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March 7, 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.



 

RETIRED SERGEANT DOUG WRIGHT



Badge No. 1114
Born May 3, 1933
Appointed May 15, 1962
Promoted to Sergeant Dec. 15, 1968
Retired June 3, 1987
Died March 5, 2013

Doug's close personal friend, retired Capt. Ken Hawkes, has advised that there will be no funeral. Instead, a Celebration of Life will be held at the POA Hall at a date to be announced. When asked to provide us with a few words about Doug, Ken submitted the following...

Doug was the brother I never had. I have known him since 1965, and he has been my friend, mentor, sergeant, partner, cheerleader and trusted adviser for 48 years. Forty eight years. Almost a half century. Few have had the precious privilege of having such a friend and brother.
 
Suffering from congestive heart failure, Doug was hospitalized last week, but insisted on returning home from Kaiser-Santa Teresa. With his wife Barbara and his children, Shawn and Doug, by his side, Doug left us during the early morning hours on Tuesday of this week.
 
Doug was a military historian with an interest in all eras. His enthusiasm always centered around objects that had 'been there' — helmets, blades, medals, insignias, etc. He bought, sold and traded items to be researched, cataloging a great personal collection and increasing his encyclopedic knowledge of all things military.
 
A raconteur of note, Doug's stories were legion; detailed and colorful, unsparing and revealing. No detail escaped his notice.
 
Doug was an athlete in high school and joined the Navy after graduation. He was an "Airdale," flying in Neptunes and PBYs during the Korean War. One of his jobs was that of a side gunner when needed. He said he actually got to fire the .50 caliber at the enemy once, sheepishly adding that it was at an old Chinese biplane being used as a scout, and that it flew away apparently unscathed.
 
His police career spanned most jobs in the PD, from Wagon Master (where I first met him) to Patrol Sergeant, MERGE, and the Burglary Prevention Unit (BPU), where he and I were partners under Lt. Phil Norton. Looking back, those were some of the best days of my career.
 
Ken Hawkes
<hawkes@garlic.com>
 

Doug and Ken, 1976


 

RETIRED OFFICER ROGER FINTON



Badge No. 1435
Born Dec. 12, 1942
Appointed March 16, 1970
Retired Oct. 7, 1993
Died March 8, 2013

Roger suffered a massive heart attack last Sunday night at around 9:00 p.m. at his Morgan Hill residence. Carmen, his partner of 11 years, immediately placed an emergency call for medical assistance and Roger was rushed to Kaiser Santa Teresa. Doctors determined that his condition was so serious that they placed him in an induced coma. While running tests, Roger had a second, milder heart attack on Monday. He was eventually taken out of the induced coma, but required life support to keep him alive.

Yesterday (Wed.), after tests showed significant brain damage, the family made the wrenching decision to remove him from life support at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Fri.) with the family present. In addition to Carmen and Chaplain Bridgen, Roger's son and daughter, Conrad and Victoria, and his sister, Mary Jane and her three children, will be by his bedside to say goodbye.

We spoke with Carmen late yesterday (Wed.) afternoon. She said that she and the family will hold a Celebration of Life at a venue in Morgan Hill in the near future. There will be no formal funeral.

Like Doug's passing, Roger's loss is significant to all of us who considered the former Marine a personal friend. May both rest in peace.


 

FUNERAL FOR THE TWO SLAIN SANTA CRUZ OFFICERS BEING HELD TODAY IN SAN JOSE

Grand Salute to Slain Officers

—Up to 20,000 are expected at HP Pavilion service for Santa Cruz pair killed in line of duty—

By Gary Richards <grichards@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — March 7, 2013

It will be a day of tears, salutes and anguish seldom seen in the Bay Area as fallen Santa Cruz police officers Sgt. Loran “Butch” Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler are laid to rest Thursday.

Thousands are expected to join or witness the 33-mile procession from the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz to HP Pavilion in San Jose, the nearest venue large enough to hold an expected 18,000 to 20,000 mourners.

It’s also likely to be an outpouring of grief unlike any in the Bay Area since the day in 2009 when a convicted felon gunned down four Oakland officers in two separate shootings. Cop killings are always deeply disturbing, said one retired police officer, but this one is particularly chilling because it happened in a small city during a routine investigation.

