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RETIRED POLICE DATA SPECIALIST ELEANOR PEELER
Born April 13, 1936
Appointed Dec. 1973
Retired Nov. 1992
Died July 26, 2018
Next Wednesday, Aug. 8th
Pre Service/Viewing 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Service at 11:00 a.m. to 12 Noon
Saint Marks Episcopal Church
1957 Pruneridge Ave.
From Sharon Miceli
I'm sorry to say that I am emailing to let you know that I have lost another dear friend, Eleanor Peeler.
I met Eleanor when we worked together in Records and became close friends while working together selling and distributing reports at the front report counter.
Eleanor had a great sense of humor and a wonderful laugh. She was smart, well read, adventurous and curious, taking classes, even late in life, to learn about things she found intriguing.
I remember when she was meeting with adults at the library to help some with learning the English language and others who she was teaching to read. She loved to travel and also loved baseball. She was a kind, unique and interesting person, and she will be missed.
I spoke with Eleanor's two daughters, Keri and Sue, this morning and they advised that Eleanor had a massive stroke on Sunday, July 22nd, and passed on Thursday, July 26th.
They are in the process of planning her funeral and will get back to me with the exact date, time and location. Her obituary will be in the San Jose Mercury News this weekend, August 3rd, 4th and 5th.
Sharon Miceli <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The following message and photo was received yesterday
from Suzanne, one of Eleanor’s two daughters…
Eleanor worked as a San Jose Police Records Clerk from the mid-'70s to the early '90s. Well beyond serving the public and assisting officers, she made lifelong friendships at the PD which she enjoyed in and out of work. Sadly, last Thursday, she passed away peacefully with her daughters Keri and Sue by her side.
We are inviting her friends to her funeral service next Wednesday, August 8th, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 1957 Pruneridge Ave, Santa Clara. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m., with the service following from 11 a.m. to 12 noon.
If people have questions they can reach out to me at <email@example.com> or text/call me at (510) 325-3917.
A Celebration of Life for Jim Roach will take place on Saturday, Aug. 11th, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at 19219 Hiers Rd. in Grass Valley. We will post a final reminder in next Thursday’s Farsider.
that the August Membership Meeting is
Tuesday, August 7th at 7:30 AM.
The agenda is below.
Laurie McNamara (Joe’s widow) sent in a Wall Street Journal article on pensions that is definitely worth a read. When you consider the circulation of the WSJ, it’s a given that millions are now aware of this issue who were not before. We’re going to include the first few paragraphs. If they make you want to read more, clicking on the link after the last paragraph should display the rest of the article...
The Pension Hole for U.S. Cities and States Is the Size of Japan’s Economy
retirement funds could face insolvency unless
governments increase taxes, divert funds or persuade
workers to relinquish money they are owed
By Sarah Krouse — Wall Street Journal — July 30, 2018
For the past century, a public pension was an ironclad promise. Whatever else happened, retired policemen and firefighters and teachers would be paid.
That is no longer the case.
Many cities and states can no longer afford the unsustainable retirement promises made to millions of public workers over many years. By one estimate they are short $5 trillion, an amount that is roughly equal to the output of the world’s third-largest economy.
Certain pension funds face the prospect of insolvency unless governments increase taxes, divert funds or persuade workers to relinquish money they are owed. It is increasingly likely that retirees, as well as new workers, will be forced to take deeper benefit cuts.
In Kentucky, a major pension plan covering state employees had about 16% of what it needs to fulfill earlier promises, according to the Public Plans Database, which tracks state and local pension funds, based on 2017 fiscal year figures. A fund covering Chicago municipal employees had less than 30% of what it needed in that fiscal year, according to the same database. New Jersey’s pension system for state workers is so underfunded it could run out of money in 12 years, according to a Pew Charitable Trusts study.
When the math no longer works the result is Central Falls, R.I., a city of 19,359. Today, retired police and firefighters are wrestling with the consequences of agreeing to cut their monthly pension checks by as much as 55% when the town was working to escape insolvency. The fiscal situation of the city, which filed for bankruptcy in 2011, has improved, but the retirees aren’t getting their full pensions back.
Click HERE for the full article.
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
It's conceivable that some Trump supporters are going to walk away with a ton of dough from San Jose's bank vault...
Trump Supporters Can Sue Officers Over Rally Violence
By John Woolfolk <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mercury News — July 28, 2018
An appeals court on Friday said Donald Trump supporters can move ahead with a lawsuit claiming San Jose police forced them to walk from a 2016 campaign rally into a mob of violent protesters who assaulted them while the officers stood by.
San Jose police were deployed as protestors gathered outside
San Jose Convention Center as Presidential candidate Donald
Trump holds a rally in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, June 6, 2016.
The city had argued the case should be dismissed because the officers enjoy “qualified immunity” from liability in doing their jobs.
But a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district court ruling last year in favor of more than a dozen rally attendees who alleged the officers violated their civil rights.
“We find the officers violated clearly established rights and are not entitled to qualified immunity at this stage of the proceedings,” said the opinion by Judge Dorothy W. Nelson, joined by judges Andrew J. Kleinfeld and William A. Fletcher.
City Attorney Rick Doyle said “We’re reviewing the decision” and will discuss next steps with the City Council. Those could include asking a full 11-member panel of the 9th Circuit to review the decision or appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court, he said.
The lawsuit, Hernandez v. San Jose, involved a June 2, 2016, campaign rally for then-candidate Trump at San Jose’s McEnery Convention Center.
“The attendees alleged sufficiently that the officers increased the danger to them by shepherding them into a crowd of violent protesters and that the officers acted with deliberate indifference to that danger,” the 9th Circuit opinion said. “The district court therefore correctly denied the officers qualified immunity.”
The suit initially named Mayor Sam Liccardo and Police Chief Eddie Garcia as defendants. But U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh last year dismissed claims against Garcia. The attendees dropped claims against Liccardo in November 2016.
The suit proceeds against seven named city officers. But the 9th Circuit opinion did not uphold liability claims against the city itself that were based on the assertion that the police chief, in comments supporting his officers after the rally, effectively ratified their allegedly unconstitutional conduct.
“We decline to exercise jurisdiction over it,” the court opinion said, because “the city’s liability is not inextricably intertwined with the officers’ liability” and “the qualified immunity issue.”
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This college professor who claims to be an expert on police accountability says Aaron Zisser is doing a fine job as San Jose’s Independent Police Auditor...
Jose Police Auditor Merits Community Support
By Samuel Walker
Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Mercury News — July 27, 2018
Twenty-four years ago I had lunch
with Teresa Guerrero-Daley, who was in her first year as head of the San Jose
Independent Police Auditor. As a criminal justice professor specializing in
oversight of the police, I was eager to learn about this new agency.
