Thursday, September 1, 2011

400-408 – •• Jonathan Sacks (8/20/2011) Reversing the Decay of London Undone. Britain's chief rabbi on the moral disintegration since the 1960s and how to rebuild. — Lord Sacks is the chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth.

413-423 – (9/1/2011) White House working to avoid clash with NFL's opening game.

So Obama is going to start his address at 8pm Eastern, and the NFL Season opener starts at 830pm Eastern on NBC.  So, suppose it gets to be 829pm Eastern, the President doesn't seem like he's winding down at all, does NBC cut to the game or does NBC stay with the President?  Can't Obama fans go to any of the other stations to watch him, and let the majority of Americans watch their football?  What do you want NBC to do?  And, what about the great pre-game shows, I guess those are all flushed now, costing the networks millions of dollars in revenue because no-one is going to be watching them?  

428-438 – • Allstate (9/1/2011) The 2010 "Allstate America's Best Drivers ReportTM" Complete National List (pdf).

• NBC-LA (9/1/2011) LA Drivers Among the Nation's Worst: City ranks near bottom in "America's Best Driver Report".  The best drivers in the country are in Fort Collins, CO, with 14.5 years between accidents.  The worst is Washington DC at 5.1.  The best drivers in California?  Salinas at 11.4.  Other cities:  Ontario and Palmdale at 9.9, Fresno at 9.8, Huntington Beach at 9.7, Pomona and Fontana at 9.5, Orange at 9.3, Thousand Oaks at 9.2, Riverside, Santa Ana, and Long Beach at 8.9, Corona at 8.6, Anaheim 8.4, Irvine 8.1, Torrance 8.0, Pasadena 7.7, Fullerton and Garden Grove at 7.6, El Monte 7.5, Los Angeles 6.9, San Francisco 6.7, and the worst drivers in the state are in Glendale at 5.9.

443-452 – Calls – 

458-508 – David Horner, professor of philosophy at Biola University, author of Mind Your Faith: A Student's Guide to Thinking and Living Well (Amazon), and his website is   (H/T Brian Burgess).  David is an Aquinas scholar, having earned a D.Phil from Oxford University, with over 30 years of campus experience, including three years of  Crusade staff experience in Eastern Europe.  And, get this, Dave is literally allergic to books!

512-523 – David Horner

TH 523 – Don Rohde @ Galpin Ford (818) 262-2092 (galpin.comFor the past 39 years, Don's been sales manager at Galpin, the #1 volume Ford dealer in the world for the past 21 years.

528-539 – David Horner

• David French (NRO Corner, 9/1/2011) I'm a Dominionist? I Had No Idea.

544-554 – David Horner

558-608 – Warren Duffy, my ten-year predecessor as the afternoon host on KKLA, is now the founder and president of CFACTSOCAL (, the California chapter of the national Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), an environmental 'truth telling' organization located in Washington, D.C.

612-623 – •• Fox Nation (8/31/2011) California Wants Parents to Provide Workers Comp, Paid Vacation for Babysitters. The big point, being of course, that the state must provide your housekeeper, nanny, babysitter, or caregiver.

How will parents react when they find out they will be expected to provide workers' compensation benefits, rest and meal breaks and paid vacation time for…babysitters? Dinner and a movie night may soon become much more complicated.

Assembly Bill 889 (authored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, will require these protections for all "domestic employees," including nannies, housekeepers and caregivers.

The bill has already passed the Assembly and is quickly moving through the Senate with blanket support from the Democrat members that control both houses of the Legislature – and without the support of a single Republican member. Assuming the bill will easily clear its last couple of legislative hurdles, AB 889 will soon be on its way to the Governor's desk.

Under AB 889, household "employers" (aka "parents") who hire a babysitter on a Friday night will be legally obligated to pay at least minimum wage to any sitter over the age of 18 (unless it is a family member), provide a substitute caregiver every two hours to cover rest and meal breaks, in addition to workers' compensation coverage, overtime pay, and a meticulously calculated timecard/paycheck.

Failure to abide by any of these provisions may result in a legal cause of action against the employer including cumulative penalties, attorneys' fees, legal costs and expenses associated with hiring expert witnesses, an unprecedented measure of legal recourse provided no other class of workers – from agricultural laborers to garment manufacturers. (On the bright side, language requiring an hour of paid vacation time for every 30 hours worked was amended out of the bill in the Senate.)

Unfortunately, the unreasonable costs and risks contained in this bill will discourage folks from hiring housekeepers, nannies and babysitters and increase the use of institutionalized care rather than allowing children, the sick or elderly to be cared for in their homes. I can't help but wonder if that is the goal of AB 889 – a terrible bill that needs to be stopped.

628-639 – Calls 

644-654 – Calls