Nevada News & Views – November 30, 2009

By: Chuck Muth
Nevada News and Views


  • Ensign Finally Takes Some Questions (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – U.S. Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., today reiterated his intention of completing his term of office despite having acknowledged earlier this year that he had an extramarital affair. Ensign gave an exclusive interview to Alan Stock of KXNT News Radio 840 in Las Vegas.
  • The Ensign Interiew, Q&A Compilation (Nevada News Bureau) – A compilation of quotes from Sen. John Ensign’s exclusive 8:00 am one-hour interview with Alan Stock on KXNT 840 AM this morning.
  • Ensign says words on radio show (Steve Sebelius) – U.S. Sen. John Ensign went on the Alan Stock show on KXNT-AM 840 this morning, agreeing to talk about his personal issues for a few minutes before spewing right-wing talking points for most of the rest of the hour.
  • Nevada Politicians Abusing Taxpayer Funds to Campaign (Chuck Muth) – There was a large, almost half-page ad in Sunday’s Las Vegas Review-Journal announcing an upcoming auction being conducted by the Office of the State Treasurer. The ad included the date, time and location of the auction, the terms and conditions of the auction and the website addresses where you can see a catalogue of the items which will be included in the auction. No big deal, right?
  • The National Commission on Healthcare Reform—Part Three (Mike Zahara) – We’ve determined that what’s currently moving through Congress is not real reform, but more Medical Industrial Complex protections, posing as reform. Congress is beholden to too many special interests and a bad bill, at this point, is far worse than no bill at all.

Click here to read these stories at the Nevada News & Views site!


Do you think the final House/Senate health care bill that ends up on President Obama’s desk will include benefits for illegal immigrants?

  • Yes
  • No

To cast your vote in today’s online survey, click here!


If you have an interest in the issue of health insurance reform and whether or not illegal immigrants will receive benefits, read a compilation of news, views and opinions HERE on Muth’s Truths.


Yesterday morning, four uniformed police officers in the Seattle area were ambushed in a coffee shop and gunned down. Authorities tell the Seattle Times that the primary suspect is Maurice Clemmons, who, according to the Times, has “a long record or violence” and who had his prison sentence in Arkansas commuted nine years ago by then-Gov. Mike Huckabee.

If true – if Clemmons is the dirtbag who murdered four police officers and if Huckabee did, indeed, commute his prison sentence nine years ago – then say goodbye to Huckabee’s hope of ever becoming President of the United States.


Sam Shad’s guest on today’s Nevada Newsmakers program will be Assemblywoman Heidi Gansert, Washoe Dist 25. The program airs on KRNV-TV Channel 4 at 12:30 pm in Reno and on Cox Cable Channel 123 at 4:30 pm and 11:35 pm in Las Vegas.



The following letter to the editor by Brian Shoemake, which was published on Sunday in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, might just qualify as the “Letter to the Editor of the Year Award.”

“Dear Editor: I don’t understand why the White House is so upset about the two party crashers at Barack Obama’s steak dinner the other night. Is it really appropriate and politically correct to call them party crashers just because they trespassed on Mr. Obama? Does that make them criminals? Isn’t that discrimination? Shouldn’t they be rewarded for such bold and brave behavior? Maybe they were just trying to feed their family?

“I would suggest that it’s more appropriate to call them ‘undocumented guests.’ Just because they weren’t officially invited doesn’t mean they should be treated like criminals. Maybe they should get free health care, free housing, free legal services and free White House green cards so next time they can enter legally. And they should be able to bring all of their relatives and family members, too.

“How can Mr. Obama be mad at them just because they crossed over some arbitrary man-made border? They were there only to do the things that regularly invited guests didn’t want to do. (Like hang out with Joe Biden.) How can the White House punish these poor oppressed undocumented visitors?”

Such cynicism! Such sarcasm! Author! Author!


