Message

We were sitting in Hunan’s, a Chinese restaurant in Arcata, California.  At the bottom of the menu, I saw something that puzzled me.

Holding up the menu, I pointed at the words, asking Cathy, “Does ‘no message,’ mean there’s no fortune in the cookies, or something?”

She looked at me, studying my face to see if I was serious. It didn’t take her long to figure out that I was really sincere about what I was asking.

“That doesn’t mean ‘message,’ she responded.

“Yeah,” I argued, “that’s the abbreviation for the word, ‘message.’”

Cathy smiled, “M-S-G means monosodium glutamate, not ‘message.’”

She had to excuse herself from the table for a few minutes in order to regain her composure.  I could not help hearing her in the women’s room, laughing.

The Clinton’s ‘Golden’ Touch

The Soccer Cup scandal’s now connected to the Clinton Foundation. In fact, Bill served as the honorary chairman of the U.S. committee that worked unsuccessfully to win the right to host the 2022 World Cup while Qatar, its organizing committee and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) donated between $1.3 million and $5.55 million to the Clinton’s.

FIFA’s $50,000 to $100,000 donation was a membership fee to take part in the annual Clinton Global Initiative event in 2009 and 2010. Shortly afterwards, the FIFA announced it would build 20 community centers in Africa in association with the South African World Cup in 2010.

As for Qatar 2022, a foundation official said the organization was a CGI sponsor in 2013. It remains unclear however, how much of the $250,001 to $500,000 changed hands before December 2010, when Qatar won the rights to host the event.

The government of Qatar, a prominent backer of Hamas, alone gave at least $1,000,000 and maybe as much as $5,000,000. The money, according to the Clinton Foundation website, is for “research and development for sustainable infrastructure at the 2022 FIFA World Cup to improve food security in Qatar, the Middle East, and other arid and water-stressed regions throughout the world.”

Bill traveled to Zürich in 2010, hoping to secure the rights for the U.S. to host the 2022 tournament – however FIFA chose Qatar instead. At a conference the next day, he attributed the decision to FIFA’s wish to “make soccer a world sport.”

The Clinton’s and their so-called philanthropic organization have been under scrutiny since February after learning Bill cashed in on lucrative speeches in exchange for official favors from the State Department, which Hillary ran from 2009 to 2013.

Under Hillary, the State Department approved $165 billion worth of commercial arms sales to 20 nations whose governments have given money to the Clinton Foundation. She also authorized $151 billion of separate Pentagon-brokered deals for 16 of the countries that donated to the Clinton Foundation.  In all, governments and corporations involved in the arms deals approved by Hillary have delivered between $54 million and $141 million to the Clinton Foundation.

Meanwhile, Progressives are more concerned with the fact that Hillary has ties to the company Monsanto and is endorsing genetically modified foods.

The Real Threat to National Security

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court’s injunction ordering a complete stop to President Obama’s executive order providing amnesty to illegal aliens already in the U.S. The order also puts a stop to ‘delayed deportation,’ saying wasn’t an executive order by Obama, but rather memorandum issued by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson at the president’s direction.

The administration argued that the injunction was unlawful, claiming a single court shouldn’t be able to impose it’s will on a nationwide program implemented by executive order. It also argued that the 26 states suing to stop Obama’s action were not suffering any real damage which gives them standing to sue the federal government.

The court saw it differently: “The district court found that Texas would lose at least $130.89 on each license it issues to a DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents) beneficiary, and the United States does not dispute that calculation on appeal. It is well established that a financial loss generally constitutes an injury so Texas is likely to meet its burden.”

The Obama Administration claims that the hold is a hazard to reforming the immigration system, will damage the economy and worse — is a threat to national security.

“The president’s actions were designed to bring greater accountability to our broken immigration system, grow the economy, and keep our communities safe,” White House spokeswoman Brandi Hoffine said in a statement.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton praised the decision in a statement, saying Obama tried to force “a drastic change in immigration policy” and that it’s “a victory for those committed to preserving the rule of law in America.”

“We will continue to fight the brazen lawlessness that has become a trademark of the Obama administration,” he added.

Meanwhile, Obama has shown he doesn’t care what the court ordered, telling a crowd in Miami that “he will move ahead with his executive action on immigration and vowed that his administration will become even more aggressive in the weeks and months to come.”

Recently, it’s been learned that the Obama Administration violated an injunction issued in February by approving about 2,000 amnesties even after the court ordered its halt. Worse yet is the fact that Congress passed an appropriation bill allowing Obama to use taxpayer money to carry out his Executive Order-driven program.

Obama’s lawlessness and Congresses compliance – these are the real the threat to our National Security as both willfully disregard the U.S. Constitution.

Demilitarization and State Rights

“We need the Justice Department to step in and take over policing in this country. In the 20th century, they had to fight states’ rights in, to get the right to vote,” Al Sharpton recently said “We’re going to have to fight states’ rights in terms of closing down police cases.”

This isn’t the first time Sharpton has called for sidestepping of the 10th Amendment.

“States rights has (sic) always been the enemy of civil rights. The idea of the civil rights movement was for the federal government to protect citizens, not leave them alone,” Sharpton said in 2011 during the NAACP State Convention.

The Tenth Amendment of the Constitution delegate’s authority to the people: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”

Calls for a federal takeover align with earlier comments made by Barack Obama when he was originally running for president in 2008.

“We have got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, and just as well-funded.”

Shortly after Sharpton’s call for a nationalized police force, Obama has decided to end the federal transfers of some combat-style gear to local law enforcement.

“We’ve seen how militarized gear can sometimes give people a feeling like there’s an occupying force, as opposed to a force that’s part of the community that’s protecting them and serving them,” Obama said. “It can alienate and intimidate local residents and send the wrong message.”

This comes after the White House defended the Department of Defense’s 1033 Program, in December 2014, which distributed $18 billion worth of military equipment to local police in the past five-years. The program’s authorized by Congress each year.

The Obama administration has continued a move began during the Clinton era to federalize state and local police. Earlier this year Obama introduced a “Task Force on 21st Century Policing” that developed a report that imposes federal standards and state and local police.

Among the report’s recommendations is a call for more police officers, training “on the importance of de-escalation of force,” and “positive non-enforcement activities” to promote police trust like Camden, New Jersey did — “sending an ice cream truck across the city for Mother’s Day treats.”

Meanwhile Operation Jade Helm continues in nine U.S. states through mid-September.

Worse Than Watergate

The first claim was that the U.S. was in Libya to conduct diplomatic efforts as a result of the Arab Spring which ousted the Qaddafi government at the time. While true, it’s now known that the Obama administration was also there to speed up the secret shipping of arms and munitions to anti-Assad rebels in Syria.

Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) documents, dated September 12, 2012, the day after the Benghazi terror attack, say the attack was planned on or before September 1, 2012 by the Brigades of the Captive Omar Abdul Rahman (BCOAR) terror group. BCOAR is a branch of al Qaeda.

It was sent out to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, and well before the President Obama’s U.N. address on September 25th, blaming the attack on “The Innocence of Muslims” YouTube video.

The report also came out ahead of Hillary Clinton blaming the same YouTube video while she delivered her remarks at a state funeral held September 15th. And before Susan Rice’s now-famous Sunday talk show tour on September 16th.

The documents show that the Obama administration was well aware that Benghazi was a terrorist attack from the beginning. However, the State Department punished Gregory Hicks, the number two diplomat in Libya for being a so-called whistleblower anyway.

