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SERVICE BEING HELD TODAY FOR MICHAEL LEWANDOWSKI
Reminder: A Memorial Service for Michael is being held at 11 a.m. today (Thurs. the 25th) at the Family Community Church at 478 Piercy Rd. in San Jose. It will be followed by a reception at the POA Hall.
This is Officer Michael Lewandowski’s obituary as it appeared in the May 21st edition of the Mercury News…
Michael James Lewandowski
Mar. 11, 1980 — May 14, 2017
Resident of Gilroy
Michael James Lewandowski was born March 11, 1980 in Cudahy, WI. He was the middle of three children. He grew up in Carlisle, PA before leaving for college at the University of Pittsburgh. Michael proudly served his country in the Army starting from May 2002. Although he never spoke of it, Michael was a decorated war hero and awarded the Bronze Star and Combat Infantryman Badge. Of all his military accomplishments, he was most proud of his service with his fellow soldiers of the 82nd Airborne, 3rd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment: “The Blue Devils.” In September 2012, Michael and his wife, Dani, moved from Michigan and joined the San Jose Police Department. He was extremely proud of his work as a police officer and enjoyed serving his community with fellow teammates and officers.
Michael was diagnosed with lung cancer in October 2015. He fought a long and tough battle which ended on May 14, 2017.
Michael was a loving and honorable husband, son, brother, uncle and friend. He is survived by his wife, Dani, his father and mother, Steve and Kathie, his father and mother–in-law, Rolf and Antonie Flohr, his brother, Scott, his sister, her partner and nephew, Keely, Luke and Gavin.
A memorial service will be held at Family Community Church on Thurs. May 25th at 11am at 478 Piercy Road, San Jose, CA 95138. All are welcome to attend. Active and retired military and police personnel are asked to attend in uniform. Reception to follow at the San Jose Police Officers’ Association Hall at 1151 N. 4th Street, San Jose, CA.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to <www.sjpoa.com/donations/default.asp> or mailed to SJPOA, 1151 N. 4th Street, San Jose, CA 95112 (please write “Michael Lewandowski” in the memo line of your check). Thank you for your support.
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The following tribute to Michael appeared in the SJPD Insider and was posted on Facebook by Raul Peralez, who served as a San Jose Police Officer for eight years prior to becoming the San Jose City Councilmember of District 3…
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It is with a heavy heart that I share this post regarding the passing of a San Jose Police Officer. Thank you Michael for your service to our country and this city.
"Dear Members of the San Jose Police Department,
It is with sadness to announce the passing of our brother, Officer Michael Lewandowski #4239. Michael had been battling lung cancer for nearly two years and fought courageously while never giving up on beating cancer. Michael's courage is a testament to what kind of man he was.
Those closest to Michael remember him as a man of humility who was loyal to a high standard of ethics and loyalty in his personal relationships and in his duties in the US Army with the 82nd Airborne, 3rd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment "The Blue Devils" and as a San Jose Police Officer.
As a Captain in the US Army, Michael was awarded (although never spoke of) the following: Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2nd award), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge. Michael was also awarded an Achievement Medal for Civilian Service by the Department of the Army
As a measure of Michael's true valor, he was never one to bring attention to himself upon receiving his many accolades and was the type of person that would rather praise others who stand in the limelight. He was admired and respected for these qualities. In the words of his friends, "He always tried his best to do the right thing.”
Thank you to everyone who attended the CrossFit fundraiser to help support Juan Reyes as he battles ALS!
The Reyes’ family has taken on a lot of the costs which include making accommodations around the house for Juan's accessibility and other needs, which will only continue.
Please click HERE to make a donation online now.
During National Police Week in Washington, D.C., I was able to work on addressing issues important to law enforcement by meeting with union leaders from across the country, including President Ed Mullins and Vice President Vincent Vallelong from the Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA) of the New York City Police Department.
Some of the issues discussed were: the reduction of charging and sentencing of offenders based on immigration status, the continued assault on the safety of law enforcement across the country, and legislation to make the targeting of law enforcement officers for murder or assault a federal hate crime. There were also discussions about how best to confront the false narrative by anti-law enforcement groups that feed on driving a wedge between the public and law enforcement officers.
President Ed Mullins and his SBA Team, and I met with United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions, where the Attorney General emphasized his support for law enforcement. A press conference occurred after this meeting where President Ed Mullins and the SBA awarded the Attorney General with an Honorary Membership in their Association. Here at the SJPOA we will continue to work locally to advance safety in our neighborhoods, safety for San Jose police officers, and we will also continue to advocate for the safety of our brothers and sisters in law enforcement throughout the country.
