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Monday, January 31, 2011

FFF Economic Liberty Lecture Series: David E. Bernstein: NOTICE: There will be a live webcast of David Bernstein's speech. See below for details.

ECONOMIC LIBERTY LECTURE SERIES

Dinner, Lecture, and Social Hour

DATE: February 7, 2010 – Monday

PLACE: George Mason University -
Student Union II - Rooms 5-7
TIME: 5:30 pm – Pizza
6:00 pm – Talk with Q&A
8:00 pm – Social hour at Brion's Grille

ADMISSION:  FREE
          
 SPEAKER:  David E. Bernstein
"Rehabilitating Lochner:  Defending Individual Rights against Progressive Reform"

David E. Bernstein is Foundation Professor at the George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia, where he has been teaching since 1995. He was a Visiting Professor at Georgetown University Law Center for Spring 2003 semester, at the University of Michigan School of Law for the 2005-06 academic year, and at Brooklyn Law School in Fall 2006.

Professor Bernstein is a nationally recognized expert on the Daubert case and the admissibility of expert testimony, and he is a past chairperson of the Association of American Law Schools Evidence section. Professor Bernstein is the coauthor of The New Wigmore: Expert Evidence (Aspen Law and Business 2003), and coeditor of Phantom Risk: Scientific Inference and the Law (MIT 1993).

Professor Bernstein is also an expert on the "Lochner era" of American constitutional jurisprudence. He is the author of Only One Place of Redress: African-Americans, Labor Regulations, and the Courts from Reconstruction to the New Deal (Duke 2001), and of Rehabilitating Lochner, which will be published by the University of Chicago Press in 2011.

Live Webcast:

David Bernstein's speech will be broadcast live on Ustream.com. If you're outside the DC area, you can watch and submit questions online in real-time via FFF's UStream station: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/the-future-of-freedom-foundation

Social Hour:

Come join us after the event for a social hour at Brion's Grille in Fairfax, Virginia, right next to George Mason University - 10621 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA 22030  (703) 352-7272

Future Speakers:
 Monday, March 7,2011 - Tom G. Palmer
 Monday, April, 4 Lawrence H. White

Presented by:
George Mason University Economic Society

&

The Future of Freedom Foundation
fff@fff.org
(703) 934-6101

Directions:
George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA.
Visitors should park in the Sandy Creek Parking Deck. Student Union II is one building over and rooms 5-7 are on the top floor. Cost is $2 per hour; $8 max per day. All Parking Inquiries: (703) 993-2710.
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Friday, January 28, 2011

Saturday's Show Guests: Steven Greenhut and Ron Kaye on Redevelopment & Larry Sand on a Landmark Court Ruling in Children's Favor v. Teacher's Union Policy

Saturday Nights at 11PM Pacific Time
You can listen live on line at KRLA870AM.com
 
To call us during the show: 1-866-870-5752

This Saturday night, January 29, 2011:
Steven Greenhut, CalWatchDog.com's editor in chief and former deputy editor and columnist for the Orange County Register and author of Abuse of Power: How Government Misuses Eminent Domain, joins Ron Kaye, publisher, editor and columnist for RonKayeLA Blog in a discussion on Redevelopment.

Podcast Part 1 & Part 2

Podcast: Part 1 Larry Sand of the CA Teacher's Empowerment Network
and Intro to Steve Greenhut and Ron Kaye
Part 2 Steve Greenhut and Ron Kaye on the CRA/LA, Gov Jerry Brown's proposal to abolish it, the corruption it breeds, and the LA Convention Ctr and Stadium Project that is a poster child for how rotten it makes all the players involved.

Governor Jerry Brown set off a firestorm almost as soon as he took office, after announcing he was going to dismantle Redevelopment in California (CRAs). Local city government officials have been scrambling to divert funds and political officials and consultants to defend the program or to equivocate over the merits of some Redevelopment Programs over others.

Most people don't know what it is, unless they've been victims of forced evictions by threat of eminent domain, or their homes or businesses have been incorporated into a Redevelopment Zone where all of a sudden their equity became hostage or dramatically reduced. Current Assemblyman Chris Norby's short pithy illustrated book on the subject is aptly titled, Redevelopment: The Unknown Government.  It explains the billions of dollars in property taxes that are shifted from public services to Redevelopment Agencies.
Dan Walters, a veteran senior columnist for the Sacramento Bee wrote in a column on Thursday: As the battle picks up momentum and the factions exchange barrages of self-serving propaganda, the only safe haven is a report by the Legislature's budget analyst, Mac Taylor.

