March 12, 2015
Bill Mattos, Editor and Publisher
Leroy Pyle, Webmaster
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RETIRED OFFICER KENT COSSEY
June 15, 1944
Appointed May 25, 1970
Sept. 2, 1986
March 6, 2015
grew up in Lakeport, was forced to take a disability
retirement after a couple of on-duty incidents left him
permanently injured while assigned to the MERGE Unit in
the mid 1980s. He and his wife then started a local P.I.
firm that provided several SJPD officers with part-time
Hollister was home to the former Marine who joined the
SJPD in 1970 while his two sons were growing up,
according to Jack Baxter. Kent then moved to to Puerto
Penasco, Mexico where he sold commercial real estate
with his son Reid, who currently lives and works in
Dallas. Kent’s other son, Neil, followed in his dad’s
footsteps and has been a San Jose police officer for the
past eight years.
Kent later divided his time between two residences, one
in Rocky Point, Mexico, the other in a small community
near Flagstaff, AZ.
According to Neil, Kent was diagnosed with bladder and
pancreatic cancer about three years ago. Treatment got
him through the next few years, but about three weeks
ago he checked into a Tucson hospital complaining of
pain. A series of tests showed that the cancer had
returned and that it had invaded his spine and brain. He
passed away in the hospital last Friday, March 6th.
In accordance with Kent’s wishes, there will be no
formal funeral, but Neil said that a gathering in memory
of Kent will take place at the POA Hall in the
not-too-distant future. (We will advise of the time and
date when known.) In the meantime, Neil and Reid plan to
spread their father’s ashes over Mexico.
Pushing Pension Ballot Measure
—Former S.J. mayor taking pet Project statewide for
News — March 12, 2015
SAN JOSE —
Former Mayor Chuck Reed is following through on his
promises to try to get a statewide pension reform
measure on the ballot, saying Wednesday his group may
submit an initiative for review by state officials as
soon as May.
After being termed out of office at the end of December,
Reed said he planned on following up on a 2014 effort,
which never made the ballot, to give local governments a
chance to cut their pension bills, likely at the expense
of government workers. It followed a similar San Jose
pension measure Reed championed as his signature
initiative during his second term as mayor, and one that
is still being fought over in the courts and City Hall.
Reed, now a part-time lawyer, said he might submit his
initiative to the state for a title and summary — the
first step in a lengthy process — in May for the
November 2016 ballot, though there is no deadline to do
it that early. He still would face the daunting task of
gathering hundreds of thousands of signatures and
fending off a well-funded and determined union
opposition group to actually get it on the ballot.
The exact makeup of the measure is still being worked
out, Reed said.
Following is a more detailed story on what Reed is
trying to accomplish…
Exclusive: California Pension Reform Measure to Target
News Service — March 11, 2015
measure campaign to cut California's public pensions
will be launched in May by a coalition of politicians
and business people led by former San Jose Mayor Chuck
Reed, with the state's largest retirement system a prime
The measure would take aim at California's $300 billion
giant Calpers, which has a near-iron grip on the state's
pensions. Calpers, America's largest public pension fund
and administrator of pensions for more than 3,000 state
and local agencies, has long argued that pensions cannot
be touched or renegotiated, even in bankruptcy.
"Calpers has dedicated itself to preserving the status
quo and making it difficult for anybody to reform
pensions," Reed said in an interview. "This is one way
to take on Calpers, and yes, Calpers will push back."
Calpers spokeswoman Rosanna Westmoreland said: "Pensions
are an integral part of deferred compensation for public
employees and a valuable recruitment and retention tool
The measure will be closely watched by reformers and
their union opponents in other states, in an ongoing
national battle between those who say public pensions
are putting intolerable strains on budgets and those who
argue pension cuts unfairly penalize retirees and
For most California cities, their largest debt is
pension liability, a significant factor in the recent
bankruptcies of Vallejo, Stockton and San Bernardino.
Calpers has said it will increase pension contributions
for most cities by up to 50 percent in the coming years.
Reed, a Democrat, abandoned a similar statewide ballot
initiative in 2014, claiming that Kamala Harris,
California's Democratic attorney general, had approved
wording of the initiative that was biased and
But he vowed to fight on after leaving office in
December, and in an interview with Reuters confirmed for
the first time the launch of the initiative and its
timing, while noting that a major motive was to
challenge Calpers' grip.
Reed says the push will seek to place a simpler, more
legally watertight pension reform measure on
California's November 2016 ballot, giving mayors and
other local government executives the authority to
To win a place on the 2016 ballot, backers of the
initiative will have to obtain the signatures of 585,000
registered voters, or 8 percent of the number of voters
in California's last gubernatorial election, in this
Reed and his allies have been huddling with legal
advisers for months to devise a voter initiative that is
simpler and less vulnerable to court challenges than
last year's effort.
They have also been buoyed by a ruling in the recent
municipal bankruptcy of Stockton, whose judge said
California's public pensions are not inviolate.
As San Jose mayor, Reed helped pass a pension reform
measure for his city, parts of which have been struck
down after union lawsuits.
Reed is working with other pension reform advocates,
including former San Diego Republican council member
Carl DeMaio, the primary backer of a pension reform
initiative in San Diego that was approved by voters in
2012; and the Ventura County Taxpayers Association's
"We have done a lot of legal work to make sure this
initiative is bulletproof," DeMaio said. "Because the
unions are going to throw the kitchen sink at us."
The group is talking to potential financial backers,
Reed said. Last year Reed took $200,000 from a group
funded by Texas hedge fund billionaire John Arnold and
they could partner again this time round, he said.
Karol Denniston, a public finance attorney and pension
expert at Squire Patton Boggs in San Francisco, said
voters should be working for legal change to provide
more options than municipal bankruptcy: "Right now
Calpers has no program for financially distressed
cities," Denniston said.
Dave Low, executive director of the California School
Employees Association, said the group would campaign to
defeat the measure and was "confident we can defeat it."
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF THE CITY AND SJPD
Accused rapist (Officer) Geoffrey Graves is in the news
again with some personal details about his sex life that
might be seen as a little kinky until one realizes that
wearing a vest during one's most intimate moments might
not be a bad idea if your partner has a husband or a
Bolsters Victim’s Claims
accuser, cop’s ex-girlfriend says he wore vest during
News — March 9, 2015
SAN JOSE —
One of the most confounding aspects of an alleged rape
victim’s accusation against an on-duty San Jose police
officer was her claim that he assaulted her while
wearing a cumbersome bulletproof vest that many cops
dislike even having to put on for work.
But on the first day of Officer Geoffrey Graves’
preliminary hearing Monday, his ex-girlfriend testified
that he frequently wore the vest in bed with her while
they played certain sex games.
