Sunday, July 31, 2016

Fourteen Years Ago Today

July 31, 2016 

On this date, in 2002,  I watched my home of 26 years  being sold at an auction at the Corona Civic center. The sale was based upon a faulty "Notice of Default" claiming I was over $10,539.69 in arrears, when in fact, I had just wired them 22,823.66 on October 13, 2000, to reinstate my loan current through October 31, 2000.

I had over paid them $3,824.25 after discovering the faxed reinstatement quote did not add up,to the given total. I  called Ocwen, and they told me they would 'look into it'. 

After informing Ocwen of their faulty addition error, I did not hear back about their findings, but instead,  The very next month, January 2002, Ocwen's trustee started a foreclosure by recording a 'Notice of Default' claiming I was $10,539.69 in arrears! 

What no one knew, except perhaps Ocwen, the deed issued to Carol and Stephen O'Neal, on May 17, 2001. had never been rescinded and the title was still vested to the O'Neal's. Only the beneficiary, Chase Manhattan, or the Trustee, could lawfully rescind such a deed. Even now, the banks could have said sorry, and rescinded the O'Neal deed, and my approved refinance would have closed.

But somebody wanted to roll the dice, with federal law, and the banks, waited until the house sold again. That new buyer, Vista Homes, a real estate investor, evicted me in a summary (court will not look before the sale) decision, on September 24, 2002. On September 26, 2002, Ocwen recisionded, the O'Neal deed, giving Vista Clear title. Vista spruced it up and sold it quickly, now that title was in Vista's name. 

I can easily prove it if I could just get a hearing. The obvious violation of what is known as the 'automatic stay' which freezes everything until a bankruptcy judge becomes involved.  

The 'notice of default' was laughable, if it wasn't real.  

I filed a bankruptcy case to stop the sale, but it was ignored, and Ocwen issued a trustee's deed, to Carol and Stephen O'Neal, who recorded that deed on May 29, 2002, with the county recorder.  

When I notified the bankruptcy court of this violation  of law, the judge determined the court lacked jurisdiction once the case was dismissed

This began a continuous series of appeals, winning one, in 2006, reversing my judge, when the local storage facility violated the same law, and the judge refused my request for sanctions, but the Bankruptcy Appellate,reversed that decision and sent the case back to determine damages.

Now, fourteen years later, I have still not seen the inside of a courtroom, to make my charges.   

In the last appeal, the court ruled that the BAP or Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, lacked jurisdiction to even hear my petition for a writ to grant me a hearing. 

Now, after a petition for rehearing en banc was seen by all 27 of the active judges, and a majority voted for a rehearing, which, apparently, are rarely granted.  Only 4% of all petitions are granted. Of the paying (filing fee) is 1%, and of those were the fee was waived, was .1% or one tenth of one percent. A real longshot, so I was blessed for that.  

The March 25, 2016, published opinion, on Ozenne v. Chase Manhattan and Ocwen Federal Bank FSB. changed the law, and now, this intermediate Court BAP, lost jurisdiction. And jurisdiction went to the United States District Court, which was the purpose, for creating the BAP in the first place to relieve the case load of district courts. None of my charges were even mentioned, by the 3 judge panel, 60 page opinion, and the BAP lost considerable authority  

Fortunately because of these issues, the American Bar Association, and the California Bankruptcy Forum filed their separate 'friend of the court' briefs. 

On July 13, 2016, the court issued an order

Since this dispute began in 2000, all I have wanted was a trial to determine the facts, determine the truth. I think I remember from High School, that this was guaranteed to every citizen with a grievance, under our constitution. 

Tragic Flooding in Maryland

from people 

07/31/2016 AT 05:10 PM EDT
At least two people have been killed, two are missing and 120 were rescued after a tragic flooding in several parts of Maryland on Saturday night, according to the Washington Post

People took to social media to share several videos of the floods. One Facebook video in particular showed several people forming a human chain while trying to rescue a woman in her car. 

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency on Sunday morning, and is now working with local officials to survey the damage following the deadly flooding, according to a press release issued by the governor's office. 

