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Friday, September 18, 2009

If you read, write, & count you can move mountains. Knowledge is power. Derrell Bradford & Jack Dean want you to have it & be free: Sat. Sept.19, 09

Join me on the air, Saturday at 10 AM PT on CRN Digital Talk Radio, & on
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On the program, Derrell Bradford deputy director of Excellent Education for Everyone E3, a school-choice advocacy group co-founded by Newark Mayor Cory Booker, joins us to talk About our Children, a live televised star studded panel event happening Sunday at Howard University.
Paul Rodriguez, comedian and civic and education activist, also on the panel on Sunday, may drop in with Derrell and I, if his flight is on time. He's been fighting to save the farmers, and farm workers and their families in California's Central Valley too so he's travelling from CA to DC.
The live event on Sunday Focuses on the Faces of Poverty and Education as a Pathway to Achieving the American Dream. It features Bill Cosby. The other star panelists are Dr. Ben Chavis, former principal of American Indian Public Charter School and author of the new released book "Crazy Like a Fox: One Principal's Triumph in the Inner City," Dr. Daniel Amen, founder of the Amen Clinics; Ben Austin, executive director of the Los Angeles based Parents Union; " Dr. Alvin Poussaint, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School; and Randi Weingarten, former president of the United Federation of Teachers. I said it last week, and I'll keep saying it: When and if conservatives pointedly, intentionally, and substantively take on the Cartel of public education, whoa! The political playing field will be transformed! The jig will be up! Let's do it. Start by tuning into my show, and watch the live event on Sunday. You can participate live on both programs.

Jack Dean, the big taxpayer's hero, editor and publisher of Pension Tsunami, and founding board member of California Pension Reform, has a lot to talk about with us. We'll get an update on the ever expanding list of Calpers and CALstrs $100,000 Pension Clubs--Calpers' own actuary says the system is not sustainable.
We'll talk with Jack about Southern CA's Metropolitan Water District's (MWD) failed attempt (this time) to give its employees a 25% pension boost. Angry voters stopped them this past Wednesday, for now,but it's not over; they're coming back around in October, so be ready.
The lines are open. I hope you put us on your calendar, tune in, give us a call, and join us for hot talk radio, Saturday at 10AM PT, one fast hour 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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