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January 12
, 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.




 
 

HEALTH & WELFARE

No report.




 

PBA MEETING REMINDER

The first PBA dinner meeting of 2012 will get underway at 5 p.m. next Wednesday, Jan. 18th, at the POA Hall. Sgt. at Arms Bob Moir suggests that because it's been two months since the last meeting some of you might need to consult your beat map or your GPS (if you have one and know how to work it) to find the location of the Hall.



 

PBA VALENTINE'S DAY DINNER DANCE



POA Hall
1151 No. Fourth St.
San Jose

Saturday Evening, Feb. 11th
Cocktails at 6:00 p.m.
Dinner at 7:00 p.m.
Dancing to follow

Entrees:
Prime Rib and Salmon

Open Bar featuring
Red and White Wine, Hard Liquor, Single Malt Scotch,
Cider, Sodas, O'Doul's, Regular Pour of the Five Tap Beers

Cost: $25 Per Person
Checks made payable to the SJPBA must be received no later than Saturday, Feb. 4th,
so mail them prior to Thursday, Feb. 2nd to P.O. Box 42, San Jose, CA 95103-0042

The dinner-dance is considered a semi-formal event (Jeans are frowned upon).

IMPORTANT: Please, no early arrivals. Another function is being held at the POA Hall earlier
in the day, and the decorating committee needs time to set up the decor for the dinner dance.

Questions should be directed to Bob Moir at <bobnjerr@sbcglobal.net>,
"Lumpy" Lundberg at <lumpyl@sbcglobal.net>, Dave Wysuph at <dbw1696@aol.com>,
Tom Mazzone at <RTM1319@gmail.com> or Steve Windisch at <swindisch@aol.com>




 

BILL IS IN THE PLAYOFFS...


I asked our NFL White Hat to notify me immediately if he and his crew are selected for a post-season NFL game. The word arrived in my inbox Tuesday afternoon...
 

Hey Bill,

Got assigned to work the NYG at GB game this coming Sunday at 1:30 p.m. local. Will be cold, and getting into and out of GB will be a nightmare. Have to fly to Chicago on Friday, drive up to GB on Sat., do the game on Sunday, then drive back to Chicago after the game so I can catch my flight back to San Francisco on Monday. Our crew finished 3rd out of 17, so I am very proud of the guys.

Bill
(Leavy)
<mwc127@earthlink.net>



 

WEEKLY POLL

 

   



Results from last week's poll




Only one name was submitted under the
"Other" selection: Condoleezza Rice


For the full scope of state and national polling by Scott Rasmussen, click on this link:
<http://www.rasmussenreports.com/>

For the most recent releases, click here:
<http://www.rasmussenreports.com/older_content/home/top_stories/most_recent_articles>


 



 

MAIL CALL
 

Jan. 5th

Bill,

Thanks for all the work you put into the Farsider. You are still your hilarious, sarcastic self!

Take care,

Brenda
(Wells) <sweetyoda@att.net>


Sarcasm comes naturally, Brenda. But I have to work hard (and often fail) at being humorous. Thanks for the feedback. It's appreciated.
(Check is in the mail.)

 

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Jan. 5th

Bill,

I got 28 of 33 for an 84.85% on the Civics Literacy test, but I'll have to admit that I did make some lucky guesses throughout the exam. Keep up the great work on the Farsider. It keeps me entertained and informed on Thursdays.

Bill Mallett
<bmallett805@att.net>


So you're the one. Cool. (I have always felt a special kinship with Bill because it hasn't been easy going through life with the initials "BM.")

 

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Jan. 5th

Bill,

I got 28 out of 33 for 84.85 on the Civics Literary exam. However, on one question they were wrong, and on another there were two correct answers, both of which I got right. And that was after at least four ounces of brandy. With ice!

But I only got 19 correct on the shorter test. What did you get?

