June 4, 2015
Bill Mattos, Editor and Publisher
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MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR PAUL IS THIS COMING SATURDAY
reminder, a Memorial Celebration for Paul Salerno will
be held at 3 p.m. this coming Saturday, June 6th, at the
Elk’s Lodge, 444 W. Alma Ave. in San Jose. Refer to the
“Remembering Paul Salerno” website by clicking
HERE for more information. Details about Paul’s
passing can be found by clicking on
THIS edition of the Farsider.
Area: Three flee Police Academy on first day. POA warns
attempt to lower standards. Click
HERE to view the video. (2:16)
from your President...
I want to make sure that all of our members are updated
about subjects covered at this morning's General
Membership Meeting. I had hoped to tell you that
settlement of the Measure B calamity was close and that
City Hall had proposed a competitive wage offer for us
to consider. As of today, unfortunately, I can do
I started my report to the assembled members by quoting
my March Vanguard article. It was titled "Waiting for
the City to Get Real" and I talked about how the City
had yet to honestly confront San Jose's competitiveness
deficit. Our officers live and breathe this Department;
their pride in it remains strong, despite what Chuck
Reed and his acolytes have done to it. But the exodus
of our fellow brethren continues unabated. Five months
into the new year, the City hasn't give us any hope that
anything is going to change anytime soon.
My March article discussed how our organization would
not survive if the City did not do something dramatic
immediately. That was THREE MONTHS ago.
I turned next to the Mayor's June Budget Message for
Fiscal Year 2015-2016, which was released this past
Friday. The Mayor allocated funds to try and recruit
new police officers-but allocated nothing to retain
those of us that are still here. It is common knowledge
that many of you are right now considering opportunities
elsewhere. It is also common knowledge that by moving
to almost any other Bay Area agency you are likely to
see a dramatic increase in the pay you take home to your
We have been telling the City this for years. They
either don't believe us or don't care, but the numbers
don't lie: From January 2015 to the end of May 2015
there have been 32 Resignations and 37 Retirements. 13
officers have either resigned or retired EVERY month
this year. At this pace the annualized calendar year
2015 exodus will reach 165 officers. That is 50 more
than last year. Those are astounding numbers. They
signal the death spiral of our department.
Even under best case scenarios (and there are few left
in San Jose) the graduating classes for all 3 academies
this year project to produce only 46 new hires.
This means a net LOSS of 119 officers.
I was brutally honest with our members this morning.
The City's negotiating team is working hard and we
appreciate their hard work and the new tone they have
set. But City Hall is showing no leadership. It's
business as usual. So far the Mayor's speeches about
making your pay competitive feel like empty promises.
The question is will the City step up and do something
before it is too late? This morning I told the members
present that we have a couple of weeks to find out.
Stay tuned and be safe.
THE TRIALS & TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
Will this story from last Saturday's paper do anything
to boost the morale of SJPD’s rank and file? The POA
Mayor Offers Revised Plan
budget focuses on police, roads, technology—
News — May 30, 2015
SAN JOSE —
Mayor Sam Liccardo released revised city budget
recommendations Friday that bolster spending on police
hiring, new technology and fixing San Jose roads. “We
think targeted investment in each of these areas will
pay in the long run,” Liccardo said during a news
conference. “And this budget really reflects a focus on
that long view.”
The June budget message is the final spending plan from
the mayor’s office. The City Council will consider
adopting the budget on June 9.
Liccardo’s recommendations incorporated feedback from a
series of study sessions, community workshops and more
than 80 budget requests from the council members. While
he can’t please everyone, Liccardo’s budget appeared to
win support from some council members after its release
late Friday. “I am very encouraged by the mayor’s
support for restoring neighborhood services and funding
programs that extend opportunity to those most in need,”
said Councilman Donald Rocha. Public safety was a major
theme of Liccardo’s budget, including a $6.5 million
allocation for recruiting and hiring police officers.
