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Beginning of the end

July 25, 2011

Five points to ponder

1. You cannot Legislate the poor into prosperity, by legislating the rich out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.

5. When half the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work, because somebody else is going to get what they work for, THAT IS THE BEGINING OF THE END OF ANY NATION!

Reid letter sells for $2.1 million on eBay

October 21, 2007

Posted: October 19, 2007
2:20 p.m. Eastern

© 2007 WorldNetDaily.com

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A final eBay bid of $2.11 million secured a letter from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that demanded an apology from radio talk host Rush Limbaugh over his “phony soldiers” comment.

On his show today, Limbaugh announced the winning bidder was Betty Casey, a noted philanthropist and trustee of the Eugene B. Casey Foundation in Gaithersburg, Md.

It was the largest bid ever in an eBay charity auction, breaking the $800,000 mark paid for a Harley Davidson motorcycle bearing the signature of “Tonight” show host Jay Leno.

“The Eugene B. Casey Foundation believes freedom of speech is a basic right of every citizen of this country,” the foundation said in a statement on the auction. “Their purchase of the smear letter was to demonstrate their belief in this right, and to support Rush Limbaugh, his views, and his continued education of us.”

Meanwhile, Limbaugh chastised Reid for taking credit for the money raised by the letter during comments to colleagues today on the Senate floor posted by Breitbart.tv.

Reid is trying to “horn in” on the effort, said Limbaugh, who pointed out the Nevada Democrat has not apologized for accusing him of smearing troops who opposed the Iraq war.

“Now he has the audacity to climb aboard this, praising the effort, saying he never knew it would get this kind of money,” Limbaugh said.

Directing his comments to Reid, Limbaugh said, “It wasn’t your letter that raised this money. It was your abuse of power that is responsible for raising this money.”

If it were any other letter by Reid, he said, “people wouldn’t pay a dime for it.”

“This one represents an abuse of power by a U.S. senator, who after besmirching me by name on the Senate floor, gets a hold of my syndicate partner, asking him to confer with me about something he thought improper,” said Limbaugh.

‘That is why your letter is historic,” he continued. It’s “a full fledged, undeniable, 100 percent abuse of power.”

Limbaugh announced last week he would sell the original letter addressed to the head of Clear Channel Communications in order to benefit the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, a charity offering financial assistance to the children of Marines and federal law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

The No. 1-rated talk host said he wouldmatch the winning bid, and he challenged each of the 41 Democratic senators who signed the letter to match it as well.

Limbaugh said the winning bidder, Casey, has been a listener of his program since its inception.

“We cannot thank her enough for her support of this,” Limbaugh said. “I am honored and proud and happy to be matching her $2,100,100.”

Reid claimed Limbaugh’s use of the phrase “phony soldiers” was an attack on all U.S. troops who oppose the war in Iraq. However, a transcript from Limbaugh’s Sept. 26 show suggests the “phony soldiers” remark specifically addressed the case of Jesse MacBeth, an anti-war activist who claimed to have witnessed atrocities as a Purple Heart recipient in the Army Rangers. MacBeth never served in Iraq and was expelled from the military after 44 days in uniform.

The message on the letter’s eBay listing said: “This historic document may well represent the first time in the history of America that this large a group of U.S. senators attempted to demonize a private citizen by lying about his views. As such, it is a priceless memento of the folly of Harry Reid and his 40 senatorial co-signers. BID NOW!”

Limbaugh, noting he serves on the board of the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, said he would bear all costs of the auction: “Every dollar of your winning bid will go to this charity, which has to date distributed over $29 million.”

Clear Channel Chief Executive Officer Mark P. Mays responded to Reid’s letter with a defense of Limbaugh’s right to express his opinions openly on the airwaves.

Many elected officials, mostly Democrats, expressed their displeasure with talk radio following the defeat of what President Bush called his “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” legislation – a plan characterized by many talkers as “amnesty.” There were a number of calls for reinstating the Fairness Doctrine – which has also been called the “Hush Rush” bill.

