May 21, 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 BOB EVANS
Sept. 11, 2013
Appointed Dec. 1967
The following information was provided by Bob “Buster”
at 5 a.m. last Thursday, May 14th, at his home in
Heritage Park in Sacramento with his family by his
bedside. He had “glioblastoma,” an aggressive form of
brain cancer which was diagnosed in June of last year.
He soon underwent surgery, and for the past eleven
months underwent chemotherapy and radiation, but the
cancer returned and was determined to be inoperable.
Bob is the son of the late (retired) Sgt. Dave
“Porkchop” Evans. Survivors include Bob’s wife Maureen
and a daughter, Sara, an SJPD Dispatcher who is married
to SJPD Sgt. Paul Hamblin. The police couple gave Bob
and Maureen three grandchildren: Jacob and twins Ryan
A Celebration of Life is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on
Sunday, May 31st, at the Club House at Heritage Park,
2481 Heritage Park Lane in Sacramento.
RETIRED OFFICER PAUL SALERNO
Appointed July 20, 1979
No date has
yet been set for a Memorial for Paul, but a website has
been established that will provide a date and location
when a service is scheduled. It also includes some
photos, contact information, preferred donations and a
section where friends can post their favorite memories.
Since we publish only on Thursdays, we suggest you
bookmark the website below and refer to it every other
day or so to see if a service has been scheduled.
Refer to last week’s Farsider for details about Paul’s
passing by clicking
RETIRED SERGEANT PRES WINTERS
Dec. 1, 1949
Appointed January 1973
Memorial Service for Pres will be held at 11:00 a.m. on
Saturday, May 30, at the Calvary Church, 16330 Los Gatos
Blvd. in Los Gatos. It will be followed by a reception
at the same venue. No obituary had been published as we
were going to press early this (Thurs.) morning.
THE MEMORIAL CEREMONY AT THE P.A.B. — MAY 15, 2015
John Reinert, who assisted in setting up the memorial to
Michael Johnson last month, posted the following on
Facebook this past Saturday…
Seems like all I have been working on lately is memorial
ceremonies. Last week was the annual SJPD Police
Memorial and Flag Ceremony. Brook just finished the edit
on the video for the ceremony. It's a long video, but
HERE it is for any of you who could not attend.
FEEL LIKE HELPING THE WIFE OF ONE OF OUR OWN?
The following is from Don Hale, whose wife has been
battling ALS for years. We first covered Gloria and her
illness by promoting a Walk for an ALS cure in the Aug.
19, 2010 Farsider, then followed it up in the April 19,
20112 Farsider with another fundraiser in which Gloria
took to the sky and returned to earth via a tandem
parachute. This one included a video that can be seen
Another fundraiser with Gloria making another
fundraising jump in the hope of finding a cure for the
dreaded disease is coming up again. The following
message is from Don…
The attachment below is a solicitation for donors and
participants to join Gloria in another skydive to raise
awareness and funding for ALS research. Jumpers fees are
about two hundred dollars for interested folks, but
ANYONE can donate ANY amount to support Gloria and the
research. There have been recent promising clinical
developments, and any money is the “mother’s milk of
research.” Anyone feeling charitable or crazy enough to
leap out of a perfectly functioning aircraft is invited
to follow the directions outlined in the announcement
Then there was this email from Don’s wife…
From Gloria Hale
Date: 20 May 2015
Subject: Last Skydive (maybe)
To: Dear Team Gloria
Hope this email finds you well happy and at peace. As
for us, we are taking things one day at a time;
sometimes one minute at a time. I am sorry that my
communication skills are not up to par. My caregiver
does most of it now, including this one. But I can still
hunt you down and kindly ask for your $$$ and support!
Please go to the following link and give what you can,
and also ask your friends to do the same!
I think and
pray for you all the time. Can you feel it? I feel your
blessings. God is so good! Peace be with you.
THE TRIALS & TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
The 15th of May was known as National Police Memorial
Day when the nation honored its fallen officers who
perished in the line of duty, yet the Mercury News chose
to devote its editorial on that day to the topic of
racism and the SJPD? What’s wrong with this picture?
Police Challenge: Build Trust
News — May 15, 2015
police statistics on racially disproportionate traffic
stops are one more element in a tumultuous year for
police departments nationwide.
From officers’ tragic deaths to questionable or criminal
killings by cops and the roiling protests of communities
who feel their longtime mistrust has been validated —
there has been nothing quite like it since the 1960s.
But not all police departments are alike. As San Jose
confronts its challenges, which are serious, it’s
important to remember: We are not Ferguson. The traffic
records were compiled by the San Jose Police Department
itself in response to community concerns.
The traffic stop data last year show black and Latino
drivers stopped and detained in percentages far greater
than their proportion of the population, based on an
analysis by this newspaper.
Mayor Sam Liccardo’s response was swift and appropriate,
including the resolve to fast-track purchasing body
cameras for officers and to improve the way complaints
of racial bias are investigated, which now is
superficial — and which in the department’s entire
history has never confirmed a claim.
Fortunately, police Chief Larry Esquivel and the police
union seem to appreciate the need not just to behave
appropriately but also to gain the community’s trust.
The city is paying a consultant to analyze the numbers
further to better understand their implications.
For example, how much of the disparity results from
heavier patrols in high-crime areas?
Said Esquivel: “We need to vigorously critique
ourselves. 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.”
The department’s move to keep these records was the
result of a Mercury News report in 2011 on apparent
racial disparity, particularly in the treatment of
detainees. Making blacks and Latinos sit on the curb
during a traffic stop was a symbol of perceived
The data and the responses affirm the good work of San
Jose’s independent police auditor, Judge LaDoris
Cordell, whose proposals Liccardo has adopted. The
police union may take some convincing on civilian review
of Internal Affairs investigations, but its leaders now
welcome body cameras. When officers say bystanders’
videos don’t tell the whole story, their own cameras can
We don’t believe racism pervades the police force.
But in any organization of close to 1,000 people, there
have to be elements of prejudice, conscious or
unconscious. It doesn’t take many to tarnish the force’s
The mayor, council and police leadership need to work
together to overcome the reality and the perception of
Trust is essential to law enforcement, and national
turmoil only intensifies the need to rebuild it here.
• • • • •
Get ready to smile for the birdie, good citizens of San
Jose. You will soon be on candid camera…
But what kind of camera?
On Body Cameras OK’d
Jose police to get new devices next fiscal year—
News — May 15, 2015
SAN JOSE —
After months of talks, the city and the police union
have agreed on a policy that clears the way for San Jose
police officers to be outfitted with body-worn cameras
within the next fiscal year, officials announced
Thursday. The policy hammered out by officials with the
city and the San Jose Police Officers’ Association
centered on privacy rights for officers as well as
victims, witnesses and bystanders to police activity.
“The agreement on a policy to govern how body-worn
cameras are implemented was the last obstacle standing
in the way of bringing additional transparency onto the
exceptional work performed by San Jose police officers,”
union President Sgt. Paul Kelly said in a statement. “We
look forward to a swift implementation of this important
Body cameras have been part of a national conversation
about improving trust between police and communities in
the wake of several high-profile deaths of people of
color at the hands of police.
