Ponder This:

Real public servants are free enterprising individuals who, inspired, embrace challenge, take risks, and create, sometimes big, and often, they create jobs in the process, all out of their ideas, and self initiative...

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Sat, 12-26-2009: David J. Theroux, on Ayn Rand's and C. S. Lewis' Philosophies and the Assault by Congress, on the American Spirit

Join me on the air, Saturday at 10 AM PT on CRN Digital Talk Radio, on
CRNtalk.com CRN 1
Call in number: 1-800-336-2225

My guest David J. Theroux is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Independent Institute, a Libertarian think tank based in Oakland, CA.  He is an accomplished scholar, writer and is the Founder and President of the C. S. Lewis Society of California.   

 Atlas Shrugged, as of this post, is at #22 on Amazon's Best Seller List, a list updated hourly.  It has been number 1 several weeks on many charts, throughout this year.  It sold record numbers in 2009.  The surge in sales began in late 2008, following the TARP Bill,  and then accelerated with the advent and passage of the Stimulus Bill of 2009.  People are looking for answers, clarity, and words to describe and understand what happened and what is happening to us, and to our social political economy today.  They find voice and reason in Atlas Shrugged.  

How do Christian Libertarians reconcile the philosophy of Objectivism entombed in Atlas Shrugged with their Christian faith, with integrity? For insight I turn to C. S. Lewis.

Indeed, C. S. Lewis’s books sell at an astounding rate worldwide, and in his extensive and immensely popular work, he very effectively champions objective truth, goodness, natural law, literary excellence, reason, science, individual liberty, personal responsibility, and Christian faith. (C. S. Lewis Society of CA) 

Ayn Rand Institute Scholar Edwin Locke, in his description of the Institute's course called  "Christianity vs. Objectivism: Which is the Proper Philosophy for Living on Earth?" ...argues that only Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand, provides a code of morality suitable for living successfully and happily on earth. Objectivism holds that reality is real, that reason is man's only means of knowing it and that one should act in one's own rational self-interest, with rationality being the highest virtue. Life is the objective standard of morality. In contrast,  Christianity asserts that reality is governed by supernatural forces, that knowledge is based on faith and that the highest moral virtue is self-sacrifice. It will be shown that Christianity cannot be practiced consistently, destroys the integrity of man's mind, and is incompatible with living successfully and happily in the real world.

I invited  Mr. Theroux to help deconstruct the assertion made by Locke, above, and to help readers reconcile the truth we find Atlas Shrugged with Christian Faith.  

We'll take calls and Mr. Theroux has much to say on the Health Care Bill and the debt ceiling just raised again, by Congress and how these acts impact the liberty of the American Spirit.

The lines are open. I hope you put us on your calendar, tune in, give us a call, and join us for hot talk radio, Saturday at 10AM PT, one fast hour on CRN 1
CRN Digital Talk Radio is now available in High Definition audio! Listen to CRN on your local cable or satellite provider, local radio affiliate, mobile device or at CRN! To see where CRN is available in your area click here.
To request CRN Digital Talk Radio in your home or for advertising information, email info@CRNi.net.

Bookmark and Share

Monday, December 21, 2009

"John Whitehead's timely Must-Read interview with Nat Hentoff, a principled and courageous defender of liberty"

From an email from friend, Manny Klausner. I love this piece. I've long been a fan of Nat Hentoff and I share Manny's opinion of him. Manny wrote "Hentoff has had an impressive career as a widely-read writer on many significant issues, and he's been an influential jazz critic for over fifty years.

In the interview, Hentoff states, "I am beginning to think that this guy is a phony. Obama seems to have no firm principles that I can discern that he will adhere to. His only principle is his own aggrandizement. This is a very dangerous mindset for a president to have."

Hentoff observes that "If James Madison or Thomas Jefferson were brought back to life and they looked at television and read the papers, they would not recognize the country." But he remains optimistic.

Hentoff concludes, "we have been through very dark periods before. There are enough people who are starting to be actively involved that we can turn things around. And we need to encourage others to become involved."
Amen to that Manny! Friends, please, please become involved.
From the Oldspeak online Journal:


America Under Barack Obama
An Interview with Nat Hentoff

By John W. Whitehead
December 11, 2009

"I try to avoid hyperbole, but I think Obama is possibly the most dangerous and destructive president we have ever had."—Nat Hentoff

Nat Hentoff has had a life well spent, one chock full of controversy fueled by his passion for the protection of civil liberties and human rights. Hentoff is known as a civil libertarian, free speech activist, anti-death penalty advocate, pro-lifer and not uncommon critic of the ideological left.

At 84, Nat Hentoff is an American classic who has never shied away from an issue. For example, he defended a woman rejected from law school because she was Caucasian; called into a talk show hosted by Oliver North to agree with him on liberal intolerance for free speech; was a friend to the late Malcolm X; and wrote the liner notes for Bob Dylan's second album.

A self-described uncategorizable libertarian, Hentoff adds he is also a “Jewish atheist, civil libertarian, pro-lifer.” Accordingly, he has angered nearly every political faction and remains one of a few who has stuck to his principles through his many years of work, regardless of the trouble it stirred up. For instance, when he announced his opposition to abortion he alienated numerous colleagues, and his outspoken denunciation of President Bill Clinton only increased his isolation in liberal circles (He said that Clinton had "done more harm to the Constitution than any president in American history," and called him "a serial violator of our liberties.").
Click here to continue.

