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DAN MC TEAGUE’S GUEST BOOK
Dan’s obituary that was in last Friday’s supplemental Farsider also ran in last Sunday’s Mercury News, along with a link to his guest book that friends can sign. Click HERE if you would like to sign the book and/or leave a message. We're sure that Daryl and the rest of the family would appreciate it.
Nothing to report this week.
Daniel Borenstein, the East Bay Times Editorial Page Editor, often writes about the pension issue on California. While our Police & Fire retirement plan is separate from CalPERS, what happens on the state level can have an impact on local plans like ours…
Pension Debt, CalPERS Does the Right Thing — Sort of
By Daniel Borenstein <email@example.com>
Mercury News — Feb. 20, 2018
CalPERS, which has cooked the books for years, last week turned down the heat a skosh.
No one should deceive themselves that numbers from the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, the nation’s largest plan, will now accurately portray the extent of the pension crisis.
But the board’s unanimous decision to require that the state and local governments pay down future debt faster was a welcome step that should slightly help long-term to shore up the ailing pension plan.
However, the new payment policy doesn’t go far enough. The 20-year repayment period is still too long. It won’t begin to make noticeable difference until 2021. And it only applies to future debt, not to the roughly $140 billion already accrued.
Even after a banner year for the stock market, CalPERS, by its own calculation, ended 2017 with only about 71 percent of the assets it should have had to help pay for future pensions.
That means it’s woefully unprepared to weather market losses from a major recession without a major infusion of cash. And the shortfall is much worse than CalPERS portrays because the pension system continues to irresponsibly bank on unrealistic investment return forecasts.
However, the question before the board last week was not how to calculate the debt but rather how it should be repaid.
CalPERS administers pensions for the state and most local agencies in California. In the Bay Area, that includes Santa Clara County and most cities except San Jose and San Francisco, which run their own pension systems.
When CalPERS funding falls short of the investment forecast, it’s up to the public agencies, and ultimately taxpayers, to make up the difference. The shortfall is treated like long-term credit card debt with regular installment payments.
Public employees aren’t responsible for covering the payments. But they, and labor unions that represent them, want to keep their employers’ debt payments low so there’s more money available now for salaries and benefits.
Since 2005, they have successfully pressured the CalPERS board to minimize local governments’ installment payments. As a result, the payments have been stretched out over 30 years and backloaded.
Consequently, the balance owed grows for about the first seven years, and government agencies take 16 years to even begin to pay down the original principal.
It’s a reckless financing scheme that should only appeal to the sort of person who racks up interest charges by maxing out credit cards and then making just minimum monthly payments.
It’s especially appalling when one considers that the money owed is for covering the cost of future pension payments workers have already earned. Just like salaries and health care coverage, pension benefits should be paid when workers perform the labor, not years later.
But CalPERS’ policy of deferring payments for three decades sticks our children and grandchildren with the cost of services from which we’ve already benefited.
It also leaves the pension system seriously short of funds. That’s why CalPERS Actuary Scott Terando recommended, and the board approved last week, reducing the repayment period from 30 years to 20 and leveling out the payments.
It wasn’t a radical step. Most independent county pension systems in California amortize debt payments over 15-20 years, although most unfortunately still backload the payments.
As Terando told the board, keeping CalPERS’ 30-year policy, or even 25 years, would not have been prudent. Under the state Constitution, board members have a fiduciary duty to act prudently.
Because the change applies only to new debt, repayment of past shortfalls will continue to be stretched over 30 years and backloaded.
Nevertheless, neither the League of California Cities nor the California State Association of Counties, which are still having a hard time admitting that debt deferral is irresponsible, could bring themselves to support it.
The change will mean that local government pension contribution rates will go up faster if CalPERS fails to meet its investment target. But they will also go down faster if investments surpass the mark.
Which brings us back to that troubling annual investment target, which the CalPERS board irresponsibly reaffirmed at 7 percent in December.
CalPERS’ chief investment officer and outside investment advisers forecast only 6.1 percent annually for the next decade, which would mean taking on even more debt for the next 10 years. To come up with the 7 percent annual average, Terando projects exceptional investment returns of 8.3 percent annually for the following half century.
Until CalPERS stops that sort of speculative and reckless behavior, it will continue driving the pension system deeper into a hole. That’s the next problem requiring correction.
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
Nothing of note to report this week.
