January 16, 2014
Mattos, Editor and Publisher
Leroy Pyle, Webmaster
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REGARDING BRIAN MC NAMARA'S SERVICE
The city we gave as the
location for St. Joseph's Church where the service for Brian McNamara will be
held was in error. We inadvertently typed San Jose. This is the correct location
for the Wednesday, Jan. 29th service that will start at 11:00 a.m.
130 South 4th St.
Rio Vista, CA
reception will follow in the Parish Hall after the service. Questions can be
answered by calling 408-592-2240.
Tuesday's paper included its opinion about disability retirements
for San Jose police and fire in this editorial…
San Jose Needs to Shore Up
Editorial — Jan. 14, 2014
From the time San Jose Mayor
Chuck Reed introduced Measure B on pension reform in 2012, we were uncomfortable
with the section on disability retirement. Opponents raised valid questions, and
we said the provisions would probably need tweaking if the measure passed —
which it did, with 70 percent of the vote.
On Tuesday, Reed finally will ask the City Council to begin the tweaking. Doubts
about disability coverage have been one factor discouraging police recruits from
staying with the department, contributing to the short-staffing that now plagues
It would have been far better to get it right the first time.
The disability change in Measure B that tended to jump out in debates was that
full disability retirement would not be granted if the officer could perform any
job in the city — even if no job was available.
It just didn’t seem right.
Reed now wants the city to commit to making a job available. That may be
challenging at times, but it’s fair.
The more telling change, to us, is Reed’s proposal that the city help officers
purchase supplemental disability insurance to make up for lower pay in an
alternative job when an officer is injured but not fully disabled, which would
trigger disability retirement. Until now, city officials have argued that
injured officers would have plenty of disability pay under current laws to avoid
The primary disability problem with San Jose’s police and firefighters isn’t the
officers who suffer major injuries on the job and need to stop working before
they otherwise would.
It’s that so many routinely apply for disability when they reach retirement age.
Two-thirds of San Jose firefighters and a third of police officers now get
disability when they retire.
Sometimes they even come back to the retirement board to claim disability
retroactively. With the tax-free status this confers, retirees can end up with
higher incomes than they had on the job.
It’s a shame Reed and pension reform supporters didn’t put more thought into the
wording of the disability portion of Measure B, so that it didn’t have to be
fixed after the fact. It has unnecessarily worried officers and recruits and
contributed to the antagonism between the city and the police union.
Pension reform is about fairness. Benefits need to be appropriate for risky work
but also affordable to communities over time. If they’re not, there are two
possible results: steadily deteriorating city services or, down the line, a
default on pension obligations, leaving retired officers truly betrayed. Neither
Fairness also demands that men and women injured in public service be well cared
for. They know there are risks in public safety jobs, but the risks should not
They need to feel confident of that every day they put on a badge.
THE TRIALS AND
TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
It's probably just as well that Councilman Pete Constant decided
to withdraw from the mayor's race. In a city where Democrats make up nearly 80
percent of all registered voters, the odds were pretty long that the Republican
councilman could pull off a win. And while it's just a guess, we suspect it
wasn't very likely that he could have won the support of the city's police and
firefighters. This story is from yesterday's paper…
Constant Bows Out of Race for
family postponed effort for fundraising—
By Mike Rosenberg
Mercury News — Jan. 15, 2014
SAN JOSE — Conservative
Councilman Pete Constant on Tuesday dropped out of the crowded field running for
mayor of San Jose, all but guaranteeing a Democrat will continue to lead
California’s third largest city. Constant, a straight-talking retired police
officer, was the only Republican in the nonpartisan race.
He faced an uphill battle as
only 20.6 percent of voters in San Jose are registered with the GOP.
The termed-out councilman also began the race in a deep financial hole. Just
before the window to begin raising funds opened Dec. 5, Constant’s father died
and he announced he would not begin campaigning until after the New Year. Three
of his opponents raced out of the gate, raising between $169,000 to $512,000
each. The remaining serious candidates vying to replace termed-out Democratic
Mayor Chuck Reed are all Democrats: Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen, council members
Rose Herrera, Sam Liccardo and Pierluigi Oliverio, and Santa Clara County
Supervisor Dave Cortese. Ballots go out in less than four months for the June
primary, when the field is expected to be narrowed to two finalists heading into
the November election.