Bookmark and Share

Friday, December 18, 2009

Sat. Dec 19, 2009: Ralph F. Weber CLU on the Impact the Health Reform Bill will Have on State Budgets, Job Market, Our National Economy

Join me on the air, Saturday at 10 AM PT on CRN Digital Talk Radio, on
CRNtalk.com CRN 1
Call in number: 1-800-336-2225
My guest, Ralph F. Weber CLU is an expert on health insurance. He is an entrepreneur with innovative ideas for how to make health coverage more affordable, efficient and keep it dynamic and cutting edge. We'll discuss the myths and fallacies of Universal Health Care, and of the Health Reform Plan the current administration is attempting to ram through, no matter what, as soon as possible. Why the hurry? If the Senate and House leaders get their way how will this impact you?
Discover the Marketplace for Medicine, where the best ideas, services and practices are given place to rise to the top and meet the real time demands of the patient/consumer. Can we have solid and exceptional health care for the American People based on free market principles? Is that possible? Is it moral and ethical?
Perhaps the most serious unknown cost of federal health care oversight is the loss of what we used to call the American Spirit. This is the idea that individuals are free to pursue their own destinies, with government kept as far-removed from daily lives as possible. The American Spirit celebrates life, rather than regulates it. The American Spirit is a spirit of individualism and even nonconformance, not communalism and compliance-- Dave Racer

Click here to visit Ralph F. Weber's website and here to visit his blog, for information and analysis of the fatal impact this historic Health Reform Bill would have on our American Spirit-- Without our American spirit, we are but slaves.
The lines are open. I hope you put us on your calendar, tune in, give us a call, and join us for hot talk radio, Saturday at 10AM PT, one fast hour on
CRN Digital Talk Radio is now available in High Definition audio! Listen to CRN on your local cable or satellite provider, local radio affiliate, mobile device or at CRN! To see where CRN is available in your area click here.
To request CRN Digital Talk Radio in your home or for advertising information, email
info@CRNi.net.Bookmark and Share

Health reform’s hidden costs, Placing states and citizens at a huge risk--Attacking the American Spirit

Governors across the country have begun screaming at Congress, “Hold on a minute. Time out on this health care reform thing.”

Truth has begun to set in, that as a result of federal health care reform, every state faces a plethora of unfunded mandates that will drown them in dilemmas and red ink. Once it passes (or, if) the hidden costs of federal health reform will immediately become clearer. As a result, states and local governments will increasingly find it impossible to fund their most vital services – education, police, fire, water, energy, roads and bridges.

Governors have warned for years that the cost of Medicaid threatens their state budgets. They had hoped Congress would fix the problem, not exacerbate it. Congress, instead, has been showing it is deaf to governors and to citizens.

But the increased billions to be spent on Medicaid is just the tip of the iceberg.

This is a partial list of the increased cost and loss of state revenue faced by states, and their residents. I am certain you can add many thoughts to these.

Click here to continue,

Bookmark and Share

Monday, December 14, 2009

"A majority of college-educated voters (53%) pulled the lever for Mr. Obama in 2008." Does College Ed equal Common Sense, Values, Ethics & Wisdom?

Whole Foods Republicans
The GOP needs to enlist voters who embrace a progressive lifestyle but not progressive politics.
December 14, 2009

The Republican Party is resurgent—or so goes the conventional wisdom. With its gubernatorial victories in Virginia and New Jersey, an energized "tea party" base, and an administration overreaching on health care, climate change and spending, 2010 could shape up to be 1994 all over again.

Maybe. The political landscape sure looks greener than it did a year ago, when talk of a permanent Democratic majority was omnipresent. But before John Boehner starts measuring the drapes in the Speaker's office, or the party exults about its possibilities in 2012, it's worth noting that some of the key trends driving President Barack Obama's strong victory in 2008 haven't disappeared. Republicans need to address them head-on if they want to lead a majority party again.

There are the depressing numbers on young voters (two-thirds of whom voted for Mr. Obama), African-Americans and Latinos (95% and 67% went blue respectively). But these groups have voted Democratic for decades, and their strong turnout in 2008's historic election wasn't replicated this fall, nor is it likely to be replicated again.

The voting patterns of the college-educated is another story. This is a group that, slowly but surely, is growing larger every year. About 30% of Americans 25 and older have at least a bachelor's degree; in 1988 that number was only 20% and in 1968 it was 10%. (Bold font added by me, for emphasis)

As less-educated seniors pass away and better-educated 20- and 30-somethings take their place in the electorate, this bloc will exert growing influence. And here's the distressing news for the GOP: According to exit-poll data, a majority of college-educated voters (53%) pulled the lever for Mr. Obama in 2008—the first time a Democratic candidate has won this key segment since the 1970s.
Click here to continue reading the op-ed

Intellectual curiosity and the rigors of an intellectual college education are enthralling and heady, but let's not forget that 98 percent of college faculty are biased politically, verified by their political donations to political candidates. Those who seek an unbiased education may have to resort to attending an online college that emphasizes personal research and offers more self directed classes.   Political Correctness now institutionalized in our main steam media,K-12 education and Hollywood, has been deeply entrenched and de rigueur for much longer, at the college level.

Many of the best ideas and discoveries that have left a revolutionary mark on the quality of life of the average American, from computer technology to medicine to transportation and communication have been thanks to the tinkerers, the rebels that didn't fit into the college dogma structure and who dropped out of college or skipped it altogether, to pursue their dreams and inventions, including Bill Gates, Rush Limbaugh, Steve Jobs, Hubert Selby, off the top of my head. There are countless examples.

Discipline and training in reading, critiquing, analyzing, math and science research and verifying are skills that if done with integrity are very useful and constructive.

Advocates, proponents and defenders of free market capitalism, individual liberties, rule of law, and limited government that doesn't control one's life, are vilified and their descent suppressed in the majority of our Colleges and Universities. Dissenters are treated as agitators and often accused of being intolerant, uncaring, and insensitive.

I appreciate Michael Petrilli's article here, for pointing out the significance of the college graduate voter as a challenge before all little 'r' republicans, united by their core values for common sense, laissez-faire economic policies, individual liberties and limited government.

We cannot write off this group. I'm a reformed leftist college graduate who bought into the paradigm of the U.S. Imperialist power and Capitalism being the root of all the injustice and evil in the world, and it was connections I made between the issues and concerns in my adult life, affecting my family, my children, and their future, and the ideas I heard on a burgeoning talk radio industry and the op-eds of my WSJ Newspaper that caused for me to begin to question and finally shift away from my old paradigm. I used to be an UTNE Reader. I became a leftist in college. I understood that the hopes, dreams and will of my professors in the English, Political Science, History, and Sociology Departments, were to bring down our system of government from within, because they knew that the American people would never embrace their leftist fantasy for an armed revolution to overtly over throw their own Government. I was a good student and earned high marks for my arguments and analysis.

