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RETIRED LT. CHARLIE ROY
Born Aug. 27, 1931
Appointed Oct. 1955
Retired Jan. 1980
Died Feb. 24, 2018
The specific cause of Charlie’s passing has not yet been determined. It is believed that he may have possibly suffered a stroke or an aneurysm. Jim “JC” Carlton assisted Charlie’s son Jeff with the obituary below that was prepared for the Farsider. A slightly different obit identifying additional relatives will appear in the local Hawaiian newspaper.
Davis Kakikina Roy
Charlie was born and raised in Kailua Kona, one of eight children born to David and Josephine Roy. He is survived by his sister, Heather Menton; his son, Jeffery; his daughter-in-law, Anita Roy; three grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Charlie was predeceased by his wife Kate in 2016. He met her while studying at San Jose State. They were married in 1954 and spent 62 years together.
In addition to fishing, Charlie loved his job at the San Jose Police Department. His fondest memories were working the H-Cars and all the great partners he worked with over the years.
Charlie returned to his roots in Kailua Kona, Hawaii from Henderson, NV along with Jeff after the passing of Charlie's youngest son, Patrick, who died in Feb. of 2017. He wanted to come home to live out his days.
An avid golfer, Charlie had to give up the sport due to health issues.
He was full of knowledge of the Keauhou area and shared many wonderful stories with friends and family. He recently performed double duty at Jeff's wedding as "Best Man" and "Father of the Bride."
Charlie was always engaging, pleasant to be around and will be missed by all those who knew him.
Rest in peace here on the Aina!
The most recent photo of Charlie was taken a few weeks ago at
Johnson's residence in Hawaii. With him are Rob Reek, Cynthia and Jim Carlton.
Comments from the two Facebook pages frequented by SJPD personnel (Ivan Comelli’s “Vintage San Jose Police” and Craig Clifton’s “10-7ODSJ”) appear below. It should be noted that having been retired for 38 years, no active SJPD personnel and few retirees had the opportunity to work with or personally know the retired lieutenant.
Cynthia Johnson: It was an honor to meet Charlie. RIP brother…You are up there with our other brothers/sisters holding the line...until we meet again.
Jack Baxter: What a shame. Another good man off to the golden hills.
Deb Gaumont: So sad!
Dennis Dolezal: RIP Brother.
Tom Brewer: Such a shame. A true gentleman. When he was living in Vegas we would occasionally meet for lunch or coffee. I could listen to him for hours reciting stories of times long ago of the PD. God Bless and Rest In Peace my friend.
Jeff Dooley: Gosh, he looked great in this picture. Rip Charlie.
Lynne Caro: He was always such a gentleman and very well respected!
Bert Caro: So sad! Great memories about the big Hawaiian.
Tom Hamilton: Rest in peace.
Anthony Hernandez: In Memory of Lt. Charlie Roy.
Nick Battaglia: RIP Lt. Charlie
Maggie Terry: RIP Tuna...No bananas on the boat.
Bill Mattos: I recall the late Bobby B. telling me that bananas on the boat was far more than just a superstition to Charlie. He absolutely believed that fish would not bite if there was so much as a single banana on board. Hawaiian custom no doubt.
Cheryl Babineau: RIP brother.
Noe Longoria: Cynthia Johnson posted a picture recently that included Charlie Roy, Jim Carlton and Bob Reek. Keep us informed of the services. I’m on the Big Island until next week. Hopefully I can make the service.
Cyndy J Marino Broyles: RIP Charlie Roy. And thank You for your service.
Ivano Franco Comelli: Probably a forgotten piece of Vintage San Jose Police History: Charlie Roy was Deputy Chief Bill McKenzie's Admin. Lieutenant c. 1972-73. He was given the job of pushing Chief McKenzie's innovative agenda which included the inception of MERGE and the FTO programs.
Ivano Franco Comelli: Black and white photo: L-R Front: Bert Druin, Arnold Bertotti, Leo Sanders, Will Piper, and Norm Stanley. Back Row L-R: Jim Smith, Ivan Comelli, Charlie Roy, and Stan Svensen.
From an email:
was my friend, my car partner and my mentor. We worked Car 5 (S/E area) 7 p.m.
to 3 a.m., then the H-Cars, then later, as Lieutenants, I followed Charile as head of Robbery
and General Crimes and inherited a top notch, efficiently run group. Last talked to the "Big
Kuhuna" and his son about two months ago as Charlie was preparing to move into his new
residence. He was most definitely a "cop's cop" and a true friend. RIP Brother. —Bob Moir
It is seldom in our lives that we cross paths with a person that leaves a lasting effect or a mark on us in such a way that it is hard to capture in words. The San Jose Police Chaplaincy program encompasses men that do just that. Founded in 1977, the program has continued on through the years because of the sacrifices that occur each and every day, year after year.