Oakland, which fully outfitted its force with body
cameras in 2013, has seen use of force incidents drop
dramatically, to 611 last year, compared with more than
2,000 incidents 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
Mayor Sam Liccardo on Monday called for an accelerated
timetable to outfit officers with the cameras by June
2016, a few months faster than the police department’s
rollout schedule announced in March, which aimed for
fall 2016 at the earliest. Earlier in the year, the
mayor directed city staff to identify grant funding to
cover the estimated $1 million tab but later pledged
funding regardless of grant availability. Liccardo’s
pitch came on the heels of a report by this newspaper
that analyzed police stop data and found sharp racial
disparities in who police temporarily detained on the
street before they were let go without arrest or
“Today’s agreement with the SJPOA on a body-worn camera
policy strengthens the bonds between our officers and
community and makes a great police department even
better,” Liccardo said in a statement.
Body camera pilot plans and trials sputtered during the
past few years in the department, with the latest round
halted last fall while the union and city engaged in
meet-and-confer talks to ensure the cameras and their
recordings had sufficient rules governing their
Among the major privacy elements of the approved usage
policy are prohibitions on recording free-speech
demonstrations and private settings such as hospitals
and medical offices. From this point, the department is
expected to test three devices among a group of 12
officers in divisions including patrol and special
• • • • •
We should have known this would be coming after the
spate of funerals honoring the nation’s fallen in the
line of duty…
Fallen Officers — But at Whose Expense?
News — May 17, 2015
Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, New York City police
officers killed in the line of duty in December, were
laid to rest before galleries of dignitaries and
thousands-strong walls of police officers from across
the nation — including dozens from the Bay Area.
Such displays of unity and respect, on Dec. 27 for Ramos
and Jan. 4 for Liu, are testimony to a tight fraternity
of police that transcends jurisdictional boundaries. But
sending officers to attend out-of-town funerals also is
costly in time and money, and in more than half of the
Bay Area police agencies
queried by this newspaper, taxpayers picked up all or
some of the tab.
“The cold-blooded assassination of peace officers is an
attack on the foundation and rule of law upon which our
country is based,” said Berkeley police Chief Michael
Meehan, whose department sent an honor guard member and
another officer to Liu’s funeral at public cost as “a
show of support to the NYPD specifically and to
demonstrate support for the safety of peace officers,
including in Berkeley.”
Meehan also said the trip was worth the cost because it
meant much to his officers.
“Morale is important in all organizations to ensure the
work continues to get done at the highest level and with
the greatest effort,” he said.
But other local departments limit their officers to
in-state funerals unless they pay their own way. And one
nationally known law enforcement expert said it is
“never appropriate to use taxpayer dollars to send
officers to the out-of-town funerals of police
officers,” especially out of state, unless the expense
has been agreed to under a labor agreement.
“While it’s entirely appropriate for police officers to
use this time to travel to the funerals of police
officers who have been killed in the line of duty, all
travel-related expenses should be paid for by the police
officers themselves or at the expense of their unions if
the unions are willing to cover these costs,” said Tom
Nolan, an associate professor of criminology at
Merrimack College, former Boston police lieutenant and
policy analyst in the Office of Civil Rights and Civil
Liberties at the Department of Homeland Security.
Jan. 4 funeral of New York police Officer Wenjian Liu,
down with partner Rafael Ramos as they sat in their
patrol car, drew
thousands of police officers nationwide, including a
from Bay Area law enforcement agencies.
newspaper surveyed local departments about the New York
funerals to explore the different ways police handle
such expenses at a time when there are many competing
demands on strapped law enforcement budgets. It found
wide disparities in practices.
Several Bay Area police unions paid for food, lodging
and airfare in connection with the New York funerals.
JetBlue flew some officers free of charge. On the other
hand, some Bay Area police officers attended the
funerals on their own time and dime; how many is hard to
say, if only because the agencies queried do not
systematically track what their officers do on their own
The two Berkeley officers who attended Liu’s funeral
between them clocked 40 paid work hours, according to
department records; Berkeley also paid $850.60 for
lodging and meals, and JetBlue provided free air
transport, according to the Berkeley Police Department.
The department did not provide an estimated cost for the
paid work time.
Information provided by other Bay Area police agencies
Oakland sent four officers to one or the other New York
funerals, using a total of 85 work hours between them,
calculated at $4,587.60. Oakland also paid $5,357.74 for
airfare, lodging and meals.
“Years ago, when OPD experienced the loss of four
officers during one tragic incident, the NYPD sent a
group of officers to the funeral of our fallen
officers,” Oakland police Chief Sean Whent said,
referring to the March 21, 2009, killing of four Oakland
police officers by a wanted felon during a traffic stop
and subsequent ambush. “The tragic circumstances of the
murders of those two NYPD officers deserved a similar
show of respect from our department.”
San Jose provided a total of 100 hours paid release time
for three officers, calculated at $4,629.68, to attend
one or the other funeral, and additionally paid
$6,078.30 for airfare, food, lodging and a luggage fee.
Twelve San Francisco officers, including a captain and
an officer who each attended both funerals, used a total
of 287 regular staff hours the department computed at
$17,423.49. JetBlue provided free flights, and the San
Francisco Police Officers Association and Asian Peace
Officers Association helped pay expenses.
Two Richmond officers and one sergeant attended one or
the other New York funeral at a total cost of $3,576.40
in staff time; the city additionally chipped in $400 for
lodging, with the Richmond Police Officers Association
picking up the rest of the tab for travel and hotel
Two Concord officers attended Ramos’ funeral and 12
attended Liu’s, but none used work time; the city spent
$2,600 total on hotel and food for four officers.
Two Fremont police officers attended each of the two
funerals on days off. Fremont paid $2,788.51 for
airfare, hotel and ground transportation.
The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office computed its
expenses at $4,734.80, including work time of two
deputies, in connection with Liu’s funeral. Two other
deputies attended on their own time. The total includes
a per diem for food and lodging. JetBlue provided
Many police agencies said they did not take on any
expenses in connection with the New York funerals,
including some of the area’s largest: The California
Highway Patrol, BART Police Department, the Alameda and
Contra Costa sheriff’s offices, and the Antioch and
Hayward police departments. Several said that any of
their members who may have gone to New York for the
funerals did so on their own time and expense.
One Contra Costa sheriff’s lieutenant “responded to New
York to support his brothers and sisters in blue on his
own dime,” on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday, his regular
scheduled days off, said that agency’s spokesman, Jimmy
“(He) packed up and left his wife and 9-year-old son
late Christmas night and headed to New York to support
the family and coworkers of Officer Ramos,” Lee wrote.
“He never submitted any claim or reimbursement forms
from the county.
“He feels that the support of slain officers is more
important than any compensation, and he would do it
again on his own dime in a heartbeat.”
Many departments that did not pay for officers to go to
New York said the decision was driven primarily by
Antioch police Chief Allan Cantando said his department
is rebuilding staff, and currently has mandatory
overtime to cover shifts.
“I, too, factored in the cost of sending staff, and the
loss of their services to the residents of our city,” he
said. “I recognized there would be national attendance,
and I felt it was best to keep our officers within the
Hayward’s department also decided not to send officers
to the New York funerals for budgetary reasons, said
records administrator Adam Perez.
BART typically sends members of its honor guard detail
to services held within the state for fallen public
safety personnel, said police administrative supervisor
Justin Morgan, but there is no formal policy on
Jaime Coffee, a spokeswoman for the California Highway
Patrol, said out-of- state travel must be approved by
the CHP commissioner and the state Department of
“CHP policy allows a CHP officer, when practicable, to
attend the funeral service of a fallen state police or
highway patrol officer, and present a California state
flag and letter of condolence from the commissioner,”
she said. “This policy does not, however, provide for
CHP officers to attend funerals for out-of-state local
Some outside observers also question whether taxpayers
should foot the bill for such travel.
