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Friday, March 13, 2009

Saturday, March 14-2009: Steve Moore, WSJ, on the Stimulus Bill, Budget and your Prosperity. Plus Mex-US Border Wars-- Drugs, Guns, Militarize?


Steve Moore of the WSJ, on the Stimulus Bill, the Budget and your Prosperity. Plus Legal Eagles, Francis Barraza and Kristen Lucero on Mexico-US Border Wars-- Drug Policy, Gun Policy, Militarize? What do we do? And of course, YOU, my listeners!

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This week, on the fastest hour in radio, we are very excited to welcome the passionate, brilliant and modest economist and writer, Steve Moore of the WSJ, and co-author of The End of Prosperity: How Higher Taxes Will Doom theEconomy--If We Let It Happen.

We’ll talk with Steve on the latest with Obama’s Stimulus bill, the budget, proposals, and the possibilities for altering the course we are on.
Also, the very hot, very sharp Latina Legal eagles, Francis Barraza and Kristen Lucero, are back. If you missed their debut, check it out in the archives.

They'll be with us the whole hour. The violence at the border is still escalating and continues to spill over into U.S. territory. The morgues are overflowing with bodies.

We'll discuss President Obama's statement in response to a call for troops- He obfuscates, but does reveal an intention to seize U.S. arms as a means of dealing with the problem.

Will that only worsen the danger? What can we do on our side of the border? Should we militarize the border? Should we change drug policy?
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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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