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Leonard] 8:01 am [link]
Blowing Up Boxes: Governor Schwarzenegger called on all
Californians, particularly state employees, to help identify those areas of state
government that could be made more efficient. To accomplish this, he has created
the California Performance Review (CPR) project to comprehensively examine what
state government does and how it does it. CPR has four charges: Executive Branch
Reorganization; Program Performance Assessment and Budgeting; Improved Services
and Productivity; and Acquisition Reform.
guiding assumption about the Executive Branch Reorganization
is clear and accurate: “The organization of California’s
state government today does not facilitate rational decision-
making in the public’s interest.” He speaks about
the sheer number of boards, commissions, agencies and departments
without clear lines of authority or responsibility, noting
that they do not produce outcomes for which any elected official
can be held accountable by voters. Staff is frustrated with
the lack of flexibility and bureaucratic inertia, taxpayers
are angry about waste and worthwhile policy goals languish.
The Governor is asking the CPR staff to examine the function
of each agency and board and make recommendations for consolidating
or eliminating them so that a new system encourages innovation
rather than stifling progress. [For
more about the California Performance Review project, see http://cpr.ca.gov/.]
[Leonard Letter 3/30]
Platt Liebau - editorial
director CaliforniaRepublic.org] 11:09 am [link]
Blame Game: About a week after Richard Clarke thrilled Democrats nationwide
by his portentous and pretentious telling of fairy tales, there's been a little
reality check, courtesy of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed -- Al Qaeda's operations chief.
The story can be found in the Washington
to Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, more attacks were planned after
9/11 for Chicago and the West Coast, most notably the Library
Tower in Los Angeles. So why did they never take place? Because
Al Qaeda was stunned and immobilized by the ferocity of the
anyone out there who thinks that the response would have been
as strong with Bill Clinton or John Kerry sitting in the White
House, rather than W? ANYONE? We all need to remember the days
before the invasion of Afghanistan. Armchair generals were
suggesting that we resort to dropping bombs and bribing Pashtuns
in Afghanistan, rather than putting "boots on the ground." Liberal
historians were trotted out to ruminate on the difficulties
that both the British and the Russians had encountered in previous
military excursions into Afghanistan -- the clear implication
being that a war there was simply not winnable.
represents the part of America that wants to look back and
cast blame. What Khalid Shaikh Mohammed has said illustrates
better than anything why it's not what happened (or didn't
happen) before 9/11 that matters as much as what happened afterwards.
And that's where President Bush shines.
Steel - past
chairman California GOP] 5:55 am [link]
Lawyers: Remember when we first saw this press release?
Boxer and Feinstein Announce Bipartisan Judicial Nomination
Panel May 22, 2001
Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer today announced
an agreement with the White House establishing a Judicial Advisory Committee
responsible for recommending nominations to fill vacancies in the four Federal
district courts in California. The
Judicial Advisory Committee will be comprised of four six-member subcommittees – one
for each judicial district in the state. Each subcommittee will have one
member selected by Senator Boxer, one selected by Senator Feinstein and one
jointly by both Senators along with three members named by Gerald Parsky,
President Bush’s State Chair for judicial appointments. “It
is my hope that this Committee can bring forward the best and most qualified
candidates for the federal bench and provide a bipartisan balance that can
lead to speedy approval by the Senate. I thank Senator Boxer, President Bush
and Mr. Parsky for the cooperative spirit they have shown in this effort,” Senator
haven’t gone well with this Bi-Partisan committee. Boxer
particularly. She serves as the leading leftist opposing the
President by filibustering his judicial nominees. There is
a solution. Remove Boxer. That’s why I am seeking attorneys
to network in support of our best chance to cure the Boxer
problem. If you are interested in learning more about Attorneys
for Bill Jones for Senate, let me hear from you real soon.
DeVore - columnist] 5:09
Big protest planned in Taiwan, China ratchets up rhetoric: On
Friday, Taiwan's election commission certified the island nation's razor-thin
presidential election of incumbent President Chen Shui-bian. Opposition protesters
immediately trashed the election commission's headquarters.
leaning opposition plans on holding a 500,000 person protest
rally on Saturday in the capital, Taipei, to dispute the election
results. The Taiwanese government is worried that criminal
elements (a code phrase for Chinese sleeper agents) may provoke
violence. This, of course, would give China ample justification
to invade in the wake of Beijing's statement that "The
mainland side will not look on unconcerned should the post-election
situation in Taiwan go out of control, leading to social turmoil,
endangering lives and property of Taiwan compatriots and affecting
stability across the Taiwan straits."
Just as Hitler
did with Austria in 1937 and with Czechoslovakia in 1938, the
Chinese leadership in Beijing is preparing the pretext for
violent intervention in Taiwan. One of Hitler's excuses to
intervene was the need to protect Germans where ever they happened
to live. Beijing's rhetoric is hauntingly familiar to any student
of history with references to "social turmoil" "endangered
lives" and "compatriots" (the latter phrase
linking Taiwanese citizens with the Chinese people). Taiwan
even has its own Seyss-Inquart in waiting (the Austrian Nazi
who took leadership of Austria as the Germans invaded in 1937)
in Nationalist Party Chairman Lien Chan, the man who lost the
election and continues to whip up protests.
maturing democracy is vitally important to America and its
allies in Asia. Allowing Beijing free-reign to crush this vibrant
democracy would not be in American's interests. Conversely,
a free Taiwan points the way for the Chinese people showing
them that they too can have freedom.
