The Farsider

August 13, 2015

 

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

 

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


 

NEW UPDATE ON DAVE BRIDGEN

As promised, Gary Johnson provided us with this hours-old update on Dave’s condition at about 8 p.m. last (Wed.) night, so it is about as fresh as it could possibly be. He had just returned from the rehab facility in Los Gatos where Dave was admitted following last Friday’s procedure to implant a pulse generator in his brain.

Bill:

Thanks for your patience. I told Dave that you had asked if he wanted to share some pictures with his friends and he said sure. While we were taking the pics with the hat on, he took it off, and said, "They may as well see everything!" What a guy!!

Today was a bunch better than yesterday. Much better! But he still has a way to go.

Yesterday was his first day of therapy and they pretty much worked everything out of him. He was really tired last night, to the point that he was having trouble waking up and then keeping his eyes open. Today, he was awake and talkative when I got there. His voice was stronger and he was more alert. We took him outside to have his dinner, and he enjoyed being out in the fresh air.

They are still not sure why he has had an adverse reaction to the surgery. He is undergoing Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy.  They are working on helping him get his strength back, as well as helping him "learn" to stand up, sit down, move in and out of a car, walk, etc. Not sure how long he is going to be in the rehab place, but he knows that he has to work hard to gain his strength back so that he can move on. And he is committed to doing so. His blood pressure had gone a bit low today, and they are monitoring that.

When he went back to his room this evening he stopped to talk to one of the other guys in his room. He greeted him by name and told him that he had done good in his therapy session. Dave has always been the encourager!

Dave said to thank everyone for their prayers, and he wanted to let everyone know that they are going to take the staples out of his head on Friday.

He appreciates and welcomes visits. My suggestion is to wait until after 4:00 p.m. because of his therapy schedule. His dinner time is 5:30 PM, and shortly thereafter he heads for bed. He has been eating outside in the fresh air, and it is OK to sit with him during dinner. The therapy is very tiring for him.

Dave is at the El Camino at Los Gatos Rehab facility. The address is 355 Dardanelli Lane, in Los Gatos — on the corner of Knowles and Dardanelli.

Funny little story: Apparently many people are going to the hospital next door and asking for directions to Room 1112. The people at the Info Desk tell them, "You must be looking for Dave Bridgen. He is in the facility next door." Seems that everyone knows Dave! As the nurse was helping to get Dave ready for bed I told him that I was going to burn off a copy of the Farsider and bring it to him tomorrow, but if I found out he was dogging it during therapy, I wasn't going to leave it for him. He chuckled and told the nurse, "He talks like that, but he's going to give it to me." I hate it when he's right!!!

The pictures were taken on the patio. Also in the pictures with Dave is his wife, Betty Ruth and Mike Wass, a good friend of the Bridgens, SJPD and the Chaplaincy.

Please feel free to edit this however you need. I tend to ramble. You sat close to Betty Barnacle, so some of her skill rubbed off on you!

Gary <gj1901@comcast.net>

No editing necessary, Gary. You did a fine job. On behalf of Dave's many friends, thank you very much.

Because we don’t know how long Dave will remain at the rehab facility, we suggest that get well cards be mailed to his residence since Betty Ruth visits him daily. For Dave’s home address, send a request to <bilmat@comcast.net> and we’ll email it right back.


 

PBA MEETING REMINDER

 

Next Wednesday. Same time, same place, different menu. Bring
a new member and drink free at the bar. What else is there to say?


 

FINAL NOTIFICATION FOR THE RETIREES’ ASSN. BARBECUE



Association of Retired San Jose Police Officers & Firefighters
Announces its 32nd Annual BBQ

Coyote Ranch
Just off of Monterey Highway in Coyote Valley

Thursday August 20, 2015
3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Dinner Served at 5:00 PM

Menu:
BBQ Ribs & Chicken,
Corn on Cob, Salad, Garlic Bread,
Soft Drinks, Beer & Wine

$10 for Members
$15 for Spouse
$20 for Non-Members

Make Checks Payable to:
AORSJPO&FF
 
Send to:
Larry Samarron, Jr.
P..O. Box 28041,
San Jose, CA 95159.