Taylor concludes that there is "no reliable evidence that redevelopment agencies improve overall economic development in California" and that redevelopment tends to "shift development from one location to another but does not significantly increase economic activity statewide." That's pretty damning.

On Education:
A Superior Court Judge ruled this month in favor of the ACLU versus The Los Angeles Unified School District over the district's last hired first fired layoff policy.

It is a landmark decision hailed as such by education reformers, but teacher's unions denounce it as a step toward dismantling tenure policies.

The Washington Post reported:

"The ruling by Superior Court Judge William Highberger approved a settlement between the ACLU, the state and LAUSD in which the district agreed to shield 45 of its lowest performing schools from layoffs and to ensure that the redistribution of those layoffs will not be sent to a school that will experience greater than the district average of layoffs for that year.

It also calls for an incentive plan to attract and retain teachers and principals at the struggling schools.

"This settlement is about giving our most disadvantaged children a fighting chance at their schools," said Mark Rosenbaum, ACLU-SC chief counsel.

Teachers union United Teachers Los Angeles UTLA will appeal the ruling because it is unfair to pass on layoffs to teachers who have earned their jobs and skills, said Vice President Julie Washington.

"What it is really saying is that experience in teaching has no value," she said. "We feel that this remedy, if allowed to go through, will actually exacerbate the problem."

The union was supported by state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, who filed a brief opposing the settlement on Friday noting it "could have far reaching, unintended consequences throughout the state."

Larry Sand of the California Teacher's Empowerment Network joins me to talk about this ruling, the firestorm it has caused statewide, and you can be sure nationally as well, and what happens next. He'll also speak with us about a little known law that was passed by the legislature last year, as part of a move to capitalize on the President's Race to the Top financial incentives for states to adopt certain education reform measures. This law is unique to CA and the brain child of Ben Austin, Executive Director of the Parent's Revolution and it says simply that a simple majority of parents at any failing school can force a change of staff and programs. It gives the parents of failing schools power they have not had before.

But Governor Jerry Brown's first action as Governor was to remove Ben Austin from the State Board of Education as well as a majority of the board who supported the Parent Trigger Law and replaced them with what many critics call union sympathizers. What is the fate of the Parent Trigger Law?

The mission of this radio program is (and I quote here the mission statement of The Future of Freedom Foundation, with whom I have no affiliation other than that I agree with there stated mission, by which I am inspired and for which I stand, to the best of my ability), "to advance freedom by providing an uncompromising moral and economic case for individual liberty, free markets, private property, and limited government." I hope the president of The Future of Freedom Foundation is flattered and not offended by my copying their mission statement here.

We talk politics, business and culture, and feature ordinary individuals who accomplish extraordinary feats, who act and lead to help transform the future of California such that our best days lay ahead.

Make us your nightcap on Saturday nights in Southern California or where ever you are. California is a land of beauty and unlimited possibility because of the abundance of our greatest capital resource, our human resources. Join us.
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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Redevelopment: The Unknown Government. Politicians on Both Sides Are Scrambling to Defend Some or All of It. Bottom line: Is it ethical at all? Can it be reconciled with the fundamental principles of Liberty?

Ron Kaye, Resident citizen and publisher of of Ron Kaye L.A. Blog and Steven Greenhut, Editor in Chief of CalWatchDog.com join me this Saturday night at 11 PM on 870AM KRLA and KRLA870.com to set the record straight on the inherent abuse of government power on the individual citizen built into the framework of Redevelopment. There is no such thing as a good Redevelopment Agency or Program; not if you stand on principle of individual liberty as enumerated in our U.S.Constitution.