Leonard] 6:18 am [link]
the Lawyers Comfy: The Auditor
General rightly criticized the Department of Corrections last
week for a lousy report on the future of death row at San Quentin
prison. The work was so sloppy that a proper analysis could
not be rendered. The untold story is that the Department of
Corrections is under tremendous pressure to keep death row
where it is. Given the crowded conditions at San Quentin and
the expensive housing nearby, the pressure for the status
quo is not coming from the state employees at the prison, nor
from the prisoners families. No, the pressure is from lawyers,
and not just any lawyers. The members of the speciality bar
that defend death row prisoners all live in the Bay area and
all would be disrupted if the death chamber was moved to a
less crowded and more secure location in California. For more
than a decade now this threatened disruption of lifestyle of
a few dozen lawyers has kept the state from making needed changes.
Platt Liebau - editorial
director CaliforniaRepublic.org] 5:03 am [link]
Sure. In the midst of all his self-contradictory
testimony, Richard Clarke did actually do one thing with
which I agree: He pledged that
he would not accept any post in a Kerry Administration. Perhaps we should let
him set the example for the rest of the commission -- at least in that regard.
If everyone is so worried about conflicts of interest (concerned enough to
drum out Henry Kissinger, for example), shouldn't we ask
all the commission members
to reveal whether they would serve, if asked, in a Bush or Kerry Administration?
Surely the public has the right to know if partisans on the committee -- people
like Jamie Gorelick or Richard Ben-Veniste -- have ambitions that might color
their interpretation of events or the handling of witnesses. An admission of
interest in the post of Kerry's, say, Attorney General would not in itself
be per se disqualifying; it would, however, valuable insights
to the public as to
why, perhaps, some members are more eager than others to draw partisan, finger-pointing
conclusions about the topic of intelligence in the days before and after 9/11.
Platt Liebau - editorial
director CaliforniaRepublic.org] 12:01 am [link]
Kerry Misspeaks: Well,
well. The pattern of John Kerry "misspeaking" continues
apace. Today, the Washington Times reports two more examples:
Kerry has said that he hadn't spoken to Al Hubbard -- an anti-Vietnam
War activist who lied about his service record -- since the two appeared
on TV together in 1971. But the files kept on Kerry by the FBI reveal
that the two were together a fair amount thereafter. Similarly, Kerry
insists that he never attended the meeting of Vietnam Veterans Against
the War where the potential assassination of US senators was discussed.
According to the FBI records, that's a lie, too -- he was there. Kerry's
staff says that the events happened 30 years ago and "the senator
simply misspoke." Wonder why these hard facts aren't generating
the media frenzy that erupted on the basis of unsubstantiated charges
about President Bush's service in the National Guard?
DeVore - columnist] 5:04
China beginning to intervene in Taiwan's election aftermath: Last
Saturday, March 20, after a tumultuous presidential campaign that saw the attempted
assassination of Taiwan's president and vice president the day before, Taiwan's
independence-leaning president won reelection by the slimmest of margins: 50.1%
to 49.9%. Most observers of the island-nation thought President Chen would lose
by a few percentage points.
Now the pro-China-leaning
nationalist opposition is crying foul, claiming that the assassination
attempt might have been staged and alleging that the vote was
fraudulent (imagine the drama we had in Florida in 2000 then
imagine that the military and economic strength of the U.S.
and Cuba were swapped, then you could imagine the danger Taiwan
is in at the moment).
to news reports, China's official mouthpiece, the Xinhua News
Agency, sided with the opposition and accused President Chen
fraud" and trying to "kidnap the will of the Taiwanese
busy around the world and now engaged in our own presidential
campaign, China may think it can bully Taiwan into overturning
its election result. Stay tuned. This is not a good development
for the advancement of democracy, freedom and liberty in the
Hogue - radio talk show host KTKZ -
Sacramento] 5:03 am [link]
and Cedillo on SB1160, Strategy! All
of the focus on Gil Cedillo and Arnold Schwarzenegger needs some
not '12 Republicans' ready to vote for a deal.
no legislation to vote up or down, we are talking about talk.
any deal would have to satisfy background checks - severe -
and insurance requirements, both of which are beyond compromise
Dems sided with Arnold to repeal SB60, they did so because
of fear of the initiative process. Would they now pass something
that would be taken down by a similar referendum...and offer
them more defeat..get real!
reasons for the Dems to use this strategy:
(1) The Democrats
have no campaign issues for the November ballot. They can ride
this issue for the Latino vote.
can erode Arnold's popularity by calling him a liar after talks
breakdown. Cedillo can say, "We had a deal and Arnold
lied, he was pushed by the conservative Republicans." This
would damage Arnold and Bush's standing in the state.
(3) The Dems
want to create a 'wedge issue' for the November ballot. An
issue like this can draw more Democrats to the polls since
John Kerry has no polling power...just like the visit by Howard
Dean...they need some passion to GOTV.
probably the most important concept...make it seem that Arnold
and Bush are 'weak' on immigration and play the conservative
vote into an apathetic voting bloc. This would create some
low voter turnout for the GOP, something the Dems need to fight
Winter-found in the ebag] 5:02 am [link]
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher Speaks Out On Death Of Sheikh
Ahmed Yassin: "The
Israeli attack focused specifically on the head of Hamas, a terrorist organization
for slaughtering innocent civilians… No one on either side of this conflict
should target women, children, and the elderly… Killing a murderer like
Sheikh Ahmed Yassin makes noncombatants safer because it eliminates one threat
and sends a message to other killers. Sheikh Yassin had the blood of innocents
on his hands, and was a danger to Israelis and Palestinians alike. Had he lived
he would certainly have master-minded more killing and destruction, which would
then have led to more retaliation. His death is a matter for celebration. It
serves the cause of peace and security in the region." [via Shawn
Platt Liebau - editorial
5:01 am [link]
On Clarke & Kerry: The assault on President Bush's wartime leadership
continues apace, this time with former counterterrorism "czar" Richard
Clarke setting out on a book tour, peddling charges that, somehow, 9/11 is the
fault of the Bush Administration alone.
