The Farsider

March 26, 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.

 

REST IN PEACE, MICHAEL...



Officer Michael Johnson, Badge 3718

Mike was a fourteen-year veteran of the SJPD who, coincidentally, attended the same Police Academy as Officer Jeffrey Fontana, who died in the line of duty on Oct 28, 2001.

Most if not all of you who live locally and/or are active on social media such as Facebook already know as many of the details of the tragic shooting as we do since we are not privy to any information that isn't available to the media. This information about Michael's death is primarily for those of you who live out of the area and are unaware that the SJPD lost its 12th officer in the line of duty Tuesday evening.

We start with the following news clips from the major Bay Area television stations. A couple of the them aired a few hours after the shooting; two others aired the morning after. A more detailed account appears in the Mercury News article below.

Tuesday Evening Broadcasts... 

KTVU Channel 2: “San Jose police mourn slain officer; Suspect found dead” 

 

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NBC Bay Area: "Our Hearts Are Heavy": SJPD on Officer Killed in Line of Duty 





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KRON 4: “Police radio call captures moments SJPD officer was gunned down” 

 

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KPIX Channel 5: “San Jose Police Officer Killed In The Line Of Duty, Gunman Found Dead On Balcony” 

 

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KGO TV Channel 7: “Tributes Pour in for Fallen San Jose Police Officer? 

 

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From yesterday’s (Wednesday’s) Mercury News… 

Police Officer Killed in S.J.

—Officers surround gunman at apartment; first on-duty death for SJPD since 2001—

By Robert Salonga, Katie Nelson and David E. Early — Staff writers
March 25, 2015

SAN JOSE — A 14-year veteran San Jose police officer was killed Tuesday evening in a dramatic series of events that began with a call about a suicidal man and turned into a massive manhunt for someone police said ambushed officers, firing at them with a high-powered rifle.

The killing of the officer in the line of duty was the first in the department in 14 years.

The slain officer, whose identity was not immediately released, was the 12th SJPD officer killed in the department’s 166-year history. He was a field training officer at the time of his death.

Police identified the suspect late Tuesday as Scott Dunham, 57. San Jose police Chief Larry Esquivel said officials believed he was by himself in his apartment on Senter Road as of 11 p.m. but said investigators were chasing down the possibility that he might be elsewhere.

“As a chief this is not something we would ever want to do,” Esquivel said at a news conference late Tuesday. “It’s a sad day for law enforcement and for the police department and the community.”

Mayor Sam Liccardo, who added he offered condolences to the slain officer’s family on behalf of the city, said, “This is San Jose’s darkest hour. This strikes the heart of all of us in San Jose and throughout the region.”

Police launched a massive manhunt after the attack with a detail consisting of dozens of officers and the MERGE (SWAT) unit, who all swarmed the area of Senter and Umbarger roads to find the gunman. Nearby homes were evacuated as officers and equipment — including armored vehicles and a helicopter — were summoned from neighboring police agencies, including the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, Santa Clara and Sunnyvale police, and the California Highway Patrol.

Esquivel said investigators believe police have Dunham cornered in the apartment building in the 2600 block of Senter and that he is alone.

“This investigation will continue until this person is apprehended,” Esquivel said.

San Jose officers were initially called at 6:48 p.m. by a family member who said that Dunham was intoxicated, despondent and possibly meant to harm himself or others, Esquivel said. As the officers approached the apartment building on Senter Road and spotted a person on a balcony, they were fired upon without warning. Police dispatch recordings show that officers told dispatchers they believed the man they were searching for had one or two handguns in the apartment. One of the officers asks for paramedics and fire crews to stage nearby.

At one point, as they approached the apartment, an officer said, “We have movement from the blinds at the apartment,” the recordings show.

An officer calmly reported that a male had stepped out onto the balcony, describing him as having gray hair, a gray mustache and a black T-shirt, the recordings show.

Seconds later, the “shots fired” call can be heard, followed almost immediately by the “officer down” call.

Dispatchers immediately called for the area to be secured and put out a citywide call for assistance. Another officer reported that shots were fired at the man, and that he possibly “went down as well.” Esquivel confirmed the gunfire exchange and the possibility that Dunham was wounded.

“This person had the nerve, the audacity, to shoot at our officers who were on a call for assistance,” Esquivel said.

An outpouring of grief flowed from both members of the public and law enforcement agencies throughout California and across the nation Tuesday night. Hundreds of social media users sent their condolences to San Jose police through the department’s Twitter account.

“It’s extremely painful and shocking,” said Councilman Tam Nguyen, who represents District 7, where the shooting occurred. “I’m worried for the safety of other officers; he’s still at large and still very dangerous.”

Nguyen said he lived in the neighborhood and was not going home because of the manhunt, but driving around and waiting to hear more from police.

“I want to let them concentrate on their own safety and the safety of others,” he said.

The last San Jose police officer killed in the line of duty was Officer Jeffrey Fontana, a rookie cop who was shot to death during a high-risk vehicle stop in South San Jose on October 28, 2001. Before that, in October 1999, Officer Desmond Casey died after the police helicopter he was piloting crashed.

Staff writer Eric Kurhi contributed to this report.
 

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Statement from the Family of Officer Michael Johnson

“Last night Officer Michael Johnson of the San Jose Police Department was shot and killed while trying to help the community he loved. We are deeply saddened by his loss and cannot express in writing how deep a hole in our hearts we are left with by his passing.

We appreciate all of the thoughts and prayers we have received from the community, both near and far and take comfort in your sharing our pain and in your recognition that police officers lay it on the line day in and day out as they work to make the world a better place.

This is the statement the family intends to make and greatly appreciate having the space we need to allow our family to grieve and heal in private.

We love you Mike our husband, son, brother, uncle and hero.

Rest in peace."

Updated video newscasts and articles from today, Thursday the 26th

Wednesday Evening Newscasts

KTVU Channel 2: “San Jose community pays respects to fallen officer with somber procession.” (Multiple excerpts) 

 

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KRON 4: “Family Member of SJPD Shooter Talks” (Multiple excerpts) 




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KPIX Channel 5: “SJPD Mourns Loss of Veteran Officer” 




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KGO Channel 7: “Slain San Jose Officer Remembered as Shooting Investigation Continues"




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From today's (Thurs.) paper...