In a statement, Constant said he would not be endorsing any candidates.
His second and final four-year term representing a western edge of San Jose
expires at the end of 2014. “I am looking forward to continuing to serve the
constituents of council District 1 and the citizens of San Jose through the
remainder of my term,” Constant said. “This, along with attending to my family
obligations and my continued academic pursuits, will be my focus. Rest assured,
my 28 years of public service in San Jose will continue for many years into the
Ed. — It's unclear which
political party Constant wanted to wrap his arms around. According to this
3-year-old article, he decided to change his party affiliation to the Democratic
party." I've been watching a lot of Rachel Maddow," he said. "It's one of my
guilty pleasures. And by gosh, she makes a lot of sense," he was quoted in this
San Jose Inside article from April 1, 2011. Given the date, of course, it's
possible that the quote was an April Fool's joke…
Last Week's Poll
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Good morning Bill,
I am living in Mexico and have been for the last 15 years. I have had some
failing health problems in the last year, but am doing much better now and have
been reading a lot. I know Chief McNamara has written several books and I would
like his e-mail so I can get all of them signed and sent to me. I will pay
whatever the going price or to his charity. If that’s the case, I believe these
books will a great asset to my personal library.
Thank you in advance, and keep up the great work. I enjoy the Farsider each
Kent Cossey #1441
I immediately replied
to Kent and provided him with JoeMac's e-mail address of
I also pointed out that our former boss and his wife Laurie recently moved from
Menlo Park to the Monterey Peninsula.
• • • • •
Dear Bill and Leroy,
Thank you for the information published in the weekly Farsider. I am a longtime
receiver of this, and now a first time responder.
I worked in SJPD and SJFD communications from 1961-1978, when I retired. I read
that Lyle Hunt recently passed away, and wanted to share a couple of humorous
stories that happened with him and others while they were in the field. One time
Lyle came '10-8' and said he was '10-19' to the garage because his transmission
was going out. Shortly after that, Dick Hill called Lyle and said he wanted to
meet up with him. Our dispatcher said, "Lyle cannot transmit, his transmission
is going out"... in actuality his car's transmission was going out.
Re: H Units: On one swing shift we received a "211 armed in progress" at the
Alum Rock Market. Several H Units went '10-97' at the scene. I asked then-Sgt .
Bob Moir how they arrived so quickly. He said, "We were at the Alum Rock Drive
In Theater on stakeout." It seemed a little strange as the movie that was
showing was either "Deep Throat" or "Behind the Green Door." We drew our own
conclusions as to what they were actually staking out. Anything to add for
clarification, Bob? Please let us know.
Doug Bergtholdt, do you remember the call regarding the fingers you searched for
in the grass? You found them and took them to the hospital to be reattached to
the man who had them chopped off.
Just thought you might get a chuckle out of these.
I am a WW II Navy veteran
and now live in Apple Valley, CA with my daughter and son-in-law. I turned 90
last July and am in the 3rd stage of Parkinson's disease requiring 24/7 care.
Thank you again! If you can use any of these stories, feel free.
Roy B Adams
"Grandpa at SJPD communications"
God bless you, Roy. We
miss you and your late wife, Virginia. For someone in your condition, your
e-mail was very clear and concise. Then again, it wasn't a surprise from someone
whose lengthy career was spent in "Communications."
• • • • •
Was notified yesterday that I will be the alternate Referee in the AFC
Championship game in Denver on Sunday. My very good friend from college
officiating, Tony Corrente, will be the game Referee. Looks like I will be
coming back for my 20th NFL season in 2014.
Thanks for your support and the always terrific Farsider.
Talk about easy money.
To draw a Ref's salary in a play-off game for suiting up and watching the game
from the sideline in the event his buddy has to leave due to an injury is not
just a plus, it's a well deserved perk for someone who is currently the oldest
Referee in the NFL. Sorry, but we promised not to divulge how much the NFL will
be paying Bill to stand on the sideline and watch the game. Suffice to say that
it's a 4-hour pay job that most CEOs would love to work.
• • • • •
I'm sending you a beautifully articulated article that hits home with so many of
us. I'm not sure, but it could be suitable for your newsletter.