I have never forgotten that lunch.
Before we finished our entrees I realized that the IPA represented something very new and promising in the field of police accountability. I peppered her with questions. What does the IPA do? What are your immediate goals? How does this impact the quality of policing in San Jose? She patiently described the challenge of getting the IPA up and running and her response to the policing issues she encountered.
Very quickly I realized that the police auditor approach was an important alternative to the then-standard form of citizen oversight of the police: the citizen complaint review board. Review boards review individual citizen complaints against police officers and make recommendations to the police chief for disposition (sustained, not sustained, exonerated or unfounded). This approach, however, leaves unaddressed the reasons why there was a complaint in the first place.
Policing experts today now understand that officer misconduct is not primarily the fault of a few “bad” officers. Rather, it is the fault of police organizations that fail to provide guidance to their officers with state-of-the-art policies on use of force and other critical incidents; fail to adequately train their officers; fail to properly supervise their officers in the field, in large part because they fail to train sergeants on their responsibilities. Police auditors address these organizational shortcomings. Audits of citizen complaints can identify inadequate policies on use of force, traffic stops and other police actions. They also can identify training shortcomings and improper supervision by sergeants.
Writing as a national expert on citizen oversight of the police, and the author of the only comprehensive book on the subject, I can report that the San Jose IPA, Aaron Zisser, is fulfilling the promise of police auditing, and stands among the top agencies in the field.
The IPA’s 2017 year-end report provides a number of examples of how the IPA works to improve the quality of policing in San Jose. Here are just a few: In 2016 the IPA recommended a change in the classification of officer use of force incidents for purposes of internal investigations; in 2017 the San Jose Police Department adopted this recommendation. The IPA also made three recommendations regarding SJPD response to mental health-related calls for service, and by 2017 the SJPD had adopted all three.
In short, there was a constructive dialogue between the IPA and the SJPD over police policy issues. This does not occur in most cities, where policy debates typically degenerate into uninformed public arguments and no real progress. The San Jose community should be proud of this accomplishment.
Over the past few months the current IPA director has come under attack, primarily from the police union, which is calling for his resignation. To be blunt, the specific charges leveled by the union are not major issues that would merit termination. They raise the suspicion that what the union really wants is no effective oversight of the SJPD at all. It would be a great tragedy is these unwarranted allegations were allowed to cripple the effectiveness of the IPA, with its national reputation for steady and meaningful work.
Samuel Walker is a professor emeritus of criminal justice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and the author of “Police Accountability: The Role of Citizen Oversight.”
Click HERE if you want to know more about the professor.
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This is a follow-up to the article above...
Will Civilian Police Auditor Survive?
faces call for him to resign over questions of judgment; advocates
wonder if oversight office will lose credibility in wake of controversy
Robert Salonga <rsalonga@bayareanewsgroup.Ecom>
Mercury News — July 31, 2018
When San Jose established the Office of the Independent Police Auditor a quarter-century ago, it put the city at the forefront of civilian oversight in the United States.
But now the office finds itself in crisis, with the police union calling on the current auditor Aaron Zisser to resign and the mayor and police chief questioning his judgment after a string of recent controversies.
Community advocacy groups and police watchdog experts supportive of Zisser, however, worry that his ouster could adversely affect the independence of the office and its credibility to the disenfranchised populations the city had in mind when creating the position.
“It is an existential threat on oversight,” said Samuel Walker, a professor at the University of Nebraska, Omaha and a preeminent police oversight expert. “It would be very damaging if he were removed assuming no official misconduct. (The city) will have a difficult time finding someone qualified and independent minded.”
Paul Kelly, president of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association, believes the integrity of the office can be preserved even after such an unceremonious departure.
Aaron Zisser speaks after his hiring was announced in September.
“There is no moving forward with Aaron in the position,” Kelly said. “The sooner he makes the decision to leave, the better for that office. The only path forward to protecting that office is getting a new IPA.” Zisser — who has been on the job less than one year — said at issue is a fundamental disagreement over what “independent” means in his job title.
“The office’s ‘independence’ is from the police department. I don’t advocate for the community, I advocate for positions,” he said. “We have plenty of disagreements with community groups. The path forward is that I’m going to keep listening. I would challenge them to take the same path.”
Zisser recently came under fire for visiting a rally where demonstrators lambasted police over the fatal 2016 officer-involved shooting of a suicidal man in the East San Jose hills. Critics seized on a photo in which Zisser posed with demonstrators. But Zisser says he did not participate in any demonstration and was there only to show that he is listening to the community he serves.
“You want an auditor out there in the streets talking to individuals, from those who are the most angry, to the most uninvolved, to the police rank and file,” said Roy Austin, a former Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Justice Department’s civil rights division and Zisser’s former supervisor. “That’s part of how he gains trust.”
But even then, minding optics is a political reality even for a position that is meant to be apolitical, said LaDoris Cordell, the San Jose IPA who served from 2010 to 2015.
“Appearances are part of the work. There is no rule that Aaron broke, but you always have to think, how is something going to be received by stakeholders?” Cordell said. “He was probably well intentioned, but the POA makes heyday out of it, and it’s a major distraction. There’s a reason why in five years I didn’t show up at rallies.”
Cordell added: “That’s not always appropriate for an IPA. It’s appropriate for a civil-rights advocate. You have to be strategic to be effective.”
Zisser said he now realizes that, like much of the current criticism he faces, it was avoidable. But he also believes that he should be afforded an opportunity to “recalibrate” himself to the sensibilities of the job.
“I should have been confident enough to know they would understand I can’t show up to an event like that,” he said. “I understand there are things I do to exacerbate tensions unnecessarily. I would hope that, given the hard work of this office, that there would be an opportunity to make whatever adjustments I need to make.”
Straining matters was that the rally came on the heels of two high-profile errors that put Zisser on the hot seat with the union, police brass and members of the city council. The first was an IPA audit report that suggested racial disparities in a segment of use-of-force cases based on minuscule data, and a failure to promptly notify the department about a man who in a police complaint threatened to shoot officers the next time he was stopped.
Zisser was initially defensive but ultimately relented on the report discrepancy, and was contrite about the threat episode after it surfaced, though he initially appeared to blame it on a lapse by his staff. Police have been unforgiving, even as Zisser asserts that his office disagreed with just two Internal Affairs investigations in 2017, and the audit report was supportive of SJPD overall.
Garcia says that does not reflect conflicts over other parts of the report, including segments on use of force data and juvenile arrests.
