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Friday, May 29, 2009

Great Leaders boldly declare the future to which people, inspired, commit: Saturday, May 30, 2009

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Bold visionary committed leaders cut their teeth in the heat of battle. The fire sharpens their focus and forges their intention. Reagan is the first example that comes to mind. Poizner's clear, authentic and principled vision for California's future inspires and will unify and pull voters toward it.

Teresa Hernandez is such a leader. Deep convictions, clear principles and bold vision are behind her extraordinary accomplishments. Latinos will join the Republican Party and CA will be Red if her vision is the future. Join me for a conversation with Teresa. Visionary and strategic, she's a leader on a mission. Dynamic and substantive, she sees Hispanics embracing the Repubican party because they choose opportunity, prosperity, and freedom.

Shawn Steel, National Republican Committee Man for the CA Republican Party, former CA Republican Party Chairman. We'll discuss his op-ed GOP should push Sacramento toward pay-as-you-go plan. published Friday, May 22, 2009, in the Orange County Register and The Flashreport : Shawn says "We can win the budget battle... Just say no....Here's how..." Join us for hot talk Saturday at 11 AM, PT

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About Sonia Sotomayor: I love hot salsa, Latin music, foreign films, and cultures, but I like my law interpreted straight up, plain, fair and equal

Once upon a time, I agreed with Judiciary Chairman Pat Leahy when... ...Once upon a time,..., Mr. Leahy held the concept of objectivity and colorblind justice on the bench as a key criterion for the Supreme Court. In a press conference after meeting with nominee (and now Chief Justice) John Roberts in August 2005, Mr. Leahy insisted: "Before I'll vote for anybody as judge, I have basically one touchstone. I ask myself, if I was a litigant before that court, no matter what my color, no matter what my station in life, no matter what the issue, can I look at this judge and think, 'If I make the right argument, a strong enough argument, I can be heard'? Or do I look at this judge and say, 'The decision's made before I even get there.'"

"If it's the latter," he continued, "I will not vote for the person, no matter who it is."
To read more click here---- Collin Levy WSJ Political Diary May 29, 2009 Copyright Material

I whole heartedly agree here with Manual Miranda:
"The fact that Sonia Sotomayor is a Latina should not give Republican senators any pause. There is no larger demographic group in America today that could better understand what it means to have courts and judges who favor one side over another without an argument being made, than do Hispanics. It is among the reasons why we came here. This nomination offers a great opportunity to explain to Hispanic Americans why the Constitution must be defended against a judge who would rewrite it according to personal biases and politics." Manuel Miranda, Chairman, Third Branch Conference To read more click here

Two wrongs don't make a right--no matter how you spin them. I disagreed with the Supreme Court's ruling in June of 2003, upholding race based affirmative action, but I supported affirmative action still. Now, I am less inclined to support any affirmative action that is government mandated. Charity, liberty and market forces in a truly free market economy are the best anecdotes for the most amount of people to have the greatest opportunity to climb out of poverty and to brings others up alongside with them.

The following is an essay I penned, published June 29, 2003 in The Washington Post:
"...with the Michigan decisions, "We, the People" has been subordinated to "We, the Group." The Supreme Court has asserted that there are true differences among us, and that some of us have different inherent abilities determined by our ethnicity or race. That's ridiculous.

Until now, our Constitution was blind to such distinctions. The ruling marks a sad day in the history of a country whose basic tenet is equality under the law. It has defiled the concept of affirmative action, which at its noblest was intended to assist those of meager financial means and limited opportunities by giving them a chance to move up the social and economic ladder. "Diversity" of races and ethnicities was not the intention of affirmative action; it is simply an incidental outcome of belonging to a country populated by immigrants. What we shared were our common experiences of becoming and being Americans."

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Friday, May 22, 2009

Three Dynamic Leaders on this Memorial Day Weekend Show, Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 11 AM PT

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This Saturday,
May 23, Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of The Che Guevara Myth, Liberty for Latin America, The Madness of Things Peruvian, and Guide to the Perfect Latin American Idiot (with Carlos Alberto Montaner and Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza), on the talks between President Obama and Vicente Fox, immigration, liberty, free enterprise and U.S. politics.

Manny Miranda, Chairman of the Third Branch Conference, on the historical opportunity for a great public debate concerning the significance of choosing our Supreme Court Justices. "A very important teachable moment."

