The Farsider

January 1, 201
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Bill Mattos, Editor and Publisher <bilmat@comcast.net>
Leroy Pyle, Webmaster <leroypyle@sjpba.net>

 

The Farsider is an independent publication that is not affiliated with the San Jose Police Benevolent
Assn. The SJPBA has allowed the Farsider to be included on its web site solely for the convenience
of the retired San Jose Police community. The content of this newsletter does not represent or reflect
the views of the San Jose Police Benevolent Association's Board of Directors or its membership.

 

WHAT BETTER WAY TO RING IN 2015 THAN TO LOOK BACK AT 2014?




And all you have to do to review the year that was is to click HERE

 

NOTE TO THOSE OF YOU WHO SUBMITTED AN ITEM FOR THE FARSIDER


Since our last (Dec. 18th) Farsider we have been inundated with submissions from readers about the protests, officer threats and safety, the NYPD police killings, the rift between the NYPD and Mayor de Blasio, Al Sharpton, and several other facets about the racial divide the country is experiencing as a result of the Ferguson and Long Island incidents. Many were op/ed pieces from various news outlets and websites, some were opinions from police supporters and antagonists, and everything in between. If you submitted an item you felt was worthy of passing along and it doesn’t appear below, it’s only because there were far too many items sent in.

 

RETIRED DISPATCHER BELINDA MALDONADO


A few hours after we had gone to press with the Dec. 18th Farsider, Will Render directed our attention to an obituary that accompanied that of Chuck Petersen’s that was in the last Farsider. According to Will, “Belinda Maldonado was a County Dispatcher with a very memorable voice when working. I believe her I.D. was #212.” Paul Salerno also spotted the obituary and sent in similar sentiments.

Belinda Maldonado



July 20, 1951 — Dec. 15, 2014
Resident of San Jose

Belinda Maldonado joined her heavenly Father on December 15, 2014. She was born in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico on July 20, 1951 to Miguel and Maria Maldonado, the second of six children. Her family moved to Laredo, Texas and then to San Jose in 1963. Belinda’s parents taught her the importance of the love of the Lord. Belinda knew the importance of advocating for justice. She supported Cesar Chavez in the fight for farm worker civil rights and was present in 1968 when Robert Kennedy came to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church for the UFW.

Extremely bright, Belinda taught herself how to play the piano and sing like the best of sopranos. She had an incredible, powerful and beautiful voice. Belinda earned a full scholarship to University of the Pacific, Callison College, the first Latina to attend that college in 1969, earning degrees in Anthropology, Philosophy, and Theology and traveling to Turkey, India, Japan, Greece, and Mexico in her studies. She married the love of her life, Roman Razo, on September 15, 1990.

She served as a 911 dispatcher for Santa Clara County for over thirty years, and was named Dispatcher of the Year. Her dispatcher response techniques were used nationally to train other dispatchers. Belinda was a warrior to save souls. She was a local and national preacher for the Catholic Church. She co-founded the Hispanic Charismatic Renewal movement in the Diocese of San Jose and was one of the first Hispanic Evangelization teachers in the Diocese. She was also a choir director for numerous groups and churches.

Belinda was preceded in death by her parents Maria and Miguel. She is survived by her husband Roman, sisters Edna, Miriam, Marvelyn and Maritza, her brother Michael, nieces and nephews Michael, Tessia, Mayra, Karina, Iliana, Mateo, and Emma, and many other relatives in the United States and Mexico.

A funeral Mass and a Rosary will occur at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 2020 E. San Antonio St. San Jose, CA 94116. Rosary: December 18, 7 pm. Funeral: December 19, 12 pm.

 

YES, SJPD WAS REPRESENTED AT THE NYPD MEMORIAL









 

POA UPDATES

Ed. — The letter below was published in some of the Bay Area’s major newspapers.


Dec. 24th


Yesterday, San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose Police Officer Association presidents penned an open letter to the residents of our cities. The increasing violence during protests and assassination of two New York Officers required a response from our region. We must remind our communities that our officers remain in harms way during these protests that continue into the holidays.

Please read our letter below and stay safe this holiday season.
 

 

An Open Letter to the Residents of San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland

As the presidents of the three largest police unions in the Bay Area, our overriding responsibility is to ensure that each and every police officer we represent makes it home to his or her family after every shift. Police officers must swear to uphold our constitution, and we also take seriously our responsibility to protect the First Amendment rights of the public we serve. Unfortunately, recent events threaten to bring these two great responsibilities into conflict.

Our members and their families have been shaken to the core by the brutal slayings of two New York City police officers and a Tarpon Springs, Florida police officer. All of our members are on heightened alert. In the line of duty deaths of police officers are up significantly: 120 police officers have already paid the ultimate price for protecting their communities in 2014.

The protests that followed the grand jury decisions in Missouri and New York are a legitimate expression of our First Amendment traditions. The reaction is not unexpected but the vilification of front-line public servants by some politicians and media pundits has

been demoralizing and unjust. Public safety in the Bay Area and the nation will be a subject of major debate going forward and we will each participate vigorously in that debate.

But what few have acknowledged until now is that too often the legitimate expression of views has devolved into vilification and violence against this nation's front-line public safety servants. Demonstrators in New York chanted in unison: "What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!" That was disgraceful. So, too, was witnessing protest marches in the Bay Area degenerate into violence, destruction and mob rule. Despite the efforts of organizers, too often protests were hijacked by shameful cowards who take refuge behind the truly law abiding demonstrators while destroying property and injuring our officers.

The overwhelming majority of our members-who represent the most diverse police departments in the nation-bear such malice in dignified silence. Even following the murder of three of their own, our officers continue with their duty, answer your calls, respond to your crises, fulfill their mission, and honor their commitment to the people of San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland.

In short, they will always be there when you need them. In return, as their "voices" we simply ask that you join them in a cooperative effort to keep our streets safe, and to engage in constructive dialogue that calls for a common sense approach to very complex issues.

May we all take this holiday season as a time to reflect and pray for one another and search for solutions together as the law enforcement community honors those who have fallen in the line of duty.

Martin Halloran
SFPOA President

Paul Kelly
SJPOA President Elect

Barry Doelan
OPOA President

THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF THE CITY AND SJPD


This article from the Mercury News is about the open letter referenced in the POA Membership Alert above.

Wed. Dec. 24th

Police Union Leaders Lament ‘Vilification’

—Presidents call for dialogue with protesters—

By Matthew Artz <martz@bayareanewsgroup.com>
Mercury News — Dec. 23, 2014

OAKLAND — The presidents of the Bay Area’s three largest municipal police unions warned Tuesday that anti-police sentiment had reached a dangerous level and called for “constructive dialogue” to address concerns being raised across the nation over the treatment of minorities by law enforcement.

The two-page open letter to residents from union presidents in San Jose, San Francisco and Oakland was noticeably milder than comments coming from union leaders in New York City last weekend following the slaying of two officers in their patrol car by a man who claimed on social media that he wanted to avenge the high-profile deaths of two unarmed black men by police.

The union presidents didn’t demand a cessation of the protests that have persisted for weeks following the refusal of grand juries in Missouri and New York City to indict police officers in the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. They also didn’t blame individual politicians for protests that have at times turned violent, with agitators vandalizing stores, setting street fires and pelting officers with rocks and bottles.

But the union leaders wrote that although the protests began as a “legitimate expression of views,” they had “devolved into vilification and violence against this nation’s front-line public safety servants.”

And the officers saw parallels between some of the anti-police chants from protesters in New York and the actions and rhetoric of protesters in the Bay Area.

Graffiti spray-painted during protests in Oakland has called for the killing of police, as have individual protesters, said Oakland Police Officers’ Association President Barry Donelan. Last week, a sign on Interstate 580 memorializing the in-the-line-of-duty deaths of four Oakland police officers in 2009 was defaced and torn down.

“The whole environment is about attacking police officers,” said Donelan, who penned the letter with Martin Halloran of San Francisco’s police union and Paul Kelly of San Jose’s police union. “There needs to be a dialogue, but burning down cities is not acceptable, attacking police officers is not acceptable, and vilifying police work as a vocation is not acceptable.”

While San Jose has not seen the same level of anti-police sentiment, the San Jose Police Department recently faced scrutiny over one officer’s anti-protest tweets.

Assistant chief Eddie Garcia said police brass stood united with the union in its call for dialogue. “We do not condone hateful rhetoric as (it) proves counterproductive to all we are trying to achieve with our community.”

Protests have tapered off a bit over the past week, but another march is scheduled for Christmas Day, and organizers said they have no plans to stop.