“He’s in the wrong line of work. For this process to work, it has to be impartial,” said Garcia, who has been critical of Zisser but stopped short of calling for him to go. “I have to be able to come to my rank and file and sell (reforms). Other IPAs were critical but not disrespectful. How do I tell them this guy respects their sacrifices?”
Zisser said he is hurt by that rhetoric, saying a big inspiration for him to get into his field was the attentiveness police showed while investigating his cousin’s slaying in Albuquerque over two decades ago. But he also does not plan to let the current pressure make him timid in his role.
“You want to be able to have oversight that is willing to take risks, willing to push envelopes,” he said. “There has to be room for mistakes … not a POA looking to seize on your every misstep.”
Zisser asserts that opposition to him predates the three major controversies of the past two months. Multiple sources acknowledged to this news organization that the union conducted the equivalent of opposition research on Zisser earlier this year, but found nothing that could immediately disqualify him. But then Zisser stumbled publicly, fueling the past two covers of the monthly SJPOA magazine that featured cover stories about Zisser, with prominent images of Pinocchio anchoring them.
He has been treated with suspicion by critics because part of his background involves advocacy work, even as he points out the bulk of his career revolved around conducting investigations as a federal civil rights attorney. He objects to portrayals of him spearheading a community campaign to expand police oversight that began prior to his appointment.
Frank Richardson, a leader for the faith-based civil-rights group People Acting in Community Together, laments how the opposition to Zisser is muddying the broader cause of adding teeth to an oversight position that currently has no authority to enforce reforms.
“This is a distraction about the real issue at hand, which is the expansion of the IPA office, regardless of who holds the position,” Richardson said. “It’s important to separate the individual from the role. People come and go, what we’re talking about is systemic change.”
But like a host of community advocacy groups, which includes the Black Leadership Kitchen Cabinet, local NAACP, Silicon Valley De-Bug, the Asian Law Alliance and the Human Rights Institute at San Jose State, Richardson believes Zisser still can thrive.
“I am not going to defend or condemn his conduct,” he said. “But I find him to be a high-integrity individual.”
The union countered the idea its criticism of Zisser is a result of opposition to oversight expansion, saying it is in the midst of supporting the IPA’s office getting new access to records about officer-involved shootings and the department-initiated investigations that historically have resulted in stronger and more frequent discipline of officers. But they’re against handing Zisser the keys to that new authority.
“There’s no coming back from the errors we would call malicious and on purpose,” Kelly said.
As it stands, the police union is the only entity that is explicitly calling for Zisser’s departure, either by his resignation or his removal by a 10-of-11 vote by the council. While several council members have chided Zisser, particularly for the IPA report, there does not appear to be significant momentum toward the ultra-majority needed to remove him.
Zisser, for his part, has been introspective and retreated from previously more recalcitrant stances. But he believes he should get a chance to establish himself in the job before he is subject to a full evaluation.
“With time, distance and hard work, these relationships can be mended,” he said. “I will find that balance.”
I wanted to take a moment to thank both of you for doing what you do with the Farsider. It is not lost on me, nor on others, the degree of effort that goes into the production of this publication. Perhaps what is most significant is the purpose it so clearly serves in keeping SJPD retirees connected. It is this that so many of them truly need as they get up in their years.
When my father gave his final wishes for his services and burial, he indicated that he wished to be buried in a military cemetery in his military uniform. He had retired from military service albeit for a full 20-year tour, but after his retirement, he’d accomplished so much in the private sector during the 30 years that followed. Still, in the end, it was his connection to uniformed service that stood as his most profound personal achievement.
Many who now read the Farsider completed their own SJPD tour and went on to do many other productive things. Yet for many, it was their time in San Jose that meant the most to them. Some might hesitate to admit it, nevertheless, the truth often is exposed later as family members recount the tales and reflections fondly expressed by a former SJPD member through the years.
With your help, these members have, and will continue to have, something of value to stay connected with, and a mechanism with which they can remain connected to each other. The underpinnings of this top-shelf production was begun by you 50 years ago with the Insider and other publications that made fast-moving communications an organization’s attribute before that concept became the norm. This decades-long effort aptly demonstrates why SJPD has always been so distinguished among California law enforcement agencies.
It dawned on me just how clear the value is of what you’ve created and maintained for so long, and I’m confident that your readers don’t take it for granted. I wanted to take a moment to genuinely thank you for your great work.
John Spicer <email@example.com>
Wow! On behalf of Leroy and yours truly, thank you very much. We’ve not received an attaboy letter like that ever, and it is very much appreciated. There’s not much more to say other than the check is in the mail. Thanks again, John.
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Isn't it so true? When you look back on the whole journey; the entire history of the mystery; the life we've lived; that waiting seemed to drag on a lot of us at so many levels. Waiting around for this, waiting for this or that to happen; waiting for that right moment; waiting, waiting, constant procrastination. We even pass laws that are decades too late. For all kinds of endless imaginary traps, and trips and reasons, we just hide, and duck, and wait, and waste time till we've waited too long, expressed too little, and never spoke from our authentic selves. Because by then it was far too late. Life had passed us by while we were still standing around holding on to holding on, and we never got to say what was important. Isn't it so? I mean, isn't that the truth for a lot of us?
So, for me at least, who has rarely been shy around words; let me put it out there and not wait for some hoop-la holiday or extra special occasion. I'll just say it plainly and get off the page. For all your efforts over all these years, I say Bravo! Great job! Keep on keeping on....! I know, no parades and no big fanfares are necessary. A simple thank you will suffice. So thanks to both you guys for all you do, and all you've done.
Stay safe, and have a great week!
Dave (Scannell) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
What’s going on? Have you and Spicer been talking to our doctors. Do you guys know something we don’t? Two compliments in one week is a little scary, but thank you! (Does this mean I need to cut another check?)
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Some of us probably won't be around to see how an extremely dangerous situation finally plays out, but our children and grand-children are in the cross-hairs. What I'm alluding to is the situation with our country's national debt. Eighteen months ago this was a top news story and one that the opinion polls showed was a major concern of most Americans. It's a reality that has faded from the radar screen to the degree that many people apparently believe that it's been solved, or at least that it's no longer a major threat. But the fact is, the situation has gotten much worse since then.
The national debt comprises two components. The largest of the two (73%) is our country's 'public debt', which is the money owed to individuals, businesses and foreign banks who have bought Treasury bills and bonds. The remaining 27% is the 'intragovernmental holdings' which cover the debt for mandatory self-funding for the Social Security Trust Fund, Medicare, et al. Tax payers are obligated to only pay interest on the public debt.