Death of Veteran Cop Sends Shock Waves Through Department, Community

By Robert Salonga, David E. Early and Mark Emmons — Staff Writers
Mercury News — March 26, 2015 



Capt. Ed Tracey, of the San Leandro Police Department, pays
his respects for fallen San Jose Officer Michael Johnson, leaving
flowers Wednesday at SJPD headquarters. Tracey was a captain
with Oakland police when they lost four officers.

SAN JOSE — Michael Johnson was everything a community could want in a police officer. A calm demeanor. Deep local roots. Someone who saw himself, said a close friend, as a protector for the rest of us.

Scott Dunham was a troubled man. He had made suicidal threats and had access to a high-powered rifle.

Early Tuesday night, their lives intersected with tragic consequences that sent shock waves through a city, left a police force reeling and provided yet another heart-wrenching example of the danger faced by law enforcement.

Johnson, 38, a married Gunderson High graduate and 14-year veteran of the San Jose Police Department, was shot to death in an apparent ambush while responding to a 911 call to Dunham’s condominium. The body of Dunham, 57, was found in the early morning hours Wednesday on the same balcony from where he shot Johnson.

“I wasn’t surprised that he was one of the first officers there,” said Officer James Gonzales, vice president of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association. “When people called, Mike came. He was the first line. He specifically signed up for this assignment.”

The stark reality is the department has become used to losing officers.

But not like this.

A force that already was becoming the thinnest of blue lines amid an ongoing exodus of officers to early retirement and better-paying jobs elsewhere suffered the most terrible blow imaginable in the loss of Johnson.

“Officers are crying, grieving, and they will obviously do so for some time,” said Officer Albert Morales, a department spokesman. “Our hearts, our prayers go out with the family of Michael, our brother. This is a very difficult time right now. Rest assured we’ll keep him in our memories as we go out there and continue to do the job we love to do, and I’m sure that he loved to do.”

Johnson is the first San Jose officer to die in the line of duty since 2001 and the 12th in the department’s 166year history. Adding to the heartache was the fact Johnson was a police academy classmate of Jeffrey Fontana — the last officer to die in uniform. Fontana was a rookie officer when he was shot to death in South San Jose.

Johnson recently became a field-training officer tasked with showing the ropes to new academy graduates.

“He was easygoing, mild-mannered, and his tone was soft,” said Sgt. Paul Kelly, the union president and one of Johnson’s first supervisors. “It’s tough for officers to go to an area and get the quick relationship and rapport with people in the community. He seemed not to talk at people. He would talk with them.”

As flags flew at half-staff at police headquarters and City Hall, condolences came from around the state and country.

“Officer Johnson will be remembered for his courage and dedicated service, and we join the entire San Jose community in mourning this tragic loss,” Gov. Jerry Brown said in a statement.

Johnson’s family asked for privacy. A man who identified himself as the officer’s father said Wednesday that Johnson “was a brave guy and a hero.”

“We are deeply saddened by his loss and cannot express in writing how deep a hole in our hearts we are left with by his passing,” the family said in a statement. “We appreciate all of the thoughts and prayers we have received from the community, both near and far, and take comfort in your sharing our pain and in your recognition that police officers lay it on the line day in and day out as they work to make the world a better place.”

Gina Thomas, a resident in the neighborhood where Johnson grew up, said he often stopped, in uniform, to have dinner with his mother. Among those paying respects at San Jose police headquarters was Frank Santiago, a friend and fellow instructor at the Pacific Judo & Ju-Jitsu Academy in San Jose, where Johnson was a dual black belt.

“It’s like losing a brother,” said Santiago, his voice trembling. “He had the biggest heart, the kindest heart. I know there are more officers like him out there, but he was special. He loved serving the community.”

On Tuesday night, Santiago said he was leaving the gym when he saw police cruisers speeding somewhere in a hurry. “Then I heard the news that an officer was shot,” he added. “The first person I thought of was Mike. I texted him and asked, ‘You OK, bro?’ I knew it was his area. But he never responded, and Mike always does. It just broke my heart because I knew.”

Police were responding just before 7 p.m. to a 911 call from a relative who said an intoxicated Dunham had put a gun to his head and threatened to kill his wife if she didn’t leave the condo. Johnson and three other officers, believing Dunham had access to firearms, cautiously approached the Senterville Terrace complex on Senter Road between Umbarger and Lewis roads.

Without warning, and apparently with a rifle, Dunham shot.

Jose Garcia, a painter working on a nearby condo, said he watched officers move behind cars as cover, saw a man stand up in the partially enclosed balcony and fire from about 15 to 20 yards away.

Johnson was hit, and the other officers returned fire. Dunham’s body, with at least one gunshot wound, was found on his balcony hours later — at 3:20 a.m. — when police entered the condo. It was not clear whether he shot himself or was shot in the brief gun battle.

“Who would have ever expected this guy to come out with a high-powered rifle, perched with that vantage point?” Morales said. “They were sitting ducks.”

Billy Lewis lives downstairs from Dunham and was with his grandchildren when he heard the gunshots.

“It’s kind of unbelievable,” Lewis said. “We had been neighbors for a while. He was always really polite and nice to me.”

San Jose police Chief Larry Esquivel said there was no record of police ever responding to Dunham’s home. Dunham pleaded no contest in a Santa Clara County Sheriff’s case in 1996 to three misdemeanors, including resisting arrest and two counts of battery.

Amber Golart, writing on KRON-TV’s Facebook page, said Dunham was her uncle and suffered from mental illness.

“I know my uncle didn’t mean to take” the officer’s life, she said, adding that he “had a bad mental breakdown” and that her family members are “deeply sorry for the loss.” Golart couldn’t be reached to confirm her comments and relationship to Dunham.

For Johnson’s loved ones, including his wife, Nicole, and his parents, Kathy Decker and Daniel Johnson, friends and other officers, no words can begin to heal the pain.

Morales said officers are well aware of the danger officers face every day. In fact, on Wednesday, a Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputy shot and wounded a driver who reportedly tried to run him down in the East San Jose foothills.

“We do the best we can to go home safely to our families,” Morales said. “But we also know there’s a distinct possibility that day might come.”

