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RETIRED SERGEANT DAN MC TEAGUE
Born June 16, 1940
Appointed Feb. 1966
Retired May 1994
Died Feb. 14, 2018
Dan was diagnosed with colon cancer about three years ago that eventually spread to other organs. Compounded by other problems, he lost the battle at about 3 a.m. yesterday (Wed.).
In addition to his wife Daryl, Dan leaves behind a son, Riley, daughter Cleary, and three grandchildren by Cleary (Aengus, Finnegan and Tierney). Dan also is survived by his brother Emmett and his wife Barbara.
A catholic service is tentatively planned for next Tuesday at the Holy Spirit Church at 1200 Redmond Ave in San Jose but will not be confirmed until later today or tomorrow. When it is we will send out a separate notice to all Farsider subscribers.
Below are some of the many comments about Dan that were posted on the 10-7ODSJ Facebook page…
Ivano Franco Comelli: So Sad. Rest in Peace my Friend.
Billy Dishman: Another one of SJPD's Finest called home. Dan was a great inspiration and a true gentleman.
Dennis J Dolezal: RIP Dan!
Leroy Pyle: Will miss his sense of humor.
Louis Quezada: Awwww Hell! One of the best. Sad, sad day for SJPD.
Joe Wicker: I remember him back in the day when he taught Police Community Relations at WVC in 1970. Great man with a wry sense of humor. Rest now, Sergeant.
Phil Beltran: Damn...Such a bright articulate guy...True Vintage Hero.
Jasper Kirby: Damn, I can hear the ice cubes tinkling in he and Kent Cossey's glasses now...Love you my brother.
Tom O’Donnell: Sad I didn't know he had cancer! Very well respected cop.
Dan Vasquez: Sad news for sure. A true gentleman with a great sense of humor. RIP Dan.
Bruce Toney: Great and funny guy.... RIP Dan.
Mike Richmond: Very sad. What an awesome human being!
Karol Burke: Heartbreaking...great guy, wry sense of humor and a great cop. My heart goes out to his family.
Astrid Kozlowski: Such a wonderful man.
Al Sutcliffe: My first Sgt. Danny was one of a kind. Took care of his officers. RIP.
Bob BalesanoL Deeply saddened by this news...RIP Danny Boy.
Al Ferla: He was a great warrior...RIP.
Robert Serpico: Another Good Guy gone too soon! He will be missed by many...RIP Danny Boy!
Carlos Miranda: Outstanding officer and man! RIP
Mark Conrad: RIP brother, see you on the other side. Bless and comfort your family.
Ronald January: Dan was one of a kind. Sure enjoyed working around him and with him. Rest in peace.
Will Santos: So sorry to hear....great person, outstanding mentor, memorable story teller.
John Pointer: Father McTeague, enjoyed many many happy times with you at the ole Bruni’s. RIP Sarge.
Bert Caro: What a loss. A friend to all cops and many many more.
Steve Caraway: A great man and funny as hell. Will miss him deeply.
Dave Storton: I know there are going to be hundreds of comments on this because Dan was such a great guy and had so many friends. I had the privilege of working for him on the street, and I always had him in mind as my role model on how a sergeant should be.
Steve Papenfuhs: Very sad. A TRUE LEADER.
Rick Fontanilla: Dan was so classy..RIP
Rick Willson: DAMN! Great man and my first Sgt. Taught me the old school ways that were quickly dying in the early ’90s. Will always be grateful to this man among men and his contributions to greatness that was SJPD.
Wil Montano: RIP Father McTeague! You will be missed!
David SeminatoreL A cops’ cop!
Phil Pitts: A sad day. Loss of a great guy and a great cop.
Mathew Walsh: A true mentor and friend. Thank you for all you gave us. Rest easy in Heaven Sir.
Joe Schenck: Saddened doesn’t do justice to the way I feeI. Danny (Father McTeague) was a true gentleman, mentor, a Cops’ cop and great human being. I had so many great times working with him. The world is a whole lot emptier and sadder today with his loss. RIP my good friend.
