Progressive Protections

It’s a disappointment to know that the media is so focused on destroying Paula Deen, while ignoring the Obama administration. The same same-stream media has also given a free pass to Alec Baldwin for his homophobic rant on Twitter.

”Put my foot up your f**king ass, George Stark, but I’m sure you’d dig it too much,” he tweeted after Stark, a UK reporter, made some sort of allegations about Baldwin’s wife. Silence from Progressives’ speaks for itself.

Using the same standards it did on Deen, Wal-Mart should pull all the CD’s of rap-artist that use the same word Deen used in the 60’s. But it won’t.

Furthermore, Capital One should have cut it’s ties with Baldwin as should NBC which airs the TV show, “30 Rock.” Again silence from the Progressives.

Homosexuals should be outraged at Baldwin’s comments — but they don’t seem to care.

The Real Cost of Obamacare

It appears the real cost of Obamacare is catching finally catching on. Texas Senator Ted Cruz introduced a letter to the U.S. Senate from Alan Tharp, Chairman and CEO of Old England’s Lion and Rose, LTD in San Antonio.

“Because of this law,” Tharp writes, “I have been forced to cut back every single hourly employee in each of my companies to no more than 28 hours a week.”

Ouch!

And I mean that personally, as I’m experiencing the same situation at my job. The broadcast company I work for cannot afford to have full-time hourly employees because they have a bottom-line to meet.

Under Obamacare – ‘full-time’ is defined as 30-hours or more.

So to avoid getting fined for not signing employees up for the federal healthcare program, they are forced to cut back on work-hours. It’s either that or pay the minimum penalty of $95 per person beginning in 2014 in 2014, the first year that the law will require individuals to obtain coverage.

That amount will rise to $325 in 2015 year and once fully phased in by 2016, the minimum amount jumps to $695 per person. And don’t forget the ‘tax’ increases each year beginning in 2017 because of inflation.

With 5,500 full time employees across the country, the company I work for is looking at a start up cost of over $500,000 next year. When it’s fully implemented the cost skyrockets to nearly $4,000,000 annually.

So in jus’ under six and half year’s time – I’ve gone from 40 hours a week to a paltry 28 hours. I take solace in knowing I’ll not be alone though, you’ll soon be joining me – if you haven’t already.

What’s a workaholic to do?

Taxed Out of Hours

It appears the real cost of Obamacare is catching finally catching on. Texas Senator Ted Cruz introduced a letter to the U.S. Senate from Alan Tharp, Chairman and CEO of Old England’s Lion and Rose, LTD in San Antonio.

“Because of this law,” Tharp writes, “I have been forced to cut back every single hourly employee in each of my companies to no more than 28 hours a week.”

Ouch!

And I mean that personally, as I’m experiencing the same situation at my job. The broadcast company I work for cannot afford to have full-time hourly employees because they have a bottom-line to meet.

Under Obamacare – ‘full-time’ is defined as 30-hours or more.

So to avoid the fine for not putting employees on the federal healthcare program, they’re forced to cut back on work-hours. It’s either that, or pay the $95 penalty per person starting next year.

That amount will rise to $325 in 2015 year and once fully phased in by 2016, the amount jumps to $695 per person. And don’t forget the ‘tax’ increases each year beginning in 2017 because of inflation.

With 5,500 full-time employees across the country, the company I work for is looking at a start-up cost of over $500,000 next year. When it’s fully implemented, the cost skyrockets to nearly $4,000,000 annually.

So in jus’ under six and half year’s time – I’ve gone from 40 hours a week to a paltry 28 hours. I take solace in knowing I’ll not be alone though, you’ll soon be joining me – if you haven’t already.

What’s a workaholic to do?

Mainstreaming the Multiple Marriage

A couple of months ago I commented to a friend, “The networks is softening us up or something with all these shows about polygamy in the last few years.”

This was in reaction to the latest called, “Polygamy, USA,” offered up by National Geographic. It follows shows like, “Sister Wives,” and the popular HBO series, “Big Love.”

So imagine my surprise, when I heard Kentucky Senator Rand Paul said the recent Supreme Court rulings on gay-marriage created the possibility for legalized polygamy. But, it was radio talk-show host Glenn Beck who said it while speaking with Paul.

“If you change one variable, man and a woman to man and man, and woman and woman,” Beck said, “you cannot logically tell me you can’t change the other variable: one man, three women, one woman, four men,”

He later added speaking of Sharia law in the U.S., “If I’m a devout Muslim and I come over here and I have three wives, who are you to say if I’m an American citizen, that I can’t have multiple marriages?”

In the end, polygamy is being mainstreamed. Seems Beck and I have drawn the same conclusion, though we came to it via different routes.

Making Sense of the Court’s Confusion

The Supreme Court’s confusing rulings now extend federal recognition to same-sex marriages in the states where they are legal. The twin rulings have no direct effect on the constitutional amendments in the 29 states that limit marriage to heterosexual couples.

As for the ‘Defense of Marriage Act,’  the court ruled against the part denying benefits to legally married gay couples, only. Same-sex couples, under federal law, will now, as a result of the ruling, be considered “married.”  The provision affects 1,100 federal laws, ranging from veterans’ benefits to complex federal tax laws.

