The Farsider

February 19, 2015

 

Bill Mattos, Editor and Publisher <bilmat@comcast.net>
Leroy Pyle, Webmaster <leroypyle@sjpba.net>

 

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PENSION NEWS

Many of you have already seen this front page item about City pensions from last Friday’s paper. For those of you who haven’t…

Pension Accord Offered by City

—Unions dismiss $25 million pitch from San Jose leaders—

By Mike Rosenberg <mrosenberg@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Feb. 13, 2015

SAN JOSE — Marking a dramatic shift by City Hall in the bitter fight over government pensions, San Jose leaders Thursday offered to cut in half the $50 million a year in retirement concessions they’re seeking from municipal workers.

Union leaders were quick to dismiss the offer, but did not rule out a return to the bargaining table. If settlement efforts fail, the matter could be tied up in court appeals for years, depriving the city of needed savings and workers of clarity over their compensation that has led many to seek jobs elsewhere.

The offer signaled a new posture from city leadership, where the new mayor and a City Council majority had campaigned to maintain the city’s fight for pension reforms. It comes amid growing worry at City Hall and in neighborhoods about San Jose’s dwindling police force, where officers have been bailing for more lucrative jobs in other cities in part because of the pension battle.

“I’m fundamentally a pragmatist,” Mayor Sam Liccardo said. “I’m looking for ways to solve the fiscal issue, but we cannot ignore the human one.”

Pension reform remains the No. 1 controversy in City Hall, as city leaders — pointing to retirement costs that have shot up from 10 percent of the city budget to 30 percent in the past decade — say they need tens of millions of taxpayer savings to avoid further service cuts, even as the changes have contributed to the police force dropping from 1,400 officers last decade to fewer than 1,000 cops now.

Public safety issues

The new proposal amounts to the biggest concession from the city since the employee unions sued to block the pension reforms that voters approved 2½ years ago and comes amid rising calls from residents to settle the issue so they can start seeing more cops on the street.

Just Wednesday night, as the city was sending its offer to the unions, more than 500 residents in an upscale Almaden Valley neighborhood packed a city meeting to demand answers from Liccardo and police brass about a recent spike in burglaries. The crowd was asked how many of them have been burglarized, and dozens of hands went up, causing a collective gasp from the crowd. Yet so many officers have left the police department that the police can barely investigate most property crimes.

“There was a time when people would scratch and claw to wear this patch,” assistant police chief Eddie Garcia told the crowd, indicating his shoulder. “And we need to get back to that place.”

The concession offer from city management marks the first attempt at negotiations since the January inauguration of the new council and Liccardo. The police union also just elected a new president, Sgt. Paul Kelly, and both sides are eager to settle the issue soon. They just can’t agree on how.

So far, the 2012 voter-approved pension initiative, called Measure B, has shrunk pensions for new hires and eliminated bonus checks and trimmed health plans for retirees. That’s led to $25 million in annual savings.

But union lawsuits have blocked an additional $49 million in annual savings from making most workers pay more for their pensions. Those cases are now in the appeals court and could take several years to resolve. The council’s proposal calls for the two sides to negotiate $25 million in annual retirement cost savings — roughly half the disputed total, and enough to give the city a comfortable budget cushion.

“We’re willing to split the baby,” Liccardo said.

The offer also amounts to an admission from the new mayor that he can’t be as tough on pensions as he argued for during his campaign without risking the police staffing crisis — which has already become the biggest issue of his young administration — spiraling further out of control.

Union stands pat

But the unions gave no indication they would be softening their stance. In a letter earlier this week after being made aware of the proposal, the presidents of the two public safety unions called the $25 million savings figure “arbitrary” and “a major step backwards.”

City leaders did not specify what form the savings would take, though presumably it still would require longtime employees to pay more toward their retirement in some fashion, an idea the unions have strongly rejected and one that a lower-court judge already struck down.

The $25 million number reflects what city leaders say is needed — after adding in a proposed sales tax measure in 2016 and other proposals — to restore services to 2011 levels. But union leaders say that includes additional road maintenance beyond 2011 levels, which they feel they shouldn’t have to pay for.

The unions representing police officers, firefighters and city engineers released a joint statement Thursday saying city leaders “ought to have their heads examined” if they think they can restore services while significantly cutting worker paychecks. There are also concerns that the city’s plan could require approval by voters, likely not until 2016.

“If the city is serious about fixing the mess they created,” the union statement said, “they must acknowledge that a global settlement on Measure B, retiree health care and our contracts must be done in 2015 without waiting to go back to the ballot, otherwise we are just spinning our wheels.”

Staff writer Mark Emmons contributed to this report. Contact Mike Rosenberg at 408-920-5705.

 

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Guess who?

Liccardo is Trying to End Pension War



By Scott Herhold — Columnist
Mercury News — Feb. 15, 2015

If it ever existed, the honeymoon is well and truly over for San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. Now he has to deal with the hard lifts, and none is heavier than finding peace in the city’s pension wars.

We saw the first shape of Liccardo’s answer last week. If you need the bumper sticker description, it would be this: Moving away from ex-Mayor Chuck Reed, but not far enough to please the paladins of retirement benefits, the cops and firefighters. On the merits, there is much to commend Liccardo’s plan: He is seeking $25 million in yearly savings from negotiations over Measure B, Reed’s pension reform plan. That’s half as much as the city originally envisioned. “I’m confident that the only way to get to a solution is negotiations,” Liccardo said Friday at an 18th-floor meeting with reporters. “It’s our job to build the bridge halfway.” Significantly, Liccardo’s proposal, while tied to restoring services, does not get too deeply into the weeds. He has suggested that the burden of paying more for pensions, the kernel of Measure B, could be eased by salary increases.

The mayor also seems ready to embrace tax increases. His plan relies on city voters to approve a sales tax (either ¼ or ½ cent) and for county voters to approve a transportation measure in 2016.

Politics of peace

None of that means the politics of peace will be easy. As the man who asks for negotiations, Liccardo is not unlike the leaders of France or Germany who crave an end to hostilities in eastern Ukraine. The public safety unions, who hold favorable cards in litigation, are more in the position of Vladimir Putin. The facts on the ground, including job possibilities elsewhere, have moved in their direction.

Liccardo’s plan already has drawn denunciation from cops and firefighters, who called the city’s decision to set an “arbitrary” savings target “a major step backward.” Moreover, the new mayor faces several political and legal restraints. First, he has only a tenuous majority on the council, which has a strong block leaning toward labor. Second, Liccardo is facing obvious pressure from well-heeled neighborhoods to do something about crime. Although adding a couple of hundred police officers might not change the crime rate significantly, doing nothing makes for very bad optics. The tricky part of all this is that Liccardo signed on to Measure B as a councilman before the 2012 election. He’s saying now that he would be content with half a loaf of bread. That will probably require going back to the voters, who had approved Measure B overwhelmingly.

Asked Friday whether the city had gone too far with pension reform, Liccardo said no, that the measure was needed at the time to avoid laying off cops. He is nonetheless edging away from the harder position he took as an ally of Reed. Is it the right way to go? Yes. The city needs to make a concession, particularly to hold a police force together. Liccardo understands that if he wants to do other things as mayor, he has to reach peace on the pension front.

Contact Scott Herhold at 408-275-0917 or <sherhold@ mercurynews.com>.

 

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Make of this editorial from today’s paper what you will…

Cities Should Heed Ruling on Pensions

Editorial
Mercury News — Feb 19. 2015

Besides common sense, here’s another reason cities and other government agencies should fully fund their retirement plans — and public employees should not count 100 percent on plans that are not fully funded today.

A federal judge’s ruling in the Stockton bankruptcy case earlier this month was the wake-up call that public worker pensions in California could be altered in times of fiscal crisis. Retirement boards, government officials and public employee unions can head this off by fully funding retirement programs and, most important, setting salary and benefit levels that are sustainable. Otherwise, the outcome of a bankruptcy could be worse for public employees than it was for Stockton’s workforce.

When Judge Christopher Klein upheld Stockton’s plan to exit bankruptcy after nearly three years, he made clear that, although pensions were spared, they could have been on the chopping block.

He rejected arguments that California’s Constitution and laws protect pensions from cuts in U.S. bankruptcy proceedings.

Klein turned down claims of Franklin Templeton Investors, which will recover only about 12 percent of the $36 million it loaned the city. Franklin had said that the California Public Employees’ Retirement System should have taken a haircut, too. Klein said CalPERS, while acting like a bully throughout the proceedings, is merely a servicing agent for Stockton’s pension plans. Current and former workers had given up retiree health benefits worth over a half-billion dollars, so they had shared the pain.

But they could have lost pension benefits too.

