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THE TRIALS & TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
Barbara Marshman and her Mercury News editorial board must be slipping; we fully expected it to rant about this issue last week when her paper ran an article about the missing guns that rivaled “War and Peace” in length. This 'is' a rant, but it's a week late...
Control Failure: Cops Have Lost 944
Mercury News Editorial — July 1, 2016
The numbers are staggering. The excuses are pathetic.
Police in the Bay Area and state and federal agents across California have lost 944 guns since 2010. That averages almost one every two days.
We’re talking about handguns, shotguns, assault rifles, sniper rifles and even a submachine gun and 12 grenade and tear-gas launchers.
As reporter Thomas Peele documented in an eye-opening investigative article this week, stolen cop guns were used to kill people in Bay Point, Oakland and San Francisco.
A fourth was used in a San Francisco gang shooting.
From the top to bottom of the ranks, police should be embarrassed. State and federal lawmakers should act swiftly to require proper securing and accounting of deadly law enforcement weaponry. Police who leave guns unsecured should be disciplined or fired.
Some 717 of the missing guns were simply unaccounted for.
Oakland police lost track of 370 weapons. San Jose police couldn’t account for 324. Some later turned up, but most are still missing. Another 192 were stolen, including 40 from CHP officers. The majority were taken from personal vehicles. Some ended up in the hands of notorious gangs, like the Bloods, The Aryan Brotherhood and Norteños.
It’s appalling that cops would leave their weapons unsecured in vehicles.
A U.S. Bureau of Land Management ranger’s stolen gun was used to kill Kate Steinle, who was walking with her father and a friend on a San Francisco pier.
Oakland street artist Antonio Ramos, who was painting an anti-violence mural under Interstate 580, was fatally shot with a gun swiped from an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent’s car.
Jesus Orozco, a Bay Point laborer and father of two, was killed with a gun stolen from a Tracy police officer’s vehicle four years earlier.
Piedmont Police Chief John Hunt’s gun, lifted from his car before he retired, was recovered after the San Francisco gang shooting.
How can cops be so cavalier handling their weapons? How can police departments be so loose in accounting for weapons?
State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, is sponsoring legislation making it illegal for a cop to leave a gun in a car unattended unless it is locked in a hidden compartment or secure case.
U.S. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, plans to introduce legislation requiring lockable compartments in any parked vehicle where a federal government gun is left.
He would also mandate that local governments receiving federal funding have strict policies for safeguarding guns in vehicles.
All good. But what about all those misplaced guns?
Many law enforcement leaders favor some form of gun regulation — understandably, since they see the carnage guns wreak. You’d think departments would at least keep track of their own.
Last week’s Farsider applauded Keith Kelley Club Manager Margie Thompson for going that extra mile for the out-of-town motor officers who participated in Mike Katherman’s memorial service on June 21st. What was overlooked were the hours volunteered by members of the PBA Executive Board: Vice President Steve Windisch, Jr., Secretary-Treasurer “Lumpy” Lundberg, Sgt. at Arms Bob Moir and Board Member Larry Reuter spent the entire afternoon and early evening hours serving libations to the thirsty throngs of officers, civilians and family members who attended the reception at the POA Hall following the memorial service. This same group performed similar duties at the Michael Johnson reception on April 2, 2015 following our fallen officer’s funeral. Kudos to the PBA officers noted above. If we missed giving plaudits to any others, we sincerely apologize.
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The following missive is from Bruce Fair, who submitted last week's opening video of the five baby dinosaurs that danced and sang to “Stars and Stripes Forever.” In our write-up we chided Bruce for settling in Kansas after his retirement, “where you can see Missouri, Nebraska, Colorado and Oklahoma if you stand on a quarter, which is why it's known as "The Land of Flat."
I'm so pissed off about Windows 10 and Microsoft’s customer service (I'm becoming fluent in English accented Urdu/Farsi and any other language spoken in India, Pakistan or Shitstan) that I'm thinking of switching to a Mac. I know a couple of times you mentioned you use a Mac for all of your pooter work. You must like it. Why? I'm sending this email while I'm on hold from Crappystan as they try and fix the same thing a third time. This time they foisted this '10' system on me about three months ago while trying to charge me for the service. I'm currently on hold waiting for the supervisor, Bijab Knujob.
