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Show #006 Joseph in Egypt

In time for Eastern and Passover, Barry Jacobsen and I review the stories of Joseph and the Exodus — with an eye to the ties to these sagas and the ancient Egyptian historical record.

Head over to our new podcast site and enjoy!!!

Show #006 – Ancient Egypt in the Bible

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Dear Friends: I have some thrilling news to share.

I have partnered with Barry Jacobsen, author of “Deadliest Blogger,” former associate producer of SpikeTV’s “Deadliest Warrior,” and frequent guest/co-host on Canto Talk to create a new talk-show business model.

It is a pay-for-podcast program, which covers the events and people of the past impacting today’s world.


Where the tides of history crash into the shores of current events.


Ukraine updates: Putin signs treaty making Crimea part of Russia

With ongoing developments on the crisis in Ukraine, here are some news updates from Tuesday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a draft treaty making Crimea part of Russia.

From CNN, Ukraine cries ‘robbery’ as Russia annexes Crimea:

Never mind what the West thinks — the Kremlin says Ukraine’s Crimea region is now part of Russia.

A signing ceremony Tuesday between Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Prime Minister of Crimea and the mayor of the city of Sevastopol made it official, the Kremlin said in a statement. The territory, ceded to Ukraine in the Soviet era, is now part of the Russian Federation, it said.

History Bytes will be able to offer the historical background that will shed additional light how past events and personalities led to the news today:

Show #005: In the Shadow of the Bear

Military history expert Barry Jacobsen discusses the history of the Black Sea region of Russia, including:

  • The era of Genghis Khan and the Golden Horde.
  • The forced exodus of the Crimean Tartars on the orders of Joseph Stalin.
  • The rationale behind Vladimir Putin’s power grab in Georgia.
  • The development of Islamic extremism in Chechnya and its consequences.
  • The origins of the Ukraine’s “Orange Revolution”

Leslie Eastman co-hosts.

Barry and I hope you will join us on other social media platforms:

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Other shows in our roster:

Barry and I hope to be profitable enough to maintain and expand this fledgling effort.

I have some special people to thank for this new profit opportunity:

Finally, I would like to thank my son (my biggest source of inspiration) and my husband (whose hard work allows me to delve into the bowels of history and contemplate the complexities of culture).

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Dear Readers:  My fellow SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition Co-Founder, Dawn Wildman, will be joining Silvio Canto, Jr. and me on Canto Talk this Thursday, Jan. 23, to discuss what his happening with the California Tea Parties (click HERE at 7 pm PST/9 PM CT, 10 pm EST or for archived podcast).

Dawn Wildman, surrounded by Tea Party friends.

Dawn Wildman, surrounded by Tea Party friends.

The last we talked, she was promoting the Tea Party California Caucus’ Tech-Based Gameplan for CA GOP Convention. There was recently a caucus meeting, to make further plans for 2014, and she will be bringing us up to speed with those.

Here is a sneak peak of what she observed.

One of the best parts of my job is that I get to travel around California and attend events that are for and by grassroots leaders from around our Golden State. This past weekend I was in Fresno to attend an event being put on by the newly minted Tea Party California Caucus and what an event it was. Now let me be very clear I am no longer a Republican, I am a non-partisan voter which simply means I don’t care who gets the credit when a good is represented in leadership. I made a decision years ago that based on what I saw the California Republican Party doing to grassroots groups in our state that I would leave the Party and look for greener pastures. Having not actually found those among the already established political parties I chose to become one of the ever growing disenfranchised voters and hung out my “ no Party “ loyalty sign by re-registering as a Non Partisan Voter.

I digress, so there I am at this event with a bunch of Republicans, which sounds like the beginning of a great joke but this was serious, this was a phenomenal undertaking, this was about real change. You see for almost five years now Republicans have been complaining about Republicans that is exactly what started the tea party movement. But instead of just changing who these people align themselves with by changing parties they decided to fight for the Party they remember joining. There they were in Fresno, trying to work out a strategy even with GOP hacks in the audience watching and waiting and taking notes to report back to the elite that have held this Party hostage.

