Friday, October 23, 2009
The Hand that Rocks the Cradle: Dynamic Women, Deb Ferns on Women and Firepower & Marita Noon on Cap n Trade Policy Built on Sand: Sat. Oct 24, 2009
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Debbie Ferns, author of Babe's with Bullets (TM) joins me to talk about the launch of a TV series based on the camps, like the one I'm going to in November, set to air on the OutdoorChannel.com, starting in January.
We'll get a taste of her second book, which she's working on, called Our Forbidden Fruit...Females and Firearms in America. According to Deb, it's not quite as "happy go lucky" as the first book.
This new book has a chapter devoted to the quote "I have seen the enemy-and it is us." It talks a lot about things like apathy, and, how pro-gun folks constantly stir up turf wars against EACH OTHER! It's something I've seen a lot of in my political walk in life, and Ms. Ferns agrees, YES, it's distressing. And that's why we have paper targets, and steel targets, to shoot at--it's far less expensive than therapy!
Marita Noon, Executive Director of Citizens for Responsible Energy, on the latest "higher than expected" unemployment numbers and how no new manufacturing jobs are expected here in the U.S. Two recent op-eds she wrote help explain why.
Happy Talk on Green Jobs: "we as a country have become so enamored with 'alternative energy' that no one looks at what it takes or where the green jobs are being created? Shouldn't we have straight talk, not happy talk? Shouldn't we have facts not 'feel good?'
Staying with wind turbines, we know that their popularity is creating jobs in Mexico. But did you know they also give China a great boost?"
Built Upon the Sand: First, the cap and trade house is built upon a lie. The lie is that climate change is a crisis, that is it caused by man, that man can fix it, and that even if no other countries participate in "capping emissions," America can still make a difference.
But what if it is not a lie? What if the crisis is as real as the global cooling crisis was perceived to be in the seventies? If that is the case, the crisis can wait a few more years. We've been making noise about climate change for 40 years. Now, in the midst of a major economic recession, is not the time to be enacting extreme measures that will finish off the American economy.
Also, Steve Macias, in defense of the First Amendment: Agree or Disagree, two Mexican American college students, both elected cabinet members of the Associated Student Government at Sacramento City College, President Steve Macias & Student Affairs Commissioner Monica Guzman, who also happen to be openly Christian, one Protestant, the other Catholic, Pro-life, and Republican, are being recalled, in a process that violates the official ASG Constitution, rules and ethical standards, in a rush to oust the two, persecute them, make examples of them and silence others who get out of line.
Their crime: According to The Express, the student run newspaper, "Mr. Macias is being recalled for refusing to censor an anti-abortion display on campus known as the Genocide Awareness Project on Sept 16 -17, 2009...It is unclear why Ms. Guzman is being recalled."
They are two of a majority of the 25 cabinet board members, who supported allowing the anti-abortion organization with the over-sized graphic colored photograph posters, to participate in the school Constitution Day. The organization's participation was approved by a majority vote of the Associated Student Government Board. Mr Macias did not vote in that decision.
The Queer-Straight Alliance and The Atheist Freethinkers Club spearhead the recall, while the school administration tacitly approves of this political lynching. Lessons to be learned by our college young adults: Either the rule of law protects everyone's rights to free speech, or not. Either free speech is a fundamental right, or it is not. Free speech for me, but not for thee? You decide.
Contact Steve Macias on Facebook here or at Sacramento City College Free Speech Coalition on Facebook.
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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
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.
|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.|
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