John Henry Kregel, Iowa, Polly Sci, Class of '60
<jhk1308@comcast.net>


So you got the same score as Mallet on the Civics Literacy test, eh? Not bad. But a lousy 19 on the shorter Smarty Pants Test has to suck! I scored 22.

 

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And the winner of the fewest questions missed on the Civics Literacy exam appears to be...

 

Jan. 11th

Bill,
 
I couldn't resist sending this! Low dementia day.

 


Brad Woodington
<bradwood@goldrush.com>


Well done, Brad. Now repeat after me: Nobody likes a smart ass!
Nobody likes a smart ass! Nobody likes a smart ass!


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In response to David Byers' Mail Call item in last week's Farsider in which he asked if anyone had an update on former Ofcr. Jim Pettipiece, Gary Leonard replied to Dave with the following and included us as a cc.
 

Jan. 5th

Dave,

You may not remember (or heard) that Jim and I went to high school together in Casper, Wyoming (along with Dick Cheney). Jim was a year behind me, and when he heard that I was a cop in San Jose, he came out and I convinced him to become a reserve officer. He then got married, had a couple of kids, and later became a regular.

I lost touch with him when I left the SJPD and California. When I returned I heard from Diehl and others about Jim's plight. I also learned that his kids had been contacted but wanted nothing to do with him. Parkinson's, booze, several arrests, etc. had him down and out. I sent money and support along with others. I am also aware that "Bird" ( Aubrey Parrott) had spoken with Jim on several occasions.

McTeague told me he had been in touch with St. Joseph's for support, etc., but that there was nothing else that could be done. I think of Jim often.

The attached photo of Jim, Will Piper, Dave Wood (SJPD and then the DEA) and me in the early '60s was taken in Yosemite. Jim and I learned to climb in Wyoming and continued in California. We wound up teaching the sport to many SJPD guys.

Let me know if you hear anything.

Gary (Leonard)
<hoyaleonard@gmail.com>
 


Following was David's reply to Gary's e-mail...

 

Jan. 5th


Thanks for the information. I am involved in a Feed-the-Homeless project through my church and have served at one of the larger shelters in downtown San Jose. Since I read the first story about Jim, I kept my eye out for him in line with the others. Either I didn't recognize him, or he went to one of the other shelter feedings in San Jose.
 
The story of what happened to a very nice guy and a good cop from the past is very sad. He got dealt a crappy hand and had to deal with it the best he could. What is more disturbing is the reaction from his family. I hope the ostracizing done by his children never comes back to them under similar circumstances.
 
My son is now a San Jose Officer, and I'll see if he can find out Jim's LKA.
 
Take care and thanks for getting back to me.
 
David Byers
<dng_byers@sbcglobal.net>


Ed. — A BOLO is still in effect for our friend and former cop. If anyone has any updated info on Jim, please pass it along...



1983 Commemorative Album Photo

 

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Jan. 5th

Bill,

When I lived in San Jose I always made a point to read Dave Berry each Sunday. Loved his humor, and his Year in Review from the last Farsider was hilarious — to me anyway.

When it comes to writers I always enjoyed SF's Herb Cain, who would come up with a good one on occasion. I recall in one of his columns that he asked, "Should SF Policemen be allowed to drink in bars, and if so, shouldn't they check their guns when they come in?"

The late Mike Royko of the Chicago Sun Times was the one who dubbed then-Gov. Jerry Brown "Governor Moonbeam" years ago when he went on an African safari with Linda Ronstadt. Mike seemed to have it in for California when he suggested in his column that a fence should be built around California to keep "the loonies" in.

Dave Berry, now with the Miamai Herald, has a very unique form of humor that I enjoy. Thank you for his Year in Review column. You and I always used to enjoy talking about Royko and Berry and their sense of humor when we were working.

