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AN UPDATE ON RETIRED CHAPLAIN DAVE BRIDGEN
I apologize for the lateness of the hour and hope this is not too late to make it into Thursday’s Farsider.
Dave is still in the Vasona Creek facility in Los Gatos, but has been moved to Room #125. He has some serious swings in his condition with good days and bad days. It sometimes seems that the bad days are outnumbering the good days. On those days, he sleeps a lot, and when awake he is often disoriented and non-communicative. It is hard to see him this way, but I know that this is part of the progression of his Parkinson’s. Both Tuesday and Wednesday, he had really good days. He was able to communicate, and although you have to strain to hear him, he can adequately communicate his thoughts. His physical therapist told Betty Ruth today that he has done very well in therapy for the past two days. It is uncanny to see these two extremes in such short periods of time.
Dave really loves visits from our SJPD family. He loves hearing updates about the Department and about various Department members. Sometimes he is unable to participate in the conversation, but you can see his eyes light up when listening to the stories. One recommendation is for people to visit in small groups and just carry on a friendly, fun conversation. Dave relishes these visits. If he is asleep, it is OK to call his name and try to rouse him for your visit. Also, Betty Ruth has a yellow pad where people can jot their names and a short note if she is not present when they come by. She loves to see the names, and shares them with Dave.
Dave has been getting a lot of visitors from the Department, many of them in uniform. At one point, the visits were so frequent that the Vasona Creek staff wanted to know who this very important person is. Even they recognize greatness!
It appears that Dave will be moving into the Somerset Senior Living facility around August 1st. It is located at 1050 St. Elizabeth Drive in San Jose. We don’t have the room number, but I will keep you posted.
Dave and Betty Ruth really appreciate all of the cards, phone calls and visits during Dave’s illness. It really shows that our PD family is just that —- a family. Please continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers. I know that this helps more than we will ever know.
On another note, while walking down the hall at Vasona Creek I found that Ed Oiseth, Jr. is also there, in Room #131. I had a short conversation with him on Tuesday and went by again on Wednesday, but he was asleep. I don’t know all of the details of his illness, but he told me that Carm Grande and Mike Fehr have visited him there. They may have more information.
If anyone needs more information, I can be contacted at <firstname.lastname@example.org> or on my cell phone at (408) 807-6809 (it is OK to publish my info).
Thanks much for getting this out to our PD family.
Yesterday in New York City the SJPOA joined dozens of law enforcement organizations to Stand Up for the American Police Officer and hold local elected and appointed officials accountable for their lack of leadership in confronting our national mental health crisis.
Please take a moment and watch the press conference. Share this link with your friends and family and know that the SJPOA will do all we can to continue to stand up for you and speak the truth.
Click HERE to watch the video (15:33)
have one week left to buy your SF Giants tickets! Please stop by
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THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
Last week’s kerfuffle over the use of a fire truck in a parade by former San Jose councilman Pierlugi Oliver who is running for county supervisor continues, as reported in Sunday’s Internal Affairs column…
Evan Low Enters San Jose Firetruck Flap
A week after a San Jose politician got heat for parading in a private fire truck, the debate over who gets to ride inside fire engines at public events — and for what purpose — rages on.
Former city councilman Pierluigi Oliverio, who’s running for county supervisor, angered San Jose’s fire union when he rode on a truck rented from friends who own a construction company. Labor leaders said Oliverio tried to “mislead” the public into believing firefighters support him when it’s the opposite. Kevin Albanese, who owns the construction company, publicly apologized.
But now pictures have surfaced of state Assemblyman Evan Low riding a fire truck in the same “Rose, White and Blue” parade on July 4. One big difference: Low’s truck — which is decked out in Sharks’ colors — is owned by the city.
That has some political observers crying foul and questioning whether Low violated policies that prohibit using public property for political purposes.
“I think it’s a double standard,” Oliverio told IA. “Apparently, if the candidate or office holder is beholden to the fire union, then clearly it’s OK. He can use government property.
But if it’s an individual who supports pension reform and taxpayers, then it’s not OK — even if they pay for their own vehicle.”
Low said he was acting in his official capacity and showing support for “the men and women in uniform” is consistent with his policy positions.
“There’s a distinction because I was acting in my official capacity and there was no campaigning of any source,” Low said. “There was no political calculation whatsoever. For Mr. Oliverio, he was acting in the capacity as a candidate. It’s like apples and oranges.”
