By Kathryn Reed
Two SnowGlobe attendees were found unconscious and suffering from hypothermia Tuesday night near a dumpster at Lake Tahoe Hard Rock.
“The security at Hard Rock did a great job knowing what was going on around the property. They found her by a dumpster and the kid had crawled up on one of the vehicles. Both were unconscious when they were found,” Eric Guevin, spokesman for Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District, told Lake Tahoe News. “They are very lucky to be alive. If they had not been found, for certain they would be demised.”
He said they had been imbibing alcohol, drugs or both. They were taken to Barton Memorial Hospital.
Temperatures were in the teens most of Dec. 30, dropping below zero with the wind chill.
Guevin said when the two were revived they told paramedics they had been at SnowGlobe, the three-day music festival at the ball fields adjacent to Lake Tahoe Community College in South Lake Tahoe. They also had the wristband all concertgoers must wear and were dressed as though they had been there, Guevin added.
They were found about 9pm.
(Earlier in the evening a Hard Rock security officer was taken to Barton for a non-work related medical emergency.)
Two years ago 19-year-old Alyssa Byrne of Petaluma died of hypothermia after leaving SnowGlobe. Her body was found in a snowbank off Pioneer Trail near Al Tahoe Boulevard.
Members of her family are at this year’s three-day concert, which ends tonight. They are promoting the Always Buddy Program. The slogan is: “I promise to never let myself or anyone I love leave an unfamiliar place without a buddy system.”
Guevin also stressed the importance of friends staying together and letting people know when you will be returning so if you are overdue, authorities can be notified.
South Lake Tahoe Police Chief Brian Uhler told Lake Tahoe News there have been minor violations involving drugs and alcohol at the concert, but nothing significant.
Concert promoters went from a staff of 70 security officers to more than 100 this year. Part of the reason is to be better prepared for any situation, but also because more people are attending. The first year about 9,000 people showed up each night, while this year the projection was for 15,000 attendees each of the three nights.
The city received two noise complaints the first night and four the next. The loud thumping of the bass is the problem.
One person near the venue told Lake Tahoe News, “The sustained noise/bass just wears on you. If I had this noise issue with a neighbor, I could contact the police and have the noise level reduced.”
South Lake Tahoe City Manager Nancy Kerry told Lake Tahoe News the decibel level is within the range of what the contract calls for.
Lack of snow has the sound traveling farther and the wind also carries it.
The city has made a concerted effort to make sure people are dressing appropriately. In years past lots of flesh could be seen, while this year people are more bundled up to handle the bitter cold. Lodging properties have been diligently telling concertgoers to dress for the elements.
“Start warm, stay warm” is the message on electronic signs that have been strategically placed in town.
This year’s event is over at 1am Jan. 1, with fireworks being the finale.
Hustle warns that when you call the cops, you often put your own life at risk. It’s a problem thatReason readers are certainly familiar with. His music video shows countless clips of officers punching, pepper spraying, and otherwise brutalizing people.
The rapper issued a press release to accompany the song:
Increasing militarization of police in our country is becoming a threat to life and liberty. Laws are supposed to help and protect people. But when those laws – and the people that enforce them – become the danger, then someone must raise their voice. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who watches the watchers? Me, you and other artists who care.
His lyrical accusations are, in a lot of cases, a little too broad for my taste. The majority of police are, of course, law-abiding people. However, he does highlight some of significant specific incidents that Reason has also covered:
- The fatal beating of homeless, mentally ill Kelly Thomas in California.
- The fatal shooting of homeless, mentally ill James Boyd in New Mexico.
- The anal assault of David Eckert, who rolled through a stop sign.
Yesterday, he made the track available on iTunes for 99 cents. The proceeds will go to Bounkham Phonesavanh, the then-19-month-old baby who was critically injured by a police flash-bang grenade during a raid in May.
Had he waited a few more days, maybe he could have included this ongoing story about a17-year-old who was fatally shot when he opened a door for a cop.
Here’s the video. At three days old, it’s got over 50,000 hits.
In 2014, the problem of police brutality forced itself to the forefront of the national conversation following the brutal killing of Americans at the hands of the police. This increased attention has been a success for activists from all walks of life and for the well-being of citizens. The problem of racism and police murders that involve it is finally receiving widespread acknowledgment and opposition.
But as much as the issue of police abuse needs attention, it remains that injustice in America permeates layers of society that transcend law enforcement, race, and problems of direct violence against citizens.
Rather, police brutality is a symptom of much deeper decay in the concept and system of “justice” in the United States. As much as murderous cops escaping punishment is outrageous, here are other travesties that occurred in 2014:
The Senate attempted to stifle the free speech of any journalist it did not define as “press,” calling the bill a protection of the first amendment. Most of Congress cheered Israel on from June through the summer while it pummeled Gaza. They authorizedhundreds of millions in material support. At the end of the summer, President Obama began illegally bombing Syria while drone attacks exposed for killing civilians and children continued.
In just the time since the non-indictment of Darren Wilson, the government has committed a litany of offenses: it stole 2400 acres of Apache native lands to give to a foreign mining company that had been lobbying Congress for a decade. The FDA approved an addictive painkiller to combat addiction to painkillers. Congress moved to invalidate the electoral vote in Washington D.C. that legalized marijuana. It further enabled the NSA to spy on Americans in spite of empty rhetoric promising reform.
Naturally, lawmakers continued the state of perpetual war by renewing the military funding bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (where it gave away the Apache lands). It still guarantees the government’s right to indefinitely detain Americans without trial and it can still torture non-Americans however it likes.
All of these cruel, violative, and often violent instances prove that “justice,” which is supposed to mean “moral rightness,” is as dead as unarmed black men at the hands of police in America. But within the so-called “justice system,” there are more flagrant, direct examples of this lack of justice:
The government, via the IRS and DOJ, is authorized to confiscate the life savings of law-abiding Americans who are not suspected of crimes. There is little redress for the robbery committed against them (cops are also guilty of stealing possessions under the shelter of the DOJ). At the same time, the IRS directly funds tangible, violent crimes by federally funding murderous police and military. Further, banks tied to illegal money laundering for drug cartels (a clearly illegal action) are given what amount to slaps on the wrist.
Take the problem of dogs murdered by police. While individuals who harm police dogs are viciously charged with assaulting an officer and sent to jail for decades, it is a rare occurrence to see a cop reprimanded for murdering a dog while on duty. In some cases cops have been put on paid leave, but police are rarely charged for killing family pets. The same can be said for a civilian killing a cop versus a cop killing an unarmed civilian: to kill a cop is capital punishment. To kill a civilian is a paid vacation andmaybe some bad press for police.
At this discrepancy rages on, non-violent individuals are thrown in jail for possessing marijuana (fortunately in 2014, the tide began to turn) while pharmaceutical companies that produce lethal pills are not only emboldened by the FDA, but free from punishment in court.
While the government spies on all American citizens, collects their data, and cops create “threat ratings” based on social media posts, there is zero transparency on the part of the state. On multiple occasions the DOJ has argued in court to keepdocuments sealed.
It took years for the government to release the legal “justification” for the president’s kill list. It did so only when pressed.
2014 made it clear that there is not only an utterly destroyed sense of justice in the United States, but that the justice system in particular is a sham.
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Allen was recently elected as the next Washoe County Sheriff and says it isn’t easy closing this chapter of his career.
“It makes you feel very proud and it’s kind of an emotional moment; I’ve watched so many people retire in this room many times over the last decade or so and you just never think it’s going to be you receiving recognition for your service; it’s a very proud and humble moment for me and my family,” says Sheriff-elect Allen.
Allen is set to be swarn in as Washoe County Sheriff on Monday.
On Dec. 20, two NYPD officers were killed by a man who wrote on Instagram “they take 1 of ours…. Let’s take 2 of theirs.” And “#RIPEricGarner and #RIPMikeBrown.”
NYPD Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos
Since then — and to some extent, before then — the idea that protesters advocate for officer deaths has become a subject of debate.
Demonstrators in New York city, on Dec. 1.
On Dec. 28: Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a former prosecutor who casts himself as tough on crime, said on CBS’s Face the Nation that protesters are “horrible” for “yelling ‘kill the police, kill the police.’”
