June 12, 2014
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This item from yesterday's paper hardly comes as a surprise...
Jose to Appeal Measure B Ruling
—Pension reform battle may be felt throughout state—
By Mike Rosenberg
Mercury News — June 11, 2014
SAN JOSE — The battle over San Jose’s signature pension reform measure is headed
back to court in a case that figures to have statewide implications. The San
Jose City Council on Tuesday voted 8-3 to appeal a lower-court’s ruling from
December that struck down key parts of the Measure B pension measure after
unions sued to block it. There had been some settlement interest brewing between
both sides in the last few months, and the city recently backed down slightly on
its disability retirement rules in an attempt to please unions. But it wasn’t
enough to garner a deal, at least not yet. Measure B has hung over San Jose as
City Hall’s definitive issue since voters overwhelmingly approved it in June
2012. On one hand, the city sees pension cuts as a key area to save hundreds of
millions of taxpayer dollars after retirement deals handed out last decade
caused pension costs to skyrocket. But the changes have angered employees,
particularly police officers who have responded by quitting for cities that
offer better compensation packages. It’s not clear when the appeals court will
hear the case, though their decision will likely not come before the November
election. Measure B is a key part of the mayor’s race, with Supervisor Dave
Cortese wanting to end the court war and find pension savings at the bargaining
table, while Councilman Sam Liccardo would keep fighting to defend the measure
in court. Pension reform is also a key topic in the three City Council races on
the November ballot.
Mayor Chuck Reed, who has championed pension reform, has repeatedly said he
wants the California Supreme Court to hear the case.
That would enshrine a decision with statewide impact to guide other cities
dealing with similar pension problems. A new mayor and four council members who
take office at the start of 2015 would have to make that decision, however.
Both the city and the unions are looking for a better outcome in the appeals
court. The biggest war — over whether cities could force existing employees to
pay more toward their pensions, as Measure B called for — was won by the unions
the first time around. The judge still did side with the city on 10 of the other
14 provisions of the measure, which combined would still allow San Jose to save
tens of millions of dollars per year. That has unions signaling an interest in
an appeal, as well.
Council members Ash Kalra, Xavier Campos and Kansen Chu, who typically vote with
union interests, were against an appeal.
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF THE SJPD AND THE CITY
This news likely sent a chill up the leg of Barbara Marshman.
She's the editorial page editor who writes and/or approves the opinions of the
Mercury News that appear in the paper…
Reed Giving Nod to
—Councilmember faces union-backed rival in November—
By David E. Early and Sharon Noguchi — Staff writers
Mercury News — June 9, 2014
SAN JOSE — Mayor Chuck Reed, the outgoing city executive, will formally endorse
Sam Liccardo to replace him as mayor of San Jose.
Last week, City Councilmember Liccardo won a November spot in a runoff election
for mayor against Dave Cortese, who carried a strong union-led reform package
into the primary. The Santa Clara County supervisor promised changes to the
fiscal reform policies of Reed, who is termed out.
The mayor will make his endorsement at 11:30 a.m. Monday at La Petit Trianon
Theatre, 75 N. Fifth St. in San Jose. Reed is choosing the candidate who most
closely promises to continue Reed’s get tough fiscal reforms and economic
Reed, reached by phone Sunday, said he would not comment until Monday. But after
the election, he had issued a statement saying “I don’t think voters want to go
back to the days of cutting services to pay for employee pay and benefit
increases and that’s what they’ll get with Dave Cortese.
“Sam Liccardo knows what it takes to restore services to our residents and
taxpayers and has the courage to do it.”
On Sunday, Liccardo said, “Most residents agree with Mayor Reed and myself that
we don’t want to return to the days when special interests and their enablers at
the City Hall buried our children under billions of dollars of debt.”
Liccardo campaigned on “spending smarter,” a theme reflected in a book he wrote
that highlights plans to use technology to improve public safety. Not only will
Liccardo have Reed’s backing, but he came through the primary having raised — by
far — the most money in the race, especially from high tech, other business
groups and wealthy CEOs and others from outside San Jose. Behind Liccardo were
candidates Madison Nguyen, the vice mayor and Councilmembers Pierluigi Oliverio
and Rose Herrera.