Real bummer on the death of the SJPD motor officer. Still have nothing but great memories of that place. 1965-78 were wonderful times at the agency.
Land of Flat eh? You want flat jokes? I'll give you a few:
You can put a marble on the ground at the Kansas-Colorado border and it will roll all the way to Missouri.
You can see the people on Friday who are going to visit your house on Sunday.
You can see so far that one can be arrested for intrastate window peeping.
No reason to set your parking brake. Your car isn't going to roll anyway.
etc etc etc
Hope your Fourth is a good one.
As for being on hold for that phone call above, I got cut off twice!
@$#%&*^ you Microsoft!
Bye for now,
Bruce (Fair) <email@example.com>
I Googled the name of the supervisor Bruce was waiting to speak with and came up with this image of Bijab Knujob…
Bruce would like some advice and/or a recommendation from any of you who use a Mac, especially if you made the switch from a PC.
My first computer was a Mac Plus that didn’t even have a hard drive, and I have stayed with them ever since. While they are generally a little more expensive than PCs, Macs are less susceptible to viruses because the 'anarchists' who send them out over the Internet with the intention of screwing up people's computers usually want the biggest bang for the buck, and since Macs make up less than 15 percent of the computers market, far fewer viruses are written for the Mac operating system. It is also well known within the computer community that Apple's tech support is the finest in the industry.
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Thought I'd weigh in on the fray of the upcoming election. Thanks to all you and Leroy do for all of us.
Dennis McKenzie <firstname.lastname@example.org>
In Search of the “Perfect President” Trump vs. Clinton
Many of your readers are critical of Trump and some of his antics and wonder if he has the temperament for the job as president. Yet many of these same critics would rather vote for Clinton or abstain from voting at all, because, well, Trump is NOT the PERFECT candidate! This is a lesson Republicans never seem to learn, but liberal Dem’s know full well that it’s all about WINNING! I am convinced the liberal Dems would vote for either Stalin or Chairman Mao if they were cloned and ran as Dems in America, even though they collectively murdered over 50 million of their own people to establish communism. Remember, it’s all about POWER to these Dems. They have absolutely NO problem with IMPERFECT candidates, so let’s take a look at our presidents since the '60s and find the PERFECT one.
John F. Kennedy: War hero who is still at the top of the list for most admired presidents. He escalated us in Vietnam; he presided over “The Bay of Pigs” a CIA-sponsored invasion of Cuba with Cuban Nationals who were trained and armed by us. They invaded Cuba to overthrow Castro and Kennedy had promised air and naval ship support to bombard the island. Instead, he weakened and called off the support, condemning over 1,200 of the invasion force to be captured; hundreds were tortured and executed. It led to Russian President Khrushchev to import missiles to Cuba because he believed Kennedy to be weak. Verdict: NOT PERFECT.
