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Clicking on the link below
will take you to the Protect San Jose website and an article with the details
surrounding the tragedy that took the life of Officer Bob White on Jan. 27,
A MESSAGE FROM THE
Accepting Donations For Murdered Mother's Two Children and Burial Expenses
Protect San Jose on Monday, Jan. 28th
On Wednesday, Jan. 23rd, Anna Duong, a 43 year-old
mother of two, was murdered in her east San Jose condo, which was adjacent to
O.B. Whaley Elementary School. She was San Jose's second homicide victim of 2013
and leaves behind a 12 year-old son and a 7-year-old daughter.
The San Jose Police Officers' Association's Charitable Foundation has opened a
victim's assistance account to accept donations to benefit the victim's children
and to help cover the family's burial expenses. Donations can be made online at
the link below...
Ed. — Brief details of the homicide were covered in this
Examiner.com news account...
Jan. 30, 2013
Yesterday, the POA appeared in Superior Court in front of Judge
Peter Kirwan. The judge was hearing two motions brought by the City which asked
the judge to rule as a matter of law that the following four causes of action
1. Our right to petition claim (the argument that the poison pill
language inhibits our First Amendment right to go to court);
2. Our severability argument (the argument that the savings
clause at the end of Measure B infringes on the court's power to apply its
judgment to Measure B);
3. Our argument that Measure B infringes on the California
Pension Protection Act by requiring the Retirement Board to recognize fiduciary
responsibilities to taxpayers; and
4. Our argument that the MMBA prohibits clauses such as section
1514-A, the poison pill, which seeks to prospectively reduce wages by a
pre-determined amount without providing any requirement that the city would have
to meet and confer beforehand.
Judge Kirwan's took the matter under submission and we await his
final decision. We hope to hear back from him within the next 90 days and we
will let you know when we know.
On another note, we still do not have a new date for our next
negotiations meeting. The earliest we expect to meet with the City is sometime
THE TRIALS AND
TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
Would a pay increase or
bonus for what remains of SJPD's working cops make many of them happy knowing
that the dough would be temporary and that it wouldn't count toward their
retirement credits? Perhaps the motive behind the proposal by Liccardo and
Constant is to ingratiate themselves with the rank and file who, we think it's
safe to say, are not fans of the two councilmen. This article is from Saturday's
Officials Urge Police Bonus
continues to dwindle, councilmen suggest one-time raise—
Mercury News — Jan. 26, 2013
SAN JOSE — Two top San Jose officials are proposing the city consider
short-term bonuses to keep police officers on the force in an acknowledgment
that police pay and benefit cuts have spurred a worrisome exodus even as the
city sees a surge in crime.
Councilmen Sam Liccardo, a former prosecutor, and Pete Constant, a former city
officer, suggested one possibility would be a one-time, 8 percent retention
bonus, with the estimated $7.5 million cost perhaps paid out of salary savings
from officers who already have left.
“In light of the increasing rate of departures, it’s no secret that we can best
stem that flow if we focus on restoring compensation in some form,” Liccardo and
Constant wrote in a memorandum to be considered at Wednesday’s agenda-setting
Rules and Open Government Committee, of which Mayor Chuck Reed is chairman.
Liccardo and Constant, both allies of the mayor, call for the city to schedule a
council “study session” in coming months to discuss ways San Jose can boost
police compensation and staffing.
But their proposal didn’t exactly cheer San Jose’s officers union, which has
been battling the city over voter-approved pension reforms and is girding for
contract talks in which officers, who had agreed to 10 percent pay cuts in 2011
to limit layoffs, are hoping to see raises.
“I’m not sure what to think about this,” said San Jose Police Officers’
Association President Jim Unland, adding that “just a few weeks ago, the mayor
was threatening layoffs and pay cuts” if courts upend the city’s pension
“As Sam Liccardo and Pete Constant know, the place for these discussions is at
the negotiations table,” Unland continued. “When the city has a real offer to
present us, we’ll take a serious look at it.”
Councilman Ash Kalra, who has criticized the mayor’s pension reform agenda,
called it “ironic” that Liccardo and Constant would make such a proposal, saying
the policies they’ve supported have driven officers away.