Fire Chief Curtis Jacobson also rode with Low inside the truck.
“Many elected officials participate in the parade. They’re not campaigning,” agreed Sean Kaldor, president of the San Jose Firefighters Local 230.
But state finance records show Low set up a committee for re-election in 2018 and has raised $36,626.
San Jose prohibits using “public resources, such as city staff time, funds or equipment for any campaign activities or advocacy.” City attorney Rick Doyle says it doesn’t appear Low violated the rules. “Just because an elected official has their name on a fire truck, it doesn’t make it a political purpose,” Doyle explained. “If it said ‘re’elect Evan Low’ it would be a different issue.”
Oliverio isn’t convinced: “I assume Assemblyman Low knows the rules,” he said, “which leads me to believe he will not be running for re-election in six months.”
Here is another posting by Diamond and Silk. This time Diamond is ranting about those Democrats who are calling for President Trump’s impeachment, and she is very angry. Silk is just as angry, but she is basically nodding her head in agreement with Diamond. Since you introduced me to this duo several weeks ago I have become a major fan and subscribed to their YouTube channel so I catch every one one of their posts.
Red State <RedState70@comcast.net>
I watch most of their rants as well, and while I listen to Diamond, my eyes are usually focused on Silk and the way she reacts to her partner. Click HERE to watch the clip Red sent in. (2:47)
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Received from Don Hale…
Dear SVGOP Community,
It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of a dedicated public servant and diligent community leader, Pat Dando. She served ten years on the San Jose City Council including two years as Vice-Mayor of San Jose. She later worked as Chief Executive Officer of the San Jose/Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Dando also served in Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration as the Director of Local Government Affairs.
You can read a detailed account of her accomplishments and legacy in today's newspaper online HERE.
Our deepest condolences and sympathy extend to her friends and family.
There is also a tribute to the former mayor on the Op/Ed page of today's (Thursday's) Mercury News.
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Sexist? No way. OK, maybe a little. But what are you going to do when you're down and out, suffering from media exhaustion, depressed to no end, and about to give up on everyone and everything? You only have one thin option left; your very last chance to save yourself. You have to…
Dave (Scannell) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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While doing some research on Finland's Winter War with Russia, I stumbled across this man. His career is fascinating for anyone even remotely interested in history or military history.
Born a Finn, Lauri Allan Torni fought in the Winter War, November 1939 to March, 1940. Without going into details; the Finns fought the Russians to a standstill, losing about 26,000 Finnish soldiers and the Russians losing 167,000 that they admitted to. The total was closer to a million because Stalin shot all the Red Army officers in 1937-38 and there was a lack of leadership, winter clothing and training. That and the Finns are some of the all-time baddest dudes in the valley.
Torni was an officer and won the Mannerheim Cross, Finland's equivalent of the Medal Of Honor. He served in the German Army in WWII, emigrating to the US after the war and legally changing his name to “Larry Allen Thorne.”
If you go to the website with Viet Nam wall names you will find the final chapter in this remarkable man's story under his Americanized name.
As always, thank you and Leroy for all the work you guys so keeping us old codgers informed.
Ken (Hawkes) <email@example.com>
Always happy to pass along items of history, Ken. THIS is the link that will take interested readers to The Wall where they can search for Larry Allen Thorne. Or they can click on THIS link and go directly to Thorne’s page. There is a discrepancy, however, in the way Larry's middle name of Alan/Allen is spelled.
SAY “HI” TO THE JULY BIRTHDAY BOYS FROM LAST NIGHT’S ANNUAL PBA BBQ
(L-R) Bob Allen; Steve Windisch, Jr.; Bruce Fair; Rick Botar; Bill Clark; Armando Elemen;
Mike Mendez; Ron Tannehill; and Phil Rogers. Photos by Aubrey "Bird" Parrott...
ANOTHER INVITATION FROM THE NEWLY FORMED “SJPD EMERALD SOCIETY”
SPECIAL OLYMPICS FUNDRAISER
Contact Cynthia Theobald at <CYNTHIA.THEOBALD@sanjoseca.gov> or more information...
“I AIN’T SERVING NO POLICE”
By Cowgirl — Blue Lives Matter
July 15, 2017
Henrico McDonalds Employee Refuses To Serve Cop
Richmond, VA – A Richmond-area McDonald’s employee is under investigation after refusing to serve a police officer in uniform, according to NBC 12.
