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June 13, 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.



 

UPDATE ON TOM'S MEMORIAL SERVICE

An e-mail from Tom Brewer regarding Tom Johnson's service scheduled for this coming Saturday in Henderson, NV advises that with temperatures expected to be in the low 100s, the family wants those of you attending to know that casual dress (slacks/khakis and a polo shirt) are fine, no coat and tie.

Tom also provided the following accommodations recommendation for out-of-towners who plan to attend.

Homewood Suites
10450 S. Eastern Ave.
(Around the corner from the church)
(702) 450-1045
Tom Johnson Bereavement Rate: $99
Ask for Michael or Tamara
Full breakfast included

We now have Fran's home address on file for those who wish to mail her a sympathy card. Send your request to <bilmat@comcast.net>


 

PBA MEETS NEXT WEEK



Wednesday, June 19th
SJPOA Hall
1151 N. First St., San Jose
Bar Opens at 5:00
Buffet Dinner to follow



 

PENSION NEWS

Russ Jones sent in a link to a Fox Business News article entitled "California on the Brink: Pension Crisis About to Get Worse." The story includes a video clip that looks like the graphic below. To play the video you will need to first click on the link, then on the arrow in the lower right corner of the graphic.



<http://tinyurl.com/lpn9m7l>


 

THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD

Last Sunday's paper included this story about the city's budget and the ongoing tug-of-war from different groups for funding...

Budget Battle Brewing

—As crime rises, police unions push San Jose mayor for more funds—

By John Woolfolk
<jwoolfolk@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — June 9, 2013

SAN JOSE — With public safety eclipsing soaring pension bills as a chief civic concern this year, San Jose’s upcoming budget talks are focused on maintaining police and fire departments thinned by pay, benefit and job cuts.

In budget recommendations that will be the subject of a Monday night hearing and Tuesday vote, Mayor Chuck Reed calls for allocating $16.4 million to restore police officers’ pay, $8 million to maintain fire department staffing propped up by expiring federal grants, $3 million more toward anti-gang efforts and an additional $3 million to boost police recruitment.

“Enhancing the capacity of our police and fire departments and restoring some of the service reductions suffered over the past decade are very important to our community,” Reed said.

But the mayor’s spending plan didn’t warm the hearts of many officers, who accuse the mayor of imposing cutbacks that have crushed morale, spawned an exodus of officers and left the police department dangerously shorthanded.

“The mayor’s budget proposals fail to address our increasing crime rate and the fear and frustration that is brimming in our neighborhoods over the increases in emergency response times,” said Sgt. Jim Unland, president of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association. “He told the citizens of San Jose that his policies would restore services. It’s time this mayor kept his promise. We are losing police officers faster than we can replace them.”

In budget hearings around the city in recent weeks, residents most frequently cited public safety as a concern, expressing frustration with increases in crime generally and burglaries in particular. Many shared personal experiences with break-ins.

In addition, the city’s homicide tally is on pace to exceed 20-year highs, and graffiti has marred freeway signs and overpasses.

It was a message that Reed said he has heard loud and clear. Even so, he blamed the cutbacks under his watch on runaway retirement costs that he has fought to curb over resistance from unionized workers.

Reed said he and his council allies in recent years had to take “bold budget actions” — 10 percent pay and benefit cuts for all city employees, outsourcing work and trimming health and pension benefits — to patch budget deficits driven by retirement costs that more than tripled over a decade. The city workforce has shrunk by 2,000 positions to about 5,500 in the past decade, he said.

Approved police department staffing peaked in 2009 at 1,395 sworn officers but has since fallen to 1,109. And according to Acting Chief Larry Esquivel, the city has only 901 officers available for full duty because of vacancies from retirements, resignations and disability leave. Although the city has been furiously recruiting new officers, it is just keeping pace with resignations and retirements that average about nine a month, he said.

Reed said the council’s budget actions already have saved San Jose $81 million a year, including $59 million in the city’s general operating fund, which pays for police and other basic services. But Reed said that because of increasing retirement costs, San Jose is spending almost $100 million more on its shrunken police department today than it did a decade ago.

