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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Related imageI call this blog The Other Serpico because I am not the famous Serpico who somehow managed to expose corruption in the New York City Police Department and survive. We share the same name and we were both Police Officers. I went on to being a teacher at the Police Academy before I left. He is now retired but this is not about us. I write about just about everything but I am most proud of people who fight the beast in society and somehow win. Most people do not have the courage to fight anyone at their jobs and just go along with anything just to   ensure they continue to be able to collect their pay checks. Today I write about a woman who exposed the most vile racism and vulgar porn traded among high ranking government officials. Unfortunately she is not being able to escape as a hero but is facing a scandal of her own that somehow never existed until she stepped on the toes of the big shots.
She is Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Kathleen Kane who is the first Democrat ever elected to the position and should not have to fear  from her colleagues but from criminals. Her colleagues managed to ruin her career. She filed 383 pages of evidence of disgusting things found on her colleague’s computers.  It was a trove of e-mails made public full of racism, sexism and pornography. Did this stuff only offend her because she is a woman in an all boy’s club? The shocking part is that some of the state’s most high ranking officials were sending this trash to each other. There were a number of Judges, Prosecutor’s and in  law enforcement people who had this stuff circulating on the official state’s computer system. She should be thanked for exposing and trying to clean up this mess on government computer lines.
The pornography was not just some Playboy photos but were graphic acts of sexual violence. Marc Bookman  the Director of the Atlantic Center for Capitol Representation agrees with her that the citizens are not getting a fair shake in the courtroom if their lives are being judged by racist violent porn lovers. What happened to ethics in this country? Among  those who resigned because of the scandal two of them were Court Justices Seamus McCaffery and Michael Eakin  said they didn’t send or receive e-mails. Researchers found 5 million offensive e-mails. Even Michele and Barak Obama were viewed in offensive ways. This was not the type of battle Kathleen thought she would have to fight.
She is a middle class girl from Scranton, PA. Went to law school and became a rising star with Senator Kane in politics. She won and became the States first democratic elected Attorney General and the first woman. Do women have different ethics than men at least in politics? When she exposed the offensive e-mails the old boys club was out for blood and soon she became a target too.  She insists that the porn on state computers being viewed during state working hours between state high ranking employees is not boys just being boys it is an unacceptable insult on the state’s criminal justice system.
Suddenly there arise criminal charges against her and a request for her to resign. The Supreme Court suspended her law license. She could even serve jail time when her trial starts in August. She has been charged with perjury and criminal conspiracy for allegedly leaking grand jury information to embarrass a political rival and then lying about it under oath.  This is what happens when important people get exposed. They have at their disposal even the Supreme Court to bully up on the underdog whistle blower. She is strong and says you can indict a ham sandwich and is willing to fight and prove her innocence.
The saddest part in this mess is that she has lost her spunk to go on. She has decided not to run for office again.
                                                                

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Related imageI remember when pink wine as they call it rose was in a glass in every female’s hand. In the 70’s there used to be wine and cheese bars. Look around at your summer parties. People are going for the pink wine again. I’m telling you so you can be cool again. Wine in general is more than a drink. It is a lifestyle. That pink stuff was once considered the red headed step child of a real earthy dark wine.  But some like the pink look and the light flavor.  Rose sales are up 3.5% since only last year.  Nearly 300 million liters are consumed annually in the United States alone.
A big part of the rose market is millennial’s. They talk about the pink wine all the time .  @RoseseasMLa site that 20,000 people follow and they all snap pictures of their glass of rose wine as they tour the globe in search for the perfect rose wine. Now that is a job I would like to have.  There is a cruise line that fits 1,000 people that will taste more than 150 different rose varieties. Pierrick Bouquet is the Founder of  La Nuit En Rose that organizes these cruises. All rose wines are different in their blend and maturation process in how long the juice gets to blend with the dark grape skins to get the perfect color.
America isn’t just drinking all the rose wine but is also now the third largest exporter of rose wine. The United States is right behind France with Italy taking first place. With the pink stuff it is best to NOT go vintage. You want to taste a young wine and all pink goes well with a nice cookpot. A decent bottle of rose will cost you about $20 dollars max. So, it is all good. There is new stuff out there called Babe which is a sparkling rose in a can. I am not sure I would like any wine in a can but it does sound convenient .Davin Oliver Cohen is the Co- Founder of White Girl Rose who doesn’t think pink wine will go out of style anytime soon.    

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Related imageThere are new ways for the skier to take even more chances with his life. Ok it is June so book a flight to a cold place to read this. How about the Eiger  Mountain in the Swiss Alps. It is a monster of a mountain and attracts guys who like to take chances with their lives. More than 60 climbers have frozen or fallen to their deaths. The sides of this mountain are nearly vertical slopes. A new breed of daredevils are approaching the mountain in a very different way now.  Instead of climbing up the sides they are being airlifted to the top of the mountain and choosing various ways to get down in the same run.
The mountain rises to 13,000 feet. It is too steep and rocky to simply ski down. So guys  are getting down the sides by combing 3 extreme sports They start with speed gliding. They hook small parachutes to their belts and let the wind take them down for a part of the mountain.  They  also have skis on where they finally reach some snow. They have learned to transition in and out of flight at will. Both hands and feet are busy controlling the body. Speed riding will only take him down part of the mountain. They ski off a cliff and then freefall the rest of the way. All in a no stop breathtaking ride.
Three sports in one run. Fierce winds change the conditions every day. The experienced skiers must memorize the safest path to the descent for safety. They use the speed wings for much of the way down till they reach a snowy sloop and prepare to touch land with their feet. They cut the parachute off so that it won’t slow them down. They then ski off a cliff do some back flips. It is a very scary trip. The men have become dare devils now and probably will never do straight skiing again.                                                                                   

