June 19, 2014
Mattos, Editor and Publisher
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RETIRED STAFF ANALYST EVELYN CAVA
The following was prepared
by Evelyn's daughter, Veronica. Her sister, Bernadette, has prepared an obituary
that will soon appear in the Mercury News.
My mom (and best
friend), Evelyn Cava, passed away on June 2, 2014. When she first came to the
Police Dept. as a Staff Analyst she was assigned to the Research & Development
Unit. It was there that she was finally able to put to use her excellent writing
and analysis skills in order to procure State and Federal grant monies for
various units in the Police Dept. She retired from the City in 1988, but was
recruited to come back in 1995 to work part-time, as her colleague, and friend,
April Bullock describes below.
“In the mid-1990s there was an abundance of grant opportunities and R&D needed
an additional Analyst to write, manage and monitor them. Evelyn had been retired
for several years but was recruited to come back. Of course, she easily fell
right back into the routine. She possessed the writing skills and analytical
abilities to successfully "translate" what Washington or Sacramento was looking
for and bring new projects into the Department. During her tenure, she was
involved in grant projects that included hiring and training dozens of new
officers, acquiring equipment, institutionalizing community policing, combating
domestic violence, preventing youth gun violence, and providing funds for
narcotics enforcement special projects. There was over $20 million to be
properly channeled through various governmental bureaucracies and accurately
reported on. Evelyn had the right combination of tenaciousness and tact to work
well with units throughout the Department as well as City, State, and Federal
agencies. Her attention to detail was a must in the job, and she could be relied
on to "get it right." When the City revised its policy regarding the continued
employment of retirees, Evelyn had to leave the Department, the job and the
people she enjoyed so much. Otherwise, there are plenty of people who think she
would still be there, giving it her best!”
In addition to working in Research and Development, my mom also provided her
Staff Analyst skills in the Domestic Violence Unit and the Internet Crimes
Against Children Unit.
Throughout her almost 20-year career with the City, my mom worked in almost
every City department. But she loved the work she did and the people she worked
with in the SJPD the best. She felt, as I did during my years working there,
that she was a part of a very special family, and she missed everyone terribly
when she had to leave.
A celebration of life for my mom will take place at a later date, not yet
determined. Please feel free to send me any endearing memories you have of my
mom. I would love to see them.
Veronica Cristiana (Cava)
8550 Paseo de Caballo
Atascadero, CA 93422
RETIRED POLICE DATA SPECIALIST II PAT ALESSE
No Photo Available
Little is known of
Pat's passing. We were advised of her death by Joan Lockwood, who is Secretary
of the San Jose Retired Employee Assn. (for non-sworn employees).
Joan said she received notice that Pat passed away in Phoenix, AZ on April 21st.
Police Personnel records show that she was hired on May 1, 1968, and that she
was issued the very first N number (N1). Her retirement date is not as clear,
however. Joan's info has Pat retiring on Feb. 29, 1992 while her Personnel
records show a retirement date of Jan. 6, 1991. There are no photos of Pat in
her Personnel records, nor could we locate one from any other source. We also
searched the Arizona Republic newspaper's obituaries going back to Pat's date of
death but came up empty.
Joan said she spoke with Pat a couple of months ago and she was not in the best
of health. Joan is trying to obtain further information about Pat from her
nephew but is having a difficult time making contact.
DID YOU MISS LAST WEEK'S (JUNE 12th) FARSIDER?
Because we sent out
a special newsletter about the passing of retired Reserve Officer Lou Masella
last Sunday that was tied to the "current" Farsider link, many of you logged in
on or after the 15th and thereby missed the June 12th newsletter that was
published 3 days earlier. We believe that's why last week's poll results show
approximately 100 fewer participants than usual.
To obtain a more accurate count of your opinions, we will publish last week's
poll total next week along with the results from this week's poll. If you missed
last week's June 12th Farsider and the poll and want to access it, click
Nothing of note this week.
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF THE SJPD AND THE CITY
So what are the odds that the good citizens of San Jose will vote
themselves a tax increase? We figure they are about the same as Nancy Pelosi and
Harry Reid renouncing the Democratic party and joining a Tea Party group. But it
looks like the City is going to see which way the winds are blowing anyway based
on this article from yesterday's paper...
San Jose Eyes
Sales-tax Hike, Passes Flat budget
—City may test if voters will pay to restore lost services—
By Mike Rosenberg
Mercury News — June 18, 2014
SAN JOSE — With another status-quo budget ahead, San Jose leaders who are
increasingly frustrated with the lack of city service improvements are eying a
ballot measure to raise taxes.
Soon, potential voters will be getting phone calls from pollsters to ask them
whether they’d vote to bump the sales tax up a quarter- or half-cent in San
Jose, or increase the marijuana shop tax. If the response is encouraging, the
proposal will likely hit the November ballot, and, if passed, could give the
city enough cash for general services such as staffing up fire stations and
extending library hours. Another option would send all the money toward
something specific such as hiring cops or plugging potholes, but two-thirds of
voters would need to be supportive.
