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Friday, October 28, 2011

Anthony Krinsky blogs, 'Don't Hold Us Back' Coalition Widens

"There is more encouraging news from the 'Don't Hold Us Back' coalition." He's got two links to hot stories on the coalition and the widening. And then he writes, "I'm anxious to see if they have the resolve to stand up to the teacher unions and help Los Angeleans distinguish friends from foe when the UTLA widens their "protest," strikes, and shuts down the schools. I am also anxious to see..." Click to read the post.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha & CalWatchDog's John Seiler, CA City Journal's Ben Boychuk & Special Guest Anthony Krinsky on UTLA's "Big Business Interests" to Occupy L.A.

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October 25, 2011:  Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Martha Montelongo along with Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com, welcome Special Guest Anthony Krinsky, the publisher of  Anthony Krinsky's Education Blog. We'll talk with Anthony about his recent blog post and the questions he raises and discusses in this post:  

LAUSD Occupation is big business for the UTLA

This blog is cross-posted in the Echo Park Patch.
http://echopark.patch.com/blog_posts/lausd-occupation-is-big-business-for-the-utla

We'll also discuss a previous post on his blog concerning an alliance between Republicans and the Teacher's Union, concerning No Child Left Behind's renewal and the elimination of accountability standards.   Rand Paul is leading the charge for the elimination of these requirements, but will these help the Education Reformers or will it set the movement back?

Rand Paul (R) embraces the NEA/AFT position on ESEA
Why is Rand Paul begging for legislators to invite under-performing NEA teachers to testify against basic testing that costs around $15 per student per year but which tells us whether teachers are doing anything useful with the $700 billion we spend every year on public education? 
Why is Rand Paul casting deciding votes with the National Education Association to scrap the best (and arguably only) good laws that the Department of Education has ever promulgated: RTT and the accountability provisions of NCLB?

We'll check in with John on the latest hottest stories posted at CalWatchDog.com including:
 
Govt. Union Boss in Top 1%
John Seiler Oct 25, 2011
The Occupy Wall Street crowd is protesting against the high pay of the top 1 percent in income in America. They say they’re part of the “99%ers” — all the working people who keep the country going. Our friend Larry Sand points out that California’s government worker unions, especially the teachers’ unions, are joining the bandwagon, claiming to represent the 99 percent. He writes: It’s almost Halloween and the California Teachers Association, a rich and powerful outfit, is in costume as one of the “99%ers” – protesters who claim to be have-nots. A couple of weeks ago United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten made sympathetic statements about the Occupy Wall Street movement. Now the California Teachers Association has jumped in with a full endorsement and suggestions on its website as to how teachers and others can get involved in OWS activities. Well, guess what?  (click on the link at the title to read the full article)

Politics Still Beats Down Police Reform
OCT. 24, 2011 By TORI RICHARDS
A mentally ill homeless man was beaten into a coma that proved fatal by six Fullerton police officers as he screamed, “Help, dad!” Fresno police repeatedly punched a homeless man in the head while he was face down with his arms behind his back. Three BART officers in Oakland detained an unruly passenger, who was then fatally shot in the back. When the victims’ families, the media and civil rights groups tried to discover whether these officers committed any previous acts of excessive force — or even to obtain their names — a gulf of silence ensued.
Welcome to five years after Copley Press v. The Superior Court of San Diego.


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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Is freedom in America a myth or a reality?

"As this column will, 'It Is Dangerous To Be Right When the Government Is Wrong' tells stories that generally do not have happy endings. Most of the time, freedom loses. But these arguments I will make come from my heart as well as my head; and they should resonate in your heart and head. Every day, in many a way, seen and unseen, liberty is lost. It is the purpose of this column to address the seen and the unseen, to argue for the primacy of the individual over the state and to help foment a reawakening of the natural human thirst for freedom. Let me spend some time with you in the privacy of your own thoughts. Let me take you on a wild ride through the annals of freedom in America. As you read the pages of these forthcoming columns, ask yourself if, at each turn, we are closer to freedom or slavery, if the majesty of the law really means what it says, and why – why – it is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong. You'll be educated and agitated, but you won't be disappointed.--Judge Andrew Napolitano Click to read this column by Judge Andrew Napolitano.

Which Republican [Presidential] Candidate Is More Conservative?

"The problem with American conservatism, as Lew Rockwell of the Ludwig von Mises Institute has explained, is that it hates the left more than the state, loves the past more than liberty, feels a greater attachment to nationalism than to the idea of self-determination, believes brute force is the answer to all social problems, and thinks it is better to impose truth rather than risk losing one soul to heresy. It has never understood the idea of freedom as a self-ordering principle of society. It has never seen the state as the enemy of what conservatives purport to favor. It has always looked to presidential power as the saving grace of what is right and true about America. Ronald Reagan’s claim that “the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism” is bogus. The two ideologies are poles apart. It would be more accurate to say that the very heart and soul of conservatism — given conservatives’ support for the welfare state, the regulatory state, the nanny state, the police state, and the warfare state — is not discernibly different from that of modern-day liberalism. Which Republican [Presidential] candidate is more conservative? When it comes to the key issues of liberty, property, and peace, they (except, of course, for Ron Paul) are all statist and interventionist to the core. Click here to read the commentary.

