April 17, 2014
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Here is another article from the Sacramento Bee that appeared in the
"Viewpoints" section of the paper. The author? You guessed it, Chuck Reed. It is
his same-o same-o, blah-blah-blah, dribble. Nothing really new if you are
already familiar with his diatribe
What is interesting, however, is that this piece is a "Special to the Bee,"
meaning there was some coordination between the Bee's editorial staff and Reed.
Why? The Bee, in my view, is even more pro-pension-reform than the Mercury News.
As near as I can tell, the Mercury News has not publish this article, at least
not yet. After having had his butt handed to him on a platter following the
Measure B litigation, Reed is now targeting the state elected and appointed
officials who "nest" in Sacramento and can influence his effort for "reform" in
2016, thus help him obtain the financial support that he needs.
As John Tennant used to say, "Roll the union on..."
It's good to know we can count on you as our
Sacramento correspondent, Craig. Keep up the good work.
Viewpoints: California Needs
Substantial Pension Reform
By Chuck Reed
Special to The Bee — April 13, 2014
With each day that passes,
the need for pension reform becomes even clearer. Last fall, I was one of five
local elected leaders who proposed a ballot measure that would empower local
governments to address their pension problems. While public employee unions and
their allies prevented us from placing this measure on the 2014 ballot, the
delay has neither discouraged nor dissuaded us. The issue is just too important,
and the numbers are growing even more startling.
The state teacher pension
fund, CalSTRS, needs an extra $4.5 billion each year for 30 years to pay off its
unfunded liabilities. CalPERS’ local government members will see costs increase
by 50 percent during the next six years. And the state needs to contribute $1
billion more per year for retiree health care benefits.
These obligations for benefits already earned must be paid, and over the next
decade, they will continue to drain funding from essential services such as
education, public safety, transportation and health care.
Yet, powerful interests remain all too eager to kick the can down the road and
push our pension problems onto future generations. As everyone with a credit
card knows, failing to make your monthly payments dramatically raises the cost
of paying off the debt and increases the risk of financial ruin.
In the case of CalSTRS, for each year a funding plan is delayed, the Legislative
Analyst’s Office has calculated that the annual required contribution rises by
another $150 million. And without change, CalSTRS’ actuaries predict that its
pension fund will run out of money in 30 years. That’s around the time teachers
hired this year will be getting ready to retire.
Moody’s, one of the nation’s leading credit ratings agency, further underscored
the need for prompt action when it recently declared that the fact voters will
not be able to consider pension reform in 2014 is “credit negative” for
To avoid this looming disaster, we must do two things. One, we must pay the
annual required pension contribution to ensure our public servants receive the
benefits they have earned. And two, we need to reduce the cost of future
benefits so that government agencies can provide essential services to the
That’s the goal behind the initiative my fellow mayors and I have proposed. Our
measure explicitly protects the retirement benefits that employees have earned,
while allowing government agencies to negotiate reductions to current employees’
future, unaccrued benefits. This is how it works in the private sector and for
government pensions in at least 18 other states. And while the initiative would
provide flexibility to adjust benefits to match economic realities, it would be
up to each city, county and school district to sit down with their employees at
the bargaining table to decide what specific changes are needed.
These reforms match the recommendations of California’s independent government
watchdog, the Little Hoover Commission, which concluded that “the state and
local governments need the authority to restructure future, unearned retirement
benefits for their employees.” Moody’s recent report also warned that local
government agencies are facing rapidly growing pension costs “with few tools to
That’s why we remain committed to enacting significant pension reforms as soon
We are open to others’ ideas and welcome a dialogue with labor groups on what
they believe will solve the problem. But it’s clear that we need to address the
legal constraints that prevent employers and employees from negotiating new
contracts that will reduce pension debts, increase retirement security and
minimize the long-term cost to taxpayers.
The LAO is right. The CalSTRS actuaries are right. Moody’s is right. The Little
Hoover Commission is right. California needs substantial pension reform. And the
longer it takes to act, the pain will only get worse.
New information was
revealed today that bolsters the allegations contained in two complaints filed
against Councilmember Sam Liccardo that allege he broke state campaign finance
laws and violated San Jose election laws.