Liccardo said the $6.5 million will help pay for the
salaries and benefits of new officers hired to fill
vacancies on the police force. Tom Saggau, a spokesman
for the San Jose Police Officers Association, said
higher salaries alone won’t address the underlying
reason officers are running for the door — pension
reforms under Measure B. “Unless there’s a complete
overhaul of the failed Measure B that accompanies pay
increases to make San Jose a competitive employer,
police officers will continue to leave for jurisdictions
that pay more and don’t offer the lowest retirement
benefits in the entire state,” Saggau said.
The mayor’s budget also includes investments in
high-tech public safety tools, such as body cameras,
facial-recognition software, a pawn-slip database and
license plate readers. Also new to the budget released
Friday — an $8 million increase in the level of funding
for street paving and repair. That number represents a
50 percent increase from the city manager’s operating
budget, released earlier this month. Councilman Johnny
Khamis said he advocated for pavement maintenance and
he’s pleased with the additional $8 million Liccardo has
The June budget carries over some recommendations made
by the mayor in March: opening the libraries six days a
week, hiring more community resource officers, investing
in traffic calming improvements and launching San Jose
Works, a program to put at-risk youth to work. A public
hearing on the budget will be held June 8 before the
council considers adoption the next day.
• • • • •
It sounds to us that Raj Jayadev (common spelling) is
tossing his name in the hat to replace LaDoris Cordell
as the City's Independent Police Auditor. Given his view
that the "Police Auditor needs more power" in the
article below, that is the last thing the Dept. needs
given the ongoing exodus of cops as a result of Measure
B and other issues, including the oversight of the IPA.
JoeMac spent his entire tenure as head of the Dept.
fending off civilian oversight of the SJPD.
Unfortunately, the political clout and connections
necessary to keep the lid on civilian oversight in San
Jose are virtually non-existent with the current chief
when compared to the late Joe McNamara.
Jose’s Police Auditor Needs More Power
News — June 1, 2015
years, Judge LaDoris Cordell is stepping down as San
Jose’s Independent Police Auditor. Despite the limited
powers of her office, her work undeniably has
recalibrated the city toward transparency and sunshine.
We now have a racial profiling detention data collecting
policy, we have body worn cameras finally on the way,
and San Jose has been able to have public policy
discussions around police accountability informed with
data driven analysis rather than anecdotes.
As the judge steps down, we are entering arguably the
most fluid, even combustible moment in recent history
for San Jose police-community relations. The national
cauldron around race and police has boiled over, and San
Jose is not exempt from the tension. The data from
detention stops from 2014 are deeply troubling and call
for forward-thinking policies to deal with racial
Selecting the next IPA is critically important. But
given the moment of possibility we are in as a city and
a nation, the question is not only who will be the
captain of the ship, but also how well equipped we think
the ship should be.
To build a culture of confidence that San Jose takes
accountability seriously, the IPA office needs more
While Blacks and Latinos comprise a third of the
population in San Jose, they made up more than
two-thirds of pedestrian and traffics stops in 2014. The
irony is that despite the disproportional detention
stops, not a single citizen complaint of racial bias has
been sustained in the 22-year history of civilian
oversight in San Jose.
As someone who has walked people into the IPA office to
file complaints, I find it a challenge to build trust in
the process. Explaining what the office can do, or more
aptly can’t do, is counter intuitive. Most people
reasonably assume that an independent oversight body
would be able to investigate complaints, but not so.
People also assume the IPA has a say in disciplining
officers — again, swing and a miss.
Of course, like many offices born out of a political
outcry, the scope of the IPA office was the result of a
negotiation in the early 1990s. The public originally
wanted a civilian review board with greater powers. The
middle ground was our current Independent Police
Auditor’s Office. Since it’s inception, IPAs (there have
been four) have tried to have tangible impact through
issuing annual reports, raising red-flags when the
police department’s internal affairs investigations felt
inadequate and offering policy suggestions.