"We are coordinating all available resources to address this emergency as quickly as possible," Governor Hogan said in the press release. "Our administration is working closely with local officials , including Howard County Executive Allen Kittleman, to respond to this major storm event." 

Kittleman declared a state of emergency just before midnight, and the county opened a community center to shelter all displaced persons,NBC reports

Dramatic Video Shows People Forming a Human Chain to Save a Woman During Deadly Maryland Floods| Death, Natural Disasters
Ellicott City, Maryland
Andy Barth, Kittleman's press secretary, told NBC that a man and woman were killed and their deaths were associated with the flooding. The victims have not yet been identified. 

"The devastation is quite remarkable," Barth said. "I've done this a lot, and I've never seen it like this." 

Howard County police said a body was found in a Baltimore County river, but could not confirm whether the death was related to the flooding, according to the NBC report. The flood caused severe property damage as well, most notably in the historic town of Ellicott City, Barth told NBC. 

The Washington Post reported that Kittleman said Ellicott City's historic Main Street looked like "a scene from a disaster movie," adding "I know there are going to be a lot of people who will lose their homes and apartments and businesses that will have a hard time rebuilding." 

One woman who lived on Main Street said the flood destroyed her apartment and damaged the business where she works. 

"The whole house shook," Kelly Secret told the Washington Post. "We thought we were gone. We have a creek behind us and a river forming in front of us ... I'm not only homeless, I'm unemployed."

Turn On Tune In Drop Out Timothy Leary

from youtube

Timothy Leary's Last Trip  narrated by son of Ken Babs 

Dr. Timothy Leary -   Turn on Tune In Drop Out  (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack )

Can Psychedelic Drugs enhance the religious experience   Good Friday 1962  

Prison Daze  - Carol and I drove Joanna Harcourt-Smith from San Francisco  to Folsom to visit Tim.  He has to walk a tightrope because behind the camera is the warden and those who wanted him to make a warning to not use drugs about drugs. He navigated  the rapid currents, of the situation he was in,    - and remember, Nixon had just dubbed him "the most dangerous man alive"  -   for him to discourage drug use , yet remain true to his beliefs.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Officials: No apparent survivors in Texas balloon crash

from washingtonpost

'Significant loss of life' in Texas balloon crash

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At least 16 people were feared dead after a hot air balloon caught fire and crashed in a pasture near Lockhart, Tex., on Saturday morning. (Reuters)
LOCKHART, Texas — A hot air balloon carrying at least 16 people caught on fire and crashed in Central Texas on Saturday, and there did not appear to be any survivors, authorities said.
Authorities would not confirm the exact number of deaths, but Lynn Lunsford with the Federal Aviation Administration said the balloon was carrying at least 16 people and the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that it didn’t look like anyone survived.
If 16 people were killed, it would be the one of the worst such disasters, possibly the worst in U.S. history. The deadliest such disaster happened in February 2013, when a balloon flying over Luxor, Egypt, caught fire and plunged 1,000 feet to the ground, crashing into a sugar cane field and killing at least 19 foreign tourists
Saturday’s crash happened at about 7:40 a.m. in a pasture near Lockhart, which is about 30 miles south of Austin.
Authorities have not said where the hot air balloon was based out of or which company was flying it, though Caldwell County Sheriff Daniel C. Law told The Associated Press that it’s the kind of situation where people can walk up and buy a ticket, unlike an airplane, which would have a list of names.
The land near the crash site is mostly farmland, with corn crops and grazing cattle. Cutting through that farmland is a row of massive high-capacity transmission lines about 4 to 5 stories tall. The site of the crash appears to be right below the overhead lines, though authorities haven’t provided further details about what happened.
Margaret Wylie lives about a quarter-mile from the crash site and told the AP that she was letting her dog out Saturday morning when she heard a “pop, pop, pop.”
“I looked around and it was like a fireball going up,” she said, noting that the fireball was located under large power lines and almost high enough to reach the bottom of them.
Wylie, who called 911, said the weather seemed clear and that she frequently sees hot air balloons in the area.
Erik Grosof with the National Transportation Safety Board said at a news conference that the agency has deemed it a major accident and a full-bore investigation will begin Sunday when more federal officials arrive.
Robert Sumwalt, who will head the NTSB’s crash investigation team, said he was studying the board’s recommendations to the FAA based on previous hot air balloon crashes. Sumwalt, who spoke to the AP while waiting to board a plane to Texas, said the team was still trying to gather basic information about the accident.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott asked in a statement for “all of Texas to join us in praying for those lost.”