The new details can be found by clicking this link to The Daily Fetch. Please
click "Like" on the linked page to share this troubling information on your
personal Facebook page.
The POA will keep you
informed of further developments as they occur.
THE TRIALS AND
TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE S.J.P.D.
Does the Sheriff's Office have so many deputies that
some of them could work what would basically be pay jobs patrolling the streets
of San Jose? Apparently so...
Proposal Would Bring in
to consider effort to bolster police force—
By Eric Kurhi <email@example.com—
Mercury News — April 14, 2014
SAN JOSE — With an eye to
stock the city’s draining — and slow to replenish — pool of police officers,
Santa Clara County may offer the services of sheriff’s deputies to help
temporarily cope with the ongoing blue outflow.
At its meeting on Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors will consider reaching out
to San Jose city officials to facilitate an effort that would use unspent police
funds to pay for help from sheriff’s deputies. The move would be to temporarily
cope with the ongoing exodus until San Jose’s own force is replenished.
“San Jose has budgeted funds well in excess of the current law enforcement
personnel in the department, resulting in funded, unfilled positions,” reads the
staff report for the proposal, sponsored by current supervisor and mayoral
candidate Dave Cortese.
Cortese said “it’s an idea that’s been kicked around for a while” by local
government officials looking at various scenarios that could play out after
austerity and pension reform measures at the Police Department started being
implemented in 2008. Councilman Sam Liccardo, who is also a mayoral candidate,
said Friday that while he hadn’t heard of the county’s latest consideration, he
agreed it is not a new idea. He pointed to his successful efforts for additional
sheriff’s patrols downtown through its contract with the Santa Clara Valley
Transportation Authority as well as a failed drive to switch the force at the
airport from city to county in 2011.
“It’s something that in many ways is already being done,” he said. “If it means
more people with badges on the streets, I’m for it.”
The work would come on a contract basis, in the same manner the Sheriff’s Office
provides services to Cupertino, Saratoga, Los Altos Hills, the Superior Court
system, VTA and Stanford University.
The deputies could target areas of the city near stretches already patrolled by
the county, such as transit lines and unincorporated pockets. The report also
states the city could tap the county’s investigators to help solve crimes,
comparing it with the current contract agreement between county and city fire
departments for bordering areas.
Sgt. Jim Unland, president of San Jose’s police officers union — which has
endorsed Cortese for mayor — called the plan an “intriguing idea in that it
seems to be modeling the regionalization concept that fire does so well.”
However, he said it’s no long term solution to the needed restoration of San
Jose’s own police force. Last month, city projections showed the number of
street-ready cops could dwindle to 879 in two years, down from 1,400 before the
budget cuts and pension reform led to layoffs and departures. Currently, there
are 970 street-ready officers, with about 906 deployed.
“If the idea is to shift some of that stress onto the sheriff,” Unland said.
“They can only do it for so long as well.”
Funding and people
While there have been efforts to stanch the departures, including a restoration
of pay to 2009 levels and bringing back police academies, the lack of interest
in the most recent academy shows the problem remains, Cortese said.
He said the idea to bring in deputies is “common sense” because the city has
funding for positions that are not being filled.
“With only 29 recruits in the academy, it is unlikely they’re going to be using
all of it, so it looks like they have funding and we have people,” he said.
“It’s a good idea.”
Cortese added that San Jose is not an island — increased crime within city
limits ultimately affects surrounding areas, making it a regional concern.
If approved, the board will ask staff to approach San Jose and return on April
29 with a report on the city’s interest and an initial feasibility study.
San Jose and police officials did not return calls seeking comment on Friday.
• • • • •
The "Cops" reality TV show has wanted to
feature the SJPD going back to the days when Joe McNamara was at the helm of the
Dept., but it could never get its cameras in the door, at least until now. So is
it a good idea to allow camera crews to ride along with Swing and Midnight units
to capture and later air what it's like to police the streets of San Jose? Time
will tell. And who knows, perhaps it will be a good recruiting tool and draw
wannabe cops who are willing to accept a reduced pay and pension package for the
possibility of becoming a temporary TV star.
This is how
NBC Bay Area covered the story on Tuesday's news broadcast...
If you have a
run-in with San Jose Police over
the next ten weeks, you may end up on television.
