Lawmakers Debate Makeup of PERS Board

moneyBy Sean Whaley

CARSON CITY – A bill seeking to change the makeup of the public employees retirement system board to include three public members with areas of expertise in pension plans ran into resistance Monday from some lawmakers and participants in the plan.

Opponents offered a common refrain: the plan is well managed and no changes are needed.

Assembly Bill 3, sought by Randy Kirner, R-Reno, would change the makeup of the current board, which is now composed of seven members, all of whom are participants in the plan. Testimony lasted for more than two hours. No immediate action was taken on the measure.

Kirner, who has made reforms of PERS a priority in the 2015 session, said a public perspective would help the board manage the plan’s $35 billion in assets and long-term unfunded liabilities of $12.5 billion.

Kirner and some other Republicans, including Gov. Brian Sandoval, would like to change the public pension plan from a “defined benefit” plan, where retirees are guaranteed a monthly pension based on years of service and salary, to a “defined contribution” plan, where employees manage their own investments much like a 401(k) plan. A defined contribution plan would have no unfunded taxpayer liability.

Kirner plans to introduce such a bill later this session. It would only affect newly hired public employees.

Kirner said his bill to change the makeup of the board is not based on any concerns with the performance of PERS or its current board, but is intended to bring a public perspective to the management of the plan. The plan is funded by taxpayers who should have representation on the board, he said.

A packed hearing room, with overflow rooms holding even more attendees, saw a lot of opposition to the bill.

Assemblyman Richard Carrillo, D-Las Vegas, said a recent assessment of Nevada’s public pension plan by the national firm of Aon Hewitt described its actuarial funding policy as “best-in-class.”

The evaluation suggests no changes are needed, he said.

Assemblyman Glenn Trowbridge, R-Las Vegas, a PERS member as a retired Clark County parks and recreation director, said it was public members of the board in the mid-1980s who advocated for some bad investments by the plan, including a dog track in Henderson and the Rivera Hotel.

The suggested changes appear to be a step back, he said.

The board makeup was changed by the Legislature in 1987 to be composed of all public employee participants.

Tina Leiss, executive officer of PERS, said the board opposes the bill because the current system is a model of best practices. The removal of the private sector members in 1987 was done to take politics out of the management of the plan, she said.

Changes approved by the voters in the mid-1990s to protect the system were due in part to concerns that public pension plans could be raided and used for other purposes, Leiss said.

The plan is also overseen by a panel of state lawmakers who serve as the Interim Retirement and Benefits Committee, she said.

The board changes were supported by both the Reno-Sparks and Las Vegas Metro chambers of commerce.

Tray Abney, director of governmental relations for the Reno-Sparks chamber, called Kirner’s proposal a reasonable change to make to the PERS board.

“This should have been done a long time ago,” he said.

The purpose of the bill is to have some board members who are outside the system and don’t have a vested interest in the plan, Abney said. Even with the change, two-thirds of the board will still be PERS members, he said.

New VA scandal shows vets cheated out of benefits

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

But whether the veteran was dead or still alive, brown said VA supervisors in Oakland ordered her team to mark the claims “no action necessary” and to toss them aside. Whistleblowers said that was illegal.

“The VA didn’t help them. The VA didn’t care about them. They took them, they put them in a file, and they stuffed them away,” Brown said.

There were 13,184 veterans who were, Brown said, “begging for help.”

When she raised her concerns, she said she was taken off the project. Then, this past summer, Brown and former VA employee Tony Silviero found a cart full of these same claims, ignored, yet again.

“We pulled 15 indiscriminately to look at; just 15,” Brown said. “Eight of them were owed money. One was owed $36,000.”

She said that was just a few months ago.

via Video: New VA scandal shows vets cheated out of benefits «…

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Most Americans Are Slaves And They Don’t Even Know It

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Submitted by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

Most Americans spend their lives working for others, paying off debts to others and performing tasks that others tell them that they ?must? do. These days, we don?t like to think of ourselves as ?servants? or ?slaves?, but that is what the vast majority of us are. It is just that the mechanisms of our enslavement have become much more sophisticated over time. It has been said that the borrower is the servant of the lender, and most of us start going into debt very early into our adult years. In fact, those that go to college to ?get an education? are likely to enter the ?real world? with a staggering amount of debt. And of course that is just the beginning of the debt accumulation.

Today, when you add up all mortgage debt, all credit card debt…

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Tennessee Hillbilly Shows how to Make Moonshine at Home

shineYou’ve seen the TV shows about moonshiners, but they make moonshine in large quantities.

This video is the easy way to make a small batch of moonshine in your own home without any special tools or materials.

You’ll need a pressure cooker, basic tools and some basic supplies from the grocery store. Enjoy this classic hillbilly moonshine video!

Chicago’s Abu Ghraib

News for the Revolution

by Andre Damon
February 27, 2015
World Socialist Web Site

Chicago Police Homan square Homan Square, a warehouse facility on Chicago’s west side, operates as a black site where police violate people’s constitutional rights, according to a report.

In April 2004, the world was shocked and horrified by the release of photographs of sadistic torture carried out by US military personnel at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Detainees at the prison, most of them locked up for opposing the US military occupation, were beaten, tortured, sexually assaulted and killed.

At the time, the World Socialist Web Site explained that the crimes revealed in the photos and the psychology underlying them could be understood only in relation to the brutality of social relations in the United States, together with the dirty colonial aims of the war itself.

The WSWS further warned that “such a military, accompanied by a growing army of professional ‘civilian’ mercenaries…

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#Gitmo2Chicago Activists plan shutdown of secret police interrogation facility

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The Chicago Police Department is operating what lawyers are saying is the equivalent to a CIA “black site”.  The Guardian reports accounts of a secret interrogation facility known as Homan Square where basic rights are denied.

Accounts include:

  • Keeping arrestees out of official booking databases.
  • Beating by police, resulting in head wounds.
  • Shackling for prolonged periods.
  • Denying attorneys access to the “secure” facility.
  • Holding people without legal counsel for between 12 and 24 hours, including people as young as 15.

At least one man was found unresponsive in a Homan Square “interview room” and later pronounced dead.

Activists groups have organized a protest with ambitions of shutting down the facility on Feb. 28. RSVP:

The Anti-Media hopes to raise awareness of the facility and the protest with a “social media hashtag storm”.

We will be holding a social media hashtag storm (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc) on Friday…

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February 28th 1993 … The Beginning Of The Waco Siege And The Death Of Civil Liberties


Today Marks The 22nd Anniversary Of The Waco Siege

Wiki :

” The Waco siege began on Sunday, February 28, 1993, and ended violently 50 days later on April 19.[4] The siege began when the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), accompanied by several members of the media, attempted to execute a search warrant at Mount Carmel Center ranch, a property of the religious group Branch Davidians located in the community of Elk, Texas,[5][6] nine miles (14 kilometers) east-northeast of Waco.

  On February 28, shortly after the attempt to serve the warrant, an intense gun battle erupted, lasting nearly two hours. In this armed exchange, four agents and six Branch Davidians were killed. Upon the ATF’s failure to execute the search warrant, a siege was initiated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The siege ended 50 days later when a fire destroyed…

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Mass surveillance will continue for now, but is set to expire on June 1—unless Congress acts

A federal court has again renewed an order allowing the National Security Agency to continue its bulk collection of Americans’ phone records, a decision that comes more than a year after President Obama pledged to end the controversial program.

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court approved this week a government request to keep the NSA’s mass surveillance of U.S. phone metadata operating until June 1, coinciding with when the legal authority for the program is set to expire in Congress.

