The latest “Scandal” in DC underscores, for those who will listen, why Government is dangerous–It’s orchestrated by humans, a fallible lot, dangerous when armed with lethal force over society

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Let’s Hear It for Scandal!

Gene Healy writes:

 

At a minimum, scandals serve as a useful reminder that we’re usually led by people of questionable competence, miserable judgment and a flexible relationship with the truth. At their best, they can even provoke much-needed reforms.

As disgraced former CIA head Gen. David Petraeus snuck over to the Hill Friday to testify about the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, it wasn’t clear whether this would end up being the latter sort of scandal.

With all the focus on “who altered the CIA talking points?” and “what did [U.N. Ambassador] Susan Rice know and when did she know it?” — the Republicans seem to be missing more fundamental questions. For starters, how about, “what are we doing in Libya in the first place?”

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Mark Cabaniss, Chris Reed on Gadfly Radio: Public Employee Pension Costs, and the 50-ton Godzilla in the room

Tuesday Oct 2, 2012, at 10 AM PT, Martha Montelongo, with John Seiler, managing editor at CalWatchDog.com, and Ben Boychuk, Associate Editor with City Journal welcome  Mark Cabaniss, and Chris Reed. 

 

Mark Cabaniss is an attorney from Kelseyville, CA. He has worked as a prosecutor and public defender. In September he penned two articles for CalWatchDog:

Yes, we can break public-employee pensions
Sept. 20, 2012

Even if politicians’ pensions are contracts protected by the Constitution, they are still breakable. In pretending otherwise, the politicians are lying. In other words, merely noting that pensions are contracts protected by the Constitution is not the end of analysis, but only the beginning, for all contracts are breakable, and all constitutional rights are subject to limits.

Breaking public-employee pensions: The political path
Sept. 27, 2012

The most important of the contract law doctrines that could be used to get out from under current pensions is the doctrine of mistake. According to that doctrine, the current pensions were granted while relying on mistaken assumptions, specifically, unrealistic projected future pension fund investment returns which have turned out to be too high.

The second contract law doctrine which might be used to get out of onerous pensions is that the money simply isn’t there to pay excessive pensions (the current highest in California is, ha-ha, $302,492 per year). The legal arguments, as well as the political arguments, are the strongest for reforming the very highest pensions, those in excess of $100,000 per year.

Chris Reed, Publisher of CalWhine.com, Editorial Writer with San Diego Union Tribune, and contributor to CalWatchDog.com, recently penned two articles concerning CA’s Teacher’s Unions and their power in Sacramento.
The sad reason Steinberg’s right about significance of his education bill
Sept. 28, 2012

and

The ‘nut graph’ you’ll never see in a state government story
Oct. 1, 2012

Here’s a one-paragraph version that should be the basis of what journos call the “nut graph” of most stories about state spending and state priorities:

“The members of the most powerful political force in state politics, the California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers, get far more money from taxpayers than any other single group. The teacher unions’ power derives from the automatic dues deducted from teachers’ paychecks, meaning taxpayers directly fund the lobbying and political operations of Sacramento’s most influential entity.”

Ben Boychuk has a piece recently published in the NY Post:
Jerry Brown’s tax-hike hail mary

“…Brown might just find a way to hike taxes without Prop. 30, if Democrats can pick up those four legislative seats in November. Earlier this month, he told the editors of The San Francisco Chronicle that if Prop. 30 loses, ‘we’re not going to go out to the people again. Because we’ve tried it.’”

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Anaheim P.D.’s Criminally Violent Weekend and Track Record, with Gustavo Arrellano of OC Weekly

Tuesday, July 23, Gustavo Arrellano, reporter and editor for The OC Weekly   joins Martha Montelongo, with John Seiler, Managing Editor at CalWatchDog.com, and Ben Boychuk, Associate Editor with City Journal.

We’ll speak with Arrellano  about a story that has gotten very little public scrutiny despite the high number of fatal shootings in the past few years, involving Anaheim Police Department APD officers.   The killings have been committed in a poor, low-income and predominantly Latino neighborhood, and have been ignored by the main stream media.   But this past weekend,  when an APD unit responded to a crowd of angry citizens who gathered to protest the fatal shooting earlier the same day, of unarmed Manuel “Stomper” Diaz, a rolling CBS News Camera caught APD police firing rubber bullets, and red-pepper balls, and unleashing a K9 into the crowd of men, women, children and babies.

There are  similarities between this story and the Fullerton Police Department’s corrupt culture of criminal violence which this past June, resulted in a recall of three sitting City Council members .

Also on the program, Larry Sand, President of CTEN, frequent contributor at L.A. Daily News, L.A. Times, City Journal, Union Watch, and more.

