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February 28, 2013

 

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

 

The Farsider is an independent publication that is not affiliated with the San Jose Police Benevolent
Assn. The SJPBA has allowed the Farsider to be included on its web site solely for the convenience
of the retired San Jose Police community. The content of this newsletter does not represent or reflect
the views of the San Jose Police Benevolent Association's Board of Directors or its membership.



 

SYMPATHIES TO THE SANTA CRUZ P.D. OVER THE LOSS OF TWO OF THEIR OWN
 


 



Feb. 27, 2013

This morning, Chief Esquivel led a contingent of San Jose officers over the hill to pay respects to our brother and sister officers at the Santa Cruz PD.    

As you undoubtedly know, yesterday SCPD Detectives Loren "Butch" Baker and Elizabeth Butler became the first line of duty deaths in the history of their department.

We have reached out to the president of Santa Cruz POA offering our condolences and any assistance they may require. The Santa Cruz POA is a part of our Central Coast Chapter of PORAC. The Chapter as well as Statewide PORAC will be assisting Santa Cruz in any way we can.

When donation information becomes available, we will pass it along to you.
(See below...)

Please be safe.

Jim Unland
<president@sjpoa.com>
John Robb
<vicepresident@sjpoa.com>
 

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~In memory of the fallen heroes~

On February 26, 2013, Santa Cruz Police Sgt. Loran "Butch" Baker and Det. Elizabeth Butler were both killed in the line of duty. Sgt. Baker leaves behind a wife, two daughters and a son. Det. Butler leaves behind her partner, Peter, and their two young boys.

Donations of any amount may be made to the Baker-Butler Scholarship Fund. Direct through Wells Fargo-Account Number 9992451154. Checks may be made out and sent to: Baker-Butler Scholarship Fund, 809 Center St., Room 101, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.

May they rest in peace.


 

WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON LARGE-CAPACITY MAGAZINES?

On the surface this front page article from yesterday's paper seems to be fair and balanced. How do you feel about high-capacity magazines?

Taking Aim at Ammo — Limit on Bullets

—A push to limit the size of ammunition magazines on guns is gaining support, but no one can agree on the specifics—

By Josh Richman
<jrichman@bayareanewsgroup.com>
Mercury News — Feb. 27, 2013

You might not know the names Christina-Taylor Green or Melinda Herman, but their stories dramatically define the emotionally charged debate over high-capacity ammunition magazines. A student council member at her elementary school, Christina-Taylor, 9, was waiting to meet Rep. Gabrielle Giffords at a Tucson, Ariz., shopping plaza when Jared Loughner opened fire with a Glock 19 semi-automatic handgun equipped with a 33-round magazine, killing six and wounding 13, including the congresswoman. Loughner’s 13th shot ripped through Christina-Taylor’s torso, lethally tearing her aorta and several organs. Twenty shots later, Loughner was tackled while trying to reload.

On the other side of the debate is Herman, a 37-year-old suburban Atlanta housewife who protected her two children from a crowbar-wielding intruder in their home last month by emptying her six-shot .38-caliber revolver. Despite being hit five times, the man managed to flee.

Whether there should be a nationwide limit on the number of bullets in a magazine is a question dividing Americans after the Newtown, Conn., school massacre. The idea of a limit has picked up momentum on Capitol Hill. But deciding where to draw the line is proving difficult. Are 10 bullets — the limit in California and the number backed by many U.S. lawmakers and the White House — enough? Or should it be 15, the number of rounds police generally carry in their handguns? Do hunters, target shooters or even mothers protecting their children need more?

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday will grapple with those questions when the panel holds its first hearing on a bill by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., that would ban 157 specific models of military-style assault weapons and magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

Two arguments

Retired astronaut and gun owner Mark Kelly, Giffords’ husband, testified to Congress last month that if Loughner had been tackled while trying to reload after 10 rounds, Christina-Taylor “would be alive today.” On the flip side, had Herman’s wounded assailant attacked her and her kids instead of fleeing — or had he come with an accomplice — she would have needed more ammo. “This president wants to take away people’s rights to own the appropriate tool to repel an invader or invaders into their houses,” conservative radio host Lars Larson argued recently on Fox News. For now, most Americans disagree with Larson. A CBS News poll conducted Feb. 6-10 found 59 percent of Americans favor a ban on high-capacity magazines. A new Field Poll shows 58 percent of California voters feel the state should outlaw the possession — not just the sale and manufacture — of magazines with more than 10 rounds. The public support could mean that limiting the size of magazines is one of two key proposals — the other being expanded background checks for gun purchases, similar to what California already has — with the best chance of getting through Congress. Some gun-friendly Democrats who won’t vote to outlaw assault weapons have indicated they’re open to banning high-capacity magazines.