Many thanks to the Sergeants Benevolent Association and their family in blue for allowing us to participate in the meeting with the AG during National Police Week. We are blessed to have such a supportive and professional group to work with.
Click HERE to read Attorney General Jeff Sessions' remarks at Sergeants Benevolent Association of New York City Award Presentation.
Paul Kelley, President, SJPOA
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
Spent $1.3 Million on Riot Gear
By Silicon Valley Newsroom — May 17, 2017
SJPD holds the line at Donald Trump’s rally in San Jose last year.
By the Numbers: $1.3 Million
San Jose police have been stocking up on riot gear, and at a faster pace than some other law enforcement agencies. That’s according to MuckRock, a journalism nonprofit that publishes data gleaned from public records. Documents unearthed through a Freedom of Information Act request found that the San Jose Police Department has shelled out $1.3 million since 2012 for helmets with visors and throat guards, aluminum batons, less-than-lethal weapons and other defensive equipment. The city authorized SJPD to spend $530,000 on protective gear in 2015 through last year. To San Jose’s credit, MuckRock notes, the agency has spent less on weaponry than other major cities.
Click HERE and scroll down to review the readers’ comments to this article.
Bill and Leroy,
Several months after becoming a police officer a friend and fellow officer was shot and killed. Richard Huerta was sitting in his police cruiser unaware that moments later he would be murdered. Shortly after Richard’s killing I wrote a short epitaph to go on my grave marker should I be killed in the line of duty:
Here I lie in the slop and mud
Shot to death by some dirty crud
My only regret you see
Is that he isn’t lying here instead of me
What brought this little bit of remembrance back to light was the Mississippi grave epitaphs in the last Farsider. The movie "Full Metal Jacket" stated this little bit of information. "It is not your duty to die for your country, it is your duty to make sure the enemy dies for his country.”
Bill Yarbrough <email@example.com>
Not that it matters, but I don’t recall that quote in “Full Metal Jacket.” I do, however, recall that Gen. George S. Patton (played by the late George C. Scott, 1927-1999) uttered that line in his address to the Third Army in the movie “Patton.” Technically, the quote was: “No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. You won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.”
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Here's hoping all is well on your end.
May I add my two cents to the Health Care article by my friend Pete Guerin?
I agree with Pete, but I would add the following to his point.
We have a right to Free Speech, the right to Pursue Happiness, the right to Bear Arms, and other rights. All our rights require the taking of nothing from anyone else in the form of taxes. I have the right to speak, but it is my responsibility to find my forum and my audience, and I cannot demand an audience from anyone. I have the right to pursue my happiness, but it is my responsibility to buy my own boat (or whatever brings me happiness). I have the right to bear arms, but it is my responsibility to go out and buy my own weapon.
So I would argue that access to Health Care is a right, but I add that it is my responsibility to find a way to provide for it.
Just because anything is a right does not mean I can demand someone else pay for it.
Mr. Seifert's argument is that because the cost of health care is so high, the government (meaning you and I) must therefor pay for it for others. But I would argue the one of the primary reasons the cost of health care is so high is due to government regulations. I have no choice with my health care coverage choices—whether I choose them or not I have to take coverage for addiction, birth control, pregnancy, sex change operations, mental health issues, pediatric oral and dental care, etc. The list of government mandated coverage is extensive. Can you imagine how expensive your home insurance would be if the government got involved and decided that you could not buy coverage across state lines, and that everyone must have coverage for a pool, metal roof, dog, wood siding, etc., if you needed that coverage or not?
Russell Jones, SJPD 1502 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Back in the mid 1990s, Dave Fazo was in backgrounds and contacted me about taking Scott Erickson (son of Gerry Erickson) on a ride-a-long. As you'll recall, Scott's parent's were killed in a traffic accident while the family was returning from a vacation in So. Calif. I believe the year was 1981. Scott and his brother survived the crash and were subsequently raised by their grandparents. Gerry had been promoted to Sgt. and I think he was instrumental in the beginnings of our FTO program. I did take Scott on a few ride-a-longs and he seemed like a very nice young man who expressed interest in becoming a police officer. At that time he was attending school, selling fine china at Macy's in the Stanford Shopping Center, and riding bulls with his pals in the south county area. I thought what a broad range of interests!
A year or two later I was in Backgrounds and Scott had become a Reserve officer. He then became a full-time regular officer for SJPD after I retired in 2000. I lost track of him, but recently found him on the Internet. He left SJPD earlier this year and now runs a non-profit organization in support of law enforcement headquartered in Washington, DC.
