No Reason At All

If I had to move tomorrow, and pick any other state to live in except Georgia, I would have to choose Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, or Utah.

One of America’s national organizations fighting against illegal immigration is announcing that 17 states are now filing versions of Arizona’s SB 1070 law which is designed to help local police enforce America’s existing immigration laws.

That’s right. I want to live in a state that tries to make sure that laws are adhered to. No, it has nothing to do with race. It has nothing to do with discrimination. It has nothing to do with racial profiling. I simply want the state I live in to enforce existing law. It really is that simple.

Numerous national and local polls indicated that 60-81% of Americans support local police enforcing immigration laws.

I bet 60-81% of Americans also want their local police to enforce all of the other laws while they’re at it too. Isn’t funny how we try to single out this one law, from one state, rather than address the issue at hand. Our current laws, especially those pertaining to illegal immigration, are not being enforced. What’s wrong with ensuring that those existing laws are actually enforced?

I can’t think of one good reason not to enforce current laws. Not one single reason.

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Searching For TEA In Searchlight

I’m working on a quick, but very important, project tonight, so I am going to post Sarah Palin’s speech from Searchlight, Nevada yesterday.

I was born in Las Vegas, and I spent the first 18 years of my life living “just over the hill” from Harry Reid’s hometown.

Tonight, for the first time in over a decade, I wish I was there. I wish I was there for that TEA Party rally.

 

 
Speaking of TEA Parties, did you hear? Something’s brewing in Douglas County, Georgia.

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A Sheep In Creeps Clothing

As you know, I have a penchant toward politics. I always have.

One of the people I hold most responsible for my interest in politics, is Harry Reid. I grew up in Southern Nevada, despising him. Who knew he would make a lifelong career out of it?

I have a ton of stuff I am trying to get done tonight, but I wanted to post about the “Tea Party Candidate” that is running for the U.S. Senate against Harry Reid and a field of Republicans, including Danny Tarkanian.

When I first heard that a “Tea Party” candidate had entered the election, I raised an eyebrow. Why? Because the Tea Party movement is not about political parties, it’s about getting back to basics and doing what’s right for this country. At the time I thought it was odd, and after reading the response from twenty different Tea Party groups in Nevada, I was right to feel that way.

We, the grassroots/tea party leaders of Nevada, speaking for the conservative activists in our communities, are united in issuing the following statement.

  • We are united in denouncing the TPN (Tea Party of Nevada).
    • The TPN is not a conservative party who speaks for grassroots and tea party activists in Nevada.
    • The TPN is not now, has never been, and will never be affiliated with grassroots efforts in Nevada.
    • The term “Tea Party Candidate” will no longer be used to indicate grassroots support for a candidate or candidates.
    • The TPN will not be invited to or allowed to represent themselves at conservative grassroots events and functions across Nevada.
  • We are united in our desire for fiscal responsibility, transparency, and accountability from legislators and in legislation from Carson City, NV and Washington, D.C.
  • We are united in opposition of progressive leanings towards unfunded mandates as a solution to appeasing special interest and delivering ‘social justice’.
  • We are united in the belief that our government should be inspiring pride and accountability, and personal strength and opportunity, not a path for us to follow to have our needs met as the government sees fit.

We, the tea party activists and grassroots organizers in Nevada, are united.

Signed on March 10, 2010

So there you have it. Scott Ashjian, the Nevada State Tea Party Candidate is NOT affiliated with any Tea Party Movement within the state of Nevada. So why use the “Tea Party” name?

Who is funding the TPN? Who is behind Scott Ashjian’s candidacy? Since any “Tea Party” candidate would pull votes from the Republican running in the race, it is only logical to presume that Harry Reid or someone he is associated with inside the Democratic Party, put Scott Ashjian up to running. It will be interesting to find out who’s pulling those puppet strings.

It’s time to uncover that connection. Then Harry Reid can be sent home to Searchlight to spend his remaining days at the Nugget Casino sipping coffee while he watches the news. The news that the American government and economy will indeed recover from the abuse he inflicted while serving as Senate Majority Leader.

An Outrageous Fortune

My mom sent me an email with a link to Transparent Nevada, which is a website that is tracking the salaries of public employees in the state of Nevada. As far as I can tell the salaries of METRO (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department) employees are not included in their analysis, but I can tell you that most of those salaries are not outrageous at all. Click on the image to the left to see a list of the top 25 earners in the state. The two yellow triangles next to two names indicate that the amounts shown include termination settlements.

I worked for METRO for six years and I definitely wasn’t making the kind of money even fifty pages into their report. Heck, I wasn’t even making the average they show for Clark County on their site. Granted, I worked there 15-20 years ago, but even adjusting for that, it wasn’t pretty.

How does anyone justify paying a fire battalion chief $643,511.82 in salary, longevity pay, vehicle allowance, clothing allowance, boot allowance, tool allowance, incentive pay, sellbacks, standby and final separation pay? That chief makes more money than 14 “average cost” employees. If you drill down on the fire battalion chief position, you will see that no chief made less than $237,000 in 2008.

