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June 6, 2013

 

Bill Mattos, Editor and Publisher <bilmat@comcast.net>
Leroy Pyle, Webmaster <leroypyle@sjpba.net>

 

The Farsider is an independent publication that is not affiliated with the San Jose Police Benevolent
Assn. The SJPBA has allowed the Farsider to be included on its web site solely for the convenience
of the retired San Jose Police community. The content of this newsletter does not represent or reflect
the views of the San Jose Police Benevolent Association's Board of Directors or its membership.


 

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR ROY GARRINGER SET FOR THIS COMING SUNDAY

A Celebration of Life for Roy will be held this coming Sunday, June 9th. at the POA Hall, starting at 2:00 p.m. Refreshments will include wine, beer, soft drinks, coffee, hors d'oeuvres and light snacks served by POA caterer Johnny Nguyen. Former friends and coworkers of Roy's are encouraged to attend.

The address for sending LaVerne and the family a sympathy card is 2433 Hedding St., San Jose, CA 95128. No e-mail address is available.



 

RETIRED CAPT. TOM "TJ" JOHNSON



Badge 1201
Born June 5, 1943
Appointed Dec. 1, 1966
Retired June 5, 1993
Died June 4, 2013

We sent out a supplemental Farsider in the form of an e-mail two days ago (on Tuesday) advising that Tom passed away from a brain injury he sustained after a fall at his residence. The information was received from Tom Brewer, who was with the family when the retired captain died, which was one day prior to his 70th birthday. If you didn't receive the supplemental newsletter and want to read the details of what occurred, send a request to <bilmat@comcast.net>.

Services:

Tom notified us last night that a Memorial Service has been scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 15th, at the Grace Lutheran Church, 2657 W. Horizon Ridge Pkwy., Henderson, NV 89052, Ph. (702) 492-4701.

A Celebration of Life will follow the service at 11:30 a.m. at the Revere Golf Club's Buckman's Grille at 2600 Hampton Rd., also in Henderson, Ph. (702) 492-4701.

Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Tom Brewer at
<tbop23@aol.com>. He also can be contacted to obtain a mailing address for sympathy cards. This is the e-mail address we posted for the Johnsons in Tuesday's supplemental Farsider: <tomandfran@cox.net>.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to either of the following:

San Jose Police Chaplaincy Program
471 E. Santa Clara St.
San Jose, CA 95112
<http://www.sjpdchaplain.org>

The Foundation Assisting Seniors
1780 W. Horizon Ridge Pkwy, Suite 140
Henderson, NV 89012
<http://www.foundationassistingseniors.org/>



 

DEVASTATING NEWS ABOUT LYLE HUNT

Hank Schriefer received the following update from Lyle Hunt. Like last week's message, Hank checked with Lyle and received the green light for us to pass along the information...

June 5

Dear Family & Friends:

My last health report as posted indicated all was well, the tumor had been removed and that I was on my way to recovery. This was published prior to the pathology report being returned to my doctor. The report that came later revealed I have cancer of the brain, that the problem is terminal, and that the cancer is impossible to remove or be stopped.

The condition is called GBM. It's deadly and persistent regardless of whether the tumor is removed. Microscopic cancer cells will continuously prevail and never be eliminated. The survival rate average is around 15 months. Some have, of course, responded to a combination of chemo and radiation for longer periods of time with a quality of life to be savored.

It is my intent and sole purpose in life to seek out the treatment and hope for a successful result. A close friend researched the information I provided and came up with a very informative pamphlet that covers GBM, from discovery to treatment and potential results. It is attached to this e-mail should you be interested. (See footnote.)

This devastating news is not all negative. Sometimes we go through life without the opportunity to indicate how much we care about one another, or the joy and happiness that friendships bring. This opportunity has now been provided, and I am grateful it has come about.

So dear friends, please accept our most sincere appreciation to have each and every one of you who have entered and brought joy and happiness to our lives over these long and special years.

We love you all.

Lyle & Bee Hunt
<phantum1@att.net>

Included in the e-mail was the following message Lyle received from a friend regarding GMB...

The booklet in the center of this page
<http://tinyurl.com/kvdruta> may be helpful if you haven’t received a copy. Put your cursor near the center of the booklet area and you can view it in Full Screen. I found it informative and well done.


