Afghanistan Murders–Up close & personal


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Noorzai Children

The murders of 16 Afghan civilians including at least nine (9) children, allegedly by  U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales from Fort Lewis, Washington became up close and personal for me when I realized that the area in which the murder took place includes one of the few areas of the Earth where my very, very rare Y-Chromosome DNA Haplogroup/Subclade, “G2b,” is concentrated.  The Noorzai Tribe of the Pathan or Pashtun people is located right in the area of the Panjwai region of Kandahar Province in Afghanistan where the murders took place.

The science behind DNA groups evolves every day as more and more people around the world get tested.  The best theories about where G2b people come from is that we are descended from a group of Judeans from Southern Syria who were for the most part, deported by the Romans around 70 C.E., at the end of the Jewish rebellion against Roman rule.  Most of us were probably deported to Sicily, which came under Spanish rule in the 12th Century.  In 1492, my ancestors in Sicily were expelled, forced to convert, or burned at the stake by the Spanish Inquisition.  Those lucky enough to leave had to pay an exit tax (if they could afford it) and not take gold, silver or jewels out of Spain.

Ahmad Shah Durrani aka Ahmad Shah Abdali

The royal line of Afghanistan, founded by Ahmad Shah Durrani (c. 1722–1773), has tested as G2b, as have certain of the tribes of the Pathan/Pashtun people.  These tribes and the descendants of Shah Durrani, say that their ancestor was a son of King Saul of Israel, Afghani and their oral tradition is that they are of the ancient Jewish tribe of Benjamin.  Many of the traditions and laws of these tribes are closer to Jewish Torah than they are to standard Islamic traditions.

My friend Bruce Boguslav in Massachusetts, who looks more like me than my own biological brother, has a family history which says that his ancestors came from the Ukrainian town of Boguslav and that a number of people in his family had the name Wolinsky.  Small world:  There is a John Wolins (former family name Wolinsky) whose earliest known ancestor by conventional geneaology is Yoina Wolinsky, born circa 1760 c.e. in Boguslav, Ukraine.  John Wolins and I are 61 out of 67 point matches on our Y-Chromosome for genetic mutation markers (pretty damn close).

Now here’s the real clincher.  Just as the Afghan royalty and various Pathan/Pashtun tribes say that they are descended from the Jewish tribe of Benjamin, so does the oral tradition of Bruce Boguslav’s family!  Who’d a thunk it???

So, as I ponder the insanity of these killings it’s not some sort of abstraction that happened to faceless people in a faraway part of the world.  Some of the people who were killed may very well have been my relatives.



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Loose Talk of War


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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu & President Obama

The reasons for President Obama’s cautioning of the parties to Mideast conflict and American politicians to refrain from “loose talk of war” ought to be intuitively obvious, but unfortunately most people have not taken university level courses in foreign policy or international relations and this isn’t the kind of subject the average person will really understand in the absence of serious study.  The average person has never subscribed to media like Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, or International Security (I used to subscribe to all three, which are respectively the left, middle, and right on international relations [I.R.], but any important opinions of any perspective in I.R. winds up making the rounds of all three of those magazines in due course anyway, so now I only read Foreign Policy which is published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace).

A national leader who wants to negotiate differences with an adversary nation cannot box the adversary into a corner where its leaders will appear to be humiliated or even bullied.  Nobody is going to risk losing face in international relations unless overwhelming destructive force is imminent.  Just look at the Japanese response to two Atomic bombings:  even then the Japanese still needed the concession from the United States that their emperor would technically retain his throne even though he’d be stripped of all real power.

Look at the issue of Iranian nuclear power development from the point of view of the hardliners who run the national political structure in that country.  They likely view themselves as surrounded by hostile American forces — just as Saddam Hussein probably felt before the invasion of Iraq.

If you really want to negotiate as opposed to go to war to achieve your foreign policy aims, most of your negotiating will be out of the public spotlight.  There is less chance of risking public loss of face by any side in negotiations which is a non-starter because of the public perception in the nation that appears to have backed down.  Publicly humiliating a reformist leader can have disastrous effects as evidenced by United States treatment of relations with the Soviet Union under Nikita Khrushchev.  His attempts to reform the Stalinist system collapsed when he appeared weak when dealing with the United States and he was thrown out of office by far more intransigent hard liners.   The Cold War was thus exacerbated and prolonged far longer than necessary.

