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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Jon Coupal on the Wisdom of Voting No on Prop 1A and Mark Meckler on the Tax Day Tea Party Rally near you -- Show for Saturday, April 11, 2009

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This Saturday, Mark Meckler joins us to talk about some 40 plus Tax Day Tea Parties happening all across CA on April 15th. Do you feel you're taxed high enough? Do you want to push back and force your elected officials to reform? Do you think they should spend with in their means just like you do, at home and for your business? Do you think it's time to send the lawmakers/tax and spenders a clear message that we're not going to take this anymore? Join us for this conversation.

Jon Coupal, President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer's Association, joins us to discuss No on Prop 1A: CA's budget mess has doubled in size in the past 10 years, due to unrestrained spending, not revenue decreases, but the proponents want you to pay even more, and Prop 1A extends the latest tax hike, which we barely started feeling this past April 1st, for two additional years for an additional 16 billion dollars. Proponents say Prop 1A isn't a tax hike. Is it? They say it's a spending cap. Is it? They say it's reform. Really? They say if we don't pass it, CA will fall off a cliff. What happens if we do pass it? They say this is crisis measure. Does 1A fix our budget mess? Or does it add fuel to their practice of taxing and spending? Can we afford to pass 1A? Jon Coupal talks with us on the No on 1A campaign.

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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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