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August 9, 2012

 

Bill Mattos, Editor and Publisher <bilmat@comcast.net>
Leroy Pyle, Webmaster <leroypyle@sjpba.net>

 

The Farsider is an independent publication that is not affiliated with the San Jose Police Benevolent
Assn. The SJPBA has allowed the Farsider to be included on its web site solely for the convenience
of the retired San Jose Police community. The content of this newsletter does not represent or reflect
the views of the San Jose Police Benevolent Association's Board of Directors or its membership.



 

ANNIE (HALLY) NAVIN




Badge 2096
Born Nov. 30, 1951
Appointed Oct. 24, 1980
Retired Aug. 3, 2000
Died July 6, 2012


Little is known about the passing of Annie. When Chaplain Bridgen received word three days ago that she had died, he checked with the POA office and came up with an e-mail address of one of Annie's two daughters. After contact was made, Dave learned that the former wife of retired Sgt. Tom Navin passed away from liver failure back on July 6th. She was living in a home in Santa Cruz. Neither of the daughters had any ties with the SJPD, and when they learned of their mother's passing, they handled the arrangements without thinking to contact the Dept. No funeral was held and no obituary was published. Annie's survivors include her two daughters: Jennifer, who is single; and Katie, who has two daughters of her own, Michelle and Ava. We have no additional information. Annie has been added to the SJPD Memorial List.




 

PBA'S ANNUAL BBQ MEETING SET FOR NEXT WEDNESDAY

POA Hall
Wednesday, Aug. 15th
5:00 p.m.

No Guests



Next Wednesday's monthly PBA meeting will feature its once-a-year barbecue extravaganza. Hors d'oeuvres and snacks will precede the lavish dinner comprised of huge New York steaks prepared on the grill by Lee Wilson, Jim Polmanteer and Terry Handforth. To compliment the steaks, Lumpy will be preparing his famous (some say "infamous") Road-Kill Chili and his dynamite Ensalada Grande. Also included will be a more than ample supply of tasty-but-breath-killing Garlic Bread. A special dessert from Cake Bosses Mike Fehr and Tommy Mazzone will follow the feast, and Bob Moir will see to it that a full array of spirits along with a variety of beer and wine will be available at the bar, including some single-malt Scotch for the discriminating aficionado.

PBA members are invited to bring their appetites and enjoy this annual event. But remember, this is for members only. President Dave Wysuph and Sgt.-at-Arms Bob Moir are on record as saying that any member who shows up with a guest will be turned away.



 

PENSION ISSUE NEWS
 

Here are two items of possible interest from the I.A. column in last Sunday's Mercury News...
 


 

Ex-officer Constant Goes on the Disabled List

Mercury News — Aug. 5, 2012


In the run-up to San Jose’s Measure B pension reform vote in June, Councilman Pete Constant was the target of critics who suggested that his disability retirement as a police officer was dubious. You can put that critique to rest. Constant, a firm Measure B backer, underwent the knife Thursday to fix chronic problems with his back, which he first injured in 1997 when he tumbled down an embankment as a vice officer.

This is not his first surgery: Constant, a professional photographer by trade, already has had two rods implanted in his back. His staff says the surgical option he chose this time was the least invasive, but full recovery is expected to demand six to eight weeks. Ever the optimist, Constant says he hopes to be back about Labor Day if all goes well. We politely declined his offer of photographs of the procedure.

The absence of Constant — the council’s most conservative member — will shift the balance of power somewhat.

Constant has been a reliable vote with Mayor Chuck Reed on his fiscal reform agenda. He won’t be there Tuesday when the council considers putting a sales tax measure on the November ballot, which Constant’s business backers oppose.

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San Jose Police Officers Consider Vote on Chief

Mercury News — Aug. 5, 2012


There are rumblings of dissatisfaction from the officer ranks with San Jose Chief Chris Moore .

