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NBC Bay Area:
City leaders OK ballot measure that would essentially bolster police staffing and recruitment (Video)
Media Get Close-Up Look at SJPD Use of Force Training (Video)
San Jose Council OK's End of Watch Memorial For Fallen Officers (Article)
KTVU Channel 2:
Council Approves November Ballot Measure Needed to Grow SJPD (Video)
Reporters Step Into Officer's Shoes for Use of Force Training (Video)
Editorial: Put San Jose Measure B reforms on the ballot (Article)
San Jose police put reporters through use-of-force simulation (Video)
Note: The following information is a week old as it was received a few hours after we had gone to press with last week’s Farsider…
We received a ruling from the Sixth District Court of Appeal. It stayed the judgment from the quo warranto case pending Pete Constant's appeal. This means that Judge McGowen's order invalidating Measure B is put ON HOLD until the appeals court considers Constant's argument that the City did bargain in good faith even though the City admits it did not.
The Sixth District offered not one iota of explanation for its decision. This is inexcusable. The parties filed extensive emergency briefing back in May. After sitting on it for two months, the Court simply punted the case to another panel but kept the stay in place, confirming the ineptitude of the state court system to offer timely justice — even in a case of this magnitude.
So what’s next?
The POA was prepared for this ruling. This is why we negotiated Ballot Measure 2.0, which will put key elements of the Settlement Framework to the voters in November. If that is approved, as we hope and expect, the Settlement Framework will be implemented in its entirety and we won't have to wait further years on the courts to confirm that Measure B is dead.
If the voters do not approve Ballot Measure 2.0, we will be back in the court system, resuming where we left off when the Settlement Framework was negotiated last year — even better off from a legal perspective. That will take years, but the end result will be the same: PERB has twice declared Measure B invalid; the City has stipulated that it did not bargain in good faith; and Judge Lucas declared it unconstitutional.
While the legal wheels turn slowly on, life for Tier 1's won't change, but San Jose Police Department will. Tier 2 will remain as it is, which IS a problem in not only keeping them, but recruiting new officers. As our ranks sink below 800, this Ballot Measure takes on great magnitude.
Paul Kelly, POA President
THE TRIALS & TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
Here’s an idea: The SJPD should invite Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and the BLM organizers to undergo the same exercise described in this article from Tuesday’s paper. If they refuse, tie them up and bring them to the SJPD...
Simulator Gives Journalists a Taste of Reality
—Reporters treated to demonstrations of confrontations police deal with on street—
By Robert Salonga <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mercury News — Aug. 9, 2016
SAN JOSE — One by one in the darkened room, the reporters stepped up to the screen, their fingers tracing their holstered weapons, and awaiting their dispatch assignments: Man getting robbed at gunpoint in an alley. Fistfight between neighbors. A suicidal woman training a gun on herself.
Within no more than 20 seconds — in some instances, hardly a handful — the participants were expected to either
bring the encounter from a boil to a simmer, or decide whether to deploy measures like their baton, Taser or service pistol.
Monday’s demonstration was the first time the virtual reality encounters conjured by the San Jose Police Department’s force-option simulator were run exclusively for journalists.
Teddy Davis, training officer, right, debriefs Jesse Gary,
of KTVU, after a session with the SJPD’s force-option
simulator in San Jose. The police invited the media to
experience the skills needed by officers when choosing
the amount of force to use while out on patrol.
Officials brought them to the facility at the SJPD southern substation Monday in a gesture of transparency amid a national landscape of community scrutiny over police use of force.
“In light of things that are occurring, I thought it would be the right to thing to do to give a taste of what our officers are trained to do,” Chief Eddie Garcia said. “Our ultimate goal is to give a better understanding of the day-to-day of what officers have to face.”
The training system gives officers practice at reacting to the kinds of rapidly unfolding situations they deal with on the street.
“It was really illuminating to understand how officers are processing, during a confrontation, policy and case law as to what they can and cannot do,” said David Louie, the veteran ABC 7 reporter.
Louie was among several reporters — including one from this newspaper — to don a duty belt stocked with a replica Glock pistol, Taser, pepper spray, baton and handcuffs and engage in a video confrontation of a potential use-of-force scenario. The projectile weapons are outfitted with lasers that correspond with the wall-sized video screen, and faux waist-high brick columns provided cover against an armed (virtual) person.
