Paul Harvey: If I Were the Devil

This speech was broadcast by legendary ABC Radio commentator Paul Harvey on April 3, 1965:

If I were the Devil . . . I mean, if I were the Prince of Darkness, I would of course, want to engulf the whole earth in darkness. I would have a third of its real estate and four-fifths of its population, but I would not be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree, so I should set about however necessary to take over the United States. I would begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: “Do as you please.” “Do as you please.” To the young, I would whisper, “The Bible is a myth.” I would convince them that man created God instead of the other way around. I would confide that what is bad is good, and what is good is “square”. In the ears of the young marrieds, I would whisper that work is debasing, that cocktail parties are good for you. I would caution them not to be extreme in religion, in patriotism, in moral conduct. And the old, I would teach to pray. I would teach them to say after me: “Our Father, which art in Washington” . . .

If I were the devil, I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting so that anything else would appear dull an uninteresting. I’d threaten T.V. with dirtier movies and vice versa. And then, if I were the devil, I’d get organized. I’d infiltrate unions and urge more loafing and less work, because idle hands usually work for me. I’d peddle narcotics to whom I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. And I’d tranquilize the rest with pills. If I were the devil, I would encourage schools to refine yound intellects but neglect to discipline emotions . . . let those run wild. I would designate an athiest to front for me before the highest courts in the land and I would get preachers to say “she’s right.” With flattery and promises of power, I could get the courts to rule what I construe as against God and in favor of pornography, and thus, I would evict God from the courthouse, and then from the school house, and then from the houses of Congress and then, in His own churches I would substitute psychology for religion, and I would deify science because that way men would become smart enough to create super weapons but not wise enough to control them.

If I were Satan, I’d make the symbol of Easter an egg, and the symbol of Christmas, a bottle. If I were the devil, I would take from those who have and I would give to those who wanted, until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. And then, my police state would force everybody back to work. Then, I could separate families, putting children in uniform, women in coal mines, and objectors in slave camps. In other words, if I were Satan, I’d just keep on doing what he’s doing.

Paul Harvey, Good Day.

Washoe County School District

Washoe County School District

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The Washoe County School District (WCSD) is a public school district providing public education to students inWashoe CountyNevada, including the cities of RenoSparksVerdiIncline Village, and Gerlach. The Washoe County School District is the second largest school district in Nevada with approximately 63,000 students enrolled in 93 schools.

A board of seven elected trustees governs the Washoe county School District. The 2012 president of the WCSD Board of Trustees is Ken Grein. The 2012 Vice President of the WCSD Board of Trustees is John Mayer, and the 2012 Clerk of the Board of Trustees is Estela Gutierrez. The trustees appoint a superintendent to lead the district in day-to-day operations.

Dr. Heath Morrison

The current superintendent of the Washoe County School District is Dr. Heath Morrison. Dr. Morrison relocated to Reno NV from Montgomery county maryland after being selected as the new superintendent by the WCSD Board of Trustees in 2009.

During his first two years at WCSD, Dr. Morrison and the Board of Trustees led the development of the District’s five-year strategic plan, Envision WCSD 2015 – Investing In Our Future. This ambitious reform plan aims to ensure every child receives a high-quality education and graduates from high school ready for college and highly skilled careers.

In 2011, the Nevada Association of School Superintendents and the Nevada Association of School Boards each selected Dr. Morrison as the Nevada Superintendent of the Year in recognition of increased graduation rates, a narrowing of the achievement gaps, and leading reforms at the local and state level. Dr. Morrison was also named the 2012 AASA National Superintendent of the Year, an award sponsored by the American Association of School Administrators, ARAMARK Education, and ING.

On April 24, 2012, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools board has approved Dr. Morrison’s candidacy for superintendent and he will be in his new position there starting July 1, 2012.

Schools

The WCSD currently has 63 elementary schools, a special education school, 14 middle schools, 13 comprehensivehigh schoolsTruckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) High School, Washoe innovations High School (an alternative school) and the Academy of Arts Careers and Technology.

In the WCSD, elementary schools typically include kindergarten through sixth grade, middle schools include seventh grade and eighth grade, and high schools include ninth grade through twelfth grade.

