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RETIRED OFFICER LEW SMITH
Photo from the 1983 SJPD
Born Aug. 22, 1947
Appointed Dec. 1968
Retired Sept. 1997
Died July 24, 2017
Lew, a Grass Valley resident, had been undergoing treatment for cancer over the past five years. On Monday morning of this week he had arrived at the Sierra-Nevada Memorial Hospital for another treatment, but problems developed before the treatment began and he was rushed into the E.R. where he passed away a short time later from what was believed to be a blood clot.
Lew did not want a funeral or memorial service, but his wife and daughter — Tricia and Suzi — may organize a barbecue or another function down the road to honor him as he was so well thought of by his many friends and former coworkers.
Friends can send Tricia and Suzi their condolences using this email address: <email@example.com>
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Ivan Comelli posted on his “Vintage San Jose Police” Facebook page (link above) this 1972 FTO photo of Lew and several other officers:
Back row (L-R) Ron McFall; Mike Nichols; Jim McGrew; Bob Gummow; Joe Nunes; Unidentified; Jack Morris; Bob Allen; and Dick Yuhas.
Front row (L-R) Unidentified; Lew Smith; Mike Miceli; and Glenn Kaminsky.
This was the first FTO Class ever assembled for the SJPD according to the book, “Images of America — The San Jose Police Department.”
If you can I.D. either or both of those listed as Unidentified, please send Ivan an email at <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Jones posted this photo and the text below on Ivan’s “Vintage San Jose Police” Facebook page…
Lew Smith, badge #1366, was a great guy and a great cop — one of the best men I ever worked with. Here is a pic of us in approximately 1974. Lew is in front row, far right. Names of the others are: Front row (L-R): Mike Mendez; Bob Grant; Mike Schembri; Dee Avila; Dan Gutierrez; Tony Ranada; and Lew Smith. Back row (L-R): Jim Roth; Terry Boone; Anton Erickson; (Class Instructor from State Narco); Larry "Nails" Fernsworth; Harry Stangel; Pat Dwyer; Craig Buckhout; and Russ Jones. RIP Lew, you are well remembered.
The Distinguished Service Award is presented to a San Jose Police Officer(s) who performs an act or acts, which exemplify the highest values of a Police Officer being honor, compassion, humility, integrity, bravery, or any combination there of and is carried out in such a manner as not to bring attention to themselves. The acts the Officers perform improve the quality of another person's life and inspire others to greater heights.
The POA Board voted and agreed that Officer Scott McNulty #4024 and Officer Marcello #4073 both earned this prestigious award.
The following was written by Sergeant Bill Murphy #3325:
We hear amazing stories about the courage and work ethic of San Jose Police Officers on a daily basis, but what seems to go unnoticed at times is the heart, character, and selfless acts of kindness that officers' portray. On the night of 7/15/17, two San Jose Police Officers conducted themselves the only way they know how; placing others before themselves.
Around midnight, Officer Scott McNulty #4024 and Officer Marcello Oliveri #4073 were on a call for service and placing an arrestee in their patrol car, when they observed an elderly gentleman very distraught and visibly upset. He was walking back and forth, nearly in tears. The officers asked him if he was ok, but he was too upset to speak. After the officers were finished with their call for service, they decided to look for the man to check on his well-being. They found him sitting on a bench with his hands over his face. When they began inquiring about his emotions he broke down and began sobbing uncontrollably. He stated that he had just found out that his son was killed in a jet ski accident in Montana. The man also revealed that he lost his other son in a terrible accident earlier in the year. The man who lived in a low-income area had not only lost two sons, but was unsure if he would be able to attend the funeral. Scott and Marcelo without hesitation told him that they were there to help in anyway they could.
John Wooden once stated, "The true test of a man's character is what he does when no one is watching." These words were exemplified with these officers' actions. The officers told the man that they were buying him a round trip ticket so he could attend the funeral. The man looked at them in disbelief and attempted to decline their offer. The officers told him they were on the phone with the airlines and the ticket was already purchased. They did not stop there. The officers then found the man did not have a car, so they paid for an Uber to transport him to San Francisco International Airport.
