Monday, April 30, 2012

THE ULTIMATE FOOD FIGHT

DON’T CLEAN YOUR PLATE

Temecula, CA – Well Sports Fans, the story of tomorrow’s planned Occupy May 1st Event has now been released on the web mainstream media and the resulting comment firestorm is one that hasn’t been seen since, er, the Trayvon Martin killing. The comments against the Occupy Movement are ludicrous in their simplistic ideology and pop culture historical references, and almost enough to hope the 0ne Percent wins the depopulation effort that they are waging against the 99%, 98% of whom don’t even know that they are on the list. But like Martin Luther King who marched for all black people including the thugs or Jesus who died ‘for all’ even George Zimmerman, the Occupiers march for all the 99%. And of course, 98% don’t realize that they are slowly being poisoned by the people who take our tax money, however, that all is about to change on Wednesday. Why Wednesday?

On Wednesday at around 10AM, a dedicated group of petitioners, some paid but many purely volunteer, will turn in over 850,000 signatures and the press will be there, including moi, your favorite Lois Lane with a penis. What most of the naysayers from the peanut gallery crapping about Occupy fail to notice or understand about the Occupy Movement is that without Occupy, no one would have drawn attention to the crisis literally taking place in plain sight. The following video is fairly short and about the food fight of your life. Just today as I was out collecting signatures to stop the latest rate hike coming from our local 0ne Percent electric utility, So Cal Edison. The story about this hike and what to do about it follows when I return from the front. And now today’s video.

 
Now as you watch that video a second time, familiarize yourself (Google) with the secret government action known as Operation Paper Clip. Ask yourself if the government wisely spent your tax money in bringing all the war ‘mad scientists’ over here to America rather than trying them for crimes against humanity in creating hideous WMDs in the labs. As you saw in the video, those ‘lab rats’ provided the seeds for use today and their ‘sons’ have gone one step further, introducing such poisons into the general population of the country. Stop the video 1:34 in and read the name of the company on the official government document. Then stop to realize that your tax dollars paid the people who wrote it and acted on it. next look around at all the people who hate on Mexicans or Muslims, claiming that those groups will out breed ‘real’ Americans because of our low birth rate without seeking an answer to why we have a low birth rate. That’s the 98% that the 1%, the Occupy folks, are trying to wake up to the truth. In truth, the battle for future generations is being waged between the 0ne Percent who are following the Georgia Guildstones (see recent story here with photos and details about the stones) and the 1% known publicly as the 99%/Occupy Movement.

“We have already rung the bell and now it is on to victory in November,” quipped Ken, one of the central organizers of the Right2Know GMO labeling campaign in a meeting that I was privy to through my Occupy campmate, John Diaz. Had it not been for Occupy LA, I would not know John though I had read of the GMO march in an obscure magazine article I happened across searching for a different topic. Outside the United States, in Europe and in Asia, the GMO march was big news and carried in all the mainstream media.

“The US is a bully and is pushing GMOs but we have started a fire that is spreading around the world.” We have to ‘stop such a huge danger’ to ‘future generations’ from the ‘USA which is the belly of the beast’, said Jeffrey, a spokesman for the Institute For Responsible Technology. “Children are the most at risk, and everyone has a right to know what is in their food. Now we have to get ready for the disinformation that Monsanto is going to start, probably by saying that ‘we’ don’t know what we are talking about because they are the scientists and we are not, will be the main argument,” said another member of the inner circle of food fighters.

A film is being produced that will have scientists, pet owners [GMOs in Pets], and even farmers who will speak on what happens when cows eat GMO cotton seeds, hint, not a pretty sight. More on this developing story to follow, but meanwhile look for the organic label, the no GMO seal, and keep it posted right here for what you won’t hear anywhere else until after it’s posted in the Calendar.

Scott Mann clarifies his endorsement in the 67th Assembly District race

Statement From Scott Mann, Menifee School Board Member:

"Today, Melissa Melendez' campaign put out a statement showing my support for her campaign. Sadly, the statement had quotes from me that I did not approve for release. I have asked the Melendez campaign to retract this statement immediately and to provide better oversight of campaign staff.

Phil Paule is the true conservative in this race who signed a 'No New Tax Pledge' early on and will work to eliminate the ridiculous regulations that stifle the California economy. He understands what it will take to create relief for businesses, entrepreneurs, and hard-working taxpayers in our state. I believe so strongly that Phil will do the best job in Sacramento that I've spent countless hours over many weekends talking to voters in Menifee on his behalf."

From one Naval veteran to another, it is important to maintain 'water tight integrity' with your campaign staff."
-Scott Mann

Thursday, April 26, 2012

FOOTBALL NEWS BEFORE NFL DRAFT


FFHL NFL PRE-DRAFT PREVIEW
FROM THE DESK OF THE “FUGITIVE” COMMISSIONER

Wake up, football fans!The 2012 NFL Draft starts this Thursday night, April 26th.
Hello Football Fans,Surprise, I'm back (sporatically, for the offseason).
The 2012 NFL draft is starting this Thursday.  Check out the attached letter giving you a little heads-up and some little known trivia as well.
The Fugitive Commissioner, on the lam from the gambling police
Here’s the full schedule:
Round 1: Thursday, April 26 starting at 8 p.m. ET
Rounds 2-3: Friday, April 27 starting at 7 p.m. ET
Rounds 4-7: Saturday, April 28 starting at noon ET

RECENT EVENTS LEADING UP TO THE 2012 NFL DRAFT

Remember the discussions last year about NFL teams trying to lose games in order to get the #1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft?  It was clearly understood that Stanford QB Andrew Luck would be picked first, and hence speculation had the Indy Colts “intentionally” losing games in the “Suck for Luck” Sweepstakes.

