July 9, 2015
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THE TRIALS & TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
Nothing to see here; move along please...
PBA's ANNUAL BBQ MEETING SET FOR NEXT WEDNESDAY
Wednesday, July 15th
Next Wednesday's (July 15th) PBA meeting will feature
its once-a-year barbecue extravaganza. Hors d'oeuvres
and snacks will precede the lavish dinner which will be
comprised of huge New York Steaks prepared on the grill
by Lee Wilson, Jim Polmanteer and Terry Handforth. The
dinner will also include a pot of Lumpy’s delicious
Road-Kill Chili with an added feature (see the *
below), toasty Garlic Bread and a huge bowl of
Lumpy’s Ensalada Grande. And a special dessert from
current Cake Boss Joe Wicker will follow the feast while
Sgt. at Arms Bob Moir will see to it that a full array
of spirits along with a variety of beer and wine will be
available at the bar, including some single-malt sipping
Scotch for the discriminating aficionado.
PBA members are invited to bring their appetites and
enjoy this annual event, but no guests. Remember, this
is for members only. Any member who shows up with
someone in tow who isn't a PBA member will be turned
* Toothpicks will be included with the added feature
to Lumpy’s Road-Kill Chili in case some of the moose
hair gets lodged in your teeth.
The following was addressed to Steve D’Arcy who sent in
last week’s message about his son who flies B-52s, and
Don't know if you (Steve) remember my late husband, Ron
Townsend, Disp 190 1970-2001), but he spent a 6 month
Arc Light TDY assignment in Utapao Thailand (’68-'69)
loading those bombs on B-52s. He would have found the
article quite interesting.
I have pictures of him on the "jammer" that puts the
bombs on the racks that went into and onto the planes.
He was good at it and earned the nickname Ronald Ram
Thank you for sharing the article.
• • • • •
I read with interest the article in the Farsider about
the Palo Alto cops enjoying lemonade and snow cones at
stands run by young business owners. I had to wonder,
though, if they got the goodies for half price?
Mean Dean (Janavice)
My guess is no, Dean, unless they were veteran San Jose
cops who left the SJPD for the higher pay and bennies of
the other Santa Clara Co. law enforcement agencies,
including the PAPD. For them, long-learned habits are
hard to break.
• • • • •
I saw this last night on Fox News. Unbelievable.
In essence, Oregon’s Gresham-Barlow school district
spends $100,000 each year on a white-privilege
conference that teaches its faculty that they are racist
and should therefore blame themselves for student
Privilege Conference Costs School District $100K Yearly
on Fox and Friends Weekend
A school district in Oregon has spent hundreds of
thousands of dollars to send staff to a training
conference aimed at labeling white privilege as
The week-long "Coaching for Educational Equity"
conference is mandatory for all administrators and
optional for teachers in the Gresham-Barlow School
District in Gresham, Ore. It costs taxpayers
approximately $100,000 annually.
Gresham-Barlow school board member Dan Chriestenson said
on "Fox and Friends Weekend" that he wants to get past
the color of a student's skin and do what's best for his
or her future.
"During this conference, they are taught that,
essentially, all white people are racist and all
students of color live in a white supremacist culture.
And therefore, their very best efforts will never, ever
be good enough to achieve their dreams," Chriestenson
said. "That's probably the thing that bothers me most is
the hopelessness that this puts on our students of
Chriestenson said that this causes teachers and
administrators to view students through the prism of
skin color, as opposed to what they need to succeed.
"It's just so striking to me how passive parents are in
the face of this kind of evil, because I think that's
what it is," Tucker Carlson remarked.
I saw the report too, Dave, but considering how the
country is changing, I find the story very believable.
Readers who would like to read more about this can click
National Review link
• • • • •
Funny timing on the story from D'Arcy in which the
acronym BUFF is referred to. I just wrote a story, as
related to me by another helicopter pilot, for the
Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association magazine "The
Aviator." Thought you might be interested in it since we
also refer to the BUFF.
