June 1, 2017
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 website 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 SERGEANT ROY SANFILIPPO
Born Aug. 10, 1925 (91)
Appointed Oct. 11, 1954
Retired March 30, 1980
Died May 25, 2017
As reported in a special Farsider that was sent to all subscribers on Monday of this week, Roy was admitted to Los Gatos Community Hospital on Monday, May 22nd, and passed away from pneumonia last Thursday, May 25th. Following is Roy’s obituary that appeared in yesterday’s Mercury News…
Resident of San Jose
Look out heaven, here comes Roy. The force of nature that was Roy Sanfilippo passed away on May 25, 2017 at the age of 91.
Roy, who served on the USS Corregidor during WW II, was also a 25 year veteran of the San Jose Police Department. A Memorial service will be held on June 2 at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Clare Chapel in the Santa Clara Mission Cemetery at 490 Lincoln St., Santa Clara. Donations in memory of Roy may be made to the San Jose Police Chaplaincy program at 471 Santa Clara St, San Jose, 95112.
Circa late 1960s: Top Row L-R: Roy Sanfilippo; Art Knopf; Roscoe Fanucchi; Pete Guerin, Sr.; and Joe Pinkston. Bottom Row L-R: Ernie Vasquez; Stella Sullivan; Leon Green; and Bill Wells, Sr. (All but Fanucchi are deceased.)
Service at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Friday, June 2nd) at the St. Clare
at the Santa Clara Mission Cemetery, 490 Lincoln St. Santa Clara
Reception to follow at Fiorillo's Restaurant, 638 El
Camino Real in Santa Clara. Phone 408-984-0414
Mike Katherman Memorial shirts and hoodies were made for those attending National Police Week in Washington, D.C. Due to their popularity, we will be reordering them (photos below) and selling the shirts for $10 and the hoodies for $25.
In order to get a ball park number of how many we should order, please reply to <firstname.lastname@example.org> with how many shirts and in which sizes you would like. We will have men's and women's sizes. Please reply by Friday, June 2nd. We will email you when the order has come in.
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
The paper paid homage to Michael in last Saturday's edition…
Police Officer Memorialized After Cancer Battle
—Lewandowski was known for confident but quiet stature—
By Robert Salonga <email@example.com>
Mercury News — May 27, 2017
SAN JOSE — Family members and colleagues from both his police and military lives are mourning San Jose police Officer Michael Lewandowski, who died earlier this month after a two-year battle with lung cancer.
Since joining the San Jose Police Department as a cadet in 2012, the 37-year-old Wisconsin native steadily built a reputation as a trusted partner and teammate within the force. As he amassed commendations, you would never hear about that from him, colleagues and friends said. “He didn’t want that recognition,” said Sgt. Paul Kelly, president of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association. “He just wanted to do the job.” Lewandowski carried that humility to the end: It was only after his death on May 14 that many of his family and friends discovered that he had been awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his Army service. He earned the prestigious combat distinction during tours in Iraq and Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne, 3rd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment dubbed “The Blue Devils.” “He had a lot of honor,” said Dani Lewandowski, his wife of seven years. “He took pride in doing hard things and not talking about it afterward. He picked San Jose (police) because it was hard to get into.” Detective Jennifer Valosek, a police academy classmate, remembers a man with a dry sense of humor who “was very honest, sometimes to a fault.” She said her cell phone was overwhelmed with well wishes after Lewandowski’s passing.
San Jose police Officer Michael Lewandowski sits in a
squad car while on patrol in June 2014. Lewandowski
died May 14, 2017, after a long bout with lung cancer.
“I’ve been getting numerous text messages and calls form former co-workers, sergeants, supervisors,” she said. “All saying how wonderful of a teammate he was.”
Sgt. Tony Vizzusi, Lewandowski’s first training officer, remembered him standing out from the pack, a clear product of past military service.
“Holy smokes, he was a man among men,” he said. “He was the most humble guy around. But with his demeanor, he was a natural leader. He knew how to balance the needs of the mission and motivate people around him.”
Vizzusi also noted that he learned early on Lewandowski’s dedication to hands-on service. During the academy, he recalled that the then-cadet approached him to tell him he was also being considered for a command job with the U.S. Border Patrol. Ultimately, Lewandowski told him that he didn’t “want to push paperwork around, I want to be boots on the ground.”
