bogard, Missouri, September 27th, 1929 and raised in Leavenworth, Kansas, Tom Cook passed away April 25th at the age of 83.

Upon joining the United States Marine Corps in 1948, Tom started a thirty year career and a life-long association with the Corps which he considered his extended family to the end. During those years, Tom was often involved in musical ventures, including creating musical arrangements for the military, which sent him to study music at the Anacostia U.S. Naval Academy in Washington, D.C., in 1949.

He served as a Master Gunnery Sergeant with deployments to both Korea and Vietnam, surviving the battle of Chosin Reservoir. While he didn’t speak much of his combat experiences, Tom did not hesitate to share how the Corps allowed him to continue his love of music as a Band Master with the Marine Corps Band, known as “The President’s Own.”

His career also led him to play with Tennessee Ernie Ford, Louis Prima and Sam Butera and Tommy Dorsey. Tom even appeared on the television show, “The Glen Campbell Good Time Hour,” in 1971.

After retiring from the Marines, he moved to Nevada, where he helped develop the Topaz Ranch Estates and Fairfield Ranch. Tom also ran for local office, serving on the Gardnerville Town Board from 1994 to 2010, earning the 2004 Nevada League of Cities Public Official of the Year.

In 1999, he joined the Nevada Rural Housing Authority. Tom would played a key role in creating the ‘Home at Last Program,’ which has put more than 1,500 rural Nevadans into their first homes.

After leaving the town board, he took time to relax and pursue his hobbies including camping, travel, woodwork and gardening. But these secondary passions were only diversions from music and the Marine Corps.

“He knew how to blow a trumpet,” his wife, Rose told the Reno Gazette-Journal. “And he also knew how to pull a trigger.”

Honor Thy Mother

“A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.” Unknown

We moved into our newly built home in August 1998, too late for my wife to start her soon to be annual tradition of planting flowers in clay pots and bowls given to her by her mom. However, the following year, I came home one May afternoon to find them setting our on our front porch, beautiful and bright.

It’s been like that every Mother’s Day, even after Helen passed away at the end of October 2002. If I could say anything about this tradition, my wife has honored her mother in ways I could only wish I had — but didn’t.

I don’t mind saying, she is a good daughter.

Nevada’s Hillside Letters

The traditional belief is hillside letters were created to help early 20th century airplane pilots navigate and identify communities. The truth is they are symbols of school pride dating back to 1905 when students at the University of California created a 70-foot “Big C” above the school.

University of Nevada, Reno students constructed a 150-foot-high and 140-foot-wide block “N,” April 13th, 1913, near the base of Peavine. The “N” covers 13,000 square feet and was the largest hillside letter in the nation until 1925.

The first known Nevada high school letter was the Elko “E,” built-in late 1916.  Former Director of the Northeastern Nevada Museum’s Howard Hickson says the “E” was constructed in honor of Raymond Thomas, a high school teacher who died October 1st, 1916, in a snowstorm while hiking in the Ruby Mountains.

The next Nevada hillside letter was the “T” built in 1917 to honor Tonopah High School’s state championship girls’ basketball team. By the early 1920s, Carson City High School students had a “C” on a hill west of the city that is now known as “C” Hill.

The Sparks “S” and Battle Mountain “BM” appeared in 1925, the Virginia City “V” in 1926, the Lincoln County’s “L” at Panaca in 1927, and the Virgin Valley High School “V” in Mesquite in 1929. Three years later, 1932, the Douglas County “D” in Carson Valley was created and the Stewart Indian School “S” in Carson City in 1934.

Galena High School in south-west Reno, opened in 1992. Within two years, a white washed letter “G” appeared in the Steamboat Hills above the Mt. Rose Highway.

Then there’s the “SS” that’s marked out on the face of the Hungry Valley Hills, which denotes Spanish Springs High School, which appeared in 2003. Finally, Damonte Ranch High School opened in the Fall of 2003 and within the letter “D” appeared below in the foothills below Castle Peak.

Marines Relieved of Duty Following Hawthorne Accident

Three Marines from Camp Lejeune lost their command following a deadly training accident. Battalion commander Lt. Col. Andrew McNulty, company commander Capt. Kelby Breivogel and infantry weapons officer Chief Warrant Officer 3 Douglas Derring were relieved from their posts after the March 18th training accident that killed seven Marines.