Had it been
more truthful, and launched more intelligently, such a line
of attack might have had tremendous potential to damage the
President. But it won't. For one thing, Clarke can't seem to
control the impulse to blame the President for everything --
and to do so in an "over the top" way that doesn't
create a lot of confidence in his credibility.
importantly, for President Bush to be hurt politically in a
lasting way, there has to be a credible alternative . . .and
John Kerry isn't it. Here's a guy who's busy cursing at his
Secret Service agents when he falls down on the ski slopes
of Sun Valley -- and complaining about the fact that our troops
don't have enough body armor, after voting against the $87
billion appropriation that provides such safety equipment,
after saying on "Face the Nation" that it would be
irresponsible to vote against the self-same $87 billion. Not
a (set of) position(s) that inspire -- or which suggest that
Kerry would represent a viable choice for Commander in Chief.
apparently, Kerry has started to run an ad that features footage
of him walking out of the jungles of Vietnam. It doesn't spring
immediately to mind, but it's worth asking: Just how did he
obtain this footage? He has to have asked someone to shoot
it. Why would he make such a request? Of course: He was planning
a political career (or to be someone "important")
even back then. That realization inevitably creates a degree
of distrust about all Kerry's subsequent decisions -- was he
making decisions that he believed were right, or was he trying
to aggrandize himself with those who could promote his political
career? Finally, it makes him seem a little creepy . . . who's
worrying about getting a "close-up" as they operate
in a war zone? Yes, President Bush is blessed in the Democrats'
choice of his opponent.
Mark Reynolds, columnist] 5:00 am [link]
Daily Mirror: "F*** THE NAZIS, SAYS CHURCHILL'S PARROT" - Winston's
parrot lives! Great news. If Bush had a parrot, it would curse Bin Laden. If
a parrot, it would curse Bush. That is all you need to know to decide your vote
this year. [John Mak Reynolds blog]
Leonard] 8:11 am [link]
Jobs Held Hostage: Action on Workers’ Comp Reform: It
is Day 22 of Jobs Held Hostage—two weeks after the Governor’ s
deadline for the Legislature to act to fix the system that is so broken
it is driving jobs out of our state. The Legislature’s inability
to make the needed changes in time has fueled a private effort to take
the issue directly to the voters. The Workers’ Compensation Reform
and Accountability Act is collecting signatures now to be placed on the
November ballot. The initiative does several necessary things to improve
the current situation. Most of these reforms are included in current legislation
(SBX 4 3 and ABX4 1); the Legislature could save everyone a lot of time
and money by simply passing these bills quickly.
is a common sense requirement that workers prove their injury
occurred at work. Too many of us know first-hand stories of
people who have been injured recreationally but who are all
too eager to place the blame and burden on their employer.
Further, the measure makes employers responsible only for the
injury, or portion of injury, that occurred on the job. Another
common sense change in the initiative is to prohibit inmates
from claiming disability benefits for injuries that occur while
they are in custody.
requires that injured employees and their employers agree on
a physician. This alone will reduce fraud and wrongdoing on
either side. Also, the Qualified Medical Evaluators involved
must have an area of specialty related to the injury at hand.
Any disputes about medical treatment will be resolved by medical
professionals, not lawyers or bureaucrats or insurance agents.
The initiative also says that the diagnosis and treatment of
industrial injuries will be governed by guidelines established
by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Finally, the initiative increases permanent disability benefits
for the most seriously injured employees.
are needed desperately if California is to restore a healthy
jobs climate. Currently, our employers pay $6.33 of every $100
of payroll vs. the national average of $2.46. Additionally,
workers’ comp costs have risen 136% over the last four
years, with some companies experiencing premium increases of
300%. The cost for government entities and school districts
has skyrocketed by as much as 55%, leaving taxpayers holding
the bill and receiving less in service.
contact your legislators and demand action on SBX 4 3 and ABX4
1, but I also encourage you to sign the petition to place this
measure on the ballot. To learn more, see www.reformworkerscomp.com [Leonard
Leonard] 6:09 am [link]
Westly Says Angelides Discredited: State Controller
Steve Westly (D) was the featured speaker at a Capitol breakfast event
attended by a member of my staff. Westly started his remarks by talking
about his work with Governor Schwarzenegger in passing Propositions 57
and 58. Westly said that State Treasurer Phil Angelides (D), who campaigned
against the bonds, was proven wrong in his criticisms because in the aftermath
of the bond’s passage, Wall Street has raised the state’s debt
a full point. [Leonard 3/19]
Winter] 5:11 am [link]
Wag the Kerry: John Kerry gave a major speech on Iraq yesterday at George
pans to podium where candidate Kerry smiles and waves to
the audience. Kerry clears his throat.]
ago this week, American soldiers raced across the desert
to Baghdad. Ten months ago, George Bush stood on an aircraft
carrier and proclaimed "mission accomplished."
we know that the mission is not finished, hostilities have
not ended, and our men and women in uniform fight on almost
alone with the target squarely on their backs. Everyday,
they face danger and death from suicide bombers, roadside
bombers, and now ironically, from the very Iraqi police they
still bogged down in Iraq - and the Administration stubbornly
holds to failed policies that drive potential allies away.