 

PENSION NEWS

Nothing new to report this week.

 
 

THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD

How does Mayor Pete Constant sound? No, that sentence wasn't comprised of multiple typos. The ex-San Jose cop-turned-councilmember who has been the bane of the POA and other employee groups wants to replace Mayor Chuck Reed. Check it out for yourself in this excerpt from the I.A. column of last Sunday's Mercury News...



Team Player Constant is Focused on Mayor’s Job

Despite encouragement from a few board members on the nonprofit Team San Jose, San Jose City Councilman Pete Constant said he’s not applying for the CEO job currently held by Aviation Director Bill Sherry — who is retiring from both jobs in mid-September just as the renovated convention center is expected to open. For one thing, the Team San Jose CEO requirements include a candidate with “destination marketing experience,” something Constant, a retired police officer who ran a photography business, said he doesn’t have.

The idea might make some sense, however, since Constant has served as the council’s liaison to the Team San Jose board since he was elected to the council.

“Quite frankly, I’m running for mayor,” Constant told us. “That’s where my efforts are.”

Others that have declared interest in the mayoral race are Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen and Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio. Councilman Sam Liccardo and Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese are widely assumed to be interested.
 

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San Jose's homicide rate still has a long way to go before it comes even close to matching Oakland's or East Palo Alto's, still...

Cops Flood S.J. Streets

—Chief makes emergency move after city’s fifth homicide in seven days—

By Robert Salonga <rsalonga@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — June 2, 2013

SAN JOSE — An already violent week got bloodier Friday night when a man was fatally stabbed in West San Jose just blocks from the upscale Santana Row entertainment district — the city’s fifth homicide of the week.

In response to the violence, San Jose police announced they were putting dozens of extra officers on the streets this weekend in an effort to curb gang violence, which is suspected but not been officially declared as a cause in at least two of the killings.

But as motives and suspects are still being fleshed out by investigators, police know there isn’t time to waste on tamping down potential gang retaliation, given that most of the homicides occurred in areas known for gang activity.

Concerned by the Friday attacks that killed one man and left another in critical condition, acting police Chief Larry Esquivel called an emergency police meeting Saturday to plan how to get a handle on the violence, said Sgt. Jason Dwyer, a police spokesman.

“You get another homicide and a shooting that could have very easily been a homicide, it was enough for the chief to call us in,” Dwyer said. “He knows we’ve got two more hot days this weekend. One night is down, and it did not go well, so we’re going to do everything we can to make sure the second and third nights go well.”

In the latest homicide, police were called at 9:55 p.m. Friday to reports of a stabbing in the 2900 block of Magliocco Drive, about a block south of Moorpark Avenue on a busy stretch of Winchester Boulevard that’s also home to the famed Winchester Mystery House.

Officers arrived to find a 35-year-old man lying in a carport who was suffering from stab wounds, police said. The victim, whose identity was not immediately released, was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Neither suspects nor a motive were immediately known.

The slaying brought the year’s homicide tally to 21 and put the city on pace to surpass the 46 tallied in 2012, which was a 20-year high.

The death wasn’t the only significant violence reported Friday: A brazen daylight shooting at a bustling East San Jose apartment complex wounded a man. The attack, which detectives are treating as gang-related, was reported about 5 p.m. on Kollmar Drive near Story Road and East Capitol Expressway. The victim, while in critical condition, is expected to survive.

Last Sunday, two teens were gunned down near East San Jose’s Independence High School and a man who had recently moved to the city from Ohio was shot in South San Jose in a separate incident. Then on Thursday, a man was killed in an early-morning shooting on Audubon Drive in East San Jose. Motives and potential suspects have not been announced in those cases.

With five homicides in a week, the city has seen its worst period since last August, when eight homicides were recorded in a span of 11 days, marking one of the bloodiest stretches in the city’s history. Like that time, this week’s violence appears to be a series of unrelated incidents, though ideas like potential gang retaliation paired with the summer season — historically a peak time for violence in the city — no doubt weighed heavily on police and city leaders when the patrol boost was deployed for this weekend.

The city’s faith leaders are calling for a prayer vigil to be held 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the City Hall Rotunda, with the aim of honoring the victims of violent crime, their families and the city’s police and firefighters.
 

