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Monday, November 8, 2010

Dear CA Conservatives who want to save our State, if you want to legislate, you have to get elected. You can't if you slap and hurl contempt at a crucial constituency.

Dear Conservatives in California:

If you want to legislate, you have to get elected, beyond your ever shrinking puddles of safe districts. You can’t succeed if you continue to slap and hurl with rage and contempt at a decisive and growing constituency. That is not how How to Win Friends & Influence People. I strongly recommend that all Republicans and or those conservatives who've left the GOP out of disgust, who blame the voters for the disastrous defeat in last Tuesday's elections, please read this great book by the late and very influential Dale Carnegie.

If you continue to follow the ear of the "immigration experts" who have secured your allegiance, you concede to their arguments that Latinos are hopelessly wedded to big government with all of it’s welfare giveaways and token programs that rescue a fraction of the majority of low income minorities.

If you really do believe in the possibility of individuals, and that truth, integrity and honor are not mutually exclusive to people who come from or are the children of immigrants who come from south of the U.S. Border, then we’ve got a shot at redeeming ourselves as a movement, and moving forward.

Last Tuesday should have been a big bucket of cold water to wake us up to how ranting and raving, accusing and wringing our hands in fears and anxiety over the number of Latinos among us is a destructive waste of energy. You win nothing. Everybody loses.

If you love free enterprise and you believe in the fundamental superiority of Capitalism, you will follow the example of our greatest sales men and women in the marketplace of ideas. You will sell your ideas to the markets you need on your side to survive. Win them over and support them in their growth as they develop their own market share of customers who will buy what you’re selling.

If you continue to buy what the likes of Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies CIS and author of The New Case Against Immigration: both legal and illegal, and his ilk sell you, that Latinos are a lost cause and they as a group, will never buy into Liberty, free enterprise, individual responsibility and capitalism because they will never give up the perks bestowed on them from the Left in exchange for their vote, you will fail and you fail all of us. As well you should, for you’re not a true believer in what you espouse.

There is no qualifier in the words so eloquently phrased in the Declaration of Independence, that lit hearts afire and were flamed with the great quote of Patrick Henry, “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death.”

It is an insult to the words "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." To qualify such truths as not applying to Hispanics, as Krikorian suggests in his e-brief to CIS subscribers immediately following last Tuesday’s national elections, is morally reprehensible and is in deed the road to surfdom.

Imagine if the disciples of Christ had looked at those who spoke a different language or shared a different culture and concluded that the Truth would never appeal to them, that they were the wrong kind of people as a group with a different cultural pedigree to ever get Christ, our Creator.

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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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