Training unit Officer Anthony Kilmer sat behind a computer workstation in the back of the room to vary the responses of suspects and people on the screen. Kilmer could make a person on the screen more aggressive or more compliant based on the trainee’s attempts to calm the situation or show of force. One of the participants did not react fast enough to an armed suspect and was virtually shot. Rob Fladeboe, a longtime KRON 4 reporter, had to hit the deck almost as soon as the simulation started because a burglar quickly brandished a gun at him and began opening fire. Before all of the virtual play, Lt. Jason Dwyer led an hour of classroom instruction that reflected an ongoing shift in philosophy that puts new focus on de-escalating potentially violent conflicts. “We’re stopping and we’re slowing things down,” he said. “It’s 2016. That’s our community’s expectation.” While the national policing conversation is firmly rooted in the issue of race, it wasn’t mentioned in the pre-simulation classroom session. Police said the simulation does show victims and criminals of different ethnicities. Of the five scenarios for journalists, everyone on the screen appeared to be white. That occurred randomly, police said. Garcia said by not highlighting race, the force training will tacitly foster equal treatment of the city’s communities, minority or otherwise, alluding to the adage of “a rising tide lifts all boats.”
“If we’re teaching deescalation and use-of-force training for our officers so they treat every situation with the utmost respect for the sanctity of life, it will affect our contact with every population,” Garcia said.
The reporters who attended generally said the experience would help in their reporting the next time an officer use-of-force incident makes it in the news.
“I’ll definitely give it extra thought the next time one of these shootings happens,” Fladeboe said.
But he added that while he and his colleagues can empathize more with officers in these scenarios, that should not be mistaken for a decrease in their watchdog role over police.
“Now that we know what they’re learning to do, we’ll be more attuned to when they’re doing something wrong,” Fladeboe said.
Louie also said if the broader police goal is transparency, the department ought to expand the audience for the simulation experience, particularly to its most vocal critics.
“What they need to do is invite more members of the public. You can’t develop trust and credibility just on our reporting of what we saw today,” he said. “For people who are skeptical, it could lead to opening minds to what the department is doing.”
Garcia said he welcomes the idea.
“If I could bring in every community member in this city, I would,” he said.
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Memorial Moving Forward
—City Council approves design process for project—
By Robert Salonga <email@example.com>
Mercury News — Aug. 10, 2016
SAN JOSE — A plan is moving forward to build a police memorial to honor members of the San Jose Police Department who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to green light the design process for the memorial, which would be located at police headquarters on West Mission Street near Guadalupe Parkway.
Currently, there is a countywide memorial at the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office that honors police officers who have died in service, including those in San Jose, but the past year has seen the revival of a long-considered memorial specifically for SJPD.
According to a city memorandum, Mayor Sam Liccardo pledged an additional $10,000 on top of the $75,000 allocated from his office budget toward the design and construction of the memorial.
Combined with fundraising efforts from the San Jose Police Foundation the San Jose Police Officers’ Association and other council members, about $140,000 has been raised so far toward the estimated $180,000 project cost.
The “End of Watch” memorial project — named after the term used to denote the end of a police officer’s service — comes as SJPD has experienced two officer deaths in the past two years. Michael Johnson was shot and killed March 24, 2015 by a suicidal gunman he had been called to help. On June 14, Michael Katherman was killed when his motorcycle collided with a minivan while on patrol. Overall, the city has lost 13 officers in the line of duty.
Pretty strong position on Hillary shows up in the answer to the fifth question asked by PBS's Judy Woodruff, 2nd paragraph: "You (meaning Assange) wrote back in February — and I am quoting now — 'She's a war hawk who gets an unseemly emotional rush out of killing people. She shouldn't be let near a gun shop, much less an army.' " Assange does not deny the quote. In fairness he goes on to say neither Trump nor Hilary should become president. As comedian Yakov Smirnoff used to say, "What a country!"
Bruce (Hodgin) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Click HERE to view the PBS News Hour clip that accompanied Bruce’s email.
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Hope you are surviving. Some of the newsletters I follow describe these crazy, dizzy times this way: “U.S. Politics has entered a phase so bizarre that it seems as if we've fallen into the pages of a strange graphic novel which just happens to be reality." And ”Many people (on the planet) are caught in the mud which leads to murky currents of confusion." And “Clients all over the world seem to be pinching themselves trying to awaken themselves from this hallucinogenic mess...”
Some newsletters insist that we're trying to proceed through a world that no longer exists. It is like old thought patterns and ways of relating have evaporated, and we are left completely stranded in some unknown forsaken land. There are two main urges which are controlling the situation now; one astrologer stated: one is to outgrow our old animal destructive tendencies and the other is to be done with the whole drama of history and completely destroy ourselves. One part of us wants to wake up from the fitful nightmare, and the other part is not at all sure.
Jimmy Carter said of the current situation: “We no longer have a functioning democracy.” Others put it more broadly: Because of the old patterns of fear, bigotry and hatred, the people of the world are “Poised on the brink of a mass crucifixion" and have only a slight possibility for resurrection. Many around the world indicate for the near term no peace, only mass confusion worldwide. Mankind can only muster the strength and the heart to hold onto their higher values.