Recently we lost one of our own, Chaplain Dave Bridgen. Chaplain Bridgen can be described in so many ways, but it is all that he did in his time with us at the department that will leave that lasting mark. Professional baseball player Ernie Banks once said, "The measure of a man is in the lives he's touched." For those of us that were blessed to have known such a great man, it's easy to say Chaplain Bridgen cannot be measured, because he touched an endless amount of lives.
For our younger generation of officers that sadly did not have the opportunity to get to know a man that epitomized humility and putting others before themselves, there still remains others that will proudly carry on Chaplain Bridgen's legacy through their own individual actions and sacrifices.
The Chaplaincy program remains strong because of the dedication of our Chaplains. The Chaplains are available 24-7. They respond during times of crisis and provide grief counseling. They are there in every situation, whether it's the best of times or the worst possible. Whether it's saying hi in passing or providing a shoulder to lean on at the least expected time; their devotion to our department cannot be measured. We must not take this for granted and remember the old adage, "Tomorrow is not promised, why not do it today?" We in our profession know this all too well.
For those officers that have experienced the support the Chaplains provide, they will be the first to tell others the difference that support has made in their individual lives. It is because of the unwavering support they give, that we are asking each of you to give that same support back and more. For those that are unaware, the Chaplaincy program and the salary the Chaplains earn comes ONLY through the donations from each individual officer that donates to the program each pay period. The sacrifices that our Chaplains make to ensure that not only our officers, but their families as well, receive the support that is needed should be recognized and appreciated by all. For all that they sacrifice, shouldn't we sacrifice a little for them?
We would like to say thank you to those who contribute to the Chaplaincy program so our Chaplains can continue to support our Police Family. We would also like to strongly encourage the remainder of our department who have not yet had that opportunity to support the Chaplaincy, to please take a moment and donate to the Chaplains.
Click HERE to download a Chaplaincy Donation Payroll Deduction Form. You can drop it off at the POA office, or email it to: <email@example.com>.
Like the second part of the above adage, "Why not do it today!?"
God Bless and be safe!
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THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
San Jose Police Memorial Moves Forward
—Napa-based artist Gordon Huether has proposed a memorial in the shape of a police badge—
By Emily DeRuy <email@example.com>
Bay Area Newsgroup — Feb. 27, 2018
A rendering of a proposed memorial to honor fallen San Jose police officers.
The Napa-based artist Gordon Huether has been selected from a pool of 86 contenders to build a memorial in honor of the 13 San Jose police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty since 1924.
Huether is set to begin building the memorial this fall. It should be done by May of 2019 and will be installed at the city’s Police Administration Building at 201 West Mission Street.
First proposed more than a decade ago, the memorial had stalled because of funding problems. When Officer Michael Johnson was killed in 2015, Mayor Sam Liccardo and several council members resurfaced the idea and eventually secured $162,000 in funding. The project is estimated to cost $450,000 in total. On Tuesday, the City Council is expected to approve the design of the memorial and allow the San Jose Police Foundation and the San Jose Police Officers Association up to six months to raise the rest of the funds.
Huether, who has created public art works across the country, including a glowing fuel tank at San Jose’s Fire Station #17 and etched tempered glass at the Oakland Ferry Terminal at Jack London Square, has proposed a seven-pointed police badge with a black band angled across it to signify mourning the loss of an officer in the line of duty for the memorial. It would measure 8 feet by 8 feet and be made of dichroic glass, which changes colors depending on the angle of the viewer. The band would be made of black metal. Each fallen officer would be named on plaques around the base.
Huether has also designed a pared-back version of the memorial in case the organization’s can’t raise enough funding.
There is already a memorial for fallen Santa Clara County officers, including those from San Jose, outside the sheriff’s department on Younger Avenue, just a couple of blocks from police department on Mission Street. But there was a renewed push for a San Jose memorial after Johnson was killed on March 24, 2015 by a suicidal gunman.
He was the first officer killed in the line of duty in San Jose since 2001. The next year, on June 14, 2016, Officer Michael Katherman was killed when the police motorcycle he was riding collided with a minivan.
I wanted to respond to your comment about my post last week concerning a video produced and presented by Mark Dice as part of his 'Liberal Lunatic' series. This video was about Chevy Chase and other liberal TV comedians. You mentioned that Mr. Dice is a conservative who likes to pick on liberals and point out the stupidity of people on the street. That he has 1.2 million subscribers and that degree of popularity is hard to deny.
Personally, I have little interest in what either the far-right or the far-left pundits and commentators have to say. I’ve found that their statements and claims in support of their beliefs often fail to meet a fact check analysis. But I do believe in the interest of fairness, that if we give one of them a voice then we should also give one of their counterparts from the other end of the political spectrum an equal voice.
