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February 2
, 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.




 
 

ELIZABETH "BETTY" CUNNINGHAM




Born: Sept. 23, 1926
Appointed as I.D. Officer: Oct. 1, 1956
Promoted to I.D. Technician: Sept. 1, 1970
Appointed as Asst. Police Woman: Feb. 2, 1971
Appointed as Police Officer: June 12, 1971
Retired Mar. 15, 1980
Died Jan. 28, 2012


Pete Graves reports that he received a call on Jan. 24th from Dick Cunningham, the youngest of Betty Cunningham's two sons. Dick advised that his mother, who had been residing at the Village Greens Assisted Living facility in Gilroy, was gravely ill. Pete later learned from Dick's daughter, Allison, that Betty passed away this past Saturday morning.

Betty's husband, Ralph Cunningham, died in 1999 according to Pete. The couple is survived by two sons, a daughter and four grandchildren.

The family has decided that in lieu of a funeral, a Celebration of Life will be held sometime around the end of Feb. We will pass along the date, time and location when it is determined.

We'll also look for an obituary and include it in next week's Farsider if one is published in the paper.

Pete's e-mail address address is
<petmar@ix.netcom.com> should anyone want to contact him for more information.



 

HEALTH & WELFARE

No report.



 

CHECKS FOR THE PBA VALENTINE'S DINNER DANCE
NEED TO BE MAILED TODAY
(or tomorrow morning at the very latest)
 

POA HALL
1151 No. Fourth St.
San Jose

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 poll...




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. 29th

Hi Bill,

I recall an inquiry about former police and reserve officer Jim Pettipiece. I was recently introduced to him by a staff member at the Herman Health Center nursing facility where he is now a resident. Jim proudly showed me his retired reserve officer badge and ID card. He also allowed me to take his photo with his card and badge (attached are two photos). The nursing facility is located at 2295 Plummer Ave. next to Presentation High School, and visitors are welcome. I am going to contact the POA so he may have a copy of the Vanguard sent to him for his perusal.

Ernie Alcantar
<uunnoo@sbcglobal.net>


 



From the 1983 SJPD
Commemorative Album

Good work, Ernie. It's good to know Jim is safe and sound.

 

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Feb. 1st

Hi Bill and/or Leroy,

Just learned that Tom Marketello (Santa Cruz PD Ret.) passed away after a battle with cancer. Tom was well known, especially by our Traffic personnel. During his career he was a Santa Cruz Motor Officer, then Motor Sgt., then Motor Lt. And when he was promoted to Chief of Patrol, he accepted the promotion only on the condition that he could keep his bike and still ride.
 
Am sending you some info I wrote when I first heard of his passing that you may want to use, BUT IT'S IN CAPS. I'm not an accomplished typist and I usually write in caps.

(Dick) Tush
<sonofatush@hotmail.com>


As submitted...


A TRIBUTE TO AND ABOUT TOM MARKETELLO......I'VE KNOWN HIM SINCE HE JOINED MMOC AROUND 1975 WHEN I WAS ON THE MMOC BOARD OF DIRECTORS. ALWAYS ENJOYED BEING AROUND HIM BECAUSE HE MADE SENSE. HE HAD SOME OF THE MOST INTERESTING STORIES TO TELL ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCES ON THE SANTA CRUZ PD AND WAS KIND OF A LEGEND IN HIS OWN TIME. YOU KNEW HE WAS A GOOD MAN BY THE TOTAL RESPECT HE GOT FROM HIS MEN, THEY'D FOLLOW HIM OF A CLIFF...PROVIDING HE LED THE WAY. SOME OF HIS STORIES WOULD BE OF INTEREST TO MOST COPS....SOME SCARY...SOME HILARIOUS, LIKE HIS MANY AMUSING STORIES ABOUT EMO PIERACCI [SP]. WHEN WE HAD OUR CONVENTION IN MONTEREY WE HAD A BIG BARBECUE AT ROARING CAMP IN FELTON, WHICH INCLUDED SEVERAL KEGS OF COORS THAT WERE DONATED BY COORS IN SAN JOSE. THE SANTA CRUZ GROUP TOOK CARE OF THE AFTERMATH, THE OWNER OF COORS IN SAN JOSE WAS A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE [JOE MAIZANO?]...I SAW HIM SHORTLY AFTERWARDS AND HE WAS AMUSED BY HOW THE EMPTY KEGS WERE RETURNED. EMO FROM SANTA CRUZ, AT THE DIRECTION OF MARKETELLO, DELIVERED THEM IN THE SANTA CRUZ PD PADDY WAGON. THOSE WERE INDEED THE GOOD OLD DAYS.
 
