Where liberty dwells, there is my country. -- Ben Franklin
Suborned in the U.S.A.
The birth-certificate controversy is about Obama’s honesty
By Andrew C. McCarthy
THROUGHOUT the 2008 campaign, Barack Hussein Obama claimed it was a “smear” to refer to him as “Barack Hussein Obama.” The candidate had initially rhapsodized over how his middle name, the name of the prophet Mohammed’s grandson, would signal a new beginning in American relations with the Muslim world. But when the nomination fight intensified, Obama decided that Islamic heritage was a net negative. So, with a media reliably uncurious about political biographies outside metropolitan Wasilla, Obama did what Obama always does: He airbrushed his personal history on the fly.
Suddenly, it was “just making stuff up,” as Obama put it, for questioners “to say that, you know, maybe he’s got Muslim connections.” “The only connection I’ve had to Islam,” the candidate insisted, “is that my grandfather on my father’s side came from [Kenya]. But I’ve never practiced Islam.” Forget about “Hussein”; the mere mention of Obama’s middle initial — “H” — riled the famously thin-skinned senator. Supporters charged that “shadowy attackers” were “lying about Barack’s religion, claiming he is a Muslim.” The Obamedia division at USA Today, in a report subtly titled “Obama’s grandma slams ‘untruths,’” went so far as to claim that Obama’s Kenyan grandmother is a Christian — even though a year earlier, when Obama’s “flaunt Muslim ties” script was still operative, the New York Times had described the same woman, 85-year-old Sara Hussein Obama, as a “lifelong Muslim” who proclaimed, “I am a strong believer of the Islamic faith.” [continued]
Millions in public's
MAY 19 — Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority Vice Chairman Keith Smith is refusing to answer questions about the authority's long-standing policy of advancing millions of dollars in interest-free operating funds to Airwave Productions, an affiliate of the authority's advertising firm, R&R Partners. [continued]
Harry and the
Two different reports say U. S. Senate Majority Leader Reid received grocery bags of cash, ballot-stuffing from infamous pimp Joe Conforte
By W. W. Anderson
LAS VEGAS – A long-time political consultant and former campaign manager for U.S. Senator Harry Reid has gone public with allegations that Reid had a secret and corrupt relationship with the notorious pimp Joe Conforte, of the famed Mustang Ranch brothel that for decades sat outside of Reno.
The account quoting Don Williams -- manager of several Reid campaigns, including the 1970 race for Nevada Lieutenant Governor -- is in Harry: Money, Mob and Influence in Harry Reid's Nevada, by Daxton Brown. [continued]
AG again flouts law
CARSON CITY – Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto had to ignore Nevada law when she rejected the request of Gov. Jim Gibbons to join other states challenging the constitutionality of the controversial health reform bill pushed through the Senate by Harry Reid, signed by President Obama and opposed by most Americans.
Nevada statutes specifically require the Office of the Attorney General to accede to the direction of the governor of the state in such matters. NRS 228.170, which deals with legal actions to protect the interest of the State of Nevada states:
"1. Whenever the Governor directs or when, in the opinion of the Attorney General, to protect and secure the interest of the State it is necessary that a suit be commenced or defended in any federal or state court, the Attorney General shall commence the action or make the defense." (Emphasis added.)
more background: March 30
In the high-stakes poker game that is the 2009 Legislature, Republican Bill Raggio has laid down his cards. No raise. No call. Not that anyone's surprised. The easiest mark of the session has been showing his tax-hiking tells since Election Day. With state revenues falling alongside the fortunes of this state's tourism industry, the sympathies of the state Senate minority leader indisputably lie with those of big-spending majority Democrats. [continued]
Hydrologist: Vegas water authority planning another Owens Valley
By Emily Green
Las Vegas Sun
The raw glory of the Mojave and Great Basin deserts is difficult to imagine from the paved fantasyland of Las Vegas. As the road wends north of the city, past sun-soaked bluffs into Pahranagat Valley, there is what looks like a river but are in fact four spring-fed lakes running for some 40 miles. Audubon himself would weep at the birdlife working this watering spot on the Pacific flyway. Bald eagles ride the breezes. Herons skid across the water. [continue]
Earlier in the same series:
Reid names his legacy: 'the
rape of White Pine County'
To save his family’s livelihood from a Las Vegas water scheme that could reduce his land to dust, a White Pine County rancher joins forces with Utah
By Emily Green, Las Vegas Sun
When Southern Nevada Water Authority Manager Pat Mulroy appealed to Congress in 2004 to provide right of way for a pipeline to deliver ground water from the heart of Nevada to Las Vegas, Utah stirred.
One of the two sweetest valleys targeted by Las Vegas sat bang on the state line between Nevada and Utah. And not just Utah, but Brigham Young’s chosen seat for the original Utah Territory. Utah quickly attached a condition to the bill: Before Nevada could draw from any shared water system, both states had to negotiate the amount. Or, as an incandescent Mulroy described it, Utah gained a “veto” on her pipeline project. [continue]
By David Brooks
Harry Reid sits alone at his kitchen
table at 4 a.m., writing important notes in crayon on the outside of
envelopes. It's been four weeks since he launched his personal
investigation into the Republican plot to manipulate intelligence to
trick the American people into believing Saddam Hussein had weapons
of mass destruction. [more]
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