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The Farsider

January 5
, 2012


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.


After a half-hour searching the Internet for the best rendition of Auld Lang Syne to ring in 2012, we chose this one. It starts with a short New Year's prayer, then segues to Sissel singing one of the finest versions of Auld Lang Syne we have ever heard. Combined with her beautiful voice, the nature photography that accompanies the song makes this video very special...


If your computer has a problem playing the large screen version, try this one...


And if you want to know more about the Norwegian soprano, click on the link below...


Leroy and I wish all of you the very best for a healthy, happy and prosperous 2012.



No report.




If you chose "Other," send an e-mail to <bilmat@comcast.net>
with a name and we'll list him or her along with the number
of votes they receive in this spot next week.

Results from last week's poll

For the full scope of state and national polling by Scott Rasmussen, click on this link:

For the most recent releases, click here:



Dec. 29th

Yo Bill,

Read an interesting article regarding Obama's eligibility to be president. Accepting his "Birth Certificate" makes him a citizen, this goes one step further. It defines what a citizen is and what a natural born citizen is as ruled by the Supreme Court in an 1874 decision in Minor vs Happersett. As far as can ascertained, the ruling was never changed. In short, a natural born citizen is one born of United States citizens. By Obama's own admission, his father was a British subject at the time of his birth. Go figure.
(Dick) Tush, ID 1230

Yo to you too, Dick. Many members of the Birther Movement have probably peed their pants over this issue that has been circulating around the Internet, but there are two problems: 1) It has become common knowledge in light of the controversy over immigration that any person born in the U.S. — even if their parents are illegal aliens — becomes a U.S. citizen the moment he or she pops out of the womb. 2) According to Wikipedia, the Minor v. Happersett decision of 1875 dealt exclusively with the women's sufferage movement. Click here:
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minor_v._Happersett>. If the on-line encyclopedia is correct, to apply it to Barack Obama's ineligibility to be president because his father was a British citizen makes no sense.

Side bar: While we're on the subject, some have also argued that Hawaii wasn't a state when Obama was born. They are either too dumb or too lazy to check the facts. Hawaii's status changed from a Territory of the U.S. to full statehood in 1959. Obama was born in 1961.

As I have stated time and time again regarding the Birther and the Truther movements, virtually every reporter in the country would give his or her eye teeth to become another Woodward or Bernstein and break the story that Obama was illegally elected to the office of president — or that the U.S. government was responsible for 9/11. The odds of either one happening are no better than someone coming up with iron clad proof that Lee Harvey Oswald was part of a massive conspiracy. It's been 48 years since he killed JFK. So far, nada.


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Jan. 1st


Happy New Year, and thanks for the great job you guys do. I am not too good on computers, but I hope there is a way you can show this!

(Kelsey) <bnjkelsey@sbcglobal.net>

Although the video included in Bert's forwarded e-mail is two years old, it holds an important message that bears repeating. It came with the following lead-in...

This video needs to be passed around to everyone who has the keys to a vehicle. It is perhaps one of the most intense commercials I've ever seen. I think Australia should be complemented for having the guts to tell it like it is. And to try and get this campaign out to all of its licensed drivers by airing it on TV.



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Jan. 2nd

Hi Bill
A year or so ago you ran a series of articles on former officer Jim Pettipiece. Jim was known as a good cop who had resigned several years ago to go into the real estate business. Shortly before the Farsider article and updates, he had been spotted in the downtown area of San Jose living among the numerous homeless residents of the city. Jim had apparently fallen victim to some mental health issues which led him to become victimized predators who survive on the weaknesses of others. As reported, he was barely able to take care of himself.
I was wondering if anyone had an update on Jim and/or if there was anything that can be done for him. I recall that a fund had been set-up for him through an out-reach program sponsored by St. Joseph's Church, or something similar.
Thanks in advance.
David Byers

Jim's plight was covered in a half-dozen Farsiders in late 2009 and 2010, all of which can be found in the Mail Call column. To access the newsletters, click on "Farsider Archives" on the home page, then type "Pettipiece" (without the quotes) in the search field.


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Jan. 2nd


In the past 54 years do you think any of the 10 points Welch made in 1958 have come to pass? The direction our country is taking is truly scary, and the citizens of this great country are allowing it to happen.