Lyndon Johnson: He further escalated the war in Vietnam, made tragic errors in judgment on how the war was to be fought and lied to the America people. Created the Great Society by spiking up our national debt. The results of these billions of dollars squandered on these programs were deemed by many professionals to be a total failure. Johnson could not even run for reelection because he was so unpopular. Verdict: NOT PERFECT
Richard Nixon: He got us out of Viet Nam, created better relations with China but his undoing was “Watergate,” a second rate burglary that blew up when he lied, stonewalled and tried to cover up for others even though evidence shows he did NOT plan it or know about it in advance. Verdict: NOT PERFECT
Gerald Ford: He finished out Nixon’s term. Was a sports star in college, but the media reported him as a “klutz” after he beaned a couple of people on the golf course, a tag he couldn’t shake for the rest of his term. Pardoned Nixon then America “pardoned him” the following election. Verdict: NOT PERFECT
Jimmy Carter: He canceled the U.S from participating in the Olympics; presided over the oil embargo leading to monstrous gas lines, inflation under his watch went above 18%. “America Held Hostage” Allowed 52 American diplomats to be held hostage for 444 days by the Iranians. Verdict: NOT PERFECT
Ronald Reagan: Americans were released from having been held hostage as soon as he was elected. Bankrupted the Soviet Union with our military buildup leading to their break-up and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Stimulated the economy with his tax reductions, a great communicator. Presided over Iran/Contra, a CIA plot to sell arms to the Iranians and take the profits and give them to the Contras who were fighting communism in Nicaragua. This was illegal and against the will and knowledge of a Democratic Congress. Verdict: NOT PERFECT
George H. Bush: Led successful allied effort to remove Iraq from Kuwait; stated; “Read My Lips No NEW Taxes.” He had to eat those words and presided over great tax increases and further increases in our national debt. Verdict: NOT PERFECT
Bill Clinton: Charismatic charmer; compelled by a Republican Congress to compromise and actually balance our budget. Unheard of…! He was also a notorious womanizer, accused rapist, lied under oath to a grand jury, was disbarred and had a chance to take out Osama Bin Laden early on but failed to do so. Verdict: NOT PERFECT
George W. Bush: Showed great leadership after 911. Went to war in Iraq believing the CIA and other intelligence sources that Saddam Hussein had WMDs. He was wrong! It was a war that did NOT have to be fought. He presided over a vastly increasing national debt. Verdict: NOT PERFECT
Barrack Obama: Elected as a uniter; became a divider. Withdrew us from Iraq against all military advice allowing the region to fall into chaos and the rise of the “JV Team...ISIS! Cannot come to grips with how to fight terrorism. We are no longer respected as an ally by the rest of the world and are scorned by our enemies as weak. The economy is still staggering after more than 7 years. Verdict: NOT PERFECT
As you can see there is no such thing as the perfect president or perfect candidate. I would ask that everyone take the time to look into the backgrounds of Hillary and Trump and remember that the best judge of future behavior is past performance. Hillary is perhaps the most flawed candidate ever, and if elected president we can expect the further demise of America, and perhaps the end of America as the world’s greatest democracy. We KNOW what Hillary will do, We do NOT know what Trump will do, but it is time for a change, not a continuation of the Obama Doctrine.
For me, I will vote for the IMPERFECT candidate: Trump, and not the notorious lying, scheming Hillary who should be in prison. She is not IMPERFECT, she is CRIMINAL and could NOT even survive a standard background investigation to be a police officer, let alone a president!
At least, that’s the way I see it.
Dennis McKenzie <email@example.com>
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I never seem to be able stop with the ideas. After I wrote that piece on the Supreme Court last week, more ideas kept coming to me. Anyway, I won't bother you with the whole rewritten article again. I just wanted to add a couple of sentences to it:
I also checked out Article III of the Constitution and there is nothing in there that says how many Justices there should be on the Court, or how many it takes to decide a case. Seems all very murky if you ask me. Someone should rework that Article.
Franklin Roosevelt wanted to stack the Court with up to 12 Justices so he could get his "New Deal" passed. I'm so glad the Supreme Court is not a political body!?
To add a couple of daggers to the mix I added the sentences below, and that should do it from here. Hope you had a good 4th.
"Every state in the Union requires unanimous verdicts from ordinary citizens acting as jurors in complicated circumstantial evidence criminal cases. Should not the Court be held to a higher standard than a 5 to 4 split decision?”
One other thing: Isn't it strange that Bill Clinton meets with the Attorney General at some airport, and five days later the "Hilary's cleared" verdict is announced? Good ol' Bill, he knows where all the secrets and bodies are buried and which buttons to push. Perfect timing!
Dave (Scannell) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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This was not the first time former POA President Carm Grande had a letter published in the paper, and it probably won't be the last. (We added his email address to his signature, not the paper.)
Council Needs Plan to Hire More Police
Readers’ Letters — Mercury News — July 6, 2016
It is time the San Jose City Council decide on how they are going to rejuvenate their police department, dramatically reduced through their poorly conceived Measure B.