Ken Hambrick, chairman of the Alliance of Contra Costa
Taxpayers and a Walnut Creek resident, said he is
compassionate about the death of public servants who put
their lives on the line, especially police officers.
However, he said, that’s not a justification to spend
public money on funerals in other jurisdictions.
“Many others put themselves in the line of fire, like
our military, and we do not recognize them when they
die. Perhaps we should, but we don’t.”
~ ~ ~
This letter appeared in the paper two days after the
• • • • •
Internal Affairs is an offbeat look at local and state
Weighing Chances in Profiling Lawsuit
News — May 17, 2015
Most of the
attention since the Mercury News published its analysis
of race of traffic stop data collected by San Jose
police has naturally focused on what if anything the
department and city officials might do to address
disparities, especially when it comes to curb-sitting
and searching blacks and Latinos far more often than
white or Asian drivers.
What’s next in the racial profiling lawsuit filed by
black motorist Shauncey Burt. City Attorney Rick Doyle
said his office is still reviewing the suit.
But experienced attorneys, including Burt’s lawyer Nick
Emanuel, believe it’s headed to federal court where the
city would have reason to believe it has better chances.
The suit seeks class-action status and uses the data
police collected on traffic stops as evidence of alleged
bias. The data indicate that city police detain blacks
and Latinos in traffic and pedestrian stops at greater
rates than whites, Asians and others. The city is
commissioning an analysis of the data but police say the
apparent disparities may simply result from focusing
enforcement in high-crime areas.
The city has a few weeks to make a decision but could
seek to transfer the case to federal court if it wants
the case handled by a federal judge instead of a Santa
Clara County Superior Court judge.
Lawyers say there are certain procedural advantages for
defendants in doing so.
For one thing, the perception is it is easier for the
party being sued to get a case dismissed in federal
Also, though federal courts use six jurors instead of
the 12 in state court, the federal jury verdict must be
unanimous. In state civil cases, only 9 of the 12 must
I’m sure you’ve seen this video about Hillary before but
for some reason have chosen not to air it, so I’m
sending it in as a test to see if you will include it if
it comes from one of your loyal readers.
Talking Points <talking.points.net>
You hit the nail on the head, TP. Readers who want to
express a partisan opinion or a controversial topic are
welcome to submit an item for the Mail Call column,
which is open to those on the Right and the Left. Me?
I’m just the messenger. But as I have pointed out
before, voting for a Republican presidential candidate
here in California in 2016 is a futile effort since the
Democratic candidate will receive all of California’s
electoral votes. Here’s the TP sent in video…
• • • • •
That video (of the deer stuck in the railing) reminded
me of a similar event when I lived in the Santa Cruz
Mountains. The poor thing was struggling, and it was
just a matter of time before further injuries would be
sustained. Her buddies watched from the tree line 50 ft
away. So she wouldn't have a heart attack, I fired up
the chainsaw inside the house, ran out on the porch and
with one swipe cut the baluster setting her free. I
don't like venison anyway.
Good story, Ron. I just notified PETA, so keep an eye on
your mailbox for an award that will include a lifetime
membership to the organization. (This was the
VIDEO from last week Ron was referring to.)
• • • • •
You guys do a fabulous job of keeping us all connected
and up-to-date on what's happening with the SJPD family.
I have so appreciated all the information you publish
and share with each and every one of us.
I appreciate you listing all the SJPD employees who have
passed, from the clerks to dispatchers and the sworn
personnel. It's nice to see all the names included on
your memorial list since they all felt as one cohesive
family/group. My one question is why do you have my late
husband John Mosunic listed as Sgt. instead of spelling
out Sergeant like all the others? Just asking.
Keep up the good work. I enjoy reading your info all the
time and letting us know when someone is not feeling
well so we can send them a card of cheer or a friendly
May the force always be with you.
Sorry, Taffy. Using Sgt. instead of Sergeant was an
oversight. I go over the list every year with a fine
toothed comb looking for misspellings and wrong ranks
and/or titles. Unfortunately, I have become so
accustomed to using rank abbreviations that Sgt. didn't
catch my eye. (I just corrected it to read Sergeant.) My
biggest fear is forgetting to add someone who passed
away since the previous May when I last published the
list. That happened a few years ago and I had to explain
to the widow why her husband was not on the list. It was
a very awkward moment I do not want to repeat. In the
case of your late husband, I apparently need to get a
comb with finer teeth. Take care.
• • • • •
I listened to the entire radio interview of Pat Boyd and
think he did a fine job; in fact finer than I would
have. What struck me and raised my hackles a bit were
the constant comments by the interviewer who expected
Pat to lie. Another thing that bothered me was the
assumption that Pat could only speak the truth because
he was retired and therefore immune from department
retaliation for comments he might make. The whole tenure
of the interview by the radio host struck me as
condescending toward Pat when he frequently used the
phrase" the honest truth.” What did he expect? I think
the interviewer needs to grow up and get his head out of
the sand. It bothers me when assumptions like that we're
made in that interview.
Good job, Pat.
For those who missed Pat’s interview and would like to
hear it, click on
THIS link to KALW Local Public Radio out of San
Francisco. Then click on the blue audio button.
• • • • •
Hope you are well. Couple of things: Pres Winters, what
a nice guy; what a good man, my ex-partner, my friend.
We used to jog together at Lake Vasona in Los Gatos
after shift. He came over to Santa Cruz a few years back
and we spent the afternoon together. I was showing him
around town and we were reminiscing about the 'good old
days'. I could go on for several paragraphs, but let me
just say that I will miss him. I'll see you down the
The other thing: Kudos to Phil Norton – you said it
better than most, Phil, about the "do nothing police
department." Drive the speed limit. Oh what fun! Do as
little as possible, then adjust the stats to make it
look like the crime rate has gone down. Too much! I'm
sorry Phil, I just had to laugh. So sad, yet so
accurate. Like you said, an idea, though maybe not a
good one. Leave it to the politicos to say, “What do you
mean not a good one? That's a great idea.” We can all
see the handwriting. I had to shake my head and laugh or
I would end up deep in the depression ward. Good going.
• • • • •
I thought you might be interested in this story: “Is San
Jose Airport Ready for a Major Crash?” It ties in with
our recent concerns about staffing.
This settles it. I’m using OAK instead of SJC if I must
fly. Unless, of course, I want to fly free by hiding in
the plane’s wheel well.
HERE to view the video.
NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit compared San Jose
emergency preparedness to other airports of similar size
it fell behind those airports without breaking FAA
Investigative reporter Stephen Stock reports in a story
aired May 19, 2015. (Published Tuesday, May 19, 2015)
KEITH KELLEY BBQ REMINDER
WITNESS STATEMENTS CHARGING POLICE BRUTALITY PROVEN
WRONG BY VIDEO
Accounts in Midtown Hammer Attack Show the Power of
Times — May 14, 2015
police officer shot David Baril on Wednesday at Eighth
and 37th Street as Mr. Baril began swinging a hammer at
officer. Witnesses recalled seeing things that did not
world of our memory is made of bits of true facts,
surrounded by holes that we Spackle over with guesses
and beliefs and crowd-sourced rumors. On the dot of 10
on Wednesday morning, Anthony O’Grady, 26, stood in
front of a Dunkin’ Donuts on Eighth Avenue in Manhattan.
He heard a ruckus, some shouts, then saw a police
officer chase a man into the street and shoot him down
in the middle of the avenue.
