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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Martha w/CalWatchDog's John Seiler, CA City Journal's Ben Boychuk, Assemblyman Chris Norby, Carlos Rodriguez of CA Libertarios

Gadfly Radio Tonight, at 8 PM PT

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July 26, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:  Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Assemblyman Chris Norby of Fullerton, CA, John Seiler of CalWatchdog and Ben Boychuk of City Journal join us, and Carlos A. Rodriguez, Immigration Attorney, Libertarian Candidate for Congress in 2010, drops by to share a bit of what he got at Freedom Fest in Las Vegas two weeks ago.  We'll see just how lasting the good vibes he picked up have held up with him. 

We'll talk with Assemblyman Chris Norby, John Seiler and Ben Boychuk about: 
  • Steven Greenhut's published op-ed,  "Making [the] Public Pay for Budget Cuts,"  “'Armstrong & Getty,'” a talk-radio show in Northern California, recently featured a morning drive-time discussion during which listeners shared similar stories of police indifference. Police officials are blaming budget cuts for their cutbacks in service, but it’s hard to accept this explanation..."  "...'The California Highway Patrol is handing out more traffic citations than it did a few years ago, and that has generated tens of millions of dollars in revenue for state and local governments...'”  Public safety officials are handing out more tickets and shutting down services that are important to the public.  Why? What's the alternative? 
  • John Hrabe’s piece on redistricting,  Jeanne Raya Failed to Reveal Donations, about another California Redistricting commissioner who failed to disclose a campaign contribution to a political candidate.  The purpose of the Redistricting Commission is supposed to avoid the "taint of partisanship."
  • The CA Legislature's maneuvers to curb citizen direct democracy including a bill requiring an hourly wage and banning pay for per signature gathered, which is on the gov’s desk for signing, and two other reform measures in the Legislature, that curb citizen direct democracy.  
  • After getting present to the reality of CA's situation, we'll touch on a previous piece by John called Rutten's Amazon Attack Ignores Reality.  What is  Amazon's Referendum about and why the contempt from the Left on this issue?  "Rutten is upset that Amazon is using the initiative process, created a century ago by the progressives who battled Southern Pacific, to thwart the recent Amazon tax. (The tax actually hits 25,000 small “affiliates” a lot more than it does Amazon because Amazon and other companies fired their affiliates.) But until now, Amazon has had close to zero political involvement in California. It’s only involved because it was attacked by Rutten and crew.
  •  Last week we didn't have enough time to do justice to a piece by Joel Kotkin in the summer issue of City Journal Magazine, called  Lost Angeles: The City of Angels goes to hell so Ben Boychuk will talk about it tonight.  
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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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