The repeated argument I hear against expanding the
powers of the office is not whether it will be useful or
not, but rather that it will be just too hard to do, as
it would require a change in the city’s charter. “Too
hard” to try should not be the barrier when the stakes
are this high.
Besides, there are evolutions that can take place
without changing the city charter. Cordell talks about
staffing civilians at Internal Affairs to conduct the
interviews and produce the analyses, as an example,
instead of or in addition to having officers investigate
San Jose profoundly understands the notion of evolving
technology. Imagine if it were using the same
communication systems it had in place in the 90s. No one
wants to be using beepers in the era of iPhones.
It is time our “technology” for civilian oversight is
upgraded. With Cordell’s imminent departure, this is the
challenge and opportunity.
Raj Jayadev is director of Silicon Valley De-Bug, a
community organizing and advocacy organization based in
San Jose. He wrote this for this newspaper.
• • • • •
letter from an apparent member of the LaDoris Cordell
fan club in Monday’s paper also caught our eye…
Should Have Hand in PD Cameras
to the Editor
News — June 1, 2015
disturbing reading that the San Jose Police Officers
Association vice president is choosing to bypass the
police auditor while setting rules for implementing body
camera usage. Sure, it is uncomfortable being
accountable to an auditor, but auditors have their
purpose. LaDoris Cordell is right on when she says “the
police are policing themselves, that’s not how it should
work” I personally believe the San Jose police officers
conduct themselves professionally. I would have expected
the department to overwhelmingly approve and encourage
full usage of body cameras.
When usage is confined to what amounts to discretion, it
sends the wrong message to those apprehensive about
possible police misconduct.
Dwight G. Black, San Jose
• • • •
And this letter from another member of Cordell's fan
club (or a close relative of hers) that was in today’s
paper gave us an idea: Sunnyvale should hire the
retiring San Jose Police Auditor and let the SVDPS deal
LaDoris Cordell Retires, We All Lose
to the Editor
News — June 4, 2015
There is no
replacement for LaDoris Cordell as Independent Police
Auditor. Who else can be as clear, as precise and as
honest? Who will protect fairness for all of us?
Black and brown may lead the parade on the unfairness
from those who are paid to protect, but there is plenty
of unfairness to go around for the rest of us. Unless a
video is taken, those protectors are right time after
time, because there is no one there like LaDoris
Cordell. When she retires, the risk is it’s back to the
good old boys’ club.
Susan Kuhl, Sunnyvale
• • • • •
In our day it was Wigsy Silverstein who caused the rank
and file to clinch their jaws. For the past several
years it has been Independent Police Auditor LaDoris
Cordell who is constantly speaking out about police
bias, yet one could make an excellent argument that she
is significantly biased herself, but against the police.
Be that as it may, it looks like she is getting in some
last punches before she leaves City employment...
Statewide Data Collection on Police Stops is Needed
LaDoris H. Cordell
News — June 2, 2015
residents of San Jose voiced concerns that Latino and
black residents had encounters with police officers that
differed greatly from the experiences of white
residents. As San Jose’s independent police auditor, I
took their concerns to heart and understood that knowing
the facts was the first step in addressing this concern.
In 2014, the San Jose Police Department began collecting
information about police stops of pedestrians and
drivers in response to a recommendation from our office.
This data included basic demographic information such as
race, age and gender and information about the reasons
for the stops.
An initial analysis of this data has shown that we have
reason for concern. Police officers appear to stop,
frisk and search black and Latino residents more
frequently than whites and Asian-Americans.
Although black and Latino residents are a third of San
Jose’s population, they are almost two-thirds of the
individuals stopped in 2014. This information has
propelled the community to engage in an honest and
informed conversation with the police about race,
policing and bias.
Concerns about policing are not unique to San Jose. In
light of the recent deaths of unarmed black and brown
men and women throughout the country, it is fair to say
that public confidence in law enforcement is in crisis.
And although national attention has focused on Missouri,
New York and Maryland, California is not exempt.
