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I know how saddened you all are to be getting another email about another fallen officer...just as sad as I am to have to write one. We lost a brother in blue yesterday from the San Diego Police Department. President Brian Marvel with the San Diego Police Officers Association has worked with our SJPOA team for years. His San Diego membership has stood tall with us in Northern California on many issues for the betterment of our police departments. Our hearts go out to the entire San Diego Police Department, their community who lost a hero, and Officer Jonathan DeGuzman's family and friends. SDPOA President Brian Marvel sent the below press release out today. Please do what you can for our police family in San Diego.
Remain safe and vigilant, and God bless.
Paul Kelly, President
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San Diego Police Officers Association, Inc. (SDPOA)
"We are heartbroken by the loss of Officer Jonathan DeGuzman, who was killed in the line of duty after he and his partner, Officer Wade Irwin, were shot during a stop. Our thoughts, prayers, and unwavering support go out to the family and friends of the fallen officer. We pray that Officer Irwin makes a full and speedy recovery," said SDPOA President Brian R. Marvel.
Funeral service arrangements are pending. The San Diego Police Officers Association has established a fund for Officer DeGuzman's family.
can be mailed to:
San Diego Police Officers Association
8388 Vickers Street, San Diego, CA 92111
Checks can be made payable to the San Diego Police Officers Association (SDPOA). Please write "Officer Jonathan DeGuzman" in the memo line. All donations will go directly to the family. The SDPOA is also accepting online donations through the following link: <http://www.sdpoa.org/about-widows-orphans-fund/> Please indicate "Officer Jonathan DeGuzman" in the notes of your online donation.
Save the date below for a family carnival hosted by The Britannia Arms!
Saturday, August 20th
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Scottish Rite Center
2455 Masonic Dr.
San Jose, CA 95125
All proceeds will benefit the Michael Katherman Family.
Please see the flyer below for more details.
Lots of volunteers will be needed to make this event a success.
If you are able to volunteer, please email Diana Nolan at: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Pension Deal in S.J. Needs Voter Support
Editorial — San Jose Mercury News — Aug. 1. 2016
Sometimes what seems like the principled, right thing to do just isn’t.
That was the case this spring when Republican leader Charles Munger Jr., former San Jose City Councilman Pete Constant and the Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association sued to stop a court-approved negotiated settlement of San Jose’s Measure B, demanding that it go back to voters before it’s implemented.
Ideally, that makes sense. The measure passed in 2012 with 70 percent of the vote. And Tuesday, Mayor Sam Liccardo and the City Council will indeed place the settlement on the November ballot to end the litigation with the taxpayer coalition.
But here’s the thing. Measure B’s dramatic pension reform provisions and the unions’ legal battle over them have driven out hundreds of officers, who could make more money in other Bay Area departments.
The police force plunged to 839 street-ready cops this spring, falling below 1,000 for the first time since the 1980s, when the city’s population was much smaller.
It is a crisis. Cops are on mandatory overtime, and fatigue eventually impairs even the best workers.
At the same time, it’s become clear that some of Measure B’s provisions won’t hold up in court; that Bay Area cities in CalPERS retirement plans aren’t being forced to deal with that system’s growing unfunded liability, which would level the recruiting field, so to speak; and that the U.S. Labor Department never approved a provision for existing San Jose cops to opt into a lower-cost but still generous pension plan and preserve their take-home pay.
Given these facts, it would have been irresponsible for the mayor and council to continue spending tax dollars defending the voter-approved pension reforms.
As a councilman, Liccardo had supported Measure B, but when he was elected mayor he aimed to negotiate a settlement with the unions. The resulting pact will still save $3 billion over 30 years, and it made sense to implement it the quickest possible way. That was through the court.
Had the judge’s ruling stood, Liccardo and the police department would have launched an all-out recruiting blitz by now. But voters could refuse to approve the settlement, so nobody’s applying here until compensation is certain.
And once an academy is filled, it will still be many months before an additional officer actually begins patrol.
Mayor Chuck Reed was the driving force behind Measure B. If anyone were going to oppose a settlement, you’d think it would be him. But no — he supported going to court; he is a realist, and he lives in the city. He wants it to be safe.
Now that the deal is going on the ballot, Reed will urge residents to vote for it. We will, too.
We hope the litigants who have held things up will do the same — or just stay out of it.
THE TRIALS & TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
This sounds like a great idea. Perhaps it should be called “Community Policing”
Seek to Strengthen Ties at ‘Coffee with a Cop’
—Goal of meetings is to build trust between San Jose officers, community—
By Eric Kurhi <email@example.com>
Mercury News — Aug. 1, 2016
SAN JOSE — In the ongoing effort to forge bonds with a community that’s often wary of the intentions of those sworn to protect and serve, San Jose police on Sunday held their third “Coffee with a Cop” event at the predominantly black Emmanuel Baptist Church.
“People have had bad experiences,” said the Rev. Jason Reynolds, who has striven to put the church at the forefront of faith-based institutions pushing for better police accountability and community relationships. “Not necessarily with San Jose, but from other areas. There hasn’t been a big thing that has happened in San Jose — but there will be. And hopefully we can all see across the aisle when that happens.”
Those big things — the high profile police shootings of black men in Minnesota and Baton Rouge and the slayings of officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge — happened after the Sunday afternoon event was planned. But police and attendees agreed that the fatal friction on display in those cities demonstrates how crucial such community-building exercises have become.
San Jose police Chief Eddie Garcia talks with a resident
at the third “Coffee with a Cop” event, held Sunday at
the Emmanuel Baptist Church in North San Jose.
“It’s very important for us to show people that officers are more than just the uniform they wear,” said San Jose police Chief Eddie Garcia, who gave a well-received speech at the church before the event. “We are doing a lot in the community to strengthen ties. Relations are always an issue, and you have to do the building before something happens.”
John Bone, part of the congregation, said such a meeting was “long overdue.”
“This kind of interaction between the community and the police can help alleviate a great deal of problems that exist between the two,” he said.
“This is a way for preconceptions and expectations to be changed.”
Susie Harrison, who teaches Sunday school to seventh- and eighth-graders, said that, when she talked to her students before the event, she was surprised to find they hadn’t yet formed an opinion of law enforcement.
Growing up in San Jose, she knew of many examples where that wasn’t the case, of kids getting harassed when they hit the high school days that are just around the corner for her charges.
