January 24, 2013
Mattos, Editor and Publisher
Leroy Pyle, Webmaster
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the views of the San Jose Police Benevolent Association's Board of Directors or
The link below will take you to the Protect San
that provides an overview of the tragedy that took Gene
and Gordon's life and the Department's farewell...
It was suggested by a
couple of readers that we publish this guest editorial to the Mercury News since
it deals with pension reform...
Californians Have Had Enough
of Pension Reform
Special to the Mercury News, Jan. 21, 2013
By Donna D’Arcy
Groundhog Day isn’t for a couple of weeks, but when it
comes to government employees’ retirements, it’s already looking like at least
another gloomy six weeks of politically motivated attacks and wrongheaded reform
Yet another billionaire is teeing up efforts to dismantle the pension systems
relied upon by millions of California working-class families.
This time it’s John Arnold, an Enron Corp. alumnus and hedge fund founder from
Houston who, according to his foundation, has spent $7 million in just two years
on efforts to overturn pensions across the country, including Kentucky, Montana,
Illinois, and Arizona. He also contributed to the anti-worker pension measures
that passed in San Jose and San Diego.
The Arnold Foundation has announced a new initiative to aggressively track
pension-related court cases nationwide and publish a summary of ongoing
litigation. The reason? The Foundation claims to seek “greater transparency.”
By way of folklore refresher, if good ol’ Punxsutawney Phil crawls out of the
ground on Feb. 2 and sees his shadow, he crawls back to hunker down for six more
weeks of winter. If he sees no shadow, spring is on its way. It’s time for
spring here in California, where clouds have gathered over so-called reform
Legislators may have lost their appetite for using pensions as a scapegoat for
Richard Riordan, former conservative Los Angeles mayor, spent hundreds of
thousands of his own money trying to qualify a pension measure in that city
before abandoning the idea. Other cities that did pass pension reform measures
are tied up in court, facing stiff challenges and experiencing costs and results
they didn’t anticipate.
Critics also were quieted by the California Public Employees Retirement System’s
announcement that its investments earned 13.3 percent in 2012. Over the
long-term, that number is even bigger, showing that California’s pension system
Even California’s own pension basher-in-chief recognizes that voters have
learned enough to say “no” to phony reform efforts. Former Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger’s economic adviser David Crane acknowledged recently that “at the
state level there’s nothing going on,” and suggested other states take the
pension reform baton. The ultraconservative website Human Events recently wrote
that “today, pension reform gets little notice in California.”
California voters have had enough of politicians attacking police officers,
firefighters, teachers and other public employees.
They realize that these working class public servants are not to blame for
What’s more, over the past two years, public employee unions in more than 280
California municipalities have made significant sacrifices at the bargaining
table. That’s on top of Gov. Jerry Brown’s newly enacted pension bills, which
represent a $60 billion reduction in compensation paid to public employees over
the next 30 years.
All of these changes have been made transparently. That’s far more than can be
said for pension reform advocates like the Arnold Foundation. It took the Wall
Street Journal to unmask John Arnold as the top donor to a shadowy advocacy
group called EngageRI, which is trying to change pension laws in Rhode Island.
It’s ironic that Arnold would hide his donations through 501(c)(4) organizations
while also publishing press releases calling for greater transparency in pension
Maybe a better word is “hypocritical.”
Californians are done with politically motivated attacks on working families.
They want spring to arrive and wash away the storm of pension scapegoating. The
Arnold Foundation and others would be well-advised to crawl back into their
Donna D’Arcy is an administrative assistant in the
special education department for Union Elementary School District in San Jose.
She wrote this for this newspaper.
piece generated the following response from a Mercury News reader in today's
Public Employees’ Lavish
Letter to the Editor
Mercury News, Jan. 24, 2013
I can assure Donna D’Arcy (Opinion, Jan. 21) that the majority of Californians
will not have had enough of pension reform until all government employees (new
hires, at least) are on the same type of 401(k) pension plans that the majority
of the taxpaying public are subject to. What she fails to grasp is that it
doesn’t even matter if the state can “afford” to pay these lavish pensions,
through current taxation levels or brilliant investing by CalPERS. The point is
that having public employees enjoy retirement benefits that are vastly more
generous than those available to the working families whose taxes pay their
salaries is grossly unfair. If the state has that much (excess) money, it should
lower everyone’s taxes instead.