This huge crowd of “disgruntled” GOP folks was energized and ready to rumble. They have taken on the greatest challenge ever seen since the declining days of the Whig Party. And they are serious. They know the powers that be that keep the Republican Party in California as nothing more than a punch line in a joke will and are fighting them all the way. The good news for them is that the CAGOP usually stinks at what they do as witnessed by the lack of any real Republican wins over the years. These people are motivated by one thing, bringing California back to its Golden State excellence. They want to have real representation in Sacramento; they want to have a seat at the table when back room deals are being done by the brain trust in Sacramento and DC. Simply put, they want the Party they signed up for to exist in more than just name.

And if this doesn’t work what will these very loyal people do next? Well who knows, they are learning the rules, learning them well and are ready to operate around them.

With all the breaking news in California, including California Drought = Flood of New Rules,we should be able to entertain our fans in all 57 states!

More on the Tea Party California Caucus can be found HERE.

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Dear Readers: We have another great Canto Talk program set for this Thursday, Jan. 16th. We are going to feature another installment in the continuing quest of Legal Insurrection editor Mandy Nagy to obtain Obamacare. (Click here for podcast, or live show at 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST).

Legal Insurrection Editor, Mandy Nagy

Legal Insurrection Editor, Mandy Nagy

Here are some Legal Insurrection reports filed since our last chat with Mandy:

And, a new one from Neo-Neocon.

In related news, with a nod to Silvio Canto’s Cuban background:

Mirroring problems with the federal health care website, people around the nation attempting to navigate the Spanish version have discovered their own set of difficulties.

The site, CuidadoDeSalud.gov, launched more than two months late.

A Web page with Spanish instructions linked users to an English form.

And the translations were so clunky and full of grammatical mistakes that critics say they must have been computer-generated — the name of the site itself can literally be read “for the caution of health.”

“When you get into the details of the plans, it’s not all written in Spanish. It’s written in Spanglish, so we end up having to translate it for them,” said Adrian Madriz, a health care navigator who helps with enrollment in Miami…

Death Panels!

  • Ex-NY Times Editor Keller to Cancer Patient: ‘Going Gently’ Saves Money

    Lisa Bonchek Adams is currently hospitalized and being treated for Stage IV breast cancer. Since her diagnosis in October of 2012 at the age of 37, this mother of three has been blogging and tweeting about what she has been through mentally, personally, physically, and medically. For a chilling and revealing reason, former New York Times editor Bill Keller has a big problem with this.

It should be another great show with Mandy!

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Dear Friends: I am looking forward to chatting with Charles Fettinger of Doo Doo Economics and the San Diego Local Order of Bloggers (SLOBs) this Thursday on Canto Talk (Nov. 14, 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST; click here for podcast).

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Some of our topics:

California real estate forecast: Bigger inventories and higher prices

It’s not breaking news that the California housing market is heating up, but now the California Association of Realtors is confirming it on the record, predicting that the trend will continue upward into 2014.

In its latest forecast, CAR predicts primary home buyers will make a comeback after a period of tough competition with investors for what has been a limited supply of homes on the market.

“We’ve come up against an exceptionally low-inventory situation in California for at least the last year and half, and it has started to take a bite out of sales” says Leslie Appleton-Young, the association’s chief economist.  She says the market is still “robust” but predicts a 2.1 percent drop in the number of homes sold this year over last year due to limited supply. But two trends are changing that, says Appleton-Young.

One is a rapid rise in home values.  It’s lifting many underwater homeowners — those who owed more in mortgage payments than their homes were worth — providing them with the opportunity to sell. Appleton-Young says that’s beginning to boost the number of real estate listings.

The ObamaCare Insurance Fraud Scandal

With all the discussion, no one in the media is explaining why insurance companies supported ObamaCare. The progressive-socialist vision is of a health care system without “greedy” insurance companies. The president on many occasions called ObamaCare a “transitional step” toward government run “single payer” health care. So, why did insurance companies support a law designed to destroy their industry?
They were promised an unaccountable system ripe for massive fraud.