(Name withheld by request)
What we received from
the wife of a retiree was a link to a Real Clear Politics article about
conservative parents whose children have adopted the other side of the political
spectrum. Below you will find the first few paragraphs of the article. If you
find it pertinent to your situation and want to continue, click on the link at
Conservative Parents, Left-Wing
Prager, Radio Show Host
Politics — Nov. 5, 2013
There is a phenomenon that is
rarely commented on but which is as common as it is significant.
For at least two generations, countless conservative parents have seen their
adult children reject their core values.
I have met these parents throughout America. I have spoken with them in person
and on my radio show.
Many have confided to me -- usually with a resigned sadness -- that one or more
of their children has adopted left-wing social, moral and political beliefs.
A particularly dramatic recent example was a pastor who told me that he has
three sons, all of whom have earned doctorates -- from Stanford, Oxford and
Fordham. What parent wouldn't be proud of such achievements by his or her
But the tone of his voice suggested more irony than pride. They are all
leftists, he added wistfully.
Click on the
link below to continue with the article...
JUST A FEW WEEKS
AWAY FROM THE P.B.A. VALENTINE'S DINNER DANCE
15 — 6:00 to 11:00 p.m.
POA Hall, 1151 N. Fourth St.
Hosted Bar with hors d'oeuvres at 6:00 p.m.
Buffet Style Dinner served at 7:00 p.m.
Entrees: Salmon and/or Prime Rib with all the Fixings
Wine on the Tables in addition to the Hosted Bar
Dancing to follow dinner
$25 per person — $50 per couple
Make checks payable to the "SJPBA" and mail to:
P.O. Box 42
San Jose, CA 95103
President Dave Wysuph at
Secretary/Treasurer Lumpy Lundberg at
THE HISTORY OF THE
SJPD SHALL NOT BE FORGOTTEN
I really enjoy the tales of
SJPD and hope you get printable submissions. I think, at least from the era I
worked in, that the problem might be that many of the adventures of yesteryear
are probably not politically correct by current standards. Many of us who worked
in that era and share police war stories when we gather find them amusing.
However I think many of today's readers who did not share the ethos and
camaraderie of the past might find them offensive.
As an example, I raised hogs on my Boony Doon farmlet in the Santa Cruz
mountains and patrolled old beat 21 that included a commercial pastry bakery. I
worked out a deal with the manager to take as much of the damaged product I
wanted as hog food. On my Fridays I would load the back of my pickup with
doughnuts and danish pastries that had been rejected. I would then join my
teammates at the Fire Marshall's Office for "Choir Practice." As you know, it
included the consumption of all the alcohol we had seized that night and/or
purchased on our own. I am not, however, claiming who attended.
Well, after about an hour or so of war stories and booze, some of my brother
officers would wander over to the back of my pickup truck and search for eatable
pastries to supplement their alcohol intake. Every now an then you would hear a
triumphant cry of, "Hey, here's a good bear claw," particularly from one officer
I will only call Bob.
Good times were had by all. No one was really hurt, but I can well imagine how a
Mercury News headline would read if officers were discovered doing something
like this today.
P.S. The hogs loved the doughnuts, but I stopped eating them after I
butchered the hogs and noticed the 4 to 5 inch layer of fat.
Only on the butchered hogs, Harry?
From the Editor
Comelli has created and moderates a "Vintage San Jose Police" group on Facebook
that has so far drawn 239 members. If you are a member of Facebook and unaware
of the group you should give it a look and consider joining. It's chock full of
SJPD memories and photos from the past, and it allows the members to interact
with one another. It's a simple matter of logging in (or joining) <www.Facebook.com>,
then performing a search for "Vintage San Jose Police."
The subject of "Cops-a-Field" (the magazine) was
brought up on VSJP two weeks ago. It was an in-house satirical publication that
I and about a dozen others published once a month with the intent of
"entertaining the troops." While it was greeted with enthusiasm by the rank and
file, there were a handful of those in the hierarchy who felt it was "over the
top." To his credit, however, then-Chief of Police Bob Murphy saw it as good for
the morale of the Dept. and gave us the green light to go with it.
