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Sunday, November 6, 2011



UNLV will begin the regular season on Nov. 12 against Butler in Iowa

The UNLV women's basketball team will play its only exhibition game of the season on Monday, hosting Notre Dame de Namur at 7 pm in the Cox Pavilion.

The times for the Lady Rebels' season-opening games in the Iowa Hawkeye Challenge were also announced on Sunday morning. They had been on hold while Iowa was waiting for ESPN to determine the start time for the Iowa home football game on Saturday, Nov. 12. UNLV will begin the season on Saturday against Butler at 2:30 pm (PT), and then will play on Sunday, Nov. 13 against either host Iowa or Harvard at either 10 am (PT) or 12:30 pm (PT).

UNLV has also announced that the radio call from the Voice of the Lady Rebels, Bob Blum, back for his 27th season, along with fourth-year analyst and play-by-play announcer Adam Candee, will be available for free to all fans on New users will have to register (for free) before they can access the audio broadcast. will be the only place that live audio from Lady Rebel games this season may be heard.

The Lady Rebels, under fourth-year head coach Kathy Olivier, bring back all five starters from last year's squad. Highlighting the returnees is senior forward Jamie Smith, a preseason All-Mountain West selection, while junior guard Kelli Thompson was a Mountain West Honorable Mention selection in 2010-11. UNLV also brings back senior forward Lenita Sanford. The team has added four newcomers to the roster as well for 2011-12.


Putting Millionaires Before Jobs

Major Nevada maintenance projects blocked by vote, including Republican US Senator form Nevada...costing four to as much as 150 times as much to do in the future...

There’s nothing partisan about a road or a bridge or an airport; Democrats and Republicans have voted to spend billions on them for decades and long supported rebuilding plans in their own states. On Thursday, though, when President Obama’s plan to spend $60 billion on infrastructure repairs came up for a vote in the Senate, not a single Republican agreed to break the party’s filibuster.

Click here to read more of this and other stories in the New York Times...

Unions on the line in Ohio Tuesday

Sunday Morning News and Views, Part II

"Have you noticed how...." The man who spoke those words every week, Andy Rooney is gone, at the age of 92. The only remaining original member of the CBS "60 Minutes" cast worked up to only 5 weeks ago. He wrote 1097 commentaries since 1978. Prior to the Sunday Evening regular gig he fought in World War II, was a correspondent since after that war and consultant. As for opinions that may irritate people...he says "your damn right I do." In hit final commentary, after  talking about his wife, children, grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, he said "all this time I have paid to say what I want to don't get any luckier than that."

As he approaches his 93rd birthday, America's most famous Christian evangelist is frankly reflecting on his mortality and offering perspective for the country's aging population. The Rev. Billy Graham plans to mark his birthday Monday at home in North Carolina. The date comes just as Graham has published his 30th book, "Nearing Home," which contains reflections on life, no-nonsense advice about the need for financial planning as people age and the Christian view of death. Graham has stepped away from active public ministry in recent years, but the former confidante to presidents remains tremendously popular. Grant Wacker, a professor at Duke Divinity School, says Graham remains popular both with evangelical Christians and the broader public partly because of his ability to grow and address new questions throughout life.

The crooner of his generation, Singer Andy Williams says he has bladder cancer. The Tri-Lakes News reports the 83-year-old Williams told the crowd at his Christmas show Saturday night at the Moon River Theatre in Branson, Mo. ( ). The silver-haired "Moon River" singer, who hosted a popular 1960s variety show, missed planned performances this fall with an undisclosed medical condition. Williams received a standing ovation when he appeared and told the crowd that bladder cancer "is no longer a death sentence" and that he would survive. The paper also reported Williams has yet to start treatment. Williams vowed to return to the stage next September and October to celebrate his 75th anniversary in show business. The theater's Facebook page says Williams' appearance was a surprise and that he sang a song with the show's performers.