So here is the latest video produced and presented by Cenk Uygur who, like Mr. Dice, has created his own presence on YouTube coming from a progressive perspective with a series called "The Young Turks." Mr. Uygur's subscribers number 3.6 million, which is 3 times more than Mr. Dice. He's a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Columbia Law School. He was a Republican throughout his college years and early adulthood. In his 30’s he said he became disillusioned with the Republican Party and changed his political affiliation to Independent. Sixteen months ago he once again changed his affiliation, this time to Democrat.
Shooting Survivors Vs. NRA Spokeswoman"
Middle Ground <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ah yes, good ol’ Cenk Uygur. (Never heard of him until now, so I looked him up on Wikipedia.) Middle Ground was correct; the Turkish-born American was once a conservative. Then he took a hard turn to the left and became a liberal. Probably should have had an MRI in search of a cause, but he didn't. From January to June 2011, the political commentator hosted a weeknight commentary show on MSNBC before he was replaced by Al Sharpton. After leaving MSNBC, he secured another weeknight commentary show on Al Gore’s Current TV, where he was the chief news officer succeeding Keith Olbermann. Al Sharpton? Al Gore? Keith Olbermann? If someone was to add Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer and Elizabeth Warren to those three names I would need a couple of band-aids for my bleeding eyes!
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Dear Leroy and
I signed the petition to repeal the gas tax and the per vehicle registration increase. There are about two weeks left to get the signatures in. The deadline has been extended. I have an attachment where the forms can download. Is this an issue that you can address in the upcoming Farsider? If so the flyer is attached. If not I understand. This is not my initiative, but this tax increase affects us all.
Bob Agerbeek <email@example.com>
Readers who want to sign the petition can get the ball rolling by clicking HERE to download the .pdf file Bob referenced in his message.
NEW RETIREES’ ASSN. NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE ONLINE
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THE CIOPPINO (AND CHICKEN) FEED
This is a reminder that today, March 1st, is the cutoff date to get the MMOC rate at the Holiday Inn. Don't forget to mention MMOC when you call for your reservations. Today is also the official cutoff date to buy your tickets for the Cioppino Feed itself. Remember, you can register and pay at MMOC's website at <www.mmoc.org>
NEW TIP-A-COP INFO
SUPPORT THE EMERALD SOCIETY’S FUNDRAISER
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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 fixing’s, two drink tickets, bagpipe music, Irish folk music, and a DJ. There will also be a silent auction and raffle.
Obama Says His White House ‘Didn't Have a Scandal That Embarrassed Us’
By Kevin Liptak — CNN White House Producer — Feb. 27, 2018
Washington (CNN) President Barack Obama, speaking in private this week, extolled what he said was the drama-free nature of his White House and said it was a "low bar" now to avoid embarrassing presidential scandals.
It was a veiled but distinct jab at the current occupants of the West Wing, who have weathered a tumultuous year since Obama dearted.
"We didn't have a scandal that embarrassed us," Obama said during closed-door remarks in Boston on Friday. Audio of the private speech -- delivered to hundreds of people attending a sports policy conference -- was obtained by the magazine Reason and published Monday. "I know that seems like a low bar."
"Generally speaking, you didn't hear about a lot of drama inside our White House," he added.
The oblique reference to President Donald Trump was one part of a lengthy speech Obama delivered at MIT's Sloan Sports Analytics Conference last week. Attendees were told the remarks were strictly off-the-record and that recording or reporting on them wasn't allowed.
Oh yeah? Click HERE to listen to the audio.
According to the audio obtained by Reason, Obama stuck largely to his post-presidential talking points, including bemoaning people who claim climate change doesn't exist.
"I can't have that same debate with somebody who just holds up a snowball in the middle of the Senate chamber in winter and says, 'look there's no climate change because it's snowing!' Which happened by the way. I didn't just make that up," he said, referring to a 2015 speech by Sen. James Inhofe, R-Oklahoma.
He also expanded on the role social media platforms play in spreading false or toxic information, saying the US firms had a responsibility to reckon with their own responsibilities.
"I do think the large platforms -- Google and Facebook being the most obvious, Twitter and others as well, are part of that ecosystem -- have to have a conversation about their business model that recognizes they are a public good as well as a commercial enterprise," he said. "They're not just an invisible platform, they're shaping our culture in powerful ways."
There are pages of links on Google refuting and documenting scandals that dogged the White House during the Obama years. This excerpt from PJ Media is from one of the numerous links:
How very Obama-like to engage in passive-aggressive attacks on political opponents after leaving office. And how very Obama-like to suggest the current occupant of the White House is plagued with scandals after his administration spied on Trump's election campaign and opened an investigation on him in an effort to prevent his election or -- if need be -- provide an "insurance policy" that would hamstring and embarrass the White House after his election.