“It’s cool that he chose us over a job some might say has more stature,” Vizzusi said.
Michael James Lewandowski was born in Cudahy, Wisconsin, and grew up in Carlisle in central Pennsylvania before attending the University of Pittsburgh. After his Army tenure, he and his wife moved from Michigan to the Bay Area.
Dani Lewandowski said her husband, who had risen to the rank of captain and was in a comfortable and promising Army acquisitions position in Michigan, “missed being part of a brotherhood so much,” and saw SJPD as “a total match.” She remembers him telling her that he sought the more challenging police assignments and areas because that’s where he could make a difference.
“He didn’t want to be running down someone’s stolen handbag,” she said. “He wanted to be downtown, in the East Side. He told me, ‘I want to be where I’m needed the most. I want to go where they need a cop.’ He didn’t want to do anything other than what he did.”
He was well on his way to a promising police career when in September 2015, while in Korea during an Army reserve stint, he fell ill. Upon returning stateside, he was hit with a stunning diagnosis for a nonsmoker who spent his life staying fit: Lung cancer had spread to his bones and brain.
Lewandowski only knew how to keep pushing forward.
“He fought that thing all the way until that Sunday,” Vizzusi said. “He was a fighter the whole way.”
Lewandowski, aware that his time was limited, had a mission at hand. He and his wife had bought a lot in Gilroy where they were going to build their dream home.
The diagnosis would have no bearing on that goal. With the help of donated work time and equipment from the Santa Clara-based Joseph J. Albanese construction firm, Lewandowski was able to leave a home to Dani.
Valosek remembers visiting Lewandowski when he was in hospice and how, true to character, he always put the focus on asking about how she was doing.
“Even at the end,” Valosek said, “he was always concerned about the well being of others.”
In addition to his wife, Lewandowski is survived by his father, Steve; mother, Kathie; inlaws Rolf and Antonie Flohr; brother, Scott; sister, Keely, and her partner Luke; and nephew, Gavin.
This is from a friend, and I thought it was a good message for every American.
Steve Postier SJPD Ret. <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Veteran: Vietnam 1970-1971
word from your Chaplain Bill McCorquodale
Chaplain, Vietnam War Veteran, U.S. Navy
Veterans Supportive Service Agency
Good afternoon my friends, I pray you all had a wonderful Memorial Day. My wife and I spent our morning at Oak Hill Memorial Park in San Jose. The United Veterans Council of Santa Clara County, who I have the privilege of serving as Chaplain, hosted the event along with Oak Hill. The Key Note Speaker is a true American Hero, a retired Marine Corp Lieutenant General who was awarded the "Congressional Medal of Honor" for valiantry under fire while serving in Vietnam. It was one of the most powerful speeches I have ever heard!
Which brings us to our Scripture for this week. In Psalm 32:12, the Psalmist wrote these powerful Words: "Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD…” I am so thankful that our Fore-Fathers recognized this fact as they brought forth our Nation and wrote these words in the Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness." This is further expressed in the Official Motto of the United States: "In God We Trust.” And in our Pledge of Allegiance we find these powerful words "One Nation Under God, indivisible with Liberty and Justice for all."
So I pray that this week that we will all continue to reflect on these truths and give thanks that we are Americans and live in the greatest Nation on this Planet! For it is up to us as Veterans, Citizens and Patriots to ensure our great nation is sustained for future generations.
Here are a couple of sobering quotes from President Ronald Reagan that are worthy of our remembrance:
"If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be one nation gone under." And: "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction … It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." —Ronald Reagan
God Bless America! and God Bless you, my friends, and please be sure and remember all those who paid the ultimate price for our Freedom as Americans. And if you see a veteran in the mall or the grocery store while shopping, walk up to them, reach out your hand and say "Thank you for your service and welcome home.”
Pastor Bill <email@example.com>
• • • • •
This isn’t new, and it’s after Memorial Day but before Veteran’s Day. It's a message I feel is worth sharing, particularly with your children and grandchildren.
