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THE TRIALS & TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
Body cameras have now become a reality for San Jose cops. This is how the local TV media covered the subject in last night’s broadcasts. (Click on the channel to watch its coverage.)
Refer to the following article from today’s paper for additional
SJPD Rolls Out Body Cameras
—South Bay department joins national movement to employ the devices—
By Robert Salonga <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mercury News — July 14, 2016
SAN JOSE — With the flick of a switch, the San Jose Police Department on Wednesday joined a growing national movement when it dispatched its first wave of patrol officers outfitted with body-worn cameras.
It’s a milestone more than two years in the making, and work on the project was accelerated over the past year to meet a self-imposed mid-2016 deadline to deploy the cameras.
“This is a very historic moment for the department,” police Chief Eddie Garcia said. “This has been a long time coming.”
Officer Albert Morales wears a body-worn camera
during the first rollout of the devices in San Jose.
Wednesday, an inaugural group of about 20 swingshift officers were trained how to use the new $400 cameras, which are the size of a deck of cards and are affixed to an officer’s chest with a magnetic mount. Officials believe that recording interactions will help strengthen the trust between police and the community — and some evidence suggests that when the cameras are running, officers and citizens both behave better. Officials plan to train and deploy 30 officers a day for at least the next two months. Patrol officers will be the first to get the cameras, followed by officers in special operations — which includes the SWAT, Metro and gang units — then detectives and then reserve officers. Uniformed staff ranging from the officer level all the way up to captain will be expected to have cameras anytime they are in the field. Garcia said the addition of cameras is just one part of running a more transparent police force.
“Body-worn cameras are not a panacea without other practices in place,” he said, “but it symbolizes the community trust that everyone is searching for.” Mayor Sam Liccardo, who has advocated for the adoption of cameras for several years, lauded the deployment. “San Jose has the most professional and highly trained police force in the nation, and the deployment of body-worn cameras will only help strengthen the bonds of trust between our officers and the community,” Liccardo said in a statement. Lt. Elle Washburn, who has overseen the camera project since 2013, said she has seen “absolute buy-in” from most of the roughly 900 officers in the department, and some anticipated hesitation from a modest number. The police union said the rank and file look forward to having an alternative perspective to citizen-recorded videos. “We came out in favor of body cameras before that was the presumptive position of the police industry,” said Officer James Gonzales, vice president of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association. “We’ve always known our officers are out there doing a great job. We’re anxious to have officers’ perspectives recorded to provide a more accurate picture of what happens during a police encounter.”
The rollout culminates nearly a decade of efforts to put the cameras on officers, outlasting the tenure of multiple San Jose police chiefs. It received momentum amid national outcry over a perceived lack of police transparency that can be traced back to the 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
Before that, plans to outfit San Jose police with body cameras languished: A similar project was left in limbo after Chief Chris Moore retired in 2013, and during predecessor Chief Rob Davis’ term, SJPD conducted a short-term test of body cameras for Taser, but it did not develop into anything more.
Dawn Summers of Taser International talks with San Jose
police officer Doug Potwora during a training class
Wednesday for the first rollout of body-worn cameras.
Police watchdogs are heartened by the adoption of body cameras, but are also quick to point out that they won’t resolve all trust issues between police and disenfranchised communities, particularly those of color. In a 2014 case involving a fatal shooting at San Jose State, police and the family of the Latino man who was shot saw the same body-camera footage and remain diametrically opposed in their beliefs about what happened.
“There are a lot of benefits to having body cameras, but there are potential hiccups that have to be addressed,” said Walter Katz, San Jose’s independent police auditor. “The devil will really be in the details.”
Among critics’ chief concerns is the discretion officers have in turning on the cameras, highlighted by a beating case last fall of a car-theft suspect by Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies in San Francisco. None of the 11 deputies on scene turned on their body cameras, an instance that sparked swift reform in the agency.
Save for exceptional circumstances, most of which involve privacy issues like hospital settings or when someone specifically asks not to be recorded, SJPD’s policy mandates that officers have the cameras activated for every police call and face-to-face citizen encounter.
“We’ll be looking very closely to make sure cameras are rolling when they’re supposed to and that they’re not turned off too soon,” Katz said.
San Jose, like many police departments around the country, does not intend to make body-camera videos routinely public, with an exception for incidents that involve “mitigating civil unrest.” But unlike some agencies, the city will require officers to give an initial statement after a critical incident before viewing body-camera footage — a practice that watchdogs say will prevent officers from tailoring their accounts to what the footage shows.
Still, body cameras seem to have a positive effect, albeit in limited samples. Oakland, which fully outfitted its force with body cameras in 2010, has seen the number of use-of-force incidents drop dramatically, to 611 in 2014, compared with more than 2,000 incidents in 2009. Resident complaints dropped to 1,052 in 2014, down from a recent peak of 2,598 in 2012, a year signified by frequent Occupy Oakland protests.
Katz reiterated longstanding concerns by his office that there is no enumerated discipline for those who don’t abide by the camera policy, and that there is nebulous discretion given to supervisors to use the video to potentially dismiss citizen complaints for cases that do not involve a serious use of force.
Washburn said the policy only allows for narrow exceptions, and that will be made “more clear” when the policy is up for revision after the initial field results come in. Katz said he hopes to address it at the first chance.
“I’m cautiously optimistic and hope that the department will listen with an open mind to our concerns,” he said.
Gonzales said that dialogue is a built-in part of the process.
“We know we’re not going to get it right on the first try, and we’re going to work with the community and keep revisiting that,” he said. “Once we get it on the street, we’ll get a better idea of what parts are working well and what parts might need improvement.”
