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Friday, September 25, 2009

Andrew Coulson on how to cause great education models to proliferate like ipods and FB & Eric Singer of Congressional Effect Funds: Sat. Sept. 26, 09



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On the program, Andrew Coulson was an advisor on Flunked and appeared on camera along with Ben Chavis of American Indian Public Charter School of Oakland. We’ll talk about the stories and evidence that it was based on and what they can tell us about American education.

Specifically, we will talk about excellence in k-12 schooling (for example, Ben’s success, but also other examples like KIPP), and why they don’t catch on like wildfire and spread throughout the whole country the way that Starbucks, iPods, Facebook, etc. all did. In every other field, excellence routinely scales up massively, but not in education. Why?
Mr. Coulson will touch on the story of Jaime Escalante, too, the teacher whose success teaching poor Hispanic kids in East L.A. was dramatized in the movie Stand and Deliver. It shows what happens to excellence in the public school system. In the end, it usually gets crushed.

So if we want every kid to have access to the best teaching methods and materials, how do we structure schooling like other fields where excellence is more contagious than H1N1?

Eric Singer, founder and Principal of Congressional Effect Fund, joins us once again with more of his brilliant analysis between what Congress does and the impact it has on our economy, prosperity and opportunity. He’ll talk about his op-ed, Filibuster-Proof Government Bad For America.
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, Channel 1

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Rules for Radical's is All About Limited government = Power to the People, to Exercise Freedom and Have Human Dignity!

The Night They Raided Alinsky’s
Written by Ralph Benko on September 22, 2009

In the end he [the organizer] has one conviction–a belief that if people have the power to act, in the long run they will, most of the time, reach the right decisions. The alternative to this would be rule by the elite–either a dictatorship or some form of a political aristocracy.

Believing in people, the radical has the job of organizing them so they will have the power and opportunity to best meet each unforeseeable future crisis as they move ahead in their eternal search for those values of equality, justice, freedom, peace, a deep concern for the preciousness of human life, and all those rights and values propounded by Judaeo-Christianity and the democratic political tradition.”

— Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals, 1971, Vintage Books edition, 1989, pp. 11-12

There’s been an interesting and, and to the Left, deeply dispiriting overturning of an icon.

Perhaps the most iconic manual for community organizing and general taking on The Man is Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. Published in 1971, shortly before Alinksy’s death, it’s subtitled “A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals.”

Two weeks ago, Washington Examiner columnist Marta Mossburg wrote a gem of a column entitled Why Democrats lost the health care debate.

It begins: Click here to read the rest


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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Taxes, Depression, and Our Current Troubles: Tariffs, rising state and federal taxes, and currency devaluation ruined the 1930s and they could do...

...the same today.

By ARTHUR B. LAFFER

The 1930s has become the sole object lesson for today's monetary policy. Over the past 12 months, the Federal Reserve has increased the monetary base (bank reserves plus currency in circulation) by well over 100%. While currency in circulation has grown slightly, there's been an impressive 17-fold increase in bank reserves. The federal-funds target rate now stands at an all-time low range of zero to 25 basis points, with the 91-day Treasury bill yield equally low. All this has been done to avoid a liquidity crisis and a repeat of the mistakes that led to the Great Depression.

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Friday, September 18, 2009

If you read, write, & count you can move mountains. Knowledge is power. Derrell Bradford & Jack Dean want you to have it & be free: Sat. Sept.19, 09



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On the program, Derrell Bradford deputy director of Excellent Education for Everyone E3, a school-choice advocacy group co-founded by Newark Mayor Cory Booker, joins us to talk About our Children, a live televised star studded panel event happening Sunday at Howard University.
Paul Rodriguez, comedian and civic and education activist, also on the panel on Sunday, may drop in with Derrell and I, if his flight is on time. He's been fighting to save the farmers, and farm workers and their families in California's Central Valley too so he's travelling from CA to DC.
The live event on Sunday Focuses on the Faces of Poverty and Education as a Pathway to Achieving the American Dream. It features Bill Cosby. The other star panelists are Dr. Ben Chavis, former principal of American Indian Public Charter School and author of the new released book "Crazy Like a Fox: One Principal's Triumph in the Inner City," Dr. Daniel Amen, founder of the Amen Clinics; Ben Austin, executive director of the Los Angeles based Parents Union; " Dr. Alvin Poussaint, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School; and Randi Weingarten, former president of the United Federation of Teachers. I said it last week, and I'll keep saying it: When and if conservatives pointedly, intentionally, and substantively take on the Cartel of public education, whoa! The political playing field will be transformed! The jig will be up! Let's do it. Start by tuning into my show, and watch the live event on Sunday. You can participate live on both programs.