The extension is the fifth of its kind since Obama said he would effectively end the Snowden-exposed program as it currently exists during a major policy speech in January 2014. Obama and senior administration officials have repeatedly insisted that they will not act alone to end the program without Congress.

“While the administration waits for…

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Feds Attempt to Derail Liberty Movement in WA State, Interrogate Liberty Activist

What the federal agencies need to understand is one very simple thing: We are not terrorists.  We are non-violent, and we are peaceful.  We want nothing more than to be left alone to live our lives in freedom.  We have families and we have homes.  We want no fight; not today, not tomorrow…But we will not be enslaved…  If you come for us, we will stand unmoving.  If you shoot at us, we will shoot back. We are willing to give anything for liberty, including our own lives.

Combat Shooter's HandbookPretty bold words. But it is high time somebody stood up to the bastards. — jtl, 419

by Kit Lange via the Patrick Henry Society

Yesterday we reported on the arrest (and later release) of liberty activist Anthony Bosworth, an Iraq War vet and one of the co-leaders of Liberty For All.  You may have seen the InfoWars story on his questioning by the…

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9/11 Reality – Israel, Friend or Foe: A TLB Special Show with Ryan Dawson

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9/11 Reality – Israel, Friend or Foe: A TLB Special Show with Ryan Dawson

by Ariyana Love of

The Liberty Beacon interviews Ryan Dawson on 9/11 and the Neocons

Geopolitical analyst, author and human rights activist, Ryan Dawson, is going to speak before the US House of Representatives in April, to present the case of Israel’s direct involvement in the orchestrated events of 9/11 which were undeniably the biggest conspired terror attack on the United States in US history.

Osama Bin Laden, Al Qaeda and Muslim terrorists did not carry out the massive detonation of the World Trade Center towers and building 7, as we have been programmed to believe.

In his documentary film, “9/11 War by Deception,” Ryan walks us through the events of 9/11, detailing with great accuracy which foreign states, together with a cabal within the US government, carried out the mass murder of nearly…

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The Reason for Laws, Crimes, Shysters, Shyster-Judges, Prisoners and Prisons Existing: Elite-Pig, Greed/Power-Driven Insanity:

An Outsider's Sojourn II

For those ignorant and naive enough to still believe the policeman is your friend, and only really ‘bad people’ go to prison, and who also believe prisons exist to reform ‘bad people’, so they can, once again, return to society and be ‘productive citizens’, here is a wake up call for you little boys and girls:

9 surprising industries getting filthy rich from mass incarceration

It’s no coincidence that the United States now imprisons more of its people than any other country in the world: mass incarceration has become a giant industry in the U.S., resulting in huge profits not only for private prison companies, but also, for everything from food companies and telecoms to all the businesses that are using prison labor to cut their manufacturing costs. The prison-industrial complex even has its own lobbyists: according to a 2011 report from the Justice Policy Institute (JPI), the U.S.’ largest…

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WCSD Trustees again in violation of Open Meeting Law AGAIN

WCSD open meeting law violationRENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) — In less than a year, Washoe County School District’s Board of Trustees has been found to be in violation of Nevada’s Open Meeting Law. Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt issued a six page opinion (Click here to read the opinion) about a complaint filed by citizen, Karen Dunaway. The incident stems from a school board meeting that took place October 28, 2014, at a time the Board was embroiled in a controversy over the firing of former Superintendent Pedro Martinez.

Laxalt said, “You had a member of the public that’s trying to comment. It’s a fundamental right that they’re able to comment and this person was shut down in the middle of that.” He added, “That is just not the way our law works.”

The opinion notes Dunaway alleged Trustee Barbara McLaury, who was acting as Board President at the time, and Board Counsel Randy Drake prevent Dunaway from making further comments when she was trying to discuss the firing of former school Police Chief Mike Mieras. When her remarks became critical of Martinez, she was instructed to put her comments in writing.  The opinion states she was told to do so because Martinez had not received required notice his professionalism or character would be discussed publically. Dunaway argued there was no legal standing to cut her comments short and the legal threat from Martinez’ attorneys was wrongly applied to her. The AG’s opinion agrees.  Laxalt said, “We hope they pay attention to this opinion and review it carefully and not repeat these mistakes.”

Laxalt said his office will not seek fines but has asked the Board of Trustees to post the opinion and publicly discuss it at the next opportunity, which could be at the next regularly scheduled meeting on March 18, 2015.

WCSD School Board President John Mayer issued the following statement:

“We are in receipt of the Attorney General’s opinion regarding the October 28, 2014 meeting of the Board of Trustees. At that meeting, a member of the public began making negative comments towards then-Superintendent Pedro Martinez. Based on correspondence from Mr. Martinez’ attorneys threatening to take action against the District if the Board directly or indirectly considered the professionalism, character or integrity of Mr. Martinez at this Board meeting, Vice President Barbara McLaury stopped the comments. There are no punitive penalties associated with this opinion and we thank the Attorney General’s Office for carefully considering the District’s position on this matter.”

If you would like to read the Attorney General’s news release click here.

Carson Shitty Sheriff Furlong (who sleeps with a tranny and daugher is a meth addict) Says Violent Crimes Tied to Marijuana because it’s a very dangerous drug

Carson City Sheriff Kenny FurlongRecreational marijuana is now legal in Colorado Washington, Alaska and Washington, D.C.  But the Sheriff of Carson City says he does not want to see that in Nevada. During his 12 years as Sheriff, Furlong says he has not had any violent crimes involving meth and heroin, like you might expect. But he says it’s a different story with pot.

“Second to domestic violence, marijuana is at the top of our list of violent acts, here in Carson City,” Furlong said.

Furlong says if you exclude the deadly IHOP shooting in 2011, Carson City has about one homicide per year. One of those happened just two years ago on Super Bowl Sunday.

See video of the jackass Kenny Furlong here:

“One pulls out a gun, shoots the other right straight through the heart,” Furlong said. “Marijuana found at the residence.”

Meth and heroin users are often involved in burglaries and robberies. While those drugs are viewed as much more destructive, Furlong says users may harm themselves but don’t normally hurt others.

“A meth user, we call them tweekers,” Furlong said. “They just spin in circles. They don’t get anything done. He may threaten you but he just can’t get out of that circle of the effect of the drugs. Same with the heroin. But the marijuana user is a clear-headed person.”

See Kenny Fulong’s family problems caused by meth addiction here:

Furlong says he doesn’t think marijuana causes people to commit violent crimes, but says it plays a role.

“We have had several that are either directly or indirectly related to marijuana,” Furlong said. “It’s not the drug that we’re talking about. It’s the culture that surrounds it.”

He says that culture is like a religion to some people.  he Sheriff’s office has even seen deadly conflicts over stolen weed.

“It’s a cherished culture,” Furlong said. “And to violate that can produce some very dramatic effects, such as we’ve seen here.”

Many people are pushing to legalize pot for recreational use, in Nevada, — including Senator Tick Segerblom.  We tried today to get his reaction to sheriff furlong’s comments but he was traveling back to Las Vegas and was not available to talk.

Nevada Assemblyman Richard Carrillo (Dem) from Las Vegas arrested on DUI charge in Carson Shitty

Assemblyman Richard Carrillo drunk DUICARSON CITY, Nev. ( & KRNV) — According to the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, Nevada Assemblyman Richard Carrillo was arrested for DUI and Possession of a Firearm While Intoxicated.

According to the Carson City Sheriff’s arrest record, the reporting officer was sent to North Carson Street early Friday morning — at about 3 a.m. — on a call of a person who had left a bar and was asleep in the driver seat of their vehicle.