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This item from yesterday’s paper may also be worth a few minutes of your time…
Rally Elicits Painful Truths
—Activists and faith and civic leaders gather to discuss tension between police, community—
By Robert Salonga <email@example.com>
Mercury News — July 13, 2016
SAN JOSE — One by one, they sermonized about a week marred by two controversial police shootings and then the slayings of five Dallas police officers, tasked with protecting demonstrators protesting the earlier ones.
Around the same time, President Barack Obama was eulogizing the Dallas officers— shot by a sniper purportedly seeking payback for police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in Louisiana and Minnesota — and asserted the country was not as split as it might appear at the moment.
That idea of unity amid divisive times was on full display at an hour-long Tuesday morning gathering of San Jose’s local faith and civic leaders who, along with the police chief, made it clear that the police community tension and fears consuming the nation were being viscerally felt in the South Bay’s capital city.
“I’m tired of watching people die. I’m tired of watching the videos. I’m tired of seeing the hashtags,” said Jason Reynolds, pastor of the Emmanuel Baptist Church and member of the social justice group People Acting in Community Together. “I’m tired of wondering whose name will be the next hashtag.”
Lopez-Brooks, with her 10-year-old son, Kasiah, by
side, speaks Tuesday morning at a San Jose gathering of South
Bay civil rights and community leaders called in the wake of recent
police killings and the slayings of five Dallas police officers.
Chandra Lopez-Brooks, an SEIU staff director and community activist, wore a T-shirt bearing a message that put a serious spin on a common slogan: “I Can’t Keep Calm. I Have a Black Son.”
“I can’t keep calm ... because I have a black son I have to worry about every day when he’s at school,” Lopez-Brooks told the assembly of about 50 people. “I can’t keep calm when my husband has to wear eyeglasses to a house because he works at AT&T so he doesn’t intimidate the person at the front door.”
The frustration voiced at the African American Community Service Agency building outside downtown was not just part of a venting session, but instead a sweeping brainstorm on how to channel that frustration into useful dialogue and action.
“What happens anywhere happens here,” Reynolds said. “So whether it’s San Jose, whether it’s Oakland, Morgan Hill, or whether it’s Baton Rouge, Minneapolis or Dallas, it should touch us, and touch us enough not just to talk, not just to say some more words, but hopefully make some change.”
Walter Wilson, AACSA board member, first sought to distance current social movements against police brutality from the acts of Dallas sniper Micah Johnson.
“The young man who ambushed those officers and civilians in Dallas, Texas, was in no way associated with the Black Lives Matter movement or the peaceful march that took place before his actions,” Wilson said. San Jose City Councilman Ash Kalra cautioned against the rhetorical pitfalls that have derailed other attempts to address how police and residents, both weary of being vilified, can find common ground.
“Everyone gets defensive,” Kalra said. “It’s not about saying this police officer is bad or this protester is bad. … Those kinds of conversations absolutely minimize the work we need to do.”
To Laurie Valdez, whose partner Antonio Lopez Guzman was fatally shot two years ago by San Jose State University police, the first step is for law enforcement to acknowledge the community’s pain after a deadly encounter.
“We’re the invisible part of the community,” Valdez said. “Nobody ever wants to address or get into dialogue with us because it’s too uncomfortable to hear the truth of what our families go through.”
Police Chief Eddie Garcia, who gamely absorbed an array of police criticisms before addressing the group, agreed, saying, “It’s about getting together and listening to difficult conversations such as this, where we take that because it’s reality.”
Garcia added that whether police believe the community fear is substantiated, its mere presence is something that his department has to address and offer reassurance. And while he acknowledged their concerns over four officer-involved shootings this year, including a fatal encounter last week, he alluded to new progressive training measures at SJPD. He said that in that same span, his officers responded to more than 2,000 emergency calls involving people with weapons that ended without serious injury.
“What’s not discussed is the professionalism of my officers for every time they respond to a critical call and put their lives on the line, and it doesn’t end in violence,” he said. “We’re not perfect by any means. ... The respect needs to be there both ways.”
Lopez-Brooks sympathized with those efforts, and insisted that her feelings are not rooted in antagonizing police, but rather real concern for her family.
“We are not anti-police, we love the police. We want the police to protect us. We want to support them,” she said. “But we want our people to stop being killed.”
PBA MEETING NEXT WEDNESDAY
meeting will take place next Wednesday, July 20th. Same time, same place, same
bartenders, same time for dinner. If you have a friend who is eligible to join,
bring him or her along and show them what the PBA is all about. If the dues
were any cheaper the PBA would be paying its members to attend.
Like every active or retired Police Officer, I have been glued to the FOX TV coverage of the Dallas attack and murder of Dallas Police Officers. Interspersed with that coverage, President Obama gave his speech on the police shootings in Baton Rouge and St. Paul, Minnesota. His speech and conclusions were given before any investigation into the shootings had been completed and revealed to the public. It seems Obama has a habit of jumping to conclusions just as he did at the beginning of his term in office over the arrest of his friend, Professor Gates in Cambridge, Mass. After that ill fated involvement one would have expected that he would be more prudent with his conclusions in police matters before investigations were completed. Apparently he can't help himself. His upbringing betrays him.
Now I'll be waiting to see if the President or his surrogates will attend funeral services for the Dallas officers. He sent surrogates to Ferguson to attend the Michael Brown ceremony. Given his past lack of performance when police officers are the victims, I expect I'll be waiting a long time.
When Obama was elected President, I and millions of Americans had high hopes that he would be a President who would bind up the differences of the citizens, but instead he has been an agent of division. Black against white. Rich against poor. Christians against Muslims, and I'm sure I missed other groups. Why? I believe the man is living his upbringing. He can't escape his early life and upbringing and later his embrace of liberalism in various educational institutions. And it's such a shame as he had so much potential to bind the nation, but he couldn't do it.