Unfortunately, the multi-page publication required so much of our off-duty time
that the monthly publication became too much of a chore, and we ran out of gas
after six issues that ran from Oct. 1975 through March of 1976. Personal
computers hadn't yet become of age, and each page of the magazine had to be
typed on an IBM typewriter and stitched together with an X-acto knife and scotch
tape. This was the cover of our first issue…
When JoeMac came to town after our six-month run
had become part of the history of the SJPD, I was reassigned from the daily ICU
Watch Bulletin and given the assignment of creating a weekly in-house,
non-criminal newsletter which became the Insider. (Coincidentally, the person
who took over the Watch Bulletin was my current partner in crime, Leroy Pyle,
who created and maintains this SJPBA website.) Like Chief Murphy before him,
JoeMac gave me a long leash and allowed humor to permeate the Insider. As a
longtime cop himself, he was aware that if it was to be effective, it would have
to be something that the rank and file would want to pick up and read.
By 1978, the Insider had become accepted and widely
read throughout the Dept., but I was always looking for a way to make the weekly
house organ more entertaining. Enter Tom Macris, SJPD's first police artist. Tom
and I had become close friends from having collaborated on Cops-a-Field the
magazine where he took on the role of graphics illustrator and cartoonist. When
I told him I would like to conclude each Insider with an original cartoon, he
was all in. Each week Tom and I would get together and come up with an idea for
a cartoon. When we came up with something we thought would work, Tom would
render it and I would provide the caption. I would then use it to conclude that
week's Insider. Here are a few examples…
years ago — on May 18, 2005 — the Farsider was born, although it didn't bear
that name at the time or look anything like it does today. Initially called the
"SJPD Notification List," its intended purpose was to notify the growing SJPD
retirement community of the deaths and serious illnesses of our brothers and
sisters with whom we had worked with for so many years. This weekly notification
list started out with only a few dozen subscribers. After word got around, that
number quickly shot up to more than 100, and the publication was given a name:
The Farsider. Today, there are nearly 1,000 known subscribers, although the
actual number is unknown because there are those who are aware of the website
and the password, but have not officially asked to become a subscriber.
Like the Insider, I have always looked for ways to enhance the Farsider. In
Aug. of 2005 someone asked if it was possible to recycle the Cops-a-Field
cartoons from the Insider. Since I was still in possession of all the originals,
it was game on. Like the Insider, every weekly issue of the Farsider concluded
with a Cops-a-Field cartoon until the crop was exhausted in late 2007.
I am currently forwarding the cartoons in groups of ten to Ivan Comelli for
his VSJP group. If he chooses to post them over a period of time, Cops-a-Field
will make their third appearance on the social media website called Facebook.
It was the following message from Ivan that prompted me
to pen the article above…
Thanks for allowing me to use your Macris-Mattos cartoons on VSJP-FB. I was
thinking that if the "History of the SJPD Shall Not be Forgotten" doesn't pick
up with contributions, you could post some of the better quality pictures from
the VSJP photo collection. I know you did your best editing, but some of the
entries were too long and ponderous. Most of your vintage readers are not
members of Facebook, and I am sure they would enjoy seeing them. They might even
generate some stories behind the photos. I'll attach one of my favorites to this
It shows Roy Sanfilippo, Bob
Moir and the late Bill Wittmann with a captured armed robbery suspect inside the
old PD on Market St., circa 1956-57. I received the photo from Roy. What do you
Ivan's idea sounds workable, as long as the
historical photos are somewhat unique. There are a few dozen vintage photos from
the '50s, '40s and even the '30s that have received so much exposure over the
past few decades that they have been seen by virtually everyone who has been
associated with the SJPD since the 1960s. Presuming we receive a contribution
for the Farsider in the form of a story or a quality photo from SJPD's past, the
History of the SJPD Shall Not Be Forgotten column will live on.
BOYS TRIBUTE BAND IS STARTING ITS 2014 SEASON
To see Mike Amaral and his Beach Boys Tribute Band's schedule for
the upcoming year, click on the link below, then on the "Schedule" button at the
While you are on the site, you can also sample some of the band's
music, like this excerpt from Surfin' USA…
WE ARE ALWAYS HAPPY
TO PROVIDE A PUBLIC SERVICE
We have it on good authority that a number of our readers hit one
of the local eateries that feature an early bird dinner at 5:00 p.m., then turn
in around 8 p.m. In fact, we personally know a few, but we're not naming names.
As a public service to those retirees, we thought they might appreciate a
summary of the recent jokes told by the late night TV hosts…
New Jersey Governor Chris
Christie doesn't know yet if he's running for president in 2016. I guess he'll
cross that bridge when he comes to it.