What we have seen is a steady loss of lives and mounting
costs in dollars, with no end in sight.
misled about weapons of mass destruction. We are misled now
when the costs of Iraq are not even counted in the President's
budget. But having gone to war, we have a responsibility
to keep and a national interest to achieve in a stable and
peaceful Iraq. To leave too soon would leave behind a failed
state that inevitably would become a haven for terrorists
and a threat to our future, a problem for the Middle East,
and a dangerous setback in the war against terror.
answer is not a stubborn pursuit of the same arrogant policies;
the answer to failure is not more of the same. Instead we
must return more effectively to the international community,
and share the authority and the burdens with other nations.
We need to use the tools of diplomacy as well as the tools
of war. [Cue car bomb at Mount Lebanon Hotel. Cut away
from Kerry and go to breaking story from Baghdad.]
Armendariz - columnist ] 7:09 am [link]
Terrorism Works: The decision by millions
of Spaniards to take to the streets of Madrid had little to do
with standing up and protesting terrorism and much to do with standing
up and protesting their own government's decision to support the
United States in a global-war against international terrorism.
Currently, this global-war's main theater of operation is in Iraq.
Where is leads, beyond the borders of Iraq, is up to the terrorists
and the outlaw nation(s) that choose to support terrorism. Spanish
President Jose Maria Aznar understood this simple truth. Spain's
incoming Socialist leader Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero does not.
Then again, nobody should over-estimate the astuteness of somebody
who labels themselves
a Socialist in the 21st century.
But we can
all agree on one thing. Al Qaeda, who are almost certainly
responsible for the cowardly bombings in Madrid, want Spain
and the other members of the Coalition, led by the United States,
to leave Iraq. Tragically, they appear to be getting their
wish with respect to the new government of Spain. Indeed, for
Spain and for any other nation that chooses a similar course,
retreating from the fight and then appeasing the terrorists
who started that fight, such a decision is an incalculable
11, Americans came together in a show of almost unprecedented
unity. An overwhelming majority of Americans rallied around
the President because we understood that nothing we did as
a nation of people, or as a government, justified such an evil
act of hate and cowardice on our soil. Spaniards, on the other
hand, came together to demonstrate against the courage of their
government. Their message sends a clear signal to terrorists
far and wide; terrorism works! And that, perhaps more than
anything else, explains why America and not Spain, France,
Russia, Mexico or Germany, solely occupies the role of de-facto
leader of the free world.
Winter] 5:09 am [link]
España: With 10 coordinated bombs on trains Al Qaeda has achieved
a great victory. Spain’s voters have capitulated and put “can’t
we all just get along” socialists in charge of the government. The moral
core of Old Europe continues to rot away. Liberal appeasers ready to negotiate
of the free world to radical Islamists... Thank goodness we don’t have
socialist appeasers in this country... Well... We might have a few appeasers,
I guess... Ted Kennedy, Wesley Clark, Howard Dean, Terry McAuliffe, Maxine Waters,
Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Lee...uh... hmm... This list could get kinda long... Hey!
guess come November we could have our own Marshall Petain in Lt. John Kerry...
Platt Liebau - editorial
12:01 pm [link]
About the Spanish elections: The outcome is frankly disappointing, but
in the short term, it endangers the United States much less than it does the
rest of Europe. With the response to 9/11 and the Spanish elections, Al Qaeda
has learned that if it attacks the United States, its members must learn to live
in caves before they are hunted down and (hopefully) killed. If it attacks a
European country, however, it gets policy changes to its liking. So if you were
an Al Qaeda with limited resources, where would you concentrate? In Europe --
where you get a more immediate payoff.
it may also help President Bush if Spain's new leader immediately
tries to cuddle up with Germany and France, insofar as it may
suggest to American voters that this behavior is a template
that Kerry would follow. Spaniards were unhappy about fighting
Al Qaeda (and took out their unhappiness on the conservatives)
because they didn't see the fight as "theirs", but
Americans have a different response; anyone who was watching
television in the days around 9/11 knows that this fight is
charming naivete, Spanish voters may not realize that bin Laden's
grievances against Spain were sufficient to prompt attacks
even before Spain took America's side in the war on terror
-- so adapting their politics to conform to Al Qaeda's wishes
may not do much to protect them at all. In his penultimate
cave video, filmed apparently in the early hours of the Afghan
campaign, Osama listed among his principal grievances "the
tragedy of Andalusia." That refers, of course, to the
end of Muslim rule in Spain in 1492. As Mark Steyn has pointed
out, working at that rate, Al Qaeda will get around to punishing
Spain for helping President Bush in roughly 2600.
presidential election is being held this May; that country
also has been a staunch American ally in the war on terror.
German elections take place before ours, as well -- so it will
be interesting to see if Al Qaeda distinguishes between friendly
German "infidels" and the unfriendly Spanish ones.
European Parliament elections take place between June 10 and
June 13 this year; Al Qaeda may decide that it can influence
those, as well, and concentrate some of its firepower overseas.
In any case,
Spain has done nothing but guarantee that more attacks will
be directed toward it and the rest of Europe -- like a kid
who gives up his lunch to a bully, it's more likely to get
picked on the next time than a muscular kid who won't give
up his lunch and beats up the would-be tormentor.