High schools

Middle schools

  • Billinghurst
  • Clayton
  • Cold Springs
  • Depoali
  • Dilworth
  • Incline
  • Mendive
  • O’Brien
  • Pine
  • Shaw
  • Sparks
  • Swope
  • Traner
  • Vaughn
  • Washoe

Elementary schools

  • Allen
  • Anderson
  • Beasley
  • Jesse Beck
  • Bennett
  • Booth
  • Brown
  • Cannan
  • Caughlin Ranch
  • Corbett
  • Desert Heights
  • Diedrichsen
  • Dodson
  • Donner Springs
  • Double Diamond
  • Drake
  • Duncan
  • Dunn
  • Elmcrest
  • Gomes
  • Roy Gomm
  • Greenbrae
  • Hidden Valley
  • Huffaker
  • Hunsberger
  • Hunter Lake
  • Jesse Hall
  • Lena Juniper
  • Lemmon Valley
  • Elizabeth Lenz
  • Lincoln Park
  • Echo Loder
  • Mathews
  • Maxwell
  • Melton
  • Mitchell
  • Moss
  • Mount Rose
  • Natchez
  • Palmer
  • Peavine
  • Picollo Special Education School
  • Pleasant Valley
  • Risley
  • Sepulveda
  • Sierra Vista
  • Silver Lake
  • Alice Smith
  • Kate Smith
  • Smithridge
  • Spanish Springs
  • Stead
  • Sun Valley
  • Taylor
  • Towles
  • Van Gorder
  • Verdi
  • Veterans Memorial
  • Warner
  • Westergard
  • Whitehead
  • Winnemucca
  • Incline Elementary

References

http://www.washoe.k12.nv.us/community/press-releases/2011-09-14/graduation-rate-improves-for-second-year-in-a-row http://washoecountyschools.org/community/office-of-superintendent/superintendent

Wikipedia: Scopolamine

Government officials should tell Americans about all domestic uses of Scopolamine.
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Scopolamine
Systematic (IUPAC) name
(–)-(S)-3-hydroxy-2-phenylpropionic acid(1R,2R,4S,7S,9S)-9-methyl-3-oxa-9-azatricyclo[3.3.1.02,4]non-7-yl ester
Clinical data
Trade names Transdermscop
AHFS/Drugs.com monograph
Pregnancy cat. C (US)
Legal status ℞-only (US)
Routes transdermal, ocular, oral, subcutaneous, intravenous, sublingual, rectal, buccal transmucousal, intramuscular
Pharmacokinetic data
Bioavailability 10 – 50%[1]
Half-life 4.5 hours[1]
Identifiers
CAS number 51-34-3
ATC code A04AD01 N05CM05, S01FA02
PubChem CID 5184
IUPHAR ligand 330
DrugBank DB00747
ChemSpider 10194106
UNII DL48G20X8X
KEGG D00138
ChEBI CHEBI:16794
ChEMBL CHEMBL1201069
Chemical data
Formula C17H21NO4
Mol. mass 303.353 g/mol
SMILES[show]
InChI[show]
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Scopolamine, also known as levo-duboisine and hyoscine, is a tropane alkaloid drug with muscarinic antagonist effects. It is among the secondary metabolites of plants from Solanaceae (nightshade) family of plants, such as henbane, jimson weed, Angel’s Trumpets (Datura or Brugmansia), and corkwood (Duboisia).[2][3] Although scopolamine is sometimes portrayed in the media as a dangerous drug, its anticholinergic properties give it some legitimate medical applications in minute doses. An example is the treatment of motion sickness by use of a transdermal patch.[4]
Contents [hide]
1 Etymology
2 Biosynthesis in plants
3 Methods of administration
4 Medical use
4.1 Addiction
4.2 Other medical uses
5 Recreational use
6 Use in interrogation
7 Criminal use and urban legends
8 See also
9 References
[edit]Etymology

Scopolamine is named after the plant genus Scopolia.[3] The name “hyoscine” is from the scientific name for henbane, Hyoscyamus niger.[5]
[edit]Biosynthesis in plants

