April 12, 2012
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We received the ruling from the court today about our
appeal of the original ruling on the language used for the upcoming ballot on
pensions. As you know, we felt the original wording used by the City was not
impartial. The court agreed with us and has changed the language in the ballot.
Here is a link to the wording and a link to NBC's initial coverage.
Text of NBC
Click on the
link under this photo to view the video of the news coverage.
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All we could
find in today's paper about the pension issue was Columnist Scott Herhold's
boxing metaphor that pitted Councilmembers Pete Constant and Ash Kaira. There
was no mention of the court decision covered by the NBC news update above. Don't
miss Herhold's "FYI" at the end of his column...
Pension Debate Packs a Punch
By Scott Herhold
Mercury News — April 12, 2012
For San Jose, it was the political heavyweight fight of the year. Two council
members of vastly different persuasions, Pete Constant and Ash Kalra, appeared
Wednesday at the most prestigious ring in town, the downtown Rotary Club, to
debate the biggest local issue on the June ballot, the Measure B pension reform.
Though one of them jabbed his opponent in the groin at the end, the duo brought
passion and eloquence to an eye-glazing issue. The high level of verbal boxing
reflected what was really a three-way match. The referee, bankruptcy Judge
Arthur Weissbrodt, joined the action with his incisive questioning.
The bumper sticker message? For the conservative Constant, a Republican and
ex-cop, it might have been this: If we don’t pass Measure B, San Jose will go
the way of Cleveland or Detroit. For the liberal Kalra, a Democrat and former
public defender, it was this: Measure B breaks the law and betrays city
employees. Here’s my score card:
ROUND ONE — The action opened with a nod from Constant, who joked that Kalra was
not as far to the left of him on the dais as he usually was in council sessions.
Then Constant got into the big picture: The city made promises it could not
keep. San Jose is paying $243 million for pensions and benefits this year, an
The bell rang before he could explain Measure B in detail.
Kalra came back with a more polished version of his standard argument: Yes, he
was for reform. But the city’s legal opinion was flawed, and San Jose will lose
in court. “Nothing kicks the can down the road as much as an act of supposed
reform that doesn’t stand up in court,” he said. Edge: Kalra, who is helped by
ROUND TWO — Constant began with a solid right to the body, pointing out that
Kalra had opposed Measure W, which allows for a cheaper tier of new employees.
“The cost of inaction is incredible,” Constant said. “Without Measure B, the
city will spiral downwards like Detroit or Cleveland.”
Kalra danced again on legality and then argued that the city had to take its
employees into account. “You want people working for you who want to work for
you,” he said, adding there had already been a mass exodus. Edge: I marked the
round even, though Constant sounded more impassioned.
ROUND THREE — To his credit, Judge Weissbrodt jumped into the middle of the
He challenged Kalra to answer why labor negotiators would willingly give up
enough to make pension reform sensible. Kalra replied that the unions have made
concessions, but you can’t fix it all at once. It was clearly a weak punch.
Then Weissbrodt directed a question at Constant: Is it morally fair to employees
to cut their pensions and benefits when they’ve made life decisions expecting a
more generous deal?
“Is it morally responsible for my children to each be saddled with $3,000 to
$5,000 of debt the minute they’re born?” Constant replied.
Edge: Constant, who landed blows regularly.
ROUND FOUR — Weissbrodt asked the central, common-sense question of Kalra: A lot
of Americans can’t really live on their retirement benefits. How can you defend
the big pensions and benefits of city employees? Measure B hardly makes them
destitute. The judge said he didn’t want the legal argument again. Kalra came
back by saying you have to be responsible and sit down with employees. Then, in
a clinch, he went back to the legal argument, saying the city won’t save a
In his closing statement, Constant went beyond Cleveland or Detroit, this time
invoking Prichard, Ala., which he said stopped sending out pension checks.
Please. For months and months, the council got reports of talks that went
Kalra finished with a shot to the groin. Saying that Measure B would impose
unfair limits on disabled cops, he pointed out that Constant is getting a 50
percent disability pension, which he claimed was a sweeter deal than a cop in a
wheelchair might get in certain cases. (“It’s not surprising that Ash resorted
to personal attacks; that’s what people do when they can’t win on the facts,”
Constant told me by email later.) Edge: No question.
The crowd left satisfied.
FYI: I’m planning a piece for Sunday that attempts to explain how Measure B
would affect two employees — a 20-year librarian and a 20-year-cop. A working
version of my numbers is at <www.mercurynews.