Early on in my transformation, I wanted to call Rush Limbaugh to argue with him, and against what the main steam media said he stood for and advocated, but to bring integrity to the battle, I challenged myself to know my subject first hand, to hear his words for myself. So I listened. That was the beginning of my transformation. My change didn't happen over night, and giving up being part of the majority of my fellow college educated contemporaries was frustrating and still is. I shop at my local Whole Foods like market. In our prior house, when we had a big yard, I composted. I had my second baby at home and nursed both of them. I used cloth diapers and didn't use a service. I stayed home. I still care about the same issues I cared about as a leftist liberal. My realization and actualization was in that Big Government is not the answer. Limited Government is the narrow and challenging but liberating road.

We have to address the college graduates to prevail. Our calling is to connect with them, and inspire them by showing how our values and policies are empowering of their desire to make a difference and have a purpose, and be good stewards, responsibly, with integrity and transparency.

Bookmark and Share

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Mark Bucher on Unplugging the Political Machine. Cast Sunshine on the Hundreds of Millions of Dollars Public Employee Unions Get to Fund their Gig!

What's this movement? What is it about? What's the problem? How insidious is it? What can you do about it? Time flies by in an interview with Mark Bucher as we talk about the Political Machine, and the movement to "unplug" it.

Bookmark and Share

Three great articles if you've got an open mind, a curious intellect and a streak of rebel who covets being free above being PC.

Thanks to Manny Klausner for the great emails which I love to share with my Face Book and Blog Community.

1.) Climategate’s Harry_Read_Me.txt: We All Really Should.
The comprehensive collection of excerpts from the appalling CRU text file. A must read.

December 11, 2009 - by Andie Brownlow

One of the most damning pieces of evidence in Climategate (so far) is a text file called HARRY_READ_ME.txt. This file is supposedly written by Ian “Harry” Harris, a researcher at the University of East Anglia’s CRU (Climatic Research Unit). In it he details the trials and tribulations of being tasked with creating a new climate information database from previous publications and databases. According to Harry’s documented struggle, he is confronted with missing, manipulated, and undocumented data that he has to use to try to piece together the newer TS 3.0 database. Click here to read the full post.

2.) What’s the Best Way to Handle Future Climate Change?
Carbon markets, carbon taxes, technological push, or economic growth?

December 8, 2009 | Ronald Bailey
This week representatives from over 190 nations began gathering in Copenhagen to try to hammer out a global treaty to handle the problem of man-made global warming. As a long-time reporter on environmental issues, I, for many years, doubted the severity of the issue, but as the various temperature data sets (satellite, surface, balloon) began to converge, I became persuaded that man-made global warming is real and a potential problem. Global average temperature trends in recent decades suggest that the planet is warming up at a rate of about 0.13 per decade. (Interestingly, recent temperature data finds that while the last decade has been the warmest on average in modern records, global average temperatures have not been increasing since 1998.) So the question is: If global warming is a problem, what are the smartest policies to address it?
Click here to continue.

3.) The Coming Energy Abundance
How new technology can lower prices and reshape the global economy

September 22, 2008 | Jon Basil Utley
As politicians, consumers, and manufacturers fret over the price of oil, there's good news on the energy front: Natural gas production is booming from "huge shale beds found throughout North America," reports The New York Times. The improving technology of underground horizontal drilling and fracturing has opened up trillions of cubic feet of gas that had formerly been thought unobtainable. And natural gas can also be used to run automobiles (after about $2,000 in conversion costs). These and other alternative methods of lowering fuel prices could dramatically reshape not only energy policy but the global economy.
Click here to continue.

Bookmark and Share

The Environmental Shakedown By Charles Krauthammer Dec 11, 2009

WASHINGTON -- In the 1970s and early '80s, having seized control of the U.N. apparatus (by power of numbers), Third World countries decided to cash in. OPEC was pulling off the greatest wealth transfer from rich to poor in history. Why not them? So in grand U.N. declarations and conferences, they began calling for a "New International Economic Order." The NIEO's essential demand was simple: to transfer fantastic chunks of wealth from the industrialized West to the Third World.

On what grounds? In the name of equality -- wealth redistribution via global socialism -- with a dose of post-colonial reparations thrown in.

The idea of essentially taxing hard-working citizens of the democracies in order to fill the treasuries of Third World kleptocracies went nowhere, thanks mainly to Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher (and the debt crisis of the early '80s). They put a stake through the enterprise.

But such dreams never die. Click here to continue.

Bookmark and Share

Friday, December 11, 2009

Federal Salaries Explode posted at Cato-at-Liberty.org by Chris Edwards

That’s the subject of a USA Today analysis, which reveals an outrageous increase in salaries at the top levels of the federal workforce. I’ve been complaining about excessive federal pay for some time based on one set of data, and now Dennis Cauchon provides strong support for my thesis using a different set of data.

Cauchon finds that since the economy fell into recession, the number of federal workers earning more than $150,000 has more than doubled. The federal government has become extremely bloated and top heavy, even as families and businesses across the nation have had to tighten their belts. With 383,000 workers earning six-figure salaries, the government has become an elite island of overcompensated administrators immune from the competitive job realities of average families.

There are a remarkable 22,000 federal civilians earning salaries of over $170,000, illustrating that Big Government works for the benefit of well-off insiders, not average Americans. And Cauchon only looks at salaries and wages. Average annual federal benefits are more than $41,000, which pushes total federal compensation even further ahead of the private sector average. Click here to read more.

Bookmark and Share

Our Way or... Well, Our Way: Should the EPA have the authority to police greenhouse gases? David Harsanyi | December 9, 2009

We don't need a cap-and-trade deal. What we need is a RICO trial.

Every now and then, apparently, history challenges us with a crisis far too important to be left to the democratic process or the vagaries of public opinion. In these instances, the enlightened, the powerful, the moral must act swiftly.

So sayeth the Obama administration this week, empowering the Environmental Protection Agency to police greenhouse gases as a danger to public health and welfare, thus giving the agency discretion to regulate ... well, anything it pleases—or, I should say, whatever is left.

