More Progressive Tolerance

A Christian printer who was found guilty of discrimination for refusing to print T-shirts for a gay pride parade won big after a court ruled he can decline to print messages that run in opposition to his religious views. The Fayette County Circuit Court’s ruling overturned a decision by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission, finding that Blaine Adamson, owner of ‘Hands on Originals,’ of Lexington, Kentucky, was within his rights when he declined to make shirts for the Lexington Pride Parade.

That’s the good news, but…

On the West Coast, a crowd funding campaign that raised more than $109,000 for the Christian-owned bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Oregon was removed after complaints from gay rights advocates. Lisa Watson of Cupcake Jones, a competitor of ‘Sweet Cakes,’ contacted GoFundMe to alert them that the Kleins’ had violated the terms of service.

She complained:

“This business has been found guilty of discrimination and is being allowed to fundraise to pay their penalty. The GoFundMe terms of service address hate speech, bigotry, criminal activity and sexism among other things in their campaign . The amount of money they have raised in a matter of a few hours by thousands of anonymous cowards is disgusting.”

In a statement, GoFundMe said that the page was yanked because the campaign violated their policy against raising money “in defense of formal charges of heinous crimes, including violent, hateful, or sexual acts.”

“After careful review by our team, we have found the ‘Support Sweet Cakes by Melissa’ campaign to be in violation of our Terms and Conditions. The money raised thus far will still be made available for withdrawal. While a different campaign was recently permitted for a pizzeria in Indiana, no laws were violated and the campaign remained live.”

They added, “However, the subjects of the ‘Support Sweet Cakes by Melissa’ campaign have been formally charged by local authorities and found to be in violation of Oregon state law concerning discriminatory acts. Accordingly, the campaign has been disabled.”

The rules seem to be fluid, depending on what the charges are as Jeremy Meeks, the California criminal whose mug shot went viral last year was able to raise over $6,000 for his defense. Meeks was arrested in June 2014 on felony weapons charges and sentenced to two years in prison in February.

Oh, and incidentally — Watson’s bakery was honored earlier this year by the ‘Basic Rights Education Fund’ for “outstanding leadership to advance equality for all LGBTQ Oregonians.”

Creating Space for Martial Law

Peaceful protests quickly turned violent Saturday evening while jus’ 50 miles away elites in Washington partied with President Obama at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. That’s pretty much all American’s saw from the national media outlets.

Meanwhile, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is drawing fire for fueling her city’s riots. At a press conference on Saturday evening, Rawlings-Blake made a comment that is now getting a lot of attention:

“It’s a very delicate balancing act, because while we tried to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well,” she said.

The ‘space to destroy’ comment became a green light for radical elements within the protesters to loot, burn and riot the city at will. For most of the night, police battled flare-ups around the city.

The city has now officially declared a “state of emergency,” and the National Guard called out. It came after authorities learned through social media that the Nation of Islam brokered a peace agreement between rivals, the Bloods, the Crips and Black Guerrilla Family “to take out law enforcement officers.”

But that’s not how they’re framing the agreement.

“I can say with honesty those brothers demonstrated they can be united for a common good,” said Carlos Muhammad, a minister at Nation of Islam’s Mosque No. 6. “At the rally, they made the call that they must be united on that day. It should be commended.”

More violence erupted after Monday’s funeral for Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old man who died last week from a severe spinal cord injury he suffered in police custody. Gray’s family denounced the violence, saying it was not the way to honor him.

Also on Monday, during another news conference Rawlings-Blake blamed the media for what happened.

“I never said, nor would I ever say, that we are giving people space to destroy our city,” she claimed. “So my words should not be twisted.”

Perhaps the folks of Baltimore ought to listen to Vietnam veteran Robert Valentine, who while being interviewed by CNN, said, “I love my country, I love my charmed city, and I’m an American. I’m not black, white, red, yellow, or nothing; I am American.”

Inspirational words from a real American hero. Mayor Rawlings-Blake ought to take lessons from this man.

Suzanne Crough Condray, 1963-2015

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She starred as the red-headed, freckle-faced Tracy Partridge in the 70’s TV sitcom, “The Partridge Family.” Born March 6, 1963 in Fullerton, California, Suzanne Crough Condray passed away in Laughlin, Nevada, on Monday at the age of 52.

Though she did some TV work including cartoon voiceovers, commercials and a few movies afterwards, she was forever identified with her “Partridge Family” role. In 1993 she told People she was proof that some child stars could leave Hollywood and go on to live a normal life.

“There is life after acting,” Suzanne told the magazine.

But that wasn’t to say she didn’t miss acting from time to time.

“When I saw ‘A League of Their Own,’ I said, ‘I could’ve been in that picture.’ It would’ve been fun.”

Following her role on “The Partridge Family,” Suzanne appeared in several TV shows including “Wonder Woman,” “Mulligan’s Stew,” and “Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway.” Her last on-screen role was in the 1980 film “Children of Divorce.”

“I still say I would love to go back to acting, but after my kids are older,” she said in an online interview in 2000. “You can’t just drop everything and go out on a call and keep a stable life.”

When she appeared on NBC’s “Today Show” with some of her “Partridge” costars in 2010, she revealed she had left the limelight for good and was working as a manager of an Office Max in Arizona.

Suzanne’s husband is attorney William Condray. The couple has two daughters, Samantha and Alexandra, one of whom is getting married this summer.

It’s still unclear what caused her death, but a family member said it was sudden. Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said an autopsy’s scheduled for Wednesday.

Recalling Bill Clinton’s ‘Chinagate’

Before there was Hillary’s Uraniumgate, Bill Clinton hindered investigations into illegal Chinese contributions made to his campaigns by creating bureaucratic roadblocks. In 1995, both the FBI and the CIA found evidence damaging to Clinton, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Chinese.

During the same period the FBI was also investigating technology theft by China. Had the FBI confirmed China’s theft of weapons technology and later transfer of weapons technology to Pakistan, Iran and Syria, Clinton would have had to answer questions about the flow of Chinese money into his political coffers.

The FBI began collecting evidence in 1995 linking illegal DNC donations to China. However, Congress didn’t find out about the Department of Justice’s failure to act until 1997, long after the 1996 election.

Documents show that from 1994 to 1997 the CIA learned China sold missile technology, a nuclear fission reactor, advanced air-defense radar, and chemical agents to Iran. The Chinese also provided Pakistan with 5,000 ring magnets, used in producing weapons-grade uranium and uranium fuel for India’s reactors.

Clinton’s Presidential Decision Directive 24 (PDD 24) placed intelligence-gathering under the control of the President’s National Security Council, through a four-level, top-down chain of command. The directive also created the National Counterintelligence Center (NCI) to oversee the CIA and staffed it by Clinton appointed FBI agents.

The NCI reported to an administration-appointed National Counterintelligence Operations Board (NCOB.) The NCOB reported to the National Intelligence Policy Board, (NIPB) which through the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, reported to Clinton.

Clinton and the DNC weren’t the only ones benefiting from Chinese espionage, acquisition of military technology and campaign contributions. The McDonnell Douglas Corporation transferred military tools to China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corporation in 1994 that ended up in the hands of the Chinese army.

A year later, General Electric lobbied to aid China in replacing coal-fired power stations with nuclear plants. At the same time, GE’s Hughes Electronics pushed for satellite export controls to be lifted which lead to sensitive data finding its way to China allowing it to develop intercontinental and submarine-launched missiles.

Clinton erected his roadblock to stop investigations implicating him and the Democratic Party in illegal activities. These same roadblocks prevented the FBI and CIA from sharing information before 9/11 happened, leading to the deaths of 2,605 Americans.

Nevada to Force Counties to Give Pay Raises

State lawmakers in Nevada want to give a three-percent raise for each of the next four years to elected county officials including sheriffs, district attorneys and clerks. The last time a four-year salary bill passed was in 2007.

This isn’t a smart move since many of Nevada’s 17 county budgets remain on shaky ground.

Senate Bill 482 will also eliminates the ability of county commissioners to set their own salary, by placing them on a similar three-percent salary increase every year. The bill though does allow any elected official to choose not to receive any part of their salary.

It used to be that citizens in the counties in which they live had the final word on what their elected officials got paid. That’s totalitarianism at work for you.

The Tudors of the Ozarks

When a Chinese company sought a 51-percent stake in a tiny Nevada gold mining operation in 2009, it set off a review process in Washington D.C., over concerns about the mine’s proximity to a military installation and the potential for minerals at the site, including uranium, to come under Chinese control. Thankfully, federal officials killed the deal.