I’d welcome any critiques.
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The margin is closing in the daily Mercury News
For the latest numbers,
then scroll down.
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We are now backtracking to
last Friday's paper that included this story about the previous day's (April
5th) court ruling regarding the issue of the ballot measure language...
Pension Reform Ruling on Hold
court issues temporary stay on city’s proposed measure—
Mercury News —
April 6, 2012
San Jose city workers on Thursday won a last-minute
legal reprieve that stops the city’s June 5 pension reform ballot measure from
going to print — for now.
In a two-paragraph order, three judges of the 6th District Court of Appeal based
in San Jose put on hold Wednesday’s decision by a Santa Clara County Superior
Court Judge overruling the unions’ objections to the measure’s title and
The unions appealed the decision by Judge Kevin McKenney, who had approved two
minor revisions the unions had sought but kept the word “reform’’ on the pension
measure. He also ruled that the city could use the words, “To protect essential
services’’ at the beginning of the ballot description, words a union attorney
said would mislead voters.
“We are pleased that the 6th District Court of Appeal will consider our
emergency writ seeking to ensure that the ballot question for Measure B is
impartial and complies with California election law,” said Robin Johansen, lead
attorney for the city’s workers.
Thursday’s appellate court decision to hear the case was issued by Acting
Presiding Judge Franklin Elia and Judges Nathan Mihara and Wendy Duffy.
San Jose City Attorney Rick Doyle characterized the ruling as rare but took it
“We felt the ballot language was sufficient and legal,’’ Doyle said. “That being
said, the important thing is a decision so it gets to the ballot, and we can get
on with the election.’’
The city’s outside counsel has until 10 a.m. Monday to submit its arguments
against both the stay and the union’s original claims; the unions’ attorneys
have until 10 a.m. Tuesday to reply. Doyle’s office has recused itself from
recent legal challenges over the measure because many on his staff are union
Doyle said the Registrar of Voters had asked for ballot language to be finalized
and submitted by no later than Friday, in order for ballots to be available by
May 7, the first day of early voting. But it now appears the registrar will have
Calls to the registrar were not returned by this paper’s deadline.
Mayor Chuck Reed, who has led the fight for pension reform, was dismayed by the
news but said he is confident the city will overcome this legal hurdle.
“I think we’ll win,’’ Reed said, adding that the unions don’t want voters to
know the city is pushing pension reform and will do whatever they can to obscure
that in the ballot language.
“They don’t want it to say ‘pension reform’ because people are very strongly in
favor of pension reform,’’ Reed said.
The ballot measure seeks to reduce pension benefits for new hires and require
current workers to pay more toward their retirement unless they switch to a plan
with reduced benefits and cost. Retirees could see 3 percent annual
cost-of-living increases suspended if the city declares a fiscal emergency.
Employees contend the measure is illegal.
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This is all we were able to
peel off the pages of last Sunday's paper relative to the pension reform
—An offbeat look at state and
And the $650 Million Answer
Mercury News —
April 8, 2012
While San Jose employee unions are ecstatic about last
week’s miraculous appellate court stay that’s prevented the June 5 pension
reform ballot measure from being printed on the ballot — at least until the
court rules this week — they’re still disappointed about what they regard as an
unsatisfactory response from City Manager Debra Figone about the “mystery of the
As IA readers know, the figure refers to projected San Jose employee pension
costs for 2015-16 — used by San Jose city officials during the last year as a
“worst case’’ scenario, and recently called into question by the city’s employee
In late February, five labor-backed council members asked the council’s Rules
and Open Government Committee to have Figone and two others explain the origins
of the figure in detail. Mayor Chuck Reed , who heads the committee, recommended
that their request be addressed in March during a special study session on
The committee ultimately recommended a session on how pension costs could add up
under five worst-case scenarios.
But buried in the mind-numbing March 29 special session filled with charts and
actuarial numbers, the costs actually did close in on $650 million — though only
if you guessed which columns to add up.
Unions have cried foul ever since. City officials, however, point out that
Figone had answered the council members’ question in a four-page memo only one
week earlier, on March 22.
The first utterance of $650 million by Retirement Services Director Russell
Crosby at a February 2011 budget priority session was, she said, an estimate he
was asked to provide about what could happen in regards to retirement costs.
"There is absolutely nothing wrong with this,” she said.
Figone continued: “I expect staff with knowledge and experience to be able to
provide these types of responses based on their expertise. This happens
throughout the city on a daily basis.” Moreover, she repeated, the figure was
never the basis of council-approved labor negotiations or budget estimates last
More on pension reform — to the letter
A word is a word is a word, unless you’re the Santa Clara County Registrar of
The registrar has rules.
