March 1, 2012
Mattos, Editor and Publisher
Leroy Pyle, Webmaster
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HEALTH & WELFARE
Condolences are extended to
Harry Robertson (Sgt. 1969-75) over the loss of his uncle. As of last
Friday Oakland PD was treating the death of 78-year-old Joseph Robertson as a
possible homicide. The Feb. 23rd Channel 7 news report below includes a brief
interview with Harry during the 2-minute video that was shot at the scene...
are links to other Bay Area news outlets that also covered the story...
• • • • •
Bob Moir drew our attention
to this obituary from last Saturday's paper. He noted that George Hesse was a
retired Chief Investigator for the D.A.'s Office and that he knew lots of our
George Charles Hesse
July 30, 1931
— Feb. 23, 2012
Resident of San Jose
George Charles Hesse was married to Beverly Hays Hesse
for 58 years. He is survived by his wife, Beverly, daughters, Debe Kahn (Marty),
Laurie Isaia (Fred), Cherie Ronsvalle (Noel), Sandy Wilmott (Brian), Karen Hesse,
Chris Hesse and grandchildren Shelby Kahn, Jamie Isaia (Anthony), Joey Isaia,
Damonn Ronsvalle, Taylor Ronsvalle, Justin Wilmott, Joshua Wilmott, and Jacob
George was retired from the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office where
he served as the supervising investigator. He was a member of San Jose #10
Masonic Lodge where he served as master. George was also active in many other
Masonic organizations. He was also a member of numerous historical societies and
other service organizations. Friends and family are invited to a memorial
service to celebrate his life at the Los Gatos United Methodist Church at 111
Church Street in Los Gatos, CA on Sunday, February 26th at 2:00 p.m. His burial
will be a private service for the family.
• • • • •
E-mails that arrived last
weekend from Tom Cannell, Jack Baxter and John Trussler advised that retired
Santa Clara PD Sgt. Ron Lee was in critical condition from cancer at Good Sam.
Their messages said that Ron was a friend to many members of the SJPD, and that
he was responsible for the framed SJPD mirrors that several of you purchased
years ago. On Monday, Tom Cannell forwarded the following e-mail he received
from the family...
I am sad to inform you that Ron's condition continued to decline. Despite the
doctors doing all they could, there were no further treatment options.
Ron passed away peacefully in my arms at 6:53 a.m. this morning. Friends and
family are invited to the following:
Visitation: Friday, March 2nd,
5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Winchester Blvd., Santa Clara
Saturday, March 3rd, 1100 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, Ron has requested donations to the Lucy Packard Children's
Hospital, 725 Welch Rd., Palo Alto, CA 94304.
Love to all,
Ron and Luanne
This obit and
photo is from yesterday's (Wed.) Mercury News...
Ronald Owen Lee
1942 - Feb. 27, 2012
Resident of Campbell
Ron, 69, passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer. The son of
Owen W. and Elvera B. Lee, he was a lifelong resident of Santa Clara Co. He
attended Lincoln HS 1956-57 and graduated from Willow Glen HS in 1960. A proud
and accomplished Police Officer and 23 year Sergeant for the SCPD, retiring in
1998 after 33 years of service. Ron loved Elvis, skiing, Hot Rods, the SF 49ers
and Ballroom Dance. Ron is survived by his loving wife of 15 years Luanne Lee;
daughters, Christine (Anthony), Whitney, Candra, Cassie (Don); granddaughter
(and favorite sports buddy) Kayla; and twin brother Donald (Coleen). Ron touched
the lives and hearts of everyone he met and will be remembered with love.
Friends are invited to visit Fri. Mar. 2 from 5 to 9 pm at Lima Family Santa
Clara Mortuary, 466 N Winchester Blvd.; where the Funeral will be held Sat. Mar.
3 at 11 am. Entombment will follow in Los Gatos Memorial Park.