When President Obama left office our national debt stood at a whopping $19.9 trillion and Republican members of Congress railed about the financial situation he had gotten the country into. A majority of Americans shared this outrage and concern. Economist warned of the dire consequences to our economy, and to the very future of our country.
One of the strongest planks in the Republican platform throughout our lifetime has been fiscal conservatism which included cutting government spending and a goal of requiring a balanced federal budget. Supporting that plank, candidate Donald Trump pledged to "eliminate the national debt over a period of 8 years.” A pledge that has fallen by the wayside.
Last July, President Trump rightfully claimed the national debt had been decreased by $102 billion. A reduction that was the result of the debt ceiling limit legislation which had been put in place before he took office in order to curtail spending. Then later last summer he proclaimed he was open to eliminating the federal debt ceiling entirely, stating that if this happens, "I would borrow, knowing that if the economy crashed, you could make a deal. And if the economy was good, it was good. So, therefore, you can't lose. It's like, you know, you make a deal before you go into a poker game, and your odds are so much better." On September 8, 2017 Congress passed and the president signed a bill increasing the debt ceiling limit. Within days the debt increased by over $200 billion.
Three months later came the passage of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017, This new law was touted by the White House and congressional leaders as revenue generating 'over time'. The Trump administration claimed that any lost tax revenue during the first couple of years would be offset by the resulting increases in our Gross Domestic Product (GDP). However, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) determined that the newly passed federal budget would add $984 billion to the national debt during FY 2018, which comes to an end next month.
Due to the CBO's report, and the president's prior statement about eliminating the debt limit, Congress quickly passed another bill suspending the national debt ceiling limit until March 1, 2019. Then last week the White House announced that it had to add $100 billion more to the projected FY 2018 deficit in order to cover additional costs. This brings the total annual deficit close to $1.1 trillion. As a comparison the budget deficit during the last 4 years of the last administration was $679 billion in FY 2013, $485 billion in FY 2014, $438 billion in FY 2015 and $585 billion in FY 2016.
Even using Congress' optimistic GDP projection numbers, the CBO determined that the government will require additional borrowing over the next 10 years leaving us with the national debt standing at $28.7 trillion by the end of 2028. This would equal 96% of our projected GDP and require an interest payment of $761 billion. More than twice this years' amount.
As of this writing, our national debt stands just shy of $21.3 trillion ($15.6 trillion public debt and $5.7 trillion in intragovernmental holdings).
Here are two recent articles about the national debt from the Council on Foreign Relations and the Washington Examiner. (The article uses mostly the public debt figures.)
Middle Ground <email@example.com>
I read every single word of your missive, M.G. and feel it is deserving of a comment: “Thanks for the migraine!”
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RICHARD'S MEMORIAL IS ON MONDAY AT OAK HILL...
IT’S “TIP-A-COP” TIME AGAIN
A Brand-New Eye in the Sky
(Video at the bottom of the story.)
Newly minted Air3 brings San Jose’s air support into
the modern era, replacing a chopper that had
doubled its recommended service life
By Robert Salonga <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mercury News — July 28, 2018
San Jose police just got a serious aerial upgrade with its brand-new helicopter.
How serious? For starters, pilots will no longer have to use paper maps and Thomas Guides to navigate their way above the city. Yes, they actually were still using these — in 2018.
They also won’t have to meticulously weigh themselves, their one extra passenger, and any cargo just to make sure the aircraft can safely get off the ground.
With the Airbus-manufactured H125 unveiled this week, police now have a modern helicopter to replace Air2, which had been in use for 16 years, twice its recommended service life.
“Helicopters generally don’t fly as long as Air2 did,” San Jose police Chief Eddie Garcia said. “It was time to give this police department and this community really what it deserves, to be able to help fight crime.”
The $5.2 million chopper is the third for SJPD — accordingly dubbed Air3 — and has the horsepower to support other uses beyond pursuing suspects and backing up officers. It also could help with rescue operations from cliff sides and water drops on wildfires.
“This gives the department a lot more potential for different kinds of missions,” said Sgt. Steve Guggiana, a supervisor of the SJPD Air Support Unit. “It’s a game changer. We have so much more capability.”
San Jose Police Officer Pilot Andy Lacayo, left, and
Officer Pilot Kris Kubasta pilot Air3, San Jose Police
Department’s new Airbus H125 helicopter over San
Jose on Thursday. Air3 replaces Air2, which was in
service for 16 years, twice as long as recommended.
The soon-to-be-retired helicopter, an Airbus EC-120B whose model is no longer in production, was too costly because of its age and required more frequent maintenance and had limited flight time. As of now, it was only in the air two days a week, and in imminent need of a new engine to the tune of $500,000.
Once it’s broken in, the upgrade to Air3 will swiftly double that to four days a week, with the eventual goal of having it on full daily duty.
But back to those Thomas Guides. Among other hassles related to an aging helicopter, the 2000-era mapping system in Air2 had become unusable, so pilots — all sworn officers — were relying on their memories and spiral-bound maps to pinpoint where they were being summoned.
The instrument panels in Air3, and cockpit in general, resembles a mini-Best Buy, highlighted by a large high-resolution screen that can display a painstakingly detailed outlay of the city — think Google Maps on steroids. It shows the full capabilities of the primary external camera, which from two miles out can produce a real-time image detailed enough to be mistaken for being from across the street.
Pilot Officer Andy Lacayo said those combined technologies will make tracking fleeing suspects — and directing officers on the ground — safer and more efficient.
“We get eyes on them quicker,” he said.
That function was in full effect during a test flight with this news organization, when on Thursday afternoon the new helicopter hovered over a fiery crash on Highway 101 and pilots zoomed in to get an up close photo-realistic view of the scene — including infrared images— despite being more than a thousand feet in the air.
San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia stands outside of Air3,
San Jose Police Department’s new Airbus H125 helicopter,
at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport in San
Jose on Thursday. Air3 replaces Air2, which was in service
for 16 years, twice as long as recommended.
But perhaps most important of all the new features is a basic one. Air3 just has more power, nearly twice that of its soon-to-be predecessor, at 849 shaft horsepower. (It’s a variation of horsepower that isn’t a direct equivalent of traditional automotive horsepower, and this newspaper doesn’t want to be chided by aviation aficionados.) That’s not just a chest-thumping stat. If they need to quickly transport officers, or have to make an impromptu rescue, the extra oomph gives them the latitude to do that spontaneously.