The IND Colts ended up with the first pick after finishing the season with a 2-14 record (STL Lambs had same record, but lost tie-breaker).  Indy first had to decide what to do with their revered QB Peyton Manning, who hadn’t played at all in 2011 because of neck injuries and multiple surgeries.  Owner Jim Irsay decided not to give Peyton his $28 million payment due March 7th; the Manning Era in Indianapolis was over, paving the way for Andrew Luck to take charge of the offense in 2012.

The Denver Broncos won the Manning Chase, after he had narrowed down his list to three, with San Francisco and Miami losing out.  Denver signed him to a big contract, and they later “un-retired” jersey #18 for him.  The Broncos’ first QB in franchise history was Frank Tripucka, who gave his blessing to the un-retirement of his number so that Manning could wear it.  Strange; Manning wore #16 in college.
Personally, I’m wondering whether Manning will even be healthy going into the season, and can remain healthy and/or effective long enough to have a positive influence on the Denver offense and the team overall.  I’m not saying that he will get hurt or be ineffective; I’m just saying it is a possibility, while the media seems to be ignoring that possibility and thinking that he will be the same dominating field general that he had always been when healthy in Indy.  We’ll see.

Soon after the Peyton signing, Tim Tebow was traded by Denver to the NY Jets.  It will be interesting to see how Rex Ryan and new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano will fit him into the scheme, and how incumbent QB Mark Sanchez will handle the pressure from fire-breathing fans who will at some point start chanting for Tebow.
Personally, I’m wondering if the Jets will find an innovative way to incorporate both QB’s into a diverse, “two-headed QB” game plan that will force opposing defenses to be “weakened” by having to prepare for two different offenses from the same team in a single week.  If successful, it could change the course of NFL offensive philosophy.  There has already been a transformation in how running backs are utilized, with many teams switching from a dominating one-back thought to using a situational two-back system over the last five years or so.
After the Manning dust settled, the IND Colts pretty much settled on Stanford’s Andrew Luck as their selection for the #1 pick.  Then, the WSH Redskins traded their #6 overall pick in the 2012 Draft to move up to the #2 overall pick to presumably be in position to select Baylor QB Robert Griffin III (“RG3”).  It was an expensive trade for the ‘Skins, giving up their #1 pick in both 2013 and 2014 in addition to the #6 overall pick and their 2nd round pick in 2012.  After this trade, the speculation turned to Indy and whether they would select RG3 over Luck.  The argument was that, at the NFL Combine, Griffin showed excellent understanding of pass protections, route combinations, and reading progressions, that he didn’t have to demonstrate in his college offense, and his stock rose accordingly.  But in the end, it appears from all reports that the Colts will indeed select Andrew Luck at #1.  That being the case, Washington will no doubt select Griffin at #2.

Do you think both of these QB’s will be successful in the NFL?
Luck will be going to a weak offense in Indy.  And, the ‘Skins have had trouble developing or maintaining productivity from any of its quarterbacks lately (Jason Campbell, Donovan McNabb, Rex Grossman).  Plus, you always have to consider that injuries can affect this analysis.

History would say that the odds are against both Luck and RG3 being successful.

The last time quarterbacks went #1-#2 in the draft was in 1999.
#1 was Tim Couch (Kentucky; not successful)
#2 Donovan McNabb (Syracuse; successful; but NOT a Hall-of-Famer, as he thinks he is – more later)
Plus, #3 was QB Akili Smith (Oregon; not successful)

It also happened in 1998, in a memorable contrast between two highly talented signal callers:
#1 was Peyton Manning (Tennessee; successful)
#2 was Ryan Leaf (Washington State; disastrously unsuccessful)

In 1993:
#1 Drew Bledsoe (Washington State, successful)
#2 Rick Mirer (Notre Dame, unsuccessful)

Stretching the 1-2 combo slightly, in 2002:
#1 David Carr (Fresno State; unsuccessful-bad team)
#3 Joey Harrington (Oregon; largely unsuccessful)

Stretching it a bit further, in 2003:
#1 Carson Palmer (USC; successful)
#7 Byron Leftwich (Marshall; semi-successful, semi-unsuccessful)

And in 1990:
#1 Jeff George (Illinois; unsuccessful)
#7 Andre Ware (Houston; unsuccessful)

In 1987:
#1 Vinny Testaverde (Miami.FL; successful)
#6 Kelly Stouffer (Colorado State; unsuccessful)
In 1983, the banner year for 1st-round QB’s:
#1 John Elway (Stanford; successful)
#7 Todd Blackledge (Penn State; unsuccessful)
#14 Jim Kelly (Miami.FL; successful)
#15 Tony Eason (Illinois; unsuccessful)
#24 Ken O’Brien (Cal-Davis; semi-successful)
#27 Dan Marino (Pittsburgh; successful)

I’ll stop going back further than 1983, but you get the idea.  There is about a 50% success rate.  I will go out on a limb and defy history in saying both will have successful NFL careers.

MINUTIA ON TOP 2 PICKS for 2012
RG3 and Luck were both early entrants, declaring for the draft after their junior seasons.  This year broke the record again for most early entrants into the draft (65), after the record was broken last year with 56.