Klein criticized California’s “vested rights” doctrine, which locks in an employee’s pension formula for life on the first day of work. The “unusually inflexible” doctrine, he noted, was “judge-made,” a nod to legal scholars who think the state Supreme Court has overstepped.

The judge wrote that the U.S. Constitution trumps the state’s — and the federal document gives Congress authority to establish rules for bankruptcy, including altering contractual commitments such as pensions.

Klein could have stopped there. But he apparently couldn’t contain his contempt for CalPERS. He wrote, “CalPERS has bullied its way about in this case with an iron fist insisting that it and the municipal pensions it services are inviolable. The bully may have an iron fist, but it also turns out to have a glass jaw.”

CalPERS is one of several options municipal governments can choose to administer their pensions. Some cities, like San Jose, administer their own. Unfortunately, once local governments join CalPERS, the price tag to escape is “confiscatory,” Klein wrote. The termination charge that legislators wrote into state law makes it virtually impossible to withdraw.

Klein’s message was clear: The politics surrounding California’s pension system are broken. If things get bad enough, federal bankruptcy courts can make changes.


 

POA UPDATES



Feb. 13th

On February 9th 2015, the POA and Fire committed, in writing, to the Mayor and Council to negotiate a global settlement in 2015 of all our outstanding issues (Measure B, retiree healthcare and our respective MOA's), thus avoiding another divisive ballot measure. We asked the Council to publicly join in that pledge.

Click HERE for the POA and Fire Letter

Concurrently, we joined other city unions in rejecting another City-proposed stipulation to delay implementation of other parts of Measure B until 2017.   The POA is through with kicking this can down the road. We need to fix this mess now.

On Wednesday evening, Interim City Manager, Norberto Duenas' responded for the City.

Click HERE for the City Letter to the POA

Unfortunately, the City fumbles the opportunity to commit to a 2015 settlement. In a response that is equivocal, presumptuous and lacking in meaningful commitment to restoring San Jose's competitiveness, 4 points stick out:

• Waffle-speak: Compare the unequivocal POA/Fire commitment to a 2015 settlement to the City's "openness to working on a solution that would take place in 2015." The City needs to step up and realize that not fully committing to fixing Measure B in 2015 is a recipe for further destruction to our department and continued waves of crime in our neighborhoods-just ask the hundreds of concerned residents who showed up this week at a community meeting in Almaden to voice their outrage at the state of our city.

• Presumptuous: The City brazenly assumes that $25 million of savings per year it attributes to SRBR and retiree healthcare are in the bank and not subject to negotiation. Not so fast. Two different PERB rulings say the City violated the law and can't keep those savings. The City also says they are willing to discuss elements of Measure B that Judge Lucas has already ruled unconstitutional, that's very big of them. But no thank you.

• Potholes Over Police Officers: Remarkably, at a time when the Police Department is imploding, the City is threatening to implement a further 16% pay cut on police officers so it can spend $44 million to fill potholes, not restore services as promised. You can't make this up: six weeks into office and Sam Liccardo has no plan to fix the very mess he helped create and is now moving the goalposts and trying to change the rules of the game.

• One narrow ray of hope. If there's any positive to be drawn from the letter, it is that the City has-finally-recognized the need to discuss "increasing the Tier 2 benefit." This is, belatedly, acknowledgement that, millions of wasted dollars, lost recruits and unfilled Academy positions later, Chuck Reed's worst-in-the-state Tier 2 has been an unmitigated disaster.

• Retiree Healthcare Grievance: We've had multiple assurances from the City that it would fix the 9.5% to 10% problem. The POA has been patient but, unfortunately, the City hasn't followed through.

Meanwhile, the apologists at the Merc are peddling the City line like they were selling cheap suits:

Click HERE for Mercury News article: "City Makes Half Off Pension Offer"


There's a deal to be struck in 2015, but it needs leadership and clarity on the City side. So far, Mayor Liccardo has been unable to provide it.

The city must publicly acknowledge that a global settlement in 2015 is the goal without going back to the ballot and there must be truth injected into what the savings goal should be. We should demand no less.


 

THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF THE CITY AND SJPD



Feb. 12th

The dynamic crime fighting duo of SJ Mayor Chuccardo and Councilmember Johnny Khamis took their Keystone Kops routine to burglary plagued Almaden Valley last night and had their arses handed to them by over 1,000 angry residents. Click HERE to watch the NBC Bay Area video.

Seems the Measure B defenders were on the defensive trying to explain themselves and their inability to staff the police department. Khamis looked especially clueless, stammering on about all that he has done as homes keep getting ripped off. Hey Almaden Valley, how’s that Measure B thing working out for ya?

The Left Hook reports on a unified union response rejecting San Jose’s offer to further push off implementing parts of Measure B, the pension measure that has decimated the police department and other departments as well.  The unions basically double-dog-dared the city to implement the 4% pay cuts supported by Mayor Chuccardo, Councilmember Khamis, and Vice-Mayor Wahlin. Click HERE for more.


 

MAIL CALL



Feb. 13th

Bill,

It's always nice to view the works of Norman Rockwell and revisit a simpler time in America. Check with Dave Jenkins as I seem to remember that years ago he re-staged that painting of The Runaway in a cafe in Santa Cruz with his son being the runaway, Dave was the uniformed cop and his father played the part of the cafe owner/cook.

Maybe Dave can send you a photo of that re-staging so we can view the two works side by side.

Ron
(Webster) <tucsonron1462@msn.com>

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I did as Ron suggested by emailing Dave and included Ron’s message. This is what came back…

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Feb. 13th

Hello Bill,

Nice to hear from you. All is well here in Mt Shasta. My wife Kim and I have been living here since I retired 10 years ago. How time flies.

The photo that Ron mentioned was taken in 1986 at the Pontiac Grill in Santa Cruz. It included me, my Dad and my 5-year-old son Ben.

Two of my sons are San Jose Policemen now, Ben Jenkins #4035 and Adam Jenkins #3661. I could not be more proud.

All the best,

Dave <davidjenkins1930@gmail.com>

 

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Feb. 14th

Bill,

This clip from CBS News in San Francisco about Oakland’s “Radical Brownies” is so sad. That’s all I’ve got to say.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcfVx1vb1Cw

Talking Points <talking.points@comcast.net>

Sad, disturbing, frightening. Those are only a few of the adjectives I can think of to describe that clip.

 

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Feb. 13th

Bill,

I thought our animal friends fans would enjoy this.

Paul
(Gardner) <paulgardner1757@yahoo.com>

Excellent story, Paul. Readers who want to see more should visit the photographer's website below...

The Bears and I

Black bears typically have two cubs; rarely, one or three. In 2011, in northern New Hampshire, a black bear sow gave birth to five healthy young. There were two or three reports of sows with as many as 4 cubs, but five was, and is, very extraordinary. The photographer learned of them shortly after they emerged from their den and set a goal of photographing all five cubs with their mom no matter how much time and effort was involved. He knew the trail they followed on a fairly regular basis, usually  shortly before dark. After spending nearly four hours a day, seven days a week for more than six weeks, he had that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and photographed them. He used the equivalent of a very fast film speed on his digital camera. The print is properly focused and well exposed, with all six bears posing as if they were in a studio for a family portrait.

The photographer stayed in touch with other people who saw the bears during the summer and into the fall hunting season. All six bears continued to thrive. As time for hibernation approached, he found still more folks who had seen them, and everything remained OK. The photographer stayed away from the bears because he was concerned that they might become habituated to him, or to people in general, and treat them as approachable friends. This could easily become dangerous for both man and animal.

After Halloween, there were no further reports, and many could only hope the bears survived until they hibernated. This spring, just before the snow disappeared, all six bears came out of their den and wandered all over the same familiar territory they trekked in the spring of 2011,
      
The photographer saw them before mid-April and hoped of taking another family portrait, a highly improbable second once-in-a-lifetime photograph. But it came to be.

When something as magical as this happens between man and animal, Native Americans say, "We have walked together in the shadow of a rainbow." And  so it is with humility and great pleasure that I share these exhilarating  photos with you.

—Tom Sears, Wildlife Photographer—
<http://www.digitalphotographics.us/index.html>


 

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Feb. 18th

Bill,

I read both the 5 Feb 2015 Mail Call piece by Bob Tenbrink on the Wounded Warrior Project (click HERE), as well as the follow-up piece by Kenn Christie a week later (click HERE). My attention was captured because I am a Wounded Warrior Project supporter and a recurring (monthly) contributor to the Wounded Warrior Project.  Initially, I was concerned that maybe I had been contributing to an organization not worthy of my contributions.  After a little research on the web I am convinced that the Wounded Warrior Project is a legitimate and worthy organization.