Staff writers Mark Gomez, Julia Prodis Sulek, Tracey Kaplan, Katie Nelson and Eric Kurhi contributed to this report.
 

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From “Welfare Check” to “Officer Down” in 24 Seconds

—With such tragedies, we are reminded a cop’s job hazards are immeasurable—

By Scott Herhold, Columnist <sherhold@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — March 26, 2015

The killing of a police officer has effects that unsettle us for years. Like a rock dropped in a pond, it creates concentric waves that lap at our ignorance and assumptions, eroding our complacency and our calm. For the last four years and more, we’ve talked about law enforcement in San Jose in cold, mechanical terms — salary, pensions, retiree health care, retention percentages.

Tuesday’s fatal shooting of 14-year veteran Michael Johnson reminds us that the job is fundamentally different from other dangerous lines of work. It’s not measured by an actuarial table. It can be ended by the sudden crack of a bullet fired in anger.

 

An area is blocked off Tuesday night during a search for the
gunman who shot San Jose police Officer Michael Johnson.
The shooter, Scott Dunham, was found dead hours later near
the spot where he fired the fatal shots.

“There’s so much criticism of police. Do they overreact? How are they trained?” says ex-Mayor Tom McEnery. “When you see one of those bright lives extinguished, you’re reminded that cops aren’t normal people. They’re extraordinary people.”

McEnery knows: He was mayor in 1989 when officers Gene Simpson and Gordon Silva were killed in a shootout at Fifth and Santa Clara streets, the site today of City Hall. He can tell you details about going to the hospital to check on Silva, who lingered with a pellet to the groin. A fatal pellet.

Fontana shooting

The killing of a cop has effects we cannot predict: After Officer Jeffrey Fontana, a police academy classmate of Johnson, was gunned down during a late-night traffic stop in Almaden Valley in 2001, the legal system wrangled for years about what to do with his killer, DeShawn Campbell.

When a judge ruled that Campbell was mentally retarded and thus ineligible for the death penalty, a political furor erupted.

Even longer ago, on the distant edges of memory, the fatal 1933 shooting downtown of San Jose Officer John Buck by a robbery suspect he was following produced a mob outside the jail ready to lynch the shooter, Joseph Matlock.

Why is the killing of a cop different? The statistics say that fishermen, lumbermen and even farmers have more dangerous jobs. The difference is that they don’t strap on gear every day with the knowledge that a bad or crazy person may want to take them down.

Full investigation

The chronology of Officer Johnson’s killing, apparently at the hands of a suicidal gunman named Scott Dunham, 57, will be thoroughly investigated. The tapes will be analyzed, the officers’ positions will be pinpointed, the trajectory of the bullet shots will be traced. A still-estimable but demoralized department will take lessons learned from the tragedy, as it did from the deaths of Simpson, Silva and Fontana.

It doesn’t change the inherent danger of the job. In the end, the sacrifice cannot be measured in money or allayed by the sweet promise of retirement. It’s calibrated in the quiet heroism of a daily routine punctuated by violence.

Press releases don’t ordinarily reach poetry, but DA Jeff Rosen might have said it best Wednesday: “Michael Johnson lost his life, a life spent protecting ours, trying to help someone who had lost the value of his own.”

 

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Officer’s Shooter Attacked Own Wife in 1996

—Record expunged after man kept out of trouble for years—

By Tracey Kaplan and Eric Kurhi — Staff writers
Mercury News — March 26, 2015

Nineteen years before San Jose police say he fatally shot Officer Michael Johnson, a drunken Scott Dunham savagely attacked his wife and resisted arrest by the two officers who came to her aid. But since that 1996 incident, for which he spent three days in jail for battery, Dunham kept a low profile as a Foothill Community College groundskeeper who retired three years ago and had no apparent further bouts with police until Tuesday. That night, police said, a family member called emergency dispatchers to report that Dunham was intoxicated, despondent and possibly meant to harm himself or others. When Johnson and other officers arrived at his home on Senter Road, Dunham opened fire apparently without warning, killing Johnson. Dunham died sometime after, either from a volley of police fire or a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The only hint of the brewing violence that would end his and the officer’s lives came in a 1996 incident. Dunham, now 57, pleaded no contest that year to three misdemeanors, including resisting arrest and two counts of battery. According to court records, the victims were his then-15-year-old daughter and common-law wife.

In an incident report dated Feb. 20, 1996, a Santa Clara County sheriff’s deputy who responded to a 9 p.m. call to the family’s residence on Clifton Avenue, wrote that Dunham’s wife told him her husband “has an alcohol problem.” Tuesday, his wife also reported he was intoxicated.

“He gets angry and violent after drinking,” she said, according to the 1996 incident report. “Today the argument started because (he) burped in (her) face and would not clean up some salmon from the couch.”

According to the report, Dunham’s wife yelled at him, and he got up to go to the bathroom. She started to follow and he pushed her while they were in the hallway, then hit her in the head with a closed fist, got on top of her and began choking her.

Their daughter tried to yank him off, but “he pulled her hair” and ripped her sweater, according to the report. The girl then threw a book at her dad while he was on top of her mother, but missed and hit her mother in the face instead.

The wife managed to get away and call 911 from a neighbor’s house.

The officers found Dunham lying on his bed, with a buck knife in a sheath on his belt. One officer ordered him three times to get off the bed and put his hands behind his back, but he refused. The officer then said he would use his pepper spray on him, and Dunham replied, “Go ahead and spray.” The officers sprayed him and took him into custody.

Both victims told the deputies they did not want to press charges. But the District Attorney’s Office prosecuted him anyway. After pleading no contest, Dunham was sentenced to three days in county jail, three years’ probation and ordered to undergo counseling. The court also approved a short-term protective order for his wife.

After complying with the terms of his sentence, Dunham successfully moved to have a judge to expunge the case under a section of the law that allows such relief in order to give people a fresh start.

Dunham had no other criminal history in Santa Clara County until his wife called police Tuesday to report he was “despondent.”

According to Kevin McElroy, vice chancellor for business services for the Foothill-De Anza College District, Dunham worked for the district from Oct. 1, 1998, until June 30, 2012, when he “resigned for the purpose of retirement.” McElroy said Dunham started as a grounds gardener, worked as a construction laborer for a time and retired as an upper-level gardener.