Reed has staked his legacy on a controversial ballot measure he sponsored to cut retirement benefits whose growing costs he argues are devouring the city budget. Voters overwhelmingly approved his Measure B pension reforms last June. But unions representing city cops and other workers are fighting to overturn the measure in court, arguing that it violates their benefit and bargaining rights.

A Superior Court trial on the measure has now been pushed to July 22, and appeals are almost certain. Also pending are decisions on union complaints about the measure before a state agency that oversees public employee rights.

San Jose already has implemented some of the measure’s provisions, including reduced pensions for new hires and elimination of bonus pension checks. Together with reductions in retiree health benefits, those measures have saved about $20 million, money assumed in the proposed budget. Additional provisions of the measure that would make employees pay more for their pensions could produce up to $48 million in additional yearly savings, Reed said. He argued that while the city’s actions have slowed the rise in retirement costs, the pension reforms are needed to keep rising bills in check.

“While we’ve made tremendous progress in putting our city back on a sustainable path, we still have a long way to go in order restore services to the level that our residents deserve,” Reed said. “That’s why we must remain focused on implementing the rest of our fiscal reform plan.”

Reed and the City Council have offered police officers raises totaling 9 percent over two years. But officers wanted 10 percent by July 2014 and without the strings in the city offer, part of which is contingent on winning the pension case and some of which requires officers to agree to remain on the force for a couple years. The dispute is now in the hands of arbitrators not expected to make a decision until next month. City officials said arbitration limits that the mayor pushed for in a ballot measure would bar any police raise because retirement costs exceed recent revenue growth.

While public safety remains a priority, it isn’t residents’ only concern. At budget meetings, residents also complained about deteriorating roads and reduced library hours. Reed’s budget recommendations include $147,000 to open the Evergreen branch library on Saturdays and $1.5 million for traffic calming measures.

Councilman Ash Kalra, who opposed Reed’s pension measure and has been sympathetic to the police union, agreed that San Jose has limited financial capacity in the current budget to meet police and other employees’ demands for pay restoration. But he said the city should demonstrate a commitment to doing so. “It’s necessary to keep our talented, trained employees from leaving that we tell them we do intend to restore the 10 percent and to get there as soon as possible,” Kalra said. “I think we need to be as aggressive in restoring services and retaining employees as we were in going to the ballot on various measures over the last two years. I understand those were great political wins. But ask residents whether they’re happy with their services and safety level.”
 

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This follow-up story from yesterday's paper says Mayor Reed will agree to give cops 9 percent over two years IF the City wins the lawsuit over Measure B. Perhaps this is a poor metaphor, but it sounds to us like he's offering the men and women in blue a hot fudge sundae topped with Tabasco sauce...

City Aiming to Restore Services

—Council OKs plan that includes raises of 7 percent for cops—

By John Woolfolk
<jwoolfolk@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — June 12, 2013

SAN JOSE — With San Jose’s financial outlook slowly improving, the City Council approved a budget aimed at rebuilding services cut back by a decade of deficits, with a focus on the police and fire departments.

“It’s a great relief to be here talking about what we’re not cutting,” Mayor Chuck Reed said of the budget for the fiscal year starting July 1. “We’ve been in the process of digging our way out.”

Councilmen Ash Kalra and Don Rocha disagreed with the mayor’s specific spending recommendations.

Rocha opposed opening a recently built but mothballed police substation in the south end of San Jose, aimed at improving response times in those neighborhoods, arguing that with police short-handed the benefit is questionable and funds should be spent on road maintenance and health programs.

Kalra wanted to offer police bigger raises, commit to restoring 10 percent pay cuts that all employees took to reduce layoffs a couple years ago and open all libraries on Saturdays. The city offered up to 9 percent raises to police officers over two years, some of which is contingent upon the city winning lawsuits over pension reforms and some of which is a “retention bonus” requiring officers to commit to staying on the force for a couple years. Kalra said the city should offer 10 percent to the cops over two years, similar to what the officers have demanded. An arbitrator is expected to settle the police pay dispute. The city has been recruiting to fill vacancies amid a wave of retirements and resignations.

