July 30, 2015
Bill Mattos, Editor and Publisher
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CAN YOU SPARE A PRAYER?
As many of you know, retired Chaplain Dave Bridgen has
been battling Parkinson’s Disease for the past few
years. It has now progressed to the point where he is in
need of surgery.
On Aug. 3rd he will be admitted to Stanford
Hospital for what is called “Fiducial Placement” (target
markers) and a CT Brain Scan in preparation for Deep
Brain Surgery that will take place on the following day,
Dave's schedule calls for him to return home on Aug. 5th
and rest up for a day before returning to Stanford on
Friday, Aug. 7th for the insertion of an Internal Pulse
Generator. He will then spend the next week-and-a-half
at home recuperating.
On Wednesday, Aug, 19th, he will return to Stanford for
the removal of the staples from the insertion of the
Then on Friday, Sept. 4th, the generator will be turned
on which will hopefully help his body deal with the
Prayers (according to Dave) would be appreciated for...
• Patience as he waits for all the in-between
• Relief from the pain he experiences, which can be
intense at times;
• The ability to have a sound sleep at night;
* And finally, for success.
Last Sunday’s paper did a pretty good job outlining the
proposed settlement between the City and the SJPOA…
Struggled to Retain Savings in Pension Deal
Jose labor settlement—
News — July 26, 2015
SAN JOSE — With mounting pressure to settle union
lawsuits over divisive pension reforms, Mayor Sam
Liccardo tried to spur talks in February by offering to
give up half the additional cuts the city hoped to
ultimately win in court. But a new analysis by this
newspaper shows city leaders ultimately gave up all
those additional cuts — worth some $49 million a year —
and more in the settlement with police and firefighters
they announced with great fanfare earlier this month.
Details released since the initial announcement show
significant givebacks to retirees and new hires that
were not initially revealed.
Still, it may have been the best city leaders could do.
Faced with an increasingly unfavorable legal outlook and
an exodus of cops and other workers, city leaders
acknowledge they struggled to reach an accord that
preserves the roughly $25 million in annual retirement
savings they gained when voters overwhelmingly passed
the Measure B pension reforms three years ago.
“We didn’t get everything I wanted or that the council
wanted,” Liccardo said. “But we met our key objectives.”
But whether the city could have achieved that same,
lower level of savings without three years of backbiting
and bad blood with its own employees may be argued over
for years to come.
Approved by nearly 70 percent of city voters over union
objections in June 2012, Measure B reduced pensions for
new hires, eliminated extra “bonus” checks to retirees
from the city’s underfunded pension plans, made it
harder to qualify for disability retirement and called
for veteran workers to either pay a lot more for their
pensions or choose a reduced benefit.
City unions immediately sued to overturn the measure. A
judge in 2013 blocked the higher pension contributions
from city workers — the most controversial and valuable
of the measure’s provisions — citing state legal
precedents effectively forbidding changes to government
employees’ retirement benefits after they’re hired.
While both sides threatened appeals, the city saw cops,
wastewater technicians, planners and other workers bolt
for better compensation elsewhere, leaving several
departments in a staffing crisis and amplifying critics’
calls to end the legal battle.
The city hopes it did so with the settlement announced
July 15. The firefighters ratified the proposed
settlement, but it still needs ratification from the
police union and City Council approval. The city next
month will push for similar agreements with the city’s
Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo
ran for his current office with
the endorsement of then-Mayor
Chuck Reed, architect of the
divisive voter-passed Measure
Among the proposed settlement’s changes:
Current employees: The settlement abandons nearly $50
million in court-blocked annual savings from having
workers hired before Measure B pay more for their
pensions or choose a smaller benefit.
New hires: The settlement increases the pension benefit
for newly hired city workers to align with those in the
state retirement system under changes the Legislature
adopted after Measure B. New cops and firefighters will
have a lower retirement age and higher maximum pension
of 80 percent of pay than Measure B allowed. But city
officials note the state system has no maximum pension
cap, and say the settlement keeps key Measure B
provisions: forbidding retroactive pension increases
that create massive debt in the retirement system, and
an agreement to split the full cost of the benefit with
the city. Liccardo said it keeps about 80 percent of
Measure B’s new-hire pension savings.
Retiree bonus checks: The settlement maintains
elimination of these but substitutes a more limited
benefit for veteran workers and retirees that would
guarantee their pensions keep 75 percent of their
“purchasing power.” City officials say only about 55
older police and fire retirees would qualify, and that
its added costs are about 5 percent of the original
bonus check tab. A court ruling this year blocking San
Francisco’s elimination of bonus checks left San Jose
officials uneasy about their chances of eliminating them
Retiree health care: One of the city’s biggest
retirement bill savings came not from Measure B but an
administrative change in the medical plan offerings that
reduced health benefits for retirees. Under the proposed
settlement, new hires would no longer be promised full
premium coverage in retirement for the cheapest health
plan offered city workers. Instead, they would pay into
a retirement health savings plan with no city
contribution. Veteran employees and retirees would have
the option of switching to that savings plan. Otherwise,
the city would tie the value of their retirement health
benefit to the “silver” plan under President Barack
Obama’s Affordable Care Act. City officials said
eliminating the defined retirement health benefit will
yield substantial savings not only for the city but
employees, who saw big paycheck deductions for costs of
the deeply underfunded plan.
Disability: The proposed settlement reverses Measure B
provisions that required injured workers to take other
city jobs if they could, but retains having an
independent medical expert panel make disability
Legal fees: The proposed settlement calls for the city
to pay $1.5 million in legal fees and to have an
arbitrator resolve remaining union claims for legal
fees. Liccardo said it was the most distasteful part of
the deal and the one that nearly hung up a settlement,
but he called it “a bargain in the big picture” that
would be dwarfed by annual savings in the deal.
Overall, Liccardo said, “The savings we obtained in
Measure B were very much in peril, so we got them in
other places,” adding the deal would allow the city to
“hang on to nearly every dollar” of savings it has
gained since the measure’s passage.
Former Mayor Chuck Reed, Measure B’s leading champion,
called the settlement reasonable under the
“These changes protect much of the savings of Measure
B,” Reed said, calling the battle with city unions the
measure unleashed “painful, but necessary” to ease the
bite of retirement costs that more than tripled in a
decade and now consume a quarter of the city’s operating
funds. The city’s retirement costs continue to grow,
from $305 million now to an estimated $320 million in
five years. Reed said it was either take on the fiscal
issues — which included Measure B — or lay off 500
employees and potentially file bankruptcy.
