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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Random thoughts on CA's perilous polical climate...

Peter Olson noted on his status on FB: California ....watching fox news right now and they just showed your state redistricted ... You republicans that still live in that place are toast ... Not that the ones still there will ever move but at least get ready for even worse government.

I started to comment and went on and on so I copied and posted it here, on my blog:

CA is so beautiful... Can't just get up and go live in the desert or swamp...without a fight. Republicans here talk as if they were the majority or they whine about their powerless state of being. They don't talk to the voters as if the...y were looking for a way to coalesce and find our common ground. When you're such a minority and you have no cache, you've got to find what the other side's voters are attached to, and give it to them better.... But Republicans here have played footsies with Law Enforcement, and built a monster that now plagues communities at all socio-economic levels, and they talk about those illegals from the southern border as if the legal voters with familial and historical ties to Mexico have no feelings or regards for the intentions if not the impact of the immigrants who come here out of desperation, because they can relate and feel at home. Wow, if Republicans said we love Mexicans and immigrants. Let's do away with the welfare programs and makes it affordable for businesses to do business here, and slash our welfare, make work visas available, and please school your kids back at home..you can come and go safely... I'm just brainstorming here... But you'd think the way most notable Republicans in this state talk that they think that Mexicans invaded California. I don't know how they reconcile such notions with the fact that so many of our most populated cities have Spanish names? If Republicans talked with some modesty, and said, hey we need you. We need your help. We need your vote. Here's our plan. Can you help us? We want to create a business climate where entrepreneurs can flourish, where property rights are secure, where citizens have civil liberties protected by law and don't fear law enforcement, that presently is so protected, they can keep all offenses and hearings of officers who are disciplined secret from the public. End the war on drugs. If you don't like diversity, ignore it, but most people like having choices for food, mates, music, dates etc. It's late, and there is a lot of bad blood, but I think Mexican Americans, who make up the majority of Latinos in the State, are forgiving, if the contrition is genuine.... We spend more than 50 percent of the state cash on education and get little in return, but nobody stands with the poor over the shit holes their kids are forced to attend or else!! L.A Unified has it's own police force and kids are harassed for skipping their mind numbing classes with the sorry excuse that passes for unaccountable pathetic teachers. There are no jobs for the kids when they graduate, if they graduate, because labor has made so many rules not enough business people can afford to do business here and hire low skilled entry level kids if kids could legally drop out and start out early in getting a real education in the work force. Republicans don't want to have to deal with the poor classes so their pie shrinks and shrinks and shrinks... and the behemoth Big Govt grows and takes from producers to feed its growth.... The Republicans love redevelopment and they love their subsidized universities and they fight over the spaces in those universities when the race identity politicians fight for slots for token minorities to go to college. It's a mess, but both parties have had their hand in us getting here. Thinking out side the box means dropping the party labels and talking principles, and meaning it. Chris Norby, Carl DeMaio, Shawn Nelson, Tom McClintock, are a few good politicians who come to mind. I'm sure there are more, but not enough... yet...
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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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