“He kept his vest on a dozen times,” said the woman,
whose identity was not released by the judge, lending
more credence to the alleged rape victim’s account.
Police officer Geoffrey Graves
appears at his preliminary
hearing Monday in San Jose.
is charged with one felony count of raping a woman he
met on a disturbance call and two felony counts of
roughing up his ex-girlfriend. He has pleaded not guilty
and is free on $100,000 bail. He has been on paid
administrative leave since his arrest last March.
Monday, Graves rejected an offer by the Santa Clara
County District Attorney’s Office to plead guilty or no
contest as charged, or face the possibility of even more
serious allegations being added to the criminal
If Graves is convicted of the current charges, he would
face up to 12 years in prison. But prosecutor Carlos
Vega warned Graves that the consequences could be worse
if Superior Court Judge JoAnne McCracken holds him over
on the existing charges, as expected.
“There is no guarantee that the (charges) will be
exactly the same,” Vega said in court. “The District
Attorney’s Office is exploring some serious
Vega declined to elaborate on the possible new charges.
But experts say prosecutors could add a gun enhancement
because Graves was armed with his department gun at the
time of the alleged sexual assault, potentially
extending his maximum sentence to life in prison.
The rape charge against the officer stems from a Sept.
22 family disturbance call. The woman, who is in the
country illegally, did not report the incident until she
was arrested three weeks later on suspicion of drunken
Prosecutors have said they have DNA evidence bolstering
the sexual assault charge and that the woman never
requested nor was given leniency in exchange for
reporting Graves. She pleaded no contest to the DUI
charge and was sentenced to three years’ probation, nine
days in county jail if she violates probation and eight
days on the weekend work program, most likely cleaning
up freeways. She also was ordered to pay fines and fees
of about $1,900. She has no prior criminal record,
according to court documents.
According to court documents, the sexual encounter
between her and Graves came after police responded to a
call about the argument she and her husband were having.
No arrests were made during that call. She chose to stay
at a nearby motel that night where she had worked as a
maid and was escorted by two officers, including Graves.
Investigators have said the woman checked into a room,
and eventually one of the officers left to answer
another police call, but Graves stayed behind. After
waiting a short time, police said, Graves returned to
the woman’s room, overpowered her and “forcibly engaged
in sexual intercourse with the victim before leaving the
hotel approximately 10 minutes later,” according to
court documents. He took off his shirt but wore his
bulletproof vest, which investigators confiscated from
his police locker.
In court Monday morning, Graves’ former girlfriend
testified that when they first began dating in late
2009, they seemed to have a lot in common. She is a San
Jose police radio dispatcher who was going through a
divorce and he was also newly separated, she said.
But Graves started losing his temper at her frequently
during their 3 1⁄2 year relationship, she said,
estimating he cursed and “put his hands” on her about 12
times. She said the arguments often took place in a
backroom at his mother’s house in Gilroy, where he was
staying, or in her Morgan Hill home.
Graves prevented her on more than one occasion from
leaving a room by pushing her down on the bed or
blocking the door with his body, she testified. Once
when she was trying to drive away, he “ripped” the keys
out of her hand, cutting her left index finger, she
said. The woman who says he raped her also reported that
he threw her down on the bed and prevented her from
leaving the motel room.
The day the woman says she was raped, Graves came home
from work hours late and abruptly began moving out, his
“He started crying,” the dispatcher said. “He seemed to
be rambling. He said, ‘Things are not working out
between us. It’s not you, it’s me.’ ” Under
cross-examination by Graves’ lawyer, Darlene Bagley
Comstedt, the woman acknowledged that the officer had
reason to be upset because the couple had discussed
moving in together full time, but she didn’t want to.
“I was not confident,” she testified, “that him moving
in was 100 percent a good idea. Because of his anger … I
was not sure meshing our lives closer together was a
good idea for our children.”
The alleged rape victim is scheduled to testify Tuesday.
Today’s paper included this follow-up story about
Tears, Police Officer Taken to Jail
—Counts added to rape, domestic violence charges—
Mercury News — March 12, 2015
SAN JOSE —
A San Jose police officer accused of raping a woman was
handcuffed Wednesday and taken to jail in tears by four
court bailiffs after the District Attorney’s Office
moved to charge him with new crimes that could put him
in prison for life. Officer Geoffrey Graves, 39, sobbed
and said, “I love you” to his tearful father as he put
his arms behind his back to be handcuffed and was taken
into custody on the third day of his preliminary
Graves had been free on $100,000 bail since his arrest
last March and still remains on paid administrative
leave while Superior Court Judge JoAnne McCracken
decides whether to hold him over for trial. He is
currently facing three felony charges that could put him
in prison for about 13 years: the alleged Sept. 22 rape
of a woman he met on a disturbance call and two counts
of domestic violence against an ex-girlfriend, who works
for San Jose police as a dispatcher.
But Santa Clara County prosecutor Carlos Vega sought
Wednesday to file an amended complaint with five new
allegations or enhancements that carry a possible
sentence of 39 years to life in prison. The proposed new
complaint includes multiple enhancements for “use” of a
gun, being “armed” with a gun and unlawful entry.
The judge, who ordered that the officer be jailed, is
set to decide Monday whether prosecutors can file the
stiffer charges based on prosecutors’ argument that new
information emerged during the preliminary hearing
through witness testimony. She also will hear the
defense’s argument for bail.
Earlier this week, at the beginning of his preliminary
hearing, Graves rejected an offer by Vega to plead
guilty to the original three charges, or face even more
serious charges. An early admission would have spared
the alleged rape victim and the ex-girlfriend from
having to testify, said Vega, who was a police officer
before becoming a lawyer.
Graves and his San Francisco attorney, Darlene Bagley
Comstedt, declined the offer, gambling that the evidence
would not be that strong, and that the offer would still
be open at the end of the preliminary hearing, before
the judge ruled on whether to hold him over for trial.
On Wednesday, Comstedt said Graves would plead to the
original charges. But Vega argued that Graves forfeited
his chance by forcing the witnesses to testify. Comstedt
then asked the judge for more time to prepare a legal
brief to block prosecutors from increasing the charges.