He did not personally have any knowledge of Dunham, and said personnel confidentiality requirements prevented any further disclosures.

Fatima Salahuddin, who lives in the adjoining second floor condo, saw Scott Dunham once in awhile at the mailboxes. “He would say hello very nice,” she said.

The family was shocked not only by his involvement in the killing but also by the condition of their condo when they returned home Wednesday after being evacuated about 10 p.m. Tuesday night. Police had blasted a hole through their living room wall and inserted a small robotic device to search Dunham’s condo.

“They say they will pay for it,” Salahuddin said.

A woman who identified herself as Dunham’s niece posted a note on the KRON TV website apologizing for her uncle and saying that her family was “very sorry” about the officer’s death. Her account could not be independently verified.

“I know my uncle didn’t mean to take this officers (sic) life. My uncle had a bad mental break down. Our family is very sorry!!! The news doesn’t report the whole story, it doesn’t make it better.... but helps to explain it. From our family to theres (sic) we are deeply sorry for the loss.”

 

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City Mourns Officer Slain Senselessly

Editorial
Mercury News — March 26, 2015

Shock and sorrow gripped San Jose Wednesday over the senseless slaying of Officer Michael Johnson Tuesday night.

His death in a burst of gunfire from a high-powered rifle fired in ambush leaves no room to question whether he or his fellow officers on the scene could have done anything differently, no room for any reaction but impenetrable grief.

It was the ultimate nightmare of all police officers and the people who love them — and a grim reminder to us all of the danger officers face every day just by putting on their uniforms in public service.

That danger has been particularly present in the minds of Johnson and the rest of his academy class from 14 years ago. Soon after graduation, their classmate, Jeffrey Fontana, was cut down in the line of duty when he stopped the car of a wanted felon. He didn’t see it coming. And while no one can function living in fear at every moment, his memory surely has changed his friends’ lives.

Across the city Tuesday night, as word spread of this tragedy, reactions where people gathered in person or on social media were nearly universal. For all our political wrangling over pensions and such, we know the men and women of this police department put their lives on the line each day for every one of us. And the grief was real, even before we knew whether the victim was a rookie or a veteran, a man or a woman.

This was the classic completely pointless killing. The call was about an armed and possibly suicidal man. Approaching the apartment building on Senter Road with three other officers, Johnson, a training officer, probably was mentally preparing for an emotionally and intellectually challenging encounter, aware of the danger in confronting what might be an unbalanced person — and yet, on some level, unaware of how imminent that danger was. There was no confrontation. The shots fired from a balcony closed the conversation before it began.

We have been fortunate that this happens seldom in our city. Fontana’s slaying in 2001, the last one before Johnson’s, can still bring tears: that handsome young man and the cruel end of his promising life.

A park was named in Fontana’s honor in the Almaden Valley, not far from the spot where he died. It would be a nice place to go to pay quiet homage to both of the officers.

Everywhere today, the loss of Officer Michael Johnson weighs heavily on San Jose and the Bay Area. We think of his family, his loved ones, his fellow officers. For them, the loss is most personal. But it is very real for all of us.

For all our political wrangling over pensions and such, we know the men and women of the San Jose Police Department put their lives on the line each day for every one of us.
 

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The POA is accepting donations for Michael’s family. Look for the link on the POA’s home page at <www.sjpoa.com>

Funeral arrangements are being made today. We will send out a special notification when they are formalized.
 

 

MAIL CALL



March 20th

Bill,

This week's edition was excellent. Among many other gems, I really enjoyed the speech by the NYPD Harvard grad. My answer to your question is "Pick his brain" since he's obviously very bright and he has such great perspective.

I was deeply saddened to read of the tragedy that befell the Lira family. Rich worked for me for several shifts and was a very solid cop, not to mention being a truly nice and decent man. I hate to think of the pain he and his family are suffering. Would you happen to know a way to get his mailing address or even an email address? If not, is there anybody you could put me in touch with who might be able to help? I can try calling the PD but I'm afraid they would force him to call me back rather than give out any info. I don't want him to have to do anything so soon after his loss. If nothing is readily available to you, please don't go out of your way. I can try reaching one of the remaining few who I still know at the PD.

Thanks and take care.

Les
(Nunes) <chevyles@yahoo.com>

I told Les I didn’t have the contact info he requested and suggested he send his condolences to Rich in care of the POA.

 

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March 21st

Sir,

My Dad sent me an email yesterday from your website concerning the recent death of Kent Cossey. I went to high school with his son Neil and he was one of my closest friends. In addition, Jack Baxter was married to my aunt many years ago. I always thought Kent was a good guy and I have plenty of memories of him. Needless to say I am very saddened by his passing.

Unfortunately Neil and I have lost touch over the years and I am unable to attend Kent's memorial. The reason being for this is seven years ago I moved to San Diego when I joined the United States Border Patrol.

The reason I am writing you now is that I was hoping you could possibly pass on some contact information for Neil so that I could relay my condolences personally. If that is not possible I would understand. You don't know me from a hole in the wall and Neil is a police officer whose privacy should be considered. Barring that, if you could even pass on my contact information perhaps he could contact me. Either way, any help you could provide would surely be appreciated.

Respectfully,

Nick Souza <nick8579@att.net>

I called Neil and explained that Nick was trying to contact him. Neil recognized the name and said it was fine to provide him with the number.
 

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March 19th

Bill,

Disgusting is the only way to describe this Wisconsin rally. What’s even worse is that a teachers’ union helped fund it. Click on the link below (HERE) for the details. A video of the protest is also on YouTube (below). What the hell is going on in this country?

Talking Points <talking.points@comcast.net>

Ouch, this smarts. My late wife chose teaching as a career.


 

CONTROVERSIAL? YOU BE THE JUDGE

Due to its length, We felt this contribution from Dave Scannell qualified as a stand-alone item…

March 24th

Hi Bill,

Hope you are well. Be advised, this article could upset some folks. I should say that it most likely will for sure. It might be a bit stark for some readers. Admittedly I took some risks writing this one, but you know, sometimes things just have to be said, fair and square, and sometimes those things aren't so pretty or so popular. Let the chips fall where they may. This one is about the Muslim world vs the West. Just like in our own politics there is no compromise between the sides at this juncture. It might just have to play itself out in more and more aggressive behavior on all sides. We'll have to see.