Somebody at Governor Christie's office was involved in a traffic lane closure at
the George Washington Bridge. It clogged up a major artery, causing a huge
traffic jam. But Christie is denying any personal involvement. He said he was
too busy clogging his own arteries at the time.
Pundits are saying this could hurt his 2016 presidential campaign. The ironic
thing is this: Now that Christie is denying everything he sounds even more
presidential, doesn’t he?
After his denial, Christie quickly left the news conference to deal with a more
personal crisis: the Velveeta cheese shortage.
In the new movie "The Wolf of Wall Street," they say the F-word was used a
record 506 times. Thus breaking the old record of 505 times set by President
Obama when he heard about Robert Gates’ new book.
The Labor Department reported that last month 347,000 people quit looking for
work. And in New Jersey, 50,000 people quit DRIVING to work.
Today New Jersey Governor Chris Christie delivered his state of the state
address: he said the state is improving, but admitted that it's still New
Governor Christie said he wants to do all he can to keep people from leaving New
Jersey. That’s why he closed the bridge. He was trying to do some good.
Last week in Miami, Beyoncé crashed a karaoke bar and started singing one of her
own songs. Not to be outdone, Britney Spears crashed the same bar and lip-synced
one of her own songs.
It's getting warmer. The polar vortex that put the
country into a deep freeze is now headed up north to Canada. Finally, payback
for giving us Justin Bieber.
Everyone is fine, but Honey Boo Boo's family was involved in a minor traffic
accident. Apparently their home rear-ended their neighbor's home.
McDonald's restaurants in Japan have started selling cheese fries that you can't
get here in the United States. That makes me wonder: Who really won World War
The government is accusing the makers of several weight loss products of
deceiving the public. Probably the most deceptive of these companies — Cinnabon.
It was announced that President Obama is going to visit Pope Francis. Obama said
he can't wait to tell the Pope, "You know, they liked me a lot, too, that first
President Obama will visit Pope Francis. The president said, "I'm looking
forward to meeting the one old white guy who's not bashing Obamacare."
Police are searching Justin Bieber's home for evidence in an egg-throwing
vandalism scandal. You know you're a real gangster when the police raid your
home looking for something from the dairy aisle.
Justin Bieber reportedly caused $20,000 in damage to his neighbor's home by
egging it. It's being called the most pointless use of an egg since the
fertilization of Justin Bieber.
It's warming up a little bit
here in the northeast. The polar vortex has departed. It was supposed to leave
Monday night but it got stuck on the George Washington Bridge.
Apparently someone in Governor Chris Christie's office closed the bridge. This
is what I don't understand. You've got a major political figure and the busiest
bridge in the world. Don't put anything in writing. Do what I always do when I
have something top secret to discuss. I go to a bowling alley and use the pay
People are saying that if he let his aides close down the George Washington
Bridge, Christie could be unfit for office. And I said, "Hey, the guy could be
unfit for his pants. What about that?"
It's been a lousy week for Governor Christie. I mean, first the bridge scandal
and now the nationwide Velveeta shortage.
We have a breakdown of the regimen of banned substances that Alex Rodriguez took
daily. Four injections of performance-enhancing drugs. Two testosterone
lozenges. two different skin creams. A handful of anti-aging pills. And a Tic-Tac.
Alex Rodriguez is banned from baseball for 162 games, the entire season. But he
still gets to date actresses. So is it really that bad?
The polar vortex that's
terrorized much of the United States and Canada this week is just about gone.
I'm kind of disappointed in the polar vortex. It's a pretty unsuccessful vortex
if not a single person gets pulled into a different dimension.
Chris Christie is embroiled in a scandal involving lane closures near the George
Washington Bridge. The scandal could damage Christie's chances of getting
nominated for president in 2016, but he'll probably bounce back. He seems like a
pretty bouncy person.
Iran is encouraging families to have more children to boost the population. They
have a plan to give a gold coin to any family that has a baby. Maybe we should
send Dennis Rodman and his squad of former NBA players straight from North Korea
over there. They'll get that birthrate up in no time.
Right now Iran's population is around 80 million. Their supreme leader wants to
get it up to 150 million. If he wants more pregnancies, he should start by
legalizing alcohol over there.
Justin Bieber was accused of egging his neighbor's house. The neighbor claimed
he caused about $20,000 in damage. He throws Fabergé eggs only.
