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Friday, December 30, 2011

Our Growing Police State

Today, Afghanistan provides 90+% of the world's heroin while the largest military action in the 21st Century takes place in that country; the opium poppies in many cases grow right up to the razor wire of American bases. A de facto civil war is taking place between the government and the narcotraficantes in Mexico that has cost 36,000 lives. Today the street prices of cocaine and heroin are at historic lows. It would seem that the War on Drugs is truly lost and that our government simply doesn't care. And yet over $20 Billion/year is spent on the War on Drugs; most of it on law enforcement. This seems to be a very poor return on the investment.


Articles: Our Growing Police State

RDAs Hoisted On Own Petard | CalWatchDog

Some of my favorite quotes from this op-ed by Steven Greenhut:



"The CRA, the League of California Cities and the foolhardy Republicans, such as Sen. Bob Huff were outsmarted. They were so arrogant that they tripped over their own clever plans. They passed Prop. 22, which then forbade the one mechanism that would have saved redevelopment from the ash bin of history."


"Philanthropist Howard Ahmanson is best known in the liberal media for funding religious-right causes, but one of Ahmanson’s biggest interests for years was fighting redevelopment, for reasons of faith and justice. He supported two other heroes, Assemblywoman Beth Gaines and her husband, Sen. Ted Gaines, who both defied their parties and voted with the Democrats to end redevelopment."

It takes a big man or woman to give credit where it is due, regardless of how much you would normally disagree with the man or woman you are acknowledging. Here's a quote that does just that:


I can’t end without tipping my hat to Gov. Jerry Brown and the Democratic Legislature. I almost never agree with anything they do, of course. And I don’t for one minute argue that the state’s Democrats ended redevelopment because of any concern for property owners or property rights. But they did indeed do the right thing. They stuck with it. I don’t believe that we would have this great victory had the eminent-domain-supporting Meg Whitman become governor. Brown’s analysis of redevelopment did indeed show a remarkable understanding of more than the fiscal problems with it. This victory makes many of his other bad policies almost tolerable.

To read the post, go to: RDAs Hoisted On Own Petard | CalWatchDog

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Gadfly Radio Tonight: It's the Holidays but the news doesn't stop so neither do we!

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Dec 27, 2011:  Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Martha Montelongo along with Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and special guest, Joel Mathis. 

Joel Mathis is a writer and stay-at-home dad living in Philadelphia. He co-authors—with Ben Boychuk—a weekly political column for Scripps Howard News Service, his own weekly column for Philadelphia Magazine's website, and is a regular contributor toMacworld.com. Visit his blog at www.joelmathis.blogspot.com.

While everyone is on holiday, a pernicious, many would call sinister bill has passed both houses and awaits the President's signature. the National Defense Authorization Act, NDAA is decried by watchdogs from all walks of the political spectrum, who believe in and defend civil liberty and civil rights. What is it and why should you care?

The Great CA Redistricting Sting:  California's redistricting of political districts turns out to be worse than even the Pro-Publica report suggested last week in How Democrats Fooled California's Redistricting ... - ProPublica

 The taxpayer supported Teacher’s Union Jobs Program, popularly known as California's K-12 Public Education System fails to adequately prepare more than 60 percent of all CA college bound kids,
despite billions of tax dollars spent on the K-12 public education.  "The remedial numbers are staggering, given that the Cal State system admits only freshmen who graduated in the top one-third of their high-school class. About 27,300 freshmen in the 2010 entering class of about 42,700 needed remedial work in math, English or both."

Larry Sand of The CA Teachers Empowerment Network wrote a piece today in which he argues that "there are those among us who think that teachers unions, collective bargaining and peer assistance review are the way to a better education for kids. They look like earthlings, but in fact are extraterrestrials."  Indeed, there are a rising chorus of voices that all vilify, denigrate, and dismiss with conspiratorial overtures, all organizations focused on reform that incorporate accountability with measurable results and integrity.   We'll touch on several of the targets of these attacks, and we'll stick to addressing the attacks on Democrats, liberal Democrats, just to be more than fair and balanced.  


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Related links to the NDAA: The NDAA Repeals More Rights

The Moral Liberal - ‎4 hours ago‎

The recently passed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) continues that slip toward tyranny and in fact accelerates it significantly. The main section of concern, Section 1021 of the NDAA Conference Report, does to the 5th Amendment what the ...

