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Friday, March 27, 2009

CA Tax Payer Revolt & the CA Rep. Party, and Water Wars: Show for Saturday, March 28, 2009

Join me on the air, Saturday at 11 AM PST

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This Saturday, on one fast hour in radio:
My guest this Saturday is Shawn Steel, board member and CA Republican Party National Committee Man, who wrote an email which was intercepted by and read on the John and Ken show on March 19th. It was addressed to the CA Republican Party’s Board of Directors, calling for immediate action, to oppose Prop 1A, and to campaign against it. I’ll share the email with you on the show. In it Steel argues that the “CA Republican Party (CRP )must join the Anti-tax fight, and defeat Prop 1A.” It’s about the CRP’s platform, and thus, its mandate, the reason why people become Republicans. So far, his cry in the email, has gone unheeded. But the grassroots activists in the party are in action! Time to shake it up and do some house cleaning! It’s High Noon time.

Piedad Ayala, director of the Latino Water Coalition, Central Valley farmer and business owner joins us for an update on the Water Wars. He shares an amazing little fact that blows the cover off of ‘environmentalists’ real intentions, which are hostile and harmful to the people of California.
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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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