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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Obama Seeks Both Support and Money (He gets FB's Mark Zuckerberg to Sport a tie and Sports Jacket, and Addresses a Hand picked Audience of 500 Attendees.) | Fox & Hounds Daily

So Obama got Zuckerberg to put on a Sports coat and tie. Gosh, how cool... Yet, I have faith in Zuckerberg. I have to. I hope that ultimately, his conscious yearns for, responds to and thrives on wisdom over being "in" with the "in" crowd. After all it shouldn't be hard for Mark to see these powerful "friends" are no different than all the other fools he's already encountered. The question of grave importance to the world, is what captures Mark's devotion for what purpose will he use his genius?

(I posted a comment at the bottom of this article written by John Wildermuth at Fox & Hound.)
President Barack Obama's Wednesday afternoon visit to Facebook, the grandfather of the social networking biz, showed that his team has grasped political truism that has eluded many California campaigns: Bucks ain't ballots.

Now it's true the president reportedly plans to raise a breathtaking $1 billion for his effort to win four more years in the White House and yes, that's billion with a "b."

And since no one in the campaign business has ever suggested that "Big Daddy" Jesse Unruh's observation that "money is the mother's milk of politics" is any less valid now than when the former Assembly speaker made it in 1966, the $35,800-a-napkin dinner he had with 60 of his closest friends Wednesday night in San Francisco was a pleasant reminder of why it's good to be the president.

But as Meg Whitman ($178 million for her governor's race) and PG&E ($46 million for last June's Prop. 16) discovered, all the cash in the world won't help a campaign that can't rally the troops. Which is why the Facebook stop was likely the most important event on a presidential trip this week that's expected to shake the California money tree for $7 million in contributions.

There weren't any surprises in what the president said:  Click here to read more of the article.
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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

Key

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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