And any civilized
country who thinks that its reluctance to fight in the war
on terror will keep it safe is dreaming. Haven't they been
paying attention? Al Qaeda's gripe isn't against the United
States alone . . . it's against all modern, liberated democratic,
secular governments, of which the U.S. is only the greatest
and best example.
Hogue - radio talk show host KTKZ -
Sacramento] 5:45 am [link]
Change in Spain! Spain's
elections have just turned the country's leadership socialistic,
liberal. Due to the train bombings of last week, the voters/citizens
of Spain have decided that the Socialists Party should get the
nod once again.
This is a
huge upset for freedom, capitalism and for the United States
in this war versus terrorism. Now, the terrorists know they
can 'stimulate' Europe with terror attacks before elections
and change the outcomes, as well as the support for those who
are really fighting this "terrorism".
Remember, "terrorism" is
a 'embracing a philosophy where the use of terror (i.e.) targeting
civilians and not soldiers, is an acceptable and legitimate
means of advancing a political cause.'
This is the
war on terrorism. It is not a singular battle between Bush
and OBL, Bush and Saddam or Bush and the PLO...it means defeating
terrorism wherever it my raise its ugly, evil serpent's head!
have attacks in Greece, Spain and in Israel - not to forget
the fire outside of the Kremlin in Russia after President Putin
wins another election...there were threats from the Chechnya
Rebels that they would plant land mines if Putin won again.
We'll wait on this fire, but the others should be enough to
today in Spain was a HUGE victory for 'terrorism' and a loss
for the people of Europe! What it means for the United States,
we'll have to see in the following days. You would hope that
it means a tougher line of questioning for John Kerry and a
wider embrace for the leadership and activities of President
Bush over the past year...but you never know in today's emotionally
charged citizens and voters.
What I can
point out today is the outcome in Spain:
appeasement toward terrorism and an endorsement of such as
a means to advance a political cause.
blame game works for liberals and socialists worldwide. The
Socialists Party immediately 'blamed' Spain's leadership
for the attacks last week, stating their relations with America
and support of the war against terrorism.
the countries foreign affairs through the United Nations
who are already sympathetic to the means and goals of terrorism
and terrorists (Consider the "Food for Oil" initiative
created with Saddam and Iraq in 1996).
negotiations with terrorism and terrorists, giving them a
creditable position on the world stage for good.
As we ponder
these the new direction of Spain with the Socialists Party
victory consider my four points in reference to the Democrat
candidate John Kerry - all of them have been represented by
Kerry during his campaign in one way, shape or form. What we
are watching in Spain could be the result in the US if we are
not engaged in the differences. A new liberal, socialist party
leader could take the helm and lead America into the arms of
the UN and the 'deal making rooms' with terrorism. Remember,
John Kerry has said that there are world leaders who support
his campaign and him personally for the President's Office
in November...maybe we now know who those newly 'endorsing'
world leaders are for Kerry!
Leonard] 6:09 am [link]
Public Education Failing a Generation: One big
challenge that public schools in California have is convincing the public
that more money will result in better student performance. I do not see
what they can point to that is going to make voters believe this. Forty-eight
percent of freshman enrolled at CSU last year got out of California high
schools without basic English skills and 40% lacked basic math skills --
and these are supposedly the good students. It is true that the high number
of limited-English speaking students in California is a great challenge.
Still, it is obvious that California public schools need bold change, and
before they get more money, the California Teachers Association, and other
education advocates, will need to offer evidence of a reform agenda that
will dramatically improve student performance. Lance
Izumi and the staff
at the Pacific Research Institute in San Francisco released a study last
fall, The California Index of Leading Education Indicators, which shows
that the performance of our schools is at an intolerable level. According
to the report:
to 1995, verbal SAT scores for California public high school
students dropped from 421 to 412, while those for parochial
school students increased from 432 to 442.
to 1994, the percentage of students taking first- year chemistry
in California was the lowest of all states, and only Delaware
and Hawaii had a lower percentage of students enrolled in
ranks near the bottom in both math and reading based on National
Assessment of Educational Progress test scores, with 59 percent
of California students reading below the basic level.
as one-third of California's high school students drop out.
dollars, per-pupil spending in California was 60 percent
higher in 1994-95, than in 1969-70. [3/9 Leonard
Hogue - radio talk show host KTKZ -
Sacramento] 7:05 am [link]
More Mainstream Hatred: America should
be outraged over the hatred shared this week by the mainstream media. On
Saturday, the New York Times began the mud slinging in a front page
story as the paper referred to the eleventh hour delays in Iraq’s constitution
as a "major
embarrassment" to the Bush Administration.
So the Bush Administration is supporting a secular government in Iraq and the
creation of the temporary parchment is delayed because a Muslim Ayatollah delays
the process because there isn’t enough religious influence and protection
in the new constitution. This is the embarrassment to the U.S.?
Isn’t it amazing, the New York Times considers it a negative to
NOT include religion in the development of the New Iraq, but in America, if one
political figure on the right even mentions the founding fathers and our Judea/Christian
origin, the media goes sideways with outrage.
Since the actual signing has passed, what is the mainstream media saying today?
By their silence the message is loud and clear!
Here we have the liberation of Iraq, no more ‘Evil Dictator’; the
citizens of this sandbox will actually have a voice and a vote in the near future.
They will determine their elected officials who will take their place as founding
fathers of the New Iraq and create a complete constitution with new freedom for
the Iraq people. But there is no celebration from the media elites in America,
My only conclusion is hatred. The mainstream media is watching Iraq develop a
constitution as a basis of law, and that’s not the way the liberals like
to see law made.
