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January 23, 2014

 

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.


 

PENSION NEWS

Dan Katz sent in a link to this article about pensions that appeared on yesterday's Huffington Post website. The author is involved in the San Jose litigation discussed in the article. Warning: Try to avoid looking at the headline. Seeing "San Jose" and "Detroit" in the same sentence gave us heartburn…

Why Municipalities Should Look to San Jose, Not Detroit, For a Lesson in Pensions

By Teague Paterson — Partner, Beeson, Tayor & Bodine
Huffington Post — Jan. 22, 2014

Judge Steven Rhodes's recent ruling in Detroit led many to believe that it is open season on worker pensions. The national media declared that local governments had new legal precedent to start cutting modest benefits for teachers, firefighters, police officers and thousands of other public employees.

This is exactly the wrong lesson to take away from Detroit. A better case study for municipalities looking to cut retirement benefits is the City of San Jose, where Judge Patricia Lucas recently ruled that modest retirement benefits are a contract with employees, and therefore protected by the state constitution.

Detroit faced unique circumstances that led to an extraordinarily rare outcome: a municipal bankruptcy. The city lost a staggering 1.25 million people since its peak in the 1950's, leading to a massive loss in revenue from income and property taxes. Bad actors on Wall Street exacerbated the problem. Not only did the crash of 2008 throw huge numbers of Detroit residents out of work, reduce the value of pension plan assets, and increase the number of retirees receiving pensions, but Wall Street aggressively engaged the city in dangerous swap deals that left Detroit further in debt.

Judge Rhodes ruled that pensions could be cut because, in this situation, federal bankruptcy law trumped the pension protections enshrined in Michigan's constitution. The consequences have been dire. While Wall Street reaped record profits in 2013, if the ruling stands, Detroit's retirees could be left with only 16 cents for every dollar they earned towards pensions.

Wall Street may consider pensions an "investment," but for workers, these pensions -- averaging a modest $19,000 a year -- are a form of compensation earned through hard work, promised through contracts, and deferred until retirement. It is a source of income they never imagined was at risk. It is precisely for this reason that the vast majority of states protect worker pensions.

These constitutional protections were on display in San Jose, a city that did not face a municipal bankruptcy -- but rather has maintained an impeccable bond rating despite a budget crunch caused by non-pension debt, corporate tax subsidies, antiquated revenue collection, and the Great Recession. Mayor Chuck Reed pushed a legally dubious "Measure B" which would have cut the pensions of city employees who couldn't contribute a whopping additional 16 percent of their salary toward retirement. Judge Patricia Lucas rejected the initiative, tentatively declaring that as part of employee contracts, retirement benefits are protected by the state constitution and therefore, the whims of politicians.

Since bankruptcy was not an issue in the San Jose case, the circumstances under which Judge Rhodes authorized gutting pensions in Detroit simply did not apply.

Despite the national attention surrounding Detroit, municipal bankruptcy is still very rare. According to a Governing analysis, only 13 local governments have filed for bankruptcy since 2008. Five of those filings have been dismissed. To put it in context, there are more than 20,000 local governments located in states that permit cities and counties to file for Chapter 9 Bankruptcy protection.

From Chicago, to Jacksonville, to Baltimore, workers in a myriad of cities are facing attacks on their retirement security, with city governments trying to force a switch from pension plans to unreliable retirement schemes. This shift has the effect of robbing teachers, police officers, firefighters, and city workers of their economic security, and puts entire communities at risk.

Legally questionable and heavy-handed "reforms" end up costing city residents dearly. They pay not only in legal fees, but in foreclosed homes when seniors can't afford their mortgages, in depressed spending at local businesses, in an inability to attract new and talented workers, and in growing economic inequality as the city's middle class falls further behind.

Protections in state constitutions prevent politicians from robbing public servants of the retirement benefits that they have worked for and contributed toward their entire lives. Mayor Reed now understands the consequences of skirting these requirements. Other municipalities should take note.

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Teague Paterson is a partner with Beeson, Tayer & Bodine, and is involved in the San Jose litigation discussed here. He represents labor unions in the public and private sectors, and associated employee benefit and retirement plans

 

POA UPDATES

Only one alert was sent to members this week, and it impacted active personnel, not retirees


 

THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD

We couldn't find anything newsworthy and/or controversial this week that would qualify it for this column.


