Monday, October 15, 2012

400-408 – (2X) Jay Leno on Friday night after the VP debate. • Newsbusters (10/13/2012) Leno Rips Biden for Nearly 3 Minutes: 'Smart of Raddatz To Cut Joe Off After Third Scotch and Soda'.

(0:18) • USA Today (10/13/2012) Obama touts recovery of auto industryThe start of his weekly radio address.

• CNS News (10/15/2012) Obama: 'We Got Back Every Dime' of Bailout; CBO: Bailout Will Lose $24 Billion.  

(:30) No on Prop 32 Ad.  • Brian Calle (OCR, 10/14/2012) Unions dominate California ballot propositions.  Go to

• YouTube (9/18/2012) No On 32: Have You Heard?  

• Here's the tiny text at the bottom:  "Paid for by No on 32 Stop Corporate Special Exemptions from Campaign Finance Rules sponsored by working families, John A. Perez and labor organizations.  Major funding by California Teaches Association/Issues PAC Committee and California State Council of Service Employees Issues Committee."

• SacBee (9/11/2012) See who's fighting Proposition 32.







•• Tom McClintock () Tom on the California 2012 Propositions.  YES ON 32, 33, 35, 40.

Prop 30: Your Wallet or Your Kids.  NO – Either approve $36 billion in higher sales and income taxes or else Gov. Brown threatens to shoot the schools.  Don't worry, the income taxes are only on the "very wealthy," but it turns out the "very wealthy" include many small businesses filing under sub-chapter S, meaning lower wages, higher prices and fewer jobs.  California already has one of the highest overall tax burdens in the country and yet has just approved a budget to spend $8 billion dollars more than it's taking in.  Moral of the story: it's the spending stupid.

Prop 31: Rotting Mackerel by Moonlight. NO – This one shines and stinks.  On the shiny side, it moves us toward performance-based budgeting, restores certain powers to the governor to make mid-year spending reductions and requires new spending to be paid for.  On the stinky side, it provides a two-year budget cycle that makes fiscal gimmickry all the easier and locks into the Constitution an incredibly anal process for local communities to adopt "Strategic Action Plans" serving such open-ended new age objectives as "community equity" and nudges them into establishing regional governments to push this agenda.  The purpose of local governments is to provide basic services, not to pursue utopian four-year plans. 

Prop 32: Cutting The Piggies Off From The Trough. YES – In the "It's About Time" category, this measure would finally prohibit unions, corporations, government contractors, and state and local governments from deducting money from employees' paychecks for political purposes without their express written consent.  As Jefferson wrote, "To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."  This puts an end to this despotic practice.

Prop 33: Rewarding Responsible Drivers. YES  – Here's a no-brainer: should car insurance companies be allowed to offer a discount to drivers who maintain continuous coverage?  No, it's not a trick question.  Under California's convoluted law, if you switch auto insurers you can't qualify for the continuous coverage discount.  This measure says you can.

Prop 34: Lifetime Room and Board (and Sex-Change Operations, too) for Murderers. NO – This abolishes the death penalty for first-degree murder.  Enough said.

Prop 35:  Red Light on Human Trafficking.  YES – Prop 35 greatly expands the definition of "Human Trafficking" (already illegal), and greatly increases existing penalties.  The problem is real and growing and needs stronger sanctions, although there are some provisions in Prop 35 that make it ripe for prosecutorial abuse, including limiting the ability of defendants to cross-examine witnesses and broadening the definition of trafficking to include those who never had contact with the victim.  On balance, though, the good outweighs the bad.

Prop 36: Gutting Three Strikes.  NO – After many years of rising crime rates, Californians finally struck back with the three-strikes law.  It is actually a two-strikes law: after two serious or violent felonies - in which one has murdered, assaulted, raped, robbed or pillaged his fellow citizens - he is on notice that any further misconduct will remove him from polite society.  Prop 36 would require that the third strike also be a serious or violent crime, giving dangerous criminals yet one more opportunity at atrocity.  The Left predicted that "Three Strikes" would have no effect on crime - in fact, crime rates have plummeted.  When it ain't broke, don't try and fix it.

Prop 37: Spit it Out.  NO – This is the latest effort of the Nanny Left to tell us what to eat.  It requires foods that contain any ingredients resulting from biotechnology advances to carry the scary warning: "GENETICALLY ENGINEERED."  There is not a shred of evidence that biotechnology is the least bit dangerous - it often reduces the need for pesticides.  To avoid branding their products with the Scarlet Warning, food processors would have to prove that every scrap and crumb in their fare is devoid of biotechnology or face crushing lawsuits.  Grocery prices high enough yet?

Prop 38: Pay More, Get Less.  NO – Not to be outdone by Prop. 30, this measure heaps $120 BILLION of new income taxes on those earning more than $7,316 (the new millionaires and billionaires of California's impoverished economy).  It's for the schools, of course.  No doubt these dollars (which families would just waste on necessities) will be as well spent as the staggering fortune that we're already shoveling into the sclerotic school system.