• But they haven’t developed a sense that police are bad guys, that it’s the cops vs. them,” Harrison said.
• They don’t have an innate fear of officers yet, and it’s important that they have a positive first experience now, before they get older and might have a negative first experience.”
The inaugural coffee event took place in October, spearheaded by SJPD Sgt. Rebecca Marquez and Officer Stella Cruz.
It involved about 20 sworn San Jose officers as well as community resource officers and a group of cops from nearby Milpitas.
Marquez said they hope to host more events all around the city, with the next one planned for South San Jose around September.
She said she finds a lot of satisfaction in her role as icebreaker.
“Now people can say they did talk to a cop once, and that cop was a person, with a family, and kids, who faced racism herself,” she said.
“They can say, ‘She gets it.’ ”
Any talented poker player (which I am not) will tell you they study their opponents to find their "tell.” For any who may not know, a "tell" is something a person does to indicate when they might be bluffing. With 24 years of watching Hillary, I am convinced that her "tell" is demonstrated in the "Wait for it" photograph. It is my belief that when Hillary's eyes drop to "half mast" when answering a question or describing a situation, she is either lying or making (stuff) up. She also does it when it's apparent she feels she is speaking to someone who does not deserve to be in her presence.
As a Democrat turned Republican, Dennis Miller said at the end of one of his dialogues, "That's just my opinion. What do you think?"
Bruce (Hodgin) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The question has been posed, folks. Any takers?
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This is absolutely horrific. These hearings occurred in April and it seems that nobody has heard about them! Where is the American press? Why isn't Washington doing something about this? It will turn your stomach.
John Carr, Jr. <email@example.com>
"Where is the American press and why isn’t Washington doing something about it?" Sad to say, those are rhetorical questions. Click HERE to watch the video John Jr. sent in.
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These ladies call themselves Diamond and Silk. What some may say is unusual is that they are supporters of Donald Trump. Watch them present the “Breaking News” they posted about “Bikers for Hillary are on their way to Philly” a few days before the start of the DNC.
Thanks for keeping my identity secret so I don’t have to put up with hate mail from your readers who disagree with my viewpoints.
Red State <Red.State70@comcast.net>
Just watched it, Red, and I now have to get a towel so I can wipe the spittle off my screen. Next time warn me if you are going to send in something this funny.
P.S. Keeping your I.D. a secret is no problem, primarily because I don’t know who the hell you are! You have never responded to my emails, nor has another frequent contributor who calls him/herself Talking Points, or, for that matter, Middle Ground, who authored the next missive. But that’s OK with me. No one is holding a gun to the head of any of the readers who don’t like what any of you have to say.
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In last week's Farsider, Red State posted a YouTube video of Hillary Clinton talking about “positive gangs.”
For the readers, I thought it was only fair that they should know that the content of this video was filmed during an town hall meeting in Connecticut, where Clinton was speaking about gun violence. The producer of the video edited her statement to cut off the beginning and ending and added some non-related reaction scenes that had been cut and pasted for effect.
Her comments that were depicted in the video were in response to a young man in the audience who said that his past was riddled with gang violence, prison sentences, and drugs. That he had joined his gang because he wanted to feel like he was a part of a family. He also said that 400 young people in Connecticut have lost their lives to gun and gang violence this year.
Clinton's full response to this man's comment was, “You said something that is so important for people to hear. You know, joining a gang is like having a family. It’s feeling like you’re part of something bigger than yourself. So we’re either going to have gangs that murder and rob and do the things that are so destructive to the gang members and to the community, or, we’re going to have positive gangs. We’re going to have positive alternatives for young people.”
Later she said that she had wanted to highlight the most important part of her speech, which was that people join gangs in order to feel like they are a part of a family, that they did not have other places to go.
In the name of fairness I thought it would be appropriate to post another YouTube video that contains Clinton's political opponent, Donald Trump's statements about the First Amendment to the Constitution and highlights his views about our freedom of the press and the media. The freedom that allowed this video to be posted and seen by anyone who wanted to see it. The link is below.
Click HERE to view the video.
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This video is a little long, but I think it’s important.
Marcia (Morton) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Here is the setup of the video Marcia sent in: In this video, James O'Keefe visits various polling locations in Michigan and requests the ballot of Detroit Free Press Columnist Brian Dickerson. O'Keefe is offered the ballot without ID, proving that voter fraud is easy to commit.
to view the clip.
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Turn your speakers up and you can thank me later.
Don Hale <email@example.com>
Don was referring to “The Hillary Song” that he included with his short message. The Rock sung it to the former Secretary of State — with some clever video editing. Click HERE to view it. (3:35)
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Jack Brush is a Villages' resident who writes opinion articles for The Villages online newspaper. He has always seemed to be well ensconced on the Liberal side of the spectrum, but it looks like that's changing. In this article I think he uses the words "Wall Street" as a euphemism for "Our Overlords."
Lumpy Lundberg <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Eyes Wide Open
By Jack Brush — July 27, 2016
Revolutions are typically fought because the people feel oppressed.
One of the familiar slogans of the American Revolution brought this sentiment clearly to expression: “No taxation without representation."
And in the Declaration of Independence, it is clearly stated that governments derive “their just powers from the consent of the governed."
Quite frankly, I can’t remember the last time that our Federal Government was concerned about my consent on any issue.
In order to maintain a semblance of justice, the Executive and the Legislative Branches have allowed the Judicial Branch to effectively dictate law. Jefferson continues by indicating that revolution is completely justifiable when any government does not fulfill its obligation to the people. Well, that’s American history.
Surveying the political scene today, one cannot escape the impression that these thoughts are indeed history. By that, I mean that the idea of a government honestly endeavoring to represent the interest of the people is–to be quite blunt–dead. We have lowered the bar of our expectations in the political realm to the point that we have accepted corruption as the new standard.
Of course, corruption has always been a notorious problem in politics. It was Lord Acton, the 19th Century English historian, who said: “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely." We Americans have always known that power corrupts, and we didn’t want a government of absolute power for the very reason that Lord Acton states, namely that “absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
Near absolute power is, however, exactly what the DNC has acquired, and it has done so through the corrupt practices of Hillary Clinton and company.
The specter of the Democratic Convention will remain with us for decades. On the eve of the Convention, Julian Assange leaked e-mails that demonstrated beyond any doubt that Debbie Wasserman Schultz and others in the DNC violated all ethical standards by actively promoting Hillary Clinton and opposing Bernie Sanders. As an act of appeasement to the progressives, Wasserman Schultz resigned as Chairperson of the DNC.