Ron Webster <email@example.com>
Ron sent the following email to Scott…
Subject: Update on yourself to share with the Farsider and hundreds of SJPD retirees
Message: At the request of Dave Fazo in the mid 1990s, you came on a few ride-a-longs with me in District Sam. I gave you a photo of the motorcycle procession for your parents taken on the way to the cemetery. I came across your name on the Internet and see you were a San Jose police officer. If you want to, send me an update on yourself and your career and I'll share it with Bill Mattos who puts out a weekly newsletter to hundreds of SJPD retirees, most of whom knew your dad. I'm sure they'd be pleased to hear about you.
Ron Webster #1462 / retired March 2000.
Scott replied to Ron’s message with the following…
It’s great to hear from you. I hope you are doing well and enjoying your retirement. I always enjoyed my ride-alongs with you, especially when we stopped at Greenlee’s bakery (ha ha). I appreciated you taking me out those few times. It was great getting a feel for the Dept. before joining the Reserves and then going full-time.
I joined the Reserves in 1997 and went full-time in 2002. I stayed until January of this year when I left to run a pro-law enforcement non-profit organization (Americans in Support of Law Enforcement) that I founded in 2015. I am now located in Washington, D.C. and working on growing the organization and expanding our programs.
My foundation focuses on educating the public on the realities of policing in America and on countering the biased, anti-police narrative that dominates the public discourse. If anyone is interested in learning more about what we do our website is <www.supportingcops.org>.
Again, it’s great to hear from you. Keep in touch and let me know if you ever make it out to DC.
Ron sent us an additional email with a link to a USA Today story about Scott titled “This Cop Might Be the Next GOP Star.”
Click HERE to pull up the story.
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Is there a way for me to receive the Farsider via email? I didn't know it existed until Tony Beckwith sent me the latest issue. Been retired for 22 years and kinda forget about stuff, especially since I'm in northern Nevada now. Had to get out of lemming land. Been a long time since I've seen you, but even longer since you were with the Fremont PD and visited me at the Chevron Station. Can't remember the street it was on. I even get lost in San Jose when I go back to visit family.
Hope all’s well with you,
Bob Paxton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Speaking for Leroy, it’s a done deal. Bob is now on the roster.
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Are you familiar with Liz Wheeler who posts items on the One American News Network? A friend sent me this video that I thought you might want to share with your readers. See attached link.
Talking Points <email@example.com>
I'm a little familiar with the conservative OAN website and may have seen Wheeler once or twice, TP. One thing is for sure: she has a unique way of making her points. So are they factual? She lists too many in this short clip to vet, so I’ll take her at her word. Readers can click HERE to listen to what she has to say and make up their own minds. (2:31)
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Here is a virtual tour created from a drone filming of Mullins Manor as part of the sales promotion. I started building this in 1989 and sadly the time has come to move. I will miss it dearly.
Harry (Mullins) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
What a great way to sell a home, especially if it is in a rural part of a city or county. Hiring a drone pilot who can edit the captured footage and add a musical soundtrack looks like a new and enterprising way to earn an income and sell real estate. Looks like the pilot/video editor did as good a job filming the Mullins Manor as Harry did building it.
Click HERE to view the video of Mullins Manor.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THIS YEAR’S KEITH KELLEY BARBECUE
BRINGING HOME THE BACON…
Lumpy is starting to prepare for this summer’s PBA BBQ dinner meeting in July. As many members are aware, one of the popular entrees on the buffet line along with the New York Steaks is fondly known as “Lumpy’s Road Kill Chili,” and this year it’s going to include some delicious sausage as one of the ingredients as a result of last Friday night’s hunt on a private ranch about 20 miles north of Paso Robles…
STORIES OF THE WEEK
Trump prays at the Western Wall in Jerusalem
After Donald Trump prayed at the Western Wall in Jerusalem earlier this week he struck up a conversation with a man he had seen praying at the wall when his presidential entourage first arrived at the Holy Site.
“How long did you pray at the wall today?” asked Trump.
“For about an hour,” said the man.
“May I ask your name?”
“Of course, Mr. President. My name is Morris Feinberg.”
“And how long have you been coming to the Western Wall to pray?"
"For about 60 years,” replied Feinberg.
"60 years! That's amazing! What do you pray for?"
"I pray for peace between the Christians, Jews and the Muslims. I pray for all the wars and all the hatred to stop. I pray for all our children to grow up safely as responsible adults and to love their fellow man. And I pray that politicians tell us the truth and put the interests of the people ahead of their own interests."
"And how do you feel after doing this for 60 years?" asked Trump.
"Like I'm talking to a freakin’ wall,” said Feinberg.