Lynne Caro: Even when you know cancer was winning the war, it still is unbelievable and so sad that Danny is gone! He was always very caring, a great story teller, and had a fantastic sense of humor! RIP Dan, you were definitely one of a kind and will never be forgotten.
Paul Gardner: As several mentioned above, he was known as Father McTeague for his sermons in briefing. He was always telling us how to catch the bad guys and with a sense of humor. On meeting him at Bruni’’s for an end of shift party, he was a bit late. His comment, "get out of the way boys, let's get drunk and become somebody!" Gonna miss this great human being. Rest in peace Danny.
Chris Galios: Very sad news. Danny was a great cop and a great guy and will be missed. RIP my friend.
Julie Denise Callahan: A true gentleman. Heartbreaking loss. Prayers to his family and friends. Rest in Peace Dan.
David Dulong: Great guy, great cop. Rest In Peace Dan.
Tom Brewer: Another San Jose Legend gone too soon. RIP my friend.
Steve Wilson: So sad a real cops’ cop.
Paul Ewing: I have many, many fond memories of ride-alongs as a PAL Cadet with Dan McTeague. He was a calm, patient teacher who taught me how to spot "crooks" and how to talk to them. When I turned 21 he introduced me to "The Foghorn" RIP Dan.
A.j. Young: A great man and great friend.
Ted Marfia: A sad day indeed! Had the pleasure of working a patrol team with Dan and Kent Cossey. Both excellent cops. RIP
Russ LeGault: It was a privilege to have known Dan. He had many special gifts including a contagious laugh and smile. RIP
Patrick Killen: RIP my Irish friend.
Greg Raymond: Dan was a gracious and caring man who saw the good in all.
Don Moore: RIP Dan. A very good man.
Michael Nagel: RIP Dan.
Alan Damon: Very sad. Outstanding human being.
Felipe Flores: Father McTeague was a very special person. He always had a word to cheer you up. I always looked forward to our chance conversations. I always came away with a smile. RIP Danny.
Walt Robinson: Great cop, great friend and a great human being. Danny Boy, I will miss you and your upbeat attitude and humor. Rest In Peace Brother.
Tony Weir: Wow, Danny Boy, what a loss. Rest in peace brother!
Ed Bettencourt: RIP Dan.
John Hernandez: Met Dan several times while working as a SJUPD officer. Got to know him when he retired and he gave a thumps-up when I was engaged to Antonia! RIP Dan!
Cheryl Babineau: Danny was the classic Irish cop. A great man I was proud to serve with. He will be missed.
Felipe Flores: Father McTeague was a very special person. He always had a word to cheer you up. I always looked forward to our chance conversations. I always came away with a smile. RIP Danny.
Joe Tamarit: Great man proud to have known him. RIP Dan.
Darrell Cortez: So sad. Dan was a great guy and greater cop. So proud to have known him.
Donna Tonry: Danny was so special! He has been my neighbor for decades. I will miss him driving by my house and our impromptu conversations on the side of the road. So well loved and respected. A husband, a dad, a grandpa. So many of us will miss this special man. God love and bless you, Danny. No more suffering.
Margie Thompson: Oh Father McTeague! Heaven is a happier place with you (and Kent) being together again. RIP
Several more remembrances are posted on Ivan Comelli’s “Vintage San Jose Police” Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/454521117967285/
In Memory of Dan McTeague
By Anthony Hernandez
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Can the improved economy rescue the underfunded public pension systems?
Fund Hits Milestone: It’s Earning More Money Than It’s Paying Out
By Adam Ashton — The State Worker
Sacramento Bee — Feb. 12, 2018
For the first time in years, CalPERS is stable enough that it no longer expects to run deficits into the middle of the century.