I note that the email that Bob forwarded to you is not signed or attributed, and that makes me suspicious. In that email, a second email is mentioned that is attributed to a Dr. Richard Stiso. According to a web search, Dr. Stiso is apparently a chiropractor in New Jersey. I am not sure of his connection to the Wounded Warrior Project nor could I find an explanation for his involvement. The verbiage in Bob's email to you is oft repeated and attributed to Dr. Stiso in several online pieces, all stating "I recently received an email from Dr. Richard Stiso . . ." The Doctor gets around. The Wounded Warrior Project addresses the claims of a scam at <http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/scam-information.aspx>.  I suggest that doubters read this and at least consider it.

In your editorial comments you mentioned Charity Navigator as "one of the top sites used by the public to look inside the nation's charities." Here is a Charity Navigator snippet from their web site regarding "Charities Performing Similar Types of Work:"

Highly Rated

Wounded Warrior Project FL — Overall Score 86.11

Air Force Aid Society (VA) — Overall Score 87.77

Coast Guard Foundation (CT) — Overall Score 86.54

USO of Illinois (IL) — Overall Score 88.16

USO of Missouri (MO) — Overall Score 87.11

There is nothing, in my view, to indicate a "scam" or abuse of contributions. Wounded Warrior may not be the best run organization in the charity world, but it is certainly not the worst.

Further, I find very interesting that the Wounded Warrior Project website lists the following sponsors:

UnderArmour, Raytheon, Bank of America, U-Haul, Capital One, Brawny, Cisco, Heinz, Black & Decker, The PGA Tour, USAA, The Safeway Foundation, the NFL, Winn Dixie, Verizon, Advil, the LPGA, the Boston Red Sox, Hershey, Star-Kist, and the St. Louis Rams. This is just a partial list. Is there anyone who thinks that these major companies did not do their due diligence prior to throwing their prestige and money behind the Wounded Warrior Project?

With regards to the Wounded Warrior CEO salary, I recognize that $300,000 per year is a lot for a CEO of a charity organization, or any organization.  Everyone makes more than someone else, and lots of us make less.  The point is that the CEO of Wounded Warrior, Mr. Steven Nardizzi, is a highly successful man who brings in lots of donations to our Wounded Warriors. Yes, they could hire a lesser paid individual, but would they achieve the same financial success that Nardizzi has?

Although DAV and the American Red Cross are worthy organizations, I will continue to support Wounded Warrior and invite my fellow retirees to join Wounded Warrior for $19.00 a month. it is, in my opinion, a worthwhile organization and, in my view, not a scam. Go to <http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/> and help a wounded warrior.

My hat is off to both you and Bob for your generous contributions to other worthy organizations like the DAV.

Craig (Shuey) <cvshuey1459@gmail.com>

Hi Craig,

I can’t speak for anyone else, but I certainly don’t believe that the Wounded Warrior Project is a scam. My primary complaint about the charity is that only 58-cents of every dollar they receive goes to helping the wounded vets. Does the WWP really need to pay its CEO over $300K a year and subject us to a crying wife of a wounded vet on Fox News every 15 minutes? I realize it takes money to make money, but in my view these constant ads that appeal to our emotions are over the top. But that's just me.

Upon further review, on the other hand, I’m beginning to question the DAV that I contribute to based on THIS New York Post article. And it is backed up by THIS article from San Diego's major newspaper.

Maybe it’s time I step back and reconsider all of my charitable giving.
 

 

THE ANNUAL MMOC CIOPPINO FEED

Bill & Leroy:

It's that time again and we are closing in on another great MMOC Cioppino Feed for our law enforcement family. Our team has secured a great rate at the Holiday Inn for only $79 + tax (it is normally priced much higher). If there are those who don't care for Cioppino but wish to support us, they can request Chicken and Pasta. We promise a great time with lots of benefits.

Would you please post this invitation flyer for all of your readers so they can get there reservations in early?

Thanks so much!

Rich Bailey & Kimberley Wirht <kwirht@aol.com>
MMOC Cioppino Coordinators



 

RECOGNIZE ANY NAMES FROM SAN JOSE ON THE VIETNAM WALL?

Ken Hawkes thinks it is time to rerun this item despite the fact that it has appeared in the Farsider three time overs the past 8 years.

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The Vietnam Wall

This is really sobering. Click on the link and find the city where you went to high school and look at the names. Clicking on the name will provide details of the individual’s death.

The Vietnam Wall

First, click HERE.

Then click on a state. When it opens, scroll down to the city and the names will appear.

Then click on a name. It should show you a photo of the person, or at least their bio and medals.

Someone spent a lot of time and effort to create this amazing website. Pass this on to others, as many knew wonderful people whose names are engraved in the granite.


 

HOW BADLY IS COLLEGE NEEDED FOR COPS (AND PRESIDENTS)?

An issue brewing on the political stage is Scott Walker’s lack of a college degree. Whether it will be an issue in the GOP Primary — or the race for President if it comes to that — remains to be seen. How important a college education is for the nation’s police is also being debated. Laurie McNamara, who is following in her late husband’s footsteps by monitoring the Wall Street Journal for articles relevant to the police community, sent us this article on that very subject. You might be surprised by how few cops in the U.S. can lay claim to having a college diploma on their wall, even one for a two-year AA degree.

College Rule for Police at Issue

—The Debate Raised by Ferguson Reignites as New Orleans Drops Its Higher-Education Mandate—

By Zusha Elinson <zusha.elinson@wsj.com>
Wall Street Journal — Feb. 12, 2015

 

New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison,
shown at an anti-crime walk, cut a mandate that
recruits must have some college education.

New Orleans no longer will require police recruits to have at least some college education, a decision that reignites a debate over whether advanced schooling makes better cops.

The move, which follows a similar change last year by Asheville, N.C., comes at a time when police behavior and training have come under heightened scrutiny after high-profile police shootings of unarmed civilians in Ferguson, Mo., New York City and elsewhere.

In New Orleans for the past four years, aspiring officers have needed at least 60 hours of college credit or comparable military service. On Monday, the department’s new superintendent, Michael Harrison, persuaded the city’s civil service commission to drop the requirement as he seeks to bulk up the police ranks to 1,600 officers from 1,150.

Mr. Harrison, who received undergraduate and graduate degrees only after becoming a policeman, said the requirement was needlessly barring qualified candidates. The city turned away 1,000 applicants in 2014 because of the hurdle, he said.

“I personally believe that education is a win and a plus for everybody,” said Mr. Harrison, a 23-year veteran of the force. “But it does not mean that a person cannot be a great police officer because they don’t possess a certain amount of college education.”

Critics of lowering educational requirements cite studies showing that officers with a college education are less likely to use physical force with suspects.

“There’s a growing dissatisfaction that the police are heavy-handed and that their coercive tactics are going overboard,” said William Terrill, a criminal justice professor at Michigan State University. “If we have some evidence that more education leads to less force, then I don’t know why communities would be apt to go away from that.”

Mr. Terrill and colleagues researched citizen-police encounters in Indianapolis and St. Petersburg, Fla., and found that officers with a four-year degree were less likely to rely on physical force.
ENLARGE

Most U.S. police departments don’t mandate any college education for officers. Just 1% require four-year degrees, 9% require two-year degrees and 6% require some college, according to the most recent survey by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2007.

Even so, there has been a rise in college-educated officers. Some 36% of patrol officers over age 25 had a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2014, according to an analysis of the Current Population Survey. In 1960, just 3% of police had four-year degrees. Many larger police departments, including in New Orleans, offer some financial incentives for degrees, helping drive the increase.

Still, some law-enforcement experts have argued against requiring degrees. Some say degree requirements make it difficult to build a force that is representative of the communities they serve—a point that is hotly disputed.

The issue came to the fore during protests and rioting in Ferguson last year after a white officer shot and killed an unarmed black teen. Ferguson’s police department is mostly white, while the city is majority black.

“Some of the critics of policing, especially since the events of the summer, one of the things that they point out sometimes is that the department doesn’t represent the community and sometimes the same critics are insistent on requiring a college degree,” said William Johnson, executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations, which includes about 240,000 officers.

But among departments that require four-year degrees, over 60% said the mandate had no impact on recruiting minorities or they were uncertain, 11% said it had a positive impact, and 28% said it had a negative impact, according to research by Diana Bruns, a professor at Southeast Missouri State University.

An analysis of police disciplinary cases in Florida from 1997 to 2002 showed that officers with only high school diplomas, 58% of the total, accounted for 75% of all disciplinary actions, while officers with bachelor’s degrees, 24% of the total, made up 11% of cases. The research by Scott Cunningham, a North Carolina police chief, was published in 2006 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

In New Orleans, the department believes that rigorous screening and training will ensure that only the best recruits make it through the six-month police academy.

