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July 31, 2014

 

Bill Mattos, Editor and Publisher <bilmat@comcast.net>
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the views of the San Jose Police Benevolent Association's Board of Directors or its membership.


 

BREAKING NEWS

Is the Traffic Enforcement Unit about to be eliminated in order to beef up patrol? Say it ain't so. That's what NBC Bay Area reported during yesterday evening's newscast. (We were unable to find any other news source as of press time.) Click HERE to watch the news clip and/or read the article below that accompanied the video…

 San Jose Police Motorcycle Unit Might Be Eliminated

—SJPD officials said they're looking to add more patrol units to improve 911 response times—

The motorcycle traffic cop is a staple of police departments across the country, a staple San Jose could soon be losing.

The San Jose Police Department is considering a plan to eliminate its motorcycle traffic unit and move the 11 officers into patrol car units, NBC Bay Area has learned.

"The whole premise behind this is obviously to go ahead and help out our patrol unit, who desperately need the help," SJPD spokesman Albert Morales said.

The police union reluctantly agrees.

“Our patrol division is stretched to its limit,” the San Jose Police Officers' Association’s James Gonzales said. “We are completely reliant on overtime. And that's fatiguing our officers."

SJPOA's Paul Kelly said the department is in an "embarrassing" situation because of Measure B, which he said "has put us in a position that we have to start cutting units like the traffic units."

"It's beyond strange," Kelly said. "I think, if you look at a city our size, we should be having a traffic unit that is twice the size."

SJPD officials said it might be necessary to redeploy its motorcycle unit officers because patrols cannot handle all emergency calls.

"I think the chief and the command staff are always looking at ways to add more patrol units so that we can answer those 911 calls,” Morales said.

Some San Jose residents who spoke with NBC Bay Area said they are concerned.

"I think people are gonna possibly cut loose and not be as observant of the speed limit and the driving laws,” Julie Tornincasa said.

The chief's office said it has not set a time limit on a decision but said it will come soon. Regardless, the department said it may keep some officers on motorcycles to work with patrol units for certain situations.


 

PENSION NEWS

Nothing new to report


 

POA UPDATES



July 24th

I have removed the upcoming August 2014 Vanguard article submitted by District Attorney Jeff Rosen and for the remainder of my term as POA president, no other articles submitted by him will be accepted or published in our magazine. How long this policy will remain in effect after that will be up to my successors. I did so because it is apparent by his recent political endorsements that he is either oblivious to the disastrous affects Measure B has had on our ability to keep the citizens of San Jose safe or he puts his own personal relationships and political aspirations ahead of doing right by the men and women of SJPD.

Earlier this year, Mr. Rosen endorsed Sam Liccardo for Mayor. While disappointed, we were not surprised by this because of their past relationship. The POA Board questioned Mr. Rosen as to why he endorsed a person who has championed the policies that have crippled our Police Department and if elected Mayor, would continue down this ill-conceived path. His answer was telling. Liccardo was one of four elected people who endorsed Mr. Rosen when he ran for D.A. four years ago and so he was endorsing Sam.

Now Mr. Rosen has done it again. Just recently, he endorsed Don Gagliardi to succeed termed out Sam Liccardo for City Council District 3. This is the same Council District race our own member, Officer Raul Peralez, is running in. For those not aware, Raul finished first in the primary in June to Don's second place finish.

Mr. Gagliardi's Facebook page has a July 18th entry quoting Mr. Rosen as saying, "I endorse Don Gagliardi for San Jose City Council because he has prioritized public safety and is committed to rebuilding San Jose's police force and restoring morale in a fiscally responsible way."

Mr. Gagliardi has and still does support Measure B. Gagliardi signed one of the Measure B ballot arguments in support of the destructive Measure. This was taken from his website: "Fiscal reform: I supported Measure B pension reform to put San Jose back on a fiscally sound path." He has stated at numerous public events that he believes that Measure B litigation should continue all the way to the State Supreme Court and if Measure B were on the ballot today, he would vote for it again.