A ballot measure can have a summary of no more than 75 words.
But allowances are made in Election Code Section 9: A date, like “April 12,
2002,” is two words. “City of San Jose,’’ four words in ordinary English, is one
word in the registrar’s book. So is “East Side Union High School District,’’ a
six-for-one blue-plate special.
The matter came up last Tuesday as Judge Kevin McKenney decided on the language
for San Jose’s pension-reform proposal in June, Measure B, which hit the word
limit. (His decision was stayed temporarily Thursday by the 6th District Court
of Appeal, however, which could rule on the matter as early as this week.) The
registrar does allow hyphenated words to be counted as one, but only if they
appear in a dictionary published in the United States in the past 10 years. And,
yes, says the election division coordinator, Shannon Bushey , the office pulls
out the dictionary if things come down to it.
To be precise, a New Oxford American Dictionary, Third Edition, printed in 2010
in New York.
This week’s items were written by Tracey Kaplan, Tracy Seipel, Scott Herhold and
Paul Rogers. Send tips to
or call 408-975-9346.
Results from last week's poll...
For the full scope of state and national polling by Scott
Rasmussen, click on this link:
For the most recent releases, click here:
I was going to stay out of the CCW issue but decided I will throw in my two
cents. I am assuming that the PD changed the ID card from three years to one
year due to the Federal law that not only mandates us to qualify every year, it
also requires us to have on our person written proof of our qualification. Under
the old system the ID card did not show a qualification date, and it is unlikely
that the funky sticker the Range used to put on the card complies with the law.
There is nothing that says the written qualification must be on your Dept. ID
card. I qualify with the Sheriff's Dept. in the county where I live every year
and am given an ID card showing both the qualification date and that it meets
the requirements of HR 218. I also return to San Jose each year and qualify
because I don't want to tick off anyone at the SJPD and have them revoke my CCW
My idea is to have the PD issue us the old style ID card good for only three
years regardless of your age or years retired as the City needs to check on our
good standing once in awhile, then have the Range issue us a cheap paper ID
stating that we qualified on a certain date. The retiree would be responsible
for laminating it and keeping it with them along with the official SJPD ID card.
If the retiree does not choose to qualify at the Range every year and violate
Federal law if they carry a weapon, that is their problem. If the retiree only
carries in CA, there is no mandate that they have written proof of the annual
qualification (under CA law). However, as you have already stated, if they get
involved in a shooting they can be certain that someone will be checking.
I think the PD may be worried that if they issue an HR 218-endorsed ID card good
for 3 years, they are liable for us if we don't qualify annually. I believe they
can solve this with a Dept. memo explaining the law along with a second ID card
issued from the Range that would be required in order to legally carry. The
Range ID card would not need a photo, just the Dept. logo along with space for
the names and badge numbers of the retiree and the Range officer, both of which
could be filled in by hand.
For me to renew my ID card and qualify will now take two days for the process.
It would be nice to be able to go to the Range, then repeat the process every
third year so I don't have to jump through so many hoops.
Not sure if this idea will go anywhere, but the current system is painful. The
people who could change the procedure should do it now while they are in a
position to do so. If they don't, they will have to live with the same process
some day themselves.
Thanks again to you and Leroy for all the work you guys put into the Rag.
There's more on HR 218
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Found this article in the Contra Costa Times, the sister ship to the Murky News.
I haven't seen it yet in SJ, and doubt it will ever make it in local print. The
author, a County Supervisor, recognizes a problem that most of those on the San
Jose City Council will never acknowledge.
On another note, I was recently at the Post Office picking up mail when I
noticed the attached magazine in the recycle bin. At first glance I thought I
had found the answer to the POA's problems with the City's leaders and their BS.
I was all set to get the POA a subscription until I realized it was different
The headline of the CoCo
Times article written by the County Supervisor is "Contra Costa's Deputy
Sheriff's Need Our Support." It's based on the deputies' cuts in pay and the
increase they have to pay in pension costs. Glenn is correct; Hell would freeze
over before a similar article by a San Jose council person would appear in the
Mercury News. If you want to check the article out, click on this link:
This is the cover of the magazine Glenn attached to his e-mail.
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I may have a solution to this annual CCW qualification issue.