And now it’s confirmed that the Obama Administration ran guns from Benghazi to Syria before the attack. Furthermore, U.S. intelligence was fully aware of the weapon running scheme as another DIA memo dated September 16, 2012 and copied to the National Security Council, CIA, reads in part:

“Weapons from the former Libya military stockpiles were shipped from the port of Benghazi, Libya, to the Port of Banias and the Port of Borj Islam, Syria,” says the document,  noting  “The weapons shipped during late-August 2012 were [500] sniper rifles, [100] RPGs, and [400] 125 mm and 155 mm howitzers missiles.”

The document was circulated to top administration officials, including then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, four days before U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice went on several national television shows claiming the attack was the result of a spontaneous protest.

The White House has yet to release an official statement to the media about the recent DIA memos.  This newfound discovery also spells troubled waters for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, whose involvement in the Benghazi scandal may further damage her 2016 campaign.

Meanwhile, the national media fauns over President Obama finally getting a Twitter account.

California’s Man-made Drought

Climate change is “damn serious,” according to California Governor Jerry Brown, who has repeatedly blamed it for the state’s four-year drought, despite a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report released in December 2014, that found computer models of global warming show increased winter rains. They concluded a La Nina weather pattern was the primary driver of drought.

And while man is responsible for the majority of California’s drought, it’s not in the way Brown claims.

Central and Southern California is a creation of mankind — who engineered the desert to suit his fancy. Since then, environmentalists and their regulation, coupled to poor water management have actually led to “tens of billions of gallons” of water going out to sea over the years.

In recent years more than 4.4 million acre-feet of water — enough to sustain 4.4 million families and irrigate one million acres of farmland — has been diverted to save the endangered Delta smelt. Unfortunately for the fish, a National Geographic report dated April 3, 2015, shows only six were found during the most recent survey.

One acre-foot equals 325,851 gallons, the average annual water usage for a suburban family household.

Meanwhile, Brown is cracking down on water use by fining over users, and trying to reduce overall usage by 25 percent from 2013 usage levels. However, the Associated Press reported that when local water departments were surveyed, water use had fallen by less than four percent in the month of March.

More than half of California’s surface water flows from the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the east down to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in Northern California. Much of the mountain runoff’s managed by two of the world’s largest water storage and transport systems – the federal Central Valley Project and California’s State Water Project.

Increased surface storage would give regulators more latitude to conserve water during heavy storm-flows and would have allowed the state to stockpile larger reserves during the 15 years that preceded the last drought. Yet no major water infrastructure project’s been completed in California since the 1960s.

Environmentalists have stopped the construction of water storage and delivery systems through legal and political actions. They have also fought to make sure that captured water’s released into streams and the ocean — rather than the water delivery system — in order dilute the salinity of the delta.

The Klamath River diversion project was canceled in the 1970s, putting an end to the Aw Paw reservoir, potentially the state’s largest man-made reservoir with 15 million acre-feet of water — enough to supply San Francisco for 30 years. And recently they put a stop to the construction of dams at the Sites Reservoir; the Los Banos Grandes facility; and the Temperance Flat Reservoir, while moving to freeze California’s water-storage resources at 1970s capacities.

It’s interesting to note that Israel is 60 percent desert and because of this they built giant desalination plants that run on natural gas. California could have improved its situation by increasing not only reservoirs, but by building desalination plants and prioritizing people’s water needs over a fish.

And instead of standing up to the Progressive Environmental Movement, Californians are opting to get their drought-parched lawns painted green.

Forest Fox

So enamored with the idea of creating myself into a leader, I embarrassingly nicknamed myself the ‘Forest Fox,” when I was a teen. Yeah, jus’ like Revolutionary war General Francis Marion, the ‘Swamp Fox,’ or German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, dubbed the ‘Desert Fox.”

In the military, I was passed over for positions of leadership because I was too ‘gung-ho,’ – which I mistook in my youthful ignorance as a compliment.  Looking back, I realized my neck was good and stiff – making me a danger not only to myself – to but others.

There’s very little difference between a title and a label if the person given either has not earned or deserves it.

Oh, sure, I’ve been put in charge at various workplaces but then any schlep can cajole others, but it takes that special person to lead that proverbial ‘horse to water’ and too ‘get them to drink’ as well. Getting that ‘horse to drink’ has never been my forte’.

Time after time, I’ve made myself into a boss, which spelled backwards is “Double S-O-B.”

And I’m an even worse follower — who’s willing to bet that if you’ve ever defended your actions saying, “I thought…” you aren’t a follower either. After all – lets be honest here — ‘not thinking’ is the number one rule of a real follower.

Certainly, I’ve done some following in my day. It generally ended poorly with me in trouble because I got caught thinking or I was heading down a path I shouldn’t have been on.

When we’re truthful with ourselves, we know who we are.

Yet there is still a yearning in me that wants to do…what?  Manage, command, direct, head up, rule, conduct, control, guide, pace, shepherd, skipper, supervise – nope, none of these fit.

Maybe I’m meant to inspire. Affect, animate, arouse, cause, embolden, excite, influence, instill, motivate, provoke, spark, spur, stir, trigger…take your pick.

Yeah, I like the idea of inspiring, so I’ll leave the leading to others. The difference between the two is slight – but wider than the Grand Canyon.

Small Word, Big Implication

Anytime a Progressive asks a GOP presidential candidate the question, “If you knew then what we know now, would you have authorized going into Iraq?” that candidate should pose an “If you knew then…” question of their own.  Here’s a dozen suggestions:

  • “If Democrats knew then what we know now, that ISIL would invade Iraq, would they withdraw all U.S. troops, then ignored the country, like they did?”
  • “If Democrats knew then what we know now, that Russia would invade Ukraine, would they dismiss Mitt Romney’s suggestion that Russia is a threat?”
  • “If Democrats knew then what we know now, that the Arab Spring would lead to the death of over a quarter of a million people, would they cheer it on?”
  • “If Democrats knew then what we know now, that Obamacare would only cover 15 percent of those promised, would they read it first?”
  • “If Democrats knew then what we know now, that Dodd-Frank didn’t reform banking, but created more homelessness, would they want it?”
  • “If Democrats knew then what we know now, that the Stimulus package wasn’t really “shovel-ready,” would they pass it?”
  • If Democrats knew then what we know now, that Obama’s election would lead to worsening race-relations in the U.S., would they choose him?”
  • “If Democrats knew then what we know now, that he deported nearly two million people — more than any president in history – would they vote for him?”
  • If Democrats knew then what we know now, that Obama wouldn’t shut down Guantanamo as promised, would they pick him?”
  • f Democrats knew then what we know now, that the promise of ‘transparency,’ would lead to ramped-up NSA data collection, would they vote for him?”
  • “If Democrats knew then what we know now, would they support an ‘anti-war candidate,’ who has U.S. combat forces fighting in 70-percent of the world?”
  • If Democrats knew then what we know now, that the WH phone really wouldn’t be answered at 3 a.m. during a terror attack, would they vote for Obama again?”

Sadly, no one has the courage to ask such questions. And sadder still, is that ‘yes,’ would be the answer from a majority of Democrats (and some Republicans,) to the proposed questions.

Nevada’s Progressive Death Dealer

Recently, Nevada’s Congresswoman Dina Titus refused to answer the question, posed by Brittany M. Hughes of CNSNews.com, whether a human being conceived in rape has a right to life.

“Does a human being conceived in rape have a right to life?” Hughes asked.

“That’s not a quick question,” Titus answered.

