July 21, 2016
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DOROTHY “DOT” NIELSEN — CITY NURSE
Nov. 10, 1924 — June 1, 2016
Although we check the local obits for familiar names and faces, we missed this one that appeared in the paper back on June 11th. Dot will be remembered by most retirees for her many years of service at Medical Services. Following is her obituary…
Dorothy was born in Chicago, the only child of Frank and Antoinette Pelich. She studied at Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing and upon graduation, found her way to Los Angeles Children’s hospital. It was through friends that she met the love of her life, John Nielsen. They were married in 1954 and ventured off to Northern California where they would finally put down roots in San Jose. Dorothy was known to many as ‘Nurse Dottie’ through her many years as both nurse and supervisor for the City of San Jose medical department. After retiring she volunteered at O’Connor Hospital, providing hearing test to newborns. She cared for all, providing a smile and friendly word to everyone she met. Dorothy is survived by her 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. She will be interred at Oak Hill Memorial Park at a private service.
For Immediate Release
Jose Police Officers' Association Statement on the
Murder of 3 Baton Rouge Police Officers
today we mourn over the murder of three Baton Rouge police officers and pray
for the speedy recovery of three other officers shot during this latest
cowardly ambush. The families of these fallen and injured officers need our
support, prayers and commitment to do all we can to take the necessary action
to protect law enforcement personnel and hold the cowardly murderers
It is past time for our political leaders to step up and support law enforcement with the necessary staffing and equipment to keep our neighborhoods safe. We don't need any more statements of condemnation of these heinous acts or pledges of remorse for these latest murders, we need action.
When law and order breaks down to the point where our nation experiences 10 law enforcement officers killed over a 10-day period then a serious look at who we are and what we have become must take place. When a highly paid NFL player uses social media to repost an image of a cop getting his throat slit, then we must question where that player lost his moral compass and why no one around that player intervened. When an organization only incites protests over officer involved incidents and does not display the same level of moral outrage or condemnation when a cop is innocently gunned down then we must question the legitimacy of that organization.
The hypocrisy must stop for a dialogue to start.
Below is a message from San Francisco POA President Martin Halloran. We will be joining him this Friday at the event in San Francisco. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to President Halloran, and DO NOT come in uniform.
To SJPOA Members,
In the wake of the tragic murder of five officers in Dallas, the San Francisco Police Officers Association will be hosting a Day of Remembrance Ceremony on Friday, July 22, honoring all public safety officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
In these troubling days for law enforcement, many have asked: "What can I do? How can I help?"
Here is your opportunity. All active and retired members, along with supporters of public safety, are welcome to attend this ceremony and stand united as we honor our fallen brothers and sisters. Feel free to bring your family and friends.
Our ceremony on July 22, will recognize these milestones:
• Two weeks since the assassinations of five police officers in Dallas.
• One month since the burial of San Jose Police Officer Michael Katherman.
• One year since the murder of Hayward Police Sgt. Scott Lunger.
• Five years since the deaths, in the line of duty, of San Francisco Firefighters - Lieutenant Vincent Perez and FF/PM Anthony Valerio.
• Seven years since the murders of four Oakland Police Officers - Sergeants Mark Dunakin, Ervin Romans, Daniel Sakai and Officer John Hege - who were murdered in the line of duty.
• A decade since the murder of San Francisco Police Officer Nick Birco.
We will be handing out t-shirts and serve lunch after the ceremony.
Gate Yacht Club
1 Yacht Rd. (near the Marina Green)
San Francisco, CA
Friday, July 22, 2016
Arrive between 10:00 AM and 10:30 AM
RSVP Today by emailing <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Martin Halloran, SFPOA President
Click on the links below to read and watch the latest news:
ABC 7: Bay area police on high alert following attacks on officers (video)
KTVU: Police officers on edge after targeted shootings: An SJPD ride along (video)
Mercury News: Baton Rouge shootings: Bay Area police react to officers' deaths
KRON 4: San Jose police chief on Baton Rouge killings
THE TRIALS & TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
Trump Rally Attendees Sue San Jose, Mayor Liccardo and Police Chief
By Ramona Giwargis <email@example.com>
Mercury News — July 14, 2016
Protestors surround a Trump supporter on South Almaden Boulevard
outside San Jose Convention Center as presidential candidate Donald
Trump holds a rally in San Jose on Thursday, June 2, 2016.
