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July 12
, 2012

 

Bill Mattos, Editor and Publisher <bilmat@comcast.net>
Leroy Pyle, Webmaster <leroypyle@sjpba.net>

 

The Farsider is an independent publication that is not affiliated with the San Jose Police Benevolent
Assn. The SJPBA has allowed the Farsider to be included on its web site solely for the convenience
of the retired San Jose Police community. The content of this newsletter does not represent or reflect
the views of the San Jose Police Benevolent Association's Board of Directors or its membership.




 

ORLANDO FAMILY DONATIONS


By now, most of you are aware of the tragic accident that happened to Officer Brandon Orlando's family. (See story.)

Donations to the Orlando Family are being accepted through the SJPOA. Checks should be made payable to the "SJPOA" and "For the benefit of the Orlando Family" written on the memo line. Checks can be dropped off at, or mailed to...

SJPOA
1151 North Fourth Street
San Jose, CA  95112


Cash and credit card donations can also be dropped off at the SJPOA during normal business hours (Mon thru Fri. 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).

If you have any further questions please contact Officer James Mason at 650-773-1229 or Joanne Segovia at the SJPOA (408-298-1133). 


This is the story as reported in last Saturday's Mercury News...

Officers Rally for a Comrade

—S.J. department offers family support after 3-year-old’s gun death—

By Robert Salonga, Mark Gomez and Eric Kurhi
Staff writers


As scores of police colleagues rally around a grieving San Jose officer, there are indications that his 3-year-old son somehow shot himself at their Gilroy home in what investigators are calling a tragic accident.

Gilroy police Sgt. Chad Gallacinao said Friday that neither the adults nor other children at home during the shooting were involved, but stopped short of saying the boy caused the gun to fire.

Preston Orlando was shot early Thursday evening at his home on the western edge of the South County city, authorities said. His father, Brandon Orlando, is a nine-year veteran of the San Jose force. Police confirmed that a privately owned semi-automatic pistol was the gun that killed Preston, ruling out his father’s service weapon.

Meanwhile there has been an outpouring of support from the San Jose Police Department for Brandon Orlando and his family.

San Jose police spokesman Sgt. Jason Dwyer said Chief Chris Moore visited Orlando at St. Louise Regional Hospital and stayed for several hours overnight, as did dozens of other officers in the department.

“When something like that happens to one of us, it happens to all of us,” Dwyer said. “He’s hurting badly right now. The officers want to make sure he knows they’re here for him.”

The department’s chaplain was also on hand, as was a sergeant specializing in grief counseling.

“Officers are used to turning off their emotions so they can deal with everything,” said Sgt. Vanessa Payne of the Crisis Management Unit, whose office is reminding and encouraging officers to seek counseling and other help being offered.

The case is being investigated by Gilroy police in tandem with the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office and county Medical Examiner’s Office.

“This is a very active investigation,” Gallacinao said.

Key details — such as how the boy was shot, whose gun it was, and how it was stored — were hard to come by Friday as police remained tight-lipped about the circumstances of the death, citing the sensitivity of their investigation. Family members, including several children, were home when the child was shot with a handgun just before 5 p.m. Thursday in an upstairs room of the family’s Kentwood Court home, Gallacinao said.

Emergency personnel were quickly summoned and arrived to find Preston suffering from a gunshot wound. He died on the way to the hospital.

Gallacinao said the investigation is in its early stages, and “we believe it was accidental. However, we are investigating to verify that and determine how it happened.”

Multiple law-enforcement sources said police officers are subject to the same state gun-handling and storage laws as civilians, including penalties for failing to keep them out of the reach of children. Dwyer said Orlando, a Gilroy High School alumnus, has served in the San Jose Police Department’s special operations metro unit and is a distinguished member of the force. “That he had 30 to 40 officers show up (to the hospital) is a testament to how well-respected he is in the department,” Dwyer said.

The neighborhood near the Debell Uvas Creek Preserve was quiet and still Friday morning, the police having cleared the scene several hours before. In some instances, residents turned away reporters canvassing the street in the wake of the shooting, being protective of their grieving neighbor. The number of young children killed accidentally by firearms is small. From 2006 through 2010, the latest figures available, six children younger than 5 years old died in unintentional shootings in California, according to Ralph Montano of the state Department of Public Health.