Shawn Steel, National Republican Committee Man for the CA Republican Party, former CA Republican Party Chairman. We'll discuss his op-ed GOP should push Sacramento toward pay-as-you-go plan. published Friday, May 22, 2009, in the Orange County Register and The Flashreport : Shawn says "We can win the budget battle... Just say no....Here's how..." Join us for hot talk Saturday at 11 AM, PT

Candidate for Gov in 2010 Steve Poizner

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

One day "Babes" program came to the Los Angeles area this past May 16th and 17th


There is no other infrastructure in the world like the Babes with Bullets (TM) program, where world champion women "handgunners" teach other women about guns. Never shot a gun? Never even held a gun? Scared of guns? Not to worry. Women and guns come together at the Babes with Bullets (TM) events without politics, or negative emotions and we overcome the fear. Bottom line is this one day program, similar to the three day "Babes" camp, is fun and yet powerful. It provides a life changing experience for women!

Prior to this day, I had shot a few guns one day at a range in Monterey, for about a hour. I tried a glock and a revolver, but hadn't gotten any sense for the size of a 22 vs a 9 mm, or a 40 or 44, how to load, unload, and I couldn't tell you how many shots I fired versus how many hit my target, how to hold a particular gun, how to place your fingers, how to stand, how to lean. In that one prior experience, I didn't know if I was hitting the target at all, and that was not an empowering experience. With the Babes, I got immediate and constant feedback and measure of my results, all throughout the day. I had five mystery shots, shots that didn't hit the target at all, and by the end of the day, my shots were consistently in tight group formations. My form was constantly corrected, and fine tuned. The more I learned, the more questions I had, the more I learned. Some of the conversation was about indoor vs outdoor ranges & lipstick (safe outdoors; not recommended indoors),and tools to use to aid in loading bullets into mags without getting callouses or blisters, and without wreaking your manicure, holsters that suit a woman better, that have the gun rest at your hip versus a man's waist. Other topics of conversation included guns and Consitutional law, yoga, posture, breathing, and personal responsibilty for one's safety. We'd have these great talks while we sat at the picnic table and loaded bullets into our magazines for our next rounds of firing.

Lisa Munson gave me some incredible instruction over the unique and customized features of her competition handguns, later in the day, and I had a great point of reference by then, to appreciate the features she specified when she ordered her customized guns.

For the last five years Babes with Bullets (TM) camps have been "SOLD OUT" across the country. They appreciate the continued efforts by many of the L.A. women who have continued to request a camp, however at this time that is not planned until after 2011. To meet their needs they offered a customized 8 hour/one day program, a condensed version of their normal three day camp. It was fun, empowering and very productive. I am signed up for the Babes With Bullets™ three day camp in Arizona in November. To learn more about Babes With Bullets™, and all of their programs, here's a link to their site: Babes With Bullets™

I posted pics of my experience at the one day camp I attended this past Sunday, May 17th on my Facebook page. Our instructor was Lisa Munson, and Debbie Ferns, our director, coach and inspiration. They, and all the assisting staff are all committed to supporting women to become knowledgeable, comfortable, confident and skilled with guns and having fun in the process.

It was a powerful experience. Incredible. I never imagined I could grow and learn so much in one day. Thank you Deb and Lisa and the gang. You're all fantastic! My heart aches for the women in my life, whom I love, for whom I wish they could experience the joy and exhilaration of your course. It is pure love. Hoo-rah!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

My Guest, Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, Gubernatorial Candidate in 2010, & Bold Opponent of Props 1A to 1F: Saturday, May 16th at 11 AM PT

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This Saturday,
CA Insurance Commissioner,& Candidate for Gov in 2010 Steve Poizner has opposed Prop 1A from the start. Governor Schwarzenegger and a coalition of state legislators and union officials on the other hand, have campaigned heavily in favor, resorting to scaring voters with the threat of cuts to emergency and basic services if 1A goes down. The propositions look like they will lose. If they do, what happens next?

Already, in the legislature, a Democratic State Senator and the new leader for the Republican Assembly caucus have now both submitted bills calling for a Constitutional Convention. The Democrat wants to do away with the 2/3rds votes required for raising taxes and restrict the use of the citizen's initiative process. the Rep says he wants to "fix" the "structural" problems with CA's budget. Let's talk with Steve Poizner about his experience before, and then in office as Insurance Commissioner and what he sees as the way to reform CA's budget and restore our once thriving economy.

Also, Jim Babka, President of Downsize DC Foundation & DownsizeDC.org,Inc. joins us. Their mission is simple: Big government harms you, hurts your family, damages your industry, and destroys your community -- it even kills people. We must Downsize DC for Human Progress. He'll talk about DC's recent maneuvers on the banks, the auto industry, and healthcare, as well as a strategy to push back.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

May election more of an IQ test: Voters can pass the test by voting no on everything.

Sunday, May 10, 2009
Steven Greenhut
Sr. editorial writer and columnist
The Orange County Register

Don't think of the May 19 ballot as a special election so much as an IQ test.

