The Farsider

July 23, 2015


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

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

 

HAYWARD POLICE SERGEANT SCOTT LUNGER 
 

 

Shot and killed in the Line of Duty during the early morning hours
of July 22 during a traffic stop. The story can be read HERE.





 

 

IT’S THIRTY YEARS AND OUT FOR THE CHIEF...


Chief Larry Esquivel announced yesterday that he will be ending a thirty-year career on Jan. 16th. Assistant Chief Eddie Garcia will fill in as the interim Chief until a permanent replacement can be found, which is not to say that he won't be selected by the City Manager if the decision is made to stay inside the Dept. Here are the details on Larry's departure as reported in today’s paper…

San Jose’s Top Cop to Retire from Force

—Police chief took lead during a rough time in agency’s history—

By Robert Salonga <rsalonga@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — July 23, 2015

SAN JOSE — Chief Larry Esquivel, who provided steady leadership to the San Jose police during one of the most challenging periods in department history, is retiring after spending three decades protecting his hometown.

The top cop in the country’s 10th largest city made the announcement to his staff Wednesday afternoon. It’s a decision that had been expected this summer and generally corresponds with a changing of the guard at City Hall and the police union.

After Esquivel formally retires on Jan. 16 , the interim role will be filled by assistant chief Eddie Garcia, who credited Esquivel with “providing stability to what had been a rudderless ship” and “getting us to the starting blocks” of a rebuilding effort.

A search for a permanent replacement is not expected until later next year.

Esquivel, 53, led the department, where he’s spent his whole career, through unprecedented trials that included chronic understaffing, an election year dominated by merciless sparring over the city’s public safety and true crime picture, and intense scrutiny about racial sensitivity in light of national movements.

“In the face of daunting challenges, Chief Esquivel’s strong leadership and commitment to collaboration has steered our police department to keep our residents safe — with the lowest rate of violent crime of any major city in America during some very difficult years for a workforce that lost hundreds of officers,” Mayor Sam Liccardo said in a statement.

Since his appointment as interim chief in early 2013 and as permanent chief by that year’s end, the department has been beset by a dramatic exodus of officers who retired early or left for other law-enforcement agencies amid a bitter struggle between the city and the San Jose Police Officers’ Association over pay, pension and disability benefits.

Almost like a fateful bookend, after three years of heated, start-and-stop negotiations, last week the two sides reached an agreement just as Esquivel winds down his Police Department career.

“It’s going to take some time to rebuild, but I think this is the start,” Esquivel said. “I’m proud to be able to say that when I left, I felt good about the direction of the department.”


San Jose police Chief Larry Esquivel has taken on several
roles during his time on the force. He was leader of the
MERGE (SWAT) unit and an Internal Affairs commander.

The Yerba Buena High and San Jose State alum started as a reserve officer in 1984 and became a full-time officer starting in 1986. His roles have included being an undercover narcotics detective, robbery unit supervisor, team leader on the SWAT unit called MERGE, Internal Affairs commander and deputy chief overseeing patrol.

Still, the chief mostly avoided community ire about understaffing, and the union largely refrained from criticizing him, mostly focusing its vitriol toward the mayor and the reforms aimed at reining in police retirement benefits.

SJPD found itself scrutinized as were officers throughout the country last summer after the police killings of unarmed black men in high-profile incidents in Ferguson, Missouri, New York and South Carolina. An SJPD officer was suspended in December after posting combative social-media comments antagonizing the ensuing Black Lives Matter movement, and an initial analysis of police-stop data by this newspaper found stark racial disparities in who was being stopped and searched on the street with no discernible crime found.

But there were also several progressive acts by Esquivel’s administration that engendered community trust. The police-stop scrutiny, for instance, stemmed from the department’s decision to start collecting the introspective data in the first place.

And the department quickly returned to the federal government a surplus Mine-Resistant Armor-Protected transport vehicle that critics argued projected the image of an occupying, rather than protective, force. This week, the department launched its first body-camera field testing program, aiming to fully outfit the force within the next year.

“We’re on the right track,” Esquivel said. “I see a light at the end of the tunnel that our department is going to get back to what it was.”

 

PENSION NEWS

We’ll provide you with the first three paragraphs of this article from the Huffington Post sent in by Dan Katz and you can decide if you want to read the rest of it. We recommend you do, and it’s only a CLICK away.

Measure Of Deception: California Initiative Would Gut Retirement Benefits for Millions

When Democratic former San Jose mayor Chuck Reed and Republican ex-San Diego councilmember Carl DeMaio finally unveiled the language for a promised attempt at getting a statewide public pension cutting measure to 2016 voters, the expectation was that Reed II would be a reined-in and more realistically-framed version of Reed I – last year’s failed attempt at undermining the public pension system.

That try for the 2014 ballot was aborted after Attorney General Kamala Harris slapped it with a candid, albeit politically untenable summary that frankly described the proposed constitutional amendment as targeting longstanding legal rights—rights that protect the pensions and retirement health care of the 1.64 million Californians enrolled in the state’s public pension systems.

But even veterans of the state’s public-sector retirement wars were unprepared for the sheer scale of what awaited them this time around. Amid the deceptively simple wording contained in the laudable-sounding “Voter Empowerment Act of 2016,” Reed-DeMaio concealed a hidden trigger that is now being recognized as a wholesale attempt to uproot 60 years of statutory law and a critical foundation of labor relations.

Click the hyperlink in the lead-in above to read the complete article...

 

POA UPDATES

Nothing as of press time

 

THE TRIALS & TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD

How many active and retired San Jose cops will agree with the sentiment of this story from last Sunday’s paper is unknown, but from many of the comments seen on Facebook, we can say with authority it is far from most…

Style, Substance, Luck Working for Mayor

—S.J. leader’s pension deal with police tops achievements—

By Ramona Giwargis <rgiwargis@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — July 19, 2015

SAN JOSE — When Mayor Sam Liccardo promised last year to bring closure to City Hall’s most rancorous battle, his critics scoffed.

But after six months in office, Liccardo reached a tentative accord last week to settle the city’s feud over pension reforms he’d championed as a councilman and mayoral candidate — but which critics blamed for an exodus of police and other workers that critically weakened city services.


Police union says new mayor’s give-and-take
style contrasts with his predecessor.

Now, even Liccardo’s critics, who decried his steadfast predecessor and ally Chuck Reed, are acknowledging the mayor’s first six months have shown an unexpected effort to mend fences.

“It was ‘my way or the highway’ with Reed,” said Ben Field, executive officer of the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council. “Mayor Liccardo has taken a different approach in the sense that he’s been willing to go to the table and negotiate.”

Liccardo isn’t taking a victory lap yet — the proposed settlement has yet to be ratified by union workers, and it’s too early to say how it will go over with the voters who approved the pension cutbacks. But the tentative deal capped an eventful — and sometimes sorrowful — first six months that tested his leadership.

Just 13 weeks after his inauguration, and with tension already high over the pension dispute, Liccardo was challenged with leading the reeling city after the killing of a police officer. In the following months, he was forced to corral the fractious council in fending off developer efforts to further weaken the city’s anemic industrial base and to strategize a city response to the state’s withering drought.

“I feel fortunate to say we’ve had a great run so far,” Liccardo said. “I came into office with a sharply divided council and a divided city, and we’re seeing folks work together to accomplish some important goals on everything from resolving pension disputes to creating job opportunities for at-risk teens to improving public safety.”

Liccardo, a former Santa Clara County prosecutor and two-term city councilman representing downtown, enjoyed strong business support as he narrowly defeated his union-backed opponent, county Supervisor Dave Cortese, in last year’s race to succeed the termed-out Reed. The pension fight was front and center during the campaign.

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo (right), and San Jose
police Chief Larry Esquivel attend a meeting of the
Gang Prevention Task Force at City Hall on Friday.

Though voters since have largely favored pension- reform candidates like Liccardo, the pension battle was leaving the police department in crisis. The department has seen its ranks dwindle from 1,400 officers in 2009 to about 960 today.

“My fundamental position hasn’t changed much, but I’d be the first to acknowledge that the fallout from Measure B was a painful one,” Liccardo said, “and certainly our workforce suffered and the city suffered in its inability to retain many of our employees.”

Larry Gerston, a political science professor emeritus at San Jose State, said resolving the Measure B dispute will define Liccardo’s first six months in office.

“This will certainly enhance the stature of Mayor Liccardo, who came into office saying he’ll find a way to solve this,” Gerston said. “He’s seen as someone who’s much more open to accommodation.”