Have a read.

Best,
 
Dave
(Scannell) <silent.eagle46@yahoo.com>

They Say — We Say

Sift through the rift. The rift of time, ideas and feelings in the West and our way of living, and that of the thoughts and emotions of the Muslim world. In some sense, it's about projections with a little reality truth thrown in to spice things up.

How would a fictional conservative, somewhat angry Muslim group and a slightly educated, rather opinionated and talkative group of Americans respond to each other in a short somewhat tense dialogue. It might go something like this:

They say: It's about a code. You have to understand. A moral code has to be written into the foundation Constitution of a country. In our part of the world, we prefer a strict moral code, and we'll fight to the death to defend it.

We say: What are you talking about — moral code? That's just nonsense. Freedom is the only code you need. Civil law rules. Moral codes are simply for immature fools. Give us a break with your "moral codes."

They say: Without a moral code people don't know which direction to go, they don't stand for anything; and eventually lose their way in the praise, pride and prancing of a temporary mass culture. Everything gets out of balance, people get torn up inside. Your Constitution is so leaky that it allows anything and everything. Nine East Coast people in black no one elected. Bunch of barking dogs. People get so used to half truths and corrupt thinking, that they actually believe they have superior clarity. You Westerners can't see through your own dollar signs.

We say: So what if it is, and what if we are. Who cares anyway? It's our Constitution, not yours. We like sex, drugs and rock and roll. We love rehab. It's the fastest growing sector for the economy. It's like a vacation. Can't you see that? At least we don't kill innocent people, and show it on YouTube.

They say: I suppose you're right about that. Let's see, Umm....You had only over eleven thousand people killed by the gun last year, and over 10,000 killed by your drunk drivers. That doesn't even count the injured or disabled, and those who got stabbed or beaten to death. I supposed your jails and prisons are overflowing because you're such nice and peaceful people. Look in the mirror; look at your movies. You're just a bunch of violent pigs. You Tube....!?! You show your violence on the big screen everyday.

We say: Don't quote us numbers, 'cause they don't count. You still don't get it, do you? Those numbers are pretty much standard for us. We like our booze, and we love our guns. People get killed everyday, so? Plus, here porn is over a five billion dollar industry. And we like that, too. You like your women all covered up, and we want to see 'em in nothing but skin, posed and ready for action.

And crooked politicians; they are a dime a dozen here, bought and paid for through corporate slush funds, and back door favors. Nobody cares that much. Can't you see that? That's how things get done. As for violence; it's action, that's all. So it's a little over the top sometimes, and granted a little gratuitous. So what? I am trying to get through to you; that's what freedom is all about. People have the right to sink to the lowest level, settle in, and live there. That's their choice. So what if we allow it — even promote it? Advertise it all over the place. That's our right too. People get rich, that's where the money is. Might as well enjoy the ride. And so what if our prisons are overflowing with the uneducated, underprivileged crowd. That's just the friggin' breaks of life.

Listen my friend; you just give us another few decades, and a couple of more excuses, and after we bomb the stuffing out of you, we're going to pave over your deserts, and build cheap but beautiful shopping centers so you too can become mass consumers like us. Gobble up all that good stuff. What? Are you blind or something? This is freedom man. This is how free people act. You have got to get your emotions under control, and get your act together. Reflect in terms of crooked or twisted or even perverted thought patterns that might help expand your mind. You'll get used to it. Once you get the hang of it, you'll love it forever. Pleasure man, it's the only way to go. It's the only way there is. Can’t get enough of it. You'll see. Moral codes and ethics and all that junk are "For Sale" here. All just market commodities. That stuff is old news, bad news, so last century. It's for suckers and losers. You people over there are way too serious. You're depressing. You've got to get with it!

They say: Yes, the whole world understands. The whole world sees you. But you, you are the blind ones. You're a psych ward with guns all dressed up as a nation. You're all gluttons. You're blinded by your own greed. You're flabby. You're fat. You're possessed by made-up fictional nonsense, but you are free. You've trapped yourselves in the whore house of freedom; not the celestial castle. Whoopee!!! You make me sick. Everything you just said proves my point.

We say: Bombs away!!!

Long reflective pause:

They say: Now you know why we call you the Great Satan from the West. You commit more transgressions against women than most any other country, but you just don't want to admit it. You're the ones who bury your heads in those dark porn places then try to convince everybody on how open and honest you are. You're just slaves to your own senses, that's all. You're just boisterous pretenders of the good. When you get challenged; it's annihilation bombs away, just to prove how righteous you are.

We say: And you?!? You use people as bombs.

 

THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES

March 19-24

Everyone’s busy filling out their March Madness brackets. Even Jeb Bush filled one out. And you can tell he’s running for president because his picks for the Final Four are Iowa, Iowa, Iowa, and Iowa.

President Obama recently sat down with ESPN and said the NCAA should reduce the shot clock for basketball games. Then he said, “And while we're at it, is there any way they can reduce the 'being president clock?'"

According to a professor at DePaul University, if a person randomly fills out his March Madness bracket, he has a one in 9.2 quintillion chance of getting it perfect. Or as gamblers put it, “So you're saying I've got a chance!”

In an interview with Playboy magazine, Dick Cheney criticized President Obama and said he's quote, “the worst president of my lifetime, without question.” Then Cheney said, “But enough talk. When do I take my clothes off?”

During a speech yesterday, President Obama discussed the country's successful economy and said, "I'm going to take a little credit." Then the people at the rally said, "Dude, we're all here in the middle of the day because we don't have jobs. So stop talking about how good the economy is."

Obama discussed the successful economy and said "I'm going to take a little credit." Then the economy got bad again and he said, "Republicans did it."

President Obama was photographed wearing a fitness tracker that features a GPS, heart monitor, and step counter. Not to be outdone, Joe Biden was photographed wearing a necklace with his name, address, and allergies in case he gets lost.

A lawmaker in Nevada just introduced a new bill that would provide pets with medical marijuana. Weed for pets. Which raises the question: Is it possible for cats to sleep 25 hours a day? Is that possible?