“Is it a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’?” returned Hughes.

“Well, it’s not a yes-or-no question, so,” said Titus.

Not one to give up, Hughes followed-up, “Can you expand on that, why it’s not a yes or a no?”

“No, I’m not going…I don’t want to…I — I’m thinking about something else, so you can come back to me, or talk to Caitlin (Titus’ communications director Caitlin Teare) in my office, and see if we’ll have an answer for you,” Titus said.

When Hughes reached out to Titus’ office, she got no response. Yet, in a May 13 tweet, Titus wrote, “GOP bill #HR36 is a dangerous & extreme restriction on women’s reproductive rights…”

Opponents of the bill claimed it was direct challenge to the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that made abortions legal before viability, which is generally considered around 24 weeks of pregnancy. They also argued that the bill imposed new limits on the rape exemption by requiring that any woman seeking an abortion after 20 weeks prove that she either reported the rape to the authorities or sought counseling services. That same day at Titus’ tweet, the House voted 242 to 184 to approve the ‘Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,’ putting a national ban on most abortions after 20 weeks gestation except in cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s life is in danger. And of course, Titus voted against the bill.

Meanwhile, Titus continues to toy with the idea of running for U.S. Senate, replacing the retiring Harry Reid.

“Nevadans deserve a strong voice and committed fighter to represent our state’s interests in the U.S. Senate,” she wrote following Reid’s announcement. “I am humbled by the calls I’ve received from supporters across the state encouraging me to run for Senate. This is a decision I will make carefully after talking with family and close friends to ensure it is in the best interest of District One and the people of Nevada.”

The U.S. needs Dina Titus like it needs another rip in the U.S. Constitution — which Progressives insist on shredding at every opportunity.

Growing the Caliphate

“Ramadi has fallen,” reported Muhannad Haimour, a spokesman for the provincial governor of Anbar.

ISIL overran the Iraqi army to take Ramadi, killing about 500 soldiers and civilians, sending thousands of people fleeing and capturing U.S.-issued arms left behind. The takeover followed a three-day siege that began with a wave of car bombs.

It’s not clear how many people remain in Ramadi, once a city of 850,000. But it’s believed that some 8,000 people fled the city in the past week.

ISIL militants stormed the homes of policemen and pro-government Al Bu Alwan tribesmen, detaining about 30. The militants went door-to-door with lists of so-called collaborators as homes and stores owned by pro-government Sunni Sahawa militia were looted or torched.

In a statement, the group said it had killed “dozens of apostates.”  Meanwhile, the United Nations continues to express concerns over the threats posed by ISIL to the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria’s western province of Homs.

Anyway, Ramadi’s fall comes on the heels of a U.S. operation that killed ISIL commander Abu Sayyaf in eastern Syria, while his wife was caught and is being held in Iraq. Happily, all the U.S. Special Force troops involved returned home safely.

In March, Secretary of State John Kerry insisted the U.S. was on its way to success in its effort to destroy ISIL.

“We’re growing in the capacity on the ground,” Kerry said. He also acknowledged that while progress in Iraq is being made, Syria is proving more challenging.

“Each time the Iraqis have now gone forward in an offensive effort, together with allies, the coalition, we have routed ISIL,” Kerry added. “In Iraq, they have gained back a significant percentage of the area that ISIL is controlling.”

His statements came weeks after the White House sent a war authorization to Congress that includes a three-year Authorization for the Use of Military Force. It’s been criticized by those who say President Obama’s request doesn’t go far enough to destroy ISIL, since it limits the use of forces on the ground.

Iranian-backed Shi’ite forces are mobilizing outside of the city, waiting to launch a counterattack. The counterattack, if successful, could be a step towards an Iranian takeover of Iraq.

Such a takeover will create a larger Iranian Shi’ite Caliphate instead of ISIL’s ‘little old J-V team’ Caliphate.

In a Hand Basket

Pope Francis plans to recognize the non-existent “state of Palestine,” lending weight to a Palestinian push for international support for sovereignty and bypassing stalled negotiations with Israel. The announcement coincides with the church’s canonization of two Palestinian nuns, the first Arabic-speaking saints, in a Mass Sunday that President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority is to attend.

Palestinian leaders celebrated the endorsement. Israel’s Foreign Ministry said that it was “disappointed” by the Pope’s decision and that the recognition would “not advance the peace process.”

God promises blessings on those who bless Israel and curses on those who curse her in Genesis 12:3, “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

Recognizing a ‘state of Palestine,’ is definitely not blessing Israel.

And as jihad’s waged around the world, a ‘holy war,’ is being carried out in the U.S. in the form of sharia law. George Washington University Law School Professor John Banzhaf filed a sixty-page complaint alleging Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., creates an “offensive” environment for Muslims because of school’s statuary, crosses and other religious forms of artwork.

He claims the university “does not provide space — as other universities do — for the many daily prayers Muslim students must make, forcing them instead to find temporarily empty classrooms where they are often surrounded by Catholic symbols which are incongruous to their religion.”

Banzhaf’s suit appears hypocritical after he came to the defense of a GWU student in April 2014, who posted a Sanskrit symbol on a public bulletin board that looks like the Nazi swastika. The GWU reported the incident to the D.C. police as a “hate crime.”

“While Christian, Jewish, and other students are free to openly display their religious symbols, Hindus, Buddhists, and other students can do the same only at the risk of being banned and ultimately expelled,” Banzhaf said in a written statement.

The student was eventually expelled.

Finally, at Georgetown University while discussing poverty at the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit, President Obama said, “It’s important for us to guard against cynicism and not buy the idea that the poor will always be with us.”

He couldn’t be more wrong as noted in Matthew 26:11 where Jesus instructed his disciples: “The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me.”

It’s All ‘W’s’ Fault — Not

As unannounced GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush ended his visit to Reno, Nevada, Ivy Ziedrich called out, “Governor Bush, would you take a student question?”

The 19-year-old Democrat and political science major at the University of Nevada, Reno, had to preface her question first.

“Your brother created ISIS,” Ziedrich said, speaking of George W. Bush.

Then Ziedrich asked: “Why are you saying that ISIS was created by us not having a presence in the Middle East when it’s pointless wars where we send young American men to die for the idea of American exceptionalism? Why are you spouting nationalist rhetoric to get us involved in more wars?”

Bush pointedly responded: “When we left Iraq, security had been arranged, Al Qaeda had been taken out. There was a fragile system that could have been brought up to eliminate the sectarian violence.”

“And we had an agreement that the president could have signed that would have kept 10,000 troops, less than we have in Korea, could have created the stability that would have allowed for Iraq to progress,” he added. “The result was the opposite occurred. Immediately, that void was filled.”

He concluded: “Look, you can rewrite history all you want. But the simple fact is that we are in a much more unstable place because America pulled back.”

As John Adams stated, “Facts are stubborn things…”

While is true that ‘W’ signed the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) between Iraq and the U.S. in 2008, establishing that U.S. combat forces would withdraw by June 30, 2009, with all U.S. combat forces completely out of Iraq by December 31, 2011.

Negotiations between the U.S. and Iraq for a new SOFA began in fall 2010, as the legal authority — United Nations Security Council Resolution 1790 — expired December 31, 2008. The draft bill was approved by the Council of Ministers of Iraq on November 16.

In August 2011, the U.S. and Iran settled on between 3,000 to 5,000 troops to remain behind after the Obama Administration concluded Iraq was not at risk of slipping into chaos in the absence of U.S. forces. And on October 15, 2011, the Obama Administration proceeded with the plan to withdraw American forces from Iraq.