Monday, June 20, 2016

What are the results from that very successful campaign to cure ALS last summer? You know the bucket challenge where it seems that just about everyone was willing to dump a bucket of ice over their head. Sure millions of dollars were raised but where did it go? People are still dying from the still incurable disease. The Federal Drug Administration is slop in approving the few new available drugs to treat the suffering patients. Congress is too busy doing nothing to help out here. Where is the public outrage with their empty  bucket’s’ now?
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ALS is a fatal neurological disease  that seems to attack people who are athletes and in perfect health. Lou Gehrig,  the famous baseball player was the first to give the problem a real spotlight in 1939. Then the disease was ignored for 75 years. Maybe the bucket challenge gave people more spotlight than the disease but it also raised hundreds of millions of dollars this time in the process. The disease attacks very normal people in a very subtle way.  It starts in the hands where you begin to notice that simple things are hard to do like picking small things up or holding on to things. Paralysis shows it’s ugly face.  The disease moves quickly to destroy your body and it is still difficult to find any kind of treatment.
It is more like just getting a caregiver to assist with the bathroom, cutting food, feeding yourself, walking and even talking. Before you know it all your muscles and systems shut down until you don’t even have the energy to breath. No one wants to loose your independence while your thinking process is still quite normal. No one wants to be trapped in their own failing body. No matter how horrible this is people do think there can be a cure someday. ALS researchers are fighting the clock trying to find an effective treatment. There is the ALS Therapy Development Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts is a place that solely focuses on this disease.
The disease is unrelenting muscle loss from all over your body. Your brain stops telling your muscles to function. There is NO EFFECTIVE TREATMENT TOWARDS A CURE TODAY. THIS HIGHLY SPECIALIZED PLACE RECEIVED ONLY 4 OUT OF THE $220 MILLION DOLLARS RAISED FROM THE BUCKET CHALLENGE.
Where did the money go?
The place immediately spent their meager 4 million into developing their most promising drugs. A lot of their drug research is put into slowing the disease so patients can at least have a longer more rewarding life. They tested more than 300 various drugs. Those that are ready for clinical trials are being halted by the slowness of the FDA to approve the process. Patients are lined up willing to try anything to be the human research mice just to try something since there is still nothing out there treating the disease. Many suffering from ALS are going abroad to seek treatment from other countries.
WHERE IS THE $ 216 MILLION DOLLARS?
What  is the harm in releasing a drug that sufferers are willing to take a chance with? NP001, Neuraltus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a promising drug that is not allowed to sell it’s product in America to help Americans. They need money to continue their research and in America they are not allowed to charge for unapproved drugs.
WHERE IS THE $216 MILLION DOLLARS?
If this company had some of that money, they could be giving out the drug for free!!!


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Related imageSo it is Father’s Day. Whatever that means anymore. I remember trying to become a father was a lot of fun. For once we could have sex without having to wonder about birth control. To be able to have care free love is a gift from God along with that squirming thing they give you 9 months later to care for and love for the rest of your life. Father’s don’t get any training manuals with the baby either and we have to kick into the whole parenting thing right away. Men have no excuses about swelling breasts or any discomfort from the birthing process except for the injuries we got from our wives who curse us out publicly and declare to the world with all the venom from the devil that we did this to her and she feels like death.
Do we even need Father’s anymore? Women are self- sufficient now. They get good jobs, make their own money and can hire the best care givers to take care of the children. No one stays married these days. For most the baby daddy is just a child support check.  When a neglected child is found wandering the streets the authorities always look for the mother to arrest for child abuse not the sperm donner. Even the boy scouts have female scout leaders. All types of people are parents now. Lesbians and gays can adopt children and many transgender people can become the mom and dad at some point in the child’s life.
Yet they say that a Dad is a special person. I guess if you have one you are lucky to have him these days. Whom  ever is that Father figure in your life deserves a hug today. Usually the memories of a Dad is that he was the guy who always picked you up from basketball practice or some mundane task but he said he would be there and he always was and that was fine. Father’s don’t need to be much anymore. I guess a bride is always happy to have their dad there to walk her down the aisle when she gets married. It is a Father’s honor at her wedding but we all know that our daughters would get married and walk themselves down that aisle at their wedding anyway with us or without us.
I guess Father’s day is good to have and to know that we will always be there if you need us but we know you don’t really need us.  

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Related imageThey were America’s black handsome heroes. Now they are ugly, old or dead. They have failed us and the millennium generation that has now surpassed the baby boomers in population hardly even know who they were when they were the greatest. I am talking about Mohammed Ali who even though he was only a boxing champion he was the greatest in that he brought all people together and helped America to understand the peaceful Muslim in this country. For the past 20 years his voice has been silent due to terrible illnesses and now he is dead.  Bill Cosby was America’s educated comedian who would never be confused with a Black Panther or a Super Fly as they called radical blacks in those days. Now he is a pathetic ugly old man who has more sad memories of his past than good ones. America trusted him. Then there is our All American once handsome football hero O.J. Simpson who all women fell in love with. His black handsomeness next to his blond beauty of a wife made all Americans understand inter racial marriages and accept them. They looked great together. Now all we hear about is the terrible violent unsolved murder of his wife and a friend and his involvement in it all. We lost our black heroes.
It is now twenty years later and for some reason we need to relive the sensational O.J. Simpson trial.  Now there is even a documentary being made on the trial. If they are not going to find a killer well then enough is enough. If anything all this coverage has only destroyed race relations even more. There was already the CBS Made for TV Drama, the hit FX Miniseries and now photos of O.J.in jail. Ugly and old greying at age 68. Our hero is just another old black guy in jail for life. He has been locked behind bars for 8 years for robbery. He is no longer the charismatic man who once was on the cover of many magazines.  The guy who one a Heisman Trophy as a running back.
Even just in college not only did he cross color lines he seemed to erase  ]ines.  No black athlete had the trust of all America before O/J/ that he was doing Hertz commercials. He sold cars and soda and stared in comic movies. People was suddenly appalled that he was being accused of domestic violence and then a horrific murder of his beautiful wife. Tens of millions of Americans were riveted by the trial that suddenly divided us by black people for O.J. and white people for the prosecution or  his dead white folk.
Racial tensions poured out onto the streets. His arrogance would say” I’m not Black I’m not white, I’m O.J.” After 9 months of testimony, the jury came to a decision in just a matter of hours.  It showed all Americans the circus a courtroom can become. He was found libel in the trial and ordered to pay the families of the deceased 33 million dollars.    