“They are leaving,” Kalra said. “The issue is compensation. We need to do more.”

But Reed said that “if we didn’t have to add another $9 million to cover the increase in retirement costs, we could afford a lot more in raises.”


Reed sponsored a measure that voters approved last June to reduce pension benefits, blaming “skyrocketing retirement costs” for a decade of budget deficits and service cutbacks. Unions representing cops and other city workers are fighting to block the measure. Reed said the budget assumes $20 million in savings from the measure while additional savings would come if the city wins in court.

“It is retirement cost increases that are eating our lunch in a lot of different ways, and one of those is pay,” Reed said, arguing Kalra’s proposal to give the cops the 10 percent raise would “put a huge hole in the budget.”


 

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 7th

Bill and Leroy,

Just a quick note. First thing is to thank you for the Farsider and all the good info and updates. I don't have the time or skill to find all the good stuff that is in each issue. You guys do a great service and a great job. Thank you very much. There has been way too much sad news lately. Capt. Tom Johnson was a great supervisor and a good friend. I really enjoyed working around him and being on softball teams with him. Tom and Fran were a wonderful couple. I will miss him.

Good news. I am now 5 years free of stage 4 throat cancer and will forever be grateful to Kaiser Walnut Creek and Antioch and the John Muir Concord radiation center for saving my life. They all were great. I also want to thank Chaplains Bridgen and Becknall who called and sent cards while I was sick. They are wonderful people. Thanks also to everyone who cared and kept in touch. That helped and meant a lot.

I am still a part-time Deputy with the Contra Costa Co. Sheriff's Dept. and patrol the Delta in a law enforcement boat for the S/O's Marine Unit. I recently received an honor from the California Boating Safety Officers' Assn. in the form of a nice plaque that reads "2013 — Most Dedicated to Boating Safety — Award." The article below says Boating Safety Officer of the Year, but that is not correct. My Sergeant sent a nice nominating letter as the boat accident rate in the Discovery Bay area has gone way down since I have been stopping, citing and educating boaters as well as arresting drunk boat drivers.

Lisa and I are doing great. Again thank you for all your work on the Farsider.

Gary Madison
<discobay1598@aol.com>

 

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June 7th

Hi Bill,

There was a note under Tommy Johnson’s death notice in the Farsider that if I had not received the earlier e-mail regarding his death to check with you for the details. I didn’t receive the earlier e-mail and am quite curious as to what happened.

There have been a number of  deaths due to falls such as Johnny Periman and now Tommy Johnson. If I am not mistaken, I also recall that a former member of our command staff fell to his death while working on a boat in dry dock years ago.

I’m beginning to wonder if we should start wearing bike helmets at our age as I lost some other friends recently outside our police family from falls and head injuries. I don’t mean to make light of the tragedies, but I think that as we go about our lives doing things that we did without fear when we were younger, our actions today could easily have a far different, even tragic outcome now that we are older. Perhaps a PSA would be in order as a word of caution to our brothers and sisters.

I have thought about the recent tragedies and the many times I have found myself up a ladder trimming trees, cleaning gutters, removing leaves from roofs, etc. Maybe we need to re-think these things, or at least be much more cautious, since we are not nearly as young as we used to be. In fact, I am thinking of hiring other people to perform these tasks as it's just not worth the risk at my age.

Take care and thanks for all you and Leroy do to keep us in contact and provide us with hours of enjoyment and distraction from our daily lives with the Farsider.

Jim Wagner
<jrwagner70@verizon.net>

~ ~ ~

Jim was sent the June 4th supplemental Farsider that included the details of what happened to Tom. It is available for others who didn't receive it by sending a request to
<bilmat@comcast.net>

John Periman died as a result of head injuries he sustained after an accidental fall from a staircase at a Los Gatos tavern on June 16, 2010. The lieutenant Jim was referring to was Ed Melz. He died from a head injury after he accidentally fell from a ladder onto the concrete deck below while working on his boat in 1986.
 

