The Farsider

March 12, 2015

 

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 OFFICER KENT COSSEY



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Born June 15, 1944
Appointed May 25, 1970
Retired Sept. 2, 1986
Died March 6, 2015

Kent, who 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 work.

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.

 

PENSION NEWS

 

He's baaacccck... 

 

Reed Pushing Pension Ballot Measure

—Former S.J. mayor taking pet Project statewide for 2016—

By Mike Rosenberg <mrosenberg@mercurynews.com>
Mercury 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 Calpers

By Tim Reid
Reuters News Service — March 11, 2015

A ballot 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 target.

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 for employers."

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 workers.

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 union-friendly.

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 renegotiate contracts.

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 case 2014.

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 David Grau.

"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 boyfriend...

Witness Bolsters Victim’s Claims

—Like accuser, cop’s ex-girlfriend says he wore vest during sex—

By Tracey Kaplan <tkaplan@mercurynews.com>
Mercury 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.

Graves, 39, 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 complaint.

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 allegations.”

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 driving.

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 ex-girlfriend said.

“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 Graves…
 

In Tears, Police Officer Taken to Jail

—Counts added to rape, domestic violence charges—

By Tracey Kaplan <tkaplan@mercurynews.com>
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 hearing.

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 new charges.

 

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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



By Scott Herhold <sherhold@mercurynews.com>
Mercury 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?

Imprecision

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.


 

MAIL CALL



March 5th

Hi Bill,

(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 neighborhood.

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 newsletter.

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 well.
 

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March 5th

Hey guys,

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 back.

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 folks.

 

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?"

Thanks,

Harry Mullins <hmullins08@yahoo.com>

 

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March 9th


Guys,

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.

JB
(Jack Baxter) <bnamurphy@comcast.net>

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.”

 

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March 10th

Hello Bill,

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 vehicle.

Thanks,

Art
(Mogilefsky) <mogel@charter.net>

 

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…

Bill,

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.

Leroy
(Pyle) <leroy@leroypyle.net>

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Leroy,

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.

Keith
(Jackson) <keith@thejacksonz.com>

Insurance Premiums for Retired Public Safety Officers

If you 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 457(b) plan.

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 his response…

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Bill,

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 retired.

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 $3,000.

It is easier to get a CPA who knows about the law.

Hope that helps.

Regards,
 
Craig Shuey <cvshuey1459@gmail.com>

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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.

Keith

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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 Department’s
findings in the Ferguson investigations, March 4, in Washington, D.C. 

By Bret Stephens
Wall Street Journal — March 9, 2015

Darren 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 America.

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 jurisprudence.”

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 cop.

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 his life.

And it confirms that eyewitnesses either lied to investigators or refused to be interviewed out of fear of local vigilantes.

“Witness 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 department.

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 Gary Wagner.

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 government bloodsucking?

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 crime.

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 America.

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 less.

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.


 

OUCH!


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



By Leonard Pitts Jr., Columnist
Miami Herald — March 12, 2015

<lpitts@miamiherald.com>

Every once 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.

Enter, Bill O’Reilly.

Shortly 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 until 1981.

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 month ago.

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 professional life.

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?

Utah Officers Say Mysterious Voice Called Them to Rescue Baby Trapped Inside Car

Fox News — March 10, 2015



Lynn Groesbeck, 25, who died in the crash, and
her 18-month-old daughter Lily, who survived.

Four police 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 vehicle.

But the driver of the car was dead and her 18-month-old daughter, while still alive, couldn’t have been the speaker.

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.
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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," he said.

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 morning.

"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 Lake City.

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 hearing."

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Click 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…

The End of Legacy?

Click HERE for the Web version.

—The pundits who demean & disparage law enforcement are the same ones who demand change & better candidates—


By Jim Glennon



Calibre Press

Wow.

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 or daughter?

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 8–12-hour shift.

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 opposite direction.

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 supports that.

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: 57.00%
• 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 years ago.