SAN JOSE -- Fourteen people who attended a Donald Trump rally in San Jose last month filed a class-action lawsuit Thursday against the city, mayor and police chief, claiming city leaders failed to protect them from assaults by protesters as they left the event.
"Law-abiding citizens leaving the Trump rally were victimized by being forced by armed police to walk into a riot in full swing where many were assaulted while police looked on," said the plaintiffs' attorney, Harmeet K. Dhillon, who is also the vice chair of the California Republican Party.
Dhillon says her clients range from a 14-year-old allegedly assaulted by two different individuals and denied assistance by the San Jose Fire Department to a 71-year-old woman who said her glasses were ripped off and destroyed by three rioters.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald
Trump speaks at a rally at the San Jose Convention
center in San Jose on Thursday, June 2, 2016.
The lawsuit, which also named a handful of alleged assailants and 38 unknown rioters, claims the city's failure to restrain protesters opposed to the presumptive Republican presidential nominee violated Trump supporters' rights to free speech and peaceful assembly. It seeks compensation and injunctive relief for injuries they suffered during the rally.
City Attorney Rick Doyle said Thursday the city hasn't yet been served with the lawsuit.
"I really can't comment until we have a chance to review it," Doyle said, "but from what I know, the police did everything they could."
Protesters have decried Trump as a racist for his remarks calling for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border where he says foreign criminals have had unchecked access into the country, and his suggestions to restrict entry from predominantly Muslim countries to thwart terrorism.
After his appearance at the June 2 rally in the McEnery Convention Center downtown, violence broke out as Trump supporters exited. Police tried to separate the groups but drew criticism for not being more aggressive in stopping assaults or arresting violent protesters.
Police said there are 24 reported victims, as many suspects identified, and that they have made 22 arrests.
Mayor Sam Liccardo said in a statement the following morning: "While it's a sad statement about our political discourse that Mr. Trump has focused on stirring antagonism instead of offering real solutions to our nation's challenges, there is absolutely no place for violence against people who are simply exercising their rights to participate in the political process."
That and his remarks to a reporter that Trump "needs to take responsibility for the irresponsible behavior of his campaign" drew widespread criticism primarily from conservatives and Trump supporters that the mayor was excusing the attacks and blaming the victims.
Dhillon said her clients shouldn't have felt their lives were at risk during a political event, or that their rights are "somehow less important" just because of their political views. She alleged that the "inaction" of San Jose police officers "was colored by political viewpoint considerations."
Liccardo, a backer of Hillary Clinton, also was accused of ordering officers to stand down as Trump supporters were being attacked, a claim police Chief Eddie Garcia has called "absurd." Liccardo, he added, called him the night of the rally, but didn't tell him how to handle the event.
"I have a lot of control over my officers, but my officers do not know the meaning of the term stand down," Garcia said at the time. "They would not follow that order nor would I ever expect them to."
Liccardo said Thursday he has no authority to issue such an order.
"The ludicrous accusation that I somehow directed the police department to 'stand down' at the rally is utterly false," he said in a statement.
You have published Bill Whittle videos before on various topics. Here’s one in which he rips Hillary Clinton not only about her email lies, but other misdeeds as well. I think your readers may be interested in this clip that Whittle posted a few days ago.
Talking Points <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Readers who are familiar with the hearing where the FBI Director pronounced that she made several lies about her emails but refused to recommend she be prosecuted may want to skip to the 2:00 mark about the “fix being in.” Click HERE to view the video. (4:52)
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I am so worried about all you boys. The latest that just occurred in Baton Rouge convinces me beyond any doubt that the hit is out and there just doesn't have to be a reason. My heart aches about this matter and I hope all of you will carry your guns to these big meetings you have if you are permitted. God bless all of you for what you do and have done for this community. I am so grateful that Bruce is retired, but I am so concerned about the ones still out there and vulnerable. This comes straight from "Black Lives Matter" and you know how that all occurred. Thanks Obama, thanks Eric Holder, and thanks George Soros and Saul Alinsky!
