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The Paradoxical Paragon

[This article was first published in August 2010. It has been an extremely busy week, so I apologize for the reprise.-ED]

The month of August marks the beginning of my third year posting Sunday Sermons for the PacoVilla Corrections web site. The challenge for me has been to present the gospel in a number of compelling presentations, stay true to the record of the gospel, and encourage readers to think about the possibility of a relationship with God. And since I am perhaps the least qualified expositor of Scripture, I hope in some measure that I have at least made readers think about eternity.

The message of Christianity is as paradoxical as it is profound. It hinges upon the investment of faith in an unseen God, who revealed Himself to mankind through the people He called Israel. And having so appeared to this “Chosen People,” this same God issued prophesies and pronouncements of judgment, while manifesting himself physically as the person of Jesus of Nazareth. And having lived a sinless life as a human being, Jesus was falsely accused, tried, condemned, and summarily executed the same day. (more…)

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Paco's Podium

Sugar and spice and everything...nightmarish
Lovable Lady Killers

Violent Women–Your Eyes Are Glowing Red; Your tongue has caught on fire Richard Krupp, PhD March 24, 2015 A few days ago an article was posted by Gadfly called, Sick, Twisted, and Complicated in Colorado see (http://wp.me/p2wT3c-urs.) The story, about a woman who cut a baby from a pregnant woman, was horrific. As a follow up on a sub-theme of that story, I would like to discuss violent women. I wrote an article on the subject a few years ago that was accepted for publication in an academic journal. The subject matter—violent women— is generally

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Colorado crime dilemma: Is the crime of ripping a 7-month-old unborn child from the womb murder?
Sick, Twisted, and Complicated in Colorado

Craig’s List Caveat Emptor: Baby-laden Buyer Beware In a another bizarre Craig’s List-related story, a very pregnant Colorado woman answered an advertisement on that site in the hope of purchasing some baby clothes. The woman drove to the listed address, was beaten, stabbed, and had her unborn child ripped from her womb by a woman at that location. Pacovilla.com reminds the reader that, according to the linked Fox News article, the woman was not allegedly attacked—her unborn child was, in fact, torn from her body and murdered by a sick and twisted assailant. That assailant

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Sending certain criminals to a penal colony on a remote island sounds vaguely familiar---it is known as Australia
Brown Island: Probing a Penile Colony

A Sex-Offender Colony? Jump into the fog again Richard Krupp, PhD March 10, 2015 Last week I wrote an article about the California Supreme Court’s decision to allow sex offenders to live closer to parks and places where children play. Some of the comments relative to the article brought up additional information and points of view. I believe it is always a good practice to look at things from other viewpoints. When it comes to the sex criminal subject there are many ideas. As a follow up, I found an article with an interesting suggestion

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BobsBlotter
SFPD takes stab at community outreach

Normal, reasonable, acceptable behavior? I wrote a few days ago in a post linked here about the death of Amilcar Perez-Lopez.  The investigation into the death has gone in an interesting direction in my opinion, pivoting on the definition of normal, reasonable, acceptable behavior. Perez-Lopez was shot to death by SFPD officers.  They were responding to a call of a man with a knife.  They saw him accosting and apparently trying to bicycle-jack a man.  Perez-Lopez refused to drop his knife and even slashed at one of the officers.  The cops shot him. The Chief

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Career Busters: Wine, Women And Guns

Many cops have been brought down by wine, women and guns, but ‘The Yellow Rose of Texas’ brought down a whole nation Recently I wrote about a Florida police chief who got fired after he was caught in a prostitution sting. That was just one example of a cop getting brought down over women. Wine, women and guns or any combination thereof, can be career busters for anyone, but especially for cops. We know that alcohol and guns can be a deadly mixture. And we know that a lot of off-duty cops get boozed up

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"Thank you, Governor Brown, for teaching me the true meaning of rehabilitation!"-Joe Dirtbag
Brown-grading Public Safety

Oh, the irony, Jerry Brown! Whether you knew it or not, Paco had your back! This past Wednesday evening, as a function of my security duties at the Riverside Convention Center, I was assigned to assist Governor Jerry Brown’s protection team for a few hours. How ironic was that! The governor had been scheduled to speak at a dinner hosted by the California Police Chiefs’ Association (CPCA), as the highlight of a week-long training conference in Riverside. There had been no announcements in the press of his scheduled visit, and the convention center was literally

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It's not easy being the Gov. Sometimes you laugh, sometimes you cry; and sometimes you piss people off
Brown’s Killer Decision-making

Under the Black Sun: Letting murderers go free – Jerry Brown likes what he sees, but not all murderers up for parole are happy Richard Krupp, PhD February 24, 2015 In the Gray Davis days very few convicted murderers made it from the parole board process through the Governor’s desk to the community. Actually only two percent were ever paroled. During the Schwarzenegger years the murderers fared a little better, gaining parole 25 percent of the time. Jerry Brown is much kinder, tolerant, or soft on killers–80 percent seem ready for release to the streets

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Indicted CalPERS board members appear to have been living high on the teat of your trust
Who at CalPERS Can We Trust?

