Ponder This:

Real public servants are free enterprising individuals who, inspired, embrace challenge, take risks, and create, sometimes big, and often, they create jobs in the process, all out of their ideas, and self initiative...

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Which E-book Reader Should You Buy? by Jeffrey Tucker

 To be sure, this review is deeply unfair. I’m comparing the best on the market (which is the iPad, in my view) with the worst on the market — and what is the fault of the hardware, firmware, and apps is very much mixed up. In any case, this is a dollar-store item sold in stacks at the cash register. There are so many products that are in between. The Google tablet (Nexus) looks just fantastic, is getting great reviews, and is half the price of a an iPad or iPad Mini. Samsung also offers what looks like an outstanding product at half the price. The newer Kindles like the Paperwhite seem effortless (but still won’t read certain file types).

It's funny how we see what we want, and don't see what we don't want to see--So we have to look with rigor of consciousness

Finally posted something on Gadfly. Have been in retreat. I am dealing some monumental life changes in my personal life, and so have gone into something of a cocoon. When I'm ready, I'll be back on the air.

 I was finding my voice, and then a convergence of the harshness of seeing for the first time, the reality of the state, and world I live in, in a way I had not understood before, and my personal life shifting dramatically, but if not for the joy and love present, I would have held back in fear.

The elections, and the reality of our political state knocked the wind out of my breath.

 I am studying. I am accounting. I am grateful and want to be gracious, generous, and effective.

 It's winter. It's a good time to stoke the hearth, embrace one's loved ones. Click to read the post on Gadfly

Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Danger of using recordable CDs or DVDs for backing up important data - YouTube

I was doing a search to choose the difference between blank DVD's, not that I know what exactly I'll use them for, but I do know we're about make a lot of video data. This video applies to recordable discs including those for CDs. Good thing to know. I've probably ruined a lot of data because I used a black Sharpie Marker on the back, on the cover, and I had no idea I was ruining the data. Check out this youtube video to see why. The Danger of using recordable CDs or DVDs for backing up important data - YouTube

Friday, November 23, 2012

What the Pot Legalization Victories Mean for the Pro-Freedom Agenda | Bastiat Institute

"From a basic consistency standpoint, it’s bizarre that Republicans would advocate returning abortion to the states, which would be the effect of overturning Roe v. Wade, yet insist that the federal government wantonly overturn the will of the people in those states that allow either medical marijuana or the recreational use of a substance that is demonstrably less harmful than the alcoholic beverages one can buy in any grocery store. It’s not about weed, but about consistency. States’ rights means states’ rights, not states’ rights when we agree with the policies independent states embrace. The GOP’s rigidity only reinforces the cartoonish Democratic narrative that the party is beholden to religious moralists of the type who want to re-impose slavery and Prohibition. It also lets the Democrats get away with their stupidity on the drug war."
Some conservatives, including former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado, endorsed legalization. Serious liberals have bucked the Democratic Party’s equally insane prosecution of the drug war, thus planting the seeds of a left-right pro-freedom coalition outside the confines of the two outdated national parties.
Click here to read the article.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Unions Spend Big, Win Big in California :: Fox&Hounds

Unions Spend Big, Win Big in California : Fox&Hounds

The idealistic hope that California voters would keep a firm grasp on their wallets, thus forcing the state to rein in pay and other costs, was a pipedream. Californians, who typically vote “no” when it comes to initiatives that directly increase taxes, gave Governor Jerry Brown’s income- and sales- tax boost (Proposition 30) a surprisingly decisive win, with nearly 54 percent of the vote.
The governor embraced modest pension changes and vetoed union-backed spending measures only at the last minute of the legislative session as a way to convince voters that he was serious about reform and that they should vote for 30. With new money  coming into the state coffers, there will be little impetus to rein in spending — at least until the Democratic- dominated Legislature blows the new money.



Authorities target pot grows in southwest Santa Rosa sweep | PressDemocrat.com

Authorities target pot grows in southwest Santa Rosa sweep | PressDemocrat.com

Mejia, who wasn't being detained like many of her neighbors, said officers had indicated they weren't going to arrest her. She had paperwork to grow medical marijuana and said her garden was legal, with 30 plants, as is locally allowed. But Mejia, who held a receipt issued by officers, was upset her garden still was yanked.
Groups of neighbors gathered to watch. Several called the officers' tactics “overkill” and questioned the value of ripping out the gardens, saying there were other more serious crimes to pursue.
“It's a big bunch of crap,” said Lora Wilson, as she leaned against some mailboxes. “How much taxpayer money did we just waste doing this?”

Police Chief's Custom Spam Filter Blocks Occupy Protestors, Brutality Complaints And (Oops) Federal Monitors | Techdirt

Police Chief's Custom Spam Filter Blocks Occupy Protestors, Brutality Complaints And (Oops) Federal Monitors | Techdirt

Gary Johnson Pulls One Million Votes, One Percent - Hit & Run : Reason.com

Gary Johnson Pulls One Million Votes, One Percent - Hit & Run : Reason.com

The Biggest Winners From President Obama's Re-Election: Crony Capitalists - Forbes

The Biggest Winners From President Obama's Re-Election: Crony Capitalists - Forbes

A Government Imposed Disaster: Price Controls in the Wake of Sandy: Newsroom: The Independent Institute

A Government Imposed Disaster: Price Controls in the Wake of Sandy: Newsroom: The Independent Institute

Monday, November 5, 2012

Prop. 32 gives teachers a voice | teachers, union, cta - Opinion - The Orange County Register

Sand, Schwartz, Friedrichs: Prop. 32 gives teachers a voice

"The California Teachers Association (CTA) is claiming that if Prop. 32 passes, public school teachers in California will no longer have a voice. But the truth is that many teachers already don't have a voice because of the union's political agenda and unfettered control over teachers' required "contributions." In fact, if Prop. 32 survives the $20.1 million dollar attack upon it by CTA and becomes law, only then will all teachers finally have a voice."
Click here to read more.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Jamie Haase: All Aboard to Welcome Javier Sicilia and the Peace Caravan

"So viva Mexico and the United States alike, now uniting in an alliance to reform drug laws and end this pointless mayhem. The most pressing thing at the moment is getting marijuana legalized once and for all. This plant accounts for roughl
y sixty percent of cartel profits in Mexico, and its prohibition alone is responsible for much of the devastation wrought by the drug war. All the while its legality and legitimacy is welcomed by more than fifty percent of Americans (a figure increasing more and more every day).

There are varying reasons for supporting legalization, but one that can't be neglected is the death toll accumulating south of the border. To me personally, this is the most immediate reason for ending prohibition. Third party innocents from low-income, drug-producing countries die every day from our uncompromising drug policies. Yet the United States government remains committed to continuing down this unjust road-to-nowhere, which is something that should be intolerable to all of us.