That poorly designed approach to municipal money management has resulted in a proposal to seek temporary mutual aid. Do they not realize all police agencies are under extreme pressure to serve those they were originally hired to protect and not available to provide the necessary aid they envision? There is inadequate consideration to permanently resolve the problems their decisions caused to materialize.
Hiring efforts will never be successful until San Jose’s working conditions and relative compensation are competitive with those provided by other police agencies, which, I might add, are attempting to hire the same available candidates.
Carm J. Grande <email@example.com>
Past President San Jose Police Officers' Association
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I didn’t write this, but it expresses how I feel about the travesty that took place when Comey held a press conference and stated he was not going to recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton. It is a reader's letter that appeared on the conservative Powerline website. <http://www.powerlineblog.com/>
Talking Points <Talking.Points@Comcast.net>
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Lets face it. When you stand in front of the American people with a straight face and detail the criminal incompetence (“Intent” does not matter) of handling classified material and knowing that the servers (we now know) were used to hide information from any FOIA requests, and then state you're not recommending any charges, then the American people know they have been betrayed.
Mr. Comey is a disgrace, and if there are any honorable FBI personnel who worked on this case, they should resign in protest of this decision. We are witnessing a crime by Mr. Comey. He has no honor and should resign in disgrace.
We street guys know a 3-card Monty when we see one, and Mr. Comey has just played one on the American people. He has allowed and supported the continued corruption of this nation and broken the faith with the people and their trust in the justice system. The irreparable damage is done, and Mr. Comey will have to live with this treacherous decision. How can one list crime after crime and recommend nothing? If he were my father I'd have to disassociate myself with the name Comey for it now represents dishonesty and betrayal. He has spit in the face of every veteran who has served his country in support of a nation that believes in the rule of law no matter the consequences. I hope every time he passes Arlington Nation Cemetery he is reminded of his betrayal to those who sacrificed everything. He's a damn coward and traitor to truth and justice under the law. Our country has been lost to the pigs and whores of Washington DC.
We suspect there are lots of people who feel the same, T.P. But consider the possibility that Comey may have had a legitimate reason NOT to bring charges…
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AND WE THOUGHT SHE WAS JUST ON VACATION…
We will wager that several of you are Fox News viewers and that this story from today’s paper will surprise you…
Former Fox Host Sues Network Boss
—Ex-pageant winner alleges Ailes made sexual advances—
By Paul Farhi — Washington Post
Mercury News — July 7, 2016
Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson has filed a lawsuit against the network’s chairman and chief executive, Roger Ailes, alleging that he fired her in retaliation for rebuffing his sexual advances. Carlson, 50, who co-hosted the “Fox and Friends” morning program and later an afternoon news show on Fox, was dropped by the network June 23 when her contract expired.
She alleges that her contract was not renewed because of the challenging unequal treatment of women at Fox. She also alleges that Ailes, 76, suggested that they have a sexual relationship during a meeting last year to discuss Carlson’s complaints, according to a statement issued by the law firm representing Carlson.
Carlson, a former Miss America, had been at Fox News for 11 years. Fox had no immediate comment.
In a suit filed in superior court in Bergen County, New Jersey, Carlson alleges that Ailes “unlawfully retaliated” against her and “sabotaged her career after she refused his sexual advances and complained about severe and pervasive sexual harassment.”
“I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago and then you’d be good and better and I’d be good and better,” the complaint says Ailes told Carlson last September when she complained . He allegedly added, “Sometimes problems are easier to solve that way.”
Carlson was a prominent figure at Fox, interviewing President Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
But she said she was regularly discriminated against by the network; she cited one instance when her co-host, Steve Doocy, grabbed her arm on air and attempted to “shush” her during a live telecast.
The complaint says Doocy “engaged in a pattern of severe and pervasive mistreatment” of Carlson, such as belittling her during commercial breaks, and “generally attempting to put her in place by refusing to accept and treat her as an intelligent and insightful female journalist rather than a blond female prop.”
It alleges that Ailes responded to her complaints by calling her “a man hater” and “killer” and telling her she needed “to get along with the boys.”
