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LYNN KNAPP, FORMER SJ FIREFIGHTER AND DEP. DA
Mike Thompson requested that we post a message in the Jan. 10th Farsider regarding the passing of former SJ Firefighter and Deputy D.A. Lynn Knapp, who was a friend of several SJPD personnel both on and off the golf course. Following is an obituary about the former Firefighter and Deputy D.A. from Monday’s Mercury News that includes the date and location of his service.
Feb. 21, 1946 – Jan. 7, 2019
Lynn Knapp, a beloved center of gravity for his family and friends, left this life Jan. 7, 2019 after a severe cycling accident on Jan. 1. He passed surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Bremerton, WA in 1946, Lynn moved with his family to San Jose in 1954. In 1973, he married the love of his life, Kathy. Lynn served in the San Jose Fire Dept for 10 years, then joined the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, where he worked as a prosecutor for 23 years. In retirement, he delighted in having more time for golf, flying, and cycling.
Lynn is survived by his sweetheart and wife of 45 years, Kathy Knapp, by his daughters, Caroline Knapp and Rebecca Snyder, and son-in-law, Timothy Snyder, by his four adored grandchildren, Calvin, Garrett, Alice, and Hazel Snyder, and by his brothers, Larry, Randy, Don, and Bryan Knapp and their families.
A celebration of life for Lynn will be held Sat., Feb. 23, at Cinnabar Hills Golf Course, 23600 McKean Road, San Jose, at 11 a.m. All are heartily welcome.
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MEMORIAL TO JAMES MICHAEL ZITO
By Carm Grande
Unfortunately for many of us, we lost a friend this week known by many San Jose Police Officers in the person of Jim Zito, also known as Jimmy, or jokingly at times, as "Zero."
Jim was a career Juvenile Probation Officer with the Santa Clara County Juvenile Probation Dept., and while in that integral position of our local criminal justice system, was assigned as the Probation Dept, Liaison to the San Jose Police Juvenile Division on the third floor of the PAB. He was likewise often assigned as the "Take-In Officer" at Juvenile Hall on the swingshift.
Jim had a courtesy locker in the SJPD Locker Room as he ran the "Levee" between Hedding St. and Alviso, as did many SJPD Officers did over the years.
Jim was just "one of Us" in his time at Juvenile Hall and while assigned to the PAB. In his off-duty time, Jim was a sports coach at Bellarmine Preparatory High School, spending seven years as a sports mentor to youthful athletes.
In his off duty position, Jim was also employed by the old Hyatt Hotel on No. First St., He worked on the hotel's Security Detail with several other San Jose PD Officers, all of whom provided plain clothes security for worldwide hotel guests.
Many of our younger officers may not be aware of the happenings at Cal Cheese It was a 24-hour cheese operation at Bonita and E. San Antonio which experienced a newsworthy incident in 1977. The owners of the mentioned business decided to sell it to a New York firm after a year-long trial. A subsequent court order required that all elements and equipment of the business be sold to the buyer. This required 24-hour surveillance, and Jim Zito was assigned as part of the SJPD Security Team that had been approved by Chief McNamara. The team was to protect all property associated with the sale, which took three months to complete.
Jim and Joe, his twin brother, went to Andrew Hill High School and were once titled by the San Jose Mercury News as "Zito to Zito." It was about a game where they connected for a 16-yard pass which ended Willow Glen High School's 42 game winning streak in 1963. Both brothers later attended San Jose State where they earned degrees.
Jim was a family man with 3 daughters: Michelle, Jennifer (the two of which were twins), and Beth. Jimmy and his brother Joe were also 72-year-old twins. He reminded Jim often that he, Joe, was 10 minutes older. Jim's parents were Sam and Rose (Cantania) Zito.
Jim was a true friend of his many law enforcement brothers and sisters — always ready to "lend a hand" — and be there when needed. He was a very stern task master, but readily known as a "soft at heart person" and a buddy who "always had your back."
Jimmy had severe health problems over the past 5 years which, unfortunately, outlasted his determination to conquer.