Almost half of CA’s budget goes to pay for Education, yet we’re at the bottom, or second from the bottom in results. The CA Teacher’s Union and all their bought and paid for politicians at all levels of government block any reforms, even the most narrowly tailored, that would modestly improve the chances for poor and lower middle class kids to have access to quality teachers and schools.

Two lawsuits have just been filed, to take on the teacher’s union, in the courts. Last week we talked with Larry Sand about one of two suits just recently filed.

This week, we’ll speak with Sand about the suit filed by Students Matter, a nonprofit founded by Silicon Valley entrepreneur David Welch. The student plaintiffs in the case “attend school in four districts, though the complaint targets only two—Los Angeles Unified and Alum Rock Elementary Unified in San Jose.”

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Near-Riot Follows Anaheim Officer-Involved Shooting
After an OIS in Anaheim Saturday afternoon, a near-riot broke out. Police fired rubber bullets into the crowd. Jay Jackson reports | CBS Los Angeles  Must See News Video

The video is a powerful 2:50 mins which includes footage of horrific images. Police officers are shooting at a stunned crowd which includes many women and children who are panicked, screaming, scrambling, fearing for their lives and for their children. You see the officers running up close range as they shoot at their victims, and herd them as if they were wild animals. The footage has the effect that the photo of Kelly Thomas’s face had. No report is going to justify what this crew of police did to the crowd of angry and scared citizens. It is very important that the public see this video, before and after they listen to the PR from the APD’s spokes person.

Fullerton City Councilwoman and Candidate for CA State Assembly, [Sharon] Quirk a No-Show At Anaheim Protest
By The Fullerton Shadow | Friends For Fullerton’s Future Blog

“On Sunday various groups, objecting to what looks a lot like an assassination by the cops, and what was a police induced riot later, held a protest at the Anaheim Police Headquarters…where was our would-be squishy-feely Assembly person for the 65th District, Sharon Quirk? I have no idea.”

Anaheim shooting: 2 cops on leave, 1 dead, 5 arrested
Published: July 22, 2012 Updated: July 23, 2012 11:20 a.m.

OC Register news report and a photo slide show of the protestors on Sunday, following the Saturday of the APD Shooting of Manny “Stomper” Diaz. The protesters protested at the APD’s station, and several of them went into the building.

[UPDATED: DA Seeks Photos From Witnesses] Anaheim Police Fire Rubber Bullets at Crowd After Officer-Involved Shooting
By Amber Stephens Sun., Jul. 22 2012 at 9:15 PM
OC Weekly | Crime-iny Category

 

“He’s Still Alive!” Video Emerges of Immediate Aftermath of Anaheim Police Killing of Manuel Diaz OCWeekly.Com Navel Gazing By Gustavo Arellano Sun., Jul. 22 2012 at 10:25 PM
Categories: Crime-iny
This video was taken on Saturday, July 21, by a witness in a crowd that gathered at the scene just after the killing of Manual Stomper Diaz. The citizens are horrified with the police actions taken and not taken.

Police shooting almost causes riot
5 wmctv.com | Jul 23, 2012 4:57 AM PDT Updated: Jul 23, 2012 5:04 AM PDT
Attempts to rationalize actions by ADP and politicians speaking so as to quell the raging concerns by announcing that actions are being taken, that the dog being released into the crowd including a baby in a stroller, was an accident.

“[I] want to personally apologize for the police dog incident,” said Chief John Welter, of the Anaheim Police Department.

Welter says officers were trying to preserve the shooting scene. He said some known gang members joined the crowd and someone started throwing rocks and bottles.

Are there pictures taken at the scene of the rocks and the bottles the police claim the crowd was throwing at them. I can understand why the crowd would their plastic water bottles, as that was all they had to defend themselves.

Fatal police shooting incites melee in Anaheim BY CINDY CARCAMO | THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
News report and photos of scenes of this weekend on Saturday and Sunday.

On Sunday night Anaheim police shot and killed a suspected car thief late Sunday night in the 400 block of West Guinida Lane:
[UPDATE: PHOTO OF BODY WITH GUN] Anaheim Police Department Kill Another Man After Day of Protests
By Amber Stephens Mon., Jul. 23 2012 at 11:00 AM |OCWeekly
Categories: Crime-iny
This link includes a photo produced by the APD of the suspect killed Sunday night, and it shows only his legs, and curiously, a gun on the grass right between the victim’s legs. Are we supposed to believe the gun fell there between  his legs, on the grass, when they shot him down?

Stanford studies showing no correlation between spending, school quality hijacked again | Calwhine.com

“Getting Down to Facts,” I actually read about a thousand pages of the reports. And as I wrote back in 2007, buried in all the multiple studies, here is the lead: A review of all California school districts shows “essentially no relationship between spending and student outcomes” and that spending more is futile until “extensive and systemic reforms” are in place. In other words, the problem is much more about the stupid way money is spent than the lack of money.

