Dear Friends:  It will be my pleasure to be a guest on Canto Talk today as we look at the post-election news and events that unfolded this day in history in 1963.  As an extra bonus, we will be joined by Captain Capitalism himself…Aaron Clary (who will be discussing his new book).

Please join us at 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST or with an archived podcast by clicking here



Silvio and I are big fans of history, so we will spend some time recalling the events surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy:

Crowds of excited people lined the streets and waved to the Kennedys. The car turned off Main Street at Dealey Plaza around 12:30 p.m. As it was passing the Texas School Book Depository, gunfire suddenly reverberated in the plaza.

Bullets struck the president’s neck and head and he slumped over toward Mrs. Kennedy. The governor was also hit in the chest.
President Lyndon B. Johnson takes Oath of Office
The car sped off to Parkland Memorial Hospital just a few minutes away. But little could be done for the President. A Catholic priest was summoned to administer the last rites, and at 1:00 p.m. John F. Kennedy was pronounced dead. Though seriously wounded, Governor Connally would recover.

The president’s body was brought to Love Field and placed on Air Force One. Before the plane took off, a grim-faced Lyndon B. Johnson stood in the tight, crowded compartment and took the oath of office, administered by US District Court Judge Sarah Hughes. The brief ceremony took place at 2:38 p.m.

Less than an hour earlier, police had arrested Lee Harvey Oswald, a recently hired employee at the Texas School Book Depository.

Additionally, we will be talking about the history our President-Elect Donald Trump is making. Canto Talk listeners will recall my predictions that Trump had a great chance of winning, because the media was gas-lighting its American audience.

When my super-talented colleague Mary Chastain wrote about the new tone of state Republican party ads, she posted that Hillary Clinton was the most probable winner.

She would be right if the reports we were getting weren’t being offered through a haze of “Gaslight,” a point that conservative talk show host Tammy Bruce has been making often in recent days is that the elite media is manipulating the reports to distort reality to create a very specific outcome (e.g., 3 media organizations have given their employees orders to destroy Trump).

…SUNY Professor Helmut Norpoth, who has accurately predicted election outcomes for the last 5 election based on behavior models, says that Trump has a 87-99% chance of winning. He asserts the polls are bunk.

Based on the available data, I am inclined to agree. The polls are nothing more that the fuel for the gaslight fires.

Additionally, we will discussing Trump’s transition process and appointees! We invite you to join us for another historic show.

Dear Reader:  It will be my privilege to be the guest on Canto Talk for our annual Halloween show.  Please join Silvo Canto Jr., and me for an afternoon of scary news and fun traditions on Wednesday, Oct. 26th at 12 noon PST/2 pm CT/3 pm EST (click HERE for the show for a podcast afterward).

This year’s special show will feature the website I have been the Project Manager for, which Girl Scout Emma Kahn created as part of her Gold Star Project: Black Cats Need Love! The purpose of the site is to encourage people to adopt black cats from animal shelters…like I did with Venus and Jupiter!


Black cats spend a longer time in shelters waiting to be adopted.

This is a problem because cats in shelters are stressed, and they are more likely to get sick.

A very common disease for shelter cats is an upper respiratory infection.

Cats who become sick at a shelter are at risk of being euthanized.

The fact that black cats take longer to be adopted puts them at greater risk of dying in the shelter.

Some people think that black cats are unlucky or evil, but this is just a superstition.

In some places like England, Ireland, Scotland and Japan, black cats are considered good luck!

So how did black gets get to be such an iconic symbol of Halloween?

It all started with the Pilgrims in the Plymouth colony. The Puritan Pilgrims distrusted anything associated with witches and sorcery, including black cats. They actively persecuted black cats – it became a practice to burn black cats on Shrove Tuesday to protect the home from fire.

After the anti-witch zeal had subsided in the colonies, black cats had been thoroughly cemented in popular legend right alongside witches. Decorators use them as a Halloween symbol, both alongside witches and independently, to add a frightful, unnerving ambience to their front steps, their green eyes spooking trick-or-treaters.