Covered California required heath insurers to cancel plans

President Obama just apologized for the millions of insurance policy cancellations under the Affordable Care Act, usually called Obamacare. He also has blamed “bad apple” insurers for the cancellations.

But in California, critics of the program insist the cancellations were not made by the insurers, but by Covered California, the state’s implementation of Obamacare. California compelled insurers participating in the Covered California health exchange to cancel noncompliant individual policies.

“In California, insurers did not ‘choose’ to eliminate individual plans for the efficiency of one health-reform compliant platform, California forced it on them,” Craig Gottwals told me; he is a health care policy attorney and Obamacare expert with BB&T-Liberty Benefit Insurance.

He said Covered California didn’t want to leave to chance forcing people into the insurance exchanges. The San Francisco Business Times detailed how Anthem Blue Cross, Kaiser Permanente, Health Net and Blue Shield of California finally admitted their Covered California contracts required the cancellations. Other plans on the exchange are subject to the same contract language.

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Dear Readers: It will be my measure to chat with two dynamic men this Thursday…my friend Silvio Canto Jr. and Jonathan Taylor. Johnathan is the founder of the website,” A Voice for Male Students” will discuss his group that advocates fair treatment for men on campus, as well as current events viewed from a college perspective. (Click HERE for podcast link; the show will be this Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/ 10 pm EST).

Voice for Male Students

He had a fabulous introduction to his group in College Insurrection:

My name is Jonathan Taylor. I am the founder of the website A Voice for Male Students and a former instructor of freshman composition and argumentation at Texas A&M University-Commerce. I’d like to thank Mr. Jacobson for inviting me to submit a guest post about my website, why I launched it, and what it aims to address.

AVFMS is part of an emerging presence of voices advocating fair treatment for men and boys. Some call us Men’s Rights Activists, or Men’s Human Rights Activists. I don’t claim to speak for all or most of them, however. Only myself. The motto of AVFMS is educational equity for men and boys. I started up the website and its adjoining Facebookpage and YouTube channel because men and boys are suffering in a wide variety of areas in our educational institutions, and because those issues are plagued not only with a lack of awareness, but also deliberate and systemic neglect.

I divide the issues into three main areas: educational attainment and well-being, the culture of our academic institutions and society at large, and rights and protections. If you would like a thorough list of those issues, I invite you to peruse the Summary of Issues page on the AVFMS website as well as the blog entries. I will also address the issues in brief below.

The site is on top of some fascinating stories…

All male students punished for bomb hoax. Girl made similar hoax last year. My email to administrators and their superiors.


And we will be chatting about the topics of the day, including Obamacare as it relates to this post…College student writes viral letter ‘Obamacare Has Raped My Future’

A University of Michigan graduate penned an open letter that went viral online as she described how President Barack Obama’s signature health care law hurts the working poor, and has “raped” her future.

Ashley Dionne, 26, posted the now-viral letter to conservative radio host Dennis Prager’s Facebook page earlier this week.

Here is the letter:

“My name is Ashley Dionne and I’m a 26-year-old recent graduate from Michigan.

The phony Obamacare signup poster boy made me want to send a message about how Obamacare is really affecting people.

I graduated from The University of Michigan in 2009. In my state, this used to mean something, but even with a bachelor’s I was told I was too educated and wouldn’t stay. I watched as kids with GEDs and high school diploma’s took the low-paying jobs for which I applied.

I went back to school and got a second degree and finally found work at a gym. I work nights and only get 32 hours a week for eight dollars an hour. I’m unable to find a second job at this time.

I have asthma, ulcers, and mild cerebral palsy. Obamacare takes my monthly rate from $75 a month for full coverage on my “Young Adult Plan,” to $319 a month. After $6,000 in deductibles, of course.

