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This is the final reminder for the Celebration of Life for Jim Roach set for this coming Saturday, Aug. 11th, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at 19219 Hiers Rd. in Grass Valley.
THIS link should bring up a MapQuest page that will show you the directions via I-80 to 19219 Hiers Rd. in Grass Valley with the SJPD being the starting point.
Below is Eleanor Peeler’s obituary from last Sunday’s Mercury News. It hadn’t yet been prepared when we went to press with last Thursday’s Farsider that did include the date, time and location of yesterday's service…
April 13, 1936 - July 26, 2018
Resident of San Jose
Eleanor Peeler, 82, passed away peacefully on July 26, 2018 with her loving daughters by her side.
Eleanor was born on April 13, 1936 to Elizabeth and Alfredo Tognoli in Pittsburg, CA where she grew up with her brother Gene, and surrounded by uncles, aunts and cousins. She loved spending summers at her aunt’s motel in Twain Harte, her father’s polenta, and was an excellent and enthusiastic student.
Eleanor graduated high school at age 16, and attended Diablo Valley Jr. College, and San Jose State where she earned a Journalism degree, created lifelong friendships, and met her future husband, Ken Peeler with whom she made a family. She served as editor of school papers and yearbooks, and had a natural curiosity and love of writing that led to a career as a reporter for the San Jose Mercury News. Later, Eleanor worked at the SJ Police Dept. serving the public and assisting officers in the Records division. The friends she met there accompanied her to countless celebratory luncheons and on travels near and far.
Eleanor was generous and kind and loved meeting people. She was thoughtful and considerate – never failing to remember birthdays and was known for her punny sentiments in cards she’d send – even for offbeat holidays. She loved world traveling, reading, playing poker and Scrabble, and the outdoors – particularly San Jose Family Camp where she vacationed for many years, volunteered, and served on the board. She enjoyed listening to Rod Stewart and Italian music, attending live theater, watching SF Giants baseball, dining out, and celebrating holidays.
Eleanor is preceded in death by her partner and high school sweetheart, Edmund Lewis. She is survived by her children, Keri Ojeda (Nicolas), Suzanne Khan (Steven Spina); her grandchildren, Cameron, Jacob and Joshua; her brother, Gene Tognoli; and adopted sisters, Donna Diffie and Carol Peeler. She will be missed by her family, friends, nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, August 8 at 11am, with viewing starting at 10am at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1957 Pruneridge Avenue, Santa Clara. Eleanor will be laid to eternal rest in a private ceremony in Sonora, CA.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Community Service in San Jose.
VI POLLOCK’S OBITUARY
Next to Eleanor’s obituary in last Sunday's Mercury News was this one about Vi Pollock. She was the widow of the late Lt. Dave Pollock…
March 1, 1933 - July 9, 2018
Resident of San Jose
Violet Setsuko Pollock, 85, of San Jose passed away in her home on July 9, 2018 as she was preparing to leave for a Slot Machine Tournament in Las Vegas Nevada.
The memorial service will be held at St. Lucy’s Roman Catholic Parish at 1:00 PM August 6, 2018 followed by a reception in the church hall. The Rev. Father Steve Kim will be officiating.
Known by family and friends as “Vi,” she was active in many civic and religious activities. She was an active member of the Democratic Party and campaigned for the rights of senior citizens and public education. She served as an ombudsman for seniors negotiating the social security system. She was also a strong advocate of Asian American Concerns, Women’s Issues and Women’s reproductive rights.
She was a graduate of the University of Hawaii, the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Santa Clara. Vi was also known as “Mrs. Burch” before 1976 and then as “Mrs. Pollock” after 1976 when she married her second husband, Dr. David A Pollock, a detective with the San Jose Police Department after a seven-year affair. Mrs. Pollock had a career as a Juvenile Probation Officer and later as a Public School Teacher (38 years) with the San Jose Unified School District.
Vi also volunteered regularly at the Yu-Ai-Kai senior feeding program in Japan town in San Jose. She was also active at her church, serving as a Eucharistic Minister and as a Lector. She enjoyed fellowship with her friends in the Young Ladies Institute (YLI), a Roman Catholic philanthropic organization. She also actively supported the Sisters of the Holy Family in Mission San Jose as they had cared for her three children when she was an independent divorced mother in the 1960’s. Recently, she also supported the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary and their work with social justice ministry.
Very active in her retirement, Vi was an avid gambler who enjoyed twice monthly trips to Las Vegas for slot machine or black jack tournaments. She had Diamond or Platinum status at all the casinos between Reno and Las Vegas, She enjoyed a good concert or magic show as much as a buffet dinner. She also enjoyed world class traveling and taking an occasional cruise, especially if there was a casino on the ship.
She is survived by her daughter, Charlene T. Burch-Heinzig, L.P., an animal rights advocate and life coach of Kihei, Maui, HI; her eldest son Charles J. Burch, a retired biochemist, and grandson Lukas Burch, an LGBTQ+ Youth rights advocate of Vallejo CA; and her youngest son, The Rev. Dr. Kyle E. Burch, university articulation officer, California State University, and his husband, Kyle Lye, PhD, Software Engineer of San Jose, CA.
Vi is preceded in death by her second husband Dr. David A. Pollock and was interred with him at Oak Hill Memorial Park in San Jose CA on July 16, 2018.
Vi would have much preferred you spending your money on a good time with your sweetheart and a steak dinner with a good bottle of wine but if you really want to send flowers, they may be given to St. Lucy’s Roman Catholic Parish 2350 Winchester Blvd, Campbell, CA 95008. She would have preferred it if you called the church office at (408) 378-2464 and check if there is a Sunday that is short on flowers if you want to make a donation.
The last day to sign up for Camp Hoosegow is TOMORROW, Friday the 10th
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
It is not a surprise that IPA Aaron Zisser has received some support from elements of the community with one of the players suggesting that POA President “Paul Kelly step down, sit down and go home.”
Calls for End to Attacks on Police Auditor
Faith-based civil-rights coalition rips police over rhetoric, backs Zisser and embattled department
By Robert Salonga <rsalonga@bayareanewsgroup.Ecom>
Mercury News — Aug. 7, 2018
SAN JOSE — Striking back against a growing chorus of criticism against the police auditor, one of the city’s largest community groups is calling for police to curb their scathing political rhetoric and reignite talks to expand civilian oversight in San Jose.
Shaun Cartwright holds a sign in front of City
Hall in San Jose in support of San Jose’s
independent police auditor Aaron Zisser.
People Acting in Community Together, a faith based civil-rights coalition, held a news conference in front of City Hall on Monday to restate their support for Independent Police Auditor Aaron Zisser, who has been besieged by a string of controversies that prompted police and union leadership to cast doubt over his objectivity.
