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Real public servants are free enterprising individuals who, inspired, embrace challenge, take risks, and create, sometimes big, and often, they create jobs in the process, all out of their ideas, and self initiative...

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Don't Despair. Just because we are a morass of wounded dysfunctional immature human beings, doesn't mean all is lost for CA. There is real hope. But, it requires the right approach!

There is a preponderance of uneducated or undereducated single parent, un-employed or under-employed, that is true. And there are those who were brought up in homes where parents were unschooled or under schooled and drank too much and didn't have good parenting skills, and didn't know what qualified for learning and schooling so that they could monitor and enhance or supplement what their child got in school.

So I ask that you not despair, that you consider that there is hope. First I ask that you consider regarding the aforementioned preponderance as walking wounded. Understand that all of them, or most of them suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. They were raised in a state of chaos and despair. They suffer from a flaccid or anemic self esteem or self identity. It's not hopeless. They're human beings. They are walking possibilities. Granted, it is a monumental task, but such is the model that inspires the extraordinary entrepreneur!

When I was in college, I got work for a few quarters for The Project for Developmental Disabilities at UCLA. I worked in a graduate program, as an assistant, and helped instruct parents in the backward chaining theory, to immediately change how parents were interacting with their children in a way they, the parents could quickly and easily master and advance, and so would their children learn.

Aug 6, 2011: Ron Paul has said libertarians or in the lexicon of the era of our Country's founding, liberals (Classical liberals, not what the word conjures today) are born. Jacob Hornberger has said the same thing in a piece on his blog on his visit to Puerto Rico. You can only help them, or us to discover ourselves. It is a key that unlocks the mind so that one becomes present to one's individual self, and one's individual power over oneself. My first connection with libertarianism, in concrete form was one night in 1999, the year I had my first radio show one morning a week. I would spend hours reading and researching to formulate my opinion on issues. I was drawn to focus on political economic policy. I discovered CATO's website and I couldn't stop reading it. I ordered a course on Principles of Liberty which consisted of a collection of audio cassettes in a binder. Jose Piñera explained to me once how he had convinced the people of socialist Chile to embrace privatized social security using a simple message of personal choice, private ownership and the possibility to save more and to leave more to heirs. That resonated with the majority of the Chilean people including the voting poor. Chile was is dire straights economically and wanted to do something to change its crushing weight of public costs. Chile is the most stable and economically sound country in Latin America.

Unfortunately I didn't discover Murray Rothbard, and I didn't give Ron Paul or Mises a second look until recently.

(this post is a journal. I write in it in small entries. I'll be back to continue another day)
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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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