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Monday, November 30, 2009

Guest Hosted on CRN Talk this past Saturday night with Russ Waymire on CA Water Crisis, and Victor Valle on City of Industry: Genealogies of Power

Saturday Night, when I filled in on Nicole Remini's Show, Victor Valle was my special guest, on his new book, City of Industry--Genealogies of Power in Southern CA. Redevelopment looms big in So Cal, and Valle tells the story in way that pulls you in and keeps you riveted.

Russ Weymire, Grower, Farmer, Board Member and co-founder of Families Protecting the Valley, on the water crisis of the Central Valley, the politics, the billions of dollars and bonds voters will vote on next Nov. There is corruption of Bay Area elected officials and they are abetted by the State Legislature in acts that destroy the economy of the Central Valley in the name of a drought, that is hardly a drought, and in the name of protecting an allegedly endangered fish.

Victor Valle, who more than two decades ago, won a Pulitzer-Prize for his journalism as an investigative reporter, is currently a Professor of Ethnic Studies at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, talks about the movers and shakers, the agents of Redevelopment, who amass power and fortune in partnership between state and local government officials, and the well connected, privileged developers who lord over Southern California. The book, City of Industry--Genealogies of Power in Southern California is a product of his rich, revealing historical investigative research and reporting. It's a who's who of power, land deals, and Redevelopment from the 20s to the present, delivered with the flavor of film and story of the movie, Chinatown and the old Film Noirs of the 30s and 40s.
Click here to go to my mp3/podcast of Saturday night's show in three segments
Dec 8, 2009, Victor Valle will be at Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena,CA, at 7 pm, for a book signing.
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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Two Articles Sent by Fellow Blogger Manny Klausner, Which Intersect on Obama's Damaged Political Capital & Amateur Iconic Image Taking Hold

Why the Greg Craig debacle matters
By: Elizabeth Drew
November 19, 2009 11:58 AM EST

President Barack Obama is returning from his trek to Asia Thursday to a capital that is a considerably more dangerous place for him than when he departed.

While he was abroad, there was a palpable sense at home of something gone wrong. A critical mass of influential people who once held big hopes for his presidency began to wonder whether they had misjudged the man. Most significant, these doubters now find themselves with a new reluctance to defend Obama at a phase of his presidency when he needs defenders more urgently than ever.

This is the price Obama has paid with his complicity and most likely his active participation, in the shabbiest episode of his presidency: The firing by leaks of White House counsel Gregory Craig, a well-respected Washington veteran and influential early supporter of Obama.
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He Can't Take Another Bow
An icon of a White House that is coming to seem amateurish.

This week, two points in an emerging pointillist picture of a White House leaking support—not the support of voters, though polls there show steady decline, but in two core constituencies, Washington's Democratic-journalistic establishment, and what might still be called the foreign-policy establishment.

From journalist Elizabeth Drew, a veteran and often sympathetic chronicler of Democratic figures, a fiery denunciation of—and warning for—the White House. In a piece in Politico on the firing of White House counsel Greg Craig, Ms. Drew reports that while the president was in Asia last week, "a critical mass of influential people who once held big hopes for his presidency began to wonder whether they had misjudged the man." They once held "an unromantically high opinion of Obama," and were key to his rise, but now they are concluding that the president isn't "the person of integrity and even classiness they had thought."

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Wishful Thinking? Climategate e-mails sweep America, may scuttle Barack Obama's Cap and Trade laws

By Gerald Warner Nov 26, 09
Just a few considerations in addition to previous remarks about the explosion of the East Anglia Climategate e-mails in America. The reaction is growing exponentially there. Fox News, Barack Obama’s Nemesis, is now on the case, trampling all over Al Gore’s organic vegetable patch and breaking the White House windows. It has extracted some of the juiciest quotes from the e-mails and displayed them on-screen, with commentaries. Joe Public, coast-to-coast, now knows, thanks to the clowns at East Anglia’s CRU, just how royally he has been screwed.

