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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Obama to Latinos: " Punish our Enemies"

The Latino vote could swing the U.S. Senate and stop the ruinous trajectory the Democrats running Congress launched us on. Latinos are a swing vote in five of eight four of six (Oct 26, 10) toss-up states for U.S. Senate races.

Democrats have neglected to push through immigration reform even though since 2006 they have been the majority in power in both the Senate and the House. President George W. Bush would have signed a bill. So would President Barack Obama, so he says.

But here he is desperate for the Latino vote to swing the elections to at least save the Senate.

Obama tells Latinos in the audience that "he's committed to making it happen..." but "if Latinos sit out the election instead of saying we're going to punish our enemies and reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us then its going to be lot harder..."

Make what happen? Comprehensive Immigration Reform? Latinos voted for Obama because he promised Immigration Reform when he got elected but no bill. But he expects Latinos to believe him that this time if Latinos "punish our enemies" then he'll "get it done, because he can't do it alone." Right. ¡Cínicos! (Shameless!)

The majority of Latinos may agree that immigration is now the most important issue. But it is not the only issue. It was not always the number one issue. It has been in the top seven for years, but the emotional dynamics and spirit of debate over Arizona’s SB 1070 elevated the levels of anxiety and dissonance. Jobs, the cost of living, education and healthcare still rank in the top five, after immigration, in that order.

What good is immigration reform if there are no jobs for those who are already here, not to mention those who will come?

What has he delivered? Why would we give him more time to cause more damage.

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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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