At least 16 feared dead in balloon crash

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Emergency crews are sifting through the remains of a hot air balloon that caught fire and crashed near the central Texas city of Lockhart. (Reuters)
Associated Press writers Jamie Stengle in Dallas and Joan Lowy in Washington contributed to this report.
This story has been corrected to show that the accident happened about 7:40 a.m., not 8:40 a.m., and that the witness’ last name is Wylie, not Wiley.

Brian Wilson Releases Live Concert Film Brian Wilson & Friends

from pastemagazine

By Kurt Suchman  |  July 29, 2016  |  2:39pm

Brian Wilson Releases Live Concert Film <i>Brian Wilson & Friends</i>
Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys has released a live film of a concert he recorded back in 2014. The film, titled Brian Wilson & Friends, was officially released today on CD/DVD and Blu-Ray editions via BMG.
On Dec. 12, 2014, Brian Wilson’s PBS Soundstage concert in Las Vegas featured special guests including Wilson’s Beach Boys bandmate Al Jardine, as well as past members Blondie Chaplin and Ricky Fataar. The film also features guest performances by members of She & Him, Kacey Musgraves and Nate Ruess of fun.
Until now, the film had only been available through 2015 as a PBS exclusive, only on DVD and Blu-Ray formats. The new package features exclusive behind-the-scenes content, guest artist interviews and bonus tracks. Wilson will subsequently be publishing I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir this October.
Wilson is currently on tour performing the Beach Boys’ seminal album Pet Sounds for the last time. Check out his remaining tour dates below, and order Brian Wilson & Friends here.
Brian Wilson Tour Dates:
13 – St Petersburg, Fla. @ Mahaffey Theatre
14 – Hollywood, Fla. @ Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
17 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Ryman Auditorium
19 – Charlotte, N.C. @ Blumenthal PAC
20 – Washington, D.C. @ The Music Center at Strathmore
21 – Red Bank, N.J. @ Count Basie Theatre
23 – Upper Darby, Pa. @ Tower Theater
25 – Easton, Pa. @ State Theatre
27 – Wallingford, Conn. @ Toyota Presents at Oakdale
28 – Buffalo, N.Y. @ University of Buffalo Center for the Arts
30 – Detroit, Mich. @ Fox Theatre
02- Minneapolis, Minn. @ Orpheum Theatre
04- Denver, Colo. @ Paramount Theatre
07- Portland, Ore. @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
08- Seattle, Wash. @ Paramount Theatre
10- Arcata, Calif. @ Van Duzer Theatre at Humboldt State University
13- San Francisco, Calif. @ Masonic
14- Bijou, Calif. @ Harrah’s Casino

Friday, July 29, 2016


from popular science 


China&#039;s Seaplane, The AG600
Screenshot by author, from YouTube
China's Seaplane, The AG600
As seen on China Central Television

 There is more water than there are runways. For places that have access to the sea, or lakes, or large, calm rivers, it might be easier to use a seaplane than building a runway for a plane designed to land on, well, land. China’s state media today announced the completion of the first AG600. It’s the world’s largest functional seaplane and made by China itself.There is more water than there are runways. For places that have access to the sea, or lakes, or large, calm rivers, it might be easier to use a seaplane than building a runway for a plane designed to land on, well, land. China’s state media today announced the completion of the first AG600. It’s the world’s largest functional seaplane and made by China itself.