Read more: Stanford studies showing no correlation between spending, school quality hijacked again | Calwhine.com

What Is or Should Be the Law?


What this country needs is a good theory of law. We even lack the language to talk about what is happening to us. One party denounces the other but only in ways that exempt itself from criticism. As a result, the “man on the street” is not even prepared to talk about fundamental questions.

Example: Where did law come from, and what should it do? Sure, people get annoyed at the police, irritated by the TSA or startled to read about periodic injustices of public policy. One party gets annoyed when the other party’s president enacts laws without regard to any constitutional conventions.


Read more: What Is or Should Be the Law?

The Best Cities For Jobs – Forbes

The Best Cities For Jobs – Forbes

Calling All Moochers and Looters! Soros Organization to Host Training for Occupy Movement

“99% Spring training”: support Moochers & Looters!
The Ground Rules, to make sure everyone follows the chain of command!

 

The The Looters and Moochers’ Front Groups funding your action, as an activist to serve their cause, not really yours, though you’re to think you’re fighting in your interest.

Click here to go to EconomicPolicyJournal.com: Soros Organization to Host Training for Occupy Movement

The Don, Career Politician Exposed in Proposition 29

            While Proposition 29 proponents trot out charities like the American Heart Association and celebrities like Lance Armstrong, there’s a far more ominous force behind its drive to create a brand new tax of about $1 billion per year.      

            Don Perata, a career politician and failed candidate for Oakland Mayor, has just been outed by the Oakland Tribune in an investigative report that ran Friday. As the Tribune reports:

            Perata’s “Hope 2012” ballot-measure committee began raising money for what’s now known as Proposition 29 way back in 2009, and has transferred $488,500 to Californians for a Cure – the primary committee backing the measure… Now Perata himself has received $5,792.17 since July from Californians for a Cure, including $2,607.19 for “meetings and appearances” and $2,508.36 for travel expenses.

            Digging through campaign disclosure forms, the Tribune finds, “The rest of Californians for a Cure’s expenditure list reads like a who’s-who of former Perata aides and consultants.”

            It seems the self-dealing that will no doubt flow if Proposition 29 is passed has already started. By creating a brand new spending commission staffed with political appointees, it’s almost guaranteed to excel at taking money from taxpayers and placing it into the pockets of special interests. With Proposition 29’s 15 year lock-box on funds, not even the Governor nor the state Legislature can step in even in cases of waste, fraud and abuse.

            The same sort of ugly political self-dealing that’s sure to result if California voters were to pass Proposition 29 has already begun within its campaign. It’s one thing for them to do it with their own money, but something entirely different if they’re allowed to get their hands on ours.

EconomicPolicyJournal.com: Soros Organization to Host Training for Occupy Movement

“What’s the training going to entail? According to a web site set up by MoveOn.org:
Inspired by Occupy Wall Street and the fight for workers in Madison, Wisconsin, the 99% will rise up this spring. In the span of just one week, from April 9-15, 100,000 people will be trained to tell the story of what happened to our economy, learn the history of non-violent direct action, and use that knowledge to take action on our own campaigns to win change.

Click to go to EconomicPolicyJournal.com: Soros Organization to Host Training for Occupy Movement

EconomicPolicyJournal.com: Soros Organization to Host Training for Occupy Movement


“99% Spring training”: support Moochers & Looters!
The Ground Rules, to make sure everyone follows the chain of command!

The The Looters and Moochers’ Front Groups funding your action, as an activist to serve their cause, not really yours, though you’re to think you’re fighting in your interest.

Click here to go to EconomicPolicyJournal.com: Soros Organization to Host Training for Occupy Movement

A critical book review of Jim DeMInt’s Vote Republican by Laurence M. Vance

“It’s like the eight years of George W. Bush never happened.
Because DeMint believes that “unless freedom-loving Americans can unite within the Republican Party, the Democrats will win every election and continue to shamelessly lead our nation toward an economic collapse,” he calls on “every citizen who believes in freedom and opportunity” to “abandon the Democratic Party and help us restore a Republican Party that is principled, passionate, and worthy of the trust of freedom-loving Americans.”
DeMint mentions in his last chapter of Now or Never that “the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing expecting different results.” This he applies to the Democratic Party’s economic agenda. But this is exactly what conservatives keep doing: Voting Republican and then wishing, hoping, and praying that something better will come of it than the last time they did so.”

Click here to read the full review of Vote Republican by Laurence M. Vance

Pulitzer Winning Author Sues Obama Administration Over the NDAA « Dvorak News Blog


“It is a piece of legislation that was essentially supported by both political parties. Indeed the sponsors of the Bill are Carl Levin, a Democrat and John McCain, a Republican. There was no outcry within the systems of power itself, and that of course meant there was no outcry within the media, which allows those systems of power to set the parameters of debate.” Hedges added.