On this date in history, November 6, 1914, 197 years ago today, Adolph Sax was born in Belgium. The son of a musical instrument maker, in 1840 her invented an instrument of his own, the Saxophone. The pope banned it from church services, and only marching bands and jazz musicians adapted the new "sound". From Sesame Street to Lisa Simpson to President Bill Clinton, the Sax remains a very popular American instrument.

The Vibe Performing Arts Company, presenting Glow, November 6, 12 and 13 at the Cirque du
Soleil Training Studio at 1151 Grier (Gr-eer) Drive Suite C.  All proceeds benefit the Neon
Museum. Details and R-S-V-P to ""

T-shirts, coffee mugs and other merchandise emblazoned with Occupy locations and slogans related to the nationwide movement are now being offered online and amid the camp sites that have sprung up in cities across the country. A number of merchandise vendors, clothing designers and others are making plans to market a wide-variety of goods for a wide-variety of reasons even as some protesters decry the business plans as directly counter to the demonstrations' goals. The U.S Patent and Trademark Office has received several applications from people and businesses seeking to own the word "Occupy" and the slogan "We are the 99 percent" and the like. Two groups are even competing for the trademark to "Occupy Wall
Street." The winner will control the rights to the products carrying that
Wealthy Americans pay the lowest percentage of their incomes in actual taxes than at any time since the First World War,yet Republican leadership stands firm in their belief that those with money are taxes too much. House Speaker John Boehner says his relationship with one-time golf partner President Barack Obama has grown "a little frosty." The Ohio Republican complains in an interview with ABC's "This Week" that Obama is engaging in what Boehner calls "class warfare" by pushing for higher taxes for wealthy Americans. Boehner says the rich pay enough taxes and it's wrong for the president to "pit one set of Americans against another." Boehner says he and Obama have had a good relationship in the past, but it has grown cool in the last few weeks.The Republican speaker and Democratic president played a round of golf together last summer in a mostly futile effort to bridge the ever-widening gap between the two political parties.

Herman Cain's rise as a presidential contender was supposed to prove that race didn't matter in the Republican Party. But Cain is fast making it the only thing that does. The black conservative is trying to navigate around allegations that he sexually harassed at least three women. He's implying that the accusations surfaced because he is black. Supporters are saying it's a "high-tech lynching." That's the term coined 20 years ago by another black conservative, Clarence Thomas, after his Supreme Court confirmation hearings were rocked by allegations of sexual harassment. By playing the race card with the Thomas precedent, his backers are contradicting the "post-racial" America that President Barack Obama was said to have brought about in the country - and that they, too, are promoting. Is racism still a factor, and if so, is it more so among traditionally white dominated Republicans than Democrats? 

The staff at Mary Ann's Diner in Concord has seen it all from the presidential candidates. So have the folks at the Wells Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor in Le Mars, Iowa, and the Beacon Drive-In in Spartanburg, S.C.  Those are just some of the must-not-miss stops for candidates as
they campaign through early voting states. Some venues like 1950s-style diners provide wholesome, all-American backdrops for photos. A gun shop in New Hampshire, for example, quickly telegraphs a candidate's position on issues important to their party's base. Events such as parades, fairs and festivals allow the candidates to play to large crowds at a safe distance. While such stops do give voters an up-close encounter with the candidates, in-depth conversations are rare. 