It’s this change in stature that’s won over some of Liccardo’s harshest critics, many of whom say his leadership style is a welcome change from Reed.

“We’re sincerely appreciative that Mayor Liccardo rejected the Reed approach, embraced negotiations and provided critical leadership at the seminal moment when Measure B negotiations were at a tipping point to resolve this long nightmare,” said Tom Saggau, a spokesman for the San Jose Police Officers’ Association and San Jose Firefighters Local 230.

In an attempt to hit the reset button with an army of jaded employees, Liccardo cleaned house at the city manager’s office before beginning his term. He led the council in replacing Ed Shikada with Norberto Dueñas, a leader well-respected by city employees.

Amid the icy tension of the pension dispute came what Liccardo called his young administration’s “darkest hour”: In the middle of a council meeting, he got a text message that a San Jose policeman had been fatally shot. Liccardo canceled the meeting and, in the hours and days that followed, strove for a delicate balance of leading the community’s outrage and expressing grief without grandstanding.

The officer, Michael Johnson, was killed in an ambush while responding to a call of a suicidal man. Johnson, a 38-year-old San Jose native and graduate of Gunderson High School, was the city’s first officer lost in the line of duty since 2001.

“This strikes the heart of all of us in San Jose,” the mayor said that night.

Rebuilding the city’s workforce isn’t the only political challenge. Liccardo also is tasked with unifying a council often divided by business versus labor interests.

“All of them have their own interests,” Reed said. “But the mayor has to create a council majority that can work together to solve problems.”

Liccardo wasted no time staking out key priorities for the City Council, which has five new members. One priority is keeping the city’s industrially zoned land off limits for conversion to housing, which is more profitable for developers but a net loss for the city’s finances.

He also made a point of positioning San Jose as a leader in the state’s efforts to manage its record drought, leading the council in adopting more aggressive conservation goals than had been recommended. He said the city exceeded that 30 percent cutback in June.

The unanimous adoption of Liccardo’s first budget in June — one that pegged $11.4 million for police hiring and retention, funded road repairs and restored library hours to six days a week — was another notch in his belt.

But San Jose still is plagued by a lack of affordable housing and homelessness, which Liccardo called the city’s biggest challenge. He’s proposed housing initiatives such as building tiny homes and converting motels for the homeless. Liccardo said he supports expanding San Jose’s rent control if state law allows it.

Liccardo hit a few stumbling blocks in his first six months. He admitted violating state open meeting laws twice in three months by discussing issues outside a public forum. The violations were resolved by delaying action on those issues.

Keeping San Jose on stable financial ground, the upcoming general plan review process, creating more jobs and getting BART to San Jose are a few challenges in the next six months.

Liccardo said he has benefited from one thing that his predecessor did not: San Jose’s recovering economy.

“I had the good fortune of coming into a different set of circumstances than Chuck did,” he said. “Different times call for different styles of leadership. We have the ability to be more collaborative because we have the resources to be able to restore pay and services.”

 

MAIL CALL



July 18th

Bill & Leroy,

Only in the people's Republic of Santa Cruz will you see things like this! Sure glad I live here!

Great job you guys! Look forward to Thursdays!

Bob Johnson, 1364 Ret. <rdj296@gmail.com>

We’re a little surprised that a stoned activist living in Berkeley by the Sea didn’t try to stop the patrol car and write the cop a citizen’s citation for following too close.

 

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July 18th

Bill,

She is blonde. She is good looking. And she is ultra conservative. If I was 40 years younger and single, she would be my kind of girl. Listen to what she said to President Obama after the slaughter in Chattanooga, but before the Sailor died from his wounds.

Talking Points <Talking.Points@comcast.net)

You’re slipping, T.P. I now know your approximate age and that you are married. Keep sending in this emails and you will eventually I.D. yourself. In the meantime, HERE is the clip you sent in of Tomi Lehren ranting to the Prez about Islamic terrorists. (2:37)

 

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July 20th

Bill,

I know you no longer ride a motorcycle, but should you reconsider, perhaps something like this would be more to your liking.

Dirk
(Parsons) <ducksley@gmail.com>

Dirk is right. As I got older I found that my 800+ pound motorcycle got heavier and heavier, so I decided to unload it last year (to Bill Silva) before it unloaded me. But after watching this clip Dirk sent in from Jay Leno’s Garage, I’m not at all sure this motor would be any safer. Click HERE to watch it.




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July 21st

Bill & Leroy:

Here’s a follow-up song to "I Don't Look Good Naked Anymore” from last week. This one that is also funny and sometimes true is for the entertainment portion of the Farsider. I’ve got one more, but I'll hold it for awhile.

Thanks,

Ron Mozley <mozleysupnorth@gmail.com>

Like last week’s country hit — “I Don’t Look Good Naked Anymore” — this one received from Ron was also in a prior Farsider. But because it was so long ago (2009) we decided it was worth another run. Raise your hand if you remember this old country favorite, “It’s Hard to Kiss the Lips at Night that Chewed My Ass Out All Day Long.” Even if you do, it should be worth another look and listen, so click HERE.




 

NEW RETIREE RANGE QUALIFICATION INFORMATION

A trip to Police Personnel at 1661 Senter Rd. to pick up paperwork is no longer necessary for retired sworn personnel who wish to renew their I.D. cards. Craig Clifton posted the information below on Facebook, and we confirmed it with a call to the Permits Unit. Here is what to do if you want to renew your I.D. card with the CCW authorization:

First, call the Range at 408-277-5372 to make sure it will be open on the day you plan to renew your I.D. card.

Next, go directly to the Permits Unit next to the Chief’s Office in the PAB.
 
Fill out the paperwork and then go to the Range at 1400 hrs. Monday through Friday. You will be required to bring your own ammunition. Fifteen rounds are needed to qualify. Bring additional rounds if you wish to practice first or if you fail to qualify on your first try.

Once you complete your qualification, take the paperwork to the Chief’s Office for the signature of the Chief, Asst. Chief or BOA Dep. Chief.

From there, go back to the Permits Unit to obtain your new ID card.

For out-of-county and/or out-of-state retirees

During our conversation with the Permits Unit we inquired about retirees living out of the area and were told that the paperwork can be obtained via mail. Once the paperwork that is mailed to you is completed and returned, it will be certified and returned to the retiree, who can then qualify at a local certified range. Then mail the paperwork back to the Permits Unit and you will receive your I.D. card by mail. For the full details, call the Permits Unit at 1-408-277-4452.

Addendum from the President of the Police & Fire Retirees’ Assn.

For those who qualify out-of-state, there's a form that is not sent with the ID packet needed by the Range. That form is on the Retirees’ Assn. website for download. Not a member of the Association? First, why? Second, contact me by email and I will send you the form. — Mike Alford <mikealford2553@gmail.com>


 

RETIREES’ ASSN. BARBECUE SCHEDULED — SIGN UP NOW




Association of Retired San Jose Police Officers & Firefighters
Announces its 32nd Annual BBQ

Coyote Ranch
Just off of Monterey Highway in Coyote Valley

Thursday August 20, 2015
3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Dinner Served at 5:00 PM

Menu:
BBQ Ribs & Chicken,
Corn on Cob, Salad, Garlic Bread,
Soft Drinks, Beer & Wine

$10 for Members
$15 for Spouse
$20 for Non-Members

Make Checks Payable to:
AORSJPO&FF
 
Send to:
Larry Samarron, Jr.
P..O. Box 28041,
San Jose, CA 95159.

Sign up On-Line Here

http://www.gaylonn.com/assoc_2007/forms/August_BBQ_Sign-up/aug_bbq_reg.html

We will need a count of Retirees and Spouses
who will be attending the BBQ by August 15, 2015.

If something comes up and you are not able to attend, please
let us know by sending an e-mail to <treasurer@retiredsjpoff.org>.



Directions:

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

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

 

POP QUIZ

Who are these two kindergartners? Both of them would grow up to be career San Jose cops and both are now retired. Here are a couple of hints: One was a K-9 officer, the other one was associated with an ATM.

The answer can be found by looking for two asterisks by their names on the Subscription Roster at the end of this Farsider.

And since we're digging up dinosaurs from the past, see if you can find our Webmaster in this class photo from 1956. If you can't spot him, we'll tell you where he is sitting at the very end of today's Farsider, just below Doug Zwemke's name on the Subscription Roster.



 

“THE DONALD” HAS A FEW WORDS FOR ALL YOU…

Admit It: You People Want To See How Far This Goes, Don’t You?