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June 11th

Bill,

Could you please advise your readers of the following job opening via email, your web site and The Farsider?
 
Martin Jewelers, 1605 Meridian Ave, San Jose, CA 95125, 1-408-266-6341 is looking for a retired police officer(s) [preferably with a CCW permit] to work part-time as a non-uniformed security officer. The store's normal business hours are Tuesday-Friday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. The current opening(s) are for Tuesday and Wednesday every week. Additional hours may be available for vacation and sick relief and for extended hours during the holidays and special events. Salary is negotiable.
 
Contact me if interested for more details at the store or online.

Thanks,
 
David Kirkendall, 1749 Ret.
Cell: 1-408-613-7873
Store: 1-408-266-6341

<dkrkndall@sncglobal.net>
<martinjewelers@sbcglobal.net>


 

JUNE ISSUE OF THE VANGUARD NOW AVAILABLE
 

The latest edition of the Vanguard is now on-line. To download it to your desktop, click here <http://www.sjpoa.com/Vanguard.asp> then on the image of the monthly magazine. That will download a .pdf file of the Vanguard to your desktop that you can open with a double click of your mouse.


 

THE HISTORY OF THE SJPD SHALL NOT BE FORGOTTEN



(Robillard is taking a break this week.)

The Pear Orchard

In my thirty years as a police officer in a large city I have experienced many things: some good, many bad, and some unexplained.

A proper investigation is conducted to find out what happened. A good cop does not set out to prove or disprove a fact or to determine guilt or innocence, only to uncover the facts. I like to think I got pretty good at doing just that during my time with the San Jose Police Dept. from 1965 as a Reserve until I retired in 1995 as a Captain.

Cops tend to be skeptical, unbelievers of coincidences, and result oriented among other things. As to mysteries, cops tend to generally believe in Occam’s Razor, which states in general terms that the simplest answer is usually the correct one. With this backdrop I offer the following personal experience which I cannot explain...

It was the proverbial dark and rainy night in late 1967 in San Jose. North 1st Street was a two lane road back then that pointed like a slightly bent finger at the tiny community of Alviso at the very south tip of the San Francisco Bay. In those days both sides of the road were lined with pear orchards and sparsely populated by remote farm houses, the dying remnants of the agricultural heritage of "The Valley of Heart's Delight." A couple of hundred yards before the slight left bend in North 1st St. — one that routinely collected drunk drivers returning to Alviso — I met with a man and his wife who had a compelling story. It was 3 a.m.
 
On their way back to Alviso an hour earlier they had a flat tire. Pulling over to the side of the road, the husband — whose name has been lost to history — said he was changing the tire in the rain when he heard the sound of "a little girl crying, sobbing her eyes out." He also claimed to have heard "a little dog barking frantically." The sounds were coming from the orchard to his east. The wife backed up his story, saying she also heard the cries.

I listened carefully but only heard the rain.

Those days, of course, were well before cell phones were even conceived, much less invented. Nor were there any pay phones nearby. After changing the flat tire the couple returned to their Alviso residence, call the police to report what they heard, then returned to the scene where the tire was changed. This is where I met them.
 
Even in the early days of my career there was a desire for action based on the belief that it is better to be criticized for doing something than doing nothing at all. Sergeants back then were not creatures of the night. The Watch Commander was an old-time sergeant sitting on the desk, probably not awake, and certainly not predisposed to venturing out into the hinterlands in the rain. When my back-up arrived we decided to call in a Fire Dept. light unit and start a search of the orchard.

Several unhappy and wet firemen and four muddy and just as unhappy cops found nothing but deep mud. There was no trace or sound of a little girl or a dog. A report was submitted, and as far as I know, nothing came of any follow-up. Occam's Razor was probably on target; the reporting parties' imagination had likely run rampant.

Skipping ahead to 1973

It was summer when I experienced an incident that made the small hairs on the back of my neck stand on end.

It was the wee hours of the morning and I was working midnight District 3. I was now a sergeant who swore I would never be one of those absent dinosaurs. District  3 was the south half of the east side of San Jose. We shared a radio channel with District 1, the north half.
 