Experts are at a loss to explain why Oklahoma has been rattled by a series of earthquakes this weekend. They included one last night measuring 5.6, the strongest in state history. It was centered northeast. The U.S. Geological Survey says a 4.0 magnitude earthquake has
rattled central Oklahoma early today, centered about 36 miles east of Oklahoma City. A magnitude 5.6 earthquake last night was centered 44 miles northeast of Oklahoma City and could be felt as far away as Tennessee and Wisconsin. The Survey also said a magnitude 4.7 quake early Saturday was felt from Texas to Missouri and that numerous aftershocks followed. There are no reports of injuries or major damage from the quakes, but there were reports of cracked buildings, one buckled highway and a chimney collapse.
Proponents of a controversial water plan want to tap into an aquifer the size of Rhode Island under the 35,000-acre Cadiz ranch in the heart of the California desert. Supporters, which include five water agencies that feed thirsty Southern California communities, say they can supply 400,000 people with drinking water in only a few years. If the plan sounds familiar, it is. A decade ago, Los Angeles' Metropolitan Water District rejected it when it faced widespread
environmental opposition. A scaled back version has resurfaced with a greener pitch and what the company claims is better science to win over skeptics. But conservationists, including the Sierra Club, say that mining the aquifer it could harm the threatened desert tortoise, bighorn sheep, as well as the nearby Mojave National Preserve, which provides recreation and conservation for Southern California and Southern Nevada.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the U.S. should consider even tougher penalties against Iran's government and "be doing everything we can to bring it down." Rice tells ABC's "This Week" that the U.S. should never take the option of military force off the table when it comes to dealing with Iran. She says the current Iranian government is trying to obtain a nuclear weapon and has repressed its own people. Rice says "the regime has absolutely no legitimacy left."  Diplomats have told The Associated Press that the U.N. atomic agency plans to disclose intelligence this coming week suggesting that Iran made computer models of a nuclear warhead. Israel has not ruled out direct military intervention, up to and including the use of their own nuclear weapons, to keep Iran from having an operational bomb.  Iran says its nuclear program is only for peaceful aims such as energy production.

The Pope used his Sunday message to ask all Christians to pray for the people of Africa and for an and to the violence in Nigeria.The U.S. Embassy in Nigeria has issued an emergency warning to its citizens living there that bomb attacks could be possible at luxury hotels in the oil-rich nation's capital. The warning comes as an official with the Nigerian Red Cross says more than 100 people died in recent attacks in northeast Nigeria claimed by the radical Muslim sect known locally as Boko aram. The warning says Boko Haram may bomb the Sheraton, Hilton and Nicon Luxury hotels in Abuja, Nigeria's capital, during the nation's holidays this week. Those hotels are frequented by foreigners and Nigeria's elite. The embassy says staff have been told not to go to those hotels and all events involving U.S. personnel at those sites have been canceled.


Sunday Morning News and Views, Part 3

Jumpin' Joe Frazier may be dieing of cancer. The fighter who defeated Mohammad Ali twice and was also beaten twice in world title matches by Ali, including "the Thriller in Manila", has liver cancer and is in Hospice.

"Meet the Press" is now the longest running television show. The weekly news show premiered on November 6, 1947 on NBC.

Wednesday the Republican Candidates debate once again on MSNBC in a debate titled "your money, your vote." It starts at 5 PM Pacific, 8 PM Eastern.

NPR's Linda Wertheimer will speak on "Cooling the Partisan Fires" this afternoon, starting at 1:00, in UNLV's Ham Hall. She'll discuss the role of partisanship in US politics over the last 40 years. The free talk is presented by the UNLV Boyd School of Law's Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution.

Sunday Morning News and Views, Part I

Ron Paul has won a straw poll of 3600 Republicans who cast votes in Illinois. The poll was on-line, which organizers say may have biased the poll, where Cain and other Republicans finished way back in the pack to Paul, who is not polling near as well nationally. Supporters say the poll reflect a grass roots strength not seen in the polls or in regular party politics. 

There is no clear definition of what it is to be "middle class." Many say it is being able to put food on the table, own a car, a home, have an education and have a comfortable life. Economist say that is means a household income of over $150,000 with enough assets to last for a year if you have to.  But younger Americans who identify with the middle class are top heavy in debt or not able to finance what they need to "own" a home and have the things that they perceive are middle class.

One Federal definition defines Middle Class as a family of 4 earning $50,000 and with assets instead of debt. Most economist feel that this definition if dated and not realistic for the cost of actual living (not the basics the government has) in today's society.