The public has responded with disbelief, anger and grief to the death of Preston. Those feelings are expected, said Kasey Halcon , who works with the Santa Clara County Victim Witness Assistance Program.

“The reactions to a violent death are one of unexpected feelings of insecurity and shock, which easily lead to feelings of anger and fear and the need to place blame,” she said. “We have a natural need to hold who we feel accountable responsible.”

But Halcon, the daughter of a police officer, stressed the importance of responding with sympathy and understanding. “We risk vilifying a grieving family if we jump to conclusions,” she said. “Police officers spend their lives protecting their community.” For them, she said, “I would expect that protecting your family is of utmost importance.”

Staff writer Sharon Noguchi contributed to this story. Contact Mark Gomez at 408-920-5869 or Robert Salonga at 408-920-5002.



 

PBA MEETS NEXT WEDNESDAY, JULY 18

Same time, same place, probably the same 100 faces.
  If you are a PBA member who hasn't attended in the
past, be bold and add a new face this month.



POA Hall, 1151 N. 5th St, San Jose
Bar Opens at 5:00 — Dinner around 6:00

(Note: The Annual BBQ Dinner Meeting is next month, not this month.)




 

PENSION NEWS


Beyond the possibility that we may be seeing the start of a bankruptcy cascade of California cities with San Bernardino having filed for Chapter 9 protection along with Stockton and Mammoth Lakes (Vallejo went through the process 2 years ago), we found nothing in the print or TV media relative to our pension issue here in San Jose this week. With lawyers for the City and its labor unions meeting behind closed doors, perhaps no news is good news.

Municipal financial problems are not confined to the Golden State. Nationwide, 12 cities have filed for bankruptcy so far, and 17 others are considering doing so. As evidence that the country may be in deeper doo-doo than many thought, click on the link below, give the video a few moments to load, and watch Brian Williams' report on Scranton, PA — Joe Biden's home town — where cops, firefighters and all other municipal employees have had their wages slashed to the Federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour...



<http://tinyurl.com/7u7pfrz>




 

WEEKLY POLL

 

   


Results from last week's poll...




For the full scope of state and national polling by Scott Rasmussen, click on this link:
<http://www.rasmussenreports.com/>

For the most recent releases, click here:
<http://www.rasmussenreports.com/older_content/home/top_stories/most_recent_articles>



 

MAIL CALL

July 6th

Bill,

Thanks for the recent mentions of Honorable Intentions. It's amazing how many hits the website gets, and how many orders for books I receive after those remarks — even after all the previous publicity you've provided.

Sally and I just finished a 3 month tour of the Lewis & Clark trail: St. Louis, MO to Astoria, OR. We then took a circuitous route home through Oregon, northern Calif. to Salt Lake City, to our place in Colorado, and finally home in the "Hill Country" of Texas. We couldn't enjoy the ranch near Durango due to all the smoke and fires in that area.

After that 10,300 mile excursion in an RV, Cruise ship vacations are sounding better and better.

Along the road we had the opportunity to make a few side trips and visit some friends from the '70s: Ray Berrett, Larry "Nails" Fernsworth, Ivano 'n Mildred Comelli,  Bob 'n Judi Allen and Gary "Mother" 'n Carol Leonard. Everyone is adjusting well to their implants, hearing aids, medications, etc., and all are in good spirits. To be fair, I should mention that Berrett and Fernsworth looked as physically fit as they did 40 years ago. Maybe it's that northern Utah and Idaho climate.

While in OR we stopped and visited with Phyllis Trussler. She's doing fine, considering she has the same aches and medical complaints the rest of us have at our ages, but she too is in good spirits.

Thanks for the work you do with the Farsider,

Russell Jones
<rjones7015@satx.rr.com>

That's good news about PAT (Phyllis A. Trussler), which was the nom de plume she used back in the mid-1970s when a group of us got together and published "Cops-a-Field" — a monthly in-house magazine that took a humorous and satirical look at the SJPD where many of the "swells" found themselves the target of zingers. It was all in fun, of course.