So, the fight is nowhere near being over.

Goldfield’s Beer Brigade

The City of Goldfield became a modern metropolis with the arrival of electricity and water hookups. Real estate in those early days was going at $210 a foot, a hefty price in 1905.

Another rich discovery in 1906 boosted the prices even higher, with lots selling for as much as $45,000. The city had everything except enough water, and the threat of fire was extreme.

A 12,000-gallon water tank was constructed on a hill south of town from which a 3-inch pipeline was laid to serve the residences, businesses and a lone fire hydrant in the downtown area. The pipeline and hydrant would be tested on March 4, 1905, when a gas lamp exploded near the Nye and Ormsby Bank, quickly spreading to Dunn’s Saloon and a nearby store.

There, the fire was stopped, thanks to the pipeline. The city wouldn’t be so lucky the next time.

The county commissioners banned the storage of explosives within the town and restricted the sale of gasoline. They also ordered a hose cart and other firefighting equipment.

But it was too little too late.

Jus’ four months later on July 8, a fire broke out in the Bon Ton Millinery. Volunteer firefighters arrived within moments, only to find the hydrant had no pressure.

Residents in the area, fearful that the flames would reach them, began filling all the containers they could find, depleting the water supply.

But an improbable hero came to the rescue: Bert Ulmer of the Little Hub Saloon arrived on the scene with an unlikely fire suppressant — two large kegs of beer. He and bartender Frank Heaton soaked blankets and sheets in the beer, then nailed them to the walls of surrounding businesses.

Meanwhile, volunteers saved a restaurant by throwing buckets of the brew on it. Soon other saloons did their part, contributing both kegs and bottles, the latter being used to quench the thirst of the tired firefighters.

The beer brigade was successful, and within an hour, the fire was contained.

The Great Immigration Reform Shim-Sham

Senator Dean Heller voted to add a $38 billion border security measure to the immigration reform bill, clearing the way for easier passage of the legislation. The amendment doubles the number of Border Patrol agents, adds 350 more miles of fence, invest in drones, radar and other surveillance equipment to help detect illegal border crossings.

Heller still isn’t saying how he’ll vote on the overall bill. Perhaps it’s because of a provision in the bill allowing Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to not build the fence at all.

“Notwithstanding paragraph (1), nothing in this subsection shall require the Secretary to install fencing, or infrastructure that directly results from the installation of such fencing, in a particular location along the Southern border, if the Secretary determines that the use or placement of such resources is not the most appropriate means to achieve and maintain effective control over the Southern border at such location.”

Illegal aliens would also be granted legalized Registered Provisional Immigration status once Napolitano submits a fencing plan to Congress, though she an choose not to put the fencing plan into effect. It’s 1986 all over again.

But hey — at least Heller got Nevada a seat on the Southern Border Security Commission, despite the fact that the state doesn’t share a border with Mexico.

IRS Okays Taxpayer Fraud

There are more problems at the Internal Revenue Service than the fact that the agency is targeting political and religious groups. This one has to do with the report, “Substantial Changes Are Needed to the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number Program to Detect Fraudulent Applications.”

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration says the IRS sent more than $18 million in tax refunds to the same address in three separate California cities in 2011. They include Oxnard, where the IRS sent 2,507 refunds worth $10,395,874; an address in San José,where the IRS sent 1,942 refunds worth $5,091,027; and an address in Arvin, where the IRS sent 1,846 refunds worth $3,298,877.

Meanwhile, two other California cities have been found to be some of the most often used addresses on Individual Taxpayer Identification Number applications in the nation. They are Orange, with 8,361 people and Los Angeles, with 8,337 people. Finally, an address in Thermal received 95 tax returns, for a total of $402, 274 in refund, with 67 people register to the address.

California isn’t the only state with multiple ITIN’s and addresses. The report shows there are a total of 154 addresses across the U.S. appearing on more than a thousand ITIN applications submitted to the IRS in 2011.

Metadata: The Fly in the Ointment

Metadata is more revealing than you’d think, that’s because voice content is hard to process. The National Security Agency could quickly drown itself, if it had too much voice content.

Not a bad idea, but I digress.

On the other hand, metadata and computer analysis are perfect for each other. And the more metadata, the better the analysis.

Metadata is information about who we are and the relationships between us. Collecting all the records of everyone in the U.S is like a map filled with push-pins and string showing who we’re connected too, how, why, where and why.

For example: You call your doctor and talk to him or her for five minutes, and then you call your local pharmacy and speak with the clerk for two minutes. Next you get in your vehicle and go to the pharmacy, and using your debit card pay for a tube of Valacyclovir.

Those three events, though seemingly benign, are now recorded.

A computer can analyze who you called, for how long, where you went, what you bought, how much you paid and it extrapolates — you have a disease. The information is then targeted and routed to the Internal Revenue Service and downloaded into your medical records.

By the way, the medicine you bought — Valacyclovir is an antiviral medicine used to treat genital herpes.  Jus’ what you want your friendly, neighborhood IRS agent to know.

