May 14, 2015
Bill Mattos, Editor and Publisher
Leroy Pyle, Webmaster
The Farsider is an independent publication that is not
affiliated with the San Jose Police Benevolent
Assn. The SJPBA has allowed the Farsider to be included
on its web site solely for the convenience of
the retired San Jose Police community. The content of
this newsletter does not represent or reflect
the views of the San Jose Police Benevolent
Association's Board of Directors or its membership.
RETIRED OFFICER PAUL SALERNO
—Note: Few details have been confirmed, so this should
be considered preliminary information—
We received information late last night (Wed.) that
retired Officer Paul Salerno passed away from an
apparent heart attack, but there was no further
information. News of this kind usually shows up first on
Facebook, so we logged onto the SJPD group and found a
message by Tom O’Donnell that was posted around 10:00
p.m. It read:
“I have sad news. Paul Salerno passed today of a heart
attack while on vacation in Conn. I have no further at
this time. I was informed about an hour ago.”
But there seems to be conflicting information as to the
location. Among the 45 comments as of press time from
Paul’s friends and former coworkers was one from Mike
Alford that read:
“He was in Florida with a long time friend snorkeling. I
did not hear if he was in the water or not when it
happened, but they were unable to revive him."
That's all the info we have as of press time.
Paul was one of the four who celebrated their birthday
the April 2014 PBA meeting and had the honor of cutting
serving the cake to the rest of the members in
The following message
was received from D/C Dave Knopf at 8:14 a.m. today, as
we were going to press.
Thursday, May 14 — 8:14 a.m.
It is with sadness that I advise
you that retired Officer Paul Salerno passed away at the
age of 62. Paul was hired by the Department on July 20,
1979, and retired in 2007. He was vacationing in Florida
with a lifelong friend when he suffered a heart attack.
BFO was notified by the friend he was vacationing with,
who didn't know how to notify his wife Nancy. Lt. Jason
Herr and Chaplain Becknall made the notification within
the last hour. As you can imagine, Nancy did not take
the news well; however, she has a lot of support from
her neighbors and was very thankful to the Department
for making the notification.
RETIRED SGT. PRESTON “PRES” WINTERS
Dec. 1, 1949
Appointed January 1973
Pres passed away Monday morning. The only information we
had at the time came from his close friend, Paul
Gardner, who posted the following message on Facebook
Today was a
tough day for me. My friend from the past 47 years
passed away from Lymphoma and Leukemia. Pres Winters and
I went to high school together and then worked 30+ years
at San Jose Police Department. Pres has been ill for 13
years, and today was the end of his fight against
cancer. I will miss him very much. When I know more
about services I will re-post. God got a real good man
today, but the good Lord already knew that.
According to Paul, Pres and his wife Jan had two
children, Shawna, Ryan, and two grandchildren by the
Pres, Jan, Shawna and her two children (date unknown).
Ryan was not present when this photo was taken.
Paul called yesterday (Wed.) to say he had spoken with
Jan. She advised that a memorial service will be held at
11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 30th, at the Calvary Church,
16330 Los Gatos Blvd, Los Gatos. A reception will follow
at the same location featuring what Paul described as
"Pres’ all-time-favorite food: peach pie." If an
obituary is published we will include it in next week's
WE WILL NEVER FORGET
President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace
Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May
15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a
joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police
Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement
officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty
for the safety and protection of others.
these heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice while
details about our twelve fallen — including the panel
Memorial Wall bearing their names — click on any of
their names below...
Morris Van Dyck Hubbard
~ ~ ~
Have a look at
THIS clip highlighting the National Police Week
Unity Tour that
gathered at the National Police Memorial in
Washington yesterday. (1:48)
below will take you to the home page of the National Law
Enforcement Memorial Fund.
~ ~ ~
We also pause to remember our former friends and
(Alphabetical by last name:)
Officer David Adams
Officer Virginia Adams
Sergeant Harley Adams
Communications Dispatcher Roy Adams
Reserve Officer Dave Aguilar
Tom "Wings" Alexander
Officer Jim Aligo
Police Data Specialist II Pat Alesse
Officer David Alvarez
Secretary Doreen Amburgy
Sergeant Andy Anderson
Sr. Police Data Spec. Beverly "Jill" Anderson
Officer Frank Ankenbauer
Officer Dick Anthony
Captain Joe Azzarello
Reserve Officer George Argall
Dispatcher Teresa Arruda
Lieutenant Cecil Ayer
Sergeant Bill Bailey
Sergeant Buck Ballard
Officer Gordon Ballard, Sr.
Sergeant Jim Barnett
Officer Ernie Barozzi
Lieutenant Terry Bauleke
Lieutenant Arnold "Arnie" Bertotti
Sergeant Curt Bishop
Sergeant Tony "Ants" Biskup
Sergeant Don Black
Police Chief John N. Black
Police Chief J.R "Ray" Blackmore
Sergeant Terry Blackwood
Officer Bill "Curly" Bond
Sergeant Ron Bondi
Officer Richard Boone
Officer Bud Bosque
Officer Harold Bounds
Sergeant Curt Brandt
Reserve Officer Reggie Bravo
Delia "Dede" Bravo-Carney
Sergeant Dave Brickell
Officer Richard "Rocky" Bridges
Police Records Clerk II Wanda Brooks
Captain Bill Brown
Sergeant Gene Brown
Officer Phil Brown
Police Chief William Brown
Officer Gordon Bruce
Sergeant Ralph Brune
(Line of Duty)
John Buck, Jr.
Officer Runyon A. Buckalew
Sergeant Lloyd Buffington
Henry Bunch —
Line of Duty
Typist Clerk II Betty Burk
Sergeant Chuck Burde
Sergeant Bobby Burroughs
Dispatcher George Burton
Officer Wilbert "Ed" Bush
Officer Johnny Calderon
Sergeant Bill Campbell
Analyst Kathy Campbell
Officer Art Campos
Officer Dan Campos
Assistant Chief George Cannell
Senior Dispatcher Alice Cano
Sergeant John Canuel
Sergeant Charles "Charlie" Cardona
Records Clerk Velma Cardona
Officer Gilbert "Bulldog" Cardoza
Fiscal Officer Bob Carlsen
Sergeant George Carter
Assistant Chief Joel Carter
Desmond Casey —
Line of Duty
Sergeant Glen Castlio
Staff Analyst Evelyn Cava
Sergeant Hal Chapman
Alviso Chief Pat Chew
Officer Steve Chesley
Data Specialist II Rosemarie Christensen
Captain Bob Cleary
Reserve Chief George Cochern
Chief of Detectives Bart Collins
Officer Billy Collins
Lieutenant John "Jack" Collins
Sergeant Anthony "Tony" Colón
Dispatcher Jimmy Compton
Sergeant Joe Conversa
Data Spec. II Marilyn Cordes
Sergeant Jim Cornelius
Officer Kent Cossey
John Covalesk —
Line of Duty
Police Data Specialist Lillie Cox
Officer Andy Crawford
Officer Bill Creamer
Reserve Officer Chuck Crowell
Alejandro “Alex” Cruise
Officer Betty Cunningham
Officer Marvin "Marv" Curtiss
Sergeant Larry Darr
Officer Don Davis
Senior Identification Officer Pete DeLuca
Deputy Chief Don "D.O." DeMers
Sergeant John Diehl
Deputy Chief Howard Donald
I.D. Technician Peggy Donald
Assistant Police Chief Ross Donald
Sergeant Ron Dowling
Officer Bob Duffy
Sergeant Leo Dunn
Sergeant George Dwyer
Sergeant Hugo Edes
Supervising Public Safety Disp. & Res. Dep. Chief Stan
Reserve Officer Phil "Duke" Ellington
Officer Paul Elorreaga
Sergeant Bob Emerson
School Crossing Guard Winnie Emerson
Officer Lou Emery
Sergeant Jim Emmons
Officer Walt Emery
Officer Anton "Rich" Erickson
Gerald "Gerry" (and Carroll Ann) Erickson
Officer Richard "Dick" Erickson
Sergeant Joe Escobar
Sergeant Dave "Porkchop" Evans
Officer Mitch Fagan
Sergeant Roy Farley
Sergeant Fred Farnsworth
Lieutenant Bob Fazio
Legal Adviser and Reserve Officer Royce Fincher
Officer Roger Finton
Sergeant Fred Flesner
Comm. Supervisor Beatrice "Bea" Fletcher
Reserve Officer Robert Flinn
Jeffrey Fontana —
Line of Duty
Police Records Clerk Maxine Fontes
Typist Clerk II Frances Franco
Airport Officer Ross Frantz
Officer Don Franzino
Reserve Officer Glenn Fudge
Secretary Sally Funkhouser
Sergeant Walt Gadsby
Dispatcher Claire Gallagher
Data Specialist Marietta Games
Paul "Beans" Ganshirt
Account Clerk Darleen Garman
Reserve Officer Ray Garringer
Sergeant Roy Garringer
Messenger Clerk Salli Gathers
Crossing Guard Jan Gephart
Sergeant Ken Geppert
Sergeant Hans "Westgate" Gerdts
Lieutenant Bill Gergurich
Officer Cliff Gerlach
Police Records Clerk Nina Gillette
Officer Will Givin
Senior Office Specialist Fran Goff
Crime Data Analyst Mara Graves
Officer Ray Gray
Secretary Ruth Grayson
Captain Leon Green
Captain John Guerin
Sergeant Mike Guerin
Sergeant Pete Guerin (Sr.)
