Wednesday, October 31, 2007

After reading all that's been released about Orange County's top law man, it appears that Sheriff Carona is well and truly busted. Even if half of what's been alleged turns out to be true Carona has no business being in charge of a police organization. The guy should resign immediately, take his lumps and turn the department over to someone less morally, ethically and legally challenged. Anything less than resignation, or dismissal if he refuses to step down, will make the department and Orange County look like some Third World rogue republic where you can't tell the difference between the good guys and the criminals. Even at this early stage of the investigation it looks like this will turn into some very ugly muckraking.


Anonymous said...

About fucking time O.C's biggest gangster is finally in trouble, but so far nothing seems to stick, hopefully this one does! There's so many stories about this guy it's unreal!


Rutger's Point Guard said...

This is something all police chiefs and sheriffs do. So, is anyone else wondering why the sudden harsh tone coming from Wally?

The LAPD is so corrupt that Wally could start an entire blog alone on their immoral and illegal practices, but instead Wally spends more time criticizing their historical detractors.

As I scratch my nappy head I come to the conclusion that perhaps Carona was one of Wally's disgraced "hug a thugs" that put tax dollars into gang intervention?

Anonymous said...,0,5038393.story?coll=la-home-center

Bell Gardens official faces new charges

Bell Gardens City Councilman Mario Beltran was charged today with three counts of failing to file campaign contribution reports with the state.

Beltran would be prohibited from running for public office for four years if convicted of the misdemeanors.

"That's the kicker," said David Demerjian, who heads the district attorney's public corruption unit. "He would not be removed from office. But he would not be able to run."

Beltran could face six months in jail and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

In March, Beltran was convicted of filing a false police report claiming he was robbed after passing out drunk at a downtown hotel used by prostitutes.

The LAPD and the FBI are investigating allegations that Beltran steered a $5-million automobile towing contract to a company connected to an old friend and business associate, and that the owner of the towing firm made threats against another council member.

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This is priceless, the main man turning himself in, not only with his wife but his sancha as well. No this guy was not one of those "hugs for thugs" type, come on he's the sheriff of O.C. Check out the O.C Weekly there's a shit load of stories about this crook.

Can't wait to hear what the cops and right wing folks here on Wally's blog have to say about this one. Let me guess, he didn't do anything wrong.

Like I said check the OC Weekly to see this guys track record over the last 5 years.


PS. I don't hear shit up here, what's going on with Kobe/Lakers and did the Dodgers announce Torre today as their coach?

don quixote said...

Hey Wally, are people nuts? Here's this Carona and his cronies who are under a "Federal felony indictment" for numerous crimes,

He has to turn in his passport, and post bail, but and get this,
he keeps his gun!

I understand that any time the Federal Govt indicts someone they get a conviction something like 98% of the time.
That tells me at least that the Feds don't fuck around unless they got the lock on someone.
My point being that with the Feds if there is smoke then there is fire!

And the balls on Carona who is still going to run for re-election in the OC!
Funny though, the little man inside me says that he (Carona) has a good shot at getting re-elected by the good Republicans of the OC.

I don't know Wally, what you think?
With all the corruption and sleeze from our so called "leaders" on an almost daily basis the only thing that comes to my mind is what an old country Chicano from the mountains of NEw Mexico told me one time,
"Society is losing our minds"!

'America's sheriff' caught Bush administration's eye, met with Karl Rove
Carona has spoken openly about seeking the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor amid speculation that the Bush administration might first tap him for a high-level post.
By Christine Hanley and Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
January 21, 2006
Two of his former aides are facing criminal prosecution. Federal agents have subpoenaed his financial and administrative records. State investigators are examining his conduct with women.

And he's the sheriff.

Scandals and controversies have clouded Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona's public and private lives, dimming the prospects of a man whose political future once seemed unlimited.

Carona's official biography describes him as "America's sheriff," the handle CNN's Larry King gave him after the successful hunt for the killer of 5-year-old Samantha Runnion, whose kidnap-murder captivated the nation.

The sheriff's camera-grabbing performance in the 2002 case made him an overnight sensation in Republican circles -- a would-be contender for lieutenant governor and rumored candidate for a Bush administration post.

He met with White House political strategist Karl Rove to plot career moves.

But as Carona prepares for what could be a tougher-than-expected reelection drive, America and higher office will have to wait.

"It's a matter of whether he can rehabilitate himself," said Republican political consultant Kevin Spillane, who had predicted big things for Carona in his post-Runnion glory days.

Rehabilitation would require Carona to overcome a siege of allegations and embarrassing disclosures. Many center on bribery and election-law charges against two sheriff's officials, and accusations that Carona sexually harassed two women.

Others have raised doubts about a life-shaping story he has often told of finding his mother dead from alcoholism.

And while Carona has not been charged with breaking the law, the turmoil around him has fueled criticism of his judgment, character and use of authority.

The sheriff declined to be interviewed for this story because he believes The Times has "fabricated" material about him in the past, said Michael Schroeder, his unpaid attorney and political advisor. Schroeder, a former chairman of the California Republican Party, said Carona has done nothing wrong, remains popular in Orange County and will be reelected.

Spillane and other analysts agree that Carona begins his bid for a third term as the favorite, in large part because of the county's low crime rate and the scant name recognition of his election opponents.

But Carona's challengers have been given plenty of ammunition, said John J. Pitney Jr., a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College.

"Taken individually, these things aren't fatal," Pitney said, "but taken together, they could add up to real trouble."

In addition to the pending prosecution of an assistant sheriff and captain, and a state investigation into the sexual harassment allegations, The Times has learned that federal officials have subpoenaed records from Carona's reserve deputy program and election committee.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Two gangsters get prison terms for killing teen protecting disabled friend


Article Last Updated: 10/25/2007 11:57:56 PM PDT

The day Leticia Bravo's 15-year-old son was shot to death by gang members for trying to protect his disabled friend is the day her own slow death began.

"They killed my son, but they killed me," she said, tears welling in her eyes. "You don't die immediately. The pain goes on and you die day by day."

Thursday, when a judge sentenced the two North Hollywood Boyz members to more than 40 years in prison each for killing Sammy Salas, Bravo said she had at least ended the most painful chapter of her life.

"I hope some day they will be sorry," she said. "I don't know why they did it. It is nothing Sammy did to them."

Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Darlene Schempp sentenced Enrique "Serio" Diaz, 32, to 40 years to life in prison for shooting Sammy in the head. Sammy had intervened when several other gangsters were beating up his disabled friend, Juan Pedroza, whom they considered a snitch for talking to police about another case.

Luis "Wicked" Vega, 28, who participated in the killing, was sentenced to 55 years to life because he had a prior "strike" under the state's "three strikes" law for using a cane to beat someone.

Rutger's Point Guard said...

OC Half Breed, you missed my point. What I meant by "hug a thug" is police supporting tax dollars going to intervention. I'm just surprised to see Wally instantly take the stance that Carona is guilty. It's NOT Wally's style. Usually, he defends the badge until Jesus comes down himself and says, "Trust me, Wally, Stacey Koon is going to hell".

So, being that the kick Walster's been on since coming back his "Mexican Mafia" honeymoon has been public funds going toward intervention, I'm just wondering if his uncharacteristic lynching of a cop has to do with Carona being a supporter of the "hug a thug" intervention programs.

No, believe me, I trust Carona isn't a "hug a thug" in the social liberal sense. That doesn't get you elected to sheriff in Orange fucking county, obviously.

Oh, and as much as I like Joe Torre, I don't know how much he can really help the Dodgers. Most of his success was with a ridiculous payroll in NY. These aint OMalley's Dodgers, anymore. The team's been run by cheap skates ever since the family sold it. Ask Mike Piazza.

And, fuck the Lakers. Go Warriors.

Anonymous said...

Gang Member Is Convicted Under Terror Law

Published: November 1, 2007

In the weeks after Sept. 11, 2001, 36 states enacted laws that would guarantee harsher sentences in terrorism cases. Gov. George E. Pataki signed New York’s law within six days of the attack. Like the others, it was aimed at international terrorism organizations like Al Qaeda.