The report goes on to say the officer went to the area and observed a white Mazda Miata parked in a parking space on Proctor near North Carson Street. The officer says the car appeared to be running and a Hispanic male adult was asleep in the driver seat. The driver seat was not reclined and the driver had his hand on the gear shift. His foot appeared to be on the pedals. On the ground next to the driver side door, the officer says he found vomit.

The report says the officer began engaging the driver and later identified him as Assemblyman Carrillo, the only person in the vehicle. Carrillo reportedly told the responding officer “he had a few” when asked if he’d been drinking. Carrilllo was then asked to step out of the vehicle, which he did.

The reporting officer says Carrillo was then asked to participate in a series of sobriety tests. The Assemblyman reportedly refused the Preliminary Breath Test (PBT). The responding officer then determined Carrillo was unfit to drive and was placed under arrest. During the arrest, it was determined that Carrillo also had a concealed weapon on his person — the responding officer says the weapon was then confiscated and secured.

Upon arriving at the Carson City Jail, Carrillo agreed to a blood test to determine his alcohol level, according to the report.

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office says Carrillo has since been released on bail.

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You Drink, You Drive, You Lose – UMC, 12/9/2011

On December 9, 2011, Richard had the privilege and the honor to attend and speak at You Drink, You Drive, You Lose.  UMC hosts this annual event to bring awareness to the dangers of drinking and driving.  As a husband, father, grandfather and friend, Richard feels that this kind of program  can help prevent tragedies from happening to his family and friends, as well as the community as a whole.

Can We Impeach Now?

Socialism is not the Answer

Red State

First Barack Obama decided to overreach and extend amnesty by executive order. One judge in Texas has told him no and Republicans are hanging their hat on that judge’s order.

Then the FCC decided to declare internet a public utility. They overreached, rushed it through, and committed to as little transparency as possible to make it happen. Congress did nothing on this front and the FCC decided to replace the Congress on the matter.

Now there are reports that Barack Obama, by executive order and agency regulation, will curtail the manufacture of certain ammunition.

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Attack On Arizona’s Internet Was the Beta Test for the Implementation of Martial Law

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“As of yesterday afternoon, most people had not heard about this event. I am not surprised as similar events transpired in both Florida and Oklahoma, AT THE SAME TIME!”

“For those of us that have covered events such as this, we can often smell a cover-up when we see the repetitive use of a key word or phrase. In this case, the key word is “vandals”.  In this instance, the implied use of the word “vandal” is designed to indicate that whomever attacked these cables, presumably owned by Century Link, were amateurs who were engaged in some kind of prank. As I investigated further, it became clear that this was a well-coordinated and well planned attack by persons with expertise related to the attack. Further, whomever did this had to have had specialized equipment to cut through these cables. The simple act of just finding where these cables also required…

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Pigs on board: Nevada troopers hop in semis and spot speeders, distracted drivers

The passenger seat of a semitrailer offers an exceptional view into the cab of passing vehicles.

Elevated above Las Vegas motorists on the 215 Beltway, Nevada Highway Patrol Sgt. Michael Cooke said he spotted 48 drivers who were violating the law Wednesday.

As part of NHP’s “Badge on Board” campaign, Cooke said, troopers work together, targeting dangerous drivers on valley freeways by hunting them down in the most unsuspecting, unmarked police vehicle — an 18-wheeler.

Drivers using their cellphones proved to be the most problematic throughout this campaign, which ran Tuesday through Thursday, according to NHP trooper Kevin McNeal.

“During ‘Badge on Board,’ it’s by far the worst offense,” McNeal said about motorists who can’t resist using their mobile devices. That falls into the general category of distracted driving.

But it’s not exactly clear what cellphone use is prohibited while driving and what isn’t.

“It depends on how you read it,” McNeal said of the law against cellphone use behind the wheel.

Using a phone for GPS mapping or quickly dialing a phone number while driving, for example, is permitted, McNeal said. There are also exceptions for law enforcement officers and emergency responders.

Talking on the phone without a hands-free device and scrolling through a phone are considered distracted driving offenses, just like reading the newspaper or putting on makeup behind the wheel.

Getting a ticket for distracted driving would cost about $195, according to McNeal, though it varies by jurisdiction. If you get more than one, the cost increases.

But each case is “dealt with individually,” McNeal said. “They’re not all the same.”

Six troopers, including McNeal, travelled back-and-forth Wednesday on the southern Beltway from Buffalo Drive to Stephanie Street awaiting a radio call from Cooke, who was searching for scrollers and speeders from inside the 18-wheeler.

“It’s just like fishing. We’re not sure when or where we’re gonna find something,” said NHP commercial vehicle inspector Travis Perkins, who was in the driver’s seat of the semitrailer.

Once Cooke gave a vehicle description, the responding officer proceeds with the traffic stop, McNeal said.

An Arizona woman was driving eastbound on the Beltway when Cooke radioed McNeal that she was on her cellphone and headed in his direction. McNeal waited for her to pass, then he switched on the red and blue lights.

The woman claimed to be using the GPS on her phone, and after returning to his vehicle to visit the Nevada law library online, McNeal had no choice but to let her on her way without a citation. She had not broken the law, he said.

The three-day-long event also focuses on enforcing semitrailer driving safety, McNeal said.

There are “absolutely” harsher limits for truck drivers, and “every offense is a primary offense,” McNeal said. “They would kill someone easier than a vehicle driver.”

Blind eyes and scorched birds.

Mark and Saimi Boldly Go

When driving on Interstate 15 near the Nevada/California border, keep your sunglasses on.imageimage

We could not figure out what these blinding lights were as we drove into California. We saw these huge towers in the desert.   We had all kinds of guesses. Was this some kind of tourist attraction? Were they huge searchlights to attract people or grow something in the desert? Nope not even close. This is the new solar generating station created in 2014. Some people did not want the plant built because of the environmental impact to the Mojave Desert. This plant pitted environmentalists who want clean power against environmentalists who did not want any impact on the desert landscape.

Now some are reporting that birds are being scorched by this solar plant. See this story from the Daily Mail.

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Friends of Black Rock are No Friends At All

Random Act Projects

Steven Chandler at Liberty Fine Art Gallery Steven Chandler at Liberty Fine Art Gallery

As I was filling out some applications for art projects this year, I looked up the Friends of Black Rock Residency.  I saw the show at Liberty Fine Art Gallery in 2014.  As I was reading over the application I first focused on the sentence from the application “Artists are also required to provide the copyright for designated art piece to the Bureau of Land Management.”

What?  This is the second application in Nevada  demanding the copyright of the artists work, the first being the Circus Circus Mural Contest.  This is highly irregular in established art communities as it not in the artists best interest .  Interestingly, the language on the application has changed in the last day.

Actually, the entire list of expectations has changed in the last day.

I emailed the contact and asked them three questions:

1.  Does…

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Richard Russell – A New World Currency Is On The Way But Here Is The Biggest Surprise

2012: What's the 'real' truth?

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As the world continues to digest breaking news out of Greece and Ukraine, the Godfather of newsletter writers, 90-year old Richard Russell, warned that a new world currency is on the way but he also covered what will be the biggest surprise about this new currency.  Russell also described how this will impact the entire world, including major markets.

Click Here to continue reading, which I strongly suggest you do.

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Jeb Bush Wouldn’t Hesitate to Start “Third Bush War”

2012: What's the 'real' truth?