Marcia (Morton) <email@example.com>
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A week after the email we included in last week’s Mail Call column, former POA President Phil Norton wrote another letter to his police officer son that he shared with us…
The trial court acquitted another Baltimore Officer, a Lieutenant, of all charges making the score now at one hung jury and three Court findings of not guilty. Two more trials are scheduled, but the evidence doesn't change, so in all probability the outcome will be the same. This has caused me to think again that the lens through which black Americans view the facts of any Police/Black arrest are colored by racial experiences. It is rare to find a truly objective viewpoint emanating from the black community. Of course the Judge in these cases is black. But he is a trained, experienced jurist who is schooled in issue hunting. Very few in the black community have that training or life experience.
When I attended law school, the acronym "IRAC" was drummed into our heads, sometimes painfully when it was time to recite, unprepared, as in the TV drama "The paper chase.” Issue, Rule (of law), Application (of the law) and Conclusion. If the prosecutor or the trial court chooses not to observe any one of the IRAC letters in analysis of the facts of any case, the result, as in Baltimore, is failure to convict the defendant. Jury trials, of course, are a different matter. Emotion and community pressures can and do lead to a different conclusion as it did in the first trial that ended with a hung jury. That is, I'm sure, why the officers defense counsel chose to have the case heard by a judge. It appears to have been a wise move given the strong emotional overlay in that community fostered and encouraged by an overly ambitious and maybe ignorant State Attorney.
The courts are the last bastion of reason and fairness in our society. Even then they err, but overall the judges recognize the gravity of their decisions.
The recent murders of Law Enforcement Officers by mentally disturbed individuals has emerged out of elected officials’ statements that encourage lawlessness. In the mind of a disturbed killer, he hears and sees from those irresponsible statements of politicians, that "they" agree with me. "They" endorse my beliefs, therefore I'm in the right. It's OK to murder Police Officers in retaliation for what "they" have done and are doing to black people. In the sick minds of the killers, encouraged and endorsed by the media and hundreds of demonstrations nationwide, they must act to kill the oppressors, the occupation force of the Police.
Unfortunately there are well funded groups who feed these beliefs. They stoke the fires with control of media and funding extreme candidates for local, state and national political office.
I have no idea where it will all end. It will eventually, but I fear much blood will be shed before sanity is regained.
Dad (Phil Norton) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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A good friend of ours from the Hoover Institution sent me this important video of SJPD in 1991 that was shown on Fox 2 News today. You will remember.
Laurie McNamara <email@example.com>
I remember well, Laurie, as do the vast majority of the readers. Click on THIS link to view the video.
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On September 10, 2016, Dave and I are excited to participate in the Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle – a bike, run or walk event in support of Best Buddies International.
We chose to participate in Best Buddies because the funds we raise will directly affect the lives of those living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Best Buddies is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people with intellectual disabilities form friendships and find jobs in their community.
How can you help?
We are working to reach our fundraising goal of $3000. Any amount you can give will ensure Best Buddies continues to provide critical services and job integration for people with intellectual disabilities. And, your donation is tax deductible!
You can make your donation easily and securely by clicking on our personal fundraising webpage link…
* If your company has a Matching Gift program, please contact me for information on how to match your donation.
Thank you in advance for your generous support!
Dave and Jennifer Dotzler <firstname.lastname@example.org>
PLEASE RSVP IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND THE KEITH KELLEY BARBECUE
The Keith Kelly BBQ has been renamed the “Michael Katherman Memorial Barbecue.” Mike served as a Director and Vice President for 8 years and chaired it several times.
Members planning on attending the BBQ are asked to RSVP via Eventbrite at...
Contact Keith Kelley Club CFO Margie Thompson, at <email@example.com> or 408-421-3785 with any questions.
