Monday, February 23, 2009

400-408Atul Tandan is the Senior Vice President of Donor Engagement – the #3 in command – at World Vision, who literally grew up in a slum like that of Dharavi, India, the setting of Slumdog Millionaire that won 8 Oscars last night, including Best Picture.  Atul says, "Don't just be entertained; instead do something, get involved, change the situation."  Sponsor a World Vision child today at (800) 311-6869.
413-423 – • Andrew Breitbart (02/23/09) 'And now for something completely different, please'.
On Sunday night at the Kodak Theater, where Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama debated each other in front of the same prideful crowd a year earlier, the political left convened to celebrate its progressive political agenda. The Oscars communicate post-modern, post-American liberal values more effectively than elected Democratic officials themselves. The liberal establishment understands this and uses the glamorous Hollywood elite and its incessant stream of left-leaning product and promotional vehicles as its proxy messenger.
This year´s cause celebre was not the ailing American work force or the heroic and underappreciated U.S. military, but an attack on California´s just passed traditional marriage amendment - as represented by the white ribbon worn by pliant celebrity throngs. Dissenters in the midst dare not wear their contrarian ribbons for fear of more punitive Proposition 8 backlash.
This year Gus Van Sant and his gay marriage public service announcement "Milk," garnered eight nominations while Clint Eastwood and his objectively conservative box office titan "Gran Torino" got completely shut out. Except for the expected (and deserved) posthumous Heath Ledger best supporting actor nomination, the good-vs.-evil international sensation "The Dark Knight," also was passed over by the Academy.
(:38, 1:15) Sean Penn's Oscar-Winning Speech Shames Anti-Prop 8'ers & Praises President & Actors: 'You Commie, Homo-Loving, Sons-of-Guns.'  He asks those who voted for Prop 8 to reflect on their great shame.
(1:07) Dustin Lance Black, the screenwriter for "Milk," who won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, says, "Very soon--I promise--you will have equal rights, federally."
428-437 – • Credit Suisse, Monthly Mortgage Rates Reset.  We have hundreds of billions of dollars of ARMs that will be adjusting from May 2009 to April 2012, dumping millions of foreclosed homes into the real estate market that will likely drive down property values over the next three years.
• Fox News (2/23/09) Arrest Made in Home Foreclosure Civil Disobedience Program.  ACORN is calling for a national moratorium on all foreclosures.
To get there, Obama proposes to cut spending and raise taxes. The savings would come primarily from "winding down the war" in Iraq, a senior administration official said. The budget assumes continued spending on "overseas military contingency operations" throughout Obama's presidency, the official said, but that number is lower than the nearly $190 billion budgeted for Iraq and Afghanistan last year.
Obama also seeks to increase tax collections, mainly by making good on his promise to eliminate some of the temporary tax cuts enacted in 2001 and 2003. While the budget would keep the breaks that benefit middle-income families, it would eliminate them for wealthy taxpayers, defined as families earning more than $250,000 a year. Those tax breaks would be permitted to expire on schedule in 2011. That means the top tax rate would rise from 35 percent to 39.6 percent, the tax on capital gains would jump to 20 percent from 15 percent for wealthy filers and the tax on estates worth more than $3.5 million would be maintained at the current rate of 45 percent.
Obama also proposes "a fairly aggressive effort on tax enforcement" that would target corporate loopholes, the official said. And Obama's budget seeks to tax the earnings of hedge fund managers as normal income rather than at the lower 15 percent capital gains rate.
Overall, tax collections under the plan would rise from about 16 percent of the economy this year to 19 percent in 2013, while federal spending would drop from about 26 percent of the economy, another post-World War II high, to 22 percent.
458-508Tiffany Miller, ( was a caller last week into our show, and I was so touched by what she had to say that we've invited her back for more.  She's 27, single, attends Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, is an artist and songwriter, and is back in school studying to become a teacher.  At 19, she was training to be a Laker's Girl, when her life changed because she was hit by a car.  Later, she found herself in a fight with cancer.  She shares her story of how God was there the whole time.
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544-554 – • Times Online (2/22/09) Parents told: avoid morality in sex lessons.
• (:60) Townhall Commentary:  Frank Pastore, Stimulating Poverty?
This is Frank Pastore for  We've all heard the maxim, "Every system is perfectly designed to achieve the results that it yields."  This is especially helpful when thinking about public policy. When governments want to encourage a behavior they subsidized it, like our search for new energy technologies, and when they want to discourage a behavior, say smoking, they tax it.  Now, all of the research shows that if you increase the number out-of-wedlock births, you'll get more people living in poverty.  Here's the question: Do you think the welfare policy we've just enacted in the stimulus bill encourages or discourages women from having babies they can't care for?  Who benefits if there are more people living in poverty?  Which of the two political parties "wins" if more people are dependant upon the government?  Yes, "Every system is perfectly designed to achieve the results that it yields."  I'm Frank Pastore.
558-608(:43) Hollywood Star Anne Hathaway In 10 Yrs:  Fine With No Husband But Wants Kids, Property, Love & Travel Asia.  "Be a mom, be in love, own property, and have travelled Asia…those are my absolute must have's."
(1:03) Barbara Walters Asks The Jonas Brothers About Their Purity Rings & Resisting Temptation.
612-623 Erwin McManus, pastor of Mosaic Church (, (with locations in Beverly Hills, Pasadena, West L.A., downtown and Chino) and author of Wide Awake, shares his testimony.
628-638Jesus isn't religious, Christianity is true.
644-655 – • Fernando Henrique Cardoso, César Gaviria And Ernesto Zedillo (02/23/09) The War on Drugs Is a Failure – We should focus instead on reducing harm to users and on tackling organized crime.  Mr. Cardoso is the former president of Brazil. Mr. Gaviria is a former president of Colombia. Mr. Zedillo is a former president of Mexico.
My Summary:  Their alternative to the "War On Drugs" is to legalize pot, destigmatize addicts and change them into "patients cared for by the public health system," have more former addicts talking to kids, and go after the organized crime suppliers rather than the victimized users.
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