California voters are being asked to approve six budget "reforms" that will supposedly fix the state's massive budget deficit and keep politicians from digging a big hole in the future. The titles and verbiage for each one are rather complex, but it's not any test of intelligence to figure out what the measures really mean. The politicians who drafted them – or at least who hired the lawyers who drafted them – don't really know how they will play out, and I doubt any legislator or the governor has more than a passing knowledge of the details contained within 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E or 1F. How can an average voter be expected to do any better?
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Sunday, May 10, 2009

California finance system suffers from unintended consequences

by Dan Walters, SacBee, 5-5-2009
Redevelopment agencies are authorized, under a constitutional amendment approved by voters in 1952 and subsequent legislation, to retain the additional property taxes that are generated by their projects, which generally involve repackaging supposedly "blighted" urban land for developers, often with lavish subsidies.

At that time, nearly 60 years ago, local governments and school boards had the power to set property tax rates, so when redevelopment agencies kept property taxes, there was no net impact on other local government agencies.

However, in 1978, voters adopted Proposition 13, which put a hard cap on property taxes, so revenues retained by redevelopment agencies were lost to other governments. And 10 years later, voters adopted Proposition 98, which set minimum support levels for schools and, among other things, required the state to make up any gap between those levels and local property taxes.

The net effect of those three decrees is that redevelopment agencies annually retain some $4 billion in property taxes, about $2 billion of which the state must repay to schools. Counties or other local governments must eat the other $2 billion.

Read the article here

To understand Redevelopment check out Redevelopment--The Unknown Government It's a short easy way to learn about and to unravel the myth of economic development and to see how taxpayer funds are transferred to the well connected, courtesy of willing members among our privelidged political class.

This is a great version of The Who performing Won't Get Fooled Again--


A Special edition of The Classic Final Scene from the Kids are Aliright.
I love it when he screams a mother of a scream, right at 7:50 minutes, right before he sings "Meet the new boss! Same as the old boss!" So spot on!

A Constitutional Convention opens a Pandora's Box and will not serve the people. It's a great Constitution. The Problem is our elected Officials.

Read the story about Blakeslee's first moves as the new Republican Assembly Minority Leader

Read the bill the new Republican Assembly Leader,Sam Blakeslee,introduced his first day as leader here.

Back on December 8, 2008, Steve Harmon wrote in the Oakland Tribune, about Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, as well as Assemblyman Blakeslee, both being proponents of a Constitutional Convention. Harmon reported DeSaulnier's resolution, "SCR 3, is open-ended and vague -- calling for a constitutional convention without specifying what it is he wants to reform -- leaving enough room for all factions to weigh in. A constitutional convention can address the whole constitution or parts of it, depending on the political will of delegates chosen to fix the core laws and principles that guide the state." He argues,"there are a handful of critical areas that need to be addressed to improve government, including the way the state finances public services and how taxes are raised. He also said he would like to reform the initiative process, which he compared to the Winchester House, 'where you're adding rooms, but there are no connecting hallways.'"

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I hear a lot of Republicans lament how they are treated so unfairly by John and Ken of KFI. How John and Ken only pick on them, when it's the Democrats who should be on the hot seat, for being the "real" problem. John and Ken will often say how the Dems are hopeless. They know the Dems are dominated by the Environmentalists Lobby, the Public Employee Unions, and the Teachers' Union, and the morjority of other Democrats who are hacks who spend with impunity and never feel they've taxed us enough.

John and Ken go after Republicans because Republicans run on "no more taxes," "we pay too much in taxes already," and for fiscal responsibility, and for being pro small business and concerned about jobs and the middle class. It makes John and Ken furious to be betrayed, lied to, their principles abandoned, when Republicans act to protect their own personal seats and to get along with the Democrats! Somebody has to hold the Republican elected officials accountable. Whatever leverage Republicans have left, they should use it with courage, to fight back, to hold the line, and even if they lose their seats in the process, which would not happen for standing up boldly for principle, they would be doing what Republican voters elected them to do, to protect the people of CA, our economy and our way of life, so that we can rally back and thrive again as a State with sound fiscal policy and a vibrant economy.