WHAT'S UP WITH THIS KERFUFFLE OVER MELANIA'S PLAGIARIZED SPEECH?
Michael Gregory Rowe (born March 18, 1962) is an American television host and narrator, actor and former opera singer, best known for his work on the Discovery Channel series Dirty Jobs and as the main presenter of Somebody's Gotta Do It on CNN. He can also be heard as narrator on a variety of series such as Deadliest Catch, and has appeared on commercials for Ford Motor Company. He was asked on his Facebook page to comment on Melania's speech a few days ago at the RNC and this was his response...
Rowe Addresses Melania Trump Plagiarized Speech. He
Ends Up Making an Epic Point
By Tribunist Staff on July 20, 2016
Earlier today, a Trump campaign employee, Meredith McIver, claimed responsibility for the sentences in Melania Trump’s Republican National Convention speech that were obviously part of a 2008 Michelle Obama speech. A statement was issued clarifying how the lifted lines found their way into the speech.
“In working with Melania on her recent first lady speech, we discussed many people who inspired her and messages she wanted to share with the American people,” Ms. McIver wrote. “A person she has always liked is Michelle Obama,” she added.
“Over the phone,” Ms. Trump “read me some passages from Mrs. Obama’s speech as examples. I wrote them down and later included some of the phrasing in the draft that ultimately became the final speech. I did not check Mrs. Obama’s speeches. This was my mistake and I feel terrible for the chaos I have caused Melania and the Trumps as well as to Mrs. Obama. No harm was meant.”
Well, television host Mike Rowe was asked by a reader, Eileen Bayer, to weigh in on the whole situation, which he did on his Facebook page, starting off with a startling accusation:
Hello Eileen – I don’t know about common sense, but here’s my analysis of the situation. (I hope to God someone hasn’t already written this.) Regarding the charges of plagiarism, I really don’t know. All I know for sure is that Mrs. Trump is absolutely, positively guilty of standing before the country and reading words she didn’t write as if they were her own. I also know that Mrs. Obama is guilty of doing the same thing. Both women — along with their husbands — have stood proudly before a national audience and pretended the words they read originated with them — knowing full well they did not.
Let’s consider for a moment the weird reality of speechwriters in our political discourse. Why do we tolerate them? Why do we permit our leaders to pretend that someone else’s words are theirs? Moreover, why do we allow them to stand before us and act as if they’re NOT reading from a script when we know damn well they are? Why in this “age of authenticity” do we accept the artifice of a Teleprompter, and all the other pretenses of earnestness that enable candidates to present themselves as something other than who they really are?
I always thought the obvious answer was because we’re a lazy and shallow species who value style over substance. But now, it seems I was mistaken. Today, half the country has risen up in righteous indignation because the words of an anonymous speechwriter — words once read by Mrs. Obama as if they were her own — have been co-opted by another anonymous speechwriter, and given to another aspiring First Lady who also read those same words as if they belonged to her!
Did either one of them believe what they read? Beats me. Does anyone even care about such a thing? Who knows? No one is talking about what was said. Only about how they said it. What we know for sure is that neither one of them wrote the words they spoke. The real question is, do we truly care? Personally, I do. But not as much as I care about the underlying Kabuki that now informs the whole election process.
On the other hand, the right words do matter, regardless of where they originate. I remember that in the wake of the Challenger disaster Ronald Regan gave a truly extraordinary speech. Every sentence was brilliant, but this part was unforgettable:
“We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them this morning, as they prepared for their journey, waved goodbye, and slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God.”
I was 22 at the time, and I literally cried when I heard those words. I was truly touched. Later, I learned those words had been written for Reagan by Peggy Noonan. After that, I learned Peggy Noonan had lifted those words from a poem called “High Flight,” written by an airman who died in WWII named John McGee.
Did Ronald Reagan plagiarize Peggy Noonan? Did Peggy Noonan plagiarize John McGee?
As former Chief of Staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm
Emanuel once said, “Never let a serious crisis go to waste.”
