Obama and the Pride of Having a Job

I can’t name a time where I met an American who would rather have an unemployment check than the pride of having a job.Barack Obama

So says our supreme leader, President Barack Obama (mmm, mmm, mmm). At face value I find this a little hard to believe; however, since he’s the most accomplished wordsmith of our time I’m going to believe he meant what he said. Which is that he can’t name a time. Meaning the specific time. And that’s probably true. There’s no way he would remember the exact hour let alone minute, right? Oh, Mr. President.

This is true for me and it’s probably true for you. It’s probably true for the vast majority of Americans. But there’s also a huge chunk of the country that feels otherwise. I’m going to make some sweeping generalizations that should hold up just fine. I trust that you’ll be mature enough to understand that there may be exceptions.

About a block from where I work there’s a panhandler that’s been standing on the corner for a couple of months now. He has a cardboard sign and waves to everyone who passes. Why would he beg for money when he could feel the burning pride of earning a paycheck? I’ll admit that I don’t know his circumstances. It’s possible that his feet were glued to that exact spot and he’s can’t go anywhere. But what about the people who beg for a few dollars because they just need enough money to get a bus ticket to Carson City? Years later, these poor people still haven’t been able to get enough money for that elusive ticket. For some reason, they prefer a handout to a paycheck.

The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud estimates that insurance fraud costs us more that $80 billion dollars each year. This fraud includes workers that fake injuries so that they can collect a disability check (unaware of the pride they will be missing out on). There are tons of ways to commit insurance fraud, but it also includes arson and murder to collect insurance. If people are willing to murder in order to get a check without working, is it even remotely possible that they might do nothing in order to get a check without working?

According to the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, state and provincial lotteries have generated $200 billion since their inception in 1964. The odds of winning are laughably small, yet people sink billions of dollars into lotteries. For example, the odds of winning $100 in last years Powerball were more than 1 in 12,000. The grand prize? More than 1 in 175,000,000. Why would people drop so much money on certain failure? You might naturally think it’s because people are attracted to the idea of getting a check without working for it. Once you consider the pride factor you will realize you’re wrong. The truth is…something…else.

Living in the great state of Nevada, let’s not ignore gambling. (I’m referring to gambling in the traditional sense and not the act of putting your kids in Nevada’s public schools.) The American Gaming Association reports that total consumer spending on gambling is nearly $40 billion annually. People lose their families, their homes, their jobs and more to the effects of gambling. They risk it all to get out of having to work to earn a paycheck.

You could go on forever with examples of what people will do to get out of working for a check. While this obviously represents a minority of the country, it’s silly to say that no one would choose to get free money when they could experience the euphoric pride that comes with earning a paycheck.

I initially thought the president was playing a game of semantics, but then I realized it’s probably simpler than that. In all likelihood he’s probably never met an unemployed person. I can’t imagine that the private beaches of Martha’s Vineyard or the golf courses of Hawaii are crawling with the unemployed. It’s still quite an accomplishment considering how many he’s created.

The Great Radio Shake-up of 2013/2014

It’s a new year. A time for more nonsensical literary meanderings. I’ve disqualified myself from discussing the state of Reno radio on a couple of occasions, primarily because I don’t listen like I used to. I generally pedal to work for seven or eight months of the year and this definitely affects how I tune in to talk radio. That said, I’ve never let my lack of qualifications or knowledge get in the way so here we go!

When I originally started grunting about Reno talk radio the landscape was meh. There was one powerhouse (KOH) and a few others with negligible market share (KJFK, KBZZ and KKFT). KOH held a 10.2 share compared to a collective 4 for the other three stations. That was 2007. Things were exciting for a while until KKFT, which seemed poised to go into the ring with KOH, became so inconsistent that you hardly knew who was in their lineup from day to day. Add the fact that KKFT stopped participating in the Nielsen/Arbitron ratings and you see that there hasn’t been much to talk about.

Jump to 2013/2014 and we have a different story. Bill Manders, who moved from KOH to KKFT but then left to go to KNEZ, finally landed at Power Talk 96.7 in Fresno. KJFK was mercifully put out of its (and our) misery. Mike Huckabee’s show vanished into the ether. Of course, the big one is Sean Hannity’s move from KOH to KNEZ. Whoa! Seemingly out of nowhere, KNEZ ends up with Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Dave Ramsey. If you don’t think that’s a game changer then email me and tell me about your trip to Colorado.

