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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Why Flash is Right on Redistricting | CalWatchDog

"Jon Fleischman of Flashreport has called for a referendum to overturn the 2011 gerrymandering."

Fleischman just was attacked by by CalBuzz, “Why Fleischman Is Wrong, Wrong, Wrong on Redistricting.”

"GOP Irrelevance: CalBuzz mentions how the only power left for Republicans in the Legislature, if can maintain more than one-third of the seats in at least one house, is to prevent tax increases.

So Democrats are salivating like Pavlov’s Dog about raising taxes ad libitum.

But as I have been noting here on CalWatchDog.com, what already is developing is a split in the Democratic Party between the wild spenders and those more fiscally prudent. I likened it to the split in the Democratic Party in the old 'Solid South' before the 1970s.
Because, once Democrats actually do control two-thirds of the Legislature, they will assume 100 percent of the blame for every economic calamity in the state. No more saying, 'If the Republicans would just let us raise taxes on those greedy capitalist rich people, we could establish paradise!...
And according to new numbers released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment rose again in July in California, back up to 12 percent. Government is so gargantuan in the Golden State that jobs are dying or moving elsewhere."

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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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