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of a Bored Retiree
After I retired, my wife insisted that I accompany her on her trips to Target. Unfortunately, like most men, I found shopping boring and preferred to get in and get out. Equally unfortunate, my wife is like most women; she loves to browse. Yesterday my dear wife received the following letter from the local Target store:
Dear Mrs. Harris:
Over the past six months, your husband has caused quite a commotion in our store. We cannot tolerate this behavior and have been forced to ban both of you from the store. Our complaints against your husband, Mr.Harris, are listed below and are well documented by our video surveillance cameras:
1. June 15: Took 24 boxes of condoms and randomly placed them in other people's carts when they weren't looking.
2. July 2: Set all the alarm clocks in Housewares to go off at 5-minute intervals.
3. July 7: Made a trail of tomato juice on the floor leading to the women's restroom.
4. July 19: Walked up to an employee and told her in an official voice, "Code 3 in Housewares. Get on it right away." This caused the employee to leave her assigned station and receive a reprimand from her Supervisor that in turn resulted in a union grievance, causing management to lose time and costing the company money. We don't have a Code 3.
5. August 4: Went to the Service Desk and tried to put a bag of M&Ms on layaway.
6. August 14: Moved a "CAUTION - WET FLOOR" sign to a carpeted area.
7. August 15: Set up a tent in the camping department and told the children of shoppers he'd invite them in if they would bring pillows and blankets from the bedding department to which twenty children complied.
8. August 23: When a clerk asked if they could help him, he began crying and screamed, "Why can't you people just leave me alone?" EMTs were called.
9. September 4: Looked right into the security camera and used it as a mirror while he picked his nose.
10. September 10: While handling guns in the hunting department, he asked the clerk where the antidepressants were?
11. October 3: Darted around the store suspiciously while loudly humming the "Mission Impossible" theme.
12. October 6: In the auto department he took off his shirt and practiced his 'Madonna Look' using different sized funnels.
13. October 18: Hid in a clothing rack and when people were close by he yelled "PICK ME! PICK ME!"
14. October 22: When an announcement came over the loud speaker, he assumed a fetal position and screamed; "OH NO! IT'S THOSE VOICES AGAIN!"
15. Took a box of condoms to the checkout clerk and asked where the fitting room was?
And last, but not least:
16. October 23: Went into a fitting room, shut the door, waited awhile; then yelled very loudly, "Hey! There's no toilet paper in here," causing one of the clerks to pass out.
We are serious. Stay away! Thank you for your cooperation.
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has it that our health care plan may soon change…
In reverse order, here are the top ten indicators that the City of San Jose will have changed all of us to a less expensive health care plan…
10: Ladies: Your annual breast exam is done at Hooters.
9: Directions to your doctor's office include "Take a left when you enter the trailer park."
8: The tongue depressors taste faintly of Fudgesicles.
7: The only proctologist in the plan is "Gus" from Roto-Rooter.
6: The only item listed under Preventative Care Coverage is "An apple a day."
5: Your primary care physician is wearing the pants you gave to Goodwill last month.
4: "The patient is responsible for 200% of out of network charges" is not a typographical error.
3: The only expense covered 100 percent is embalming.
2: Your Prozac comes in different colors with little M's printed on them.
And the number one indicator that you have been assigned a cheap health care plan:
1: Men: You ask for Viagra, and they give you a popsicle stick and duct tape.
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
May 16 — 22
May 16: The Washington Post is reporting that President Trump revealed classified information to Russian officials in the Oval Office last week. And there’s talk that Congress might investigate him for it. Trump says he has nothing to hide and that he’ll fire whoever’s investigating him anyway. So, doesn’t matter.
Trump revealed secret information about ISIS to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador. Trump was like, “Don’t worry, I traded the information for three magic beans.”
It is rumored that Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle could replace Sean Spicer as White House press secretary. Spicer’s friends were going to take him out for drinks, but he said, “Actually, I’ve been drunk since January.”
A new study found that more than half of American doctors are burnt out, exhausted, and losing their sense of purpose. So, if your doctor seems burnt out, exhausted, and losing their sense of purpose, ask if Zoloft might be right for them.
May 18: A recording just came out from a closed-door meeting where Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy says he thinks Vladimir Putin actually pays Donald Trump. Trump said he never accepted any money from Putin, because he was paid entirely in KFC gift cards.
Meanwhile, Trump started tweeting again. Today he criticized the Russia investigation, saying, “This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history.” Then one guy was like, “Do you still want to see my birth certificate?”
Tomorrow Trump will leave for Saudi Arabia, even though he publicly bashed the country while he was campaigning. The only way staffers got him to go was by telling him he gets to meet Aladdin and Princess Jasmine.
A princess in Japan is giving up her royal status so she can marry a commoner. Which is something she’ll definitely bring up in every single fight she has with her husband. “Your friends are coming over for dinner? I gave up being a princess for you.”