A police officer’s wife posted on Facebook that her husband had gone to an Henrico County McDonald’s while in uniform on his dinner break. In the post, she said that her husband drove his police cruiser through the drive-thru, paid for his food, and moved up to the next window to get his order.
In her July 13 post, the police officer’s wife wrote:
“My husband just got home from working a 13 hour day to share a story with me that has left me completely shocked.
“Around 7:00 tonight he took a small break and went to the drive through of the McDonald’s at Parham Road and Route 1. He was in uniform and in his police vehicle. He paid for his food and drove forward to the next window.
“The young man who was working that window looked at him and backed away from the window mouthing something to my husband. My husband couldn’t hear him since the window was closed. The guy finally walked to the window and slid it open.
“My husband told him that he couldn’t hear him and the guy said “I ain’t serving no police” and closed the window. The guy proceeded to tell everyone in McDonald’s, including the manager, that he was not going to serve the police. The employees stared at my husband trying to figure out what they should do, after all he had paid for his food but no one wanted to give it to him.
“Finally one guy brought it over to him without a single word. As my husband pulled around the building, a gentleman who was in the McDonalds at the time approached his car and told my husband how he had never seen anything like this.
“He said the guy had told the manager that she could fire him, but he wasn’t going to “serve the police.” The manager did nothing to help the situation and wasn’t even the person who brought him his food.
“It’s amazing that people can act this way but even more shocking that the manager allowed him to continue on with his antics. I know that we will never visit this McDonald’s again! This is such an eye opener for me as to what the people who protect us have to go through on a daily basis. Please pray for the men and women who serve and protect us and put their lives on the line for us each and every day.”
In response, McDonald’s issued the following statement:
“At our restaurants, we are dedicated to serving all of our customers, including the police officers who protect and serve our communities. We are conducting a full investigation into this matter and will take appropriate action.”
The police officer’s wife then posted an update on the situation saying:
“Immediately after this happened my husband emailed a complaint to corporate. Late last night he received a standard email back thanking him for his concern. We called the franchise owner yesterday who said they were going to look into this.
“They called us back 5 hours later and said they had let the young man go, but the manager is saying she knew nothing about this. When we told him the information about the manager he said he would look into this further.
“My husband is one of the calmest, kindest, most level headed guys I know. This should’ve never happened to him or anyone else. Others have privately shared with us throughout this ordeal that the same behavior happened to them at the same restaurant.
“For McDonald’s to be questioning the validity of this story is an outrage. Thank you for all the support, not just for my husband, but for law enforcement officers everywhere! The bottom line is that we shouldn’t treat anyone, uniform or not, in the manner this McDonald’s has been treating people. Every person should be treated with respect!”
The officer’s wife certainly doesn’t seem happy with how McDonalds has responded to the situation. Do you think that McDonalds is handling this situation appropriately? We’d like to hear what you think. Please let us know in the comments.
Click HERE to review some of the 400+ comments this article generated from Blue Lives Matter readers…
LOOKS LIKE THOSE ARE EGGS ON THE FACE OF THE HISTORY CHANNEL
If you watched the heavily advertised special on the History Channel titled "Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence” and came away convinced that it was likely her and navigator Fred Noonan on the pier in the photo below, we are sorry to disappoint.
Among the tiny figures is one which appears to be a short-haired woman — Earhart — sitting despondently on a pier looking towards a Japanese transport ship with what could have been a wrecked aircraft attached to its stern. A nearby man, apparently with a receding hairline, was postulated to be her co-pilot, Fred Noonan. The story, while enticing, cannot be true.
A Japanese military history blogger was inspired by the idea. But he decided to run some checks of his own.
Kota Yamano noted: “The steamship on the right of the photo is a Japanese navy survey ship “IJN Koshu.” The ship participated in search missions for Amelia and arrived on the Jaluit Atoll in 1937, but the ship also arrived there sometimes since 1935.”
So he visited the Japanese national library to search the scant details contained on the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) caption attached to the undated image.
His search quickly produced a book with the picture published inside.
Turns out the photo was taken two years before Earhart and Noonan failed to find a refueling stop on their groundbreaking flight from Australia to the United States.
It was printed in a Japanese travelogue “The Beauty of the Sea,” published on October 10 — 1935.
Instead of showing Earhart, Noonan and the wreck of their aircraft, the photo actually shows participants in a local schooner race.
“The photo was the 10th item that came up,” Yamano told The Guardian. “I find it strange that the documentary makers didn’t confirm the date of the photograph or the publication in which it originally appeared. That’s the first thing they should have done.”