Many people will do a good deed and then tell people about their act in order to gain praise, but I did not find out about this act until a different officer told me. If not for this other officer letting me know what occurred, this incredible private act of kindness would have gone unnoticed other than between the man and the officers.
I saw this on Facebook and thought your readers might be interested. It has reportedly been removed from YouTube twice before, but I can’t confirm that. And I can’t confirm that everything stated in the video is true. But if even half of it is, America as we know it is in a lot of trouble if what is happening in Europe spreads to the U.S. If you choose to print this, please withhold my name as I don’t need the aggravation of being called a racist or conspiracy theorist. Thanks.
(Name withheld by request)
One thing is for sure: If the intent of this video is to scare the hell out of non-Muslims, it does a pretty good job. From what I’ve seen and heard about the refugee issue in Western Europe, I don’t see much in the video that is misleading. Having said that, I can understand why there have been and probably still are people in our government who don’t want to acknowledge this as a potential major problem for us down the road. Compared to this European immigration problem, ours that deals with illegal aliens coming across the Mexican border is (I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to use this term) a “Nothing Burger.” Readers can click HERE to view the video. (20:09)
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Have you seen this embedded video about sanctuary cities, specifically San Francisco? It’s part of an effort to petition Congress to pass the “No Sanctuary for Criminals Act.” The video is attached below.
Talking Points <email@example.com>
Hadn’t seen the clip until now, T.P. While it is cleverly done, signing the petition would likely be a futile exercise since Gov. Moonbeam has made it clear that he’s not about to support Trump on this issue here in the Golden State. And it doesn’t look like the courts are going to force the issue in the President’s favor anytime soon.
Readers can click HERE to view the video and, if you want, sign the petition. (1:31)
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President Trump has now been in the White House for just a little over six months. During that time he added the phrase ‘fake news’ to our daily lexicon. He uses this phrase in his responses to television news reports and print media articles that he disagrees with, seldom providing any proof sources assuming the American people' and the rest of the world for that matter, will take his word as to their truthfulness.
So how is his truthfulness stacking up with the fact checkers who have been tracking and investigating his statements and claims during his first half year in office?
PolitiFact, which has been rated as the least bias and most accurate among all of the political fact checking organizations, has gathered these statistics. Of the 167 major statements and claims he has made since becoming our president, 113 (68%) have been proven to be mostly or completely false. Another 16% have been found to be half true (misleading). Percentages they’ve called ‘staggering.’
The Washington Post’s Fact Checker has recorded 836 false or misleading claims during this same time frame. It should be noted that this incredibly large number also includes each time he has repeated one of his false or misleading claims. Such as the 23 times he has taken credit for personally initiating projects involving car companies, like Ford and General Motors, that were already in the works long before he took office. And the 19 times he has claimed that as a result of his post election meeting with Lockheed Martin he had negotiated a reduction of $600 million in costs for the government’s order of new F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, even though this price cut had been in the works since last October and was formally announced by the Pentagon as part of its annual budget proposal more than a month before he took office.
If there is a problem with this, it’s that people on the extreme Right as well as those on the extreme Left don’t give a whiz about facts if they don’t agree with their political ideology. I cite as an example those who are convinced that Snopes was created by and financed by George Soros, which is complete and total B.S. Oh well.
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This is a postscript to last week’s Mail Call item about the iconic song, “Hang On Sloopy”…
Sloopy trivia: Here are links to a couple of pictures of Sloopy. In real life she was Dorthy Sloop, a jazz pianist with a Master’s degree who taught special needs children in St. Petersburg, Florida for 30 years. She performed well into the late 70s before passing away in 1996 at age 86. She will be forever known for “Hang on Sloopy.”
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REASON #166 TO BE GLAD YOU ARE RETIRED…
Think of how many trips you would have to make to I.A. if you were working the streets today and had to deal with these so-called “Sovereign Citizens.” If, on the other hand, you are still pushing a blue and white around the streets of the city and have to deal with these numbskulls, too bad, so sad, must suck to be you!
Click HERE and listen to a few “Sovereign Citizens” during a traffic stop.
Five Responses to a Sovereign Citizen at a Traffic Stop
—The sovereign citizen movement has become the bane of many police officers in the U.S.—
From PoliceOne.com — Feb. 10, 2015
The sovereign citizen movement has become the bane of many police officers in the U.S.