Book Review: It Is Dangerous To Be Right When the Government Is Wrong Judge Andrew Napolitano answers the challenges of liberty. by John Hayward

Published in Human Events 10/18/2011 Judge Andrew Napolitano begins his new book, It is Dangerous to Be Right When the Government is Wrong, with a telling anecdote about Nikita Khrushchev​’s disastrous command to grow corn in Siberia. The principle of positivism, which states laws are valid because they were duly enacted, slammed into the eternal laws of a universe that is not much interested in seeing corn grow upon frozen tundra. The resulting carnage was horrifying, and modern politicians have learned absolutely nothing from it. Napolitano aims to correct that. His book is a witty, erudite, fast-paced primer in libertarian philosophy - from the writings of Locke and Paine, through the modern headlines that would make them nauseous. Rarely will you find a book that exposes the liberal State’s utter contempt for the Constitution with more precision and clarity. Click to read the review at Human Events

Wagging the Dog with Iran’s Maxwell Smart

Posted on 10/13/2011 by Juan (on his blog: Informed Comment) I personally do not understand how the corporate media in the US can report the following things about Manssor Arbabsiar and then go on to repeat with a straight face the US government charges that he was part of a high-level Iranian government assassination plot. It seems pretty obvious that Arbabsiar is very possibly clinically insane. Here are the top 10 reasons that he cannot be Iran’s answer to 007: Click here to read the post.

The Fed's De Facto Dollar Devaluation -Letters to the WSJ

...Seemingly without concern for these [market-distorting] effects, Mr. Bernanke is trying to force people out of cash and into other asset classes in an attempt to raise their prices and create the illusion of increased wealth. In other words, what Mr. Bernanke is really doing is debasing the dollar. Click to read article.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha & CalWatchDog's John Seiler, CA City Journal's Ben Boychuk & Special Guests Steven Greenhut, and Mark Cabaniss

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October 18, 2011:  Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com, welcome CalWatchDog's editor in chief Steven Greenhut, and former public defender and DA  Mark Cabaniss.   

We'll ask Steve about the news, from bad to worse concerning California's fiscal crisis, and the battle over what to do about it. 

We'll ask Mark what he thinks about District Attorney Raukaukus's choice to only charge two of the six officers involved in the murder, and what he makes of the charges the DA did hand down.

KFI's John and Ken host the number one drive time show in the country, second to New York City market in numbers, and first in monetized market share.  Love 'em or hate 'em, if you're in radio, you wish you had their numbers.

They're populist and some of their political rants and perspectives line up well with the principles of liberty, sound fiscal policy and limited government that doesn't infringe on a healthy entrepreneurial class, the middle class, the small business class.

Some of their ideas are reactionary. But that's another topic. Tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct 19th, they are going to Fullerton, CA to support the recall of three sitting City Council members who make up the majority of the City of Fullerton's City Council, and their reason is spot on for all the latter perspectives about their populism.

The issue that brought this recall into being was the police brutality against and murder of Kelly Thomas, a 37 year old 135 pound schizophrenic homeless man who also happened to be son of a former Orange County deputy sheriff and a loving caring father. The reason this case was not buried under the rug as so many police brutality cases and sometimes even the murder of a detained person or prisoner are, was the forming of an alliance between Kelly Thomas's father and the writers of a local and popular blog called Friends for Fullerton's Future.

Guest, Mark Cabaniss, who lives in the Sacramento area in Northern CA, is a former DA and a public defender. He has written on this case on at least three separate occasions and his pieces have been published at CalWatchDog, Friends For Fullerton's Future Blog, the Greater LongBeach.com online news publication, and other publications. You can find a compilation of his works on this issue here.
Each of the different op-eds he wrote on this case appeared is various different publications but are only listed here one time.

Tonight we'll ask Mark to explain to us what he thinks about District Attorney Raukaukus's choice to only charge two of the six officers involved in the murder, and what he makes of the charges the DA did hand down. L.A. Times Blog reported the D.A.'s charges like this:
Two Fullerton police officers have been criminally charged in the violent confrontation that left a homeless man dead, Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas announced Wednesday.
Officer Manuel Ramos has been charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in connection with the beating of 37-year-old Kelly Thomas, a homeless schizophrenic man. Officer Jay Cicinelli has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and excessive use of force.

Are the charges fair?  Can the public expect justice be served?   Yes or no, and why? 

Special guest, Steven Greenhut, studies, writes and speaks about public policy.  In addition to being editor and chief of, and regular contributor to CalWatchDog.com,  he regularly contributes columns to online and hard copy publications, including the Opinion section of the O.C. Register, and the hard copy of City Journal.  He has authored two powerful books on abuse of the public trust in public policy: Abuse of Power: How the Government Misuses Eminent Domain , and his most current, Plunder: How Public Employee Unions are Raiding Treasuries, Controlling Our Lives and Bankrupting the Nation .

We'll talk with Steve about as much as we can and have time for, concerning the ongoing battle between citizens who want to reign in the costs, power and burdens of the Public Sector in California, and those who defend the status quo, and are pushing to up the costs of sustaining the current paradigm onto the tax payers, in terms of raising taxes, and reforming or diluting Proposition 13, raising fees,  and further restricting citizens in cities or municipalities from enacting reforms at the local level to cut down the costs of their public sector services, employees, benefits and retirement pay.

Steve lived in Southern California until recently, and worked as an editor for the Opinion Section of the Orange County Register and their blog. He wrote a lot on police practices during his tenure at the O.C. Register and has much insight to share with us on the issue of the Kelly Thomas case, the DA's charges, and the policy, politics and practices that enable police and sheriff Departments to develop into a culture of abusive practices.

Other related links:
Outlook goes from bad to worse for CalSTRS under proposed accounting standards: By Dale Kasler
California's big public pension funds are already short tens of billions of dollars. An organization of accountants is about to make the picture look even worse. A proposed change to pension accounting standards could give more ammunition to conservatives seeking to reduce pension benefits for public sector workers. Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to issue a wide-ranging proposal to overhaul pensions sometime soon.
Departing DeVore Zings Union Ally Spitzer Silencing Local Gov’t Truth-Teller

Merging cities: ‘Out of the mainstream’?