Yesterday President Obama addressed climate change by signing an executive order to cut the country's gas emissions by 40 percent over the next 10 years. Then he said, “And if it fails, who cares? I'll be halfway to Mars by then."

It’s rumored that Obama recently purchased a house in Hawaii that was featured on the show “Magnum P.I.” Not to be outdone, Biden is moving into SpongeBob's Pineapple.

Prince Charles visited President Obama at the White House yesterday. They each had a good laugh and then shook ears.

Amazon introduced its one-hour delivery service to parts of Miami yesterday. When asked what they want to get delivered so quickly, people in Miami said, “Are you a cop?"

Texas Senator Ted Cruz officially announced that he's running for president. Cruz said that after doing exhaustive research to see if he had a real chance to win, he said, “I'm gonna run anyway.”

Republican Ted Cruz announced that he will run for president in 2016. So finally, Carnival is no longer the most dangerous cruise in America.

According to a new poll, exactly 50 percent of Americans view President Obama's presidency as a success. While the other half of Americans are actually candidates for the Republican presidential nomination.

While he was discussing U.S.-Israeli relations yesterday, John McCain told Obama to quote, "Get over your temper tantrum, Mr. President." I didn't even know Obama could get mad.

During a recent interview, President Obama revealed that he doesn't always get enough sleep. And I think I speak for everyone when I say, “Good! We pay you to worry about stuff so WE can sleep. That’s why you are the president. ”

President Obama admitted that he doesn't get enough sleep. But doctors said he should find little tricks to doze off, like counting intruders jumping over the White House fence.

Over the weekend, a man in Italy hand-delivered a pizza to Pope Francis while he was riding through the streets in his Popemobile. That means he just achieved "peak Italian."

A man delivered a pizza to Pope Francis. Francis actually liked it more than the pizza he gets from his usual place — “Pope-a-John's.”

During an interview with Playboy — that's right, Playboy — Dick Cheney said President Obama is the worst president in his lifetime. Meanwhile, subscribers to Playboy said Cheney was the worst centerfold in their lifetime.

President Obama filled out his March Madness bracket. You can tell Obama's mind is elsewhere because his top two picks were Israel and Iran.

President Obama has decided that he wants his presidential library to be in Chicago, not Hawaii. Today Hawaii's governor said, "Great, who's going to want to come to Hawaii now?"

A new study has shown that women who get more sleep have better sex. Unfortunately, the study was conducted by Bill Cosby.

Texas senator and tea party favorite Ted Cruz announced he's running for president. He pledged to lead America boldly forward into the 1950s.

Ted Cruz released a presidential campaign video in Spanish. Cruz explained, "It's important for me to reach out to the people I'm trying to deport."

People are questioning if Ted Cruz can legally run for president because he was born in Canada. And the last thing we want to do is pave the way for a President Bieber.

The FDA has approved a potato genetically engineered not to bruise. Scientists are so confident the potato will not bruise that next weekend they're having it fight Manny Pacquiao.

Tea party candidate Ted Cruz announced he's running for president. He says he wants to abolish the IRS. So today Cruz was endorsed by Nicolas Cage, Wesley Snipes, and Willie Nelson.

Ted Cruz says he used to like rock music but after 9/11, he prefers country. Upon hearing this, al-Qaida said, "That was the plan."

Burger King announced its chicken fries will be served year round now. Previously, the chicken fries have only been sold during heart attack season but now you can get them whenever you want.

A new article states that millennials have terrible conversational skills. When asked for comment, millennials texted a series of crying frowny faces.

According to a new study, doctors now say that loneliness is more dangerous than smoking and drinking. So they recommend that you smoke and drink with others.

What is also dangerous is criticizing Vladimir Putin.

Everybody was upset that Vladimir Putin was missing. He was in Switzerland with his girlfriend. She had a baby in Switzerland because in Russia childbirth is not covered by Putin-care.

Mitt Romney, two-time Republican presidential candidate, is going to fight Evander Holyfield for charity. I hope they save some of that money for funeral expenses.

Burger King is now making a Whopper-scented cologne. But there is a warning. If you wear Burger King's Whopper cologne, don't go near a lion cage. You know, I think I'll just stick with my Steak and Shake aftershave.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz announced he is running for president. Ted Cruz was born in Canada, his father fled to the United States from Cuba, and yet Ted Cruz is against immigration. Isn't that odd?

Ted Cruz could be president of the United States. If you thought the Secret Service was drinking before...

President Obama and Hillary Clinton had lunch today. Of course, Hillary had a private server.

Tea party candidate Ted Cruz, Republican senator from Texas, wants to be president. That means he's one step closer to being a Fox News analyst.

Republican Congressman Peter King called Ted Cruz a carnival barker. That is such an insult to carnival barkers.

Ted Cruz is the first official candidate for the 2016 presidential election. As history has shown, the first declared candidate always goes on to win the election — except in 2012, 2008, 2004, 2000, 1996, 1992, 1988, 1984, 1980, 1976, 1972, 1968, 1964, 1960, 1956...

We are in Austin, Texas. I've been away from L.A. for five days. I've already forgotten what kale tastes like. I now eat my vegetables fried as God intended.

I have now consumed every food Austin has to offer. My body is dangerously close to no longer being considered a temple.

This is how I know I have a problem. Last night when asked if I wanted sparkling or regular water, I said, "Bring me a glass of queso."

South by Southwest is quite an event. It's where music, movies, and technology come together. The tech portion came to a close last night so don't worry, the nerds are gone. They zoomed off in their driverless cars to who knows where.

Thank you for joining us here in Austin, Texas. I don't want to leave but I have to leave because if I stay any longer my body will turn into brisket.

I really do have to go home. None of my clothes fit anymore. My socks are even tight. That's when you know.

The South by Southwest festival, which is the reason we came this week, goes on until Sunday. This morning Snoop Dogg spoke about the future of music. His speech went great but he was a little freaked out by the screen full of words that seemed to know everything he was about to say.

The first known candidate to enter the presidential race in 2016 is Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Announcing your candidacy before everyone else does is kind of like being the first celebrity to show up on the red carpet at the Oscars. It's not a great thing.

Chelsea Clinton is here tonight. Chelsea's here to promote the "Serve a Year" campaign. A lot of celebrities do this. They serve a year, sometimes less with good behavior.