This from a president who managed to weather "without too much drama" such scandals as missing stimulus money, the Sestak affair, DealerGate, politicization of the National Endowment of the Arts, DOJ settlement slush funds, Operation Fast and Furious, the firing of Americorps IG Gerald Walpin, the IRS targeting scandal, ObamaCare lies, DOJ spying on journalists, Benghazi, the Pigford scandal, the NSA spying scandal, the EPA Gold King Mine spill, the GSA Las Vegas scandal, the VA death list scandal, Solyndra, shutdown theater, the State Department whistleblower scandal, the Taliban Five/Bergdahl trade, the Iran nuclear deal and ransom payment, the skewing of ISIS intel, EmailGate, mass spying on Americans, and unmasking Trump associates, thanks to his adoring fans in the MSM, who have spent every day since January 20, 2017, attacking President Trump.
HERE’S YOUR PAYMENT FOR NOT KILLING PEOPLE…
Although this dates back to last Sept., many feel it didn’t receive the publicity it should have, probably to the relief of the Sacramento City Council…
City Council Votes Unanimously To Pay Gang Members $1.5 Million To Not Kill People
Sacramento voted unanimously to pay gang members to stop killing people.
By Officer Blue — Blue Lives Matter — Sept. 3, 2017
Sacramento, CA — The city of Sacramento is setting aside $1.5 million dollars of taxpayers money to pay gang members to stop killing people.
The city council unanimously approved the "Advance Peace" program in an attempt to address their ongoing problem with violent crime, according to Fox News.
The program pays gang members to graduate school and stop shooting at people. If a gang member wants to start killing people, they'll be forfeiting their taxpayer-funded payday.
The vote had been scheduled to take place in two weeks, but Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg requested that the vote be moved up after five people were shot in a park.
"Five people were shot in Meadowview on Sunday," Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg said, according to Fox 40. "Let's get going on doing everything we can to save innocent lives."
The funding for the payments to the criminal gang members will come from the city's general fund. The money will go to 50 men who are suspected of killing people, but there's not enough evidence to prosecute them.
"Fifty is a huge number. That's 50 shooters who have the possibility of taking a life," Nicole Clavo said according to KCRA. "If we can reach those 50, how many lives have we changed?"
The Advance Peace program started in Richmond, CA and has been credited by some with reducing murders in the city; Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert disagrees.
“I support the gang prevention task force and the many evidence-based youth mentoring and intervention programs already in existence in the city of Sacramento. I have serious concerns with a program that is apparently based upon the payment of money to high-risk individuals in exchange for a promise not to engage in violent criminal conduct. There is insufficient evidence-based data to show this approach is effective in preventing gun violence.”
THIS HAS TO HAVE BEEN A LITTLE EMBARRASSING FOR THE MASS. STATE
State Police Investigating How Trooper With Criminal Past Was Hired
Leigh G. Genduso at a ceremony in 2009 at Mechanics
Hall in Worcester where she received a State 911 award.
By Craig Semon — Telegram & Gazette Staff — Feb. 25, 2018
Massachusetts State Police Trooper Leigh A. Genduso was suspended without pay last week in the wake of an internal affairs investigation that will review, among other things, the process through which the Worcester native was hired, according to a state police spokesman.
Trooper Genduso, 36, was suspended without pay Friday after it was revealed that she participated in a large-scale marijuana business in the early 2000s run by her then live-in boyfriend. She had been placed on paid administrative leave on Monday last week.
State police spokesman David Procopio said Friday that a hearing was scheduled to determine what Trooper Genduso’s duty status would be pending completion of the internal affairs investigation.
Trooper Genduso’s criminal past was publicly available in a 2007 federal case in which she testified against her then-boyfriend, Sean P. Bucci of North Reading. That testimony enabled her to avoid prosecution for her participation in the enterprise, which she said in court documents included helping package, transport and sell marijuana, as well as launder some of the proceeds.
Mr. Procopio said state police conduct rigorous background checks on all recruit candidates, requiring a lengthy application, oral interviews, and criminal, driving and credit histories; asking questions about use of controlled substances; and conducting interviews with previous employers, acquaintances and references. If during that process the department learns of any information that disqualifies a candidate for employment, the candidate will not be hired, he said.
“A multifaceted background check was done on Trooper Genduso as on all other recruits,” Mr. Procopio said. The department had no comment on questions involving how and whether Trooper Genduso’s background escaped detection by the state police when she was hired, first as a dispatcher in 2008, and when she entered the State Police Academy in 2013.
A 1999 Shrewsbury High School graduate, Trooper Genduso graduated from the academy in 2014 and was assigned to the state police K-9 section, where she has remained.
Mr. Bucci was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute over 1,000 kilograms of marijuana, conspiracy to commit money laundering, two substantive counts of money laundering, seven substantive counts of structuring currency transactions and four counts of tax evasion.
The evidence at trial showed Mr. Bucci used drug money to buy real estate, vehicles, a boat, and for extensive travel to, and gambling in, Aruba.
In sworn testimony in 2007, Ms. Genduso said she started dating Mr. Bucci in 2000. He was a DJ at a bar in Salem and she was a cocktail waitress at the time.