Excellent story, Russ. Certainly good enough to share
with the readers of the Farsider…
member Gary Gamble
to VHPA member Russell Jones
It was 1971, my 12th year with the US Air Force. I was a
Major and had 3000 hours in fixed wing aircraft—1000
hours in B-47s, and nearly 2000 hours in B-52s that
included 24 combat missions. In the Air Force’s infinite
wisdom, I had been through rotary wing transition and
was now flying HH-53s, the Jolly Green. Assigned to the
40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, we were
based out of NKP (Nakhon Phanom, Thailand). Major Fred
Hartstein and myself were aircraft commanders, and we
often flew two-aircraft missions together—search and
recovery of downed airmen in Laos and North Vietnam.
of the 40th AARS that participated in the
SonTay raid, on display at the USAF National Museum.
HH-53 of the 40th AARS that participated in the Son Tay
Raid, on display at, and photo credit to, the USAF
Two new pilots had just reported in to our unit: Captain
Dale Stovall and Captain David Pannabecker. They both
had time in C-141s before the Air Force decided to put
them through helicopter flight school. I gave them a
brief tour that started with the Officers’ quarters.
“And by the way,” I said to the two new pilots as we
neared the end of the tour, “you’ll both have shared
duties as the BCO.”
Cpts. Stovall and Pannabecker looked at each other for
an answer to the unasked question, “the BCO?”
Pannabecker, with thinning hair on top but a full
mustache, tried to maintain his military bearing and
said nothing. Stovall, on the other hand, with a full
head of thick red hair and a happy-go-lucky air about
him, turned back toward me as a smile spread across his
face, “Okay, Major Gamble, what’s the BCO?”
I stepped out of the building and waved for the two new
pilots to follow. We didn’t have far to walk before we
came to a large cage containing our mascot, a young Sun
Bear. They are native to the jungles of South East Asia
and we had purchased him in town for $100..
“Captain,” I said as I threw my arm around Stovall, “you
have the distinction of being the very first Bear
Control Officer. Pannabecker here will be your
assistant.” Both Stovall and Pannabecker started
“Captains,” I said as I opened the cage door and picked
up the bear in my arms, “meet Buffy.”
credit: Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre
Stovall and Pannabecker laughed harder, as they
understood the naming of the bear. The Air Force
nickname for B-52s is BUF— Big, Ugly, Fellow, or
something like that. The nickname for the HH-53 was
BUFF— Big, Ugly, Fat…Fellow. Gritty language often
peppers the military environment, so the reader may have
already figured out that Fellow was sometimes
substituted with a saltier term.
“As BCOs,” I explained, “your duties will be the care,
feeding, bathing, and exercising of Buffy. Any
They had no questions, cuddled with Buffy, settled in to
their quarters, and both were soon flying missions.
And it doesn’t take long, especially flying in combat,
for someone to do something that merits special
attention. We were returning to NKP from a TDY
assignment in Ubon, Thailand, flying over western Laos
with Major Hartstein in lead and my aircraft trailing.
The flight was boring, we were over territory not
subject to enemy contact, the pararescue men (PJs) were
dozing off on the seats, and we were at 1500 feet AGL,
high enough to avoid small arms fire. (As a former B-52
pilot, however, 1500 feet was low level as far as I was
Suddenly Hartstein’s HH-53 dropped altitude as he cried
out over the radio, “Taking fire, taking fire.”
My pucker factor went on high, and I immediately dropped
collective and began juking left and right as I
descended, following Hartstein down to tree top level.
Hartstein continued evasive maneuvers, and I followed as
we flew “real” low level, through the treetops, bobbing
and weaving across the river back into Thailand. My crew
and I never heard any gunfire. Hartstein reported
everything was “in the green,” so we continued to NKP.
Back at the base, and upon inspection of Hartstein’s
HH-53, it was found to have indeed taken a round—except
the hole on the exterior of his helicopter was an exit
round. Apparently one of Hartstein’s pararescue
specialists had fallen asleep and somehow, while rolling
over on the stretcher, accidentally fired off a round.