What happened next was breathtaking.
Within hours, she was rewarded by receiving a new position in Hillary’s campaign. The message is clear: Corruption pays off!
Furthermore, Hillary Clinton assumes–I fear rightly–that we have lowered the bar so much that we will now accept corruption as the new standard. “No need to worry Debbie. As long as your corrupt practices help me, you’re safe!”
The saddest segment of Day One of the Convention was undoubtedly the passionate attempt of Bernie Sanders to herd his loyal supporters in the Clinton Corruption Corral. In my lifetime, I have never heard a more honest candidate speak than the Bernie Sanders of the Tampa rally that Susan and I attended.
For a man of such integrity to insist that we elect a woman as President who can’t even be honest about her own name can only be understood as a symptom of a deteriorating establishment structure.
In a Politico Magazine article, Todd Purdum reports a conversation with Hillary Clinton in which she told him that her mother had named her after the famous mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary–the idea being that the daughter was destined for great achievement. Purdum sensed immediately that something was awry. Hillary Clinton was born in 1947, and Sir Edmund Hillary didn’t become famous for climbing Mount Everest until 1953.
Admittedly, everyone fabricates a story now and then, but with Hillary, it borders on pathological. As Purdum demonstrates in his article, the recent “Email-gate is only the latest instance in a 25-year habit of dissembling."
So who really believes that Hillary Clinton will rein in Wall Street?
Michael Bloomberg doesn’t think so, and neither does the host of Wall Street bankers who have descended on Philadelphia in order to support their candidate.
Meanwhile, Elisabeth Warren, whom I once highly respected, is trying to convince us that Donald Trump is the real Wall Street candidate because his racism will empower the corporate elite. (Senator Warren would appreciate it if we would ignore the leaked DNC e-mail in which a well-known liberal democrat refers to Dr. Cornel West as “trash”!)
And who really thinks that Hillary will oppose the corporately crafted Trans-Pacific Partnership?
Does anyone really believe that Tim Kaine has changed his position on this issue?
No! Nobody believes any of this, and that’s the really disheartening part of the whole mess.
The Democrats are forging ahead with their eyes wide open.
They know perfectly well that they are electing one of the most corrupt women in politics to the office of President.
In response to one of my recent articles, a reader commented that I must have spent an entire day searching for new words in my Thesaurus. As a matter of fact, I do still have my old Collegiate Thesaurus, although I rarely use it.
Nevertheless, for this article I decided to blow the dust off of it and see how many different ways one can say: “with eyes wide open”. Here’s a sampling: knowingly, consciously, purposely, voluntarily, willfully, calculatingly and without qualms.
The last one, “without qualms”, really hit me. Why is it that no one has any qualms about sending Hillary Clinton to the White House?
Revolutions occur because the people want something better. Have we totally given up on “better”?
Hillary Clinton will probably win the election because she is after all the choice of Wall Street, and Wall Street always wins.
Or more accurately: We always let Wall Street win.
So the next four years will be a period of unprecedented dissembling and subterfuge.
To be sure, we have had other such periods in our history.
But this time it’s different. We have come to accept deception and corruption as the norm.
We are doing this with our eyes wide open.
History will not be kind with us.
Perhaps, it will give us credit for diversity, but it will criticize us harshly for electing a woman who had not even a hint of integrity.
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Jack Brush is a Villager and frequent contributor to Villages-News.com. In his new book In Search of the Common Good: Guideposts for Concerned Citizens, he develops guidelines for balancing human rights with the urgent need to promote the common good in our society. For more information, see <www.jackebrush.com>.
VANGUARD FOR JULY AND AUGUST IS NOW ONLINE
The July/August 2016 eVanguard is now online. Hard copies of the magazine are in the mail and will be arriving soon.
Please click HERE to download the eVanguard to your desktop, then click on the image of the magazine when the page appears.
RETIREES ASSN. NEWSLETTER ALSO ON LINE
The July edition of the Billy & Spanner is now available on-line. Thank you to all who have agreed to receive the on-line version of the newsletter.
You can read the newsletter by clicking HERE
SUMMARY OF FIREARMS INFO LAW ENFORCEMENT
The following info from the California Police Chief's Assn. was sent in by Russ Russell
The Governor signed numerous firearm regulations bills this year and we wanted to provide all of our retired members with some information on how these bills might impact you.
2016 Firearm Legislation: Impacts on Retired Police Chiefs
After a wave of high profile shootings this year, including the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, the California Legislature introduced a number of measures to enhance state laws regulating firearms and ammunition. Listed below are the bills signed into law by Governor Brown, followed by any important information regarding the exemptions or impacts on retired police chiefs.
Requires a person, commencing July 1, 2018, to obtain a unique serial number
from DOJ prior to manufacturing or assembling a firearm; also requires by
January 1, 2019, any person who, as of July 1, 2018, owns a firearm that does
not bear a serial number assigned to it to obtain a unique serial number prior
to manufacturing or assembling a firearm.
Requirements of this
bill apply to all retired law enforcement officers.
AB 1511 (Santiago): Limits the short term firearms loan exemption to a spouse or registered domestic partner, or to a parent, child, sibling, grandparent, or grandchild. No specific impact to retired police.
AB 1695 (Bonta): Makes it a misdemeanor to knowingly falsify a police report regarding a lost or stolen firearm. Those guilty of a violation under this law are also subject to the 10-year restriction on individual gun ownership. No specific impacts to retired police.
SB 880 (Hall): Changes definition of “assault weapon” to encompass more rifles with detachable magazines, specifically those with a bullet button release mechanism. Anyone, including retired law enforcement officers, currently in possession of an assault weapon under the new definition must register the firearm with DOJ by January 1, 2018.
SB 1235 (de Leon):Creates a new regulatory framework for the purchase and sale of ammunition in California. Provides that peace officers, retired peace officers, or holders of a concealed weapons permit are not subject to the ammunition purchase requirements.
SB 1446 (Hancock):Prohibits the possession of large-capacity magazines (defined in current law as any ammunition feeding device with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds). Exempts an individual who is an honorably retired sworn peace officer, or an individual who honorably retired as a sworn federal law enforcement officer, who was authorized to carry a firearm in the course and scope of that officer's duties.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Jonathan Feldman, our legislative advocate at 916-822-8900, <email@example.com>.