Jack Dean, the big taxpayer's hero, editor and publisher of Pension Tsunami, and founding board member of California Pension Reform, has a lot to talk about with us. We'll get an update on the ever expanding list of Calpers and CALstrs $100,000 Pension Clubs--Calpers' own actuary says the system is not sustainable.
We'll talk with Jack about Southern CA's Metropolitan Water District's (MWD) failed attempt (this time) to give its employees a 25% pension boost. Angry voters stopped them this past Wednesday, for now,but it's not over; they're coming back around in October, so be ready.
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, Channel 1

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Acorn Runs Off the Rails: 'We're just community organizers, just like the president used to be.'

By JOHN FUND

On Monday, the U.S. Senate voted 83-7 to strip Acorn, the premier community organizing group on the left, of more than $1.6 million in federal housing money meant to assist low-income people obtain loans and prepare tax forms. This dramatic step followed last Friday's decision by the U.S. Census Bureau to sever its ties with the organization, one of several community groups it was partnering with to conduct the nation's head count.

Both of these actions came after secretly recorded videos involving employees in Acorn's Brooklyn, N.Y., Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Md. and San Bernardino, Calif. offices were televised on Fox News. The videos were recorded by two independent filmmakers who posed as a prostitute and a pimp and said they were planning to import underage women from El Salvador for the sex trade. They asked for and received advice on getting a housing loan and evading federal taxes.
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The GOP, C'est Moi : Now President Bush tells us.

By JOHN FUND

It's fair to say that President Bush left office having disappointed many conservatives, despite his success at keeping the American homeland free from terrorist attack for seven years after 9/11.

But conservatives now have a partial explanation for why Mr. Bush caved so frequently on issues ranging from spending to massive bailouts of entities such as General Motors. He didn't consider himself that much of a conservative, at least in the movement sense.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

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"About Our Children..." a live event: Bill Cosby, & several panelists will discuss poverty in America, focusing on parenting, education & healthcare


Flunked: Ben takes on CA Teachers Union, "I'm culturally offensive?!" An excerpt from the special features of the award winning educational documentary, "Flunked" featuring Dr. Ben Chavis talking about his fight with the California Teacher's Union.
On Sunday, Sept 20th,Dr. Chavis is one of the panelists at "About Our Children..." a live event featuring Bill Cosby, and moderated by IWF president and CEO and MSNBC political analyst Michelle D. Bernard, at 7-9 p.m ET.

Live from Howard University's Ira Aldridge Theater and telecast on MSNBC, Cosby and several panelists will discuss poverty in America, focusing on the parenting, education, and health issues facing the poor in the United States.
If you want to submit a question for the panel, send your questions before or during the program, to info@aboutourchildren.org or Tweet your hopes and dreams for our children's future to @MichelleBernard
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Dear Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Hoyer: Remove Charlie Rangel as Chairman of Ways and Means now

Dear Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Hoyer:
On September 15th, you and your fellow House Democrat leaders decided to punish Rep. Joe Wilson (RSC)for having called President Obama a liar during the President’s most recent address to a joint session. The vote was 240-179.
While many of us believe your decision is both unwise and unwarranted, it’s your House, so how you intend to remain the master of it is certainly within your purview.
Might I suggest, however, that you extend your new-found vigilance to include the egregious transgressions of one of your most notoriously malfeasant colleagues of all, one Charles Rangel (D-NY)by name?
(More specifically, click here

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

$10 billion provision tucked deep in health care overhaul bill would go to UAW retirees

Detroit Free Press
Aug. 24, 2009
$10B aimed at union retirees
Provision called welfare by some, not enough by others
BY JUSTIN HYDE and TODD SPANGLER
FREE PRESS WASHINGTON STAFF
WASHINGTON -- Antilabor forces say it's welfare for the UAW and Democrats' union allies. Labor supporters say it falls short of what's needed as tens of thousands of union members are pushed into early retirement as employers cut back health care coverage.
They're both talking about a $10-billion provision tucked deep inside thousands of pages of health care overhaul bills that could help the UAW's retiree health-care plan and other union-backed plans.
It would see the government -- at least temporarily -- pay 80 cents on the dollar to corporate and union insurance plans for claims between $15,000 and $90,000 for retirees age 55 to 64.Read on

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Congratulations. You're about to own $100 billion a year in student loans--you thought it was all about the Stimulus and Health Care...