Though still underfunded, the $345 billion pension fund has a better financial outlook because it’s collecting more money from employers and making the most of recent stock market gains, its chief investment officer said on Monday. That should help it avoid scenarios where it has to sell investment assets to pay pensions.
It’s a milestone in the California Public Employees’ Retirement System’s recovery since it suffered severe losses in the recession that left it badly underfunded.
Since then, CalPERS has regularly had to sell off assets to pay pensions. In 2016, for instance, CalPERS paid out $20.5 billion in benefits – $4 billion more than it earned, according to its annual financial report.
That year the CalPERS board voted to lower its investment forecast, acknowledging that it expected to earn less money over time from its portfolio. The vote effectively required cities and other organizations that belong to CalPERS to kick in more money to fund their employees’ pensions.
CalPERS Chief Investment Officer Ted Eliopoulos said the higher payroll rates and recent investment returns put the fund in a better position to handle recent stock market swings that have swayed the value of its portfolio by billions of dollars.
CalPERS now expects to earn more money than it spends over the next 20 years. Previously, its financial outlook projected deficits through 2040.
“We are now forecasting neutral to positive cash flows, taking into account both contributions and investment income, which strengthens the fund and strengthens our ability to invest through volatile periods like this. Not only not having to sell assets during a downturn, but also to reinvest during downturns,” Eliopoulos said told the CalPERS board.
CalPERS has about 70 percent of the assets it would need to pay the benefits it owes to its members. Its decision to raise payroll contribution rates has stressed local governments. City governments especially have raised complaints recently that the higher rates are “crowding out” their ability to fund public services.
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
Is alleged sexual misconduct contagious? Is it something in the air? The water? What percentage of the male population is guilty of this type of behavior? 10 percent; 25 percent; 50 percent? It seems to be everywhere, including right here on our own doorstep. Have a look and/or listen to this NBC Bay Area report with an embedded video…
Calls Out South Bay Politician Pierluigi Oliverio on Alleged Sexual Misconduct
By Damian Trujillo — NBC Bay Area — Feb. 1, 2018
Click HERE to view the embedded video report
The #MeToo movement is hitting home for one South Bay politician. An ad posted to social media Thursday alleges former San Jose councilman and Santa Clara County supervisorial candidate Pierluigi Oliverio has a history of sexual harassment.
The scathing ad affiliates Oliverio with the #HimToo hashtag, a take on the #MeToo movement that has brought awareness to sexual misconduct, and it shows a picture of Oliverio along with President Donald Trump and former Senatorial candidate Roy Moore.
The ad highlights allegations of sexual harassment against Oliverio in 2015 by a former employee while Oliverio was on the San Jose City Council. The accuser later dropped Oliverio from a lawsuit and ended up settling with the city for $10,000, even though the city still claims the suit had no merit.
Vicki Gemetti is with the Santa Clara County Government Lawyers Association, which published the ad. The group hasn’t endorsed anyone in the supervisorial race but said it couldn’t stand idly by while Oliverio campaigned.
"I find that his actions are vile and repugnant, and his behavior reprehensible," she said. "Someone who has demonstrated utter lack of judgment on how to treat his own employees should not be responsible for leadership on thousands of female employees."
Oliverio insisted he does not have a sexual harassment problem in the workplace. When he saw the ad, he reiterated that the 2015 allegations had no merit.
"This is really a desperate attempt by the union bosses to try to control the Board of Supervisors by smearing," he said.
Oliverio added that he will continue fighting for the issues that afflict the county, such as health care and housing.
On Wednesday night, the group Democratic Activists for Women Now, or DAWN, voted unanimously to oppose Oliverio’s candidacy.
This guy’s name is Mark Dice. He managed to get Chevy Chase of SNL fame to admit that Saturday Night Live is liberal propaganda disguised as comedy. Dice also raked talk show hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Steven Colbert over the coals. See the video below.