“Until Darren Wilson and other killer cops are held accountable for racist murders and attacks, these protests will continue and the movement will grow,” said Yvette Felarca of the group By Any Means Necessary.

 

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Guess who's back...

Look who the new Mayor has appointed as a "part-time senior policy adviser, mostly on fiscal reform, public safety and pension issues."

Liccardo Names Key Staff Members

—Chamber of commerce executive appointed to lead new mayor’s staff—

By Tracy Seipel <tseipel@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Jan. 1, 2015

SAN JOSE — San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo announced his new administration’s top staff Wednesday, a list that reflects a continuation of the city’s current leadership and the business interests that supported his election.

Perhaps the most pivotal appointment is Liccardo’s new chief of staff: Jim Reed, no relation to the outgoing Mayor Chuck Reed, and best known as the vice president of public policy for the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce.

“If I was the chamber, I would be pretty delighted,” said Larry Stone, Santa Clara County’s assessor. “He’s got business acumen, and if Sam is going to accomplish the objectives he outlined in his book and in his campaign — which are the same things — he’s got to have somebody who understands the business community.”

Stone said he believes Liccardo selected Reed because of Reed’s political savvy — he has served as a city councilman and mayor of Scotts Valley — but noted he also has management skills to handle a large staff.

“If you are going to be the chief of staff to the mayor of the 10th largest city in the country, you have to have political instincts and be a solid manager,” Stone said.

But Liccardo said Reed im­pressed him because of his ability for “reaching across the aisle” not only in navigating city bureaucracy, but in understanding “how to be respectful of political sensitivities on every issue.

“He’s savvy in dealing and engaging with people who don’t necessarily agree with him, but you can still walk away from the conversation respecting Jim and his point of view,” Liccardo said.

The new mayor will need someone like that as he moves ahead with implementing contentious pension reform with San Jose public safety employees and multiple union contract negotiations up for renewal in 2015.

Still, Liccardo emphasized that “the responsibility for reaching out to people who consider themselves adversaries is mine — it’s not a job I delegate,” he said. “I pick up the phone and make the phone call.”

In addition to Reed, who is a registered Republican, Liccardo, a Democrat in the nonpartisan office, appointed Pete Constant, a two-term San Jose city councilman and former San Jose police officer, to serve as a part-time senior policy adviser, mostly on fiscal reform, public safety and pension issues.

Constant, also a Republican, was known to spar with Liccardo over the years, mostly on regulation issues, including the city’s successful implementation of bans on plastic bags, bottles and smoking in city parks. Constant said he believes the city should educate the public, not legislate bans, over the issues.

“You can concentrate on your differences, or your similarities, and Sam and I have chosen to concentrate on our similarities,” said Constant, who cites their teamwork on fiscal and pension reform.

Ru Weerakoon, a holdover appointee of outgoing Mayor Reed’s, will continue as senior policy adviser for land use and economic development.

Ragan Henninger, who has worked with Liccardo, most recently as his City Council office chief of staff and as his campaign manager, will be a senior policy adviser focused on environment, housing, budget and economic development.

Michelle McGurk, another Chuck Reed appointee, will continue her role as a senior policy adviser and public information officer for Liccardo for what both say will be an interim period. Several members of Liccardo’s former City Council office staff will be working for him as mayor, as well.

Liccardo, 44, said the appointee list isn’t finished. “It’s a work in progress — we are still building the team and we have several more hires to make.”

Included are his budget director and a new senior position called director of strategic partnerships, which he said is focused on partnerships with foundations, nonprofits and the private sector to marshal resources needed to move initiatives forward — like expanding after-school programs — that Liccardo said the city will not be able to implement alone.

Liccardo also said he is talking to people with labor backgrounds about a position on his staff.

That’s good news to people like San Jose State political science assistant professor Garrick Percival, who cited a noticeable absence of labor backgrounds in the group of appointees. That doesn’t mean, he said, that labor issues won’t be addressed by this new administration.

“But I think people come with a set of certain perspectives, and I don’t think that labor interests are going to be at the top of the agenda, given the makeup of the staff as we know it today.”

 

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You can bet there will be idiots who will look at this headline and believe that an increase in the number of cops needed to keep San Jose safe is no longer needed...

Crime On the Decline in S.J.

—Homicides, thefts drop, but new mayor sees ‘a lot of work to do’—

By Robert Salonga <rsalonga@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Jan. 1, 2015

SAN JOSE — In a year in which fears about rising crime paced the city’s community and political conversations, the numbers show a swirl of progress and stagnation.

Property crimes in the city were down 4.5 percent in the first 11 months of 2014, after dropping 10 percent in 2013. But the numbers are still elevated after a recent peak in 2012, when San Jose outpaced the state and national rates for the first time in more than a decade.

Violent crime is slightly up in the past year, by just over 1 percent, though the 32 homicides recorded in 2014 was a pronounced drop from the 44 tallied in 2013. It broke a three-year streak of at least 40 killings, the longest such stretch in two decades.

And even though burglaries and auto thefts are trending downward, their specter loomed mightily over the past year, when public safety permeated the mayoral election in a place that a decade ago was toasted as the safest large city in the United States.

“The numbers may be heading in the right direction, but statistics don’t mean much to somebody who has experienced a burglary on the block, or worse, in their own home,” incoming Mayor Sam Liccardo said. “We have a lot of work to do.”

Neighborhood leaders are taking on some of that work on their own, spurred by ongoing police understaffing and the ensuing lags in response times to crimes that tend to resonate more in a predominantly suburban city.

“I think the citizens’ awareness of crime is affected more by burglaries and auto thefts because it’s happening to them and their friends,” said Officer James Gonzales, the new vice president of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association.



San Jose police investigators work a homicide scene in front of
a home on East San Antonio Street on Jan. 2, 2014. The city
saw its yearly homicide total drop from 44 in 2013 to 32 in 2014.

Last summer, burglars rifled through Brian’s suburban San Jose home, making him a target of what has fast become the city’s most prominent crime. He called police and cataloged his losses, as have many of his neighbors. But as a resident for more than a quarter-century who remembered better times, he felt compelled to do more.

So he tapped his data analysis background and banded with other residents to create <sanjosecrimemaps.com> to track, prevent and help solve such thefts in the wake of chronic police understaffing that has sapped the city’s ability to promptly investigate burglaries and auto thefts.

“Residents are fed up with these crimes,” said Brian, who asked that his full name be withheld out of safety concerns tied to his anti-crime efforts. “I always knew this as the safest city around, and then I got hit (by burglars).”



On April 25, San Jose police officers search a yard on
Marten Avenue for two armed robbery suspects who
reportedly fled through the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood.

Brian has rapidly become a grass-roots guru in burglary prevention, using community websites to dish out tips about how residents can secure their homes, watch out for each other and readily identify burglars’ tendencies when they case neighborhoods.

“The only people who don’t want this known are the bad guys,” he said.

The efforts of Brian and other residents have spurred a surge in neighborhood vigilance credited with identifying suspects in a handful of serial burglaries during the past few months.

Chief Larry Esquivel sees stories like Brian’s as residents coming to grips with lackluster police staffing and seeing no end in sight. But he said they shouldn’t plan for that being the status quo.

“They’re doing it really out of necessity. They’ve accepted that to a certain extent, with the hope that things are going to improve,” Esquivel said. “We need to be optimistic but also realistic with what we can do.”

The relatively modest number of homicides is a credit to a city of nearly 1 million that boasts the country’s lowest violent-crime rate of any large city. But police experts contend homicides offer a pinhole view of city violence and consider aggravated assaults, which are also up about 1 percent, more representative because they occur far more frequently and presage killings.

Elsewhere in the South Bay and Peninsula, property crimes are generally decreasing, with cities such as Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Redwood City, Daly City and Belmont, as well as unincorporated San Mateo County, reporting projected drops for the year.

Violent crime in those areas is similarly remaining steady as it is in San Jose, where the battle over police pension and benefit reforms coincides with a force that numbers just over 1,000, nearly 30 percent smaller than it was six years ago, and promises to continue simmering in the coming year.

Liccardo acknowledged challenging negotiations ahead between the city and the union.

“That process is going to take time,” Liccardo said. “In the meantime, we need to more effectively use resources we have, and that requires a willingness to be innovative and do things differently.”

He cited increased application of data-driven policing and extending patrol rotations to give officers more time for community policing, which he and Gonzales both say would mark a return to tactical staples pioneered by SJPD in the 1980s.