However, the path to a Russian acquisition of U.S. uranium deposits which began in 2005, didn’t get the same review. The Russians assumed control of Uranium One in three transactions between 2009 to 2013, after Canadian billionaire Ian Telfer used his family foundation, Fernwood to make four donations to the Clinton Foundation totaling $2.35 million.

His donations included $1 million reported in 2009, the year his company appealed to the American Embassy to help it keep its mines in Kazakhstan; $250,000 in 2010, the year the Russians sought majority control; as well as $600,000 in 2011 and $500,000 in 2012.

He and his business partner Frank Giustra (also a Canadian) gave millions also arranged for a $500,000 speech by Bill Clinton bankrolled by a Russian investment bank, Renaissance Capital which is known to have links to the Kremlin and was promoting Uranium One stock. Those contributions were not publicly disclosed; despite an agreement, Hillary had struck with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors.

A few days later, the deal their company UrAsia Energy Ltd., found approval with the Kazakhstan government. The sale gave the Russians control of one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the U.S and by 2013, 100-percent of Uranium One.

It’s also been learned that 22 of the 37 corporations nominated for a State Department award while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State were also donors to the Clinton family foundation. Cisco was the biggest foundation contributor nominated in 2009, giving the Clinton charity between $1 million and $5 million, winning the award in 2010.

The non-profit company, Tom’s Shoes, also a 2009 winner, donated between $100,000 and $250,000. The other 2009 winner, Trilogy International Partners, gave between $50,000 and $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation.

Another Clinton contributor to win, is candy-maker Mars, Inc. which gave between $25,000 and $50,000. Procter & Gamble also contributed one to five million dollars.

Honored as a finalist in 2010, Coca-Cola shelled out $5-to-10 million donations in donation money. Tiger Machinery, a 2011 finalist, the Russian dealer of Caterpillar, Inc., also gave between $1,000 and $5,000 to the Clinton Foundation.

Nominated each year of Clinton’s time in office, Intel took home the award in 2012, after donating between $250,000 and $500,000. And in 2014, Esso-Angola won after its parent company, Exxon-Mobil gave between $1 and $5 million to the Clinton Foundation.

Overall, seven of the 10 finalists in 2009 were foundation donors. Seven of the 12 finalists for the award in 2011 gave to the charity, while five of the eight finalists and one of the two winners were foundation donors in 2012.

The Clinton family’s charity took in more than $140 million in 2013 but spent just $9 million on direct aid. Their 2013 tax returns show the foundation spent $30 million on payroll and employee benefits; $8.7 million in rent and office expenses; $9.2 million on “conferences, conventions and meetings”; $8 million on fund-raising; and nearly $8.5 million on travel.

National Review’s Jonah Goldberg’s description is dead on, “The Clintons are the Tudors of the Ozarks.”

Sandoval’s New Tax Plan is Same as the Old

It’s easy to spot a Progressive, despite their party affiliation. They’re the ones always more than will to take money out of the business person’s pocket and spread it around for ‘the sake of the children.’

“The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people,” wrote Adolf Hitler in Mein Kampf. “As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.”

For example, Governor Brian Sandoval’s proposal to raise $437 million through a new business license fee that taxes gross revenue recently passed by the state Senate. The bill’s designed to raise more than $437 million to fund K-12 education programs.

For now, business license fees cost $200 dollars per year, regardless of the type of business or how much it generates annually. The proposed business license fee change would go from $200 to $400 for small businesses and more than $4 million for businesses that generate more than $1 billion annually, setting different rates for different industries.

The main rub for most taxpayers is that the plan places a tax on gross revenues. It’s also exactly like the margins tax that voters overwhelmingly voted down in the November election.

Taxing gross revenue was also the downfall of the gross receipts tax during the big tax battle in the 2003 session. In the end, lawmakers approved a modified business tax creating nearly a $1 billion in taxes.

All that 2003 billion dollar tax increase did was to make it harder for small business owners to survive the so-called ‘Great Recession.’ All Sandoval’s plan amounts to is jus’ another way to ‘spread the wealth around.’

As for Nevada’s K-12 school system, at least three things need to happen to make it the best in the nation: eliminate tenure (and union control,) get rid of Common Core (and any other federal programming,) and return to the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic by integrating course lessons.

What Lynch’s Confirmation Means

Once again the Republican-controlled Senate has surrendered its role as defender of the U.S. Constitution as it voted to confirm an attorney general who says illegal aliens have a right to work in the U.S. and partial-birth babies don’t have a right to life. The Senate took two votes on the nomination of Loretta Lynch: first, a “cloture” vote to end debate and allow a final vote on confirmation, and, then, the final vote itself.

Neither of these votes would have taken place had not Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brought her nomination to the floor for consideration. Thanks to a change in Senate Rule XXII that he and Senator Harry Reid pushed through in 2013, only 50 votes were needed instead of the historical 60.

A total of 66 senators voted for cloture — including 20 Republicans — despite a March 2015 Rasmussen poll showing voters were in no big hurry to name Lynch the next U.S. attorney general. In fact, jus’ 33-percent of those asked believed the Senate should confirm her.

At a confirmation hearing in January, Alabama’s Senator Jeff Sessions asked Lynch: “Who has more right to a job in this country? A lawful immigrant who’s here, a green-card holder, or a citizen, or a person who entered this country unlawfully?”

“Well, Senator,” said Lynch, “I believe that the right and the obligation to work is one that’s shared by everyone in this country regardless of how they came here. And certainly, if someone’s here, regardless of status, I would prefer that they be participating in the workplace than not participating in the workplace.”

In 2006, Lynch signed a brief submitted to the Supreme Court in the case of Gonzales v. Carhart, trying to overturn the law that Congress enacted in 2003 banning partial-birth abortion. She claimed the language — including the term “living fetus” — was too vague to be understood by those responsible for obeying it and enforcing it.

Texas Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz opposed her conformation saying: “I would note there are more than a few voters back home that are asking, ‘What exactly is the difference between a Democratic and Republican majority when the exact same individual gets confirmed as Attorney General, promising the exact same lawlessness, what’s the difference?’”

Cruz however did not to vote, later saying “…if the Senate could get 60 votes for cloture, they could get 51 for final confirmation.”

In the end, they confirmed Lynch 56 to 43, with 10 Republicans voting for her.

The U.S. is now ruled by a mix of executive overreach, legislative complicity, judicial collusion, and journalistic dishonesty. All the traditional ways to save our country are blocked by political elitists unconcerned with the rule of law or the U.S. Constitution.

Welcome to the despotism of the de facto one-party state.

Obama the Hypocrite, Breaks Another Promise

President Obama is refusing to call the massacre of Armenians of the Ottoman Empire genocide. White House officials defended his decision saying it’s necessary to maintain the cooperation of Turkey, a NATO ally, in the Middle Eastern conflicts.

“As president I will recognize the Armenian Genocide,” then presidential candidate Barack Obama said in 2008.

Not only did he renege on his word, he proved himself to be a hypocrite as he criticized the Bush administration for recalling an ambassador who used the word genocide.

“Armenian genocide is not an allegation, a personal opinion, or a point of view, but rather a widely documented fact supported by an overwhelming body of historical evidence,” Obama stated January 19, 2008. “The facts are undeniable. An official policy that calls on diplomats to distort the historical facts is an untenable policy.”

California Congressman Adam Schiff, said he was “deeply disappointed” by the president’s decision.

“The United States has long prided itself for being a beacon of human rights, for speaking out against atrocity, for confronting painful chapters of its own past and that of others,” said Schiff. “This cannot be squared with a policy of complicity in genocide denial by the president or Congress.”

“How long must the victims and their families wait before our nation has the courage to confront Turkey with the truth about the murderous past of the Ottoman Empire? If not this president, who spoke so eloquently and passionately about recognition in the past, whom? If not after 100 years, when?” he added.

California has the country’s largest population of people of Armenian descent, with more than 200,000 living in Los Angeles County.

The head of the Armenian National Council of America went further.

“President Obama’s surrender to Turkey represents a national disgrace,” said Ken Hachikian. “It is, very simply, a betrayal of truth, a betrayal of trust.”

No sitting U.S. president has ever used the word “genocide” when speaking of the atrocities committed against Armenians. However, President Ronald Reagan, in 1981, did issue a written proclamation about the “genocide of the Armenians,” but because of diplomatic pressure he dropped all references to the term.