The San Jose Police Officers’ Association board on Tuesday will consider whether to ask the membership for a “vote of no confidence” in the chief, essentially a symbolic slap.

The association was tightlipped about the matter.

Spokesman Kerry Hillis said only that it’s on the board’s agenda only because SJPOA bylaws allow any member to ask that it be considered and stressed that the board “has taken no action of any kind.”

But City Manager Debra Figone was quick to defend Moore after a television reporter asked her about the possibility of a no-confidence vote by the association.

“Chief Moore has been a very strong advocate for our police force that serves our community well,” Figone wrote in a note to the mayor and City Council. “And he has done an excellent job managing a difficult situation that he’s inherited.”

Layoffs and cuts to officers’ pay and benefits, including a voter-approved measure to reduce pension benefits whose costs have soared, have crushed morale among the 1,060-member officer union.

But Hillis wouldn’t say what drove the request for a no-confidence vote. It’s the second time Figone has come to the defense of a chief under fire from the ranks.

In 2008 the San Jose Firefighters union voted no confidence in then-Chief Darryl Von Raesfeld , citing lack of leadership that sources interpreted as insufficient push-back against management budget cuts.

As she did with the firefighters and Von Raesfeld, Figone said she was disappointed in the possible no-confidence vote on Moore, which she dismissed as a “distraction.”

Internal Affairs is an offbeat look at state and local politics.

This week’s items were written by Tracy Seipel, Scott Herhold, Robert Salonga and
Paul Rogers. Send tips to <internalaffairs@mercurynews.com>, or call 408-975-9346.




 

"NO CONFIDENCE" VOTE FOR CHRIS MOORE FAILS
 



Aug. 7, 2012


SJPOA Membership Votes Not to Proceed with No Confidence Vote Against Chief of Police  

Today, the San Jose Police Officers' Association entertained a motion from one of its members recommending a vote of no confidence against Chief Chris Moore.  The motion did not pass.  The fact that the POA did not pass a vote of no confidence at this time should not be misinterpreted as a vote of confidence in the Chief or the politicians at City Hall.

"With crime soaring in San Jose, officers leaving in droves and the safety of officers and the residents we protect placed in daily peril, it should come as no surprise that one of our members recommended a vote of no confidence against Chief Chris Moore", said San Jose Police Officers' Association President Jim Unland.

Many of San Jose's patrol beats regularly go unfilled and those that are filled are at only half-strength.  Without officers working on their days off, the situation would be worse.

"Recently, the Department has lost over 100 officers to other departments with many more in the process of leaving.  Staffing has shrunk from 1403 in 2008 to 1060 today resulting in the elimination of the dedicated gang suppression unit, the Violent Crimes Enforcement Team, the Vice Unit and now the Fraud/Burglary Unit and two motors/traffic teams are on the chopping block", said Unland.

"This weekend in San Jose's Evergreen neighborhoods there was another shooting. In that area alone, burglaries have increased this year by 146% over last year. City hall has failed the community and POA members are frustrated by the Chief's seeming inability to vigorously speak out against the continued erosion of the staffing, safety and morale of the San Jose Police Department," POA Board Member Officer Howard Johnson.

Contact: Kerry Hillis at (916) 266-1156


 

 

WEEKLY POLL
 

   


Results from last week's poll...




For the full scope of state and national polling by Scott Rasmussen, click on this link:
<http://www.rasmussenreports.com/>

For the most recent releases, click here:
<http://www.rasmussenreports.com/older_content/home/top_stories/most_recent_articles>




 

MAIL CALL
 

Aug. 6th

People,

Take this "Real Age" test to see how old you really are. It takes about 10 minutes and the data is adjusted from your previous answers as you go. At the end you will be asked for an email. If you don't want to provide your own, give them mine:
<mogel@charter.net>. There are no tricks.

<http://www.realage.com/landing/entry4?cbr=DDCP4938&subid=CD151>


Good luck.