“Requiring a shooter to reload can provide critical seconds — seconds for law enforcement to intervene, seconds for people to get away, seconds for people like those who tackled the shooter in Tucson,” said Ben Van Houten, managing attorney at the San Francisco- based Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

Magazines with more than 10 rounds were banned nationwide under the 1994 assault weapons ban. But Congress allowed that law to expire in 2004.

The main reason for the renewed attention on high-capacity magazines is their use in most of the latest mass shootings.

In July, authorities say, James Holmes, using a 100-round drum magazine for his semi-automatic rifle as well as a shotgun and a handgun with its own extended magazine, shot 70 people — killing 12 — in less than 90 seconds in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater. Those 100-round drums can be bought for as little as $139.99 and are illegal only in six states, including California and the District of Columbia.

In the Connecticut shooting, Adam Lanza fired an estimated 150 shots using 30-round magazines, which come standard with the .223-caliber Bushmaster semi-automatic rifle he carried.

Law is hard to assess

It’s been hard to measure the effectiveness of California’s 10-round limit. Those who owned larger-capacity magazines before the 2000 ban were allowed to keep them, and it’s still easy to buy bigger magazines in Nevada, Arizona, Oregon and most other states, with no ID required. Nationwide, about 40-million such magazines are believed to be in circulation, and none of the bills now under consideration in Congress would require giving those up. So any “ban” would take a long time to produce a significant effect for a problem some say is peaking now.


“In the past two years we’ve seen a rise in large-capacity magazines for handguns,” said Oakland police Officer David Wong, who is in charge of checking and cataloging firearms his department seizes.



These large-capacity magazines for
rifles and pistols were seized by the
Oakland Police Department

Wong estimated that about a sixth of the handguns seized in Oakland are equipped with high-capacity magazines, and they’re not old ones that predate California’s ban. “These are new magazines; we’ve taken them apart and examined the internals,” he said, indicating that they’re almost certainly coming in from other states.

A 2004 report for the National Institute of Justice that studied the impact of the 1994 assault weapons ban concluded that guns equipped with high-capacity magazines accounted for a disproportionate share of guns used in mass shootings and the killing of police officers.

One of the shootings that inspired the assault weapons ban happened in San Francisco in 1993, when Gian Luigi Ferri used a pair of Intratec TEC-DC9 9 mm handguns fitted with 50round magazines, as well as a .45-caliber pistol, during his rampage through law offices at 101 California St., killing eight and wounding six.

Among those Ferri killed was attorney Jack Berman, whose wife, Carol Kingley, of San Francisco, says a renewed limit is long overdue. “I don’t think we can just afford to throw up our hands and say there are so many out there that we can’t do anything,” she said.

Gun owners in California, who have lived with the 10-round limit for more than a dozen years, have a range of opinions about the proposed national restrictions.

Wilderness Unlimited CEO Rick Copeland, whose Hayward-based private hunting club has properties across California and Oregon, said he has grown accustomed to the limit and it doesn’t impede his hunting. But, he said, that doesn’t make it right.



Copeland

“Creating laws that don’t change anything is just a big waste of time,” he said, adding that he’d rather see the state repeal its limit than see the nation adopt it.

Fear of criminals

Gun owner Kevin Silver, a 47-year-old tech executive from San Jose, admits “10 rounds is satisfactory for me in recreational, hunting and defense situations,” but he said a 10-round nationwide limit on magazines wouldn’t do much to reduce gun crime or lower the body count at mass shootings. Besides, “if something like the L.A. riots broke out in my neighborhood, I would definitely want to have access to a few 30-round clips to protect my family and neighbors,” said Silver, quickly acknowledging that the comment might sound extreme.

