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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Comedian Paul Rodriguez on Water & Life in CA--The Coalition of farmers and farm workers v the Extremist Environmentalists, Sat, July 11, 2009

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Latin King of Comedy Paul Rodriguez joins me this Saturday, to talk about the battle for water--life for the people of the Central Valley.
The photo on the right is from a "Thank You" concert on May 9th at the Firebaugh H.S. Football Stadium, for the families who participated in the march from Mendota to the San Luis Resevoir in the March for Water. He didn't turn away anyone who came up to him and asked for a photo with him. He sponsored the concert, food and refreshments.

On Wednesday, July 8th, Ken Mettler, President of the CA Republican Assembly, an organization that bills itself as Fiscal & Social Conservatives, “The Conscience of the Republican Party,” distributed a press release quoting Mettler:
Sacramento Fiddles while Farms Dry Up
Agriculture, one of the largest industries in the state, needs immediate action from the State Government, so that farmers do not go out of business. However, the state legislature, is fiddling in Sacramento with radical environmentalism, tax increases, illegal alien coddling, and preserving unionized government jobs.

“The legislature is at a historic cross road” stated Ken Mettler, President of the California Republican Assembly (CRA). He continued “It can continue to drive the State into fiscal collapse while one of its most important industries perishes or it can pass real meaningful cuts in the state budget and prioritize the needs of the farmers in the Central Valley.”

“However,” warned Mettler “the State is in no position to issue bonds to finance the infrastructure improvements. Its bonds are now at or near junk status and past bond debt is simply too high to tolerate any more such programs.”

What the State needs to do is old fashioned responsible budgeting of funds to begin and finish improvements to the water delivery system. “The best system for any government infrastructure program is a pay as you go method.” stated Mettler. “In this recession the State is able to command a better price for its construction dollar. “

Further Metter stated, “The Governor needs to declare a state of emergency so the State can suspend the normal rules for pubic construction projects similar to what happened after the Northridge Earthquake in getting the highway bridges built in record time and under budget.”

To save the Central Valley farmers, the State needs to act now.
Comedian Paul Rodriguez is Chair of the CA Latino Water Coalition. He joins us to tell the story, from his own personal perspective, of the farmers and farm workers of the Central Valley. What would it take to prevail? What does he see is possible? How has this battle over water changed him?

Ty Greeves, President of the San Jose Chapter of CA Republican Assembly joins me to talk about the Republican Party and Immigration.
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To listen to or download a Podcast of Paul Rodriguez speaking to the 2009 Annual California Republican Assembly Convention click here, (You need iTunes to access the itunes podcasts library), go to podcast 15. It's 33:17 minutes long, funny, inspiring, heart warming and free.
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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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