The local economy may be humming, but city officials insist the extra tax money
is being balanced out by the increased cost of city workers — from rising
pension costs to restoring pay hikes that were cut during the recession. As a
result, the city’s $1.1 billion general fund budget approved by the City Council
on Tuesday has San Jose lined up to essentially continue business as usual when
the new fiscal year begins in July.
That’s not good enough, some council members say. After a couple years of stable
budgets, they’re ready to test voters’ support to pay more to restore the
services they lost — from laid-off cops to temporary fire station cuts — during
a decade of budget shortfalls.
On Tuesday they voted 7-4 to spend at least $50,000 to test support for a
potential tax measure, and they’ll decide in early August whether to place it
The council also decided to scrap other potential money-raising measures that
were seen as less likely to pass, including a potential new parcel tax.
A quarter-cent bump to the city’s 8.75 percent sales tax rate would net the city
another $34 million annually, while a half-cent increase would generate an extra
$68 million. The big debate is over whether the money should go into the general
pot of city funds, or if it should be earmarked for specific services, such as
public safety or road repairs.
A special tax earmarking funds for specific purposes might generate a better
response from voters but would need two-thirds approval from voters to pass. A
general tax increase just needs a simple majority but isn’t likely to make it
onto the ballot without very strong poll results.
“I know there are at least several members of the council that won’t support a
general sales tax, and are interested in a special sales tax” directed at
specific services, Mayor Chuck Reed said.
Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen noted she and fellow mayoral candidates on the council
— Sam Liccardo, Pierluigi Oliverio and Rose Herrera — all spoke out against a
general sales tax during their campaigns. All but Liccardo, though, were ousted
in the June primary, and several of the mayoral hopefuls said they’d be open to
a tax directed toward a specific popular service. Even the council’s two
Republicans, Johnny Khamis and Pete Constant, said they were willing to look at
a special tax.
“Our roads are horrific,” Khamis said.
Eight of the 11 council members must approve the measure for it to reach the
ballot, and they are scheduled to vote Aug. 5 following a six-week recess.
Local business leaders last week pushed plans for a countywide tax measure to
fund transportation improvements from this November to 2016, giving San Jose
leaders more comfort Tuesday that their initiative would pass.
But convincing voters to increase their own taxes is risky, and San Jose is
already one of the most expensive places in the country to live. The last poll
on the plan to increase the city’s sales tax, released in February, found 54
percent would likely support the measure, but only 31 percent would definitely
SJPD Blue Goes Above and Beyond.
San Jose Police tracked down and arrested two suspects in a now notorious and
brutal road rage killing, while at the same time raising more than $120,000 for
the victim's family. This case has brought national attention to the compassion
and professionalism of this department. Outstanding job SJPD!
to watch the NBC Bay Area news report.
Our discussions with City Manager Ed Shikada about fixing Measure B have
continued. They have been informative and cordial, yet after multiple meetings
and a 12-hour session yesterday, the last day before the Council goes on its
summer vacation, we still do not have a deal worked out with the City to take a
Measure B fix to the voters this November. Ed seems very serious about trying to
fix this mess, but the City Council does not. Unfortunately, time is running
The meetings have been going on since February: City Manager Ed Shikada,
Assistant City Attorney Norm Frimann, and outside legal counsel Art Hartinger
and Linda Ross are on one side; Local 230 President Joel Phelan and attorney
Chris Platten, POA attorney Gregg Adam and President Jim Unland are on the
The meetings were initially confidential. We wanted to give each side the best
opportunity to reach a settlement, but we had to publicly disclose the meetings
after Councilmember Sam Liccardo implied the POA was not engaging with the City
on disability issues — something he knew to be untrue.
To his credit, Ed Shikada was not distracted by Liccardo's theatrics or the
public disclosure, and with Ed's leadership we have built up the best working
rapport with the City in years. Each side has invested a lot, and Ed has to be
commended for the personal time he has put into this. Discussions have centered
on recreating secure disability benefits for all police officers; creating a
competitive Tier 2 retirement plan that allows us to look Tier 2 officers in the
eye and tell them they should stay, and an overhaul of retiree healthcare
guarantees in light of the uncertainty Measure B has created about them.
Our collective goal was to bring sensible proposed amendments to Measure B that
would create competitive but sustainable retirement benefits to the City
Council, and to get its approval to present them to San Jose voters during the
upcoming November 2014 General Election.
We can only do that if the City Council acts NOW. Last year, state law changed.
Charter cities like San Jose can amend city charters only during general
statewide elections, meaning even-numbered years: November 2014, then not until
November of 2016. (The Charter could be amended at a special election if a
sufficient number of signatures were collected; however this is not a feasible
option for San Jose.)
short, we either fix this mess now, or it will be another 2½ years before we get
to try again. As you know, with over 180 officers eligible to retire over the
next 21 months, hundreds more are expected to resign, and with the current Tier
2 sinking like the Titanic, little of this department will be around in 2½
years. The City Council held its final meeting before its summer recess today.