Fellow gun owner John Simutis, of Concord, said from a self-defense perspective, police are probably the best judges of what magazine size is appropriate — and they’ve chosen to carry 15-round magazines.

Civilians should have the right to be as well armed as the police, said Simutis, 63, a retired nurse and computer programmer.

“I deserve the same chance the police have,” he said. “My life is just as valuable to me as an officer’s life is to him or her.”



 

WEEKLY POLL

Due to technical difficulties there will be no poll this week.

Results from last week's poll...



For the most recent Rasmussen Reports releases, click here:
<http://www.rasmussenreports.com/older_content/home/top_stories/most_recent_articles>



 

MAIL CALL

Feb. 21st

Bill,

I had a friend of mine ask me to check on the "Wounded Warrior Program"  to see if it was legit and how much money went to the "warriors."  He does not have a computer, so I offered to help him find out. Boy, was I surprised and disappointed!  Check out this website and decide for yourself. There are other websites that also describe it as a money-making scam. It appears to me that the officers of the organization pocket hundreds of thousands of dollars while the wounded warriors get less than one percent of total contributions.

<http://www.ask.com/wiki/Wounded_Warrior_Project>

Does anyone out there know of a better organization?

Thanks,

Bob Tenbrink #1468
<anyratrod33@gmail.com>

As someone who occasionally donates to Charity Navigator (a charity in itself), I have slightly more access to details of the charities it evaluates than those who don't contribute. I looked into the Wounded Warrior Project and was admittedly turned off by the $319K in annual compensation the CEO receives. But it's not as bad as you described based on the chart below that shows over half of the money received goes to the program itself.

In general, it's not unusual for the people who head large charities to receive a surprisingly large salary. While I wouldn't call the WWP a money-making scam as you noted in your message, I would suggest that there are charities that give a larger percentage of the money donated to the intended recipients. For a more detailed accounting of the Wounded Warrior Project than in the link you provided, click on this one...

<http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=12842>

To answer your question as to whether there is a better organization to donate to, the perk of being an occasional contributor to Charity Navigator gave me access to this link that compares the Wounded Warrior Project with other similar charities...

<http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm>

 

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Feb. 22nd

Bill,

Because I am a bit of a military historian I can't help but wonder: The third guy from the right, in the middle of the photo, seems to be wearing a decoration as a codpiece (Medieval jockstrap). While the positioning is unusual, I would bet the citation for this award in prowess is astounding.
 
Ken
(Hawkes) <hawkes@garlic.com>

Good catch, Ken, and you may be right. Of the eight generals in the photo, he looks like he was the 'stud' of the bunch. But I don't think his prowess is anymore astounding than the 16 holes-in-one the current leader's late father said he shot the first time he played a round of golf.

 

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Feb. 26th

Bill,

Play this clip of Rachel Maddow criticizing John McCain for being insensitive to a mother who lost her son to gun violence in Aurora. While she admits there was an edit in the footage, isn't it her responsibility to play the entire dialogue or not at all?

<http://newsbusters.org/blogs/jeffrey-meyer/2013/02/27/msnbc-s-rachel-maddow-gleefully-admits-using-edited-video-smear-gop>

Now listen to the complete response by McCain...

<http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/mccain-aurora-shooting-response/2013/02/25/id/491946>

(Name withheld by request)

It's unfortunate that both the Left and the Right shamelessly mislead the public at times by taking what people say out of context. Having said that, it appears this is becoming the norm at NBC when one considers the edited 911 tape of George Zimmerman calling in the Trevor Martin shooting, and several other instances you can find by Googling "NBC edits" (without the quote marks). Then again, misleading the population is what gets politicians elected in today's world.




 

TIME TO CHILL...

Please, enough of the following e-mails. Almost a dozen of the same or very similar messages were received this week...

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Subject: Stock up on ammo

Even if you do not own a gun you need to know this.
 
Checked this out on "Truth or Fiction" who verified it. I trust them more than Snopes, which is owned by Soros.

Marlin Firearms is already closing its doors! They are doing it to us, America. This needs to be spread to all gun owners and sportsmen/women. We cannot rely on the media to inform us of these types of matters.

