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What are you, NUTS?...Let Them out of Jail?

By Steven Lane, published on Nov 30, 2009

Pick a day, any day, and you will find that about 70,000 inmates in U.S prisons are psychotic. Somewhere between 200,000 and 300,000 inmates are schizophrenic, bi polar or suffering from major depression. "Prisons hold three times more people with mental illness than do psychiatric hospitals.", stated a 2003 report by Human Rights Watch. Closed for three years due to lack of funds, the Mentally Ill Offender Crime Reduction grant program, (MIOCR), was resuscitated this year. Intense pressure brought to bear by the California State Sheriff's' Association pushed... (more)

Tags: california

What Do You Do?....................... When Death Askes You?

By Steven Lane, published on Apr 22, 2009

The engine fired up just as my father said, "goodbye", and backed out of the driveway. I was fourteen and I didn't have a clue that this would be the last time we ever spoke. When the call came that afternoon that my dad had been killed in an auto accident, everything changed. Five kids and a mother were witness to just how quickly and unexpected a life can be extinguished. Our being's simply and dramatically turned in multiple directions, all previously, unknown. There are all kinds of inquiries that still slip in and out of my mind. The "what ifs" and "I wonder what's" abound, in the back... (more)

Tags: los angeles, family, survivor guilt, los angeles chatsworth, september 12 2008 train collission

Off The Menu Fast Food Specials

By Steven Lane, published on Jul 17, 2008

Reuters news service reported, on Wednesday, July 16, 2008, that a New York man filed a $1,000,000 lawsuit stating that he found a seven-inch knife in his foot-long Subway sandwich. John Agnesini, 27, a designer at Homo Xtra magazine in Midtown, had already started gobbling his "Cold Cut Trio" on June 27, when he spotted the blade inside his lunch. The designer was horrified to find the blade. "After taking a few bites I could tell something didn't taste right," he said, "Then I felt something hard on the bottom of the bread, I turned it over and could see the knife baked inside. He went on... (more)

Tags: new york, police, restaurant

Mexican Travel Guides Wanted..... Earn Up To $270,000 A Day

By Steven Lane, published on Jun 2, 2008

Try this on. The Boeing Company company gets over $20 million from the U.S. Government for the construction of a 28 mile "virtual fence" along the Mexican border in Arizona. About two months after Homeland Security Secretary, Michael Chertoff announces his "acceptance" of the fence, the Government announced it is scrapping the project. Why?.....Well, it doesn't work.

From the Huffington Post, "Although the fence continues to operate, it hasn't come close to meeting the Border Patrol's goals, said Kelly Good, deputy director of the Secure Border Initiative program office in Washington."... (more)

Tags: los angeles, california, mexico

Viagra Won't Help You Find Your Car Keys.

By Steven Lane, published on Apr 7, 2008

Let me start this party by telling you the straight truth....There is absolutely nothing graceful about this getting old business. This is coming to you from one of the original, "Don't trust anyone over thirty," believers. I was seventeen, married and had a child. There was nothing I wanted to hear from some aging, suit wearing, hat carrying (yup, they wore hats and I am not talking baseball caps), briefcase lugging, cookie cutter thirty year old. I used to tell my wife, I was going DIE before I turned thirty.

So here I sit, forty-three years later and the only thing I have in common... (more)

Tags: baseball

A Conversation With An American Music Icon.... Arlo Guthrie

By Steven Lane, published on Mar 31, 2008

After about three minutes, I became very aware that this wasn't going to be a typical "interview." No, without a doubt, I was having a "conversation." True, I was on the phone, but within that short time span, I quickly began to feel like I was just sitting in some highway diner, having breakfast and talking to an old friend. Arlo Guthrie is an engaging man with a great sense of humor and and more than a good portion of humility.

Arlo, first let me thank you for taking the time to talk with me. I know you are in the midst of a tour and free time is precious. How long are you on the road... (more)

Tags: arlo guthrie, alices restaurant

I Want To Move To Mexico. Where's My Immigrant Advocate?

By Steven Lane, published on Feb 25, 2008

I have traveled a lot in beautiful Mexico. I love that country, the culture, the food and most of all, the people. I like it so much, it is my intention to move there, for at least awhile, in about a year and spend some real time there, as I explore this Latin world in depth. I think about it every day, my heart is totally pumped at the thought of adventure and education in a place I only know from what I have gleaned with a week here or three weeks there.

The problem is that immigrating to Mexico is not a simple thing. The Mexican government has set enough obstacles to ensure that only... (more)

Tags: california, police, illegal immigration, education, mexico

The Great Coffee War... Big Mac, Starbucks Smackdown Coming

By Steven Lane, published on Jan 28, 2008

"Psst...Hey buddy, you want some coffee?" said the hushed voice from against the wall, just asSam was about to enter his local Starbucks. "Oh, no,thanks, I am goingto grab one inside right now."responded Sam. "I'm not talking about that garbage, I'm talking great coffee here, you know,the real stuff and a lot cheaper than what you can get in there," said the voice, as it looked furtively from side to side. "you need to ramble on over to the Golden Arches', tell'em Joey sent ya,they'll hook you right up."

McDonalds, the number one restaurant company in the world, has squared... (more)

Tags: california, restaurant

Who's in Charge of Your Health? It Might not Be Your Doctor

By Steven Lane, published on Dec 30, 2007

There is a family that this writer is very close to. I have known them before they first married, watched them go though the good and the bad. I have, witnessed them bring two beautiful daughters and a son into the world. We are talking Wheaties box stuff here. The American dream, conservative in politics and life in general. Not the Cleavers, but a rock solid example of American values. We all know that with the good, well, there's always some "issues" that come with this deal of "living life on life's terms." In this family's case it has been health issues. Mom suffers from fibromyalgia... (more)

Tags: healthcare, medicine

California's New Minimum Wage Under Federal Poverty Level

By Steven Lane, published on Dec 13, 2007

On January 1, 2008 California will raise it's minimum wage to a whopping $8.00 an hour. That will tie California with Massachusetts for the highest state minimum wage in the nation. Sounds all good, right? I guess it's just fine if you are 18 and living at home with the warden, paying no rent and eating for free. But for many Californians that $8.00 per hour is meant to pay the bills, all the bills. The rent, food, utilities, gasoline, doctors, lawyers and Indian Chiefs, all paid from that $320 a week gross. The "wink, wink," Federal poverty level for a family of four is officially listed... (more)

Tags: california politics

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