Sergeant Lovell Guptill
Officer Terry Guyton
Sergeant Stan Hall
Captain Lewis "Lew" Haller
Police Records Clerk Betty Hanson
Lieutenant Stan Hardman
Dispatcher Ken Harness
Volunteer Bob Harris
Tom (and Judy) Harris
Captain Charles Hartell
Officer Joe Haslemann
Officer Jim Healy
Sergeant Al Heiken
Sergeant Jim Hellam
Deputy Chief Eusevio "Ike" Hernandez
Deputy Chief Luis Hernandez
Lieutenant Kenny Herrmann
Policewoman Janet Hickey
Typist Clerk Rae Hildebrand
Lieutenant Art Hilscher
Dispatcher Betty Hixon
Sergeant Jim Hober
Sergeant Fred Hoffman
Officer Vern Hoffman
Officer Chuck Hogate
Captain Mel Hornbeck
Sergeant Howard Hornbuckle
Assistant Police Chief Stan Horton
Morris Van Dyck Hubbard —
Line of Duty
Richard Huerta —
Line of Duty
Captain Lyle Hunt
Police Woman Eunice (Long) Huntwork
Volunteer Diana Hurst
Police Data Spec. II Shirley Louise Jackson
Senior Analyst George Jacobson
Sergeant John Jaeger
Sergeant Merle Johns
Reserve Officer Alfred "AJ" Johnson
Michael Johnson —
Line of Duty
Captain Tom "TJ" Johnson
James "Tim" Jones
Sergeant Ken Jordan
Officer Frank Keffer, Sr.
I.D. Technician Betty Keiser
Police Records Clerk Verna Kennelly
Officer Mahlon Kent
Sergeant Gus Kettman
Sergeant Don Kidder
Secretary Bernice King
Officer Steve Kirkendall
Deputy Chief Elmer Klein
Analyst II Dick Kleiner
Officer Dick Knell
Officer Vic Kosik
Officer Dick Kountz
Lieutenant Floyd Kuehnis
Photographer John Lancaster
Officer Ken Lanch
Carter (and Marsha) Langdon
Jim "Red Dog" Larson
Officer Jerry Law
Sergeant Ray "The Deacon" Lee
Officer Larry LeFall
Dispatcher Ralph Libby
Charles "Chuck" Lintern
Sergeant Bob Lira
Sergeant Dave Longaker
Clerk II Marion Lopaus
Officer Dan Lopez
Officer Herman Lorenz
Officer Mike Lowry
Officer Dave Luna
Chaplain John MacDonald
School Crossing Guard Johanna Machado
Sergeant Bill Maddox
Safety Dispatcher II Keao Mai
County Dispatcher Belinda Maldonado
Reserve Officer Tim Malley
Clerk II Beth Malnburg
Sergeant Jim Manthey
Elliott "Tiny" Mars
Sergeant Floyd Marshall
Sergeant Jay Martin
Dispatcher Jean Martin
Officer Pete Martin
Airport and Reserve Officer Bob Marotz
Crossing Guard Eleanor Maruca
Reserve Officer Lou Masella
Sgt. John Mattern
Disp. Thaddeus "Tedd" Casimer Matusiewicz
Officer William Mauldin
Police Data Specialist Frances McCabe
Captain E. Dale McCay
Sergeant O.D. McClinnan
Sergeant Earl McClure
Officer Garth McCormick
Lieutenant Glenn McCourtie
Deputy Chief Ed McKay
Deputy Chief Bill McKenzie
Officer Brian McNamara
Police Chief Joe McNamara
Property Specialist Tarr Mehary
Officer Bob Meheula
Lieutenant Lloyd Meister
Lieutenant Ed Melz
Office Specialist II Chris Mendoza
Police Records Clerk Shirley Merrill
Sergeant Liz Michaelsen
Sergeant Art Miller
Officer Dorothy Miller
Sergeant Herb Miller
Sergeant Jess Miller
Officer Steve Miller
Sergeant Carl Mills
Jose "Joe" Molina
Sergeant Charles "Chuck" Molosky
Officer Ann Moore
Lieutenant. Bruce "Blue Eyes" Moore
Sergeant Don "Santa Clara Sam" Moore
Assistant Policewoman Sharon Moore
Rogelio "Roger" Moreno
Exec. Admin. Secretary Bonnie Morganthaler
Chief Dispatcher Ron Morrill
Police Records Clerk Ruth Morrison
Dispatcher Antoinette "Fi Fi" Morse
Officer Ken Morss
Officer James Morton
Sergeant Gene Moss
Sgt. John Mosunic
Officer Fred "Moon" Mullins
Officer Pat Murphy
Sergeant Charles Murray
Chief Communications Dispatch Ron Murrell
Chief Dispatcher Hank Murtha
Officer Len Myers
Sergeant Tom Nagengast
Typist Clerk II Amy Nagareda
Volunteer Marynell Naughton
Officer Annie (Hally) Navin
Officer Glen Neece
Crime Prevention Spec. Marlin "Cotton" Neufeld
Sergeant Rex Newburn
Officer Jack Nichols
Police Data Specialist Helene Norman
Alvey "Al" North
Dispatcher Linda Norwood
Reserve Officer Terry O'Connell
Officer Tommy O'Connell
Sergeant Dexter O'Day
Officer James O'Day
Dispatcher Ed "Radio Ed" Oiseth, Sr.