Prop 39: Tax Us Before We Hire Again.  NO – This is a $1 billion per year tax increase on California businesses to subsidize a whole new generation of Solyndra scams.  But remember, businesses don't pay business taxes; they only collect them from employees through lower wages, from consumers through higher prices, or from investors through lower earnings.  Prop 39 might be bad news for California's employees, consumers and investors, but it's great news for the Nevada Chamber of Commerce.

Prop 40: Your GOP Donations At Work.  YES – This is a monument to the stupidity of some Republican Party leaders, who spent nearly $2 million of party funds to qualify - and then drop - this referendum to overturn the Senate reapportionment because several state senators didn't like their new districts.  They had hoped to run in their old seats, but after qualifying the initiative found out they couldn't anyway.  A "Yes" vote affirms that the new non-partisan Citizens Redistricting Commission works.

413-423 – (:52) Bob Woodward on Fox News Sunday about Libya.

(4X) Fox News Sunday with Obama Campaign Advisor David Axelrod and Chris Wallace.

(4X) Today on the Fox News All Stars with Stephen Hayes, Mara Liasson, and Charles Krauthammer.

• LINER – Go to, keyword "Jeremiah," for your chance to win David Jeremiah's latest book "God Loves You, He Always Has, and He Always Will."

428-438 – (:59) Russian millionaire ad. • Fox News (10/12/2012) Hungarian-born billionaire makes anti-socialism case in TV ad.  Thomas Peterffy, 68, founder of Interactive Brokers, whose net worth is estimated at $4.6 billion.

443-452 – • Fox News (10/15/2012) Florida's plan to measure students by race riles education experts.

// In 2011-12 – Percent of students at or above reading level:  69% of whites, 53% of Hispanics, and 38% of African-Americans.

// By 2018, percent of students to be at or above reading level:  90% of Asians, 88% of whites, 81% of Hispanics, and 74% of African-Americans.  Percent of students to be at or above math level:  92% of Asians, 81% of American Indians, and 74% of African-Americans. 

• Fox News (10/15/2012) Catholic bishops: Biden's debate remark on contraception mandate not true.  There are over 40 lawsuits in 12 different federal courts brought by religious institutions against Obamacare.

(:29) JB 16 @ 58, Biden in Debate, "With regard to the assault on the Catholic church, let me make it absolutely clear, no religious institution, Catholic or otherwise, including Catholic Social Services, Georgetown Hospital, Mercy Hospital, any hospital, none has to either refer contraception, none has to pay for contraception, none has to be a vehicle to get contraception in any insurance policy they provide. That is a fact. That is a fact."

• USCCB (10/12/2012) USCCB Responds To Inaccurate Statement Of Fact On HHS Mandate Made During Vice Presidential Debate.

// This is not a fact. The HHS mandate contains a narrow, four-part exemption for certain "religious employers." That exemption was made final in February and does not extend to "Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital," or any other religious charity that offers its services to all, regardless of the faith of those served.

458-508 – Father Robert Sirico, president of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty (, is out with his latest book Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy (2012) (Amazon).  Also, see their new website that talks about actually curing global poverty, with distinctions for how to do so domestically and internationally.  The foundation of catholic teaching with regards to the poor, is the principal of subsidiarity, the idea that those who can best help the poor are those who are closest to the poor – this roots in being my brother's keeper and loving the "least of these."  

512-523 – Father Robert Sirico, What is the catholic view of poverty?

• LINER – As we head into the election, R. C. Sproul provides some great context for believers in his new teaching series "Chuch & State."  For your chance to listen to the series online, or to purchase it, go to, keyword "Sproul."

528-539 – Father Robert Sirico, Is the catholic church "democrat," in the sense that it "cares about the poor?"  How do you view the class warfare rhetoric in this election?

544-554 – Father Robert Sirico, Do you see religious liberty at risk in this election?

558-608 – Jay Richards, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Wealth, Poverty, and Morality at the Discovery Institute (, and on Twitter @freemarketjay), and visiting scholar at the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics in Washington (, has a dual-track Ph.D. from Princeton in both philosophy and theology, and he's the author of a wonderful Christian defense of capitalism entitled Money, Greed, And God:  Why Capitalism Is The Solution And Not The Problem (2010) (Amazon) – now in paperback!  His latest, co-authored with James Robison, is the best-seller, Indivisible: Restoring Faith, Family and Freedom Before It's Too Late (2012) (Amazon).

612-623 – Jay Richards, How do we actually create jobs?

• LINER – Go to, keyword "Jeremiah," for your chance to win David Jeremiah's latest book "God Loves You, He Always Has, and He Always Will."

628-639 – Jay Richards, The "little town" story of creating wealth.

644-656 – Jay Richards, Could the state of Washington pass same-sex marriage?



• Owen Fletcher (WSJ, 10/15/2012) The Future of Agriculture May Be Up. Advocates of 'vertical farming' say growing crops in urban high-rises will eventually be both greener and cheaper.