Senator James Inhofe’s Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works has written to all the relevant US Government agencies, acquainting them with the nature of the e-mails. But the real car crash for Obama is on Capitol Hill where it is now confidently believed his Cap and Trade climate legislation is toast. It was always problematic; but with a growing awakening to the scale of the scientific imposture sweeping the world, as far as the Antipodes, the clever money is on Cap and Trade laws failing to pass, with many legislators sceptical and the mid-term elections looming ever closer.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Wishful Title and a Great Analysis and Report: "California Awakening" by Gino De Carlo, VP of Communication for CA Manufacturing & Tech Association

Mon, November 23rd, 2009

State policymakers are beginning to understand -- or at least face the realities of -- a fundamental reason for California's job loss and now a 3-year $81 billion budget deficit. Basically we pass laws and move on to new ones and call it success. Texas on the other hand -- a state that congregates its legislature in only odd years and requires a 2/3rds majority on every bill -- created 70% of the new jobs in the United States in 2008 and has a $2 billion budget surplus this year. Click here to go to Fox & Hounds Daily to read more.

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The emails that crack open the Conspiracy of the Global Warming Alarmists

The warmist conspiracy: the emails that most damn Jones
Andrew Bolt
Saturday, November 21, 2009
These are the emails that should have Professor Phil Jones most worried about his future.

Jones, head of the CRU unit whose emails were leaked, has been under most fire so far over one email in particular in which he boasted of using a ‘“trick" to “hide the decline” that would have otherwise spoiled his graph showing temperatures soaring ever-upward.

But far more serious – at least in a legal sense – may be his apparent boasting of destroying data to stop sceptics from checking this alarmist work. If, as some emails suggest, he destroyed it to thwart FOI requests from Professor Ross McKitrick and Steve McIntyre, who’d already exposed as fake the Michael Mann “hockey stick”, Jones, one of the most active of the IPCC lead authors, could even face criminal charges.

(Note: in saying that, I should add that these emails may simply be poorly worded, out of context or even altered by the whistleblower who leaked them. Jones may also not knowingly have done anything wrong, and there is no proof that he did anything against the law. UPDATE: Several updates on Jones below, including his “selfish” wish to see global warming “regardless of the consequences” just to be proved right.)

To read more go to: The warmist conspiracy: the emails that most damn Jones
A Few Summaries Of Some ‘CRU Emails’

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Sat Nov 21, 2009: Humor cuts to the chase. Be political activists or have fun with friends? Do both! & Jack Dean on Taming the Pension Tsunami

Join me on the air, Saturday at 10 AM PT on CRN Digital Talk Radio, & on
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Tony Bushala is one of the founders of a gem blog, Friends for Fullerton's Future Blog, a.k.a. FFFFB, an effective local blog and guerilla marketing strategy to whip elected officials honest, slap strays in line, or remove them, and prevent carpetbaggers from swooning in to capitalize on a favorable voter registration base.

It helps to start out with a voter friendly base, but even so, political machines of any party can become compromised and piggy. The City of Fullerton, CA resides in Assembly District 72, in Orange County, CA, with a roughly 43% to 34% Republican over Democrat advantage. It's enough of a lead that party bosses for the dominant party can take their base for granted, grow fat, and abusive of their power.

At the top of their blog their mission statement says it all: Friends for Fullerton's Future supports candidates and causes that promote intelligent, responsible and accountable government in Fullerton and Orange County.

We'll hear about some of their most current successes affecting policy issues, and appointed and elected government officials. What do they do? How do they do it? What does it take? And can you replicate this strategy in your community? You'll love the message and the messenger! The methodology they use is smart, in your face, good old fashion muckraking, hilarious clever humor, strategic cross marketing and low budget strategic advertising. Be inspired! Be empowered! "All politics are local"--Here's how to fight the Machine and be a happy warrior!