That is as short as I can make it. We're stuck with our demons. Stuck between a maddening crazy rock and a crazy maddening hard place. No way out and no place to hide. It's as if we're all struggling in the straitjacket of confusion with no assurances that we will ever get out, much less make it out alive. To get past the critical mass points, each step from here on out is going to be very important. Remember, we might have gotten this far in our evolution a hundred times before, but failed to make it. There are no guarantees. We (as a species) have to be very careful. The decisions we make next could mark the end of everything we've gained, and we'll have to start over, or it could be the beginning of a whole new chapter. Clarity has not shown itself — yet.
Only one newsletter suggested a way through: "Be patient, stay strong, have confidence. A sense of humor is always good, and remember 'this time too, will pass.’ “
Dave (Scannell) <email@example.com>
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The following message from Dave arrived three days after the one above…
Finally some good news to share from here. A friend of mine just burst thru the door (literally) of my study with this story: Some sales guy she had been trying to contact for a free donation of supplies for the firefighters on the line at the Big Sur fire had just gotten back to her. The guys and gals on the line have been suffering from poison oak rashes. The guy who called is the sales manager for Tecnu, a company that happens to make one of the best products to treat poison oak.
My friend had left messages and had been trying to get hold of him to see if Tecnu could help out (with a donation). Through some long convoluted sequence of events, the sales manager’s schedule cleared him for a short break, and he loaded his car with tons of product and drove from Oregon to the fire’s base camp and made the delivery.
The other thing about this story is that he purposely stayed out of the way of any publicity or TV cameras. He just made the trip, delivered the product and was gone; he was not a publicity seeker at all.
Isn't that great? There are still people out there who do good deeds just for the pure act that it needs to be done.
Dave (Scannell) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Farsider readers who watch Fox News will undoubtedly be familiar with Charles Krauthammer, a frequent Fox contributor and conservative Republican.
He is a syndicated political columnist with degrees in both economics and political science from McGill University and Oxford. He is also a Harvard medical school graduate and a board certified psychiatrist. With this as his background, when he is writing or speaking about the personality of a particular individual he frequently applies his psychiatric training and experience to his analysis.
In his August 4th Washington Post column he focused on Donald Trump. Here are some excerpts with the link to the full story.
"To understand Trump, you have to grasp the General Theory: He judges every action, every pronouncement, every person by a single criterion — whether or not it/he is “nice” to Trump."
"Of course we all try to protect our own dignity and command respect. But Trump’s hypersensitivity and unedited, untempered Pavlovian responses are, shall we say, unusual in both ferocity and predictability. This is beyond narcissism. I used to think Trump was an 11-year-old, an undeveloped schoolyard bully. I was off by about 10 years. His needs are more primitive, an infantile hunger for approval and praise, a craving that can never be satisfied. He lives in a cocoon of solipsism where the world outside himself has value — indeed exists — only insofar as it sustains and inflates him."
"Most politicians seek approval. But Trump lives for the adoration. He doesn’t even try to hide it, boasting incessantly about his crowds, his standing ovations, his TV ratings, his poll numbers, his primary victories. The latter are most prized because they offer empirical evidence of how loved and admired he is."
"Trump’s greatest success — normalizing the abnormal — is beginning to dissipate. When a Pulitzer Prize-winning liberal columnist (Eugene Robinson) and a major conservative foreign policy thinker and former speechwriter for George Shultz under Ronald Reagan (Robert Kagan) simultaneously question Trump’s psychological stability, indeed sanity, there’s something going on (as Trump would say)."
Click HERE to view the Washington Post column by Charles Krauthammer.
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This may be too long, too old or too much of a cliché, bit I liked the factual and historical basis for the argument rather than the purely emotional and the theoretical. I would not be surprised if you have published this story about British citizen Tony Martin before.
Bruce Wiley <email@example.com>
Yes, the story has been in the Farsider in the past, twice in fact, but the first one in the 8/13/11 Farsider was an abbreviated version; and in the Jan. 3, 2013 Farsider Martin was mentioned in a video titled “What’s Happening To England.” This video, however, has since been removed.
Story of Tony Martin
Half-awake and nearly paralyzed with fear, you hear muffled whispers. At least two people have broken into your house and are moving your way. With your heart pumping, you reach down beside your bed and pick up your shotgun. You rack a shell into the chamber, then inch toward the door and open it.
In the darkness, you make out two shadows. One holds something that looks like a crowbar. When the intruder brandishes it as if to strike, you raise the shotgun and fire. The blast knocks both thugs to the floor. One writhes and screams while the second man crawls to the front door and lurches outside.
As you pick up the telephone to call police, you know you're in trouble. In your country, most guns were outlawed years before, and the few that are privately owned are so stringently regulated as to make them useless. Yours was never registered. Police arrive and inform you that the second burglar has died. They arrest you for First Degree Murder and Illegal Possession of a Firearm.