Secretary Carolyn Page
Police Records Clerk II Phyllis Papa
Officer David Parbst
Officer John Patrick
Sergeant John Percival
Sergeant John Periman
Officer Charles “Chuck” Petersen
Lieutenant Fred Petersen
Dispatcher Shirley Petersen
Steno Clerk Carole Peterson
Sergeant Courtney "Court" Peterson
Sergeant Arthur "Art" Philpot
Officer Joe Pinkston
Police Data Specialist Betty Poe
Sergeant Bill Poelle
Lieutenant Dave Pollock
Typist Clerk II Charlene Poole
Captain Eddie Pracna
Assistant Chief Jay Propst
Officer Dante "Dan" Provasi
Ranger Todd Quick
Typist Clerk II Phyllis Quirley
Officer Dennis Radabaugh
Officer William Radunich
Officer Frank Rafferty
Sergeant Lloyd Ralston
Officer Anthony "Tony" Ranada
Latent Print Supervisor Ken Raney
Secretary Pauline Rasmussen
Sergeant Hal Ratliff
Steno Clerk Constance Ravenstein
Police Data Spec. II Carlotta Redmond
Richard "Rich" Reyes
Sergeant Jack Richards
Officer Ed Ricketts
Office Specialist Clara "Marie" Roberts
Records Supervisor Maggie Roe
Officer Chad "Coach" Rolston
Lieutenant Steve Ronco
Police Data Spec. II Dolores Rosamond
Officer Dennis Rosario
Miguel "Mike" Rosas
Officer Tony Russo
Sergeant George Sachtleben
Identification Officer Bernice Sadler
Retired Officer Paul Salerno
Officer Dwight Salsbury
Police Records Supervisor Connie Sandoval
Officer David Sandoval
Lieutenant Greg Sargent
Latent Print Examiner Vic Sartin
Officer Ray Saunders
Officer Charles "Charlie" Schaefer
Identification Technician Frances Schotenheimer
Police Data Specialist Elsie Schrull
Officer Herman Schwandt
Captain Tom Scribner
Sergeant Garyn Scott
Officer Ed Sekaquaptewa
P/T Typist Clerk II Regina Sellarole
Clerk Gretta Shannon
Chris (and Lynn) Shimek
Captain Tom Short
Officer Paul Shuman
Sergeant Bob Silfvast
Gordon Silva —
Line of Duty
Senior Police Records Clerk Ruth Silverstein
Gene Simpson —
Line of Duty
Sergeant Bob Sims
Dispatcher Ethel Sims
Dispatcher Jim Slater
Police Data Specialist II Charlotte Smith
Property Specialist Justin Smith
Sergeant Ron Smith
Lieutenant Ken Stagg
Police Data Specialist II Dorothy Stang
Assistant Policewoman Clarice "Tawny" Stelzer
Officer Mario Stefanini
Officer Dave (Watry) Stengel
Sergeant Joe Stewart
Officer LeMoine "Lee" Stille
Dispatcher Howard Stout
Deputy Chief Larry Stuefloten
Sergeant Marc Sturdivant
Juvenile Sergeant Stella Sullivan
of Communications Lyman Swan
Attendant Frank Sypert
Lieutenant Larry Tambellini
Officer Frank Tanner
Dispatcher Jim Terra
Lieutenant Jim Terry
Lieutenant Larry Thannisch
Sergeant Steve Thatcher
Captain Cal Thomas
Secretary Nadine Thompson
Reserve Lieutenant Greg Thul
Officer Forrest Tittle
Reserve Sergeant Sixto "Toby" Tobias
Sergeant Harold "Hal" Toussaint
Dispatcher Ron Townsend
Clerk Pauline Trevisano
Officer Mitch Ucovich
Typist Marlene Uyehara
Dispatcher and Reserve Officer Tom Vanderpriem
Reserve Officer Ron Tsukomoto
Sergeant Mike Van Dyck
Lieutenant Ernie Vasquez
Reserve Captain James "Jim" Vinson Sr.
Reserve Deputy Chief Julio Viola
Officer Joe Vittoe
Secretary Alice Wagner
Sergeant Seymour "Sy" Wakeman
Officer Maury Warner
Sergent Bob Warrick
Sergeant Lloyd Warthan
Officer Vern Watson
Carl Watt (and Wife)
Officer Rich Weiser
Sergeant Bill Wells, Sr.
Lieutenant Merlin "Wheat" Wheatley
Robert White —
Line of Duty
Officer Fred Whitley
Garage Attendant Freddie "3-Wheeler" Whitmarsh
Officer Leroy Widman
Sergeant Ron Williams
Sergeant John Willis
Lieutenant Jack Wilson
Secretary Maxine Wilson
Sergeant Frank Winkler
Sergeant Pres Winters
Bob Wirht —
Line of Duty
Officer Bill Wiskel
Sergeant Bill Wittmann
Sergeant Doug Wright
Officer William "Sharpshooter" Young
April/May 2015 eVanguard is now online. Hard copies
magazine are in the mail and will be arriving soon.
HERE to download the eVanguard to your desktop.
The Britannia Arms held an
amazing fundraiser on April 2nd, where all proceeds made
that day were given to Michael Johnson's family. If you
attended, it's probably no surprise that between the
Almaden and Downtown locations, they were able to raise
In an effort to begin to "pay it back" and say "thank
you" for such substantial generosity, we'd like to
invite you all to The Brit on Wednesday, May 27th from
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM. We hope to see you there!
Britannia Arms - Downtown
173 W Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113
Britannia Arms - Almaden
5027 Almaden Expressway
San Jose, CA 95118
The Brit would like to
acknowledge the following companies for making their
fundraiser such a success: Skip at Skips Tires, Frost
Cupcake, Angela Athens, San Jose Fire, Scrambles, Yellow
Cab, DJ Raffi, DJ Dinero, DJ Clay, Almaden Costco,
Marriott Hotel, Que it up BBQ, Imperior Party Rental,
THE TRIALS & TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
Here we go again. For the fourth week in a row, Police
Auditor LaDoris Cordell is a principal part of this
front-page story from last Sunday’s paper that points to
the fact that blacks and Latinos are stopped by patrol
officers at a higher rate than whites. Is that because
most San Jose cops are racist? Bull - - - -. Everyone
familiar with San Jose — with the possible exception of
Cordell and the Mercury News — knows that the SJPD
places its emphasis on the high-crime parts of the city,
and that the higher crime rate areas are more heavily
populated by gangs comprised of blacks and Latinos.
Seldom will you find a gang banger who belongs to the
Sureños with the last name of Fitzgerald or McDonald.
there were over 6,500 validated gang members in 102
validated gangs in San Jose as of 2014 (200 in Santa
Disparity in Stops by Police
—Blacks, Latinos detained at rate far exceeding share of
San Jose’s population—
Tracey Kaplan, Robert Salonga and Leigh Poitinger
News — May 10, 2015
SAN JOSE —
Police officers here pulled over, searched, curb-sat,
cuffed or otherwise detained blacks and Latinos last
year at far higher percentages than their share of this
city’s population, an analysis of traffic-stop data by
this newspaper found. Yet the stops seldom led to
arrests or evidence of crimes.
The data, which the San Jose Police Department collected
at the request of the city’s independent police auditor
in response to citizen complaints, highlight concerns
that police are more likely to treat blacks and Latinos
as potential suspects than others.
The figures represent the most detailed statistical
examination of the Police Department to date using this
type of data, and come amid national concerns about
disparate treatment of blacks and other racial
minorities by police that have erupted in protests when
encounters with cops turned deadly in Ferguson,
Missouri; Staten Island, New York; and Baltimore.
numbers are a red flag,” said LaDoris Cordell, the
city’s independent police auditor and a retired judge
who is African-American. “Something concrete has to
change in San Jose. Look at Baltimore and Ferguson.
They’re not justified, but it’s what we’ll get if we
don’t do something now.”
Police Chief Larry Esquivel, who is Latino, cautioned
that what may appear as disparate treatment is often a
reflection of policing focused on high-crime areas such
as East San Jose, which is heavily Latino, in what is
otherwise a relatively safe large city.