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Unless things have changed, these two "experts" on fiscal responsibility have their facts wrong about the City providing cops to direct traffic at construction sites. Last I heard (remember?), the salaries for the the pay jobs  — frequently performed by Reserve officers — came from the contractor performing the work, not from the taxpayer. Then again, I've been gone for 13 years...

Council Must Focus on Cost-Saving Programs

By Doug Keller and Dave Truslow
Mercury News — June 3, 2013


Truslow and Keller are members of the newly formed San Jose group
Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility. They wrote this for this newspaper.

Mayor Chuck Reed and fiscally responsible council members are to be applauded for working tirelessly to put San Jose on a sound financial footing. Were it not for their resolve, San Jose would be headed toward becoming another Detroit, San Bernardino, Stockton, or Vallejo — bankrupt and fighting to stay viable. Due to fiscal mismanagement in those cities, crime skyrocketed, housing prices collapsed and economic vitality atrophied.

However, after two years of austerity, the sacrifices made by many hardworking people and residents are paying off. San Jose employee salary cuts and municipal services are being partially restored, the police recruitment pipeline is filled, city hiring has resumed and our economic climate is robust and growing. Instead of a one-time “kick-the-can-down-the-road” fix, elected officials made tough but sensible choices to avoid future fiscal train wrecks.

Some politicians, however, continue to ignore reality and the dangers of financial mismanagement. As an example, a recent opinion piece in the Mercury News by Councilman Ash Kalra accused the city of waging a battle against its own employees, in part by defending itself against a union lawsuit over Measure B, the initiative for sensible pension reform. He rightfully decried the cost to the city to defend the plan to put our finances on sound footing, and he called for a stop to this litigation.

That’s simple to do. The union can drop the lawsuit against the city and honor the decision of voters who approved Measure B. Everyone agrees the funds to defend the initiative are a tragic waste, and that they threaten to undermine the fiscal solvency of the city. Instead, all sides should be focused on making the plan work.

We hope Kalra is serious about wanting to improve San Jose’s services, fiscal condition and employee morale. If so, then he should join other council members and the mayor and push to accelerate Measure B implementation. He and others should also start focusing on practical cost-saving programs to free up additional funding for our core city services.

There are many examples of such programs that could immediately save money. Here are just three:

1. Reactivate San Jose’s employee suggestion award program. This program saved millions of dollars and rewarded employees with 15 percent of the first-year savings.

2. Expand competitive job bidding. Other cities and counties have saved millions by out-sourcing some types of work while in-sourcing others.

3. Have SJPD officers prevent and solve crime instead of directing traffic at construction sites. Flagpersons are a much more cost-effective solution.

There is still much work to be done. City officials will need to be diligent in fulfilling their fiscal responsibilities so we don’t return to the same precarious situation in the future. And we certainly don’t need pejorative language and unfounded accusations from our elected officials or city administration that will only create further acrimony and impede progress.

What we do need is a spirit of cooperation, framed in a recognition of reality, so that we can continue to implement necessary programs that are affordable and fair for everyone — employees and taxpayers alike.

It’s only under those conditions that we will be able to move forward in an environment where everyone wins — and no one has to lose.
 

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Ret'd. Capt. Tom Brewer sounded off in a letter to the editor of the Mercury News in support of Cindy Chavez...

Chavez Has Supported Public Safety in S.J.

Letter to the Editor — Mercury News — June 4, 2013

Let’s set the record straight about Cindy Chavez (Page 1B, June 1) and her support for public safety while she was a City Council member and vice mayor of San Jose. As captain/commander of the Special Operations Division of the San Jose Police Department until 2000, I can assure you that Cindy Chavez did in fact do a great deal to improve the presence of officers on the streets. Cindy was the only City Council member who interacted with me, as chief of patrol, on a routine basis regarding the crime issues in the city. Cindy took the lead in forging a working relationship between downtown businesses and the police to resolve an increasingly dangerous situation with downtown nightclubs at closing time. Cindy Chavez understands how to lead in times of crisis. She is what Santa Clara County’s District 2 needs to deal with increasing crime problems now.