Moments later, Mr. O’Grady spoke to a reporter for The
New York Times and said the wounded man was in flight
when he was shot. “He looked like he was trying to get
away from the officers,” Mr. O’Grady said.
HERE to video the shooting of the suspect.
HERE to view the suspect striking a woman with the
hammer two days earlier.
Another person on Eighth Avenue then, Sunny Khalsa, 41,
had been riding her bicycle when she saw police officers
and the man. Shaken by the encounter, she contacted the
Times newsroom with a shocking detail.
“I saw a man who was handcuffed being shot,” Ms. Khalsa
said. “And I am sorry, maybe I am crazy, but that is
what I saw.”
At 3 p.m. on Wednesday, the Police Department released a
surveillance videotape that showed that both Mr. O’Grady
and Ms. Khalsa were wrong.
Contrary to what Mr. O’Grady said, the man who was shot
had not been trying to get away from the officers; he
was actually chasing an officer from the sidewalk onto
Eighth Avenue, swinging a hammer at her head. Behind
both was the officer’s partner, who shot the man, David
And Ms. Khalsa did not see Mr. Baril being shot while in
handcuffs; he is, as the video and still photographs
show, freely swinging the hammer, then lying on the
ground with his arms at his side. He was handcuffed a
few moments later, well after he had been shot.
There is no evidence that the mistaken accounts of
either person were malicious or intentionally false.
Studies of memories of traumatic events consistently
show how common it is for errors to creep into
confidently recalled accounts, according to cognitive
“It’s pretty normal,” said Deryn Strange, an associate
psychology professor at John Jay College of Criminal
Justice. “That’s the hard thing to get our heads around.
It’s frightening how easy it is to build in a false
In one study, Dr. Strange showed people a film of a car
accident in which five people, including a baby, were
killed. The film was edited to remove segments of the
accident. Then she tested the subjects 24 hours later on
what they recalled. People were able to accurately
describe what they had, in fact, seen, Dr. Strange said,
but a significant number — 36 percent — also professed
to have strong memories of parts of the crash that had
actually not been shown to them.
“They are more likely to do that when they are upset
about the event — if they are getting intrusive thoughts
about it, or talking to other people about it,” she
A leading researcher in the field of witness memory,
Elizabeth Loftus of the University of California,
Irvine, said there was ample evidence that people found
ways to plug holes in their recollections.
“If someone has gaps in their narrative, they can fill
it in with lots of things,” she said. “Often they fill
it with their own expectations, and certainly what they
may hear from others.”
These are not the knowingly untrue or devious statements
of people who are deliberately lying. False memories can
be as persuasive as genuine ones, Dr. Loftus said: “When
someone expresses it with detail and confidence and
emotion, people are going to believe it.”
Said Dr. Strange, “It is surprising to the average
person how quickly memories can be distorted.”
That was certainly Ms. Khalsa’s response.
“I feel totally embarrassed,” she said on Thursday,
after having seen the video.
She now believes that she saw the initial encounter and
then looked away, as she was on her bicycle. In that
moment, the man began the attack, which lasted about
three seconds until he was shot. “I didn’t see the
civilian run or swing a hammer,” she said. “In my mind I
assumed he was just standing there passively, and now is
on the ground in handcuffs.”
“With all of the accounts in the news of police officers
in shootings, I assumed that police were taking
advantage of someone who was easily discriminated
against,” she added. “Based on what I saw, I assumed the
worst. Even though I had looked away.”
Her own certainty was gone, Ms. Khalsa said.
“It makes me think about everything in life,” she said.
HAVE AN OPINION ABOUT THIS MOVE BY THE PREZ?
SHARE IT WITH THE REST OF US IF YOU DO
Ends the Transfer of Military Gear to Civilian Police
and Wire Reports
News — May 19, 2015
— President Barack Obama ended long-running federal
transfers of some combat-style gear to local law
enforcement on Monday in an attempt to ease tensions
between police and minority communities, saying
equipment made for the battlefield should not be a tool
of American criminal justice.
President Barack Obama is briefed by Camden, New
police Chief J. Scott Thomson during a visit to the
Real Time Tactical Operational Intelligence Center on
launchers, bayonets, tracked armored vehicles,
weaponized aircraft and vehicles, firearms and
ammunition of .50-caliber or higher will no longer be
provided to state and local police agencies by the
federal government under Obama’s order. Also covered is
camouflage gear that are thought to make police appear
“We’ve seen how militarized gear can sometimes give
people a feeling like there’s an occupying force, as
opposed to a force that’s part of the community that’s
protecting them and serving them,” Obama said, nine
months after an outcry over the use of riot gear and
armored vehicles by police confronting protesters in
“It can alienate and intimidate local residents and send
the wrong message,” he said during a visit to Camden,
In the Bay Area, the anticipated effect of the new
restrictions appears to be minimal. Several local police
agencies, including Oakland and Palo Alto, as well as
the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office, do not
participate in the Pentagon’s 1033 program that has been
a primary supplier of military surplus to law
The president’s order only affects acquisitions from the
federal government; many police agencies, including most
in the Bay Area, have taken to purchasing some of these
items commercially, including big-ticket items like the
armored vehicles that are regular sights at SWAT
call-outs and other high-risk situations.
With police under increased scrutiny over highly
publicized deaths of black suspects nationwide, Obama
also unveiled the final report of a task force he
created to help build confidence between police and
minority communities. And he issued a broader appeal for
Americans to address racial disparities and the needs of
poor communities before they erupt into disorder.
Obama is also placing a longer list of military
equipment under tighter control, including wheeled
armored vehicles such as Humvees, manned aircraft,
drones, specialized firearms, explosives, battering rams
and riot batons, helmets and shields. Starting in
October, police will have to get approval from their
city council, mayor or some other local governing body
to obtain such equipment, provide a persuasive
explanation of why it is needed and have more training
and data collection on its use.
Most of what local agencies have acquired from the feds
does not fall under the ban. Mountain View police
reported having a set of base rifles — with the same
specifications as those available to the rest of the
force and civilians — and some wet-weather gear and
backpacks. The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office has a
fast patrol boat, and the police department in Concord
has an armored vehicle.
It is unclear whether any of the new restrictions will
apply retroactively; the Obama administration said
Monday it was exploring whether it would require the
return of any items. Some agencies were already in the
process of giving back equipment even before Monday’s
announcement, like San Leandro police, with some M14
rifles that haven’t been used. San Jose police, which
acquired spare gun parts and ancillary gear like an SLR
camera and ballistic goggles, do have some camouflage
pants and bags that technically could be affected by the
ban. The agency made headlines last summer when it
elected to return its 10-foot-tall, mine-resistant
ambush-protected troop transport in the spirit of
avoiding a militaristic profile within the community.
Other agencies, including police in Antioch, Redwood
City and South San Francisco, are keeping their
federally donated MRAP vehicles, contending that the
amount of protection they offer and their minimum
half-million dollar price tag make them a win-win so
long as departments are transparent with residents.
“This has been a hugely positive program for us,”
Antioch police Lt. Tony Morefield said. “With the
armored vehicle we have, it would cost over a
half-million dollars for our department and for the
city. The money savings are critical, not to mention the
way that a vehicle like that can come into play during a
real critical incident involving tactical operations and
Programs that transfer surplus military-style equipment
from the Pentagon and other federal agencies have been
around for decades, but Congress increased spending to
help departments acquire the gear in the wake of the
9/11 terror attacks.
Associated Press writer Nedra Pickler and staff
writers Robert Salonga, Natalie Neysa Alund, Rick Hurd
and Harry Harris contributed to this report.