  • December 4: Nevada “Newsmaker Briefing” with Rep. Dean Heller (R-Nevada) sponsored by Citizen Outreach Foundation and the Nevada News Bureau.
  • December 4: First Friday Happy Hour Brewhaha and CHRISTMAS (not “Holiday”) Party in Las Vegas. VIP guests will be Nevada Congressman Dean Heller and the United States Marines (bring a toy for their Toys for Tots campaign). Visit www.FirstFridayNevada.com
  • December 15: Center-right coalition meeting co-hosted by Citizen Outreach and the Nevada Policy Research Institute at 8:30 am. Invitation only.

Legislature Fiddles on Unemployment, Governor Takes Action

By: Chuck Muth
Nevada News and Views

The following was just sent out by the Governor’s office:


Governor prepared to use Emergency Regulations to continue unemployment benefits

Carson City – Because of inaction by the Legislature, Governor Jim Gibbons today announced he is working with staff to craft emergency regulations that will continue assistance to working families in Nevada who have unemployed family members who are out of work through no fault of their own.

Last week, the Nevada Legislative Commission’s Subcommittee to Review Regulations refused to approve new regulations regarding the unemployment insurance taxes paid by Nevada businesses. Because of this inaction, the federal government could cut off funding for unemployment benefits for nearly 120,000 Nevadans beginning January 1, 2010.

The Nevada Employment Security Division had requested a pre-approval hearing last week so members of the Legislature could approve regulations to ensure unemployment benefits would continue to Nevada’s needy families without risk of interruption.

“I am stunned that the Legislature would show such callous disregard for Nevada families,” Gibbons said, “I plan to endorse the emergency regulations that will save the people of this state who are relying on these unemployment benefits during this difficult economic time.”

Governor Gibbons noted that men, women and children use unemployment benefits to pay for basic necessities like food, clothing and shelter.

“Legislators should be ashamed of themselves for their inaction on this matter,” Gibbons said, “They held a hearing and their approval of this matter should have been routine, but they are simply out of touch with the misery that some of our Nevada families are dealing with every day.”

Gibbons added, “I believe they are playing just politics with the pain and suffering of Nevada citizens.”

Unemployment insurance rates were set by Nevada’s Employment Security Advisory Council in October, and should have been routinely approved by the Legislature last week. Instead, the Legislature’s Subcommittee to Review Regulations took no action, leaving more than 120,000 people, including women and children, at risk of losing everything they have.


Chuck Muth’s News & Views – November 30, 2009

By: Chuck Muth
Chuck Muth’s News and Views


“Illegal immigrants, meanwhile, are more likely to seek health-care at a hospital emergency room, according to both the CIS and the Pew Hispanic Center. . . . The Center for Immigration Studies, meanwhile, estimates that each year taxpayers – federal, state and local — end up paying more than $4 billion each year on emergency room visits by illegal aliens.”

CNS News, 11/23/09


“Emergency rooms have to take care of anyone who walks in — federal law requires any emergency room to provide care for anybody, regardless of ability to pay or legal status. Hospitals have to jack up prices for paying customers to cover the deficit.”

Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies


“Few issues have caused as much of a stir this year as the question of whether illegal immigrants will be included in the Democratic healthcare bill. Rep. Joe Wilson’s ‘You lie!’ outburst after President Obama stated in September that illegal immigrants wouldn’t be covered is just one example of the tension. Eighty percent of Americans are loath to subsidize illegal immigrants according to a June 2009 Rasmussen poll.”

George W. Grayson in the Christian Science Monitor, 11/19/09


“I oppose general health care funding for the 12 million illegal immigrants. I do not oppose humanitarian emergency treatment, but I do believe that they be identified and denied general elective services. If government health care is so good, then they should go home to get it.”

Ross Kelly, Springfield News-Leader.com, 11/23/09


“Early in the (health care) reform debate, immigration looked like it would be the most contentious issue. . . . While none of the bills would have illegal immigrants getting government coverage through Medicare or Medicaid or being eligible for federal subsidies, debate still remains on their involvement in the health insurance exchange.”

National Journal.com, 11/16/09


“H.R. 3962 (the House health care bill) would deliberately permit illegal aliens to participate in the government health insurance exchange and in the public option insurance program. It would nominally bar them from receiving health care ‘affordability credits’ and most regular Medicaid benefits, but verification procedures are weak and subject to fraud. Moreover, any limitations on benefits provided to illegal immigrants under the House bill are deceptive. The President and the congressional leadership clearly intend that these limits will be only temporary, to be overturned by amnesty or ‘comprehensive immigration reform’ legislation that will be introduced next spring.”