De-Development Nightmare Haunts CA Biz

Convicting an officer is a tough challenge, experts say: Jurors are usually sympathetic toward police officers and even when prosecutors get a conviction, the sentence may be reduced.

Baca says he was out of touch with county's jails: The Los Angeles County sheriff said he failed to implement important reforms that could have minimized brutality. He also said his command staff has at times left him in the dark about jail conditions.

30 jailers punished for inmate beatings, report says: Sheriff's Department watchdog releases study on inmate abuse. Sheriff Baca plans to install more video cameras in jail to document misconduct.

L.A. County deputy says he was forced to beat mentally ill inmate: The rookie, top recruit in his class, resigned after the incident, which he said was covered up. The deputy's supervisor was allegedly threatened by the young man's uncle, a sheriff's detective.

L.A. County jail guards aid drug trading, sources say: Inmates pay to get narcotics and other contraband through deputies. Baca says guards' financial hardships are usually involved.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Why a Revolutionary Spirit is Targeting "Wall Street Greed"

"We read reports on the worldwide demonstrations in The Washington Post, Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal. Nowhere was there the slightest hint at the real problem. Nobody’s interested in the real problem...

The press talks about how the rich got richer. Here’s The Washington Post: ...

...People who complain about “greedy” executives and rich people miss the point. People — rich and poor — are always greedy. But they don’t always have a monetary system that encourages debt and favors investors over working people. This money system was created in 1971 by the Nixon Administration, which probably didn’t know what it was doing…and it was later perfected by subsequent Federal Reserve chairmen...

In addition to stretching the gap between rich and poor, the non-gold monetary system had one other notable consequence. It undermined the working classes’ ability to compete in the modern world. This it did by moving more and more production to the emerging markets..."

Click to read this article at The Daily Reckoning

Bloomberg Businessweek's Weak Assault on Prop. 13 - Public Sector Inc. Forum

"Christopher Palmeri's long feature at Bloomberg Businessweek attempts to trace U.S. decline to Californians' fateful decision in 1978 to cap the unchecked growth of property taxes...But Palmeri and his sources downplay or ignore two of the biggest reasons for California's perpetual budget crisis. Proposition 13 "effectively shifted the financing of portions of local government services and education from the property-tax base to the more volatile income- and sales-tax bases," Standard & Poor's said in a Sept. 8 report. True. Yet Palmeri fails to mention how the state ran budget surpluses until 2002, and local governments were so flush with revenue until 2007 that they would routinely vote to increase pension and health benefits for public employees, sometimes even retroactively..."



Bloomberg Businessweek's Weak Assault on Prop. 13 - Public Sector Inc. Forum

Click to go to PublicSectorInc to read this article by Ben Boychuk.

Two new ‘Education’ Attacks on Prop. 13 | CalWatchDog

The tax obesessives just won’t leave Proposition 13 alone. The 1978 tax limitation measure prevents excessive tax increases on property.

The latest assaults come from two sources. The first is the California Budget Project (for Massive Tax Increases). A new study claims school spending has crashed for a decade: ...

The second source is Bloomberg.com, the news source run by far-left multi-billionaire Michael Bloomberg. Having boosted taxes to slam New York City, where he’s been mayor the past decade, his aim now is to hit California.

According to Forbes, Bloomberg’s current net worth is $18.1 billion. If this guy is concerned about New York City and California budget problems, why doesn’t he solve them by donating a couple billion of his fortune to solving the problems?

Instead, on Bloomberg.com, his columnist Christopher Palmeri attacks middle-class taxpayers: ...


Click to read this article at CalWatchDog

Friday, October 14, 2011

Mark Cabaniss, attorney who has been both a former prosecutor and public defender, joins Gadfly Radio with Martha and CalWatchDog next Tuesday night to discuss OC DA Raukaukas's Charges of only 2 of the Fullerton Six Police Officers invoved in the Fatal beating of Kelly Thomas

 Has OC DA Raukaukas handed down charges that make it very possible for both men to get off with little if any time behind bars?  Are the charges lenient?   Did he set up the charges with an easy escape hatch for the officers?  What are very possible and probable outcomes given these charges?

Below are essays Mark Cabaniss was inspired to write, given the grotesqueness of this case of Police criminal abuse of power.    They were published at CalWatchDog, and picked up by the Friends for Fullerton's Future Blog and the Greater Long Beach Newspaper Publication. 


OC DA’s POLICY OF PRE-EMPTIVE SURRENDER  

Monday, September 12th, 2011 By MARK CABANISS

It is getting close to decision time for Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas in the Kelly Thomas case, in which six Fullerton police officers are accused of beating Thomas to death. While the investigation is still not completed and must be b...


THE KELLY THOMAS CASE: INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER OR FELONY MURDER?

By Mark Cabaniss | August 31, 2011, 5:34 pm

An involuntary manslaughter charge depends on the assertion that the police were lawfully arresting someone. But if they beat Thomas after he lost consciousness, it was no longer a lawful arrest. Felony murder---death arising from a felony---could be based on Thomas' death arising from battery with serious bodily injury, mayhem or torture, as examples.There does not have to be any intent to kill.


TO END POLICE ABUSE, PUNISH ABUSERS 

Tuesday, AUGUST 16, 2011 By MARK CABANISS

Let us be clear: Kelly Thomas’ death was not a “tragedy’ during a “confrontation,” or an “altercation"; it was a gang killing in which six men beat to death a small, mentally ill man who was completely unconscious as the final death blows fell.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Facing Cuts, a City Repeals Its Domestic Violence Law - NYTimes.com

By A. G. SULZBERGER
Published: October 11, 2011

TOPEKA, Kan. — The startling vote came up at a City Council meeting here on Tuesday, provoked by a run-of-the-mill budget dispute over services that had spun out of control: decriminalize domestic violence...
"...Eighteen people have been arrested on domestic violence charges since September and released without charges because no agency is accepting new cases. That has raised concerns among advocates for victims of domestic violence, some of whom gathered Tuesday outside government buildings to express outrage over the gamesmanship..."