Ed. — The link below will take you to an excellent
“PoliceOne.com” counterpoint article by Doug Wyllie,
Editor in the Chief of the website. He has authored more
than 800 feature articles and tactical tips on a wide
range of topics and trends that affect the law
enforcement community. Doug is a member of International
Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA),
an Associate Member of the California Peace Officers'
Association (CPOA), and a member of the Public Safety
Writers Association (PSWA).
The title of the article is “3 Crucial Points About
Obama’s Evisceration of the 1033 Program.” If you are
interested in this issue, the article is well worth a
HERE to view it.
WERE PROTESTORS PAID TO PROTEST IN FERGUSON?
A conservative website called “Frontpage Mag” — along
with others — claims that protestors were paid to ply
their trade in Ferguson, and that they aren't happy
because they have yet to be paid. We’ll provide you with
the headline and first three paragraphs of the story. If
it piques your interest, you can read the rest of it by
Page Mag — May 19, 2015
successor group in Missouri has been paying protesters
$5,000 a month to generate civil unrest in Ferguson, the
troubled St. Louis suburb where black youth Michael
Brown was killed by a white police officer last August.
We know this because some of the protesters haven’t been
paid and, now, they are demanding what they were
promised. They held a sit-in at the offices of
Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE)
and posted a demand letter online.
MORE is the rebranded Missouri branch of the former
Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now
(ACORN) which filed for bankruptcy in late 2010. That
ACORN state chapter reconstituted itself in December
2009 as MORE under orders from ACORN’s national
headquarters. President Obama used to work for ACORN and
he represented it in court as a lawyer.
HERE for the rest of the article.
THIS is another website that relates to the issue of
paid protestors in Ferguson.
“THIS IS GOLD”
The individual below who left the SJPD many years ago to
head the Nevada Highway Patrol and ultimately the Reno
PD posted this on Facebook a few days ago. It is
definitely word a read...
Years Of Marriage, His Wife Made Him Take Out Another
Woman. This Is Gold.
take for granted what's been in front of us the whole
time. This man's wife just wanted him to realize that.
After 21 years of marriage, my wife wanted me to take
another woman out to dinner and a movie. She said, "I
love you, but I know this other woman loves you and
would love to spend some time with you."
The other woman that my wife wanted me to visit was my
mother, who had been a widow for 19 years, but the
demands of my work and my 3 children had made it
possible to visit her only occasionally.
That night I called to invite her to go out for dinner
and a movie.
"What's wrong, are you well?" she asked. My mother is
the type of woman who suspects that a late night call or
surprise invitation is a sign of bad news.
"I thought that it would be pleasant to spend some time
with you," I responded. "Just the two of us."
She thought about it for a moment, and then said, "I
would like that very much."
That Friday after work, as I drove over to pick her up I
was a bit nervous. When I arrived at her house, I
noticed that she, too, seemed to be nervous about our
date. She waited in the door with her coat on. She had
curled her hair and was wearing the dress that she had
worn to celebrate her last wedding anniversary. She
smiled from a face that was as radiant as an Angel's. "I
told my friends that I was going to go out with my son,
and they were impressed," she said, as she got into the
car. "They can't wait to hear about our meeting."
We went to a restaurant that, although not elegant, was
very nice and cozy. My mother took my arm as if she were
the First Lady. After we sat down, I had to read the
menu. Her eyes could only read large print. Half way
through the entries, I lifted my eyes and saw Mom
sitting there staring at me. A nostalgic smile was on
her lips. "It was I who used to have to read the menu
when you were small," she said. "Then it's time that you
relax and let me return the favor," I responded.
During the dinner, we had an agreeable conversation —
nothing extraordinary but catching up on recent events
of each other's life. We talked so much that we missed
the movie. As we arrived at her house later, she said,
"I'll go out with you again, but only if you let me
invite you." I agreed.
"How was your dinner date?" Asked my wife when I got
"Very nice. Much more so than I could have imagined," I
A few days later, my mother died of a massive heart
attack. It happened so suddenly that I didn't have a
chance to do anything for her. Some time later, I
received an envelope with a copy of a restaurant receipt
from the same place where mother and I had dined. An
attached note said: "I paid this bill in advance. I
wasn't sure that I could be there; but nevertheless I
paid for two plates — one for you and the other for your
wife. You will never know what that night meant for me."
"I love you, son."
At that moment, I understood the importance of saying in
time: "I love you," and to give our loved ones the time
that they deserve. Nothing in life is more important
than your family. Give them the time they deserve,
because these things cannot be put off till "some other
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
May 13 -
Even the White House is weighing in on the deflate-gate
scandal. Yesterday they encouraged Tom Brady to “be
mindful of the way he serves as a role model.” And then
President Obama stuffed out his cigarette and went
golfing at noon on a weekday.
The White House encouraged Tom Brady to be more of a
role model. They would’ve said more, but there was a
drunken Secret Service agent streaking across the Rose
Senate Democrats blocked President Obama’s trade bill
yesterday because they’re worried it could hurt jobs.
It’s not an issue for Republicans, since they’ve all
found work as presidential candidates.
Whole Foods is planning on opening a new chain of stores
that carry lower-priced natural foods aimed at
millennials. It's even got a catchy name: Trader Joe’s.
May 14: Hillary Clinton's younger brother Tony is facing
criticism for using the Clintons’ political connections
to help his career. So on the down side, she has a
sketchy brother named Tony. On the up side, she just
locked up every vote in New Jersey.
It turns out Hillary's brother could damage her
campaign. But then Jeb Bush said, “I think we all get a
pass on who our brothers are.”
They’re making a movie about Barack and Michelle Obama’s
first date, called “Southside With You,” and the
producers say they’ve already cast someone to play young
Barack Obama. Now, I'm not saying the president has aged
a lot but that young actor is Morgan Freeman.
May 15: It's Friday. That's one reason to celebrate.
Also, it's the first day in a long time when no one
declared they're running for president.
During a recent event at a restaurant called Tommy's
Country Ham House in South Carolina, presidential
candidate Ben Carson delivered a speech right after he
lost his front tooth. Which still left him with more
teeth than everyone combined at Tommy's Country Ham
Ben Carson actually lost a tooth. Which explains why he
said that under his leadership, Americans would be
entitled to “life, liberty, and the purthuit of
Former New York Governor George Pataki may enter the
race for president. It’s not definite, but he tweeted
that he'll announce his 2016 plans on May 28 in New
Hampshire. Well, what’s he gonna do, go to New Hampshire
to say he’s NOT running? That’s like getting down on one
knee and saying, “I think it’s time to see other
May 18; George W. Bush gave a commencement speech at
Southern Methodist University this weekend. It was
pretty inspirational. He said, "As I like to tell the
'C' students, you too can be president." Even George W.
Bush has George W. Bush comedy material in his act.
During a charity boxing match on Friday, Mitt Romney
lasted two rounds against Evander Holyfield and raised a
million dollars. It was just like Holyfield's fight with
Mike Tyson, except Romney chewed off his other ear
talking about his 18 grandchildren.
That's right, Mitt Romney took on Evander Holyfield in a
boxing match for charity, and it was a pretty one-sided
fight. But it was still not the worst boxing match we've
seen this month.
This weekend Vladimir Putin played in an exhibition
hockey game with some former NHL players and scored
eight goals. Even Evander Holyfield and Mitt Romney
said, "That looks fake."