Have a look at the work Ron Kaye has produced of late on his blog on this controversial issue that California Governor Brown has brought to the fore with his announcement that he would abolish Redevelopment. Here is a page Ron Kaye has set up to speak to this issue as it applies to Los Angeles. To read an older version of Redevelopment: The Unknown Government, click here. And tune in Saturday night for spirited discussion on your liberty and Redevelopment.
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

An Excellent Analysis of President Obama's SOTU Speech Tuesday Night & It's Obstruction to Liberty, Free Markets and Peace

CATO Responds:

Cato Institute scholars Gene Healy, Michael F, Cannon, Benjamin Friedman, Jagadeesh Gokhale, Neal McCluskey, Sallie James, John Samples, Justin Logan, Daniel J. Mitchell and David Rittgers analyze the 2011 State of the Union.

Immediately following President Barack Obama's State of the Union address last night, a panel of Cato policy experts joined together to analyze the speech, its contents, and the perspectives it provides on how the President and Congress will try to lead the country going forward. In this video, each Cato expert provides analysis and insights through the lens of their years of research. You can also review the commentary from last night's live blog of the State of the Union
here.
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Why Affordable Housing Matters

by Joel Kotkin 01/24/2011

Economists, planners and the media often focus on the extremes of real estate — the high-end properties or the foreclosed deserts, particularly in the suburban fringe. Yet to a large extent, they ignore what is arguably the most critical issue: affordability.
(He's not talking about government designated "affordable housing." He means real affordable housing that isn't scarce.)

Most people, particularly as they enter their 30s, aspire to a middle-class lifestyle — and being able to afford a house constitutes a large part of that.

This problem is the focus of an important new study by Demographia. The study, which focuses largely on English-speaking countries, looks at the price of housing relative to household income. It essentially benchmarks the number of years of a region’s household income required to purchase a median-priced house.
Overall, the results are rather dismal in terms of affordability, particularly in what Wharton’s Joe Gyourko dubs “superstar cities.” These places — such as London, New York, Sydney, Toronto and Los Angeles — generally tend to be more expensive than second-tier regions commonly found in the American South and heartland.

Click here to read more.
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Monday, January 24, 2011

The State Against Blacks 'The welfare state has done to black Americans what slavery couldn't do. . . . And that is to destroy the black family.' (I would add, a great part of the Latino Family too.)

By JASON L. RILEY
Devon, Pa.

'Sometimes I sarcastically, perhaps cynically, say that I'm glad that I received virtually all of my education before it became fashionable for white people to like black people," writes Walter Williams in his new autobiography, "Up from the Projects." "By that I mean that I encountered back then a more honest assessment of my strengths and weaknesses. Professors didn't hesitate to criticize me—sometimes to the point of saying, 'That's nonsense.'"
Here are just a couple of quotes from this piece. There are so many that are powerfully bold and clear and defining.
"...These were poor black people and a few whites living in a housing project, and it was unusual not to have a mother and father in the house. Today, in the same projects, it would be rare to have a mother and father in the house."
and
"I was more than anything a radical," says Mr. Williams. "I was more sympathetic to Malcolm X than Martin Luther King because Malcolm X was more of a radical who was willing to confront discrimination in ways that I thought it should be confronted, including perhaps the use of violence.

"But I really just wanted to be left alone. I thought some laws, like minimum-wage laws, helped poor people and poor black people and protected workers from exploitation. I thought they were a good thing until I was pressed by professors to look at the evidence."

I came to politics from the Left. I bought into all the reasons the leftist professors expounded to explain poverty in the U.S. and in third world countries, but in the end, when I dared to read and listen to ideas articulated in support of capitalism, free enterprise, competition, and civil liberties articulated in the U.S. Constitution, I realized that what I had bought into was fool's gold, and that individual liberty and freedom were fundamentally important and impossible in a socialist political economy with a big over bearing centralized government. And welfare served to pacify and to enslave people with their willing cooperation.
Click here to read the article.
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Flashback 1969: Environmentalists Demand Compulsory Population Control

This was Posted on January 13, 2011 by hauntingthelibrary

There are powerful links between Environmentalism, which can be called a secular religion, population control, minorities and anti-immigration policies. This piece highlights the targeting of Blacks in the U.S, and Africa.

For those of you who enjoy reading a bit of (unofficial) green history, here’s a post on what the environmentalists were demanding during the last threat to “the future of the world” – overpopulation.


The year is 1969 and the place is the Aspen Meadows conference centre, where a new environmental group has been set up by David Brower, late of the Sierra Club. Their host is Robert Hutchins of the Ford Foundation and the Aspen Centre.


