Ethan Explains California Proposition 66

Ethan Explains California Proposition 66

This is the last of the California statewide ballot initiatives in 2016 that I’ll cover. Proposition 66 is the “Death Penalty Procedures Initiative” Also known as the “Death Penalty Reform and Savings” Initiative.” This is the second initiative on the ballot to address the death penalty this year. The other is Prop 62.

The death penalty is having trouble in California because of the massive and lengthy appeals process. When talking about the ultimate penalty, death, we as a society do need to be careful.

However, endless delays, limited attorneys, and the only court that can hear habeas corpus in death penalty is the California Supreme Court.

So, Proposition 66 aims to address those issues by letting lower courts hear the appeals, which will then work their way up through the system like any other crime. Further, it caps the appeals length to 5 years. But, this Proposition also throws in a work requirement.

I like portions of this initiative, like opening up the courts and attorneys that can address these cases. I am uncomfortable with a constitutional work requirement to repay victims. I support the idea of prisoners working to pay off their debts: court ordered yes, prison system ordered yes, constitutionally ordered no.

Further, I think the five year cap is actually too short. Seven or ten years seems like a much more reasonable cap, five is simply too short to accomplish everything required in a capital punishment case.

I still support having the death penalty available, plus a reasonable process to ensure proper justice. But like so many other propositions, this one is trying to address too many things at once, some of which I disagree.

I say NO to Proposition 66.

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Ethan Explains California Proposition 64

Ethan Explains California Proposition 64

This is number 14 of 17 of the California statewide ballot initiatives in 2016 that I’ll cover. Proposition 64 is the “Marijuana Legalization. Initiative Statute.” Also known as the “California Marijuana Legalization Initiative.”

Is it high time for reefer madness to end?

Medical marijuana is already legal. We all know many people who smoke or consume cannabis recreationally. Why not remove the criminal element?

Legalize, tax, regulate. Sensible, no? Like Washington and Colorado have already shown us.

This initiative would allow Californians 21 years of age and over to possess up to one ounce of weed, have six plants for growing, tax sales at 15 percent, and limit ads targeted at minors.

All attempts for the past 45 years to stop people from consuming cannabis have failed. Stop supporting the cartels.

One area that does need to be addressed is Driving Under the Influence (DUI). I am concerned about that now and California needs a standard in place to address this problem. BTW, I discussed this on my KGO Show with Todd Mitchem from Colorado. Take a listen HERE.

It’s also important to note that not only has prohibition not worked, in Washington and Colorado usage rates have NOT gone up since legalization. This simply removes the criminal element.

And if you want a deeper look at the failed drug war, grab a copy of my book Liars & Whores: How Big Government and Big Business Are Working to Save Their Own Assets, Not Yours

I say YES to Proposition 64.

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Ethan Explains California Proposition 63

Ethan Explains California Proposition 63

This is number 13 of 17 of the California statewide ballot initiatives in 2016 that I’ll cover. Proposition 63 is the “The Safety for All Act of 2016.” Also known as the “Background Checks for Ammunition Purchases and Large-Capacity Ammunition Magazine Ban.”

Who doesn’t want to reduce the murder rate?

Proposition 63 claims to reduce gun crimes in the state of California by requiring background checks for the purchase of ammunition, banning possession of large capacity magazines, increasing penalties for theft of firearms, and requiring reporting for those thefts.

Requiring background checks for the purchase of ammunition

This is a newer approach by gun control advocates. The claim is that a criminal in possession of an illegal firearm still needs to buy ammunition. If we make the purchase of ammunition more difficult, they will commit fewer crimes with firearms. On the face of it, that appears logical. However, Illinois has already had this type of rule in effect for years. Yet, we consistently hear about the out of control murder rate in Chicago. The law doesn’t stop criminals and this approach hasn’t worked in Illinois other than inconveniencing legal firearm owners.

Banning possession of high capacity magazines

California banned the purchase of high capacity magazines in 2000. They are magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Proposition 63 seeks to outlaw them completely, including possession. So, a firearm owner who legally purchased on before 2000 will be required to dispose of it or sell it out-of-state if this initiative passes. The argument for this is that no reasonable person needs this kind of firepower. And the argument against is that these are used for sport shooting and jam quite frequently so any criminal who uses one has a significantly reduced chance of success. I am neutral on this argument.

Increasing penalties for theft of firearms

Right now in California, due to Prop 47, theft of a firearm valued less than $950 is petty theft. The maximum penalties for most petty theft convictions are a fine of up to one thousand dollars ($1,000), up to six (6) months in county jail, or both. And right now, maximum penalties for petty theft are not happening. Proposition 63 will recategorize ALL firearm thefts to felony with up to 3 years in prison, as they were before Prop 47. I strongly support this portion of the initiative.

