The Disgrace that is Nevada’s GOP Delegation

Nevada delegates for Ron Paul closed ranks with like-minded delegates from other states like Iowa, Minnesota, Maine, Oregon, Alaska and the Virgin Islands. And on the last night of the Republican National Convention, those same delegates exchanged state flag pins with others as a sign of solidarity.

At any other time — this might seem unimportant — however not after seventeen of Nevada’s 27 Republican delegates voted in favor of Ron Paul with 5 abstaining and one casting their ballot for Mitt Romney.  Under binding caucus rules, most of Nevada’s delegates were to vote for Romney, who In February’s Nevada caucus won half of the state’s vote.

Former Nevada Governor Robert List says he’s never seen anything like the Paul supporters, who broke their pledges.

“You know other delegations have had their issues from time to time and there were others here this time that did,” List told KOH in Reno. “But this is the first time I’ve seen Nevada go off the rails like that.”

Sparks dentist, Paul supporter and chairman of the Nevada delegation Wayne Terhune said after being frustrated when the convention adopted new rules, he recorded the votes of each Nevada delegate, as they wanted, not as assigned. and that led to the delegations vote. Still others say the Paul delegates were simply waiting for something — anything — to use as an excuse to go off the beaten path.

“In the spirit of freedom that inspired the founding of our country,” Terhune said, “and in honor of the liberty that has made these states the greatest country on earth, we proudly cast 17 votes for Congressman Ron Paul.”

A former Carson City District Attorney and Nevada Attorney General, List called Terhune an “outlaw.” He also said he corrected the official Nevada delegate nomination vote as 20 for Romney and eight for Paul.

“Some of them are novices  and thought they could come here and do something unheard of, but Romney had this thing locked up two months ago,” List told the news-talk radio station. “This whole thing was just an exercise in futility on their part.”

Had Terhune correctly announced Nevada’s vote, the delegation could have put Romney over the top in the delegate count. Instead that honor now rests with New Jersey.


Kelseyville Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

The International Security Assistance Force said in a brief statement a crash killed four of its members, three U.S. service members, three members of the Afghan national security forces and an Afghan civilian interpreter.

U.S. Army Sgt. Richard Essex, 23, was among 11 people killed August 16th, when the Black Hawk helicopter they were riding in crashed.  Essex was the helicopter’s gunner.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. However, media reports have stated the Taliban has claimed credit for shooting down the helicopter in Kandahar province.

A member of the Army’s 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Essex is the twenty-first North Coast service member killed in the Global War on Terror since 2001.  He previously served a yearlong tour in Iraq, deployed to Afghanistan last fall and was due home in November.

He was a 2008 graduate of Kelseyville High School. He played the bass guitar, was an artist and a published poet, with one book of poetry to his credit and another ready to be published soon.

Along U.S. 101, emergency personnel and private citizens gathered on overpasses to honor the soldier’s passing motorcade. Crowds waving American flags, holding thank-you signs and saluting lined the streets in Kelseyville.

“What a wonderful welcome home for Richard,” Noella Essex, Richard’s step-mother, wrote on her Facebook page. “People lined up for miles as his body was taken home — twenty or so police cars from all around, fire trucks, people with flags flying for their home town solider.”

Essex is survived by his mother and step-father, Marion and Brett Hopkins of Kelseyville; father and step-mother, Charles and Noella Essex of Crescent City, sisters, Stacey Hopkins and Jennifer Williamson; and brother, Michael Essex.

Murdered Nevada Politician’s Daughter Found Dead

The daughter of a murdered Nevada lawmaker has been found dead in Phoenix, Arizona, after allegedly shooting and killing her lesbian partner.

Dallas Augustine, who worked as a correctional officer in Florence, is suspected of shooting Jessie McCaskill before taking her own life. Police discovered the bodies of the women after a family member called 9-1-1 concerned for their welfare.

The couple married at the Hotel Del Coronado, in San Diego, September 22nd, 2007.  In May 2008, Dallas unsuccessfully ran for the Las Vegas Assembly District 12 seat her mother, Kathy held when she first entered politics in 1992.

Kathy Augustine also served in the state Senate before being elected state controller in 1998 and re-elected to a second term. The first woman to hold the job, she became the first constitutional officer in Nevada history to be impeached and convicted after she pleaded guilty to three ethics violations in 2004.

She was found unconscious in her Reno home, July 8th, 2006, dying four days later without regaining consciousness. Although early reports stated the cause of death was a massive heart attack, police soon came to suspect foul play.

Augustine’s husband, Chaz Higgs, attempted suicide by slitting his wrists in the couple’s Las Vegas home, July 14th.  He was later arrested in Virginia, September 29th, 2006, and charged with first degree murder in her death.

Higgs, a critical care nurse, allegedly made suspicious remarks to a co-worker about how to kill someone using succinylcholine. He was convicted of murder in Reno, June 29th, 2007.

Dallas’ father, Delta Air Lines pilot Charles Augustine, died from complications of a stroke August 19th, 2003. Since Higgs was his private nurse at the time, authorities had him disinterred in October 2006 where they determined his death was due to natural causes.