PACT and its allies do not believe Zisser’s actions have made him unqualified to serve and think his critics instead are taking a swipe at the independence of the office and efforts to increase the IPA’s reach.
“Withdraw the ultimatums, return to the table, and let’s move forward together,” PACT leader Frank Richardson said. “This is not about persecuting our police force … We have an opportunity for meaningful civilian oversight. I encourage all of the stakeholders to help us realize that goal.”
Frank Richardson of the faith-based civil rights
group PACT speaks in front of City Hall in San Jose
in opposition to a police union campaign to discredit
and oust San Jose’s independent police auditor.
The key points of proposed expansion include the IPA’s office gaining new access to records about internal department-initiated and use-of-force investigations. Currently, the IPA has domain primarily over citizen complaints.
Other PACT members warned against letting the controversy upend the broader cause of increased police transparency and accountability.
“Enhanced civilian oversight is an issue that appeals to all residents regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic status,” said Sita Stukes, an organizer and leader with Women’s March San Jose who attended the news conference.
The San Jose Police Officers’ Association, which has repeatedly called for Zisser to resign from a post he has held for just 10 months, maintains that it supports increased oversight, just not with him at the helm.
IPA Aaron Zisser
“To provide Aaron Zisser expanded oversight of the police department would be akin to handing the keys to a new car to an unqualified driver who has already driven three other cars into a ditch,” union president Paul Kelly said. “The last thing San Jose residents, police officers and businesses need is more incompetence stemming from this IPA.”
Zisser first came under fire after an annual IPA audit report suggested stark racial disparities in certain use-of-force cases based on less than a handful of incidents, and again when his office did not promptly alert the department about a man who specifically threatened to shoot officers in a police complaint.
Those incidents have lingered in the minds of the SJPD rank and file, Chief Eddie Garcia said.
“It’s not just me. I’m dealing with 1,100 individuals who have seen and heard these things,” Garcia said. “One way or the other, as strong as we denounce Zisser, we have to be strong in our support for the IPA as an office. We 100 percent support the work the office does.”
The SJPOA then hounded him for visiting a rally where demonstrators criticized police over the fatal 2016 officer-involved shooting of a suicidal man in the East San Jose hills, an event the union characterized as anti-police. Zisser said he was there with the aim of hearing his constituents’ concerns.
The families of several people who have died in recent officer-involved shootings in San Jose said in a statement Monday that the union’s actions have galvanized them. “If the POA leadership’s larger goal of the campaign to remove Mr. Zisser is to intensify antipathy towards the San Jose police, while simultaneously building sympathy for the IPA,” the statement reads, “they are succeeding.”
Mayor Sam Liccardo, who has previously criticized and questioned Zisser’s judgment, has been more circumspect as of late. Monday, he made a brief appearance at the news conference and offered diplomatic remarks on increasing the purview of the IPA, including lauding Garcia and the union’s receptiveness to additional oversight.
“I remain committed to supporting improvements to the structure of our system of police accountability,” he said. “I expect that all parties will continue negotiating in good faith to move forward on these reforms.”
Zisser said he appreciated the community support he and his office have received. He stated unequivocally that he has no intent to step down.
“That would be terribly unfair to the city and community, and damaging to the office the project of oversight,” he said. “I’m confident I’m doing the job within boundaries. Even as I acknowledge there are opportunities to rein in my personal style and do a better job of anticipating other people’s perceptions, I committed to this job. The community deserves that.”
Zisser noted that his counterpart in Denver, Nick Mitchell, faced similar scorn from a police union in 2015 for attending a demonstration critical of police but weathered the criticism, which he cited as proof that the current turmoil is not insurmountable.
“For my part, I’m willing to set aside whatever’s been said about me, and I still consider the POA to be a critical stakeholder,” he said. “Let’s have some perspective here. We can get through this.”
Rev. Jethroe Moore, president of the San Jose-Silicon Valley NAACP, attended the news conference and sought to redirect the union’s push for Zisser to step down.
“We want the POA to consider a new president … If you do not get rid of your current president, this relationship will only retard and go backwards,” Moore said. “Paul Kelly, step down, sit down, go home.”
The union almost mirrored Moore’s remarks in response.
“It’s unfortunate that virtually every time Mr. Moore speaks before a microphone he sets back progress on achieving mutual goals,” the union said in a statement. “We will not sit down nor go home when we see a public official failing in his duties to serve everyone in the community equally.”
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Is a full blown Civilian Review Board for San Jose what PACT really wants? Based on this op-ed piece that also ran in Tuesday’s Mercury News it may be…
San Jose Police Need to Help Expand IPA Office
By Frank Richardson and the Rev. Jennifer Goto
Mercury News — Aug. 7, 2018
San Jose residents — including diverse members of our community — need to be able to trust the police. Police transparency and accountability are essential for trust, safety and justice — for both community members and police.
For more than two years, PACT, a multi-faith, multi-racial grassroots organization, has worked with Mayor Sam Liccardo, the San Jose City Council, the police chief, San Jose Police Officers Association, multiple Independent Police Auditors, other community organizations and hundreds of community members to expand the role of the IPA’s office.
Our current model severely limits our ability to provide meaningful civilian oversight, and we must empower the IPA’s office with the scope and capabilities it needs by implementing the best practices as demonstrated in cities across the country.
While our community needs and deserves much more, police Chief Eddie Garcia and the SJPOA have agreed in principle to at least three important changes; for the IPA to audit department-initiated investigations, officer-involved shootings and have access to use of force records.
Though the SJPOA has stated a willingness to move forward since last fall, in recent weeks we’ve seen it launch a dangerous campaign that undermines the independence of our IPA. It is important that our residents and elected officials recognize that this effort distracts and delays, just as we are approaching critical milestones in our efforts to finally realize our collective objectives. This is just the latest act in a litany of steps taken by the SJPOA that inhibit the community’s efforts: 1) The SJPOA has been working to undermine current IPA Aaron Zisser since his hiring was announced and has refused to even meet with him in recent months.
2) As reported by The Mercury News, “The union conducted the equivalent of opposition research on Zisser earlier this year, but found nothing that could immediately disqualify him.”
3) As the City Council prepared to hold a study session on independent oversight, the SJPOA attempted to pressure City Council members and the mayor to limit its scope.
4) The SJPOA put pressure on City Council Rules Committee members in the spring to block any discussion of expanding the role of the IPA office — this after they voiced support for the idea in October 2017.
5) The SJPOA has accused Zisser of seeking to expand his role, when in fact it has been community organizations such as PACT — along with hundreds of community members — leading those efforts and doing so long before Zisser’s arrival.