When you talk to your attorney, he tells you not to worry: authorities will probably plea the case down to manslaughter.
"What kind of sentence will I get?" you ask.
"Only ten-to-twelve years," he replies, as if that's nothing.
"Behave yourself, and you'll be out in seven."
The next day, the shooting is the lead story in the local newspaper. Somehow, you're portrayed as an eccentric vigilante while the two men you shot are represented as choirboys. Their friends and relatives can't find an unkind word to say about them. Buried deep down in the article, authorities acknowledge that both "victims" have been arrested numerous times. But the next day's headline says it all: "Lovable Rogue Son Didn't Deserve to Die." The thieves have been transformed from career criminals into Robin Hood-type pranksters. As the days wear on, the story takes wings. The national media picks it up, then the international media. The surviving burglar has become a folk hero. Your attorney says the thief is preparing to sue you, and he'll probably win.
The media publishes reports that your home has been burglarized several times in the past and that you've been critical of local police for their lack of effort in apprehending the suspects. After the last break-in, you told your neighbor that you would be prepared next time. The District Attorney uses this to allege that you were lying in wait for the burglars.
A few months later you go to trial. The charges haven't been reduced, as your lawyer had so confidently predicted. When you take the stand, your anger at the injustice of it all works against you. Prosecutors paint a picture of you as a mean, vengeful man. It doesn't take long for the jury to convict you of all charges.
The judge sentences you to life in prison.
This case really happened.
On August 22, 1999, Tony Martin of Emneth, Norfolk, England killed one burglar and wounded a second. Click on the link below for the details as reported by the British media…
In April, 2000, Martin was convicted and is now serving a life term. How did it become a crime to defend one's own life in the once great British Empire?
It started with the Pistols Act of 1903. This seemingly reasonable law forbade selling pistols to minors or felons and established that handgun sales were to be made only to those who had a license. The Firearms Act of 1920 expanded licensing to include not only handguns, but all firearms except Shotguns. Later laws passed in 1953 and 1967 outlawed the carrying of any weapon by private citizens and mandated the registration of all shotguns. Momentum for total handgun confiscation began in earnest after the Hungerford mass shooting in 1987. Michael Ryan, a mentally disturbed man with a Kalashnikov rifle, walked down the streets shooting everyone he saw. When the smoke cleared, 17 people were dead.
The British public, already de-sensitized by eighty years of "gun control,” demanded even tougher restrictions. (The seizure of all privately owned handguns was the objective even though Ryan used a rifle.)
Nine years later, in Dunblane, Scotland, Thomas Hamilton used a semi-automatic weapon to murder 16 children and a teacher at a public school. For many years, the media had portrayed all gun owners as mentally unstable, or worse, criminals. Now the press had a real kook with which to beat up law-abiding gun owners. Day after day, week after week, the media gave up all pretense of objectivity and demanded a total ban on all handguns. The Dunblane Inquiry, a few months later, sealed the fate of the few sidearms still owned by private citizens.
During the years in which the British government incrementally took away most gun rights, the notion that a citizen had the right to armed self-defense came to be seen as vigilantism. Authorities refused to grant gun licenses to people who were threatened, claiming that self-defense was no longer considered a reason to own a gun. Citizens who shot burglars or robbers or rapists were charged while the real criminals were released. Indeed, after the Martin shooting, a police spokesman was quoted as saying, "We cannot have people take the law into their own hands." All of Martin's neighbors had been robbed numerous times, and several elderly people were severely injured in beatings by young thugs who had no fear of the consequences. Martin himself, a collector of antiques, had seen most of his collection trashed or stolen by burglars.
When the Dunblane Inquiry ended, citizens who owned handguns were given three months to turn them over to local authorities. Being good British subjects, most people obeyed the law. The few who didn't were visited by police and threatened with ten-year prison sentences if they didn't comply.
Police later bragged that they'd taken nearly 200,000 handguns from private citizens.
The BBC reported in 2003 that Fearon's supporters put a bounty on Martin's head of several tens of thousands of pounds. In July 2003 it was reported that a cousin of the dead burglar and friends of the survivor said a £60,000 bounty had been put on Martin's head.
On 28 July 2003, after having been denied early release, Martin was released after serving three years of his five-year sentence, the maximum period for which he could be held following good behavior.
How did the authorities know who had handguns? The guns had been registered and licensed. Kind of like cars. Sound familiar?
OK I know this is too simplistic, and I know that Mr. Martin may not be the poster child for all that is good. However, I am reminded that…
“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds." —Samuel Adams
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PBA MEETING REMINDER
Next Wednesday, Aug. 17
Bar Opens at 5:00
Dinner at 6:00 or thereabouts
Meeting to follow
AND IT’S FREE…
This Saturday, August 12, the San Jose Municipal Shooting Range is offering a free outreach program to teach safe handling and reduce the fear factor some Officers' significant others have of firearms.
