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Friday, June 26, 2009

Be Inspired, enthralled, and entertained. Join me & my guest, Jack Dean, Saturday at 11 AM to Noon on CRN Digital Talk Radio

This Saturday, Jack Dean of Pension Tsunami Blog joins me. He's great entertainment, witty, sharp, and dangerously knowledgeable. We'll talk about the major stories that broke this week, and which got eclipsed in the media by the three huge celebrity deaths and the media frenzy that ensued.
Despite the fiscal trajectory we're on, taxpayers are paying attention, are fed-up, and a ground swell, at the grassroots level, is pushing back and causing measurable results. Jack will make you wince, laugh, and hopefully inspire you to join a viable and exciting movement.
On June 24th, Pension Tsunami reported A good day today for California's pension reform movement. Keith Richman and the work of the California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility CFFR were profiled in the Wall Street Journal, Marcia Fritz appeared on not just one but two Fox TV shows, and the Los Angeles Times carried an article about Ventura County considering a ballot initiative that would require voter approval to increase pensions or benefits (similar to Orange County's successful Measure J). This was very exciting news!!! Tune in. You gotta hear it as only Jack can tell it.
Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson, celebrity icons whose stars once burned bright in past decades--their passing gave many pause and escape, as we waxed nostalgic over where we were during those days when they were at the top of their game, and we were younger.
But Iran's people fight with their lives, nuclear proliferation is at stake, and they need the world to bear witness to their noble and courageous stand for freedom and regime change.
WSJ reports on three states which are the leaders of progressive politics and policies and which sit on the brink of bankruptcy. Their example shows the nation what is sure to follow the Obama administration's current path for national political economic policy.
A full court press is in motion now, to nationalize health care and to pass the Cap and Trade bill, sold as an urgent necessity to "save the planet." DownsizeDC.org says it clearly: "The politicians seem to be unifying around "cap and trade" as a way to cut CO2 emissions. If they take this step it may be the largest increase in the size, scope, and intrusiveness of government since the creation of Medicare. Worse still, it may not even achieve its purpose. Please tell Congress to oppose "cap and trade."

If Spain's reported tale is true, green jobs put us in red

Thursday, June 25, 2009
By George F. Will

The Spanish professor is puzzled. Why, Gabriel Calzada wonders, is the U.S. president recommending that America emulate the Spanish model for creating "green jobs" in "alternative energy" even though Spain's unemployment rate is 18.1 percent - more than double the European Union average - partly because of spending on such jobs?

Calzada, 36, an economics professor at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, has produced a report that, if true, is inconvenient for the Obama administration's green agenda, and for some budget assumptions that are dependent upon it.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Dodge facts, skip details, govern Chicago-style | Washington Examiner

"I consider Michael Barone to be one of the most astute political analysts in the U.S. Here are his Three Rules of Obama." Manny Klausner

Dodge facts, skip details, govern Chicago-style Washington Examiner
By: Michael Barone
Senior Political Analyst

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Nobility of the Human Spirit & the Power of Freedom, and Your Health Care and the Power to Choose: Sat. June 20, 2009

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This Saturday, Thor Halvorssen, human rights advocate, film producer and pro-democracy advocate, he founded the Human Rights Foundation in the spring of 2005. The New York Times described Halvorssen in an August 2007 profile as a maverick "who champions the underdog and the powerless." He'll talk with us about the recent Oslo Freedom Forum, and we'll ask him about Iran and his home country, Venezuela.
Greg Scandlen, Founder and Director of Consumers for Health Care Choices on Obama's Health Care plan and you. What's the plan? What will it cost? What would it mean for quality and availability? Would we have a choice? Join us for hot talk Saturday at 11 PDT

Budget Bully: Union Official Threatens Lawmakers | Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Budget Bully: Union Official Threatens Lawmakers | Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Think twice about fooling with the California constitution: Some powerful players want to overhaul the California constitution.

What could go wrong with that?
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Steven Greenhut
Sr. editorial writer and columnist with The Orange County Register
Below is an excerpt of this excellent article:
(To read the full article, click here)

"A California constitutional convention would involve about 400 delegates, including people selected at random (like for jury duty) and perhaps including dozens of elected officials. They would propose ideas, hash them out in committees and create a document that revised the state's enormously long, two-volume constitution. Those changes would then go to the state's voters for approval or rejection.
It sounds like fun, at least for reporters and civics teachers, but this is a nightmare waiting to happen. Other states have done this. Hawaii, for instance, in 1978 created a new constitution that sensibly required term limits and balanced budgets, but it also created an Office of Hawaiian Affairs that has pushed much of the noxious race-based legislation that has plagued that island state for three decades.
That's the problem. We would get good and bad, just like we have now. Given the political complexion of this state, it's hard to imagine that a majority of delegates would yield anything better than we have now, and chances are we would end up with something much worse – such as a new budget process that makes it easier to raise taxes."