If we follow Miss Ziedrich down the same rabbit-hole — with George Bush out of office and a new SOFA on the table, any vacuum created in Iraq is Barack Obama’s failure, and thus the creation of ISIS/ISIL is his fault as he was at the time, and still is Commander-in-Chief of U.S. combat forces.

Dick DeWitt, 1933-2015

“It hasn’t been a good few months in the Reno media world, as we’ve lost several good people,” writes my dear friend, Elizabeth Rose on Facebook.

She couldn’t be more right as longtime Reno TV and radio newsman Richard DeWitt Oakerson, better known as ‘Dick DeWitt,’ passed away May 14, 2015, following a battle with cancer.  He was 81-years-old.

Born in Maryville, Missouri, July 16, 1933, he graduated from Maryville High School and Maryville College, then serving in the United States Marine Reserve, before joining the Air Force and being assigned to the Armed Forces Radio Network in Taiwan. After leaving the Air Force, he found work as the editor of the Del Rio, Texas, News Herald, before moving back to Kansas City to start his radio/television news reporting career at KCKN, working there 1960 to 1963.

In fact, in the October 10, 1960 edition of “Billboard,” reported: “Dick DeWitt, KCKN, Kansas City, Kan., says his three-month-old daughter, Laura Diane, is already following the deejay path with loud testing of her vocal chords.”

He later moved to Eureka, California to do the news on two of the three area TV stations. As a kid, I remember when he headed up the 6:30 newscast on Channel 3 KIEM-TV and did the news for Channel 6 KVIQ-TV.

He moved his family to Reno in the late 1960’s to be the news director for Channel 4 KRNV where he worked for over 20 years.  The Nevada Broadcast Association’s Hall of Fame inducted him in 1998.

In 2011, during the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in Eureka and Arcata, and years after he had left Northern California, his memory was still being invoked, “Dick DeWitt was a good reporter…,” and “…I still miss Dick DeWitt’s newscasts…”

Any broadcaster who came from that area in the year’s since, including me, should be so fortunate to be remembered in such good light over four decade’s later. He was news director for radio stations, KROW and KNEV in the late 80s and early 90s, where I had the opportunity to work for him in the news department.

Dick remained on the air for another decade after KROW changed its call-letters to KKOH and its long-established country-music format to news-talk. In 2005,  AllAccess online reported that he was recovering in Washington state following cancer surgery.

He’ll be missed.

Lee Warner, 1955-2015

The pickings are getting slim in Reno as another long-time broadcaster has passed away. Along with being a music teacher, wedding minister, he also was an in-demand drummer, playing with ‘Papa Clutch and the Shifters’ and ‘Route 66’ at a variety of events including Hot August Nights.

I had the pleasure of working with him at KOZZ in the summer of 1997.

On the air in northern Nevada for 25 years, Lee’s voice could heard on telephone messages, while “on hold”, and other phone greetings. He was also heard on overhead speaker announcements in the airport, casinos, pawn shops, gas stations and elevators.

In July 2012, Lee was hospitalized after having several seizures. Doctors found a golf ball size malignant brain tumor, which surgeon’s removed a few days later.

Unfortunately, I remember disagreeing with him vehemently when he penned a letter to the editor of the Reno Gazette-Journal in early May 2012. He got so angry with me that he hung up the phone on me.

We never spoke again – and for that I’m truly sorry.

He seemed to be on the mend during the past two and half years, but the brain cancer finally won out. Lee died on May 11, 2015 at the age of 60.

Hoo-kt on Fon-iks

Mary and I were trying to figure out how to say “Caribbean.” We each have a slightly different pronunciation for the same place.

She breaks the word down phonetically like this: ‘Car-uh-bee-uh-n.’ I say it, ‘Care-ah-bee-ann,’

Turns out Mary’s right and I’m pronouncing it in what one might call a more colloquial manner. Of course, “Caribbean” isn’t the only word I say different from most folks.

The name of the show-me-state, “Missouri” seems pretty straight forward. However, for years I had heard only my dad and other family members say it one way.

Anyway, I had no idea that I might be mispronouncing ‘Missouri,’ until fourth grade. Mr. Kirby was teaching state history when he asked where the California Trail began.

My hand shot up first and after being called on, I answered, “St. Joseph, Miz-zoo-rah.”

“Where?!” Mr. Kirby blasted back.

Much to my general discomfort I repeated my answer, whereupon he scolded me, pointing out the ‘I’ on the end of Missouri. For as long as I was in his class, I answered it the exact way he wanted it saying, ‘Miz-oo-ree.’

It’s not like blowing the word ‘Gila,’ by pronouncing it with a hard ‘G,’ when it’s actually said, ‘Hee-la.’ Believe me when I tell you it’s unpleasant to make that mistake while on the radio, because the phones will light up.

And then there’s no sense arguing with folks in Massachusetts about how to pronounce ‘Nevada,’ as they’ll butcher it anyway, saying ‘Ne-vah-duh.’ I returned the favor by calling it, ‘Massive-two-shits.’

And there was nothing colloquial about that.

America Losing Its Religion is Good

A Pew Research Center study of 35,000 people, titled “America’s Changing Religious Landscape,” conducted between June and September of 2014, claim the number of Americans who don’t affiliate with a particular religion has grown in recent years.

When Pew conducted this survey, Americans who described themselves as atheist, agnostic or of no particular religion grew from 16 percent to nearly 23 percent. Last year, 31 percent said they were atheist or agnostic, compared to 25 percent in 2007.

At the same time, Christians dropped from 78 percent to 71 percent of the population while Protestants now make up 46.5 percent of the population.  However, Christianity is still the dominant religion by far with seven in 10 Americans identifying as such.

Eighty-six percent of American adults identified as Christians, compared with 76 percent in 2008. In 2010, 13 percent of baby boomers were religiously unaffiliated as they were entering retirement, the same percentage in 1972.

White Americans at 24 percent are more likely to say they have no religion, compared with 20 percent of Latinos and 18 percent of Blacks. The trend follows a pattern first seen in 1990.

Protestants declined by about 5 million to 36 million between 2007 and 2014 with 13 percent of adults claiming to be former Catholics. The study put the number of Catholic adults at 51 million, or just over one-fifth of the population, a drop of about three percent over seven years.

Non-Christian religions held steady or increased their share of the population, reaching 5.9 percent of adults, up from 4.7 percent in 2007. Jewish adherence was steady at 1.9 percent of adults, while Islam grew by 0.5 percentage points over the last eight years but remains less than one percent of the general population.

The growth of ‘atheist, agnostic or of no particular religion,’ has political significance as well since people with no religious affiliation tend to vote Progressive, jus’ as white evangelicals tend to vote Conservative.  But it isn’t ‘all doom-and-gloom’ as poll-takers are quick to point out that two-thirds of those reaching young adulthood around the year 2000 said that they believe in God with absolute certainty.

They also say evangelical church attendance jumped from five to 11.8 percent, though they have no way of measuring the outcome of that sort of religious devotion. Thankfully, most Judeo-Christians know the difference between ‘religion’ and ‘faith,’ and which of the two is the more important.

After all, religion is a set of man-made rules designed to place the power of God in man’s hands, while faith’s based on a personal relationship between the Creator and his creation, meaning you, me and all of mankind.