STORY OF THE WEEK #1
Military Veteran Saves Life of Bald Eagle Using Semi-Automatic Rifle
By Kerry Picket — The Daily Caller
Click HERE to watch the news report.
Military Veteran Saves Life Of Bald Eagle Using Semi-Automatic Rifle
By Kerry Picket — The Daily Caller
Jason Galvin and his wife noticed an eagle ensnared in rope around its leg hanging 70 feet above ground from a tree, near Rush City, Minnesota.
“I thought it was dead at the time,” Galvin said. “I took a closer look with binoculars and saw that the head was moving, and I knew it was very much alive.”
Although Galvin and his wife Jackie contacted emergency authorities from the police to the fire department to the Department of Natural Resources, each one turned the couple away saying nothing could be done.
“Everyone had the same answer,” Jackie said. “They had known about the eagle there for 2 1/2 days and they couldn’t do anything. Safety measures were compromised. It was a liability issue.”
However, the couple did not give up. Following government authorities giving the Army vet permission to use a firearm to shoot the four inches of rope that was dangling the eagle, Galvin used a .22 long rifle to break through the branch and the rope.
“At a certain point I was like,‘You know what? It’s going to die. I’ve got to get that thing out,’” Galvin said, adding he was nervous about shooting in the direction of a bald eagle.
“It took an hour and a half and 150 shots. I had to bust down and expose the rope and chip away,” he said.
The bird fell from the branches thereafter and was taken for medical treatment at the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota. The eagle, named “Freedom” by nearby neighbors, is expected to make a full recovery.
“Jason borrowed the rifle he used from a neighbor, because it had a better scope than his did. That would be illegal in Washington State, where the Universal Background Check [UBC] law was put in place last year,” Weingarten points out.
STORY OF THE WEEK #2
Long Live “The President” Tree
It’s amazingly awesome to think of the life of this tree! Thank God no loggers took it down, nor forest fires, nor earthquakes. Just a quiet life in a California forest for all these years.
Not every tree has a nickname, but "The President" has earned it. This giant sequoia stands 247 feet tall and is estimated to be over 3,200 years old. Imagine, this tree was already 1,200 years old when Jesus walked the earth.
The trunk of “The President” that measures 27 feet across has an estimated 2 billion needles from base to top. Because of its unbelievable size, this tree has never been photographed in its entirety, until now. National Geographic photographers worked with scientists to create the first photo that shows “The President” in all its glory.
They climbed the tree with pulleys and levers and took thousands of photos. Of those, they selected 126 and stitched them together to get this incredible portrait of “The President.” And here it is...
The man in the red jacket near the trunk of the tree is a good indicator of the tree's size. Also note the second man in a red jacket standing on a branch or limb near the top. Long live “This President.”
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
June 29 —30
(Reruns from the networks’ holiday schedule are not included)
June 29: I read that a record number of Americans are expected to travel this 4th of July. And if Trump wins the presidency, twice as many Americans are expected to travel this 4th of November.
A new ballot measure will allow Californians to vote in November on whether to legalize recreational marijuana. Californians will have the option of voting either "Yes" or "Hell yes."
In a speech yesterday, Donald Trump spoke in favor of waterboarding. Trump said, "It’s how I got two of my three wives to say yes."
Yesterday, Donald Trump gave a speech at an industrial plant while standing in front of a giant wall of trash. Before the speech, Trump welcomed his new campaign manager, Mike Metaphor.
Hillary Clinton unveiled her technology plan which would offer broadband internet access to all Americans. Then she quickly added, "Except for my husband."
The Miss Teen USA pageant has officially gotten rid of the swimsuit portion of the competition. They announced this in a brief press release that simply said, "Sorry, creeps."
Toyota announced another massive recall because their airbags can explode at any moment. Toyota then said, "Enjoy your holiday weekend."
June 30: New York City is officially making its public bathrooms gender-neutral. So next time you try to use a public bathroom in New York, there could be either a man or a woman living in it.
Hillary Clinton has unveiled a technology plan that would offer broadband Internet access to all Americans. Which is why today Hillary was endorsed by the CEO of PornHub.