"These long-overdue findings cement 2009's place in history as the year when the United States government began addressing the challenge of greenhouse-gas pollution and seizing the opportunity of clean-energy reform," explained EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. "This continues our work towards clean energy reform that will cut GHGs and reduce the dependence on foreign oil that threatens our national security and our economy." Click to read more.

Bookmark and Share

Friday, December 4, 2009

Sat Dec 5, 2009: Will the American Independent Small Business Truck Driver be Wiped Out on Dec 31, With Nary A Whimper From the American People?

Join me on the air, Saturday at 10 AM PT on CRN Digital Talk Radio, & on
CRNtalk.com CRN 1
Call in number: 1-800-336-2225

They're the best jobs for the free spirited souls who love the freedom of driving the open highways to deliver the goods to Americans across the fruited planes. They love their homes away from home. They're rugged, self-reliant, impervious to the harshest weather conditions. They even have a hit show on the History Channel called Ice Road Truckers.

Who would question the soundness of a name like “The Clean Truck Program” or the innocuous name of the “California Air Resource Board?” Yawn... Your eyes glaze over? Want to hit delete or the channel button? WAIT!

Come with me to the ports of San Pedro and Long Beach, in Los Angeles County, where this story, which rivals the corruption and fraud of Big Business and Big Government in Redevelopment, to rob property from the defenseless under the guise of “Homeland Security” and the “Environment.” Call it a modern day classic story of On the Water Front.

The only thing “Green” about the CLEAN TRUCK PROGRAM is the millions of dollars made by the major trucking companies, including a billionaire, under this program.

Why haven't you heard about it? What? The media black out a story that only hurts small independent business owners, including women and minorities? Shocking! Not.

Why is the Independent Trucking Industry the only industry targeted by the State of California, City of Los Angeles, Port of Los Angeles, City of Long Beach, Port of Long Beach for such draconian execution of admission to port and rail way commerce?

The December 31, 2009 deadline against the Independent Rail/Trucking Industry will create the worst economic disaster the State has ever experienced. How?
Anthony G. Patchett retired Special Assistant and Assistant Head Deputy District Attorney, for Los Angeles County, in the Environmental Crimes/OSHA Division and Political Consultant Sofia G. Quiñones, a long time community activist and current coordinator who forged the coalition amongst the National Port Drivers Association and the Northern California Rail and Truckers Association.
are my guests.

I'll also talk about ClimateGate, the emails, the fallout, Google's and others efforts to damper the story down.
To Listen to the archived audio of this program, click here.
See the following links for more information on the CARB and the Independent Truckers Association Story:
Arrogance pollutes air board

YouTube November 19, 2009 CARB Legal Counsel Ellen Peter Statement & Related Statements Regarding CARB Employee Fraud (Hien Tran "Ph.D.")

YouTube November 16, 2009 John G. Telles Letter to Ellen Peter and 11 exhibits regarding CARB Tran Fraud and CARB Truck Rule

November 16, 2009 John G. Telles Letter to Ellen Peter and 11 exhibits regarding CARB Tran Fraud and CARB Truck Rule PDF

November 21, 2009 Bakersfield Californian Column by Lois Henry "Lies tarnish air boards credibility"

November 22, 2009 San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial "The air board's shame / Staff never revealed internal scandal before crucial vote"

The lines are open. I hope you put us on your calendar, tune in, give us a call, and join us for hot talk radio, Saturday at 10AM PT, one fast hour on CRN 1

CRN Digital Talk Radio is now available in High Definition audio! Listen to CRN on your local cable or satellite provider, local radio affiliate, mobile device or at CRN! To see where CRN is available in your area click here.
To request CRN Digital Talk Radio in your home or for advertising information, email
info@CRNi.net.Bookmark and Share

Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart: Scientists Hide Global Warming Data

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Scientists Hide Global Warming Data
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political HumorHealth Care Crisis

Great that Jon covered the news the main stream media refuses to cover. Too bad Jon missed the reports on the record breaking increases in the population of Polar Bears. Maybe he'll report on that news before ABC, CBS, MSNBC, or CNN too. You never know. Life is full of surprises. Why, it's snowing the earliest ever on record in Houston, TX. The truth is a little global warming is alot easier on living creatures, and humans, than global cooling.
Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Cha-Ching, Cha-Ching, Cha-Ching--Climate Change: One of the most lucrative Rackets in the World. Has "The Sky is Falling" ever paid off so well?

Climategate: Follow the Money
Climate change researchers must believe in the reality of global warming just as a priest must believe in the existence of God.
Last year, ExxonMobil donated $7 million to a grab-bag of public policy institutes, including the Aspen Institute, the Asia Society and Transparency International. It also gave a combined $125,000 to the Heritage Institute and the National Center for Policy Analysis, two conservative think tanks that have offered dissenting views on what until recently was called—without irony—the climate change "consensus."

To read some of the press accounts of these gifts—amounting to about 0.0027% of Exxon's 2008 profits of $45 billion—you might think you'd hit upon the scandal of the age. But thanks to what now goes by the name of climategate, it turns out the real scandal lies elsewhere.

Climategate, as readers of these pages know, concerns some of the world's leading climate scientists working in tandem to block freedom of information requests, blackball dissenting scientists, manipulate the peer-review process, and obscure, destroy or massage inconvenient temperature data—facts that were laid bare by last week's disclosure of thousands of emails from the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit, or CRU.

But the deeper question is why the scientists behaved this way to begin with, especially since the science behind man-made global warming is said to be firmly settled. To answer the question, it helps to turn the alarmists' follow-the-money methods right back at them.

Consider the case of Phil Jones, the director of the CRU and the man at the heart of climategate. According to one of the documents hacked from his center, between 2000 and 2006 Mr. Jones was the recipient (or co-recipient) of some $19 million worth of research grants, a sixfold increase over what he'd been awarded in the 1990s.
Click here to read more.

