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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Show for Saturday, March 21, 11 AM, PST: Babes with Bullets and the Govt Employee Pension Tsunami

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This Saturday, on one fast hour in radio: “Every woman in America should shoot a gun”--Debbie Ferns, author of Babes With Bullets™ Women Having Fun with Guns. The camps she instructs sell out faster than ever before. Wait lists now extend to next year. Women of all social, political and ethnic backgrounds, and yes, Obama supporters too, are taking lessons and taking personal responsibility for their individual safety, security and self assuredness.

Jack Dean, Editor and Publisher of PensionTsunami.com joins us. AIG, the TARP Bill, the mortgage industry bailout—all got your head spinning? Well, CA’s state worker budget continues to grow while a municipal pension time bomb is set to go off.

But wait! In a first, bankruptcy judge rules Calif. city can void union contracts. Ahhh, a reprieve.

But wait again! State of Calif. ponders money shift to CalPERS to guard pensions The state, already strapped by unprecedented deficit and a weakened economy, may be on the hook next year to bail out California’s largest public pension fund – a possibility that once appeared remote.

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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

Key

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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