It does not meet again until Tuesday, August 5th, which happens to be the last
day that the Council could approve ballot language for the November election.
We need leadership; someone to step up and move past the politics and do what's
right for the citizens and public safety in San Jose. The Mayor is not likely to
let that happen. He prefers to litigate the City to a slow and expensive death.
Last week, for example, he pushed through the City's appeal of its loss in the
trial court on Measure B. The City authorized another $600,000 in legal fees for
the appeal and has now spent more than $3 million defending Measure B.
We will keep all of you informed of any progress. It is important for everyone
to understand that if a ballot measure is not placed on the November ballot by
August 5th, we will have to wait many years for another opportunity.
Last Week's Poll Results will be displayed next week along
with the results from the poll above. For those who missed
last week's June 12th Farsider and the poll, click
For the most recent
Rasmussen Reports releases, click
The following is about longtime Reserve Officer Louis Masella,
whose passing was covered in a special Farsider sent to all subscribers last
I looked up Reserve Officer Masella in my 'History of Watsonville and Salinas
Auto Racing' by Dennis Mattish. Lou got a write-up on page 186.
On June 15th, 1973, 41 years ago tonight, Lou was in the Sportsman semi-main
event. He was battling for the lead going into a banked turn against drivers Don
Delward and Joe Roletto. All three crashed, flipped and went off the track. Lou
ended up in the hospital with cuts and bruises while the other two drivers were
able to walk away.
• • • • •
We are including this letter from Harry Mullins and his son,
Cormac, because we found it interesting given what's going on in the Middle
Comments on the Current Middle East Conflict
I am passing along this e-mail from my son, 1st Lt. Cormac
Mullins, currently going through pre-deployment training at Fort Hood. Next
stop, Afghanistan. Obviously I am proud of his observations which is one of the
reasons I am sharing them with some of my friends.
~ ~ ~
Mullins Luck = The week I get mobilized the entire Middle East falls apart.
I can share that the sentiment from the Soldiers who spent time in Iraq, one of
which who is a CPT and gave 26 months to that Country, is one of utter
disappointment. The concept of breaking a country down, building it up, and then
leaving in under 8 years is unheard of. Look at Japan, Germany, Italy, and
Korea. Decades after those conflicts ended we still have a footprint. In the
business world we would refer to it as a quick dime rather then long term
While I have no personal experience I have been told the difference between
Iraqi and Afghan Soldiers is that Afghans will actually fight. For an Iraqi
garrison of 30k to abandon their post based on a force of 800 is absurd, 37 to
The concept of Nation States will never work with the Shia and Sunni
denominations of Islam. Politically, those denominations make our Congress look
functional. Mixed into this are Islamic Extremist, which are just that. In my
opinion that is where our problem lies. Unfortunately, when we arm "rebels" and
"Freedom Fighters" in countries like Syria and Libya we are actually either
directly or indirectly arming Extremist Groups when they seize them. For
example, the Stinger Missiles we gave to the Syrian "Rebels" are now reported to
be in both Iraq and Afghanistan. I am sure they are just waiting for Assad to
come make a visit and won't use them on coalition forces.
Every generation has some sort of major geo-political challenge and conflict. I
was not around for WWI, WWII, Korea or Vietnam. Our challenge will be the Middle
East and Islamic Extremists. We made it through the previous challenges by
pulling together as a nation, leveraging our Allies and putting others before
ourselves. My generation needs a gut check as they are almost exactly opposite
of those core strengths. I am confident we will figure it out, the only question
is at what cost?
Until then stock up on 5.56, 9mm and sharp knives.
• • • • •
I believe I saw you at Dave Bridgen’s retirement dinner, but never got close
enough to say hello. I don’t go to many functions, but Dave’s was very special
and a touching tribute to a real hero. Could you please provide me with his home
address as I would like to send him my appreciation for a job well done?
Thanks, and keep up the good work. I 'always' look forward to reading the
Farsider when it comes hot off the press. You and Leroy are heroes, too.
we told Sam when we sent him the address he requested, Dave was indeed a very
special person and a gift to the SJPD. Fortunately, he has promised to try and
keep an eye on us retirees even in retirement. Other readers who would like to
have Dave and Betty Ruth's home address can request it by sending an email to
• • • • •
Part-time work available for retirees...
I have been working in private security for some years out at Xilinx Computers
in San Jose. I was first with CSC (Chuck Wall's company) and most recently with
Allied Barton security. The manager at this site in interested in seeing if any
of our retirees would be interested in working part-time for them here at
Xilinx. Would it be okay to put such a notice in the Farsider? It could go
something like this:
"Allied Barton at Xilinx Corp, located at Union and Hgwy. 85, is looking for
retired police officers who might be interested in working part time at this one
location in San Jose. The pay is $23 an hour. The need is for officers to cover
days, swings and mids, seven days a week. Contact the Allied Barton on-site
manager Chris Crivello at 408-879-7183 if interested."