Bookmark and Share

Monday, November 30, 2009

Guest Hosted on CRN Talk this past Saturday night with Russ Waymire on CA Water Crisis, and Victor Valle on City of Industry: Genealogies of Power

Saturday Night, when I filled in on Nicole Remini's Show, Victor Valle was my special guest, on his new book, City of Industry--Genealogies of Power in Southern CA. Redevelopment looms big in So Cal, and Valle tells the story in way that pulls you in and keeps you riveted.

Russ Weymire, Grower, Farmer, Board Member and co-founder of Families Protecting the Valley, on the water crisis of the Central Valley, the politics, the billions of dollars and bonds voters will vote on next Nov. There is corruption of Bay Area elected officials and they are abetted by the State Legislature in acts that destroy the economy of the Central Valley in the name of a drought, that is hardly a drought, and in the name of protecting an allegedly endangered fish.

Victor Valle, who more than two decades ago, won a Pulitzer-Prize for his journalism as an investigative reporter, is currently a Professor of Ethnic Studies at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, talks about the movers and shakers, the agents of Redevelopment, who amass power and fortune in partnership between state and local government officials, and the well connected, privileged developers who lord over Southern California. The book, City of Industry--Genealogies of Power in Southern California is a product of his rich, revealing historical investigative research and reporting. It's a who's who of power, land deals, and Redevelopment from the 20s to the present, delivered with the flavor of film and story of the movie, Chinatown and the old Film Noirs of the 30s and 40s.
Click here to go to my mp3/podcast of Saturday night's show in three segments
Dec 8, 2009, Victor Valle will be at Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena,CA, at 7 pm, for a book signing.
Click here for details.

Bookmark and Share

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Two Articles Sent by Fellow Blogger Manny Klausner, Which Intersect on Obama's Damaged Political Capital & Amateur Iconic Image Taking Hold

Why the Greg Craig debacle matters
By: Elizabeth Drew
November 19, 2009 11:58 AM EST

President Barack Obama is returning from his trek to Asia Thursday to a capital that is a considerably more dangerous place for him than when he departed.

While he was abroad, there was a palpable sense at home of something gone wrong. A critical mass of influential people who once held big hopes for his presidency began to wonder whether they had misjudged the man. Most significant, these doubters now find themselves with a new reluctance to defend Obama at a phase of his presidency when he needs defenders more urgently than ever.

This is the price Obama has paid with his complicity and most likely his active participation, in the shabbiest episode of his presidency: The firing by leaks of White House counsel Gregory Craig, a well-respected Washington veteran and influential early supporter of Obama.
Click here to continue

He Can't Take Another Bow
An icon of a White House that is coming to seem amateurish.

This week, two points in an emerging pointillist picture of a White House leaking support—not the support of voters, though polls there show steady decline, but in two core constituencies, Washington's Democratic-journalistic establishment, and what might still be called the foreign-policy establishment.

From journalist Elizabeth Drew, a veteran and often sympathetic chronicler of Democratic figures, a fiery denunciation of—and warning for—the White House. In a piece in Politico on the firing of White House counsel Greg Craig, Ms. Drew reports that while the president was in Asia last week, "a critical mass of influential people who once held big hopes for his presidency began to wonder whether they had misjudged the man." They once held "an unromantically high opinion of Obama," and were key to his rise, but now they are concluding that the president isn't "the person of integrity and even classiness they had thought."

Click here to read more.

Bookmark and Share

Wishful Thinking? Climategate e-mails sweep America, may scuttle Barack Obama's Cap and Trade laws

By Gerald Warner Nov 26, 09
Just a few considerations in addition to previous remarks about the explosion of the East Anglia Climategate e-mails in America. The reaction is growing exponentially there. Fox News, Barack Obama’s Nemesis, is now on the case, trampling all over Al Gore’s organic vegetable patch and breaking the White House windows. It has extracted some of the juiciest quotes from the e-mails and displayed them on-screen, with commentaries. Joe Public, coast-to-coast, now knows, thanks to the clowns at East Anglia’s CRU, just how royally he has been screwed.

Senator James Inhofe’s Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works has written to all the relevant US Government agencies, acquainting them with the nature of the e-mails. But the real car crash for Obama is on Capitol Hill where it is now confidently believed his Cap and Trade climate legislation is toast. It was always problematic; but with a growing awakening to the scale of the scientific imposture sweeping the world, as far as the Antipodes, the clever money is on Cap and Trade laws failing to pass, with many legislators sceptical and the mid-term elections looming ever closer.

Click here to read more.

Bookmark and Share

Monday, November 23, 2009

Wishful Title and a Great Analysis and Report: "California Awakening" by Gino De Carlo, VP of Communication for CA Manufacturing & Tech Association

Mon, November 23rd, 2009

State policymakers are beginning to understand -- or at least face the realities of -- a fundamental reason for California's job loss and now a 3-year $81 billion budget deficit. Basically we pass laws and move on to new ones and call it success. Texas on the other hand -- a state that congregates its legislature in only odd years and requires a 2/3rds majority on every bill -- created 70% of the new jobs in the United States in 2008 and has a $2 billion budget surplus this year. Click here to go to Fox & Hounds Daily to read more.

Bookmark and Share

The emails that crack open the Conspiracy of the Global Warming Alarmists

The warmist conspiracy: the emails that most damn Jones
Andrew Bolt
Saturday, November 21, 2009
These are the emails that should have Professor Phil Jones most worried about his future.

Jones, head of the CRU unit whose emails were leaked, has been under most fire so far over one email in particular in which he boasted of using a ‘“trick" to “hide the decline” that would have otherwise spoiled his graph showing temperatures soaring ever-upward.

But far more serious – at least in a legal sense – may be his apparent boasting of destroying data to stop sceptics from checking this alarmist work. If, as some emails suggest, he destroyed it to thwart FOI requests from Professor Ross McKitrick and Steve McIntyre, who’d already exposed as fake the Michael Mann “hockey stick”, Jones, one of the most active of the IPCC lead authors, could even face criminal charges.

(Note: in saying that, I should add that these emails may simply be poorly worded, out of context or even altered by the whistleblower who leaked them. Jones may also not knowingly have done anything wrong, and there is no proof that he did anything against the law. UPDATE: Several updates on Jones below, including his “selfish” wish to see global warming “regardless of the consequences” just to be proved right.)