The Nation and the National Defense Authorization Act | World Socialist Web Site - ‎17 hours ago‎  | By Tom Carter and Barry Grey 

A comment by Robert Scheer published December 15 on the Nation magazine's web site dealing with the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) demonstrates that the left-liberal layers for whom the magazine speaks are ...


NDAA closer to becoming a reality in the United States | Examiner.com - ‎Dec 25, 2011‎

There is a growing concern in the Tri-Cities of East Tennessee over the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) because it contains provisions allowing Americans to be detained without trial, and even transferred to foreign prisons and is ever closer ...

An egregious violation of due process  | Washington Post -


Congress sent the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to President Obama with provisions making possible the indefinite detention of US citizens suspected of terrorist activities, without due process, in instances authorized by the president ...

Related links to  The CA Redistricting Sting:  More Proof Dems Manipulated Redistricting

Related Links to the Taxpayer Subsidized Jobs Program for incompetent K-12 Public School Teachers and Administrators: Are Teacher’s Evaluations a Substantive Improvement for Public Education Oklahoma is not the first state to adopt a teacher evaluation system based in part on student test results, but is part of a growing trend across states and schools to move to the growth or value added evaluation models.
By Megan Rolland Dec 25, 2011

These last three articles deal with the Teachers Union Establishment and their Spokespersons in the media demagoguing demonizing reformers and sanctifying the status quo.   The last piece is one Larry Sand must have been referring to in his oped about "extraterrestrials"


Letter: Don't let lawmakers hijack public schools

Posted: December 17, 2011

Charter schools are not the solution: The widow of famed UFT leader Albert Shanker blasts ‘reformers’
They are unwilling to work within the system

BY Eadie Shanker  NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, December 26 2011

Teach for America: Liberal mission helps conservative agenda
  
By Valerie Strauss
This was written by Andrew Hartman, who teaches history at Illinois State University. He is the author of Education and the Cold War: The Battle for the American School. This was originally published at jacobinmag.com. It is long but well worth your time.  (See Larry Sand's reference to this piece above)



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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Debates and Gary Johnson | Cato @ Liberty

And yet the Republican party and the big media have excluded the candidate with the second-most experience as governor. And so I wonder again, how does the establishment exclude a Republican governor who got elected twice—and served his full terms—in a Democratic-leaning swing state, had a successful record, vetoed more bills than all other governors combined, proposed the boldest policies in the country on both school choice and drug policy reform, and then left the state with a budget surplus? TThe Debates and Gary Johnson | Cato @ Liberty

Gadfly Radio with Martha and CalWatchDog: Tonight, Ben Boychuk, John Seiler, Special Guest, Yolie Flores, former L.A.U.S.D. School Board Member, catalyst for reform

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Dec 20, 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 Yolie Flores of Communities for Teaching Excellence, on the web at 4TeachingExcellence.org


We'll speak with Flores about: 
  • her decision to leave the L.A.U.S.D. School Board, 
  • her decision to not endorse a candidate to fill her seat. 
  • The organization Communities for Teaching Excellence, she now heads up
  • What does she make of the latest contract agreement between the L.A.U.S.D. Superintendent and the UTLA teacher's union? 
  • What does she make of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
  • formally referred to as THE LAUSD-UTLA LOCAL SCHOOL STABILIZATION AND EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVE OF 2011?
 

We'll cover the latest hot talk from around the state of CA.   John Seiler has a new report up on Mexico:  U.S. Govt. Destroying Mexico | CalWatchDog,

and we'll talk with Ben Boychuk on the latest published on CA City Journal and his latest Head to Head weekly column with Pia Lopez:  To boost the economy should Congress extend the holiday on payroll taxes? 

Related Links: 

The Huntington Park campus newspaper infamously ripped into Flores when she began to push for change, very clearly echoing the hurt expressed by their teacher(s), who understandably don't want to shoulder the blame for the high school's terrible standing.
But Flores won't back down in her conviction that enough is enough. Now, she tells the Times: "This school has been waiting for decades, and people say wait a little longer. To me, it's a stall tactic. I'm tired of waiting."--Huntington Park High School Becomes Guinea Pig for Radical LAUSD Reform: 50 Percent of Teachers to Get the Boot --LAWeekly, By Simone Wilson Tue., May 10 2011