The popular reality show Cops" is coming to San
Jose. NBC Bay Area's Christie Smith reports.
And this is how the story was reported in
yesterday's Mercury News...
Note to San Jose's Bad Boys:
'Cops' Reality Show Hits the Streets with SJPD
—Cue the music,
because they're coming for you, San Jose—
By Robert Salonga
Mercury News —
April 16, 2014
The pioneering police
reality television show "Cops" will be riding along with boys in blue of the San
Jose Police Department starting Tuesday night, kicking off a 10-week filming
stretch. It marks the first time in 26 years of the show's odes to law
enforcement that the country's 10th largest city will be featured.
"It lets the community see what we do," police spokeswoman Sgt. Heather Randol
said. "It provides greater transparency and there's always the positive impact
it could have for recruitment."
That last point can't be emphasized enough. SJPD has seen its ranks shrink by
nearly a third since 2008, when it boasted more than 1,400 officers. That number
is just over a thousand now, with around 900 actually suiting up for full duty,
amid a years-long exodus of officers fleeing from a political climate stemming
from austerity measures and a bitter pension-reform fight.
Having officers lionized in the trademark "Cops" way could lift a lot of
spirits, which is one reason the department, after weighing the pros and cons,
agreed to the show's offer to film.
"When it's all said and done, it will be a boost for morale," Randol said.
"There are officers who are excited and quickly volunteered."
Two camera crews will shadow patrol units and other specialized units to be
decided in the near future. They'll cover primarily swing shifts and midnight
shifts, a backdrop the show typically employs to amplify the danger of daily
Randol said she doesn't expect officers to freeze up -- or ham it up -- with the
"We want them to be natural and do their job as they normally do it. We know
over time it will loosen up," she said. "It'll give an honest look at what we do
Numerous segments from the popular reality
show have been posted on YouTube, so we chose one at 'random' to give those of
you unfamiliar with "Cops" an idea of how the reality TV show is presented. (3
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First of all I would like to thank you and Leroy for all the hard work you do
putting out the Farsider. I thoroughly enjoy reading it and look forward to it
each week when we have Internet access. For the past year my wife and I have
been traveling around and living full-time in our motorhome. When I read (last)
week’s Farsider about Yellowstone I thought I would drop you a line. We are
currently in Southern California near Palm Springs, but this weekend we are
heading to Yellowstone for the summer season. We have taken a part time job in
West Yellowstone, Montana for the season to offset the cost of parking the RV
($1800 per month). Since starting this adventure we have taken up a new career
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you would let any Farsider readers know if they are in Yellowstone this summer
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That is one exceptional website, Greg. There
is no doubt you are putting your retirement to good use. (We recommend that the
readers click on the link above and have a look.)
BRIDGEN'S RETIREMENT DINNER REMINDER
—Only a week left to make your reservations—
The SJPD Chaplaincy Board
would like to invite you to join them for dinner at the Hayes Mansion in honor
of Dave Bridgen's retirement from the Chaplaincy on Thursday, June 5, 2014. See
the flyer below for more details.
to register or make a donation online. Or you can print and mail in the form
below. Registrations MUST be completed no later than April 25th. This is a firm
deadline date with the Hayes Mansion. Please register now!
NOTE: To receive
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MEMORIAL WEEK IS COMING UP...
THE BEST OF THE
LATE NITE JOKES
April 9th through April 15th
A computer virus called
“Heartbleed” has affected two-thirds of all websites. Security experts are
warning people that they need to change their Internet passwords. Then my mom
said, "No problem. I'll just change my password to 1-2-3-4-5-7!"
Congrats to the UConn Lady Huskies, who won the National Championship just one
night after the men’s team won. They had a perfect 40-0 season. The men’s team
called to congratulate them, while the Lakers called to ask them when they could
start in L.A.
Happy Birthday to Hugh Hefner. He turned 88 years old today. His friends threw
him a big party. They had a naked woman jump out of a giant bran muffin.
HBO has renewed “Game of Thrones” for two more seasons even though author George
R.R. Martin hasn't finished writing the books yet. So if you're wondering who's
most likely to die at the end, it's George R.R. Martin.