Rest in Peace Jim, while being assured your other half, Joe, will always remember your contribution to both of your lives and to your community,
This Memorial written by Carm
Grande was comprised of historical information provided by Lt. Robert Moir (Retired) and Shirly Cantania (Jim's cousin)
—Carm Grande <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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An Unedited Remembrance of Jim Zito by Bob Moir
Jim - Jimmy - Zito - or jokingly "Zero" -- was a respected member of the law enforcement community. Whether as the In-take officer on the swing shift at Juvenile Hall or the liaison officer in the Juvenile Division on the third floor at PAB, Jim was an integral part of the criminal justice system. He also had a locker in the PD Locker Room as he also ran the "Levee" between Hedding Street and Alviso. Jim was "just one of us" in his time at Juvenile Hall and the P.D. In his off-duty time, Jim was a sports coach at Bellarmine High spending seven years as a football sports mentor to youthful athletes. Jim was also part of the Hyatt Hotel security detail which provided safety and plain clothes security for the guests in the Hotel. Hyatt was very "safety minded" concerning guest security and safety and allowed law enforcement personnel to staff a very professional management security team for general worldwide travelers. Reminder for our younger officers -- Cal Cheese at Bonita and East San Antonio was a twenty-four hour cheese factory with tank trucks of new milk product arriving around the clock. (Real GOOD cheese product). A private meeting between Angelo Marino and his son and Catelli and his son led to violence. BANG--BANG -- both the father and son Catelli shot, loaded into the trunk of their car and driven to China Town in San Francisco to be "dumped" -- problem -- "gumba" assigned the task of "dumping the bodies" got lost/disoriented enroute to China Town and ended up on the SF-Oakland Bay Bridge-- lost. Asked a fare taker at her toll booth directions to China Town and when told "it's where you came from,” felony U-Turn at bridge toll booth and back to SF. So flagrant a move, the toll taker recorded license and description of the car. Several hours later in China Town, noises heard from the abandoned car. Passer-by contacted SFPD and SFFD who pried open the trunk of the abandoned car. WHOOPS!! Two bodies inside, one alive - one deceased. Full story to SFPD turned to SJPD. Big Case. Change of venue to LA -- year long trial and conviction of Sal Marino and his son. Prison time. Marino's wife and daughters vote to sell the Cheese Company to a New York firm. Enter SJ Attorney and police department, Russ Rossler, appointed as "Special Master" by the Courts. Contacted the undersigned to "set up security" at CalCheese Co to ensure sale of property went "without a hitch.” Lasted three months. Jimmy was an integral part of security -- approved by Chief McNamara -- for 24 hour security over the objection of son, Marino. Jimmy was part of the security team.
Jim was a true friend of his many law enforcement brothers and sisters...always ready to "lend a hand”…and "be there when needed.” A stern task master but a "sweetheart of a guy" -- but a buddy who "always had your back.” Jimmy Zito is survived by his "other half" -- his twin brother Joe -- born ten minutes after him 72 years ago. Brother/twin through and through. Rest in peace, Jim. You are survived by your other half -- your twin brother, Joe.
Jimmy was also an integral part of the police security detail at the California Cheese Company.
—Bob Moir <Robillard1045@gmail.com>
DID YOU KNOW DON ZIES OF THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE?
Diana Tyler of Region 37 of the IPA (Int’l. Police Assn.) sent out a message to all members on Feb. 14th advising that…
“Don Zies passed away last week. He died of congestive heart failure and liver cancer. There will be a Celebration of Life On Friday, March 8th between 1:00 and 3:00 It will be held at the Community of Infinite Spirit, 1540 Sixth Ave., Willow Glen (off of Pine).”
I was unable to find an obituary for Don as of press time.
No new POA Alerts this week.
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
Liccardo Proposes Significant Changes to Gun-Safety Ordinance
By Robert Salonga <email@example.com>
Mercury News — Feb. 20. 2019
SAN JOSE — Mayor Sam Liccardo wants gun retailers in San Jose to video record all firearm purchases, ban home gun sales and tighten up licensing for handguns as part of a suite of changes to the city’s gun-safety ordinance.
The proposed regulations are aimed in large part at thwarting straw purchases, where someone buys a gun for a person barred from having firearms, like felons and most minors.
“Guns are entering our community from legal gun shops,” Liccardo said Tuesday. “But they’re being purchased by people other than those who ultimately intend to carry and use the guns.”
As the mayor said he had anticipated, gun rights advocates, such as the Sacramento-based Firearms Policy Coalition, criticized the proposed rules, calling them “unconstitutional, burdensome and irrational.”
“The city’s proposed gun control package is just more virtue-signaling from ignorant politicians who hate the Constitution and people like us,” the organization wrote in a statement Tuesday.