Mr. Gagliardi does not get to have it both ways. Past, present and future support of Measure B, in light of what it has done to our Police Department, is directly at odds with a "prioritized public safety" message. For that matter too, Mr. Rosen does not get to have it both ways either. It is disingenuous of him to look the men and women of the SJPD in the eye, the way he has, and say he supports us at the same time he supports politicians who champion the very policies destroying us. It is clear that Mr. Rosen looks out for Mr. Rosen first and foremost, and I, for one, have had enough.

Here is a list of the company D.A. Rosen has joined as an endorser of Mr. Gagliardi:  

• San José Mayor Chuck Reed
• San José District 3 City Councilmember Sam Liccardo
• San José District 10 Councilmember Johnny Khamis
• Pete Furman, Chief of Staff to Mayor Chuck Reed
• San José Mercury News
• San José Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce
• Metro Silicon Valley
• Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility
• Jeff Rosen, District Attorney, Santa Clara County

Mr. Rosen is an ambitious man and I have no doubt he has his eye on higher office. To that end, I will be forwarding this email to the leadership of our Statewide partners at PORAC (Peace Officers Research Association of California), CCPOA (California Correctional Peace Officers Association), CCLEA (California Coalition of Law Enforcement Associations), and the Big 11 (Los Angeles Police Protective League, California Association of Highway Patrol, Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs, Deputy Sheriff's Association of Riverside, Deputy Sheriff's Association of San Diego County, San Diego POA, San Francisco POA, Sacramento County Deputy Sheriffs Association, Safety Employees' Benefit Association). In all, these associations represent over 95% of all the 120,000+ peace officers in the State.

Jim Unland
<president@sjpoa.com>

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This is how the paper covered the dust-up between the POA and the D.A. last Friday…

San Jose Police Union Breaks with DA Rosen

—Email responds to support for pension reform—

By Tracey Kaplan
<tkaplan@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — July 25, 2014

SAN JOSE — In a scathing email to 1,500 active-duty and retired officers, the president of San Jose’s police union took the unusual step of publicly casting off one of its traditional crime-fighting allies — District Attorney Jeff Rosen — saying the group will no longer run the prosecutor’s monthly column in its magazine and will try to thwart Rosen’s statewide political ambitions. The email blast from Jim Unland, president of the San Jose Police Officers Association, came in response to Rosen’s endorsement of two local candidates who support Measure B, the city’s controversial pension reform act. San Jose voters overwhelmingly approved Measure B in 2012 over strong union opposition. Since then, hundreds of cops have been quitting for better-paying cities, and the exodus has coincided with increasing crime rates and longer response times. Rosen recently endorsed City Council candidate Don Gagliardi, rather than San Jose police officer Raul Peralez, who finished first in the June primary and is backed by the San Jose Police Officers Association. Unland said he abruptly learned about the endorsement when Gagliardi posted it on Facebook. Earlier this year, Rosen endorsed Councilman Sam Liccardo, who came in second in the mayoral primary against Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese.

“It is disingenuous of (Rosen) to look the men and women of the SJPD in the eye, the way he has, and say he supports us at the same time he supports politicians who champion the very policies destroying us,” Unland wrote in the email. “It is clear that Mr. Rosen looks out for Mr. Rosen first and foremost, and I, for one, have had enough.” Rosen declined to take the bait.

“Elections come and go,” he said in a brief telephone interview, “but my support and admiration for police officers remains steadfast and true. I have a lot of admiration and respect for police officers. I always have and always will; that hasn’t changed.”

It is difficult to say if the breach between Rosen and Unland will have any an effect on the relationship between line prosecutors and police officers, who work together every day on criminal cases. The prosecutors belong to a union, the Government Attorneys Association, which has contributed money to support police and firefighters in their legal battle against Measure B.

In December, a lower court struck down key parts of the Measure B after unions sued to block it, but the City Council voted to appeal the ruling.

Unland said in a phone interview that Rosen is keenly aware of what a devastating effect Measure B has had on police morale and public safety. Officers understood when Rosen endorsed Liccardo because Liccardo is a former prosecutor who worked with him, and because Liccardo was one of only a handful of elected officials who supported Rosen when he ran in 2010. But Unland said the union was unpleasantly surprised when Rosen came out for Gagliardi, who has said the Measure B battle should go all the way to the state Supreme Court and that he would vote for it again if it were on the ballot today.