School Reformer Yolie Flores Departs LAUSD to Fight From Outside - Page 1 - News - Los Angeles - LA Weekly  She forced through the most radical idea in recent lausd history. So why’s she leaving for a Bill Gates start-up? By Jason S. Mandell Thursday, Mar 10 2011

Supt. John Deasy asks LAUSD board members to stay impartial on school control - Los Angeles Times October 01, 2011|By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times

UTLA signs contract with LAUSD that holds teachers accountable for student performance - LA Daily News By Barbara Jones, Staff Writer, 12/15/2011 05:15:30 PM PST, Updated: 12/15/2011 05:16:47 PM PST 

The UTLA characterizes the tentative agreement as a solution that "will stabilize schools by stopping the giveaway of sites to outside operators and limiting reconsitution." 
As Howard Blume reports in this morning's Los Angeles Times, the agreement, in negotiation for several months, "virtually [ends] the two-year policy that allowed [under the 2009 LAUSD School Board ruling on Public School Choice] charter operators and others to take over low-performing and new campuses."  --Unleashing the power of the professional": LAUSD brings back local control - California's Children 11-30-2011

The demands of the "Don't Hold Us Back" coalition, which includes the California Charter School Association (CCSA) went completely unheeded. Insiders will tell you that their protests could be dismissed as harmless "theatrics." The continuance of school board management is simply a continuance of union rule. While reformers have done a poor job organizing themselves, the results show that their efforts were wholly insufficient.  --Anthony Krinsky's Education Blog: UTLA members rubber-stamp 6 more years of union rule  Dec 16, 2011 

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Million-Dollar Nurses Show California’s Struggle to Cut Payroll - Businessweek

Million-Dollar Nurses Show California’s Struggle to Cut Payroll - Businessweek

Scandal and insanity at Penn State, Durban and the IPCC: Climate fraud proves insanity of extending Kyoto, renewable subsidies and economic mayhem