Requiring reporting for firearm thefts

Under this initiative, sellers of ammunition would need to report a theft or loss within 48 hours. Individuals would be required to report a theft or loss within five days to local law enforcement. Right now, many criminals are acquiring their firearms through theft, like the Kate Steinle killer. In order to help law enforcement track stolen firearms a reporting requirement is a sensible approach. Plus, any rational firearm owner would want law enforcement to know the date their weapon was stolen so if it is used in a crime in the future, they aren’t a suspect. This section is entirely logical.

The problem with Proposition 63, like so many others, is that instead of focusing on a single issue, many are combined into one. I can support portions of this initiative, but not others. Further, this is a political move by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to burnsih his anti-gun credentials before the 2018 gubernatorial election. Infringing constitutional rights without evidence to support the intended conclusion sits poorly with me. Properly use the legislature to pass the reasonable sections.

I say NO to Proposition 63.

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Ethan Explains California Proposition 62

Ethan Explains California Proposition 62

This is number 12 of 17 of the California statewide ballot initiatives in 2016 that I’ll cover. Proposition 62 is the “Death Penalty. Initiative Statute.” Also known as the “Repeal of the Death Penalty Initiative.”

Does anybody actually like the death penalty? The purpose of the death penalty is to apply the ultimate retributive justice to the most vile offenders against society.

Think of brutal serial killers who murder many and terrorize whole communities. Those people are why we have the death penalty.

Proponents of Prop 62 argue that the death penalty is costly and justice isn’t served when people stay on death row for decades. True. However, the reason they are on death row for decades is because of the people who are against the death penalty. See the circular logic there?

Look, California is not Texas or Oklahoma. Two states where it seems like there is a blood-thirsty approach to the death penalty and retribution. California is a restrained state when it comes to applying for the death penalty.

Further, I’d like our prosecutors to have the discretion to apply for the death penalty in the cases of the most egregious murderers. Plus, if it deters even one killer, it is worthwhile.

I say NO to Proposition 62.

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Ethan Explains California Proposition 57

Ethan Explains California Proposition 57

This is number 7 of 17 of the California statewide ballot initiatives in 2016 that I’ll cover. Proposition 57 is the “California Parole for Non-Violent Criminals and Juvenile Court Trial Requirements Initiative.”

Prison overcrowding reached a crescendo resulting in federal court rulings to lessen the overcrowding in California. Governor Jerry Brown and the legislature passed AB109, prison realignment. That wasn’t enough so in 2014 there was Proposition 47, with a misleading title and facts no thanks to Attorney General Kamala Harris.

The governor and others claim we need to let even more “non-violent” criminals out of prison with Prop 57.

The problem is that within all of these “non-violent” criminals are a number of criminals interested in committing violent and property crimes. Crimes rates in both categories are up approximately 10% since Prop 47 took effect. That rise makes California the outlier in the United States as other states continue to see a drop in crime, ours is going up.

Even worse, take a look at what crimes will be recategorized as non-violent. According to the Riverside Country district attorney, Michael A. Hestrin, these will become lesser crimes in California and eligible for early release: Rape by intoxication (refers to a circumstance in which the victim was under the influence), Rape of an unconscious person, Human trafficking involving a sex act with minors, Assault with a deadly weapon, Drive-by shooting. Hostage taking, Supplying a firearm to a gang member. Hate crime causing physical injury, and many more.

Do you think those crimes should be reduced in severity and become eligible for early release?

I think California needs to pause in experimenting with recategorizing crimes and allowing so many people out of prison and jail.

I say NO to Proposition 57.

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Ethan Explains WikiLeaks Podesta Dump

Ethan Explains WikiLeaks Podesta Dump

The saga of WikiLeaks dropping damaging email dumps continues. Now it is Hillary Clinton‘s campaign chairman, John Podesta who has been leaked. And it can be quite ugly.

I am deeply disappointed in Donna Brazile for leaking questions to the Clinton campaign while working for CNN. I don’t like the continuing antipathy toward religion from within the DNC. And, I find it fascinating they were worried about Marco Rubio and even Ted Cruz, but not Donald Trump.

Last, stop it on social media with faked WikiLeaks emails. If you refer to one, always provide the link to the original WikiLeaks email. Also, a from email address, unless from a DNC staffer, top person, etc. is absolutely meaningless. I receive emails all the time from people saying all kinds of things. It doesn’t mean I agree or have any part of it.