“We all agree that we have to do what we can to keep our officers here,” Kalra
said. “One thing I do agree on is that it’s going to take us years to recover
from the damage the mayor and his allies have caused by driving away our
Reed is expected to support the councilmens' call for a study session. In a
memorandum this week, he listed “police staffing” among 11 topics for special
council study sessions in the next six months.
The proposal Liccardo and Constant outlined is similar to a Reed proposal in
October to keep more officers on the force, in which the mayor called for
targeted retention bonuses and “performance-based raises.” He said at the time
that “across-the-board raises will have to wait,” arguing the city cannot afford
the $21 million it would cost to restore the 10 percent pay cuts the officers
took in 2011 without cutting other programs.
Figuring ways to boost officer pay within the city’s fragile budget will be
tricky. Though there is some money available in the current budget for unfilled
officer positions, it would only be available for a year, and the city may not
have the cash to cover ongoing “raises.”
Constant and Liccardo propose that any incentive bonus not count toward
retirement pensions. And they suggest the city suspend contract talks with
officers for a year. The proposed bonuses, they said, would serve as a
“placeholder” until “a more sustained pay increase could be offered with what we
all hope will be a sunnier fiscal picture the following year.”
San Jose has long suffered from thin staffing in its police department, but it
has become a heightened concern as crime rises, with homicides reaching a
20-year high in 2012 and officers battling City Hall over pay and benefit cuts.
The department’s authorized staffing is 1,094, but of those, fewer than 1,000
have been available for full duty. The department also has seen 30 resignations
in 60 days. Both Chief Chris Moore and Assistant Chief Rikki Goede retired early
recently. City Manager Debra Figone has been scrambling to find a new chief in a
process that already has taken longer than expected.
The San Jose Police Officers’ Association has blamed the city’s pension reforms
and pay cuts for an exodus its leaders describe as catastrophic, with the cover
of the union’s latest magazine depicting the department as a sinking ship.
Reed has argued “spiraling” employee benefit costs are to blame for police
staffing shortages. The city, he said, would have had to cut 150 more officers
from the force if the officers hadn’t agreed to pay cuts. Constant said whatever
the cause, the city needs to do something to keep its officers.
“It’s easy to politicize it,” Constant said. “What we’re trying to do is not fix
the blame but fix the problem.”
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Sunday's I.A. column
highlighted some of the luminaries who attended Chris Moore's retirement dinner
at the Fairmont...
200 of Police
Chief’s Closest Friends Bid him a Fond Goodbye
I.A. Column — Jan. 27, 2013
San Jose police Chief Chris Moore capped off his nearly
28 years on the force with a retirement dinner at the San Jose Fairmont Hotel
that drew more than 200 well-wishers who paid $70 to attend. Among those who
spoke at the Jan. 18 event was Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese, a
Lincoln Law School classmate of the chief’s. There also was Rep. Zoe Lofgren,
who’d shared plane trips back to the nation’s capital with Moore as he sought
funds for emergency communication systems. Los Gatos police Chief Scott Seaman,
president of the California Police Chiefs Association, is also an SJPD alum who
said he “grew up with Chris” in the department. And there was San Jose fire
Chief William McDonald, who reminded everyone that Moore had begun life as a
firefighter, then somehow lost his way to begin a police career as a UC Berkeley
“I’m not sure where he got derailed,” McDonald quipped as he presented Moore
with a massive honorary firefighter’s ax. McDonald assured everyone that Moore’s
wife, Mary, who was present with daughter Linden, was unlikely to use it to
decorate their home.
By the time Moore got up to thank everyone for attending (he said most folks are
lucky to get 50 people to show up to these affairs, much less 200 — especially
at the beginning of a three-day holiday weekend), the outgoing chief was
overwhelmed by the praise.
“I learned from all of you … I started here,” he told the audience. Others in
attendance included City Manager Debra Figone; Moore’s predecessor Rob Davis;
former assistant police chief Tuck Younis, now chief in Los Altos; and Santa
Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith. David Johnson, FBI special agent in charge in
San Francisco, kiddingly asked aloud in the midst of the city’s seemingly
endless search to replace Moore: “Who am I going to train next?”
Also on hand were Victor Garza, chairman of the LaRaza Roundtable, a San
Jose-based education and social justice advocacy group; Councilman Sam Liccardo
; and Carlos Ponce Martinez, counsel general of Mexico.
