Harry Reid’s New Burden

“Nothing so strongly impels a man to regard the interest of his constituents, as the certainty of returning to the general mass of the people, from whence he was taken, where he must participate in their burdens.” George Mason is quoted as saying during the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 17, 1788.

And as you know by now, Nevada Senator Harry Reid has decided to call it quits and saying he’ll not seek reelection in 2016.

During the 32 years Reid’s served in Congress the debt of the federal government has grown $16,955,289,814,977.42. That equals an increase of about $145,131 for every household in the country.

When Reid was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1982, according to the ‘Monthly Statement of the Public Debt’ for December 1982, the total public debt of the federal government was $1.97 trillion. As of March 25 of this year, the latest day for which debt numbers are available, the federal debt was $18.152 trillion.

That means the federal debt’s increased jus’ under $17 trillion. That increase, when applied to the current $155,378 debt carried by every U.S. household, means that 93 percent of that debt came during Reid’s tenure.

Now, Reid, whose personal wealth has grown since he’s been in Congress, will walk away with a taxpayer-funded pension of nearly 70 percent of his senatorial base pay, which is jus’ over $200,000. So it begs the question: what burden does Reid share with the ‘general mass of the people?’

It must be nice work, if you can get it.

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Progressive Education: Banning the Flag and Honoring Terrorists

In a letter to James Madison, dated November 30, 1785, George Washington wrote, “We are either a United people, or we are not. If the former, let us, in all matters of general concern act as a nation, which have national objects to promote, and a national character to support. If we are not, let us no longer act a farce by pretending to it.”

What a difference 230-years make.

Recently, six-members of the Associated Students of University of California Irvine (ASUCI) voted to ban the American flag from the campus. And when other student leaders stood up against the ban, a group of university professors signed a letter showing their solidarity with students.

“U.S. nationalism often contributes to racism and xenophobia, and that the paraphernalia of nationalism is in fact often used to intimidate,” reads the letter.

Following the vote, ASUCI president Reza Zomorrodian said, “It’s an attack on American values. A lot of people want to come to the United States for a reason — it’s because of the freedoms we have.”

Thankfully, wisdom prevailed, and the resolution was overturned.

Now, a black student organization at the University of California at Berkeley is demanding the university rename a building on campus after Assata Shakur, a former Black Panther, convicted cop killer and the first woman named to the FBI’s Most-Wanted Terrorist List. But to members of the Black Student Union at Berkeley, she’s an “icon of resistance within oppressed communities (who) represents black resilience in the face of state-sanctioned violence.”

These demands should come as no surprise to anyone as a 1989 study by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching found 70 percent of the professors in the major liberal arts colleges and research universities considered themselves liberal.

The same study found most professors at major universities do little teaching. Their primary activity is research funded through agencies, like the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the USDA, and others.

Furthermore, many students are supported by government-subsidized loans and grants. The U.S. Department of Education says about a third of all students at public, four-year colleges and universities, and half the students at private colleges and universities, receive financial aid from the federal government.

Perhaps it’s time to federally defund colleges and universities and place the impetus of education at the feet of the local community that the institution serves.

Remaining True to Self

Simply put: I refuse to engage in rumor-mongering. Someone can say all the nasty things they want about me – but I will not return the favor.

Recently, I went for job interview and discovered I am being ‘bad mouthed’ by another person. When I was asked to ‘explain’ my side of the story, I responded with, “Let’s jus’ say neither of us is perfect, and much of it comes down to a personality conflict.”

Needless to say, I didn’t get the job. C’est la vie.

What Comes After Harry Reid Leaves

Having come down with pneumonia, I’m supposed to be in bed recuperating and not at the computer screen as I am now.  But I jus’ couldn’t stay away after hearing that Senator Harry Reid would retire in 22-months.

My thoughts raced ahead to the near future and I see a rather bleak picture as Reid’s exit is timed to create greater dysfunction in Washington D.C.

