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January
31, 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 BOB WHITE



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, 1985.

<http://www.protectsanjose.com/content/remembering-fallen-officer-robert-white-0>



 

A MESSAGE FROM THE POA



SJPOA Accepting Donations For Murdered Mother's Two Children and Burial Expenses

Submitted by 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...

<http://www.sjpoa.com/Donations/Default.asp>

Ed. — Brief details of the homicide were covered in this Examiner.com news account...

<http://www.examiner.com/article/sjpd-investigating-second-homicide-of-2013>



 

PENSION NEWS

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 were invalid:

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 in mid-February.

 

 

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 paper...

Officials Urge Police Bonus

—As force continues to dwindle, councilmen suggest one-time raise—

By John Woolfolk <jwoolfolk@mercurynews.com>
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 reforms.

“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 employees.”

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

Mercury News 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 cop.

“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.




 

"MEYER WEED'S BLOG"
 



<http://meyerweed.blogspot.com/>

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 professional calling.

Tale #1

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.



IPA 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 further notice.

Tale #2

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!


 


WEEKLY POLL

   


Results from last week's poll...





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



 

MAIL CALL

Jan. 25th

Bill,

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.

<http://whorulesamerica.net/power/wealth.html>

Dave Scannell <silent.eagle46@yahoo.com>
 
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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Jan. 25th

Dear Bill,

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 CAREpoint directly.

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=d39qa6kRjlM>

<
www.cancercarepoint.org>

Sincerely,

Paul Gardner
<paulgardner1757@yahoo.com>

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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Jan 28th

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.

Scott
(Cornfield)
<scottcornfield@gmail.com>

Step up to the plate, guys. I have never met a cop over the past 45 years who doesn't have a favorite "war story."
 

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Jan. 28th

Bill,

I think this first story is worthy of your paper, It's about a new idiot on the City Council.

Two Rivers, Eagle, Idaho
Wil Smoke
<WilSmoke@yahoo.com>

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 questions.

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 departments.



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__cSPTxr2EQ&feature=youtu.be>

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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Jan. 28th

Good morning,

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 seen it.
 
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.

Best regards,

Theresa Videan
<theresavidean@aol.com>
 

 

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Jan. 29th

Bill,

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.

Alberta Anders
<zoeanders@olemac.net>
The Ozarks of Missouri

Alberta was referring to this video clip from last week's fishwrap...
 



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

 


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Jan. 29th

Hi Bill,
 
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.

<http://tinyurl.com/avcrb5b>

Best regards,

Jim Carraher
<jim.carraher@yahoo.com>

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.

 

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Jan. 30th

Bill,

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.

Dean
(Janavice)
<djanavice@citcom.net>

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.


 

LATEST RETIREES' ASSN. NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE
 


To view the Jan. edition of the Billy & Spanner, click on the link below. Doing so will download to your desktop a .pdf file of the newsletter that you can open with a double click of your mouse.

<http://tinyurl.com/b6t2wyq>


 

UH OH...

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 talking about...



<http://tinyurl.com/alcxfkt>

For more on this, go to Google and search for "We could disarm America within a generation" (without the quote marks).


 

FINAL ANNOUNCEMENT RE: THE ANNUAL PBA VALENTINE'S DAY DINNER DANCE
 



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. 26, 2013

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

New Articles

• A truck's cargo of road signs reveals a government plot to impose martial law.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/conspiracy/martialsigns.asp>

• Horror tale tells of an "expressionless" apparition in a blood-covered gown who appeared at Cedars-Sinai hospital in 1972.
<http://www.snopes.com/horrors/ghosts/expressionless.asp>

• Did Ulysses S. Grant once hand out an exploding cigar that paid off decades later?
<http://www.snopes.com/history/american/grantcigar.asp>

• Item purportedly reproduces excerpts from a speech given by comedian Bill Cosby.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/cosby.asp>

• Rumor held that the Fox News Channel would be shutting down for routine maintenance on 21 January 2013.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/satire/foxnews.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

• Are sororities outlawed on certain campuses because local "brothel laws" prohibit a specified number of females from living together?
<http://www.snopes.com/college/halls/brothel.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

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. (6 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXuZ-Xf1M0A>

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. (47 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7KlmCthT68>

 And if you would like to know even more about the Isle of Man TT, click on this Wikipedia link...

 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isle_of_Man_TT>

 

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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.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=In0Gb7x3VBk>

 

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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 Min.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PAFtLtOX7k>


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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!" (4 Mins.)



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

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.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eA-k3G1F7k0>


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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.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKy2lLNQYrI>


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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.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC3VTgIPoGU>


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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.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpwhA-LdOHo>


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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.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNWr9eF2Huk>


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Speaking of 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. (5 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F584p5kJL-U&feature=player_embedded>

 

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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.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O47-QOWRTrk>

No fair using Google like I did...

<http://van.physics.illinois.edu/qa/listing.php?id=1618>


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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. (4 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Sar5WT76kE>

For those of you who recently awoke from a year-long nap, this is a link to the original "Gangnam Style" (4 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bZkp7q19f0>


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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.)



<http://www.youtube.com/embed/Gt3DHpOY6i8>


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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. (2 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64vbnwtL7I8>



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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.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_6I50oXAVM>

 

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Colgate-Palmolive, the 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 third.

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 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6XUVjK9W4o>


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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.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTcSi7c06oc>


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