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Real public servants are free enterprising individuals who, inspired, embrace challenge, take risks, and create, sometimes big, and often, they create jobs in the process, all out of their ideas, and self initiative...

Saturday, August 15, 2009

"Call-Me-Senator-because-I-worked-so-hard-for-the-title" Boxer’s Book Signings: Bold, Open Forums For Her Public. Not!

"Senator" Barbara Boxer, made it clear, when she tried to publicly humiliate U.S. Brigadier General Michael Walsh, who was addressing her in a hearing, that she doesn't like to be called Ma'am, and she told him to please call her Senator, because, she said, she's worked very hard for that title.

And as example of how hard she works for us, her constituents, in her tiled role of "Senator," this month, during the Congressional recess, when Represenatives are home from Washington to hear from their constituents, if you have questions or concerns, about Cap and Trade legislation that will kill massive amounts of jobs and enterprise in the U.S., or, if you want to talk with her about healthcare, well, you'll just have to wait in line at a bookstore on the schedule for her book signing tour, for her latest fiction novel, after you buy a copy of her book. And maybe, while she's signing it for you, she'll give you a listen... May be.
If you want to know her schedule for book signing availability, you can find it here.
A woman of the people! Not.


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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

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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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