Having lunch with fellow former SJPD Undercover Narcotics Officer Russ Jones in New Braunfels, Texas. As you can see, I have cleaned up my act since leaving Narco. Jonesy...not so much.
Ted Sumner, #1580 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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In last week's Farsider, Talking Points posted a YouTube video about Chevy Chase and other liberal TV comedians that was produced by Mark Dice.
The section with Chase was an excerpt from an interview he gave to Alina Cho, a CNN reporter back in 2008. If any of your readers want to see the full 4-minute interview which provides a lot more context, than Dice's excerpt, here is the link. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRLHPUGKoXo>
As to Mark Dice, here's some information about who he is, what he stands for and the positions he holds on relevant topics.
Mark Dice is the professional name used by Mark Shouldice. He’s a YouTube personality, conspiracy theorist and author. He has written and made videos about secret societies such as The Bilderberg Group, Bohemian Grove events as well as Satanists and the Illuminati’s control of the world.
In 2005, Dice wrote and self-published "The Resistance Manifesto," a book on the Illuminati and the New World Order conspiracy theories.
In June 2008, Dice launched a campaign he called "Operation Inform the Soldiers" to urge people to send letters and DVDs to troops stationed in Iraq supporting a conspiracy theory that the September 11th attacks in 2001 were an "inside job.”
"People want the facts. The Marines are hungry for the truth — what got them there [in Iraq], why are they risking their lives — and we’re going to help them understand that,” he told Fox News.
In reaction, syndicated talk show host Michael Reagan commented on-air that Dice should be tried for treason and said, "How about you take Mark Dice out and put him in the middle of a firing range. Tie him to a post, don't blindfold him, let it rip and have some fun with Mark Dice."
Reagan added that he would pay for the bullets. Reagan apologized for his comments the following week.
In 2009, (Dice) published "The Illuminati: Facts & Fiction," discussing the possibility of an Illuminati secret society.
In 2015, Los Angeles Times sports columnist Kevin Baxter derided Dice for his theory that Katy Perry was Satanic, and his theory that the Super Bowl halftime shows were elaborate Illuminati rituals.
More recently, Dice produced a series of YouTube videos in which he asks people in public places to sign satirical petitions, such as repealing the Bill of Rights "for Obama" and granting Obama immunity for any and all crimes he commits while in office. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Dice>
Middle Ground <Middleground5050@gmail.com>
Based on the info above, Dice certainly sounds like a kook. But his video clips sent in by readers that we have included in the Farsider over the past couple of years paint him as a conservative who likes to pick on liberals and point out the stupidity of people on the street. And with 1.2 million subscribers to his YouTube channel, his popularity is hard to deny. Here are a few examples of the clips that have been in the Farsider…
for Clip 1 (5:37)
for Clip 2 (7:04)
for Clip 3 (2:58)
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In addition to Middle Ground’s missive above, the self-appointed fact-checker also included the item below about last week’s Prager University Mail Call item and video dealing with Climate Change…
Last week there was a Prager University video post in the Farsider that featured William “Will” Happer Ph.D about climate change modeling. Here are my comments on the posting.
As I’ve previously pointed out in the Farsider, Prager University is not an actual university, college or academic institution at all. It’s a digital media organization founded by the very controversial conservative radio talk show host Dennis Prager. The stated purpose of his organization is to present conservative viewpoints on a host of topics as a way to offset what he regards as, “the undermining of college education by the political left.” His videos feature speakers who presents a particular side of an issue. He makes no claims that these presentations are fair and balanced, or to their accuracy or truthfulness.
As with any scientific consensus, no matter how much supporting evidence there is, a few scientists will not be supporters. There are scientists who belong to the Flat Earth Society, deny that there is a link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer and state that the earth is less than 10,000 years old.
Dr. Happer is a professor emeritus within Princeton University’s physics department. He has focused his education, teaching and research on the areas of atomic physics, optics and spectroscopy. He has authored over 150 peer reviewed research papers that have been published in scientific journals on topics that fall into one of his three specialty areas. He has never conducted a scientific study or written a research paper about global warming or any other climate change related topic. When asked why he hasn't submitted any papers on climate related research to a scientific journal Dr. Happer acknowledged that his reports would probably not pass peer review.
