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Dear Readers: I am thrilled to be able to be a guest on Canto Talk this Thursday, April 21 at 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST; click here for live show or archived podcast).

My guest that night will be independent conservative activist Dawn Wildman, coordinator for California Tea Party Groups and co-founder of the SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition.  She and I have been friends since the first Tea Party over 7 years ago!

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California has been crazy indeed:

Our former “conservative” Governor shortened the sentence of the son of a political ally who murdered another young man.

We are poised to let lose a Manson Family cult killer.

California Republicans are crazy about Ted Cruz.

California Democrats are just plain crazy and are beginning to #FeelTheBern.

There is a new California Gold Rush…involving Texas and Tennessee

We are looking forward to sharing the craziness with Canto Talk listeners!

 

 

 

 

Dear Readers: I am thrilled to announce that fellow Legal Insurrection author and friend Kemberlee Kaye will be our guest on Tuesday, March 8th at 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST on Canto Talk. (Click HERE during showtimes, or after for the podcast).

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The topic will be Election 2016.  To say that it has been a thrilling ride would be an understatement.  The Cruz/Trump split decision on “Super Saturday” certainly has made the race for the nomination competitive.

However, the Democratic Party’s race has been no less interesting.

The use of coin-flips and Super-Delegates may have helped propel Clinton to the “inevitable” spot. Threats and warnings by party insiders have been used against Sanders’ supporters to keep the troops in-line.

However, the trickery and bullying come with a steep price. A progressive site, Left Wing Nation, is already deriding #NeverHillary liberals who vow they will stay home or vote Republican.

 

We will also get an inside look at what happened at the recent CPAC:

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We will get an up-close look at some of the speeches and reactions to them, including:

Ted Cruz’s CPAC Speech

Rubio at CPAC: “Ronald Reagan looked and acted nothing like Donald Trump”

 

And, of course, the reaction to the no-show by Donald Trump.

It should be Yuuuuge! Please tune in or download the podcast for later listening pleasure.

Dear Friends: For those of you who like my crackling political commentary, I decided to go back to my original blogging roots and cover hot topics in Egyptology for the next Canto Talk show.  So, I hope that you will join Silvio Canto Jr. and myself this Wednesday, Feb. 17th to discuss the a wonderful new podcast program on the subject (click here at 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST or after for the archived show.)

I will be introducing the Canto Talk audience to Dr. Eric Wells, host of Eric’s Guide to Ancient Egypt.

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As Valentine’s Day was just a couple of days ago, we will be reviewing love and romance in ancient Egypt.  I suspect many of you will be surprised by how seriously the Egyptian’s took their passion.

Eric has a real gift of making ancient history appealing for everyone — from humble amateurs such as myself to those who have an in-depth knowledge of Egyptology.  He has an incredible voice for radio, and his podcasts are simply among the best history programming available in new media today.  I am thrilled to have this opportunity to share is excellent work with a larger audience.

I am hoping we might be able to cover a few other topics, too. During the first show I listened to, Eric’s guest Kara Cooney covered the relationship between the iconic beauty Nefertiti and her husband, religious heretic and pharaoh, Akhenaten.

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And while I agree with most of their assessments about Akhenaten, I would disagree as to their choice about his modern counterpart — which Cooney said was Donald Trump.  I would assert that between the monumental building, big ego, and the numerous wives and kids, Ramses the Great would be a better match.

 

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No matter your  political inclination, Egypt is a fascinating land with intriguing discoveries still to be made.  I hope to chat with Eric about the status of the work related to potential chambers in King Tutankhamen’s tomb and the Great Pyramid.  I also plan to review his own interesting work in the field.

It should be a great show!

 

 

Antonio F BrancoDear Readers:  UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, this show is rescheduled for DEC. 17th!

It will be my enormous pleasure to chat with Legal Insurrection’s Antonio F. Branco, America’s best political cartoonist!  Tune into Canto Talk this Thursday, Dec. 10th Dec. 17th at 7 pm Pacific/9 pm Central/ 10 pm Eastern time (click HERE for show or archived podcast afterward).

I have been a fan of political cartoons for ages…clipping out and pasting some of my favorite to tape on my walls as a teen.  I even gave a lecture to my son’s 4th grade class on the history of political cartoons…featuring some of Antonio’s work!

Antonio has just published a book of his work, and I encourage you to head over to Legal Insurrection and order some as Christmas/Chanukah gifts for those who are avid current events followers. I know I ordered mine…autographed!

 

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The book is available at a $5 discount off the $24.95 list price at Patriot Depot (where they throw in a calendar of Branco’s cartoons as well), and at list price at Amazon.

At Patriot Depot only you can purchase an autographed copy for $29.95.

Silvio Canto will be leading the discussion, which will include a California update that covers last week’s slaughter in San Bernardino.