TV AND RADIO
UPDATES ON THE PENSION REFORM ISSUE
—See the Local News for Out-of-Towners column for print updates—
Feb. 23rd — NBC Bay Area News update:
Friday, Feb. 24th — Numerous Bay Area News Outlets:
Saturday, Feb. 25th — KGO Radio interview with Councilman Ash
Feb. 27th — POA files a Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)
complaint against the mayor:
Feb. 28th — NBC Bay Area News update — SJPD: Overstaffed and
(If the video doesn't come up, enter
"Overstaffed and Inefficient?" in the search field)
March 1st — "Where's the Beef?"
Results from last week's poll..
Last week's poll was
identical to a Fox News poll that Bill O'Reilly ran on his show throughout last
week. We copied it because we wanted to see how our results lined up with his.
Last Friday, O'Reilly announced the results of his poll. More than 30,000
viewers participated, and these were the results:
Marco Rubio —
Paul Ryan — 17 percent
Sarah Palin — 13 percent
Chris Christie — 13 percent
For the full
scope of state and national polling by Scott Rasmussen, click on this link:
For the most recent releases, click here:
Hi Bill (again),
Hopefully this will be the end to the badge saga...
Dave Byers stated when we got the new badges we were allowed to buy the old
sterling silver badges that we'd been wearing. He gave some good info, but the
cost was $3.11, based on the going rate of sterling at the time. The city
probably spent a hundred hours coming up with the price. Most of us had the
badges chrome plated so we didn't have to continually polish them.
Yes, this will be the end of the badge saga.
• • • • •
It's been too long since I've written. Hope you're doing well. My wife, daughter
and I moved from San Jose to Battle Ground, WA (next to Vancouver) last year. We
built a new home on a one-acre piece of property that included an old barn that
we plan to fix up. Life is good, and I hope the same is true with you. I and a
few hundred other City of SJ employees were laid off in June 2010. While I had
worked several civilian positions at SJPD, most recently I worked as a Public
Information Officer for Chief Davis. I miss everyone there.
Thought I'd include just a bit of trivia about the "History of the SJPD" video
in the most recent Farsider. The narrator is my old friend Julie Stevens,
morning co-host (along with Gary Scott Thomas) on San Jose country music station
KRTY. I've known Julie since the late '70s, when she was a student and I was an
instructor at the Ron Bailie School of Broadcast in SJ. We later worked together
at KEEN radio for about 8 years before we both left in November 1987. She moved
on to radio stations in Sacramento and then LA, and I became a full-time officer
with Los Gatos PD, where I had served as a reserve since 1979.
Keep up the great work and thanks for your efforts.
The video Dirk referenced
in his missive was this clip of the "History of the San Jose Police Dept." that
we included in last week's Farsider. (4 Mins.)
While we are on the subject
of the video above, an e-mail received last Friday from Bob Moir identified the
officer on the left in the photo as George Cannell, father of current retiree
Tom Cannell. George would eventually retire as Assistant Police Chief prior to
his passing in San Francisco last year at the age of 95.
• • • • •
Aloha from Kona. Just sold my place here and will be moving back to the mainland
full-time in May. Reno will be my new home, and I am looking for Bob Bradshaw's
e-mail address. Do you have those listed, or is there a site I can go to? That
way I won't have to ask dumb questions.
As always, thanks to you and Leroy for keeping us informed.
As far as the Farsider is concerned, George,
there are no dumb questions, only dumb answers. And Leroy and I are experts at
providing them. Welcome home. (You should have already received the e-mail
• • • • •
Please remind the troops again of the parole hearing for Thompson in April.
Second week in March is the deadline for Dick's friends to comment. Thanks Bill.
Richard Huerta's killer is coming up for parole on April 4, 2012.
Four years ago the parole board received over 400 letters in opposition of his
release. Let's do it again. The letters must be received before the second
week of March.