It would seem to me that the photo taken of a retiree upon his retirement might
be stored in a City computer. If the retiree could qualifiy when it's time to
renew his or her ID card under the terms mentioned in the previous articles at a
police range more conveniently located to their place of residence, and the
results were forwarded to the SJPD, couldn't a new ID card with an HR 218
endorsement be issued by the SJPD using the stored picture? As long as the
picture on file closely resembles the retiree and there is no dramatic change in
appearance (brown hair to grey, or vice versa, or without a lousy dye job) then
the stored photo should suffice. Plus, when someone travels long distance to San
Jose, they might eat a meal at a San Jose restaurant or bed down for an
overnight stay. If so, the taxes generated could be used to help support the
outrageous benefits us retirees are enjoying. (Sorry about that last statement.)
As I recall, a suggestion similar to yours — but
without the tax angle — was shot down within the past month or two. Perhaps if
it was brought up again and the Mayor was reminded about the taxes paid on meals
and lodging, he might begin salivating about the dough and have the City Manager
order Chief Moore to make it so. (See what can happen when two great minds
• • • • •
We were one of
six recipients who received this short e-mail from Hank Schriefer...
I was just informed that the Santa Clara PD received 400 lateral applications
from SJPD officers. That's almost all of BFO. Thought you might be interested.
• • • • •
Bill and Leroy,
Someone correct me if I m wrong. It is my understanding that the issuance of a
Retired Law Enforcement Concealed Weapons License is entirely governed by the
state the retiree resides in, and not where they retired from. Here in Idaho the
yearly renewal is accomplished with $15.00 and an affidavit stating one has
familiarized themselves with their weapon by firing one round during the
previous year. This is good for any firearm(s) the licensee may be carrying.
Seems Idaho is more accommodating to police retirees from other states than many
other states. Nevertheless, I fear an expired ID card could be problematic in
any legal proceeding one might become involved in.
Nails (Larry Fernsworth)
I think you are on target, Nails. Since HR 218
requires one to be an active or retired law enforcement officer, carrying an
expired HR 218-endorsed I.D. card would indeed be problematic as it would mean
that the retiree has not qualified within the past 12 months, which is required
by the Federal CCW law. In your case in Idaho, where it sounds like you can have
a separate HR 218 endorsement on a sheet of paper or a card, a similar problem
exists. Even though you can easily qualify each year and renew the endorsement,
HR 218 also requires a valid active or retired police I.D. card as I read the
law. That makes sense in light of the fact that the law was passed specifically
for active and retired LEOs.
Perhaps a work-around would be to obtain a 3-year (non-HR 218) SJPD I.D. card
and keep the separate CCW endorsement with it. Then again, all that would do is
cut an annual trip to San Jose down to once every three years.
There's one other potential problem that comes to mind. If the Idaho CCW permit
you can obtain for $15 and an affidavit doesn't also require a current retired
police I.D. card, it wouldn't be an HR 218 endorsement since the Federal carry
law requires one. Many years ago when I was publishing the Insider for the Dept.
I spent hours on the phone over several days calling the AG offices of all the
other states so I could produce a CCW cheat sheet that would show the
requirements and limitations of SJPD officers traveling to other states, and I
was surprised by the vast differences in the requirements among the states. The
point is, only an HR 218 endorsement forces all 50 states to accept the same
requirements. This is probably not the case with an Idaho CCW permit that is not
an HR 218 endorsement.
Because of potential civil litigation, I can understand why the SJPD wants to
keep the issuance of HR 218 tight and under control. The logical solution from
our (the retirees point of view) would be for the SJPD to allow retirees living
out of the area to renew their I.D. card through the mail — and — accept a
letter prepared on letterhead stationery from the agency that provided the
qualification attesting to the fact that the retiree qualified and is eligible
for an HR 218 endorsement. Sadly, I don't see this happening anytime soon.
Hopefully something can be worked out in the future for those of you who saw the
handwriting on the wall and fled the Golden State.
Wikipedia did an excellent job of describing the details of HR 218 (the Law
Enforcement Officers Safety Act) in easy-to-read language. This is the lead
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The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) is a United States federal
law, enacted in 2004, that allows two classes of persons — the "qualified law
enforcement officer" and the "qualified retired law enforcement officer" — to
carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States, regardless
of any state or local law to the contrary, with certain exceptions.
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Retirees who carry or plan
to carry a concealed weapon should consider taking a couple of minutes to review
the Wikipedia entry by clicking on the link below. As noted, it's an easy read,
and it can't hurt to be at least a little familiar with the legislation that
directly affects a great many of you.