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush. (photo: Getty Images)

Jeb Bush Wouldn’t Hesitate to Start “Third Bush War”

By David Knowles, Bloomberg

27 February 15

 eb Bush may be his own man, but that would not stop him from starting a war in the Middle East like his father and brother before him.

Appearing on the Hugh Hewitt radio show on Wednesday, Bush said that his family legacy would not be a factor in how he would handle potential military conflicts if the safety of the American people was at risk.

Asked by Hewitt whether he would be “overly cautious about using force for fear of having a ‘third Bush war’ occur,” Bush was resolute.

“No, that’s an interesting question, and I’m glad you asked it. It wouldn’t, if I was, if I decide to go forward with a race and I’m fortunate enough to go through…

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Food wars, Water wars, When will the revolution start? A federal agency says it will not release water for most California Central Valley farms this year, forcing farmers to continue to scramble for other sources or leave fields unplanted.

no_foodSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal agency says it will not release water for most California Central Valley farms this year, forcing farmers to continue to scramble for other sources or leave fields unplanted.

It will be the second year of no federal water for farmers in the region that grows much of the nation’s produce, although some farms hold senior water rights and are exempt from complete cuts.

Many farmers had been bracing for the news as California’s drought enters its fourth year.

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation mid-Pacific regional director David Murillo says federal officials are doing everything possible to increase water deliveries during the dire dry conditions.

California’s Central Valley Project conveys water through a system of dams and reservoirs and 500 miles of canals.

Las Vegas Traffic lawyers take personal feud to court

Attorneys battle in the courtroom every day, but the rift between criminal defense attorneys Scott Holper and Mark Coburn goes much deeper.

Holper, who runs Vegas Ticket Masters, said Coburn, the “Las Vegas Ticket Attorney,” once threatened to fight him and challenged him to a $10,000, winner-take-all boxing match.

That’s not exactly the way Coburn put it.

He said another attorney told him Holper wanted to fight.

“I told him come on down, come on down to Golden Nugget,” Coburn said. “Of course, he never showed up.”

In the midst of their escalating feud — the origin of which is a point of contention between the two — Holper accused Coburn of slashing one of his advertisements and pushed for criminal charges.

On Thursday, Coburn went before a judge on a misdemeanor charge of destroying the property of another person.

Holper testified that he paid $569.27 for a truck sign that reads “BITE BACK/AGGRESIVE (sic) &AFFORDABLE/ CRIMINAL DEFENSE,” and has not used it since it was destroyed. Holper also says Coburn slapped his magnetic business cards on the truck.

Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Conrad Hafen found probable cause for the charge and ruled that a jury should decide whether Coburn is guilty.

After the hearing, Coburn’s lawyer, Jess Marchese, said Coburn had nothing to do with destroying the sign.

“He’s a mature adult with no criminal history,” Marchese said. “This absolutely, positively, unequivocally did not occur.”

Holper also said Coburn left a machete at the end of his driveway.

“I have no idea what he’s talking about,” Coburn said. “I don’t know where he lives. I’ve never been to his house.”

Holper said he’s afraid for his life and that Coburn is behind “the biggest stalking case one professional has ever done to another.”

Coburn said the situation is reversed.

In a June 2013 Las Vegas police report, Coburn alleged that Holper “continuously keyed” his vehicle and slashed his tires while it was parked outside the Regional Justice Center.

That same month, Holper filed a lawsuit against Coburn, alleging libel and “reckless infliction of emotional distress” among a list of other accusations in a “one-sided traffic ticket war.”

Coburn called the lawsuit “meritless” and asked a judge to refer Holper to a mental health professional.

A month later, the two engaged in a verbal alter­cation in Hafen’s courtroom.

The judge issued a temporary protective order for both attorneys against each other and warned them to behave themselves while in the Regional Justice Center.

Then Holper said he was slapped in the face by Coburn’s investigator, Robert Lawson, as he served Holper with court papers.

Lawson was cited for misdemeanor battery, according to police.

Things weren’t always so tense between Coburn and Holper, who have been acquainted for years and acknowledge that they were even cordial once, helping cover each other’s cases.

When asked what led to the falling out, though, their stories begin to diverge.

Coburn said Holper threatened to kill his secretary, and even other attorneys.

“It’s not just me,” Coburn said. “It’s him and a lot of other people.”

Holper said Coburn accused him of trying to hire away Coburn’s secretary.

There are allegations of drug use on both sides, which both deny.

David Clark, bar counsel for the State Bar of Nevada, said that lawyers are required to self report any time they are convicted or plead guilty to anything more serious than a minor traffic ticket.

The bar is investigating complaints against both Coburn and Holper, which Clark said was not uncommon, but those allegations are sealed.

“You do a big enough practice,” Clark said, “and it tends to generate complaints.”

In September, Coburn told court marshals that he was spit on and kicked inside the courthouse by one of Holper’s employees, Steven Adkins.

“Coburn stated that he would be requesting to meet with administration concerning his personal safety and ongoing harassment,” according to a police report.

Adkins, who advertises for Holper outside the courthouse, denied that he kicked or spit on Coburn.

Adkins said he thought Coburn was trying to prevent him from testifying in the destruction of property case.

Of the incident, Clark County courts Deputy Marshal Ray Robinson wrote: “future incidents involving Mr. Coburn, Mr. Adkins or Mr. Holper are very likely.”

Contact reporter David Ferrara at or 702-380-1039. Find him on Twitter: @randompoker

How Many Constitutional Freedoms Have We Lost?

Constitution limits government not people

How Many Constitutional Freedoms Have We Lost?

This post explains the liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights – the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution – and provides a scorecard on the extent of the loss of each right. (This is an updated version of an essay we wrote in February. Unfortunately, a lot of information has come out since then.)

First Amendment

The 1st Amendment protects speech, religion, assembly and the press:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The Supreme Court has also interpreted the First Amendment as protecting freedom ofassociation.

However, the government is arresting those speaking out … and violently crushing peaceful assemblies which attempt to petition the government for redress.

A federal judge found that the law allowing indefinite detention of Americans without due process has a “chilling effect” on free speech. And see this and this.

There are also enacted laws allowing the secret service to arrest anyone protesting near the president or other designated folks (that might explain incidents like this).

Mass spying by the NSA violates our freedom of association.

The threat of being labeled a terrorist for exercising our First Amendment rights certainly violates the First Amendment. The government is using laws to crush dissent, and it’s gotten so bad that even U.S. Supreme Court justices are saying that we are descending into tyranny.  (And the U.S. is doing the same things that tyrannical governments have done for 5,000 years to crush dissent.)

For example, the following actions may get an American citizen living on U.S. soil labeled as a “suspected terrorist” today:

And holding the following beliefs may also be considered grounds for suspected terrorism:

And see this. (Of course, Muslims are more or less subject to a separate system of justice in America.)

And 1st Amendment rights are especially chilled when power has become so concentrated that the same agency which spies on all Americans also decides who should be assassinated.

Second Amendment

The 2nd Amendment states:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Gun control and gun rights advocates obviously have very different views about whether guns are a force for violence or for good.

But even a top liberal Constitutional law expert reluctantly admits that the right to own a gun is as important a Constitutional right as freedom of speech or religion:

Like many academics, I was happy to blissfully ignore the Second Amendment. It did not fit neatly into my socially liberal agenda.


It is hard to read the Second Amendment and not honestly conclude that the Framers intended gun ownership to be an individual right. It is true that the amendment begins with a reference to militias: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Accordingly, it is argued, this amendment protects the right of the militia to bear arms, not the individual.