Don Hale <firstname.lastname@example.org>
He meant so much to the millions of Americans who fought in World War II, and to those who had waited for them to come home. He was a kid cartoonist for Stars and Stripes, the military newspaper; Mauldin's drawings of his muddy, exhausted, whisker-stubble infantrymen Willie and Joe were the voice of truth about what it was like on the front lines.
Mauldin was an enlisted man just like the soldiers for whom he drew; his gripes were their gripes, his laughs their laughs, his heartaches their heartaches. He was one of them. They loved him.
Click HERE for more of Mauldin’s “Willie and Joe” cartoons that appeared in “Stars & Stripes” during and after WWII.
RETIREES ASSN. NEWSLETTER NOW ONLINE
The latest electronic version of the Billy & Spanner is now available on-line. Thank you to all who have agreed to receive the on-line version of the newsletter. Click HERE to download it to your desktop.
Download the newsletter HERE
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THIS YEAR’S KEITH KELLEY BARBECUE
WILL THIS BE THE FUTURE OF POLICING?
Roger Coen wonders if robotic cops will join the human variety in the not-so-distant future? News flash: They already are, according to this CNET article…
Deploys First Robotic Police Officer
By Michell Starr — CNET — May 24, 2017
Though it's not quite Paul Verhoeven's satirical vision of robotic police, Dubai's first Robocop has started its duties as part of a new police program.
The Robocop is a customized service robot from Pal Robotics that will be posted in malls and tourist attractions, and people can use the touchscreen embedded in its chest to report crime, pay fines and get information.
"Now most people visit police stations or customer service, but with this tool we can reach the public 24/7 and it won't ask for any sick leave or maternity leave," Brig Khalid Al Razooqi, Dubai Police director general of smart services, said in a statement.
The robot has built-in cameras that will stream video back to the police command center. The next batch will be used to tackle crimes, and the police force has plans for a 3-meter tall robot piloted by a police officer from the inside for travel up to 80 kilometers per hour and carrying heavy equipment.
Brig Al Razooqi said the Dubai police plan to add robots until they reach around 25 percent of the force by 2030, allowing the human members of the police to focus their attention on other areas.
STORIES OF THE WEEK
What a catch!
Received from “Mean Dean” Janavice
A few days after her husband disappeared in a kayaking accident, a Bar Harbor woman answered her door to find two grim-faced Harbor Master officers.
"We're sorry Mrs. Flynn, but we have some information about your husband.”
"Tell me,” she said, “did you find him?”
One officer said, "Well, we have some bad news, some good news, and some really great news!”
Fearing the worst, Mrs. Flynn said, "Give me the bad news first."
The officer said, "I'm sorry to tell you, ma’am, but this morning we found your husband’s body in the bay."
"Lord sufferin' Jesus!" exclaimed the wife. “What could possibly be the good news?"
The officer continued, "When we pulled him up, he had 12 of the best looking Atlantic Lobsters I have ever seen clinging to him. Haven't seen lobsters like that since the 1960s, and we feel you are entitled to a share of the catch."
Stunned, Mrs. Flynn demanded, "If that's the good news, then what's the great news?"
The officer replied, "We're gonna pull him up again tomorrow.”
• • •
Amish Woman Gets Off With Just a Warning
An Amish woman was driving her buggy to town when a highway patrol officer stopped her.
"I'm not going to cite you," said the officer. "I just wanted to warn you that the reflector on the back of your buggy is broken and could be dangerous."
"I thank thee," replied the Amish lady. "I shall have my husband repair it as soon as I return home."
"Also," said the officer, "I noticed that one of the reins is wrapped around your horse's testicles. Some people might consider that cruelty to animals, so you should have your husband check that too."
"Again I thank thee. I shall have my husband check both when I get home."
True to her word, when she got home she told her husband about the broken reflector. While he was putting a new one on, his wife said, "I almost forgot; the policeman also said there was something wrong with the emergency brake."
• • • • •
Looking for a priest
A Catholic man is struck by a bus on a busy street. He is lying near death on the sidewalk as a crowd gathers.
"A priest. I need a priest. Somebody please get me a priest!" the man gasps.
Minutes drag on and no one steps out of the crowd. A policeman arrives, checks on the victim and yells, "Is there a priest in the crowd who can give this man his last rites?"