Bill, you can write this any way you want and thanks
If they have questions they can contact me using my email address.
There was no need to rewrite it, Joe. You did an excellent job.
THE PAPER JUMPS ON THE LAM FAMILY FUND-RAISING BAND WAGON
front page story from today's Mercury News should generate some additional
financial help for the Lam family and goodwill for the SJPD…
The Heart Behind the Badge
—Worldwide response to S.J. officer’s drive to help slain man’s
Mercury News — June 19, 2014
SAN JOSE — It began with the simple gesture of passing the hat
around to other officers to help a family threatened with destitution after
losing a father to a senseless act of violence.
San Jose police Officer Huan Nguyen never imagined he was starting a movement
that would resonate around the world and set a record for generosity.
“I couldn’t imagine more than I’ve seen so far,” Nguyen said, “to see people
have the same feeling as you to help this family.”
A fund Nguyen started to support the family of Phuoc Hong Long Lam has raised
about $125,000 — $113,000 donated online — since Lam, 37, was killed May 6 in an
apparent road rage shooting as he and his wife ran morning errands for his
upcoming birthday. It is the highest total a police-initiated effort has
garnered for a crime victim’s family in the city’s history, according to the San
Jose Police Officers’ Association.
Dieu Hien Thi Huynh chats with San Jose Police Officer Huan
holding her son Steven Lam, 4, next to her son Henry Lam, 7, at
Jose home. Nguyen helped raise more than $120,000 for the family.
Media coverage of the fund and the family — highlighted by a
widely published Associated Press feature — spurred donations from all over the
United States and overseas, topped by a pledge to fund a trust for Lam’s two
children until they’re college age.
“I’m speechless. I don’t know how to express my appreciation for everybody
around the world,” widow Dieu Hien Thi Huynh said in Vietnamese, as translated
by Nguyen. “I’m going to value it and treasure it.”
Deputy Chief Phan Ngo, who oversees SJPD’s bureau of investigations, lauded
Nguyen’s efforts to bring attention to the fund.
“There’s been a longstanding history of San Jose police officers extending
themselves beyond the call of duty to help victims and family members during
their most difficult times,” Ngo said. “What Officer Huan Nguyen did is a prime
example of this tradition.”
Lam and Huynh were driving along Senter Road the morning of the
shooting to get some speakers fixed so they could have karaoke at Lam’s birthday
10 days later. It was a rare respite for Lam, who often worked seven days a week
driving a charter bus to support his wife and two sons, 7-year-old Henry and
4-year-old Steven. Huynh stayed at home to meet the special needs of Henry, who
has severe autism.
Nguyen said a car pulled out from a side street into Lam’s path, forcing him to
swerve to avoid a collision. Both cars pulled over near Baltic Way, and Lam and
Huynh got out. Before any words could be exchanged, someone pulled a gun from
the passenger side of the other car and fired, hitting Lam in full view of his
Lam died that evening. The suspected shooter and driver fled but police revealed
Sunday they were arrested in late May after vehicle descriptions and a license
plate number helped police identify suspects Daniel Alejandro Reyes, 23, and
Fidadelfo Silva Ortiz, 17. Reyes was arrested in Tracy on May 19, and Ortiz,
charged as an adult, was arrested May 23 in Oakdale.
“There wasn’t even an accident, just a close call,” Nguyen said, referring to
the lead-up to the shooting. “It’s so random and senseless.”
Within hours, Nguyen found out that Lam’s widow had two small children but no
source of income and no other family in the country.
This was far from the first tragedy that Nguyen has come across in his 17year
police career. But more so than with most incidents, he could see himself in the
victims: Nguyen hails from a Vietnamese immigrant family in the same area — he
is a Yerba Buena High School alum — and has two children, ages 11 and 9.
“I grew up in the same community. This could happen to any of us,” he said.
“That could be me driving home. That could be me leaving two kids behind.”
He conferred with a small group of officers with a modest goal.
“I said, ‘Hey, we need to chip in and help them,’ ” he said.
He had no fundraising experience, but he had the Internet. He came across a free
hosting website. By the end of the week, the fund was set up, and the word went
out to the police union and media.
Within 24 hours, Nguyen had received more than 100 text messages and emails, and
the till topped $10,000.
San Jose Police Officer Huan Nguyen says goodbye to
Steven Lam, 4, in his home in San Jose. Nguyen has
helped raise more than $120,000 to aid the family
after Steven's father, Phuoc Hong Long Lam, was killed.