Meanwhile, here are a couple of the Antonio’s most recent gems at Legal Insurrection:

  1. This Time I Mean It

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2. I Have Seen the Enemy

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3. Rock the Cradle

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Dear Readers:  It will be my pleasure to be a guest on Canto Talk this Tuesday, Nov. 17th.  Click HERE at 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST or after for a podcast.

Our featured guest will be my niece, Julia Addington.

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The subject will be a dark one: Human trafficking.  Julia is on her way to India for a mission to fight this particular plague.

In a six-bed women’s ward in New Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital lies a frail 15-year-old girl. Her face and head are bandaged, leaving visible only a bruised blue-black eye and swollen lips. Burn marks and scabs extend down her neck to her whole body, and a disfigured ear clings on to her face like a piece of mangled flesh. A strange stench surrounds her. The nurse who comes to check on her explains the smell: A wound on the girl’s skull is rotting and has filled with maggots.

The girl tries to speak. In a muffled voice, she says: “My employer would beat me every day with a broom and a stool. Many times she would put a hot pan on my body and burn my skin. That’s how the skin on my skull started peeling out as she repeatedly burned the same spot.”

Somehow the horrific brutality inflicted on this teenager is not an isolated case. Thousands of girls are trafficked every year from remote villages to large cities and sold as domestic workers. Many are abused or sexually exploited.

Extreme poverty, lack of education and employment, and poor implementation of the government’s minimum wage system in rural India make girls more vulnerable to being trafficked. The 2013 Global Slavery Index, published by the Australia-based Walk Free Foundation, an organization that works to end modern slavery, found that almost half of the 30 million “modern slaves” in the world are from India.

Julia will be working with a team from Harvest International Ministry:

Pastor Mark Tubbs, the HIM Mission Apostle and his wife Ann lead transformation trips to hot spots around the world. They lead teams with the primary purpose to raise people up and to get a glimpse of what we all can look like with total freedom! We also go with the purpose of increasing the leaders and churches in strategic areas where the fire of transformation is burning. HIM has growing influence in many nations and we will go to establish the church in specific cities and regions. Each team has leaders and individuals that sense God wants to release them, and often the breakthrough comes on these trips.

…In this trip, we will not only minister to many new pastors hungry for prophetic training, but we will also provide healing prayer for those rescued from human trafficking via the Himalayas. Along with Apostle Leanna Cinquanta, we will go to Lucknow and continue to bring key training to new church planters. As “inner healing” is very new to India, we will train workers and minister to those who have been saved from slavery. In addition, we will go out in strike teams to minister in villages.

Julia requests donations to help defray her costs for this mission. If you can help, there are some options.

* Click HERE for Pay Pal. When there is the option to make a note/designate gift [SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO SELLER] pls write India- Julia Addington.

* To send by check:

Make checks out to “Transformation of the Nations” with India- Julia Addington in the memo line (important!!!).

Mail to:

Transformation of the Nations
C/o Linda Solarek
3350 SW 108th Ave
Beaverton, OR 97005

Add to this discussion, Silvio and I will be doing a round-up of current events…which have been quite intense. It should be another great show.

Dear Readers: I am thrilled to be joining Silvio Canto Jr. for another Halloween special. So, please join us for another spook-tacular session this Thursday, Oct. 29th to discuss the history if the now ubiquitous Halloween costume with one of the country’s premier costume designers. (Click HERE at 7 pm PST/10 pm EST or after the show for a podcast).

Daisy Viktoria will be the featured guest. I had the privilege of meeting her at an ancient Egyptian themed event, during which she won the historical garb contest by universal acclaim. I then had her create one, for my “Goddess of Capitalism” collection:

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Daisy is one of the most remarkable artists it has been my fortune to meet:

Daisy Viktoria is an award winning fashion and costume designer. Daisy learned to sew at a young age and spent much of her childhood playing make believe and creating costumes for herself and her dolls. Daisy also grew up in a family of historical reenactors. She learned a lot of sewing techniques through fashion history, and she still plays in the SCA to this day! Daisy has also been a cosplayer and attended anime and fantasy conventions since she first heard about them in college.

Daisy has designed and created hundreds of corsets of all varieties, as well as hundreds of costumes and gowns ranging from modern Fantasy Couture to Historical. She specializes in corsetry and bridal gowns with a historically inspired fantasy touch.

Something that sets Daisy apart from other fashion designers is her college degree. Daisy has a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from UCLA. Her undergrad is also in ChemE with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Florida, where Daisy graduated Summa Cum Laude, the highest honors.

Daisy Viktoria has been featured in various print and online magazines, as well as blogs and social media. Her designs have graced the runways throughout Los Angeles and southern California, at fashion week events and fantasy conventions, and even Dragon*Con in Atlanta! These are some of the magazines where Daisy’s work has been featured: Gothic Beauty, Dark Beauty, FAE, Von Gutenberg, Linger, Vedere, Rebelicious, Petite Alternative, Like A Lion, Tinsel Tokyo, Avant Garde, Cloud Orchid, Raine, and Hardcore Gamer.