But critics of relaxing the education mandate say the department—which is under a federal consent decree after the Justice Department investigated an alleged pattern of excessive use of force and unlawful searches and seizures—will suffer from having less-educated officers.

A tell-all book by David Axelrod, one of President Obama's former strategists, reveals that Obama chose Joe Biden as his VP because of his energy and enthusiasm. You know, the qualities you look for in someone whose main job is traveling to state funerals.

Obama chose Joe Biden as his VP because of his energy and enthusiasm. Wait, those are the same reasons he picked his dog, Bo.

Axelrod also said in his new book that Obama lied to Americans to get votes in 2008 when he said he opposed gay marriage. Of course, Republicans have already turned it into a scandal: BenGayZi. It's trending right now.

There's a massive snowstorm here. And New England got so much snow yesterday that meteorologists referred to it as 12 hours of hell. I thought 12 hours of hell in New England was just asking somebody for directions.

Congress is considering a law that would allow commuters to bring their dogs and cats on Amtrak trains. It's all part of their plan to make Amtrak smell better.

Last night was the big "Saturday Night Live" 40th anniversary show. Last night reminded me of all the fun I had doing that show. And waking up this afternoon reminded me why I don't do it anymore.

The East Coast is experiencing one of the worst winters in history. Schools have had a record number of snow days. The only math kids are doing is how many glasses of wine their mom drinks before 2 p.m.

President Obama spent Monday playing a round of golf in sunny California, and then flew back to Washington on Air Force One. And 10,000 people stranded at Boston's Logan Airport just became Republicans.

Yesterday a federal judge suspended President Obama's executive order on immigration. When asked if he's mad about being overruled, Obama said, "You know I've been married for 23 years, right?"

First lady Michelle Obama revealed that she has banned boxed macaroni and cheese from the White House. It's been tough on Biden because he couldn't make his wife any jewelry for Valentine's Day.

Among them is Ronal Serpas, the former New Orleans police chief who implemented the requirement in 2010. “I clearly think that translates into you being better cop,” said Mr. Serpas, now a professor at Loyola University New Orleans. “I would rather work hard to get the right people than rush to get a lot of people.”

Click HERE to read some of the numerous readers’ comments this story generated.


 

THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
     
Feb. 12 -- 17

A tell-all book by David Axelrod, one of President Obama's former strategists, reveals that Obama chose Joe Biden as his VP because of his energy and enthusiasm. You know, the qualities you look for in someone whose main job is traveling to state funerals.

Obama chose Joe Biden as his VP because of his energy and enthusiasm. Wait, those are the same reasons he picked his dog, Bo.

Axelrod also said in his new book that Obama lied to Americans to get votes in 2008 when he said he opposed gay marriage. Of course, Republicans have already turned it into a scandal: BenGayZi. It's trending right now.

There's a massive snowstorm here. And New England got so much snow yesterday that meteorologists referred to it as 12 hours of hell. I thought 12 hours of hell in New England was just asking somebody for directions.

Congress is considering a law that would allow commuters to bring their dogs and cats on Amtrak trains. It's all part of their plan to make Amtrak smell better.

Last night was the big "Saturday Night Live" 40th anniversary show. Last night reminded me of all the fun I had doing that show. And waking up this afternoon reminded me why I don't do it anymore.

The East Coast is experiencing one of the worst winters in history. Schools have had a record number of snow days. The only math kids are doing is how many glasses of wine their mom drinks before 2 p.m.

President Obama spent Monday playing a round of golf in sunny California, and then flew back to Washington on Air Force One. And 10,000 people stranded at Boston's Logan Airport just became Republicans.

Yesterday a federal judge suspended President Obama's executive order on immigration. When asked if he's mad about being overruled, Obama said, "You know I've been married for 23 years, right?"

First lady Michelle Obama revealed that she has banned boxed macaroni and cheese from the White House. It's been tough on Biden because he couldn't make his wife any jewelry for Valentine's Day.

NBC has suspended Brian Williams for six months without pay. Williams said he's not worried because soon his veterans benefits will kick in.

A new report says that last year Colorado collected $44 million in marijuana taxes. Unfortunately, they can't remember where they put it.

Charles Manson has officially broken off his engagement to his 27-year-old fiancee. When asked why, Manson said, "Her mother was a total psycho."

I spent the past four days in Cuba shooting a special episode of this show. I returned and today House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Cuba, which explains why the Cuban government asked America to "please stop sending us your ambiguously popular celebrities."

I had an amazing experience in Cuba. People there are fantastic. But I do have to say it's very nice to be back home in front of all of you capitalist pigs.

There's a new device that allows airline passengers to completely isolate themselves from their row mates. The device is called a baby.

There's a rumor that the San Diego Chargers might move to Los Angeles. The Chargers could be here for the 2016 season or the 2017 season, depending on traffic.

I was going over a memo earlier today, and I found out that it turns out I'm not retiring. My hair is retiring.

Good luck finding a place to park in New York City. And when you do, good luck figuring out the parking signs, restrictions, and prohibitions. It is so complicated. It has gotten so bad, I never park my car without a lawyer.

I was backstage talking to the Super Bowl's winning coach, Bill Belichick. We were standing there looking in a mirror and we agreed that we look like those two old guys who used to heckle the Muppets.

We invited Pete Carroll, coach of the Seahawks, to be on the show, but he passed.

Once again it's Fashion Week here in New York City. The top models of the day are very, very skinny. I did the math on this — it takes about a dozen models to actually create a shadow.

It's Valentine's Day this weekend. Valentine's Day is named for St. Valentine, and Groundhog Day is named for St. Groundhog.

The Waffle House is running a special candlelight Valentine's Day dinner. Plastic menus with pictures of waffles, sticky table tops — I mean, that's amore.

A woman in Manhattan went into a seafood restaurant, bit into a hunk of fish and got a fish hook in her mouth. I hate when you go into a restaurant and you're the catch of the day.

New York City has gone 12 days without a murder. Why have we had no murders in 12 days? The only thing I can think of is the ground is too frozen to dig shallow graves.

I like cold weather, but it was so cold over the weekend I turned 50 shades of blue.

At the NBA All-Star Game, the West beat the East 163-158, but the loss will be credited to the New York Knicks.

The Westminster Kennel Club's dog show is also this week. They say it's a predictor of the Academy Awards.

I want to tell you something about that dog show. If I want to see rolling over and playing dead at Madison Square Garden, I'll go to a Knicks game.

Alex Rodriguez is back with the New York Yankees. He was suspended for an entire season when they found out he was lying about the Tour de France.NBC suspended Brian Williams for six months without pay for misrepresenting a story of something that happened to him 12 years ago in Iraq. I have a solution. They should send him up in a helicopter, fire an RPG at it, and if he makes it down, that's enough. He's forgiven.

Brian already has been on a self-imposed leave of absence from NBC, reportedly planning to spend his six months away at home with his wife, Wendy Williams.

This year men will spend an average of $116 on Valentine's Day. And women will spend around $77. In other words, guys, unless you have the good sense to be gay you're getting ripped off.

The Powerball jackpot is at $500 million as of tonight. If you win, take the lump sum — about $337.8 million. That is the most money you can make for doing nothing, short of becoming a Kardashian.

Pot growers in the state of Washington have a problem. Supply there has outstripped demand and they have a lot more marijuana than they can sell. I find it surprising that the marijuana industry did not crunch the numbers properly. That's not like them at all.

Washington has more pot than they can smoke, which might help to explain why Pete Carroll called for a passing play on the 1 yard line.

The pot surplus is so bad in Washington right now that the governor is saying they may have to deploy Willie Nelson to the area.

Researchers at the University of Vermont determined that the world's happiest language is Spanish. German finished fourth, which I find hard to believe. In German, even "I love you" sounds like a threat.

I had a very romantic Valentine's Day. Just me and my wife and an all-new "48 Hours Mystery."

Last night was "The Bachelor: Chris Tells All" special. But I don't feel like he told all. I feel that he told some.

Benedict Cumberbatch is here with us tonight. He got married on Saturday. For some reason he's spending his honeymoon here with me.

I wonder if Benedict Cumberbatch's wife is taking his last name. That would be an act of true love.

It's like 70 degrees here in L.A. today, but I think it was no degrees on the East Coast. They had to close federal offices in Washington, D.C., so Congress was forced to get nothing done from home today.

Mardi Gras is here. It's the time of excess and debauchery before the beginning of Lent. It's like we better have fun before Jesus Day.

According to a recent study, couples that appear to be happy on Facebook are happy. I don't buy it. Nobody's as happy as they look like they are on Facebook.

NBC suspended Brian Williams for six months without pay for misrepresenting a story of something that happened to him 12 years ago in Iraq. I have a solution. They should send him up in a helicopter, fire an RPG at it, and if he makes it down, that's enough. He's forgiven.