Dick
(Tush)
<sonofatush@hotmail.com>


The former motor officer is correct. After Chief McNamara asked me to create the SJPD Insider back in '76, I finally hit my stride and began including what I felt were humorous columns by the likes of Mike Royko, Dave Berry and others that I hoped would put a grin on the faces of the rank and file. It hasn't been mentioned, but I owe JoeMac a vote of thanks for giving me free rein in what went into the official SJPD newsletter. Fortunately, Bobby Burroughs would run interference for me on those occasions when I crossed the line, which was more often than most people realize.

For those who missed Dave Berry's "The Year in Review" column in last week's Farsider and want to read it, here's the link...

<http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/12/31/v-fullstory/2568230/dave-barrys-2011-year-in-review.html>

 

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Jan. 5th

Bill,

In response to the video that Dave Bartholomew submitted last week, if the rich don't create jobs, is it not logical to assume that jobs are created by the poor? Barack Hussein Obama apparently subscribes to this logic because he seems to be working hard to create more poor people.
 
I am always thankful for, and impressed by, the great service you and Leroy provide. Thank you.
 
Ken
(Hawkes) <hawkes@garlic.com>


This is the video Ken is referring to that was in last week's Mail Call column...



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTG7RHXnUMM>

 

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Jan. 5th

Hi Bill,

Regarding Nick Hanauer's comments on TV (video clip above), by you publishing it in the Farsider you probably doubled the number of people who watched it on MSNBC. I was not surprised that Hanauer has written a book about his views.

Before I was on the the police department I had many other jobs, and not one was given to me by a poor person. After I left the PD and formed my own company I created many jobs, from low level administrative to professional level positions through real estate and construction transactions. At times I could have been considered wealthy, other times not so much. But that's the chance the self-employed person takes.

If you listen carefully to Mr. Hanauer's comments, he says the "middle class" creates all the jobs. But the middle class he is talking about are the people the present government is trying to make the enemy; those making over $200,000 per year (i.e. husband and wife police officers on the San Jose PD).

I don't condemn Mr. Hanauer for his comments. They are made, in my opinion, for the sole purpose of selling a book. And by the way, when he sells books, he creates jobs. I will only believe otherwise when I hear he has donated all profits from the book to the government.

I do, however, take issue with an administration that thinks the way to succeed in politics is to create a divide between the so-called wealthy and the so-called poor.  What they have created is another crusade for the grandchildren of the flower children of the '60s (Occupy "whatever"). The chants have changed, but the tactics (and the smell) are still the same.

If I were in Mr. Hanauer's suggested wealth level I would probably have several homes, all of which I would pay taxes on. Plus, I would have created jobs by hiring the needed workers to build and maintain those homes. I would probably have many "toys" as well — boats, airplanes, etc. —  which would also create jobs for those who make those "toys."

Many wealthy people give away huge portions of their wealth. Most importantly, wealthy people do not horde their money; they spend it and invest it, both of which create jobs. On top of that, they pay close to 50% of all taxes — income, real estate, sales, excise, alternative minimum, and on and on. And when they die, their estate pays a huge amount of inheritance tax, soon to be 55%.

The next time you go to a grocery store to pick up dinner, don't spend a lot of time congratulating yourself for saving the world by bringing your own re-usable bags which, by the way, puts workers in the paper and plastic bag industry out of work.  Spend at least a few seconds thanking the "wealthy people" who created the food chain, and those who make the products more affordable.

Bruce E. Hodgin
<brucehodgin@yahoo.com>


 

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Jan. 10th

Bill,

In response to the "Rich Don't Create Jobs" video Bartholomew sent in last week, here are just a few well known job creators that our friends on the left seem to have forgotten.

In 1997 Steve Jobs returned to a failing Apple Computer Co. At the time, Apple had a market cap of $4 billion with its stock prices hovering around $20. It also had 9300 employees. Today, Apple has 61,000 employees, a market cap of $394 billion and the company's stock sells for about $425 per share.

In 1962, Warren Buffett began his Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate. Today, Berkshire employs 260,000 people throughout its holding company and has a market cap of $191 billion.