As WND reported, another Democratic leader, Rep. Henry Waxman of California, angrily denied a report claiming he’s investigating Limbaugh and other conservative radio talk-show hosts, but the magazine which made the allegation is not issuing any retraction.

As WND reported, one radio station in Oregon decided to “hush Rush” for a day and replace Limbaugh’s talk program with music after receiving some requests from local listeners.

Harry Reid = White Flagger

April 26, 2007

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Now even a second grader should be able to determine which one of these things is not like the other – which one of these things doesn’t belong:

Bush: “A successful strategy for Iraq goes beyond military operations.”

Petraeus: “With respect, again, to the — you know, the idea of the reconcilables and the irreconcilables, this is something in which the Iraqi government obviously has the lead. It is something that they have sought to — in some cases, to reach out. And I think, again, that any student of history recognizes that there is no military solution to a problem like that in Iraq, to the insurgency of Iraq. Military action is necessary to help improve security, for all the reasons that I stated in my remarks, but it is not sufficient.”

Reid: “This war is lost.”

Harry “Lost It” Reid

April 25, 2007

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You, sir, are not any average, private citizen. You are a Senator of the United States of America, and whatever your political views or allegiances may be, you must first show loyalty to and serve with honor your country. Yet, you do not do so, and you have disgraced whatever nobility or honor you might have earned serving your constituency.

You embolden our enemies, you discourage our allies, you demoralize the troops who serve, and you denigrate those Iraqis who have turned to the US as their hope for freedom, after decades of living under the tyranny and violence of a war criminal and a brutal oppression.

You are a disgrace. Made worse by the fact that you’re wrong.

Reid to Reimburse Campaign for Donations

October 18, 2006

Reid to Reimburse Campaign for Donations
Oct 16 5:08 PM US/Eastern
  
By JOHN SOLOMON
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON
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 Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid has been using campaign donations instead of his personal money to pay Christmas bonuses for the support staff at the Ritz-Carlton where he lives in an upscale condominium. Federal election law bars candidates from converting political donations for personal use.
Questioned about the campaign expenditures by The Associated Press, Reid’s office said Monday he was personally reimbursing his campaign for $3,300 in donations he had directed to the staff holiday fund at his residence.

Reid also announced he was amending his ethics reports to Congress to more fully account for a Las Vegas land deal, highlighted in an AP story last week, that allowed him to collect $1.1 million in 2004 for property he hadn’t personally owned in three years.

In that matter, the senator hadn’t disclosed to Congress that he first sold land to a friend’s limited liability company back in 2001 and took an ownership stake in the company. He collected the seven-figure payout when the company sold the land again in 2004 to others.

Reid portrayed the 2004 sale as a personal sale of land, making no mention of the company’s ownership or its role in the sale.

Reid said his amended ethics reports would list the 2001 sale and the company, called Patrick Lane LLC. He said the amended reports would also divulge two other smaller land deals he had failed to report to Congress.

“I directed my staff to file amended financial disclosure forms noting that in 2001, I transferred title to the land to a Limited Liability Corporation,” Reid said in a statement issued by his office.

He said he believed the 2001 sale did not alter his ownership of the land but that he agreed to file the amended reports because “I believe in ensuring all facts come to light.”

Reid labeled the AP story as the “latest attempt” by Republicans to affect the election. AP reported last week that it learned of the land deal from a former Reid adviser who had concerns about the way the deal was reported to Congress.

On the Ritz-Carlton holiday donations, Reid gave $600 in 2002, then $1,200 in 2004 and $1,500 in 2005 from his re-election campaign to an entity listed as the REC Employee Holiday Fund. His campaign listed the expenses as campaign “salary” for two of the years and as a “contribution” one year.

Reid’s office said the listing as salary was a “clerical error.”

Residents and workers at the Ritz said the fund’s full name is the Residents Executive Committee Holiday Fund and that it collects money each year from the condominium residents to help provide Christmas gifts, bonuses and a party for the support staff.

