Monthly Archives: March 2013

March 31, 2013

Quick Pix: Barbara Lawrence

Barbara Jo Lawrence (born February 24, 1930) is an American writer and real-estate businessperson, and retired actress and model.

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At CPAC, filmmakers explain why the right gets it wrong in Hollywood

“In the words of my friend Andrew Breitbart, ‘If you can’t sell freedom and liberty, you suck,’” said John Sullivan, co- director of “2016: Obama’s America” the slick Dinesh D’Souza documentary that made millions at the box office last year.


“Hating Brietbart” director Andrew Marcus, right, greets the audience at Friday’s CPAC panel on “Getting Hollywood Right” as producers Gerald Molen and Mark Joseph look on.

Conservatives, here’s one way to win elections: “If you want to win the politics, win the culture war first,” said filmmaker Andrew Marcus, director of “Hating Breitbart.”

The advice came at Friday’s Conservative Political Action Conference’s panel on “Getting Hollywood Right” a discussion on why liberals dominate the movie and television industry. The answer: They’re better at it.

“In the words of my friend Andrew Breitbart, ‘If you can’t sell freedom and liberty, you suck,’” said John Sullivan, co- director of “2016: Obama’s America” the slick Dinesh D’Souza documentary that made millions at the box office last year.

This panel of conservatives — Marcus, Sullivan, producers Mark Joseph (upcoming biopic “Reagan”) and Gerald Molen (”Schindler’s List”), and consultant Pat Caddell (“West Wing”) — all agreed on one thing: The right, for the most part, makes lousy (cheap, preachy, didactic) movies and TV.

“Do you people want to win? Or do you just want to entertain yourselves?” Caddell asked the CPAC audience. He brandished a copy of “Dreams from My Real Father,” a low-budget documentary that claims the president is the secret son of a communist. This, said Caddell, is what not to do.

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31,000 police to get lessons in 18 lingos

Around 31,000 cops are to get the chance to learn one of EIGHTEEN languages — to improve communication with ethnic groups.

Beat bobbies in London can choose from Spanish to Somali.

Courses will cost £400 per head and GCSE-level lessons will span six weeks and be taught over 40 hours. French and German will be offered with exotic dialects to match immigration patterns.

Questions such as “Hello, hello, hello, what have we here?” in Turkish (“Merhaba, merhaba, merhaba, ne burada var?”) could soon be commonplace.

“You’re nicked, mate” in Lithuanian (“Jûs esate areðto, draugui”) and “Drop the scrap metal, now” (“Ma shang fang sia laan teeah”) in Mandarin, could also be used on 999 calls and street patrols.

The most popular courses so far — run by the Chartered Institute of Linguists and ending with a three-day assessment — are Spanish, Arabic and Polish. Bosses hope to fill 120 places this year.

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Mexican Mafia Gang Member Sentenced for Meth Trafficking in San Diego

At his hearing Hernandez admitted to distributing on average 30-40 pounds of meth per month in San Diego. At the time of his arrest $150,000 in cash was found in his home.

Silvano Hernandez, Jr., a Mexican Mafia gang member from San Diego, was sentenced today to serve 210 months (17.5 years) after Hernandez plead guilty to conspiracy to participate in a racketeering operation.

Hernandez was one of 36 individuals arrested last year as part of Operation Carnalismo, an investigation that targeted the Mexican Mafia’s criminal activity.

The Mexican Mafia is described as a notorious, violent prison gang that controls and benefits from a large portion of the criminal activity committed by Southern California Hispanic street-gang members. The largest source of revenue for the Mexican Mafia is from drug trafficking, however, in order to maintain their territory gang members have committed murders, kidnappings, and extortion.

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Cops Step Up Efforts To Curb Easter Sunday ‘Wilding’ In Midtown

Assistant Commissioner Kevin O’Connor and the NYPD’s Juvenile Justice Unit will be cruising Facebook and Twitter prior to the event to get the jump on any planned mayhem, according to the Daily News.

Cops will be flooding Times Square and Midtown on Sunday in an effort to stem violence that has historically occurred following the car show at the Javits Center, the Daily News reported.

In the past gangs of teenagers have taken to the streets, harassed pedestrians and businesses, and have even shot people.

In 2010 hundreds of young people brawled and fired guns during a ‘wilding’ spree in midtown following the New York International Auto Show on Easter Sunday.

It’s all part of an apparently annual ritual for gang members including Bloods and Crips.

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Orange County Schools Warned About Potentially Fatal Bacterial Infection

“There are no changes in recommendations on travel to Tijuana or Mexico,” the letter from the agency (PDF) stated. “But individuals traveling there should be aware of the recent reports of meningococcal disease and should promptly seek care for suggestive symptoms.”