It comes down to behavior patterns and groupings, and that makes it more insidious than actually having someone eavesdrop on our most intimate conversations. If you hold to the “six-degrees of separation” theory, you are only six mouse-clicks away from a terrorist.

On the upside, you’re also six people away from knowing Kevin Bacon, too.

The Judge, Metadata and Health Care

A former NSA analyst and Bush-era whistleblower says the intelligence community ‘hoovered metadata’ on a range of people, including high-ranking military officials, lawmakers and diplomats. Russ Tice also made another allegation.

“They went after judges,” Tice says. “One of the judges is now sitting on the Supreme Court that I had his wiretap information in my hand.”

Add to this, Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah, who believes Supreme Court Justice John Roberts changed his vote on Obamacare because of intimidation.  Lee admits he has “no evidence” anyone wiretapped Roberts.

“The opinion was written in a way to suggest he switched his vote,” says Lee.

Roberts wrote the court’s majority opinion in favor of the Affordable Care Act. His opinion came as a surprise to many when he declared the law constitutional on the grounds that it is a tax, and therefore falls within the powers of the federal government.

J. Edgar Vacuum Cleaner, would be proud.

Soft Tyranny is still Tyranny

The State of Nevada Department of Public Safety’s Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security received a federal grant recently from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for more than $3-million. This is an increase over last year’s total by nearly $700,000.

The funding is to help enhance authorities in the preparation, prevention, and response to terrorist attacks and other disasters. It also keeps the State of Nevada and its citizens tied to the Federal Government’s apron strings.

This is jus’ another form of soft tyranny and a further erosion of our civil liberties.

The Height of Blight

Reno’s Mayor Bob Cashell asked the City Council, to begin drafting regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries, after Governor Sandoval signed legislation last week legalizing them. However, the Council voted to wait before determining where dispensaries are to be located.

Furthermore, the council also voted to do more research and drafting before proposing any regulations. They need figure out how they will comply with the new state law that allows Washoe County 10 dispensaries, but no more than 25 percent in a single jurisdiction.

This must be killing Reno’s  RINO-in-Chief.  It was two years ago, at the height of Nevada’s economic recession, that Cashell declared a personal moratorium on allowing anymore tattoo parlors, liquor stores or pawn shops in the downtown district, saying he and his wife believed them to be a blight on the city.

I love God’s sense of humor.

Man Gets Fire from Coyote

We were in 3rd Grade at Margaret Keating School when Mrs. Damm told us how man came to have fire. While I don’t recall the tale word-for-word, I have cobbled several versions of the story together, recreating what was passed down to us…

Coyote had no need for fire. So he seldom concerned himself with it, until one spring day when he was passing a human village.

There the women were singing a song of mourning for the babies and the old ones who had died in the winter. Their voices moaned like the wind prickling the hairs on Coyote’s neck.

“Feel how the sun is now warm on our backs,” one of the men was saying. “Feel how it warms the earth and makes these stones hot to the touch. If only we could have had a small piece of the sun in our teepees during the winter.”

Coyote, overhearing this, felt sorry for the men and women. He also felt that there was something he could do to help them.

He knew of a faraway mountain-top where the three Fire Beings lived. These Beings kept fire to themselves, guarding it carefully for fear that man might somehow acquire it and become as strong as they.

Coyote saw that he could do a good turn for man at the cost of these selfish Fire Beings. So Coyote went to the mountain of the Fire Beings and crept to its top, to watch the way that the Beings guarded their fire.

As he came near, the Beings leaped to their feet and gazed searchingly round their camp. Their eyes glinted like bloodstones, and their hands were clawed like the talons of the great black vulture.

“What’s that? What’s that I hear?” hissed one of the Beings.

“A thief, skulking in the bushes!” screeched another.

The third looked more closely, and saw Coyote. But he had gone to the mountain-top on all fours, so the Being thought she saw only an ordinary coyote slinking among the trees.

“It is no one, it is nothing!” she cried, and the other two looked where she pointed and saw only a grey coyote.

They sat down again by their fire and paid Coyote no more attention. So he watched all day and night as the Fire Beings guarded their fire.

He saw how they fed it pine cones and dry branches from the trees. He also saw how, at night, the Beings took turns to sit by the fire.

Two would sleep while one was on guard; and at certain times the Being by the fire would get up and go into their teepee, and another would come out to sit by the fire.

Coyote saw that the Beings were always jealously watchful of their fire except during one part of the day. That was in the earliest morning, when the first winds of dawn arose on the mountains.

Then the Being by the fire would hurry, shivering, into the teepee calling, “Sister, sister, go out and watch the fire.” But the next Being would always be slow to go out for her turn.

Coyote waited through the day, and watched as night fell and two of the Beings went off to the teepee to sleep. He watched as they changed over at certain times all the night long, until at last the dawn winds rose.

Then the Being on guard called, “Sister, sister, get up and watch the fire.”

And the Being whose turn it was climbed slow and sleepy from her bed, saying, “Yes, yes, I am coming. Do not shout so.”

But before she could come out of the teepee, Coyote lunged from the bushes, snatched up a glowing portion of fire, and sprang away down the mountainside.