But yesterday, in State Supreme Court in the Bronx, jurors for the first time found a defendant guilty under New York’s statute, and he did not fit the stereotype of a terrorist. The defendant, Edgar Morales, is a 25-year-old recreational soccer player and gang member who fatally shot a 10-year-old girl and wounded a second man outside a christening party in 2002.

Mr. Morales, a baby-faced construction worker, was a member of the St. James Boys, a gang described in the trial as being formed by Mexican immigrants to protect themselves from being assaulted and robbed by other gangs in the west Bronx.

Robert T. Johnson, the Bronx district attorney, was criticized by some lawmakers when he used the statute against Mr. Morales two years ago; some said it was not the law’s intended use.

But just as racketeering laws aimed at mobsters have since been used in other crimes, Mr. Johnson said, the terrorism charge fit because Mr. Morales and his gang had terrorized Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in the west Bronx for years through violence and intimidation. It also provided for a far more substantial sentence

Bay Area said...


PS. I don't hear shit up here, what's going on with Kobe/Lakers and did the Dodgers announce Torre today as their coach?

Get off In The Hat for a minute and check out ESPN.COM or turn on your T.V. Or maybe we don't get that up here in the sticks.
We don't give a shit about Kobe,The Lakers or The Dodgers up here.Maybe that's why you don't hear about them.
Now if you wanna talk Raiders/Niners,The Warriors,The Sharks or the Giants your in the right place.
Damn , go back to O.C already.You sound like a little homesick mocoso.

don quixote said...

Hey talk about scary shit, heres a little something out "representitives"(ha!) including Democrats and Republicans are trying to get through COngress .

Imagine being prosecuted as a "Thought Criminal" because you posted up something on the internet (like here at Wally's!) considered by the Feds to fall under the "Extremist Belief System" umbrella.

Is this part of "The New World Order"?

Whoa I just had a bad thought! SHit I might be a "Thought Criminal"!!

Hey OC Half Breed! Latest is Kobe is definitely gone, supposedly to the Bulls in a multi team trade that would include the Sacto Kings Ron Artest. I say good riddance. And they should get rid of Jerry Buss and Mitch Kupcake bring back the one and only "Mr. Clutch" Jerry West.
Also the word is Joe Torre is coming to LA (a big step up from NY) and bringing A Rod with him.
They'll be flying the blue rag before X mas!


Talk Left:
House Passes Thought Crimes Bill and No One Notices?
By Jeralyn, Section Legislation
Posted on Thu Nov 01, 2007 at 07:00:00 AM EST
Tags: homegrown terrorism (all tags)
I try to stay on top of what Congress is doing but this one escaped me. And, since I'm not seeing much about it in the news or on blogs, I'm not the only one.

On the same day last week that the House passed the Ammonium Nitrate bill, it also passed HR 1955, titled the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007. The vote on this bill was 404 to 6. Meaning even progressive Democrats voted for it.

This is a thought-crimes bill, aimed at preventing domestic terrorism by judging the thoughts, including those expressed on the Internet, of American citizens.

If passed into law, it will also establish a commission and a Center of Excellence to study and defeat so called thought criminals. Unlike previous anti-terror legislation, this bill specifically targets the civilian population of the United States and uses vague language to define homegrown terrorism.


.... take a look at the definitions of violent radicalization and homegrown terrorism as defined in Section 899A of the bill. The definition of violent radicalization uses vague language to define this term of promoting any belief system that the government considers to be an extremist agenda. Since the bill doesn't specifically define what an extremist belief system is, it is entirely up to the interpretation of the government.

About that Center of Excellence:

Essentially, this will be a Department of Homeland Security affiliated institution that will study and determine how to defeat thought criminals.

What gives? There's probably no chance the Senate won't also pass it, and Bush will be thrilled to sign it into law, but this shouldn't be happening with so little public discourse.

Anonymous said...

what's the word on MARAVILLA,heard they are already running main line ? and running parts of the l a county jail....el sapo..

Anonymous said...

bay area,
ESPN what's that, ha ha. It was just conversation. I know I can look on the internet.
You mention the Warriors, I moved up here last year right at the time of their playoff run and was surprised as hell to see no support at all in the South Bay area. You drive anywhere in So. Cal and if the Lakers are in the playoffs you'll see support all over. They do love their Sharks here, but I wonder how many actually know shit about hockey. I still see plenty of Dodgers gear up here and isn't some gangster sureno wearing it.
Yes the one good thing about sports up here is I get info on the Raiders but there's no fucking radio except out of Sac. Shit L.A has a Raider station.

Lastly starting tonight the HISTORY channel is running a show on gangs/prison gangs. At 8pm there's one on the AB, it's one that's been shown and at 9pm is the new series I guess.


Anonymous said...

Where are you from !!

Brian Ramos's parents are from El Salvador. They speak only Spanish. They live in a Koreatown apartment so tiny that a single room serves as a living room and bedroom. A few chairs, and two double beds, crammed end-to-side, share the space. The home is flawlessly tidy. Not a wrinkle on the flowered bedspreads, family pictures on the wall.

The parents match the house. Despite the cramped conditions, they are neatly dressed, all manners and propriety, and utterly without airs.

When asked what he does for work, Brian's father answers with a wise look and a dismissive shrug that conveys perfect understanding of the city's economic hierarchy and his low place in it: He is just a laborer, he says--just another Spanish-speaking daily laborer, taking what work there is, sometimes, collecting, "old things with an old truck," he says.

They spoke about 30 hours after Brian was shot and killed in front of the apartment building. Neither had slept or eaten. Brian's mother broke down in sobs every 30 seconds or so. They weren't sure they would be able to handle an interview, but tried anyway.

Brian was their only son. They are proud of how clean-cut he was. They keep returning to the subject. Ana Perez grows animated when she describes how, after his death, police searched for some sign that Brian had gang or drug ties. They searched the house, talked to his friends, canvassed the neighborhood. They couldn't find a thing. Brian appeared as straight as they come.

He didn't have a tattoo on his body. Not even an earring. He had never been arrested, never joined a gang, never had problems in school, his parents said, and police agreed. He appeared to have never used drugs. He was working full-time as a delivery driver for Coca Cola, and contributed his income to the upkeep of his small family--father, disabled mother, elderly grandmother--all living in that tiny apartment with him. He was considering studying to be a medical assistant. Or maybe a mechanic. He liked mechanical things, his father said. "Buen hijo," says his mother, over and over. Good son.

Like so many L.A. neighborhoods of this type, there's not nearly enough parking, and city transportation department officers patrol and ticket with a ferocious vigilance.

That's why Brian was outside Tuesday night. He was moving the cars around, trying to get them situated so they wouldn't get tickets, said Det. John Shafia of LAPD Wilshire Division. A man or youth walked up to him, said "Where are you from?" and started shooting before Brian could answer. He fell immediately. He died at County-USC.

Shafia said Brian--21-year-old Latino male killed by a gang member--might not be the kind of victim to stand out or draw much attention. Not a soldier. Not a honor student, or university grad. Yet exceptional, Shafia said.

He was wearing a nice collared shirt when he died, Shafia explained. The neighborhood is full of gangs. Brian lived in an apartment so small and crowded he would have had to be outside a lot; there was no where else to be. He probably had to mingle with gang members every day of his life. Yet somehow he managed never to be involved. "You grow up in that neighborhood and you find your way not to be a gang member?" Shafia said, shaking his head in amazement. "I guess it must be the parents."

don quixote said...

From Patricia Zohn, a great article about what LA could do for it's youngsters, what it isn't doing, and how even some "third world" countries like Venezuela are spending the money for "Prevention, Intervention, and giving even a poor kid a chance at developing their natural talents.
God knows that enough of these LA kids fell between the cracks and developed other less than savory talents that " shine" in there genius and imagination, but on the dark side of the street, causing much grief and sorrow.

It should be pretty obvious by now that Los Angeles is not-so-stealthily scooping up among the most talented leaders in just about every artistic discipline. I say this not with any kind of one upswomanship to my home town NYC or to any other capital of culture. There are a lot of shining stars out there.