Exclusive to the Onion, America’s Finest News Source
July 21, 2015 — Vol 51 Issue 29    

The latest polls are out, and just as I predicted, I’m leading the Republican presidential race by a wide margin. You might be wondering how that could be. After all, it’s hardly been a month since I entered the field and I’ve already alienated America’s largest immigrant population, seen dozens of my high-profile business deals implode one after the other, and publicly insulted a national hero’s military service, all while not offering a single viable policy idea. But none of that matters at all, and my candidacy continues to surge forward, because none of you—not a single one of you—can look away. Not even for a second.

Admit it: You people want to see just how far this goes, don’t you?

My campaign’s just barely begun and I’ve already got you begging for more. Sure, you can say you oppose me or that you don’t even take me seriously. But let me ask you: How many articles have you read about Ted Cruz lately? How many news segments have you watched on Bobby Jindal? Or Rand Paul? But if those stories have the name “Donald Trump” in them, well, look who suddenly can’t get enough.

The thing is, I’ve got all of you eating out of my hand and I haven’t even released a single campaign commercial yet. Don’t look me in the eye and tell me you don’t want to stick around and see what that looks like, because you and I both know these ads are going to be absolutely incredible. I’ll be standing there projecting my best presidential air, saying “I’m Donald Trump, and I approve this message,” and you won’t be able to take your eyes off it.

You keep obsessing over every little thing I do and say, and I promise you’ll get your commercials real soon.

And the TV spots are just the beginning. I know you, and I know what you like. You’ll absolutely eat it up when you see the “Trump ’16” T-shirts, the lawn signs, the bumper stickers; in fact, you’ll probably get a real kick out of pointing them out to your friends. Now, just imagine me shaking hands with senior citizens at a nursing home in Iowa. Wouldn’t you love to watch that? Or hear what comes out of my mouth when I speak to blue-collar workers at a struggling auto factory?

You say that doesn’t interest you? Oh, right, because you’re dying to see how Scott Walker behaves in those situations, right? Give me a break.

Just take a moment and imagine the primary debates: Jeb Bush; Chris Christie; me. Of course, they’ll put me in the middle because I’m ahead in the polls—far ahead at the moment. You already know how I answer even the most basic inquiries, so just picture me staring down the barrel of a question about foreign affairs or agriculture policy or something like that. You think you won’t sit there with bated breath while I try to tackle a question about using military force, or about food stamps, or about how my faith influences my decision-making? I guarantee you that my answers will be worth watching. And we both know you wouldn’t miss them for the world. It’d be the biggest, most-watched primary debate in history, courtesy of all of you.

And might I remind you that the longer this goes on, the closer I get to selecting a running mate. That realization kind of delighted you in a way, didn’t it? You absolutely want to know who I’d pick. A defeated GOP challenger who hates my guts? Another lunatic billionaire? Maybe my own son, Donald Trump Jr.? Whatever your wildest expectation is, I promise you I will surpass it. You’re not going to pass up an opportunity to see that, are you?

I can tell you’re practically salivating right now. And I’m going to keep riding this fascination, this little fixation you have with me as far as you’ll take me. You know I will.

So don’t try to tell me you’d be just as happy to watch one of these other bozos go toe-to-toe with Hillary Clinton or give a soaring speech at the national convention. And don’t delude yourself into thinking it’s everyone else who wants to watch me do this and you’re somehow above it. You want to see it. You want more. You hear “Trump” and your attention snaps to the TV screen right away.

Don’t think it’s true? Fine. You know what you have to do to make me go away. Just quit paying attention. Stop reading this right now.

That’s right, I didn’t think so. I have the power to make the next 16 months one of the most incredible times in our nation’s history, and not a single one of you can say you’re not at least a little bit curious to see how this wild ride shakes out. So just keep clicking every link that mentions my name and hitting play on every clip of my public appearances, and I promise you will not be disappointed.

Now, excuse me, but I have to go appear at a New Hampshire town hall and make a statement that every last one of you will be eagerly reading about and discussing in just a few hours’ time.


 

HERE’S SOME RED MEAT FOR THE UFO BELIEVERS AMONG YOU…

Retired Air Force Colonel Claims New Evidence Will Blow the Lid Off Rendlesham UFO Sighting

—Officer says Air Force encountered "some type of superior intelligence" that could "change size, change shape."

By Lee Speigel — Writer, reporter, editor
Huffington Post — July 21, 2015

A retired Air Force colonel says he has new evidence to throw light on one of the most notorious UFO reports in history -- the 1980 sighting near the Bentwaters Royal Air Force Base in the UK.

Col. Charles Halt has collected sworn statements from air traffic controllers, on duty in 1980 at Bentwaters. They tell him that they witnessed a UFO on radar performing incredible aerial maneuvers. And they were afraid of talking about this until they retired.

On Dec. 27, 1980, unusual lights were seen by military personnel in the Rendlesham Forest, located between dual bases RAF Bentwaters and RAF Woodbridge. Several witnesses say they saw fast-moving objects in the sky in addition to a reported landing of a triangular craft in a clearing.

When the encounters continued into a second night, Halt, deputy base commander at Bentwaters, leading a group into the forest, experienced part of the unexplained light show for himself, including an unknown object moving through trees and appearing to drip a molten substance (as depicted in the illustration at the top of this story).

In addition to a tape recording Halt made as the UFO sightings unfolded, he also filed the following report in which he describes a laser-like beam of light streaming from one UFO down to the ground where he and his men were standing:

Halt — pictured below in 1981 — told The Huffington Post that what he and the others experienced in the forest was under intelligent control.

"The military has nothing to do with it, other than the cover-up, but I can tell you, there is some type of superior intelligence that can change size, change shape, do funny things. What I saw, I'm firmly convinced, didn't have anything that we know or could relate to, inside it. Maybe they're not a being as we know, maybe they're an entity that just has intelligence, and we just can't relate to it."


Col. Charles Halt, Ret.

Halt says he eventually obtained signed sworn statements, after many years, from air traffic controllers who were on duty during the 1980 Bentwaters events.

"They saw the object go across their scope -- a 60-mile scope -- in two or three seconds. Thousands of miles an hour," he told the BBC. "It came back across their scope again, stopped near the water tower. They observed it. They watched it go over into the forest where we were."

It was only after years passed and the air traffic controllers retired that they decided to tell Halt about what they saw on their radar scope in 1980. "They told me that they knew anytime an air traffic controller reported a UFO, they got de-certified. So they said nothing."

Watch this BBC video of Halt's account.

We previously reported how Halt accused the U.S. government of covering up UFO information, and he believes there's a top secret agency that's in charge of anything to do with possible extraterrestrial visits to Earth.

"There is a contract civilian agency, that is fed information, that is controlling everything. It's made up of either former military, high-level government agencies or high-ranking, very knowledgeable scientists. I can almost guarantee you. That's the way we do it. And disinformation is the biggest thing," Halt told HuffPost on Friday.

Halt is most disappointed with what he feels has been decades of inaccurate information spread about the Bentwaters incident. This includes the disappearance of key government files concerning the case. In 2011, the UK released thousands of previously classified UFO documents, but the ones pertaining to the Rendlesham Forest sightings mysteriously vanished.

"It doesn't surprise me at all, because they were probably taken from them by somebody, or sent somewhere by direction. Trust me -- that's the way it works," Halt said. "It's very disappointing on one hand, and it's also frightening. Who knows what else is going on?"

The following segment from a 2007 documentary, "Best Evidence: Top 10 UFO Sightings," includes a recreation (described by eyewitness Halt) of that eye-shaped glowing object moving through the trees of Rendlesham Forest in 1980 as it appears to drip some sort of molten material.

We asked Halt if a UFO cover-up policy could have been and still is a good decision.

"No, I think we need to know. I think the public can handle it. Let's face it: If a UFO lands tomorrow in Washington or wherever, you're still going to pay your mortgage and will still go to work. You'll still put gas in your car, unless something dramatic happens."

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No offense intended, but Tom Macris (he sent in this article) and I are in agreement that those who categorically refuse to accept the possibility that UFOs exist are free to continue believing in Bunnies and Duckies in the sky. Again, no offense intended…




 

THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES

July 15 — 21

July 15: Some bad news for Donald Trump. The controversial remarks he’s made since he began his presidential campaign have cost his brand as much as $80 million. You can tell things are rough for Trump because today he had to wipe his mouth with a napkin instead of a 20.