Cortese, the only non-councilmember in the race, wants to overturn much of
Reed’s work by abandoning parts of a voter-approved pension reform measure the
city’s unions are fighting in court. Labor groups support Cortese and have
pumped hundreds of thousands of dollars into his campaign, provided plum
endorsements and launched full-out voter outreach efforts on his behalf.
He could not be reached Sunday for comment. Reed openly worried that in exchange
for such support, Cortese would give too much taxpayer money to city workers.
“We’re going to be unstoppable,” Cortese said Tuesday night at a labor-sponsored
party. “What happened today is the residents of San Jose called 911, and they
asked for change. We need a city that works for everybody, and we just took a
big step in doing that.”
The primary was largely between which of Reed’s four allies would make the
runoff. Liccardo won and will now have Reed’s public backing.
“So far, so good,” Liccardo said following Tuesday’s vote. “The plan was to
finish second in June and consolidate support in the runoff, and so far we’re
right on plan.”
• • • • •
As the headline says, Reed has made it official. With his
endorsement as well as the Mercury News' along with Liccardo's money and the
probability that most of those who voted for the other mayoral candidates will
vote for Liccardo, Dave Cortese will no doubt be fighting an uphill battle.
Mayor Makes it Official
By Sharon Noguchi
Mercury News — June 10, 2014
SAN JOSE — As widely expected, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed on Monday endorsed
Councilman Sam Liccardo’s bid to become San Jose’s next mayor. Reed earlier had
said that he was confident his fiscal policies — employee pension reforms and
holding the line against union pressure — would continue under Liccardo. In last
week’s primary election, business-backed candidate Liccardo came in second and
will face Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese in the November general
San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, left, shakes hands as he gives his
endorsement to mayoral candidate Sam Liccardo during a news
conference on Monday at the LaPetit Trianon Theater in San Jose.
Cortese on Monday said the endorsement came as no surprise. “It’s something I
expected even before I declared my candidacy.”
He said he has won endorsements from more elected officials than did any of his
opponents in the primary.
“I’m satisfied with the endorsements I have,” said Cortese, who has the backing
of union leaders. “Sam’s not running against my endorsers, and I’m not running
against Chuck Reed.
“I look forward to many opportunities to engage in public debate.”
Weston Starbird hangs a banner for Liccardo before
termed-out Mayor Reed endorsed Liccardo, who
faces Supervisor Dave Cortese in November.
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Don't be deceived by the headline below. Herhold is writing about
the SJPD cop whose stash of weed was found in a storage locker...
Blame it on the Mayor or Fess Up
By Scott Herhold — Columnist
Mercury News — June 10, 2014
Editor’s Note: A warning to literal readers: Not everything in this column is
meant to be taken at face value. Expect an ironic comment or two. Or three.
In all the hubbub over the June primary election, you might have missed the most
intriguing story of Election Day — the arrest of a 20-year San Jose police
veteran on charges of accumulating a substantial amount of marijuana in a public
The officer, Son Hoai Vu, 42, is facing two felony counts of possession, one for
sales and one for cultivation. He has been put on paid leave while the case is
pending. News reports said the managers at his Public Storage locker at 475
Tully Road in San Jose unloaded his stuff when he fell behind on payments. Vu
will undoubtedly offer his own explanations — things like “what pot?” or “that
belonged to my brother-in-law,” or “hey, it was evidence in an old case.” But in
the interests of airing this matter fully, and bringing compassion to a
difficult situation, let me suggest five alternative lines of defense: A) It was
all Mayor Chuck Reed’s fault. The mayor gets the blame for everything else, so
he might as well shoulder this one. The San Jose police force is demoralized
because of Reed’s move to cut pensions and benefits. Cops are leaving for the
exits faster than theater patrons when someone yells “fire.” When you have a
demoralized force that needs a few extra bucks, what happens? Well, officers
figure the rules don’t apply to them.
And they’re hard-pressed to pay their bills.