May the Dallas officers rest in peace, and may all my brothers and sisters now in active Law Enforcement and retirement be safe.
Phil (Norton) <PONorton2008@gmail.com>
We received the following comments from Phil just prior to press time. He sent it to his son (also a cop) and shared it with us as well. As a former POA President he is well informed about police staffing numbers.
I was looking at Police staffing comparisons because I heard that Dallas PD was severely understaffed. I looked at DPD’s number per 10000. It is 43. I then looked at San Jose PD. It shows 13, but that is an old number based on staffing of 1200+. Now the staffing is under 850, so SJPD is probably around 10 officers per 10000 population of 1,000,000. This is shocking! San Jose is sitting on a time bomb. San Jose has always been understaffed, but over 4 times less than Dallas that has a population of 1,400,000? My God, what are they thinking? I guess they are just praying that the ultimate test never occurs. But it will. It's just a matter of time. The Trump rally riot nearly overran the SJPD. Numerous people were stabbed. Officers were injured. Now the organized riot people know that they can overrun the PD at will at a time of their choosing. There is no intelligence function any longer. So when it happens the PD will be caught like they were during the Trump rally. What an outrage!
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I wanted to share my latest contribution to the Mercury’s editorial page. I've spoken to the editor of the page, Ed Clendaniel, several times and he has made it clear to me that my conservative remarks are not welcome.
Have a good day and thanks for the Farsider.
Marcia Morton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Letter to the Editor of the Mercury News
Barack Hussein Obama has blood on his hands. It began with Professor Gates in Massachusetts and culminated yesterday with the horrific death of the Dallas officers, five to date. The attack seemed to be highly organized from a tactical standpoint and the facts remain to be revealed, but the racial divisiveness that has evolved during Obama's presidency with the help of Eric Holder, has left a terrible stain on our beautiful country. Obama has continued to fuel the flames of racial hatred and has done more to unsettle and polarize this country than any other human being before or since his inauguration. When he stated he would transform the United States of America, no one dreamt that he would single handedly attempt to alter the very essence of our Constitution and Bill of Rights so that they are becoming all but unrecognizable. The concept of Liberty in America has always been precious and fragile and we are sorely testing it with this terrible person's insane philosophy and egocentrism.
San Jose CA
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What am I
A citizen calls police to report a man with a gun. Officers respond and, after identifying the suspect, he is approached and in the process of resisting arrest, which the video shows. Apparently officers then discover he is armed as "he's got a gun" is recorded on the video. While he is still resisting the officers who are trying to subdue him, his gun is observed by the officers and he is shot.
In the other case, a subject is stopped by police for a vehicle code violation. During the preliminary questioning — before presenting his driver's license and registration — the subject alerts the officer that "he is armed and licensed to carry a firearm.” He then reaches under the seat and gets shot. What was he reaching for? A license? Registration? A gun? Something else? He was no stranger to the police as it was stated he had been detained over 50 times. Isn't there a drill when stopped by law enforcement? No sudden moves and "be cool.”
Again, what am missing?
Bob (Moir) <email@example.com>
Ed. — Here are links to the two shootings. THIS first one shows the Baton Rouge shooting, and THIS second video shows the shooting that took place in St. Paul.
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With my right hand I'll pat Bill on the back. With my left hand I'll pat Leroy on the back. You both deserve pats on the back for the time and effort you devote to the Farsider. Without the newsletter I would never had made the connection with Kenn Christi in Athens, Greece. He was a friend and guide during our time in Athens. Lots of old stories and reminders of the way it was during the great years in the seventies and eighties.
On a personal note, and to paraphrase Trump, "Let's make the San Jose Police Department great again.” Let the bad guys beware and the good guys be respected. Who cares if the criminals dislike us? We should serve and protect those who deserve our service. Let society choose which side of the fence they want to be on.
If you think criminals are your friends, you are a fool. If you think the New Black Panthers deserve respect, you are a fool. If you think a group of people have the right to advocate killing the police, you are a fool. If you believe our elected and appointed representatives are above the law, you are a fool. As Forrest Gump stated, "Stupid is as stupid does.” Think before you vote.
Bill (Yarbrough) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
ANNOUNCING THE 9th ANNUAL CHAPLAINCY GOLF TOURNAMENT
SPONSORED BY THE SJPOA CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
In order to secure the course for our private use, please register by Sept. 12th
Register online at <www.sjpoa.com> or at the POA Office
Deadline for registration and payment: Sept. 12th
Dear Friends of the SJPOA Charitable Foundation,
We are excited to announce that the SJPOA Charitable Foundation’s 9th Annual Chaplaincy Golf Tournament has been scheduled for Monday, September 26, 2016, at Eagle Ridge Golf Course in Gilroy, CA. Funds raised from this golf tournament benefit the San Jose Police Chaplaincy program.
The San Jose Police Chaplaincy program was founded by a group of police officers in 1978. The Chaplaincy program provides service to the members and families of the San Jose Police Department. The chaplains take part in many department functions such as promotion and graduation ceremonies. Most importantly, they are there during times of crisis and emergency to
provide counseling and support to any department member and their family, regardless of religious affiliation or belief. The departments’ chaplains also facilitate a Community Chaplain Program, which is available to members of the community during times of hardship. The Program operates with the approval and support of the San Jose Police Department Administration and the San Jose Police Officers’ Association.