Wow!

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

March 4 thru March 10

President 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 Miami?”

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 midnight?

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 the time?”

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, “Thanksgiving Dinner.”

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.

Yesterday 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 hillary@pantsuit.com.

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 surprise party.

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 brain damage.

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 band.

Boston 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 hangover.

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 problems.

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 country.

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 pizza?

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.

Today is 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 while.

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 HERE

 

 





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This is one of the cleverest ads we have seen to date. Kudos to 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 follow.

 

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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)

 

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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)

 

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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)

 

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Let’s start and end THIS one-minute UFO discussion with the question, “What’s that above this lady news anchor’s head in Argentina?” (1:16)

 

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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)



 

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We couldn’t help but wonder what was going through the mind of the CEO of Volvo when he signed off on this stunt. (3:22)


Then we watched this Volvo ad and answered our own question: The Volvo CEO is stark raving mad. (0:50)

 

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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. (0:54)

 

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Click 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 Farsider. (10:56)

 

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Stick with THIS for two minutes and you will see why you want to a avoid black holes at all costs. (2:48)

 

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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.

 

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Two policemen call into the station.

"Hello. Is this the Sarge?"

”Yes.”

"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."

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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 find THIS video of interest. (4:14)

 

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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)





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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)





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With cats and dogs like THESE protecting the little ones, who needs to hire a babysitter?





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Here is a moving video clip about two ELEPHANTS that are reunited after being apart for 20 years. (7:20)



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.

 

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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)

 

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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)

 

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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 TORTOISE. (4:37)

 

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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 one. (3:31)



 

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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)





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We’re going to assume that this complainant is not your typical BMW owner. Then again... (3:55)





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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)

 

Click HERE if you missed the football trick shots and want to see them.

 

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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. At 102 YEARS of age, she holds the course record with 11 holes-in-one and is still playing today.





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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)





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This 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)





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This short film received from Alice Murphy and Dave Scannell has been described as inspiring and beautiful. Click HERE and see if you agree. (5:46)





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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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Ciao.



Pic of the Week:
 

 



THE FARSIDER SUBSCRIPTION ROSTER as of 3/12/15

Additions and changes since the last published update (alphabetical by last name):

Neil Cossey — Added
Stephanie Nimitz — Added

To receive the email address of anyone on the list -- or to receive the roster with all of the email addresses -- send your request to <bilmat@comcast.net>.

