Ah, California's beautiful San Francisco Bay Area. Visitors think of it as a great vacation spot, the home of free speech, and the "gay mecca" of the world. But, if you live here, it's also the home of cults, sham artists, con men, troubled minds, trouble-makers, and many other kinds of cultural obsessives - mostly people, living in the most idyllic spot in America, who just can't leave well enough - or even something close to perfection - alone.
Take the story of a man with the very un-powerful name of George Davis - please. Oh - wait - somebody already did: At the age of 62, George Davis was living in Napa Valley's beautiful wine country, teaching the youngsters "witchcraft", and having them sign forms declaring he actually had power over their lives. One young man, Alex Taylor, 26 (seen above) for whatever reason, didn't exactly like this arrangement and shot Davis in the head a couple of times, which now has Taylor on trial for murder. All around, a sad state of affairs.
But shouldn't "a sad state of affairs" be the name given to California, as a whole, these days? The mayors of it's two largest cities have been busted for adultery - one with his best friend's wife. Hollywood openly boasts cults, like Scientology, and tons of followers of Kabbalah and other foolishness, while San Francisco also encourages cultism, allowing for every sort of mystic mayhem to be found on the left coast. ("Mystic Mayhem" - that's mine, kids.)
So I'm asking - for, like, the billionth time - when is California's media (or anybody's media for that matter) going to stop acting like any of this is normal American behavior? When are the stories on these cases going to stop reading like these are merely "lifestyle choices", like no one is actually being hurt, and start reflecting the deeply disturbed mentalities of the people spreading this stuff in the United States? How many more have to die, how many more lives have to be ruined - especially of those poor souls merely associated with the affected, the "collateral damage" - before journalists start taking this problem seriously, like that journalist who did a recent expose' on the Moonies, or the recent (but scant) coverage of Your Black Muslim Bakery? It's waaay beyond time for a change. No - scratch that - let me rephrase: it's never too late for our credibility-starved mainstream media to get it's mojo back. And Left Coast cultism is a story that's ripe for the honor. You can't make this stuff up. No - scratch that - let me rephrase once more:
Yes, someone obviously can.