In 1923, Walt Disney founded Disney Studios. Today, the Disney Corp. employs 156,000 and has a market cap of $72 billion.

In 1945, Sam Walton founded Wal-Mart. Today Wal-Mart employs 2.1 million people and has a market cap of $202 billion. For some reason, the far left loves to beat up on this company even though they're the largest employer in the USA and among the largest taxpayers.

That's just a few off the top of my head. I'm sure we can all think of several "rich guys" who have created great companies and lots of jobs.

Terry "Greek" Moudakas
<tmoudakas@mac.com>

 

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Jan. 6th

Hi Bill,

Thanks for your thorough explanation in last week's Farsider on the rules of who is considered to be a US citizen. Tush's comments caused me "great anxiety." I was born in Santa Cruz in 1937, and my mother and father did not become naturalized citizens until 1945. I'm sure there were many other first generation Italian, German, Irish, Japanese, Mexicans, etc. born of immigrant parents who were or are in the same boat (no pun intended). Under Tush's reasoning, none of us would be US citizens.

Also, the Supreme Court has more or less decided the Obama issue, and I think the voters have been fully appraised of the situation. They will have a final say in November whether or not Obama will continue as their President — legitimate or otherwise.

Ivano "Ivan" Comelli
<ivcomelli@ymail.com>


I'm taking a wild guess in saying this, Ivano. But I would wager that this wasn't the first time Tush caused you "great anxiety!"
 

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Jan. 6th


Sticker shock, and it's only just begun.

Picked up a prescription at Walgreens today and what used to be $5 is now $25. I then read the first part of (last week's) Farsider about the pays and co-pays of the different medical plans starting the first of 2012, and I am now bewildered.  

Besides that, I need a new roof on the house. Guess what comes first?

Bob (Moir)
<bobnjerr@sbcglobal.net>


That's why I stocked up on my Kaiser meds and had an appointment with my dermatologist for a spray-down with liquid nitrogen before the end of the year, Bob. My quick action saved me about $50 on my prescription co-pay increase and a $25 co-pay to see the doctor, neither of which cost me a dime in 2011. But please, Robert, give priority to your prescriptions. With no rain, your roof can wait. I'm sure I speak for many that if you go off your meds, we may all pay a hefty price!

 

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Jan. 10th

Bill:

Being of advanced years, I remember the Roosevelt years and an upcoming election in which the adults were not discussing electability, platform or the policy of the candidates, but "what are they going to give us?" Times were hard at the time, of course, and the people living on the edge as we were cannot be blamed for  considering the promises of the candidates.

Not much has changed over the last three-quarters of a century, has it?

Phil (Norton)
<ponorton2008@gmail.com>



Phil is right; not much has changed. But that's not to say that everyone felt that way about entitlements back in the '40s. With all due respect to you Democrats, note the date on the following...
 





 

LOCAL NEWS FOR YOU OUT-OF-TOWNERS


What follows from David "Baci" Bacigalupi, Chair of the Police & Fire Retirement Board, doesn't directly relate to San Jose's pension reform issue, but it may have ramifications on what comes down the pike locally...
 

Jan. 6th


Bill — This just in from Stockton. The city lost its case against the Police Union for using a “fiscal emergency” to break its contract with the SPOA. — Baci
 

Judge Sides with Police Union in First Round of Court Fight Over Contract

By Scott Smith, Record Staff Writer
The Record — Jan. 5, 2012


STOCKTON — The police union appears to have prevailed in the first round today of its ongoing courtroom battle with Stockton in a dispute over the city’s right to break its contract with the police union during its financial crisis.

Attorneys for both the city and the Stockton Police Officers’ Association declared a victory in the multifaceted ruling by San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Lesley Holland.

Siding with the union , the judge said in his written decision that police had no obligation to renegotiate their existing contract, which city officials asked them to do. The judge gave the city two more weeks to explain the authority it invoked to break the contract.