Brig. Gen. James Lukeman, commander of the 2nd Marine Division, made the final decision.  No reason has been given for their dismissal; however all three are to be reassigned.

The accident occurred when a 60 millimeter mortar tube exploded at Hawthorne Army Depot during a night-time field exercise. A full investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing.

Seven Marines and a Corpsman were also wounded.

Nevada’s Horsford Faults Congress for Embassy Attack

“Congress needs to do its job,” said Nevada’s Democratic Congressman Steven Horsford. “I hope after nine oversight hearings, we start to work on protecting our embassies.”

Horsford used his time to echo his fellow Democrats, calling for security improvements to diplomatic facilities. He adds, Republicans exacerbated security problems through spending cuts.

It was the first time lawmakers heard publicly from anyone who was actually on the ground in Libya during the September 11th, 2012 attack, organizing the evacuation of U.S. staff and pleading for military help that never came. They heard that officials on the ground and in Washington immediately believed the attack to be the work of terrorists, and that the extremists tried to lure more Americans into what could have been a deadly trap.

They also heard for the first time, the Obama Administration’s decision to link the onslaught to popular demonstrations of Muslim anger at an Internet video denigrating Islam had offended Libya’s government and hampered the FBI’s investigation. And they heard suggestions that the Administration threw up obstacles to the committee’s investigation and may retaliate against one of the “whistleblowers.”

“Congress is making significant cuts to foreign affairs budget. I hope we properly fund our embassies so this never happens again,” Horsford concluded. “I urge my Republican counterparts to work on a bi-partisan plan to make the 29 recommendations of the ARB (Accountability Review Board.)”

Four people died during the terror attack, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, of Las Vegas, Horsford’s home town.

Reno Turns 145

The City of Reno turned 145 years old tomorrow. It was May 9th, 1868, when the townsite was officially established.

Charles Crocker, the railroad construction superintendent for the Central Pacific Railroad and his partners in the railroad, named the new town for Union General Jesse Reno, who died in 1862 at the battle of Fox’s Gap, South Mountain, Md.

General Reno, an infantry commander from Pennsylvania, never set foot in Nevada. A statue of him stands in the Powning Veterans Memorial Park across the street from the federal courthouse in Reno.

What would become Reno was first settled in 1859 when Charles Fuller built a log toll bridge across the Truckee River. The majority of bridge users were those coming to or from the mines of the Comstock.

In 1861, Myron Lake purchased Fuller’s bridge and used the money from tolls to purchase more land, constructing a mill, livery stable and kiln. When the Central Pacific Railroad was being built, Lake deeded a portion of the land to Charles Crocker to ensure his land would be in the railroad’s path.

Anaho Island Celebrates 100 years

The small desert island in Pyramid Lake, about 30 miles northeast of Reno, that serves as home to 10,000 American white pelicans is celebrating its 100th anniversary as a wildlife sanctuary. U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials joined leaders of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe for the centennial celebration at one of the country’s most important nesting spots for the birds just off the lake’s east shore.

President Woodrow Wilson designated Anaho Island a wildlife sanctuary in 1913 in recognition of its importance to pelicans and other birds, including California gulls, double-crested cormorants and great blue herons. Donna Withers, a refuge specialist with the wildlife service says it’s one of the largest nesting areas for the pelicans west of the Rocky Mountains.

Donations to Reid-connected PACs Legal

Senator Harry Reid didn’t break any laws when he asked Las Vegas attorney Will Kemp to give to the Senate Majority PAC to help elect Democrats during the 2012 cycle. Furthermore, Kemp has been a donor to Friends for Harry Reid and to the Democratic Party of Nevada in the past.

According to opensecrets,org., in 2010, Kemp gave Reid $4,800; while his law partner J. Randal Jones gave Reid $11,700. Then during the 2012 cycle, Kemp and Jones gave $150,000 to the Senate Majority PAC and $28,500 to the Democratic Party of Nevada, with Kemp giving an extra $2,500 to Friends of Reid, for a total of $181,000.