I have a big announcement: Starting in 2015, I will be the new host of the
Colbert Report on Comedy Central.
Congratulations to our pal Stephen Colbert, who will be taking over for David
Letterman next year. People in the media are already talking about there being a
new late-night war — and I just want to say there’s not going to be any war.
It’ll be a late-night dance-off. Get ready, Stephen.
With the World Cup just a few a months away, Brazil still hasn’t finished
building the stadiums. Now there's talk that the World Cup is looking into other
places to hold the games. I'm not an expert on soccer, but have they tried ANY
A math blogger says he’s figured out “the world’s favorite number.” It turns out
that it's “7.” The least popular number? The fake phone number you get when you
tell a girl you're a math blogger.
A woman in Las Vegas was arrested after she threw a shoe at Hillary Clinton
while Hillary was giving a speech. The woman was tackled, cuffed, and thrown
into a police car. Then the cops said, “Normally, WE do that, Hillary, but thank
you for the help.”
After handling the bumpy rollout of the Obamacare site, Kathleen Sebelius
announced today that she is resigning. Which explains why being thrown under a
bus is now covered by Obamacare.
The White House just released President Obama’s tax returns, which show that
he and Michelle paid 98 thousand dollars in taxes last year. When he saw that,
even Obama said, "Thanks, Obama."
Next week Google will give the public the chance to buy its $1,500 Google Glass.
Finally ending the stereotype that people who wear glasses are smart.
Big news out of the White
House. According to a new rule, Secret Service agents can no longer drink
alcohol 12 hours before reporting to duty. The rule came at the request of
President Barack O-buzzkill.
The North Korean dictator is in the news again. He was re-elected with 100
percent of the vote. He said, "I haven't been this happy since I scored 700,000
on the SAT exam."
"Captain America" is currently the No. 1 movie in China. The Chinese say their
favorite part is when Captain America asks Captain China for a $17 trillion
Yesterday, North Korea held its annual marathon. Congratulations to first,
second and third place winner, Kim Jong Un.
A new study says being optimistic or pessimistic may be largely genetic. In the
words of my father, we're all screwed.
A Colorado company has introduced the first marijuana vending machine. As a
result, the vending machines around it are doing much better.
They say Jesus had a wife. Maybe so. He's not the first husband to get killed
after drinking with 12 of his guy friends.
Late last night a phenomenon occurred that scientists say won't happen again
until next fall. Yeah, that's right, the Lakers won.
In Afghanistan's early election, Abdullah Abdullah is doing great, especially
among old people and stutterers.
The Supreme Court of India has ruled that there are three genders, not two. The
three genders are male, female, and Bieber.
Donald Trump says he's serious about buying an NFL team. Trump said, "I love
football. That's why I wear this helmet."
Scientists now believe that Jesus Christ had a wife. They also believe that
Jesus' nephew called Jesus' wife the "Auntie Christ."
Last week I announced that
I'm retiring. Now I'm hoping I can hang on long enough so my son can take over
the show. I never thought I would retire. I always assumed I would be impeached.
I'll tell you exactly the moment I made the decision to retire. A couple of
months ago my cue card boy came to me and said, "Mr. Letterman, I'm sorry. I
just can't print the jokes any bigger."
It's Derek Jeter's final year in baseball. Don't you hate it when a guy
announces his retirement a year in advance? And then spends every day milking it
for cheap sentimentality?
On the program tonight — Lindsay Lohan. She thinks I'm Dr. Phil. She's very
excited to be here tonight because this means she'll have an alibi.
Researchers say our brains
are changing because of the Internet, because we're not reading in a linear
fashion anymore. So the Internet is destroying our brains. That's what The
Washington Post says. That’s a newspaper. They are going to say the Internet's
bad. That's like Cat Fancy magazine coming out against dogs.
The Washington Post says Americans spend five hours online every day. And that's
just signing up for Obamacare.
Classic novels will have to be more like tweets so people can understand them.
You'll no longer join Oprah's Book Club. It will be Oprah's Tweet Club.
Titles of classic books will have to be changed for people with short attention
spans. You'll have "A Tale of One City." "The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to Fresno."
"The Grape of Wrath." "Of Mouse and Man." "The Guinness Book of One or Two
Things." “Gulliver’s Staycation.”