Robert Rector, Heritage Foundation, 11/23/09


“No matter what health care bill emerges from Congress, roughly one in six uninsured Californians will be excluded because they are not legal residents. . . . Excluding them has been a political flashpoint, with many conservatives arguing that providing more health care for people who are not legally in the country is both unaffordable and unfair.

“’It shouldn’t encourage future immigration or help out those who are here illegally now,’ said Dustin Carnevale, a spokesman for the Federation of American Immigrant Reform, a Washington-based group that advocates restricted immigration. FAIR estimates that U.S. taxpayers already spend $11 billion a year on health care for illegal immigrants, and that the cost would rise to $30 billion if they are offered the same subsidies as citizens in the health care bill.”

North County Times, 11/26/09


“Undocumented immigrants should be able to purchase insurance from health insurance exchanges with their own money, not federal dollars, Sen. Robert Menendez (D.N.J.) said Thursday.”

The Hill, 11/19/09


“The White House and the Senate Finance Committee…pledged that undocumented workers would be barred not only from receiving subsidies but also from buying insurance through federally sponsored exchanges — even if they used their own money. (But) when some House Democratic leaders pressed to match the Senate Finance Committee version, Hispanic lawmakers threatened to revolt and ultimately prevailed: Under the bill approved by the House, illegal immigrants would not be barred from the exchanges.”

Washington Post, 11/16/09


“On the two most contentious issues — abortion funding and access of illegal immigrants to the insurance exchange – (Sen. Harry) Reid’s bill differs significantly from the House measure. Although the House-passed bill allows illegal immigrants to pay for insurance through the exchange with their own money, the Senate bill says they have no access to the exchange at all.”

Patricia Murphy in Politics Daily, 11/19/09


“(The House health reform bill) would allow illegal immigrants to buy coverage from a national insurance exchange, but they would not get federal subsidies to help pay for it. (The Senate health reform bill) would not allow illegal immigrants to buy insurance from a national exchange, even if they could pay the full cost, without the subsidies.”

New York Times, 11/19/09


“Individuals are required to purchase insurance policies for themselves and their families in both House and Senate versions of the bill, but the bills differ on enforcement. Penalties in the House version of the bill include a fine of up to 2.5 percent of a person’s adjusted gross income and as many as five years in jail. Exceptions would be given to those who cannot afford coverage, religious objectors, illegal immigrants, and those not covered for less than three months.”

Christian Science Monitor, 11/24/09


“The House (health insurance reform) bill allows illegal immigrants to purchase insurance with their own money; the Senate bill bars all illegals from obtaining coverage and forces legal immigrants to show proof of legal status before they can obtain insurance subsidies. The (Catholic) Church, if it so chose, could flex its muscles once again and push lawmakers to adopt language similar to the House version of the bill. But so far, the Church has declined take up the cause for undocumented workers in the Senate.”

Dan Carter on AirAmerica.com, 11/23/09


“Take for example this verbiage on page 271 (of H.R. 3590) which is the strongest language this writer could find limiting benefits for non-citizens.

“(2) CITIZENSHIP OR IMMIGRATION STATUS. The following information shall be provided with respect to every enrollee: (A) In the case of an enrollee whose eligibility is based on an attestation of citizenship of the enrollee, the enrollee’s social security number. (B) In the case of an individual whose eligibility is based on an attestation of the enrollee’s immigration status, the enrollee’s social security number (if applicable) and such identifying information with respect to the enrollee’s immigration status as the Secretary, after consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security, determines appropriate.”

“In other words if you attest you are a citizen and you cannot provide a social security number, ANY social security number as there are no provisions for verification, then the rules will be defined by the respective Department Secretaries whom have all but declared an amnesty for illegal aliens already. NO E-Verify. NO other means of proving you are who you say you are. Just cough up Bob Smith’s SSN or just SAY you are Bob and you’re golden (sorry Bob).”

