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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Martha w/CalWatchDog's John Hrabe, CA City Journal's Ben Boychuk, Marijuana Policy Project's Morgan Fox

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July 19, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:  Tonight on Gadfly Radio, What's race got to do with it? The CA Redistricting Commission went dark a few weeks ago.  But one discovery written about by CalWatchDog investigative reporter John Hrabe touches on contorted measures taking root behind closed doors, to further secure centralized power for the CA State Democratic Party and the public unions and environmentalist groups they are beholden to, while conceding to collectivists demands by ethnic identity groups, for race to be used as a determining factor for districts' makeup, trumping the integrity, cohesiveness, natural boundaries, and community interests of neighborhoods, cities and counties. 

Cities are cutting vital services including police, fire and other services to make ends meet. Most other states are better off, but national unemployment has risen to over 9 percent now. Yet the Obama Administration has announced a reversal of its 2009 position that put marijuana enforcement as a low priority, seemingly respecting individual State laws.

What are the costs vs benefits of criminalizing medical marijuana in spite of CA's Medicinal Marijuana laws? What are the fears and the real consequences? What are the threats and dangers of the Obama Administration's reversal of policy if pursued as recently stated? Morgan Fox, Communications Director with the Marijuana Policy Project MPP joins us to discuss the impact of the Obama Administration's recent flurry of statements regarding Federal enforcement guidelines and policy and the MPP in CA. 

Ben Boychuk joins me, and among the other topics aforementioned, we'll touch on the latest issue of CA City Journal's subscription magazine's summer issue including a poignant piece by Joel Kotkin called Lost Angeles: The City of Angels goes to hell. Wow!

Ben will also touch on Steven Greenhut's hard hitting commentary in the same issue, When Heroes Become Bureaucrats: Why cops and firefighters stood by as a man drowned in San Francisco Bay. Zing!

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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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