Dexter O'Day was the District 1 sergeant. We were close friends who had worked together for a long time and would continue to do so for many years to come.

Communications: "District One, San Jose One."

O’Day: "Go ahead to District One."

Communications: "Be advised we have a report of a lost child crying in an orchard off North First and we don’t have any D-1 units to respond. Do you want me to see if anybody can break away?"

Could this be the call I handled six years earlier? Logic, training and a cop’s natural cynicism said of course not. Knowing that Dex would make a thorough search I sent a couple of my units to help out. Anything to do with a missing or distressed child always provoked a big response, and this was no exception.

Cops and Fire Dept. light units searched for hours. This area of San Jose was still somewhat sparsely populated, although businesses were starting to sprout up. There was a new Toyota dealer not far to the south of the scene.

With Dex tied up on the search I took control of both eastside districts. When the police activity had settled down, however, I made a trip to the scene on North 1st Street. Dex told me that the reporting party had described a girl sobbing and a small dog barking. But I already knew that; it was the same exact location of the incident that occurred six years earlier. Again, no trace of a little girl or a dog was found.

Years went by and I am again working the east side of San Jose on the midnight shift, but I am now a lieutenant with a radio call sign of "5036." My area of responsibility ranges from downtown to the east foothills, and from the Morgan Hill city limits to Alviso. The year is 1982, and San Jose has grown.

With stark clarity I recall sitting in my car at the intersection of King and Story when Communications advised me that District 1 units were responding on a call of a lost child on North 1st St. I knew with absolute certainty what was to follow.

Communications: "5036, San Jose One."

5036: "Go ahead."

Communications: "5036 be advised District One units are responding to a call of a lost child on North First."

5036: "Confirm a little girl crying and a dog barking?"

Communications  "Uhhh. Umm. How....Affirmative. You have the information?"

5036: "Affirmative. I will not be responding to the scene."

There were few details other than a report that a security guard at one of the new Silicon Valley electronics firms heard a little girl crying and a little dog barking. Neither were found.
 
I didn’t respond to the scene because I knew they wouldn’t find anything.

Throughout the years I have frequently thought about these incidents and have wondered if any others have experienced the sounds and written them off as just an aberration. Was it luck or something else — good or bad — that it was I who experienced these events that would otherwise be lost to history?

Occam has not been helpful in this matter.



 

AMERICA'S WORST CHARITIES
 

Gerri Willis of the Fox Business Network interviewed a Tampa Bay Times reporter earlier this week who conducted a one-year investigation to weed out America's 50 worst charities, and we think the 3-part story is worth a read. But be prepared to get pissed if you download the .pdf file that accompanies the story (below) as it lists among the fifty worse charities the American Association of State Troopers; Disabled Police and Sheriff's Foundation; Disabled Police Officers Counseling Center; Disabled Police Officers of America; Firefighters Assistance Fund; Firefighters Burn Fund; Firefighters Charitable Foundation; International Union of Police Associations, AFL-CIO; National Narcotic Officers Associations Coalition; National Police Defense Foundation; Police Protective Fund; Reserve Police Officers Association; and the United States Deputy Sheriff's Association.

This is the link to the story...

<http://www.tampabay.com/topics/specials/worst-charities.page>

And this is the link to the .pdf file that will download to your desktop the list of the 50 worse charities...

<http://www.tampabay.com/americas-worst-charities/worst-charities.pdf>



 

RUNNERS WANTED


G
reetings Family, Friends, and Healthy Runners -

As many of you may know, I have been on the Board of Directors of The Grateful Garment Project — TGGP —
<http://gratefulgarment.org> — for some time now. This is a grass-roots, non-profit organization serving 13 CA counties. TGGP provides clothing and other basic necessities to victims of sexual assault during their SART ("rape kit") exam. The victims surrender their clothing for forensic examination and often must go home in a paper hospital gown. Since I have been involved with the project I share a passion with the other board members to restore some sense of dignity to victims of sexual abuse within our community.   