Another critical reason for ending prohibition (and one that's often overlooked in my opinion), is..."

Click here to read Jamie Haase: All Aboard to Welcome Javier Sicilia and the Peace Caravan

Thursday, August 16, 2012

An Open Letter to Friends on the Right, (and my response to Witney Tilson who thinks it's fair to have to pay more taxes if you're rich like him...)

 Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
by Jason Kuznicki. Inspired by this.


The first is that you have mistaken mere wealth for market process. You praise the industrialist and the banker. Very well. Often they deserve it. But have you looked closely at the industrialists and the bankers just lately? Among Ayn Rand’s villains, I don’t believe that a single one was poor. Every one of them was a member of the elite, and almost all of them were rich. They were people much like we know today, who maybe once upon a time set themselves apart through their own efforts. But at some point they committed a cardinal sin — they reached for the state to keep themselves on top. They made bad bets, then pleaded that they were too big to fail. You’ve heard these things before: “You have to make certain sacrifices to the public welfare… We cannot permit the ruin of an establishment as vast as [GM, or Chrysler, or Citigroup, or Fannie Mae, or Morgan Stanley]… The country’s economy would not be able to stand a major dislocation at the present moment.” That’s not from the recent financial crisis. It’s on page 902 of Atlas Shrugged. Click here to read more.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Stanford studies showing no correlation between spending, school quality hijacked again | Calwhine.com

“Getting Down to Facts,” I actually read about a thousand pages of the reports. And as I wrote back in 2007, buried in all the multiple studies, here is the lead: A review of all California school districts shows “essentially no relationship between spending and student outcomes” and that spending more is futile until “extensive and systemic reforms” are in place. In other words, the problem is much more about the stupid way money is spent than the lack of money.

Read more: Stanford studies showing no correlation between spending, school quality hijacked again | Calwhine.com

Thursday, May 3, 2012

What Is or Should Be the Law?

What this country needs is a good theory of law. We even lack the language to talk about what is happening to us. One party denounces the other but only in ways that exempt itself from criticism. As a result, the “man on the street” is not even prepared to talk about fundamental questions.

Example: Where did law come from, and what should it do? Sure, people get annoyed at the police, irritated by the TSA or startled to read about periodic injustices of public policy. One party gets annoyed when the other party’s president enacts laws without regard to any constitutional conventions.

Read more: What Is or Should Be the Law?

The Best Cities For Jobs - Forbes

The Best Cities For Jobs - Forbes

Friday, April 6, 2012

The Don, Career Politician Exposed in Proposition 29


            While Proposition 29 proponents trot out charities like the American Heart Association and celebrities like Lance Armstrong, there’s a far more ominous force behind its drive to create a brand new tax of about $1 billion per year.      

            Don Perata, a career politician and failed candidate for Oakland Mayor, has just been outed by the Oakland Tribune in an investigative report that ran Friday. As the Tribune reports:

            Perata’s “Hope 2012” ballot-measure committee began raising money for what’s now known as Proposition 29 way back in 2009, and has transferred $488,500 to Californians for a Cure – the primary committee backing the measure… Now Perata himself has received $5,792.17 since July from Californians for a Cure, including $2,607.19 for “meetings and appearances” and $2,508.36 for travel expenses.

            Digging through campaign disclosure forms, the Tribune finds, “The rest of Californians for a Cure’s expenditure list reads like a who’s-who of former Perata aides and consultants.”

            It seems the self-dealing that will no doubt flow if Proposition 29 is passed has already started. By creating a brand new spending commission staffed with political appointees, it’s almost guaranteed to excel at taking money from taxpayers and placing it into the pockets of special interests. With Proposition 29’s 15 year lock-box on funds, not even the Governor nor the state Legislature can step in even in cases of waste, fraud and abuse.

            The same sort of ugly political self-dealing that’s sure to result if California voters were to pass Proposition 29 has already begun within its campaign. It’s one thing for them to do it with their own money, but something entirely different if they’re allowed to get their hands on ours.


EconomicPolicyJournal.com: Soros Organization to Host Training for Occupy Movement

"What's the training going to entail? According to a web site set up by MoveOn.org:
Inspired by Occupy Wall Street and the fight for workers in Madison, Wisconsin, the 99% will rise up this spring. In the span of just one week, from April 9-15, 100,000 people will be trained to tell the story of what happened to our economy, learn the history of non-violent direct action, and use that knowledge to take action on our own campaigns to win change.
"
Click to go to EconomicPolicyJournal.com: Soros Organization to Host Training for Occupy Movement

EconomicPolicyJournal.com: Soros Organization to Host Training for Occupy Movement


"99% Spring training": support Moochers & Looters!
The Ground Rules, to make sure everyone follows the chain of command!

The The Looters and Moochers' Front Groups funding your action, as an activist to serve their cause, not really yours, though you're to think you're fighting in your interest.
Click here to go to EconomicPolicyJournal.com: Soros Organization to Host Training for Occupy Movement

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

A critical book review of Jim DeMInt's Vote Republican by Laurence M. Vance

"It’s like the eight years of George W. Bush never happened.
Because DeMint believes that "unless freedom-loving Americans can unite within the Republican Party, the Democrats will win every election and continue to shamelessly lead our nation toward an economic collapse," he calls on "every citizen who believes in freedom and opportunity" to "abandon the Democratic Party and help us restore a Republican Party that is principled, passionate, and worthy of the trust of freedom-loving Americans."
DeMint mentions in his last chapter of Now or Never that "the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing expecting different results." This he applies to the Democratic Party’s economic agenda. But this is exactly what conservatives keep doing: Voting Republican and then wishing, hoping, and praying that something better will come of it than the last time they did so."


Click here to read the full review of Vote Republican by Laurence M. Vance

Pulitzer Winning Author Sues Obama Administration Over the NDAA « Dvorak News Blog

“It is a piece of legislation that was essentially supported by both political parties. Indeed the sponsors of the Bill are Carl Levin, a Democrat and John McCain, a Republican. There was no outcry within the systems of power itself, and that of course meant there was no outcry within the media, which allows those systems of power to set the parameters of debate.” Hedges added.


"I’ll sign this into law, but I promise I won’t use it. That’s how stupid your President thinks you are."

There's a video on this post I'm reposting here.


Click here to go to Dvorak.org, to read the full post and view the video.

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Super Myth of Keynes as a Great Stock Market Investor

The Super Myth of Keynes as a Great Stock Market Investor
WSJ is running a story today perpetuating the super myth that John Maynard Keynes was a great investor. Writes WSJ:

A new analysis of the investment performance of John Maynard Keynes proves that the famous economist also was one of the greatest investors of the past century.