City Manager Bob Deis won a victory in the dispute’s sensational subplot. The judge said the city could move ahead with the claim that police harassed him by buying the home next door to him and his wife, Linda.

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Read Friday’s Record for more on this story by staff writer Scott Smith.


Following is Friday's (Jan. 6th) story referenced in the sentence above. In addition to the issue at hand, the article also addresses the dust-up about the SPOA purchasing a home next door to the Stockton city manager that was covered in the Farsider a few weeks ago.
 

Stockton Police Union Claims Court Victory

—Both sides say police dispute rulings favorable—

By Scott Smith, Record Staff Writer
The Record — Jan. 6, 2012


STOCKTON - A judge on Thursday issued a string of rulings in Stockton's fight with its police union over the city breaking their contract amid financial crisis.

Attorneys on both sides interpreted the preliminary rulings as outright victories in the ongoing case.

San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Lesley Holland found grounds for the city to proceed with its claim that the police union bought the house next door to City Manager Bob Deis solely to harass and intimidate him.

San Francisco attorney Jon Holtzman, who represents the city, said that shows the Stockton Police Officers' Association violated fair labor practices, a central issue in the case.

"That's pretty serious," Holtzman said. "I consider this not just a victory, but a major victory."

His opponent, Sacramento attorney David P. Mastagni, said the union won the day because the judge ruled police never had to come back to the bargaining table to renegotiate a new contract.

That proves Stockton didn't have a right to break their contract with the police union in the first place, he said.

Mastagni said the city wasted its money on high-priced lawyers.

"Stockton has spent $2 million throwing confetti in the air," he said. "For once, the little guy totally won."

Attorneys met in Holland's courtroom last month for the first major hearing in the case. The stakes in this bitter dispute are high.

This came before a judge because the city over the last two years declared a fiscal emergency, which city officials said allowed them to impose pay cuts to its labor groups.

If police ultimately prevail in court, the city says it will have to pay up to $10 million in back wages. While the case is far from over, a blow of this magnitude threatens to send the city into bankruptcy.

Union officials have said that's not their goal. Rather, a win would give them a bargaining chip when they negotiate their next contract.

Holland also ruled that Stockton's attorneys didn't spell out in court papers the specific authority the city invoked to nullify its contracts with police. The city's attorneys now have two weeks to rewrite its case.

The revision, Holtzman said, involves simply adding a few sentences to their written arguments, explaining the city's inherent right to break a contract under emergency circumstances.

"He wants a technical change in wording, which is fine," Holtzman said. "We have to go and specify."

While the police union didn't break any laws by purchasing the home next to Deis, Holland concluded, he made disparaging comparisons against the police actions, implicating their bad-faith bargaining.

The judge compared the union to a stalker who shows up while the victim shops or a biker gang that drives en masse, "banners waving," past the prosecutors' homes on their way to court where a club member is on trial.

Based on his ruling, a judge or jury at trial will ultimately decide if the home deal amounts to an intimidation tactic.

The judge dismissed a motion filed by the police union seeking to punish the city for their counter suit, which would burden them with legal fees and chill the officers' desire to defend themselves.

The judge did not rule on the alleged role David French, a long retired Stockton police officer, played in leading the union to buy the home next to Deis. Holland assigned a court referee to help both sides settle that dispute.

The judge's rulings Thursday address the city's counter suit. It doesn't yet address the union's underlying lawsuit. Holland set the case for its next hearing on May 3.

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Contact reporter Scott Smith at (209) 546-8296 or <ssmith@recordnet.com>.