Yet, if true, the Second Amendment would be effectively declared a defunct provision. The National Guard is not a true militia in the sense of the Second Amendment and, since the District and others believe governments can ban guns entirely, the Second Amendment would be read out of existence.


More important, the mere reference to a purpose of the Second Amendment does not alter the fact that an individual right is created. The right of the people to keep and bear arms is stated in the same way as the right to free speech or free press. The statement of a purpose was intended to reaffirm the power of the states and the people against the central government. At the time, many feared the federal government and its national army. Gun ownership was viewed as a deterrent against abuse by the government, which would be less likely to mess with a well-armed populace.

Considering the Framers and their own traditions of hunting and self-defense, it is clear that they would have viewed such ownership as an individual right — consistent with the plain meaning of the amendment.

None of this is easy for someone raised to believe that the Second Amendment was the dividing line between the enlightenment and the dark ages of American culture. Yet, it is time to honestly reconsider this amendment and admit that … here’s the really hard part … the NRA may have been right. This does not mean that Charlton Heston is the new Rosa Parks or that no restrictions can be placed on gun ownership. But it does appear that gun ownership was made a protected right by the Framers and, while we might not celebrate it, it is time that we recognize it.

The gun control debate – including which weapons and magazines are banned – is still in flux …

Third Amendment

The 3rd Amendment prohibits the government forcing people to house soldiers:

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

A recent lawsuit by a Nevada family – covered by (Mother Jones, Fox News and Courthouse News – alleges violation of the Third Amendment.

Moreover, the military is arguably quartering “digital” troops within our homes.

 In America, Journalists Are Considered Terrorists
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Fourth Amendment

The 4th Amendment prevents unlawful search and seizure:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

But the government is spying on everything we dowithout any real benefit or justification.

Indeed, experts say that the type of spying being carried out by the NSA and other agencies isexactly the kind of thing which King George imposed on the American colonists … which led to the Revolutionary War.

And many Constitutional experts – such as Jonathan Turley – think that the police went too far in Boston with lockdowns and involuntary door-to-door searches.

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Fifth Amendment

The 5th Amendment addresses due process of law, eminent domain, double jeopardy and grand jury:

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

But the American government has shredded the 5th Amendment by subjecting us to indefinite detention and taking away our due process rights.

The government claims the right to assassinate or indefinitely detain any American citizen on U.S. citizen without any due process. And see this.

For example, American citizens are being detained in Guantanamo-like conditions in Chicago … including:

  • Brutality
  • Being held in secret
  • Not even telling a suspect’s lawyer whether his client is being held?

And see this, this and this.

As such, the government is certainly depriving people of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.

There are additional corruptions of 5th Amendment rights – such as property being taken forprivate purposes. And the right to remain silent is gone.

The percentage of prosecutions in which a defendant is denied a grand jury is difficult to gauge, as there is so much secrecy surrounding many terrorism trials.

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Sixth Amendment

The 6th Amendment guarantees the right to hear the criminal charges levied against us and to be able to confront the witnesses who have testified against us, as well as speedy criminal trials, and a public defender for those who cannot hire an attorney:

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Subjecting people to indefinite detention or assassination obviously violates the 6th Amendment right to a jury trial. In both cases, the defendants is “disposed of” without ever receiving a trial … and often without ever hearing the charges against them.

More and more commonly, the government prosecutes cases based upon “secret evidence” that they don’t show to the defendant … or sometimes even the judge hearing the case.

The government uses “secret evidence” to spy on Americans, prosecute leaking or terrorismcharges (even against U.S. soldiers) and even assassinate people. And see this and this.

Secret witnesses are being used in some cases. And sometimes lawyers are not even allowed to read their own briefs.

Indeed, even the laws themselves are now starting to be kept secret. And it’s about to get a lot worse.

Moreover, government is “laundering” information gained through mass surveillance through other agencies, with an agreement that the agencies will “recreate” the evidence in a “parallel construction” … so they don’t have to admit that the evidence came from unconstitutional spying.   A former top NSA official says that this is the opposite of following the Fourth Amendment, but is a“totalitarian process” which shows that we’re in a “police state”.

And there are two systems of justice in America … one for the big banks and other fatcats, and one for everyone else. The government made it official policy not to prosecute fraud, even though fraud is the main business model adopted by Wall Street. Indeed, the biggest financial crime in world history, the largest insider trading scandal of all time, illegal raiding of customer accountsand blatant financing of drug cartels and terrorists have all been committed recently without any real criminal prosecution or jail time.

On the other hand, government prosecutors are using the legal system to crush dissent and tosilence whistleblowers.

And some of the nation’s most powerful judges have lost their independence … and are in bed with the powers-that-be.

Seventh Amendment

The 7th Amendment guarantees trial by jury in federal court for civil cases:

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

As far as we know, this right is still being respected.

However the austerity caused by redistribution of wealth to the super-elite is causing severe budget cuts to the courts, resulting in the wheels of justice slowing down considerably.

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Eighth Amendment

The 8th Amendment prohibits cruel and unusual punishment:

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Indefinite detention and assassination are obviously cruel and unusual punishment.

The widespread system of torture carried out in the last 10 years – with the help of other countriesviolates the 8th Amendment. Many want to bring it back … or at least justify its past use.

While Justice Scalia disingenuously argues that torture does not constitute cruel and unusual punishment because it is meant to produce information – not punish – he’s wrong. It’s not only cruel and unusual … it is technically a form of terrorism.

And government whistleblowers are being cruelly and unusually punished with unduly harsh sentences meant to intimidate anyone else from speaking out.

Ninth Amendment

The 9th Amendment provides that people have other rights, even if they aren’t specifically listed in the Constitution:

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

We can debate what our inherent rights as human beings are. I believe they include the right to a level playing field, and access to non-toxic food and water. You may disagree.

But everyone agrees that the government should not actively encourage fraud and manipulation. However, the government – through its malignant, symbiotic relation with big corporations – is interfering with our aspirations for economic freedom, safe food and water (instead of arsenic-laden, genetically engineered junk), freedom from undue health hazards such as irradiation due togovernment support of archaic nuclear power designs, and a level playing field (as opposed to our crony capitalist system in which the little guy has no shot due to redistribution of wealth from the middle class to the super-elite, and government support of white collar criminals).

By working hand-in-glove with giant corporations to defraud us into paying for a lower quality of life, the government is trampling our basic rights as human beings.

Tenth Amendment

The 10th Amendment provides that powers not specifically given to the Federal government are reserved to the states or individual:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Two of the central principles of America’s Founding Fathers are:

(1) The government is created and empowered with the consent of the people


(2) Separation of powers

Today, most Americans believe that the government is threatening – rather than protecting – freedom. We’ve become more afraid of our government than of terrorists, and believe that the government is no longer acting with the “consent of the governed“.

And the federal government is trampling the separation of powers by stepping on the toes of the states and the people. For example, former head S&L prosecutor Bill Black – now a professor of law and economics – notes:

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the resident examiners and regional staff of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency [both] competed to weaken federal regulation and aggressively used the preemption doctrine to try to prevent state investigations of and actions against fraudulent mortgage lenders.

Indeed, the federal government is doing everything it can to stick its nose into every aspect of our lives … and act like Big Brother.

Conclusion: While a few of the liberties enshrined in the Bill of Rights still exist, the vast majority are under heavy assault.

Other Constitutional Provisions … and The Declaration of Independence

In addition to the trampling of the Bill of Rights, the government has also trashed the separation of powers enshrined in the main body of the Constitution.

The government is also engaging in activities which the Founding Fathers fought against, such as taxation without representation (here and here), cronyism, deference to central banks, etc.

