NFL CANCELS SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL…….

NEW YEARS EVE AND LOW RATINGS TO BLAME

12-28-2017

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

For the first time in a very long time, NBC Sunday Night Football isn’t going to happen. The NFL has decided to cancel the final edition of Sunday Night Football for the 2017 season. This marks the first time the organization has canceled such a game since 2006. This time, there are several factors that weigh into the decision, but it no doubt has a lot to do with the fact that NFL football has taken a big hit in the ratings department this season. In any case, if you’re looking to watch football on Sunday, your evening just freed up.

Aside from the potential ratings issues, this is the final week of the NFL regular season. While there are still playoff spots at stake and seeding to secure, many of the teams are locked into place and, with the scheduled games being what they are, there’s a great chance that whatever teams were to play Sunday Night Footballwould be playing for nothing of any great significance. For that reason, the NFL has decided to just pull the plug. Here’s what NFL senior vice president of broadcasting Howard Katz said this in a statement about the decision to cancel the final Sunday Night Football game of the season.

“We felt that both from a competitive standpoint and from a fan perspective, the most fair thing to do is to schedule all Week 17 games in either the 1 p.m. or 4:25 p.m. ET windows. This ensures that we do not have a matchup on Sunday Night Football on New Year’s Eve that because of earlier results has no playoff implications for one or both of the competing teams.”

The fact that the Sunday Night Football game that was going to be played may have no playoff implications would have surely impacted the ratings in a negative way. Much has been made of the NFL season this year, but the big story has been the fact that ratings, overall, not just for Sunday Night Football, have been in decline. Overall, the 2017 NFL regular season is down 9 percent from last year. That’s significant. With that in mind, it makes sense to cancel Sunday Night Football this week.

It’s also important to note that Sunday happens to be New Year’s Eve. That means many people around the country will be doing something with their evening that won’t revolve around watching a football game. All of the games are now going to be played in the 1 p.m. and the 4:25 p.m. time slots on Fox and CBS. According to Deadline, NBC, who normally airs Sunday Night Football, will air Dateline NBC and The Wall in place of the game. At the present time, it’s unclear if the NFL will have to compensate the network for canceling the game.

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MERRICK MEDIA CHAIRMAN AWARDS HIMSELF $15 MIL CONTRACT…….

HIRES HIMSELF AS CONSULTANT ALL COMPENSATION PAID UP FRONT (3 YEARS WORTH)

12-25-2017

From the Wrap News

The chairman of the company that owns the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and New York Daily News has awarded himself $15 million in consulting contracts for the publishing conglomerate, according to an SEC filing.

The document, which was filed on Friday afternoon ahead of the Christmas break, provides Merrick Media, the consulting firm owned by tronc Chairman Michael Ferro, with a three-year contract at $5 million per year “to provide certain management expertise and technical services.”


The contract provides for payment on the first of the year.

The document offers no other detail on what those consulting services might entail. However, it notes that Ferro’s private jet travel will now be covered by Merrick Media. Ferro’s private travel was previously under fire for costing the L.A. Times $4.6 million in 2016 and 2017.

The contract was immediately criticized by the union that is seeking to win approval from Los Angeles Times newsroom employees in a vote on January 4. A posting by the L.A. Times guild over the weekend decried Ferros use of a private jet in 2016 an “act of plundering [that] cost Tronc — and its newsrooms — $4.6 million between February 2016 and last September.”

The guild went on to say: “Ferro is now free to spend nearly twice that amount per year on the jet or anything else he desires. And he won’t have to break out the travel expenses on future SEC filings.”

Tronc bought the New York Daily News earlier this year, a move to grow the conglomerate’s publishing base, but advertising revenue continued to plunge – down 14% year over year in the third quarter of 2017. Total revenues for third quarter 2017 decreased 6.6% to $353.1 million, compared to $378.2 million for third quarter 2016.

Self-serving management moves is not new at tronc, which now trades at about $18 per share, up from about $14 a year ago. As TheWrap reported earlier this year, the company hired Ross Levinsohn to be publisher of the L.A. Times, a recommendation that management followed from a $600,000 consultant who turned out to be none other than Levinsohn himself.

MODESTO MAN PLOTTED TO BLOW UP PIER 39………

CHRISTMAS DAY ATTACK PLANNED

12-22-2017


A former U.S. Marine from Northern California has been arrested for allegedly offering to carry out a terrorist attack on Christmas Day in San Francisco at the Pier 39 tourist attraction.

FBI agents arrested 26-year-old Everitt Aaron Jameson at his home in Modesto on Wednesday morning.