“The Oakland shootings were highly unusual, but unfortunately we have gotten used to cops being killed in Oakland,” said retired San Jose patrolman Bruce Raye. “They have a whole wall of photos of dead officers up there that is unreal.

“But these officers are from a small department. Santa Cruz is my community, your community. This hits the homeland of America. Everyone can relate to this.”

The two officers were ambushed Feb. 26 by Jeremy Peter Goulet, who shot them to death when they went to question him about an allegation that he had groped a woman. Goulet was killed in a shootout with police shortly afterward.

Thursday’s 30-mph procession will bring Highway 17 to a crawl, as well as stretches of highways 85 and 87. People will watch the vehicles pass from the streets of Santa Cruz and freeway overpasses, and many more will see it on TV, filmed from helicopters. Los Gatos firefighters plan to park their trucks on overpasses and stand at attention as the long convoy passes.

Most memorials are held near an officer’s station or home, with a short drive to the cemetery. But San Jose is the nearest city with a facility large enough to hold the 6,000 officers and thousands of citizens expected to attend, including high-profile elected officials such as Gov. Jerry Brown.

Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and California Attorney General Kamala Harris are expected to speak at the memorial.

“This terrible tragedy has had an enormous impact on the entire Santa Cruz community, and it is on all of us to offer a helping hand to our neighboring city during its time of need,” said San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed. “I hope this event will allow all of Sgt. Baker’s and Officer Butler’s families, friends and colleagues, as well as the residents they served, to come together to grieve and honor their fallen heroes.”

Santa Cruz Metro is giving free bus vouchers to anyone who lacks transportation to the service, and Caltrain is free to members of law enforcement going anywhere it serves. The procession is scheduled to begin at 8:45 a.m. on Ocean Street at the Boardwalk and arrive in San Jose sometime after 10 a.m. But a procession of that many vehicles traveling at 30 mph in a single lane could take longer.

The CHP will not allow motorists to use other lanes to pass the convoy of cars and buses on highways 17, 85 and 87.

California Highway Patrol spokesman D.J. Sarabia warns that the biggest impact may occur after the service, when the procession makes its way back to Santa Cruz just as the afternoon commute begins around 3:30 or 4 p.m.

“We are asking everyone to be really, really patient,” he said. “Both coming over in the morning and going back in the afternoon. The return trip could be really brutal.”

For the traveling public, the message is this: Expect delays and avoid Highway 17 and other parts of the route if you can.

“I am taking an earlier than usual Highway 17 bus in the morning,” said commuter Brittany Overbeck. “With the funeral procession, people either need to get on the road before 8:30 a.m. or plan on taking alternate routes and still leave earlier than usual.”

The CHP advises drivers to avoid Highway 9 and Soquel-San Jose Road, and not to park on overpasses. Those who need to get from the Santa Cruz area to San Jose are advised to take Highway 129 from Watsonville east to 101 north.

The memorial will also affect bus riders in San Jose, as the Valley Transportation Authority expects to reroute numerous lines in the downtown area between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. For more information on bus service, go to
www.vta.org/reroutes.

The memorial could also make parking at the nearby Diridon Station across from the HP Pavilion tougher than it already is.

“If you can work at home, this would be a superb day to do so,” Sarabia said.

But for many, traffic headaches will be the least of their concerns.

“It feels like we lost two of our own,” said CHP Officer Sarah Jackson. “We work very close with the Santa Cruz PD.”

So do many other Bay Area law enforcement agencies, as former San Jose Officer Raye noted: “This day will be very hard.”
 

 

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KTVU and/or KNTV may be streaming the service at the HP Pavilion live. Look for a link on their home page...

KTVU
<http://www.ktvu.com/>

KNTV
<http://www.nbcbayarea.com/>

 

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This morning's Mercury News included this editorial about the two slain Santa Cruz officers...