In November 1914, the Ottoman Turks, a Sunni Islamic state, aligned itself with the German Empire and ordered the wholesale slaughter of Christian Armenians. Large-scale massacres were also committed against the Empire’s Greek and Assyrian minorities as part of the same campaign of ethnic cleansing.

Turkey denies the word genocide is the correct term for the mass killings and in recent years been faced with repeated calls to recognize them as genocide, claiming that many people, including Turks died during the war. To date, twenty-three countries have officially recognized the murder of more than 1.5 million people as genocide.

Armenians and others will observe the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the genocide Friday, which began in 1915 and lasted until 1923, long after the world war ended.

Obama’s Foreign Policy Trifecta

President Obama told us before he even got the Democratic nomination in 2008 what he’d do about the threat Iran posed to the U.S. and the world: “Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union,” he said. “They don’t pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us.”

Yes – Obama actually said ‘Soviet Union’ and not Russia. Talk about the ‘80’s wanting their foreign policy back,’ but then again it could have simply been a play of words since he’s done nothing about Russia’s aggression.

Now, the USS Theodore Roosevelt is heading toward the shores of Yemen preparing to intercept any Iranian vessels carrying weapons to Houthi rebels. The aircraft’s deployment comes after a U.N. Security Council resolution imposed an arms embargo on leaders of the Iranian-backed Shiite rebels.

The resolution passed in a 14-0 vote with Russia abstaining. No surprise there.

Once hailed by President Obama as a success story in the U.S.’s effort to combat terrorism, Yemen has since collapsed into chaos. This is because Houthis rebels are getting their arms from Iran, which Tehran and the rebels continue to deny.

This comes after the Obama administration’s announcement of a supposed April 2 deal with Iran to control its nuclear program, which Iran disputes.

Under the reported agreement, Iran gets to store around 1,000 advanced nuclear centrifuges at an underground and fortified one-time military site known as Fordow. By keeping Fordow active, Iran could potentially produce weapons-grade material in less than six months.

Iran is also pushing to prohibit international inspectors from accessing possible military sites until after the U.S. provides real relief from economic sanctions. Iran also refuses to give up its stockpile of enriched uranium, the key part in a nuclear bomb.

But wait – there’s more!

The U.S. State Department still plans to give Iran $30 to $50 billion as a so-called “signing bonus” for agreeing to a nuclear deal later this year. The cash release would come in addition to the more than $11 billion in unfrozen assets that Iran will already have received under an interim nuclear accord reached in 2013.

When asked about the report, State Department Spokeswoman Marie Harf tried to dodge the issue by accusing reporters of getting “spun up” on the issue.  Pressed, Harf finally told reporters that she would “look into it,” then declined “to go line by line in the story,” adding sanctions relief to Iran will continue through June 30.

Don’t believe it’s a trifecta?

Last month, Obama issued and signed an executive order declaring Venezuela a national security threat and ordered sanctions against seven of its officials. Then this month, Obama reversed himself: “Venezuela is not a threat to the U.S. and the U.S. is not a threat to Venezuela,” changing the language of the March 9 executive order he signed.

No wonder our Allies no longer trust us.

The Year 1962 Wants a Redo

While in Panama recently, President Obama said the “cold war was over.” He made this assertion right before he unilaterally decided to drop Cuba from the U.S.’s terror list.

Three years earlier during the 2012 presidential debate Obama and Mitt Romney were asked what they believed the greatest geopolitical threat to the world to be. Romney responded ‘Russia,’ while Obama quipped, “the 1980s are calling, they want their foreign policy back.”

But we now know how wrong Obama is thanks to Lieutenant General Frederick “Ben” Hodges, commander of U.S. Army Europe. Since taking over command last year, Hodges has found himself on the front line of an increasingly nervous stand-off with Russia.

“It’s not an assumption. There is a Russian threat,” Hodges told the UK Telegraph. “You’ve got the Russian ambassador threatening that Denmark will be a nuclear target if it participates in any missile defense program. And when you look at the unsafe way Russian aircraft are flying without transponders in proximity to civilian aircraft, that’s not professional conduct.”

But the threat isn’t limited to the European continent only.

The Soviet Union may have been defeated but the thing known as the ‘Cold War’ has never really gone away. Russia’s Vladimir Putin clearly articulated his sentiments when he called the defeat of the CCCP one of the tragic moments of the 20th century.

And don’t forget, it was Obama who canceled the missile defense shield for Eastern European — a sign of weakness that Putin has exploited. Think about it — Russia now plans to sell the S-300 ground to air missile system to Iran with its range of 185 miles and the Obama Administration is doing nothing to stop it.

“I will tell you this is actually a sale that was slated to happen in 2009,” Obama during at a White House news conference with the Italian Prime Minister. “When I first met with then-Prime Minister Putin, they actually stopped the sale, paused or suspended the sale at our request. And I’m, frankly, surprised that it held this long, given that they were not prohibited by sanctions from selling these defensive weapons.

Obama added, “When I say I’m not surprised — given some of the deterioration in the relationship between Russia and the United States, and the fact that their economy is under strain and this was a substantial sale.”

Reminder: Cuba is still only 90-miles away from the U.S. and Obama is no JFK.

More “Worshipers of the Cross” Murdered

While U.S. church goers wear orange group of Muslim’s tossed 12 Christians overboard during a recent crossing from Libya. Italian police arrested 15 people for the murder aggravated by religious hatred in the high seas assault.

The survivors said they had boarded the small boat April 14 along the Libyan coast with 105 passengers aboard. During the crossing, the Christians from Nigeria and Ghana were threatened by 15 other passengers from the Ivory Coast, Senegal, Mali and Guinea Bissau.

Eventually the threat was carried out and the 12 were pushed overboard.

Survivors said the motive was that the victims “professed the Christian faith while the aggressors were Muslim.” The survivors said to stay on board they formed a “human chain” to resist the assault.

Meanwhile, it’s been learned that ISIL jihadist recently beheaded captive Ethiopian Christians on a beach along Libya’s coast. It mirrors a video released in February showing the beheading 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians on a Libyan beach.

The victims are referred to in a subtitle as “worshippers of the cross belonging to the hostile Ethiopian church.”

Ethiopia is a predominantly Christian country with the religion being introduced in the country the 4th century, making it one of the oldest Christian states in the world. The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church is one of the oldest organized Christian bodies in the world, and more than 40 percent of the population is members of the church.

The video also shows a man dressed in black clutching a pistol stood behind some of the victims. Speaking to the camera, he says: “Muslim blood shed under the hands of your religions is not cheap. To the nation of the cross: We are now back again.”

The video concludes with a warning that Christians won’t be safe unless they embrace Islam or pay protection money. Under Islam’s sharia law dhimmi status is granted to Jews and Christians, who opt not to convert to Islam or die.

It allows them to practice their religion but with restrictions designed to humiliate them into recognizing the ‘superiority’ of Muslims, and in paying a special tax to known as “jizya.” ISIL claims its tax amounts to four grams of gold for the rich, two grams for ‘average’ people and a gram for the poor.

Meanwhile, religious organizations across the U.S. are urging their followers to wear the color orange to bring attention to the plight of those dying for their faith. Maybe it’ll work as well as the hash-tag campaign ‘bring back our girls,’ did for Nigeria.

Life Lesson #18

Stop holding grudges.
Don’t live your life with hate in your heart.
You will end up hurting yourself more than the people you hate.
Forgiveness is not saying, “What you did to me is okay.”
It is saying, “I’m not going to let what you did to me ruin my happiness forever.”
Forgiveness is the answer… let go, find peace, liberate yourself!
And remember, forgiveness is not just for other people, it’s for you too.
If you must, forgive yourself, move on and try to do better next time.

Rediscovering Andy McBeth

For me, it is an exceptional find. At the bottom of box filled with old pictures from Del Norte County, under the flap, I realized there were some pictures, paper-clipped together.

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When I pulled them out, in my hands were photographs that dated back to the mid-20s, though I’m certain they are reprints. At first I had no idea who the people were in the pictures so I set them aside with the intent to return to them at a later date.

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That later date arrived and finally, I unclipped them to discover a faded card stuck in between the photos. The card reads: “The Roberts and the McBeths of Klamath Glen, uranium mining, abt. 1926.”