Hillary’s Problems Continue to Mount

When asked about potential 2016 candidates, a new George Washington University poll shows that 51 percent said they wouldn’t consider voting for Hillary Clinton, with 44 percent saying they felt “strongly” about their position. Hillary’s over-all favorability rating also remains low at 49 percent with 39 percent seeing her as “strongly unfavorable.”

The  poll also shows Americans are split as to which party would do a better job handling key issues, giving Democrats the advantage on jobs, 49 percent to 42 percent, and healthcare, 52 percent to 39 percent. Republicans on the other hand have an edge on the economy at 49 percent to 44 percent, taxes at 47 percent to 44 percent and foreign policy — 50 percent to 40 percent.

And the news isn’t getting any better as a lawsuit demanding access to Hillary’s private email server got new life after a judge’s recent decision. Federal Judge Reggie Walton decided to reopen the suit, brought by Judicial Watch, following agreement by the State Department that the documents kept on her private server should be turned over.

“It points to the fraud by this administration and Mrs. Clinton,” Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said.

The court originally dismissed the case stating the documents didn’t exist.

Adding to the mounting trouble over her email server, recent revelations about the Clinton Foundation’s relationships with shady regimes are making less-headline in the national media. This as Bill was in Morocco for a Clinton Global Initiative conference funded by a government-owned phosphate conglomerate, last week.

It was during the panel session moderated by telecom billionaire Mo Ibrahim, who asked Bill why the Clinton Foundation hasn’t pushed back harder against allegations by answering simple questions like “What is this money for?” and “What have you done with it?”

“I just work here,” Clinton said. “I don’t know.”

It’s a question he dares not answer as the latest Rasmussen national telephone survey finds that 63 percent of voters think it’s likely some actions Hillary took as secretary of State were influenced by donations made to the Clinton Foundation. This includes 42 percent who say it’s ‘very likely.

This follows Bill’s claims that the foundation failure to disclose 1,100 foreign donations is the fault of the accountant who prepared the nonprofit’s taxes  The foundation didn’t list any contributions from governments in a series of tax forms, instead rolling the sum into overall revenue, something Bill characterized as “an innocent mistake.”

And it’s been recently learned that Hillary’s State Department approved $50 million in Bill’s speeches during her tenure when that so-call ‘innocent mistake,’ occurred.

Carson Comes to Nevada

There’s blood in the Silver State’s political water’s as one presidential candidate after another jumps in to feeding frenzy…

Dr. Ben Carson is visiting Nevada for the first time since announcing his run for the GOP presidential nomination. Carson attended a brunch with pastors and other community leaders in Las Vegas this morning and will give an evening talk at Opportunity Village, a charity that serves people with disabilities.

After delivering a widely publicized speech at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast critical of the Obama Administration, he became popular in the media for his views on social issues and the federal government. In November 2014 he announced his intention to run as a Republican for the 2016 Presidential election.

In a September 2014 ISideWith.com opinion poll, when asked if they’d vote for Carson, 42 percent said they would, while 58 percent wouldn’t. Twelve percent believed that even though he had limited experience, he would make an honest candidate, while eight percent reported that they would not vote for a Republican, and another six percent would vote for Carson if he were running for vice-president.

The retired neurosurgeon’s visit comes the same day unannounced Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush arrived in Nevada for events in both Reno and Las Vegas.

Nevada’s Slim Presidential Pickings

Former Florida Governor and unannounced presidential candidate Jeb Bush is holding a town hall meeting in Reno this morning. Afterwards, he’ll head to Las Vegas to deliver the keynote address at the Clark County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner.

Last week Bush hired two Nevadans ahead of his two-stop tour. The hiring of Ryan Erwin as an adviser and Scott Scheid as the campaign’s state director leading to the speculation that Bush is already running, all he need do is announce.

Erwin is a top adviser to third-term Congressman Joe Heck of Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District.  In both 2008 and 2012 Mitt Romney hired Erwin and won both Nevada GOP caucuses with more than 50 percent of the vote.

Meanwhile, Scheid helped Nevada Congressman Cresent Hardy win what the local media claims was an upset over incumbent Steven Horsford in the 4th Congressional District last year.  Democrats have declared Hardy a top target in 2016.

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida has also been busy as he’s picked Nevada Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison as his Nevada campaign chairman. As for the Democrats, Hillary Clinton, who visited Las Vegas earlier this month already has established a campaign team in Nevada.

Amid the visits, Nevada lawmakers are reconsidering a bill to dump the state’s caucus system and replace it with a primary to choose presidential nominees. SB421, backed by Republicans, would switch the caucus to a primary scheduled on the last Tuesday in February.

The measure would reportedly maintain Nevada’s so-called influential position as one of the earliest states to nominate a presidential candidate. But it would change the selection process from a gathering of only the most motivated party activists to regular elections among all voters.

Opponents of the caucus system say the process gives an edge to ‘marginal candidates’ whose supporters can take over the gatherings. Nevada’s caucus system’s believed to favor Senator Rand Paul.

Finally, Bush supposedly has his eye on Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval as his potential vice presidential running mate. The possible Bush-Sandoval ticket came up behind the scenes at a January Republican National Committee meeting in San Diego

Bush’s staff reportedly asked Nevada officials about Sandoval, the state’s first Hispanic governor who was re-elected in a landslide in 2014 with 70 percent of the vote. The Bush camp denied that there’s any formal vetting happening at this point.

Nevada has a history of picking presidential winners, siding with the winner every time but once in the past century. The Silver State voted twice for President Obama and twice for former President George W. Bush.

In a Gravis Marketing poll conducted in February, Bush did the worst against Clinton, 50 percent to 37 percent.

Obama Ignores Amnesty Ruling

Even after a court ordered the Obama Administration to stop their illegal amnesty program, they didn’t listen. Instead, they handed out 2,000 expanded immigrant work permit authorizations despite the order.

“The Government sincerely regrets these circumstances and is taking immediate steps to remedy these erroneous three-year terms,” the Department of Justice wrote in a court advisory filed in the Southern District of Texas.

It comes after Judge Andrew Hanen halted Obama’s executive order, ending the deportations of illegal aliens and providing them with expanded access to work permits. A federal appeals court heard oral arguments in April and has yet to make a ruling.

President Obama announced the amnesty, expanding on a previous amnesty for Dreamers. That initial program, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, granted Dreamers a two-year stay of deportation and work permits allowing them legally to take jobs in the U.S. The judge halted the program April 17, ruling Obama had overstepped his powers in granting legal status with “benefits and privileges” to millions of illegal aliens. However, the initial Dreamer program is still in place, and still covers more than 600,000 illegal aliens.

This isn’t the first time though that the DOJ has issued a clarification to the court.

Department of Home Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced the agency’s intent to immediately issue three-year expansions in a November memo. However, DOJ lawyers told the court the agency wouldn’t be processing any new applications until mid-February, leading Hanen to refuse to lift the hold in April and accusing the Obama administration of misleading the court.

Critics of the President’s immigration actions saw something much different from an honest mistake. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement:

“Ignoring Congress in rewriting immigration law, contradicting the President’s own statements that the Executive lacked the power to do so, and misleading a federal court – not once, but multiple times – the Obama Administration has established a pattern of renegade behavior making it clear it sees itself entirely above the rule of law. We will continue to fight back against this lawless behavior to prevent the implementation of this amnesty plan, which sets a dangerous precedent and would have disastrous consequences for Texas and every other state in America.”

Meanwhile, Johnson asked the DHS’s inspector general to investigate how the “erroneous” work permit authorizations came to be issued — and yet the lawlessness continues.