ONE TIME HE TOLD ME A STORY ABOUT BREAKING IN A NEW POLICE HARLEY BY TAKING A RIDE UP THE COAST FROM SANTA CRUZ TO SAN FRANCISCO AND ENROUTE WAS RUN OFF THE ROAD BY AN ERRANT DRIVER. HE MANAGED TO STOP THE DRIVER, AND ACCORDING TO TOM. HE GRABBED THE MAN BY THE FRONT OF THE SHIRT, PUNCHED HIM IN THE NOSE, GOT BACK ON THE BIKE AND RODE OFF. WHEN HE TOLD ME THE STORY MY JAW DROPPED OPEN AS I RECALLED A CITIZEN COMING TO THE SAN JOSE PD TO LOOK AT PHOTOS OF OUR MOTOR OFFICERS TRYING TO IDENTIFY HIS ASSAILANT.
 
HIS MEN LOVED HIM AND THEY TOO WERE CHARACTERS, PROBABLY TAKING THEIR CUE FROM HIM SO WHEN I WROTE ABOUT SANTA CRUZ MEMBERS I ALWAYS LABELED THE ARTICLE "MARKETELLOS MARAUDERS".

AND TO END THIS JUST A SHORT ONE...AT ONE OF OUR SAN JOSE DINNER DANCES TOM BOUGHT A BUNCH OF DOOR PRIZE TICKETS. SITTING AT HIS TABLE WITH HIS GROUP HE WAS BRAGGING ABOUT HOW HE WAS GOING TO WIN SOME GOOD PRIZES WITH ALL THE TICKETS HE BOUGHT. HIS MEN SMILED AND SMILED THEN FINALLY ONE OF THEM BROKE DOWN AND POINTED OUT THE FACT THAT TOM WASN'T GOING TO WIN ANYTHING AS LONG AS HE HAD BOTH SIDES OF THE TICKETS.
 
THERE ARE COUNTLESS INTERESTING STORIES ABOUT THIS GOOD MAN THAT WOULD TAKE PAGES TO TELL, WHICH MEANS HE MUST HAVE HAD ONE HELLUVA LIFE. HE WAS ALSO ONE HELLUVA MOTORCYCLE RIDER AND NOW IS ON THE BIG RIDE IN THE SKY...
 
DICK TUSH




 

LOCAL NEWS FOR YOU OUT-OF-TOWNERS


The subject of this opinion piece in last Sunday's paper was about the supplemental bonus (SRBR) that retirees have been receiving over the past number of years. As nice as that annual "bump" was — especially for the older retirees — the author has a valid point...
 

Pension Funds Need to Stop Siphoning Off their Returns

By Daniel Borenstein
Mercury News — Jan. 29, 2012


Pension plans depend on investment returns to help fund workers’ retirement payments. Systems for public employees assume that good years will outweigh the bad and over time provide average annual growth of 7 to 8 percent.

But what happens if they skim off money during good years? It doesn’t take a financial genius to figure out that will drag down investment returns. Yet, that’s exactly what San Jose and Alameda County pension systems do.

We’re talking tens of millions of dollars in San Jose and roughly $1 billion or more in Alameda County.

These misnamed “excess earnings” — there’s nothing excess about them — are diverted to other benefits.

In San Jose, they have gone toward additional pension benefits for current retirees. In Alameda County, they go toward health care and death benefits for retirees and to boost payments for older pensioners whose income hasn’t kept up with inflation.

Those might be laudable goals, but it makes no sense to pay for them with investment returns needed for pensions. The additional benefits should be separately funded and accounted for.

These programs are particularly insidious because they transfer more pension burden from employees to taxpayers.

They divert money from returns on investments toward which employees and employers (taxpayers) contributed. But when the pension plans subsequently come up short, taxpayers alone are on the hook for the deficit.

The programs are known as Supplemental Retiree Benefit Reserves, or SRBR. Money from pension funds is transferred into the SRBR accounts, from which it’s spent on the extra benefits.