"PAT Answers" was a section of the magazine where Phyl put on her Dear Abby robe and answered questions that, coincidentally, she also authored. Here's one example in which the intention was to poke fun at officers who felt that a single back-up weapon to supplement their .357 or .44 Mag wasn't sufficient for routine patrol duty, so they carried two or more.

Dear PAT,

I have been on the Department for nine years. My problem is that I am stuck in a desk job and am having trouble transferring back to the streets. I come down in uniform on my days off with my service weapons (.44 Mag, .380 auto, .357 Model 66, .38 Chief's Special, .22 Derringer and my M-1 Carbine) to show that I'm ready to work a beat, but I still get turned down. When I go to the Range to practice several times a week, every time I arrive the Rangemasters always close it and go to lunch, even if I show up at 9 in the morning. It's almost as though they are trying to tell me they don't want me around. I'm beginning to think that the reason for all this may have something to do with the service-connected disability I applied for last year after I was taking a report at a junk yard and was picked up by an electro-magnet. What can you tell me?

(signed) Eagerly Waiting

Dear E.W.

I can only tell you that some people are discovered. Others are found out.


Unfortunately, Phyllis has no computer or e-mail access, so she will be unaware that we are talking about her.


 

Phyllis — 1983


The staff of Cops-a-Field — as printed on the inside front cover of each issue — included these volunteers who had far too much free time on their hands:

Bill Mattos — Editor
Tom Macris — Cartoonist & Illustrator
Phyllis Trussler — Staff Writer ("PAT Answers")
Joe Escobar — Officer Safety & Training
Rodger Cripe — Editorial Assistant
Bob Moir — Bureau of Field Operations Representative
Mike Thompson — Sports and Jock of the Month Interviewer
Joe Cressa — Sports andTraffic Unit Representative
John Rapp — Classifieds
Lee Womack — Quality Control & Proof Reader
Ray Berrett — 3rd Floor Representative #1
Russ Jones — 3rd Floor Representative #2 (Narco Unit)
Sgt. Bob Namba — Consultant #1
Lt. Gordon Ballard — (The "green light" to publish came from him)


Cops-a-Field was so well received that it was said there were no toilet stalls to be had in the Police Administration Bldg. after distribution was made.

The crew tried to make each issue bigger and better than the last. Unfortunately, this took more of the crew's volunteer time, and burn-out occurred after six monthly issues.

Readers who have copies of Cops-a-Field lying around should hang onto them as it's possible they may become an SJPD collector's item in 100 years or so.



 

30th ANNUAL RETIREES' ASSOCIATION BBQ SET FOR AUG. 16th
 



Association of Retired San Jose Police Officers & Firefighters
30th Annual August BBQ

Place:
Coyote Ranch
(just off of Monterey Hwy in the Coyote Valley)

When:
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Time: 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Dinner will be served at 5:00 PM

Cost:
$5 for Members
$10 for Spouse
$20 for Non-Members    

Make Checks Payable to:
AORSJPO&FF
P.O. BOX 28041
SAN JOSE, CA 95159
and send to Tom Scully

You can sign up online at our website:

<http://www.retiredsjpoff.org/>
 
We will need a count of Retirees and Spouses
who will be attending the BBQ, by August 9, 2012.

Coyote Ranch Map



 

Directions:


From 101 South: Take the Bernal Road Exit West - Right turn: turn right at the 2nd stop light - you will dead end into Monterey Road. Turn left: go 1 mile south to Metcalf Road - turn left: make immediate right turn (approx. 50 yds.): follow that road to Coyote Ranch.

From 85 South: Take Bernal Exit West - Right turn (DO NOT GET ON 101): turn right at the 1st stop light - you will dead end into Monterey Road. Turn left: go 1 mile south to Metcalf Road - turn left: make immediate right turn (approx. 50 yds.): follow that road to Coyote Ranch.


If something comes up and you are unable to make the dinner, please let us know by sending e-mail to...