Called the John Muir Institute, the group consists of The League of Conservation Voters, a political pressure group, and Friends of the Earth, intended to push the borders of radical green action on matters such as overpopulation. The institute was funded by a $200,000 donation from oil tycoon, Robert O. Anderson, of Atlantic Richfield (equivalent to approximately $1.1 Million in today’s money). The institute is holding its first conference, and it’s a very serious affair.


This is no peace-and-love hippie gathering of well-meaning but ineffectual types who dance around campfires, but a substantial gathering of highly placed environmentalists, scientists and government officials. As a sign of how seriously the Nixon administration took the gathering, President Nixon had sent John Erlichman, Counsel to the President, to sit in on the conference for the whole two days, and report back personally.


The topic was the threat from overpopulation, and the assembled scientists and environmentalists told the president’s advisor that voluntary birth control was “insanity” and complusory population control was needed immediately:
Click here to read more.
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Friday, January 21, 2011

Guests this Saturday night are former Bracero turned Wine Maker Grower Reynaldo Robledo Sr. & Jacob Hornberger on Immigration, Prosperity and Liberty

Podcast Part 1 & Part 2
Saturday Nights at 11PM Pacific Time
You can listen live on line at KRLA870AM.com

To call us during the show: 1-866-870-5752

This Saturday night, January 22, 2011:

Sr. Reynaldo Robledo Sr. came to California from Mexico as a teenager and a Bracero, a guest worker, in 1968.  He discovered a passion for growing grapes, and learned how to grow them exceptionally well.  His story is a great American story. 

Today in addition to his thriving vineyard management business managing hundreds of acres and his family's own over three hundred acres, the Robledo Family also is a fine wine maker. 

His values are the values shared by all free spirited lovers of liberty and freedom, family and entrepreneurship. 

He believes in the possibility of individuals like him, who start with nothing, but given the opportunity, can rise to create wealth, fulfilling jobs, and beautiful products for edifying pleasure and celebration.

I am also delighted to welcome a new friend, Jacob Hornberger, President and founder of Future of Freedom Foundation FFF.org.   Love the name!   Mr. Hornberger is a native of Laredo Texas and he grew up in a bilingual bi-cultural community.  He notes in an essay "The city, whose street names include many Spanish and Mexican historical figures, has the biggest celebration in the nation honoring George Washington's birthday."  His example as does Reynaldo Robledo's, shatters the myth that multi-lingual, multi-cultural communities undermine American Exceptionalism!  In Spanish we would say ¡Eso! ¡Eso! in English, Here! Here!

The truth, the words of freedom and liberty ring true and are the same principles in any language. Like the Bible is the Word, in any language, the principles of Liberty are the principles of liberty in any language. If we speak them and practice them, we are united.

The Future of Freedom Foundation's mission statement rings true, loud and clear: The mission of The Future of Freedom Foundation is to advance freedom by providing an uncompromising moral and economic case for individual liberty, free markets, private property, and limited government.

The motivation for the people who make this radio program possible is our passion for liberty.  Our purpose is to inform, inspire, celebrate and advance integrity, creative endeavors and individual liberty.

We talk politics, business and culture, and feature ordinary individuals who accomplish extraordinary feats, who act and lead to help transform the future of California such that our best days lay ahead.

Make us your nightcap on Saturday nights in Southern California or where ever you are.  California is still a happening place, and this little engine, The Martha Montelongo Show is revved up to go! Join us.

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Socialism and Empire, Not Immigration, Are Destroying America

by Jacob G. Hornberger
A friend recently sent me an article written a couple of years ago entitled “How to Destroy America,” which provided an account of a Washington, D.C., “immigration-overpopulation conference filled to capacity by many of America’s finest minds and leaders.” According to the article, Richard D. Lamm, former governor of Colorado, made the startling claim at the conference that “the way to destroy America is to turn America into a bilingual or multi-lingual and bicultural country. History shows that no nation can survive the tension, conflict, and antagonism of two or more competing languages and cultures. It is a blessing for an individual to be bilingual; however, it is a curse for a society to be bilingual.”
Unfortunately, the good ex-governor apparently failed to explain how his amazing thesis can be reconciled with Switzerland, a long-established, peaceful, and harmonious European country in which Swiss citizens speak German, French, or Italian, depending on which section of Switzerland in which they happen to live. Switzerland seems to have had no problem surviving
— and for centuries!
Or maybe the good ex-governor isn’t familiar with my hometown of Laredo, Texas, located on the Rio Grande, which is both bilingual and bicultural — and has been for at least 150 years! In fact, I would estimate that at least 75 percent of the Laredo populace is bilingual and that 15 percent speaks Spanish only. The city, whose street names include many Spanish and Mexican historical figures, has the biggest celebration in the nation honoring George Washington’s birthday.

