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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Obama's Blowout Preventer In case you hadn't heard, Ken Salazar had a reform plan . . .

(The enabling sycophant media give Obama so much rope, they are pathetic gnat-brains.)
BP and the Coast Guard yesterday were cautiously optimistic that the "top kill" maneuver could stanch the Gulf of Mexico oil leak, and let us hope this is the beginning of the end of the disaster. In Washington, meanwhile, the White House's panicked efforts to put a tourniquet on the political consequences were notably less successful.
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Friday, May 28, 2010

Sat May 29, 2010: CA Water Crisis Recent Stunning Developments, The ESA, EPA and Obama's New Tack on Cap and Trade, and The CA Pot Initiative and Drug Prohibition

Russ Waymire of Families Protecting the Valley, joins me to talk about the latest developments in the CA Water Crisis, created and perpetuated by the U.S. Congress. A U.S. Judge has temporarily lifted all restrictions on the water flow to the Central Valley, but that can change as early as June 15th.

A panelist studying the decline of native species in the Delta, on the National Academy of Sciences prestigious Delta Panel, which is funded by and answers to Congress, is fired when she publishes a study explicitly concluding that ammonium-laden wastewater discharges from Sacramento, and not the pumps delivering water to the Central Valley Farmers, are at the root of the Delta's ecological demise.

Patricia Gilbert's forced resignation caused another panelist, Michael J. McGuire, a water treatment consultant and former assistant general manager at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern CA to resign, leaving the remaining panel of members with fixed points of view focused on water delivery operations as the cause of the Delta's problems. Their fixed view justifies denying the Central Valley farmers their water allocations.

Meanwhile, Katherine Hart, chairwoman of the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board, is married to a lobbyist for water polluters, from Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District. She is an attorney who represents polluters, but she is allowed to stay on the policing water control board.

On Moonlighting with Martha, from 8 PM to 11 PM PT, Paul Driessen, Senior Policy Adviser for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow and Congress of Racial Equality – two nonprofit educational groups that focus on environmental, economic development and human rights issues, joins me to discuss President Obama's tack to get around a reluctant Congress and implement Cap and Trade Policy by fiat, using the Environmental Protection Agency.

We'll also talk with Paul about the President's handling of and reaction to the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Driessen has a College degree in geology and ecology from Lawrence U, and a law degree with concentrations in environmental and natural resources law from U of Denver. He has worked for Wyoming state government, an oil and gas trade association, the US Senate, Dept of the Interior and Minerals Management Service. He has been on offshore platform and scuba diving beneath them and has written numerous articles and three book chapters on global warming.

Peter Christ, founding member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition LEAP, joins me to discuss CA's Marijuana Initiative on the Nov 2 ballot, and Arizona's real problem at the border.

"Legalization simply means the elimination of
‘Schedule 1’ - All other discussion is about regulation."

Peter Christ (pronounced like ‘wrist’) retired as a police captain after a 20-year career enforcing drug laws. From the beginning, Peter believed "the drug war can never be won and it is doing more harm than good." He is one of LEAPs most experienced speakers, and his presentations are riveting, informative and powerfully compelling.
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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Sat May 22, 2010: Bill Hunt--Whistle Blower, Constitutionalist, Candidate for Sheriff & Tony Bushala and John Seiler--Bloggers for Limited Government



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On the program, Bill Hunt, a 22 year year veteran of the Orange County Sheriff's Dept in CA, he stood up of for his values and his chosen profession, law enforcement, administration of former Sheriff Michael S. Carona in 2006. That decision cost him his career.

Now he's running for Orange County Sheriff, against the incumbent, Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, who fits the bill for bureaucrat, experienced poll, insider politician, who would like to make OC more like LA, restrictions on gun rights and integrity of service.

On Moonlighting with Martha, John Seiler of Calwatchdog.com on the Greek fable of bankrupt dysfunctional California, and its stooge legislators, who work desperately to make things worse.

Tony Bushala, founder, publisher, and fellow blogger of Friends for Fullerton's Future Blog, on the power of blogging to start, fuel and fan brush-fires for limited government. Tony and his merry band of fellow FFFF Bloggers crack me up, with their witty, well researched posts, all while learning about and fighting back against corruption, deceit, and abuse of power in their communities. The sleuthing the blogger do has produced some fantastic reporting on local candidates backed by the political machines and public employee unions.

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 10 to 11AM PT, and 8 to 11PM PT, one fast hour in the morning and three fun hours on Saturday night, on CRN 1

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Dow 28,000,000: The Unbelievable Expectations of California's Pension System Because Calpers failed to disclose pension costs and liabilities 10 years ago, taxpayers will be on the hook for hundreds of billions.

By DAVID CRANE

In 1999 then California Governor Gray Davis signed into law a bill that represented the largest issuance of non-voter-approved debt in the state's history. The bill SB 400 granted billions of dollars in retroactive pension boosts to state employees, allowing retirements as young as age 50 with lifetime pensions of up to 90% of final year salaries. The California Public Employees' Retirement System sold the pension boost to the state legislature by promising that "no increase over current employer contributions is needed for these benefit improvements" and that Calpers would "remain fully funded." They also claimed that enhanced pensions would not cost taxpayers "a dime" because investment bets would cover the expense.