The biosynthesis of scopolamine begins with the decarboxylation of L-ornithine to putrescine by ornithine decarboxylase (EC 4.1.1.17). Putrescine is methylated to N-methylputrescine by putrescine N-methyltransferase (EC 2.1.1.53).[6]
A putrescine oxidase (EC 1.4.3.10) that specifically recognizes methylated purtrescine catalizes the deamination of this compound to 4-methylaminobutanal which then undergoes a spontaneous ring formation to N-Methyl-pyrrolium cation. In the next step, the pyrrolium cation condenses with acetoacetic acid yielding hygrine. No enzmyatic activity could be demonstrated that catalyzes this reaction. Hygrine further rearranges to tropinone.[6]
Subsequently, Tropinone reductase I (EC 1.1.1.206) converts tropinone to tropine which condenses with phenylalanine-derived phenyllactate to littorine. A cytochrome P450 classified as Cyp80F1[7] oxidizes and rearranges littorine to hyoscyamine aldehyde. In the final step, hyoscyamine undergoes epoxidation which is catalyzed by 6beta-hydroxyhyoscyamine epoxidase (EC 1.14.11.14) yielding scopolamine.[6]
Biosynthesis of scopolamine in plants.
[edit]Methods of administration

Scopolamine can be administered orally, subcutaneously, opthalmically and intravenously, as well as via a transdermal patch.[4] The transdermal patch (e.g., Transderm Scōp) for prevention of nausea and motion sickness employs scopolamine base, and is effective for up to 3 days.[8]
[edit]Medical use

[edit]Addiction
Scopolamine has been used in the past to treat addiction to drugs such as heroin and cocaine. The patient was given frequent doses of scopolamine until they were delirious. This treatment was maintained for 2 to 3 days after which they were treated with pilocarpine. After recovering from this they were said to have lost the acute craving to the drug to which they were addicted.[9]
[edit]Other medical uses
Its primary use is for the treatment of sea-sickness, leading to use by scuba divers.[10][11]
Scopolamine has been tested as a topical treatment for Aquagenic pruritus and was shown in several cases to be effective.[12]
The drug has been reported as used by astronauts including those on Skylab for the treatment of motion sickness [13][14]
Transdermal scopolamine patches are sometimes used to help control excessive saliva and drooling in patients with ALS [15]
Scopolomine is also used for mild sedation and saliva management in end-of-life care as an adjunct to other comfort medications.[16]
In October 2006, researchers at the US National Institute of Mental Health found that scopolamine reduced symptoms of depression within a few days, and the improvement lasted for at least a week after switching to a placebo.[17]
Intravenously administered scopolamine has been found to be effective[18] against major depressive disorder. A phase II clinical trial[19] of its efficacy against both major depressive disorder and depression due to bipolar disorder when administered via transdermal patches is scheduled to finish in September 2011.
[edit]Recreational use

While it is occasionally used recreationally for its hallucinogenic properties, the experiences are often extremely mentally and physically unpleasant, and frequently physically dangerous, so repeated use is rare.[20]
[edit]Use in interrogation

The effects of scopolamine were studied by criminologists in the early 20th century.[21] In 2009, it was proven that Czechoslovak communist secret police used scopolamine at least three times to obtain confessions from alleged anti-state conspirators.[22] Because of a number of undesirable side effects, scopolamine was shortly disqualified as a truth drug.[23]
[edit]Criminal use and urban legends

In 1910, it was detected in the remains believed to be those of Cora Crippen, wife of Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen, and was accepted at the time as the cause of her death since her husband was known to have bought some at the start of the year.[24]
Scopolamine poisoning is sometimes reported by the media as method by which people are raped, killed, or robbed, although some of these are unfounded rumors. For example, there have been rumors that robbers in the United States used a transcutaneous delivery mechanism involving business cards, pamphlets or flyers laced with the drug. The use of burundanga (aka scopolamine) impregnated credit cards to attack and to rob isolated people is often propagated by chain emails, although many of these are debunked by sites specialized to do so.[25][26][27]
A 2012 example claims small amounts are blown into victims’ faces on the street to turn the victims into “mindless zombies”.[28]
Nevertheless, approximately one in five emergency room admissions for poisoning in Bogotá, Colombia have been attributed to scopolamine.[29] In June 2008, more than 20 people were hospitalized with psychosis in Norway after ingesting counterfeit Rohypnol tablets containing scopolamine.[30]
There have also been reports of tourists being robbed after having scopolamine slipped into their food or drink. Such incidents were reported in Thailand in 2011.[31]
[edit]See also

