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Sunday, May 10, 2009

A Constitutional Convention opens a Pandora's Box and will not serve the people. It's a great Constitution. The Problem is our elected Officials.

Read the story about Blakeslee's first moves as the new Republican Assembly Minority Leader

Read the bill the new Republican Assembly Leader,Sam Blakeslee,introduced his first day as leader here.

Back on December 8, 2008, Steve Harmon wrote in the Oakland Tribune, about Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, as well as Assemblyman Blakeslee, both being proponents of a Constitutional Convention. Harmon reported DeSaulnier's resolution, "SCR 3, is open-ended and vague -- calling for a constitutional convention without specifying what it is he wants to reform -- leaving enough room for all factions to weigh in. A constitutional convention can address the whole constitution or parts of it, depending on the political will of delegates chosen to fix the core laws and principles that guide the state." He argues,"there are a handful of critical areas that need to be addressed to improve government, including the way the state finances public services and how taxes are raised. He also said he would like to reform the initiative process, which he compared to the Winchester House, 'where you're adding rooms, but there are no connecting hallways.'"

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I hear a lot of Republicans lament how they are treated so unfairly by John and Ken of KFI. How John and Ken only pick on them, when it's the Democrats who should be on the hot seat, for being the "real" problem. John and Ken will often say how the Dems are hopeless. They know the Dems are dominated by the Environmentalists Lobby, the Public Employee Unions, and the Teachers' Union, and the morjority of other Democrats who are hacks who spend with impunity and never feel they've taxed us enough.

John and Ken go after Republicans because Republicans run on "no more taxes," "we pay too much in taxes already," and for fiscal responsibility, and for being pro small business and concerned about jobs and the middle class. It makes John and Ken furious to be betrayed, lied to, their principles abandoned, when Republicans act to protect their own personal seats and to get along with the Democrats! Somebody has to hold the Republican elected officials accountable. Whatever leverage Republicans have left, they should use it with courage, to fight back, to hold the line, and even if they lose their seats in the process, which would not happen for standing up boldly for principle, they would be doing what Republican voters elected them to do, to protect the people of CA, our economy and our way of life, so that we can rally back and thrive again as a State with sound fiscal policy and a vibrant economy.

The question now is why did the Republicans elect this guy, Sam Blakeslee to be the new boss to replace the old boss, Mike Villines, who sold us out to the SEIU, the Teacher's Union, the Enviro lobby and the rest of the tax and spenders? Are so many of the Republicans who claim to stand for limited government so weak and meek? Or are they cynical or duplicitous? I can't believe they are all naive, to replace Mike Villines, with whom the Grassroots is furious over Prop 1A, with someone who wants to take us from the intense heat we're in, straight into the fire, by leading us into a situation where our Constitution can easily be stripped of the laws that protect our most fundamental liberties as Californians. California's Constitution is outstanding. The problem is our overspeanding and lack of discipline. Do we have any Republicans with integrity, who believe in the principles they claim to defend and stand for, and who are courageous and willing to stand up for us, even if it means no body in their caucus of fellow Republicans will cease to like them anymore? Are there any warriors for freedom with integrity who are willing to stand up for us? If so, please do so. It's urgent.
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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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