Carl Braun, Examiner.com, 11/19/09


Will the final House/Senate health care bill that ends up on President Obama’s desk include benefits for illegal immigrants?

  • Yes
  • No

To cast your vote in today’s online survey, click here!


Did Huckabee Just Get Dukakis’ed?

Yesterday morning, four uniformed police officers in the Seattle area were ambushed in a coffee shop and gunned down. Authorities tell the Seattle Times that the primary suspect is Maurice Clemmons, who, according to the Times, has “a long record or violence” and who had his prison sentence in Arkansas commuted nine years ago by then-Gov. Mike Huckabee.

If true – if Clemmons is the dirtbag who murdered four police officers and if Huckabee did, indeed, commute his prison sentence nine years ago – then say goodbye to Huckabee’s hope of ever becoming President of the United States.


“A punch in the gut, a busted lip, so on, and so forth. Things that happen in America every day during High School football practice, gym class during wrestling instruction, brothers fighting each other at home, and U.S. Marine Corps hazing of boots.

“I simply cannot help but be struck at how effeminate and muliebrous this has become. Does some lawyer-mommy want to take care of poor little Ahmed? Did he get roughed up playing with the big boys? Surely the enemy scoffs and mocks us. We should be embarrassed even to ask the SEALs about something like this.

“CENTCOM should be ashamed. SOCOM should be ashamed. It shows once again that we want to lawyer our engagements instead of win them and that we hold lawyers in higher regard than we do warriors. This is what we have become.”

Blogger Herschel Smith, Captain’s Journal, on three Navy SEALs facing charges after capturing a terrorist named Ahmed Hashim Abed who claims the SEALs assaulted him


Financial News Update – 11/30/09

Obamacare To Hike State Taxes

Soros: Major Bloodletting Ahead

Rosenberg: Depression, Not Recession

Citi Calls for Mortgage Forgiveness

Outside the Beltway: Tea Parties Aren’t Stopping for Holidays

Reid Health Bill Raises Premiums

Obamacare in the Senate: The Debate Starts Right Now

ClimateGate Update

House Votes to Raise Estate Tax this Week

Heritage’s Ernest Istook Schools Ed Schultz on How Obamacare Kills Jobs and Hurts Poor

How HHS Became a Government Propaganda Machine

Turbulence ahead: Senate opens health care debate

List of Taxes Proposed to Pay for Health Care Reform

The death of the stigma of default revisited

Quite possibly the crappiest NYTimes column for Obamacare ever

Pelosi spends $2,993 on flowers

Chavez threatens to nationalize Venezuelan banks

HHS would become federal giant under Senate plan

Shoppers spent less over Black Friday weekend

Health bills fail to block illegals from coverage, despite Obama pledge

Dubai debt worries linger

Dems Run Into Doubts About Benefits of 2nd Stimulus

Treasury to Crack Down on Mortgage Companies

Pirates Hijack Oil Super Tanker Headed for U.S.


FDIC cites Loveland’s Advantage Bank; Announcement states business uses unsafe and unsound banking practices

A short but excellent article by financial advisor, Jeff Clark.

Dubai Debt Fears Threaten Credit Crunch 2, and RBS is Exposed

Dubai’s Troubles Hint at Troubles Elsewhere

Forget Gold and Silver, Invest In Garlic–How to Get “Stinking” Rich

Most US Stocks Retreat on Fears Dubai Will Default on Debt

Dr. Gary North: Fiat Currency Money Printing Leading To Decentralization and Operational Secession

Investors Buy Gold as Central Banks on Course to Crash Global Economy

Government Sovereign Debt Spirals

Dr. Gary North: Tis the Season to be Thrifty


Links to Visit – 11/30/09

The Anchoress – Is WH Crashgate hinting at dysfunction? – UPDATED

Confederate Yankee – Confederate Yankee – Huckabee Paroled Commuted Cop Killer

The Seattle Times – Maurice Clemmons, man wanted for questioning, has troubling criminal history

Dr. Melissa Clouthier – Cop Killer in Washington Pardoned By Governor Mike Huckabee? Update: Yes.