B) The officer was involved in the “Weed for Votes” plan of the medical cannabis
collectives. In this version, Son Vu was just a citizen doing his bit to help
voter turnout. You may have read that marijuana collectives wanted to influence
Tuesday’s election by giving marijuana to patients who voted. Son Vu wanted to
contribute for selfless reasons — even though the pot recovered was classified
as “shake,” or end bits.
C) To save money, Vu was staging his house for sale and needed to remove the
dope. A subtler version of the Chuck-Reed-made-me-do-it defense. Any good real
estate agent will tell you that you need to remove clutter to sell your house.
What’s the definition of unwanted stuff? A roomful of pot plants qualifies. How
will buyers envisage a nursery for a 2-year-old amid a green sea of dope?
D) Vu wanted to take a stand against the arbitrary rules the City Council is
considering to restrict marijuana. The council deadlocked 5-5 over new rules in
what seems to be a legislative version of the endless lawsuit in “Bleak House.”
No one understands it anymore. One restriction would have prohibited a marijuana
collective within 1,000 feet of a school. Sure, Franklin School is across the
street from Vu’s locker. But do we really expect kids to wander over to smoke
the officer’s stash?
E) The veteran officer was stupid. Admittedly, telling the truth is a risky
defense. Vu should consider it anyway. By allegedly not paying his storage fees
— and thus causing the storage company to unload his locker and eventually call
police — Vu put at risk a pension that is worth at least $1 million to him over
the course of a lifetime. If you figure he was paying $200 a month and was a
couple of months behind, he was saving $400, less than half-a-percent of his
lifetime payout. It’s the definition of insanely stupid, right? What jury
wouldn’t have sympathy for a dope like that?
PBA MEETS NEXT WEDNESDAY
Bar Opens at 5:00
Dinner at 6:00 (or thereabouts)
Bring your appetite
Don't forget to buy your tickets for the San Francisco Giants 11th Annual Law
Enforcement Appreciation Night! Please see the flyer below for more details.
The best way to get the seats you want is to come into the SJPOA office and
purchase your tickets. If you are unable to come in, please email Joanne at
with how many tickets you would like to buy and she will respond to you within
four business days. Tickets cannot be held or purchased over the phone.
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Fellow Retiree Needs Our Help...
Don Hale, whose wife (Gloria) has been engaged in a long battle
with ALS, has been in close contact with Jim Lisius and his family. Jim was an
SJPD officer who also was diagnosed with ALS and has since retired. That was the
basis for this POA Membership Alert we ran back in April. An update from Jim's
wife on how the fundraising is going appears below the Alert…
received the following email update from Wendell Martin:
I have created a campaign to generate donations to help buy the Lisius Family a
used mobility van on "Healthdonor.com" (http://www.healthdonor.com/).
The founder and CEO is none other that one of our own, Andrew Watson #4099. The
great thing about this site is that 100% of the donations (minus credit card
charges and any banking fees) go directly to the recipient. Similar websites
take a percentage of the donations, this one does not. The account was activated
today, and I encourage everyone to visit it.
I also have opened a bank account called the "Lisius Family Mobility Van Fund"
at Wells Fargo Bank for those who choose not to use the web. The account number
Another option is to route any donation to me in the Background Unit, or James
Cooper in BFO.
As of today, April 7th, donations have reached over $5,000! Any donations
remaining after a van is purchased will go to the family to help pay for Jim's
24-hour, 7 days-a-week care!
I cannot thank everyone enough for their support. We just started, but we still
have a ways to go. I encourage everyone to reach out to businesses and other law
enforcement agencies. Some of you have done just that and I thank you!
Thanks for your support!
Wendell Martin #3232
Don forwarded to us an email he received from Jim's wife
(Francis) on June 7th. She has given us permission to reprint it…
Sorry I didn't get this to you sooner. Kind of a busy day yesterday getting loan
on van from the Credit Union, picking up the car, setting up the insurance, one
of his old partner's visit, taking Jim for allergy shots, taking him on a walk
and on and on. A typical day in the life of ALS. I didn't want to forget to send
you the information for the account and website donations. They can be made two
Wells Fargo Bank to the "Lisius Family Mobility Van Fund" or on the
Healthdonor.com website at:
far between both accounts and to us there have been donations of $17k+. The van
purchase is $42k. In addition, our caregiver needs and other expenses, which
include someone awake at night due to Jim's vent are running between $8-10k per
month and our Long Term Care coverage only covers $2700 of this. This is what
keeps me up at night worrying about how to sustain this on my part time salary
and Jim's retirement pay. We are working next to see how we can reduce this.