James Hopf, San Jose
THE TRIALS AND
TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
Clicking on the link below received from Mike
Thompson will take you an article entitled...
Police Chief: The Job Nobody Wants
Posted by Rich Robinson on Thursday, January 17, 2013
Some would argue that
the comments at the bottom of the article are as interesting as the story
itself. They even include a posting by "Meyer Weed." Here's the link...
Results from last week's poll as of midnight
For the most recent Rasmussen Reports
releases, click here:
I read the Farsider every week, and you do a great job keeping up with the mess
that's going on, it's a big one. It gets my blood boiling and trust me, you
don't want to get me started! That's all I want to say about that, and a big
It was nice of Jim Spence to call Craig Buckhout's great books to your attention
to share with others. I must say though, I can take no credit whatsoever, other
than maybe catching a word here or there. Those books, the stories, are all
Craig's. He called me out of the blue in 2012, December I think, and told me he
had been writing and asked if I'd like to read a book he'd written. Of course I
said yes! I love to read and wasn't working at the time, so I jumped at the
chance to do something I love to do...read!
I had no idea what I was getting into or what he had written, but I have to say,
reading all of his books has been a wonderful gift, and after reading his most
recent release, "Gabriel's Journal," well, that book was as good as any great
novel I've read. I kid you not, it's one of those books you hate to see end! I
had no idea Craig was so deep!
I'm writing this because I don't want to take any undeserved credit. Craig
really is very talented, and I hope he continues his writing because I need
something good to read. (God, I hope he doesn't see this and get a big head!)
I hope you and Leroy are doing well. I see my ornery father-in-law (Don) often,
and he's still as cranky as ever.
• • • • •
Enjoyed your letter to the editor on "Top Priority: Combating NRA Power." It is
hard to take the left seriously when they lie and distort the truth to promote
their agenda. We have to remain diligent in exposing these liberal distortions
and lies. Our Second Amendment rights are at stake here. Without these rights we
have lost the rest of our freedom. By saying "the rest of our freedom" I mean
just that. Our Constitution is being ripped to shreds by this President. If it
were up to him we would have no Constitution. Are we going to experience the
famous quote by Patrick Henry when he said "Give me liberty or give me death?"
This stated by one of our Founding Fathers who was one of the most ardent
advocates of liberty. Are we fast approaching some very sobering crossroads in
our country with this current administration? I believe so. We need to hold each
other up, remain strong, believe in our Patriotism, our Country's bible, and the
Constitution of the United States of America.
Bob Tenbrink #1468
Got it, Bob. Thanks for the missive. We'll
mark you down as not being one of President Obama's strongest supporters.
• • • • •
The following comments
from Harry Mullins showed up in our inbox on Tuesday. When we replied and asked
if he wanted it published in the Farsider, he responded and said, "Sure, why
I am tired of receiving anti-government and anti-Obama e-mails filled with,
at best, half-truths.
As a longtime Independent, I am not fanatical about much except to be left
alone. Despite the possibility of burning a few bridges, however, I am compelled
by my personal value system to post these remarks.
I am sick and tired of hearing all the hate mongering and bullshit written about
our President and the Federal government. Much of it is based on half-truths and
fear mongering rhetoric. The President of the United States cannot order the
seizure of our firearms, he cannot ruin the country on his own, and he cannot
impose Sharia law. All that is pure bull.
Our Founding Fathers established a system of governance that divides the
government into three separates branches. It would take the collaborative
efforts of all three branches in order to overturn our system of governance. We
are not a Third World Country, and it would be nice if people would act in a
manner which leads to solutions. Disagreements have and will always exist. It is
how we resolve these disagreements that will define us as a society based on law
and not fanatical scare mongering rhetoric.