What are your thoughts on the WikiLeaks Podesta Dump?

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Ethan Presidential Vote Bombshell Announcement

Ethan’s Presidential Vote Bombshell Announcement

Saturday, October 8, 2016, I have made my decision. If Donald Trump is on my ballot November 8th, I’ll vote for Hillary Clinton.

The audio of Trump’s conversation with Billy Bush is beyond sickening and apparently confirms that Trump isn’t just a misogynist, he is a sexual abuser of women. In his own words. Repeatedly.

This is not just “boys will be boys.” This is sexual abuse, abuse of power, and more. We can never teach our boys and young men that this is okay. It is not.

Take a look at New York’s Penal Code:
A person is guilty of forcible touching when such person intentionally, and for no legitimate purpose:
1. forcibly touches the sexual or other intimate parts of another person for the purpose of degrading or abusing such person, or for the purpose of gratifying the actor’s sexual desire; or
2. subjects another person to sexual contact for the purpose of gratifying the actor’s sexual desire and with intent to degrade or abuse such other person while such other person is a passenger on a bus, train, or subway car operated by any transit agency, authority or company, public or private, whose operation is authorized by New York state or any of its political subdivisions. (N.Y. Penal Law § 130.52.)

or California’s:
Any person who touches an intimate part of another person, if the touching is against the will of the person touched, and is for the specific purpose of sexual arousal, sexual gratification, or sexual abuse, is guilty of misdemeanor sexual battery, punishable by a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars ($2,000), or by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding six months, or by both that fine and imprisonment. (Pen. Code, § 243.4(e)1.)

I strongly dislike that I am being forced into voting for who is likely to be the most flawed President in my lifetime. There are not viable alternatives this election and Trump’s own words and actions forced my hand.

Leave me your comments below.

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EDIT: To be clear, this is NOT an endorsement of Hillary Clinton, just a statement of my opinion. I still want a viable 3rd and 4th party, they just need to do better than Johnson and Stein to get my vote.

Ethan Explains Killing with Cars

Ethan Explains Killing with Cars

Traffic deaths were in a nice downward trajectory. Sadly, that is no longer case. In 2015 traffic deaths rose 7% and so far this year we are up more than 10%.

What changed? Automotive safety technology continues to progress making us safer, so that is actually keeping the number of deaths down.

However, we all have smartphones now and are too busy looking at them while on the road instead of paying attention to driving.

You lack self-control. And now we will have to implement technology to stop your technology or else we need to rapidly roll out self-driving cars.

Please don’t drink and drive. Please don’t text or tweet while driving. We can save 36,000 lives per year by just paying attention to what we are supposed to be doing while behind the wheel.

What will it take to get you to put your phone down while driving?

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Ethan Explains Delete Yahoo Now

Ethan Explains Delete Yahoo Now

If you haven’t deleted everything you’ve had with Yahoo, you should now. Right now.

After the news of 500 million email accounts hacked, we have Reuters reporting that Yahoo allowed the NSA to scan incoming emails. All incoming emails on all accounts, not just suspicious ones.

Big Brother is real and it is happening now in apparent contradiction to the spirit of the fourth amendment. They are searching everything. And the judicial branch thinks it’s legal while Congress continues to pass laws allowing this, which the presidents continue to sign.

And Marissa Mayer, how does she still have defenders? Yahoo continued to nosedive under her “leadership,” the emails were hacked on her watch, and she allegedly allowed the NSA to spy on everyone with nary an attempt to protect the users who trusted her company.

Now we have word that Yahoo is denying the NSA spying report. Do you believe their denial? I don’t.

Now is the time to demand our elected officials end this warrantless spying on US citizens on US soil, without any probable cause or warrant.

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Ethan Explains Police Shooting Videos

Ethan Explains Police Shooting Videos

The question of police body cameras continues to grow in importance. They are an important tool for both the police and the public in getting the record straight in ALL interactions between us.

Now with the shootings in Tulsa and Charlotte, the failure of our government to ensure openness and accountability is in focus. In Tulsa, they released the videos and while we may disagree on what exactly they tell us, we have a much better idea. And guess what? No riots.

In Charlotte the North Carolina state legislature passed a law limiting the video release only by court order. So, we have two totally different accounts of what transpired. And riots have ensued alongside the peaceful, legal, protests.

We must demand that all police body cam video be escrowed by a third-party so nobody can delete what they don’t want us to see. Body cams shouldn’t be able to be deactivated when on-duty. And there needs to be rules and regulations in place when we fund body cameras to ensure their proper release to We The People.

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