Giuliani said that while some of the protesters were legitimate, “some of those protesters were horrible, yelling ‘kill the police, kill the police, kill the police.’ I don’t ever remember protests where people were yelling ‘kill the police’ since the 1960s and ’70s.”
And on Dec. 21, Republican Rep. Peter King of Long Island blamed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for not denouncing “thousands of demonstrators chanting they wanted dead cops, they wanted dead cops now.”
Giuliani and King didn’t return requests for comment.
Dec. 23: Media writer Dan Gainor referenced a “dead cops” chant, saying, “the same sentiment spread on Twitter as some were gleeful about the murders” in arecent USA Today column.
Gainor told BuzzFeed News that a video where some protesters appear to chant about “dead cops” (more on that below) was ignored by traditional media before the two police officers were killed in New York and that protest organizers like Al Sharpton only disavowed the video after their deaths.
Gainor said the protesters have created a “climate of hate against law enforcement.”
“They celebrated the deaths of the officers on Twitter and have even editorialized in support of violence,” Gainor said. “The protesters are virulently anti-police, just like the Occupiers before them.”
Dec. 16: Michael Goodwin, a New York Post columnist and Fox News contributor, wrote about the “hundreds if not thousands in Manhattan caught on tape chanting, ‘What do we want?’ and answering: ‘Dead cops.’”
Goodwin called the anti-cop protesters “violent and disruptive” and “hell-bent on mayhem” in a recent Post column.
He added, “the whole narrative of widespread police brutality is a big fat lie.”
“It’s not a question of whether a majority of protesters were guilty of any of these acts, but that those who were made up a significant enough portion that it is wrong to say the movement as a whole was peaceful,” Goodwin told BuzzFeed News. “How many violent, disruptive people would it take for you to call them symbolic?”
Nov. 25: Blogger Michelle Malkin accused Obama of saying “nothing about the murderous strain of racial animus against America’s men and women in blue.”
The basis for these commentaries — and the idea that the majority of protesters advocate for dead officers — is a viral video and online radical groups who don’t identify with the larger protesters.
It largely began with this video, uploaded to YouTube on Dec. 13 by user “Carswell Lightnose,” where about 100 New York City protesters sound like they are chanting, “What do we want? Dead cops.” It has garnered at least 400,00 views.
The group was presumably part of the Million March NYC protest that took place on the same day in New York.
Lightnose told the Daily Beast that while he could not identify which group the protesters were affiliated with, he saw that they were carrying a banner that read, “No Cops No Prisons.”
The video, at most, showed around a few hundred protesters marching down the street, and not “thousands of demonstrators,” as Rep. Peter King described.
Another instance came in August, where protesters were documented yelling “kill the police” in the hours after Michael Brown was shot dead by officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri.
From the Aug. 10 Associated Press report:
A spokesman with the St. Louis County Police Department, which is investigating the shooting at the request of the local department, confirmed a Ferguson police officer shot the man. The spokesman didn’t give the reason for the shooting. St. Louis County police said a large crowd confronted officers following the shooting, yelling such things as “kill the police.”
The “dead cops” chant seems to originate with a group called the Trayvon Martin Organizing Committee (TMOC), the Daily Beast reported.
On Facebook, the TMOC says, “We talk back. We take the streets. For Ferguson. For Mike, for Trayvon, for Eric, for Kimani. For all the black and brown bodies robbed of life. We’re sick and tired of this shit.”
In a statement to the Daily Beast, Trayvon Martin’s parents said they were in no way affiliated to the group and rejected its message of violence in their son’s name.
The group has 2,173 likes on its Facebook page and 406 followers on Twitter.
TMOC appears to be operating independent of other organized protest groups and civil rights demonstrations including Ferguson Action, Millions March, and Black Lives Matter, which have a legitimate and larger social media presence. Ferguson Action has over 12,000 Twitter followers while Black Lives Matter has nearly 30,000 Facebook likes.
The group’s tweets and posts indicate its contempt for police officers, often referred to as “pigs,” as well as peaceful protesters.
A statement posted by a TMOC member says, “We envision a world where the police are abolished.”
TMOC was also responsible for a #TurnUpTheAnger contingent within the Millions March NYC on Dec. 13.
While the Millions March NYC said its aim was to demand justice for the people of color killed by misuse of police force, the Turn Up The Anger contingent wanted to ” take the streets together and show our anger” against “the fucking racist pigs.”
The “No Cops No Prisons” banner that was in the YouTube “dead cops” chant video was also seen with the Turn Up For Anger contingent.
Red and black flags, visible in the video, were also part of the group’s protest.
Apart from TMOC, there are a handful of other small-scale radicalized online groups such as “Generation Zero,” which refers to its members as “ultras” — “an association of antagonists, young, angry and disciplined.”
On Dec. 21, the ultras’ Twitter account, which has 238 followers, posted a celebratory cartoon with the words “Officer Down.”
Similar groups such as New York Year Zero appear to advocate violence against the police but do not seem to actively organize independent protests against them.
Apart from these groups, anti-police activists and trolls on Twitter use memes and hashtags to promote their agenda.
Hashtags such as #killcops and #ShootThePolice are employed by a faction of Twitter users who have anywhere between a few hundred to a thousand followers. They’re largely not endorsed by the main protest movement.
#ShootThePolice, a movement originally intended to record police brutality, was co-opted by online radicals and trolls after the gunman who shot two NYPD officers posted threats using the hashtag.
Anti-police Facebook groups and pages have beenreported or removed, while Instagram has disabled search for hashtags such as #ShootThePolice.
A headline on the front page of BuzzFeed described the chant of “dead cops” as a “myth.” In fact, marchers appearing to chant those words appear on a YouTube video embedded in this post. Dec. 31, 2014, at 12:55 p.m.
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) – Two officers were rushed to a local hospital Wednesday after the Las Vegas Metro police helicopter they were in went down in a neighborhood near downtown.
Officer Laura Meltzer with Metro reported a call of the incident at 1:29 p.m. in the area of Bonanza Road and 23rd Street.
The officers on board the air unit were taken to University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
Metro urged motorists to avoid the area during its investigation.
Police at the scene said the officers in the helicopter were pursuing a suspect when the crash occurred. The crash is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration. It could be weeks until the cause of the crash is determined, Metro officers said.
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Showing that even the police are incredibly brainwashed by TV programming that always shows them as needed heroes the New York police may have made a career-threatening mistake by effectively going on strike this month.
The 34,500 uniformed members of the NYPD, which Mayor Bloomberg once called the world’s seventh largest army, had two of their members shot this month and in protest they decided to stop harassing people for awhile.
According to the New York Post, in the week after the shootings, citations for traffic violations fell by 94 percent, from 10,069 to 587 compared to the same week in 2013. Summonses for low-level offenses like public drinking and urination also plunged 94 percent — from 4,831 to 300. Even parking violations are way down, dropping by 92 percent, from 14,699 to 1,241. Drug arrests by cops assigned to the NYPD’s Organized Crime Control Bureau — which are part of the overall number — dropped by 84 percent, from 382 to 63.
In other words, tens of thousands of victimless crimes were actually treated the way they should be… not as crimes at all.
If this was done in protest to garner public support it has massively backfired as at least, according to the numbers above, 27,790 people weren’t harassed, kidnapped (arrested), extorted (fined) and had their week ruined last week for absolutely nothing.
There is plenty of precedent of how police have stopped enforcing victimless crimes and it having improved the lives of people in the community.
The most obvious one was in Acapulco, Mexico, where I am writing from, where I wrote this summer how the municipal and transit police went on strike and how much it improved the city. It improved it so much that still to this day there are no municipal and transit police as the people demanded that they did not want them back. (That article, “What Happens When All The Police In A Town Are Removed” was our most popular article of all-time with 19,000 likes and hundreds of thousands of shares). [Editor’s Note: If you’d like to see how well it works come on down to Anarchapulco this February 27th to March 1st where many of the world’s brightest free market thinkers will be congregating]
Other examples include a German town that removed all traffic lights and codes and resulted in much less traffic accidents (they virtually stopped) and a much better flow of traffic.
This makes complete sense. By trying to enforce the movements of millions of people down to intricate detail and having men with guns watching them to see if they break any of the countless rules (that now includes going either 1 km/h over or under the speed limit in New Zealand) it results in road rage, chaos, accidents and stifled traffic flow. The legalization of marijuana in Colorado has even led to a decrease in murders by more than 50%!