According to the criminal complaint, Jameson “has espoused radical jihadi beliefs, including authoring social media posts that are supportive of terrorism, communicating with people he believes share his jihadi views and offering to provide services to such people …”

Jameson allegedly detailed his plans for the terror attack with an undercover FBI agent, which were to set off explosives remotely in one area of Pier 39 and then mow down people with an automatic rifle as they fled.

From the FBI complaint:

Jameson specifically named Pier 39 in San Francisco as a target location because he had been there before and knew that it was a heavily crowded area, and that, according to Jameson, no reconnaissance or site survey would be necessary (because Jameson already was familiar with the area). Jameson explained that he also desired to use explosives, and described a plan in which explosives could “tunnel” or “funnel” people into a location where Jameson could inflict casualties.

READ ENTIRE COMPLAINT HERE: EVERITT JAMESON COMPLAINT

The complaint said Jameson suggested to the undercover agent that Christmas Day would be a “perfect day” for an attack. Jameson also told the agent “he did not have and did not need an escape plan because he was ready to die.”

The plot seemed to unravel earlier this week. Jameson told the agent that he had second thoughts about carrying out his plan, but agents had enough evidence to search his Modesto home, according to the complaint.

Rifles, a handgun and ammunition were also found during the search of his home.

During the search, FBI agents interviewed Jameson, who observed,

At periodic times during that interview Jameson state his support of ISIS and terrorism and discussed aspects of the plan to carry out an attack, noting that he would be happy if an attack was carried out.

Agents said a suicide note written by Jameson was also found at the home, which took credit for what was to be the Pier 39 attack. The note read, “You all have brought this upon yourselves,” and denounced this week’s announcement by President Donald Trump that the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Jameson graduated from basic recruit training in the U.S. Marine Corps in 2009 and earning the “sharpshooter” rifle qualification. He was later discharged for “fraudulent enlistment” after he failed to disclose a latent asthma history, according to the complaint.

Recently, Jameson was a tow truck driver in Modesto. The Islamic Center of Merced told KPIX 5 he was a recent convert to Islam.

As of Friday afternoon, Jameson remained in federal custody.

UNUSUAL ITEM IN GUN BUY BACK PROGRAM IN SAN FRANCISCO…….

ACCEPTED WITH NO QUESTIONS ASKED AS PROMISED

12-17-2017

San Francisco police were handed a few unexpected firearms during a Saturday gun buyback: An AT-4 a.k.a. a Bazooka-like anti-tank weapon, a rocket launcher and a cannonball.

The weapons were turned over to officials during a “no questions asked” gun buyback event in San Francisco.

A picture on the @SFPDCares Twitter account shows an officer holding and peering down at the weapon.

Police said that was one of 280 firearms turned over during the gun buyback, which was hosted along with United Playaz, a San Francisco-based violence prevention and youth development organization.

“I am not against the Second Amendment, but I am against senseless gun violence,” said United Playaz executive director Rudi Corpuz Jr.

Each person who turned in a handgun received $100 and each person who turned in an assault weapon received $200.

According to Corpuz, all promotions for the event were done by 10 men who were serving life sentences and are now on parole.

OPINION: Why stealing a car might now be a misdemeanor in California

A Recent California Supreme Court Decision Says So

From the orange County register

12-13-2017


OPINION BY JOHN PHILLIPS

A staple of the old Oprah Winfrey Show was the prize giveaway at the end of the program, where “Lady O” would shower her audiences with everything from complimentary macaroni and cheese to brand new cars. The crowd would cheer and the viewing audience would be envious.

But even now that Oprah is off the air, people can still cruise around town freely in rides they didn’t pay for — courtesy of your local Golden State courthouse.

“You get a car! And you get a car! And you get car!”

In a recent California Supreme Court decision, the justices unanimously ruled that any person convicted of a felony for stealing a car may have that conviction reduced to a misdemeanor if the vehicle was worth no more than $950.

The decision, which overturned lower court rulings, came as an interpretation of California’s voter-approved — but spectacularly disastrous — Proposition 47, which reduced any number of drug and theft related felonies to misdemeanors.

Now, if you steal somebody’s car, instead of going to jail, you may just be issued a citation. Driving a vehicle you legally own over the speed limit could literally result in a larger fine than stealing somebody else’s ride.

Maybe it’s a clever, back-door way of fighting childhood obesity. “Johnny, why do you keep sitting in front of that TV playing Grand Theft Auto indoors when you could be out in the warm sunshine stealing actual cars?!”

Or it could just another example of the state of California doing everything they can to empty the prisons and flood the streets with convicted criminals in the name of “sentencing reform.”

My money is on the latter.