It also allows them to double its passenger capacity to six. Guggiana, a native of the North Bay ravaged by the Wine Country fires last fall, poignantly recalled how vital that was when California Highway Patrol helicopter crews evacuated dozens of residents by loading them quickly into choppers similar to Air3.
The path to the new helicopter was beset by turbulence. Nearly every year since 2010, the department budgeted funds to buy a new aircraft, but saw those plans derailed for a myriad of reasons, including the grounding of the helicopter unit in 2011 for budget savings.
The up-and-down fortunes of the effort at one point drew the wrath of the Justice Department, which in an audit last year pointed out that SJPD was sitting on hundreds of thousands of federal asset forfeiture funds that were meant to be spent expeditiously. The money was actually being socked away for the intended helicopter purchase that kept falling through.
But Guggiana, with the backing of the city council — and eventually, even the feds, whose funds ultimately covered more than half the purchase— spent the last year and a half pushing the acquisition past the finish line.
Garcia said the strong support of the council was crucial in securing the new helicopter.
“This doesn’t happen without them,” he said.
And as it has been for the department’s history, Air3 will be the lone chopper operated by SJPD. LAPD, on which San Jose modeled its air support program, has 19 helicopters in its fleet.
Granted, San Jose doesn’t have nearly as many high-speed car chases, but the department is enthusiastic about having a much more reliable eye in the sky.
“We’re going to catch a lot of bad guys with this tool,” Garcia said.
Want to go for a short hop in Air 3? You can step aboard by
STORIES OF THE WEEK
Received from Bruce Morton
A Boeing 777 wide-body jetliner was lumbering along at 490 miles per hour at 33,000 feet when an F-16 fighter jet flashed by at Mach 2.
The F-16 pilot decided to show off. On his state-of-the-art radio that was part of his state-of-the-art million dollar headset, the F-16 youngster said to the 777 pilot, "Hey Captain, watch this!"
He promptly went into a barrel roll, followed by a steep, unimaginably vertical climb. He finished with a sonic boom when he broke the sound barrier as the F-16 screamed down before leveling out at almost sea level.
The F-16 pilot asked the 777 pilot what he thought of that?
The 777 pilot replied, "That was truly impressive, but watch this!"
The 777 chugged along for about 5 minutes at a steady 490 miles per hour, then the 777 pilot came back on the air and said, "What did you think of that?"
Puzzled, the cocky F-16 pilot asked, "What the heck did you do?"
The 777 pilot replied with a smile on his face and said, "I stood up, stretched my legs, walked to the back, used the toilet, got a cup of coffee and a cinnamon roll and secured a date for the next 3 nights in a five-star hotel paid for by the company."
Lesson of life: When you are young and foolish, speed and flash may seem like a good thing! When you get older and smarter, comfort and dullness is not such a bad thing! It's called S.O.S
Slower, Older and Smarter
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Received from Ken Hawkes
This is a great mental exercise for the over-60 crowd. Which of the following names are you familiar with?
1. Monica Lewinsky
2. Spiro Agnew
3. Benito Mussolini
4. Adolf Hitler
5. Jorge Mario Bergoglio
6. Al Capone
7. Vladimir Putin
8. Linda Lovelace
9. Saddam Hussein
10. Tiger Woods
You had trouble with #5, didn't you?
You seem to know all the liars, criminals, adulterers, murderers, thieves, sluts and cheaters, but you don't know the Pope?
Lovely, just lovely. Sometimes I worry about you…
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From the Archives
As a bagpiper, I was asked by a
funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man who had no
family or friends. The funeral was to be held at a cemetery in the remote
countryside, and this man would be the first to be laid to rest there.
As I was not familiar with the backwoods area I became lost, and being a typical man, did not stop for directions. I finally arrived an hour late. I saw the backhoe and the crew who were eating lunch, but the hearse was nowhere in sight.
I apologized to the workers for my tardiness and stepped to the side of the open grave, where I saw the vault lid already in place.
I assured the workers I would not hold them up for long, but this was the proper thing to do. The workers gathered around, still eating their lunch. I played out my heart and soul.
As I played the workers began to weep. I played and I played like I'd never played before, from "Going Home" and "The Lord is My Shepherd" to "Flowers of the Forest." I closed the lengthy session with "Amazing Grace," then headed to my car.
As I was opening the door and taking off my coat, I overheard one of the workers saying to another, "Sweet Jeezuz, Mary 'n Joseph, I have never seen nothin' like that before, and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years."
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Trip to Home Depot
Sender’s name withheld upon request
While installing a new door, I found that one of the hinges was missing, so I asked my wife Mary if she would go to Home Depot and pick up a hinge. She agreed to go.
While she was waiting for the Home Depot employee to finish serving a customer, her eye caught a beautiful bathroom faucet. When the employee was finished with the customer, Mary asked him, "How much is that faucet?" The employee replied, "That's a gold plated faucet and the price is $5,000.”
Mary replied, "My goodness, that's an expensive faucet and it is certainly out of my price range."
She then proceeded to describe the hinge that I had sent her to buy. The employee said that he had them in stock and that it was $3.49. He then went into the backroom to get one.
From the backroom the employee yelled, "Ma'am, you wanna screw for the hinge?"
Mary shouted back, "No, but I will for the faucet."
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
July 24 — 31
July 25: CNN released a recording of Trump and his lawyer talking about using hush money to cover up his affair with Playboy model Karen McDougal. In response, Trump was like, “Oh, no! Stormy Daniels might find out I cheated on her.”
The tape is from 2016 and you can hear Trump talking about paying off a Playboy model. It was the first time ever that Trump didn't want to hear himself talk. He was like, “Turn it off. Turn it off.”
It’s a big story and CNN was the first to release the tape. When he heard, Trump was like, "Seriously, CNN, what have I ever done to you guys?"
Before the Cohen tape was released, Trump warned people not to believe what they see or hear. Americans are like, “Trust us, we haven't believed anything we've seen or heard since Election Day. So we're good with that. You don't have to tell us.”
This fall, Hillary Clinton is going to guest star on an episode of "Madam Secretary." If she becomes a big enough TV star, she might have a chance of becoming president.
Yelp is going to start showing what restaurants scored on their health inspections. If you want to know how your favorite restaurant did, trust me, no you don't.
July 30: The new “Mission: Impossible” won the box office this weekend, bringing in over $60 million. They’ve already come up with the plot for the next “Mission: Impossible” — getting Rudy Giuliani to stop talking.
Giuliani has been doing lots of interviews trying to defend President Trump with the Russia investigation. Today he said that collusion isn’t illegal. Even Trump was like, “Why can’t this guy think before he speaks?”