So, in the tradition of previous posts, let me briefly share my uninteresting and uninformed opinion about each of the talkers.

KBZZ (1270 AM) – KBZZ always had a really weird lineup. They were a lot like a morning FM show that went all day long, all day, every day. But they had Savage for a while. You would think having Savage would affect their ratings but it didn’t seem to matter much. If anything it may have hurt them. About a year ago they switched to a sports format so they are officially off the radar. So long.

KJFK (1230 AM) – As previously noted, KJFK closed shop last year (March 18th according to their web page). Apparently a station cannot succeed if the audience is comprised solely of its own staff. They had a very stagnant share for as long as I watched them, averaging about 1.6 with a high and low of 2.4 and 1, respectively. They ended at 1.7. RIP.

KKOH (780AM) – I’ve gone from griping about KOH to feeling almost sad. Almost. KOH has had a rough time lately as their numbers show. As of the Spring 2013 review period KOH is sitting at 8.2, which is their all-time low since I’ve been keeping score. KOH is actually at risk of being overtaken by Sunny 106.9…Renoooo as the top station. KRNO 106.9 scored a 7.8, which puts them less than half a point away. Hannity’s move to KNEZ is certain to be a problem – he’s been replaced by the very mobile Michael Savage. The deal between Rush and Cumulus will be a lifesaver for the station. I think they were grooming Mike Huckabee to replace Rush, but when Cumulus realized that they were unable to advertise to a sleeping audience they pulled the plug on Huckabee. KOH is alive for now. And in position number one. For now.

KKFT (99.1 FM) – KKFT seems to be treading water. I’m still a member of their fan club, but I’m feeling a bit apathetic. Their lineup is solid: Laura Ingraham, Dennis Miller, Tom Sullivan, Lars Larsen, Andy Dean, Roger Hedgecock, George Noory… *breathe*. This is where I always get into trouble. Personally, I’d rather listen to Beck than Ingraham. I’d rather listen to Rush than Miller. I’d rather listen to Levin than Andy Dean. That said, Jerry Evans has put together a great schedule. It’s just not always my first choice. Except for Tom Sullivan and Lars, to whom I’ve definitely converted. In a Cumulus and Shamrock world, it’s great to have a local shop.

KNEZ (107.3 FM) – KNEZ is proving that they’re ready to play ball. Beck, Ramsey and Hannity are awesome. The station also has Sean Patrick and Rusty Humphries, both local favorites (even though Rusty joins us via his national show).  Travis Christensen almost reminds me of the old KOH-era Ira Hansen. I wish he had more airtime. For such a new station they’ve certainly shown that they want to be taken seriously.

The big win out of all this is the fantastic choice now available to the patriotic citizens of Northern Nevada. It seems like there is room for three great talk stations. Unfortunately, it seems like the turf wars will be an issue. I was disappointed when I heard Sean Patrick refer to 99.1 FM Talk as a “tinker toy station”. Seriously? C’mon. Competition is good, but nastiness serves no real purpose. KOH clearly has some issues to deal with. I’m sure KKFT and KNEZ do, too. If either of these stations rise to number one I’m sure we’ll see all their dirty laundry.

The numbers for Fall 2013 will be available next week. It will be interesting to see how things look. But not as interesting as the 2014 numbers when we begin to see the effect of the Hannity and Huckabee changes…

SB303 and the Great Representatives of Nevada!

First of all, let’s stop with this ridiculous “undocumented immigrant” tripe. While reporting about the “Driver Authorization Cards” I heard KRNV painfully and awkwardly report about “undocumented immigrants”. They’re not the only ones, though. If you want to see a headline, check out this one from KOLO TV: “Illegal Immigrants Are Now Legal Drivers”. Of course, they use the term “undocumented immigrants” in the story, but they get points for the headline.