 

PAAF NEWS

Shopping at Whole Foods on Blossom Hill
with your reusable bag(s) will benefit PAAF
starting Monday and running through April 18
 





 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF DEC. 31, 2011

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

New Articles

• Video purportedly captures a magician performing the "greatest card trick ever."
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/arts/cardtrick.asp>

• Did three former Fannie Mae executives serve the 2008 Obama presidential campaign as "chief economic advisors"?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/fanniemae.asp>

• Photograph purportedly shows a girl killed in a drunk-driving accident, with accompanying text recording her last words.
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/accident/lastwords.asp>

• Is 17-year-old Haley Wilson missing from her Amarillo, Texas, home?
<http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/missing/haleywilson.asp>

• Did a veterinary pathologist testify that being immersed in a can of Mountain Dew would turn a mouse into a "jelly-like" substance?
<http://www.snopes.com/medical/potables/mountaindewmouse.asp>

• Does the Obama Health Care Plan disallow advanced neurosurgery for patients over 70?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/medical/neurosurgery.asp>

• Was NFL quarterback Tim Tebow born when his mother declined to undergo an abortion after experiencing a life-threatening illness during her pregnancy?
<http://www.snopes.com/glurge/timtebow.asp>

• Did the U.S. government unfairly exclude Hawker Beechcraft from bidding to supply military aircraft for Afghanistan?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/hawker.asp>

• Did a pair of hoaxsters once lead hundreds of gullible New Yorkers into participating in a scheme to saw Manhattan Island in half?
<http://www.snopes.com/history/hoaxes/sawingny.asp>

• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news stories from around the world!
<http://www.snopes.com/daily/>


Worth a Second Look

• Did George Washington tell of an angel who revealed a prophetic vision of America to him at Valley Forge?
<http://www.snopes.com/history/american/vision.asp>


Still Haunting the Inbox

• Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's circulating in the on-line world.
<http://www.snopes.com/info/top25uls.asp>


Fraud Afoot

• Visit our Top Scams page for a list of schemes commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.
<http://www.snopes.com/fraud/topscams.asp>





 

THE LIGHTER SIDE & OTHER ODDS AND ENDS


If you are not an Obama supporter and are still unsure which GOP candidate to vote for, perhaps this USA Today "Candidate Match Game" quiz received from Chuck Blackmore can help you choose. I took it and was surprised at the result based on the answers I chose. According to the quiz, the candidate I'm currently inclined to support came in third.



<http://tinyurl.com/d57kb5r>

 

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This 10-minute independent film entitled "Change for a Dollar" is showing up in many inboxes, probably because so many people have found it inspiring as well as an important message based on what the country is experiencing. Give it a look if you can spare a few minutes of your time...



<http://tinyurl.com/7qsobzz>

 

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Our Archives show that we last ran this classic Dean Martin-Foster Brooks skit 6 years ago (Dec. 7, 2006 Farsider). When it landed in my inbox last weekend, I was reminded what a treasure the two men were to the entertainment industry (Dino died in 1995 and Brooks passed away in 2001), and there was no doubt in my mind that the clip was worthy of a rerun...



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IqEMPYS9XM>

 

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Remember this Times Square card trick from a few weeks ago? Snopes explains how it was pulled off. In fact, the explanation is the lead item in this week's Snopes update (above)...



<http://www.snopes.com/photos/arts/cardtrick.asp>

 

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There's some excellent advice in this exceptionally well done animated public service announcement from Belgium that was sent in by Stan Miller. It only runs for 32 seconds, so have a look...



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtLPt-whLNs>

 

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If you have a friend or relative who doesn't understand the ramifications of the National Debt, you may want to send them this video. It deals with numbers that anyone with an IQ above 50 can understand...



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Li0no7O9zmE>

 

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Are you aware that there's an Asian black bear in a zoo in Hiroshima whose name is Claude, but that he is better known as the "Kung Fu Bear?" It's true, and this clip will show you why...



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nlrc2iFACIQ>
 

Want confirmation that what Claude does is real and not a fake? Click here:

<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kung_Fu_Bear>

 

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Speaking of bears, here's some good solid gun advice from Leroy...
 


My personal favorite defense gun has always been a Beretta Jetfire in .22 short. Over all the years I've been hiking I never leave without it in my pocket.

We all know, of course, that the first rule when hiking in the wilderness is to use the "Buddy System." In other words, never hike alone. Instead, I always bring a friend or companion — even an inlaw — so if something bad happens there is someone to go for help.