Steve Lewis


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Jan. 3rd


The Republicans keep telling us that to create jobs, we have to lower the taxes on the rich. Here is a guy who is rich and says he and his rich friends and capitalists are not job creators. He appeared on the Dylan Radigan show today, Tues, Jan. 3rd. You can Google it in a couple days to see the segment — or you can go to this link and read an article by Nick Hanauer from Business Week, 12/7/11:

If you are not into reading lengthy articles, you can watch a segment from the 12/2/11 Dylan Radigan show where the rich guy explains his theory.



Anyone care to present a counter-point? Anyone? All I'm going to say is that I suspected there was a rich guy somewhere out there in the hinterlands who didn't believe the wealthy created jobs.



From the front page of today's paper was this enlightening news about the mayor and council members' retirement plan...

S.J. Officials Weigh Cutting Own Pensions

By John Woolfolk
Mercury News — Jan. 5, 2011

As San Jose’s elected leaders try to trim city workers’ pensions whose rising costs are gobbling up funds for services, their own guaranteed retirement plan has drawn little scrutiny.

But amid growing employee outrage over proposed pension cuts — which Mayor Chuck Reed wants to take to voters in June — he and some other council members now say it’s unseemly for them to keep their own pensions, whose costs also are climbing.

“With the council pursuing pension reform, the mayor and council members should personally lead by example by eliminating defined benefit pensions for City Council members,” Councilman Pete Constant said.

On Wednesday, a committee headed by Reed unanimously approved Constant’s proposal that the council on Jan. 24 consider steps aimed at terminating the mayor and council’s pension plan.

California voters two decades ago eliminated pensions for state legislators at the same time that they imposed strict term limits. But most full-time elected officials in county government and the three major Bay Area cities are covered by a pension plan — in many cases more generous than San Jose’s.

Pensions have been a white-hot issue at San Jose City Hall, where an 11th straight budget shortfall looms as employee pay and benefits continue to outpace revenues. The city’s employee pension bill has ballooned from $73 million to $245 million in a decade. And despite revised estimates that shrank the tab for next year, the pension costs are expected to keep climbing. The city has cut staff — and last year even laid off 66 police officers — in large part to cover pension costs.

Reed and council allies like Constant have called for a June ballot measure that would shrink retirement benefits for new hires and require current employees to pay more toward their pensions if they don’t switch to a cheaper plan.

San Jose’s mayor and council aren’t covered by the municipal pension plan for employees, but by a separate plan administered by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, or CalPERS. That plan’s costs have climbed from $130,727 in the last fiscal year to $159,827 this year, and Constant says it’s underfunded by about half a million dollars — a tab that would have to be picked up by taxpayers.

CalPERS records show the plan covers 10 retired elected officials and nine current ones. Ten former elected officials also earned benefits in the system.

Unlike the 401(k)-type plans offered most private sector workers, pensions guarantee a lifetime retirement benefit, typically a percentage of salary multiplied by the number of years worked.

The plan for San Jose elected leaders allows full retirement at age 55 and pays 2 percent of salary for every year worked, with 2 percent cost-of-living raises each year.

The plan for council members at current pay rates would provide a $13,000 annual benefit to an elected official retiring at age 55 after serving the limit of two four-year terms. But the benefit allows reduced retirement as early as age 50 that would pay a two-term council member more than $9,200 a year for life.

It also allows increased payouts for delayed retirement. A two-term mayor who served two full terms on the council could retire at 63 with more than $44,000 a year.

Under San Jose’s charter, a council-appointed citizens commission convened every odd-numbered year recommends pay and benefits for the mayor and council members.

The council must then either adopt that recommendation or something less.

That commission in 1995 had recommended pensions for the mayor and council, which approved the new benefit in 1998. At the time, the mayor was paid $90,180 a year and council members $60,570.

Last year, the commission formalized the 10-percent pay cuts that council members had taken voluntarily as they imposed similar cuts on the city workforce. That shrunk salaries to $81,000 for the council and $114,000 for the mayor. But Reed has capped his salary at $105,000 a year, the same amount he was paid when he took office in 2007.

The commission last year also recommended that the council look into dropping the pension plan for future mayors and council members. A commission survey of some 800 residents found a majority felt that the city’s elected leaders were overpaid, and almost a third of those surveyed favored eliminating city retirement benefits for council members.

Constant and Reed want the city’s elected leaders off the pension plan as soon as possible — which would leave them with only a 401(k)-type defined-contribution plan. All the city’s current elected leaders are covered by the pension except Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen and Councilwoman Rose Herrera.

