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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Summary of Pension Dates and Votes | CalWatchDog

Posted by John Seiler on Sept 19, 2011

Excerpt:
Statewide, there are 358 “3-at 50″ agreements with public safety employees in the California Public Employees Retirement System (that’s not counting many dozens more 3-at-50 agreements in countyretirement systems, like OCERS):

* 136 adopted 3-at-50 before 9/11.
* 222 adopted it after 9/11 — many of them very soon after, when wounds were most raw.

….
And so on, in cities, counties and even school districts, from one end of California to another.


Click to read this power illustrative report.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha & CalWatchDog's John Seiler, CA City Journal's Ben Boychuk & Special Guest Jack Dean, Publisher of PensionTsunami.com

Gadfly Radio Tonight, at 8 PM PT

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September 27, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:  Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com  welcome Jack Dean of Pension Tsunami for a lively discussion on what the looters of America are up to and getting away with like it or not. 

  CA hits a new record at 12.1 percent unemployment level and Sacramento proves to be an island where unemployment numbers are down.  Meanwhile for our government employees, it's business as usual.  John Seiler will walk us through a myriad of bills the CA Legislature passed this session, over 600 bills, but we'll stick to the most egregious, expensive and job killing ones the Governor has signed into law. 

With Jack Dean we'll look at Public Employee pension costs, their impact on local communities up and down the state, and a few notables in the news lately across the country.
 

We also want to touch on the fatal beating of 37 year old homeless schizophrenic, Kelly Thomas, at the hands of 6 City of Fullerton police officers.   What lessons do we take from this case?   What happens next?  How do citizens expose corruption in their communities?


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From CalWatchDog.com:
In this CalWatchDog.com blog post on Sept21, Steven Greenhut writes Brown Says It All.  
Speaking to a group of government officials and law enforcement leaders in Sacramento today, Gov. Jerry Brown reassured them that there will be plenty of money to implement the realignment plan that shifts responsibility from the bureaucratic and incompetent state corrections department to slightly less bureaucratic and slightly less incompetent county governments. He pledged to back a November 2012 initiative toward that end,... Brown said one thing that epitomizes the state Capitol: “Don’t worry about the money. We’ll get it to you one way or the other.”

In this piece, Brown Continues Attack on Jobs,  John Seiler writes Gov. Jerry Brown remains unfazed by California’s accelerating economic decline.

Brown’s Government Expansion Project 
In this piece published yesterday, Katy Grimes reports:
Many in the state say that Gov. Jerry Brown has demonstrated a propensity for doing things his way, even if it means bucking his own party. But what Brown really has shown a gift for is expanding government.

Faced with 600 potential new laws sent to him in bill form by the state Legislature, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown appears only to be prolonging the insecurity and uncertainty in California with his bill-signing pen.

A few good vetoes along the way have gotten more headlines than the impact of what he has signed into law.
Here are just 7 of the 10 entries at Pension Tsunami today.  The other three are no less compelling, but I am sure you get the picture from this  sample list below:
For related links to some of the stories we'll discuss related to the Kelly Thomas murder and what lessons we can take to heart from this story and how it is unfolding, see this post here:
Police Abuse of Power: Peace Officers need to be held to higher standards, not granted secrecy, immunity and leeway to use violence against the citizenry.
  
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Police Abuse of Power: Peace Officers need to be held to higher standards, not granted secrecy, immunity and leeway to use violence against the citizenry.

The examples of Violence committed against citizens by peace officers is alarming.

First we need to expose it, and make common knowledge of how pervasive it is.

Then we need to demand of our public officials that this pattern of violence and abuse be corrected so that we may rest assured that all of us, our children, or neighbors, and our communities are not in danger of being abused or even murdered by our police forces.

Here are a few examples of police abuse of power and casual use of violence against the citizenry: 


The fatal beating of Kelly Thomas, a schizophrenic drifter who was allegedly beaten to death by Fullerton, California police officers:


Cops Vs. Cameras: The Killing of Kelly Thomas & The Power of New Media NOTE: Because of violent images, viewer discretion is advised.

Student beaten by cops in College Park, Maryland

Two Officers Indicted In Beating Of Univ. Of Md. Student (includes video clip of beating)

Two officers indicted in Md. college student beating

A step toward justice in UM student beating  

Mace used on Wall Street protesters Both include video of police using mace on non-violent protesters:  (while I don't agree with their politics and desired outcomes, I don't support using this kind of violence against citizens who are exercising their First Amendment rights. 
Neither should you.   


MSNBC Interviews Occupy Wall Street Protester Kelly Heresy

Police crack down on 'Occupy Wall Street' protests

Months after a Connecticut man died shortly after being in the custody of Westerly police, the Connecticut Medical Examiner's Office ruled the death a homicide.