“I’ll sign this into law, but I promise I won’t use it. That’s how stupid your President thinks you are.”

There’s a video on this post I’m reposting here.

Click here to go to Dvorak.org, to read the full post and view the video.

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The Super Myth of Keynes as a Great Stock Market Investor

The Super Myth of Keynes as a Great Stock Market Investor
WSJ is running a story today perpetuating the super myth that John Maynard Keynes was a great investor. Writes WSJ:

A new analysis of the investment performance of John Maynard Keynes proves that the famous economist also was one of the greatest investors of the past century.

Total BS.

What’s remarkable is that WSJ provides the facts surrounding what really went down with Keynes. EconomicPolicyJournal.com: The Super Myth of Keynes as a Great Stock Market Investor

Pledge of Allegiance at a Union Dinner « LewRockwell.com Blog

Excerpt: “But why the Pledge of Allegiance? Is this some sort of pox that Americans have caught? Is it that as their country goes downhill, they believe that this is some sort of ritual incantation that will resurrect its past life? Or, more likely, is this a way of “unifying” the people in the room, of sweeping them under one social umbrella so that they’ll be more receptive to the union messages? A blessing would do that. Is there something wrong with saying a blessing? Is blessing the United States of America supposed to be better? No, but it’s more politically effective.”
Click here to read full post, Pledge of Allegiance at a Union Dinner « LewRockwell.com Blog

Ron Paul More Electable Than Mitt Romney in Latest Poll – MarketWatch

“Paul is the strongest candidate with independents, tying Obama with them while the rest of the GOP field trails by 6-15 points.”

“…The new poll reveals that Paul is narrowing the gap between himself and Obama by 5 percentage points since last month’s PPP poll…”

“…Other notables are that among one of the fastest growing voter segments, the Hispanic vote, Paul takes a full third of the Hispanic vote against the sitting President, with no other candidate able to come within 5 points of Paul’s Hispanic support…”

Click here to read the full article, Ron Paul More Electable Than Mitt Romney in Latest Poll – MarketWatch

Richard Rider calls Prop 29 a new high speed rail

California’s high-speed rail is a massive spending boondoggle from the 2008 ballot. Its cost nearly doubled to about $100 billion while not a single mile of track has yet been laid? Well, if you liked high-speed rail, you’ll love Proposition 29, coming to the California ballot this June. High speed rail, said Richard Rider, Chairman of the San Diego Tax Fighters, at a recent appearance on San Diego’s NBC affiliate, “promised in writing that it was going to operate under certain restrictions and now does not.”
That’s because special interests, with no accountability to voters or to taxpayers, hijacked the process doling out favors to political cronies and driving up the cost. It’s a reminder, Rider explained that “the idea that we should be budgeting money at the ballot box has not worked well for us.” Like high-speed rail, Prop 29 creates an unaccountable commission packed with political appointees. The decisions this commission makes over the nearly $1 billion in annual new taxes it will administer are untouchable for 15 years, not even in cases of waste, fraud or abuse. That means that even though California schools are laying off teachers, this special interest spending commission can dole out favors as it pleases, with no strict controls over spending. The fact is Prop 29 does nothing to fix California’s $10+ billion budget deficit but does everything to make sure that the reckless spending that got California into the fiscal mess it’s in will continue unabated. Californians have a choice this June. Hopefully they’ll come to realize that decades of unsustainable spending on questionable projects put California in the sorry state it is today. Prop 29 is just more of the same for California—something the state just can’t afford.

A test for state’s untouchable pensions | PressDemocrat.com

A test for state’s untouchable pensions
Stockton, on verge of bankruptcy, running up against the 800-pound gorilla known as CalPERS
By MARY WILLIAMS WALSH
NEW YORK TIMES
Published: Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 4:03 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 4:03 a.m.

When the city manager of troubled Stockton had to tell City Council members why it was on track to become the biggest U.S. city yet to go bankrupt, it took hours to get through the list.

There was the free health care for retirees, the unpaid parking tickets, the revenue bonds without enough revenue to pay them. On it went, a grim drumbeat of practically every fiscal malady imaginable, except an obvious one: municipal pensions.

Click here to read the full article of A test for state’s untouchable pensions | PressDemocrat.com

Dr Oz.. Medical Marijuana Part 1 – YouTube

 I love that Pat Robertson has broken with the Politically Correct and spoke out against the war on drugs.  Here’s Dr. Oz, who another nationally famous, influential and highly respected Pastor has worked with, Dr Oz, on Medical Marijuana and common sense policy.  I hope Rich Warren follows Pat Robertson’s example and speaks with moral authority for the truth, marijuana and the absurdity of our current policy!