Yesterday I met a Santa Clara officer at Togo's that had a brother who just
lateraled from SJ and father who retired from SJPD after 30 years. Last name was
Cardin (sp?). I told him how supportive the Dept was being with us and I just
picked up a van that they raised donations for. He told me he had not heard
about Jim and that we should send information about him to Santa Clara as he and
others would be willing to donate. Almost brought tears to my eyes. This is
where the brotherhood is really evident. I will probably let Wendall Martin and
Mike Dzuiba know this as they have been leading the charge on the donations so
I've included pictures of Jim with his old VCET team and our family at briefing
last month where they presented him with his badge, patches and coins from the
teams he was part of. Such a memorable and touching event for us after all that
Thanks again for thinking of us! Looking forward to the walk at Vasona with
Ed. — I just logged into the Health Donor site and made a
contribution towards the van, and I challenge you other retired cops to do the
same. Our brother needs some assistance.
WOUNDED VETS APPRECIATION BBQ LUNCH
Association's Wounded Veteran's Appreciation Barbecue Lunch
Once again, the Association is hosting a BBQ luncheon for wounded military
veterans who are being treated at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto.
The event will be held on Saturday, July 12, 2014. This is an excellent
opportunity to show our military veterans just how much we appreciate their
The flyer below provides event details and information on how you can help.
sign up as a volunteer, or for any questions regarding this event, please
contact Tom Scully at 831-331-7275 or by email at
MORE NEWS FROM THE RETIREES' ASSOCIATION
First, I would like to thank everyone who showed up to one of the two public
meetings regarding the Cortex Retirement Board governance changes. There was a
good showing by our members, federated retirees and active employees.
It really does make a difference when our members show up and take action. You
can read the summary of the meetings written by the Office of the City Manager
Previously we informed you that we had requested a meeting with the City
Manager, but had received no response. Following the public meetings, the City
Manager has reached out to us for a meeting. We will meet with him next week to
discuss our various concerns with the changes to our retirement system.
those of you who were unable to attend the public meeting, you can get a copy of
the PowerPoint presentation presented to us at the meeting by clicking
those of you who are interested, you can watch one of the pubic meetings on line
We will keep you informed as this issue develops over the next few weeks.
Jim Spence, President
NEW VANGUARD NOW ON-LINE
Hard copies of the June Vanguard are in the mail. Click
to view it online.
KEITH KELLEY CLUB IS SEEKING DONATIONS TO HELP ITS MEMBERS
Note the times and location of this weekend's fundraising event
to benefit Keith Kelley Club in need. Questions may be addressed to Margie
Thompson at 408-891-3760 or
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
June 4th thru June 10th
Tonight was Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals with the L.A. Kings playing the New
York Rangers. California Gov. Jerry Brown said if the Rangers win he’ll give New
York Gov. Andrew Cuomo a package of rice cakes. Cuomo would give Brown some
chicken-wing sauce if the Kings win. That's just crap in their pantries that no
French President Francois Hollande will host two dinners tomorrow night, the
first one for President Obama, followed by one for Vladimir Putin. Hollande was
pretty worried about keeping them separate. Then his girlfriend and his mistress
said, “You'll figure it out.”
A Republican candidate for Congress in Arizona, who is white, recently changed
his name to Cesar Chavez to appeal to Latino voters. It backfired when Arizona’s
governor immediately deported him.
The World Cup starts next week. A wildlife center in China says that its baby
panda will correctly predict the outcome of the World Cup games. When asked what
will happen, the panda said, “None of the stadiums will be ready and all the
games will be canceled.”
