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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

U.S. debt crisis: U.S. debt crisis a perfect storm - mcall.com

A comment by a reader called Taxed1 on the site where this article is posted said this:
The average household cannot relate to these big figures unless you lop off eight zeroes from the debt-ridden U.S. budget. Here's from a recent E-mail.
Household Budget in proportion to U.S. Budget
Annual Family Income: $21,700
Money the family spent $38,200
New debt on credit card $16,500
Outstanding balance on car $142,710
Budget cuts $ 385

Scary, is it not? All of us, not just the Tea Party, should be concerned with the debt run up over the past three years under Obama. Any household budget like this would be insolvent or in bankruptcy. If we do not cut spending, we will be in a situation similar to Greece.
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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

Key

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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