6) In an effort to further denigrate Zisser, the POA has shamefully mischaracterized families grieving loved ones lost to police shootings by simply referring to them as “anti-police groups.” After a solid start in early 2017 with former IPA Walter Katz, the city put the effort to expand the role of the IPA Office on hold until a new IPA was appointed. Now, with that new IPA in office, the SJPOA is saying it will not move on expanded oversight while he remains. It is extremely discomforting that they are unwilling to acknowledge and honor the importance of separating badly needed systemic change from the personalities involved.
We call upon our elected leaders — Liccardo and members of the City Council — as well as Chief Garcia and the SJPOA to honor their commitments and work together to codify policies to create accountability and transparency. Our community is in critical need of leadership and support for expanding the role of the IPA Office. We must resist the temptation to be distracted from achieving these important goals that promote justice and safety for all members of our diverse community, and for our police officers.
Frank Richardson and the Rev. Jennifer Goto of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church are grassroots and faith leaders with PACT, People Acting in Community Together.
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Looks like Barbara Marshaman — the former Mercury News Editorial Page Editor — lives on in her replacement. This editorial is from today’s paper.
California Secrecy About Police Conduct
Editorial — Ed Clendaniel (Editorial Page Editor)
Mercury News — Aug. 9, 2018
It’s time to end the secrecy surrounding police behavior in California.
At a time when the nation is clamoring for more transparency about officer-involved shootings and misconduct, this state has some of nation’s most secretive laws to shield cops from public accountability.
That’s why the Legislature should pass, and Gov. Jerry Brown should sign, two bills that would help lift the veil on police conduct while at the same time protecting the privacy interests of officers and integrity of ongoing investigations.
Currently, police departments fire officers. We’re never told why, or even who. State law, created under pressure of a strong public safety lobby, prohibits releasing investigation records that pertain to, for example, officer-involved shootings, sexual assaults by cops or their lying under oath.
The rules for body-camera recordings are slightly different. But the bottom line is that when police shoot citizens on the streets, the video footage is often shielded from public view — unless, as in the Jan. 3 shooting by a BART police officer, it serves the interest of the department to release it.
The constant secrecy undermines confidence in police, who carry deadly weapons and are entrusted with tremendous power. That responsibility should be accompanied by strict public accountability.
“Access to information concerning the conduct of the people’s business is a fundamental and necessary right of every person in this state.” That’s what the California’s Public Records Act says.
And the California Supreme Court has declared that “The public’s legitimate interest in the identity and activities of peace officers is even greater than its interest in those of the average public servant.”
Yet, state law carves out strict secrecy protections for cops. No other public employees enjoy such shielding of their misbehavior.
It’s time for sunshine.
The first bill, SB 1421, introduced by Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, directly addresses the ridiculous confidentiality surrounding police personnel records.
The bill would require disclosure of records involving an officer’s use of a firearm or Taser, sexual assault on a member of the public or dishonesty when reporting a crime or misconduct of another officer.
There are provisions for delaying release of the records to protect ongoing investigations. But, eventually, the records would have to be released in most cases.
The second bill, AB 748, introduced by Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, pertains to video recordings from officer body cameras, which have been widely deployed by police departments across the state.
It’s absurd that California currently has no statewide standard for release of body camera recordings, even when they pertain to police use of force.
The bill would require release of video or audio recordings that depict officers using force, including discharging their firearms, breaking the law or violating department policy.
The police departments could delay release for up to 45 days from the date of the incident if disclosure would impede an investigation. And it could further extend the delay in 15-day increments if essential.
That’s more lenient than we would like, but it’s an acceptable balance of competing interests. And it’s certainly far better than the strict secrecy that departments frequently employ.
Even with these two bills, police would enjoy personnel protections beyond those of other public employees. For example, theft by an officer still could not be made public, but reports of the same transgression by other government employees would be a public record.
As a starting point, these are common sense reforms. Again, from the Supreme Court, “In order to maintain trust in its police department, the public must be kept fully informed of the activities of its peace officers.”
The time to start is now.
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Well this didn’t take long…
Jose Police’s New Helicopter Makes First Bust
By Jason Green <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mercury News — Aug. 3, 2018
SAN JOSE — Bad guys beware. The San Jose Police Department’s new helicopter is already making arrests.
On Wednesday, Air3 helped track a suspected bank robber as he attempted to elude capture by changing his clothes and boarding a shuttle at San Jose International Airport.
Air3, San Jose Police Department’s new Airbus H125
helicopter, lands at Norman Mineta International
Airport in San Jose on Thursday.
The robbery was reported about 12:45 p.m. at City National Bank on Almaden Boulevard. A man walked into the branch, gave the teller a demand note stating he had a gun and made off with an undisclosed amount of money, said San Jose police Sgt. Enrique Garcia. Around the same time, the flight crew of Air3 was giving a presentation at the San Jose Police Academy in South San Jose. Garcia said they heard the police broadcast, jumped in the copter and made a beeline for the suspect’s last known location — the airport.
Using Air3’s sophisticated camera equipment, the flight crew located the suspect’s vehicle, then watched him park at Terminal B, change his clothes and board a shuttle.
That information was relayed to ground units, and an officer arrested the suspect as he got off the shuttle at Terminal A, said Garcia, adding that the stolen money was recovered.
The suspect was identified as Brian Edward Austin, 46, of Oceanside. Garcia said police are investigating his possible involvement in other bank robberies in the Bay Area.
The arrest is a first for the recently unveiled Air3, Garcia said. The $5.2 million Airbus-manufactured H12 5 replaced Air2, which had been in use for 16 years, twice its recommended service life.
“I think it sets a positive tone for the community and the officers that we have a new exciting tool to help us do our jobs much more efficiently,” Garcia said about the arrest.
Anyone with information about the bank robbery can contact San Jose police Detective Jason Park at 408-277-4166.
Those wishing to remain anonymous can leave a tip with Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-STOP (7867) or <svcrimestoppers.org>.
I know you've run these Darwin Awards before, but you may want to include them again as they are still a great confidence builder.