Liberals desire law to be made by rogue mayors in San Francisco, by staging massive
protests in the street, by appointing activists judges, by politicians from gerrymandered
districts and by apathetic attorney generals who are not forced to do their duty
and enforce the laws of the state, nor the land! The mainstream media ‘hates’ the
constitution, because they hate the ‘rule of law’.
Remember the confirmation hearings for Attorney General John Ashcroft – who
they also hate. What was one of the MAJOR concerns from the left? Would John
Ashcroft, a moral, pro-life Republican…would he uphold the constitutional
laws of the land? And every time Ashcroft was questioned on this front, he responded
the same, “I’m personally pro-life but I will respect our country,
our constitution and the laws of our land.”
One party respects the “rule of law”, the other party likes to re-write
the so-called ‘living and breathing parchment’ with rebellion…civil
rebellion and constitutional rebellion!
The reason the media is silent on the Iraq constitutional process is due to the
fact that they want laws created by emotions, riots and by anarchy. They would
be much happier if the Grand Ayatollah would pull out the Shiites and rally in
the streets for the compassion of the world and the influence of the judiciary
hand of the United Nations.
The mainstream media is silent on the historical and powerful liberation of Iraq
because they like countries to be developed by hierarchy within government, not
by the voice of a representative republic and true democracy of its people.
After all, how would it look on the front page of the newspaper…how would
the mainstream editors handle this week’s side-by-side columns of Mayor
Gavin Newsome’s “heroics of anarchy and criminal behavior” over
gay marriage and at the same time the newspaper is celebrating a country's
creation of liberty and freedom by ‘rule of law’.
Speaks volumes doesn’t it!
5:38 am [link]
Vote Crib: Heard the end of Michael Medved's radio show yesterday
and his guest was John Vasconcellos, the author of the Let's-give-the-14-year-olds
the vote. I thought I was jaded and cynical enough that I wouldn't be surprised,
but found myself there when Vasconcellos said that his "emotions are (his)
not familiar with California politics, Vasconcellos is a state
Democratic Senator who in addition to spending California into
oblivion was the sponsor of the California self-esteem initiative...
Read it at SacBee - “Weary of diminishing voter participation
in state elections, a group of lawmakers proposed a radical
solution Monday: Let Californians as young as 14 cast ballots.”
Leonard] 5:01 am [link]
Taking the Oracle Fall: What
if you wanted to low-ball the news that your political
ally was involved in corruption? Well, if you are Attorney
General Bill Lockyer, you announce the indictment of a
former Governor Davis staffer on election day, thus guaranteeing
that all reporters are too busy with election news to cover
the story. The Oracle scandal occurred in 2001. The legislative
investigation took place in 2002. Now the fastest the "Justice" Department
can bring an indictment is Primary Election Day 2004. I
was a member of the investigating legislative committee.
We interviewed Kari Dohn, who is now facing charges of
altering evidence. I am convinced she was following orders.
Somebody in the Davis Administration told her to do this.
Yet our Attorney General finds no other evidence of crime!
Why would anyone alter evidence if there is nothing to
hide? By the way, the evidence she is accused of altering
relates to the real question that has never been answered:
What did Gray Davis know and when did he know it? [3/9 Leonard
Hogue - radio talk show host KTKZ -
Sacramento] 7:14 am [link]
Use of 9-11 in TV Ads: Who owns 9-11? The answer is
America! There is no special 'ownership' of this attack, America and
her leaders have every right to express remembrance surrounding
a day that will forever be the historical reference point of
George W. Bush as the 43rd President.
Why is it
that John Kerry can use Vietnam? We lost over 50,000 Americans
in Vietnam. Where are the relatives of these brave soldiers
and military personnel, shouldn't they be interviewed about
Kerry's usage of Vietnam as a backdrop? If Kerry can use Vietnam,
then President Bush can do the same as Commander and Chief
over the "War Against Terrorism".
we have a new form of 'ownership' here. President isn't allowed
to offer criticism of Senator Kerry's voting record due to
his status of owning the veteran label during this campaign
- now Bush can't talk about 9-11 because the relatives 'own'
what happened on 9-11, not the country!
what happen on 9-11-01 was not an attack against the families,
York...but against the United States of America! And this
returned serve in this war. He has a right - we have a right - to pay respect
to those who lost their lives and to this President who has defend our liberty
and their honor!
7:49 am [link]
a War, Stupid: Oh, please, the outrage over 9/11
images in the President’s campaign ads... annoying.
It is truly disturbing that liberal Democrats and some 9/11
and family victims are complaining. It’s as if 9/11
were some natural disaster and the President is exploiting
that disaster. It is those complainers who are the outrage.
the defining moment of our time. The big picture is that we
are engaged in a long-term war. There are millions of radical
people in the world that would like to see us wiped off the
face of the earth. Afghanistan and Iraq are part of that war.
argument is always to reduce issues down to the immediate and
the emotional. It is almost the height of negligence that the
Democrats are railing about employment and the economy (both
of chugging away just fine, thank you very much...) and distracting
the voters and our leaders off the real peril. We are under
attack. We’ve been infiltrated. We are fighting back.
It will take will and determination.
the Left has a nominee in John Kerry the most important questions
should be centered around our security. Do we want a President
who can lead and aggressively secure this country? Or do we
want a President who is more than willing to dismantle the
military while at the same time toss medals on the Capitol
the economy, stupid. It’s the war, stupid.