Something you may not know that Is happening: Who is buying the companies that are manufacturing guns? For the last several years a company called The Freedom Group has been buying up gun and ammunition manufacturers. Some of the companies are Bushmaster, Marlin, Remington, DPMS, Dakota Arms and H&R.  Some people worry that this Freedom Group is going to control most of the firearms companies in the United States. If you control the manufacturers, you can decide to stop selling to  civilians.

What a perfect way to control guns. Now, if you do some digging you will see that The Freedom Group is owned by a company called Cerberus Capital Management. Guess who controls Cerberus? George Soros, Obama's chief financier! He wants to restrict or ban all civilian guns.

Please pass this on to all your freedom loving friends. This needs to come out.  Why have we not heard about this in the "mainstream" media? I would think this would be BIG news. (Soros also owns Progressive Insurance). If you don't know who George Soros is, you need to do some research. He  backed Obama with millions of dollars and Obama is a puppet on a string controlled by Soros.

Send this to every gun owner you know!


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The following has been my standard response to each of the e-mails. Feel free to disagree and I will pass along whatever you have to say.

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Hi _____

George Soros doesn't own Snopes, nor does he own Progressive Insurance, although the chairman of Progressive — Peter Lewis —  is on the far Left and supports many liberal causes like George Soros, the Hungarian billionaire..

Regarding the substance of the e-mail, ask yourself: Wouldn't the NRA and other pro-gun groups be shouting this to the world if it was true? As for Soros, click on any or all of the links below, which includes one from TruthOrFiction...

<http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/freedom.asp>

<http://www.factcheck.org/2011/10/george-soros-gun-grab/>

<http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/c/Cerberus-Soros.htm>

<http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/peterlewis.asp>

<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_soros>

<http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/peterlewis.asp>

There is in fact a shortage of ammo people like you and I can buy right now, and there are two primary reasons for the lack of availability:

1) With Gun Control on the president and Democrats' agenda, lots of gun owners have been stocking up for fear that ammo may be taxed or otherwise restricted in the future. I know because I'm one of them; I bought six boxes of 9mm hollow points for my Glock a few months ago. My online source and several other sites that sell ammo are currently out of stock on nearly all of the popular sizes of the ammo they normally carry. The law of supply and demand dictates that ammo prices may rise once the sellers are able to restock their shelves. But Soros has absolutely nothing to do with this issue.

2) Homeland Security is purchasing massive amounts of ammo, which also contributes to the shortage. There are rumors on the Internet that they are doing so to keep it out of the hands of the pubic and/or in preparation for a civil war, both of which is pure B.S. This Fox News article has a much simpler and logical explanation. And if you feel that Fox News is in bed with the Obama administration, you might as well pack your survival gear and join one of the militia groups up in the Northwest.

<http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/02/14/why-is-department-homeland-security-buying-so-many-bullets/>



 

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<http://tinyurl.com/br3x5qj>




 

MEYER WEED



<http://meyerweed.blogspot.com/>

This week the mystery blogger talks about what he or she believes is the possible future of San Jose and its police department.

Urbanism and Police Staffing

Feb. 27th

If you are connected to San Jose in any way you need to get educated about this movement that is about to take hold here. It's called "Urbanism," or "New Urbanism."

It is a way of planning cities that relies on high density housing, mass public transit and pedestrian friendly areas and this concept that "more eyes in the street = safer streets."
<http://tinyurl.com/awjfxjs>

If you look at these concepts in the context of the way that Mayor Reed and his core block of votes on the City Council (Sam Liccardo being one of them) have totally decimated the Police Department you start to get a clear picture as to why they are doing what they do. Their constant drone of "We love the police, we just can't afford them" now has a solution: Urbanism, which includes planned "territories" such as sidewalk cafes and walk-in/walk-out. Everything is out in the open for all to see (in their eyes) means that people will be more polite, less prone to commit criminal acts (everyone is watching!) and less likely to do anything as embarrassing as drunkenly stumbling, urinating or vomiting in public.