Not aware of what he had done, he too thought it was
enemy fire—until presented with the evidence.
The pararescue crew member received plenty of attention
from his fellow PJs—Major Hartstein, on the other hand,
was the aircraft commander. He was ultimately
responsible for his and his crew members actions. So,
for his personal courage and bravery under fire, his
fearlessness, his willingness to disregard his personal
safety and carry on with the flight, we presented him
with his own personal titanium seat and gave him the
honorary title of “old iron pants.”
On a more serious note, on 27 Mar 72, Pannabecker was
aircraft commander in a Jolly, flying second ship, into
Cambodia on an escort mission. Upon locating the
aircraft to be escorted, the lead Jolly radioed, “Tally
ho,” the signal that he had visual contact. When there
was no response from Pannabecker, the lead aircraft made
a 180 turn, only to see a column of black smoke rising
from the dense jungle 5 miles behind. The lead Jolly
flew back and lowered his PJ team into the area, but the
heat from the wreckage prevented them from approaching
the site. Several hours later a second attempt to
recover remains was unsuccessful due to hostile forces
in the area, and Captain Pannabecker and his crew were
later declared KIA/BNR. We never knew, and they probably
never knew, what hit them.
In May of 1972, a weapons control officer by the name of
Roger Locher successfully ejected from a crippled F-4
and landed only 40 miles from downtown Hanoi. He evaded
capture for over 22 days before he could make radio
contact with an F-4 on a mission over Hanoi. On June 1,
Captain Stovall attempted a rescue but was forced back
by ground fire, surface-to-air missiles, and two MIGs.
On June 2, the commanding officer of the 7th Air Force,
General John Vogt, cancelled all bombing missions for
North Vietnam and sent a task force of 114
aircraft—F-4s, EB-66s, A-1Es, F-105s, including Captain
Stovall in his Jolly, to retrieve Locher. “We shut down
the war to go get Locher,” Stovall later said. When
Stovall finally pulled Locher aboard his Jolly, they
were only 60 miles from Hanoi. It was the deepest rescue
inside North Vietnam during the war. No aircraft were
lost during the rescue. For his actions that day,
Captain Stovall was awarded the Air Force Cross.
Stovall, who retired in 1993 as a Brigadier General,
must also be remembered for his dedication to his duties
as BCO. In 1975 he flew back to Thailand on his own dime
and brought Buffy back to the US where he placed him in
the St. Louis Zoo to live out the rest of his life.
Stovall was therefore the first, and last, official Bear
Control Officer for the 40th Aerospace Rescue and
• • • • •
Mike Thompson didn’t author this, but he felt it was
worthy of publication…
Story of My Gun
(Alternate title: Those Damn Spoons)
Today I placed my S&W .357 Revolver on the table right
next to my front door. I left 6 cartridges beside it,
then left it alone and went about my business.
While I was gone, the mailman delivered my mail, the
neighbor boy across the street mowed the yard, a girl
walked her dog down the street, and quite a few cars
stopped at the stop sign near the front of my house.
After about an hour, I checked on the gun. It was still
sitting there, right where I had left it. It hadn't
moved itself outside. It certainly hadn't killed anyone,
even with the numerous opportunities it had presented to
In fact, it hadn't even loaded itself.
Well you can imagine my surprise, with all the hype by
the Left and the Media about how dangerous guns are and
how they kill people. Either the media is wrong or I'm
in possession of the laziest gun in the world.
The United States is 3rd in Murders throughout the
World. But if you take out just 4 cities: Chicago,
Detroit, Washington DC and New Orleans, the United
States is 4th from the bottom in the entire world for
Murders. These 4 Cities also have the toughest Gun
Control Laws in the U.S., and all 4 of these cities are
controlled by Democrats. It would be absurd to draw any
conclusions from this data, right?
Well, I'm off to check on my spoons. I hear they're
making people fat.