<treasurer@retiredsjpoff.org>



 

LOOK AT FACT CHECK BEFORE YOU FORWARD THAT NEXT POLITICAL E-MAIL
 


When we want to confirm if something is true or a hoax, our first choice is Snopes as it has been around the longest and has well established its credibility of being unbiased. If what we are looking for isn't listed on Snopes, we use two alternatives: TruthOrFiction.com and/or FactCheck.org, both of which are as credible as Snopes in our opinion.

Larry Lundberg sent in a link to a particular FactCheck entry that uncovers the truth behind numerous recent political emails that have gone viral, some of which have no doubt shown up in your inbox. As Lumpy put it, "Reading this might save one some time when it comes to passing along emails." He has it right. If you disagree with some or any of the FactCheck findings, perhaps it's because believe you want to believe the rumor because it fits your political agenda. Just sayin'.

<http://factcheck.org/hot-topics/>




 

THE UNINTENTIONAL MASTER OF THE ONE-LINERS


Implying it was suitable fodder for the Farsider, a half-dozen readers sent in this item about the lovable former Yankee coach Yogi Berra, and who are we to argue? He is now 87 and is probably continuing to torture the English language with his quips...


Lawrence Peter Berra played Major League Baseball for 19 years for the New York Yankees. He played on 10 World Series Championship teams, is an MLB Hall of Famer and has some awe-inspiring stats. His name is consistently brought up as one of the best catchers in baseball history, and he was voted to the Team of the Century in 1999.

Amazing accomplishments aside, they probably aren't how you know the baseball great. You know Lawrence as Yogi, a nickname given to him by a friend who likened his cross-legged sitting to a yogi.

Yogi is famous for his fractured English, malapropisms and sometimes nonsensical quotes. He's closing in on 88, and there seems to be no end to his fan's love for him.


Here are 25 Yogi Berra quotes that may make you shake your head and smile.

1. "It's like deja vu all over again."

2. "We made too many wrong mistakes."

3. "You can observe a lot just by watching."

4. "A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore."

5. "He hits from both sides of the plate. He's amphibious."

6. "If the world was perfect, it wouldn't be."

7. "If you don't know where you're going, you might end up some place else."

8. Responding to a question about remarks attributed to him that he did not think were his: "I really didn't say everything I said."

9. "The future ain't what it use to be."

10. "I think Little League is wonderful. It keeps the kids out of the house."

11. On why he no longer went to Ruggeri's, a St. Louis restaurant: "Nobody goes there anymore because it's too crowded."

12. "I always thought that record would stand until it was broken."

13. "We have deep depth."

14. "All pitchers are liars or crybabies."

15. When giving directions to Joe Garagiola to his New Jersey home, which is accessible by two routes: "When you come to a fork in the road, take it."

16. "Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours."

17. "Never answer anonymous letters."

18. On being the guest of honor at an awards banquet: "Thank you for making this day necessary."

19. On traveling: "The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase."

20. "Half the lies they tell about me aren't true."

21. As a general comment on baseball: "90% of the game is half mental."

22. "I don't know (if they were men or women running naked across the field). They had bags over their heads."

23. "It gets late early out there."

24. Carmen Berra, Yogi's wife asked: "Yogi, you are from St. Louis, we live in New Jersey, and you played ball in New York. If you go before I do, where would you like me to have you buried?" Yogi's answer: "Surprise me."

25. "It ain't over till it's over."




 

MUSINGS OF THE EDITOR


Last Thursday, July 5th, the Mercury News ran an opinion piece co-authored by the president and chairman of the California Association of Scholars, a conservative advocacy group for education. The title of the piece was "Political Imbalance Threatens College Campuses." They argued the point that liberals far outweigh conservatives on the faculty of most colleges and universities. I won't bore you by reprinting the article, but if you want to see what they had to say, this link should take you to it:

<http://tinyurl.com/78j9q4o>


The article spurred a professor from Santa Clara University to write a letter to the Mercury News that was published in last Sunday's paper. I have long believed that the faculties of colleges and universities are rife with left-leaning instructors and professors when compared to their moderate and conservative peers. I also have believed that one of the reasons the mainstream media is perceived by many as "leaning left" is due to the fact that the majority of journalists and executives of the TV and print media were influenced early on by their higher education experience. But that's an argument for another day.

