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Monday, November 1, 2010

I hate the mailers in my mailbox. They're firepit kindling and no more. Can't trust 'em. They're sold to the highest bidder and they deliberately deceive. Save it. If you want to vote your party line straight, go to their website! Otherwise, research & verify.

Dirty Tricks, Plebiscite-style
Democrat-backed campaigns in California are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars this year to get their proposition endorsements onto "slate mail" voter guides targeted at Republicans in hopes of confusing conservatives into voting for liberal causes.

Countless registered Republicans last week received what appeared to be GOP-backed mailings advising them to defeat two ballot initiatives that are actually supported by the GOP. Together, the initiatives aim at empowering an independent commission to short-circuit the gerrymandering of legislative districts by the state's Democrat-controlled legislature. One version of the voter guide also advises Republicans to vote "no" on Prop. 23 (which would suspend the state's cap-and-trade law) and "yes" on Prop. 21 (which would hike vehicle fees).--Allysia Finley WSJ's Political Diary e-newsletter, Nov 1, 2010
"Scott Hart, the Orange County consultant behind the mailers, is playing innocent, telling the Sacramento Bee that he's a "good Republican" and "I don't know why people are all worked up about this." He also tells the paper he "probably" will accede to a GOP letter demanding that he cease and desist his "disgraceful" and "bad faith" use of the GOP logo. And he probably will -- after Election Day."
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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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