Ken (Hawkes) <email@example.com>
It’s been years since we passed along Darwin Award nominations, and the link Ken sent in has been updated to include new nominations from 2018 as well as previous years. And he’s absolutely correct. It’s impossible to read about these nominations and not feel confident about your own path through life. Click HERE
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If you are familiar with the dust-up between Trump and Jim Acosta of CNN, watch this short clip from Trump’s recent rally in Florida. I don’t know what was going through Acosta’s mind, but it couldn’t have been pleasant. (0:45)
Red State <RedState70@comcast.net>
Under the circumstances, Red, I think Acosta is closer to wetting his pants than crying. He is probably thinking that the crowd behind him could turn into a mob at any moment. Here is YOUR clip…
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For those of you who joined the Department after 1976, Terry Eisenberg was a psychologist who, while working for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, realized that he wanted to devote his career to law enforcement. In order to do this competently, he felt that gaining experience as a police officer was essential. In 1973, he jumped through all the necessary employment hoops and became a San Jose cop. By 1976 he had won the admiration and respect of his peers on the street, then turned in his gear. But he was to remain with the SJPD for another year as a civilian working with the late (Capt.) Tom Johnson on a “Career Criminal Apprehension Program.” For the next ten years he consulted with numerous law enforcement agencies, then from 1986 through 1995 he was the Commander of the Employee Development Bureau of the United States Capitol Police in Washington, D.C. This was a civilian position reporting to the Assistant Chief of Police along with three sworn Bureau commanders. In 1995, he again consulted with police agencies until he finally retired in 2012. As a longtime subscriber to the Farsider, Terry has kept up with many of the changes of the SJPD.
“My time with the SJPD, although short, was a profound, professional experience,” he wrote. “I cherish the time I was with the Department and the officers with whom I met and worked. As I write this email, on the walls of my office are all kinds of SJPD memorabilia, including the framed photograph of George Ozuna entitled “Frustrating.”
To put forth a different point-of-view regarding our president than what seems to be the more popular position of our readers today, I offer the following entitled, "Do You Really Want To Continue To Support Donald Trump?"
If you want to be like those bilked of their life savings by Bernie Madoff, continue to support Donald Trump.
If you feel comfortable seeing children separated from their mothers, continue to support Donald Trump.
If you want to see good and patriotic people humiliated publicly, continue to support Donald Trump.
If you want to see our country cloned in the image of Russia, continue to support Donald Trump.
If you want to see a compromised judiciary, no free press, and no term limits for president, continue to support Donald Trump.
If you're OK with an environment which your grandchildren and great grandchildren will be unable to enjoy, continue to support Donald Trump.
If it's OK with you for hate groups to have more say in what's to go on in this country, continue to support Donald Trump.
If you want to trust someone who is a well-documented, chronic liar, continue to support Donald Trump.
If you want to see an investigation, headed by a decorated Vietnam war veteran, be constantly criticized with the possibility of the investigation being shut down, continue to support Donald Trump.
If you favor positions which value exclusion over inclusion, conflict over peace, and disrespect over respect, continue to support Donald Trump.
If you want to trust someone who hides the truth as revealed, for example, in his failure to make public his tax returns and what went on in Helsinki, continue to support Donald Trump.
If you want to trust someone who praises our long time enemy Putin, and who publicly criticizes our allies, continue to support Donald Trump.
If you want to agree with someone who believes that much of the public is not very smart, is not to be respected, and can be convinced of anything, continue to support Donald Trump.
If you believe in the saying, "If the only tool you have in your tool box is a hammer, you see every problem as a nail", continue to support Donald Trump.
If you want to excuse someone's aberrant behavior as "being just different", or "I wish he would have said it differently", or "That's just Donald", or "Obama/Hillary did this or that", continue to support Donald Trump.
If you agree to the public castigation of an admired and respected prisoner of war, an American icon, continue to support Donald Trump.
And finally, if you want to be instructed not to believe in what you see and in what you hear, continue to support Donald Trump.
Just think about it, just think about it.
Terry Eisenberg <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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I have quit watching Fox News and turned to the One America News network (OAN) for news that everyone else is afraid to cover, and it’s nothing at all like Info Wars and that Alex Jones fruitcake. The attached video is a perfect example. If conservative white students would demand a day where Black students couldn’t attend school, there would be a national outcry, and every single news channel would report it as a lead story. But watch what happens when the shoe is on the other foot (link below).
Talking Points <email@example.com>
The problem with OAN is that beyond DirectTV, few cable channels carry it; I know that Comcast doesn’t. As for the story, it’s easy to understand why the vast majority of news programs would be reluctant to carry anything that deals with this side of the race issue. Readers can view the video by clicking HERE.
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Tony Destro, Jim Guido and I visited Dick Hunter yesterday. We spent about an hour-and-a-half going over old stories and talking about where some of the retired guys are now and who’s still around. We had a good time, and Dick seemed quite alert. He hears pretty well and we could understand him most of the time, although his voice was weak. He seemed in good spirits and was glad we came over to see him. He welcomes visitors, but a call before going over to see him would probably be advisable.
Bruce (Morton) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
An email to Bruce will result in Dick’s phone number and address if requested.
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FINAL REMINDER FOR “TIP-A-COP”
COULD THE WOMAN IN THE MIDDLE BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT?
(Sorry, didn’t mean to make you nearly have a
Elizabeth Warren Declares Criminal Justice Is Racist 'Front To Back'
Elizabeth Warren says the 'hard truth' about the
criminal justice system is that it is racist
By Tom Gannett — Blue Lives Matter — Aug. 7, 2018
New Orleans, LA – Elizabeth Warren, reportedly considering a run in 2020 to be president, said the U.S. criminal justice system is “racist … I mean front to back,” in a speech she gave at a historically black college.
The U.S. Senator from Massachusetts said some of the alleged justice system’s failures included disproportionate arrests of blacks for petty drug crimes; an overworked public defender system and state laws that keep convicted felons from voting ever though they have completed their sentences, according to the ASSOCIATED PRESS.
“Let’s just start with the hard truth about our criminal justice system,” Warren was quoted as saying by the WASHINGTON TIMES. “It’s racist. It is. And when I say our system, I mean all the way. I mean front to back. We’re talking about the front end on what you declare to be illegal; on how you enforce it, on who gets arrested.”
Warren participated Aug. 3 in a question-and-answer session along with Cedric Richmond, the Congressional Black Caucus Chairman. The event was held at Dillard University in New Orleans.
Beth Lindstrom, a Republican running for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, said that Warren should apologize for her comments, according to the WASHINGTON TIMES.
“SEN. WARREN needs to apologize to every police officer, judge, corrections department employee, probation worker and the many other honest and decent people in our criminal justice system who have been smeared by her alienating and careless rhetoric,” Lindstrom said in a statement, according to the Washington Times.
Before Friday’s event, Richmond said any Democratic running for president will have to address black voters’ concerns.
"The biggest political frustration in the African-American community," Richmond told The Associated Press, "is that we have a bunch of Democrats, both black and white, but primarily white, they don't get it — the black experience, the black struggle, what it's like to raise a young black man or black woman from infant to high school."
Warren has a history of anti-police rhetoric.
In 2016 in the wake of the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, Warren took to Twitter to post her views.
"We've seen the sickening videos of black Americans killed in traffic stops. Lives ended by those sworn to protect them. #blacklivesmatter ," Warren tweeted, according to CNN.
In a 2015 speech in Boston, Warren compared Black Lives Matter to the civil rights movement in the 1960s what led to black people getting the right to vote.