Under the proposal, co-signed by Vice Mayor Chappie Jones, the city would ban the sale of guns or ammunition from residences in San Jose and require a license for the sale, transfer or advertisement within the city of concealable firearms and ammunition. In addition, gun retailers would be required to display signs giving information about gun laws, suicide prevention and domestic violence.
At a news conference at San Jose Police Department headquarters Tuesday, Liccardo was accompanied by Police Chief Eddie Garcia, the local chapters of the advocacy groups Moms Demand Action and March for Our Lives, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, and Pastor Danny Sanchez, chaplain for the crisis-response team of the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force. Nationally, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Giffords Law Center also endorsed the city’s efforts.
“The existence of so many illegal guns on the street is a constant threat to our communities and the officers protecting those communities,” Garcia said. The proposed regulation, he said, “will give us another tool to ensure that legally sold firearms are not falling into the hands of those who are prohibited from possessing them.”
Jessica Blitchok, a co-leader of the San Jose chapter of Moms Demand Action, said the practices the city hopes to codify are already in place at large retailers like Walmart.
“These provisions are not radical proposals. Many of these proposed measures have been standard business practice for years around the country,” Blitchok said. “It’s just common sense.”
City officials noted that San Jose is one of only a handful of large U.S. cities that have proposed these types of regulations. While Liccardo and the policy’s supporters stand to receive blowback from state and national gun-rights advocates, the political risk is relatively small: Only about 24 gun retailers, including independent gun shops and sporting goods stores, would be affected.
This news organization visited two gun shops in San Jose after the mayor’s announcement. One owner declined to comment. The other asked not to be named for fear of reprisal but said that gun stores already display signs about gun laws and have surveillance cameras that record gun buys.
“We all watch for straw purchases,” the owner said. “If I think someone is breaking the law, I’m not going to go to jail for them.”
He took issue with the proposed ban on residential gun sales, arguing it would unfairly penalize private gun transactions, and said the rule is directed at the wrong end of the transaction.
“This is just making it harder for honest people,” he said. “These criminals, why don’t they go after them instead?”
Sanchez, the pastor involved in the city’s gang prevention and intervention work, said initiatives like Liccardo is proposing are intended to go after those very criminals.
“We see firsthand the pain, the sorrow, the suffering, and the loss of lives to gun violence,” Sanchez said. “These are mostly children shooting children and have no access to guns.”
He added, “I know there are responsible gun owners out there, I know this is not a cure-all.”
The mayor is also urging the City Council to extend city gun ordinance requirements to people who provide or download schematics for firearms or gun components that can be made with 3D printers, in the absence of state legislation to close what he calls a loophole in gun-control laws.
“We’re going to be modernizing an ordinance that hasn’t been updated since 1980,” Liccardo said. “We need to ensure all forms of technology are captured by these basic gun regulations.”
Liccardo stressed that he and the city have strong legal standing to implement the changes. He noted that as long as gun buyers are made aware that they are being recorded — with signs and other methods — the city is covered by prevailing case law.
“Where there are guns there are lawyers,” he said. “I’m sure there will be lawsuits.”
But, Liccardo added, “We believe we have been very careful crafting this proposal to ensure that this complies fully with the Second Amendment.”
The Firearms Policy Coalition said it would gladly fulfill the mayor’s expectations of legal action.
“If the city ignores the Constitution and proceeds to pass this awful proposal, we will be delighted to force the city to pay our attorneys hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees and costs after we beat them in court,” the organization wrote.
The amendments to the city’s gun ordinance are expected to be presented to the whole City Council within two weeks.
“‘We’re hoping this will be the start of a regional effort,” Liccardo said.
Contact Robert Salonga at 408- 920- 5002.
Somehow I ended up viewing a Farsider from 2009. It had a “Where I’m living” map that you click on. Any chance of doing it again? I’d like to see how dispersed the old gang has become?
Jim (Silvers) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
In the ten years since we included that feature in the Farsider we have since changed to an easier processing format that no longer allows readers to click on the map and leave a marker. Another reason we only ran the map for a month or two is that the markers didn’t say '"who lived where," which would not have worked in the Bay Area since it is so cluttered with markers.
