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Where liberty dwells, there is my country. -- Ben Franklin
Muth goes over to the Dark Side

The Dopester never met Chuck Muth in person, but always thought he'd like to. For years Muth could be seen working hard for the cause of Liberty down in southern Nevada -- wading into fights with Socialist Democrats and Republican Rinos, and spearing them with his nimble and fierce pen.

So, when Muth moved to northern Nevada earlier this year, we had high hopes.Lately, however, like many libertarians and conservatives around the state,the Dopester has been reduced to scratching his pointed littlehead, trying to "dope out" what Mr. Muth is really up to. There were mainly two things that kept the Dopester's fingernails busy and his dandruff flying: the disproportionate level of venom in Muth's attacks on conservative Republicans who failed to perform perfectly, and the sudden, multiple attacks on the Tax and Spending Control initiative, TASC, immediately upon its release. Evidently, Muth has personally decided that Ronald Reagan had got it all wrong with his famed 13th Commandment -- that "Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican."

Then, in the last few days, some new "intel" came up from Vegas, and it appears to make everything dispiritingly clear. Muth, himself, we're told, has let it be known that he is now on the payroll of Sig Rogich, the dark godfather of Southern Nevada corruption. "Rogich gets a 'taste' of everything that goes down in Vegas," a longtime business associate in Sin City once confided to us. More relevant at the moment, however, is the fact that Rogich is the acknowledged strategist and Machiaveliian manipulator behind the Harry Reid-Kenny Guinn School of fake Republicans.

This suggests a clear answer to the question of why Muth appears so bent on sabotage. That answer would be, HE REALLY IS. Muth's mission, now, is to attack, weaken and split the Republican / Conservative / Libertarian alliance and help Rogich & Guinn and the Mob's heirs in Sin City (and thus the teachers' and Culinary unions) keep control of the state's political tiller. If you read Muth's gatling-gun email newsletters, you'll find the evidence right before your eyes -- complete with revealingly dishonest defenses of Kenny Guinn, the Rogich stooge who hates Nevada conservatives most viciously (when he can form a coherent thought).

What happened to make Muth go over to the dark side of the Force? The Dopester's Vegas sources theorize that it was three things: 1) Years of living hand-to-mouth as an-always-poor champion of Liberty with few marketable skills, 2) a wife and child that he must now grow up and support, and 3) bitterness over an episode in recent years when he was recruited to go to Washington D.C. to head a conservative organization and then found no real job actually there, once he'd relocated. Whatever is the story, Mr. Muth's writing does suggest that he's a deeply unhappy man, and he wants to make others pay for his pain.

So those who are currently involved with Muth around the state -- and want to see smaller government and more Liberty in Nevada -- should be quite careful. There's a very good chance that any resources you send Mr. Muth's way will end up being used to defeat precisely the goals you'd like to see accomplished.

---Del Tartikoff

Senator says state
collecting too much
in taxes

By Cy Ryan 
Sun Capital Bureau

CARSON CITY -- State Sen. Randolph Townsend, one of the major architects of 2003's $833.5 million tax increase, now believes that the state is collecting too much money -- and that business taxes should be reduced in 2007.

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"We killed the Patriot Act," boasted Minority Leader
Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, to cheers from a crowd of Democrats at a political rally after the vote.

"The motto of the Democrat party might just as well be something like this: 'It would be better for thousands, or tens of thousands of Americans to die in a terrorist attack, than for one terrorist to have his privacy invaded by a telephone tap as he chats with an Al Qaeda operative overseas.'"

FISA vs. the Constitution

Congress can't usurp the president's power
to spy on America's enemies.

By Robert F. Turner
Center for National Security Law

In the continuing saga of the surveillance "scandal," with some congressional Democrats denouncing President Bush as a lawbreaker and even suggesting that impeachment hearings may be in order, it is important to step back and put things in historical context. First of all, the Founding Fathers knew from experience that Congress could not keep secrets. In 1776, Benjamin Franklin and his four colleagues on the Committee of Secret Correspondence unanimously concluded that they could not tell the Continental Congress about covert assistance being provided by France to the American Revolution, because "we find by fatal experience that Congress consists of too many members to keep secrets."