Total BS.

What's remarkable is that WSJ provides the facts surrounding what really went down with Keynes. EconomicPolicyJournal.com: The Super Myth of Keynes as a Great Stock Market Investor

Friday, March 23, 2012

Pledge of Allegiance at a Union Dinner « LewRockwell.com Blog

Excerpt: "But why the Pledge of Allegiance? Is this some sort of pox that Americans have caught? Is it that as their country goes downhill, they believe that this is some sort of ritual incantation that will resurrect its past life? Or, more likely, is this a way of "unifying" the people in the room, of sweeping them under one social umbrella so that they'll be more receptive to the union messages? A blessing would do that. Is there something wrong with saying a blessing? Is blessing the United States of America supposed to be better? No, but it's more politically effective."
Click here to read full post, Pledge of Allegiance at a Union Dinner « LewRockwell.com Blog


Ron Paul More Electable Than Mitt Romney in Latest Poll - MarketWatch

“Paul is the strongest candidate with independents, tying Obama with them while the rest of the GOP field trails by 6-15 points.”

"...The new poll reveals that Paul is narrowing the gap between himself and Obama by 5 percentage points since last month’s PPP poll..."

"...Other notables are that among one of the fastest growing voter segments, the Hispanic vote, Paul takes a full third of the Hispanic vote against the sitting President, with no other candidate able to come within 5 points of Paul’s Hispanic support..."

Click here to read the full article, Ron Paul More Electable Than Mitt Romney in Latest Poll - MarketWatch

Richard Rider calls Prop 29 a new high speed rail

California’s high-speed rail is a massive spending boondoggle from the 2008 ballot. Its cost nearly doubled to about $100 billion while not a single mile of track has yet been laid? Well, if you liked high-speed rail, you’ll love Proposition 29, coming to the California ballot this June. High speed rail, said Richard Rider, Chairman of the San Diego Tax Fighters, at a recent appearance on San Diego’s NBC affiliate, “promised in writing that it was going to operate under certain restrictions and now does not.”
That’s because special interests, with no accountability to voters or to taxpayers, hijacked the process doling out favors to political cronies and driving up the cost. It’s a reminder, Rider explained that “the idea that we should be budgeting money at the ballot box has not worked well for us.” Like high-speed rail, Prop 29 creates an unaccountable commission packed with political appointees. The decisions this commission makes over the nearly $1 billion in annual new taxes it will administer are untouchable for 15 years, not even in cases of waste, fraud or abuse. That means that even though California schools are laying off teachers, this special interest spending commission can dole out favors as it pleases, with no strict controls over spending. The fact is Prop 29 does nothing to fix California’s $10+ billion budget deficit but does everything to make sure that the reckless spending that got California into the fiscal mess it’s in will continue unabated. Californians have a choice this June. Hopefully they’ll come to realize that decades of unsustainable spending on questionable projects put California in the sorry state it is today. Prop 29 is just more of the same for California—something the state just can’t afford.

Monday, March 19, 2012

A test for state's untouchable pensions | PressDemocrat.com

A test for state's untouchable pensions
Stockton, on verge of bankruptcy, running up against the 800-pound gorilla known as CalPERS
By MARY WILLIAMS WALSH
NEW YORK TIMES
Published: Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 4:03 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 4:03 a.m.

When the city manager of troubled Stockton had to tell City Council members why it was on track to become the biggest U.S. city yet to go bankrupt, it took hours to get through the list.

There was the free health care for retirees, the unpaid parking tickets, the revenue bonds without enough revenue to pay them. On it went, a grim drumbeat of practically every fiscal malady imaginable, except an obvious one: municipal pensions.

Click here to read the full article of A test for state's untouchable pensions | PressDemocrat.com

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Dr Oz.. Medical Marijuana Part 1 - YouTube

 I love that Pat Robertson has broken with the Politically Correct and spoke out against the war on drugs.  Here's Dr. Oz, who another nationally famous, influential and highly respected Pastor has worked with, Dr Oz, on Medical Marijuana and common sense policy.  I hope Rich Warren follows Pat Robertson's example and speaks with moral authority for the truth, marijuana and the absurdity of our current policy!

You can watch all four parts of this youtube video exhibit here. It starts with Dr Oz.. Medical Marijuana Part 1 - YouTube

Being Bilingual May Boost Your Brain Power : NPR

Research suggests that the growing numbers of bilingual speakers may have an advantage that goes beyond communication: It turns out that being bilingual is also good for your brain.

Being Bilingual May Boost Your Brain Power : NPR

Jim Gierach speaks out on 420 University | LEAP

James Gierach of LEAP (law enforcement against prohibition) talks about the failed "War on Drugs Policy" endorses 420 University. Former State Prosecutor and current LEAP board member, Jim Gierach speaks for LEAP on 420 University about how the War on Drugs is both at the heart of a wide range of social problems, with special emphasis on how it fails our children.

If you want society to get better, if you want people to be safer, if you want to regulate drugs and end the violence, you have to listen to this retired judge's paradigm shift and realization. Here is Jim Gierach speaking out on 420 University and LEAP

Central Valley Business Times: Report: California does a good job hiding how it spends your money

SACRAMENTO
March 14, 2012 1:37pm
• State among the worst for spending transparency

• ‘It’s disappointing and embarrassing’

Want to know how your state servants are spending your taxes? Good luck, if you want to know about California’s state government.

A new report says California ranks among the lowest when it comes to being transparent in spending.

“Transparency in government spending promotes fiscal responsibility, checks corruption, and bolsters public confidence,” says the report from the California Public Interest Research Group’s Education Fund.

California received a “D minus” when it comes to government spending transparency,...
Click here to go to the Central Valley Business Times to read the full article.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Stratfor on the Futility of the War on Meth - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

Jacob Sullum | March 14, 2012
A new Stratfor primer on the illicit methamphetamine market cites some numbers that illustrate the risk premium associated with prohibition, which delivers big profits to murderous thugs all over the world:

Depending on the price of chemicals used—determined by the quantity of chemicals purchased and the legitimacy of the supplier—the cost of manufacturing 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of meth comes to anywhere between $150 and $4,000....According to the U.S. Department of Justice's National Illicit Drug Prices Mid-Year 2009 report, the wholesale market price for meth is $19,720 per kilogram while its street value is $87,717 per kilogram. Needless to say, this is a huge markup.

Stratfor on the Futility of the War on Meth - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

Brian Doherty, Senior Editor of Reason Magazine interviews on DailyPaul.com radio. An ufiltered analysis of the Ron Paul Revolution, unbound delegates, and national political landscape!

