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Massive earthquake levels Katmandu, Nepal

Apr 25th, 2015 | By
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An earthquake that measured about 7.8 on the Richter Scale is believed to have pretty much destroyed the ancient city of Katmandu, the capital of Nepal.  Broadcast news reports assert that there are over 1,000 known dead and over a dozen climbers were allegedly killed on Mt. Everest by the quake.  An old, old city with unreinforced masonry buildings is not the place to be during a huge earthquake. I

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Gun of the Week

Apr 25th, 2015 | By
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The Gun of the Week this time around is the Colt Root revolver.  This revolver is also called a side-hammer revolver and was named after its inventor, Elisha Root, who worked for Colt at the time. This was the first solid-frame spur-trigger revolver Colt ever sold and was made from 1855 through 1870.  It is of course a cap-and-ball pistol.  They were made in both .28 and .31 caliber and were often used as private purchase pistols during the Civil War. They were made with both round and octagonal barrels in both 3 1/21 and

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Another death-row denizen goes toes-up

Apr 25th, 2015 | By
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Another quasi-human POS inhabitant of death row at S Q shuffled off this mortal coil, this one on Wednesday evening. Raymond Edward Steele, 67, was found dead at 1937 hours in his cell.  No cause of death was obvious. Steele was sentenced to death in 1990 for stabbing a mentally challenged woman to death in Shasta County in 1988.  He had a rape conviction from 1971 and a prior for

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Payback costs city $725,000

Apr 24th, 2015 | By
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The People’s Republic of San Francisco just settled for that sum in a case that was about to go to trial.  A former attorney for the P D sued, asserting that current police chief Greg Suhr fired her because she had earlier recommended he be fired for incompetence when he was not the chief. Kelley O’Haire recommended that Suhr be fired in 2009 when he was a deputy chief.  He

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Notable passing

Apr 24th, 2015 | By
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Mary Doyle Keefe passed away  three days ago at the age of 92.  The name is not familiar to most.  She was the model for the famous Normal Rockwell painting of Rosie the Riveter. In reality she was a telephone operator and was 19 when she posed for the painting.  The only time she ever held a riveting gun in her life was for the painting and she did in

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Prisoner shot to death at KVSP

Apr 23rd, 2015 | By
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A prisoner was shot to death by a tower officer at Kern Valley State Prison near Delano this morning. At about 10:15 a.m two guests of the state attacked a third.  The two assailants continued to pummel their victim even after he hit the deck unconscious.  A tower officer fired one warning shot followed by one round for effect when the warning shot did not have the desired effect. The

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Barry Bonds beats the rap

Apr 22nd, 2015 | By
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That well-known steroid-laced former baseball player Barry Bonds is no longer a convicted felon by a vote of 10-1 by a federal court of appeal. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that his statement before a grand jury 12 years ago was not material to the government’s investigation into illegal steroid use in professional baseball.  That does not mean that he didn’t lie to the grand jury, just that

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Revolving door at jails spinning faster

Apr 22nd, 2015 | By
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It seems that the jail revolving door is spinning faster and faster these days, at least according to at piece by Don Thompson of the AP that hit the papers today.  An audit released yesterday by the state says that there has been a 37% increase in early release of jail prisoners during the first three years of Jerry’s Realignment debacle.  The trend is not a totally accurate indicator though,

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Officer shot at NKSP (Updated)

Apr 21st, 2015 | By
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A Correctional Officer was shot at the North Kern State Prison near Delano at about 7:00 P.M. Monday.  The shots were fired from near the front gate.  About 20 shots were fired and one officer was winged in the chest by one round.  The officer was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and was released the same day. Shell cases were found near a vehicle.  The vehicle may have

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Yet more stupidity or incompetence at Bedlam

Apr 21st, 2015 | By
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I have been informed, I believe reliably, that the supply pipeline at CHCF has another major blockage in it.  As you are probably aware the California Health Care Facility (AKA Bedlam) has a significant portion of its service population that are serious nutters.  For safety sake they are supplied with single-use spoons made out of some sort of pressed paper.  They can be used to eat but can not reasonably

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Bathroom backlash

Apr 21st, 2015 | By
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The California legislature passed AB1266.  The Governor signed it into law.  This act permits persons to use bathroom facilities and locker rooms at public schools to use whatever facility corresponds to whatever gender identity they claim to feel at the time.  As one might expect a lot of people are bothered by this. Privacy For All has submitted a proposal for the 2016 ballot which would mandate that people in