As the preamble to the Declaration of Independence shows, the American government is still carrying out many of the acts the Founding Fathers found most offensive:

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures. [Background here and here]

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power. [Background here, here, here, here and here]


He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation: [Background]


For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences [Background]


He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation. [Background]


He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us. [Background here, here and here]

Microsoft’s mind-blowing vision of the future: 3D holograms, smart surfaces, next-gen wearables, and ‘fluid mobility’

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“The elaborate, highly produced video shows jaw-dropping technologies like a SCUBA mask that annotates the sea with 3D holograms, a multipart bracelet that joins together to become a communications device, and interactive, flexible displays that automatically “rehydrate” with information specific to the people using them.”


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Strange: Cuomo Government Has Mass E-mail Purge During Corruption Probe

OK, Fine.

Newsflash:  Democrats are not always clean.

The New York state government ordered e-mails to be deleted during corruption probe.

The IB Times reports, in a memo obtained by Capital New York, state officials announced that the mass purging of email records is beginning across several state government agencies.

The timing of the announcement, which is following through on a 2013 proposal, is worth noting: The large-scale destruction of state documents will be happening in the middle of a federal investigation of public corruption in New York.

As IB Times reports, earlier this month in New York, a fire tore through a warehouse full of old government records from the bygone paper era.

Many probably felt relief in thinking that such records are now often digitized and therefore not at risk of being accidentally incinerated. Yet as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration is showing this week, many records are vulnerable to another form…

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Nevada Republican says cancer is a fungus you can flush out with salt water

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Nevada state Assemblywoman Michele Fiore (R) plans to introduce a bill she said would provide more options for cancer patients — but actually relies on what medical experts call a myth, Think Progress reported.

“If you have cancer, which I believe is a fungus, and we can put a pic line into your body and we’re flushing with, say, salt water, sodium cardonate through that line and flushing out the fungus,” Fiore said on her radio show over the weekend. “These are some procedures that are not FDA-approved in America that are very inexpensive, cost-effective.”

As Ralston Reports noted, Fiore likely meant to say “sodium bicarbonate,” commonly known as baking soda.
According to the American Cancer Society, (ACS) the argument that sodium bicarbonate can be used to flush cancer out of the body stems from “unsubstantiated treatments” by an Italian doctor, Tullio Simoncini. Simoncini’s license to practice medicine was…

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See the World’s Largest Solar Plants From Above


The Desert Sunlight Solar Farm in California’s Mojave Desert is the world’s largest solar plant with eight million panels producing 550 megawatts of power — or enough to supply 160,000 homes.

For the latest issue of TIME, we commissioned Jamey Stillings to photograph the plant. “I’ve had a long-term interest in the intersection of nature and human activity,” he says. “How we connect to nature; how we decide to use and modify nature for what we want to do.”

A little over four years ago, Stillings decided to marry that photographic interest with an environmental perspective, looking at the development of our species and society as we slowly move away from fossil fuels. “From a historic standpoint in the United States, we remember building the Hoover Dam, we remember building the Empire State Building. The photographs of that become our visual memories; they become part of our collective consciousness.”


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Former Nevada Judge Stephen Jones sentenced to 26 months

steve JonesLAS VEGAS — Former Clark County family court Judge Steven Jones was sentenced on a conspiracy charge in federal court Wednesday.

Jones, who pleaded guilty in September 2014, was sentenced to 26 months in prison and ordered to pay approximately $2.9 million in restitution for his role in a decade-long investment scheme that bilked more than 50 investor victims.

Jones, 57, of Henderson, Nev., who served for almost 20 years as a family court judge in Clark County, pleaded guilty in September to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

“Former Judge Steven Jones played an integral part in this investment fraud scheme and was the most prominent and indispensable member,” said U.S. Attorney Bogden. “This crime was not a “one-off” for Jones, but a calculated and deliberate decision that he replicated for years. He knew right from wrong, but engaged in the conduct anyway because he could.”

The judge denied Jones’ request to spend some of his sentence on house arrest. Once he’s out of prison, Jones will have three years of supervised release.

Jeanie Winkler was one of the two witnesses who testified in court Wednesday. She lost her law license after allegedly funneling money from her clients’ trust accounts into investment schemes that were run by Jones’ former brother-in-law.

The testimony in court indicated Jones used his status as a family court judge in order to give credence to the bogus investments.

Jones’ sentence was enhanced for violating his position of trust, and because the loss amount was over $200,000 and there were more than 10 victims.

“This sentencing reaffirms to the public that the FBI will continue to make certain that no one is above the law, and when public corruption is identified, it will be aggressively investigated and prosecuted,” said Special Agent in Charge Bucheit.

Another condition of Jones’ plea agreement is that he had to give up his law license. The former judge still has access to his estimated six-figure state retirement fund.

However, some of it will be paid to victims as restitution. Jones has 90 days to surrender to authorities.

Nevada gambling regulators sign off on Olympic betting

Featured Image -- 14618LAS VEGAS (AP) — Come summer 2016, when the best of the best athletes climb podiums wearing gold, silver and bronze medals, Las Vegas gamblers could very well be counting their green.

Nevada gambling regulators voted Thursday to allow the state’s sports books to offer bets on the Olympics for the first time in years.

Revised regulations say the gaming commission chairman can limit the bets at his or her discretion. The wagers have been banned for more than a decade since the state made regulatory changes allowing bets on the state’s own sports teams but specifically barring non-college amateur events.

International sports books in Great Britain, Ireland and Australia and offshore Internet sites already allow such bets. South Point Hotel Casino pushed for the change with the support of other sports-book operators.

US Turns Olympic Village into Prison, Naturally

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“In order to fund the building of the Olympic village in Lake Placid, NY, for the famous 1980 winter games, the US federal government stipulated planners build with the intent of turning the grounds into a prison once the athletes left. The Resident from RT explains.”

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Nevada Legislature: Bill would regulate ‘roll your own’ cigarette machines

2 jointsNevada lawmakers will hear the first details of a bill that would require the owners of manual cigarette machines obtain business licenses from the state.

AB83 would require owners of “roll your own” machines to obtain a Nevada business license and gives law enforcement the right to seize or destroy unauthorized machines. The bill is scheduled for a hearing in the Assembly Taxation Committee on Thursday.

Committee chair Assemblyman Derek Armstrong said the Nevada Attorney General’s Office requested the bill’s creation and that it would differentiate between commercial and private cigarette-rolling machines.

“Roll your own” machines allow smokers to roll their own cigarettes using loose tobacco and rolling paper.

Nevada Legislature: GPS tracking of parolees approved by Senate

gps orwellThe Nevada Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved SB37 allowing the use of Global Positioning System devices to track parolees, probationers and other offenders under state supervision.

Testimony in committee indicated GPS technology was several technological leaps ahead of the current ankle bracelets. The current tracking devices can only tell when a parolee is within a certain distance of his or her home.

Lawmakers were told GPS devices would allow monitoring of whether a parolee or probationer was in an area where they are prohibited such as a crime scene, a bar, casino or, in cases involving certain sex offenders, near a school.

In addition, Senators approved SB136, which extends the diversion program allowing probation violators to get alcohol and drug abuse treatment or mental health help instead of being revoked and sent back to jail or prison.

SB136 was also passed 20-0 with Sen. Debbie Smith, D-Sparks, absent.