Staffed by volunteer instructors and coaches from the Santa Clara Valley Rifle club the event is aimed at anyone who is shooting for the first time. A short safety briefing is followed by the opportunity to fire .22 caliber pistols, rifles and revolvers under the individual supervision of a range safety officer. All firearms and ammo are provided by the club at no charge.
A BFO officer commented on Yelp, "I brought my wife to the free program. It was the first time she picked up a firearm. The volunteer Range Officer made sure she was safe and comfortable. His coaching was so friendly and helpful that by the time we left she was talking about wanting to join me whenever I go shooting."
The event takes place at the San Jose Municipal Firing Range, 1580 South 10th Street (Just south of the Ice Center), from 2PM to 8PM on the second Saturday of each month. That’s THIS SATURDAY. No reservations are necessary.
For further info contact former SJPD Reserve Deputy Chief and NRA instructor Dick Reizner at (408) 828-3555 or <Dick@Reizner.com>.
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GIVE US A BREAK…
This is how the uber progressive mind thinks. According to CNN, W. Kamau Bell is a critically acclaimed sociopolitical comedian, featured on the podcast "Politically Re-Active" on Panoply and CNN's "United Shades of America." The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own.
Noble Gesture for Michael Phelps?
By W. Kamau Bell
CNN Opinion — August 5, 2016
Dear Michael Phelps,
Thank you! I really appreciate the fact that you have made -- or will make -- the right choice here. You haven't announced it yet, but I'm sure you will soon.
I know you have a big machine behind you. With The Olympics coming up, it must be extremely hectic around you right now. It has to be difficult to contact all your trainers, coaches, business managers, talent managers, Hollywood agents, sponsors, counselors, associated charities, foundations, staff, assistants, friends, family, boys clubs, and girls clubs to let them know that you have turned down such an honor.
Obviously, I am talking about what I hope will be your decision to decline the position as flag bearer in opening ceremonies of the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro on Friday. While you haven't said this yet, I'm sure this is what you are going to do, because you are not only an Olympic hero, you are -- by medal count -- the Olympic hero. And yes, being asked to carry the flag is a big deal. I'm betting that even a star of your magnitude is still feeling the glow of being voted to carry the flag by your Olympic peers. But I know that you must know that there is a better choice to carry the flag -- the athlete who came in second to you in the vote for flag bearer, fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad.
It shouldn't be a big deal for you to give up your spot. For one thing, according to the Los Angeles Times, the vote was close. So Muhammad must have lots of fans among the athletes. And also, let's be real here, Michael. It's not like you need the honor.
With 22 Olympic medals, you are already the most decorated athlete in Olympic history. You already know how America feels about you. We even forgave that youthful indiscretion of being photographed smoking from a water pipe of the type that is often used for smoking marijuana. And we have forgiven those other youthful indiscretions (even the one that happened two years ago when you weren't that youthful).
Michael Phelps opens up on alcohol use
What I'm trying to say is that as far as America is concerned, you are a golden boy ... literally. You getting the opportunity to carry the flag is like Michael Jordan getting a free pair of Nike sneakers. You are both the living embodiment of the "honor" you are getting. To put it another way, in the Make-Your-Own-Ice-Cream-Sundae-Bar of life, your sundae is lousy with hot fudge, butterscotch, strawberry sauce, whipped cream, nuts, sprinkles, extra scoops of ice cream, and so many Maraschino cherries that 5-year-old kids with mouthfuls of Maraschino cherries yell as you pass by, "THAT'S TOO MANY CHERRIES!"
And that's why I would be proud of you for giving up your position to Ibtihaj Muhammad. Muhammad carrying the flag would be much bigger than your one moment. It would be a symbol for our country in this moment when we are mostly known for one of the most contentious, controversial, scandal-ridden, hateful, xenophobic, jingoistic, and just generally unlikable presidential elections in recent memory. This is at a time when we could use some more symbols of unity and togetherness.
Muhammad carrying the flag would be nearly a one-stop inclusion shop. Muhammad is an African-American, hijab-wearing Muslim woman who is also a world class fencer. Those are all groups that could always use some more love, acceptance, and respect from this country. (And yes, I'm including fencers in this group.)
If (when) Muhammad carries the flag, that moment (and Muhammad herself) would grow into legend. We're talking bigger than just the Olympics.
It will be cemented in history the same way Australian runner Peter Norman is cemented in Olympic history as the white guy standing stock still next to Tommie Smith and John Carlos in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. As Smith and Carlos stood with their fists in the air, Norman (very actively) didn't get in the way. And he even encouraged the moment by suggesting that Tommie Smith wear John Carlos' left glove when Carlos discovered that he had forgotten his gloves at the Olympic village. Thank you, Michael, for being the Peter Norman of this year's Olympics.