“Predictive policing is nothing new, just a new name for putting cops on the ‘dot,’ ” Gonzales said. “You can have all the dots you want, but if you don’t have cops to put on them, it’s just a piece of paper telling you where the crime is.

“We’re essentially a trauma ward, always having to triage.”

 

MAIL CALL

Dec. 19th

Bill,

I'm sitting at my desk pretending to be hard at work on a background investigation (fooling the Mrs.) when I'm actually reading the Farsider. I watched the video about Christmas Napkin Folding and I thought to myself, I can do that. So I get a napkin and give it a whirl. Didn't happen on the first try, or the second. To be honest, I didn't get it on the third or fourth try either (don't tell anyone). After about an hour of stopping the video and reviewing it, I finally got it. I know I'm slow, must have aixelsyd redrosid or something like that. Anyway, I showed Mrs. Harris the fruit of my hard work and boy was she surprised! Over 32 years and I am still amazing her (and me).

By the way, a number of officers have asked me over the last couple years if I background for SJPD. The answer is no, never have. Other than the Los Altos PD (Tuck & Andy), most of my work is in Santa Cruz County where I live and play.

Merry Christmas, Bill.

Buck
(Harris) <buckharrispi@me.com>

If anyone wants to compete with Buck and correctly fold a Christmas napkin in less than five tries, here is the LINK to the video.
 

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Dec. 19th


Bill,

I’ve seen the photo on the left many times and wondered what happened to these poor people who lost everything and took whatever job they could to survive. Now we see that at least one of them, Florence Thompson, made it out of the Great Depression OK.

Steve Postier <stevepostier@att.net>



 

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Dec. 31st

Hey Bill:
 
Thanks for all of your hard work on the Farsider. I really enjoy keeping up with things. My cousin, Norv Pulliam, does not have a computer, so I print the Farsider each week and mail it to him.
 
I seem to remember a blurb in the Farsider about a retiree pension preservation program in conjunction with filing taxes. I think it had something to do with medical payments, premiums or something.
 
Do you remember this? I’ve been searching through the Archives, but I am obviously not remembering enough to complete a competent search (might have something to do with being a lieutenant, or something).
 
Thanks! And have a Great New Year!!

Gary (Johnson) <gj1901@comcast.net>

Sorry, Gary, but I seem to be suffering from the same brain phart you are. Unfortunately, your description doesn’t ring a bell. Perhaps it will jog the memory of one of our nearly 1,000 readers and they will send you an email. Or perhaps the item to which you are referring appeared in the POA’s Vanguard or the Retirees’ Assn.’s Billy & Spanner. Whatever or wherever, say Hi to Norv for the rest of us when you next see him. Hope you both have a great 2015.

 

POLICE & FIRE RETIREES ASSN. NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE


The latest electronic version of the Billy & Spanner is now available on-line. Thank you to all who have agreed to receive the on-line version of the newsletter. You can read the newsletter by clicking HERE.

Next Association meeting:
Jan. 8, 2015
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
San Jose P.O.A. Hall
1151 N. 4th St., San Jose

 

FOLLOWING THE WHITE HAT



Bill reported that he will be working as an alternate at the Arizona at Carolina game that will air on ESPN this coming Saturday at 1:20 p.m. PST.

 

THERE SHOULD BE MORE OF THIS…




AND LESS OF THIS…

Few NFL fans were familiar with New York Jets Center Nick Mangold, but that all changed a few Sundays ago. As his team took the field to face New England, Nick replaced his helmet with an NYPD baseball cap in support of the New York Police Dept. Click HERE for the story.

 

FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME AND THEN SOME…

Many of you should remember Caren Carlisle (Hare), badge 2320. Her career that began in 1982 included numerous assignments in Patrol, Training, SAIU, Background Investigations, DA Investigations with Mike Thompson, Homicide with Mark McIninch, City Attorney Investigations and Court Liaison. She retired in 2009 after 26 years of service.

During her tenure in the Training Unit, Caren also published a column in the Insider titled “To Your Health.” She was also a champion swimmer who hosted the first World Police and Fire Games Swimming event in 1985 and was such a standout that PAAF inducted her into its Athletic Hall of Fame.

Caren has been happily married for 18 years to James Hare who will start work as a Research Analyst for Gartner in 2015. The family also includes a 16-year-old daughter (Christianne) who attends WGHS and lots of cats and dogs.

Given her past, it would be fair to say that Caren has received her fifteen minutes of fame on several occasions, but a few weeks ago that experience was elevated to the national level when she appeared on the Today Show with Al Roker. THIS clip will show you why…

 

Want to say Hi and/or offer Caren your congrats?
<carenhare@yahoo.com>

 

15-YEAR VETERAN SAN JOSE COP MAKES THE CBS EVENING NEWS

A Police Officer’s View of Violent Protests

Also receiving his moment in the national spotlight this week was SJPD Det. James Gonzalez who was interviewed for the CBS Evening News on Tuesday. Click HERE to watch the video, but be patient as you will first need to sit through a short ad. Should you not have the patience for that, the text of the interview was transcribed below the video. (2:10)

P.S. As of press time there were 22 posted comments by viewers about the video that represent the root of the us (cops) versus them (protestors) problem. Clicking on the “Comments” button will display the comments on your screen.
 

DO YOU SEE THE COMMON DENOMINATOR IN THESE PICS?


These professionally printed signs have been showing up at protests from New York City to Los Angeles. So what is the common denominator? It’s printed at the bottom of every sign. So who or what is revcom? Click on this link like Mike Thompson did and have a look. <www.revcom.us>

 

SO JUST WHO IS THIS GUY?


According to an email from Bob Tenbrink, here are ten interesting facts you may not know about New York City’s Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was elected in 2013 with a whopping 72% of the vote.

• Bill de Blasio was born Warren Wilhelm, Jr., on May 8, 1961. He first changed his name to the hyphenated Warren de Blasio-Wilhelm, adding his mother’s maiden name. In 2002, he dropped the “Warren” and the “Wilhelm,” and changed his name for a second time to what it is currently, Bill de Blasio.

• Bill de Blasio was the campaign manager for Hillary Clinton’s Senate campaign in 2000.

• Bill de Blasio was a fervent supporter of the Marxist Sandinista government in Nicaragua in the 1980′s, a government that was backed by the Communist Soviet Union and Cuba.

• At the height of Cold War tension, while still a student at New York University, de Blasio toured the Communist Soviet Union in 1983.

• His first job was in 1984 with the NYC Department of Juvenile Justice.

• Bill de Blasio received a master’s degree in International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, the same school attended by Barack Obama.

• Bill de Blasio ran Democratic New York Congressman Charlie Rangel’s re-election campaign in 1994.

• In 1994, Bill de Blasio married a lesbian activist, Chirlane McCray. The newlyweds honeymooned in Fidel Castro’s Communist Cuba.

• In 2009, de Blasio’s election campaign to be NYC’s third “Public Advocate” was supported by the pro-Communism, Working Families Party.

• Both of de Blasio’s parents were communists, leading historian Ron Radosh to describe him as a “bonafide red diaper baby.”

Click HERE to go to the website that was the source of the above info about the far left mayor who was elected by a huge majority of Gotham’s voters. (And you thought San Francisco was the most liberal city in the U.S.?)

 

BE GRATEFUL THIS LEFTIE ISN’T A STATE LAWMAKER


It wasn’t a surprise that this op/ed piece by an atheist who teaches at Berkeley doesn’t come across as an ardent supporter of the police…

Time to Rethink State Laws Toward Police Transparency



By Thomas Peele — Investigative Reporter
Mercury News — Dec. 28, 2014

Thomas Peele is an investigative reporter
for the Mercury News and teaches a class
on public records at the UC Berkeley
Graduate School of Journalism.

The old phrase “the truth will set you free” comes from the Bible, a book I have no relationship with because I’m an atheist. But let’s interpret it not in the context of religious dogma but rather one of larger meaning about America.

How free are we when laws are designed to keep us ignorant? Some would enable the tearing of scientific facts from school books. Others keep more details about CIA torture a state secret.

In California, laws allow police to hide misconduct findings behind claims that revealing what’s in their personnel files should never be publicly seen. That law now needs to be viewed in the context of national outrage about the killings of unarmed African-American men by police in Missouri, New York and elsewhere.

But as the country engages in new debates over police misconduct, California’s special-interest laws protecting cops’ personnel records should be examined anew.

It’s simply bad public policy that serves only cops. Want cops to behave better? Then require their behavior, and what comes of it, to be disclosed.