As far as I know, no one in Laredo lives in fear that the city is about to collapse. In fact, people in Laredo, which has been under Spanish, Mexican, French, Texas, Confederate, and U.S. rule (as well as self-rule as the Republic of the Rio Grande), seem to live as normally and harmoniously as people in pure, white, Anglo, English-only societies. I wonder how the good exgovernor of Colorado reconciles that with his startling claim that “no nation can survive the tension, conflict, and antagonism of two or more competing languages and cultures.”
The “How to Destroy America” article also states that “a brilliant college professor, Victor Davis Hansen, talked about his latest book, Mexifornia, explaining how immigration, both legal and illegal, was destroying the entire state of California,” where, by the way, Los Angelenos recently overwhelmingly elected a bilingual Latino, Antonio Villaraigosa, as mayor.
Surely the good professor knows that California, along with New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and parts of Colorado, once constituted the northern half of Mexico. Those areas were knowingly taken over by the United States with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848, leaving all (former) Mexican citizens in that area, Spanish-speakers all and thoroughly inculcated with Spanish and Mexican culture, as U.S. citizens. Talk about “Mexiforia” and “Mexinewmexico” and “Mexiarizona” and “Mexitexas” and “Mexicolorado”! Given all those Spanish-speaking (former)
Mexicans living in that part of the United States, which had been the northern half of Mexico the night before the treaty was implemented, did that mean that the demise of the United States was imminent? I don’t think so.

For that matter, did the open borders that were maintained between the United States and (the southern half of) Mexico for the next 80 years or so, which enabled Mexicans and Americans to freely cross back and forth across the border to visit, tour, work, or open businesses, result in the demise of the United States? I don’t think so.
Contrary to what all the “finest minds and leaders” at that “immigration-overpopulation conference” suggest, what is destroying America is not immigrants, legal or illegal. Click here to read the article.
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GOP leaders: Anti-immigration stance hurts party

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- Republican speakers at a conference on reaching Hispanic voters urged the party to tone down its rhetoric on immigration and to take up comprehensive reform in Congress, warning that the party could lose ground with the country's increasingly diverse citizenry if it doesn't.

"(Hispanics) will be the swing voters as they are today in the swing states. If you want to elect a center-right president of the United States, it seems to me you should be concerned about places like New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Florida, Texas, places where but for the Hispanic vote, elections are won and lost," said former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who co-chaired the conference organized by the new Hispanic Leadership Network.

But those gathered at the South Florida conference seemed split over whether the GOP's lack of Hispanic support is simply because of the party's tone, or if there's a more substantive problem with the GOP's policies....Click here to read more.
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A recent discovery for me, and a blueprint for my radio program are the works of the scholars at FFF.org For Instance, The Liberal Assault on the Poor

The Liberal Assault on the Poor, Part 1
by Jacob G. Hornberger, Posted March 29, 2010

Liberals say that they love the poor, needy, and disadvantaged. Unfortunately, however, the economic philosophy that liberals favor constitutes a direct assault on the economic well-being of the poor, along with nearly everyone else in society.

Liberals claim to combat poverty in two principal ways.

First, they use the force of government (e.g., income taxes) to take money from those who have earned it in order to give it to the poor.

Second, they restrict people’s use of their property to enable the poor to have access to such property.

What liberals fail to understand, however, is that the very means they choose to combat poverty — socialism and interventionism — actually exacerbate the problem that they claim to address. Their war on poverty hurts the very people they say they are trying to assist.