May 22: President Trump is still on his big overseas trip. Today, he arrived in Israel and landed in Tel Aviv. Then when they welcomed him to Tel Aviv, Trump said, "Who's Aviv and what am I supposed to tell him?"
I saw that today Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave Trump a 150-year-old bible. Which got awkward when Trump autographed it and gave it back to him.
Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem. His staff said he was praying but people nearby heard him counting Mississippi.
I saw that the president of Egypt told Trump he has a unique personality. And Trump told him that he had nice shoes. Sounds less like two world leaders, more like a bad Tinder date.
May 22: After Air Force One landed in Israel, Donald Trump reached for Melania's hand and she slapped it away. Yeah, there's video of it. She slaps it away. So, we've been wrong all this time. They apparently do have a normal marriage
It's the first time the first lady has smacked a president since every day of Bill Clinton's administration.
In both Israel and Saudi Arabia, many U.S. journalists are being barred from Trump press events because they're women.
As opposed to here in the U.S. where they're barred from Trump press events because they're journalists.
A company has released a GPS with President Trump's voice as a navigator. It doesn't guide you anywhere. It just keeps reminding you that he won the Electoral College.
May 16: The big story today is that Donald Trump shared secret information with the Russians last week. The good news for Trump is that he’s been named Employee of the Month by Russia.
Hillary Clinton is forming a group called Onward Together, a political organization that is anti-Trump. Experts are calling it bold, ambitious, and six months too late.
Last week, a man in Washington State tried to get out of drug charges by bribing the policeman with Taco Bell. Um, “nacho” smart. Police got suspicious of narcotics when they saw the man doing 75 miles per hour — he was on foot.
Hackers have stolen a copy of the new “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie and are holding it for ransom. Yeah. They could release this movie illegally. I guess you could say it’s a “pirated” video.
May 18: It’s been a wild week for President Donald Trump. On Wednesday, the Justice Department appointed a special counsel to investigate Trump’s connections to Russia. Robert Mueller will be the special counsel. And today, Trump reacted by saying, “No fair, why does that guy get to be called special?”
I’m kidding; Trump reacted by tweeting, of course. This morning, Donald Trump tweeted that he is the victim of “the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history.” The single greatest — even when he’s whining, Trump still has to be the greatest.
A Girl Scout troop leader in Kentucky is on the run from police after she allegedly stole $15,000 worth of Girl Scout cookies. The suspect is now at large. And getting larger every minute.
May 22: Donald Trump was away from the White House this weekend, so it was pretty much like every other weekend since he became the president.
But this time he was on his first international trip visiting several countries in the Middle East. His first stop was Saudi Arabia. Trump is visiting the Muslim nations as part of his "don't come to us, we'll come to you tour."
Trump spent over a year just trash-talking Muslims. Now he's going to go and visit them, which is a bit like when you bad-mouth your friend's ex and then they get back together.
Now, while in Israel, Trump visited a sacred historical site, the Western Wall. He wasn't praying at the wall, he was shopping. "This is beautiful stone, beautiful stone. How much does 2,000 miles of this wall cost?"
May 18: President Trump is having one heck of a week. The Justice Department appointed a special counsel to investigate ties between his campaign and Russia, which he did not like at all. But sources inside the White House say when he found out about it, he didn’t yell or scream. He told his staff, “We have nothing to hide.” He was calm. He punched Sean Spicer in the stomach a few times.
Then this morning at 7:52 a.m. he got on Twitter and wrote: “This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history.” Even his witch hunts are the greatest in American history.
He also posted, “With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign and Obama administration, there was never a special counsel appointed.” I’m not sure if he’s bragging about that. Maybe that’s because neither one of them fired the person who was investigating them at the time?
With all the drama going on, Trump is getting out of town, he’s headed to Saudi Arabia tomorrow. He’s going to give — this is not a joke — he’s there to give a speech on Islam. Seems like a good idea. I’m sure the Muslim community is very eager to hear the orange man who’s trying to ban them from the country give a little speech. “Islam is fantastic, I have so many Muslim friends.”
Trump will be out of the country for nine days. See, this is when they should put that travel ban in place. You know?
According to multiple reports, there may be some changes when the president gets back from his trip. White House “stress secretary” Sean Spicer might not be allowed to do the daily press briefings anymore, which would be a shame because that’s one of my favorite shows right now.
May 22: The president and first lady visited Israel today. Trump arrived in Tel Aviv this morning with his wife Melania. He went to hold her hand and she kind of gave him a little, kind of, get-that-away-from-me. I'm no body language expert but I think that's a sign for "I'm supposed to be shopping on Fifth Avenue right now."
Either that or his hand is so tiny she just didn't see it.