BILL LANSDOWNE SPEAKS HIGHLY OF SLAIN SAN DIEGO PD OFFICER
Russ Russell sent in a link to a San Diego Union-Tribune article about SDPD Officer Jonathan DeGuzman who was killed in the line of duty last week. The story begins with quotes from Bill Lansdowne, our former Chief who became the Chief of the San Diego Police Dept.
Officer Remembered With Respect
—Jonathan DeGuzman was a family man and dedicated officer—
By Karla Paterson — July 29, 2016
The San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Police Officer Jonathan DeGuzman, 43, was a
16-year veteran who was married with two children.
It has been almost 13 years since former San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne pinned one of the department’s purple hearts on Officer Jonathan “J.D.” DeGuzman’s chest, but he has not forgotten the moment or the man.
“I am going to miss him. I really am,” said Lansdowne, who awarded DeGuzman with a purple heart in 2003 after the officer was stabbed during a traffic stop. “I saw his picture today, and I remember pinning that heart on him and how impressed I was with him as a person.
“In my time with him, he had a good sense of humor. He was positive and upbeat. He had nothing but kind words to say about the other officers in the department. He would always take the time to talk about his family. He was the really the kind of person you would like to be around.”
The rest of the story can be read by clicking HERE.
AN OPEN LETTER TO KHIZER KHAN
This open letter to the Muslim father who criticized Donald Trump at the DNC for his views on stopping Muslims from entering the country is going viral on Facebook. It was written by Marine Corps/Navy veteran Chris Mark, who posted it on his blog (link above)...
Dear Mr. Khan,
I want to preface this letter by stating that I respect your son’s sacrifice for this great nation. By all accounts, he is a true hero that sacrificed himself in service to our country. For that I am thankful.
As a veteran, I watched your comments at the Democratic National Convention with a mixture of sadness, and anger. The United States has a military comprised of volunteers. Every single member has made the conscious choice to join the military and serve. There is not a single service member who has been forced into service. It is important for all service members (and their families) to understand that service to this great nation does not imbue one with special privileges or rights. I found your comments troubling when you said: “Have you ever been to Arlington cemetery? Go look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending the United States of America. You will see all faiths, genders and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing and no one.”
Does it matter whether Mr. Trump has sacrificed “…nothing and no one?”…has Ms. Clinton “…sacrificed” for this nation? How about Mr. Obama? Your comment stating that Mr. Trump “…has sacrifice no one” is alarming. Are you intimating that YOU sacrificed? Sir, your son willingly sacrificed himself. As a father I cannot imagine the pain you must feel, but his sacrifice is his own. He was not forced to serve.
I am troubled that you would allow a party that has little more than contempt for US Service Members to parade you into the DNC to denounce Donald Trump. Did you watch when protesters at the DNC booed and heckled Medal of Honor recipient Capt. Florent Groberg? Did you notice your party interrupting the moment of silence for slain police officers? Your own hypocrisy in not denouncing these acts and instead using the DNC as a platform to make a political point is disgraceful. The simple fact is that whether one served or sacrificed does not give greater power to their statements. One vote is as valuable as another. That sir, is why our Country is great. Your condemnation of one person for a statement while standing idly as your party disparages veterans and police officers is the height of hypocrisy.
To conflate the need to prevent potential terrorists from entering our country with the belief that ‘all Muslims’ should be banned is simply wrong and disingenuous. As a reminder, Mr. Trump said: “Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life.” The irony of your son’s own death at the hands of these very people in Iraq should not be ignored. I have little doubt that your son would have recognized the need to protect our country from these very people. In fact, he held is own troops back so that he could check on a suspicious car. Your son understood sacrifice and how to protect “his people”…’his soldiers’.’his fellow Americans.’
As you continue to make the media circuit and bask in the glow of affection cast upon you by a party that has little regard for your son’s own sacrifice and veterans in general, I would ask you to consider your comments and your position more closely.
US Marine and Navy Veteran.
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Chris Mark’s open letter above wasn’t the only one that has gone viral regarding Mr. Khan’s speech at the DNC. Here is another letter authored by a Blue Star Mother that was posted on 100PercentFedUp.com…
Aug. 1, 2016
To the Muslim Gold Star father that spoke at the DNC…..I have some thoughts on your comments. I am a Blue Star mother. My deepest condolences on the loss of your son. No family should have to endure such a loss. That being said, while your son is a hero, you Sir, are NOT. My son has served three tours of combat in the countries you and your family came from. Iraq and Afghanistan were his introduction to adulthood and service to something bigger than our individual selves. He was blown up by an IED set by your countrymen. His Purple Heart is a testament to his love of America and our freedoms. I have suffered through his multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, never knowing from moment to moment if he would return home in a flag draped coffin. It is torture when a mother wakes up to this day after day and sees the atrocities happening over there on the news and being helpless to change a thing. My comments to you will probably offend you. I do not apologize. These things need to be said. Unlike you, I could NEVER use my son’s death as a pawn in support of a woman that left “America’s treasure” (Hillary's words) to die unaided in Benghazi. The same woman that says vile things to her military details there to protect her. You, Sir, are supposed to be a witness to your son’s bravery and sacrifice. Instead you stood on a stage and promoted the woman that upholds the very people that killed your son. You became a political PAWN that promotes pandering to our enemy. You desecrated your son’s memory by your words. You did not utter one word of outrage at anyone but Donald Trump. Are you forgetting that Trump did not kill your son. He had nothing whatsoever to do with these wars. His memory should mean more to you than five minutes of fame on the stage of the party that voted to send your son to war. The same party that for eight years has denied and cheated our veterans out of their deserved medical care. Who for the last three years has cut our veterans pay.