In proposing their array of welfare programs to help the poor, liberals operate under the mindless assumption that wealth exists naturally in a society. Even worse, they give nary a thought to the possibility that a society in which wealth is growing is the greatest benefit to the poor. Worst of all, they don’t consider the distinct possibility that their own tax-and-redistribute policies tend toward destroying the base of wealth in society, thereby relegating everyone to poverty.
Click here to read the article.
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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Saturday Night Radio Show on 870AM KRLA

 Saturday Nights at 11PM, starting January 8th, 2011.
You can listen live on line at http://KRLA870.com/
To call us during the show: 1-866-870-5752

Podcast:

This Saturday night, January 15, 2011:

John Seiler, investigative reporter and blogger at CalWashDog.com joins us to breakdown Gov Jerry Brown's budget for CA, Tough Talk Can't Hide Tax/Spend Budget.

We'll talk with John about his most recent post called Mexican View of Government. "...The rationale of the state is not utility nor profit but power--gaining it, conserving it and extending it. The archetype of power does not lie in economics but in war, not in the polemic relationship of capital to work but in the hierachical relationship of commander to soldier."--Octavio Paz

Co-host Chris Thompson, will be kicking up the dust in Orange County GOP politics. Chris and I will host a forum between Deborah Pauly and Allan Bartlett in their challenge against Jon Fleischman for the 1st Vice Chair of the Orange County Republican Party.

Passionate for liberty, the game we are up to with our talk and our guests, is to call out unethical, immoral behavior, inform, inspire, celebrate and proliferate integrity, creative endeavors and individual freedom.

We talk politics, business and culture, to define what is out of integrity and an abuse of power and public trust, and feature leaders, stories and examples for ordinary individuals act and lead to clean it up and be a part of transforming the future of CA such that our best days lay ahead.

Make us your nightcap on Saturday nights in Southern CA, or where ever you are. This is still a happening place, and this little engine, The Martha Montelongo Show with Co-Host, Chris Thomson is revved up to go! Hope you'll join us.

Call or write with comments or questions:
Email: martha@marthamontelongo.com

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Brown Impounds Cell Phones!

How about cars and gas cards, and laundry services, and retirement at 52? Now that would be something to talk about, on a landline of course.
Brown Impounds Cell Phones!

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The Jared Loughner Problem Remedies exist short of locking up troubled people based on their personalities.

January 12, 2011
Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, when he wasn't blaming Rush Limbaugh, let slip that Jared Loughner had been investigated for death threats before last weekend's shooting. Campus police at Pima Community College had been called five times in response to his disturbing behavior. Two officers had been sent to his house to relay to his parents that he wouldn't be allowed back in school until he had received a mental evaluation declaring he wasn't a danger to himself or others.

Now this is strange: If officials were concerned that Mr. Loughner was a danger to himself and others, how is expelling him a solution?

Nearly 50 years ago, Dallas was considered a hotbed of conservative (OK, right-wing) hostility to John Kennedy, a fact that didn't go unmentioned in coverage of the Kennedy assassination. The fact continued to be mentioned even after Oswald was found to be a Castro supporter and Marxist. The fact continues to be mentioned today despite a Warren Commission finding that a) Dallas featured many ardent political opponents of the president and b) this had nothing to do with Oswald's actions.

We'll leave it to the Sunday morning media to explain how an intolerable heightening of political rhetoric is behind last week's Tucson shootings. We're not aware of any systematic evidence that political feelings are hotter today than in the past. In any case, such accusations were lofted so quickly that evidence could not have been consulted. These were reflexive accusations, leveled at people with whom the speakers disagreed simply because an excuse presented itself. Click here to read more.
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Saturday, January 8, 2011

On the air Tonight at 11 PM on 870AM KRLA and on the web at KRLA870.com. Call in Number: 1-866-870-5752

Announcing Martha Montelongo and Chris Thompson on Intelligent Newstalk 870 AM KRLA. Also, streamed live on the web at http://www.KRLA870.com
Podcast:
Part 1 Part 2
Saturday Nights at 11PM, starting January 8th, 2011.
Call in Number:1-866-870-5752.
The show will be a virtual fireside get together with interesting, enterprising individuals who are passionate for liberty, and love living and making it happen in CA. Some are private sector, some public sector, and some work for non-profits, but the game we are up to with our talk and our guests, is to call out unethical, immoral behavior, inform, inspire, celebrate and proliferate creative endeavors and individual freedom.

