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Thursday, June 16, 2011

CA Voters who Passed Prop 25 in 2010 have made us all a bunch of Wile E. Coyotes, off a cliff with a heavy anvil following us down!

Wile E. Cayote Genius CA Voters got what they signed up for. Yup! They fixed those Legislators Good. Gave up the 2/3rd requirement to pass a budget, and in return forced the legislators to pass a budget on time or else! NO BUDGET ON TIME, NO PAY! So, the clever devils "passed" a "budget" and the Gov promptly vetoed it because it was a sham. Business as usual except now Republicans have no power to veto tax increases. The rascals averted docked pay! The suckers are left falling off a cliff.
Clever CA Voters who passed California Proposition 25, Majority Vote for Legislature to Pass the Budget (2010)

Clever CA Voters think they've got it all handled now that they've removed all obstacles to the legislators who just want to do the right thing! Sure!
CA Voters i.e. Wily E. Coyotes, falling off a cliff--Gov Brown vetoes the stupid budget passed by the critters in the legislature so that they could do what they do every year--nothing that fixes our financial crisis--and still get paid on time, business as usual!
Here's Richard Rider's take on it:
JUNE 16, 2011 3:22PM
California budget Kabuki dance continues
by Richard Rider

The Sacramento Kabuki dance continues. As I publicly predicted, our state legislature (well, the Democrat majority) passed a state "budget" on time -- to avoid forfeiture of pay for tardiness. And as I predicted 10 November, 2010, Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed the absurd submission. The only surprise is the speed with which Brown rejected the legislators' fantasy plan.

The budget submitted was a particularly imaginative piece -- a disjointed combination of bogus revenue projections, even more accounting gimmickry, illegally passed tax increases and sources of revenue that this same legislature was bound to reject when the follow-up bills came before them (such as selling state government properties). Brown did the only possible thing he could -- he vetoed the mess.

Oddly enough, it's doubtful that many state legislators are upset with the veto. Indeed, it Brown HAD approved it, then the repercussions later in the year when the fraud became apparent would have been more harmful politically than the veto today.

Now comes the part that will shock the voters -- something that will become apparent in the next 24 hours of news analysis. Most will assume that, with the governor's veto, the forfeiture of all legislative pay will commence, as the budget is now past the 15 June deadline. But when Prop 25, the "Majority Vote for Legislature to Pass the Budget," was passed, few understood that it mandated only that a budget -- ANY budget -- must be passed by the state legislature by 15 June. A gubernatorial veto has no effect on the satisfactory completion of that requirement.
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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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