In spite of whatever's going on domestically, the president made history today by becoming the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall. Now, I don't know what's going through his head here. My guess is that he's pretending to be praying or something. We're not paying for this. Don't get any ideas.
Before his visit to Israel, Trump was in Saudi Arabia. This is where the wheels came off. First of all, his commerce secretary was on TV raving about how there were no protesters in Saudi Arabia. Because protesters are beheaded in Saudi Arabia. That's why. People without heads tend not to speak out.
May 16: According to the New York Times, President Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to shut down the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. And that comes on the heels of revelations that Trump shared highly classified information with Russian officials last week. You know, at this point, I’d give anything to return to the simpler days of the campaign. The days when the only thing he gave away was his autograph.
I just want to see you sign hats again, Mr. President. Re-sign that hat. Still a lot of hats out there you can get back to.
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster today defended President Trump for sharing classified information with Russia, saying, “The president wasn’t even aware where the information came from.” Well, that doesn’t surprise me. I would bet Trump isn’t even sure where babies come from.
A new Gallup poll finds that President Trump’s approval rating has dropped to 38 percent. You know it’s bad when your approval ratings reach the numbers where you get concerned your phone is going to die.
May 18: President Trump today called the appointment of a special counsel to investigate his campaign’s ties to Russia “the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history.” Though it didn’t help his case much when he flew away on a broom.
During a press conference this afternoon, President Trump said that his administration is getting things done at a record-setting pace. For example, most presidents take four years to finish a term and it looks like Trump’s going to get it done in, like, eight months.
The Justice Department yesterday appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the investigation into Trump and Russia. “I’m gonna get to the bottom of this,” said Donald Trump to a pint of Haagen-Dazs.
Rapper A$AP Rocky had $1.5 million worth of jewelry stolen from his home in Los Angeles earlier this week. Well, here’s a free tip: Stop spelling your name with a dollar sign. That’s like having the license plate “I LUV COCAINE” and being surprised when the cops pull you over.
May 22: President Trump visited the Jewish holy site, the Western Wall, in east Jerusalem today. He also said the wall was the reason Israel doesn't have any Mexicans.
Even brought out a tape measure. “Melania, how big is Mexico?”
President Trump said today he never mentioned the word "Israel" as the source of intelligence about ISIS during a meeting with Russian officials. Dude, nobody said you did. That's like if your wife said, "Are you having an affair?" And you said, "I am not sleeping with Jenna."
President Trump was given an official welcome ceremony in Saudi Arabia this weekend where he was greeted with an honorary collar. As opposed to Michael Flynn who could soon be presented with an honorary anklet.
May 16: Apparently — this is being reported in the Washington Post — Trump was showing off for his guests telling the Russians: “I get great Intel. I have people brief me on great Intel every day.” Well, yeah. You’re the president. It’s the job.
It’s like the guy working the fry station saying, “You would not believe the tater tots I have access to.”
Israel was the source of the intelligence Trump gave to the Russians. And oopsa shalom — Trump is scheduled to visit Israel next week. That is really going to be one awkward state dinner. “Mr. President, can you please pass the hummus, or would you prefer to pass it directly to Russia?”
May 18: The announcement of a special counsel [to investigate the Trump administration] shocked everyone, including the White House, which reportedly only got 30 minutes warning before the announcement went public. Sean Spicer barely had time to dive in the hedges and cover himself with mud. He learned that from Schwarzenegger in “Predator.”
The twist is that the counsel was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Remember Rosenstein? Last week when the administration was looking for someone to blame for the Comey firing, they tried to throw Rosenstein under the bus — forgetting that as deputy AG, he’s actually the bus DRIVER. Next stop: Indictment Avenue.
The new special counsel is former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who is Trump’s worst nightmare — a competent adult who owes him nothing and who, I am guessing, has not seen “The Apprentice.”
May 22: Now, I don't know about you, but I've got a little extra pep in my step tonight because Donald Trump has left the country. Breathing a little easier. Federal judges, now would be a good time to reinstate that travel ban.
The Saudis know that the quickest way to Trump's heart is through his ego. So they put up Trump-themed billboards everywhere. Including one of his tweets, "Great to be in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Looking forward to the afternoon and evening ahead. #Potus-abroad."
They even put one of his tweets on the welcome sign. "Welcome to Riyadh. Rosie O'Donnell is a fat pig."
Somehow, the Saudi king always gets the U.S. president to bow. It happened to George Bush in 2008, and Obama in 2009. Trump gave Obama a lot of grief for that. So, there was "no way" Trump was going to bow when King Salman gave him the medal. Here he is going from the knees -- trying not to -- and the bow, and a little curtsy at the end there.