This summer, the Peninsula-area India Community Center is hosting a Sevathon ("seva" means selfless sacrifice) race festival to raise funds for various Bay Area non-profits, and TGGP has been selected to receive a portion of those proceeds. We are so excited about this opportunity to raise awareness and funds for the work, and I hope you will consider joining me in this exciting event.

If you are local and willing, you can run, walk, push a stroller or wheelchair in any one of three events. If you are out of the area or would prefer to simply support our cause, you can do that  as well.

The Event:
5K, 10K or Half-Marathon Run
Sunday, July 14th
Baylands Park in Sunnyvale

Wanna run? Click on the link below and you will find the Registration button on the right. All the registration money gets divided evenly among the participating non-profits:

<http://konnectme.org/the-grateful-garment-project/?ref=54375>

Wanna donate directly to The Grateful Garment Project? (You select the amount, and all the money goes straight to TGGP):

<http://konnectme.org/the-grateful-garment-project-at-sevathon-2013/>

I hope you'll consider being a part of this event, either in person or virtually. Every little bit helps the work of TGGP. If we are able to reach our $5000 goal it will allow us to expand our services to additional counties in CA that have already expressed a desire to receive our support.

Please help me to pass along this information by sharing with as many of your contacts that you think might be inclined to support this effort.
 
Thanks for your time and attention to my request. If you have any questions or need further information, feel free to contact me.
 
Blessings,

Mary Ellen Bray
<thebrays@pacbell.net>


 

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

• Account purportedly describes parting exchange between resigning General Stanley McChrystal and President Obama.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/humor/standing.asp>

• Is Congress set to begin impeachment hearings against President Obama in July 2013?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/impeachment.asp>

• Account of a 10-year-old boy's death explains dry drowning and its symptoms.
<http://www.snopes.com/medical/disease/drydrowning.asp>

• Purported newspaper photograph shows a pregnant, cigarette-smoking woman worrying about the effect of construction noise on her unborn child.
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/signs/pregnant.asp>

• Is Barack Obama the only U.S. president who has failed to visit the D-Day Monument on D-Day?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/dday.asp>

• Can you quickly recharge your cell phone by microwaving it?
<http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/hoaxes/phonecharge.asp>

• Photograph purportedly shows remarkably clear Flathead Lake in Montana.
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/natural/flathead.asp>

• Has Chumlee from 'Pawn Stars' died of a marijuana overdose?
<http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/hoaxes/chumlee.asp>

• Photograph purportedly shows a KKK member being treated by an all-black emergency room staff.
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/medical/klaner.asp>

• Did President Obama issue an executive order granting himself a $100,000 pay raise?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/satire/payraise.asp>

• Complaint about the Lowe's home improvement chain selling American flag doormats.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/doormat.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

• Was Caesar salad invented by (or named for) Julius Caesar?
<http://www.snopes.com/food/origins/caesarsalad.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



Click on Large or Full Screen one time for YouTube videos and the rest will display the same size...


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Who cares that it's not the 4th of July or another national holiday? Let's kick-start this section with something to get the blood pumping. As two military brats, Leroy and I aren't ashamed to admit this John Philip Sousa march still can bring a chill, especially when it's played by "The President's Own" United States Marine Corps Band. Volume up, screen size up, click on the link below, sit back and enjoy. (5 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-7XWhyvIpE>


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We're not being critical of the way this call for service was handled, but one of the differences between working the street today vs. a few decades ago was that we didn't have to suffer the indignity of a video like this being seen by over 300,000 YouTube viewers back in the '60s, '70s and '80s. (4 Mins.)




<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dLdoZMnmhs&feature=youtu.be>


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We can't think of a more graphic example that shows the difference in the way the two sexes think than this short 18-second video clip.



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

 

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If you are not familiar with the story of a horse named "Reckless," we join Noel Lanctot in suggesting you take a couple of minutes to learn about this extraordinary horse that distinguished itself in the Korean War.