Michael Oppenheimer Ph.D, is a professor within Princeton’s Graduate School of Geosciences, and the director of the university’s program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy. He strongly disagrees with Dr. Happer’s claims, as does his fellow colleagues. After publicly debating Dr. Happer, Dr. Oppenheimer asked him to please read the report issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and then publish his own scientific report detailing his objections to the panel’s findings. Dr. Happer’s response was that the world community of climatologists has become a veritable “religious cult.” No response report was ever issued.
Michael MacCracken Ph.D, chief scientist at the Climate Institute in Washington D.C. and past president of International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences, published a paragraph-by-paragraph rebuttal to each of the climate-related claims Dr. Happer made back in 2011.
Middle Ground <Middleground5050@gmail.com>
It appears that the 1.2 million subscribers to the Prager University’s YouTube channel agrees with its purpose as described in your second paragraph, M.G. To wit:
“The stated purpose of (Prager University) is to present conservative viewpoints on a host of topics as a way to offset what he regards as, ‘the undermining of college education by the political left.’ “
It’s interesting to note that the Prager University video regarding the issue of Climate Change (below) received nearly 1.2 million views with over 10,000 thumbs up and only 733 thumbs down. We also found that reading a sampling of the 2,344 comments under the video was interesting. Readers can click HERE to review the video clip and/or the comments.
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Here comes those darn gun control debates again. Guns a blazing, as it were! I'll skip my soliloquy about Too Much and Too Many. Meaning too many, two pronged, too many gun checkers (metal detectors) at schools. The new normal — school gun checkers. What's next? Gun lockers? S.W.A.T. training to get a credential? O.K., maybe I'm exaggerating, but not by much.
Who would care how many or what kind of guns people owned. It's not the guns and needing gun checkers; it's the sanity of the population that's the important issue. All effort and monies should be put forth towards balance and sanity.
Then I thought about that for a while. Look around the world. Who has a sane population? Not many; not any — maybe in some small corner somewhere. We're all a little bit neurotic in one way or another — a little off kilter. Who can define sanity anyway. Or normal? Or balanced?
I suppose if we tried we could come up with some general boundaries for which we might all agree. Then it would come down to time, energy and budgets. Even if we had the energy (questionable) and could get the money (which we don't have), who has the long distance time it would take to complete even half the journey toward sanity. Plus, even if we (as a nation) committed to it, how would we protect ourselves during the transition period?
Thus, we have the classic circular, two-pronged debate between sanity and gun control. Do we want our children to be more compassionate, competent and classroom ready? Is this what we would bring into our grandchildren's future — a student handbook that reads "Classroom Ready and Combat Ready?" Is this the real two pronged debate? Is this going to be our gift to the next generation? I don't have all the answers, but I can say how I feel. If we can summon that which is higher in us, we can ease the way for those who follow.
Dave (Scannell) <email@example.com>
Point of Interest:
Third grade teacher with her class in Tel Aviv. To date,
there have been no reported school shooter attacks in Israel.
Last night’s monthly PBA dinner meeting drew 68 members including the six pictured above who were celebrating a February birthday. Congrats to (L-R) Ernie Alcantar, Tony Destro, Terry “Greek” Moudakas, Curt Jackson and George Padilla for surviving another year. (Photo by Aubrey “Bird” Parrott)
SUPPORT THE EMERALD SOCIETY’S FUNDRAISER
You are invited to join members and friends of the San Jose Police Emerald Society to warm up for the following week’s St. Patrick’s Day! Price includes a corn beef and cabbage buffet with all the fixins’, two drink tickets, bagpipe music, Irish folk music, and a DJ. There will also be a silent auction and raffle. Click on the link above or below to purchase your ticket(s).
REGISTER NOW FOR THE CIOPPINO (AND CHICKEN) FEED
This is another great opportunity to enjoy Cioppino or, if you are not a fishy kinda person, perhaps chicken. The Cioppino Feed is on again. Great news: MMOC has set up online registration at <www.mmoc.org> for folks who would prefer to register there.
WHAT'S YOUR POKER FACE LOOK LIKE?
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IS HOLLYWOOD MORE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE GUN VIOLENCE THAN THE NRA?