However, Black Lives Matter is not a civil rights group. It's not even a legal entity. All donations to Black Lives Matter are accepted through a third party non-profit named Thousand Currents which than then "gift" the donations to the founders to use as personal income. They can then spend the money on whatever they want without accountability.
"None of us can ignore what is happening in this country. Not when our black friends, family, neighbors literally fear dying in the streets." Warren said in that 2015 speech, according to the Washington Post. "This is the reality all of us must confront, as uncomfortable and ugly as that reality may be. It comes to us to once again affirm that black lives matter, that black citizens matter, that black families matter. … Economic justice is not — and has never been — sufficient to ensure racial justice. Owning a home won’t stop someone from burning a cross on the front lawn. Admission to a school won’t prevent a beating on the sidewalk outside.”
Warren has been listed by the media as a presidential candidate for 2020. In June, POLITICO reported that former President Barack Obama met with Warren and counseled her on a run at the White House.
The website <ELECTIONBETTINGODDS.com> has Warren listed as the most likely Democratic candidate to win the presidency in 2020. That website gets its odds from Betfair.com. It has President Donald Trump leading with a 39.7 percent chance of winning the presidency and Warren with the second-best chance at 8.3 percent. Kamala Harris has a 7.3 percent chance of winning and Bernie Sanders comes in at 6.8 percent.
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City Backtracks On Jailing People for Giving Out Straws After Being Mocked
Santa Barbara's proposed ordinance would fine and jail
business employees for handing out plastic straws
By Tom Gannett — Blue Lives Matter — July 29, 2018
Santa Barbara, CA – A California city is under criticism after published REPORTS stated that it would send food servers to jail for handing out plastic straws.
But city of Santa Barbara officials said that the plan to imprison people for up to six months for the sale or distribution of plastic straws hasn't been implemented yet.
According to the city’s WEBSITE, the proposed plastic straw ban was brought back into committee on July 24 for more discussion and further revision.
The city’s website states: “Santa Barbara City Council is considering the adoption of an ordinance prohibiting the distribution and sale of plastic straws as well as limitations to the distribution of plastic stirrers and cutlery which can only be provided ‘upon request.’”
The ordinance cited chapter 1.28 from the city's municipal code for penalties and enforcement. According to FOX NEWS, enforcement would start with a warning and then increase to a “fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000), imprisonment for a term not exceeding six (6) months” for repeat offenders.
FOX NEWS reported that if approved, that penalty would be the harshest in the country. Earlier in July, the city of Seattle banned plastic straws and fines businesses $250 for each offense.
This move comes after the state of CALIFORNIA MADE IT LEGAL TO INTENTIONALLY GIVE SOMEBODY HIV.
Nina Johnson, senior assistant to the city administrator of Santa Barbara, said that nobody is facing jail time for their straw ban, according to Fox News.
“Santa Barbara has not adopted a law banning plastic straws. A law is still being crafted to reduce the use of plastic straws,” Johnson told Fox News. “No one will go to jail for using a plastic straw or providing a straw to a customer. There is no intention to strictly enforce the ordinance. The city’s plan is to work cooperatively with restaurants to ensure straws are available by request.”
Johnson said the ordinance language citing penalties will likely be deleted because there was no intention to penalize businesses with jail time or fines.
John Yoo, Heller professor law at UC Berkeley School of Law, criticized the proposed ordinance as “silly”.
“Santa Barbara’s silly environmental policies demonstrate the misgovernment of California cities,” Yoo said, according to Fox News. “Violent crime and property crime in the state are rising. The homeless are making our streets increasingly unsafe. Instead of addressing these basic public safety problems, cities like Santa Barbara are sending the police off to chase soda drinkers who like to use straws.”
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THIS MAKES PERFECT SENSE TO US. WHAT SAY YOU?
California's Devastating Fires Are Man-Caused -- But Not In the Way They Tell Us
The Cranston Fire burns in the San Bernardino National Forest
on July 26, 2018 near Idyllwild, California. Fire crews are
battling the 4,700-acre fire in the midst of a heat wave.
By Chuck Devore, Contributor
Forbes — July 30, 2018
California is once again on fire. Northern California’s Carr Fire has killed six people, two of them firefighters, and continues to burn out of control, claiming more than 700 homes and about 100,000 acres.
As a citizen-soldier in the California Army National Guard for two decades, I often heard the gallows humor quip that California’s four seasons were: flood, fire, earthquake and riot.
But, what was once an expected part of living in the Golden State is now blamed on larger forces. A crisis, we are told, should never go to waste.
In that vein, the Sacramento Bee editorial board blamed the Carr Fire foursquare on a man-caused buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. In an editorial headlined, “The Carr Fire is a terrifying glimpse into California’s future,” they write, “This is climate change, for real and in real time. We were warned that the atmospheric buildup of man-made greenhouse gas would eventually be an existential threat.”
The Bee editorial board goes on to attack President Trump for proposing to end California’s exceptional waiver from federal law regarding auto emissions—in this case, California’s push to curtail tailpipe carbon dioxide, something never envisioned when the Clean Air Act was debated in 1970. At the time, the concern was pollution that directly harmed health rather than carbon dioxide, a naturally occurring gas exhaled by every living animal.
The problem with the Bee’s editorial is that making a passionate argument is no substitute for the truth.
In 2005 while a freshman California Assemblyman, I had the chance to visit Northern California and meet with the forest product industry professionals who grew, managed, and harvested trees on private and public lands. They told me of a worrisome trend started years earlier where both federal and state regulators were making it more and more difficult for them to do their jobs. As a result, timber industry employment gradually collapsed, falling in 2017 to half of what it was 20 years earlier, with imports from Canada, China, and other nations filling domestic need.
As timber harvesting permit fees went up and environmental challenges multiplied, the people who earned a living felling and planting trees looked for other lines of work. The combustible fuel load in the forest predictably soared. No longer were forest management professionals clearing brush and thinning trees.
But, fire suppression efforts continued. The result was accurately forecast by my forest management industry hosts in Siskiyou County in 2005: larger, more devastating fires—fires so hot that they sterilized the soil, making regrowth difficult and altering the landscape. More importantly, fires that increasingly threatened lives and homes as they became hotter and more difficult to bring under control.
In 2001, George E. Gruell, a wildlife biologist with five decades of experience in California and other Western states, authored the book, “Fire in Sierra Nevada Forests: A Photographic Interpretation of Ecological Change Since 1849.” Gruell’s remarkable effort compared hundreds of landscape photographs from the dawn of photography with photos taken from the same location 100 years later or more. The difference was striking. In the 1850s and 1860s, the typical Sierra landscape was of open fields of grass punctuated by isolated pine stands and a few scattered oak trees. The first branches on the pine trees started about 20 feet up—lower branches having been burned off by low-intensity grass fires. California’s Native American population had for years shaped this landscape with fire to encourage the grasslands and boost the game animal population.