Also it certainly doesn't hurt that Ibtihaj Muhammad's last name is the same as the first name of one of this country's most celebrated Americans, the recently departed Muhammad Ali. Ali was an Olympic athlete, and he has his own history-making, opening-ceremony moment. The image of Muhammad lighting the torch in Atlanta in 1996 was, like this will be, another important symbol of American attempting to bury its hatred of "the other."
And while it didn't achieve that goal back then, that doesn't mean that we shouldn't keep trying. And if anybody knows about the importance of second chances, it's you, Michael.
Now obviously, it's not as easy as you just stepping down. Muhammad must also want to take the honor from you. Like you, she's a highly competitive athlete. She may not want the victory this way, which would, of course, would be understandable. But I hope that she accepts the honor from you. The Olympics are great, but they only truly mean something when the moments that come out of them are bigger than the individual sports.
Your stepping back will allow this moment to become something bigger than just another opening ceremony. No offense, but right now America has enough tall, successful, rich white guys hogging the spotlight trying to make America great ... again.
Again, thank you again for stepping aside for Ibtihaj Muhammad. During these Olympics, you can win more medals to add to your all-time winning number of medals. But no medal will compare to making room for this.
If you agreed that Phelps should have turned the flag over to Ibtihaj Muhammad, DO NOT read the readers’ comments that appears under the article on the CNN website as he gets peppered with criticism. However, should you want to read the comments under the article, click HERE. Note, the CNN page also includes a video.
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STORY OF THE WEEK
From Mike Thompson
Meet Stepan, a domesticated bear who lives with his humans Svetlana and Yuriy Panteleenko in Moscow, Russia. The Panteleenkos adopted Stepan when he was just a 3-month-old orphaned cub. He was found by hunters in a forest all alone and in a very bad condition, so Svetlana and Yuriy decided to give him a home.
23 years later, Stepan has grown into a loving bear who helps around the house by watering plants and loves watching TV with his humans. “He absolutely loves people and is a really sociable bear – despite what people might think, he is not aggressive at all,” said Mrs Panteleenko. “We have never been bitten by Stepan.”
He eats 25kg of fish, vegetables and eggs every day! But the goofball manages to stay in shape thanks to his love for football. He also keeps himself busy with acting in films and posing for photoshoots.
Watch the video by clicking on the link under the photos…
Watch the video by clicking HERE
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
Aug. 3 — 4
Aug. 4: Tomorrow night is the official start of the Rio Summer Olympics, which is when the entire world will come together for one reason: making fun of the outfits athletes wear at the opening ceremonies.
The golf tournament at the Rio Olympics will be played on a course that is apparently infested with 150-pound rodents. The official said, “Don't worry, the giant snakes will eat them. So don't worry about them. Golf away, enjoy yourself.”
The Danish government donated a giant Lego model of Rio for the games — and this is very interesting, the Lego buildings are slightly safer than the actual buildings at the Olympics.
A new survey finds that Hillary Clinton has more support in the marijuana industry than Donald Trump. Or in other words, Hillary Clinton will definitely win the vote of people who won't remember to vote.
I saw that Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has picked his wife to run as his vice presidential candidate. Then Bill and Hillary looked at each other for a second and went, "Nah, nah."
Aug. 3: A Dutch man flew to China to meet a woman that he'd met on the internet, and when she didn't show up, he just waited for her in the airport for 10 days. He actually got sick and had to go to the hospital. And they treated him for exhaustion, malnutrition, and not taking a hint.
But the truth is that sometimes we find love and we make that person our girlfriend or our wife — or as Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega did, you could make that person your running mate.
Daniel Ortega, the incumbent running for president in Nicaragua, just made his wife his vice presidential running mate. This sounds like a guy who forgot it was their anniversary. Really have to scramble for a gift.
Aug. 4: Apparently, the conditions in Rio are so bad that the U.S. basketball team has opted against staying in the Olympic village dorms, and is instead staying on a cruise ship that they've docked in the harbor. Now, I understand not wanting to stay in the Olympic village, but why would you switch to a cruise ship? You basically traded a diarrhea city for a floating diarrhea city.
With the basketball players not being in the Olympic village, it means they're going to miss out on all the sex. Because I don't know if you've heard this but the Olympic committee announced they'll be handing out 350,000 condoms and 175,000 packets of lube. Or as Brazilians call that, "A weekend."
But in the athletes' defense, the accommodations in Rio are so bad, the cleanest place to sleep is on top of another person.
According to a new study, millennials are having significantly less sex than previous generations. I know, like, wait, you're telling me that the people running around trying to catch Pokémon aren't getting [any action]? Shocking! I'm shocked.