Talking Points <email@example.com>
Mark Dice, who is best known for his conservative man-on-the-street interviews, has been featured in the Farsider several times over the past few years. Click HERE to view this clip sent in by Talking Points. (3:34)
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In light of all that we have heard predicted over the last decade and beyond, I found this video about global warming to be quite enlightening. It wasn't that long ago that we were warned about the coming ice age, and then more recently about global warming, followed by climate change.
Dave Walker <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This Prager University video addresses the question, “Can Climate Models Predict Climate Change?” Click HERE to view it. (5:34)
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Please take the time to learn how you can take advantage by reading the flyer for the program that pertains to you:
THE ANNUAL CIOPPINO (AND CHICKEN) FEED
We are excited to announce another great opportunity to enjoy Cioppino or, if you are not a fishy kinda person, perhaps chicken. The Cioppino Feed is on again. MMOC has set up online registration at <www.mmoc.org> for folks who would prefer to register there.
READY TO PUT ON YOUR "POKER FACE?"
IT’S TIP-A-COP TIME AGAIN…
FUNDRAISER FOR THE EMERALD SOCIETY
You’re invited to join members and friends of the San Jose Police Emerald Society to warm up for the following week’s St. Patrick’s Day! Price includes a corn beef and cabbage buffet with all the fixin's, two drink tickets, bagpipe music, Irish folk music and a DJ. There will also be a silent auction and raffle. Refer to the flyer below.
CRIME SCENE UNIT COMMEMORATIVE COINS AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER
Scene Unit has a newly redesigned coin measuring 1 3/4 inches in diameter that
will be arriving shortly. If you are interested, you can pre-order them now
with a payment of $10 each. Contact Officer Veronica Martinez at 407-277-4169
for more info.
IS THIS AN ENDORSEMENT FOR THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS?
The Sac Bee says California cops prefer Villaraigosa over Newsom for governor. That strikes us as a no brainer in light of the fact that no Republican has a snowball’s chance in hell of getting elected…
cops like Antonio Villaraigosa and not Gavin Newsom
By Christopher Cadelago <email@example.com>
Sacramento Bee — Feb. 13, 2018
Antonio Villaraigosa says his record as Los Angeles
mayor shows he supports police officers. He spoke
in Sacramento on Feb. 12, 2018 as he received the
endorsement from chiefs and rank-and-file officers.
Click HERE to view embedded videos on both Villaraigosa and Gavin Newsom.
California organizations representing both police chiefs and rank-and-file officers put their law enforcement muscle behind Antonio Villaraigosa’s campaign for governor on Monday, contending that his Democratic rival, Gavin Newsom, supported criminal justice and public safety measures that are anathema to their priorities.
The California Police Chiefs Association and the Peace Officers Research Association of California pointed to Villaraigosa’s record as mayor of Los Angeles, where crime dropped amid an increase in police ranks, as well as his opposition to eliminating cash bail and Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2011 prison realignment push. Villaraigosa told the law enforcement leaders that he was open to reviewing the data to see if it warranted dialing back the initiatives that cops believe went too far.
The head of the police chiefs also cited the group’s opposition to Newsom’s marijuana legalization bid and said his 2016 gun-control measure was unnecessary given the changes pushed in the Legislature that year. “Was the initiative necessary, or was it for the purposes of politics?” asked Edward Medrano, president of the police chief’s organization.
Medrano said the totality of the recent changes – “realignment” that cut the state’s prison population by shifting certain felons to county jails; Proposition 47 that reduced some drug and property crimes to misdemeanors from felonies and Proposition 57 that created additional ways for inmates to receive early release – are still unknown. Californians, Medrano argued, have endured enough social experimentation over the last seven years.
“We felt much more confident that Mayor Villaraigosa was more in line with how we felt on the issues because of his role not only as speaker of the Assembly but also as a mayor of Los Angeles, which is a massive city to run. He understands not only from the legislative standpoint, but from running the day-to-day operations of a major city.”