Screaming, the Fire Beings flew after him. Swift as Coyote ran, they caught up with him, and one of them reached out a clutching hand. Her fingers touched only the tip of the tail, but the touch was enough to turn the hairs white, and coyote tail-tips are white still.

Coyote shouted, and flung the fire away from him. But the others of the People had gathered at the mountain’s foot, in case they were needed.

Squirrel saw the fire falling, and caught it, putting it on her back and fleeing away through the tree-tops. The fire scorched her back so painfully that her tail curled up and back, as squirrels’ tails still do today.

The Fire Beings then pursued Squirrel, who threw the fire to Chipmunk. Chattering with fear, Chipmunk stood still as if rooted until the Beings were almost upon her. Then, as she turned to run, one Being clawed at her, tearing down the length of her back and leaving three stripes that are to be seen on chipmunks’ backs even today.

Chipmunk threw the fire to Frog, and the Beings turned towards him. One of the Beings grasped his tail, but Frog gave a mighty leap and tore himself free, leaving his tail behind in the Being’s hand, which is why frogs have had no tails ever since.

As the Beings came after him again, Frog flung the fire on to Wood. And Wood swallowed it.

The Fire Beings gathered round, but they did not know how to get the fire out of Wood. They promised it gifts, sang to it and shouted at it.

They twisted it and struck it and tore it with their knives. But Wood did not give up the fire.

In the end, defeated, the Beings went back to their mountain-top and left the People alone.

But Coyote knew how to get fire out of Wood. And he went to the village of men and showed them the trick of rubbing two dry sticks together, and the trick of spinning a sharpened stick in a hole made in another piece of wood.

So man was from then on warm and safe through the killing cold of winter thanks to Coyote.

The Oppression that is Commom Core

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is an education plan designed to bring each U.S. state’s curricula into alignment with each other nationwide. This sounds very Progressive and worse yet — 45 states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense  have adopted the standards.

Admittedly, I am not an overly smart man, but even with a college degree, I have no clear idea what those standards are, and judging from the website corestandards.org, they have no clear picture either.

“Building on the excellent foundation of standards states have laid, the Common Core State Standards are the first step in providing our young people with a high-quality education. It should be clear to every student, parent, and teacher what the standards of success are in every school.

Teachers, parents and community leaders have all weighed in to help create the Common Core State Standards. The standards clearly communicate what is expected of students at each grade level. This will allow our teachers to be better equipped to know exactly what they need to help students learn and establish individualized benchmarks for them. The Common Core State Standards focus on core conceptual understandings and procedures starting in the early grades, thus enabling teachers to take the time needed to teach core concepts and procedures well—and to give students the opportunity to master them.

With students, parents and teachers all on the same page and working together for shared goals, we can ensure that students make progress each year and graduate from school prepared to succeed in college and in a modern workforce.”

Huh?

It boils down to this: Common Core is ‘a one-size-fits-all’ program and the one question you need to ask yourself: Is this good for my child?

I’m betting not.

California’s Idiot Lawmakers Strike Again

What sort of stupid moron’s are you Californian’s electing as state lawmakers? I’ll enlighten you.

From CSN News:

“A proposed law introduced in the California State legislature would allow public school children to use bathrooms designated for members of the opposite sex, if that students’ “gender identity” differed from the students biological sex.

Assembly Bill 1266 introduced by Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, who represents a portion of the city of San Francisco would:

“…require that a pupil be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities, including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil’s record.”

While the bill does not specifically mention restrooms, restrooms and locker rooms are generally considered to be part of the “facilities” in schools throughout the country. The bill would apparently also require that biological males be permitted to try out for, and play on, girls’ sports teams if they identify themselves as females.”

Imagine how happy you’ll be when your 14-year-old daughter is sharing a shower with a 17-year-old boy after Phys. Ed. class.

Goldfield Color

Goldfield was the site on September 2nd, 1906 of a lightweight championship fight that lasted 42 rounds. It featured Joe Gans and Oscar “Battling” Nelson.

The fight started about three that afternoon, and temperatures in the boomtown soared past 100 degrees. The two battled long and hard, but, finally, in the 42nd round, Nelson was disqualified for a low blow to Gans, who was declared the winner.

It’s interesting to note that no matter whom won, Gans, who was black, was to earn $11,000 while Nelson, who was white, was to receive $22,500, even though Gans was favored two to one. When the pair fought again two years later Gans lost by a knockout.

“I was born in the city of Baltimore in the year 1874, and it might be well to state at this time that my right name is Joseph Gant, not Gans,” he told reporters. “However, when I became an object of newspaper publicity, some reporter made a mistake and my name appeared as Joe Gans, and as Joe Gans it remained ever since.”

Gans started boxing professionally about 1891 in Baltimore and quit in 1900 with an eye cut in the twelfth round of the world lightweight title bout against champion Frank Erne. In their rematch two years later, Gans knocked Erne out in one round to recapture the lightweight title.

He died in August 1910, of tuberculosis and is buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Baltimore. His monument is maintained by the International Boxing Commission and sits jus’ to the left of the main entrance of the cemetery.

Ernest Hemingway would later used Joe Gans’ character in his 1916 short story “A Matter of Color.” This early story set the stage for Hemingway’s famous 1927 parable “The Killers.”