Abram, Fred & Connie
Adams, Gene
Ady, Bruce
Agerbeek, Bob
Agerbeek, Rudy
Aguilar, David
Aguirre, Jim
Albericci, Jerry
Alberts, Dick
Alcantar, Ernie
Alfano, Phil
Alford, Mike
Aligo, Cynthia
Allbright, Bill
Allen, Bob
Alvarado, Marie
Alvarez, Pat (Campbell)
Amaral, Mike
Anders, Alberta
Anderson, Jim
Anderson, Mark
Anderson, Sharon
Anthony, Tom
Antoine, Steve
Antonowicz, Germaine
Appleby, Judy
Arata, Jennifer
Arca, Rich
Archie, Dan
Avery, Rod
Babineau, Dave & Cheryl
Bacigalupi, Dave
Baggott, Jim
Bailey, Rich
Baker, Beth
Balesano, Bob
Balesteri, Lou
Ballard, Gordon
Banner, Ken
Barikmo, Jon
Bariteau, John
Barnes, Steve
Barnett, Brad
Baroff, Stan
Barrera, Ray
Barranco, Rich
Barshay, Marc
Bartels, Don
Bartholomew, Dave
Bartoldo, Tom
Basilio, Les
Bastida, Maggie
Bates, Tom
Battaglia, Nick
Battaglia, Will
Baxter, Jack
Bayer, Lance
Bayers, Dennis
Beams, Bob
Beattie, George
Becerra, Manny
Beck, Brian
Beck, Tom
Becknall, Jim
Beckwith, Tony
Beiderman, Margie
Belcher, Steve
Bell, Bob
Bell, Mark
Bell, Mike
Belleci, Ron
Belveal, Chuck
Bence, Martin
Bennett, Joy
Bennett, Mark
Berggren, Heidi
Bergtholdt, Doug
Bernardo, Guy
Bettencourt, Ed
Bevis, Sherry
Biebel, Phil
Bielecki, Mike
Binder, Andrew
Biskup, Shelley
Blackmore, Chuck
Blackstock, Carroll
Boes, Judith
Boggess, Eileen
Boggess, Mike
Bonetti, Jon
Bosco, Al
Botar, Rick
Bowen, Gordy
Bowman, Mike
Boyd, Pat
Boyles, John
Bradshaw, Bob
Brahm, Bob
Bray, Mary Ellen
Brewer, Tom
Brickell, Dave
Bridgen, Dave
Brightwell, Larry
Brocato, Dom
Brockman, Joe
Brookins, Dennis
Brooks, Bob
Brown Jr., Bill
Brown, Charlie
Brown, Dennis
Brown, Ernie
Brown, Terry
Browning, Bob
Brua, Dale
Bullock, April
Bullock, Dan
Bulygo, Corinne
Bulygo, Mary
Burns, Barbara
Burroughs, (Bronson) Utta
Busch, Dennis
Bye, Bud
Byers, Dave
Bytheway, Glenn
Caddell, Jim
Cadenasso, Richard
Caldarulo, Wendy
Calderon, Richard
Caldwell, Phyllis
Camara, Bob
Camarena, Raul
Campbell, Jason
Campbell, John
Campbell, Larry
Campos, John
Cannell, Tom
Caragher, Ed
Caraway, Steve
Card, Christine
Cardoza, Vic
Carlin, David
Carlsen, Laura
Carlton, Jim
Caro, Bert
Caro, Lynne
Carr Jr., John
Carr, John
Carraher, Don
Carraher, Jim
Carter, Ernie
Carrillo, Jaci Cordes
Carrillo, John
Cates, Dean
Cavallaro, Dave
Cedeno, Rey
Chalmers, JC
Chamness, Hank
Chapel, Ivan
Chevalier, Brian
Chavez, Ruben
Chewey, Bob
Christian, Brian
Christiansen, Bob
Christiansen, Rich
Christie, Kenn
Clark, Bill (the one who stayed)
Clark, Bill
Clayton, Dave
Clear, Jennifer
Clifton, Craig
Coates, Marisa
Cobarruviaz, Lou
Coen, Roger
Colombo, Tony
Comelli, Ivan
