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Reason Alert: Unjust Police Raids, Oil Spill

Plus Arizona's immigration law, California's medical marijuana and watch Adrian Moore on C-Span

May 7, 2010

Video of SWAT Raid on Missouri Family
"It's horrifying, but I'd urge you to watch it, and to send it to the drug warriors in your life. This is the blunt-end result of all the war imagery and militaristic rhetoric politicians have been spewing for the last 30 years-cops dressed like soldiers, barreling through the front door middle of the night, slaughtering the family pets, filling the house with bullets in the presence of children, then having the audacity to charge the parents with endangering their own kid. There are 100-150 of these raids every day in America, the vast, vast majority like this one, to serve a warrant for a consensual crime." Reason magazine's Radley Balko on a despicable police raid in Missouri. You can watch the video here.

Los Angeles Destroys Functioning Businesses in a Recession
Reason magazine's Brian Doherty writes, "Los Angeles has lost over 150,000 jobs in the past year, is on the brink of bankruptcy, and experienced an unexpected 16 percent decline in sales tax revenue last year. And it's located in a state with its own dire fiscal situation that is also facing unexpected gaps in tax revenue. Yet this week the Los Angeles City Attorney's office made a move that's certain to make things worse for its citizens: forcing over 400 functioning businesses to close shop, under threat of jail time. Don't worry, though. It's no big deal. Those businesses are only selling medicine. Medical marijuana, that is...a city facing economic trouble will kill thriving businesses, destroy the entrepreneurial dreams of individuals and families, and cause great inconvenience to qualified patients. And that's all in the name of making it harder for those patients to obtain a plant that the state of California legally permits them to obtain, while solving no social or civic problem larger than quieting a small handful of noisy citizens who convinced the L.A. City Council that pot stores made their neighborhoods feel icky and undesirable. It's all in a day's work for the Los Angeles City Attorney's office."
L.A.'s Pot Revolution

If You're Going to Arizona, Be Sure to Have a Passport
"Latino drivers from, say, Michigan could be in for a real hassle if they happen to be pulled over in Arizona, even if they are native-born U.S. citizens. Considering that a perfectly legal visitor from Mexico was nabbed by [Maricopa County Sheriff Joe] Arpaio's deputies and detained for almost nine hours even though he presented several forms of ID, including a valid visa, Latinos from states that don't meet Arizona's criteria probably should carry a passport. Or just avoid Arizona." - Reason magazine's Jacob Sullum on Arizona's immigration law and what out-of-state visitors might confront.
Sullum: Arrest Everybody
Stinking Canadian Leads "Los Suns" to Victory in Basketball Game, Denounces Arizona Immigration Law
Shikha Dalmia: Anti-Immigrant and Anti-Constitutional

Weighing the Benefits and Costs of Offshore Drilling
Reason magazine's Ronald Bailey examines the environmental costs and economic benefits of offshore drilling: "Two weeks ago BP's Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded, killing 11 workers. The exploratory well began gushing oil at an estimated rate of 5,000 barrels per day when the blowout prevention system failed. The growing oil slick menaces the marshes and beaches of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. Should the slick come ashore, previous research suggests the deleterious effects on fisheries and wildlife would be substantial and long-lasting. As someone who has enjoyed the sugar white sands of Alabama's beaches, it is a terrible shame that they are at risk of being despoiled by oily muck. But as someone who also enjoys the conveniences of modern civilization including the on-demand mobility offered by airplanes and automobiles that enable me to visit those beaches, I understand trade-offs...in deciding whether or not to continue offshore exploration for oil and gas, a calm quantitative approach makes more sense than a rush to ban drilling after seeing some pictures of oily birds. It would be useful to figure out if the costs, economic and ecological, outweigh the benefits of producing offshore oil and gas."

Moore Scheduled for C-Span's Washington Journal Monday at 9:15 am Eastern Reason Foundation Vice President Adrian Moore is scheduled to discuss Greece's deficit and debt and how the situation may be similar to what is happening in California on C-Span's Washington Journal this Monday, May 10th at 9:15 am Eastern/6:15 am Pacific.

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