• • • • •
Saw an interesting comment from you in (last) week's
issue that you were stationed at Davis Monthan in Tucson
from ’64 to ’68, so we sort of crossed paths. I got my
wings at Craig AFB in Feb. 67, then from March 67 to Oct
67 I was at DM going through F4 Phantom combat training
before being sent to the far east. Tucson was not that
bad a place; good steaks at the Pinnacle Peak
Small world, eh? While DM was a SAC base (for
housekeeping purposes) back in the '60s, the largest
group on the base was the 4453rd CCTW that ran guys like
you through F-4 combat training. It fell under the
umbrella of the Tactical Air Command (TAC). We also had
a SAC squadron that trained U-2 pilots. And there was,
of course, the graveyard that was home to outdated
aircraft and probably two or three rattlesnake residents
for every plane.
• • • •
Now that same sex weddings are lawful in all 57 states
(oops, sorry, make that 50, I had Obama on the mind),
it’s possible that some of your readers will be invited
to one and not be aware of the proper protocol. This
video by Key and Peele should answer any questions or
concerns people have. (If you choose not to print this
Sign me “Red State”
Are you a friend of Talking Points by chance, or ARE YOU
Talking Points who has a new or additional email
address? You guys sound similar. Whatever the case, it
wasn’t that long ago that the video you sent in would
trouble some people, but with the polls showing that
over 60 percent of the populace approves of same sex
weddings, I going to go ahead and include your missive
and the clip in the newsletter as it does have some
redeeming (as in humorous) value. Those who are offended
by the topic are free to skip this and move on.
To view the Key and Peele video about gay weddings,
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Thanks to Karen Hildebrandt for bringing this to our
attention on Facebook.
COULD THE STEINLE MURDER HAVE HAPPENED HERE?
Keeping in mind that San Jose, like San Francisco, is
also a “sanctuary city,” and that the Sheriff's Dept.
follows a procedure similar to that of the San Francisco
S/O, could five-time deportee Juan Francisco
Lopez-Sanchez have been released from the Santa Clara
County Jail under the same circumstances? Moreover, does
Herhold have it right in regard to Kathryn's murder?
This is from today’s paper…
Points of Concern in Tragedy
News — July 9, 2015
It is the saddest of stories: A lovely
32-year-old-woman, a native of Pleasanton, is walking
with her father on scenic Pier 14, a place to soak in
the San Francisco waterfront. Suddenly a bullet pierces
her aorta, and even her pleas to her father — “Dad,
please help me” — can’t save her.
It is no wonder that the killing of Kathryn Steinle has
started a firestorm of debate. As many people see it,
the man accused of her murder, five-time deportee Juan
Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, 45, should never have been on
Pier 14. He should have been turned over to immigration
authorities by the Sheriff’s Department in April — and
Before the house burns down completely, however, we
should control the flames. Here are four things that
need to be kept in mind:
A. Donald Trump is just as big a jerk as he always
was. He is not the only person who has talked about
fortifying our borders. And he is profoundly wrong about
the vast majority of immigrants, even illegal
immigrants: They are hardworking people, not criminals
or drug runners.
Trump nevertheless represents an angry populist strain
in American thinking, and it’s unwise to ignore him
completely. In this reactionary stab of outrage, Kathryn
Steinle is a symbol of everything threatened by
B. Nobody should believe Sanchez’s story about the
gun. The accused man described the shooting as an
accident, saying he found a gun wrapped in a T-shirt.
“So I picked it up and … it started to fire on its own,”
he told KGO TV. “Suddenly, I heard that boom-boom, three
No. That is not the way it happened. The gun did not
fire on its own. Someone pulled the trigger. But it is
significant that Sanchez has apologized to the family.
It indicates that he knows this was no accident.
C. It’s unwise — no, just plain dumb — to advertise
yourself as a sanctuary city. Unhappy with the
ham handed techniques of immigration authorities, a
number of cities, including San Francisco and Berkeley,
declared themselves sanctuary cities. Bad marketing: The
name can be an unwelcome magnet to bad guys. Sanchez
told KGO that he kept returning to San Francisco because
he knew he was unlikely to be pursued by authorities.