I had already outgrown cap guns by the time the ‘60s rolled around, but I do remember Chuck Connors as “The Rifleman.” Had I been 5 to 10 years younger at the time I’m sure I would have pressed my folks to get me a genuine Rifleman cap rifle. I they had, of course, I doubt it would have turned me into a serial killer. This Washington Post opinion piece sent in by Lumpy makes an excellent argument as to who is most responsible for the gun violence in America: the NRA or Hollywood...
the Latest Mass Shooting, We’re Focusing on the Wrong Amendment
By Gary Abernathy — Opinion Writer
Washington Post — Feb. 18. 2018
HILLSBORO, Ohio — Growing up on a small southern Ohio farm, the favorite Christmas gift I received as a child was a “Rifleman” rifle, ordered from the Sears “wish book” that still arrived in mailboxes in the 1960s.
“The Rifleman” was a TV Western starring Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain. His rifle was modified with a looped, hinged lever that allowed him to fire in rapid succession. My toy version looked and functioned like that TV rifle, but fired caps instead of bullets.
Still, in my imaginary world — where our barn and corn cribs served as forts, shacks and Old West hideouts — I dispatched many a bank robber, horse thief and outlaw with my “Rifleman” rifle. In the decades that followed, I’ve never considered shooting anyone in real life.
Television in the 1950s and early ’60s was dominated by Westerns that were consumed regularly by America’s youth. But the movies and TV shows of the day, even Westerns, depicted fatal shootings only sporadically (most people got “winged” in the shoulder or leg), and when they did, most of the program was devoted to the hunt for the killer, or a trial, or the guilt felt by the shooter. In other words, taking a life was acknowledged as a tragedy with serious consequences, with the unfortunate exception of Native Americans (“Indians” in the media of the day) being gunned down with little remorse.
Hollywood violence has come a long way since the bloodless shootings on classic TV Westerns, or the tame-by-comparison fight scenes on the “Adventures of Superman” with George Reeves and “Batman” with Adam West. Today’s action films and TV shows — not to mention video games — outdo themselves in depicting gun violence committed so casually and with such frequency that viewers become dangerously numb to it.
In January 2017, The Post reported on a study in the journal Pediatrics that found that gun violence had soared in movies rated PG-13. “In fact . . . the amount of gun violence in the 30 top-grossing PG-13 movies now exceeds the gun violence in the top R-rated flicks. And it is continuing to rise,” the article noted, adding that “there is evidence that such scenes may contribute more generally to aggressive behavior and desensitization to violence.”
And yet, after horrific events such as the recent mass shooting at a school in Parkland, Fla., Hollywood’s finest are predictably among the first to point fingers at the National Rifle Association or Republicans in Congress for opposing gun control. They apparently view the ability to purchase guns as a worse culprit than the portrayals of repetitive acts of gun violence that increasingly dominate our entertainment platforms.
Gun-control advocates argue that when crafting the Second Amendment, our founders could not have foreseen AK-47s or AR-15s. True. But it is just as reasonable to suggest that those same founders, in crafting the First Amendment, could not have anticipated Hollywood and its propensity to produce movies where depictions of gun violence dominate as much as 40 percent of a film, as was the case with “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” according to the Pediatrics study.
“We’re not trying to take away anyone’s right to own a gun, but no one needs an AK-47 for hunting,” goes the argument for stricter gun control.
Deciding limits on constitutional rights based on arbitrary determinations of Americans’ “needs” is a slippery slope. It could well be argued that no one “needs” movies, TV shows or video games featuring scene after scene of people being killed and maimed. For sure, no one “needs” to see such depictions, but the First Amendment protects them just the same, even if they plant images into susceptible minds and, in turn, morph into real-life nightmares in our streets, offices and schools.
We don’t yet know how much the apparently unstable mind of Nikolas Cruz, the alleged Parkland shooter, was influenced by movies, TV shows or video games. But it is likely he was exposed to such images as regularly as most Americans.
The attention of gun-control advocates is focused on the ability to buy a gun, which in fact represents the tail end of a homicidal journey. Curtailing the rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment won’t reverse a mind that has gradually grown murderous.
When it comes to gun violence, we might conclude that the Second Amendment is just fine as it is. Instead, the First Amendment is what we should examine, not through more laws curtailing freedom of expression, but through a voluntary recognition that just because we have the technology to portray the most egregious acts of violence imaginable doesn’t mean that we should — even if it might cost Hollywood a box-office hit.
Click HERE to view a related video that is embedded with the article above.
AUSSIE COP SAYS VIOLENT CRIME HAS INCREASED DESPITE GUN BAN
True or False?