The Where I’m Living Map from the Nov. 6, 2009 Farsider
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Remember when fiscal conservatism was a central plank in the Republican Party’s platform? How achieving a balanced federal budget and the elimination of the national debt were major defining principles. During the presidential campaign Donald Trump repeatedly railed against President Obama for driving up our national debt to a record level. He promised his supporters that when he took over the White House he would reverse course and eliminate the entire debt within eight years. He said he would apply his business acumen to federal fiscal policy, right from the get-go.
He presented two strategies for achieving this promise saying that the policies he would create would grow the economy (Gross Domestic Product) by 6% annually which in turn would generate large amounts of new revenue. Most significantly he would present a plan to reduce taxes, particularly for businesses, which would achieve this GDP goal. Additionally, the budgets he would present to the Republican controlled Congress would eliminate waste and redundancy in federal spending.
So how are we doing two years later?
The increase in our GDP for 2017 came in at 2.3%. In 2018 it was 2.9% and the estimated GDP for 2019 is 2.5%. A far cry from the needed 6%. During the same time frame the federal budget has grown from $3.98 trillion, to $4.17 trillion, and then to $4.41 trillion. The Tax Cut and Jobs Act did lower business taxes from 35% to 21% but it also added significantly to the national debt. The Wall Street Journal reported that the combination of lower tax revenues and increases in federal spending is now projected to add $7.1 trillion to the national debt by 2027.
When President Obama left the White House he left us with a national debt that stood at a staggering $19.94 trillion. After two years in office the national debt now stands at $22.02 trillion, which is $2.08 trillion more than when President Trump took office. That's nearly as much as the $2.18 trillion President Obama added in his last four years in office.
We are currently paying out an average of $1 billion dollars a day in interest payments ($364 billion last year), and that number will go up each year as the amount of debt increases and interest rates continue to rise. The White House now expects yields on the 10-year Treasury note will average 3% this year, up from 2.6% last year, and increase to 3.2% next year. This will add 10's of billions of more dollars to the deficit in order to cover these increases.
On September 8, 2017, President Trump signed a bill increasing the debt ceiling. Later that day, the debt exceeded $20 trillion for the first time in U.S. history. On February 9, 2018, he signed a bill that suspended the debt ceiling altogether, meaning there is currently no limit as to how how much the debt can grow.
It has been reported that the friction between President Trump and his senior financial advisers came to a head shortly after he took office when senior officials showed him charts and graphics laying out the numbers and showing a “hockey stick” spike in the national debt in the not-too-distant future. According to individuals who were present in the briefing, the president noted that the data suggested the debt would reach a critical mass only after his second term in office. Saying, “Yeah, but I won’t be here.”
Middle Ground <email@example.com>
If anyone wants to refute Middle Ground on this or any other issue, go for it. We have plenty of empty space for facts and opinions and we welcome other views.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BOYS...
Although there were 70 members in attendance at last
night’s February PBA meeting, only three were present who
were celebrating a February birthday. (L-R) George Padilla;
new PBA President Ernie Alcantar; and Tony Destro.
CALLING ALL GOLFERS
THE ANNUAL MMOC CIOPPINO FEED
Click HERE for a larger image of the flyer.
EMERALD SOCIETY NEWS
THE ORIGINAL USS HORNET HAS BEEN FOUND
Jim Silvers reports that his father’s ship — the original USS Hornet (CV-8) that was sunk by the Japanese 77 years ago — has been discovered. The Hornet (CV-12) museum that is docked in Alameda was a replacement for the original.
USS Hornet, (CV-8)
Click HERE for an interesting CBS news report with an embedded video about the discovery.
A TRUE HERO ON THE SHORT LIST OF HOLLYWOOD CONSERVATIVES
Of the relative handful of Hollywood actors who could be called conservative patriots, Gary Sinise would be at or near the top of the list. And that’s why we are including this item about “Lt. Dan.”
Breaks Down in Tears After Receiving Star-Studded
Thanks for His Work with Veterans
By Ben Marquis — Feb. 14, 2019 — Western Journal
Though Hollywood actor Gary Sinise has appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows over the years, he is arguably best known for his portrayal of “Lt. Dan” in the hit film “Forrest Gump,” a down-on-his-luck Vietnam veteran who turns his life around and achieves success after teaming up with the title character, played by Tom Hanks.
Since that time, Sinise has become a huge force for good for the men and women who sacrifice of themselves on behalf of this nation and their communities, whether through military service or as first responders.