Doherty coments on the different facets of this race, especially for the delegates, bound and unbound. The factions, groups and organizations that comprise the Ron Paul Revolution, is broad.
 Doherty provides keen analysis of the Tea Party, the grassroots, the campaign groups and begs the contemplation of the potentiality of this movement.

I loved this interview and am listened to it again, and I will do so again, after that:

Brian Doherty Senior Editor of Reason Magazine joins Daily Paul Radio with Kurt (LISTEN HERE) 


Doherty's editorial at Reason 

Ron Paul Revolution: What Now? 
The Paul campaign definitely isn’t winning first ballot. But there's still much to win. 
Brian Doherty | March 9, 2012 

After Super Tuesday, it’s officially official: Ron Paul won’t go into Tampa with enough delegates to win the presidential nomination. Still, because of the unbound nature of 197 extant delegates from caucus states, and his campaign’s diligent efforts to ensure that their people rise through the convoluted GOP state convention process, it’s likely that he has many more committed delegates in hand than the media counts. And as still-excited Paul partisans will tell you: Paul can’t go into Tampa with enough to win on first ballot. As The Daily Beast points out, it seems unlikely that Mitt Romney, clearly in the lead now, can do so either. (Click here to read the full article.)

It's been a bear, or should I say, a beast. But I'm in my saddle and revved up! Won't forget my lessons to do practice yoga and good diet.

 I thank everyone in my life because it can be harsh and challenging, and love, friendship, and integrity are edifying pillars.  

I am very excited about GadflyRadio.com That's been my big project and focus in February.  It's like what happens when your office or home gets flooded and then all of a sudden you have to deal with the damage and keep going.  

We have a nice home for the production of our show, in a nice studio with good audio, and we have a great website for GadflyRadio podcasts and posts about the upcoming guests, shows, and topics. 

There's a lot going on and I hope to contribute to the conversations, in a way that advances the truth, liberty and stands in integrity. 

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Get ready for the onslaught of Props to part you with your money: Proposition 29 is the first step in a tax hike deluge


            Anyone who’s been following the news in recent weeks knows that the tax-and-spend lobby is planning to unleash of horde of new tax hikes at the ballot box this election year. Three major hikes, which altogether would raise taxes by tens of billions of dollars annually, are all currently jockeying for a spot on the November 2012 ballot. However, flying under the radar is an equally abhorrent tax increase that creates a nearly $1 billion per year spending program dominated by special interests with no accountability to the public.

            Proposition 29, the so-called California Cancer Research Act, raises taxes to create a massive new spending program run by a new commission with six political appointees. The decisions of this commission, which has the authority to spend hundreds of millions of dollars each year, are unchangeable by even the Governor and the State Legislature for 15 years, even in cases of fraud or waste. Worse yet, the commission can spend the taxes from Californians outside California!

Leading fiscal conservative and anti-tax groups are weighing in strongly against the measure.  As David Spady of Americans for Prosperity wrote here on Flash Report, “The last thing California should be doing is creating a brand-new billion-dollar special-interest spending program at a time when we can’t even fund critical state programs like education and public safety. After all, isn’t that a big part of what got us into this budget mess in the first place?”

This election season, voters have a chance to tell the spending lobby that they’re sick and tired of higher taxes and rampant special interest spending. Saying no to Proposition 29 in June should be a prelude to rejecting the tax hikes coming in November.



Saturday, March 3, 2012

Will Stockton Trigger Bankruptcy Run? | CalWatchDog

"Stockton … Hercules … Lincoln … Milpitas. The list of cities has grown to four in the span of one week. These are all cities in California recently threatened with budgetary insolvency — where expenses exceed revenues. All have started to explore filing bankruptcy or drastically reducing their budgets and effectively doing the same, as would happen in a bankruptcy court."

Will Stockton Trigger Bankruptcy Run? | CalWatchDog

Nullification VICTORY in Virginia!

Mr. Marshall's bill, HB 1160, has passed BOTH houses of the Virginia legislature, including a 39-to-1 vote in the Senate this past Tuesday. This bill prohibits the state of Virginia from assisting the federal government in the unlawful detention of United States citizens. Remember . . .

The Executive Branch gained this power of "kidnapping" as a result of a confusing provision in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). That criminal statue contained tricky language that has fooled many reporters, citizens, and even members of Congress. The measure was deceitfully written to make people think it exempts U.S. citizens when it does NOT! This linguistic deceit was likely intentional. But it's even more important to defend the principle that citizenship is morally irrelevant, because . . .
The rights that this criminal edict violates are Pre-Constitutional. These rights must be honored for ALL people, NOT just citizens.

Read more about VICTORY in Virginia!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Fantastic! And these are adult stem cells... not embryonic.

A sci-fi-like skin gun that sprays stem cells onto burned skin is the latest treatment in helping burn victims, scientists say. Dr. Jorg Gerlach of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh developed the gun, which sprays a solution of cells and water onto the damaged skin...      Click here to read more.

Ownership of Cato

Who Knew Cato had shareholders? and Ownership of Cato

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Gadfly Radio with myself and CalWatchDog airs today on CRNtalk.com at 10 am

Join me on the air, Tuesday from 10AM to 11AM, PT, on CRN, on CRNtalk.com CRN 1
 Call in number: 1-800-336-2225

Ben Boychuk, associate editor at City Journal, John Seiler, managing editor at CalWatchDog.com and special guest, Wayne Lusvardi, a regular contributor to CalWatchDog.com and the author of the recently published Investigative Report up at CalWatchDog, Gleickgate Pollutes Enviro Movement.

Climate activist Dr. Peter Gleick of the Pacific Institute of water policy in Oakland may face criminal charges that he deceptively obtained data from a conservative think tank, the Heartland Institute, then “doctored” it and disseminated it on the web to libel that organization. Gleick has admitted he is the source of the leaked data but denies he produced the doctored document.

We'll also talk with Wayne about his article posted Monday, Municipal Bankruptcy Stalks Stockton, a case study in why is it not a good idea for public sector officials to play Real Estate Developer? How bad can it be? I wouldn't want to be the cat holding the bag when the value of properties has dropped over two thirds since 2007!

We'll talk with Ben on the latest developments with the Parent Trigger and a new scandal perpetrated by the Teacher's Union against the parents at Desert Trails School, what's new at City Journal CA and his take on Lance Izumi's new book, "Obama's Education Takeover."