But Unland added that he doesn’t believe that Rosen, who lives on the Peninsula, really cares one way or the other about Measure B.

“It’s future money he cares about,” said Unland, noting that Rosen is widely reputed to be interested in running for state attorney general someday. “By supporting these candidates, he’s saying, ‘While I’m a Democrat and I get along with police, I’m Establishment too. I’m pro-business.’ ” Unland plans to do what he can to derail Rosen.

“Mr. Rosen is an ambitious man and I have no doubt he has his eye on higher office,” he wrote in the email. “To that end, I will be forwarding this email to the leadership of our Statewide partners in … associations that represent over 95 percent of all the 120,000-plus peace officers in the state.”

However, as he noted in the interview, Unland is retiring in January. His successor will be elected in the fall to a two-year term, and it will be up to that person whether to continue the feud.

 

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July 30th

NBC Bay Area (video) Click
HERE




POA and Police Chief respond after two homicides in 24 hours


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Mercury News (article) Click HERE

Man stabbed to death in downtown brawl



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The Daily Fetch (article) Click HERE

Mayor Reed prepares to take his war on Public Safety statewide
 

 

THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF THE CITY AND SJPD

This incident should qualify for this column given all the exposure it received from the print and electronic media.

S.J. Police Accused of Excessive Force

—SJSU speaker says he was beaten, urges cop discipline—

By Robert Salonga
<rsalonga@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — July 28, 2014

SAN JOSE — A keynote speaker at a San Jose State graduation ceremony has filed an excessive- force complaint against the San Jose Police Department and hopes his case can be a lightning rod for heavier scrutiny of the internal investigations that by and large clear officer misconduct claims from the public.

Hours after he spoke at SJSU’s Black Graduation Ceremony in May, Nathaniel Howard said officers beat him and threw him to the ground across the street from a downtown nightclub because he questioned them as they were citing a friend for urinating in public — a confrontation partially caught on video.

 

The partial video clip contains explicit
language. Click HERE to view it.

Howard was taken in handcuffs to police headquarters but later released without being cited for any offense.

Now supported by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, Howard wants the officers who allegedly roughed him up disciplined. But the San Diego-based motivational speaker is also seeking to focus attention on the fact that department investigators almost always clear San Jose police officers of misconduct allegations.

Hundreds of use-of-force complaints have been lodged against San Jose police in recent years. All but one was dismissed.

“I’m not necessarily against the police,” Howard told this newspaper. “I want to make people aware of what’s going on and try to figure out what’s going on and stop this excessive force.”

Howard’s complaint was submitted to the city’s independent police auditor, who forwarded it to the Internal Affairs division at SJPD. He is speaking out in part to put pressure on officials to be as transparent as possible, said Joanna Cuervas Ingram, an attorney with the Lawyers’ Committee.

“What he is asking is that the allegations are sustained, that the investigation is done thoroughly, completely and fairly and he receives an official written apology and assurances from IA and IPA that the department will conduct further training and education of officers on how to treat the public fairly,” Cuervas Ingram said.

Sgt. Heather Randol said the department will not comment specifically about Howard’s claim but defended the integrity of its internal affairs process and outlined its “proactive” response, which will include outreach at the university.

“We are conducting an administrative inquiry to determine if there are any training needs to address. We want our employees to know our policies and understand our expectations,” Randol said. “Our Internal Affairs investigation will be fair and thorough and will undergo review by the independent police auditor.”

Misconduct allegations have been a sore point for police auditor LaDoris Cordell, a retired judge, who noted that in the past four years, only one of 463 excessive-force allegations was declared valid by Internal Affairs.

It could mean officers are behaving better than they have in the past, but Cordell said a more likely answer could lie in the narrow criteria for substantiating a complaint.

“It begs the question: Does that mean with these allegations of force, there’s no merit to them? Or is it perhaps the manner in which the department evaluates force that leads to nothing getting sustained?” she said. “I’m of the view that all police departments should be looking at a definition that doesn’t focus just on the act, but circumstances leading up to use of force.”