At around the size of a Boeing 737, it 

2 San Diego police officers shot, one fatally, in traffic stop; suspect held

from latimes

Read it here at L.A.Times  

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Brian Wilson Preps Concert Set Featuring Al Jardine, Guests

from rollingstone

fun's Nate Ruess, Kacey Musgraves, She & Him, Capital Cities' Sebu Simonian will feature on CD/DVD, Blu-ray release 'Brian Wilson & Friends'
Brian Wilson will release an all-star CD/DVD and Blu-ray concert set, 'Brian Wilson & Friends,' this week.Kevin Winter/Getty
On December 12th, 2014, Brian Wilson gathered former Beach Boysbandmates (Al Jardine) and high-profile guests (fun.'s Nate Ruess, Kacey Musgraves) in Las Vegas for the PBS Soundstage concert special Brian Wilson & Friends. Now the pop-rock legend will release CD/DVD and Blu-ray editions of the show on July 29th via BMG.
Brian Wilson & Friends, which originally aired nationwide on PBS throughout 2015, was offered as exclusive DVD and Blu-ray sets as a premium gift for viewer contributions to the network's annual pledge drive. The CD version will be available for the first time, along with bonus tracks, behind-the-scenes footage and guest artist interviews.
Rolling Stone is also premiering an exclusive clip from the show: A gorgeous version of "Wouldn't It Be Nice" with Jardine."Thank you for writing that great song," Jardine tells Wilson at the end of the clip.
The album features Wilson and his touring band joined by Jardine, former Beach Boys members Blondie Chaplin and Ricky Fataar and numerous special guests: fun. singer Nate Ruess, Kacey Musgraves, Capital Cities frontman Sebu Simonian, She & Him (M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel) and trumpet player Mark Isham. The track list spans early Beach Boys classics ("Fun, Fun, Fun") to material from Wilson's 2015 solo LP, No Pier Pressure("Runaway Dancer").
Wilson – who will release an autobiography on October 11th – has announced a new round of dates for his Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Tour, the singer-songwriter's final performances of the 1966 masterpiece LP. The trek, which now picks back up July 29th at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso, Robles, California, will continue through the fall and conclude October 15th in Sacramento. Full dates are available at Wilson's website.
Brian Wilson and Friends DVD and Blu-ray Track List
1. "Our Prayer"
2. "Heroes and Villains"3. "Sloop John B"

4. "Dance, Dance, Dance"
5. "Good Vibrations"6. "This Beautiful Day"7. "Runaway Dancer" (feat. Sebu Simonian of Capital Cities)8. "Don’t Worry Baby" (feat. Sebu Simonian of Capital Cities)9. "Marcella"10. "Wild Honey" (feat. Blondie Chaplin and Ricky Fataar)11. "Sail On Sailor" (feat. Blondie Chaplin and Ricky Fataar)12. "Sail Away" (feat. Blondie Chaplin and Ricky Fataar)13. "Half Moon Bay" (feat. Mark Isham)14. "Don’t Talk" (feat. Mark Isham)15. "Saturday Night" (feat. Nate Ruess of Fun.)16. "Hold On Dear Brother" (feat. Blondie Chaplin, Ricky Fataar, and Nate Ruess of Fun.)17. "Darlin’" (feat. Nate Ruess of Fun.)18. "On The Island" (feat. Zooey Deschanel)19. "God Only Knows"20. "The Right Time" (feat. Al Jardine)21. "Wouldn’t It Be Nice" (feat. Al Jardine)22. "Help Me Rhonda" (feat. Al Jardine)23. "All Summer Long"24. "Fun, Fun, Fun"
Bonus tracks:
* "Pacific Coast Highway"
* "Summer’s Gone"
Brian Wilson and Friends CD Track List
1. "Our Prayer"
2. "Heroes and Villains"3. "Sloop John B"4. "Dance, Dance, Dance"5. "Good Vibrations"6. "This Beautiful Day"7. "Marcella"8. "Wild Honey" (feat. Blondie Chaplin and Ricky Fataar)9. "Sail On Sailor" (feat. Blondie Chaplin and Ricky Fataar)10. "Sail Away" (feat. Blondie Chaplin, Al Jardine, Ricky Fataar)11. "Half Moon Bay" (feat. Mark Isham)12. "Don’t Talk" (feat. Mark Isham)13. "The Right Time" (feat. Al Jardine)14. "Wouldn’t It Be Nice" (feat. Al Jardine)15. "Help Me Rhonda" (feat. Al Jardine)16. "Fun, Fun, Fun"17. "California Girls"18. "California Saga"19. "All Summer Long"