Just days ago, the world woke up to the announcement of a new accord resulting from secret negotiations in North Korea giving up its nuclear weapons program.  Nobody was humiliated and it has achieved American foreign policy goals without bloodshed.  Had there been “loose talk of war” with North Korea while these negotiations were going on, the negotiations would probably not have been successful, let alone that they might have been abruptly and prematurely broken off.

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Mr Roger’s Elementary School


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In the wake of the arrest of 53 year old 5th grade teacher Roger Wayne Talley, it is likely that the Chino Valley Unified School District board of education and administration will be patting each other on the back and telling the public that they were vigilant in keeping children safe.  But the back story of the last two years of a grandmother’s efforts to keep her granddaughter and other girls safe at Walnut Elementary School will prove to be less than complimentary to the school district from the board on down.

According to my source, she had gone all the way to the school board to complain over the past two years after her granddaughter and other girls had been discussing their fear of their teacher and describing obviously inappropriate behavior.  What did the school do:  the powers that be threatened the children with disciplinary action if they kept spreading “rumors” about teacher Roger Wayne Talley!

What did the Board of Education do?  Apparently nothing as this situation has been festering for the past two years while the administration at Walnut Elementary intimidated the children who were complaining into silence.

This is just the beginning.  In the near future we’ll be naming names, titles, and the misconduct of those who effectively covered up this “WalnutGate” scandal which has now exploded so publicly.  While I’ve got your attention, ponder this little tidbit:  with national attention to the issue of sex offenders and human traffickers, it turns out that California exempts convicted pimps and panderers from the requirement of Section 290 of the Penal Code that otherwise requires sex offenders to register with the authorities, unless they pimped out minors.  So you have to register if you victimize a 17 year old, but if you wait until she’s 18, you won’t be tracked as a matter of law.  That’s got to change.

For more information on the Roger Wayne Talley case, check out the ABC News story:

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I’m almost speechless.  Over the last couple of days and today, I’ve had nearly 1,000 hits on my last blog (Opening the Skeleton’s Closet).  This blog and my website has also achieved something I never imagined was possible:  #1 on Google, #1 on Yahoo, #1 on MSN.  Yesterday, I had risen steadily on MSN from #5 to #1, but I was still ranked below #30 on Yahoo and hadn’t broken through the Google ranking of “not in the top 8″ for months.  I checked this morning and this is what the cut and paste looks like for my ranking statistics…..way too cool…..groovy…..and when you’re hot, YOU’RE HOT!

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Opening the Skeleton’s Closet


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After seven (7) terms as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI), I stepped down after a tumultuous couple of years of putting up with defamatory criticism and denunciations by dissidents in the private investigative world.  They accused me of everything from the undisguised sexist attack that I was “hiding behind the skirts of NOW [National Organization for Women of which I am a proud member and chapter leader]” to twisted and illogical inferences that I was supposedly “anti-law enforcement” because of my quoting another organization’s resolution (which they spun out of context) on mandatory continuing education for private detectives.

When I declined to run for re-election as Chair of the Board, my detractors gloated, thinking they’d driven me from office.  What they didn’t realize is that stepping down was a calculated move.  As Chair I was obligated to be fair to them and not play by their rules (which amounted to “all’s fair in love and war”).  As a regular board member I felt morally  less restricted in what I could say and do publicly about my detractors.

About a month ago, I didn’t see eye to eye with the current President of CALI over what the boundaries were of my giving tit for tat in this blog to my detractors, so I tendered my resignation from the board and then unilaterally resigned when the President ruled that I could not make a resignation tender (I disagree with his interpretation of the parliamentary rules governing this issue).  So, remember The Clash song, “Should I stay or should I go?”  It poses the issue, “If I go there will be trouble, An’ if I stay it will be double.”  In this case, it’s the opposite:  now that I’m not on the board, get ready for double trouble!

For context of what’s to come, check out these prior blog posts:

So check out the following links that lead straight into the Skeleton’s Closet, literally:

Regarding David G. Herrera:

Regarding Edward Saucerman:

As a final “oh by the way,” back on October 8, 2010 I mentioned in a blog posting re Ed Saucerman that “The saga continues.  He gets nominated for President of PICA (Professional Investigators of California).  He pulls out of that race and announces that he’ll remain a member of the organization but will let his CALI membership expire.” [Emphasis added].  That turns out not to be anymore true than when I exposed the fact that Saucerman had used completely fabricated “testimonials” from purported clients on his company website.  He quietly renewed his membership in CALI and probably hoped nobody would notice and call him out on his continuing questionable veracity.