North Korea is negotiating to broadcast the "Teletubbies." They have to make
changes for North Korean TV. For starters, every episode will end with one of
the Teletubbies being executed. And, of course, every Teletubby will have Kim
Jung Un's haircut.
CNN announced that Anthony Bourdain's show is taking over Piers Morgan's time
slot. Anthony is a culinary expert who loves good food. His show is the
highest-rated series on CNN. But let's be honest. The highest-rated series on
CNN is like being the least drunk Australian.
Anthony Bourdain wrote books about food. Hey, let's play "Books About Food."
There's "The Ketchup on the Rye." "To Grill a Mockingbird." "The Burritos of
Madison County." "Lord of the Onion Rings." "50 Shades of Gravy." "Harry Pot
I'm announcing my retirement. I'm announcing my retirement for a couple of
minutes until the commercials are over and then I'm making a comeback.
The Coachella Music Festival begins this weekend. It's held every year in the
California desert. It's a whole weekend of peace, love, and $12 bottles of
If you're a hipster who likes indie music, Coachella is the place to walk around
saying, "I liked them before they sold out," and "I liked them before you did."
It's close to L.A., so a lot of celebrities go to Coachella. Danny DeVito goes
every year. And if you rub his head, you get three wishes.
It's a great day if you love the moon. And who doesn't love the moon? Al-Qaida.
Tonight's a very rare occurrence. A blood moon eclipse. Doctors believe if you
stare at a lunar eclipse for just three minutes, you may have smoked too much
The blood moon is the second most impressive type of eclipse. Number one will
always be a total eclipse of the heart.
The blood moon will be at its reddest at 3:07 a.m. That's two hours from now. It
is good that it is on at that time because everyone knows there is nothing good
on TV after midnight.
It's tax day today. Good news for the studio audience. You can deduct your
laughter as a charitable donation.
Every year, the IRS collects over $950 billion in taxes. There's more money
coming at them than a stripper at Charlie Sheen's house.
Let's play "How busy do accountants get on tax day"? They're busier than drug
dealers at Coachella. Busier than someone doing sign language for Regis Philbin.
Busier than Justin Bieber's lawyer. Busier than gossip blogs when a late-night
show's host retires.
A new study says that an average person's chances of getting audited by the IRS
is the lowest they've been since the 1980s. Don't get any ideas, Willie Nelson.
Nowadays high school
students make videos asking models to go to the prom with them. Kate Upton is
here tonight to tell them to stop.
The price of beef is skyrocketing. Which means it's time to start hoarding
There is a bacon shortage on the way. A mysterious virus has been killing pigs.
We might have to eat L.T. sandwiches.
Do you know what a great substitute for bacon is? Nothing! There is no
substitute for bacon.
Apparently a lot of people are naming their kids after characters from "Game of
Thrones." The name "Khaleesi" has gone way up. What better way to be reminded of
gratuitous sex and violence than whenever you call your child.
I love "Game of Thrones." But don't name your baby "Khaleesi." If not for your
kid's sake, do it for the poor baristas at Starbucks.
Yesterday Hillary Clinton
admitted she is thinking about running for president. Though it would be more
shocking if she admitted to ever thinking about anything else.
France has passed new legislation that makes it illegal to work after 6 p.m.
They’re hoping to encourage workers to spend more time with their mistresses.
A Swedish software company has created a new app that records and analyzes what
you say during sleep. You can tell the app is working when it’s mad at you the
whole next day.
New research shows that seniors can improve their memory by looking after their
grandchildren once a week. Because nothing improves a person’s memory like
frantically trying to remember where they left their grandchild.
A super-PAC urging Hillary Clinton to run for president says it raised $1.7
million in the first three months of the year. Said President Obama, “I’ll kick
in another million if she’s willing to start early.”
The federal judge presiding over a court case between Apple and Samsung has
threatened to confiscate all phones following frequent disruptions — while
lawyers from Blackberry just now got the email with the court date.
A new study shows that young adults suffering from insomnia are at higher risk
of a stroke. So, that information should help you finally get some sleep.