She testified that three months into the relationship, Mr. Bucci told her he sold marijuana for a living. She also said she began smoking marijuana “basically every day” when she was involved with him.
In 2000 and 2001, Ms. Genduso said, she got more involved in Mr. Bucci’s marijuana business. She said she would be present for deliveries that were usually around 200 pounds of marijuana.
“A lot of times I helped him break up the bales to be able to put them into pounds,” she testified.
In addition, she said she would take money from Mr. Bucci’s customers when he wasn’t in the house or was sleeping, and in 2002 and 2003, she started delivering and selling it herself to a customer in Worcester.
“I would put it in boxes and then wrap them up as presents,” Ms. Genduso said, “because of the smell, and because it’s miles to drive with that in my car.”
Furthermore, Ms. Genduso said, she made “well over 20” deposits of usually $9,000 for Mr. Bucci.
After their guilty verdict, the jury returned a general forfeiture judgment of $2.7 million against Mr. Bucci, and judgments of forfeiture of his North Reading house, a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche SUV, a boat and $35,000 in a bank account.
Mr. Bucci was also sentenced to 151 months in prison.
A year later, Ms. Genduso was a state police dispatcher. She was honored with a State 911 award in 2009 for keeping a 6-year-old girl calm on the phone while her mother was experiencing a medical emergency.
STORIES OF THE WEEK
Women think differently…
Received from Bruce Morton
John texted his wife, “Honey, car hit me when I was out of the office. Paula brought me to the hospital. They're doing tests and X-rays. I had a strong blow to my head. Fortunately the doctor said it did not cause serious injury, but I have three broken ribs, a compound fracture in my left leg and they may have to amputate right foot."
His wife texted back, “Who’s Paula?"
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Received from Lumpy
He asked for help and she could see why. Even with her pulling and him pushing, the little boots still didn't want to go on.
By the time they got the second boot on, she had worked up a sweat.
She almost cried when the little boy said, “Teacher, they're on the wrong feet.”
She looked, and sure enough, they were.
Unfortunately, it wasn't any easier pulling the boots off than it was
putting them on.
She managed to keep her cool as, together, they worked to get the boots
back on, this time on the correct feet.
He then announced, “These aren't my boots.”
She bit her tongue, rather than get right in his face and scream, “Why
didn't you say so?” like she wanted to.
Once again, she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting boots off his little feet.
No sooner had they got the boots off when he said, “They're my brother's boots. But my Mom made me wear 'em today.”
Now she didn't know if she should laugh or cry but she mustered up what grace and courage she had left to wrestle the boots back onto his feet again.
Helping him into his coat, she asked, “Now, where are your mittens?”
He said, “I stuffed 'em in the toes of my boots.”
The teacher will be eligible for parole in three years.
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Why are men happier?
From the Archives
Men are happier than women because we are such simple creatures. Our last name stays put. The garage is all ours. Wedding plans take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack. We can never get pregnant. We can wear a white T-shirt to a water park. For that matter, we don't even have to wear a shirt to a water park.
Car mechanics tell us the truth. The world is our urinal. We never have to drive to another gas station restroom because "this one is just too icky." We don't have to stop and think about which way to turn a nut on a bolt. Same work, more pay.
Wrinkles add character. Wedding dress: $5000. Tux rental: $100. People never stare at our chest when they are talking to us. The occasional well-rendered belch is practically expected. New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle our feet. One mood all the time.
Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat. We know stuff about tanks. A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase. We can open all our own jars. We get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness. If someone forgets to invite us, he or she can still be our friend.
Our underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack. We almost never have strap problems in public. We are unable to see wrinkles in our clothes. Everything on our face stays its original color. The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades. We only have to shave our face and neck if we want to.
We can play with toys all our life. Our belly usually hides our big hips. One wallet and one pair of shoes. One color for all seasons. We can wear shorts no matter how our legs look. We can "do" our nails with a pocket knife. We have freedom of choice when it comes to growing a mustache. And we can do our Christmas shopping for 20 relatives on December 24th in 25 minutes.
That's why men are happier.
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From the Archives
A man and his wife were discussing anger management.
"When I get mad at you,” he asked, “you never fight back. How do you control your anger?"
"I clean the toilet bowl,” she replied.
"How does that help?" he asked.
"I use your toothbrush."
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
Here is this week’s offering for you Anti-Trumpsters. Only a few were live this past week.
Feb. 21 — 27
Feb. 26: At the annual meeting of conservatives called CPAC, a woman who criticized Donald Trump was booed and escorted out by security. This is the third time this has happened to Melania.
Over the weekend, a lot of major companies announced they will be cutting ties with the NRA, including Delta, Hertz, and MetLife. And here’s one that shocked me — today the NRA got dropped by ISIS.
At the end of the Olympics closing ceremony, they officially announced the next city that’s gonna host. So, congratulations to Wakanda!