Look Whose Spying Now

Thanks to the news agency Reuters, we have now have a good idea what country leads the world in requesting data from Internet, cell phone and other techie companies. At 30,128 requests in 2012, the U.S. made more twice the requests by the United Kingdom, number two country on the list of ten.

“Even if they can listen in, that doesn’t mean they are,” says a friend.  “Most of our conversations are really not that interesting to anyone but us and sometimes not even then.”

Fair enough, but what makes all this National Security Agency eavesdropping so frightening to me is while you might not have anything to hide, talking with someone who does could get you caught up in the NSA’s dragnet. And like it or not, you are subject to being treated as a criminal too, though you’ve done nothing wrong.

It appears, “We the People,” are far more transparent and trusting that our Federal Government.

Pelosi’s Faith-based Buffoonery

Once again California Congresswoman and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi showed her real-self to the public.  It came while explaining her disapproval of the Frank Bill, prohibiting abortions during the final four months of pregnancy, with exceptions for when the life of the mother is at risk.

When asked how she balances her dislike for abortionists, turned convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell with her equal disdain of legislation that prohibits abortionists from terminating the life of a child moments before birth, she lost it.  From the Weekly Standard:

“You’re probably enjoying that question a lot, I can see you savoring it,” Pelosi said in response. “What was done in Philadelphia was reprehensible and everybody condemned it. For the drafters to decide to disrespect a judgment a woman makes about her reproductive health is reprehensible.”

“Next question,” she added.

“So what’s the moral difference?” reporter John McCormack asked, “ I just asked a simple question.  …What’s the moral difference then between 26 weeks elective abortion and killing of that same infant born alive?”

“This is not the issue,” responded Pelosi, “They are saying that there’s no abortion. It would make it a federal law that there would be no abortion in our country.”

However, the bill doesn’t ban ‘all abortions,’ as she claimed.

“As a practicing and respectful Catholic, this is sacred ground to me when we talk about this,” she added. “This shouldn’t have anything to do with politics.”

What an idiot!

Behind Immigration Reform

This week, both Senator’s Harry Reid and Dean Heller tried to get a “Nevada voice” on the Southern Border Security Commission. But the senate refused to hear the amendment.

A voice is what is not what’s needed – it’s a fence that’s being demanded. But that’s the problem with those in Washington D.C., they’re going to do what they want without considering what their bosses from across the rest of the nation are directing them to do.

In fact, it looks like a cabal of both Democrat and Republican Congress members and Senators are planning to ram a reform package down our throats by this July 4th. Not only will it be vacation time for the Washington bunch, but it’ll serve as a great propaganda piece for Progressives.

Progressive Republican House Speaker John Boehner is in co-hoots Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to create amnesty for illegal immigrants. This piece of legislation will then get pushed through the House, with a majority of both parties voting it in.

Then it’ll have to go to a conference committee, where it must be reconciled. That’s where it’ll be gutted of its border security language, adding some extra pork and spending to it, and then it’ll be send it to the Senate, where it’ll pass.

Once back on the House side, the now-reconciled bill will be subjected to a vote, where the majority of the GOP will, vote “no,” so they can go home and say, they did their constituencies bidding. However, the Democrats and the committee chairs will vote it into law, because they have the numbers.

Finally, the argument isn’t really about citizenship or border security – it’s about creating more Progressive votes. And when that happens, this country will be, as President Obama promised, “fundamentally transformed.”

The Great Lava Bed Wars: The Discovery of Gold

Although most of the “49ers” missed the Modoc country, in March 1851 Abraham Thompson, a mule train packer, discovered gold near Yreka while traveling along the Siskiyou Trail from southern Oregon. The discovery sparked the California Gold Rush from California’s Sierra Nevada into Northern California.

By April 1851, 2,000 miners had arrived in “Thompson’s Dry Diggings” through the southern route of old Emigrant Trail to test their luck, which took them straight through Modoc territory. Although the Modoc initially had no trouble with European Americans, after the murders of settlers in a raid by the Pit River Tribe, militia, not familiar with the Indian peoples, in revenge attacked an innocent Modoc village, killing men, women and children.

Kintpuash, the future chief also known as Captain Jack, survived the attack but lost some of his family. In retaliation and to try to end encroachment, some Modoc chose to attack the next whites they came across.

In September 1852 a wagon train of some 65 men, women, and children on their way to new homes in California were ambushed by the Modoc Indians. Only one badly wounded man, made his escape to the Oregon settlements in Willamette Valley and told of the attack.

His report spread quickly and Oregon volunteers, reaching the scene later, found bodies of men, women and children mutilated and scattered for more than a mile along the lake shore and their wagons plundered and burned. The location became known as Bloody Point.

In another round of retaliation, California militia led by an Indian fighter named Ben Wright killed 41 Modoc at a peace parley.

Long-time Nevada Judge Passes

U.S. District Judge Edward C. Reed Jr. passed away Saturday, June 1st of natural causes. He was 88 years old and a native Nevadan.