Still, critics argued that what’s left after the
proposed settlement could have been achieved through
negotiations years ago, without need for the Measure B
battle. “You look at the deal they now have on the table
— that probably would’ve been a reasonable conclusion
had the two sides come to the table,” said Pat Waite, a
longtime resident and retired finance executive.
Councilman Ash Kalra credited Liccardo with settling the
contentious issue, but said the mayor also helped create
“It’s ironic that he’s being hailed for his leadership
for doing something that should have been done years
ago,” Kalra said. The settlement framework only covers
cops and firefighters, but set the stage for talks with
the city’s other employee unions, which begin next
month. John Mukhar, president of the city’s Association
of Engineers and Architects, predicted other unions will
support similar settlements, calling the retiree health
changes “a huge advantage to both the city and the
A big question is how to implement the settlement of
voter-approved charter changes. The soonest the city
could take the measure to voters is November 2016. Both
sides want it enacted now, but some experts say making
changes without voter input could expose San Jose to
lawsuits. “After all, voters are paying for it,” said
Mark Hinkle, president of the Silicon Valley Taxpayers
Association. “I trust the taxpayers more than I trust
the special interests and City Hall.”
• • • • •
If you found the article above a little too detailed,
perhaps you will find Columnist Scott Herhold’s column
on the same topic and from the same paper a little
easier to digest…
B Questions and Answers
News — July 26, 2015
Let me begin by confessing a conflict of interest. If
the city of San Jose resolves its pension battle with
unions, one of the chief beneficiaries will be newspaper
writers like me. We won’t have to write about such an
achingly dull but important topic again (DBI, in the
I don’t pretend to know the ins and outs of unfunded
liabilities, quo warranto legal strategy, ramp-ups and
opt-outs, VEBAs and PEPRAS. (Yes, it’s all there,
sadly.) But I do understand some of the politics. Here
are a few questions and answers:
A. Who won? In very broad strokes, you could say that
the unions won the commanding share of what was at stake
in Measure B in June 2012. A big piece of this — I’d
estimate 60 percent — was achieved in a court victory in
late 2013, which said the city could not require
existing employees to contribute more to their pensions.
Mayor Sam Liccardo and the unions essentially split the
remaining part of the loaf.
B. What’s the bottom line? In early February, Liccardo
said he hoped for an additional $25 million savings
yearly from the negotiations. The city got much less,
though exact numbers are not out yet. San Jose gave up a
chunk of the savings that Measure B intended to achieve
with new cops and firefighters, who will max out at 80
percent of their salaries rather than the two-thirds
envisioned by the pension reform measure.
C. What did the unions concede? Perhaps the biggest
concession came in health care, where the unions agreed
to a cheaper package for new employees. This will
benefit younger employees whose take-home pay will
improve. The city will benefit from a smaller health
D. What political risks are there for Liccardo?
Liccardo and the council have talked about trying to
pass a quarter-cent sales tax in 2016. Santa Clara
County voters are sympathetic to tax increases, but this
is no done deal. Second, he faces the tricky issue of
getting voters to approve changes in Measure B. That
cannot happen before November 2016 — though city
officials are hoping the pact will go into effect now.
E. Could all this have been achieved without such a
bloody battle? It’s the big question. Measure B created
political havoc in San Jose, cost the city at least $4
million in legal fees and demoralized a police force
once considered one of the nation’s finest.
Liccardo, who backed the measure, has said he believed
it was necessary — though he concedes the fallout was
painful. With control over the hiring process, the
police union exerted sustained pressure on the city to
fill the gaps of departed officers.
I voted for Measure B. I still think that 90 percent
pensions, which existing cops and firefighters get after
30 years of service, are unsustainable.
San Diego passed a milder pension reform on the same day
as Measure B in June 2012, setting a standard of 80
percent retirement for new police.
After three years of wrangling, that’s where San Jose
Liccardo says the new 80 percent standard will save the
city more than a billion dollars over the next 30 years.
And San Jose’s leaders trumpet the $22 million plus
yearly savings achieved since Measure B, mainly by
eliminating a bonus check to retirees and trimming
retiree health care.
Could those concessions have been obtained by other
means? Sadly, I think the answer is yes.
THE TRIALS & TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
Councilman Raul Peralez, who wore a San Jose Police
uniform this time last year, represents San Jose
District 3 on the San Jose City Council. He wrote the
following for the Mercury News…
Shouldn’t Report Immigrant Prisoners to ICE
Peralez — San Jose Councilman, District 3
News — July 28, 2015
The heartbreaking death of Kathryn Steinle, who was
allegedly killed on July 1 in San Francisco by an
undocumented immigrant, sparked national debate over
public safety and local law enforcement’s role in
coordinating with immigration agents.
Some public figures and residents have used this tragedy
to call for revisions of local and state policies that
have protected and established trust between immigrant
communities and local law enforcement, ensuring public
In Santa Clara County, the detainer policy passed in
2011 enabled victims of crimes to openly cooperate with
police without fear of being held or deported.
But it is now also being called into question by our
local elected officials.
I have a different perspective. No one who is a threat
to public safety should be released or allowed to roam
free in our streets, regardless of their immigration
status. While some have once again chosen to scapegoat
immigrants in the United States, I assert that the real
problem here lies in an inadequate criminal justice
system and the loopholes that allow dangerous criminals
to be released.
Immigrants do not commit crimes at higher rates than
citizens. If we want a true fix for crime, we need to
fix these loopholes for everyone.
As a former police officer, I was bound by a set of
strict rules before I could detain, cite or arrest
anyone. I needed to confirm a level of probable cause
that someone had committed a crime in order to arrest
and hold them for that crime; once booked into jail, the
clock began for required affidavits, arraignments,
speedy trials and judges’ orders that would determine
whether someone was to be held longer.
These protections against unreasonable arrest or
detention, mandated by the U.S. constitution, are
offered to all people.
The same rules should apply to federal agents, and the
same protections should be allotted to immigrants.
As it stands now, our criminal justice system requires
due process for everyone who is charged with a crime.
Even if that crime is murder or violent assault, charges
still have to be proven by law enforcement officials;
cases are heard by a judge who can set bail for release,
and the accused is given a defense attorney.
I can’t agree with the scapegoating perception that
somehow entering our country without permission is so
egregious that it justifies the violation of people’s
rights. This contributes to a dynamic where the judgment
and treatment of all immigrants can go unsupervised and
where the actions of ICE officials are determined to be
above the law.