A recent poll found that 55 percent of California voters
agree that black and brown Californians do not receive
equal treatment in the criminal justice system. Among
the state’s African- Americans, an overwhelming 85
Several recent studies have demonstrated that all of us
are subject to unconscious racial bias. Sadly, it’s a
part of the human condition. But, unlike the rest of us,
when police officers are influenced by unconscious bias,
the impact upon those they stop can have deadly
To understand the roles that bias and race play in
policing, we must first understand how the police are
conducting themselves in the community. Although a few
police departments, including San Jose, gather some of
this information, there is no statewide requirement to
collect, analyze or make available to the public basic
information about whom police officers stop and search
or when they use force.
As Californians demand reforms in the criminal justice
system generally, and policing specifically, it is long
past time to look the problem straight in the eye.
Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, has done that
by introducing AB 953 to require statewide collection of
data about police stops, searches and seizures.
Passage of AB 953 will put us on the path to fairer
Some have complained that requiring police officers to
collect data about their stops will unfairly impose
burdensome paperwork upon them. However, the San Jose
Police Department has demonstrated that the gathering of
this information is doable and not unduly time-consuming
for our officers.
Statewide data collection of police stops mandated by AB
953 is the starting point. Once we understand what is
happening on the streets, we can go forward together —
police and community — to balance public safety and the
right all Californians to be treated with dignity and
LaDoris H. Cordell is a retired San Clara County
Superior Court judge and San Jose’s independent police
auditor. She wrote this for this newspaper.
Ed. — In this asinine world of political correctness,
just once I would like to see someone in the public
arena suggest that the reason police have more contact
with Latinos and blacks is that they commit more crimes
than whites, Asians and other races.
Check this out! (via ABC 7 News San Francisco) San
Leandro police say ARCO SWAT standoff is reason to get
to view the newscast.
interviewed stating opposition to an armored vehicle is
a good example of the type of person I described in my
blurb. He is against it. That is, until it's him or his
family who needs the rescuing or protection, then watch
his tune change instantly. The problem here is that
folks like this man and the young girls shouting are
rarely if ever engaged one-on-one and asked to explain
and defend their statements. Instead, elected officials
who can't articulate an excuse for a bathroom break
decide to remain mute permitting the uninformed citizen
to have their way on crucial decisions. Why? What are
they afraid of? Answers please!
• • • • •
My wife Kathy lost her battle with stomach cancer on May
23rd. We were married 9 years ago in Bend, Oregon. She
would light up a room with her smile and will be missed
Bob Tenbrink #1468
Many readers know first-hand that what you are going
through is one of the most difficult things a spouse can
experience, Bob. On behalf of all your friends and
former coworkers who read the Farsider, please accept
our most sincere condolences over your loss.
• • • • •
I just received the sad news that Dennis Radabaugh
recently passed away.
I know everyone who was on the department in the 70’s
and early 80’s will remember Dennis as he would be
difficult to forget; such a big, strong good looking guy
who didn’t put up with any crap. There was also another
side of Dennis that many never saw. He wasn’t just a
tough cop, he was an intellect and a good friend. Dennis
read quite extensively about psychology and about the
sociological component of the community and police work.
Sometimes I thought he may have gotten too deep into the
whole thing when I saw him at work with what I called a
“man purse.” I would razz Dennis about it and he took
the ribbing in stride; I don’t think there was anyone
else on the department that could have gotten away with
carrying one of those things. (I have to admit, it
seemed pretty handy). Dennis moved to New York several
years ago and went back to college where he completed
his Masters Degree which he used in his new career.
I spoke with Dennis just a few weeks ago by phone and he
was in great spirits, despite his lengthy battle with
cancer. Dennis discovered he had prostate cancer about
eight years ago and had major surgery, which everyone
hoped would provide him with a full recovery. The cancer
came back and Dennis was undergoing treatment until
recently when he was diagnosed to be terminal. He talked
about coming out to San Diego (one of his favorite
places) in the spring and wanted to visit with some of
the “old guys” if possible. Dennis knew he would not be
making the trip, but he kept his spirits and great wit.