D. Even a different policy might not have saved
Steinle. But some changes are needed. It’s worth
remembering that even if Sanchez had been turned over to
immigration authorities and deported, he might have
found his way back to Pier 14. He clearly had done it
As strange as it sounds, striking the right balance can
sometimes be done without the benefit of council members
or supervisors. It’s possible to be liberal on
immigration but still leave authorities the room to hold
the most violent customers for ICE. (It’s uncertain
whether Sanchez would have qualified under that
standard.) Santa Clara County, whose policy from the
Board of Supervisors has discouraged holds, needs to
move in that direction. Alameda County Sheriff Greg
Ahern has taken a few steps forward, agreeing to
cooperate with formal requests from ICE for advance
notice. San Francisco should follow.
BALTIMORE POLICE COMMISSIONER ANTHONY BATTS GETS THE
the SJPD dodge a bullet?—
This is how PoliceOne.com reported on the firing of
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts, who was
considered for the job of San Jose’s Police Chief back
Baltimore Mayor Fires Police Commissioner Amid Homicide
Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 file photo shows
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts
at Girard College in Philadelphia
BALTIMORE — The Baltimore mayor fired the troubled
city's police commissioner Wednesday, saying that a
recent spike in homicides weeks after an unarmed black
man died of injuries in police custody required a change
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake thanked Police
Commissioner Anthony Batts for his service — and praised
the job he had done — but said growing criticism of his
leadership had become a "distraction" that was
preventing the city from moving ahead.
Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, who has only
been with the department since January, will serve as
interim commissioner, Rawlings-Blake said.
"We need a change," the mayor told a news conference,
which was attended by Davis by her side. "This was not
an easy decision but it is one that is in the best
interest of Baltimore. The people of Baltimore deserve
better and we're going to get better."
The firing comes 2 1/2 months after the city broke out
into riots following the death of Freddie Gray, who died
in April of injuries he received in police custody. Six
police officers have been criminally charged in Gray's
After the violence, arrests in the city plummeted and
homicides spiked. On Tuesday night, gunmen jumped out of
two vans and fired at a group of people a few blocks
from an urban university campus, killing three people. A
fourth person sought treatment for a gunshot wound to
the buttocks and was in stable condition.
Police said Wednesday that the shooting wasn't random,
but no arrests have been made.
"As we have seen in recent weeks, too many continue to
die on our streets, including three just last night and
one earlier today," Rawlings-Blake said. Referring to
Batts, she said that "recent events proved that his
being here was a distraction."
"A key goal of my administration is making Baltimore a
safer place. We cannot continue to debate the leadership
of the department. We cannot continue to have the level
of violence we've seen in recent weeks in this city. We
have made progress; I don't want to lose that progress."
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who
gave the protestors a green light to riot. (Photo
and caption added by the Farsider.)
On Tuesday, the police department announced that an
outside organization will review the department's
response to the civil unrest that followed Gray's death.
Most of the unrest took place on April 27, prompted by
Gray's death on April 19.
In the meantime, the U.S. Justice Department is
conducting a civil rights review of the department, and
the Baltimore police union released its own scathing
post-mortem report Tuesday.
Batts and other top brass instructed officers not to
engage with rioters and to allow looting and destruction
to occur, according to the report from the Baltimore
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3. The report also says
officers were told not to wear protective gear, and to
request permission from the department's legal section
before making arrests.
"Officers stated they lacked basic riot equipment,
training and leadership," union president Kevin Ryan
said in the report. "The officers repeatedly expressed
concern that the passive response of the Baltimore
police commanders to the civil unrest allowed the
disorder to grow into full-scale rioting. The riots were
Following Batts' firing Wednesday, the union issued a
statement reiterating the report's concerns but also
expressing hope for the future.
"We look forward to working with Interim Commissioner
Kevin Davis to unite the Baltimore Police Department and
move both our department and city forward," it said.
The mayor said that in addition to reducing crime, Davis
would "bring accountability to police, hold officers who
act out of line accountable for their actions."