Finally, out of the crowd steps a little old Jewish man at least 80 years of age.
"Mr. Policeman," says the man, "I'm not a priest. I'm not even a Christian. But for 50 years now I'm living behind the Catholic Church on First Avenue, and every night I'm overhearing their services. I can recall a lot of it, and maybe I can be of some comfort to this poor man."
The policeman agrees, and clears the crowd so the man can get through to where the injured man lay. The old Jewish man kneels down, leans over the prostrate man and says in a solemn voice: "B-4 I-19 N-38 G-54 O-72"
BORDER PATROL IS HIRING...THESE ARE TWO OF THE NEW RECRUITS
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
May 23 — 30
May 23: President Trump is still on his big trip overseas. And I saw that he actually took over an entire hotel in Jerusalem. Mary and Joseph were like, “Seriously? You make room for THAT guy?”
Tomorrow, Trump will visit with the Pope. Trump said he’s really excited because he’s always wanted to meet Jude Law.
Meanwhile, Trump just released his new budget proposal. And Bernie Sanders said his cuts to Medicaid are “just cruel.” But Bernie will get his medicine the same way as always: finding an old pill in his suit pocket.
Yesterday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said that people who oppose school choice are “flat earthers.” She was like, “Which is ridiculous, because everyone knows the Earth is a cube.”
A new report found that legal marijuana brought in more money last year than Girl Scout cookies did. Though to be fair, Girl Scout cookies wouldn’t have made as much money if it weren’t for marijuana.
May 24: Today, President Trump had his first meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican. Everyone in the U.S. was watching closely and looking for some white smoke to see if we have a new president.
That’s right, Trump met with the Pope. Though it got weird when Trump was like, “Jesus only had 12 followers? Sad. His tweets must’ve been terrible!”
After their meeting, the Pope gave Trump a medal featuring an olive branch. When Trump received it, he asked, “Does this mean I can eat for free at any Olive Garden? Or just here in Italy?”
May 25: Today, President Trump had lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron, who was just sworn in 11 days ago. Trump was like,“Well, 11 days, you must be on your, like, 50th scandal by now?”
Trump is in Belgium right now, which is six hours ahead of us. He kind of liked that because when he sends a crazy tweet at 3:00 a.m., it looks like a thoughtful post at 9:00 p.m.
Last night, a Republican congressional candidate named Greg Gianforte apparently body-slammed a reporter. Some Republicans are defending him, saying the body slam wasn't a big deal — which they might regret in three years when The Rock runs for president.
A college student in Florida is accused of breaking into a building and changing his grade from an “F” to a “B.” His parents were like, “Really, you can't even get an 'A' when you're cheating?”
May 23: Donald Trump’s budget director said people need to stop taking government money and get a job. He then loudly cleared his throat while glaring at Ivanka Trump.
Scientists have been able to create baby mice from freeze-dried mouse sperm that was kept on the International Space Station. When asked about it, the astronauts said, “Wait a minute, so that WASN’T ice cream?”
There’s another viral video of Melania Trump rejecting President Trump’s attempt to hold her hand. Now even Israelis and Palestinians are saying “Geez, work it out, you two.”
It’s come out that President Trump asked two intelligence chiefs to push back against the Russia probe. Trump also asked them to make Melania hold his freakin’ hand.
This week, a man wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat caused a disruption and was removed from an international flight. It’s the first time a sitting president has been kicked off Air Force One.
It’s been reported that O.J. Simpson could be released from prison this year. When he heard this, Donald Trump said, “Finally, someone to play golf with.”
May 24: Today, President Trump was at the Vatican meeting with Pope Francis. The world leader who believes himself the embodiment of God on Earth said he’s a big fan of the Pope.
While he was there, President Trump gave Pope Francis several books written by Martin Luther King. Then Trump said, “In my opinion, King’s best books were ‘The Shining’ and ‘Pet Sematary.’”
During their meeting, the Pope gave President Trump a medal. Then Melania said, “Hey, if anyone deserves a medal here, it’s me!”
According to the Senate, President Trump’s budget is dead on arrival. In other words, Trump’s budget is covered by Trump’s healthcare plan.
May 25: The FAA is investigating why a drone appeared in the sky during a San Diego Padres game. Authorities have already ruled out the possibility that someone actually wanted to watch a Padres game.