As the Gold Rush remade modern California, timber was harvested and replanted. Fires were suppressed because they threatened homes as well as burned up a valuable resource. The landscape filled in with trees, but the trees were harvested every 30 to 50 years. In the 1990s, however, that cycle began to be disrupted with increasingly burdensome regulations. The timber harvest cycle slowed, and, in some areas, stopped completely, especially on the almost 60% of California forest land owned by the federal government. Federal lands have not been managed for decades, threatening adjacent private forests, while federal funds designated for forest maintenance have been "borrowed" for fire suppression expenses. The policies frequently reduce the economic value of the forest to zero. And, with no intrinsic worth remaining, interest in maintaining the forest declined, and with it, resources to reduce the fuel load.
Some two decades ago, California produced so much wood waste from its timber operations, including brush and small trees from thinning efforts, that the resulting renewable biomass powered electric generating plants across the length of the state. But cheap, subsidized solar power, combined with air quality concerns (wood doesn’t burn as cleanly as natural gas) and a lack of fuel due to cutbacks in logging, led to the closure of many biomass generators. What used to be burned safely in power generators is now burned in catastrophic fires. Including the growing capture and use of landfill methane as a fuel, California’s biomass energy generation last year was 22% lower than it was 25 years before.
The issue was summarized by the Western Governors’ Association in their 2006 Biomass Task Force Report which noted:
…over time the fire-prone forests that were not thinned, burn in uncharacteristically destructive wildfires, and the resulting loss of forest carbon is much greater than would occur if the forest had been thinned before fire moved through.
…failing to thin leads to a greater greenhouse gas burden than the thinning created in the first place, and that doesn’t even account for the avoided fossil fuel greenhouse gas emissions due to the production of energy from the forest thinnings. In the long term, leaving forests overgrown and prone to unnaturally destructive wildfires means there will be significantly less biomass on the ground, and more greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
The Sacramento Bee editorial concludes with a stark warning: “California must plan now for these and other aspects of global warming, as more of the state becomes too hot, too dry, or too fire- or flood-prone to safely live in, and as more of the world braces for the era of climate refugees.”
Whether global climate change is a problem that can be solved by California is a dubious proposition—one year’s worth of emission growth in China is greater than California’s total emissions. But the action needed to reduce the state’s growing forest fire threat would be the same regardless of one’s belief in any problems posed by climate change: start managing our forests again.
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WHY YOU SHOULD SHOP AT LOWE’S
We have some good news and some bad news and will start with the bad by telling you that a 9-year-old boy running a lemonade stand to raise money for a lawn mower was robbed at gunpoint and lost $17. The good news is, Lowe’s came to the rescue and gifted him with a riding lawn mower while members of the public sent in donations to the tune of $200. HERE is the story as reported by Inside Edition.
And HERE is a detailed account of the story as reported by Blue Lives Matter.
Moral: In addition to the Lowe’s manager feeling good about his gift, it can also be said that a good businessman never lets an opportunity like this go by to trade a product in exchange for thousands of dollars worth of positive publicity.
STORIES OF THE WEEK
Remembering Hurricane Matthew
Received from Pat Boyd
Thinking back a few years, living in Florida, I remember Hurricane Matthew. I was ready for it, but my husband was not. When the wind reached a screaming pitch with the trees snapping and threshing, the horizontal streaming rain, flying roofing iron and parts of houses as well as the unnerving sound-levels, my husband was rooted to the spot. He stared and stared through the glass of the window. Immovable, with his nose pressed to the windowpane. The stark fear in his eyes will stay with me forever. Fortunately, as the eye of the storm arrived and the winds temporarily lessened, I was able to open the door and let him in.
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in on a Lamaze Class
Received from Tom Weston
The room was full of pregnant women and their husbands.
The instructor said, "Ladies, remember that exercise is good for you. Walking is especially beneficial. It strengthens the pelvic muscles and will make delivery that much easier.
Just pace yourself, make plenty of stops and try to stay on a soft surface like grass or a path."
"Gentlemen, remember -- you're in this together. It wouldn't hurt you to go walking with her. In fact, that shared experience would be good for you both."
The room suddenly became very quiet as the men absorbed this information.
After a few moments a man at the back of the room slowly raised his hand.
"Yes?" said the Instructor.
"I was just wondering if it would be all right if she carries a golf bag while we walk?"
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From our Webmaster
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chatter at the airport
From the Archives
Tower: "Delta 351, you have traffic at ten o'clock, six miles!"
Delta 351: "Give us another hint. We have digital watches."
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Tower: "TWA 2341, for noise abatement turn right 45 degrees."
TWA 2341: "Center, we are at 35,000 feet. How much noise can we make up here?"
Tower: "Sir, have you ever heard the noise a 747 makes when it hits a 727?"
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(Unknown aircraft) waiting in a very long takeoff queue: "I'm f...ing bored!"
Ground Traffic Control: "Last aircraft transmitting, identify yourself immediately!"
(Unknown aircraft:) "I said I was f...ing bored, not f....ing stupid!"
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O'Hare Approach Control to a 747: "United 329 heavy, your traffic is a Fokker, one o'clock, three miles, eastbound."
United 329: "Approach, I've always wanted to say this: I've got the little Fokker in sight!"
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A student became lost during a solo cross-country flight. While attempting to locate the aircraft on radar, ATC asked: "What was your last known position?"
Student: "When I was number one for takeoff."
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A DC-10 landing in San Jose, CA had come in a little hot and thus had an exceedingly long roll out after touching down.
San Jose Tower: "American 751, make a hard right turn at the end of the runway if you are able. If you are not able, take the Guadalupe exit off Highway 101, make a right at the lights and return to the airport."
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A Pan Am 727 flight, waiting for start clearance in Munich, Germany, overheard the following:
Lufthansa (in German): " Ground, what is our start clearance time?"
Ground (in English): "If you want an answer you must speak in English."
Lufthansa (in English): "I am a German, flying a German airplane, in Germany. Why must I speak English?"
Unknown voice from another plane (in a beautiful British accent): "Because you lost the bloody war!"
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Tower: "Eastern 702, cleared for takeoff, contact departure on frequency 124.7."
Eastern 702: "Tower, Eastern 702 switching to departure. By the way, after we lifted off we saw some kind of dead animal on the far end of the runway."
Tower: "Continental 635, cleared for takeoff behind Eastern 702. Contact departure on frequency 124.7. Did you copy that report from Eastern 702?"
Continental 635: "Continental 635, cleared for takeoff, roger. And yes, we copied Eastern and have already notified our caterers."