7:45 am [link]
Don't they make a great couple? The most important legal
official in the state of California doesn’t have the will, courage
or common sense to do what the Attorney General of New Mexico, Patricia Madrid – a
Democrat - did. She told Sandoval County officials to stop issuing marriage
licenses to same-sex couples – and she sent police to back up the order.
And at least one lonely New York District Attorney, Don Williams of Ulster
Country, actually filed charges against New Paltz Mayor, Jason West, with
19 separate counts of illegally solemnizing marriages.
has earned the wrath of conservatives and a recall campaign
But Mr. Lockyer
can take comfort in the companionship of fellow traveler New
York’s weasely Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer, who very
much is in favor of gay marriage and just doesn’t see
any point of issuing injunctions to stop them in New York State.
Of course, like Lockyer, Spitzer wants to be governor and the
Democrat party in New York has gay marriage as an official
I understand correctly that in his filing with the state Supreme
Court Mr. Lockyer didn’t mention Prop 22?
does this matter anyway? After all, on a strategic level this
is incrementalism. Activists push hard for same-sex marriage – making
a lot of noise and spectacle. But – heavy sigh - they’ll
settle for civil unions... And civil unions will be indistinguishable
from marriage. Isn’t that what fence sitters are all
saying... “I against same-sex marriage but in favor of
strong civil unions?”
Platt Liebau - editorial
director CaliforniaRepublic.org] 5:19 am [link]
Tuesday’s Done: Well, it
looks like Arnold's the man, Californians don't want higher
taxes, and Bill Jones is going to be the
person to end Barbara
Boxer's "reign of ignorance" in the U.S. Senate. The initiatives
that the Governor supported (Props 57 and 58) passed, while Prop 56, which
lowered the threshold for tax increases, failed easily. Clearly, the failure
of 56 is great for the overtaxed and underappreciated citizens of California.
As for 57 and 58, given the legislature's well-known aversion to spending cuts,
they were probably the state's best hope for solving its fiscal crisis.
On the national
level, John Kerry cemented his nomination as the Democratic
candidate to take on George Bush. That's good news for the
country -- because he'll be easier to beat than some other
candidates would have been. His condescension and pompous orations
won't wear well, and the vituperative attacks of his surrogates
will turn off the vast portion of the electorate that isn't
rabid about its politics. Don't be spooked by the margins by
which Kerry won -- or the fact that he won more primaries,
more quickly, than any other candidate in modern history. The
Democratic primary system this year was designed to yield a
candidate quickly, yet there seems to be little genuine enthusiasm
for Kerry, himself. It's almost like the Democrats engaged
in a collective "mind meld" and somehow decided,
based on a few bad weeks of press for President Bush, that
Kerry was the best candidate, based on . . . what? Unclear,
yet they all raced, like lemmings, off the Kerry cliff.
it's a relief to have the race settled, and Kerry as the presumptive
nominee. It'll deprive the press of the excuse to air every
irresponsible and hyperbolic attack against the president,
and force scrutiny of Kerry and his record -- neither of which
will wear well.
a super Tuesday indeed.
Mark Reynolds, columnist]
5:18 pm [link]
Kerry Loses! Do not
take any pundit seriously who does not at this very moment
understand that Kerry will lose 40 states this
fall. If the pundit demures with complex theorizing, ask him
to explain the following: Kerry is from Massachusetts. How does
he carry the South and Mid-West? Kerry let Ted Kennedy introduce
him tonight. He is from the Senate. Explain why Kerry will be
the first Senator in my lifetime to win and the first person
near Kennedy not to implode on a national scale. Kerry opposes
the death penalty for drug king pins. Kerry would let any federal
criminal live at taxpayer expense forever. Kerry wants to socialize
medicine. Kerry voted against Clinton's Defense of Marriage Act.
Kerry wants to turn US foreign policy over to the UN. Kerry's
wife describes him as "French looking" and his foreign
policy agrees. Kerry's wife. Nothing else: just let Theresa talk.
Kerry is doomed.
5:09 am [link]
Governor RINO: Okay, so 57 & 58 passed.
Good for the Governor. So, get it fixed, okay? But, you know, it’s
really annoying that on Monday Mr. Schwarzenegger goes and the Leno
show and says it’s "fine with me" if California law’s
are changed to allow same-sex marriages. "I think those issues
should be left to the state, so I have no use for a constitutional
amendment or change in that at all..." Oh, great, thanks. So,
that’s what it’s gonna be, huh? A guy who’ll tighten
the fiscal purse strings and and at the same time sell values down
the river all at the same time.
Platt Liebau - editorial
5:01 am [link]
Super Tuesday: A Knockout, not
an Upset: As
Super Tuesday approaches, John Kerry looks poised to remain in the catbird seat.
He's running ahead in all ten of the states holding contests this week -- California,
New York, Ohio, Massachusetts, Georgia, Minnesota, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode
Island and Vermont.
Of the 2162
delegates needed to clinch the Democratic nomination, Kerry
has amassed 744 delegates -- 61 percent of those decided so
far. Edwards trails a distant second with 220.
to avoid having this Tuesday's results seal the death warrant
for his campaign, Edwards must pull off enough upsets to give
him momentum in the states voting on March 9, including "delegate-rich" environments
like Illinois, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, along with a host
of southern states like Florida, Texas and Mississippi.
be a tough task. For one, fully half the Super Tuesday states
host contests that are open only to Democrats. This complicates
Edwards' task, as his best showings have seemed to depend on
the support of both independent and Republican-crossover votes.