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It's a pleasure to share this program with 
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Saturday, February 25, 2012

CARPE DIEM: Why $100+ Per Barrel Oil is a Godsend

From Holman Jenkins in today's WSJ "What's Right With Gas Prices":

"Ironically, the best therapy [for higher oil prices] is a higher oil price. It makes it profitable to bring into production more costly resources around the world. The rise in recent years to $100-plus a barrel is a godsend. Peak oil theorists are being refuted; so are greenies who imagined a towering oil price would usher in a carbon-free future. The opposite is seen to be true. Oil sands, shale hydrocarbons and even biofuels have been made profitable with existing technology, and of course technology can be counted on to advance. CARPE DIEM: Why $100+ Per Barrel Oil is a Godsend

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Gadfly Radio is in Transit... New home to be announced.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Empire Of Liberty: Thomas Jefferson, Ron Paul And The Sacred Fire Of Freedom - Forbes

"Perhaps it is, as Jefferson so eloquently suggested to Yancey, “Quixotic enough to attempt to reason Bedlam to rights….” And yet, this levels an indictment at the Bedlam that has beset our ruling class rather than at the noble one who “dreams the impossible dream… willing to march into Hell for a Heavenly cause,” that magnificent heir to Jefferson, Ron Paul."

The Empire Of Liberty: Thomas Jefferson, Ron Paul And The Sacred Fire Of Freedom - Forbes

Gadfly Radio with Martha and Cal Watch Dog, Ben Boychuk and John Hrabe today at 1 PM PT

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Today's show, February 14th, 2012,  Gadfly Radio is now on 1400 AM KKZZ 


Today live with Martha, John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com  and Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal, we welcome back regular contributor to CalWatchDog, John Hrabe.   John's written a couple of investigative reports on the recent Redistricting of CA and his take is not flattering in outcome, the process nor the actions of any of the players involved.   What does it mean for California's  jobs, economy, growth, and future?
CA GOP ‘Idiots’ Lose State Senate | CalWatchDog 
11 More Ways to Fix Busted Redistricting | CalWatchDog 

We'll also ask John Hrabe about his take on the Clint Eastwood Super Bowl Ad. 
John Hrabe: Eastwood Super Bowl Ad: Powerful, Inspirational and Dead Wrong 
and his most recent post, just in time for Valentine's Day: 
Cal State Prez Salaries Top Facebook Exec | CalWatchDog  Feel the love!  But for whom? 

More from CalWatchDog.com
Kamala Harris’ Totalitarianism | CalWatchDog
and related story:
Group suspends California public pension reform ballot effort - Sacramento Politics - California Politics | Sacramento Bee

And we'll talk with Ben Boychuk on the latest posted over at California City Journal:
  David Crane's California Quest by Judith Miller, City Journal Winter 2012, a different take on the recent Redistricting outcome and possibilities and


California's Demographic Revolution by Heather Mac Donald, City Journal Winter 2012
If the upward mobility of the impending Hispanic majority doesn’t improve, the state’s economic future is in peril.   I found reading her piece a prescription for restless agitated sleep.  In my opinion she paints little  possibility other than to stop anymore of "those kinds of people" and  only tangentially touches on the role of the white Anglo Saxons who dominate all the powerful state public employee unions, including the 800 pound gorilla in the room--The almighty teachers union, the CTA and their definitive role in the impoverished level of education of the economically and socially impoverished Latino population of CA.    I'm sure Ben and John will have a different take.  What?  We'll find out. 

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Gadfly Radio with Martha and Cal Watch Dog, and Ben Benchuk today at 1 PM PT


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Today live with Martha Montelongo, along with Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com, we welcome two special guests:   


Judge Jim Gray, who currently presides over the civil trial calendar for the Superior Court of Orange County, will speak with us about current policy, costs, benefits, ethics and possibilities. Do our drug laws make us safe, safer or are they harmful? What about marijuana and the law? 

Larry Sand of California Teacher's Empowerment Network writes about public education. While the horrific story of Miramonte Elementary unfolds, the CA Teacher's Union and the lawmakers who fear their wrath, and who make tragedies like Miramonte possible systemically, moves to further restrict the already scarce alternatives available to families like the families who are living a nightmare at Miramonte Elementary.  We'll talk with Larry about his new piece published today at Union Watch--CTA Sponsored Legislation Could Cripple Charter School Growth.

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Tom Woods Interviews with Andrew Bacevich, Conservative Opponent of Empire, & Bacevich Reprises the True Meaning of to be Conservative

Tom Woods, sitting in for Peter Schiff on The Peter Schiff Show, interviews Andrew Bacevich here on My Interview with Andrew Bacevich, Conservative Opponent of Empire

Gadfly Radio with Martha Montelongo & CalWatchDog AM1400KKZZ Tuesday 1pm - 2pm PST

Judge Gray on public policy, safety and well being--Do our policies on drugs make us safer or break down our safety? Larry Sand on the CTA's move to restrict Charter Schools as a choice to parents, while they push for passage of a massive tax hike, all in the wake of what the current system bred and fostered at Miramonte Elementary.
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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Zombiefied Drug Trade by Bill Bonner

“But one night, I’m in bed and these guys in combat gear bust down the door and point rifles at me and my wife. It was a SWAT team of some sort. And then my son came home. They asked him what he was doing there. He told them he lived there. So they arrested him too…

“Of course, the door wasn’t even locked. They could have just turned the doorknob. But I guess that wouldn’t have been so exciting…

“They let me out of jail in a matter of hours…but only after signing a paper saying we wouldn’t sue the police for false arrest, etc. If I didn’t sign the paper they said the arrest would be on my son’s record for life…”


Zombiefied Drug Trade by Bill Bonner

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Opinion: Why we should regulate sugar like alcohol - CNN.com

Do you see how meddling busy body Govt knows no way to change your behavior or influence your behavior other than to tax you, or criminalize your behavior?

Maybe if we got literate informed critical thinkers for the billions of $ we spend on public Ed, more people would choose to monitor their own sugar intake, if they chose to.

Instead, all of our choices for sugar pleasures will be going up if these control freaks have their way.  And this will change our behavior how? 

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Researchers seeing similar effects from too much sugar and too much alcohol
  • Alcohol is simply the distillation of sugar, she says, and sugar should be taxed and regulated
  • Schmidt: We may be thinking about obesity and chronic disease in the wrong way
  • She says tackling obesity and chronic disease will be hard, but concerned people can do plenty

Opinion: Why we should regulate sugar like alcohol - CNN.com

A New Pot Legalization Proposal in California Gets Good Poll Numbers - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine


The folks behind a proposed California ballot initiative called "Regulate Marijuana Like Wine" have issued the results of a poll they commissioned with some good news for those who want to see marijuana lose its criminality in the state:

A recent poll reveals that California voters, by a 62% to 35% margin, with 3% unsure, support a ballot initiative to regulate marijuana like wine.

The statewide poll, by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates, Inc. surveyed 800 likely voters and found that 80% of the respondents agreed to the statement, "State and federal drug laws are outdated and have failed, therefore, we need to take a new approach that makes sense for today."...