Aug. 3: Trump is even picking fights with fellow Republicans. He refused to endorse Arizona Sen. John McCain, refused to endorse Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, even though both endorsed him. It's like "The Real Housewives of Orange-Face County."
According to multiple reports, Donald Trump's campaign staff is becoming extremely frustrated by his behavior and his unwillingness to stay on message during the campaign. I don't blame them — who could have ever guessed he would do something like this? He's usually so low-key.
The head of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, is said to be absolutely furious. They say he has not been this angry since he found out his name was Reince Priebus.
Hillary Clinton supporters had a fundraiser tonight at a cyber security convention in Las Vegas; all the proceeds will go toward teaching Hillary how to use her email account.
Aug. 4: You know, there have been major electrical and plumbing issues in Rio. One athlete from Kenya wrote, "Please fix my toilet" on a bulletin board in the Olympic village. And you know, when someone who lives in Kenya's complaining about your plumbing, I think that's what they refer to as a wake-up call.
Sanitation is a big problem right now. The Olympic village is giving away thousands of condoms for the athletes to wear over their heads for the swimming events.
Surfing and skateboarding will make history for the Olympics in 2020, in that these will be the first sports in which athletes will be tested to make sure they are doping.
I want to wish a happy birthday to President Obama, who turned 55 today. Big celebration at the White House. The White House staff sang to him. Then the president blew out the candles on his vegan, whole-grain, carrot prune loaf.
Donald Trump also offered birthday wishes on Twitter this week. He wrote, "President Obama will go down as perhaps the worst president in the history of the United States." It's sweet, though, because he said "perhaps," and he wouldn't do that on any other day.
You know if Trump becomes president, he's definitely going to make his birthday a national holiday, right? "Sorry, Lincoln, you're a loser and you are out."
Our friends in North Korea are said to be working on a big new project. Sometime in the next 10 years North Korea is hoping to plant a flag on the moon. And by that they mean they're looking for someone who can Photoshop a picture of their flag on the moon.
Aug. 3: In the last 24 hours, Donald Trump has refused to endorse Republican leaders up for re-election, accused John McCain of failing veterans, suggested Americans pull their 401(k)s out of the stock market, threw out a crying baby at a rally, fought with the father of a dead soldier, and suggested President Obama was responsible for the death of troops during George W. Bush’s time in office. Said voters, “Yeah, but I’m not sure I trust Hillary Clinton.”
Top Republican fundraiser and Hewlett-Packard executive Meg Whitman released a statement saying that she will break with her party and support Hillary Clinton. She wanted to release the statement three days ago, but her printer kept jamming.
A new study has come out analyzing the role of the female orgasm in reproduction. But the male scientists fell asleep before it was done and the female scientists had to finish writing it themselves.
Aug. 4: Happy birthday to President Obama who turned 55 today! He made a wish and blew out the candles, but then when he opened his eyes, he was still president.
A Fox News national poll found that people prefer Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump by 10 points. While an MSNBC poll found that Hillary Clinton has already been president for two years.
Donald Trump yesterday met with RNC officials who reportedly grew so angry with Trump during the meeting that they yelled at him, “Do you realize how badly you’re screwing this up?” Said Trump, “The best? I’m screwing it up the best, right?”
The Olympic torch arrived in Rio today in preparation for Friday's opening ceremony. And the cool thing about Rio is, if the torch runs out of fuel you can just dip it in the ocean and it’ll reignite.
Aug. 3: Remember a few months ago when future former President Barack Obama got Iran to release four American prisoners? Well, it turns out he forgot to tell us about a small shipping and handling fee. Because as the prisoners were freed, $400 million was flown to Iran on a plane loaded with cash. Don't you hate it when you're on an airplane and you get stuck sitting next to $400 million? You don't know who gets the armrest.
This week Trump attacked a Gold Star family, seemed happy about getting a Purple Heart as a gift — ’cuz it was so much easier than EARNING one — and appeared to feud with a crying baby at a campaign rally. Things have gotten so bad that Trump's allies are plotting an intervention. An intervention! “They love you Donald, and the first step to recovery is admitting that YOU’RE the problem.”
I’m guessing this is just wishful thinking, but senior GOP officials are exploring options if Trump drops out. In fact, top Republicans have been seen standing outside Mitt Romney's house holding boom boxes.
Aug. 4: It looks like all the controversies are taking their toll, with reports that Trump's campaign staff feel like they are wasting their time and that Trump's staff is suicidal. They'd jump off the building, but they're afraid they'd see the word "Trump" on the way down.
Trump and his party raised $82 million last month, much of it from small donations, with supporters pitching in $10 to $25 apiece. And they can feel good knowing that every dollar will help Donald Trump reach his ultimate goal — attack ads against Paul Ryan.