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

We said yes in the 70’s and now we are saying yes again for very different reasons. We try to get old healthy. We go to the gym. We make healthy shakes with chard for our cholesterol. We do it all. Many of us use marijuana to stay healthy too. There is marijuana   that is produced like a gummy bear but is not a snack. We use it when our joints are in pain or when we need sleep. We used to preach about the danger of drugs but as we got older and more knowledgeable about the plant many are now advocates for its medicinal purposes.
Related imageThe statistics from the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration   prove that Marijuana use among people age 55 and older is growing. In 2013 2,812,000 used the stuff and in 2014 it rose remarkably to 4,309,000 adults using pot. The reason is that mostly senior citizens live in states where marijuana is legal for recreational or medical purposes. In California medical marijuana only requires a doctor’s prescription. For senior citizens marijuana helps them with their arthritis. There are pot rubs and creams that you can rub onto your joints and legs or across your back or wherever you are expiring arthritic pain.
There is not enough money being put into research to substantiate these claims further. Many adults have nerve damage caused by chemotherapy or from diabetes.  Americans over the age of 65 account for only 14% of the nation’s population but they use more than 30% of all prescription drugs including highly addictive pain killers like OxyContin. There are now clubs in senior centers that get together to become knowledgeable about pot. They urge seniors to stay away from edibles and start slowly use late in the evening to see how their bodies respond to pot. A lot of education goas along with it including advice not to drive or use booze with it.

Senior citizens are more worried about the stigma associated   with pot use.  Our nation’s pot paranoia dates back to the 1930’s. During the Nixon administration the federal government declared pot as a Scheduled 1 drug. The same category that includes heroin and LSD. Even today pot is still illegal under federal law. In Colorado, the first state to sell pot for recreational use, it is surprising how it all has worked out over the past two years. This fall states across the country will vote on legalizing pot. Seniors’ across the country don’t want to get high but they do want a way out from their aches and pains.   

Monday, June 13, 2016

Related imageToday is rant and rave day. I have written in the past about the dangers to all who send their 18 year olds off to colleges for advanced degrees. Well in the news is yet just another tragedy to all. The stupid boy rapes the drunken girl in plain sight and tries to get away with it. He is a swimming champion the college would have liked to be p0roud of. She never expected to be treated like dirt from others who could have stopped her drinking and definitely stopped the violence. Then there is the idiot father of the rapist who says that the kid should not have his life ruined for ‘20 minutes of action.” Rape is a crime nit action. Then the crooked judge gives the rapist only a 6 months sentence. There is so much wrong everywhere you just don’t know where to start punishing who. The College should be sued too.
Moving on in the news is now the worst disaster in America with assault weapons now with 50 people killed by an ISIS Muslim nut because gay people went to the place to have fun. I have also written in the past about how dangerous these weapons are in society and that they were built for the sole purpose of a war. I have written about how miss-guided these new Muslims are in the dangerous and not peaceful interpretation of the Koran. The killer was an American citizen. I have written about how we must have their internet movement to keep track of dangerous killers in our society simply because they don’t believe in our freedoms anymore.
The Tony Awards were dominated by a new rap artist and his musical about the life of Hamilton. The entire Broadway community  gave tribute to the victims of the ISIS attack in Orlando by wearing silver ribbons. We have so many ribbons to  wear for solidarity to many causes that we have run out of colors for ribbons. We could cover our entire bodies in ribbons.  We need solid solutions to the causes not ribbons. The cast of Hamilton performed at the Tony’s without their guns. If you don’t think you can now see shows on Broadway with 2 hours of rap music, just go to the very last song performed at the end of the Tony show where the cast of talented singers and dancers from Hamilton sings a pretty normal touching song that will make you feel some tolerance and less anger with current news.
My millennium children do not want to watch the news because there is never any good news. They are correct. I want to know why there are not and cool car commercials or food and beer stuff advertised during the news. There is only depressing advertisements from pharmaceutical companies wanting you to tell your doctor that you see all the time to prescribe some new miracle drug. An entire song can be heard as the list the worst side effects ever while taking their drugs. I wrote in the past how the drug lobbyists received a green light from Congress to sell to Americans any crap they can produce.
There. I ranted and raved. Feel better. Sorry. This life is exhausting but we must be grateful that we have spent another day escaping death from the hands of idiots.