Aside from the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, the killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice by Cleveland Police Officer Timothy Loehmann last month is incredibly troubling, especially considering that a video shows the fatal shot being fired just one and a half to two seconds after Loehmann got out of a cruiser just feet from Rice.

Yes, police were responding to reports of someone waiving what turned out to be a toy gun. Cleveland police claimed Loehmann told Rice three times to raise his hands. The video shows that to be very doubtful. Police also claimed Rice was near other people and perhaps a threat. The video shows he was alone.

But here’s the rub. Ohio has no law blocking the release of police personnel files. Within days of Rice’s killing, it was reported that a suburban department had dismissed Rice for incompetence, raising immense questions about how Cleveland Police hired him. Department leaders later admitted they hadn’t checked his record.

Documents about Loehmann’s brief stint with the Independence, Ohio, police show that he became “distracted” and “weepy” during firearms training, Ohio media reported. “He could not follow simple directions, could not communicate clear thoughts nor recollections, and his handgun performance was dismal,” a deputy chief wrote. “I do not believe time, nor training, will be able to change or correct the deficiencies.”

But if Loehmann had been a California cop, such truths about him would remain locked away.

That police demand absolute support no matter the sins of the few plays directly to the secrecy. There’s no gray. Just blue — or wrong.

We saw this last weekend following the horrid murders of two New York City officers. Cops turned their backs en masse on Mayor Bill de Blasio because he supported protesters angry that the cop who choked Garner to death wasn’t indicted.

The head of the police union said the blood of the slain officers was on de Blasio’s hands. Former New York Governor George Pataki said about the same thing in a tweet and tied in U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, because, he, too, said he understood those angry about Brown and Garner’s deaths.

The same either-you’re-with-us-or-against-us mentality is pervasive in policing everywhere. You saw that in the idiotic tweets of San Jose cop Phillip White, who blathered into the ether: “Threaten me or my family and I will use my God given and law appointed right and duty to kill you.”

San Jose is in the midst of deciding how to discipline White. Many are calling for his firing. Even given the national attention scorn he brought upon himself, what his department does with him will be a secret under California law.

In Ohio it would be public. Here, the truths you don’t know cannot set you free.

 

FROM THE "BETTER LATE THAN NEVER" DEPT.


Carm Grande ran across this 49-year-old holiday poem and thought some of you "old timers" might enjoy the modified version of "The Night Before Christmas" that originally appeared in the Dec. 20, 1965 edition of the POA "Vanguard." That we failed to include it prior to Christmas was an oversight.

’Twas the Week Before Christmas

'Twas the week before Christmas and all through the City,
The crime rate was up, the figures weren't pretty.
The mug shots were hung on the blackboard with care,
In hopes that the "bad guys" would be caught in their lair.

The policemen were working all night with no break,
With visions of good arrests to keep them awake.
With Ed in the office to see what was up,
My canine and I settled down for a cup.

When over the air there arose such a clatter,
I turned it way down to see what was the matter.
The usual traffic was all that was heard,
"415 Family at Willow and Bird."

So I waved to the car hop and turned on my lights,
And drove to my beat to take in the sights.
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a miniature H-car and eight tiny reindeer.

With a little old driver with so much to say,
I knew in an instant it must be McCay.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
As he whistled and shouted and called them by name.

"Now Rich, now Jim, now Mike and now Fred,
"On Bob, on Tom, on Ron and Ted."

So up to the eastside the coursers they flew,
With a sled full of shakedowns and Dale McCay too.
Then over the air came a "Code 33,"
"A robbery occurred at King and McKee."

The traffic was heavy with deuces and movers,
But I stuck to my quadrant like J. Edgar Hoover.
The description was lacking, no direction of travel,
They'll get away sure with this mess to unravel.

And then in a twinkling I heard on the roof,
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I stuck out my head on car roof I found,
The robbery gang was all gagged and bound.

As I looked toward the heavens I saw for myself,
Those eight tiny reindeer and old E. Dale himself.
With the squint of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

And I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight.
Get back into service or I'll see you tonight!

 

THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
     
Dec. 17 thru 22

Today President Obama announced that the U.S. is working to improve its relationship with Cuba in an effort to normalize full diplomatic relations. For instance, today they released one of our prisoners and in return we sent back one of their shortstops.

The White House will ease diplomatic relations with Cuba. When asked how he’ll celebrate, Obama said, “Smoke a Cuban cigar, no I mean smoke a regular cigarette — oh, I’ll just have some water, I guess, I don’t know.”

Despite Russia's move to raise interest rates this week, the value of the ruble has continued to crash. Russia's economy is so bad, Edward Snowden had to put government secrets on Craigslist.

In an interview, President Obama said he recently deejayed a small dance party at the White House. Obama has a lot in common with deejays. He takes requests and then completely ignores them.

Sony Pictures has canceled the release of “The Interview” due to continued threats from hackers. This means the hackers have accomplished their goal of making everyone in the world want to see “The Interview.”

Everyone’s weighing in on Sony’s cancellation of “The Interview.” Mitt Romney suggested the film should be released online for free. Donald Trump said the studio has no courage or guts. Chris Christie said, “Either way, I'm having a large bucket of popcorn.”

During a recent interview, President Obama revealed that his favorite movie this year was “Boyhood.” It makes sense. If there's one thing Obama can identify with, it's aging several years over the course of a couple of hours.

President Obama said his favorite movie this year was “Boyhood.” When asked what his second-favorite movie was, he said, “'The Interview.' No, definitely not 'The Interview.' I didn’t see 'The Interview.'”

The White House hosted its annual Hanukkah party and everything was going great until Biden pulled on a rabbi's beard and said, "You're not Santa."

The U.S. is re-establishing relations with Cuba. But before President Obama can lift the embargo, it will need approval from the Republican-controlled Congress — or as Republicans who called Obama said, "Close, but no cigar."

It is rumored that Kanye West spent $74,000 on Christmas presents for his little baby daughter, North. Then North said, "Somebody get a picture of his face when I just play with the boxes."

Graceland is going to auction off Elvis Presley's first-ever recordings from 1953 — or as people now coming to America from Cuba put it, "Whoa! What's that hot new sound?"

During a recent Q & A with children, first lady Michelle Obama said that what she wants for Christmas is to sleep in late. Which is why this year Biden promised not to jump on her bed when it's time to open presents.

Google has found that Ouija boards are one of this year's most popular toys. You know, because it wasn't bad enough dealing with your LIVING relatives.

Everybody celebrates holidays differently. This year many people are traveling to theme parks. They're going to events like Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party and the Dr. Seuss-inspired Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular. And of course, the most popular event — go play while mommy and daddy drink.

KFC in Japan will continue its tradition of offering customers a Christmas dinner which includes chicken, wine, cake, and champagne. For no extra charge, you can tell the cashier how you didn't see your life ending up like this.

President Obama announced that he's going to reopen diplomatic relations with Cuba. He wants to act before Seth Rogen makes a movie about Castro.

The Dalai Lama said there should be no more Dalai Lamas after his death. That's particularly bad news for his son, Steve Lama.

A new report says ISIS is trying to recruit professionals like doctors, engineers, and accountants. Sorry, kids, even ISIS says they're not hiring liberal arts majors.

It is officially one week until Christmas. That means if you're a guy, you have six days until you have to start shopping.

We're having our office Christmas party tonight. Just like last year, I'm going to get drunk, make a fool of myself, and then go to the office Christmas party.

You probably heard about the big prisoner swap with Cuba. A man who has been incarcerated in Havana for five years is back home in the United States. And we sent them some prisoners. The deal still has to be approved by President Obama and Bud Selig.

Those North Korean hackers are at it again. Earlier today they leaked Santa's naughty list.

Happy birthday to Pope Francis. He was born 78 years ago in Argentina. He's not really named Pope Francis. That's just his stage name. His real name is, of course, Carlos Danger.

They had a big birthday party for the Pope at the Vatican City Olive Garden.

Sony has canceled the big Seth Rogen movie, "The Interview." North Koreans hacked their email so Sony said, "Now we can't show anybody the movie." I'm disappointed. I think this is the wrong thing to do. And I hear in the film Meryl Streep is great as Kim Jong Un.

If Sony's not going to show "The Interview," that's it. No more North Korean movies for me.

Last year, my son gave me a delightful gift for Christmas. He took an egg carton, emptied it out, and made me a pill organizer.

Here's what we know about Santa. He sees you when you're sleeping. He knows when you're awake. He knows if you’ve been bad or good. I think he's with the NSA.

Do you remember when you found out there was no Santa Claus? I was so upset I didn't think I'd be able to do the show.