The judge allowed it, but she indicated she agreed with
the District Attorney’s Office that new information
emerged during the preliminary hearing that justified
• • • • •
When you think about it, we should be grateful that
Laurie Smith’s organization (a/k/a the Sheriff’s Office)
is taking the heat over the following and not the SJPD…
Confusion, Idiocy Lead to Escape
News — March 3, 2015
How does an
accused sex molester get away from sheriff’s deputies
when he’s taken for a medical appointment to the Valley
Health Center, across Bascom Avenue from Valley Medical
Center? The answer might lie somewhere in the Bermuda
Triangle marked by guile, confusion and idiocy. First,
the facts as we know them: Johnell Lee Carter, 43, a
burly man with a hot temper, escaped custody about 1:30
p.m. Friday after fighting with the deputy — apparently
in the parking lot of the health center — assigned to
transport him to and from jail. Carter then raced away
toward Moorpark Avenue and Thornton Way, evading a huge
manhunt that included sheriff’s deputies, CHP officers
and San Jose police.
A sheriff’s spokesman told me Carter was believed to
still be handcuffed when he escaped. Strangest of all,
ABC television news reported that the escapee was linked
to a burglary at a nearby apartment complex, where he
apparently sought to change clothes. The occupant of the
apartment arrived home to see the burglar fleeing but
waited 15 minutes before calling police. Wait a minute
right there. The occupant waited a quarter- hour before
calling police? What did he or she expect to do in the
meantime? Conduct an inventory of missing tea spoons?
Check the streets to see if the helicopter was still
outside? Play an aria?
This whole affair has been accompanied by mists of
imprecision. First was the issue of where exactly the
escape occurred. The first news releases suggested it
happened at the hospital. But VMC spokeswoman Joy
Alexiou told me it actually happened at the Valley
Health Center, the building of the health plan
administered by the county.
Then there was the issue of how — precisely — the deputy
was injured. The sheriff’s office said only that the
deputy was wounded in the shoulder. The how and why is
unclear. Sheriff Laurie Smith’s office apparently has
moved toward the San Jose Sharks’ practice of describing
a player’s “upper-body injury.”
The details matter for this reason: Handled properly, an
inmate ought not to be able to assault a sheriff’s
deputy. Transporting a prisoner is a skill taught in
police academy. The protocols all say an inmate should
be cuffed, searched and watched carefully.
You wonder whether the sheriff’s department had a
complete understanding of just whom they were
transporting. Carter is known as an intelligent man.
Because I looked up a couple of Carter’s older cases, I
know he once smashed the windshield of his girlfriend’s
car in a fit of anger. When he took a course in conflict
resolution, he got a grade of “seldom” on the question
of whether he was “able to effectively use nonviolent
strategies to prevent violent and abusive behavior.”
Don’t get me wrong: I’m confident Carter will be
returned to jail and charged with assaulting the deputy.
After all, he has the name “Amy” tattooed on the left
side of his neck, which is like an advertisement for
capture. The Sheriff’s Office initially said it was
“Alice,” but hey, it’s close enough for government work.
(Last week’s) Farsider issue brought back lots of
memories. Don Coleman along with Ethel Simms were my
husband's trainers at San Jose Communications in 1970.
Don was a real character. I just came across a picture
of him with a mop on his head at a Halloween party at
Roy (Bobbin) Covey’s place, and I also have a picture of
Charlie King asleep at the console wearing a toe tag! I
remember Paul Gardner as a dispatcher and later as a cop
who helped us look for a missing child in our
We bought Gary Leonard's '57 Chevy that he had stored at
Mike Micelli's place. We were in the process of fully
restoring it when Ron (Disp. 190) passed. The car is
still at the body shop and is looking real good, but I
don't own it anymore.
Thank you for putting the article about Don in your
Vicki Townsend (Honorary Disp. 190.5)
Good to hear from you, Vicki. On behalf of those of us
who knew and/or worked with Ron, we hope you are doing
• • • • •
I spend the cold winter months scanning and cataloging
photos into a family history DVD. I scanned the two
photos below from my SJPD days but cannot remember all
the names, can any of you help me out?
Regarding the 1979 squad photo, I know that John Lax is
on the right side of the front line, and to the left of
me is Bill Walker. I think the officer next to John is
Rich Saito, and I cannot remember the officers in the
In the 1975
Hangtown Destruction Derby MC Run photo, I know that
Barry Becker is the guy in the middle back with a black
hat and shorts, and I recognize myself holding a beer,
which was most unusual. But I cannot remember the other
OK, this is
not a critical issue, but I would like to have accurate
labels when I file the photos. It hurts to hear my
grandkids say, "Who is that scrawny dude in the picture
with you?" and I reply, "I don't remember, by the way
what's your name?"
• • • • •
OK, so I open the "Farsider" last week and who do I see
staring back at me but my old pal Gary Leonard. Well,
that's not a bad thing if it wasn't for the fact that he
comes up number one on the issue, which sadly is where
so many of our pals who have gone on ahead appear. This
is the place where none of us want to appear for a long
time to come. Needless to say I was a bit distressed
until I read the great story he wrote. How about next
time you put these things on page two to save stress on
an old heart.
Have you been hitting the tequila again, Jack? Gary's
photo appeared in the Farsider notification, not on the
first page of the newsletter. Neither Leroy or I are so
crass that we would include in the notification a photo
of a brother who has passed away, especially if the
individual is holding a pan containing three pounds of
Chili Relleno and Eggs with a graphic in the window that
reads “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing.”
• • • • •
I recently bought a new car and the dealer offered me
something called "Express Etch.” What they do is etch a
phone number and ID number on all of the car windows.
This is suppose to deter theft and make the car easier
to identify if recovered. I would like to hear from any
of your readers who have ever heard of this process, saw
etchings on a car window, or used it in the recover of a
TAX INFO REMINDER FOR POLICE RETIREES
If you are a retired police officer you may be aware of
this tax deduction of up to $3,000. If you are not, read
this over carefully as it could put money in your
pocket. It begins with a message from our Webmaster…
A member of the Fremont PD Alumni Group asked me to
blast the members with this advice on taxes. Thought you
might want to include it in the Farsider.
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For the last several years I have been advising retired
officers of a tax deduction that many do not seem to be
aware of. Every year, I find someone new and thought
maybe this would be a good item to put out to the
Retirees. It is a federal deduction of up to $3000 for
simply being a retired police officer. It can be found
on line 16b of the 1040 form. Many people I have
notified of this have gone back and filed amended
returns and received a lot of money back as a result.
Some tax preparers are not sure of the deduction, but I
have been claiming it for about 5 years. The first time
I did so I got a letter from the IRS saying I owed them
money for under reporting my income. I called them and
pointed out the section. They agreed that I was correct
and sent me a letter advising me thus. I still have the
letter and have never been questioned since. Anyway, I
thought it might be a good item for the Alumni web page.
Below is the wording from the 1040 Instruction book.
Those paying their medical insurance through CalPERS as
a deduction qualify. Others, who pay differently may
also qualify, but I am only familiar with CalPERS. I
confirmed with CalPERS that they are a qualifying plan.