Michelle Hanisee, president of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys, says that this loose interpretation of the law doesn’t just apply to cars.

She told my KABC-AM colleague Doug McIntyre on his weekday morning radio program, “You can walk into Best Buy or Sears or any big package store. Walk out with a big flat screen TV, as long as it’s under $950 and you can do that every day of the week. And every day of the week it’s still going to be a misdemeanor, no matter how many times you do it, and at most you’re just going to get a citation to appear.”

Who needs to wait in line for a Black Friday sale when the old five-finger discount lasts all year long?

Not even Amazon can beat those prices!

I would note that turning a blind eye to these crimes will hurt the working poor the most.

Think about who out there is driving around in a $950 beater. It’s not going be a captain of industry in a top hat and monocle, it’s going to be some poor sap working a minimum wage job just trying to put food on the table. If some jerk decides to steal that person’s car, it can take away their livelihood.

And since criminals have now been given a free pass to steal from retail stores at will, the lost revenue as a result of the thefts will be passed on to the consumer through increased prices, which again hurts the poor the most.

In what world is that fair?

In a twisted way this also feeds into the narrative that California politicians are launching a war on motorists.

In recent months legislators passed an 11-cent per gallon gas tax, upped the vehicle license fee, and also approved expansive cap-and-trade legislation that will eventually raise the gas tax by 71-cents a gallon.

Now the state is making it easier for criminals to steal your car.

It’s safe to say that California drivers have been thrown under the bus by the courts and our elected leaders — which I suppose is fitting, because soon buses will be the only vehicles left on the road.


Irish Town Gone Wild

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Firmly Believes Pfizer Shot Load of Viagra in Water Supply

12-10-2017

 “There were babies everywhere,” according to one citizen, recalling of the early days of a Pfizer Viagra production facility in a small Irish town, which residents think may have been responsible for the mini-baby-boom.

Residents of Ringaskiddy reacted with amusement to the news that Viagra, a drug used to treat erectile dysfunction, will be made available over the counter in Britain.

Ringaskiddy has been producing Viagra since circa 1998, leading to local residents claiming, “Viagra is in the air.” The town, which is referred to as a “modern deepwater ferryport,” is home to no more than 200 people.

“One whiff and you’re stiff,” Debbie O’Grady told the Sunday Times while serving drinks at the town’s Ferry Boat Inn.

“We’ve been getting the love fumes for years now for free,” said Debbie’s mother, Sadie, referring to the smoke billowing out of a chimney at the Pfizer factory. “I’m a flirtatious woman, a lot of us are round here.”

“It’s amazing the number of people who come to this village, perhaps out of curiosity, and then never leave,” Sadie added. “They settle down here. As they say, there’s something in the air — not that we need it, of course. But for some fellas with problems in that department, it can be a blessing.”

“There were women having babies all the time, there were babies everywhere,” Rita Rimington told the Sunday Times. “It’s the last thing that dies in a man.”

One resident claimed the town’s water contained Viagra.

“I think that Viagra must have got into the water supply,” said Fiona Toomey. “I’m convinced that’s what happened at the very beginning before they were so closely regulated.”

“Even the dogs here have been known to walk around in a state of sexual excitement,” Toomey added.

According to a Pfizer spokeswoman, the claim that “Viagra is in the air” is little more than a myth.

“Our manufacturing processes have always been highly sophisticated as well as highly regulated,” she told the Sunday Times.

At least Ireland has one thing going for it.

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY SHERIFF STEVE MOORE FORCES WORLD CLASS PATHOLOGIST TO RESIGN…….

DR. BENNET OMALU SUBMITS LETTER OF RESIGNATION

By Marty Carlson

12-06-2017


DR. BENNET OMALU

As you all know there is been an ongoing issue in San Joaquin County with the forensic pathologists in the coroner’s office of San Joaquin county Sheriff’s Department. Last week Dr. Susan Parsons resigned citing her inability to work the pressures of micromanagement and intimidation tactics by Sheriff Steve Moore.

This week highly regarded forensic pathologist Bennet Omalu, who is known for the movie concussion, played by Will Smith, resigned citing the same issues with the Sheriff and San Joaquin County.

He states in his resignation there has been an ongoing practice in San Joaquin County that he has found unacceptable, and is unable to continue working under those conditions and the pressures put under them by Sheriff Steve Moore.

Below is the resignation of Dr. Omalu.

Sadly, San Joaquin County and one of the premier forensic pathologists in the world and chose to take a path to not let him do his job as he obviously is so capable of.