Be very careful if you're out shopping because of the sidewalk vendors. They're selling inexpensive items — counterfeit watches, counterfeit handbags, actual Knicks tickets.

President Obama and his family are spending the holidays in Hawaii, and while they're gone, they got a fence jumper to house sit. Tomorrow, he will be in Hawaii playing golf with Raul Castro and the Pope.

The Russian economy is tanking. It's gotten so bad that today Vladimir Putin had to pawn his stolen Super Bowl ring. And Putin will finance his next invasion on Kickstarter.

Economists believe there are three reasons why the Russian economy is doing so poorly. One, economic sanctions are working. Number two, low-price oil. And number three, Lindsay Lohan has quit drinking vodka.

The White House announced plans to begin normalizing relations with Cuba — this as we're awkwardizing relations with Russia.

The Pope is 78 today — old enough to watch CBS.

Cardinals threw the Pope a surprise party today. They hid behind his hat.

Tomorrow night will be my final night hosting this show. 'Twas the night before I finished and all through CBS employees are stealing office supplies.

One year from today, the new "Star Wars" movie opens. Mark my words — I'll be there at that movie, probably selling popcorn.

The "Star Wars" movie is coming out. Disney has kept the details of the movie under wraps because they're not Sony.

The new “Hobbit” movie opened. Hobbits are tiny creatures that speak a funny language. We need them more than ever now that "Honey Boo Boo" is over. And it's the last time we'll see Bilbo and Gandalf and Blitzen and Fido and Boomer and Jar-Jar.

This is the last show, of course, of "The Late Late Show." I really didn't know what to do. I thought I'd do a monologue. Then I thought: Well why? I don't have anything else left to say.

The people that made this show are you. You came to a show that — let's be honest, a bit of a fixer-upper. And it kind of stayed that way.

I think that what we've managed to do here is make something that wasn't here before. So in that sense maybe it is a piece of art. It didn't exist. Now it does and you'll be able to find it forever on YouTube or wherever. No, sorry. What I meant to say is the CBS website.

I wanted to do this show and now we've done this show. And if you will indulge me in whatever I do next I'd be very grateful because my kids are still young.

Sony hackers are threatening to attack theaters that show Seth Rogen's new comedy about an attempt on North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's life. In response, the big theater chains won't show the movie. They should be ashamed of themselves. The idea that there are North Korean terror cells in the U.S. is ridiculous. If there are any North Koreans in America, that's only because they escaped.

After the theaters backed out, Sony decided to cancel the release of the movie entirely and nobody knows if the movie will be seen. The only way we're ever going to see it is to hack into Sony. If only there was a group that knew how to do that.

If the North Koreans are going to stop one of our movies being shown, why couldn't it be "Love Actually," which my wife and her friends have in our living room every Christmas?

The message this sends is that if you really scare us, we'll do what you want. Poor Seth Rogen. I heard he's so stressed out by this that he's been smoking marijuana.

"Star Wars: Episode VII" comes out exactly one year from today — as long as we don't get threats from Darth Vader.

Christmas is only one week from tonight. That means you better start practicing you're "Oh my God, I love it" face.

Christmas is a strange holiday. It's Jesus' birthday. I didn't get him anything.

Nobody knows Jesus' exact birthday because he refuses to sign up for Facebook.

A new poll about the 2016 election shows that just 27 percent of voters would be likely to support Chris Christie. And only 4 percent of chairs.

After closing their final session, the outgoing 113th Congress has an approval rating of just 16 percent. To give you some perspective, Cosby is at 17.

Today a trailer was released for a new documentary about the Backstreet Boys. Unfortunately it was the one they were living in.

A Salvation Army bell ringer in Virginia was injured when an 87-year-old man accidentally ran him over. He was taken to the hospital once the applause died down.

President Obama announced yesterday that he's pardoning 12 convicted felons. Political experts say the move could have huge implications for your fantasy football teams.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a press conference today that it was too early to decide if he will run for re-election in 2018. But he says it’s not too early to decide how much he wins by.

The Kris and Bruce Jenner divorce was made official today. They ask only that the media allow them to handle this family matter publicly.

An olive oil bar has opened in Brooklyn. It offers more than 40 different kinds of olive oil. If you'd like to know more, wait until your girlfriend drags you there.

 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF DEC. 20, 2014

The facts behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox

New Articles

• Is Congress giving Apache land to a foreign mining corporation?

• Can you win an Audi R8 by liking and sharing a Facebook post?

• Is "emordnilap" a real word commonly found in dictionaries?

• A video supposedly shows two hikers walking on a lake of crystal clear ice.

• Did Jay Z buy the Los Angeles Dodgers, and is he moving the team back to Brooklyn?

• Did Pope Francis say it's not necessary for people to believe in God to be good?

• Did a terrorist warn a nice stranger to avoid an upcoming attack?

• Is the Christmas toy 'Elf on the Shelf' run by the NSA?

• Was Rob O'Neill, the Navy SEAL who shot Osama bin Laden, targeted in a gang home invasion?

• Do photographs show toys from Christmas drives for the needy that were exchanged at Walmart in order to purchase beer and cigarettes?

• Did Michael Jordan say that he didn't care about kids who die trying to buy his shoes?

• Can a combination of Motrin and Robitussin cause a fatal drug interaction in children?

• Are gang members disguising real guns as toys?

• Has AMC agreed to bring Beth Greene back to The Walking Dead?

• Did the Smithsonian destroy recovered skeletons of giant humanoids to preserve the narrative of evolution?

• Do Pringles brand potato chips contain a chemical that is known to cause cancer in humans?

• Has the murder of Keith Passmore been ignored by the media because the victim was white?

• E-mails from a company's Human Resources Director document the difficulties of office holiday party planning.

• Is the U.S. Postal Service selling Queen Michelle Obama stamps?

• Report of a piece of wire found inside of a candy cane in Canada.

• Game maker Cards Against Humanity sold 30,000 boxes of bull feces during a Black Friday promotion.

• Holiday trivia: "Jingle Bells" was not, in fact, written as a Christmas song.

• Will Facebook soon make all inbox messages publicly viewable to promote honesty?

• Is Burger King taking Timbits off of the Tim Hortons menu?

• Is Eminem really giving away $5 million to one lucky fan for Christmas?

• Did a Texas plumbing company's truck end up in the hands of a militant group in Syria?

• Was a getaway car struck by lightning after its occupants robbed a church?

• Did Leah Remini find during a prank on Ellen DeGeneres' show that her husband was cheating on her?

• Did Pope Francis say that animals go to heaven, too?

• Did Dr. Laura say all pit bulls "take up space" and should be "put down"?

• Did Oprah Winfrey accuse Bill Cosby of drugging her and trying to rape her?

• Did a FedEx driver commit suicide after crashing and destroying hundreds of Christmas presents?

• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news stories from around the world!


Worth a Second Look

• Was the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas" created as a coded reference to important articles of the Christian faith?


Still Haunting the Inbox

• Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's circulating in the on-line world.


Fraud Afoot

• Visit our Top Scams page for a list of schemes commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.

 

THE LIGHTER SIDE & OTHER ODDS AND ENDS



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You Gearheads and Patriots should enjoy THIS clip from “Jay Leno’s Garage” as it shows how much he cares for our troops. (7:32)

 

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Here’s a case where a body camera on a cop was put to good use. The 17-year-old girl in the photo below is Audra. WATCH was happens when she gets pulled over by a cop on patrol. (1:27)





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Did you believe in Santa when you were seven years old? With a little bit of clever editing by THIS kid’s father, 7-year-old Evan did, and he has a video to prove Santa is real. (4:13)





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Speaking of Santa, we’re thinking he should get his mouth washed out with soap after calling this little boy a….well…read the exchange of letters yourself by clicking HERE.





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Christmas wasn’t just for humans. THESE Sea Otters got to celebrate the holidays with edible presents, the “frosting” of which was made of minced clams.  (1:25)





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Lumpy challenges you to find the silverware thief at THIS recent holiday dinner for dogs and a cat. (1:53)





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In lieu of dropping the ball in Times Square to celebrate the new year, we would have liked to see the Big Apple set off one of THESE fireworks instead. Check it out. (1:46)





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A rumor circulated on a Facebook cops’ site that a group of NYPD cops who entered a Chipotle Mexican restaurant to grab a bite were greeted by employees who made the “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture. So was it true? Click HERE to find out.





