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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Martha w/CalWatchDog's John Hrabe, CA City Journal's Ben Boychuk, AntiWar.com's Angela Keaton

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August 2, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:  Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal joins me as we talk with:  

Angela Keaton of AntiWar.com Radio about her focused campaign to build a broad based and effective coalition united around the singular issue of Anti-war, or peace (this includes ending our "War on Drugs."    (Post Script to the show Wed 12:26AM Aug 3, 2011) Per my promise to Angela Keaton during  our live interview, please visit  ComeHomeAmerica.us:  Americans United in their Alarm about the destructive consequences of our country's runaway militarism. Read the letter addressed Dear President Obama and Members of Congress. And sign it if you agree. I invite everyone to listen to her interviews on Liberty Radio and to her production at AntiWar.com Radio.

John Hrabe of CalWatchDog.com joins us to bring us up to date on CA Redistricting--the maps, the partisan politics, the current state, the unintended consequences and blatant disregard for the will of the voters, the negligence and or naivete of the CA GOP and the possibilities moving forward

Ben will talk about a new report on term limits and an argument for eliminating them.   I hope to keep coming back to the recent op-ed by Joel Kotkin, in the hard copy summer issue of City Journal Magazine, called Lost Angeles: The City of Angels goes to Hell.   We talked about it last week.  It offers a lot of perspective on CA political economic policy, politics and polemics.  A version of it is available here on line at the WSJ with an online subscription or for a two week free trial.   Eventually, it will be available online at City Journal

We'll also discuss the POWERFUL lesson for political activists  on the significant impact a small band of dogged citizen bloggers in a community can have on Big Government by looking at the story of the Friend's for Fullerton's Future Blog (FFF.org) coverage of the murder of Kelly Thomas, the cover up by the City of Fullerton's Police Department, the tacit complicity and indifference of the City Council and the Orange County D.A.    FFF.org blew the lid off of business-as-usual.  

It didn't happen over night.  The crime was committed on July 5th, and it did not get coverage from any large news outlet until July 27th and then it caught fire.  As a result of a few brave, dedicated bloggers, the story is now too big to ignore, dismiss, excuse, or cover up.   What are some of the issues this case underscores and how do they relate to other cities and counties throughout the country? What are some of the lessons to be gotten by activists for limited government?

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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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