The question now is why did the Republicans elect this guy, Sam Blakeslee to be the new boss to replace the old boss, Mike Villines, who sold us out to the SEIU, the Teacher's Union, the Enviro lobby and the rest of the tax and spenders? Are so many of the Republicans who claim to stand for limited government so weak and meek? Or are they cynical or duplicitous? I can't believe they are all naive, to replace Mike Villines, with whom the Grassroots is furious over Prop 1A, with someone who wants to take us from the intense heat we're in, straight into the fire, by leading us into a situation where our Constitution can easily be stripped of the laws that protect our most fundamental liberties as Californians. California's Constitution is outstanding. The problem is our overspeanding and lack of discipline. Do we have any Republicans with integrity, who believe in the principles they claim to defend and stand for, and who are courageous and willing to stand up for us, even if it means no body in their caucus of fellow Republicans will cease to like them anymore? Are there any warriors for freedom with integrity who are willing to stand up for us? If so, please do so. It's urgent.

Friday, May 8, 2009

The Latin American--myths and realities, politics and policy--My guest is Author-Scholar Alvaro Vargas Llosa, Saturday, May 9th at 11 AM PT

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My guest this Saturday is Alvaro Vargas Llosa, Senior Fellow with The Independent Institute, and author of the Guide to the Perfect Latin American Idiot, which he co-authored with fellow freedom and liberty activists Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza of Peru, and Carlos Alberto Montaner, dissident of Cuba, and the book titled THE CHE GUEVARA MYTH And the Future of Liberty.

He is also the host of a four part National Geographic documentary series titled Consequencias: Latin America Uncovered.

Last month, in Trinidad, Hugo Chavez gave President Obama a copy of a book called "Open Veins of Latin America." Mary Anastasia O'Grady wrote about this in a WSJ op-ed. She noted that the next week, the English version of the book shot to the number two slot on the Amazon.com best seller list.
O'Grady also noted that in Latin America, "Open Veins" is a well-known rant by Uruguayan Marxist Eduardo Galeano, widely regarded in free market circles as the idiot's bible."
It was coined with that moniker in the 1996 best seller, "The Manual of the Perfect Latin American Idiot."
We'll talk with Llosa about the book Chavez gave to Obama; and that gesture's meaning, and significance.
We'll also talk about our modern political lexicon and Latin Americans. Many in the U.S. who struggle for, and are dedicated to freedom and liberty, speak in terms of Left versus Right, of Liberal versus Conservative? Yet many voters who share an innate affinity to the principles of liberty and freedom reject the labels of being Right, or Conservative. Proponents of liberty are a declining influence in U.S. government's political economic policies. Many believe the Hispanic vote is hopelessly to the Left as a voting block. Can this breakdown be reversed? How?

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Saturday, May 2, 2009

What's the Flat Tax? Is it even possible? Join me and my guest, John Hanson, Saturday, May 2nd at 11 AM PT

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If you’re out on the campaign trail these days, it’s hard to miss the sea of professionals who live on the dole, under the guise of being non profits and or government employees or public employee union officials or employees of massive corporations with “Private-Public Partnerships” that are heavily subsidized by our tax dollars. In these public meeting events, it’s difficult to make your way around a room, to talk to individuals without repeatedly coming face to face with this privileged class of person, if you talk about your spirit and drive and motivation for liberty and strength to the middle class, the entrepreneurs, the free market, and capitalism, all of a sudden, smiles disappear, and you get pinched face stares and glares, and suddenly awkward moments of silence, or smarmy criticism inferring I am callous, insensitive and selfish.

It’s easy to become discouraged, and to feel it’s a tide so big, it’s hopeless to try to stem it, and so that’s why I’m here. Buck up and join me. Freedom rocks!

This Saturday, May 02, 2009, I’m joined by John Hanson, publisher of ZAP the IRS, RepealIncomeTax.com and the National Day of Mourning, on July 12, 2009, to mourn the day, in unity, when the 16th Amendment became law, and the road to serfdom in the U.S. was set in motion.
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March for Freedom: July 12, A National Day of Mourning, Chief Organizer, John Hanson joins me today, on 1460 AM KION and CRNtalk.com at 11 AM PT

ZAP'S NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING
John Hanson
Published 03/31/2009 - 6:32 p.m. CST

Zap the IRS declared on March 15th a national day of mourning to mark the centennial of one of the saddest days in American history! On July 12th, 1909, the 61st Congress passed and submitted for ratification to the then 48 States an amendment that would empower the government to directly tax income from any source without apportionment by population. A day that will live in infamy!

What a paradigm shift the 16th Amendment initiated. It began (as our forefathers predicted it would) the demise of our American way of life. The earth must have shook as they spun around in their graves at this change to the Constitution they had so carefully and wisely crafted. They had designed it to reward hard work, saving, and investment and protect the fruits of a free market republic from a self-serving Government. Now the government of the people, by the people, and for the people they had risked their lives and fortunes to establish would shift to being one of the Congress, by the Congress, and for the Congress. Congress has come a long way, Baby! And a wrong way. The way to socialism.
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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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