What Calpers failed to disclose, however, was that (1) the state budget was on the hook for shortfalls should actual investment returns fall short of assumed investment returns, (2) those assumed investment returns implicitly projected the Dow Jones would reach roughly 25,000 by 2009 and 28,000,000 by 2099, unrealistic to say the least (3) shortfalls could turn out to be hundreds of billions of dollars, (4) Calpers's own employees would benefit from the pension increases and (5) members of Calpers's board had received contributions from the public employee unions who would benefit from the legislation. Had such a flagrant case of non-disclosure occurred in the private sector, even a sleepy SEC and US Attorney would have noticed.

Eleven years later, things haven't turned out as Calpers promised. While state employees have been big winners from the bet, the state budget has been, and will continue to be, a huge loser. Far from being "fully funded" as promised, Calpers has already required $15 billion more from the state budget than projected in 1999 and $3.5 billion is budgeted for this year, a figure that is more than five times the expense projected by the state legislature in its SB 400 analysis. Pensions are crowding out important programs like higher education, parks and health care, and the state will continue to whack away at those programs because the legislature refuses Governor Schwarzenegger's request to repeal SB 400 for new employees.

The state's pension funds are still trying to dupe taxpayers. In response to a recent Stanford University study that concluded California's pension funds are understating liabilities by $400 billion, California's pension funds set up "spin" websites and attacked the study as "shoddy" and "faulty."
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Federal court: California water cutbacks for endangered species not scientifically justified

Posted March 18, 2010 by Brandon Middleton
In an important victory for victims of California's regulatory drought, a federal court has ruled that water restrictions meant to protect endangered salmon and other species are based on flawed science. Given that the federal government has "completely abdicated" its responsibility to use the best available science and minimize harms to human beings, Judge Wanger has ordered an injunction of the NMFS salmon biological opinion. There were will be a hearing tomorrow to decide the exact form of injunctive relief.

The decision, issued this morning, is available here. More thoughts to come later. Here is the court's conclusion:

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

I love this video: Gov. Christie doesn't back down, and stands up for the principles for which he ran for office!

Gov Christie calls S-L columnist thin-skinned for inquiring about his 'confrontational tone'
The antics of liberal columnist Tom Moran (and the anti-Christie curmudgeon Paul Mulshine Moonshine) are topics of regular discussion here at Save Jersey. Until now, however, no one else has had the intestinal fortitude to put them in their place except for your beloved and revered Blogger-in-Chief.

Then came along Governor Christopher J. Christie! Check out the INCREDIBLE (and entertaining) exchange he had with Moran at yesterday's "33 bills" press conference. When was the last time we saw a Republican elected official display this much backbone with the media, Save Jerseyans? Not since Reagan...

Enjoy:

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Sat May 15, 2010: Grace Marie Turner on Damages of the Health Care Bill & Richard Rider on Govt Corruption and Incompetence by the numbers


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On the program, Grace Marie Turner, President of the Galen Institute, a public policy research organization that she founded in 1995 to promote an informed debate over free-market ideas for health reform.
She has been instrumental in developing and promoting ideas for reform that transfer power over health care decisions to doctors and patients.

"As more details emerge about the massive 2,700-page health overhaul law, even those who supported its passage are shocked by its sweeping implications and reach into every corner of our lives and society. For example, small-business owners are telling members of Congress they are terrified about the risks the law presents to their ability to keep and hire workers — imperiling the nation's already fragile economic recovery.

Major companies are beginning to recognize the extraordinary risk of continuing to provide health benefits for their workers under Obamacare. "Many companies are examining a course that was heretofore unthinkable, dumping the health care coverage they provide to their workers in exchange for paying penalty fees to the government," according to Fortune magazine, which reviewed internal company documents.

Many Americans wondered why Congress was in such a rush to take the final vote on ObamaCare at midnight on a Sunday night when most of its major programs don’t begin until 2014. It’s now clear that Democratic leaders feared their members might balk if they saw the objective analysis that was being prepared showing the overhaul law’s true costs. Their concerns were validated when a respected, non-partisan analyst issued a report one month after the law was enacted." (from the Galen Institute Website)

Saturday night, on Moonlighting with Martha, According to Rasmussen, the number one issue to voters today is Government Corruption and their void of ethics. Number two is the economy, and that includes jobs.
Richard Rider, Taxpayer Hero extraordinaire
, joins me to entertain you with his wit, his charm and his take no prisoners knowledge, analysis and reporting on the ugly state of affairs in CA compared to the rest of the country, and even how CA stacks up to other countries around the globe for worst and most unstable economy. We'll also cover this San Diego Tax fighters recommendations on the CA Statewide Propositions!!!! Delicious!