Art
(Mogilefsky)
<mogel@charter.net>

I decided to pass along Mogel's e-mail, but only with the understanding that I wouldn't have to take the test myself. My week has been going bad enough.



 

PLANNING TO VOTE FOR MITT ROMNEY IN NOVEMBER? WHY BOTHER?


A couple of weeks ago I read a letter to the editor in the Mercury News that touched on the Electoral College. It spurred me to draft a letter of my own about the subject, something I've been harping about for years. The paper didn't see fit to print my letter, so I thought I'd include it here with the thought that it might generate a response or two from you folks for next week's Mail Call column, which has all but dried up lately.
 

Letter to the Editor of the Mercury News:

July 29, 2012

Kudos to John Foster for pointing out the unfairness of the winner-take-all rule of California's electoral votes (California is just an ATM for candidates, July 29th). The Golden State is so blue that a vote for Mitt Romney will literally mean nothing. Ditto for Barack Obama in the red states. With the exception of Nebraska and Maine, all of the states use the winner-take-all rule. That the next president will be decided by only a half-dozen or so "toss-up" winner-take-all states is no way to run a presidential election. As an independent, I plan to vote in November, but only because of the state and local measures. Casting a vote for the president of my choice would mean nothing, other than to see it tallied as one of the popular votes after the winner of the election is decided.

Bill Mattos
Fremont, CA

If you are interested, this was the letter that prompted me to write and share my opinion...
 

California is Just an ATM for Candidates

Letter to the Editor
Mercury News — July 29, 2012


Both Mitt Romney and President Obama came to California last week, but they were not here to campaign; they were here to collect money.

After they collected their cash from the California ATM, they promptly left. No speeches, no public events. The only way you could get to see them or hear them speak was if you paid. With our current system of winner-take-all electoral votes, Californians have no influence at all in the presidential campaign regardless of party affiliation. If you’re a Republican, your vote has no impact, and if you’re a Democrat, your vote is taken for granted. The candidates don’t come to hear our views; they don’t compete to try to win our votes; they come only to collect our cash.

As the most populous state in the union, we should have far more influence in shaping the platforms and policies of the presidential candidates. We can do this by going to a proportional method for awarding our electoral votes, in which our state’s electoral votes would be cast in proportion to the popular vote. Making this change would make California a meaningful state in the presidential election instead of just an ATM.

John Foster
Portola Valley

 

NOT A GOOD START TO THE SEASON


Had ESPN not fired Hank Williams, Jr. last year he would probably be ready for some football, but the NFL will be limping into the season without its regular crew of officials. Because they have been locked out for some time, the National Football League will be starting its season with replacement officials, including one of the female gender. It's probably safe to say that our in-house NFL referee — Bill Leavy — and the rest of the regular officials aren't happy about the situation, but until negotiations are settled, what is, is.

Following is an article from Yahoo Sports about the first female in the history of the NFL who will be stepping onto the field today to monitor the monsters of the midway by officiating the San Diego-Green Bay pre-season game...

First Female NFL Referee to Officiate Pre-Season Game is a Travesty

By Julie Hayes — Yahoo Contributor Network
Yahoo Sports link:
<http://tinyurl.com/8rh3ugc>


Okay, let me get one thing straight. I am a woman. So in no way am I disparaging the fact that a woman officiating an NFL game is wrong or a travesty simply because of her gender. When Shannon Eastin takes the field on Thursday to officiate the San Diego Chargers-Green Bay Packers game, she will be "making history" as the first woman to officiate an official game.
 



Shannon Eastin
NFL Replacement Referee


It's not like Eastin doesn't have a lot of football officiating experience. She's worked in the Mid-Eastern Athletic conference and apparently "other leagues" that many sources discuss but never quite get into specifics as to where. Who plays in the Mid-Eastern Athletic conference? Teams like Delaware State, North Carolina A&T, Bethune-Cookman, and Savannah State. Regular powerhouses, right?