Does this even make sense?

Firefighters put their lives in danger every day, or at least the risk is there depending on the type of emergency, but when was the last time any of those fire battalian chiefs carried a hose or entered a burning building?

If this isn’t one of the most outrageous examples of wasted taxpayer (on the state level) dollars, I have no idea what is. Battalion chiefs make a minimum of $237,000, fire captains make a minimum of $167,000, and you have go 45 pages into a 157 page result to find a salary under $100,000.

Are their numbers wrong? Am I missing something? Maybe I moved away from Las Vegas at the wrong time.

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Balking, Billions, BS, & Bribes

To say I am disgusted that the health care reform bill passed the cloture vote is an understatement. Although I know we cannot trust anything most politicians have to say, I am shocked that all of the politicians who stated their position would switch so easily. Anyway, here are my thoughts for today.

Thought #1

The day after Joe Lieberman (I-CT) cast his vote for cloture on the bill, he was strutting all over the capitol crowing that he will not support the bill in a final vote if the public option is included.

Sen. Joseph Lieberman, speaking in that trademark sonorous baritone, utters a simple statement that translates into real trouble for Democratic leaders: “I’m going to be stubborn on this.”

Stubborn, he means, in opposing any health-care overhaul that includes a “public option,” or government-run health-insurance plan, as the current bill does. His opposition is strong enough that Mr. Lieberman says he won’t vote to let a bill come to a final vote if a public option is included.

Nice “promise” there Captain Obvious. Thanks for sticking to your principles, but pardon us if we can’t ignore the fact that you keep speaking out of both sides of your mouth.

Thought #2

I can’t help but question why any politician would vote for this bill.

The bill doesn’t start spending until 2014, and only costs $9 billion that year. But by 2019, the annual cost hits $196 billion. The minority staff of the Senate Budget Committee reports that, if you factor out all the budget gimmicks and look at the 10 years of actual implementation, the cost is closer to $2.5 trillion.

This bill increases our federal deficit to levels which will never be paid off, not even by our great-great-great-great grandchildren. It raises taxes to a level where many workers will be paying nearly one-half of their income to the federal government. The bill also threatens billions of dollars in fees and penalties, not to mention jailtime for those who do not wish to have government-run health care.

If I hadn’t read the bill myself, and seen all of the coverage of it, I would think we were talking about some European country, but sadly, we’re not. My arms are swollen from pinching myself, hoping to wake up from this horrible nightmare. The sad thing is, it’s not even to the worst part yet.

Thought #3

Harry Reid is an expert liar. Well, I wouldn’t call him an expert, because everyone knows he’s a liar. Habitual liar then, maybe? He certainly takes his time and packs as many lies into one sentence as he can. Does that make him a bulk liar?

“The key elements of this health care reform bill, I repeat: reduces short-and-long term debt, expands coverage, promotes choice and competition, reforms the insurance market, improves quality of care,” Reid said.

How many lies did you count? Go read John Hawkins’ post at Right Wing News to find out.

Thought #4

Mary Landrieu’s vote for cloture on the health care bill, and maybe even the final vote, was bought and paid for by Harry Reid. She has attacked ABC for making this claim, and she blames ABC for all the “vicious” attacks from right wing blogs.

Let’s look at the evidence, shall we?

The section is question is Section 2006 of HR 3590, which states:

SEC. 2006. SPECIAL ADJUSTMENT TO FMAP DETERMINATION FOR CERTAIN STATES RECOVERING FROM A MAJOR DISASTER.

Section 1905 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396d), as amended by sections 2001 (A) (3) and 2001 (B) (2), is amended (1) in subsection (b), in the first sentence, by striking subsection (y) and inserting subsections (y) and (aa); and (2) by adding at the end the following new subsection: (aa)

(1) Notwithstanding subsection (b), beginning January 1, 2011, the Federal medical assistance percent age for a fiscal year for a disaster-recovery FMAP adjust ment State shall be equal to the following: (A) In the case of the first fiscal year (or part of a fiscal year) for which this subsection applies to the State, the Federal medical assistance percentage determined for the fiscal year without regard to this subsection and subsection (y), increased by 50 percent of the number of percentage points by which the Federal medical assistance percentage determined for the State for the fiscal year without regard to this subsection and subsection (y), is less than the Federal medical assistance percentage determined for the State for the preceding fiscal year after the application of only subsection (a) of section 5001 of Public Law 1115

(if applicable to the preceding fiscal year) and without regard to this subsection, subsection (y), and subsections (b) and (c) of section 5001 of Public Law 1115. (B) In the case of the second or any succeeding fiscal year for which this subsection applies to the State, the Federal medical assistance percentage determined for the preceding fiscal year under this subsection for the State, increased by 25 percent of the number of percentage points by which the Federal medical assistance percentage determined for the State for the fiscal year without regard to this subsection and subsection (y), is less than the Federal medical assistance percentage determined for the State for the preceding fiscal year under this subsection.