Spotted on Facebook was this post that was claimed to have been authored by an Australian cop. But was it?
I thought you all would like to see the real figures from Down Under. It has now been 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced by a new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by our own government, a program costing Australia taxpayers more than $500 million dollars.
The first year results are now in:
• Australia-wide, homicides are up 6.2 percent...
• Australia-wide, assaults are up 9.6 percent...
• Australia-wide, armed robberies are up 44 percent!
In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent. Note that while the law-abiding citizens turned them in, the criminals did not, and criminals still possess their guns!
While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease in armed robberies with firearms, this has changed drastically upward in the past 12 months, since the criminals now are guaranteed that their prey is unarmed. There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults on the elderly while the resident is at home.
Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public safety has decreased after such monumental effort and expense was expended in 'successfully ridding Australian society of guns.’
You won't see this on the American evening news or hear your governor or members of the State Assembly disseminating this information.
The Australian experience speaks for itself. Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws affect only the law-abiding citizens.
Take note Americans, before it's too late!
Ed Chenel, a police officer in Australia
Pretty convincing, right? Well it’s wrong! We turned to Snopes to vet this email and found it to be FALSE. If you want so badly to believe that the posting is true, you will likely use the same tired (and stupid) argument that Snopes is a left wing fact-check site funded by George Soros. If you consider yourself open-minded, click on this link and read the facts about Australia’s “buy back” program. <https://www.snopes.com/crime/statistics/ausguns.asp>
Within the detailed entry you will find this paragraph:
“In 1997, Australia implemented a gun buyback program that reduced the stock of firearms by around one-fifth (and nearly halved the number of gun-owning households). Using differences across states, we test[ed] whether the reduction in firearms availability affected homicide and suicide rates. We find that the buyback led to a drop in the firearm suicide rates of almost 80%, with no significant effect on non-firearm death rates. The effect on firearm homicides is of similar magnitude, but is less precise [somewhere between 35% and 50%].”
If you don’t trust Snopes, try FactCheck, another recognized bipartisan fact-check site…
Or any of the following sites:
Bottom line: We could not find one solitary site that claimed the Aussie buy-back program resulted in an increase in the robbery and homicide rate. In fact, the opposite is true; the buy-back program in Australia did show a measurable reduction in robberies, homicides and, more significantly, suicides. That's not to say it would have the same effect here in the U.S. In general, gun buy-back programs in major cities here in the U.S. have had little measurable impact on robberies and murders.
TEXAS SHERIFF PLACES SAFETY OF HER OFFICERS BELOW ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS
Sheriff Rejects Body Armor for Deputies to Avoid Cooperating with ICE
By Holly Matkin — Blue Lives Matter
A Texas sheriff refused to sign a letter agreeing
to hold arrested illegal immigrants for ICE.
Austin, TX – Travis County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) deputies lost the opportunity to receive lifesaving ballistic vests after the department’s sheriff decided it was more important to shield illegal immigrants from federal agents.
The vests were made available through a unanimously approved state Senate bill in 2017 which allocated $25 million to help Texas law enforcement agencies purchase the gear for their officers in the wake of the July 7, 2016 police ambush in Dallas that left five officers dead, KXAN reported.
In January, Governor Abbot declared that $23 million in grants from the fund would be dispersed to buy 33,000 vests for over 450 law enforcement departments that had applied. Every agency that applied was accepted.
The vests are designed to protect against more powerful rounds than the low-caliber bullet vests commonly issued to Texas law enforcement officers.
The applications, which were due by Sep. 6, 2017, required agency leaders to “sign a letter confirming compliance with [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] detainer request both now and during the grant term of at least one year,” Travis County Commissioner’s Court records said, according to KXAN.
Project Manager Valerie Hollier planned to apply for the grant in the amount of $240,000, in order to purchase over 200 rifle-resistant vests for Travis County.
“It is anticipated the number of fatal shootings will be reduced by equipping more officers with type III & IV body armor,” Hollier wrote in her recommendations for seeking the grant.
The only other requirement needed to complete the application was a written commitment from TCSO Sheriff Sally Hernandez agreeing to hold arrested illegal immigrants for ICE.
But the sheriff refused.
According to county documents, Sheriff Hernandez said she wanted to see whether or not a law banning sanctuary cities would be upheld by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals before she would decide if she was required to cooperate with ICE.