The NFL just released a logo for Super Bowl 50 that features the number instead
of the standard Roman numeral. The Roman numeral is just "L." They say it's a
Now that the Super Bowl 50 logo uses just the number and no Roman numeral,
people in Rome are saying, "Whew. Now we know what number it stood for."
A company in Japan says it will start selling human-like robots that can babysit
your children. That story again: Japan is making a robot that can turn on a TV.
The robot babysitters apparently keep your kids quiet by making them hide in
Last night was Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the San
Antonio Spurs. The air conditioning stopped working during the game, which made
it feel like 90 degrees inside. Or as football players, baseball players, tennis
players, soccer players, and runners put it, “Must be rough.”
That’s right, LeBron James sat on the bench for the final four minutes of the
game. And what’s crazy is his teammates still kept passing him the ball.
I can’t believe how hot it got during that game. It was so hot that even the
LOSING team dumped Gatorade on its coach.
Tomorrow is the Belmont Stakes. California Chrome will try to become the first
horse in 36 years to win the Triple Crown. And he's going to have to do it
without air conditioning.
Hillary Clinton said she wants to travel this year, and won't make any
announcements about her plans to run for president until 2015. When asked where
she’ll travel, she said, “New Hampshire, Iowa, and maybe spend a few months in
President Obama faced some criticism for chewing gum during a D-Day ceremony. He
said, “Sorry, but if I don't get my Nicorette, there's going to be another war
on this beach.”
Last night “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” won the Tony Award for best
musical. It’s about a wealthy man who wants to eliminate all the heirs in his
family so he can take over. Or as Prince Charles put it, “Go on...”
Actress Audra McDonald broke Angela Lansbury’s record last night when she won
her sixth Tony Award. She’s got more Tonys than a beach in New Jersey.
President Obama’s daughter Sasha turned 13 years old today. That means that now
he has two teenage girls. But thanks to Congress, he's used to people ignoring
Paramount is planning to re-release “Forrest Gump” this year to celebrate the
movie’s 20th anniversary. So it’ll be back in theaters. Which is great because
before if you wanted to see “Forrest Gump,” you had to turn on your TV at
literally any time of day.
Lawmakers in Jamaica are now considering a bill that would legalize marijuana.
Let me repeat myself: Lawmakers in Jamaica are considering a bill to legalize
marijuana. In related news, lawmakers in Italy are considering a bill to
legalize spaghetti, and lawmakers in Ireland are considering a bill to legalize
A guy in New York is selling the world’s largest video game collection, which
includes 11,000 games. He doesn’t really want to sell it, but he needs some way
to pay for the divorce.
Last week a 13-year-old girl became the youngest female to climb Mount Everest.
She didn't mean to. She was just texting her friend and the next thing she knew
she was on top of Mount Everest.
The co-founder of Burt's Bees was forced out of the company for having an affair
with an employee. He says everyone should mind their own beeswax.
That's right, the co-founder of Burt's Bees was forced out of the company for
having an affair with an employee. In his defense, he was just trying to explain
to her the story of the Burts and the bees.
You want more? Hey, the co-founder of Burt's Bees was forced out of the company
for having an affair with an employee. He was caught during a sting operation.
Last night the Los Angeles Kings won game one of the Stanley Cup finals in
overtime. Fans in L.A. went crazy after they heard about it this morning at
Donald Sterling has agreed to sell the L.A. Clippers for $2 billion. Let that be
a lesson to your kids. If you make a racist remark to your mistress, you will
get a check for $2 billion.
When asked about criticism from Hillary Clinton, Russia's President Putin said
he doesn't like to argue with women. Putin is either being a misogynist, or else
ladies he's the perfect catch.
A Japanese clothing company has been criticized for labeling United States sizes
skinny, fat, and jumbo. After a huge outcry they changed them to "small, medium,
Scientists have developed a robot that can converse exactly like a teenager.
When the scientists unveiled the robot, it screamed "I hate you" and slammed the
door to its room.
The winner of the Miss USA Pageant is Miss Nevada. She has a black belt in
Taekwondo. Actually, she wasn't technically the winner, but she made the winner
give her the crown.
