RICHARD RIDER COMMENT: In a stunning end-around move, the California Democrat legislative majority is going to push through MASSIVE tax increases TONIGHT. They've come up with a ludicrous scheme to pass the taxes as "revenue neutral," which means they think they need only a simple majority vote.
Things are moving VERY fast, and, if passed, surely will be challenged in court. It's hard to imagine the tax increases will stand, but let's remember the judges get their paychecks and raises from.
Here's the Democrat plan in a nutshell, compliments of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. The Jarvis write-up is followed by what is apparently intercepted Democrat "talking points" trying to justify their strategy to make California numero uno in taxes (ignore format problems).
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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
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.
|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.|
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