First, Reid, ever the troublemaker, has endorsed New York Chuck-You Shummer for his leadership position despite Senator Dick Turbin being next in the line of ascension.  Reid’s selection isn’t a surprise as Chuck-You is slightly more Progressive than Turbin.

If there is to be a battle, this is where it’ll really be waged. And it will be great sporting fun to watch the Progressives in the Democratic party tear themselves apart trying to figure out jus’ how Progressive they want to be seen.

Back in his home state — my home state — Reid has pointed a shaky finger at Nevada’s former States Attorney General, Catherine Cortez Masto as the person best equipped to fill his vacating seat. If she accepts, her candidacy would come with baggage — she is a Democrat after all.

On the other hand, the Nevada GOP has a candidate primed and as Progressive as Reid was when he started in national politics 30 years ago. That would be Nevada’s current Governor, Brian Sandoval, who is no stranger to quitting a job to climb ‘the ladder of success,’ by one more rung.

Finally, with Hapless Harry stepping down, that means Nevada’s junior Senator, Dean Heller will automatically fill the gap. A promising Constitutional stalwart, Heller has slip a few Progressive gears since becoming a Senator.

So, alas, when it’s all boiled down, nothing will have really changed for Nevada and that means the same for the U.S.

FOIA Be Damned and Full Delete Ahead

President Obama hailed his administration for its transparency in February 2014, saying “This is the most transparent administration in history.”

Too bad his message got lost in the email.

The White House is now exempting its Office of Administration from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) saying office doesn’t have to comply with the law because it only provides administrative support and business services to the president’s executive office.  The rule change means there’ll no longer be a formal process for the public to ask that the White House voluntarily disclose records as part of what’s known as a “discretionary disclosure.”

Furthermore the White House said it was not allowing a 30-day public comment period, and so the rule change is final. It’s because of a FOIA request that it was discovered Hillary Clinton’s “personal” government-business emails were not stored on a federally operated server.

The timing of the announcement amounts to another ‘optics’ problem for the White House as President James Madison’s birthday, March 16th is known as ‘National Freedom of Information Day.’ The White House did not respond to questions about the timing of the official rule change, but did note that Obama won an award from the organizing groups of Sunshine Week in 2011 for his policies.

Don’t worry though, because at least in theory, we’ll be able to see all of Obama’s “personal” government-business emails beginning in January 2021.

The Many Scandals that Make-up Hillarygate

Hillary Clinton claimed she used a private email address and server as a matter of convenience, not wanting to use two cells. But during a women’s conference in Santa Clara, California, Hillary said she uses two cell phones.

“I want to ask the big question — iPhone or Android?” the interviewer said.

“iPhone! Okay, in full disclosure — and a Blackberry,” Hillary responded.

Hillary also used an iPad during her time as secretary of state under President Obama, which was not cleared by the administration because it was not considered secure. But she’s been involved in scandals before including a Y2K one aptly named ‘Email-gate.’

The White House email system in the year 2000 apparently contained a glitch that allowed thousands of emails to escape record, many of which were evidence to other Clinton scandals, becoming the basis for Hillary’s first email scandal. The nature of this glitch was allegedly undisclosed in order to hide email evidence from investigators.

In 1978 and 1979, Hillary engaged in a series of trades of cattle futures contracts. Her initial $1,000 investment had generated nearly $100,000 when she stopped trading after ten months, leading to what would become known as the ‘Cattlegate.’ Many believed it to be a bribe, camouflaged as futures trades, from Tyson Foods Inc.

In March 1992, ‘Whitewater scandal’ began with investigations into the real estate investments of Bill and Hillary Clinton and their associates, Jim and Susan McDougal, in the Whitewater Development Corporation, a failed business venture in the 1970s and 1980s.

Deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster was found dead July 20, 1993. He was distraught at the prospect of being grilled about the shady affairs of Hillary Clinton.  His death was ruled a suicide. Hillary later ordered the shredding of Foster’s documents in the Rose Law Firm.

