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Friday, August 19, 2011

He'll get attention in CA: Ron Paul to join Michele Bachman at GOP state convention in September : Politics Blog

The Spin Cycle with Carla Marinucci, SF Chronicle: It's going to get hotter in Los Angeles next month now that Republican Rep. Ron Paul will be joining Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann at the upcoming gathering of the nation's largest Republican Party -- the California state GOP convention in Los Angeles starting Sept. 18.

The campaign of the Texas Congressman, who came in a close second to Bachmann in the recent Iowa straw poll, confirmed to us today he's hitting California to address the convention on Saturday. Paul is planning to be present all day at the gathering -- expected to draw at least 1,000 GOP enthusiasts to the JW Marriott at LA Live.

As we reported this week, more GOP candidates might be showing up to the blue state convention now that Bachmann is the Friday keynote speaker -- and the party has decided to hold a straw poll that could juice up interest and passions among grassroots activists and the media in the nation's most populous state.

OH, this just perked up my whole disposition about the upcoming CA GOP Convention in L.A. in September. Suddenly I am excited about it, for more than the pleasure to see kindred spirits whom I've met years past. Since 1999, I would never miss a convention in CA, until a year ago. Then, disenchanted, I surmised that the CA GOP Party Leadership did not stand with principles of liberty but in spurts, and whim.

Too many jockeyed for power opposite Democrats and both Parties' Leaders divvied the goods over which they had control. Both Parties curry favor to secure the endorsements of the public Employee Unions--CTA, AFT, SEIU, Prison Guards Union and bow to them before the public whom votes for them into office. Many, not all, county and city law enforcement agencies, and Redevelopment Big Developers and their League of Cities minions on City Councils across the land of CA partake in this public orgy of power and money grabbing, the people, entrepreneurs, small business owners all be damned.

There are many who've chosen not to flee California, but who want to transform CA to a place where there is more liberty, less tyranny for the people. They believe that Real change is possible. They know there is no guarantee, but we will stand up!

More and more awaken and engage. They speak up against corruption, abuse of power and the public trust. They collaborate and they coalesce. Many of these same inspired and determined activists are also inspired by ideas that Ron Paul articulates consistently.

The most contentious issues that stand between conservatives and libertarians right now, with respect to Ron Paul are all the wars, the war on drugs, and the Federal Reserve. These are substantive issues and he discusses them with moral and ethical authority, reason and integrity. Let both he and Ms Bachman do so in a debate.

I am glad he is coming. I hope that Ms Bachman and he debate. They would sell a lot of tickets. I hope that Ms Bachman is courteous to him and this time that she doesn't leave the stage while he is speaking, as if he were the intermission. She may believe that it is most wise to ignore him and smirk or wink about him, but those who seek a deeply rooted leader, different from the two sides who've governed in CA for decades now are listening and many who've left the Parties like what they hear.
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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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