Click HERE for more details and photos.
STORIES OF THE WEEK
A dialogue between Me and my Personal Trainer
Me: (Out-of-breath, angry, red-faced, about to pass out from exhaustion.) “That's it! I'm through. It's over! I am out of here. Don't look for me to return.”
Personal Trainer: “One sit-up. You did one lousy sit-up!”
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When someone applies for Child Support, the city, county or state tries to identify the father and determine why he is not providing support. The following excerpts were taken from replies that Dallas women wrote on Child Support Agency application forms, in the section designated for information about the father.
• Regarding the identity of the father of my twins, child A was fathered by Tim Munson. I am unsure as to the identity of the father of child B, but I believe he was conceived on the same night.
• I am unsure as to the identity of the father of my child as I was being sick out a window when taken unexpectedly from behind. I can provide you with a list of names of men that I think were at the party if that will help.
• I do not know the name of the father of my little girl. She was conceived at a party at 3600 Grand Avenue where I had unprotected sex with a man I met that night. I do remember that the sex was so good that I fainted. If you manage to track down the father, can you send me his phone number? Thanks.
• I don't know the identity of the father of my daughter. He drives a BMW that now has a hole in one of the door panels made by my stiletto. Perhaps you can contact BMW dealers in this area and see if he's had it replaced.
• I have never had sex with a man. I am still a Virginian. I am awaiting a letter from the Pope confirming that my son's conception was immaculate and that he is Christ risen again.
• I cannot tell you the name of child A's dad as he informs me that to do so would blow his cover and that would have cataclysmic implications for the economy. I am torn between doing right by you and right by the country. Please advise.
• Peter Smith is the father of child A. If you do catch up with him, can you ask him what he did with my AC/DC CDs? Child B, who was also born at the same time...well I don't have a clue.
• From the dates it seems that my daughter was conceived at Disney World. Maybe it really is the Magic Kingdom.
• So much about that night is a blur. The only thing that I remember for sure is Delia Smith did a program about eggs earlier in the evening. If I'd have stayed in and watched more TV rather than going to the party at 146 Miller Drive, mine might have remained unfertilized.
• I am unsure as to the identity of the father of my baby. After all, when you eat a can of beans you can't be sure which one made you fart.
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(Women in Charge of Everything) is
pleased to announce "Evening Classes for Men"
Open to Men Only. All are welcome. Due to the complexity and level of difficulty, however, each course will accept a maximum of eight participants. Topics included in the two-day course will include the following subjects:
"How to Fill Ice Cube Trays" -- Step-by-step guide with a slide presentation
"Toilet Rolls; Do They Grow on the Holders?" -- Roundtable discussion
"Differences Between the Laundry Basket and the Floor" -- Practicing with the hamper
"Dishes and Silverware; Do They Levitate and/or Fly to the Kitchen Sink or Dishwasher by Themselves?" -- Debate among a panel of experts
"The Lost Remote Control" -- Help line and support groups
"Learning How to Find Things by Looking in the Right Place Instead of Screaming and Turning the House Upside Down" -- Open forum
"Empty Milk Cartons: Do They Belong in the Fridge or the Trash Bin?" -- Group discussion
"Health Watch; Bringing Her Flowers is Not Harmful to Your Health" -- PowerPoint presentation
"Real Men Ask for Directions When Lost" -- Actual testimonial from the one man who did
"Is It Genetically Impossible to Sit Quietly as She Parallel Parks? -- Driving simulation
"Living with Adults; Basic Differences Between Your Mother and Your Partner" -- Discussion and role playing
"How To Be the Ideal Shopping Companion" -- Relaxation exercises, meditation and breathing techniques
"Remembering Important Dates and Calling When You're Going To Be Late" -- Bring your calendar or PDA to class
"Getting Over It; Learning How To Live with Being Wrong All the Time" -- Individual counselors will be available
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at the Pearly Gates
Two women who were waiting to pass through the Pearly Gates were enjoying a cup of coffee while comparing stories on how they died.
1st woman: "I froze to death."
2nd woman: "How horrible!"
1st woman: "It wasn't so bad. After I quit shaking from the cold, I began to get warm and sleepy, and finally died a peaceful death. What about you?"
2nd woman: "I died of a massive heart attack. I suspected that my husband was cheating, so I came home early to catch him in the act. But instead, I found him all by himself in the den watching TV."
1st woman: "So what happened?"