Insurance Premiums for Retired Public Safety Officers
are an eligible retired public safety officer (law
enforcement officer, fire-fighter, chaplain, or member
of a rescue squad or ambulance crew), you can elect to
exclude from income distributions made from your
eligible retirement plan that are used to pay the
premiums for coverage by an accident or health plan or a
long-term care insurance contract. You can do this only
if you retired because of disability or because you
reached normal retirement age. The premiums can be for
coverage for you, your spouse, or dependents. The
distribution must be from a plan maintained by the
employer from which you retired as a public safety
officer. Also, the distribution must be made directly
from the plan to the provider of the accident or health
plan or long-term care insurance contract. You can
exclude from income the smaller of the amount of the
premiums or $3,000. You can make this election only for
amounts that would otherwise be included in your income.
An eligible retirement plan is a governmental plan that
is a qualified trust or a section 403(a), 403(b), or
If you make this election, reduce the otherwise taxable
amount of your pension or annuity by the amount
excluded. The amount shown in box 2a of Form 1099-R does
not reflect the exclusion. Report your total
distributions on line 16a and the taxable amount on line
16b. Enter “PSO” next to line 16b.
If you are retired on disability and reporting your
disability pension on line 7, include only the taxable
amount on that line and enter “PSO” and the amount
excluded on the dotted line next to line 7.
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Ed. — I sent the info above to Craig Shuey for his
opinion as he does an excellent job of keeping abreast
of taxes and retirement info for retired cops. This was
~ ~ ~
I copied Keith and Leroy on this.
Yes, the information Keith supplied is very accurate and
the same as I have supplied for the Farsider in the
past. It is not a small deduction. It is allowed under
the Pension Protection Act of 1996 which was signed by
President Bush. I have been using it since 2000 when I
Most people think this is only for medical (health)
insurance (i.e., Kaiser, Blue Cross, etc.). However it
is also for an Accident Plan, or Long Term Care
Insurance (no, I don't know what an accident plan is,
but the law lists it as a deduction…)
Where some people go sideways with this deduction is
that it must be for money sent from your retirement plan
that is a governmental plan (City of San Police & Fire
Retirement, CALPers, CALStrs, etc.) directly to the
organization supplying the insurance benefit (i.e.
Kaiser, Blue Cross, etc.). The IRS also counts your
403(a), 403(b) and 457(b) plans as qualified plans. What
you cannot do is pay out of your pocket and claim it as
a deduction. It must be, in IRS-speak, from a "qualified
plan" to "qualified plan."
The only issue I mildly disagree with Keith is that you
won't find the deduction on line 16 of the 1040. Either
you or your CPA or tax preparer must place the
abbreviation "PSO" (for Public Safety Officer) on line
16 and then deduct the amount of your deduction, up to
It is easier to get a CPA who knows about the law.
Hope that helps.
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Keith has the final word…
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Craig is correct that the deduction is not on line 16.
What I said, and the part of the 1040 instruction that I
included in my piece to the Fremont Retiree website, is
that the instructions for the deduction are in the 1040
instructions for line 16b. By the way, this works for
fire fighters and a couple of others too.
~ ~ ~
Ed. — Please do NOT forward any questions to the
Farsider. Send them to Keith, Craig, or consult with
your CPA or tax preparer instead.
THE DAMAGE IS DONE, MR. A.G., SO WHAT NOW?
Ferguson, Lies and Statistics
—Here’s a story for the media: a community in which
honest people are afraid to tell the truth—
Attorney General Eric Holder speaks about the Justice
findings in the Ferguson investigations, March 4, in
Street Journal — March 9, 2015
Wilson has been exonerated, again, in last August’s
shooting death of Michael Brown, and that ought to be as
much a vindication for the onetime Ferguson, Mo., police
officer as it is a teachable moment for the rest of
It won’t be. The story line has failed, so the
statistics have been put to work.
That the claims made against Mr. Wilson were doubtful
should have been clear within days of Brown’s death, and
again in November after a grand jury, having heard from
some 60 witnesses, declined to indict the officer—an
outcome one outraged commentator denounced as having
“openly and shamelessly mocked our criminal justice
system and laid bare the inequality of our criminal
Yet if anyone was openly and shamelessly mocking the
criminal-justice system, it was so much of the media
itself, credulously accepting or sanctimoniously
promoting the double fable of Ferguson: that a “gentle
giant” had been capriciously slain by a trigger-happy
cop; and that a racist justice system stood behind that
At least half that fable was put to rest last week by an
exhaustive Justice Department report. It demolishes the
lie that Brown was shot in the back, along with the lie
that he was surrendering to Mr. Wilson, hands in the
air, when he was shot. It confirms that Brown physically
assaulted the officer, who had good grounds to fear for
And it confirms that eyewitnesses either lied to
investigators or refused to be interviewed out of fear
of local vigilantes.
109 claimed to have witnessed the shooting, stated that
it was justified, and repeatedly refused to give formal
statements to law enforcement for fear of reprisal
should the Canfield Drive neighborhood find out that his
account corroborated Wilson.”
Witness 113 “gave an account that generally corroborated
Wilson, but only after she was confronted with
statements she initially made in an effort to avoid
neighborhood backlash. . . . She explained to the FBI
that ‘You’ve gotta live the life to know it,’ and stated
that she feared offering an account contrary to the
narrative reported by the media that Brown held his
hands up in surrender.”
Now there’s a story for the media: A community in which
honest people can’t tell the truth for fear of running
afoul local thugs enforcing “the narrative reported by
the media.” Or is that more of a story about the media?
But let’s move to the other Ferguson fable, which is the
Justice Department’s allegation, in an unfortunate
second report, of systemic racism in the Ferguson police
For a flavor of this claim, it’s worth noting an
incident recounted in the report, in which a Ferguson
man was killed “after he had an ECW [Taser] deployed
against him three times for allegedly running toward an
officer swinging his fist.” The man “had been running
naked through the streets and pounding on cars that
morning while yelling ‘I am Jesus.’ ”
According to the Justice Department, this incident is an
example of “over-reliance on force when interacting with
more vulnerable populations.”
This isn’t to say that the report doesn’t uncover more
serious problems, including a number of racist emails in
the department, policing that seems needlessly obnoxious
or aggressive, and a municipal government desperate to
prosecute every minor violation of the law in order to
maximize city revenues—in effect, using cops as taxmen.
But this only demonstrates the journalistic truism that
you can always find the “story” you’re looking for.