You can watch all four parts of this youtube video exhibit here. It starts with Dr Oz.. Medical Marijuana Part 1 – YouTube

Being Bilingual May Boost Your Brain Power : NPR

Research suggests that the growing numbers of bilingual speakers may have an advantage that goes beyond communication: It turns out that being bilingual is also good for your brain.

Being Bilingual May Boost Your Brain Power : NPR

Jim Gierach speaks out on 420 University | LEAP

James Gierach of LEAP (law enforcement against prohibition) talks about the failed “War on Drugs Policy” endorses 420 University. Former State Prosecutor and current LEAP board member, Jim Gierach speaks for LEAP on 420 University about how the War on Drugs is both at the heart of a wide range of social problems, with special emphasis on how it fails our children.

If you want society to get better, if you want people to be safer, if you want to regulate drugs and end the violence, you have to listen to this retired judge’s paradigm shift and realization. Here is Jim Gierach speaking out on 420 University and LEAP

Central Valley Business Times: Report: California does a good job hiding how it spends your money

SACRAMENTO
March 14, 2012 1:37pm
• State among the worst for spending transparency

• ‘It’s disappointing and embarrassing’

Want to know how your state servants are spending your taxes? Good luck, if you want to know about California’s state government.

A new report says California ranks among the lowest when it comes to being transparent in spending.

“Transparency in government spending promotes fiscal responsibility, checks corruption, and bolsters public confidence,” says the report from the California Public Interest Research Group’s Education Fund.

California received a “D minus” when it comes to government spending transparency,…
Click here to go to the Central Valley Business Times to read the full article.

Stratfor on the Futility of the War on Meth – Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

Jacob Sullum | March 14, 2012
A new Stratfor primer on the illicit methamphetamine market cites some numbers that illustrate the risk premium associated with prohibition, which delivers big profits to murderous thugs all over the world:

Depending on the price of chemicals used—determined by the quantity of chemicals purchased and the legitimacy of the supplier—the cost of manufacturing 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of meth comes to anywhere between $150 and $4,000….According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Illicit Drug Prices Mid-Year 2009 report, the wholesale market price for meth is $19,720 per kilogram while its street value is $87,717 per kilogram. Needless to say, this is a huge markup.

Stratfor on the Futility of the War on Meth – Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

Brian Doherty, Senior Editor of Reason Magazine interviews on DailyPaul.com radio. An ufiltered analysis of the Ron Paul Revolution, unbound delegates, and national political landscape!

Doherty coments on the different facets of this race, especially for the delegates, bound and unbound. The factions, groups and organizations that comprise the Ron Paul Revolution, is broad.
 Doherty provides keen analysis of the Tea Party, the grassroots, the campaign groups and begs the contemplation of the potentiality of this movement.

I loved this interview and am listened to it again, and I will do so again, after that:

Brian Doherty Senior Editor of Reason Magazine joins Daily Paul Radio with Kurt (LISTEN HERE) 

Doherty’s editorial at Reason 

Ron Paul Revolution: What Now? 
The Paul campaign definitely isn’t winning first ballot. But there’s still much to win. 
Brian Doherty | March 9, 2012 

After Super Tuesday, it’s officially official: Ron Paul won’t go into Tampa with enough delegates to win the presidential nomination. Still, because of the unbound nature of 197 extant delegates from caucus states, and his campaign’s diligent efforts to ensure that their people rise through the convoluted GOP state convention process, it’s likely that he has many more committed delegates in hand than the media counts. And as still-excited Paul partisans will tell you: Paul can’t go into Tampa with enough to win on first ballot. As The Daily Beast points out, it seems unlikely that Mitt Romney, clearly in the lead now, can do so either. (Click here to read the full article.)

It’s been a bear, or should I say, a beast. But I’m in my saddle and revved up! Won’t forget my lessons to do practice yoga and good diet.

 I thank everyone in my life because it can be harsh and challenging, and love, friendship, and integrity are edifying pillars.  

I am very excited about GadflyRadio.com That’s been my big project and focus in February.  It’s like what happens when your office or home gets flooded and then all of a sudden you have to deal with the damage and keep going.  

We have a nice home for the production of our show, in a nice studio with good audio, and we have a great website for GadflyRadio podcasts and posts about the upcoming guests, shows, and topics. 

There’s a lot going on and I hope to contribute to the conversations, in a way that advances the truth, liberty and stands in integrity. 