My creed, to borrow from the words of Nathaniel Branden: "Live with integrity, respect the rights of other people, and follow your own bliss." You can hold me accountable to that. We'll talk politics, business and culture, defining what is way out of integrity and an abuse of power, and feature leaders, stories and examples for how to clean it up and be part of transforming the future of CA such that our best days lay ahead.

Some say California is hopeless. No way. Too many precious resources here. We've got amazing dynamic individuals who play to win, believe in others, and model for others how to do it!

Make us your nightcap on Saturday nights in Southern CA, or where ever you are. This is still a happening place, and this little engine, The Martha Montelongo Show with Co-Host, Chris Thomson is revved up to go! Hope you'll join us.
This Saturday night:
Eric Christen of The Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction will join us briefly to talk about some extraordinary wins in San Diego County this past November. They prove CA is not hopeless for business, jobs and individuals. The message was key as was the spirit of the campaign. When you enroll people in the idea and the purpose of transforming their future opportunities, the fiscal health of their communities, the future for their families, we win!
Other topics on the table:
1. Redevelopment on the Chopping block?
2. CA ranks 3rd last in the nation for financial strength--Pension Reform?
3. It's right vs right on immigration--can we see our way out of a big breakdown in communication? The prize? How about a winning coalition in California, for starters...
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Friday, January 7, 2011

In California, Five Hundred and Fifty Billion Eye-Popping-Blood-Pressure-Raising Dollars of Unfunded Public Employee Pension Debt! OMG! David Crane lays it out Bold and Cold

On Dec 15th, 2010, David Crane, special economic advisor to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, breaks down the numbers in this Wall Street Journal video interview conducted by James Freeman. It's mind blowing.
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Repost from Friends for Fullerton's Future Blog: Redevelopment on the Chopping Block?

Humn? Maybe there really is a Santa Claus... Or maybe it really could snow in Haiti. Posted by Assemblyman Chris Norby: (If this is true, wow, this is a big deal!)
Dear Friends, I just returned for my first full legislative term here in Sacramento, having gained valuable experience serving for the past 10 months since the special election. One announced reform I can embrace is the new governor’s goal of abolishing redevelopment agencies and restoring their funds to counties and schools. As a longtime critic of these agencies, I’ve been called by numerous media outlets and colleagues on issues related to this little understood level of government.

Redevelopment agencies capture 12% of all property taxes statewide-that’s $6 billion annually diverted from school districts, counties and municipal police and fire protection. The funds are largely spent subsidizing private development projects whose promoters acquire land under threat of eminent domain, while 20% pays for low income housing projects."
Click here to read the rest of the story.
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Public Asked to Help Reform Pensions in CA by The CA Foundation for Fiscal Reform


President of the California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility
The California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility posted two alternative public pension reform plans on our Web site, and we are inviting stakeholders and the public to help solve one of the most critical problems facing California.
Our lawmakers can’t fix California’s public pension crisis without the public’s help, and it’s got to be done right the first time. If it becomes necessary to put a constitutional amendment before voters, it should be drafted with input from stakeholders, experts and voters. CaliforniaPensionReform.com offers a forum to anyone with information or opinions that can contribute to a healthy debate.
Click here to read more.
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Thursday, January 6, 2011

California ranks 3rd last in financial-strength test

January 5, 2011 | 8:00 am
Bad as it is, the economic and fiscal mess facing California Gov. Jerry Brown isn’t the worst among the 50 states: At least by one measure, Arizona and Illinois have the Golden State beat for financial misery as the new year begins.

Not by much, though.

Analysts at investment bank BMO Capital Markets in Chicago have devised an index to gauge the relative financial strength of the states. The index combines measures of economic and employment health, bond quality ratings, home price movements, tax collections, and actual and projected budget deficits from 2009 through 2012.

All but four states now register negative financial strength indexes -- an indication of how extensive state budget troubles have become, even though the U.S. economy overall has grown for six straight quarters as measured by gross domestic product.

California clocks in with an index reading of -9.9%, third-worst of the 50 states. Tied for last place: Arizona and Illinois, both of which show index levels of -10.7%.Click here to read more.
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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Center for Immigration Studies recently put out a study arguing that immigration has had negative effects on California. Who are the Big Moochers as of June 2010?