Using ticket revenue and other fines to raise revenues
is one of the oldest municipal tricks in the book, so
much so that the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis even
published a paper about it in 2006. “As local tax bases
have been exhausted and public opposition to increases
in local tax rates have increased over time, local
governments face increased pressure to find alternative
sources of revenue,” noted economists Thomas Garrett and
That turns out to be as true in Milwaukee, Nashville and
Washington, D.C., as it is in Ferguson. So are we
talking about institutional racism or just the usual
Then there’s the report’s abuse of statistics, notably
of the fact that African-Americans are 67% of Ferguson’s
population but are disproportionately arrested for
Is this racism? The Missouri Statistical Analysis Center
notes that in 2012 African-Americans, about 12% of the
state’s population, constituted 65% of murder arrests
and 62% of murder victims. To suggest that the glaring
statistical disproportion between relative population
size and murder rate is somehow a function of race would
be erroneous and offensive. Yet tarring a police force
as racist for far smaller statistical discrepancies is
now one of the privileged “truths” of 21st century
The lesson of Darren Wilson is that there is no truth in
narrative. And the lesson of Ferguson is that there is
no truth in statistics. There is truth in fact. There is
truth in reason. There is truth in truthfulness. Nothing
Want to see a timeline set of graphics that shows how
Ferguson went down? Clicking
HERE will take you to Dinesh D’Souza’s website that
will show you the details.
This opinion piece about the host of the “No Spin Zone”
ought to tighten the jaws of you Bill O’Reilly fans. It
was part of the op/ed pages of today’s Mercury News. All
that was missing from it was an email address for the
columnist who wrote it for those who may want to write
him and say hello, so we dug it up using Google…
O’Reilly’s Fabulism Not a Problem at Fox
Leonard Pitts Jr., Columnist
Herald — March 12, 2015
in a while the universe arranges itself to make you look
smarter than you are.
Lucky me, I am having such a moment now.
Last month, when NBC News anchor Brian Williams’ career
imploded as he was caught in a high-profile,
self-aggrandizing lie, I suggested in this space that
there would be much less angst or fallout if someone
from Fox “News” were caught lying.
after I wrote that, the liberal Mother Jones magazine
ran a story questioning his claim to have been in the
combat zone in the Falkland Islands while covering that
war for CBS. From his Fox podium, O’Reilly dismissed
Mother Jones as the “bottom rung of journalism in
America,” which was gushing praise next to his takedown
of reporter David Corn, a “liar,” an “irresponsible
guttersnipe,” a “far-left zealot” and “dumb.”
Since then, however, other news organizations have
reported other instances of questionable assertions on
O’Reilly’s part. For instance, he has long said he was
outside the home of a figure in the John F. Kennedy
assassination and heard the shot when the man killed
himself. That suicide happened in Palm Beach.
Former colleagues say O’Reilly was in Dallas that day.
He has claimed he was “attacked by protesters” while
covering the 1992 Los Angeles riots for “Inside
Edition.” Former colleagues say he is exaggerating an
incident where an angry man took a piece of rubble to a
camera. O’Reilly has said he witnessed the execution of
a group of American nuns in El Salvador. That happened
in 1980. O’Reilly apparently did not reach El Salvador
For the one falsehood, Williams received a six month
suspension without pay. For a handful of apparent
falsehoods, O’Reilly has received unstinting support
from his bosses at Fox.
This rather neatly makes the point I sought to make a
Namely, that Fox — the window-dressing presence of a few
bona fide reporters notwithstanding — is not a real
news-gathering organization but, rather, the propaganda
arm of an extreme right wing that grows ever more
cult-like and detached from reality as time goes by. Fox
is a belief system, not a news network. Exhibit A is the
fact that O’Reilly is not now fighting for his
To anticipate what his believers will say in his
defense: Yes, he is a pundit and yes, pundits are
entitled to their opinions.
But that does not release them from the obligation to be
factual. It is telling that Fox recently responded to
sharp questions about all this from MSNBC’s Rachel
Maddow by sending her a statement noting that O’Reilly’s
ratings are up despite the controversy. To act as if
ratings answer, or even address, questions of
credibility is to express contempt for the very notion
of credibility. It suggests Fox’s full-body embrace of
the old saying, often attributed to Barnum, about the
birthrate of suckers.
But why shouldn’t Fox be sanguine? People who mistake it
for a news outlet will never hold it accountable for
failing to be one, because in the final analysis, news
is not really what it promises them, nor what they seek.
Rather, what it promises and what they seek is an
alternate reality wherein birthers make sensible
arguments, death panels are real, Trayvon was the thug,
Sarah Palin is a misunderstood genius and all your
inchoate fears of the looming Other are given
intellectual cover so they no longer look like the
scaredy-cat bigotry they are.
It gives its viewers what they need. It tells them what
they want to hear.
Because it does, and because that’s all they ask,
O’Reilly’s troubles will soon very likely blow away.
Yes, he is apparently a serial fabulist. And yes, that
would disqualify you from most newsrooms.
But this is Fox.
WAS SOMETHING SUPERNATURAL AT WORK HERE?
Officers Say Mysterious Voice Called Them to Rescue Baby
Trapped Inside Car
— March 10, 2015
Groesbeck, 25, who died in the crash, and
her 18-month-old daughter Lily, who survived.
officers rushing to an overturned car in an icy Utah
river say they all heard the same thing: a mysterious
female voice calling out “Help,” from inside the
But the driver of the car was dead and her 18-month-old
daughter, while still alive, couldn’t have been the
It was a mystery that continues to haunt the officers –
and may never be explained.
Officer Jared Warner of the Spanish Fork Police
Department was one of the first who came to the rescue
of tiny Lily Groesbeck, who was strapped in a seat in
the back of her mother’s car, which was precariously
hanging upside down in 40-degree water.
“We’ve gotten together and just talk about it and all
four of us can swear that we heard somebody inside the
car saying, ‘Help,’” Warner told Deseret News.
More on this...
But when they flipped over the midsized car, they
discovered a 25-year-old woman dead in the front seat
and Lily unconscious in her car seat.
“The only people in there were the deceased mother and
the child,” Officer Bryan Dewitt told the paper.
Officer Tyler Beddoes said they can't explain it, but
have no doubt they heard it.
"It wasn't just something that was just in our heads. To
me it was plain as day cause I remember hearing a
voice," Beddoes told the Deseret News. "I think it was
Dewitt who said, 'We're trying. We're trying our best to
get in there.' How do you explain that? I don't know,"
Nobody knows exactly how the infant survived hanging
upside down for nearly 14 hours in her car seat with no
food or water. As she dangled, icy water rushed just
below her head through broken car windows as the vehicle
sat perched on the bank and rocks. The temperatures were
near freezing throughout the night and through the
"It's heartbreaking. Was she crying most the night?"
said Beddoes, a 30-year-old father of two. "It's a
miracle. . . She was needed for sure elsewhere."