Twilight Sleep
[edit]References

^ a b Putcha, L.; Cintrón, N. M.; Tsui, J.; Vanderploeg, J. M.; Kramer, W. G. (1989). “Pharmacokinetics and Oral Bioavailability of Scopolamine in Normal Subjects”. Pharmacology Research 6 (6): 481–485. doi:10.1023/A:1015916423156. PMID 2762223.
^ Muranaka, T.; Ohkawa, H.; Yamada, Y. (1993). “Continuous Production of Scopolamine by a Culture of Duboisia leichhardtii Hairy Root Clone in a Bioreactor System”. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 40 (2–3): 219–223. doi:10.1007/BF00170370.
^ a b The Chambers Dictionary. Allied Publishers. 1998. pp. 788, 1480. ISBN 978-81-86062-25-8.
^ a b White, P. F.; Tang, J.; Song, D. et al. (2007). “Transdermal Scopolamine: An Alternative to Ondansetron and Droperidol for the Prevention of Postoperative and Postdischarge Emetic Symptoms”. Anesthesia and Analgesia 104 (1): 92–96. doi:10.1213/01.ane.0000250364.91567.72. PMID 17179250.
^ Cattell, Henry Ware (1910). Lippincott’s new medical dictionary: a vocabulary of the terms used in medicine, and the allied sciences, with their pronunciation, etymology, and signification, including much collateral information of a descriptive and encyclopedic character. Lippincott. p. 435. Retrieved 25 February 2012.
^ a b c Ziegler, J.; Facchini, P. J. (2008). “Alkaloid Biosynthesis: Metabolism and Trafficking”. Annual Review of Plant Biology 59 (1): 735–769. doi:10.1146/annurev.arplant.59.032607.092730.
^ Li, R.; Reed, D. W.; Liu, E.; Nowak, J.; Pelcher, L. E.; Page, J. E.; Covello, P. S. (2006). “Functional Genomic Analysis of Alkaloid Biosynthesis in Hyoscyamus niger Reveals a Cytochrome P450 Involved in Littorine Rearrangement”. Chemistry & Biology 13 (5): 513–520. doi:10.1016/j.chembiol.2006.03.005.
^ “Transderm Scop patch prescribing information”.
^ Pearce, E. C. (1941). Pearce’s Medical and Nursing Dictionary and Encyclopaedia. Faber & Faber.
^ Bitterman, N.; Eilender, E.; Melamed, Y. (1991). “Hyperbaric Oxygen and Scopolamine”. Undersea Biomedical Research 18 (3): 167–174. PMID 1853467. Retrieved 2008-08-13.
^ Williams, T. H.; Wilkinson, A. R.; Davis, F. M.; Frampton, C. M. (1988). “Effects of Transcutaneous Scopolamine and Depth on Diver Performance”. Undersea Biomedical Research 15 (2): 89–98. PMID 3363755.
^ Greaves, M. W.; Black, A. K.; Eady, R. A.; Coutts, A. (1981). “Aquagenic pruritus”. British Medical Journal (Clinical Research Edition ) 282 (6281): 2008–2010. doi:10.1136/bmj.282.6281.2008. PMC 1505870. PMID 6788168.
^ Graybiel A.; Miller E.F.;Homick J.L. (1973). “Individual differences in susceptibility to motion sickness among six Skylab astronauts”. Acta Astronautica 2 (1-2): 155–174. PMID 11841091.
^ Stepaniak, P.C.; Ramchandani, S.R.; Jones, J.A. (2007). “Acute Urinary Retention Among Astronauts”. Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine 78 (Supplement 1): A5-A8. PMID 17511293.