THE STORY OF THE RADIO
As we age and get older we tend to think differently. The letter below was sent to the principal's office of a school after it had sponsored a luncheon for seniors. An elderly lady received a new radio at the luncheon as a door prize and was writing to say thank you. Her letter is a testament to the endearing attitude of today’s seniors…
Dear Lincoln Elementary,
God bless you for the beautiful radio I won at your recent Senior Citizens Luncheon. I am 84 years old and live at the Springer Home for the Aged. All of my family has passed away and it’s nice to know that someone is thinking of me now that I am all alone. God bless you for your kindness to an old forgotten lady. My roommate is 95 and has always had her own radio, but she would never let me listen to hers, even when she was napping.
The other day her radio fell off the night stand and broke into a lot of pieces. It was awful and she was in tears. Her distress over the broken radio touched me and I knew this was God's way of answering my prayers. When she asked if she could listen to mine, I told her to kiss my ass.
Thank you for that opportunity.
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
July 13 — 19
July 13: It’s being reported that Donald Trump’s list of running mates is now down to just two people! And they are Chris Christie.
In a recent interview, Jeb Bush compared Donald Trump to the Kardashians, saying, quote, “The Kardashians wouldn’t exist if we didn’t enjoy watching them.” When asked who his favorite Kardashian is, Jeb said, “Rob – 'cuz he’s the brother nobody wants to talk about.”
Elizabeth Warren has been invited to give an address on the first night of the Democratic Convention. Hillary Clinton will give the address on the final night — and Bernie Sanders will be given the wrong address so that he misses the convention entirely.
The Pokémon craze just seems to be getting bigger. In fact, I read that even members of Congress have been trying to catch Pokémon in the U.S. Capitol. Meanwhile, Pokémon were like, “Oh my God — I just caught a congressman at WORK!”
July 14: Donald Trump is expected to officially announce his running mate at an event tomorrow and all week reports said it was down to three finalists: Mike Pence, Chris Christie, or those two candidates combined, Newt Gingrich.
Former quarterback Tim Tebow is scheduled to speak at next week's Republican Convention. Trump was even going to have Tebow throw his signature hats into the crowd, but he wasn't sure they'd make it.
New documents reveal that when Vincent Van Gogh cut off his ear, the woman he sent it to was a cleaner, not a prostitute as previously thought. You know, because otherwise it would have been weird.
We are just a few weeks from the start of the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The mayor of Rio is trying to get Pokémon Go in the city ahead of the Summer Games. So now you can go to Rio and catch two things.
July 15: I want to thank everyone for taking a break from Pokémon to tune in tonight. It's just everywhere. In fact it's been reported now that Pokémon is getting ready to launch in Russia, and President Vladimir Putin looks like he's already having a good time with it, “Tell me where your friends are Pikachu.”
Meanwhile, Donald Trump said yesterday that he has not played Pokémon, but wishes he had the time to try it out. Meanwhile, Jeb Bush is walking around his neighborhood in Bergen stocks going, “I just got to level 20!”
Yesterday members of Congress left Washington for a seven-week vacation. Even the Kardashians are like, “From what?”
Now that Congress is on vacation, we're just weeks away from the awkward moment when Mitch McConnell comes back from Jamaica with his hair braided. “McConnell’s got his groove back, y'all!”
A 94-year-old man from Indiana just became the oldest person to get a six degree black belt in taekwondo. While nobody has the heart to tell him the wooden board he chopped through was just a graham cracker.
July 18: The Republican National Convention started today — and we’re now just a week away from the Democratic Convention. Both have an important case to make: Who would be better at creating peace between Kim Kardashian and Taylor Swift?
The Republican National Convention started today and Donald Trump spent the past several days preparing his acceptance speech, while Chris Christie spent the past two weeks blowing up balloons.
Last night, Trump and Mike Pence actually sat down for a joint interview on “60 Minutes." And Pence said that if he has differences with Donald Trump, he would, quote, “walk into the president's office, close the door, and share my heart." Even the guys on “The Bachelorette” were like, “GROSS!"