“Our job is to not only provide protection, serve our
community, and apprehend those responsible for crimes,
but it is to seek out criminal activity and to be
proactive,” Esquivel said. “Unfortunately, in some areas
of San Jose, we have more crime and different types of
crime. Gang activity has been a huge focus. Within that,
there are certain areas or people who gravitate toward
But the chief added that a city consultant is conducting
an independent analysis of the data, a step he welcomed
as an opportunity to improve police interactions with
minority communities, where distrust of officers often
“We need to vigorously critique ourselves,” Esquivel
said. “It goes back to the way we talk to people, how we
address them, the tone we use. That makes a difference
to people we contact. We need to do a better job,
especially in our minority communities.”
newspaper’s analysis of the data, which reflect activity
through the first nine months of 2014 because that is
all the department compiled for release, found:
• In a city where blacks and Latinos make up slightly
more than a third of the population, those groups made
up nearly two-thirds of the traffic stops. Blacks made
up 8 percent of the stops, compared with 3 percent of
the population; Latinos, 57 percent of the stops,
compared with 33percent of the population.
• Once stopped, blacks and Latinos also were
significantly more likely to be ordered out of their
vehicles, frisked and have their cars searched; more
than three-quarters of those subjected to such treatment
by San Jose police were black or Latino.
• Only 6 percent of all those stopped were arrested,
including 3 percent of Asians, 5percent of whites and 7
percent each of blacks and Latinos.
• While few searches of those stopped turned up
evidence, whites were slightly more likely to be
carrying drugs or other contraband (16percent) than
Latinos (12percent) and blacks (14 percent).
• San Jose police showed similar patterns during
pedestrian stops, with blacks and Latinos making up
three-quarters of such encounters. But once the
pedestrians were stopped, police curb-sat and searched
blacks and Latinos at roughly similar rates as whites
and Asians, unlike during the traffic stops.
The city’s police force in 2013, the latest year figures
are available, was about 54 percent white, 23 percent
Latino, 4 percent black and more than 15 percent Asian.
The San Jose Police Officers’ Association agreed with
Esquivel that demographics and geography cannot be
overlooked when assessing the issue.
“It doesn’t take a mathematician to conclude that there
will be more searches as a result of more stops in
higher crime neighborhoods that unfortunately have a
higher minority population,” union president Sgt. Paul
Kelly said in a statement. “To draw a different
conclusion or infer something sinister from the
available data is misguided and reminds me of what Mark
Twain once wrote, ‘There are three kinds of lies: lies,
damned lies and statistics.’ ” California law allows
officers to pull over cars for minor traffic violations
in hopes of discovering more serious crimes, but they
may not make a stop on the basis of race alone.
San Jose officers cited safety concerns as the primary
reason for the detentions in which drivers were ordered
out of their vehicles. In 2001, a San Jose officer was
fatally shot by a young motorist during a routine
But leaders of several law enforcement groups, including
the California Police Chiefs Association, found the
city’s data troubling.
“There is a concern when some people are being searched
more often and detained more often,” said David Bejarano,
the California Police Chiefs Association’s president and
chief of the Chula Vista Police Department.
Local civil rights leaders were more blunt when asked
about the findings, saying they only affirm what blacks
and Latinos have long experienced. Other jurisdictions,
including San Diego and the state of North Carolina,
also have found racial disparities.
“This is proof there is a bias,” said the Rev. Jethroe
“Jeff” Moore, president of San Jose chapter of NAACP.
“Why do they think brown people are criminals? We must
admit it’s a problem and fix it.”
It is an issue that could affect the city’s pocketbook
as well as police relations with the community they
Last week, the Police Department and city were served
with a civil rights lawsuit seeking class-action status
by Shauncey Burt, an African-American man who was
stopped by local police for minor traffic violations
three times in five months. Each stop lasted at least 30
minutes, the suit contends, during which he was ordered
to sit on the curb, and on one occasion, handcuffed,
while officers searched his car. Yet the searches came
up empty and Burt was given a traffic ticket only once.
The city declined to comment.
Nicholas Emanuel, Burt’s lawyer, argues that the data
show San Jose police engage in racial profiling by
subjecting blacks and Latinos to unreasonable and
prolonged detentions after stopping them for minor
vehicle code violations. The suit seeks an order from
the court requiring police to stop the practice.
“The ultimate goal of this litigation is to make San
Jose a part of the solution to race relations, not part
of the problem,” Emanuel said.
Mayor Sam Liccardo said the key question is whether the
city is “treating similarly situated people — drivers
stopped for speeding, for example — differently based on
“On the surface, the data raises troubling inferences,”
Liccardo said, “but on closer inspection, the data does
not offer enough detail to answer that key question
San Jose has set aside $125,000 for a consultant to
study the traffic stop data, which may address questions
like the mayor’s as well as include ride-alongs with
officers, focus groups and informal department surveys.
Still, Liccardo said he will push to strengthen
oversight on issues ranging from use of force to bias in
“We’re fortunate to have a very professional,
hardworking set of police officers in San Jose,” he
said. “They’re human beings, however, endowed with the
same frailties as the rest of us. Like every major U.S.
city, we have to work vigilantly to confront bias in
This is not the first time San Jose police have been
accused of tactics that disproportionately affect
minorities. About five years ago, an analysis by this
newspaper found that the department’s rate of arrests
for public drunkenness, primarily in the downtown
entertainment district, was higher than that of any
other California city and largely targeted Latinos.
Some experts challenged critics to come up with
effective alternatives to tactics that appear to target
“People are asking, ‘Is this all you can do, go on a
fishing expedition?’ ” said Eugene O’Donnell, a former
police officer and prosecutor in New York City who
teaches at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. “But
the answer may be ‘yes.’ ” But others said the price of
alienating blacks and Latinos may be too high.
“We need to stop playing the game of ‘I’ll stop 20
people because one will be dirty,’ ” said J. Thomas
Manger, president of the Major Cities Chiefs Police
Association and chief of the Montgomery County,
Maryland, police force, one of the largest in the
Washington, D.C., metro area. “Because then what have
you done to community relations with the other 19?”
• • • • •
Anyone besides us remember Allen Funt, whose popular TV
show "Candid Camera" ran from 1948 through the 1970s
before making a brief comeback in 1996?
Body Cameras On All Cops in a Year
to move up timeline; every officer to have the device by
News — May 12, 2015
SAN JOSE —
Mayor Sam Liccardo on Monday said he wants all San Jose
police officers outfitted with body-worn cameras within
the next year and called for additional new measures to
monitor officers’ conduct.
Liccardo made the announcement a day after this
newspaper published an analysis of police data that
revealed blacks and Latinos were stopped, searched or
temporarily detained — sometimes all in one encounter —
at percentages far exceeding their portion of the city’s
the nation’s most professional, highly trained police
officers,” Liccardo said. “But we can do better, and
when it comes to issues of race and policing, we must
vigilantly seek every opportunity to do so.”
The data, covering the first nine months of 2014, are
being released for the first time since San Jose became
one of just a few large U.S. cities to record detailed
demographic information for every pedestrian or car
stop. The data-collection policy was approved a year ago
at the urging of Independent Police Auditor LaDoris
Cordell, based on complaints about police encounters
that didn’t always leave a document trail.
Liccardo also endorsed other measures proposed by
Cordell in her final annual audit report released last
month, including broadening the scope of racial-bias
investigations involving police officers and putting
department-initiated investigations — internal probes
based on officer complaints made within SJPD — under
civilian review. Police have been receptive to the first
idea but have expressed concern that exposing the
internal investigations risks violating officers’
Liccardo’s proposals come less than three weeks after
Cordell presented her report to the City Council.
“I am stunned at the swiftness at which this is
happening,” Cordell said. “In five years, I’ve never had
recommendations taken up so quickly and clearly.”