Send them to:
Santa Clara County District
Lifer Hearing Unit
Attn: Deputy DA Ron Rico/Maria
70 West Hedding, West Wing
San Jose, CA 95110
Re: Emile Thompson, CDC #
LOCAL NEWS FOR YOU
There were no smoking guns
in this pension reform article from last Friday's paper, but it does provide a
look at how some San Jose city council members are tip-toeing through the
Pension Cost Inquiry Urged
members ask staff to show how estimate of $650 million originated—
Mercury News, Feb. 24, 2012
Stepping up the pressure on city staff, five San Jose City Council members
Thursday asked City Manager Debra Figone to explain the origins of a $650
million estimate of future pension costs that has been called into question by
employee labor unions.
Council members Ash Kalra, Kansen Chu, Xavier Campos, Don Rocha and Nancy Pyle,
all supported by labor unions, sent their request in a two-page memo.
Though the request keeps alive questions about the city’s pension cost estimates
for fiscal year 2015-16, it stops far short of the full-scale independent ethics
investigation that union employees want the council to launch.
“It’s premature for us to presume that anything anyone did is wrong,’’ Kalra
said Thursday. “All we are doing is asking some very basic questions.’’ He said
the memo “should be looked at totally separately’’ from any ethics
The group addressed its memo to the City Council’s Rules and Open Government
Committee, which sets the council’s agenda. The five council members are seeking
answers from Figone, Retirement Services Director Russell Crosby and acting
Finance Director Julia Cooper about how the “worst case’’ estimate of $650
million in retirement costs came about. They want to know who developed it and
when, and are asking for any internal city documents that would help shed light
on how it was calculated.
Mayor Chuck Reed, who chairs the Rules Committee, said he will recommend that
the memo be discussed in March during a special study session on retirement
costs that’s already been requested by the council. At that point, Reed said,
city employee retirement boards will have returned with their latest retirement
cost projections for the next fiscal year.
For his part, Reed said, he’s already explained how the $650 million figure came
to be and does not apologize for using the figure as a worst-case scenario.
“The people of San Jose should be aware of the risks that we are facing if we
fail to act,’’ Reed said. “The voters should have some idea of how bad it could
The memo stems from a recent allegation by the city’s employee unions that the
mayor, Crosby and other city officials overstated the worst-case projections
that San Jose’s retirement costs could hit $650 million by 2015 and forced
workers to make unnecessary concessions.
An ethics complaint filed by the unions said Crosby and a former colleague knew
the figure wasn’t based on independent analysis and even advised the mayor not
to use it. Despite this, the complaint stated, Reed continued to cite it as he
sought support for a controversial June ballot measure to shrink the city’s
retirement costs. The unions argue such a measure would be illegal.
Last week, the city’s Elections Commission concluded that the allegations would
not violate city laws under the commission’s jurisdiction. The commission agreed
to send the complaint to the City Council. Before it can advance to the full
council, however, at least one council member would have to bring the matter to
the Rules Committee for consideration.
In Thursday’s memo, the five council members say that “good governance’’ is
what’s at issue, “not the pension reform debate,’’ and they want to be “very
clear that we make this recommendation not on behalf of any individual entity or
organization, but on behalf of the almost half a million residents that we
“I’m not trying to start a war here, or be part of anything that resembles
trying to go after anybody,’’ Pyle said. “I’m trying to go after the truth.’’
But others who aggressively support reining in pension costs scoffed at that
“These are council members who carry water for big labor,’’ said Councilman
Pierluigi Oliverio. “They’re just trying to present fear, uncertainty and doubt
about the ballot measure.”
Councilman Sam Liccardo said he also found it “curious” that council members who
last year sat through hours of public hearings and study sessions on retirement
costs and their budget impact would wait until now to ask questions.
“I think it reveals a very important fact behind this red herring, which is that
nobody relied on a $650 million figure to make decisions about layoffs, service
cuts, compensation reduction or a pension reform proposal,’’ Liccardo said.
“We all relied on the official verified estimates as well as the actual
retirement costs that we faced.’’