During our lengthy conversation we both had some great
laughs. He showed a lot of class and dignity in the
manner he dealt with his diagnosis. Realizing his
mortality, Dennis knew it could only be weeks, but he
lived life till the end.
Phil Pitts, 1553 (Ret.)
We replied to Phil’s email asking if he knew when Dennis
died and in what city he was living in when he passed.
We were hoping we could locate an obituary, but no reply
was received as of press time. We did learn that Dennis
was appointed to the Dept. in Sept 1969, resigned in
Sept. 1978, and that he was assigned badge 1414. If our
memory is correct, he was married to Sandy Radabaugh at
some point in time. (The Personnel List at the back of
the 1983 SJPD Commemorative Album shows a Sandra E.
Radabaugh, badge 1850, just under Dennis’ name. Neither
of their photos appear in the album.)
• • • • •
The following is in reference to the passing of former
SJPD Officer John ("Jack") Marlo that was covered in
last week's Farsider.
Yes, I do remember John Marlo. I remember him as a
Police Officer and as a Judge on the Santa Cruz County
Superior Court. I handled only one case in his court as
an attorney and appreciated his fairness and even-handed
approach to a difficult Family Law case. May he rest in
• • • • •
Hope all is well. I happened to catch this hour-long
program on PBS the other night. It was amazing, truly
amazing. I am not sure I can provide the proper words as
to the drama that unfolded under the surface of the
“Cuban Missile Crisis.” I had no idea that the entire
human race was saved by one gutsy Russian Naval Officer,
who said “No.”
Four Russian submarines — loaded with nuclear torpedoes
with only the Captains orders needed to fire — were
sitting off the coast of Cuba. President Kennedy had the
U.S. Naval fleet surrounding Cuba in what he termed a
quarantine, but was actually a blockade. American ships
of all sorts and sizes maneuvered all over the Saragossa
sea were hunting and listening. The might U.S. Navy
challenged the equally mighty Soviets, and the Russians
continued to push forward at all costs. High, high
drama. Both countries had their fingers on the nuclear
triggers ready to blow the whole earth apart. Devcon 2.
Both sides were locked and loaded. One blink on the hair
trigger and the world be be no more.
In all the confusion, one of the Russian sub commander's
gave the order to fire. Following nuclear protocol he
got the OK from his executive officer and both keys were
inserted into the firing mechanism and turned. He only
needed the OK from a third officer (the Political
officer) and the torpedo would be away. After that would
come the end of the U.S. Naval forces in the Atlantic,
and everybody would start shooting. Nothing on this
earth would be left. But the Political officer held his
ground and would not consent. An argument and shouting
match ensued between all three officers. But he held his
ground, and in the end, Russian sub did not fire. And
because of one man’s restraint, all of humanity (such as
it is) was saved.
Check it out: It's a must watch. PBS "Secrets of the
Dead: The man who saved the world."
If Dave’s missive has piqued your interest and you would
like to see the program, it is available by clicking
• • • • •
We went to Evans’ Celebration of Life on Sunday. The
club house at Heritage Park in Natomas was packed with
150 to 200 friends and family members. Summers, Malcolm,
Puckett, Samsel, Joanne Punneo and Karen and I were
there representing the PD. Met the son-in-law, Paul.
Nice man with 16 years on the SJPD books towards
retirement. Many nice things were said about Robert.
There is no doubt he enjoyed his years with Maureen and
the family. It was truly a celebration.
JUNE VANGUARD IS NOW ONLINE
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viewed by clicking
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ANNUAL VIETNAM WAR MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNEY SCHEDULED
Annual Vietnam War Memorial Golf Tournament will be held
on Monday, Aug. 3rd, at Coyote Creek with the first
group teeing off at 12 noon. The $150 per person entry
fee includes a box lunch, dinner, beer, etc., and all
proceeds will support the Vietnam War Memorial in San
If you would like to simply make a donation, please send
it to SJVWMF, 3240 S. White Rd., #136, San Jose, CA
95148. We are a 501(c)(3) organization with an I.D.
number of 80-0309921.