Unfortunately, that's not an unusual resume among the replacement referees that the NFL is hiring while it's still attempting to hammer out a long-term deal with its regular officials. These replacements are not referees who are ready for prime-time nor who are even close. They've not been pulled from the fields of SEC or Pac-12 games. Those officials are already committed to their college schedules. The NFL has a "watch list" of college officials that they select new officials from on an annual basis when there are openings. Guess what? Not a single referee on that watch list is available.

Using replacement officials who have never come close to this level of athleticism, size, and speed is a colossal mistake and will be evident to even the most casual fans at any game. Throwing a woman into an NFL game in this manner and then saying she's making history is a joke. She didn't earn this right. She might have one day. However, she's not even the best female referee officiating in football right now.

That female official is named Sarah Thomas and she's the one who should have been selected over Eastin. She IS actually on the NFL watch list, has officiated at the Division I level, and even worked a bowl game. Problem is, she's in a contract that won't let her leave her current conference. Many believe that she was going to become the NFL's first female official. Now she won't.

One day Thomas will be brought up onto an NFL crew and blend in just like everyone else. She will have earned that position and she will be good at it because she's gone through all the proper training and channels to get there. It's not Eastin's fault that everyone is attaching this "breakthrough" to her, but to give her extra attention because of her gender in this situation is just wrong.

Julie is an NFL contributor for the Yahoo Contributor Network. She's been a football fanatic her entire life and a Broncos fan since moving to Denver in 2001.

~ ~ ~
 

But there's a wrinkle. If Shannon Eastin doesn't take the field today in the Chargers-Packers pre-season game, this NBC Sports report dated yesterday could be the reason why.

Locked-out Officials Plan to Point Out Replacement Official’s Poker Past

By Mike Florio — August 8, 2012
Pro Football Talk — NBC Sports


The good news for the NFL is that the debate regarding replacement officials will soon move on from the question of whether Hall of Fame game referee Craig Ochoa was fired by the Lingerie Football League.

The bad news is that the league will be dealing with another replacement official’s recent past as a high-stakes poker player.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the locked-out officials will soon be making it known that Shannon Eastin, who will become the first female official to work an NFL game, has played in the World Series of Poker.

Shannon Eastin


Multiple links containing reports from the 2007 event mention Eastin.
<http://tinyurl.com/7lavkcf>

At a time when the league is suing New Jersey to prevent gambling on NFL games, and in light of the league’s staunch opposition to gambling in most forms (except the ones that the owners are allowed to engage in, or those from which the league can make money, like scratch-and-lose tickets), the league office either didn’t know about Eastin’s poker playing or opted to make an exception given the need for replacement officials.

Some may regard the coming assault from the locked-out officials as an attack on Eastin’s gender. It’s a far deeper problem than that, in our view. The league has strong views on gambling, and the last persons associated with pro football who should have any connection to gambling are the game officials.

We’re not saying that Shannon Eastin will be the next Tim Donaghy. We’re saying that, if the standards for screening replacement officials are sufficiently lax to let a former contestant in the World Series of Poker get through the filter, perhaps one of the other 119 replacement officials will be the next Tim Donaghy.

We’ve tracked down the rules regarding gambling by game officials.
<http://tinyurl.com/8tx9oya>

This is the link to the article: <http://tinyurl.com/8rygshg>

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There also was this article about the replacement officials...

Players Rip Replacement Refs from Hall of Fame Game

By Mike Freeman
National NFL Insider — Aug. 6, 2012


You didn't see much about this on television. Or hear about it. But players from New Orleans and Arizona claim replacement officials working during the Hall of Fame game made so many errors, players from both sidelines began openly mocking them.



Replacement officials discuss a call during the Hall of Fame Game


You didn't see much about this on television. Or hear about it. But players from the New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals claim replacement officials working the Hall of Fame Game made so many errors, players from both sidelines began openly mocking them.