Daisy has an unparalleled ability to capture the Zeitgeist. For example, her Game of Thrones Collection:

It was even cited on the HBO Show Page!

She is a real Wonder Woman!

But let not the fantasy fool you: Daisy can nail historical garments with uncanny accuracy…like she lived during the epoch!

In fact, hoops and hoop skirts have been big this year!

Her work has been featured in Los Angles runway fashion shows:

If you are interested in seeing more, or even ordering for the increasing number of costume-oriented events that Americans are organizing, please see her website: daisyviktoria.com!

Of course, Silvio and I will be also mixing this up with chilling news updates! Happy Halloween!

As an occupational safety and environmental health professional, I have been following the news of the shooting deaths of Virginia reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward by Vester Lee Flanagan closely.

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Is there anyway that this tragedy could have been prevented, and are there lessons to be learned for other employers who can then better protect their staffs from senseless violence? As Flanagan was a former employee of Parker and Ward’s station, it seems appropriate to consider the possibility.

By definition, workplace violence includes:

  • Threatening behaviour – such as shaking fists, destroying property or throwing objects.
  • Verbal or written threats – any expression of an intent to inflict harm.
  • Harassment – any behaviour that demeans, embarrasses, humiliates, annoys, alarms or verbally abuses a person and that is known or would be expected to be unwelcome. This includes words, gestures, intimidation, bullying, or other inappropriate activities.
  • Verbal abuse – swearing, insults or condescending language.
  • Physical attacks – hitting, shoving, pushing or kicking.

Reports now indicate Flangan’s employment history included many of these incidents. He was self-described “powder keg,” fired from his job at WDBJ in Virgina because of “anger management issues.”A 23-page note was sent to ABC news that indicates Flanagan was inspired by the Charleston shootings:

This morning, a fax was in the machine (time stamped 8:26 a.m.) almost two hours after the shooting. A little after 10 a.m., he called again, and introduced himself as Bryce, but also said his legal name was Vester Lee Flanagan, and that he shot two people this morning. While on the phone, he said authorities are “after me,” and “all over the place.” He hung up. ABC News contacted the authorities immediately and provided them with the fax.

In the 23-page document faxed to ABC News, the writer says “MY NAME IS BRYCE WILLIAMS” and his legal name is Vester Lee Flanagan II. He writes what triggered today’s carnage was his reaction to the racism of the Charleston church shooting:

“Why did I do it? I put down a deposit for a gun on 6/19/15. The Church shooting in Charleston happened on 6/17/15…”

“What sent me over the top was the church shooting. And my hollow point bullets have the victims’ initials on them.”

However, given the fact that Flanagan had been fired and escorted out by police (not a typical occurence for any firing), the question has to be asked is there anything the news station could have done to anticipate his attack?

For example, could monitoring of Flanagan’s social media account by the station’s Human Resource staff provided any warning? Should Parker, Ward, and other station employees have been informed of Flanagan’s history, so they could have been on the lookout for him and know what to do if he showed up during filming? Could past employers have been able to warn the Virginia station of any problems with Flanagan if rules preventing such information dissemination had not been in place?

As with many of the other senseless slaughters covered on Legal Insurrection (e.g., Charleston, Santa Barbara, Aurora, Sandy Hook), the failure to address metal illness effectively was a key component. Gun control is not the issues as much as “mental illness control”.

And while journalists such as Parker and Ward can potentially experience violence while covering a story, a feature piece on local anniversary is typically a high risk event. The UK Daily Mail offers some background on the two victims:

According to her bio at WDBJ7.com, Parker was the station’s morning reporter. A local girl, Parker had spent much of her life outside Martinsville, about an hour from where she was tragically gunned down Wednesday.

Prior to her time at WDBJ, Parker worked near the Marine base Camp Lejeune for the Jacksonville, North Carolina bureau of WCTI.

She graduated from James Madison University just three years ago. While there, she interned at the local ABC/Fox affiliate and was news editor for her university’s nationally recognized newspaper, The Breeze.

According to her station biography, she says she liked to whitewater kayak, play with her parents’ dog Jack and attend community theater events.

‘She was so enthusiastic and she was doing what she loved,’ Deon Guillory, a reporter who had Parker as an intern in college, told CNN. ‘She was living her dream.’

Photographer Ward was a Virginia Tech graduate who attended high school in Salem, less than an hour from the scene of his murder.

The two Virginia natives often worked together on WDBJ stories and started off at the station as interns.

In April, they traveled together to Appomattox for the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. In February, the station posted photos of the duo to Facebook as they dressed up as bride and groom at a local bridal store.

‘Adam was a delightful person. He worked hard – you could tell he loved what he was doing,’ Robert Denton, who taught Ward at Virginia Tech University, said.

I hope some serious lessons are learned in the wake of this tragedy, instead of the usual cries for more gun control.

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