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April 19
, 2012


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From the front page of last Sunday's paper was this view of the pension issue by Mercury News columnist Scott Herhold...

San Jose’s Pension War

—Measure B's Employee Impact—

By Scott Herhold
Mercury News — April 15th

The adage decrees that the first casualty of war is the truth.

And make no mistake: The political leadership of San Jose and its employees are at war. The Measure B pension reform — er, modification — looms over everything at City Hall.

It’s a difficult subject. And yet it will likely define the mayoralty of Chuck Reed. In this fiscal year, the city is contributing $243 million to pensions and benefits for retirees, money that could open libraries, fix streets and pay for more cops.

Perhaps foolishly, I set off to answer what I thought would be a straightforward question: How would Measure B affect two generic employees — one a 20-year cop, the other a 20-year librarian?

After a week of tilting at windmills, I realized that there can be simple questions without simple answers. In fact, there may be more than one truth.

Begin with the simplest question: How much does a top-step police officer make? The city will tell you that total cash compensation, before overtime, or secondary employment, or sick-leave pay, is $105,163. That includes a $675 uniform allowance. Should a uniform allowance be included in total pay? A police officer might tell you no. It doesn’t figure in a pension. But I have included it in my total, reasoning that the rest of us pay for our wardrobe.

Once you get to the question of how much employees will pay for their pensions, under Measure B or in a new plan, you are on turf that resembles quicksand. I can give an educated guess. But it is only that: A guess.

Take my two mythical employees, neither of whom has climbed the food chain to management. At 20 years with the city, the cop and librarian can see retirement in sight, an oasis on the horizon. Each already has earned a pension worth 50 percent of their highest salary. When they reach retirement age, that would mean a minimum of $58,000 annually for the cop and $42,000 for the librarian.

Hobson’s choice

Measure B presents them with a distasteful Hobson’s choice: They can stay in the pension plan and pay significantly more each year — in the worst case, it would be a bump of 4 percent of the paycheck each year for four years. Or they can opt for a cheaper plan that gives them less generous benefits. Measure B, which is being decried as a savaging of employee rights, doesn’t exactly impoverish employees. Even under the cheaper plan, my cop and librarian could retire after 30 years with 70 percent of salary, a far better deal than those of us in the private sector.

It only looks cheap in comparison to what they have now. Under the current system, my cop could retire with 90 percent of his salary after 30 years with the city. That’s about $100,000. (Total annual compensation for a cop, including benefits is estimated $181,000). The current system also guarantees cost-of-living increases of 3 percent yearly. “One of the key drivers of cost is this 3 percent increase,” said Mayor Reed, who says the escalation could almost double a $100,000 pension for a long-lived retiree.

Sweet annuity

A friend of mine who is a finance expert estimated that a cop getting that kind of deal was getting an annuity that cost the city at least $1.7 million. A sweet goodbye for one employee. If you’re forced to take something less, you don’t like it. The cost-of-living increases would be limited to a maximum of 1.5 percent in the cheaper system. And if the City Council declares a fiscal emergency, the COLAs for retirees in the current system could be suspended for five years. “Our members make commitments, such as buying houses at inflated values, based upon what they expect their take-home pay to be in the future,” says Dan Doonan, a labor economist for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Meanwhile, there are still serious issues about the so-called “voluntary election plan,” or cheaper choice, which caps the cost-of-living increases at 1.5 percent per year. It has not yet been blessed by the IRS.

Because of those questions — and because the retirement contribution depends on how many people join the new plan — my guess is that my cop will try to tough it out and stay another three or four years under the current system. For each year he stays, his pension gets 4 percent sweeter. With less incentive to stay in the system, the librarian might switch.

I’m guessing that earlier retirement, or a new career, will beckon them both.

Measure B could introduce a wholesale changeover of the city’s workforce as employees do their personal math, figuring out that a slightly lesser pension and a new career may be better than making the big retirement payments under Measure B year after year.

In many ways, that change has started. Managers and employees are heading for the exits.

Contact Scott Herhold at
<sherhold@mercurynews.com> or 408-275-0917.

There also was this sidebar...

What is Measure B?