Paul Driessen
In a repeat of Copenhagen, on the eve of the Durban climate change gabfest, someone released another horde of emails from alarmist climate researchers, including Dr. Michael Mann, whose infamous “hockey stick” was headlined in the 2001 IPCC report to justify the Kyoto agreement and demands that nations slash fossil fuel use and economic growth.
Meanwhile, back on Dr. Mann’s campus, Pennsylvania State University was confronting the sordid Jerry Sandusky affair. Sports Illustrated summarized the Augean Stables task in an article titled “Missteps at every turn: Efforts to clean up Penn State reveal how deep the institutional problems lie.”
As SI noted, a key judge in the case, Pennsylvania’s governor, Penn State’s new athletic director and even the attorney appointed to head up a “full and complete” internal investigation all have deep and longstanding ties to the university and/or its big-money football team. Noting these and other “blatant conflicts of interest,” the magazine quoted new PSU president Rodney Erickson as saying, “Penn State is committed to transparency to the fullest extent possible” [emphasis added] – in view of relevant financial, personal and other considerations, and special exemptions that Penn State enjoys from disclosure laws.
SI ended the article by asking, “Is Penn State cleaning house? Or simply rearranging the furniture?”
The same question applies to Dr. Mann. In the wake of Climategate 2009, Penn State hurriedly exonerated him and his department of any wrongdoing, as did NOAA and the National Science Foundation. The blatant whitewashes reflect the desperation of organizations intent on preserving their money train and perpetuating the Hollywood façade of manmade catastrophic climate change.
All three organizations are at the forefront of fraudulent climate alarmism and its agenda of “radically transforming” the energy and economic foundations of modern nations. As IPCC Chairman Rajendra Pachauri has said, climate change is “just a part of” the effort “to bring about major structural changes” in “unsustainable” economic growth, development and lifestyles.
The agenda involves slashing carbon dioxide levels to 80% below 1990 levels. That would carry the United States back to emission levels last seen during the American Civil War – devastating the economy.
Together these institutions receive billions of dollars in annual government grants that foster one line of thinking on “global climate disruption” – another term concocted to spin weather and climate events as unprecedented disasters resulting from hydrocarbon energy use. Delegates from all three institutions get to attend annual climate confabs at exotic 5-star resorts, to promote “the cause” of ending mankind’s “addiction” to fossil fuels and establishing “global governance” under UN auspices.
For all these institutions, full-blown independent investigations – with adverse witnesses, cross-examination, and access to data and records denied to previous investigators – could result in lost income, prestige, and power over public policy decisions. Honest, replicable, truly peer-reviewed, robustly debated science into the causes, effects and extent of climate change would do likewise.
For Penn State, global warming represents a significant cash cow. As meteorologist Art Horn has noted, the university received a whopping $470,000,000 in federal grants and contracts between 2010 and 2011. Neither Mann nor Penn State is saying how much went to climate research. But since the US government spent over $106 billion on climate research money between 2003 and 2010, PSU undoubtedly received a hefty portion for promoting the official alarmist viewpoint.
No wonder they refused to turn over raw data and computer codes to other scientists, IPCC reviewers and even investigators – claiming these were private property, even though taxpayers paid for them and the results generated are being used to justify endless energy, job and economy-killing public policies.
At the tip of the policy iceberg are EPA’s (postponed) CO2 “endangerment” regulations, its boiler and refinery rules, its reams of restrictions on coal-fired power plants, the agency’s opposition to hydraulic shale fracturing and the Keystone XL pipeline, and its new automobile mileage rules, which will raise the cost of cars, reduce crash-worthiness and result in thousands of additional deaths in accidents. Mann’s deceptive models and hockey sticks are also being used to justify a $100-billion-a-year “climate change reparation and mitigation” fund for poor nations, to be financed directly by FRCs (formerly rich countries) or via “climate taxes” imposed on international air travel and imported and exported products.
Also benefitting from the corrupt Climate Armageddon research machine are crony capitalists and climate profiteers too numerous to count: the renewable energy and carbon trading firms that depend on climate scares to maintain renewable energy, “green job,” carbon trading, and similar mandates and schemes.
As Competitive Enterprise Institute analyst Bill Frezza has observed, the US Department of Energy invested $529 million in taxpayer-subsidized loan guarantees to build North America’s largest lithium ion automotive battery plant … to supply a Finnish electric car manufacturer backed by Al Gore’s venture capital fund … to ship 40 (!) cars to the USA to date … so that they can be purchased by “environment-motivated” millionaires like Leonardo DeCaprio, who receive $7,500 tax credits for buying the cars.
Add in billions for wind turbines and solar panels … billions to persuade the poorest nations on Planet Earth to endure “sustainable” lifestyles, rather than modernize through reliable, affordable and, yes, hydrocarbon energy … and billions for IPCC and other UN bureaucrats, who insist that drought and flood, cold and heat, storm and sea level events are no longer due to natural forces, but to mankind’s use of fossil fuels – and we’re talking serious money.
Global warming alarmism could ultimately cause the global economy trillions of dollars.
Meanwhile, what about average workers and families? They get none of these perks, sinecures, subsidies and handouts. Instead, they get to pay taxes to support the bureaucrats, pseudo scientists and activists. They get to pay soaring energy bills that subsidize wind, solar and climate schemes, while driving families into fuel poverty. They get to lose their jobs, as companies faced with skyrocketing energy bills lay people off, close their doors or ship jobs off to overseas factories that have cheap energy and cheap labor, because China, India, et cetera do not and will not operate under Kyoto-style restrictions.
What about families in destitute African countries, where 90% of the people still don’t have electricity – because radical environmentalists, IPCC and World Bank operatives, and Obama Administration bureaucrats collude to delay or prevent the construction of coal and even gas-fired power plants?
It’s remotely possible that we face a genuine manmade climate crisis. It’s highly likely that mankind will continue to confront natural climate changes that compel adaptation through ingenuity and technology.
However, Climategate 1 and 2, The Delinquent Teenager and other exposés make it clear that the climate crisis cabal deliberately altered data, misrepresented and withheld crucial information, squelched inquiry and debate, and presented a one-sided narrative, so as to protect their revenues and reputations, and drive an anti-hydrocarbon agenda. Until truly convincing evidence is presented, vetted and fully debated – that fossil fuels are causing catastrophic warming and climate disruption – Kyoto and its proposed successors should be terminated, and the frenzied rush to kill fossil fuels and embrace renewables should be ended.
Penn State needs to conduct a real investigation, by honest independent analysts who have no ties to the university or the climate crisis consortium. Its trustees took bold, decisive action on the Sandusky scandal. They need to do the same thing with Professor Mann, his department and colleagues.
Far too much is at stake – for the university, United States and world at large – to permit Penn State (or the IPCC and White House) to merely rearrange the furniture.
Paul Driessen is senior policy advisor for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power - Black death.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Non-Partisan Analyst Exposes California High Speed Train’s Flawed Finances

