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Monday, March 29, 2010

The ObamaCare Writedowns The corporate damage rolls in, and Democrats are shocked!

Pull Quote: "The Democratic political calculation with ObamaCare is the proverbial boiling frog: Gradually introduce a health-care entitlement by hiding the true costs, hook the middle class on new subsidies until they become unrepealable, but try to delay the adverse consequences and major new tax hikes so voters don't make the connection between their policy and the economic wreckage. But their bill was such a shoddy, jerry-rigged piece of work that the damage is coming sooner than even some critics expected."

It's been a banner week for Democrats: ObamaCare passed Congress in its final form on Thursday night, and the returns are already rolling in. Yesterday AT&T announced that it will be forced to make a $1 billion writedown due solely to the health bill, in what has become a wave of such corporate losses.

This wholesale destruction of wealth and capital came with more than ample warning. Turning over every couch cushion to make their new entitlement look affordable under Beltway accounting rules, Democrats decided to raise taxes on companies that do the public service of offering prescription drug benefits to their retirees instead of dumping them into Medicare. We and others warned this would lead to AT&T-like results, but like so many other ObamaCare objections Democrats waved them off as self-serving or "political." Click here to read more...

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Premiere of Moonlighting with Martha Montelongo, my new show, from 8 to 11 pm

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It's a lot of laid back talk, and some rough and tumble politics to sharpen your saw. Tonight, more on the Health Care Bill's effects on you, and how some activists beat down the Left's grab at a their entire county's property rights.

My guests tonight are Brian Mathias, on a trial balloon CA Senate Bill SB 211, that had it passed, and not been defeated, it would have converted every inch of Santa Cruz County into an Open Space District, wiping out the individual property rights of all it's residents, in one fell swoop. Mr. Mathias was a leader in it's defeat, but wants to warn citizens around the country, because Santa Cruz is one of the test pilot sites from which all bad leftist ideas are spawned, take root and grow into state wide and national trends from the Left.

SB 211 would have changed current California law governing the formation of open space districts. There is a specific process in California law for the creation of open space districts, with defined limits. However, SB 211 changed this law, creating a special exception for the formation of an open space district in Santa Cruz. This approach is a common way of forming open space bureaucracies.

Recap on the Healthcare Vote: “LET’S ZOOM OUT FOR A MOMENT.”

Many Americans are confused. Some questions on their minds:

1. WHOA! What the heck just happened on Health Care – and HOW did it
happen politically, constitutionally?

2. How will the new government mandates affect my own health care?

3. Are my taxes going to go up?

4. Did Congress just commit political suicide?

5. Will America’s latest ‘pro-lifer’ (Obama, since he passed a pro-life executive order) keep his end of the bargain? Or will he or someone else reverse it as quickly as it was issued?

Lively, funny, and extraordinarily well-informed, JAMES LANSBERRY - Health care and tax policy expert – has the answers, KNOWS THE DIRTY DETAILS and makes sense of the madness. James is a DC outsider whose articles have been published worldwide. He takes a common-sense, free-market approach on health care… And his revelations on health care, and on the vote, may even infuriate your listeners. He’s the President of the Alliance of Health Care Sharing Ministries and has been a guest on CBS Evening News, US News and World Report, the Washington Post, etc., etc.


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Friday, March 26, 2010

Sat March 27, 2010: Greg Scandlen on the Immediate Impact of Health Care Reform & Tony Quinn on a win-win paradigm for Republicans and Latino Voters


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Greg Scandlen, senior fellow of The Heartland Institute and founder and Director of Consumers for Health Care Choices, a non-partisan, non-profit membership organization aimed at empowering consumers in the health care system, joins us to talk about the immediate impact of the epic Health Care Bill, what the insurance companies and the health care industry in general are scrambling to digest, and comply with, and what that means to consumers, employees and employers.

Tony Quinn, an editor with California Target Book, an authority on California political trends and demographics, wrote a scathing piece on Steve Poizner, accusing him of resorting to race baiting, and immigrant bashing, to try to save his failing campaign for Governor.

While the center-right watches in horror as the Left muscles through a monumental, epic transformation of our Nation's health care system and economy, many on the right fail to see their own suicidal march as they bare down on their position, rhetoric and message, implying all Hispanic immigrants who are illegally here are the same, and want the same thing, welfare, ignoring the fact that many flee the tyranny of the Left in their countries, many are entrepreneurs, as is the history of our Country, and many share the values an principles of the Center-right.

