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
B's Employee Impact—
Mercury News — April 15th
The adage decrees that the first casualty of war is the
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
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.
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
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.
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
Contact Scott Herhold at
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
or call 408-975-9346.
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Mercury News poll shows the percentages are closing.
Results from last week's poll...
For the full scope of state and national polling by Scott
Rasmussen, click on this link:
For the most recent releases, click here:
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
Retired Superior Court Judge, passed away peacefully April 8th, 2012 in Los
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.
FREE-FALLING FOR A
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
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
Juri Kameda, left, and Gloria
Hale say they won’t
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
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.
have a bucket list," Hale says. "Instead, I have a
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
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
~ ~ ~
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
and in Sunday’s Lifestyle section.
Contact Bruce Newman at 408-920-5004. Follow him at <Twitter.com/
• • • • •
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...
HERHOLD COVERS THE
PASSING OF ONE OF OUR FALLEN
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
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
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
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
If nothing else, Buck’s story tells how much more confident cops were about
their personal safety then than now.
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
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
COULD THINGS LIKE
THIS BE A PARTIAL REASON FOR THE ATTEMPTED SJPD EXODUS?
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
watchdog: Are cops fair when they tell people to sit on curb?—
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.
“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
“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
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.
REMEMBER LADIES, A
GOOD WIFE ALWAYS KNOWS HER PLACE
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
• 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
• 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.
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...
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN
LEGEND UPDATE AS OF APRIL 14, 2012
behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox
• Links posted on Facebook purportedly point to leaked video of a roller
• Has President Obama sold the tabulating of votes in
U.S. national elections to a Spanish company run by a donor to his campaign?
• Who is the wounded Marine pictured in a widely circulated photograph?
• Letter from jailed man results in his family's receiving help with the
plowing from the police.
• Phishing scam being spread via Newegg.com order confirmations.
• Do messages containing the words "Visit the New
Facebook" include links that give a hacker access to your Facebook account?
• Has the world's first hotel for sheep opened in Japan?
• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a
collection of odd news stories from around the world!
Worth a Second Look
• Does the gold ball atop a military flagpole contain a razor, a match, and a
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
If you haven't already
done so, remember 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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Our retired Police Artist
wants to know who the idiot was that coined the term "Fight like cats and dogs?"
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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?
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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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