Como, John
Confer, Rick
Connor, Stephanie
Connors, Kim
Conrad, Mark
Contreras, Dolores
Conway, Ed
Cook, John
Cooke, Bertie
Coppom, Dave
Cordes, Marilyn
Cornfield, Scott
Cortez, Darrell
Costa, Mike
Cossey, Neil
Cotterall, Doug
Couser, Rich
Cripe, Rodger
Crowell, Chuck
Culwell, Ken
Cunningham, Stan
D'Arcy, Steve
Dailey, Karen
Daly, Ron
Damon, Alan
Damon, Veronica
Daniels, Jim
Daulton, Rich
Daulton, Zita
Davis, Bud
Davis, Joan
Davis, Mike
Davis, Rob
Day, Jack
Deaton, Caroll
DeBoard, Joe
DeGeorge, Bob
DeLaere, Sylvia
Delgado, Dave
DeMers, Buc
Destro, Mike
Destro, Tony
Devane, Dan
Devane, Joe
Dewey, Rod
Diaz, Mike
DiBari, Dave
DiVittorio, Gerrie
Dishman, Billy
Doherty, Janiece
Dolezal, Dennis
Dominguez, Bob
Dooley, Jeff
Dorsey, Ed
Dotzler, Jennifer
Dowdle, Mike
Doxie, Tara
Dudding, Bill
Dudley, Bruce
Duey, Dennis
Dye, Allen
Dwyer, Pat
Earnshaw, Kathy
Earnshaw, Patrick
Edillo-Brown, Margie
Edwards, Derrek
Edwards, Don
Egan, Mike
Eisenberg, Terry
Ellner, Howard
Ellsworth, Larry
Embry (Howsmon), Eva
Erfurth, Bill
Erickson, Rich
Esparza, Dave
Esparza, Fred
Estrabao, Dario
Eubanks, Earl
Evans, Bob
Evans, Ron
Ewing, Chris
Ewing, Don
Ewing, Paul
Fair, Bruce
Fairhurst, Dick
Fanucchi, Ross
Farlow, Paul
Farmer, Jack
Faron, Walt
Farrow, Chuck
Faulstich, Marge
Faulwetter, Stan
Faz, Dennis
Fehr, Mike
Ferdinandsen, Ed
Ferguson, Betty
Ferguson, Ken
Ferla, Al
Fernsworth, Larry
Flauding, Ken
Fleming, Joe
Flores, Phil
Flosi, Ed
Fong, Richard
Fontanilla, Rick
Forbes, Jay
Foster, Rick
Foulkes [Duchon], Louise
Francois, Paul
Frazier, Rich
Freitas, Jordon
Fryslie, Kevin
Furnare, Claud
Gaines, Erin
Galea, Andy
Galios, Chris
Galios, Kathy
Gallagher, Steve
Garcia, Jose
Gardner, Paul
Garner, Ralph
Gaumont, Ron
Geary, Heide
Geer, Brian
Geiger, Rich
Gergurich, Judy
Giambrone, Jim
Giorgianni, Joe
Giuliodibari, Camille
Goates, Ron
Goings, Mark
Gomes, Rod
Gonzales, Gil
Gonzales, Jesse
Gonzalez, D. (formerly D. Avila)
Gonzalez, Frank
Gonzalez, Jorge
Gott, Pat
Graham, George
Grande, Carm
Grant, Bob
Grant, Doug
Grant, Rich
Granum, Jeff
Graves, Pete
Green, Chris
Grigg, Bruce
Griggs, Fran
Grimes, Eric
Guarascio, Dan
Guerin, Pete
Guido, Jr., Jim
Guido, Sr. Jim
Guizar, Ruben
Gummow, Bob
Gummow, Rich
Gutierrez, Hector
Guzman, Dennis
Guzman, Kim
Gwillim, Reese
Habina, Ron
Hafley, Gary
Hahn, Chuck
Hale, Don
Handforth, Terry
Hann, George
Hare, Caren (Carlisle)
Harnish, Mary (Craven)
Harpainter, Bob
Harris, Bucky
Harris, Diane
Harris, Don
Haskell, Marty
Hawkes, Ken
Haynes, Sandy
Hazen, Skip
Heck, Steve
Heckel, Rick
Hedgpeth, Bob
Helder, Ron