The story kept spreading, most notably in an Associated Press
feature that was picked up by news outlets around the United States. More
donations poured in, ranging from $5 to $1,000, spanning from as far away as
Among the donors is Shane Ortega, president of Ortega Family Enterprises, a
prominent New Mexico-based tourism and hospitality firm, who Nguyen said pledged
to make ongoing contributions to a trust for the Lam family. The Sharks
Foundation — the nonprofit arm of San Jose’s hockey franchise — has sent over
signed pucks to be auctioned off for donations.
Steven Lam, 4, points to San Jose police Officer Huan Nguyen’s
patrol car outside his home in San Jose. Nguyen, a father of two,
grew up in the same neighborhood.
said he was struck by a news image of Lam’s family huddled around a framed
photo, prompting the father of seven to envision himself in Lam’s place.
“He did everything right. He was working hard for his family,” Ortega said. “I
just imagined what it would be like to be a father dying and that even if you
did your best, not be able to take care of your family. How can we not step up
The support from so many people who don’t even know the family has been a
comfort to Huynh, whose sons are only beginning to absorb the idea that their
father is really gone. Portraits of Lam adorn the walls of their small two
bedroom apartment, one of which Henry kisses each day. The boys have been told
that “dad has gone to heaven,” but they still wait for his return from work each
day and cry when he doesn’t appear.
For Huynh, the emotions are still raw, and flare up often: To take her kids to
school, she has to drive by the spot on Senter Road where she watched her
husband disappear from her life.
“Without him,” she said, “it’s a lot harder.”
To contribute, go to <www.youcaring.com/sanjose15homicide>
or send checks to any Wells Fargo branch under the account number 1440267027.
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
June 11th thru June 18th
For the second day in a row, President Obama made an unscheduled trip out of the
White House, this time for a burger at a nearby restaurant. Obama wants to be
OUT of the White House more than Hillary wants to be IN it. Well, almost.
“Game of Thrones” author George R. R. Martin joined Twitter this week. He
already has 80,000 followers — and that's just the cast of “Game of Thrones.”
Donald Sterling said he's fighting the sale of the Clippers because the NBA is a
“band of hypocrites” and “despicable monsters.” He added, “And those are my kind
of people. Please don't make me leave.”
Father’s Day is this weekend. And get this: The average American will spend $113
on a gift for Father’s Day. Or in other words, none of us are average Americans.
I get my dad the same thing every year: a six-pack and a scratch-off ticket. And
if he wins, we split it.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost Virginia's Republican primary to a tea
party candidate. And get this. It was revealed that Cantor’s campaign actually
spent more money at steakhouses than his opponent spent on his entire campaign.
Or as one of my guests tonight put it, “So? What’s wrong with that?” Hey, I’m
talking about Chris Rock, not Chris Christie.
The New York Rangers beat the L.A. Kings in Game 4 last night to stay alive in
the Stanley Cup Finals. So they now trail 3 games to 1. Or as they say in
hockey, they're hanging on by the skin of their tooth.
Today was the start of the World Cup. It's that special time of the year when
Americans in bars shrug, “Well, I guess we're watching this now.”
Father’s Day is just a few days away. And in a new interview President Obama
said that he is a fun dad who teeters on the edge of embarrassing his kids.
Because nothing says you're a fun dad like SAYING you're a fun dad.
Last night the San Antonio Spurs beat the world champion Miami Heat to win the
NBA title. You could tell the Heat players didn’t have their heads in the game,
especially when some of them left to catch the season finale of “Game of
LeBron James had 31 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists in the Heat's loss to
the Spurs. While his teammates had, uh, a lot of fun out there.
President Obama just had his annual physical, which showed that he’s suffering
some pain in his right foot. When asked why he doesn’t get it treated, Obama
said bitterly, “It’s not covered by Obamacare.”
Alex Trebek has broken a world record for game-show hosts, after hosting 6,829
shows in his career. When asked how he's made it through so many shows, Trebek
said, “What is Scotch?”
Congrats to the U.S. soccer team for beating Ghana in the opening round of the
World Cup. Yeah, they did the impossible — getting Americans to watch soccer.
In a new interview, Hillary Clinton said the Bible is the most influential book
she's ever read. Some people think she might be pandering to Southern Christian
voters. Then Hillary said, "Oh come on y'all — little ol' me?"
Google introduced a new smartphone alarm that can wake users up on the subway so
they don't miss their stop. As opposed to the alarm they use now: getting
elbowed by the stranger they're drooling on.
A woman in Massachusetts recently had twin boys who were born 24 days apart. It
got weird when the second baby was born. The second twin said, “I guess I should
have downloaded that alarm that wakes me up when it's my stop.”
Since House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost to an anti-immigration candidate,
many Republicans are feeling pressure to take a harder stance on immigration. In
fact, the Republicans are so paranoid, today Chris Christie sent back his
George H.W. Bush turned 90 today and he celebrated by jumping out of a plane.