Currently, there are two chaplains for the SJPD, Chaplain Jim Becknall (pictured on the right) and Chaplain Bryan Allen (pictured on the left). These chaplains are not on city payroll, nor do they receive any government funding. The San Jose Police Chaplaincy program is funded solely by donations, contributions, and fundraising events.
We invite you to be a part of this memorable occasion as a sponsor, donor of merchandise or services, and of course as a participant. (Please see the included flyer, sponsorship form and registration form.)
We look forward to having your company or organization help us in making this a successful event. We expect to have a lot of interest in this event as we will be publicizing this event extensively in the community through newsletters, flyers, banners, community alumni mailings, and various websites.
The SJPOA Charitable Foundation is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501c (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, FID# 77-0037824, and your contribution will be tax deductible.
If you wish to donate merchandise or services, or need more details regarding the tournament, please contact Pat Boyd at (408) 482-0057 or <email@example.com>.
On behalf of the San Jose Police Chaplaincy program and the SJPOA Charitable Foundation, thank you for considering being a part of this important event.
PAAF POKER TOURNEY TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY, JULY 28
LEAKED PHOTOS ALLEGEDLY SHOW THE DALLAS SHOOTER AFTER THE BOMBING
We can’t confirm that the photos of the dead Dallas shooter or his weapon on this “Danger and Play” website are real, but they appear to be. The pic below allegedly shows Micah Johnson’s long gun lying near his body. We can confirm that Google shows links to other media outlets showing the same photos. To view the alleged photo of the subject after he was killed by a robot bomb you will have to pull up the website by clicking HERE.
This P.S. is our doing...
THEORIES ABOUND ON WHY COMEY REFUSED TO RECOMMEND PROSECUTING
FBI Director James Comey testifies before a House Oversight
and Government Reform Committee hearing on Capitol Hill.
This first one comes from Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer…
Theory for Why FBI Director Didn’t Prosecute Clinton
By Charles Krauthammer
Mercury News — July 10, 2016
WASHINGTON— Why did he do it? FBI director James Comey spent 14 minutes laying out an unassailable case for prosecuting Hillary Clinton for the mishandling of classified material. Then at literally the last minute, he recommended against prosecution.
This is baffling. Under the statute (18 U.S.C. section 793(f)), it’s a felony to mishandle classified information either intentionally or “through gross negligence.” The evidence, as outlined by Comey, is overwhelming.
Clinton either sent or received 110 emails in 52 chains containing material that was classified at the time. Eight of these chains contained information that was top secret. A few of the classified emails were so marked, contrary to Clinton’s assertion that there were none.
These were stored on a home server that was even less secure than a normal gmail account. Her communications were quite possibly compromised by hostile powers, thus jeopardizing American national security.
“An unclassified system was no place for that conversation,” said Comey of the classified emails. A rather kind euphemism, using the passive voice. In plainer, more direct language: It is imprudent, improper and indeed illegal to be conducting such business on an unsecured private server.
Comey summed up Clinton’s behavior as “extremely careless.” How is that not gross negligence?
Yet Comey let her off the hook, citing lack of intent. But negligence doesn’t require intent. Compromising national secrets is such a grave offense that it requires either intent or negligence.
Lack of intent is, therefore, no defense. But one can question that claim as well. Yes, it is safe to assume that there was no malicious intent to injure the nation. But Clinton clearly intended to set up an unsecured private server. She clearly intended to send those classified emails. She clearly received warnings from her own department about the dangers of using a private email account.
She meant to do what she did. And she did it. Intentionally.
That’s two grounds for prosecution, one requiring no intent whatsoever. Yet Comey claims that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case. Nor has one ever been brought.
Not so. Just last year, the Justice Department successfully prosecuted naval reservist Bryan Nishimura, who improperly downloaded classified material to his personal, unclassified electronic devices. The government admitted that there was no evidence that Nishimura intended to distribute the material to others. Nonetheless, he was sentenced to two years of probation, fined and forever prohibited from seeking a security clearance, which effectively kills any chance of working in national security.
So why not Hillary Clinton? The usual answer is that the Clintons are treated by a different standard. Only little people pay. They are too well connected, too well protected to be treated like everybody else.
Alternatively, the explanation lies with Comey: He gave in to implicit political pressure, the desire to please those in power.
Certainly plausible, but given Comey’s reputation for probity and given that he holds a 10-year appointment, I’d suggest a third line of reasoning.
When Chief Justice John Roberts used a tortured, logic-defying argument to uphold Obamacare, he was subjected to similar accusations of bad faith. My view was that, as guardian of the Supreme Court’s public standing, he thought the issue too momentous — and the implications for the country too large — to hinge on a decision of the court. Especially after Bush v. Gore, Roberts wanted to keep the court from overturning the political branches on so monumental a piece of social legislation.
I would suggest that Comey’s thinking, whether conscious or not, was similar: He did not want the FBI director to end up as the arbiter of the 2016 presidential election. If Clinton were not a presumptive presidential nominee but simply a retired secretary of state, he might well have made a different recommendation.
Prosecuting under current circumstances would have upended and redirected an already yearlong presidential selection process. In my view, Comey didn’t want to be remembered as the man who irreversibly altered the course of American political history.
And with no guarantee that the prosecution would succeed, moreover. Imagine that scenario: You knock out of the race the most likely next president— and she ultimately gets acquitted! Imagine how Comey goes down in history under those circumstances.
I admit I’m giving Comey the benefit of the doubt. But the best way I can reconcile his reputation for integrity with the grating illogic of his Clinton decision is by presuming that he didn’t want to make history.
I don’t endorse his decision. (Nor did I Roberts’.) But I think I understand it.