In North Carolina, an obese man was caught hiding 40 bags of heroin in the folds
of his stomach. Something tells me he is not on heroin.
The L.A. Kings are one game away from winning their second Stanley Cup in three
years. Here's what's interesting. In other cities when the hockey team wins the
championship, rowdy fans overturn cars. In Los Angeles, rowdy fans UNPLUG cars.
Donald Sterling has reversed his decision to sell the Clippers to Steve Ballmer,
the former CEO of Microsoft. If Sterling gets his way, the deal will fall
through and Ballmer won't be able to buy the team. When asked about it, Ballmer
said, "That's OK. I'm used to things freezing and then crashing."
A Whole Foods store in New York will start offering customers cocktails while
they shop. It's part of Whole Foods' new slogan, "You'd have to be drunk to pay
One of the top people in a Mexican drug cartel is a woman who apparently looks
exactly like Kim Kardashian. The only difference is the head of the drug cartel
has a job and is less of a threat to America.
bring back a POW, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, from Afghanistan and to get him back we
traded five Taliban thugs. And now everybody's gone crazy. People say it's the
most controversial trade that has taken place since NBC traded me here to CBS.
These guys were down in Gitmo and now they get freed after 10 or 15 years. So
now they're released and they get to fly home. And I'm thinking, if you go to
the airport and you're stuck behind these guys in security, good luck.
When they sent the Taliban thugs back to Qatar, they got picked up in a stretch
I hope California Chrome wins horse racing's Triple Crown this weekend. I'll
tell you why. I really have trouble remembering the Double Crown winners.
CBS is trading me for five Taliban prisoners.
President Obama says that the United States never leaves soldiers behind. But
that's because we never leave.
This Bergdahl guy was in a Taliban prison for five years, and he's now
recovering in a hospital in Germany. The reason he is in Germany is because he
couldn't get into a VA hospital until 2020.
Hillary Clinton has a new book out on her experiences as secretary of state.
Instead of a book jacket, her book is wearing a pantsuit.
Over the weekend, a Tony Award went to "The Late Show With David Letterman." The
category: best waste of a Broadway theater.
There is a new study involving rats. It turns out that rats actually can
understand the feeling of regret. Thank God we got to the bottom of that.
President Obama went for a walk and went to a Starbucks. If this guy can afford
coffee at Starbucks, the economy must be improving.
The president was sitting there having his coffee with his laptop open,
arranging another deal for Taliban prisoners.
President Obama had a cup of his favorite coffee — the Kenyan Socialist.
You know the carriage rides you can take in New York City? One of those horses
got loose, was running around Central Park, and slammed right into a cab. It's
been a tough couple of days for California Chrome.
There are rumors that Robert Pattinson from the "Twilight" movies may be the
next Indiana Jones. If there is one thing I want with my rugged action heroes,
it's a little bit of sparkle!
I think Robert Pattinson would make a great Indiana Jones. Instead of searching
for the lost ark, he could go searching for a deal on moisturizer.
Instead of battling Nazis, Pattinson could battle flyaway bangs.
Today is National Cheese Day. A lot of celebrities are very excited. There's
Monterey Jack Nicholson. Rush Limburger. Brie-oncé. Mozzar-Ellen DeGeneres. And
Everyone in Los Angeles is very excited. We're celebrating last night's victory
in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals. Everyone in Los Angeles is now pretending
they watch hockey.
The game went into overtime. L.A. hockey fans were very tense. More tense than
Donald Sterling at the Apollo. More tense than the countries on the edge of
Russia. More tense than Bruce Jenner's face.
Donald Sterling says he won't sue the NBA for forcing him to sell the Clippers
for $2 billion. Apparently he decided this after a short meeting where someone
explained to him that he was getting $2 billion.
Disney announced they're making a live action "Beauty and the Beast." Of course
we're all familiar with the story. An attractive woman falls for a horrible
monster and then forces him to sell his NBA team for $2 billion.
It is a great day here in Los Angeles. Gay Pride Weekend starts today, and
Sunday night right here on CBS is the Tony Awards. Coincidence?
