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...

Friday, January 30, 2009

"Never let a serious crisis go to waste. What I mean by that is it's an opportunity to do things you couldn't do before."

So said White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in November, and Democrats in Congress are certainly taking his advice to heart. The 647-page, $825 billion House legislation is being sold as an economic "stimulus," but now that Democrats have finally released the details we understand Rahm's point much better. This is a political wonder that manages to spend money on just about every pent-up Democratic proposal of the last 40 years.

The Dangers of Disclosure

Would you support a ballot issue if it meant you would be harassed, have your life threatened or your business boycotted? Faced with such prospects, most people would rationally refrain from speaking. Because of California’s ill-conceived mandatory disclosure system—a system in which the government itself names names of those involved in a political movement—people must now ask themselves these questions.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Obama's California Schemin'

Max Schultz
January 27 2009 9:48 AM

In his inaugural address, President Barack Obama quoted the famous verse from Scripture that declares, “The time has come to set aside childish things.” Yet the first major environmental decision of his presidency, announced today, represents politics at its most childish and irresponsible....

Scholars Against Stimulus Spending

January 27th, 2009, 11:24 am · Post a Comment · posted by thinkfree
Cato will be running the ad below in the NY Times, Washington Post and Roll Call this week with signatures of 250 economists, including Nobel laureates, who are opposed to the stimulus, according to Chris Moody. I like it.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

CA's budget disaster: Expenses are more than we can ever hope to collect, even with large tax increases & it centers around state employee pensions

...moving into what is one of the worst stalemates over the budget in history.

Now we hear that the state is going to go to the voters for tax increases, with a possible election in April...

California has a structural problem in its budget, as evidenced by the fact that even in good economic times we have run a deficit. When times are bad, the deficits explode. This began in the year 2000, when a tremendous increase in the pension and compensation of state and local government employees began.

This is one of the real problems of the state’s structural deficits. Our expenses are more than we can ever hope to collect in taxes, even with large tax increases, and it centers around the state’s main expense, employee compensation.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Show for Saturday January 24, 2009

Join me on the air, Saturday at 11 AM PST
1460 AM, KION
CRNtalk.com Channel 5 (On the Internet)
MarthaMontelongo.com
Call in number for the program: 831-633-1460

This Saturday, former CA State Assemblyman, and a candidate for CA State Assembly, Doug LaMalfa drops in to discuss California’s budget crisis and the latest gimmick proposed by the Democrats to end the standoff. He wrote a commentary for The Flashreport.org this past week, and in it he calls on Republicans to reject any siren call that putting raising taxes to the ballot, passable by a simple majority, is nothing short of abandoning their mandate to uphold the State Constitution, for the Republic of California.

Also, Economics Department Chair of San Jose State University, Lydia Ortega, joins us. We’ll talk with Ms. Ortega about what she calls The Bailout Piñata.
She’ll also touch on just a brief comparison of the inaugural speeches between President Obama, and his promises, and President Reagan’s inaugural speech and what it convey to the public.

A quote by Prof. Ortega:
“It's only in a free market society that we can thrive, be free , enterprising, entrepreneurial, creative and enjoy the good life, our families, great wine, beer, great food, music, art, culture...Reagan said it well--"Hispanics are Republican. They just don't know it yet."
The Institute for Humane Studies - Lydia Ortega
George Mason University

Prof Ortega, raised in East Los Angeles, Mexican American or Latina, is passionate about the economics of individual liberty and prosperity. And she's warm hearted and delightful.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Show for Saturday January 17, 2009

Join me on the air, Saturday at 11 AM PST
1460 AM, KION
CRNtalk.com Channel 5 (On the Internet)
MarthaMontelongo.com
Call in number for the program: 831-633-1460

Drop in for a fast one hour. John Fund drops in for a short visit.

Was the Minnesota senate race recount unconstitutional? What now?

GOP Chairman’s Race is decided later this month. There are six candidates. Who is the favorite? What’s at stake?

Senator Martinez in Florida and Senator Voinovich of Ohio are retiring and not running for reelection in 2010—disaster or opportunity?

Demography may be destiny for the Republican Party unless they broaden their reach.

Treasury Secretary-designate Timothy Geithner's $34,000 self-employment tax "mistake," N.Y.’s Congressman Rangel, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, which oversees the federal tax code, never reported his rental income or transactions concerning the beachfront villa at the Caribbean Punta Cana Yacht Club, on his federal or state tax returns. Indicted Blagojevich, who put “Pay to Play” on the front pages of the national newspapers for weeks, appoints Roland Burris to fill Obama’s senate seat, and Burris is set to be seated next week.

The “Free Press” gives free passes on all of it--it’s OK because they’re good guys, right? Taxpayer revolt anybody?

Steve Poizner and Meg Whitman are running for Governor. How do they match up?

Did you see the hybrid Google maps with the names of donors, their street locations and amount of $ they donated for Yes on 8, in the SF Bay Area and in Orange County? Very creepy. Very thuggish. How do you reconcile advocating full disclosure of donations with such intimidation tactics?