Republicans cannot win a national election without courting this demographic group, and mining at least 43 to 45% of Latino voters who share their aspirations to live free, be entrepreneurs, be self reliant and to prosper. In California, a Republican cannot win a statewide election without winning this percentage of the Latino vote.

Yet some Republican candidates continue to act as if this were merely a matter of opinion, much to their own demise, and, to the disastrous misfortune of all of us, who desperately want to unseat the Left which is firmly in power. They're stuck in a paradigm that has no possibility and is a self-inflicted self-destruction, a self destructive fallacy.

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The Government Pay Boom America's most privileged class are public union workers.

It turns out there really is growing inequality in America. It's the 45% premium in pay and benefits that government workers receive over the poor saps who create wealth in the private economy.

And the gap is growing. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), from 1998 to 2008 public employee compensation grew by 28.6%, compared with 19.3% for private workers. In the recession year of 2009, with almost no inflation and record budget deficits, more than half the states awarded pay raises to their employees. Even as deficits in state capitals widen and are forcing cuts in services, few politicians are willing to eliminate these pay inequities that enrich the few who wield political power.

Let's walk through the math. In 2008 almost half of all state and local government expenditures, or an estimated $1.1 trillion, went toward the pay and benefits of public workers. According to the BLS, in 2009 the average state or local public employee received $39.66 in total compensation per hour versus $27.42 for private workers. This means that for every $1 in pay and benefits a private employee earned, a state or local government worker received $1.45.Click here to read more.

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Below is an AP/Washington Post article describing the explosion of (primarily California) traffic fines, and especially miscellaneous (and sometimes onerous) fees tacked on to the fines. How are these not tax increases that require a public vote?

RICHARD RIDER COMMENT:

More and more, California reminds me of Hazzard County, where every week the Duke boys would thwart Boss Hogg's ongoing efforts to extort money from the populace through various schemes involving government confiscation.

Most people (not me, but most people) accept the need for some red light cameras to stop people who "run red lights." But the majority of CA red light tickets are $381 fines for turning right without coming to a full (and COMPLETE) stop. What's THAT have to do with "running red lights"?

BTW, check my blog for my recent post on how to challenge these red light tickets.
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Read the Washington Post article here.

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Do you have Pension Envy? Here are the symptoms, the causes, and the prognosis.




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Friday, March 19, 2010

Sat March 2, 2010: The Congress Created Dust Bowl and the Health Care "Reform" Thugs, & The Drug Wars in Mexico Intensify.


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This past Saturday I moderated a panel on the Congress Created Water Crisis at the CA GOP Convention. Russ Waymire, on the Congress Created Drought, the panel, and Pelosi's bribe to Congressmen Costa and Cardoza, announced by Sec of Interior Salazar. A thuggish maneuver: Vote yes on Health Care Bill and your Central Valley will get an increase in the pittance of the water allocation you've been receiving. So much for the hallowed Delta smelt and the Endangered Species Act. It's all about the power.

Russ has co-chaired his local Farm Bureau Water Committee and has attended numerous water meetings with politicians and Natural Resource Agencies in California and Washington D.C. Om 2009, he was appointed Agriculturalist of the Year for Kings County.

Walter M. McKay, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition LEAP member, and currently is the Project Director for the Instituto para la Seguridad y la Democracia, A.C. (INSYDE), in Mexico, joins me to discuss the recent escalation of violence in Mexico, with the murder of two U.S. Consulate employees this past week. We'll talk about the murders along the border, particularly the most recent, the political spin and reaction about them, and the best remedy to end the murders and the violence.

"Mexico now ranks behind only Pakistan and Iran as the administration’s top international security concern.

Despite the rising death toll, drug war hawks at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) remain adamant that the United States’ and Mexico’s “supply side” strategies are in fact successful. “Our view is that the violence we have been seeing is a signpost of the success our very courageous Mexican counterparts are having,” acting DEA administrator Michele Lionhart said recently. “The cartels are acting out like caged animals, because they are caged animals.” President Obama also appears to share this view. After visiting with the Calderón government in April, he told CNN he intended to “beef up” security on the border. When asked whether the administration would consider alternative strategies, such as potentially liberalizing pot’s criminal classification, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano replied that such an option “is not on the table.”--Paul Armentano, in The Freeman online
Is it safer, and more effective, cost wise, and to help drug abusers, victims and their families, if we end Prohibition?