Federal election law permits campaigns to provide “gifts of nominal value” but prohibits candidates from using political donations for personal expenses, such as mortgage, rent or utilities for “any part of any personal residence.”

The law specifically defines prohibited personal use expenses as any “obligation or expense of any person that would exist irrespective of the candidate’s campaign or duties as a federal officeholder.”

Land deeds show Reid and his wife, Landra, purchased a condominium for their Washington residence at the hotel for $750,000 in March 2001. The holiday fund has existed for years the at the condo, workers said.

Reid said Monday he believed the expenses were permissible but he nonetheless was reimbursing the campaign.

“These donations were made to thank the men and women who work in the building for the extra work they do as a result of my political activities, and for helping the security officers assigned to me because of my Senate position,” Reid said.

Larry Noble, the Federal Election Commission’s former chief enforcement lawyer, said Reid’s explanation is aimed at a “gray area” in the law by suggesting the donations were tied to his official Senate and political work.

“What makes this harder for the senator is that this is his personal residence and this looks like an event that everybody else at the residence is taking out of their personal money as they’re living there,” Noble said.

On the land dealings, Reid announced Monday he had failed to disclose two other transactions on his prior ethics reports and would account for those on his amended reports along with the 2001 sale.

The first, he said, involved the sale in 2004 of about one-third acre of land in 2004 he owned in his hometown of Searchlight, Nev. And, he said he had not reported his ownership since 1985 of a quarter acre of land his brother gave him in 1985.

Reid said the failure to disclose those transactions previously was due to “clerical errors” and they amounted to “two minor matters that were inadvertently left off my original disclosure forms.”

He had asked the Senate Ethics Committee last Wednesday for an opinion on the 2001 land sale but decided to amend his forms prior to the committee acting.

Reid’s announcement came after numerous newspapers nationwide published editorials criticizing both his initial failure to disclose the full details of his Las Vegas land deal and his response to AP’s story.

The $1.1 million land deal was engineered by Jay Brown, a longtime friend and former casino lawyer whose name surfaced in a major political bribery trial this summer and in other prior organized crime investigations. Brown has never been charged with wrongdoing, except for a 1981 federal securities complaint that was settled out of court.

Ethics experts told AP that Reid’s inaccurate accounting of the deal to Congress appeared to violate Senate ethics rules and raised other issues concerning taxes and potential gifts.
 

Harry and the culture of corruption

October 14, 2006

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Stuck On Stupid


Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.
–Albert Einstein

Harry Reid’s Corrupt Connections

After Harry Reid decided to call this Republican Congress the most corrupt in history I thought it might be a good idea to go into the Senate Minority Leaders questionable connections and possible illegal actions.

In Harry’s Words 12/18/2005:

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said today on ‘FOX News Sunday’ that this Republican-led Congress is “the most corrupt in history.” He went on to distance himself from lobbyist Jack Abramoff who is being investigated for illegal payoffs.

“Don’t lump me in with Jack Abramoff. This is a Republican scandal,” he said, and was adamant that he never received bribes from Abramoff. However, Reid, like many Democrats and Republicans, has received campaign contributions from Abramoff clients.

“America can do better than what we’ve done,” said Reid. “The most corrupt Congress in the history of the country. We have such significant problems with what’s going on in this country.”
Sorry Harry, you did accept $66,000 From Abramoff along with some other Dems.

Here are a few articles on Give’em Hell Harry (Reid):

This from The Captain’s Quarters:

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid sent a letter to Norton on March 5, 2002 … The next day, the Coushattas issued a $5,000 check to Reid’s tax-exempt political group, the Searchlight Leadership Fund. A second Abramoff tribe sent another $5,000 to Reid’s group. Reid ultimately received more than $66,000 in Abramoff-related donations between 2001 and 2004. …

An Ethics Complaint against Leaky Harry:

The American Conservative Union, the nation’s oldest and largest conservative grassroots organization, yesterday filed an ethics complaint against Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). The complaint comes in response to Sen. Reid’s May 12th reference to judicial nominee Henry Saad’s confidential FBI file on the floor of the United States Senate.