Any person in the United States should be treated
equally and with due process. Allowing ICE agents to
request the extended detention or prior notification of
an individual’s release based on their own subjective
decision without due process is wrong, and the system
needs to be improved. It has the potential to result in
second-class treatment of immigrants in our criminal
Everyone should be held accountable for their actions,
but no one should be treated worse because they are an
Just like police officers are required to go through a
process of establishing probable cause before taking
action against a human being, federal agents should be
required to do the same.
Rather than focusing on local detainer and notification
policies, our efforts should be directed at creating due
process nationally that can genuinely treat all human
beings as equals.
• • • • •
This story from yesterday’s paper ties in with the
commentary above by San Jose cop-turned San Jose
councilman Raul Peralez, who wants to keep Santa Clara
County a sanctuary for illegal immigrants…
Change Policy on ICE
—Critics decry letter calling on county to cooperate
with requests from feds—
News — July 29, 2015
SAN JOSE — Nine days after a woman was gunned down in
San Francisco — allegedly by an illegal immigrant felon
whom city authorities had released without notifying
federal authorities — Mayor Sam Liccardo sent a letter
to county officials urging them to reconsider a similar
policy that he believes frustrates deportation efforts.
“Contrary to the purposes served by other
immigrant-focused initiatives we’ve supported, any
policy that hastens the release of predatory criminals
makes us all less safe,” Liccardo, a former county
prosecutor, wrote in his July 10 letter to Santa Clara
County Board of Supervisors President Dave Cortese.
Liccardo asked the board to publicly discuss the policy
— the second attempt since 2011 to revise it.
But immigrant rights advocates are criticizing the
mayor, saying his letter flies in the face of Liccardo’s
recent effort to create an Office of Immigrant Affairs,
which helps immigrants navigate city services,
transition into the culture and integrate into the
Lisa Maria Castellanos, policy and organizing director
at Sacred Heart Community Service, said one major goal
of the Office of Immigrant Affairs was to improve the
immigrant community’s relationships with police, but the
mayor’s letter sends the opposite message.
“It’s counter intuitive. It’s a slippery slope that runs
the risk of spreading fear in the community,” she said.
“We have to be careful that if we’re lighting a candle
with one hand that we’re not pouring water on it with
But Liccardo said he’s trying to protect the immigrant
community by pushing for the policy changes.
“The heavily immigrant communities that I’ve represented
as a council member and mayor don’t want a violent felon
back in their community any more than the rest of us
do,” he said.
Like San Francisco, Santa Clara County adopted a policy
of generally refusing to honor requests from U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE, to
detain illegal immigrants. It’s a policy that’s irked
Liccardo, who believes the county should cooperate with
ICE agents in cases of serious or violent felonies.
Without changing the policy, the mayor said in his
letter, tragedies similar to the July 1 slaying of
Kathryn Steinle are not only foreseeable but
But immigration advocates, including San Jose Councilman
Raul Peralez, see it differently. They say allowing ICE
into local communities creates fear and intimidation,
discourages cooperation with police and violates
people’s basic human rights to due process. Peralez said
the current county policy makes a safer community by
encouraging immigrants to report crime without fear of
deportation. He said Liccardo’s letter undermines his
work as a champion for the Office of Immigrant Affairs.
“Our mayor in this letter is essentially saying he
thinks it’s OK to treat undocumented individuals
differently and not allow them due process,” he said. “I
don’t think that’s the community we’ve been
Before county supervisors approved the policy on ICE
holds in 2011, District Attorney Jeff Rosen and Sheriff
Laurie Smith cautioned against it.
But the majority of supervisors, including Cortese, said
they couldn’t support a “two-tier” justice system that
treats illegal immigrants differently.
The heated debate in San Jose comes on the heels of
reports that Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer
are crafting federal legislation requiring all local law
enforcement agencies to cooperate with ICE. More than 50
advocacy groups signed a letter Monday urging lawmakers
Santa Clara County had an estimated 183,500 illegal
immigrants in 2013, the state’s third-largest
population, according to the Public Policy Institute of
California. Local advocates said the mayor’s letter
appears to be a knee-jerk reaction to the recent
tragedy. “We want to make sure the horrific tragedy that
took place in San Francisco isn’t used as a political
rationale to change a policy that the community fought
for,” said Priya Murthy, policy and organizing program
director for Services, Immigrant Rights and Education
Network. “Notifying ICE of individuals based on people’s
immigration status can only result in a chilling effect
and distrust of law enforcement.”
• • • • •
Our Dept.’s long-time friend and former boss Bill
Lansdowne offered his opinion in the Sacramento Bee on
the Steinle murder and the sanctuary city issue…
Clear, Separate Roles for Local Law Enforcement and ICE
William Lansdowne — Special to The Bee
Sacramento Bee — July 25, 2015
The tragic killing of Kathryn Steinle by an undocumented
immigrant in San Francisco has drawn national attention
to the relationship between local police and immigration
enforcement. In my four decades in uniform and 20 years
as police chief, I saw again and again politicians’
temptation to respond to a singular, heart-wrenching
incident with sweeping policy change. In my experience,
this always does more harm than good.
In response to Steinle’s senseless death, some have
called for an end to policies that limit local agencies’
entanglement with federal immigration enforcement,
blaming San Francisco for this tragedy. In the wake of a
devastating incident like this, it is difficult, yet
important, to take a step back to examine why it is that
so many law enforcement officers believe it is critical
to maintain clear and separate roles for local law
enforcement and federal Immigration and Customs
Enforcement. Carrying out our respective roles, we keep
our communities and country safe.
Helping to advance the technique of community-oriented
policing is one of my proudest accomplishments in my
decades of law enforcement service. Having officers meet
regularly and frequently with the community members they
are sworn to protect and serve is the foundational
element of this proven technique. Requiring those same
officers to inquire about the immigration status of a
victim, witness or even a suspect dismantles the trust
we are working to build and undermines our ability to
investigate and prevent crime.
When police officers and sheriff’s deputies are tasked
with carrying out federal immigration enforcement,
immigrant families – many of whom are of mixed status,
with some members legal and some undocumented –
understandably become fearful of any encounter with law
This has the ill effect of making routine law
enforcement duties much more difficult and in some cases
impossible. A study by the University of Illinois at
Chicago found that 44 percent of Latinos surveyed said
they would be less likely to contact police officers if
they were the victims of a crime because they feared any
interaction with police might lead officers to ask about
their immigration status or that of family members.