Sunday, June 12, 2016

Related image                            Everything costs a lot to buy. We need to walk around with more cash it seems. You used to be able to buy something small for 5 or 10 bucks but not anymore. Twenty bucks might suffice. Now they are changing the faces on our currency. Andrew Jackson the guy from the Caribbean who suggested to the founding fathers that we should have Banks in this country is now getting his portrait tossed for a woman.  The fact that he is the closest guy of color to have a hit Broadway show and had remarkable influence in shaping this country didn’t help him keep his status on the 20 dollar bill that we all use too often.
He will be replaced by a black slave woman later changed abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Maybe these are the years to celebrate women in our country again. Last week Hillary Clinton became the first woman to win the support of a major political party running for President Over the years not all of our currency has stayed current.  We have cash that is no longer being printed but it is still as good as gold if you can get any of the bills. We have the 500 dollar bill that should be used more now. President William McKinley is on the 1,000 one.  Madison is on the 5,000 bill. A guy named Chase is on the 10,000 bill who was also the Treasurer under Abraham Lincoln.
Lastly is the 100,000 dollar bill that has President Woodrow Wilson’s face on it. It is the largest note ever printed by the United States. It has only been used by federal Reserve Banks. They made 10 MILLION OF THEM. So America has money and lots of it and we are spending more cash everyday even though spending money on your phone   requires no currency and is becoming more popular daily.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Image result for donald trumpDonald Trump has finally revealed some real information about his life and it is incredible. Incredibly insane. He always mentions that he will sue anyone who disagrees with him on just about any subject but we never knew just how often he does sue people. A new report from USA Today found out that Trump and his businesses have been involved in at least 3,500 law suits over the past three decades. That has been never heard of   for a Precedential nominee. To put that amount of discourse in prospective let’s think of each suit as a TV show. That amount of litigation would represent:
All 456 episodes of the original Law   & Order
All 389 episodes of Law & Order Special Victims Unit
All 195 episodes of Law & Order Criminal Intent
All 22 episodes of Law & Order Los Angeles
All 168 episodes of The Practice
All 112 episodes of Ally McBeal
All 101 e3pisodes of Boston Legal
All 193 episodes of Night Court
All 158 episodes of The Good Wife
All 195 episodes of Matlock
All 227 episodes of JAG
All 271 episodes of Perry Mason
All 138 episodes of Judging Amy
All 67 episodes of The Guardian
All 69 episodes of The Public Defender
All 34 episodes of Harry’s Law
All 9 episodes of Courthouse
All 76 episodes of Suits
All 68 episodes of Family Law
All 22 episodes of Sweet Justice
All 15 episodes of the District Attorney
All 4 episodes of the 2004 District Attorney
All 44 episodes of Reasonable Doubts
All 59 episodes of Damages
All 38 episodes of SHARK

All 18 episodes of the Defenders
All 58 episodes of The Paper Chase
All 2 episodes of Head Cases
All 50 episodes of Judd for the Defense
And all 3 episodes of First Years and after all that we are still missing one l law suit to compare Trump’s legal career to. Now he complains about the Judges in the litigations against him. Donald hates Mexican heritage Judges too. Yes, now he feels that people are unfit to do their jobs because of their etnic backgrounds. Imagine what he has planned for us as a nation!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Related imageHe was self-proclaimed as the greatest. Tomorrow 15,000 free tickets were given out for a big memorial service in his honor. If you didn’t remember him he reminds me of Donald Trump in his bold brash pompousness.  The legend who died last week at ussions and Parkinson’s disease. It all started when someone stole his bicycle as a child. He went to get it back and realized that he couldn’t fight.  It was then that he learned and then eventually became the one holding the title as a three times  World  Champion Boxer.
It was the time in history when segregation was a problem. How can he be an American hero with an Olympic Gold Medal but then told that because he was black that he wouldn’t be served food in the same place as white people? That is when he became a lightning rod both in the rink and out of the boxing box. In the rink he had a mouth. He would say stuff like, “I’m handsome, I’m fast and can’t possibly be beat,I’mlikI’m light as a feather and I sting like a bee.” He was born in Kentucky and even after he won a lot of stuff at times he felt like he was being treated like a second class citizen.  He threw his Olympic medal into a river in disgust. He then began to win every boxing match and spoke out politically to all.
It was the beginning of the civil rights movement and he was a fan of Dr.  King and joined him in his marches. He joined the Nation of Islam and rejected what he called his slave name. He was a revolutionary by race and stood up for his politics.politics. Like Donald Trump he was vilified by many people yet also admired  by people for being aan outspoken black person. He refused to serve in the Vietnam War arguing that it violated his Muslim beliefs. Donald refuses to run his campaign like any other candidate.  Ali was convicted of draft evasion and stripped of his title  Maybe he should have kept his old name Cassius Clay. He was banned from the sport.
Who has the nerve to give up a career for their beliefs? He would have verbal debates with reporters and join in with celebrity appearances and entertain audiences. It took Ali almost three years to win on appeal from the Supreme Court to be able to get back in the rink. Then he fought Frasier in The Rumble In The Jungle a highly advertised match and recaptured his title.  Ali had some of boxing’s greatest fights.  He became one of the most popular figures of his time. He had the cover picture on Sports Illustrated magazine 35 times from 1963 to 1998. The years of getting pounded to his head took all the speech out of his mouth. Imagine what must have been going through his mind. What frustration or perhaps finally peace.
Ali retired from boxing in 1981 three years later at the age of 42 he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Who gets an old man’s shaking disease at only 42? This man had gone through many obstacles in his life. He continued to raise millions of dollars for charity.  Recently Will Smith played him in a major movie.  Obama gave him a medal of honor. Joe Lewis was the first well known American boxer but Ali made everyone listen to a black man.                                                             