     As often happens when pipe-dreams collide with reality, the California High Speed Train project has just experienced its second major set-back in just the last month. After cost projections for the train-to-nowhere were doubled just a few weeks ago, a new report from the non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office found that the high-speed rail plan “does not comply with key provisions of a ballot measure that voters approved,” according to the Los Angeles Times. The audit found that high speed rail officials must “must complete an environmental review and identify a corridor, a usable segment, all sources of committed funds and a schedule for the receipt of financing,” before any of the $9 billion that voters approved in 2008 can be requested, the Times reported.

Of course, none of these major failures were among the selling points when this boondoggle was pitched to voters three years ago. Similarly, no such prognostications of rapidly inflating costs and rapidly deflating benefits are being pitched with a similar ballot box boondoggle, the so-called California Cancer Research Act. This project, funded by a nearly $1 billion annual tax hike, duplicates existing programs, but still adds a brand new $16 million bureaucracy to California’s already bloated public sector. What’s worse is that this project’s spending continues year after year, regardless of whether the state can afford it or not.

     At a time when California is facing record level deficits, doubling down on the out-of-control spending that drove the state into the ground is surely not the way to go. Like working families across the nation, California bureaucrats should learn to live within their means.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Gadfly Radio with Martha and CalWatchDog: Tonight, Ben Boychuk, John Seiler, Special Guests, Ben Chavis on School Boards, & Jack Dean on Public Pension Costs

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Dec 13, 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.  

Special guests tonight are Dr. Ben Chavis, author of  Crazy Like a Fox , of American Indian Public Charter School fame, on the critical role of School Boards in support of the current prevailing paradigm that is our K-12 Public Education System,  and Jack Dean of  Pension Tsunami on the significant increase in the level of the public's awareness to the dangerous current system of public policy formulas for wages, benefits and pensions for our Public Employees or Public Sector workers, including a look at the most recent Field Poll, Gallup Poll and political developments in San Jose, San Diego, and other happenings in CA.   

I love Whitney Tilson's write up on his blog, about Ben Chavis.  Here's an excerpt:
His schools are grades 6-12 and his first group of 27 seniors graduated last year -- and 100% went to four-year colleges. He's grown AIPCS from one school to five and all of them got API scores above 900 from the CA Dept of Education (scores range from 200 to 1000 with a statewide goal for all schools of 800; needless to say, nearly all other Oakland schools are nowhere near 900, much less 800). He told me his black and Latino kids are outscoring white and Asian kids -- so much so that leaders of the Chinese community in Oakland asked him to open a school in their community -- and it's his lowest-scoring school (so far anyway)! His brash, in-your-face style would make any reasonable person uncomfortable, but great leaders often have this trait (think Patton). Here's what I know: if I had to send my kids to an inner-city school, I'd want them at one of his schools (if there weren't a KIPP nearby of course; interestingly, critics level some similar charges against KIPP as they do against Chavis: the discipline is too harsh -- oh boo hoo hoo...).
 
John Seiler's latest hot piece up at CalWatchDog is another must read: New Chart: More Spending Impossible | CalWatchDog
And it's a must discuss too!  


Related links are a sampling from Pension Tsunami's posts for Today, Dec 13, 2011:


The State Worker: Poll: Government workers favor lower pensions for new hires 

PPIC POLL: Big majority support Brown’s tax increase plan | SignOnSanDiego.com

San Jose Needs to Continue Bargaining on Pension Reform (editorial - San Jose Mercury News)

Poll Finds Little Love for Big Gov; 64% of People Surveyed Said Big Government Is Biggest Threat to the Country (M.J. Lee / Politico)

PENSION PULSE: Most Misunderstood Asset Class Today? (blog - Leo Kolivakis)

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Obama’s Kansas speech: some suspect facts - The Washington Post

"...Finally, Obama blames the Bush tax cuts for “massive deficits.” It is certainly true that the Bush tax cuts helped blow a hole in the budget. But they did not do it all by themselves. We looked at length at this issue earlier this year, assisted by new Congressional Budget Office data.

