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January 24
, 2013

 

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.




 

REMEMBERING GENE AND GORDON




The link below will take you to the Protect San Jose website
that provides an overview of the tragedy that took Gene
and Gordon's life and the Department's farewell...

<http://tinyurl.com/bk6bdk2>



 

PENSION NEWS


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 efforts.

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 efforts.

Legislators may have lost their appetite for using pensions as a scapegoat for budget woes.

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 is strong.

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 budget problems.

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 reform efforts.

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 holes.

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.
 

That opinion piece generated the following response from a Mercury News reader in today's paper...
 

Public Employees’ Lavish Pensions Unfair

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
Comments (18)

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...

<http://tinyurl.com/azyqlmh>



 

WEEKLY POLL
 

   


Results from last week's poll as of midnight Saturday...




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



 

MAIL CALL
 

Jan. 17th

Hi Bill,

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 thank you.

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.

Take care,

Chris
(Ewing) <cewing@apple.com>
 

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Jan. 17th

Bill,

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.

Regards,

Bob Tenbrink #1468
<anyratrod33@gmail.com>

Got it, Bob. Thanks for the missive. We'll mark you down as not being one of President Obama's strongest supporters.
 

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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 not?"

Jan. 22nd

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 Mullins
<hmullins08@yahoo.com>

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.


 

ANNUAL PBA VALENTINE'S DAY DINNER DANCE — SECOND NOTICE
 



POA Hall
1151 No. Fourth St.
San Jose

Saturday Evening, Feb. 9th
Cocktails at 6:00 p.m.
Dinner at 7:00 p.m.
Dancing to follow

Entrees:
Prime Rib and Salmon

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

Cost: $25 Per 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
<robillard1045@gmail.com>
"Lumpy" Lundberg at
<lumpyl@sbcglobal.net>
Dave Wysuph at
<dbw1696@aol.com>
Tom Mazzone at
<RTM1319@gmail.com>
Steve Windisch at
<swindisch@aol.com>



 

WEEKLY SNOPES 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

New Articles

• Did Ronald Reagan once say that 'an AK-47 is not a sporting weapon nor needed for home defense'?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/reaganak47.asp>

• Is eating Beneful brand dog food causing dogs to become ill and die?
<http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/beneful.asp>

• Are thieves handing out key rings at gas stations that enable them to track potential victims?
<http://www.snopes.com/crime/warnings/keyring.asp>

• Were two armed illegal aliens perpetrating a home invasion killed by an 11-year-old girl?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/crime/homeinvasion.asp>

• Photograph purportedly shows a DeWalt-manufactured "rapid fire nail gun."
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/technology/nailgun.asp>

• Charley Reese editorial about 545 people being 'responsible for the domestic problems that plague' the U.S.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/reese.asp>

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


Worth a Second Look

• Did the brothers who invented automobile air conditioning pull a fast one on Henry Ford?
<http://www.snopes.com/humor/jokes/ford.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


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.
(30 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wx9GxXYKx_8>

The Snopes link...

<http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/newtown.asp>

 

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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.
(7 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIyYK9oz9Go>


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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). (7 Mins.)



<http://vimeo.com/54400569>


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"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.)



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


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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.)



<http://vimeo.com/40471435>


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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.) 



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwzWfQStbaI&sns=em>


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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. (1 Min.)



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


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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.)

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zce-QT7MGSE&feature=youtu.be>


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A half-dozen 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.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32kK7lQZSks>


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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.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0qGvC3vqaA>


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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.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eryxAcsTcOA&feature=em-share_video_user>


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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.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBuPiC3ArL8>


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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 Secs.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgvAzKO00Pw>


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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. (13 Mins.)





<http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=U5ut6yPrObw>

This Wikipedia link provides detailed information about the Battle of Athens...

<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Athens_%281946%29>


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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.)



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


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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.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TT1XFS1LA0>


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C'ya



Pic of the Week:

NCAA insiders say they discovered the reason why Alabama beat Notre Dame 42 to 14...


 
   

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