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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A “Peace Officer” considers the Kelly Thomas verdict. | Orange Juice Blog

A “Peace Officer” considers the Kelly Thomas verdict. | Orange Juice Blog

 In the aftermath of the media scrutiny surrounding the verdict in the Kelly Thomas case, the media and bloggers have missed an opportunity to ask the question of not just how this happened, but what kind of police department should we have? Manuel Ramos’ attorney John Barnett clearly won the legal argument, as the jury believed him when he stated both during closing statements and to the press, “These peace officers were doing their jobs … they did what they were trained to do.” Barnett’s use of the word “peace officer” was deliberate and was repeated by both the print and broadcast media. It was meant to portray the police actions that evening as not both necessary, but “just”

Saturday, January 11, 2014

More Omaha police fired in 'caught on tape' case « Watchdog.org

Just days after a federal lawsuit accused Omaha police of excessive force in a widely publicized (see video below) “caught on tape” tape case, two more officers have been fired bringing the total to six.

More Omaha police fired in 'caught on tape' case « Watchdog.org

Friday, January 10, 2014

You see, they don't really give a crap about you! STATE WON’T END REAL TAX ON ‘PHANTOM PROFITS’


— Democratic legislators routinely accuse Republicans of giving a cold shoulder to the poor and downtrodden. Yet the tables were turned at a Capitol hearing on Wednesday as a Democratic chairwoman sparred with a Republican who introduced a bill to cut the tax burden of victims of Ponzi schemes of the sort run by Bernie Madoff.
In opposing Senate Bill 797, Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, said she understands the dire consequences of the situation, but that people can’t expect the state government to step in and help when these scams occur.

STATE WON’T END REAL TAX ON ‘PHANTOM PROFITS’ | UTSanDiego.com


Thursday, January 9, 2014

New Study Demolishes Almost Every Gun Control Myth | Mediaite

 A study published in the latest issue of the academic journal Applied Economics Letters took on many of the claims made regularly by advocates of stricter gun laws. The study determined that nearly every claim made in support of stronger restrictions on gun ownership is not supported by an exhaustive analysis of crime statistics.

New Study Demolishes Almost Every Gun Control Myth | Mediaite

HAMMOND: Should you lose your gun rights if you visit a shrink? - Washington Times


Is it any wonder that both patients’ advocates and gun owners warned the Department of Health and Human Services that its proposed actions would discourage treatment and endanger public safety? Of course, the exercise is not about public safety, but rather about President Obama’s efforts to destroy what his allies call the “gun manufacturers’ lobby.”
The problem for him is that neither Congress nor the American people support his efforts.

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HAMMOND: Should you lose your gun rights if you visit a shrink? - Washington Times

Mark of the Beast – LewRockwell.com

Happy New Year. Just when you thought the NSA spying scandal couldn’t get any worse, it has.
Last week, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., wrote to Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Administration (NSA), and asked plainly whether the NSA has been or is now spying on members of Congress or other public officials. The senator’s letter was no doubt prompted by the revelations of Edward Snowden to the effect that the federal government’s lust for personal private data about all Americans and many foreigners knows no bounds, and its respect for the constitutionally protected and statutorily enforced right to privacy is nonexistent.
Mark of the Beast – LewRockwell.com

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Obama To Americans: You Don't Deserve To Be Free - Forbes

Obama To Americans: You Don't Deserve To Be Free - Forbes

The philosophy of individualism and the politics of laissez-faire would mean government spending of about one-tenth its present level. It would also mean an end to all regulatory agencies: no SEC, FDA, NLRB, FAA, OSHA, EPA, FTC, ATF, CFTC, FHA, FCC–to name just some of the better known of the 430 agencies listed in the federal register.

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

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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.