The mistakes, players say, were numerous, despite not being discussed much or shown on the broadcast. For one, players say, not a single, non-special teams holding penalty was called. That is a remarkable thing for the first preseason game of the year.

Players gave numerous examples, but said two were blatant. In one, officials forgot to move the marker after a 3-yard loss. The loss was followed by an incomplete pass. So it should have been third-and-13 but the marker showed third-and-10 because the official forgot to move it. One sideline erupted over the mistake and the officials corrected it.

On another play, it was explained by players, there was a holding call on a Saints punt return and it took the officials four attempts to correctly spot the football. (I could be wrong but I don't remember seeing any of this on the broadcast.)

"We were all laughing on the sidelines at how clueless they were," said one player.

It got so bad players began mocking the replacement officials. Players also say some of the officials began arguing amongst themselves vocally in front of the players.

The National Football League Referees Association, the union for the locked out officials, released a statement later on Monday saying it documented a number of mistakes as well. Biased? Of course. Accurate? Yes. Players pointed to many of the same mistakes the NFLRA did which included:

• A touchdown ruled short
• A no call for offensive holding in the end zone
 • A no call for illegal motion
• A no call for kicking team member going out of bounds and touching ball first
• Wrong penalty enforcement for offensive holding
• A no call for illegal hands to the face
• A no call for facemask
• A no call for helmet to helmet on defenseless punt
• The royally screwed up hold on a punt return
• A no call on intentional grounding
• A no call on defensive offsides

Do regular officials make these kinds of mistakes? Of course. But this goes to the fact that replacements refs are afraid to make calls.

This is going to be interesting to watch if these mistakes continue. Especially if there is no settlement of the lockout and this continues into the regular season.

Because it will be impossible to hide them forever.

This is the link to the article: <http://tinyurl.com/cu3j9rd>




 

NOT THE CITY AND POLICE DEPARTMENT YOU ONCE KNEW


For those of you living out of the area who are unaware of how bleak the situation is in San Jose as it relates to the SJPD and other parts of the Bay Area, this article from Tuesday's paper pretty much lays it out. Instead of the headline below, it could just as well have read, "Police Ignoring Burglaries and Other Property Crimes."

Police Agencies Say They Keep Their focus on Violent Crime

By Joshua Melvin
<jmelvin@bayareanewsgroup.com>
Mercury News — Aug. 7, 2012

Bay Area cities have seen double-digit jumps in home burglaries during the first half of 2012 as a storm of factors including fewer cops on the streets and rumors of easy targets have collided to boost thievery.

The biggest spike is in Palo Alto, with a 63 percent jump in home burglaries, but Oakland has seen a 33 percent hike, and the surge in San Jose is 39 percent.

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed last week called for data on the spike and an explanation of what his police chief was doing about it. In both San Jose and Oakland, with fewer officers able to respond to calls, police are focusing on homicides or rapes instead, while burglaries get lower priority.

In contrast, police say, the situation on the Peninsula appears to be driven more by the belief in crime circles that communities along the Interstate 280 corridor are easy marks for jewelry and electronics thieves, and homeowners are helping by leaving doors and windows unlocked.

Cuts push trend


San Jose police Chief Chris Moore said budget cuts have chopped his department down from 1,409 officers and trainees in 2007 to 1,056 cops now. As a result, he said, officers on the street may be swamped with calls for help. The less urgent calls, such as a report of a suspicious person, might not get a speedy response. Calls about suspicious people often are tied to break-ins, police say. San Jose police this year also stopped responding to burglar alarms unless someone confirms that a break-in has happened. But Moore said he believes that has little to do with the recent upswing.