^ Forshew D.A.; Bromberg M.B. (2003). “A survey of clinicians’ practice in the symptomatic treatment of ALS”. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis 4 (4): 258–263. PMID 14753660.
^ David E. Golan, Armen H. Tashjian, Ehrin J. Armstrong (2011). Principles in Pharmacology. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW). “Scopolamine is frequently used for the prevention and treatment of motion sickness, as an antiemetic, and, in the hospice setting, as an adjunct to end-of-life comfort care medications to effect mild sedation and management of oral secretions.”
^ Furey, M. L.; Drevets, W. C. (2006). “Antidepressant Efficacy of the Antimuscarinic Drug Scopolamine: A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial”. Archives of General Psychiatry 63 (10): 1121–1129. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.63.10.1121. PMC 3250308. PMID 17015814.
^ Drevets, W. C.; Furey, M. L. (2010). “Replication of Scopolamine’s Antidepressant Efficacy in Major Depressive Disorder: A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial”. Biological Psychiatry 67 (5): 432–438. doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2009.11.021. PMC 3264395. PMID 20074703.
^ ClinicalTrials.gov NCT00369915 The Antidepressant Efficacy of the Anticholinergic Scopolamine
^ Freye, E. (2010). “Toxicity of Datura Stramonium”. Pharmacology and Abuse of Cocaine, Amphetamines, Ecstasy and Related Designer Drugs. Netherlands: Springer. pp. 217–218. doi:10.1007/978-90-481-2448-0_34. ISBN 978-90-481-2447-3.
^ House, R. E. (September 1922). “The Use of Scopolamine in Criminology”. Texas State Journal of Medicine 18: 256–263.
reprinted House, R. E. (1931). “The Use of Scopolamine in Criminology”. American Journal of Police Science (Northwestern University) 2 (4): 328–336. doi:10.2307/1147361. JSTOR 1147361.
^ Gazdík, J.; Navara, L. (2009-08-08). “Svědek: Grebeníček vězně nejen mlátil, ale dával jim i drogy [A witness: Grebeníček not only beat prisoners, he also administered drugs to them]” (in Czech). iDnes. Retrieved 2009-08-10.
^ “”Truth” Drugs in Interrogation”. Central Intelligence Agency. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
^ “The Trial of H.H. Crippen” ed. by Filson Young (Notable British Trials series, Hodge, 1920), p. xxvii; see also evidence, pp. 68-77.
^ “Burundanga Business Card Drug Warning”. Hoax-Slayer.com.
^ “Burundanga Drug Warning”. Urban Legends. About.com.
^ “Burundanga Business Card”. Snopes.com.
^ “The most dangerous drug in the world”. dailymail.co.uk.
^ Uribe-Granja, Manuel; Moreno-López, Claudia L.; Zamora S., Adriana; Acosta, Pilar J. (September 2005). “Perfil epidemiológico de la intoxicación con burundanga en la clínica Uribe Cualla S. A. de Bogotá, D. C” (in Spanish) (pdf). Acta Neurológica Colombiana 21 (3): 197–201.
^ “Bilsykemedisin i falske rohypnol-tabletter”. Aftenposten.no.
^ “Thailand”. Travel Advice. US State Department. Retrieved 2011-11-26.
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Scopolamine Behind Batman Shooting?