The simplest example of why this is would be to take a busy town square where thousands of people manage to walk through it all day without colliding into each other on a regular basis. If you were to take that town square and put up all sorts of rules for where people could walk, limits on how fast or slow they could walk and signs and stop lights it would reduce the square to a mess of people all walking unnaturally, the traffic flow would nearly come to a halt and nearly everyone would be angry and irritated. Then, if you add to it, people with guns walking around accosting people who don’t follow every rule perfectly and you have what we have today in most of the Western world. A horrific mess.
As for New York, one has to wonder how much longer the police will stop harassing people and how much longer it will be before people begin to question why they should even have them at all. Or, at the very least, why not reduce them by 90% and have the remaining 10% only investigate real, serious crimes with actual victims?
And once it gets to that point then perhaps people will realize that these sort of security and investigation operations can be done by the private market and get rid of centrally planned (communist-style) policing once and for all.
In Detroit there is a private security firm that has operated for the last decade with amazing results. In all their security operations not one person has ever gotten physically hurt including their client, the aggressor or the security firm employees.
Sadly the US has gone the route of heavy, communist-style central planning of many services including policing/security and the results are plain to see today all across the US.
With the NYPD stopping most of their operations in the last few weeks hopefully it will be enough to open many people’s eyes that this system itself is bad for society and they will search out free market solutions. Already the market has created countless solutions that negate the need for most police (and other) services, like the Peacekeeper App.
If people begin to realize this the only problem will be figuring out how to assimilate hundreds of thousands of mostly psychopathic police back into society. They will be the largest source of violence and crime once their government paid welfare checks stop cashing. But without their costumes and badges granting them virtual immunity from consequences of their own actions many of them will just recede into society and be “that guy” who beats people up at the bar sometimes or beats his wife (police beat their wives at double the national rate).
Bizarrely, many “conservatives” in the US can see how horrible central planning of things like welfare and minimum wage laws are but can’t quite see how central planning of security is just as bad for the same reasons.
Here’s to hoping that 2015 sees most of the New York Police Department unemployed and countless free market private enterprises come in that will show people, like Uber did, the difference between government controlled monopolies and free market solutions.
They go by a number of different names: DUI checkpoints, administrative roadblocks, mobile checkpoints, or as they are referred to by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, sobriety checkpoints. No matter the title, they all have the same effect: to allow the police to stop your vehicle for no articulable reason, ask for your license and registration, and ask you questions such as, “Where are coming from?” “Where are you going?” and — most importantly — “Have you been drinking?”
Under normal circumstances, an officer cannot stop your vehicle and ask you questions unless you have committed a traffic offense or the officer has a reasonable suspicion that you are engaged in some type of criminal behavior. This right we all have against “unreasonable seizures” is deeply embedded in the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
However, the United States Supreme Court decided in the case of Michigan v. Sitz, 496 U.S. 444 (1990), that a DUI roadblock, while in fact a “seizure within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment,” and therefore a constitutional violation of an individual right, was reasonable. The court utilized a “balancing test” and determined that the slight intrusion motorists experience at a checkpoint is outweighed by the “State’s interest in preventing drunken driving.”
Consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court Opinion, Nevada law allows police officers to set up sobriety checkpoints, referred to in the statute as an “administrative road block,” with specific requirements that the officers must follow.
Under Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 484.B570, the following must be completed for the roadblock to be constitutional:
- The roadblock must be clearly visible to approaching traffic for a distance of at least 100 yards in either direction.
- A sign must be placed at the center line of the road displaying the word “Stop” at not less than 50 yards from the administrative roadblock.
- At least one red flashing light must be at the side of the roadway, clearly visible to oncoming traffic at a distance of at least 100 yards.
The above requirements that indicate that a road block is ahead allow the driver to opt out of driving through the checkpoint, as long as there exists a legal turn the driver can make onto another street. Most people think that as they approach a sobriety checkpoint, they must continue straight into the lanes associated with the narrowing of traffic until they are inevitably met by the officer ready to question them. However, the statute does not require a driver who is approaching a sobriety checkpoint to continue into it, if a legal turn can be made. If you are late for an event (because most sobriety checkpoints are during holidays) or simply do not feel like waiting in a long, slow-moving line of cars, you are within your rights to make any legal turn onto another roadway.
It is extremely important to understand that while you are permitted to make a lawful turn before arriving at the roadblock, failing to stop at a sobriety checkpoint (i.e. driving right through) is a crime. So, once you are in the line of cars that are going through the checkpoint and a legal, alternative route no longer exists, you must comply with the officer at the end of your lane. Proceeding through the checkpoint without stopping and disobeying the lawful orders and/or direction of the police officer handling your lane is a gross misdemeanor which is punishable up to 1 year in prison. (NRS 484B.580).
When your vehicle approaches the officer, he or she can either waive you through or order you to stop and lower your window and ask you a series of questions. If after asking you questions the officer suspects that you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or if the officer suspects any criminal activity (possession of drug paraphernalia, warrants, traffic citations, etc.), then you will be instructed to proceed to a nearby area for further testing or processing.
What is interesting to note is that the state of Nevada and the Metropolitan Police Department recognize that stopping an automobile without probable cause or a reasonable suspicion that the driver has committed an offense can be considered a government intrusion.
Not only did the Nevada Legislature require the police to provide citizens with sufficient warning that the checkpoint is ahead through the use of flashing lights and signage, but Las Vegas police themselves have adopted some of the recommendations of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) regarding checkpoints. One of the more notable recommendations is that police departments publicize their impaired driving efforts by announcing their intentions to conduct sobriety checkpoints in advance. Metro follows this recommendation by announcing checkpoints on its website.
Remember – this article is written for law abiding citizens and no one who chooses to drive while intoxicated should attempt to evade detection. According to the NHSTA, one alcohol-related crash fatality occurs every 33 minutes. With that staggering statistic, there is no question that drunk driving is a very serious and often deadly issue. Any intoxicated driver presents a danger to us all – and a sobriety checkpoint furthers the interests of stopping those illegal drivers from harming other citizens.
My advice is one of zero tolerance – driving after any consumption of alcohol is a risk to your own freedom and safety. Taking a taxicab home or getting a ride from a friend is certainly better than spending the night in jail, the hospital or the morgue.
In sum, whether it be New Year’s Eve, Memorial Day, Labor Day, or any other holiday, you can expect to see sobriety checkpoints conducted by the Metropolitan Police Department throughout the Las Vegas Valley. Be cautious and do not drink and drive.
This information is for educational purposes and should not be considered specific legal advice. Always consult with a qualified attorney regarding your individual circumstances.
Marc Saggese is the owner of The Law Offices of Saggese & Associates. He has been a Las Vegas personal injury and criminal defense attorney for over 15 years. Mr. Saggese writes weekly about various issues of the law for reviewjournal.com. For more information visitwww.MaxLawNV.com or connect with him on Twitter, Facebookor Linkedin.
By Associated Press
A report shows Nevada ranks near the bottom for volunteer service in the nation.
The report from the Corporation for National and Community Service, released last week, ranks Nevada’s volunteer rate 49th among the 50 states and Washington, D.C.
Nevada only ranks ahead of New York and Louisiana.
For the ninth straight year, Utah topped the list as 44.6 percent of its residents volunteered in 2013.
Las Vegas ranks 47th among 51 large cities at 18.9 percent, while Reno ranks 67th among 75 mid-size cities at 21.6 percent.
The report is based on information from a monthly survey of 60,000 households done by the U.S. Census Bureau.
WASHINGTON – Newly released Justice Department documents shed new light on the federal investigation of former Nevada Sen. John Ensign, who was not charged in the scandal that led to his resignation in 2011.
The several thousand pages of documents from the Department of Justice were released in response to a lawsuit filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Government. They outline the internal debate by Justice Department officials concerning the scandal that involved an affair by Ensign with the wife of a staffer, a payment to the staffer, and attempts to get him work as a lobbyist after he left Ensign’s office.
CREW, in a report about the documents, said investigators established a “substantial record of criminal behavior by Sen. Ensign.”
“It appears the agency again fell victim to two of its most glaring weaknesses: undue deference to public officials and the reluctance to take on potentially tough clients with powerful legal representation,” the Washington organization concludes.