As conversations about police accountability echo in
cities across the country, body cameras have become a
focal point of potential solutions. In March, SJPD
officials announced plans to outfit 12 officers in
divisions including patrol and special operations as
part of a one-year pilot beginning in September, with
the aim of implementing them more widely upon the
completion of the test run.
Liccardo wants to move up that timeline by at least a
few months, with the devices funded and implemented by
the end of the next fiscal year, June 2016. An early
estimate tabbed the cost at about $1 million to outfit a
force of just under 1,000, about half of whom are
assigned to patrol.
Use of body cameras, such as this one worn
by a Duluth, Minnesota, police officer, have
been credited with reducing use-of-force incidents.
slowed for a few months while the department and police
union worked out a policy to ensure officers’ rights and
privacy had adequate protections, but that appears close
to a resolution.
“The public is anxious for police to have cameras, and
we share that,” said Officer James Gonzales, vice
president of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association.
“We know the cameras on our officers are going to show
the extraordinary work they do and lower the amount of
citizen complaints we get.”
Oakland, which fully outfitted its force with body
cameras in 2013, has seen use-of-force incidents drop
dramatically: 611 last year, compared with more than
2,000 in 2009. Citizen complaints there dropped to 1,052
last year, down from a recent peak of 2,598 in 2012, a
year marked by frequent Occupy Oakland protests.
Gonzales added that increasing police accountability is
a shared goal with the community.
“But those measures must be based upon facts and data,
not emotion, and they must not put the safety of police
officers in greater risk,” he said. “It is important to
ensure proposals that may sound good to a retired judge
or make a great media sound bite are practical, legal
and actually improve upon what is currently in place
According to this newspaper’s analysis, blacks and
Latinos, a third of the city’s population, were the
subject of nearly two-thirds of vehicle stops and
accounted for more than 70 percent of subsequent
searches. Members of those groups were nearly twice as
likely as other races to be ordered to sit on a curb,
handcuffed or placed in the back of a police car before
they were eventually let go without arrest or citation,
which was the case for four out of five people stopped
on foot and two out of three pulled over.
Both police leaders and the police union contend
minority communities are most often victimized by
high-crime rates, so they draw higher levels of police
activity. They note that specialized enforcement
targeting gangs, which are predominantly Latino in San
Jose, also accounts for the disparities. But community
advocates say the practice is tantamount to treating
entire minority groups as suspects simply for living in
a certain neighborhood.
The mayor also wants to speed up a planned independent
analysis of the police stop data that he hopes will shed
more context on this newspaper’s findings. The city has
set aside $125,000 for the work.
“Before jumping to conclusions, we critically need to
understand whether similarly situated people are being
treated differently because they’re Latino or
African-American,” Liccardo said. “We all need to take a
Bill Leavy is now our “Former" In-House NFL Referee
I retired from the field after working 20 years and
signed a contract this week to take a position with the
NFL in the New York office. My new job title will be
Supervisor of Officials, which is one of four on the NFL
payroll. My primary focus will be on the leagues' 17
referees. I will go to a game every week and evaluate
the crew — plus one other game. My responsibility will
be to answer any rules questions and assist eight of the
NFL teams with other officiating issues. This new
position will be a year-round job, but I will still be
able to split my time between my San Jose and Palm
Desert homes — with occasional trips to the New York
I will miss being on the field, but I look forward to
staying in the game and taking on the challenges of the
We wish you the best of luck, Bill, and we suspect that
some additional good luck messages will be showing up in
your inbox soon.
• • • •
This missive is from retired Lt. and past POA President
Phil Norton. It included a link to this NBC Bay Area
news story that goes beyond the article about racial
profiling in the story above. Click
HERE to view the video.
Police Targeted Man Based On Skin Color, Lawsuit Claims
of San Jose and its police department are now the
targets of a civil rights lawsuit accusing cops of
racial profiling after statistics released last week
showed African-Americans and Latinos are
disproportionately stopped and searched. Robert Handa
It had to happen. Why would anyone want to be a
It will be interesting to watch this plaintiff build a
"class action" case. Just filing and speaking to a
receptive media does not a " class action" make. Knowing
the City of San Jose's practice, of course, this suit
will be settled and the abused profiled plaintiff will
walk away with a pocket full of money.
There is a solution; not a good one, but a solution. No
more car stops. No more self-initiated action. Response
to calls for service at the exact speed limit. Refusal
by a suspect to follow police orders means OK, no action
taken, suspect refused to cooperate, 10-8. Then call in
the statisticians and let’s see what is left of the once
beautiful Garden City.
• • • • •
It’s me, the rabble rouser again. This won’t be news to
many of your readers, but there’s a show on Fox News
called “The Five” that airs at 2:00 p.m. during the
week. As a retired cop, I found this discussion very
supportive of our profession. It begins with a short
monologue by co-host Greg Gutfeld and concludes with
replies from the four other co-hosts of the show. Of
special interest (and satisfaction) was the response by
Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former prosecutor in San Francisco
who was married to then-Mayor Gavin Newsom, but had the
good sense to divorce the liberal politician who’s the
current Lt. Gov. and move from the City by the Bay to
the Big Apple. (If you can dig up a photo of her all the
HERE to watch the clip that may take a moment or two
to load. (6:49)
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Strictly between you and me, since I definitely don't
want to get into a religious squabble, I thought I would
mention one of the items you ran in the Mail Call column
of last week's Farsider. It's the one with the link to a
Pat Condell video about Islam. I didn't open it due to
lack of interest the first time, but my brother sent me
an email saying I had to watch it since he is so 'right
on' with what he had to say. So I watched it.
My initial reaction was that Condell was a British
columnist or TV commentator who was way over the top
since at least a couple of his statements were somewhere
between untrue or at least very misleading. So I looked
him up on Wikipedia.
You may already be aware of this, but I was surprised to
learn that Condell is neither a columnist or a TV
commentator. He is actually a very well known British
comedian with a huge following. Five years ago he was
the most subscribed YouTube comedian of all times in the
I also discovered that in his comedy routine he uses a
satirical format and that he often focuses on religion
and religious related topics. It turns out that he's a
dyed in the wool atheist and treats all religions more
or less equally in the videos he produces.
You might want to take a quick look at some of the other
co-called “comedic” videos Condell has made as they will
put what he has to say into perspective.
The Trouble With Christianity
Your Faith Is A Joke
Is Satin a Catholic
The Great Jesus Swindle
(Name withheld by request)
Ed. — Thanks for the info, Mr. Nameless. For details
about Pat Condell that back up the info above, click on
Wikipedia link. It goes without saying that last week
was Condell's final appearance in the Farsider.
PBA REMINDER FOR NEXT WEDNESDAY
Need we say
more? For you first timers, probably yes. May's general
membership meeting will get underway at 5:00 p.m. next
Wednesday, May 22nd, with the opening of the bar at the
POA Hall. The standard buffet dinner will follow about
an hour later.
HAVE YOU CIRCLED THE DATE ON YOUR CALENDAR?
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
Hillary Clinton made a campaign
stop in Las Vegas yesterday. She said she wants
citizenship for undocumented immigrants. But after
seeing Americans celebrate Cinco de Mayo yesterday,
immigrants said, "You know what, we're good. We’re gonna
head back now. We had enough."
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar from the show “19 Kids and
Counting” say they are supporting Mike Huckabee for
president because he has “common sense.” If there’s
anyone who knows about common sense, it’s a family with
Yesterday Floyd Mayweather said he would give Manny
Pacquiao a rematch next year. In fact, they've already
come up with an exciting tagline — "Mayweather vs.
Pacquiao 2: Maybe they'll kiss."
The NFL released its report on the deflate-gate scandal
and said the chance that Tom Brady knew the balls were
tampered with was "more probable than not." Did they do
this investigation with a Magic 8 Ball? "Try again
later?" "Reply hazy?"