These people feel that due to some contrived loopholes in the Constitution they can declare themselves free and laws do not apply to them. However, people who get their legal advice from Wikipedia find out these loopholes don’t tend to actually exist.
For many officers, a traffic stop will be a likely way to encounter one of these people. Please do not take them lightly. Most sovereign citizens are basically law-abiding people, albeit highly misinformed about how the law works. However, some sovereigns have proved a willingness and ability to be violent. If you suspect you are dealing with a sovereign citizen as a LEO, call for backup.
If you read any sovereign literature, they advocate trying to confuse and befuddle the police. Their mantra is to make a cop so confounded the officer just decides to end the contact before he/she becomes more perplexed.
1. “I am not driving, I am traveling.”
Often the sovereign citizens don’t bother to pay for their licenses. They feel the right to free movement means they do not need a license. Travel is a right, which is true.
What the sovereigns fail to grasp is they are free to travel, by foot, by bike, even by horse. A car is a complex machine. To operate a complex machine requires training and some licensure to operate said machine. Heck, here in Wisconsin all our driving laws are worded with “operate a motor vehicle”; none say “drive.”
2. "As a free person, I do not recognize the jurisdiction you have blah blah blah blah…"
At some point, a sovereign citizen will say they are a free person. As a free person, they are not subject to any local laws and are “free of any legal constraints,” including taxes and fines.
What they fail to grasp is that they want all the protection of local government without paying the cost for it. Ask a sovereign what they would do if their child was hurt. Ask if their house was on fire how they plan to put it out? Their response is always to call 911. It is a funny, eye-opening experience to point out that 911 and the fire/EMS service is a local, tax-funded entity. So if they are a free person, well maybe 911 is something they are free to keep away from as well -- as in no ambulance and no fire trucks for them because they are not paying for the service.
3. “Speeding is not a crime; a crime requires an ‘injured party.’”
In their twisted view of the law they feel ordinance violations are not valid because there is no victim. Yet they forget we have different levels of legal violations in this country.
Here in Wisconsin, most traffic and other minor violations are ordinance violations. Not a crime, but a civil forfeiture. Thus, no “injured party” is needed. It is a civil matter, not a criminal matter.
4. “As a free person, your license plate taxes do not apply to me.”
It seems some sovereign citizens will make their own license plates for their cars. These plates will display terms like “US Constitutional Plate,” “Exempt: Sovereign Neutral Non-Combatant,” “Sovereign Christian Citizen.” or any of some other non-legal terms. They feel they are exempt from the 'illegal' tax on car ownership.
These sovereigns love to use legal terms and talk about contracts. They forget the nice roads they “travel” on have to be paved and, in the winter, plowed. Point out to them that there is a social contract between the people using the roads and the people keeping the roads open for travel. Someone needs to pay for the cost of the roads, so license plate costs are not a tax, they are a user fee.
5. “Am I being detained?”
The sovereign citizens and the CopBlock movement both love this question. People who got their law degrees by reading Facebook comments feel that being detained is the same as an arrest. Yet real lawyers can explain the difference between the two.
Yes, a traffic stop is a short investigative detention. An officer with reasonable suspicion that a violation has taken place may stop someone for a short time to establish facts related to that violation. How brief that short time will be is decided solely by the citizen. If they want to play games, they are the one making the contact last longer.
Remember, sovereign citizens have the propensity for violence. Make sure you have backup. Keep your eyes open for threats. Just because they are dumb enough to get brainwashed into some crazy belief system does not mean they are too stupid to learn tactics to hurt us.
Their tactic is to cause confusion with the officer. Turn the tables on them and confuse them. Make them question what they have learned by watching videos on YouTube. Twice I have used the example of the fire department on a sovereign citizen. Both times they were so flummoxed they forgot all the other rhetoric.
HERE'S A REASON TO DESTROY YOUR BELOVED COLLECTION OF SNOOP DOGG CDs
Snoop Dogg Encouraging Violent Attacks On Police, ‘It’s Bout That Time’
By Officer Blue — Blue Lives Matter
July 21, 2017
A Texas DPS trooper was ordered to get counseling
in 2015 for taking a picture with Snoop Dogg.