This week, Gustavo Dudamel arrives in LA trailing a NYT Sunday Magazine profile, and his own already oversized reputation as the boy-wunderkind and inheritor of the mantle of our beloved Music Director Esa Pekka Salonen, the least likely retiree I have known.

Last winter when Dudamel conducted the LA Philharmonic (with Yefim Bromfman, my favorite pianist), already, right there, you had a combo that almost had steam coming out of the Gehry organ pipes. But Dudamel isn't just a dynamic, rock-star-y conductor. He is someone who has already convinced the LA Philharmonic that just resting on their now primo musical laurels isn't enough; he is out to reshape the way Los Angeles deals with young musical talent. And for me, this could be the most important, the most useful thing that he could bring to the city, and to the orchestra.

As someone who has a flock of inner-city high school seniors to look after culturally ever year through the remarkable auspices of One Voice, I can tell you that by senior year, they are not just craving musical instruments but tools with which to paint, write, horseback ride, and ice skate. Some live a few blocks from Disney Hall but have never been inside any of the Music Center buildings despite outreach efforts on the part of all of those fine institutions.

There's just too many kids slipping through the cracks, not just with health insurance, and food, but with food for the soul, something they desire in equal measure.

Dudamel has youth on his side--like the tennis star Roger Federer, he has a poise and sex appeal well beyond his years. But he also has the moxie and now the clout to make change from the bottom up.

On Monday I attended a conference planned by the LA Philharmonic to energize thinking about replicating El Sistema, the Venezuelan state funded program that puts an instrument in any child's hand by the age of two, in LA. Dudamel, a curly haired charmer in blue jeans and a black velvet jacket, spoke in his half English, half Spanish way about how his father, a trombonist and part time salsa musician had been his first inspiration--he used to conduct an orchestra made of legos, stopping them every once in a while to say, "you're playing to loud over there", but that El Sistema took over soon after and by the age of 12 he had conducted his first small orchestra and by 17 in public performances. His avowed humility, eagerness to learn from the veteran conductors and his fantastic dimples had me at his first hola.

The Department of Health in Venezuela devoted 29 million dollars this year to the program which begat 250,000 students who practice or play two to three hours a day! Thirty professional orchestras have sprung up to accommodate them, and 125 youth orchestras. It's staggering, even though we know that Chavez, who takes credit for the program which was begun well before his time by the visionary Jose Antonio Abreu, is torturing the population in other ways. (Gas is subsidized too, but that turns out not to be a very good thing.)

Children respond to almost any initiative provided it's done properly, with good teaching and resources. At the first panel during the symposium Monday, there were the age old discussions about sports v. the arts, if classical music can be mainstreamed, and about how music helps your math scores. These are all important, but subsidiary issues.

The main thing is that Dudamel, a Spanish speaking 26 year old dimpled genius has landed in our midst and will help galvanize the political will to get this done. I am resisting the urge to join the skeptics --one only has to look at the documentary about the Venezuelan experience to get teary about what it could do for children in LA.

Dr. James Catterall, a standout panelist reminded those assembled that the true definition of the word culture is "a medium in which to grow things". Here's hoping this initiative can get off the ground and make our medium, the city of LA, already the prime US example of the diverse city of the 21st century into the most nurturing, welcoming, petri dish in all the land.

Tonight Dudamel performed the first of a series of concerts on a national tour (next up San Francisco, Boston and Carnegie Hall) with the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra, the creme de la creme of the Sistema program.

The faces of this orchestra are the faces of future and one can only hope that the LA Philharmonic will eventually reflect the cultural diversity of the city in a parallel way. I wished I'd been able to have my One Voice students along to show them anything is indeed possible, somehow, someday, somewhere, right here in LA.

The true definition of the word culture is "a medium in which to grow things".

Yea how about all our kids? Orale!!!

Rutger's Point Guard said...

That's a no brainer on the "thought crimes" bill. They can already technically do it under the Patriot act.

Ey...anyone notice the Patriot Act wasn't used against the guys in Jena that hung the noose? The "noose" is illegal by federal law, and considered a "tool of terrorism". And, the Patriot act contains language that allows the federal government to prosecute minors if necessary. Prosecuting those little hillbilies would have been as easy as changing a light bulb. But, no-go. So, now we know the Patriot Act has nothing to do with stopping terrorism. What's the next thing it could possibly be used for? Looks like they won't even need the Patriot Act altogether, now. And, in light of this law being passed, allow me to say that I love this country, support President Bush, and watch CMT regularly. I'm one of the good guys...or gals!

Rutger's Point Guard said...

Just for kicks...

Monday, March 29, 2004

I got a very interesting email yesterday from a regular reader. He mentioned the young Palestinian boy with the explosive vest who was stopped by Israeli checkpoint troopers. The reader made a comparison between HAMAS using easily-controlled kids to do their bidding and our own local gangsters who do the same.

He wondered if we couldn’t apply the term “terrorist” to our home-grown gangsters since they seem to employ the same tactics as terrorist groups. At least when it comes to manipulating impressionable young people to do dirty deeds.

That’s a tough one. Agreed, some of the tactics are the same. Like the PLO, and others, gangs intimidate and victimize their neighbors and everyone in the neighborhoods they claim. That’s a chronic problem when law enforcement comes knocking for eyewitnesses to a crime. Nobody sees or knows anything.

So in a way, you could say that gangs use terror to further their goals. But so do the Italian Mafia and every other criminal organization. Terror is the currency of criminals. But my sense is that the term “TERRORIST” should be reserved exclusively for islamo-fascists and other groups who have an agenda far more ambitious than the aims of street gangs. Street gangs don’t want to bring down a government. In fact, they like this one just fine the way it is. Under most other justice systems, there’s no such thing as a jury trial, free lawyers, sentencing guidelines or appeals for murder convictions. Even a drug conviction can get you executed in Red China and many parts of the Middle East. Here, the County sends a car to your house to bring you to the treatment center if you can't get a ride.

Like liquor and antibiotics, the term TERRORIST should be used sparingly and only when absolutely necessary. Throwing it around too loosely dilutes the impact to the point that it becomes meaningless.


Well put, Wally. Hear Air America is hiring!

don quixote said...

Well we in the USA have nothing to worry about. We have such intelligent, morally upright, and inspirational leaders in Gov't that we can all sleep soundly every night in bed.
Oh Yeah!!
Can this be a joke?
Unfortunately no it wasn't;

Lost a Watch in Men's Room? Call Larry Craig's Office
Staffers on Capitol Hill are howling over an e-mail sent from Sen. Larry Craig's office Friday about a watch found -- guess where -- in the men's room!

The e-mail, which is being forwarded pretty much all over the place on Capitol Hill, is from Pat Olsen, the embattled Idaho Republican's administrative director.

The e-mail announced that a watch was found in the men's room on the fifth floor of the Hart Senate Office Building, where Craig's office is located. On its face, the message suggests that a male staffer (possibly even Sen. Craig, the notorious men's room foot tapper) found the watch.

Lawd Hep Us!

Anonymous said...

Gun-toting off-duty cops taking more shots at crime

While the case highlights how off-duty officers carrying weapons can help thwart crimes, it also is one of a growing number of off-duty shootings involving the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Since 2000, LAPD officers have been involved in 68 off-duty shootings. Last year alone, there were 14 off-duty shootings - up from just six the previous year. Nine of the cases involved injuries.

In the same period, sheriff's officers have been involved in 41 off-duty shootings. Last year, there were seven - up from just four the previous year. Two of the cases involved injuries.

Anonymous said...

People wonder why RPV kid 'chose to be a gang member'

Killing turns a limitless horizon to a life of restrictions.

It's a strange twist for the sons of a car dealership manager father, who is white, and an attorney mother, who is Asian.

Anonymous said...

Instead of posting just one article, do you you guys think you could paste the whole paper so I can check what movies playing, who won the big game, give me all the news. As Dq sinchumpapa would say, Aye caramba, ya basta , hecha me una fria, hijole buey

Anonymous said...


Santiago said...

As we all know, San Quentin State Prison is California's oldest prison. Opened in 1852 after being built by the same prisoners who would populate it later. Hundreds of inmates had their necks broken by hanging or painfully killed in a Hyrdogen Cyanide gas chamber. Inmates on death row would try to commit suicide but all of them failed, thwarted by the all-knowing surveillance systems in place...except one...William Kogut.