Sign up online here:

http://www.gaylonn.com/assoc_2007/forms/August_BBQ_Sign-up/aug_bbq_reg.html 

We will need a count of Retirees and Spouses
who will be attending the BBQ by this Saturday, Aug. 15th

If something comes up and you are not able to attend, please
let us know by sending an e-mail to <treasurer@retiredsjpoff.org>.



Directions:

FROM 101 South: Take the Bernal Road Exit West - Right turn: turn right at the 2nd stop light - you will dead end into Monterey Road. Turn left: go 1 mile south to Metcalf Road - turn left: make immediate right turn (approx. 50 yds.): follow that road to Coyote Ranch.

FROM 85 South: Take Bernal Exit West - Right turn (DO NOT GET ON 101): turn right at the 1st stop light - you will dead end into Monterey Road. Turn left: go 1 mile south to Metcalf Road - turn left: make immediate right turn (approx. 50 yds.): follow that road to Coyote Ranch.

 

PENSION NEWS

This is an update on last week’s SacBee article about the effort by Reed and his cohort  to bring the pension issue in front of the California voters. The same topic was covered in today's the Mercury News (next item). Note the differences in tone of how each paper covered the same story...

California Pension Reform Backers Slam Kamala Harris’ Summary

—Attorney general says initiative ‘eliminates constitutional protections’—

By Jeremy White <Jwhite@sacbee.com>
Sacramento Bee — Aug. 11, 2015 



Former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed is at the forefront of a drive to
limit defined-benefit pensions for government workers in California.

Proponents of a California ballot initiative requiring pension changes to go through a public vote on Tuesday rejected Attorney General Kamala Harris’ official description of the measure as an attempt “to try to mislead the public.”

For every ballot measure, the attorney general’s office issues a short name and description to appear on the petitions that backers use to get signatures. Because it is often the entry point for voters to understand what’s in a ballot initiative, the wording carries high stakes.

Backers of a similar pension-altering measure sued Harris last year over her office’s description of that initiative, arguing that the characterization would bias voters against the measure. The court ruled against them, saying there was “nothing false or misleading” about Harris’ description.

They had similar criticisms for the title and summary issued Tuesday, which state that the measure “eliminates constitutional protections” for current employees and would lead to “significant effects – savings and costs – on state and local governments.”

“This simple initiative gives voters the ability to stop sweetheart and unsustainable pension deals that politicians concoct behind closed doors with government union bosses,” former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio, the measure’s proponents, said in a joint statement. “That’s why the politicians and union bosses oppose this initiative – and why they continue to try to mislead the public on what the initiative does.”

Opponents of the measure said the opposite, arguing that by failing to explicitly name affected public employees, such as teachers and firefighters, the summary “falls far short of describing the chaos and uncertainty that would occur” if the measure passed.

“This Tea Party-backed measure is a back-door way of repealing Constitutionally-vested and promised rights to retirement security and health care and breaks contracts negotiated through collective bargaining,” Dave Low, the head of a union-backed group called Californians for Retirement Security, said in a statement.

Kristin Ford, Harris’ press secretary, defended the office’s work. “We issued a title and summary that is based on independent analyses and gives voters a clear and accurate description of the proposed initiative,” she said in a statement.

Despite their concerns, Reed and DeMaio showed no sign of pulling back the initiative, saying they were “very confident” voters would pass the measure.

The proposal sustains a long-running battle over public pensions, with Reed and DeMaio championing the argument that California’s long-term pension debt will cripple the state over the long term.

In addition to allowing voters to weigh in on public employee compensation, the initiative would mandate that voters approve any increases in pension benefits, sign off on new state and local employees being enrolled in the “defined-benefit” plans that are now commonplace, and OK governments covering more than half of retirement costs.

While Reed’s camp has cast the measure as a way to give all Californians a stake in a pressing budget crisis, dubbing it the “Voter Empowerment Act of 2016,” union opponents have decried it as an attack on workers and their retirement guarantees.

Same topic, different newspaper. This is how the Mercury News presented the same story in today's paper. It's an example of why you can't rely on a single source to provide you with a true, complete and unbiased picture or view of an event or issue...