Andrew Luck’s father, Oliver, was drafted by the Houston Oilers in 1982 with the #44 pick overall.  He is currently the AD for West Virginia, his alma mater.

MORE DRAFT MINUTIA

2,560 players have been drafted over the last 10 years.  Over 90% of players came from FBS schools, 73.9% from BCS schools and 16.4% from non-BCS schools.  That means almost 10% of draftees came from FCS (Division 1-AA) schools (6.8%) and lower divisions and Canada and other places.

Here are some small school entrants into the 2012 draft that are projected to be drafted in the first three rounds:

North Alabama (Div II) CB Janoris Jenkins, transferred from Florida after being dismissed from team after two misdemeanor marijuana possession charges in four months.  Coach for North ALA was Terry Bowden, who has since taken the Akron University head job for 2012.

Midwestern State (Div II, Wichita Falls, TX) OG Amini Silatolu; academic problems kept him out of Division I.

Appalachian State (FCS; Div. 1-AA) WR Brian Quick

University of Montana (FCS) CB Trumaine Johnson

Some successes coming out of the small school ranks recently are:
          1993 2nd round DE Michael Strahan (Texas Southern)
          NOR Saints OG Jahri Evans (Bloomburg U.)
          Dallas WR Miles Austin (Monmouth U.) 

Last year, a record 25 players attended the NFL Draft at the Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan, NYC, despite suggestions by veteran players that rookies should boycott the event held during the midst of the lockout (remember that mess?).  LB Mark Herzlich, who was still recovering from a bout with cancer, attended last year, but was not drafted.

This year, 26 players will attend the draft, including:
#1 Luck
#2 RG3
#3 Matt Kalil (USC, OLT) likely to the Minnesota (Los Angeles?) Vikings; Matt’s brother Ryan was an All-American center for USC and is now a Pro Bowler with the Carolina Panthers.
And (my guesstimate in order of draft position): RB Trent Richardson (ALA), CB Morris Claiborne (LSU), WR Justin Blackmon (OK.St), DT Michael Brockers (LSU), DE Melvin Ingram (S.CAR), DT Fletcher Cox (MS.St), QB Ryan Tannehill (TXA&M), LB Courtney Upshaw (ALA), SS Mark Barron (ALA), DT Dontari Poe (Memphis), OG/OT Cordy Glenn (GA), CB Dre Kirkpatrick (ALA), LB Dont’a Hightower (ALA), DE Quinton Coples (UNC), WR Michael Floyd (ND), DT Devon Still (PSU), CB Stephon Gilmore (S.CAR), WR Steven Hill (GA.Tk), DE Nick Perry (USC), WR Kendall Wright (Baylor), TE Coby Fleener (STAN), WR Rueben Randle (LSU), and LB Shea McClellin (Boise State).



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Thursday, April 19, 2012

DICK CLARK - R.I.P.


AMERICAN BANDSTAND
Temecula, CA – Dick Clark passed away yesterday and I read the report shortly after it happened. I reflected a minute about how I had recently talked to someone who thought that he died years ago. I had thought the same thing though I couldn’t quite remember when he had taken his final bow. So seeing the news of his death yesterday was an ‘oh’ moment. I hadn’t planned to write a story about Dick Clark, as everybody knows Dick Clark. Then this morning I see all the majors running the story front page and being in the music scene myself, well. Unlike in most of my stories, there is no direct personal involvement with the subject. I never met Dick Clark or came even close to. Like most people, I knew Dick Clark through pop culture music.

When Dick Clark and American Bandstand started, things were very much as depicted in the movie Shampoo.It was the most ‘separate but equal’ time in America. Music was separated less with black acts seen by blacks and whites but most white acts seen by whites only. Christian gospel genres are still separated in competitions or were up to a few years ago. The music known as ‘rock ‘n’ roll’ at first was played by black and white artists. Then the system of segregation kicked in and music by black artists was relegated to black music radio markets. Around this time also there was a change in rock ‘n’ roll with the addition of a gospel fueled rock done to a groovier, more bluesy beat. This became known as rhythm & blues and gave a perfect dividing point to the music made by the two dominant racial groups of America, whites and blacks. To a degree, music in the commercial arena is still marketed this way but thanks to Dick Clark, the music market today is a mixed demo, with fans of all colors.

Philadelphia is the city of brotherly love and Dick Clark, a young man himself, saw the kids as a group scene and symbol of the new emerging media of television. All across the nation American Bandstand brought you 'live' the songs that were featured on the newsstands' music magazines that printed the lyrics to the teen hits in both markets. The selection on American Bandstand reflected this cross market music approach. That was saying a lot in a day when some white parents would chase their [daughters especially] kids from the room when a black person [usually entertainers] would come on the television screen. By the same token, I remember being thrilled to see performers like Jerry Lee Lewis tickle the ivories. Where else as a kid would I have experienced that? It wasn't like my folks were his fans of his music.

Aside from the latest hit teen singers, American Bandstand also introduced America to ‘the latest dance craze sweeping the nation’, something the movies had fostered to teens the generation before. The ‘adults’ were stuck in their ballroom dance moment and we teens weren’t into anything 'old school' back then. We were looking forward to flying cars, moon cities, elevated highways of concrete, UFOs landing, and the good life. Though most posters in general sight always showed a white (blond woman usually) couple doing this or owning that, black folks knew that if they went to school [college] and worked hard, they could have the same things.