We may not agree with or respect a President, but by God we should honor the
office and remember that the Presidency has many checks and balances. Obama is
President for four more years; we will survive as a Country, so get over it.
God Bless the USA!
Harry makes many valid points, but the
check-and-balance safeguard he spoke of will not exist if the House reverts back
to Democratic control and the Democrats continue to hold a majority in the
Senate after the 2014 mid-term election. If that was to occur, the lame duck
President will have free rein to implement his liberal (progressive) agenda, and
that will not bode well for conservatives who believe in fiscal responsibility
and what they perceive as traditional American values. Feel free if you care to
disagree, but please try to keep it under 200 words or so.
THE HISTORY OF THE
SJPD SHOULD NOT BE FORGOTTEN
Continuing with the Saga of the SJPD
In the earlier days — before most of the readers of the Farsider can remember —
the Desk Sgt. was seated at a desk behind a chest-high counter in the basement
of City Hall. The really old City Hall at the corner of Park and Market, where
the Plaza Caesar Chavez fountain now sits. Behind the Sgt. was the shotgun
storage cabinet. At the end of shift, those officers in two-man cars who had
checked out shotguns would return them to the cabinet for "safe storage."
One particular night at the end of the 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. shift, one officer
nicknamed "Jump'n Joe" (not "Diamond Joe" Escobar or "Jump'n Joe" Earnshaw) was
returning his shotgun to the locker and had apparently miscounted the rounds he
had removed from the weapon. When he pulled the trigger to "clear" the shotgun,
"BAM," off it went. The double ought buck round with all the pellets blasted
into the ceiling, showering the Desk Sgt and the neatly spread dinner in front
of him with debris, ruining a perfectly good meal.
The Desk Sgt., who was to become the first SJPD lieutenant and later a BFO
Deputy Chief, wasted no time in preparing a memo to the "higher ups." It
concluded with, "...and someone could have been hurt, especially me."
In the interest of continuity, anyone with similar incidents is invited to
submit more actual "events of similar note." Stories like this comprise the
history of the SJPD and should not be forgotten or disregarded.
Officer Robillard, SJPD Ret.
VALENTINE'S DAY DINNER DANCE — SECOND NOTICE
1151 No. Fourth St.
Saturday Evening, Feb. 9th
Cocktails at 6:00 p.m.
Dinner at 7:00 p.m.
Dancing to follow
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 Couple
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. Please write both
names on your check.
The dinner-dance is considered a semi-formal event (Jeans are frowned upon).
Questions should be directed to:
Bob Moir at
"Lumpy" Lundberg at
Dave Wysuph at
Tom Mazzone at
Steve Windisch at
URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF JAN. 19, 2013
The facts behind the
legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox
• Did Ronald Reagan once say that 'an AK-47 is not a sporting weapon nor
needed for home defense'?
• Is eating Beneful brand dog food causing dogs to become ill and die?
• Are thieves handing out key rings at gas stations that enable them to track
• Were two armed illegal aliens perpetrating a home
invasion killed by an 11-year-old girl?
• Photograph purportedly shows a DeWalt-manufactured "rapid fire nail gun."
• Charley Reese editorial about 545 people being 'responsible for the
domestic problems that plague' the U.S.
• 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 the brothers who invented automobile air conditioning pull a fast one
on Henry Ford?
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
Here is some fodder for
conspiracy theorists. Those who are convinced there was a second shooter on the
"grassy knoll" in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963 and that George W. Bush was
responsible for 9/11 should love it.
With nearly 11 million views, this YouTube video might convince some you that
the Sandy Hook massacre was contrived, that the grieving parents and witnesses
were paid actors, that a Bushmaster wasn't used in the killings (the long gun
found in the trunk of Lanza's car was a shotgun), and that it was a staged event
by FEMA, Homeland Security, most of the media and the Obama administration to
push the gun control agenda.
In its hurry to get the news out, mistakes are often made by the media and
sometimes the first responders on the scene. If you choose to watch the video,
don't allow yourself to get sucked into believing what you see and hear is
factual until you read the Snopes entry at the bottom. The hoax and urban legend
website does an excellent job of debunking the video.