Jack Dean, of Pension Tsunami and Californians for Pension Reform joins us to give us an update on the campaign to reign in the runaway train that is the Public Employee Pension Fund Gravy Train.
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 1
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Thursday, November 19, 2009

The 72nd Assembly District Election Highlights Possibility for Restoration for the Soul of the Republican Party

This past Tuesday night, I was in Orange County for the special election to fill the seat vacated by the disgraced, resigned, Republican, Mike Duvall, for the 72nd State Assembly district. Duvall was handpicked by the entrenched ethically bankrupt establishment of the Orange County GOP. The same group that handpicked, Linda Ackerman, whom they thought would be a shoe-in, because she is the wife of former Republican Senate minority leader, Dick Ackerman.

The winner in that race, Chris Norby, born in the City of Fullerton, in the heart of the District, has been a teacher, a City Councilman, a County Supervisor. His politics have earned him a reputation for being a staunch defender and innovative leader for limited government, fiscal responsibility, individual property rights, education reform, and public employee pension reform, all issues that resonate with the independent minded majority of Republicans who live in the strongly Republican District. He speaks to these issues with moral clarity, authority, boldness, conviction and consistency.

Termed out and unable to run for another term as Supervisor, the opening was a natural and timely fit for Norby. Given the sharp rise in the public’s level of awareness of the issues of self-serving government officials and their cronies at all levels of government, and the voters’ mood for revolt against those factions, his chances in such a race were strong from the beginning.

Given that, I was astonished with the tone-deafness of the leadership of the Orange County GOP in this race. How could they misjudge a situation so badly? How could they squander so much political capital right when they’re finally seeing a sliver of opportunity for redemption and restoration, of integrity and credibility with the voters? Why would they be so deaf, dumb and blind to the discernment and consternation of a motivated and engaged electorate? Why didn't they get that the terms have changed. Voters want integrity. They are done with business as usual. They’re not agreeable and easily manipulated by promises, platitudes and posturing, and they’re in no mood to settle for any good ol'boy, or his wife, no matter how popular, how big their titles were, or how many big wigs in the party signed on as endorsers. Lipstick on a pig doesn’t change the fact that the pig is a pig.

The leadership of the State and Local Republican Party fails to recognize the magnitude and implication of the outcome of this little race in heart of Orange County. They are in denial and have yet to admit to any wrong doing. But business as usual for the Orange County GOP is over.

Moving forward, if the pols, consultants and hacks in the party think they’re going to counsel the newcomer, whom they’ll feign to welcome with open arms and caring heart, while they plan his demise and denouement, all the better. It is to the advantage of an advocate with deep convictions for principles of liberty, to be underestimated by his foes.

It is poetic that a revolution with in the party begin from what has for years been referred to as a bastion of Republican Party domination from Behind the Orange Curtain.

The party leadership for years has squandered it’s advantage in Orange County, participating in government abuse of power in Redevelopment, kowtowing to the public employee unions, assigning plum appointments to powerful boards, including water, planning and fair boards, to party loyalists and well connected big financial supporters, skirting adherence to the ethics and principles touted as the platform of the CA GOP.

State Republican Party leaders have been sending out email tooting a come back and turn around, but they hurt the party and themselves by looking the other way while a carpetbagger with a history of supporting policy that runs contrary to the principles the party espouses, tried to take an election from an established, qualified, credentialed and good standing Republican candidate. Ackerman outspent Norby 3 to 1 per vote, yet was trounced, 19.6 % to 37.3%. The voters have spoken. There will be fallout. Heads will roll, and better heads may then prevail. Let the restoration begin.

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Sat Nov 14, 2009: Feel under seige? Don't know how much of your $ "the Man" will let you keep, to get by? Time to Unplug The Political Machine!

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Had enough? There's a new game in town! It's big. In California it's called The Citizen Power Campaign. It's purpose: Unplug the Political Machine! If you're not in CA, listen up, because the political machine that is sucking us dry is well established and expanding where you live too.

Public Employee Unions are now the most powerful special-interest group in Sacramento because they have special powers that no one else has.
Join me with my guest Mark Bucher to discuss what exactly is the problem? And what's the solution?