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When an outfit like National Geographic sets out to build a huge Rube Goldberg contraption with human participants, you know it has to be something special. Have a LOOK. (1:00)

 

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Any of you hotshot skiers care to try THIS ski run down a deep crevice with a GoPro attached to your helmet so others can see how insane it was? (1:28)





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We’re guessing that people whose arms are all tatted up like Niners’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s are going to regret having all the body art when the Cicret Bracelet become available. Check out THIS video received from Lumpy. (2:44)





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Have you ever flown Southwest Airlines with the safety briefing presented by THIS young lady? You would remember her if you have. (3:05)





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Over 6 million people have viewed THIS short ad about gun safety. Have a look and you will see why. (0:30)





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Nina Conti is funny, imaginative, attractive and an outstanding ventriloquist. What’s not to like? Click HERE to see a few minutes of her act. (3:15)





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Two women were out for a Saturday stroll. One had a Doberman and the other had a Chihuahua. As they walked down the street the one with the Doberman said to her friend, "Let's go over to that bar for a drink."

The  lady with the Chihuahua said, "We can't go in there, we've got dogs with us."

The one with the Doberman said, "Sure we can, just watch and do as I do."

They walked over to the bar and the woman with the Doberman put on a pair of dark glasses and started to walk in.

The bouncer at the door said, "Sorry, lady, no pets allowed."

The woman said, "You don't understand. This is my seeing-eye dog."

The bouncer said, "A Doberman?"

"Yes," she replied, "they're using them now. They make very good seeing-eye dogs.”

The bouncer said, "OK, come on in."

The lady with the Chihuahua thought that convincing the bouncer that her Chihuahua was also a seeing-eye dog may be a bit more difficult, but thought,"What the heck,” so she put on her dark glasses and started to walk in.

Once again the bouncer said, "Sorry, lady, no pets allowed."  
 
The woman said, "But you don't understand, this is my seeing-eye dog.”

The bouncer said, "A Chihuahua?"

To which the woman replied in a loud voice, ”A Chihuahua? They gave me a freakin’ Chihuahua?"

 

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Here’s a moving rescue story from the Hope for Paws organization. THIS one is about a blind homeless dog who receives surgery to restore her vision. (3:34)





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THIS second Hope for Paws rescue story should be worth a few minutes of your time if you like dogs. (5:12)





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Derby was born with deformed front legs, and THIS short video shows how prosthetics made with a 3-D printer allowed him to run for the first time. Have a look. (3:03)





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Watch what happens when THIS dancing puppy sees its owner arrive at the kennel to pick her up. (0:29)





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Remember that Honda chain reaction ad from a few years ago? HERE'S a similar advertisement by Beneful that features four furry four-legged cuties. (1:20)





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Have you ever given any thought to having a horse as a house pet? Watch THIS clip about “Einstein” and you may. (3:33)





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On a far more serious note, remembering World War I is the theme of this photo essay from “The Atlantic” website received from Russ Jones. If you choose to view the highly detailed photos from almost 100 years ago by clicking HERE, you may need to give the site a few moments to load.





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Do you have an interest in UFOs? If the answer is yes, or even sort of, you might want to visit THIS page of the Huffington Post website and check out what it calls “The Year in UFOs and ETs.”





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If you are familiar with the music of “Les Misérables,” you should enjoy THIS Britain’s Got Talent contribution from Alice Murphy. You know it has to be an outstanding performance when it receives a standing ovation from all the judges, including Simon Cowell. (6:39)





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Our first Tip of the Week for 2015 comes from the Crazy Russian Hacker who is back with a useful tip about those little KETCHUP cups you find in fast food eateries. If you have ever used them, you will find this clip time well spent. And besides, it’s good for the environment. Watch it and you will see why. (2:39)





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Could THIS really be a lake trout? According to these ice fishermen the answer is yes, and the monster could grow even bigger because they decided to release it back into the lake. This should be worth a look if you like to fish. (3:53)





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I love passing along items that deal with the whole enchilada of what exists (a/k/a the Universe). No pun intended, but presentations like this bring me back down to earth on those rare occasions where I catch myself thinking that the Universe centers around me. Click HERE and you too can realize just how insignificant you really are. (3:31)


P.S. If that video piqued your interest, clicking HERE will display the BuzzFeed slide show that was the basis of the video above, but this presentation includes even more details of what is out there. And because it is a site where you have to scroll down to advance the presentation, you can spend as much time as you like on each photo and set of facts.
 

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If you enjoy flash mobs as much as we do this that took place in a shopping mall in Paris is a must-see. What makes it unique and special are the ages of the performers. It starts with a couple of kids sitting down at a piano and…well…see for yourself by clicking HERE.



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And here is our closer for the first Farsider of 2015. Get ready to count along, then click HERE. 



(Thanks, Leroy. I owe you one.)


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Cheers, and have a great 2015.


PIC OF THE WEEK

Lumpy says he's amazed that the Christmas tree he
put up almost three weeks ago still smells like pine.



 


THE FARSIDER SUBSCRIPTION ROSTER as of 1/1/15

Additions and changes since the last published update (alphabetical by last name):