New reports show that the price of Whole Foods stock has gone up twelve-fold
since 2008. The stock is valued at $50.32 a share, or about one cantaloupe from
URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF APRIL 12, 2014
The facts behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox
• Legend has it that in 1983, Atari disposed of millions of unsold 'E.T.'
game cartridges in an Alamogordo landfill. Is that really what the company
buried out in the New Mexico desert, or was it something else?
• Are schoolkids really smoking and injecting crushed bedbugs to get high
from a hallucinogenic substance they contain?
• Are Kansas legislators considering a bill that would force the Fox science
show 'COSMOS' off the air in that state?
• Is the NCAA investigating the use of 'skill enhancing drugs' by the 2014
champion UConn Huskies men's basketball team?
• Account of a pregnant woman who named her child after the rescuer who died
while saving her and others at the World Trade Center on 9/11.
• The discovery of a major bug known as 'Heartbleed' has prompted web sites
to encourage users to change the passwords for all of their online accounts
• FBI agents holed up in a psychiatric hospital attempt to order pizzas from
an incredulous delivery man.
• After a bank failure, does the FDIC have 99 years to pay back insured
• Has pop star Justin Bieber admitted on Twitter to being bisexual?
• Did George Zimmerman sell his painting of Trayvon Martin for $30,000 at an
• Photograph purportedly shows a school essay rejected because the student
chose 'Jesus Christ' as her hero.
• Warning about Crest 3D White brand toothpaste causing plastic balls to
become embedded in users' gums.
• Actor Dwayne Johnson, aka "The Rock" is not dead.
• Conspiracy theory: A passenger on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 hid his cell
phone in his rectum and used it to post a picture to the Internet after the
flight was hijacked and its passengers imprisoned.
• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news
stories from around the world!
Worth a Second Look
• Were maps and other escape aids were smuggled to Allied POWs in Monopoly
sets during World War II?
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
Large or Full Screen recommended for YouTube
If you are not familiar with the story about the
Cat and the Ducklings you should be. Why? Because it's one of those tales that
makes you smile, so go for it. (5 Mins.)
• • • • •
We were aware that Whale Sharks were big, but we
had no idea they were this big until we saw this incredible underwater
footage of a diver rescuing one that was tangled in a heavy rope. (2 Mins.)
For info on whale sharks click here:
• • • • •
The 8-month-old kitten in this 35-second clip
learns that Hedgehogs are a little like a cactus plant in that they can be
This kitten, on the other hand, has learned that
a Hedgehog makes for a perfect rubbing post. Different strokes for different
folks, eh? (55 Secs.)
• • • • •
If you think it's difficult to teach a bird how
to speak English, imagine how hard it must be to teach one to speak Japanese,
especially if you only speak English. (40 Secs.)
• • • • •
Speaking of animals that can talk, we agree with
Sharon Lansdowne's assessment that this is one of the funniest talking critter
clips we have received in a long time. (5 Mins.)
• • • • •
There's one thing you can count on if you were to
decide to adopt a baby Sloth. With a top speed of about 50 feet per hour, it
would never run away from home. (1 Min.)
• • • • •
So will this video compilation of four Subaru
commercials received from Don Hale sell any cars. Given the love affair many
Americans have with their canine pets, we say it probably will. Besides, the ads
claim to be "Dog Tested." (2 Mins.)
• • • • •
One might be inclined to tell this Kitten and
Horse to get a room, but really, what good would it do? The seem to be so
enthralled with each other that they couldn't care less. (1 Min.)
The Critters are
now back in the barn
OK, I'll admit it, I don't like rap. But I'm
willing to make an exception in the case of this Mom and Dad whose combined
creative juices resulted in "The Parent Rap." Can you dig it? (3 Mins.)
• • • • •
Only those of
you who speak Italian will be able to tell if the subtitles in this clip match
what the Pope is saying. If they do, we would agree with Steve Postier that his
Holiness does a decent job as a stand-up comedian. (2 Mins.)
• • • • •
Organizers are trying to come up with a way to
convince more non-golfers to watch the Masters next year, and rumor has it that
the tournament may look something like this. (2 Mins.)
• • • • •
Despite the hokey opening theme from "2001: A
Space Odyssey," this video about Dynamic Architecture provides a provocative and
futuristic way to live. There is only one downside we can see to buying one of
these revolving condos, however: you would have to move to Dubai. (6 Mins.)