However, ethical questions about whether Reid’s latest judicial nominee, Jennifer Dorsey, a partner in Jones, Kemp and Coulthard, remain.  Both the timing and the size of the donations are creating these questions.

Here’s the timeline:

— January 9th, 2012: Kemp donates $8,500 to the Democratic Party of Nevada.
— March 31st, 2012: Dorsey donates $2,500 to Friends for Harry Reid while expressing her interest in a federal judgeship. The same day, Kemp also contributes $2,500 to the Friends of Harry Reid.
— April 30th, 2012: Reid returns Dorsey’s money but keeps Kemp’s.
— May 1st, 2012: Kemp donates $100,000 to the Senate Majority PAC, and Jones donates $5,000 to the Democratic Party of Nevada.
— May 14th, 2012: Jones donates $50,000 to the Senate Majority PAC.
— June 12th, 2012: Reid recommends Dorsey to the White House.
— August 23rd, 2012: Jones donates $8,000 to the Democratic Party of Nevada.
— September 19th, 2012: Dorsey is nominated by the President.
— October 23rd, 2012: Jones makes a $10,000 contribution to the Democratic Party of Nevada.

Despite all of this, Reid says he believes Dorsey will be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Spiritual Curiosity

No matter what out spiritual beliefs, testing them against our experience only makes them deeper and more meaningful. Our lives, the earth we live on, the vast universe — should amaze us.

We’re fortunate to be here in this time and in this place. Let’s never lose our curiosity about why we are here and what being here means.

Curiosity has its own reason for existing.

What Opportunity?

From: Dan
Sent: Friday, May 03, 2013 5:28 PM
To: Aaron; Dan; Jim; John; Kelly; Landon; Matt; Mike; Monica; Neil; Phil; Ross; Scott; Steve; Tom; Tyson

Subject: Changes

FR: Dan
DT: May 3, 2013
CC: Jennifer

Congratulations to Steve and Neil! Steve has been appointed the new production director for Cumulus/Reno, and Neil will be taking over the production assistant/afternoon traffic reporter slot effective this Monday.

We are seeking a replacement for the overnight slot. It is part time/30 hours per week and involves assisting in the preparation of Reno’s Morning News. Tom has thrown his hat into the ring for consideration and will fill the slot on an interim basis. If anyone else is interested in this position please contact me. We are also seeking at least one new part time announcer as we determine the best way to restructure our lineup.

Dan
Program Director/Talk Host
News Talk 780 KKOH/Reno

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From: Kelly
Sent: Saturday, May 04, 2013 12:31 PM
To: Tom
Subject: FW: Changes

Tom, this is a great opportunity Dan is offering you, congrats!

Suggestions: Try to follow the system Neil created. I sat with him one morning and we built the morning show together. His stories flowed, in a logical order, and his system was efficient. It got the job done with few complaints, other than the usual about the writing.

THEN, address the writing… if you try to change too much all at once, you may crash and burn.

This is your chance to show everyone what you can do.

Good Luck!

Kelly
Social Media Mistress
(Unofficial Fire Starter & Cheerleader)

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From: Tom
Sent: Saturday, May 05, 2013  1:14 AM
To: Kelly
Subject: FW: Changes

There is no opportunity here. I’ve been at this for years and this is all anyone is rewarded with — the possibility that to be hired to do a measly 30 hours and lose a lot of sleep.  Cheer lead away if you want to waste your time — but for me, (or anyone for that matter,) I’m jus’ a warm body behind a hot mic in a cold room and after a quarter of a century, I’m still jus’ a convenience for Dan.

— Darby

Full of Shit

All this week I considered permanently deleting, “Tom Darby’s Notebook.” I came to this after being told I was “full of shit,” by several people.

I took their words to heart.

But now that the time is here to push that final button, I can’t do it. Instead I’ll do a little housekeeping, cleaning up double postings, removing unwanted pictures and maybe even work on some of my broken grammar.

Besides, what would I do for therapy — twittle my thumbs?

Colleen Bruhy, 1934-2013

Colleen Rose Bruhy passed away the afternoon of April 28, 2013 after a two-year battle with leukemia. She was 79.

She was born January 6, 1934 in Dacono, Colorado to Walter Shaw and Nora Taylor Shaw. Her family which included older sister, Norma, lived in a cabin in the mountains of Yampa, Colorado where her father was a logger. Her family moved to Nebraska when she started school, with her mother as her teacher.

