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Friday, August 21, 2009

CA GOP’s Great Conundrum—it needs more women and minorities to win, but would effective outreach violate the principle of equality? Sat, Aug 22,2009

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This Saturday on the program Allan Hoffenblum,publisher of The California Target Book and owner of Allan Hoffenblum & Associates, a political consulting firm based in Los Angeles, joins us to talk about two recent posts he penned in the Fox and Hounds Daily.

The first, titled "California's Republican Legislators - a White Males' Club" certainly resonated with me, and the second, "Reach Out, Republicans, Or Lose" in which he references a recent Field Poll, has confirmed my worst nightmare, that we are stuck, and doomed fast, unless we, as a collective group, experience an immediate and dramatic paradigm shift.

Some argue it's enough to be "pure" in conservative principles. And that wavering from that is what has got us to this point of the brink of quasi-irrelevance, in the first place.

They equate outreach to women and minorities as a surrender of all principles of equality to political correctness and race and gender based preferences.

But some will argue that what leaders are doing, and not doing, now, in the name of "conservative principle," is not conservative, but is in fact reactionary, self defeating and self destructive.

Liberty and freedom are on the line, and it is the 11th hour. The lines are open. Join us for hot talk radio, Saturday at 10AM PT on CRN, Channel 1

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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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