Brian already has been on a self-imposed leave of absence from NBC, reportedly planning to spend his six months away at home with his wife, Wendy Williams.

This year men will spend an average of $116 on Valentine's Day. And women will spend around $77. In other words, guys, unless you have the good sense to be gay you're getting ripped off.

The Powerball jackpot is at $500 million as of tonight. If you win, take the lump sum — about $337.8 million. That is the most money you can make for doing nothing, short of becoming a Kardashian.

Pot growers in the state of Washington have a problem. Supply there has outstripped demand and they have a lot more marijuana than they can sell. I find it surprising that the marijuana industry did not crunch the numbers properly. That's not like them at all.

Washington has more pot than they can smoke, which might help to explain why Pete Carroll called for a passing play on the 1 yard line.

The pot surplus is so bad in Washington right now that the governor is saying they may have to deploy Willie Nelson to the area.

Researchers at the University of Vermont determined that the world's happiest language is Spanish. German finished fourth, which I find hard to believe. In German, even "I love you" sounds like a threat.

I had a very romantic Valentine's Day. Just me and my wife and an all-new "48 Hours Mystery."

Last night was "The Bachelor: Chris Tells All" special. But I don't feel like he told all. I feel that he told some.

Benedict Cumberbatch is here with us tonight. He got married on Saturday. For some reason he's spending his honeymoon here with me.

I wonder if Benedict Cumberbatch's wife is taking his last name. That would be an act of true love.

It's like 70 degrees here in L.A. today, but I think it was no degrees on the East Coast. They had to close federal offices in Washington, D.C., so Congress was forced to get nothing done from home today.

Mardi Gras is here. It's the time of excess and debauchery before the beginning of Lent. It's like we better have fun before Jesus Day.

According to a recent study, couples that appear to be happy on Facebook are happy. I don't buy it. Nobody's as happy as they look like they are on Facebook.

A lawmaker in Tennessee is pushing to make the Bible the official state book. It would replace Tennessee’s current state book, the menu at Cracker Barrel.

A woman was arrested after she admitted to purchasing gasoline, driving to her ex-boyfriend’s house, and using it to set his new girlfriend’s car on fire. She’s now facing five years in prison and up to three Country Music Awards.

A man in Florida was charged with possession of marijuana after police noticed a “green leafy substance” all over his sweater. But then they realized it was kale and they shot him.

Ukrainian officials say that while Vladimir Putin was announcing a ceasefire agreement today, over a hundred Russian military vehicles and weapons crossed into Ukrainian territory. Said Putin, “Is not Ukraine. Is My-kraine.”

Thousands of San Francisco residents may have been exposed to measles because an infected LinkedIn employee used public transit this week. But on the bright side, it’s the most connections anyone on LinkedIn has ever made.

A new study shows that drivers high on marijuana are less dangerous than drunk drivers. The study shows the biggest issue is marijuana users waiting for the stop sign to turn green.

Two more women have come forward to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault, bringing the total to . . . he did it.

New research shows that alcohol may actually help elderly women live longer. Of course, that research is based entirely on Betty White at last night's "Saturday Night Live" after-party.

I worked at "SNL" for years and went to all the after-parties. The biggest difference between doing "SNL" on a Saturday night and going to the after-party, and doing it on a Sunday night and going to the after-party, is how much harder it is to come to work on Monday.

Last night during a speech, Chris Christie said, "There's only one Chris Christie, and this is it." I don't know. It still looks like at least two.

A recent poll shows that New Jersey residents feel Hillary Clinton has the "right look" to be president, while Chris Christie does not. Then today, Christie was spotted at JC Penney, trying on pantsuits.

Of the 20 new measles cases reported this afternoon, 18 are linked to Disneyland. Wow. Small world.


 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF JAN. 24, 2015



 

Did a hardware store in the UK warn its employees about a surge in rope, duct
tape and tie down sales prior to the release of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie? 

Click HERE to view the Feb. 14th Snopes update.


 

THE LIGHTER SIDE AND OTHER ODDS & ENDS



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What fun THIS must have been for mall shoppers in frozen Long Island as they were shadowed by Disney characters two days ago. In some ways this is better than a flashdance. (2:16)





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When it comes to strange occurrences, this one involving two twin Swedish sisters that took place on the M6 in England should be near the top of the list. THIS BBC news report describes what happened. (1:57)

While the video leaves several questions unanswered, THIS Wikipedia entry fills in the gaps. Turns out that the sister who was arrested for assaulting a police officer stabbed a man to death shortly after her release.

 

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Most of us managed to get through our police careers without getting caught up in an officer-involved shooting. Not so for Westerville (Ohio) Police Officer Dave Leighty, whose department posted dash cam footage of the incident on YouTube. What all of us will be able to relate to is the sound of multiple police sirens converging on the scene. Click HERE to watch the video.  (7:06)

For details about the shooting, click on THIS Calibre Press web page.



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Want to see what it’s like to crash a Lamborghini at 200 mph and its aftermath? It’s probably safe to say that the still frame of the driver’s hands below is the very last image that was ever captured of him. Click HERE to watch the video sent in by Bob Kosovilka. (2:05)

 

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Remember that SpaceX rocket dubbed “Falcon 9” that ferried some supplies to the ISS a few weeks ago but didn’t land as planned? Says Elon Musk, creator of the Tesla and the space ship, “It was close but no cigar, so it’s back to the drawing board.”



Click HERE to see how it was supposed to land. 91:30)

And/or click HERE to see how it did land. (1:05)

 

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Language warning: Mike Young sent us THIS clip as evidence that you-know-who learned about the Brian Williams issue and that he is not what one might call a happy Fuhrer. Astute observers might also note that he is not a fan of the GOP. (4:01)



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With four submissions to the Farsider this week and less than 5,000 total views, we would wager that this Toyota ad will soon be going viral. Click HERE and look what this Toyota Aygo minicar is capable of doing. (0:54)





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Lumpy just purchased a new book titled “Redneck Manners” and thought you single guys could benefit from its contents:

General:


1. Never take a beer to a job interview.

2. Always identify people in your yard before shooting at them.

3. It's considered poor taste to take a cooler to church.

4. If you have to vacuum the bed, it is time to change the sheets.

5. Even if you're certain that you are included in the will, it is still considered tacky to drive a U-Haul to the funeral home.

Dining Out:


1. If drinking directly from the bottle, always hold it with your fingers covering the label.

2. Avoid throwing bones and food scraps on the floor as the restaurant may not have dogs.

Entertaining in Your Home:


1. A centerpiece for the table should never be anything prepared by a taxidermist.

2. Do not allow the dog to eat at the table no matter how good his manners are.

Personal Hygiene:


1. While ears need to be cleaned regularly, this is a job that should be done in private using one's OWN truck keys.

2. Proper use of toiletries can forestall bathing for several days. However, if you live alone, deodorant is a waste of good money.

3. Dirt and grease under the fingernails is a social no-no as they tend to detract from a woman's jewelry and alter the taste of finger foods.

Dating Outside the Family:


1. Always offer to bait your date's hook, especially on the first date.

2. Be aggressive. Let her know you're interested, “I’ve wanted to go out with you since I read that stuff on the bathroom wall two years ago.”

3. Establish with her parents what time she is expected back. Some will say 10:00 p.m.; others might say “Monday.”  If the latter is the answer, it is the man's responsibility to get her to school on time.

4. Always have a positive comment about your date's appearance, such as, “Ya'll sure don't sweat much for a fat gal.”

Weddings:


1. Livestock is usually a poor choice for a wedding gift.

2. Kissing the bride for more than 5 seconds may get you shot.

3. For the groom, rent a tux. A leisure suit with a cummerbund and a clean bowling shirt can create too sporty an appearance.