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The title of this clip sent in by Dave Walker is, “This is what the media doesn’t want you to see.” We’re not buying that; we think it’s more of a case of the media living by its primary business rule: “If it bleeds, it leads.” Whatever the case, there is little doubt that the country can use more news clips like THIS one.. (13:26)
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If you can spare the time, we recommend you give a listen to Trey Gowdy’s floor speech from last week in honor of National Police Week. It was POSTED on YouTube last Thursday. (13:35)
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Dave Scannell was the first of a dozen readers who sent in this “Klavan Talks” video that completely clears up the confusion many people have about the numerous governmental investigations going on in Washington. Thanks to this clip everything is now crystal clear. See for yourself by clicking HERE. (3:19)
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David Byers says he doesn’t know who is crazier, the drivers and navigators of these European rally cars, or their fans who stand on the side of the road to WATCH them fly by? (7:55)
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Did retired Motor Sgt. (Comrade) Kosovilka develop his motorcycle skills like THIS 4-year-old kid? Seemed like a question worth asking since the child is from the Ukraine. (2:19)
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What’s this? A 280-pound catfish? Ha ha. I’ll believe it when Snopes confirms it!
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If you plan on traveling on Highway 1 down near the Monterey/San Luis Obispo county line, make sure you bring along a shovel because the road surface now lies under 40 feet of rock and dirt as a result of a major slide. On second thought, bring along a friend and TWO shovels. (0:50)
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If you own an Amazon Echo, you may want to upgrade to the new Silver Edition if you are over the age of 50, which applies to virtually ALL of you. (2:40)
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Anyone remember the story from 10 years ago about the little DONKEY that dreamt of being a Budweiser Clydesdale? (1:00)
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We double-dog dare you to try and take the squeaky toy away from THIS horse! (1:06)
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If you thought Tiger Woods and Roy Mcilroy were at the top of the Trick Shots list, check out what current top golfer Dustin JOHNSON is capable of. (1:18)
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Here is a spectacular video that starts with an image of a young lady on the Google campus and zooms out to a distance of 10 billion light years, then zooms back in until we can see some of the atoms that make up the young lady’s body. Clicking HERE should provide you with a full screen view of the video. (3:09)
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Is this representative of what the classroom of the future may look like given the hypersensitive culture brought about by social media and political correctness? Some will argue that THIS is the direction our country is going in. (7:20)
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There are three parts to this item. Part 1 begins with a car jacking that leads to a second car jacking and finally an arrest. Click HERE. (2:57)
Part 2 takes us into the courtroom for the subject’s first appearance where his bail is set at $3.5 million. This part references a deputy who was injured while attempting to throw stop-sticks. That wasn’t seen in the chase video above. Click HERE. (2:22)
The créme de la créme of this escapade takes us into the courtroom again for the subject’s sentencing and a bucket full of tears. (The injured deputy is referenced at the end of this clip). Click HERE (2:40)
Click HERE if you have nothing left on your honey-do list and want to watch the entire 54 minute chase.
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(Rated R for adult humor) Watch as GRANDPA receives an incredibly touching and thoughtful Christmas present from his grandson. (1:16)
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I scoffed at this guy a few years ago when he began making YouTube video reviews about various products, but I scoff no longer. This YouTube star has accrued over 9 million followers (including us) and makes a good living from his portion of the advertising revenue YouTube receives. (For every video that generates a million views he receives a couple of thousand bucks, and he has produced tons of videos.)
Most people know him as the “Crazy Russian Hacker,” although he also posts videos under his real name, Taras Kul. His video reviews cover numerous products which are both informative as well as entertaining. Everything is done in one shot, and his occasional clumsy screw-ups which are often humorous stay in the clip. As a self-admitted flashlight freak, I thought I’d pass along THIS review as a way of introducing you to the Crazy Russian Hacker, a/k/a Taras Kul. (12:21)
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The odds are good that you have seen this short clip of an eagle swooping down and carrying off a small child. If you haven’t, have a LOOK. (0:59)
Now watch a follow-up of the video above by a Canadian news station by clicking HERE, then on the embedded video.