UCLA will play Gonzaga in the NCAA tournament. Gonzaga comes from the land of imaginary schools that only exist during March Madness.

Most NCAA office pools are illegal. That's what makes it so exciting — the thrill of potentially doing hard time for circling the word "Valparaiso" on a piece of paper. It's sad that the one thing that we actually enjoy about work is against the law.

Dick Cheney said in a Playboy interview this week that Barack Obama is the worst president of his lifetime. Come on, you can’t tell me Obama is worse than Martin Van Buren.

Arnold Schwarzenegger was stopped by police in Australia this week for riding a bike without a helmet. It’s especially dangerous for Schwarzenegger because if he got a concussion, how would you know?

Blackberry and Samsung are working together on a new project to build a high-security tablet. The way it works is this: It says “Blackberry” on the back and nobody wants to steal it.

March Madness is officially underway and there have already been some major upsets. For instance, I told my wife I was going to watch basketball all weekend and she was really upset.

Mitt Romney said this week that his biggest campaign mistake in 2012 was not communicating well with minorities. The only minority he did well with was Romney voters.

Senator Ted Cruz has officially announced that he is running for president. But if you see a T-shirt that says “Ted Cruz 2016,” those aren’t election shirts. That’s just how old he thinks the Earth is.

March Madness is now down to the Sweet 16. Here’s who’s out: the team of all white guys that passes well but only shoots threes. They’re out. The small school where the coach is one of the players' dads. Out. And the team you picked to go all the way. Out.

Starbucks is discontinuing its “Race Together” initiative where baristas were asked to discuss race relations with customers. Apparently, there aren’t many combinations worse than “racial discussions” and “hot liquids.”

Larry King reportedly tweets by calling a designated voice mail and leaving a message, and then an assistant tweets the message for him. Which I guess explains why so many of his tweets begin with “Hello, operator?”

Former president George W. Bush will be in Dallas this week raising money for his brother Jeb's presidential run. He plans to raise the money by campaigning for Ted Cruz.

Ted Cruz said today that if elected president, he'll tell the truth and do what he said he'd do. And guys, I know we've been burned 44 times on this, but I have a good feeling about this guy.

Despite being Pope for only a short time, Pope Francis is already being credited with a miracle. Apparently, he called Time Warner Cable and got a representative right away.

A new study has found that 70 minutes of math and science homework per night is best for teenage students. Said teenage students, "What? That's two hours!"

 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF MARCH 21, 2015



Did Hillary Rodham fail her 1973 attempt to pass the Washington, D.C. bar exam?

For the most current (March 21st) update that answers that question, click HERE

 





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Leroy and I are thinking of taking up a collection so we can buy Fritz a pair of glasses. Watch THIS and see if you want to contribute to the cause. (1:47)



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As amazing dogs go, THIS canine that put on a show during halftime at a Philadelphia Eagles’ game last year has to rank near the top of the list. (4:10)





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It’s TIME to check the 2015 edition of People are Awesome and see what’s new. (4:45)


Click HERE if you who missed seeing last year’s participants. (3:04)


If you are into this sort of stuff, THIS longer similar video titled “People Are Amazing - Nothing Is Impossible” might pique your interest. It definitely lives up to its title. (23:31)





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This guy is hoping to see the calving of a glacier in Greenland. When it HAPPENS at the 50-second mark, he keeps repeating the word “Wow!” Had it been me, I would have chosen a four-letter word. (2:27)



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Anyone care to try and identify what THIS is? We're thinking it might be something straight out of the X-Files? What's your take? (2:35)

  

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Various law enforcement agencies in the state of Georgia came up with THIS public service announcement in an effort to cut down on road rage incidents which are somewhat common in the South. (1:18)





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If any of you fine gentlemen of Italian descent have an issue with THIS video, take it up with Bruce Morton. We’ll even provide you with his home address if you are especially angry. (Sorry, Bruce. Better you than us if someone is going to go swimming with the fishes.) (1:21)





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Bruce Fair says THIS is a rather unusual way for an airline pilot to impress a group of girls. He has a point. (0:26)





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THESE people who created a roller coaster on the sidewalk should get an award for their imagination, ingenuity and costume design. (0:21)





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THIS "60 Minutes" segment Leroy found is about an orphanage for baby elephants that are in need of special care due to the death of their mothers. It’s presented by Bob Simon, who died in an auto accident in New York City a few weeks ago. If you care about wildlife, you should find this story as moving as it is interesting. (12:33)





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Pop Quiz: Of 30 major U.S. cities in this study, which one has the highest median family income? Give up? Click HERE and note the last city on the chart.




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Pop Quiz No. 2: Any idea what this is? Click HERE and you will know immediately what it is, and what it becomes. (0:34)





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Was the media RESPONSIBLE for spreading the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” hoax? That rhetorical question is backed up by this video. (1:34)





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Police departments are able to practice community policing and provide outreach to the homeless ONLY if they are properly funded, something the good citizens of San Jose probably won’t see for several years. It also takes a special kind of cop who wants to do this type of police work. Kudos to the Houston PD for initiating this program. (4:57)





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Give it up, kid, you are NOT going to bring this dummy back to life. Being brain dead is only half of his problem. (1:17)





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As pranks go, THIS one with the misplaced bottom is hard to top. (Get it?) Check it out. (2:14)





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Speaking of pranks, we were unaware that there was some sort of prank competition going on between Matt Lauer and Ellen DeGeneres until a couple of readers sent us THIS clip. (5:23)





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According to Sharon Lansdowne, your dog’s expression can tell you if if it has been involved in a sex scandal…





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We were dressed and ready to go out for a dinner and theater evening. We turned on a 'night light', turned the answering machine on, covered our pet parrot and put the cat in the backyard. We phoned the local taxi company and requested a taxi.

The taxi arrived and we opened the front door to leave the house. As we walked out the door, the cat we had put out in the yard scooted back into the house. We didn't want her shut in the house because she always tries to get at the parrot.

My wife walked on out to the taxi while I went back inside to get the cat. The cat ran upstairs, with me in hot pursuit.

Waiting in the cab, my wife didn't want the driver to know that the house would be empty for the night so, she explained to the taxi driver that I would be out soon. "He's just going upstairs to say good-bye to my mother."