Snoop Dogg Promotes Violence Against Police
SANTA MONICA, CA — The musician Snoop Dogg recently posted to Instagram, promoting violence against police officers. The message was then echoed by many of his followers.
In the July 17 post, Snoop Dogg posted a video of a McDonalds security guard being attacked. In the blurry video, the security guard’s uniform makes him appear to be a police officer, and Snoop was apparently unfamiliar with the backstory on the incident.
Along with posting the video, Snoop said, “Tables turned 1 point for us 👊🏾. F. T. P. It’s bout that time.” FTP stands for “F— The Police.”
Click HERE to view the video clip
The incident depicted in the video happened early in the morning on July 5, when a McDonalds security guard saw two homeless men sleeping at tables in the 24-Hours McDonalds at 2nd and Colorado.
“They were taking up space. It’s private property, so the security guard was asking them to buy some food or they needed to leave,” a Santa Monica PD Lieutenant told FOX 11.
The men reacted by attacking the security guard. A bystander tried to grab one of the men to stop him from swinging at the guard, and the guard brought out his pepper spray. The spray appeared to have little effect, as the brawl continued out the front doors, where another bystander hit the attacker with a chair.
As the fight went on, the men punched the security guard and put him in a head lock.
“At some point the security guard’s baton is taken and it’s used against him,” Lt. Saul Rodriguez of the Santa Monica Police Department, told FOX 11. “At that point people tried to intervene and assist the security guard.”
The fight went on until police arrived just as the security guard was forcing the men outside.
Officers were able to catch one suspect and take him into custody for assault with a deadly weapon.
The security guard sustained cuts and bruises and refused medical attention.
The clip from the video posted by Snoop Dogg shows the most violent part of the video as the guard was getting repeatedly punched in the head.
There were numerous readers’ comments about this incident. Click HERE and scroll to the bottom to review them.
STORIES OF THE WEEK
Ireland vs. Norway
Murphy applied for a forklift job at a famous Irish firm based in Dublin.
A Norwegian applied for the same job and since both applicants had similar qualifications, they were asked to take a test and led to a quiet room with no interruptions by the Manager.
When the results were in, both men had scored 19 out of 20.
The manager went to Murphy and said, "Thank you for coming to the interview, but we've decided to give the Norwegian the job."
"And why,” replied Murphy, “would you be doing that? We both got 19 questions correct. This being Ireland and me being Irish surely I should get the job."
Manager, "We have made our decision not on the correct answers, but on the question you got wrong."
"And just how would one incorrect answer be better than another?” said Murphy.
"That's simple,” said the manager, “On question number 7 the Norwegian wrote down, ‘I don't know.’ And you wrote down, ‘Neither do I.’ “
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Received from David Byers
~ "I don't plan to grow old gracefully. I plan to have face-lifts until my ears meet."
~ "My grandmother was a very tough woman. She buried three husbands and two of them were just napping."
~ "We could slow the aging process way down if it had to work its way through Congress.”
~ "When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to your youth, think of algebra."
~ "The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again."
~ "People shop for a bathing suit with more care than they do a husband or wife. The rules are the same. Look for something you'll feel comfortable wearing. Allow for room to grow."
~ "An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets the more interested he is in her."
~ “I’m getting so old that when I order a three-minute egg, they ask for the money up front."
~ "When I was a boy the Dead Sea was only sick."
~ "People ask me what I'd most appreciate getting for my 90th birthday. I tell them, a paternity suit."
~ "I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying."
~ "You can live to be a hundred if you give up all the things that make you want to live to be a hundred."
~ "I've learned that life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes."
~ "I'm at an age when my back goes out more than I do."
~ "There is only one cure for gray hair. It was invented by a Frenchman. It is called the guillotine."
~ A stockbroker urged me to buy a stock that would triple its value every year. I told him, "At my age, I don't even buy green bananas."
~ "You know you're getting old when the candles cost more than the cake."
~ "Middle age is when you still believe you'll feel better in the morning."
~ "I'm so old they've canceled my blood type."
~ "So far, this is the oldest I’ve ever been."
~ "By the time a man is wise enough to watch his step, he's too old to go anywhere."