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Inmate uprising in Alabama

Apr 20th, 2015 | By
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Information is still very thin and sometimes contradictory on a serious riot at the St. Clair prison facility near Springville, Alabama on Friday. At the height of the mess the prisoners were holding 22 hostages, including the Warden and Deputy Warden.  (Internal security must be a tad thin there.)  The Deputy Warden was beaten unconscious and other staff were injured.  A total of five required hospitalization. About a dozen inmates were injured, and at least two broke into the prison pharmacy and overdosed.  The FBI and Alabama Corrections Commissioner Willie Smith were involved in negotiations

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Second annual DVI reunion luncheon

Apr 19th, 2015 | By
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Since the First Annual DVI Reunion Luncheon was such a smashing success we are doing it again, at a larger venue.  The luncheon will be on Friday, May 15, 2015 at the American Legion Hall at 1960 S. Tracy Blvd in beautiful Tracy, CA.  Cost is $30 per person, advance purchase only, received not later than May 2.  NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR.  I hope to see

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More drama in the Speed Freaks case

Apr 18th, 2015 | By
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It seems there is a bit more drama to be had from the case of the notorious “Speed Freaks” killers, the late Loren Herzog and the still-alive Wesley Shermantine. The family of JoAnn Hobson, who was 16 when she was murdered by these two degenerates, is suing the San Joaquin County S O over their handling of the girl’s remains and their alleged punting of the investigation.  They have gotten

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Gun of the Week

Apr 18th, 2015 | By
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The Gun of the Week this time around is the neat little Kimber Micro pistol.  This is a 1911 format pistol in .380 ACP. This pistol weighs only 14 ounces.  It features a 2.75″ barrel.  It does not have the traditional grip safety though does have a thumb safety.  The sights are dovetailed.  It has 6 round flush-fit and seven round extended magazines available.  The frame is alloy.  Depending on various finishes and option the MSRP starts at about $600 and goes up to about twice that with laser-sight grips, ambi-safety and various finish alternatives. 

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The return of the giant Asparagus monster

Apr 16th, 2015 | By
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After a year hiatus due to nobody giving a damn the Asparagus Festival is back, this time at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, where it should have been for the last five years in the first place rather than closing down half of downtown. It is running this coming up Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Parking is $5.  Admission in $10 for adults, less for seniors, military, children and gang-bangers wearing

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Do you have the right to endanger others by irresponsible behavior?

Apr 15th, 2015 | By
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It is a legit question.  It is also a legit question as to whether or not the behavior in question is in fact irresponsible. Richard Pan is a medical doctor and a California state senator.  He has introduced legislation which would eliminate the “personal belief exemption” which permits parents to send their crumb-snatchers to public schools without the normal, recommended vaccinations.  Some of these parents earnestly believe the vaccinations are

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Another jock found guilty of murder

Apr 15th, 2015 | By
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Aaron Hernandez used to be a well-known NFL player with a $40 million contract and a primo career ahead of him.  He is now a convicted murder doing life without parole, the maximum under Massachusetts law.  The Patriots cut him from the team almost instantly after his arrest. The 25-year old was found guilty on all counts in the murder of Odin Lloyd, 27, a week-end jock who was dating

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Notable new arrival at Bedlam (Updated)

Apr 14th, 2015 | By
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Jon Blaylock, murderer of Correctional Officer Manual Gonzalez, has just showed up at CHCF Stockton.  I am given to understand that the reason for his transfer/admittance at the medical facility is not real obvious.  That doesn’t mean that there really isn’t something wrong with him that can be appropriately treated at Bedlam.  I just wonder how cognizant they are of the fact that he is a vicious murderer who has

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Suspended cop lands in trouble again

Apr 14th, 2015 | By
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A suspended police officer from San Pablo landed in hot water in San Francisco  last Wednesday. Officer Ken White, 32,, of Vallejo, was busted by the SFPD about 1430 hours on Wednesday at Seventh and Howard Streets.  Cops had been tipped to a drug transaction there and White was spotted apparently making a drug buy. When the cops swooped on his 1992 Mustang he had a gun, dope and a

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Stockton racks up yet another corpse

Apr 14th, 2015 | By
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The crime-ridden and gang-infested hole sometimes known as Tuleburg racked up yet another homicide Sunday night. The cops arrived at the scene near the intersection of Jackson and Pilgrim Streets about 2014 hours to find the victim dead at the scene, near a homeless encampment.  The victim, believed to be a homeless Mexican national named Angel Torres, 28, was shot to death.  The victim had a backpack containing some stripped

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They think the cellie did it……twice

