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Friday, October 2, 2009

Russ Waymire of Families Protecting the Valley & Arnold Zeiderman MD, MPH, FACOG on Health Care

Join me on the air, Saturday at 10 AM PT on CRN Digital Talk Radio, & on
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Call in number: 1-800-336-2225On the program, on Saturday Sept 19th, I left home for 13 days. I drove to southern California, first, to go to party with a garage band in the living room of a nice house in Chino Hills, with a bunch of H.S. Alums.
During my stay in So Cal, I met with Larry Sand of California Teachers Empowerment Network, Ben Austin of the Parent's Revolution for school reform, and Marshall Tuck of the Partnership for LA Schools about the revolution taking place in LA Unified. I will invite them to join me on the program in a few weeks. I went to Indian Wells, for the CA GOP Convention, where everyone was clear, possibility abounds, but the outcome depends on the vision, intention and integrity of all the leaders who step forward, take a stand with great purpose, and communicate boldly to inspire and enroll voters into action. On Thursday, I attended the CA Target Book Conference with presentations by top pollsters, pundits and politicians. Bottom line, voters are angry. Here's a great recap by Joel Fox of the Fox and Hound Report.

At the CA GOP Convention, my friend Taddeus Taylor introduced me to a man he described as the most interesting man at the convention, and I agree, he was. Dr. Arnold M. Zeiderman, MD, MPH, FACOG (OB-GYN with a Masters in Public Health) was part of a panel on Health Care and he joins me to talk about that issue, from his indepth view.
On Thursday, October 1, Medical Doctors marched on Washington DC, and called it the "Million Med March." They admit that it was far fewer than a million, and point out that fewer than 1 million doctors work in the United States, and that a lot fewer will go into practice if the government and Congress take over health care. We'll talk with Dr. Zeiderman about health care and public health.
But Dr Zeiderman is also a long time activist for Israel. We'll talk about Iran, defense and nuclear weapons.
Russ Waymire, farmer and founding board member of CA Families Protecting the Valley, will join us briefly for an update on the CA Water Crisis: It's more complicated than a 2 inch fish on the Endangered Species List, and unless politicians, developers and local government agencies own up to and talk straight about the problem, they'll find themselves under the bus, instead of on it.

I stayed up to watch Red Eye while I unpacked from my travels but it was preempted to show the POTUS, FLOTUS, and their posse all give their pitches to the Olympics Committee, and I was dismayed over the shallowness, self absorption, and presumptuousness and I was embarrassed for the Office of the President. I hoped the committee would not be as sycophantic as the U.S. Media Posse that was breathless with the certainty that this was a slam dunk. I ask, now will they see him as mere mortal? But alas, their insanity is worse than I thought. Bizarro!!!

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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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