William Kogut was brought to San Quentin State prison for the murder of Mayme Guthrie, a lady who ran a rooming house/gaming house/brothel. The motivation for the murder is not known but it was speculated that he killed her because of her alleged immoral ways. He mostly kept to himself and guards would notice him occasionally playing solitaire with a deck of cards that was provided to him by the prison. Nothing seemed amiss or strange about an inmate playing cards. After all, what was he going to do? Get a paper cut?

The guards remained confident that nothing was amiss until October 9th, 1930, when a large explosion was heard in Kogut's cell. The guards ran over to his cell and found only Kogut's dead body sprawled on the floor and a note,

"Do not blame my death on anyone, because I fixed everything myself. I never give up as long as I am living and have a chance, but this is the end."

After further investigation, It turned out that Kogut was never playing solitaire with his pack of cards. He was secretly cutting out the red hearts and diamond shapes and hiding them. He would then take those shapes to his room. Back in the 1930s, the red dye used on the pack of cards was made from nitrocellulose, an explosive chemical made from nitrate and cellulose. Kogut took off a hollow leg from his bed and stuffed all the hearts and diamonds cut outs into the bottom. Next he filled the hollow leg up with water from cell's sink or toilet. Nitrocellulose reacts with water to create explosive energy. He then clogged up both ends of the make shift pipebomb and left it sitting there by the heating vents to speed up the reaction. After a little while, the bomb, the cell and Kogut all exploded, thus, ending his prison and death sentence.

Big Betty believes that Kogut was merely trying to die on his own terms, too arrogant to let any one else kill him. Me? Never liked cards...loved my reading.

Anonymous said...

DQ is having a field day with that puto Carona and the joto from Idaho. I wondered how long it would take it him to point out how Corona was once being considered as a top dog in those republican's party.
Go on and rant and rave and point out every chance you get how fucked up and crooked those republicans are DQ. You are right.

Just remember vato, that while you concentrate on what's going on in Orange County because it feeds your obsession, our democratically controlled LA City Council can run amok giving away the store to their buddies and gangsters.

Oops, I forgot, we're not supposed to give two shits about that because they're democrats, and many of them have brown skin.

Scratch that, nevermind.


Anonymous said...

Vineland Boys member gets life

A member of a once-powerful San Fernando Valley gang who admitted killing a teenage girl and other crimes to avoid the death penalty was sentenced today to life in prison.

In handing down the term for Vineland Boys member Javier Covarrubias, 22, of Sun Valley, U.S. District Judge John Walter called the crimes "most heinous and most despicable."

When the judge asked him if he had anything to say, Covarrubias said, "I'm innocent. That's all."

He said he only pleaded guilty to spare his family from the hardship of a trial.

"Quite frankly, I don't believe you," the judge said.

don quixote said...

Holy prison shank! Maybe they need to invest in some kind of "metal detection device" at Cereso Prison.
By the way I hear that the Emero's were behind this riot in Juarez.

20 Cereso guards fired, accused of corruption
El Paso Times Staff
Article Launched: 11/05/2007 12:00:00 AM MST

JUAREZ -- Twenty guards were fired from the Cereso prison in Juárez in the aftermath of the gang riot that killed two inmates and wounded 54 on Thursday, Juárez city officials said Sunday.

Municipal police officers conducted a search of the prison and seized an arsenal of illegal weapons, including three guns, 31 homemade guns, 616 knives, 12 homemade bulletproof vests and 33 molotov cocktails.

Officials continue to look for two shotguns and an R-15 assault rifle, weapons that were seen in the hands of inmates during the riot. Officials said the weapons may have been buried on prison ground or smuggled out with the help of corrupt guards. Prison guards were not allowed to participate in the search and 20 of them, including eight supervisors were fired for "loss of trust," officials said.

Louie Gilot

Santiago said...

July 4, 1971. Lomas, San Gabriel Valley...the start.

rutger's point guard said...

Anonymous said...

DQ is having a field day with that puto Carona and the joto from Idaho. I wondered how long it would take it him to point out how Corona was once being considered as a top dog in those republican's party.
Go on and rant and rave and point out every chance you get how fucked up and crooked those republicans are DQ. You are right.

Just remember vato, that while you concentrate on what's going on in Orange County because it feeds your obsession, our democratically controlled LA City Council can run amok giving away the store to their buddies and gangsters.

Oops, I forgot, we're not supposed to give two shits about that because they're democrats, and many of them have brown skin.

Scratch that, nevermind.



Forgive the majority of Americans for clearly seeing that Republicans far outweigh Democrats in corruption, and that the corruption by Republicans is far more dangerous than that of Democrats. What do Democrats control anymore anyhow, teachers unions? Those grocery clerk unions? Ooh, yeh, watch out for those monsters! Yes, most Americans are more concerned with the assholes who have us in Iraq right now. If your car needs an oil change, yet your house is on fire, do you change your oil first?

Don Quixote said...

Man it's good to hear from you guys again(Gava Joe,Still no Script, and especially Tijuanero) I'm looking forward to reading the Mundo Book, and again as an old veterano myself I'm often thinking of the past and how we (all Of us!) have been and are influenced by our history. I have been recently thinking about the 3 generations of Eme people that I am familiar with and have personally known, my fathers generation, my contemporaries, and the younger vatos who are now Eme shotcallers. It might be boring to some but I'm sure it would offer some insight as to where we are today. I'm putting it together and if anyones interested I'll blog it.

Anonymous said...

Don Quixote and Santiago glad to have you guys over here. Wally's blog was getting a little slow. I'm glad to see you two guys are doing your part to keep this blog, interesting. I enjoy reading the words of and old and wise veterano. We need more guys like you schooling our youngsters.

don quixote said...

America's sheriff sitting handcuffed in a courtroom, handcuffed, with street gang members, copping a not guilty plea!

Carona needed some intervention and prevention a long time ago when he was a kid, before his life became a criminal enterprise.


Details of failed plea negotiations are revealed. Supervisors are likely to discuss sheriff's tenure today.
By H.G. Reza and Christine Hanley, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
November 6, 2007
Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona, his wife and his former mistress pleaded not guilty Monday to federal corruption charges as county leaders prepared to debate the lawman's future amid a cascade of calls for his resignation.

Carona's indictment has clouded his future and sent political leaders trying to persuade him to step away from the day-to-day operation of the state's second-largest sheriff's department.

- D.A. calls on Carona to take a leave of absence
- Carona's co-conspirators allegedly profited from dead officer's settlement
- An unsettling portrait of 'America's Sheriff'

County supervisors meet today and are likely to debate Carona's fate, although they are powerless to force the sheriff to step aside.

Carona is accused of using his department to enrich himself and others in a scheme that dates to 1998, when he first ran for sheriff.

In a brief hearing in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, Carona appeared as a defendant, sitting in a courtroom with street gang members charged with drug and firearm violations

don quixote said...

What a compliment that someone finds my old posts interesting although changing the wording might be going overboard a little.
ANd besides I already did post up those 3 stories of old Carnals about 2 years ago! But thanks anyways.

Here's another LA Times article about the new young LA Phil conductor Gustavo Dudamel and his dream to get music and art to the kids of LA like the El Sistema program in his native Venezuela that has produced many great musicians from poor varrio kids.
I wish him luck.

Dudamel is absolutely revelatory
The Venezuelan conductor and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra show America how it's done.

Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra, the greatest show on Earth
Dudamel is absolutely revelatory

By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

SIMON says it is the most important thing happening in classical music in the world. "Simon" is Simon Rattle, music director of the Berlin Philharmonic. "It" is El Sistema, the youth orchestra program in Venezuela.

"It" might also describe the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, the cream of a 250,000-student crop, which began its first U.S. tour at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Thursday night under its music director, Gustavo Dudamel. And if this incredible orchestra hits San Francisco, Boston and New York with the same revelatory effect as at the first Disney concert, our country, with its poor music education, may never -- should never -- be the same.