Police believe the accident occurred when the baby's
mother, 25-year-old Lynn Groesbeck, struck a cement
barrier on a bridge and careened into the river late
Friday in Spanish Fork, about 50 miles south of Salt
She was driving to her home in Springville after
visiting her parents in Salem, Spanish Fork police Lt.
Matt Johnson said. Investigators don't know what caused
the crash, he said. There were no skid marks or signs of
mechanical failures in the car.
Police don't suspect drugs or alcohol as a factor but
are awaiting toxicology test results. Maybe Lynn
Groesbeck was tired or distracted, Johnson said, adding
authorities weren't ruling anything out.
Beddoes said the family has thanked him and the other
officers for helping to save little Lily. As he recalls
the events of those chaotic moments, on a frigid but
sunny day, Beddoes still can't believe the girl survived
— and still can't make sense of that undeniable voice
coming from the car.
"We all got together and we all heard the same type of
thing," Beddoes said. "We just can't grasp what we were
The Associated Press contributed to this report
~ ~ ~
HERE for a Fox News video report of the rescue that
includes an interview with one of the first responders.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND LAW ENFORCEMENT AS A CAREER?
If a poll had been taken back in the '60s and '70s as to
whether we (cops) would recommend a career in law
enforcement to a son, daughter or friend, we suspect it
would have resulted in an overwhelming yes, perhaps as
high as 80 or 90 percent. Sad to say, it appears those
days are long gone and may never return. This article
from the Calibre Press explains…
HERE for the Web version.
—The pundits who demean & disparage law enforcement
are the same ones who demand change & better candidates—
That’s my response to the results of our survey that
asked this question of law enforcement officers: Would
you recommend law enforcement as a profession to a son
Over 3,400 officers responded and a whopping 81% said
that they would not! Again—wow! In no way did any of us
at Calibre Press predict such a result. Worst-case
scenario I said as we posted the survey: 50/50. But,
what I really thought was 70/30 with the 70 being on the
side of recommending. Boy, was I wrong!
I wrote a book entitled Arresting Communication and at
seminars when a young officer, new to law enforcement,
asks for a signature I always write on the inside cover
“Welcome to the world’s greatest profession!” And I mean
it every single time I write it—still do.
I’ve been in the cop world for over 30 years and I
believe this is the noblest of noble professions.
What we do, day-in and day-out is something unique. It’s
dangerous, fun, sad, joyful, scary, disheartening,
devastating … We can be bored, terrified, angry,
humored, aghast, heroes and the enemy all in one
We make mistakes, say the wrong things and—on rare
occasion, statistically—dishonor our uniforms. But we
are the ones who show up when those calling can’t
control their own lives. We respond when people are
victims and beg for help. We hold those victims while
they implode and we cry when we get home. We run toward
the gunfire while everyone else is fleeing in the
In other words: We make a difference! A real tangible
difference to real people when it matters most!
The tests to join our profession are difficult, long,
and tedious. The training is more difficult than most
imagine. It’s months long and involves psychological
tests, intense studying, memorization, physical fitness
preparation and the understanding of case law that needs
to be applied during incredible stress in the blink of
an eye. Oh, and the slightest hesitation or foible might
have catastrophic consequences.
Which means this: We need the best and the brightest!
However, law enforcement is in the cross hairs right
now. It’s misunderstood by people who don’t even know
that they know next to nothing about the profession. Yet
they wax poetically about what a police officer should
have done, shouldn’t have done, why they did something,
or why they didn’t …
They make blanket stupid statements about an officer’s
motivation and intent. They know nothing about the
complexities of the job, yet with the 20/20 vision of
hindsight they criticize and condemn from the comfort of
a T.V. studio or their blogger’s chair.
They make up—invent—stats and facts that don’t exist to
advance an agenda and or expound a belief that’s
thoroughly and fundamentally flawed. In short, they
demonize everyone in this profession.
And they demand change. Hire better-trained, ethically
enhanced, spiritually spotless people of every race,
ethnicity and color, all with the best of intentions and
superior intellectual aptitudes.
But who is going to want to join law enforcement today?
And who currently in the profession is going to advocate
it as a career? My fear: Not many, and our survey
Why do more than 80% of our respondent officers say they
would not, today, encourage a son or daughter to become
a cop? Well the answers are found in our follow up
question that listed a variety of reasons. Not limiting
them to just one, here are the results:
• Public lack of respect for the profession: 86%
• Poor pay and/or benefits: 39%
• Dangerous: 40%
• The duties of the job have changed for the worse:
• Media and/or political cynicism: 79%
• Lack of department/professional support: 53%
Our next question was particularly interesting: Would
you have been more or less likely to recommend this
profession five years ago?
The result: A whopping 70% said that they would have
been more likely to recommend a loved one join five
The naysayers and cop-haters won’t care or might even
applaud that the legacies of law enforcement families
will finally end with the current generation. To the
haters, this generation of cops is a woeful, corrupt,
violent bunch at odds with the populace they are paid to
serve and protect. Good riddance.
Yes the clueless will say that, but what else might
happen? Will any of them—those who know it all—join?
Note that the Number One reason officers wouldn’t
recommend the profession to a child is public lack of
respect for the profession (86%).
So, who would be drawn to a profession that—according to
many in the mainstream media—is filled with immoral,
unethical, crooked and corrupt militarized thugs who
inflict an “epidemic of violence on citizens” and
participate in “genocidal racism”?
That’s not a job description that normally attracts
people with honorable motives. As a friend put it when
he heard about the results of our survey: “You think the
smartest black and Latino men and women are going to
flock to this profession? These cop haters are creating
a worst-case scenario for us—and for themselves.”
I’ve cited the stats in other articles and they are
incontrovertible, but let’s stay on point. What will be
the fallout of demonizing this noble profession over and
over in the mass media? The pundits who demean and
disparage law enforcement are the same ones who demand
change and better candidates.
So where are we going to get them? If the families who
have for generations dedicated their lives to public
service won’t advocate the profession, who will?
I’m curious to see if these opinions cited in our survey
translate into the real world. I know for a fact that
people who were considering the profession have changed
their minds and are looking to other careers. Officers
in our seminars tell us that they’re “done”:
disheartened and retiring early. They warn young people
to do something else.
I was talking to my friend Lt. Col. Dave Grossman
recently as we prepared for our Bulletproof Warrior
Seminar at the California Highway Patrol Academy in
Sacramento. He believes that the pendulum will swing
back and I hope he’s right. If it doesn’t, what will the
future look like? Who will step up?