-- a state that Edwards, born in South Carolina, must win --
Kerry runs ahead, but the race is closest here. Edwards' best
hope rests in the fact that independents there are allowed
to participate in the primary, which may boost his chances
somewhat. In Maryland, another border state, Edwards has garnered
the support of U.S. Rep Albert Wynn, but virtually the rest
of the Democratic establishment in this very Democratic state
have decided to back Kerry. In the biggest prizes of the day,
California and New York, Kerry's support is almost double (or
even triple) Edwards'. And clearly, Massachusetts native Kerry
is well-positioned to win the five New England states at stake.
to be making a big play for Ohio, with its powerful trade unions
and high unemployment. Edwards has sought to portray himself
as more of a "fair trade" (or protectionist!) Democrat
than John Kerry, who voted for NAFTA in 1993. But even so,
Kerry has won the support of Ohio's retired senator, John Glenn,
and currently runs far ahead; Kerry also won Michigan handily,
where job loss has been even greater than in Ohio.
Even if Edwards
ekes out a victory or two, it will be a major undertaking for
him to shore up a campaign that seems to be running out of
gas by the day. Should John Kerry sweep all ten states voting
on Tuesday -- a not-impossible scenario, based on current poll
numbers -- then it's all over for the Edwards campaign. And
at this point, it's looking more likely that there'll be a
Kerry Knockout than an Edwards Upset.
the ebag: Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association] 5:01 am [link]
HJTA Recommendations for the March 2 Election:
55: HJTA strongly urges a "NO" vote on
this $12.3 billion state school bond. Voters just approved
a $13.05 billion state school bond in November of 2002, just
a little more than a year ago. HJTA believes that in these
times of economic uncertainty, it would be foolish to add
to the public debt.
56: Vote "NO." >>> TAXPAYER ALERT:
Defeating this measure is a must for taxpayers. Approval
of Prop. 56 would open the flood gates to billions of dollars
in higher state taxes. Promoters of this abysmal proposition
will spend millions of dollars talking about accountability
but the real purpose of Prop. 56 is to destroy Proposition
13's mandate of a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to approve
new taxes. Over 100 tax increase measures totaling nearly
$65 billion were introduced in the Legislature last year.
If Prop. 56 had been law, virtually all would have passed.
NO ON PROP. 56 AND URGE YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO VOTE NO!
57: HJTA recommends a "Yes" vote. Proposition
57 is not new debt. It is a consolidation refinancing of
existing Gray Davis debt. In fact, Gray Davis and a majority
in the Legislature tried to force massive debt on Californians
without voter approval. Governor Schwarzenegger is asking
for your help on a "work out" of California's budget
crisis WITHOUT RAISING TAXES. Passing Prop. 57 WILL NOT RAISE
TAXES, but it will allow us to put the Gray Davis era behind
us. So on Proposition 57, HJTA recommends a "yes" vote.
This measure is tied to Prop. 58 below.
58: HJTA recommends a "Yes" vote. Proposition
58 mandates a balanced budget -- NO MORE BORROWING. It does
not take affect unless Prop. 57 above also passes.
HJTA asks taxpayers to review all local bonds carefully. Unlike
state bonds, which are repaid by everyone through sales and
income taxes, local general obligation bonds are repaid through
a tax increase exclusively on property owners.
Mark Reynolds, columnist] 5:38 pm [link]
Media perplexion: The second most delightful thing about The
Passion of the Christ, is the total incomprehension of reporters
about religion in America. Note this choice jewel from the AP via
a niche film that would appeal mainly to conservative Christians,
the bloody chronicle of Christ's crucifixion swelled to blockbuster
proportions as Gibson rallied church groups to support it
and accusations of anti-Semitism brought mainstream attention.
Associated Press reporter have any idea how million conservative
Christians there are? Here is clue: if every Southern Baptist
in America bought your book, you would be a wealthy man. Also
note that according to the reporter "mainstream" is
a separate category from church groups. Quick: what does the
reporter think is America's main activity on Sunday morning?
A nation of media that thinks Rosie is main stream, but does
not know the name of the pastor of Saddleback Church is hopeless.
the media may stop taking clerics of dying liberal denominations
so seriously. For example, the last group of people to take
the fatuous religious announcements of the presiding Bishop
of the Episcopal Church seriously work at the New York
Times. All fifteen remaining Episcopalians in the United
States gave up on him years ago. Why doesn't the Times call
the head of the globally booming Assembly of God denomination?
I shall leave it to you to decide. One can only assume that
the secularists at the major media outlets are huddled about
fantasizing that the crowds going to The Passion aren't
all really Christian. That would prove they had been ignoring
a market, despite wise economics. Perhaps, the shock might
awaken a few to realize what narrow minded, parochial bigots
American secularists and their liberal religious useful idiots
the ebag - Chuck McVey] 5:14 am [link]
think the actions of the president are, in my opinion, the most vile and
hateful words ever spoken by a sitting president," O'Donnell, who
lives in the New York City region, said on the program. "I am stunned
and I'm horrified. "I find this proposed amendment very, very, very,
very shocking. And immoral..." Chronicle
Rosie [the blushing bride] said - on Good Morning America -
that Bush's marriage amendment pronouncement was "immoral." Not only was there no
follow up question RE that comment, but I have not heard any
commentary on this aspect of Miss. Rosie's personal philosophy.
reference to personal morality is based upon one's adherence
to or belief in a religious philosophy. I'd be quite curious
as to the philosophy that Miss. O'Donnell uses to determine
that President Bush's support of a Constitutional amendment
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