Appointed in 1979 to serve as a U.S. District Judge for the District of Nevada, Reed became a nationally known water rights litigator during his career as an attorney in Reno. Before becoming an attorney, he served honorably in World War II as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army both in the Europe and the Philippines and. He found himself captured by the Nazis and imprisoned in Germany in 1945.

After the war, Reed returned to school,  graduating from the University of Nevada-Reno in 1949 and then from Harvard Law School in 1952. While there he met Sally Torrance at Wellesley College and the two married June 14th, 1952 in Jamestown, New York.

He was also a championship tennis player in Nevada and won the Reno City Singles Championship in 1951, 1958 and 1959.  Reed was also an all-state basketball player at Reno High School and the University of Nevada.

Because of his many years serving as President and a member of the Washoe County School Board, Edward C. Reed High School in Sparks, is named for him.

The Politics of Promotion

If only real life were like the bureaucratic life.

Samantha Power has been given the nod as our newest U.N Ambassador. She’s worked for George Soros’s Open Society Institute, an organization linked to anti-Semitic rhetoric.

That can’t be good news for Israel. Hamas is jumping for joy, though.

IRS Exempt Organization Specialist Stephen Seok, who signed many of the letters sent to conservative nonprofits.  He has since been promoted to “supervisor IRS agent.”

Then there’s Sarah Hall Ingram, IRS commissioner during the time the agency singled out conservative groups. She’s now director of the IRS’s “Obamacare” Division.

Not only can she audit you, she can screw up your medical records while she’s at it.

Meanwhile Susan Rice is the president’s new National Security Adviser. She lied several times about the terrorist attack in Benghazi that killed four American.

Acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Robert Perciasepe is still waiting for the next scandal sword to fall on.

A Commencement on Crime

President Obama recently lectured the U.S. Naval Academy’s graduating class of 2013 on sexual assault during his commencement speech. The president’s remarks come amid same-stream media reports of an increase in sexual assault cases in the armed forces.

“Likewise, those who commit sexual assault are not only committing a crime, they threaten the trust and discipline that make our military strong. That’s why we have to be determined to stop these crimes, because they’ve got no place in the greatest military on Earth.”

While it’s not clear if the rate of sexual violence is any higher in the military than in the general-public, it is known one in two women and one in five men have experienced some sort of sexual violence. Obama must think rape – along with pillage and plunder – is a part of the military’s ethos.

The Sullying of Richard Windsor

In U.S. history class, we learned that a Richard Windsor served in the Lewis and Clark Expedition and Corps of Discovery. He’s mentioned in the Lewis and Clark journals for an accident that almost cost him his life.

While crossing a bluff he slipped and fell and Lewis told him to dig his knife in and climb up. He did so, and escaped death.

However, there is another Richard Windsor to discuss – this one is a woman.

Windsor – or rather former EPA chief Jackson – used the name to hide her email activity from anyone wanting to know about official business she was working on at the agency.  Furthermore, that didn’t stop she/he/it from being awarded many certificates for ethics, records management and cyber-security.

It was recently learned that the EPA waived Freedom of Information Act requests for at least seven “green groups,” while charging groups considered “unfriendly” to the EPA were charged nearly every time. No statement on the partisan behavior at the EPA has been issued yet.

Federal law requires agency officials to keep all official emails that may be covered by FOIA requests. Federal employees are also required to provide copies of private emails used for official business to agency FOIA officials.

Jackson resigned as EPA administrator in December 2012 shortly after her agency’s inspector-general announced an investigation into the fake “Richard Windsor.” She now works for Apple.

As an intersting side-note, Apple is working on technology to mine data from I-phone users.

Health Care by Committee

Obamacare “death panels,” are real. This comes to light after Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said, “Well I would suggest sir that again this is an incredibly agonizing situation where someone lives and someone dies.”

She was talking about an Affordability Care Act regulation barring a 10-year-old girl — given just weeks to live — from getting a lung transplant because she not the mandatory age of 12. Fortunately, U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson ordered the dying girl be made eligible for donor lungs from an adult by overruling Sebelius.

Operation: “PRISM”

Since 2007, the National Security Agency and FBI have monitored several Internet companies in an operation code-named “PRISM.”  Those companies are AOL, Apple, Google, Dropbox, Facebook, Microsoft, PalTalk, Skype, Yahoo and YouTube.

Many of these companies are denying any involvement and it’s certain there are others involved. This is happening under the early 70’s doctrine of “Third Party Access,” which claims that since you had “private information” on a check, and that check across the country to pay a bill, the information is no longer private.

Meanwhile, President Obama is appearing at two Democratic fundraisers in California today.  The first one is a cocktail party at Flipboard CEO Mike McCue’s home.

The connection: Flipboard is a digital social magazine that aggregates web links from your social circle, like Twitter, Facebook, etc., then displays the content in magazine form on an iPad.

The Great Cellphone Data Grab

The National Security Agency held a small ribbon cutting ceremony May 30th for its Utah Data Center. The Center, at Camp Williams near Bluffdale between Utah Lake and Great Salt Lakereportedly houses four 25,000 square foot halls of servers and routers designed to collected and store private data from the Internet, cell phones and other electronic signal-emitting devices.