People magazine reported that, in honor of the Feb. 12 release of Sinise’s new book “Grateful American,” a number of Hollywood stars and other people he has worked with over the years got together and made a video expressing their own feelings of gratitude for the selfless effort Sinise has made to better the lives of others.
A separate video captured the moment when Sinise was told to watch the brief video prepared in tribute for him, and he could only smile and say how “shocked” he was by it as he wiped away tears of joy.
The surprise video for Sinise featured a plethora of his fellow actors and actresses, a number of active-duty and retired military veterans, disabled veterans and veterans’ families he has assisted, not to mention firefighters and police officers, all of whom said “thank you” to Sinise in their own way.
The idea for the video came from retired four-star General Robin Rand, who serves as CEO of the charitable Gary Sinise Foundation, as a way for everyone impacted by Sinise to celebrate and give thanks for the tremendous work he has done to support them.
Sinise has spent the past four decades expressing his own gratitude however he can for military veterans and first responders, the families of those lost and injured during their service and those who provide care for those unable to care for themselves. In other words, true humility and sacrifice.
That work has included an untold number of visits to meet with deployed troops overseas, hosting events for veterans back here at home, and even providing brand new “smart” homes for some severely disabled veterans through his foundation’s “RISE” program — Restoring Independence and Supporting Empowerment.
In the video, retired General Colin Powell said, “Thank you for all the things you have done for our men and women who have served our nation. Not only what you’ve done for them but for their children, what you’ve done for their families, what you’ve done to help them rebuild their lives.”
One of the disabled veterans who received a home through Sinise’s RISE program said, “As you can see, we’re in front of this beautiful house right now. We wouldn’t have had it were it not for your kindness, graciousness and your wonderful gift of giving.”
There were also a number of active-duty service members, retired veterans of all ages, firefighters, police officers, Sheriff’s deputies and families who took part in the video to say “thanks” to Sinise for all that he has done for them.
The heartfelt video closed with Sinise’s co-star from so many years ago, Tom Hanks, adopting his “Forrest Gump” voice to proclaim, “Thank you Lt. Dan!”
It is understandable that Sinise would tear up a bit watching that video of everyone expressing their gratitude for him, particularly in light of the fact that he is usually the one expressing his gratitude for others.
If you, like Sinise, care for and want to similarly do something to help those in need who’ve sacrificed of themselves on behalf of the nation, you can check out Sinise’s foundation and find a meaningful way to show your own gratitude for our nation’s heroes.
Click HERE to watch the tribute to Gary Sinise. (3:34)
MEET THE WINGED WARRIORS
Received from Larry Otter
French Military Using Winged Warriors to Hunt Down Rogue Drones
golden eagle grabs a flying drone during a military training exercise
at the Mont-de-Marsan French Air Force base in Southwestern France.
Following incidents of drones flying over the presidential palace and restricted military sites — along with the deadly 2015 Paris terror attacks — the French Air Force has trained four golden eagles to intercept and destroy the rogue aircraft.
Aptly named d'Artagnan, Athos, Porthos and Aramis — an homage to Alexandre Dumas’ “The Three Musketeers” — the four birds of prey have been honing their attack skills at Mont-de-Marsan in southwestern France since mid-2016.
drone means food for these birds,” Gerald Machoukow,
base's falconer, told FRANCE 24. “Now they automatically go after them.”
The use of hunting birds — normally falcons and northern goshawks — by militaries around the globe is common practice in the fight to scare other critters away from runways and so cut the risk of accidents during takeoff or landing. But it wasn’t until 2015 when the Dutch started using bald eagles to intercept drones that other militaries started to see the benefit of these winged warriors.
The French bred the four golden eagles — three males and one female -— using artificial insemination since eagles are a protected species and harvesting wild eggs is strictly forbidden. They chose the golden eagle because of the birds hooked beak and sharp eyesight.
Also weighing in around 11 pounds, the birds are in a similar weight class as the drones they’re sent to destroy and clocking in at a top air speed of 50 miles per hour, with the capability of spotting its target from over a mile away, the eagles are deft hunters.
To protect the eagles from drone blades and any explosive device that might be attached to them, the French military designed mittens of leather and Kevlar (an anti-blast material), to protect the bird’s talons.
A golden eagle carries a flying drone (2017).
"I love these birds," Machoukow told Agence France-Presse. "I don't want to send them to their death."