Get ready for the onslaught of Props to part you with your money: Proposition 29 is the first step in a tax hike deluge

            Anyone who’s been following the news in recent weeks knows that the tax-and-spend lobby is planning to unleash of horde of new tax hikes at the ballot box this election year. Three major hikes, which altogether would raise taxes by tens of billions of dollars annually, are all currently jockeying for a spot on the November 2012 ballot. However, flying under the radar is an equally abhorrent tax increase that creates a nearly $1 billion per year spending program dominated by special interests with no accountability to the public.

            Proposition 29, the so-called California Cancer Research Act, raises taxes to create a massive new spending program run by a new commission with six political appointees. The decisions of this commission, which has the authority to spend hundreds of millions of dollars each year, are unchangeable by even the Governor and the State Legislature for 15 years, even in cases of fraud or waste. Worse yet, the commission can spend the taxes from Californians outside California!

Leading fiscal conservative and anti-tax groups are weighing in strongly against the measure.  As David Spady of Americans for Prosperity wrote here on Flash Report, “The last thing California should be doing is creating a brand-new billion-dollar special-interest spending program at a time when we can’t even fund critical state programs like education and public safety. After all, isn’t that a big part of what got us into this budget mess in the first place?”

This election season, voters have a chance to tell the spending lobby that they’re sick and tired of higher taxes and rampant special interest spending. Saying no to Proposition 29 in June should be a prelude to rejecting the tax hikes coming in November.

Tues March 6th, on Gadfly Radio, Katy Grimes joins the gang, and the phone lines do not cooperate but the show goes on.

Gabe Rose of the Parent Revolution joined  us to talk about the unfolding scandal at Desert Trails in Adelanto, CA.   Evidence of forgeries and other criminal acts show the union is dead set against parents having any say over their children’s education, if they can’t afford to move and or pay for a private school.

Grimes talked with us about some of her recent posts at CalWatchDog, including:

Capitol Protest: Occupy vs. Teachers

Students Protest Ed Entitlement Cuts

 

 

Will Stockton Trigger Bankruptcy Run? | CalWatchDog


“Stockton … Hercules … Lincoln … Milpitas. The list of cities has grown to four in the span of one week. These are all cities in California recently threatened with budgetary insolvency — where expenses exceed revenues. All have started to explore filing bankruptcy or drastically reducing their budgets and effectively doing the same, as would happen in a bankruptcy court.”

Will Stockton Trigger Bankruptcy Run? | CalWatchDog

Nullification VICTORY in Virginia!

Mr. Marshall’s bill, HB 1160, has passed BOTH houses of the Virginia legislature, including a 39-to-1 vote in the Senate this past Tuesday. This bill prohibits the state of Virginia from assisting the federal government in the unlawful detention of United States citizens. Remember . . .

The Executive Branch gained this power of “kidnapping” as a result of a confusing provision in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). That criminal statue contained tricky language that has fooled many reporters, citizens, and even members of Congress. The measure was deceitfully written to make people think it exempts U.S. citizens when it does NOT! This linguistic deceit was likely intentional. But it’s even more important to defend the principle that citizenship is morally irrelevant, because . . .

The rights that this criminal edict violates are Pre-Constitutional. These rights must be honored for ALL people, NOT just citizens.

Read more about VICTORY in Virginia!

Fantastic! And these are adult stem cells… not embryonic.

A sci-fi-like skin gun that sprays stem cells onto burned skin is the latest treatment in helping burn victims, scientists say. Dr. Jorg Gerlach of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh developed the gun, which sprays a solution of cells and water onto the damaged skin…      Click here to read more.

Ownership of Cato

Who Knew Cato had shareholders? and Ownership of Cato

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Gadfly Radio with myself and CalWatchDog airs today on CRNtalk.com at 10 am

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Ben Boychuk, associate editor at City Journal, John Seiler, managing editor at CalWatchDog.com and special guest, Wayne Lusvardi, a regular contributor to CalWatchDog.com and the author of the recently published Investigative Report up at CalWatchDog, Gleickgate Pollutes Enviro Movement.

Climate activist Dr. Peter Gleick of the Pacific Institute of water policy in Oakland may face criminal charges that he deceptively obtained data from a conservative think tank, the Heartland Institute, then “doctored” it and disseminated it on the web to libel that organization. Gleick has admitted he is the source of the leaked data but denies he produced the doctored document.

We’ll also talk with Wayne about his article posted Monday, Municipal Bankruptcy Stalks Stockton, a case study in why is it not a good idea for public sector officials to play Real Estate Developer? How bad can it be? I wouldn’t want to be the cat holding the bag when the value of properties has dropped over two thirds since 2007!

We’ll talk with Ben on the latest developments with the Parent Trigger and a new scandal perpetrated by the Teacher’s Union against the parents at Desert Trails School, what’s new at City Journal CA and his take on Lance Izumi’s new book, “Obama’s Education Takeover.”

