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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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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


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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