Sunday, August 5, 2012

The Sunday Tattler News

(Mod: There is always news. A lot of peoples lives are dependent upon it. How would you sell daily newspapers if there wasn't any daily news? Or advertising on those various 24-7 cable news networks? What would all those talking heads talk about if there wasn't any news? And why would you watch? And Walter Cronkite might have been the most trusted man in America at one time, but who would have really given a hoot about that if he didn't have any news to talk about? Fortunately there is news, and because of that there is The Sunday Tattler News. Live on the internet, and your computer screen as well. As hot and fresh as your cup of Sunday morning coffee. Let's get down to it, shall we?)

Vast international child-porn network uncovered (click here) - The men came from different walks of life on two continents: a children's puppeteer in Florida, a hotel manager in Massachusetts, an emergency medical technician in Kansas, a day care worker in the Netherlands. In all, 43 men have been arrested over the past two years in a horrific, far-flung child porn network that unraveled like a sweater with a single loose thread.

In this case, the thread was a stuffed toy bunny.

The bunny, seen in a photo of a half-naked, distraught 18-month-old boy, was used to painstakingly trace a molester to Amsterdam. From there, investigators made one arrest after another of men accused of sexually abusing children, exchanging explicit photos of the attacks and even chatting online about abducting, cooking and eating, youngsters.

(Mod: When the Matheson Affair went down here we heard from various authority figures in town that this was by its nature the case of a single perpetrator, alone with his deepest, darkest secret. Something we were assured would have been known by nobody else but Bob. Yet each time one of these horrific stories hits the newswires it invariably involves a few quite talkative men with an international network. So what is the truth here?)

CA cities going bankrupt: First San Bernardino now Duarte (click here) - The City of Duarte is following San Bernardino as another city suffering from severe fiscal problems.

According to the City Council of Duarte, the city is going broke. It will consider declaring a fiscal emergency this Tuesday and placing a measure on the November 6 ballot to increase sales taxes by to a half-percent for the next six years.

"We know times are difficult - then we'll need to make deeper cuts," Mayor John Fasana says. "From my standpoint, the level of cuts is getting into the bone. We're getting past the meat and into the bone with some of the services we provide."

(Mod: Unfortunately for Mayor Fasana the state of emergency that needed to be declared to move a tax increase through the Duarte City Council and onto the ballot did not get the unanimous vote required, with one bold Councilmember saying no. BTW: how many of you recognize the name John Fasana? Close Tattler readers will know that he is the author of the SGVCOG's "Fasana Amendment," a devious trick that has pushed the Measure R sales tax ballot question along a bit. Something that technically would free up some cash for the Gold Line, but could easily do the same for the 710 Dracula Tunnel. See our next story.)

Ron Kaye: An issue that won't go away (click here) - In an email blast to Pasadena city officials last week, longtime San Rafael neighborhood resident Joan Terry sounded the alarm under the subject line "710 Extension Proposals."

"What part of 'NO' do you people not understand!? And how many times must the residents of this neighborhood have to step up and protect what is a first-class, highly desirable, residential neighborhood - the likes of which are rapidly giving way to overdevelopment and bad planning?"

Within minutes, Pasadena Councilman Steve Madison responded, calling the newly proposed routes by L.A. County and state transportation officials "appalling" and assuring residents it will be discussed by City Council next week.

Once again, as it has so often over the last half century, the push to close the '710 gap' is gaining momentum, igniting fear and anger among residents all along the possible routes through the Arroyo Seco, from El Sereno to South Pasadena, all the way to the Ventura (134) and Glendale (2) freeways in the north.

"I understand freeways through communities have impacts, but there are a lot of benefits," said Duarte Councilman John Fasana, the San Gabriel Valley member on the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

"I'm also in favor of transit, but I don't think it's going to replace the need of people and goods to move in cars and trucks. For this region as a whole, the 710 gap extension is a good thing. Most of the San Gabriel Valley supports it, especially the below-ground proposal."

(Mod: Not sure I agree that most of the San Gabriel Valley supports turning the 210 into an extension of the 710 Corridor, one of the most polluted stretches of freeway in Los Angeles County. If not the entire planet. Seriously, is anyone surprised that Fasana, the Mayor of a fiscal disaster of a city that is on the verge of bankruptcy, would be in favor of the 710 Tunnel? That is the thing about bad government, the people responsible seem to be on every damn commission and committee there is.)