Upon reading the professor's letter to the editor, I decided to draft a response. But because I concluded it with sarcastic but subtle zinger, I didn't think it had a chance of making it into the paper. I was wrong...




 

FROM THE NEWS YOU CAN USE DEPT.

Submitted by Ken Hawkes

Having Fun in Retirement

A few days ago a friend of mine sent me a Vietnam veteran's hat. I never had one before, and I was pretty hyped about it since my friend was considerate enough to take the time to send it to me. I wore it for the first time yesterday when I went to WalMart. There was nothing in particular that I needed at the world's largest retailer, but since I retired, trips to Wally World to look at the WalMartians has always been good for some comic relief. Besides, I always feel pretty normal after seeing some of the people who frequent the establishment.

While standing in line to check out with a few small items, the guy in front of me who was probably in his late twenties asked, "Are you a Vietnam vet?"

"No," I replied.

"Then why are you wearing that hat?"

Thinking of a snappy retort, I said, "Because I couldn't find my hat from the War of 1812."

"The War of 1812, huh?" the Walmartian queried, "When was that?"

God forgive me, but I couldn't pass up such an opportunity.

"1936," I said.

He pondered my response for a moment, then said, "Why do they call it the War of 1812 if it was in 1936?"

"It was a Black Op," I said. "No one is supposed to know about it."

This was beginning to be way too much fun.

"Dude! Really? he exclaimed. "How did you get to do something that cool?"

I glanced furtively around me for effect, leaned toward the guy and in a low voice said, "I'm not sure. I was the only white guy on the mission."

"Dude!" he said again. He was getting really excited about what he was hearing. "That is seriously awesome! But didn't you kind of stand out?"

"Not really," I said. "The other guys were wearing white camouflage."

The moron nodded knowingly.

"Listen man," I said in a very serious tone, "You can't tell anyone about this. It's still Top Secret, and I shouldn't have said anything."

He paused for a moment, then gave me the 'don't-threaten-me-look' and said, "Oh yeah? Like what's gonna happen if I do?"

With a really hard look, I said, "You have a family, don't you? We wouldn't want anything to happen to them, would we?"

At this point the guy gulped, left his basket where it was and fled through the front door of the store. By this time the lady behind me who had been eavesdropping was about to have a heart attack she was laughing so hard. I just grinned at her.

After checking out and walking to the parking lot I saw dimwit leaning in a car window talking to a young woman. Upon catching sight of me he started pointing excitedly in my direction.

Giving him another deadly serious look, I made the "I see you" gesture, whereupon he seemed to turn pale, jumped in the car and sped out of the parking lot.

What a great time! Tomorrow I'm going back with a Homeland Security hat to look at some more WalMartians.

Whoever said retirement is boring just needs the right kind of hat.





 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF JULY 7, 2012

The facts behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox


New Articles


• Was a black woman the model for the Statue of Liberty?
<http://www.snopes.com/history/american/statueofliberty.asp>

• DNSChanger malware could knock users off the Internet on July 9.
<http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/dnschanger.asp>

• Are soup cans lined with dangerous levels of BPA?
<http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/soupcan.asp>

• Item presents information about the 'real' Mitt Romney.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/romney/realmitt.asp>

• Attempt to rid home of bed bugs results in fire that razes apartment building.
<http://www.snopes.com/humor/follies/bedbugfire.asp>

• Rumor claims Marlin Firearms has been bought out by George Soros.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/freedom.asp>


Worth a Second Look

• Have criminals unintentionally turned themselves in by calling 911?
<http://www.snopes.com/crime/dumdum/911.asp>


Still Haunting the Inbox

• Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's circulating in the on-line world.
<http://www.snopes.com/info/top25uls.asp>


Fraud Afoot

• Visit our Top Scams page for a list of schemes commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.
<http://www.snopes.com/fraud/topscams.asp>



 

THE LIGHTER SIDE & OTHER ODDS AND ENDS
 

Don't forget to go to large screen (or full screen) for YouTube videos.
 