New docs shed light on why feds never charged Ensign
The summary of the documents by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington can be found here.
Ensign, a veterinarian, did not return a message left at his Nevada clinic.
The scandal broke in 2009 with the revelation that Ensign was having an affair with Cynthia Hampton, the wife of his friend and aide, Doug Hampton. Cynthia Hampton also worked as treasurer of Ensign’s campaign committee and leadership political action committee.
The Hamptons quit working for Ensign and then received $96,000 from the senator’s parents.
Ensign, according to a Senate Ethics Committee investigation, helped Doug Hampton get a job as a lobbyist and tried to direct clients to him.
The ethics committee concluded in May 2011 that there was “substantial credible evidence” that Ensign violated federal laws and referred the case to the Justice Department.
One focus of FBI investigators was whether the payment to the Hamptons was an illegal campaign contribution.
The Senate Ethics Committee said the payment had been described by Ensign as severance. Therefore, the part of the payment to Cynthia Hampton would constitute an excessive and illegal campaign contribution to Ensign, the ethics committee concluded, because it exceeded the $2,000 limit for authorized political committees and the $5,000 limit for other political committees. Not reporting the payment would also constitute a violation of campaign finance law.
But the Justice Department decided not to prosecute Ensign after Ensign’s father, Michael, told the FBI his son didn’t ask him to send the payment and he never recalled talking to his son about making any severance payments to the Hamptons.
The FBI also looked at whether Ensign violated the one-year ban on lobbying by former staffers by helping Hampton. Investigators found that Hampton immediately began lobbying Ensign’s office on behalf of companies that the senator had helped him sign as clients.
Hampton was indicted on seven felony charges of illegal lobbying but agreed to plead guilty to one misdemeanor charge of violating post-employment restrictions for former Senate staff members. He was sentenced to one year of probation. No charges were brought against Ensign.
The documents suggest prosecutors were concerned they did not have enough evidence to charge Ensign with conspiring to violate the lobbying ban. The CREW report suggests they may have been gun-shy because of failed prosecutions of former Sens. Ted Stevens of Alaska and John Edwards of North Carolina.
Much of what the Justice Department released was redacted. “We are left largely to guess” why Ensign was not charged, CREW concluded.
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James Hardesty will assume the title of Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court with the new year.
Hardesty takes over from Justice Mark Gibbons in the post, which rotates among the justices each year. Justices become eligible to sit as chief during the final two years of their six-year terms.
Hardesty previously served as chief in 2009.
The chief justice presides when the full court hears cases and chairs the Commission on Judicial Selection and Judicial Council of the State of Nevada. He also presents the court’s proposed budget before the Nevada Legislature and gives lawmakers the biennial report on the State of the Judiciary.
On page 261 of the paperback edition of Dear Leader Barack Hussein Obama’s (ghost written) book The Audacity of Hope, he wrote “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”
In what must be an effort in his mind to keep the political winds from shifting, in an NPR interview Obama said:
They [Iran] have a path to break through that isolation and they should seize it. Because if they do, there’s incredible talent and resources and sophistication inside of – inside of Iran, and it would be a very successful regional power that was also abiding by international norms and international rules, and that would be good for everybody. That would be good for the United States, that would be good for the region, and most of all, it would be good for the Iranian people.
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With Obama slashing the size of America’s military and stabbing the heart of Middle America with his incendiary remarks on race, folks in this country have had enough.
One witty American decided to express his displeasure with the President’s tactics and how Obama views this country on a shirt.
And it’s absolutely brilliant!
“Obama Loves America Like OJ Loved Nicole” pretty well sums up how most Americans feel that their president views this country (H/T Viral Buzz).
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Greed, poverty, inequality, environmental destruction, war? how do they, at the top of the hierarchy, pull it off? How can a system in which so few make the important decisions, be able to sit comfortably in their pile of wealth while the rest of the world goes to waste? How can a small group of men in suits be able to direct the current in which an entire human society moves?
It?s Simpler Than Most Think
We think it?s complicated. We think that their power is acquired in a very complex, political and scientific way. And it sure may seem that way behind the scenes. But there?s one thing we forget to ask: What is the life force of this system?
With all of the police versus protester conflict and race wars going on as of late, I felt inspired to deliver a message that I believe we need to be reminded…
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Since the FBI came to the conclusion that North Korea was behind the Sony hacking they have felt some blow-back from internet security researchers who claimed the FBI could not possibly have found the source of the hacking so quickly.
Yesterday the FBI met with Norse, a leader in internet security, about the possibility that the hacking was done by a disgruntled Sony employee.
Today the FBI rejected that theory, here is more:
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Prisons employ and exploit the ideal worker. Prisoners do not receive benefits or pensions. They are not paid overtime. They are forbidden to organize and strike. They must show up on time. They are not paid for sick days or granted vacations. They cannot formally complain about working conditions or safety hazards. If they are disobedient, or attempt to protest their pitiful wages, they lose their jobs and can be sent to isolation cells. The roughly 1 million prisoners who work for corporations and government industries in the American prison system are models for what the corporate state expects us all to become. And corporations have no intention of permitting prison reforms that would reduce the size of their bonded workforce. In fact, they are seeking to replicate these conditions throughout the society.
States, in the name of austerity, have stopped providing prisoners…
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–The launch of the first-ever Nevada Court of Appeals. The intermediate court is expected to reduce the backlog of cases before the state’s Supreme Court.
–Teens under the age of 18 who apply for a driver’s license or learner’s permit will have to prove they meet the state’s minimum school attendance requirements. Students declared habitually truant could be blocked from obtaining a driver’s license, or could have their license suspended.
–A new law will allow people the option of registering recreational vehicles and certain utility trailers for three years at a time instead of annually.
–A new law will change the way the five board members of southern Nevada’s Virgin Valley Water District are chosen.
The bill’s passage over the weekend marks the first time Congress has approved nationally significant legislation backed by legalization advocates. It brings almost to a close two decades of tension between the states and Washington over medical use of marijuana.
Under the provision, states where medical pot is legal would no longer need to worry about federal drug agents raiding retail operations. Agents would be prohibited from doing so.
Should the U.S. legalize marijuana?
Bloomberg’s Olivia Sterns reports on the New York Times’ advocacy of the legalization of marijuana.
The Obama administration has largely followed that rule since last year as a matter of policy. But the measure approved as part of the spending bill, which President Obama plans to sign this week, will codify it as a matter of law.
More important, from the standpoint of activists, Congress’ action marked the emergence of a new alliance in marijuana politics: Republicans are taking a prominent role in backing states’ right to allow use of a drug the federal government still officially classifies as more dangerous than cocaine.
“This is a victory for so many,” said the measure’s coauthor, Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of Costa Mesa. The measure’s approval, he said, represents “the first time in decades that the federal government has curtailed its oppressive prohibition of marijuana.”
By now, 32 states and the District of Columbia have legalized pot or its ingredients to treat ailments, a movement that began in the 1990s. Even back then, some states had been approving broader decriminalization measures for two decades.
The medical marijuana movement has picked up considerable momentum in recent years. The Drug Enforcement Administration, however, continues to place marijuana in the most dangerous category of narcotics, with no accepted medical use.
Congress for years had resisted calls to allow states to chart their own path on pot. The marijuana measure, which forbids the federal government from using any of its resources to impede state medical marijuana laws, was previously rejected half a dozen times. When Washington, D.C., voters approved medical marijuana in 1998, Congress used its authority over the city’s affairs to block the law from taking effect for 11 years.
Even as Congress has shifted ground on medical marijuana, lawmakers remain uneasy about full legalization. A separate amendment to the spending package, tacked on at the behest of anti-marijuana crusader Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.), will jeopardize the legalization of recreational pot in Washington, D.C., which voters approved last month.
“The war on medical marijuana is over,” said Bill Piper, a lobbyist with the Drug Policy Alliance, who called the move historic.
“Now the fight moves on to legalization of all marijuana,” he said. “This is the strongest signal we have received from Congress [that] the politics have really shifted. … Congress has been slow to catch up with the states and American people, but it is catching up.”
The measure, which Rohrabacher championed with Rep. Sam Farr, a Democrat from Carmel, had the support of large numbers of Democrats for years. Enough Republicans joined them this year to put it over the top. When the House first passed the measure earlier this year, 49 Republicans voted aye.