No changes

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Abram, Fred & Connie
Adams, Gene
Ady, Bruce
Agerbeek, Bob
Agerbeek, Rudy
Aguilar, David
Aguirre, Jim
Albericci, Jerry
Alberts, Dick
Alcantar, Ernie
Alfano, Phil
Alford, Mike
Aligo, Cynthia
Allbright, Bill
Allen, Bob
Alvarado, Marie
Alvarez, Pat (Campbell)
Amaral, Mike
Anders, Alberta
Anderson, Jim
Anderson, Mark
Anderson, Sharon
Anthony, Tom
Antoine, Steve
Antonowicz, Germaine
Appleby, Judy
Arata, Jennifer
Arca, Rich
Archie, Dan
Avery, Rod
Babineau, Dave & Cheryl
Bacigalupi, Dave
Baggott, Jim
Bailey, Rich
Baker, Beth
Balesano, Bob
Balesteri, Lou
Ballard, Gordon
Banner, Ken
Barikmo, Jon
Bariteau, John
Barnes, Steve
Barnett, Brad
Baroff, Stan
Barrera, Ray
Barranco, Rich
Barshay, Marc
Bartels, Don
Bartholomew, Dave
Bartoldo, Tom
Basilio, Les
Bastida, Maggie
Bates, Tom
Battaglia, Nick
Battaglia, Will
Baxter, Jack
Bayer, Lance
Bayers, Dennis
Beams, Bob
Beattie, George
Becerra, Manny
Beck, Brian
Beck, Tom
Becknall, Jim
Beckwith, Tony
Beiderman, Margie
Belcher, Steve
Bell, Bob
Bell, Mark
Bell, Mike
Belleci, Ron
Belveal, Chuck
Bence, Martin
Bennett, Joy
Bennett, Mark
Berggren, Heidi
Bergtholdt, Doug
Bernardo, Guy
Bettencourt, Ed
Bevis, Sherry
Biebel, Phil
Bielecki, Mike
Binder, Andrew
Biskup, Shelley
Blackmore, Chuck
Blackstock, Carroll
Boes, Judith
Boggess, Eileen
Boggess, Mike
Bonetti, Jon
Bosco, Al
Botar, Rick
Bowen, Gordy
Bowman, Mike
Boyd, Pat
Boyles, John
Bradshaw, Bob
Brahm, Bob
Bray, Mary Ellen
Brewer, Tom
Brickell, Dave
Bridgen, Dave
Brightwell, Larry
Brocato, Dom
Brockman, Joe
Brookins, Dennis
Brooks, Bob
Brown Jr., Bill
Brown, Charlie
Brown, Dennis
Brown, Ernie
Brown, Terry
Browning, Bob
Brua, Dale
Bullock, April
Bullock, Dan
Bulygo, Corinne
Bulygo, Mary
Burns, Barbara
Burroughs, (Bronson) Utta
Busch, Dennis
Bye, Bud
Byers, Dave
Bytheway, Glenn
Caddell, Jim
Cadenasso, Richard
Caldarulo, Wendy
Calderon, Richard
Caldwell, Phyllis
Camara, Bob
Camarena, Raul
Campbell, Jason
Campbell, John
Campbell, Larry
Campos, John
Cannell, Tom
Caragher, Ed
Caraway, Steve
Card, Christine
Cardoza, Vic
Carlin, David
Carlsen, Laura
Carlton, Jim
Caro, Bert
Caro, Lynne
Carr Jr., John
Carr, John
Carraher, Don
Carraher, Jim
Carter, Ernie
Carrillo, Jaci Cordes
Carrillo, John
Cates, Dean
Cavallaro, Dave
Cedeno, Rey
Chalmers, JC
Chamness, Hank
Chapel, Ivan
Chevalier, Brian
Chavez, Ruben
Chewey, Bob
Christiansen, Bob
Christiansen, Rich
Christie, Kenn
Clark, Bill (the one who stayed)
Clark, Bill
Clayton, Dave
Clear, Jennifer
Clifton, Craig
Coates, Marisa
Cobarruviaz, Lou
Coen, Roger
Colombo, Tony
Comelli, Ivan
Como, John
Confer, Rick
Connor, Stephanie
Connors, Kim
Conrad, Mark
Contreras, Dolores
Conway, Ed
Cook, John
Cooke, Bertie
Coppom, Dave
Cordes, Marilyn
Cornfield, Scott
Cortez, Darrell
Costa, Mike
Cossey, Kent
Cotterall, Doug
Couser, Rich
Cripe, Rodger
Crowell, Chuck
Culwell, Ken
Cunningham, Stan
D'Arcy, Steve
Dailey, Karen
Daly, Ron
Damon, Alan
Damon, Veronica
Daniels, Jim
Daulton, Rich
Daulton, Zita
Davis, Bud
Davis, Joan
Davis, Mike
Davis, Rob
Day, Jack
Deaton, Caroll
DeBoard, Joe
DeGeorge, Bob
DeLaere, Sylvia
Delgado, Dave
DeMers, Buc
Destro, Mike
Destro, Tony
Devane, Dan
Devane, Joe
Dewey, Rod
Diaz, Mike
DiBari, Dave
DiVittorio, Gerrie
Dishman, Billy
Doherty, Janiece
Dolezal, Dennis
Dominguez, Bob
Dooley, Jeff
Dorsey, Ed
Dotzler, Jennifer
Dowdle, Mike
Doxie, Tara
Dudding, Bill
Dudley, Bruce
Duey, Dennis
Dye, Allen
Dwyer, Pat
Earnshaw, Kathy
Earnshaw, Patrick
Edillo-Brown, Margie
Edwards, Derrek
Edwards, Don
Egan, Mike
Eisenberg, Terry
Ellner, Howard
Ellsworth, Larry
Embry (Howsmon), Eva
Erfurth, Bill
Erickson, Rich
Esparza, Dave
Esparza, Fred
Estrabao, Dario
Eubanks, Earl
Evans, Bob
Evans, Ron
Ewing, Chris
Ewing, Don
Ewing, Paul
Fair, Bruce
Fairhurst, Dick
Fanucchi, Ross
Farlow, Paul
Farmer, Jack
Faron, Walt
Farrow, Chuck
Faulstich, Marge
Faulwetter, Stan
Faz, Dennis
Fehr, Mike
Ferdinandsen, Ed
Ferguson, Betty
Ferguson, Ken
Ferla, Al
Fernsworth, Larry
Flauding, Ken
Fleming, Joe
Flores, Phil
Flosi, Ed
Fong, Richard
Fontanilla, Rick
Forbes, Jay
Foster, Rick
Foulkes [Duchon], Louise
Francois, Paul
Frazier, Rich
Frechette, Dick
Freitas, Jordon
Fryslie, Kevin
Furnare, Claud
Gaines, Erin
Galea, Andy
Galios, Chris
Galios, Kathy
Gallagher, Steve
Garcia, Jose
Gardner, Paul
Garner, Ralph
Gaumont, Ron
Geary, Heide
Geer, Brian
Geiger, Rich
Gergurich, Judy
Giambrone, Jim
Giorgianni, Joe
Giuliodibari, Camille
Goates, Ron
Goings, Mark
Gomes, Rod
Gonzales, Gil
Gonzales, Jesse
Gonzalez, D. (formerly D. Avila)
Gonzalez, Frank
Gonzalez, Jorge
Gott, Pat
Graham, George
Grande, Carm
Grant, Bob
Grant, Rich
Granum, Jeff
Graves, Pete
Green, Chris
Grigg, Bruce
Griggs, Fran
Grimes, Eric
Guarascio, Dan
Guerin, Pete
Guido, Jr., Jim
Guido, Sr. Jim
Guizar, Ruben
Gummow, Bob
Gummow, Rich
Guzman, Dennis
Guzman, Kim
Gwillim, Reese
Habina, Ron
Hafley, Gary
Hahn, Chuck
Hale, Don
Handforth, Terry
Hann, George
Hare, Caren (Carlisle)
Harnish, Mary (Craven)
Harpainter, Bob
Harris, Bucky
Harris, Diane
Harris, Don
Haskell, Marty
Hawkes, Ken
Haynes, Sandy
Hazen, Skip
Heck, Steve
Heckel, Rick
Hedgpeth, Bob
Helder, Ron
Hellman, Marilyn
Hendrickson, Dave
Hendrix, Dave
Hernandez, Ernie
Hernandez, Irma
Hernandez, Joe
Hernandez, Linda
Hernandez, Rudy
Hernandez, Vic
Herrick, Mike
Herrmann, Erma
Hewison, Jamie
Hewitt, Dave
Hilborn, Art
Hildebrandt, Karen
Hill, Sandra
Hippeli, Micki
Hirata, Gary
Hober, Margo
Hodgin, Bruce
Hoehn, Charlie
Hogate, Joanne
Hogate, Steve
Hollars, Bob
Holliday, Sandy
Hollingsworth, Larry
Holloway, Sandi
Holser, George
Hong, Bich-nga
Horton, Debbie (McIntyre)
Hosmer, Dewey
Howard, Terri
Howell, Jim
Howsmon, Frank
Howsmon (Sr.), Frank
Hudson, Kim
Hughes, Gary
Hunter, Jeff
Husa, Sonia
Hyland, Brian
Ibarra, Miguel
Imobersteg, Rob
Inami, Steve & Francine
Ingraham, George
Ireland, Joe
Jackson, Curt
Jacksteit, Ken
Jacobson, Barbara
Janavice, Dean
Jeffers, Jim
Jenkins, Dave
Jensen, Dan
Jensen, Janie
Jewett, Donna
Jezo, Pat
Johnson, Bob
Johnson, Craig
Johnson, Cynthia
Johnson, Dave
Johnson, Gary
Johnson, Jon
Johnson, Karen
Johnson, Kyle
Johnson, Mardy
Johnson, Tom & Fran
Jones, Russ
Kaminsky, Glenn
Katashima, Annie
Katz, Dan
Keeney, Bill
Keffer, Frank
Kelsey, Bert
Keneller, Dave
Kennedy, Scott
Kennedy, Tom
Kensit, John
Killen, Pat
Kimbrel, Tammy
Kinaga, Rose
King, Charlie
Kingsley, Fred
Kirkendall, Dave
Kischmischian, Gene
Klein, Lou Anna
Kleman, Karl