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Related imageHe is packing his bags and moving out in 5 months. He is our well-spoken, soft spoken, intelligent and peaceful President.  H has served his country as President the most amount of years allowed according to our re-election laws. He has served us as well as he could. Could he have accomplished more if we had a better Congress? Yes. How he remained calm meeting such opposition day after day every day while in office is truly amazing for anyone.
The recent appointment of Supreme Court Judge is his right to do as our current President. Why is he being met with opposition.  He is so disrespected by our Congress that they won’t even meet his choice. It is all politics at its dirtiest. The Republicans have made the decision in this very toxic political year to not cooperate with anything Obama has to say. In 7 years it doesn’t seem that he has a single Republican friend.  The leader in the Senate Republican Mitch McConnell just flat out told Obama that  there will not be any hearing on his Supreme Court choice despite the fact that the D.C. circuit which is the next most powerful court in the land back in 1997 the majority of Senate Republicans voted for the same judge.
Obama never achieved a good relationship with Republicans. It was not in the self- interest to support Obama on anything in the past 7 years. The Republicans never even showed up at the White House for dinners at a receiving line. They didn’t show up to a state dinner   at the White House. They should have been at the White House all the time. They have snubbed him for 7 years to the detriment of the American people. Everyone should have been able to come to the table with their individual strengths and shared their ideas and beliefs. Michele Obama is no ordinary First Lady but even she was cast aside.  She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and all the American people know about her is how good her arms look
Was  Obama shunned because he was born in Hawaii and spent 4 years of his childhood in Indonesia? Was he considered some kind of foreigner and not truly American?  Obama couldn’t even keep his own Chief of Staffers for a full 7 years. Many of his top aides left him throughought his reign. The President has had 5 chiefs of staff. The President’s goal to control guns and efforts to improve immigration were ignored by Congress. Obama came to Washington full of enthusiasm wanting to push change but repeatedly was met with opposition even on issues that previously  was agree to by all. In his final year of office there doesn’t seem to be any hope or change that was the slogans that got him reelected.
Yet he has accomplished much. The unemployment rate went down from 10 to 5% per cent. He got our automobile industry back on tract. 20 million people have health care.  He never got a real friend in the west wing.
                                                                                        

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Related imageRemember when you would look through the tiny ads on the back pages of a magazine and saw all sorts of sleazy things for sale? It was an education but at the same time revealing and disgusting. Well, nothing has changed except that the disgusting sleaze has of course moved on to the internet. Now combine that with a population of young teens who want nothing more than their computer and to be as far away from their parents as possible you have the site called backpage.com where your young teenage daughter will be literally put up for sale.
Underage sex trafficking is big business in many countries due to poverty but we would never expect it to be happening here in America and finding our baby girls caught up in the world of prostitution disappear in the internet sex trade. Thankfully there is an ongoing major lawsuit involving hundreds held hostage and forced to be sold for sex. The site is now under investigation by the United States Senate. The kids run away from home taking busses to other states. Older women meet them and take them to youth centers and make friends with them.  Before long the kids are taken to secure homes  where they are raped, held hostage, forced to get paid for sex.  Ads in backpage .com say stuff like well worth it. $150 per hour and it won’t take long.  Soon a 14 year old is making $4,000 a weekend for sex. The money goes to the guy who owns the home she sleeps in.
The owner sleeps near the doors so the kids won’t leave. The advertisement asks if the girls are 18 and over. Not true. A simple click gets you over that question. The girls work every day. By now their pictures are being displayed on milk cartons. By now their daughters are not on the streets anymore. They are kept indoors being sold for sexual favors. The girls receive 25 to 30 calls per hour from creepy guys looking for sex. Right now the United States protects backpage. Com from being legally held responsible from what users post on its site. If a broken toaster is posted for sale on the site, the site wouldn’t be held responsible for the broken toaster sale.
The only way to find these kids and return them to their homes is to do a sting and have cops pretend to buy the girl’s services and then jail the homeowners who are holding them hostage. Some are then given about 25 years in jail for promoting the commercial use of sex abuse of a minor. The girls never want to go to court and testify. They are just in grief and want to move on with their lives. Now the police are posting their own ads under escorts on backpage. Com. Within minutes an advertisement can be up selling an underage girl for services. Within a half hour the requests pour in. Backpage never takes down the ad.
Perhaps if we went back to the practice of castration of a man’s genitals this would prompt the courts to work faster, men would not solicit services, other men would not provide the places for the underage sex to take place and the venue of backpage would not exist.


























Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Related imageIt is an era of the app revolution that we live in now. All sectors of our economy is being assaulted by apps. Hotels, bookstores, taxi’s almost anything you want or need there is an app for that. Why isn’t the banking industry on apps more these days too? Thousands of young people with their engineering degrees are challenging many aspects of the banking industry. They even have a name for it. FINTECH the Financial Technology Revolution. One new company is founded by two young brothers who started like the founder of Facebook and Microsoft. One is a Harvard dropout and the other is a MIT dropout. Patrick and John Collison quit college because they had an idea of how to modernize the banking industry. 
We live in an instant gratification world where we are used to even on our tiny phones being able to order up photos and documents instantly and also to be able to send this stuff instantly wherever we want to across the globe. We are spoiled and we also want to vote and bank instantly too. These two brothers age 25 and 27 want to be pioneers in the New banking industry that is devoid of marble buildings, long waiting periods and lengthy applications to get loans, make investments or deposit and withdraw funds. The boys noticed the problem while they were in high school.
FINTECH sites are already changing the way we bank. Their apps are hooking up borrowers with lenders directly. The process is called Unbundling  the Banks. Algorisms are replacing human advisors for financial planning. Apps like Venmo  let people click money to each other similar to texting. If you want to wire money across borders. A company called Transferwize is an app that can transfer money abroad and convert currencies without bank tellers or high exchange rates. Users just swap with each other. Do the big banks even realize this banking revolution that is going on? Why aren’t they at least competitive?
The computer has put travel agents out of business with apps like Air B & B. Taxi services are in an uproar over Uber. Will your bank be the next economic fossil? All these new companies are no problem with the newest generation of clickers on their mobile phones. This new generation has 70% of them who would rather get their teeth pulled at a dentist than go to a bank. They would rather put their social security number on the web than fil out forms at a bank. We have learned from the financial crisis that banks are more concerned with their welfare than the needs of their clients. In the last year and a half investors have poured 20 billion dollars into the brother’s app called Stripe.
The apps offer services to lower income families that banks would never approve loans for. 10 million American households don’t even have a bank account. Bank fees, exchange rates and commissions all add up at traditional banks that people just can’t afford to contribute to a loan any more. If an internet company charges you fees it will be much lower than a traditional bank’s fee. Why aren’t we all caressing our phones and clicking away then? An app eliminates jobs and rental fees on bank properties because they are gone. We just don’t need Betty at the Bank to click away at the computer for us when we can just do what we need ourselves. The shame is that she used to be a travel agent too.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