Orange County public health officials are warning parents of students traveling to Tijuana about an outbreak of a deadly bacterial infection in the Mexican city. An 18-year-old Orange County student was diagnosed in February with Meningocococcemia and had six surgeries – and all four limbs amputated. Vikki Vargas reports from Orange for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on March 29, 2013.


Orange County public health officials are warning parents of students traveling to Tijuana about an outbreak of a deadly bacterial infection in the Mexican city.

Reports of meningococcal infections in Tijuana started in January, according to a letter sent out last week by the Orange County Health Care Agency. San Diego County schools were also warned.

The March 22 letter stated that no cases from the bacterial strain that causes the infections had been identified in the county, but had been elsewhere in California.

At least 18 cases of meningococcal disease have been reported in Tijuana since Jan. 4, and five people have died, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency’s Dr. Matt Zahn.

“There are no changes in recommendations on travel to Tijuana or Mexico,” the letter from the agency (PDF) stated. “But individuals traveling there should be aware of the recent reports of meningococcal disease and should promptly seek care for suggestive symptoms.”

Carrey: ‘Fux News’ a ‘Media Colostomy Bag’

On Friday, comic actor Jim Carrey, who most recently suggested that gun rights advocates were “heartless mother%ckers unwilling 2 bend 4 the safety of our kids” and mocked Charlton Heston in his parody “Cold Dead Hand,” issued a press release targeting Fox News for covering his antics.

Since I released my “Cold Dead Hand” video on Funny or Die this week, I have watched Fux News rant, rave, bare its fangs and viciously slander me because of my stand against large magazines and assault rifles. I would take them to task legally if I felt they were worth my time or that anyone with a brain in their head could actually fall for such irresponsible buffoonery. That would gain them far too much attention which is all they really care about.

I’ll just say this: in my opinion Fux News is a last resort for kinda-sorta-almost-journalists whose options have been severely limited by their extreme and intolerant views; a media colostomy bag that has begun to burst at the seams and should be emptied before it becomes a public health issue.

I sincerely believe that in time, good people will lose patience with the petty and poisonous behavior of these bullies and Fux News will be remembered as nothing more than a giant culture fart that no amount of Garlique could cure.

I wish them all the luck that accompanies such malevolence.

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TV Show ‘Wife Swap’ Sets Up Tea Party Christian With Polyamorous Family: Guess Who Ends Up Looking Reasonable

“The Tea Partiers are painted as the Bible-thumping freaks, and the polyamorous family portrayed as the open-minded, full of love, and sympathetic bunch,” Limbaugh said Friday. The Loudons are “painted as intolerant, Bible-thumping prudes.”

ABC’s “Wife Swap” has a simple premise: Take two very, very different families, swap out the mothers (sometimes husbands), and watch what happens when cultures clash.

So while the show is good for a few chuckles, some think Thursday’s episode went out of its way to attack the Tea Party.

How so? Let’s set the stage.

Meet the Loudons:

Mother Gina Loudon is a proud conservative Christian and card-carrying member of the Tea Party. Originally from the South, she and her husband, former Missouri State Senator John Loudon, dedicate much of their time to conservative activism.

“The toughest part is that politics can be consuming during an election cycle, but we do it as a family (knock doors, campaign, even speeches). We work hard to balance work and family, but I admit that in peak political season, I look forward to down time with my family when campaign time is over!” said Gina, who lives in deep blue California (San Diego, to be exact).

The Loudons have five children.

“As a family, we do like to keep moving and give back to our community, so when we are not in political season, we are still busy with charity work, civic involvement, writing books, creating media, etc.,” she adds.

Now let’s meet the Envy family:

Angela Envy has been married to Chris, a semi-professional wrestler, for eight years. They have four children.

They also have a 23-year-old girlfriend named Ashley.

No, not the kids. The parents. The parents share a live-in girlfriend.

“We consider ourselves to be a polyamorous family. Ashley came into our lives about one year ago, almost by accident, and she never left. And just like that, we became a triad. It was easy and natural and we have such a good time!” said Angela.

“With Ashley, there was twice the energy and convenience of a normal relationship and she fulfils the needs that Chris cannot. The three of us share a room and sleep in the same bed and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s going to be hard for me to be away from her for this experience,” she adds.

You get the picture.

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Fred Astaire and Judy Garland – Easter Parade – Final Scene

“The magic is as wide as a smile and as narrow as a wink, loud as laughter and quiet as a tear, tall as a tale and deep as emotion. So strong, it can lift the spirit. So gentle, it can touch the heart. It is the magic that begins the happily ever after.” – Unknown


Devil’s Slide – Doug Barisone (Mad Max/The Road Warrior)

“The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils.” William Shakespeare