Immigration is up in priority with voters, but still behind government corruption, the economy, national security, and health care. For some though, saying Illegal Immigration is like yelling "Squirrel!" A leftist Latino teacher spews revolution against the U.S. and capitalism, and Mary Anastasia O'Grady zeros in on the drug wars, the cartels and the root of the rise in violent crimes Arizonans are suffering. Let's talk.
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 10 to 11AM PT, and 8 to 11PM PT, one fast hour in the morning and three fun hours on Saturday night, on CRN 1

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Moms to the Barricades 'The tea parties are an extension of our need to protect the future for our children.'

By MICHAEL GRAHAM

If Momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy. And if you've been to a tea party, you know Momma ain't happy at all.

Forget "angry white men." In the male-dominated world of conservative politics, the tea party stands out as a movement of energized and organized women. In particular, moms.

Moms like Sarah Palin, of course, who's been described as the "Momma Bear" of the tea party movement. But more important are the thousands of women at the state and local level who created this political phenomenon.

Moms like Christen Varley, the suburban mother of four who organized the successful tea party rally on Boston Common last month. Moms like Karen Miner Herd, who calls herself "one of the founding mothers" of the tea party movement in Virginia.

Her favorite tea party sign? "Menopause Was Change Enough for Me."

In fact, a recent Quinnipiac poll of voters found a majority of tea party supporters—55%—are women. To put that in perspective, only 48% of women voted for George W. Bush in 2004. And just two years ago, President Obama won 56% of the female vote.Click here to read more...
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Arizona's Real Problem: Drug Crime The vicious violence the border states are experiencing is not committed by migrant laborers.

The organized-crime epidemic in Latin America, spawned by a U.S. drug policy more than four decades in the making, seems to be leeching into American cities. Powerful underworld networks supplying gringo drug users are becoming increasingly bold about expanding their businesses. In 2008, U.S. officials said that Mexican drug cartels were serving their customers in 195 American cities.

The violence is only a fraction of what Mexico, Guatemala and Colombia live with everyday. Yet it is notable. Kidnapping rates in Phoenix, for example, are through the roof and some spectacular murders targeting law enforcement have also grabbed headlines.

While this has been happening, would-be busboys, roofers and lawn mowers from Mexico and Central America have been using the Arizona desert to get to the U.S. because legal paths are closed and they want work.

Technically both groups are law breakers. But it is a tragic mistake to paint them with the same brush.Click here to read more...
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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Leviathans Of Europe: Too Big Not To Fail By ERIC SINGER Posted 05/07/2010 06:16 PM ET

n "The Loved One" by Evelyn Waugh, a funeral home director moves from New England to Los Angeles with his elderly mother. She complains bitterly, constantly: everything was always "better and cheaper" back home. The son just can't win.

For some time, to listen to the mainstream media, Europe's been doing everything right and we've been doing everything wrong.

They have universal health care, so should we. They're environmentally conscious, employ green initiatives and have stiff gas taxes, why don't we? They have a VAT, why not us? Government makes up a bigger part of their economy, shouldn't ours? Workers there have six weeks of vacation and retire five to 10 years earlier than we do, what about here? And so on.

Every now and then, though, the results of these policies get thrown in to high relief by events. The deadly riots in Greece bring home the depth of the bankruptcy of Europe's failed policies. Click here to read more.
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Friday, May 7, 2010

Sat May 8, 2010: The May 6th Stock Market Earthquake, Jobs Report, the Economy and Congress, The T-Shirt Five and the Movement, & Citizen Activists




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On the program, Eric Singer of the The Congressional Effect Fund on the May 6th Stock Market roller-coaster ride, Greece's financial meltdown and riots, the parallel conditions between Greece and several U.S. states including CA, and what the Government is moving to do to "help."  We'll talk with Eric about the latest job market report in the news on Friday, and his prognosis for the the state of the economy.   


On Moonlighting with Martha, on Saturday night from 8 to 11 PM PT, the Morgan Hill Live Oak High five students sent home for wearing clothing baring the American Flag.  It's all over the internet and conservative talk radio.  The Tea Partiers are getting involved.  Who wins and who loses and what are the gains and costs to the movement for liberty by the fallout of this issue? 

A common tale of City Government Corruption, arrogance, incompetence and ineptitude, but a not so common, and very instructive lesson in how you can fight back and win!  


We visit with Craig Green, founding member of Citizens for a Better Placentia, a citizens activist group that fought city hall to weed out corruption and abuse of power, to defend fiscal responsibility and citizens' property rights, and won!
Philip Klein, who produced and directed the documentary film, Begging for Billionaires--The Attack on Property Rights in America joins us.  His documentary "begs the question:  are we losing sight of the balance between individual property rights and those of the community?"


Join the happy warriors, with me, Saturday night, as we moonlight together.
  Relax with us. Have a beer or stronger, a stogy, or whatever, and enjoy the sound of truth, delivered with joy in the heart, despite the ominous developments it reveals. Join the happy warriors, with me, Saturday night, as we moonlight together.
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 10 to 11AM PT, and 8 to 11PM PT, one fast hour in the morning and three fun hours on Saturday night, 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

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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