Though a dance might have the same name, there was always some different move or twist to most of the named dance styles that people now call line dancing. American Bandstand was the first TV program to show this style of dance in a number of variations and names. Long before adults and later country fans line danced, it was a strictly teenage dance craze falling into both the white and black cultures, from city to city, and from locale to locale. We would watch AB to see how the kids in Philly were doing The Stomp.

But more than what it did on cross marketing to two separate cultures, AB exposed the vast white market of teens to black artists and songs they weren’t hearing on their radio stations. Interest in these artists brought pressure and ratings enticement to stations to play some crossover black artists, breaking the self-imposed racial barrier placed on the emerging genre. Dick Clark and American Bandstand lived up to being American in music selection. 

American Bandstand inspired countless local independent dance party television shows that were dedicated to the teen market. I happened to win one such TV show contest in my salad days, around the crouton stage. Perhaps the most famous AB imitation was Soul Train, whose host Don Cornelius died just a while back. And the one spin-off of sorts, was Club MTV, a half hour television show molded after American Bandstand that aired on MTV between the years 1985 and 1992.

Though the media will dwell on Dick Clark being a shrewd business man, what impressed me about him most were two things; his class and his honor. Long after AB had hit the zenith of its popularity and become an institution, Clark made a public apology to the black artists who had been either ripped off by unpaid white cover royalty fees or left out of being recognized by the mainstream media and his organization. He apologized for every redneck racist involved in the music industry and that took a big man with class.

When I first got involved with the music scene as a part of it, the image of Dick Clark sitting in the stands with all the kids around him, and never once a scandal, is my inspiration for being the person I am in the scene. R.I.P. Dick Clark, and be welcomed by many of the stars you knew as kids who preceded you. What a joyous time for you.

My article for Menifee Buzz, April 2012

Check in with @BillGould ~ The Art of April: Menifee has Talent, that’s for sure http://t.co/G5Uk1OYJ #menifee #temecula -- Yanik Gozlan (@MenifeeBuzz)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

AFRO-LESS MAN RETURNS


BUT THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME – SMOKE THAT TUMBLEWEED
Temecula, CA – In a week that finally saw murder charges brought against George Zimmerman, in a year that marks our empire’s 11th in Afghanistan, on a night of wind and rain, the man who is known as Afroman, Joseph Foreman, made his appearance in Temecula at the Tilted Kilt, without an ‘afro’. What has the world come to? It was like seeing Hugh Hefner as a eunuch, Pamela Anderson boob-less, or Jay Leno chinless. Fortunately the Afroman song message remains the same as does the funk driven beat. As we like to say in the biz, it wasn’t a sellout, but it was a solid show. The supporting line-up assured that success. For me, each act brought another layer of locality in the scene.
It was a Friday the thirteenth, so as a guy with an ex who is a witch, I expected a little something, wtf. Though packing an umbrella for the weather, my only ‘bad luck’ was missing two buses that led to me walking down to the show. That really wasn’t as bad as it sounds. The air was crisp, clean, with the smell of wet freshness everywhere. As I turned to look back at my neighborhood, I saw a double rainbow and knew it would be a good night. 

Walking in the Tilted Kilt as the band Indica Roots, a regular at the monthly reggae music fests held in Fallbrook [the community that shut down its MMJ storefront reflecting the hypocrisy of society today], was starting. The band played a tight set to its loyal fan base of music supporters. Among these supporters and part of the entourage was Andrew, a band bud that I had just seen on Wednesday at a wedding reception of a mutual friend in the Bipsy* circle. It was the first ‘local bumping’ of the night.

After that it was time for Illnoise, aka Jamaal Harley, a local bud since the days of It’s About The Music, a film about the T-Town music scene started by Team Ivan Promotions before The Vault, editions 1 and 2. Sporting his local hit “I Love Unemployment”, Illnoise* pumped the expanded crowd to much of his current stuff, released that night on his latest demo CD. Picking up a copy of the latest from my friend, I brought notice of track number 9, “Smoke In The Air”, a club dance tune that has tested well, to Catter’s attention. Catter is a local DJ who will be airing out all of T-Town’s music heritage to a demo market aimed at 14-33 age range from LA. Keep it tuned here for further updates.

Loose Nuts, another band name that has been appearing around town at places that feature live entertainment, delivered a lively set. Punching out a working class punk sound with sprinkles of reggae, aka Ska, the four piece is a hoot to see live. The crowd bumped and bounced to the danceable beats in a 21+ atmosphere. Picking up a copy of their 3-song EP and listening to some of the lyrics, Loose Nuts falls into the growing category of underground bands whose music is political and fun to dance to. Check out this band the next time you see them advertised to play, and be sure to tip your local waitress :)

At the end of the LN set I ran into the ‘Nickel Sack’, a once local transplant from the Java Joz* daze as I searched for a place to grab some chow. The walk to the show had stirred my appetite and the walk past TGI Friday’s hadn’t helped. Spotting a vacated corner table adjacent to the sound board run by The Vault’s resident studio engineer/producer Alex Pappas (ex-Finch*), I copped a seat. Joined by Paul Bahou (Inverse*) another local from the old days to the present who turned 30 two days ago, we chatted and listened to Devocean*, one of the hottest ‘bar bands’ around. A ten-minute rap warm-up by Afroman add-on C-WAY brought us to the moment that we had all been waiting for, the return of Afroman.