Hellman, Marilyn
Hendrickson, Dave
Hendrix, Dave
Hernandez, Ernie
Hernandez, Irma
Hernandez, Joe
Hernandez, Linda
Hernandez, Rudy
Hernandez, Vic
Herrick, Mike
Herrmann, Erma
Hewison, Jamie
Hewitt, Dave
Hilborn, Art
Hildebrandt, Karen
Hill, Sandra
Hippeli, Micki
Hirata, Gary
Hober, Margo
Hodgin, Bruce
Hoehn, Charlie
Hogate, Joanne
Hogate, Steve
Hollars, Bob
Holliday, Sandy
Hollingsworth, Larry
Holloway, Sandi
Holser, George
Hong, Bich-nga
Horton, Debbie (McIntyre)
Hosmer, Dewey
Howard, Terri
Howell, Jim
Howsmon, Frank
Howsmon (Sr.), Frank
Hudson, Kim
Hughes, Gary
Hunter, Jeff
Husa, Sonia
Hyland, Brian
Ibarra, Miguel
Imobersteg, Rob
Inami, Steve & Francine
Ingraham, George
Ireland, Joe
Jackson, Curt
Jacksteit, Ken
Jacobson, Barbara
Janavice, Dean
Jeffers, Jim
Jenkins, Dave
Jensen, Dan
Jensen, Janie
Jewett, Donna
Jezo, Pat
Johnson, Bob
Johnson, Craig
Johnson, Cynthia
Johnson, Dave
Johnson, Gary
Johnson, Jon
Johnson, Karen
Johnson, Kyle
Johnson, Mardy
Johnson, Tom & Fran
Jones, Russ
Kaminsky, Glenn
Katashima, Annie
Katz, Dan
Keeney, Bill
Kelsey, Bert
Keneller, Dave
Kennedy, Scott
Kennedy, Tom
Kensit, John
Killen, Pat
Kimbrel, Tammy
Kinaga, Rose
King, Charlie
Kingsley, Fred
Kirkendall, Dave
Kischmischian, Gene
Klein, Lou Anna
Kleman, Karl
Knea, Tim
Kneis, Brian
Knopf, Art
Knopf, Dave
Kocina, Ken
Koenig, Heinz
Kong, Ernie
Kosovilka, Bob
Kozlowski, Astrid
Kracht, John
Kregel, John
Lanctot, Noel
Laney, Tammy
Lansdowne, Sharon
LaRault, Gary
Larsen, Bill
Laverty, Ann
Lax, John
Leavy, Bill
Leavey, Jack
LeGault, Anna
LeGault, Russ
Lem, Noland
Leonard, Gary
Leonard (Lintern), Lynda
Leong, Ken
Lewis, Lefty
Lewis, Marv
Lewis, Steve
Lind, Eric
Linden, Larry  
Lisius, Jim            
Livingstone, John
Lobach, Bob
Lockwood, Bob
Lockwood, Joan
Logan, Maureen
Long (Huntwork), Eunice
Longaker, Mary
Longoria, Noe
Lopez, Candy
Lopez. Dan
Lopez, Ruvi
Lovecchio, Pete
Low, John
Lu, Elba
Luca, Dennis
Lucarotti, Jim
Luna, Gloria
Lundberg, Larry
Lyons, TB
MacDougall, Joanne
Macris, Carly
Macris, Tom
Madison, Gary
Maehler, Mike
Mahan, Rick
Malatesta, Jim
Malcolm, Roger
Mallett, Bill
Malvini, Phil
Mamone, Joe
Marcotte, Steve
Marfia, John
Marfia, Ted
Marin, Julie
Marini, Ed
Marlo, Jack
Marsh, Scott
Martin, Brad
Martin, Lou
Martin, Todd
Martinelli, Ron
Martinez, Rick
Martinez, Victor
Matteoni, Charlotte
Mattern, John
Mattos, Bill
Mattos, Paula
Mayo, Lorraine
Mayo, Toni
Mazzone, Tom
McCaffrey, Mike
McCain, Norm
McCall, George
McCall, Lani
McCarville, John
McCollum, Bob
McCollum, Daniele
McCready, Tom
McCulloch, Al
McCulloch, Scott