In a fashion show that took place yesterday, Dolce & Gabbana sent their handbags down the runway on drones instead of models. But first, each drone was forced to lose 10 pounds.
Feb. 27: In an interview this week, Barbra Streisand revealed that she cloned her favorite dog, twice. Barbra said, "I couldn't help myself, he was delicious."
Kylie Jenner's baby daughter has made her debut on Snapchat at one month old. In the Kardashian world, that is known as a "late bloomer."
The CEO of Sea World has stepped down. He's going to be getting a $10 million retirement package – if he can jump up and catch it with his mouth.
The Las Vegas airport has asked passengers to dispose of their marijuana in a special box. In a related story at Las Vegas airport today, Willie Nelson was found hiding in a box.
The Number 1 reason that prospective applicants are rejected from the show "The Bachelor" is herpes. Apparently, you can't get on the show if you don't have it.
Feb. 26: Last night was the closing ceremony for the Winter Olympics, and they had some crazy stuff. They had a big conga line, they had a giant snow globe. They had glow-in-the-dark pandas on roller skates. When asked what inspired the pandas, they said, “Uh, ’shrooms.”
With the Olympics over, 90 countries have departed South Korea. Yep, 90 groups waving goodbye, or as the NRA calls those, sponsors.
The big winner this year is Norway. They won a record 39 medals, wow — or one for each person who lives in Norway.
The U.S. men’s curling team beat Sweden to win their first gold medal ever! Actually, they were beating Sweden so bad, they conceded the match early. Yep, America made Sweden quit in frustration, or as we call that, the “reverse Ikea.”
Feb. 27: President Trump is expected to announce he's running for re-election in 2020. Yep, he's even got a great slogan: "Pretend the last four years never happened."
Trump is running for re-election. And he said he'll be sticking with Mike Pence as a cellmate – I mean, running mate.
Trump actually says that he will SOON announce that he's running for re-election. Maybe it's just me, but if you announce that you're going to announce something, isn't THAT the announcement?
Trump's still talking about his border wall. He's going to California next month to get construction updates. Here's the plan: They're gonna lead him around to the other side of the border, and then quickly build the wall.
In April, the White House will host France's President Macron for his first state dinner. Or as Trump has been telling people, "We're having macaroons for dinner."
After years of bad publicity, Sea World's CEO is stepping down. He wasn't sure what was worse – emptying his desk, or the seals clapping as he left.
A mail carrier in Florida is refusing to deliver mail to a nudist community. He said, "Sorry, but I'm just tired of seeing people's packages."
Feb. 26: President Trump today criticized officers who failed to confront a shooter at a Florida high school and said, quote, “I really believe I’d run in there even if I didn’t have a weapon.” I gotta say, I find it hard to believe Trump would voluntarily run inside a place of education. The only way you would run inside is if a reporter asked you a question outside.
In a new interview, President Trump said that he would like to have a military parade on July 4th or Veterans Day. Added Trump, “Whichever one comes first.”
A new CNN poll has found that Democrats have a 16-point lead over Republicans in a generic congressional ballot. Which means that with a little hard work and some elbow grease, they can still blow this thing.
Department store Neiman Marcus is selling a Dolce & Gabbana toaster for $600. Or, for the same results, just buy a regular toaster and put $600 in it.
Feb. 27: According to Politico, Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner lost his top-secret security clearance on Friday. Because as it turns out, you have to be 18.
President Trump today endorsed Senator Ted Cruz for re-election ahead of next week's Republican primary in Texas. And when he heard that, Ted Cruz smiled so big eight babies started crying.
An MSNBC host said this morning that first lady Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump have been given "fake jobs" at the White House. But Melania says it's no problem for her because she's used to faking it.
Former President Obama recently said at a private speech that people didn't hear about the drama in his White House. Like the time Joe Biden spilled Four Loko on the Constitution.
Anheuser-Busch has announced it will begin selling a new organic beer called "Michelob Ultra Pure Gold." As in, "Sorry, all we have left is Michelob Ultra Pure Gold."
Feb. 21: This morning, Donald Trump went on Twitter to call out his own attorney general Jeff Sessions tweeting. "Question: If all the Russian meddling took place during the Obama administration, why didn't Obama do something about the meddling? Why aren't DEM crimes under investigation? Ask Jeff session!" There's a few things wrong with this tweet. For starters, why is Trump telling us to ask Jeff Sessions all of these questions? Trump is his boss!
Mr. President, you know that thing you use to send the tweets? You can also use it to call Jeff Sessions and ask him yourself.
This is where it really gets stupid. He didn’t even spell Jeff Sessions name right.
In other Trump news, according to a New York Times survey of political scientists across both parties, Donald Trump has been rated America’s worst president ever. I had a sneaking suspicion. It’s pretty incredible because it’s the first time Trump has won a popular vote.
