January 26, 2012
Mattos, Editor and Publisher
Leroy Pyle, Webmaster
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HEALTH & WELFARE
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
1151 No. Fourth St.
Prime Rib and Salmon
Open Bar featuring Red and
White Wine, Hard Liquor, Single Malt Scotch,
O'Doul's, Regular Pour of the Five Tap Beers
Cost: $25 Per
payable to the SJPBA must be received no later than Saturday, Feb. 4th, so they
to be mailed no later than next Thursday, Feb. 2nd to SJPBA, P.O. Box 42, San
Jose, CA 95103.
dinner-dance is considered a semi-formal event (Jeans are frowned upon).
Please, no early arrivals. Another function is being held at the POA Hall
the day, and the decorating committee needs time to set up the decor for the
should be directed to Bob Moir at
Dave Wysuph at
Tom Mazzone at
or Steve Windisch at
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:
For the most recent releases, click here:
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.
Note to Tush: If you
respond in kind, we may request that you guys get a room.
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
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...
LOCAL NEWS FOR YOU
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
Mercury News Jan. 22, 2012
Ive seen too much of politics to be an unbounded
But as events have unfolded at San Jose City Hall, theres reason to believe in
a favorable link between two major issues that could go to the voters pensions
and baseball. Heres my theory: As the possibility of luring the As 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
Whats the link? For Reed, its 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
Three years after Reed leaves the mayors office, the vitriol over pensions will
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.
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 As 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
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
A caveat or two: If baseball commissioner Bud Selig rules against the As coming
to San Jose, my theory vanishes. In that case, the pressure to do a pension deal
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, hell go for baseball.
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...Thatll Fix Him!
For anyone who has followed the bitterness over pension reform at San Jose
City Hall, the news from IAs 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 dont think any cops talked to him
that I could see, said Jim Unland , the POA president.
Then, at the police briefing on New Years 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 mayors
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 its 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
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...
Video clip shows a woman discussing why California is
the best state for obtaining public assistance benefits.
Chart presents an "interesting look at world leaders" during World War II.
Photographs purportedly show wolves killed in Idaho.
Did President Obama visit his Chicago home and find
it had been foreclosed upon and a new family had moved in?
How some of our ancestors were left both poorer and
wiser by a humorous mail-order scam of the 1930s.
Super Bowl quarterback was formerly a foreign soldier who could toss
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 a notable violinist play incognito in a Washington Subway?
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
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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."
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...
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...
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...
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
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.
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...
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.)
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...
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
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...
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
The link below
will take you to a video news report of this amazing matchstick armada...
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."
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...
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...
The title of this clip from
Alice Murphy is "Awesome People and Amazing Animals," and that pretty much
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)
Question: When is a horse
not a horse? Answer: When it's name is Shag-Ra. This video clip was received
from Stan Miller...
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)...
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
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
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
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...
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..
And finally, here's something very special about
our cousins across the pond that was sent in by Don Hale. According to the
"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."
Thanks again for visiting.
Have a good week.
Pic of the Week:
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.