On Monday at very dark thirty in the morning, I will be departing from the former Castle Air Base to cover the Central Valley Honor Flight of 73 Veterans to Washington, D.C. and the various monuments and Memorials. We will be recording the Monday show that morning at the Air Base, and on Tuesday and Wednesday I will be checking in as I can from around the area. I will be posing to FACEBOOK and to Twitter (@DaveBowman1360) if you’d like to follow along live. This is the trip of a lifetime for these Veterans, and I have to be honest, it’s hard for me to think of myself as “the media” more than I think of myself as a Veteran. This is going to something special, and I am looking forward to going and to sharing the experience as best I can with each of you. Also, a big “Thank You” to the folks at Foster Farms who stepped up and sponsored this trip. There will be future trips as funds can be raised, which is why I am asking you and every listener to give just $1 to Central Valley Honor Flights. If each listener gave just $1, PowerTalk Listeners could sponsor another flight. And “Thank You” to those who have given.
Before you start in about the NEW CASE OF THE EBOLA IN NEW YORK CITY, keep in mind that he was recently in West Africa. He did not catch it here. Also note that the Hospital did not send him home for two days before getting him isolated.
A lot of my compatriots in this business are going to spend time today having thrombo’s of the CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE WHO GOT CAUGHT WEARING A SEAL BADGE that he didn’t earn. Trust me, I am pissed about it too. I feel the same way about people who didn’t earn Dolphins wearing them (Submarine Qualification Pin). But here is where I am going to diverge from others. Please note that after he was called out, he went to a Captains Mast and was reprimanded. His CO made him admit his error in front of his entire crew. He was still (as I understand things) an E-5 and was horribly embarrassed. He also learned from his mistake and went on to finish 20 years and make Senior Chief (E-8). In my view, what he did was b.s. But the Navy settled it, and settled it well enough that he went on to serve honorably and retire. We all have mistakes in our past that we aren’t proud of that have little to do with whether or not we’d be good public servants. He did not benefit from this, and I bet he spent most of his career having to explain at at every qualification and promotions board he went through. The matter was ended by the Navy some twenty years ago and is no longer relevant to his qualifications for elected office.
In case you were worried about Darryl Steinberg, don’t. He’s GOT A NEW GIG AS A LOBBYIST! Because that’s what termed out lawmakers do – they know who needs a little lobbyist cash the most!
It kind of seems like one of the biggest economic drivers in the State is just having elections. We’ve IMPORTED $31.4 MILLION JUST IN THIS ELECTION from out of State.
I spent most of last evening working on getting my DVD-ROM working again, ever since the last iTunes update it had not been working, which is part of my frustration with Apple. As much as I like iTunes and my iPhone, every time there is an update to either, it takes weeks to get everything working right again, followed by another update. But for the moment, I am up and running again.
By now we know, of course, that the Ottawa shooter was a convert to Islam. Fine. I’ve said this before and I say it again here, new converts to anything tend to be the most fervent in their (incomplete understanding of their) beliefs and actions. As I was winding down last night and playing “tickle-Spider” with Ben, it hit me that new converts are the perfect people for these attack jobs because they have not had time to develop a thought process to question their beliefs. Whatever the first “authority” (and who is that authority in Islam?) tells them, they believe and accept with no critical thought or consideration. Here’s a guy who was a criminal long before yesterday, who came to believe that criminal activity was how he got his 72 virgins. I doubt that he ever took the time to ask based on his own background which was not Muslim or even Arabic. He was French-Canadian. Now I am interested in the psychological mechanism that leads people with no background in Islam to be attracted and even to convert in the first place, not to mention to carry out insane attacks – in their minds – on its behalf?
Kind of an odd story out of the Sacramento area about the Sonic Drive-In’s that are being closed. Apparently they are all owned by the same guy who is trying to convince people that he is “just remodeling” all his restaurants at the same time. Strangely enough, people aren’t buying his story, but not because it seems unlikely that an owner would remodel all his places at exactly the same time, but because he’s done this before. Turns out the guy s a convicted tax cheat who once owned many other places, including as many as 70 Jack-in-the-Boxes that he lost because he claimed that “the machine was broke” and asked customers to pay in cash. Which he then failed to report. Lots of people have been promised their jobs back “when the remodeling is done,” but it sure FEELS LIKE NOBODY BELIEVES THAT WILL HAPPEN.
I don’t know if I am just naturally a skeptic or cynic, but when hear people tell me that I can work less and make more, I have a hard time believing the tale. Such is the case of Zaken Corp, who made millions by convincing… well, stupid people, that they could just stay at home, surf the web and make more than they ever dreamed of making. Now it’s all come out THAT IT WAS A SCAM TO DEFRAUD PEOPLE, but really, who could possibly actually be surprised? I mean, other than people who did any actual research before sending them money, or, for that matter, took money from Zaken to promote what was clearly a scam.
In MEN (Mandatory Ebola News (motto: Because We Have To!)), the Glorious Peoples Demokratick Republick of Korea has SUSPENDED TOURIST VISITS TO SEE NORTH KOREA OVER EBOLA FEARS. Now can we all agree that we’ve lost our minds over this?
In Prop 46 News, turns out that some 28% of CALIFORNIA HOSPITALS HAVE A HIGHER THAN EXPECTED INFECTION RATE. Now, by definition, that means that those hospitals have an “outbreak” of infection which, in the current political climate, means that we should have a Hospital Infection Czar, at least on the State level.
Governor More-or-Less Wannabe Neel Ka$hkari was in Stockton yesterday for… I don’t know why he was there. He rode a boat and said lots of republican things to Republican people who did not seem to want to give him any money, since giving money to homeless people only encourages them. While he was there a listener snapped this picture of him explaining that the letter “C” stands for “Cash,” of which he would be desperately short IF HE DIDN’T HAVE MILLIONS OF HIS OWN DOLLARS to support his campaign since the CA GOP is definitely not doing so.
California Prison officials have AGREED TO END DESEGREGATION IN PRISONS, as a part of a settlement of (of course) a lawsuit. So, the Courts have essentially decided to end a policy which the Prison Officials put in place in the first place to help quell racial violence. I’m pretty sure that whoever filed the lawsuit doesn’t actually care about the safety of the Staff or even the prisoners themselves, so what exactly is the gal of suing to “end racial segregation” in the prison system to begin with? It’s my understanding, albeit without any observation or personal experience, that the prisoners themselves tend to segregate based on race, gang affiliation and even crime class, for their own safety. So how is this new policy which rescinds the old policy going to help reduce violence?