"...'To have public officials pointing fingers while victims of domestic violence are trying to figure out who will protect them is just stunning,' said Joyce Grover, executive director of the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence.

Though Kansas and its capital city have fared better than much of the country in this struggling economy, they are not immune to fiscal strains. The district attorney’s budget of $3.5 million was cut by 10 percent, which would force about a dozen layoffs. Meanwhile the office is dealing with what Mr. Taylor describes as a 'recent uptick in violent crime,' which he attributed to increased gang activity...."


An increase in gang activity? What do gangs engage in? Drugs? What if drugs were legalized and our approach to drug abuse was to offer treatment to addicts when they chose to seek treatment, because their life was not working so well for them? Why not stop spending millions to fight a losing war on drugs, creating gangs, gangsters, turf wars, and drying up our resources to help victims of crimes that are not drug related?



Click to read the article.

Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha & CalWatchDog's John Seiler, CA City Journal's Ben Boychuk & Special Guests Bob Bowdon & John Moorlach

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October 11, 2011: Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com, welcome John Moorlach, Vice Chairman of The Orange County Board of Supervisors. 

Also  joining us is Bob Bowdon, the Director of the Cinema film, The Cartel--a movie about the public school unions and their establishment and the rule they hold over public schools in New Jersey.   He's got a new project on Education called ChoiceMedia.TV and CA is one of the states on his radar.

We'll get John Moorlach's assessment of the debt crisis in various O.C. Cities, in light of the City of Santa Ana talking bankruptcy.  He's been doing some research on how other cities and counties in CA stack up.  We'll get a teaser about his statewide research and findings too.

Related Links:

John Moorlach is a blogger.  You can visit his blog at John Moorlach's Postings Focused & Understandable Government that Works.

The Cartel,  was a game changer film in the realm of public education reform.  

ChoiceMedia.TV

Governor Jerry Brown has just signed several of the hundreds of bills that were passed by California's most public-sector-union dominated  legislature, but he proves to be even more beholden to the union cartel than the legislature.  We'll touch on a few of the most egregious bills he signed and one he vetoed.

 He signed:
  • AB144, which bans open carry by law abiding citizens.  
  • John Seiler writes that by signing AB 499, Gov. Brown Undermines Parental Rights,  allowing 12 year old minors to be administered Gardasil, the HPV immunization injection without their parent' consent or even knowledge. 
He Vetoed:
"This measure would [have] overturn[ed] a California Supreme Court decision that held that police officers can lawfully search the cellphones of people who they arrest," Brown said in a statement on why he shot down the bill. "The courts are better suited to resolve the complex and case-specific issues relating to constitutional search-and-seizures protections."

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U.S. debt crisis: U.S. debt crisis a perfect storm - mcall.com

A comment by a reader called Taxed1 on the site where this article is posted said this:
The average household cannot relate to these big figures unless you lop off eight zeroes from the debt-ridden U.S. budget. Here's from a recent E-mail.
Household Budget in proportion to U.S. Budget
Annual Family Income: $21,700
Money the family spent $38,200
New debt on credit card $16,500
Outstanding balance on car $142,710
Budget cuts $ 385

Scary, is it not? All of us, not just the Tea Party, should be concerned with the debt run up over the past three years under Obama. Any household budget like this would be insolvent or in bankruptcy. If we do not cut spending, we will be in a situation similar to Greece.
Click to read the article.

Occupy Wall Street: Contempt Of Political Class - Forbes

More lead-footed “Keynesian” dogmatists than Skidelsky are horrified that the right is rallying to monetary reform and, especially, to the gold standard. TheWashington Post’s Steve Pearlstein, The New York Times’ Paul Krugman, ThinkProgress’ Matt Yglesias and Marie Diamond, The Washington Monthly‘s Steve Benen and Michael O’Hare and The Roosevelt Institute’s Mike Konczal, Prof. Barry Eichengreen and Thomas Frank all have noted (with alarm), that, in the words of Krugman, “Gold bugs have taken over the GOP.”


"No contortions are needed to cross Keynes’s bridge between the profiteer-hating #OWS and the sober reformers gathered in monetary conclave by Heritage Foundation. The official website of Occupy Wall Street contains an entire forum dedicated to the gold standard. While by no means unanimous (please read it, and comment on it, here), a theme emerges that elegantly is summarized by one of the activist/commentators there: 'Gold and silver. Been honest money since the dawn of time. The only money that’s ever worked….'"


Click here to go to article at Forbes.

Newt Gingrich | Gary Johnson | GOP Debates | The Daily Caller

Speaking of media, why is Gary Johnson not invited to speak at the Presidential Debate tonight, and why is Wash Post/Bloomberg so blatantly biased? Wish Wall St Protesters would protest Wash Post/Bloomberg!

Pull Quotes: The “elite media” shouldn’t decide the next GOP nominee, Gingrich says. “Fairness requires Gov. Johnson to be included in tomorrow’s debate,” Gingrich wrote on Twitter Monday. “I encourage Wash Post/Bloomberg to invite him.”

In an email to The Daily Caller, Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond said, “When it comes to picking the leader of the free world, we are better off trusting the judgment of the American people, not the whims of the elite media.”

Columnist Fred Barnes on Sunday wrote in the Wall Street Journal about the importance of primary debates to candidates like Johnson — and how devastating it is for them not to be included.