The Quietest Trillion
The Wall Street Journal
September 12, 2009
Congratulations. You're about to own $100 billion a year in student loans.
The furor over President Obama's trillion-dollar restructuring of American health care has left his other trillion-dollar plan starved for attention. That's how much the federal balance sheet will expand over the next decade if Mr. Obama can convince Congress to approve his pending takeover of the student-loan market.Click here to continue


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Friday, September 11, 2009

The Key to Win an Army of Allies, The Souls of Two Cultures Embodied in One Legend, The Insatiable Parasite’s Reach for Yet More: Sat. Sept.12, 09



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People all over the country come together today, to stop the massive expansion, the runaway train, of BIG GOVERNMENT, from Washington D.C. to your local city and town, across the nation. Bravo!
On the program, Bob Bowdon, Director of the powerful film, The Cartel, takes a break from the set of a shoot for the satire news website, The Onion, to talk with us, about his new film, (not a satire), and the real outrage over Obama's speech to children in public schools across the land this past Tuesday. A WSJ editorial called it a missed opportunity for conservatives, who were reduced to looking foolish for their complaints about Obama's address to the kids. When and if conservatives pointedly, intentionally, and substantively take on the Cartel of public education, whoa! The political playing field will be transformed! The jig will be up! Let's do it. Start by tuning in, and checking out this film.

Film star & Santa Ana, CA lawyer, Jess Araujos, drops by to invite everyone in Southern California, this Saturday, to the premiere of the indy movie, The Cowboy’s Tragedy La Trajeria del Vaquero. He plays the town Sheriff, in the film, and accepted the role because it "depicts some of the most nobel and admirable qualities of the people of rural Mexico. Using the law to achieve justice is something that has been my profession and my life for over thirty years and town Sheriff was a natural fit for me" said Araujo. Conservatives and limited government activists, share a powerful connection, inherent in traditional Mexican culture depicted in this film; here's a window into that perspective and understanding.
The legend and spirit of the Cowboy, is deep with in them, with in us, forever and always. It's a connection of our souls that is inextricable.

Jack Dean, big taxpayer's hero, editor and publisher of Pension Tsunami , and founding board member of California Pension Reform, he has lots to talk about with us. We'll get an update on the lists of Calpers and CALstrs $100,000 Pension Clubs--Calpers' own actuary says the system is not sustainable.
He'll also talk about Southern CA's Metropolitan Water District's (MWD) vote next week to give its employees a 25% pension boost. If you live in So Cal, YOU're the sucker who will pay the tab. Better stop them now, or switch to sponge baths and cactus and rock landscapes for your yards. The fee hikes will blow your mind, and blow up your budget.
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, Channel 1

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A Real Education Outrage: Protesting parents ignored by the media.

When and if conservatives pointedly, intentionally, and substantively take on the Cartel of public education, whoa! The political playing field will be transformed! The jig will be up!
WSJ Editorial
President Obama's speech to students this week got plenty of attention, and many conservatives looked foolish by fretting about "indoctrination." They would have done far more good joining those who protested on Tuesday against the President's decision to shut down a school voucher program for 1,700 low-income kids in Washington, D.C. click here to read more


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Monday, September 7, 2009

A Gem: Robert Woodson tells his story from left leaning Civil Rights Leader to becoming a Conservative & transforming lives in the inner cities

