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Friday, June 12, 2009

A Charter School Model That Produces Extraordinary Results--Meet one of them. Also, Immigration Policy for Liberty: Sat. June 13, 2009

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This Saturday, my guest is Karely Ordaz, a recent graduate of American Indian Public High School of Oakland, CA, and a graduate of Oakland Charter Academy, a sister school of American Indian Public Middle School. Karely is 18 years old, an immigrant from Mexico, and is going to Berkeley in the fall. She will share with us her experience, before and after her middle school was transformed into one of the top performing middle schools in CA, and how she transformed from being on a path of rebelion and victimhood to one of leadership and achievement. Her experience demonstrates it's not money that generates excellence.
The poorest, from the most underprivileged backgrounds can achieve greatness, academically, intellectually, physically, as a rule, not the exception! It's a simple and cost effective anecdote to typical public school structure and curriculum in poor inner-city schools in CA.
Ty Greaves, President of the CA Republican Assembly Chapter of San Jose, joins me to talk about a new presentation he put together on the subject of Immigration. Ty's point of view was recently challenged in part by the new book by Jason Riley of the WSJ, called "Let Them In--The Case for Open Borders." Now Ty challenges prevailing beliefs about immigration and where the GOP should stand.
He believes that conventional thinking on immigration by conservatives is inconsistent with Republican Values, is wrong on the facts, and alienates Mexican immigrants who might otherwise join us, thus making it more difficult for the GOP to win and lead. In conventional conservative circles today, this is heresy.
Basic to his argument, Ty assumes that legal immigration is not an issue among Republicans and that Republicans are people of reason and are passionate in their commitment to free people, minds and markets, Judeo-Christian principles, strong families, decentralized government, and equal opportunity. But US Immigration policy is a barrier to our beliefs. Join us for hot talk Saturday at 11 PDT.

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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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