I know what you’re thinking. “No human is illegal!” Sure. Whatever. Humans may not be illegal, but their actions are. If not, then burglars simply become “undocumented visitors”. Stalkers are simply performing “undocumented stakeouts”. Stolen goods come from “undocumented purchases”. There is nothing wrong with using your words to describe something. Especially when describing an “immigrant” that arrived in the country “illegally”.

Moving on! Today’s topic is not about how we describe people. It’s not even about SB303. Not really. I will say this. SB303 is a bad idea. If you want to have this discussion, then let’s directly address the topic of illegal immigration. Let’s talk deportation, amnesty or whatever. To dance around the issue with Matricula Consular cards and “Driver Authorization” cards is foolish. It’s like telling the burglar, “I know you’ve committed a crime and that’s wrong; however, we’re going to allow you to keep the stolen goods and enjoy them while we ignore the fact that you molested our property.” It’s a complicated issue with very valid arguments on both sides. But rather than deal with the issue, we’ve just kicked the can down the road. That’s what passes for leadership these days. But I disgress.

Do you know who represents you? What do you know about the leadership in Nevada? I’d like to use the Driver Authorization Card issue as an excuse to share a few facts.

How many in the Assembly and Senate are actually from Nevada?
Assembly: 15 of 42 (36%)
Senate: 4 of 21 (19%)

I have no problem with electing people from other states. Nevada is awesome so why wouldn’t they want to come here? I do have a bit of an issue with where our current representatives come from, though. They come from states that have destroyed themselves through progressive policies. States like California and New York. There are a few from Utah and Texas, but not many. To most of these politicians, Nevada is just a new girlfriend. Instead of realizing how amazing Nevada is, they go on and on about their old girlfriend and how great she was. They never stop to remember how rocky that relationship really was. This is just something to keep in mind during the next election. We should probably dump these bums and look for someone serious who is ready to commit instead of making us dress-up in their ex’s old clothes.

Moving on!

How did the Assembly and Senate vote on SB303?
Democrats
Assembly: 100% Yea
Senate: 100% Yea

Republicans
Assembly: 4 Yea, 9 Nay
Senate: 9 Yea, 1 Nay

There’s something I’ve wondered for a long time. The Republicans are the ones who are close-minded, right? Unwilling to reach across the aisle. Don’t even get me started on how racist they are! When was the last time every Republican voted for or against something and some of the Deomcrats joined them? Has it ever happened? And yet, Republicans are always fractured. The Democrats just toe the line while accusing Republicans of the very things they’re guilty of themselves.

There’s plenty of blame to go around. The Republicans need to start voting on principle instead of playing politics. Democrats need to stop being shills for the party of corruption and deceit.

Here’s a list of the members of Nevada’s Assembly and Senate, along with birth location and how they voted on SB303.

Nevada Assembly

Aizley, Paul (D): Yea (Boston, Massachusetts)
Anderson, Elliot (D): Yea (Marshfield, Wisconsin)
Anderson, Paul (R): Excused (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Benitez-Thompson, Teresa (D): Yea (Ventura, California)
Bobzien, David (D): Yea (Washington, D.C.)
Bustamante Adams, Irene (D): Yea (Hanford, California)
Carlton, Maggie (D): Yea (St. Louis, Missouri)
Carrillo, Richard (D): Yea (Belen, New Mexico)
Cohen, Lesley (D): Yea (New York City, New York)
Daly, Skip (D): Yea (Reno, Nevada)
Diaz, Olivia (D): Yea (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Dondero Loop, Marilyn (D): Yea (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Duncan, Wesley (R): Excused (Sonora, California)
Eisen, Andy (D): Yea (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Ellison, John (R): Nay (Elko, Nevada)
Fiore, Michele (R): Nay (Brooklyn, New York)
Flores, Lucy (D): Yea (Glendale, California)
Frierson, Jason (D): Yea (Los Angeles, California)
Grady, Tom (R): Nay (Tonopah, Nevada)
Hambrick, John (R): Nay (St. Paul, Minnesota)
Hansen, Ira (R): Nay (Reno, Nevada)
Hardy, Cresent (R): Yea (Mesquite, Nevada)
Healey, James (D): Yea (Stanford, California)
Hickey, Pat (R): Yea (Carson City, Nevada)
Hogan, Joseph (D): Yea (Fort Dodge, Iowa)
Horne, William (D): Yea (Wichita Falls, Texas)
Kirkpatrick, Marilyn (D): Yea (“Clark County, Nevada”)
Kirner, Randy (R): Nay (Los Angeles, California)
Livermore, Peter (R): Nay (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Martin, Andrew (D): Yea (Newark, New Jersey)
Munford, Harvey (D): Yea (Akron, Ohio)
Neal, Dina (D): Yea (North Las Vegas, Nevada)
Ohrenschall, James (D): Yea (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Oscarson, James (R): Nay (Ogden, Utah)
Pierce, Peggy (D): Excused (Milton, Massachusetts)
Spiegel, Ellen (D): Yea (New York City, New York)
Sprinkle, Michael (D): Yea (San Francisco, California)
Stewart, Lynn (R): Yea (Salt Lake City, Nevada)
Swank, Heidi (D): Yea (Prescott, Wisconsin)
Thompson, Tyrone (D): Yea (North Las Vegas, Nevada)
Wheeler, Jim (R): Nay (Los Angeles, California)
Woodbury, Melissa (R): Yea (Palo Alto, California)