~ "How young can you die of old age?"
~ "Looking 50 is great...if you're 70."
~ "Talk about getting old. I was getting dressed and a peeping tom passing by my open window took one look, reached in, and He pulled down the shade!"
~ "True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country."
~ "There is no pleasure worth giving up just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward."
~ "You know you're getting old when you get that one candle on the cake. It's like, "See if you can blow this out.
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A peachy decision...
woman was arrested for shoplifting. When she went before the judge, he asked,
"What did you steal?"
"A can of peaches," she replied.
Why did you steal the peaches?" asked the judge.
"Because I was hungry," she said.
"How many peaches were in the can?" asked the judge.
"There were six," she responded.
"Then I will sentence you to six days in jail," said the judge.
Before he formally pronounced the sentence, the woman's husband immediately jumped up and said, "Can I say something, your honor?"
"What is it?" replied the judge.
"She also stole a can of peas."
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180-mile per hour golf ball…
Received from Tom McCready
A couple of old guys were golfing when one mentioned that he was going to see Dr. Steinberg for a new set of dentures in the morning.
His elderly buddy remarked that he, too, had gone to the very same dentist two years before.
"Is that so?" asked the first old guy. "Did he do a good job?"
The second oldster replied, "Well, I was on the golf course yesterday when some guy on the next fairway hooked a shot. The ball must have been going at least 180 mph when it slammed into my (groin).
The first old guy was confused and asked, "What the hell does that have to do with your dentures?"
"It was the first time in two years that my teeth didn't hurt."
WORRY NOT ABOUT NORTH KOREA...
David Byers says their top generals can be neutralized with a dozen heavy duty electro-magnets.
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
July 18 — 24
July 20: If any of you call an Uber any time soon, you might want to make sure it’s not a white Ford Bronco. I’m just saying. That’s right, O.J. Simpson was officially granted parole today and could be out of jail by October. When asked what he plans to do first, he said, “Well, catch up on all the shows about O.J.”
A lot of people didn’t know how to feel about the news. On one hand, O.J. is a convicted felon. On the other hand, he managed to keep Trump off TV for a whole afternoon. So it’s kind of a community service.
The other big story is this interview President Trump did with The New York Times. And the paper said that he made several false claims. And Trump was like, “But you chose to print them, so once again, fake news.”
The identities of the people who attended the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and the Russians keep coming out. It’s making some people in Washington very nervous. So they’re actually coming forward with their alibis to just prove that they weren’t there. For example, Chris Christie said, “I was busy shutting down Coney Island so I could ride The Cyclone by myself.”
July 24: Big news out of Washington on Friday – White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer officially resigned. That’s right, Spicer said that all the greats always know when to leave on top.
Over the weekend, new White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci deleted a bunch of old tweets that were critical of Trump’s platform. Trump was shocked — he said, “You can delete tweets?”
I saw that WebMD is being sold for $2.8 billion. The owner said he was just getting tired — but WebMD says it could either be gout, polio, or scurvy.
That’s right, WebMD is being sold. No word on who bought it, but let’s just say the Republicans finally found a replacement for Obamacare.
I read that you can now buy a new, wine-flavored jelly. Which is a great idea until your kid’s teacher calls and says, “I dunno what happened to Billy. He ate a PB&J and keeps singing ‘Don’t Stop Believing.’”
Today is National Cousins Day. And if you’re from West Virginia, happy anniversary!
July 24: Donald Trump went on a Twitter rampage this morning criticizing everyone from Hillary Clinton to congress to his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions, who he appointed. In one tweet he suggested that the phrase “drain the swamp” should be updated to “drain the sewer,” which would make sense if a sewer wasn’t already a drain. We need to sweep up the brooms!
This morning Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, testified in front of a Senate Intelligence Committee and insisted that he did not collude with Russia. Before appearing in front of the committee, Kushner released an 11-page statement denying that he colluded with the Russians. Now look, I’m not an intelligence expert, but if you need 11 pages to explain yourself, you so colluded. It’s a totes collude.
Discovery Channel’s Shark Week made a huge deal about a race between Michael Phelps and a great white shark and they were talking it up all week. Well, people on Twitter were very disappointed that they used CGI and Phelps wasn’t actually racing alongside a great white shark. What do people expect? You can’t get a shark to have a race on command. It’s a shark.