May 19: Welcome to "The Tonight Show." I'm Jimmy Fallon,
and I can say with complete confidence that I would lose
a push-up contest to everyone in this room. It's Fleet
Week here in New York, and I’m proud to say our entire
audience is filled with military personnel.
President Obama finally has his own personal Twitter
account. Even John McCain said, “Welcome to the
A new poll found that almost 70 percent of voters say
that whoever our next president is, they must have
political experience. You know, because it would be rude
to say “anyone but Donald Trump.”
Lindsey Graham is now the seventh Republican running for
president. If you're keeping score, that's basically one
Republican candidate for every two Republican voters.
I can't wait for the Republican debates to start and
there's literally 65 guys on one stage.
Over the weekend, Vladimir Putin scored eight goals
during a hockey game. It happened just after he had the
A resort in Mexico has opened the first underwater bar.
Shortly afterwards it became host to the world's slowest
bar fight ever.
May 19: Hillary Clinton is trying to get the young vote.
She's doing her best to win over millennials. Hillary's
telling millennials if all goes well, she too plans to
move back into the home where she lived in the 1990s.
KFC is planning to bring back Colonel Sanders. Because
if there's one thing that will bring Americans together
today, it's an old guy dressed like a plantation owner.
A Starbucks employee has been fired after being caught
on video berating a customer. Luckily someone quickly
calmed him down with a nearby Josh Groban CD.
A new report says that 80 percent of sunscreens either
don't work or have questionable ingredients. In a
related story, I don't have long to live.
I’ve been doing a lot of pondering, a lot of ruminating.
And I'm not looking at this as a retirement. I'm
thinking of this as a multi-game suspension. Like Tom
Last night we had Bill Clinton, the former president.
Security was as tight as Governor Christie's yoga pants.
Security patted me up and down. They frisked me. My hand
to God, I was groped. Then I got back in line.
I have nothing against the North Koreans but this Kim
Jong Un has got a screw loose. A member of his cabinet,
his security minister, nods off, falls sleep. We've all
done it. Kim Jong Un takes the guy out and has him
executed, just for falling asleep. Oh, and he was also
May 14: George Clooney is on the program tonight. Next
week at this time I will be in a hardware store watching
them mix paint.
I got a call today from a guy I have never heard of
before, and he said, "Hi, Dave, it's Bob. I'm with CBS.
Look, the day after you guys leave the theater we're
going to send a team in there to take care of the
Congratulations to the New York Rangers. They won Game 7
last night. What a season, and to think they've done it
all without Derek Jeter.
By accident Jeb Bush announced that he was running for
president. And then he said, "No, not yet. OK, I made a
mistake." And then later in the day, by accident, he
called Hillary and congratulated her.
May 15: The new "Mad Max" movie takes place in a
post-apocalyptic world. I have a small part in "Mad
Max." I play the old geezer who remembers what steak
In retirement, what I'm going to do is pal around with
Oprah. She doesn't know it yet, but that's what I'll do.
I already have an idea. I'm going to start a line of
salad dressing, and it will be just like Paul Newman's
salad dressing but instead of the profits going to
charity the way Paul Newman's profits go to charity, my
May 18: Unusual weather for New York City. Today it was
68 and foggy. No, wait a minute, that's me. I'm sorry,
Tonight I will be talking with Tom Hanks. Next week I'll
be at the post office talking with the clerk.
Mitt Romney, two-time Republican presidential hopeful,
boxed former heavyweight champion of the world Evander
Holyfield for charity. It was a horrible moment when
Romney bit off Holyfield's other ear.
Holyfield won the fight. It's not the first time Romney
has been knocked out by a black guy.
May 19: Tomorrow is our final show. That is unless it
rains, and then there will be a rain delay. We'll
probably make it up in a doubleheader around Labor Day.
A lot of people think I'm retiring, but I've been
telling a fib. I've been forced to leave this job
because I gave $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
Bill Murray is on the show tonight. Next week I'll be
Goggling "foods that improve prostate health."
May 13: The
2015 college graduates are now hearing advice from
commencement speakers about the real world. But there's
a group left out in the cold, the ones who fell short of
graduation — fifth-year seniors. Congratulations
non-graduating senior class — the few in every school
brave enough to say, "You know what? I loved my senior
year so much, I think I'll do it all over again."
There are many successful people who didn't graduate.
Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, Elton John. You won't be as
successful as them because you're watching TV at 1:00 in
the morning. But still there's hope, I guess.
You're very smart. You know who isn't smart? The
graduating seniors who have to find a job. Little known
secret: There aren't any jobs. When your friends were
concentrating on their engineering degree, you were
engineering a way to put vodka in a watermelon. We
congratulate you for that.
You're right to want to stay in that warm, safe
environment where the people are young and hopeful and
fresh and alive. I'd be there right now if campus
security didn't have my picture on file.
Never again will you live in a world where not only is
the beer free but people will offer to pour it into your
own mouth for you. Think of yourself as a super senior.
The seniorest of all the seniors. You are the class of
2016. Or 2017. Or let's be honest, probably 2018.
May 15: During a concert in Vancouver, U2's guitarist,
The Edge, fell off the stage in the middle of a song. I
guess he got a little too close to the edge.
U2's frontman, Bono, was singing their hit, "I Still
Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," and The Edge took
May 18: In the news, a man got so fed up that he drove
his truck through his own living room. He said it was
one of those spur-of-the-moment crazy things. No, it was
not! That's just regular crazy. Getting frozen yogurt at
midnight, or driving to Vegas — those are
spur-of-the-moment crazy ideas.
Getting drunk and getting a butterfly tattoo on your
lower back even though all your friends are telling you
not to because you're a full-grown man who hosts a
late-night show on CBS — yeah, sure, that is a
spur-of-the-moment crazy thing.
The police were called, but it turns out it's actually
not illegal if it's your house and your truck. But just
based on the limited amount of time we've spent with
this guy, I get the feeling that the bank owned both the
truck and the house.
Later on in the story the guy revealed he is having
trouble finding work. That might have something to do
with how he arrived at his last job.
May 19: A man in Virginia went into a bank. He didn't
have a weapon and he wasn't wearing a mask. He just had
a nice note that said, "I really need you to give me
some money, please." And they gave it to him. Police
call it robbery. He says it wasn't. I'm with the bank
robber on this. If it was illegal to politely ask for
things you don't deserve, I would not be the host of
"The Late Late Show."
That guy might be totally guilty. But on the bright
side, if anyone's going to be released on good behavior,
it's going to be him. After all, he was convicted on
Crime is inevitable, so don't we want nice criminals?
This guy should be commended. If I get robbed, I want
the guy holding a gun to say, "Hey mate, can you just
give me your wallet? And then I'll go this way, and you
go that way. And also, have you lost weight? You look
If you like that story, you'll love the new CBS
procedural starting next Tuesday night — "CSI: Polite
Kim Jong Un
reportedly had his defense chief executed after he fell
asleep during a meeting. Not only did they execute him,
they shot him with an anti-aircraft gun. I'd like to see
NBC hire Kim Jong Un to host "The Apprentice." His way
of firing people is much more exciting than Donald
Things like that make me glad I live in America — where
our political figures are free to fall asleep wherever
Kim Jong Un — it's really Catch-22 with him. If you
close your eyes, you get shot for nodding off. If you
open them, you get shot for laughing at his haircut.
Expedia released their rankings of the most annoying
drivers in America. For the 15th year in a row, the most
annoying driver on the road is every driver but you. The
survey says the least popular passengers are backseat
drivers. I would have said carjackers.
