This Saturday, Jack Dean of Pension Tsunami Blog joins me. He's great entertainment, witty, sharp, and dangerously knowledgeable. We'll talk about the major stories that broke this week, and which got eclipsed in the media by the three huge celebrity deaths and the media frenzy that ensued.
Despite the fiscal trajectory we're on, taxpayers are paying attention, are fed-up, and a ground swell, at the grassroots level, is pushing back and causing measurable results. Jack will make you wince, laugh, and hopefully inspire you to join a viable and exciting movement.
On June 24th, Pension Tsunami reported A good day today for California's pension reform movement. Keith Richman and the work of the California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility CFFR were profiled in the Wall Street Journal, Marcia Fritz appeared on not just one but two Fox TV shows, and the Los Angeles Times carried an article about Ventura County considering a ballot initiative that would require voter approval to increase pensions or benefits (similar to Orange County's successful Measure J). This was very exciting news!!! Tune in. You gotta hear it as only Jack can tell it.
Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson, celebrity icons whose stars once burned bright in past decades--their passing gave many pause and escape, as we waxed nostalgic over where we were during those days when they were at the top of their game, and we were younger.
But Iran's people fight with their lives, nuclear proliferation is at stake, and they need the world to bear witness to their noble and courageous stand for freedom and regime change.
WSJ reports on three states which are the leaders of progressive politics and policies and which sit on the brink of bankruptcy. Their example shows the nation what is sure to follow the Obama administration's current path for national political economic policy.
A full court press is in motion now, to nationalize health care and to pass the Cap and Trade bill, sold as an urgent necessity to "save the planet." DownsizeDC.org says it clearly: "The politicians seem to be unifying around "cap and trade" as a way to cut CO2 emissions. If they take this step it may be the largest increase in the size, scope, and intrusiveness of government since the creation of Medicare. Worse still, it may not even achieve its purpose. Please tell Congress to oppose "cap and trade."
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
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.
|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.|
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