With Vermont Earning the Dubious Distinction of First Place, Northeastern States Dominate the Moocher Index

June 16, 2010 by Dan Mitchell

The Center for Immigration Studies recently put out a study arguing that immigration has had negative effects on California. One of their measures was a comparison of how many people in the state were receiving some form of welfare compared to other states. I found that data (see Table 3 of the report) very interesting, but not because of the immigration debate (I’ll leave others to debate that topic). Instead, I wanted to get a better understanding of the variations in government dependency. Is there a greater willingness to sign up for income redistribution programs, all other things being equal, from one state to another? The “all other things being equal” caveat is very important, of course, since the comparison produced by CIS may simply be an indirect measure of the factors that determine welfare eligibility. One obvious (albeit crude) way of addressing this problem is to subtract each state’s poverty rate to get a measure of how many non-poor people are signed up for income-redistribution programs. Let’s call this the Moocher Index. Click here to read more.
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Who know's what his faith was when he was up and climbing, but when he crashed and burned, he got Faith, and what a great story!

Ohio Homeless Man Earns Second Chance With 'Golden Radio Voice' 
Jan 05 2011



By Ryan G. Murphy, RTDNA Digital Media Editor

Looking for a second chance in life and in journalism, an Ohio homeless man got more than he probably ever expected when a video recently posted to YouTube demonstrated his extraordinary radio voice as he begged on a Columbus, Ohio roadside and turned him into an overnight sensation.

The man, Ted Williams, is known by locals (including police) in Columbus as "Radio Man."

Alcohol, drug abuse, choices, he fell to the bottom, but he's two years clean, full of hope and faith, and humility.  Great story! Wow, what a voice! Radio Man, don't take your eyes off the prize.  God Speed!
  Click here to read the story.

January 6, 2011:
Follow up on the Ted Williams To watch clips of Ted's reunion with his mother, and of his appearance on CBS's The Early Show chick here.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

My New Show on KRLA 870 AM: If you can't beat 'em join em...or um, The Business of being Free--Why are pro liberty activists losing in CA?

Jan 8th at 11 PM, we launch our new program on KRLA 870AM. My partner and manager, Dan Gutierrez and I have asked friend of liberty, Chris Thompson to join me on the air, so I'll have a co-host. Chris Thompson resides in Fullerton, CA and is part of a circle of active and engaged residents who've enjoyed success at inspiring community members to self-govern with integrity. They participate, comment, blog and either run for office or keep candidates who run and are elected accountable. He is a member of Friends for Fullerton's Future and the very formidable Taxpayer Advocacy Group, Fullerton Association of Concerned Taxpayer's.

We'll hear from Eric Christian on the success of his team's efforts in San Diego this past November, to win passage of legislation that helps keep the playing field open and fair for labor contracts with government entities. They're taking their show on the road and activists for liberty and the business of being free can partner with Eric's team or learn from them on the importance of banning Project Labor Agreements for the purpose of securing integrity in the labor market and in the cost of construction to the taxpayers.

We have more in store for this week's show, and for shows to come and I look forward to sharing them with you. I'm very excited about the purpose and conviction we bring to the show. Living free, being free, and enjoying the great sensation of being alive and fully self expressed in the process is our inspiration. Californians are not doing well at self-governing if our budget deficit, our debt and our unfunded public employee pension obligations are any indication.

Californians have abdicated our power to our elected officials and allow them to carry on void of integrity as our civic leaders.

Activists who shout the loudest are ignored and thus ineffective. Many activists and business owners are giving up and leaving California. But many of us love California too much. It's our home and we're committed to making a stand and being a cause for transformation in the people of CA such that we embrace self-government as our responsibility, and hold our elected officials and ourselves accountable.

Sustainable is a buzz word tossed about with frequency, but it's not often applied to the behaviors and the lack of leadership and integrity in our political class nor ourselves as the voters who elect them and then ignore what they do.

Most Californians all want the same thing: we care about preserving the beauty of California, the education of our young, and want to prosper and enjoy our lives while we engage in the pursuit of happiness. Where is the breakdown in communication and where is the possibility for affinity and collaboration that will create a thriving California? We'll have fun while we entertain these big ideas, efforts, successes, and the greatest possibilities before us.
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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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