The complaint also alleges an instance of “bias-based policing.” Howard said an officer told him “You guys are ignorant,” which he took as a racially charged comment uttered because Howard and most of the people in his party were black. In the department’s entire history, no allegation of bias-based policing has ever been validated by investigators, Cordell said.

Howard, 23, was a featured guest at the university’s Black Graduation Ceremony held May 23 in part because of his work spearheading a community program teaching high school students poetry in his native San Diego. After the event, he attended a party at the Agenda Lounge at South First and San Salvador streets.

Around 2 the next morning, Howard and a friend left the club and crossed the street to the former site of the Angels nightclub, where police saw the friend urinating in public. As the handful of officers were writing a citation for the offense, Howard approached them to ask what they were doing and complain that they were handling his friend too roughly.

The officers told him to back away, and while Howard said that he followed their orders, he is shown in the video remaining in the vicinity. An officer shoved him, and he said as he was objecting to the contact, he was grabbed by two officers, one of whom hit him with a baton at least twice, after which another threw him to the ground.

“At no time did Mr. Howard pose any immediate danger to any SJPD officers or to public safety,” the complaint states.

The San Jose Police Officers’ Association, after viewing the same video, sees it differently.

“Simple, clear and reasonable commands from a police officer should always be followed; it is always unfortunate when those commands are not followed, as it puts police officers and those we are sworn to protect in potential danger,” union President Sgt. Jim Unland said in a statement. “We stand by those officers who were dealing with a very hostile situation that easily could have escalated and put officers and innocent civilians in harm’s way. The video speaks for itself.”

There’s disagreement on that point in the video. As the physical encounter unfolds, some of Howard’s acquaintances can be heard yelling, “Stop resisting,” while others say, “He wasn’t doing anything.”

Howard hopes that by bringing attention to his case, he can spark more movement toward greater police transparency.

“I still have some bruises,” he said. “It’s still a very traumatic experience.”


 

MAIL CALL

This missive from Kenn Christie is in regards to last week's article about the new Community Service Officer program that SJPD is about to implement...

July 24th

Bill,

Though the recent CSO Program is being touted as a "first" at our Department, you and most of the rest of the old-timers will remember the (mid-to-late '70s) forerunner of its type — the Cadet Program — with a lot of the same elements, though more geared toward increasing minority hiring opportunities than to reducing overhead.
 
From those in that program, we gleaned out a few strong players. Some turned out to be really strong guys and sifted out who were less so. Overall it was a successful program, which made it the first of its general type, not the new proposal as the article stated.
 
I have seen other agencies go to this one as a cost and labor saver and have noticed mixed results: Many a highly "workable" burglaries from back in our day of "owning" a burglary on our beat seem to slip by with the "report-taker-only" mentality, again, just in some of the agencies I've had personal observations with.  I know this to be true as a first-hand, seemingly endless victim of major burglaries and grand thefts (in another county).

Eventually, after the "report-taker" departed and paid little heed to evidence I was pointing out, I collected, documented and took most of that pertinent evidence from each of the burglaries and grand thefts down to the agencies. And then, some days later, went on to physically catch my own crooks on two arrest occasions and TOT them to the local agencies. My collected evidence was presented by the prosecution, and a plea bargain to reduced total sentence resulted. The cases were "make-able" from early on, just not recognized and pursued as such by the get-there-and-get-out "report-taker" system.
 
Two of the arrestees were recently sent off to prison while another one from a separate series of thefts caught local time and is still doing 12-months in the county. These were cases that were otherwise headed for the file drawers.
 
My comments are not about me, but about my observations of the sometimes marginal CSO approach to serious, prosecutable crimes at some agencies and how the cases could have turned out.   
 
Kenn Christie
<ChrissakisEime@aol.com>


 

'BIRD' FEATURED IN PAPER AS "HOMETOWN HERO"

Joan Lockwood spotted this story about Aubrey Parrott in the local Cambrian section of the Mercury News late last week. The story didn't include a photo, and the only one we could find was from the 1983 SJPD Commemorative Album when he was assigned to the Crime Scene Unit.