Friday, June 12, 2009

A Charter School Model That Produces Extraordinary Results--Meet one of them. Also, Immigration Policy for Liberty: Sat. June 13, 2009

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This Saturday, my guest is Karely Ordaz, a recent graduate of American Indian Public High School of Oakland, CA, and a graduate of Oakland Charter Academy, a sister school of American Indian Public Middle School. Karely is 18 years old, an immigrant from Mexico, and is going to Berkeley in the fall. She will share with us her experience, before and after her middle school was transformed into one of the top performing middle schools in CA, and how she transformed from being on a path of rebelion and victimhood to one of leadership and achievement. Her experience demonstrates it's not money that generates excellence.
The poorest, from the most underprivileged backgrounds can achieve greatness, academically, intellectually, physically, as a rule, not the exception! It's a simple and cost effective anecdote to typical public school structure and curriculum in poor inner-city schools in CA.
Ty Greaves, President of the CA Republican Assembly Chapter of San Jose, joins me to talk about a new presentation he put together on the subject of Immigration. Ty's point of view was recently challenged in part by the new book by Jason Riley of the WSJ, called "Let Them In--The Case for Open Borders." Now Ty challenges prevailing beliefs about immigration and where the GOP should stand.
He believes that conventional thinking on immigration by conservatives is inconsistent with Republican Values, is wrong on the facts, and alienates Mexican immigrants who might otherwise join us, thus making it more difficult for the GOP to win and lead. In conventional conservative circles today, this is heresy.
Basic to his argument, Ty assumes that legal immigration is not an issue among Republicans and that Republicans are people of reason and are passionate in their commitment to free people, minds and markets, Judeo-Christian principles, strong families, decentralized government, and equal opportunity. But US Immigration policy is a barrier to our beliefs. Join us for hot talk Saturday at 11 PDT.

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Friday, June 5, 2009

A Voice of Immigration Sanity Lost: Adios Amigo, Hermano, Richard Nadler

(in the middle in this photo, flanked my me, and Steven Greenhut)
From the WSJ's Political Diary, 6-5-2009
One Less Guide Out of the GOP's Wilderness
Richard Nadler, head of the think tank Americas Majority and one of the keenest observers of minority politics in the conservative movement, passed away suddenly at his Overland Park, Kansas home last Saturday. He was only 60 years old.
Nadler had an amazing career. He dropped out of high school, became a successful jazz musician touring with a black ensemble, and eventually dropped his socialist views for conservatism. His major work was motivated by his discovery during the time he spent with both blacks and Hispanics that they held many essentially conservative views, but that Republicans had failed miserably to reach them.
He assembled comprehensive political databases that helped show a key reason John McCain last year underperformed George W. Bush's showing among Hispanics by 13%. He found that many Hispanic voters, the fastest-growing part of the electorate, were alienated by the "enforcement only" approach that many conservatives adopted towards illegal immigration. "They will support border enforcement but not if it means massive deportations and no legal way that the seven million people now working here can stay," he told me.
He noted that the country's 30 million Hispanics are linked to illegal aliens through ties of family, church, culture and a common broadcast media. The Pew Hispanic Center notes that 41% of America's Hispanic citizens fear a deportation action against a friend or family member. "To the extent that Republicans don't come up with a guest-worker program that helps reduce the flow of undocumented workers, they commit themselves to navigate a population minefield -- one whose volatility will inevitably increase with the natural migrations of Latino legal citizens who can and do vote."
Accolades for Nadler are coming in from many quarters. "He was one of the most brilliant men I ever met," says Ramesh Ponnuru of National Review, who cheerfully disagreed with some of Nadler's analysis. "One of the few grown-ups one meets in politics," says Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform. "He knew it was important to both get your political goals correct -- what are you trying to do -- and to know how to get there."
At a time when conservatives seem as much at sea as ever on how to handle immigration issues, Nadler's voice will be missed.
-- John Fund

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Do Budget Cuts to CA Public Schools Spell Disaster? It's Not the Money! What About Iran's Nukes? DeNukeIran.com's Idea, Saturday, June 6, 2009

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This Saturday,
My guest, Ben Chavis, and the schools he has founded, including American Indian School of Oakland, CA, demonstrate it's not money that generates excellence. The poorest, from the most underpriveleged backgrounds achieve greatness, academically, intellectually, physically, as a rule, not the exception! It's simple and cost effective, perfect answer to budget cuts, and the kids love it!
Among the thousands of public schools in California, only four middle schools and three high schools score higher. None of them serves mostly underprivileged children.
At American Indian, the largest ethnic group is Asian, followed by Latinos and African Americans. Some of the schools' critics contend that high-scoring Asian Americans are driving the test scores, but blacks and Latinos do roughly as well -- in fact, better on some tests.
That makes American Indian a rarity in American education, defying the axiom that poor black and Latino children will lag behind others in school. Mitchell Landsberg, L.A. Times May 31, 2009
98% of American Indian School's students are below poverty level. The top four schools that beat American Indian are in Fremont, Cupertino, and Lodi. Their percentage of students in poverty are 3%, 3%, 22% and 2%. How is this possible?
Ben Chavis wants to empower families all over CA to bring forth the same paradigm for success to their communities. He'll tell us how he does it, and how you, too, can make it happen.
Michael Fenenbock and Daphne Weisbart, creative, accomplished, politically savvy, producers and founders of Max Films, talk with us about their internet campaign to DeNuke Iran.
Ramin Akhbari, Iranian-American who migrated from Iran, as a student, during the 1978-1979 timeframe of the Iranian Revolution, and now a resident of Silicon Valley, joins us in our talk about Iran. Join us for hot talk Saturday at 11 AM, PT

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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


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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