And, as always, we will feature the scary news of the day! So tune in for another ghoulishly great show with the diabolically dashing Silvio Canto, Jr.!

Dear Readers: It is my privilege to join amazing talk show host Silvio Canto on Canto Talk this Thursday, Oct. 6th at 12 noon PST/2 pm CT/3 pm EST.  Click HERE for the show or the archived podcast afterward.

It will be my privilege to interview my friend and colleague Jacqueline Hardt, who works with me at the Environmental Health/Occupational Safety consulting firm, Zoubek Consulting.  She will be giving an extremely informative webinar for our firm, which will cover the history of the Zika virus’ spread, the health consequences of infection, the real risks associated with the disease, and how people can effectively protect themselves (especially since a vaccine is not  yet available).


Zika is still spreading in Florida, and currently 115 locally acquired cases have been reported.  Perhaps the most disturbing development this week is the fact that a second case of locally acquired dengue ever has been reported in that state.

Dengue fever is a viral disease that is also spread chiefly by the  Aedes aegypti mosquito. The virus can cause flu-like symptoms and in rare cases can result in dangerous or deadly infections.  Hawaii declared a “Dengue Fever Emergency” earlier this year.

Happily, the outbreaks in Hawaii appear to be contained…at least for the time being.

Currently, vector control is the only practical way to prevent the disease. There is only one vaccine for dengue fever currently available, and the newly developed product has only been approved for use in Mexico, the Philippines, and Brazil.

Please join us for what will be a fascinating and informative show.

Please click HERE if you would like more information about Zoubek Consulting.



Dear Friends: I am thrilled to finally be able to join Silvo Canto, Jr. on his great BlogTalRadio.com show, Canto Talk.  I will be his guest at 3 pm EST/2 pm CT/12 noon PT on Thursday, Sept. 15th (click here for link or post-show podcast).

As always…Thursdays tend to be a slow news day (joke, joke, laugh, laugh). So, we will probably to a sweep of a wide array of topics:


  1. Hillary’s medical episode and its consequences. We will take a look at the incident, the initial lies surrounding the event, and what the real state of Hillary’s health may be.
  2. We will have an update on the War Against Zika.
  3. California’s crazy legislation targeting flatulent cows.
  4. The growing #BoycottNFL movement and its potential impact on a San Diego ballot measure covering the building of a new stadium!

It should be a great show! I just have to figure out how I am going to fit in my mention of Egypt!





Dear Readers: I am thrilled that California Tea Party Group‘s Dawn Wildman will be able to join Silvio and me for a Canto Talk show reviewing the June 7th California Primary results. Please click HERE for the show (live on Thursday, June 9 at 7pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST or for podcast afterward).


During the Primary Beer Caucus the SLOBs (San Diego Local Order of Bloggers) held this weekend, we decided that if we were going to offer a “California Tea Party Voter’s Guide – 2016 Primary edition”, that we really needed was 2:

  1. CONSERVATIVE: For Californians who continue to remain optimistic that our fellow citizens will someday vote in support of smaller government and fiscal restraint.
  2. STRATEGIC: For those of us who simply want the results that set us up for General Election success, given the current conditions in the state.

A big thanks to W.C. Varones for the two-option idea!

So, with this concept in mind, here are some of our recommendations:



  • CONSERVATIVE: Dawn strongly recommends Tom Del Beccaro for US Senate.
  • STRATEGIC:  Given that there is a snowball’s chance in hell California will place a Republican in the “Boxer Seat”, let’s give Bay Area politico Kamala Harris a real run for her money in November and pull the lever for Loretta Sanchez.  Harris has been busy with Washington DC insider glitterati to organize an attack on our First Amendment rights.  Sanchez is a Southern California woman who worked her way up through grassroots efforts and may pay more attention to her constituents in this region…as opposed to the Bay Area representatives who don’t even bother.