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Killings Cast Pall on Mexico Drug Plan Calderón's Strategy of Using Army Patrols Draws Fire as Juárez, a Centerpiece of the Push, Turns Into a Murder Capital

By DAVID LUHNOW And NICHOLAS CASEY

CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico—The gangland-style murders of three people with ties to the U.S. consulate in this border city have confirmed for many people what residents here already knew: President Felipe Calderón's strategy of sending in the troops to corral drug gangs has failed.

The gritty working-class city of 1.5 million has become a litmus test for Mr. Calderón's antidrug strategy and, by extension, his presidency. The conservative leader took power vowing to bring cartels to heel, and chose Mexico's army rather than local police to do the job, sending 45,000 troops to various hot spots, including 7,000 to Juárez.

But violence has skyrocketed in Juárez, an assembly center for export goods that never escaped its roots as a border playground for Americans. It has suffered a disproportionate amount of the mayhem, accounting for 5,349 out of more than 18,000 drug-related murders across Mexico since Mr. Calderón took power in December 2006.

"It's a complete failure," Oscar Cantú, publisher of local newspaper El Norte, says of Mr. Calderón's enforcement strategy.

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, while praising Mr. Calderón's antidrug efforts, said this week the military deployment "hasn't helped."

On Tuesday, Mr. Calderón visited the city, just days after an American couple, including a woman who was four months pregnant and worked at the U.S. consulate, were killed in broad daylight. Separately, another man married to a consulate worker was killed.

The president told residents he regretted the "cowardly" murders and that the fight for Juárez was crucial to Mexico's future. Mr. Calderón resisted calls by some protesters to pull out the army, saying "I don't think that's going to help Juárez's security problem."Click here to read more

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March Madness Scenes from a devolution as Democrats writhe toward 216 votes.

"Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced on Tuesday that central California would get extra public water allocations. This was apparently the price for Democrats Dennis Cardoza and Jim Costa to vote something other than their consciences. We will hear about many more in the coming days." (So the Central Valley in CA, the Congress Created Dust Bowl, would get more water allocated, if the Dem Congressmen play along! Play or die on the vine! Outrageous.)

Has there ever been a political spectacle like the final throes of ObamaCare? We can't recall one outside of a banana republic, or, more accurately, Woody Allen's 1971 classic "Bananas." Capitol Hill resembles nothing so much as that movie's farcical coup d'etat in San Marcos as Democrats try to assemble the partisan minimum of 216 House votes—if only for an hour or so at some point on Sunday—and no bribe is too costly, no deal too cynical, no last-minute rewrite too blatant.

Yesterday, Democrats defeated 222 to 203 a GOP resolution that would have required them to vote up-or-down on the text of the Senate's Christmas Eve bill. Click here to read more

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Killings Cast Pall on Mexico Drug Plan Calderón's Strategy of Using Army Patrols Draws Fire as Juárez, a Centerpiece of the Push, Turns Into a Murder Capital

By DAVID LUHNOW And NICHOLAS CASEY

CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico—The gangland-style murders of three people with ties to the U.S. consulate in this border city have confirmed for many people what residents here already knew: President Felipe Calderón's strategy of sending in the troops to corral drug gangs has failed.

The gritty working-class city of 1.5 million has become a litmus test for Mr. Calderón's antidrug strategy and, by extension, his presidency. The conservative leader took power vowing to bring cartels to heel, and chose Mexico's army rather than local police to do the job, sending 45,000 troops to various hot spots, including 7,000 to Juárez.

But violence has skyrocketed in Juárez, an assembly center for export goods that never escaped its roots as a border playground for Americans. It has suffered a disproportionate amount of the mayhem, accounting for 5,349 out of more than 18,000 drug-related murders across Mexico since Mr. Calderón took power in December 2006.

"It's a complete failure," Oscar Cantú, publisher of local newspaper El Norte, says of Mr. Calderón's enforcement strategy.Click here to read more...

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Monday, March 15, 2010

California Water Crisis -Government Created 8 videos of the Panel Presentation

The Presentation took place Saturday March 13th from 10:00 AM to noon at the CA GOP Convention in Santa Clara, CA.   The Video sound is poor the first two parts, because the mic equipment setup was late... Dave Sterling did his best despite the lack of a mic, and his message sets the foundation on which every other panelist presents.   The questions and and answers at the end aren't posted here yet, but I will post them if they should become available. 
I Moderated and the panelists included:

Mark Pruner is the Republican Yolo County Chairman. President of the CRP County Chairs Association.