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After a bit of online searching, I located a collection of pictures within the Humboldt State University photographic achieves that a Ruth Roberts, originally of Piedmont, California, took from 1915 to 1933. Furthermore, she became curator of the Del Norte County Historical Society Museum and the McNulty Pioneer Home in Crescent City, where she lived until she died on November 15, 1967.

As a kid, I didn’t know very much about ‘Old man’ McBeth other than he scared me. He was rough and gruff and didn’t put up with a lot of anything, having even thrown a wrench at me when I screwed up while helping him change the oil on the 1913 fire truck housed at what was then the Yurok Volunteer Fire Department.

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Also as a kid, I remember seeing the two Redwood trees on the McBeth Ranch in the Klamath Glen that were known as the Hanging Trees. Published in the 1950s by Frances Turner McBeth, the book “Lower Klamath Country,” has a lot of great history on Del Norte County.

In it she describes: “In the fall of the year 1861, many of the Indians along the lower Klamath River had left their homes to go up-river and camp while gathering their winter’s supply of acorns. The annual fall pilgrimage was a major event in the life of the easy-going Indian.

Jard and his companions, Magash and brother, together with their women and children, were camped for a time at Tar-tare, a pretty spot of open land up the river from Terwer Valley. While the men hunted and fished, the women and children gathered acorns, smoked and dried the game and fish, and also laid in a supply of materials for basket making.

However, the soldiers had been sent to the Klamath to set up a fort at Terwer. There had been uprisings of the Indians, some of whom were friendly toward the whites.

The fort covered several acres of land lying between the banks of the river and the strip of redwoods that grew at the toe of the mountain. There were commissary buildings, barracks, officers’ quarters, and a lumber mill, well equipped with machinery, as well as vegetable gardens, flower plots, a dairy and work animals.

Everything had been provided to assure the comfort of the several hundred soldiers, officers, and the wives and children of members of the fort.

The floods of the winter of 1861 and 1862 had washed away most of the buildings and the fort was almost wrecked. In places, ten to 15 feet of alluvial soil had been washed out.

Death of a deserter Among the soldiers at the fort had been a man who had formerly been a bridge-builder. He deserted from his company, and not having been” caught, he had gone back to building bridges.

He had finished a wire bridge at Martin’s Ferry, some 40 miles up the river, and had come back down the river on a hunting trip; and was camped at Wats-Kaew. (Wats-Kaew is now known as Joe’s Prairie; it was renamed for the deserter after his death).

Jard, Magash, and his brother must have found the deserter in the clearing. They knew he had money with him; his body was found and it was reported that he had obviously been murdered.

Fort Ter-wer had on its payroll three friendly Indians who acted as scouts and detectives for the Government. One of these men was Chick-a-saw, Jimmie Jack’s grandfather. One was Captain Mike, an uncle of Peter Williams, and the third was Wet- luk, called George by the white men.

The scouts had been up and down the river and had stopped at Tar-tare, where Jard and his party were camping. Seeing no men about, they had inquired about them.

A little girl told the scouts that the men were up on the hill, pointing across the river to Wats-Kaew; the scouts suspected something was not quite right in the camp. It was found out later that the girl had heard her people talking about the murder. At the time she knew that the men had gone back to Wats-Kaew to bury the murdered deserter.

The Indian scouts turned in their reports; weeks went by and the bridge builder did not return to Martin’s Ferry. Suspicion was directed at the party of Indians camped at that time at Tar-tare.

The men of that party had been in hiding on Red Mountain, but a watch was kept on Jard’s home at Ah-loils, on the banks near where Ter-wer Creek empties into the Klamath, and also on the home of Magash, at Hah-paew, a few miles farther down the river, near where the town of Klamath now stands.

The suspected Indians gained confidence and returned to their homes. It was then an easy matter for the officers of the fort, with the assistance of Chic-a-saw, Captain Mike and Wet-luk, the Indian scouts, to take them into custody and place them in the jail at Fort Ter-wer.

Magash, however, escaped from jail and despite flying shots, succeeded by swimming low, in reaching the further side of the river at Yah-quelare, or McGarvey’s Creek, where he hid in the woods, but as he knew his brother was being held for trial, and rather than surrender he separated from him, Magash crossed back to the fort and gave himself up.

Captured and executed Early in 1862, after due military trial, the guilt of the three was established. They were taken into a grove of redwoods near the fort to be executed.

Two redwoods were notched to support the crosspiece, a plank was fixed for the prisoners to stand on, the nooses had been adjusted; but before the plank was taken out from under their feet, they were told to make their last statements, and Jard spoke thus: “Boys, be good and everybody be friends. Let white men and Indians always be brothers.”

When the plank was taken away, the struggles of two of them ceased in a few moments, but Magash, the knot on his neck not having been adjusted properly, threw his arms and legs up over the crosspiece, and the soldiers were obliged to hold him down by the feel until he died, which was at least an hour later.

Fort Terwer was evacuated in June 1962, and the site has grown back to forest land and been converted into farming. The slash mark on the trees can be seen and the names are still plain; the date is clear, but the new growth of bark has slowly covered the main body of the slash.”

She reportedly heard the story from Frank Woods, who had heard it from Starwen Bill, a blind Indian who had lived all of his life on the Klamath. Frank died in 1933.

Bill was a boy of perhaps fourteen at the time of the triple hanging and in 1929 when the story was first related to her, he was probably the only eye-witness of the event still living.  He died in 1935.

How Frances relates to the McBeth clan, I’ve not figured out yet. But I do know she also wrote the history book titled “Pioneers of Elk Valley : Del Norte County, California.”

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The unfortunate part about these pictures is the fact that no one in any of the pictures is individually identified. So I had to do some researching to learn what I could about Andy McBeth and his family.

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He was born Stewart Andrew McBeth, to Charles Perry McBeth and Emma Jane Foster, September 18, 1901 in Arcata, California and died August 5, 1984 in Medford, Oregon, of a brain aneurism. His wife, Thelma Batt McBeth died of liver cancer while living with her sister Nina in Salt Lake City, Utah, on May 2, 1985.

The two separated in 1965, but never divorced.

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They also had a son, Darrel, who had water on the brain and fell from the kitchen sink which worsened the situation and resulted in his death. He was less than three-years-old when he passed away.

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Andrew, Thelma, and Darrell are buried in same grave site, in Crescent City, California.

Thelma and Andy also have a daughter Andrea, who was born December 16, 1947 in Crescent City. She married Richard Lane September 7, 1968 in Klamath, however he died in 1973. She married for a second time to Donald Platsis, whose originally from Berkeley, California.

Harry Reid Calls the Kettle Black

When asked Senator who he believes will be the likely 2016 GOP nominee, Senator Harry Reid didn’t say whether he meant the GOP’s candidates were unable to win, or if he meant his insult as a schoolyard diss.

“I don’t really care,” Reid said in an interview with CNBC. “I think they’re all losers.”

Reid said he would be comfortable with Hillary Clinton as the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, and dismissed the notion the former secretary of state needs a strong candidate to run against her in the Democratic primary. He also really doesn’t want her to have any competition.

“I am not a big fan of primaries,” Reid said. “I don’t think they help, especially when you’re someone as noted as Hillary.”

He said he likes Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, adding that he spoke with Bill Clinton the other day and loves his sincerity.

“I talked to her husband yesterday…I love the way he ends his conversations with me and they’re so sincere,” he said. “’Harry, I love you.’ That’s what he says every time.”

Pressed on whether he would have Vice President Joe Biden sit out the race, Reid would only say that Biden would make that decision.

“I love Joe Biden,” he said. “I could never say a bad word about him. He’s a wonderful human being. He’s been around a long time, he can make that decision on his own, without my advice.”

The 75-year-old Reid said he isn’t sure what he’s going to do after he steps down from the Senate.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do,” he said. “I’m not going to lobby. I’m not going to practice law. But I’ll keep busy. I may want one of your jobs — to be an analyst on TV — and say all these good things that you always say about me.

Reid predicted that Democrats would hold onto his seat in 2016, because of Democratic-leaning constituents such as Latinos. He also called his party’s chance of regaining control of the Senate overall “far better than 50-50.”

Reid acknowledged that not everyone likes him: “I think a lot of people, as I read it, kind of don’t like me as a person. I think that’s unfortunate.”

You ‘think,’ Harry?

Iran’s Long Road to Nuclear Power

This is jus’ a thumbnail sketch of Iran about its convoluted history with the U.S., and is by no means a complete picture.

The Treaty of Commerce and Navigations signed in 1856, was the first diplomatic interaction the U.S. and Persia (now known as Iran) had. The treaty lasted until 1928.

