Ethan Explains California Proposition 58

Ethan Explains California Proposition 58

This is number 8 of 17 of the California statewide ballot initiatives in 2016 that I’ll cover. Proposition 58 is the “California Non-English Languages Allowed in Public Education Act (Senate Bill 1174.)

Education in California has its share of challenges. Making sure all children are proficient in English when they graduate high school is critical for their ability to function in our society. This includes kids whose first language is not English.

Californians approved Prop 227 back in 1998 to ensure that non-native English speaking children had full immersion to learn English. This was in response to certain districts, educators, and activists undermining or failing to teach English as a Second Language (ESL).

What we’ve found in the meantime is that the severe measures of Prop 227 are not always effective. And it has taken away local control for choosing the best methods of teaching ESL.

Proposition 58 modifies Prop 227 to allow local control and flexibility to choose what the local parents and educators deem best for their children. Most importantly, Prop 58 does NOT remove the English language proficiency requirements.

Further, Proposition 58 requires no additional or new funding.

Last, having as many bilingual or multilingual children as possible only strengthens our country, our economy, and gives us advantages on the world stage. We want to be the best, right?

I say YES to Proposition 58.

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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 California Proposition 54

Ethan Explains California Proposition 54

This is number 4 of 17 California statewide ballot initiatives on the ballot this year. Here I talk about Proposition 54, the Public Display of Legislative Bills Prior to Vote proposition.

If we learned anything from the Affordable Care Act, it is that we need our legislators to actually look at legislation and make it available to the public for review. Before the vote. With enough time to actually read it.

Prop 54 requires that after a bill is finalized, a 72 hour period pass with the legislation posted online for public review.

Seems pretty logical that both we and the legislators have a chance to review legislation before a vote, doesn’t it?

The only people against this must like backroom dirty deals to sneak things past the public.

I say vote YES on Proposition 54.

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Fox News Happening Now Oct 14 2016

Why Trump Supporters Are Mad At Me

Thank you to Fox News Channel for having me back on Happening Now with host Jon Scott to discuss the presidential race. My fellow panelist is San Diego talk radio host Mark Larson to defend Donald Trump.

I argue that Trump is done and state that his self-admitted sexual abuse of women/girls is my vote for Clinton.

At the :39 mark – “People are fleeing from Donald Trump as they would from a hurricane, as they should”

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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 Explains Second Debate Grade

Ethan Explains Second Debate Grade

The second presidential debate went down last night in St. Louis, Missouri. It was town hall style with the moderators Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz attempting to keep things in order, without much success.

Trump supporters will love last night as he went on the attack and said he’d put Hillary Clinton in jail. Just like an autocratic, fascistic, dictator. Which is apparently what a number of his supporters want. Someone like Mussolini. They will also defend him saying the moderators gave Clinton more leeway and cut him off more. There is truth to that charge, too. Although Trump interrupted Clinton far more than she interrupted him.

I give Hillary Clinton a B for doing what she needed to do, although she was incorrect on a couple of items. I give Donald Trump a C for an adequate performance, but he wouldn’t answer questions, he would kind of address the question, go off elsewhere, and then maybe come back to the question.

But did it change anyone’s vote? I doubt it.

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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 VP Debate Winner

Ethan Explains VP Debate Winner

The Vice Presidential debate went down last night in Virginia. Did you actually watch?

It was a more interesting debate than I expected, and in unexpected ways. Mike Pence, the Republican governor of Indiana remained composed while Tim Kaine, Democrat Senator from Virginia, was unhinged. I think Sen. Kaine took the idea of attack dog a little too emotionally and jumped in far too often and tried too hard to cram in his points. That approach doesn’t work.

Tim Kaine was the Donald Trump of last night’s debate.

Sadly, few of you are able to objectively view the debate and only see it through your partisan lens. Regardless, I doubt any votes changed as a result of last night. What do you think?

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Ethan Explains VP Debate

Ethan Explains VP Debate

Tonight is the one and only Vice-Presidential debate. In the right corner wearing red will be Gov. Mike Pence from Indiana. In the left corner wearing blue will be Sen. Tim Kaine from Virginia.

This is being billed as the substantive debate between two men who have served in both executive and legislative branches. But does substantive mean boring? Or will they make sure to attack the opposing presidential candidate?

It likely will be boring without Gov. Bill Weld from Massachusetts on the Libertarian ticket to mix things up. In order to attract more viewers and present additional ideas to us, he should have been included. Just like Gov. Gary Johnson should be at the presidential debates.

I predict we’ll see a drop from over 80 million viewers for the first presidential debate to around 10 million viewers for this VP debate.

What do you think?

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