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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Gadfly Radio with Me and CalWatchDog's Steven Greenhut and John Seiler! Tonight! 8PM PT!

Gadfly Radio Premiere's Tonight, March 15th at 8 PM PT
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We'll talk about Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami.  What are some of the reverberations for California's economy and our energy supply options.   We'll also talk about the Budget Crisis in Sacramento and what are the possibilities, one way or the other, if the Governor gets to put a measure to raise or "extend" taxes to a vote on a ballot in June?  What if the tax increase measure is put on the ballot after it's after the 'temporary' taxes the CA Legislature gave us back in the spring of 2006 expire before the Governor and the Legislature were able to get them  'extended,' with a Yes vote by CA voters?   Will it be a mail in only ballot?   What happens if the voters vote NO on the Governor's tax increase/extension plan?  
Talk about tsunamis, another CalPERS scandal worth tens of millions of dollars! The fox is not a good watchdog for the hen house!
Update on the Parent Trigger Law.

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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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