Click link below to read the whole article:
A New Pot Legalization Proposal in California Gets Good Poll Numbers - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

Boondoggle Projects Threaten California with Third World Status

Gov. Jerry Brown has an interesting definition of “third world.”
 

In an interview with a San Francisco radio station last week, Brown said California would become “a Third World country” unless the state builds a ghastly $100 billion high-speed rail line that’s been fraught with mismanagement, cost overruns and shaky ridership projections.

It’s an odd claim, considering many third-world nations are characterized by crumbling infrastructure, failed boondoggle projects and constant budgetary trouble. In much of the third-world, a new leader will pour massive amounts of a nation’s fortune into a single prestige project, only to have it fail when poor planning, bureaucratic incompetence and malfeasance slowly eat up all the funds.

By this definition, California seems currently on track to become America’s third-world state. Just like high-speed rail, the same spending lobby is promoting a nearly $1 billion per year tax hike so that a politically appointed panel can dole out favors to cronies. The $1 billion in new taxes under Proposition 29 goes into a lockbox that only this politically-influenced commission can access. Not even in cases of waste or abuse can the Governor or the Legislature make any changes! Proposition 29 sounds like it was plucked straight from the playbook of some Latin American dictator or Middle Eastern sheikh.

Jerry Brown ought to find the nearest dictionary. Pouring money into boondoggle projects while neglecting vital services like education and public safety is the surest way for California to join the third-world. Until California can figure out how to pay for what it already has, voters need to say no to more new spending.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Gadfly Radio with Martha and CalWatchDog: Tonight, Ben Boychuk, John Seiler, with special guests Arun Ramanathan on teacher quality & Diane Goldstein on drug wars in LA County and what does Obama snack on?

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Jan 31, 2012:  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

Arun Ramanathan from Education Trust West speaks to us about a recent report they just published on the findings of a two- year-long study of data from the second largest school district in the nation, revealing profound inequities in access to effective teaching.  In Learning Denied: The Case for Equitable Access to Effective Teaching in California’s Largest School District, The Education Trust—West finds that low-income students and students of color in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) are less likely to be taught by the district’s top teachers – the very teachers capable of closing the district’s achievement gaps. These inequities are exacerbated by teacher mobility patterns and quality-blind layoffs.

YouTube Ignores LAPD Cop's First Place Question for Obama About Legalizing Marijuana  
 WASHINGTON, DC -- "Yesterday YouTube ignored a question advocating marijuana legalization from a retired LAPD deputy chief of police (watch that video at the link above) that won twice as many votes as any other video question in the White House's "Your Interview with the President" competition on the Google-owned site. They did, however, find the time to get the president on record about late night snacking, singing and dancing, celebrating wedding anniversaries and playing tennis."
Retired LAPD deputy chief of police Stephen Downing asks President Obama about the growing support for marijuana legalization among voters. Stephen is a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, which anyone can join for free at http://www.CopsSayLegalizeDrugs.com.

I invited Chief Downing to join us but he was already booked, but we do have Diane Goldstein, also a retired law enforcement officer with LAPD and member of LEAP, to speak with us on this slight to American Voters' pressing concerns, and the assault on the state passed laws to legalize Medical Marijuana in Los Angeles, CA.

More links to hot stories:

by Joel Fox
A couple of months ago, at a discussion on the initiative process at a Zocalo Public Square meeting in Los Angeles, the panelists were asked what one thing they would change with the initiative process...

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Ballot Measure Titles and Summaries Should not be Written by Attorneys General: Fox&Hounds

By Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee
Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

A couple of months ago, at a discussion on the initiative process at a Zocalo Public Square meeting in Los Angeles, the panelists were asked what one thing they would change with the initiative process. As a panelist, my answer: Take away the power to write the initiative title and summary from the attorney general’s office.

Now come two newspaper columns that highlight the mislabeling of initiatives by the current Attorney General, Kamala Harris. John Diaz, editorial page editor of the San Francisco Chronicle simply used the word “unfair” to describe some of the titles and summaries written by Harris. Columnist Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee argued that Harris’s titles and summaries “fixed the game” to sway political outcomes.


Click here to read the article.

EconomicPolicyJournal.com: California To Run Out Of Cash In One Month, Controller Warns

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
California To Run Out Of Cash In One Month, Controller Warns

California will run out of cash by early March if the state does not take swift action to find $3.3 billion through payment delays and borrowing, according to a letter state Controller John Chiang sent to state lawmakers today, reports the Sacramento Bee.

Lawmakers previously believed the state had enough cash to last through the fiscal year that ends in June.


Chiang said additional cash management solutions are needed because state tax revenues are $2.6 billion less than what Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers assumed in their optimistic budget last year. Meanwhile, Chiang said, the state is spending $2.6 billion more than state leaders planned on.


Bottom line: Who needs a Greek financial crisis to worry about, when you have California? They'll patch California together.


click here to read more.

'Drop Dead CRA Day' Will Celebrate L.A. Community Redevelopment Agency's Demise (With Special Kool-Aid) - Los Angeles News - The Informer

A pack of veteran L.A. City Hall gadflies will have a little fun, this Wednesday, with Governor Jerry Brown's big bloody butchering of California's redevelopment agencies (RDAs) -- and the notorious L.A. Community Redevelopment Agency, in particular.

Miki Jackson (No. 1 enemy of the slimy Community College Board) and John Walsh (Hollywood density-watcher with the most wonderfully terrible necktie collection this side of City Councilman Tom LaBonge) are holding "Drop Dead CRA Day"...

... on the morning of February 1. The celebration will be staged during the public-comment period for the day's L.A. City Council meeting. Full event details here..

Couple Abused at LAX for Tweets | CalWatchDog

And note that the government spies on Twitter, as it does on Facebook. Big Brother not only is watching you, he’s reading everything you write.

Welcome to 1984 — in 2012. --John Seiler


Couple Abused at LAX for Tweets | CalWatchDog

Mandatory "National Service" for New York Times Columnists - Forbes

Mark Perry over at Carpe Diem tweets "How About Mandatory "National Service" for New York Times Columnists?" Here here!

David Brooks, who always appeared to be a nice and reasonable gentleman, seems to have lost his marbles. In his most recent New York Times column he calls for young people (or perhaps all Americans) to be “forced” into a “national service program.”

Writing about Charles Murray’s new book that details differences between the middle/upper class and lower classes on employment, out of wedlock births, and even obesity, David Brooks writes, “I doubt Murray would agree, but we need a National Service Program. We need a program that would force members of the upper tribe and the lower tribe to live together, if only for a few years . . . If we could jam the tribes together, we’d have a better elite and a better mass.



