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No POA News to report
No Pension News to report
and No Trials and Tribulations that we could find
Just wanted to share a recent photo of Sgt. Richard "Dick" Hunter with all his friends. Darrel Richter and I drove to his daughter's home in Scotts Valley on Thursday and paid him an hour visit. Dick is now in a wheelchair and suffering the advanced effects of Parkinson’s.
He is living in a rear cottage on his daughter's property and has the aid of a 24-hour caregiver. He is in good spirits, has a clear memory of the past, and would be happy to hear from the old gang.
Mike Destro <Madi87@aol.com>
We send the Farsider to Dick via his daughter (Kim Mindling). Friends can try sending him a message using her email address of <firstname.lastname@example.org>. In addition, Mike provided a home address for the retired sergeant in his letter for those who would like to mail Dick a card. Send Mike an email for that home address.
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Got this from a friend and former UAL employee. I am assuming it is legit, but you never know.
David (Byers) <email@example.com>
Ed. — I vetted this open letter and determined that it was authentic. It may take some of the edge off the criticism aimed at UAL. Or not.
April 13, 2017
UAL MEC Statement Regarding United Express Flight 3411
As the story of United Express Flight 3411, operated by Republic Airline, continues to virally circulate in the news and on social media, your United Master Executive Council (MEC) has intentionally withheld judgment because of the rapid pace at which information, both accurate and inaccurate, has been released and manipulated.
The safety and well-being of our passengers is the highest priority for United pilots, and this should not have escalated into a violent encounter. United pilots are infuriated by this event. This occurred on one of our contracted Express carriers, separately owned and operated by Republic Airline, and was ultimately caused by the grossly inappropriate response by the Chicago Department of Aviation.
It is important to review these baseline facts:
1. This violent incident should never have happened and was a result of gross excessive force by Chicago Department of Aviation personnel.
2. No United employees were involved in the physical altercation.
3. Social media ire should properly be directed at the Chicago Aviation Department.
4. This occurred on an Express flight operated by Republic Airline, as such, the flight crew and cabin crew of Flight 3411 are employees of Republic Airline, not United Airlines.
5. United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz has apologized for United Airlines, the actions of the Chicago Department of Aviation, and the actions of our Express partner, Republic Airline.
On April 9, 2017, United Express Flight 3411, operated by Republic, was preparing to depart Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Louisville (SDF). Republic Airline made the decision to assign four of their crew members to deadhead on Flight 3411 within minutes of the scheduled departure. Although four passengers would have to be removed from this flight to accommodate the Republic crew, the goal was to get the other 70 passengers on their way to SDF and ensure a flight crew needed the next day would also be in place. By all reports, the Republic flight crew was courteous and calm throughout the event, and three passengers left the flight voluntarily for compensation. After repeatedly asking the fourth passenger to give up his seat to no avail, the gate agent requested the assistance of law enforcement.
For reasons unknown to us, instead of trained Chicago Police Department officers being dispatched to the scene, Chicago Department of Aviation personnel responded. At this point, without direction and outside the control of United Airlines or the Republic crew, the Chicago Department of Aviation forcibly removed the passenger.
Members of local airport law enforcement are normally important security partners who assist aircrews in ensuring the safety of everyone on the airplane. This event was an anomaly and is not how United or the police are expected to treat passengers when there is no security threat.
United pilots have always been the true leaders of this company, and our fellow employees count on us to continue to do what we do best—deliver a world class product and safely transport our passengers around the world. We cannot let this huge distraction affect our ability to do our jobs. We have successfully flown through more turbulent times, and we will weather this storm as well.
Ultimately, United must be measured by more than this one incident on a single United Express flight; this airline is comprised of more than 82,000 employees, including over 12,500 pilots, working every day to safely fly around the globe. For 91 years, United has earned the trust of millions of passengers, and we will continue earning their trust, despite the incident on this United Express flight. The United Airlines MEC is confident that the steps we are taking as a company will ensure this type of inexcusable event never happens again.