See an error in anything above or have a
differing opinion? Don't be shy, write in and tell us so we can pass it along.
This is important info and it's important that we get it right. Send your
• • • • •
I saw this article in the Las Vegas Review Journal this morning. Retired SJPD
Sergeant (?) Tom Navin was selected as the new Chief of the Capitol Police. I
believe they're referring to the Capitol Police in Carson City Nevada.
When I was a traffic sergeant in the late '80s, Tom worked for me as a radar
officer. I'd like to think that my excellent leadership skills inspired Officer
Navin to become a chief some day. What's probably more accurate is that Navin
thought that if Beams could be a sergeant, he could be a chief. Anyway, it was
a nice thought. Congratulations to Tom!
The article Bob is
referring to also included the appointment of the new head of the NHP in
addition to Tom. He's the 28th former San Jose cop to have taken command of
another law enforcement agency after leaving the SJPD.
New Chief Chosen to Lead Nevada
By Ed Vogel
Las Vegas Review-Journal Capital Bureau — April 10, 2012
CARSON CITY -- A retired California Highway Patrol
assistant chief was named Monday as the new chief of the Nevada Highway Patrol.
Troy L. Abney was picked by Chris Perry, the director of the Nevada Department
of Public Safety.
Perry also named former San Jose Police Department officer Tom Navin as chief of
the Capitol Police.
Abney replaces Bernie Curtis and Navin succeeds Jay Logue. Curtis and Logue have
Perry said Abney has 28 years of law enforcement experience. As assistant chief
of the California Highway Patrol, he led 786 sworn and non-sworn employees. He
also is a former director of training for the Oregon Department of Public
Safety. Abney holds bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration.
Navin worked 25 years for the San Jose Police Department and completed his
career as chief pilot for fixed-wing operations. He trained police pilots.
He is pursuing a law degree from Northwestern California University School of
Contact Capital Bureau Chief Ed Vogel at
As we noted a few weeks ago, the SJPD Range is
closed to retirees throughout the month of April for in-house qualifying.
Furthermore, retirees who plan to qualify should review the following info we
posted in the Nov. 10, 2011 Farsider as it remains in effect.
The City is providing retirees with a
maximum of 15 rounds to qualify at the Range. You must provide your own ammo if
you intend to practice. Qualifying has been simplified to 15 rounds at 15 feet.
According to Range Ofcr. Tom Liu, $100K has been cut from the Range budget, and
practice ammo is now available only for active personnel. He asked that we pass
along that retirees who intend to qualify do so at 2 p.m. any day M-F, but to
first call the Range 24 hours ahead of time to confirm that it will be open the
following day. The number is 408-277-5372.
ANOTHER NOVEL BY
OUR FORMER BOSS
A fifth police novel by
JoeMac hit the bookshelves on March 27th, and it's available in hard and soft
covers as well as digitally for e-books, including the Kindle. For a description
of the plot, click on the long link below.
New printings of Joe's four previous novels are also available.
• The First
• Fatal Command
• The Blue Mirage
• Code 211 Blue
And since Joe attends the
monthly PBA meetings, he's available to sign any of his books.
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN
LEGEND UPDATE AS OF APRIL 7, 2012
The facts behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox
• PETA has once again placed a brick with a hidden message at a baseball
• A 15-year-old girl named Sierra LaMar is missing from her California home.
• Living turtles and fish are packaged in plastic bags and sold as souvenir
key rings in China.
• July 2012 features in the return of a calendrical canard.
• Photograph shows a student with cerebral palsy who was left alone apart
from the rest of the choir during a school performance in which he was supposed
to take part.
• Bob and Nancy Strait, a Tulsa, Oklahoma, couple, were beaten and robbed in
• Poem and picture document a child abuse victim.
• Account describes the shooting of White Plains resident Kenneth
• The food colorants cochineal and carmine are made from ground bugs.
• Appeal for publicity concerning a 2-month-old girl who was allegedly badly
burned in the hand by emergency room staff at a Merced hospital.
• About the iconic wedding photo of Marine Sgt. Ty Ziegel and Renee Kline.
• E-mail claims Urban Outfitters CEO Richard Hayne donated money to Rick
Santorum and opposes gay marriage and abortion.
• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a
collection of odd news stories from around the world!
Worth a Second Look
• Lore and superstitions associated with Easter.
Still Haunting the Inbox
• Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's
circulating in the on-line world.
• Visit our Top Scams page for a list of schemes
commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.