Moore lauded the SJPD’s top-notch reputation nationwide, its contribution to the
deep pool of law enforcement talent in the Bay Area, and his belief that it will
remain one of the best despite the challenges it faces in the wake of a recent
pension reform measure.
“You have no idea what it means to be a San Jose police officer,” Moore said
during his final goodbye.
This new posting from
the mystery blogger deals more with the active personnel than the retirees, but
it may still be worth a read...
Jan. 30, 2013
A Tale of Two Standards
It has been a rough couple of weeks for the men and
women of the SJPD. Chief Moore retired on January 19th. Many appreciated the
Chief making the rounds and presenting employees with a special "challenge coin"
that he had commissioned. It was a nice gesture, and his explanation of the
symbolism depicted on the coin was genuine and moving. In short, it summed up
many of the reasons why police officers accept the challenges of their
Just prior to leaving, Moore signed memo #2013-002
which added a new Duty Manual Section — L5108, titled "Documentation of
Detentions and/or Searches." The memo basically said that every contact between
a police officer and a member of the public (with the exception of a "consensual
contact") shall be documented on either a "G.O." (General Offense Report,
which is being phased in to replace the "Form-2"), or added as notes to the
event in the Computer Aided Dispatch system. The memo listed 14 different data
points for mandatory documentation, and a requirement to document a reason why
mandated information was not collected.
It was clear that Independent Police Auditor Judge Ladoris Cordell's hand-print
was all over the language, which included documentation justifying the officer's
directions to detainees to sit on the sidewalk (curb sitting) or "on/next
to/near" marked police vehicles. The memo was delivered without any warning via
email, and it sent a shock wave through the ranks like the "Car Stop
Demographics Pilot Program" times oh, about a million.
LaDoris Cordell administering the Oath of Office and
about to "high five" her hand-print on Chief Chris Moore.
The universal conclusion was "I will never
self-initiate a contact again." Not only did the memo mandate the information be
documented for self-initiated work, but it included radio calls for service and
did not specify "who" was responsible for the data collection/entry; it vaguely
said, "Officers will..."
Efforts to "sell" the order to the troops were futile. "This is a good thing,"
said the Lieutenants, Captains and Deputy Chiefs. "This will protect you from
complaints!" Apparently 2-3 officers a year (out of the hundreds of thousands of
contacts/calls for service SJPD racks up in a given year) on average were
getting Internal Affairs complaints closed as "Not Sustained" after "detainees
complained and officers couldn't remember details of contacts they may or may
not have had with the complainants.
It seems "Not Sustained" is the only disposition available when it is a
complaining party's word against an officer's word in a complaint scenario.
Command Staff could not answer how the documentation mandated by the memo
changed the he-said-she-said conundrum, and they assured everyone that no one
would be disciplined for violating the order.
Fortunately, Acting Chief Larry Esquivel stepped up and suspended the memo until
On Wednesday January 22nd, the SJPOA's negotiating team showed up for its first
scheduled contract negotiations meeting with the City's team led by Deputy City
Manager Alex Gurza. It seems that the POA brought a "certified note taker" to
the meeting to document the proceedings, thereby creating an accurate account to
avoid future disputes over any number of issues. In reading the letter (see
below) from the the POA's attorney, Gregg Adam, the POA was paying the note
taker's fees and making the notes available to the City at no cost.
The meeting did not last long. When the City's reps saw that the note taker was
present, they immediately left the room.
Now why do I mention this? It has been well documented that Mayor Reed advocates
openness and transparency in government. He gave us the much praised " Sunshine
Reform Task Force." District 6 Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio has called for
negotiations with employee unions to be open to the public. The Mercury News has
long called for open government and transparency, especially in regards to
government employee pay and benefits negotiations between the City and the
employee bargaining units. Even employee bargaining units like the SJPOA and
Local 230 (San Jose Firefighters union) have asked for their negotiating
sessions to be open to the public.
Despite advocates from each side of the negotiations
(Mayor/Council/Media/Public/Unions) demanding public negotiations, there is one
side that refuses to authorize open/public negotiations: the Mayor and City
Council. Not only does the City refuse public scrutiny of any contract
negotiations, they also refuse to allow an accurate record of negotiations by
audio/video recording or by a certified "note taker" — especially one who
happens to be a certified "court reporter."