Cort de Peyster
President, Retired United Pilots Association
UAL Retired 2006 SFOFO.
THE ANNUAL BOBBY BURROUGHS FOLSOM BARBECUE REMINDER
This is a reminder to sign up for our annual Bobby Burroughs Folsom BBQ and Association membership meeting. Details are below. You can sign up on-line by clicking THIS link.
The Lew Howard Pavilion
7100 Baldwin Dam Rd.
Folsom, CA 95630
Date & Time:
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Lunch at 12:00 PM
Meeting right after lunch.
Tri-tip or Chicken
Please make your selection when signing up.
Members are free
$5 for spouse & guests
FROM I-80 in Roseville
I-80 to Douglas Blvd., east on Douglas Blvd. Go approximately 5.1 miles to Folsom Auburn Blvd. Turn right and go 4.1 miles to Oak Ave. in Folsom (there is a McDonalds fast food on the corner). Turn right on Oak Ave. and go approximately 0.4 miles (the road ends). Turn right on Baldwin Dam Rd. You will see the Lew Howard Memorial Park Arch. Go under the Arch and drive to the top of the hill where the picnic grounds are (approximately 0.3 miles). You have arrived.
FROM I-50 in Folsom
I-50 to Folsom Rd. Exit. Take Folsom Rd. 2.4 miles and cross the American River Bridge. At this time the road name changes to Folsom Auburn Blvd. Continue 0.8 miles to Oak Ave. You will see a McDonald's fast food restaurant on the left corner. Turn left on Oak Ave. and go approximately 0.4 miles to Baldwin Dam Rd. Turn right and you will see the Lew Howard Memorial Park Arch. Drive straight through to the top of the hill and you have arrived.
We will need a count of Retirees and Spouses
who will be attending the BBQ, by May 10, 2017
HAPPY APRIL BIRTHDAY TO ALL TWO OF YOU
Two dozen names of members who celebrated an April birthday were called at last night's PBA meeting, but only two answered up and stepped forward to cut the cake. They were retired Officers Will Battaglia and Cha Cha Ramon, who had some volunteers to help serve slices to the 65 members present.
(Photos by Aubrey "Bird" Parrott)
SOME WILL MISS HIM, SOME WILL SAY GOOD RIDDANCE…
Fox News Drops Bill O'Reilly in Wake of Harassment Allegations
By Howard Kurtz, Fox News Analyst
Fox News — April 19, 2017
Fox News is cutting ties with Bill O’Reilly, the biggest star in its 20-year history, after mounting allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior prompted the network to end his program.
“After a thorough and careful review of the allegations,” parent company 21st Century Fox said in a statement, “the company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel.”
Today’s decision seemed unimaginable a few short weeks ago, given O’Reilly’s long reign as the top-rated host in cable news.
But the climate shifted dramatically after The New York Times reported on April 1 that O’Reilly or Fox had paid $13 million to settle five cases against him alleging sexual or other harassment. More than 50 advertisers withdrew from his prime-time show, and 21st Century Fox asked a law firm to investigate a complaint from a woman who said O’Reilly dropped efforts to make her a contributor in 2013 after she turned down his invitation to visit his hotel room.
O’Reilly, 67, had not commented on his status since leaving on vacation last week—he met Pope Francis today in a VIP line at the Vatican—but his lawyer issued a blistering statement yesterday accusing his liberal opponents of a “smear campaign.” The statement said O’Reilly “has been subjected to a brutal campaign of character assassination that is unprecedented in post-McCarthyist America.”
Starting Monday, Fox will air Tucker Carlson’s show an hour earlier, in O’Reilly’s 8 p.m. ET slot, and move the popular ensemble show “The Five” from 5 to 9 p.m. On May 1, “Five” member Eric Bolling will debut a one-hour program at 5 p.m., and Martha MacCallum will make her “First 100 Days” show permanent at 7 p.m.