The data showed that the biggest contributor to the disappearance of projected surpluses was increased spending, which accounted for 36.5 percent of the decline in the nation’s fiscal position, followed by incorrect CBO estimates, which accounted for 28 percent. The Bush tax cuts (along with some Obama tax cuts) were responsible for just 24 percent..."
Obama’s Kansas speech: some suspect facts - The Washington Post

Disloyal Opposition » Blog Archive » You can keep your not-so-new nationalism - Viewing the state with disdain, no matter who is in charge

..."So, when Barack Obama tramps back to Osawatomie to deliberately echo TR’s speech and views, color me nauseated. “[I]n America, we are greater together – when everyone engages in fair play, everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share. … [A]s a nation, we have always come together, through our government, to help create the conditions where both workers and businesses can succeed.”

Once again, the appeal to tribal identity, the call to submerge individual interests in the name of the greater good of the group — as identified by the speaker. And if you don’t agree with the speaker’s very specific idea of what’s good and right? Well, Teddy Roosevelt called you a “reactionary”; Obama, in our psychologized age, insists you and your co-dissidents have “collective amnesia.”

But we live in an age that’s not just psychologized, but fact-checked, and even the Washington Post called bullshit on much of Barry’s supporting evidence for his exhumed not-so-new nationalism..."



Disloyal Opposition » Blog Archive » You can keep your not-so-new nationalism - Viewing the state with disdain, no matter who is in charge

San Jose Council Approves Pension Ballot Measure | PublicCEO

San Jose Council Approves Pension Ballot Measure | PublicCEO

Field Poll: California public pension system - Field Poll Surveys, Data and Crosstabs

Field Poll: California public pension system - Field Poll Surveys, Data and Crosstabs

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Gadfly Radio with Martha and CalWatchDog: Tonight, Ben Boychuk, John Seiler. Steve Greenhut, maybe, and Oscar Cruz of Families in Schools

Gadfly Radio Tonight, at 8 PM PT

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Dec 6, 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.  Steven Greenhut, the Editor in Chief at CalWatchDog, may be joining us to discuss his latest posted commentary at CalWatchDog, addressing Gov. Brown's open letter to the CA Voters issued on Monday, Dec 5th, what Brown says and Steve's interpretation of what it says and means to all of us.   


We'll welcome Oscar E. Cruz, the President and CEO of Families in Schools, a partner with other groups such as 4Teaching Excellence in Los Angeles, committed to causing reform and transformation in what is known today as public education.  He'll give us a brief sharing of who they are, what they cause, who is impacted, how they measure their results and how can  listeners learn more about them.

Related link: 
The Small Business Action Committee joined with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and the California Taxpayers Association to file the initiative, which will re-establish the Gann Spending Limit of 1979. Although still in effect, the Gann Limit, named after proponent Paul Gann, was made ineffective by subsequent measures. Since that time, dramatic increases in spending have constantly put the state budget under water. The updated spending limit will stop the problem of unbalanced budgets.

 We'll talk with our listeners and panel about the future of Gadfly Radio, moving forward, what we stand for, and what we want to be accountable for in our communication.

Last time Steven was with us, I wrote the following about who Steve is, as he occurs for me, and it's so spot on, I want to repeat it, in case you missed it.  Steve Greenhut writes about policy on various news and think tank websites, on various issues, and they are all related and stem from a unifying set of core values and unwavering principles through which he analyzes and communicates.   His work is instrumental to help raise public awareness and consciousness of truths v how the public is manipulated by slick and effective media campaigns and public relations by those in positions of power over our "free" society.   His bias is for championing the individual, the underdog, the entrepreneur who respects others' rights as well as his own.   A truthsayer and a truth teller with a lot of heart, soul, wit and irony, he is self described curmudgeon.    He is a lover of liberty and I feel lucky to have him on our side.  

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Guilty plea by former redevelopment chief | SignOnSanDiego.com

I missed this one. It's a news story from Nov, but it's just as timely today. These criminals get one year max when they engage in embezzled funds, much appropriated from taxpayers, and property deals that include property forcibly expropriated via threat of eminent domain, from poor and middle class property owners.

Guilty plea by former redevelopment chief | SignOnSanDiego.com

The American Conservative -- His-Panic

The American Conservative -- His-Panic

Dan Walters: Tangled political web could trap California cities on redevelopment - Sacramento Politics - California Politics | Sacramento Bee

Dan Walters: Tangled political web could trap California cities on redevelopment - Sacramento Politics - California Politics | Sacramento Bee

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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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