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Nothing But The Naked Truth

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Okay, here's one you won't want to miss. Drug smuggling. Boats. Maritime disaster. DEA. Police. Homeland Security. California. Nude Beach.

Got your attention?

A drug running boat carrying several thousand pounds of Marijuana is making it's way off the coast of Santa Cruz, California. Suddenly, without warning, the normally taciturn seas become choppy, then rise up further, breakers crashing over the deck of the boat. She takes on water and finds itself floundering. The captain puts out a distress signal, then limps his boat to the closest shores -- a nude beach. The marijuana runners escaped with some of their contraband, but couldn't take it all in their hasty retreat.

Three divisions of police, DEA and even Homeland Security agents arrive immediately, responding to the boat's distress calls before making land. Who said there's any fallout from a government shutdown?

But it seems they were moments too late. (Oh, maybe that's because of the slimdown).  The culprits were already gone when law enforcement arrived, as was most of the marijuana. Left behind were a few bails of the weed and some containers of gasoline.

Though questioning witnesses and recovery of some of the drugs went on for a while, most of the nude beach-goers were quickly dismissed after brief-less interviews. Evidently, none of them had much to hide from the officers. Rumor has it that the chief of police ordered his men to forgo any pat-downs on the witnesses as they were all naked. The police passed on demanding a strip-search, to see if any of them had taken some of the stash themselves.

Eye-witness reports weren't much help providing police with the outlaws' identities. When one of the nudists was asked if she could describe the criminals, she said, "I can't identify them for sure. They all were wearing clothes, if that helps."

The only thing copped at the scene by the cops, was perhaps a feel (for the situation), though no one's come forth to press any charges so far. Photos of the crime scene are still pending.

Here you go -- on the scene reporting -- nothing but the naked truth.

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7 Year-Old Tale of Two Cities

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Okay, we've all heard of Roshoman... oh, you haven't. It's a classic movie: the tale of violent crime in the woods, told from the perspective of four different characters -- a bandit, a woman, her husband and a woodcutter. Only two things about the incident seem to be clear -- the woman was raped and her husband is now dead. They all saw the same thing, but their perspectives on the event are totally different. And so it is with real life.

Take the 7 Year-Old Tale of Two cities:

Similarities: Two boys, both seven years old, both steal their family car and bot take it for a joyride.

Differences: One boy is Black. One boy is White. One boy becomes the featured guest on a popular morning show. The other is arrested, cuffed and put on the evening news, taking a 'perp' walk.

Can you guess which is which?

Here's the feel good story treatment:

And now here's the other child's story:

What's wrong here is what's wrong with our society. Race. We put a judgment on one kid, as well as cuffs, and we make a celebrity out of the other.  White kid cute.  Black boy, bad.

Both of these kids stole cars, drove them dangerously and put lives at risk, including their own. Let's stop this two sides of the law kind of treatment. Both kids should face some serious counselling. And so should their parents.

Just think if one of these kids had hurt you? Would it be so cute? We can't make heroes out of wrong doers. That too is wrong.

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Video- President Obama Interviewed On Local L.A. Station: Tiger Woods- "On Another Planet" 2/20/2013

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