O’Reilly’s departure comes nine months after Fox News founder Roger Ailes was forced out as chairman following a sexual harassment lawsuit by former host Gretchen Carlson and allegations by at least a half-dozen women, all of which he denied. One of them was Megyn Kelly, who also clashed with O’Reilly and who decided to leave Fox for NBC last December.
The net result is not just a transformation of Fox’s prime-time lineup, which has trounced the cable competition, but an effort by Rupert Murdoch and his sons, James and Lachlan, to change the company’s culture and make clear that harassment is unacceptable. That became increasingly difficult, and spawned resentment among some female staffers, as O’Reilly’s problems became a dominant news story.
Fox had recently signed O’Reilly to a new multi-year contract, even as executives knew the Times story was coming.
The “O’Reilly Factor” has spawned a cottage industry, with the host, who was part of the channel’s original lineup in 1996, producing a slew of best-selling books and finding himself in demand for lucrative speaking engagements. It has been a cash cow for the Fox News Channel, generating about $178 million in ad revenue in 2015, according to an estimate by Kantar Media. And his ratings remained stratospheric by cable standards, averaging just under 4 million viewers in the first quarter of this year and rising even after the allegations published by the Times.
O’Reilly has survived controversial episodes in the past. One of the settlements cited by the Times drew extensive publicity in 2004, when one of his former producers, Andrea Mackris, accused him of sexually explicit phone calls. O’Reilly countersued before both sides settled the case.
Two years ago, O’Reilly came under attack for having claimed to cover the 1982 Falklands War although he had not actually been on the Falkland Islands. He blamed liberal critics for using semantics to falsely accuse him.
Most of his positions were conservative, and he maintained a cordial relationship with President Trump after having been consistently tough on President Obama. But O’Reilly styled himself an independent, sometimes took moderate stances and supported Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative aimed at helping black youth. And there was a strong populist streak to his commentary, whether he was assailing rap music, media bias or what he branded the "War on Christmas."
Even most of his critics acknowledged that O’Reilly, a former correspondent for CBS and ABC and onetime host of “Inside Edition,” is an extraordinary broadcaster whose blustery, sometimes confrontational style kept putting people in the seats.
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and the host of "MediaBuzz" (Sundays 11 a.m.). He is the author of five books and is based in Washington. Follow him at @HowardKurtz. Click HERE for more information on Howard Kurtz.
“PRETTY SCARY STUFF”
That’s how Gary Leonard described this “60 Minutes” report about your smart phone and social media. If you missed the original airing on April 9th, you have this opportunity. If you are still using a flip phone and have no use for social media, save yourself some time and move on…
is “Brain Hacking"? Tech insiders on Why You Should Care
With Anderson Cooper — April 9, 2017
Silicon Valley is engineering your phone, apps and social media to get you hooked, says a former Google product manager. Anderson Cooper reports
The following script is from “Brain Hacking,” which aired on April 9, 2017. Anderson Cooper is the correspondent. Guy Campanile, producer.
Have you ever wondered if all those people you see staring intently at their smartphones -- nearly everywhere, and at all times -- are addicted to them? According to a former Google product manager you are about to hear from, Silicon Valley is engineering your phone, apps and social media to get you hooked. He is one of the few tech insiders to publicly acknowledge that the companies responsible for programming your phones are working hard to get you and your family to feel the need to check in constantly. Some programmers call it “brain hacking” and the tech world would probably prefer you didn’t hear about it. But Tristan Harris openly questions the long-term consequences of it all and we think it’s worth putting down your phone to listen.
Click HERE to continue the story as reported on “60 Minutes.”
WILL SESSIONS GO AFTER LERNER?
Google this subject and you will find several links to numerous websites, but with the exception of Fox News, hardly a word from the main stream media that apparently doesn’t see it as newsworthy.
Tax-Writing Republicans Renew Call For DOJ To Investigate Lois Lerner Over IRS
Juliegrace Brufke, Capitol Hill Reporter
The Daily Caller — April 12, 2017
Two top tax-writing Republicans in the House are calling on the Department of Justice to reopen its investigation into whether former IRS official Lois Lerner unlawfully targeted conservative organizations applying for tax-exempt status.
Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady and Tax Policy Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions Wednesday, noting the Obama administration refused to review the information the committee gathered in its extensive investigation into the matter. According to the congressmen, there is clear evidence Lerner willfully partook in criminal activity during her tenure as the Exempt Organizations Division director, yet former President Barak Obama insisted there was “not a smidgeon of corruption” at the agency.
“On April 9, 2014, the House Committee on Ways and Means voted to send a letter to the Department of Justice referring former IRS Exempt Organizations Division Director Lois G. Lerner for criminal prosecution,” Brady and Roskam wrote. “As indicated in the attached letter, the Committee’s nearly three-year investigation uncovered evidence of willful misconduct on the part of Ms. Lerner. Despite this fact, and for what many believe were purely partisan reasons, the prior Administration refused to review Ms. Lerner’s misconduct.”
The lawmakers cited evidence showing Lerner provided misleading information to Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration’s questions and the use of her personal email, which put tax payers’ confidential information at risk of exposure, as reasons for reopening the investigation.
The DOJ announced in October, 2015, it would not pursue criminal charges against Lerner at the close of its two-year probe. The investigation faced challenges due to Lerner’s crashed hard drive, the absence of email archives and the destruction of over 400 electronic backup tapes, and it was unable to prove the IRS official “intentionally discriminated against an applicant based upon viewpoint” and cited line-employees’ “ignorance, inertia” and “negligence” for delays in Tea Party applications for r 501(c )(3) status.
“It is clear that when the DOJ announced in October 2015 that it would not bring charges against Lois Lerner, the agency was following President Obama’s signal on how he wanted the investigation to be handled,” they continued. “Taxpayers deserve to know that the DOJ’s previous evaluation was not tainted by politics.”
Lerner, a central figure in the IRS Tea Party targeting scandal, resigned in 2013 after a number of Republicans called for her removal from the agency.
STORIES OF THE WEEK
So what did the American Medical Association think of the Republicans' failed attempt to replace Obamacare with a plan of their own?
The Allergists were in favor of scratching it, but the Dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves.
The Gastroenterologists had sort of a gut feeling about it, but the Neurologists thought the Administration had a lot of nerve.
Meanwhile, Obstetricians felt certain everyone was laboring under a misconception, while the Ophthalmologists considered the idea short-sighted.
Pathologists yelled, "Over my dead body!" while the Pediatricians said, "Oh, grow up!"
The Psychiatrists thought the notion was madness, while the Radiologists could see right through it.
Surgeons decided to wash their hands of the whole thing, and the Internists claimed it would indeed be a bitter pill to swallow.
The Plastic Surgeons opined that this proposal would "put a whole new face on the matter."
The Podiatrists thought it was a step forward, but the Urologists were pissed off at the whole idea.
Anesthesiologists thought the concept was a gas, and those lofty Cardiologists didn't have the heart to say no.
In the end, the Proctologists won out, leaving the entire decision up to the a-holes in Congress.
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to Give Your Cat a Bath AND Clean the Toilet
1. Put both lids of the toilet up and add 1/8 cup of pet shampoo to the water in the bowl.
2. Pick up the cat and soothe him while you carry him towards the bathroom.
3. In one smooth movement, put the cat in the toilet and close the lid. (You may need to stand on the lid to keep it down.)
4. The cat will self agitate and make an ample amount of suds. Pay no attention to the noises that come from the toilet; the cat is actually enjoying the experience.
5. Flush the toilet three or four times as this will provide a 'power-wash' and 'rinse.'
6. Have someone open the front door of your home while ensuring that no one is standing between the bathroom and the front door.
7. Stand behind the toilet as far as you can, then quickly lift the lid.
8. The cat will rocket out of the toilet, streak through the bathroom, and run outside where he will dry himself off.
9. Result: Both the commode and the cat will be sparkling clean.
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See how far you can work your way through this list of puns before your first groan.
• I changed my iPod name to Titanic. It's syncing now.