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Unlike the eagle clip above, THIS one isn’t fake. Fortunately, it ended just seconds after the horror began. (0:56)
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How many times in your police career has timing saved your butt? We are talking about something like THIS? (1:07)
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This is not your Dad’s Navy. For that matter, it wasn’t yours either. Have a look at THIS 45 mph US Navy warship. (2:35)
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Ralston-Purina sure knows how to touch the hearts of people with their ads for Purina Dog Chow. Have a look at THIS clip received from Don Hale. (Ignore Purina’s promise at the end to donate food for every view as the time limit has expired.) (1:59)
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Looks like a glass of water (or clear liquid) sitting on a sheet of paper with a pencil and an eraser, right? Wrong. THIS clip received from Dirk Parsons shows some of Stevan Pabst’s amazing 3D drawings and how they are made. (3:00)
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We can’t say that Barber Shop Quartets and Choruses are staging a major comeback, but they have always had millions of fans who enjoy their harmonizing. THIS one is a little unusual in that the performance is a little outside the norm. Have a listen to “Lunch Break” harmonize “Old MacDonald’s Deformed Farm.” (7:04)
Speaking of Barber Shop music, many of you should remember former SJPD cops John Hinkle and Stan Miller. After graduating from Lincoln Law School and passing the Bar they left the PD and formed the Miller & Hinkle Law Firm. To celebrate their success they hosted lavish New Year’s galas in the early 1980s, where they weren’t shy about performing song and dance routines in front of hundreds of invited guests. Both are now retired of course. Stan spends most of his free time tracking his many properties and watching the stock market. John, on the other hand, is perfectly content singing with the Silicon Valley Barber Shop Chorus known as "The Peninsulaires.” We found one video of this group of harmonizers on YouTube, selected two of their songs, then reposted them on our YouTube channel. Have a listen and look for John, who many of you haven’t seen in decades by clicking HERE. (3:37)
You can visit the Peninsulaires website by clicking HERE
REFLECTING ON MEMORIAL DAY
final item is a tribute to our nation's fallen in Europe. It
first appeared in the May 21, 2009 Farsider after President
Obama traveled abroad and apologized for America's actions.
The American Cemetery at Aisne-Marne, France:
2,289 American military dead
The American Cemetery at Ardennes, Belgium:
5,329 American military dead
The American Cemetery at Brittany, France:
4,410 American military dead
Brookwood, England, American Cemetery:
468 American military dead
The American Cemetery at Cambridge, England:
3,812 American military dead
Epinal, France, American Cemetery:
5,525 American military dead
The American Cemetery at Flanders Field, Belgium:
368 American military dead
The American Cemetery in Florence, Italy:
4,402 American military dead
Henri-Chapelle, Belgium, American Cemetery:
7,992 American military dead
The American Cemetery in Lorraine, France:
10,489 American military dead
The American Cemetery in Luxembourg:
5,076 American military dead
Meuse-Argonne, France, American Cemetery:
14,246 American military dead.
The American Cemetery in the Netherlands:
8,301 American military dead
The American Cemetery in Normandy, France:
9,387 American military dead
Oise-Aisne, France, American Cemetery:
6,012 American military dead
Rhone, France, American Cemetery:
861 American military dead
The American Cemetery in Sicily:
7,861 American military dead
Somme, France, American Cemetery:
1,844 American military dead
The American Cemetery at St. Mihiel, France:
4,153 American military dead
Suresnes, France, American Cemetery:
1,541 American military dead
total count of American Heroes at just these 20 cemeteries
in Europe is 104,366. Instead of apologizing, reminding the Europeans
of our nation's sacrifice would have been far more appropriate.
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Don't forget to fly the Flag this weekend.
THE FARSIDER SUBSCRIPTION ROSTER as of 5/25/17
Additions and changes since the last published update (alphabetical by last name):
Tom Bartoldo — Address change
Scott Ericsson — Added
Erwin Kirby — Address change
Joey McDonald — Added
Bob Paxton — Added
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Abram, Fred & Connie
Allen, Chaplain Bryan
Alvarez, Pat (Campbell)
Babineau, Dave & Cheryl
Bray, Mary Ellen
Bridgen, Betty Ruth
Brown Jr., Bill
Burroughs, (Bronson) Utta
Carr Jr., John
Carrillo, Jaci Cordes
Clark, Bill (the one who stayed)
Embry (Howsmon), Eva
Foulkes [Duchon], Louise
Gonzalez, D. (formerly D. Avila)
Guido, Jr., Jim
Guido, Sr. Jim
Hare, Caren (Carlisle)
Harnish, Mary (Craven)
Horton, Debbie (McIntyre)
Howsmon, (Jr.) Frank
Howsmon (Sr.), Frank
Hunter, Dick (via daughter Kim Mindling)
Inami, Steve & Francine
Johnson, Tom & Fran
Klein, Lou Anna
Leonard (Lintern), Lynda
Muldrow, Mark "Mo"
O'Carroll, Diane (Azzarello)
Perry (Cervantez), Martha
Rappe (Ryman), Bonnie
Reyes (Buell), Cindy
Richter, Darrell & Annette
Schenini (Alvarez), Joanne
Taves, Phil & Paula
Terry, Glenn & Maggie
Vallecilla, Ernie & Peggy
Van Dyck, Lois
Williams [Durham], Lanette
Windisch Jr., Steve