The new Tom Cruise movie opens today. It's called "Edge of Tomorrow." Tom Cruise
is an intergalactic warrior fighting to save our planet from aliens. I have no
idea who he plays in the movie.
"Edge of Tomorrow" is about a guy who's forced to relive the same thing over and
over and over again, day after day after day. I can't relate at all.
Today's a great day for Sweden. It's their "National Day." It's the day Sweden
celebrates independence from Denmark. Sweden's about 400 miles from Russia. That
means they've still got a few years before Putin gets to them.
The Los Angeles Kings are up 2-0 in the Stanley Cup Finals. Everyone in L.A. is
pretending to like hockey now. They say things like, "Oh, this is so awesome.
Hockey is the new kale!"
L.A. hockey fans are more excited than Donald Sterling at a white sale.
California Chrome, the prize thoroughbred, came up short in his bid for racing's
Triple Crown. But don't feel bad for California Chrome. Remember, he's still got
two more crowns than Prince Charles.
This summer marks the 75th anniversary of Little League Baseball. Or to put it
in Little League terms, six innings.
This week, Tom Brady’s 18,000-square-foot L.A. mansion was sold to Dr. Dre for
$40 million. Now, $40 million might sound like a lot, but remember, he’s a
Tonight the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs faced off in Game 1 of the NBA
Finals. It’s the NBA’s annual contest to determine whose city will be set on
A Danish firm has developed an underground beer fridge called the eCool that
takes advantage of underground conditions to keep beer cold. So congratulations,
I guess, for inventing the “hole.”
Scientists in Australia have rediscovered a bat species that was originally
thought to be extinct for over 120 years. And thanks to the quick reflexes of
one of the scientists, it’s extinct again.
In an interview with Diane Sawyer, Hillary Clinton said she would make her
decision on running for president “by the end of the year.” Specifically, the
Vladimir Putin’s personal envoy said that allowing Finland to join NATO could
lead to World War III. Yes, if there’s one country that’s definitely going to
start World War III, it’s Finland.
On Friday the CIA launched its official Twitter account. Which means that you
could receive this terrifying email: “The CIA is now following you.”
A man in Florida was arrested after he was caught wearing the swimsuit of a
woman whose house had just been burglarized. Even worse for that woman, it
looked better on him.
President Obama surprised tourists by walking to a Starbucks near the White
House. Even more surprising, he traded five Taliban members for a grande soy
A Connecticut woman was arrested after she sent her son to school with a grenade
for his World War II-related show and tell. Though I’d say the school was asking
for trouble when they planned a World War II-related show and tell.
LEGO revealed that many of its executives use customized LEGO figures that
resemble themselves in lieu of business cards. Which explains why their
assistants always get calls asking, “Can I speak to Mr. Yellow Head, Brown
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF JUNE 7, 2014
The facts behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox
Are hundreds of decommissioned bomb-sniffing
in need of adoption by the public?
case of airport security deeming the Medal of Honor carried by a
to be a potential weapon.
• Has the infamous
finally been granted parole?
• Photograph purportedly
a house painted in protest by its owner after he was barred from displaying a
• Is the U.S. government opening gas stations to distribute
in poor neighborhoods?
• Photographs purportedly
attacking and killing mountain lion.
• Rumor from the 1960s holds that the lyrics to the song 'Louie Louie' are
• Wal-Mart halted sales of Chinese-made
after some purchasers reported suffering skin rashes or chemical burns.
• Was actor Don Knotts once the Marine Corps' 'most feared
• Did the father of Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of penicillin, save a
• Has President Obama announced a nationwide
for children grades K-12?
• Do golf courses have 18 holes because a
contains 18 shots?
• Was 'Willy Gilligan' the full name of the
in the television series 'Gilligan's Island'?
• Bowe Bergdahl, the sole
held prisoner by Taliban insurgents, has been released.
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THE LIGHTER SIDE & OTHER ODDS AND ENDS
Large or Full Screen preferred for YouTube videos
The Critter Corner
guy who makes these Talking Animal videos is getting better and better.
sent in by Dirk Parsons has received almost 17 million views.
