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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Martha w/CalWatchDog's John Seiler, City Journal & Claremont Institute's Ben Boychuk, and CA Sen. Doug LaMalfa on CA budget deal, a tax cut July 1st, and San Francisco may ban circumcisions and sale of pets in the city.

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June 28, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:
Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Martha Montelongo, CalWatchDog's John Seiler, CA State Senator Doug LaMalfa R D4, and City Journal contributing writer and Claremont Institute fellow and columnist Ben Boychuk. 

We'll discuss the new fake budget deal just cut (Seiler says Chiang should oppose this one too because it's also a fake budget) between the Dems in the CA Legislature and Governor Jerry Brown.  Californians are about to enjoy a sales tax cut come July 1st. 
Did CA Controller Chiang's  move to suspend pay to the legislators for their reject budget delivered June 15th blaze a new political trail in CA?  John Seiler thinks so. He thinks this is a showdown between the left and the fiscally responsible within the Democratic Party.  We'll discuss it.
We'll talk with Senator LaMalfa about policy shaping up under most people's radar, concerning AB 32's impact on water for CA agriculture and water and power for Californians including Southern Californians who seem blissfully unconcerned, as if the water wars don't concern them.   Two articles on the politics of water policy  here and here.
Ben Boychuk has been posting on Facebook about San Francisco's efforts to ban the practice of circumcision on infant boys within the City/County limits.   We'll talk about this and their efforts also to ban the sale of pets in the City.  Nannystate or deflection from their fiscal crisis?

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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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