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This second of many theories was authored by a retired FBI agent who shall remain unnamed. See if you agree with his thoughts…
Consider this. Comey is not a stupid guy. He may have been directed to "take the fall" with his Hillary announcement (we know that Loretta didn't want this thrown on her desk to preside over, even though the FBI has no authority to make decisions whether or not to prosecute crimes; they only investigate and Justice Dept decides that). However, he decided to do something out of the ordinary — lay out and disclose all of his evidence during his press conference. He knew what he was doing and he knew that it would create a "firestorm" of controversy. If he had just sent everything he had to AG Lynch, it might have all gotten buried or, at least, not disclosed until long after the election. Instead, he threw it all out for the public to know.
He also knew that it would cause Congress to call for an investigation. so now he will not just be able to go and answer their questions; he made himself available almost instantly (tomorrow at 10 AM) knowing full well that they will want to dig even deeper, hear about more evidence and have an open-ended Q&A for the entire day if they want to. If he wanted to do so he could have stalled this for a month just by saying "I'm busy; send me a subpoena or let's schedule it for a convenient time. I think Comey knew that this way the FBI's entire case will get a full public airing (and, since there isn't a prosecution pending, he can be candid and open about anything and everything). If it went to the Justice Dept's hands, it would die a slow death there. Nothing will be kept secret now; we'll learn about things (such as Hillary having 12 private devices) that no one even suspected existed. Comey can, literally, try this case before the public, just as he started to do laying out the key evidence just before "dropping the case," when everyone thought he was heading toward a recommendation of prosecution. The Public and Media will now get to know EVERYTHING that would or could have been presented in court if there was a prosecution (in fact, even more than what could be presented in court because there will be no rules of evidence holding him back). This hearing could be extremely eye-opening. Like I said, Comey isn't a stupid guy, and he might have outsmarted Lynch and Obama when they told him to "kill this case." A Grand Jury might have taken 6 months or longer to accomplish, if playing "according to Hoyle," plus it is secret, except for leaks. Now nothing will be secret. Again, Comey is not stupid and he might also prove that he is no one's lacky; however, he will just "play it straight"; answer all of the questions and not have to volunteer anything. After all, Obama and Lynch can't tell him to lie to Congress. He might look foolish laying out this case while not recommending prosecution, but he might be wiser beyond our thinking because now he will just be responding to questions "under oath."
That's my take on this scenario. This could come to be the biggest fake-out in American history, and possibly the only way to take down a liar and dishonest government official who is being "protected." It might actually be worse than anything Hillary and Bill ever imagined.
Who knows? Maybe this will also carry into the Clinton Foundation crap as well. We will see.
ISN’T IT TIME FOR THIS WOMAN TO RETIRE OR OTHERWISE GO AWAY?
At the very least, she should recuse herself from any cases involving Trump that come before the Supreme Court.
Bashing Trump, Ginsburg Just Crossed Important Line
—Analysis: Justices must be impartial when it comes to politics—
By Aaron Blake — Washington Post
Mercury News — July 12, 2016
It’s a political cliche at this point to joke about moving to another country if a certain presidential candidate doesn’t win. Gobs of Americans were headed to Canada if George W. Bush was re-elected in 2004. A similar contingent threatened to flood across our northern border when Barack Obama was elected and re-elected. Generally, though, you don’t hear a Supreme Court justice talking like this. In fact, you generally don’t hear a Supreme Court justice talking at all — much less about the big political issues of the day. Most justices aren’t Ruth Bader Ginsburg, though. And in a new New York Times interview, Ginsburg doesn’t hold back when it comes to the 2016 election.
“I can’t imagine what this place would be — I can’t imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president,” Ginsburg told the Times’ Adam Liptak. “For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be — I don’t even want to contemplate that.” Ginsburg also recalled something her late husband said about such matters: “Now it’s time for us to move to New Zealand.” This appears to be a joke, but Ginsburg’s sentiment here is crystal clear: She thinks Donald Trump would be a dangerous president. And in saying it, she goes to a place justices almost never do for some very good reasons. Ginsburg is known for pushing the bounds of a justice’s public comments and has earned something of a cult following on the left. But some say she just went too far.
“I find it baffling actually that she says these things,” said Arthur Hellman, a law professor at the University of Pittsburgh. “However tempted she might be, she shouldn’t be doing it.”
Similarly, Howard Wolfson, a former top aide to Hillary Clinton, said Ginsburg shouldn’t have said it.
Others wondered what impact this might have on Ginsburg’s decision to hear cases involving Trump.
And that’s really a key reason justices don’t talk like Ginsburg did. Sometimes they have to hear cases involving political issues and people. Having offered their unprompted opinions about such people can lead to questions about prejudice and potential recusal from future cases. As Greenfield notes, Ginsburg was a part of the court that decided who the president was when the 2000 election was thrown to the Supreme Court. Had she said something similar about either Bush or Al Gore, would she have been able to hear the case?
Hellman said Ginsburg’s comments could muddy the waters when it comes to decisions not just involving Trump but also his policies — something that could come up regularly should he win the presidency.
“It would cast doubt on her impartiality in those decisions,” Hellman said. “If she has expressed herself as opposing the election of Donald Trump, her vote to strike down a Trump policy would be under a cloud.
“We give the judges this enormous power to overrule the decisions made in the political process. But on the flip side, they stay out of that process. When a judge violates that standard, it’s very troubling.”
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has said she doesn’t “want” to think about Donald Trump winning the White House.
STORY OF THE WEEK: PONCH TRADES HIS FAKE BADGE FOR A REAL ONE
'CHiPs' Actor Erik Estrada Becomes Idaho Reserve Cop
—Estrada plans to work with the police department in protecting children from internet predators—
By Lisa Dayley Smith — Standard Journal
July 6, 2016 — PoliceOne.com
ST. ANTHONY, Idaho — The man famous for his many years as a motorcycle cop on the hit '80s TV series "CHiPs" is now a reserve police officer in a small town in southern Idaho.