Pension Words at Issue

—Initiative’s supporters say summary again has clear pro-union bent—

By Judy Lin, Associated Press
Mercury News — Aug. 13, 2015

SACRAMENTO — Proponents of a California pension initiative said Tuesday that state Attorney General Kamala Harris is once again favoring labor unions by using the same words she used to describe their previous failed bid to limit taxpayer spending on public pensions.

“The first sentence is a repeat of the first sentence from the initiative two years ago,” said former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed. “It’s been certainly poll-tested by the unions and fed to the attorney. It’s inaccurate and misleading.”

Reed and former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio say they will conduct a legal review of the attorney general’s title and summary language before they begin collecting the 585,407 voter signatures needed to qualify for the November 2016 ballot. They said voters will want to review retirement benefit decisions made by elected officials.

Facing a Tuesday deadline to release her description of the initiative, Harris wrote the proposal would eliminate constitutional protections on pension and health care benefits for public employees, “including those working in K-12 schools, higher education, hospitals, and police protection.”

David Low, chairman of the labor-backed Californians for Retirement Security, said while Harris’ description was accurate, he wanted her to list public employees as teachers, nurses and police as she did before.

“You put this on the ballot, it’s dead in the water,” Low said of the initiative.

Pension reform advocates had abandoned their attempt to enable governments in California to cut future pension benefits for current workers after losing a court fight over the attorney general’s legal description last year. In finding Harris’ summary accurate, Sacramento County Judge Allen Sumner wrote the use of the words “eliminates constitutional protections” was not false or misleading.

They returned this year with the “Voter Empowerment Act of 2016,” which would require voters to approve any new pension benefits or upgrades to current ones. The new proposal would require voters to approve defined benefits for new employees hired starting Jan. 1, 2019, as well as pension enhancements for existing workers. Voters also would have to give authorization if the state or a local government wanted to contribute more than half of pension costs for their employees. Unions have battled repeatedly with DeMaio, a Republican who lost bids for San Diego mayor in 2012 and Congress in 2014, and Reed, a Democrat who was forced from office last year by term limits. Both Reed and DeMaio successfully led voters in San Jose and San Diego to approve local pension-cutting plans in 2012. Pension-reform advocates say unchecked retirement benefits will keep libraries closed, leave potholes unfilled and deprive residents of key public services as resources are increasingly diverted to pay for pensions. Labor unions say the cost- cutting push deprives workers of collective bargaining and makes crucial jobs less attractive to potential recruits.

The Legislature’s nonpartisan budget analyst, Mac Taylor, and Gov. Jerry Brown’s finance director, Michael Cohen, described the latest proposal as creating “significant uncertainty” on current and future government employee compensation.

They noted that measure could face legal challenges. And while it could yield large savings on defined pension benefits and lower retiree health care costs for taxpayers, the two say it could drive costs elsewhere such as into defined contribution plans like 401(k)s, higher wages and shift more public workers onto Social Security.

“The magnitude and timing of these effects would depend heavily on future decisions made by voters, governmental employers, and the courts,” Taylor and Cohen wrote.

 

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Craig Shuey spotted this article in yesterday’s Contra Costa Times. It also appears in today’s Mercury News. In this case, both stories are identical because both papers are owned by the same company, and both stories were written by the same journalist...

San Jose Offers Raises to Police Officers' Union, But Could be Derailed by Pension Settlement Dispute

By Ramona Giwargis <rgiwargis@mercurynews.com>
Contra Costa Times — Aug. 12, 2015

SAN JOSE -- The city and its police union were close to a deal on raises Wednesday that would wrap up a pay and benefits package officers say is crucial to keeping cops on the depleted force.

But a last-minute dispute over how to implement a proposed pension settlement reached last month threatens to hold up the accord.

"All of a sudden, the city attorney comes up with some idea to not implement it and to change the agreement," said Tom Saggau, spokesman for the San Jose Police Officers' Association. "And we're going to have none of it."

City leaders on Tuesday offered police officers a one-year labor agreement that includes 8 percent in ongoing raises and 5 percent one-time bonuses, ending four months of contentious labor negotiations. The agreement gives San Jose officers a 4 percent salary increase in January and another 4 percent raise in July, in addition to a 5 percent bonus: 2.5 percent when the POA ratifies the deal, and another 2.5 percent in December.