About a dozen of the sheriff's deputies showed up at Justin Bieber's house with
a search warrant. I guess they were looking for eggs, I don't know.
The rollout of the Affordable Care Act continues to be terrible. Now comes news
that not enough young, healthy Americans are signing up. Did they expect young
people to buy insurance the same time that Play Station 4 comes out?
Chris Christie is dealing with a scandal after it was revealed that a top
aide shut down access to the George Washington Bridge to get back at a mayor for
not endorsing him. Christie was furious when they blocked the bridge. He thought
they said they were blocking the FRIDGE.
Chris Christie held a press conference today to address the bridge scandal. He
insisted that he is not a bully — and he will sit on anyone who says otherwise.
Yesterday, President Obama gave photographers a rare chance to take pictures of
his weekly lunch with Joe Biden. Then Biden told his friends, "Told you I knew
A new study found that babies as young as nine months can tell the difference
between friends and enemies. Which raises a lot of questions, like: What kind of
babies have enemies?
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie continues to push his agenda. Today he
proposed a longer school day for children in his state. In fairness, kids in New
Jersey probably need a longer day since their buses spend three hours stuck on a
A new report found that more than half of the people who have signed up for
Obamacare are older than 45. Which is no big deal until you find out they were
25 when they first tried to log onto the website.
This week Beyoncé wrote an essay online where she calls for women and men to get
paid the same amount. When they heard that, men were like, “Sweet! We'd love to
get paid as much as Beyoncé.”
A new study found that couples who don’t have kids end up having happier
marriages. So to anyone whose parents got divorced, I guess it WAS your fault.
FIRST IT WAS
OBAMACARE, NOW IT'S OBAMACLUBS
Our spies in Washington have
advised that Congress will pass legislation in February titled: "The Affordable
Golf Club Act." It declares that every citizen must purchase a new set of golf
clubs by June 30, 2014.
Until now, only the upper middle class and the wealthy have been able to
purchase new golf clubs without the assistance of the government.
This new law will ensure that every American will now have "affordable" golf
clubs of their own. If, however, you already have a set of golf clubs you are
happy with, you can keep them. Period. Or until a decision is made to change the
law, which could happen as early as next month.
Three grades of affordable golf clubs will be available at a cost of $1,000,
$2,000 and $3,000 per set. This does not include taxes, pull cart, electric cart
fees, green fees, membership fees, balls, tees, gloves, range finders, storage
fees, maintenance of the equipment or repair costs.
Those who claim they live below the poverty level (no proof needed) and say they
cannot afford a set of golf clubs can have their purchase of the least expensive
($1,000) set of golf clubs subsidized by the government at taxpayers' expense.
Said subsidy will cover $995 of the $1,000 cost.
Children under the age of 26 who have been using their parents' golf clubs can
continue to use them until they turn 27, at which time they must purchase their
own golf clubs.
People who live in farming areas, ghettos, inner cities, Wyoming or areas with
no access to golf courses are not exempt. The government will begin building
full length, executive and miniature golf courses in the aforementioned areas by
the end of 2014 at taxpayers' expense. Age, health, prior experience or no
experience at all are not acceptable excuses for not buying, maintaining and
using your golf clubs.
A government review board comprised of non-golfers who don't know the difference
between a hook, slice, shank or whiff will be the ruling authority. It will
determine when, where, and how often you can use your golf clubs, along with the
maximum number of people who can ride in your golf cart. The board also will
determine if participants are too old or not healthy enough to be able to use
their golf clubs, although they will still have to purchase a set in order to
cover the cost of the subsidies for the poor. The review board also will decide
if you are required to purchase specific accessories like a range finder with
slope adjustment or a newer and more expensive set of golf clubs based on your
Those who can afford a membership at an expensive country club shall be required
to purchase such a membership. If you are already a member and you like your
country club, you can keep your membership until April 1, 2015, at which time
you will be required to purchase a membership at a different country club to be
determined by the review committee.
Government officials are exempt from this law as they and their families and
some of their friends plus a few of their friends' friends are eligible to
obtain a $3,000 set of golf clubs at taxpayers' expense.
While passage of this new legislation is iffy in the House, it is expected to
pass easily in the Senate and be signed into law by the President, who is
expected to make frequent unilateral modifications to the law in an effort to
make it more palatable to the citizenry.