Mandatory "National Service" for New York Times Columnists - Forbes

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Judge refuses to halt demise of California redevelopment agencies - Sacramento News - Local and Breaking Sacramento News | Sacramento Bee

By Peter Hecht
phecht@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 3A

A Sacramento Superior Court judge Friday refused to stave off the elimination of more than 400 local California redevelopment agencies, rejecting arguments that the Legislature violated the state constitution by cutting off their funding.

Judge Lloyd G. Connelly's ruling on two lawsuits by 12 cities means the agencies stand to be dissolved by Wednesday. His refusal to grant a stay in the cases handed another victory to Gov. Jerry Brown, who has counted on the elimination of redevelopment agencies to deliver more money for schools and public safety.
Read more here:  Judge refuses to halt demise of California redevelopment agencies - Sacramento News - Local and Breaking Sacramento News | Sacramento Bee

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Greenhut Dissects State of the Union | CalWatchDog

This threat is not just financial. San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, a Democrat, told Vanity Fair that “Our police and firefighters will earn more in retirement than they did when they were working.” He continued, “It’s staggering. When did we go from giving people sick leave to letting them accumulate it and cash it in for hundreds of thousands of dollars when they are done working? There’s a corruption here. It’s not just a financial corruption. It’s a corruption of the attitude of public service.”
Greenhut Dissects State of the Union | CalWatchDog

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Anthony Krinsky's Education Blog: "The Experiment" A brief review

More on The Documentary, The Experiment Produced by Ben Limoine Anthony Krinsky's Education Blog: "The Experiment" A brief review

A Tale of Two Missions & Kids Aren't Cars - National School Choice Week


A Tale of Two Missions & Kids Aren't Cars- National School Choice Week
 

WHEN
January 26, 2012 at 7:00 PM


WHERE
Orthodox Union (OU) West
9831 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035

Hosted by Anthony Krinsky and Martha Montelongo

Click here to register to attend or to find other events happening in your area you can attend, to learn more about School Choice and what you can do to advance it.

Google map and directions

Gadfly Radio with Martha and CalWatchDog: Tonight, Ben Boychuk, John Seiler, with Special guest, Ben Limoine, on Nat'l School Choice Week, and the New Orleans Miracle

Gadfly Radio Tonight, at 8 PM PT

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Jan 24, 2012:  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 Guest Ben Limoine of Fleurish Productions and Producer of the film documenting the transformation of New Orleans schools after Katrina in the film called The Experiment.


This week is National School Choice Week, and we'll talk with Ben about what that means and about his film, The Experiment and what is so special about New Orleans schools today, post Hurricane Katrina?  The movie is available right now on Starz, and Netflix for on demand viewing! 

Related Links:
Editorial: Superintendent Deasy, LAUSD board member Galatzan to attend town hall - LA Daily News
Gov. Jerry Brown said in this week's State of the State address that K-12 education will lose nearly $5 billion next year if voters don't approve his tax measures in November. And in response to the budget pressures, LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy has called for putting $270-a-year parcel tax on the ballot.  
Whistle-blowing teachers to open a charter school - Los Angeles Times  
They lost their jobs during a cheating scandal at Crescendo schools. Former union chief and charter foe A.J. Duffy will lead them.
 
Whitney Tilson's School Reform Blog: At his charter school, ex-UTLA head would target tenure  

The longtime anti-charter crusader wants to make it harder for teachers to earn tenure protections and wants to lengthen that process.
He even wants to require teachers to demonstrate that they remain effective in the classroom if they want to keep their tenure protections.
And if a tenured teacher becomes ineffective, he wants to streamline dismissals.
The process now in place can stretch out for several years, even with substantial evidence of gross misconduct.
Some union leaders, notably Duffy, have defended this "due process" as a necessary protection against administrative abuses.
"I would make it 10 days if I could," Duffy now says of the length of the dismissal process.
And what does Duffy's [predecessor]... think of his [A.J. Duffy's] new direction? Not much -- LOL! 

Former UTLA President John Perez said he wished Duffy well but said he could not endorse Duffy's new direction. Charter school operators, he said, are laying the groundwork for using public-school funds at private schools through so-called vouchers. They're also opening the door for corporations "who want to destroy public education by getting their hands on the hundreds of billions of dollars we spend on public education in this country," Perez said. 
Golden Missed Opportunity by Larry Sand - City Journal
School choice is on the move everywhere—except California.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

1/16 Aaron Smith - News Talk 1370 WSPD | Where Toledo Comes To Talk

I love listening to Brian Wilson over at 1370 WSPD. I just realized I can listen on my iphone live via I heart radio, which is great, because I'm all caught up with his latest podcasts, and today i wanted to listen in live while I rode my bike to run errands. Here's a favorite recent interview on education. 1/16 Brian talks homeschooling with Mises contributor, Aaron Smith.


1/16 Aaron Smith - News Talk 1370 WSPD | Where Toledo Comes To Talk

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Gadfly Radio with Martha and CalWatchDog: Tonight, Ben Boychuk, John Seiler, with Special guests Bob Bowdon on Ed & Joel Fox Pension Reform


Gadfly Radio Tonight, at 8 PM PT

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Jan 17, 2012:  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.  Bob Bowdon is the founder of ChoiceMedia.TV and the producer and director of the film The Cartel. Joel Fox is the Editor at Fox & Hounds political daily.

We'll visit with Bob Bowdon about the second annual National School Choice Week coming up next week, from Jan 22nd to the 28th. Bob is going to be involved speaking, reporting, and filming at events all across the USA. He's got a lot of exciting information to share.

We're going to speak with Joel about two op-eds he recently published in Fox & Hounds, and one of them was also published in CA Political Review. We'll speak with Joel Fox about Initiatives Weapon of Choice in Policy Wars published today, and a precursor article, Public Employment Retirement Costs Are At “Tipping Point” published earlier this month. 

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Martin Luther King, Economic Equality And The 2012 Election :: Fox&Hounds

"More important is the dissatisfaction among some Latino and African American Democrats that the current progressive regime. Writing recently in the Los Angeles Business Journal, Roderick Wright, a Democratic state senator from south Los Angeles argues draconian environmental laws have seriously undermined job creation in his heavily minority, working-class districts...

Sadly the GOP has done little to address these failings. Republican pandering to nativist constituencies will contain Latino willingness to hear the party’s message. Old links to racist groups (in the case of Ron Paul) [Ron Paul has strongly denounced such comments and opinions]or possession of a tin ear (Newt Gingrich) does neither the GOP nor the more important cause of political competition a great service.