THE LIGHTER SIDE &
OTHER ODDS AND ENDS
Don't forget to click on
the "Large Player" icon on the YouTube control panel in the lower right-hand
corner of the video when you watch the first clip. If you do, all other YouTube
videos should default to the same setting throughout the rest of your session at
• • • • •
This clip sent in by Lumpy is very interesting. It begins with Bill Maher and
Alexandra Pelosi (daughter of Nancy Pelosi) watching a documentary video that
she (Alexandra) shot across from the welfare office in New York City. Because it
was so controversial, the mainstream media wouldn't touch it, and even HBO had
reservations. Maher himself was quoted as saying it "would make liberals go
insane." (3 Mins.)
It should be noted that
Alexandra has some excellent credentials. She is a journalist and documentary
filmmaker who worked as a network television producer for NBC for ten years. She
also received several Emmy nominations for an earlier documentary she did on
George W. Bush. But don't think that she is a conservative, because she's not.
To put this in context, below is a link to the full video of her appearance on
Maher's HBO show "Real Time." In addition to the welfare office video, it
includes a video excerpt from an earlier documentary Alexandra shot in
Mississippi that was very unflattering of the Republicans. Does that make her a
muckraker? We report, you decide. (11 Mins.)
For more background on Alexandra Pelosi, click on the link
• • • • •
With nearly 6
million views, Ray Stevens seems to have another hit on his hands with "Come To
the USA." ( 3 Mins.)
• • • • •
Did you know that David
Copperfield can really fly? True. He can even take along a passenger. As
illusions go, this segment from his show in Las Vegas is pretty impressive since
he flies into a closed box and through rings with no sign of any wires attached
to his body. (7 Mins.)
Spoiler alert: If you don't
want to know how David pulls off this illusion, do not click on the link below.
• • • • •
Speaking of flying, you may
want to skip this video sent in by Bob Kosovilka if you suffer from acrophobia
or have trouble dealing with the "pucker factor." It's titled the "Top Ten
Biggest and Best Jumps Ever," and with good reason. The video includes
skydiving, wingsuit flying, skiing and motorcycle jumps, high (really high)
platform diving into a pool, and even an ascent to the edge of space, followed
by a long parachute descent back to earth. It's well worth a watch for adrenalin
junkies. (8 Mins.)
• • • • •
If you have the
time and inclination to wade through the official report of the UC Davis Pepper
Spray incident, feel free. Phil Norton dropped it in our inbox late yesterday
afternoon. It's in the form of a .pdf file that will show up on your desktop,
after which a double click on the icon will display the report.
• • • • •
Hats off to the clever
video tape editor who was able to substitute Mitt and Newt for Abbot and
Costello in this famous "Who's on First" routine. The lips of the two
Republicans appear to be in near perfect sync. (1 Min.)
• • • • •
Here's another item from
Lumpy about the male ego. It only runs 26 seconds, so you can't say you don't
have time to watch it.
• • • • •
Only in Europe — Britain in
this case — can television stations and advertisers get away with risque
commercials like this one. (1 Min.)
• • • • •
What's the Farsider without
at least one item about aviation? Check out this Russian BE-200, a multi-purpose
amphibious aircraft whose primary role is fighting forest fires. While there's
little doubt that the U.S. Forest Service would love to have a fleet of these,
the Russkies know they would be blithering idiots to accept an American credit
card. (3 Mins.)
• • • • •
Roger "Courtesy Tow" Coen
says this "2012 Salute to Vietnam Veterans" by Gen. Anthony C. Zinni is well
worth your time. Consider giving it a look. (16 Mins.)
• • • • •
Here's a clip from Leroy
that should jog the memories of most of you, just ignore the momentary audio
glitch near the end as it matters not. There are no photos, only a song that,
when combined with the words, will take most of you back to your youth.
• • • • •
In closing, three decades
ago — before his act was often punctuated by language not suitable for children
— Robin Williams did himself proud with this performance where he paid tribute
to the Stars and Stripes by portraying himself as the American Flag. The
performance was part of a 2-hour television special called "I Love Liberty." It
was produced by Norman Lear and presented by People For the American Way in
1982. Have a look, courtesy of Rob Reek. (5 Mins.)
• • • • •
That's it. Time for a nap. Thanks for visiting.
Pic of the Week:
Is it true that
David Byers and his wife felt they were getting a little
long in the tooth to travel on their motorcycle, so they decided to
trade the bike in on something that was a little more comfortable?
And that it
came as no surprise that the trade
was wholeheartedly approved by Grandma?