Santa Cruz Tragedy Stirs Great Sorrow

Mercury News Editorial — March 7, 2013

Family, friends and colleagues of Santa Cruz Detective Sgt. Loran “Butch” Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler will caravan over Highway 17 Thursday in a 200-car funeral procession to downtown San Jose’s HP Pavilion. There is no place large enough in Santa Cruz to hold the thousands of mourners expected for the officers’ memorial — and even an arena cannot contain the magnitude of sorrow they’ll bring with them.

It was every officer’s nightmare, and every family member’s: The routine car stop, the report of some possible domestic conflict, the standard-procedure interview at a suspect’s home — and out of nowhere, gunfire and death. Detectives Baker and Butler apparently had no warning when Jeremy Peter Goulet pulled a gun.

The impact on Santa Cruz has been profound.

Shaken colleagues saw the first officers killed on the job in the Santa Cruz Police Department’s 150-year history. Families don’t feel quite as safe in what vacationers see as Surf City, the iconic California beach town.

Every time police officers or firefighters die on the job, it conjures up memories of previous loss.

In San Jose, the most recent was promising rookie Jeffrey Fontana, gunned down in 2001 after stopping a car in an Almaden Valley cul-de-sac. There is now a lovely 10-acre park named in his honor.

In San Jose and other budget-challenged cities, debates over pension costs can place officers in conflict with taxpayers. But the differences dissolve when people need help and the police are there. A tragedy like this reminds us what public service can entail and the value of the people who take the risks.

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen posted a note to his staff the day after the Santa Cruz tragedy. He began: “We handle their case files and speak with the officers during issuing meetings. They sit next to us in trial.

We marvel at their professionalism, how they dug up that extra piece of information or knocked on that extra door. “Sgt. Loran ‘Butch’ Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler knocked on that extra door yesterday afternoon.”

Rosen wrote about the incident — the firefighter who shielded a bystander from Goulet’s gunfire as officers closed in, and the way sheriff’s deputies and Highway Patrol officers stepped up the next day to help patrol Santa Cruz as the city police officers mourned.

“It’s easy to forget that these case files in our hands are the product of thousands of officers walking up to thousands of doors,” wrote Rosen.

“This day our thoughts and prayers are with them, and with all of law enforcement. May they knock on doors, and do their duty, and come home safely tonight and all nights.”

Our hearts are with them too, and with the people who loved Baker and Butler — whether as personal friends and family, or through the powerful bond of service in law enforcement.

In San Jose and other budget-challenged cities, debates over pension costs can place officers in conflict with taxpayers. But the differences dissolve at times like this.

 

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Today's paper also included this article written by a staff member of the Santa Cruz Sentinel...

Crowds View Officers’ Caskets

By J.M. Brown
<jbrown@santacruzsentinel.com>
Mercury News — March 7, 2013

SANTA CRUZ — Hundreds of friends, law enforcement officers and ordinary citizens came to Santa Cruz Memorial funeral home Wednesday to view the flag-draped caskets of Sgt. Loran “Butch” Baker, 51, and fellow Detective Elizabeth Butler, 38, who will be honored in a public memorial service Thursday. The two were gunned down Feb. 26 by a sexual-assault suspect who was later shot and killed by authorities. Police observed a private viewing of the caskets Sunday at Santa Cruz Memorial, which has donated its services for the two families. Baker, a 28-year veteran, leaves behind a wife and three children, and Butler, a 10-year veteran, had two children and a partner.

The caskets were covered entirely in American flags. Photographs of the fallen officers were placed near their caskets at the front of a 60-foot receiving room, where many mourners sat for several moments in silent reverence.

Randy Krassow, owner of Santa Cruz Memorial, offered to host the viewing for residents who were not able to attend the San Jose services. He said many people also wanted a more intimate experience than watching a video feed at Kaiser Permanente Arena or Del Mar Theatre in Santa Cruz.

“People wanted an opportunity to honor the officers,” Krassow said.


 

 

WEEKLY POLL

Leroy continues to have computer problems affecting the poll. To
participate this week, click on the link under the image of the poll below...




<http://micropoll.com/t/KEcvAZQh2T>

There was no poll last week.