11 to noon—hope you’ll join us

Thursday, January 15, 2009

"Demography will indeed be destiny if Republicans can't broaden their reach" -- columnist Ron Brownstein, writing in the National Journal

Quote of the Day II
"From 1992 to 2008, the share of the vote cast by African-Americans jumped from 8% to 13%. For Hispanics the share soared from 2% to 9%; for Asians and other minorities combined, from 2% to 5%. Meanwhile, the percentage of the vote cast by well-educated whites remained unchanged at 35%. The big losers were blue-collar whites -- those without college degrees -- whose share plummeted from 53% in 1992 to just 39% now. That's a threat to the GOP because those culturally conservative, working-class whites are today its most reliable voters. . . . Demography will indeed be destiny if Republicans can't broaden their reach" -- columnist Ron Brownstein, writing in the National Journal. /WSJ Political Diary Quote of the Day 1-14-09

I love this rift of Paglia's on Couric so much, (Tell it like it is). My wish: "Could you please do Tina Fey?

And let me take this opportunity to say that of all the innumerable print and broadcast journalists who have interviewed me in the U.S. and abroad since I arrived on the scene nearly 20 years ago, Katie Couric was definitively the stupidest. As a guest on NBC's "Today" show during my 1992 book tour, I was astounded by Couric's small, humorless, agenda-ridden mind, still registered in that pinched, tinny monotone that makes me rush across the room to change stations whenever her banal mini-editorials blare out at 5 p.m. on the CBS radio network. And of course I would never spoil my dinner by tuning into Couric's TV evening news show. That sallow, wizened, drum-tight, cosmetic mummification look is not an appetite enhancer outside of Manhattan or L.A. There's many a moose in Alaska with greater charm and pizazz. http://www.salon.com/opinion/paglia/2009/01/14/obama/

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Clint Eastwood's 'Gran Torino' is Hollywood's coolest car

Marketing consultant Terry Press had her 9-year-old son Ethan in the car when she heard the news that Clint Eastwood's "Gran Torino" had made $29 million to win this past weekend's box-office derby, easily outdistancing movies like "Bride Wars" and "The Unborn" that are populated with actors less than half Clint's age. When Press got off the phone, Ethan, apparently having seen a host of "Torino" TV spots, did his best Eastwood impression, barking, "Get off my lawn!" In Hollywood, whether you're 9 or 89, everybody is a Clint Eastwood fan. It's pretty clear that when it comes to living legends, there's Clint and there's everybody else.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Gran Torino--the anecdote for those who can't see past their fears to coalese with their new neighbors. Loved this movie. Go See it!

My son, Alex went back to Hawaii this Sunday. I was off the air on Saturday, and I hope to have the means to be back on the air by next Saturday. Meanwhile, chin up.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Was the Guest Speaker for the Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley's first meeting of 2009

There are a several things I want to reiterate or add, if I didn't say them boldly enough, to encourage Non Hispanic Conservatives to coalesce with Hispanics. We are in agreement over the fundamental role of the family as the bedrock of our society. Socialism is anathema to traditional family structure, but traditional family structure is fundamental to capitalism and it's longevity. It's an institution that originated organically, and has evolved as a means for self organizing and associating, for survival and continuity, for community and refuge.

We can coalesce around the issue of school choice.
We can coalesce around the issue of property rights.
We can coalesce around the issue of free market solutions for affordable health care.
We can coalesce around the issue of public policy that is hospitable to small business and removes redundant red tape. Hispanic owned businesses are the largest growing segment of the small business market. Hispanics are enterprising entrepreneurs.
We can coalesce against government spending that piles on more debt to our children who are already saddled with debt so large, it's more than a third the median cost of a home in CA.
We can coalesce against the growing entrenched political class that acts with impunity, as if they were noble and entitled to pay themselves lavishly while they portray themselves as public servants, while they spend beyond their means, and indenture us and our children to pay for their extravagant defined pensions and elite health care plans while we suffer the consequences of not having a more competitive free market health care system where we would have more choices and providers would be less encumbered and where we are now broke.

I have gone to a few LULAC events in San Benito, and I have always enjoyed the care and joy I witness. There is a great care for helping the youth to stay the course in school and careers. A celebration dinner where the youth served as servers with a zip in their walk and a smile on their faces. There was a Color Guard, an alumni who now a college student sang the National Anthem, and then we did the flag salute. It was as American as any such display of respect for our Country and Honor.

We can coalesce around being freedom lovers and free marketeers. We need to look at our mission and task at hand as evangelizing about the merits and virtues of Capitalism.
Christianity is a faith predominant among Hispanics in our country.

Socialism is not friendly to religious beliefs. It borrows from the ancient world of Pharaohs and Caesars in which a person’s rights were defined and dictated by the state,
which was seen as the organic expression of the community will as embodied in its leadership class. No clean lines of separation delimited individuals from society, state, and religion. All were seen as part of the organic unity of the civil order.

It was this view that came to be rejected with the Christian view that the state is not the master of the individual soul, which has infinite worth, and had no claim over the conscience.

The Socialists are our enemy, anathema to liberty, to the light which has beckoned our endless stream of immigrants throughout our short and brilliant history. We are now in battle on our soil. We're like a ship at sea in a great and fearsome storm, and we must pull together, boldly, in principle and faith, or we will perish splintered.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

The Warm Turns--Climate Change: The Earth has been warming ever since the end of the Little Ice Age, until 1998. It's dropped since then.

Hollywood Celebrates Che Guevara But it makes no films about the Cuban resistance movement.

Che, glorified thug, romanticized, lionized, guilty of helping to install a repressive dictatorship in Cuba, and of fomenting hate among fellow gorillas in order to achieve more efficient and effective killer gorilla soldiers.

The hypocrisy of the Hollywood liberals, who pose as champions of the oppressed, sneer at and ridicule the middle class, and all the while ignore the Cuban artists and activists, authors, actors and musicians who rot in jail victims of Che's totalitarian Cuban Revolution.

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

Key

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.

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