Alex Trebek is hinting that he might retire from “Jeopardy!” in 2020. When asked what he’ll do in retirement, Trebek said, “What is start drinking at noon?”
July 31: President Trump now says that he’d be willing to meet with the president of Iran. After Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin, Trump said it’s the last meeting he needs to win “Dictator Bingo.”
Trump said he’d be willing to meet with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani “anytime they want.” In response, Putin said, “If you’re trying to make me jealous ... it’s working.”
Earlier tonight, Trump flew to Tampa, Florida, for a big rally. But before he left, he put Rudy Giuliani in a kennel so he wouldn’t destroy everything while he’s gone.
Right before the rally, Trump took part in a “workforce development round table.” And just to mess with Trump, the organizers told him to sit at the head of the round table – then watched him walk around in circles for 20 minutes.
Facebook is working on a “talent show” feature that would let users record themselves singing and then upload their videos for comments. Facebook even has a catchy name for it: “YouTube.”
Police in Maine just pulled over a man who drove a scooter all the way from Massachusetts using his cell phone as a headlight. Police had a lot of questions, mainly, “How’d you get your battery to last that long?!”
July 24: Today, in case you don't have a fun calendar in your house that tells you this sort of thing, we celebrate not just one, but two important holidays. Today is National Tequila Day. A day on which if you have too much fun you might do something you regret. It's also National Cousins Day today, where if you have too much fun you might do something you really regret.
It was so hot in LA today. Because of the heat wave local officials are asking LA residents to conserve energy. We all need to do our part. I, for one, after I used my tanning bed this morning, I pulled the plug right out of the wall. It won't go back in ’til I go home.
The president was not on the golf course today. He was on Twitter today. He had a special gem this morning. This is an all-timer. He's got a lot of great tweets but today he wrote, “I’m very concerned that Russia will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming election.” Hmm. You don't say. Go on. “Based on the fact that no president has been tougher on Russia than me, they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats. They definitely don't want Trump.” At this point he's just screwing with us, right?
Last week Vladimir Putin stood next to him and said, yes, we wanted Trump. Now he says they definitely don't want Trump. Maybe he's being sarcastic and we’re just missing it? I bet he forgot to add a winking emoji next to the message.
The Mueller investigation quietly continues. The president's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, says Trump would agree to an interview with Robert Mueller as long as there are no questions about obstruction of justice. I love that. It would be like Bill Cosby agreeing to an interview that's only about pudding.
Robert Mueller now has a few options. He can accept those terms, which seems unlikely. He can issue a subpoena, which would probably result in a legal battle. Or he can just wait for Trump to go to a rally and blurt everything out himself.
According to the latest Gallup poll, Trump's approval rating is the highest it's been since he took office. Between the months of April and July, President Trump's approval rating averaged 41.9 percent or, according to Sarah Huckabee Sanders, 91.9 percent.
Since World War II, Trump is only the second elected president to see an improvement in his approval rating during his sixth quarter in office, which sounds really good, except for the fact that the other one was Nixon.
This is not going to help the president's approval rating in the state of California. He is planning to roll back regulations put in place by the Obama administration that will allow the state to limit automobile emissions. Which would mean a lot more air pollution, which is exactly what we need around here. Trump's plan is to make the air so toxic immigrants won't even want to come here.
And he's doing this so the oil companies can sell more gasoline. Even the auto companies think this is a bad idea. They're like, "Please, Mr. President, we've already made our plans based on these standards." Trump is like, "No, I promised Americans foul, filthy air and that is what I'm going to deliver."
Very sad news to report from the fashion world. President Trump's daughter, Ivanka, announced today she's shutting down her clothing line. I know. I guess I'll have to get my heels at Zappos.
Sales of Ivanka Trump merchandise have dropped dramatically since her father became our ayatollah. A number of prominent retailers have stopped carrying her stuff. Wow, a Trump business failing. Who would have ever guessed something like this could possibly ever happen? The good news is no American jobs will be lost because almost every piece of her clothing was made overseas.
Ivanka and husband Jared Kushner can focus full-time on whatever the hell it is they've been doing.
July 24: President Trump suggested today that Russia will meddle in the upcoming midterm elections in favor of the Democrats because, quote, "They definitely don't want Trump." Then again, neither did we.
That's right. President Trump tweeted, "Based on the fact that no president has been tougher on Russia than me, they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats. They definitely don't want Trump." [Light laughter] Oh, my God. Does he really think he's fooling anyone? Trump is like a magician who wears short-sleeve shirts.
According to The Daily Beast, since they started dating, friends of Donald Trump Jr. and former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle have started referring to the couple as “Donberly,” which is a shortened version of "When I look at those two, I can keep my food down barely."
In response to President Trump's all-caps post threatening Iran, the Iranian foreign minister tweeted, "We've been around for millennia and seen fall of empires, including our own, which lasted more than the life of some countries." Replied Trump, "You leave Melania out of this."
Ivanka Trump announced today that she is closing her fashion brand, and look, I know it's tempting to make jokes, but please, thousands of kids are out of a job.
Obama-era Attorney General Eric Holder said yesterday that he will decide by early next year if he's running for president. Coincidentally, "Eric Holder" is what Trump calls the White House basement. [Picture of Eric Trump behind bars] “Father, can I come out now?"
A new study suggests that dogs notice and try to help when people are upset or in danger. Cats, on the other hand, think it's hilarious.
A Massachusetts man was arrested this weekend for stripping naked and doing yoga poses in a Planet Fitness gym. That story again, a man in Massachusetts has become the first person ever to successfully cancel his gym membership.
Two women from Minnesota are seeking to file discrimination charges after the police were called on them for breastfeeding at a public pool. Even worse, their kids were charged with illegally bringing in an outside beverage.
Scientists in Canada are working to create the world's first beer brewed entirely from cannabis. Scientists say they've been working tirelessly from morning to mid-morning.
According to Fox News, Sarah Palin's daughter, Bristol, is being paid $250,000 to join the cast of MTV’s "Teen Mom." You hear that, teens? Having a baby pays!
July 25: President Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, last night released a secret recording of a conversation he had with Trump in 2016 about paying off a Playboy model who claimed to have had an affair with him. "Oh, that'll be the end of him," said Americans two years ago. And a year and a half ago. And a year ago. And eight months ago. And four months ago. And a hundred other times.
Michael Cohen released a recording of a conversation he had with Trump about paying off a Playboy model. And sure, it's lurid because it involves Playboy, but I'm only in it for the articles. I'm a reader. What can I say?
President Trump today complained about the release of the secret recording last night on Twitter saying, "What kind of lawyer would tape a client, so sad." At which point Rudy Giuliani slowly hid his tape recorder behind his back.