JUDGES: This site is priceless for helping select a good one: JUDGE VOTER GUIDE.

PROPOSITION 50: Proposition 50 is a constitutional amendment giving the California Legislature the authority to suspend members without pay on a two-thirds vote. Currently legislators can only vote to suspend with pay.

  • CONSERVATIVE: Dawn says “hell no”, as the measure is poorly worded and may allow the legislature to run amok.
  • STRATEGIC:  The LA Times says “hell no”, which compels me to give this a big thumbs-up.


The race we would like to feature is California-53, where Jim Ash is running an inspiring grassroots campaign for Susan Davis’ seat.  We would like to see Ash clear this hurdle and go on to November.

PREDICTIONS:June 7th will be an evening of comedy and chaos. The only predictions I am making are that I will not be sober at the end of the night, and that our June 9th Canto Talk show will be great.


Dear Readers: It will be my pleasure to have two guests from the Language Creation Society, who helped establish and develop the fictional tongues that many fantasy and sci-fi fans promote, on Canto Talk this Thursday, May 12, at 10 am Pacific Time (12 Noon Central Time/1 pm Eastern Time). Click HERE to listen live, or after for the archived podcast.

Our two guests will be:

  • Sai, a current member of the Board of Directors and founder of the Language Creation Society.
  • Christophe Grandsire-Koevoets, President of the Language Creation Society


If you are a fan of Game of Thrones or Star Trek, you have benefited from the society members’ creativity and love of the language arts.  The LCS has been instrumental in developing Dothraki for Game of Thrones.

I am thrilled to be able to help support the LCS in their amicus brief filing, regarding a legal case CBS/Paramount are filing against a fan-film that cites the Klingon language use as “proprietary”.

The LCS position as expressed in its filing is as follows:

“To claim copyright in a language is to claim ownership over all possible thoughts and artistic expression that might employ that language,” the attorneys argue in the amicus brief. “If not ownership, such a claim at least provides some support for the idea that the copyright owner could, at some point, simply pull the plug on any future development in the language.”

…The attorneys point to previous case law, including on constructed programming languages. In Computer Assocs. Int’l v. Alta, the court found terms in programming languages that were required to accomplish tasks in an operating system were not copyright-protected. In Zalewski v. Cicero Builder, meanwhile, the, brief points out that court found that “if an idea ‘can only be expressed in a limited number of ways,’ those means of expression ‘cannot be protected, lest one author own the idea itself.’”

“Copyright law protects the means of expressing ideas or concepts, but it does not give the copyright holder the right to exclude others from making use of the ideas or concepts themselves,” the brief argues. “Neither is one permitted to register copyright in a word.”

For those of you who would like to step-up CosPlay a notch by learning or creating a language, more on the Language Creation Society  is its website.

About Conlanging and Conlang.org

Conlanging is the creation of constructed languages or conlangs, such as Esperanto, Lojban, or Klingon. A conlanger is someone who creates or constructs languages or conlangs.

Conlang.org is a site for conlangers, would-be conlangers, those interested in or curious about conlangs, and anything else to do with conlanging.

So join us…. it will be CHONG!

Dear Readers: I am thrilled to be able to be a guest on Canto Talk this Thursday, April 21 at 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST; click here for live show or archived podcast).

My guest that night will be independent conservative activist Dawn Wildman, coordinator for California Tea Party Groups and co-founder of the SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition.  She and I have been friends since the first Tea Party over 7 years ago!

Dawn and Leslie

California has been crazy indeed:

Our former “conservative” Governor shortened the sentence of the son of a political ally who murdered another young man.

We are poised to let lose a Manson Family cult killer.

California Republicans are crazy about Ted Cruz.

California Democrats are just plain crazy and are beginning to #FeelTheBern.

There is a new California Gold Rush…involving Texas and Tennessee

We are looking forward to sharing the craziness with Canto Talk listeners!