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January 26
, 2012

 

Bill Mattos, Editor and Publisher <bilmat@comcast.net>
Leroy Pyle, Webmaster <leroypyle@sjpba.net>

 

The Farsider is an independent publication that is not affiliated with the San Jose Police Benevolent
Assn. The SJPBA has allowed the Farsider to be included on its web site solely for the convenience
of the retired San Jose Police community. The content of this newsletter does not represent or reflect
the views of the San Jose Police Benevolent Association's Board of Directors or its membership.


 

 
 

HEALTH & WELFARE

No report.




 

CHECKS FOR THE PBA VALENTINE'S DINNER DANCE
MUST BE MAILED BY NEXT THURSDAY, FEB. 2nd

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

POA HALL
1151 No. Fourth St.
San Jose

Entrees:
Prime Rib and Salmon
 

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

Cost: $25 Per Person:

Checks made payable to the SJPBA must be received no later than Saturday, Feb. 4th, so they need
to be mailed no later than next Thursday, Feb. 2nd to SJPBA,  P.O. Box 42, San Jose, CA 95103.


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

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


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





 

WEEKLY POLL
 

   


Results from the last two polls...

Based on the results above, it is highly unlikely that
Leroy or I will ask any of you for betting advice if we
decide to head to Harrah's Sports Book in Reno.


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

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


 

 

MAIL CALL
 

Jan. 20

Bill:

This is in response to Tush's response to my response:

Sorry, Tusher, about the misunderstanding. I'm probably too sensitive about my Italian background (or so some people seem to think.) However, my parents, like so many other immigrants, went through so much during the depression and WW II that I had to say something. They lived and struggled only for their children. My parents, especially my mother, learned early on what an important gift American citizenship by birth was for my brother and me. She (they) did everything to protect that right for us, especially during the early part of WW II when they were declared Enemy Aliens. The fear was always there that they could be deported and that my brother and I would have to go also. As for Obama, I am convinced  that he was born in the United States thus, like me, a United States Citizen. The voters (nationwide) will ultimately decide if he is qualified to continue as our President.
 
BTW: I  never had a problem with you Tusher. In fact, some of my best times were serving with you and the other TEU guys. We sure knew how to throw a party. And those parties  that were held at my house in Scotts Valley included non-police personnel (my family and friends) who got to know you all and loved you. I think the feeling was mutual.

Sempre Avanti,

Ivan(o)
(Comelli) <ivcomelli@ymail.com>


Note to Tush: If you respond in kind, we may request that you guys get a room.

 

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Jan. 24

Bill,

This was forwarded to me by a friend of mine who is a retired San Diego PD officer.  As he says, it's a little long, but a couple of minutes into it, this guy got my attention.  His ideas are quite amazing.  All I could think at the end of the presentation was, I'm glad this guy uses his genius for good and not evil intent.

Joe Wicker
<jpwicker@att.net>


Many of these "TED" presentations are interesting if not compelling. I haven't taken the time to watch this one yet, but I plan to do so after I put this week's Farsider to bed. Here's the link...



<http://www.dump.com/2012/01/20/massive-scale-online-collaboration-video/>





 

LOCAL NEWS FOR YOU OUT-OF-TOWNERS


There were only a couple of items relative to the pension issue. This was an opinion piece by columnist Scott Herhold that appeared in last Sunday's paper...
 

Playing Ball on Pensions



By Scott Herhold
Mercury News — Jan. 22, 2012


I’ve seen too much of politics to be an unbounded optimist.

But as events have unfolded at San Jose City Hall, there’s reason to believe in a favorable link between two major issues that could go to the voters — pensions and baseball. Here’s my theory: As the possibility of luring the A’s to a downtown San Jose ballpark edges toward reality, the pressure will mount on Mayor Chuck Reed and police and firefighters to settle their battle over pensions.

What’s the link? For Reed, it’s a question of legacy, which matters to any mayor, particularly as the end of his term in office approaches. Do you want to be remembered as the mayor who cut pensions for city employees in the name of fiscal sanity? Or the one who brought in a major league ballpark? The barber or the builder?