• • • • •
If parts of this Mercury
News editorial from Monday's paper has you seeing red, you are in good
Clear the Air on Pensions and
—The theme of
the week for the San Jose City Council should be: Let’s talk.—
Mercury News Editorial — Feb. 27, 2012
That IBM efficiency study that suggests, among other
things, that San Jose can shrink its police department because there’s not a lot
of crime? Police and firefighters wanted to junk the report out of hand, but a
good public discussion will be healthy. It’s on Tuesday’s council agenda.
Then there’s last week’s request from five council members (that would be one
short of a majority) for an explanation of where the $650 million estimate of a
worst-case pension obligation for the city came from. The recent flap over Mayor
Chuck Reed’s use of the figure is way overblown, but a public discussion would
be useful. The council Rules Committee will decide Wednesday if it happens. We
say go for it.
IBM donated to the study by its Smarter Cities team at Reed’s request. Its
statistical analysis of the police, fire and parks departments is exhaustive.
Many findings are similar to ones made earlier by the city auditor and others.
The police analysis looks a little loopy to us — a statistical case for basing
the size of the department on the number of major crimes, which have gone down
over the past decade. It dismisses community policing and foot patrols because
they have no direct, measurable effect on crime — they just make people feel
Just? Bingo. Feeling safe can’t be distilled to a number, but it’s critical to
neighborhoods and business districts.
And crime prevention can’t always be reduced to a formula.
That said, the IBM team wasn’t the first to suggest more efficient ways to
schedule shifts, plan patrols and target crime hot spots — good ideas to
consider as the department rebuilds from last year’s layoffs. So the report is
worth a review by city staff, which is what the council should call for Tuesday.
Unions think the IBM study is all a sham to advance Reed’s cost-cutting crusade.
That’s pretty much how we see the $650 million caper, only in that case it’s the
unions trying to undercut Reed.
Retirement services director Russell Crosby mentioned the number in public a
year ago, and Reed used it from then on as a worst-case scenario, over and above
the actuaries’ best-guess projection at the time, which everyone knew was around
$400 million. Crosby now claims his people told Reed’s people not to use the
number, but the “people” in both offices are no longer with the city and are not
Unions have called for a major ethics investigation of the mayor, which would be
ridiculous. But the request by council members Don Rocha, Kansen Chu, Ash Kalra,
Nancy Pyle and Xavier Campos is reasonable. They’d like to know where the $650
million originated. Of course, they could have asked last spring, since it was
not on financial documents at the time. So could we, for that matter; we
published it a couple of times as a high-end possibility. But it’s important to
resolve now because it’s creating a distraction from the issue at hand, which is
the need for pension reform.
New actuarial projections came out Friday, and next week the mayor and council
will vote on a pension reform ballot measure. The more they can clear the air by
then, the better.
Some would like to ignore IBM’s efficiency report on San Jose departments;
others would like to ignore the flap over pension estimates.
We say get both out in the open.
• • • • •
This story from yesterday's
(Wed.) paper mentions the IBM report that said the city could be properly
protected with far fewer officers if it operated more efficiently.
City Puts Tax Hike Discussion
on Hold Until June
will let voters first decide fate of pension cost measure—
By John Woolfolk — Mercury News, Feb. 29, 2012
The San Jose City Council voted Tuesday to resume
discussions about possible tax hikes in June, after a measure to slow growth in
employee pension costs goes before city voters.
City leaders have been weighing possible measures to increase the sales tax a
quarter-cent or half-cent, and to raise the city business tax. They also are
considering a bond measure to raise money for road maintenance, similar to one
San Francisco voters approved in November, in which costs could be covered by
raising property taxes.
The proposal to resume tax discussions in June passed on an 8-2 vote with
Councilmen Pete Constant and Pierluigi Oliverio opposed. Constant argued that
tax revenues have outpaced inflation and that the city needs to curb spending
rather than raise tax rates.