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Most dangerous drug in the world can block free will, wipe memory – Was it involved in Batman shooting?

August 2, 2012 By  Leave a Comment

by: Ethan A. Huff, DailyMailNaturalNews

The borrachero tree, which is marked by beautiful white and yellow blossoms that droop ever so innocuously from the plant’s slender branches, holds a secret that few people outside northern South America know about. The tree’s seeds, flowers, and pollen possess hallucinogenic chemical substances that, when inhaled or consumed, are capable of eliminating a person’s free will, and turning him or her into a mindless zombie that can be fully controlled without any inhibitions.

Back in May, the U.K.’s Daily Mail ran a report on the borrachero tree, also known as the “drunken binge” tree, explaining how a substance derived from it, scopolamine, blocks a person’s ability to form memories, and temporarily inhibits his ability to make free will choices. When inhaled or consumed, in other words, scopolamine can turn any person into a robot that will do whatever another person tells him to do, even if it means robbing his own house.

“The drug … turns people into complete zombies and blocks memories from forming,” wrote the U.K.’s Daily Mail about scopolamine, which is technically a refined, chemically-altered version of the natural, mind-altering substances found in the borrachero tree. Scopolamine is often used in Colombia and elsewhere by criminals to mind-control others for the purpose of committing crimes.

“Scopolamine is a drug like no other. Nothing can compare,” said Demencia Black, a Colombian drug dealer, to Vice‘s Ryan Duffy during an interview that was later compiled into a full-length, investigatory documentary. “You could be walking … and suddenly ‘poof’ (implying that you quickly blow scopolamine powder in someone’s face) … with just that flash the person is totally drugged.”

“You wait a minute and when you see it kick in, then you know that you own that person. You can guide them wherever you want. It’s like they’re a child. You say, ‘Take me to your house, give me your checkbook, take out your savings, give me your credit card numbers,’ just like that.”

This is precisely what happened to a woman named Carolina who was drugged with scopolamine and apparently told to rob her own house, and hand over the belongings to her captors. Though she does not remember any of it, Carolina says she happily gathered all of her belongings, as well as her boyfriend’s savings and camera equipment, and helped load it up into the vehicles of her captors.

Carolina counts herself blessed, despite her losses, as many others have had much worse things done to them while under the influence of scopolamine. Reports indicate that scopolamine is often used for much worse crimes, including as a means by which to influence a person to commit more atrocious acts like rape or even murder.

You can watch the complete, two-part scopolamine investigation by Viceat:http://www.dailymail.co.uk
(As a warning, the film contains language and other content that is inappropriate for children).

Was the Batman shooting a result of scopolamine, or other similar mind-control drugs?

All of this information about scopolamine brings to mind the recent Batman massacre in Colorado which, as we reported on recently, does not seem to match the official story (http://www.naturalnews.com). Incongruous evidence and conflicting eyewitness reports have led many to wonder whether James Holmes, the man being blamed for the crimes, was under the influence of mind-control drugs during the incident that caused him to become the convenient scapegoat for a much more sinister agenda instigated by outside forces. (http://www.naturalnews.com)

Liberal Activist Shoots Security Guard at Pro-Life Group’s Office

This is criminal.

Liberal Activist Shoots Security Guard at Pro-Life Group’s Office

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 8/15/12 11:52 AM

A security guard was shot this morning at the headquarters of the pro-life group Family Research Council, and the shooter has been apprehended while police officials investigate the act of violence.

According to information provided to LifeNews, a man posing as an intern shot the guard at the FRC office located at 801 G Street, NW. FRC staffer Anna Maria Hoffman added more information on Twitter, “Our security guard Leo [Johnson] got shot in the arm. Please keep him in your prayers.”

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins confirmed the security officer was shot and said in a statement, “The police are investigating this incident. Our first concern is with our colleague who was shot today. Our concern is for him and his family.”

WJLA News indicates the security guard was reportedly shot at the Family Research Council headquarters, located in the Chinatown section of Washington.

“MPD officials say the shooting happened in the 800 block of G Street in Northwest, about a block west of the Verizon Center,” it reports. “Authorities have closed the 800 block of G Street NW in both directions while the investigation continues. ABC 7′s Jennifer Donelan reports that FBI officials are on the scene.”

Additional reports show Johnson was a hero and worked with other guards to apprehend the shooter before more people were attacked.

D.C. police Chief Cathy Lanier said. The man opened fire, and the guard was hit in the arm before he and other security guards tackled the shooter,” Lanier said.

“As far as I’m concerned, the security officer here is a hero,” Lanier said. “The persona never made it past him.”

Politico indicates:

Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson Officer Araz Alali confirmed to POLITICO that one security guard, an adult male, was shot in the arm at approximately 10:50 a.m. and was conscious and breathing after the shooting. He was transported to a local hospital.

Alali said one suspect is in custody in connection with the shooting and the investigation is ongoing. There is no motive in the case yet, Alali said.