According to a new poll, 48 percent of Americans believe
that Hillary Clinton is honest and trustworthy. Then
Hillary said, “Actually I just made that poll up.”
It was confirmed this week that Lucasfilm and Disney are
set to develop another “Indiana Jones” sequel. This time
the ancient relic everyone is searching for is Indiana
Of course I'm going to kick off things with this
monologue here, or as it's known tonight, the Bonologue.
That's right, we have U2 on the show tonight.
U2 wasn't supposed to be here, but when I opened up my
iTunes they just popped up.
People are being really picky about the upcoming
election. I read that Americans do not want the next
president to be a first-term senator, be over 65, or
have a former president in the family. Then the Secret
Service said, "Hey, whoever slips through slips through.
A house panel in Texas has approved full marijuana
legalization for the state. Yeah, meaning Texas could go
from having dude ranches to "Dude, ranches."
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there. I saw a
lot of people were posting old photos of themselves as a
kid with their moms. Because what better gift to give
your mother than a photo of how she used to look before
you completely wore her down.
In celebration of Mother's Day yesterday, President
Obama called three moms who had written him letters.
Then kids who made their mom a macaroni necklace said,
According to a new report, since he's been governor,
Chris Christie has spent $82,000 at a concession stand
at MetLife Stadium. Now, I know it seems like the
perfect story for a Chris Christie joke but I'm actually
on a Chris Christie joke diet. So nothing for me,
If you're going to do a Chris Christie joke, just say,
"Christie spent $82,000 at a concession stand at MetLife
Stadium. Then he turned to his friends and said, 'You
guys want anything?'" That's a joke. I can't believe it.
I caved in. I feel awful.
It was announced yesterday that Tom Brady will be
suspended for the season’s first four games for his
alleged role in the deflate-gate scandal. Though the NFL
says his punishment could be reduced if he commits a
Tom Brady was suspended. He says he will be appealing,
but then again, when is Tom Brady not appealing — am I
Starbucks announced that it’s now selling a mini version
of its Frappuccino, which holds two ounces less than its
small size. Tom Brady tried one and swears nothing is
different. You can't even notice it.
Mike Huckabee distanced himself from infomercials he's
appeared in, saying “I don't have to defend everything
that I've ever done.” In a related story, that's exactly
what running for president is. You actually do have to
defend everything you've ever done.
Today Secretary of State John
Kerry visited the small African nation of Djibouti. Or
to use the official diplomatic term, he made a Djibouti
The birth certificate of the royal baby lists her
parents' occupations as being "the prince and princess
of the United Kingdom." It says that under occupation,
which I guess sounds better than "unemployed."
Authorities in New York busted a gun-running operation
allegedly headed by a 500-pound gang member nicknamed
“Wobbles.” The arrest took place on Saturday, yet the
strip search of Wobbles still goes on.
A holistic doctor has developed a trick to help you fall
asleep in 60 seconds. The doctor says all it takes is
$99 and a Mayweather-Pacquiao rematch.
Mother's Day is coming up. On Mother's Day, Hooters is
giving all mothers a free order of 10 hot wings with a
drink purchase. I'd take my mom but I just took her
there for Easter. And her birthday.
Experts using forensic technology have created a picture
of what they think Jesus looked like as a kid. When he
saw the picture, Larry King said, "You got the nose
Barbara Walters admitted to stealing an artifact from
the White House. She said, "I was young, and I didn't
think President Lincoln would mind."
The U.S. unemployment rate is the lowest it's been in
nearly seven years. The job sector that has seen the
most growth is in the field of Republican presidential
A new report reveals that New Jersey Governor Chris
Christie spent over $82,000 on food at NFL games.
Christie said, "Hey, both of those games went into
The NFL has suspended Tom Brady for four games over
deflate-gate. They're going to punish him by making him
stay home in his mansion with his supermodel wife and
think about what he did wrong.
McDonald's is starting to introduce kale into their
salads. McDonald's customers heard this and asked,
"What's kale, and what's a salad?"
An Australian woman has gone on 136 first dates in 17
months, but never on a second date. In other words, she
looks nothing like her Tinder profile picture.
Scientists have discovered how to restore sight to blind
mice. Next up, the scientists will try to restore the
homes of three little pigs.
Welcome to the program. My name
is Dave Letterman, and tonight I'm giving my two-week
Don't worry about me. I plan to continue to be in show
business. I have already been booked to be in a
production of "The Sunshine Boys" with Jay Leno.
You know what's going to be big this summer is the new
"Indiana Jones" movie. Now Indiana Jones is a little
older. In this film he goes in search of a tomb for
Now instead of outrunning a giant boulder, Indiana Jones
has to pass an enormous kidney stone.
The NFL claims the New England Patriots more probably
than not deflated footballs. I'm sorry, but that's just
not vague enough for me.
Apparently there are incriminating texts and emails
about what they call deflate-gate. Earlier today Hillary
Clinton announced that she would be happy to delete
Four-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady is in
trouble. He may have to spend weekends in a cell with
Aaron Hernandez. Or play for the Jets.
This deflate-gate scandal raises an interesting question
about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Which way does the
commissioner look if he's already looking the other way?
New York City has a rat problem. There must be three to
four million rats running loose, but finally, Mayor de
Blasio has declared war on rats. Here's what he's going
to do. He's going to bring in more coyotes.
These are not regular rats. They're enormous, and
they're brazen. They have to bait the rat traps with
The NFL has released a shocking report. The report
indicates that Tom Brady was generally aware of what was
going on. Well, that's me now. I'm just generally aware.
People come up to me all the time and they say, "Jimmy .
. . what are you planning for your final show?" And I
think: Oh, my God, after all this time, we're going to
start planning now?
Happy Mother's Day. It's a day of fresh flowers and old
Mom and I went out to brunch. Olive Garden was great.
Mom is so sweet. On her way out, she takes the manager
aside and puts in a good word for me.
It was so warm in New York City today that Tom Brady was
deflating footballs just for the breeze.
This is the time of year when TV networks announce their
new shows. CBS has an exciting show: "CSI: George
Zimmerman Unit." Down in Florida today, Zimmerman was
involved in another shooting. Boy, I didn't see that
Former President Bill Clinton is on the program tonight.
He says that while his wife runs for president, he would
like to stay out of the limelight. Well, he's certainly
come to the right place. He'll be fine here.
Bill Clinton may in fact be moving back into the White
House. And coincidentally I'm thinking about moving back
into my mother's house.
A Nebraska woman is suing every
gay person on the planet on behalf of God. This includes
everyone. Elton John? Sergio from accounting? Yes,
How would you even go about giving out all those
subpoenas? Ushers at Broadway shows would have to say,
"Welcome. Here's tonight's Playbill, and here's a court
order. You've been served. Enjoy the show."
I feel bad for God. At first he said, "I'm going to give
people free will and then stay out of it. That's my
parenting style." But then people like this woman go and
sue every gay person on his behalf. He must be so angry.
Shaquille O'Neal, future basketball hall of famer, fell
flat on his face last night while providing analysis on
an NBA playoff game. Shaq falling over is more exciting
than all 12 rounds of the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. At
least somebody hit the ground.
The truth is I feel bad for Shaq. Who doesn't? Well, the
entire Internet. He hadn't been on the ground three
seconds and people already started cranking out memes.
I'd like to wish my wife a happy Mother's Day. However,
in England Mother's Day was on March 15. My wife and I
also celebrated it then. But Father's Day is on the same
day both here and in the U.K. That doesn't seem fair to
I'm not saying my wife is undeserving of two Mother's
Days. I'm just saying she doesn't have a husband who
plans for two Mother's Days. Where do you find a card
that says "Happy Second Mother's Day"?