Some Republicans are pivoting off their traditional anti-drug platform at a time when most voters live in states where medical marijuana is legal, in many cases as a result of ballot measures.
Polls show that while Republican voters are far less likely than the broader public to support outright legalization, they favor allowing marijuana for medical use by a commanding majority. Legalization also has great appeal to millennials, a demographic group with which Republicans are aggressively trying to make inroads.
Approval of the pot measure comes after the Obama administration directed federal prosecutors last year to stop enforcing drug laws that contradict state marijuana policies.
Since then, federal raids of marijuana merchants and growers who are operating legally in their states have been limited to those accused of other violations, such as money laundering.
Brooke, 69, was a 31-year resident of Carson Valley, his daughter, Lauren Brooke, said Monday.
“He had a lot of life left to live,” she said. “We were an incredibly close-knit family. He was a real pillar of strength for our family and the community as well.”
He had a real love for the land, the outdoors and the mountains, and he loved to fly fish, ski and travel.
“A big part of his identity was being a rancher,” Lauren said. “He and my mother bought a working cattle ranch on the west fork of the Carson River in 1990, which my mother continues to run today. My sister and I were lucky to be raised on this property, where his love for the land and open spaces was passed on to us.
“He cherished his ability to spend his free time working on the land, and enjoyed the ranch lifestyle wholly until last day.”
Born May 27, 1945, in Fort Lewis, Wash., Brooke grew up traveling, before returning to California to get his degree at University of California, Berkeley, and his law degree from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles.
He was general counsel to a San Joaquin Valley agribusiness and practiced with a large Los Angeles law firm, according to his official biography.
“He was a ski patrolman at Squaw Valley for five years prior to attending law school,” Lauren Brooke said. “He was a beautiful and technical skier, and he loved to ski with his family. He was very much looking forward to the upcoming ski season.”
After he arrived in Carson Valley, he and Bill Shaw founded the firm of Brooke and Shaw, in 1985, which later added partner Charles Zumpft.
Brooke was appointed to the Douglas County Planning Commission in 1986 and served until 1989. He was also chairman of the 1989 Douglas County Grand Jury.
His law firm served as legal counsel to some of the Carson Valley’s most prominent residents, including Minden industrialist Don Bently. Brooke also served as counsel to several general improvement districts, including Indian Hills and Incline Village.
Brooke’s death came two weeks after the IVGID board voted to replace him with the Incline Village law firm of Reese Kintz Brohawn Guinasso, effective Jan. 1.
It marks the first time in about 15 years IVGID will have new legal counsel. The board hired Brooke Shaw Zumpft on May 31, 2000, and Brooke replaced legal counsel Noel Manoukian on July 1 of that year.
Over the years, Brooke regularly attended IVGID board meetings — including the Dec. 10 meeting announcing his departure, when he was thanked by several trustees and residents for his professionalism and years of service — and worked with district staff and trustees on varying legal matters.
Brooke was scheduled to remain employed through March with IVGID to help transition the new legal team.
Brooke, who also worked closely with and supported the Tahoe Heritage Foundation, planned on retiring March 31, 2015, his daughter said.
“His plan was to sleep in on April 1, and then go on a fishing trip on April 2. He had a trip booked to Cuba with my mother for his 70th birthday,” she said. “He was really excited to begin the next chapter of learning and adventure. He always found time to spend time with us as family.”
He is survived by wife Charlotte and daughters Lauren and Kate. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.
I can see Blue Sky’s, I can see Stars today.
The sky is beautiful even though I come from the American Indian descendants & survivors of El Dorado Indian War After these here so called wars, which were more like Massacre’s to peaceful people.
The county paid for God knows how many of our scalps, but it took two expeditions to murder & guns us down!
And still we fought, and settled contracts, & rights to ours lands, our water. Contracts were signed.
Actually disguised the contracts as treaties of peace without an intention of ever complying and never have. Our lovely #ELDORADOCOUNTY BOS 5 and all of there constituents suppress and are killing off the Children of the survivors of those Children.
All the Miwok men, Licenses suspended, our children suffering a sick welfare system. 1/4 & 1/8 will be extinct in 50 yrs or less. SHAME ON YOU BOS 5 Past and present chairs.
You are an embarrassment to every Surviving Miwok Indian. My people show you official Federal Miwok Nation documents and you play stupid. with our lands, our water , & your fiduciary obligations to our tribal gov. Those of you in the County’s gov offices allowing this injustice are just guilty.
The problem starts here in El Dorado County with BOSS 5 & conspiring Vern Pierson’s DA office whom continue to violate there fiduciary obligations to the Miwok fathers, mothers, Grandmothers, Grandfathers & our Children.
It is obviously meaning nothing to you to continue this conduct against me & my tribe. Your discrimination, your assaults, your fiduciary violations will have consequences in this life or the next. You should really think about that. Your conduct is a big disgrace.
John Melikian & BOSS 5 are Violating Miwok Survivors daily. SHAME ON YOU YOU DIRTY ROTTEN BLACK SOULS. You dirty rotten people have my license & my Children and keeping me from my tribal lands.
And you still wonder how is it that I can still speak and trying to figure out how destroy my voice and push into extinction. You will ultimately fail because your intentions are ugly and black, dark and rotten to the core & I am one of those Mighty Mighty Miwoks.
Officers and police departments are following suit even though sheriffs offices have been issued official CRN’s. Disgraceful leadership. Hope you all get impeached, one at a time, as you show your further greed for the Dollar and neglect to the people & it’s land.
Merry Merry Christmas you bunch of disgraceful violators of your fiduciary obligations.
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I find it interesting that you are being so rude to the BOS considering you gave the two new ones who were just elected $1500.00 in campaign contributions. I refused to meet with you and accept your obvious bribe. It will be interesting as to how they respond now that they are bought and paid for. Next time you go before them you need to remind them of your contribution and that you expect something in return.
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Kenny, you are confused as to who bribed who. Our office bribed no one. We only contribute with votes and we only supported 3 candidates. money should never be the basis of winning an election. Again kenny, our office and efforts only gave voted. We supported 1 Judge , Our sherriff & a New DA in El Dorado County.
2 out of 3 is not bad and we don’t expect anything but justice & performance to their fiduciary obligations.
As for the Bribe’s, I suggest you look more carefully as to where they came from. Merry Christmas to you and yours & everyone.
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The money came from the Shingle Springs Miwoks and Red Hawk Casino. It was reported on form 460. Money is the only basis for our elections these days. I was outspent by over $60K in district V. Every report in every election starts out with how much the candidate has raised and somewhere buried deep in the news reports is the actual issues. Even the Sacramento Bee was bought and paid for in their endorsements when it came to their election guide that came out in October. Their editorial staff didn’t even bother to check out who actually won the June election for county supervisor in District V. They still listed Kevin Brown as a candidate as late as October. What a screwup by what is supposed to be a major newspaper and all I got was a correction 3 days later. As far as the Miwoks contribution are you telling me your tribe had nothing to do with contributions which were reported? If you don’t know where your money is going perhaps you should not be in business. In regards to the “contribution” do you honestly believe that whoever gave the contribution does not expect a favor in return? I applaud your efforts to better yourselves by starting a business but as soon as I talked with your representative and told them I was not interested in accepting a monetary contribution but would accept an endorsement the Miwoks gave the money to everyone else who was running except for me. I would call that hedging your bets. Nothing personal but several organizations have bought our BOS. For the record I am very pro Native American and have several Tattoos honoring our original residents. I Tengkiju for who you are.
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Apparently there is no bottom to the pit of corruption which lurks beneath the topsoil in El Dorado County. And all those nice people headed to Tahoe with no idea they are passing through the Devil’s back yard…and all this natural beauty on the surface – its part of the trickery!
Did you know that according to Daniel Freeman’s study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry found that paranoid thoughts are common among normally functioning people? In fact, the study concluded that some dose of paranoia is actually quite adaptive and can serve to keep us safe from danger. What is about to be presented in this article should make one paranoid for when one considers why governments in the West, particularly in the United States, spend billions of dollars to spy on our actions, words, Internet browsing habits, places visited and even our thoughts, we should all be looking under our beds.
The following represents a small cross-section of illegal government spying activities which are designed to do one thing: To determine whose thoughts and actions pose a threat to the newest totalitarian regime on the face of the Earth, the United States. Everything you say and do is being being cataloged and categorized and every American is receiving a threat matrix score similar to a credit rating. And where this is headed is worse than anything Orwell could have imagined.