I recall one occasion when I was hiking in the forest with my mother-in-law when out of nowhere came a huge brown bear. We were probably close to one of her cubs because she seemed especially angry.

To make a long story short, I probably wouldn't be writing this today if I hadn't had my .22 short Jetfire. Just one shot to my mother-in-law's kneecap and I was able to escape by just walking away at a brisk pace.

 

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For you guys who live up in the sticks and are tired of the laborious task of chopping firewood, Bob Moir suggests you purchase this handy-dandy accessory for your Bobcat...



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pLiJMZjQDw&feature=related>


What? You say you don't have a Bobcat and can't afford one? Well, there's always this gizmo...



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bVAAx3mMKY&feature=related>

 

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This TV newscast sent in by Paul Salerno of a failed robbery is not only a perfect example of karma, it also supports the Hollywood perception that good guys wear white and bad guys wear black. (OK, perhaps the guy in charge of the costume department didn't get the word when he outfitted Hoppy, Paladin and a few other cowboys, but that wasn't Bill Boyd or Richard Boone's fault.)



<http://tinyurl.com/btbemgh>

Speaking of Hoppy and Paladin...

<http://www.hopalong.com/home.asp>
<http://www.thrillingdetective.com/paladin.html>

 

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From Gary Leonard comes a truly heart-warming story about a six-year-old who asked to say grace...


Last week my wife and I took our 6-year-old grandson to a restaurant, where he asked if he could say grace.

As we bowed our heads he said, "God is good, God is great. Thank you for the food we are about to receive. And I would even thank you even more if Grandpa gets us ice cream for dessert. Amen!"

Along with the laughter from some nearby customers, I heard a woman remark, "That's what's wrong with this country. Kids today don't even know how to pray. Asking God for ice cream? How ridiculous!"

Hearing this, my grandson burst into tears and asked, "Did I do it wrong? Is God mad at me?"

As I held him and assured him that he had done a terrific job, and that God was certainly not mad at him, an elderly gentleman approached the table. He winked at my grandson and said, "I happen to know that God thought that was a great prayer."

"Really?" my grandson asked.

"Cross my heart," the man replied.

Then, in a theatrical whisper, he pointed to the woman and added, "Too bad she never asks God for ice cream. Sometimes a little ice cream is good for the soul."

I, of course, bought my grandson a dish of ice cream at the end of the meal. He stared at it for a moment, then did something I will remember the rest of my life.

He picked up his ice cream sundae and, without a word, walked over and placed it in front of the woman. Then, with a big smile he told her, "Here, this is for you. Shove it up your butt you grouchy old bitch!"


 

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Close to a dozen readers sent in the following link to a Dyson Vaccuum cleaner commercial. Have a look at the 30-second clip featuring a bikini-clad model. It will no doubt convince you that a Dyson really sucks!


 
<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v49cfwSipOw>

 

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From Bill Leavy comes this fascinating Lockheed Martin video narrated by a veteran F-22 pilot espousing the advances of 5th generation fighter aircraft, including the F-35. Too bad that Obama targeted it last week for cutbacks along with our Army and Marine ground forces so he'll have more dough to spend on companies like Solyndra and other pet projects. (OK, perhaps that wasn't fair, but many of you will understand the sarcasm.)



<http://player.vimeo.com/video/3437045?autoplay=1>

 

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This prank at a cemetery in Mexico is as funny as it is cruel. A guy rigs a skeleton to a remote controlled motorbike equipped with training wheels that also has a speaker attached. Then he hides across the street from a walled cemetery and puts his plan into action as people walk by. Have a look...



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXd6zPzF1v0>

 

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I had no idea that Harlequin novels were so erotic and explicit until this condensed version of one arrived in my inbox from Sharon Lansdowne. After reading it, I may have to add another shelf to my library...
 