San Jose runs two pension funds, one for police and firefighters, the other for general city employees. Currently, the retirement funds make actuarial projections assuming a 7.5 percent annual investment return. For the police and fire system, in any year that the blended returns from the prior five years exceed that target, about 10 percent of the amount above the target is diverted to the SRBR account. For other city workers, the returns from just the prior year are used for the calculation.

Out of those diverted funds, the city spent $39 million for extra benefits from fiscal year 2000 to 2009.

Since then, while the money is still diverted into the two accounts, the city has stopped spending the money. The two SRBR accounts have a combined $76 million balance. Meanwhile, the pension funds from which the money was diverted are short $2 billion.

The city established the diversion programs in 1986. They are modeled after a state law that permits similar transfers for county-level pension systems. Alameda is one of only three counties — Tulare and Kern are the others — that take advantage of that law. The Alameda County program dates to 1985.

The Alameda County pension system projects an annual return of 7.8 percent. When the blended returns from the prior five years exceed that rate, the extra money is first spent to bolster short-term reserves, if necessary, and then half the remainder is diverted to the SRBR account.

From 2001-10, the program spent $301 million of the diverted funds on extra benefits, leaving the SRBR account with a balance of $624 million at the end of 2010. Meanwhile, the pension fund from which the money was diverted was short $1.7 billion.

Notice that rules for diverting money into the SRBR accounts are tied to investment return rates, not whether the pension accounts are sufficiently funded. Thus, in Alameda County from 2003-09, the pension fund had only 81 to 89 percent of the funds it should have had, yet $162 million was siphoned off.

Similarly, the San Jose pension fund for general employees was only 83 percent funded when $8 million of investment earning was diverted in fiscal year 2007-08. And it was only 71 percent funded when $7 million was diverted in 2009-10.

Because of legal differences, San Jose probably has more ability to end the diversion. Alameda County could factor the costs into its actuarial calculations to at least ensure employees share the financial burden.

Public pension funds continue to fantasize that strong investment returns will help them dig out of their holes. They only make their problems worse when they steal some of those earnings.
 

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Daniel Borenstein is a columnist and editorial writer for the Contra Costa Times. Contact him at 925-943-8248 or
<dborenstein@bayareanewsgroup.com>.
 

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Does the public care about the dirty laundry being aired in this Scott Herhold item from today's paper? Just askin'...
 

Case Shows Cop Shop’s Conflicts

By Scott Herhold
Mercury News — Feb. 2, 2012


The case of Glenn Harper, a retired African-American police lieutenant who has sued the city of San Jose for racial discrimination, has summoned a parade of luminaries this week to the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Edward Davila.

Among the witnesses were City Manager Deb Figone, ex-police Chief Rob Davis and ex-Police Association President Bobby Lopez.

Each of them had a comment — Figone had a cameo — in a controversy that has refused to disappear.

A lithe, athletic man with a direct manner that superiors say can sometimes rub people the wrong way, Harper insists he was passed over for promotion to lieutenant at least four times in favor of less qualified applicants. In testimony, he presented himself as a victim of retaliation by his bosses.

In the process, he’s laid bare the workings of the cop shop and — no surprise — it’s like other workplaces. It has jealousies, rivalries, conflicts and enduring jockeying over the adult world’s report card, the performance review.

A jury of six women and two men is expected to get the case late Thursday. I won’t try to guess where they’ll come down. But here’s my take: I think some of the testimony, particularly that from a female cop, has hurt Harper’s case badly.

Ironically, Harper was promoted to lieutenant, which involves a pay increase, in 2009. Nonetheless, he contends he lost wages and suffered emotional distress in the seven years he languished as a sergeant. Before he retired, Harper had served more than 25 years as a cop.

Summer of ’07

A lot of testimony has centered on events in July 2007, when Harper was a sergeant in the vice unit and supervised Officer Catherine Unger, who previously had done a stint as the department’s telegenic public information officer.

The two clashed. Eventually, Harper was transferred to patrol while the internal affairs unit conducted a probe into allegations that he committed sexual discrimination. That complaint was judged “unfounded.”

Meanwhile, then-Lieutenant (and now Deputy Chief) David Hober gave Harper a lousy performance review. Harper’s attorney, Patrick Manshardt, has pursued a line of inquiry suggesting that Harper suffered retaliation for raising questions about “too close” a relationship between Hober and Unger.

Unger and Hober have denied there was anything physical between them. And Unger came off as solidly credible in recounting her problems with Harper, saying he once referred to her as a “dumb blonde.” (In not the only irony of this case, Unger’s hair is now dark.)