Thomas E. Brewer, Captain (Retired)
San Jose Police Department


For those who would like to review it, this link should take you to the story about Cindy Chavez referenced in Tom's letter:
<http://tinyurl.com/k9lk46g>
 

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"Thanks but no thanks" says acting SJPD Chief Larry Esqueivel when it was suggested by Assemblywoman Nora Campos that the CHP be called in to help reduce the outbreak of violence that has struck San Jose. This is how the paper covered the story on Tuesday of this week...

Legislator Urges City Police to Seek Help

—Campos’ suggestion to summon the CHP is again rebuffed—

By Robert Salonga <rsalonga@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — June 4, 2013

SAN JOSE — A South Bay assemblywoman is again calling for San Jose police to seek outside help in quelling a surge in violence, and, like last time, police brass are saying no thanks.

In light of a bloody final week of May that saw five slayings, Assembly Speaker Pro Tem Nora Campos, a Democrat and former San Jose councilwoman, wrote a letter to acting police Chief Larry Esquivel urging him to summon the California Highway Patrol to temporarily bolster the city’s patrol force.

Campos made the same recommendation in August after eight homicides were recorded in 11 days, one of the bloodiest stretches in San Jose’s history. Then-Chief Chris Moore politely declined the offer, saying his department had not reached the boiling point in violence that Bay Area cities like Oakland, East Palo Alto and Richmond met when they tapped the CHP in the past decade.

Esquivel had a similar reaction to Campos’ latest letter. The department released a statement saying it has “no immediate plans to reach out to other law enforcement agencies for assistance.”

Seemingly anticipating such a response,Campos’ letter chastised police and city leaders for not heeding her in August.

“My offer was rebuffed at that time because the Mayor and Chief Moore insisted they had crime under control, yet San Jose went on to record its highest homicide rate in twenty years,” the letter stated.

Campos was referring to the city’s 46 homicides in 2012, which was indeed the highest mark in two decades. With 21 homicides so far this year, the city is on pace to surpass that tally. The assemblywoman also shared police and city leaders’ concerns of the coming summer season, which is historically a peak time for gang violence.

The five killings, along with a string of nonfatal shootings, which occurred between May 26 and May 31, remain unsolved, and none has been officially deemed gang-related, though some show the hallmarks of a gang attack. Two teen boys were among the victims.

Campos made a point in her letter to say that her call should not be read as an “indictment” of the Police Department but rather as addressing the reality that police understaffing has stretched patrol ranks “dangerously thin.”

Police insist that they have the “capability to deploy (additional) resources to address the increased level of violence.” Last weekend, the department boosted its patrol staff with overtime shifts and dispatched specialized units to the city’s gang hot spots.

According to police, one of those teams arrested a car full of gang members driving through a rival neighborhood Saturday and found a loaded, stolen gun in the vehicle.

“The excellent police work done by these officers likely prevented a violent gang-related shooting,” police said.



 

WEEKLY POLL
 

Last Week's Poll Results



For the most recent Rasmussen Reports releases, click here:
<http://www.rasmussenreports.com/older_content/home/top_stories/most_recent_articles>



 

MAIL CALL

June 1st

Hey Bill and Leroy:
 
Thanks for all that you do for us in putting out the Farsider each week. I know that a lot of work goes into it.
 
I was fiddling around with that Zillow website and typed in the address of the White House. Here is what I found:
 

Current Estimated Price: $306,723,923
 
Estimated Potential Monthly Rental Income: $1,742,907

 I don’t think the current guy living there is paying that. He moved in when the rent was lower and probably benefits from rent control.

Do you think I will get a visit from the Secret Service or IRS for writing this?

Gary Johnson
<gj1901@comcast.net>

Leroy sez: "The current resident is getting a rent subsidy and food stamps, otherwise he wouldn't qualify!"

Bill sez: "Given what's going on, the Secret Service and IRS are likely to be the least of your problems. I'd keep my eyes glued to the sky and look for an armed drone if I was you."
 

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June 5th

Hey Bill,

I think this might be Jeff Rickets daughter. I am not sure. If it is, I'm sure an appearance in the Farsider would be appreciated.

Paul Salerno
<CALPAULY@comcast.net>

We couldn't confirm it prior to press time, so we're going to throw caution to the wind and assume Keilani is Jeff's daughter. Here's the article Paul sent in...