Intrigue with our Retirement Funds at CalPERS: Give me one good reason why I should ever make a change Richard Krupp, PhD. February 12, 2015 Every once in a while I used to get voting ballots in the mail for CalPERS Board members. I read the bios for the people running for board membership, but didn’t really know anything about them or exactly what they did. A couple of names I remember on those ballots were Charles Valdes and Alfred Villalobos. They made the news recently. The other name in the news was CalPERS Chief

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To Sac Bee writer, Jon Ortiz, we tip our hat in acknowledgement of a true class act!
Well Said, Jon Ortiz!

A Class Act Shortly after arriving in Rocklin, California, to help my brother’s family with funeral arrangements for Jeff, I heard through blogger Howie Katz that Sacramento Bee investigative reporter, Jon Ortiz wanted to write an article about Jeff’s passing. The following Monday, I was able to speak with Jon in about a twenty-minute phone conversation that was very much like talking to an old friend. Jon gave his condolences

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CDCR Celebrity Absconder of 2014, Ronald Taylor has been captured!
Absconder No Longer

Leno-Kelso Taylor-made Medical Parole: Easy as XYZ? Richard Krupp, PhD January 20, 2015 Riders may recall that Paco reported on Robert Virgil Taylor, Medical Parolee-at-large, back in November 2014. Taylor absconded and remained at-large for more than 100 days, but his freedom has finally come to an end. Here is the official story cited in CDCR Today, dated Wednesday, January 14, 2015: “Missing Medical Parolee Apprehended San Diego County- Robert Virgil Taylor, 50, was apprehended on January 13, 2015, by agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) Office of Correctional Safety Fugitive

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Riders are forever! Living la vida Paco
Paco Site Continues to Ride

Dear Riders, Jeff’s wife, Loni, has asked her son-in-law, Kris Boughton, and me to keep the site running as a legacy to her husband’s memory and all that he accomplished over the past ten-plus years. We are still experiencing some technical glitches with the computer code, which Kris is diligently handling. If the site crashes from time to time, consider it par for the course in the State of California.

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Remembering the fearless, Paco, and his memorable admonition
Paco’s Eulogy

“Don’t Be a Pussy!” [For all the Riders who could not attend, this is the eulogy given by Paco’s brother, Greg, at the memorial service on January 14, 2015, in its entirety. His wife, Loni, wanted to celebrate his life with all of you-ED] Thank you all for being here to mourn and celebrate the life of my brother—your brother—Jeff Doyle. The Doyle family is in your debt for all the prayers, love and support you have poured out over us this past week. We are grateful to God and all of you. If there is

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Jeff Doyle, aka Paco, Rest in Peace brother
A Grief Observed (Updated)

Paco’s Last Ride (Farewell to the Silver Fox) Jeff Doyle (March 16, 1959 – January 7, 2015) [Update: Services for Paco were held on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at East Lawn Cemetery, 5757 Greenback Lane, Sacramento, at 1:00 p.m. Many thanks to all the Riders who attended- ED]  Please forgive me. I have borrowed the title of author C.S. Lewis’ book on the death of his wife in order to announce the passing of my brother, Jeff Doyle (aka: Paco), from an apparent heart attack in his home on Wednesday evening. He leaves behind his

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Budget

BobsNewsflash[1],jpg Jerry to state workers…BOHICA

Yup, “Bend over, here it comes again” is, or at least may, be the word from Governor Brown to state workers and retirees.  Jerry wants to “offer” a lower-cost health plan with a MUCH higher deductible tied to a health savings account.  Right now there is no real information about how much cost savings would likely be attached to such an arrangement, for either the state as an employer or

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money_down_toilet-2 State pours another $86 million down the toilet

You would think that the state could figure out a way to buy computer systems that worked, wouldn’t you?  If you thought that long experience would have told you that it might be a reasonable expectation, but it probably isn’t going to happen. The BreEZe project, within the Dept. of Consumer Affairs, has already sucked up that much money and it doesn’t do diddly.  If the state does not shell

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bankruptcy3 Stockton is now officially unbankrupt (but still crime-ridden and gang-infested)

The crime-ridden and gang-infested city of Stockton officially exited bankruptcy yesterday.  They also fired the woman who was running the “Marshall Plan” that is part of the city’s attempt to combat the “long-term roots of crime” in the city.  A local tax watchdog group is looking into the operation of the Office of Violence Prevention, the official title of the city department Jessica Glynn headed up until yesterday afternoon. Ms.