July 24: Well, it’s the end of an era. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned from his post on Friday. And just for old time’s sake, he denied it.
According to reports, President Trump is so unhappy with Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he is considering replacing him with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. That’s like being so unhappy with your wife that you’re considering replacing her with Rudy Giuliani.
Kid Rock today further fueled speculation that he will officially run for Senate by tweeting a poll showing he would lead a hypothetical election against a Democratic senator. Even worse — his music.
A Texas coffee company is recalling one of its roasts after male customers reported a “Viagra-like effect.” Wives are calling it the worst part of waking up.
July 20: As you probably heard by now, this afternoon the Nevada State Parole Board unanimously voted to grant O.J. parole. He served nine years for armed robbery. O.J. Simpson, for those of you too young to remember, is the second most embarrassing person associated with the Kardashian family. Right after Scott Disick.
He could be released by Oct. 1, on which date he’ll be picked up at the Lovelock Correctional Facility via helicopter and flown directly to the set of “Dancing with the Stars.” Or “Bachelor in Paradise.” Whichever one’s in production.
A number of cable networks including ESPN broadcast the hearing live, which wasn’t a surprise. You know, O.J. Simpson has been on TV longer than Homer Simpson. So he’s a big draw.
July 24: Who watched the shark thing? It was amazing. It wasn’t real, but it was amazing. But I like a little break from reality right about now. ’Cause have you seen reality? It’s scary. There’s blood in the water, and there are a lot of sharks circling the White House.
On Friday, Sean Spicer resigned as White House press secretary. He wanted to spend more time not answering his family’s questions.
Spicer quit on Friday because Trump appointed a new communications director, former hedge fund manager and lawyer Anthony Scaramucci. Of course, when it comes to Scaramucci, there’s only one question everybody’s asking: [Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody” clip] “Scaramouche! Scaramouche! Will you do the fandango?”
Not only did Sean Spicer resign over “the Mooch’s” hiring, but a White House insider says, “This was a murdering of Reince and Bannon. They said Anthony would get this job over their dead bodies.” That’s terrible. Before this, those guys were only dead on the Inside.
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE
Click HERE for the most current update.
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Am I the only one who is going to miss Sean Spicer? It’s obvious that SNL and the Daily Show will because they will now have to find someone new to zing in addition to the President. Click HERE to see what we’re talking about. (1:59)
By the way, I’m having trouble warming up to Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House Communications Director. He reminds me of one of the Godfather's lieutenants about to carry out a hit!
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There was a time in my life that I could dance like this, but only in my dreams back in the ‘60s when I was in my 20s. Click HERE and watch Marty and Miss Dee turn rockabilly into an art form. (3:00)
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Every church choir needs a good conductor and we think we FOUND one. (1:04)
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If you have never seen a 40-ton Humpback leap entirely out of the water you are in for a rare treat. THIS is some spectacular whale watching footage that was posted on YouTube last week. (2:53)
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If you want to save yourself a few thousand dollars in airfare plus the cost of a hotel room, you can watch this remarkable Dolphin Show by clicking HERE instead of booking a R/T flight from SFO to Tenerife in the Canary Islands where the show took place, so says Don Hale. And if you object to capturing and training Dolphins for shows like this, you can take comfort in reading many of the comments below the video. (4:24)
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While we are on the subject of Dolphins, have a look at this clip that shows one of the ways they feed themselves in the wild when they don’t have trainers hand-feeding them fish. THIS excerpt is from the BBC’s “Planet Earth” series narrated by Sir David Attenborough. (3:40)
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Tracy's Dogs is a not-for-profit National Rescue & Transport Initiative for shelter dogs. The focus of the program is to rescue and rehabilitate dogs with pending euthanasia dates residing in kill shelters with the hope of putting them up for adoption to find forever homes. Have a look at THIS clip that was posted a couple weeks ago. (4:37)