To read more go to: The warmist conspiracy: the emails that most damn Jones
A Few Summaries Of Some ‘CRU Emails’

Bookmark and Share

Friday, November 20, 2009

Sat Nov 21, 2009: Humor cuts to the chase. Be political activists or have fun with friends? Do both! & Jack Dean on Taming the Pension Tsunami

Join me on the air, Saturday at 10 AM PT on CRN Digital Talk Radio, & on
CRNtalk.com CRN 1
Call in number: 1-800-336-2225

Tony Bushala is one of the founders of a gem blog, Friends for Fullerton's Future Blog, a.k.a. FFFFB, an effective local blog and guerilla marketing strategy to whip elected officials honest, slap strays in line, or remove them, and prevent carpetbaggers from swooning in to capitalize on a favorable voter registration base.

It helps to start out with a voter friendly base, but even so, political machines of any party can become compromised and piggy. The City of Fullerton, CA resides in Assembly District 72, in Orange County, CA, with a roughly 43% to 34% Republican over Democrat advantage. It's enough of a lead that party bosses for the dominant party can take their base for granted, grow fat, and abusive of their power.

At the top of their blog their mission statement says it all: Friends for Fullerton's Future supports candidates and causes that promote intelligent, responsible and accountable government in Fullerton and Orange County.

We'll hear about some of their most current successes affecting policy issues, and appointed and elected government officials. What do they do? How do they do it? What does it take? And can you replicate this strategy in your community? You'll love the message and the messenger! The methodology they use is smart, in your face, good old fashion muckraking, hilarious clever humor, strategic cross marketing and low budget strategic advertising. Be inspired! Be empowered! "All politics are local"--Here's how to fight the Machine and be a happy warrior!

Jack Dean, of Pension Tsunami and Californians for Pension Reform joins us to give us an update on the campaign to reign in the runaway train that is the Public Employee Pension Fund Gravy Train.
The lines are open. I hope you put us on your calendar, tune in, give us a call, and join us for hot talk radio, Saturday at 10AM PT, one fast hour on CRN 1
CRN Digital Talk Radio is now available in High Definition audio! Listen to CRN on your local cable or satellite provider, local radio affiliate, mobile device or at CRN! To see where CRN is available in your area click here.
To request CRN Digital Talk Radio in your home or for advertising information, email

Bookmark and Share

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The 72nd Assembly District Election Highlights Possibility for Restoration for the Soul of the Republican Party

This past Tuesday night, I was in Orange County for the special election to fill the seat vacated by the disgraced, resigned, Republican, Mike Duvall, for the 72nd State Assembly district. Duvall was handpicked by the entrenched ethically bankrupt establishment of the Orange County GOP. The same group that handpicked, Linda Ackerman, whom they thought would be a shoe-in, because she is the wife of former Republican Senate minority leader, Dick Ackerman.

The winner in that race, Chris Norby, born in the City of Fullerton, in the heart of the District, has been a teacher, a City Councilman, a County Supervisor. His politics have earned him a reputation for being a staunch defender and innovative leader for limited government, fiscal responsibility, individual property rights, education reform, and public employee pension reform, all issues that resonate with the independent minded majority of Republicans who live in the strongly Republican District. He speaks to these issues with moral clarity, authority, boldness, conviction and consistency.

Termed out and unable to run for another term as Supervisor, the opening was a natural and timely fit for Norby. Given the sharp rise in the public’s level of awareness of the issues of self-serving government officials and their cronies at all levels of government, and the voters’ mood for revolt against those factions, his chances in such a race were strong from the beginning.

Given that, I was astonished with the tone-deafness of the leadership of the Orange County GOP in this race. How could they misjudge a situation so badly? How could they squander so much political capital right when they’re finally seeing a sliver of opportunity for redemption and restoration, of integrity and credibility with the voters? Why would they be so deaf, dumb and blind to the discernment and consternation of a motivated and engaged electorate? Why didn't they get that the terms have changed. Voters want integrity. They are done with business as usual. They’re not agreeable and easily manipulated by promises, platitudes and posturing, and they’re in no mood to settle for any good ol'boy, or his wife, no matter how popular, how big their titles were, or how many big wigs in the party signed on as endorsers. Lipstick on a pig doesn’t change the fact that the pig is a pig.

The leadership of the State and Local Republican Party fails to recognize the magnitude and implication of the outcome of this little race in heart of Orange County. They are in denial and have yet to admit to any wrong doing. But business as usual for the Orange County GOP is over.

Moving forward, if the pols, consultants and hacks in the party think they’re going to counsel the newcomer, whom they’ll feign to welcome with open arms and caring heart, while they plan his demise and denouement, all the better. It is to the advantage of an advocate with deep convictions for principles of liberty, to be underestimated by his foes.

It is poetic that a revolution with in the party begin from what has for years been referred to as a bastion of Republican Party domination from Behind the Orange Curtain.

The party leadership for years has squandered it’s advantage in Orange County, participating in government abuse of power in Redevelopment, kowtowing to the public employee unions, assigning plum appointments to powerful boards, including water, planning and fair boards, to party loyalists and well connected big financial supporters, skirting adherence to the ethics and principles touted as the platform of the CA GOP.

State Republican Party leaders have been sending out email tooting a come back and turn around, but they hurt the party and themselves by looking the other way while a carpetbagger with a history of supporting policy that runs contrary to the principles the party espouses, tried to take an election from an established, qualified, credentialed and good standing Republican candidate. Ackerman outspent Norby 3 to 1 per vote, yet was trounced, 19.6 % to 37.3%. The voters have spoken. There will be fallout. Heads will roll, and better heads may then prevail. Let the restoration begin.

Bookmark and Share

Friday, November 13, 2009

Sat Nov 14, 2009: Feel under seige? Don't know how much of your $ "the Man" will let you keep, to get by? Time to Unplug The Political Machine!

Join me on the air, Saturday at 10 AM PT on CRN Digital Talk Radio, & on
CRNtalk.com CRN 1
Call in number: 1-800-336-2225

Had enough? There's a new game in town! It's big. In California it's called The Citizen Power Campaign. It's purpose: Unplug the Political Machine! If you're not in CA, listen up, because the political machine that is sucking us dry is well established and expanding where you live too.