• When chemists die, they barium.
• Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.
• A soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.
• I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop any time.
• How does Moses make his tea? Hebrews it.
• I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Than it dawned on me.
• This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I'd never met herbivore.
• I'm reading a book about anti-gravity and can't put it down.
• I starred in a theatrical performance about puns. It was a play on words.
• They told me I had type A blood, but it was a Type-O.
• Then there's the story about the dyslexic man who walked into a bra.
• PMS jokes aren't funny, period.
• So why were the Indians here first? They had reservations.
• I didn't pay much attention when my class took a trip to the Coca-Cola factory. Sure hope there's no pop quiz .
• Newsflash: The Energizer Bunny has been arrested and charged with battery.
• I didn't like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.
• How do you make holy water? You boil the hell out of it.
• Did you hear about the cross-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn't control her pupils?
• When you get a bladder infection urine trouble.
• What does a clock do when it's hungry? It goes back four seconds.
• I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger and bigger. Then it hit me!
• Broken pencils are pointless.
• I tried to catch some fog, but I mist.
• What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus.
• England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.
• I used to be a banker, but then I lost interest.
• I dropped out of communism class because of lousy Marx.
• All the toilets in New York's police stations have been stolen. Police have nothing to go on.
• I got a job at a bakery because I kneaded dough.
• Haunted French pancakes give me the crepes.
• Velcro. What a rip off.
• Police report that a cartoonist was found dead in his home. Details are sketchy.
• Venison for dinner? Oh deer.
• The earthquake in Washington, D.C. was obviously government's fault.
• I used to think I was indecisive. Now I'm not so sure .
• Be kind to your dentist. He has fillings, too.
UNITED IS WORKING HARD AT GETTING THEIR MARKET SHARE BACK BY ADDING A NEW SERVICE
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
April 12 — 17
April 17: You know what everyone’s talking about? The White House Easter Egg Roll. It was really cute. They had a miniature podium where kids could pretend to be Trump’s press secretary. The winner got some candy, while the loser got the job.
Trump really had fun with it, though. Every time a kid went for an Easter egg, he’d hit it with a nine-iron. [mimes golf swing] “Losers! Too bad, you lost!”
The latest “Fast and the Furious” movie, “The Fate of the Furious,” had one of the biggest Easter box office openings of all time. Even Jesus was like, “Those guys came back AGAIN? I mean, even I stopped at one sequel!”
A new poll finds that more than half of American adults say they’ve smoked marijuana. While the other half said, “Wait ... what was the question?”
April 12: This weekend is Easter, where Christians celebrate the return of Jesus. Unfortunately, this year Jesus can’t return because he’s Middle Eastern and been detained at the airport.
Because of the sexual allegations against him, it’s rumored that Bill O’Reilly’s show may be going off the air. For continuity’s sake, Fox will replace it with reruns of "The Cosby Show."
After being accused of sexual harassment by five women, Bill O’Reilly announced he is taking a vacation. And if there’s any justice in the world he’ll be flying United.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has apologized for his Hitler comments and admitted he "screwed up." I don’t think Spicer learned his lesson though, because he then said, "Even Hitler didn’t screw up as badly as I did."
They’re having trouble organizing Easter at the White House this year. Instead of an A-list musician, there will be a military band. And instead of eggs, there’s going to be golf balls and instead of children there will be old white guys.
A new article says that Donald Trump has changed the definition of the word "conservative." It used to mean "traditional" and "right leaning" - now it means "batshit crazy."
April 12: Donald Trump will be running the White House Easter egg roll this year. Every year at the White House they have an egg roll. Which I think President Trump assumed was a menu item at P.F. Chang's.
Even though this is an annual tradition, it's been going on for 138 years, they're having trouble getting it together this year. The White House apparently hasn't sent out invitations yet. And they neglected to order the eggs. Every year they give kids wooden eggs as souvenirs of the Easter egg roll. This year the company that mills the eggs had to tweet a reminder to the president and first lady, "fyi, manufacturing deadlines for the Easter eggs are near, please reach out."