4. Though uncomfortable, say “Yes” to socks and shoes for this special occasion.

Driving Etiquette:


1. When approaching a four-way stop, the vehicle with the largest tires always has the right of way.

2. Never tow another car using panty hose and duct tape.

3. When sending your wife/girlfriend down the road with a gas can it is impolite to also ask her to bring back beer.

4. Never relieve yourself from a moving vehicle, especially when driving.

5. Do not burn rubber while traveling in a funeral procession.

Bonus: These are Two Reasons why it is Hard to Solve a Redneck Murder:


1. All the DNA is the same.

2. There are no dental records.

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Like dogs? You will love THIS clip about Charlie if you do. He was found wandering the streets and brought to a Los Angeles shelter. Unfortunately, it was an overcrowded, high-kill facility, so if Charlie wasn’t adopted within a week or two, he would have to be put down. Charlie’s fur was matted and he was very dirty, so his chances of being adopted were extremely poor. But then one groomer decided to give him a makeover. (2:11)





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Here is another dog rescue story that caught our attention. THIS one is from the Hope for Paws organization. (4:42)



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Speaking of canines, imagine if you could take Spot for a walk and not have to carry a pooper scooper, says Tom Macris. Heck, he and I would both buy one of THESE puppies today if we could get the XXL model you see below and it came with a saddle. Go, Spot, go. (2:15)





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We can’t help but wonder what went through THIS guy’s mind when he decided to prepare a gourmet feast for his pet hamsters. But who are we to judge? (2:00)





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We’ve never seen evidence that pigs are smarter than dogs and assumed it was an old wives’ tale until we saw this clip. Watch what THIS one will do for a few kernels of popcorn. (0:52)





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Want to go Parahawking in Nepal? It’s perfectly safe, as long as you remain in front of your computer. Click HERE and enjoy the flight. (3:44)





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THIS priest surprised everyone including the bridge and groom at this wedding in Ireland when he…well…hear for yourself. (5:16)



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Don Hale says, “If you were ever in Germany you will remember a lot of THIS.” I beg to differ. I was in Germany on three occasions and I don’t remember any of it. Then again, all of my visits coincided with Oktoberfest. (6:31)





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If Grant Imahara looks familiar, it might be because he’s a co-host of “MythBusters,” a popular show that is filmed in Alameda and appears on the Discovery Channel. In THIS break-away from MythBusters, Grant sets out to learn what McDonald’s fries are made of. (5:05)





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This ex-Marine-turned-magician who appears in this clip received from Dick Tush is good, really good. Click HERE and watch his 2014 audition for America’s Got Talent. (6:34)





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There is a popular TV show in France called “Le plus grand cabaret du monde,” which translated means “The World’s Greatest Cabaret.” It was the origin for the next two items:

Despite the fact that THIS clip sent was posted on YouTube five years ago and has only received a little over 100,000 views, Alexander Koblikov’s juggling performance is amazing. (4:58)
 


When it comes to amazing juggling acts, however, don’t sell Emile Carey SHORT. He’s known as the Crazy Juggler. (3:12)





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According to Joe Suske… 

Four guys have been going on the same fishing trip for many years.

Two days before the group was to leave, Ron's wife puts her foot down and tells him he isn't going.

Ron's mates are very upset that he can't go, but what can they do?

Two days later the three get to the camping site only to find Ron sitting there with a tent set up, firewood gathered, dinner cooking on the fire, and having a cold beer.

“Damn, Ron, how long have you been here, and how did you talk your missus into letting you go?"

"Well, I've been here since last night. Yesterday evening I was sitting in my living room chair and my wife came up behind me, put her hands
over my eyes and asked, 'Guess who?"

I pulled her hands off and there she was, wearing a nightie.

She took my hand and pulled me into our bedroom. The room had candles
and rose petals all over. Turns out she's been reading “50 Shades of Grey.”

On the bed were handcuffs and ropes! She told me to tie her up and cuff her to the bed, so I did. And then she said, "Do whatever you want."

So here I am!

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Remaining on the topic of “50 Shades of Grey,” Dewey Moore had this contribution…

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He was in ecstasy, with a huge smile on his face as his girlfriend moved forward then backward, forward then backward, again and again.

Back and forth, back and forth, in and out, a little to the right, a little to the left, she could feel the sweat on her forehead, between her breasts, and trickling down the small of her back. She was getting near to the end. Her heart was pounding, her face was flushed, she moaned, softly at first, then began to groan louder.

Finally, totally exhausted, she let out a piercing scream and shouted, "OK, you smug bastard, I can't parallel park, you do it."
 

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Ken Hawkes sent in this story with a note saying “You probably can’t use it,” which we took to mean it’s a little over the top for the Farsider. We decided that if we are going to reference the book and movie “50 Shades of Grey,” why not this?

Just Fred 

An Arizona Highway Patrol officer stops a Harley for traveling faster than the posted speed limit, so he asks the biker his name
 
“Fred,” he replies.
 
“Fred what?” the officer asks.
 
“Just Fred,” the man responds.
 
The officer is in a good mood and thinks he might just give the biker a break and write him a warning instead of a ticket. The officer then presses him for the last name. The man tells him that he used to have a last name, but lost it. The officer thinks he might have a nut case on his hands but plays along.
 
“Tell me, Fred, how did you lose your last name?”
 
“It's a long story," he says, "so stay with me.

I was born Fred Johnson. I studied hard and got good grades. When I got older I realized that I wanted to be a doctor. I went through college, medical school, an internship, residency and finally got my degree, so I was now Fred Johnson, MD.

After a while I got bored being a doctor, so I decided to go back to school. Dentistry was my dream! Got all the way through school and earned my degree, so I was now Fred Johnson, MD, DDS.

Got bored doing dentistry and made the mistake of fooling around with my assistant. Turns out she gave me VD, so now I was Fred Johnson, MD, DDS, with VD.”
 
“Well, the ADA found out about the VD and they took away my DDS. Then I was Fred Johnson, MD with VD. Then the AMA found out about the ADA taking away my DDS because of the VD, and they took away my MD leaving me as Fred Johnson with VD.

Then the VD took away my Johnson, so now I am just Fred.”

 

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There is little question that if we asked you guys if you agree with the SONG TITLE in this clip received from Chuck Blackmore, the vast majority of you would raise your hand. In fact, some of us would raise both of our hands. (2:55)





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If you know of (or hear about) someone who thinks police brutality is a major problem in the U.S., forward THIS clip to them and suggest that they spend 3 minutes to watch it. (2:52)





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Joe Suske says if you are from the City and like history, you are going to love THIS “Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco.”





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One Sunday morning, the pastor noticed little Alex standing in the foyer of the church staring up at a large plaque. It was covered with names and small American flags mounted on either side of it. The six-year old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the pastor walked up, stood beside the little boy, and said quietly, “Good morning, Alex.”

“Good morning, Pastor,” he replied, still focused on the plaque. “Pastor, what is this?”

The pastor said, “Well son, it's a memorial to all the young men and women who died in the service.”

Soberly, they just stood together staring at the large plaque.

Finally, little Alex, whose voice was trembling with fear and barely audible, asked, “Which service, the 8:30 or the 11:00?”
 

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These items go by fast because they each run less than a minute. Let’s start with THIS friendly bear. (0:08)

 

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What was it about the song “Condom Style” that woke THIS kid from a sound sleep and got her juices flowing? (Watch the reaction of his sister.) (0:48)

 

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THIS clip of a cat that wants to be a dog will only take 22 seconds of your time.


 

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THIS poor kid can’t decide if it’s scary or funny when his mommy blows her nose. (0:59)

 

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Watch what happens when THIS guy finishes making his cut with a chain saw. (0:26)

 

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Have you ever seen goats hang out IN a tree? Click HERE and you will be able to say you have. (1:00)

 

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Want to see an impressive demonstration of 4-wheel-drive? If so, click HERE. (0:48)

 

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THIS short clip from Don Hale points out man’s universal weakness. (0:59)

 

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You’ve gotta be kidding! Is there really a horse in the backseat of THIS car. (0:26)

 

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Mild language warning: For our closer this week, Tom Brewer posted this segment from the “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” show on Facebook and claimed it was funny. Some of the other cops who watched it said it was hilarious. We, on the other hand, would describe it as painfully funny with some periodic guffaws. If you can handle some male nudity with blurred out family jewels, have a LOOK. At the very least, the video should make you spend the rest of your life avoiding a visit to a Korean spa unless you are a masochist. (10:27)





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THE FARSIDER SUBSCRIPTION ROSTER as of 2/19/15

Additions and changes since the last published update (alphabetical by last name):