So you can see that there certainly is a double standard in effect. On one hand,
the City (IPA) is demanding an accurate written record of all detentions and
searches conducted by its police officers. On the other hand, the City does not
want an accurate record of negotiating meetings that might lead to the City
having to negotiate with honesty and integrity, and later be held to their word
when they try to break it!
Results from last week's poll...
For the most recent Rasmussen Reports releases, click here:
Happy New Year. Check this one out as it's right up your alley. Something not so
great, at least for 80% of us. It comes from a Sociology Professor at UC Santa
Cruz. Lengthy, but great.
It's a bit too meaty
for me, Dave, but I'm happy to include your note and the link so others can take
a look. Happy New Year to you, too
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Cancer seems to effect all of us personally, a family member, or someone we
know. Cancer CAREpoint is a new South Valley center to assist those dealing with
cancer themselves, a caregiver, or a family member. We are there to help, and
all of our services are free of charge. Please let us know if we can help anyone
in any way.
I have been a volunteer at Cancer CAREpoint for the past two years. If anyone is
interested in becoming a volunteer, please let me know, or contact Cancer
You're a good man, Paul. Your City-Nurse
Mother (Marilyn), who served members of the SJPD and all other City employees at
Medical Services so well for so many years, taught you well.
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Searching for the Write Stuff
I’m probably crazy to offer a bunch of retired cops a free lunch or
breakfast, but that’s exactly what I’m prepared to do. Well...it won’t be
completely free. It’s more like a trade. I’ve spent the past few years working
on developing my skills as a screenwriter and now I’m looking to follow the
advice of lots of successful writers: Write what you know. We all have lots of
great stories and interesting people we met throughout our careers (peers,
crooks, victims, snitches, etc.) and I’m hoping to mine those experiences and
put them into scripts.
I’m willing to meet with individuals or in groups (I’ve done both before and it
can work either way). I record everything so I don’t miss details but naturally
every name is changed to protect the innocent (because there are no guilty
here). I will need a simple waiver signed and I will also provide an outline or
prep sheet in advance that will require you to do your homework and tap into
those memory banks in advance to make our chat as productive as possible.
I’m available to travel anywhere in the Bay Area. If you live outside the area
and would like to participate, we can do it via Skype (that’s a computer thing,
I’m told) or even via old-fashioned landline.
We were all lucky enough to work at what was once a great department. I’m
optimistic enough to believe it’ll get better for those who can stick it out. In
the meantime, we have tremendous stories from a different era, and I want to
relive those with you and find creative ways to share them with others.
I’m available at the e-mail address below or at 408 690-3417.
Thanks for listening and I hope to chat with many of you down the road.
Step up to the plate,
guys. I have never met a cop over the past 45 years who doesn't have a favorite
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I think this first story is worthy of your paper, It's about a new idiot on the
Two Rivers, Eagle, Idaho
Many would say you are
being disrespectful to the councilman by using that term to describe him, Wil.
Then again, if he truly believes that the exodus of officers and low morale at
the SJPD is due to the release of prisoners statewide and not to Measure B, you
may have a valid argument.
What Wil sent in with his short message was this newsletter excerpt...
Sunday night hundreds of Almaden residents gathered at the Amato’s restaurant
for a community meeting on crime. Members of the Police Department and City
Staff were asked to answer questions on the recent rise in crime in the area.
The restaurant was packed and hundreds gathered outside to hear answers to their
Police handed out fliers with suggestions on how to be safe in your homes and
talked about being pro active in our neighborhoods to be as safe as we can be.
ABVnews talked with the woman who was taped up and in
her home this past week along with her husband in the Shadowbrook neighborhood.
The suspects stole two cars and some personal items in the home invasion
robbery. She wanted to make sure everyone knows she feels the police did an
outstanding job in handling her case. She believes all the suspects will be in
custody soon. She and her husband are doing well.
City Councilman Johnny Khamis told the crowd he does not believe Measure B has
anything to do with the exodus of officers from San Jose to neighboring
A San Jose officer disagreed with Khamis, saying
Measure B is the reason for the departures and why, according to him, morale is
at an all time low. Khamais said he believes the release of prisoners statewide
is the reason for the increase in crime, though he had no stats to support this.
Asked twice what he would do to stem the tide of officers leaving the city,
Khamis did not have a plan, and each time went back to Measure B and the lack of
city funds to pay for more officers.