Well, wishful thinking got him nowhere.



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Music & Revolution


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It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged about the entertainment I’ve been taking in, partially because I’ve been so busy enjoying it.  Some of the latest acts I’ve taken in from the Los Angeles cafe scene have reminded me of Bob Dylan’s Tangled up in Blue where he sings, “There was music in the cafes at night, And revolution in the air.”

Gaea Schell @ Sangria January 18, 2012

So, where to start?  For years my friend Michelle has been emailing me to go see her cousin, Gaea Schell and I finally got my chance when her jazz ensemble performed at Sangria in Hermosa Beach (right by the Lighthouse).   Really tremendous performance and I bought all of her CD’s on the spot.  Can’t wait to hear more of her and her band.

I’ve been a fan of Finn MacCool for years but until recently hadn’t seen them in awhile, so as luck had it, they had a gig recently at my favorite hang-out of late, the Talking Stick in Venice.

Marta Collier of Finn MacCool

My friend Marta and I used to be on the battlefront of the abortion and women’s healthcare wars against Operation Rescue, defending clinics from blockades, where frequently the O.R. psychos would blockade women’s health care centers that didn’t even perform abortions.  They’d harass women going in to get pap smears, mammograms, or even fertility care.  It was dangerous work as you could never tell when these nuts would lose all impulse control and physically assault the clinic defenders, and as we’ve seen time and time again assassinated doctors.  Marta is a very talented performer in Finn MacCool and I’m glad that Lauri Reimer of Music Magique Productions showed up so I could connect the Finn MacCool folks with her;  they really need to be in the lineup for a future World Music Night at the Talking Stick.  They’re playing at Ghengis Cohen in Hollywood on February 29.

Severin Browne @ Talking Stick February 18, 2012

Last Saturday was Severin Browne’s (Jackson Browne’s brother) main act at the Talking Stick, preceded by a couple of performers who in and of themselves were well worth seeing.

So tonight’s performance is Stefani Valadez and Steve Moos doing Folk Rock & Blues.  Stefani and Steve are one of the staples of the Talking Stick entertainment fair, and Stef also performs with a different ensemble on World Music Nights singing in Ladino, Turkish, English, Spanish and Portuguese.  So if you’re in the vicinity, come over to the Talking Stick (1411 Lincoln Blvd Venice) and get tangled up in the blues with folk rock thrown in!




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Obama Puts Unitary Tax in Spotlight


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1978: Dymally vs Curb vs Tucker

In 1978 I was the Peace & Freedom Party’s candidate against Lieutenant Governor Merv Dymally (Democrat) and Republican challenger Mike Curb.  There were three major issues in the race and one of them has just taken center stage, with President Obama taking the position on taxation that I took in that race.

Dymally and Curb agreed on all three issues.  They both supported a proposed supertanker port being built in Los Angeles Harbor in conjunction with construction of a major interstate pipeline for petroleum products by SOHIO.  SOHIO, or Standard of Ohio, was at that time owned by British Petroleum and if you believe in that company’s safety standards then that would have been a great idea.  They also both supported repeal of the 160 acre limit of federal farm water subsidies that prevented agribusiness from getting subsidized water.  Up to three family members on a family farm could get up to 160 acres of subsidized water each, a reasonable subsidy for small family farmers that agribusiness wanted to glom onto.

I was the only candidate that opposed both of those proposals; Dymally and Curb both endorsed them and campaigned for them.

Unitary Tax front & center in America's taxation debate

The third issue involved the Unitary Tax.  Although President Obama hasn’t referred to it as such, several times recently he has called for global taxation of the profits of multi-national corporations.  In 1978, Dymally and Curb supported repeal of the Unitary Tax by California; I opposed its repeal.  Soon after the election, the Democratic Party dominated California legislature repealed the Unitary Tax, costing the state hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue that we sure could have used to stay fiscally sound.

In the absence of a unitary tax on a multinational corporation’s worldwide income, it is a simple matter to manipulate the financial transactions of a company to keep from paying taxes to a state or to the federal government.  Here’s how it works:

Corporation A in say, Japan, owns Corporation B in Japan and Corporation C in California.  Corporation B makes car components and Corporation C assembles them in California.  Corporation B gouges Corporation C in invoicing the company for the car components, so that on the books in California, very little profit is made.  However, Corporations A and B make out like bandits.  Even though their profits were generated in California, they pay next to nothing in California taxes.