It would limit new city employees’ pension and benefits, increase the contributions of current employees and create a voluntary reduced pension plan.

It was followed by what the Mercury News calls "An irreverent inside view of the week"

Mercury News — April 15th

Fees for City, Union Pension Battle Add up

The day after an appellate court last week agreed with San Jose employees that the city’s controversial June pension measure was unlawfully worded to sway voter support, San Jose police and firefighters charged ahead at a news conference with a city memo outlining the $553,000 in outside attorney and consultant fees the city has spent on the pension reform issue since last year. Of that, the biggest chunk, about $222,000, went to pay for a report on the city’s “Fiscal and Service Level Emergency.” Retirement negotiations with all unions ate up another $84,000 or so, followed by arbitration “preparation” with the city’s police union at $45,000. The ballot initiative?

About $40,000, with another $2,700 in sundry charges. (The balance of about $159,000 paid for actuarial services, public financial management and legal labor costs, and $49,000 in unidentified fees.) The unions’ point: The city is wasting taxpayers’ money by having to foot these legal bills related to pension reform, something they vow will be challenged if the June 5 ballot measure passes, costing the city even more money back in court.

But when IA asked the city’s fire and police department union spokesmen how much each of their groups had spent on related legal fees, both demurred, saying they’d have to get their members to agree to divulge the information.

As Robert Sapien of the city’s firefighter’s union said: “We have limited resources when it comes to these battles.” Police union spokesman Jim Unland agreed, saying his union has “far less money to spend” than the city does.

In fact, City Attorney Rick Doyle told IA that the $553,000 doesn’t include bills his office expects to receive for a series of lawsuits filed by unions since the $553,000 figure was released to the council in mid-March. He expects that will cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars more.

The reason for the outside law firms? Employees in the city attorney’s office not only receive pensions, but they also belong to employee unions, said Doyle, making it impossible for his staff to serve objectively amid any pension reform litigation. That doesn’t stop city workers from complaining about the city’s mounting legal bills. “Citizens don’t know about this, and they should,” San Jose fire Capt.

Rick Palmer told IA at the news conference organized by union strategists Tom Saggau and Dusti DeRollo.

City not taking modest path to lure recruits

Oh, and about that ballot measure: The city seems to be of two minds when it comes to its police pensions and perks. City leaders pushing the June ballot measure and other “fiscal reforms” say things like 90-percent-of-salary public safety pensions, automatic 3-percent annual pension raises and cashing out unused sick leave upon retirement have put San Jose on a path of financial ruin.

But the city is dangling those very benefits as it seeks to lure new police recruits to fill retirements that have further depleted the ranks after last year’s layoffs. The police recruitment information on the city’s Web page boasts that recruits can receive “up to 90 percent of salary for retirement (30 years of service) with 3% annual cost of living increase” and “up to 100 percent sick leave cash-out at retirement.”

San Jose voters in 2010 overwhelmingly approved Measure W to allow the city to offer more modest and cheaper retirement benefits to new hires. But the city has yet to implement pension changes for future employees.

This week’s items were written by Tracy Seipel, Tracey Kaplan, Paul Rogers, John Woolfolk and Peter Delevett. Send tips to
<internalaffairs@mercurynews.com>, or call 408-975-9346.


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The ongoing Mercury News poll shows the percentages are closing.





Results from last week's poll...

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April 12th

As usual, another excellent job you guys do putting out the Farsider. I just read where Tom Navin is the new COP of the Nevada Capitol Police. Good for him! I'm going to get hold of him to say HI. I am the newly retained forensic police practices expert for the Nevada Attorney General's Office so I hope to run into him in Carson City. Great to see SJPD people spreading their knowledge and experience in the law enforcement community.
Keep up the great work!
Ron (Martinelli), SJPD 1854, Ret.


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We are including the following obit received from Joan Lockwood on Friday of last week for those of you who may have known Judge Taylor. Services were held this past Monday.

Edgar P. Taylor
Sep. 18, 1930 - Apr. 8, 2012
Resident of Los Gatos

Retired Superior Court Judge, passed away peacefully April 8th, 2012 in Los Gatos, CA.