In his own remarks to the news conference, Davis said
his goals would also include improving the relationship
with the officers who work for him. "A relationship must
exist with the rank and file," he said. "I will walk
with them and serve with them and be with them every
step of the way."
Davis was previously chief of police in Anne Arundel
County, Maryland, and assistant chief in Prince George's
County, Maryland. He joined the Prince George's
department in 1992 and worked his way up the ranks.
He led the Anne Arundel department for a year and half,
coming in after political scandals involving a county
executive and a police chief. Davis resigned from the
Anne Arundel department in December after the election
of a new county executive.
Rawlings-Blake appointed Batts as police commissioner in
His contract with the city paid him $190,000 and was to
run through June 2020. It includes a provision for a
severance payment equal to his annual salary if he is
terminated without cause.
~ ~ ~
To repeat: Did the SJPD dodge a bullet? This is a
timeline going back to 2011 when Batts was the Oakland
Police Chief and being considered for the top post in
San Jose. In hindsight, many would say San Jose was
extremely fortunate that then-City Manager Debra Figone
chose Chris Moore for the job over Batts. This timeline
is from the San Jose Inside/Metro, a local newspaper
that deals almost exclusively with San Jose politics…
Police Chief Search Down to 2 Candidates
It looks to be a two-man race in determining who will be
the next chief of police in San Jose. Reports state City
Manager Debra Figone will make her decision by early
February, and the final candidates appear to be acting
police chief Christopher Moore and Oakland’s current
chief of police, Anthony Batts.
Anthony Batts Coming to San Jose to Escape Trouble in
Anthony Batts has only been the Oakland police chief for
a year, which has prompted speculation as to why he is
interested in coming to fill San Jose’s open position in
the midst of a three-year contract he just signed. A
report by Ali Winston, a producer for KALW Radio in
Oakland, suggests Batts might want to come here because
Oakland faces a real threat of having its police
department placed under federal receivership.
City Manager Selects Moore to be Police Chief
In a move that could come as a surprise to many, the
Mercury News reports that San Jose City Manager Debra
Figone has decided to stay in-house and make Christopher
Moore the permanent chief of police.
Selection Causes Mixed Reaction
With word that Chris Moore will shed the interim tag to
become the permanent chief of police in San Jose—he was
reportedly selected by City Manager Debra Figone over
Oakland chief Anthony Batts—reactions are as varied as
they are passionate.
SJ Police Chief Candidate Resigns
Some people said it was only a matter of time until
Anthony Batts would leave his post as Oakland’s chief of
police following his public and unsuccessful bid to
become the head of the San Jose Police Department. Those
people were right. Earlier this week, Batts offered the
city of Oakland his resignation.
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
Almost all of the late night talk show hosts are on
summer break. The only exceptions were Conan O’Brien and
Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted their final pre-summer break
show on July 1st. All of the shows currently airing are
repeats. If you want to review the Late Nite Jokes
Archive dating all the way back to 2009, click
Macy's has severed ties with Donald Trump and no longer
will carry his men's wear collection. From now on, men
who want to look like Donald Trump will have to hunt and
kill their own hair piece.
A leading Native-American activist is being accused of
not being Native American at all. Yeah, another one of
those. Authorities grew suspicious after the woman said
her tribal name is "Listens to Josh Groban."
A newly released email reveals that Hillary Clinton said
to a co-worker, "I heard on the radio there's a cabinet
meeting. Can I go?" In another email she said she found
out about the debt ceiling from Smooth Jazz 94.7.
Last night for the first time in 24 years Jupiter and
Venus appeared almost on top of each other. So the gay
marriage ruling is having more of an impact than we
The state of Oregon today became the fourth state to
legalize recreational marijuana. At long last the people
of Oregon can do exactly what they've been doing all
In Oregon you can have up to eight ounces of pot in your
home. Let's be honest. Most guys in Portland have that
much pot in their beards.