See the video record proving that
recent charges against the President
by Reid and other Democrats
have been disgraceful lies

Harry Reid's lust for power is now beyond any shame. It has now led him to embrace Hitler's 'Big Lie' technique:

"This case [the 'Scooter' Libby indictment] is bigger than the leak of classified information.It is about how the Bush White House manufactured and manipulated intelligence in order to bolster its case for the war in Iraq and to discredit anyone who dared to challenge the President."

—Harry Reid
floor of the U.S. Senate
October 28, 2005

But let's look at the actual record—the record that Reid, with his massive U.S. Senate 'war room' information operation, knows extremely well:

WhoIs Lying About Iraq?

By Norman Podhoretz
Commentary magazine

Among the many distortions, misrepresentations, and outright falsifications that have emerged from the debate over Iraq, one in particular stands out above all others. This is the charge that George W. Bush misled us into an immoral and/or unnecessary war in Iraq by telling a series of lies that have now been definitively exposed.

The (Very) 
Big Lie

By Michael Barone
US News & World Report
It is said that a big lie can work if it is repeated often enough. For weeks, leading Democrats have been hammering away at the Big Lie that George W. Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction in Saddam Hussein's Iraq. 

What makes this charge so special is the amazing success it has enjoyed in getting itself established as a self-evident truth even though it has been refuted and discredited over and over again by evidence and argument alike. In this it resembles nothing so much as those animated cartoon characters who, after being flattened, blown up, or pushed over a cliff, always spring back to life with their bodies perfectly intact. Perhaps, like those cartoon characters, this allegation simply cannot be killed off, no matter what.


Conspiracy Theories

By David Brooks
New York Times

Harry Reid sits alone at his kitchen table at 4 a.m., writing important notes in crayon on the outside of envelopes. It's been four weeks since he launched his personal investigation into the Republican plot to manipulate intelligence to trick the American people into believing Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.

Reid had heard of the secret GOP cabal bent on global empire, but he had no idea that he would find a conspiracy so immense. 

Reid now knows that as far hack as 1998, Karl Rove was beaming microwaves into Bill Clinton's fillings to get him to exaggerate the intelligence on Iraq. In that year, Clinton argued, "Iraq still has stockpiles of chemical and biological munitions and the capacity to restart quickly its production program and build many, many more weapons." 

These comments were part of the Republican plot to manipulate intelligence on Iraq. [more]

'Scooter' Libby indictment now shown
to have been the product of prosecutoral misconduct!

interview with former federal prosecutor Joseph Degenova!

Go to FoxNews, click on Brit Hume's Grapevine (at your right), then, on the new page that comes up, click on 'Investigation Impact,' the center of nine Special Report streaming video clips

Las Vegas Review-Journal
Harvard law review
hits Nevada supremes

CARSON CITY -- A 6-1 Nevada Supreme Court decision in 2003 invalidating the voter-approved two-thirds requirement for the Legislature to raise taxes has jeopardized the separation of powers and overlooked the importance of procedural rules in the American legal system, a Harvard Law Review article says.

Associated Press
State near bottom in 
high school grad rate

RENO, Nev. -- Nevada ranks 39th nationally for its high school graduation rate and dead last for the number of students who go directly to college after graduation, according to a report.

Las Vegas Review-Journal
Nevada banks hit 
hard by payroll tax

Levy may be disaster for many small businesses

The payroll tax that the Nevada Legislature enacted into law last year is an annoyance to some big employers but a disaster for some small ones.

Las Vegas Review-Journal
Hard numbers: Tax
hikes were unneeded

Critics of Guinn, , tax-and-spend politicians proven correct

CARSON CITY --Spending by Nevada consumers and tourists greatly exceeded officials' expectations for the first four months of the fiscal year, with sales tax revenue growth more than doubling what was projected for the budget.




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