Intelligent street lamps installed to SPY ON YOU
“Every Move You Make, We’ll Be Watching You”
Civil rights activist, Daphne Lee told NBC News 3 that she is worried about her freedom as an American citizen. “This technology, you know is taking us to a place where, you know, you’ll essentially be monitored from the moment you leave your home till the moment you get home”. What is Ms. Lee talking about?
They look like ordinary streetlights, shining down on Las Vegas, but these streetlights have special capabilities that have aware and informed citizens up in arms.
This year, the city of Las Vegas, NV., is completing a project that it began last year and it has average citizens screaming constitutional foul play.
However, these streetlights have capabilities far beyond anything the American people have ever seen.
The program is called Intellistreets and it records conversations, can scan you for a weapon, listen to your conversations and it can even “read your mind”. Eventually you will be placed on a “naughty or nice” list, and this list could have very consequences for your longevity.
Did you pick up on the part of the Intellistreets video that they passively admit that this is a surveillance and data mining tool? The program, like so many programs that violate the Fourth and Fifth Amendment of the Constitution, are adding to your personal threat matrix data base.
Law Professor Alarmed by DHS Data Gathering Could Lead to One Being Put on the “Red List”
Professor Margaret Hu from the Washington and Lee University School of Law states that “The implementation of a universal digitalized biometric ID system risks normalizing and integrating mass cybersurveillance into the daily lives of ordinary citizens”.
Professor Hu explains that the FBI’s Next Generation Identification project will institute the following:
“A comprehensive, centralized, and technologically interoperable biometric database that spans across military and national security agencies, as well as all other state and federal government agencies. Once complete, NGI will strive to centralize whatever biometric data is available on all citizens and noncitizens in the United States and abroad, including information on fingerprints, DNA, iris scans, voice recognition, and facial recognition data captured through digitalized photos, such as U.S. passport photos and REAL ID driver’s licenses. The NGI Interstate Photo System, for instance, aims to aggregate digital photos from not only federal, state, and local law enforcement, but also digital photos from private businesses, social networking sites, government agencies, and foreign and international entities, as well as acquaintances, friends, and family members”. Biometric ID cybersurveillance might be used to assign risk assessment scores and to take action based on those scores“.
The healthy side of your paranoia is about to emerge as we consider the fact that Professor Hu describes a DHS program known as FAST, which is a DHS tested program and has been described as a “precrime” program. FAST will gather upon complex statistical algorithms that will compile data from multiple databases and will subsequently “predict” future criminal or terrorist acts.
The “precrime” data will be gathered” through cybersurveillance and stealth data monitoring of ordinary citizens. The FAST program purports to assess whether an individual might pose a “precrime” threat through the capture of a range of data, including biometric data. In other words, FAST accuses non-convicted individuals as being a security threat risk of becoming future criminals and terrorists through data analysis. No charges, no police interviews, the system is designed to become “judge, jury and executioner“.
Under the Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST), criminal cues are captured through the following types of biometric data including body and eye movements, eye blink rate and pupil variation, body heat changes, and breathing patterns. Various linguistic cues include the analysis of voice pitch changes, alterations in voce rhythm patterns, and changes in intonations of speech. Hu notes that in documents released by DHS clearly show that individuals could be arrested and face serious consequences based upon statistical algorithms and predictive analytical assessments.
Professor Hu issued the following warning:
“The prognostications of FAST can range from none to being temporarily detained to deportation, prison, or death“.
Now we know why the unconstitutional NDAA was passed which gave the government the power to permanently detain American citizens without due process of law.
DHS Wants to Know Everything About You
There is a new DHS funded multi-billion dollar spy tool and it is called FirstNet. This is a citizen information gathering device like no other. A company called New World Systems (do they really mean New World Order Systems?) is in charge of implementing this system.
The Radio Access Network (RAN) part of this elaborate network consists of the radio base station infrastructure that connects to user devices including cell towers. mobile hotspots embedded in vehicles which connects to the satellite network or other types of wireless infrastructure. This is a “search and destroy system” as FirstNet is designed to hunt you down in remote areas. Take a look at the map below along with the embedded graphics from the FirstNet website. They have developed the technology to track you and find you should you be a fugitive from their own special brand of justice. RAN has the ability to track you anywhere on the planet. Soon, there will be nowhere for people with high threat matrix scores to run and hide without being found by this system.
There Is No End to the Madness
A company called PredPol claims that it possesses proprietary software which can actually predict times and places for likely future crimes. Intrado has the capability to data mine all social media and create you personal profile based on your Internet chatter. Subsequently, if you are pulled over for a speeding violation, you could find yourself face down on the pavement because you have written something negative about the police who murdered Eric Garner. Or, you might just end up like Eric Garner.
Does anyone else have a problem with this police state surveillance grid? Some might intimate, it is time for a revolution. For those who are so inclined, the authorities, the minions for the banksters, have that possibility covered as well and that will be the topic of a future article. Meanwhile, take a pill, your paranoia is about to get worse.
A Douglas County Sheriff’s officer inspects a suspicious container at the corner of Tillman and Kimmerling in the Gardnerville Ranchos Saturday morning. The contents turned out to be horse feed.
From economic developments that will bring thousands of jobs and billions in economic impact to Northern Nevada to Reno’s first-ever Olympic gold medalist to a horse that captured the nation’s attention to a civil rights victory for same-sex couples, Nevadans had plenty for which to be thankful.
Not all the big stories were as positive, however, as the Washoe County School Board and its handling of the departure of Superintendent Pedro Martinez, created months of uncertainty and hostility. In addition, a third consecutive poor winter left the region in a drought.
Here are the RGJ’s top 10 stories of 2014.
1. Tesla picks Nevada
Calling it “a Nevada victory,” Gov. Brian Sandoval announced in September that Tesla Motors had selected Nevada over four other states as the location it would build a $5 billion battery gigafactory.
When completed, the diamond-shaped, 5-million-square-foot complex at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Complex is projected to bring 6,500 high-paying jobs that officials inside and outside the state say will change the face of Northern Nevada commerce.
“It will go down in the annals of history as one of the biggest economic development and manufacturing wins for any area,” said Dennis Donovan, principal for New Jersey-based site selection firm Wadley Donovan Gutshaw Consulting.
Nevada was selected over Texas, California, Arizona and New Mexico, agreeing to offer $1.2 billion in tax and other incentives over the next 20 years to secure the deal.
Elon Musk, CEO of the Palo Alto, Calif.-based Tesla, said the selection was about much more than incentives. “Nevada can be very agile,” he said. “It’s a real get-things-done state. That was a really important part of the decision.
“The gigafactory is really vital for the future of mass-market car (production). Where do we have high confidence that it can be ready on time and can we operate cost-effectively. That’s the state you have.”
More than 3,000 construction jobs are expected during the building of the center.
2. Pedro Martinez debacle
In a surprise announcement on July 22, the Washoe County School Board announced Superintendent Pedro Martinez was “relieved of his duties,” setting off a months-long and often bizarre back-and-forth battle involving an illegal meeting, lawsuits, threats of a recall election and, ultimately, an expensive divorce.
The board’s initial action immediately came under scrutiny when it was found the decision to relieve Martinez of his duties was made by six of the seven trustees in a closed-door meeting. The Nevada Attorney General’s office found the meeting violated the state’s open meeting law and individual members were fined.
The school board later stated that it put Martinez on paid leave because he was believed to have portrayed himself as a licensed certified public accountant, a charge that was found to be false.
Martinez sued the district. The Reno Gazette-Journal and members of the public called for the school board members to resign.
In late September, the school board agreed to a settlement of $771,415 to cover legal fees and the final 15 months of Martinez’s contact.
Board president Barbara Clark was defeated in the 2014 election.
3. Same-sex marriage comes to Nevada
In October, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Nevada’s 2002 law banning gay marriage, bringing cheers from gay rights and civil rights advocates.
“We were expecting a favorable decision, so we have been preparing little by little,” said Karen Vibe, a Reno financial planner, who along with partner Karen Goody, were among the eight couples who first sued the state of Nevada in 2012 over its same-sex marriage ban. “We were not sure if this was going to be announced this year or not. So now, we are tremendously excited and in full force to shift our focus to planning a wedding, and we will be ready to go.”