State probes man's death after arrest Ryan O'Loughlin Death Ruled Homicide; Died after Police Custody (with video)

Family alleges man who died was beaten by Westerly PD

Navy veteran's death after arrest in Westerly called homicide

  There are thousands of cases more out there.   Let's support peace officers who want to be Peace Officers by shining a light of day on those officers who abuse the public trust and violate the public's right to be secure and safe in the presence of police "peace" officers.

Cops Vs Cameras: The Killing of Kelly Thomas & The Power of New Media

You Tube Video Produced by Reason TV NOTE: Because of violent images, viewer discretion is advised.
About 8 minutes long.

The FOX Debate: The STONEzone endorses Gov. Gary Johnson for President

Roger Stone is a legendary American Republican political consultant who has played a key role in the election of Republican presidents from Richard Nixon to Ronald Reagan to George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush. The FOX Debate

The Gary Johnson Rule: It Lives!

The Gary Johnson Rule: It Lives! Check out the list of the names on the CNN Poll--Note Gary Johnson's name is missing!

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Daily Bell - James Bovard on His Famous Libertarian Books, America's Failing Freedom and 'Why Life Is too Short to Drink Bad Beer'

I love this guy. He makes learning about liberty, the costs and impact of big government on the average citizen's life fun and easy to digest and incorporate into one's understanding and insight, and he distills the complexities of government policy, politics and power into easy to grasp ideas. And I love his principle about beer! The interview covers his works, how he got started, what inspired him, what epigrams are illustrated in each of the books reviewed here. For example, from his book, "Freedom in Chains: The Rise of the State and the Demise of the Citizen" (1999) ...
James Bovard: OK, more epigrams ... 
• The surest effect of exalting government is to make it easier for some people to drag others down.
 • The growth of government is like the spread of a dense jungle, and the average citizen can hack through less of it every year.
 • Trusting government nowadays means dividing humanity into two classes: those who can be trusted with power to run other people's lives, and those who cannot even be trusted to run their own lives.... My favorite quote in this interview, and one that makes him authentic and endearing to me, James Bovard: "Life is too short to drink bad beer," as a savvy commentator once said. click here to read the interview. It's wonderful.

Friday, September 23, 2011

What About Those Other Four Cops, Their Bosses, and the FPD Code of Silence?

Posted at Friends for Fullerton's Future Blog by Grover Cleveland in Law 'N Disorder, Setting The Bar Low, The Crime Beat on September 22nd, 2011:

Watch as the DA explains how the other four officers involved in the Kelly Thomas murder did not mention excessive force when they wrote their reports of the incident.


There is a video posted of DA Raukakus speaking about the other four police officers involved in the fatal beating of Kelly Thomas

Watch as the DA explains how the other four officers involved in the Kelly Thomas murder did not mention excessive force when they wrote their reports of the incident.

Also recall that those reports were supposedly written (and even more importantly, rewritten) to the satisfaction of “The Management” who watched the tape.

Put it all together and you’ve got the makings of a full-fledged cover up. 
Click to read the post and see the short 30 second video.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

YouTube video of DA Press Conference Fullerton Police:

YouTube video of DA Press Conference Fullerton Police: Murder. Manslaughter. Excessive Force. Officer Manuel Ramos will be charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. Cpl. Jay Cicinelli will be charged with involuntary manslaughter and use of excessive force.

OC DA Prosecutes Fullerton’s Killer Cops | CalWatchDog

Commentary

SEPT. 21, 2011

By STEVEN GREENHUT

The tide is definitely turning in the way the public, and perhaps even district attorneys, view police officers who kill and abuse civilians and abuse their power. Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas has filed serious charges against two Fullerton police officers who were part of a gang of six officers who beat to death a harmless homeless man named Kelly Thomas.

According to the Orange County Register, “Fullerton police officer Manuel Ramos will be charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter, Rackauckas said during a packed news conference. If convicted on both charges, Ramos faces up to 15 years to life in prison. Cpl. Jay Cicinelli will be charged with involuntary manslaughter and use of excessive force. Those charges carry a maximum sentence of four years in prison.” Click to read the post.

Hispanic vote wanes for Obama, and some interesting notes on a growth in percentage of minorities who call themselves conservative but not Republican

The headline reads: With Hispanic support for Obama waning, could Latino vote be up for grabs in 2012?