The Coming End of U.S. Sovereignty

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement will allow unelected bureaucrats to develop regulations superseding both federal and state laws, undermining the U.S. Constitution. Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to fast-track the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to bring about a vote on the agreement.

Oddly, Nevada’s U.S. Senator Harry Reid wants to put the matter aside while the Senate deals with funding and renewal of government surveillance authority under the PATRIOT Act.

“The answer is not only no, but hell no,” Reid said when asked whether he backs the legislation.

Evidently, Reid sees President Obama’s TPP agreement as the GOP’s ‘soft underbelly’ as the Democrats ticket to regaining both houses of Congress. He’s not alone in that assessment as one political strategist likened the agreement to landmines.

“Forget party or the politician. In this cycle, trade deals like TPP are political landmines — support them and your political career likely goes bye-bye. It’s a simple matter of trust: Voters don’t trust trade deals, and they don’t trust politicians when they say ‘trust us, this trade deal is different.’”

There’s also a lot of secrecy about the deal as only members of Congress can see what’s in the deal, and even then, they’re required to go to the basement of the Capitol Visitor Center. No cell phones, no staff members and no note-taking’s allowed, while someone’s assigned to watches over the visiting Congressional member.

Yet, a leaked draft of the deal did make its way online through WikiLeaks. Under the agreement, U.S. corporations would continue to be subject to domestic laws and regulations on the environment, banking, medicine and the Internet.

Interestingly, the F.C.C. recently denied the requests of several broadband providers and trade groups asking the agency to delay its net neutrality rules. Net neutrality reclassifies broadband as a public utility, subject to taxation and fees.

However, foreign corporations operating within the U.S. would be permitted to appeal any key legal or regulatory rulings to an international tribunal. That tribunal would be granted the power to overrule U.S. law and impose trade sanctions on the nation for failing to abide by its rulings.

International agreements like the TPP, and the non-transparent fast track/TPA process, provide the perfect opportunities for Progressives to push for policies the public would never accept if done openly.

Playing Army

It was hard not to hear the boys as they walked up the street. They were talking about what to do for the afternoon since school had let out early for the day.

“How ’bout we play ‘Army?’” one boy asked.

“Are you kidding? My mom would ground me forever me if she knew I was playing with guns.”

“They’re toy guns!”

“I’m not even allowed to pretend a stick is a gun.”

“Yeah, my mom’s the same way,” another complained. “I pointed my finger like it was gun at my baby sister and she nearly knocked my head off.”

They laughed at the idea of seeing their friend walking around without his head, as they continued past my house. But as they move out of ear-shot, the thought that they couldn’t play ‘Army,’ made me sad.

When I was a kid, there were few Saturday mornings in Klamath, that me, my brother Adam and whomever else we could wrangle up, didn’t head into the Redwoods to play ‘Army,’ fighting the Nazi’s. We used redwood cones for ‘hand grenades’ and tree branches as guns or simply pretended to hold one up, firing it.

“Bang, bang, bang!,” one of us would sound out while shooting their fake ‘machine gun.’

“Boom,’ somebody else called out as a make-believe ‘grenade’ exploded.

Inevitably, one of us would complain, “Hey, you’re dead! I shot you!”

“No you didn’t, you missed me!” the intended target would shout back.

“Well, you’re dead now, I’m jus’ threw a hand grenade at you.”

“No, you didn’t!”

“Yes, I did.”

Such battles would rage on for hours, with no one really being shot and killed, blown to smithereens or winning. It was all in fun, and as the sun dropped beyond the Sage’s Riddles, we’d all head home in time for dinner having made plans to meet again the next day, right after church.

Hillary Doubles-down on Amnesty in Vegas

“When they talk about legal status, that is code for second class status,” Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said at a small event in Las Vegas.

Clinton delivered her message at Rancho High School during a panel discussion with six young Nevadans who are illegal aliens. She said if elected, she’d go farther than President Obama has in granting legal status to millions of illegal aliens, saying that she would extend protections to both ‘Dreamers’ and their parents.

“There are more people like many parents of Dreamers and others with deep ties and contributions to our communities who deserve to stay, and I will fight for them,” Clinton said.

Clinton also wants to see a simplified process for illegal’s to avoid deportation.

“We should put in place a simple, straightforward and accessible way for parents of Dreamers and others with a history of service and contributions to their community to make their case and to be eligible for the same deferred action as their children,” she said.

She also said not one Republicans running for president in 2016, has “clearly and consistently supporting a path to citizenship.”
“Not one,” she claimed.

Wrong!

Florida’s U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Marco Rubio wants to give illegal’s “a pathway to citizenship.” And yet, a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows Clinton leads Rubio, 63-percent to 32-percent among Latinos.

Favored by Latinos, who make-up a third of the population in Nevada, Clinton held a two-to-one margin during her 2008 Democratic primary battle against Obama.

She stated that in her opinion for certain senators who spearheaded efforts to push for immigration reform, “I guess some of them are paying a political price for it now.”

“You know where I stand, and there can be no question about it,” she added.

Interestingly, Clinton voted for the southern border fence and had been critical of illegal aliens getting driver’s licenses. And the last time she was in Nevada, students from the University of Nevada Las Vegas demanded she return the $225,000 speaking-fee that the school paid to her charity.

Jade Helm 15 is Not a Conspiracy

A CNN poll issued in August 2014 showed an all-time high of 87-percent of Americans don’t not believe the government or the mainstream media are truthful or credible. And given the fact that U.S. law enforcement’s armed with the same heavy weapons, looking identical to U.S. combat troops, why shouldn’t we worry?

Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordered Texas State Guard forces to keep an eye on the U.S. military during a large upcoming training exercise called Jade Helm 15. The exercise has been the focus of several Internet sites claiming tis some sort of nefarious operation.

Abbott ordered the guard to “monitor” the eight week-long exercise which begins in July and ends in September, across seven states. In Texas, Utah and New Mexico most of the training will take place on private land, while in Arizona, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi, much of it will take place on military installations.

The scenario for the exercise is that U.S. special operations forces travel to another continent which includes hostile nations and work with rebel underground freedom fighters there. During the exercise some of the troops will be in civilian clothes, move in civilians vehicles and carry weapons with blank ammunition.

There will be about 1,200 troops in Jade Helm, mainly Army Green Berets, but also a small group of Navy SEALS and Air Force special operations troops as well as conventional Army infantry. The Pentagon said there will be exercise monitors.

Abbott’s order angered former state Congressman Todd Smith, who served in the Texas legislature for 16 years, who wrote an op-ed attacking Abbott’s decision.

“As one of the remaining Republicans who actually believes in making decisions based on facts and evidence – you used to be a judge? – I am appalled that you would give credence to the nonsense mouthed by those who instead make decisions based on Internet or radio-or shock-jock-driven hysteria,” Smith wrote. “Is there ANYBODY who is going to stand up to this radical nonsense that is a cancer on our State and Party?”

Democrats aren’t happy either.

“The first thing the governor should have done when he heard about concerns with U.S. military training is to support our troops and reassure the public that our U.S. military poses absolutely no threat to Texans,” said Manny Garcia, executive director of the Texas Democratic Party. “Instead, he gave credence to conspiracy theorists by ordering the Texas State Guard to monitor U.S. military operations.”

Abbott defended his decision, saying his office is simply looking to serve as a “communication facilitator” between the military and concerned citizens. Abbott sent a letter to the State Guard asking it to keep an eye on the operation so that “Texans know their safety, constitutional rights, private property rights and civil liberties will not be infringed.”

