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No real town hall, no problem; local radio talker hosts her own

lasvegassun.com | See additional photos of the town-hall meeting hosted by Heidi Harris Heidi Harris is a conservative radio talk host and columnist based in Las Vegas, Nevada. The "Heidi Harris Show" airs weekday mornings on NewsTalk 720 KDWN 8:30AM-Noon (kdwn.com).  of KDWN 720 at StoneyÕs RockinÕ Country.

Denied the opportunity to embarrass themselves at any official health care town hall, about 900 angry Nevadans gathered at StoneyÕs RockinÕ Country bar Friday evening. Several of them expressed thoughtful concerns about the proper role and size of government. And many, many more of them blamed the nationÕs woes on illegal immigrants, a stealthy stealth·y  
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Marked by or acting with quiet, caution, and secrecy intended to avoid notice. See Synonyms at secret.
 Marxist coup, a missing birth certificate or a conspiracy of international bankers.

The gathering was hosted by Heidi Harris, who does the angry thing on AM radio in the mornings. Harris and her station, KDWN 720, advertised their town hall as nonpartisan, which is — how to put this — like having a tailgate A conversion layer that lets IDE devices connect to the IEEE 1394 Firewire interface.  crowd of guys in spike-studded Oakland Raiders

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      . While drinking beer.

      NevadaÕs congressional delegation and the governor declined invitations, so were represented by empty chairs and cutouts of their heads mounted on sticks.

      The speakers shouted at the puppets and demanded their resignations. The Harry Reid puppet came in for special abuse.

      Danny Tarkanian, who wants Harry ReidÕs Senate seat, was brought on stage by Harris. ÒWhat a great thrill it is to be here and see all of your passion and excitement,Ó he said. He announced that he would hold his own town-hall meetings.

      Harris introduced the Republican primary challengers of Gov. Jim Gibbons Jim Gibbons may refer to:
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      . She also introduced a Republican challenger of newly elected Democratic Congresswoman Dina Titus, former bank executive John Guedry. ÒAs you can see, heÕs very good looking,Ó Harris said.

      Guedry said the problem with a public health insurance option is that it would be cheaper than private insurance plans, so businesses would chose it. ÒItÕs time for common sense in politics,Ó he said.

      A woman from the audience took the microphone and read what she claimed were actual passages from the House bill, including that it would provide free health insurance to illegal immigrants thanks to new taxes on U.S. citizens and exempt illegal immigrants from all taxes.

      In fact, hereÕs what the actual bill says:

      ÒH.R. 3200: Sec 246 — NO FEDERAL PAYMENT FOR UNDOCUMENTED ALIENS

      ÒNothing in this subtitle shall allow Federal payments for affordability credits on behalf of individuals who are not lawfully present in the United States.Ó

      The woman also claimed there are provisions in the bill that would give the government direct access to everyoneÕs bank accounts. ThatÕs not in the bill, either.

      One proponent of health insurance reform was allowed onstage to speak. Tom Arthur, gray haired and middle aged, introduced himself as a small-business owner and said he thinks itÕs a shame that there are millions of uninsured Americans.

      The crowd booed loudly.

      Arthur said itÕs also a shame that there are thousands of uninsured children in Nevada.

      The crowd booed louder and longer.

      And finally Arthur said he thinks AmericaÕs health care system has failed.

      The crowed screamed its boos, and added in calls of ÒSocialist!Ó and ÒTraitor!Ó

      A scan of the crowd revealed signs that read ÒNo Socialist Death Plan,Ó ÒTaxed Enough Already,Ó ÒHealth Reform Say No To B.O.,Ó and ÒDeath Before Slavery.Ó There was also an older woman in a hot pink T-shirt, the back of which read, ÒGet Naked.Ó

      One man, with large springs attached to the heels of his shoes and a bumper sticker affixed af·fix  
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       to his bandana that read Ò9-11 Was an Inside Job,Ó denounced the Bilderberg Group, the Trilateral Commission Trilateral Commission

      From the site at Trilateral.org:

      The Trilateral Commission is a non-governmental policy-oriented discussion group of about 325 distinguished citizens from North America, the European Union, and Japan which seeks to foster mutual issues for which these
       and international bankers, to huge applause.

      ÒTheyÕre taking everything and theyÕre building the camps right now,Ó he warned.

      The evening closed with a recording of Lee GreenwoodÕs ÒGod Bless the U.S.A.Ó

      Brendan Buhler can be reached at 259-8817 or at buhler@lasvegassun.com.
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