As stated at the beginning of this report, Afroman is now afro-less. Gone was the gaudy ‘loud’ stage suit, replaced by a loose long white muumuu style shirt that looked fashionable and cool (temperature-wise) to wear. Since Afroman is a one-man phenomenon: he writes his own songs, produces and engineers them, and markets them with his own website, so watching him plug in his iPod for accompaniment from my onstage vantage point was no surprise. What did surprise and excite me was seeing him play the twelve string neck of is double-necked white guitar to one of his song solos. Listening to the Afroholic is like stepping into his own private world of warped West Coast rap parody with several hundred of his closest friends.

Afroman first lays down one of his patented aquatic bass lines and some click-clattering drum programming, and then he delves into his comedy raps, many of which are plays on common topics (cars, weed, 40s, women). Each of his songs are like an extended skit and the faces of the crowd as seen from stage level showed just how much the T-Town crowd loves the A-man. Rocking the stage wing in the IP VIP area was another old school friend, Rebecca, who caught the eye and arm of a visiting Andy Dick several years ago, see After Andy Dick. Exiting the stage the last ‘local bud’ to see was another Rebecca, she of late from the Black Market.

Though the show was enjoyed by all who attended and the Kilt girls once again provided excellent service to the crowd/patrons, my special moment came when I finally got a chance to present as a token of appreciation for his first visit and the post show interview [which you can now see and hear thanks to the link which I originally omitted but have now replaced], a signed (Ivan and me) picture taken the night of Afroman’s packed house Edge show (see previous Afroman story now with activated link). Hearing C-WAY comment “That’s hot” was all the stroking I needed besides the “Thanks man” and “Here’s my OG fan” I got from the big guy as I contributed to his safety meeting fund.

Word is already going around about what a good time the Afroman show was. If you weren’t there, you missed out. However, it is not Christian to laugh at those less fortunate so below is listed the chance to see Afroman on tour; also for my out of valley readers. Remember, smoke that tumbleweed, p'-cccooaarrrhk!

Apr 13          Tilted Kilt                  26520 Ynez Road Temecula, CA

Apr 14          Willie Boys Saloon    50048 Hwy 62, Morongo Valley, CA

Apr 19          The New Parish        579 18th St, Oakland, CA

Apr 20          The Catalyst             1011 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA

Apr 21          Pozo Saloon             Pozo, CA

Apr 22          B Ryders                  7401 White Lane, Bakersfield, CA

Apr 27          Jethrows Live           1281 Kimmerling, Gardnerville Rancheros, NV

Apr 28          The Underground      555 East 4th St., Reno, NV

Apr 29          Mo's Place                3600 Lake Tahoe Blvd., So. Lake Tahoe, CA

May 18         Q Sports Bar & Grill  8109 S. Cass Ave, Darien, IL

May 19         Side Outs Bar            4018 Roberts Rd., Island Lake, IL

(Jason Birchmeier contributed to this report; * - see old archives for back stories - Ed)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

CONVICTIONS TOSSED - JOE AND JOE GET NEW GO

It's official: Former OC Weekly cover story icons Joe Byron and Joe Grumbine are no longer convicted felons.

Both men were operators of a pair of Long Beach marijuana dispensaries as well as Garden Grove's Unit D collective that were raided in Dec. 2009; they were convicted of pot sales in a Dec. 2011 trial that ended with the presiding judge, Charles D. Sheldon, dismissing himself from the case after sending a congratulatory letter to the prosecutor--just the latest evidence of his overwhelming bias, (see "Judge Charles D. Sheldon is Captain Kangaroo, Dec. 22, 2011). But today, acting on a motion for a new trial by defense attorneys Christopher Glew and Allison Margolin, Long Beach Superior Court Judge Joan Comparet-Cassani threw out the two men's convictions, awarding them the right to a new and hopefully fair trial.
In making her ruling, Cassani referred to several aspects of Sheldon's mishandling of the case which the Weekly pointed out during our coverage of the trial. For example, Cassani argued, Sheldon complimented the prosecutor, Jodi Castano, in front of jurors, while also being so rude to the defense team that he actually brought Margolin to tears at one point when jurors were about to enter the room. Instead of giving Margolin a few minutes to collect herself, Cassani noted, Sheldon allowed the jurors to march into court.

Cassani observed that Sheldon also ruled that a videotape and a photograph were relevant to the prosecution's case and should therefore be allowed into evidence--without ever having examined the video or photograph in question. Just as questionable to Cassani was the fact that trial transcripts show that while Sheldon sustained the vast majority of prosecution objections, it wasn't until page 1004 of the transcripts that Sheldon sustained a defense objection. 

As the Weekly previously reported, Sheldon initially sought to deny Byron or Grumbine the right to even mention medical marijuana before the trial began, and then, when another judge overturned his ruling, he forced the defense to go to trial the very next day. Cassani described Sheldon's actions as a series of errors that began before the trial even started, and which continued and worsened throughout the course.

"This was a terrible, terrible, terrible trial," she concluded.

Cassani's ruling--overturning a pair of criminal verdicts in a case supervised by a fellow judge even before the verdicts have been formally appealed--is relatively rare, said Glew. "To have a hearing like this--and to have the motion for a new trial actually get granted--is very rare. And the only reason it happened is because Sheldon recused himself from trial." 

Although the next hearing for the case is scheduled for May 8 in Judge Arthur Jean's courtroom, assuming the case does go forward, trial isn't likely to begin until August.

"For today, justice prevailed," said a delighted Margolin, in the hallway a few moments after the hearing ended. 

"We couldn't be happier with today's result," Glew said. "I'll echo [Cassani's] sentiments. "This was a terrible trial."
(Source - OC Weekly, Nick Schou)

Friday, April 13, 2012

FABLED NESSY BURGERS DISAPPEAR? GASP!!


