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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Democratic Party caters to environmentalists at the expense of people's jobs & A Venezuelan for Freedom talks about the craft--Sat. Ap 25, 2009

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Piedad Ayala, board member on the Latino Water Coalition, was scheduled to join me last Saturday, but he was so distraught over the way he and his fellow farmers and farm workers who participated in the three days of the march, in the heat, enduring particles of dirt and dust, were undermined, we postponed our interview. He joins me this Saturday, to talk about what happened over the course of the three day march, culminating last Friday, in an effort to bring water to the Central Valley.
Governor Schwarzenegger dominated the stage on Friday, and his agenda eclipsed what the marchers believed they were marching to achieve, to get the pumps turned on and the water to flow.

Latino Water Board members and leaders were brushed aside and the Gov took the spotlight and undermined the marchers's objective for immediate relief, while calling for expensive infrastructure bond projects funding. In March, a judge ruled that the water be shut off to the central valley, invoking the endangered species act, to protect the smelt, a tiny, native fish, so fragile, it's demise is inevitable regardless, but in its name, generations of farm workers lose their jobs and are displaced of their communities, their lives broken. Is this battle over? Or just beginning?

Thor Halvorssen, human rights advocate, film producer and pro-democracy advocate in Latin America joins us. The New York Times described Halvorssen in an August 2007 profile as a maverick "who champions the underdog and the powerless." Thor is from Venezuela. We'll talk with him about the shift to the far left that has transpired in Venezuela, and the freedom movement that kindles there now. Is it fragile? What are the lessons we can learn to avoid the fate of the Venezuelans? Are we on the same path? Does film and cultural art help win hearts and minds for freedom and liberty? What do the pro liberty advocates in this country need to do, to win the hearts and minds of Americans, to stand up for Liberty?

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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


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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