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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, April 30, 2009

The Real Culture War Is Over Capitalism-- Tea parties, 'ethical populism,' and the moral case against redistribution.

WSJ, April 30, 2009
By ARTHUR C. BROOKS
There is a major cultural schism developing in America. But it's not over abortion, same-sex marriage or home schooling, as important as these issues are. The new divide centers on free enterprise -- the principle at the core of American culture.

Despite President Barack Obama's early personal popularity, we can see the beginnings of this schism in the "tea parties" that have sprung up around the country. In these grass-roots protests, hundreds of thousands of ordinary Americans have joined together to make public their opposition to government deficits, unaccountable bureaucratic power, and a sense that the government is too willing to prop up those who engaged in corporate malfeasance and mortgage fraud.(To read the article, click here)

Saturday, April 25, 2009

¡Viva Teresa!

A campaign volunteer who is making calls and distributing signs posted this at FreeRepubic.com and I loved it. All I can say is ¡Eso! ¡Eso! or "HOOOORAH!!!!"

Click here to read El Gringo's post about Teresa Hernandez for Congress over at FreeRepublic.com And then join us!

To the naysayers who post negative comments following El Gingo's post, they are indicative of a zero tolerance for liking or being Hispanic or culturally influenced by her Mexican American mom and extended family, in the community where she was born and has lived her whole life, the San Gabriel Valley. The stident ones want someone more like them, less like her... Well, she is noble, and she has integrity, and she has raised God fearing God loving children. She walks the walk, and is a believer. Some blogger criticizes her for using Reagan's quotes. Reagan did inspire more than any other in recent history, because his words resonate with truth, and are timeless. You want to cross your arms and wait for the one who's just like you? As "pure" as you? Better to get a big govt, big spending, big taxing Chu or Cedillo, because those are your choices, unless you choose Teresa...
If you want someone who wants to work to restore honor to the U.S.Constitution, and respects individual liberties and rights, Know Nothings aside, if you want to upset a stronghold, come out for Teresa.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Democratic Party caters to environmentalists at the expense of people's jobs & A Venezuelan for Freedom talks about the craft--Sat. Ap 25, 2009

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Piedad Ayala, board member on the Latino Water Coalition, was scheduled to join me last Saturday, but he was so distraught over the way he and his fellow farmers and farm workers who participated in the three days of the march, in the heat, enduring particles of dirt and dust, were undermined, we postponed our interview. He joins me this Saturday, to talk about what happened over the course of the three day march, culminating last Friday, in an effort to bring water to the Central Valley.
Governor Schwarzenegger dominated the stage on Friday, and his agenda eclipsed what the marchers believed they were marching to achieve, to get the pumps turned on and the water to flow.

Latino Water Board members and leaders were brushed aside and the Gov took the spotlight and undermined the marchers's objective for immediate relief, while calling for expensive infrastructure bond projects funding. In March, a judge ruled that the water be shut off to the central valley, invoking the endangered species act, to protect the smelt, a tiny, native fish, so fragile, it's demise is inevitable regardless, but in its name, generations of farm workers lose their jobs and are displaced of their communities, their lives broken. Is this battle over? Or just beginning?

Thor Halvorssen, human rights advocate, film producer and pro-democracy advocate in Latin America joins us. The New York Times described Halvorssen in an August 2007 profile as a maverick "who champions the underdog and the powerless." Thor is from Venezuela. We'll talk with him about the shift to the far left that has transpired in Venezuela, and the freedom movement that kindles there now. Is it fragile? What are the lessons we can learn to avoid the fate of the Venezuelans? Are we on the same path? Does film and cultural art help win hearts and minds for freedom and liberty? What do the pro liberty advocates in this country need to do, to win the hearts and minds of Americans, to stand up for Liberty?

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Congressman Devin Nunes calls on Gov Schwarzenegger to resign for neglect and incompetence over WATER MGMT-- Show for Saturday, April 18, 2009

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This Saturday,

Piedad Ayala, board member on the Latino Water Coalition joins us to talk about what happened over the course of the three day march, and yesterday, the last day of the three day march for water in the Central Valley. Governor Schwarzenegger got involved, but his agenda eclipsed what the march organizers wanted now. Board members and leaders were shoved aside for the Gov to take the spotlight and undermine the march's objective for immediate relief, while calling for expensive infrastructure bond projects.

I went to a couple of local tea parties, one in Santa Cruz, and the other in Monterey on Wednesday. I know a few of the people who initiated them, organized them and promoted them. It was as organic as it gets. Real turf, and Nancy Pelosi's words, dismissing the events as astroturf, sting with cynicism and contempt.