Brian Christian — Added

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Abram, Fred & Connie
Adams, Gene
Ady, Bruce
Agerbeek, Bob
Agerbeek, Rudy
Aguilar, David
Aguirre, Jim
Albericci, Jerry
Alberts, Dick
Alcantar, Ernie
Alfano, Phil
Alford, Mike
Aligo, Cynthia
Allbright, Bill
Allen, Bob
Alvarado, Marie
Alvarez, Pat (Campbell)
Amaral, Mike
Anders, Alberta
Anderson, Jim
Anderson, Mark
Anderson, Sharon
Anthony, Tom
Antoine, Steve
Antonowicz, Germaine
Appleby, Judy
Arata, Jennifer
Arca, Rich
Archie, Dan
Avery, Rod
Babineau, Dave & Cheryl
Bacigalupi, Dave
Baggott, Jim
Bailey, Rich
Baker, Beth
Balesano, Bob
Balesteri, Lou
Ballard, Gordon
Banner, Ken
Barikmo, Jon
Bariteau, John
Barnes, Steve
Barnett, Brad
Baroff, Stan
Barrera, Ray
Barranco, Rich
Barshay, Marc
Bartels, Don
Bartholomew, Dave
Bartoldo, Tom
Basilio, Les
Bastida, Maggie
Bates, Tom
Battaglia, Nick
Battaglia, Will
Baxter, Jack
Bayer, Lance
Bayers, Dennis
Beams, Bob
Beattie, George
Becerra, Manny
Beck, Brian
Beck, Tom
Becknall, Jim
Beckwith, Tony
Beiderman, Margie
Belcher, Steve
Bell, Bob
Bell, Mark
Bell, Mike
Belleci, Ron
Belveal, Chuck
Bence, Martin
Bennett, Joy
Bennett, Mark
Berggren, Heidi
Bergtholdt, Doug
Bernardo, Guy
Bettencourt, Ed
Bevis, Sherry
Biebel, Phil
Bielecki, Mike
Binder, Andrew
Biskup, Shelley
Blackmore, Chuck
Blackstock, Carroll
Boes, Judith
Boggess, Eileen
Boggess, Mike
Bonetti, Jon
Bosco, Al
Botar, Rick
Bowen, Gordy
Bowman, Mike
Boyd, Pat
Boyles, John
Bradshaw, Bob
Brahm, Bob
Bray, Mary Ellen
Brewer, Tom
Brickell, Dave
Bridgen, Dave
Brightwell, Larry
Brocato, Dom
Brockman, Joe
Brookins, Dennis
Brooks, Bob
Brown Jr., Bill
Brown, Charlie
Brown, Dennis
Brown, Ernie
Brown, Terry
Browning, Bob
Brua, Dale
Bullock, April
Bullock, Dan
Bulygo, Corinne
Bulygo, Mary
Burns, Barbara
Burroughs, (Bronson) Utta
Busch, Dennis
Bye, Bud
Byers, Dave
Bytheway, Glenn
Caddell, Jim
Cadenasso, Richard
Caldarulo, Wendy
Calderon, Richard
Caldwell, Phyllis
Camara, Bob
Camarena, Raul
Campbell, Jason
Campbell, John
Campbell, Larry
Campos, John
Cannell, Tom
Caragher, Ed
Caraway, Steve
Card, Christine
Cardoza, Vic
Carlin, David
Carlsen, Laura
Carlton, Jim
Caro, Bert
Caro, Lynne
Carr Jr., John
Carr, John
Carraher, Don
Carraher, Jim
Carter, Ernie
Carrillo, Jaci Cordes
Carrillo, John
Cates, Dean
Cavallaro, Dave
Cedeno, Rey
Chalmers, JC
Chamness, Hank
Chapel, Ivan
Chevalier, Brian
Chavez, Ruben
Chewey, Bob
Christian, Brian
Christiansen, Bob
Christiansen, Rich
Christie, Kenn
Clark, Bill (the one who stayed)
Clark, Bill
Clayton, Dave
Clear, Jennifer
Clifton, Craig
Coates, Marisa
Cobarruviaz, Lou
Coen, Roger
Colombo, Tony
Comelli, Ivan
Como, John
Confer, Rick
Connor, Stephanie
Connors, Kim
Conrad, Mark
Contreras, Dolores
Conway, Ed
Cook, John
Cooke, Bertie
Coppom, Dave
Cordes, Marilyn
Cornfield, Scott
Cortez, Darrell
Costa, Mike
Cossey, Kent
Cotterall, Doug
Couser, Rich
Cripe, Rodger
Crowell, Chuck
Culwell, Ken
Cunningham, Stan
D'Arcy, Steve
Dailey, Karen
Daly, Ron
Damon, Alan
Damon, Veronica
Daniels, Jim
Daulton, Rich
Daulton, Zita
Davis, Bud
Davis, Joan
Davis, Mike
Davis, Rob
Day, Jack
Deaton, Caroll
DeBoard, Joe
DeGeorge, Bob
DeLaere, Sylvia
Delgado, Dave
DeMers, Buc
Destro, Mike
Destro, Tony
Devane, Dan
Devane, Joe
Dewey, Rod
Diaz, Mike
DiBari, Dave
DiVittorio, Gerrie
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Doherty, Janiece
Dolezal, Dennis
Dominguez, Bob
Dooley, Jeff
Dorsey, Ed
Dotzler, Jennifer
Dowdle, Mike
Doxie, Tara
Dudding, Bill
Dudley, Bruce
Duey, Dennis
Dye, Allen
Dwyer, Pat
Earnshaw, Kathy
Earnshaw, Patrick
Edillo-Brown, Margie
Edwards, Derrek
Edwards, Don
Egan, Mike
Eisenberg, Terry
Ellner, Howard
Ellsworth, Larry
Embry (Howsmon), Eva
Erfurth, Bill
Erickson, Rich
Esparza, Dave
Esparza, Fred
Estrabao, Dario
Eubanks, Earl
Evans, Bob
Evans, Ron
Ewing, Chris
Ewing, Don
Ewing, Paul
Fair, Bruce
Fairhurst, Dick
Fanucchi, Ross
Farlow, Paul
Farmer, Jack
Faron, Walt
Farrow, Chuck
Faulstich, Marge
Faulwetter, Stan
Faz, Dennis
Fehr, Mike
Ferdinandsen, Ed
Ferguson, Betty
Ferguson, Ken
Ferla, Al
Fernsworth, Larry
Flauding, Ken
Fleming, Joe
Flores, Phil
Flosi, Ed
Fong, Richard
Fontanilla, Rick
Forbes, Jay
Foster, Rick
Foulkes [Duchon], Louise
Francois, Paul
Frazier, Rich
Freitas, Jordon
Fryslie, Kevin
Furnare, Claud
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Galea, Andy
Galios, Chris
Galios, Kathy
Gallagher, Steve
Garcia, Jose
Gardner, Paul
Garner, Ralph
Gaumont, Ron
Geary, Heide
Geer, Brian
Geiger, Rich
Gergurich, Judy
Giambrone, Jim
Giorgianni, Joe
Giuliodibari, Camille
Goates, Ron
Goings, Mark
Gomes, Rod
Gonzales, Gil
Gonzales, Jesse
Gonzalez, D. (formerly D. Avila)
Gonzalez, Frank
Gonzalez, Jorge
Gott, Pat
Graham, George
Grande, Carm
Grant, Bob
Grant, Doug
Grant, Rich
Granum, Jeff
Graves, Pete
Green, Chris
Grigg, Bruce
Griggs, Fran
Grimes, Eric
Guarascio, Dan
Guerin, Pete
Guido, Jr., Jim
Guido, Sr. Jim
Guizar, Ruben
Gummow, Bob
Gummow, Rich
Gutierrez, Hector
Guzman, Dennis
Guzman, Kim
Gwillim, Reese
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Hafley, Gary
Hahn, Chuck
Hale, Don
Handforth, Terry
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Harnish, Mary (Craven)
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Harris, Bucky
Harris, Diane
Harris, Don
Haskell, Marty
Hawkes, Ken
Haynes, Sandy
Hazen, Skip
Heck, Steve
Heckel, Rick
Hedgpeth, Bob
Helder, Ron
Hellman, Marilyn
Hendrickson, Dave
Hendrix, Dave
Hernandez, Ernie
Hernandez, Irma
Hernandez, Joe
Hernandez, Linda
Hernandez, Rudy
Hernandez, Vic
Herrick, Mike
Herrmann, Erma
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Hewitt, Dave
Hilborn, Art
Hildebrandt, Karen
Hill, Sandra
Hippeli, Micki
Hirata, Gary
Hober, Margo
Hodgin, Bruce
Hoehn, Charlie
Hogate, Joanne
Hogate, Steve
Hollars, Bob
Holliday, Sandy
Hollingsworth, Larry
Holloway, Sandi
Holser, George
Hong, Bich-nga
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Hosmer, Dewey
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Howell, Jim
Howsmon, Frank
Howsmon (Sr.), Frank
Hudson, Kim
Hughes, Gary
Hunter, Jeff
Husa, Sonia
Hyland, Brian
Ibarra, Miguel
Imobersteg, Rob
Inami, Steve & Francine
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Ireland, Joe
Jackson, Curt
Jacksteit, Ken
Jacobson, Barbara
Janavice, Dean
Jeffers, Jim
Jenkins, Dave
Jensen, Dan
Jensen, Janie
Jewett, Donna
Jezo, Pat
Johnson, Bob
Johnson, Craig
Johnson, Cynthia
Johnson, Dave
Johnson, Gary
Johnson, Jon
Johnson, Karen
Johnson, Kyle
Johnson, Mardy
Johnson, Tom & Fran
Jones, Russ
Kaminsky, Glenn
Katashima, Annie
Katz, Dan
Keeney, Bill
Kelsey, Bert
Keneller, Dave
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Kennedy, Tom
Kensit, John
Killen, Pat
Kimbrel, Tammy
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Kingsley, Fred
Kirkendall, Dave
Kischmischian, Gene
Klein, Lou Anna
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Kneis, Brian
Knopf, Art
Knopf, Dave
Kocina, Ken
Koenig, Heinz
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Kozlowski, Astrid
Kracht, John
Kregel, John
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Lansdowne, Sharon
LaRault, Gary
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Laverty, Ann
Lax, John
Leavy, Bill
Leavey, Jack
LeGault, Anna
LeGault, Russ
Lem, Noland
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Leonard (Lintern), Lynda
Leong, Ken
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Lewis, Steve
Lind, Eric
Linden, Larry  
Lisius, Jim            
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Lobach, Bob
Lockwood, Bob
Lockwood, Joan
Logan, Maureen
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Longoria, Noe
Lopez, Candy
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Lopez, Ruvi
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Low, John