It is wedding season again and much is changing. We have gone high tech in many ways but it is comforting to know that love and commitment is still the same as always. Hopefully. What has changed is in how technology has seeped into many aspects of the preparation for the perfect wedding. There will always be the obnoxious couple that can’t just find extreme pleasure in wanting to be together forever. Those are the types that will say their vows while jumping out of aero planes or in scuba equipment saying vows under the sea. Las Vegas last minute vows are still popular but at least these couples are on the same page.
I am talking about a traditional ceremony just taken up a notch. You can still have something old and something new but how about something new like drones flying in the air for the perfect movie shoot of everyone. This is especially great for that outdoor wedding in perfect weather of course. The drone photography looks like a plane just landed for your event. The zooming and 360 degree pictures add a new dimension and flare to your keepsake photo memories.  To keep everyone happy offer selfie sticks for everyone at the tables. Offer smartphone charging stations need the tables of your guests.
Technology can actually make your day even more personal. There is a place called 3D in Soho New York that specialize in making your wedding more personal. They use 3D printers to make personalized wedding cake toppers. Yes, you pose for a picture and the printer will make a replica plastic toy of YOU. Pose in any way you want it will be reproduced. The 3D printer scanner takes their image from every angle.    Park Avenue Photography are experts in using drones to give you a new prospective on the wedding video.  Now even your wedding dress can go high tech.
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All women have their favorite shirt or skirt or even knows what type of style looks best on her. So, why not design your own personal wedding dress? There is an app out there that will in a matter of minutes help you to design the perfect dress just for you. The technology helps you think when you want to think like at midnight after your long day and you finally get to unwind and in your pj’s just go to your computer and organize the perfect different hi- tech wedding. All these new suggestions do come at a price but we all know that money doesn’t really matter once for a special day like your wedding.
The 3D replica of the couple on that cake topper can cost over $400 but you do get to keep the thing. Drone photography can cost about an additional $800 but who else can have aerial footage of their event? Schoenfeld’s App dresses can cost above $5,000 for that perfect one of a kind wedding gown. There are still plenty of free sites out there to help you keep to a budget. WeddingHappy is a site that will help you track all the many different tasks you will have to do for the wedding day. It will ask you to put in the wedding date and throughout the many months ahead it will ask you if you’ve done invitations yet? It will alert you of tasks and notifications and reminders are great to keep you on record.

If you have a sick important relative who can’t attend the wedding or people that live just too far away and can’t join you, there is live streaming where thee live video of the event can bring your wedding to that hospital bed or remote location through your computers. A new modern affair can still have that fairy tale lovely ending.   

Monday, May 30, 2016

Related imageInstead of protesting each other at election gathering, Americans need Congressional reform. We need accountability for the folks that represent our states and how much work they actually do for us in their well- paid job. The American public has a low opinion of Congress. We have witnessed how bill after bill was shot down from President Obama. The only things they investigate are for political gain and party platforms. Only 14% of Americans think Congress is doing a good job.  The only thing Congress has accomplished is in raising money to further their individual political aspirations. They raised more than a Billion dollars for their 2014 election. Then never stop trying to raise money. Nearly every day they spend hours on the phone asking supporters to donate money to their individual political campaigns. If you are not already a supporter they will spend the time trying to get you to join their club.
These are hours spent away from the job they were elected to do.  It all went sour for us since a Supreme Court decision was decided in 2010 called Citizens United that allowed corporations, unions, anyone with money to donate to an individual political campaign. Since then members of Congress have been dialing for dollars filling their pockets with money for their political futures and the needs of this country are on the back burner. It costs millions of dollars to get elected today. Many candidate drop out of elections simply because they ran out of money not because of a lack of interest. As a first time elected Congressman they are told to raise $18,000 per day for their re-election campaigns.
They must cold call a list of people that fund raisers give them. Since when do fund raisers dictate the day of a Congressman? There are actually scripts for calls. The National Republican Congressional Committee has a distributed script to be used by its members. One of their recent dinners raised $20 million dollars. We need these people to vote on municipal bonds and laws to repair our water systems that are now killing people from old lead filled pipes. We need congress to spend time on our outdated prison laws that vary so much from state to state. We need congress to put a lid on assault weapons for sport so innocent people are not killed in rapid fire at home by some mentally disturbed person. We need congress to get the mentally disabled out of prison and put in institution being cared for by trained professionals in the field of mental health and not incarceration.  No. Congress raises money simply for their re-election campaigns. UGH!
The House scheduling is arranged around fundraising phone call time. This is why wise asses like Donald Trump is gaining in popularity because the American people are fed up with it all.  His independently wealth talk intrigues us and we have hope that he can even shake up this old boys club of elected officials that never seem to go away. The only thing both the Republican and Democratic parties are united in is their fund raising tactics. Both parties are required to fund raise for themselves as well as provide money for their parties. No photographs exist of their fund raising offices which is located near their elected offices. Fund raising offices are being paid for by the party funds.
The dignity of the title they hold as Congressman is faltered by becoming a stooge for a private club. It is shameful and is not the job we as citizens elected these people to do. They all get paid pretty well out of our tax payer money.  Since the Supreme Court Decision of Citizen’s United, Congress has been the most UN productive office ever in recent history.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Could Donald Trump be right? Do we need a wall at the border? It seems that parts of Mexico are completely run by gangs. The town police are in direct communication with gang leaders and ask them to slow up the violence. The gangs are clearly in charge in El Salvador. The violence there has provoked an illegal flood of immigrant to the United States that fear for their lives there.  Young men are seeking a better life in the United States. We have tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors seeking a new life in America. Often the kids are targeted by the very same gangs but only now in Los Angelis.  The main gangs are called MS13 and Bario 18. They have tentacles all over the United States.  They are engaging in drug dealing, prostitution and extortion and sending the proceeds back to their leaders in El  Salvador.
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When the gang members find out that a boy as young as in his teens gets to America they hunt down his parents and sisters and brothers and kill them. The teens come here as young as 13 years old hoping for a new safer life. Their very survival may hinge on being granted asylum in the United States. The answer is to help the Mexican government curb the illegal drug trafficking and the gangs that control the cities. Anyone needs to feel safe in their country. If American troops are necessary to control the gangs in Mexico then bring them on. Anyone needs to feel safe in their country. Spending money on teaching people to survive without violence or illegal trading of harmful substances is more important than spending money on a wall.