According to a Fox News report: “A suspect walked in and started yelling about things they (FRC) supported & opened fire.”

Sources told Fox New that after guard took away his gun, the suspect said, “Don’t shoot me, it was not about you, it was what this place stands for.”

The suspect, a 28-year-old male from Virginia named Floyd Corkins, “made statements regarding their policies, and then opened fire with a gun striking a security guard,” a source told Fox News.

AP later confirmed that Corkins is a liberal activist who volunteers with a left-wing group in the D.C. area.

While the White House has yet to respond, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney commented on the shooting, saying: “I am appalled by the shooting today at the offices of the Family Research Council in our nation’s capital. There is no place for such violence in our society. My prayers go out to the wounded security guard and his family, as well as all the people at the Family Research Council whose sense of security has been shattered by today’s horrific events.”

UPDATE: Not until after 6:30 p.m. ET did the White House respond. Obama finally commented, saying “this type of violence has no place in our society.” But a CNN tweet indicated, “WH says Pres. Obama was notified at 1:18pm of the Family Research Council shooting by national sec. adviser John Brennan.”

How Did Harry Reid Get So Rich?

Try this thought experiment. Imagine that someone grows up in poverty, works his way through law school by holding the night shift as a Capitol Hill policeman, and spends all but two years of hi

AUGUST 15, 2012 4:00 A.M.

How Did Harry Reid Get Rich?
His career in public service has ended up being remarkably lucrative.By Betsy Woodruff

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Try this thought experiment. Imagine that someone grows up in poverty, works his way through law school by holding the night shift as a Capitol Hill policeman, and spends all but two years of his career as a public servant. Now imagine that this person’s current salary — and he’s at the top of his game — is $193,400. You probably wouldn’t expect him to have millions in stocks, bonds, and real estate.

But, surprise, he does, if he’s our Senate majority leader, whose net worth is between 3 and 10 million dollars, according to OpenSecrets.org. When Harry Reid entered the Nevada legislature in 1982, his net worth was listed as between $1 million and $1.5 million “or more,” according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. So, since inquiring minds inquire, let’s try to figure out how Reid’s career in public service ended up being so lucrative. He hasn’t released his tax returns, which makes this an imperfect science, but looking at a few of his investments helps to show how he amassed his wealth.

In 2004, the senator made $700,000 off a land deal that was, to say the least, unorthodox. It started in 1998 when he bought a parcel of land with attorney Jay Brown, a close friend whose name has surfaced multiple times in organized-crime investigations and whom one retired FBI agent described as “always a person of interest.” Three years after the purchase, Reid transferred his portion of the property to Patrick Lane LLC, a holding company Brown controlled. But Reid kept putting the property on his financial disclosures, and when the company sold it in 2004, he profited from the deal — a deal on land that he didn’t technically own and that had nearly tripled in value in six years.

 

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When his 2010 challenger Sharron Angleasked him in a debate how he had become so wealthy, he said, “I did a very good job investing.” Did he ever. On December 20, 2005, he invested $50,000 to $100,000 in the Dow Jones U.S. Energy Sector Fund (IYE), which closed that day at $29.15. The companies whose shares it held included ExxonMobil, ChevronTexaco, and ConocoPhillips. When he made a partial sale of his shareson August 19, 2008, during congressional recess, IYE closed at $41.82. Just a month later, on September 17, Reid was working to bring to the floor a bill that the Joint Committee on Taxation said would cost oil companies — including those in the fund — billions of dollars in taxes and regulatory fees. The bill passed a few days later, and by October 10, IYE’s shares had fallen by 42 percent, to $24.41, for a host of reasons. Savvy investing indeed. 

Here’s another example: The Los Angeles Times reported in November 2006 that when Reid became Senate majority leader he committed to making earmark reform a priority, saying he’d work to keep congressmen from using federal dollars for pet projects in their districts. It was a good idea but an odd one for the senator to espouse. He had managed to get $18 million set aside to build a bridge across the Colorado River between Laughlin, Nev., and Bullhead City, Ariz., a project that wasn’t a priority for either state’s transportation agency. His ownership of 160 acres of land nearby that stood to appreciate considerably from the project had nothing to do with the decision, according to one of his aides. The property’s value has varied since then. On his financial-disclosure forms from 2006, it was valued at $250,000 to $500,000. Open Secrets now lists it as his most valuable asset, worth $1 million to $5 million as of 2010.