Nevada Senate

Atkinson, Kelvin (D): Yea (Chicago, Illinois)
Brower, Greg (R): Yea (South Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
Cegavske, Barbara (R): Yea (Faribault, Minnesota)
Denis, Moises (D): Yea (Brooklyn, New York)
Ford, Aaron (D): Yea (Dallas, Texas)
Goicoechea, Pete (R): Yea (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Gustavson, Donald (R): Nay (Culver City, California)
Hammond, Scott (R): Yea (Syracuse, New York)
Hardy, Joseph (R): Yea (Reno, Nevada)
Hutchison, Mark (R): Yea (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Jones, Justin (D): Yea (Granada Hills, California)
Kieckhefer, Ben (R): Yea (Springfield, Illinois)
Kihuen, Ruben (D): Yea (Guadalajara, Mexico)
Manendo, Mark (D): Yea (Erie, Pennsylvania)
Parks, David (D): Yea (Boston, Massachusetts)
Roberson, Michael (R): Yea (Webb City, Missouri)
Segerblom, Tick (D): Yea (Boulder City, Nevada)
Settelmeyer, James (R): Yea (Carson City, Nevada)
Smith, Debbie (D): Yea (Tucson, Arizona)
Spearman, Pat (D): Yea (Indianapolis, Indiana)
Woodhouse, Joyce (D): Yea (Glendive, Montana)

Bully Those with Whom You Disagree!

There’s a group out there that you’ve almost certainly never heard of. The purpose of this group is to bully businesses who advertise during Rush Limbaugh’s radio program. The group is ignorant and impotent at best, hateful at worst.

Their modus operandi is basically this: they collect the names of businesses (mostly local, mind you) who advertise during Rush and post them on an anti-Rush website. They then sic their masses of mindless minions on the local businesses to bully them in to pulling their ads from the Rush Limbaugh show. And by masses, I mean there could be upwards of a dozen. Maybe more. Probably not.

These minions post anti-Rush comments on Twitter, Facebook or the website of targeted businesses. They quote Rush as saying horrible, racist things; however, a quick search on the internet quickly proves these quotes to be false. Of course, a search won’t even be necessary to see that the quotes are fallacious. Most of the attacks are done on Twitter by mentioning the business. Pathetically, their “Twitter-bombs” are generally little more than “Twitter-crackers”. The attacks become completely toothless when someone across the country threatens not to patronize your local business. Oh. No.

These zombies are obviously missing that a) KOH has the largest share of the Reno radio market (more on that another time) and b) Rush Limbaugh is the most popular show on KOH. If you’re advertising, wouldn’t that be the ideal audience? What’s more, businesses generally don’t ask to advertise during Rush. They buy an advertising package for a group of stations and the station determines when they will air the ads.

I’m not sure what disappoints me the most about this group. The fact that their only tool is bullying? The fact that they target Rush exclusively and say nothing about the horrible things that come from Bill Maher, Ed Schultz, etc.? I think the most disappointing part is that there are people who sit around listening to Rush Limbaugh all day just to find the names of businesses to harass and bully.