Moore said he’d rather not have to choose which types of crimes get priority, but that’s the reality. “These (burglars) don’t stop until you catch them,” Moore said. “I’d rather catch them the first time, instead of after the sixth or seventh crime.” Oakland, which is down to about 640 officers, a drop of 200 from just three years ago, also gives priority to violent crimes, Oakland Police Department spokeswoman Officer Johnna Watson said. She said the staff cuts are one factor pushing the spike. Recently, she said, the department shifted more cops, vehicles and attention to address the problem and that has made a difference. Police are noticing a recent curb in the burglary trend. The number of cops on the street isn’t the only reason for the burglary bounce. In fact, the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office, which patrols areas that include more than 517,000 people, has also lost officers because of budget cuts. Yet home burglaries are down by 13 percent in its jurisdiction, which includes Danville, Orinda, Lafayette and Oakley. Sheriff’s office spokesman Jimmy Lee didn’t give a particular initiative credit; rather, he said, it’s part of the overall drop in crime the sheriff’s office has seen.

Burglaries on the rise

Peninsula police departments, meanwhile, have been dealing with a spike in crimes that they believe is related to talk circulating in crime circles.

Detective Bob Collins of the South San Francisco Police Department, which had a 31 percent break-in jump, said burglary suspects have told investigators they’d heard from other crooks that Interstate 280 corridor communities had lots of wealth.

“These homes are upper middle class, and they have things people want,” Collins said, adding that Peninsula police have launched a regional effort to fight the trend.

Palo Alto police acknowledge a direct connection between dozens of that city’s burglaries and its residents’ tendency to leave windows or doors unlocked.

“Unlocked doors have played a significant role,” Palo Alto police Sgt. Brian Philip said. “It allows (burglars) a stealthy approach.” Palo Alto police even launched a “Lock It or Lose It” campaign after publicizing the burglary spike in March. But it doesn’t appear that all residents have been heeding that advice. Police announced a second spate of burglaries in mid-July, with at least 20 reported since early June. And guess how the crooks got in? Unlocked doors and windows.

It’s not the economy

Several police agencies have pointed to the down economy as a factor in the recent burglary surge. But Robert McCrie, a security expert at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, said the difficulty — or ease — of stealing from a home is a better predictor of crime. In fact, most of the Bay Area’s biggest cities, and the country as a whole, have seen overall crime continue to fall in the years after the recession, according to FBI statistics. So-called “soft target” communities, where home entrances are camouflaged by trees and don’t have or use alarm systems, are more likely to attract burglars.

“These are the things that increase the chances you get away with it,” McCrie said. “Burglars pass this message on, and someone else might say, ‘Hey, I can do that.’ ”




 

TWO FUND-RAISERS FOR THE CHAPLAINCY:
ONE FOR GOLFERS, THE OTHER FOR EVERYONE
 

For Golfers




For Everyone
(Airfare not included)






 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF AUG. 4, 2012
 

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

New Articles

• Is the Obama campaign seeking to restrict military voting?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/ballot/military.asp>

• Do U.S. Olympic medal winners have to pay taxes of up to $9,000 for each gold medal they earn?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/taxes/olympics.asp>

• Would current voter ID laws have prevented Ronald Reagan from voting until 1991?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/ballot/voterid.asp>

 • E-mailed warning claims automobile components emit cancer-causing benzene fumes.
<http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/benzene.asp>

• Photograph purportedly shows a McDonald's sign expressing support for Chick-fil-A.
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/signs/chickfila.asp>

• Rumor claims new Canadian polymer bills melt easily.
<http://www.snopes.com/business/money/melting.asp>

• Did actor Morgan Freeman say that he found the concept of Black History Month to be "ridiculous"?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/quotes/blackhistory.asp>

• Photograph purportedly shows an anti-rape device known as RapeX.
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/crime/rapex.asp>

• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news stories from around the world!
<http://www.snopes.com/daily/>


Worth a Second Look

 • Do images show a Solar Tower to be built in Rio de Janeiro in conjunction with the 2016 Olympic Games?
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/architecture/solartower.asp>


Still Haunting the Inbox

• Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's circulating in the on-line world.
<http://www.snopes.com/info/top25uls.asp>


Fraud Afoot

• Visit our Top Scams page for a list of schemes commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.
<http://www.snopes.com/fraud/topscams.asp>



 

THE LIGHTER SIDE & OTHER ODDS AND ENDS

Large or Full Screen recommended.