S.J.'s Ricketts Helps Sooners Capture NCAA Softball Title



Keilani Ricketts holds the championship trophy
after her three-run homer helped Oklahoma
defeat Tennessee for the NCAA softball title.

Click on this link to read the story:
<http://tinyurl.com/n3jdnon>

 
 

NEW RETIREES' ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE ON-LINE

Clicking on the link below will download the latest Billy & Spanner in the form of a .pdf file to your desktop. You can then open and view the newsletter with a double-click of the icon.

<http://tinyurl.com/m68lotz>



 

THE HISTORY OF THE SJPD SHALL NOT BE FORGOTTEN



Mmmm, still good

With the Gingham Girl's donuts and Col. Sanders Kentucky Fried Chicken ties to the SJPD behind us, we now enter the chapter of McDonald's, a/k/a Mickey D's. Once again members of the PD were the beneficiary of excellent timing.

One of our officers — let's call him Bill — had a security pay job at the McDonald's at 3rd and San Carlos. Just as the late Hans Gerdts was known as Chief of the Westgate shopping mall for his role as head of security when he wasn't pushing a sergeant's patrol car around the streets of San Jose, Bill was Chief of McDonald's at 3rd and San Carlos. But I digress, as I am sometimes wont to do.

When McDonald's closed for the night, Bill was charged with the responsibility of recycling all of the unsold foodstuffs. This included the burgers, cheeseburgers, Big Macs, pies, fries, virtually everything on Mickey D's menu that had been prepared but not sold. He then ensured that the fast food restaurant was secured for the evening. This went on for years.

Later, after he was promoted to sergeant and assigned to PRPR (Pre-Processing Prisoner-Intake), Bill wound make sure that his Code 7 meal break coincided with the closing of the 3rd and San Carlos McDonald's so he could retrieve the "day's discards" for further use and consumption. This was in accordance with McDonald's long-standing policy that said all prepared food could only stand to be served for a select and short period of time. When a timer went off, all of the food "on the line" had to be discarded. Enter Bill.

Rather than allow the "timed out" food to become landfill, Bill would make the pick-up, then return to PRPR and make it available to any and all officers lucky enough to be processing a prisoner at the time of his return. (There is no evidence to suggest that some officers tried to time their arrests.)

When the officers present at PRPR had had their fill of Mickey D's goodies from what were usually two large plastic garbage-type bags, the uneaten food items did not go to waste. At the end of Bill's shift, what was left of the "day's catch" was stashed in his car and taken home to his Morgan Hill digs. No, it wasn't for his family, at least not for his wife and kids. The leftovers found their way into his turkeys' stomachs. Yep, turkeys. Have you ever seen a big tom or hen gobble down a Big Mac? It's kinda spooky as you can actually follow the lump of "two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun" slither down the big bird's long neck.


Not to belabor the point, but many Morgan Hill residents were surprised to see 40-pound turkeys on display at one of the local butcher shops. How ironic that it is now 25 years later and the government is cautioning the public about food items that contain too many trans fats.


 

NO SUPPORT FOR HOLDER EVEN FROM AN ANTI FOX NEWS GUY

This is off-topic as far as San Jose and the SJPD is concerned, but we're including it because 1) it's been the subject of our polls over the past few weeks, and 2) we've been surprised that journalists as a whole — most of whom lean to the Left — haven't rallied around AG Eric Holder in the DOJ scandal. After reading this column by Scott Herhold — an avowed Democrat who admits to harboring a dislike for Fox News — the answer may be that journalists are as tightly knit as a group as cops are...

That’s it: Eric Holder Needs To Go



Mercury News — June 2, 2013

Longtime readers of this column know I’m a local guy. I care about issues and people in Santa Clara County and its environs. I’m not ashamed to be a San Jose booster. Every now and then, however, I feel obligated to stretch — even contort — the definition of local. I’m particularly tempted when I consider U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Let me offer my local angle, my hook: In one major case recently, the Justice Department seized the personal Gmail of a Fox News reporter.

Gmail: yes, a Google product, designed in Mountain View and made available to the feds based on an affidavit suggesting the reporter, James Rosen, was breaking the law in doing his job.

Put aside my dislike for Fox News. Put aside, too, that Google had little choice in obeying a search warrant. This story reminds me of one reason why I and a cadre of colleagues got into journalism. We were upset at government violation of civil liberties.