“The biggest beneficiaries of increased viewership are the also-rans,” Barnes wrote. “The debates keep them in the race. At no cost, they get the attention of millions more voters than they ever could on their own.”

Johnson’s campaign has been pushing for inclusion, calling debate qualifications arbitrary.



Click to go to Newt Gingrich | Gary Johnson | GOP Debates | The Daily Caller

Legalize heroin | Practical Ethics | University of Oxford

I found this piece very interesting, and I'm posting here, comments that followed the article. They were all very thoughtful and serious. No one was flippant or rude. I have really come around on this issue. I have gone from thinking it was immoral and dangerous to consider legalization of drugs, to coming to understand the war on drugs as the bigger threat and assault on the public's safety and health.

Here's an excerpt:

The “war on drugs” is dangerous indeed; it has failed, and failed dramatically. A new report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy concludes that that “political leaders and public figures should have the courage to articulate publicly what many of them acknowledge privately: that the evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates that repressive strategies will not solve the drug problem, and that the war on drugs has not, and cannot, be won.”



Here are a few comments that followed the post:


I, for one, would be happy to put drug dealers out of business and channel money from illegal drug trade to harm reduction, education, and treatment.
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Phallusaurus says:
October 4, 2011 at 8:40 pm

> heroin sure is a health risk, even if legalized

Much, much lesser risk. Most health problems come from the fact that it’s cut: sometimes it’s a harmless cut, sometimes you inject yourself with something nasty, and sometimes you die from an overdose since that new stuff you got was undercut.

I actually think, under legalization, heroin users can make a living almost as normally as a tobacco smoker can. Hell, I know people who do, they just abuse diamorphine (synonym for heroin) in prescription form.
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TLR says:
September 29, 2011 at 1:28 pm

I like Dr. Paul’s approach in decriminalizing drugs and treating it as a sickness instead of a legal matter. The $ from the war on drugs could then be spent on rehab. or drug prevention.




Click here to read to the article.

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Fascist Threat by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

"...Fascism is the system of government that cartelizes the private sector, centrally plans the economy to subsidize producers, exalts the police State as the source of order, denies fundamental rights and liberties to individuals, and makes the executive State the unlimited master of society.
...Buried in the report is another fact that has much more profound significance. It concerns median household income in real terms..."

"...What the data have revealed is devastating. Since 1999, median household income has fallen 7.1 percent. Since 1989, median family income is largely flat. And since 1973 and the end of the gold standard, it has hardly risen at all. The great wealth generating machine that was once America is failing.

No longer can one generation expect to live a better life than the previous one. The fascist economic model has killed what was once called the American dream. And the truth is, of course, even worse than the statistic reveals..."
Click to read the post in full.

Wall Street Couldn't Have Done It Alone by Sheldon Richman

The spreading Occupy Wall Street movement, despite a vague worldview and agenda, properly senses that something is dreadfully wrong in America. The protesters vent their anger at the big financial institutions in New York’s money district (as well as other big cities) for the housing and financial bubble, the resulting Great Recession, the virtual nonrecovery, the threat of a second recession, and the long-term unemployment — which averages over 9 percent but hits certain groups and areas far more severely than others.

The protest is understandable, even laudable, but there’s something the protesters need to know:


Click to read the article

Sunday, October 9, 2011

GMOs: A Horror Flick that isn't a flick, it's a real life horror in the making--The fact that we proceed when we are seeing dangerous results already is insane.

GMOs Supporters's argue in support of their actions and policy goes like this: "The enhancement of desired traits has traditionally been undertaken through breeding, but conventional plant breeding methods can be very time consuming and are often not very accurate. Genetic engineering, on the other hand, can create plants with the exact desired trait very rapidly and with great accuracy." Remind...s me of horror flicks where the mad scientist, in a lustful quest for super powers creates monstrous results that threaten humanity. I got the quote I cite above from a website that is sympathetic to GMOs. I list it only because it's important to know their arguments. They minimize the threats, dangers, concerns and lack of data. The arguments to support GMOs, that they help to improve farming for the poor, ignores safe ways to empower the poor to farm effectively and efficiently without contamination of our food supply. Click here to go to Genetically Modified Foods: Harmful or Helpful? (Released April 2000) by Deborah B. Whitman. A video a friend posted on his FB wall and told me about is called Pinky Presents: Islands at Risk: GMO in Hawaii and you can view it on YouTube here.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Jon Stewart on Mitt Romney's Biggest Problem

| Lauren Lipsay | Rolling Stone

"...presumed de facto front-runner" Mitt Romney must really be getting "hurt where [his] feelings should be." After all, the former Massachusetts governor has had his eyes on the White House since 2007, and "looks like the guy you'd cast as president in a movie." The only obstacle to Romney's candidacy, according to Stewart? Mitt Romney, and his history of flip-flopping. Watch the Daily Show host hit Mitt where it hurts: his past positions.
Jon Stewart on Mitt Romney's Biggest Problem | Lauren Lipsay | Rolling Stone

The Gospel is Not a Political Programme | Blogs | NCRegister.com

“Heresy” comes from the Greek word referring to the drawing out of thread on a whole weave, so that a piece of the garment falls off and the whole thing is ruined. That’s what heretics and ideologues (but I repeat myself) always do: take a piece of the Gospel and use it to attack the whole. If somebody tells you Jesus was a capitalist or a socialist, a liberal or a conservative, a nationalist or a globalist, a member of this party or a member of that one, you are talking to a heretic.
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Gary Johnson on Fed Crackdown on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries: DOJ Has Better Things To Do

October 7, 2011, Santa Fe, NM — Responding to an announced Department of Justice "crackdown" on California medical marijuana dispensaries, former New Mexico Governor and presidential candidate Gary Johnson today warned that Americans who believe in states rights should be "extremely disturbed" by what he calls an "assault" on businesses operating legally under state law.