Apr 13th, 2015 | By
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An in-cell death occurred at North Kern this past Saturday.  The dead guy is Damion Soward, 37.  He was found unresponsibe in his cell about 0046 hours.  His cellie was Lawrence Phillips, a former NFL player and former standout jock at Nebraska. Phillips was doing a 31-year stretch for thumping his old lady, false imprisonment and car theft. There was a second in-cell homicide that same day at the prison

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Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Apr 13th, 2015 | By
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Who shall protect us from those who protect us?  It is an interesting and valid question when it comes to Community Education Centers.  They are a half-way house contractor with a $30 million contract with CDCr to provide substance abuse treatment and mental health services to criminals being released to residences in L. A. county.  A major expansion of these programs is underway due in large part to the push

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SB 707

Apr 13th, 2015 | By
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Senate Bill 707 is a legislative proposal from Senator Wolk, with Senator Jackson as a primary co-author.  Both of these legislators are hard-core anti-gun zealots.  This proposal, if it passes into law in its current form, would prohibit CCW permit holders and retired peace officers from carrying weapons on school grounds.  This would include K-12 as well as private and public universities. There is no evidence of any kind to believe that the possession of firearms by these groups of people is in any way a public safety issue.  Senator’s Wolk and Jackson simply hate

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State agencies still playing 3-Card Monte

Apr 11th, 2015 | By
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To no great surprise the Sacramento Pravda has announced that state agencies are still playing Three-Card Monte with vacant state positions. As most of you know a state position is supposed to go away if it is left vacant for six months.  The idea is that if you can do without it for six months, you clearly don’t really need it.  The money paying for that position then goes away

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Warrant out for Justin Bieber

Apr 11th, 2015 | By
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A judge in Argentina has issued an arrest warrant for Justin Bieber, who has refused to respond to a summons related to allegations he siced his body guards on a photographer in 2013.  The warrant orders the immediate arrest of Bieber and two of his body guards, Huge Hesny and Terrence Smalls. Bieber could face from one to six years in prison in the matter.



Workplace safety is important

Apr 11th, 2015 | By
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There was a very serious on-the-job accident in south Stockton yesterday afternoon.  About 1:30 two men entered an electrical box without proper authority in an apparent attempt to help themselves to copper wire there.  It seems that they were not entierly clear on the concept however and one of them was turned into a crispy critter while stripping the insulation off of a live wire.  The as-yet unidentified dead guy’s

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Gun of the Week

Apr 11th, 2015 | By
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The Gun of the Week this time around is a new entry from Beretta, debuted at the IDEX exposition in Abu Dhabi a month ago, the Beretta APX pistol. This is a striker-fired pistol.  It is a full-size weapon with a 4.25 inch barrel and an overall length of a tad over 7.5 inches.  It has, as one would expect, a molded polymer lower with a built-on Picatinny rail.  The side grips and back strap are removable and interchangeable. The weapon has a fairly light (6 pound) short travel (0.2 inches) trigger with a Glock

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Passing of Sgt. Howard Helms

Apr 11th, 2015 | By
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Sgt. Howard E. Helms, a long-time employee at DVI and, at the end of his career, at Mule Creek, died on Easter Sunday at the age of 71. He served in the Navy and, after his retirement from CDC, became a serious golf bum and automobile tinkerer. He is survived by his son and three grandchildren.  Graveside services will be held on Monday, April 13, at 1:00 pm at Cherokee

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Passing of Bob Barber

Apr 10th, 2015 | By
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I have been informed today that Bob Barber, a long-time fixture at DVI, passed this Friday.  I will post more information when I have it available.  Bob was a good guy, believed in training staff and always treated me OK.  The world will be poorer for his passing. FURTHER:  Bob is survived by his wife, four children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  At Bob’s request there will be no formal

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Ball in Jerry’s court again

Apr 9th, 2015 | By
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David Weidert, 52, is not a nice man.  In fact he is a convicted murderer.  He is up for parole consideration.  In 1980 he murdered Michael Morganti.  Weidert was 17 at the time of the murder, the victim was 20.  Morganti had been the lookout for Weidert and another man during a burglary.  Morganti was talking with the cops and the other two bad guys didn’t like it.  They kidnapped

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Justice tempered with mercy or undue leniency?

Apr 9th, 2015 | By
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Mia Aguilar is 20-years old.  On April 16 of last year she was driving along Hwy 120 near Manteca about 1:00 a.m. doing 65 in a 45 zone fiddling with a cell phone.  She plowed down four people walking on the shoulder of the road who had just left the same party she left.  One of them, a 14-year old boy, was killed.  The other three were seriously injured.  Aguilar

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