It's come out that the new Republican healthcare bill will hike premiums by 700 percent for the old and sick. It’s not a good sign that the title of the bill is “Walk It Off, Grandpa.”
A new poll reveals that only 1 in 4 Americans believes President Trump has actually “drained the swamp.” However, 3 out of 4 Americans believe Trump has “peed in the pool.”
Today, Mark Zuckerberg — who dropped out of Harvard University after his sophomore year — gave a commencement speech to Harvard’s graduating class. Zuckerberg began the speech with, “Hello, suckers.”
May 23: Donald Trump is out of the country, but his scandals aren’t. On Monday, it was revealed that Trump asked two intelligence chiefs to deny that his campaign had any ties to Russia. This is shocking. I’m not saying Trump is participating in a cover-up, but I’d say he is participating in some kind of weird comb-over.
He asked the director of intelligence and the head of the NSA to lie for him. What was he thinking? He does realize they’re intelligence chiefs, right? Intelligence. It’s right there in their titles. They’re not “born yesterday” chiefs.
This Russian investigation into Trump is like one of those Russian nesting dolls, except every time you open one, the doll inside is somehow bigger. And instead of it being a doll, it’s a horrible conspiracy concocted by Russian hackers to systematically erode America’s democratic freedoms.
Trump is going to visit the Pope tomorrow, and I bet they’ll get along because it looks like the president and Melania are living a life of celibacy.
A White House memo contained a typo that said Donald Trump wants to promote, quote, “lasting peach” between Israel and Palestine. I’m surprised they went with a peach. I always thought of Trump as more of an orange guy.
May 25: Government officials confirmed this afternoon that a person of interest in the FBI's Russia investigation is Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner. This comes at a bad time, because the Trump administration has just released its budget. Now they must be like, “Oh, we forgot to set aside bail money.”
Meanwhile, Trump continues his trip in Europe. While visiting NATO headquarters today in Brussels, he was caught on camera rudely shoving another world leader out of the way. I mean, is he a president or a bridesmaid positioning to catch the bouquet.
Trump tossed that guy aside like one of his ex-wives.
A new study from Harvard says you can reduce the risk of a potentially fatal heart condition by eating six bars of chocolate a week. Yeah. It reduces the chance of a heart attack because once you give up being in shape, you have way less stress.
May 23: Trump has a meeting with the Pope tomorrow at the Vatican. And you know he’s dreading that. It’s like getting called to the principal’s office. Only instead of detention you go to hell as a result.
Even though he’s thousands of miles away, the president released his budget today for the upcoming year, and it’s exactly what you would guess it would be. It cuts programs for the poor and the elderly to give tax breaks to the rich. It’s like Robin Hood if Prince John was the good guy, OK?
So this budget makes huge promises that it can’t possibly deliver. It could leave millions of Americans without necessary services like healthcare or even food. It’s basically the Fyre Festival of budgets.
But he did set $1.6 billion aside to build a wall. Maybe it will be like one of Trump’s buildings — Mexico will have nothing to do with it, but in the end they’ll throw their name on it in big gold letters.
Today, the former head of the CIA told investigators that the Russians “brazenly interfered” with our election and actively contacted members of the Trump administration. And according to The Washington Post, the president asked two top intelligence officials to publicly deny evidence of collusion, and also asked them to find ways to get FBI Director James Comey to drop his investigation. Just like an innocent person would do.
The president gets back home on Saturday after nine days abroad. Those nine days have been a big relief to the White House staff. Especially Sean Spicer. Let’s just say he had the first good week on the job in quite some time.
May 24: Today was a historic day, a holy day. His Holiness met His Bigliness at the Vatican today. President Trump happened to be in Italy so he stopped by to say hello to Pope Francis. It went well. There are no major incidents. Trump felt very at home at the Vatican. He said it reminded him of one of the bathrooms at his house.
The Pope made it clear he would like our president to join him in promoting peace, giving aid to the poor, and protecting our environment. The Pope is very persuasive. Unfortunately, Trump is only in year 70 of his 100-year deal with the devil right now. And he’s got a no-trade clause.