When I was first looking for a job on a daily 40 years ago — yes, I’m that old — the Watergate scandal was bursting. President Richard M. Nixon’s enemies list was growing.

Holder doesn’t belong with that crowd. I don’t think he is corrupt. But he is weak. And the consequences of that weakness veer toward danger. Consider the litany: Years before he was nominated as attorney general, Holder helped craft the legal rationale behind the Clinton administration’s pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich. Holder’s backers said he was drawn into the case by politically influential people close to the White House.

Fast and furious

Early in his term as AG came the “Fast and Furious” scandal, where guns sold to criminals in Arizona were found at the scene of the murder of a federal agent. Holder blamed that partly on the Bush administration but was held in contempt by Congress. Next came the seizing of records for 20 telephone lines used by Associated Press writers and editors in a story about a foiled terrorist plot in Yemen. Holder recused himself because he had been interviewed by the FBI about the leak.

Of all the missteps, however, the story of Rosen rings the loudest warning bells. An affidavit filed to obtain his private Gmail account described him as a potential criminal. This time, Holder himself approved the request for the warrant.

Rosen’s crime? He had been asking questions of a Korean expert, Stephen Kim, who was under investigation by the FBI. In other words, the reporter was doing his job.

Sensing the problems that the affidavit posed, Holder has been trying to repair the damage. He’s been calling key senators and sounding them out about a media shield law. He’s suggested the Justice Department will revisit its policy.

The real problem here is that Holder is not a leader. He’s a follower, a career government lawyer and judge who got to where is by trying to please other powers. All this affects plenty of local folks.

When the heat comes down, Holder tries to evade responsibility or seek a political salve. Those tactics have gotten very tired. He needs to go.


Contact Scott Herhold at 408-275-0917 or
<sherhold@ mercurynews.com>. Follow him at <Twitter.com/scottherhold>.


 

WANT TO PLAY AN SJPD VERSION OF "WHERE'S WALDO?"

When our Webmaster was captioning the latest group photo of the "birthday boys" for the PBA home page he noticed that the same face appeared each of the past three months. As a result, Leroy and I decided to create a game based on the famous series of children's books titled "Where's Waldo," except we're naming ours "Where's Ron?" See if you can spot the retired San Jose cop in each of the "birthday boys" photos over the past three months...





So what could account for Ron's appearance behind the birthday cake table for three months in a row? We polled Ron's friends, and all three of them said he loves cake and would do almost anything for an extra slice.

There is no truth to the rumor that the POA Board is considering banning Ron from appearing as one of the birthday boys in July, the month of his REAL birthday!



 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF JUNE 1, 2013

The facts behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox

New Articles

• Image purportedly shows a package of Kraft macaroni and cheese bearing a warning due to the presence of GMO wheat.
<http://www.snopes.com/food/warnings/kraftgmo.asp>

• Photograph purportedly shows a traffic speed measurement unit embedded in a guardrail.
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/automobiles/speedtrap.asp>

• Disturbing image warning: Photograph purportedly shows a dead baby found abandoned in a national park.
<http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/outrage/abandonedbaby.asp>

• Did Russian president Vladimir Putin threaten the U.S. over the Obama administration's support of Monsanto?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/conspiracy/monsanto.asp>

• Warning that cocoa mulch contains a chemical (theobromine) that can be harmful to dogs.
<http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/cocoamulch.asp>

• Scam: Phony IRS notifications of 'complaints in regards to business services' sent via e-mail.
<http://www.snopes.com/fraud/taxes/complaint.asp>

• Was Memorial Day started by former slaves to honor Union war dead?
<http://www.snopes.com/military/memorialday.asp>

• Was an Oklahoma teacher fired for praying when a tornado hit her school?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/satire/oklahoma.asp>

• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news stories from around the world!
<http://www.snopes.com/daily/>


Worth a Second Look

• List collects comments purportedly made in the year 1955.
<http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/trivia/1955comments.asp>


Still Haunting the Inbox

• Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's circulating in the on-line world.
<http://www.snopes.com/info/top25uls.asp>


Fraud Afoot

• Visit our Top Scams page for a list of schemes commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.
<http://www.snopes.com/fraud/topscams.asp>


 

THE LIGHTER SIDE & OTHER ODDS AND ENDS



Large or Full Screen for YouTube videos? You make the call.