A CNN reporter spoke to one of Trump's donors, who said, "Unfortunately, I set up a recurring political contribution on Donald Trump's website, and there's no place on the website to stop the recurring payment." Oops! Supporting Trump is like joining a gym, only it's democracy that isn't working out.
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My late wife taught kindergarten in the same classroom and in the same school for 30 years, and each year her class of 5-year-olds were featured in a Spring concert as well as a Winter Concert. Each child was dressed in an outfit that fit the season. As a dutiful husband, I was charged with video taping the performances and providing each parent with a copy of the program. Even with all that experience, there is no way I would volunteer to capture on video this kindergarten graduation class in Gaza for fear one of the little terrorists-to-be would shoot me or cut my head off. Have a look at THIS clip sent in by JC (Carlton). (2:29)
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Hold your breath, Dems. If THIS PBS Newshour interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange we received from several readers is accurate, it could lead to a balancing of the polls between Hillary and Trump. (8:21)
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Dave Walker sent in a link to an item dealing with an Executive Order President Obama reportedly signed that will put gunsmiths out of business. While vetting the article, we found another site that, in our opinion, explains the issue better. Click HERE to view the story.
To be fair and balanced, clicking HERE will provide you with a different view of the issue.
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Our "Idiot of the Week" award goes to this arsonist who sets himself on fire as he tries to burn down a building. This is karma at its finest. Have a LOOK. (2:03)
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To understand what we mean by “From here to there and back again, only further” click HERE and have a look at the Cosmic Eye. (3:28)
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Do you like home-grown veggies but hate growing them? If so, pick up one of THESE farming robots and let it do most of the work. (1:41)
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This is why you wouldn’t want to spread a picnic blanket and enjoy lunch under a wind turbine, not that you would. But WATCH what can happen when a huge power-generating wind turbine malfunctions. (1:18)
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Meets St. Peter
From Dewey Moore
Jonathon Hooper, a well-to-do Lawyer, dies in a car accident on his 50th birthday and finds himself at the Pearly Gates. A brass band is playing, the angels are singing a beautiful hymn, there is a huge crowd cheering and shouting his name, and absolutely everyone wants to shake his hand.
Just when he thinks things can't possibly get any better, Saint Peter himself runs over, apologizes for not greeting him personally at the Pearly Gates, shakes his hand, and says, "Congratulations son, we've been waiting a long time for you."
Totally confused and a little embarrassed, the lawyer sheepishly says, "Saint Peter, I tried to be a good man, but congratulations for what? I honestly don't remember doing anything really special when I was alive.”
"Congratulations for what?" says Saint Peter, totally amazed at the man's modesty. "We're celebrating the fact that you lived to be 160 years old! God himself wants to see you!"
The lawyer is awestruck and can only look at Saint Peter with his mouth wide open. When he regains his power of speech, he looks up at Saint Peter and says "Saint Peter, I lived my life in the eternal hope that when I died I would be judged by God and be found to be worthy, but actually I only lived to be fifty."
"That's simply impossible son," says Saint Peter, "We've added up all of your "Billable Hours.”
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Watch this clip carefully from start to finish (it's only a couple of minutes long). The incident was captured on a surveillance camera in a Chinese market. Had it been an American market we would say it was probably staged by some hoaxers. But we can't imagine the people in THIS video would stage such a hoax. Remember to watch it all the way to the end. (2:53)
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There are a couple of profound messages in THIS video Cheryl Babineau posted to the 10-7ODSJ Facebook page. It features Varun Pruthi, an Indian actor who gives money to India’s poor. (2:03)
not to say that Pruthi is without controversy. Click
link for the details.
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A Norwegian teenager produced this video titled “Kjerag from the air” that has received over 60 million views on Facebook. If you are going on vacation and looking for a reason to purchase a drone equipped with a GoPro video camera, THIS video might give you that reason. Or not. (Large screen recommended.) (2:16)
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Some golf shots — like THIS putt — are more embarrassing than others, especially when they occur in front of a live TV audience. (For you golfers, how would you score this?)
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Good Lord! What kind of animal is this? Click HERE and you might be surprised by the answer. (0:28)
P.S. You can buy one from Amazon by clicking HERE.
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CalTrans and other states’ DOTs could probably learn some lessons from THESE Russian road builders. (10:31)
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Speaking of the Russians, take a look at how they PRACTICE putting out campfires. (1:05)
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With the old adage that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, here’s a tip for you ladies who will be attending a high school reunion in the future. Imitating THIS lip-sync performance will provide you with the popularity you strove to achieve in high school, guaranteed. (2:07)
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This rendition of “You Raise Me Up” by the IRISH group known as “Celtic Woman” was my choice for this week’s closer. Having seen them live and owning some of their DVDs, I highly recommend them if and when they come to a venue near you. (5:17)
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