Shepard Fairey, the street artist responsible for President Obama’s “Hope” poster, is now facing vandalism charges in Detroit. It's pretty serious. Detroit officials say the artist's spray paint caused over $9,000 worth of improvements.

With more and more states legalizing marijuana, companies are lining up to create the first marijuana breathalyzer. Officials say the toughest part is getting stoners to stop trying to inhale off the breathalyzer.

Kim Kardashian went on Shaquille O'Neal's podcast this week and said she would not name her son a direction because, quote, "North is the best." Interesting. I didn't realize that Shaq had a podcast.

July 16: Earlier this week Donald Trump gave an interview with CNN at a winery he owns in Virginia. It turns out Trump’s winery makes two different kinds of wine: white wine and not-white wine.

Over on the Democratic side, Martin O’Malley recently spoke about the need for Wall Street reform and said that he isn’t running for president to be quote, “wined and dined” by executives. Then Chris Christie said, “And I am also not running to be wined.”

In a new poll of Democratic voters, presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee came in with zero percent support. Or in other words: We’re all tied with presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee.

Disney revealed its plans for its upcoming resort and theme park in Shanghai, which will open next year. It’s great news for anyone who loves theme parks but wished the lines were a billion times longer.

July 17: Donald Trump’s campaign has raised about $100,000 in donations during the second quarter. Which raises an important question: Who is giving Donald Trump money? That’s like giving your money to a pile of money.

In a recent interview, John McCain addressed Trump’s campaign rally in Arizona and said that he just quote, “fired up the crazies.” Not to be confused with Trump’s show “Celebrity Apprentice,” where he just FIRED the crazies.

MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell is saying Donald Trump lied when he said he made $20 million a year off his “Apprentice” series on NBC. NBC also denied Trump’s claim, saying, “We don’t have $20 million. We’re NBC.”

Researchers here in New York created a robot that actually passed a self-awareness test. So if you're keeping score, that's robots: 1, Donald Trump, 0.

President Obama became the first sitting president to visit a federal prison yesterday. Obama said it was a good chance to talk about prison reform, and to catch up with so many former congressmen.

July 20: Donald Trump got in some trouble for saying that John McCain is not a war hero, and said, “I like people that weren’t captured.” Not good. In fact, Trump's people are telling him to lay low for a while until this all combs over.

Rick Perry said Donald Trump is unfit to be president and called for him to immediately withdraw from the race. Then he said, “And that’s coming from ME!”

Perry actually said Trump is a toxic mix of demagoguery and nonsense who is unfit to be president. Then Perry took off his glasses and said, "Whoa! I think these things are magic!”

The dating website AshleyMadison.com, which is a site where married people go to find someone to have an affair with, was hacked yesterday and now the hackers are threatening to release information about its users. This is one way to cut down on the number of people running for president.

July 21: Donald Trump’s not backing down. Yesterday he said he doesn’t need to be lectured by the other Republican candidates, who he says have no business running for president. Not to be confused with Donald Trump, who ran for president and now has no business.

In a speech in South Carolina, Donald Trump responded to criticisms from Senator Lindsey Graham by giving out Graham's personal cellphone number. Graham knew something was up when he saw he had more than one missed call.

Republicans in Congress are getting concerned that President Obama will try to use the final year of his term to push through too many controversial laws. Obama would’ve responded but he was busy drafting his new "mandatory Mexican gay weed" bill.

In a new campaign ad, Jeb Bush referenced “The Godfather” and said his nickname used to be “Veto Corleone” because he vetoed so many bills in Florida. When you’re the third person in your family to run for president, maybe you shouldn’t bring up a movie trilogy where the third one was clearly the worst.

July 15: Presidential candidate Donald Trump had a meeting with Ted Cruz. He said he does not know why he agreed to fly to New York to meet Ted Cruz and then he promised to bring that kind of leadership to the Oval Office.

There is now footage of the drug kingpin El Chapo changing his shoes right before his escape. Apparently authorities didn't notice El Chapo was lacing up a pair of Nike Tunnel Runners. It's a special brand they have.

That El Chapo is quite a character. A photo surfaced of El Chapo drinking a beer and flying a plane. Sounds like we have a new "Most interesting man in the world."

July 16: In an interview, Hillary Clinton said she likes nearly every flavor of ice cream. When he heard this, Chris Christie said "Hey, she stole my speech."

A store in Houston is selling Donald Trump piñatas filled with candy. So finally something good is going to come out of Donald Trump.

A company is trying to fund a new endeavor known as Uber for Kids. So parents will soon be teaching their kids that they shouldn't talk to strangers but they should get into a car with them.

iPhone users are reporting that Siri will correct them if they try to say Bruce Jenner instead of Caitlyn. In a related story, Siri is now asking to be addressed as Steve.

July 15: A Texas couple's car was stolen a month ago. Yesterday it was found and it had been upgraded. There was a new drive shaft, three new wheels, and 30 bags of meth in it. You know you're high on meth when you think a car has only three wheels.

That is what happens when someone who sells meth steals your car. When someone who sells weed steals your car, it comes back full of candy wrappers and two tickets to the Grateful Dead reunion.

The problem with meth stories is once you've had one, all you want to do is have another. It's a slippery slope. But we can do one more because if we do it together we're doing it for fun. It's only if you're doing it alone that it becomes a problem, right?

A man in Colorado was driving with a cousin who refused to get out of the car. So he called the police and they found her in the car along with 16 pounds of meth. Isn't the first rule of having 16 pounds of meth in your car to never call the police?

Sixteen pounds of meth. To put that in perspective, that's how much meth you would have to smoke to vote for Donald Trump.

July 16: Tonight is a night for celebration. We've done 50 episodes. To give you a sense of how much time has passed since we filmed our first episode, there have been 846 iTunes updates. Three were necessary and two were actually downloaded.

When I walked in this morning, I was so touched. I saw that CBS had put the very first suit I wore in our first show in a glass case in the lobby. The whole outfit — shirt, pants, jacket, underwear, bra, all of it. Preserved for history.

July 20: A couple named Joel Burger and Ashley King were married this weekend. It was the Burger-King wedding.

Joel Burger and Ashley King must really want to be with each other because they're willing to put up with every single person they meet thinking they're making a Burger King joke like they're hearing it for the first time.

Ashley Madison is a dating service for married people looking to have an affair. It's a website that I definitely only heard about for the first time this morning and 100 percent knew nothing about before.

Well, Ashley Madison was hacked today and the hacker has vowed to leak all 35 million users' identities and information. This is the day you want if you're a divorce lawyer. It's like Christmas. It's also Christmas for kids who want to have two Christmases.

July 21: In California, Google has been testing its self-driving car on public roads. And that self-driving car has gotten into its first major accident. Already. The future is here.

Here's how powerful Google is, and nobody is really talking about it. Apparently, if you do a search for "Google car accident," Google just redirects you to adorable cat videos. And it works.

One advantage of a self-driving car is it cuts down on road rage, which I'm learning is a major problem in America. In England we don't have road rage. We have road squabble. And we always sort it out with a glove to the face and a game of snooker.

July 20: On Saturday Donald Trump had some unkind words for Arizona Senator John McCain. Can you imagine being tortured 5 1/2 years in a Vietnamese prison camp, and then a man whose greatest war-time accomplishment was brokering a peace treaty on "Celebrity Apprentice" between Gary Busey and Meat Loaf belittles you and calls you a loser?

The closest Trump ever got to battle was his fight with Rosie O'Donnell.

Donald Trump had a very good reason for not fighting in the Vietnam War. He had student deferments and a medical deferment because of his feet. He had a bone spur.

Maybe we should enter Donald Trump in a surf competition. Even if he doesn't get eaten by a shark it would be worth it to see him with his hair wet, right?

July 21: A new Washington Post/ABC poll shows Donald Trump leading the pack of Republican presidential contenders. They must be polling the same people who voted for Sanjaya on "American Idol."

At a campaign event in South Carolina, Trump gave out Senator Lindsey Graham's personal cellphone number. He's bringing the same level of class to this presidential election that one does to a stall in a public restroom.

I've never seen anything like this. Giving phone numbers out, it's like Trump's running for president of a sorority or something.

July 15:  After severing ties with Donald Trump, NBC is reportedly in talks with comedian George Lopez to take over "Celebrity Apprentice." So Trump’s greatest nightmare came true. A Hispanic guy took his job.

Now that some economic sanctions are being lifted, Iranian citizens are apparently clamoring for Western products like iPhones. We should have just sent them iPhones in the first place. Then they’d never get any work done on a nuclear weapon.