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said he’s been hearing concerns about Jade Helm 15 he wanted questions about it to be answered.

“My office has reached out to the Pentagon to inquire about this exercise,” Cruz said. “We are assured it is a military training exercise. I have no reason to doubt those assurances, but I understand the reason for concern and uncertainty, because when the federal government has not demonstrated itself to be trustworthy in this administration, the natural consequence is that many citizens don’t trust what it is saying.”

Conspiracy theory or not, the outrage and conflicting information raise questions about the safety of U.S. troops involved in the exercise. Some have drawn parallels to a 2002 incident in which a sheriff’s deputy in North Carolina shot two U.S. Special Forces soldiers in civilian clothing after they tried to disarm him.

One of the soldiers died. They thought the deputy was part of a role-playing exercise known as Robin Sage, which is a major training event for Green Beret soldiers, officials said at the time.

This is right out of the Progressive playbook by Saul Alinsky, “Rules for Radicals,” and rule number five: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”

The Root of Baltimore’s Evil’s

President Obama complained last week that the GOP-controlled Congress will likely impede investments in blighted urban areas such as Baltimore. There’s just one problem – Baltimore received a $1.8 billion grant from the stimulus package passed early in Obama’s first term in office.

The president addressed the rioting by calling for increased funding for education, criminal justice reform and job training, but blaming the GOP for failing to act.

“I’m under no illusion that out of this Congress we’re going to get massive investments in urban communities,” he stated.

One problem — Baltimore received $1,831,768,487 through the Stimulus Act in 2009.

In fact, Baltimore’s central ZIP code, 21201, received a total of $837,955,866, including funding for 276 awards that created 290 jobs in the fourth quarter of 2013. Of $8 million-plus, $467.1 million went to education; $206.1 million to the environment; $24 million to “family”; $16.1 million to infrastructure; $15.2 million to transportation; $11.9 million to housing; and only $3.1 million to job training.

Baltimore’s unemployment rate continues to hover around 8.4 percent.

Meanwhile, ZIP code 21202 received $425,170,937, including a $136 million grant to “improve teaching and learning for students most at risk of failing to meet State academic achievement standards, ” while another 29 other ZIP codes listed in Baltimore city received a total of $568,641,684.

But in a city where Democrats have reined supreme for over half-a-century, the money-train needs to keep spending. Fox News’ Chris Wallace asked Democratic Maryland Congresswoman Donna Edwards about the possible failure of Baltimore’s civil leaders.

“A lot of people, frankly Conservatives, have pointed out that Baltimore has not had a Republican mayor in 50 years,” Wallace said. “Is it unfair to say that liberal policies have failed Baltimore?”

“No, I think it’s been unfairly spread,” Edwards responded. “Just prior to the Freddie Gray incident, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was actually prevailing upon our Republican governor to release money for school funding.”

“Baltimore was already spending plenty for public schools and the schools were still lousy,” Wallace responded, noting the city ranked among the highest in the nation on per-capita school spending.

No wonder few people think things will get better.

A whopping 96-percent expect more “racial disturbances” this summer, according to a WSJ/NBC poll conducted April 26-30. Sixty-percent of Blacks said clashes between police and communities are the result of “long-standing frustrations about police mistreatment of African-Americans.”

Only 32 percent of Whites agreed with that statement, while 58 percent said they were caused by people seeking an excuse to loot. Some 27-percent of Blacks said the protests were used “as an excused to engage in looting and violence.”

Democratic leadership has failed Baltimore – but Progressives won’t admit it.

Don’t Claim Huckabee’s Not a Progressive

Here’s jus’ a sampling (with sourcing) of GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s Progressive activities and stances:

  • signed a sales tax hike in 1996 to fund the Games and Fishing Commission and the Department of Parks and Tourism (Cato Policy Analysis No. 315, 09/03/98)
  • supported an internet sales tax in 2001 (Americans for Tax Reform 01/07/07)
  • publicly opposed the repeal of a sales tax on groceries and medicine in 2002 (Arkansas News Bureau 08/30/02)
  • signed bills raising taxes on gasoline (1999), cigarettes (2003) (Americans for Tax Reform 01/07/07), and a $5.25 per day bed-tax on private nursing home patients in 2001 (Arkansas New Bureau 03/01/01)
  • proposed another sales take hike in 2002 to fund education improvements (Arkansas News Bureau 12/05/02)
  • opposed a congressional measure to ban internet taxes in 2003 (Arkansas News Bureau 11/21/03)
  • allowed a 17% sales tax increase to become law (The Gurdon Times 03/02/04)
  • opposed a congressional measure to ban internet taxes in 2003 (Source: Arkansas News Bureau, 11/21/03)
  • supported an internet sales tax in 2001 (Americans for Tax Reform 01/07/07).
  • raised at least nine (9) different taxes: A 47-percent increase in taxes totaling $505 million on middle-and-lower income Arkansas citizens (Source: The Leader, 08/30/2006).
  • raised the minimum wage in 2006 from $5.15 to $6.25 an hour and encouraged Congress to take the same initiative on a national level (US Newswire 08/03/06)
  • opposed a bill requiring proof of citizenship to vote in his own state (Source CNS NEWS, Some GOP Concerned about Huckabee’s Immigration Views, Fred Lucas, 12/04/2007)
  • received 14 ethical violations and five (5) resulted in findings that he violated ethics guidelines (Associated Press, 11/23/06)
  • criticized opponents of Common Core, saying “parents and people involved in their local schools should let it be known that core standards are valuable, and they’re not something to be afraid of — they are something to embrace.” (The Mike Huckabee Radio Show May 6, 2013)

A Progressive will always be a Progressive first.

Gunmen, Media Take Aim at Free Speech

“Two gunmen were killed Sunday after opening fire on a security officer outside a provocative contest for cartoon depictions of Prophet Muhammad in Texas and a bomb squad was called in to search their vehicle as a precaution, authorities said, “ reported the Associated Press.

Provocative is ISIL executing 21 Coptic Christians – especially to the majority of Christ-followers around the world.

The gunfight took place outside the Mohammed Art Exhibit event at the Curtis Culwell Center in suburban Garland, Texas. Police said the suspects began shooting wounding a security guard, and along with traffic officer, killed both suspects.

In January, gunmen attacked the offices of Charlie Hebdo,the French satirical magazine that has a history of depicting Mohammed, and killed 12 people. The following month a gunman attacked a free speech forum in Copenhagen, Denmark, who was angry over depictions of Mohammed.

Federal authorities identified the suspects as Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi.

Indicted in January 2010 after lying to the FBI after telling investigators he hadn’t discussed traveling to Somalia to engage in “violent jihad.” A year later Simpson received three years probation, once convicted.

Oh, and the FBI had Simpson on their watch-list for the last 10 years.

And true to their nature, Progressives with the aid of the media, have been quick to point out that the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI,)which organized the event, is an ‘anti-Muslim hate group’ as claimed by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC.)  However, the same Progressives and their media mouth-pieces failed to point out that in 2014 the FBI severed its relationship with the SPLC, after being exposed for it’s “anti-Christian hatred.”

And does anyone in the media recall Andres Serrano’s “Piss Christ” — a crucifix in a jar of urine that won a competition sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts? Those who denounce AFDI for sponsoring the contest should consider Serrano’s detractors, none of whom were violent.

As Rush Limbaugh asked: “If Americans are to respect and obey the laws of Islam that say drawing pictures of Mohammed is not permitted…why don’t we respect Islam’s punishment for gays and women, hmm?”