But my Mother's Day argument sort of fell apart
yesterday when I asked, "Are we really going to practice
every American custom," as I watched the NBA playoffs
with a Budweiser in my hand.
The movies "Furious 7" and "Avengers" already have made
$1 billion each in just two weeks. I'm lucky if I earn
that much in a year! To put it in perspective, they
would need to make the movie "Mortdecai" one billion
times to make that much money.
A British study concluded that hip-hop is a bigger
influence on popular culture than any other music genre.
I could have told you that because I am completely
street and down with the kids, y'all. I'm so street that
when I heard this news, I was like, Stop, hammer time.
That's an underground reference that a lot of you don't
Since hip-hop is so influential, we went ahead and let
it influence our entire monologue.
Jay-Z bought his wife Beyoncé a dragon's egg from the
hit HBO show "Game of Thrones." Honestly, I can't
believe I'm saying this about Jay-Z — nerd alert!
Really, a dragon's egg? Jay-Z is making it hard for
normal husbands to buy presents for our wives. I got my
wife flowers from a gas station.
I went to Don Rickles' birthday
party last night — his 89th birthday. His actual
birthday is on Friday but they had the party at a
restaurant last night. When you are 89, you don't wait
until Friday. You get it done on Tuesday.
It was quite an event. All of Don Rickles' friends were
there, including Bob Newhart, Norm Crosby, and Tommy
Lasorda. The youngest man there was Larry King.
Remember "deflate-gate"? After the Patriots beat the
Colts, 11 of the 12 footballs were found to be deflated.
The NFL today released a report. They found the Patriots
probably did it on purpose. Now we have to get Tom Brady
to promise to never do it again, I guess.
I hope deflate-gate is a good lesson for kids. If you
cheat and don't play fair you will be the MVP of the
Super Bowl and marry one of the most beautiful women on
earth. Remember that.
The NFL has found it was more probable than not that
Patriots employees deflated balls on purpose and that
Tom Brady was generally aware of it. The response has
been divided. Some people believe the Patriots are
cheaters who should be fined and forced to forfeit the
games, and the other people are from Boston.
A zoo in Japan had to issue an apology today because of
the name they gave a newborn monkey. They named her
Charlotte after the new royal baby in England. The zoo
was flooded with angry calls and emails. Can you imagine
calling a zoo to complain about what they named a
When you think about it, this monkey will be fed and
housed in comfort for the rest of its life. The only
thing it has to do is get looked at by people. It's the
same thing that a member of the royal family does.
The zoo has apologized and they are going to consult the
British embassy to find out what to do about it.
Meanwhile, if you remember, William and Kate named their
first kid after Curious George, which is a monkey by the
The Duggar family of "19 Kids and
Counting" is endorsing Mike Huckabee for president. But
remember, they also endorse having 19 kids.
During a recent interview on his tour bus, Willie Nelson
allegedly offered an NPR reporter a joint. Just what you
want to hear on NPR — drier mouths.
A woman held hostage by her boyfriend in Florida managed
to escape this week after she convinced him to let her
order a pizza using Pizza Hut's app and wrote "911
hostage help" in the comment section. But really aren't
all Pizza Hut orders a cry for help?
The president of Tom Brady's California high school says
the whole community is praying for Tom and his family.
The whole community? Wow, that’s a lot of pressure. If
only there was a way to get rid of some of that
A new poll finds that the majority of GOP voters say
they can't see themselves supporting Chris Christie. The
trick is to lift with your legs, not your back.
A federal judge has set the first date for Bill Cosby's
defamation lawsuit. And knowing Cosby, there probably
won't be a second date.
Happy Mother's Day. Yesterday, President Obama
personally called three mothers who had written him
letters recently. Man, do I feel sorry for any of their
kids who forgot to call.
The mother would say, "Oh, you didn't have time to call.
Do you know who did have time? The president — of the
United States of America — yeah, that president. So no,
flowers on Wednesday does not make it OK."
The White House is testing out new spikes that would
make it difficult to jump the fence. So if you're
wondering what kind of cutting-edge technology the
Secret Service is using to protect the president, it's
spikes. I think someone saw an episode of "Game of
Kanye West's ex-girlfriend accused him of using ghost
writers to come up with his music. Kim Kardashian
defending Kanye by saying, "He doesn't even know any
ghosts. And even if he did, how could they pick up the
pencil with their ghost hands?"
Have you been following what happened to the Patriots
and Tom Brady? The Patriots got fined and lost draft
picks. Tom Brady got a four-game suspension — or as it's
known in the NFL, two bonus years of life.
Brady has been suspended for four games as a result of
deflate-gate. They say it will be the most time he's
spent sitting on the bench since the last time he went
shopping with Gisele.
Actor Morgan Freeman promoted marijuana use in a new
interview, saying "I'll eat it, drink it, smoke it,
snort it." I'm worried he thinks marijuana is something
According to a list by "Business Insider," Washington
University in St. Louis is the college with the best
food. While the college with the worst food is the Olive
Garden's culinary institute.
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE
HERE for the most current update.
• • • • •
Warning: Do NOT watch this video if you have anger
management issues. If you choose to watch it anyway and
you feel your anger rising, you can let the steam escape
by reading some of the 400+ readers’ comments.
Just so you know who the players are, the Michael Moore
wannabe with the blonde hair in the video is identified
in the comments section as “Mike BlueHair.” And the
childish idiot who is filming him and the Secret Service
agents is Bob, but he was probably too embarrassed to
make his presence clear in the comments section. Feel
free to post your comments if you want to release even
P.S. If you know any Portland (OR) PD officers who are
on Facebook, consider sending them this item. If they
have a group like SJPD’s Facebook crowd,
THIS video should be of interest. (4:32)
• • • •
half-dozen readers sent in this clip of Ann Corcoran
speaking about refugee resettlement as it relates to
Muslim refugees. That is usually a sign that the
VIDEO is worth a look and listen. (4:00)
• • • • •
Not every car stop can be a negative experience for the
motorist being pulled over. Watch
THIS one. (4:41)
• • • •
than 120 views, you will note that acts of kindness and
compassion by the police like
THIS go virtually unnoticed. That’s a shame. (2:28)
• • • • •
This clip from Britain’s Got Talent should leave you
SPEECHLESS. Get ready to meet Miss Wendy, the
talking dog. A real talking dog. (6:27)
• • • • •
Speaking of talking dogs, a Husky that is trying to say
something (unknown what) appears to have totally
THIS German Shepherd. Can you tell? (0:40)
• • • • •
You know you have arrived as a magician when you can
Penn and Teller on the British TV show “Fool Us.”
And it would be fair to say that French magician Mathieu
Bich has arrived. Don’t bother trying to figure it out;
if it stumped Penn and Teller, what chance do you have?
• • • • •
Research Center has come out with a couple of new
quizzes that will make you feel good about yourself, or
not. This first one asks, “What do you know about the
news?” (12 questions)
The second quiz may be more difficult for some of you.
It asks: “Do you know more about science and technology
than the average American?” (13 questions)
Man up, guys, and take the quizzes. Don’t be a wuss.
They aren't hard at all unless you dropped out of school
in the 2nd grade.
• • • • •
Dewey Moore’s email calls
THIS a “side-splitting” video. Watch the soccer
shootout to the end and you may agree with that
description. We did. (5:17)
• • • • •
Dewey is on a roll this week as this short story was
also received from the retired Sergeant…
A tough old
cowboy from Texas counseled his granddaughter, telling
her that if she wanted to live a long life, the secret
was to sprinkle a pinch of gun power on her oatmeal
granddaughter did this religiously until she died at the
age of 103. She left behind 14 children, 30
grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, 25
great-great-grandchildren, and a 40-foot hole where the
crematorium used to be.