• • • • •
It's often been said that the last fighter pilot
has already been born, that air battles of the future will involve unmanned
fighter aircraft, a/k/a drones. This video that was received from Dave Clayton
and produced by Boeing shows how engineers took an F-16 that had been sitting
for 15 years at the Davis Monthan Bone Yard in Tucson and converted it into a
drone, making it the first time a full-size jet has been able to take off and
land without a pilot inside. This first test flight took place at Tyndall AFB in
Florida. (4 Mins.)
• • • • •
drones, have a look at this clip if you want to witness some more military
aviation history. In July of last year the Navy successfully conducted launches
and recoveries from the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) with a new unmanned
stealth jet called the X-47B. Drones come in various sizes, but the X-47B is one
of the larger unmanned jets. It is also virtually invisible to enemy radar
because of its stealth capabilities. As you view the flight deck crew signaling
the plane, they are simply communicating through on-board cameras with the
flight crew inside the CIC (Combat Information Center) deep the bowels of the
carrier. This Hi-Def video was produced by Northhrop Grumman in cooperation with
the U.S. Navy. (4 Mins.)
For more info on this exceptional aircraft, click on this Wikipedia link…
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While we are on the subject of aircraft carriers,
here's an excellent high-definition Vimeo video of some young Navy and Marine
fighter pilots going through the nerve wracking training process of landing on a
carrier. In Navy jargon, they are called "quais," short for qualifying. The
aircraft these new aviators are flying are Navy T-45s. (7 Mins.)
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When Go-Pro video cameras became popular a few
years ago, many Navy and Marine Corps. aviators assigned to fighter aircraft
bought one to mount inside their planes. Here's footage that captured the launch
and trap (landing) of an F/A-18 Hornet on one of the Navy's carriers. (2 Mins.)
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One final clip about aircraft carriers and we'll
stay on terra firmer: This is footage of a Russian pilot in his Sukhoi SU 33
performing a similar routine to the F/A-18 clip above. Note that the flight deck
of this Russian carrier is sloped at the end to help launch the fighter into the
air, just like some of the British and French carriers. We've all seen Putin's
bare chest. Imagine how it must swell when he watches this video. (2 Mins.)
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image below really be the most viewed photo in the world? It's quite possible,
at least for those who have used a PC (not a Mac) running Windows XP. Since XP
became the operating system's desktop image when it was introduced in 2001, the
photo has been seen by over a billion people. So is it real, or was it
Photoshopped? And if it is real, where was it taken? Clicking on the link below
will answer those questions. (9 Mins.)
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Astonishing would be one way to describe this
"body evolution" clip as it only takes a little over a minute to see how the
lady on the left is transformed into the lady on the right. (1 Min.)
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On a somewhat similar theme, this is a time-lapse
of a baby that is just days old and transformed into a young lady of 14 in only
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Confirmed by Snopes
FBI agents conducted a "search and seizure" at the Southwood Psychiatric
Hospital in San Diego, which was under investigation for medical insurance
fraud. After hours of poring over many rooms of financial records, some sixty
FBI agents worked up quite an appetite. The case agent in charge of the
investigation called a local pizza parlor with delivery service to order a quick
dinner for his colleagues.
The following telephone conversation took place:
Agent: Hello. I would like to order nineteen large pizzas and sixty-seven cans
Pizza man: And where would you like them delivered?
Agent: To the Southwood Psychiatric Hospital.
Pizza man: To the psychiatric hospital?
Agent: That's right. I'm an FBI agent.
Pizza man: You're an FBI agent?
Agent: That's correct. Just about everybody here is.
Pizza man: And you're at the psychiatric hospital?
Agent: That's correct. And make sure you don't go through the front doors. We
have them locked. You'll have to go around to the back to the service entrance
to deliver the pizzas.
Pizza man: And you say you're all FBI agents?
Agent: That's right. How soon can you have them here?
Pizza man: And you're over at Southwood?
Agent: That's right. How soon can you have them here?
Pizza man: And everyone at Southwood is an FBI agent?
Agent: That's right. We've been here all day and we're starving.