Three years after Reed leaves the mayor’s office, the vitriol over pensions will have faded.

New councils will make accommodations. Three years after a deal on a ballpark is reached, maybe sooner, Reed can throw out the first pitch. The mayor is no fervent baseball fan. But he knows how crucial a ballpark can be for downtown. For that matter, so do the cops and firefighters. A stadium would bring a host of extra security jobs.

Politics intervenes

The second piece of my argument rests on naked political considerations: If Reed pushes forward with his current pension reform measure in June, it will swiftly end up in court, with the likelihood parts of the measure could be invalidated.

Maybe more significant, he will have created a determined opposition to a potential ballpark measure in November. Most polls show a ballpark passing, but a well-funded campaign against the A’s by disaffected cops or firefighters could upset the calculus.

You can see the pamphlets now: A firefighter at the scene of an accident, or a kid at a closed library, with bold letters saying San Jose is planning to invest in a ballpark for millionaires when it cannot afford essential services.

(And yes, I know that the payments for the ballpark land come from a different pot of money than police and fire salaries.

Such niceties often are lost on voters.) You might risk this Armageddon if the two sides were further apart, preparing to withstand a first strike in hardened nuclear silos. But almost everyone expects a deal between the city and nonpublic safety employees.

Compromises

Even the cops and firefighters, the elite in the pay structure, have made efforts toward compromise, agreeing to a lesser benefit structure for new employees and modestly reduced cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for retirees.

True, there is real disagreement on issues like how much veteran employees who stay with the current system will have to contribute to pensions.

Still, you can begin to see the outlines of a “Kumbaya” deal, a compromise put before the voters in June. It would save a mountain of legal fees for both sides.

A caveat or two: If baseball commissioner Bud Selig rules against the A’s coming to San Jose, my theory vanishes. In that case, the pressure to do a pension deal evaporates.

The bottom line? Chuck Reed is a smart guy. He understands his legacy. And if he can get a pension deal he can live with, he’ll go for baseball.
 

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Also from last Sunday's paper was this excerpt from the Mercury News' Internal Affairs section which it defines as "An irreverent inside view of the week."
 

Cops Give Mayor the Silent Treatment Over Pension Clash...That’ll Fix Him!


For anyone who has followed the bitterness over pension reform at San Jose City Hall, the news from IA’s society desk will come as no surprise: As he enters the home stretch of his second term, Mayor Chuck Reed is being shunned by cops. At the Police Officers’ Association Christmas party last month, Reed was treated as a pariah by the rank-and-file. “I don’t think any cops talked to him that I could see,” said Jim Unland , the POA president.

Then, at the police briefing on New Year’s Day, which the mayor traditionally attends, Reed got an equally chilly reception. Our sources say the cops ignored the cookies and sweets the mayor brought with him.

Finally, we hear credible reports that cops on the street downtown have turned their back on the mayor when he has attempted to say hello. Inside the cop shop, there was even grumbling when officers were called to safeguard the mayor’s house during the Occupy San Jose protests.

To his credit, the well-mannered Reed has attempted not to make the fight personal. Even when ex-POA president George Beattie likened him to the lethal prophet Jim Jones, Reed had sympathetic words for the union chief. But he has paid a price in lost bonhomie, an irony for an ex-military guy with a natural sympathy for public-safety officers.

IA asked Hizzoner on Friday if he cared to offer a fresh comment. And he obliged: “During these tough times, I appreciate how professionally our officers carry out their duties every day. I understand that pension reform discussions are difficult, but it’s critical that we solve these problems to preserve services, jobs and the long-term health of our retirement funds.”




 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF JAN. 21, 2011

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

Listen to what this young lady says about California being the best state for welfare and other entitlements that are free of cost to those receiving them. But before you prejudge her, click on the Snopes link below and read about why she recorded the video that is in the process of going viral...