Real income, adjusted for inflation, is lower than in the 1960s' ad 1970s. Recessions, inflation, loss of jobs to overseas and an increase income that allows you to have the "things" that you feel you need.

The middle class is shrinking, and the ability of Americans to lift themselves up by their bootstraps losing ground. While there are those who have blinders on this subject, economist and sociologist agree that the US is on a long term path toward 6 to 12% unemployment, a secondary manufacturing role in the world economy and until there is the political will to change things, a nation with a very wealthy top one percent and a majority poor or "lower" middle class. The Pew Charitable Trusts' Economic Mobility project studied pressures on the American middle class. A recent report by the research project found that one in three Americans raised in the middle class falls out of the middle in adulthood. Relative mobility for the upper or lower middle class has declined rapidly, with those at the top unable to become wealthy, and those in the lower middle class stuck in almost a caste society with no mobility, except for downward. 

Americans believe solidly that hard work and dedication will allow you to achieve the American Dream. We believe in upward mobility far more than the reality of economics. The American people believe so strongly in the concept of the American Dream. if you work hard, and play by the rules, you will have economic security. The reality of the marketplace is quite different, but the Pew Trust found in polls that Americans will not give up the optimism, that in the end could actually help us to pull out of this deep recession. But only if we have the political will to bring jobs home, to hire and buy American, and regain the mobility needed to move where the jobs are (too many Americans are top heavy on homes or economically unable to relocate).

As the Chinese Communist Party prepares for its once in a decade transition next year, an ideological divide is opening within the communist party.  It pits those who favor helping those left behind by the economic boom against the school of thought that favors creating conditions that will promote more development and prosperity for all. Their party congress will pit strong socialist-communist against those who see China's future in a free market and increased economic ties with the west. The military and entrenched power structures may be pitted against business interests and progressive elements within the party. China is a dictatorship, but one that actually listens to its people, has open elections (you must be a communist to run), wants to become the leader in the world that China feels is their historic right, and fully cognoscente of the need to be a full partner in the international community. Immediate concerns have to do with the position of China to potentially become involved in helping to solve the European Union Debt Crisis, assist third world countries in African and in the America's, and being militarily strong against any potential threat, including the United States, India and Russia.

Environmentalists are planning to encircle the White House today to send a message to the Obama administration:  don't approve a new pipeline through the Midwest to carry one of the dirtiest forms of oil from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries. The pipeline pits jobs against the environment. It will bring construction, maintenance and construction jobs. Meanwhile, China is offering Canada an even better deal, but that pipeline would cross native lands where approval is unlikely and the cost for the pipeline would be much higher.

The oil and gas industry are in full gear to make sure the Congressional Super-Committee doesn't take away their tax breaks. It is the old story of make cuts in someone elses backyard, and whatever you do tax someone other than us.

Maine became the first state to allow same day registration to vote. In today's political climate Republicans are working to make it as difficult to register and vote as possible. This Tuesday voters in Maine will decide by ballot initiative whether to end same day registration for voters.

His critics call Nicaraguan leader Daniel Ortega a dictator.  His supporters hail him as revolutionary populist.  Despite a constitutional ban on presidents serving two consecutive terms, Ortega running for re-election. Known as a thorn in the side of the US, Ortega retains strong support from China as well as Cuba.

Greeks outside of the Hellenic Republic are riveted by the news surrounding its debt crisis. In Baltimore's historic Greektown, Greek Americans say their homeland is not the only country facing problems. But they also say Greece must change.  Greek Americans are concerned that the crisis leaves the impression that Greeks are lazy, poor with money and irresponsible, when history overseas and in the US indicated the opposite. Many feel that their ancestral homeland will come out of this stronger.

This Day in History

  Today in History

     Today is Sunday, Nov. 6, the 310th day of 2011. There are 55
days left in the year.

     Today's Highlight in History:
     On Nov. 6, 1861, Confederate President Jefferson Davis was
elected to a six-year term of office.