SJPD's Parrott Named a Hometown Hero

By Leeta-Rose Ballester
<lballester@community-newspapers.com>
Mercury News — July 3, 2014

Longtime San Jose police officer Aubrey Parrott was honored as a Hometown Hero at last month's Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in Sonoma.

Parrott, who joined SJPD in 1961 and still serves as a reserve officer, said he was "just as surprised as anyone" when he got the news that he was one of 12 winners of the Hometown Heroes Award contest, which is sponsored by Toyota, Save Mart and Lucky supermarkets. Community members and race fans nominated and voted online for people who have made a local impact.

Parrott was recognized for 53 years of police work and many hours as a volunteer for programs like Christmas in the Park, Shop-With-A-Cop, Tip a Cop, school presentations and other charity work.

 

Aubrey "Bird" Parrott
Circa 1983

The 75-year-old said his work with children in the community began early in his career. "I got a canine partner two weeks into the force," he recalled. "I got sent to do a lot of presentations. I had a docile dog; kids could pull on his whiskers, even."

Even work as a reserve officer has kept Parrott active with youths, as he helps with security at events like Christmas in the Park. He said he can't just stand around or he'd "get bored," so he ends up passing out candy canes or letting kids try out the lights on a police car.

"We've got to get them turned on to pro-morals and pro-law enforcement," he said. "That's what it boils down to."

Parrott and the other Hometown Heroes were given the chance to drive new Tundra pickup trucks on the track at the start of the race on June 20. Following their lap, the honorees were treated to a lunch.

"It was a gift," Parrott said. "They treated us very nicely."

Parrott said that he credits his wife, Emily, for getting him through his many years with SJPD, especially when he was on the homicide investigation team in the 1970s.

"I was on call for 7½ years, and somehow we're still married," he said. "I couldn't have done it without her."


 

HAVE A VEHICLE TO SHOW OFF?




At the San Jose Elks Club, Saturday, August 16, the 9th Annual Car Show fundraiser benefiting the San Jose Fire Museum will be held.

For information on how to show your vehicle or for more details on the event, please click
HERE.

You can also contact Steve Alvarado at
<steven@sanjoseca.gov> or Jim Carter at <j.h.carter@yahoo.com> or telephone: (408) 674-1624.

 

THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES

     July 23 — July 28

The New York Times published an editorial calling on the federal government to legalize recreational marijuana. They don't really care about weed, it's just the only way they can keep selling papers.

The Times said the government should legalize marijuana because the current laws against weed are useless and outdated. Then they said, "You know, like a newspaper."

"Game of Thrones" announced that it is adding nine new characters for the next season. Aaaaaand they're already dead.

Seventeen siblings from New Jersey just won $20 million in the lottery. When asked how they plan to spend the money, they said, "Remodeling the shoe we grew up in."

Last night was the finale of "The Bachelorette." It came down to two guys, Josh and Nick. But ultimately Andi went with Josh. She said after looking into her heart and doing a lot of soul searching that he was the person she wants to spend the rest of her publicity tour with.

Of course, Nick says he's heartbroken, lonely, devastated, and whatever else he has to say to be the next “Bachelor.”

LeBron James announced that he will wear his original jersey number 23 when he returns to the Cavaliers this season. Of course, it was awkward when he discovered that even HE burned his old Cavaliers jersey.

The TSA is offering a $5,000 reward for the best idea on how to speed up airport security lines. So far the best idea is making a line for people who know what they're doing and another line for people who have never been to an airport before.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the largest single transmission of deadly germs is a handshake. You're lucky, because the most popular form of greeting here in New York is the middle finger.

Congratulations to baseball great Joe Torre, Yankees manager for years and years, inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Torre thanked former girlfriends Kate Hudson, Cameron Diaz, Madonna, and Betty White.

I hear there's trouble between Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Friends say Kim has what they call the two-month itch. But apparently the trouble began somewhere between the words "I" and "Do."

There's a dating site called OK Cupid. It's for folks who are looking for someone who is just OK.