President Trump yesterday told a crowd, "Just remember, what you're seeing and what you're reading is not what's happening." Which is also his daily affirmation. "And don't worry, Melania looks at everyone like that."
The National Parks Service has approved an application for a white civil rights rally in Washington, D.C., this August. That should make for some interesting chants. "What do we want! Seriously, what do we want? I mean, we're doing pretty great, right? Seems like we shouldn't be having a march."
President Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was destroyed today by a man with a pickaxe. And not, as I had assumed, by a woman in a pantsuit.
IKEA has announced plans to test out small-scale stores that could fit more easily into city environments. Just as soon as builders can figure out the instructions.
July 30: According to Axios, during discussions about renewable energy, President Trump has more than once declared to administration officials, quote, “I hate the wind.” Which is bad news for his lawyer, who also blows.
According to The New York Times, Ivanka Trump, like President Trump, is said to hold grudges. Well you know what they say, the apple doesn’t fall far from the orange.
MTV has announced it’s working on a new reality show with Lindsay Lohan. Well, she’s been working on it for years — MTV just decided to start filming it.
July 31: President Trump traveled to Tampa, Florida, today and visited a technical high school. Said Trump, “I also went to high school, technically.”
President Trump tweeted today quote, “Collusion is not a crime, but that doesn’t matter because there was No Collusion (except by Crooked Hillary and the Democrats)!” Okay, follow this logic with me. Collusion is not a crime, also I didn’t do it, but also Hillary did it and she should be in jail! Good news, Rudy Giuliani, you’re no longer the worst lawyer in the world.
Alaska Airlines apologized today to a gay couple after asking one of them to move so that a straight couple could sit together. Meanwhile Spirit Airlines apologized for quote, “All of it.”
50 years ago today, Charles Schulz, the creator of the comic strip “Peanuts” introduced the comic’s first black character named Franklin. Which Marcie immediately reported to the police.
Dunkin Donuts is now selling its first ever gluten free product. It’s called a “cup.”
July 24: This morning, President Trump took to Twitter to voice his concern about Russia possibly meddling in the midterm elections this fall. He tweeted: "I'm very concerned that Russia will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming election. Based on the fact that no president has been tougher on Russia than me, they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats. They definitely don't want Trump!" Finally, something Americans and Russians can agree on. None of us want Trump!
I read that tweet. “Tough on Russia?” Who is he kidding? The only thing in Russia Trump has been tough on is their hotel bed sheets.
Meanwhile, the Russia investigation is still going on. And now President Trump has reportedly agreed to an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller's team, but only if they leave out any questions about obstruction of justice. Or, in complicated legal terms, "Don't ask me about any of the bad stuff I did."
Now I'm not a lawyer, but asking the special counsel not to ask you any questions about obstruction of justice seems like some form of obstruction of justice.
This is like when your friend says, "Do not ask me how I got this scar." Well now that you've pointed it out, it's literally the only thing I want to ask you about.
At the Tour de France today the police were trying to control protestors at the race by spraying tear gas, but they held up the race because they accidentally sprayed the cyclists. See? Incidents like this are why I refuse to compete in 23-day bike races.
They halted the race because of tear gas? That's the least dangerous chemical the average Tour de France rider has in their system.
A man in New Hampshire was arrested after walking around a Planet Fitness gym completely naked. He defended himself by telling officers he thought it was a “judgment-free zone," because that's the gym's motto. So apparently, there is such a thing as too much body positivity.
On the bright side, the rest of the gym members got some great cardio running out of the building screaming.
According to reports, when the cops showed up, they found the naked man sitting in a yoga position. I think it was “outward facing hog."
The company that makes Ritz crackers has recalled 16 products, including Ritz cheese cracker sandwiches, over concerns of salmonella. There's definitely a moment when you're feeling sick and you're wondering, "Is this because I consumed salmonella or because I consumed an entire box of Ritz cheese cracker sandwiches?"
Ritz crackers contain salmonella. Even more concerning to the people here in Hollywood, Ritz crackers also contain carbs.
July 30: Some big news here in California: The state’s Supreme Court just blocked an initiative asking people to vote on whether California should be split into three separate states. It’s no coincidence that this proposal came right after the state legalized weed. “Dude, what if California was like... three Californias?”
Had it split, the three different states would have been known as Northern California, Southern California, and More Racist Arizona.
They actually made the decision to suspend the vote when they couldn’t agree on who would get custody of LeBron.
In anticipation of a two-week highway shutdown, the Oregon Department of Transportation released a traffic jam playlist. Or what we call here in Los Angeles, a playlist. The playlist is called “Gridlock Grooves.” If successful during the first week, they plan on releasing a new playlist called “Now That’s What I Call Road Rage.”
The playlist includes songs like “Road to Nowhere” and “Stuck in the Middle.” Although by the third hour of traffic, most of the drivers will be singing “Move B***h (Get Out the Way)!”
In a recent interview, the head of the Food and Drug Administration said they intend to cut down on the use of the term “milk” to describe dairy alternatives like almond milk. The definition of milk, they say, refers to “a lactating animal; an almond does not lactate.” Now, if an almond doesn’t lactate, then I’ve been eating almonds the wrong way. It’s going to be tough to get used to the change, but you know what they say, it’s no crying over spilled almond juice.
July 31: Amazon has introduced a new facial recognition technology, and it seems like there might be a few bugs because when they recently tested the software on the faces of members of Congress, the program identified 28 of them as convicted criminals. So, it works.
Facial recognition? Is it just me or is Amazon getting a long way away from just delivering books? You know? And why are they identifying criminals? Amazon Prime... More like Amazon Prime Suspect.
But this is Amazon, so after being identified as criminals, the politicians were immediately tackled, bubble wrapped, lifted on a drone, and dropped in a federal prison. It was same day delivery.
Is everyone here familiar with Crocs? Well, there's a brand-new style of Crocs that have just been introduced and they're selling out all over the place, although I'm not sure why. High-heel Crocs! Did we ask for this? High-heel Crocs: The perfect shoe for when you get invited to a wedding and the invitation says, "Food court formal."
High-heel Crocs — for the woman who wants to let everyone know that she's the drunkest mom at the kid's pool party.
High-heel Crocs: For when you want to be 2 and a half inches above rock bottom.
Recently, couples in Montana competed in the first ever Rocky Mountain Wife Carrying Championship. This is a competition where husbands carry their wives on their backs through an obstacle course. The only requirements to compete are that you must be married and it must not be going well. The obstacles included a mud pit, a median wall, and a dirt ramp, although most of the couples failed at the final challenge, which was agreeing on a place for dinner.