A recent poll conducted by " Resurgent Republic, a conservative-aligned group, shows Obama under-performing his 2008 totals in key swing states with large Hispanic populations. In Florida, where Obama won 57 percent of the Latino vote in 2008, 48 percent of Hispanics say he deserves a second term. Ditto in New Mexico, where Obama carried Latinos with 69 percent but now sees just 58 percent of that voting bloc willing to say he should be reelected. (Worth noting: In Colorado, Obama’s numbers have held steady among Hispanics.) Those numbers pose two important questions relating to the president’s 2012 prospects: What explains the drop-off among Hispanics? And is it possible that Latinos could be up for grabs in 2012? Read it here.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tomorrow is a big day for the City of Fullerton--DA Raukakas holds a press conference at 11 AM to announce charges on the Fullerton Six

Tomorrow is a big day for Fullerton. I take a deep breath and then release when I think about it. People engaged in this issue are being a powerful stand for integrity of public service and safety. I saw Dick Ackerman and his wife a few times at the CA GOP Convention. I ran into them when I was looking for Ben Boychuk, Bill Evers and Ben Chavis's workshop on Education. They were conferencing with two others... I can't remember who it was. They don't understand the issue of integrity in this matter. Don Bank Head: Champion of ethics and civil rights!

Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha & CalWatchDog's John Seiler, CA City Journal's Ben Boychuk & Special Guests, Angelo M. Codevilla & Tom Donalson

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September 20, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:  Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal joins me as we talk with John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com, Angelo M. Codevilla, professor emeritus of international relations at Boston University, Senior Fellow with The Clarmont Institute and author most recently of "The Ruling Class" and "Advice to War Presidents."
Tom Donalson is the President of America's PAC and America's Majority.  He works to carry on the work compiled by the late Richard Nadler, a contributor to American Spectator and NRO as well as the founder and President of America's Majority up until his passing in May of 2009.

Why have Latino voters abandoned the Republican Party in CA in such dramatic numbers?  The GOP cannot win and has no future in CA unless it wins over a significant number of Latino voters.  What is the problem?  What is the solution? Does it matter? 


Our program focuses mainly on CA politics, policy, business and jobs.   This past weekend, the CA GOP had its fall convention in the heart of Los Angeles, in a redevelopment zone called LA Live.   Ron Paul stole the thunder in the Presidential Straw Poll, and Michelle Bachmann fared worse than Perry and Romney  in the same poll even though she was the keynote speaker on Friday night at the Convention.

The State of CA is close to being fully dominated by the Democratic Party.   Republicans cling to a thread of power but have to fight the redisticting maps to hold on.   Their numbers of support among Latinos is at an all time low.

Juliet Williams reported in the Washington Examiner:
GOP registration has been sliding for years, with Republicans now accounting for 31 percent of registered voters, compared to 44 percent for Democrats and about 20 percent for independents.
Any strategy to revive that registration cannot succeed without persuading Hispanics, who comprise a third of the California electorate.  Click here to read more.
In June of 2010, the WSJ reported Hispanic Voters Drift From GOP:
Among California Latinos who registered between the 2002 and 2006 midterm elections, 23% were Republican, 50% were Democrats and 23% declined to state. More recently, GOP affiliation among Latinos has begun to slip. For those who registered since the 2006 midterm vote, only 16% are Republicans, 56% are Democrats and 24% declined to state an affiliation. For non-Latino voters, the figures are 24% Republican, 44% Democrat and 26% independent since 2006. 
Back in May of 2009, Alan Hoffenblum who has been a  guest on this program, wrote about the CA GOP's shrinking base in this piece called California’s Republican Legislators -- a White Males’ Club.   In it, he cited a recent poll by the CA branch of Public Opinion Strategies:

According to their research,voter registration among LATINO voters is 57% Democratic, 19% Republican, 20% Independent, and 4% other; among ASIAN voters, it is 30% Democratic, 29% Republican, 39% Independent, 2% other; and among BLACK voters, it is 83% Democratic, 8% Republican, 9% Independent.  
Angelo M. Codevilla wrote this piece  in June 2009,  and started a firestorm among Conservatives  around the message they send to Latinos. 

Recently, Mark Kerkorian engaged in debate  with Codevilla.  Here are few links to some of the writings back and forth: 

Not from the Onion May 6, 2011 4:43 P.M. By Mark Krikorian 
Response to Codevilla By Mark Krikorian, Posted on May 16, 2011 9:53 AM 

Perhaps the most ridiculous sentence ever written on immigration from the right: Were Americans once again to take citizenship seriously, to dismantle the welfare state’s bureaucratic and psychological culture of entitlement, to dismiss the image of themselves as white-gloved administrators, and to banish America’s drug culture, then Americans could safely stop worrying about our southern border. Yeah, and if there were less gravity we’d all run faster. 
Re: Not from the Onion May 9, 2011 2:58 P.M. By Angelo M. Codevilla 
Mark Krikorian writes that my article “Our Borders, Ourselves” “attempt[s] to undermine opposition” to one of our ruling class’s “most important tools,” namely “mass migration.” He charges that I want to “allow our nation to be crucified on the cross of unlimited immigration” and accuses me of “contempt for the actual people living in the actual United States of America who, whatever our manifold sins, would like to preserve whatever’s left of our country.”
 