In technology news, the organization that oversees emoji’s has changed the lobster emoji after people in Maine complained that it didn't have the correct number of legs!
Now every time I text someone about lobsters I don't have to type the word "Lobster emoji plus two extra legs." It's a lifesaver.
When they heard about this, lobsters were like "Thanks for fixing the emoji but while you're at it, can you stop boiling us?"
Feb. 26: To celebrate last year’s NBA championship, the Golden State Warriors are reportedly meeting with local children in Washington, D.C., instead of visiting President Trump in the White House. It is really nice of the Golden State Warriors to visit a bunch of children instead of just one.
When they heard that, every foreign leader scheduled to meet with Trump was like, “Wait, you can do that?”
New tax filings show that President Donald Trump’s former body guard has been receiving $15,000 a month from the Republican National Committee since leaving the White House. You realize what that means, right? Trump was sleeping with his bodyguard, too!
The bodyguard has a lot of experience in his field. He served in the U.S. Navy and the New York City police department, so according to Trump, he has almost enough weapons training to work as a school teacher.
Feb. 27: The president's son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, had his security clearance downgraded today. This means he won't have access to a lot of top-secret documents. So I guess now Trump AND Kushner won't be reading the daily intelligence briefing.
Here's how far Kushner was downgraded – he's not even allowed to use the Trump family HBO GO password anymore.
Here's how out of the loop Kushner is: He's finding out about all of this right now from me.
There's an opening for the top position of the Federal Aviation Administration right now – this is a job that oversees 47,000 employees and every flight in America. And, according to a report, President Trump is considering filling the position with the pilot who flies his private jet. Trump told people, "He's a smart guy and knows what's going on." Trump appoints federal positions the way your neighbor recommends a plumber. "I got a guy. Trust me, this dude's on the level."
Maybe we should be proud of Trump for not nominating one of his kids. He could have been like, "Oh, you need someone to oversee the fate of everyone on an airplane? Eric loves planes!"
Former first lady Michelle Obama has announced that her memoir, entitled "Becoming," will be published in November. The book will cover some of the most exciting times in Michelle Obama's life, like that time she got $65 million to write a memoir!
Her upcoming memoir is entitled "Becoming." Not to be outdone, Melania Trump is going to release her own memoir this summer and it has a similar title. It's called "Becoming Single."
Feb: 26: Donald Trump has been president for over a year now. At this point, I go to bed every night believing there’s nothing he could say or do that could possibly surprise me. Then the sun comes up.
Trump met with the nation’s governors and at the top of the agenda was the urgent problem of school shootings. Trump has said that maybe we should arm teachers. This idea has not been received well by people who have had or been a teacher.
Of course, Trump’s saying “arm the teachers” because if you’re in the pocket of the NRA, the solution is never fewer guns. The solution is always more guns.
Of course, the school in Florida did have an armed sheriff’s deputy, but even with guns and training, he didn’t enter the building. Nor did the next three armed deputies who showed up. So maybe arming people is not the answer.
Feb. 27: This afternoon, first son-in-law Jared Kushner was denied his security clearance and has lost access to top-secret intelligence. How will he fix the Middle East now?! He was so close to starting!
Everyone at the White House with interim security clearances were told last Friday that they would be downgraded from “top secret” to “secret.” MERELY secret clearance. Which means Kushner will have access to only nine herbs and spices. Just nine of the 11.
So far, Trump has not commented on Jared's demotion. He was too busy with his main presidential duty: live tweeting Fox News. He tweeted a bunch of stuff this morning, but one that really stood out was just two words, all caps: "WITCH HUNT!" He is either really upset about Mueller's investigation or he is taking a very strong stand in defense of Ryan Seacrest. We don't know.
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This is an excellent video that shows the difference between standard rapid fire with an AR-15 and with the same weapon modified with a Bump Stock. Short of a military Gattling gun, I can’t imaging a full-auto handgun or long gun emptying a clip or magazine any faster than what is recorded in this video. (THIS video was recorded after the Las Vegas massacre but before the school shooting in Florida.) (6:44)
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This contribution from Comrade Kosovilka is quite dramatic for a YouTube video. The lady may have gone a little overboard with the lipstick, but it doesn’t detract from her beauty or the quality of her voice. Best guess, it’s a music video by a Russian or Ukranian pop star named Tina Karol. However you measure it, the clip has received nearly 6 MILLION views. (5:31)
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Have you ever had a Costco hot dog? We can guarantee you will be happy after viewing this clip if you have had one of Costco's buck-fifty for a dog and a refillable soda deals and still want to INDULGE from time to time. (3:36)
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Here is an interesting item about a fast food hamburger chain that got a late start here on the West Coast. If you haven’t tried “Five Guys,” we suggest you give it a shot. You may find you like it as well or even BETTER than In-N-Out Burger. (6:17)
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Speaking of good eats, are you one of those who love lobster tail dipped in drawn butter? If so, this is a must read and view. I can personally vouch for this recipe for “Poor Man’s Lobster” because it does in fact look like, feel like and taste like the REAL thing that will set you back $40-$50 in a fine restaurant. (3:22)
• Any white flaky fish like Cod, Halibut, Tilapia, Monk. Northern Pike, works well. I use Halibut fillets from Costco.