The birds are first taught to attack in a straight line before graduating to diving from heights. Soon they’ll be patrolling the skies over the Pyrenees Mountains in southern France and could possibly be deployed at airports and special events, such as political summits and soccer tournaments.
The French air force already expects four more eagles to join the fleet.
DID YOU BUY A PILLOW OR
TWO FROM THIS FORMER CRACK ADDICT?
From Crack Cocaine to Mar-a-Lago: The Unusual Journey of the MyPillow Man
By Kyle Swenson — April 6, 2018 — Washington Post
The Better Business Bureau has changed My Pillow's rating from A-plus to F after the company continually ran "buy one, get one free" deals. (My Pillow)
The pillow salesman had so much crack cocaine pounding through his bloodstream he hadn’t slept for two weeks, he would later say. Even the drug dealers were counseling Mike Lindell to slow down.
It was March 2008, and the Minneapolis-area entrepreneur’s life was in free fall. Marriage broken. House lost. Business — a company he started four years earlier called MyPillow — struggling. Two weeks into this particular hot-wired bender, Lindell went to his usual drug dealers for a fix. But the guys had already put word out on the street: No one sell to Lindell until he sleeps.
“They were three of the biggest dealers in the cities,” Lindell recounted to the Salvation Army in 2015. “They refused to sell to me again. One of them tried babysitting me until I fell asleep.”
Instead, he sneaked outside to score elsewhere. But no one wanted his business. Lindell waved around a $100 bill for $5 worth of crack. Nothing. He tried to hide his distinct mustache behind his hand. No luck.
“I get back to the apartment, and [the dealer] is sitting there, and he goes, ‘How’d that work out for you?’ ” Lindell said to CNBC last September. His dealer picked up Lindell’s phone and snapped a photo of the addict’s face — walking-dead skin tone, disheveled hair, mug shot scowl. It was a memento of what it looked like at rock bottom.
Clicking HERE will bring forth the rest of the article.
STORIES OF THE WEEK
The Home Invasion
Received from Lumpy
A thief entered a house in mid-afternoon, tied up the woman and at knife-point asked the man to hand over the jewelry and money.
The man started sobbing and said, “You can take anything you want. You can kill me also. But please untie the rope and free her.”
Thief: “Man, you must really love your wife!”
Man: “No, but she’ll be home shortly.”
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Getting into Heaven can be difficult for some people
Received from Bruce Morton
An Angel visited a woman and told her she must give up smoking, drinking and unmarried sex if she wants to get into Heaven.
The woman said she would try her best.
The Angel visited the woman a week later to see how she was getting on.
"Not bad" said the woman, "I've given up smoking and drinking, but when I bent over to look in the freezer and my boyfriend caught sight of my long slender legs in high heels, he had his way with me right then and there."
"They don't like that in Heaven,” said the Angel.
"They're not crazy about it in Costco either,” replied the woman.
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A Fisherman's Tale
From the Archives
The Dept. of Labor suspected a fishing boat owner wasn't paying proper wages to his deckhand and sent an agent to investigate him.
"I need a list of your employees and how much you pay them," said the DOL agent.
Replied the boat owner: "Well, there's Clarence, my deckhand, he's been with me for three years. I pay him $1,000 a week plus free room and board.
Then there's the mentally challenged guy. He works about 18 hours every day and does about 90 percent of the work around here. He makes about $10 per week, pays his own room and board, and I buy him a bottle of fine Barbados Rum and a dozen Budweisers every Saturday night so he can cope with life. He also gets to sleep with my wife occasionally."
"That's the guy I want to talk to," said the DOL agent.
"That would be me," said the boat owner. "What would you like to know?"
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From the Archives
After nearly 50 years of marriage,
Ted was lying in bed one evening when his wife felt him begin to massage her in
ways he hadn't in quite some time.
It almost tickled as his fingers started at her neck, and then began moving down past the small of her back.
He then caressed her shoulders and neck, slowly worked his hand down, stopping just over her stomach.
He then proceeded to place his hand on her left inner arm, working down her side, passing gently over her buttock and down her leg to her calf.
Then, he proceeded up her thigh, stopping just at the uppermost portion of her leg.
He continued in the same manner on her right side, then suddenly stopped, rolled over and became silent.
As she had become quite aroused by this caressing, she asked in a loving voice, “Honey, that was wonderful. Why did you stop?”
He replied, “I found the remote.”