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LWlkXRZ3CA>

New Articles

• Video clip shows a woman discussing why California is the best state for obtaining public assistance benefits.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/satire/parasites.asp>

• Chart presents an "interesting look at world leaders" during World War II.
<http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/trivia/worldleaders.asp>

• Photographs purportedly show wolves killed in Idaho.
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/idwolves.asp>

• Did President Obama visit his Chicago home and find it had been foreclosed upon and a new family had moved in?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/satire/obamahouse.asp>

• How some of our ancestors were left both poorer and wiser by a humorous mail-order scam of the 1930s.
<http://www.snopes.com/business/market/taterbug.asp>

• Super Bowl quarterback was formerly a foreign soldier who could toss grenades well.
<http://www.snopes.com/humor/jokes/quarterback.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 a notable violinist play incognito in a Washington Subway?
<http://www.snopes.com/music/artists/bell.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


First off, someone needs to take Leroy's new iPhone4S away from him. Either that, or force him to delete the new app that he installed on the phone prior to last Wednesday's PBA meeting because he's having way too much fun. Check out this 14-second video he shot of Lumpy (the PBA Secretary/Treasurer) while he was writing some checks at the meeting...



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhElAiR6ctM&feature=email>


I first learned about Leroy's new toy when he came over to my digs last Wednesday to hitch a ride to the PBA meeting. I was working on the next day's Farsider at the time, and what happened should have been sufficient to convince TSA that our Webmaster is harboring weapons of mass destruction...



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhNZRbO8QIg&feature=youtube_gdata_player>

 

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Don't miss this...


In 2010, a ten-year-old opera singer stepped on the bottom rung of a ladder that led to fame thanks to America's Got Talent. Her name was Jackie Evancho, and this was her first amazing appearance on the show...



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKhmFSV-XB0>


During the show's semi-finals, Jackie returned and sang one of Andrew Lloyd Webber's masterpieces: "Time To Say Goodbye." Those of you familiar with Sarah Brightman's rendition of the same song will notice that Jackie has adopted some of the same mannerisms and a similar voice...



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWKZnhn9rPY&feature=related>


This was Jackie's final performance on America's Got Talent. In the semi-finals clip above, Howie Mandel referred to her as an "angel." In this performance, she is...



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXOqdT4BhqQ>


Jackie's numerous TV appearances have since been elevated to live concerts. Here's a song from one of her most recent performances: "To Believe."



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hx9Acrv1H4>


Now eleven, Jackie went on to wow the Brits on Simon Cowell's show that started a worldwide TV phenomena that airs in several countries...



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyBIsfxWw5k>

 

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On a similar albeit different note, remember when Susan Boyle's voice was first heard 'round the world thanks to Britain's Got Talent? It was one of those inspirational moments we thought may be worth revisiting...



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

 

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Speaking of the Brits, BBC One and Two in the UK may be controlled by the British government, but that doesn't preclude them from airing risque programs like this one. Have a look at this clip we received from Tom Macris...



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

 

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From Gary Johnson comes this video about the Japanese earthquake and tsunami entitled "Arigato (thank you) from Japan Earthquake Victims." It is very well done and certainly worth a look...



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS-sWdAQsYg>


The March 2011 earthquake and tsunami has major world-wide ramifications. Beyond Japan, what happened at the Fukushima nuclear reactor has spooked people worldwide. Not only is Japan planning to shut down all of their reactors, Germany is also planning to do the same. And there are similar movements elsewhere. If you are interested in this topic and have some spare time, we suggest you watch the episode of "Frontline" entitled "Nuclear Aftershocks." If it isn't airing any longer on your local PBS station, you can see it here by clicking on the link under this photo.



<http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/nuclear-aftershocks/>



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On a happier note, let's have a second look at this all-girl Japanese swing band that we highlighted in the Mar. 3, 2011 Farsider...