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It should be common knowledge by now that we enjoy passing along most flash mob videos readers send in, and this one provided by Chuck Blackmore is no exception. In fact, from a classical standpoint, it's the best one we have seen and heard yet. Tweek your speakers and have a look and listen. (6 Mins.)



If you have a really fast internet connection, click on this link...

<http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=GBaHPND2QJg&feature=youtu.be>

If your computer has a problem playing the video in full screen, click on this link...

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBaHPND2QJg>


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This is a must-see for all adrenalin junkies. If you thought the chase scene in "Bullitt" with two nasty guys in a black '68 Dodge Charger chasing Steve McQueen in his green '68 Mustang through the streets and up and over the hills of San Francisco was amazing, you need to watch this clip sent in by Les Nunes. It features world renowned stunt driver Ken Block in his 650-horsepower (0 to 60 in 1.8 Secs.), highly modified 2012 Ford Fiesta using the Bay Bridge and the streets of San Francisco as his own personal gymkhana track. If you follow the video to its conclusion you will see Block turning donuts on a barge on the water under the Bay Bridge. We can't help but wonder how much the producers had to pay to get the CHP and the city to close the Bay Bridge and city streets. Whatever the cost, from a viewer's point of view it was worth every dollar. (10 Mins.)



(Note: The video appears to break up in spots near the beginning, but it looks to us that it was an intended effect.)

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuDN2bCIyus>

 

If you want to read the details of what it took to film the famous "Bullitt" chase scene, click on this link:

 

 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullitt>

 

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When it comes to a formation of soldiers performing an amazing domino effect, few do it better than the Belarus military. Check this out as it truly is amazing. (1 Min. 22 Sec.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2HvieB0Xs0>

 

And for a wider view of the Belarus Independence Day parade featuring its military, check out this clip. (2 Mins.)



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


The Republic of Belarus is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe bordered by Russia to the northeast, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the west, and Lithuania and Latvia to the northwest. Its capital is Minsk.

 

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If you were a fan of Ernest Borgnine, who died last Sunday at the age of 95 from kidney failure, you might be interested in this film sent in by Russ Jones. It's a semi-professionally made film shot in 1995 that depicts the movie star as just a regular guy, but one who was financially able to purchase a bus-conversion motorhome and travel the U.S. There are two versions of the film to choose from: an edited short version, and the full film. Click on the link of your choice below to watch "Ernest Borgnine on the Bus."



Shortened version (11 Mins.): <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aKqaYlzhgc>

Full length film (50 Mins.): <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzMVnPytPSM>


Russ also sent in this clip of Ernest Borgnine receiving the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in Jan. of 2011 (9 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3A2E2aZvR5I>

For more about the major Hollywood star, go to this Wikepedia link:

<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borgnine>


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Fans of what General Motors has produced over the last century should enjoy this private tour of GM's Heritage Center, part of which is known as the "Tunnel of Love." It's closed to the public, but Leroy managed to score some virtual tickets for Farsider readers. (Sorry, Jay Leno, we don't have one for you.) For you GM car aficionados, click on the link below and enjoy your visit. (6 Mins.)



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


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Have you ever wondered how the dufas pictured below was able to capture a Congressional Senator's seat from the state of Minnesota? This video could explain how it happened...



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


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As readers should be aware by how, we are trying to limit partisan political items and/or remain as non-partisan to the degree we can. But the welfare of seniors trumps politics, which is why we decided to run this clip sent in by Russ Russell. It's about Obamacare, and it cites the sources of each point made at the bottom of the screen (if it didn't, we would pass it by). Obamacare supporters — and we know there are several of you — are invited to write in and share your views. (2 Mins. 25 Secs.)



<http://my.brainshark.com/The-President-s-8-Billion-Coincidence-356086344>


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Here is an item that some readers may interpret as politically partisan, but we see it as historical because the now defunct organization known as ACORN is sure to find a place in the history books of the future.