Over on the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders gave a 23-minute speech at a conference last week after he endorsed Hillary Clinton, but he didn’t mention her by name. Though people had a pretty good idea who he was referring to when he mentioned “Moneybags McPantsuit.”
July 13: People are already describing themselves as being seriously addicted to Pokémon Go. The problem is, when they check into the rehab facility the first thing they see are two Pikachus and a Jigglypuff.
A man in Oregon got stabbed while playing Pokémon Go and refused medical treatment in order to keep playing. He leaves a wife, two kids, and six Squirtles.
There are some nursing homes in New York that are allowing elderly residents to have sex. There’s also a new trend the next morning at nursing homes known as the "Shuffle of Shame."
For his running mate, Donald Trump says he’s looking for someone with experience in areas he doesn’t have. So right now Trump is looking for someone who can run a profitable casino.
The Republican Party is coming out strongly against online pornography. Man, they really do not want to win this election.
A restaurant in China forces customers to solve complex math problems before they can order their meal. The restaurant has no plans to expand to the United States.
July 14: The guy is going to be OK, but in California, a man playing Pokémon Go was stabbed. The man said, "It was terrifying, my lack of a life flashed before my eyes."
A new study claims regular sex can help people stay slim. Heads up guys, women do not like the pickup line, "How’d you like to lose some weight tonight?"
Donald Trump said he wishes he had the time to play Pokémon Go. When she heard that, Hillary Clinton said, "Oh, you will."
The mayor of Rio is pleading with Nintendo to release Pokémon Go in Brazil just in time for the Olympics. He’s even introduced Rio’s own Pokémon character, "Zikachu."
According to a poll that just came out, Donald Trump is getting zero percent of the black vote in some states. Trump said, "Don’t worry, by the time the election comes around I will double that.”
Britain has a new foreign secretary, and the new foreign secretary once likened Hillary Clinton to a "sadistic nurse." After hearing this, Bill Clinton said, "Man, I wish."
July 18: After what seems like nine years, tonight is finally the first night of the Republican National Convention and they are bringing out the big guns. So be careful — they're Republicans.
Donald Trump has selected mega-star Scott Baio to speak at the convention. I will give you a minute to Google who that is. To tell you how irrelevant Scott Baio is, I had to have his name phonetically spelled in the teleprompter because it looks like "by-o."
July 18: The only thing more confusing than Pokémon Go is the Republican National Convention, which is under way in Cleveland. They say there haven't been this many white people at the Quicken Loans Arena since the night they double-booked Jimmy Buffett and Kenny G.
A number of key Republicans are skipping the convention. Jeb Bush, instead of traveling to Cleveland, spent the night home crying.
Apparently Trump was unsure about the guy he was choosing for vice president all the way down to the wire. They say he wanted to dump Gov. Mike Pence at midnight the night before the announcement — which would have made him a Pence dispenser.
July 13: When asked about Bernie Sanders' endorsement of Hillary Clinton, Clinton's campaign manager told reporters that the two actually had a fairly easy time in determining Sanders' role in the campaign. Bernie will be in charge of translating her speeches for the hearing impaired.
Pundits are saying that new British prime minister, Theresa May, is following in the footsteps of Margaret Thatcher, known as "The Iron Lady," with some in the media calling May "dull as porridge," "extremely dependable," and "not humorous." Said Hillary Clinton, "Ugh, I would kill for reviews that good."
Players of the popular Pokémon Go smartphone game are reporting problems in South Korea, where mapping apps are restricted. Meanwhile, players in North Korea are reporting problems capturing a really angry Jigglypuff.
July 14: A new report says that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice recently rejected an offer from Donald Trump to be his running mate. When Trump's people asked why she rejected the offer, she said, "For the last time, I'm Whoopi Goldberg."
Newt Gingrich praised Donald Trump in a new interview and said he's like a figure out of a movie. Yeah, he's the monkey from "Outbreak."
A new survey shows that Donald Trump is polling at zero percent among black voters in Ohio and Pennsylvania. I don't know. That seems a little high.
Today was National Hotdog Day and to celebrate, Donald Trump spent a few hours on the rollers at 7-Eleven to work on his color.