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CARPE DIEM: Why $100+ Per Barrel Oil is a Godsend

From Holman Jenkins in today’s WSJ “What’s Right With Gas Prices”:

“Ironically, the best therapy [for higher oil prices] is a higher oil price. It makes it profitable to bring into production more costly resources around the world. The rise in recent years to $100-plus a barrel is a godsend. Peak oil theorists are being refuted; so are greenies who imagined a towering oil price would usher in a carbon-free future. The opposite is seen to be true. Oil sands, shale hydrocarbons and even biofuels have been made profitable with existing technology, and of course technology can be counted on to advance. CARPE DIEM: Why $100+ Per Barrel Oil is a Godsend

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The Empire Of Liberty: Thomas Jefferson, Ron Paul And The Sacred Fire Of Freedom – Forbes

“Perhaps it is, as Jefferson so eloquently suggested to Yancey, “Quixotic enough to attempt to reason Bedlam to rights….” And yet, this levels an indictment at the Bedlam that has beset our ruling class rather than at the noble one who “dreams the impossible dream… willing to march into Hell for a Heavenly cause,” that magnificent heir to Jefferson, Ron Paul.”

The Empire Of Liberty: Thomas Jefferson, Ron Paul And The Sacred Fire Of Freedom – Forbes

Gadfly Radio with Martha and Cal Watch Dog, Ben Boychuk and John Hrabe today at 1 PM PT

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Today’s show, February 14th, 2012,  Gadfly Radio is now on 1400 AM KKZZ 


Today live with Martha, John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com  and Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal, we welcome back regular contributor to CalWatchDog, John Hrabe.   John’s written a couple of investigative reports on the recent Redistricting of CA and his take is not flattering in outcome, the process nor the actions of any of the players involved.   What does it mean for California’s  jobs, economy, growth, and future?
CA GOP ‘Idiots’ Lose State Senate | CalWatchDog 
11 More Ways to Fix Busted Redistricting | CalWatchDog 

We’ll also ask John Hrabe about his take on the Clint Eastwood Super Bowl Ad. 
John Hrabe: Eastwood Super Bowl Ad: Powerful, Inspirational and Dead Wrong 
and his most recent post, just in time for Valentine’s Day: 
Cal State Prez Salaries Top Facebook Exec | CalWatchDog  Feel the love!  But for whom? 

More from CalWatchDog.com
Kamala Harris’ Totalitarianism | CalWatchDog
and related story:
Group suspends California public pension reform ballot effort – Sacramento Politics – California Politics | Sacramento Bee

And we’ll talk with Ben Boychuk on the latest posted over at California City Journal:
  David Crane’s California Quest by Judith Miller, City Journal Winter 2012, a different take on the recent Redistricting outcome and possibilities and


California’s Demographic Revolution by Heather Mac Donald, City Journal Winter 2012
If the upward mobility of the impending Hispanic majority doesn’t improve, the state’s economic future is in peril.   I found reading her piece a prescription for restless agitated sleep.  In my opinion she paints little  possibility other than to stop anymore of “those kinds of people” and  only tangentially touches on the role of the white Anglo Saxons who dominate all the powerful state public employee unions, including the 800 pound gorilla in the room–The almighty teachers union, the CTA and their definitive role in the impoverished level of education of the economically and socially impoverished Latino population of CA.    I’m sure Ben and John will have a different take.  What?  We’ll find out. 

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February 7th, 2012  We premiere on 1400 AM KKZZ!  


Today live with Martha Montelongo, along with Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com, we welcome two special guests:   


Judge Jim Gray, who currently presides over the civil trial calendar for the Superior Court of Orange County, will speak with us about current policy, costs, benefits, ethics and possibilities. Do our drug laws make us safe, safer or are they harmful? What about marijuana and the law? 

Larry Sand of California Teacher’s Empowerment Network writes about public education. While the horrific story of Miramonte Elementary unfolds, the CA Teacher’s Union and the lawmakers who fear their wrath, and who make tragedies like Miramonte possible systemically, moves to further restrict the already scarce alternatives available to families like the families who are living a nightmare at Miramonte Elementary.  We’ll talk with Larry about his new piece published today at Union Watch–CTA Sponsored Legislation Could Cripple Charter School Growth.