2nd woman: "I was so sure there was another woman there somewhere that I started running all over the house looking. I ran up into the attic and searched. I checked down in the basement. Then I went through every closet and checked under all the beds. I kept this up until I had looked everywhere. I finally became so exhausted that I just keeled over with a heart attack and died."
1st woman: "Too bad you didn't look in the freezer. If you had we might both still be alive."
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Two priests from two local Catholic churches were standing by the side of the road pounding a sign into the ground that read:
As a car sped past them the driver yelled, "Leave us alone you religious nuts!"
From the curve just down the road the priests heard the sound of screeching tires followed by a humongous splash.
One priest immediately turned to the other and said, "Perhaps the sign should simply have read 'Bridge Out!' "
PUBLIC HEALTH NOTICE
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
July 11 — 18
July 17: Over the weekend, it came out that President Trump’s approval rating is at 36 percent. But Trump defended the number, saying that it was “almost 40.” Then he said, “And if you read 36 upside down, it looks like 93, which is almost 100. So I’m doing amazing. Almost 100 in Upside Down world.”
Did you see that last week Trump’s son, Don Jr., tweeted screenshots of emails from the Russian lawyer who offered sensitive info to his dad’s campaign? When he heard that his son tweeted about an ongoing investigation, Trump was like, “The student has become the master.”
Last night was the season premiere of “Game of Thrones.” No spoilers! But HBO’s streaming site crashed during the episode. That’s how crazy this show has gotten: They are killing off websites now.
More trouble for United Airlines. The rapper Schoolboy Q says that they actually flew his dog to the wrong city. Then on the flight back, the dog had a fight over a seat with Ann Coulter.
July 18: At a dinner last night, President Trump told Republican senators that if they didn't vote for the healthcare bill, they'd look like dopes. And he combed his neck hair over the top of his head and walked away with his tie dragging on the floor.
Trump had dinner with Republican senators at the White House. They were served steak and lima beans. And Trump wasn't allowed to leave the table until he finished all of his lima beans. The president was seen scraping them onto the floor. "Do we have a dog?"
The Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare has officially fallen apart. But Republicans say they're just going to let Obamacare fail while they regroup and figure out a new plan. And Democrats said, "Hey, that's the same thing we're doing with Trump."
July 11: A new study just found that the Republican healthcare bill has the same approval rating as Nickelback and herpes. When asked to comment, the herpes virus said, "Hey, don’t lump me in with those guys."
White House chief of staff Reince Priebus has dismissed the latest Trump-Russia story as "a nothingburger." When questioned about his really strange choice of words, he explained, "My name is Reince Priebus."
Donald Trump Jr. is being represented by a mafia lawyer who has defended four New York crime families. So now the lawyer has updated his resume to say "defended five New York crime families."
Donald Trump Jr. released a series of emails showing he actively tried to collaborate with the Russians before the election. When he heard this, Donald Trump said, "Good luck trying to connect me to Donald Trump Jr."
July 12: According to friends of Donald Trump Jr., back in college he was a black-out drunk. So, he does have a long history of meeting with White Russians.
President Trump tweeted that his son Donald Jr. is "open, transparent, and innocent." Unfortunately those are three things you don’t want to be when you go to prison.
Today President Trump tweeted that his son Donald Jr. is "open, transparent, and innocent." Which is why President Trump is now demanding a paternity test.
It was reported today that Donald Trump Jr.’s wife once dated Leonardo DiCaprio. In other words, she’s used to being with guys who go down with a sinking ship.
It’s being reported that President Trump is bothered that people think he watches too much television. Trump claims he saw it mentioned today on "The View," "The Today Show," CNN, "Live with Kelly and Ryan," and "Clifford the Big Red Dog."
July 13: Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan is calling for stronger sanctions against Russia for its election meddling. Ryan said, “We must keep Russia out of our elections until we need them again in 2018.”
The new Republican healthcare bill is out, and the bad news is, older people still pay more than younger people. Of course the good news is, they don’t pay more for long.
Kid Rock has officially announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. Kid Rock says he wants to restore America back to a better time when it would have been unimaginable for Kid Rock to run for the U.S. Senate.
NBC’s long-running reality show “The Biggest Loser” has been canceled. Or as NBC put it, “We just lost 30,000 pounds.”
A new study just came out that found that breast implants can save your life if you’re shot in the chest. In a related story, the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” just joined SEAL Team 6.