With all the self-policing going on, the Urbanized City doesn't need so many police, just eyes, human or cameras. Don't forget that the City Auditor concurred with the IBM Operational Efficiency Study that Mayor Reed commissioned which concluded that the San Jose Police Department had too many officers compared to other Cities with similar crime rates. That study said SJPD could reduce staffing by 23-36% for a savings of  $60-$80 Million. So far, SJPD staffing has been reduced by about  31% from its high of 1,450 officers just 6 years ago. A full staffing reduction of 36% would take staffing from about 1,000 today to 928 officers. We could easily reach that number this year. While the Mayor and Council liked the staffing reductions and corresponding cost savings, they apparently ignored the reports sales pitch for IBM's proprietary software that claimed to be able to efficiently deploy resources in a manner that would more than offset  the staffing reductions.

The downside for taxpayers is the cost of policing
<http://tinyurl.com/dxa5m9x> these City Centers designed by geniuses! The upside is for the promoters, planners, developers and builders of these communities. Don't think so? Look at who is the director of San Jose's Urbanism promotion "non-profit" is <http://www.spur.org/sanjose>: Leah Toeniskoetter <http://tinyurl.com/brbevr2> and what her family does <http://www.tbionline.com/>. Developers in San Jose have reaped huge rewards from their association with Mayor Reed and Sam Liccardo. <http://tinyurl.com/cssvbyc>




 

VIETNAM MEMORIAL TO BE DEDICATED IN SAN JOSE

The long-awaited Vietnam Memorial engraved with the names of the 142 "Sons of San Jose" who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the Vietnam War will be dedicated on Saturday, March 30th, at 12 noon. The venue will be on W. Santa Clara St., just east of the Shark Tank. All military vets as well as the public is cordially invited to attend this special dedication.

For more information that includes an upcoming Memorial Dance and Golf Tournament as well as a link to make a tax-deductible donation in support of this important memorial, please visit our website at...

<http://www.sjwarmemorial.com/>

Or feel free to contact me.

Thank you.

Larry Reuter
<LReuter@earthlink.net>



 

THE HISTORY OF THE SJPD IS NOT TO BE FORGOTTEN

One Liners from the Past



By Robillard

This is about the old City Hall. Not the oldest, I'm talking about the one at First and Mission that preceded the new downtown palace. Seems that a snapping turtle with a "gold bar" painted on top of its shell was dumped into the fish pond in the lobby that contained the colorful koi that were swimming around. The intent was to pay "homage" to a particular command officer, but things went awry when the snapping turtle ate several of the expensive, prized fish. Oops.

In the same lobby stood a marble statue of Christopher Columbus, the head of which was favored by pigeons who inevitably left their calling cards. If that wasn't bad enough, poor Chris never had a chance when a 51-50 decided to take a hatchet to the piece of art and transform Chris into a real-cut up.

And then there was the infamous Super Chicken, whose exploits over the space of a year or so often brought smiles to the rank-and-file, but not to the command staff and politicos at City Hall. One night when two lieutenants were Code 7 at the Hyatt House, SC burgled their marked command car and left a live chicken and a box containing the output from Toro's bowel in their front seat. Fortunately, trustees from the County Jail Farm were responsible for washing and cleaning the police vehicle fleet at the time.

That brings us to the officer who told a night detective that he had a "real rabbit" in one of the interview rooms. Assuming that the officer was using police jargon to describe a suspect who would flee at the first opportunity, the detective carefully opened the interview room door slowly, inch by inch. A moment later the detective came very close to soiling his trousers when a live jack rabbit "swooshed" through the narrow door opening and scampered around the room.

Then we have what can only be called the power of the badge. One night a uniformed officer decided to make a "bar check" at the Oak Room on The Alameda. Turned out that the bartender took umbrage and told the officer, "If you weren't wearing that badge I'd kick your ass!" Few things can feed a man's ego more than to wear a police uniform, a badge and a gun, so the officer unpinned his badge, set it on the bar, and proceeded to get his ass kicked by the bartender.

We now come to the enterprising officer who created his own "pay job" where, on the first of the month, and to the delight of apartment house owners who hired him, would don his uniform and collect the rent from immigrant apartment dwellers. This seemed to work so well that the officer decided to expand his private enterprise income by taking out a classified "Drive-a-Drunk" ad in which, for a fee, he would show up in his Mercedes and drive the inebriated home. But this lasted only a month after local cab drivers vociferously complained that they had to have PUC permits, license fees, etc. while the cop didn't.

