Friday, July 16, 2010
Sat July 17, 2010: Joe Vranich, Business Relocation Coach, on businesses and the jobs they create, leaving CA; Bruce Whitaker, Effective Crusader for Taxpayers & Free Enterprise
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Joe Vranich, The Business Relocation Coach on the accelerating epic upswing of businesses with large number of jobs moving out of CA.
Bruce Whitaker, a tax payer hero with a long history as a successful tax fighter and proponent of property rights and personal freedom, on CA Deep Blue Politics: The players, the real dangers of economic destruction of the middle class and jobs in CA, and the possibilities for an effective strategic offense to save the sinking ship California.
About the Finance Reform Bill. Bill Wilson of Americans for Limited Government says thanks to this bill, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Treasury and Federal Reserve will have the power to tax and spend, seize property and redistribute wealth, monitor individual finances and arbitrarily declare which firms pose "systemic risk," all without any vote in Congress or the possibility of judicial review. Meanwhile, the legislation does not address one of the root, government causes of the financial crisis.
About my father's passing on July 1st, and our family's experience with Hospice Care, which my little sister refers to as the Angel of death, has evolved as a standard industry practice and is an integral part of the Obama Health Care Model passed this year.
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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