May 14: In Las Vegas, a musical that is based on the
popular reality show "Duck Dynasty" is shutting down
because of poor ticket sales. Now where am I supposed to
take my wife for our anniversary?
You'd think with the size of the duck-hunting community,
this show would be a hit. I guess the audiences weren't
comfortable with the shooting over their heads.
The producers say there may be future productions of the
"Duck Dynasty" musical in other cities. I think they
need to change the name. To attract fans of musical
theater, I would call it "Les Mr. Robertson."
May 15: We had rain this morning and thunderstorms last
night. That doesn't happen much here in L.A. You could
hear people screaming. We are so scared of rain here,
you would think it had gluten in it.
In Southern California, rain confuses us and makes our
yoga pants see-through.
Funny thing is, once it rains a lot of people here think
that is it for the drought. The drought is over. The
first thing we do when it rains is we run to the TV to
see how our local weather reporters are going to cover
it. They get so excited because the rest of the year
they have nothing to do.
One weather reporter complained that you couldn't even
stand in line for a taco because of the rain. Well then,
what point is there to being alive?
May 18: At the Billboard Music Awards the big winner was
Taylor Swift. She won eight trophies. I wonder if she
even keeps them at this point.
Researchers have found that children in preschool are
exercising only 12 percent of the day. The rest of the
day was spent napping, eating, or generally sitting
around doing nothing. It's called training them to be
The study found that we parents would like our kids to
get more exercise. But that would mean we have to get up
ourselves. And sorry kids, that's not going to happen.
I have an easy way to fix this. If you want kids to
exercise, get an ice cream truck and just drive it
slowly around the block. They will give chase. I've seen
May 19: George Clooney will be with us tonight. The
sexiest man in the world is here and he's going to
interview George Clooney.
According to a recent study, 61 percent of American
drivers text while driving, 33 percent email while
driving, and 17 percent take selfies. And 20 percent of
drivers use Facebook while driving. There is nothing on
Facebook you need to see even when you AREN'T driving.
Don't pretend you're not one of these people. When I
pull up to an intersection, every person is doing these
things. We need those driverless cars now before we all
When you get into your car, you should have to insert
your phone into a slot just like a key to start the
vehicle. Right? That way you can't get at it.
May 13: A
94-year-old man is graduating from West Virginia
University after studying at the school on and off for
75 years — though I’m guessing mostly off.
He’s graduating from college at the age of 94. Just
imagine how awkward it’s going to be for the
commencement speaker when he says, “You have your whole
life ahead of you. Except that dude.”
UC Berkeley students have developed a drone that follows
you around, taking selfies of you. Which is a shame
because those are exactly the kind of people we should
be using the other drones on.
May 14: Dairy Queen has announced plans to remove soda
from its kids' menu. Raising the question: Isn't their
entire menu a kids' menu?
Tomorrow, Mitt Romney will have a boxing match with
Evander Holyfield for charity. And I suspect that's what
Romney will be yelling the whole time. "For charity,
Mitt Romney will box Evander Holyfield tomorrow. So
finally, someone can honestly say "Mitt, I think you
May 18: President Obama joined Twitter today with a
tweet that began “Hello, Twitter!” His bio says, “Dad,
husband, and president of the United States.” He didn’t
have to say “Dad.” We got that when he tweeted “Hello,
Jeb Bush said recently that he believes apps on the
Apple Watch could help Americans better manage their
healthcare than Obamacare. So there you go. If you can’t
afford healthcare, just buy yourself an Apple Watch.
Vladimir Putin reportedly scored eight goals during a
hockey game in Sochi this weekend. And the goalie only
had one save: his own life.
May 19: Former Texas Governor Rick Perry said yesterday
that knowing what we know now, he would not have invaded
Iraq. Mostly because “what we know now” is that Rick
Perry will never be president.
A new survey came out and Washington, D.C., has been
named the fittest city in the country. And it makes
sense. Just think of all of the exercise they get
running for re-election, walking back statements,
dodging questions, and jumping to conclusions. That's
Police arrested a man on Long Island yesterday after he
stripped naked and threatened Costco customers with a
machete. Luckily, Costco customers were able to subdue
him with a 50-pack of paper towels.
According to a new report, e-cigarette flavors have
different effects on lungs, with hot cinnamon, banana
pudding, and menthol causing the most irritation. But
how will I feel like a man without my banana
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE
HERE for the most current update.
• • • • •
First, the more serious stuff: If you are a “911 Truther”
— someone who believes the World Trade Center towers
were brought down by the U.S. — you may also believe
that the Obama administration is about to subject the
country to martial law, and that “Operation Jade Helm”
which is scheduled to begin in July is an audition for
such action. If you agree with the people in
THIS video, we would love for you to submit a
missive for the Mail Call column that will help us
understand why you feel that way. (2:04)
THIS is the full video of the meeting. (57:21)
information about Operation Jade Helm, click
• • • •
comprised of a troupe of performers from Siberia from a
recent edition of Britain’s Got Talent left the four
judges speechless, even Simon Cowell. Have a
LOOK and you will understand why. (6:12)
• • • • •
Folks, welcome the
ROSS SISTERS back to the Farsider for their second
encore performance thanks to Lumpy. (We ran this in 2009
and again in 2013.) The vintage clip is from a 1940s era
musical titled “Broadway Rhythm” — also known by its
working title of “The Broadway Melody of 1944.” Stick
with it for 60 seconds and you will begin to see some
amazing acrobatic footage. For fear of sounding like an
old phart, one of the many things that was a significant
loss to the country were the great Hollywood musicals of
the ’40s and ‘50s that will never be made again. (3:50)
• • • • •
Would you and your spouse have had the courage to
THIS couple did when you were in your twenties? The
young couple in the video is about to undergo a
transformation that few ever take. As they brace
themselves for the outcome, the results give them a
rarely seen glimpse into what the future may hold. Their
reaction is absolutely touching. (5:49)
• • • • •
Being the oenophile that I am (look it up), here’s a
MACHINE that I’d like to add to my bar. I’m thinking
that the calories I would consume by imbibing the nectar
of the grape would be neutralized by me operating the
• • • • •
Once you learn to ride a bike you will never forget how,
right? This guy who has his own YouTube channel is
sitting on a bicycle that he says is impossible to ride.
HERE and watch the video received from Dewey Moore
and you will see why. (7:57)
• • • • •
This clip received from Jim Silvers shows how the sun
sees you, and it is, for lack of a better term,
• • • • •
Listen to Spiritualist JP Sears humorously walk you
PITFALLS of what gluten will do to your body — and
what you can do about it. (6:17)
If you bought into JP’s facts about gluten,
LISTEN to what he has to say about dating a
spiritual person. He can prove that what they say is
seldom what they mean. (4:01)
• • • • •
Dirk Parsons says he doesn’t play golf, but he’s
thinking of taking up the
GAME if he can go around the course on one of these
golf boards. (2:43)
• • • • •
Don’t be fooled into believing this is a real musical
instrument like the author of the email who sent it to
Bruce Morton stated (“Tuning the device is the simple
part, think of making and assembling it.”) The fact is,
it’s a digital instrument that was produced in a
computer and titled “Resonant Chamber.” The graphics and
sound make it well worth a
CLICK of your mouse.(4:28)
digital Instrument is part of the Animusic series that’s
available on YouTube and DVD (I have the latter in my
DVD library). One of my favorites is
THIS one titled “Pogo Sticks.” Check it out. (3:20)
If you enjoy the graphics and the sound, go to YouTube
and enter Animusic in the search field and you will be
rewarded with several other “instruments.”