On August 28th,Robert Woodson, Founder and President of the National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise— gives a riveting presentation at the Steamboat Institute Conference in Steamboat, Colorado, and presented on C-SPAN this weekend, of what conservatism means to him and the work his organization accomplishes, and how the Republican Party's principles offer hope and promise for the black [and Hispanic--my summation] voter if Republicans boldly stand up for the principles of individual liberty, free enterprise, entrepreneurship with a moral and ethical imperative. He tells of the successful and loyal examples of libertarian Clint Bolick, and of Republicans Jack Kemp and Ronald Reagan, and he points out how the Republican Party has lost ground and will continue to do so, until it's leaders stop validating the 'clowns' and the leftist ethnic minority organizations while abandoning loyal and conservative minority leaders who have supported Republicans;they must act with integrity toward minority leaders who have supported them faithfully. A very powerful presentation. Click here to watch the C-SPAN Library Video.
Here's a pull quote under 3 minutes long, from the presentation. During Q and A, in response to a question, he indicts Republican leaders who continue to legitimize and validate the Al Sharptons and Jesse Jacksons..., and other clowns and turn their backs on conservative minorities who support them to get elected.


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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Warning: The Deficits Are Coming! The former head of the Government Accountability Office is on a crusade to alert taxpayers to their true obligations

By JOHN FUND

Washington, D.C.

David Walker sounds like a modern-day Paul Revere as he warns about the country's perilous future. "We suffer from a fiscal cancer," he tells a meeting of the National Taxpayers Union, the nation's oldest anti-tax lobby. "Our off balance sheet obligations associated with Social Security and Medicare put us in a $56 trillion financial hole—and that's before the recession was officially declared last year. America now owes more than Americans are worth—and the gap is growing!"

His audience sits in rapt attention. A few years ago these antitax activists would have been polite but a tad restless listening to the former head of the Government Accountability Office, the nation's auditor-in-chief. Higher taxes is what hikes their blood pressure the most, but the profligate spending of the Bush and Obama administrations has put them in a mood to listen to this green-eyeshade Cassandra. "He's so unlike most politicians," says Sharron Angle, a former state legislator from Nevada, "his message is clear, detailed and with no varnish."
"We have four deficits: a budget deficit, a savings deficit, a value-of-the-dollar deficit and a leadership deficit," he tells one group. "We are treating the symptoms of those deficits, but not the disease."
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Friday, September 4, 2009

Legislative Policy Drives Economic Returns and Politics Drive Voters: Tom Del Beccaro, Antonio Gonzales and Eric Singer Shake it Up Sat., Sept.9, 09

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This Saturday on the program Eric Singer
plays the market based on Govt policy and the impact it will have on business, and he wins, with a formidable track record. His two latest op-eds, published in Investor's Business Daily, present his analysis of the Cash for Clunkers and the Health Care Plan. We'll get a quick update from Eric on the status of the Health Care Plan.

We'll talk with Antonio Gonzales, President of Southwest Voter Registration Education Project SVREP, and the Willie C. Velasquez Institute WCVI, about his support for the Mayor of L.A.'s recent successful campaign to make 200 failing public schools and 50 new schools open to private charter school companies' control.
The State Dept, after Zelaya's recent meeting with Secretary Clinton, has cut aid to Honduras, to further pressure the Honduran Govt to reinstate ousted Manuel Zelaya, but Gonzales says that Obama needs to do more.
We'll also talk about SVREP's efforts to mobilize around what he says is a viable opportunity for Democrats to wrest control of the Texas State Legislature from Republicans, and the area where he sees the new potential is in Dallas and Houston (to see the article you have to go to Rio Grande Guardian Newspaper and do a search for: Famed Latino group gears up to influence 2011 redistricting process).

Tom Del Beccaro, Vice Chair of the CA GOP, and publisher of Political Vanguard.com joins us to talk about the upcoming battle at the CA GOP Convention, over Decline to State DTS voters v. Republicans only, in the CA State GOP Primary elections. Also, he says the CA GOP should go after minority and women voters by emulating the Florida model--He knows Latina small business owners are a natural and the fastest growing constituency, but they vote predominantly Democrat. Can the GOP win their vote? Can they attract enough minority voters to gain a foothold in CA, to advance pro-small business/jobs, pro-owner, lower taxes, and pro-limited government policies?

The lines are open. I hope you will put us on your calandar and join us for hot talk radio, Saturday at 10AM PT on CRN, Channel 1 CRNTalk.com.

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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

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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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