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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha Montelongo & CalWatchDog's John Seiler, CA City Journal's Ben Boychuk & Special Guest, Marcia Fritz CPA, President of Californians 4 Fiscal Responsibility.

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September 13, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:  Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal joins me as we talk with John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com, with special guest Marcia Fritz CPA, President of California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility.

Yesterday Flashreport published an op-ed called REFORM PUBLIC PENSIONS OR PERISH, co-authored by Carl DeMaio, San Diego City Councilman and Jon Coupal, President, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

Today, John Seiler posted a follow up piece in what appears to be a back and forth rally between he and CalPERS, titled CalPERS Misleads Members on 20.7% Gain.

On Sept. 1, I wrote an article on CalWatchDog.com, “CalPERS Still Boasting of 20.7 Percent Gain,” which was what they made from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011. In the subsequent two months, the fund had dropped 4.4 percent. Yet, as I reported, CalPERS still was boasting of the 20.7 percent in the fall number of PERSpective, the newsletter mailed to its members in late August.

Some members must have griped to CalPERS because, on Sept. 12, it responded to me, by name, on its CalPERS Responds Web site. There’s no link to my original article, so members can’t easily check for themselves what I actually said.
We'll talk about the issue, the spin from CalPERS, and the dire straights of California's economy tonight on Gadfly Radio.

Today I had an exchange with a very nice man who is  offended by this 'tirade' by angry taxpayers to reform what the voters approved in terms of Public Employee Pensions and benefits.  We'll definitely discuss this point with Marcia Fritz, John Seiler and Ben Boychuk tonight.

Should taxpayers bleed their jobs, assets, disposable income, city services  and more for the sake of being held to fulfill on promises we agreed to, even if we didn't know what the formulas amounted to, or didn't understand what they meant in terms of size of retirement incomes?    He thinks yes.  This is the battleline.  I'm for hugging our adversary and saying we're all in this together.  What is unsustainable is unsustainable and there are consequences for not addressing destructive policy.  For the sake of a healthy economy and communities, we have to reform. 

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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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