Michelle Malkin – Violent felon granted clemency by Huckabee now sought in Lakewood, WA police ambush; Update: Huck PAC posts statement; Update: Clemmons NOT in home surrounded by SWAT; UW students warned

The Washington Examiner – Glenn Harlan Reynolds: Climategate denial foundering on army of Davids

Alan Grayson Is Nuts – MyCongressmanIsNuts.com

Watcher of Weasels – The Council Has Spoken!

Newsweek – White House Guest-List Chief Says She Quit Post

Atlas Shrugs – Terrorist Attack: Bomb derails 130mph Russian train, leaving 26 dead, 100 injured UPDATE: Monday morning, Another Train bombed

Big Government – Safeguarding Our Heritage

Asia Times – US stalls as Pakistan drifts

Doug Giles – What Happens When a PI Dumpster Dives Behind a San Diego ACORN Office?

Don Surber – Cop killer suspect dead?

Dr. Melissa Clouthier – No One Remembers Barack Obama From Columbia

Flopping Aces – Middle East Suffering from Post-Cairo Depression?

The Washington Post – The deflated Arab hopes for Obama

Pajamas Media – Stalin Honored with Churchill at D-Day Memorial

Gateway Pundit – Chris “Tingles” Matthews on Obama: “Too Much Chamberlain, Not Enough Churchill” (Video)

Gateway Pundit – Lawmakers Probe Science Czar Holdren’s Links to Climategate

Gateway Pundit – Honduran Voters Defy Leftist Thug Zelaya – Record Turnout Reported in Today’s Elections …Update: Conservative Lobo Wins

The Guardian – Leaked emails won’t harm UN climate body, says chairman

RASMUSSEN: 71% Angry at Federal Government, Up Five Points Since September; 46% Very Angry, up 10 points… Developing…

The Politico – 7 stories Barack Obama doesn’t want told

Fox News – How Is This Guy Free?

Fox News – Pirates Hijack Oil Super Tanker Headed for U.S.

Friends of Mark Fuhrman – CRU Raw Temp Data Shows No Significant Warming Over Most Of The World

The New Editor – ‘Expert’: Global Warming will ‘Wipe out Billions’ of People


Nevada News & Views – November 29, 2009

By: Chuck Muth
Nevada News and Views


  • Townsend’s Excuses for Raggio Way Off Base (Chuck Muth) – A petition to launch a recall of Republican state Sen. Bill Raggio is expected to be filed later this week. At that point, organizers will need to collect around 15,000 signatures in 90 days to force a recall vote.
  • She Who Shall Not Be Named vs. Lowden/Tarkanian (Rolando Larraz/Las Vegas Tribune) – The Las Vegas Review-Journal, the only daily and “largest newspaper in the state” may be confusing, misleading or misinforming the few people that read its newspaper when it comes to news in politics.
  • Tax Pledge Could be ObamaCare’s Undoing (Alexander Bolton/The Hill) – The Senate healthcare bill presents a tricky political challenge to Sens. Ben Nelson (Neb.) and Arlen Specter (Pa.), the only two Democrats in the Senate to have signed anti-tax pledges.
  • Could losing House seat make Hayworth the McCain Slayer? (E.J. Montini/AZCentral.com) – Losing his seat in Congress was the best chance J.D. Hayworth had to advance his political career.
  • Audit the Fed Attached as an Amendment (Ron Paul) – I was pleased last week when we won a vote in the Financial Services Committee to include language from the Audit the Fed bill HR1207 in the upcoming financial regulatory reform bill.

Click here to read these stories at the Nevada News & Views site!


Should former Arizona congressman J.D. Hayworth challenge incumbent Sen. John McCain in the GOP primary next year for the Arizona U.S. Senate seat?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Not sure

To cast your vote in today’s online survey, click here!


Kiddie Korner: Yo, parents in the Las Vegas area. Looking for something fun, different and unusual to do with the kids? Here are two suggestions based on first-hand experience this weekend:

1.) Take ’em to the giant Christmas tree in front of Santa’s house in the middle of Town Square just before 7 pm. Tell ’em you think it might snow. Or better yet, tell ’em you’re gonna do a snow dance and try to make it snow. And at 7 pm..it will. Hard to describe the squeals of delight and joy on their little faces when the snow-making machine kicks in and white flakes begin floating down from the sky.