 

WEEKLY POLL
 

Last Week's Poll Results




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

 

MAIL CALL

Jan. 19th

Hi Bill,

We're winding down our book for the Historical Society and finally getting into an era where guys are still around who can “elaborate” about their involvement in various stuff. I have some photos that if you can ID great, but if not, can you please post them in the Farsider? Greatly appreciate your help. The book should be done by March if all goes well.

I am just looking for names to the faces and any information that can be added. The one action sequence was taken by a Mercury News photographer. If anyone has specific information that would be great.

On the Rapid Deployment Team, I am just looking for anyone who signed the drawing. (It has “JLA” on it in tiny letters above the "S" in "Squad." Could that be Jerry Albericci?)

Finally, for the helicopter at Berkeley, the coppers to the right of it are Oakland Motor Cops, so I am hoping to ID the San Jose guys on the left if at all possible.  

Thanks again,


John (Carr) Jr.
<Johnjr.Carr@sanjoseca.gov>

PS – The Training Center office where the Insider was published for the last few years before it moved to R&D was cleaned out and I was given all the remaining stuff. It included binders of all the Insiders you published, from the very beginning through the mid 2000s. Thank you for keeping them. They provide an invaluable week-by-week history of the PD from the 1970s on.

Let's start with the photo above. I'm sure someone will write in if I am wrong, but i think it was taken during the arrest of one of the suspects from the infamous 211 Alum Rock Wells Fargo Bank heist in the mid 1970s where two suspects took two women hostage and initiated a car chase in one of the victim's car where she was forced to drive. The chase lasted so long that it ultimately involved a couple of dozen marked and unmarked SJPD patrol cars, some San Jose motors, patrol units from the S/O and CHP, an FBI unit and even an orange Mercury News Matador. The chase lasted about 45 minutes and ultimately ended when the victim's Chevy got stuck in a culvert while trying to make a U-turn on 101 between San Jose and Morgan Hill. One armed suspect was in the front seat with the female driver-hostage, the second armed suspect was in the backseat with the other female victim. The guy in the back was holding a gun to the victim's head when he was taken out with a point blank shot to the head by the late Joe Escobar. When the suspect in the front seat got out of the car and tried to flee, the officers in the photo above swarmed and took him down. If I am correct about the photo, the officer on the far right is Paul Tomlinson. And the officer third from the left with just his hair and forehead showing is me. After the subject was cuffed, searched and stood up, Paul and I transported him to the Bureau.

Readers who can provide any information about any of the photos below are asked to contact John Jr. using his email address above…



Any info? (Is this another photo from the Wells Fargo 211 heist?)

 



Alviso Flood

 



DUI pinch with Dexter O'Day and (is that Rhett Retzloff?)




Any info?



Berkeley helicopter photo


These are the 3 San Jose cops from the helicopter photo above
John wants to I.D. (Looks like David Byers in the middle to me.)





Info?

Please direct all responses to John Jr. at
<Johnjr.Carr@sanjoseca.gov>



 

JUST A FEW WEEKS AWAY FROM THE P.B.A. VALENTINE'S DINNER DANCE

***IMPORTANT***
 
A head count is needed. Either mail your check by Jan. 31st,

or email Lumpy or Dave and advise you will be attending.  



 
Saturday, Feb. 15 — 6:00 to 11:00 p.m.
POA Hall, 1151 N. Fourth St.
San Jose

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:
SJPBA
P.O. Box 42
San Jose, CA 95103

Questions? E-mail:
President Dave Wysuph at
<dbw1696@aol.com>
Secretary/Treasurer Lumpy Lundberg at
<lumpyl@sbcglobal.net>



 

MMOC CIOPPINO FEED SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 8th

OK, everyone, set Saturday, March 8th on your calendars for the MMOC Annual Cioppino Feed. The event will again be held at the San Jose POA Hall. We will serve a delectable bowl of Cioppino featuring crab and loads of other seafood. Pasta, salad and bread will also be included. For those who do not prefer Cioppino, we will be providing chicken upon request. After dinner, we will be dancing and having a great time until 11:00 pm.