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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

CNBC Asks Santelli to React to Tea Parties: 'I'm Pretty Proud of This'

Chicago Mercantile Exchange floor reporter and taxpayer tea party revolt inspiration calls movement 'about as American as it gets.'
By Jeff Poor
Business & Media Institute
4/15/2009 9:25:04 AM



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To find a Tax Day Tea Party near you go to TaxDayTeaParty.com

If you live in Santa Cruz or Monterey, in Santa Cruz, we're at the U.S. Post Office on Front St. Downtown Santa Cruz, and in Monterey, go to "Monterey County Tea Party"

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Prop. 1A is a Trojan horse for irresponsibility

Proposition 1A, which will appear on the May 19 special election ballot, is touted as a "spending cap" but is actually a massive fraud. It adds $20 billion more in taxes on income, sales and vehicles for two additional years on top of the $12.5 billion tax increase placed upon Californians two months ago. (Click here to read more)

2009 ALEC-LAFFER STATE ECONOMIC COMPETITIVENESS INDEX: Uh Oh...

California 2009 Report: Economic Performance Rank 27 of 50, Economic Outlook Rank 43 of 50

Economic Performance Rank (1=best 50=worst)
A historical measure based on a state’s performance (equally
weighted average) in the three important performance variables
shown below. These variables are highly influenced by
state policy.

Economic Outlook Rank (1=best 50=worst)
A forecast based on a state’s standing (equally weighted average)
in the 15 important state policy variables shown below.
Data reflect state + local rates and revenues and any effect of
federal deductibility.

(Click here to read the report.)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Jon Coupal on the Wisdom of Voting No on Prop 1A and Mark Meckler on the Tax Day Tea Party Rally near you -- Show for Saturday, April 11, 2009

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This Saturday, Mark Meckler joins us to talk about some 40 plus Tax Day Tea Parties happening all across CA on April 15th. Do you feel you're taxed high enough? Do you want to push back and force your elected officials to reform? Do you think they should spend with in their means just like you do, at home and for your business? Do you think it's time to send the lawmakers/tax and spenders a clear message that we're not going to take this anymore? Join us for this conversation.

Jon Coupal, President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer's Association, joins us to discuss No on Prop 1A: CA's budget mess has doubled in size in the past 10 years, due to unrestrained spending, not revenue decreases, but the proponents want you to pay even more, and Prop 1A extends the latest tax hike, which we barely started feeling this past April 1st, for two additional years for an additional 16 billion dollars. Proponents say Prop 1A isn't a tax hike. Is it? They say it's a spending cap. Is it? They say it's reform. Really? They say if we don't pass it, CA will fall off a cliff. What happens if we do pass it? They say this is crisis measure. Does 1A fix our budget mess? Or does it add fuel to their practice of taxing and spending? Can we afford to pass 1A? Jon Coupal talks with us on the No on 1A campaign.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

"Traditionally Democratic farmworkers uniting with traditionally Republican farmers to embarrass a Democratic Party that caters to environmentalists"

Comedian takes Valley water crisis seriously
Monday, Apr. 06, 2009
By Bill McEwen / The Fresno Bee
Paul Rodriguez had done a radio interview and was outside the studio riffing on next week's march protesting the loss of water for San Joaquin Valley agriculture.

"We want everyone in blue -- no Mexican flags," said the comedian/farmer. "From the air, we'll look like a river. "Our goal is to open the pumps [in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta], and if we get arrested, that's even better."

Rodriguez understands the power of humor, symbolism and media attention. He is using them to publicize California's broken water-delivery system and staggering job losses in farm communities.

His hope is that America, finally, will pay attention to the grim conditions in towns like Mendota and Firebaugh.

It's a story made for the national media: traditionally Democratic farmworkers uniting with traditionally Republican farmers to embarrass a Democratic Party that caters to environmentalists at the expense of blue-collar jobs. Suddenly farmers are marching with farmworkers -- and Rodriguez's hero, Cesar Chavez, must be rolling over in his grave.
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Next Monterey County Tea Party, April 15th at Windows on the Bay 5 PM to 6:30 PM

The next Monterey Co. TEA ("Taxed Enough Already") Party will be held on April 15th from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in Monterey at "The Window On The Bay" park located on Del Monte Ave. across from Lake El Estero (Camino El Estero) and right before the Monterey Wharf.Be sure to bring your family, friends, posters, flag(s), and cameras. For ideas check out some of the photos that appear below which were taken at our first Monterey Bay Tea Party held last month - on March 7th! There are also photos posted on the PJTV website.For further information, contact: Robin at speak-up-america@sbcglobal.net. Or visit Monterey County Tea Party Blog here.