Of note…your wife stood SILENT. She stood with her head covered, never uttering a word about her loss. She submitted to you being her voice in front of the country. She abdicated her free voice to you as would any good Sharia wife and mother. Let me say, this was not lost on the other American military moms, myself included. Had it been my son being “used” as a political PROP, no one could have silenced me. I would be voicing my grief, my pride, my love of him to the world. A man cannot speak to a mother's loss. No man knows her heart at the loss of a child. She did her heroic son a disservice by her silence. She should have uncovered her head and her heart to be the American mother you claim. And last if all, you dared to flash your pocket Constitution and ask if Trump has read it. I dare to ask you, Sir….HAVE YOU READ IT? If you say yes, then I dare ask you HOW you could represent that party? HOW can you support this woman? How can you affiliate your family with a party and candidate that cannot even call the radicals that killed your son what they are? How can you support a current administration that diminishes your son’s death by denying he had an enemy? And if you have read our Constitution, how could you cover your soulmate in colorful submissive sheets and have the audacity to speak FOR her? Your son died for that Constitution you so carelessly waved around on national TV in support of the very party that exists to destroy it. As a soldier’s mother, NO ONE could ever speak for me. I find your outrage artificial. I find your party affiliation offensive. I find your wife’s silence atrocious and offensive. I find YOU a political FOOL. I find your son to have been your greatest accomplishment, and you, Sir, have dishonored him. I hope you memorize that pocket constitution so you will understand what it means to be a REAL American and hero. You are not one. You were USED. Your son WOULD NOT be proud of you. My only hope is that when MY son goes a fourth time to combat radical Islamic terrorists (and he WILL), he will know that his mother never stood submissively SILENT about an American hero. Yes, your son was a hero that could not be manipulated, but you, Sir, are a weak minded FOOL. I would love to hear your thoughts this morning about the 1500 American soldiers on the air base in Turkey being held as basic hostages as I type. Not a word from this president or party you adore, or the media that so thoroughly manipulated and used you and your wife. So, what say you Sir? What will you say to a Blue and Gold Star family if these heroes die? In my opinion, you will say NOTHING.
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The mother's letter was posted on the "100 Percent Fed Up" website that was created by two mothers. You can read about their mission by clicking HERE.
A PRESS CONFERENCE WITH POLITICAL CORRECTNESS TOSSED ASIDE
In this age of political correctness, we can’t imagine any police officer or sheriff’s deputy in the nation not applauding this Sheriff for holding a press conference about an officer involved shooting that took the life of a 17-year-old burglar where he doesn’t mince words. An accompanying article appears below. For the video of the Sheriff’s press conference click HERE.
Normand scolds press, states “Devon Martes is not the
From LEO Affairs — The Voice of Law Enforcement Online
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand unleashed a tirade of criticism surrounding the application of the “victim” label to a 17-year-old who attempted to shoot a deputy on Tuesday night.
The Sheriff exclaimed that 17-year-old Devon Martes -who was caught by a deputy trying to steal rims from a storage lot- was “not the victim” because he attempted to open fire on his deputy.
Martes’ firearm malfunctioned, giving the deputy a chance to return six shots, fatally hitting Martes.
Normand produced a freeze frame from the CCTV footage that captured the shooting, showing the two individuals locked in a standoff, pistols pointed at each other. As the camera zoomed in on the freeze frame, Normand expressed his disgust over the fact that such a situation could occur “over frickin’ truck rims.”
The Sheriff went on to say that his deputy was “one of the luckiest men in America.”
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As a footnote, THIS
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Handcuffed Prisoner Pulls Gun on Police Officer and is Killed in Shootout Caught on Camera
Posted by Fugitive Watch — Aug. 2, 2016
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Prosecutors in Cleveland have released a video that shows a man retrieving a gun hidden in the back seat of a park ranger’s cruiser and shooting her in her bulletproof vest before being fatally shot in an underground police parking garage.
The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office released excerpts of two video recordings Tuesday after announcing that the fatal shooting in December of Derek Stokes, 33, by two Cleveland Metroparks rangers was justified. Stokes was killed at the bottom of a ramp inside a garage beneath Cleveland police headquarters, where the rangers planned to book him.
Ranger Chelsea McLellan and Kyle Schultz fired 47 rounds at Stokes, authorities said. A medical examiner said Stokes was shot three times.
The encounter began with McLellan stopping a car driven by Stokes for speeding outside a waterfront park near downtown Cleveland and quickly learning he had a felony warrant. Other rangers arrived and found heroin, crack cocaine and a digital scale in the car.
Stokes was patted down and placed in the back seat of McLellan’s cruiser. That’s when investigators think Stokes removed a pistol from one of his boots and hid it beneath the back seat of the cruiser. The boots were then removed and checked during a second body search, an investigative report said.
A video from a camera pointed at the back seat of McLellan’s cruiser showed Stokes squirming as McLellan asks him questions about his life as she drove him to jail.
“You live with your mom?” McLellan asks.
“She’s about to have a fit,” Stokes replies.
While in the back seat of the cruiser, Stokes managed to gets his hands, which originally were handcuffed behind his back, in front of him. The investigative report said McLellan couldn’t see what Stokes was doing in the back seat because of darkness and reflections off the plastic barrier separating the front and back seats.
As the cruiser heads down the ramp into the garage, the video shows McClellan forcing a gun through a gap in the barrier. McLellan slams on the brakes, tossing Stokes into the plastic barrier. Investigators believe Stokes’ gun misfired twice before he shot McLellan in the shoulder of her vest, barely missing her head.
McLellan and Schultz then fire multiple rounds at the cruiser, shattering its rear windows while Stokes takes cover on the back seat. The video from McLellan’s cruiser shows windows being shattered while Stokes takes cover in the back seat. When the initial volley stops, the video shows him yelling “Kill me!” before crawling out a window.
A dashboard camera in Schultz’s car shows Stokes shooting at McLellan and Schultz, who return fire. Stokes then staggers away from the rangers and falls to the garage floor.
When McLellan orders Stokes to “get on the ground,” he yells back, “I’m not done yet,” gets to his feet and collapses again.
STORY OF WEEK
Four brothers left home for college and became successful doctors and lawyers.
One evening, they chatted after having dinner together and discussed the birthday gifts they had just given to their 95-year-old elderly mother who had moved to Florida.
The first said, "I had a big house built for Mama."
The second said, “Yes, I know, and I had a large theater built in the house."
The third said, “Well I had my Mercedes dealer deliver a brand new SL600 to her."
The fourth said, "You know how Mama loved reading the Bible, but that she can't read anymore because she can't see very well. I met a preacher who told me about a parrot that could recite the entire Bible. It took six preachers almost 8 years to teach him. I had to pledge to contribute $50,000 a year for five years to the church, but it was worth it. Mama only has to name the chapter and verse, and the parrot will recite it." The other brothers were impressed.
After the celebration Mama sent out her "Thank You" notes.
