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Friday, November 28, 2008

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I’m in Georgia, volunteering for next week's Georgia Senate run-off race between Republican Saxby Chambliss and Democrat Jim Martin. Thanks to the wonder of technology, I’m as close as your nearest radio, Digital cable system or internet connection.

“The vote is … one with potentially large consequences, since hanging in the balance may be a Democratic supermajority in the Senate.” Collin Levy, WSJ Politcal Diary entry, Wednesday November 26,2008

I’ll share more insights into the Latino vote and what we need to do to get it back. It’s do or die for Republicans. With 67% of the Hispanic vote having gone for Obama, I hope we stop digging and reconfigure. Women are a big component in the picture.

First, our movement for Liberty is not hospitable to any semblance of the Know Nothings. Second, our product is freedom and liberty, and sales and marketing of our product, are honorable endeavors, morally and ethically grounded. It does not debase our principles to regard our mission as marketing and selling our ideas to new markets. It’s Capitalism, free enterprise, the freedom to exercise our God given free will.

If you need to debrief, and get the angst off your chest, I invite you to call in and share your Thanksgiving tales of giving thanks alongside of your relatives who voted for Obama and company.
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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database

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Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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