He is survived by his daughters; Beverly, Gretchen, Katherine, and Tricia. Also survived by 8 grandchildren. Judge was preceeded in death by his beloved wife Patricia, his parents and brother, Bill.

A Memorial Service will be held at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Saratoga, CA on Monday, April 16th, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following: Cedar Creek Alzheimer Dementia Care Center at 15245 National Ave., Los Gatos, CA 95032 or Alzheimer Assoc. at 1060 La Avenida Ave., Mt. View, CA 94043.



This is about Don Hale's wife, Gloria, who has ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) and had planned to skydive to bring attention to the disease in an effort to raise money for research. This article is about her and a friend, and under the article is a spectacular video of her taking to the air this past Saturday.

Sky’s the Limit in Friends’ Fight Against Disease

—Pair with ALS prepare to jump out of plane to raise awareness, funds—

By Bruce Newman
Mercury News — April 13, 2012

The size of Gloria Hale and Juri Kameda’s worlds began to shrivel the day each woman got her diagnosis of ALS. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease — withered their bodies, but left their hearts and minds intact.

Hale, 53, saw the circumference of the earth contracting to the four walls of her San Jose home. Then she had an idea how to redirect the progression of her disease, how to slow the certain death that seemed to be rushing toward her. Hale decided it was a perfect time to go sky diving with her friend Juri.

How did this sound, she asked her friend: They would hurl the bodies that have betrayed them — have left them, in a sense — out of  an airplane from nearly two miles high, free fall at 115 mph for more than a minute, then parachute to a graceful landing near their wheelchairs. They would be the Thelma and Louise of progressive neurodegenerative disease. If possible, without the splat at the end.

Juri Kameda, left, and Gloria Hale say they won’t
let Lou Gehrig’s disease stop their jump Saturday.

On Saturday morning, Kameda and Hale will prove that, even when you’re falling 169 feet per second, it’s the human spirit that soars. With eight other jumpers — and in tandem with instructors from Skydance Skydiving in Davis — they will bring their bodies along for the ride. The two hope to raise money for ALS research, raise awareness of the disease and regain mastery over their fates.

“Now I’m at the point where my disease is scarier than diving out of a perfectly good airplane,” Kameda said last week at her Menlo Park home, where she and Hale — whom she got to know two years ago through their ALS Association support group — were plotting strategy. As the two of them motored up a ramp from her front yard to the house, you could almost hear “Ride of the Valkyries” playing in their heads.

Both women are scheduled to have feeding tubes inserted the week after their sky diving adventure, and Kameda will have a catheter implanted in her abdomen two days after purposely scaring the pants off herself. If rain scrubs this week’s attempt, they plan to jump next week — tubes and all.

So far, their fundraising effort has raised slightly more than $3,000, well short of their $12,000 goal.

Since Gehrig brought attention to the disease — and gave it a name — with his famous retirement speech at Yankee Stadium in 1939, almost no progress has been made toward a cure. And with only about 30,000 ALS sufferers nationwide, the medical research community hasn’t devoted the kind of time or money likely to produce a cure.

Entering the third year of her illness — by which time nearly 80 percent of ALS sufferers succumb to the disease — Hale knows she can’t reverse the course of her own illness. But she hopes to spare others far younger than she from receiving the same dire diagnosis. “We are desperate,” she says. “Lou Gehrig’s disease is the best kept secret in the world. This daredevil approach is our way to bring attention to it.”

Her husband isn’t pleased by the prospect, but he’s grudgingly supportive of the cause. “I think it’s insanity,” Don Hale says. “She knows I think it’s an unnecessary risk. But I do understand her motivation.”

When Kameda received her diagnosis at the UC San Francisco ALS Center six years ago, she was a respiratory therapist at Stanford Hospital, helping patients with the same sort of breathing problems she now confronts. That allowed her to design a respiration system that gives her some freedom to move about, even driving a customized van with the three fingers that still work on each hand.

“Most patients feel they have to be plugged to respirator, so they’re living inside four walls,” she says. “They never get to go out. But that’s not me.”

When she leaves the house, she is usually accompanied by her service dog, a handsome yellow Lab named Galvin, who takes her credit card in his mouth and presents it to merchants. “Galvin is not financially responsible for what he buys,” Kameda says. “So I blame all purchases on the dog.”

