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April 12
, 2012


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.




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April 10th

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.

Court Language: <http://tinyurl.com/6s488y3>

Text of NBC News Coverage: <http://tinyurl.com/8589moe>

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 unsustainable figure.

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 time limits.

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 action.

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 penny.

In his closing statement, Constant went beyond Cleveland or Detroit, this time invoking Prichard, Ala., which he said stopped sending out pension checks. Negotiations?

Please. For months and months, the council got reports of talks that went nowhere.

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. com/scott-herhold>.

I’d welcome any critiques.

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The margin is closing in the daily Mercury News poll

For the latest numbers, go to
<http://www.mercurynews.com/news>, 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

—Appellate court issues temporary stay on city’s proposed measure—

By Tracy Seipel <tseipel@mercurynews.com>
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 wording.

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 in stride.

“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 members.

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 to wait.

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 issue...


—An offbeat look at state and local politics—

And the $650 Million Answer is...

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 $650 million.’’

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 unions.

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 retirement costs.

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 upshot?

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 year.

More on pension reform — to the letter

A word is a word is a word, unless you’re the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters’ office.

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
<internalaffairs@mercurynews.com>, or call 408-975-9346.




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April 5th


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 authorization.

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.

Joe Unland

There's more on HR 218 below...

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April 5th


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 BS.

Glenn Bytheway

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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April 5th

Hi Bill
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.)

David Byers

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 work together?)


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We were one of six recipients who received this short e-mail from Hank Schriefer...

April 6th

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.

(Hank Schriefer)

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April 6th

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.


(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 paragraph...

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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 comments to


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April 10th


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!
Bob Beams

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 Highway Patrol

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 retired.

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 Law.

Contact Capital Bureau Chief Ed Vogel at
<evogel@reviewjournal.com> or 775-687-3901.



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.



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 Directive
• 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.







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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 the computer.


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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.)

Language Warning: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_9J5cJwkLU>

For more background on Alexandra Pelosi, click on the link below...



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With nearly 6 million views, Ray Stevens seems to have another hit on his hands with "Come To the USA." ( 3 Mins.)



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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. (3 Mins.)



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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.)



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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.


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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.)



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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.



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Only in Europe — Britain in this case — can television stations and advertisers get away with risque commercials like this one. (1 Min.)



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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.)



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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.)



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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. (6 Mins.)



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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.)



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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?


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