Purina Beneful dog food has killed thousands of pets, claims lawsuit

  • The lawsuit lists internal bleeding, liver malfunction or failure, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, weight loss, seizures and kidney failure as symptoms
  • The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Frank Lucido, who claimed that after purchasing a bag of Beneful, all three of his dog fell ill
  • The suit claims more than 3,000 people have reported that their dogs became very sick or died 
  • Some pet owners say they have incurred extensive veterinary bills to have their dogs tested and treated for illnesses

Corrupt Carson City DA Neil Rombardo and his butt-buddy Mark Krueger denied judgeship in Douglas County!!!

Three Finalists Selected For Opening In Ninth Judicial District

neil-rombardo1The Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection today named three nominees to fill an open seat in the Ninth Judicial District Court, Department 2, made vacant by the selection of Judge Michael Gibbons to the Nevada Court of Appeals.

The nominees were selected following interviews by the Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection February 24 and 25 in Carson City. The names and applications of the finalists have been sent to Governor Brian Sandoval, who will appoint a new judge from the list.

The Commission’s three nominees for the open seat, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Thomas W. Gregory, 45, Genoa, Douglas County District Attorney’s Office
  • Douglas R. Rands, 56, Reno, Rands, South and Gardner
  • David F. Sarnowski, 62, Carson City, Carson City Justice and Municipal Court

A total of 13 attorneys submitted applications for the vacancy. Applicants had to be Nevada attorneys with two years of residency and 10 years of legal experience.

Selection Process Was Open To The Public

As has been the rule since 2007, the Commission’s interviews were open to the public. A public comment period was provided to the public at the start of  the interview schedule and before the deliberations and voting on the selection of the nominees.mark-krueger-is-corrupt

In selecting the nominees, the Commission considered the applicants’ interviews along with information in comprehensive applications about education, law practice, business involvement, community involvement, and professional and personal conduct.  The Commission also considered letters of reference and public statements during the interview process.

The applications of the nominees, with the exceptions of medical records and personal identification information, are available on the Supreme Court of Nevada website at:
Commission On Judicial Selection

The Commission on Judicial Selection is composed of 7 permanent members – the Supreme Court Chief Justice, three non-attorneys appointed by the Governor and three attorneys appointed by the State Bar of Nevada.  Neither the Governor nor the Bar may appoint more than two permanent members from the same political party, and cannot appoint two members from the same county.

For District Court vacancies, two temporary members are appointed from the judicial district where the vacancy occurs – a non-attorney by the Governor and an attorney by the State Bar – bringing the Commission membership to nine.

The Commission members are:

  • Supreme Court Chief Justice James W. Hardesty, Chair.
  • Valerie Cooney, Carson City, past executive director of Volunteer Attorneys for Rural Nevada (State Bar appointee)
  • Jeffrey Gilbert, Henderson, veteran gaming executive (Governor appointee)
  • Jesse Gutierrez, Sparks, former executive director of Nevada Hispanic Services (Governor appointee)
  • Gregory Kamer, Las Vegas, with Kamer Zucker Abbott (State Bar appointee)
  • Jasmine Mehta, Carson City, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (State Bar appointee)
  • Leslie M. Williams, Schurz, Administrative Assistant for Washoe County Senior Services (Governor appointee)
  • Justina Alyce Caviglia, Minden, Douglas County District Attorney’s Office, (Temporary member)
  • Judy Keele, Gardnerville (Temporary member)


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Genoa resident only Douglas attorney among judge finalists

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Carson City, Nev. — Only one Douglas County resident made the final cut in the search for Judge Michael Gibbons’ replacement on Wednesday.

Douglas County prosecutor Tom Gregory, 45, was selected by the Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection, along with Reno resident Douglas Rands and Carson City resident David Sarnowski.

All three names will go to Gov. Brian Sandoval, who will make the final decision.

There is no requirement that the appointee live in Douglas County, but if someone out of the county is selected, they must move here.

A total of 13 attorneys submitted applications for the vacancy. Applicants had to be Nevada attorneys with two years of residency and 10 years of legal experience.

The Commission’s interviews were open to the public. A public comment period was provided at the start of the interview schedule and before the deliberations and voting on the selection of the nominees.

In selecting the nominees, the commission considered the applicants’ interviews along with information in comprehensive applications about education, law practice, business involvement, community involvement, and professional and personal conduct. The commission also considered letters of reference and public statements during the interview process.

The applications of the nominees, with the exceptions of medical records and personal identification information, are available on the Supreme Court of Nevada website at:

The commission is composed of seven permanent members – the Supreme Court Chief Justice, three nonattorneys appointed by the governor and three attorneys appointed by the State Bar of Nevada.

Neither the Governor nor the Bar may appoint more than two permanent members from the same political party, and cannot appoint two members from the same county.

For District Court vacancies, two temporary members are appointed from the judicial district where the vacancy occurs – a nonattorney by the governor and an attorney by the State Bar – bringing the Commission membership to nine.

The Commission members are:

Supreme Court Chief Justice James W. Hardesty, Chair.

Valerie Cooney, Carson City, past executive director of Volunteer Attorneys for Rural Nevada (State Bar appointee)

Jeffrey Gilbert, Henderson, veteran gaming executive (Governor appointee)

Jesse Gutierrez, Sparks, former executive director of Nevada Hispanic Services (Governor appointee)

Gregory Kamer, Las Vegas, with Kamer Zucker Abbott (State Bar appointee)

Jasmine Mehta, Carson City, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (State Bar appointee)

Leslie M. Williams, Schurz, Administrative Assistant for Washoe County Senior Services (Governor appointee)

Justina Alyce Caviglia, Minden, Douglas County District Attorney’s Office, (Temporary member)

Judy Keele, Gardnerville (Temporary member)

Finalist Biographies

Thomas W. Gregory, 45, has worked for the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office since January 2007. He was promoted to chief deputy district attorney in the criminal division in 2009.

During 2014, Gregory processed three murder cases, including the Tatiana Leibel murder trial, which resulted in a conviction earlier this month. In his application, he said he developed a protocol for telephonic search warrants.

Before coming to the district attorney’s office, Gregory, a native Nevadan, was in private practice for four years in Reno. He served as a deputy district attorney in the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office from 1996 to 2003. He also served in the White Pine County District Attorney’s Office.

Gregory clerked for district judges Tom Perkins and Gibbons.

He is a 1987 graduate of Douglas High School and a 1991 graduate of the University of the Pacific. He graduated from McGeorge School of Law in 1994. During law school he worked for Noel Manoukian his first summer and for U.S. District Judge Howard McKibben in the second.

Gregory said arguing the case of Meisler v. State was one of the most enjoyable in his career.

He is married to attorney Cynthea Gregory, who is in the civil division of the District Attorney’s Office. His parents are Minden residents Darlene and Jerry Gregory.

Douglas R. Rands, 56, has been a partner in the law firm Rands, South and Gardner for the past 17 years. He is a 26-year Nevada resident.

He had previously worked for the law firm Perry and Spann for nine years. He left to form his own firm.

He graduated from Union Endicott High School in New York in 1977. He received a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Brigham Young University in 1984. He graduated from J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in the top third of his class in 1987.

He was admitted to the state bars of Nevada and Utah in 1988.

According to his application, 90 percent of his litigation over the past five years has been civil.

He listed Palmer v. Del Webb’s High Sierra as his most significant case, which was his first argument before the Nevada Supreme Court. It was an appeal of a decision rendered by Douglas County District Judge Norm Robison, who held the seat Rands is now seeking.

In his statement, Rands said his wife is looking forward to moving to Douglas County.

David F. Sarnowski, 62, is not currently practicing law, but serves as a part-time justice of the peace and municipal court judge in Carson City.