I recently met a young man, in his early thirties, thin and tan and sporting aviator sunglasses with mirrored lenses.  He kept his hope alive by the encounters with people who bartered with him honestly, despite the many who cheat him of his pay for a hard day's, week's and even several weeks' work.  He is an 'llegal.'   He likes to read and write and study history in his spare time.  He sends money home to put his two sister through college and help his mother in the Central American Country he comes from.  

He  showed me a book he carries in his backpack, a tattered paperback called "Como Ganar Amigos E Influir Sobre las Personas" in Spanish. We know it in English as "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie.   He recommended it to me.  Said he knew he could be somebody someday. 

I know that book.  I've read it before.  It's from one of our legendary U.S. Capitalists.  It's  a primer in Capitalism.  You start with the customer is always right. You have something to offer, to sell. How are you communicating your message to your customers?   


We are in the business of ideas.  Our marketplace is broad and diverse.  Our fundamentals are fundamental and shape our success or our failure.   


Codevilla closed his article back in 2009 with this statement: 
"How Russians or Chinese or Indonesians feel about Americans, or how we feel about them, makes little difference simply because such peoples are neither neighbors nor relatives. But because Mexicans are at once close neighbors and relatives, our sentiments toward them and theirs toward us are of the greatest importance. When we make enemies of Mexicans, we foul our own nest."

Agree or disagree, hope you join us for the conversation.  

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Why Can't We Talk About All Our Wars? - TheStreet

Why Can't We Talk About All Our Wars? - TheStreet
A in the middle of this piece, there is a youtube video of a poignant, powerful speech by Ron Paul in 2002 on the U.S. House floor, on the eve of the U.S. going to war with Iraq.

Click to read this article and view the Youtube video of Ron Paul on the U.S. House Floor in 2002.

Summary of Pension Dates and Votes | CalWatchDog

John Seiler:

The Orange County Register’s Teri Sforza wrote up a great summary of California’s pension crisis, beginning with goosing the pensions during the past decade. She brings up the 9/11 attacks and the overwhelming support that went to police and firemen across the country. Then the police and fire unions took advantage of the taxpayers:

Among the many legacies of 9/11 — a nation’s sudden sense of its own fragility, trillions spent on military and security operations, not being able to accompany guests to airport departure gates — is the legacy of uber-generous public safety pensions, which may result in government agencies essentially paying two police and firefighter forces: One that works, and one that doesn’t.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that police and fire unions took advantage of the 9/11 tragedy to increase their pension benefits,” said Jack Dean, editor of pensiontsunami.com, in an email. “No elected official wanted to appear ungrateful for our local ‘heroes’ in uniform, and so they gave them whatever they asked for. Unfortunately, we taxpayers — and our children and grandchildren — will be suffering the consequences of those pension formula boosts for many decades.”

It wasn’t just Orange County.

Click to read the post at CalWatchDog.

GOP Straw Poll and Party Platform | Fox & Hounds Daily

A more moderate platform than the 2008 version was introduced at the convention by a drafting committee and caused much heated discussion before it was derailed temporarily in committee. The vote was close: 60-55. The battle on the platform is not over. The platform will be finalized next year..." (I disagree with the author that the straw poll which Ron Paul won will soon be forgotten. I do agree with Joel Fox, the author, that that is what supporters of a candidate who scored way behind in such poll would say.)
Click to read the article.

Calif. GOP looks to Hispanic voters for revival | The Associated Press | News | Washington Examiner

Interesting read. I'm a skeptic, and have been so utterly disappointed in the Republican Party for all the reasons stated by DelBeccaro, Hector Barajas, University of California, Berkeley student Francisco Loayza, 20, treasurer of the Berkeley College Republicans group, in this article. And I agree with "Selena Sanchez, 27. The preschool teacher from Riverside came to the convention Saturday to support [Ron] Paul,..."

I believe Barajas is authentic in what he says he's committed to accomplishing. I hope those whom he says are going to stay the course and support an on going program to court and recruit Latinos really do intend to continue their efforts and focus beyond the next election cycle, this time. May be they really really really mean it this time, about building a base of support among Hispanics in CA. It would mean building on core principles that make possible, a coalition big enough to stand up to the ruling class of public employee unions, big business and the politicians who serve them, and curry them favor at everyone's expense.

Is the CA GOP going to respond to the concern and issue with Immigration Francisco Loayza articulates in the article, about compassion, and reform of the process for legal immigration status? Or does the GOP in CA intend to go around that issue and address other issues that are critical to Latinos? Education? Small Business issues--regulations, red tape, taxes? I heard public safety? Good. Will they stand up to the teachers' union to support the parents who want their children to get a real shot at an education? Will they stand with the people of Fullerton, and other citizens from all around Orange County and Los Angeles County who are riveted around the case of Kelly Thomas, the Fullerton six, the Chief of Police, the three City Council members who are going face a recall, and the DA who has yet to make any statement other than that there is an investigation? Law enforcement is at a crossroads in CA. For Hispanics, it means a lot of people in prisons, and it's vital that the public trust the integrity of our State's law enforcement establishment.

