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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

My New Show on KRLA 870 AM: If you can't beat 'em join em...or um, The Business of being Free--Why are pro liberty activists losing in CA?

Jan 8th at 11 PM, we launch our new program on KRLA 870AM. My partner and manager, Dan Gutierrez and I have asked friend of liberty, Chris Thompson to join me on the air, so I'll have a co-host. Chris Thompson resides in Fullerton, CA and is part of a circle of active and engaged residents who've enjoyed success at inspiring community members to self-govern with integrity. They participate, comment, blog and either run for office or keep candidates who run and are elected accountable. He is a member of Friends for Fullerton's Future and the very formidable Taxpayer Advocacy Group, Fullerton Association of Concerned Taxpayer's.

We'll hear from Eric Christian on the success of his team's efforts in San Diego this past November, to win passage of legislation that helps keep the playing field open and fair for labor contracts with government entities. They're taking their show on the road and activists for liberty and the business of being free can partner with Eric's team or learn from them on the importance of banning Project Labor Agreements for the purpose of securing integrity in the labor market and in the cost of construction to the taxpayers.

We have more in store for this week's show, and for shows to come and I look forward to sharing them with you. I'm very excited about the purpose and conviction we bring to the show. Living free, being free, and enjoying the great sensation of being alive and fully self expressed in the process is our inspiration. Californians are not doing well at self-governing if our budget deficit, our debt and our unfunded public employee pension obligations are any indication.

Californians have abdicated our power to our elected officials and allow them to carry on void of integrity as our civic leaders.

Activists who shout the loudest are ignored and thus ineffective. Many activists and business owners are giving up and leaving California. But many of us love California too much. It's our home and we're committed to making a stand and being a cause for transformation in the people of CA such that we embrace self-government as our responsibility, and hold our elected officials and ourselves accountable.

Sustainable is a buzz word tossed about with frequency, but it's not often applied to the behaviors and the lack of leadership and integrity in our political class nor ourselves as the voters who elect them and then ignore what they do.

Most Californians all want the same thing: we care about preserving the beauty of California, the education of our young, and want to prosper and enjoy our lives while we engage in the pursuit of happiness. Where is the breakdown in communication and where is the possibility for affinity and collaboration that will create a thriving California? We'll have fun while we entertain these big ideas, efforts, successes, and the greatest possibilities before us.
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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

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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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