Humiliation

Under questioning by senior deputy city attorney Chris Nielsen, Unger said Harper had singled her out for humiliating remarks more than 20 times.

“There were times he apologized and cried,” she said. “It happened so often that his crying didn’t mean anything.”

Harper can argue that the police have very few African-Americans in the command structure. And a retired lieutenant, Gene Phillips, testified he gave Harper a much more favorable job review in 2008.

But when you bring a lawsuit in federal court, when you want the public’s money, your own house better be impeccable. That’s not the case with Glenn Harper, even if it’s impossible to completely subtract the overlay of race in this case.

He’s the plaintiff. But in some ways, he’s also the defendant.


 


 

IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN, SO MARK YOUR CALENDAR...
 





 

THE MYSTERY OF SJPD BADGES FOR SALE


Last Friday, I received an e-mail from Jack Baxter that asked, "Who had badge #259? It's currently being sold on eBay by someone in Lippstadt, Germany."


I replied and told Jack I had no way of knowing who had been assigned the badge; that I didn't have access to an old SJPD badge roster.

Jack responded to my reply and said: "It would appear our San Jose PD badges get around. In addition to badge #259, I found the following badges for sale by the same seller in Germany."


Jack used the index at the rear of the 1983 SJPD Commeorative Album to determine who the badges had been issued to and found that 1190 had been assigned to Dick Hunter, and 1791 to Larry Rives.

A subsequent e-mail from Jack showed a fourth SJPD badge for sale by the same German seller. This one was badge #1223. Using the same index at the rear of the Album, Jack determined this one had been issued to Joe Earnshaw.


This was the final reply from Jack...


About a year ago I noticed an old style San Jose sergeant's badge for sale. I don't recall the badge number, but I sent it to you. I believe it too was listed on eBay by someone in Germany. It sold for something like $800. In checking, I learned it was purchased by an active San Jose PD Officer.

JB
<drjoaquin1525@gmail.com>


I vaguely recall including an item in the Farsider regarding the badge he's referring to, but after searching for it in the Archives for several minutes I gave up.

Jack provided us with this link to three of the badges. Take a look at what they are going for...


<http://www.badgeswap.com/auction_search.php>





 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF JAN. 28, 2011

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

New Articles

• Photograph purportedly shows a large crocodile killed in Zimbabwe.
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/hunting/zimbabwecroc.asp>

• Text describes the process of producing mechanically separated chicken.
<http://www.snopes.com/food/prepare/msm.asp>

• Photo purportedly shows a McDonald's sign announcing a $1.50 surcharge on African-American customers.
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/signs/mcdinsurance.asp>

• Are gangs marking cars parked outside gun stores to later identify them as potential gun theft opportunities?
<http://www.snopes.com/crime/intent/gunshop.asp>

• Photograph purportedly shows a 9-month-old baby tattooed by its mother's boyfriend.
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/bodymods/baby.asp>

• Winston Churchill quip about his preferring to travel on Italian cruise ships.
<http://www.snopes.com/humor/jokes/cruiseship.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 government memo regulating the sale of cabbages run to a length of 26,911 words?
<http://www.snopes.com/language/document/cabbage.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


A handful of readers sent in this photo of Landon Carpenter that has gone viral on the Internet. It prompted us to uncover some additional information about the infant and his father...

Meet Landon Carpenter
 


His father — Marine LCPL Andrew Carpenter — made the ultimate sacrifice serving in Afghanistan in Feb. 2011, a month before Landon was born. Never forget the price of freedom.


We took it a step further and searched Google for some additional information. What we found was a video of Landon's first few hours, and his dad's obituary that was published before his son was born...
 


 

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OI-fd3jb22Q>


LCPL Andrew P. Carpenter
 


Tennessee is in mourning the loss of another one of her American Heroes. United States Marine LCPL Andrew P. Carpenter, 27, of Columbia, TN, died Feb. 19 of wounds received Feb. 14 while conducting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force based in Camp Lejeune, NC.

Andrew was a 2002 graduate of Columbia Central High School and furthered his education at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. With a deep love for his country, he joined the United States Marines in September, 2007 where was a member of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

Although Andrew’s life was cut short, he truly enjoyed every bit of his 27 years here on Earth. When Crissie was asked if he had a motto that he lived by, she quickly replied in unison with his mother, “It is what it is.” His contagious smile will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends.