Friday, May 27, 2016

Related imageEven religious colleges have a rape problem. Sexual assaults is a problem found at colleges all over the country. Many private colleges have an honor code that complicates things even more. The local people call it happy valley which is the home of Brigham   Young University a Mormon based religious place. The women are not happy there. The Mormon religion holds a women’s Chasity or virginity an important factor before marriage. When they are brutally assaulted and raped the women are not only physically violated but spiritually they are led to believe that they have also failed their religious beliefs as well. The mental assault is equally damaging to a woman. Meanwhile she is the victim in all this.

The women are afraid of everyone including the police. The fear   of being “found out” is almost as horrible as the crime.  They don’t want to be found out in particular to the universities’ honor code. Their code of ethics is very different to what is the reality of on campus activities.  Violation of the strict Mormon based rules governing Brigham Young University can get you expelled but should these rules apply to a woman who  has  been brutally violated? The rules outlined are modest dress, no caffeine no alcohol, no porn and no premarital sex.  They need to add to these rules no rape and get all those dick waving boys expelled immediately!!! 
          
These raping cowards are using the “honor code “   against the girls telling them that they will be expelled as well if they reveal what has happened to them.  Should the school’s honor code be shaming girls into silence? Even if a rape is reported it represents less than 40%   per cent of the rapes on campus.  If the girls come forward and be tested they will be able to find the serial   rapists. If the girls report then they can get help emotionally and physically.  The school needs to have an honor code amnesty clause for girls with proof of rape. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Related imageThe government needs to get involved with our wellbeing. The issue of assault rifles being available to the  general public has to stop. They were made for combat in wars and not for just anyone with proper paperwork to own or use. We keep track of individual raw diamonds better than the way we keep track of lethal weapons out there. The AR15 was designed as a killing machine for the United States Army.  It is killing devices that people just want to own but do not need for any sport. It has also become one of the more popular guns that people want to own.  These people claim to want to own this gun to hunt or compete in target shooting but this gun has been used for the mass shootings that have killed innocent people around this country.
America’s gun industry has successfully marketed its deadliest product. The AR15 has been the standard rifle for all United States troops. For years we only got to see them was in the movies. Over the years, things have changed. The same gun with some modifications is being used and sold as sports rifles. More than 12 million of them have been sold. This means that more Americans have been using the gun to shoot targets and hunt game. They like the gun because it is unlike any other gun out there. It is very fast on the trigger. Very portable and deadly accurate on the hunt. It is light weight with a low recoil. It is easy to run around with and is not your father’s sporting rifle. For generations a simple rifle was the family gun. The assault rifle is also attracting the sick killers of our nation.
This gun is now the choice of America’s mass murderers. 12 people were dead at the movie theater disaster in Colorado and 14 dead by the terrorist attack in California. 10 were killed by the Washington D.C. snipers. 26 dead in a school in Newtown, Connecticut. All these massacres are being done all over the country by America’s now most popular sporting gun. Remember this gun was designed for one purpose. It is not a sporting gun. It was designed to kill people in a war.  The gun is designed to kill the most amount of people in the shortest amount of time. Jim Sullivan helped design the gun and was thought of back in the 1950’s when the United States needed to compete with the most notorious machine gun at the time, the Soviet made AK 47.
The Americans made this gun and was used in Vietnam. Then it was called the M16 and anything in its way was fatal.  Even if you were hit in the ankle you could die from the injury. The secret to its lethal success is the speed at which the bullet leaves the chamber. Then the type of bullet doesn’t just go through the victim. It will tear you up. It is impossible to stop the bleeding because you will   blead from multiple places from just one bullet.  The bullet is designed to hit and then tumble. The gun was so well engineered to kill that here we are, 60 years later, it remains a state of the art weapon. Today virtually every army in the world is using the same rifle. This doesn’t surprise Sullivan but what does surprise him is that the gun industry is making the gun available as a sporting good.
There is no good from this gun being used anywhere but in combat. Congress get your act together and write the laws to restrict the availability of this human killing machine to the general public.         



























