During World War II, Iran’s leader Reza Shah appealed to U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt to halt both British and Soviet forces from invading the country. However, this plea failed to get a response from FDR as the U.S. had not yet entered the war.

Reza Shah stepped down as the Soviets entered Tehran on September 17, 1941. His son, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, replaced him two days later.

In 1951, Mohammed Mosaddeq was appointed Prime Minister by Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Due to internal conflicts Mosaddeq was removed and replace with Ahmad Qavam.

After five days of protests, the Shah dismissed Qavam and re-appointed Mosaddegh, granting him the full control of the military. The Shah then went into exile.

On August 16, 1953, with the aid of the British government and the U.S., a coup was mounted against Mosaddeq. The plan called for the Shah to appoint General Fazlollah Zahedi as prime minister.

The coup failed but after a second coup attempt, the Shah was again the leader of Iran. Zahedi’s role as Iran’s Prime Minister ended in 1955.

The Shah declared and granted an amnesty to dissidents living abroad on October 2, 1978. This included Ayatollah Khomeini, the leader of the 1979 Iranian Revolution which saw the overthrow of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

Following the coup, Khomeini became the country’s Supreme Leader until his death in 1989. He had been exiled on November 4, 1964 for having denounced both the Shah and the U.S.

The Shah of Iran abandoned the throne, fleeing on January 16, 1979. While in exile, President Jimmy Carter allowed the Shah into the U.S. to undergo gall stone surgery.

Because of this a group of Iranian students stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, on November 4, 1979, taking more than 60 Americans hostage. Fourteen hostages were released shortly after the takeover with the remaining hostages freed 444 days later.

Their release was soon followed in 1980 by the Iran-Iraqi War in which the U.S. sold arms to Iraq in its fight against Iran. Three years later 17 Americans were killed at a U.S. Embassy by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah.

On October 23, 1983 — 241 U.S. Marines, sailors and soldiers died in a suicide bombing. Five-years later, the U.S. launched an attack against Iran in retaliation for the Iranian mining of areas in the Persian Gulf, as part of the Iran-Iraq war.

By 1995, the U.S. had placed a trade embargo on Iran which restricted commercial relations with them. These sanctions were imposed by former President Bill Clinton and renewed by President George W. Bush.

In 1996, Iran through Hezbollah bombed the Khobar Towers killing 19 U.S. servicemen and wounding 498 civilians. Then September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Centers, the Pentagon and White House happened.

It was discovered that at least eight of the hijackers passed through Iran, aided by Iranian border guards, and Hezbollah. In January 2002, Bush gave his “Axis of evil” speech, calling Iran and two other countries, an axis of evil and warned that their long-range missiles constituted terrorism and threatened the U.S.

Now, Iran is seeking reestablish the Caliphate. Recent evidence also supports that the Houthi rebels, who are trying to overthrow Yemen’s government, are Iranian-backed.

The Obama Administration and Iran supposedly agreed to a “framework” on April 2, where sanctions on the militant country would be lifted, if it gives up the means to make nuclear weapons. Now officials are trying to work out the final details of a formal agreement, facing a deadline of June 30.

There are also disputes about the reach of inspections of Iran’s nuclear program. That’s because they know they’ve violated all previous agreements for open inspections.

Russia now plans to supply Iran with the Antey 2500 S-300 air defense missile system. Russian president Vladimir Putin gave the green-light after Tehran struck its interim deal with the Obama Administration.

The S-300 is a surface-to-air missile system that can be used against multiple targets including jets, or to shoot down other missiles. It is not clear when the systems would be delivered.

North Korea supplied several shipments of missile components to Iran during the nuclear talks and the transfers violate the United Nations sanctions on both countries. Since September more than two shipments of missile parts have been monitored by U.S. intelligence agencies as they moved from North Korea to Iran.

Finally, the Senate Foreign Relations committee voted to give Congress the power to review any potential Iran nuclear deal in a compromise with the White House. It would give Congress at least 30 days to consider an agreement after it was signed and before Obama could suspend any congressionally mandated sanctions against Iran.

Obama Administration Aiding Terrorists Again

A 2012 U.S. Department of State memo reported “the Government of Cuba continued to provide safe haven to approximately two dozen Basque Fatherland and Liberty (ETA) members.” Furthermore it reads, “In past years, some members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) were allowed safe haven in Cuba and safe passage through Cuba.”

Now Agence France Presse is reporting that FARC guerrillas killed 10 soldiers and injured 20 others in a pre-dawn attack in western Colombia. This the day following President Obama’s announcement that the U.S. would be removing Cuba from its Sponsors of Terror list in order to normalize relations with the communist dictatorship.

So far — our national media remains silent.

The Shocking Truth about Slager’s Taser

As someone consciously weary of the national media, I’m always looking for ways to poke holes in their narrative about so-called ‘hot-button’ issues. And what I’m about to point out is going to piss a lot of people off.

North Charleston, South Carolina Police Officer Michael Slager did lose control of his taser in a struggle with Walter Scott, and this led to Slager shooting Scott. The story of the shooting is full of intentionally missing elements meant to sell this narrative: ‘A White bigoted cop murders innocent, unarmed Black man.’

This is by no means a defense for Slager’s actions, which includes his picking an item up (possibly the taser assembly) and dropping it next to Scott’s body. Rather, I’m attempting to do what the national media hasn’t the guts to try – make an honest examination of all the available information.

Over and over I’ve studied that first ‘shocking’ video. The first time I saw it I could tell there was at least one wire that appeared attached to Slager as he raised his service weapon, aiming at Scott.

It took enlarging it to see that one of the wires is attached to the officer’s upper torso while the second is stuck to his left leg. Furthermore, the wires are still attached to the cartridge, which is on the ground and being dragged behind Scott as he runs away.

This is important to note as the wires have barbs that hold them in place when fired into a subject, in this case Slager. The cartridge on the other hand is usually connected to the taser assembly and in this case, became detached.

Scott had the assembly, which includes the trigger and body of the taser in his hand at one point and this could have been mistaken by Slager as a handgun, who may not have known Scott had tossed the assembly behind the officer. But we don’t know this, as Slager’s statement hasn’t been release, despite it being a public record.

It also appears as if the passenger from Scott’s car and the neighbor who allegedly sold the car to Scott are being kept from the public. And strangely, their statements are missing too.

Furthermore, Scott fled after giving up his driver’s license, thereby easily identifying him. At issue for me, what was so risky to him that he would run?

The Associated Press reported: “Court records show that Walter L. Scott was almost $7,500 behind in child support at the time he was shot and killed by a police officer, but no bench warrant had been issued for him.”

And while it may seem petty, a co-worker of Scott’s said he had purchased the vehicle a week before his death and even put new tires on the vehicle. So in essence, Scott didn’t jus’ buy the car as he told Slager.

Finally, there are the differing statements from Gwen Nichols who said of Slager and Scott, “It wasn’t on the ground rolling. It was like a tussle like…” when Feidin Santana, who filmed the incident with his cell phone, stated the two men were in a “struggle on the ground.” This is a major discrepancy that needs further explanation.

Also bothersome is the fact that Slager was ‘thrown under the bus,’ by both North Charleston’s Mayor Keith Summey and Police Chief Eddie Driggers on the day of the shooting, claiming Slager had “made a bad decision,” then firing him. Couple this to the fact that the self-righteous ‘Reverend’ Al Sharpton has injected himself into the situation, proving the city is on track for a heavy dose of politically motivated race-baiting.

We’re looking at another ‘Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman’ case where a man’s life is about to be tried in the court of public opinion through the national media and its subjective narrative. That’s because the Scott family has hired Ryan Julison, the man who invented the phrases “Skittles and Iced Tea,” and “White-Hispanic.”

Illegal Border Crossing’s Not Jus’ for Kids Anymore

Our southern border’s being used not only by illegal aliens but by foreign operatives, too. Agent’s stopped 31-year-old Iraqi man while illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border on February 12, 2015.

Ahmed Adnan Taha Al Khafaji told authorities that he spoke fluent Russian, lived in Crimea before the Russian invasion and had a brother in New York City. He also said that a Ukrainian paid $4,000 for him to get to the U.S., however, he refused to identify the Ukrainian.