Andrew and Crissie were anxiously awaiting the arrival of their soon-to-be-born son, Landon Paul Carpenter. As Crissie said, “He isn’t here yet, right now he’s still in heaven with Andrew.”


If you want to sign Lance Corporal Andrew Carpenter's guest book or just review some of the 8 pages of comments, click on this link...

<http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/york/guestbook.aspx?n=andrew-carpenter&pid=148799715>

 

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Don't shy away from this 2-minute thought-provoking film sent in by Dewey Moore because of its message of how powerful words can be...
 


 

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hzgzim5m7oU>

 

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And so begins what will become the long history of the nation's very first no frills airline known as Southwest...


 

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCz8he36hsk>

 

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Is this clip from Bob Bell the most frightening, stomach-curling video you have ever seen? Might be. If you can muster some courage, join this engineer equipped with head-mounted camera as he and his partner climb a 1700-foot-tall transmission tower to install an antenna, but be patient as the video begins with a short animation and may take a moment or two to load...

(His face may be grayed out so he can't be identified by his life insurance company.)
 


 

 <http://tinyurl.com/2dmv4rr>

 

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If you need a reason to live in the Bay Area, look no further. This musical clip pretty much sums it up...
 


 

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AfR43uBspo>

 

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If you are old enough, you should remember The Diamonds and their hit single Little Darlin' from 1957. Alice Murphy sent in a link with two clips, one of the group singing their hit song in 1957, then again 47 years later. Step into a time machine and visit the good ol' days by clicking on the link below...
 


 

<http://www.flixxy.com/the-diamonds-little-darlin-1957-2004.htm>

 

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Alice also sent in a link to a spectacular 2012 Japanese calendar. The site may take a moment to load, but when you view the amazing "animated" images that make up the twelve months, you are sure to agree that it was well worth it...


 

<http://www.360doc.com/content/11/1204/17/5165132_169623326.shtml>

 

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It's not spring yet, but it looks like love is already in the air. Congrats to the blushing groom and groom...
 


 

<http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?articleid=1398969&srvc=rss>

 

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Promotional videos designed to entice people to come visit don't get any better than this one touting Alberta...


 

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThFCg0tBDck>

 

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Could Jesus really turn water into wine? Apparently so. Watch this clip sent in by Bill Leavy, but don't bother looking for the water fountain...
 


 

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgrSyokK6H0&ob=av3e>

 

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If it wasn't for the heat and threat of hurricanes, I would consider packing up my gear and moving to The Villages in Florida after watching this clip from CBS Sunday Morning. Looks like a fun place from which to exit the world when the time comes...
 

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qrpq5A-KAoA>

 

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This is a Coke ad from Bruce Morton that apparently received more air time abroad than it did here in the U.S.


 

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liPf52aRPvc>

 

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Old jokes can still be funny. It's all in the delivery. Watch this story about a gift of a Christmas parrot and see if you don't agree. (For you PETA folks, please remember: It's a joke!)
 


 

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJIyjKuBAa4>

 

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For the birthers and conspiracy theorists among you, here's a plate full of red meat that a friend not affiliated with the SJPD or the Farsider dropped in our inbox...
 


 

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3aCfR8rmrw>

 

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And if that wasn't sufficient fodder for those of you who believe that what appears to be factual to most Americans really isn't, click on the link below and look at this article sent in by one of our readers...
 


 

<http://tinyurl.com/72zvzck>


We don't mean to rain on the website's parade, but before anyone gets too excited about the article about Barack Obama and a CIA connection, note these links that also appear on the same page...

 

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This clip on the Christian Broadcasting Network's (CBN) website about coconut oil being beneficial to victims of Alzheimer's is getting a lot of Internet play as we received it from a half-dozen readers. Like virtually everything that shows up in your inbox, however, we strongly suggest you investigate the claim before you take it as the gospel truth. Google is a good source. Just type "coconut oil and alzheimer's" in the search field...


 

<http://www.cbn.com/media/player/index.aspx?s=/mp4/LJO190v1_WS>

 

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Seems that Adolf is back, and this time he's pissed about the Green Bay Packers losing to the New York Giants...

(Language Warning)
 


 

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fzh1eknXpDg>

 

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Speaking of the NFL, we ran across two clips on YouTube that we found of interest.