“To claim we’re short on revenue because we’re not getting enough taxes is
disingenuous,” Constant said.
Mayor Chuck Reed sided with Councilwoman Nancy Pyle, who argued that taxes
haven’t kept pace with population growth. Reed argued the city should enact the
pension reform measure he plans to put before voters in June before discussing
tax hikes. Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen was absent on maternity leave. The council
also voted 7-3 to allow the city manager to examine suggestions from a recent
IBM analysis of city police, fire and parks departments that could make them
more efficient, provided any suggested policy changes be brought back to the
council for consideration.
City workers blasted the IBM report, which suggested among other things that the
police and fire departments, though thinly staffed compared to those in other
big cities, do not get as much out of their staff as they could. The police and
fire chiefs also took issue with the analysis, for which the company did not
bill the city.
Councilman Ash Kalra, who opposed further consideration of the IBM study along
with Councilmen Kansen Chu and Xavier Campos, argued IBM was merely trying to
solicit city business for its data analysis products. But Reed argued the city
still could benefit from the analysis, even if it doesn’t agree with all the
“To not accept the report,” Reed said, “seems to me an odd thing to do.”
• • • • •
Here's one of what will no
doubt be many votes for the mayor's pension reform measure if it reaches the
Changes Are Needed in City
Letters to the
Editor — Mercury News, Feb. 29, 2012
In an era when most private corporations are moving toward 401k plans and
playing with health care co-pay adjustments, our city is still in a defined
benefit program. I will wait for the battle lines to be drawn, but several
things must change: When the retirement boards set a rate of investment return,
say 7.5 percent and it doesn’t earn that, the difference should at the very
least be split equally. When it goes over, it should not go to the city’s
general fund, but it should go into the pension fund, not redistributed to
retirees as a bonus. No employee should retire, draw his or her pension and
rejoin the city under special contract. Sick pay is not a God-given right.
On retirement the formula for reimbursement should be considerably less than 50
percent or absorbed into the retirement configuration. If the city is to
survive, whether it’s a $400 million or $650 million pension deficit (that’s a
very large hole) the newly hired should have a pension package that’s
• • • • •
This letter to the editor in
today's (Thurs.) paper might be another Yes vote for the mayor's ballot
proposal. Whatcha think?
Unions Shouldn’t Get Such Good
Letters to the
Editor — Mercury News, March 1, 2012
The more the unions bark at San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, the more I am determined
to vote for a reduction in their retirement benefits.
They are receiving benefits that most of us can only dream of. Frankly, I don’t
see any reason why they should continue to receive these entitlements.
• • • • •
Mercuryt News Columnist Scott
Herhold added his two-bits to the continuing saga of the pension reform issue
today with this column...
S.J. Politics, Pensions and
March 1, 2012
If you’ve been following the pension brouhaha at San Jose City Hall, you may be
shaking your head in bewilderment. A friend of mine describes the difficulties
in covering the issue by saying, “There are times when you just want to eat a
Was Mayor Chuck Reed misleading folks when he used a worstcase scenario of $650
million in yearly pension costs in the future?
Was it $300 million? Or $400 million?
Does it make any real difference?
There is a way, however, of understanding the unfolding drama. It begins by
fathoming the strategies of two major players: labor lobbyist Tom Saggau and the
In boxing terms, here’s the score card: Saggau scored a powerful punch against
the mayor with a critical KNTV report two weeks ago on the $650 million issue.
Since then, Reed has been punching back craftily and stolidly.
A funny, charming ex-gang prevention specialist, Saggau is borrowing a page from
Karl Rove’s book by attacking a rival on his strength.
Reed’s strength is his reputation for integrity. The attack has tried to paint
him as a liar.
The labor lobbyist and his business partner, Dustin DeRollo, bring a formidable
set of skills to the fight: Saggau is superb with the media, skilled at using
public records, ready with a pithy quote and savvy about how to repeat a charge,
even a dubious charge.