Dave Stirling, Attorney for the farmers – PLF, author and defender

Piedad Ayala farms, operates a large custom farming operation and farm labor operation in the Central Valley.

Allen Ishida Tulare County Supervisor

Paul Sihota Operates a family farming and trucking company on the Westside of the Central Valley. Operates a family farming operation in the Northern part of the Central Valley in the Merced and Madera County areas

Russell Waymire Farm Bureau Water Committee Kings County.

ECOLOGICAL PRIMITIVISTS SEEK TO RETURN CALIFORNIA TO THE CENTURY GREAT DESERT AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS AN ACCOMPLICE.

Cutting off the water supply to people while wasting that water to the ocean for the sake of declining fish species, is decimating Central Valley agriculture, causing the loss of thousands of jobs, imposing hardship on hundreds of thousands of residents- including many Latinos, and will contribute to worldwide food shortages.
Why the crisis, how bad is the crisis, and what can we do about it?

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Questions, comments and answers

Who are some of the nuts we're up against?

Environmentalism is a Secular Religion. The coalition between environmentalists and leftists, statists, and oligarchs has no love or concern for we, the people.

The $2 Trillion Public Pension Hole: Promised pensions benefits for public-sector employees represent a massive overhang that threatens the financial future of many cities and states.

Californians for Pension Reform calls this article"an excellent overview of the nation’s escalating public pension disaster."

LIKE A CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE, populist rage burns over bloated executive compensation and unrepentant avarice on Wall Street.

Deserving as these targets may or may not be, most Americans have ignored at their own peril a far bigger pocket of privilege -- the lush pensions that the 23 million active and retired state and local public employees, from cops and garbage collectors to city managers and teachers, have wangled from taxpayers.
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Friday, March 5, 2010

Newly elected governor of New Jersey, Republican Chris Christie, stood in front of 200 of his state's mayors last week and told them basically that there is no more road down which to kick that proverbial can--From the WSJ's Political Diary

"Behold! The newly elected governor of New Jersey, Republican Chris Christie, stood in front of 200 of his state's mayors last week and told them basically that there is no more road down which to kick that proverbial can. In his speech at the New Jersey League of Municipalities, Mr. Christie began by calling the legislature's $29 billion budget something out of 'Alice in Wonderland.' He told the collected hizzoners that the old game of tax and spend was over. He described unhappy meetings in his treasurer's office, where he was presented with 378 possible freezes and lapses to be used to balance the budget. He accepted 375 of them. One would think this frank talk would get a lot of media coverage, but as important as I think it to be, the only way I learned about it was from Mike Shedlock's invaluable blog, Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis" -- columnist Ron Smith writing in the Baltimore Sun. WSJ Political Diary, March 5, 2010
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Sat March 6, 2010: Steve Moore of WSJ on Perils of CA Model for the rest of the US, Milton Friedman's Chile, & Senator Corker's Rogue Move on Fianance Reform!



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Steve Moore, of the WSJ's Editorial Board, and author of  The End of Prosperity will talk with us about David Wessel's WSJ piece on Thursday on "The Californization of Washington," California's political economic model, bodes ill for the U.S.'s political economic future. How does it break it down, and can we reverse the trend?

Also, Senator Corker (R- Tennessee) goes rogue and huddles with Senator Chris Dodd to craft a monstrous financial reform bill.

The house bill is a 1279 page monstrosity called the ""Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act."" Reform? Yes. Helpful? Depends on the definition of helpful. It makes bailouts permanent policy for the US Economy and David Reilly reported the U.S.Rep bill calls for more than a dozen agencies to create a position called "director of Minority and Women Inclusion" as part of it's solutions. People in these posts will be presidential appointees.

We'll ask Steve about these developments, and also, we'll talk with Steve about Chile's experience with the quake last week, versus Haiti's and how Milton Friedman's Chicago School of Economics trained "Chicago Boys" had crafted and put in place, economic policy that helped fuel Chile's economic boom and development, that prepared the country to weather the earthquake disaster with dramatically better results than that suffered by the Haitian's at the hands of Haiti's much weaker earthquake 2 weeks earlier.