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This clip is only 11 seconds long, but it proves that it's
who laugh when they see someone slip and fall on their ass.
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ever there was a video that showed the differences in personalities between
canines and felines, one could argue that
would be a candidate. (3 Mins.)
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Have you ever seen a cat that can sign the word "eat" when it's hungry? Watch
37-second clip and you'll be able to say you have.
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What is it that cats find attractive about boxes, bowls and other types of
too, for that matter? (2 Mins.)
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Speaking of cats, one could argue that they don't get any cuter than
baby kittens enjoying a snack. (36 Secs.)
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mystery of the deep? As the title of this Smithsonian Channel video proclaims,
"Something Ate This Shark…But What? (3 Mins.)
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Have a look at one of the many things you can capture with a Go-Pro H-D video
camera attached to a remote control drone you can buy through Amazon and tons of
other retailers. It's pretty
of a Dolphin and Whale stampede off of Dana Point. The drone is being controlled
by the operator in the small boat you will see from time to time. He's looking
at a small video screen that is showing him what the Go-Pro camera is capturing
on video. (5 Mins.)
Shoo, critters, take a break...
Until I saw this clip of a young Russian archer I had no idea that archery had
advanced to the point where
were now available. Watch her and you will see what I mean. And if you look
close, you will see that she is using wadcutter arrows.
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Want a helicopter that can land and take off almost anywhere but can't afford
one? Dirk Parsons suggests you look at
far less expensive SuperSTOL airplane manufactured by Wild West Aircraft. You
can almost land it in your driveway. (4 Mins.)
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This is an interesting video in that it's a
of a guy who flies his RC airplane directly at himself and catches it with his
hand. Sometimes he's successful, sometimes he's not. (2
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This is a well produced home video with music of a father who climbs into the
baby crib to stop his daughter from crying and finds himself
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What are the odds that the hearts of these folks paddling their canoes in the
after they saw the waves generated by the partial collapse of a nearby glazier?
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Like gadgets? When Tom Macris alerted me to the availability of a Pocket Monkey
I thought he was making one of those jokes about a guy's manhood. Turns out he
2 minute video and see if it's something you guys may want to buy. If it is,
they are only $19.95. But wait, there's more. Order right now — or six months
from now — and you will receive two for the price of one. (Such a deal.)
Interested in having your own Pocket Monkey? Click
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probably would have gone to church more often when I was younger if all sermons
lasted as long and were as entertaining as this one sent in by Russ Jones. It
has a good beat and is almost like rap, but not the popular kind of rap that
makes my teeth itch and my ears bleed. Have a
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Taking art to the next level is what this clip is about. Rather than try to
describe what you are about to see, we'll just suggest you click
and watch. (2 Mins.)
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could argue that Mother Nature was responsible for the subsequent exploitation
of these two individuals. On the other hand, perhaps
both of them
enjoyed the notoriety of being part of the world's tallest and smallest men.
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any of you have the time to try
and you find that your brain will in fact extend the range of your key fob to
lock/unlock your car, let us know. (5 Mins.)
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These people had a front row seat to witness how
never mind the fact they they were apparently unconcerned that another vent from
the volcano could open up directly under them. (1 Min.)
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This web link received from Bill Leavy displays several
from both World War I and World War II that should be worth a look. The Cologne
cathedral pictured below is the subject of one of several before and after
images that appear in the final item below…
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you believe in the concept of "better late than never," you will forgive us for
presenting this spectacular web page of historical photos of D-Day a week after
the 70th anniversary of the June 6th landings. Clicking on
link will take you to a series of photos taken in 1944, and a simple click of
your mouse on each photo will transform the image to what the same location
looks like today in 2014 (similar to the pics below). Kudos to The Atlantic
website for posting these images and the photographers who researched the
historic photos and tracked down the locations from where the images were first
captured 70 years ago.
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Pic of the Week
With all the
negative publicity about the prisoner exchange of Sgt. Bergdahl
for the five high-ranking GITMO detainees, an email with the image below is
in the process of going viral. But is it factual? Snopes researched the photo
and posted the facts on its website two days ago. Click
for the details.