Councilman Don Rocha and Pierluigi Oliverio said they have no objection if the city drops their pension benefit. But Councilman Kansen Chu was concerned that upfront costs for ending the council pension will make a gesture he considers mostly symbolic not worthwhile.

“I want to see the numbers,” Chu said.

According to a memorandum by the city attorney, once council members start coverage the CalPERS plan they cannot switch later to the 401(k)-type plan, even when they’re re-elected, and the council cannot reduce the benefit formula to lower costs. The city can terminate the plan with a two-thirds vote of the council, but “will immediately become liable to CalPERS for any deficit in funding for earned benefits, among other charges,” the memo said.

But Constant and Reed said that while the upfront cost for dropping the council pension plan may be steep, it’s something the city should do. Constant said pensions are supposed to attract and retain career employees, not reward council members who in San Jose are limited to eight years in office.

“This is a short-term job,” said Constant, who already receives a pension after retiring from the police force on disability. “They’re not made for that.”




Keep in mind that the following applies to active personnel unless otherwise specified...

Jan. 4, 201

We wanted to wish you a happy New Year and pass along some information for those of you who could not attend yesterday's breakfast meeting.

Healthcare Costs

It's that time of the year when our payments for healthcare coverage change. This does not change the plan you are in or the amount of your co-pays. This is the yearly adjustment to the "15% of the overall costs of the cheapest plan" we all pay. Depending on which plan you are in, your cost either went up a bit or went down a bit.

If you have the Kaiser single coverage plan, you will pay $2.66 more per pay period based on 24 pay periods per year. You will pay $63.84 more this year for your plan.

If you have the Kaiser family coverage plan, you will pay $6.63 more per pay period based on 24 pay periods per year. You will pay $159.12 more this year for you plan.

If you have the Blue Shield HMO single coverage plan, you will pay $6.89 more per pay period based on 24 pay periods per year. You will pay $165.36 more this year for your plan.

If you have the Blue Shield HMO family coverage plan, you will pay $18.89 more per pay period based on 24 pay periods per year. You will pay $453.36 more this year for your plan.

If you are in the Blue Shield PPO plans, you costs will be going down.

If you have the Blue Shield PPO single coverage plan, you will pay $15.11 less per pay period based on 24 pay periods per year. You will pay $362.64 less this year for your plan.

If you have the Blue Shield PPO family coverage plan, you will pay $37.62 less per pay period based on 24 pay periods per year. You will pay $902.88 less this year for your plan.


John Robb is taking the lead on preparing our fund-raising efforts in the event we are not able to negotiate an agreeable resolution with the City on our pensions. As you know, the Mayor's ballot language is the City's fallback position if negotiations fail. We know that we will be in litigation for several years if his current language is passed by the voters in June. John has been working with Peter Mitchell and Kerry Hillis to prepare a list of other law enforcement organizations who would come to our aid if and when we need large infusions of money for the court battles.


I have been working with Peter Mitchell and Kerry Hillis on our upcoming endorsement process. Four of our Councilmembers will be seeking a second 4-year term (Ash Kalra, Kansen Chu, Pierluigi Oliverio and Rose Herrera). Nancy Pyle is termed out and her successor will be chosen via a multiple candidate free-for-all campaign battle in the Almaden Valley. There are also some county, and state  races in which we will be involved. We will be finalizing our candidate questionnaire soon and will then set dates to interview some of the candidates. When those dates are set, we will notify you. All members are welcome to observe the process.

We have three more pension negotiation dates set already and we will provide you with further updates as they become necessary.

Thank you,

Jim Unland
John Robb



Syndicated humor columnist Dave Barry wrote this look back for those of you who slept through 2011 and would like to know what happened from his point of view...

Dave Barry’s 2011 Year in Review

—It was the kind of year that made a person look back fondly on the Gulf oil spill—

Granted, the oil spill was bad. But it did not result in a high-decibel, weeks-long national conversation about a bulge in a congressman’s underpants. Which is exactly what we had in the Festival of Sleaze that was 2011. Remember? There were days when you could not escape The Bulge. At dinnertime, parents of young children had to be constantly ready to hurl themselves in front of their TV screens, for fear that it would suddenly appear on the news in high definition. For a brief (Har!) period, The Bulge was more famous than Justin Bieber.

And when, at last, we were done with The Bulge, and we were able to turn our attention to the presidential election, and the important issues facing us, as a nation, in these troubled times, it turned out that the main issue, to judge by quantity of press coverage, was: groping.