Regardless of the appeals court’s ruling, the case is widely anticipated to proceed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
According to KXAN, a TCSO spokesman said that the sheriff is in compliance with the law at this time, but that she won’t commit to cooperating with ICE long-term.
In the meantime, TCSO will not be receiving rifle-resistant vests.
Sheriff Hernandez declined to comment on the issue, KXAN reported.
Click HERE to review the readers’ comments about this article.
AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF HOW BODY CAMS CAN PROTECT THE POLICE
Entitled VSU Basketball Player Pulls Race Card, Gets Arrested
By Hollly Matkin — Blue Lives Matter
A Virginia State University women's basketball player
was charged with weapon and traffic offenses.
Isle of Wight County, VA – A Virginia State University basketball player and her girlfriend were arrested on Feb. 12 after the pair was pulled over for a speeding infraction and became uncooperative and irate.
“I’m one of the biggest basketball f*****g point guards in Division I basketball right now!” Shonnice Vaughn, 25, screamed at officers at one point during the hour-long interaction which was captured on bodycam video.
The deputy pulled the women over for traveling 68mph in a 55mph zone, but Vaughn, who was behind the wheel, denied that she was speeding and refused to produce her driver’s license.
As the conversation continued, the deputy noticed a holster inside Vaughn’s vehicle.
“Where is the gun at?” he asked the women.
“We don’t have the gun,” Vaughn’s girlfriend, 25-year-old Natasha Bowman answered.
“Why is there a holster?” the deputy asked.
Vaughn then called her coach, James Hill, while Bowman tried to convince the deputy that she had actually been the one driving when the speeding infraction occurred.
“I don’t give a f**k. I don’t like racist cops! He a pig, and he nasty,” Bowman said as the situation began to escalate.
Police said that Vaughn could have been released on a summons, but because of her refusal to provide the officer with the information needed to do so, she was instead arrested, WVEC reported.
“I’m a basketball star, you can look me up,” Vaughn said in the video. “I’m going to school for criminal justice.”
Bowman repeatedly interrupted and called officers “pigs” as she was being read her rights.
With both women detained, police returned to the vehicle where they noticed a loaded .40 caliber Smith & Wesson where Bowman had been sitting in the back seat.
Investigators learned that the gun had been reported stolen in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which is Vaughn’s hometown, WVEC reported. Vaughn said that she was the one that had reported the theft of the weapon, and that she went to Wisconsin and took the gun back.
Vaughn was ultimately charged with speeding and no driver’s license, and Bowman was charged with disorderly conduct.
Both face a pending possession of a concealed weapon offense, WVEC reported.
Since their arrests, the women have accused all of the deputies on scene of being racists and said that they fabricated events. Bowman and Vaughn also alleged that deputies stole $1,200 from their vehicle.
Virginia State University said that Vaughn is now “a former member of the VSU women’s basketball team,” WVEC reported.
Click HERE to review the readers’ comments and/or view portions of the deputy’s body cam footage of the arrest.
STORIES OF THE WEEK
Planning to move out of California but don’t know where to go?
From the Archives
You can live in Phoenix, where...
1. You are willing to park 3 blocks away because you found shade.
2. You've experienced condensation on your butt from the hot water in the toilet bowl.
3. You can drive for 4 hours in one direction and never leave town.
4. You have over 100 recipes for Mexican food.
5. You know that "dry heat" is comparable to what hits you in the face when you open your oven door.
6. The 4 seasons are: tolerable, hot, really hot, and you've-got-to-be-kidding-me!
Or you can Live in New York City, where...
1. You say "The City" and expect everyone to know you mean Manhattan.
2. You can get into a four-hour argument about how to get from Columbus Circle to Battery Park, but can't find Wisconsin on a map.
3. You think Central Park is "nature."
4. You believe that being able to swear at people in their own language makes you multi-lingual.
5. You've worn out a car horn, IF you have a car.
6. You think eye contact is an act of aggression.
Or you can Live in Maine, where...
1. You only have four spices: salt, pepper, ketchup, and Tabasco.
2. Halloween costumes fit over parkas.
3. You have more than one recipe for moose.
4. Sexy lingerie is anything flannel with less than eight buttons.
5. The four seasons are: winter, still winter, almost winter, and construction.
Or you can Live in Texas, where...
