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Monday, September 7, 2009

A Gem: Robert Woodson tells his story from left leaning Civil Rights Leader to becoming a Conservative & transforming lives in the inner cities

On August 28th,Robert Woodson, Founder and President of the National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise— gives a riveting presentation at the Steamboat Institute Conference in Steamboat, Colorado, and presented on C-SPAN this weekend, of what conservatism means to him and the work his organization accomplishes, and how the Republican Party's principles offer hope and promise for the black [and Hispanic--my summation] voter if Republicans boldly stand up for the principles of individual liberty, free enterprise, entrepreneurship with a moral and ethical imperative. He tells of the successful and loyal examples of libertarian Clint Bolick, and of Republicans Jack Kemp and Ronald Reagan, and he points out how the Republican Party has lost ground and will continue to do so, until it's leaders stop validating the 'clowns' and the leftist ethnic minority organizations while abandoning loyal and conservative minority leaders who have supported Republicans;they must act with integrity toward minority leaders who have supported them faithfully. A very powerful presentation. Click here to watch the C-SPAN Library Video.
Here's a pull quote under 3 minutes long, from the presentation. During Q and A, in response to a question, he indicts Republican leaders who continue to legitimize and validate the Al Sharptons and Jesse Jacksons..., and other clowns and turn their backs on conservative minorities who support them to get elected.


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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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