If you are planning to stay late and wish to overnight, we have reserved a block of rooms at a great rate of $89 + tax just down the block at the same hotel we have stayed at over the years. However, it is now called the Wyndham Gardens Hotel, which was formerly known as the Silicon Valley Airport Hotel/Clarionl at 1355 N. 4th Street. While they no longer offer a free breakfast, they have provided us with a 20% discount on a full breakfast the next morning if you mention you are with the MMOC Cioppino Feed group. The hotel also offers free shuttle pick up and drop off at the San Jose International Norm Mineta Airport.

You will be pleasantly surprised at the recent renovations and upgrade of the hotel, where you will enjoy a beautiful pool, nice rooms, our hospitality suite (Room 290) and other amenities. Feel free to meet us there prior to dinner for social hour.

Call now for reservations before the cut-off date of Feb. 22nd to receive last year’s rate of $89.00 + tax (regularly $149) by mentioning you are with the MMOC Cioppino Feed for this special rate .

For more information, contact Kim Wirht at
<flybabyk@aol.com> or Rich Bailey at <OneMrRich@aol.com>.



 

RETIREES' ASSN. ENDORSES CORTESE FOR MAYOR



Jan. 22nd.

Dear Members,

We are pleased to announce the Association's endorsement of County Supervisor Dave Cortese for Mayor of San Jose. As many of you may know, the Association has a long positive track-record with Supervisor Cortese stemming from his service on the San Jose City Council as a councilmember and Vice Mayor.

Make no mistake about it, the stakes for retirees in this upcoming election couldn't be higher. Only one candidate running for mayor has proven that he can work collaboratively with employees and retirees to reach legal, fair and reasonable solutions to our collective challenges-Dave Cortese.

As we informed you previously, the other major candidates were key architects of Measure B, the unlawful scheme that simultaneously attempted to take benefits from retirees and employees, while decimating the ranks of the Police and Fire Departments. Both departments, which we worked so hard to build as first class organizations, have seen record numbers of retirements, resignations, and transfers. As a result, crime as spiraled out of control, and response times to fires and medical emergencies are dangerously slow.

To keep your expectations in line, however, you should know that Dave has shown that he is capable of negotiating concessions from employees. As a County Supervisor, Dave supported seeking over $250 million in concessions from County workers. Those concessions were necessary to balance the County budget. The key difference between Dave and the San Jose Councilmembers running against him in this area, however, is the approach Dave and the County Board of Supervisors took to get those concessions. Real bargaining, respect, and a sincere sharing of ideas led the County to get the concessions they needed without the labor and legal strife that gutted City departments and doomed employee morale.   Leadership does matter.

Dave has the experience to manage the City budget in a responsible manner and improve public safety. Dave has an extensive business background and knows how to create jobs and meet a payroll. Before being elected in San Jose and becoming a County Supervisor, Dave was an elected Trustee for the East Side Union High School District.  

This election is going to be tough. Big business, political insiders and others have already pumped hundreds of thousands of dollars into the campaign coffers of Dave's opponents. The Association has/will be contributing to Dave's campaign.  However, if you are able to donate personally, it would go a long way to helping Dave in the June primary. The POA and Local 230 are asking they're members to donate $20.14 a month to help Dave win in 2014. You can make an on-line donation here...


<https://donate.democracyengine.com/cortese/contribute>

Every dollar contributed will help Dave get his message out to voters in all areas of San Jose. It's time for new leadership in San Jose. It's time for Dave Cortese.

Jim Spence
<president@retiredsjpoff.org>


 

ARE YOU ALWAYS SAVING MONEY BY SHOPPING AT COSTCO?


Sometimes, sometimes not, according to this link sent in by Bill Yarbrough. According to the article, it depends on the last two digits of the marked price of the item you are looking at. Check this out, then click on the link(s) at the bottom.

Price ending in .99 — the product is full price

COSTCO PRICES 1

Anytime you see the price ending in .99 you
know that the item is full-priced and has not
been marked down, but it still may be a
good deal, this is Costco after all.

Price ending in .97 — a deal decided by the manager

COSTCO PRICES 2

A price that ends in .97 is what we are looking
for. Usually this is a special price you are not
going to find again. Once it's gone, it's gone.
These can be some great deals.

There are other price endings that indicate a "Manufacturer's
Special" and "the goods are about to go." Click on the link below...