July 11: Today was one of those days I woke up, I cracked my neck, I brushed my teeth, I looked in the mirror and I thought, "Boy, am I glad I'm not Donald Trump Jr." I have that thought about three times a week, but today I said it out loud.
Back in June [last year] Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer who he believed had damaging information about Hillary Clinton to share. They met at Trump Tower. Son-in-law-in-chief Jared Kushner and former campaign manager Paul Manafort were in attendance. The New York Times broke this story, and this morning just before they were about to release a series of damning emails, Donald Jr. released those emails himself. [Reads highlights from the email exchange] And then he forwarded this to Kushner and Manafort, the meeting happened, and now all hell has broken loose. Donald Jr. is like the guy at work who opens the obviously fake document and now everyone in the office has a virus on their computer.
Donald Jr. hired a lawyer yesterday. This lawyer, in the past, represented members of the mafia. That actually makes sense — the Trumps are like the Corleone family, if all of them were Fredo.
The president did issue a statement in support of his son. He wrote, "My son is a high-quality person and I applaud his transparency." Right. As soon as The New York Times told him they were going to release his emails, HE released his emails. He's about as transparent as a pumpkin.
It is funny, though, that after Donald spent a year hammering Hillary about emails he may finally get brought down by an email.
So this afternoon, Hillary Clinton made a short statement in front of a group of her supporters in upstate New York: "Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha."
If there’s any lesson to be learned from this, it's that no one should use email ever, for anything, at all.
July 12: Hey, President Trump began the day with a tweet. Apparently he has a Twitter account. Did you know this?
This morning he tweeted just out of the blue, "The White House is functioning perfectly, focused on healthcare, tax cuts, reform and many other things. I have very little time for watching TV." Why would he specifically mention that he doesn't have time for TV? I think I know why. Yesterday there was a report that he was holed up all day watching TV while the whole thing with his son was going on. I bet he saw that on TV.
One thing President Trump definitely did watch was his son Junior's interview with Sean Hannity last night on Fox News. Trump said his son was "open, transparent, and innocent." That's three lies in four words. That's a new record!
I guess Don Jr.'s goal was to put a positive spin on this meeting with the Russian who believed or hoped had damaging information on Hillary Clinton during the campaign, but he still doesn't seem to understand what's wrong with what he did. What's he supposed to do? I mean, when like a Nigerian prince says he's going to transfer $30 million in your account, you give him the number to your account — unless you're some kind of an idiot.
July 13: President Trump and the first lady arrived in Paris today at the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron. [shows clip of greeting] Last time they had a handshake it lasted longer than, like, two of Trump’s marriages, so all eyes were on this one.
There was one uncomfortable moment later on. President Macron’s wife, Brigitte, is 25 years older than he is. He’s 39. She’s 64. Which you know has to be making Trump’s crazy orange head spin. For him that’s about as backwards as it gets. This is what he said to her: “You’re in such good shape. She’s in such good physical shape. Beautiful.” It’s like she’s a ’65 Chevy convertible he’s admiring. Only Donald Trump would treat a meeting with world leader likes it’s a swingers’ key party.
Before he left the president, who’s been notoriously stingy with on-camera interviews lately, sat down with the 700-year-old host of “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson. This is a religious television show. And Donald Trump is a very religious guy. [clip of Robertson responding “yeah,” “that’s right” several times as Trump speaks] So they got along just great.
On the way to Paris the president had some off-the-record conversations with reporters on Air Force One, and then he decided he wanted some of what he said to be ON the record. So Trump told reporters last night that the wall — you know that wall Mexico’s going to pay for, very nice of them to do? — he wants the wall to be see-through. For real!
He said, and this is a quote, “One of the things with the wall is you need transparency.” And they asked why. He said, “I’ll give you an example. As horrible as it sounds, when they throw the sacks of drugs over the wall, if you have people on the other side who don’t see them, they hit you on the head with 60 pounds of stuff and it’s over. You’re dead.”
Our president is worried that people are going to get hit on the head with drugs and die. So he wants a wall you can see through. It’s unbelievable. He’s turning the country into an aquarium! We are all going to be living in Sea World with President Shamu if he gets his way.
July 17: Donald Trump Jr. has admitted to holding an undisclosed meeting before the election with a Russian lawyer and a Russian lobbyist who reportedly once worked for the KGB. And the hardest part to believe is there was a Donald Trump dumb enough to do that [shows photo of President Trump] and it wasn’t this one.