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



 

MAIL CALL

March 4th

Bill,

Carol and I are thinking about switching from AARP to AMAC. I thought you might find the following entry from Snopes interesting:

<http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/aarp.asp>

Steve Postier <stevepostier@att.net>

For what it's worth, Steve, when AARP voiced its support for Obamacare a couple of years ago, I cut my membership card in half and taped it to a letter to the organization protesting its decision. A week later I joined AMAC and my card arrived in the mail a few days later. Below is AMAC's website for any readers who want to have a look around.



<http://amac.us/>


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A half-dozen readers sent in this e-mail this e-mail that is apparently making the rounds this week. The original author is unknown.

If anyone is interested in an article regarding the purchase of 2700 armored vehicles by Homeland Security, which means they are intended to be used in the US, click on the link below. It has not been vetted, but if anyone can provide me with reasons that the feds needs these items in such large quantities, please enlighten me. Call me crazy, but they look like something that would be used by a totalitarian communist government. I pray that this is not the case.

<http://tinyurl.com/c6jgafp>

The website above with the headline reading "Obama DHS Purchases 2,700 Light-Armed Tanks to Go with their 1.6 Billion Bullet Stockpile" includes an embedded video showing the vehicles in question if you are interested.

As for the portion of the e-mail that says it has not been vetted, it apparently has. Google the words "DHS purchases armed vehicles" and you will find pages with dozens of links to various forums and blogs on the subject.

The underlying tone of many of the opinions expressed is that our government is preparing for martial law. Could that be the case? You'll have to decide for yourself as we haven't the slightest idea. However...

Martial Law? Did someone mention Martial Law? As a matter of fact, click on this link...

<http://tinyurl.com/bwtehze>

 

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March 1st.


Karen Hildebrandt-Wahl contacted Leroy (our Webmaster) on Facebook and suggested that the following two links regarding Social Security benefits be included in the Farsider and the POA Vanguard.

<http://www.petition2congress.com/9223/repeal-wepgpo-penalties-protect-earned-social-security-benefits/>

<http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/ssb/v68n2/v68n2p21.html>


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March 6th


Yo to those of you on the Left Coast, a/k/a the occupied State of California with its Proletariat Headquarters in Berkeley. Mr. Nasty has arrived.

I got this from Bill Gellerman, San Jose State Police School, '65, Ret'd. Fed Narc living near the Right Coast. Can't remember where I clicked to see the video of this item, but it is here on this website. Hand gun and rifle ammo is getting hard to come by, and this might be fun.

Last year it sold for about $2300, now $2500 with a 120+ day waiting period to lay hands on one. It might be a good personal defense weapon for those of us maturing and with faltering vision. Keltec makes a similar USA made shotgun that sells for 'much' less. (I didn’t check this out)

<http://www.gunblast.com/SRM-1216.htm>

Bruce Fair in the Land of Flat (Kansas) <bhfair@lcwb.coop>



 

NEW VANGUARD AVAILABLE ON-LINE



Click on the link below to access this month's POA Vanguard...

<http://www.sjpoa.com/Vanguard.asp>



 

FREE CASE OF GUINNESS BLACK LAGER FOR RETIRED POA MEMBERS





March 1st.

As indicated in previous blasts, the deadline for active members to come and get your free case of beer is 5 p.m. today. However, as only about half of you have come in so far to collect your free beer, and we still have our back storage area full of 7 pallets of beer, we are continuing our free beer handout through March 10th as follows:

• FOR ACTIVE MEMBERS: Any active member who has already come in to get a case can get a second case if they bring in a member who hasn't already come in to pick up a case. As stated previously, this is important as we've found that about 75% of the membership still has either former spouses listed as beneficiaries or are paying for things like pages or outdated insurance policies. We are also taking photographs of members for our membership files as the city stopped sharing your ID photos with us. As stated previously, this is for your membership file only, and allows our office staff to place a face with a name. You cannot be on duty or in uniform. So come in and get a case of beer before March 10th, Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. You may end up saving yourself a decent amount of money in the process.

• FOR RETIRED MEMBERS: We are now opening up the free beer to retired members. To bring you up to speed as you were not on previous blasts on this topic, the POA received a large donation of Guinness Dark Lager beer and we are distributing it to the membership. All retired members can now come into the POA and collect a free case of beer. The only thing we ask in return is that you pose for a picture for our records and ensure that the benefit information we have for you is accurate. So come in and get your case of beer before March 10th. The POA is open Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Ed. — With the cut-off being this coming Sunday, it might be helpful if you call the POA office first to ensure there are still some cases available. The number is 408-298-1133.