Isn't that cool? So if you include Obama there were two presidents in freefall
Hey, America's in the World Cup. Did you even know that? Experts say they have
less than a 1 percent chance of winning the World Cup, and even their coach said
winning is not realistic — all of which sounds like one hell of a pre-game pep
According to a new study, the number of car crashes linked to marijuana has
risen. Fortunately, when the cars crashed they were all going eight miles per
Last night 7 million people watched the "Game of Thrones" season finale. Seven
million people. That's one viewer for each "Game of Thrones" character.
The World Cup is underway. A lot of World Cup soccer players have been faking
injuries to draw a penalty from the other team. Meanwhile, a lot of Americans
have been faking following the World Cup.
Pope Francis has pledged to remain neutral during the World Cup. When asked why,
the Pope said, "I picked the Miami Heat and look how that turned out."
Today at the World Cup, Mexico and Brazil ended in a 0-0 tie. Fun fact: Both
teams were ordered by their coaches to abstain from sex. In other words, these
guys can't score on or off the field.
Protesters at the World Cup got into trouble for burning American flags. It's a
shame because children in China worked very hard to make those flags.
Yesterday, the Iranian president tweeted a picture of himself all alone watching
a World Cup game on television. Yeah, then he watched his favorite show — "It's
Always Sunni in Philadelphia."
This morning the Pentagon announced that the United States has captured a leader
responsible for the Benghazi attacks. Republicans were ecstatic and said, "So,
they finally got Hillary?"
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was defeated in the primary election. He spent
$5 million on his primary campaign. Ladies and gentlemen, what is wrong with
this country when you can no longer buy an election?
While trying to get re-elected, Eric Cantor spent $168,000 on steakhouses.
Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie said, "That's all?"
It is the 20th anniversary of the O.J. Simpson arrest. That trial just went on
and on. And when they announced the verdict, 300 million people were watching.
Today they all remember exactly where they were when they said, "YOU'RE
Later in his life O.J. Simpson was arrested, tried, and convicted. He is in
prison now for stealing sports memorabilia. Double homicide, not a problem.
Stealing sports memorabilia — that'll get you in the slammer.
Barbara Walters retired last week and now she's come back out of retirement.
Isn't that crazy? She's going to play one more season for the Jets.
The world's oldest man lived to 111. He passed away. Boy, I didn't see that
You know who's on the show tonight? Regis Philbin. This guy is difficult to
book. We had to trade five Taliban prisoners to get Regis.
You know who is in trouble? Radio Shack. But I love going into Radio Shack. And
the reason I go there is to ask directions to Best Buy.
I had the best Father's Day I've ever had. It was my 10th Father's Day, and my
wife and my son were so sweet on Sunday morning. Rather than rushing in and
waking me up, they were kind enough to just let me sleep it off.
Over the weekend, President Obama got his annual presidential physical. His
cholesterol is up and his approval rating is down.
Obama wants to lower his cholesterol, but Congress is blocking him.
The doctor said Obama passed his physical. That's the first thing he's passed in
the second term.
President Obama is sending a couple hundred troops to Iraq. We spent six years
trying to figure a way to get out of Iraq. And now we're back. But this time
there is an exit strategy. Barack Obama has an exit strategy. In 2016, he's
Now, the way I hear it the Iraqi army had some trouble with the insurgents and
they just dropped their guns, took off their uniforms, and went home — just like
the Miami Heat.
Soccer is one of those things that the rest of the world cares more about than
we do — you know, like healthcare, education, gun control.
If you love soccer, you have to wait four years for a World Cup. It's like
making an appointment with a VA doctor.
Kim and Kanye are on their honeymoon. It's going to last until this weekend. Not
their honeymoon. Their marriage.
Kim and Kanye are honeymooning in Mexico. Republicans and Democrats agree that
if there's ever a time to seal the border, this is it.
I have an idea. While Kim and Kanye are out of the country, we should all hide.
Then they'll come back and say, "Hey, look at us" — and then they'll say, "Hey,
there is nobody here" — and then maybe they'll go to another country. Hey, it's
just a thought.
The World Cup started today. People in Los Angeles are torn. They are not sure
if they should be pretending to care about soccer or hockey.
The U.S. is scheduled to play Germany soon at the World Cup. President Obama and
German Chancellor Angela Merkel already have a bet going. The loser keeps
The Russians will probably do well at the World Cup. Today Vladimir Putin gave
the Russian team a motivational speech. He said, "Remember, if you can't beat 'em
— invade 'em."
The World Cup is not the only thing on TV. Nearly 5 million people watched the
season premiere of "Duck Dynasty" last night. On last night's show, the governor
of Louisiana gave the cast an award. I'm not sure which award. I'm guessing it's
not a Tony.
The World Cup action is going crazy. Mexico won the match against Cameroon.
Thousands of Mexicans are dancing and going crazy in the Mexican city of Los
I was surprised how many Cameroon fans there are in Hollywood. There are big
names like Cameroon Diaz and James Cameroon.