The ‘Castle Grande Land-flip Scandal’ was a scandal within a scandal involving real estate development project in Arkansas. It came into National news as a result of the Whitewater investigations. In 1994, the Castle Grande billing records were subpoenaed, but were not produced at that time.

In 1996, Hillary was accused by the Senate Special Whitewater Committee of ordering the removal of potentially damaging files related to Whitewater from Foster’s office on the night of his death and telling aides to lie about their removal. A year and a half later, a White House employee, found the billing records in the private quarters of the first family, right outside Hillary’s private office.

“Travelgate’ became news in May 1993, after Hillary had seven employees of the White House Travel Office fired in order to give the pricey travel business to her Hollywood pals, Linda Bloodworth Thomason and Harry Thomason. The White House finally releases more than 2,000 documents on June 25, 1996, on the travel office firings, originally requested two years prior by congressional investigators.

During 1994 investigation into ‘Hillarycare,’ a federal judge ordered a trial to find out if Hillary’s heath care task force illegally operated in secret. It was discovered she has speculated in Health Care industry futures while overseeing legislative reform of same, failed to correct false testimony by co-defendant Ira Magaziner in Health Care trial and ordered members of the Health Care Task Force to shred documents that were the target of a court probe.

Dubbed the ‘Drug Dealer Donor Scandal,’ it involved convicted drug trafficker Jorge Cabrera. He made $20,000 donation to the Clinton’s campaign and was invited to the White house in December 1995 without Secret Service present.  Cabrera was asked for a campaign contribution while in hotel in Havana, by Vivian Mannerud, a Cuban-American businesswoman from Miami.

The money was returned and after a few weeks, the story stopped making news.

‘Filegate’ arose in June 1996 around improper access in 1993 and 1994 to Federal Bureau of Investigation security-clearance documents. Craig Livingstone, director of the White House’s Office of Personnel Security, improperly requested, and received from the FBI, background reports concerning several hundred individuals without asking permission.

‘Chinagate’ was an effort by the People’s Republic of China in 1996 to influence domestic American politics prior to and during the Clinton administration and also involved the fund-raising practices of the administration itself. The Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C. was used for coordinating contributions in violation of U.S. law forbidding non-American citizens or non-permanent residents from giving monetary donations to U.S. politicians and political parties.

Federal investigators later concluded that China made off with the “crown jewels” of our nuclear weapons research under Clinton’s open-door policy. Commerce Secretary Ron Brown, who served as Clinton’s front man in many Chinese deals died suddenly in a suspicious April 1996 plane crash.

Reminiscent of ‘Chinagate,” Norman Yung Yuen Hsu, a convicted pyramid investment promoter, and major Democratic donor gave nearly a million dollars to Hillary’s 2008 campaign. She was later forced to return more than $800,000 in Hsu-linked contributions in the scandal that soon became known as ‘bundlegate.’

In 2013 Hillary found herself embroiled in yet another scandal. This time it was her use of propaganda to mislead the public about the circumstances of the Benghazi terrorist attack on the American embassy in Libya that left four Americans dead.

“Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night and decided they’d go kill some Americans,” Clinton tritely screech. “What difference – at this point, what difference does it make?”

If elected in 2016, we’re sure to find out.

Phil Parriott, 1984-2015

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The first time I read the news I’m about to convey, it came through a series of ‘drunk messaging’s,’ through Facebook. I didn’t take it too seriously because as I said before, the guy messaging me, admitted he was intoxicated.

Then this morning, I received another ‘Facebook message,’ from some one who is close to the family. It was then that I reacted with: Oh. My. God.

News Talk 780 KOH Assistant Program Director Phil Parriott died in a single vehicle accident in Cedarville, California on Saturday morning.  He’s survived by his parents Sandra and Sam Parriott and sisters Jaime and Jillienne Parriott,

Funeral Services are scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 12 noon at Ross, Burke and Knobel Mortuary, 2155 Kietzke Lane in Reno.  Phil was jus’ 29-years-old.