<http://slightlyviral.com/getting-the-best-deals-at-costco/>

Here is a website that appears to confirm the information above…

<http://lenrapoport.hubpages.com/hub/Secret-Codes-Will-Save-You-Money-At-Costco>

And a third one if you want more evidence…

<http://addictedtocostco.com/2013/07/23/how-to-understand-the-costco-price-signs/>

And finally, go back and look at this week's Snopes update if you need additional confirmation about Costco pricing.



 

THE BEST OF LATE NITE JOKES
 

According to a report in the British Journal of Psychiatry, comedians often have psychotic personality traits. The report said these psychotic traits tend to emerge right after they’ve been fired from their job. That’s what it said. So . . . say hello to my little friend!

President Obama is getting serious about this NSA spying scandal. He told the nation that the NSA will not be used "for the purpose of suppressing or burdening criticism or dissent." You see, that's what the IRS is for. That’s their job.

We are so lucky to live here in California with a huge snowstorm back east. Actually, Governor Chris Christie is very happy about this weather. He's got something else to blame the road closures on.

Kanye West is in trouble after allegedly assaulting an 18-year-old. You know, if Kanye is going to beat up a teenager, couldn’t it be Justin Bieber?
 

Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis says Governor Chris Christie canceled a position for him when he did something Christie didn't like. When asked what he did, Lewis said "a sit-up."

The former president of Trader Joe's is opening a store that sells only expired food. The new store will be known as 7-Eleven.

France's first lady is suffering from extreme fatigue after learning of her husband's affair with an actress. I don't know why she's tired. He's the one juggling two women.
 

If you're planning to drive across the river and cross the George Washington Bridge to attend the Super Bowl, you'd better leave now.

Earlier today Governor Chris Christie was re-inaugurated. It was a beautiful ceremony. They even had that phony sign language guy.

When Governor Christie was sworn in, he put his right hand on a menu.

Immediately following the ceremony, Christie closed the Holland Tunnel.
 

We have Microsoft founder Bill Gates on the show tonight. So I just want to take a moment to say, “Put away your iPhones."

Bill Gates said he’s a little nervous about his interview, but if we run into any trouble, I’ll just unplug him, wait a few seconds, and then reboot him.

Director Ken Burns revealed that his next documentary is about Franklin Roosevelt, and it’s 14 hours long. You know it's bad when your movie is so long even Franklin Roosevelt would have stood up and walked out.

Yeah, 14 hours about President Roosevelt. Which sounds like too much until you realize there's been over 30 hours of TV dedicated to Honey Boo Boo.


 

THE BACK NINE

I first started reading this email and was going through it quite fast until I reached the third sentence. Then I stopped and started over, reading slower and thinking about every word. The message is profound and thought-provoking. Take small literary bites and savor every word.
 
You know, time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems like it was just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it also seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.
 

But, here it is: The “back nine” of my life and it has caught me by surprise. How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go, and where did my youth go?
 
I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that they were years away from me; that “I was only on the first hole,” and the “back nine” was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.
 

But, here it is. My friends are retired and getting gray. They move slower, and I see older faces now, older friends. Some are in better shape and some are in worse shape than me, but the change is significant. They are not the same friends I remember who were young and vibrant. Like me, sad to say, their advancing age is showing, and we are now those older folks who we used to see, but never thought we'd become.
 
Each day now I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day. And taking a nap is no longer a treat, it's nearly mandatory, because if I don't nap on my own free will I will likely fall asleep where I sit.
 
I have entered into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things I wish I had done but never did. Although I am now on the “back nine" and not sure how long it will last, this I know: that when it's over on this earth, it will truly be over and a new adventure will begin. Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn't done, things I should have done, and indeed, there are many things I'm happy to have done.
 
If you are not on the “back nine” yet, let me remind you that it will be here faster than you think or can even imagine. So whatever you would like to accomplish in your life, do it quickly. Don't put things off too long because life goes by in a flash when you start the "back nine." And even if you are not, do what you can today because you can never be sure whether you are on the “back nine” or not!
 
You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life, so live for today and say all the things you want your loved ones to hear and remember. And hope that they appreciate and love you for who you are and all the things you have done for them throughout the years.

Stay well old friend, and remember: it's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived. Today is the oldest you have ever been and also the youngest you will ever be, so enjoy this day while it lasts.