To sign up
or for more information, please contact me at
408-529-2048, 408-227-5296 or send me an email.
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
June 1: For
the second year in a row, the Scripps National Spelling
Bee ended in a tie with two winners. Or as each of their
parents put it to their kids, “I told you that you
shouldn’t have gone outside to play that one time.”
Kim Kardashian announced that she and Kanye West are
expecting their second child. They say they don’t care
whether it’s a boy or girl just as long as it’s famous.
During a speech in Iowa this weekend, Bernie Sanders
criticized the billionaire class and said they “can’t
have it all.” Billionaires would've responded but they
were busy this weekend literally having it all.
Officials from the soccer organization FIFA, which
decides which cities get to host the World Cup, are
accused of accepting bribes when making their decision.
Of course the toughest part for the soccer officials was
taking bribes without using their hands.
June 2: In the world of soccer, FIFA President Sepp
Blatter announced he's resigning only four days after he
was re-elected. Now Sepp Blatter will go back to
sounding like a disease you look up on WebMD.
The 79-year-old FIFA president, Sepp Blatter, will
resign less than a week after the organization was
rocked by a corruption scandal. But if you only learned
one thing from all this, it's that you can never trust a
According to an email from his staff, Donald Trump is
set to announce on June 16 whether he will run for
president. Seriously? At this point, Donald Trump
announcing whether he’s running for president is like
soccer’s World Cup — it happens every four years and no
one in America cares.
Hillary Clinton announced that she will officially kick
off her presidential campaign on June 13 in New York
City. The good news is it's free to get in. Which sounds
great until you find out it's $100,000 to get out.
June 1: Kim
Kardashian announced that she's pregnant again. Kim said
it's been a difficult pregnancy. She wakes up in the
middle of the night craving publicity.
A lawyer from Africa wants to marry Malia Obama in
exchange for goats, sheep, and cows. In response,
President Obama said, "Don't be ridiculous. My daughter
isn't marrying a lawyer."
There's massive corruption, a massive scandal, in
international soccer. The first clue was when a soccer
team scored a suspiciously high three goals in one game.
In Michigan, the world's oldest person recently turned
116. When the president called to congratulate her, she
said, "Tell McKinley I'm busy."
June 2: The TSA is under fire for major security lapses.
The TSA has let through pipe bombs, knives, and the last
three Nicolas Cage movies.
In a recent interview, the Pope revealed he doesn't use
the Internet and he hasn't watched television since
1990. Then he announced his plan to make Bill Cosby a
Basketball commentator Charles Barkley said he'd like to
shoot sports fans who act like jerks. Barkley was then
reprimanded by the NBA and recruited by the NFL.
The Grateful Dead are putting out an 80-disc live
performance box set. No word yet on which Grateful Dead
song it will be.
June 1: The
big story today involves the athlete formerly known as
Bruce Jenner. His female identity has been revealed as
Caitlyn Jenner. And she's spelling Caitlyn with a "C"
instead of a "K" — which is a slap in the face to the
Congratulations are in order for Kim Kardashian and
Kanye West. They are expecting their second child. It
will be the second time that Kim has participated in any
It's possible that Kim's baby was conceived the night
Bruce Jenner went on TV with Diane Sawyer, which would
June 2: Yesterday New Jersey got four inches of rain. In
Newark there were fish in the street. Some people came
out to catch them and eat them. Officials had to issue a
warning not to eat the fish. If you have to be reminded
not to eat fish that washed up on the street in Newark,
I think we'd be OK without you.
Every year we invite the kids who win the Scripps
National Spelling Bee to be on the show. We don't invite
them to congratulate them. We invite them to be
shellacked by me. I now have two little spirits to
The spelling bee co-champions are Vanya Shivashankar and
Gokul Venkatachalam. They won the competition by
spelling each other's names correctly.