And finally, there was the effort to clear out the homeless encampment of two or three individuals under the 101 near the KXRS radio station in the creek bed area of Wooster. The rat-a-tat-tat from the .45 caliber machine gun seemed to do the trick, but the damage to the metal roof of the nearby International Paper warehouse on Las Plumas created problems.

Only in the Big City could events like these be reduced to one-liners and still be understood. And rest assured, more will come to preserve the history that is the SJPD.

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ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT CRAB. YUM...




 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF FEB. 23, 2013

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

New Articles

• Did George Washington tell of an angel who revealed a prophetic vision of America to him at Valley Forge?
<http://www.snopes.com/history/american/vision.asp>

• Did a Loyalist cook attempt to poison George Washington with tomatoes?
<http://www.snopes.com/food/tainted/tomato.asp>

• Warning about plastic bottle bombs left in unsuspecting residents' yards.
<http://www.snopes.com/crime/warnings/bottlebomb.asp>

• Account of a man with Down syndrome who refused to leave a movie theater and died after being handcuffed by mall security.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/medical/saylor.asp>

• Did Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo break both his legs in an automobile accident?
<http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/hoaxes/brokenlegs.asp>

• Does the Dick Act of 1902 'invalidate all gun control laws' in the U.S.?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/dickact.asp>

• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news stories from around the world!
<http://www.snopes.com/daily/>


Worth a Second Look

 
• Did singer "Mama" Cass Elliot experience an increase in her vocal range after being hit on the head with a pipe?
<http://www.snopes.com/music/artists/casspipe.asp>


Still Haunting the Inbox

• Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's circulating in the on-line world.
<http://www.snopes.com/info/top25uls.asp>


Fraud Afoot

• Visit our Top Scams page for a list of schemes commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.
<http://www.snopes.com/fraud/topscams.asp>



 

THE LIGHTER SIDE & OTHER ODDS AND ENDS

Let's start with this new tune called "The Girls on Fox News." If you spent the last several years watching MSNBC, CNN or some other cable news network instead of Fox News, have a look and listen at what you've been missing. (4 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNj0T4uK3lE>


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Mystery solved. The guy standing behind Bobby Burroughs with his face partially hidden in this old photo of the Homicide crew we ran two weeks ago has been identified as Robert Webber, a New Zealand police officer who was being hosted by Jim Leroy at the time. The two became friends and continue to stay in touch.





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This home-built, hand-crafted 1949 Mercury Dwarf Car is incredible. Not only does is run, the builder say he drives it on a regular basis. Have a look. (8 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ww6rDfGeJZI>


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This link received from Jim Silvers will provide you with details of the year you were born by following the simple instructions below. Or enter any year of your choice, then click on the question (?) mark.

<http://whathappenedinmybirthyear.com/>


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Beyond winning the 2012 Red Bull Rampage, the guy in this clip we received from Alice Murphy is also celebrating the fact that he finished the downhill mountain bike race alive and with no broken bones. (4 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/embed/AbF6ZZqVMyk?feature=player_detailpage>


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Japan, France and China are among the countries that boast high-speed bullet trains. Romania, not so much. Don Hale invites you to jump aboard this marvel of modern technology and take a ride. (4 Mins.)



<http://player.vimeo.com/video/2578284>

 

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Over a half-dozen readers sent us this clip dubbed "Father of the Bride Gives the Most Touching Speech Ever." We can only assume it's one they felt was worth sharing. (3 Mins.)



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


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Praise the Lord. It's a miracle...





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Given your chosen occupation, the vast majority of you should be able to ace this driving test sent in by Alice Murphy. If you miss more than two questions, consider hiding your face in shame, especially if you used to ride a motor...



<http://www.autoinsurance.org/driving_test/>


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Could something like what you see in this clip we received from Don Hale have given rise to the old cliché, "Don't be a stick in the mud?" (4 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rU-V4vA23Zw>


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What better way to close the Farsider than with a chuckle or two: Play this parody all the way through from beginning to end of Uncle Joe telling women to buy a shotgun if they want to protect themselves. (2 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jafkVM-jnbE>





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C'ya


 

Pic of the Week:

This is how people in Hawaii keep their place in line...



Unfortunately, it wouldn't work here on the Mainland because your
shoes would disappear before you could find a place to sit.

 



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