She wrote: "Milton, the house you built is so huge that I live in only one room, but I have to clean the whole house. Thanks anyway."
"Marvin," she wrote, "I am too old to travel. I stay home. I have my groceries delivered, so I never use the Mercedes. The thought was good though. Thanks."
"Michael, you gave me an expensive theater with Dolby sound that can hold 50 people, but all of my friends are dead, I've lost my hearing, and I'm nearly blind. I'll never use it. But thank you for the gesture just the same."
"Dearest Melvin, you were the only son to have the good sense to give a little thought to your gift. The chicken was delicious Thank you so much."
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July 27 — Aug. 2
July 28: Tonight Hillary Clinton gave her big speech at the Democratic Convention, officially accepting the nomination for president. The speech went well, but the lightning shooting from her hands was a bit much.
During his big speech, President Obama said that no matter how many times Hillary Clinton gets knocked down, she always gets back up. At which point, he was accused of plagiarizing his speech from Chumbawamba.
Scientists from Indiana discovered that an 8-year-old orangutan named Rocky can mimic human voices and copy words in a conversational way. But it got awkward when the first thing he said was, "Actually, my name's Ricky.”
Michael Keaton said in a recent interview that it's very unlikely they'll be doing a Beetlejuice sequel. Then he said, "Unless you ask me two more times."
July 29: This week, Hillary Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine spoke at the Democratic convention and some people online said he came off as a corny dad. Or as Joe Biden put it, "The student has become the master."
Turns out Melania Trump's professional website has been deleted following allegations that she lied about graduating from college. She just deleted the whole thing. As if copying Michelle Obama wasn't enough, now she's copying Hillary Clinton.
In an interview with Harper's Bazaar magazine, Kim Kardashian claims she wants to have more privacy. Then she said, "Starting after this interview. That's what I wanted — I've had enough."
There's actually a new trend now of parents naming their children after characters in Pokémon Go. Personally, I think this is a mistake, and so do my daughters Mario and Luigi.
A new study finds that Americans have on average become several inches shorter in the past 100 years. But scientists say it's mainly because we're all looking down at our phones.
Aug. 1: There are now less than 100 days left until the presidential election. Or you could say, there are now less than 100 days left ... period.
I saw that Apple CEO Tim Cook will hold a fundraiser later this month for Hillary Clinton. He had a long list of terms and conditions for the event, but Hillary just said “Agree!” without really reading them.
The summer Olympics start this Friday, and I read that the organizing committee will stay aboard a docked cruise ship called “The Getaway,” which will act as a floating hotel. 'Cuz nothing makes you feel safer about the Olympics than the organizers staying in a getaway boat. “You kids have fun! We’ll just be over here – with the engines running in case things go south.”
A skydiver in California just became the first person to jump out of a plane from 25,000 feet without a parachute and land in a net. Or as Southwest Airlines calls that, “Business Class.”
Aug. 2: Doctors are telling the Rio athletes competing in water sports not to put their heads under water to avoid getting sick. So remember, if you're swimming at the Olympics, swim above the water.
Athletes asked how they were supposed to swim with their heads in the air, and doctors were like, "Oh, no, don't — you don't breathe in the air. That's even worse."
Donald Trump had yet another awkward moment today. Apparently there was a crying baby at one of his rallies, and Trump actually kicked it out, saying, "Get the baby out of here." It backfired when the Secret Service tried to remove Trump.
Hillary Clinton said this weekend that she's going to be at all the presidential debates, despite Trump protesting the schedule. Hillary said that even if Trump doesn't show, she's changed her positions enough that she can just debate herself.
July 27: The first sentence of Bill Clinton’s speech was "In the spring of 1971, I met a girl." You can imagine the relief in the room when they realized he was talking about Hillary.
In a video last night, Hillary Clinton told little girls that they can grow up to be president. In response, little girls said "Thanks, but we’d rather be Beyoncé."
Tonight, President Obama is going to make a speech trying to convince people to vote for Hillary Clinton instead of Donald Trump. It’s a speech entitled, "I Can’t Believe This Is Necessary."
Last night Bill Clinton said the first two times he proposed to Hillary, she said no. Clinton then said, "So let’s stop all this talk about Hillary’s bad judgement."
After Michelle Obama’s speech where she said the White House was built by slaves, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly said the slaves who built the White House were "well fed" and had "decent lodging." Leave it to Fox News to provide a fair and balanced view of slavery.
Last night at the Democratic Convention, Bernie Sanders supporters staged a walkout. Witnesses say they’ll never forget the sound of 6,000 pairs of Crocs leaving the convention.
July 28: After Joe Biden used the word “malarkey” in his speech, it became the most searched word on the internet. Mostly from people who thought "Malarkey" was a new Pokémon.
During President Obama’s speech last night, he referred to Donald Trump as a "home-grown demagogue." In response, Trump supporters said "Hey — two syllable words only!"
Hillary Clinton gave her big speech at the Democratic Convention this evening. And there was an awkward moment when she finished the speech and said, "Now where’s my check?"
Bradley Cooper was spotted at the Democratic Convention and it angered conservatives because he portrayed Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in American Sniper. These are the same people who were angry when they learned that Ben Affleck isn’t really Batman.
Today, Donald Trump said that when he asked Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails he was being “sarcastic.” Which makes sense — if anyone understands comedy, it’s the Russians.
The U.S. Patent Office has rejected Whole Foods' request to be called "the world’s healthiest grocery store." However, they approved 7-Eleven’s request to be called "the world’s finest antique foods dealer."
Sesame Street announced that they have fired several of their long-time cast members. These layoffs were brought to you by the letters F and U.
This year, for the first time ever, marijuana plants will compete in the Oregon State Fair. The winner will be whichever marijuana grower remembers to show up.
July 28: History has been made. After months of anticipation, Jo Jo has cut it down to just two remaining bachelors. These are exciting times. Oh, and also, Hillary Clinton received the Democratic nomination.
Hillary Clinton broke the glass ceiling, and just in case that point was lost on you, with Trump so close to the presidency, Hillary just became the largest “break glass in case of emergency” ever.
Donald Trump vowed that when he is president he will replace the broken glass ceiling with a reinforced titanium steel ceiling and that women are going to pay for it.
Bill Clinton said he watched all six Police Academy movies with his daughter Chelsea, which got awkward when Chelsea was like, “That wasn't me.”