The Snopes link...
• • • • •
So what do you do when your F-111 fighter-bomber
loses a wheel on take-off? These two rookie pilots of the Australia Air Force
faced that dilemma and managed to walk away unscathed, although they likely had
to change into dry flying gear.
• • • • •
Staying with aviation for a
moment, did you know that when Israel was created in 1948 it had no air force to
defend itself against the Egyptian army that was about to attack? The fledgling
country had planes, but no pilots, so American Jews who were fighter pilots a
few years earlier in WWII answered the call. This is a trailer for a forthcoming
documentary titled "Above and Beyond: The Birth of the Israeli Air Force." To
watch it, you will need to enter a password: "iaf" (Ida Adam Frank).
• • • • •
"Holy guano, Batman! What
do we do about this?" If you have a tile roof on your home you may want to skip
this video we received from Dewey Moore if you do. (3 Mins.)
• • • • •
This music video was so
much fun to watch that it almost made me hoof it over to the local SPCA facility
and bring home a critter. Unfortunately, they didn't have any goldfish
available. At my age I refuse to adopt an animal that will likely outlive me, so
I'll just watch this video from time to time and hope it serves my need for
companionship. (5 Mins.)
• • • • •
But if I was to gamble and
adopt a pet, I might go for this young lady. If nothing more, I would at least
have a dancing partner. (1 Min.)
• • • • •
And if I chose to adopt a
cat instead, I would also need to take in a dog that could fetch the feline if
it chose to leave home as this short clip from Sharon Lansdowne illustrates.
• • • • •
If you have
trouble understanding what the players and officials are saying on the football
field, imagine how difficult it is for the hard-of-hearing who have to read lips
to decipher what is being said. This clip from Dave Wysuph illustrates the
point. (3 Mins.)
(Bill Leavy dodged a bullet when whoever put
this clip together chose not to include him.)
• • • • •
readers were sufficiently impressed with this boat that they suggested we
include the link to the short clip that shows off the vessel. (2 Mins.)
• • • • •
What some people will do to
score a bucket of mussels is insane. This contribution from Pete Guerin is an
excerpt from the BBC produced "Human Planet" series narrated by Sir David
Attenborough, so you know it's worth a watch. (3 Mins.)
• • • • •
Even though he's an avid
hunter and has seen lots of big critters, Lumpy couldn't believe the size of
this bear that intruded into a camp that was doing a photo shoot in British
Columbia. Have a look. (2 Mins.)
• • • • •
Have you ever seen a bird
use a chunk of bread as bait to grab a fish? Watch this short clip from Bruce
Fair and you will be able to say you have. (2 Mins.)
• • • • •
JET says that if he was
asked to perform in this German Mafiosi band he would prefer to have a larger
instrument, and you can take that anyway you want. (39
• • • • •
This film that deals with
the 2nd Amendment is an excerpt from a made-for-TV movie that dramatizes the
Battle of Athens, Tennessee, in 1946. It's based on a true incident in which
citizens comprised of several WW II veterans put an end to a corrupt local
government by exercising their Second Amendment rights. The Wikipedia link at
the bottom confirms the facts presented in the film.
This Wikipedia link provides detailed information
about the Battle of Athens...
• • • • •
This clip received from Don
Hale was a lock to make it into this week's Farsider. It's a video of Roger
Waters and the Wounded Warrior Band featuring Lance Corporal Tim Donley singing
"Wild River to Cross." (7 Mins.)
• • • • •
For our final item of the
week, you might want to have some Kleenex handy if you chose to watch this CBS
"Sunday Morning" video segment. It's a sad but remarkable and ultimately
uplifting love story about a young bride who lost her husband when his fighter
was shot down over Northern France on July 17, 1944, a few weeks after the D-Day
invasion of Normandy. (6 Mins.)
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Pic of the Week:
NCAA insiders say they discovered the reason why Alabama beat Notre Dame 42 to