St. Anthony Mayor Neils Thueson swore Erik Estrada into office on Saturday at City Hall in this town of 3,500 people. Estrada plans to work with the police department in protecting children from internet predators.
Estrada arrived on Saturday where he spent the afternoon with police officers and their families at the city park. After Thueson swore Estrada in as a reserve police officer, Estrada spent the rest of the afternoon at the high school at a meet-and-greet where he had his picture taken with residents of all ages.
Estrada has spent the past decade working with various law enforcement departments in keeping kids safe online. Following his induction, Estrada said how important it is to teach children what not to do while on the web.
"Education is the best protection, especially on the internet. Children should be educated in how to handle a chat room. Don't give out personal information. Certainly don't give out your mother's or father's name or what school you go to. Don't ever accept gifts," Estrada said. "Certainly don't ever go meet someone you've been chatting with. They're not who they are. If they send a picture, that isn't them."
Even in conservative and generally safe St. Anthony, there are still threats to children, Police Chief Terry Harris said.
"I think that this brings to the surface that (internet crime) happens in smaller communities. Everything that happens in the big cities, happens here," he said.
Estrada's team is developing various programs such as software that will record children's pictures at various angles. It will also provide other information such as a child's medical needs. The information will be readily available for police should a child come up missing.
"The first 72 hours is a very crucial time to recover a child," Estrada said.
Estrada chose St. Anthony as small rural communities prove more willing to quickly join forces with his organization. In larger cities, there is too much red tape and too many bureaucrats involved in trying to reach the mayor and police officials, he said.
"What happens in a big city — there is a tremendous amount of politics involved," he said.
In St. Anthony, after just a few emails and telephone calls, city officials quickly and eagerly welcomed Estrada into the police reserves.
"We got everybody on board immediately, so we don't waste his time. In a larger city, it could take weeks," Harris said.
Estrada and his organization made contact with Harris about six weeks ago via email. As Estrada has continually warned, you can't trust everybody on the web. Harris, having worked as a police officer for many years, thought the email was one big hoax. Before responding, he did some detective work and learned that the email was legitimate. He later got in touch with Estrada and told the city council about Estrada's plans.
Harris later met with the city council where he announced Estrada's visit. Of course, not everyone in town believed Harris. Social media lit up with many saying it was indeed a joke. More than once, Harris heard that he "was full of beans." In the meantime, he sallied forth making plans for Estrada's visit.
Estrada's addition to the city will prove beneficial to the city's police department, he said.
"We're talking a long-term partnership. I expect it will run for the next two or three years. He's a great guy. He's going to be a great part of the team," Harris said.
Estrada grew up wanting to become a police officer thanks to his mother's friendship with an exceptionally good police officer. Yet, during high school, he got the acting bug after he signed up for drama when he became interested in dating a young woman.
After Estrada told his mother of his change in plans, he promised her that, if acting didn't work out by the time he was 30, he would return to New York and become a police officer. The cutoff to do so was 32 years of age.
By the time Estrada was 27, he landed the role of California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer Frank "Ponch" Poncherello. He continued in that role from 1977 to 1983, making it possible to support his mother, who hasn't worked since that time.
"I've been taking care of her for 35 years," he said.
Following "CHiPs," Estrada continued acting, but later became a reserve officer in Muncie, Indiana. To avoid attention, he worked nights as an officer. He later came in contact with law enforcement officers who spent the day working against internet predators. What Estrada witnessed sickened him so much that he decided to form a foundation to help educate and protect children from internet enticement.
Estrada says that all his dreams — from crime fighting to acting — have all come true.
"I wanted to be a cop first and then I became an actor and then became a cop on TV. The TV thing allowed me to become a reserve officer in Indiana. I became a real cop," he said. "How many people have that kind of blessing? I've been blessed that way. I've been lucky."
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
June 30 — July 12
(Reruns from the networks’ holiday schedule are not included)
July 11: Have you been playing this new Pokémon Go game? It’s huge. In fact, I saw that Pokémon Go already has more users than Tinder. Which makes sense, 'cuz Pokémon Go users actually like what they end up catching from other people.
Due to the British pound losing value in the Brexit, Serena Williams' Wimbledon prize went down from being worth $3 million to just $2.6 million. Or as Serena put it, “Ugh, just forget it then!”
People are now saying that Hillary Clinton has narrowed her list of potential vice presidents down to five people. I’m sorry, she’s “deleted” the list down to five people.
Bernie Sanders is expected to actually endorse Hillary Clinton at an event in New Hampshire tomorrow. In fact, Bernie Sanders is set to give his most enthusiastic endorsement of all time: “Eh, could be worse!”
A federal court just ruled that sharing your Netflix password is now a federal crime. So if you've been looking for a way to send your parents to prison, here's your chance.
July 12: Today, Bernie Sanders officially endorsed Hillary Clinton at a rally in New Hampshire. Hillary said she’s glad Bernie is behind her 100 percent, then Bernie said, “Let’s just start off with 1 percent.”
Bernie Sanders gave a speech where he endorsed Hillary Clinton, effectively ending his campaign. When asked what he'll do next, Bernie was like, "Live my dream and be a contestant on 'The Bachelorette'!"
Before giving his endorsement, Bernie Sanders noted that Hillary only has 389 more pledged delegates than him going into the convention. Then he said, "But I, on the other hand, have caught 400 more Pokémon!"