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Most if not all of you have seen snippets of some productions made by the IRS over the past few years during a series of conferences that cost the taxpayer $50 million. We think it's grossly unfair to negatively judge the value of these productions based on the 10-15 second clips the mainstream media chose to show the nation, so we have included the full clips from start to finish. We feel confident that if you watch them in their entirety, you will come away with the opinion that the "morale builders" were well worth your hard earned tax dollars. After all, it's not like it's real money, right?



Star Trek Parody (5 Mins.)
<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxU6n4pAnrU&feature=youtu.be>



Line Dance Training (3 Mins.)
<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=st8WzT1SF9c&feature=youtu.be>



Gilligan's Island Parody (16 Mins.)
<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zU2BxRw9_Q>
 

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As flash mobs go, this one that pays homage to Rembrandt and his work by a group of Dutch performers takes the spontaneous craze of flash mobs to another level. The idea behind the performance was to bring art to the people with the hope it will bring people to the art at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. (2 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6W2ZMpsxhg>



Rembrandt van Rijn, The Night Watch, 1643


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Hilarious is the only way to describe the conclusion of this clip received from Bill Leavy, who said it would be appreciated most by those with a law enforcement background. We could be wrong, but it looks like an excerpt from "The Agency," a CBS TV series that, according to Wikipedia, was scheduled to premiere on Sept. 18, 2001, but was held back and aired later due to the attack on 9/11. (3 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LIpAxjPt9U>


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Want to know what flight attendants do after they leave the employment of Southwest Airlines? Watch this. (3 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMWznQEfrYc>


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This clip received from Don Hale speaks for itself, and it's not kidding. Have a look and you really will be amazed. Or at least you should be. (4 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPM8OR6W6WE>


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Ever have a falling out with a partner that hurts as much as a nail in the head? It all centers around communication, and this short video is a perfect example. We can all learn a lot by watching this couple. (2 Mins.)



>
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4EDhdAHrOg?


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Do you remember the movie "The Owl and the Pussycat" from 1970? Here's an updated version if you have an aversion to movies starring Barbra Streisand. This new one is the real deal. (3 Mins.)

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<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iqmba7npY8g>


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We report, you decide: Was the flopping of the legs during the arrest of this guy who had fled from the CHP in the Southland due to his anger over being caught, or because the adrenalin of the motor officer caused him to crank the cuffs down to the very last click? We vote for the latter. (4 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I92TTtk5LVs&feature=youtu.be>


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This looks like an attempt at resurrecting the "Candid Camera" TV show in South Africa, but Allen Funt was never this sick. Watch for the yellow van that starts at 2:50 into the clip. (4 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=T1A5fQbVkSo>


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Not all of you golfers will like the rap music that accompanies most of this clip we received from Paul Salerno (I think it sucks), but you have the give the guy credit for what he can do with a wedge and a golf ball. (4 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-m5yqL_M-c>


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"Lumpy" (Lundberg) said he has never been attracted to "bag ladies," but that he's willing to make an exception for this one. Lock and load. (2 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrhSf8CEgC8>


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Joe Brockman suggests that only the Brits on the other side of the Pond could come up with a patriotic television ad for the Mini Cooper like this one. (1 Min.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ik9AtJQXaHQ&feature=player_embedded>


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We could easily type the words "It's time to say goodbye," but we're thinking you would probably prefer to hear them sung by this beautiful young lady named Mirusia from Andre Rieu's "Live in Amsterdam" concert. (4 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVbOxh7tQCc&feature=youtu.be>


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C'ya



Pic of the Week



Fair warning: Ignore the Marine's response below if you
served in the Army, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard...

When I received the editorial cartoon above from a friend I forwarded it to my USMC nephew, a Marine Major who carried the "Nuclear Football" for presidents Bush and Obama before he was promoted to LtCol and given command of his own F/A-18 squadron at MCAS Miramar in San Diego. He, in turn, forwarded the cartoon to the military aides who carry the Football today. (There are five, one from each branch of the military.)

The Marine major who now carries the Football replied to my nephew's e-mail and said, "Obviously this guy is too fat to be a Marine."

 
   

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