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN
LEGEND UPDATE AS OF JAN. 11, 2014
behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox
• Can eggs or popcorn kernels be cooked using activated cell phones?
• Does a "secret" list reveal the coding and scheduling behind Target's price
• Has a gigantic mutant squid washed ashore along the
• Phishing scam purports to be a utility bill from PG&E
or Atmos Energy.
• Does a video clip capture kicker Shaun Suisham booting a 110-yard practice
• Various photographs from the past and present purporting to show Niagara
Falls frozen solid.
• Was it legal to send children through the mail in 1913?
• Photographs purportedly show vehicles in Chicago encrusted with ice from
severe cold weather.
• Photograph purportedly shows a Bigfoot shot and killed by a hunter in San
• Is Facebook blocking links to the web site for Kirk Cameron's film
• Photograph purportedly shows a woman who suffered a severe infection after
the application of henna.
• Has a series of underground atomic explosions taken place at the crippled
nuclear plant in Fukushima?
• Does a store in Colorado accept food stamps towards the purchase of food
items containing marijuana?
• Do food products sold by Aldi contain horse meat?
• Is Southwest Airlines giving away two free air travel tickets to those who
follow online links?
• Did comedian Bill Cosby's remarks form the basis of a 'We Can't Blame White
• Was North Korean official Jang Sung-taek executed by being thrown into a
cage with 120 starved dogs?
• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news
stories from around the world!
Worth a Second Look
• Did Albert Einstein once switch places with his chauffeur for a speaking
Still Haunting the Inbox
• Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's
circulating in the on-line world.
• 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
You should know
the drill by now...
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Chuck Blackmore was
stunned to learn that Fox News has hired another brainy beauty, and that she
isn't a blonde. She is, however, a graduate of the Naval Academy who flew an
F/A-18 Hornet on combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. If you are a Fox News
junkie, say "Hi" to Lea Gabrielle. (God bless you, Rupert Murdoch and Roger
Ailes.) (2 Mins.)
We can hardly wait until the "Girls of Fox News" song is updated
to include Lea…
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If it's been a while since
you last visited the "Miniatur Wunderland" that is a major tourist attraction in
Hamburg, Germany, you are in for a treat as it has been seriously upgraded and
improved. Clicking on the link below should automatically take you to a full
size video of the amazing attraction that is so much more than the model train
layout it once was. This truly is something remarkable.
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Would the country be
better off if more of its younger generation got interested in some traditions
from the past? As an example, watch the "happy feet" of these youngsters dancing
to the Boogie-Woogie. (For the record, we consider anyone under the age of 30 a
youngster.) (4 Mins.)
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Speaking of "happy feet,"
watch what this guy in the orange shirt can do with a soccer ball and you may
think he has some Meadowlark Lemon blood in him. (3
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We are staying with "happy
feet" for a moment because this 12-year-old kid has to be seen to be believed.
The only thing that is keeping him from being signed to an NBA team today is his
age and his height. Seriously. (4 Mins.)
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When it comes to profound
commercials intended to get drivers to slow down, few are more effective than
this one produced by the New Zealand Transport Agency and airing on the
country's TV stations. Have a look at this short public safety ad sent in by Bob
Kosovilka. (1 Min.)
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If attacking Stalingrad in
the dead of winter in 1941-42 didn't convince the world the Germans were nuts,
perhaps this video will. (3 Mins.)
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thought this Afterburner video featuring Bill Whittle was worth a look and
listen as he compares Texas with California. Whether it's about dispatching clay
pigeons with a shotgun or enjoying a fire on a beach, Whittle doesn't mince his
words. (8 Mins.)
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If you can pull off a card
trick and have Penn Jilette of Penn and Teller fame assist you, and neither Penn
nor his partner have the slightest idea how the trick was done, it's safe to say
you have reached the pinnacle of your craft. Watch as Shawn Farquhar stumps Penn
and Teller on their cable TV show called "Fool Us." (8
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This clip that shows how
to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew. But is it really effective? Watch
the first 1-minute clip, then watch the second YouTube clip we found that shows
it's not as easy as it looks. (1 Min. and 3 Mins.)
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Along similar lines, Lumpy
says he has been studying this video and the various ways it shows how to open a
brewski. We heard a rumor that he'll be demonstrating some of the techniques at
the PBA Dinner Dance on Feb. 15th. (3 Mins.)