Steinle, second from left, father of Kathryn Steinle, in
the wall, testifies before a Senate Judiciary hearing to
administration’s immigration enforcement policies last
Sound policing requires trust between law enforcers and
the members of the public, so that community members
share information that helps prevent crimes from
occurring and so that victims and witnesses come forward
to help police solve crimes. For years, we saw the
negative consequences when cities and counties were
forced to bear the costs of complying with federal
immigration policies. We learned the hard way that
wedding local law enforcement agencies’ work to the
federal government’s deportation tactics breeds
deep-seated mistrust in the police.
To date, more than 320 localities throughout the
country, including 50 in California, have stopped
holding individuals beyond their ordinary release merely
on the basis of an ICE detainer request. Instead,
sheriffs and police departments have adopted due process
protections to operate within the law, reduce the risk
of deterring innocent crime victims and witnesses from
coming forward, and restore community trust. In the
tragic killing of Steinle, all ICE would have had to do
is present San Francisco with a judicial order
authorizing detention, and local authorities could
legally have kept Lopez-Sanchez in custody.
Instead of using Steinle’s tragic death as a vehicle to
tear down smart policing policies across our state, our
members of Congress should use this moment as an
opportunity to ask law enforcement officials why they
have worked so hard to establish trust and cooperation
with immigrant communities.
William Lansdowne served as chief of police in San
Diego, Richmond and San Jose. Read more
• • • •
Here we go again. Perhaps we are living in an age where
cops should go 10-8 at the beginning of their shift,
then find a comfortable place to park and stay put until
they receive a call. If nothing else, it could save the
City a lot of dough in lawsuits and gasoline. This was
on the news yesterday evening and in today's paper...
—Couple: Officer pulled gun on family as they pulled up
News — July 30, 2015
SAN JOSE — The Police Department here is facing new
allegations of racial profiling, this time in a federal
lawsuit filed by a black couple who claim that an
officer pulled a gun on them and their young children
for no reason as they pulled up in front of their
Almaden Valley home.
The suit filed by Emmanuel Stephens and his wife,
Jasmine Whitley, comes amid national concerns about
disparate treatment of blacks and other racial
minorities by police that have erupted in protests when
encounters with cops turned deadly in Ferguson,
Missouri; Staten Island, New York; and Baltimore. A
University of Cincinnati police officer was indicted
Wednesday on a murder charge in what a prosecutor called
“a senseless, asinine shooting” of a black motorist
during a minor traffic stop. It was the first time such
a charge had been leveled against an officer in the
The San Jose lawsuit also follows an analysis by this
newspaper of traffic-stop data collected by police last
year that found significant racial disparities in the
stops. Officers pulled over, searched, curb-sat, cuffed
or otherwise detained blacks and Latinos at far higher
percentages than their share of this city’s population.
Yet the stops seldom led to arrests or evidence of
“What happened to my clients happens all the time and is
a real problem,” said the couple’s Walnut Creek lawyer,
Paul B. Justi. “This type of police misconduct only gets
attention when someone ends up dead, but this type of
nonlethal harassment is much more widespread and also
needs to be brought to light and stopped.”
The City Attorney’s Office, which represents the Police
Department, declined to comment.
Police officials have denied any bias, saying the
traffic-stop data reflect a focus on high crime areas
such as East San Jose, which is heavily Latino, in what
is otherwise a relatively safe large city. But the city
has set aside $125,000 for an independent consultant to
study the data, and police leaders also have expressed
an openness to special training programs.
The suit filed by Stephens and Whitley seeks an
unspecified amount of monetary damages. But Whitley, a
mail handler for the U.S. Postal Service, said they hope
the lawsuit spurs change.
“My goal is to get the police to respect the citizens,”
Whitley, 30, said. “Not everyone who is African-American
is a crook or criminal. There are many productive
citizens, and I am one of them.”
The couple alleges that Officer Alexander Keller
followed Stephens as he drove home from picking up his
7-year-old daughter from school, then jumped out of his
patrol car with his gun drawn when they arrived.
According to the lawsuit, Keller then handcuffed
Stephens and put him in the back of his patrol car, and
threatened their 14year-old, who emerged from the house,
with Juvenile Hall if she went back in the house to get
a cellphone to record the incident. They also claim
officers searched the car without probable cause, and
cited Whitley for possession of a small container of
medical marijuana, even though she showed him proof she
had a prescription. An officer who later arrived told
the family that they had gotten a call about a
“suspicious black man with a purple backpack,” but
Stephens did not have such a backpack and that even if
he did so, Keller could not have seen it from his patrol
car, the suit said.
In May, a separate federal civil rights lawsuit seeking
class-action status was filed by San Jose lawyer Nick
Emanuel on behalf of Shauncey Burt, an African-American
man who was stopped by San Jose police for minor traffic
violations three times in five months. Each stop lasted
at least 30 minutes, the suit contends, during which he
was ordered to sit on the curb, and on one occasion was
handcuffed while officers searched his car. Yet the
searches came up empty and Burt was given a traffic
ticket only once. The city declined to comment.
Although I also look to the sky to see UFOs or anything
interesting, all I often see are clouds shaped like
“Bunnies & Duckies,” but I will keep looking.
Both of you know my Wyoming roots. As a young mountain
climber (19 years old) I was lucky to have successfully
climbed the National Monument (The Devil’s Tower) which
has been featured in various sci-fi movies.
Note the image of a bucking bronco in the Devil's Tower
I am also an avid reader of a Wyoming author, Craig
Johnson, who writes about a mythical Wyoming Sheriff,
Walt Longmire. His books spun off the successful TV
series “Longmire” that, unfortunately, was cancelled
last year, but has been picked up by NetFlix and will be
available this fall. One of his short stories, “The
Spirit of Steamboat,” tells the story of how the state
of Wyoming acquired the bucking horse symbol that
appears on Wyoming license plates, etc.
I recommend this story as well. I have included some
Devil’s Tower photos and one that is probably
photoshopped, but still one of my favorites.
• • • • •
I like the idea of being able to send you an email
without identifying myself like Talking Points has done.
I sent you one several weeks ago that you guys chose to
print and am now sending you this one with two videos
about the Planned Parenthood abortion issue that I feel
strongly about. If you find them appropriate, please
include them in the next Farsider.
Red State <RedState70@comcast>
Everyone is invited to express their opinions on
controversial issues here in the Mail Call column
whether they want their identities known or not.
The first video R.S. sent in is a Hitler parody of the
Planned Parenthood videos that have been in the news.