Planned Parenthood has unveiled a new Pokémon character of their own design which promotes safe sex and is shaped like an unrolled condom. Of course, it only works if you haven't already caught them all.
July 18: Quicken Loans Arena, home to the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers, is hosting the Republican Convention this week. And just like the Cavs’ starting lineup, the convention is expected to have four black people.
After Jeb Bush’s decision not to attend this week’s Republican National Convention, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called him a “bad loser.” Said Jeb, “Actually I’m a great loser! I do it all the time! It’s what I’m best at!”
Donald Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort told reporters that, quote, “Once Donald Trump is accepted by the American people as someone who can be president, the race will be over with.” By which I assume he meant the human race.
Bernie Sanders is scheduled speak on the first night of next week’s Democratic National Convention. Leave it to Bernie to grab the early bird special.
July 14: The latest polls show that Hillary Clinton is tied with Donald Trump. Ever since the damning FBI report about Hillary Clinton's private email servers came out, her poll numbers have not looked good. Though the truth is she may have much better numbers hidden on her private server. We don't know.
In the key swing states of Ohio and Pennsylvania Trump is currently getting zero percent support from black voters. Obviously every poll has a margin of error, so it can actually be negative 3 percent.
CBS News has learned that Donald Trump has chosen Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. Now, it turns out when the story that Trump picked him was being reported, Trump hadn't called Mike Pence yet. So Mike, if you are watching, “Surprise!”
July 18: You may not know this but you're not supposed to see the candidate before the nomination, let alone on the first night. That's like the bride not only being seen on her wedding day but jumping out of the cake at the bachelor party.
There was drama this afternoon as the Stop Trump Movement tried to change the rules so they wouldn't be forced to vote for Trump on the first ballot, and when that was unsuccessful, the delegates from Colorado just walked out. And look at what time the Colorado delegates walked out — 4:20, my friends! This is the perfect time to walk out. They might not have been mad. They might have been a little snacky.
Last night Trump and Pence gave their first joint interview on "60 Minutes" — of course, the same amount of time Trump spent learning about Mike Pence before choosing him.
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There’s no question that Diane Urban has come a long way since she last wore an SJPD uniform and moved 27 miles north. The Hayward Chief also looks a hell of a lot different, too. See if your computer can play THIS KTVU Segment Two video that was recently posted on Facebook. (P.S. Congrats on tying the knot, Diane, and good luck in the Cross Fit Games!) (4:50)
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If you missed Sheriff David Clark’s address during the first night of the RNC when he began his speech with “Blue Lives Matter,” here’s your opportunity to LISTEN to all of his 1 1/2 minute talk. It goes without saying that he's an excellent spokesman for law enforcement. (1:39)
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Speaking of Milwaukee Co. Sheriff David Clark, it was all he could do to contain his anger when he appeared on the air with CNN’s Don Lemon a day before the START of the RNC. Have a look and listen. (2:35)
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Are we the only ones to experience a momentary jolt of happiness to see a motorist get fed up with a freeway protest and drive right through their road block? If that’s not enough, stick with THIS clip to the end and you may experience a similar feeling. (2:09)
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A deputy came home after his 10 hour shift and found
his lawn mown and this note on his front door...