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An investigative mystery for both the Farsider and the Insider.
I retired from SJPD Communications and later from the Court Liaison Unit in
2005. When my husband, Ed Videan/2687, retired in 2009, we donated a stained
glass panel meant to honor both those lost in the attacks of 9/11 and those
members of SJPD who continue to serve. It was donated in August of 2009. The
final intention was for it to be displayed at the POA Hall, but it has
disappeared into never-never land. We've been to the POA, but no one there has
If someone manages to find the darned thing, I would be humbled to have it
displayed for its original intention...to honor those officers and dispatchers
still serving. If it is found, I'll be happy to come and retrieve it.
• • • • •
Wish I had known what to expect when the bear arrived a couple of years ago and
decided to spend a few days in a tree over my brother’s home, leaving silently
during the night. Didn’t think to offer him the clothes dryer, Now I know what
he was looking for.
The Ozarks of Missouri
referring to this video clip from last week's fishwrap...
• • • • •
Below is a link to an article from today's Santa Cruz Sentinel. The son of Santa
Cruz's first female police officer, Truella Jensen Lund, donated her uniform,
badge, handguns and even an old blackjack she carried, to the PD here. They will
be putting all these items in a display case at the department.
I thought the article might be of particular interest to the former APWs who
receive the Farsider.
Good to hear from you,
James. Haven't seen or spoken with you since...oh...two weeks ago when Hinkle,
Macris, you and I met for breakfast.
• • • • •
You may or may not find this of interest. My Marine son at the Marine Barracks
in D.C told me the other day that the grunts' range qualifications were canceled
because the Barracks did not have the $6K in its budget to foot the bill. He was
one of several Marines up for meritorious promotion, but the promotion was
tanked, also because of a lack of funding. All this while Obamination flew to
Vegas costing a reported $1.6 million to give a speech that he could have done
at the White House at no cost. We are on the highway to hell, and Obamination is
leading the parade.
We'll mark you down as not being one of the
President's top supporters, Dean. But what's happening at 8th and I streets in
Washington (USMC Hdqtrs.) isn't unique. Money is so tight in San Jose that
retirees who go to the Range to practice have to bring their own ammo. And for
those who want to qualify, the Range will only provide 15 rounds. I've heard
that to ensure they don't need more City-provided ammo, qualifiers are given
three hours to hit the target which is two-feet away. But that's only a rumor.
ASSN. NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE
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It was brought to our
attention earlier this week that our friend and former boss has jumped into the
Gun Control controversy with both feet, and with several pages of links on
Google that address the issue, his feet are getting scalded by the pro gun
crowd. This link to the conservative Breitbart website will explain what we are
For more on this, go to Google and search for
"We could disarm America within a generation" (without the quote marks).
RE: THE ANNUAL PBA VALENTINE'S DAY DINNER DANCE
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. 26, 2013
The facts behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox
• A truck's cargo of road signs reveals a government plot to impose martial
• Horror tale tells of an "expressionless" apparition in a blood-covered gown
who appeared at Cedars-Sinai hospital in 1972.
• Did Ulysses S. Grant once hand out an exploding cigar that paid off decades
• Item purportedly reproduces excerpts from a speech given by comedian Bill
• Rumor held that the Fox News Channel would be
shutting down for routine maintenance on 21 January 2013.
• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a
collection of odd news stories from around the world!
Worth a Second Look
• Are sororities outlawed on certain campuses because local "brothel laws"
prohibit a specified number of females from living together?
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
Fresh from officiating the
AFC Championship game where he could have easily been turned into a pancake by a
350-pound lineman, Bill Leavy says he wouldn't get within a thousand feet of
these 200 mph motorcyclists competing in the Isle of Man TT in the UK. Over 150
riders have died in this race since it began in 1907. At the time the average
race speed was 38 mph. It's a wee bit faster now. Have a look.
If you are interested,
here is a link to an exceptionally well made documentary about the 2012 race on
the independently governed island located between Britain and Ireland.
And if you
would like to know even more about the Isle of Man TT, click on this Wikipedia
• • • • •
But why travel
all the way to the Isle of Man on the other side of the pond if you are intent
on doing crazy things on a motorcycle? (4 Mins.)