Knea, Tim
Kneis, Brian
Knopf, Art
Knopf, Dave
Kocina, Ken
Koenig, Heinz
Kong, Ernie
Kosovilka, Bob
Kozlowski, Astrid
Kracht, John
Kregel, John
Lanctot, Noel
Laney, Tammy
Lansdowne, Sharon
LaRault, Gary
Larsen, Bill
Laverty, Ann
Lax, John
Leavy, Bill
Leavey, Jack
LeGault, Anna
LeGault, Russ
Lem, Noland
Leonard, Gary
Leonard (Lintern), Lynda
Leong, Ken
Lewis, Lefty
Lewis, Marv
Lewis, Steve
Lind, Eric
Linden, Larry  
Lisius, Jim            
Livingstone, John
Lobach, Bob
Lockwood, Bob
Lockwood, Joan
Logan, Maureen
Long (Huntwork), Eunice
Longaker, Mary
Longoria, Noe
Lopez, Candy
Lopez. Dan
Lopez, Ruvi
Lovecchio, Pete
Low, John
Lu, Elba
Luca, Dennis
Lucarotti, Jim
Luna, Gloria
Lundberg, Larry
Lyons, TB
MacDougall, Joanne
Macris, Carly
Macris, Tom
Madison, Gary
Maehler, Mike
Mahan, Rick
Malatesta, Jim
Malcolm, Roger
Mallett, Bill
Malvini, Phil
Mamone, Joe
Marcotte, Steve
Marfia, John
Marfia, Ted
Marini, Ed
Marlo, Jack
Marsh, Scott
Martin, Brad
Martin, Lou
Martin, Todd
Martinelli, Ron
Martinez, Rick
Martinez, Victor
Matteoni, Charlotte
Mattern, John
Mattos, Bill
Mattos, Paula
Mayo, Lorraine
Mayo, Toni
Mazzone, Tom
McCaffrey, Mike
McCain, Norm
McCall, George
McCall, Lani
McCarville, John
McCollum, Bob
McCollum, Daniele
McCready, Tom
McCulloch, Al
McCulloch, Scott
McElvy, Mike
McFall, Ron
McFall, Tom
McGuffin, Rich
McGuire, Pat
McIninch, Mark
McKean, Bob
McKenzie, Dennis
McLucas, Mike
McMahon, Jim
McMahon, Ray
McNamara, Laurie
McTeague, Dan
Meheula, Cheryl
Mendez, Deborah
Mendez, Mike
Messier, Tom
Metcalfe, Dave
Metcalfe, Mickey
Miceli, Sharon
Miller, Keith
Miller, Laura
Miller, Rollie
Miller, Shirley
Miller, Stan
Mills, Don
Miranda, Carlos
Mitchell, Carol
Modlin, Dick
Mogilefsky, Art
Moir, Bob
Montano, Wil
Montes, José
Morales, Octavio
Moore, Dewey
Don Moore
Moore, Jeff
Moore, JoAnn
Moorman, Jim
Morella, Ted
Moreno, Norma
Morgan, Dale
Morin, Jim
Morris, Jack
Morton, Bruce
Mosunic, Taffy
Moudakas, Terry
Moura, Don
Mozley, Ron
Muldrow, Mark "Mo"
Mullins, Harry
Mulloy, Dennis
Munks, Jeff
Munoz, Art
Murphy, Bob
Musser, Marilynn
Nagel, Michael
Nagengast, Carol
Nakai, Linda
Nalett, Bob
Namba, Bob
Ng, Dr. Jonathan
Nichols, John
Nichols, Mike
Niquette, Paul
Nissila, Judy
Norling, Debbie
North, Dave
Norton, Phil
Nunes, John
Nunes, Les
O'Carroll, Diane (Azzarello)
O'Connor, Mike
O'Donnell, Tom
O'Keefe, Jim
Oliver, Pete
Ortega, Dan
Ortiz, Leanard
Otter, Larry
Ouimet, Jeff
Ozuna, George
Pacheco, Russ
Padilla, George
Pagan, Irma
Painchaud, Dave
Palsgrove, Ted
Panighetti, Paul
Papenfuhs, Steve
Paredes, Carlos
Parker, Rand
Parlee, May
Parrott, Aubrey
Parsons, Dirk
Parsons, Mike
Pascoe, Brent
Passeau, Chris
Pate, Neal
Patrino, Lyn
Payton, George
Pearce, Jim
Pearson, Sam
Pedroza, Frank
Peeler, Eleanor
Pegram, Larry
Percelle, Ralph
Percival, John
Perry (Cervantez), Martha
Petersen, Bruce
Peterson, Bob
Phelan, Bill
Phelps, Scott
Phillips, Gene
Pitts, Ken
Pitts, Phil
Plinski, Leo
Pointer, John
Polanco, Mary
Polmanteer, Jim
Porter, John
Postier, Ken
Postier, Steve
Powers, Bill
Priddy, Loren
Princevalle, Roger
Propst, Anamarie
Puckett, Bill
Punneo, Norm
Purser, Owen
Pyle, Leroy
Quayle, John
Quezada, Louis
Quinn, John
Quint, Karen
Ramirez, Manny
Ramirez, Victoria
Ramon, Chacha
Raposa, Rick
Rappe (Ryman), Bonnie
Rasmussen, Charlene
Raul, Gary
Raye, Bruce
Realyvasquez, Armando
Reek, Rob
Reeves, Curt
Reid, Fred
Reinhardt, Stephanie
Reizner, Dick
Rendler, Will
Rettus, Bev
Reuter, Larry
Reutlinger, Leslie
Reyes (Buell), Cindy
Reyes, Joe
Reyes, Juan
Reyes, Mo
Rheinhardt, Bob
Rice, Jayme
Rice, Lyle
Richter, Darrell & Annette
Riedel, Gunther
Rimple, Randy
Roach, Jim
Roberts, Mike
Robertson, Harry
Robinson, Walt
Robison, Rob
Rodgers, Phil
Rogers, Lorrie
Romano, Marie
Rose, John
Rose, Wendell
Ross, Joe
Ross, Mike
Rosso, Ron
Roy, Charlie
Royal, Russ
Ruiloba, Louie
Russell, Russ
Russell, Stan
Russo, Grace
Ryan, Joe
Saito, RIch
Salamida Joe
Salerno, Paul
Salewsky, Bill
Salguero, Desiree
Salvi, Pete
Samsel, Dave
Santos, Bill
Sanfilippo, Roy
Savage, Scott
Savala, john
Sawyer, Craig
Scanlan, Pete
Scannell, Dave
Schembri, Mike
Schenck, Joe
Schenini (Alvarez), Joanne
Schiller, Robert
Schmidt, Chuck
Schmidt, Paul
Schriefer, Hank
Seaman, Scott
Seck, Tom
Sekany, Greg
Seymour, Chuck
Seymour, Jim
Sharps, Betty
Shaver, John
Sheppard, Jeff
Sherman, Gordon
Sherr, Laurie
Shigemasa, Tom
Shuey, Craig
Shuman, John
Sides, Roger
Sills, Eric
Silva, Bill
Silveria, Linda
Silvers, Jim
Simpson, Terry
Sinclair, Bob
Sly, Sandi
Smith, Bill
Smith, BT
Smith, Craig
Smith, Ed
Smith, Jerry
Smith, Karen
Smith, Kerry
Smith, Mike
Smoke, Wil
Sorahan, Dennis
Spangenberg, Hal
Spence, Jim
Spitze, Randy
Spoulos, Dave
Springer, George
Stauffer, Suzan
Stelzer, Rex
Sterner, Mike
Strickland, John
Sturdivant, Billy
Sugimoto, Rich
Suits, Jim
Summers, Bob
Sun, Jeff
Suske, Joe
Swanson, Ray
Tarricone, Linda
Tate, Bill
Taves, Phil & Paula
Taylor, Joyce
Tenbrink, Bob
Tennant, Ed
Teren-Foster, Aileen
Terry, Glenn & Maggie
Thawley, Dave
Thomassin, Ron
Thomas, Art
Thomas, Dick
Thompson, Gary
Thompson, Margie
Thompson, Mike
Tibaldi, Ernie
Tibbet, Walt
Tice, Stan
Tietgens, Dick
Tietgens, Don
Tomaino, Jim
Torres, Gil
Torres, John
Torres, Nestor
Torres, Ralph
Townsend, John
Townsend, Vicki
Tozer, Dave
Trevino, Andy
Trujillo, Ted
Trussler, Christine
Trussler, John
Tush, Dick
Tyler, Diana
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Unland, Joe
Urban, Diane
Usoz, Steve
Valcazar, Dan
Vallecilla, Ernie & Peggy
Van Dyck, Lois
Vasquez, Danny
Rich Vasquez
Vasquez, Ted
Vasta, Joe
Videan, Ed
Videan, Theresa
Vidmar, Mike
Vincent, Bill
Vinson, Jim
Vizzusi, Gilbert
Vizzusi, Rich
Vizzusi, Tony
Waggoner, Bill
Wagner, Jim
Wagstaff, Greg
Wahl, John
Walker, Dave
Wall, Chuck
Ward, Jean
Ward, Ray
Watts, Bob
Way, Vicky
Webster, Ron
Wedlow, Dean
Weesner, Greg
Weesner, Steve
Weir, Tony
Welker, Jessica
Wells, Bill
Wells, Brenda
Wells, Mike
Wendling, Boni
Wendling, Jay
Weston, Tom
Wheatley, Tom
White, Rich
Wicker, Joe
Wiley, Bruce
Williams, Jodi
Williams [Durham], Lanette
Williams, Rick
Williamson, Kathleen
Williamson, Ken
Wilson, Jeff
Wilson, Lee
WIlson, Neal
Wilson, Stan
Wilson, Tom
Windisch Jr., Steve
Wininger, Steve
Winter, Bill
Winters, Pres
Wirht, Kim
Witmer, Dave
Wittenberg, Jim
Wolfe, Jeff
Wood, Dave
Wood, Jim
Woodington, Brad
Wysuph, Dave
Yarbrough, Bill
Young, Mike
Younis, Tuck
Yuhas, Dick
Yules, Ken
Zanoni, Mike
Zaragoza, Phil
Zenahlik, Tom
Zimmerman, Eliza
Zwemke, Doug