A public statement provided by Border Patrol at the time of the man’s apprehension stated, “On Thursday, February 12, 2015, RGV (Rio Grande Valley) Border Patrol Agents encountered an adult Middle Eastern male south of Pharr, Texas. The subject was taken into custody and transported to the Border Patrol station for further processing. The subject was setup for Expedited Removal back to his country of origin and transferred to the custody of ICE/ERO.”

The agent responsible for interviewing him expressed concerns that was a Russian operative. A spokesman for the Rio Grande Valley Sector responded, “All record checks were conducted, our federal partners did interview the subject with no derogatory information being found.”

Worse yet, this isn’t the first time this has happened.

Ten terror suspects with affiliations to ISIL, al-Shabab and Al-Itihaad al-Islamiya got caught in September 2014 crossing into Texas. The men flew from the Middle East to Mexico, where they paid a smuggler to take them across the border, then on to New York City when captured.

The Department of Homeland Security released a statement denying they were terrorists:

“The suggestion that individuals who have ties to ISIL have been apprehended at the Southwest border is categorically false, and not supported by any credible intelligence or the facts on the ground. DHS continues to have no credible intelligence to suggest terrorist organizations are actively plotting to cross the southwest border.”

Note that jus’ because Border Patrol processes a person that doesn’t mean Immigration and Customs Enforcement actually deports them. Meanwhile, only four in ten people crossing the border illegally get caught, so there’s no telling how many foreign operatives and terrorists have found their way into the U.S.

Life Lesson #17

Stop complaining and feeling sorry for yourself.
Life’s curveballs are thrown for a reason — to shift your path in a direction that’s meant for you.
You may not see or understand everything the moment it happens, and it may be tough.
But reflect back on those negative curveballs thrown at you in the past.
You’ll often see that eventually they led you to a better place, person, state of mind, or situation.
So smile!
Let everyone know that today you are a lot stronger than you were yesterday, and you will be.

Celebrating Nevada’s Great Mugwump

Wikipedia reads: “The Mugwumps were Republican political activists who bolted from the United States Republican Party by supporting Democratic candidate Grover Cleveland in the United States presidential election of 1884.”

It’s fitting.

The newest exhibit at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City explores the early years of Nevada’s longest-serving State Senator, William J. Raggio. He spent 38 years in the State Senate, 18 years in the District Attorney’s Office and supported Senator Harry Reid in 2010 before dying two-years later at the age of 85.

There are hundreds of pieces that will eventually join the collection but the first part of the exhibit focuses on Raggio’s early life, especially his time as a Boy Scout. The museum is also in the process of cataloging the rest of his collection.

Meanwhile, other pieces of Nevada’s history are falling into disrepair. Some of them are to be found within the Department of Transportation building, where the roof leaks, birds defecate and mice chewed on others, leaving their droppings and bodies in and around historical items.

The state agency’s seen its budget cut nearly in half in recent years and a request for funding to find a permanent home for items not now on display was left out of the budget Governor Brian Sandoval presented to the legislature earlier this year. Sad to think that a horse-drawn buggy from the 1880’s that travelled Nevada’s old dirt tracks is less important than item’s displayed to deify a modern-day Progressive politician.

Harry Reid’s Monument to Political Patronage

“Yucca Mountain is dead,” Senator Harry Reid said in a radio interview the day he announced his retirement.

For more than a decade, Reid used his leadership position to block Yucca Mountain, which Congress designated as the nation’s permanent disposal site for high-level nuclear waste in 1987.  This despite more than 65,000 metric tons of spent fuel being stored near reactors in 33 states, an amount expected to double in 30 years.

Since there is no permanent disposal facility, spent fuel from the nation’s nuclear reactors, ‘enough to fill a football field 17 meters deep’ will double to 140,000 by 2055 when all the current operating reactors are to be ‘retired.’

A National Law Journal reports adds that the Department of Energy (DOE) spent $929 million in 2014 that “to settle breach-of-contract claims involving the storage of spent nuclear fuel.”  The federal Judgment Fund, described as a “permanent, indefinite appropriation, exempt from annual congressional approval,” covers the cost of this litigation.

All of this goes back to Reid, who ‘handpicked’ Gregory Jaczko to be the chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 2009. Jaczko has done everything to block Yucca Mountain and as a result the federal government has continually been in breach of contract.

The DOE paid more than $4 billion over the past four years for these contract breaches . And until recently has collected about $759 million a year from companies to fund the repository, until a federal appellate court halted the collections because there wasn’t a waste repository being built.

Jaczko eventually resigned after withholding information to keep plans for Yucca Mountain from advancing.

Reid also helped convince President Obama to drop the Bush administration’s defense of the application for Yucca, and create a policy that any nuclear waste site needs the consent of the local and state governments. This decision not only kept 72,000 tons of highly radioactive waste spread across the U.S. at a stand still, the closure of the site cost $12 billion by the time of its shutdown.

The Reid-Obama deal forced nuclear power plants to build temporary (40 years) on-site spent-fuel storage structures to keep operating. These ‘temporary’ facilities cost ratepayers millions of dollars since they have to be guarded for as long as used nuclear fuel is present.

In return, Reid blocked nearly all amendments to legislation to shield Obama from having to veto bills. Because of this, Reid also effectively nullified the Senate’s constitutional function.

Harry Reid’s gets a Brotherly Smackdown

“The band broke, and it catapulted me backwards onto one side,” explained Senator Harry Reid. “I crashed into a series of cabinets we have and, fortunately, it missed my temple by just a little tiny bit and it hit me on my right eye and it broke a number of bones around my eye and broke four ribs.”

But does anybody really believe the story about what happened between him and his exercise equipment? After all, Harry Reid is an admitted liar with no shame.

That’s because Harry Reid’s bathroom in his Henderson home has glass shower panels from floor to ceiling and aren’t sturdy enough to be used as an anchor for an exercise band. Furthermore, the distance between the shower door and cabinets isn’t wide enough to do the kind of resistance band exercises Reid claims he was doing.

There is, however another possibility and this one involves Harry’s younger brother Larry.

Witnesses say Larry came to an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting between 10:00 and 11:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve (December 31, 2014) in Henderson, Nevada.  He had blood on his clothes, a swollen left hand and told fellow AA members that he’d been in a fight with a family member and was afraid the Secret Service was going to arrest him.

Though Larry was later arrested by the Nevada Highway Patrol on February 4, 2015 for DUI, he’s has yet to be asked what happened between him and his older brother on New Years Eve.  Meanwhile, Harry insists his security detail was with him New Year’s Day at his home when he injured himself and they took him to St. Rose Dominican Hospital.

However, his security detail has yet to verify the events, including the date and time of the incident and the date and time they took him to the hospital. More specifically, these three questions need to be answered:

  • Was Harry Reid assaulted?
  • Why isn’t the FBI investigating?
  • Who’s obstructing justice?

Reid says he’s now permanently blind in his right eye. Meanwhile, his office continues to decline answering any further questions about the accident.

DHS Bows to Harry Reid’s Will

A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General says the deputy secretary of the DHS pushed through visas for foreigners investing in Las Vegas’ SLS Hotel and Casino project (formerly known as the Sahara Casino) at the request of Senator Harry Reid, whose son Rory Reid was, at the time, a partner in Nevada’s largest law firm, Lawson, Sawyer, and Collins.

The younger Reid represented Stockbridge/SBE Holdings as it readied to convert the old Sahara it purchased in 2007 into the new SLS Hotel and Casino. The timing of Rory’s legal representation in 2012 and into 2013 coincides with the dates of his father’s efforts to have DHS to speed up the EB-5 visas critical to SLS.

Over a dozen people stepped forward to say Harry Reid pressured then-U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas in January 2013 into pushing through visas to for Stockbridge/SBE Holdings Chinese investors even though the department advised against it.

Reid claimed it’s his job to press the federal government to speed up decisions on his constituents’ needs. However, an executive for one of the main companies involved in the hotel project donated more than $127,000 to Democratic political causes over the last three election cycles.

Reid also brushed aside reports saying he exerted political influence to win visas for investors who would have otherwise been turned down.

“The Homeland Security report came from a bunch of whiners at the Department of Homeland Security,” Reid told Nevada’s KNPR radio.

Created by Congress in 1990, the EB-5 program’s designed to attract investors willing to risk capital in ventures to create jobs in the U.S. Would-be investors who have at least $500,000 bankrolled in a new U.S. business can apply.

The USCIS is the agency within the DHS responsible for reviewing all EB-5 visa applications. The USCIS approves private companies, like American Dream Fund, hired by Stockbridge/SBE Holdings in 2007, to serve as Regional Centers, authorized to present EB-5 visa petition requests.