This may seem a little desperate but this is a company whose business is making wooden eggs. They miss Easter, they're screwed, that's it, nobody wants an egg on Flag Day.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer tried to down play the issues at his press briefing this afternoon. He did it an interesting way. He invited a group of children into the room and told them the egg roll doesn't matter because there's no such thing as the Easter bunny anyway.
Before he was press secretary, Sean Spicer actually played the Easter bunny at the egg roll during the Bush administration. Which means this week, for the first time maybe in history, we got to see the Easter bunny apologize for comments about the Holocaust.
Congratulations to the first lady, Melania Trump, who just got a nice payout from a British tabloid newspaper, The Daily Mail. According to CNN, Melania received $2.9 million in damages, which she's using to build an escape tunnel back to Slovenia.
April 17: This morning was the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. There was an appearance by that very special visitor, someone who only shows up to the White House once a year — Melania Trump.
It was good that Melania was there. She had to remind Trump to put his hand over his heart during the National Anthem [plays clip showing Melania elbowing Trump]. Keep in mind, she’s the immigrant from Slovenia, he was born here. He should know what to do during the National Anthem. I mean, that’s what my wife does to me to get me to stop talking.
But it was a great time, and apparently the Easter egg hunt is still going on. Because Trump hides those Easter eggs as well as he hides his tax returns.
Things still aren’t looking good for United Airlines. Last week there was a huge story where they assaulted a man by pulling him off a flight. Well, Saturday, United kicked an engaged couple who were on the way to their wedding off of a plane for changing seats. Because you know after their last PR debacle United decided, “We’re not going to pull one more person off a flight — we’re going to pull two.”
On a bittersweet note, the world’s oldest person has died in Italy at the age of 117. It’s tragic — she died in a knife fight with the world’s second-oldest person. I’m kidding! Do you know how she died? Bungee-jumping.
April 17: This is Trump’s first Easter Egg Roll. The president and the first lady kicked things off with the National Anthem, and notice what she has to do in the middle of it [clip of Melania nudging Trump].”Put your hand up! Do it, you’re the president!” He forgot to put his hand over his heart, it happens to everybody. I mean, when I saw that footage, I almost forgot to put my hand over my face.
And yet, not the most embarrassing thing to happen at the Easter Egg Roll. That honor goes to the official White House Snapchat account, which sent out a snap featuring a bunch of kids gathered around “Secretary of ‘Educatuon’ Betsy DeVos.” It’s like Betsy DeVos always says, “There’s no ‘I’ in ‘education’ . . . the way I spell it.”
Trump also weighed in on tomorrow’s special election in Georgia, saying, “The super liberal Democrat in the Georgia congressioal race tomorrow wants to protect criminals, allow illegal immigration and raise taxes!” That’s right, “congressioal.” Someone’s being tutored by Betsy DeVos.
LEROY WAS SUCH A PRECOCIOUS LITTLE IMP WHEN HE WAS FIVE...
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE
Click HERE for the most current update.
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Whatever you may think of Jon Stewart (formerly of The Daily Show), this clip about Marines in Berkeley should be worth a few minutes of your time. Joe Suske sent it in, and if the former Marine thought it was worthwhile, you will too, unless, of course, your wife or daughter is a member of Code Pink. You may have to sit through a short ad, but trust us, THIS is worth it. (4:51)
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Say what you want about NASCAR, but many will argue that the real action can be seen at European car rallies, and we’ve got the video footage to prove it. In addition to being a spectator, they also offer the unique opportunity to be a member of the crash crew. Check THIS out. (11:16)
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Watching NASCAR race cars go round and round in a circle (with the exception of a couple of road courses) every season can seem boring most of the time. It’s a far different STORY for the European adrenalin junkies who place themselves in danger by showing up at road rallies. (10:05)
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Are THESE big guys on small bikes, or small guys on tiny bikes? We were surprised to learn that they range in age from 6 to 12. But what surprised us even more were the speeds they achieve. Have a look. (11:18)
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Only in Russia: Why is the guy in red who is holding a smart phone smiling? Watch THIS 2-minute clip and find out. (2:07)
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These five “masculine moments” are just as humorous today as they were when they went viral a few years ago. Click HERE and see if you don’t agree. (2:32)
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I think I might be inclined to join Lumpy and toss a buck into THIS street performer’s bowl. I have always been a Chubby Checker fan. (2:24)
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Think back, guys. Did you have a lifeguard at the community pool that looked like Wendy Peffercorn when you were a kid? And if you did, was one of your buds as brave at getting her attention as Michael Squints? This is a MUST SEE for you guys even if you answered no to both questions. For women, it's optional. (Volume up!) (3:58)
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By the way, if you are curious, this is what Michael Squints looks like today…
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Berkeley PD Tactical Squad responds to a report of a
feral cat spotted in a tree in the vicinity of the Cal campus...