—Author Unknown—


 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF JAN. 18, 2014

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




Has castoreum, a secretion produced by
beavers, been used as a food additive?


New Articles

• Photograph purportedly documents a recent move to approve animal carcasses with cancers, tumors, and open sores for human consumption.
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/food/diseasedmeat.asp>

• Is Target offering free credit monitoring service to customers who may have been affected by their credit card security breach?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/targetcredit.asp>

• Does U.S. law allow Americans to opt out of the Affordable Care Act's individual health insurance mandate?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/medical/optout.asp>

• Does imprisoned former Congressmember Jesse Jackson, Jr., stand to collect $8,700 per month in disability payments and $45,000 per year in Congressional pension?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/taxes/jessejackson.asp>

• The Israelis have developed an airport scanner alternative: a booth that detonates any explosive device a passenger is carrying.
<http://www.snopes.com/crime/deserts/booth.asp>

• Map provides a guide showing how to 'drive across the USA hitting all the major landmarks.'
<http://www.snopes.com/travel/trap/landmarks.asp>

• Has castoreum, a secretion produced by beavers, been used as a food additive?
<http://www.snopes.com/food/ingredient/castoreum.asp>

• Photograph shows a blue Japanese fruit known as "moon melon."
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/food/moonmelon.asp>

• Updated: Lists purportedly reveal 'price tag coding' at Target and Costco stores.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/bigstoreprices.asp>

• Video clip shows an F-35 executing a vertical flip on takeoff.
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/airplane/f35.asp>

• Does the U.S. standard railroad gauge come directly from the width of Roman chariots?
<http://www.snopes.com/history/american/gauge.asp>

• Warning that the use of E15 gasoline can damage engines and/or void warranties of many types of cars.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/gasoline/e15.asp>

• Photograph shows workmen who have accidentally trapped their van within a barrier of bollards.
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/automobiles/bollards.asp>

• Video clip purportedly shows a car with color-changing 'paramagnetic paint.'
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/technology/paramagneticpaint.asp>

• Did the Seattle Seahawks ban California residents from buying tickets to the NFC Championship Game?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/seahawks.asp>

• Was a Houston man sentenced to jail for paying too much child support for his son?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/crime/childsupport.asp>

• A touching tale about a troubled boy named Teddy Stoddard and the teacher who turned his life around.
<http://www.snopes.com/glurge/teddy.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

• News report shows Martin Luther King Day celebrants holding misspelled signs.
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/signs/mlkday.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

Covered by Medicare? If so, we'll let this video explain why you should NOT allow yourself to be admitted to a hospital with the classification "Under observation." Doing so could cost you an arm and a leg (figuratively speaking). (3 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvWO3qTSik8>


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Want to listen to something hilarious? We're talking about a British sports announcer who is providing play-by-play coverage of a satellite feed of an Alabama vs. Notre Dame football game in the UK. The problem is, he knows next to nothing about American football, so he tries to "wing it." You know it's bad when a graphic of the Alabama quarterback comes on the screen (photo below), and instead of saying he's had three interceptions, the announcer says he's been on the Internet three times. (3 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HW4J-RiCZ2Q>


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Recognize these two local boys? Paul Salerno does, and so do we. Like us, Tom and DIck have aged a bit over the years, but they are still trim, fit and still fun to listen to. (7 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEiU-8gx0hc>


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So what's up with the mystery rock that magically showed up on Mars in front of the rover Opportunity that is reported to look like a jelly doughnut? Not even NASA can explain it. Was it intentionally placed there by an extraterrestrial in an attempt to "soften us up" for an upcoming announcement that will shake the world? Probably not. Did a meteor strike nearby eject the rock in the air and it just happened to come down and wind up in front of Opportunity's camera? Perhaps. The only thing we know for sure is that if the rock does look like a jelly doughnut, the fact that it has been there undisturbed for several days proves there are no cops on the Red Planet.  