In a statement released Friday morning, Johnson said, "With weapons being allowed to `walk' to drug cartels in Mexico and Solyndra walking with $500 million of taxpayers' money, I would think DOJ and the Administration have better things to do than mount an assault on medical marijuana dispensaries in California that are legal under state law. Regardless of one's view of medical marijuana, Americans who believe in states' rights should be extremely disturbed that the federal government is in the process of shutting down businesses, threatening criminal charges, and confiscating the property of small businesses operating under good faith according to state law.

"We have a drug war along the border that has taken tens of thousands of lives, and the federal government is spending its time and resources declaring war on small businesses whose only `crime' is trying to dispense medical relief in a regulated, taxed, and legal manner. If there is a conflict between state law and federal law, maybe it's time for the feds to just admit that their law is just wrong, and let the states decide for themselves how they want to handle the issue of medical marijuana."

According to news reports, the Department of Justice has issued warnings to medicinal marijuana dispensaries, operating under California law, demanding that they shut down within 45 days or face not only confiscation of their property, but also criminal charges.

Learn more about Gov. Johnson at http://www.garyjohnson2012.com and become a fan at www.Facebook.com/GovGaryJohnson

"Steve Jobs was born out of wedlock, put up for adoption at birth, dropped out of college, then changed the world. What's your excuse?" --author unkown

I love this image making the rounds on the web.   Thank you Steve.  Thank you so much. 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Five short videos from Jeffrey Smith provide sharable introduction to GMOs for your friends who need to know

Jeffrey Smith from the Institute for Responsible Technology has released five short videos that are perfect for sharing with friends who might be new to GMOs. These short videos tell powerful, hard-hitting stories about GMOs in just two or three minutes, and they're easy to forward to others who need to know the truth about what's happening to our food supply. This is not anti capitalist. It is not anti limited govt. GMO's are another monster created, with the aid of our Government, because we aren't paying attention to our Government. Public Sector Pensions, benefits and Big Business bailouts with the taxpayer's money and saddling us with the debt, and give-a-ways of millions of tax payer's dollars for green jobs that are just a dream we've been sold to sell us more debt in the name of contracts for green energy are big problems we have. But GMOs are a big problem too, and our food supply--our seeds, our genetic integrity is on the line.

Here are the five videos, posted on NaturalNews.TV. You can also share the URL of this article if you'd like to introduce your friends to all five of these videos:
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Obama Did It, All By Himself » Counterpunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Prominent figures on the Left are breaking ranks in bigger numbers, for now... Levine here champions the rule of law, both domestically and internationally, even while impugning Obama for not reversing the 'deregulation' of the Bush era... So we aren't of the same political views, but we concur on this: "Still, it must be said that Obama did bring change – for the worse. He didn’t just continue Bush’s lost wars, rebranding one and escalating the other; he also added much of Asia and Africa, and even parts of Latin America, to the empire’s anything goes free fire zones. Drone technology makes it easier now than it was for his predecessor to practice “low intensity” warfare; but, to borrow a slogan from another nefarious lobby, “drones don’t kill, presidents do” — insofar as they really do control the means of violence. To the extent that Obama is not owned by the national security state, he is culpable each and every time its agencies spread murder and mayhem."
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In California, a state and local war over revenue and responsibilities

A suit, brought by cities and redevelopment agencies against the state, challenges a move by the legislature essentially requiring cities to fork over hundreds of millions of dollars to school districts if they want their redevelopment agencies to remain in business.


Proposition 13’s escape hatchClick here to read the article

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha & CalWatchDog's John Seiler, CA City Journal's Ben Boychuk & Special Guest Richard Rider of San Diego's Tax Fighters Group

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October 4, 2011: Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com, welcome Richard Rider of San Diego's Tax Fighters Group for a lively discussion on what the looters of America are up to and getting away with like it or not. Used this last line last week, and lo and behold, it still fits.

Yesterday, Katie Grimes of CalWatchDog.com wrote Brown Hands Out More Union Gifts. It is a bloody gutting of a bill at the 11th hour, to fill it with an egregious flagrant power grab, to neuter, nullify, squash, smash, any efforts by citizens in local governments to govern themselves, to do what Sacramento is too corrupt and dysfunctional to do, to reign in the Blob that controls the Governor and the majority of the Legislature in Sacramento. The bill SB 922, that started out as a bill to legislate immunizations and tuberculosis screening was gutted and transformed into a death knell on City or Municipally passed initiatives to ban Project Labor Agreements anywhere in CA, because what has been brewing in San Diego has been getting the attention of activist around the state, inspired by the success of the activists in San Diego, to build coalitions to establish sound fiscal policy in San Diego, to protect vital services and restore financial solvency.

The coalition for Comprehensive Pension Reform C.P.R. announced on Friday, last week, that they had qualified a major game changing initiative for the ballot, in June next year, to reform public employee pensions for the City of San Diego. Earlier in the month of September, activists in the City of San Diego just qualified an initiative to ban Project Labor Agreements for Construction in the City of San Diego.

We'll talk with Richard Rider on the reform measures that have been passed, and the two that have just been qualified for the June ballot and this move by the Governor and the Union controlled Legislators who have passed a bill to cut the San Diego reformers off at the knees. What now?

I want to talk about my take on the Latino Groups who announced last week, they want John and Ken removed from the airwaves on KFI.  It is not a coincidence that the same week, Governor Brown refers to John and Ken as part of a group he coins as the 'Legion of Acceptability' in a interview with the NYT.

Related links:
Anti- Project Labor Agreement Initiative Qualifies for Summer Ballot

my take on the Latino Groups who announced last week, they want John and Ken removed from the airwaves on KFI.