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7N6slVrQeY>

 

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This PSA (public service announcement) sent in by Bill Leavy about tomatoes and prostate health may be humorous, but if you Google "tomatoes and prostate" you will find plenty of websites that give the advice substance. It's why you may sometimes see Bill try to sneak a bite of the red fruit between plays when he's on the field. (And yes, a tomato is a fruit, not a veggie.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOTYM66e6ck>

 

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Say what you want about the Mainstream Media and how many people feel it leans to the left, but it often tells it like it is. Have a look at this Diane Sawyer report on ABC about out-of-work Americans and the construction of the new Oakland Bay Bridge...



<http://tinyurl.com/3kra22v>

 

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I missed President Obama's address a few months ago when he first announced he was going to run for reelection. Thanks to the magic of the Internet, a friend who did catch it e-mailed the short speech to me. Take my word for it, the address is a must-see...



<http://www.stevebridges.com/obamavideos-promo-Aug-2011.html>

 

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This is mildly interesting and entertaining. It's an animated horse race showing how the GOP candidates have fared since March of 2010, when it was assumed that Palin might saddle her horse. Note how the date at the top of the animation changes as the horses progress. Read the details under the race for further info...



<http://tinyurl.com/3nkansc>

 

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Some off-road motorcycle mountain bikers are unquestionably nuts. The guy in this video sent in by Les Nunes is both certifiable and way over the top. Have a look, unless you suffer from acrophobia...



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKftsW67zU0>

 

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Speaking of bikes, Paul Salerno thought it might be time to resurrect this quick motorcycle tour of Moscow that we first ran in the Oct. 28, 2010 Farsider. There is no seat belt, so all you can do is hold on and pray...



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMB7BCk11wc>



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Joe Wicker sent us an e-mail with dozens of photos of vintage police vehicles, including the one below that should take many of you back several decades. Although there were far too many cars in Joe's e-mail to include in the Farsider, we were able to locate a website that has the same collection. If you are so inclined, click on the link under this vintage SJPD patrol car to view the rest...



<http://www.transmissionshop.net/vintage-police-cars.html>

 

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While we are on the subject of police vehicles, this website received from Mike Thompson will show you their evolution going back to the horse and buggy. Clicking on the photo of the car after the site loads will take you to the next page of text and another image of a vintage police vehicle...



<http://editorial.autos.msn.com/the-evolution-of-the-police-car?icid=autos_2123#1>

 

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Like Joe Wicker (two items above), Sharon Lansdowne was one of a half-dozen readers who sent us an e-mail containing far too many pics for the Farsider. But with the subject of "Amazing Paths," a website containing a collection of the same photos was easy to find using Google. Clicking on the link below this example of one of the pics will take you to the website...



<http://yougottobekidding.wordpress.com/2012/01/21/amazing-paths/>

 

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You firearm aficionados migh check out this clip of the Oklahoma Full Auto Shoot and Trade Show, especially since it includes some dandy eye candy...



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgAJTeD1vmI>

 

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When I first received an e-mail from a friend a short time ago titled "Matchstick Fleet," it contained so many photos that all I could do was forward it to some folks in my Personal Address book — like the items above from Joe Wicker and Sharon Lansdowne, there were far too many photos to include in the Farsider. The e-mail was so fascinating, however, that I searched Google for the details and found a couple of links that would make it possible to highlight the tiny fleet in the newsletter. While the article doesn't include as many photos as the e-mail, it does provide more details about the fleet and its builder, Philip Warren, who spent 62 years building his armada of 430 ships completely out of matchsticks. Have a look, and don't forget the video as it does show Warren's entire fleet...





<http://tinyurl.com/2d6qjfl>
 

The link below will take you to a video news report of this amazing matchstick armada...
 



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXtjpxF--gk>

 

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Gary Leonard says the current plight of the Costa Concordia reminds him of a comment made by Winston Churchill:

After his retirement, he was cruising the Mediterranean on an Italian cruise liner when some Italian journalists asked why an ex-British Prime Minister would choose an Italian ship?

“There are three things I like about being on an Italian cruise ship” said Churchill. “First, their cuisine is unsurpassed. Second, their service is superb. And third, in an emergency there is none of this nonsense about women and children first."


 

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I'm thinking that most of you retirees could fill in as substitutes for this Senior Olympic Synchronized Swimming team video sent in by Leroy, and that includes the Webmaster himself...