• • • • •
Language warning (one F bomb):
Bob Moir wants to know if all of the President’s
appointees — like the Director of Federal Prisons for
instance — is
THIS lame? Listen as Minnesota Comic (oops, Senator)
Al Franken questions Federal Prisons Director Charles
Samuels about the size of an average prison cell in
HERE for the Director’s bio.
• • • • •
Mike Thompson was impressed with this weapon called a
“Simon,” even though the video clip is a few years old.
To quote from the website:
Israel is home to many entrepreneurs and investors.
Surrounded by hostile regimes and nations stuck in the
14th century, Israel has been busy inventing new
microprocessors, baby monitors, and solar windows. It is
an impressive nation with many bright minds.
HERE is one example from the Israel Video Network,
which is sure to annoy the anti-Israel left. Using a
regular M-16, this new bullet — the Rafael Simon Door-Breacher
— can open up a reinforced door from 30 yards, and in
complete safety. Great for rescuing hostages and killing
Should SWAT teams (and our MERGE unit) be equipped with
one of these door busters for hostage/rescue operations?
The only downside we can see is if someone was to open
the door at the same time the “Simon” was being fired.
If would be an “Oops” moment the media would love to
report on, even if the video was too gory to air. (5:06)
• • • • •
We knew we could count on Bruce Morton to send in a
lawyer story if we waited long enough…
afternoon a lawyer was riding in his limousine when he
saw two men along the roadside eating grass. Disturbed,
he ordered his driver to stop and he got out to
"Why are you eating grass?" he asked one of the men.
"We don't have any money for food," the poor man
replied. "We have to eat grass."
"Well then,” said the lawyer, “you can come with me to
my house and I'll feed you.”
"But sir, I have a wife and two children with me. They
are over there under that tree."
"Bring them along," the lawyer replied.
Turning to the other poor man the lawyer said, "You may
come with us if you like.”
In a pitiful voice, the second man said, "But sir, I
also have a wife and six children with me!"
"Bring them all as well," the lawyer answered.
They all entered the car, which was no easy task, even
for a car as large as the lawyer’s limousine.
Once under way, one of the poor fellows turned to the
lawyer and said, "Sir, you are too kind. Thank you for
taking all of us with you.”
The lawyer replied, "Glad to do it. You'll really love
my place. The grass is almost a foot high."
• • • • •
If you can spare 43 seconds, check out Marnie as she
explores an IKEA store. She is a 12-year-old rescued
Shih Tzu who also happens to be a social-media
sensation. She has over 1.4 million followers on
Instagram, has her own website, Twitter handle and
MARNIE was 10 years old when she was rescued from
the streets. (0:43)
Depending on how YouTube is configured on your computer
or tablet, additional Marnie clips may automatically
• • • • •
The Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica captured
THIS baby sloth reaching for the camera, possibly
thinking it was a toy or something to eat. Instead of
finding food, the little critter ended up providing some
of the cutest selfie-like images. If these adorable,
three-toed mammals had to go to work, they'd never make
it on time. They can spend up to 20 hours per day
sleeping, but when they are awake, you might want to
have a video camera ready. (1:38)
• • • • •
This is new footage of a 13-year-old circus
LION that had been rescued and turned loose in a
sanctuary where it felt dirt and grass for the first
time. Under the clip is a little humor in the form of a
viewer's comment that read, “If the lion had heard the
background music, he would’ve gone back into the cage.”
(The music is “Deliverance” by Yanni.) (2:24)
• • • • •
Speaking of circus rescues, this is the moving story of
Shirley and Jenny, two elephants that were reunited
after more than 20 years. It’s proof that these
ANIMALS do have very long memories. (7:21)
• • • • •
Here we have a
DANCING dog performance featuring Sandra and her
furry partner named Lizzy, courtesy of Don Hale. As
impressive as the dog is, however, give me a few days to
train with Sandra and I believe I could replicate what
Lizzy does. At least I would give it my best shot.
• • • • •
“Mean Dean” Janice, who swapped the Golden State for one
in the deep south after he retired, seems to be proud of
his redneck roots, and he submitted the following list
so you can determine if you qualify for that status…
• You let your 14-year-old daughter smoke at the dinner
table in front of her kids.
• The Blue Book value of your truck goes up and down
depending on how much gas is in it.
• You've been married three times and still have the
• You think a woman who is out of your league bowls on a
• You wonder how service stations keep their restrooms
• Someone in your family died right after saying, 'Hey,
guys, watch this.'
• You think Dom Perignon is a Mafia leader.
• Your wife's hairdo was once ruined by a ceiling fan.
• Your junior prom offered day care.
• You think the last words of the Star-Spangled Banner
are 'Gentlemen, start your engines.'
• You lit a match in the bathroom and your house was
blown right off its wheels.
• The Halloween pumpkin on your porch has more teeth
than your spouse.
• You have to go outside to get something from the
• One of your kids was born on a pool table.
• You need one more hole punched in your card to get a
freebie at the House of Tattoos.
• You can't get married to your sweetheart because
there's a law against it.
• You think loading the dishwasher means getting your
And in closing...
• Two good ol' boys in an Alabama trailer park were
sitting around talking one afternoon over a cold one
after getting off work at the local Nissan plant. After
a while the first guy says to the second, "If'n I was to
sneak over to your trailer Saturday and git in on with
your wife while you was off huntin' and she got pregnant
and had a baby, would that make us kin?" The second guy
crooked his head sideways for a minute, scratched his
head and squinted his eyes thinking real hard about the
question. Finally, he says, "Well, I don't know about
kin, but it would make us even!"
Y’all have a good day!
• • • • •
Despite this clip dating back to 2009, we found the
dexterity it took to fly this ultra-light RC airplane
indoors amazing. If you are at all familiar with
radio-controlled flying you should appreciate
THIS clip. (2:44)
• • • • •
Brodie Smith is an American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL)
player who has become world-famous for his ability to
perform the most incredible tricks with a frisbee. His
YouTube channel is full of incredible trick shot videos,
earning him over 1 million subscribers and over 123
million views. In
THIS video, Brodie teamed up with another YouTube
superstar, filmmaker "Devinsupertramp" to put together a
compilation of some truly epic trick shots. (3:21)
• • • • •
This clip from Chuck Blackmore is one of those where you
won’t be able to understand a word, unless you are
fluent in Chinese. But that’s not necessary in order to
AMAZED by the performance. (5:35)
• • • • •
If you can get past the first 30 seconds of gibberish (I
apologize to those of you who speak French), you should
THIS Grand Cabaret quick-change magic act received
from Alice Murphy fascinating. I would love to be able
to watch it from the side of the stage to see how it’s
• • • • •
We’re reprising this video from a few years ago for this
week’s final item and again asking, Did you ever know
the meaning of the lyrics to the 1971 hit song “American
THIS video received from Tom Macris will tell you
while letting you enjoy one of the classic songs from
long ago and take a trip back in time. (8:42)
• • • • •
Pic of the Week
THE FARSIDER SUBSCRIPTION ROSTER as of 5/21/15
Additions and changes since the last published update
(alphabetical by last name):
Dave Hober — Added
Bob Souza — Added
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
Abram, Fred & Connie
Alvarez, Pat (Campbell)
Babineau, Dave & Cheryl
Bray, Mary Ellen
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 (Sr.), Frank
Inami, Steve & Francine
Johnson, Tom & Fran
Klein, Lou Anna
Leonard (Lintern), Lynda
Long (Huntwork), Eunice
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