Happily, the orchestra and Dudamel, who will become music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, are hot properties. TV's "60 Minutes," which gave El Sistema its first big blast of publicity eight years ago, was on hand in L.A. to film a follow-up story on Dudamel, who at 26 is a spectacularly rising star worldwide. The Philharmonic has been under an international barrage of interview requests ever since its Easter surprise announcement of Dudamel's appointment.

Both Thursday's concert and another on Friday night had sold out quickly, and Internet ticket scalping had reached near Ian McKellen-like proportions. When an orchestra of 160 slowly filed onto the Disney stage Thursday, the applause grew and grew. When Dudamel walked out, he might have been a rock star. When the concert ended, he might have hit a home run to win the World Series.

The program -- Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story" and Mahler's mighty, 70-minute Fifth Symphony -- wasn't slight. Dudamel has ideas about these pieces, and they are mostly about how to make every incident in the scores either heart-stoppingly thrilling or heart-meltingly tender, how to shape a melodic line in the most comely fashion and how to coax a rhythmic phrase into dancing its way to every corner of a concert hall.

The stage was crammed full of youngsters, ages 12 to 26. Individually these are first-rate players (the horns alone would be the envy of many a brand-name band). But they also form an organism like no other. In furious passages, masses of string players swayed in their seats and wind players bobbed their heads as if guided by a single animating life force.

"West Side Story" is a story that resonates with these young Venezuelans. Many come from poverty, and all know about gangs on the streets of their capital, Caracas. Dudamel's accents were like startling gunshots; the brutality of the "Rumble" felt all too immediate; "Somewhere" was almost unbearably melancholic; and "Mambo" was a mambo, a real one.

The concert was delayed after intermission to allow José Antonio Abreu, who founded El Sistema 30 years ago, to get to the hall (his plane landed at 7:30). His devotees describe him as a saintly snake charmer who has managed to get the program funded through 10 administrations, with Venezuela's current leader, Hugo Chávez, the latest eager supporter.

Politically, we bicker with Chávez's Venezuela. A little rehearsal time in L.A. was lost because the visiting orchestra's instruments were held up by U.S. Customs, which wanted to go through them with a fine-tooth comb.

But musically, Venezuela leaves no child behind, and the results are an inspiration to us all.

Anonymous said...

Forgive the majority of Americans for clearly seeing that Republicans far outweigh Democrats in corruption, and that the corruption by Republicans is far more dangerous than that of Democrats. What do Democrats control anymore anyhow, teachers unions? Those grocery clerk unions?

How about the Senate and Congress
brain surgeon. Maybe you need to put the roundball down and pick up a book pinche pendejo.

Santiago said...

Some Bakersfield Emero's Wally. Two generations.


Anonymous said...

LOS ANGELES - A pregnant woman was killed and two other people were injured when a woman rammed her car into them during a planned street fight involving as many as 30 young women, authorities said.

The driver of the car, Unique Bishop, 21, fled after Monday afternoon's fight but later turned herself in to authorities and was booked for investigation of murder, police said. She was being held on $1 million bail.

"It was totally an intentional act to kill the woman. It was the driver's way of settling the dispute. It was a horrific act," said LAPD Deputy Chief Charlie Beck.

It was not immediately known if Bishop had obtained an attorney.

Police said the cause of the dispute is unclear, but was part of a planned confrontation between two groups of women in their early 20s. Witnesses told police they saw women shouting at each other and fighting at a discount store parking lot. The fight then moved onto the street and into a gas station.

Dozens gathered at the gas station and watched as Bishop got into her car and drove it into the group. One of the victims was pinned against another car, police said.

The woman killed was eight months pregnant and another victim was in critical condition and expected to lose her leg, authorities said. None of the victims' identities were released.

"We have seen women around gangs before, but we haven't seen anything like this event before," said police Cmdr. Pat Gannon.

don quixote said...

Orale Santiago! good website showing some of the old Groupe vato's.
All those rides were firme but that old creme colored Chevy pickup with the wooden rails almost made me cream.

laughing gas said...

Our own white bread pendejo payaso trying to defend the Republican Party?
I don't know menso if I was you I would just be quiet.
Here's just a small list of Republican hypocrits this doesn't even list the crooks and scammers in the GOP.
Hilarious hypocrisy!

Pat Boone Plays the GOP Gay Card in KY Election

Read More: Ernie Fletcher, Gay Baiting, Kentucky, Pat Boone, Republican Hypocrisy, Breaking Politics News

Pat Boone, another Republican hypocrite
. The white shoed/white bread crooner recorded a robo-call for a last ditch effort by the KY GOP to keep Kentucky Republicans from getting swamped in the wake of what looks like an historic anti-corruption landslide against Republican incumbent Governor Ernie Fletcher tomorrow. And when all else fails-- as it has-- where do Republicans turn? Right... virulent homophobia. So, in the light of arrests and convictions and resignations against a smarmy cast of Republican closeted lawmakers from Mark Foley (R-FL) and Larry Craig (R-ID) to Bob Allen (R-FL), Richard Curtis (R-WA), Joey DiFatta (R-LA), Ed Schrock (R-VA) and on and on and on, Boone is warning Kentuckians that if they vote for Democrat Steve Beshear against Fletcher, Kentucky will turn into another San Francisco!

Santiago said...


For local law enforcement the main attraction in Disney-country has been the “Needle Nazis...
Twelve to ten months ago, authorities launched a crackdown against the little-known gang “Public Enemy Number 1,” which also goes by the name PENI. Members of the gang have been dubbed “Needle Nazis” because of their heavy drug use and white supremacist ideology. Until now, the gang has operated mostly in Orange County, but about a year ago it started growing and spreading to neighboring states.

The gang constitutes a rare “hybrid between a skinhead gang, a street gang and a prison gang,” according to a January, 2007 report by the Anti-Defamation League. While members of the small group subscribe to the racist ideology of such larger hate organizations as the Aryan Brotherhood and the Nazi Low Riders, their primary activity is criminal — drug dealing, identity theft and murder.

Authorities took action against the gang after chancing upon a “hit list” last November that included several law enforcement officials and an Orange County prosecutor. Last December, about 300 police officers from local and federal agencies conducted a massive sweep in Southern California that resulted in the arrest of 67 PENI members on a variety of charges.

“The hit list took the group to a new level,” said Melissa Carr, director of special projects for the ADL’s Orange County/Long Beach regional office, which spent more than a year working on the report with the help of law enforcement authorities. “They are a cause for concern because of their ideology, because of their ability to recruit and because we know they’re on the move toward the Pacific Northwest and Arizona.”

Clay Eperson, a lieutenant with the Costa Mesa police department and a founding member of a state task force on skinhead groups, confirmed that the list provided “motivation” for the crackdown.

The gang was born in the 1980s as part of the punk rock underground California scene, taking its name from the British band Rudimentary Peni. While some members initially wanted to focus on white supremacist ideology, others favored criminal activities and eventually won control of the group. Several of the gang’s key leaders are behind bars.

“They claim they have ideological motivations, but their actions are essentially mercenary and self-serving,” Eperson told the Forward. “They are a threat, but they actually rarely act against minorities.” The ADL noted in its report that the group had worked with Latino gangs.

One area of concern for authorities is the ability of PENI to recruit in California’s sprawling penitentiary system. The Aryan Brotherhood and the Nazi Low Riders are both classified as “prison gangs” by the state’s department of corrections, and, as a result, their members are imprisoned in so-called secure housing units. PENI, however, is considered a “disruptive gang” whose arrested members commingle with the general prison population. As a result, the ADL and law enforcement sources said, PENI members have been tapped by the two larger gangs to join their drug trafficking and other criminal enterprises inside and outside the prison system.

The ADL estimates that PENI’s membership doubled between 2003 and 2005 to about 400. Most of the members are active in Orange County’s main cities, including Anaheim, Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach, as well as the Inland Empire areas of Riverside and San Bernardino. The ADL said that the gang also has a smaller presence in Northern California and has begun recruiting in Arizona, near the state’s Lake Havasu and Bullhead City areas.

“This is a bona fide criminal operation,” said Brian Levin, associate professor of criminal justice and director of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University. “What is significant is that they have become more established than the Aryan Brotherhood and become their strategic affiliates.”