  
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John and Ken: Groups claim they want their show off the air over their rants against illegal status immigrants getting privileges that trump U.S. citizens' but I believe it is a cynical move.

The LAT's headline and byline reads:
Groups want 'John and Ken' show off the air
The popular KFI radio hosts gave out the cellphone number of an immigrant rights activist, prompting hate-filled calls. Minority and immigrant rights groups say they will boycott advertisers if the show isn't taken off the air.
Last week on Tuesday, John and Ken convened a meeting of what they call the Legion of Acceptability. This followed words Jerry Brown said in NYT's interview to a reporter. He said "GOP legislators obey strict fealty to the 'Legion of Acceptability'….whose roster Jerry told the NYT includes:

'Jon Coupal, who works for Howard Jarvis; Grover Norquist; the Ken and John talk show; the guy who does the Flash Report. Any two of those can stop any bill in the Legislature where Republicans are needed. They basically work for them...'"

On Friday the attack from the Latino Groups hit the two most influential among all of those mentioned as the "Legion."   Jon Fleishman posted this story, Groups want 'John and Ken' show off the air, on his Flash Report. 

On Friday night,September 30, 2011 at 6:15 PM I sat down at my notebook to try to write down what was reeling though my head after listening intently to their show, captivated by their discussion of, their reaction to, and the reaction from their listeners as reflected on their new John and Ken listener line.

I had just finished listening to their playing of their first round of chosen calls from their listener line. Many of the messages related directly to John and Ken's previous segment, which consisted primarily around their reaction, response to and discussion of the charges and accusations being levied against them by Latino groups who are united around an intent to have John and Ken removed from the air.

John and Ken recited a list of the groups who want them off the air, their threat of a boycott, and more specifically, their discussion of an additional statement released by Rosalia Tenorio, Director of Communications for the National Hispanic Media Coalition, which read the Coalition's accusations of John and Ken for inciting hate speech and even violence against Latinos. As evidence of their charges, they pointed to John and Ken's having given out the cell phone number of Jorge-Mario Cabrera, a spokesman for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.

The press release claims that John and Ken are responsible for inciting hate crimes against immigrants including murder.

I was excited to hear this battle erupting, only because I have often cringed over things John and Ken say when discussing issues that involve immigrants of illegal status, or illegal immigrants, as they like to say, with adequate contempt and froth. I am sensitive to the plight illegals, and because the majority of these immigrants are from Mexico and Central America, I share a cultural background that makes me sympathetic. That doesn't mean I want to extend our absurd runaway welfare benefits to immigrants of illegal status. I am sure the vast majority of legal Latinos in CA share my opinion on this matter. I want to see us reform our immigration policy so that it is not so dysfunctional and disconnected with reality, and I want to see us develop policy that doesn't punish legal citizens by fiat, by taking what is available in financial aid and distributing it to residents of illegal status.

The discussion on this issue on Conservative Talk Radio is often hyperbole. It may be great for ratings but it is vitriolic. Many times the descriptions of 'illegals' suggest they're all violent, or stupid, or thieves or welfare rats, parasites, trash. Yet to people who eat where they eat, live where they live, and shop where they shop, we see the human beings who are here illegally. We see individuals who live among us and have illegal status, and our impressions and considerations are more complex. I love the sinner, but hate the sin.

I loved several of the callers' messages on Friday, some supporting John and Ken, some telling them how they love them and then get angry with them.

It seemed to me that a few of the callers were Latino. One identified himself as such. His message was passionate. He told them he loved what they were doing, and he was angry about the displacement of legal citizen being displaced by illegal citizens.

I thought, that caller, all those callers who said they love their show, love the things I love about listening to John and Ken, how they expose corruption of some police departments and officers, constantly exposing the abuse and corruption of elected officials whose elections are funded by public employee unions, and who cater to their same unions and their members at the general public's expense and financial obligations.

Those are the battles that make them heroes, and that is why for me, despite how many times I swear at them, curse them, and shut them off when they go off on their anti-illegal-immigrant rants, not because they are offended by the unethical policies of the politicians that give welfare benefits away as if it were their own money they were spending, and not for the costs and expenses they object to, but for the aspersions they hurl against a culture, a language, and a people that my own mother embodied, even though she was always legally here.

  The vast majority of legal status Latino immigrants and Latino citizens DO NOT WANT rampant free for all of benefits and welfare for illegal status immigrants.

Most people don't want that. People who work hard, who are responsible, who pay their taxes, want to be secure and live free and peacefully and they want their government to be fair and responsible. 

Many Latinos have relatives who are illegally here, and  those who are citizens vote, legally.  They care about their home and their neighborhood but they also care about their brother.   All I'm saying is you catch more flies with sugar. You can lead or govern with harshness and insult or by reason and inspiration.

You can insult people and their relatives to shame them into agreement if you don't repel them first, or you can appeal to their higher moral being.  You can win points by fanning flames of hatred and rage, or you can build a broad coalition by appealing to people's common ethics, goals, dreams desires and righteous moral indignation.  It's probably not as hot for ratings.  But I bet John and Ken's ratings are higher now, because of their coverage of the issues of Kelly Thomas and the police cover up of his murder, and their coverage of the moral turpitude of governments who are allowing the public employee unions to bankrupt their cities and live fat off the hog, on our backs, and our security. 

I loved that woman caller who goes on and on about how she just loves John and Ken. "I love you guys" and then sometimes she hates what they're talking about (I said to myself as I listened to her, yup, that's me!), and she went on, about how she loves what they talk about and they're fun (and I think, very exciting), and then they talk about somethings that she hates the way they talk about them, and she turns them off (That's me too!!!) and then we come back.