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If proof is needed that dogs can act like children when they have done something bad, THIS video should be submitted as evidence. Check it out. (1:49)
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If you like the “clip clop” of horses’ hooves on asphalt you are going to love this clip of a horse roundup in the Tuscany area of Italy. Listen closely for the bell on the lead horse as it signals to those behind to follow. As best as we could determine, the total number of HORSES including the riders bringing up the rear hovers around 150. (4:54)
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Relax, Momma, your Baby is OK thanks to some caring HUMANS who rescued her from a mud hole. (4:50)
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We have one more clip about elephants to share. It’s about Shirley and Jenny, two crippled elephants that were reunited at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee after a 22-year separation. The BONDING was immediate, intense and unforgettable between the two former circus elephants. (7:20)
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When I was a little kid I asked my parents for a little Owl, but they got me a hateful little Parakeet instead that would constantly peck at me and leave its calling card on my head. THIS clip sums up my fondness for Owls. (5:02)
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Do you speak Sloth? If you do, please send us an email and tell us what THIS little fella is saying? (1:38)
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Don Hale thinks China Lake would be a great place to work if you liked to blow things up? What do YOU think? (4:16)
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If you think the turbulence THESE passengers are experiencing on a British Air flight from Buenos Aires to London are mild, use your mouse and skip ahead to the 4:45 mark. (8:42)
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Gary Johnson thought this story by a retired USAF SR-71 Blackbird pilot was worthy of the Farsider, and after listening to it we fully agreed. You can click HERE and go straight to the video, but we recommend reading the prologue below the pic before you take to the air…
Major Brian Shul, USAF (Retired), relays the true story of a ground speed check with Los Angeles Center, while piloting the SR-71 Blackbird over Southern California. The Lockheed SR-71 ‘Blackbird’ is a long-range, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft that was operated by the United States Air Force. It was developed as a black project from the Lockheed A-12 reconnaissance aircraft in the 1960s by Lockheed and its Skunk Works division. During aerial reconnaissance missions, the SR-71 operated at high speeds and altitudes to allow it to outrace threats. The SR-71 was the world’s fastest and highest-flying operational manned aircraft throughout its career.
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Here’s an entirely NEW shopping experience, courtesy of Alice Murphy. (3:03)
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Real or staged? You be the judge. As suspicious as we are, we think the ODDS are 60/40 that it’s real. (1:00)
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Think back 30 or 40 years. Didn’t you hate it when you were working the streets and THIS happened? (2:58)
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Want to peak inside Amazon’s Fulfillment Center over in Tracy? You can with a simple click of your mouse right HERE. (2:26)
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We are closing this week’s Farsider with a dash of humor by sharing the last half of the famous “Dentist” skit featuring Tim Conway and Harvey Korman. Harvey has a terrible tooth ache and it’s Tim’s first day as a Dentist after graduating from Dental School. It’s not unusual for Tim’s antics to cause Harvey to crack up, whereas Tim almost never does. But there is a point in THIS skit where Tim also loses it for a few moments as well. Enjoy! (4:10)
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C'ya next week...
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Alvarez, Pat (Campbell)
Babineau, Dave & Cheryl
Bray, Mary Ellen
Bridgen, Betty Ruth
Brown Jr., Bill
Burroughs, (Bronson) Utta
Carr Jr., John
Carrillo, Jaci Cordes
Clark, Bill (the one who stayed)
Embry (Howsmon), Eva
Foulkes [Duchon], Louise
Gonzalez, D. (formerly D. Avila)
Guido, Jr., Jim
Guido, Sr. Jim
Hare, Caren (Carlisle)
Harnish, Mary (Craven)
Horton, Debbie (McIntyre)
Howsmon, (Jr.) Frank
Howsmon (Sr.), Frank
Hunter, Dick (via daughter Kim Mindling)
Inami, Steve & Francine
Johnson, Tom & Fran
Klein, Lou Anna
Leonard (Lintern), Lynda
Muldrow, Mark "Mo"
O'Carroll, Diane (Azzarello)
Perry (Cervantez), Martha
Rappe (Ryman), Bonnie
Reyes (Buell), Cindy
Schenini (Alvarez), Joanne
Taves, Phil & Paula
Terry, Glenn & Maggie
Vallecilla, Ernie & Peggy
Van Dyck, Lois
Williams [Durham], Lanette
Windisch Jr., Steve