Monthly Archives: July 2013

July 31, 2013

Clara Bow – She’s Got It

“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


FBI raids rescue 105 kids forced into prostitution

“Of particular concern to me are the alarming statistics showing that far too many trafficking victims are either current or former foster youth,” Rep. Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles said. “In my hometown of Los Angeles, over 60 percent of child victims of trafficking either are or were foster youth, and we know that pimps are now targeting foster youth group homes as hubs to recruit vulnerable girls.”


Ron Hosko, assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, right, speaks during a news conference at FBI headquarters in Washingotn, Monday, July 29, 2013.

A three-day nationwide operation focusing on underage victims of prostitution — including raids in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside Counties — resulted in about 150 arrests of alleged pimps and other suspects and the recovery of 105 sexually exploited children, the FBI announced today.

The sweep took place in 76 cities and was carried out by the FBI in partnership with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, along with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

“Child prostitution remains a persistent threat to children across America,” said Ron Hosko, assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division.

“This operation serves as a reminder that these abhorrent crimes can happen anywhere and that the FBI remains committed to stopping this cycle of victimization and holding the criminals who profit from this exploitation accountable,” Hosko said.

Laura Eimiller, spokeswoman for the FBI in Los Angeles, said that two minors, aged 15 and 16, were rescued in the Los Angeles area and four alleged pimps were arrested.

“We pro-actively looked for victims of prostitution,” along with local law enforcement agencies, she said. Federal agents track victims and victimizers several ways, most notably online, Eimiller said.

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July 30, 2013

Quick Pix: Ward Bond w/Video

Wardell Edwin “Ward” Bond (April 9, 1903 – November 5, 1960) was an American film actor whose rugged appearance and easygoing charm were featured in over 200 movies and the television series Wagon Train.

Ward Bond Wikipedia article.


Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi – Darth Vader kills the Emperor

“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


The Singing Revolution Film (Video)

“Music of all the arts has the most influence on the passions and the legislator should give it the greatest encouragement.” ~ Napoleon


Technology Kills “Need” for Illegal Aliens in Farming

On the Salinas Valley farm, entrepreneurs with Mountain View-based startup Blue River Technology are trying to show that the Lettuce Bot can not only replace two dozen workers, but also improve production.

We are told that unless we allow illegal aliens to pick our fruits and vegetables, we will lose crops and the cost of food will go up. Actually according to the Department of Labor 75% of all farmers workers are here legally—we could make that 100%. Happily, thanks to technology that will happen. Within ten years Grapes, lettuce and strawberries will be picked by machines.

I live in Ventura County, where more than 50% of the world crop of strawberries are harvested. The growers say they can not find enough illegal aliens to pick the crop. This saves them money, saves them from breaking the law and creates more high paid jobs for Americans—and saves a little on welfare, health care and education for illegal aliens.

“Researchers are now designing robots for these most delicate crops by integrating advanced sensors, powerful computing, electronics, computer vision, robotic hardware and algorithms, as well as networking and high precision GPS localization technologies. Most ag robots won’t be commercially available for at least a few years.

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Father survives after he’s shot SIX times shielding toddler daughter from gangster in terrifying initiation test

Sotelo admitted in Cook County Bond Court Sunday that the shooting was an initiation for the 14-year-old into the Latin Kings gang.


Initiation: 19-year-old Esteban Sotelo was arrested Thursday after shooting a man in a gang initiation, while the victim shielded his toddler daughter from the barrage of bullets

A man was shot six times while shielding his toddler daughter in a gang-related shooting Thursday evening in Chicago.

The shooting happened in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago when 19-year-old Esteban ‘Sniper’ Sotelo and a 14-year-old shot the man as part of a gang initiation.

The 29-year-old victim had just left his mother’s house with his wife and 20-month-old daughter.

He was in the middle of putting the toddler in her car seat when Sotelo and the minor approached him.

‘What’s up?’ Sotelo asked before opening fire, shooting the man six times while he shielded his daughter from the barrage.

The gang members fled but were apprehended shortly after by Chicago Police officers.

They found the weapon used in the shooting in a bag of mulch.

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Rand Paul Strikes Back At Chris Christie With Hannity (Video)

Last week, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie criticized Sen. Rand Paul’s opposition to warrantless government surveillance and Paul responded in-kind.


State parole agent to get new jury trial on reverse-discrimination claim

The justices found the jury likely was misled by a special verdict form put forward by the state’s attorneys, and might have reached a different conclusion if it had received more thorough jury instructions.

A white parole agent who sued the state claiming he lost a promotion to a less qualified African-American parole agent because of race should have a second chance to prove his case, a state appeals court ruled.

The case was filed by agent Philip Andrew Mounts, who is white, against the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The corrections department promoted Ronnie Sims, a black parole agent, as the supervisor for the high-risk sex-offender unit in 2008, the position Mounts wanted.

Mounts claimed that he was the more experienced candidate, having spent many years as a sex-crime detective and his previous assignment to a parole unit that supervised high-risk sex offenders. Mounts argued that Sims lacked his knowledge and was chosen because of his race.

Corrections administrators said that Mounts was not the right fit and that race was not considered when Sims was hired.

A Fresno County Superior Court jury in 2011 rejected Mounts’ reverse-discrimination claim.

But a three-justice panel from the Fifth District Court of Appeal in Fresno reversed the jury’s decision and sent the case back for retrial.

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Ted Nugent: I am not a racist, and I know why the heart and soul of America are angry

We are most offended that the president of the United States and the U.S. attorney general are clearly guilty of racism when they intentionally bring race to the fore when they make public judgments based on the color of someone’s skin instead of the content of their character in total defiance of the findings of the FBI, Department of Justice, entire state’s investigative resources and a jury verdict.

As I approach my 6,440th concert on the best tour of my life, my confidence cup runneth over.

You see, I don’t just rock myself into a foaming puddle of sweat and adrenalin every night then order room service. I have been hugely blessed to connect deeply with “working hard, playing hard” America as I sit down and meet with the best of the best every night before and often after every show. A spiritual campfire if you will.

Teachers, cops, ranchers, farmers, military heroes and their families, welders, plumbers, carpenters, doctors, students, community leaders, CEOs, little guys, big guys, men and woman of every walk of life, every ethnicity, every color, every creed, every race, every religion and beyond.

These great people are my friends, fellow American music lovers, and the very heartbeat of this great country.

We celebrate my incredible band and our powerful soundtrack to the American Dream of being the best that you can, a rule of life we all adhere to. We maximize the immeasurable good that still abounds in our wonderful lives, while also facing the inevitable bad and ugly that is so painfully prevalent today, most painfully in a runaway corrupt, power-abusing, criminal government gone mad and a vicious, hateful media blindly supporting them.

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