• If you want the drawn butter to taste the same as in a fine restaurant, get yourself a jar of Clarifide Butter, also known as Ghee. It is available from Trader Joe’s, Costco, or you can order it from Amazon. It is far better than melting a cube of real butter that has salt in it. Once the clarified butter has been warmed, add a dash of lemon and you have what fine restaurants serve with a $50+ lobster dinner.
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It's unfortunate that if California was a person, this is how the rest of the country sees us...
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We won’t “out” the reader who sent this song in because we don’t want you Democrats to send him any hate mail. (You can send it to us instead; we’re used to it.) The title of the SONG is, “I Think My Dog’s a Democrat.” (3:48)
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There is always one in every crowd. As you watch these dogs being called by name one at a time, note the one circled in red in the back. He’s MIFFED that he’s the last one to be called and he shows it! (1:01)
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A few minutes of terror precedes the beginning of a wonderful life for this young Pit Bull. Click HERE to watch her story. (7:51)
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Eldad and Myrna responded to a call of an abandoned dog in the City of Compton that needed rescuing. In the process they had to explain to a couple of COPS what they were doing. (5:00)
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Mom wasn’t happy after Eldad and Lisa first rescued her two kids, but she soon settled down and became a happy camper. Click HERE to see how her story unfolds. (4:08)
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Meanwhile in India, workers from Animal Aid Unlimited are on the lookout for animals in need of help. This is a compilation of 10 cases that include various ANIMALS in addition to dogs. (3:38)
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This is just plain mean...
...funny, but mean!
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This bridge in Boston is aptly known as the “Bridge Where Trucks Come to Die.” The action ends at the 7:25 mark, then repeats in fast-forward for those who want to watch the shorter version. For those who do, move your cursor to the 7:45 mark for the faster edited version. So what are the red circles for? We thought an entrepreneur could make some dough by renting some temporary bleachers and placing them where the circles are, then charging to sit in the seats for the amusement of WATCHING the action. Just a thought. (9:18)
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Toward the end of this cockpit view of an F-18 pilot landing on a carrier in heavy weather I was waiting for him to make a turn to port to line himself up with the boat since he kept looking off to the left. To my surprise, the carrier was dead ahead. Note how he doesn’t retard the throttle (left hand) until his jet is at a dead stop in case his hook fails to catch a wire. Getting the jet parked was also interesting given how a slip of the throttle could put him in the drink. It’s a shame that GoPro video cameras didn’t exist in WWII as I would love to see cockpit-view videos of Wildcats, Hellcats and Corsairs going through similar landing routines from the same VANTAGE point. (6:36)
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“C’mon, honey, let’s go for a ride in my Light Sport Skyrunner. What could go wrong?” The answer: Plenty, like a crash that severely injures the pilot and his wife, although both survived. Watch THIS to the end. (1:21)
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Here’s a case of an airline pilot texting his wife as he is about to land. READ along. (0:33)
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Anyone else having to deal with this disorder?
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Suburban Auto Group that sells Fords and Chevrolets in Sandy, Oregon paid for the production of several Trunk Monkey ads hoping they would draw customers. Did they? We have no idea. But we do know that what they felt were the best ads of 2017 made it onto YouTube. Click HERE if you are interested in seeing them. (10:12)
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From Jim Silvers comes another ad compilation, but this one is titled, “Don’t judge to quickly.” Click HERE and you will understand what it’s about. (4:58)
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Without naming names, SJPD’s first police artist and my Cops-a-Field partner sent in this clip of a robot being tested for robustness and said, “Reminds me of an old girlfriend who used to try to escape my apartment with THIS kind of persistence.
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The designer of this bathroom should be arrested, convicted and given 10 years!
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It’s been said that our current Tax System is so complicated that only tax attorneys and CPAs can understand it. Nonsense! It’s very easy to understand once you watch THIS short video I received from my brother-in-law. Using beer, the video EXPLAINS the system in a way that any man can understand, and many women for that matter. (4:37)
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This was poor timing on the part of the knife-wielding robber. He should have waited until the ex-Marine-turned-firefighter had left the store. Have a LOOK. (2:42)
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For a change of pace, our closer this week is an inspiration video that shows how welfare is supposed to work. It’s about the young lady pictured below who was homeless at the age of 17 and is now a jet engine mechanic who has turned her life around thanks to a helping hand from various entitles. Trust us, it is worth a WATCH. (7:20)
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Pic of the Week
the decision is made to arm school staff, these are the weapons that should be
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