While acknowledging PENI’s growth, Eperson, the police officer, said that the gang’s loose hierarchy and heavy drug use made it “easier to control.”

“I would hate to see a more efficient group like Sheriff Carona's take the stage,” he said.

Rutger's Point Guard said...

How about the Senate and Congress
brain surgeon. Maybe you need to put the roundball down and pick up a book pinche pendejo.


Yeh, they've controlled congress for a whopping year, now, after Republicans have controlled it for 12 years. And, you can see they really have the neo con machine against the ropes, considering we're about to go into Iran. Pick up a calendar, and a newspaper while you're at it, dumb mutha!!!

Santiago said...


In a couple of days they come and
Take me away
But the press let the story leak
And when the radical priest
Come to get me released
I'll be on the cover of Newsweek

And I'm on my way
I don't know where I'm going
I'm on my way, I'm taking my time
But I don't know where
Goodbye to Mike the queen of Carona
See you, me and Julio
Down by the school yard
See you me and Julio
Down by the school yard
See you me and Julio
Down by the school yard

don quixote said...

Hey Wally, looks like America's Sheriff is setting things up pretty nice for himself.

1. He takes a leave of absence so he can still collect his feria from the OC people.

2. He appoints a replacement flunky who he can manipulate and get pertinent info from.

3. He can return to duty for 1 day after his 60 day leave of absence, and then keep on gettin his lana and extras for another 60 day period and on and on.

This guy Carona I believe will continue to do this until he is stopped, then I predict he will disapear for a while (while he checks up and sets up all the money he's got stashed (Bahama's, Cayman Islands, Uruguay?), and then we will hear from him in front of his beachfront casa in Costa Rica, or some other "understanding" country, where he will give a press conference telling the world how he was being set up and scapegoated by the Feds.
You should take up a pool with the wallistas on how long and where Carona will end up.

PS, Just some grapevine info but check into the snitch and former butt buddy of Carona's "George Jaramillo". Is this the same George "Crazy George" Jaramillo originally from Highland Park and connected thru familia to some well known "Big Homies"?

By Christine Hanley, David Reyes and H.G. Reza, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
November 7, 2007
Hours after sheriff's deputies called for their boss to step down, Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona announced Tuesday he would take a paid leave to focus on the felony charges facing him.

Although Carona's decision was designed to quiet criticism, which has built steadily since he was indicted last week in a federal corruption case, it also stoked anger from some who viewed the move as little more than a paid vacation.

Carona's decision to step away from his job was a quick turnaround from the defiant stance he took last week.

"I will be taking a 60-day leave of absence in order to devote my full time and energy towards battling the untrue and baseless charges made against my wife, Debbie, and me," Carona said in a prepared statement Tuesday.

"This was not an easy decision for me to make, given that I know that the charges against me are without merit," he said.

Carona appointed Undersheriff Jo Ann Galisky, his top aide, to run the department.

Supervisors were angry that Carona chose his own replacement, saying he may have usurped their authority.

"I think he can certainly delegate responsibility, but he can't name an interim department head because the board does that," said Supervisor John Moorlach.

County Counsel Ben de Mayo is researching whether Carona was allowed to name Galisky acting sheriff, said board Chairman Chris Norby.

Moorlach, who has called for Carona's resignation since the indictment, called the leave of absence "close, but no cigar."

Norby has asked county lawyers to research the paid-leave issue and report to the board. "I'm very concerned about this because he will be getting paid full time as a sheriff and not working," he said.

Galisky, 47, said at a news conference that she would not hesitate to consult with Carona about department programs. "Will I be calling him to make decisions within the organization? No," she said.

The acting sheriff also said it would be unlikely that Carona would overrule her decisions. "I can't imagine any circumstances where the sheriff would step in," she said.

Galisky, a 23-year veteran of the department, was appointed undersheriff by Carona in April. Though she is part of Carona's inner circle, Galisky said the comparisons with disgraced former assistant sheriffs George Jaramillo and Donald Haidl stop there. The two men, charged as part of the conspiracy that led to Carona's indictment, have brokered plea agreements with prosecutors.

Carona got bad news Tuesday from those working under him. The Assn. of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs issued a statement calling for him to resign or take a leave.

Sheriff's Department managers had scheduled an emergency meeting for Tuesday night and, a source said, were expected to ask Carona to resign.

Schroeder said Carona hoped to return in 60 days and get the supervisors' approval to go on leave for another 60 days or more.

Norby said the sheriff didn't need supervisors' permission and could return from his leave, work for a day, then take another 60-day leave. But making such a move may infuriate the public and some supervisors, Norby said.

Oh Yeah!

el low rider said...


That was a good link to the car club. You always put up some good info, ese. Do you know any good places to eat menudo?

Here are some links to pictures of me and my low rider.

Anonymous said...

Jurors to consider life in prison or death in case of convicted gangster and killer of three

The eight-man, four-woman panel is being asked to recommend whether Timothy Joseph McGhee should be sentenced to death or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

"I don't expect it to be easy to impose the death penalty ... But we've got to do the right thing," Deputy District Attorney Hoon Chun told the Los Angeles Superior Court jury, noting "the number of murders and the amount of violence" committed by the 34-year-old Atwater Village gang leader.

"He killed for thrills and ego," the prosecutor said.

"When they (the defense attorneys) ask for mercy, and they will, remember what his responses were," Chun said during his closing argument.

McGhee told one of his victims, Ronald Martin, to "die like a man," the prosecutor said, noting that 27 shots were fired at the victim.

Anonymous said...,1,194396.story?coll=la-headlines-california

Boy, 14, is fatally shot in Rampart district

A 14-year-old boy's association with a tagging crew may have led to his fatal shooting in the Rampart area near downtown Los Angeles, police said Tuesday.

Rene Vargas was gunned down about 8:15 p.m. Monday in the 1300 block of West 7th Street by a man who got out of a black sport utility vehicle, said Det. Fred Faustino of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Anonymous said...

Alleged Gang Members Arrested In Connection With Drug Ring

Eight gang members were arrested Tuesday morning in Los Angeles, along with five others in Georgia and Missouri, for allegedly taking part in a drug trafficking ring that distributed crack cocaine, PCP and other drugs across the United States, authorities said.

On Thursday, a federal grand jury in Los Angeles returned an indictment charging 20 alleged members and associates of the Campanella Park Piru Blood street gang and the Black Mafia Family of participating in a multi-state conspiracy to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin and PCP, said the FBI's Laura Eimiller.

According to the indictments, members of the Campanella Park Piru Bloods, operating near Campanella Park in Compton, supplied members of the Black Mafia Family with large quantities of cocaine, which would then be stashed in secret compartments in trucks and taken to St. Louis and Atlanta for distribution, Eimiller said.

The Brown Hornet said...

Uh oh, it looks like someone pissed off Homero Jethro. whenever he gets called on the carpet and embarrased he will always go on a "Criminal Mexican" post up spree.
I guess it's his way of relieving some pent up hostility.

Anonymous said...

I'm all for taking out the trash, no matter what side of the law it sits on. The longer you let trash sit, the more it reeks. Hang that badge-wearing SOB!!!

don quixote said...

Jeez what a scumbag, 25% kickback from the lawyer on all referals made by Carona!
Tengo que ir a vomitar!

Carona's co-conspirators allegedly profited from dead officer's settlement

Federal indictment against the Orange County sheriff alleges kickback from settlement.
By Paul Pringle and Christine Hanley, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
November 2, 2007

Six years ago, Brad Warner slipped into a coma after routine knee surgery for an old injury that the twice-decorated Orange County sheriff's deputy suffered subduing a suspect. Sheriff Michael S. Carona joined the family at the hospital in a vigil that ended with Warner's shocking death at age 46.

Even as Rosie Warner's husband lay dying, and as tearful colleagues gathered at the deputy's bedside, Carona urged her to hire Joseph Cavallo to file a malpractice lawsuit, according to people who were there.

During the week of the funeral, he introduced Cavallo to her as "the sheriff's attorney," deputies who witnessed the encounter said.