After her husband, Ken, leaves for work at Adobe Systems, a caregiver comes for a few hours, but for most of the day she is on her own. “I cannot lift my arm to eat,” Kameda says. “I can’t change my clothes; I can’t bathe myself. I’m dependent on everybody else to help me be able to be who I am.” That’s why she’s jumping. “We want people to know how devastating and cruel this disease is. You become a prisoner inside your own body.”

With the dexterity that remains in her hands, Kameda makes jewelry that is sold at the Japanese-American Museum of San Jose. But eating is difficult. “I’ve seen a lot of people, the ones who can’t afford help, eating like cats and dogs,” she says, “putting their face in a dish. It’s a very demeaning and disturbing disease.” Even with her husband to help feed her, Kameda has lost 16 pounds since the first of the year.

Gloria Hale, right, and friend Juri Kameda will jump out of
a plane to raise money and awareness for ALS research.
"I don't have a bucket list," Hale says. "Instead, I have a
live-it list, and at the top of my list is raising awareness."

Hale’s illness progressed much more quickly than her friend’s, robbing her of the ability to speak or breathe on her own. She’s able to remove the respirator tubes for up to an hour, which is how she is able to manage the jump. Hale has maintained her connection with the world through an $18,000 DynaVox artificial voice, which she will soon have to activate by blinking her eyes. She murmurs and sighs every few seconds, as if the words were pooling in her throat, then, suddenly, the words come pouring out electronically.

“First and foremost, I don’t have a bucket list,” Hale says. “A bucket list implies fatalism. Instead, I have a live-it list, and at the top of my list is raising awareness.”

After running through a harrowing litany of tasks her body can no longer perform — such as swallowing and breathing — she steers the conversation back to sky diving. “Enough of the pity party,” the computerized voice says, its uninflected monotone at odds with the fire in Hale’s eyes. She wants to speak for “the less fortunate people with ALS,” she says. That’s why she’s jumping. And she’s ready for the big day.

“For anyone who’s wondering,”Hale says, “I am doubling up on Depends on jump day. Geronimo!”

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If You'd Like to Help:

To make a donation in support of Gloria Hale and Juri Kameda, who will sky dive Saturday to raise research funds for ALS Therapy Development Institute, go to
<http.als.net/skydiveforYFALS> Checks payable to "ALS TDI" can be mailed to Gloria Hale, P.O. Box 20433, San Jose, CA 95160

Online: Columnist Deborah Petersen writes on her mother’s struggle with ALS at
www.mercurynews.com/deborah-petersen> and in Sunday’s Lifestyle section.

Contact Bruce Newman at 408-920-5004. Follow him at
<Twitter.com/ brucenewmantwit>


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Saturday's jump went off without a hitch. Click on the link under the photos below and watch Gloria fly. And don't forget to click on the Large Player or Full Screen icon to enlarge the image as soon as the video starts...




Mercury News columnist Scott Herhold has sometimes covered  items related to the pension reform issue. But in a change of pace, he devoted Tuesday's column to telling readers how the SJPD lost John Buck, the second officer to fall in the line of duty. It's a very brief version of the story that retired Sgt. Dwight Messimer researched and wrote for the Vanguard back in the early '80s, which we reproduced in the SJPD Commemorative Album that 1200 members of the Dept. purchased in 1983. At that time there were only four line of duty deaths: Sgt. Morris Van Dyck Hubbard; Ofcr. John Buck; Ofcr. John Covalesk; and Ofcr. Richard Huerta. Since 1983, starting two years later, we lost seven more. All eleven will be highlighted next month, along with the names of our former friends and coworkers when we devote the Farsider to National Police Memorial Week.

A Sad History of Violence Against Police

By Scott Herhold
Mercury News — April 17, 2012

I’m not hugely enamored of the radio spots that the San Jose Police Officers’ Association runs on KCBS on the anniversary of a slain officer’s death. In today’s climate, they seem to make a heavy-handed political point out of sacrifice.

Yet the issue of police safety is much in the news. For reasons experts are debating — it might have to do with better anticipation of bad guys — 72 cops were killed in America in 2011, an increase of 25 percent from the previous year.