A unitary tax would tax Corporation A because it owns Corporation C, so it can’t escape taxation by making it look like the profit was made overseas.

Just as I recently pointed out (, the leadership of my own party, the Peace & Freedom Party, says nothing about this major issue that we once championed, as we did with Capital Gains tax reform.  Yet, the party leadership thinks it is more relevant and more politically correct than the President of the United States who is now, to his credit, championing the issues PFP once stood for.




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Capital Gains — Political Losses


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In 1996, the Los Angeles Times called me a “P.R. Guru” and whether it was true or not, the accusation took on a life of its own and people began to believe it.  Whatever one believes to be true becomes binding upon them and determines the outcome of their behavior.  So since then I’ve had a decent track record at promoting causes that nobody else would touch or even conceive of as being promotable.

If there’s one thing I can’t stand it’s when a client or an organization that I’m promoting misses an opportunity for publicity when an “I told you so” moment arrives.  Although it’s been decades since the California Peace & Freedom Party allowed me any official role in public relations, I almost wish that I was on speaking terms with the leadership (of my own party) so that I could nudge them into jumping on an obvious P.R. offensive that could help to convince the public that the party is still relevant.  One of its key early issues has all of a sudden become the subject of major national debate and yet the party leadership and its candidates aren’t saying anything about it.

Ambrose Bierce once defined that “Radicalism is the conservativism of tomorrow, injected into the affairs of today.”  In 1971-72, the California Peace & Freedom Party (PFP) launched an initiative petition drive under the leadership of the San Jose Eugene V. Debs PFP Club to tax capital gains at the same rate as ordinary income.  At the time this was both a radical and a rational program of tax reform.

The ethical and moral implications of the differential between capital gains taxation — i.e., the tax on profits from stock, real estate, bonds, etc. — as opposed to the income one derives from working for a living is basic fairness.  Why should somebody who invests for a living get a tax break while somebody who works for a living does not?  The usual answer is that the lower tax rate is justified by the need to encourage investment to produce jobs, a trickle down philosophy.

So, at the risk of criticizing a simplified straw man argument, let me get this straight:  if you don’t give somebody a tax incentive to invest money they won’t invest it?  What do you think they’re going to do?  Get a job?

I was the Los Angeles County coordinator for the PFP initiative to reform the capital gains law in California.  I solicited and received endorsements for the proposal from the Los Angeles Democratic Club, UAW Local 645 and a lot of other mainstream organizations that recognized the simple fairness message of the proposal. Still in 1971-72, this was considered a radical notion, that people who earn the same amount of income should be taxed at the same rate regardless of whether they are a worker or a capitalist.


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More rants by Frank Runningmouth


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Somebody recently forwarded me the latest Frank Runningmouth rant against me which I reprint for the sheer entertainment value:

On Fri, 1/27/12, Frank and Ambika <> wrote:

From: Frank and Ambika <>
Date: Friday, January 27, 2012, 10:25 AM

PFP Comrades

     Tom Lacey [SF PFP] informed me sometime back that Robert O. Williams is a pseudonym / alias for Jan Tucker
[So Cal private eye] and master of COINTELPRO style dirty tricks. As you may know he and a few lackeys have been
engaged a “poison pen” smear campaign against me for several years now as well as illegally hacking into PFP
Treasurer Sheryl B.’s computer ,among other COINTELPRO type dirty tricks that seems to be his forte.
     The following forwarded message indicates that he hasrecently turned his evil eye on “Occupy Concord”. This explains some curious problems we have been having in Concord. It seems Tucker is paying far to much attention
to our activity’s in Occupy Concord. The arm of Sauron reaches far.
    Occupy Concord had decided to have a educational
film series. We arraigned with Round Table Pizza to use
their meeting room, as we (PFP,SDS,MDS) have for years, for public events.
After we posted the event to the PFP SCC list [ which is where I suspect Tucker saw it ] . Somebody called Round
Table Corporate [RTP] HQ and complained about “Occupy Concord” using the facility and about me in particular and
my history of trouble with the law. I now suspect it was Tucker from the evidence in the post below.
      RTP HQ sent the word down to the local pizza shop to
renege on our deal to use the facility ,three days before the event. We were shocked and outraged. We responded to
RTP HQ saying they could have us as paying, pizza eating customers or angry ‘Occupy ‘ protesters  picketing the restaurant and calling on other “Occupys” accross the country for solidarity and hitting them in the pocket book. This
frightened RTP HQ . A high up boss from HQ called me back and overruled the other suit from RTP HQ and said
that they had changed their mind for this one movie . We could go ahead and use the facility this time , but in the future we should find another venue.
We went ahead and had our event , it was fun ,and modestly successful. We decided to postpone the 2nd movie until afterwe decide what to do, at our next Occupy Concord GA on Feb 5. There has been some talk of holding a protest demo at RTP HQ ,which is conveniently located in Concord for their political bias against the ‘99%’, while they allow all sorts of other political and community groups to use their facility’s. The local restaurant manager [Jesus Gonzales ] has no problem with us and says he was just following orders from RTP HQ.
    In the the Robert O. Williams [Tucker ]post below he seems very concerned about both movie events. No doubt
he is curious as to how much damage his COINTELPROstyle  “poison pen’ dirty tricks campaigns are having on the movement. The fact that they will backfire in his face should give him little comfort.
     This is further evidence  that Jan Tucker is a oinker. Ifhe is not a paid government/COINELPRO agent then he is
doing their work for free ,which is just as bad. Not only is heintent on attacking & smearing me and other PFP activists, now he is attempting to harm the “Occupy” movement as well. Any body collaborating in any way with him should
be held with the highest suspicion. The movement must bewarned about about this curly tailed poser.
Frank Runninghorse