It also offers the 5 percent as a "signing bonus" to former officers who return to the force in the next year.

But while union leaders said the wage proposal is a "worthy" one, it's being overshadowed by last-minute snags with implementing the settlement agreement on the Measure B pension reforms city voters approved three years ago. The proposed settlement with the fire and police unions aimed to replace the pension reform measure with a number of compromises.
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The Measure B settlement has yet to be ratified by the police union, leading to the City Council yanking it from a meeting agenda Tuesday. And POA officials say the wage deal and Measure B settlement go hand-in-hand -- police officers won't ratify one deal without the other.

The city and union can't agree on how to replace Measure B with the new settlement. The agreement outlines a "quo warranto" process, which means a Superior Court judge will invalidate Measure B and allow the city to replace it with the settlement. But Mayor Sam Liccardo has concerns about that process, saying he's worried San Jose will get sued by some of the nearly 70 percent of residents who voted for Measure B.

City Attorney Rick Doyle has proposed a "stay" on Measure B, union officials said, and wants to pass ordinances to replace it while putting the changes out to voters in 2016.

"This is not a bait-and-switch," Doyle said Wednesday. "All it takes it one person to sue the city. In our view, this significantly reduces the risk."

But since Measure B made changes to the city charter, it's unclear if ordinances could modify that. A quo warranto proceeding was used in Seal Beach and other cities to overturn voter-approved initiatives.

"The advantage of quo warranto is it would invalidate the entire ballot proposition and allow everybody to start over," said Stephen Silver, a Santa Monica-based attorney who worked on the Seal Beach case and represents San Jose retirees in a lawsuit.

The city's proposal on police raises also includes 2.5 percent of pay for bilingual officers, mandatory overtime processes and annual education reimbursement of $1,000. The officers' union will begin voting on the wage agreement Friday if the parties resolve the dispute over Measure B.

The City Council called a special closed-session Friday to discuss it.

 

THE TRIALS & TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD

The Mercury News’ editorial board — namely Barbara Marshman — continues to be enchanted and upbeat by San Jose’s new mayor…

Liccardo is Meeting High Expectations

Editorial
Mercury News — Aug. 9, 2015

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo is living up to the promise that a majority of voters saw in him last fall.

He has kicked off many of the initiatives he talked about, from jobs for youth to forging ties with the tech sector. He has worked for both affordable housing and preservation of land for economic growth.

He has reached out expansively to the city’s East Side, which largely supported his opponent.

The symbolism of moving the State of the City event to Independence High School was powerful, but he has continued to work substantively to be mayor of all of San Jose. (By the way, when was the last time we had a mayor who did interviews in Spanish?) Liccardo also has grasped opportunities to put San Jose in the state and national spotlight.

For example, he joined with water district and Santa Clara partners in the jointly run South Bay treatment plant to propose an ambitious upgrade that can purify wastewater to drinkable quality, boosting the reliability of Silicon Valley’s supply. None of that would seem as significant today, however, if Liccardo hadn’t also settled with city unions on Measure B.

The pension reform measure passed by voters in 2012 was a last resort when then-Mayor Chuck Reed’s administration and public safety union leaders couldn’t agree on cost savings for the unsustainable system. But by last year’s election cycle, it was clear that the costs of Measure B litigation and the exodus of experienced employees, particularly police officers, also were unsustainable.

In recommending Liccardo for mayor, we hoped he would settle this. It took time to build trust, but ultimately city and labor leaders came to the table with positive proposals and attitudes.

And fortunately, in the op-ed on this page, Reed joins his successor in support of the agreement. That will help reassure employees that, if the settlement has to be ratified by voters rather than being fully resolved in court, there will be no credible opposition to a ballot measure. Nobody is more hard-line on fiscal responsibility than Reed.

The settlement clears the way for Liccardo to work on rebuilding city services decimated over a decade of budget cuts and to focus on the future.

Focus. Aye, there’s the rub. Liccardo has a schedule packed with community events. He launches what seems like an initiative a week, and based on his texting habits — does the man ever sleep?