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Bob's Blotter

BobsBlotter Time-release homicide

On March 4, a tad over three weeks ago, the cops were involved in a shootout with one Carl Lao.  Lao opened fired with a .25 auto at the cops when they drove up.  He wasn’t very good at it.  The cops were a lot better.  Lao has been in the hospital ever since.  He died yesterday morning. The shooting took place in broad daylight with witnesses.  Lao was on

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BobsBlotter Feds charge murderous cop’s father

Victor Manuel Solis, 53, father of wanted former LAPD officer Henry Solis, 27, is being held by the feds without bail.  Solis drove his son to El Paso, walked him across the border into Mexico, then lied to the feds about it.  The feds have a limited sense of humor when it comes to lies.  Very limited. The elder Solis copped to driving his son to El Paso but denied

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BobsNewsflash[1],jpg Border Patrol now being issued flamethrowers

OK, that is an exaggeration, but apparently not much of one.  Earlier this week Alex Martin allegedly got lost in Pine Valley, CA while driving for 22 straight hours.  He was driving the wrong way on I-8 and the Border Patrol agents tried to pull him over.  Martin took off instead of stopping, with the Border Patrol in pursuit.  He was stopped a few minutes later by spike strips. The

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Katz Litterbox

katz-litter4 CDCR Will No Longer Enforce Jessica’s Law

Sex offender parolees who did not sexually abuse children under 14 will no longer be restricted from residing within 2,000 feet of a school or park In the wake of the March 2 California Supreme  court ruling that Jessica’s Law’s residence restrictions on parolees in San Diego County were unconstitutional, CDCR will no longer enforce those restrictions on parolees who did not sexually abuse children under 14. From the Los

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katz-litter4 Female Cop Shoots Unarmed Man In Back For Expired Inspection Sticker

Hummelstown police officer Lisa Mearkle shot unarmed David Kassick twice in the back as he was lying face down in the snow after a traffic stop for an expired inspection sticker On February 2, Hummelstown, Pennsylvania police officer Lisa Mearkle, 36, tried to pull over David Kassick, 59, for expired inspection and emissions stickers, but he sped away. She caught up to him near his sister’s home. Kassick got out

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katz-litter4 Obama Freed Five Taliban Leaders For A Deserter

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was charged Wednesday by the U.S. Army with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. On June 30, 2009,, Bergdahl deserted his post in Afghanistan and was captured by the Taliban. On May 31, 2014, the deserter was freed in exchange for five Taliban leaders. After his return to the U.S., President Obama held a

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Krupp Files

Why are so many initiatives approved by California voters bad for public safety? Why do the good ones always end up being overturned? Taking Back the Initiative

The California Ballot Initiative Process–An Illusion? Stop Crying and Press On Richard Krupp, PhD March 26, 2015 California citizens have been living with the fallout from a couple of recent ballot initiatives that have redefined criminal acts and dumped tens of thousands of prison inmates into the county jails and communities. How can the voters be tricked into voting for such ludicrous anti-public safety measures? Part of the problem is that voters don’t read or don’t understand what they are voting for. People are easily confused by the deceptive names attached to the initiatives and

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Sugar and spice and everything...nightmarish Lovable Lady Killers

Violent Women–Your Eyes Are Glowing Red; Your tongue has caught on fire Richard Krupp, PhD March 24, 2015 A few days ago an article was posted by Gadfly called, Sick, Twisted, and Complicated in Colorado see (http://wp.me/p2wT3c-urs.) The story, about a woman who cut a baby from a pregnant woman, was horrific. As a follow up on a sub-theme of that story, I would like to discuss violent women. I wrote an article on the subject a few years ago that was accepted for publication in an academic journal. The subject matter—violent women— is generally

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Is California society running around like chickens with their heads cut off, or just decapitating chickens? It’s a cruel, cruel Cal

Animal Attraction? Something strange is happening in Sacramento Richard Krupp, PhD March 19, 2015 A couple of days ago fellow Paco-blogger, Bob Walsh, reported about a man who’s 10-year prison sentence for animal cruelty was upheld by a California Appellate court. This story reminded me of a man I interviewed many years ago when I was a counselor at CIM we nick named “the Puppy Pumper.” As a follow up on animal related crimes I found a couple of interesting stories in the local news. Evidently the Sacramento area can be hazardous to various kinds

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GADFLY Open

UpsideDown Upside Down

The Paradoxical Paragon [This article was first published in August 2010. It has been an extremely busy week, so I apologize for the reprise.-ED] The month of August marks the beginning of my third year posting Sunday Sermons for the PacoVilla Corrections web site. The challenge for me has been to present the gospel in a number of compelling presentations, stay true to the record of the gospel, and encourage readers to think about the possibility of a relationship with God. And since I am perhaps the least qualified expositor of Scripture, I hope in

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Long Beach authorities have arrested and charged four adults in the kidnap/murder of 4-month-old Eliza Cal Kid Kidnapped and Killed