At the Vatican the leaders exchanged gifts. The Pope gave the president a collection of writings, as well as a medal depicting an olive branch, the symbol of peace. And President Trump gave the pontiff a “Make America Great Again” hat. And a box of Trump steaks.
So after their meeting, Trump said he would never forget what the Pope told him. Then he immediately forgot what the Pope told him.
May 25: I've been paying such close attention to the travels of Donald Trump, it's almost like he took me on the trip with him.
This NATO summit was a chance for Trump to hobnob with a number of world leaders and flex his diplomatic muscles — sometimes literally. He kind of pushes his way past the prime minister of Montenegro, like a kid cutting the line for the ice cream truck.
President Trump addressed his fellow leaders today, he scolded them for not paying their fair share to support NATO and had one particularly harsh word for those who commit acts of terrorism. “All people who cherish life must unite in finding, exposing, and removing these killers and extremists. And yes, losers. They are losers.” That'll learn ’em. He's fighting terrorists the same way he fought Rosie O'Donnell. It doesn't work.
May 30: We are back to work after a long weekend. It didn't feel like a long weekend. But technically it was. I hope you had a fine Memorial Day. I hope you took time to remember the men and women who risked and sacrificed their lives so the rest of us can eat yogurt out of a tube.
Memorial Day's become the unofficial start to summer. Summer doesn't technically start until next month. That didn't stop me from wearing a bikini all weekend.
There's a new report that says more than half of American workers didn't use all their vacation days last year. They had them, they just didn't take them. So the people who did the study asked why. Some said they did it to impress their boss with their work ethic. The rest said, I hate my family.
A Memorial Day video made it's rounds where you can see mysterious red lights flashing in or on the second floor window at the White House. This went on for about 20 minutes. And White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the red light was the reflection of an ambulance in Lafayette Park. So the one thing we know for sure is the red light was definitely not the reflection of an ambulance in Lafayette Park.
Maybe it was the alarm that goes off when President Trump tries to get into Melania's bedroom.
May 23: President Trump released a 2018 budget plan today titled “A New Foundation for American Greatness.” Boy, you can tell from that name that Trump loves this budget. When he doesn’t love something, he’ll give it a boring name like “Eric.”
President Trump will meet with Pope Francis tomorrow at the Vatican. “I can’t wait to ask him why he wears that ridiculous thing on his head,” said the Pope.
A man in Russia recently proposed to his girlfriend by hiding a ring inside his stomach wound and asking her to change the dressing. And this is exciting: She said “gross!”
May 24: President Trump and Pope Francis today had a 30-minute long meeting in the Pope’s private study. We don’t know what they talked about, but since it was only 30 minutes, we can assume it wasn’t confession.
Pope Francis met with President Trump today at the Vatican. “Bless you, my child,” said the Pope to the driver that took Trump away.
An Ohio man recently proposed to his girlfriend at the finish line of a marathon. And she can never find out that he really said, “Will you carry me?”
May 25: The Republican congressional candidate for a special election in Montana yesterday reportedly body-slammed a journalist after he asked a question about the Republican healthcare plan. Now, to be fair, that basically is the Republican healthcare plan.
During a NATO meeting today, President Trump was seen pushing aside the prime minister of Montenegro so he could move to the front of the group. You're a world leader, a world leader at a meeting of dignitaries and you act like they just called your number at KFC.
Former President Obama reportedly received a rock star welcome at an event in Germany today, and President Trump was given a subway mariachi band welcome.
A new report recommends that couples who live together should do chores together. And for some couples, everything they do together is a chore.
May 23: This morning, the Trump administration unveiled their 2018 budget, titled “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” which is just slightly grandiose for a financial document. It’s like calling your grocery list “A Bold Vision for Yogurt and Dog Food.”
This budget cuts things like the food stamp program, SNAP, and the children’s health insurance program, CHIP. So he’s cutting SNAP and CHIP, to which America’s children replied “STOP” and “HELP.”
The whole thing is particularly cruel to one minority group: Trump’s voters. Because the president’s budget hits his own voters the hardest, taking aim at the social safety net on which many of them rely. It’s all there on Trump’s new hat, “Make the Poor Live on Squirrel Meat Again.”