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One day the pilot of a single-engine Piper Cherokee was told by the tower to hold short of the active runway while a DC-8 landed. The DC-8 landed, rolled out, turned around, and taxied back past the Cherokee. Some quick-witted comedian in the DC-8 crew got on the radio and said: "What a cute little plane. Did you make it all by yourself?"
The Cherokee pilot, not about to let the insult go by, came back with a zinger: "I made it out of DC-8 parts. Another landing like yours and I'll have enough parts for another one."
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The German air controllers at Frankfurt Airport are renowned as a short-tempered lot. They not only expect one to know one's gate location, but how to get there without any assistance from them. So it was with some amusement that we (a Pan Am 747) listened to the following exchange between Frankfurt ground control and a British Airways 747 with a call sign of Speedbird 206.
Speedbird 206: "Frankfurt, Speedbird 206 clear of active runway."
Ground: "Speedbird 206. Taxi to gate Alpha One-Seven."
The BA 747 pulled onto the main taxiway and slowed to a stop..
Ground: "Speedbird, do you not know where you are going?"
Speedbird 206: "Stand by, ground, I'm looking up our gate location now."
Ground (with quite arrogant impatience): "Speedbird 206, have you not been to Frankfurt before?"
Speedbird 206 (coolly): "Yes, twice in 1944, but it was dark — and I didn't land."
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While taxiing at London's Airport, the crew of a US Air flight departing for Fort Lauderdale, Florida made a wrong turn and came nose to nose with a United 727.
An irate female ground controller lashed out at the US Air crew: "US Air 2771, where the hell are you going? I told you to turn right onto Charlie taxiway! You turned right on Delta! Stop right there. I know it's difficult for you to tell the difference between C and D, but get it right!"
Continuing her rage to the embarrassed crew, she was now shouting hysterically: "God! Now you've screwed everything up! It'll take forever to sort this out! You stay right there and don't move till I tell you to! You can expect progressive taxi instructions in about half an hour, and I want you to go exactly where I tell you, when I tell you, and how I tell you! You got that, US Air 2771?"
"Yes, ma'am," the humbled crew responded.
Naturally, the ground control communications frequency fell terribly silent after the verbal lashing of US Air 2771. Nobody wanted to chance engaging the irate ground controller in her current state of mind. Tension in every cockpit around Gatwick was definitely running high. Just then an unknown pilot broke the silence and keyed his microphone, asking: "Wasn't I married to you once?"
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
Aug. 1 only
Aug. 1: Crazy news out of Florida last night. A man in Tampa was spotted wandering around in public rambling incoherent nonsense about the government. Even crazier, that man was our president.
President Trump held a giant rally in Tampa last night with thousands of people in attendance. The crowd was very diverse. It was half white, half Caucasian.
Apple is close to becoming the first U.S. company worth over $1 trillion. Then Americans looked at their drawers filled with old iPods, and said, "Yep. Seems about right."
A guy here in New York swims in the Hudson River every week to prove that it's clean. If you want to meet him in person, services are being held on 43rd Street at the Sherwood Funeral Home.
Last night, the New York Mets lost to the Washington Nationals, 25-4. Or as Mets fans put it, "Sweet. We scored four runs. Awesome."
Aug. 1: At a rally in Florida last night, President Trump falsely claimed that a photo ID is required to buy groceries in the United States. Dude, what you eating for dinner? Rental cars?
During the same rally President Trump claimed that he could be more presidential than any president in history, quote, "Except for possibly Abe Lincoln with the big hat." Oh, right. That Abe Lincoln. Are you at a campaign rally or Show and Tell? "This is my Abe Lincoln. He has a really big hat. And he hates going to plays."
The New York Mets suffered their worst loss in franchise history last night losing to the Washington Nationals 25-4. It was so bad that even the ceremonial first pitch was hit for a triple.
The New York Mets lost to the Washington Nationals 25-4. It was so embarrassing Mr. Met switched jerseys in the third inning.
President Trump said this morning that the Russia investigation is a hoax tweeting, "The Democrats paid for the phony and discredited dossier which was, along with Comey, McCabe, Strzok, and his lover, the lovely Lisa Page, used to begin the witch hunt. Disgraceful." And I love that even in the middle of a meltdown over the investigation, he still has time to hit on a woman. "This is a hoax, and a witch hunt, and oh, hello there."
The USDA has issued a health alert over pre-made salads and wraps sold at Walgreens due to concerns they may be contaminated with an intestinal parasite. So, if you're buying your meals at Walgreens, I have even more bad news.
Today was National Girlfriends Day, so don't forget to send her $130,000.
Aug. 1: It's been revealed that during a recent meeting on trade with President Trump, the European Commission president had to use a series of colorful cue cards to explain and simplify economic issues for Donald Trump. Although, it makes sense to use colors because Trump hasn't learned his shapes yet.
And to make sure Trump was really paying attention, some of the cards included items from the McDonald's Dollar Menu.
Halfway through the meeting Trump started to whine about Hillary's email servers and his advisers knew it was time to put him down for a nap.
HBO recently announced that LeBron James will be hosting a new talk show set in a barbershop here in Los Angeles and it's called "The Shop." Yeah, LeBron James is getting a talk show. Well, I guess this is war. I have no choice now but to start up a side gig ... and become the greatest basketball player in the world.
Apparently, LeBron's talk show is going to be him and four random guests you may or may not have heard of. You know, like when he plays basketball.
A recent government report revealed that a California DMV employee fell asleep at her desk for up to three hours a day and this went on for nearly four years. She fell asleep at her desk for three hours a day, or as they call that at the DMV, Employee of the Month.
An ice cream shop in Scotland has introduced a new flavor made with a very familiar ingredient. It's called Mayonnaise ice cream. Coincidentally, "Mayonnaise ice cream" is also how dermatologists describe my skin tone.
The only thing weirder than Mayonnaise ice cream is how you have to order it. To order it, you go up to the counter and you go, "Hello, I'm disgusting." And they go, "Don't worry. I got you right here."
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE
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We can’t help but feel sorry for Union City Police Chief Darryl McAllister and his family whose estranged son was caught on camera attacking a Manteca Sikh a few days ago. Click HERE for the news coverage. (2:17)
Click on THIS link for more details.
