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Friday, July 24, 2009

A Defeat & Further Threats to Gun Rights, Environmental Politics v the Nation's Food Supply, and Crying Racism Bites Back: Sat, July 25, 2009

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This Saturday on the program:
Dr. Suzanna Gratia-Hupp, from Second Amendment Sisters , talks about pending legislation, Assembly Bill 962, and the impact it will bear on the cost and availability of firearms ammo in CA.

WATER--Congress continues to stand by and do nothing during the destruction of the largest agricultural sector in the United States. Politicians who claim to care about minorities and jobs do nothing while the Central Valley turns to dust. Predominately Hispanic populations are now at greater than 40 percent unemployment in Mendota, and other neighboring communities are also heavily impacted.

The Central Valley grows 20 percent of the nation's food supply. People across the Country have not yet felt the impact of this deliberate devastation. By the time they do, many farmers will be out of business. Many families will have lost everything. And saving the largest industry in California's economy will be a costly challenge.
Local grocers now sell produce imported from Mexico and other countries, where until recently they sold California grown. We're importing basic canned staples from China and other countries.

You think being dependent on foreign oil has been devastating to our work force and economy. How about your daily bread?
Ben Bergquam, who represents Patriots for America's Independence (Co-founder), the Central Valley Tea Party (Public Outreach Coordinator and Water Liaison) in conjunction with the statewide Tea Party, The Water for All (Advocate/Advisor), Families Protecting the Valley (Advocate) and farmers, joins me to discuss: What's the problem? What's at stake? What's the necessary outcome? What can you do?

Other stories on the table:
Barbara "Call me Senator" Boxer patronizes National Black Chamber of Commerce NBCC CEO Harry C. Alford, who by the way "ma'ams" her repeatedly without repudiation (because she's white and he's black and she's a politically correct liberal) during a hearing on Cap and Trade when she introduces for the record, signed letters from presidents of other national Black organizations, defending and praising Cap and Trade. Alford protests, "You're trying to put up some other black group to pit against me."
The NBCC Study finds Waxman-Markey Reduces GDP by $350 Billion, and "could cost 2.5 million U.S. jobs each year through 2030 and reduce earnings." The showdown set off a media fire storm. The race card isn't working. The findings of the study show the harsh impact Cap and Trade will have on businesses, jobs, and prosperity in the U.S.

Obamacare and Cap and Trade are still alive. Cap and Trade passed in the House, and is now in the Senate. Obamacare is on hold until after the recess and the radical left faction in charge is still determined to push it through; they are not giving up. This battle is not over. Rham Emanuel tells NPR healthcare is getting done next week.

From Dan Tripp of ALG, I got this tweet today: "Yesterday, the Congressional Black Caucus duked it out with the Blue Dogs. Today the Hispanic Caucus says ME TOO!"

Last but not least, President Obama plays the race card and gets bit. Pressured by an angry reaction by the public and police organizations across the nation, he further insults law enforcement officers by dismissing the justified arrest of his elitist black friend, Gates, by Cambridge Police Officer O'Connor, as the result of hot headedness by both parties, thereby undermining the authority and integrity of law enforcement officers everywhere.

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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

Key

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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