It's hard to believe it was legal to get gay married in
Alabama before it was legal to smoke a joint in Oregon,
So many people have jumped the White House fence
recently that the Secret Service is putting metal spikes
on it. This is the latest in security technology — from
1325. It's impenetrable, unless you use a ladder. We're
now protecting the president's life the same way we keep
pigeons from sitting on ATMs.
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE
HERE for the most current update.
• • • • •
We’re starting off with this high-definition
contribution from Don Hale of various isolated regions
of the planet and its wildlife because it includes the
most beautiful video images and accompanying musical
soundtrack that has ever been featured in the Farsider.
HERE, sit back and enjoy. (6:45)
• • • •
Dept. of Great Ideas comes this new
DEVICE that protects police canines from
accidentally being left behind in a hot patrol car.
• • • • •
We find it
interesting how a soundtrack from "2001: A Space
Odyssey" and some slow-motion video effects can
graphically tell you that a baby has done the dirty
deed. Check out
THIS Pampers ad. (1:15)
• • • • •
So what do you get when you strap a GoPro video camera
to the back of a sea turtle swimming along the Great
Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia? The answer is
• • • • •
As innovative commercials go,
THIS one from Thailand ranks right up there. It’s
one of those ads where you don’t know what’s being
pitched until the very end. (0:53)
• • • • •
Could this kitty be looking for a home? Mistake Iwago is
a prominent Japanese wildlife photographer and has been
working on a project involving stray cats he has
encountered around the world. In the middle of filming
one segment, a tiny stray kitten approached him.
WATCH what happened next. (1:38)
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Don’t let it be said you don’t learn a lot by being a
THIS week you get to see a Baby Anteater trying its
best to learn to walk. (0:44)
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Raise your hands if you have ever wondered what would
happen if you placed a can of ravioli in a bed of
flowing 2000-degree lava? A little higher, please.
Right on! Thanks! Tom Macris and I were worried that the
THOUGHT was something unique to us. (1:58)
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Could California’s high-speed rail service from Northern
to Southern California ever look like this video
received from Alice Murphy? We can answer
THAT question: To put it bluntly, not a freakin’
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If you are among the small handful of people who haven’t
yet seen the devastating wreck in the final lap of last
NASCAR race at Daytona — or you want to see some
replays of the mishap — look no further. (3:45)
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looking for some fun? Ken Hawkes is seeking some friends
to join him on this cruise along the Somali coast in
search of pirates so he can get a group rate. If you
like what you see in
THIS video and want to join in the fun, drop a dime
on Ken. (4:25)
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If you want to see what the remains of civilization
would look like 30 years after the apocalypse, click
HERE and watch this interesting video that was
posted on the Internet about a week ago. (8:14)
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If you watch O’Reilly and think that the Watters World
segment is contrived, have a look at
THIS. It should give you an indication of how much
trouble the U.S. is really in. (3:07)
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the latest News I.Q. test from the Pew Research Center
results in a number of ways. Unfortunately, it indicates
that a large percentage of Americans know very little
about what's going on. There are no tricks here — just a
simple test to see if you are current on your
information. Test your knowledge with the challenge of
12 questions, then be ready to shudder when you see how
others did. If you get less than half correct, please
cancel your voter registration — or start paying
attention to what’s going on around you.
HERE to test your News I.Q.
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If you took the Pew Research Center quiz above on
current news events and didn’t do well, here’s your
chance for redemption because
THIS is an easy one about our country.
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Leave it to the ingenuity of the German farmer to find a
UNIQUE way to bail and transport hay at harvest
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“9-1-1, what’s your emergency?”
“I’ve been shot.”
“What’s your location?”
“I’m in the backyard of my house at 245 Orchid Street.”
“I’ll get an ambulance and the police on the way. Did
you see the person who shot you?”
“It wasn’t a person.”
“Not a person?”
“I was doing some gardening in the backyard and I was
shot in the back by a plant.”