To shed historical light on the subject, I paid close attention to the story posted on
www.protectsanjose>. com> recently on the anniversary of the death of Officer John Buck in 1933, a pivotal year in San Jose’s history.

I’m indebted to the research by former police Sgt. Dwight Messimer — see
<www.sjpd.org/insidesjpd/fallen/buck.html>. If nothing else, Buck’s story tells how much more confident cops were about their personal safety then than now.

John Buck

John Buck was 27 years old on Feb. 27, 1933, when he and his partner, Clinton Moon, spotted a black Model A Ford near a gas station at 12th and Julian streets. Thinking it suspicious — there had been an armed robbery at Toshi’s Sweet Shop in Japantown the previous night — the two officers followed the car. Messimer notes they did not use their radio to broadcast their location or pursuit.

A car stop

On Post Street between Market and San Pedro, they pulled up and honked for the Ford to pull over. When Buck approached the car, he didn’t know that the man in the passenger seat, Joseph Matlock, 27, had just been paroled from San Quentin State Prison after serving seven years for burglary, grand theft and kidnapping.

As the three-year veteran Buck opened the door, Matlock fired a revolver, hitting the officer in the left arm, chest and shoulder. The chest shot went through Buck’s badge, slashed the outer covering of the heart, and tore into his lung. Another severed his spinal cord.

In the shootout, Officer Moon wounded Matlock, but the parolee climbed onto the Ford’s running board and escaped with his 17-year-old nephew, Samuel A. Thomas, at the wheel. They sought help for Matlock’s wounds, which were nonlethal, from a 24-year-old woman, Donna Hord, at a trailer park just outside town.

Then, as the two escapees drove north on Old Oakland Road and passed Gish Road, their Model A was spotted by Officers Lovell Guptill and Charles Murry. When Matlock and Thomas were brought to the police station, an angry mob gathered on Market Street.


The gathering foreshadowed a seminal event in San Jose. Nine months later, a mob lynched two white men in St. James Park who had killed Brooke Hart, the heir to Hart’s Department Store. Although Buck rallied for a while, he died five weeks later, on April 5, 1933.

Matlock and Thomas were tried for murder, as well as for the Toshi’s robbery. Thomas was sentenced to life at San Quentin but dropped from public view. Matlock was paroled in 1954. He died in Alaska in 1991 at age 86.

A sad footnote: John Buck’s widow, Winifred, went to Chief J.N. Black to ask for Buck’s badge, No. 26. Black had to tell her he did not know where it was. It has never been found.

Contact Scott Herhold at
<sherhold@mercurynews.com> or 408-275-0917.



Last week's Mail Call column included a short missive from Hank Schriefer that noted the Santa Clara PD had received 400 lateral transfer applications for employment from San Jose cops. While many may point to job security (or the lack thereof) as the primary reason, working conditions could well be another factor. Have a look at the article below and be ever so grateful you are collecting a retirement check and are no longer part of the SJPD workforce...

Auditor Tackles a Fresh Concern

—Police watchdog: Are cops fair when they tell people to sit on curb?—

By Joe Rodriguez <jrodriguez@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — April 13, 2012

San Jose police officers may be forcing blacks, Latinos and other minorities to sit on street curbs more than others after minor traffic and pedestrian stops, according to the city’s independent police auditor.

LaDoris Cordell said Thursday she wants cops to document the ethnicity or race of everyone ordered to “curb sit” and to record the specific reason for the stop. She also wants officers to wear small cameras on their uniforms to record everything that happens.

LaDoris Cordell

“It would be a huge step in building trust between the San Jose Police Department and the community,” she said a few minutes before posting her annual report to the City Council on the Internet.

Cordell included 30 recommendations, some she hopes will fix long-standing problems and some to address new ones, such as the “curb sitting.”

While she acknowledged that her evidence was largely anecdotal, taken from interviews with people who complained about the practice, Cordell said she worries that police officers are forcing people to sit on curbs following minor traffic and pedestrian stops, even though they pose no threat to officers.