 

MEYER WEED


Rather than go to the laborious task of copying and pasting what the mysterious blogger had to say on March 2nd, we're going to put the onus on you. If you want to read what he or she posted on his or her blog this week, limber up your index finger, be prepared to burn 1/10000 of a calorie and use your mouse to click on the link below...

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



 

TOM RETURNS TO THE BAY AREA TO OVERSEE THE OPD



Former SJPD Dep. Chief Tom Frazier

Oakland's KTVU Channel 2 first reported on Monday night that our former Dep. Chief has been chosen to oversee the Oakland PD. Craig Shuey sent us this news item from the Sac Bee the following day. (The Merc either missed or buried the story as we looked, but couldn't find it.)

Judge Appoints Director to Oversee Oakland Police

Sacramento Bee — Associated Press — Mar. 4, 2013

OAKLAND, Calif. -- A former police commissioner from Baltimore has been appointed by a federal court to oversee the embattled Oakland Police Department.

U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson announced Monday that new compliance director Thomas C. Frazier will have broad authority over the beleaguered force including the power to seek the dismissal of the police chief.

He's scheduled to begin March 12.

City officials and lawyers seeking a receivership of the department agreed last year to appoint a compliance director, avoiding an unprecedented federal takeover of the force. The deal stems from a decade-old police brutality lawsuit settlement resulting in still uncompleted court-ordered reforms.

Last year, Frazier said the department was ill-equipped to handle a violent protest just hours after officers cleared an Occupy Oakland encampment in front of City Hall in 2011.

This shouldn't come as a surprise. On June 15th of last year we reported that after the dust-up between the Oakland PD and the Occupy protesters, the city of Oakland hired an outside consulting firm to look into the matter. As it turned out, the city chose the Frazier Group, headed by our former Dep. Chief who left the SJPD to become Baltimore's Police Commissioner and ultimately create his own consulting firm. This link will take you to Tom's website...

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



 

THE HISTORY OF THE SJPD SHALL NOT BE FORGOTTEN



By Robillard

In the world of professional football there was the John Madden concoction known as the "turducken" — a six-legged turkey whose legs were awarded to the more spectacular players of the Superbowl.

In our "police family" there were officers with the same last names; some of whom were related, some were not: The Bonds (Bill and Les) were not; Torres Bros. were; Ballard (Buck & Gordon) were.not; Bell (Mike & Bob) were not; Brown (Bill, Dennis, Charlie, Ernie and Terry) were not; Destro (Mike and Tony) were; Evans (Ron and Bob) were not; Guerin (grandfather, son and grandson) were; Emery (Walt and Lou) were; Johnson (too many to list — some were, some were not); likewise with the Hernandez clan; (some were, some were not).

Now enter the enterprising officers who contacted Joe Earnshaw, owner and operator of Summit Uniforms who retired from the SJPD in 1983 after 23 years on the job. Ordering a uniform name tag was easy for Joe. And ordering six separate name tags bearing the same name from six different officers was just as easy.

Now there were a half dozen officers who, should the circumstances dictate, could appear to be "P. Robillard," even though their true identities were mostly unknown to each other.

"Officer Robillard" might now be found at the Civic Auditorium following a basketball "outbreak of fans," at a 415 at Story and King, handling a disturbance at Kings Drive-In on S. First, or any other event — and all at the same time.

It was seen by the officers as being in their best interest to pre-plan for the necessity of donning the name tag depending on the assignment so that Robillard would catch any flak resulting from the call.  

This was similar to another set of earlier circumstances related to badge numbers. In the older days — circa 1956 — officers did not write their badge numbers on citations; in lieu of their badge number, the officer wrote down a citation number that had been given to him for the purpose of issuing citations. This led to various challenges by motorists who queried and/or demanded, "What's your badge number?" But that's a different story for a different time.

Who said police work wasn't fun back in the day?