A MOMENTARY LAPSE OF RELOCATION
Temecula, CA – One of the most ‘in’ things around these parts is or was a very small in-descript little portable eatery called Nessy Burgers. Perched by the side of the road just off the Hwy 76 to Oceanside and I-15 South to San Diego [in relation to Temecula], the small clean food stand has remained in the same spot for 26 years. Every day when you pass the location there is a group of people eating and/or in line for food. The menu is simple and the sodas are canned. It is a pick and go kind-of-place, perfect for the traffic that flows by it on a daily basis. It was one such day years ago in the middle 90s that a friend of mine and I stopped to see just what all the eating hubbub was about. One word:delicious!

Sitting next to what was [and may still be] the busiest Mobil Gas mini-mart in Southern California on one side and a park ‘n’ ride lot, the little mobile trailer dinner stocked by what seems a Mexican family that works as a unit is Nessy Burgers. The service is as professional as any that you would find on Park Avenue. This is not a place where you have to check you order. And like Jack, they don’t cook it until you pay for it. Out of the maybe five items on the menu, I can only tell you of two, the cheeseburger and the fries, the Stars.

First the fries, they are never over crisp due to the grease being too hot. The fries they use are the plump, meaty, full-of-potato, crinkle type. The helping is generous and those watching their weight can make this into half of a second meal. The remaining other half of the meal would be the cheeseburger. Oh, my!

With just the right amount of garnishment, the thick hamburger meat is a tasty secret mix as is the marinade, and that secret won’t be revealed here. Hot and tasty or reheated, the meat and the sandwich stand up as the best working man’s burger around. The fun part is that not everyone knows of or how good the food is. There is a set of picnic tables under a metal awning with no sides where you can sit and eat. Rarely is it empty, I guess, for I have never seen it empty any time that I have passed the place.

Once when AJ and I were out running errands and became hungry, I suggested Nessy Burgersover the usual Mickey Dees from ‘brand name’ AJ. Being a person who appreciates sushi and a Muslim, AJ looked a bit skeptical at the working class layout but his astute eye noticed the seated crowd filling most of the seats and the eatery’s location, location, location. He then glanced over my way as we stood in line with a sly smile on his face. A week later AJ was getting some ‘brownie points’ from one of the ‘old lions’ in his local Muslim community via Nessy Burgers.

Well Sports Fans, Nessy, named after the famous Loc Ness Monster [or serpent to be more accurate] has been closed and forced to relocate. Our report follows.

‘Nessy Burgers in Fallbrook suddenly disappeared from the roadside location where it had sat for 25 years this weekend.

Owner Charlie Webster said he had to move his mobile diner Saturday because work crews soon will be expanding the intersection of Highway 76 and Interstate 15. The new diner will open in about a week next to the Pala Mesa Market, 4775 Via Belmonte, just off Old Highway 395 and just north of the old site a stone's throw away from its original home.

Last July, Webster said, he was told by the California Department of Transportation that he would have to move his diner in six months. Caltrans had found a place nearby for him to move, but that fell through, so he got a two-month extension. He found another location in Bonsall, but that didn't work out, either.
Meanwhile just down the road, Gabriel Rayes, owner of Pala Mesa Market, said he learned from an employee that Nessy Burgers was planning to move to Bonsall, a nearby small community.

"I said, 'He's going to lose a lot of business by moving that far inland,'" Rayes said.

Rayes approached Webster with an offer, and with time running out, the two agreed to a five-year lease on part of the land next to the market. The diner was supposed to be off the original site Friday, but Webster said he was allowed to stay until Saturday to haul it to its new home. He planned to have the old diner painted with fresh coats of white and green last Tuesday, and later he is going to install a canopy and a deck. If all goes well, he said, the diner should be back in business by this coming Monday.

Webster said about 500 people stop by the diner each weekday and even more do on weekends, when cooks prepare 300 pounds of beef a day for about 600 burgers. Asked why his little diner has such a devoted following, Webster said the beef is never frozen, always ground fresh, and all burgers are hand-weighed and hand-made. He also said the popularity may come from the recipe created by his wife, Sandra. But don't ask her secret, he said, because he doesn't even know it.’

If you live in the area or travel down to Oceanside, and you like a really well-made and very tasty, completely filling cheeseburger/fries combo, look for the new relocated Nessy Burgers, daylight hours only. “Worth a drive from anywhere” Award – Temecula Calendar.
(Gary Warth, source– Ed)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

AFROMAN RETURNS

GETTING TILTED ON FRIDAY THE 13TH

Temecula, CA – Though the forecast calls for rain and it is the second of 3 Friday the thirteenths this year, a packed house is expected as Temecula welcomes back its next most popular black man after Chuck Washington, AFROMAN. Appearing back at the Tilted Kilt Friday after the sold-out December Christmas show, see recent archives, with A-Man will be DEVOCEAN, LOOSE NUTTS, ILLNOISE, INDICA ROOTS, and C-WAY. With the current wave of shooting homicides, many of them racially motivated, it’s a relief to attend an event based on music rather than madness, reefer rather than racism, and poetry rather than polarizing punditry. AFROMAN, the Grammy nominated homie is back! Roll up the good times and let the good times roll.
Some readers may have noticed that the number of music preview articles has dwindled. The reason for that is with Ivan Promotions working the younger demo music scene and bringing in artists that draw, like AFROMAN, over the years now, the lines for promotion are set. In most cases there is no need to herald a show. A few dropped hints here and there that AFROMAN was returning soon sufficed. And why not?