Bennet Omalu, MD, MBA, MPH, CPE, DABP-AP,CP,FP,NP bennetomalu@bennetomalu.com

December 5, 2017

Monica Nino

County Administrator

44 North San Joaquin Street

Sixth Floor Suite 640

Stockton, CA 95202

Dear Ms. Nino,

RE: NOTICE OF RESIGNATION FROM SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY

With tears in my eyes and with a very heavy heart, I hereby submit my notice of resignation from San Joaquin County as the County’s forensic pathologist. According to the terms of my contract with our beloved county, I have to give a three month notice of resignation, which shall begin on December 5, 2017 and end with the termination of my employment on March 5, 2018. I must stop performing autopsies on December 5, 2017 in order to have sufficient time to complete and close the over 150 pending and open cases I may have.

When I joined this most lovely county in September 2007, I fell in love with it and gave my utmost best to elevate the standards and quality of practice of forensic pathology and death investigation in the County, which had fallen apart. Today, we have collectively done a wonderful job in turning the trajectory of the Coroner’s Office and providing the best standards of autopsy, pathology and medico-legal services to the good people of the County. I planned to continue to serve the people of this County until my retirement. In the dark and difficult days of 2005 – 2007, while I was living through my CTE quagmire, I was running away from Pittsburgh and felt homeless, hopeless and afraid. This County offered me a home and gave me hope. For this I am deeply grateful, faithful and loyal to you and the good people of San Joaquin County. I will always remain part of you.

On November 27, 2017, my colleague, Dr. Sue Parson, submitted her letter of resignation. In her letter she stated the following:

“Despite the privilege of working with Dr. Omalu, the behavior of San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore and the working environment he created within the Coroner’s Office made my day-to-day experience in the County personally unbearable and professionally unsustainable. Sheriff Moore’s retaliatory behavior, arrogant expectations and of those under his employ, created an utterly untenable work environment – a complete hindrance to my professional growth and development in medicine and the discharging of my duties in a safe, non-threatening work environment, which is due all persons employed by the County under law.

In general terms, Sheriff Moore’s intrusion into physician independence ranges from forcefully taking over physician scheduling to inserting himself into how and when Dr. Omalu and I perform our medical duties with attempts to control and influence our professional judgment and conclusions. This ultimately undermines the overall

competence of the Coroner’s Office in conducting objective death investigation for the County.

Sheriff Moore’s leadership style orders physicians to report, behave, and respond to him like rank-and-file sheriff’s officers, producing an intolerable work environment for medical professionals in any stage of her or his career. Despite the framework Dr. Omalu built to enhance and elevate the quality of medicolegal death investigation for the County, I am certain that he too will be unable to continue to work at the Sheriff-Coroner’s Office under such conditions, resulting in a massive and wholly avoidable loss to the County.”

I must unfortunately stand by and support what Dr. Parson has most succinctly and precisely said. It is extremely unfortunate that it took us over ten years to hire a competent, intelligent and highly qualified forensic pathologist like her, and in less than one year, the Coroner’s Office is forcing her to leave due to highly avoidable and unnecessary issues. The office has no concern or issue with Dr. Parson’s job performance or competence and she served the County extremely well. This is important because there are less than 1000 board-certified forensic pathologists like her in the United States

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Since I joined the County as a physician employee assigned to the Coroner’s Office, Sheriff Steve Moore has always made calculated attempts to control me as a physician and influence my professional judgement. I first experienced this with Sheriff Steve Moore in 2007 when he prevented me from attending crime scenes, which detectives from police departments of other cities may have wanted me to attend, or scenes I wanted to attend, especially on complicated and/or unusual cases. The standards of practice of pathology require forensic pathologists to attend all types of scenes. I wanted to leave then but I believed this interference would stop the longer I stayed in the office and exhibited the highest and exemplary standards of practice. Unfortunately, it did not stop despite the high level of services I performed. In fact, in the past year or two, and especially since Dr. Parson joined the County, it has gotten even worse.

Recently, I became frigidly afraid that in continuing to work under the circumstances Sheriff Steve Moore has created in his office, that I may be aiding and abetting the unlicensed practice of medicine. This would jeopardize my medical license. On many occasions, I met with him privately and provided him written memorandums trying to explain to him that the law does not allow him to insert himself in the duties of a physician unless he is a licensed physician. He dismissed me and stated that Dr. Parson and I work for him, and as long as we were his workers, that we must do anything and everything he asks us to do, even when we considered his actions acting against our standards of practice and the generally accepted principles of medicine. For example, Sheriff Steve Moore decided to cut off the hands of bodies at the morgue after the autopsies had been completed without the knowledge of any of the pathologists in the office.