• • • •
This oldie but goodie was sent in by “Mean Dean”
Janavice who lives on the other coast…
that sells new husbands has opened in Melbourne, where a
woman may shop for a husband. Among the instructions at
the entrance is a description of how the store operates:
"You may visit this store only ONCE! There are six
floors and the value of the products increase as the
shopper ascends the flights. The shopper may choose any
item from a particular floor, or may choose to go up to
the next floor, but you cannot go back down except to
exit the building!"
So a woman enters the Husband Store to find a mate. On
the first floor the sign on the door reads:
"Floor 1 - These men Have Jobs."
The woman is intrigued, but she continues to the second
floor where the sign reads:
"Floor 2 - These men Have Jobs and Love Kids."
"That's nice," she thinks, "but I want more." So she
continues upward. The third floor sign reads:
"Floor 3 - These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, and are
Extremely Good Looking."
"Wow," she thinks, but she feels compelled to keep going
and shows up on the fourth floor where the sign reads:
"Floor 4 - These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, are Drop-dead
Good Looking and Help With Housework."
"Oh, mercy me!" she exclaims, "I can hardly stand it!"
Still, she goes to the fifth floor and reads the sign.
"Floor 5 - These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, are Drop-dead
Gorgeous, Help with Housework, and Have a Strong
She is so tempted to stay, but she goes to the sixth
floor where the sign reads:
"Floor 6 - You are visitor 31,456,012 to this floor.
There are no men on this floor. This floor exists solely
as proof that women are impossible to please. Thank you
for shopping at the Husband Store."
~ ~ ~
To avoid charges of gender bias, the store's owner
opened a new Wives store just across the street.
The first floor has wives that love sex.
The second floor has wives that love sex, have money and
The third, fourth, fifth and sixth floors have never
• • • •
Andy Warhol is credited with saying that “Everyone will
be world famous for 15 minutes.” It may be difficult to
reach that level of celebrity by being interviewed on a
local public Bay Area FM station, but Pat Boyd decided
to give it a shot. Following is from the station’s home
it Really Like to be a Cop?
What are Cops Really Like?
This is an
interview with retired Oakland and San Jose police
officer Pat Boyd who has seen things from another side:
His daughter was abducted and murdered.
to pull up the website, then click on the blue audio
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Those of you familiar with Apple’s iPhone will have a
better understanding of
THIS clip titled “If Siri was your mom.” (1:48)
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Those of you familiar with the meaning of the word
“equine” may enjoy
THIS clip that Pat Campbell Alvarez posted on her
Facebook page. It’s a moving story about a horse
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What some people will go through to rescue an animal is
truly amazing, even if the critter is a French Mastiff.
If you are a dog person,
THIS clip is for you. (12:31)
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This is another moving
RESCUE story about a dog that was suffering from
mange, living in a trash pile and was also saved by Hope
for Paws. (4:34)
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clip of an awkward situation sent in by Alice Murphy.
Listen closely at the beginning of the video and you can
hear the big brave man of the house who is holding the
TELL his daughter, “You are going to have to do
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It’s not our intent to sound cynical, but we think
THESE two otters holding hands (paws?) are dating,
maybe even going steady. If they were married for any
length of time, it seems likely they might be found at
opposite ends of the pool. (1:40)
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Shush. Please be quiet and refrain from waking
THESE Top Ten Sleeping Animals, the last two of
which will answer the age-old question, “Do dogs dream?”
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Bruce Fair over in tornado land (Kansas) claims this is
a story most women will enjoy…
Bottle of Wine
For all of
you who are married, were married, wish you were married
or wish you were not married, this is something to smile
about the next time you see a bottle of wine:
A woman was driving home from one of her business trips
in northern Arizona when she saw an elderly Navajo woman
walking on the side of the road.
As the trip was a long and quiet one, she stopped the
car and asked the Navajo woman if she would like a ride.
With a silent nod of thanks, the woman got into the car.
Resuming the journey, the driver tried in vain to make a
bit of small talk with the woman. But she just sat
silently, looking intently at everything she saw and
studying every little detail, until she noticed a brown
bag on the seat.
"What in bag?" asked the old woman.
The driver looked down at the brown bag and said, ”It's
a bottle of wine. I got it for my husband."
The Navajo woman was silent for another moment or two.
Then, speaking with the quiet wisdom of an elder, she
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When budget cutbacks in 2013 eliminated military
flyovers at major sporting events, 49 private pilots who
often fly in formation for the fun of it took up the
PERFORMED their own flyover at the Chiefs vs Raiders
game in Oct. of last year. Each plane trailed pink smoke
in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness. (The little
white dot on the left in the pic below is the Moon.)
Below is a
cockpit view of the 49-plane
FLYOVER from a camera mounted on the plane leading
the formation. (2:17)
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Standing outside the plane on the landing gear and
holding onto the wing strut is not the time for a
first-time skydiver to change his mind. Count the number
of times he yells
"NO" before his hands slip off the strut and he’s
off and running. Uh, make that falling. (1:43)
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Look, up in the sky. It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s
THREE radio-controlled planes designed to look like
people caught the attention of several New Yorkers. What
• • • • •
If you were following
THIS truck on a highway in Tortosa, Spain and seeing
it battle high winds coming from the right, would you
pass it? Watch as another big rig starts to overtake it,
then decides to pull in behind and just follow. (0:51)
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Here’s another excellent video of a train plowing
through snow drifts.
THIS one is Canadian Train 406 West, in Salisbury,
New Brunswick. At one point, the snow is being
catapulted so high that the engine itself is not even
visible. In fact, it’s impossible to tell how many
locomotives are pulling the freight train. Given its
length, one would think that it has to be three at a
• • • •
We also received this contribution from David Byers…
lie I tell myself is, ”I don't need to write that down,
I'll remember it."
Wouldn't it be great if we could put ourselves in the
dryer for ten minutes and come out wrinkle-free and
three sizes smaller?
Last year I joined a support group for procrastinators.
We haven't met yet.
I don't trip over things; I do random gravity checks.
I don't need anger management. I just need people to
stop pissing me off.
Old age is coming at a really bad time.
Lord grant me the strength to accept the things I cannot
change, the courage to change the things I can, and
friends who will post my bail when I finally snap!
I don't have white hair. I have "wisdom highlights.”
I'm just very wise.
My people skills are just fine. It's my tolerance to
idiots that needs work.
Teach your daughter how to shoot, because a restraining
order is just a piece of paper.
If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would've put them
on my knees.
The kids text me "plz,” which is shorter than please. I
text back "no,” which is shorter than "yes.”
I'm going to retire and live off my savings. Not sure
what I'll do the second week.
Duct tape may not be able to fix stupid, but it can
Why do I have to press one for English when I’m going to
get transferred to someone I can't understand anyway?
Of course I talk to myself, sometimes I need expert
Oops! Did I roll my eyes out loud?
At my age "Getting lucky" means walking into a room and
remembering what I came in there for.
And finally, have I sent this to you already — or did
you send it to me?
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Alex Chacón has spent his last 650 days traveling across
five continents in 41 countries, all by motorcycle. In
fact, he has used seven motorcycles in the last three
YEARS to drive over 131,000 miles. Meet the world
traveler who is as famous for his selfie stick as he is
for his 360-degree videos. (3:24)
• • • • •
Was the parallel parking problem really solved back in
1927 based on
THIS clip received from Alice Murphy? Watch the one
minute video, then answer this question: How did the car
turn left or right going down the road? (1:03)
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Last week we presented a retired
MARINE singing “God Bless America” during the 7th
inning stretch at a ball game. (2:06)
final item this week, we challenge you to find a more
beautiful version of the same song than
THIS performance by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
received from Chuck Blackmore. (4:14)
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