So, I’m going to provide a list of local businesses that have been specifically targeted by this group. Please make an effort to give them some of your business. At the very least, contact them and let them know that you support them! If they have a Facebook page, please click the link and “Like” their business. Or follow them on Twitter. Be crazy.

Batteries.com Batteries.com on Twitter Batteries.com on Facebook Batteries.com Website
Carpenter’s Music World Carpenter's Music World on Twitter Carpenter's Music World on Facebook Carpenter's Music World Website
Certified Pool and Spa Certified Pool and Spa Website
Dick’s Sporting Goods Dick's Sporting Goods on Twitter Dick's Sporting Goods on Facebook Dick's Sporting Goods Website
GI Gastroenterology Consultants GI Gastroenterology Consultants on Facebook GI Gastroenterology Consultants Website
Golfsmith Golfsmith on Twitter Golfsmith on Facebook Golfsmith Website
Interstate Batteries Interstate Batteries on Twitter Interstate Batteries on Facebook Interstate Batteries Website
John Ascuaga’s Nugget John Ascuaga's Nugget on Twitter John Ascuaga's Nugget on Facebook John Ascuaga's Nugget Website
John Deere & Company John Deere & Company on Twitter John Deere & Company on Facebook John Deere & Company Website
Juniper Hills Furniture and Design Juniper Hills Furniture and Design on Twitter Juniper Hills Furniture and Design on Facebook Juniper Hills Furniture and Design Website
Lakeside Manor Lakeside Manor on Twitter Lakeside Manor on Facebook Lakeside Manor Website
Mattress Discounters of CA, NV, OR, WA Mattress Discounters of CA, NV, OR, WA on Twitter Mattress Discounters of CA, NV, OR, WA on Facebook Mattress Discounters of CA, NV, OR, WA Website
Mike’s Pharmacy Mike's Pharmacy on Facebook
Neat Digital Filing System Neat Digital Filing System on Twitter Neat Digital Filing System on Facebook Neat Digital Filing System Website
Prepstove Prepstove on Twitter Prepstove on Facebook Prepstove Website
Reno Shoes A Proper Fit Reno Shoes A Proper Fit Website
Roy Foster’s Automotive Roy Foster's Automotive on Facebook Roy Foster's Automotive Website
Sierra Integrated Medical Center Sierra Integrated Medical Center on Twitter Sierra Integrated Medical Center on Facebook Sierra Integrated Medical Center Website
South Meadows Dental South Meadows Dental on Facebook South Meadows Dental Website
Steven Wilson Law Steven Wilson Law Website
The Company Corporation The Company Corporation on Twitter The Company Corporation Website
UPS Store UPS Store on Twitter UPS Store on Facebook UPS Store Website

It’s Pointed at You…What Do You Do?

Have you stopped to consider the danger you’re in every day? Everywhere you go, you’re surrounded by loaded weapons. Almost everyone you know brings one to work. Even teenagers are taking them to school. In many cases kids have access to weapons that were provided to them by their parents. Weapons that are always aimed and ready to fire. Much of the time these weapons are pointed directly at you. With a finger on the trigger.

Does this bother you at all? It’s absolutely true. And I’m not talking about guns.

I thought about this recently as I was walking back from lunch. I stood on a street corner waiting to cross the street, which also happened to be the freeway off-ramp. The light was green for cars exiting the freeway and several passed within just a few feet of me while turning at the intersection. Having exited the freeway, many were still going quite fast. Standing less than the sidewalks width from passing cars, I could have been plowed. At that moment it occurred to me just how silly the gun debate has become.

Try this: The next time you have guests, call your teenager into the room and hand him a .45 and a box of ammo. Tell him to go out and have a good time with his friends. “Make sure you’re home by 10!” Try to imagine the reaction of your guests. I’ll bet you don’t need to try very hard. I’ll bet those same guests wouldn’t even blink if the same scene played out with a set of car keys instead of a gun.

What about bars? Nevada allows you to carry in places that serve alcohol, but some other states don’t. Why? We make a big deal about drinking and driving, but if we’re serious then why don’t we forbid people to bring a car to the bar? Arrest anyone who drives a car to a bar, assuming they are going to drink and drive.