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Meanwhile, at a campus protest in San Diego...
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How much do you think this antique door lock from 1680 is worth today? For that matter, what would it cost to replicate it today? That a craftsman from 350 years ago was sufficiently talented to design and assemble such a lock with the tools available at the time truly is amazing. Click on THIS link received from Mike Thompson and see if you don’t agree. (2:18)
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Russ Russell calls this Heineken ad the greatest beer commercial. If it’s not, it should qualify as one of the most elaborate. Have a LOOK and judge for yourself. (1:30)
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Do you remember the famous “Earthrise” photo taken by Apollo 8 back in 1968? If you don’t, and/or forgot about it, have another look. THIS clip received from Dirk Parsons explains how it was taken, and it wasn’t as simple as “Oh look, there’s the Earth; hand me the camera.” (6:53)
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If you haven’t already done so, consider taking a ride on the SlotZilla Zoomline next time you find yourself in Las Vegas if you want to see Fremont Street like you’ve never SEEN it before. (1:29)
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How many men does it take to change a light bulb? Just one, providing he has an extra-large set of testicles and he doesn’t suffer from acrophobia. THIS is the type of guy we’re talking about. (2:07)
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Our closer this week comes from Lumpy, who says this clip should be nominated for the best commercial of the year, and we agree. Have a LOOK, it only takes a minute. (1:00)
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Pic of the Week
United Airlines is now passing out complimentary
travel pillows to passengers as they board their flights.
THE FARSIDER SUBSCRIPTION ROSTER as of 4/20/17
Additions and changes since the last published update (alphabetical by last name):
To receive the email address of anyone on the list -- or to receive the roster with all of the email addresses -- send your request to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Abram, Fred & Connie
Allen, Chaplain Bryan
Alvarez, Pat (Campbell)
Babineau, Dave & Cheryl
Bray, Mary Ellen
Bridgen, Betty Ruth
Brown Jr., Bill
Burroughs, (Bronson) Utta
Carr Jr., John
Carrillo, Jaci Cordes
Clark, Bill (the one who stayed)
Embry (Howsmon), Eva
Foulkes [Duchon], Louise
Gonzalez, D. (formerly D. Avila)
Guido, Jr., Jim
Guido, Sr. Jim
Hare, Caren (Carlisle)
Harnish, Mary (Craven)
Horton, Debbie (McIntyre)
Howsmon, (Jr.) Frank
Howsmon (Sr.), Frank
Hunter, Dick (via daughter Kim Mindling)
Inami, Steve & Francine
Johnson, Tom & Fran
Klein, Lou Anna
Leonard (Lintern), Lynda
Muldrow, Mark "Mo"
O'Carroll, Diane (Azzarello)
Perry (Cervantez), Martha
Rappe (Ryman), Bonnie
Reyes (Buell), Cindy
Richter, Darrell & Annette
Schenini (Alvarez), Joanne
Taves, Phil & Paula
Terry, Glenn & Maggie
Vallecilla, Ernie & Peggy
Van Dyck, Lois
Williams [Durham], Lanette
Windisch Jr., Steve