Higg was sentenced to life in prison, with a chance of parole after 20 years. In May 2009, the Nevada Supreme Court upheld his murder conviction in a majority decision.

The Maricopa County medical examiner’s office says Augustine and McCaskill are scheduled for autopsies by the end of the week.

Five Statements about Government and Wealth

You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.

When half of the people get the idea they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that’s the beginning of the end of any nation.

Uncle Adam and the Colt

There was a colt, which every time he heard anyone coming, he ran away. One afternoon, Uncle Adam came to where the pony was, but it just lowered his head, kicked up his hooves and galloped away.

Every time Uncle Adam got near him, the colt raced across the field. And his mother galloped with him and stayed by his side.

But Uncle Adam knew a lot about horses. So he jus’ went and leaned against a fence post and whistled gently to himself, never looking at the pony or his mother.

The colt saw Uncle Adam and he heard him whistling. However the pony jus’ lowered his head and nibbled grass.

Uncle Adam didn’t move and kept on whistling. Curious, the colt moved closer, nibbling some grass nearer to Uncle Adam.

But still Uncle Adam didn’t move and he kept on whistling. Then after a while he walked out of the field the way he had come and went away.

The next day he came back, and he stood there whistling and he gave the mother horse a cube of sugar. The third day when he came, he walked over to the mother horse and put a halter over her head and gave her another cube of sugar.

Then Uncle Adam led her around the field, and the pony followed after, close to his mother’s side.  After a few times around the pasture, he let the mother go and walked away, paying no attention to the colt whatsoever.

Uncle Adam returned a fifth day and a sixth, giving the mother a cube of sugar and walking her around the pasture, with the pony close to her side. By this time the colt was feeling more comfortable with Uncle Adam’s presence.

On the seventh day, Uncle Adam returned and instead of offering the mother a cube of sugar, he offered it to the pony. The little horse gladly accepted, and from then on he freely followed Uncle Adam around the pasture.

It was then Uncle Adam knew it was time to start training the colt to be a working ranch horse.

The Dream that is Obamnesty

Democratic officials believe the growing Hispanic population in battleground states like Nevada gives those who embrace the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors amnesty legislation or DREAM Act, an edge in November’s elections. Nevada Congresswoman and U.S. Senate candidate Shelley Berkley supports the act and Senator Harry Reid made it the centerpiece of his reelection win in 2010.

Yet, three times, Congress voted down the DREAM Act. It should be clear to President Obama and others, that so-called middle-class Americans do not want amnesty enacted, especially not while our borders remain unsecured.

On the day Obamnesty went into effect, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed an executive order directing state agencies to deny driver’s licenses and other public benefits to illegal aliens granted “deferred action” amnesty and work authorizations after hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants began lining up across the nation to apply. In Arizona, an estimated 80,000 eligible illegal immigrants will apply for amnesty resulting in what Brewer calls “significant and lasting impacts on the Arizona budget, its health care system and additional public benefits that Arizona taxpayers fund.”

Ohio State Congressman Courtney Combs proposed an Arizona-style immigration law after the Supreme Court’s June ruling to uphold the key enforcement provision of Arizona’s SB 1070. If this anti-amnesty legislation passes, it will relieve Ohio taxpayers of $878 million in annual costs to support, educate, and care for illegal aliens and their dependents.

But Americans in other states aren’t so lucky.

Chicago’s Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Democratic U.S. Senator Dick Durbin announced $275,000 in funds to cover thousands of illegal aliens’ $465 application fees. Then New York state officials set aside $450,000 in grants to be donated to three advocacy groups helping thousands of illegal aliens apply for Obamnesty work permits.

So not only will 1.8 million illegal aliens be competing for our jobs, but politicians are make it easier for them to do it.

Harry Reid Assails Dead Nevada Senator

Once again Senator Harry Reid is busy rewriting both Nevada and U.S. history.  When asked about renaming Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport during a ceremony at the airport’s new Terminal Three, he said he was for it — but that’s not all he had to say.

“Pat McCarran was one of the most anti-Semitic — some of you might know my wife’s Jewish — one of the most anti-black, one of the most prejudiced people who has ever served in the Senate,” said Reid, “It’s not a decision I’m going to make, but if you ask me to give my opinion, I don’t think his name should be on anything.”

McCarran was a United States Senator from Nevada from 1933 until his death in 1954.  He was also Nevada Chief Justice, chairman of the Nevada State Board of Parole Commissioners, chairman of the Nevada State Board of Bar Examiners and district attorney for Nye County.

The only thing he was “anti-” on was Communism — which he hated with a passion.

This is the second time Reid has attacked a deceased Nevada politician. In 2009, he released his biography, “The Good Fight,” a play on words referring to his boxing background, claiming Nevada U.S. Congressman Walter Baring told him President John Kennedy’s assassination was “a good thing.”

“There is no way my dad would have said anything like that, much less to Harry Reid,” said Jeff Baring, son of former Congressman Walter Baring, “Simply, no way.”

As I said then — and repeat now — Reid needs mental health help.