Raj Jayadev, a member of the Coalition for Justice and Accountability, liked the idea. “It’ll help us get the scope of the problem and move the discussion forward,” he said. “We’ll have something objective and quantitative for the city to work with.”

Police Chief Chris Moore was out of town Thursday, but department spokesman Sgt. Jason Dwyer said Moore and Cordell had already discussed some of the auditor’s recommendations and agreed in principle on gathering the curb-sitting information.

“We are in the process to trying to figure out the best way of capturing that data,” Dwyer said.

Representatives of the San Jose Police Officers Association could not be reached for comment Thursday afternoon.

Cordell is scheduled to present her report and recommendations to the City Council on April 24. The mayor and council members can adopt some or all of the recommendations, but that doesn’t mean they’ll go into effect. In the murky politics between City Hall and police headquarters, the chief enjoys a lot of power and the union representing officers has a lot influence.

Cordell’s report also revisits the long-running dispute over the police department’s internal investigations of officers accused of brutality and other misconduct. Last year, she blasted the department’s Internal Affairs office for taking too long to investigate complaints against officers and not leaving her team enough time to review or appeal them. In some cases, officers got off on technicalities when their cases weren’t resolved before the required time limit.

In San Jose’s version of police watch dogging, the police department investigates complaints against its officers, but Cordell’s office has the right to review the findings and appeal them.

This year, Cordell decided not to “whine and complain” about the slowness problem. She thinks many complaints are being rejected by commanders, who have the ability to review and reject the Internal Affairs reports on officers they supervise.

In 2011, she reports, the division upheld only one of 72 allegations of unnecessary force against officers, more or less the same rate as the year before. The majority were exonerated.

The auditor recommends cutting the police supervisors out of the process and allowing the Internal Affairs commander to send his findings directly to the chief of police.

In her presentation to the council, Cordell may add a more controversial remedy: handing Internal Affairs over to retired lawyers, judges and paralegals.

“You don’t need a gun to be in Internal Affairs,” she said.

Part of the problem, she said, is that patrol officers assigned to Internal Affairs take months to train in legal investigations and then often leave after only two years. However, a police commander would supervise civilian investigators and the chief would still have the final say. Cordell said she expects a lot of “push-back” from the police rank and file, so she may propose a pilot program starting with two civilian experts.

Dwyer said the chief would be open to a civilian expert “supplementing but not necessarily replacing” officers in the unit.

For the first time, Cordell said, more civilians are coming to her office to file complaints against police officers than are going to police headquarters, which also accepts complaints. By her count, community outreach improved dramatically. She and her assistants visited more places in 2011 and got their message to about 13,300 people, an increase of 59 percent from 2010.



Those of you who were around in the late '60s and early '70s should remember the Community Alert Patrol (CAP) and East San Jose activist Sal Candelaria. He and his merry band of cop-watchers would follow beat cars around the city and sometimes show up at crime scenes, ostensibly to monitor the activities of the SJPD. Ken Hawkes drew our attention to an article in the April 14th Mercury News telling of Candelaria's demise and said he found "The distortion of the article interesting." If you want to read the story but the print is too small, you will need to enlarge the window on your computer as this is all the space we will devote to the former activist.




Sharon Lansdowne sent us one of those e-mails that included a few dozen images from the '50s and '60s of various items that anyone who lived during that era would easily recognize (S&H Green Stamps, drive-ins, Burma Shave signs, etc.). There were far too many to include in the Farsider. As we were perusing the nostalgic images, however, we skidded to a stop at this one. If it's too difficult to read, the text has been reproduced directly below the guide...

• Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready on time for his return. This is a way of letting him know that you have be thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they get home and the prospect of a good meal is part of the warm welcome needed.

• Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you'll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people.

• Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it.

• Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives. Run a dustcloth over the tables.

• During the cooler months of the year you should prepare and light a fire for him to unwind by. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift too. After all, catering to his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.

• Minimize all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer or vacuum. Encourage the children to be quiet.

• Be happy to see him.

• Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him.

• Listen to him. You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first - remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours.

• Don't greet him with complaints and problems.

• Don't complain if he's late for dinner or even if he stays out all night. Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through at work.

• Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or lie him down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him.

• Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice.