It's Friday the 13th and it's a full moon. There won't be another full moon on
Friday the 13th until the year 2049. By then it'll be a national holiday,
declared by President Honey Boo Boo.
A full moon on Friday the 13th is very rare, indeed. It's a combination of
things you don't see often, like the Bravo network and straight dudes. Like the
L.A. Lakers and winning. Like the Pope and a small hat. Like supermodels and
People are saying that the Kardashians think Khloe's new boyfriend doesn't love
her. They think he's simply using her to be famous or as they put it, "Welcome
to the family."
Some Northern California counties want to form a separate state. They smoke a
lot of weed up there. What would you call a state based on marijuana? Toke-lahoma.
Flori-duh. How about Spliffs-consin? Dela-weed. New Hemp-shire.
"22 Jump Street" is a new buddy cop movie. That's been a Hollywood staple for
years. They've given us pairings like Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy, Jackie Chan
and Chris Tucker, Mel Gibson and the voices in his head.
"22 Jump Street" stars Channing Tatum. I love Channing Tatum. And he's got
range. Even his name Channing Tatum could be anything from an action star to a
servant on "Downtown Abbey."
"Star Trek" is a successful film franchise. It's easy to forget it started as a
TV show — unless you're like me and you know William Shatner. Then you never
forget because he always reminds you.
It's Icelandic Independence Day. Happy Independence Day, Iceland, or as it will
be known in 50 years — Waterland.
Iceland was named after an explorer who first discovered it: Vanilla Ice.
Actually, Iceland was settled by Vikings, those adorable people from "How to
Train Your Dragon 2," now playing at a theater near you. It’s America's favorite
family movie of the summer.
Tonight we're joined by the newly crowned Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles
Kings. And they brought the Stanley Cup with them. You know, it's easy to forget
that these tough, gritty, heavily bearded guys are playing for what is
essentially an oversized piece of dinnerware.
Last night the San Antonio Spurs really pounded the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the
finals. They are now the NBA champions. Miami was so far behind in the fourth
quarter, they tried to pull their goalie, but then they realized they don't have
goalies so they gave up.
Americans spend more than $1 billion each year on Father's Day gifts, which
sounds like a lot, but it's only about 10 bucks a dad. Thanks for nothing. I'm a
father. To be perfectly honest with you, I'm a little bit upset.
My kids once gave me a mug declaring me "World's Greatest Dad." Then yesterday I
saw some other guy with a mug that said "World's Greatest Dad" on it. I was
The campaign manager who helped unseat House Majority Leader Eric Cantor last
night is a 23-year-old man who interviewed for a job at Panera Bread last month.
Said Cantor, “Is that position still available?”
Hillary Clinton said she may not run for president because she loves having time
to hang out with her friends. Thankfully, most of her friends live in Iowa, New
Hampshire, Ohio, Florida, and the great state of Pennsylvania.
A new study shows that red wine can boost short-term memory. Three or four
glasses, and you’re guaranteed to remember your ex’s phone number.
Today is the start of the World Cup in Brazil. I know you guys know that. I'm
telling Brazil. "Hurry up. Finish the stadium!"
The World Cup starts today, which means you're all about to find out which of
your friends lived in Europe for a year.
Scientists have created a mutant version of the deadly 1918 Spanish flu virus in
an effort to better understand how pandemics start. I'm not a scientist, but
this is how pandemics start.
A man in Virginia Beach has started protesting road conditions while dressed as
Spider-Man on his days off. Something tells me he has a lot of days off.
Congratulations to the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs are NBA champions after
defeating the defending champion Miami Heat in five games. The Spurs celebrated
today by treating themselves to an extra-long practice.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West this week turned down $11 million for the rights
to publish their wedding pictures. Which can only mean one thing: Someone
offered them $12 million.
A new study shows that men who carry their cellphone in their pocket have a
sperm count nearly 10 percent lower than those who don’t. While men who keep
their cellphone on a belt clip don’t need to worry about it.
Over the weekend Starbucks announced a new program that will pay employees to
take online classes at Arizona State. Said Starbucks employees, “We already went
there. That’s why we work at Starbucks.”
A 10-year-old boy in New York set a new world record for his age group after
running a mile in 5 minutes and 1 second. He was able to set the record after he
accidentally made eye contact with a girl.
A new report shows that Brooklyn is now one of the country’s most popular baby
names. Still the least popular baby name: “Staten Island.”
A Colorado man unsuccessfully tried to break into a University of Colorado ATM
by spraying it with acid and waiting for it to eat the protective covering away.
He was caught when authorities examined the three hours of security footage of
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The facts behind the legends, information and
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Is this a real, untouched photo of registered sex offender Brian Wells?
Photographs purportedly show actor
posing with a drunk, passed-out customer in a diner.
• Did a study recently reveal that 1 out of every 3 Americans
with an RFID microchip?