Sarnowski served as executive director of the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline and the Standing Committee on Judicial Ethics for 11 years, retiring in 2013 after 32 years of state service. He’d served with the Nevada Attorney General’s office for 18 years. He was chief deputy attorney general of the criminal division until 2002.

He is a native Nevadan and a 1970 graduate of Mineral County High School. He graduated in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in history from Santa Clara University in California. He received his law degree in 1981 from Santa Clara University Law School.

He served as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve and the Nevada Army National Guard retiring after 30 years with the rank of colonel. Sarnowski was admitted to the state

He received a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College in 2000. He also served as the commander of the Capitol American Legion Post for three years.

His most significant case was Robert Michenfelder v. Sumner before the U.S. District Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the mid-1980s.

Sarnowski defended Nevada Department of Prisons employees in the case.


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As Nancy Pelosi did with ObamaCare, “We have to pass it to find out whats in it.”, Hillary supports something only Obama and Wheeler/FCC at this point, have knowledge of.  Yet she boldly states that she supports Obama, like she/they know whats best for all their empires subjects.   

The public has no idea what this little FCC/Obama surprise package will include.    We know this; everything the government runs or regulates, it screws up.   Its more big government, its more power for the FCC and the president.   

See the story by Breitbart News.

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Southwest grounds 128 planes, Reno and Vegas could face delays

RENO, Nev. and DALLAS, Tex. (AP, & KRNV) — Southwest Airlines Co. says it has grounded 128 planes after failing to inspect backup hydraulic systems used to control the rudder if the main system fails.

The airline said Tuesday night that it had canceled 90 flights so far. The grounding covers about one-fifth its fleet.

Southwest spokeswoman Brandy King said that after discovering the missed inspections, the airline immediately notified federal safety regulators and began checking the planes.

A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, Lynn Lunsford, said that the FAA was working with Southwest and Boeing, which manufactured the planes, to evaluate a plan that would let the airline keep flying the planes until the inspections are completed over the next few days.

The missed inspections were first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

King called the missed inspections inadvertent. She said the airline discovered that 128 of its Boeing 737-700 jets already had flown beyond the point at which the backup hydraulic systems were supposed to be inspected.

She said safety was the airline’s top priority, and it was working to fix the matter quickly.

Dallas-based Southwest is the nation’s fourth-biggest airline. It has 665 jets, all of which are some version of the Boeing 737, including nearly 450 of the 737-700. That model seats 137 or 143 passengers, depending on the layout.

As for whether or not this could have repercussions in northern Nevada, officials at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport say it’s likely.

According to airport spokesman Brian Kulpa, it’s hard to definitively say whether or not Reno will see delays. However, since this is an ongoing situation, he will say it’s a possibility since all of Southwest’s planes — including those that service RNO — are 737’s.

Travelers should check with the airline or the Reno-Tahoe International Airport before heading out tomorrow to see if their flights are canceled or delayed.

We will have more information as this story develops.

Nevada Attorney General Laxalt to testify before Congress

Adam_Laxalt_mug_t198Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt is scheduled to testify before a Congress panel on a lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration.

The recently elected Republican will speak before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning in Washington, D.C. He plans to testify about why Nevada joined 25 other states in filing a lawsuit to block the president’s order to spare nearly 5 million immigrants from deportation.

Laxalt said in prepared remarks that the president’s order is unconstitutional and immigration policy is instead Congress’ responsibility. He said joining the lawsuit wasn’t a political maneuver but a reaction to federal overreach.

A federal judge temporarily halted implementation of the president’s order last week. The lawsuit is now being heard by a federal appeals court.


Mountain Bike Carson City


With the mild winter we’ve had out West, it hasn’t been much of a challenge to ride all year. Trails that are normally buried in snow in February are in perfect shape for riding, and it hasn’t been uncommon to ride in shorts and t-shirts. This has given trail builders a head start at completing the Kings Canyon to Ash Canyon trail, and allowed many riders and hikers to get a sneak peek at what this new trail has to offer. If you haven’t had a chance to see the trail yet, here’s an excellent video from Brent Ruybalid that gives you a good feel for what it’s like to ride it.

Connecting the Canyons from Brent Ruybalid on Vimeo.

Finishing touches on the trail are being completed by Muscle Powered and the City, including finishing the Ash Canyon bridge, trail kiosks, and signage. As long as winter doesn’t return with a vengeance, it shouldn’t be much longer before the trail has its grand opening! When the trail is officially completed, more information, statistics, and details will be posted to help you plan your ride. In the meantime, here are some more photos of the trail:

Ash Canyon Bridge
New trail kiosk on the Ash Canyon side

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Published on Feb 22, 2015

NEW LEAK AT FUKUSHIMA. UPDATE. http://www.BPEarthWatch.Com http://www.Enenews.Com

FUKUSHIMA – 2015 – The Year The Pacific Ocean Died

FOX 11 News, Feb 23, 2015 (emphasis added): Dozens of dead Sea Lions litter Malibu beaches; families shocked — A family stumbled upon nearly 10 dead sea lions on a Malibu beach Sunday (WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES IN THIS STORY AND VIDEO) “We just came down the stairs and little sea lions are being washed on to shore dying,” Neda Soderqvist says… “It was devastating to see a bunch of sea lions just lying dead. It wasn’t one or two it was six or eight,” Soderqvist said to FOX 11′s Christine O’Donnell. The sight was especially difficult for her seven-year-old… “They came up and just died right in front of us,” Isabella said… Earlier in the week, Kristin Thames says stumbled across the same devastating scene… “They’re only allowed to take three sea lion pups because there’s not enough space at the rescue centers for more,” Thames said, “it’s really sad.”

Marin Independent Journal, Feb 21, 2015: “First time in our history that we have had sea lion pups here this early” [said] Shawn Johnson, director of veterinary science at the mammal center… sea lions are a sentinel species, a canary in the coal mine. “They can tell us what is happening in the ocean and if it’s unhealthy.”

Fox News, Feb 23, 2015: A heartbreaking and troubling mystery for the third year in a row… Johnson: “They’re so thin, they’re like 15-16 pounds… they should be 30-40″… Scientists say this year is the worst in history – 10 times the normal number of strandings… Johnson: “It’s obvious that the ocean is changing, and the sea lions are sentinels of the seas. They’re telling us that there are major changes going on out there in the oceans today.

OC Register, Feb 18, 2015: Nearly 1,000 sea lion pups have been found stranded on the Southern California beaches this year, about five times higher than what caused experts to panic two years ago… Wednesday, centers reported 940 for the year… 196 sea lions were reported stranded along Southern California beaches in by the end of February 2013, the year NOAA declared an unusual mortality event

La Jolla Light, Feb 17, 2015: Concerned citizens and visitors to La Jolla’s beaches have beenexcessively calling 911 to report malnourished and dehydrated sea lion pups, reports San Diego lifeguard Lt. Rich Stropky, which is “bogging down the system.”

Geoffrey Melendres, Feb 23, 2015: “I tried to save this one the day before yesterday … but when I looked for it yesterday I found it dead with its grieving momma.”

Unaired footage shows seagulls eating baby sea lions, Feb 15, 2015: “The seagull’s eating it!”

Please help me share this video ~ I was able to get FOX 11 news to air it, Feb 23, 2015: “Please help me spread awareness ~ our sea lions are dying by the dozens daily. Wildlife can only help rescue three a day due to nowhere to place them. I’m so sad and hopeless for these poor sea animals. The more noise we make the faster we can help.”

Source video for clips seen on FOX 11 News  here