As Edmund Burke famously said: “The only thing necessary
for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
Doing nothing may be the final result of disparaging
those do the hard work of doing good. And that would be
tragic for our society.
Lt. Jim Glennon, a third generation LEO, retired from
the Lombard, Ill. PD after 29 years of service. Rising
to the rank of lieutenant, he commanded both patrol and
the Investigations Unit. In 1998, he was selected as the
first Commander of Investigations for the newly formed
DuPage County Major Crimes (Homicide) Task Force. He is
the owner of The Calibre Press Street Survival Seminar.
He is the author of Arresting Communication: Essential
Interaction Skills for Law Enforcement.
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
thru March 10
Obama said he wants the United States to establish an
embassy in Cuba by April. When asked if Cuba would
establish an embassy here, Obama said, “What do you call
Joe Biden will speak to the nation’s largest gay rights
group during a human rights convention on Friday. Then
on Saturday, he is scheduled to speak to them again to
apologize for whatever he said in Friday’s speech.
MAC Cosmetics is launching a line of makeup that’s
inspired by the new live-action “Cinderella” movie.
Because what girl doesn't want makeup inspired by a
story where the woman turns into an ugly loser at
A DEA agent in Utah is warning against passing a medical
marijuana bill because it could cause rabbits near
marijuana farms to become addicted and lose their
natural instincts. Rabbits said, “You mean our natural
tendency to eat and have sex and act super paranoid all
I hope everyone here in the audience is comfortable.
Because with this snow, there's a good chance that none
of us are ever leaving.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court spent over an hour
listening to arguments on whether Obamacare is
unconstitutional. Yeah, listening to arguments about
Obamacare for an hour, or as most people call that,
There are reports that Russia is actually working with
North Korea to encourage “collaboration and cooperation”
between the two countries. Yeah, they believe that with
Russia’s economic power and North Korea’s technology,
they can be a real threat to 1987.
was not only daylight saving time, but also
International Women's Day. What better way to address
the issue of inequality for women than giving them a day
that's missing an hour.
The new Apple Watch is out. I'm on the waiting list to
get the new Apple hearing aid.
Your Apple Watch gets email. You can send texts. It has
a corkscrew, nail clipper, tooth pick, scissors,
tweezers, a compass, and if you put it on the floor and
stand on it and it will tell you how much you weigh.
Hillary Clinton could use one of these Apple Watches.
She could hook it up to her secret email account. If you
want to contact Hillary, she's at
Mayor de Blasio has legalized ferrets. Now you can
legally own ferrets in New York City. I want to tell you
something. If I want to see anymore beady-eyed little
weasels, I'll just keep riding the subway.
Tim Tebow is coming back to the NFL. I'm telling you,
this guy has been on the bench more than Judge Judy.
Tim Tebow, you know, originally was thrown out of the
NFL for using his personal email account.
Finally, a Clinton scandal the entire family can enjoy.
Today would have been the birthday of Osama bin Laden.
It makes me remember when Seal Team 6 threw him a
Psychologists have found that going to sleep early may
help ward off mental illness. In other words, if you
stayed up late to watch my show, you're insane. We cause
A Chinese family was kicked off a flight to Hong Kong
because their 3-year-old wouldn't sit in his seat. As a
result, the 3-year-old missed his first day of work.
In a recent speech, Pope Francis called money the
devil's dung. That's also the name of the Pope's garage
Medical Center found that 15 percent of 2-year-olds in
the Boston area drink as much as 4 ounces of coffee a
day. The parents claim they give the kids coffee only
when they need it, like when the kid wakes up with a
Pediatricians say giving caffeine to toddlers can cause
depression, diabetes, sleep disturbance, and obesity. On
the plus side they get a lot more finger painting done.
The state of Utah, which you think of as a very
conservative state, is considering a bill that would
allow the sale of edible marijuana for medical use,
which is very good news for people with imaginary back
A DEA agent is speaking out against edible marijuana. He
said it could lead to a lot of stoned rabbits. He says
rabbits will eat the pot that is grown at marijuana
farms and start following the band phish around the
The agent said there's danger the rabbits might become
addicted to pot and lose their natural instincts. Come
on. I mean, how adorable would it be to walk in on a
bunny sitting on your couch playing games and eating
Today is my least favorite day of the year. It's the
Monday after daylight saving time starts. It throws me
completely out of whack. I don't know why they do this.
Even if it is necessary, which it isn't, why do we have
to spring forward all at once? Can't we tippy-toe
forward one minute a day over two months?
I am proud of myself. Yesterday I got in my car and
looked at the clock. I'll admit it took 12 minutes to do
it while I was driving but I did manage to adjust the
time in my car one hour ahead.
I still haven't adjusted the clocks in my house. I'll
need four to six weeks. We can send a satellite to Mars,
yet we cannot have a microwave that automatically
adjusts its clock.
For those who don't know, daylight saving time was put
into practice so farmers could propose to their reality
dating-show contestants an hour later.
There's a new study that says giving your child too much
praise can harm them later. They become more
narcissistic. Narcissism is a condition of excessive
self-interest that affects approximately one out of
every one Kardashian.
If you're too hard on your kids, they grow up with no
self-confidence, but if you praise them too much, they
grow up to be narcissists. What do these little monsters
want from us?
It's all about parents. My parents for instance kept me
grounded by forcing me to wear Toughskins jeans and
forgetting to pick me up a lot.
National Grammar Day. But come on, who cares? Sorry, I
mean, WHOM cares?
According to a new study, men are naturally programmed
to want more than one woman even when in monogamous
relationships. And the scientists who conducted the
study want to know if they can crash on your couch for a
A developer has created a zero-gravity martini glass,
which promises to let astronauts drink cocktails in
space without spilling. Our astronauts are drinking?
Guys, the first step is admitting to Houston that you
have a problem.
According to new video, a lion at a South African safari
park has reportedly learned how to open the doors on
tour jeeps. The video was taken with an iPhone that was
recovered from the stomach of a lion in South Africa.
The world's oldest person turned 117 today. And she
celebrated the same way she did last year — by driving
her car into somebody’s living room.
Music duo Hall & Oates is reportedly suing a company
over a cereal named Haulin' Oats. Though the company
says it’s totally different because in their cereal,
oats is the star.
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF MARCH 7, 2015
Is this photo of a woodpecker with a weasel
on its back real, or was it photoshopped?
For the most current (March 7th) update that includes
the issue over the ammunition above, click
• • • • •
This is one of the cleverest ads we have seen to date.