Colleen’s love of music came naturally.  As a teen she started playing the drums and saxophone for her family’s band, the Walt Shaw Orchestra. They played at dances throughout western Nebraska.  While in high school, she played in the marching band, the orchestra and was a drum major, graduating in 1952.

She met her husband, Don DeVol while in high school and they married in 1952, moving to El Centro, California soon after. Colleen went to work as a dental assistant in Brawley. She and Don moved to Santa Ana where they started a family with son, Doug and daughter Kathy.

In 1962 the family moved to Klamath where they owned and operated Panther Creek Lodge with Chuck and Aileen Hupp, surviving the 1964 Flood. They also owned and operated the Woodland Villa in Klamath.

Colleen worked at Daly’s Department Store on 3rd Street for 4 years and worked for several years at BG’s Boutique and Rags & Bags in Brookings. She sold Mary Kay Cosmetics for 30 years.

She married husband, Jim Bruhy in 1975. They loved traveling in their motor home and enjoyed many hobbies together such as square-dancing, play acting with Lighthouse Repertory Theatre, and barbershopping where Colleen led the ladies choral group, the Coastal Classics.

A talented singer, she was asked to sing for many dedications, weddings and special events.  She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Crescent City, Soroptomist International and a 50-year member of the Emblem Club.

Colleen is survived by her children, Doug DeVol of Henderson, NV and Kathy Cunningham and husband, Ken of Klamath, one grandson, Lance; her companion of 7 years, Bob Brissenden; her sister Norma Dilley of Denver, CO; step-children, Jodi Mason of Olalla, WA, JoAnn Petersen and husband, Richard of Battle Ground, WA, Dean Bruhy and wife, Gayla of Klamath and Scott Bruhy and wife, Kim of Springfield, OR; 16 step-grandchildren, 22 step-great-grandchildren and many good friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, James R. Bruhy, her parents, and her brother-in-law, Clarence Dilley.

How Email Effs Up Workplace Communication

From: Tom
Sent: Monday, April 29, 2013 10:44 PM
To: John
Cc: Dan
Subject: Questions about Reid and Judgeship

Dan — Noticed that this was on our KKOH website, but never made air. It was originally posted 6am Sunday to the web and never made our news file. I updated the story this evening to our website. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find it in any of the newscast from Sunday morning until I aired it a 7pm Monday. I think this would have been a great rap, but I don’t know if it is NOW old news.

“She’s being backed by Senator Harry Reid for a federal judgeship. However two senior partners at the Las Vegas law firm attorney Jennifer Dorsey works for made $150,000 in contributions to a political action committee associated with the senator last year. Records show Will Kemp made a $100,000 contribution while J. Randall Jones made a $50,000 contribution. Dorsey’s nomination is still pending.”

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From: John
Sent: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 7:08 AM
To: Tom
Cc: Dan
Subject: Questions About Reid and Judgeship

Tom,

I must say that’s a startling statement as I just reviewed all the Monday newscasts & found the story in the Morning News at 6a & 8a. I ran it in my news at 10a & 11a, then Jim aired it in his 2pm newscast…?

John S.

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From: John
Sent: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 8:25 AM
To: Tom
Cc: Dan
Subject: Questions About Reid and Judgeship, again

Tom,

Just so you know, I had placed the story on the web site Monday morning under the headline “Is It Legal?”, & now, looking back thru the web site stories, I find neither mine nor yours for your Sunday, six a.m. posting. Have no idea what happened to them.

John

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From: Kelly
Sent: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 10:30 AM
To: Tom
Subject: RE: Questions About Reid and Judgeship

Tom… John says Reid WAS aired several times on Monday and WAS in the story file… did you miss it? Check with him. I wonder why it was written on Sunday tho and never aired? Horrifically slow weekend. Hmmm.