When the elections commission punted on the labor complaint against Reed, union
and mayoral forces jousted about what it had done. Referred the matter to the
council? Allowed it? Transmitted it? Saggau was quick with a news release:
“Beware, the Mayor’s office may also tell you that the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus
and the Tooth Fairy actually exist,” he wrote.
The mayor’s case
Though he is not as skilled at theater — he’s the guy who knows his lines cold
but recites them without drama — Reed has the stronger case: He had specified
that the $650 million was a worstcase scenario, not the basis for negotiation.
Remember, we’re talking about a projection four years from now, hardly sacred
writ. It’s like predicting the performance of your portfolio.
Is erring on the side of caution a lie? To bolster his case, the mayor has
relied on third parties: The city’s director of employee relations, Alex Gurza,
pointed out that San Jose’s worst-case scenario a decade ago significantly
underestimated costs. A Stanford study revealed that the city’s average pension
for public safety workers was more than $90,000, the highest of the big
retirement systems in the state.
Ultimately, the mayor has common sense on his side. Whether the cost is $300
million or $650 million, the city can no longer afford the pension system it
has. It cannot give cops and firefighters 90 percent pensions and automatic 3
percent cost-of-living increases.
Does the drama matter in the end? Not as much as we think: The mayor’s ballot
measure to reform pensions will almost certainly pass in June.
For the moment, however, this is the political theater we have. We may as well
• • • • •
This article was posted on the
KNTV Bay Area News site yesterday.
No Calculations for $650
manager says councilmembers questions will be answered March 29—
By Jenna Susko
and Julie Putnam
The pension drama at San Jose City Hall continues to unfold tonight and council
members filing a memo will be waiting one month for answers.
It comes after our exclusive NBC Bay Area Investigation into a questionable
pension projection used by the mayor.
Today a firestorm of words at the Rules Committee meeting in response to a memo
filed last week by 5 city council members asking to see the math behind the
five-year pension cost projection of $650 million used over the past year by
Mayor Chuck Reed.
The most recent five-year projection is $320 million.
In an interview with NBC Bay Area, the Retirement Services Director, Russell
Crosby, told us $650 million was an estimate that was off the top of his head in
a meeting last February. Crosby said the mayor was told not to use that number
as a projection.
Today, council members hoped to find out how that controversial estimate was
Instead, accusations of political motives went flying.
The mayor said in the meeting this afternoon, "I don't think we should allow use
and abuse of city processes for political purposes," referring to the memo
request for calculations by the council members.
Councilman Pete Constant of District 1 agreed with the mayor, saying, "I think
there is a significant political effort to do anything to delay and obstruct
this pension reform ballot measure going forward."
"Political tactics?" District 9 Council member, Donald Rocha asks, "Using that
to describe an information request is extremely troubling," he fires back, "I'm
pretty disturbed sitting here. I'm just over a year in office and I never
expected to hear this kind of response to an information request."
Councilman Rocha was not given an answer to that information request and still
doesn't know the math behind the figure $650 million.
The mayor did say what we already knew, that the number came from Retirement
Services Director, Russell Crosby.
The mayor said, "It wasn’t an actuarial methodology, he [Crosby] said it was an
estimate done internally ," Mayor Reed continues, addressing Councilman Rocha,
"so I'm trying to figure out what beyond Russell saying 'it’s an estimate' that
"Using any methodology or was it just a professional estimate using what was in
his head?" Rocha asks.
"Well I cant’ answer for what’s in his head," the mayor responds.
The city manager says these questions will be answered at a meeting March 29th.
Council members say they don't understand why it should take so long to produce
a document if those calculations do exist.
The mayor issued this response.
Next Tuesday is the last council meeting before the March 9th deadline to put
pension reform on the June ballot.
AND AUCTION TO BENEFIT THE CHAPLAINS IS AT RISK
Sorry folks, but here we are
again with a time-table facing us to determine on whether or not we will have
this fundraiser benefiting the Chaplains.