The second video is a commentary by Brit Hume of Fox
News who offers his opinion on the same topic.
HERE to watch the Hitler parody. (3:50)
HERE to watch the Brit Hume commentary. (2:20)
• • • • •
Allow me to rant about those guilt ads on Fox News, CNN
and some other channels to get the public to donate $19
a month to a specific charity such as the Shriners, St.
Jude, Wounded Warriors, Disabled American Veterans and
the Humane Society, just to name a few. I’m sure they
are all worthy charities. At least I hope they are
because I was guilted into donating to two of them. What
I hate is to be confronted several times a day by a
crying wife, an adorable but physically challenged kid
or the saddest looking pet I have seen in years pleading
for my money. Are we going to continue seeing these ads
for the next several years? Logic would say that the
answer is yes as long as they continue to be successful
in raising money. That raises another question: how much
of every dollar that I give goes to pay Fox, CNN and the
other stations that carry the guilt ads? It's obvious
that they must spend millions on TV advertising.
My second pet peeve are those damn gold and silver ads,
especially that one with William Devane that runs a
couple of dozen times a day on the same stations. If I
ever see that guy on the street my first instinct will
be to punch his lights out.
I feel better now. Thanks for the opportunity to get
this off my chest.
Interesting, TP, if it wasn’t for you, Red State and
Gary Leonard, our mailbox would have made a good home
for moths this week. Regarding your rant, I can
sympathize. I too have been “guilted” into making a
monthly pledge to a couple of the $19/month charities,
but only one that you mentioned. The way I get around
having to listen to the crying wives, adorable children
or stare at the homeless cats and dogs is by DVRing
everything I watch so I can push the FF button when one
pops up on the screen. I hardly ever watch anything live
anymore. If there is a problem, it’s that there are so
many charity and gold/silver ads on the channels I watch
the most that I’m worried I will soon wear out the FF
button on my remote.
• • • •
This letter to the editor of the Mercury News in today’s
paper caught our eye just prior to press time. Well
Mayor Has the Right Idea
to the Editor
News — July 30, 2015
I would like to personally congratulate and support San
Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo regarding his suggestion that
Santa Clara County follow the current law pertaining to
illegal criminal felons in custody.
The county should be legally obligated to turn this
class of offenders over to Immigration and Customs
Enforcement for the determination of deportation or
Then, if the federal government releases this category
of felons by choosing not to enforce its own law, we
would know who to blame for subsequent violence and be
able to hold them accountable.
Laws that are not enforced have no meaning or value.
Peter T. Guerin, San Jose
PAY ATTENTION, FOLKS, IT'S TIME FOR A LITTLE HISTORY
ABOUT SAN JOSE
It’s time for a history lesson, courtesy of Bob Schiller
(S/O), so stay alert because one never knows when there
will be a pop quiz. This week’s topic:
will take you to an interesting video that will provide
you with the history of the park dating all the way back
to the mid-1800s. (2:33)
Perhaps the most stand-out event that took place in the
downtown park was the 1933 infamous hanging of two men
suspected of kidnapping and murdering Brooke Hart, the
son of a popular San Jose businessman. The suspects were
dragged from their jail cells and hanged in the park by
an angry mob. But were they responsible for the crime?
Author and filmmaker John Murphy doesn’t think so. Watch
clip and see what you think.
is newsreel footage from 1933 that was played in movie
theaters all over the country about the lynching. Keep
in mind that the St. James Park hangings took place in
the wake of the kidnapping and murder of the Charles
Lindbergh baby that shocked the nation.
The San Jose History website is replete with tons of
information about San Jose’s past, including how the
city was impacted by the 1906 earthquake that devastated
San Francisco and other parts of the Bay Area. To view a
video about that catastrophe, click
to go to the website, then look at the Archives on the
right and click on the “April 2015” link. That will take
you to a page where you will find a video about the
earthquake and a second clip titled “Quest for Flight.”
REST IN PEACE, CECIL
If you're not at least a little familiar with the sad
and maddening story about Cecil the Lion, you have
probably been pulling a Rip Van Winkle or hiding in a
cave for the past 36 hours. Even if you know the basics
of the story, take a look at how Jimmy Kimmel vented on
his show Tuesday evening about the Minnesota dentist who
traveled to Zimbabwe and paid $55K to shoot the
13-year-old local icon that wore a GPS collar, first
with a bow and arrow, then with a rifle after tracking
the big cat for 40 hours to finish it off before
skinning Cecil and removing its head to keep as a
Many people on social media are calling for — excuse the
expression — the dentist's head.
clip is one of many you can find on YouTube with a
“Cecil the Lion” search.
Even yesterday’s paper gave the story several column
inches (that’s newspaper speak relating to the length of
Accused of Killing Lion
—Hunter says he wasn’t aware of animal’s status—
Bakst and Amy Forliti — Associated Press
News — July 29, 2015
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — An avid Minnesota hunter accused of
illegally killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe said
Tuesday that he thought everything about his trip was
legal and wasn’t aware of the animal’s status “until the
end of the hunt.” Walter Palmer, who has a felony record
in the U.S. related to shooting a black bear in
Wisconsin, released a statement through a public
relations firm after being identified by Zimbabwean
authorities as the American involved in the July hunt.
They said Palmer is being sought on poaching charges,
but Palmer said he hasn’t heard from U.S. or Zimbabwean
“I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local
favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end
of the hunt. I relied on the expertise of my local
professional guides to ensure a legal hunt,” said
Palmer, a dentist who lives in the Minneapolis suburb of
Eden Prairie. The 55-year-old was identified by the
Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, the Safari Operators
Association of Zimbabwe and police as the American
facing poaching charges for the crossbow killing of
Cecil, a well known and protected lion. Local
authorities allege the lion was lured from a protected
area and killed in early July. Zimbabwean
conservationists said the American allegedly paid
$50,000 for the trip. The lion’s death has outraged
animal conservationists and others, including U.S. Rep.
Betty McCollum, a Minnesota Democrat. In a statement
late Tuesday, the congresswoman called for an
investigation by the U.S. attorney’s office and the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service to see whether any U.S. laws
Palmer’s hired spokesman, Jon Austin, said he believed
Palmer was in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area on Tuesday.
No one answered the door at Palmer’s home, and a woman
who came out of his dental office in nearby Bloomington
said he wasn’t there or taking patients Tuesday. Phone
calls to listed home numbers went unanswered.
