Bob Lind Is Playing Santa Monica!

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Back in 1966 Bob Lind’s mega-hit, Elusive Butterfly landed on the top of the record charts. Lind is currently doing a California tour with a stop next week in Santa Monica.
Saturday, February 24
McCabe’s Guitar Shop
3101 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
http://www.mccabes.com/
310-828-4497
8 p.m.

The Digger caught Lind’s show at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena. The gifted troubadour, poet, and songwriter gave us incredible energy and a magic carpet ride through his songs, guitar playing and harmonica music.

Bob Lind has his own website and there are some songs posted there. Lind has some of his CDs in tow with him on this tour that lucky fans may get him to autograph.

The Digger says get in to see Bob Lind perform while he’s here. It may be a while before he’s back this way again. There is one other place to catch Lind’s show and that right here:

Wednesday, March 7 — Buelton
The TALES FROM THE TAVERN concert series
appearing with Devon Sproule
The Taproom at Firestone Walker
620 McMurray Road
Buelton, California / 7 p.m.
Info: (805) 688-0383

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UCLA Police Need This New Device For Their Tasers

taser-cam.jpgThe Digger has never been a fan of the Taser stun gun. They are a public relations nightmare in too many cases. The Westwood, CA, November 2006 UCLA library incident is an example where an 18-year veteran officer is battling the threat of unwarranted civil litigation. In this land the jury pool is polluted with extreme, Liberal cop haters. As for the UCLA officer’s continued employment, we suspect that’s shaky too in an academic institution top-heavy with the Liberal elite. The Taser carries the reputation with it of an ugly American past where cops used cattle prods on African-Americans to gain compliance in Southern states.

The Digger would not have used the Taser in that UCLA incident only because he fear the predictable outcry and circus especially when applied to an unruly minority group member. Nobody seems to care that the UCLA case like so many others only injured the pride of the so-called victim.

At the Orlando, FL 2007 SHOT SHOW, we met with Taser representative, Jay Keyhoe who is a Connecticut cop. Keyhoe showed us a somewhat new accessory for that Taser device. The Taser Cam is a small digital video camera that captures all of the behavior and sound from the suspect. Because of the built-in microphone the entire verbal exchange is fully recorded too. This device will would perhaps end any and all questions as to how and why the Taser was used.

We had known that Taser intended to offer the camera nearly two years ago but I have not seen that concept materialize until now. The Taser International website does not yet show this offering. Taser does have a full-page photo ad featuring this on the back cover of this months POLICE magazine.

We suspect that California’s goofy law against surreptitious audio recording even when it’s your own conversation will interfere with deployment of this accessory in that state. The device can be altered to collect only the video if necessary. There is a law enforcement exception to the law that may well allow that audio recording. Security people would not be exempt from that law.

We think that this camera apparatus will go a long way to defuse incendiary and misleading descriptions of the use of the Tasers in the future. I anticipate this will save officer’s reputations, jobs and taxpayer dollars used for defending bogus lawsuits.

Season’s Greetings

weath1a.jpgThe Digger has been “on assignment” and will return soon. In the meantime Westwood Happenings wishes everyone a wonderful holiday season along with a happy, healthy and wealthy New Year!

UCLA Bruins Crush USC Trojans, 13-9

vig_poster_copy.jpegThe Digger sends his congratulations to Westwood’s happening football team! The Bruins are now in the running for a national championship.

A Gunfight at Urban Outfitters!

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It seems that our gun control groups are really unhappy with a Christmas tree ornament for sale at Urban Outfitters. They marched on the store with the national news media in tow, insisting these little glittery $6.00 handgun ornaments be removed from stock. Urban Outfitters declined the groups’ demand.

The predictable happened, as Urban Outfitters quickly sold them out on their catalog website. The unexpected publicity was good for business. As of this morning there were only a few left at their Westwood location as evidenced by the video below.

Gun control groups are responsible for the manufacture and sale of many millions of additional firearms because of the human condition that causes people to go out of their way to obtain what’s difficult to obtain. How can The Digger get these fine folks to demand a ban on a product or service he’d like to sell? Check out the video!

A News Stand To The Stars in Westwood

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It’s located on the corner of Westwood and Kinross, Westwood Village’s very own Village Center News Stand. This is a great place to find nearly all of the popular newspapers and periodical magazines. That person browsing next to you just may be one of several recent patrons that include Nicholas Cage, Dustin Hoffman and Meg Ryan. It may even be actor, Tom Derek!

The Digger has always enjoyed browsing large news stands wherever he can find them but because of the Internet, paper publishing is selling to an ever-decreasing market. The days of these stands as we now known them are numbered. We just don’t know if we’re ready to call that progress.

Actor Tom Derek introduced The Digger to the “Pope Of Westwood”, the news stand’s manager, Karl Johansson. Johansson is a film character in his own right as he expertly takes care of the needs of his multi-national customers. Johansson gave us an interview along with a tour of his news domain. You can watch it right here!

Is A Hookah Ban Right For Westwood?

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Is A Hookah Ban Right For Westswood?

Hookah is a popular water pipe, nicotine delivery system for large number of immigrants from the Middle East. Smoking is banned inside restaurants but several in Westwood allow and encourage this unhealthy exercise at their sidewalk cafes. They even provide the Hookah pipes and tobacco.

The problem is that the non-smokers and people with health problems must walk away from the sidewalks and into the busy streets to avoid inhaling this poison. Pedestrians must choose between risky jaywalking, or being made sick by the Hookah air pollution.

On Broxton for example these Hookah joints are on both sides of the street. Public health and safety should be the concern as the all tabacco smoke is taken out of Westwood.