AFROMAN is a surprise the first time you see him perform live. You don’t expect him to be that good, but he is. As a performer who almost started at the top, AFROMAN is now an independent artist in the truest sense. There is no middleman between you and the artist. This is a reality that shows in the stage performance and sincerity of the man who is a cross between a honky-tonk preacher* and a barbershop hustler: strutting, ‘talking shit’, and ‘cracking wise’, all done for an audience.

And the audience here in T-town loves AFROMAN. In a reverse photo scenario to Invisible Children’s Gulu village shot, the Christmas Kilt show had happy patrons lined up to take a picture with AFROMAN like he was a black Santa Claus. That isn’t a stretch because Joseph Foreman, aka AFROMAN is a jolly type of person who makes lemonade out of life’s lemons, starting with how he got into music in the first place.

Busted by a teacher at fifteen and expelled for wearing his pants ‘saggy’, a style he saw and liked from the Mexican lowrider scene, Foreman cut a mix tape about the teacher and sold 400 copies of it. “Everyone was buying it, even other teachers,” said AFROMAN at the post-show interview conducted by several fans [including moi]. The entire interview can be heard here and came after The Edge show, AFROMAN’s first visit to T-Town (photo below).
After the high school fame stopped and a sports injury quelled a future college ride, Foreman tried a bit of ‘thug life’ but a short stint ‘on vacation’, cough, jail, got him refocused back on his artistry at rhyming a story. Reflecting on how marijuana had affected his life personally led to the recording of Because I Got High, the future break-out hit featured in the soundtrack of Kevin Smith’s stoner comedy, Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back. From that lofty perch Foreman’s roller coaster ride plunged into the abyss that stalled CCR, label malfunction.

Undaunted Foreman, now AFROMAN, struck out on his own, hopping aboard the new artist independence found through the internet. It is through the internet and his genuinely humble appeal as a real person on stage that makes AFROMAN an urban legend instead of a myth. Be here for the show review.  

( *- Joseph Foreman is a professed Christian)