Kelly
Social Media Mistress
(Unofficial Fire Starter & Cheerleader)

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From: Dan
Sent: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 4:06 PM
To: Tom
Subject: RE: Questions About Reid and Judgeship

I don’t think it was in the file on Sunday. It wasn’t in Matt’s Sunday morning newscasts. I’m wondering if maybe Kelly put it on the web site…I don’t know. It doesn’t appear Matt had it, so it wasn’t on the air. Neil did place it in Monday’s story file at 12:25am. It was just a short reader and was slugged Reid contributions. Would have been nice to have it on the air Sunday…there wasn’t a lot of fresh news that made it on the air or on the web site during the day Sunday.

Dan
Program Director/Talk Host
News Talk 780 KKOH/Reno

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From: Tom
Sent: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 6:54 PM
To: John
Cc: Dan
Subject: RE: Questions About Reid and Judgeship

I looked in both Sunday’s or Monday’s news file and it isn’t there. I didn’t look in the Monday morning newscasts for this very reason. So what was it labeled?

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From: Tom
Sent: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 7:45 PM
To: Dan
Subject: RE: Questions About Reid and Judgeship

Okay, I’m gonna keep my mouth shut from now on, so no point in belaboring the issue. I don’t know what it is I’m supposed to be communicating here anymore. To tired to worry about it. My point is ‘big story’ — not in file, no rap, no FB — even if it was in a newscast at some point. Oh, well. Sorry to have wasted your time on this.

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From: Dan
Sent: Wednesday, May 01, 2013 6:09 AM
To: Tom
Subject: RE: Questions About Reid and Judgeship

I’m not sure what you’re upset about Tom, and I don’t think I deserve that kind of response. I don’t see anything in my email critical of you, but if you like, I will point out the story WAS in the story file, and it WAS on the air when John said it was. You were wrong when you suggested it wasn’t. And Facebook isn’t my primary concern, which is why everyone was told NOT to post news to Facebook until we get the on-air and the web site news squared away (which is proving to be quite a challenge). Here’s a tip: If you’re serious about possibly replacing Neil if he gets promoted, lose the attitude. I’m getting real tired of people with shitty attitudes. I’m busting my ass trying to get everybody on the same page and all I seem to get are rude responses from my employees. You all seem to think you’re are smarter than me. Walk a mile in my shoes pal.

Dan
Program Director/Talk Host
News Talk 780 KKOH/Reno

Questions Asked About Reid and Judgeship

Senator Harry Reid has nominated Las Vegas attorney Jennifer Dorsey to become a federal judge, however two senior partners at the law firm where Dorsey works made large contributions to the political action committee ‘Majority PAC’ founded by Reid to electing Democratic Senate candidates.

Records show Will Kemp made a $100,000 contribution, while J. Randall Jones made a $50,000 contribution. Critics are now questioning whether Reid’s support was “bought” with the law partners’ donations.

In 2006, when the Jack Abramoff scandal broke, Reid took the lead in attacking Republicans for fostering a “culture of corruption.” But shortly after making these comments, it was found Reid took almost $68,000 from Abramoff’s firm, its PAC and its Indian casino clients.

Reid then tried to distance himself from Abramoff as MSNBC reported him stating, “…don’t lump me in with Jack Abramoff. This is a Republican scandal. Don’t try to give any of it to me.”

Meanwhile, Reid also intervened on government matters at least five times in ways helpful to Abramoff’s tribal clients, once opposing legislation on the Senate floor and four times sending letters pressing the Bush administration on tribal issues. Reid collected donations around the time of each action.

Twelve years later, a federal grand jury indicted a Nevada developer with ties to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on criminal charges related to campaign contributions.

The indictment accuses Harvey Whittemore of devising a scheme to solicit campaign contributions from family members and employees in 2007 and skirt federal election law limits by reimbursing them.

Federal Election Commission records show Whittemore, family members and employees of his former company, Wingfield Nevada Group Holding Co., contributing more than $100,000 in a single day to Reid in March 2007. Reid’s office claims that money has been given to charity.

As for Dorsey, she also donated $2,500 to Reid’s PAC in March 2012 after mentioning her interest in becoming a judge. That donation was also reportedly returned by Reid and his office took her name into consideration, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal:

“Reid declined comment on the firm’s contributions to the political action committee. His spokeswoman, Kristen Orthman, emphasized that Dorsey’s personal contribution to Reid’s campaign was returned as the senator weighed her possible nomination and wanted to avoid an appearance of conflict.”