China reportedly scrubbed the images of Winnie the Pooh from social media over the weekend, after users compared the character to their president. Though it seems like it would just be easier to just get their president to put some pants on.
President Trump attended the U.S. Women’s Open Golf Tournament this weekend, so just to be safe, the golfers got changed in their cars.
Senate Republicans are trying to add a provision to their healthcare bill that would allow companies to offer low-cost reduced-coverage plans, which critics are calling junk insurance. “I’ll take some junk insurance,” said dudes who wear really tight biking shorts. You can never be too safe with the junk.
July 18: Republicans announced last night that the latest GOP healthcare plan will not be moving forward, making this the second draft of the bill to fail in the Senate. Though when it comes to President Trump, the third time's the charm.
According to Politico, the news that two additional Republican senators were not supporting the GOP healthcare plan came as a surprise to President Trump, and if there's one thing President Trump hates, it's Eric.
After the failure of the GOP healthcare plan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell outlined plans to repeal Obamacare without a bill to replace it. The same way we got rid of Obama without a good plan to replace him [picture of Donald Trump].
Following news that the Senate healthcare plan will not pass, President Trump said that it is important to get more Republicans into office. More? Pretty sure when the "Titanic" was sinking, the answer wasn't more icebergs.
July 11: Last night, I told you about how Don Jr. met with a Russian lawyer, who claimed to have dirt on Hillary Clinton. Seems pretty bad. But it turned out much worse. Then, The New York Times reported that "Trump Jr. was told in an email that this was a Russian effort to aid Trump's campaign." Wow. Who could have predicted an email scandal would taint a presidential campaign?
Don Jr.'s emails were with British music publicist Rob Goldstone. He met the Trumps at the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow. I believe his job was to remove all the locks from the dressing room doors.
Seventeen minutes later, Don Jr. responded, "Thanks, Rob, I appreciate that. If it's what you say, I love it, especially later in the summer." Just to make it clear, he also attached this picture [pic of Trump Jr. with printed T-shirt] — "I love crime in the summertime!"
So at this point, I would like to issue a formal apology. I'd like to apologize to Eric Trump. We always thought you were the dumb one, and we were wrong.
July 12: Yesterday, Donald Trump Jr. released emails explicitly detailing an invitation by the Russian government to collude, and his enthusiastic acceptance, quote: “I love it.” Oh Don, not as much as I do. Delicious.
We have had a full news cycle to give you a sense of the fallout. Let me present you with a bouquet of early blooming headlines: "The White House is paralyzed." And I'm pretty sure Trumpcare does not cover that.
Those were The Washington Post and CNN. How about hearing from someone on THEIR side, try The New York Post: "Donald Trump Jr. is an idiot." Yes? Yes.
Keep in mind, they’re DEFENDING him. Because the alternative to “idiot” is “inmate.” And it’s hard to argue that point — Donald Trump Jr. is quickly rising to the ranks of America’s most embarrassing Donald Trumps.
And meanwhile, of course, the White House defending Don Jr. One official said, “He just wants to hunt, fish and run his family's real estate business.” Yes, why did we force him to get into politics?
July 13: Today, Trump met with France’s elegant first lady Brigitte Macron and of course he treated her like any other woman, by objectifying her. [clip of Trump] “You’re in such good shape… Beautiful.” Bad Donald! No! Bad! This is not one of your European wife’s shopping trips. This is business.
Then Trump held a joint press conference with newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron. Trump invoked America’s long history with France: [clip of Trump] “France helped us secure our Independence. A lot of people forget. France is America’s first and oldest ally, a lot of people don’t know that.” Nope, just you. WE know. Gave us the Statue of Liberty too, remember that?
Of course Trump got asked about the biggest story in France — his son’s collusion with Russia. [clip of Trump] “He took a meeting with a Russian lawyer, not a government lawyer, but a Russian lawyer. It was a short meeting. It was a meeting that went very, very quickly, very fast.” Welcome to Trump’s America, where morality is measured by speed. Because it was over quickly, it wasn’t wrong! It’s like a five-second rule for your soul.
July 17: It’s Russia Week, and I just want to get out ahead of the story here. I recently met with a lot of Russians. I can’t remember why, maybe because I was in Russia. Oh, some of them worked for the government. This week, we’ll be showing you one Russian field piece. Sorry, I meant to say two Russian field — my lawyers are telling me five Russian field pieces.
I didn’t think you’d find out. The whole week was supposed to be a secret but someone leaked it to CBS’s marketing department. I didn’t. Anyway, Russia’s coming up later in the show.