Click here to read the article.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha Montelongo & CalWatchDog's John Seiler, CA City Journal's Ben Boychuk & Special Guest, Marcia Fritz CPA, President of Californians 4 Fiscal Responsibility.

Gadfly Radio Tonight, at 8 PM PT

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September 13, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:  Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal joins me as we talk with John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com, with special guest Marcia Fritz CPA, President of California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility.

Yesterday Flashreport published an op-ed called REFORM PUBLIC PENSIONS OR PERISH, co-authored by Carl DeMaio, San Diego City Councilman and Jon Coupal, President, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

Today, John Seiler posted a follow up piece in what appears to be a back and forth rally between he and CalPERS, titled CalPERS Misleads Members on 20.7% Gain.

On Sept. 1, I wrote an article on CalWatchDog.com, “CalPERS Still Boasting of 20.7 Percent Gain,” which was what they made from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011. In the subsequent two months, the fund had dropped 4.4 percent. Yet, as I reported, CalPERS still was boasting of the 20.7 percent in the fall number of PERSpective, the newsletter mailed to its members in late August.


Some members must have griped to CalPERS because, on Sept. 12, it responded to me, by name, on its CalPERS Responds Web site. There’s no link to my original article, so members can’t easily check for themselves what I actually said.
We'll talk about the issue, the spin from CalPERS, and the dire straights of California's economy tonight on Gadfly Radio.

Today I had an exchange with a very nice man who is  offended by this 'tirade' by angry taxpayers to reform what the voters approved in terms of Public Employee Pensions and benefits.  We'll definitely discuss this point with Marcia Fritz, John Seiler and Ben Boychuk tonight.

Should taxpayers bleed their jobs, assets, disposable income, city services  and more for the sake of being held to fulfill on promises we agreed to, even if we didn't know what the formulas amounted to, or didn't understand what they meant in terms of size of retirement incomes?    He thinks yes.  This is the battleline.  I'm for hugging our adversary and saying we're all in this together.  What is unsustainable is unsustainable and there are consequences for not addressing destructive policy.  For the sake of a healthy economy and communities, we have to reform. 

Ben Boychuk is reporting live with Parent Revolution’s First-of-its-Kind Parent Power Express Bus Tour in Los Angeles TODAY!

We'll take your calls, questions and comments on the air at 1-818-602-4929.

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Thank you for supporting our program, by listening, sponsoring, and or sharing this post with others.

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CalWatchDog's
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Friday, September 9, 2011

The Fullerton 6: A Death Penalty Case--Published at Fullerton'sFuture.org

September 8, 2011
By Mark Cabaniss, an attorney who has worked as both a prosecutor and as a public defender.

Mark has written several interesting pieces on the Kelly Thomas case over at GreaterLongBeach.com and CalWatchDog.com.

Reportedly, the Orange County DA is waiting for the coroner’s report before deciding whether to file charges against the six Fullerton police in the beating death of Kelly Thomas. As the medical evidence comes in, it looks increasingly likely that charges will be filed. But will the charges, if they are brought, be minimal, or will they be serious? Will they be the most serious charges warranted by the evidence? We don’t know. What we do know is that Kelly Thomas died after six Fullerton police severely beat him. The DA is still waiting for the official cause of death to be determined, but for the sake of this article, I am going to assume that the death came about as a result of the beating. Now let us make two further assumptions:
Click here to read more.

The Golden State Is Crumbling | Newgeography.com

This piece is raw. It says it like it is. We are being taken down a rat hole and we've got to get a grip. It's late.

What Does John Perez want, and what do other Latino Caucus Leaders want? They serve the interests of those who work deliberately to take CA back to it's pre-settled days--bye bye Agriculture.

Joel Kotkin names these interests. Certain Democrats work for "California's dominant ruling class—consisting of public-employee unions, green jihadis, and Democratic machine politicians (I wouldn't use that term, jihadis, but he does--I'd call them green socialists)."


It's a powerful piece. We'll talk about it next Tuesday on Gadfly Radio, along with talk about immigration, Mexico, policy, politics, principles and what we want--peace and prosperity. What does that look like? Not what this ruling class gives us! How do we get there?

Some excerpts from the piece:
"…The recent announcement that California's unemployment again nudged up to 12 percent—second worst in the nation behind its evil twin, Nevada—should have come as a surprise but frankly did not…."