On Oct. 9, they became the first gay couple to receive a marriage certificate at the Washoe County clerk’s office and tied the knot in November.
More than 100 same-sex couples in Washoe County have obtained marriage licenses since the law was struck down in October.
4. David Wise wins Olympic Gold
David Wise, a 23-year-old Wooster High School graduate and a youngster who grew up in the Sky Tavern Ski Program and on the slopes of Mount Rose, became Reno’s first-ever Olympic gold medalist.
Competing in the inaugural freeski halfpipe event at the Sochi Olympics, Wise turned in a dominating performance, soaring through sloppy snow and sleet, scoring 92 points to finish 1.4 points ahead of silver medalist Mike Riddle of Canada.
The ever-smiling Wise became an international sensation, appeared on the Ellen Degeneres Show, was nominated for two ESPY awards and received a hero’s welcome at Reno-Tahoe International Airport with Gov. Brian Sandoval, Reno Mayor Bob Cashell, the Wooster High School band and several hundred well-wishers there to greet him.
“Dave is, right now, on top of the sport,” said his 17-year-old American teammate, Aaron Blunck. “He’s the best. He’s proven it multiple times. He comes out in any condition and has amazing fun.”
5. New leadership in Reno
With 12-year Reno Mayor Bob Cashell and council members Dwight Dortch and Sharon Zadra termed out from seeking reelection, the 2014 election promised a wide-open opportunity.
When a lawsuit filed by businessman Eddie Lorton led to a state supreme court ruling that prevented Dortch, Zadra and former councilwoman Jessica Sferrazza from running for mayor, it left the field wide open.
More than 20 candidates filed for the primary election with first-term councilwoman Hillary Schieve and businessman Ray Pezonella emerging from the gaggle to face off in the general election.
Running a predominantly positive campaign, Schieve prevailed in the general election, becoming only the second woman to be elected mayor of Reno. First-time candidates Naomi Duerr and Paul McKenzie were elected to the city council seats to replace Zadra and Dortch.
Seventy-four people sought appointment to the at-large seat on the city council left open by Schieve’s election to mayor, with former Assemblyman David Bobzien being appointed to the position.
6. California Chrome chases Triple Crown
A California horse, purchased for $10,000 by a middle-class couple from Topaz Lake excited the sports world by winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes — the first two races that make up the Triple Crown.
The chestnut horse fell short in the Belmont Stakes, but not before establishing a nationwide fan base of “Chromies.” Just this month, the horse was named the recipient of the 2014 Secretariat “Voice of the People” Award, which recognizes the horse whose popularity and racing excellence gained recognition for thoroughbred racing.
Steve Coburn and his wife, Carolyn, were half of the partnership that made up DAP Racing (DAP standing for “Dumb Ass Partners”).
Chrome finished his 3-year-old racing year with six wins in nine starts and more than $4 million in earnings. In addition to winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, he also won the Santa Anita Derby and the Hollywood Derby.
7. Harvey Whittemore reports to prison
After several failed bids to stay free until his appeal is decided, longtime lobbyist and developer Harvey Whittemore surrendered himself to a federal prison on Aug. 6 to begin serving a two-year prison sentence for making illegal campaign contributions.
Whittemore turned himself in at the Federal Prison Camp in Lompoc, Calif. Whittemore was convicted last year on two counts of using employees and family to skirt campaign finance limits and contribute to U.S. Sen. Harry Reid’s reelection bid in 2007. He also was found guilty on one count of causing the Reid campaign to file a false report with the Federal Election Commission.
Whittemore has appealed his conviction with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He claims the money he gave to family and friends was a gift. The appeal was heard in October and no decision has been announced.
8. Nevada bakes in third year of drought
Once again, Nevada in 2014 suffered from drought. It was the third year in a row that a meager and disappointing winter produced a subpar mountain snowpack, lowering rivers, lakes and reservoirs and producing mounting impacts for agriculture, wildlife and the region’s water supplies.
In October, Lake Tahoe dipped below its natural rim for the first time since 2009. Flows of the Truckee River were reduced to a trickle in mid-summer, forcing the water provider serving Reno-Sparks to rely on backup water supplies to meet demand for the first time in 20 years.
Residents and businesses of the Truckee Meadows were asked to reduce outdoor water consumption by 10 percent in response to worsening drought conditions.
9. Lands bill becomes law
Legislation that allows for the transfer of more than 130,000 acres of federal land in Nevada to state or local control cleared its final hurdle in Congress in December and was signed by President Barack Obama.
The centerpiece of the deal is the Yerington land transfer, which will transfer 10,400 acres of land near the Nevada Copper mine to the City of Yerington for uses as an industrial area, business park, outdoor amphitheater and room for businesses that will be adjacent to the mine. It will also jump-start Nevada Copper’s open-pit mining phase at the Pumpkin Hollow site near Yerington.
It’s big news for Lyon County, which was probably hit harder than any in the state during the recession. The Yerington land transfer is expected to lead to 1,200 mining and construction jobs at the mine and 1,800 more ancillary jobs, with many of those sprouting up in the Reno-Sparks area.
10. Drones come to Northern Nevada
Nevada’s wide-open spaces, business-friendly governments and burgeoning tech industry created a perfect environment for the manufacturers of unmanned vehicle systems — better known as drones — to establish a foothold in Northern Nevada.
The drone industry will create more than 100,000 U.S. jobs by 2025, according to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.
In August, UAV-maker Ashima announced a move from California to Reno, with several dozen hires at first and ramping up to about 400 jobs after two years if all goes well.
Another company, Flirtey, will be working with the University of Nevada, Reno on delivery drones. The firm is taking on interns and is looking for software engineers, said Richard Kelley, a University of Nevada, Reno computer science and engineering professor.
UNR, Truckee Meadows Community College and the Desert Research Institute are working together on education programs for future UAV workers, including engineering, mechanical studies and technical support. UNR began offering a minor in unmanned autonomous systems last spring. TMCC will begin teaching courses related to UAVs in fall 2015.
“Often, private prisons also want inmates who are younger and healthier, which makes them less expensive to house. Older prisoners tend to be white, and younger inmates tend to be minorities, a fact supported by a recent study based on Bureau of Justice Statistics published in the Radical Criminology journal by University of California-Berkeley doctoral candidate Christopher Petrella.”
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#AceNewsServices – Featured Post:WASHINGTON:Dec.30: It is what was widely suspected by cynical critics of the Federal government such as the writers of this blog, but now we have official confirmation that the Obama administration was using Operation Fast and Furious as an excuse to advocate for stricter gun control measures, even as the program funnelled thousands of rifles to Mexican drug cartels.
- ATF’s internal Public Affairs Talking Points show the agency was using Fast and Furious to help justify new gun control regulations–without telling the public that ATF was actually facilitating the delivery of weapons to Mexican drug cartels.
- The talking points (p.15) state:
“These cases demonstrate the ongoing trafficking of firearms by Mexican DTO’s and other associated groups operating in Arizona and the need for reporting of multiple sales for certain types of rifles in order to ferret out those intent on providing firearms to these…
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We no longer have to ask foreign refugees what it is like living inside a police state. All we have to do is to read the daily accounts of innocent Americans being abused and murdered through the excessive use of force being used by local police who have been federalized by the Department of Homeland Security.
Dr. Kirkby?s comment confirming that jet aircraft are dumping aerosols into the atmosphere reveals that this covert geoengineering and chemtrail operation is well known by government agencies like NASA, NOAA, the FAA, ? the IPCC climate scientists being paid to churn out climate change propaganda and geoengineers like David Keith, Ken Caldeira and their boss, Bill Gates.
( North Las Vegas, NV ) – North Las Vegas Police negotiators were unable to talk a teen-aged girl from jumping off of a pedestrian bridge over the I-15 early this morning.
North Las Vegas were notified by a motorist of the 16 year old around 6:19 am. When they arrived on scene, they found the girl balancing on a beam of the bridge. According to NLV Police, negotiators were immediately brought out and tried to talk with the girl.
“She was not responsive.” said Sgt Chrissie Coon. “Less than a hour after we tried talking with her, she lunged forward. Our officers managed to grab her sweatshirt to hold on to her, but she took that sweatshirt off and jumped.”