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We don’t think a “debt of gratitude” quite cuts it. The Californian who shot the suspect who had shot an Arizona Trooper and likely saved his life should be given a MEDAL. (2:19)
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The national spotlight fell on our brothers-in-arms next door at the Campbell PD and its program to catch Porch Pirates using bait packages. Check THIS out. (3:15)
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This Inside Edition segment shows what happened when they tracked down Porch Pirates using GPS devices that had been placed in packages that were then STOLEN. (3:22)
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Thanks to retired Feebie Tom Weston for sending us these six individual short email attachments that we strung together and uploaded onto YouTube. Naming the clip “MENSA Rejects” seemed appropriate. What do YOU think? (0:57)
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Planning on cutting down a tree? We suggest you do yourself a favor and hire a professional, otherwise you may appear in the next YouTube video titled "Tree Cutting FAILS." (4:29)
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There is nothing better than a fun wedding to bring smiles to the wedding party and THOSE in attendance. (Worry not, this excerpt from a British comedy series is less than 2 minutes long.) (1:58)
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The Dude Perfect guys are back, this time with several unbelievable trick shots with a crossbow and some fancy sword play. Have a LOOK. (6:09)
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If I’d had 'The History Guy' as a teacher or professor in high school or college my path in life might have gone in a different direction. Last week he told the story about the flying boat that had to travel around the world from Australia in order to return to the U.S. on Dec. 7, 1941 because the Japanese were blocking the shortest route. This week his story “that deserves to be remembered” involves Flight 112, a new Boeing 737 passenger jet that was enroute to New Orleans when it lost both engines due to a hail storm and managed to glide to a safe landing thanks to the skill of its cockpit crew. Click HERE to listen to this amazing story.
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Save your pennies. This flying car called “Black Fly” may be on the market in 2019. Cost will be that of an SUV and no pilot’s license will be needed. Click HERE to view it. (Yes, I’ll believe it when I see it, too. But who knows. Stranger things have happened.) (9:12)
more info? Click HERE
if you do.
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Do you remember Alfred Hitchcock’s blockbuster film titled “North by Northwest” starring Cary Grant? This is a trailer from a SciFi sequel produced by George Lucas titled “Darth by Darthwest.” Unfortunately, it won’t be hitting the movie theaters anytime soon. Until it does, grab a bowl of popcorn and enjoy THIS 5+ minute preview. (5:43)
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Our favorite Animal Narrator is back this week to tell us all about the Owl. When he tells you to focus on an object and bob your head to improve your depth perception like an Owl does, don’t do it. It doesn’t work and you will LOOK like an idiot. (4:20)
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Eldad and Lisa from Hope for Paws responded to a call of a homeless dog living in a trench next to a biohazard disposal company. At first the pooch was not a happy camper, but after Lisa worked her magic and named him ANGELO, he did a 180 and became a little angel. (3:37)
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This rescue required Eldad and Lisa to crawl under a house to save a scared homeless Poodle named Scotty. What THIS couple will go through to save an animal is amazing, almost as amazing as the transformation that Scotty went through after a trip to the vet. (6:57)
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This is the story of Jordan, a dog that had been brutalized, then thrown 30 feet down into a canal in L.A. Eldad performed the rescue and Lisa fostered the little dog when he was ready to leave the animal hospital. Three-legged JORDAN is now healthy and happy despite his handicap. (9:06)
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As a bonus this week, Lisa from Hope for Paws explains how to use a humane TRAP to rescue a dog. (4:16)
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This dog that is sitting on its butt guarding its owner’s bicycle is one form of a watchdog. Have a LOOK at what happened when the owner showed up. (0:57)
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Meanwhile, this Bulldog sitting on the bed with his attention drawn to a horror movie on the TV is a different type of watchdog. His specialty is making sure the TV isn't stolen. Click HERE and watch how he responds to the scary parts of the movie. (1:27)
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What a beautiful, loving house cat. But as a former cat owner I can see there are a couple of major issues for its owners: 1) Providing a home for him in their studio apartment, and 2) cleaning HIS litter box. (6:38)
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Unfortunately, these felines are not happy campers. In fact, they are sad kitties. Take a few moments and listen to a few of THEIR diary entries. (3:20)
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It shouldn’t take an Einstein to be able to recognize a Chinese knock-off of a famous brand. But in case you feel you are a few crackers short of being a genius and in need of some clues, HERE are a few examples. (7:58)
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Click HERE for the original scene and notice how the director didn’t make it absolutely clear whether Dirty Harry fired five or six shots in an attempt to build suspense during the money shot. (2:59)
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Gary Johnson says he is proud of the fact that he can still do this — with or without the VIBRATING table. (0:29)
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If we are to believe Don Hale, this is how Michael Flatley and the cast of River Dance got THEIR start. (1:37)
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There's one like it for the accordion on another
bulletin board, but with no tear-offs left...
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So what’s Stanley Roberts of People Behaving Badlly up to this week? Funny you should ask. We're going to assume you are AWARE of the Bay to Breakers race in S.F. (2:50)
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Familiar with Pawn Stars? If you are, would you believe that Chumlee is richer than Rick Harrison? According to this clip that was posted on Tuesday of this week, it’s true. Perhaps there is something besides SAWDUST inside Chumlee’s skull after all. (10:03)
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Yes, Karma also applies to the Animal World. The guy in the pic below who was captured on a smart phone taunting a bison in Yellowstone got his comeuppance after Rangers tracked him down in Glacier National Park and tossed his foolhardy butt in the pokey. Score one for the Rangers and the BISONS. (1:34)
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Over 300 police and sheriff departments with a sprinkling of fire and probation departments throughout the country have accepted the Lip Sync Challenge and posted their performances on YouTube. Some went the extra mile and were quite elaborate whereas smaller departments lacking the resources of the larger ones still managed to perform exceptionally well. Below are a few departments that received far more views than most of the other agencies. You can go to <YouTube.com>, type “lip sync challenge” (without the quotes) in the search field then tap return to see a list of the 300+ law enforcement agencies that participated.Click on the name of the agency to view the video.
SALEM POLICE DEPT. (6:12)
Arguably one of the most elaborate. Great editing.
NORFOLK POLICE DEPT. (4:41)
Gobs of talent that includes a few firefighters.
APPLE VALLEY POLICE DEPT. (3:49)
Appeals to Animal Lovers.
DAKOTA CO. S/O (4:24)
Answering Apple Valley PD’s challenge.
COUNTY S/O (5:40)
Answering a challenge from the Dakota Co S/O.
Clicking HERE and typing “lip sync challenge” (without the quotes) in the search field will take you to over 300 lip sync challenge videos from law enforcement agencies throughout the country — but no SJPD.
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If you are ready to absorb some Hispanic culture, join us as we head south for a suite of Mexican dances backed up not by a group of mariachis, but by an actual ORCHESTRA. (7:01)
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We’re closing this week’s Farsider with a Pop Quiz. Here’s the question: What do you get when several Mexican musicians form a flash mob in Burbank and surprise the public with music from South of the Border? Time's up. The ANSWER is the “Pulling Strings Mariachi Flashmob.” (4:27
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Pic of the Week
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