Two deputies said Rosie Warner was disappointed with the $340,000 settlement that Cavallo eventually obtained. They said the widow, an immigrant from the Philippines who has since died of cancer, was "naive" about the U.S. legal system and had felt compelled to take Carona's advice.

"She asked me, 'Why is Cavallo pushing me to try to settle this thing? I think it's worth more,' " recalled one of the deputies, who requested anonymity because he feared retribution. "She was sick by then, and tired from the battle."

Now, a federal indictment suggests that Carona had a darker motivation -- money -- in offering comfort and advice to Warner's wife and two children.

The sheriff is accused of steering employees and their relatives to Cavallo. A portion of the $340,000, which some experts termed a relatively modest award, was funneled to Carona's alleged co-conspirators, the indictment said. They include Debra Hoffman, an attorney identified in court documents as his mistress. She has been indicted along with the sheriff and his wife, Deborah Carona.

The kickback allegation is one of dozens detailed in the case against Carona, but it has sounded a particularly loud note of outrage among those who wore the badge with Warner.

"There's just disgust," said a 20-year department veteran, who asked not to be named because he feared retaliation. "I can't imagine a cop making money off a dead cop. That's the lowest."

Prosecutors have not specified how the purported scheme came about, but sources with knowledge of the events told The Times that it was hammered out in a meeting at the sheriff's office. Attending were Carona, Hoffman, Cavallo and then-assistant sheriffs Donald Haidl and George Jaramillo, the sources said.

Under what the indictment labeled a "referral agreement," Carona and the others decided that Cavallo would kick back a share of any proceeds from cases the sheriff referred to him. The share was 25%, according to the sources. It was not immediately clear whether the percentage applied to Cavallo's share of a settlement

Santiago said...


Anonymous said...
barf your a credit to your race
$100 to tabasco! Let the world know you don't support Tapatio!

Santiago said...
Why not both?
Tabasco on the Bialy with cream and Lox, with thin slices of purple onion, and Tapatio con el menudo? Your missing out Jack.


Santiago said...


Santiago said...


Silver Lake Wine Face Lift...
The action at Silver Lake Wine has been on a three-day hiatus while the store gets a long-planned facelift; it will re-open on Thursday. I stopped by yesterday and found co-owner George Cossette rushing to finish the work. Expanding to 2,000 square feet, Cossette says, will allow him to enlarge his portfolio of wines by a third and to begin offering a broad range of spirits, including single malt scotches, small batch bourbons, aperitifs and digestifs. But initially, it'll just be the American and French wine selections that will be expanded. “They are our best sellers,” Cossette says. “We’ll be able to have more depth, a broader selection of all of the major regions of France, particularly in the $55 to $75 range, a mid-range of wines that we didn’t have room to handle before.”

The best news for the regulars at Silverlake’s Sunday wine tastings is the expanded wine tasting bar. It now stretches down the side of the store, three times the length it was before and long enough to handle a crowd. When George and partners Randy Clements and April Langford host their first wine tasting in the remodeled store this Thursday night (5 p.m. to 9 p.m.), the shelves won’t be completely stocked and the paint may still be wet. Still, they are eager to toast a future with more elbowroom…and more wines.


Santiago said...

Before leaving the beautiful city of the Angel's to visit friends in France, "Marty with the short pants" recently received this advice from a friend who is a lawyer in Paris: No one over the age of 12 "wears short pants in the city." Well, Marty being willful and hell bent, the little scooter took all his black, grey, and dark blue cuffed "short" pants, that he always wears with thick white tennis socks, with him to Paris to display in all his glory.

Santiago said...

from 10/23/2007

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Karl Rove said...

Watch out "Borat" from Khazakhstan is back in the USA and is not a Hillary Clinton fan.
Hey he sounds like Jethro though,
is Khazakhstan a city in Kentucky?

Q: Who do you favor for President in the United States?

A: "I cannot believe that it possible a woman can become Premier of US and A - in Kazakhstan, we say that to give a woman power, is like to give a monkey a gun - very dangerous. We do not give monkeys guns any more in Kazakhstan ever since the Astana Zoo massacre of 2003 when Torkin the orang-utan shoot 17 schoolchildrens. I personal would like the basketball player, Barak Obamas to be Premier."

Anonymous said...

Yeh, they've controlled congress for a whopping year, now, after Republicans have controlled it for 12 years. And, you can see they really have the neo con machine against the ropes, considering we're about to go into Iran. Pick up a calendar, and a newspaper while you're at it, dumb mutha!!!

That would be correct. It's been a year. And the approval rate for Congress is at an all time low.
The CNN Research Corp. has congress disaproval at 75%.
They have Bush disaproval at 61%.
Just thought I'd point that out for you and SNS.
Put the round ball down and get a clue brain surgeon.

Anonymous said...

Today's L.A Times Story, Wally will probably put this one up as well.,0,2566260.story?coll=la-home-center

OC/SJ Half Breed

Anonymous said...

Koreatown: Glitter Babies Vs. Thugs
Stylish throngs with dough pour into the area. So do muggers and killers

In Koreatown these days, predatory hoodlums — including both Asian and Latino gang members — seem to be waging a high-stakes game of one-upmanship with the monied forces of new development.

A young professional named Mark, who rents in Koreatown, says he heard the gunfire from a recent murder and, like Hammill, is trying to move. Two killings hit his block last month, he says. Though never assaulted, he is so fearful of reprisals that he won’t give his full name, expressing concern that muggers might steal his wallet, learn his identity and punish him.

“This [crime] run that we’re on right now feels a whole lot more threatening than ever before,” he says. Blocks north of Wilshire are heavily tagged by 18th Street gangsters. “I’ve seen these guys tag on shrubs,” Mark says. “It’s unbelievable. On October 3, there were three violent robberies on the same day... probably a block away from each other. Were the cops just taking reports and driving away? Abandoning the neighborhood?”

Anonymous said...

A fifth indictment against the Black Mafia Family (BMF) was handed out last week charging members of the infamous Atlanta based gang of transporting drugs around the country in secret compartments inside trucks.

The Black Mafia Family was founded by Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory and his brother Terry “Southwest T” Flenory, who both hail from Detroit and are currently incarcerated after being indicted and arrested on drug trafficking charges in 2005.

The BMF is also accused of laundering over $270 million in drug money that they earned via hubs in various cities in the U.S.

The gang was renowned in the Atlanta area for their lavish lifestyle and was well known in the hip-hop community for their alignment with rappers Young Jeezy and Fabolous.

According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a federal grand jury indicted twenty people involved with BMF’s drug trafficking on Thursday (November 1) in Los Angeles.

Some of the twenty individuals indicted included members and associates of the BMF while others were part of the Campanella Park Piru Blood, a street gang from Compton, California, who allegedly supplied cocaine to the BMF.

Authorities allege BMF transported cocaine, heroin and PCP from Los Angeles by hiding it in trucks and taking it to St. Louis and Atlanta.

On Tuesday (November 6), FBI and DEA agents executed raids in locations in Los Angeles, St. Louis and Atlanta. The raids resulted in 13 arrests and the authorities managed to seize about $100,000 in cash, 20 firearms, drugs and drug paraphernalia, a yacht, motor home and seven vehicles.

FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller revealed that some of indiv ualas indicted are negotiating their surrender while others are still fugitives.

Two of the five aforementioned indictments against BMF have named celebrity jeweler Jacob Arabov and rapper Bleu Davinci.

Jacob Arabov, well known in the hip hop community as Jacob The Jeweler, was indicted last year for money laundering for accepting money from the BMF and giving them jewelry in return without reporting the transactions.

Last week , as part of a plea deal, Jacob plead guilty to two counts of making false statements to investigators, and in exchange prosecutors will drop the money laundering charges in the case.

The jeweler will also forfeit $2 million to the government and is expected to face 37 to 52 months behind bars.

Last month, rapper Blue DaVinci was indicted for participating in BMF’s drug trafficking.

Davinci was the only artist on BMF’s record label, BMF Entertainment, and took over the label’s reigns after Big Meech was sent to jail. Feds believe that the record label was a front for BMF’s drug trafficking.

Anonymous said...

