Links for May 17, 2010: The Real Drug War, Fiscal Irresponsibility, Fun with Gold, others….

  1. But despite all the anger the raid has inspired, the only thing unusual thing here is that the raid was captured on video, and that the video was subsequently released to the press. Everything else was routine. … Raids just like the one captured in the video happen 100-150 times every day in America.

    According to Montgomery, when the couple’s neighbors inquired about the raid, they were told that the SWAT team had merely conducted a drill, and no shots were fired. When neighbors learned from the family that this was a lie, they began writing to the department and the Daily Tribune to demand answers. When the couple discovered the police had videotaped the raid, they requested a copy of the video. Montgomery said in her email that the copy they were initially given had no audio, and the incriminating (to the police) portions of the video had been removed.

    On February 23, the Daily Tribune published its first story on the raid. The paper made its own request for the SWAT video, which the police department initially denied. On April 20, Jonathan Whitworth pleaded guilty to a single charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. He wasn’t even charged for the minor amount of marijuana in his home (marijuana for personal use has been decriminalized in Columbia). He was issued a $300 fine. On April 27, the Daily Tribune made a formal request for the video, which it received on April 30, with full audio and with no visuals removed.

    This is the war on drugs: Blatant terrorism, shameless deception, and desperate cover-ups. It happens in cities across the nation every day. I’m ready to end this madness whenever you are.  

  2. More collateral damage in the war on drugs. The article does not say what drugs the agents were looking for.  It could have been weed.  It could have been heroin.  It could have been cough suppressants.

  3. Vodpod videos no longer available.

    Plainly, the U.S. needs a big injection of revenue…. Is the cause tax cuts, income declines or the continuing havens offered high income earners? A bit of all three. But one thing’s crystal clear: Reality to Tea Party people: high taxes are the very last thing we should be screaming about.

    Ne’er do the words “fiscal responsibility” escape her lips. Government out of money? The solution must be to pluck productive citizens clean.

  4. Vodpod videos no longer available.

    A little more on the fiscal irresponsibility to which Laura Flanders is evidently oblivious. “Public Sector Unions” are the current buzzwords in libertarian circles.

  5. Wow. Well, who could have seen this coming, really? It’s not like everyone in the left-wing blogosphere trumpeted the CBO figures at fiscal conservatives as if the figures were irrefutable gospel. They didn’t, did they? Oh wait….yes they did….  Well, never mind that now. At least the CBO corrected itself before the president signed the bill into law. They did didn’t they? Oh wait….no it didn’t.

  6. You had to know that the dude was full of malarkey. I mean, last year, GM is bankrupt and the government offers a $60+ billion bailout package. This year they’ve turned things around so drastically that they have “paid their loans in full, with interest, years ahead of schedule.” A year after graduating from law school, if I told you that I just paid off my student loans “in full, with interest, years ahead of schedule,” you would, and should, be a little skeptical…

  7. I can do things now that I couldn’t do as Comptroller General of the United States. As Comptroller General I couldn’t advocate specific solutions. I couldn’t be involved in helping to create grass-tops and grass-roots movements designed to bring pressure to congress to act and to hold it accountable if it fails to act, and I’m doing those things and more in partnership with Pete Peterson and others….

    To listen to David Walker discuss his new book Comeback America with Joe Battaglia, either click the PICTURE next to the “Dave M. Walker Interview” link, or open the flash player directly with this link.

    David M. Walker discussed his new book "Comeback America" on The American Advisor last February.

  8. Goldline | Joe Battaglia steps down as host of The American Advisor

    I love how this show is a total infomercial for Goldline International, Inc., but hey: you get good precious metals news combined with a useful service. That’s not a bad deal! Joe Battaglia’s last show as host was April 27. Best wishes to Joe and welcome Scott Carter!

  9. Kitco has its own spot price watcher for Windows, but Linux users have to look a little harder for convenient ways to stay up do date. Spot Gold Watcher and Spot Silver Watcher seem to have been out of development for quite some time and are incompatible with the latest versions of firefox. I had managed to install those by way of a third add-on that overrode compatibility checking. Thanks to Clement Chu, I need no longer resort to that sort of debauchery.

  10. The final episode of the Bill Moyers Journal aired recently.

  11. Ultimate vending machine dispenses gold for cash (surprise, surprise it’s located in Abu Dhabi hotel) | Mail Online

    Awesome. I can’t wait ’till we get ones in Mt. Airy and Northeast Philly!

  12. I always liked Bill Moyers. I disagreed sometimes, but I always felt he made an effort to hear all voices. I’ll miss having the Journal in my podcast rotation.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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