President Obama said yesterday that education is the key to reducing the prison population. Though apparently power tools also work.

July 16: Caitlyn Jenner was given the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at last night’s ESPY Awards. Caitlyn received the award for spending 24 years married to Kris Jenner.

President Obama today became the first sitting U.S. president to visit a federal prison. And for a brief moment, there was some real excitement over at Fox News.

Disney announced this week that it is making a prequel to the classic animated film "Aladdin." It’s just two hours of a lamp sitting on a shelf.

July 20: A couple who got married in Illinois on Friday has the last names Burger and King. Which makes sense because in a few years most of their conversations will end with “Fine, have it your way!”

Rick Perry said this weekend that he believes Boy Scouts would be “better off if they didn’t have openly gay scoutmasters.” Man, between the Boy Scouts and gay marriage, Republicans really don’t want gays tying the knot.

Rachel Dolezal gave an interview to Vanity Fair where she continued to claim she is black. Even though the whitest thing you can do is give an interview to Vanity Fair.

The U.S. won the International Math Olympiad. If you don’t think Americans can compete with Asia in math, maybe you should talk to some of the members of the American team, like Shyam Narayanan, Yang Liu, and Allen Liu. And their coach, Po-Shen Loh.

July 21: At a campaign event today, Donald Trump read Senator Lindsey Graham's cellphone number aloud on live TV. It’s the craziest thing Trump has done since whatever he did right before that.

Republican hopeful Rick Perry this week compared Donald Trump to cancer. Which really isn’t fair, because sometimes you can get rid of cancer.

The White House is making a special Twitter account to answer questions about the new nuclear agreement. Finally using Twitter for what it was designed for — explaining complex, international nuclear agreements involving several nations.

A former Iowa lottery official was found guilty yesterday of rigging a computerized "Hot Lotto" game so he could win a $14 million jackpot. He now faces up to 5, 12, 14, 20, or 25 years in prison.


 

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Has it really been 64 years since THIS film was produced by the San Jose Chamber of Commerce in an attempt to draw people and businesses to the city? It has been a handful of years since we last ran the film here in the Farsider, and it gives us pause to consider the fact that most of the adults in the film are no longer alive. If you choose to watch it, Joe Suske wants to know if the cop standing next to the three-wheeler is the late Hans Gerdts. And we would like to know if the Motor Unit seen riding side-by-side had more members in 1951 than it does today. (9:44)




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If you want to see rare footage that is on record with the 2016 Guiness Book of World Records of the largest glacier calving ever captured on film, you have come to the right place. If you have ever taken an Alaskan cruise and opted for a helicopter ride that landed you on a glacier, be glad it wasn’t THIS one at this particular time. (4:41)




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Like surprises? Check out THIS clip Alice Murphy sent in of a trio of ‘ladies’ from the Philippines singing “Sex Bomb” from the show “Asia’s Got Talent.” (4:08)




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Tom Macris is more into cats than dogs, but he would be happy to adopt one of these critters if one was available. Doesn’t matter to him if it’s called an Ewok, a Munchkin or a Teddy Bear. Whatever it's called, Tom is convinced that the force is strong with THIS little (be careful how you pronounce this) Shih Tzu. (0:32)

In this short second clip, Munchkin the Teddy Bear VISITS New York and (bow) wows the Big Apple. (1:09)




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Could you tolerate a spouse, partner or roommate who acted like a cat? Watch THIS before you decide. (1:15)

 

Same question, but replace the cat with a DOG. (1:42)
 




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Do dogs believe in payback? There is little question that this one does. Perhaps THIS is where the term “Payback can be a bitch” originated. (0:30)




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After a 5 year hiatus, it’s time once again to bring back the talented Golden Retriever and graduate of the Arthur Murray School of Latin Dancing as it happily shows off its dancing MOVES to a merengue beat in front of some of its fans.  (3:08)




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OK, perhaps that Golden Retriever can dance, but can it belt out a song like THIS feline? The only hitch in the git-along is that you have to continually scratch the cat's butt to keep the music flowing. (0:51)




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Have you ever heard of the sport of Cat Laser Bowling? All you need to play is a laser pen, a cat, a throw rug and some ultra light plastic pins. This is how it’s done, but pay attention because THIS clip runs for only 17 seconds.




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Kudos to Bert Kelsey for sending in a link to an animated movie that shows the growth of the U.S. from its very beginning. What a great learning tool for a grandparent to watch this with their grandkid(s) by their side. Or alone for that matter as it is indeed interesting. Click HERE and follow the directions.




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In our quest to discover humorous stories that are relatively uncommon (those we haven’t heard before), this one qualifies…

A woman walked up to the bar in a quiet rural pub and gestured alluringly to the bartender who approached her immediately. She seductively signaled that he should bring his face closer to hers. As he did, she gently caressed his full beard.

"Are you the manager?" she asked, softly stroking his face with both hands.

"Actually, no," he replied.

"Can you get him for me? I need to speak to him," she said, running her hands beyond his beard and into his hair.

"I'm afraid I can't," breathed the bartender. "Is there anything I can do?"

"Yes. I need for you to give him a message," she continued, running her forefinger across the bartender's lip and slyly popping a couple of her fingers into his mouth and allowing him to suck them gently.

"What should I tell him?" the bartender managed to say.

"Tell him," she whispered, “there's no toilet paper, hand soap or paper towels in the ladies room.”
 

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We suspect that this device Bruce Morton brought to our attention will be loved by many parents as much as it is hated by their kids. It’s a PEPPER HACKER that will turn off all Wi-Fi devices and force the family to look and talk with each other at dinnertime. Have a look. (2:00)




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This clip received from Dean Janavice goes hand-in-hand with the VIDEO above as it relates to a common issue in the country today. (1:41)




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If you want to know if the ageless MADONNA will still be performing in the year 2026, here’s a preview of her upcoming World Tour 11 years from now. (0:51)




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Do you remember the LADY IN RED (below) from a few weeks ago who put on an extraordinary display of exuberance on the dance floor at a wedding reception? We think we may have found her MALE COUNTERPART in this clip.




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What a typical Church Service looks like today

     
PASTOR: The Lord be with you!

CONGREGATION: And with your spirit.

PASTOR: Will everyone please turn on their tablet, PC, iPad, smart phone, or Kindle Bibles to 1 Corinthians, 13:13? And please switch on your Bluetooth to download the sermon.
       
(P-a-u-s-e…)

PASTOR: Now, Let us pray, committing this week into God's hands. Open your Apps, BBM, Twitter and Facebook, and chat with God.

(S-i-l-e-n-c-e…)

PASTOR: As we take our Sunday tithes and offerings, please have your credit or debit cards ready.

You can log on to the church Wi-Fi using the password 'Lord909887.’ The ushers will circulate the mobile card-swipe machines among the worshipers.

Those who prefer to make electronic fund transfers are directed to the computers and laptops at the rear of the church.

Those who prefer to use iPads can open them.

Those who prefer telephone banking, take out your cell phones to transfer your contributions to the church account.

(The holy atmosphere of the Church becomes truly electrified as ALL the smart phones, iPads, PCs and laptops beep and flicker!)

PASTOR: And now our Final Blessing and Closing Announcements.

This week's ministry cell meetings will be held on the various Facebook group pages where the usual group chatting takes place. Please log in and don't miss out.

Thursday's Bible study will be held live on Skype at 1900 hours GMT. Please don't miss out.

You can follow your Pastor on Twitter this weekend for counseling and prayers.

God bless and have a nice day.

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Here is something special whether you are a horse lover, dog lover, or neither. It is one of the most impressive performances we have ever seen. If your computer or mobile device can pull up this video that Louis Quezada posted on Facebook by clicking HERE, you are in for a real treat. Give it a shot. (4:30)




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With the threats and subsequent attacks on military recruiting facilities, perhaps the Navy should go back to building full-size battleships and planting them in the middle of America’s major cities, like they did in New York back in 1917. What terrorist in his right mind would contemplate attacking a battleship like the one pictured below? (Oops, you're right: “Terrorist” and “right mind” is an oxymoron. Sorry ‘bout that.)

Click HERE to access the Mashable website with full-size vintage photos of the battleship that was used as a recruiting tool in New York’s Union Square 98 years ago.