Winning the spelling bee is a big deal. You get to hear
your name mispronounced by every newscaster in America.
Today is the first official day of the 2015 hurricane
season. And this is amazing — the New York Knicks have
already been eliminated.
Officials near Dallas are reporting that torrential rain
and recent flooding has started driving snakes to attack
people. Wow, Texans don’t just read the Bible, they’re
June 2: In the world of soccer, after the arrest of
numerous other officials, FIFA President Sepp Blatter
announced his resignation this afternoon. Sepp Blatter
doesn't sound like the name of a guy who's stepping
down. It sounds like the reason.
Senator Lindsey Graham announced that he's running for
president because, you know, you want 50 people to run
If elected, Lindsey Graham would be the first bachelor
elected president in 130 years. And he'd also be the
first candidate to choose his running mate in an
elaborate rose ceremony.
Senator Ted Cruz said he thinks John F. Kennedy would be
a Republican if he were alive today. Well, of course he
would be Republican. He'd be 98 years old.
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE
HERE for the most current update.
• • • • •
Ron Mozely reminded us that this coming Saturday, June
6th, would mark the 72nd anniversary of the D-Day
Landing at Normandy by the allies in 1944. While the
video Ron included in his email was the same as the one
we featured two years ago, the link he provided included
a more detailed lead-in:
2014, an 11-year-old boy visited Normandy, France for
the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. As part of
the boy’s personal project, titled “Project Vigil,” this
little boy spent four days teaching visitors and
tourists about three paratroopers who had been buried in
the American Cemetery.
During the official D-Day celebration, local police
didn’t allow the boy to enter the cemetery in his
WWII-style uniform. So the boy took his American flag
down to Omaha Beach and planted it in the sand. Staring
out at the ocean, the little boy wanted to thank all the
Americans who died 70 years earlier in the fight against
fascism and evil.
young boy struggled to hold the flag steady in the
forceful wind, he suddenly witnessed a vision of
American infantry soldiers heading bravely towards their
fate on the morning of June 6, 1944. Gazing across the
English Channel, and so moved by this vision, he brought
up his hand to salute the past.
Standing alone, holding the American flag, this little
boy stood firm and held his salute for over an hour and
a half. While he continued this vigil, interested
tourists, children, veterans, well-wishers and all sorts
of people went down to see if the story was true, that
on the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, there
stood a boy and an American flag.
heartfelt video of a proud American boy memorializing
and honoring our fallen soldiers by clicking
HERE. And wait for the five-minute mark to see who
joined this little boy’s silent watch. (7:29)
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If someone is going to speak for Mother Nature, why not
Julia Roberts? The images you will see if you click
HERE are as impressive and moving as the dialogue.
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Tom Macris and I enjoy videos like this one because it
confirms the fact that we truly are as insignificant as
we have been told by others all our lives. If you are at
the other end of the spectrum and feeling
significant, you can change that in 209 seconds and
feel as insignificant as the two of us by watching
THIS video. Seriously. (3:30)
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If you have an iPhone and haven’t yet met the woman
behind the voice of Siri, here’s your opportunity. All
you have to do is click
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The April 30th Farsider included
THIS Britain’s Got Talent performance by Magician
Jamie Raven that left Simon Cowell and the three other
that Jamie has taken his magic to the next level with
this performance on BGT’s Grand Final. If you thought
the earlier appearance was something amazing,
THIS one will boggle your mind. (4:00)
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THIS 36-second clip because the guy with the knives
and the ping pong paddle is going to do what he does
only once. Then again, there’s nothing to stop you from
playing it over and over in an effort to determine how
the video was made. (0:36)
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It's difficult to realize just how big the 16-inch gun
barrels on WWII battleships were until you see them
hauled down the road.