The endorsements represent support not only from the chiefs, but from the workers they supervise. Even in the depths of recession, Villaraigosa refused to lay off officers in Los Angeles.
Newsom, the lieutenant governor and former San Francisco mayor, and Villaraigosa lead in public polls. Newsom has won endorsements from firefighters, teachers and nurses, giving him a clear edge among organized labor. In addition to leading the weed legalization and ammunition-control ballot campaigns in 2016, he’s established his brand by being out front on issues favored by liberal Democrats: He was the only statewide elected official to endorse Proposition 47 and joined fairly early in the cause to eliminate cash bail.
Newsom spokesman Nathan Click said the campaign has the highest respect for those who put their lives on line to protect public safety.
“That said, political opposition to common-sense gun safety and criminal justice reforms is on the wrong side of history – not to mention out of step with a majority of Californians,” Click said.
“We’re not surprised they are supporting a candidate who defends our broken criminal justice system and carries water for the private prison and bail bond industries.”
But Villaraigosa’s supporters, including the bail bond and private prison industry who contributed to his campaigns, expect him to play up his public safety cred.
Brian Marvel, the head of Peace Officers Research Association of California, the largest law enforcement organization in the state, said his organization would be rolling out an independent expenditure committee to back Villaraigosa.
Not only would the tougher-on-crime stances sell well to the general public, Marvel told reporters on Monday, but they may also help him win over elusive Republican voters.
“I think Antonio will be a very good candidate that can cross over, and be able to pull some of those people,” he said. Public safety “is a shared responsibility and it resonates. I think people want to be safe in their communities, and having law enforcement getting out there (and) being active in their communities is what they want” done.
“But, on the converse, we need somebody who is willing to actively support that – and not just talk about it.”
SO WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?
NBC Bay Area reported on Chief Garcia’s message to the Hispanic community that SJPD officers will not cooperate with ICE agents in the arrest of illegal immigrants. Does it not follow that he is forbidding his cops to follow federal law? God forbid that an ICE agent gets his butt in a sling and needs help. Are San Jose cops supposed to stand by and watch?
As for this story about a 70-year-old illegal immigrant from El Salvador who didn’t want her name used or her face shown on TV for fear she might be arrested by ICE, isn’t her bottle-laden cart that takes up a full lane of traffic something of a tip-off? Just askin'.
Click HERE for the story and the video report.
STORIES OF THE WEEK
Received from Lumpy
A man boards a plane with six kids. After they get settled in their seats, a woman sitting across the aisle leans over to him and asks, “Are all of those kids yours?”
He replied, “No I work for a condom company. These are customer complaints.”
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From the Archives
The older supermarket near my house has finally upgraded to the latest automatic water mister to keep produce fresh. Like most modern supermarkets, just before it goes through its misting cycle you hear the sound of thunder and the smell of fresh rain.
When you approach the milk cases, you hear cows mooing and the slight scent of fresh hay.
When you approach the egg case, you hear hens cluck and cackle, and the air is filled with the pleasing aroma of bacon and eggs frying.
The veggie department features the sound of a gentle breeze and the smell of fresh buttered corn.
I don't buy toilet paper there any more.
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From the Archives
A woman arrived at the Gates of Heaven. While she was waiting for Saint Peter to greet her, she peeked through the gates. She saw a beautiful banquet table. Sitting all around were her parents and all the other people she had loved and who had died before her. They saw her and began calling greetings to her "Hello -- How are you! We've been waiting for you! Good to see you."
When Saint Peter came by the woman said to him, "This is such a wonderful place! How do I get in?"
"You have to spell a word," Saint Peter told her.
"Which word?" the woman asked.
The woman correctly spelled "Love" and Saint Peter welcomed her into Heaven.
About a year later, Saint Peter came to the woman and asked her to watch the Gates of Heaven for him that day.
While the woman was guarding the Gates, her husband arrived.
"I'm surprised to see you," the woman said. "How have you been?"