Some of you may remember that we had the same concern with the Chaplains' golf
tournament, but thanks to you Farsider readers, we were able to save the
tournament and make it a success. I am again coming to you and asking for your
We are only 10 days away from the Chaplaincy Cioppino Feed, and the POA has
advised that it has sold only a handful of tickets, which has made me a little
I'm asking you to help me in making a BIG push over the next few days by
contacting the POA for your tickets. And those of you who can see your way clear
to donate an item for the raffle can also do so by calling the POA at
Thanks again for your support of our Chaplains!
Juan M. Reyes
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN
LEGEND UPDATE AS OF FEB. 25, 2012
behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox
• Item claims the Chevy Volt "costs more than 7 times as much to run and
takes 3 times as long to drive across country" than a standard automobile.
• Family member runs obituary for deceased parent that maligns his siblings.
• Photograph purportedly shows a rare breed of Newfoundland dog bred to hunt
• Does photograph show a Ron Paul supporter sneaking a
message into a photograph with Barack Obama?
• Photograph shows Alexandra Svoboda, a protester hurt
during a confrontation with Rhode Island police.
• A 71-year-old former Marine broke up an armed robbery
attempt at a Subway sandwich shop in Florida.
• How concert violinist Joshua Bell played incognito in a Washington subway.
• Did Rick Santorum say that 'you need to treat females as though they have a
• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news
stories from around the world!
Worth a Second Look
• Did a man sneak onto one of the Titanic's lifeboats by donning women's
Still Haunting the Inbox
• Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's
circulating in the on-line world.
• Visit our Top Scams page for a list of schemes
commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.
YOU SAY YOU DON'T
BELIEVE IN UFOs?
—Watch this program and you may change your mind!—
Continuing with the
phenomena of UFOs that we touched on in last week's Farsider, this program is
considered by many as the definitive documentary on the subject. While the
program pauses occasionally for an advertisement, they are either very short, or
you have the option of skipping them after 6 seconds.
For the best quality, click on the Large Player button at the lower right corner
of the screen when the video begins to play. Or if you have an exceptionally
fast high-speed connection, try clicking on the Full Screen button on the far
right of the control panel instead. If the image is blurry and/or stutters, try
going back to the Large Player...
THE LIGHTER SIDE &
OTHER ODDS AND ENDS
Important info for those
who passed over the UFO item above: For the best video quality overall, click on
the "Large Player" icon on the YouTube control panel in the lower right-hand
corner — if it's available. If you click on it for the first YouTube video you
watch, it should default to that setting for all other YouTube videos during the
rest of your session.
• • • • •
The term "slide show"
sometimes results in the rolling of the eyes and thoughts of boredom. That would
be far from the case with this one received from Dewey Moore. The BBC
presentation plays like a video with excellent narration by the photographer who
shot the extraordinary photos. (7 Mins.)
• • • • •
Stunning video images also
are highlighted in this excerpt from a TED Talks presentation sent in by Sharon
Lansdowne. Titled "The Beauty of Pollination," the video graphically shows how
most living creatures are dependent on each other. (4
• • • • •
Eric Bolling has his own
show ("Follow the Money") on the Fox Business Network and is co-host of "The
Five," a popular show that airs on the Fox News Channel at 2:00 p.m. here on the
West Coast. When Bolling ranted about the Chevy Volt on the air — primarily
because of the taxpayers' subsidy required to produce it — G.M. gave him a Volt
to drive with the hope he would change his mind. Did he or didn't he? This video
clip will answer that question. (6 Mins.)
• • • • •
If you insist on leaving
your cell phone on during Sunday services, Don Hale says you would do well to
avoid this Burbank church. If you don't, there may be hell to pay.
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Ready to experience the
thrill of flying? Climb aboard and fasten your seatbelt, but keep in mind that
this isn't a typical airplane. Or pilot. (4 Mins.)