• Did President Calvin Coolidge's son die from
caused by the dye in his black socks?
• Is ground glass really a
as depicted in so many mystery stories?
• Are all U.S. stores going to stop
as of 1 July 2014 due to 'Extreme Couponing' fraud?
• DISTURBING IMAGE WARNING: A widely circulated photograph purportedly shows
Mohammed Fazl, a Taliban prisoner exchanged for U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl,
posing with the
of five victims.
• Image shows newspaper account of a kitten who nearly died from being fed a
• Has President Obama signed a bill forgiving all
taken out within the last ten years?
• Account describes entrepreneur Sam Walton's efforts to
his employees minimum wage.
• During a Fox News interview, did
say the U.S. could 'use a President like Benjamin Franklin again'?
• Photograph purportedly shows a man named Brian Peppers who was a
registered sex offender
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THE LIGHTER SIDE & OTHER ODDS AND ENDS
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The Critter Corner
We've seen lots of old film footage of soldiers marching to what's been called
the "goose step," but none of the soldiers marched like
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you guess what
this guy who works at a 115,000 volt electrical substation? (35 Secs.)
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Here's a fascinating tidbit of information about spiders we'll bet you didn't
no real spiders are shown.) (1 Min.)
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Have you ever seen a lizard that acts like a dog?
this one-minute clip and you'll be able to say you have.
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would have thought that Whales like to be petted? At least that seems to be the
Gray Mother Whale and her Baby. (3 Mins.)
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what do Cats and Babies have in common?
they sometimes like to watch TV together. (26 Secs.)
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Here's something you've probably never seen before: It's an
with a Guinea Pig (2 Mins.)
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This "Dear Kitten" clip received from Alice Murphy provides
from a veteran house cat to the new feline in the home. It's actually a
Friskies' cat food ad, but don't let that stop you from watching it. (3 Mins.)
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This clip answers the
that people have been asking for decades: Is it possible to get an elephant to
sleep with the singing of a lullaby? (2 Mins.)
The critters have gone bye-bye
We decided to start this section of the Lighter Side with another one of those
that are living among us while inhabiting the body of a human child. (6 Mins.)
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to imagine how much courage it took for this 4-year-old boy who is
and has been using his white cane for only a few months to step down a curb on
his own. "I can do it," says Gavin. (45 Secs.)
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Watch this clip received from Dick Tush and you will likely come to the same
conclusion we did: That the windows on the van are open because of the
of you-know-what inside. Think about it. (3 Mins.)
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Perhaps not all of the Russians
received from our retired Police Artist are nuts, but we would be hard pressed
to I.D. anyone in the video who isn't. (3 Mins.)
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This is a short but interesting story about the very first Air Force One that
was originally named Columbine II and used by President Eisenhower. Technically,
any fixed wing aircraft used by the President is designated as Air Force One,
with the exception of the helicopter that transports him to and from the White
House and Andrews AFB, which is designated Marine One. Unfortunately, Columbine
II is wasting away in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona and in need of restoration.
You can help the cause by telling your friends about this video and sending them
the link below. (5 Mins.)
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Assuming this video about police harassment in Oakland and Berkeley is on the
up-and-up, we need more people like investigative journalist Lee Kaplan to
expose organizations like the ISM and the people who purposely harass the
who calls herself Andrea Pritchett. (5 Mins.)
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Want to compare brain waves? There are no winners or losers, so why not go for
it? The tests are simple and quick.
to test your mental age and compare it to ours as shown below…
to determine which side of your brain is the more dominant and compare it to
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Hey, who's that in the backseat?
Dirk Parsons' brother, Mike, was a pylon judge at the Reno Air Races this year
and captured several photos of various aircraft with his camera from his unique
position, including the one above with a familiar shape in the backseat. Many of
you may know him as R2D2.
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what you want about the French when it comes to fighting wars, but don't let it
be said they don't have cajones when it's time to
at lighthouses in foul weather. (2 Mins.)
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Speaking of the
French and cajones, we heard that when this guy gets up each morning he has a
cup of coffee and a croissant, then his wife gives him a
between the legs and sends him off to work. Here he is at his job. (5 Mins.)
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walk when you can ride, right? With that thought in mind, some would argue that
if Jesus was alive today,
he would be driving. (2 Mins.)
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Here's video evidence that bikes and where they are ridden have come a long way
since my folks plunked down $39.95 and bought me my "dream bike" in 1956 — a new
But it came with the proviso that I pay them back with my paper route earnings.
I did, but it took me four months. (8 Mins.)
(I had between 65 and 75 Mercury customers in the
Silver Creek Estates and Foster Village tracts southwest of Story and White on
the Eastside, and one of my customers was the late Sgt. Al Heiken. The Mercury
was the morning paper back then while the News was delivered in the afternoon.
But I digress.)
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We decided to
conclude this week's Farsider with
belated tribute to all of you Dads, courtesy of Dove. (1 Min.)
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