So finally, repelled by the drainage ditch that our political system has become, we turned for escape to an institution that represents all that is pure and wholesome and decent in America today: college football.

That was when we started to have fond memories of the oil spill.

I’m not saying that the entire year was ruined by sleaze. It was also ruined by other bad things. This was a year in which journalism was pretty much completely replaced by tweeting. It was a year in which a significant earthquake struck Washington, D.C., yet failed to destroy a single federal agency. It was a year in which the nation was subjected to a seemingly endless barrage of highly publicized pronouncements from Charlie Sheen, a man who, where you have a central nervous system, has a Magic 8-Ball.

This was a year in which the cast members of Jersey Shore went to Italy and then — in an inexcusable lapse of border security — were allowed to return.

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There's lots more to Barry's column. Click on the link below if you are interested...




As we depart 2011 and progress into 2012, I want to thank all of you for your educational e-mails over the past year. Unfortunately, I am now totally screwed up and have little chance of recovery.

Thanks to your e-mails...

I no longer open a bathroom door without using a paper towel, or have the waitress put lemon slices in my ice water without worrying about the bacteria on the lemon peel.

I can't use the remote in a hotel room because I don't know what the last person was doing while flipping through the adult movie channels.

I can't sit down on the hotel bedspread because I can only imagine what took place on it since it was last washed.

I have trouble shaking hands with someone who has been driving because one of the pastimes while driving alone is picking one's nose.

Eating a little snack sends me on a guilt trip because of the many gallons of trans fats I have no doubt consumed over the years.

I cant touch any woman's purse for fear she has placed it on the floor of a public bathroom.

I now use a sponge to seal my envelopes thanks to those of you who sent me the e-mails about the rat poop used in envelope glue.

And because of the same e-mails about rat poop, I now have to scrub the top of every soft drink can before I open it.

I no longer have any savings because I gave it to a sick girl who was about to die for the 1,387,258th time.

While I no longer have any money, that will change once I receive the $15,000 that Bill Gates, Microsoft and AOL promised to send me for participating in their special e-mail program.

I no longer have to worry about my soul because I now have 363,214 angels looking out for me thanks to all the e-mails I received and forwarded to everyone I know.

Similarly, I have learned that my prayers are only answered if I forward your e-mails to seven of my friends within 5 minutes.

I'm afraid to have a drink in a bar out of fear that I'll wake up in a hotel room bathtub full of ice with my kidneys gone.

I can't eat at KFC because I now know their chickens are actually horrible mutant freaks with no eyes, feet or feathers.

I can't use cancer-causing deodorants even though I often smell like a water buffalo on a hot day.

I now keep my toothbrush in the living room because I was told by e-mail that fine mists of water from the toilet sprays up to a distance of 6 feet when it's flushed.

I also want to thank some of you for getting me to stop drinking Coca Cola since it can remove toilet bowl stains.

Furthermore, I no longer drink Pepsi or Fanta since the people who make these products are atheists who refuse to put "Under God" on their cans.

I no longer buy gas without taking someone with me to make sure a serial killer doesn't crawl into my back seat while I am filling up.

I no longer use Cling Wrap in the microwave because I now know it causes seven different types of cancer.

And thanks for letting me know I can no longer boil a cup of water in my microwave because it will disfigure me for life by blowing up in my face.

I no longer go to the movies because I could be pricked with a needle infected with AIDS when I sit  down.

I no longer go to shopping malls because someone will probably drug me with a perfume sample and rob me.

I no longer receive packages from UPS or Fed Ex since I now know most of the delivery people are actually Al Qaeda agents in disguise.

And I no longer check my answering machine because someone will ask me to dial a number in Jamaica, Nigeria, Uganda or Uzbekistan that will cost me hundreds of dollars.

I no longer buy those expensive chocolate chip cookies from Neiman-Marcus thanks to the e-mails I received that revealed their secret recipe.

I can no longer do any gardening because I'm afraid I'll get bitten by the Violin Spider and my hand will fall off.

And no longer can I use anyone's toilet but mine because a big black snake could be lurking under the seat and cause instant death when it bites me on my butt.

And finally...

If you don't send this e-mail to at least 144,000 people in the next 70 minutes, a large dove with diarrhea will hover over you and do his business on your head at 5:00 p.m tomorrow afternoon. Not only that, but the fleas from 120 camels will infest your back, causing you to grow a hairy hump. I know both will occur because it actually happened to a friend of my next door neighbor's ex-mother-in-law's second husband's cousin's best friend's beautician. Seriously!