(2) In this subsection, the term disaster-recovery FMAP adjustment State means a State that is one of the 50 States or the District of Columbia, for which, at any time during the preceding 7 fiscal years, the President has declared a major disaster under section 401 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act and determined as a result of such disaster that every county or parish in the State warrant individual and public assistance or public assistance from the Federal Government under such Act and for which (A) in the case of the first fiscal year (or part of a fiscal year) for which this subsection applies to the State, the Federal medical assistance percentage determined for the State for the fiscal year without regard to this subsection and subsection (y), is less than the Federal medical assistance percentage determined for the State for the preceding fiscal year after the application of only subsection (a) of section 5001 of Public Law 1115 (if applicable to the preceding fiscal year) and without regard to this subsection, subsection (y), and subsections (b) and (c) of section 5001 of Public Law 1115, by at least 3 percentage points; and (B) in the case of the second or any succeeding fiscal year for which this subsection applies to the State, the Federal medical assistance percentage determined for the State for the fiscal year without regard to this subsection and subsection (y), is less than the Federal medical assistance percentage determined for the State for the preceding fiscal year under this subsection by at least 3 percentage points.

(3) The Federal medical assistance percentage de termined for a disaster-recovery FMAP adjustment State under paragraph (1) shall apply for purposes of this title (other than with respect to disproportionate share hospital payments described in section 1923 and payments under this title that are based on the enhanced FMAP described in 2105(b)) and shall not apply with respect to payments under title IV (other than under part E of title IV) or payments under title XXI.

Let’s think of all of the states which have had a county or parish declared a major disaster area by the President in the past seven years that meets all of the requirements listed above (aka where every county or parish in the State warrants individual and public assistance). How many do you come up with?

One clue. Katrina. Got it yet? Section 2006 was written explicitly for the state of Louisiana, which just happens to be Mary Landrieu (D-LA) territory. According to ABC, the cost of Section 2006 is $100 million, but Mary Landrieu herself has gone on the record to correct that amount.

I will correct something. It’s not $100 million, it’s $300 million, and I’m proud of it and will keep fighting for it

The Senate health care bill is Harry Reid’s creation. It took quite a few weeks to draft that bill and no matter what Mary Landrieu says now, the truth is Harry Reid either wrote that section, or allowed it to be entered into the bill.

There is no denying that Section 2006 only applies to the state of Louisiana, and Mary Landrieu herself will “fight” for that section. So, was it a bribe from Harry Reid to buy her vote for the bill?

Let’s keep looking at the facts.

According to an article at nola.com, Mary Landrieu (D-LA) will be hosting a fundraiser for Harry Reid (D-NV) next month in New Orleans. Say what?

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., will host a fundraiser for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., in New Orleans next month, an event that comes on the heels of Reid’s assistance getting Louisiana a windfall of Medicaid money in the health care reform bill.

The event was planned “several weeks ago,” according to Landrieu’s office. She and political consultant James Carville will host a brunch on Dec. 12 at the St. Charles Avenue home of David Voelker, an investor who chairs the Louisiana Recovery Authority and was a supporter of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.

Why on Earth would a moderate Democrat like Mary Landrieu host a fundraiser for Harry Reid, in New Orleans? The only reason to hold a fundraiser for a Senator from Nevada in New Orleans is to repay a favor you received from that Senator (you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours).

It’s just a bit too coincidental that Mary Landrieu was wavering about supporting the health care bill, section 2006 was written so it applies to no other state than Louisiana, and now she’s throwing a fundraiser for the Senate majority leader.

The people of the state of Louisiana should be ashamed of Mary Landrieu.

As a former resident of the state Nevada I can tell you, Harry Reid is not looking out for the interests of his constituents either. He hasn’t for a long time, it just took a while for many people to see his true colors. Hopefully, it’s only a matter of time now before Harry Reid is but a painful memory in the timeline of Nevada history.

A Forgotten Place In Time

bhill.jpgI am so disappointed tonight. We have no snow right now, at all. I really shouldn’t be disappointed, no one said there would be any accumulation. I did, however, expect it to be snowing. You know, falling from the sky.

We had a few errands to run today. We saw sleet and a few flakes, but it was all over in 15 minutes. If I am going to have to endure temperatures of 10 – 40 degrees for a week, I expect snow. I guess it’s good it didn’t snow earlier because we had a lot to get done.

We ran a copy of Gidget’s new brochure over to Staples to have 100 copies printed. The kid working in the print center was a genius and helped her make some changes that look absolutely fantastic. He spent a lot of time working with her to make it right, and after printing the 100 copies, we found out the cost was almost double what we were expecting. It was our fault I guess for not asking about the price before he started the final print.

After our run to Staples, I took my mom to Target for the coffee she likes to drink. It’s one of those International Foods flavors and there isn’t a store in our area that carries it. None. The closest store that carries it is 45 miles away, and she doesn’t like making that drive, so I took her.

As we arrived back in town the sleet started again and I got my hopes up. That was stupid.
 
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