California finds $119 million more in untapped funds (click here) - Gov. Jerry Brown's administration on Friday announced that $119 million more in untapped money was found in a sweeping audit of state accounts, bringing to more than $286.5 million the sum lawmakers were unaware of as they repeatedly cut government services.

The new discovery includes about $30 million for healthcare programs, almost $29 million for reimbursing crime victims and $12.5 million for cleaning up underground petroleum tanks. It follows revelations that nearly $113 million was languishing in a recycling program funded with consumers' bottle deposits and $54 million that had gone unreported by state parks officials.

(Mod: How all of this is going to help convince people to vote themselves a state tax increase this fall is beyond me. If Sacramento cannot keep track of the money they're getting now, how will they handle the additional burden of even more cash?)

Today is Mars Rover Curiosity Day! - If you're looking forward to all the news from the planet Mars and the landing of the Mars Rover known as Curiosity later today like I am, you can do no better than to check out all the action on a wonderful website called Space.com (click here). They even know how you can check out the landing live, something that happens at 10:31 PDT tonight. Don't miss out!

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  2. Fasana is proposing a new sales tax on child-pornography that will pay for a 710 extention to Mars.

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    1. Time to shut down this COG group once and for all. When is the issue coming before the City Council? Are they still planning to sandbag until next October after they automatically re-up the dues?

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    2. The $8,000 in dues we are supposed to send to the COG should definitely be put on ice until the City Council examines the issues. The Executive Director of the SGVCOG was arrested for 4 felony charges of conflict of interest. This is some very serious stuff, and not the time for the usual shenanigans.

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  3. Do our police know that Robert William Matheson was once a cameraman?

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    1. Maybe that is how Matheson avoided being registered as a sex criminal. He has naked pictures of key city authorities. Including the police.

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    2. There is probably a lot that is unknown about this Matheson, and none of it good, that is for sure.
      How many "dirts" in this town that were "friends" of his, were aware of his evil secrets?

      Were any of their precious children victims of this man's evil ways?

      The most distrubing questions:
      Are there any men in Sierra Madre who were part of his perverse activities?
      Are there any men who abrubtly left town as to not be linked with this guy?

      I would have to guess there are people in this town who know the answers to these questions.

      If anyone in town even suspects this Matheson is contacting children, they had better damn well report it to the police, if nothing is done, report it to higher authorities.

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  4. These men are beyond sick - and they depend on one another to feed their insanity. They will even defend their activities, that's how bad they are. Find them, prosecute them, lock them up and throw away the key. Matheson included.

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    1. If you read the Times article it gets even worse. These guys were talking about cooking and eating children they molested.

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    2. I'm all for executing the criminally insane including cannabilistic pedophiles. No appeal. No mercy. Send them back to gawd for a retread. Maybe they'll come back as tree toads - much less harmful to society.

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  5. I am still gagging on the lightly used descriptive "distraut" for the 18 month-old baby in the first story today. No mother would describe an 18 month-old as a "boy.". It is a baby. Monsters of the most vile molest babies.

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  6. These child porn creeps are the lowest form of humanity on the planet.
    They are guided by evil enities from a lower astral realm for sure.
    They never change either....this is well known.
    If creeps like Matheson had any decency left ,they would do the right thing and remove themselves from not just Sierra Madre, but from the planet.
    They are too fearful, because they know there is a special place in HELL for them.
    Enjoy you day, Matheson....you bastard!

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  7. Do we know when the report from Homeland Security on Matheson will be available? At least they should let us know what they found in his house when they searched it.

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  8. Chief Black KettleAugust 5, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    And what may I ask are Sierra Madre's own boys in blue doing about the Matheson? I haven't heard a peep out of them or our governing body or our supposedly first rate newspaper on the status of the case. Every time a new pedophile is discovered by the press there is a great huzzari followed by dead silence. Anyone who knows anything, please pipe up.

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    1. Like every other unsolved crime here in Sierra Madre (and there are quite a few of them), the SMPD cannot comment. You see, an investigation is ongoing. And will be for as long as there are foothills over the San Gabriel Valley.

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  9. The pedophile does not feel one iota of guilt. they are psychopaths. Sick.
    I agree totally with all of you for the punishments. There are no words to describe how they ruin children's lives FOREVER.