GEICO and the company that was hired to produce this
Internet advertisement. (Keep watching after you think
the video has frozen.) (1:04)
P.S. Depending on how your browser is configured, a
similar ad involving an elevator may automatically
• • • • •
Speaking of clever commercials, have a look at
THIS one from the other side of The Pond. It's for a
European Skoda Fabia, which is a car. (1:15)
• • • • •
We are confident that some of you will identify with
THIS young lady who locks herself in an airliner
restroom and what she does next. (3:21)
• • • • •
It wasn’t quite as impressive as an Apollo launch from
Cape Canaveral, but cut
THIS third world country some slack as it is just
now getting its own space program feet wet. What we
found most impressive about this launch was the recovery
vehicle that makes the spacecraft reusable. (1:36)
• • • • •
Let’s start and end
THIS one-minute UFO discussion with the question,
“What’s that above this lady news anchor’s head in
• • • • •
Most of you should be familiar with the Dean Martin
classic “That’s Amore.” But have you heard a parody of
the same song titled “That’s a Moron?” Check out
THIS clip received from Pete Salvi. (3:14)
• • • • •
We couldn’t help but wonder what was going through the
mind of the
CEO of Volvo when he signed off on this stunt.
Then we watched this Volvo ad and answered our own
question: The Volvo
CEO is stark raving mad. (0:50)
• • • • •
If you have ever wondered how Italians learned to talk
using their hands,
THIS clip from Paul Salerno of a two-year-old having
a discussion with her great-grandmother will show you.
• • • • •
HERE if you can handle a little religious humor. Not
to worry, it should be safe as we have attached an
invisible lightning rod to this week’s edition of the
• • • • •
THIS for two minutes and you will see why you want
to a avoid black holes at all costs. (2:48)
• • • • •
If you were a fan of Norman Rockwell you are going to
want to click
HERE. Why? Because the web page includes every
single one of his works of art.
• • • • •
Two policemen call into the station.
"Hello. Is this the Sarge?"
"We have a case here, Sarge. A woman has shot her
husband for stepping
on the floor she had just mopped clean."
"Have you arrested the woman?"
"No sir. The floor is still wet."
• • • • •
I thought I had a pretty good understanding about the
D-Day invasion of the Normandy beaches in June of ’44,
not that I remember much since I was only 6 months old.
But until this clip arrived from Bob Tenbrink, I hadn’t
considered how the allies managed to ship the hundreds
of thousands of gallons of fuel needed for the
mechanized equipment and march into Germany. Those of
you who are interested in the history of WWII should
THIS video of interest. (4:14)
• • • • •
We challenge you to build one of
THESE “strandbeests” from scratch using yellow
plastic tubing, and we’ll give you ten years to do it.
And by the way, it has to be able to move on its own.
Ready, set, go! (2:37)
• • • • •
As I watched what appears to be a training
CLASS for the South Korean Riot Police, I could
easily imagine the late Capt. Bill Brown standing in a
raised cherry picker basket with a bull horn in hand
directing the action. (7:22)
• • • • •
With cats and dogs like
THESE protecting the little ones, who needs to hire
• • • • •
Here is a moving video clip about two
ELEPHANTS that are reunited after being apart for 20
For the record, I think that Ringling Bros.’ decision
to send all of the elephants to their version of ”The
Villages” and let them spend the rest of their lives in
peace and freedom with others of their kind in a
sanctuary is an excellent idea. If a kid needs to see an
elephant, take them to a zoo.
• • • • •
Some of you with a dog or two in the family may be able
to relate to the K-9
ALARM clocks in this video that Art Mogilefsky
posted on Facebook. (1:43)
• • • • •
This is an excellent one-minute
STORY about a computer programmer in Belgrade,
Serbia who made a doggy wheelchair for his injured puppy
and turned it into a business. (1:01)
• • • • •
Looking for a house pet that requires minimal
maintenance, one that will hibernate for up to four
months in a refrigerator while you take an extended
vacation? Try a
• • • • •
How the photographer(s) managed to film
THIS chase sequence is a mystery. However it was
done, wildlife videos don’t get more dramatic than this
• • • • •
When I and some friends on five motorcycles took a trip
to Yellowstone a few years ago we saw lots of bison as
we entered the park. Fortunately, we didn’t encounter
THIS brute who apparently doesn’t like tourists
invading his land. (0:36)
• • • • •
We’re going to assume that this complainant is not your
BMW owner. Then again... (3:55)
• • • • •
These “Dude Perfect” dudes are back, but instead of
showing off their trick shots with a football like they
did in the Farsider three weeks ago,
THIS time they are using golf balls. (5:57)
HERE if you missed the football trick shots and want
to see them.
• • • • •
Think you are too old to play golf? A handful of people
sent in this clip about San Jose native Ida Pieracci who
is described as a legend at the San Jose Country Club.
102 YEARS of age, she holds the course record with
11 holes-in-one and is still playing today.
• • • • •
As the description reads, “On the 1st of October the
German WDR Radio Orchestra mingled with the crowds in
Cologne and surprised the people with a well-known
THEME from a galaxy far, far away.” (2:20)
• • • • •
FLASHMOB that took place in an unemployment office
in Madrid, Spain tried to cheer up the unemployed with
“Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles. (5:25)
• • • • •
This short film received from Alice Murphy and Dave
Scannell has been described as inspiring and beautiful.
HERE and see if you agree. (5:46)
• • • • •
For this week’s closer, we don’t often see Steven
Spielberg introducing a video about the sacrifices made
by our troops overseas (it's not very Hollywoodish).
THIS clip from Don Hale is an exception to the rule,
and it should be seen by everyone who considers
themselves a patriot. (4:22)
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Burroughs, (Bronson) Utta
Carr Jr., John
Carrillo, Jaci Cordes
Clark, Bill (the one who stayed)
Embry (Howsmon), Eva
Foulkes [Duchon], Louise
Gonzalez, D. (formerly D. Avila)
Guido, Jr., Jim
Guido, Sr. Jim
Hare, Caren (Carlisle)
Harnish, Mary (Craven)
Horton, Debbie (McIntyre)
Howsmon (Sr.), Frank
Inami, Steve & Francine
Johnson, Tom & Fran
Klein, Lou Anna
Leonard (Lintern), Lynda
Long (Huntwork), Eunice
Muldrow, Mark "Mo"
O'Carroll, Diane (Azzarello)
Perry (Cervantez), Martha
Rappe (Ryman), Bonnie
Reyes (Buell), Cindy
Richter, Darrell & Annette
Schenini (Alvarez), Joanne
Taves, Phil & Paula
Terry, Glenn & Maggie
Vallecilla, Ernie & Peggy
Van Dyck, Lois
Williams [Durham], Lanette
Windisch Jr., Steve