“Henry Saad would have been filibustered anyway…,” said Reid on the floor of the Senate. “All you need to do is have a member go upstairs and look at his confidential report from the FBI, and I think we would all agree that there is a problem there.”

According to Senate rules, Reid was prohibited from even accessing the FBI file, let alone publicly discussing the information held within. ACU filed the complaint with Ethics Committee Chairman George Voinovich (R-OH). The complaint also cites recent improper referencing of confidential materials by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Carl Levin (D-MI).

The Washington Times:

Add confidential FBI files that aren’t supposed to be discussed publicly to the list of things Democrats will use to try to block President Bush’s judicial nominees. Speaking on the Senate floor last week, Minority Leader Harry Reid referred to “a problem” in confidential files on Michigan Appeals Court Judge Henry Saad. “All you need to do is have a member go upstairs and look at his confidential report from the FBI, and I think we would all agree that there is a problem there,” he said. In so doing, Mr. Reid brought the battle over the president’s nominees to a new, character-assassinating low. But if Mr. Reid has been following the rules, he hasn’t even seen the files. He only knows about them through hearsay, some perfunctory news articles in the Detroit Free Press and the Gannett News Service a year ago or an apparent mistaken Internet broadcast of a Judiciary Committee hearing on Judge Saad.

And then there is this from The Las Vegas Review Journal:

The money that led to the indictment this week of two Las Vegas pastors and the wife of one of them came from federal grants arranged by Sen. Harry Reid in September 2001, a Reid spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Moving to distance Reid from a possible scandal, aide Tessa Hafen said the senator sought the money on behalf of a nonprofit social services agency and not for the churches or persons who have been accused of mishandling the money. Advertisement

“The money was administered by the Department of Justice, and it went to the agency in Nevada (Alliance Collegiums Association of Nevada),” Hafen said.

The Rev. Willie Davis, the longtime pastor of Second Baptist Church, and his wife, Emma, were indicted Tuesday on fraud charges with an associate minister, the Rev. McTheron Jones.

They are accused of spending $330,000 from federal grants on themselves although the money was intended for halfway houses for prison inmates in Southern Nevada.

The indictment identifies Willie Davis as president of the Alliance Collegiums Association of Nevada board of directors.

In late 2002, Emma Davis became executive director, and Jones was assistant director.

According to the indictment, a grant of $423,000 was approved for the alliance in September 2002.

The indictment charges the defendants of using the grant money to benefit themselves….

A Reid relationship with the Second Baptist Church surfaced in 1997, when the senator donated $250 to the church where Davis was and still is pastor.

The money came from John Huang, who was convicted of making illegal contributions to the 1996 re-election campaign of President Clinton.

At about the same time, Reid donated another $250 from Huang to the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Las Vegas.

Reid said he made the contributions to the churches instead of returning the money to Huang because he did not think Huang deserved it.

undefined said Reid has not made contributions to Davis or his church since 1997.

Reid has attended services at the Second Baptist Church “about three or four times” since 1997, Hafen said.

“He says hello to the pastor (Davis) when he goes to the church, but apart from that, the only other time he has seen him was in May when he met with about 30 or 40 ministers to organize a faith-based summit,” Hafen said.

A Reid relationship with the Second Baptist Church surfaced in 1997, when the senator donated $250 to the church where Davis was and still is pastor.

More on the scandal here:

According to the indictment, the defendants obtained a Justice Department grant in 2002, through a nonprofit organization called Alliance Collegiums Association of Nevada, to operate halfway houses for prison inmates in Southern Nevada.

“No halfway house was ever opened to receive inmates under the ACAN grant,” the indictment alleges.

The document identifies Willie Davis as president of the alliance’s board of directors. In late 2002, according to the indictment, Emma Davis became executive director and Jones became assistant director.

“At the time, Willie and Emma Davis were experiencing financial difficulties,” the indictment alleges. “Willie and Emma Davis filed for personal bankruptcy on or about December 3, 2002.”