Now, a British newspaper is reporting communication records of millions of U.S. citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk, regardless of whether they were suspected of any wrongdoing. The Guardian says it’s obtained the copy of an order issued in April and was good through July 19th, from the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ordering Verizon to provide the NSA with telephone records of its customers.

Under the terms of the order, the phone numbers of both parties on a call are to be handed over, as is location data, call duration, unique identifiers, and the time and duration of all calls. However, the paper says the order doesn’t specify which type of phone customers’ records were being tracked or why.

And this is jus’ the one secret order we know about.

UPDATE:  Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Senator Dianne Feinstein of California says the National Security Agency’s top secret court order for telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon is a three-month renewal of an ongoing practice.  She says the practice is legal under the Patriot Act.

UPDATE 2: Now Republican RINO Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina says he’s “glad” that the NSA is collecting telephone records — including  his  own — in an  attempt to combat terrorism.

UPDATE 3: Add AT&T and T-Mobile to the list of cell phone companies on the FISA order.

You Belong to the State

Nevada’s Governor Brian Sandoval recently signed a law named after Reno murder victim Brianna Dennison which will take effect January 1st, 2014. According to the new law, if you’re found innocent, not guilty or the charges are dropped, your DNA is expunged from the system.

Now the U.S. Supreme Court says law enforcement can legally take your DNA without a warrant from those arrested in hopes of using it to solve old cases. This comes after a court in Maryland court said it was illegal for the state to take Alonzo King’s DNA without approval from a judge.

But the Supremes issued a 5-4 ruling saying taking DNA samples from people before their guilt or innocence is proven does not violate the U.S. Constitution. It was Justice Anthony Kennedy who called DNA cheek swabs “a legitimate police booking procedure” like fingerprinting or photographing.

Have you ever tried and get your fingerprints expunged? It can’t be done.

The Novikov Principle

“But I thought Da Vinci invented the gun,” I protested as I studied my assignment.

“That’s what most people think,” Colonel Jones responded, “But that’s just the product of a poor education system.”

Sighing, I returned to my piece of paper, which read, “Hugo Borchardt, 1844-1923.” Since being selected for this operation, I was pretty much lost and everything a puzzle, with bits and pieces being fed to me in a hop-scotch manor.

“They’ll let me in on the secret when the time’s right,” I kept telling myself.

Borchardt, I soon learned is credited with developing the automatic loading handgun, know know as an automatic pistol. Why I was memorizing all this information was soon made clear when Jones introduced me to Mr. Smith.

“It’s simple,” Smith said, “The Novikov Principal.”

“The what?” I asked.

“Simply stated, time travel to the past,” he answered.

“No way!” I responded.

Smith explained that many scientists believed backwards time travel could never be done. He added that any theory allowing such time travel would introduce any number of problems.

“The classic example is of course the “grandfather paradox,” he continued, “It asks: what if you were to go back in time and kill your own grandfather before your father was conceived?”

“I wouldn’t exist,” I answered.

“You’d think that,” he said, “but the Novikov Principle gets around that.”

Smith explained the principle says that if an event happens that could “change” the past, then the probability of that event is zero, meaning it is impossible to create such a time paradox.

My mind hung on the word, “if.” I knew it could mean the difference between failure and success.

That’s when the other shoe dropped. I had all the puzzle pieces and suddenly fit into one large mosaic: I was going to travel back in time to meet Borchardt.

Well almost. I wasn’t to meet him, I was to kill him.

“But why?” I asked.

“Surely you understand?” Smith puzzled.

“No, I’m missing it,” I returned.

“How many men, women and children have been killed since the gun was invented?” Smith asked.

He knew I had no way of knowing the answer to that.

“How many wars in the last quarter-century, Captain?” he quizzed.

“Perhaps twenty,” I answered.

So that was my mission, as far-fetched as it sounded, to return to the past and kill the inventor of the semi-automatic pistol. The thought left me dumb-struck as I let it sink in.

“Now that the cats out of the bag, let’s get on with it,” Jones said

The Colonel led the way to the end of the build to a large open room. It was the size of an airplane hanger and in the center of it was a machine, unlike anything I’d ever seen before or since.

There was also a doctor, who gave me a quick examination and another man who assisted me in dressing in a period costume that would help me blend in once I got to where I was going. Concealed under my heavy wool vest was a small, two-shot 25-caliber pistol, which I was to use on Borchardt.

“Have a seat,” Jones directed.

I sat down amid the wires, tubes and diodes.

“I’ll make it simple,” he announced, “You have one-hour to complete your mission.”

“Yes, sir,” I returned.

Smith pushed a button and the machine hummed to life, flashing and whirring. It was hypnotic and I felt myself grow increasingly dizzy, until I felt like I was falling through the sky.

Without warning, I found myself outside, seated on the ground.  I felt as if I were in a dream and floating as I looked around , realizing I was just outside of Trenton, Massachusetts.

It took me a few minutes to not only gather my strength but my bearings as well. After about ten-minutes, it was time to find the Pioneer Breech-Loading Arms Company and the 24-year-old Borchardt.