When George W. Bush saw this, he was like, “Pfft, a few days? I did that for eight years.”
Aug. 1: It's alleged that almost 100 athletes are suspected of using banned substances in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. And they suspect many athletes this year, too, because anyone who wants to go to the Rio Olympics has to be on drugs.
Ninety-eight athletes in the last two Olympics are suspected of doping, or as it's technically called, "wanting it more."
At this point, they should just make peeing in a cup into an Olympic sport. Just let everyone do drugs. Everyone doing drugs is a fair playing field. What's more exciting than a nine-second 100-meter dash? A three-second 100-meter dash.
Some sad news today in the world of technology, because it was announced that the last company to commercially produce VCRs, Funai Electric of Japan, will discontinue selling VHS cassette tape players this month. For those of you who don't know what a VCR is, it's that large clock underneath your great-aunt's TV.
That's right, no more VCRs, which begs the question, how will the CBS audience continue recording our show? But don't worry, if you do enjoy clinging to obsolete relics from the 1980s, you can still just vote for Donald Trump.
Aug. 2: President Obama piled on this morning, saying in a press conference he feels Trump is unfit to be president. America's first black president is begging you not to elect America's first orange one.
Trump himself seems to be aware of the shifts in public opinion which is why it seems like he's already building an excuse for a loss by saying the November election will probably be rigged. Former Democratic candidate Al Gore weighed in, saying, "Yeah, we wouldn't want that to happen!"
If Donald Trump was a teenager he definitely would be the kid who turns the Nintendo off the second he starts losing at Mario Kart.
Apple has announced that it'll be removing the handgun emoji from its smartphones and replacing it with an emoji of a squirt gun. In case you weren't paying attention, there are now more restrictions on gun emojis in the United States than on actual guns.
July 28: It was a historic night. We're either going to have our first female president, or the first president who sold a line of steaks at Sharper Image.
After Hillary spoke tonight, instead of the balloon drop, Bill Clinton should have climbed to the top of the rafters and released all the old condoms he had.
Last night, President Obama gave Mrs. Clinton a powerful endorsement, at the end of which, she joined him on stage for an embrace that was about as awkward as when the groom dances with his mother-in-law at a wedding.
Hillary’s choice for running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, gave a speech last night where he revealed that not only does he habla español, he can do a Donald Trump impression. He did such a convincing job that Tim Kaine is now leading Hillary Clinton by 3 percent.
Trump wants to build a wall and bring in foreign workers. It's like he's playing a game of tic-tac-toe against himself. Or maybe this is a Telemundo prank show. We sent a bunch of workers to the United States. Wait until they find out who their new boss is.
Aug. 1: The emotional season finale of "The Bachelorette" confirmed it is possible to make a lifelong commitment to your soulmate even though you were making out with another guy a simple 24 hours before.
Our hero this year, JoJo, was forced to choose between Robby, former competitive swimmer, and Jordan, former quarterback. She had to choose between the guy who used to play football and the guy who used to swim.
The New York Post yesterday published several nude photos of Melania Trump that were taken during her modeling days. Trump's communications adviser said the photos are a "celebration of the human body as art." To me they look more like a celebration of the human body as a paycheck, but OK — art.
In any other election, nude photos of the candidate's wife would be far and away the biggest story of the campaign. It would be crazy. For Donald Trump this isn't even a blip. By Wednesday we'll never hear about this again.
This isn't the first time they've done something like this. I remember many, many, many years back when they pulled the same move with Eleanor Roosevelt. Bernie Sanders has a copy of that hidden under his mattress.
Aug. 2: Today Donald Trump came up with a new nickname for Hillary Clinton, "The Devil." I like how he says "it's true," as if he traveled to Hell and confirmed it himself.
Calling your opponent the devil, that's going to be tough to reel back in if he loses and has to make a concession speech. "Today I called the devil and congratulated her on her victory. I'm disappointed but we now unite behind our president the devil."
Trump tweeted a photograph last night showing him feasting on Kentucky Fried Chicken with a knife and fork. And a spoon, even. What's more relatable than a man in a suit eating fried chicken with utensils on board his private jumbo jet?
I don't know who's advising him. Who eats KFC with a knife and fork? I don't even need a plate. The reason it comes in a bucket is you don't need anything. All you need is a face to eat KFC.
July 28: Morgan Freeman narrated Hillary Clinton's introduction video at the DNC, and for some reason, Hillary gave her speech as Morgan Freeman tonight.
Hillary Clinton said tonight that Donald Trump has taken the Republican Party from Ronald Reagan's “Morning in America” to “Midnight in America.” Which frankly is a little insulting those of us who come on at 1:00 a.m. Midnight is not terrible.
Donald Trump told reporters yesterday that he doesn't know who Vladimir Putin is. He then paused and went, “Oh, you mean Vlad? Yeah, of course I know Vlad.”
Former Republican Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg spoke at the DNC last night. He told the crowd Hillary Clinton understands this is not reality television. Though if it were, she is not here to make friends!
Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the convention last night. He walked out to the theme from the movie Rocky. I'm guessing that's how he enters everywhere he goes.
Aug. 1: Many veterans' families are speaking out against Donald Trump after he began attacking the parents of a Muslim-American soldier, calling Trump repugnant. Said Trump, "I'm the most repugnant. No one is more repugnant than me. Real quick, what does repugnant mean?"
After Army father Khizr Khan's convention speech in which he pulled out a pocket-sized copy of the Constitution, sales on Amazon have skyrocketed, making it the second most purchased book. The first is "How to Move to Canada."
A pocket Constitution is perfect for Trump, because it will look regular sized in his tiny hands.
Trump was asked about his cozy relationship with Vladimir Putin and claimed unbelievably that he couldn't even remember if he'd met Putin or not. Yeah, no offense, but I think I want a president who would remember meeting Vladimir Putin. How many shark-eyed shirtless equestrians do you know?
Mike Pence is finding out that being Trump's VP is like being a fireman who has an arsonist as a roommate.
Aug. 2: When asked about possibly running for future office despite his age, Vice President Joe Biden this weekend told interviewers that if he didn’t know how old he really was, he’d guess he’s 44. And if he didn’t know what time it was, he’d guess it’s Miller Time.
Eric Trump appeared on CBS "This Morning" today and defended his father's ongoing feud with the family of a veteran, saying, “What I think this country needs is a fighter.” And to Donald Trump’s credit, he did bravely fight off all five of the Army’s attempts to draft him.