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This is the latest installment of Stanley Roberts’ CONTINUING series of KRON TV’s “People Behaving Badly.” (2:37)
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Do you agree that the “Black Lives Matter” movement would do more for the African-American community if it would change its name to “Black Fathers Matter” and FOCUS on that subject instead of police officers? Have a look at this clip we received from Tom McFall. (5:20)
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For proof that up is down and down is up for some of today’s college campuses, click on THIS link and listen to what Greg Gutfeld of Fox News has to say about this college in Cleveland. (7:26)
list of the students’ demands can be seen in THIS
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We were wondering how long it would take for the conspiracy quacks to come out of their basements and try to convince the public that the Dallas shooting that took the lives of five officers was a HOAX. Turns out it didn’t take long. (9:49)
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If there is anything cops can relate to in circumstances where a confrontation goes south it's that it seems like it takes forever for the posse to show up when it's really only a MINUTE or two. (2:09)
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Keep your eye on the 16-year-old teenager in the black baseball cap. When the shirtless 31-year-old suspect forced his way out of the police vehicle in Britain by shoving two female officers in an attempt to escape custody, the teenager became a hero and was awarded a top bravery AWARD for his actions. Have a look. (2:29)
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Any of you want to take a crack at solving the puzzle of the mysterious sounds coming from the sky worldwide? We doubt you can. After all, if Tom Macris and I can’t figure it out, it is highly unlikely that anyone else can, right? (The sounds you hear at the beginning were NOT dubbed in; they were recorded along with the video.) (15:06)
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We love classic dance clips like THIS one we received from Dewey Moore, even when they have been impeccably edited to sync with modern music. Check this one out. (4:52)
That video reminds of THIS classic that has made two prior appearances in the Farsider over the past five years. It’s titled “Rita Hayworth Is Stayin’ Alive,” and her talent is matched only by her beauty. (4:47)
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Speaking of dancing, we would like to suggest that some of you ladies create a dance group like THESE “Red Hot Mamas” and put San Jose on the map so the city isn’t known only for its geeks and understaffed police department. (2:20)
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“After a long day on the golf course,” says Bruce Morton, “our foursome stopped in at Hooter's to have some hot wings and a beer. After being there for a while, one of my friends asked me which waitress I would like to be stuck in an elevator with? I told him ‘The one who knows how to fix elevators. I’m old, I'm tired and I pee a lot.’ “
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From Dave Walker’s computer comes this short article about a deputy’s “one in a billion” shot into a suspect’s gun barrel. If the source wasn’t CBS News we would write it off as a hoax. Click HERE and check it out.
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When a friend told me she was thinking about getting her puppy a Teddy Bear, I suggested that she get her puppy a Teddy Bear Puppy like THIS one instead. (0:29)
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Speaking of Teddy Bears and puppies, has YOUR 4-legged household companion ever wanted to grab his Teddy and drift away dreamland like this one? (0:36)
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Lots of dogs can play the piano, but THIS one appears to be able to read the sheet music as well. Have a look at this short clip we received from Sharon Lansdowne. (0:33)
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What happens with a 2-year-old Giraffe is let out into the exercise yard on an unseasonably warm day? In a word, THIS! (1:01)
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Despite the pain, THIS tourist is still in love with the Koala that climbed her leg and wanted to be cuddled. (0:42)
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We have featured Suryia the Orangutan and Roscoe the Dog in the past, but THIS 7-year-old clip tells how they found each other in the beginning. (4:24)
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Seems that watering holes can present a big challenge for a BABY elephant and an equally big challenge for mom to get her baby out of the mud. Have a look at this clip that Sharon Lansdowne posted on Facebook. (2:22)
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Why take 54 seconds to watch THIS incredible rescue of a young Dolphin? Because it will make you feel good, that's why. (0:54)
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We shudder to think what THIS little tyke is going to look like if he spends the rest of his childhood years imitating Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) Balboa on the big screen. (2:31)
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If you think you have a detailed eye, you can prove it by taking THIS test we received from Alice Murphy, who proudly boasted, “Woo hoo. I passed because I am so nitpicky.” It’s said that only 1 in 8 highly perceptive people can pass this test! Can you?
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One way you can be guaranteed to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records would be to build and ride the longest bicycle in the world, and that's exactly what THESE guys did. Have a look. (2:49)
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While civilians are enjoying the Pokémon Go fad, the Running Man Challenge has captured the attention of dozens of police and fire departments throughout the country. The only department we can see that is conspicuously missing is the SJPD. Have a look at what the Running Man Challenge is all about. And while you are on YouTube, enter “Running Man Challenge Police” in the search field and look at the number of departments that have posted their versions of the Challenge.
We presented THIS video a few years ago as a closer when it first went viral and thought it would be appropriate to do so again for all of our veterans who have served, especially our Vietnam vets. (2:30)
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Van Dyck, Lois
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