For me, it's the WAY they frame what they say about people illegally here, how it occurs to people who have neighbors or relatives or friends who have illegal status. People like me, with my sensibilities and background, also care about this issue.

We don't want to go bankrupt. We care about our legally-born-and-raised-here-families, we also care about some persons of illegal status. We know some of them personally, and some, we are related to.

We're are not trying to champion government tax payer funded benefits for people who are here illegally. But we care about those people just as John and Ken care about Kelly Thomas. Why was Kelly out on the streets? Our laws make it impossible to institutionalize him.   Does that give license to the cops to beat him to death for kicks?   Hell no!  Thank you John and Ken for taking this issue on!

Why? Why do we come back?  Because of what they talk about, and the way they do it.  We love how they talk about all of the corruption!  We love how poignant they are,  the way they pound on it!

That's why the "Latino Groups" want them out. Those groups are part of the club that pulls the levers up in Sacramento.  They get funding, access, and power. 

For years they've ignored John and Ken. It has been most convenient for them to have Latinos shut John and Ken off and tune them out.   They've benefited from having this large eclectic population of Latino voters ignore and avoid listening to John and Ken and their words that rain and reign over the radio waves that cover all of Southern California. 

But now, I would bet that John and Ken are garnering a fast growing following of  listeners who are Latinos!  People like me, who LOVE what they do, for the most part, even though we seethe when they talk as if they don't like Mexicans. I pray out loud with frequency,  "Dear God, please let one of John's children fall in love with an illegal Mexican." I know he loves his children, and maybe this would cause him to love an illegal sister too, despite her status and shortcomings with the law.

Maybe when he talked about the issue of illegal immigration, he would save all his vitriol for the politicians and the "Latino Groups" who claim to love them so much, and use them so well for their own fat greedy destructive parasitical power.   Those "Groups"  have the power to force education reform, but no, they don't do it.  They're whores who serve their masters for a dollar.   They let the Latino children rot in decrepit schools that fail them.  They let the ones who drop out and get into trouble languish and rot in corrupt prisons.  And they love this Dream Act farce where they pose as heroes to save a token few, while poking legal-status-citizen-taxpayers in the eye.

The legislature is now on a full throttle attack against the citizenry that want's to save their city. They have basically declared war on local cities and municipalities. The governor, it seems, just can't do enough for the public employee labor unions who funded his election.

I cheered when he seized the money from the local redevelopment agencies and spoke of abolishing them once and for all. Good riddance! They're parasites and slush funds for the opportunists who see it as de riguer to take as much as they can because if they don't someone else will. Real moral turpitude there.

The Police corruption surfacing in Orange County, and here in Los Angeles, the County's Sheriff's Department is boiling over with corruption, and it is out in the open. The corruption, abuse and violations of civil liberties, human rights, legal protections, and due process have been a matter of course in LA County jails and in Orange County's Fullerton Police Dept in particular.   John and Ken are on it, and they're staying on it! And there are a lot of people who didn't listen to them on other issues that are vital, listening to them now.  

They are heroes to everyone who has suffered injustice at the hands of peace officers in isolation and without any support. The listeners care about this issue passionately! We care passionately about the public employee unions and the retirees, and their politicians, and the mess we are in.

John and Ken don't care about Kelly Thomas because he's white, or because he was homeless or schizophrenic. They care because what the police did to him was wrong, and because how the police department, and the City Council of Fullerton was trying to ignore the matter, and it could have slipped under the rug, had it not been for the bloggers at Friends for Fullerton's Future, writing about the corruption,  posting everything they could to tell the story.  John and Ken picked it up!  They got it!

They care about government's abuse of power, their corruption, their self serving selfish, destructive self preserving actions that run roughshod over the interests of the people at large. That's why John and Ken are so freaking hot now, and why the Latino Groups, weighing the costs v benefits, have made a decision to try to get them removed.

Links:

JOHN AND KEN ON DEMAND Podcast for Friday, September 30, 2011 LA Times [article about groups that want John and Ken off the air] 5PM (9/30)

Groups want 'John and Ken' show off the air

Latino Leaders Discuss Hate Speech on the ‘John & Ken Show’

Monday, October 3, 2011

Connelly: Ken Burns' distant mirror on 'War on Drugs' debacle - seattlepi.com

Excerpt: Hypocrisy was a key aspect of Prohibition. President Warren G. Harding endorsed the 18th Amendment, but loved his highballs, and regularly joined his cronies for whiskey-fueled poker games.

"Lutherans and Episcopalians were slow to go along with Prohibition," said Burns. "A joke at the time went like this: Episcopalians and Lutherans worship God secretly and drink openly; Baptists and Methodists worship openly and drink secretly."

Prohibition had a big loophole. Physicians could prescribe booze for "medicinal" purposes, just as today you can easily get a prescription for using marijuana to relieve pain. During the 1920s, Americans were consuming 1 million gallons of spirits a year for their medical value.


I posted this following comment on Friday, Sept 30, in the comments section of the article above at 12:16 PM
"The Anti-Saloon League was not interested in anything else," Burns said. "It demanded absolute agreement. It was very much like the Nationa...l Rifle Association of its time."

Damn it Burns. You just can't stay consistent on the issues of civil liberties. The NRA defends them, nonapologetically, and not as well as I wish they did, but the goons you compare the NRA to were pro police state tactics and law, and anti limited government and individual liberty. A lot of avid 2nd Amendment fans would say the NRA doesn't stand firm enough.

I'm delighted Burns produced this piece. There are a whole lot of decent intelligent Americans who have bought the lies and distorted reasoning and fallacies that have perpetuated our war on drugs for over 30 years now. Besides the rise of vicious gangsters, I hope he does well to expose the corruption of law enforcement agencies at all levels of government, as a result of prohibition of marijuana. If so, bravo!


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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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