• Don't ask him questions about his actions or question his judgment or integrity. Remember, he is the master of the house and as such will always exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him.

• A good wife always knows her place.

A video version of "The Good Wife's Guide" was posted on YouTube six years ago. While it claims to be a spoof, it follows some of the items on the list to a T. (2 Mins.)


I spent a little time researching "The Good Wife's Guide" in an attempt to determine if it was the real thing or a joke and found a few sources using Google that claimed it appeared in the May 13, 1955 issue of "Housekeeping Monthly." But I still had my doubts. I suspect that if my late father had handed that guide to my late mother back in the '50s, she would likely have set fire to the house after locking my pop inside. Apparently Snopes couldn't determine if it was real either. Click on the link below...





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In need of an emotional lift? That's exactly what will result if you take a few minutes and watch this inspiring video sent in by Sharon Lansdowne. It's about Caine, a 9-year-old boy who built a cardboard arcade inside his dad's auto parts store in East L.A. Could he be the next Steve Jobs? Whatever the case, we highly recommend you view the video. (11 Mins.)



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The more I see and hear former Marine colonel and current Florida congressman Allen West talk, the more convinced I am that our nation needs more of his kind in Washington. This is a clip Leroy sent in of the congressman holding a town meeting in 2011 where he was asked a question by a member of CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations). Have a look and listen. (3 Mins.)



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This clip from Bert Kelsey is one of those must-watches. Here's the set-up: To launch the high definition TV channel TNT in Belgium, a big red push button was placed in an average Flemish square in an average Flemish town, along with a sign reading "Push to add drama" that invited people to use the button. Soon someone did. (2 Mins.)



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You're sitting in a crowded stadium with your buddies watching a major sports team play. One of your friends claims he managed to smuggle in a fifth of liquor, but no one knows how. Your team scores, and you tell him that it's time to celebrate, so break out the hootch. He complies, but makes things a wee bit awkward when he starts pouring high-balls from his Freedom Flask — as seen in this ad sent in by Lumpy. (1 Min.)



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Here are a couple of optical illusions for your amusement. The first one of the woman comes from Dewey Moore. Concentrate on the tip of her nose for 30 seconds, then look at a blank wall while blinking and she will appear in color.

Dewey's contribution reminded us of this illusion that was in the Farsider three or four years ago. Concentrate on the 4 dots in the middle of the image above for 30 seconds, then look at a blank wall and start blinking your eyes. You will see a circle of light with Someone inside. Who is it?
(The capital "S" in Someone should give you a clue.)


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Here's an imaginative twist on a roller coaster that seems to crash into the water at first glance. It was referenced in this week's Snopes Update item related to roller coasters. (1 Min.)



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It was the shot heard 'round the golfing world: For you golfers who are aware that one particular golf shot won the Masters for Bubba Watson a couple of weeks ago, this image shows just how dramatic the shot was for the southpaw who taught himself the game...

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Stick with this clip received from Maureen Logan for a half-minute and you will see one of nature's greatest phenomenons. It's called a murmuration of starlings. (2 Mins.)



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Our retired Police Artist wants to know who the idiot was that coined the term "Fight like cats and dogs?" (3 Mins.)



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The video quality of this clip from Bruce Morton isn't the best, in fact it's downright poor. But it still poses the question, "How drunk or crazy do you have to be to try this?" Or is this nothing more than a common pastime in places like Emporia, Kansas, a/k/a The Land of Flat, and home to former Sgt. Bruce Fair? (1 Min.)



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Da Fuhrer is apparently still around and having more problems, according to this clip from Bill Leavy. This time he's upset because he was told by his staff that Obama ate Fluffy. Watch the clip and you will understand. (4 Mins.)



Saving the best for last brings us to this:

With "Ol' Blue Eyes" sitting at a heavenly bar with Dino, Sammy, Joey and Peter reminiscing about what once was, the next best way you can hear "My Way" live is through this Andre Rieu performance at Radio City Music Hall. It's one of many songs on his DVD titled "Andre Rieu: Live in New York," and I should know because I'm a huge fan and have all of his DVDs. Thanks to the half dozen readers who brought this YouTube video to my attention.
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