McElvy, Mike
McFall, Ron
McFall, Tom
McGuffin, Rich
McGuire, Pat
McIninch, Mark
McKean, Bob
McKenzie, Dennis
McLucas, Mike
McMahon, Jim
McMahon, Ray
McNamara, Laurie
McTeague, Dan
Meheula, Cheryl
Mendez, Deborah
Mendez, Mike
Messier, Tom
Metcalfe, Dave
Metcalfe, Mickey
Miceli, Sharon
Miller, Keith
Miller, Laura
Miller, Rollie
Miller, Shirley
Miller, Stan
Mills, Don
Miranda, Carlos
Mitchell, Carol
Modlin, Dick
Mogilefsky, Art
Moir, Bob
Montano, Wil
Montes, José
Morales, Octavio
Moore, Dewey
Don Moore
Moore, Jeff
Moore, JoAnn
Moorman, Jim
Morella, Ted
Moreno, Norma
Morgan, Dale
Morin, Jim
Morris, Jack
Morton, Bruce
Mosunic, Taffy
Moudakas, Terry
Moura, Don
Mozley, Ron
Muldrow, Mark "Mo"
Mullins, Harry
Mulloy, Dennis
Munks, Jeff
Munoz, Art
Murphy, Bob
Musser, Marilynn
Nagel, Michael
Nagengast, Carol
Nakai, Linda
Nalett, Bob
Namba, Bob
Nichols, John
Nichols, Mike
Nimitz, Stephanie
Nissila, Judy
Norling, Debbie
North, Dave
North, Jim
Norton, Phil
Nunes, John
Nunes, Les
O'Carroll, Diane (Azzarello)
O'Connor, Mike
O'Donnell, Tom
O'Keefe, Jim
Oliver, Pete
Ortega, Dan
Ortiz, Leanard
Otter, Larry
Ouimet, Jeff
Ozuna, George
Pacheco, Russ
Padilla, George
Pagan, Irma
Painchaud, Dave
Palsgrove, Ted
Panighetti, Paul
Papenfuhs, Steve
Paredes, Carlos
Parker, Rand
Parlee, May
Parrott, Aubrey
Parsons, Dirk
Parsons, Mike
Pascoe, Brent
Passeau, Chris
Pate, Neal
Patrino, Lyn
Payton, George
Pearce, Jim
Pearson, Sam
Pedroza, Frank
Peeler, Eleanor
Pegram, Larry
Percelle, Ralph
Percival, John
Perry (Cervantez), Martha
Petersen, Bruce
Peterson, Bob
Phelan, Bill
Phelps, Scott
Phillips, Gene
Pitts, Phil
Plinski, Leo
Pointer, John
Polanco, Mary
Polmanteer, Jim
Porter, John
Postier, Ken
Postier, Steve
Powers, Bill
Priddy, Loren
Princevalle, Roger
Propst, Anamarie
Puckett, Bill
Punneo, Norm
Purser, Owen
Pyle, Leroy
Quayle, John
Quezada, Louis
Quinn, John
Quint, Karen
Ramirez, Manny
Ramirez, Victoria
Ramon, Chacha
Raposa, Rick
Rappe (Ryman), Bonnie
Rasmussen, Charlene
Raul, Gary
Raye, Bruce
Realyvasquez, Armando
Reek, Rob
Reeves, Curt
Reid, Fred
Reinhardt, Stephanie
Reizner, Dick
Rendler, Will
Rettus, Bev
Reuter, Larry
Reutlinger, Leslie
Reyes (Buell), Cindy
Reyes, Joe
Reyes, Juan
Reyes, Mo
Rheinhardt, Bob
Rice, Jayme
Rice, Lyle
Richter, Darrell & Annette
Riedel, Gunther
Rimple, Randy
Roach, Jim
Roberts, Mike
Robertson, Harry
Robinson, Walt
Robison, Rob
Rodgers, Phil
Rogers, Lorrie
Romano, Marie
Rose, John
Rose, Wendell
Ross, Joe
Ross, Mike
Rosso, Ron
Roy, Charlie
Royal, Russ
Ruiloba, Louie
Russell, Russ
Russell, Stan
Russo, Grace