Hillary Clinton was endorsed by the president of France. When she heard this, Hillary said, "Shut up, I’m trying to win this thing."
Nancy Grace is leaving Headline News in October. The network announced she will be replaced by an especially loud leaf blower.
Netflix may expand their service to China. So finally, kids in China will be able to watch shows on the devices they made.
Yesterday President Obama met with the leaders of Mexico and Canada. Obama said he’s trying to figure out where to live if Trump wins.
Fourth of July, of course, is when we celebrate our breaking away from England. And after this week, it’s starting to seem like England can’t keep a relationship going.
June 29: In November, California voters will vote on a measure to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Supporters of the amendment turned in the required amount of signatures on time to get on the ballot. Whether the measure passes or not, turning something in on time is a huge victory for marijuana enthusiasts.
A new Quinnipiac University poll has Trump and Clinton almost tied. This is the first tie for Donald Trump that wasn't manufactured in China.
June 30: The Fourth of July holiday weekend is almost upon us. The original Brexit is the Fourth of July. It's my favorite holiday. You don't have to wrap anything, other than bacon around a hot dog.
Last year, two NFL players lost fingers setting off fireworks. That's not a joke. A player for the Buccaneers and a player for the Giants blew their fingers off, which is awful. But it's a good reminder, if you go play with fireworks, play soccer.
Not only is July Fourth a dangerous weekend for athletes, it's the scariest time of year for mannequins. Every news channel, they get the mannequins out of Macy's and Sears, and blow their limbs off, all in the name of fireworks safety. It's a somber holiday for them.
Donald Trump is upset today because so many of his former Republican rivals have not endorsed him. He says he feels like he is running against two parties because none of the guys have jumped in to lend their support. Which makes no sense at all. Donald Trump has been nothing but nice to them.
Donald Trump says what they're doing is disgraceful and there should be consequences for it. What consequences? I don't know. Maybe he is planning to feed Jeb Bush to his dragons.
At this point, the Republican Party is like the scientists at "Jurassic park." Now, it's going to eat us.
June 29: It's hard to believe that there are only seven months left in the Obama presidency. You never know how much you're going to miss a guy until you see the options.
A lot of people are wondering what Barack Obama will do after he's president. I read today that he is thinking about becoming a venture capitalist in Silicon Valley. So, evidently, Obama is going to be going for the cash. Good for him, but he may have to make a slight adjustment to his poster from "Change" to "Ka-ching!"
Trump is making a real effort to appear more presidential these days. Yesterday, he went to a Pennsylvania recycling plant where he unveiled part of his economic platform. And instead of wearing his trademark baseball cap, he stood in front of a giant pile of garbage.
Here's the plan: Trump is going to revive the economy by turning in empties for the refund.
June 30: Thirty-eight percent for Trump, 13 percent for a meteor, which adds up to 51 percent of the people are OK with the world coming to an end. Two giant destructive orange balls.
The giant meteor hitting the Earth polled particularly well among independent voters, and unsurprisingly, poorly amongst dinosaurs.
Now Trump might be getting a boost in the polls because sources say Trump is vetting Chris Christie as a potential running mate. Christie would definitely help Trump win voters in New Jersey, who are anxious to get rid of Chris Christie.
The source claims Christie has begun the official vetting process, which I believe means trying to sell more lemonade in Times Square than Gary Busey.
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We think it’s safe to say that no national holiday brings out more idiots than the 4th of July, and that is especially true of rednecks. WANT proof? (6:35)
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Mike Thompson said he wasn’t all that impressed with the barefoot water skier in blue in this People are Awesome video because he used to perform the same tricks when he was THIS kid’s age. By our reckoning that was about 115 years ago. (4:30)
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We featured Danny MacAskill and his astonishing bicycle skills in the Farsider on two prior occasions. His latest GoPro video is not only as remarkable as the others, THIS one also shows that he doesn’t suffer from acrophobia (fear of heights). Have a look. (5:36)
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Step aboard our time machine and be honest, did any of you actually dance like the kids you see in THIS 1956 clip of Bill Haley and his Comets “ripping it up” on the dance floor? Keep your eyes on the feet of the guy at the 1:14 mark. (2:19)
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This week’s contribution from Comrade Kosovilka is a little like watching a synchronized swimming performance without the water. But the stunning BEAUTY of the participants make it work at look. (4:46)
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We love pranks like this top athlete who is made up to look like an 84-year-old and challenges the bodybuilders at Muscle Beach in Santa Monica. Check THIS out. (3:37)
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Even though it runs for only a half-minute, this is a rather remarkable video clip that is highly recommended by vegetarians. Check out this SCUBA diver’s friend. (0:34)
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Pete Salvi reminded us that it was once again time to show you the National Debt clock. So take a deep breath, click HERE and try not to scream or faint.