I recently testified to the truth and scientific facts on a high-profile case involving the County. My testimony was not what the Sheriff wanted me to testify to. Promptly after this occurred, Sheriff Steve Moore retaliated against us and took over the scheduling of physicians in the office in order to control when we work, how we work, what cases we do or not do, and approve or deny our requests for time off or vacation. For the past decade, the physicians in the office handled this scheduling to ensure that the office was fully and properly staffed. Sheriff Steve Moore took this action even though prominent county officials, including leading county physicians, advised him that only a licensed physician can control the working hours of physician employees as required by the guidelines of the Medical Board of California.

I have also witnessed Sheriff Steve Moore humiliate and bully Dr. Parson. Dr. Parson filed a harassment complaint against one of the sergeants in the department. Sheriff Steve Moore summoned a meeting that was supposed to address his effort to take control of the physician’s scheduling. However, Sheriff Steve Moore used the meeting to demonstrate his control over us as physician employees. During the meeting, he flung Dr. Parson’s complaint at her and condescendingly reminded her that she worked for him and he had the final say on every complaint that is submitted in his office. I was stunned. He retaliated and instructed us that he would remove us as physician employees of the San Joaquin General Hospital, to which both Dr. Parson and I are contractually mandated to have staff privileges, and convert us to Sheriff Forensic Pathologists so that we would lose our physician privileges at the hospital. The Union of American Physicians and Dentists [UAPD], which represents all doctors that work for the County, interjected on our behalf and demanded that the Sheriff cease and desist in his threats and retaliatory action. Dr. Parson and I are both members of UAPD like all of the other doctors in the County.

Unfortunately, this is not the first time that the Sheriff has treated us very differently from other County physicians. For years, Sheriff Steve Moore has refused to afford the pathologists in the Coroner’s Office the same benefits and privileges that all other County physicians enjoy. Sheriff Steve Moore withheld and refused to pay Dr. Parson and myself the professional physician benefits to which every physician employee of San Joaquin General Hospital is entitled following a negotiated salary agreement between the UAPD and San Joaquin County in December 2016. While all other County physicians have long been receiving the professional benefits, we unfortunately have been denied the same treatment. In doing so, Sheriff Steve Moore has repeatedly informed us that he does not believe our salaries and benefits should be greater than what he receives because “we work for him” and “he is our boss.” We have been forced to pursue this matter through the County merely to ensure that we are treated equally.

While the foregoing has occurred, I reached out to a neighboring county to find out if our experience with Sheriff Steve Moore was similar to that of their forensic pathologist. I was shocked to learn that the forensic pathologist in the other county had met with their Sheriff privately only 2 or 3 times in the ten years in which he has been the county forensic pathologist and that their Sheriff affords him complete independence to perform his job duties. For Dr. Parson and I, Sheriff Steve Moore routinely inserts himself in our daily duties as physicians, routinely summons us to meetings, sometimes privately, to question our autopsy reports and findings, and, on occasion, requests that I modify my autopsy reports. One such case involved an individual who died during a physical altercation with the police. I refused to comply with this request because it was not proper. After we completed and closed autopsy cases, an attorney, a family member or a physician sometimes contact us directly to ask questions about our conclusions in the Coroner’s report. We learned that changes were made to the Coroner’s report without any form of consultation or expert advice from any of the pathologists employed in the office. Some of these changes may go against the generally accepted principles, standards of practice and common knowledge of medicine. It was our professional duty as physician employees of the office to advise the office on such matters and to guarantee that the office adheres to these standards and principles.

Several months ago, I received a phone call from an attorney who was representing the family of a man who had recently died in a motor vehicle crash. The family wanted to do a second autopsy after my autopsy because they did not believe and trust that my eventual conclusions and opinions would not be influenced by Sheriff Steve Moore. That phone call bothered me and caused me to begin to suspect that the pervasive and adversarial environment in which I was working could be influencing my professional judgement, opinions and conclusions, without me knowing it. At this moment I realized that I had to leave to seek employment in another County in California where the Sheriff is not like Sheriff Steve Moore.

I want to thank you and the good people of San Joaquin County for supporting me, believing in me and giving me a home for over ten years. I feel like we are all part of the greater San Joaquin Family. I will remain in the Central Valley and will make myself available to assist you in any way I can to serve the residents of the County. Together we can do unimaginable things.

Thank you.

Very truly yours,

Bennet Omalu, MD, MBA, MPH, CPE, DABP-AP,CP,FP,NP

Anatomic Pathologist/Clinical Pathologist/Forensic Pathologist/Neuropathologist/Epidemiologist

DAWG SAYS:

IS THERE A SERIOUS PROBLEM IN SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY OR WHAT!!!