Harlequin Novel, Condensed Version, 2011


He grasped me firmly, but gently, just above my elbow and guided me into a room, his room. Then he quietly shut the door and we were alone. He approached me soundlessly, from behind, and spoke in a low, reassuring voice close to my  ear.
 
"Just relax."

Without warning, he reached down and I felt his strong, calloused hands start at my ankles, gently probing, and moving upward along my calves, slowly but steadily. My breath caught in my throat.

I knew I should be afraid, but somehow I didn't care. His touch was so experienced, so sure. When his hands moved up onto my thighs I gave a slight shudder and partly closed my eyes. My pulse was  pounding.

I felt his knowing fingers caress my abdomen, my ribcage. And then, as he cupped my firm, full breasts in his hands, I inhaled sharply. Probing, searching, knowing what he wanted, he brought his hands to my shoulders, slid them down my  tingling spine and onto my panties.

Although I knew nothing about this man, I felt oddly trusting and expectant. This is a man, I thought, who was used to taking charge. A man not used to taking 'No' for an answer. A man who would tell me what he wanted. A man who would look into my soul and say...

"Okay ma'am, you can board your flight now."


 

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Chuck Blackmore says Dan Nainan, who is half Eastern Indian and half Japanese, is one funny guy, and his audience obviously agrees. Do you?



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ec_iYKigxRU>

 

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The old adage about what happens when one assumes seems to apply in the case of this video clip received from PBA Sgt. at Arms Bob Moir...



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDABFWlVpMY>

 

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Illegally parked luxury cars in the city of Vilnius (Lithuania) have been a problem until the Mayor decided make a bold statement...



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cys6BAcocBc&feature=fvsr>


Back story: The problem of luxury cars being illegally parked in bicycle lanes in the Vilnius was real. Under the city's ordinance, the worse that could happen was that a parking ticket with an equivalent fine of about $2 US dollars would be issued. A second offense would result in a $20 fine, and a $100 fine would be imposed for three tickets or more. With parking tight in the city, those who owned a Mercedes, Rolls Royce, BMWs and other high-end cars couldn't have cared less. To try and reduce the problem, the mayor purchased a used Mercedes, parked it in a bycycle lane, obtained an APC (armored personnel carrier) from the city's war museum and used it to crush the luxury sedan. The "car owner" in the video was an actor dressed up to look like a typical luxury car owner. After the video was posted on YouTube, the clip received so much publicity that it greatly reduced the number of illegally parked vehicles. At last report, the mayor was trying to significantly increase the parking fines.

 

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Here's a carrot for those of you who are politically left of center. It's a GOP presidential debate moderated by Larry King you are likely to enjoy...



<http://news.yahoo.com/cyber-debate-parody-funny-or-die/>

 

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Where Were You in 1955? From Joe Suske comes some excellent colored archive footage that was probably shot with a 16mm movie camera of Baghdad by the Bay before it was invaded by hippies and fruitcakes...



<http://boingboing.net/2011/12/25/amateur-color-film-of-san-fran.html>

 

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Once you see this (presumably) Chinese high wire performer's act sent in by both Don Hale and Les Nunes, any similar performance will seem anticlimactic....



<http://www.wimp.com/thisimpossible/>

 

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Trust me, golfers, I've been playing (at) the game for over 50 years — long before Eastridge devoured the old Reid-Hillview Golf Course —  and this is by far the most informative 7-step instructional video I have ever seen. Had someone shown it to me back in the late '50s when I was first introduced to the game, I would have saved myself thousands of dollars and a lifetime of frustration...



<http://www.youtube.com/user/willrobinsgolf>

 

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This grand finale from JET is directed to the small handful of you guys who are still part of the workforce, but it is well worth the time for everyone else who enjoys humor. It's a Saturday Night Live remake of an old General Electric film about sexual harassment. While it may take a moment or two to load, and you will probably have to sit through a short commercial, the film is priceless and a must-see...



<http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/sexual-harassment/258532/>

 

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