Good post on PEN1, I've seen that somewhere before. I've actually met that cop Epperson, his son went to the same school as mine. Funny thing is Epperson grew up next door to this guy Billy Joe Johnson who's a PEN1 member in prison for murder who rumor has it went to Epperson for help when the AB put a hit on him.

The two PEN1 members who killed one of their own Scott Miller were recently sentenced in O.C. They say it was because he talked to Fox 11 news about PEN1 business, word on the street in O.C was he owed some Eme member from Black Angels drug money and Eme put the word into the AB and he was hit by PEN1. No one seems to know the real story though.

OC/SJ Half Breed

don quixote said...

Estimado Amigo "Santiago",

Mil Gracias for the invite to the wine tasting Sunday in the "Swish Alps" lol "Silverlake".
I'd love to be there but I'll be in San Felipe BCN this week for some R&R, and to refill my gallon jug of Viagra pills.

I hope Wally makes it and I hope he picks up the tab being the "Rico" that he is, now that he's a famous author. (when does he invite the wallistas to his Malibu beach house for a velote?)

I'll take a raincheck but one thing I've got to know, when I stop by the Silverlake Wine and Liquor store to get my bottle of 20 year old single malt scotch and a bottle of Napa Valley Pinot Noir, will he be carrying the derigueur liquor of all bon vivants on the east side of LA?,
"La Viuda Sanchez",
which when imbibed with shots of "Viejo Vergel Brandy", as you well know, will make you wake up the next AM feeling and looking like the picture of La Viuda Sanchez on the bottle, bigote and all. Mas Menudo y una XX Equis, de volonia!

A Sus Pies Licenciado

Rutger's Point Guard said...

"That would be correct. It's been a year. And the approval rate for Congress is at an all time low.
The CNN Research Corp. has congress disaproval at 75%.
They have Bush disaproval at 61%.
Just thought I'd point that out for you and SNS.
Put the round ball down and get a clue brain surgeon."


And this demonstrates the Democrats control anything, how? This just proves that nobody likes them. I never said anyone did. It's likely they only won because of all the corruption in the Republican Party, you know, the kind where you hinted to DQ that the Democrats are just as bad at. How so? Democrats don't even have the balls to control the congress they now have the majority in.

Since you're researching polls, be sure to gather the numbers on what America thinks of the Republican party as opposed to the Democrats. Democrats are outright annoying. But it's now common knowledge in this country that Republicans are FAR worse. Now stop talking politics and get back to the smog in LA. I only brought this up to refute your sappy guilt trip directed at DQ for him only pointing out Republican corruption. DQ isn't alone. The majority of the nation is behind him on this.

Rutger's Point Guard said...

BTW, Mr. poll man also decided to leave out that despite Congress's low rating, most Americans are still voting Democrat in the next congressional election.

Every poll also has a Dem beating a Repub for the White House next year. Polls also suggest that Hillary, Obama, and John f'n Edwards (lol) all respectively beat Guiliani if the election is held today. They all kill Romney or Thompson.

When John Edwards looks to have th edge on the most electable candidate you can come up with, you're fucked.

Guess the Republican Party's platform of telling Americans they're going to die if they don't elect them isn't quite catching on.

don quixote said...

Good retort Rutgers! I agree wholeheartedly that the country is a mess now thanks to gutless so called leaders Republican and Dems.
It use to be that the Democrats were the party of the working people and the oppressed minority's.
The Republicans were the party of the wealthy Corporate class, both had intact political philosophy's that were defined and legitimate.

Now with the advent of the age of the media and "the medium is the message" so aptly described by Marshall McCluhan years ago,
most of our current political "leaders" are now nothing but "talking heads" and messenger boys for wealthy campaign contributors who hold the purse strings and control who gets elected to office.
Once elected these glad handers forget about their constituents and election platforms or any kind of philosophy except "how do I get over" and who's ass do I have to kiss today.
My own political philosophy still lies with the working class's and democracy for all but anymore some Democrats might as well be Republicans.
Can anyone see any similarities between Sen Diane Feinstein , Joe Liberman, or even Hillary Clinton, and what used to be a solid Democratic platform such as identified with Pres' Truman, Roosevelt, Kennedy, LBJ ect, I sure can't.
Although we now are condemned to vote for the "lesser of two evils" myself included, and I'll no doubt be voting for "Hillary" as opposed to the unbelievably weak and comical Republicans running for President, it's still a disgraceful era of weak and greedy "leaders" we are stuck with nowdays.

Calvin Trillin on the hilariously weak Republican Presidential lineup.

"The Nicest Republican"

The nice vote goes to Huckabee.
No other is as nice as he.
He leads a decent sort of life.
He's married to his only wife.
His kids, we'd bet, still speak to him.
He's courteous, but isn't prim.
A cheerful fat man who got lean,
He's not vindictive , rude or mean.
Of course, he thinks our way's been lost:
Abortion is the Holocaust"
And evolution's just a myth
(The apes are not his kin or kith)
And what the Bible says is true.
The Earth's not old. It's rather new-
Six thousand years, from Eve to present.
He's wacko, sure, but he's sure pleasant."

Couldn't be much worse than the wacko's we have in the White House now.

don quixote said...

Greedy Carona and his crime partners had thier hands in everything, even paintball parks.

By Christine Hanley and Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
November 9, 2007
When a paintball firm began exploring the idea of opening a range in Orange County, they turned to an unlikely source: Sheriff Michael S. Carona.

After Carona met with the business partners, one of Carona's associates told them the sheriff would do his best to help out with the deal but that it would cost them thousands of dollars, according to a federal criminal indictment made public last week. So, the indictment says, the businessmen ponied up $25,000 for Carona's influence in landing a site.

Carona has no authority in county land-use decisions, but when the paintball partners sought to lease land at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, the sheriff's wife was in a position to help. Deborah Carona was president of the fair board, which approves land-use deals at the sprawling site.

Records show the lease agreement was approved by the fair board unanimously, without discussion, this year.

Giant Paintball Park opened last month, just days before federal prosecutors unsealed a sweeping corruption indictment accusing Carona of misusing his office to enrich himself and others, including his wife and a woman identified as his longtime mistress.

All three have pleaded not guilty and are free on bail. Carona, under withering pressure, agreed to take a leave of absence this week and turned over the day-to-day operation of the state's second-largest sheriff's department to the undersheriff.

Deborah Carona's attorney, Dave Wiechert, said there was nothing untoward about his client's vote. She had "no involvement with meeting these guys, or going over the plan, or anything," he said.

"There's absolutely nothing that was done wrong here," Wiechert said. "The board unanimously approved this, and it was at the recommendation of the people on the staff who thought it was a great idea."

Dale Dykema, president of the board, said late Thursday that he did not believe Deborah Carona was aware of the staff's interactions with the paintball partners and therefore did not have a conflict. "In this particular instance, I don't believe Debbie Carona had any idea this contract was being signed, based on my conversations with staff today," Dykema said.

The park is operated by Giovanni D'Egidio and Dennis Bukowski. They own several paintball facilities under an umbrella company called Hollywood Sports Park in Bellflower, and are involved in a series of transactions involving the Caronas that date to the sheriff's earliest days in office.

D'Egidio and Bukowski did not return repeated calls.

Campaign records reviewed by The Times show that the partners donated $1,620 to Carona's campaign before the alleged pay-to-play meeting took place. Bukowski contributed $250 in 1998 and $500 in 1999 through one of his other companies. D'Egidio gave $420 as an individual and $450 through one of his companies in 1999.

In April 2000, federal prosecutors say, Carona, his then-assistant sheriff George Jaramillo and their attorney friend Joseph G. Cavallo met with the two businessmen to discuss Carona's ability to use his influence to facilitate the acquisition of land for a paintball park in Orange County.

The businessmen, according to the indictment, paid Cavallo $25,000 after he told them Carona would use his influence in exchange for "tens of thousands of dollars of cash." Carona is accused of using his influence to get his wife appointed to the fair board a year later. Appointments to state fair boards are made by the governor.

Her appointment to the board was made in May 2001 by then-Gov. Gray Davis. It came two months after Carona -- a rising star in the Republican party at the time -- threw a $10,000-a-plate fundraiser for Davis, which drew the wrath of fellow Republicans.