    I reported a father raping his child 12 years ago. He went to jail 5 years.
    He is out. The child will be in a prison forever. The family blamed the child.

    Read THE PSYCHOPATH NEXT DOOR. Interesting.

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  10. Since Matheeson transported child porno across international borders, he committed a Federal Felony. Lets all write the local US Attorney and the US Attorney in the district where he crossed into Canada to demand a prosecution. There is no double jeopardy either

    A few burly cell mates would get his panties in a wad.

    Sort of like eating a Chic fil a sandwich.

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    1. I'm not so sure there isn't double jeopardy, at least on a possession charge. Too bad the Canadians didn't reject his entry and turn him over to the feds.

      If double jeopardy isn't an issue, going to the feds is a good idea not only because the penalties are usually much more stringent than those imposed by state law but doing so will also remove the "he's being protected by local authorities" element many believe exists.

      The feds should be reminded that these "possessors" create the market for these atrocities and are therefore equally culpable.

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    2. There is Canadian law, and there is American law. Double jeopardy is an impossibility.

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    3. Comity is the term for courtesy between nations. Nothing to do with double jeopardy whatsoever. But since we are talking about comity, US Homeland Security showed very little of that when they delayed searching Matheson's house for as long as they did. The Canadians were livid.

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    4. You may be right 12:15, but I wouldn't be so certain about dbl jeopardy. Hopefully, a prosecution here wouldn't be dj.

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  11. From today's dailykos.com:

    "Not long after Katherine Losse left her Silicon Valley career and moved to this West Texas town for its artsy vibe and crisp desert air, she decided to make friends the old-fashioned way, in person. So she went to her Facebook page and, with a series of keystrokes, shut it off.
    The move carried extra import because Losse had been the social network’s 51st employee and rose to become founder Mark Zuckerberg’s personal ghostwriter.

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    1. So what's so damn noble about that! "I got my FB millions, I'm off the web?"

      Reminds me of Madonna not letting her daughter view video. It's ok to screw up civilization and everyone else's kids, just not my own kid.

      Kinda reminds me of people who would sell our village out to make a buck.

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  12. Sorry guys, I know the Tattler brought it up, but it is getting tiresome hearing about that slime on Lilliano. We all know how to be watchful and hope that there is some follow-up. Other than that. . . there is nothing to say that hasn't been said.

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    1. Nonsense. Sit and say nothing and nothing will happen. These topics need to be brought up and often. Or at least until
      Federal and local law enforcement gets up off their enormous cans and does something. They're counting on people getting tired and giving up.

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    2. So what is it, 1:13? Solitary kiddie porn collector or someone belonging to a network like the ones described in the papers? Don't you think we have the right to know?

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    3. Couldn't disagree more 1:13. Keep saying Bob's name, keep dogging Robert William Matheson, because when he leaves here, wherever he goes people need to be warned. The least we can do is to make him infamous.

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    4. Matheson not being registered as a sex offender is the greatest law enforcement failure in Sierra Madre. Ever. It is almost as if someone is protecting him.

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    5. Consumers of child porn are certainly on the demand side of the network at the very least and they know their demand helps create the supply.

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  13. If memory serves me correctly, Fasana is yet another Edison employee/politician.

    I have yet to see a tax he doesn't support, making Measure R permanent, invoking a rain tax on every property owner in the county, declaring an emergency in Duarte to try and raise taxes...well you get the idea.

    Thankfully our tax dollars are being spent to provide him with a full time staffer to assist him with his important work on the MTA board...the COG cities are pitching in some $50,000.00 for that staffer.

    Maybe if we weren't wasting money on all of his pet projects, we wouldn't have to pay even MORE taxes.

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    1. Good call. According to his Facebook page Fasana has worked for Edison for 25 years. of course he's pushing all of this destructive crap. He works for the combine.

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  14. NASA TV
    http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

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    1. Curiosity landed successfully! Whole bunch of happy people from just down the road celebrating right now.

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    2. A fantastic accomplishment.

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  15. Lee Cline died on Sat. Aug 4th. RIP!

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    1. Lee Cline was a fine man. It was our privilege to know him. Our hearts go out to his wife and family. He exemplied courage and spent his energies in the pursuit of truth,

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