The girl, who has not been identified, was rushed to UMC Trauma. Her condition has not been released. Police say family members are at the hospital with her.
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A few new bloggers have been asking me for blogging tips … so here you are …
Personally I don’t see other bloggers as competition, so I wouldn’t call researching other blogs as “competitor research” more “colleague research”. Why I say this is MOST, in fact almost all elite bloggers I’ve been in contact with are charming and lovely.
I’ve never thought I was carved from a different piece of cloth than others, we’re all capable of succeeding, we’re all of us talented people. Plus, there’s enough of the pie for everyone, we’re all different and have different styles. Of course there’s the occasional grumpy one in the “elite”, but their only reward is to go into my “ignore” list of bloggers on WordPress.com. Usually permanently as I’m generally too busy to check back and find out if they’ve grown a sense of humour.
Every one of us has…
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Excellent piece from Mychal Massie:
“It would serve race mongers well to consider that even a docile old dog will bite you if you mistreat it often enough and long enough. Tangential to same is the reality of the “laws of unintended consequences.”
I’m tired of seeing, reading, and hearing white people blamed for everything from black boys not being able to read to whites being privileged because of the color of their skin. If I am tired of these Americans being used as scapegoats to further the agenda of race mongers, then it is a sure bet that those being unjustly vilified are especially weary of same.
This isn’t 1860 and it certainly isn’t 1955. There are no slaves in America and there are no Jim Crow laws dictating access based on skin color. Specific to that point it is time to remind people like Obama, Al Sharpton, and…
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The browser has become synonymous with bugs, security problems and outdated technology. Even as Internet Explorer has improved dramatically in recent years, it continues to lose serious ground to rival browsers.
Once the most-used Web browser, Internet Explorer had been on a steady downward trajectory for years. Its share of the browser market fell below the 50% threshold in 2010 and sank below 20% in October, according to browser usage tracker StatCounter. Google’s Chrome is currently the browser leader, commanding a 48% share of the market.
This summer, Microsoft promised big, upcoming changes for Internet Explorer. Now, it appears those changes could include the once-unthinkable: Replacing IE with a new browser.
ZDNet reported this week that Microsoft would introduce a new, stripped down browser that has been codenamed “Spartan.” It…
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The U-2 spy plane in action (Picture: EPA)
The CIA claimed this week that at least half of all UFO sightings in the 50s and 60s were the work of the secretive agency.
In a document that was the among the agency’s ‘Best of 2014’ list it is revealed that sightings coincided with testing of the U-2 spy plane.
On its official Twitter account the CIA said: ‘Reports of unusual activity in the skies in the ’50s? It was us.’
The plane can fly at 70,000 ft – twice the height of the cruising altitude most modern passenger jets.
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BLOGGIN' BAD w/ Gunny G! ~ Hey, WHAT BECAME OF THAT "NO MORE PC" THING?????? ~ AMERICA CAN NEVER BE GREAT AGAIN UNTIL THE STAIN, STIGMA. STENCH AND SHAME OF OBAMA IS OFFICIALLY AND FINALLY WIPED CLEAN!~ AINO: AMERICANS IN NAME ONLY!
It is largely forgotten that the war for American independence was initiated in large part by the British Crown‘s practice of using troops to police civilians in Boston and other cities.244 Professional soldiers used in the same ways as modern police were among the primary grievances enunciated by Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence. (“[George III] has kept among us standing armies”;
“He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to the civil power”; “protecting them, by a mock trial….”).245 The duties of such troops were in no way military but involved the keeping of order and the suppression of crime (especially customs and tax violations).
Constitutional arguments quite similar to the thesis of this article were made by America’s Founders while fomenting the overthrow of their government. Thomas Jefferson proclaimed that although Parliament was supreme in its jurisdiction…
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In a few brief minutes, Professor Bob Shiller calmly and eloquently crushed the hopes and dreams of CNBC’s cheerleading muppetry as they desperately tried to spin today’s house price data as great news. Exuberant at gains in San Francisco and Miami, the anchor is stunned (briefly) when Shiller dares to say “things are getting too bubbly,” and warns these areas are full of speculative excess. While falling just short of calling a turn in the housing cycle (noting ), when Simon Hobbs says “my reading of this is actually very optimistic,” and begs Shiller to look at the glass-half-full side of the argument, the “anxious” Professor retorts, that home sales rates “trouble him” and warns the real estate market is “fragile.” Shiller then concludes that not only are stocks extremely expensive but that housing is not a good investment… the anchor fades to black…
Here is Professor Shiller…
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Do not try this at home
This is the moment a topless man, who was high on drugs, appears to have jumped off a motorway bridge and survived.
Hilario Guajardo found himself cornered on the bridge by armed police in Tijuana, Mexico, but rather than hand himself in, the crazed 35-year-old leapt onto the road below, according to reports.
One motorised filmed the moment the man hit the ground on his dashcam – expressing surprise when the man stood up afterwards and swaggered off.
The motorist, Jorge Jr. Fosado Lopez, said: ‘I saw him crash to the ground and was expecting him to stay lying on the ground but he just got up and walked off with no visible sign of injury.
‘Everyone was pretty stunned but it took a while for the police to realise that unless they acted they were going to lose him.’
The police eventually caught…
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Edward Snowden has hacked into White House computers and acquired a copy of Obama’s most recent letter to Tehran.
Vía Veterans Today http://www.veteranstoday.com/2014/12/30/obama-bibi/
“Philadelphia prosecutors agreed last Thursday to halt efforts to seize the homes of two of the lead plaintiffs in a widely publicized federal suit challenging the city’s use of civil forfeiture laws in drug cases.”
– See more at: http://xrepublic.tv/node/11697#sthash.VboEyzgJ.dpuf
BLOGGIN' BAD w/ Gunny G! ~ Hey, WHAT BECAME OF THAT "NO MORE PC" THING?????? ~ AMERICA CAN NEVER BE GREAT AGAIN UNTIL THE STAIN, STIGMA. STENCH AND SHAME OF OBAMA IS OFFICIALLY AND FINALLY WIPED CLEAN!~ AINO: AMERICANS IN NAME ONLY!
What ruling class Republicans fail to understand about independents
GOPUSA ^ | 30 Dec 2014 | Bryan Fischer
Posted on 12/30/2014, 12:12:08 PM by shove_it
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The two years between the 2012 presidential election and now have been kind to Mitt Romney, the Republican standard-bearer that year. Not only has the bloom definitely come off the Obama rose, but the former Massachusetts governor has been able to showcase a side of himself not often seen during the run for the presidency.
All of this may augur well for a 2016 run for the presidency. And while Romney himself has ruled out that possibility, a close friend of his hasn’t.
According to the Deseret News, Kem Gardner, the real estate developer who picked Romney to rescue the Salt Lake City Olympics bid, believes Romney will strongly consider a run in 2016.
“I know exactly what Mitt’s going to do,” Gardner told the paper. “I think over the next few months, a lot of things will happen.”
Gardner says that Mitt will…
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Tuesday, Dec 30, 2014 08:30 AM EST
Anatomy of a 2014 villain: Cliven Bundy
If 2014 was the year of the ignorant white guy, then this racist Nevada rancher might have been its standard bearer
Background: Back in April, Cliven Bundy was just your average Nevada racist. The 67-year-old Mormon earned his living as a cattle rancher, allowing his herd to graze illegally on nearby federally protected land.
The controversy: Bundy owed a lot of money to the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in grazing fees and penalties — $1.1 million, to be exact — for allowing his cattle on federal property. Bundy refused to pay, so the BLM began impounding his 900 head of cattle. After posting on his website about the standoff, area supporters came to…
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With cops on edge following the assassination of two patrol officers on a Brooklyn street, many officers have started turning a blind eye to some minor crimes, sources told The Post, while a union mandate that two patrol cars respond to all police calls has led to slower response times to non-emergencies.
“I’m not writing any summonses. Do you think I’m going to stand there so someone can shoot me or hit me in the head with an ax?” One cop said Sunday, referring to the Dec. 20 slayings and another recent attack on the NYPD.
“I’m concerned about my safety,” the cop added. “I want to go to home to my wife and kids.”
An NYPD supervisor noted, “My guys are writing almost no summonses, and probably only making arrests when they have to — like when a store catches a shoplifter.”
And the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association directive for…
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