You want to make a difference, have a purpose, produce measurable results? Make politicians accountable to the voters? Good. Listen up.

Dr Jane Orient, Executive Director for the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons joins us to share the massive amount and type of backlash they are witnessing from doctors against the AMA, for their endorsement of the Health Care Bill.

I'll also give you a brief report on my experience with Babe's with Bullets (TM) Ladies Action Shooting Camp this past week. It was a blast! I learned a lot. Without discipline, focus, practice and repetition to ingrain the right habits, one can not succeed, but with the right skills, the commitment to learn them, to practice and to be responsible and accountable, target range accuracy becomes the rule. I'm going back for more in April, to accomplish my goal to perform at the level of excellence.
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 1
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Friday, November 6, 2009

Property Rights Abuse, a Muni Stadium for City of Industy, a Model of Victory? For Whom? & Let's talk Sat Night for a Special Round: Nov 7, 2009

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For a Quick and Easy Link to Listen Live Click Here (Thanks to Jack Dean!)

Marcia Fritz will be on the air again Saturday night on CRN Digital Talk Radio on the Nicole Bella Remini Show with guest host Martha Montelongo. The show airs from 8-11 pm Pacific, and Marcia will be on during the 10 pm hour. She'll be talking about the two pension reform ballot initiatives just filed by CFFR with California's Attorney General.

My special guests include Eric Singer of the "Congressional Effect Fund" on how Obama's Pay Czar is driving talent away, and killing value for the companies which received TARP monies. We'll also ask him about Congress's plan to re-energize the the Community Reinvestment Act--the same act that brought us the housing market bubble, and credit market meltdown. It promises to usher in the next mortgage and credit crisis in the name of "helping to stimulate" the economy. With the Government buying up mortgages how do we really know the value of the market or how it's doing?

Marita Noon, Executive Director of Citizens for Responsible Energy, on the U.S. House Democrats recent passing the Climate Change bill out of committee, despite a boycott of the bill by Republicans. Is there any fall out for the Dems, for this heavy handed maneuver? What's in the bill? What's the status, now, and how has it been affected by the recent elections where a lot of Democrats in races, up and down, lost big.

In July, Sacramento State published a study that predicted California's version of Cap and Trade, AB32, would cost millions of jobs and billions of dollars to small businesses, the bulk of job creators and providers in the CA economy. It caused quite a debate, but it's still in force, and its impact is just hitting hard, to businesses, their employees, and consumers, and overturning it is a daunting task.

Marcia Fritz, President of Californians for Pension Reform, will talk with us about the two new Pension Reform Ballot Initiatives for CA, to reform public employee pension policy for future hires, and how taxpayers/voters can put the brakes on this runaway train.

There are over 9000 CalPERS and CalSTRS members combined in the $100,000 Pension Club, and a large 40 to 50 percent of current public employees with these absurd defined-benefit-taxpayer-obligated pensions in CA, are slated to retire in the next five to seven years.
What do we do to change an unsustainable level of future pension obligations? Ms Fritz has got a plan.

Live from the Conference on Property Rights Abuse sponsored by MORR (Municipal Officials for Redevelopment Reform), we'll talk with two of the featured guest speakers concerning the abuse of redevelopment that went into securing the land for the stadium to be built in the City of Industry, the costs to taxpayers for municipal stadiums and the arguments for revenues and jobs they are said to generate.

My two guests will be Dr. Victor M. Valle, Cal Poly Professor, Pulitzer Prize-winning, former Los Angeles Times Reporter and the author of City of Industry: Genealogies of Power in Southern California, and Dr. Roger Noll, Stanford Professor, nation's foremost expert on sports economics and author of Sports, Jobs and Taxes.

We'll have fun visiting. Remember, you've gotta be a happy warrior if you're going to outlast our foes of liberty and free enterprise. Keep your cool, but be stimulated... Join us.

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 1
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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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