According to the indictment, a one-year grant in the amount of $423,000 was approved for the alliance in September 2002 and funding began in December 2002. In June 2003, following allegations of misconduct, the Justice Department’s office of justice programs froze the grant funds.

“By that time, ACAN had withdrawn and eventually expended approximately $330,000 in federal grant funds,” the indictment alleges.

The document accuses the defendants of using the alliance grant to obtain financial benefits for themselves and others “that were not under the terms of the grant.”

For instance, according to the indictment:

• Emma Davis, Jones and others received pay for work that was not done.

• Jones was paid for writing the grant application.

• Willie Davis was paid a consultant fee.

• Emma Davis and Jones were given raises not allowed under the terms of the grant.

The indictment also claims the defendants used false documents, “including false time sheets and fictitious ACAN board minutes,” to disguise the nature of their fraudulent scheme. In addition, according to the indictment, they made false and misleading statements when interviewed by Justice Department investigators.

All three defendants face charges of conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, theft of government property, making false statements to a government agency and obstruction of justice. Emma Davis also faces charges of bank fraud, bankruptcy fraud and misuse of a Social Security number.

According to the indictment, Willie Davis submitted an application for incorporation in October 2001 on behalf of the alliance with the Nevada secretary of state’s office. The application included names and signatures of members of the alliance’s board of directors, according to the indictment, but “two of the persons named on the list were not members of the board and had not signed the document.”

The false list of board members later was submitted by the defendants to the Justice Department in response to an inspector general subpoena, the indictment alleges.

Money Laundering comes to mind… How was Harry Involved? Let’s see he donated John Huang’s contributions to the Baptist church and none of his own money. By the way, Harry is a Mormon. Searchlight, Nevada must have a serious shortage of Church(s) Of The Latter Day Saints. Something isn’t right about Dingy Harry’s Connection with Willie Davis & Company.

The Nevada Republican Party has a Website dedicated to Harry’s lingering problems that the MSM ignores. The Reid World:

Senator Reid Embraces New Jersey’s Ethically Disappointing Senatorial Appointment Thursday, December 15, 2005

Chairman Paul F. Adams, Nevada Republican Party

Our embarrassing senior Senator Reid has not only embraced the far left of the democrat party, but he now blindly supports ethically disappointing east coast appointments. His support for the appointment of the suspiciously corrupt and crooked Menendez to the U.S. Senate is disturbing.

According to the New York Times “Mr. Menendez has failed to answer questions about his relationship with Kay LiCausi, a young former aide of his. He has helped her get hundreds of thousands of dollars in lobbying contracts and political consulting work.”

By embracing Mr. Menendez, Senator Reid demonstrates that he learned nothing from the corruption scandals surrounding his protégés Erin Kenny and Dario Herrera. Reid protégé Kenny has pled guilty to corruption charges and Reid protégé Herrera is awaiting trial after being indicted on corruption charges. Now we have our embarrassing senior Senator further ensnaring himself in east coast puppet strings by supporting an appointee which the New York Times called disappointing. (More details on Reid protégés Kenny and Herrera and links to the full NY Times article can be found at The Reid World, http://www.thereidworld.com)

This action further demonstrates that Senator Reid values partisan politics over fundamental principles. With each such hypocritical action, he reduces his credibility in Nevada. He may have campaigned as being ‘Independent like Nevada’ but he is independent no more.

An Excerpt From an LA Times Article:

(Note: these articles are now archived)

In Nevada, Reid Is the Name to Know Members of one lawmaker’s family represent nearly every major industry in their home state. And their clients rely on his goodwill. By Chuck Neubauer and Richard T. Cooper, Times Staff Writers June 23, 2003

WASHINGTON — It was the kind of legislation that slips under the radar here.

The name alone made the eyes glaze over: “The Clark County Conservation of Public Land and Natural Resources Act of 2002.” In a welter of technical jargon, it dealt with boundary shifts, land trades and other arcane matters — all in Nevada.