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Speaking of Battleships, planes, trucks and race cars represent only a portion of the radio-control hobby. Here we have a club that specializes in RC Battleships that actually TARGET the “enemy’s” battleship with the intent of sinking it. (6:13)




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Anyone besides us find it ironic that a group of German RC hobbyists would build and fly a huge version of a B-17 Flying Fortress without also building a couple of ME-109 German fighters to shoot it down? (6:00)




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Aha, here are the radio-controlled ME-109s we mentioned in the clip above. They accompany a large version of a B-25 Mitchell medium bomber, the same type of aircraft used in the Jimmy Doolittle raid on Tokyo shortly after the U.S. entered WWII. The only hitch is that B-25s were not used in the BOMBING of German cities due to their lack of range and bomb load. Oh well, these flying models are still interesting to watch. (11:04)




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Now for the real stuff: Those of you familiar with the general history of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Dec. of ’41 are probably aware that the only U.S. planes that were able to get off the ground and counterattack were two P-40 Warhawks, as depicted in the films “Tora, Tora, Tora” and “Pearl Harbor.” What you are unlikely to know are the details about the pilots in command of the P-40s. This is an excellent CLIP that tells their story. (5:58)




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Speaking of aviation, here is a contribution from Dirk Parsons of a Vimeo video titled “Haneda Airport Tilt Shift and Time Lapse.” With the accompanying sound track, we found both the audio and the video interesting to watch and listen to. Click HERE and see if you agree. (3:48)




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Ilmari Koppinen from Finland and Emiel Pauwels from Belgium are both in their 90s. During an athletic meet for veterans in San Sebastian, Spain, they decided to race each other in the 100 meter dash. What the camera didn’t pick up are the PARAMEDICS standing by with defibrillators. (0:32)




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On his 70th birthday, a man was given a gift certificate from his wife.
 
The certificate was for a consultation with an Indian medicine man on a nearby reservation who was rumored to have a simple cure for erectile dysfunction. The husband went to the reservation and saw the medicine man.
 
The elderly Native American gave him a potion and, with a grip on his shoulder, warned "This is a powerful medicine. You take only a teaspoonful, and then say ‘1-2-3.’ When you do, you will become more manly than you have ever been in your life, and you can perform for as long as you want."
 
The man thanked the old Indian. As he walked away, he turned and asked,  "How do I stop the medicine from working?"

"Your partner must say '1-2-3-4,' the medicine man responded, "but when she does, the medicine will not work again until the next full moon."
 
The 70-year-old was very eager to see if it worked, so he went home, showered, shaved, took a spoonful of the medicine, then invited his wife to join him in the bedroom. When she came in, he took off his bath robe, said: "1-2-3," and was immediately the manliest of men.     

His wife also was excited and began throwing off her clothes, and then she asked: "What was the 1-2-3 for?"
   

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We have seen rally and gymkhana champion Ken Block tear up the streets in San Francisco. (If you missed it, click HERE.) Now WATCH what Block does in L.A. with an all-wheel-drive, 845 HP, custom built ’65 Mustang. We tried to count the number of LAPD and LASO cars in the video but eventually gave up. (12:08)




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Any of you ever have a call like this one when you were working the street? About the only thing you can do is watch the car go round and round and try not to get dizzy and embarrass yourself by falling over. Hint: This clip goes on for several minutes. Because your time is important, we suggest you use your mouse and cursor to grab the timeline scrub bar and slide it to the 6:45 mark for the climax. When the cops who have been standing by see how easy the solution was, the odds are they each regret they had not taken the same action themselves so they could be the HERO that saved the day and appear on the local news. (7:33)




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Looking for that “special ride” that will take you back to your youth? This RK MOTORS website provided by Dewey Moore may be of help. It's not your typical car lot.




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Next time you are presented with someone’s concept about what the future will look like, be skeptical. THIS clip titled “Cars of the Future from 1948” will show you why. (2:15)




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Lumpy was kind enough to provide us with this week’s “Thought for the Day”


Does it not seem hypocritical that the Federal government, which has “Tomahawk” cruise missiles as well as “Apache,” “Blackhawk,” “Kiowa” and “Lakota” helicopters, and used the code name “Geronimo” in the attack that took out Osama bin Laden, officially objects to the name of the Washington Redskins?

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And finally, please don't get all goofy on us for including THIS satirical clip about televangelists if you are a devout fundamentalist Christian and believe that humor and religion should never be combined. Try to turn the other cheek instead and appreciate the humor and athleticism of this crazy car salesman. (4:34)




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Hallelujah and Amen...



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THE FARSIDER SUBSCRIPTION ROSTER as of 7/23/15

Additions and changes since the last published update (alphabetical by last name):