Conspiracy to Kidnap the Defenseless Cruelty knows no bounds in the State of California these days, especially when it involves crimes against children. The latest offering of lawlessness occurred in the City of Long Beach. Authorities there report that they have apprehended four adults who conspired to kidnap infants from their victims’ families through very violent means. The most recent kidnap resulted in the death of a three-week-old girl, named Eliza. Her body was found discarded in a trash bin near Imperial Beach, close to the border of Mexico. Police are not disclosing how the

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Sometimes life is unfair, and nature gives us a bad break Faith in Transition

Another Bad Break? Talk to the Hand After over a half-century of existence on this planet, it has been my observation that faith and disappointment go hand-in-hand. Hope is what believers most often cling to as faith is engaged in the unexpected change in course. Human beings make all sorts of plans, have dreams and desires of success and fortune, and usually aspire to something bigger and better in the future. But life and nature appear to be on a different wavelength than that of human beings. A young man and woman marry with plans

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Unions

capitol Threats against staff

AB293 is a proposal by Marc Levine (D-San Rafael).  If it passes into law it would require that CDCr establish uniform guidelines for the investigation and administrative handling of threats made against staff.  This proposal, which is supported by CCPOA, passed the Assembly Public Safety Committee (normally a graveyard of public safety proposals) by a vote of 6-0 so it might actually get somewhere. Clicking here will link to a

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BobsNewsflash[1],jpg Jerry to state workers…BOHICA

Yup, “Bend over, here it comes again” is, or at least may, be the word from Governor Brown to state workers and retirees.  Jerry wants to “offer” a lower-cost health plan with a MUCH higher deductible tied to a health savings account.  Right now there is no real information about how much cost savings would likely be attached to such an arrangement, for either the state as an employer or

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BobsNewsflash[1],jpg Same old same old in Stockton

The City of Stockton has just emerged from bankruptcy and things are back to being contentious and unpleasant. The Stockton Unified teachers union has just taken a strike vote.  About 88% of the members voted.  Of those, about 97% voted to strike if necessary.  The PERB is starting a fact-finding procedure in the matter. Also, Jessica Glynn, formerly the head of the city Office of Violence prevention, who was recently

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Gold Star Parolee

GoldStarLogo PAL not so friendly

A parolee-at-large was arrested Wednesday evening after attacking a man on Milton St. in the crime-infested burg of Stockton. Thomas Lowe, 19, had some sort of beef with the victim.  At some point Lowe pulled out a 8″ toadsticker.  Lowe tried to stab the man but missed, then threw the knife at his victim.  That also missed and Lowe fled, but later returned (maybe to retrieve his knife?).  He was

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GoldStarLogo Gray’s Anatomy Now Behind Bars

NJ Sex Offender Has Serious Anger Issues A registered sex offender on parole in the Paterson, New Jersey area is facing murder charges in the death of a woman he once lived with. Rondell Gray, 34, is also facing charges of attempted murder in the shooting attack injuring a 30-year old man on January 8.

katz-litter4 Illegal Immigration In Reverse

U.S. citizen was captured in Mexico after shooting rampages north and south of the border resulting in the death of a heroic Mexican cop who died shielding children from gunfire Whenever we read or hear anything about illegal immigration, Mexicans immediately come to mind. But what about U.S. citizens who go to Mexico in order to escape the clutches of John Law? Most criminals fleeing to Mexico where in the

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Bad Apples

BobsBlotter Deputy Chief arrested by feds in drug sting

The Deputy Chief of the Fresno P. D. was arrested along with five others for conspiracy to distribute oxy, heroin and marijuana. Keith Foster, 51, was the head of the patrol operations division of the Fresno P. D.  He was arrested on Thursday and is now on paid administrative leave.  The Chief was made aware of the investigation only after the arrest.  Foster was made to turn in his “police

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BobsBlotter Feds charge murderous cop’s father

Victor Manuel Solis, 53, father of wanted former LAPD officer Henry Solis, 27, is being held by the feds without bail.  Solis drove his son to El Paso, walked him across the border into Mexico, then lied to the feds about it.  The feds have a limited sense of humor when it comes to lies.  Very limited. The elder Solis copped to driving his son to El Paso but denied

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BobsBlotter Parish the thought: Louisiana law sham caught on cell cam

Lame frame, blame shame, same game Douglas Dendinger, 47, is a disabled veteran.  He very nearly went to prison on a totally manufactured beef in Washington Parish, LA. This whole mess started on August 20, 2012.  Dendinger was paid $50 to serve a summons on behalf of his nephew who had an action pending against Chad Cassard, a Bogulsa PD officer, in a police brutality lawsuit. Dendinger served the papers in accordance with the law.  About 20 minutes later the cops showed up at his house and arrested him on charges of battery, obstruction of

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