Public Employee Unions are now the most powerful special-interest group in Sacramento because they have special powers that no one else has.
Join me with my guest Mark Bucher to discuss what exactly is the problem? And what's the solution?

You want to make a difference, have a purpose, produce measurable results? Make politicians accountable to the voters? Good. Listen up.

Dr Jane Orient, Executive Director for the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons joins us to share the massive amount and type of backlash they are witnessing from doctors against the AMA, for their endorsement of the Health Care Bill.

I'll also give you a brief report on my experience with Babe's with Bullets (TM) Ladies Action Shooting Camp this past week. It was a blast! I learned a lot. Without discipline, focus, practice and repetition to ingrain the right habits, one can not succeed, but with the right skills, the commitment to learn them, to practice and to be responsible and accountable, target range accuracy becomes the rule. I'm going back for more in April, to accomplish my goal to perform at the level of excellence.
The lines are open. I hope you put us on your calendar, tune in, give us a call, and join us for hot talk radio, Saturday at 10AM PT, one fast hour on CRN 1
CRN Digital Talk Radio is now available in High Definition audio! Listen to CRN on your local cable or satellite provider, local radio affiliate, mobile device or at CRN! To see where CRN is available in your area click here.
To request CRN Digital Talk Radio in your home or for advertising information, email

Bookmark and Share

Friday, November 6, 2009

Property Rights Abuse, a Muni Stadium for City of Industy, a Model of Victory? For Whom? & Let's talk Sat Night for a Special Round: Nov 7, 2009

Join me on the air, Saturday at 10 AM PT on CRN Digital Talk Radio, & on
CRNtalk.com CRN 1
Call in number: 1-800-336-2225

For a Quick and Easy Link to Listen Live Click Here (Thanks to Jack Dean!)

Marcia Fritz will be on the air again Saturday night on CRN Digital Talk Radio on the Nicole Bella Remini Show with guest host Martha Montelongo. The show airs from 8-11 pm Pacific, and Marcia will be on during the 10 pm hour. She'll be talking about the two pension reform ballot initiatives just filed by CFFR with California's Attorney General.

My special guests include Eric Singer of the "Congressional Effect Fund" on how Obama's Pay Czar is driving talent away, and killing value for the companies which received TARP monies. We'll also ask him about Congress's plan to re-energize the the Community Reinvestment Act--the same act that brought us the housing market bubble, and credit market meltdown. It promises to usher in the next mortgage and credit crisis in the name of "helping to stimulate" the economy. With the Government buying up mortgages how do we really know the value of the market or how it's doing?

Marita Noon, Executive Director of Citizens for Responsible Energy, on the U.S. House Democrats recent passing the Climate Change bill out of committee, despite a boycott of the bill by Republicans. Is there any fall out for the Dems, for this heavy handed maneuver? What's in the bill? What's the status, now, and how has it been affected by the recent elections where a lot of Democrats in races, up and down, lost big.

In July, Sacramento State published a study that predicted California's version of Cap and Trade, AB32, would cost millions of jobs and billions of dollars to small businesses, the bulk of job creators and providers in the CA economy. It caused quite a debate, but it's still in force, and its impact is just hitting hard, to businesses, their employees, and consumers, and overturning it is a daunting task.

Marcia Fritz, President of Californians for Pension Reform, will talk with us about the two new Pension Reform Ballot Initiatives for CA, to reform public employee pension policy for future hires, and how taxpayers/voters can put the brakes on this runaway train.

There are over 9000 CalPERS and CalSTRS members combined in the $100,000 Pension Club, and a large 40 to 50 percent of current public employees with these absurd defined-benefit-taxpayer-obligated pensions in CA, are slated to retire in the next five to seven years.
What do we do to change an unsustainable level of future pension obligations? Ms Fritz has got a plan.

Live from the Conference on Property Rights Abuse sponsored by MORR (Municipal Officials for Redevelopment Reform), we'll talk with two of the featured guest speakers concerning the abuse of redevelopment that went into securing the land for the stadium to be built in the City of Industry, the costs to taxpayers for municipal stadiums and the arguments for revenues and jobs they are said to generate.

My two guests will be Dr. Victor M. Valle, Cal Poly Professor, Pulitzer Prize-winning, former Los Angeles Times Reporter and the author of City of Industry: Genealogies of Power in Southern California, and Dr. Roger Noll, Stanford Professor, nation's foremost expert on sports economics and author of Sports, Jobs and Taxes.

We'll have fun visiting. Remember, you've gotta be a happy warrior if you're going to outlast our foes of liberty and free enterprise. Keep your cool, but be stimulated... Join us.

The lines are open. I hope you put us on your calendar, tune in, give us a call, and join us for hot talk radio, Saturday at 10AM PT, one fast hour on CRN 1
CRN Digital Talk Radio is now available in High Definition audio! Listen to CRN on your local cable or satellite provider, local radio affiliate, mobile device or at CRN! To see where CRN is available in your area click here.
To request CRN Digital Talk Radio in your home or for advertising information, email

Bookmark and Share

Friday, October 30, 2009

Calpers Loses 23% of Taxpayer Guaranteed Funds in One Year, Voters say no to Imposters, and U.S. Commerce Battles for our Future: Sat. Oct 30, 2009

Join me on the air, Saturday at 10 AM PT on CRN Digital Talk Radio, & on
CRNtalk.com CRN 1
Call in number: 1-800-336-2225

New York Congressional Race District 23 is a revolt of Republican registered voters against their own party. They want limited government and are demonstrating to their party officials and leaders, they mean business. Scott Wheeler, Executive Director of the National Republican Trust
drops in for a quick update on the battle that illustrates for Republican Party bosses what their voters want and what constitutes a deal breaker.

As the Fight Over Global Warming Heats Up, so does growing skepticism and concern over flaws in the climate change models and so does the frenzy of the proponents for cap-and-trade legislation in the Senate, to ram policy through without delay. Is it really a crisis? If so, what's the crisis?