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Lucarotti, Jim
Luna, Gloria
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MacDougall, Joanne
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Macris, Tom
Madison, Gary
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Mahan, Rick
Malatesta, Jim
Malcolm, Roger
Mallett, Bill
Malvini, Phil
Mamone, Joe
Marcotte, Steve
Marfia, John
Marfia, Ted
Marin, Julie
Marini, Ed
Marlo, Jack
Marsh, Scott
Martin, Brad
Martin, Lou
Martin, Todd
Martinelli, Ron
Martinez, Rick
Martinez, Victor
Matteoni, Charlotte
Mattern, John
Mattos, Bill
Mattos, Paula
Mayo, Lorraine
Mayo, Toni
Mazzone, Tom
McCaffrey, Mike
McCain, Norm
McCall, George
McCall, Lani
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McCollum, Bob
McCollum, Daniele
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McCulloch, Al
McCulloch, Scott
McElvy, Mike
McFall, Ron
McFall, Tom
McGuffin, Rich
McGuire, Pat
McIninch, Mark
McKean, Bob
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McLucas, Mike
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McMahon, Ray
McNamara, Laurie
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Meheula, Cheryl
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Mendez, Mike
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Metcalfe, Dave
Metcalfe, Mickey
Miceli, Sharon
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Miller, Laura
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Mills, Don
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Mitchell, Carol
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Moir, Bob
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Morales, Octavio
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Moore, JoAnn
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Moreno, Norma
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Morin, Jim
Morris, Jack
Morton, Bruce
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Moura, Don
Mozley, Ron
Muldrow, Mark "Mo"
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Mulloy, Dennis
Munks, Jeff
Munoz, Art
Murphy, Bob
Musser, Marilynn
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Nagengast, Carol
Nakai, Linda
Nalett, Bob
Namba, Bob
Ng, Dr. Jonathan
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Nichols, Mike
Niquette, Paul
Nissila, Judy
Norling, Debbie
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North, Jim
Norton, Phil
Nunes, John
Nunes, Les
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O'Connor, Mike
O'Donnell, Tom
O'Keefe, Jim
Oliver, Pete
Ortega, Dan
Ortiz, Leanard
Otter, Larry
Ouimet, Jeff
Ozuna, George
Pacheco, Russ
Padilla, George
Pagan, Irma
Painchaud, Dave
Palsgrove, Ted
Panighetti, Paul
Papenfuhs, Steve
Paredes, Carlos
Parker, Rand
Parlee, May
Parrott, Aubrey
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Parsons, Mike
Pascoe, Brent
Passeau, Chris
Pate, Neal
Patrino, Lyn
Payton, George
Pearce, Jim
Pearson, Sam
Pedroza, Frank
Peeler, Eleanor
Pegram, Larry
Percelle, Ralph
Percival, John
Perry (Cervantez), Martha
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Peterson, Bob
Phelan, Bill
Phelps, Scott
Phillips, Gene
Pitts, Ken
Pitts, Phil
Plinski, Leo
Pointer, John
Polanco, Mary
Polmanteer, Jim
Porter, John
Postier, Ken
Postier, Steve
Powers, Bill
Priddy, Loren
Princevalle, Roger
Propst, Anamarie
Puckett, Bill
Punneo, Norm
Purser, Owen
Pyle, Leroy
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Quezada, Louis
Quinn, John
Quint, Karen
Ramirez, Manny
Ramirez, Victoria
Ramon, Chacha
Raposa, Rick
Rappe (Ryman), Bonnie
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Raul, Gary
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Realyvasquez, Armando
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Reid, Fred
Reinhardt, Stephanie
Reizner, Dick
Rendler, Will
Rettus, Bev
Reuter, Larry
Reutlinger, Leslie
Reyes (Buell), Cindy
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Reyes, Juan
Reyes, Mo
Rheinhardt, Bob
Rice, Jayme
Rice, Lyle
Richter, Darrell & Annette
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Rimple, Randy
Roach, Jim
Roberts, Mike
Robertson, Harry
Robinson, Walt
Robison, Rob
Rodgers, Phil
Rogers, Lorrie
Romano, Marie
Rose, John
Rose, Wendell
Ross, Joe
Ross, Mike
Rosso, Ron
Roy, Charlie
Royal, Russ
Ruiloba, Louie
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Russell, Stan
Russo, Grace
Ryan, Joe
Saito, RIch
Salamida Joe
Salerno, Paul
Salewsky, Bill
Salguero, Desiree
Salvi, Pete
Samsel, Dave
Santos, Bill
Sanfilippo, Roy
Savage, Scott
Savala, john
Sawyer, Craig
Scanlan, Pete
Scannell, Dave
Schembri, Mike
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Schenini (Alvarez), Joanne
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Schmidt, Chuck
Schmidt, Paul
Schriefer, Hank
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Seck, Tom
Sekany, Greg
Seymour, Chuck
Seymour, Jim
Sharps, Betty
Shaver, John
Sheppard, Jeff
Sherman, Gordon
Sherr, Laurie
Shigemasa, Tom
Shuey, Craig
Shuman, John
Sides, Roger
Sills, Eric
Silva, Bill
Silveria, Linda
Silvers, Jim
Simpson, Terry
Sinclair, Bob
Sly, Sandi
Smith, Bill
Smith, BT
Smith, Craig
Smith, Ed
Smith, Jerry
Smith, Karen
Smith, Kerry
Smith, Mike
Smoke, Wil
Sorahan, Dennis
Spangenberg, Hal
Spence, Jim
Spitze, Randy
Spoulos, Dave
Springer, George
Stauffer, Suzan
Stelzer, Rex
Sterner, Mike
Strickland, John
Sturdivant, Billy
Sugimoto, Rich
Suits, Jim
Summers, Bob
Sun, Jeff
Suske, Joe
Swanson, Ray
Tarricone, Linda
Tate, Bill
Taves, Phil & Paula
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Tenbrink, Bob
Tennant, Ed
Teren-Foster, Aileen
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Thawley, Dave
Thomassin, Ron
Thomas, Art
Thomas, Dick
Thompson, Gary
Thompson, Margie
Thompson, Mike
Tibaldi, Ernie
Tibbet, Walt
Tice, Stan
Tietgens, Dick
Tietgens, Don
Tomaino, Jim
Torres, Gil
Torres, John
Torres, Nestor
Torres, Ralph
Townsend, John
Townsend, Vicki
Tozer, Dave
Trevino, Andy
Trujillo, Ted
Trussler, Christine
Trussler, John
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Tyler, Diana
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Unland, Joe
Urban, Diane
Usoz, Steve
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Rich Vasquez
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Vasta, Joe
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Videan, Theresa
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Vinson, Jim
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Vizzusi, Rich
Vizzusi, Tony
Waggoner, Bill
Wagner, Jim
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Wahl, John
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Ward, Ray
Watts, Bob
Way, Vicky
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Wedlow, Dean
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Weesner, Steve
Weir, Tony
Welker, Jessica
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Wells, Brenda
Wells, Mike
Wendling, Boni
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Weston, Tom
Wheatley, Tom
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Wicker, Joe
Wiley, Bruce
Williams, Jodi
Williams [Durham], Lanette
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Williamson, Kathleen
Williamson, Ken
Wilson, Jeff
Wilson, Lee
WIlson, Neal
Wilson, Stan
Wilson, Tom
Windisch Jr., Steve
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Winter, Bill
Winters, Pres
Wirht, Kim
Witmer, Dave
Wittenberg, Jim
Wolfe, Jeff
Woo, Paul
Wood, Dave
Wood, Jim
Woodington, Brad
Wysuph, Dave
Yarbrough, Bill
Young, Mike
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Yules, Ken
Zanoni, Mike
Zaragoza, Phil
Zenahlik, Tom
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