1. You can rent a movie and buy bait in the same store.
2. "Y'all" is singular and "All y'all" is plural.
3. "He needed killin' " is a valid defense.
5. Everyone has 2 first names: Billy Bob, Jimmy Bob, Mary Sue, Betty Jean, Mary Beth, etc.
Or you can live in Colorado, where...
1. You carry your $3,000 mountain bike atop your $500 car.
2. You tell your husband to pick up Granola on his way home and he stops at the day care center.
3. A pass does not involve a football or dating.
4. The top of your head is bald, but you still have a pony tail.
Or you can live in the Midwest, where...
1. You've never met any celebrities, but the mayor knows your name.
2. Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor.
3. You have had to switch from "heat" to "A/C" on the same day.
4. You end sentences with a preposition: "Where's my coat at?"
5. When asked how your trip was to any exotic place, you say, "It was different!"
Or you can live in Florida, where...
1. You eat dinner at 3:15 in the afternoon.
2. All purchases include a coupon of some kind -- even houses and cars.
3. Everyone can recommend an excellent dermatologist.
4. Road construction never ends anywhere in the state.
5. Cars in front of you are often driven by headless people.
Or -- as most of you do -- you can continue to live in California, where...
1. You make over $250,000 and you still can't afford to buy a house.
2. The fastest part of your commute is going down your driveway.
3. You know how to eat an artichoke.
4. You drive your leased Mercedes or BMW to your neighborhood block party.
5. When someone asks you how far something is, you tell them how long it will take to get there as opposed to how many miles away it is.
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little known automotive fact…
From the Archives
The three Goldberg brothers -- Norman, Hyman, and Max -- invented and developed the first automobile air-conditioner.
On July 17th, 1946, the temperature in Detroit was 97 degrees.
The 3 brothers walked into old man Henry Ford's office and sweet-talked his secretary into telling him that 3 gentlemen were there with the most exciting innovation in the auto industry since the electric starter.
Henry was curious and invited them into his office. They refused, and instead asked that he come out to the parking lot to their car.
They persuaded Ford to get into the car, which was about 130 degrees inside, then turned on the air-conditioner. The interior of the car cooled off immediately.
The old man got very excited and invited them back to the office, where he offered them 3 million dollars for the patent.
The brothers refused, saying they would settle for 2 million. But they wanted the recognition by having a label "The Goldberg Air-Conditioner" on the dashboard of each car that it was installed in.
Now old man Ford was more than just a little bit Anti-Semitic, and there was no way he was going to put the Goldberg name on 2 million Ford cars.
After haggling back and forth for about 2 hours, they finally agreed on 4 million dollars, and that just their first names would be displayed on the dashboard.
And so, even today, all Ford air-conditioners display the Goldberg brothers' first names: "Norm, Hi and Max."
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From the Archives
A man was dining in a fancy restaurant and there was a gorgeous redhead sitting at the next table. He had been checking her out since he first sat down, but he lacked the nerve to talk with her.
Suddenly she sneezed, and her glass eye comes flying out of its socket towards the man.
He reflexively reached out, grabs it out of the air, and handed it back.
"Oh my, I am so sorry," the woman said as she popped her eye back in place. "Let me buy your dinner as a sign of my gratitude," she said.
They enjoyed a wonderful dinner together, and afterwards they went to the theater followed by drinks. at a nice nightclub They talked, they laughed, she shared her deepest dreams and he shared his.
After paying for everything, she asked him if he would like to come to her place for a nightcap and to stay for breakfast.
They had a wonderful, wonderful time.
The next morning, she cooked a gourmet breakfast with all the trimmings. The guy was amazed! Everything had been so incredible!
"You know," he said, "you are the perfect woman. Are you this nice to every guy you meet?"
"No," she replied. "You just happened to catch my eye."
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
Here is this week’s offering for you Anti-Trumpsters. Like last week, only two shows (Kimmel’s) were live.
Feb. 14 — 20
Feb. 15: Another escapee from President Trump penitentiary is making the rounds, Reince Priebus. You might remember Reince Priebus as the man nobody remembers, the former White House Chief of Staff.
He's quoted in a forthcoming about White House chiefs of staff. He said for all the stories about how chaotic everything is, take everything you've heard and multiply it by 50. My god, how many porn stars did this president sleep with?
If you multiply it by 50, that means we are 5,000% screwed.