2.) Take the one-hour drive to the new Roos-n-More zoo in Moapa, just off I-15 north of Las Vegas. This isn’t your average zoo. Not by a long shot. Unless you’re somehow used to zoos where you can pet a porcupine, talk to an otter, hold a baby kangaroo, pet a lemur, race a three-legged tortoise, cradle a three-toed sloth in your arms and watch a capuchin monkey drink a diet Coke. Oh, and there are sheep, miniature ponies, zebras, camels and other exotic animals I’ve never even heard of. Check ’em out at www.roosnmore.org or call (702) 467-3585.

P.S. The owner is not exactly a fan of government bureaucrats. More on that story later this week!



  • U.S. Sen. John Ensign will be a guest on Alan Stock’s morning talk-show on KXNT 840 AM in Las Vegas for an entire commercial-free hour beginning at 8:00 am tomorrow. Listen in live via the Internet at http://www.kxnt.com.
  • Sam Shad’s guest on tomorrow’s Nevada Newsmakers program will be Assemblywoman Heidi Gansert, Washoe Dist 25. The program airs on KRNV-TV Channel 4 at 12:30 pm in Reno and on Cox Cable Channel 123 at 4:30 pm and 11:35 pm in Las Vegas. http://www.nevadanewsmakers.com/


“Earmarks, those lines in bills that bring home money to Senate and House members’ states, can be a political Rorschach test. Do you see in them a politician delivering projects for constituents? Or wasteful spending saddling future generations with debt, all to help a politician get reelected? So it is with Sen. Harry Reid’s ranking for the amount his earmarks are worth. In 2008, he ranked 15th among the 100 senators in joint and solo earmarked dollars delivered to his state, according to the nonpartisan watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense. In 2009, he ranked 28th.” – David McGrath Schwartz, Las Vegas Sun, 11/29/09


  • December 4: First Friday Happy Hour Brewhaha and CHRISTMAS (not “Holiday”) Party in Las Vegas. Tentative invited VIP guests include Nevada Congressman Dean Heller and Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform. Visit www.FirstFridayNevada.com
  • December 5: Pachyderm Poker Party/No Limit Hold ’em Tournament. Grand Prize: $1,000. The fee to enter this event is $100. Santa Fe Station Poker Room in Las Vegas starting at 10 am. Refreshments: Pizza Party starts at 11:30 AM – All players eat Free. For more info go to http://www.myclarkgop.org/pokerparty
  • January 8: First Friday Happy Hour Brewhaha (we know, a week late – need to let people recover from their New Year’s Eve parties!). Visit www.FirstFridayNevada.com
  • February 5: First Friday Happy Hour Brewhaha. Visit www.FirstFridayNevada.com
  • February 6: Citizen Outreach’s “Reagan Birthday Party/Reception” in Las Vegas. Details to follow.
  • May 12-13: Conservative Leadership Conference in Las Vegas co-hosted by Citizen Outreach and Americans for Tax Reform. Details to follow.

Financial News Update – 11/29/09

US Shoppers Spent Less on Black Friday Than Last Year

Climate Change: Greatest Scientific Scandal of a Generation

‘Climate change’ data dumped

Bernanke Says Limiting Fed Independence Would ‘Impair’ Economy

Indebted Dubai World rejected asset sale

Little applause now for Dubai visionary

Health Care or Afghan War?


U.S. dollar collapse could devastate economy: book

Indigent families now having to bury dead family members themselves.

Black Friday Store Spending Edges Up; Online Sales Soar

Black Friday Shopping Spree Doesn’t Disappoint

Hotel Owners, Like Home Owners, Are Behind

Bernanke: Don’t Tamper with the Fed

British Banks Quizzed By Regulators on Exposure to Dubai Crisis

Fears of “Second Recession” as Dubai Crashes

If Countries Like Dubai Begin to Fail, Who Will Save Them?

Commentary from Mike Panzner: Time To Stick The Knife In

Recession is Over, Welcome Back to the Depression