Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha & CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, CA City Journal’s Ben Boychuk & Special Guest Anthony Krinsky on UTLA’s “Big Business Interests” to Occupy L.A.

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October 25, 2011:  Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Martha Montelongo along with Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com, welcome Special Guest Anthony Krinsky, the publisher of  Anthony Krinsky’s Education Blog. We’ll talk with Anthony about his recent blog post and the questions he raises and discusses in this post:  

LAUSD Occupation is big business for the UTLA

This blog is cross-posted in the Echo Park Patch.
http://echopark.patch.com/blog_posts/lausd-occupation-is-big-business-for-the-utla

We’ll also discuss a previous post on his blog concerning an alliance between Republicans and the Teacher’s Union, concerning No Child Left Behind’s renewal and the elimination of accountability standards.   Rand Paul is leading the charge for the elimination of these requirements, but will these help the Education Reformers or will it set the movement back?

Rand Paul (R) embraces the NEA/AFT position on ESEA
Why is Rand Paul begging for legislators to invite under-performing NEA teachers to testify against basic testing that costs around $15 per student per year but which tells us whether teachers are doing anything useful with the $700 billion we spend every year on public education? 
Why is Rand Paul casting deciding votes with the National Education Association to scrap the best (and arguably only) good laws that the Department of Education has ever promulgated: RTT and the accountability provisions of NCLB?

We’ll check in with John on the latest hottest stories posted at CalWatchDog.com including:
 
Govt. Union Boss in Top 1%
John Seiler Oct 25, 2011
The Occupy Wall Street crowd is protesting against the high pay of the top 1 percent in income in America. They say they’re part of the “99%ers” — all the working people who keep the country going. Our friend Larry Sand points out that California’s government worker unions, especially the teachers’ unions, are joining the bandwagon, claiming to represent the 99 percent. He writes: It’s almost Halloween and the California Teachers Association, a rich and powerful outfit, is in costume as one of the “99%ers” – protesters who claim to be have-nots. A couple of weeks ago United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten made sympathetic statements about the Occupy Wall Street movement. Now the California Teachers Association has jumped in with a full endorsement and suggestions on its website as to how teachers and others can get involved in OWS activities. Well, guess what?  (click on the link at the title to read the full article)

Politics Still Beats Down Police Reform
OCT. 24, 2011 By TORI RICHARDS
A mentally ill homeless man was beaten into a coma that proved fatal by six Fullerton police officers as he screamed, “Help, dad!” Fresno police repeatedly punched a homeless man in the head while he was face down with his arms behind his back. Three BART officers in Oakland detained an unruly passenger, who was then fatally shot in the back. When the victims’ families, the media and civil rights groups tried to discover whether these officers committed any previous acts of excessive force — or even to obtain their names — a gulf of silence ensued.
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Police Abuse of Power: Peace Officers need to be held to higher standards, not granted secrecy, immunity and leeway to use violence against the citizenry.

The examples of Violence committed against citizens by peace officers is alarming.

First we need to expose it, and make common knowledge of how pervasive it is.

Then we need to demand of our public officials that this pattern of violence and abuse be corrected so that we may rest assured that all of us, our children, or neighbors, and our communities are not in danger of being abused or even murdered by our police forces.

Here are a few examples of police abuse of power and casual use of violence against the citizenry: 

The fatal beating of Kelly Thomas, a schizophrenic drifter who was allegedly beaten to death by Fullerton, California police officers:

Cops Vs. Cameras: The Killing of Kelly Thomas & The Power of New Media NOTE: Because of violent images, viewer discretion is advised.

Student beaten by cops in College Park, Maryland

Two Officers Indicted In Beating Of Univ. Of Md. Student (includes video clip of beating)

Two officers indicted in Md. college student beating

A step toward justice in UM student beating  

Mace used on Wall Street protesters Both include video of police using mace on non-violent protesters:  (while I don’t agree with their politics and desired outcomes, I don’t support using this kind of violence against citizens who are exercising their First Amendment rights. 
Neither should you.   


MSNBC Interviews Occupy Wall Street Protester Kelly Heresy

Police crack down on ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protests

Months after a Connecticut man died shortly after being in the custody of Westerly police, the Connecticut Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the death a homicide.

State probes man’s death after arrest Ryan O’Loughlin Death Ruled Homicide; Died after Police Custody (with video)

Family alleges man who died was beaten by Westerly PD

Navy veteran’s death after arrest in Westerly called homicide

  There are thousands of cases more out there.   Let’s support peace officers who want to be Peace Officers by shining a light of day on those officers who abuse the public trust and violate the public’s right to be secure and safe in the presence of police “peace” officers.