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In the wake of the Colorado movie theater massacre (prior to the killings at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin this week), the city of Houston used DHS grant money to produce this video on how to survive an active shooter event in the workplace. The video is apparently going viral as several readers sent it in. (6 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VcSwejU2D0>


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The following two videos are must-sees for us boys who like our toys. Note to Santa: I'll be happy with either the model train layout or the model airport.

The world's largest miniature railroad in Hamburg, Germany known as "Miniatur Wunderland" that we included in the Farsider two years ago has been significantly upgraded. Here's the 2012 version of the video that shows the new layout courtesy of Chuck Blackmore.
(5 Mins.)



<https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ACkmg3Y64_s>


While we're on the topic of miniatures, this is also the world's largest miniature model airport, also located in Hamburg. See if you can spot a new Airbus A-380, the largest passenger jet in the world. Stick with the video for a minute and watch the planes taxi, take off and land. (3 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9IlPDOar7E>


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Harry Mullins acknowledges that this British-based ditty is politically incorrect, but he added that it wouldn't take much effort to imagine the scenario crossing the Pond and coming to our shores. He also wondered if watching this video could cause the viewer to be placed on a watch list in California? (What the hell, it wouldn't be the first time most of you wound up on someone's list. We say go for it.) (4 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wq_lhlIn1e0>


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"Bugger," exclaimed Bruce Morton, as he watched this Toyota Aussie TV ad and said he wished American ads for the Japanese automaker were as entertaining. (1 Min.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lngBp3sTsho>


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Don't mess with grandma seems to be the message of this 211 armed attempt at a jewelry store in Garden Grove. If you're in need of a chuckle, watch this short clip of surveillance footage sent in by Bill Leavy. (2 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ey11D4wzxHE>


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Wanna witness a miracle? You know you do, so click on the link below and watch the Virgin Mary come back to life. (1 Min.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PgsECLKde0>


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Travel tip: If you are planning on visiting Johannesburg, South Africa, do not — repeat, DO NOT — jaywalk. This surveillance camera footage will show you why. (1 Min.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ejHHr-KKQU>


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Among the network newscasters we would most like to see get zinged is NBC's Brian Wilson. During a recent interview with Mitt Romney, Wilson asked the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee if it was true he is seeking an “incredibly boring white guy” for a running mate? Without so much as a pause, Romney tossed it back in Wilson's face. (1 Min.)



<http://tinyurl.com/cv6gwhv>


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Here's a prank that Lumpy would have liked to participate in several decades ago when he was pushing a blue and white around town while wearing his police costume. (3 Mins.)



<http://www.wimp.com/roadblockprank/>


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Seems that one of the critters crawling around the Internet is a monster crab. Claude, a huge 15-pound crab with a 15-inch shell, was recently spared from becoming someone's supper after being caught off the coast of Tasmania. If that was to happen, coming up with a gallon of drawn lemon butter to accompany the huge crustacean wouldn't be a problem. but finding a pot large enough to hold Claude might have been. Here's the video. (1 Min.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKGyKCLnF5k>

And here's the story...

<http://digitaljournal.com/article/324277>


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Own a cell phone? If so, pat yourself on the back for being the generous soul that you are by providing free phones for those without. And in some cases, many cell phones to the same individual. (3 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjAjAvxDkfk>


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For this week's finalé we chose this video received from "Lumpy Lundberg." It's one that everyone who considers themselves a patriot should see. Watch what retiree Ken Pridgeon of Baytown, TX does for the families of our fallen military men and women. (7 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRGWUFEeXZw>


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C'ya



Pic of the Week:

Good bragging attempt, Lumpy, but it appears someone snitched you off...


 

   

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