"…What has happened to my adopted home state of over last decade is a tragedy, both for Californians and for America…"

"California's dominant ruling class—consisting of public-employee unions, green jihadis, and Democratic machine politicians—has no real use for science as Gilman saw it: as a way to create prosperity for its citizens. Instead, the prevailing credo of the state has been how to do everything possible to return to its pre-settlement condition, with little regard for what that means to the average Californian.
Nowhere was California's old technological ethos more pronounced than in agriculture, where great Californians such as William Mulholland, creator of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, and Pat Brown, who forged the state water project, created the greatest water-delivery system since the Roman Empire…"


Click to read the article.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sues trucking company for sidelining alcoholic truck driver

Ben Boychuk brought up this story this past Gadfly Radio show as a concern for legalizing Marijuana as beer or wine, in addition to strengthening the Medicinal Marijuana laws for clarity. Kyle Kazan said we need to deal with such matters as they come up but not avert reform on the one hand because of this type of irrational anti liberty, anti public safety government action on the other.

Click to read the story.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Study Discredits Global Warming, AB 32 | CalWatchDog

Sept 7, 2011
by Chris Street,

Nature Journal of Science, ranked as the world’s most-cited scientific periodical, just published the definitive study on Global Warming. It proves the dominant controller of temperatures in the earth’s atmosphere is galactic cosmic rays and the sun, rather than man. These “settled science” results should serve as a basis for Californians to overturn the state’s radical and now wrong environmental legislation, AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.

As one of the report’s researchers, Professor Jyrki Kauppinen, summed up his conclusions regarding the potential for man-made global warming: “I think it is such a blatant falsification.”click to read more.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha Montelongo and CalWatchDog's John Seiler, CA City Journal's Ben Boychuk & special guest, LEAP member, Kyle Kazan, former police officer w/ Torrance P.D.


 
Gadfly Radio Tonight, at 8 PM PT

Live Call in number: 1-818-602-4929 
September 6, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:  Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal joins me as we talk with John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com, with special guest LEAP member, Kyle Kazan, former police officer w/ Torrance P.D. in CA, the sixth-largest department in the county. 

Kyle Kazan twice led his department in felony arrests. He also testified as a court certified expert in drug sales. Kyle's work as a foot soldier in the war on drugs gave him insight into the ...futility and waste of drug prohibition.

We'll talk about the Drug War and escalation of violence in Mexico, the operations of cartels in CA, the weapons sold by US agents to Mexican cartels, the costs to financially broke CA and our Fed Govt for the War on Drugs.

We'll also talk about Portugal’s 10 year old program that has produced measurably safer, healthier communities,and a measurably significant drop in drug use and abuse, and significant financial savings for the Portuguese Government. What is the program, how does it work, how does it break down in terms of savings, policy and what are the real numbers of drug use, abuse, rehabilitation and incarceration today in Portugal, v what they were 10 years ago? We know in the U.S. the numbers have gone up. What are those numbers? We'll ask Kyle that too!

As part of our regular format, we'll do our closing segment where we talk with John Seiler about the latest, hottest stories at CalWatchDog, your eyes on CA Government.

John Seiler tonight on Gadfly, wants to talk about AB 499 by Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, D-San Diego. He has just published a report at CalWatchDog on this story. He writes that "In the bill’s language, it 'authorizes a minor, who is 12 years of age or older, to consent to medical care related to the prevention of a sexually transmitted disease.'

Current law allows such care only with a parent’s permission. AB 499 passed both houses of the Legislature and awaits a decision by Gov. Jerry Brown.

AB 499 commonly is called the “Gardasil Bill” because the major drug to be administered to 12-year-old girls — without their parents’ consent — is Gardasil, manufactured by Merck. According to Merck’s Gardasil Web site: GARDASIL is the only human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine that helps protect against 4 types of HPV...."
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Portugal's Ten Year Old Drug Policy Program that has legalized drugs  with measurably better results realized in terms of lower usage, crime and government spending for rehabilitation, education, and intervention.

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Drug DECRIMINALIZATION IN PORTUGAL
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Drugs in Portugal: Did Decriminalization Work?

Scientific American reports much more favorably here: 5 Years After: Portugal's Drug Decriminalization Policy Shows Positive Results Street drug related deaths from overdoses drop and the rate of HIV cases crashes
By Brian Vastag | April 7, 2009

Mixed Results For Portugal's Great Drug Experiment NPR straddles the fence and is on overdrive to remain "fair" and "balanced." if you’re not going to argue for the civil liberties of those who commit crimes of sin, such as enjoying a joint for the same reasons one enjoys a beer or a glass of wine, or if really out for an adventure, the same as smoking enough pot to feel like one has had one or two martinis. Pot can be as mild as beer and wine, or as potent as martinis or screw drivers, without the long lasting toxicity and hangover effects from the alcohol poisoning. That said, I thought it was interesting report.