• • • • •
Before we leave the topic
of bikes, Bob Tenbrink suggests that if you ever have the opportunity to ride
with several Mexico City motor officers on an unfamiliar street, do not —
repeat, do not — volunteer to lead the pack. (1
• • • • •
Bob T. also contributed
this item that looks like a ton of fun. Says the videomaker: "It's a
single-pipe alpine coaster in Mieders, Austria. You reach the summit via a cable
car, then sit on a small car with a brake lever and off you go. Having ridden it
once using a little braking, I decided to try it a second time without using the
brakes. This is scary! Enjoy the ride!"
This supplemental clip
from the same videomaker shows that the ride is much tamer than it looks when
you are aboard one of the little cars. (2 Mins.)
• • • • •
If you are miffed about
the extra taxes you have to pay to live in the Golden State, have a hefty
cocktail at happy hour and make yourself believe it's the price you pay to avoid
what you are about to see. (3 Mins.)
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When was the last time you
saw the calving of a glacier? We're not talking about your little everyday
neighborhood chunk of ice, mind you. We're talking about a glacier the size of
lower Manhattan. The scale of the calving comes at the end of this video that
shows Mother Nature flexing her muscles. (5 Mins.)
• • • • •
Coming on the heels of
last week's item about bad lip reading of NFL participants is this one of the
President taking the oath of office. (3 Mins.)
• • • • •
Chuck Blackmore says to
keep this video to yourself. Whatever you do, don't let Diane Feinstein see it.
If she does, there is little doubt that she would add this firearm to her banned
weapons list. (49 Secs.)
• • • • •
guns, Harry Mullins says that to understand the importance of the 2nd Amendment,
you need to be familiar with the 3rd Amendment. While most citizens haven't a
clue about what it's about, this dummy does. Harry suggests that if you will
take a few minutes and listen to what he has to say, you will be far better
informed than the vast majority of the U.S. population.
• • • • •
Any of you want to take a
shot at providing the rest of us with the solution to this mystery about a
simple bottle of cold water? It would help if you majored in physics in college.
But if you were that smart, you probably wouldn't have chosen law enforcement as
a career, right? (2 Mins.)
No fair using Google like I did...
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In our opinion, parodies
of popular videos are sometimes better than the original. Such is the case of
this parody of Psy's "Gangnam Style" music video that received more views on
YouTube last year than any other video in the history of the Internet.
For those of you who
recently awoke from a year-long nap, this is a link to the original "Gangnam
Style" (4 Mins.)
• • • • •
My brother-in-law has
scored a hole-in-one twice in the 20 years he has played the game, and because I
haven't made even one in the half-century I've been ruining fairways and greens,
I suspect he thought it would be fun to twist the knife by sending me this clip
of the Top Ten Aces on the PGA Tour. (6 Mins.)
• • • • •
We often offer
clips for golfers and those of you who engage in other leisure activities. In
doing so. however, we tend to overlook videos that may be of interest to you
bowlers. (We bad.) So in an attempt to make amends, here's a video just for you
folks who enjoy knocking over tenpins with what is usually a 16 lb. ball.
• • • • •
Harry Mullins said he ran
across this clip as he was going through his computer. After playing it, he
decided it is so close to the truth that he has adopted it as his new theme
song. Have a listen and we would wager it is likely to become the theme song of
almost all of you as well. (3 Mins.)
• • • • •
maker of Colgate toothpaste, has created an ingenious advertising campaign to
promote its dental floss. To understand what makes it effective, carefully
review each the three photos below and see if you can spot the abnormalities...
Now that you have had time to observe the
images, what did you see that stood out? If you only saw the food stuck between
the man's teeth, the advertising served its purpose because you overlooked that
the woman in the first photo had one too many fingers on her hand; that in the
second photo there was a phantom arm; and that the man had only one ear in the
The campaign achieved its purpose because it showed that food remaining between
a person's teeth draws more attention than any physical defects.
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For those of you who
enjoyed watching the earlier videos of the "People Are Awesome" series, here is
the latest 2013 version, courtesy of Dave Scannell. (5
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In closing, no
matter how bored a kangaroo is, one might think that the critter would show a
little class when it's clearly within range of a video camera. We had a guy on
our SJPD unit's softball team who acted like this kangaroo every time we got
together for a game and it was irritating as hell. (23 Secs.)
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Pic of the Week
Political correctness is not in our