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Adams, Gene
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Agerbeek, Bob
Agerbeek, Rudy
Aguilar, David
Aguirre, Jim
Albericci, Jerry
Alberts, Dick
Alcantar, Ernie
Alfano, Phil
Alford, Mike
Aligo, Cynthia
Allbright, Bill
Allen, Bob
Alvarado, Marie
Alvarez, Pat (Campbell)
Amaral, Mike
Anders, Alberta
Anderson, Jim
Anderson, Mark
Anderson, Sharon
Anthony, Tom
Antoine, Steve
Antonowicz, Germaine
Appleby, Judy
Arata, Jennifer
Arca, Rich
Archie, Dan
Avery, Rod
Babineau, Dave & Cheryl
Bacigalupi, Dave
Baggott, Jim
Bailey, Rich
Baker, Beth
Balesano, Bob
Balesteri, Lou
Ballard, Gordon
Banner, Ken
Barikmo, Jon
Bariteau, John
Barnes, Steve
Barnett, Brad
Baroff, Stan
Barrera, Ray
Barranco, Rich
Barshay, Marc
Bartels, Don
Bartholomew, Dave
Bartoldo, Tom
Basilio, Les
Bastida, Maggie
Bates, Tom
Battaglia, Nick
Battaglia, Will
Baxter, Jack**
Bayer, Lance
Bayers, Dennis
Beams, Bob
Beattie, George
Becerra, Manny
Beck, Brian
Beck, Tom
Becknall, Jim
Beckwith, Tony
Beiderman, Margie
Belcher, Steve
Bell, Bob
Bell, Mark
Bell, Mike
Belleci, Ron
Belveal, Chuck
Bence, Martin
Bennett, Joy
Bennett, Mark
Berggren, Heidi
Bergtholdt, Doug
Bernardo, Guy
Bettencourt, Ed
Bevis, Sherry
Biebel, Phil
Bielecki, Mike
Binder, Andrew
Biskup, Shelley
Blackmore, Chuck
Blackstock, Carroll
Boales, Tina
Boes, Judith
Boggess, Eileen
Boggess, Mike
Bonetti, Jon
Bosco, Al
Botar, Rick
Bowen, Gordy
Bowman, Mike
Boyd, Pat
Boyles, John
Bradshaw, Bob
Brahm, Bob
Bray, Mary Ellen
Brewer, Tom
Brickell, Dave
Bridgen, Dave
Brightwell, Larry
Brocato, Dom
Brookins, Dennis
Brooks, Bob
Brown Jr., Bill
Brown, Charlie
Brown, Dennis
Brown, Ernie
Brown, Terry
Browning, Bob
Brua, Dale
Bullock, April
Bullock, Dan
Bulygo, Corinne
Bulygo, Mary
Burke, Karol
Burns, Barbara
Burroughs, (Bronson) Utta
Busch, Dennis
Bye, Bud
Byers, Dave
Bytheway, Glenn
Caddell, Jim
Cadenasso, Richard
Caldarulo, Wendy
Calderon, Richard
Caldwell, Phyllis
Camara, Bob
Camarena, Raul
Campbell, Jason
Campbell, John
Campbell, Larry
Campos, John
Cannell, Tom
Caragher, Ed
Caraway, Steve
Card, Christine
Cardoza, Vic
Carlin, David
Carlsen, Laura
Carlton, Jim
Caro, Bert
Caro, Lynne
Carr Jr., John
Carr, John
Carraher, Don
Carraher, Jim
Carter, Ernie
Carrillo, Jaci Cordes
Carrillo, John
Cates, Dean
Cavallaro, Dave
Cedeno, Rey
Chalmers, JC
Chamness, Hank
Chapel, Ivan
Chevalier, Brian
Chavez, Ruben
Chewey, Bob
Christian, Brian
Christiansen, Bob
Christiansen, Rich
Christie, Kenn
Clark, Bill (the one who stayed)
Clark, Bill
Clayton, Dave
Clear, Jennifer
Clifton, Craig
Coates, Marisa
Cobarruviaz, Lou
Coen, Roger
Colombo, Tony
Comelli, Ivan
Como, John
Confer, Rick
Connor, Stephanie
Connors, Kim
Conrad, Mark
Contreras, Dolores
Conway, Ed
Cook, John
Cooke, Bertie
Coppom, Dave
Cordes, Marilyn
Cornfield, Scott
Cortez, Darrell
Costa, Mike
Cossey, Neil
Cotterall, Doug
Couser, Rich
Cripe, Rodger
Crowell, Chuck
Culwell, Ken
Cunningham, Stan
D'Arcy, Steve
Dailey, Karen
Daley, Brian
Daly, Ron
Damon, Alan
Damon, Veronica
Daniels, Jim
Daulton, Rich
Daulton, Zita
Davis, Bud
Davis, Joan
Davis, Mike
Davis, Rob
Day, Jack
Deaton, Caroll
DeBoard, Joe
DeGeorge, Bob
DeLaere, Sylvia
Delgado, Dave
DeMers, Buc
Dennis, Sandra
Destro, Mike
Destro, Tony
Devane, Dan
Devane, Joe
Dewey, Rod
Diaz, Mike
DiBari, Dave
DiVittorio, Gerrie
Dishman, Billy
Doherty, Janiece
Dolezal, Dennis
Dominguez, Bob
Dooley, Jeff
Dorsey, Ed
Dotzler, Jennifer
Dowdle, Mike
Doxie, Tara
Dudding, Bill
Dudley, Bruce
Duey, Dennis
Dye, Allen
Dwyer, Pat
Earnshaw, Kathy
Earnshaw, Patrick
Edillo-Brown, Margie
Edwards, Derrek
Edwards, Don
Egan, Mike
Eisenberg, Terry
Ellner, Howard
Ellsworth, Larry
Embry (Howsmon), Eva
Erfurth, Bill
Erickson, Rich
Esparza, Dave
Esparza, Fred
Estrabao, Dario
Eubanks, Earl
Evans, Ron
Ewing, Chris
Ewing, Don
Ewing, Paul
Fagalde, Kevin
Fair, Bruce
Fairhurst, Dick
Fanucchi, Ross
Farlow, Paul
Farmer, Jack
Faron, Walt
Farrow, Chuck
Faulstich, Marge
Faulwetter, Stan
Faz, Dennis
Fehr, Mike
Ferdinandsen, Ed
Ferguson, Betty
Ferguson, Ken
Ferla, Al
Fernsworth, Larry
Flauding, Ken
Fleming, Joe
Flores, Phil
Flosi, Ed
Fong, Richard
Fontanilla, Rick
Forbes, Jay
Foster, Rick
Foulkes [Duchon], Louise
Francois, Paul
Frazier, Rich
Freitas, Jordon
Fryslie, Kevin
Furnare, Claud
Gaines, Erin
Galea, Andy
Galios, Chris
Galios, Kathy
Gallagher, Steve
Garcia, Jose
Garcia, Lisa
Gardner, Paul
Garner, Ralph
Gaumont, Ron
Geary, Heide
Geer, Brian
Geiger, Rich
Gergurich, Judy
Giambrone, Jim
Giorgianni, Joe
Giuliodibari, Camille
Goates, Ron
Goings, Mark
Gomes, Rod
Gonzales, Gil
Gonzales, Jesse
Gonzalez, D. (formerly D. Avila)
Gonzalez, Frank
Gonzalez, Jorge
Gott, Pat
Graham, George
Grande, Carm
Grant, Bob
Grant, Doug
Grant, Rich
Granum, Jeff
Graves, Pete
Green, Chris
Grigg, Bruce
Griggs, Fran
Grimes, Eric
Guarascio, Dan
Guerin, Pete
Guido, Jr., Jim
Guido, Sr. Jim
Guizar, Ruben
Gummow, Bob
Gummow, Rich
Gutierrez, Hector
Guzman, Dennis
Guzman, Kim
Gwillim, Reese
Habina, Ron
Hafley, Gary
Hahn, Chuck
Hale, Don
Handforth, Terry
Hann, George
Hare, Caren (Carlisle)
Harnish, Mary (Craven)
Harpainter, Bob
Harris, Bucky
Harris, Diane
Harris, Don
Haskell, Marty
Hawkes, Ken
Haynes, Sandy
Hazen, Skip
Heck, Steve
Heckel, Rick
Hedgpeth, Bob
Helder, Ron
Hellman, Marilyn
Hendrickson, Dave
Hendrix, Dave
Hernandez, Ernie
Hernandez, Irma
Hernandez, Joe
Hernandez, Linda
Hernandez, Rudy
Hernandez, Vic
Herrick, Mike
Herrmann, Erma
Hewison, Jamie
Hewitt, Dave
Hilborn, Art
Hildebrandt, Karen
Hill, Sandra
Hippeli, Micki
Hirata, Gary
Dave Hober
Hober, Margo
Hodgin, Bruce
Hoehn, Charlie
Hogate, Joanne
Hogate, Steve
Hollars, Bob
Holliday, Sandy
Hollingsworth, Larry
Holloway, Sandi
Holser, George
Hong, Bich-nga
Horton, Debbie (McIntyre)
Hosmer, Dewey
Howard, Terri
Howell, Jim
Howsmon, Frank
Howsmon (Sr.), Frank
Hudson, Kim
Hughes, Gary
Hunter, Jeff
Husa, Sonia
Hyland, Brian
Ibarra, Miguel
Imobersteg, Rob
Inami, Steve & Francine
Ingraham, George
Ireland, Joe
Jackson, Curt
Jacksteit, Ken
Jacobson, Barbara
Janavice, Dean
Jeffers, Jim
Jenkins, Dave
Jensen, Dan
Jensen, Janie
Jewett, Donna
Jezo, Pat
Johnson, Bob
Johnson, Craig
Johnson, Cynthia
Johnson, Dave
Johnson, Gary
Johnson, Jon
Johnson, Karen
Johnson, Kyle
Johnson, Mardy
Johnson, Tom & Fran
Jones, Russ
Kaminsky, Glenn
Katashima, Annie
Katz, Dan
Keeney, Bill
Kelsey, Bert
Keneller, Dave
Kennedy, Scott
Kennedy, Tom
Kensit, John
Killen, Pat
Kimbrel, Tammy
Kinaga, Rose
King, Charlie
Kingsley, Fred
Kirkendall, Dave
Kischmischian, Gene
Klein, Lou Anna
Kleman, Karl
Knea, Tim
Kneis, Brian
Knopf, Art
Knopf, Dave
Kocina, Ken