Monday, April 6, 2009

W.H. team discloses TARP firm ties: News released late Friday when the newsrooms are skeletal

By 4/3/09 10:49 PM EDT
Lawrence Summers, a top economic adviser to President Barack Obama, pulled in more than $2.7 million in speaking fees paid by firms at the heart of the financial crisis, including Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, Merrill Lynch, Bank of America Corp. and the now-defunct Lehman Brothers.
He pulled in another $5.2 million last year from D.E. Shaw, a hedge fund for which he served as managing director from October 2006 until joining the administration. Thomas E. Donilon, Obama’s deputy national security adviser, was paid $3.9 million last year by the power law firm O’Melveny & Myers to represent clients, including two firms that received federal bailout funds: Citigroup and Goldman Sachs. He also disclosed that he’s a member of the Trilateral Commission and sits on the steering committee of the supersecret Bilderberg group. Both groups are favorite targets of conspiracy theorists.
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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Obama's Domestic Agenda Gains Clarity--Stark Clarity

I stopped reading Peggy Noonan toward the end of the 2008 elections. I found her a milk toast friend of free enterprise. I decided she will side with the establishment, and throw commoners overboard in a heart beat. She's poetic and flowery but I don't trust her judgement or her convictions. I deemed her elitist. I have acquaintances, one, a friend, who defend being elitist. They don't trust il popolo, or the pleb. But she rides the niche market of 'conservative' opinion for her living. She betrays herself as when she was apoplectic when we rebelled against Bush's nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court. She defended Bush, when he deserved a tongue lashing for betraying capitalism while posing as a a proponent and defender. And she all but pledged allegiance to Obama after Palin's arrival on the stage.

In her latest op-ed, the first by her I've read since September of '08, I found both puff and some very poignant detail. First the fluff. In a tone deaf joke, as if for a Vogue copy, she writes of the First Lady, in Europe, "Michelle Obama enjoyed a well-deserved triumph, representing her country with grace and elegance. She continued to signal a secret conservatism by demonstrating support for the right to bare arms. I very much wish that were my joke and not that of the editor Jason Epstein."

I wish I could enjoy the humorous banter here. I might be more inclined to chuckle or smile, if I could add something like "All she needed was her Smith & Wesson pistol with designer grips, in a designer holster to really pull that conservative look together." Alas, I'm one of those plebs who feels more than just a bit uneasy about Lady Obama's and her husband's real opinion on the people's right to bear arms.

Another joke that falls flat for my ruffian sensibilities: Mr. Obama's actions since February have left him not so much more deeply defined as tagged. They can arguably be understood not as a conglomeration of moderate impulses but an expression of a kind of grandiosity. He thinks big!
I guess it's a very good sign if Peggy feels bold enough to take a sarcastic swipe at him. That's a very good sign.

From Bloomberg News this week: "The U.S. government and the Federal Reserve have spent or lent or committed $12.8 trillion" in new pledges. This they note is almost the value of everything the United States produced last year. The price tag comes to $42,105 for every man, woman and child in the U.S.

I shudder for my children.

She reminds us of Obama's words in, The Audacity of Hope, in which he impuned President Bush for contributing to a national debt that amounted to a $30,000 bill for each American. Those were the days!

We were so gullible.

A great find is an op-ed she cites by Senator Tom Coburn, published Thursday in Real Clear Politics. She cites:

"I believe President Obama has proposed the most significant shift toward collectivism and away from capitalism in the history of our republic. I believe his budget aspires to not merely promote economic recovery but to lay the groundwork for sweeping expansions of government authority in areas like health care, energy and even daily commerce. If handled poorly, I'm concerned this budget could turn our government into the world's largest health care provider, mortgage bank or car dealership, among other things."


Let those words roll off your tongue, and dance in your head. Thanks Peggy. Good point. You can read her piece here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123870823076484093.html

I recommend you read Dr. Coburns piece. A choice pull quote: What the American people want, and what they voted for in November, is an end to the petty, partisan and pre-scripted exchanges in Congress. The American people want a real debate and a fair fight between competing philosophies. What they detest from both sides is hypocrisy and partisan gamesmanship. Here! here!

On the program today, besides Francis Barraza and Kristen Lucero, Peter Foy drops in for an update on the No on Prop 1A in CA.

Peter Foy is a Ventura County Supervisor, is the Co chair on No on 1A and is Statewide Chairman of Americans for Prosperity Proposition 1A will raise Taxes on California families another $1,100 per year, doubling the impact of this year’s Tax increases passed by the State Legislature. Prop. 1A will extend Higher Sales Taxes, Higher Car Taxes, and Higher State Income Taxes for two additional years. It will also reduce the Tax deductions for dependent children, further hurting California families.

Friday, April 3, 2009

$3.5 Trillion Budget passed by Congress, and U.S.- Mexican Border —Drugs, Guns, and Immigration Politics -- Show for Saturday, April 4, 2009

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This Saturday, Francis Barraza and Kristen Lucero, UC Davis Law Students, Federalist Society chapter Presidents and local chapter founders, and leaders in the CA Republican Lawyer's Association, join me. We'll talk about the 3.5 Trillion dollar budget just passed by Congress without a single Republican vote. What can you do about it? We'll also talk about the U.S.-Mexican Border: Drugs, Guns, & Immigration politics and policy.
Last week Time published a story calling Juarez the most dangerous city in the Americas. This week, Time Magazine, April 3, 2009— The U.S. and Mexico agree on the need to stop the illegal flow of guns and drugs between the two countries, but the question is how to do that. We will talk about the various potential solutions that have been discussed or implemented as of late concerning the drug wars in Mexico.
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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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