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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha & CalWatchDog's John Seiler, CA City Journal's Ben Boychuk & Special Guest Jack Dean, Publisher of PensionTsunami.com

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September 27, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:  Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com  welcome Jack Dean of Pension Tsunami for a lively discussion on what the looters of America are up to and getting away with like it or not. 

  CA hits a new record at 12.1 percent unemployment level and Sacramento proves to be an island where unemployment numbers are down.  Meanwhile for our government employees, it's business as usual.  John Seiler will walk us through a myriad of bills the CA Legislature passed this session, over 600 bills, but we'll stick to the most egregious, expensive and job killing ones the Governor has signed into law. 

With Jack Dean we'll look at Public Employee pension costs, their impact on local communities up and down the state, and a few notables in the news lately across the country.

We also want to touch on the fatal beating of 37 year old homeless schizophrenic, Kelly Thomas, at the hands of 6 City of Fullerton police officers.   What lessons do we take from this case?   What happens next?  How do citizens expose corruption in their communities?

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From CalWatchDog.com:
In this CalWatchDog.com blog post on Sept21, Steven Greenhut writes Brown Says It All.  
Speaking to a group of government officials and law enforcement leaders in Sacramento today, Gov. Jerry Brown reassured them that there will be plenty of money to implement the realignment plan that shifts responsibility from the bureaucratic and incompetent state corrections department to slightly less bureaucratic and slightly less incompetent county governments. He pledged to back a November 2012 initiative toward that end,... Brown said one thing that epitomizes the state Capitol: “Don’t worry about the money. We’ll get it to you one way or the other.”

In this piece, Brown Continues Attack on Jobs,  John Seiler writes Gov. Jerry Brown remains unfazed by California’s accelerating economic decline.

Brown’s Government Expansion Project 
In this piece published yesterday, Katy Grimes reports:
Many in the state say that Gov. Jerry Brown has demonstrated a propensity for doing things his way, even if it means bucking his own party. But what Brown really has shown a gift for is expanding government.

Faced with 600 potential new laws sent to him in bill form by the state Legislature, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown appears only to be prolonging the insecurity and uncertainty in California with his bill-signing pen.

A few good vetoes along the way have gotten more headlines than the impact of what he has signed into law.
Here are just 7 of the 10 entries at Pension Tsunami today.  The other three are no less compelling, but I am sure you get the picture from this  sample list below:
For related links to some of the stories we'll discuss related to the Kelly Thomas murder and what lessons we can take to heart from this story and how it is unfolding, see this post here:
Police Abuse of Power: Peace Officers need to be held to higher standards, not granted secrecy, immunity and leeway to use violence against the citizenry.
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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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