There are a ton of web sites that compare vehicle and firearm fatalities. I’m sure you can find one that fits your beliefs nicely. I’m just curious about how we arrived where we are. How have we come to treat the car as a docile little friend while acting as though guns are some kind of demon that will magically start spraying bullets for no reason? They are both tools and can be used for good or ill. Statistically, though, the car is a murderous monster.

So, what do I do when I’m waiting on a street corner? Do I stand far back from the road to put as much distance between me and the car as possible? Do I hide behind the pole to create a barrier between me the cars? No, I exercise a little faith that the drivers are not going to kill me. I trust that they will respect the laws, which, in Nevada, frown on both driving on sidewalks and mowing down pedestrians. If I really become concerned, then I always have the option to get a car of my own to provide me with additional protection.

If you know what I mean.

107.3 KNEWS Officially Launched – Glenn Beck Returns to Reno!

As reported several weeks ago, there is indeed a new news talk station in the Reno market. Shamrock Communications launched 107.3 KNEWS last week and the lineup looks pretty good.

Here’s the official lineup (courtesy of our friend “Ben”): Glenn Beck, Mike Huckabee, Michael Smerconish, Sean Patrick, Rusty Humphries, Clark Howard, Neal Boortz and Overnight America.

So, I’m excited out of my gourd over the return of Glenn Beck. People who have emailed me wondering about the whereabouts of Sean Patrick will love to see his return opposite Bill Manders and Dan Mason.

I don’t see a web page or anything on Facebook yet, so make sure you listen to the station and tell your friends. If you have a business, make sure you throw some advertising dollars their way. It will be interesting to have three right-leaning stations in Reno. Best of luck to the new station!

Will You Make Government Your God? The Case Against Mormons Supporting Obama

The election is less than a week away and it’s time that we address the abominable Harry Reid. There are a few reasons this is necessary.

First, Gregory A. Prince wrote an article in which he bragged about how little he knows about Mormonism. One of his claims is that Romney has somehow “sullied” Mormonism. When Reid was asked about this comment he just had to agree. I’m not sure why Reid thinks he’s any kind of authority on Mormonism. This is the same Harry Reid who bore false witness against Romney at least twice (God should make a law against that or something). He is now lying about Romney and claiming some kind of technicality to make himself feel better about. This is clearly a man who has sold his soul for a fleeting moment of earthly power.

Second, there was a rash of blog articles and news stories several weeks back that proclaimed, “I’m Democrat because I’m a Mormon, not in spite of it!” Go ahead, say whatever you have to to make yourself feel better.

Third, I’ve had several friends from church come out in open support of Obama. Let’s say you take away the obvious things like Obama’s sociopathic lying and despicable stance on abortion (“I don’t want them punished with a baby!”). You are indeed supporting these positions when you vote for the O, but can you make the case that supporting Obama makes you more compassionate? That voting for welfare and “insurance” for all outweighs everything else?

The answer is easy: no.

In a philosophical sense, this is where people like Gregory A. Prince (Ph.D.!) stumble. He states that we have a “sacred obligation to assist the less able.” In the next sentence, he almost touches on a key tenet of the church, which is this: “Work is a guiding principle in the Church’s welfare program.” Our president views government welfare as a vote-harvesting system instead of as a hand-up.

Even this misses the more important point. Welfare is not the responsibility of the government! As Prince brags about the church’s welfare system he conveniently forgets about another tenet of the church: self-reliance and preparedness. We should be prepared for circumstances that might place us in need. Should you not have sufficient resources, then you turn to your family. Should your family have insufficient resources then you turn to church welfare. Should the church not be able to take care of you, then turn to the community. The federal government should provide a safety net as a last resort.

Some may disagree and that’s okay. But consider this:

  • When giving to the government, it is estimated only about .30 of every dollar is used for its intended purpose
  • When donating to LDS Charities, 100% of your donation goes to the cause
  • Most other reputable charities keep their operating costs below 10%

Why would you want to trust a bloated federal bureaucracy when people are in need? What’s more, shouldn’t you have a say in how your money is used?