It is being reported that two senior aides were recently fired from the Donald Trump campaign. “Oh no, which two?!” yelled Eric and Donald Jr.
Vice President Joe Biden yesterday performed a same-sex wedding for a pair of longtime White House staffers. Said the staffers, “But we’re just friends!”
Yesterday Donald Trump said of The New York Times, “They don’t know how to write good.” When told that it should be “well,” Trump said, “Oh, sorry — WELL, they don’t know how to write good.”
Aug. 1: A lot of people are talking about Donald Trump and Russia now. And not just because of how much he resembles Russian dressing.
This entire campaign, Trump's made us forget about his crazy statements by saying something even crazier. It's like the old woman who swallowed a fly, only Trump would never be seen with an older woman.
The 2016 Rio games start Friday, and there are some concerns. Athletes swimming in the heavily polluted Guanabara Bay have been warned by health experts to keep their mouths closed in the toxic stew. OK? Mouths closed. Or heads out of the water. I can't wait to see who takes home the gold in the Olympic doggie paddle.
Last Thursday at the Democratic convention, the parents of a fallen U.S. soldier criticized Donald Trump, and over the weekend he repeatedly lashed out at them — which got me thinking, is there anyone Donald Trump won't attack if they say bad things about him?
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If you like conspiracy theories (ala Vince Foster) HERE is some red meat you can chew on. It’s about a DNC staffer who was murdered by an unknown assailant a few days before he was to testify about Hillary’s email investigation. The reporter also talks about the death of John Ashe, a co-defendant of the Chinese businessman who…well…listen for yourself. (2:53)
P.S. We vetted the One America News (OAN) and it looks like a legitimate cable news network: <http://www.oann.com/>
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You have probably seen snippets of Luke Aikens, the skydiver who jumped into a net from 25,000 feet without a parachute. THIS is the entire video from start to finish for those of you who want to experience the free fall from the safety of the room you are sitting in at the moment. (1:51)
is a short clip showing Luke Aikens preparing for his
25,000 free fall. (1:51)
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Marcia Morton sent in an edited clip of a drunk causing a problem on an American Airlines flight, but we found a more complete VIDEO of the incident on "Good Morning America" that also identifies the inebriated troublemaker.
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I have relatives who have lived in Fairbanks, Alaska for over half a century, but I never realized that their fellow Alaskans were related to Southern Rednecks until I watched THIS video we received from Larry Otter. Have a look. (4:00)
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Roger Coen can hardly wait for Southwest Airlines to transition to Boeing’s new 737 MAX so he can experience the thrill of the take off. Rumor has it that each seat will be equipped with both an air sickness bag, a potty bag and a blank copy of a last will and testament. Watch THIS. (2:27)
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This will no doubt draw some criticism from those who are convinced that Snopes is a tool of the Democratic party and that it is funded by George Soros, but neither is true according to Snopes’ competitors (TruthOrFiction, FactCheck and Politifact). We're posting the following Snopes ENTRY because of the growing number of articles from fake news sites that are showing up in emails and on Facebook. Remember, just because you 'want' to believe an article is true does not make it so. In fact, it is often not.
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You may want to check out THIS New York Times article if you have received robo calls telling you that you owe money to the IRS and/or that you are about to be sued by the government’s money-grabbers.
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If you have some Apple stock or just some Apple products, you may find this interesting. The clock resets to zero as soon as you click HERE.
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Some will argue he should have been cloned when he was alive so the GOP could offer him to the voters again. Alas, it is not to be. But through the magic of VIDEO we can go back and hear one of the “Great Communicator’s” favorite stories. (Cover your ears Democrats.) (1:39)
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It’s about time a manufacturer came out with the technology to make police vehicles bullet resistant and could therefore save the lives of some officers. Have a look at THIS and say, “Thank you, Ford.” (0:46)
Click HERE for a related article about this technology.
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Time for an oldie but goodie…
One day, Stan was hanging out on the beach flirting with women, but he didn't seem to be getting much attention. So he asked his buddy Jerry what he should do?
"Put a potato in your swimsuit. That'll drive the ladies wild!"
So Stan took his advice and went back to the beach with the potato in his swimsuit. However, the women laughed when they saw him instead of acting interested.
Later on that afternoon, after having no luck at all, Stan happened to see Jerry on the beach and said, "Hey man, I did what you told me, and I'm STILL not having any luck!"
Jerry replied, "No Stan ... you're supposed to put the potato in the front."
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Here is a short but interesting VIDEO of a tortoise in distress that Sharon Lansdowne posted on Facebook. (Not to worry, it has a happy ending.) (0:55)
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Speaking of tortoises, HERE is an entertaining compilation about the animals that shows them chasing cars and dogs, giving kids and pets rides, and several other activities you don’t see every day. (5:58)
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You may have seen on the news in the past couple of days THIS clip of a mama bear enjoying the water in Lake Tahoe with her two cubs while kayakers look on. Or if you haven’t seen it, you can now. (0:38)
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You have no doubt heard about “Crazy cat ladies” who house and feed a hoard of felines in their homes. Well, THIS video shows their male counterparts who have spent tens of thousands of dollars to make their digs cat friendly. Check it out. (3:30)
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Have a look at THIS short video of an extremely lucky backyard burglar who barely escapes a savage dog attack. (0:42)
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Humanity restored is the theme of this short clip about people working together to save a dog from drowning. Click HERE and see if you agree. (0:51)
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Here’s a heartwarming VIDEO posted by Louis Quezada on Facebook that shows the transformation of a stray dog that was adopted after it had gone through a makeover. (1:56)
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Let’s get away from the Clinton-Trump kerfuffle for a few minutes and close this week’s Farsider with this portion of the Aug. 21, 2011 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner where George W. Bush took to the podium with George W. Bush. What? Yes, there were two of them. Unfortunately, the GWB on your right (Steve Bridges) died from natural causes at the age of 48 on March 3, 2012. He was an American comedian, impressionist and actor who was known for his impressions of political leaders Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Arnold Schwarzenegger, TV characters such as Barney Fife, Homer Simpson, broadcasters Tom Brokaw, Paul Harvey and Rush Limbaugh. Click on the link below the pic. (11:05)
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Pic of the Week
There was a moment at the DNC the night Katy Perry
performed when Bill Clinton disappeared and could
not be found until he was spotted by a remote camera.
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