Tom Borelli, formidable advocate for free enterprise, editor of FreeEnterpriser.com and Director of the Free Enterprise Project at the National Center for Public Policy Research, joins us to talk about the proposed cap-and-trade policy, and what is shaping up as an epic battle between the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to defeat it, and the Obama Administration's relentless pursuit to ram it through.

Who are the players? Who are the companies that have jumped ship and joined with Obama's team? Who wins and who loses if the U.S. Chamber of Commerce loses?

Pension Funds for Public Employees Lost $600 Billion Last Year (fiscal year ended June 30), and taxpayers are on the hook. Calpers'losses, with funds guaranteed by the taxpayers, are 9.4% of that $600 billion dollars.

Marcia Fritz, President of Californians for Pension Reform, joins us to discuss the unbelievable, corrupt, costly abuse of public trust and the public's legal obligation to cover the losses. We'll look at how Calpers directors have played fast and loose, taken extreme and hazardous risks on investments, and incurred massive losses, down $56.2 billion in one year, 23% of the value, with funds guaranteed by taxpayers.

Worse, in a pay to play racket, former Calpers board member reaped $50 million in fees for arranging the "winning investments." Calpers is an example for what has taken place across the country. Some would call it betrayal, graft, abuse and theft by public employee fund managers but "Calpers' CIO says there's no moral hazard in fund's guarantee by taxpayers."
Ms Fritz will talk with us on how to put the brakes on this now.

The lines are open. I hope you put us on your calendar, tune in, give us a call, and join us for hot talk radio, Saturday at 10AM PT, one fast hour on CRN 1
CRN Digital Talk Radio is now available in High Definition audio! Listen to CRN on your local cable or satellite provider, local radio affiliate, mobile device or at CRN! To see where CRN is available in your area click here.
To request CRN Digital Talk Radio in your home or for advertising information, email

Bookmark and Share

Fight Over Warming Heats Up

Bottom line: The models used today for predicting climate change are flawed. Should we base economically devasting policy on models that are based on scant data, false assumptions, and which ignore natural factors? Read the story here.

Bookmark and Share

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Hand that Rocks the Cradle: Dynamic Women, Deb Ferns on Women and Firepower & Marita Noon on Cap n Trade Policy Built on Sand: Sat. Oct 24, 2009

Join me on the air, Saturday at 10 AM PT on CRN Digital Talk Radio, & on
CRNtalk.com CRN 1
Call in number: 1-800-336-2225

Debbie Ferns
, author of Babe's with Bullets (TM) joins me to talk about the launch of a TV series based on the camps, like the one I'm going to in November, set to air on the OutdoorChannel.com, starting in January.

We'll get a taste of her second book, which she's working on, called Our Forbidden Fruit...Females and Firearms in America. According to Deb, it's not quite as "happy go lucky" as the first book.

This new book has a chapter devoted to the quote "I have seen the enemy-and it is us." It talks a lot about things like apathy, and, how pro-gun folks constantly stir up turf wars against EACH OTHER! It's something I've seen a lot of in my political walk in life, and Ms. Ferns agrees, YES, it's distressing. And that's why we have paper targets, and steel targets, to shoot at--it's far less expensive than therapy!

Marita Noon, Executive Director of Citizens for Responsible Energy, on the latest "higher than expected" unemployment numbers and how no new manufacturing jobs are expected here in the U.S. Two recent op-eds she wrote help explain why.

Happy Talk on Green Jobs
: "we as a country have become so enamored with 'alternative energy' that no one looks at what it takes or where the green jobs are being created? Shouldn't we have straight talk, not happy talk? Shouldn't we have facts not 'feel good?'

Staying with wind turbines, we know that their popularity is creating jobs in Mexico. But did you know they also give China a great boost?"

Built Upon the Sand: First, the cap and trade house is built upon a lie. The lie is that climate change is a crisis, that is it caused by man, that man can fix it, and that even if no other countries participate in "capping emissions," America can still make a difference.

But what if it is not a lie? What if the crisis is as real as the global cooling crisis was perceived to be in the seventies? If that is the case, the crisis can wait a few more years. We've been making noise about climate change for 40 years. Now, in the midst of a major economic recession, is not the time to be enacting extreme measures that will finish off the American economy.

Also, Steve Macias, in defense of the First Amendment: Agree or Disagree, two Mexican American college students, both elected cabinet members of the Associated Student Government at Sacramento City College, President Steve Macias & Student Affairs Commissioner Monica Guzman, who also happen to be openly Christian, one Protestant, the other Catholic, Pro-life, and Republican, are being recalled, in a process that violates the official ASG Constitution, rules and ethical standards, in a rush to oust the two, persecute them, make examples of them and silence others who get out of line.

Their crime: According to The Express, the student run newspaper, "Mr. Macias is being recalled for refusing to censor an anti-abortion display on campus known as the Genocide Awareness Project on Sept 16 -17, 2009...It is unclear why Ms. Guzman is being recalled."

They are two of a majority of the 25 cabinet board members, who supported allowing the anti-abortion organization with the over-sized graphic colored photograph posters, to participate in the school Constitution Day. The organization's participation was approved by a majority vote of the Associated Student Government Board. Mr Macias did not vote in that decision.

The Queer-Straight Alliance and The Atheist Freethinkers Club spearhead the recall, while the school administration tacitly approves of this political lynching. Lessons to be learned by our college young adults: Either the rule of law protects everyone's rights to free speech, or not. Either free speech is a fundamental right, or it is not. Free speech for me, but not for thee? You decide.
Contact Steve Macias on Facebook here or at Sacramento City College Free Speech Coalition on Facebook.
The lines are open. I hope you put us on your calendar, tune in, give us a call, and join us for hot talk radio, Saturday at 10AM PT, one fast hour on CRN 1
CRN Digital Talk Radio is now available in High Definition audio! Listen to CRN on your local cable or satellite provider, local radio affiliate, mobile device or at CRN! To see where CRN is available in your area click here.
To request CRN Digital Talk Radio in your home or for advertising information, email

Bookmark and Share

Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database


Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

Blog Archive