How Reid acquired that land is interesting, too. He put $10,000 into a pension fund his friend Clair Haycock controlled, to take over the 160-acre parcel at a price far below its assessed value. Six months later, Reid introduced legislation that would help Haycock’s industry, a move many observers said appeared to be a quid pro quo, though Reid and Haycock denied that the legislation was the result of a property deal.

We don’t know how much more money Reid has or how he made all of it. For that, we’d have to see his tax returns.

— Betsy Woodruff is a William F. Buckley Fellow at the National Review Institute.

s career as a public servant. Now imagine that this person’s current salary — and he’s at the top of his game — is $193,400. You probably wouldn’t expect him to have millions in stocks, bonds, and real estate.

But, surprise, he does, if he’s our Senate majority leader, whose net worth is between 3 and 10 million dollars, according to OpenSecrets.org. When Harry Reid entered the Nevada legislature in 1982, his net worth was listed as between $1 million and $1.5 million “or more,” according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. So, since inquiring minds inquire, let’s try to figure out how Reid’s career in public service ended up being so lucrative. He hasn’t released his tax returns, which makes this an imperfect science, but looking at a few of his investments helps to show how he amassed his wealth.

In 2004, the senator made $700,000 off a land deal that was, to say the least, unorthodox. It started in 1998 when he bought a parcel of land with attorney Jay Brown, a close friend whose name has surfaced multiple times in organized-crime investigations and whom one retired FBI agent described as “always a person of interest.” Three years after the purchase, Reid transferred his portion of the property to Patrick Lane LLC, a holding company Brown controlled. But Reid kept putting the property on his financial disclosures, and when the company sold it in 2004, he profited from the deal — a deal on land that he didn’t technically own and that had nearly tripled in value in six years.

When his 2010 challenger Sharron Angle asked him in a debate how he had become so wealthy, he said, “I did a very good job investing.” Did he ever. On December 20, 2005, he invested $50,000 to $100,000 in the Dow Jones U.S. Energy Sector Fund (IYE), which closed that day at $29.15. The companies whose shares it held included ExxonMobil, ChevronTexaco, and ConocoPhillips. When he made a partial sale of his shareson August 19, 2008, during congressional recess, IYE closed at $41.82. Just a month later, on September 17, Reid was working to bring to the floor a bill that the Joint Committee on Taxation said would cost oil companies — including those in the fund — billions of dollars in taxes and regulatory fees. The bill passed a few days later, and by October 10, IYE’s shares had fallen by 42 percent, to $24.41, for a host of reasons. Savvy investing indeed.

Here’s another example: The Los Angeles Times reported in November 2006 that when Reid became Senate majority leader he committed to making earmark reform a priority, saying he’d work to keep congressmen from using federal dollars for pet projects in their districts. It was a good idea but an odd one for the senator to espouse. He had managed to get $18 million set aside to build a bridge across the Colorado River between Laughlin, Nev., and Bullhead City, Ariz., a project that wasn’t a priority for either state’s transportation agency. His ownership of 160 acres of land nearby that stood to appreciate considerably from the project had nothing to do with the decision, according to one of his aides. The property’s value has varied since then. On his financial-disclosure forms from 2006, it was valued at $250,000 to $500,000. Open Secrets now lists it as his most valuable asset, worth $1 million to $5 million as of 2010.

How Reid acquired that land is interesting, too. He put $10,000 into a pension fund his friend Clair Haycock controlled, to take over the 160-acre parcel at a price far below its assessed value. Six months later, Reid introduced legislation that would help Haycock’s industry, a move many observers said appeared to be a quid pro quo, though Reid and Haycock denied that the legislation was the result of a property deal.

We don’t know how much more money Reid has or how he made all of it. For that, we’d have to see his tax returns.

— Betsy Woodruff is a William F. Buckley Fellow at the National Review Institute.