A few minutes later, I got into the cab.

"Sorry I took so long," I said, as we drove away. "That stupid bitch was hiding under the bed. I had to poke her in the ass with a coat hanger to get her to come out. She tried to take off, so I grabbed her by the neck and had to wrap her in a blanket to keep her from scratching me, but it worked. I hauled her downstairs and threw her out into the backyard! She'd better not crap in the vegetable garden again!"

The silence in the taxi was deafening.
 

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For you WW II history buffs, HERE’S a link from Bruce Morton to an excellent, highly-detailed photo collection of the Battle of Midway and the Aleutian Campaign published by the Atlantic. The page is from the magazine’s ongoing 20-part series titled “World War II in Photos.”

 

TBD-1 torpedo bombers of Torpedo Squadron Six unfold their wings on the deck of the USS
Enterprise prior to launching an attack against four Japanese carriers on the first day of the
Battle of Midway. The squadron subsequently lost ten of fourteen aircraft during their attack.

Ed. — TBD-1s were sitting ducks for the Japanese carriers’ guns as they were slow and had to fly in a straight line just above the water during their torpedo attacks. It was the Navy’s dive bombers that sunk and/or crippled the carriers that forced the Japanese battle group to turn and run.

 

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If you want to see some clever and useful ways to recycle items you may have laying around the house, clicking HERE will take you to a special website provided by Bruce Fair in the Last of Flat. (Just how flat is Kansas? We heard that if you stand on a penny in the middle of the state, you can see Colorado, Nebraska, Missouri and Oklahoma.)





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We thought this would be an appropriate way to acknowledge the 5th anniversary of Obamacare…

 

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Doug Smith is on his deathbed and knows the end is near. His nurse, his wife, his daughter and 2 sons are with him.

He asks for 2 witnesses to be present and a camcorder to be in place to record his last wishes. When all is ready he begins to speak:

"My son Bernie, I want you to take the Mayfair houses."

"My daughter Sybil, you take the apartments over in the east end."

"My son Jamie, I want you to take the offices over in the City Center."

"Sarah, my dear wife, please take all the residential buildings on the banks of the river."

The nurse and witnesses are blown away as they did not realize his extensive holdings, and as Doug slips away, the nurse says,

"Mrs. Smith, your husband must have been a really hard-working man to have accumulated all that property".

"Property?" Sarah replies, "The idiot had a paper route.”

 

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Doesn’t THIS latest Redneck fad of couch surfing look like fun? Almost makes us want to get all spiffied up in slacks and a sports coat and give it a try. Almost. (1:27)





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(Caution, this is R-rated British humour): Sir Reginald would like to SHOW you his marvelous organ. Not only that, he’ll even break into song and tell you about it. (2:06)





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If THIS doesn’t cause a chuckle or three, you may need to see a shrink. Pictured below is Fritz Coleman, the weatherman for an NBC TV affiliate in Southern California. If you are over the age of 60 and haven’t yet heard him give his keynote address at the Conference on Aging, you missed out on some seriously funny stuff. Perhaps that’s why it has received over 3 million views and why so many readers sent us the video. (14:59)





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Rest in peace, Michael. We are all praying for you and your family…



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rRea9qnjK4&feature=youtu.be




 


THE FARSIDER SUBSCRIPTION ROSTER as of 3/26/15

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

Keith Little — Added

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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
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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
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Hendrix, Dave
Hernandez, Ernie
Hernandez, Irma
Hernandez, Joe
Hernandez, Linda
Hernandez, Rudy
Hernandez, Vic
Herrick, Mike
Herrmann, Erma
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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
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Hosmer, Dewey
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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
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Kirkendall, Dave
Kischmischian, Gene
Klein, Lou Anna
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Knea, Tim
Kneis, Brian
Knopf, Art
Knopf, Dave
Kocina, Ken
Koenig, Heinz
Kong, Ernie
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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
Little, Keith            
Livingstone, John
Lobach, Bob
Lockwood, Bob
Lockwood, Joan
Logan, Maureen
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Longaker, Mary
Longoria, Noe
Lopez, Candy
Lopez. Dan
Lopez, Ruvi
Lovecchio, Pete
Low, John
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Lucarotti, Jim
Luna, Gloria
Lundberg, Larry
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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
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McCall, Lani
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McCollum, Daniele
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McCulloch, Scott
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McFall, Tom
McGuffin, Rich
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McIninch, Mark
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Nagengast, Carol
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Namba, Bob
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Nichols, Mike
Nimitz, Stephanie
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Norton, Phil
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Nunes, Les
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O'Donnell, Tom
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Ozuna, George
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Padilla, George
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Paredes, Carlos
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Plinski, Leo
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Polanco, Mary
Polmanteer, Jim
Porter, John
Postier, Ken
Postier, Steve
Powers, Bill
Priddy, Loren
Princevalle, Roger
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Reyes, Mo
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Roach, Jim
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Robertson, Harry
Robinson, Walt
Robison, Rob
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Rogers, Lorrie
Romano, Marie
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Rose, Wendell
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Ross, Mike
Rosso, Ron
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Royal, Russ
Ruiloba, Louie
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Russell, Stan
Russo, Grace
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Saito, RIch
Salamida Joe
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Salewsky, Bill
Salguero, Desiree
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Savala, john
Sawyer, Craig
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Schmidt, Paul
Schriefer, Hank
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Seck, Tom
Sekany, Greg
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Seymour, Jim
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Shaver, John
Sheppard, Jeff
Sherman, Gordon
Sherr, Laurie
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Shuey, Craig
Shuman, John
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Sills, Eric
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Silveria, Linda
Silvers, Jim
Simpson, Terry
Sinclair, Bob
Sly, Sandi
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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
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Suske, Joe
Swanson, Ray
Tarricone, Linda
Tate, Bill
Taves, Phil & Paula
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Tennant, Ed
Teren-Foster, Aileen
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Thomassin, Ron
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Thompson, Gary
Thompson, Margie
Thompson, Mike
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Tice, Stan
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Tietgens, Don
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Townsend, Vicki
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Trussler, John
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Unland, Joe
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Vizzusi, Tony
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Wittenberg, Jim
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Woo, Paul
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Woodington, Brad
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