Ryan, Joe
Saito, RIch
Salamida Joe
Salerno, Paul
Salewsky, Bill
Salguero, Desiree
Salvi, Pete
Samsel, Dave
Santos, Bill
Sanfilippo, Roy
Sauao, Dennis
Savage, Scott
Savala, john
Sawyer, Craig
Scanlan, Pete
Scannell, Dave
Schembri, Mike
Schenck, Joe
Schenini (Alvarez), Joanne
Schiller, Robert
Schmidt, Chuck
Schmidt, Paul
Schriefer, Hank
Seaman, Scott
Seck, Tom
Sekany, Greg
Seymour, Chuck
Seymour, Jim
Sharps, Betty
Shaver, John
Sheppard, Jeff
Sherman, Gordon
Sherr, Laurie
Shigemasa, Tom
Shuey, Craig
Shuman, John
Sides, Roger
Sills, Eric
Silva, Bill
Silveria, Linda
Silvers, Jim
Simpson, Terry
Sinclair, Bob
Sly, Sandi
Smith, Bill
Smith, BT
Smith, Craig
Smith, Ed
Smith, Jerry
Smith, Karen
Smith, Kerry
Smith, Mike
Smoke, Wil
Sorahan, Dennis
Spangenberg, Hal
Spence, Jim
Spitze, Randy
Spoulos, Dave
Springer, George
Stauffer, Suzan
Stelzer, Rex
Sterner, Mike
Strickland, John
Sturdivant, Billy
Sugimoto, Rich
Suits, Jim
Summers, Bob
Sun, Jeff
Suske, Joe
Swanson, Ray
Tarricone, Linda
Tate, Bill
Taves, Phil & Paula
Taylor, Joyce
Tenbrink, Bob
Tennant, Ed
Teren-Foster, Aileen
Terry, Glenn & Maggie
Thawley, Dave
Thomassin, Ron
Thomas, Art
Thomas, Dick
Thompson, Gary
Thompson, Margie
Thompson, Mike
Tibaldi, Ernie
Tibbet, Walt
Tice, Stan
Tietgens, Dick
Tietgens, Don
Tomaino, Jim
Torres, Gil
Torres, John
Torres, Nestor
Torres, Ralph
Townsend, John
Townsend, Vicki
Tozer, Dave
Trevino, Andy
Trujillo, Ted
Trussler, Christine
Trussler, John
Tush, Dick
Tyler, Diana
Unland, Jim
Unland, Joe
Urban, Diane
Usoz, Steve
Valcazar, Dan
Vallecilla, Ernie & Peggy
Van Dyck, Lois
Vanek, John
Vasquez, Danny
Rich Vasquez
Vasquez, Ted
Vasta, Joe
Videan, Ed
Videan, Theresa
Vidmar, Mike
Vincent, Bill
Vinson, Jim
Vizzusi, Gilbert
Vizzusi, Rich
Vizzusi, Tony
Waggoner, Bill
Wagner, Jim
Wagstaff, Greg
Wahl, John
Walker, Dave
Wall, Chuck
Ward, Jean
Ward, Ray
Watts, Bob
Way, Vicky
Webster, Ron
Wedlow, Dean
Weesner, Greg
Weesner, Steve
Weir, Tony
Welker, Jessica
Wells, Bill
Wells, Brenda
Wells, Mike
Wendling, Boni
Wendling, Jay
Weston, Tom
Wheatley, Tom
White, Rich
Wicker, Joe
Wiley, Bruce
Williams, Jodi
Williams [Durham], Lanette
Williams, Rick
Williamson, Kathleen
Williamson, Ken
Wilson, Jeff
Wilson, Lee
WIlson, Neal
Wilson, Stan
Wilson, Tom
Windisch Jr., Steve
Wininger, Steve
Winter, Bill
Winters, Pres
Wirht, Kim
Witmer, Dave
Wittenberg, Jim
Wolfe, Jeff
Woo, Paul
Wood, Dave
Wood, Jim
Woodington, Brad
Wysuph, Dave
Yarbrough, Bill
Young, Mike
Younis, Tuck
Yuhas, Dick
Yules, Ken
Zanoni, Mike
Zaragoza, Phil
Zenahlik, Tom
Zimmerman, Eliza
Zwemke, Doug