Ann Coulter debates with John Stossel about the War on Drugs in this 9 minute video on YouTube.  I brought it up last night to illustrate the hard set prejudice influential conservatives hold against a Drug Policy that respects individual choices and liberties, and uses resources to support addicts of any drugs they abuse, to free themselves of their addiction and to turn their lives around.    

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Happy and safe Labor Day weekend to all. Tuesday's Gadfly Radio show will welcome special guest, LEAP speaker Kyle Kazan, former police officer w/ Torrance P.D. in CA, the sixth-largest department in the county.



Kyle Kazan twice led his department in felony arrests. He also testified as a court certified expert in drug sales. Kyle's work as a foot soldier in the war on drugs gave him insight into the ...futility and waste of drug prohibition.

We'll talk about the Drug War and escalation of violence in Mexico, the operations of cartels in CA, the weapons sold by US agents to Mexican cartels, the costs to financially broke CA and our Fed Govt for the War on Drugs.

We'll also talk about Portugal’s 10 year old program that has produced measurably safer, healthier communities,and a measurably significant drop in drug use and abuse, and significant financial savings for the Portuguese Government. What is the program, how does it work, how does it break down in terms of savings, policy and what are the real numbers of drug use, abuse, rehabilitation and incarceration today in Portugal, v what they were 10 years ago? We know in the U.S. the numbers have gone up. What are those numbers? We'll ask Kyle that too!

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by John Glaser, August 31, 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Our least sustainable energy option--From a land use, economic, environmental or raw materials perspective, wind is unsustainable

Paul Driessen

President Obama and a chorus of environmentalists, politicians, corporate executives and bureaucrats are perennially bullish on wind power as the bellwether of our “clean energy economy of the future.”

In reality, wind energy may well be the least sustainable and least eco-friendly of all electricity options. Its shortcomings are legion, but the biggest ones can be grouped into eight categories.

Land. As American humorist and philosopher Will Rogers observed, “They ain’t making any more of it.” Wind turbine installations impact vast amounts of land, far more than traditional power plants.

Arizona’s Palo Verde nuclear plant generates 3,750 megwatts of electricity from a 4,000-acre site. The 600-MW John Turk ultra-supercritical coal-fired power plant in Arkansas covers part of 2,900 acres; two 600-MW coal-fired units in India use just 600 acres. Gas-fired units like Calpine’s 560-MW Fox Energy Center in Wisconsin require several hundred acres. All generate reliable power 90-95% of the year.

By contrast, the 600-MW Fowler Ridge wind installation (355 turbines) spans 50,000 acres of farm country along Indiana’s I-65 corridor. The 782-MW Roscoe project in Texas (627 turbines) sprawls across 100,000 acres. Oregon’s Shepherds Flat project (338 gigantic 2.5 MW turbines) covers nearly 80,000 wildlife and scenic acres along the Columbia River Gorge, for a “rated capacity” of 845 MW.

The Chokecherry-Sierra Madre project will blanket some 320,000 acres of sage grouse habitat and BLM land in Wyoming with 1,000 monstrous 3-MW turbines, to generate zero to 3,000 MW of intermittent power. That’s eight times the size of Washington, DC, to get an average annual output one-fourth of what Palo Verde generates 90% of the time. But C-SM has already received preliminary approval from BLM.

To replace just 20% of the United States’ 995,000 MW of total installed generating capacity, we would need to blanket an area the size of Kansas with wind turbines, and then add nearly a thousand 600-MW gas-fired backup generators … and thousands of miles of new high voltage transmission lines.

Raw materials. Wind turbine installations require vast amounts of steel, copper, rare earth metals, fiberglass, concrete, rebar and other materials for the turbines, towers and bases.

A single 1.7 MW wind turbine, like 315 of the Fowler Ridge units, involves some 365 tons of materials for the turbine assembly and tower, plus nearly 1100 tons of concrete and rebar for the foundation. Bigger units require substantially more materials. Grand total for the entire Fowler wind installation: some 515,000 tons; for Roscoe, 752,000 tons; for Shepherds Flat, 575,000 tons; for Chokecherry, perhaps 2,000,000 tons. Offshore installations need far more raw materials.

To all that must be added millions of tons of steel, copper, concrete and rebar for thousands of miles of transmission lines – and still more for mostly gas-fired generators to back up every megawatt of wind power and generate electricity the 17 hours of each average day that the wind doesn’t blow.

Money. Taxpayers and consumers must provide perpetual subsidies to prop up wind projects, which cannot survive without steady infusions of cash via feed-in tariffs, tax breaks and direct payments.

Transmission lines cost $1.0 million to $2.5 million per mile. Landowners get $5,000+ per turbine, plus royalties on all energy produced from the turbine, plus payments for every foot of access road and transmission lines. However, taxpayers pay more, while the landowners’ neighbors suffer property devaluation, scenic disruption, noise, health problems and interference with crop spraying, but no monetary compensation. Direct federal wind energy subsidies to help cover this totaled $5 billion in FY 2010; state support added billions more; still more billions were added to consumers’ electric bills.