The L.A. Times just revealed that Bill Clinton has demanded private jets to get to speaking engagements. In their defense, Bill and Hillary need private jets 'cuz they’re the only planes that can fit ALL of their baggage.
The Washington Times is now reporting that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has a 95 percent chance of being Donald Trump’s pick for vice president. I’m not saying Chris Christie’s upset, but he was last seen at the top of the Empire State Building swatting at planes.
July 6: A couple in North Carolina was arrested for attacking each other with pizza rolls. They’ve been charged with two counts of "Deserving each other."
Marvel announced that the next Iron Man will be an African-American woman. However, in keeping with Hollywood tradition, she will still be played by Robert Downey Jr.
The Juno satellite probe which hasn’t been heard from in five years and has been traveling through deep space finally reached Jupiter yesterday and reestablished contact with Earth. The Jupiter satellite’s first message was, "The Republican Nominee is WHO?"
Although Hillary Clinton was cleared of charges in the investigation of her deleted emails, her actions were described by the FBI as "extremely reckless." However in her defense, the report pointed out that she was Hillary reckless, not Bill reckless.
It's rumored that Snoop Dogg will perform at the Democratic Convention. When he heard this, Donald Trump immediately took him off his vice presidential list.
In a speech yesterday, Donald Trump praised Saddam Hussein for killing terrorists. He also said Hitler was a wonderful dancer and Stalin made a great omelette.
A new app has come out that describes itself as "Uber for Sushi." The app tells you exactly how many minutes away your E.coli is.
July 7: Donald Trump met with 200 House Republicans who were described as "nervous." And following the meeting, many of them were described as "Democrats."
Analysts are now saying that Florida could be one of the biggest threats to Donald Trump’s campaign. In other words, Trump may be crazy, but he’s not Florida crazy.
Bernie Sanders is reportedly going to endorse Hillary Clinton next week. Bernie said, "I was going to do it sooner but I thought I’d wait 'til everyone hated me."
Donald Trump is now saying the media took his praise of Saddam Hussein "out of context." Trump also said the media misinterpreted his 5 star Amazon review of "Mein Kampf."
Earlier today, a bunch of grapes sold in Japan for over $10,000. In other words, they’ve opened a Whole Foods in Japan.
A South Carolina elementary school’s lunch program has added a food truck that serves the kids buffalo wings, tacos, and mac-and-cheese. It’s all in keeping with the school’s motto: "It’s Never Too Early To Give Up."
Great Britain is about to have its first female leader since Margaret Thatcher. So congratulations to Sporty Spice!
July 11: The presidential debates have been announced and, guess what, the final one is gonna take place in Las Vegas. Trump and Hillary will have a 90-minute debate and then be married by Elvis.
According to the police, robbers have been ambushing people playing Pokémon Go by luring them to remote locations. The item most commonly reported stolen is any chance at a real adulthood.
The Hillary Clinton campaign recently released an ad that features clips of Donald Trump praising world dictators. In the video, Trump praises Saddam Hussein, Vladimir Putin, and Abby Lee from "Dance Moms."
Donald Trump has dropped hints that he may name a Democrat as his running mate. In fact, today he chose Donald Trump from 2008.
Snoop Dogg was recently a contestant on "Family Feud" and he did not get the top answer about marijuana. Snoop was shocked to get it wrong, and shocked to learn he was a contestant on "Family Feud."
It’s been found that one of Saturn’s moons has an atmosphere somewhat like Earth’s, except you can’t breathe the air, drink the water, or survive the surface temperature. Yet, still a better venue for the Summer Olympics than Rio.
Construction has just started on a two-mile underground "beer pipeline" in Europe. Which explains why today, Britain changed its mind on Brexit.
According to Forbes magazine, in the past year Taylor Swift has earned $170 million. When she heard that, Hillary Clinton said, "I didn’t know she gave speeches."
July 12: Bernie Sanders' endorsement of Hillary Clinton has angered many of his supporters. Many of them are threatening to not vote for her when they don’t vote in November.
The game Pokémon Go is actually making people visit remote, potentially dangerous areas. On the bright side, they finally found a way to get people to attend the Rio Olympics.
Bill Cosby has hired a woman to be his lead attorney. She says she doesn’t know how she got the job, she just woke up and there it was.
This morning, Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton. So, as promised, this afternoon, the Clinton campaign released Bernie Sanders' wife.
The Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. has had to ask visitors to stop coming there to catch Pokémon characters because they say it’s inappropriate. The players said, "We’re so sorry, can you direct us to the Vietnam Memorial?"
Over the weekend, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said that Donald Trump "says whatever comes into his head." To which Trump responded, "That is not true, clambucket pencil raft!"
Gay Republicans are pushing for pro-LGBT language in the GOP platform. In response, the GOP said, "Not gonna happen, girlfriend."
July 11: Bernie Sanders is expected to endorse Hillary Clinton tomorrow. Said Sanders, "But before I do, are we sure there are no more states?"
Hip-hop group the Wu-Tang Clan has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. Which makes this the first presidential election where both candidates have been endorsed by a "clan."
Hillary Clinton has been endorsed by the Wu-Tang Clan and when Hillary heard that, she bowed in appreciation and said she looks forward to working with China.
House Speaker Paul Ryan today announced that he will appear at next week's Republican National Convention to deliver a 10-minute speech that he is writing himself. As opposed to Trump, who will be giving a 10-hour speech that he will be writing as he goes.
July 12: Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton this afternoon and told his supporters that while he lost the primary, the revolution continues. Though I don't think he should have ended by saying, "Seize her!"
Jeb Bush yesterday said in an interview that Donald Trump is a master at understanding how the media works. Whereas Jeb did the entire interview with the lens cap on.
