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Friday, November 20, 2009

Sat Nov 21, 2009: Humor cuts to the chase. Be political activists or have fun with friends? Do both! & Jack Dean on Taming the Pension Tsunami



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Tony Bushala is one of the founders of a gem blog, Friends for Fullerton's Future Blog, a.k.a. FFFFB, an effective local blog and guerilla marketing strategy to whip elected officials honest, slap strays in line, or remove them, and prevent carpetbaggers from swooning in to capitalize on a favorable voter registration base.

It helps to start out with a voter friendly base, but even so, political machines of any party can become compromised and piggy. The City of Fullerton, CA resides in Assembly District 72, in Orange County, CA, with a roughly 43% to 34% Republican over Democrat advantage. It's enough of a lead that party bosses for the dominant party can take their base for granted, grow fat, and abusive of their power.

At the top of their blog their mission statement says it all: Friends for Fullerton's Future supports candidates and causes that promote intelligent, responsible and accountable government in Fullerton and Orange County.

We'll hear about some of their most current successes affecting policy issues, and appointed and elected government officials. What do they do? How do they do it? What does it take? And can you replicate this strategy in your community? You'll love the message and the messenger! The methodology they use is smart, in your face, good old fashion muckraking, hilarious clever humor, strategic cross marketing and low budget strategic advertising. Be inspired! Be empowered! "All politics are local"--Here's how to fight the Machine and be a happy warrior!

Jack Dean, of Pension Tsunami and Californians for Pension Reform joins us to give us an update on the campaign to reign in the runaway train that is the Public Employee Pension Fund Gravy Train.
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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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