 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF MARCH 2, 2013

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

New Articles

• Did a Chinese man named Li Ching-Yuen live to be 256 years old?
<http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/trivia/ching-yuen.asp>

• Photographs purportedly show a female tiger raising a group of piglets.
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/tigerpig.asp>

• Lawyer is asked to demonstrate that the title to a Louisiana property was held before 1803.
<http://www.snopes.com/humor/letters/landgrab.asp>

• Are dairy groups petitioning the FDA to allow the use of artificial sweeteners in milk?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/aspartamemilk.asp>

• Article proffers the origins of numerous common sayings which supposedly originated from living conditions in the 1500s.
<http://www.snopes.com/language/phrases/1500.asp>

• Did DKNY use a New York street photographer's pictures without permission?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/dkny.asp>

• Warning that the "Talking Angela" app unsafely prompts children to provide personal information about themselves.
<http://www.snopes.com/computer/internet/angela.asp>

• Did Johns Hopkins issue a 'cancer update' about the spread and treatment of cancer?
<http://www.snopes.com/medical/disease/cancerupdate.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 a Texas farmer file an unusual, self-penned will in 1934?
<http://www.snopes.com/language/document/oberweiss.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


This video is a beautiful and very creative example of morphing. In the opinion of the individual who produced it, you are about to see "50 of the Most Beautiful Women Ever." (4 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5XetQeFu-0>


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Given how the country goes ga-ga over movie stars and idolizes a president who's a member of the Hollywood community, a few readers would like you to meet the next occupant of the White House as he addresses the issue of the Debt Bomb. (4 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXcLVDhS8fM>


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On the same topic, why is this clip about the Federal Debt so difficult for roughly half the US population to understand? Or is it that they do, but just don't give a damn? (3 Mins.)



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Li0no7O9zmE


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If you haven't yet seen the latest Bond flick — "Skyfall — but plan to do so, skip this video we received from Dirk Parsons, especially if you hate spoilers. And if you ignore our warning and start seeing red, blame Dirk, not us. (4 Mins.)

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmoIDKqfY44>


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If this parody of an Amazon Kindle ad isn't too risque for Saturday Night Live, it shouldn't be for us. You know it's getting lots of play from the employees of Amazon.com. (2 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MK8Lr_HL3eY>


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Looking for a sports car that can fly? While it doesn't have the lines of a Ferrari or a Lambo, this machine really can fly. It's basically an enclosed 3-wheel motorcycle with a rotor and pusher prop that will get it airborne. Or in simple terms, it's a gyrocopter you can drive on the road. The machine is officially known as a PAL-V One, and it looks like a ton of fun to drive and fly. Here are three links to click on if your interest has been piqued.



This first one shows the PAL-V Flying Car on her maiden flight. (2 Mins.)

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

The second link is about the driving experience. (2 Mins.)

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F86USjkajco>

And the third link will take you to the company's website that is chock full of details about the machine.

<http://pal-v.com/>

 

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Lumpy says he wants one of these firearms for the next time he goes big game hunting. If there is a downside, it's that he will have to take a few extra barrels with him or find a nearby creek. Watch this clip and you will see why. (5 Mins.)



<http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=e29_1352371125&comments=1>


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Few things are more frustrating that watching Penn & Teller pull off an illusion that defies explanation. In this one, Teller takes the lead. (4 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=nZM4Iu0sosM&vq=medium>


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The small number of you who own a Beemer may enjoy this video received from Bruce Fair. It's a factory tour of an F30 3-Series being built. (15 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=libw1rV2McY#!>


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Have an interest in UFOs and extraterrestrial life? If so, play this clip of an interview with Apollo 14 Astronaut Edgar Mitchell that surfaced on YouTube last month. (14 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tKWElDHhY4>


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In closing, a Kleenex or two may be needed for this clip sent in by Bill Leavy. It's about a German Shepherd that regularly attends Mass following the funeral of its owner. (1 Min.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ofGvaLeKVU>


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C'ya

Don't forget to say a prayer for Doug, Roger and the two Santa Cruz officers.


 

Pic of the Week:

Ken Hawkes points out that one advantage of
being a devout Muslim is that you can keep the
same photo on your desk if you change wives.

 
   

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