Sunday, May 22, 2016

Related imageCreedmoor still exists only now it is at Riker’s Island.  Our streets are still full of the mentally ill who are under the influence of synthetic drugs assaulting their family members and are just plain crazy. The mentally ill are treated like criminals until they kill them. There is no good help out there as readily as the drugs are. There needs to be criminal justice reform in America. Riker’s Island is the most important jail in New York City and it needs to be educated on how to treat the city’s mentally ill inhabitance other than putting them in a body bag.
Riker’s is located in the middle of the East River and holds about 10,000 inmates. It is a mix of criminals. Some have committed petty crimes but as much as 80% are awaiting trial. Many are there just because they can’t make bail money.  More importantly the mentally ill make up more than 40% of the population. Correction officers are not adequately trained to deal with the mentally ill. The result is a pattern of neglect and excessive force. It has led the United States Attorney to intervene. His office has found a culture of violence on top of a culture of silence and looks like corruption to me. In many cases when a mentally ill person dies, there is no discipline of the officers at all. Must I be the “Serpico” uncovering corruption in our Jails?
There are officers there that have dozens of complaints against them and were never disciplined even once. Homeless people commit some crime just to go to jail rather than a shelter. But then they are disciplined and have brain injuries, broken bones and serious physical injuries are out of control there. It is all compounded by that increase of mentally ill inmates. Mentally ill people are placed in solitary confinement instead of treated by doctors. Lawsuits have been filed where a mentally ill patient was locked there for 6 days with no medication and died there. The staff walked by each day but failed to help him.  He died in his own waste since they cut off the water to his toilet too. The city declared his death a homicide. To this day no criminal charges have been filed against any official or staff member that oversaw his time at Riker’s.
Over 129 serious injuries have been reported at the prison in one month’s time from the hands of staff members documented in a report by the N.Y.C. Department of Mental Health and Hygiene. It was intended for internal use only but the report has been leaked to the public. The report found that 77% of the injuries were found on the mentally ill inmates. Their injuries were severe enough to require care beyond the abilities of prison doctors.   Riker’s should be called the largest mental institution in this country yet the care is grossly inadequate.  Even in court testimony, police captains say don’t bother me unless there is a dead body. In case after case medication is not provided, counseling is not provided but violence and solitary confinement till death seems to be normal at Riker’s. Be careful if you have to go there!








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Friday, May 20, 2016

Related imageIt is called a new kind of sexual assault. Online sextortion. The victims are young vulnerable and exposed. I am old and did not have the click of the mouse to lead me anywhere in the world and to just anyone. If I needed photos for a school project I had to search through piles of old Life Magazines. If I needed information I had the old encyclopedia in the house or I went to the library where then porn wasn’t allowed on computers that also didn’t exist then. And I am better off for not being exposed to all that young teens have at their fingertips on their all so precious phones that seem to be attached to their hands at all times. This is not about me it is about them.
Young teens can have a stalker before they even know it. Miss Teen 2013, Cassidy Wolf got an anonymous e-mail from someone who demanded that she follow his instructions and if she didn’t he would release nude pictures he had of her on the internet. He wanted money or wanted more sexual content. She was shocked that the photo’s even existed since she never posed nude or for anything explicit anywhere before. A hacker was able to get into the web cam camera on her computer and took videos of her getting dressed in the morning or coming out of her shower. Her computer was always left open on her desk table that happened to be facing her bed. He secretly recorded her for a year watching her every move. Eventually, he was sentenced to 18 months in prison.
It is sad when unknown suspects gain the trust from young girls. It is a significant and GLOBAL THREAT to all especially to young children.  78% are young children. The victims are in their young teens. The offender takes advantage of their innocence. In one particular heinous example a 26 year old Lucas Michael Chancellor terrorized   more than 350 girls on the internet in social media and chat sites. He had various different names and posed as a teenage boy. Eventually the girls were captive to him. He acquired more than 80,000 images that he used to threaten the young girls. Chancellor was finally prosecuted in 2014 and sentenced to 105 years in prison. Sometimes no prosecuting can  be made when  the predicators is in a foreign country.
The FBI says that only about 1/3 of his victims have been identified. This experience leaves the young girls changed forever. Some become suicidal and blame themselves for being victimized. They live with anxiety and can’t walk down the street not knowing if they are being stalked or if a stranger already saw them on the internet. Sextortion is a new crime that this country should be more focused upon. The FBI has a video on their website to council teens on how to deal with this sensitive subject.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Related imageRelated imageCollateral Damage they call it. I call it a damn shame that the United States after the wars don’t go back and clean up their mess. It has been many years since the Vietnam War but the innocent civilians are still feeling the impact from that war. Land mines and left over explosives that were dropped by planes are still a menace and causing serious injuries to people just walking along an area and the explosive goes off. The people of Vietnam are so poor they make their own wooden legs from carved wood. Victims in Burma must travel to Thailand just to get help.
Artificial   limbs are in constant demand. The threat from unexploded bombs is real decades after the war.  They are weapons of mass destruction in slow motion because of the amount people killed or injured even in peace time.  In the Vietnam War cluster weapons were dropped from the air in record numbers. The United States carpet bombed Laos in record numbers during the war. This bomb breaks up in mid- air into smaller explosives to insure maximum land coverage of weapons. The problem is that not all of these bombs actually explode. They essentially become land mines dropped from the sky. In Laos during the Vietnam War the United States dropped more bombs than they did in the entire World War ll.
There are millions of unexploded bombs in the ground in Laos. A cluster bomb is designed to explode at any time. When an unexploded bomb is found it then must be detonated. Let it go off and be done with. At least now you can prepare safety measures so no one will be harmed this time. Farmers and villagers must be warned.  It is easy to find bombs there because there are so many of them. The Vietnam government is doing nothing to protect these people who live there. A simple metal detector can easily find the bombs and they can be detonated safely. America has the money to clean up and save lives.
The children and grandchildren are still paying the price of war. Clean up should be demanded to save innocent lives. Today American made cluster bombs are still being made and dropped in Iraq and Afghanistan. We have also armed Saudi Arabia with cluster weapons. Senator Leahy a Democrat from Vermont is the only advocate trying to end deploying this type of bomb.  He needs to be supported and this kind of war fare should be stopped to protect generations of people after the fighting is over.