As he introduced it, Nevada’s senior U.S. senator, Democrat Harry Reid, assured colleagues that his bill was a bipartisan measure to protect the environment and help the economy in America’s fastest-growing state.

What Reid did not explain was that the bill promised a cavalcade of benefits to real estate developers, corporations and local institutions that were paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in lobbying fees to his sons’ and son-in-law’s firms, federal lobbyist reports show….

MINES: Mines such as Barrick Goldstrike have benefited from Sen. [Harry Reid]’s advocacy in the Senate. The Nevada Mining Assn., gave him a lifetime achievement award. Industry leaders have paid his son- in-law’s firms nearly $1 million for lobbying….
TOURISM: Sen. Reid fought Grand Canyon flight restrictions. One operator was a client of his son-in- law.
EXCHANGES: The firm that, with Sen. Reid’s aid, traded hilly land for federal parcels near Las Vegas also hired his son-in-law.
LAND DEVELOPMENT: Sen. Reid tried and failed to move a right-of-way for power lines to aid Nevada developers led by a friend who is a partner at the firm where Reid’s sons work.
UNTROUBLED: “It is not as if a lot of cash is changing hands,” Sen. Harry Reid says.

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Harry has a blog-Give ‘Em Hell Harry Check out the comments sections of the posts.

Harry’s Explanation for his non support of The Patriot Act:

I will vote against the motion to invoke cloture on the PATRIOT Act conference report. Rather than cut off debate on this flawed bill, we should work harder to achieve a strong, bipartisan PATRIOT Act that strengthens national security while protecting the privacy of innocent Americans.

Earlier this year, after negotiations that went late into the night, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a bill to reauthorize and improve the PATRIOT Act. Soon after, the full Senate passed this bill by unanimous consent. Every Senator � Democrat and Republican � approved this reauthorization of the PATRIOT Act. Every one of us is firmly on record in support of giving law enforcement the appropriate tools to fight terrorism.

Unfortunately, the spirit of bipartisanship that led to passage of the Senate bill did not prevail in conference. Not long after the House appointed conferees, Democratic negotiators were shut out of the discussions. The final bill was written by Republican conferees working behind closed doors with Justice Department lawyers. The result was an imbalanced conference report that departed significantly from the bipartisan Senate bill…..

Harry, the American citizens will hold you and your party responsible for any future attacks on our homeland. The Patriot act is a vital tool in protecting us against those that want to kill us. When will you see that politics should not come before our safety? If you truly cared about the American people, you would stand up for what is in the best interest of us, not the terrorist .Your party has now become the defenders of the terrorist . Let’s not abuse these insurgents that wear no military uniform, that would be torture, but they can behead our people. Your party will continue to lose national elections, because Democrats just don’t get it. You have become the Surrendercrat party.

Harry Lives in a glass house. He would be better off shutting up for the benefit of the Democrat Party.

My advice to Harry: Please keep on doing what you are doing. You are a huge benefit to the GOP.

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Harry Reid’s Million Dollar Scandal

October 14, 2006

Harry Reid’s Million Dollar Scandal
by Matt Margolis :: October 11, 2006 2:48 PM

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The Associated Press is reporting that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid “collected a $1.1 million windfall on a Las Vegas land sale even though he hadn’t personally owned the property for three years.”

In the process, Reid did not disclose to Congress an earlier sale in which he transferred his land to a company created by a friend and took a financial stake in that company, according to records and interviews.

The Nevada Democrat’s deal was engineered by Jay Brown, a longtime friend and former casino lawyer whose name surfaced in a major political bribery trial this summer and in other prior organized crime investigations. He’s never been charged with wrongdoing – except for a 1981 federal securities complaint that was settled out of court.

The complex dealings allowed Reid to transfer ownership, legal liability and some tax consequences to Brown’s company without public knowledge, but still collect a seven-figure payoff nearly three years later.

Reid hung up the phone when questioned about the deal during an AP interview last week.