Okay, so what should I say about this latest attack other than that it’s humorous?  For starters, if what Steven Bruce Orcutt–aka Runninghorse aka Runningmouth–says about Tom Lacey is true, then Tom Lacey is ignorant.  People using various monikers (or for that matter, their real names for all I know, keep leaving false trails to me that an intelligent geek would realize are as obvious as the difference between gold and iron pyrite (fool’s gold):

1.  They post stuff on the internet and enter my email, URL (internet address) for one of my blogs or one of my websites, and/or snail mail address so that unsophisticated readers assume that I must have done the posting;

2.  They place telephone calls using “spoof sites” or “spoof cards” (“spoofing” technology allows people to select any telephone number they want to show up in caller ID systems; enables changing voice from male to female and vice versa, etc.) to leave a trail with one of my telephone numbers to traceable sources such as professional education webinars or teleconferences making it look like I logged in and said or posted something really bizarre;

3.  They put out bizarre leaflets with my contact information as though I am responsible for the propaganda, a process known in intelligence circles as creating “black propaganda,” something attributed to the targeted enemy that makes them look ridiculous or otherwise gets them in trouble.

If I thought that any sane person was taking Runningmouth and Tom Lacey seriously with their accusations that I’m using aliases and hacking into computers (which is of course a crime) I might be upset.  However, I dare them to produce any evidence they have that I am Robert O. Williams or have used that alias as they claim, or for that matter, any evidence that I supposedly hacked into the Peace & Freedom Party’s treasurer’s computer.  If they can’t produce any real verifiable evidence, they really should stop wasting their own time and mine with these nonsensical accusations.  They don’t seem to get it:  everything I have to say about them I say right here, in public, on the internet, under my own name.

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Insider Trading in LA Superior Court


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The recent scandals in Washington and the passage of legislation to ban congressional “insider” stock trading caused me to unearth an old memo that I’d sent to federal authorities some time ago, because it seemed quite plausible that a Los Angeles Superior Court judge might very well have had advance knowledge of impending stock crashes.  Here’s the substance of the memo I composed:

According to Judge xxxxxx x xxxxxxz’s FPPC (Fair Political Practices Commission) Form 700 Statement of Economic Interests dated September 21, 2002 he disposed of an investment in WORLDCOM in June 2002. According to his previous filing dated December 18, 2001, the investment was worth somewhere between $10,000 – $100,000.

Somewhat more intriguing is that for the most part, his entries of investments that were sold off have the exact date of disposition listed. His Worldcom entry merely shows the month and year.

A website with extensive public documents on the Worldcom scandal listed three documents of interest that have since come to light in the month of June 2002: two internal memos dated June 17, 2002 and another on June 24,2002, in which people were discussing the firm’s shaky financial situation. The timing of the Judge’s disposition of this stock seems to raise a reasonable suspicion of insider leaks.

The Form 700’s are filed at the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters office in Norwalk as well as with the Secretary of State and FPPC in Sacramento.

Amongst his many other investments, the Judge also made two purchases of Tyco stock on January 22, 2002 and January 23, 2002. Haven’t looked extensively at that issue yet.


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