Meanwhile, back in the United States — Russia. Folks, things are not looking good for the president’s son Donald Trump, Jr. because of a meeting he took last year with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. And now we’ve learned that there was another Russian at that meeting, Russian lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin. Funny detail — he’s reportedly a former Soviet counterintelligence officer. Of course, when it comes to Don Jr., there’s not much intelligence to counter.
July 18: I have some sad news tonight. As of 10:48 p.m. eastern last night, the GOP healthcare bill was pronounced dead of terminal sucking.
I'm heart broken, too. You cover the pain. It was always a longshot because the Republicans control only all three branches of government. Can't be expected to do everything.
It is hard to overstate the level of failure here. The GOP crushed their car at 90 miles an hour into a cliff with a grin on their face.
It's like if Batman vs. Superman took a Pontiac Aztec to Blockbuster Video to rent "The Lone Ranger" and watch it on laser disc. That's how badly they failed.
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The lady pictured below is Liz Wheeler. She is a regular on the relatively new One America News Network (OAN) which has drawn many viewers with a conservative bent away from Fox News and CNN. Unfortunately, only those who receive their TV signal from Direct TV (Ch. 347), AT&T and a few other sources can view the station; it is not available on Comcast. THIS is a sample of the conservative programming offered by OAN. (2:31)
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Dealing with a protestor who is blocking a police vehicle like THIS guy in Hamburg last week during Trump’s visit isn’t permissible here in the U.S. Pity! (0:20)
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This is the "Highway to [Hazmat] Hell: Think about this the next time you are following a welding supply truck loaded with high-pressure gas cylinders. Watch closely and you will see that the driver bailed out and made a safe escape. THIS incident that was captured on a dash cam occurred in Russia. (3:51)
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This could be an effective public safety ad if more smart phone owners would WATCH it, but we’re not holding our breath that they will despite the fact that it’s only 40 seconds long.
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Police Motorcycle Helmet? Who needs it? Check out THIS LAPD Police Motorcycle Patrolman Recruitment Film received from Lumpy. (8:27)
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The odds are good that if you have ever traveled to Turkey you are familiar with Cappadocia. It’s an entire underground city and was one of the most memorable venues my late wife and I enjoyed during a two-week tour of the country back in the mid-1990s. If you plan on traveling to other parts of the world in the future you should consider adding Turkey to your bucket list. Checking out THIS short video should whet your appetite to visit the underground city known as Cappadocia. (4:04)
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The latest thing in Community Policing is the Wiggle Dance. This cop will show you how it’s done, but the real star of THIS clip is the little blonde girl on the left. (1:54)
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Here’s an interesting contribution from Joe Suske. It’s about a family of elephants that refuse to let a lodge stop them from getting to a dinner of ripened fruit. Click HERE and see for yourself. (5:45)
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Be alert for THIS scam that started in Russia and may now be occurring here to the US. Watch it to the end and you will see how the scam works. (1:04)
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This pooch that was brought to our attention by Lumpy may be man’s best friend, but when it comes to entering and leaving a glassless door, he’s not man’s SMARTEST friend. (0:24)
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This clip shows how an iPhone and a YouTube video helped rescue a family of dogs. You will like THIS, we guarantee it! (7:40)
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If you are a big cat fancier but don’t want a feline quite as large as a lion or a tiger, see if you can FIND a big fluff of fur like Samson. (2:48)
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Those of you who spent time in the military and pulled guard duty know how difficult it was at times to stay awake, just like THIS little guy. (1:11)
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It’s no secret that the lives of TV families and the Hollywood actors who make up the families can be vastly different. Here is an inside look at the two families that drew MILLIONS of TV viewers since the late 1990s. (7:37)
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(Rated R for language) For pure slapstick enjoyment check out THIS clip that is billed as "The Best Prison Fight Scene Ever." It's from a comedy titled "Big Stan," which is available on YouTube. The clip shows David Carradine doing what he does best. (Remember the TV series "Kung Fu?") (6:47)
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We have a soft spot in our hearts for this video that we first presented nearly five years ago. Click HERE to view it if your memory has a problem reaching back to 2012. (9:47)
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And finally, with all the problems our country is encountering, we are thinking we could use a lift. This probably won’t mean much to most of today's snowflakes, but we wager that it will to most of you. Remember THESE people? Many of them are gone now, but their patriotic spirit lives on...
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C'ya next week...
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