As it turns out, the people who run OK Cupid don't really match anybody up. They just shuffle the cards. They don't care. That's how L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling found a girlfriend with a tape recorder.

In Siberia locals recently discovered a giant hole in the ground. Now two more Siberian holes have appeared. Scientists don't know what's causing these holes. Astronomers blame falling meteorites. Archaeologists blame underground gas explosions. Fox News blames Obamacare. Mel Gibson blames Jewish people.

Graceland will auction some of Elvis Presley's personal memorabilia. Let's play "Books That Elvis Checked Out." There's "Hound Dog of the Baskervilles." "The Blue Suede Shoes of Madison County." "A Hunka-Hunka Huckleberry Finn." "Fifty Shades of Graceland." "Are You Lonesome Dove Tonight?"

The New York Times published its first of a six-part series that calls for federal legalization of marijuana. You remember newspapers, those things we used to read before BuzzFeed asked us which sandwich we were.

The Times editorial board argued, after weighing the pros and cons, that the scale tips in favor of legalizing marijuana nationwide. You know how long it's going to take people to finish The New York Times crossword puzzle NOW?

Comic-Con wrapped up over the weekend in San Diego. If you don't know, Comic-Con is the world's largest gathering of people who know the difference between a modem and a router.

According to Time magazine, the number of women attending Comic-Con has doubled in the last five years — it went from four to eight.

The New York Times came out in favor of marijuana legalization. Apparently, someone told them that marijuana users are really into "buying papers."

Supporters of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez have released a new font in the style of his handwriting. Although I'm surprised he wrote anything by hand since he was so used to dictating.

A restaurant in New York has created the Rice Burger, which replaces normal burger buns with rice patties. The restaurant also replaces customers with empty chairs.

Last week a man in Florida was arrested for trying to steal sushi that he had shoved down his pants, although I bet the wasabi was punishment enough.

A new poll shows that younger Americans sympathize less with Israel than older generations did. But then again, most young Americans think Israel is the cat on "The Smurfs."

A Los Angeles judge has ruled in favor of Donald Sterling’s wife and will allow her to sell the L.A. Clippers. That leaves Sterling in the awkward position of hating a white person.

A company in India is releasing the first-ever “smart shoe” that connects with Google Maps to track your footsteps. “Merry Christmas,” said your wife.


 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF JULY 26, 2014

The facts behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox

New Articles

• Links posted on Facebook supposedly point to a leaked video of a Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 being shot down by a missile.

• Must fruit be eaten on an empty stomach in order for the body to absorb it properly?

• Do we really use only ten percent of our
brains?


• Account reports instances of customers being cheated by malfunctioning gas pumps.

• Reports that the former president George H.W. Bush has died of food poisoning are false.

• Does the U.S. Army secretly feed new recruits saltpeter in order to suppress their sexual urges?

• Has President Obama required that ammunition cartridges use primer that expires after one year?

• A girl goes insane after a medical student slips a cadaver's arm into her bed as a practical joke.

• Did actor Paul Newman author an essay on the art of marriage for his wedding to Joanne Woodward?

• Will being immersed in a can of Mountain Dew truly turn a mouse into a "jelly-like" substance?

• Dr. Arieh Eldad's account of a burn center patient turned suicide bomber.

• Wife takes revenge on a philandering husband by supergluing his penis to his leg.

• Another child battling cancer wants cards from well-wishers for his birthday.

• Can homemade 'sun tea' harbor dangerous bacteria?

• Video purportedly shows Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashing.

• Photograph shows debris scene of shot-down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Real or fake?

• Did Michelle Obama note that the signers of the Declaration of Independence were not 'born American'?

• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news stories from around the world!


Worth a Second Look

• Warnings to fellow motorists about upcoming traffic hazards have been taken as insults.


Still Haunting the Inbox

• Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's circulating in the on-line world.


Fraud Afoot

• Visit our Top Scams page for a list of schemes commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.