"Oh, I've been doing pretty well since you died," he said. "I married the beautiful young nurse who took care of you while you were ill. And then I won the multi-state lottery. I sold the little house you and I lived in, bought a huge mansion and my wife and I traveled all around the world. We were on vacation in Cancun and I went water skiing today. I fell and hit my head, and here I am. What a bummer! How do I get in?"
"You have to spell a word," she said.
"Which word?" he asked.
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Something to try if Reincarnation really exists…
From the Archives
It's been noted before and it's worth noting again...
If there is such a thing as reincarnation and you have a choice, try living your life backwards.
You start out dead and get that out of the way immediately.
You wake up in a nursing home and begin to feel better with each passing day.
Then you eventually get kicked out of the home for being too healthy.
You spend several years enjoying your retirement and collecting benefit checks.
Then, when you start work, you get a gold watch on your very first day.
You work for 30-40 years and get younger each day, until you eventually become too young for the job.
So you go to college or high school, play sports, date, drink and party.
As you get even younger you become a kid again. You go to elementary school, play and have fun. You have no responsibilities.
In a few years you become a baby and everyone runs themselves ragged trying to keep you happy.
You spend your last nine months floating peacefully in spa-like conditions with central heating and room service until...finally...you finish life as an orgasm.
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Yourself on the Back…
Received from Carm Grande
This is for all the kids who survived the 1930s, '40s and '50s…
No matter what the kids of today and the new generation think about us, we are AWESOME!
First, we survived being born to mothers who may have smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.
Then, after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets, And when we rode our bikes we wore baseball caps, not helmets.
As infants and children we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.
Riding in the back of a pick-up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.
We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this.
We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar. And we weren't overweight. Why? Because we were always outside playing!
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. And we were OK.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
We did not have Play Stations, Nintendos and X-boxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVDs, no surround-sound or CDs, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet and no chat rooms.
We had friends and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from those accidents.
We would get spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping-pong paddles or just a bare hand, and no one would call child services to report abuse.
We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt. And the worms did not live in us forever.
We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, 22 rifles for our 12th, rode horses, made up games with sticks and tennis balls, and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.
Little League had tryouts And not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!
These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever.
The past 60 to 85 years have seen an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.
If you are one of those born between 1925-1955, Congratulations!
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good.
While you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were.
Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?
Quote of the month:
"With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?"
For those who prefer to think that God is not watching over us, go ahead and ignore this, but do so at your own peril.
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
Here is this week’s offering for you Anti-Trumpsters, but only two shows (Kimmel’s) were live this past week due to the broadcast of the Winter Olympics.
7 — 13
Feb. 12: Today is an important day in American history. Today is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Abraham Lincoln was born 209 years ago. Of course, he was tragically assassinated at Ford’s Theater in Washington by a member of MS-13 … I read that on the White House website. Is that not right?
Lincoln was known as honest, the great emancipator, the rail splitter, tight coop … he had a lot of nicknames … he was like the Diddy of 1863. Even had his own vodka.
On Friday night there was a cyber-attack in Pyeongchang. Someone attacked the official Olympic website and took out Wi-Fi in the stadium during the opening ceremonies, which was devastating. Thousands of people had to wait until they got back to their hotels to post to Instagram.
But the real story of the Olympics surprisingly aren't athletes. The stars of the Olympics so far are the cheerleaders from North Korea. Have you seen these North Korean cheerleaders? Kim Jong Un sent a team of more than 200 women to cheer on the North Korean athletes and it doesn't seem like they know what they're cheering. The North Korean women lost to Switzerland in hockey 8-0. They cheered the Zamboni machine when it came out.
Really. These women are cheering like their lives depend on it. Because they do. They literally do.
Feb. 13: Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. For those who haven’t stopped at CVS to buy a gift on the way home from work yet, quick reminder, no grown woman wants a stuffed animal.