According to U.S. court records, Palmer pleaded guilty
in 2008 to making false statements to the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service about a black bear he fatally shot in
western Wisconsin. Palmer had a permit to hunt but shot
the animal outside the authorized zone in 2006, then
tried to pass it off as being killed elsewhere,
according to court documents. He was given one year
probation and fined nearly $3,000.
Doug Kelley, a former federal prosecutor and Palmer’s
attorney in the bear case, was unavailable for immediate
comment Tuesday, according to his assistant. Palmer has
several hunts on record with the Pope and Young Club,
where archers register big game taken in North America
for posterity, said Glenn Hisey, the club’s director of
records. Hisey said he didn’t have immediate access to
records showing the types and number of animals killed
by Palmer but noted that club records involve legal
hunts “taken under our rules of fair chase.”
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
July 22: A major Iowa newspaper published an op-ed
against Trump calling him a "self-absorbed, wholly
unqualified feckless blowhard." Or as Trump put it, "You
forgot very rich . . . I'm a very rich, self-absorbed,
wholly unqualified feckless blowhard. Very, very rich."
After Donald Trump wrote Lindsey Graham's cellphone
number on a piece of paper and showed it to everybody,
Graham said he's getting a new phone. Which explains
Lindsey Graham's latest campaign slogan, "New phone, who
Ohio Governor John Kasich became the 16th Republican to
announce that he is running for president. During his
speech he referred to Jesus Christ, which is ironic
because so did Americans when they heard another
Republican was running for president.
Joe Biden was spotted with a bruise on his face that was
apparently caused by his dog. I guess they collided when
they both went after the same tennis ball.
Tonight was the big premiere of "Sharknado 3" on the
Syfy channel. I watched it, and I think the best actor
was me just now saying I watched "Sharknado 3."
July 23: Today Trump went to Texas to visit the border
between the U.S. and Mexico. And when he got there,
other Republicans pushed him over the border and went,
“Your problem now! You gotta deal with this guy! He's on
The FEC released Donald Trump’s financial disclosure
yesterday, and it revealed that he received royalties of
less than 200 dollars for most of his books. The bad
news is, the books aren’t selling; but the GOOD news is
– looks like he’s got something to build that Mexican
fence with! “It’s a very classy book-fence!”
Republican candidate George Pataki said his dogs would
give him the best endorsement for becoming our next
president. Until they hear Chris Christie always carries
bacon in his pockets. (Joke's on them, though, he’s
never going to give them any of that pocket bacon. It’s
what gets him through long meetings!)
Republican candidate Ben Carson told reporters he thinks
American prisons might be too comfortable. As opposed to
Mexican prisons that have personal showers with $5
million escape tunnels.
July 24: Donald Trump has been all over the news this
week, but he’s still struggling to be seen as a
legitimate candidate by Republicans. In fact, now Trump
is threatening to start campaigning as a third-party
candidate if the Republican Party doesn’t become more
supportive. Of course, a lot of Republicans say you need
to give respect to get respect. To which Trump says,
One GOP Congressman named Carlos Curbelo actually
suggested that Donald Trump may be a “phantom candidate”
that has been planted by the Democrats. The DNC strongly
denied this – while Hillary said, “Crap, they figured it
out! Take off the wig, Bill.”
A new poll also shows that a majority of people in
Colorado think Hillary Clinton is not trustworthy.
Although, that's not saying much coming from the most
paranoid state in America. "Hillary Clinton? She's a
China is hosting something called a World Cup soccer
tournament for robots called “RoboCup 2015,” and the
engineers' goal is for robots to face humans in the real
World Cup by 2050. Then robots said, “Oh no, you'll be
long gone by then.”
July 27: Tom Cruise is here to promote the new "Mission:
Impossible" movie, which I believe is all about Donald
Trump's PR team.
In a speech in Texas, Donald Trump called Hillary
Clinton “easily the worst Secretary of State in the
history of our country.” When asked what he based that
on, Trump said, "I heard ME say it just now. So it's
gotta be true.”
Chris Christie attended the Italian-American Heritage
Festival street fair in Iowa this weekend, where they
celebrated Italian culture and Italian food. The street
fair involved two of Christie’s favorite pastimes –
eating, and shutting down traffic. It's a combo platter.
Chris Christie attended an Italian-American Heritage
Festival where vendors served him a lot of Italian food,
including bacon-wrapped dates. Which was also Christie’s
prom fantasy in high school. “Want to go to prom with
me? Can I wrap you in bacon?"
Time magazine interviewed Bill Clinton about the current
presidential campaign, and he claimed he had to ask
Hillary to marry him three times before she said yes.
Then Hillary was like, “Yeah. That wasn't me.”
July 28: I saw that Donald Trump is selling his
penthouse suite at the Trump Park Avenue building here
in New York City for $21 million. When asked why he’s
selling it now, Trump said "Hey, Americans seem to be
buying everything else I'm selling, so why not strike
while the iron's hot.”
Three of Donald Trump’s kids have come forward to defend
him, and called him “an incredible dad and role model.”
Donald was so moved that he wrote one of them back into
his will. “I’m not gonna tell you which one . . . it’s
In several speeches and interviews, Donald Trump has
brought up his book “The Art of the Deal,” and said that
Obama would have negotiated a better deal with Iran if
he had read it. It got even more awkward for Obama when
Iran was like, “It worked for us — you guys got
Last night was the big season finale of “The
Bachelorette,” and for the second season in a row, Nick
Viall made it to the final two, only to wind up losing.
I dunno, man. If you lose “The Bachelorette” twice in a
row, there must be something really, really RIGHT with
July 22: This week, Donald Trump and Lindsey Graham had
a beef. What would you call that? Beef jerky.
Super hero movies, you're great, but there's just too
many of you. In the past five years alone, there have
been 22,000 superhero movies. It's getting ridiculous,
we have had more Batmans in the past 25 years than we've
had presidents. And guess what? Barack Obama is probably
going to play Batman next year.
July 27: A California couple went hiking in the Angeles
national forest, got lost, and had to be air-lifted out
by a rescue team. That in itself is bad enough, but what
made it worse is it was the couple's first date.
You know the guy knew they were lost a good four hours
before he even acknowledged that he didn't know where he
was going. Just four hours of him saying, "No. No.
Right, this way. I do this hike all the time."
I would never hike on the first date. No way. Have sex?
Absolutely. But hiking is the kind of thing you don't do
until you're married . . . All I can think is these two
must have met on that dating app for hikers. Timber.