Want to read about it? Click on the link below…





<http://tinyurl.com/me33fkv>


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If you like mysteries, watch this clip of an entity of some kind apparently saving the life of a bicyclist at a traffic intersection in China that was caught on a surveillance camera. Is it proof of teleportation by an ET or an angel from above? If it's manipulated footage by a hoaxer, how and why would he use stock surveillance footage from a Chinese intersection? Is it part of a video game? There are lots of possibilities. This is how it aired on Chinese TV. (3 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83Ky-mcFByM>


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Speaking of China, if you missed this Dateline segment about the most populated country on the planet when it aired almost three years ago, you may find it as astonishing as I did. The underlying message is that the Chinese have so much of our money that they are using part of it to build cities that have no residents and shopping malls that have no stores. The title of the segment is "China's Ghost Cities." (15 Mins.)



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


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We last ran this clip of the 100 Top Movie Quotes back in Nov. of 2009. When Don Hale sent it in this week and we watched it again, there was no question in our mind that it was worth a rerun. How many of these movies have you seen? Or perhaps we should have asked how many you can remember? (11 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=594Oxq4c0XA>


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Neither the image or the sounds in this Christmas-time clip we received from Bert Kelsey is something we normally associate with Budapest, Hungary. Have a look and form your own opinion. (3 Mins.)



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


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How many of you aviation enthusiasts are familiar with the WWII fighter known as the British "Seafire" that was developed late in the war? It would be fair to call it a Spitfire on steroids. Here's is an interesting news report about the restoration of a flying Seafire that is believed to be the only one of its kind in the world. (5 Mins.)



<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TneYPcyGbbY>


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Are you interested in or thinking about buying one of Fremont's electric wonder cars? If you are, you may want to review this article about the Tesla first…



<http://tinyurl.com/lzmgyjb>


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Without naming names, one of our retirees who lives out of state wrote to say he spent $6,500 on a young registered Blank Angus bull and put the animal out with the herd, but all it did was eat grass. The bull wouldn't even look at a cow. Thinking he paid too much for the animal, he called and had a vet come out to have a look at his investment. The vet said the bull was very healthy, but possibly a little young, so he gave the retiree some pills and told him to feed one to the bull every day.

Within two days the bull began servicing the cows. It even broke through the fence one afternoon and began servicing the neighbor's cows like it was a machine. The retiree said he had no idea what was in the pills the vet gave him, but he said they tasted a little like peppermint.

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You need not worry that this woman will ever give you the bird. It's obvious that she is far too attached to it. (3 Mins.)



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


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It's nearly impossible to appreciate this illusion until you get near the end of this two-minute video. If you are the impatient type, use the scrubber bar to fast-forward to the 1:30 mark. (2 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4QcyW-qTUg>


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With some of the most amazing mountain bike footage you are ever likely to see combined with stunning scenery and a virtually perfect musical score, this is a video you won't want to miss. It's called: "Where The Trail Ends: The World's Top Freeride Mountain Bikers." (6 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FSmK0MDxSw>


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This is a fascinating look at how our world would look from the air if you were a bird. The site is comprised of 40 high-definition aerial photos of different cities and various other venues on our planet.



<http://pixtale.net/2013/12/how-our-world-would-look-if-you-were-a-bird/>


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Cute, but we doubt that a porcupine would make a good house pet unless he or she is especially mellow. This one's name is Teddy Bear, and there is no question that he loves his corn-on-the-cob. (1 Min.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGz8jcbJjRw>


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Don't freak out when you click on the link below and a tarantula appears on your screen. It's just a robot that has been taught to rumba to salsa music. (1 Min.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yo2TUIEXJig>


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This clip says the "Trampoline Wall" is the new extreme sport. Watch this video and see if you agree. (4 Mins.)



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


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Tom Macris and I are having a friendly argument. He says this "stunningly beautiful dog" is dancing. I say the "ugly mutt that looks like it has a serious case of mange" is just scratching its back. What say you? (1 Min.)



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


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From Alice Murphy comes this latest "Mrs. Brown's Boys" clip to cross the Pond and make it to U.S. shores. The sitcom, which is one of the most popular shows on the BBC, can be outrageous at times, as this clip proves. Watch it at your own risk. (5 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjJc8xLYhak>


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If you didn't watch this item about world poverty and immigration we received this week from Bert Kelsey when we first ran it back in 2010, you should watch it now. It hasn't changed, and it's just as profound today as it was 4 years ago. (6 Mins.)



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


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Doug Bergtholdt suggested this might be a fitting clip to close this week's Farsider with. Never one to turn down something that hits a patriotic nerve, we agreed. (4 Mins.)



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


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