Mormons believe that for each of God’s “institutions”, there is likely a sinister knock-off. This particular issue is a great example. God has a system to provide for His people, but the government provides an alternate system that replaces God with the government. This does not mean that the government programs are inherently evil. It does not mean that those who implement the programs are ill-intentioned. In the case of government welfare it seems clear that it’s being used to obtain power. This is certainly evil. Either way, it cannot ever work as well as God’s program.

Theologically, this is where the argument falls apart for well-intentioned Mormons voting for Obama. A great read concerning this is Marion G. Romney’s conference talk titled “Socialism and the United Order Compared“.

I believe that Mitt Romney understands the plan. I believe that most Americans understand the plan. Your government seeks to enslave you through taxes, which will be collected with a gun to your head if you don’t comply. The government enslaves the welfare recipients by giving them handouts in exchange for votes. God’s plan allows us to choose for ourselves. As George Albert Smith said, “… I believe our Heavenly Father is giving us our opportunity for development. … We will discover now whether the love the Savior said should be in our hearts is among us.”

So, will you make government your god? If you’re Harry Reid then that’s an easy answer: yes.

Glenn Beck, Sean Patrick to Return to Reno Radio? Oh, Sweetness…

So, as I abandon local talk radio that’s when things start to become interesting. KOH, the previously uncontested champion, has been slowly slipping away. The acquisition by Cumulus did little to stanch the bleeding. In fact, Cumulus may be exacerbating the situation. Or they might even have caused the situation.

99.1 FM Talk was doing well, but after a while they started to look like someone in the dark waving their arms around looking for a light switch. The vision for the station seemed to dim. Then again, I’m still bitter that they stopped playing Glenn Beck.

Speaking of… rumor has it that Glenn Beck will be making a comeback to Reno radio as soon as next week! Details are slim, but he will be appearing on a new station located at 107.3 on the dial. For those who have inquired about Sean Patrick’s whereabouts, I understand he may also be part of the lineup. An official annoucement is said to be forthcoming.

So, how does this affect the ailing KKOH? Or the station that you want to love but you’re never sure you’re being loved back? I’m all for competition, but in this market it’s clear that all the stations need to step up their game. This is definitely something that I can get excited about…

Reid Fundamentally Disconnected from LDS church and Nevada

Congratulations, Harry Reid. You’ve gone from being a lawyer to being a politician to being a really bad politician to being veritable scum of the earth.

Interestingly, Harry Reid recently decided that, as self-elected mouthpiece for the Mormon church, he has the obligation to spread lies and bear false witness against Mitt Romney. He also has declared that his understanding of the Gospel is superior to Mitt Romney’s understanding. According to Reid, Romney has “sullied the religion.

This coming from the man involved in real estate and other scandals. Plus, remember when the voting machines in Southern Nevada already had his name checked as people were voting? And then the unions used questionable tactics to boost the vote in Reid’s favor on election day?

Harry Reid is a bad person and is fundamentally disconnected from the people he is supposed to represent. Why do we keep electing him?

What’s more, where is the scandal with Mitt Romney? His scandals are all manufactured, unless you count the “47%” gaffe. His big scandal is that he dared to tell the truth? Surely an unpardonable sin in Washington. Reid knows he is lying when he continues to slander Romney, who is a decent man. Reid’s actions are disgusting.

Now that I’ve gotten the ranting off my chest, I would like to attempt to explain what Mormons really believe. I believe a convincing argument can be made in favor of Romney’s politics. The same argument will be damning to Reid’s tired old politics.

I’ve been trying to put some thoughts together on this topic for quite a while and Reid’s ongoing tantrum gives me an excuse. Watch for part II…

You Didn’t Build That: Mystery Solved!

Ever wonder why Obama made the now infamous “you didn’t build that” comment? It seemed weird at the time, but I figured it out. If you are not responsible for your successes then Obama is not responsible for his failures. For example, consider this potential exchange:

Fictitious and Unlikely Reporter: “Mr President. Don’t you feel responsible for increasing the debt by 5.4 trillion dollars since you took office?”

Barack Obama: “I didn’t build that.”

Reporter: “Surely you see that your policies have led to increased unemployment and out of control abuse of the welfare system, don’t you?”

Obama: “I didn’t build that.”

This is, of course, keeping in line with his core belief that “the buck stops with you.”