 

THE LIGHTER SIDE & OTHER ODDS AND ENDS



Large or Full Screen preferred for YouTube videos


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Queen Beatrix of Holland was present when the Dutch Orchestra was to perform a live concert. After the musicians were seated, the conductor, who was Muslim, took it upon himself to lecture the Queen and the rest of the audience on the "beauty" of Islam prior to the start of the concert. WATCH what happens next. (2 Mins.)

 

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Warning of graphic footage: This video from a website we've never seen or heard of is about a funeral procession for an Islamist terrorist in which the funeral director made the mistake of not removing his suicide vest before the deceased was paraded through the street. BIG mistake. If you decide to WATCH the clip, take a few minutes and read the viewers' comments that follow as they may help explain where the incident took place and who the warring parties were. (2 Mins.)




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Don Hale's memory seems to have gone south as he apparently forgot that he sent in this dramatic story about a dolphin that saves a dog's life back in March of 2011. Having said that, it happens to be one of those VIDEOS worth running a second time. (6 Mins.)

 

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It's hard to tell WHICH of these kids is having the most fun, the baby or the toddler. (42 Secs.)

 

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How do you suppose this little girl is going to FEEL about her "cute little brother" when she is in her teens? (1 Min.)

 

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Is THIS combination recycling-dog-feeding machine in Turkey a good idea? We report, you decide. (1 Min.)



 

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The GoPro video camera mounted on Kelly McGarry's helmet can be seen in his shadow as he begins THIS hair-raising challenge on the Taxco Urban Downhill in Mexico. (4 Mins.)

 

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Speaking of bikes, it's not the tricks that made THIS bicycle stunt rider from the 1950s amazing, it's the fact that he was 76 years old at the time. (2 Mins.)

 

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Would you say that going for an unexpected kayak RIDE on the back of a humpback whale could be a little spooky? We would. (2 Mins.)

 

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Jim Silvers says this clip makes him WANT to run down to Walmart and stock up on their ice cream sandwiches. Doesn't make sense to us unless he's planning on a long-term power outage. Watch this and you'll see what we mean. (3 Mins.)

 


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Paramedics stand by. Pops is about to TOSS his walking sticks and get it on. (3 Mins.)

 

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Once in a great while something truly exceptional shows up on YouTube that puts our lives and those of the other 6.7 billion people that inhabit our planet in the proper perspective. This video titled "The Known Universe" takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and into the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang. Every star, planet and quasar seen in the film is possible because of the world's most complete four-dimensional map of the universe, the Digital Universe that is maintained and updated by astrophysicists at the American Museum of Natural History. Have a LOOK and prepare to be awed. (6 Mins.)

 

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Here's another critter that BELIEVES in the mantra, "Why walk when you can ride?" (48 Secs.)



 

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One might think that THIS is a French ad for the Apple iPad, but it's not. The advertised product is revealed at the very end (pun intended). (45 Secs.)

 

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Trains equipped with snow plows are something few of us ever get to see in person. Check THESE out. (5 Mins.)

 

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This guy makes exercising look like so much fun that if I had any rhythm I'd get myself a treadmill. But I don't, so I'm stuck with sitting on my COUCH and snapping my fingers to "Mac the Knife" while munching on some chips and salsa. (2 Mins.)




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Speaking of treadmills, here's a compilation VIDEO that shows why you should stay away from those killer machines. (5 Mins.)

 

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Ask yourself what kind of a mind it takes to design and build one of THESE amazing items? (3 Mins.)

 

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Lumpy says THIS is one of the finest commercials he's seen in a long time. Take a minute to watch it and see if you agree. (1 Min.)

 

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I'm including THIS video because a half-dozen readers chose to send it in, which tells me it has gone viral. Is it too polished, too slick, too much like a professionally made production? That's for you to decide. Having visited Normandy twice I'll keep my comments to myself. (7 Mins.)

 

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Most of the people you are about to see and hear in this week's CLOSER received from Doug Bergtholdt are no longer with us, but the patriotism and love for the country they left behind will live on forever. How many do you recognize? (2 Mins.)




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C'ya



Pic of the Week

Bigfoot riding Nessie…



...more believable than the IRS
claiming it "lost" the Lerner emails.

 
   

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