Saturday, April 7, 2012

TOTALLY DISTORTED BY THE VAULT


NOT READY FOR VEGAS ANYMORE
         Temecula, CA – Sometimes I feel like I’m two thousand years old as I watch events unfold in the scene. At the scene speed of light you see people get a second chance at destiny, bands get re-birthed, and believers made of cynics who were once outside the T-Town scene. It is magical, Sports Fans, and Friday night’s Social Distortion show had elements of all 3. Folks, there is a reason why I roll deep in the hood around this valley. It is the people and the music that they make which is like Reality TV without the TV. To see all the character arcs, cast rotation, and side drama, all done to a soundtrack of today’s freshest music is better than being Dick Clark. After the jump, the distorted view from my bandstand.
         First off, after a long ‘cold for California’ winter, Friday broke beautiful, just a dead-nuts perfect day of 79 for a high and low humidity. Little or no chem-trailing and with the winds in from two days ago, just a crystal clear vista in the valley. Into this spring evening rolled the San Diego ‘Social Distortion’ tribute band, Total Distortion. It is the headliner’s first Temecula show and as the in-house press service, aka LLWAP*, my duties include tour hospitality for the headliners. Normally this starts off with a pit stop to my favorite ‘off the grid’ watering hole, the Black Market, where the beer snobs go for growlers.
         However, as I told the band after climbing into the van, the ‘all-ages’ music scene is ‘different’. “We fought hard for our turf, and we got it. You’re on the magic side of town now.” True to my words, the band never made it to Black Market. BM now goes on the ‘gotta save something for the sequel, Rocky’category, but I’m getting ahead of myself. As I climbed out of the band’s Mystery Wagon the lament was heard, “I hope I’m not playing to fifteenkids” before the band strolled over to Filippi’sPizza Grotto, a familiar memory from their SD landscape. For scene magic to work, your mind must be open to the unfamiliar. Next time, Black Market.
         Waving a ‘C U L8tr’ after explicit walking directions and hearing about the opening act being badass from during the sound check with them, I headed back to the Vault fully aware of the style of the evening but not of what was coming, magic.
         Opening the show was Third Time Around, a first time band to the Vault. Made up of juniors and sophomores (high school), the band typified the synergy that is at the heart of the new music scene which has driven that vista since it began. The element is pure youthful passion, and raw but untested talent, driven only by a desire to perform, and hopefully be recognized in the process. TTA has this spark and showed the greatest depth in the song writing/arranging department, with a very close second in musicianship. This is a band at the start of a fruitful journey.
         The second band, Monomood, kept the show moving in the right direction and provided their high school fan base with the thrill to seeing a local band at a different stage of development in a setting other than a house party backyard venue. The Vault represents that firststep, a giant one in any other spot beside ├╝ber-burban Temecula, of playing on staging like a pro. You’re in the lights, up on the stage, watching the crowd below you, seeing their faces in the spots as they give you ‘spirit fingers’ to a ripping band lead lick. Suddenly you’re Josie and The Pussycats, or whoever your mentor band concert video is of. Monomoodrocked their demo with a great live performance and very serviceable tunage.
         But seeing young bands who may one day become the ‘next big thing’ or Idol contestant from the valley is sort of a given when you see talent on the level that I do. Then at the end of the first two bands playing their sets, the ‘adult’ portion of the music show commenced, beginning with a blast from the past, sort of.
         The band, Ready For Vegas, goes all the way back to the Madlins daze, I mean days, if memory serves, under the Full Value Entertainment banner. Nor can we forget the impromptu ‘flash concert’ at the Grand Opening of Murrieta’s Guitar Center super store. Even in the off-music time in the scene, there were some RFV moments, cough, painting the Rock Bus, but the band never quite hit it musically beyond one song that had a Bye Bye Baby edge to it. Last that I saw, the band had topped out and was doing a burlesque review (no pun intended) at Aloha J’s, see Scene Chameleon.
         ‘Beulah And The Beat’ did not register when I glanced at the show roster earlier in the night. However, as I hung over in the shadows, the forms of Beulah Mae and Mikey, were undeniable, as the members of B&TBloaded in and set up. Ever respectful of ‘the [artist] wall’ which precedes a night’s performance plus having a check-in with my ‘fresh-in-town’ headline band, I wound up only catching the first two songs of Beulah And The Beat. That was long enough to see that Beulah Mae and Mikey were now part of a band that could write a song with a hook but stay fresh [the secret sauce of the scene]. And lest we forget, it is a magical night.
         Breaking back in the band entrance to catch the last few songs of Sandbox Bullies, a by-the-book rockabilly band complete with stand-up bass that puts a mosh pit spin in the room, I notice two things. The first is that of Megan, the fearless new ‘Hunger Games’ style house photojournalist. After almost climbing atop the drum riser to snap pictures of that performer in action, I watch as she descends, discards her camera behind a monitor, then promptly join the ever growing mosh pit circle. Tonight’s pit is user friendly as security has denied entrance to ‘noted’ security issues in advance, taking the edge off the dance floor. At this point, Total Distortion frontman Don ‘Ness’ jumped up onstage and jammed in on the last two SB songs and The Vault took on a decidedly urban square dance rock vibe. Fun was in the air with Megan enjoying every bit of it, along with several other females. Most pits are by nature male only. My Spidey Sense says this latest camera person has ‘spotlight’ written all over her, as did the last ‘scene’ utility camera person whose memory she invokes.
         As the band Trash Monsters set up in the lighted stage area, in the shadows sat Beulah, the bassist of Beulah And The Beat, with Mikey, lead guitar, b/up vox in the group that now features horns. Before the music starts I briefly catch up and snag a copy of the latest CD offered to me from Beulah. Simply put, Beulah recalled, “You said (once) we should ‘fill out’ our music. This is the new band. [The recording] was done in October and released in December.”
         Well, you succeeded. Divebar Prophets is a gritty gem that offers up ‘Hollywood Freeway’ as the brightest diamond, a bullet, in a bag full on the new release. A breakout CD must-have!
         The buzz on my side was always the ‘surprise artist’ of the night, which I knew of in advance but couldn’t divulge, having given my word to maintain a deep cover scene source. In keeping that confidence I will just reveal the circumstances. The artist is in the middle of putting out a CD with a band but his part in it is over. Still any solo work is frowned on in general and during a project in particular, though this solo work is more as a studio sub ‘hired gun’ on a temporary basis and in these hard times, any paying work is good work, the surprise guest artist will remain that.
         Also not a teen band, Trash Monsters, and their subsequent self-titled CD debut at the Vault, promptly made new fans with professionally structured songs that belie a mature freshness with a punk tongue-in-cheekiness. ‘Rockin in the Graveyard’, (Cuz She Likes Ugly Guys, I Said)“Let’s Dance”, and ‘Live Fast, Die Young’ reflect this glee in a very radio-friendly sort of OG way. Heading out on tour with their ‘guest artist’ sub to help support the CD, TM was generous with the crowd by offering free copies of their CD to the crowd, the night’s second premium for the crowd attending the all-ages show.
         By this time, all the TD band and band aids had been witnessing ‘The Vault in action’. Lead singer Don Ness who had swung back and forth between ’15 kids?’ to ‘Wow, look at all those kids’ was now wearing an anticipatory smile, strutting back and forth as he waited his band’s turn onstage. You see, Sports Fans, just as a Thursday night crowd is differentfrom a Friday night crowd, a 21+ aka ‘bar scene’ alcohol-infused crowd is different from an all-ages venue crowd where passion is unsullied by alcohol.
         Taking the stage as they would in any other show performance, Total Distortion delivered their first few songs in Social D ‘tribute’ style, I would guess, since I have never seen Social D live. What I have seen live is when a group connects with an audience and the audience connects back. I’ve witnessed the moment in stadiums with The Stones and I’ve seen it in dive bars dancing to The Spoonbills. This Friday night I saw that happen with TD.
         Drawing the rapt attention of the screaming rabid front few rows of Social D band fans plus driving the wildly spinning orbit of ‘stompers’ was enough to turn an earnest tribute bar band into a music show cover band. The boys from SD that said they ‘hardly have a mosh pit crowd’ had all that and a bag of fries. Rocking through songs like, ‘Bad Luck’, ‘Don’t Drag Me Down’, ‘Sick Boys’, ‘Ball & Chain’, ripping through a robust seventeen song set list, the band tipped a hat to The Stones via ‘Under My Thumb’ and threw in an original before closing out with Social D’s signature Johnny Cashcover tribute, ‘Ring Of Fire’.
         Finishing to solid applause and a promise to return to The Vault, a tired but satisfied TD slowly loaded out, after having their entertainment experience totally distorted by a visit to The Vault. The band will never doubt these parts being ‘the faststicks’ ever again.
         This is your in-house Lois Lane, with a penis (LLWAP*). Happy Easter to all; and to all, a good night.