Though still a bit dizzy and feeling somewhat sick to my stomach, finding the gun makers wasn’t as difficult as I’d thought it would be. The company was more like a shop, a simple two-story building with a large sign over the entrance.

I felt for my pistol, suddenly realizing the irony that I was about to execute the man with the same technology he designed and I was ordered to stop.

“Can I help you?” a man with a heavy German accent asked as I stepped through the door.

“I am looking for a Hugo Borchardt,” answered.

“That is me,” he responded .

That’s when I drew my pistol from my vest and aimed it at him. At first he looked frightened, but then his fright turned to curiosity and he stepped forward to get a better look at it.

“Beautiful!” he exclaimed as he reached out and touched it with a childlike inquisitiveness.The young man seemed bedazzled, unaware of his impending death

I felt my hand begin to shake as I held the pistol in front of his face.

Then without warning, I felt that still-unfamiliar hypnotic, dizzying sensation as the small room began to tilt left-to-right. Suddenly, I grabbed my head as a sharp, hot pain stabbed it’s way through my brain.

When I woke up, I discovered myself back in the large room from where my strange journey began. Both Jones and Smith were standing over me as I had been moved from the machine to a nearby gurney.

“Well?” they asked in unison.

“I – I – I…” my voice cracked as I cleared my throat, “Didn’t get him. Back too soon. One more minute.”

“Where’s your pistol, Captain?” the Colonel shouted.

“D – d – dropped it,” I answered as I faded into unconsciousness.

The Red Tape of Black Licorice

My wife ordered a two-pound bag of black licorice taffy from Vermont to send to her brother in San Diego. A few minutes after placing the order, she received a phone call from a clerk informing her they couldn’t ship her order because of California’s Proposition 65.

Say what?

Officially known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, it’s supposed to protect Californians from chemicals known to cause cancer and birth defects. The official website has 22 pages of so-called harmful chemicals.

Well, I wanted to know what chemical this candy contained making it so dangerous the third largest state in the nation has banned it. So I called the number listed on the website.

After nearly half-an-hour of research by the person on the other end of the line, she said she couldn’t tell me which chemicals were in the candy or why it’s banned.  I could tell she was a baffled as me.

No wonder California’s economy is in the tank.

My wife ended up ordering the candy anyway. She plans to mail it to her brother personally, thus bypassing all the governmental red-tape.

Linkages

Call me a conspiracy nut — but I couldn’t help connect the dots as I wrote these different radio-news reports over the last eight days…

May 23: Nevada lawmakers endorsed NV Energy’s plan to retire its coal-fired plants and pave the way for the state’s biggest electrical utility to transition to more renewable sources. After several revisions, SB 123 was approved  Wednesday by the Senate and now goes to the Assembly.  Under the bill, NV Energy will close Reid-Gardner in southern Nevada by 2017 and divest 800 megawatts of coal by 2019. The bill has the support of Governor Sandoval and Senator Harry Reid.

May 24: The findings of a new Nevada Public Research Institute study of Senate Bill 123 says the proposal imposes big, new hidden cost on energy users. It shows NV Energy’s proposed “NVision” plan, will increase the cost of electricity, doesn’t cap rate hikes caused by increases in natural gas prices and forces ratepayers to pay NV Energy for stockpiles of coal it no longer wants to use.

May 28: NV Energy wants to get rid of its coal power plants and build a 350 megawatt plant using renewable energy sources. After passing the Senate, SB 123 received its first hearing in the Assembly Monday. However the Nevada Public Research Institute says the plan will increase energy costs between 11 and 50 percent over the next decade.

May 30: NV Energy and Mid American Energy Holdings Co. says a company headed by billionaire Warren Buffett has agreed to buy NV Energy for about $10 billion, including stocks and other holding. NV Energy CEO Michael Yackira says the power company will continue to operate in Nevada. The sale of NV Energy will need state and federal approval.

May 31: The news that NV Energy is being sold is being greeted with mixed reactions. Senator Harry Reid says the sale will be good for the state and the company. But the proposed sale is raising concerns with consumer groups, lawmakers and Nevada’s Public Utilities Commission who think it may mean higher rates for customers. The company’s stock jumped 23-percent Thursday following news of the impending sale.

Finally, as a foot-note, I also reported: Reid does not intend on leaving Washington any time soon. He says he plans to run again in 2016. Reid was first elected to congress in 1986.

Giving Illegal Aliens Legal Driver’s Licenses

Illegal aliens are eligible to get a driver’s license in Nevada. Earlier the year President Obama signed an executive order earlier this year barring deportations and granted a pathway to citizenship for children brought to America illegally by their parents, but who have since graduated high school, stayed out of legal trouble and gotten a job or joined the military.

Now, Nevada officials said those same individuals, numbering as many as 20,000 people in Nevada alone, can legally drive. Governor Brian Sandoval, a Republican and the state’s first Hispanic Governor, said he supports the measure.

The Sport of Rodeo

The other morning, Jose asked me when the Reno Rodeo was coming to town.

“June 20th,” I answered, then asking, “So do you like the rodeo?”

“Oh, yeah,” he answered, “Very much!.”

“I like the bareback riding events, myself” I said before he could answer.

Jose smiled mischievously, “I like the cowgirls.”