Today, Europe's highest court ruled that Nestlé cannot patent the break-apart shape of its Kit Kat chocolate bar. Kit Kat responded to the verdict saying, "Give me a break."
July 25: Welcome to "The Late Show,” I'm your host, Stephen Colbert. And unlike Donald Trump, I know I'm being recorded right now. Because, folks, there's a tape! Not that tape. But still ... and I'm going to tell you all about it in tonight's "Stormy Watch: Karen McDougal Edition."
Long-time viewers of "Stormy Watch" will recall that Karen McDougal is the Playboy playmate who claims she had a 10-month affair with Donald Trump. McDougal’s story was hushed up after she sold the rights to it to the "National Enquirer" for $150,000. That's $20,000 more than Stormy Daniels. Karen must have spanked him with two magazines.
Trump denies the affair and any knowledge of that payment, but last night, CNN obtained one of the 12 secret Trump-Cohen tapes, this one from September 2016. You can tell it's from 2016 because they're both making a lot of Harambe jokes.
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE
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Are you thinking about the viability of Amazon’s new feature where the delivery person leaves your package(s) just inside your locked front door? It’s called “Amazon Key,” and THIS is how it works. (3:46)
If, after watching that clip, you are entertaining the thought of giving Amazon Key a try, you would do well to watch THIS video first. (3:46)
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I thought about getting an Amazon Echo (Alexa) for my car until I watched this demo. I am now PART of the No Way Jose crowd! (1:13)
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Poor Frank can’t seem to catch a break: Last week’s apology by Frank Sommerville of KTVU for his station’s airing a photo of BART victim Nia Wilson holding a gun isn’t the first time he went before the camera to apologize for something he was not in any way responsible for. Anyone remember THIS? (2:29)
Matier & Ross of the SF Chronicle had the best explanation of how THIS happened.
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This “Hazmat Highway to Hell” received from Larry Otter is a rerun from a few years ago, but it is so spectacular that we felt it was worth a re-do. Watch closely when flames first appear and you can see the driver escaping from the cab. One other thing: Watch out for FLYING gas canisters. (3:50)
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Don't get caught carrying these in California without a CCS (Carrying a Concealed Straws) permit...
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Think you’ve seen epic surfing? This surfing legend just made history on a record run, topping his own record. Since he was being filmed with a drone, everyone can enjoy the footage. Click on the links below sent in by Don Hale, but be prepared to get a little wet.
Gossip time: We have guessed correctly in the past that many of you regularly tune into Fox News, and for those of you who do and are wondering why Kimberly Guilfoyle is MIA, this YouTube gossip channel purports to EXPLAIN the “real reason” Gavin Newsom’s ex-wife is no longer on the network. (4:25)
If your curiosity about the former San Francisco prosecutor has been piqued, THIS video from the same YouTube gossip channel delves into her past prior to her departure from Fox News. (5:33)
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Any similarity between this meme and Kimberly Guilfoyle is purely coincidental...
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Want to step inside a Flat Earth convention and meet some people who sound perfectly sane until the subject of whether the earth is round or flat comes up? C’mon in. It PROMISES to be fun. (7:06)
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From Alice Murphy comes this Boogie Woogie Rockabilly demonstration by a “mature” couple that makes square dancing look, well, square. Can’t help but wonder what they looked like when they were in their 20s, or 30s, or 40s, or even their 50s? Could YOU keep up with Nellie and Dietmar? (4:33)
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We have three questions about this genie: 1) What city is this taking place in? 2) What does he hand each person who drops a coin in the bowl; 3) And WHO refills his pouch when it is empty? (3:04)
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Question: When is it worth a couple minutes of your time to watch someone jump rope? Answer: When the jump rope artist is a cast MEMBER of Cirque du Soleil, that’s when. (2:55)
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After a call from concerned neighbors, Eldad and Loretta responded to a call of two dogs that had sought refuge in a schoolyard and had evaded rescue for weeks. Loreta named them Yogi and Boo-Boo following their RESCUE and the rest is history. (8:12)
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Eldad calls this a “weird” rescue that he and Loreta participated in. Click HERE to understand why. (5:05)
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A homeless dog that Lisa and JoAnn named Julep would jump a fence of a residence so she could be close to two chihuahuas that belonged to the homeowner. But Julep was less than a happy camper when the girls managed to succeed in capturing her. Had the dog known what the future would bring, of course, she would have happily surrendered. Then on the way to the vet to have Julep checked out, Lisa and JoAnn received a second rescue call and wound up giving Whiskey a new life as well. Have a LOOK. (5:27)
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Russ Russell says this newly posted page on the American Thinker website titled “The 10 Most Destructive Americans of my 8 Decades” is interesting and worth a look. Click HERE if you want to give it a shot.
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We have published several columns by Stanford Fellow and conservative columnist Victor Davis Hanson over the years. Instead of the printed word, here he is in front of the camera in a short video titled “The Future of California You Don’t Want to Know.” Click HERE to listen to what he has to say. (3:50)
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is a Twitter post from L.A. that went viral…
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Yikes! Glenn Bytheway said he came across this clip that should help some of you guys and gals enjoy your summer camping trips even more than usual. It’s titled “How Mosquitoes Use Six Needles to Suck Your Blood, a Deep Look.” Interested? Click HERE if you are. (3:17)
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We discovered a YouTube channel that may become a weekly feature of this column. “The History Guy,” who has a Ph.D in the subject, finds and presents short videos that he says "deserves to be remembered." This first clip we decided to include is titled “1941 Epic Journey of a Pacific Clipper.” It’s about a Pan American flying boat filled with crew and passengers that found itself stranded in Australia on Dec. 7, 1941 after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Because war had now broken out, the route home was blocked by the Japanese, and the Clipper had to fly 30,000 miles around the world in order to get home to America. If you can spare a few minutes, we think most of you will find THIS interesting. (8:33)
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Anyone remember what Astronaut Gordon Cooper said about his UFO experiences in THIS interview? (4:08)
Gordon died from congestive heart failure in Oct. of 2004 at the age of 77 in Ventura, CA. Click HERE for more information about his belief in UFOs and extraterrestrial life.
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There are two parts to this week’s closer: Part one features the United States Army Chorus backed up by “Pershing’s Own” U.S. Army Band. If you don’t recognize “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” feel free to RESIGN your citizenship. (4:53)
Part two features “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band and its rendition of John Philip Sousa’s most famous work, “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” Click HERE, sit back and enjoy. Or stand. It's your call. (4:42)
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