P.S. Did you know that after a lengthy study, a German scientist from Argentina has discovered that people with insufficient brain activity read their e-mail with their hand on the mouse. (Don't bother taking it off now; it's too late.)  



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

New Articles

• Legendary golfer is rewarded by a sultan with the gift of a golf club.

• Video purportedly demonstrates that 6-volt lantern batteries contain 32 AA batteries.

• The AAA offers a free towing service during the holidays for motorists who have had too much to drink.

• Did Bill Gates create a list of 'Rules Kids Won't Learn in School'?

• Document purportedly issued in 1872 lists rules of behavior for public school teachers.

• Can the striped mittenfish change its gender at will by turning its entire body inside out?

• Photograph purportedly shows a "thank you" sign to Jews from the Chinese Restaurant Association of the U.S.

• Does photograph show a Christmas card featuring a family photo taken at a jail?

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

Worth a Second Look

• A collection of New Year's beliefs and superstitions.

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.



When we receive a handful of e-mails from seemingly unrelated retirees and all include a link to the same video, it's a clue that the clip is worthwhile fodder for the Farsider. Such was the case with this 4-minute story told by a retired state trooper...



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Ron Mozley who lives up north near the Canadian border sent in this video synopsis of the tragedy that cost the lives of four Lakewood PD officers last year. He says it's "well done" and "worth your time." He's right...



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Spectacular (albeit simulated) WWII aerial combat footage makes up most of this ten-minute short film received from Chuck Blackmore. Titled "The German," it pits an RAF pilot in a Spitfire against a Luftwaffe pilot in a Messerschmitt. The flying sequences alone are worth a watch, but it's the surprise ending that will have many of you scratching your head...



If you were in fact surprised by the ending, this Wikipedia link will confirm what the short film portrays...



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Lots of folks like guns, but the guy in this video from Dewey Moore seems to have turned his fondness for firearms into a fetish. In fact, he likes guns so much that he even sings about them...



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If the Iranians decide to block the Straits of Hormuz and create an oil shortage, the U.S. doesn't have to get involved. All we have to do is convince the Australian Navy to take care of the matter. Have a look at this short clip sent in by Jim Silvers...



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So where is the Occupy crowd? Vegas bookmakers are giving excellent odds that the cold weather has driven them back to their parents' basement.

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How lazy are we getting when we need to use an app on a smart phone to park our car? Check out this clip from Alice Murphy...



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For those of you old enough to remember the hot rod days of the '50s and '60s as well as the music from that era, here's another excellent trip back in time from Old Blue Web Designs...



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Lumpy describes this dance sequence as stunning, sensual and phenomenal. He also says he was once able to perform at this level, but that was before his operation...



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Lumpy also sends in a Civics Literacy Exam containing 33 questions, 25 of which he said he answered correctly which gave him a score of 75.76 percent. Big deal, I thought; I should be able to do better. So I take the test, too. But midway through I realize that this buggger is tougher than I thought. When it's over and I get to the results page, I find that I missed one more than Lumpy, giving me a score of 72.72 percent. Even though I got outscored by the PBA's Secretary/Treasurer, I'm still feeling pretty good because of this notation on the results page...


If you think you can score better, go for it...



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Personally, I prefer quizzes like this one. Given the fact that I spent most of my time in elementary school having a spit wad war with my buddy on the other side of the room and not paying attention to the teacher, this test is more my speed...

The Smarty Pants Test

When it says you only have 8 seconds to answer each question, they aren't kidding, so you'd better be quick!


See if you can beat a score of 22...


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Here's some excellent footage of the new F-35B STOVL (short takeoff/vertical landing) fighter undergoing suitability testing off the Virginia coast aboard the USS Wasp a few months ago. A search of the Farsider Archives using "F-35" as the search criteria will uncover some past Farsiders with additional clips of this amazing aircraft...



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The Snow Storm

I just got off the phone with a friend living in northern Minnesota, near the Canadian border. She said that since early this morning the snow has been nearly waist-high and is still falling. The temperature is dropping way below zero and the north wind is increasing to near-gale force. Her husband has done nothing but look through the kitchen window and just stare. She said that if it gets much worse she may have to let him in.


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That's all we have for the first Farsider of 2012. Thanks for visiting.

P.S. If you know how to perform a rain dance, git 'er done!


Pic of the Week

Dead Man Walking...



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