Donald Trump has begun referring to himself as the "law and order" candidate, while his sons look more like "Law & Order" suspects.
Donald Trump has begun referring to himself as the "law and order" candidate, though I think that title should go to Hillary, since she's also been running for the last 25 years.
Last week Donald Trump vowed to protect Article 12 of the Constitution despite the fact that the Constitution only has seven articles. Said Trump, "I don't know. I don't read it for the articles."
July 12: The Republican National Convention is next week. Quick programming note — the "Late Show" will be live every single night. So tune in for a mockery of our political system — and then watch the "Late Show!"
We in the media have enjoyed every minute of this knock-down, drag-out fight, reveling in the political fisticuffs like it's some kind of vicious blood sport — like it's the "Hunger games." No, it's worse than that. It's the Hungry for Power Games!
So few remain. But the bar is closing and America has to go home with someone.
Sadly, today we lost the bravest tribute of all. A man who we actually lost months ago, but who courageously kept pretending not to be dead because, today, Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton.
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It’s a shame there is no way to have everyone who is critical of the police go through this Shoot-Don’t Shoot scenario. At the very least they should all be exposed to THIS video where a reverend who is also a civil rights activist went through the experience. (4:58))
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How cops in L.A. responded to free hugs from the guy in the pic BELOW might surprise you. Or not. Give it a look. (4:24)
One would think that if free hugs were welcome in L.A. that the same greeting might work in Delaware with cops offering the free hugs. Did it? YOU be the judge. (2:52)
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We say it’s about time someone produced a PSA about the dangers of Selfie Sticks. What are they? They are sort of like a one-leg tripod that people use to take PHOTOS of themselves with their smart phones. Watch this. (2:24)
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(R for language) This is the fourth time we have included this clip in the Farsider over the past eight years. The police might have fewer problems today if more people had paid attention to THIS advice when it was offered by Chris Rock on his TV show from almost ten years ago. (3:51)
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If we are to believe the title of THIS video of a Turkish protester taking a whack at a water cannon truck manned by cops, it will have been the last time. The title says it cost him his life. (0:45)
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I have never watched “The Bachelor,” but a friend sent me THIS short clip. He said it has something to do with the presentation of a rose and that it goes something like this. (0:44)
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Comrade Bob Kosovilka is doing his best to make us an admirer of Russian talent by submitting spectacular videos like this one. Click HERE and watch the athleticism of the dancers that take the stage at the 2:00 mark. If, on the other hand, you are susceptible to dizziness, you may want to pass. (6:30)
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Staying with Comrade Bob’s Russian theme for a few minutes, check out THIS video he also sent in of the Red Russian Army Choir and the Leningrad Cowboys singing “Delilah.” (After watching it twice, we came to the conclusion that what looks like a hat covering the heads of the Cowboys is actually their hair. Should this style become popular it could put baseball cap manufacturers out of business.) (4:17)
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We happened onto THIS Russian video on our own (it didn’t come from our retired Ukrainian motor sergeant). Here’s the set-up: The author of the video stopped his truck on the road to change a tire. Three bandits in a blue Lada (Russian Fiat 124) tried to get the equivalent of $100 out of the trucker for "crossing their territory.” When the trucker asked for help via his CB radio, another trucker confirmed that the same guys tried to shake him down, too. Other truckers responded, blocked the blue Lada and punished the bandits. Moral: Don’t mess with Russian truckers. (6:56)
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(R for language) If you ever hear the term “Runaway Fails” and don’t know what it means, THIS video will show you. (6:31)
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Good news for golfers: There will no longer be a penalty stroke for hitting a ball into the water or out of bounds. The USGA, R&A and the PGA, following a private meeting attended by Bill Clinton, FBI Director Jim Comey, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and with strong support from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, have determined that your opponent must ‘prove’ you intended to hit the ball into these hazards in order for there to be a penalty. Carelessness, negligence or ignorance is not intent. No intent = no penalty stroke. Rejoice, you can now hit away without fear of your ball landing in a hazard.
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Can we all agree that it takes a steady hand to free a young deer from the mud using an excavator? THIS is how it’s done. (2:58)
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If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without alcohol,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
Then You are probably the Family Dog!
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Let’s be honest. Would you not give your eye teeth to have one of THESE vehicles created by Adam and Jamie of the Mythbusters the next time you get caught in the morning or afternoon Bay Area commute? (3:48)
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One thing we’ll say about the Southland is that when cops get involved in a hot chase it becomes excellent fodder for the TV stations because of the large number of people who hear about it and tune in. This one that took place a few months ago in L.A. has received nearly 2 million views on YouTube alone. How many people in the L.A. area watched it live as it unfolded is incalculable. We have to give kudos to the talent of the Houdini-like auto thief and the sturdiness of the stolen Chevy Van that multiple police units CHASED up and down the streets of L.A. (15:41)
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Those of you familiar with the popular British automotive show “Top Gear” will recognize Jeremy Clarkson as one of the program’s co-hosts. If you are unfamiliar with the show, THIS is Clarkson showing off the smallest car in the world. Trust us, it is worth a watch whether or not you are a gear head. (8:07)
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Marcia Morton sent in THIS Mark Dice man-in-the-street interview clip and added that she can hardly wait to get fitted for her burka. (3:42)
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This video titled “Dear Officer, I See You” speaks for itself, and you should hear it. Click HERE and have a listen. (4:34)
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“I Miss You, Daddy”
Click HERE and listen closely to the words of the little girl.
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Pic of the Week
May our brothers rest in peace...
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Horton, Debbie (McIntyre)
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Taves, Phil & Paula
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Vallecilla, Ernie & Peggy
Van Dyck, Lois
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