For an explanation, have a look at
THIS Smithsonian Channel video sent in by Alice
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Those of you who are into outdoor activities such
camping and/or collecting survival equipment or
emergency gear for the trunk of your car might be
interested in this Chinese shovel that is similar in
usefulness to a Swiss Army Knife. It was designed by
Chinese engineers and looks like an amazingly useful
tool. Have a look at
THIS video. (8:33)
If you feel this is a must have, Amazon has it along
with other variations. Just go to Amazon.com and search
for “Chinese Military Shovel.”
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On the surface, this doesn’t seem like a bad idea for
people who live in earthquake country, like us and the
Japanese. But even such a feature, I for one would
NOT want to be in a stuck elevator with a dozen
other people who had just left an all-you-can-eat
buffet. Just sayin’.
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Speaking of earthquakes, look how calm
THIS American mother is as she tries to comfort her
4-year-old child in a restaurant in Sendai, Japan during
a 9.0 earthquake. The video was captured by her
15-year-old son. Also note how long the quake lasted.
Had I been there, I would surely have needed the
elevator item featured in the entry above. (1:22)
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Bob Moir invites you to click
HERE if you would like to take a nostalgic road trip
back in time and sneak a peek at some of America’s gas
stations from yesteryear.
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We are doubtful there is any substance to the rumor that
retired Motor Sgt. Bob Kosovilka taught
THIS guy everything he knows about motorcycle stunt
riding, but stranger things have been known to happen.
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What’s the big deal with
THIS clip of Vittorio Brumotti of Italy showing off
his cycling skills? All my buddies I hung with when I
was 12 could ride a bike as good as him. We just didn’t
have a video camera to record our stunts back in the
’50s so we could prove it. (4:38)
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This clip also is about cycling, but instead of
featuring jaw-dropping stunts,
THIS one is more inspirational. Professional
mountain biker Martyn Ashton suffered a life-changing
injury in 2013 when a fall left him permanently
paralyzed from the waist down, ending his world-record
cyclist’s career. Being paralyzed came with countless
struggles, but Martyn's cheery outlook on life helped
see him through. Two years later, with the help of his
buddies, he successfully mounted his bike and took off
down a mountainous trail. (4:46)
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This may look like a stunt from a James Bond movie, but
THAT'S 43-year-old daredevil and speed flyer Arnaud
Longobardi actually parachuting into a moving cable car
in the French Alps. (0:55)
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Speaking of crazy stunts by crazy people, click
HERE and watch 29-year-old Uli Emanuele fly through
a narrow slit in a rock face in his wingsuit at 120 mph
in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland. The clip was posted on
YouTube last week. (2:43)
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This item lends credence to the cliché that the
difference between men and boys is the cost of their
toys. This is a five-part series of a large-scale model
aircraft show that took place in the U.K. that features
RC biplanes from the World War I era up through today’s
fighters and passenger jets, some of which are huge.
Included in the videos are multi-plane dogfights,
bombing runs with miniature explosions and even
simulated anti-aircraft fire. Below are links to all
five parts of the show.
Part 1, click
HERE to watch Part 2 (17:26)
Part 3, click
HERE to watch Part 4 (16:59)
the last (Part 5) installment, click
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Fighter Pilot of World War II
The gentleman pictured below is 91-year-old Jerry Yellin
from Fairfield, Iowa. He escorted B-29s in his P-51
Mustang from Iwo Jima during the bombing missions over
Japan in 1945. We highly recommend this interview if you
have an interest in military aviation and/or WWII.
THIS link received from Doug Bergtholdt will take
you to the former captain's interview that was filmed on
the island of Iwo Jima during its 70th anniversary
earlier this year. (5:03)
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Looking for some toe-tapping fun? Check out
THIS performance by “Celtic Thunder,” which is
arguably Ireland’s most popular singing group, along
with “Celtic Women.” The song — “A Place in the Choir" —
is from the group's DVD and CD titled “Heritage.” (4:13)
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For this week’s closer, Bert Kelsey invites you to
WATCH this moving Texas Country Reporter segment
titled “Portrait of a Warrior.” (7:31)
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