As a pack horse during the Korean war she carried recoil-less rifles, ammunition and supplies to the Marines. Nothing too unusual about that as lots of animals got pressed into doing pack chores in many wars. But Reckless went far beyond the call of duty. During the battle for a location called Outpost Vegas, the mare made 51 trips up and down the hill; on the way up she carried ammunition, and on the way down she carried wounded Marines. What was so amazing was that she made every one of those trips through enemy fire without anyone leading her. This is her story with photos that prove where she was and what she did. (4 Mins.)

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIo3ZfA9da0>

There also is a website devoted to Sgt. Reckless at...
<http://www.sgtreckless.com/Reckless/Welcome.html>


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Here's a little bit of military aviation history and a mind-boggling photo you can play around with using your mouse.


The Convair B-36 — dubbed "The Peacekeeper" — was part of the United States Air Force inventory for ten years, from 1949 through 1959. At the time it was the largest piston engine aircraft ever made, although outboard jet engines were added to later models.

Imagine for a moment that it's the late '40s or early '50s and you are a wizz kid in your twenties who wants to join the USAF and fly one of these beasts, but less than perfect eyesight eliminates you from sitting in the left or right seat. No problem, you can still be a B-36 flight engineer. All you have to do is learn how to read and make sense of the flight engineer's panel. Clicking on the link below will show you what you would have to deal with. After the image loads, feel free to use your mouse and the buttons at the bottom of the photo for a good look-around. You can even swivel the photo 360 degrees if you want to check out the rest of the cockpit.

<http://www.nmusafvirtualtour.com/media/062/B-36J%20Engineer.html>

Click on the link below for more about "The Peacekeeper"
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B-36>


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Bruce Fair says he is a little miffed because his iPad didn't come with the features demonstrated by this guy. He thinks it might be due to the fact that he bought the American version. (4 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dg4Hww479K0>


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If you enjoy magic acts, check out this performance by Harpo Marx look-alike Ivan Necheporenko. His act showing the mysterious appearance and disappearance of the traditional Russian Dolls was the winner of the World Championship of Magic in Germany back in 1997. (6 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VezPcS4r5Ws&feature=youtu.be>


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Are you familiar with Boeing's new space age weapon? The technology could take out Iran and North Korea's nuclear threat in a heartbeat without harming a fly. Check out CHAMP and watch the video. (2 Mins.)



<http://www.boeing.com/Features/2012/10/bds_champ_10_22_12.html>


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This video from Al Bosco via Tom Macris is touted to be the 4th edition of the Best of the Web, but you'll have to pay attention because the scenes go by fast, all 243 of them. At the end you will finds links to other "Best of the Web" videos if you are interested. (10 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUj65M4T1cg>


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Are you slowing down as you age? Fret not, everyone does. Well, almost everyone. Have a look at 86-year-old Johanna Quass perform on the parallel bars, then on her floor routine. (2 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFZE09YRklU>


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Replace some of the descriptions in this dissertation received from Don Hale for venues like Mel's, John's, Spivey's, First and Second Streets, Alum Rock Park and any of the high schools in San Jose and it could easily apply to many of you if you received your diploma in or around 1960. It certainly took me back to my life as it was in San Jose during that era. (7 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPBvg69OO-c&feature=youtu.be>


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Looking for some excitement? Hop on the back of this Russian's street bike and hang on. You might even get to experience a couple of wheelies. Oh, and make sure you are wearing a fresh pair of Depends. (5 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89Jt9kLxDIo>


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No, paper is not dead, and this French commercial for a product you use every day shows you why it isn't. (1 Min.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAH0NhWR5g4>


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If you have never visited the beaches that the Allies landed on in France during the invasion of Europe on June 6, 1944, you may want to watch this short film that plays continuously at the Normandy Visitor Center. It tells the story of three Americans who died on D-Day or soon after. It should be worth noting that WW II veterans are dying at a rate of 600 every day and that only 1.2 million of the 16 million veterans who served in the war remain alive today. (7 Mins.)



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


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And finally, Larry Reuter says he was unaware that Delta Airlines provides its own honor guard when they bring a fallen hero home from the war. Neither were we. (3 Mins.)



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


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C'ya



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Breaking News: The NTSB has ordered United Airlines to
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