July 28: Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Apple
co-founder Steve Wozniak were a part of a group of
scientists that issued a warning to all of humanity that
recent breakthroughs in artificial intelligence will one
day lead to killer robots. Just to be clear, when I say
killer robots, I don't mean like "killer robots, dude."
I mean robots that will kill you.
First the robots take all the auto industry jobs. Now
they're putting good, honest, hard-working assassins out
of work. Where does it end?
Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk issuing a warning I can
understand, but Apple founder Steve Wozniak? This is the
guy I'm going listen to about the future? The dude who
sold his Apple stock in 1985?
The killer robots can't be coming that soon. Like, in
the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey," we were supposed to
be living on the moon in the year 2001. It's 2015 and
we’re not even living in Detroit.
Before we start thinking about a robot future, let's get
today right. We don't even have free Wi-Fi when we have
signs that say free Wi-Fi.
It was announced that they are developing the very first
invisible car. Why would anyone want that? An invisible
car is just going to be an excuse people use when they
try to walk through the Jack-in-the-Box drive-thru.
July 22: In Major League Baseball news, the federal
government has decided to drop their criminal case
against former superstar Barry Bonds. . . . This is a
case that started in 2003, it took forever, and nothing
ended up happening. Just like baseball.
Barry Bonds never said he didn't use steroids, he just
said he thought they were flaxseed oil and arthritis
balm. Never send Barry Bonds grocery shopping. "I asked
you to pick up milk." "I did!" "No, this is foot
Sony Pictures Animation won a three-studio bidding war
for a movie starring emojis. It’s a nearly seven-figure
deal that sold off a pitch — which, for those not
familiar with showbiz lingo, means someone went into a
meeting with executives and said, "You know those
pictures people send each other? Let's make a movie
about them." And walked out of the office with a million
July 27: On ABC's season finale of "The Bachelorette"
Nick's proposal fell on deaf ears when Kaitlyn chose
Sean. All Nick got out of it was an awkward limo ride
home. "I am the world's biggest joke." "That is not
true. Not as long as Donald Trump is running for
According to multiple new polls, Donald Trump is still
leading the field of Republican candidates for
president, which I have to say is all going to be very
funny until the White House is covered in gold paint.
A CNN poll has Trump with 18 percent, ahead of Jeb Bush
in second place with 15 percent. This is how we do
things now. We find our spouses on "The Bachelorette"
and our presidents on "The Apprentice."
In Sweden on Saturday, Snoop Dogg was taken into custody
on suspicion of drug use. Can you imagine them
suspecting Snoop Dogg of using drugs? I don't think so.
July 28: Yesterday, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced
they're withdrawing Boston's bid to host the 2024
Olympic Games. We have not been able to get a majority
of the citizens of Boston to support hosting the 2024
Olympic Games. The only thing they support is throwing
beer bottles at Yankees fans.
The USOC has to come up with another city from the
United States to bid against Paris, Rome, and Toronto,
and most people think that city will be Los Angeles —
which is exciting. The summer Olympics could bring some
much-needed traffic to the L.A. area.
Hey, Boston, stop sending us the crap you don't want.
First Matt Damon, now this. We've had enough.
July 22: Donald Trump's children released a statement
this week calling their father a "true visionary and a
great mentor." And Trump released a statement calling
his kids "suck-ups" and "not the best."
Sportswear company Lululemon is coming out with a new
line of beer. It’s a dark beer, but when you tip the
bottle, it turns see-through.
A couple was spotted this past weekend walking into the
ocean in North Carolina wearing homemade cages to fend
off sharks. Said sharks, "Wow, this really does taste
BlackBerry announced today that it is buying another
tech company to improve its BBM messaging service. Well,
actually, they announced it weeks ago, but I just got
the message now.
The French-language Scrabble championship was won this
week by a New Zealand man who does not speak French. Of
course, in French scrabble, you win by flipping over the
board and going outside for a cigarette.
July 23: Sharknado 3 premiered last night and SyFy has
already confirmed that there will be a Sharknado Four.
It’s like a bad joke that’s gone too far. And you can
tell, because Sharknado is now the Republican
Presidential hopeful Rick Perry yesterday accused Donald
Trump of “demagoguery,” and said that he must be
“excised and discarded.” So one thing is clear: somebody
got Rick Perry a word-of-the-day calendar.
Sources say the Obama administration is in the "final
stages" of planning the closing of Guantanamo Bay. The
way it’s gonna work is, they’re going to put a Radio
Shack sign out front and let nature take its course.
The Museum of the Moving Image in New York is opening a
new exhibit dedicated to cats that are famous on the
internet. So if you love the internet, and you love
cats, you’re probably not making it out of the house.
July 27: Donald Trump said this weekend that he is
self-financing his campaign and is not beholden to
donors and special interests. Or other nations. Or his
party. Or the wealthy, or middle class, poor people,
citizens or voters, humans, plants, animals…
Hulk Hogan is in trouble after a video surfaced showing
him using the n-word during a sex tape. You know it’s
bad when a 61-year-old man makes a sex tape with his
friend’s wife and that’s not the gross part.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced a new
plan to improve LaGuardia Airport. That’s right, they’re
going to burn it down.
A California couple last week had to be rescued during
their first date after they got lost on a hike in the
woods. Said the man, “Whoa, whoa, whoa – ‘couple?’”
Snoop Dogg was arrested and released in Sweden this
weekend on suspicion of using illegal drugs. Officials
first became suspicious in 1991.
July 28: The season finale of "The Bachelorette" was
last night. And Nick was the big winner because Kaitlyn
chose Shawn. I'm not sure that's the best way to tell
the story how you met your fiancée. "I won her on a game
show, it came down to two men and I won her."
A New York man was arrested Friday for driving an ice
cream truck intoxicated wearing only underwear and
yelling at children. So on the down side, he was
arrested. But, on the up side, he is the Republican
A new book by Dr. Seuss came out today called "What Pet
Should I get." He was inspired to write it when his wife
said, “I want a baby.”
The Orange County Fair in California is going on now,
and features deep-fried Slim-Fast bars. It's perfect if
you haven't decided if you want to be fat or not. The
fair also features deep-fried pizza, deep-fried birthday
cake, and deep-fried pickles stuffed with peanut butter.
Not featured at the Orange County Fair: oranges. Not a
single, solitary orange.
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE
HERE for the most current update.