Liberals claimed this law would help the poor. I am the poor, the working poor, and I can’t afford to support myself, let alone older generations and people not willing to work at all.

This law has raped my future.

It will keep me and kids my age from having a future at all.

This is the real face of Obamacare and it isn’t pretty.”

Its a mixed bag, helping some, hurting others.  Its a rushed piece of crap legilsation.

America deserves better.


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Dear Readers: It will be my pleasure to have two guests this Thursday night on Canto Talk. My friend and fellow SLOB, Deadliest Blogger’s Barry Jacobsen, and my friend and inspiration, Zumba instructor and dancer extraordinaire, Kavita Sheth. The featured topic: All Things Indian. (Click HERE for podcast link; the show is at 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST Thursday, Aug. 22).

Here is a bit more about Kavita’s newest enterprise:

Kavits Sheth at Studio K's Opening Night

Kavits Sheth at Studio K’s Opening Night


Tierrasanta Expands Zumba Party into Kearny Mesa

Tierrasantans have been having so much fun with resident Kavita Sheth’s Zumba class that she has just opened up a brand new studio in Kearny Mesa. Her new place is Studio K Dance and Fitness (9340 Clairemont Mesa Blvd Suite F), where she offers classes, featuring dance and aerobic-oriented forms (e.g., Zumba, Yoga, Hip Hop, Bollywood, Salsa, Insanity, etc.) done to a novel mix of world music styles.

“Everybody has a desire to dance,” said Sheth. “I match this need with the fact many want a solid workout in a fun atmosphere. I have gotten so many requests for such different Zumba and dance styles, that opening up Studio K was the best next step.”

Sheth had an opening night party in late July, which was attended by many Teirrasantans, including Cheri Korobkin.
“I love Kavita’s class; it’s the most fun I have had exercising ever,” explained Korobkin. “I love dancing in the dark with the special studio lights, as well as the fact I don’t feel self-conscious when I do the routines”. Korobkin also takes her two tweens regularly to class, who enjoy the dance exercises and are enthusiastic inspirations to their mom.

Sheth notes that Zumba is “not just for women, but it’s something men can really enjoy, too.” Jorge Ceniceros, Tierrasanta resident and one of Sheth’s original students, agrees and confirms that Zumba is a real workout.

“Between Zumba ands Metafast, I have easily lost 50 pounds,” Ceniceros remarked. “I came at first with my significant other, and have stayed because it was very fun and I came out trashed…in a good way. I have also learned dance to the point I am able to follow the instructor”.

Sheth has recruited a wide array of Zumba and dance instructors for her studio. Program styles include “groove”, hip-hop, and a new alphabet-based movement routine called Bokwa (an increasingly popular routine). The course offerings will also include a combination of pilates and yoga called “Piyo”.

During Studio K’s opening night, Sheth’s Bollywood instructor, Jonathan Bosco, lead the crowd in creating and performing a full Indian-based dance routine that thrilled the entire audience. Bosco competed in India’s popular “Just Dance” competition and has choreographed many acclaimed routines.

“Bollywood is for everyone: Men, women, young, old,” noted Bosco. “One of Bollywood’s biggest stars, Hritik Roshan, is the perfect example of fitness. I am happy that Studio K is giving me the opportunity to share many of Indian dance styles with new people, new fans.”

Sheth, a Tierrasanta resident, has been dancing since the age of 5. She eventually plans to offer Latin-style dance programs, including Bachata that was inspired by a life-changing trip to the Dominican Republic. A highlight of the July opening was a Bachata performance she did with an instructor-in-training, Hector Perez-Garcia.

Besides being fun, Studio K is family-friendly. Her studio includes an area for childcare, and Studio K will eventually be offering classes for children.

Sheth has been a certified Zumba instructor since 2010. She has training in Basic 1, Basic 2, and Zumba Gold, Zumba Toning, Zumba Sentao, Core and Glutes. Her studio also features programs with other instructors who possess a wide array of certifications.


As a MUT Temple Bonus, here is one of my favorite Bollywood clips:

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