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Speaking of aviation, but
on a smaller scale, this clip showing excerpts from the 2011 IMAA
(radio-control) Air Show in France supports the old adage that the difference
between men and boys is, in fact, the price of their toys.
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We're not through with
aviation yet. This Duxford Flying Legends air show from 2011 received from Don
Hale not only features beautiful music, it also highlights numerous types of
aircraft flown by the Allies and Axis powers of WW II as well as several WW I
biplanes and a Fokker tri-plane from the same era. (12
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majority of motion picture film shot by combat photographers during WW II was in
black and white, 16mm Kodak color film began being used in the second half of
the war. Don Hale ran across the following rare color footage of the battle for
Iwo Jima and the raising of the American flag(s) on Mt. Suribachi.
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For those of you who want
an all-purpose rifle for handling both big and small varmints, Bob Tenbrink
recommends the 950JDJ. But aim carefully and don't waste the ammo as each round
goes for about forty bucks. (4 Mins.)
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Do you have an accent when
you speak? You may and not be aware of it. Try this just for fun.
(Time based on how fast you answer the questions.)
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For Lovers of
Tom Macris sent in a link
along with a note that said, "Maybe some retirees who have been around
for a while will enjoy this." Clicking on the link took me to a vintage 1961 NBC TV
special hosted by Garry Moore and titled "Chicago and All That Jazz." As luck
would have it, that solitary link led to five others that completed the TV
special. If I had the power I'd trade this music (and arguably happier times)
for today's Rap and Hip Hop in a New York minute...
A young Louis
Part One 9
Part Two (mislabeled part 3) 8 Mins.
Part Three 8 Mins.
Part Four 9 Mins.
Part Five 9 Mins.
Part Six 6 Mins. (Final)
~ ~ ~
Pop Quiz: Name one of the two game shows Garry Moore hosted in
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If you have ever wondered
about the relative size of objects like the smallest (Neutrino) to the largest
(the Cosmos), this link from Dewey Moore and Bruce Morton will take you to a
truly remarkable site. When the image comes up, use the gray horizontal slider
bar at the bottom to compare the objects shown. (Time
depends on you.)
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If you find it difficult to
imagine the quality of the musical talent that is coming out of this generation,
this clip of 8-year-old Jonny Mizzone received from Bruce Morton will give you a
clue. (1 Min. and may take a moment to load.)
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Ever been victimized by a
Cursor Thief? When this guy comes to a halt, run your cursor over his head
(don't click it) and watch what happens. (1 Min.)
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Dragon Lollipop anyone?
They're only three bucks, plus the cost of air fare to someplace in the Orient.
Watch this clip we received from our Webmaster. (3
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Doesn't seem that long ago
that being able to drink a glass of red wine while twirling some hula hoops
would get you on the Gong Show, but not much further. But it looks like the
times have changed. Have a look at this clip we received from Chuck Blackmore of
Anabel Carberry as she wins over a crowd with a routine she calls "A Glass of
Red." (7 Mins.)
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One of the pastimes Saudi
Arabia has adopted from the West is hill climbing with a four-by-four. But as
Bruce Morton points out, this particular competitor may have been better off
staying with a camel. (1 Min.)
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Bert Kelsey sent in this
clip of President Bush 43 throwing out the first pitch of game 3 of the 2001
World Series that we ran last year. So why have we decided to include it a
second time? Because it's symbolic of how united the country was for one brief
shining moment, which begs the question: Will the USA ever be united like this
again without having to live through another 9/11? (4
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If you can
handle the stark reality of the beginning of life — and if you can't you're a
wuss — here's some amazing footage provided by Sharon Lansdowne of the birth of
a baby giraffe at the Memphis Zoo. (4 Mins.)
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Thanks for hanging out with us for as long as it
took you to get this far. Your attention was very much appreciated by both of
us. — Bill and Leroy.
Pic of the Week:
baby giraffe is now six months old, and look how smart he already is...