I have a theory. Valentine’s Day was made up by the greeting card companies to trick you into telling your wife you love her.
The worst part of Valentine’s Day is when you call to order flowers and you order the flowers and the guy on the other end of the phone says, “What would you like your card to say?” You should say something romantic or poetic but in order to do that you have to dictate it to a stranger.
Which is not comfortable. I mean, “Dear Kathy, I love you. You mean the world to me. Happy Valentine’s Day. Love, Snookie Bear.” It’s a violation is what it is! See, these are the jobs we need robots to take from us.
The White House is releasing their own line of cards this year. Have you heard about this? That’s because we made it up. Funny, we’re at the point where anything is believable.
Here are some of the cards they’re offering. It’s best-seller comes from President Trump. It says, “I flip for you.”
Donald Trump Jr.: “I’ll be thinking of you from prison” or “I love you like daddy loves Jared.”
Jared has a card that says, “You make my cold dead stare come alive.”
Melania has a good card: “Whatever Michelle Obama said last Valentine’s Day.”
Mitch McConnell: “I’m gonna move on you like a Mitch.”
And finally, Trump’s Valentine, good old Vladimir Putin: “I can inject you into my Olympic team because you are dope!”
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE
Click HERE for the most current update.
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With just a little imagination, to Dream the Impossible Dream can apply to Polar Bears as well as any other living thing. Have a LOOK at this ad received from Alice Murphy. (1:15)
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The line forms behind me if you plan on putting down a deposit for one of these manned drones. That also applies to the Chinese language classes that are included in the basic cost so you can READ the user’s manual. (7:31)
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When it comes to drones that can carry a person, you may be inclined to think that this video from Don Hale of a bikini-clad gal flying a six-motor drone is fake, but it’s not. We'll show you proof, but first watch HER fly. (3:20)
The lady is Mariah Cain, and to prove the video above was authentic and not a CGI fake, here SHE is learning to pilot the machine. (3:38)
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Bravo! BRAVO! Well done, and not only that, the “Waltz of the Flowers” by Tchaikovsky musical accompaniment makes THIS “Marbles, Magnets and Music” video extra special. (3:44)
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There is one and only one eight-letter word that can describe Josh Nicholls’ flights: "Insanity!" He is one of many thrill seekers who has traded his wingsuit for a tracking suit. (The pics below show the difference.) In this compilation video, note how close he comes to Mother Earth during his 100+ mph jumps in his tracking suit. It should be noted, however, that some of the footage is in slow-motion while other scenes were shot after he had already DEPLOYED his parachute. But still... (6:06)
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This poor pooch had been abandoned after his owners moved and left him behind. He was both homeless and so hungry at times that he literally ate rocks. With Eldad on another rescue, Lisa and JoAnn CAME to Stewie’s aid. (3:50)
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This is the short story of Buddha, a homeless Pit Bull who just wanted a home and someone to LOVE him. (4:12)
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Say Hi to "Yankee Poodle," a sweet little shaggy dog that had been living on the street until Eldad and Lisa arrived and RESCUED him. The little one now has a little boy to LOOK after him. (4:05)
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If you are a fan of the Budweiser Clydesdales, you are guaranteed to enjoy THIS compilation video received from Noel Lanctot. (7:51)
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We can’t help but wonder how this smash and grab robbery at a Costco in Southern California would have gone down had it taken place in one of the Costco stores in Texas where every other citizen is packing a gun. Bet it would have been FUN to watch. (0:38)
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This week’s closer is a little unusual in that it’s a look back at the steel workers of 1932 who thought nothing of risking their lives by working hundreds of feet above the ground to build the skyscrapers that now dot America’s big cities. This amazing video received from Don Hale tells the story behind THIS iconic photo of 11 workers on their lunch break 800 feet above the city of New York. (5:34)
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Happy post Valentine's Day to all you ladies!
Pic of the Week
Were we the only ones who noticed something
strange about the North Korean bobsled team?
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