American Dream Fund, which focuses on Chinese EB-5 investors, is an investment associate of The Harris Group, a unit of the Marcus & Millichap Real Estate company. Marcus & Millichap CEO George Marcus has contributed to Reid’s campaigns and is a major contributor to Reid’s Senate Majority PAC.

Marcus contributed $5,000 to the Senate Majority PAC, according to FEC records on August 12, 2012. A month later, on September 11, 2012, Marcus contributed an additional $200,000.

Then in late 2013 and early January 2014, Marcus contributed an additional $1,250,000 to the Senate Majority PAC and by February 2014, with all the EB-5 visas approved, the $115 million of low-cost junior debt raised, construction on the SLS Hotel and Casino began. The hotel and casino opened its doors seven months later in August 2014.

On a related note, in August 2012, Reid arranged a meeting between then-Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez.  During that meeting, Menendez pleaded for leniency on behalf Dr. Salomon Melgen, whose accused of overbilling Medicare by nearly $9 million.

Interestingly, Reid arranged the meeting right after Melgen donated $300,000 to Reid’s Senate Majority PAC. By the end of 2012, Melgen’s donations to the Senate Majority PAC totaled $700,000.

Menendez has since been indicted on charges of accepting nearly a million dollars in gifts and campaign contributions from Melgen in exchange for political favors. The public interest group Cause of Action is now calling on the Department of Justice to launch a criminal investigation into Reid’s intervention in the DHS EB-5 visa program.

Oddly enough, last year Menendez interceded for an Ecuadorian woman banned from traveling to the U.S. because of visa fraud.

Estafania Isaias’ relatives gave $11,000 to Menendez’s campaign, more than $125,000 to the Obama Victory Fund and another $105,000 to the Democratic National Committee. Shortly afterwards, Menendez contacted Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who recommended the DHS approve the visa waiver — which it did.

Harry Reid’s ‘Green Energy’ Cronyism

Senator Harry Reid’s former staffers and a current campaign operative received billions of dollars in federal ‘green energy’ stimulus money as a result of Reid’s advocacy. Reid’s top political strategist, Rebecca Lambe founded the Clean Energy Project (CEP) in 2008 and served as its executive director and is now an adviser to CEP.

Meanwhile, his former chief of staff Susan McCue served as CEP’s president and is a member of its board. Both McCue and Lambe also run Senate Majority PAC, a Super Pac with close ties to Reid that spent $67 million to elect Senate Democrats last year.

Reid also helped ‘green energy’ companies like Nevada’s Ormat Technologies secure $350 million in loan guarantees. This ties into another former Reid aide and CEP executive director, Lydia Ball.

While on Reid’s staff, Ball was in charge of advising Nevada companies on how to get financing through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. She helped organize Reid’s annual National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, also cosponsored by CEP.

California biofuel company Fulcrum Bioenergy attended last year’s summit, where Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a $105 million grant for the company. Fulcrum Bioenergy contributed to CEP in 2013 and 2014.

The Defense Department awarded it another $70 million two weeks later and Reid took credit.

“Senator Reid wrote Secretary Hagel in support of Fulcrum’s grant application earlier this year,” his office said.

The Center for American Progress (CAP) has also sponsored the summit since its creation in 2008. CAP’s founder and former chairman John Podesta was a CEP board member until September 2013 and the 2014 summit’s keynote speaker.

The Podesta Group, the lobbying firm founded by Podesta and his brother Tony, began representing Fulcrum in April 2014, five months before that year’s CEP summit. The $175 million in federal grants soon followed.

Ormat donated to CEP while the company’s chairman Yoram Bronicki donated to Reid. CEP listed Ormat as a donor in 2012, a year after Reid helped it get a $350 million loan guarantee and nearly $100 million in federal financing for Nevada Geothermal, which claims Ormat as a contractor.

Also working on behalf of Ormat is Cassidy and Associates, a lobbying firm and CEP donor who has former Reid staffer Lambe as a senior adviser. Meanwhile, Cassidy lobbyist Kai Anderson, Reid’s former deputy chief of staff, has continued to represent the company since April 2009.

Another former Reid aide working to secure financing was Paul Thomsen, then Ormat’s in-house lobbyist. He’s a former lobbyist for Lionel Sawyer & Collins where all four of Reid’s sons have worked along with CEP board member and former Reid staffer Brent Heberlee.

Two years ago, two former Ormat Technologies employees filed a lawsuit claiming the company lied to the Treasury Department to get more than $130 million in federal grants. The focus of the lawsuit is the federal help provided to Ormat through Treasury’s section 1603 which provided grants to owners of commercial solar property.

Former Ormat asset manager Tina Calilung and former business development administrator, Jamie Kell, say the company falsified documentation to get and keep the financing. Ormat obtained nearly $123 million for its California-based North Brawley geothermal plant even though it had already “began producing, selling, and delivering electricity in 2008, before the grant application window.”

Kell also says she had to withdraw a Freedom of Information Act request in November 2012 after Ormat threatened to take away her health insurance while undergoing breast cancer treatment. Her FOIA request dealt with the Puna geothermal plant in Hawaii, where Ormat’s accused of submitting a false application for funds.

Another CEP donor, SolarReserve is among the companies that took advantage of Reid’s aid in securing financing. Reid pushed the Department of Energy in 2010 to speed approval of a $737 million loan guarantee for the company’s Nevada manufacturing facility.

Nevada’s largest utility and a CEP donor, NV Energy got a $138 million stimulus package through Reid, who also helped extend solar power tax credits to another CEP donor, SolarCity. Recently, SolarCity opened a second operations center in Vegas.

Amonix, a solar company and CEP donor, received almost $6 million in tax credits federal backing after Reid intervened on its behalf of the company’s Las Vegas production plant in 2010. The company closed the plant in 2012.

Reid also helped McKinney James client Bombard Renewable Energy, which includes CEP donor, Valley Electric Association. McKinney James sits on the board of MGM Resorts International, a 2014 sponsor of Reid’s ‘green energy’ summit.

Boycotting Indiana is Fraught with Hypocrisy

Let me see if I have this straight –

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, does business in Saudi Arabia and is working over time to strike a business deal with Iran, countries that execute people for being homosexual.  Mind you, Cook, a homosexual himself, literally wouldn’t be allowed to live in the countries listed above.

Walmart CEO Doug McMillon does business with China, where homosexuality is handled by so-called “conversion” shock treatment.  Other companies boycotting Indiana include Smallbox, Salesforce, and Angie’s List.

All these businesses have one thing in common — they work with businesses that have outlets in places like Saudi Arabia, where homosexuality is punishable by death.

Seattle is also boycotting Indiana despite the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle holding a planned event April 22 celebrating doing business in Iran. That’s a country where homosexuals are routinely hanged publicly from cranes.

Meanwhile in San Francisco, with its myriad of Saudi holdings, including the Fairmont San Francisco Hotel, they are boycotting Indiana. Also to be noted is the fact that the San Francisco Global Trade Council routinely performs ‘missions to China’ and works with the “Mayor’s Office of International Trade and Commerce.”

And the state of Connecticut which already has its own ‘Religious Freedom Restoration Act,’ is boycotting Indiana, too. Then again so do 17 other states around the U.S. and Progressives have yet too call for their boycott as well.

Finally, Progressives used to be the one’s crying about the doomed world that nuclear energy and arms are creating for ‘our children.’ Yet, nary-a-word from them as the Obama Administration inks a deal with Iran to allow that regime to proliferate enriched weapons grade uranium for purposes of peace.

And to think — these hypocrites believe states passing laws protecting religious freedom are discriminatory. Someone ought to ask the man swinging by his neck in Iran what he thinks about all this boycotting.

Johnson, Evinrude and Mercury

As a kid in Klamath, California – many of my summer days were spent sneaking off to the river to go swimming, fishing and if I could find a boat unattended, I’d steal it and take a quick zip up and down the water way. I hadn’t thought about my juvenile delinquent activities in years, until I found some outboard motor advertisements from 1975.

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The original Johnson Outboards were made by the Johnson Brothers Motor Company of Terre Haute, Indiana. The company was destroyed by a tornado in March 1913 and relocated to South Bend, Indiana and then Waukegan, Illinois.

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Evinrude Outboard Motors was created by Ole Evinrude in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1907. Evinrude was born in Gjøvik, Norway on April 19, 1877; five years later, his family emigrated to the U.S. settling near Cambridge, Wisconsin.