     On this date:
     In 1860, former Illinois congressman Abraham Lincoln defeated
three other candidates for the presidency: John Breckinridge, John
Bell and Stephen Douglas.
     In 1861, James Naismith, the inventor of the sport of
basketball, was born in Almonte, Ontario, Canada.
     In 1888, Benjamin Harrison won the presidential election,
defeating incumbent Grover Cleveland with enough electoral votes,
even though Cleveland led in the popular vote.
     In 1893, composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky died in St.
Petersburg, Russia, at age 53.
     In 1928, in a first, the results of Republican Herbert Hoover's
election victory over Democrat Alfred E. Smith were flashed onto an
electric wraparound sign on the New York Times building.
     In 1934, Nebraska voters approved dissolving their two-chamber
legislature in favor of a nonpartisan, single (or "unicameral")
legislative body, which was implemented in 1937.
     In 1944, British official Lord Moyne was assassinated in Cairo,
Egypt, by members of the Zionist Stern gang.
     In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower won re-election,
defeating Democrat Adlai E. Stevenson.
     In 1977, 39 people were killed when the Kelly Barnes Dam burst,
sending a wall of water through Toccoa Falls College in Georgia.
     In 1990, about one-fifth of the Universal Studios backlot in
southern California was destroyed in an arson fire.

     Ten years ago: Billionaire Republican Michael Bloomberg won New
York City's mayoral race, defeating Democrat Mark Green. The
Federal Reserve slashed its federal funds rate, the key benchmark
for overnight loans, by a half-point to 2 percent, its lowest level
in 40 years. Baseball owners voted 28-2 to eliminate two major
league teams by the 2002 season (however, the contraction did not
occur). Playwright Anthony Shaffer, who'd written the thriller
"Sleuth," died in London at age 75.
     Five years ago: On the eve of midterm elections, Democrats
criticized Republicans as stewards of a stale status quo while
President George W. Bush campaigned from Florida to Arkansas to
Texas in a drive to preserve GOP control of Congress. Kenny Chesney
won entertainer of the year and Brooks & Dunn's inspirational song
"Believe" won three trophies, including single and song of the
year, at the 40th Annual Country Music Association Awards.
     One year ago: President Barack Obama opened his 10-day Asia trip
on a somber note in Mumbai, India, where he memorialized victims of
devastating terror attacks two years earlier, declaring, "We'll
never forget." A Yemeni judge ordered police to find Anwar
al-Awlaki, a radical U.S.-born cleric, "dead or alive" after the
al-Qaida-linked preacher failed to appear at his trial for his role
in the killing of foreigners. (Al-Awlaki was killed in a U.S. drone
strike in the mountains of Yemen on Sept. 30, 2011.)

     Today's Birthdays: Director Mike Nichols is 80. Country singer
Stonewall Jackson is 79. Singer Eugene Pitt (The Jive Five) is 74.
Singer P.J. Proby is 73. Country singer Guy Clark is 70. Actress
Sally Field is 65. Pop singer-musician Glenn Frey (The Eagles) is
63. Singer Rory Block is 62. Jazz musician Arturo Sandoval is 62.
TV host Catherine Crier is 57. California's former first lady,
Maria Shriver, is 56. Actress Lori Singer is 54. Actor Lance Kerwin
is 51. Rock musician Paul Brindley (The Sundays) is 48. Education
Secretary Arne Duncan is 47. Rock singer Corey Glover is 47. Actor
Brad Grunberg is 47. Actor and Television Director Peter DeLuise is 45.
Actress Kelly Rutherford is 43. Actor Ethan Hawke is 41. Actress Thandie Newton
is 39. Model-actress Rebecca Romijn (roh-MAYN') is 39. Actress Zoe
McLellan is 37. Actress Nicole Dubuc is 33. Actress Taryn Manning
is 33. Singer-songwriter Ben Rector is 25. Actress Emma Stone is
23. Actress Mercedes Kastner is 22.