If you have ever wondered how the officials on the field manage to maintain their composure when they are being yelled at by coaches, players and fans, this clip featuring a Side Judge will show you how they get their training...


 

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsjeTe0wFnc>


The second clip features a Referee. While we were unable to confirm this with Bill Leavy prior to press time, we have to assume that the circumstances in this clip would be one of a White Hat's biggest nightmares...


 

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=GXkwGffMcu0&NR=1>

 

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Remember having fun at Playland by the Beach in San Francisco several decades ago? Joe Suske does, and so do I.

As a kid, I used to have fun on the spin table, the big slide where you sat on a piece of burlap, and the turning barrel where it was next to impossible to stay standing. Then, as a young teenager and my folks would drop me and my buddies off, we would frequently hang around the walkway that blew air up the skirts of the girls. But that's another story...

Here's a trailer for a documentary about Playland that's available on DVD...
 


 

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


Always willing to step up to the plate and be a gunea pig, I went ahead and ordered the DVD from this website order page:

<http://www.novemberfire.com/dvd/pages/nfrdvd002.html>


The cost was $15, but shipping and tax brought the total to $18.89. If you want to e-mail me in two weeks and inquire about it, I'll tell you whether I felt it was worth the price.

 

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Want to see how the U.S. was capable of turning out one B-24 Liberator every 55 minutes six months before Pearl Harbor was attacked? Have a look at this vintage film about the Willow Run Assembly Plant...


 

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKlt6rNciTo>

 

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I'm not sure which is funnier, these falls on the runway by a super model, or the two out-of-control news anchors in the second half of the clip, especially the one in the middle of the pic below. (I have a difficult time feeling sorry for an embarrassed super model who brings in over a million a year for walking up and down a runway wearing the latest fashion designs. One would think that will all their money they could afford some food!)


 

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqQy_mQ0Gak>

 

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Stan Miller sent in is this very cool website that allows you to pull up an original image of the brochure of virtually any car you have ever owned. Give it a try...
 


 

<http://www.lov2xlr8.no/broch1.html>

 

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This clip from Don Hale is about a 62-year-old seemingly good idea that would make parallel parking a piece of cake, but never caught on...


 

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCrmbIC6mVM>

 

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Ouch! (Watch this clip from Pete Salvi closely and see if you can spot the miscue by the arriving officer...)
 


 

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAbXzDG6QjY>

 

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As an Acura owner I sometimes receive e-mails from the manufacturer touting its latest cars. Earlier this week I received a preview of a commercial Acura says it plans to air during the Super Bowl. It features Jerry Seinfeld with a cameo by Jay Leno at the end...
 


 

<http://www.acura.com/future/NSX#7>

 

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From Bert Kelsey comes this nostaligic trip back to the '60s when most of us were in high school, college, the military, already on "The Job," or a combination thereof. It was created by "Old Blue Web Designs" which we feel is one of the finest Web creators on the Internet. This one features great music from our past in addition to facts about the time that many of us have forgotten...
 


 

<http://objflicks.com/TakeMeBackToTheSixties.htm>

 

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And last but certainly not least, Bert also sent in this moving tribute about a WWII hero by one of a small handful of Hollywood stars who is proud to be a conservative. He is Gary Sinise of "Forrest Gump" fame, and no one in the country supports our military veterans more than he does...
 


 

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETeB2JnpXiU>

 

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Thanks for visiting and enjoy the Super Bowl, but don't anticipate a "wardrobe malfunction."

C'ya
 

Pic of the Week:



You had to know that quips like these would be coming...
 

A man phones a hobby shop and asks, "Do you have a model of an Italian cruise liner?"

The shop owner replies, "Yes, we have just one left."

The man on the phone says, "Great, can you put it on the side for me?"

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Carnival, the cruise company with the biggest turnover so far in 2012, puts them at the top of the list.

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How do they serve cocktails on Italian cruise ships? On the rocks.

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What vegetables do you get with dinner on Italian cruise ships? Leeks

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What's the fastest way to get off an Italian cruise ship in an emergency? Follow the captain.

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When the captain of the ill fated Costa Concordia was asked if he knew
where he was going when his ship ran aground, he replied: "Off, course."

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What's the difference between the Italian economy and the stricken cruise
liner Costa Concordia? Nothing. The bottom has dropped out of both.

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And finally, Italian police are continuing to interview a Korean honeymoon couple about
the whereabouts of the rescue dog that found them three days after the ship went aground.

 

   

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