The Other People’s Money well is running dry. The “manmade catastrophic climate change” thesis behind the wind energy campaign is in shambles. Voters and consumers are understandably fed up.

Energy. Mining, quarrying, drilling, milling, refining, smelting and manufacturing operations make the production of metals, concrete, fiberglass and resins, turbines, and heavy equipment to do all of the above very energy-intensive. Ditto for transporting and installing turbines, towers, backups and transmission lines. That takes real energy: abundant, reliable, affordable – not what comes from wind turbines.

In fact, it probably requires more energy to manufacture, haul and install these monstrous Cuisinarts of the air and their transmission systems than they will generate in their lifetimes. However, no cradle-to-grave analysis has ever been conducted, for the energy inputs or pollution outputs. We need one now.

Health. Whereas environmentalists garner scary headlines over wildly speculative claims about health dangers from hydraulic fracturing (to extract abundant natural gas for wind turbine backup generators), they ignore and dismiss a growing body of evidence that wind turbines cause significant health problems.

Principal health issues are associated with noise – not just annoying audible noise, but inaudible, low-frequency “infrasound” that causes headache, dizziness, “deep nervous fatigue” and symptoms akin to seasickness. “Wind turbine syndrome” also includes irritability, depression, and concentration and sleep problems. Others include “shadow flicker” or “strobe effect” from whirling blades, which can trigger seizures in epileptics, “vibroacoustic” effects on the heart and lungs, and non-lethal harm to animals. Serious lung, heart, cancer and other problems have been documented from rare earth mining, smelting and manufacturing in China, under its less rigorous health, workplace and environmental regulations.

To date, however, very few health assessments have been required or conducted prior to permit approval, even for major wind turbine installations. Perhaps the trial lawyers’ guild could redress that oversight.

Environment. Raptors, bats and other beautiful flying creatures continue to be sliced and diced by wind turbines. Thankfully, the Bureau of Land Management has included an “avian radar system” to track the slaughter within its 500-square-mile Chokecherry region – and banned mining among the turbines.

Wind turbines are supposed to reduce pollution and carbon dioxide emissions. But because backup generators must repeatedly surge to full power and back to standby, as wind speed rises and falls, they operate inefficiently, use more fuel and emit more – much like cars forced to stop repeatedly on freeways.

Jobs. The myth of “green jobs” is hitting the brick wall of reality. While the turbines are installed in the USA and EU, far more numerous mining and manufacturing jobs are in China, where they are hardly “green.” As Spanish and Scottish analysts have documented, the “green” installer and maintenance jobs cost up to $750,000 apiece – and kill 2.2 to 3.7 traditional jobs for every “eco-friendly” job created.

Electricity costs and reliability. Even huge subsidies cannot cure wind power’s biggest defects: its electricity costs far more than coal, gas or nuclear alternatives – and its intermittent nature wreaks havoc on power grids and consumers. The problem is worst on hot summer afternoons, when demand is highest and breezes are minimal. Unable to compete against cheap Chinese and Indian electricity and labor, energy-intensive industries increasingly face the prospect of sending operations and jobs overseas. Bayer Chemical’s warning that it may have to close its German facilities is just the tip of the iceberg.

When it comes to wind, Nat King Cole might have sung: “Unsustainable that’s what you are, unsustainable though near or far. Unsustainable in every way, and forever more that’s how you’ll stay.” Maybe not forever, but certainly for the foreseeable future, especially compared to increasingly abundant natural gas.

So take a hint from Spoon’s lively tune and “cut out the middleman.” Forge a direct relationship with energy you can afford, energy that works nearly 24/7/365, energy that causes the least ecological damage and is far more sustainable than wind power: the hydrocarbon, hydroelectric and nuclear power that have sustained our society and brought unprecedented health, prosperity and living standards to billions.

Then help the planet’s least fortunate people to do likewise.

Paul Driessen is senior policy advisor for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow and Congress of Racial Equality, and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power - Black death.

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Drug cartels are tightening their grip in Acapulco, where civilian communities attempt to resist

by John Glaser, August 31, 2011
As of early August, 650 people had been killed in Acapulco, Mexico in 2011, making it one of the the bloodiest cities in Mexico, due primarily to the drug war.
As a key passageway for South American cocaine, the city has long attracted drug gangs, with agents of the Sinaloa Cartel battling the Zetas as far back as 2005. Both gangs are targeted in America’s war on drugs, which unfortunately has bolstered their capacities in various ways as they expand their dominance in the black market.
Men from the Zetas gang are suspected of having terrorized and burnt down a crowded casino last week, killing over 50 people.

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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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