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND
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The reaction of body builders at Muscle Beach when an apparent “old man” can compete with the best of them is priceless. And that’s what this video clip is about. Have a LOOK. (3:37)
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This is a variation on the same theme: An “old man” impressing the young body builders on the beach. Just as entertaining as the one above and also worth a LOOK. (7:05)
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Put on your thinking cap for a few minutes and try to imagine what would happen if humans suddenly disappeared from our planet. This video makes a lot of sense and is probably fairly accurate. Care to WATCH? (9:46)
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This contribution from Comrade Kosovilka is about a Mama cow who tried to tell a human “Come SAVE my baby!” (3:40)
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If you think it was tough getting to Tahoe a few days ago, it wasn’t any easier once you arrived. Here’s our question: Does anyone else find it odd that all these DUCKS were going to see the Dentist? (1:34)
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Is the woman wearing a black wet suit and possibly resembling a seal who is swimming among these killer whales in danger? Remember, in an Orca’s world, seal = meal. Click HERE and the question will be answered. (1:47)
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This would not have been a good day for the guy circled in red to buy a lottery ticket. Why? Keep your eye on HIM until the end of the short clip. (0:24)
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This item from Alice Murphy about “Kyle the Goose” initially appeared in the Nov. 16, 2017 Farsider, but we thought we would run it one more time because of the nature of the clip. It’s from Steve Hartman’s continuing “On the Road” series that airs periodically on the CBS Evening News. The short story is about a man and a goose who have FORGED what the title calls “An unusual relationship.” (2:34)
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Hope for Paws
Posted last Thursday, on Feb. 14th: Eldad and Loreta responded to a call on Valentine’s Day about a little homeless dog that was terrified by fear. They named him SCOOBY-ROO and gave him a valentine gift of a new and happy life. (3:44)
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Posted two days ago, on Feb. 19th: When Hope for Paws received a text stating that a dog needed help, Eldad responded to see what he could do. He found a scared dog that he named Puddles. But after the rescue, the owners were found and it turned out the dog’s name was CHARLIE. This is how he was reunited with his owners. (6:29)
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Here’s is a moment in history that deserves to be remembered, so says The History Guy. We’ll let you GUESS what it’s about by the pic below. (5:55)
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This short “Inside Edition” segment tells the story of how a mother protected her kids during a California burglary. And it’s ALL on video. (1:47)
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Think back. Were you THIS weak when you were on The Job? (1:08)
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Among the judges who have become popular TV personalities is Frank Caprio, the Chief Judge in Providence, RI. His show — “Caught in Providence” — airs in some TV markets on weekdays. THIS is an example of why his show and YouTube videos are so popular. (7:15)
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This week the Dude Perfect guys have invited the No. 1 bowler in the world to join them in some amazing trick shots with bowling balls. Have a LOOK. (7:35)
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This clip of a little 5-year-old boy in China operating a front loader seems to be going viral again. With this kind of dexterity we won’t be surprised if he is flying a China Airlines A-380 by the age of 12. Check out THIS little guy. (2:21)
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Don’t plan on holding your breath if you think there’s a chance you will live to see this even if it does become a reality some day. We humans will probably be in the process of colonizing the Moon or Mars if that day ever comes. But it is fun to look at and imagine the future, sort of like when we were kids and paid a dime or a quarter to WATCH Flash Gordon and his arch enemy Ming in the theaters. (3:32)
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This is proof that it’s possible to have fun with kitchen matches without creating any crispy critters or burning down the forest or someone's property. Want to see this volcano erupt? You know you do, and you can by clicking HERE. (3:49)
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I bought a new Acura RDX crossover last Aug. that has one of those rear latches you can open by waving your foot under the rear bumper. It’s pretty handy if you want to stash some stuff in the rear and your hands are full, and I’m happy to report that it works a hell of lot better than THIS guy’s Ford SUV. (1:13)
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If you can spare 18 seconds to watch this, you will appreciate the fact that freezing rain in St, Louis was THIS guy’s problem and not yours! (0:18)
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This Week’s Closer
If you aren’t old enough to remember Rita Hayworth, you missed an unforgettable era when the only criticism of Hollywood was that it didn’t turn out more super stars like her who could do it all: sing, dance ’and’ act. Here is the former megastar dancing to “Stayin’ Alive.’ THIS compilation is so tightly edited that it appears she is actually dancing to the modern song. The Hollywood beauty who was a World War II pin-up girl died in May 1987 from Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 68. (4:47)
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