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Founded in 1939, Mercury is a division of Brunswick of Lake Forest, Illinois. The company began when engineer Carl Kiekhaefer purchased a small outboard motor company in Cedarburg, Wisconsin with the intention of making magnetic separators for the dairy industry.

First, I never knew of any other brands back in the mid-70’s and secondly, I can’t believe I used to do shit like that.

2004 Reno Cold Case Murder Solved

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It’s been nearly 11-years since preschool teacher Kyla Annan was found dead in her home in Reno. Francisco Merino-Ojeda has been on open murder, sexual assault and burglary in the first degree, followed a three-month investigation.

Twenty-one at the time of the murder, he was arrested in Santa Ana, California after a DNA sample obtained from local police matched DNA found at Kyla home. Earlier this year, someone reached out through Secret Witness, claiming to have information on a possible suspect.

Since January, police have worked with the FBI and detectives in Southern California to collected Merino-Ojeda’s DNA. It matched the samples collected from the autopsy and the clothing and he was arrested on March 11.

After writing an article updating the case on February 6, 2015, I was contacted by Kyla’s father, Steve. He told me that some one had been arrest after confessing to the crime, but didn’t give me any further details. I spoke to the RPD, who refused to confirm Steve’s claim and I even forwarded a message to Secret Witness, encouraging them to update their website about Kyla, if indeed an arrest had been made.

Now, I understand.

It was Thursday, April 2 that I heard an arrest had been made in a 10-year-old cold case and that the man was sitting in the Washoe County Jail. I made the connection at that time, because as far as I know there was only one decade old unsolved murder in the area.

It was September 13, 2004, when Kyla reported to police that an intruder broke into her home while she and her boyfriend slept. The burglar and taken off his clothing, placed his hand over the mouth of Annan’s boyfriend and fled after the boyfriend chased him.

Ten-days later, Kyla was found dead in her home by her boyfriend. She was last seen three days prior working in her garden.

During the course of the investigation over 150 DNA samples were voluntarily collected from men in the area and from known associates of Kyla’s. None of the samples matched the FBI’s records.

I’m glad they caught the bastard responsible and I pray Kyla’s parents and other family members can now move on with their lives.

Harry Reid Finally Admits He’s a Liar

Now that Nevada’s Senator Harry Reid has announced his retirement, he’s giving interviews about his so-called career. Recently he admitted that he lied from the Senate floor about former presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Back in 2012, Reid accused Romney, without any evidence, of not paying any taxes. Reid even said that Romney’s father “must be so embarrassed about his son” Mitt because George Romney turned over 12-years of tax returns ahead of his 1968 presidential run.

Reid then told the Huff-Po that an unnamed, unverifiable Bain investor claimed that Romney was a “tax evader.”

“Now, do I know that that’s true? Well, I’m not certain. But obviously he can’t release those tax returns. How would it look? … You guys have said his wealth is $250 million. Not a chance in the world. It’s a lot more than that. I mean, you do pretty well if you don’t pay taxes for 10 years when you’re making millions and millions of dollars.”

Then from the Senate floor, he raved:

“So, the word’s out that he hasn’t paid any taxes for 10 years. Let him prove that he has paid taxes, because he hasn’t. We already know from one partial tax return that he gave us, he has money hidden in Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and a Swiss banking account. Mitt Romney makes more money in a single day than the average middle-class family makes in two years or more.”

When reporters demanded Reid provide a source for this allegation, he refused to elaborate further, saying that “a number of people” told him Romney didn’t pay taxes and, “I don’t think the burden should be on me. The burden should be on him. He’s the one I’ve alleged has not paid any taxes. Why didn’t he release his tax returns?”

Reid defended his lies on CNN, responding, “Romney didn’t win, did he?”

He honestly doesn’t care that what he said wasn’t true as he has the law on his side. Even though Reid made slanderous statements about Romney he cannot be sued for them.

Article I, Section 6 of the U.S. Constitution states that members of Congress shall “be privileged from arrest during their attendance at the session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any speech or debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other place.” The only exceptions to this rule are for treason, felonies and “breach of the peace.”

The 75-year-old Reid’s admission feels like junior high school logic, therefore wouldn’t it be so adolescent if his pants really did catch fire?

‘Black Lives Matter’ Shows Its True Colors

Boston Police Officer John Moynihan, who was honored by President Obama in May 2014, pulled over a group of suspected gang members. He didn’t have his service weapon drawn, but Angelo West shot him in the face anyway.

West, in return was shot and killed by six other officers.

But of course, some people are fomenting trouble because West was a Black man. And apparently, the fact that he shot an officer in the face without provocation, doesn’t matter.

In fact, using #BlackLivesMatter, some people believe the other officers should have considered West’s skin color before retaliating.  Still others complained about how long West’s body lay in the street after the shooting.

Shortly following the shootings, the Boston chapter of Black Lives Matter held a “People of Color ONLY” meeting about West’s death. One activist, Joao DePina said he left the meeting after being confronted for pointing out how the discussion focused too much on the shooting and not on how to improve police and community relations.

Daunasia Yancey of Black Lives Matter Boston dismissed DePina’s complaint, claiming he was only in the meeting briefly. She added that the group has not yet formed a position on the shooting, but that one will be released in the days to come, along with any protest plans.

It doesn’t matter to them that West is a career criminal who tried to kill police officers during a 2001 shootout. He only survived the incident because officers refused to shoot the armed man as he tried to goad officers into doing so.

On the other hand, community leaders, including Black ministers and politicians praised Boston police for sharing the video of the shooting with them — the footage they say exonerates officers. Meanwhile they called for such cooperation to become routine in police-involved shootings.

Moynihan is recovering from what doctors consider to be a “successful” surgery to remove a bullet from his neck. He’s now in stable condition and expected to fully recover.

The 34-year-old former U.S. Army Ranger and Iraq war vet was honored by the White House as one of ‘America’s Top Cops’ for his role in saving the life of a transit officer during a gunfight with the Boston Marathon bombers in April 2013. He received the departments Medal of Honor for his actions.

It takes a very special person like Officer John Moynihan to be willing to risk so much for people who care so little.

Progressives Decry the Law they Created

Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), guarantees an individual right to conduct business without ‘substantially burdening their ability to exercise their religion.’ In other words, it allows a person to use the law as a defense in private litigation and sets a standard by which cases involving religious objections are to be judged.

This should be a non-event as “Religious Freedom,” is a cornerstone of this American nation. Furthermore, Indiana’s RFRA is based on a 1993 Federal Act, sponsored by Senator Ted Kennedy, and signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

The 1993 law was in response to the Supreme Court’s Employment Division v. Smith (1990), which determined the state could deny unemployment benefits to a person fired for violating a state law forbidding peyote use, even though the use of the drug was part of a religious ritual. The federal RFRA “prohibits substantial burdens on religious exercise unless the government can show a compelling interest in burdening religious liberty and does so through the least restrictive way possible.”

Progressives claim there are several differences in the Indiana law from the federal RFRA pointing to Section 9. Under that section, a “person” whose “exercise of religion has been substantially burdened, or is likely to be substantially burdened” can use the law as “a claim or defense…regardless of whether the state or any other governmental entity is a party to the proceeding.”

That’s the rub – Progressives don’t want to go a lawsuit alone – they want the federal or state government to be forced to pick up the banner in their ‘social rights’ crusade. In the end, Indiana’s RFRA does not give businesses a “license to discriminate” against the LGBT community, but rather forces the state to work within a narrow legal limit giving businesses a defense against federal and state lawsuits.

It also prevents the state from doing what the New Mexico Supreme Court did to “Elaine Photography” when it ruled that state’s RFRA only applied in cases where the government interfered with religious freedom. The court rejected photographer Elaine Huguenin’s argument in which she stated her refusal to take pictures at a homosexual wedding did not discriminate against same-sex customers, but rather violated her religious beliefs.

RFRA protects the rights of everyone, regardless of their religious affiliation or lack thereof. In other words, not only can the Christian owner of a bakery refuse to make a wedding cake for a homosexual couple, but the Black owner of a print-shop can’t be forced to produce fliers for the Ku Klux Klan, the Jewish owner of a gift shop can rightly refuse to put swastikas on coffee mugs and the American Indian cannot be denied a hallucinate to be used in his religious rituals.

Sad, that no one seems to believe in letting people live their lives as each sees fit anymore.