Priebus said he was slightly embarrassed about his short tenure at the White House. Slightly? What would have to happen for him to be really embarrassed?
Vice President Pence is shedding light on what he did and did not do when he was seated by North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's sister during the opening ceremony.
Pence explained he didn't avoid her, he ignored her. Like he does all women.
We have a picture of the Vice president and his wife with Kim Yo Jong between them. You could cut the sexual tension with an intermediate-range ballistic missile here.
But North Koreans haven't been allowed to see much of the sport because -- possibly because they haven't been doing well, they have no medals. The footage they do get to see is heavily edited.
Feb. 20: Trump basically went on a rampage this weekend. Ran his Twitter mobile off a cliff. He had a multiday rager during which he insulted everyone from a senator to Obama to the FBI to Oprah.
Trump also tweeted Russia is laughing their asses off at us. Which is true. They have been laughing their asses off since November 2016. They have been laughing so hard they have no asses left.
Trump awarded medal of valor to a North Carolina Deputy Sheriff who pulled a man out of a burning car. Now, this is a lay-up. I mean, nothing controversial here. All the president has to do is put that medal around this gentleman's neck.
No problem, right? I mean, what could be easier than, oh. I believe that's called a metaphor. Clearly he has never helped Melania with a necklace before. And yet that was still his most successful act as president this month.
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Planning a visit to the City? Be careful where you walk and try to avoid the needles and garbage. Oh, and try not to step in the poo, too. That's right, feces. Check out the embedded video in THIS NBC Bay Area Special Investigation report. (6:28)
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The message in this video is “Sweden is the canary in Europe’s coal mine!” So is it? Or is this fake news designed to sow violence against Muslims? (Warning; there are GRAPHIC images toward the end.) (4:32)
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Rumor has it that Joe Suske and several of his buddies are camping out in front of a theater waiting for the opening of this motion picture starring the man that half the country loves to hate. There are also several other notables in cameo roles; see if you can spot them. If you click HERE and watch the trailer and you may want to join Joe and his buddies. Or not. (1:14)
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Would you ride on a bus with this Mexican bus driver behind the wheel? Watch all 2 minutes of the clip before you ANSWER. (1:50)
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Children found some new-born puppies and took a few of them home not realizing that their homeless mother was looking for food. When Hope for Paws was notified, Lisa and JoAnn handled the call while Eldad was working on ANOTHER rescue. (4:41)
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This is the short story of the rescue of what Eldad said appeared to be a mix between a Lion and a Bear, only to have the vet confirm that he was REALLY a Golden/Chow mix. (2:47)
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Hopes for Paws doesn’t deal exclusively with the rescue of dogs. Here’s a case of an epic rescue of a Cat and her baby KITTENS by Eldad, Kyle, JoAnn, Lisa and Loreta. (7:44)
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One could use this clip as evidence that God does in fact work in mysterious ways. Keep your eye on this ANTIFA protester with the raised fist. (2:10)
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God bless these so-called Sovereign Citizens. Without them, car stops would be so dull. We especially like the snowflake who gets tazed near the 3:30 mark. (“You tried to attack my nuts! That is not proper use of that device!”) And don’t miss the doofus in the courtroom at the 15:18 mark. It alone is worth the PRICE of admission. (19:59)
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Have you ever heard Civil War veterans talk and interact with each other? We found this video clip of interviews made back in 1929 of elderly people fascinating. It was the beginning of SOUND that was recorded along with the film. (14:34)
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Here is a cleverly produced video clip about an EXCHANGE with an ending that will surprise you. (1:58)
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What would it be like to grow up in a house with a mother who likes to prank her kids? THIS short clip will give you an idea. (1:57)
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Of primary concern is that the prank this pro 2nd Amendment grandmother (note her “In Guns We Trust” T-shirt) pulls on her husband will lead to a heart attack from extreme laughter. Have a LOOK. (1:18)
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Have you ever been traveling down the highway at about 70 mph when a big fat juicy bug impacts your windshield and goes SPLAT? Think about that while you spend 2 minutes watching THIS clip. (2:04)
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This week’s closer takes us to Central Park in the Big Apple for a flash mob of dancers exercising their happy feet to an old standard you are sure to recognize. When all is said and done, it’s a hell of a way to propose MARRIAGE! (6:03)
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Pic of the Week
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