<http://biggeekdad.com/2011/01/senior-olympic-synchronized-swimming/>

 

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Also from Leroy comes this clip of a concert violinist whose performance is interrupted by the ringing of a Nokia cell phone. How he handles the distraction is as classy as his music...

 



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RTNzyxNNm4>

 

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The title of this clip from Alice Murphy is "Awesome People and Amazing Animals," and that pretty much describes it...



<http://www.flixxy.com/awesome-people-and-amazing-animals.htm>

 

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Dewey Moore admits that Google Earth is very good at pinpointing locations, but he says he has found a site even more accurate. It uses your computer's IP address to determine the exact location of any Internet user in seconds through a sophisticated time-based GPS algorithm. If you want to give it a try, click on the link below, and be grateful that the technology hasn't progressed to the point where one user (like a wife) can determine what Web site another person (like a husband) is visiting!



<http://www.darnay.com/iec/features/locator/index.html>

 

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Question: When is a horse not a horse? Answer: When it's name is Shag-Ra. This video clip was received from Stan Miller...



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tma8_QELjIM>

 

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Stan sent in another animal clip that's worth a look and should be PETA-approved. This one is about a Lioness and her kids (a/k/a cubs)...



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79g5t8fOnI8>

 

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Speaking of lions, a Harley owner was riding past the zoo in Washington, DC when he saw a little girl leaning into the lion's cage. Suddenly, the lion grabbed her by the collar of her jacket and tried to pull her inside under the eyes of her screaming parents.

The biker jumped off his Harley, ran to the cage and hit the lion square on the nose with a powerful punch.

Whimpering from the pain, the lion let go of the little girl and jumped back. The biker picked up the little girl and carried her to her terrified parents, who thanked him endlessly.

A reporter who watched the whole event approached the Harley rider and said, "Sir, that was the most gallant and brave thing I have seen a man do in my whole life."

The biker replied, "It was nothing, really. The lion was behind bars. I just saw this little kid in danger and did what I felt was right."

The journalist said, "Well, I'll make sure this doesn't go unnoticed. I'm a reporter, and tomorrow's paper will have this story on the front page. So, what is your occupation and political party?"

The biker replied, "I'm a U.S. Marine, and I don't know why it matters, but I'm a Republican."

The journalist nodded his head, thanked the biker and left.

The following morning the biker bought the paper to see if his actions made it into print. Lo and behold, there on the front page was the headline...

"U.S. Marine Assaults African Immigrant and Steals His Lunch"


And that pretty much sums up the mainstream media's approach to the news these days.


 

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Staying with the animal kingdom for a moment, one of the nice things about owning a bird is that they don't require a litter box like a cat, or need to go for an occasional walk like a dog. Another nice thing is that they are apparently somewhat easy to train. Have a look at this clip...



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6Fxclwdfxc>

 

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When Jordon Freitas, who lives up in the sticks, gets sufficiently bored, he often goes to this website and clicks on the doorstop. Give it a try and you may have found a way to entertain yourself as well..



<http://garyc.me/fun/bring.swf>

 

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And finally, here's something very special about our cousins across the pond that was sent in by Don Hale. According to the lead-in...


"This video is from a British series where Gareth Malone took a group of military wives whose husbands are serving in Afghanistan and turned the ladies into a choir. Gareth is the choir master for the London Symphony Orchestra, and while he may look like a teen-ager, he is actually in his mid-30s. The song was based on excerpts from letters written by the couples while the husbands were away in Afghanistan. Thousands of British citizens in the UK have already pre-ordered the single, and all of the money raised from the song will go to military charities in the UK."



<http://www.youtube.com/user/militarywiveschoir?feature=watch>

 

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Thanks again for visiting. Have a good week.

C'ya
 

Pic of the Week:
 

If socialism does eventually win out over capitalism,
many experts say we will be driving one of these...
 


 

We can't show you the rest of the car because it's
too close to dinner time for a number of you.

 
   

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