A hard focus on economic growth and opportunity by minorities might not win accolades from the mainstream press, academia or top party cadres. Yet if we wish to see Dr. King’s real dream extended beyond a relatively small number of the gifted few, minority voters should start challenging Obama’s and the other candidates’ economic agenda — or they can expect their support and their futures to again be taken for granted..."


Martin Luther King, Economic Equality And The 2012 Election :: Fox&Hounds

L.A.’s Best Educators Aren’t Teaching Students Who Need Them Most | Education Trust

In Learning Denied: The Case for Equitable Access to Effective Teaching in California’s Largest School District, The Education Trust—West finds that low-income students and students of color in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) are less likely to be taught by the district’s top teachers – the very teachers capable of closing the district’s achievement gaps. These inequities are exacerbated by teacher mobility patterns and quality-blind layoffs.

L.A.’s Best Educators Aren’t Teaching Students Who Need Them Most | Education Trust

Monday, January 16, 2012

David Seaman, Critic of NDAA & SOPA, Dismissed by Business Insider After NBC News Complaints - International Business Times

This guy, who's story I posted just below this post, paid with his job, for speaking up for Liberty, for trying to warn Americans to resist.
David Seaman, Critic of NDAA & SOPA, Dismissed by Business Insider After NBC News Complaints - International Business Times

Rush Limbaugh's NDAA Rage, SOPA, And Congressional Treason - YouTube

"I love shoes, designer clothes, hot cars and cool sunglasses, but I don't think it's cool to not watch out for my personal freedom to call my government out for wrong doing and injustice. Govt does good, but they're also the ones who spied on MLK, among other deeds that were not OK. WAKE UP AMERICA! THIS IS HOTTER THAN JIMMY CHOO, AND IT'S NOT DRAMA, IT'S REAL..."

Rush Limbaugh's NDAA Rage, SOPA, And Congressional Treason - YouTube

Lessons from Spain’s bullet train: The numbers are lies, and it’s all about politics, not economics | Calwhine.com

"Even the enthusiastic Spanish officials are curious about the logic of starting in the sparsely populated middle of California. The environmental benefits won’t be realized, they said, if the cities along the first line don’t have enough people to generate ridership.

“You need to have either Los Angeles or San Francisco,” said Pedro Pérez del Campo, environmental policy director for ADIF, Spain’s Administrator for Railway Infrastructures. “They should build it where it will have an impact so that people will support it.”

What’s so funny about this article is how it so conflicts with the message that the Brown administration tried like hell to sell last week, to wit: All the problems we’re seeing have to do with poor management, because the concept is just so, so awesome and can make lots and lots of money."


Lessons from Spain’s bullet train: The numbers are lies, and it’s all about politics, not economics | Calwhine.com

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Nuclear Arms Charge Against Iran Is No Slam Dunk: Robert Kelley - Bloomberg

Nuclear Arms Charge Against Iran Is No Slam Dunk: Robert Kelly:

"I am speaking up about this now because, as a member of the IAEA’s Iraq Action Team in 2003, I learned firsthand how withholding the facts can lead to bloodshed. Having known the details then, though I was not allowed to speak, I feel a certain shared responsibility for the war that killed more than 4,000 Americans and more than 100,000 Iraqis. A private citizen today, I hope to help ensure the facts are clear before the U.S. takes further steps that could lead, intentionally or otherwise, to a new conflagration, this time in Iran."
Nuclear Arms Charge Against Iran Is No Slam Dunk: Robert Kelley - Bloomberg

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Gadfly Radio with Martha and CalWatchDog: Tonight, Ben Boychuk, John Seiler, with Special guest, Chris Reed, Journalist, Political Pundit, Honorary Gadfly!

Gadfly Radio Tonight, at 8 PM PT

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Jan 10, 2012:  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.  Chris Reed, author, blogger, pundit at CalWhine.com joins us to talk about CA's budget, the $9 Billion Dollar Choo-choo train Jerry wants even though, as Dan Walter's writes, we're buried under a mountain of debt.  

We'll talk with Chris about his latest posts at CalWhine.com, in addition to his most recent on the Bullet Train, and the impact on the people of California. He opines on Education, on Public Employee Pensions and Benefits, on junk science driving public policy in CA, via AB32, and more.

Steven Greenhut has a piece out now at California City Journal, Crony Capitalism Rebuked California’s supreme court strikes a blow for property rights and fiscal sanity. He concludes by stating that Redevelopment agencies are fighting now, to bring back Redevelopment, and he poses a poignant question to the minority party in CA: Will Republicans side with property rights and limited government at the local level, or again stand up for these misguided and destructive bureaucratic bodies?

On Education, we'll talk with Chris Reed, John Seiler and Ben Boychuk about Larry Sand's op-ed about "air time," a little known scheme in California and 20 other states that allows teachers and other public employees to pad their pensions at taxpayers’ expense. We didn't get to it last week.

Sand has an new piece out today also at UnionWatch.org, called More Pension Truths and Why You Should be Very Angry, which we may or may not get to on the program, but which you ought to know about.

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Dan Walters: California's 'wall of debt' is really a mountain -But he wants a bullet train that will top $9 Billion!!!!

Sacramento Politics - California Politics | Sacramento Bee

"...Brown's budget cites the $33 billion in on- and off-the-books debt run up in recent years to cover the state's operational shortfalls..."

"...But those numbers, as large as they may appear, are only the foothills of the debt mountain that state and local governments have amassed in recent years..."

"...California voters have approved nearly $130 billion in active general obligation bonds, of which $73 billion are still outstanding and $33 billion remain unissued, according to the state treasurer's office, and even if no more are sold, it will cost the state nearly $135 billion to repay them over the next 30 years..."

"...Other bond issues that lack dedicated revenues and therefore must be repaid from the state treasury will cost another $20 billion..."

There's also Redevelopment Debt: "...more than $100 billion in debt that must be repaid, mostly from property taxes that otherwise would finance local services. With interest, it may be $200 billion..."

Federal Govt loans to $10 billion dollars in loans from the Feds to CA for Unemployment Insurance.


Unfunded Public Employee Pension debt: According to Brown, "...$45.2 billion and retiree health care at $59.9 billion, but independent estimates of the pension gap have ranged as high as a half-trillion dollars, depending on assumption of future investment earnings..."

BUT HE WANTS the CHOO CHOO TRAIN THAT WILL SERVE PRIMARILY MIDDLE CLASS RIDERS WHO CAN FEEL "GOOD" ABOUT THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO SAVING THE ENVIRONMENT, AND WHO THINK IT'S COOL TO RIDE A SHINY TRAIN. Who cares if it's costs are now estimated to be more than $9 Billion Dollars. LET THE POOR EAT CAKE


Read more here: Dan Walters: California's 'wall of debt' is really a mountain - Sacramento Politics - California Politics | Sacramento Bee

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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