The budget also calls for major cuts to the Centers for Disease Control. So whenever that thing inside Steve Bannon bursts out and goes airborne, we will not be prepared to handle it.
FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS DRIVE DRUNK
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE
Click HERE for the most current update.
• • • • •
The May 18th vehicle attack in Times Square where 20 people were injured and an 18-year-old woman was killed was not a terrorist attack, according to the New York Times: “The rampage brought to mind the terrorist attack last year in Nice, France, in which a cargo truck killed scores of people celebrating Bastille Day, but the authorities in New York said that while the driver, Richard Rojas, was trying to kill people, he had a history of mental illness and that they did not consider it a terrorist attack.” Click HERE for the article if you are interested.
Not a terrorist attack? Watch surveillance video of the attack from several different cameras and see if you can ascertain the subject’s motive by clicking HERE. (2:34)
• • • • •
If you didn’t see 12-year-old Darci Lynne perform on America’s Got Talent this week, you missed something extraordinary. But fear not, HERE is a second opportunity. (4:24)
• • • • •
I can’t speak for you, but I’ll take the threat of earthquakes over tornados any day of the week even though I live a half mile from the Hayward Fault. Watch THIS video and you will see why. (4:10)
• • • • •
Is it likely that kids growing up today are going to be able to experience something we adults could only dream about when we were young? You bet. Watch THIS. (10:03)
This clip focuses on Frank Zapata’s flying machine that is briefly covered in the video above. Have a LOOK. (2:21)
• • • • •
If you were a fan of Star Trek and like parodies, you may want to tune into an upcoming show on the Fox channel titled “The Orville” that is scheduled to be released later this year. Have a LOOK at the official trailer. (2:48)
• • • • •
Let’s face it, some girls are impossible to impress, and that includes the animal kingdom. (Watch THIS to the end.) (2:26)
• • • • •
As the saying goes, there’s more than one way to skin a cat. Or in THIS case, launch a float plane from a concrete runway. (1:57)
• • • • •
This is one of those “wait for it” videos. The man behind the camera is filming seagulls from his bow of his boat when a humpback breaches not far away. Moments later SOMETHING happens that can only be called a once-in-a-lifetime experience. (1:32)
• • • • •
Meet Ellie, a baby elephant that was rejected by his herd. He arrived at a South African rhino orphanage critically ill. But thanks to round-the-clock care from the sanctuary staff and a SPECIAL canine companion, he is on his way to a full recovery. (3:50)
• • • • •
• • • • •
When these South African cops caught a group of thieves, they lined them up in Valentine’s Day Massacre style and…well, SEE for yourself. (0:50)
• • • • •
This test simulates you in the driver's seat of a car: You're driving down a road when you see a big red hand flash in front of you. Now you have to hit the brakes. Your reaction time tells you how old you are when it comes to driving. It’s based on the reaction times of 2,000 people ages 18 and over. This test found that left-handed people and men have slightly better reaction times than the average person. Want to give it a try? Click HERE to start.
Can you match or beat this time?
• • • • •
If, during your travels, you have the opportunity to take a Greek ferry that carries both passengers and motor vehicles, you might want to avoid this one in this kind of weather. Click HERE and use your cursor to advance the video to the 7:30 mark and you will see why. (10:43)
• • • • •
One of those great ideas that we doubt will materialize anytime soon is this animation of a pothole repair vehicle received from Dirk Parsons. Having said that, it is an interesting idea even though most cities couldn’t afford one, much less a fleet. Have a LOOK. (7:55)
• • • • •
This week's final item is based on the cliché that a picture is worth a thousand words. If true, HERE are 139,000 words depicting the nation’s 139 fallen law enforcement heroes of 2016. We think that statistic has a little more impact when there are faces instead of just names. (Note: Since this video was created and posted on Jan, 1st, four more LEOs have been identified as having died in the line of duty in 2016, bringing the total to 143.) (1:13)
Mike Katherman is at the 0:25 mark
• • • • •
Log us 10-7 OD
Pic of the Week
Thank you for shopping at Walmart...
THE FARSIDER SUBSCRIPTION ROSTER as of 6/1/17
Additions and changes since the last published update (alphabetical by last name):
Dave Clayton — Address Change
Jeff Wolfe — Address change
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 <email@example.com>.
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