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Tom Woods Interviews with Andrew Bacevich, Conservative Opponent of Empire, & Bacevich Reprises the True Meaning of to be Conservative

Tom Woods, sitting in for Peter Schiff on The Peter Schiff Show, interviews Andrew Bacevich here on My Interview with Andrew Bacevich, Conservative Opponent of Empire

Gadfly Radio with Martha Montelongo & CalWatchDog AM1400KKZZ Tuesday 1pm – 2pm PST

Judge Gray on public policy, safety and well being–Do our policies on drugs make us safer or break down our safety? Larry Sand on the CTA’s move to restrict Charter Schools as a choice to parents, while they push for passage of a massive tax hike, all in the wake of what the current system bred and fostered at Miramonte Elementary.
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GovTrack: House Vote on Conference Report: H.R. 1540: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012

GovTrack: House Vote on Conference Report: H.R. 1540: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012

GovTrack: Senate Vote on Conference Report: H.R. 1540: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012

GovTrack: Senate Vote on Conference Report: H.R. 1540: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012

Zombiefied Drug Trade by Bill Bonner

“But one night, I’m in bed and these guys in combat gear bust down the door and point rifles at me and my wife. It was a SWAT team of some sort. And then my son came home. They asked him what he was doing there. He told them he lived there. So they arrested him too…

“Of course, the door wasn’t even locked. They could have just turned the doorknob. But I guess that wouldn’t have been so exciting…

“They let me out of jail in a matter of hours…but only after signing a paper saying we wouldn’t sue the police for false arrest, etc. If I didn’t sign the paper they said the arrest would be on my son’s record for life…”

Zombiefied Drug Trade by Bill Bonner

Opinion: Why we should regulate sugar like alcohol – CNN.com

Do you see how meddling busy body Govt knows no way to change your behavior or influence your behavior other than to tax you, or criminalize your behavior?

Maybe if we got literate informed critical thinkers for the billions of $ we spend on public Ed, more people would choose to monitor their own sugar intake, if they chose to.

Instead, all of our choices for sugar pleasures will be going up if these control freaks have their way.  And this will change our behavior how? 

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Researchers seeing similar effects from too much sugar and too much alcohol
  • Alcohol is simply the distillation of sugar, she says, and sugar should be taxed and regulated
  • Schmidt: We may be thinking about obesity and chronic disease in the wrong way
  • She says tackling obesity and chronic disease will be hard, but concerned people can do plenty

Opinion: Why we should regulate sugar like alcohol – CNN.com

A New Pot Legalization Proposal in California Gets Good Poll Numbers – Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

| February 1, 2012

The folks behind a proposed California ballot initiative called “Regulate Marijuana Like Wine” have issued the results of a poll they commissioned with some good news for those who want to see marijuana lose its criminality in the state:

A recent poll reveals that California voters, by a 62% to 35% margin, with 3% unsure, support a ballot initiative to regulate marijuana like wine.

The statewide poll, by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates, Inc. surveyed 800 likely voters and found that 80% of the respondents agreed to the statement, “State and federal drug laws are outdated and have failed, therefore, we need to take a new approach that makes sense for today.”…

Click link below to read the whole article:
A New Pot Legalization Proposal in California Gets Good Poll Numbers – Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

Boondoggle Projects Threaten California with Third World Status

Gov. Jerry Brown has an interesting definition of “third world.”
 

In an interview with a San Francisco radio station last week, Brown said California would become “a Third World country” unless the state builds a ghastly $100 billion high-speed rail line that’s been fraught with mismanagement, cost overruns and shaky ridership projections.

It’s an odd claim, considering many third-world nations are characterized by crumbling infrastructure, failed boondoggle projects and constant budgetary trouble. In much of the third-world, a new leader will pour massive amounts of a nation’s fortune into a single prestige project, only to have it fail when poor planning, bureaucratic incompetence and malfeasance slowly eat up all the funds.

By this definition, California seems currently on track to become America’s third-world state. Just like high-speed rail, the same spending lobby is promoting a nearly $1 billion per year tax hike so that a politically appointed panel can dole out favors to cronies. The $1 billion in new taxes under Proposition 29 goes into a lockbox that only this politically-influenced commission can access. Not even in cases of waste or abuse can the Governor or the Legislature make any changes! Proposition 29 sounds like it was plucked straight from the playbook of some Latin American dictator or Middle Eastern sheikh.

Jerry Brown ought to find the nearest dictionary. Pouring money into boondoggle projects while neglecting vital services like education and public safety is the surest way for California to join the third-world. Until California can figure out how to pay for what it already has, voters need to say no to more new spending.

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Ballot Measure Titles and Summaries Should not be Written by Attorneys General: Fox&Hounds

By Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee
Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

A couple of months ago, at a discussion on the initiative process at a Zocalo Public Square meeting in Los Angeles, the panelists were asked what one thing they would change with the initiative process. As a panelist, my answer: Take away the power to write the initiative title and summary from the attorney general’s office.

Now come two newspaper columns that highlight the mislabeling of initiatives by the current Attorney General, Kamala Harris. John Diaz, editorial page editor of the San Francisco Chronicle simply used the word “unfair” to describe some of the titles and summaries written by Harris. Columnist Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee argued that Harris’s titles and summaries “fixed the game” to sway political outcomes.

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