Pizza man: How are you going to pay for this?
Agent: I have my check book right here.
Pizza man: And you are all FBI agents?
Agent: That's right, everyone here is an FBI agent. Can you remember to bring
the pizzas and sodas to the service entrance in the rear? We have the front
Pizza man: I don't think so.
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I for one would love to participate in this Dutch
sport because it looks like a ton of fun, but I am not willing to engage in an
activity with a name that I can't even pronounce. I would fare much better being
a spectator like the guy below. (2 Mins.)
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If you had to undergo surgery for a particular
ailment, would you prefer to have it done without a scalpel? Yes, that is
a silly question, but that's the concept behind this video that Al Bosco sent to
Tom Macris who in turn passed it on to us. (6 Mins.)
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This is why Bruce Morton no longer has his
prescriptions filled at Rite Aid. "It's a royal pain in the butt," he said, "and
it leaves a lousy taste in my mouth."
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Who Gives a
A woman goes
into the Bass Pro Shop to buy a rod and reel for her grandson's birthday. She
doesn't know which one to get so she just grabs one and goes over to the
A Bass Pro Shop associate is standing there wearing dark shades. She says,
"Excuse me, sir. Can you tell me anything about this rod and reel?"
He says, "Ma'am, I'm completely blind; but if you'll drop it on the counter, I
can tell you everything from the sound it makes."
She doesn't believe him but drops it on the counter anyway.
He says, "That's a six-foot Shakespeare graphite rod with a Zebco 404 reel and
10-LB. test line. It's a good all-round combination and it's on sale this week
for only $20.00."
She says, "It's amazing that you can tell all that just by the sound of it
dropping on the counter. I'll take it!"
As she opens her purse, her credit card drops on the floor.
"Oh, that sounds like a Master Card," he says.
She is absolutely amazed, but as bends down to pick up the card she accidentally
farts. At first she is embarrassed, but then realizes there is no way the blind
clerk could tell that it was she who tooted. Being blind, he wouldn't know that
she was the only person around.
The man rings up the sale and says, "That'll be $34.50 please."
The woman is totally confused by this and asks, "Didn't you tell me the rod and
reel were on sale for $20.00? How did you get $34.50?"
He replies, "Yes, Ma'am. The rod and reel is $20.00, but the Duck Call is $11.00
and the Bear Repellent is $3.50."
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It may appear that we are schilling for Nintendo,
but we're not. We are simply passing along a video of a 100-year-old lady who
credits a Nintendo DS for helping keep her mind sharp. While it accepts numerous
games for kids, several are also designed to help keep the brains of the elderly
sharp. (2 Mins.)
Hint: If you do some research and decide you want to
give this product a try, we suggest you opt for the Nintendo DS XL version as it
has larger screens. Amazon carries several colors, including this one in
midnight blue for $124.79. That's not chump change, so do your research by
reading some of the numerous customer reviews before clicking the "Add to cart"
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Someone at Coca-Cola came up with the brilliant
idea of transforming one of their vending machine into a happiness machine that
dispenses flowers and even pizzas in addition to bottles of free Coke. Watch
this. (2 Mins.)
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I first thought this might be a half-time show at
some sort of competitive event in Japan. But after a little research I learned
that the precision walking or marching was itself the competition. This was one
of the teams that competed. (9 Mins.)
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Want to see
how pit stops in open-wheel race cars have changed since the 1950s? Here's a
comparison clip of then and now received from Paul Salerno. (2 Mins.)
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This isn't about the Blood Moon that appeared in
the sky late Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning. We know that it was
the Earth's shadow that gave it that color. But it did bring to mind a question
I have always had about the Moon, so I went in search of the answer. Why does
the Moon look larger when it is closer to the horizon? What I learned was that
no one — neither astronomers or scientists — knows for sure. This short Ted-Ed
video explains. (4 Mins.)
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Last week's closer was a public service
announcement sponsored by a Thailand life insurance company. You may remember it
from this image and link...
Sharon Lansdowne provided us with this week's
closer that appears to be another Thai PSA showing how an act of kindness can
result in something life-changing. (3 Mins.)
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our distant public safety cousins on the other
side of the Pond: "What were you Brits thinking?"