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Alice Murphy is thinking
of saving some money next holiday season by having her former police chief
husband make a Christmas tree instead of buying one. All it's going to take is
to sit Bob down in a front of a computer and have him watch this video and
possibly invest a few hundred bucks in a wood lathe. (4
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Would you live in a house
made out of shipping containers? Take a few minutes and watch this video before
you render a decision. They might be perfect for the retired couple whose
urchins have left the nest, especially if the couple lives in earthquake
country. And then there's the price. It's called cheap.
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Is this motor cop good or
what? Neither Leroy or I could even walk the course without knocking down a
half-dozen cones. If there's a downside to his run, it's that the edge of the
bike's floorboards are probably as sharp as an X-acto blade. Check out Ofcr.
Donnie Williams in this clip sent in by Dirk Parsons.
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Recognize this Japanese
soldier? No reason you should. He hid out in a jungle in the Philippines for 29
years after the end of the World War II because he refuted to believe the war
had come to an end in 1945…
In March of 1974, some 29
years after the official end of World War II, Hiroo Onoda, a former Japanese
Army intelligence officer, walks out of the jungle of Lubang Island in the
Philippines, where he was finally relieved of duty. He handed over his sword
(hanging from his hip in photo), his rifle, ammunition and several hand
grenades. Onoda had been sent to Lubang Island in December of 1944 to join an
existing group of soldiers and hamper any enemy attacks. Allied forces overtook
the island just a few months later, capturing or killing all but Onoda and three
other Japanese soldiers. The four ran into the hills and began a decades-long
insurgency extending well past the end of the war. Several times they found or
were handed leaflets notifying them that the war had ended, but they refused to
believe it. In 1950, one of the soldiers turned himself in to Philippine
authorities. By 1972, Onoda's two other compatriots were dead, killed during
guerrilla activities, leaving Onoda alone. In 1974, Onoda met a Japanese college
dropout, Norio Suzuki, who was traveling the world, and through their
friendship, Onoda's former commanding officer was located and flew to Lubang
Island to formally relieve Onoda of duty, and bring him home to Japan. Over the
years, the small group had killed some 30 Filipinos in various attacks, but
Onoda ended up going free, after he received a pardon from President Ferdinand
Marcos. (AP Photo)
We found some
interesting information about Lt. Onoda on the Wikipedia website...
To view 44 highly detailed photos of WW II that were taken at
various venues, click on the link below. Each one has a caption that describes
where you are and what you are looking at. Our thanks to Joe Suske and John
Trussler who sent us the link.
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According to Harry
Mullins, "While this video is pro-gun, it also shows why you do not want to piss
off a retired cop." Harry is absolutely correct. It's the story of what happened
when two bad asses and their getaway driver tried to pull off a home invasion
robbery. (7 Mins.)
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Harry is hot this week as
he also sent in this video about fire safety (there's a pun there somewhere).
It's about a house fire that was allegedly started by a nine-volt battery from a
smoke detector. How ironic is that? Aren't those things supposed to save lives?
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Ladies, here are a couple
of pole dancers that should interest you, so you might want to raid your
husband's wallet and grab as many $1 bills as you can find.
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"What's the big deal about
the 1969 moon landing?" asks Alice Murphy. "Didn't mankind make the trip 112
years ago in 1902?"
We would wager that virtually all of you have seen short clips or stills from
this ancient French classic, but that few if any of you have seen the full 15
minute movie, especially in this colorized version with this musical score.
Hint: Because this film has a lengthy lead-in, we suggest you use the scrubber
bar and advance the movie to the four-minute mark to get to the action you
should recognize. (15 Mins.)
Want more information? Click here:
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If Duct Tape is
known to have 1001 uses, Paul Salerno says he has found use number 1002,
although he is on record as saying he doesn't recommend it.
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If you are really, really,
really, really good at editing video you shot with your iPhone or iPad and you
use a free app called Vines, you should be able to pull off illusions like this
kid. At least that's how it looks to us. Check this out.
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As our final item for the
week, we ask that you don't read proselytization into this as we aren't trying
to make a religious statement. We just happened to find this presentation about
the symmetry of numbers very interesting. (3 Mins.)
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Pic of the Week:
Received from Bob Hedgpeth, Retired S/O