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From Dirk Parsons comes this creative little exercise for your hand and your mouse. And it could also be fun for any kids in the house. All you have to do is click HERE and follow the instructions…
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This contribution from Alice Murphy was judged “Best Short Film” at the Cairo International Film Festival earlier this year. Titled “The Other Pair,” it is described as “very touching.” Click HERE to view it. (4:34)
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Some of the most heartwarming video clips to make it onto YouTube over the past several years have been the reunions between military men and women serving overseas and the wives, children and pets they left behind here at home. Fortunately, there are tons of videos that show THESE reunions. Here are just a few of those showing dogs welcoming home their soldiers. (4:39)
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This 14-second clip will show you a couple of dogs who should have an agent that can get them a calendar contract. THIS pose alone should be good for April or May. (0:14)
And THIS one should be suitable for December or January. (0:25)
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If you have a cat that doesn’t get enough exercise, consider getting yourself a PIG that you can train to take the feline for a daily walk. (1:00)
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If you are a fan of the “Just for Laughs Gags” series, HERE are the Top 10 for 2016 so far you may not have seen. (9:50)
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Interested in 10 Lifehacks with Magnets? Watch THIS short clip before you say no. (3:03)
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We think it is safe to say that everyone who has had to handle a gurney or a stretcher hated it when THIS happened. (3:07)
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We have no idea how the Aussies down below are dealing with the influx of immigrants from the Middle East, but if this ditty sent in by Don Hale provides a clue, there MAY be issues. The clip is closing in on 1.3 million views. (2:42)
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Speaking of the Aussies, this is an interesting real-life story of an Australian fighter pilot and his navigator whose F-111 lost a wheel on take-off and ultimately made the decision to LAND on the plane’s belly. (7:05)
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Have you ever heard Mariachis sing our National Anthem? Have a LISTEN and we think you will agree that they did a damn fine job. (1:56)
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For this week’s finale we are going back in time to this 1970 clip of John Wayne’s variety show that he hosted celebrating America’s history. It was one of the most popular videos that circulated through cyberspace over the 4th of July weekend. If you are over the age of 60, you should recognize nearly all of the guests below that appeared in the show. Click HERE to view it, and sing along if you're not afraid of scaring your cat, dog or bird. (2:24)
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Pic of the Week
Anyone besides us worried about this headline?
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Carrillo, Jaci Cordes
Clark, Bill (the one who stayed)
Embry (Howsmon), Eva
Foulkes [Duchon], Louise
Gonzalez, D. (formerly D. Avila)
Guido, Jr., Jim
Guido, Sr. Jim
Hare, Caren (Carlisle)
Harnish, Mary (Craven)
Horton, Debbie (McIntyre)
Howsmon, (Jr.) Frank
Howsmon (Sr.), Frank
Hunter, Dick (via daughter Kim Mindling)
Inami, Steve & Francine
Johnson, Tom & Fran
Klein, Lou Anna
Leonard (Lintern), Lynda
Muldrow, Mark "Mo"
O'Carroll, Diane (Azzarello)
Perry (Cervantez), Martha
Rappe (Ryman), Bonnie
Reyes (Buell), Cindy
Richter, Darrell & Annette
Schenini (Alvarez), Joanne
Taves, Phil & Paula
Terry, Glenn & Maggie
Vallecilla, Ernie & Peggy
Van Dyck, Lois
Williams [Durham], Lanette
Windisch Jr., Steve