This young lady is Anita Moncrief who is known as the ACORN whistle blower. We felt the video was appropriate because she provides a fascinating background and history of ACORN from the inside of the organization that the mainstream media wasn't interested in and/or otherwise chose to avoid. And she does so with stunning clarity and without the use of notes or a teleprompter.



Part 1: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CmkbShVqNA>

Part 2: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gy6odnqyLeU>


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If you had to guess whether Americans' confidence in television news and newspapers has increased or dropped over the past several years, which would you choose? Sure, that's a rhetorical question. But if you want to see a graph produced by Gallup showing how much and by whom, click on the link below sent to us by JoeMac. Here's a teaser...

Liberals and moderates lost so much confidence in television news this year -- 11 and 10 points, respectively -- that their views are now more akin to conservatives' views. This marks a turnaround from the pattern seen since 2009, in which liberals expressed more confidence than conservatives. Conservatives' views of television news were last similar to liberals' in June 2008, before the last presidential election. However, moderates are significantly less confident now than they were then, 20% vs. 28%.

 

<http://tinyurl.com/6sosr6a>

 

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For you cat lovers, here's a "how-to" clip from Alice Murphy that could very well make you the slave instead of the master. Never underestimate the intelligence of those little 4-legged furry critters. (2 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5rXLZfsJT0>


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Speaking of felines, are we about to become inundated with "Catvertising?" Cat fans would probably love it; non-cat lovers not so much. Have a look at this clip and decide for yourself. (2 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkOQw96cfyE>


Uh oh, it may have already started. Here's an ad the Catvertising firm in the clip above made for Mitsubushi. (30 Secs.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJPFJSUF9B4>


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After watching this clip sent in by Don Hale, Leroy and I are pretty sure we each could pull off the same tricks if we didn't have to deal with the distraction of the blonde hottie on the table. (3 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeiEiSKAp5M>


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One could argue that this is the epitome of amateur film making. Back in 1992, when Jeremiah McDonald was 12 years old, he used a VHS video camera to tape himself. His plan was to narrate a one-sided conversation with the intention of taping himself 20 years later and providing the other side of the conversation so the now 32-year-old filmmaker would be seen as having a talk with himself as a 12-year-old. If that sounds complicated, the clip should explain what's going on. (4 Mins.)



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


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Be honest, how many of you have you waited years to see a Dachshund puppy play with a live crab on the beach? OK, so there's no response. But we're going to show it to you anyway since it has apparently been on Bruce Morton's bucket list for years. (2 Mins.)



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


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Meet 22-year-old Frostie, who is not your typical Bare-Eyed Cockatoo, a/k/a the "Little Corella." What makes this native of Australia and New Guinea different is that he is happiest when he can jam to Ray Charles. Rock on little fella... (3 Mins.)


<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bt9xBuGWgw>


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If you've not heard this "Lone Ranger" story comedian Jay Thomas told on the Letterman Show, you should if you stand for the same values as the man behind the mask. Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear by clicking on the link below. Hi Yo Silver...Away! (4 Mins.)



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


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This old (2005) clip of a British TV reporter trying to explain to his cameraman what's going on behind him seems to be making the rounds again. (2 Mins.)

 

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfZVg9SiVGg>


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Could a 12-year-old girl render this image of Christ? The answer lies in this video we received from Bob Moir. If you choose to view it, you might also want to visit the website below. (3 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmm-0-Rdxo8>

Website:

<http://www.shangralafamilyfun.com/prodigy.html>


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When Paul Garner sent in this clip entitled "Return to Makin Island" I immediately recognized it as one of the most moving videos that has ever been in the Farsider. (A check of the Archives showed that we ran it last three years ago, on June 11, 2009.) Paul said in his email that even if it has been seen before, it's worth a second look. We agree. (7 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6f_FvZpm3g>


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It's not a coincidence that we chose to conclude this week's Farsider and follow the Makin Raid video with this rendition of "Amazing Grace" by Andre Rieu and his orchestra accompanied by dozens of pipers. If it doesn't stir your soul, you are likely from another culture. Our thanks to Don Hale for sending it in. (5 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GD-5mRyaJw>


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