• • • •
A movie titled “The Unknowns” is scheduled to be
released on Nov. 11th, Veterans Day. We suspect that
virtually all of you will want to see it after you
WATCH this special extended preview. If we forget to
remind you in early Nov., we would appreciate it if one
of you would remind us to remind you. (5:21)
• • • • •
Well done, Kerry, you sure pulled one over on those
stupid Iranian negotiators. Click
HERE and check out how mad and upset this Iranian
official is. (3:39)
Clinton, how did that North Korean Nuclear Deal work
out? Remember addressing the nation and saying
THIS back in 1994? (0:56)
• • • •
USMC Lance Cpl. Squire “Skip” Wells, who was one of the
Marines killed in the Chattanooga shooting, was from
THIS is how the Atlanta Fox affiliate reported on
his return home to Cobb County. (2:58)
THIS is raw footage (no narration) of the procession
that brought Skip home. (4:11)
• • • • •
For you WWII aficionados, this documentary received from
Chuck Blackmore about the B-29 raids on Japan near the
end of the war should spark your interest. The
Smithsonian Air & Space Museum did an excellent job of
enhancing the original 16mm color film that was shot by
COMBAT CAMERAMEN of the daring raids leading up to
the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and
Nagasaki that brought an end to the war. (46:40)
(Place your mouse on the blue banner in the middle of
the screen that reads “D-Day in Colour!,” then click on
the little “x” in the upper right corner to make the
• • • • •
You probably know him as the “Jetman” as opposed to Yves
Rossy. He’s the guy who straps a jet-powered pair of
homemade wings on his back and goes zooming through the
air like a fighter jet. In this video, Rossy takes an
exhilarating flight through the Grand Canyon before he
CHUTE that brings him back to earth for a safe
• • • • •
While Yves Rossy’s flight with his jet-powered wings was
amazing, we were just as impressed with
THIS video from Dirk Parsons of Kyle and Skip’s
antics with their aerobatic planes. For you aviation
fans, this is a must-see. (3:07)
• • • • •
Have a look
THIS Samsung ad for the “Safety Truck” sent in by
Alice Murphy. Odds are you will only see it here on
• • • •
What makes scientists excited in addition to those
studying the pics of Pluto? Lots of things, like
THIS unexpected visit by a sperm whale while
conducting an experiment nearly 2,000 feet under the
surface of the Gulf of Mexico. Listen to the reaction of
these scientists who are working with the Remote
Underwater Vehicle (ROV) Hercules off the Louisiana
• • • • •
A husband and wife are having dinner at a very fine
restaurant when an absolutely stunning young woman comes
over to their table, gives the husband a big open
mouthed kiss, then says she'll see him later and walks
The wife glares at her husband and says, "Who the hell
"Oh," replies the husband, "she's my mistress."
"Well, that's the last straw," says the wife. "I've had
enough, I want a divorce!"
"I can understand that," replies her husband, "but
remember, if we get a divorce it will mean no more
shopping trips to Paris, no more wintering in Barbados,
no more summers in Tuscany, no more BMW in the garage
and no more yacht club. But the decision is yours."
Just then, a mutual friend enters the restaurant with a
gorgeous babe on his arm.
"Who's that woman with Richard?” asks the wife.
"That's his mistress," says her husband.
"Ours is prettier," she replies.
• • • • •
Fair warning: Change the channel from Animal Planet to
any other station and you are likely to be attacked by
THIS English Bulldog. (0:53)
• • • •
ever given some thought to having a Sloth as a pet?
THIS short Animal Planet clip titled “Bath Time for
Baby Sloths.” (1:51)
• • • • •
If you need proof that cops wear many hats, check out
THIS Just for Laughs clip sent in by Marcia Morton.
• • • • •
to keep your eye on the facial expression of the
FEMALE news anchor when her co-anchor explains why
Amazon is outselling Walmart. (0:48)
• • • •
If we told
you that this girl had a unique talent you would never
be able to tell what it was by looking at her, so you
might as well go ahead and click
HERE to see what it is. (1:27)
• • • •
Most of us have a preconceived image of what North Korea
is like because it’s such a secretive country and
generally off limits to the media.
THIS short time-lapse video of Pyongyang may
surprise you. Have a look. (3:23)
• • • • •
People often complain about the police, but you rarely
hear about the positive things they do, such as this
incident involving a biker and a frozen carburetor.
Last January on a bitterly cold winter's day, a North
Dakota State Trooper on patrol came upon a motorcyclist
who was stalled by the roadside. The biker was swathed
in heavy protective clothing and wearing a full-face
helmet to protect the face from the cold weather.
“What’s the matter? asked the Trooper
"Carburetor's frozen," was the terse reply.
"Pee on it. That'll thaw it out."
"I can't," said the biker.
"OK, watch me closely and I'll show you." The Trooper
unzipped and promptly warmed the carburetor as promised.
Moments later the bike started and the rider drove off,
A few days later, the local State Troopers’ office
received a note of thanks from the father of the
It began: "On behalf of my daughter Jill..."
• • • • •
Whoever chose “The Sound of Silence” by Simon and
Garfunkel to accompany
THIS clip of two friends on a thrill ride chose
well. Keep your eye on the kid on the left who, in our
opinion, is either heavily self-medicated, or
auditioning for the lead role in “Weekend at Bernie’s
Part IV.” If nothing else, enjoy the song. (3:05)
• • • • •
We’re not sure what we like most about
THIS video clip, the athletic prowess of the bike
rider, the scenery, or the song? After watching it a
second time, we decided it was a combination of all
• • • • •
Any idea what’s inside this rotting building in
Kazakhstan? Time’s up. The answer is a couple of Russian
Space Shuttles. Check out
THIS amazing website sent in by Bert Kelsey.
• • • • •
While we are on the subject of Space, just what is that
LIGHT on the dwarf planet of “Ceres” that is located
between Mars and Jupiter? And what’s with the pyramid
that was also found on the little orb? (13:44)
• • • • •
It’s been five years since we last
VISITED with Gary Miller and his dog that is named,
uh, “Dog.” Let's drop in and see how they are doing.
• • • • •
With apologies to the late Robert Preston and the rest
of the cast of “Music Man,” let’s see
WHAT the Capitol Steps are up to as we get close to
the Republican debate. (2:09)
In closing, and with apologies once again — but this
time to our Commander in Chef (oops, Chief) —
HERE is an encore presentation by the Capitol Steps
with the Prez singing “Don’t Know Much.” Granted that it
is almost two years old, but we think you will agree
that nothing much has changed. (3:03)
• • • • •
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Terry, Glenn & Maggie
Vallecilla, Ernie & Peggy
Van Dyck, Lois
Williams [Durham], Lanette
Windisch Jr., Steve