Serafin Quintanar, the son of a legal Bracero farm worker who became a U.S. Citizen, and his mother who migrated to CA from Texas, is a Republican candidate running for Congress in the 20 district in CA. He is challenging incumbent Democrat, Jim Costa. We'll talk with Serafin, for a profile into his background, journey his principles and motivation. We'll ask him if the politically created water crisis in the Central Valley has changed the political landscape.

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The-Tacoma-9-12-Project: Senate Proposes Income Tax - Hearing TODAY at 4:30pm Date: March 4, 2010 9:13:18 PM PST

"The Great State of Washington... just raised our taxes again. Who did it hurt? Everybody. Most people that do not own property think that property taxes are free to them. It is not true. The person that owns your apartment had his expenses raised by the increase in property tax. He is now going to raise your rent to cover the new expenses." ――A Tea Party Patriot

Around noon today (Mar. 4, 2010) the WA state senate dropped a bill (SB 6250) that will implement an Income Tax in WA. As if proposing $11 Billion in other new taxes wasn't enough, now they really want to go full out on taxpayers. To make matters worse, the first public hearing for the bill is TODAY at 4:30pm, only a...bout four hours after the bill was first introduced. So much for openness and transparency!
Why does the State need the money? A State employee wage package averages over $100,000. That is insurance for a family of four at $1500 a month, 82% of their salary in pension at retirement, plus taxes, wages, 12 holidays, 9 sick days, etc., etc.

Whether your are rich or poor, you just had food taken off your table. It does not matter if your are Democrat or Republican your budget just got cut again. Now add this to the recent taxes on food products, the increase in the Narrows bridge tax and many others. You might start growing a garden like Mrs Obama to feed your children.

The average Tacoma family earns $52,000 per year for two workers. The State worker makes four hundred percent more than the people he serves. 400%... that's 4 times more! So, the families that can not now make it, what are they supposed to do? Let their children starve so we can keep the over paid government worker employed at 4 times the going rate. This is just the tip of the iceberg and it just gets worse the more you look at it.

Why does it cost the same to run the Fire department as the School System? Look at your property tax bill... It is there....

Thanks to my buddy, Brooks for sharing! Please pass it on!
¡Vivan Los Estados Unidos Libres! ¡Si!


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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

How Milton Friedman Saved Chile: Milton Friedman gave Chileans the intellectual wherewithal first to survive the quake, and now to build their lives anew.

Obama and the Democrats in power are moving us away from the policies that saved Chile from the fate of the Haitians....
Even before the 1973 coup, several of Chile's "Chicago Boys" had drafted a set of policy proposals which amounted to an off-the-shelf recipe for economic liberalization: sharp reductions to government spending and the money supply; privatization of state-owned companies; the elimination of obstacles to free enterprise and foreign investment, and so on.
Read other columns by Bret Stephens.

In left-wing mythology—notably Naomi Klein's tedious 2007 screed "The Shock Doctrine"—the Chicago Boys weren't just strange bedfellows to Pinochet's dictatorship. They were complicit in its crimes. "If the pure Chicago economic theory can be carried out in Chile only at the price of repression, should its authors feel some responsibility?" wrote New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis in October 1975. In fact, Pinochet had been mostly indifferent to the Chicago Boys' advice until the continuing economic crisis forced him to look for some policy alternatives. In March 1975, he had a 45-minute meeting with Friedman and asked him to write a letter proposing some remedies. Friedman responded a month later with an eight-point proposal that largely mirrored the themes of the Chicago Boys.

For his trouble, Friedman would spend the rest of his life being defamed as an accomplice to evil: at his Nobel Prize ceremony the following year, he was met by protests and hecklers. Friedman himself couldn't decide whether to be amused or annoyed by the obloquies; he later wryly noted that he had given communist dictatorships the same advice he gave Pinochet, without raising leftist hackles.

As for Chile, Pinochet appointed a succession of Chicago Boys to senior economic posts. By 1990, the year he ceded power, per capita GDP had risen by 40% (in 2005 dollars) even as Peru and Argentina stagnated. Pinochet's democratic successors—all of them nominally left-of-center—only deepened the liberalization drive. Result: Chileans have become South America's richest people. They have the continent's lowest level of corruption, the lowest infant-mortality rate, and the lowest number of people living below the poverty line.


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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

Key

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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