THIS clip from Don Hale shows how the state of
Arizona obtained, transported and displayed a gun barrel
from the USS Arizona and the USS Missouri that represent
the “bookends” of the war and turned them into a
“Tribute to the Fallen.” (4:51)
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When it comes to precision drum corps performances, no
one does it better than the Swiss. Called the “Top
Secret Drum Corps,” the original seven members founded
the group in Basel, Switzerland in 1991. Basel is well
known for producing talented drummers, but
THESE musicians wanted to mix the traditional style
of their city with new techniques and stunning visual
effects. Have a look. (4:35)
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Last week we ran a clip of a baseball fan who snagged a
foul ball in the stands without spilling a drop of his
beer. This week we have a fan who made a one-handed grab
of a wayward bat and kept his cup of suds intact, which
is further proof of how important beer is to baseball
fans. Unlike the foul ball catch, however,
THIS fan had to give the bat back. (0:40)
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THIS Bud Light Clothing Drive Internet commercial
from five years ago? We did, and it’s still funny.
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The King’s College Chaplain at the start of
THIS clip explains that its choir that has existed
since the 15th century always had young male members
with high voices — until recently. Rather than subject
the older males to an uncomfortable surgical solution,
they came up with something else. Have a look and
• • • • •
Lumpy thinks this will soon become the new 911 call
standard, which is why he says he is prepared to handle
THIS type of situation at home on his own. (1:30)
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Even though Joe Suske participated in the D-Day invasion
of Normandy (see photo below), he had no idea how the
vast amount of fuel needed by the allied armies made
their way from Normandy to the European mainland until
he recently viewed this film and sent it to us. It is
something that even you
WWII armchair historians were probably not aware of.
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This video received from Dewey Moore refers to
THIS device as an “Ambulance Drone,” but we are
inclined to call it a “flying defibrillator.” Whatever
it’s called, it could be a real life-saver. Check it
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We have two comments about
THIS NBC video clip: 1) "It’s not for the
squeamish," and 2) "WTF." No explanation is provided
about this incident that was posted on the Internet by
NBC on Tuesday of this week. Could it have been an
attempted suicide? The footage is from two angles from
two police vehicle dashcams with one following the
other. (By the way, "WTF" in this instance stands for
"Why the fire?") (1:36)
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THIS retired pilot who claims he witnessed a UFO
have any credibility? Would it make a difference if you
knew that he shuttled Obama around the country during
his 2008 campaign swing? We report, you decide. (7:01)
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Here is this week’s video for you aviation junkies. It’s
about a retired USMC aviator who hit it big in the real
estate market after he retired and was able to indulge
his love of military aircraft and purchase a Harrier
from the Brits.
Harrier Jump Jets are some of the most nimble and
difficult to fly fighters in the world, but that didn't
stop retired test pilot Lt. Col. Art Nalls, who recently
bought a Harrier and became a very rare civilian owner
of the fighter jet. The British-built jet was first
manufactured in 1969 and became popular during the
Falklands War of the 1980s as it helped the British win
by taking down over twenty Argentine planes.
Nalls was able to acquire the jet after learning that
the British government was discontinuing the use of the
plane in combat and looking to get rid of them. He won't
reveal how much he spent to purchase the Harrier, but it
is estimated by the Daily Mail that he spent upwards of
$2.5 million. To fly the plane costs $150 a minute.
Nevertheless, Nalls considers it all worth it to own a
piece of history and fulfill a lifelong dream.
HERE to watch the clip. (7:55)
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If you have ever ridden a jet ski, we will wager you
didn’t ride it like Anthony Burgess. He was crowned the
International Jet Sports Boating Association's pro
freestyle world champion after he put on a show of his
gravity-defying stunts on his personal watercraft. Check
THIS short clip. (0:39)
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It’s one thing to teach a dog to jump rope, quite
another to get him to jump two ropes. Have a look at
THIS clip of 2-year-old "Geronimo" strutting his
stuff that Art Mogilefsky posted on Facebook. (1:25)
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We are often amazed at how emotional and effective
public service announcements from countries outside the
U.S. can be, like this one from Argentina. Give it a
look and you will see why we chose it as
THIS week’s closing item, but keep a Kleenex handy.
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