After the shooting, authorities escorted attendees to another room in the conference center. Once there, a woman held up an American flag, and the crowd sang “God Bless America,” followed by the National Anthem.

Chants of “USA, USA, USA” could be heard throughout the arena after the songs concluded. Also, two members of the group led prayers for the wounded security officer and for the officers protecting the group against further attacks.

It appears there are U.S. citizen’s who will not back down from terror or any threat that tries to stop” the right of the people peaceably to assemble,” and “abridging the freedom of speech…” as stated in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The day that no American stands up for the constitution is the day radical Islam and Sharia Law win.

The Persecution between Our Shores

A new Associated Press poll shows that 56-percent of Americans say religious liberties are more important to protect than homosexual rights when the two come into conflict. But don’t tell the Obama Administration or Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

“Far too many women are still denied critical access to reproductive health care,” Clinton recently told the Women in the World Summit in New York City. “Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will,” she added. “And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”

In other words – if Christians and Jews don’t change their points of view – the state will do it for them.

Prior to that, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito asked this question during arguments about homosexual marriage: “In the Bob Jones case, the Court held that a college was not entitled to tax-exempt status if it opposed interracial marriage or interracial dating. So would the same apply to a university or a college if it opposed same-sex marriage?”

Solicitor General Donald Verrilli answered, “It’s certainly going to be an issue. I don’t deny that. I don’t deny that, Justice Alito. It is — it is going to be an issue.”

Churches and synagogues will lose their tax-exempt status and there’ll be no more “respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion…” as guaranteed in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

And now the only Christian member of a delegation from Iraq isn’t being allowed entry into the U.S. even though scheduled to testify before the Senate and House Foreign Relations Committees. The U.S. consulate in Erbil told Sister Diana Momeka of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Siena that they rejected her non-immigrant-visa application.

The reason: “You were not able to demonstrate that your intended activities in the United States would be consistent with the classification of the visa.”

The State Department claimed that “every overseas post and domestic bureau will seek opportunities to engage religious leaders” as part of its program for countering “violent extremism.” But the voice of a lone Catholic nun doesn’t count.

ISIL forced Sister Diana, along with 50,000 other Christians to flee for their lives from the Iraqi city of Qaraqosh. The State Department claims that because she’s an ‘Internally Displaced Person,’ she intends to stay, not jus’ visit, and that’s illegal immigration, which is strictly forbidden.

It appears the Obama Administration’s set on denying ISIL’s Christian victims that status.

Hillary Clinton to Visit Las Vegas

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is coming to Las Vegas on Cinco de Mayo for the first, of what her handlers are calling, “many conversations with Nevadans.” Beginning around 2:45 that afternoon, she’ll join a roundtable of young people at Rancho High School, who claim they’re personally affected by our ‘broken’ immigration system.

Immigration is apparently a ‘divisive issue’ in Nevada, since about 30 percent of the population is Latino. Advocates for immigration reform want legal status given to an estimated 11 million ‘extranjeros ilegales’ living in the U.S.

President Obama has already taken executive action to protect illegal’s from deportation. Initially his action protected only youngsters raised here after their parents or relatives broke the law by illegally entering the U.S., later expanding the protection order to all illegal’s who already have family here.

A judge in Texas has put the order on hold after that state filed a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality. Nevada joined a majority of other states in a lawsuit challenging Obama’s unconstitutional actions on immigration, much to the consternation of the state’s first ‘Hispanic governor,’ Brian Sandoval.

And jus’ like her trips to Iowa and New Hampshire, she’ll continue talking about the “four fights” that supposedly define her campaign, with an emphasis this time on the second fight: strengthening families and community.

There is no word yet on a possible trip to northern Nevada – but then many of us don’t care if she ever visits this part of the state.

Abandoned Automobiles

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The Nevada National Guard is cleaning up the area south-east of Reno. Their CH-47’s Chinook helicopters are heard thumping loudly, lift ing the rusting bodies of abandoned automobiles skyward, hauling them away.

Considered blights, most people want them gone, never to return. They are scrap, garbage, waste — man-made and unsightly, a danger to the panoramic beauty of a mornings’ walk or evening hike.

Yet, isn’t it odd that from time-to-time a large, barely sea-worthy hulk of a ship’s dynamited, sunk to create a man made-reef for the aquatic life. The abandon vehicle that dots the desert landscape are the same thing.

They’re home to field mice, snakes, spiders and their cousin the scorpion, among other wildlife. And if you sit patiently, quietly watching — you’ll learn both the hawk and the coyote often find a meal inside the oxidizing metal frames.

Like a man-made reef, abandoned automobiles are never left unoccupied — nature always fills the empty spaces.

Booger Nose Flat

It’s what remained of an old water storage tank that sat back in the woods some three to four hundred feet up the hill above Sander’s Court in Klamath. And it was the site of a number of childhood memories, including the time I tried and failed to kiss Goldie Arnold.

One afternoon, Goldie’s older brother,  John Paul, Chucky Yates, my brother Adam and I were playing up there. The game was simple: run up the outside rim of the wall that we called the cliff, and slide down the fallen redwood log on the other side.

Around and around we ran and slid. It was truly a simpler time back then.

During a lull in the game, I asked John Paul the name of the place. He quickly glanced at Chucky, then with a smile declared, “Booger Nose Flat.”

We returned to playing our game.

It would be some years later that I’d learn what the flat was actually used for at one time. I also learned at about the same time that John Paul had made the name up, right off the top of his head.

But by then, it didn’t matter – because it was and will always be ‘Booger Nose Flat’ to me.

The Twist in the Rise of Military Sexual Assaults

It was September 2011, when President Obama ended “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” in the U.S. military, thus allowing homosexuals to serve openly in uniform. Obama claimed the 18-year-old law forced ‘gay and lesbian’ service members to “lie about who they are.”

At the time, there were questions about whether disciplinary rules would be adequate to deal with any future instances of harassment in the ranks. Professor Michael Corgan of Boston University and U.S. Naval Academy graduate, claimed the problem would come down to a matter of leadership.

“Discipline problems that might arise from gays serving with an overwhelmingly straight population in the military should be able to be handled the way any other disciplinary problems are, if commanders are up to their jobs,” Corgan said.

He couldn’t have been more right.

Recently, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told a group of ROTC cadets that sexual assault is a “particular challenge and a particular disgrace” to the U.S. military. He noted that last year, far more men than women “experienced unwanted sexual contact.”

“Last year, we estimated that at least 18,900 service members — 10,400 men and 8,500 women — experienced unwanted sexual contact.”

Carter added that “too few” men report the incidents as sexual assault.

They fail to report it as ‘sexual assault’ because not even Secretary of Defense Carter can find the courage to call it what it is – sexual assault. Instead he uses the politically correct term ‘unwanted sexual contact,’ effectively tying commander’s hands when meting out discipline.

Carter also claimed that dirty jokes are among the military behaviors that need to be corrected to stop sexual assault in the ranks.

“Our military is based on an ethos of honor, and this is dishonorable,” Carter said. “And second, we’re based on trust. We have to have trust.”

Dirty jokes are not the problem. The problem comes down to the fact that Department of Defense Directive 1332.14 which deals with homosexual conduct, and Article 125 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice which talks about sodomy, aren’t being applied anymore.

As Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, points out: “The increases do seem to coincide with repeal of the law regarding gays in the military in 2010. It went into effect about 18 months after that, and that’s when the numbers started to go up.”

This is what happens when the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. military leads from behind.