As I stated in a Storey County Commissioners public comment recently, hypocrisy is something that renders a person’s integrity void.
When I get near it, I feel as if I’ve eaten ground glass. Here are some examples:
- Progressive Liberals who claim they are for peace but look the other way and gave Obama a pass when his drone strikes were responsible for the murder of thousands and thousands of innocent civilians in the Middle East.
- Principled Conservatives proclaiming all life is precious and lusting after the switch to execute the man or woman on death row.
- Rush Limbaugh railing hammer and tong for the drug war and getting strung out on Oxycontin.
On May 30th, the men who represent us in Carson City came to Storey County to address a nice sized crowd at the Delta Saloon. Before and during the meeting, the bar did a brisk business as the crowd enjoyed cold beer, wine and mixed drinks.
Assemblyman Jim Wheeler and Senator James Settlemeyer brought news of their efforts to carry the conservative fight to the new blue color of the Nevada legislature.
Wheeler began his talk by owning the fact that the Republicans got their fannies kicked in 2014 by failing to stick to their guns and voting for a sickening amount of new taxes. He went on to suggest that if the Republicans wanted to regain relevance, they needed to embrace more of the population and be more inclusive. He said that the Republican Party should have open arms to conservatives whose lifestyle and ideas may not have meshed with the hardcore factions in the party. Twenty minutes later, he was asked a question by this young man:
The courageous young man’s question was related to the Military and LBGT rights (sadly the audio I recorded was simply too poor quality to clearly capture the meeting, I had hoped to deliver the spoken words here for impact). Mr. Wheeler is seen here delivering his sarcastic response which included, “Don’t forget the Q! Let’s get it right. It’s LBGTQ!”.
I was struck by both the young man’s courage and Mr. Wheeler’s clear hypocrisy following his earlier message of inclusion.
Later Mr. Settlemeyer took the stage. He gave a rundown of the bills he fought for and against as the “Liberal Agenda from Washoe and Clark Counties” fought against the Charter School Authority vouchers and the Devil’s Weed. Mr. Settlemeyer described each and every one of the Cannabis related bills with distaste. “The wanted to fund our kid’s education with drug money!” He delivered the same tired mantra of prohibition that has proven itself bankrupt since the day after the Volstead Act became a thing in 1919.
The questions from the die hard anti-weed relics in the audience reflected an indignant anger with the notion that recreational cannabis had become legalized by a vote of the people of Storey County and the rest of Nevada in November of 2016. The animated questions and satisfaction with the antiquated ideology dished out by Senator Settlemeyer and lapped up by the hardcore drug warriors in the audience was remarkable.
I couldn’t help but enjoy the irony on display from the Hippy Lettuce Haters as they quenched their thirst for the Blood of Dope Smokers with their high-balls and ice cold brewskis.
The zeal that Mr. Settlemeyer delivered his anti-pot message was robust and steely-eyed. His throwback ideas would make Darryl Gates smile. He is a true holdout from an unhappy past that we need to put in the rear view mirror as fast as possible.
I am on record as saying that Drunk Driving is the single greatest danger to the public at large that any other menace we face as we get out of bed to face the day. Not Terrorism. Not Gun Violence. Drunks. Driving. Sheriff Gerald Antinoro and I discussed the matter on The Teller’s podcasts several times.
After losing 7 friends to drunk drivers, I am of the opinion that Drunks caught Driving should face a mandatory-no-trial-no-pleading minimum one year sentence starting the second they are dragged from their vehicle. Second Offense Ten Years. Third Offense Life in Prison without parole. Not lined up and shot like Gates suggested, but doing heavy time. Again, my own opinion.
Jail. Period. End. Of. Story.
So where am I going with this?
From the June 27th Record-Courier I present this little nugget:
Douglas County legislator’s wife admits third DUI
From the Article:
The wife of a Douglas County legislator admitted Monday in District Court that she drove while under the influence of alcohol.
Sherese Settelmeyer, 52, of Gardnerville, will attend DUI diversion court for her third DUI within a seven-year period. Three DUI convictions within seven years is a felony in Nevada. She had previous convictions in 2010 and 2013 in the East Fork Justice Court.
Settelmeyer was arrested at around 1:45 a.m. Jan. 5 on Kimmerling Road with a blood alcohol concentration of .11 at the time.
Sentencing for Settelmeyer, who is the wife of Sen. James Settelmeyer, R-Minden, can be delayed for up to five years while she completes a treatment program. If she successfully completes treatment, she will return to court and the charge will be treated as a misdemeanor rather than a felony. If she fails the diversion program, Settelmeyer faces 1-6 years in prison and a fine of $2,000-$5,000.
The shameful details of her criminal behavior can be gleaned from a May 11th Record-Courier article:
At around 1:45 a.m. deputies spotted a gold Jaguar illegally parked on Kimmerling Road, partially blocking Ellie’s Way. As deputies approached the car, they reported seeing Settelmeyer drinking from a half-gallon carton of milk.
Deputies reported she had a hard time rolling down her window and that she handed over a tie-dyed bank card instead of her driver’s license. She also allegedly said she didn’t know why she was in the Gardnerville Ranchos area.
Her breath alcohol concentration was .136, according to court documents.
Defense attorney Ron Cauley said Wednesday in East Fork Justice Court that the state has said it won’t oppose diversion if she qualifies.
Settelmeyer was also arrested in 2013, 2010 and 1995 on DUI charges. A third DUI conviction within seven years is a felony in Nevada.
A Half Gallon Milk Carton? Dude. Seriously.
As a member of the ruling class, she gets a slap on the wrist for putting the public at risk unknown times and getting cuffed 4 times for DUI. In-freaking-credible…
If she were you or I, we would rightfully be enjoying 3 hots and a cot on the taxpayers dime for a couple years. In my world she gets monthly visits from Senator Settlemeyer for the rest of her natural born life. But that’s me.
Please. Don’t drink, smoke weed or text and drive. Just Don’t.
My kids are on the same road as your kids and we both want then to return home alive.
If need a ride home, call the Storey County Sheriff’s Office at 775-847-0950. Sheriff Antinoro’s brand of community based policing includes getting you home alive.
Hypocrisy Sucks. Consistency Rocks. All day long and twice on Sunday.