Koenig, Heinz
Kong, Ernie
Kosovilka, Bob
Kozlowski, Astrid
Kracht, John
Kregel, John
Lanctot, Noel
Laney, Tammy
Lansdowne, Sharon
Lara, Bill
LaRault, Gary
Larsen, Bill
Laverty, Ann
Lax, John
Leavy, Bill
Leavey, Jack
LeGault, Anna
LeGault, Russ
Lem, Noland
Leonard, Gary
Leonard (Lintern), Lynda
Leong, Ken
Lewis, Lefty
Lewis, Marv
Lewis, Steve
Lind, Eric
Linden, Larry  
Lisius, Jim
Little, Keith            
Livingstone, John
Lobach, Bob
Lockwood, Bob
Lockwood, Joan
Logan, Maureen
Longaker, Mary
Longoria, Noe
Lopez, Candy
Lopez. Dan
Lopez, Ruvi
Lovecchio, Pete
Low, John
Lu, Elba
Luca, Dennis
Lucarotti, Jim
Luna, Gloria
Lundberg, Larry
Lyons, TB
MacDougall, Joanne
Macris, Carly
Macris, Tom
Madison, Gary
Maehler, Mike
Mahan, Rick
Malatesta, Jim
Malcolm, Roger
Mallett, Bill
Malvini, Phil
Mamone, Joe
Marcotte, Steve
Marfia, John
Marfia, Ted
Marin, Julie
Marini, Ed
Marlo, Jack
Marsh, Scott
Martin, Brad
Martin, Lou
Martin, Todd
Martinelli, Ron
Martinez, Rick
Martinez, Victor
Matteoni, Charlotte
Mattern, John
Mattos, Bill
Mattos, Paula
Mattocks, Mike
Mayo, Lorraine
Mayo, Toni
Mazzone, Tom
McCaffrey, Mike
McCain, Norm
McCall, George
McCall, Lani
McCarville, John
McCollum, Bob
McCollum, Daniele
McCready, Tom
McCulloch, Al
McCulloch, Scott
McElvy, Mike
McFall, Ron
McFall, Tom
McGuffin, Rich
McGuire, Pat
McIninch, Mark
McKean, Bob
McKenzie, Dennis
McLucas, Mike
McMahon, Jim
McMahon, Ray
McNamara, Laurie
McTeague, Dan
Meheula, Cheryl
Mendez, Deborah
Mendez, Mike
Messier, Tom
Metcalfe, Dave
Metcalfe, Mickey
Miceli, Sharon
Miller, Keith
Miller, Laura
Miller, Rollie
Miller, Shirley
Miller, Stan
Mills, Don
Mindermann, John
Miranda, Carlos
Mitchell, Carol
Modlin, Dick
Mogilefsky, Art
Moir, Bob
Montano, Wil
Montes, José
Morales, Octavio
Moore, Dewey
Don Moore
Moore, Jeff
Moore, JoAnn
Moorman, Jim
Morella, Ted
Moreno, Norma
Morgan, Dale
Morin, Jim
Morris, Jack
Morton, Bruce
Mosley, Joe
Mosunic, Taffy
Moudakas, Terry**
Moura, Don
Mozley, Ron
Muldrow, Mark "Mo"
Mulholland, Kathy
Mullins, Harry
Mulloy, Dennis
Munks, Jeff
Munoz, Art
Murphy, Bob
Musser, Marilynn
Nagel, Michael
Nagengast, Carol
Nakai, Linda
Nalett, Bob
Namba, Bob
Nichols, John
Nichols, Mike
Nimitz, Stephanie
Nissila, Judy
Norling, Debbie
North, Dave
North, Jim
Norton, Phil
Nunes, John
Nunes, Les
O'Carroll, Diane (Azzarello)
O'Connor, Mike
O'Donnell, Tom
O'Keefe, Jim
Oliver, Pete
Ortega, Dan
Ortiz, Leanard
Otter, Larry
Ouimet, Jeff
Ozuna, George
Pacheco, Russ
Padilla, George
Pagan, Irma
Painchaud, Dave
Palsgrove, Ted
Panighetti, Paul
Papenfuhs, Steve
Paredes, Carlos
Parker, Rand
Parlee, May
Parrott, Aubrey
Parsons, Dirk
Parsons, Mike
Pascoe, Brent
Passeau, Chris
Pate, Neal
Patrino, Lyn
Payton, George
Pearce, Jim
Pearson, Sam
Pedroza, Frank
Peeler, Eleanor
Pegram, Larry
Percelle, Ralph
Percival, John
Perry (Cervantez), Martha
Petersen, Bruce
Peterson, Bob
Phelan, Bill
Phelps, Scott
Phillips, Gene
Pitts, Phil
Plinski, Leo
Pointer, John
Polanco, Mary
Polmanteer, Jim
Porter, John
Postier, Ken
Postier, Steve
Powers, Bill
Priddy, Loren
Princevalle, Roger
Propst, Anamarie
Puckett, Bill
Punneo, Norm
Purser, Owen
Pyle, Leroy
Quayle, John
Quezada, Louis
Quinn, John
Quint, Karen
Ramirez, Manny
Ramirez, Victoria
Ramon, Chacha
Raposa, Rick
Rappe (Ryman), Bonnie
Rasmussen, Charlene
Raul, Gary
Raye, Bruce
Realyvasquez, Armando
Reed, Nancy
Reek, Rob
Reeves, Curt
Reid, Fred
Reinhardt, Stephanie
Reizner, Dick
Rendler, Will
Rettus, Bev
Reuter, Larry
Reutlinger, Leslie
Reyes (Buell), Cindy
Reyes, Joe
Reyes, Juan
Reyes, Mo
Rheinhardt, Bob
Rice, Jayme
Rice, Lyle
Richter, Darrell & Annette
Riedel, Gunther
Rimple, Randy
Roach, Jim
Roberts, Mike
Robertson, Harry
Robinson, Walt
Robison, Rob
Rodgers, Phil
Rogers, Lorrie
Romano, Marie
Rose, John
Rose, Wendell
Ross, Joe
Ross, Mike
Rosso, Ron
Roy, Charlie
Royal, Russ
Ruiloba, Louie
Russell, Russ
Russell, Stan
Russo, Grace
Ryan, Joe
Saito, RIch
Salamida Joe
Salewsky, Bill
Salguero, Desiree
Salvi, Pete
Samsel, Dave
Santos, Bill
Sanfilippo, Roy
Sauao, Dennis
Savage, Scott
Savala, john
Sawyer, Craig
Scanlan, Pete
Scannell, Dave
Schembri, Mike
Schenck, Joe
Schenini (Alvarez), Joanne
Schiller, Robert
Schmidt, Chuck
Schmidt, Paul
Schriefer, Hank
Seaman, Scott
Seck, Tom
Sekany, Greg
Seymour, Chuck
Seymour, Jim
Sharps, Betty
Shaver, John
Sheppard, Jeff
Sherman, Gordon
Sherr, Laurie
Shigemasa, Tom
Shuey, Craig
Shuman, John
Sides, Roger
Sills, Eric
Silva, Bill
Silveria, Linda
Silvers, Jim
Simpson, Terry
Sinclair, Bob
Sly, Sandi
Smith, Bill
Smith, BT
Smith, Craig
Smith, Ed
Smith, Jerry
Smith, Karen
Smith, Kerry
Smith, Mike
Smoke, Wil
Sorahan, Dennis
Spangenberg, Hal
Spence, Jim
Spitze, Randy
Spoulos, Dave
Springer, George
Stauffer, Suzan
Stelzer, Rex
Sterner, Mike
Strickland, John
Sturdivant, Billy
Sugimoto, Rich
Suits, Jim
Summers, Bob
Ted Sumner
Sun, Jeff
Suske, Joe
Swanson, Ray
Tarricone, Linda
Tate, Bill
Taves, Phil & Paula
Taylor, Joyce
Tenbrink, Bob
Tennant, Ed
Teren-Foster, Aileen
Terry, Glenn & Maggie
Thawley, Dave
Thomassin, Ron
Thomas, Art
Thomas, Dick
Thompson, Gary
Thompson, Margie
Thompson, Mike
Tibaldi, Ernie
Tibbet, Walt
Tice, Stan
Tietgens, Dick
Tietgens, Don
Tomaino, Jim
Torres, Gil
Torres, John
Torres, Nestor
Torres, Ralph
Townsend, John
Townsend, Vicki
Tozer, Dave
Trevino, Andy
Trujillo, Ted
Trussler, Christine
Trussler, John
Tush, Dick
Tyler, Diana
Unland, Jim
Unland, Joe
Urban, Diane
Usoz, Steve
Valcazar, Dan
Vallecilla, Ernie & Peggy
Van Dyck, Lois
Vanek, John
Vasquez, Danny
Rich Vasquez
Vasquez, Ted
Vasta, Joe
Videan, Ed
Videan, Theresa
Vidmar, Mike
Vincent, Bill
Vinson, Jim
Vizzusi, Gilbert
Vizzusi, Rich
Vizzusi, Tony
Waggoner, Bill
Wagner, Jim
Wagstaff, Greg
Wahl, John
Walker, Dave
Wall, Chuck
Ward, Jean
Ward, Ray
Watts, Bob
Way, Vicky
Webster, Ron
Wedlow, Dean
Weesner, Greg
Weesner, Steve
Weir, Tony
Welker, Jessica
Wells, Bill
Wells, Brenda
Wells, Mike
Wendling, Boni
Wendling, Jay
Weston, Tom
Wheatley, Tom
White, Rich
Wicker, Joe
Wiley, Bruce
Williams, Jodi
Williams [Durham], Lanette
Williams, Rick
Williamson, Kathleen
Williamson, Ken
Wilson, Caven
Wilson, Jeff
Wilson, Lee
Wilson, Neal
Wilson, Stan
Wilson, Tom
Windisch Jr., Steve
Wininger, Steve
Winter, Bill
Wirht, Kim
Witmer, Dave
Wittenberg, Jim
Wolfe, Jeff
Woo, Paul
Wood, Dave
Wood, Jim
Woodington, Brad
Wysuph, Dave
Yarbrough, Bill
Young, Mike
Younis, Tuck
Yuhas, Dick
Yules, Ken
Zalman, Ginny
Zanoni, Mike
Zaragoza, Phil
Zenahlik, Tom
Zimmerman, Eliza
Zwemke, Doug

Leroy is seated on the extreme left of the first row. The 1956 class
photo was taken at the Pearl Harbor Intermediate School on Oahu.