Several Brown Act violations this year, while self-disclosed and clearly unintentional, could be symptoms of simply trying to do too much. We worry that by being so hands-on — a habit from his council days — he risks missing the big opportunities for San Jose that require laser-focused leadership.

But Liccardo’s primary mission this year had to be pulling a fractured city back together without letting costs get out of control. On that, the new mayor is off to a very good start.

 

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What are the odds that Chuck Reed was grimacing when he co-authored this opinion piece for last Sunday’s paper?

Measure B Settlement is Right for San Jose

By Sam Liccardo and Chuck Reed
Special to the Mercury News — Aug. 9, 2015

For both of our mayoral administrations, three objectives have guided our negotiations to settle litigation with our police and fire unions over pension reform: First, reducing the costs of unsustainable retirement benefits; second, ensuring that the pension system does not add to the $3 billion in unfunded liabilities already thrust on future generations; and third, reaching a settlement that enables us to rebuild San Jose’s shrinking police force.

The agreement reached in July accomplishes all three.

First, it will save taxpayer dollars. The calculations of city staff and an independent actuary show we’ll achieve $1.7 billion in cost reductions over the next three decades compared to the retirement benefits fire and police received as recently as 2012.

And that does not include additional savings that can emerge through pending negotiations with the city’s other nine unions.

How does this $1.7 billion compare to the savings we sought through Measure B, the pension reform measure approved by the voters and now contested in litigation?

In health benefits, this settlement offers savings of $244 million over 30 years that we did not achieve in Measure B. This was accomplished by closing the retiree medical plan — eliminating the defined retiree health care benefit for newly hired employees and providing incentives for current employees to opt into a less expensive plan.

On pensions, the settlement offers a Goldilocks solution between the fiscally soft benefit structure that existed prior to Measure B and the harder alternative in the measure that caused some police officers to leave for cities that paid better.

It creates a pension plan competitive with other police departments’ plans, but it will cost less.

It will save taxpayers 80 percent of what Measure B would have saved, or about $1.15 billion over 30 years.

The settlement also eliminates the supplemental pension benefit, known as the “bonus check,” saving $270 million over 30 years, while still protecting existing lower-income retirees with a much less expensive benefit.

The agreement would not include savings contemplated by Measure B’s mandate for employees to pay up to an additional 16 percent of their salaries for pensions. We would need to chase those savings down a long and perilous road, however, spending millions in litigation over several years to appeal to the California Supreme Court. If we failed, we’d lose the $1.7 billion in savings achieved by this settlement, not to mention many more longtime employees who would be likely to resign.

Our residents and our employees deserve the certainty of resolution — and of those savings — today.

This agreement sharply reduces the likelihood of saddling future generations with additional unfunded debt. Halting any future commitment of defined retiree medical benefits forecloses the creation of new liabilities in that plan. San Jose would be one of the first major cities in the nation to do this.

The settlement also preserves modified forms of Measure B mandates for sharing future pension costs 50/50 by employees and the city, prohibiting retroactive enhancement of benefits and curbing disability abuses.

Finally, reaching an agreement goes a long way toward aligning our officers, firefighters and the city in a common imperative: rebuilding our public safety departments.

With new leadership in those unions and departments, we have a unique opportunity to do so collaboratively.

To be sure, neither side got everything it wanted in this settlement. In a serious negotiation, nobody ever does.

The important question is whether both sides accomplished their key objectives.

They did, and San Jose is better for it.

Sam Liccardo became mayor of San Jose this year, and Chuck Reed was mayor the previous eight years. They wrote this for this newspaper.
 

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This story from San Jose’s political newspaper brings back not-so-fond memories from a few decades ago of compulsory meetings by all sworn personnel where we had to sit and listen to Wigsy Silverstein pontificate on how we needed to deal with San Jose’s gay community…



San Jose Police Chief Orders Additional Bias Training

By Jennifer Wadsworth <@jennwadsworth>
San Jose Inside — Aug. 12, 2015



National outrage over biased policing has led to a positive local response.

Amid national outrage over police violence and its inequitable toll on black lives, San Jose has committed to ramping up anti-bias training for its own officers.

Current events, as well as substantial prodding from activists and the former independent police auditor, prompted the San Jose Police Department to re-examine the way it trains sworn staff in cultural diversity and discrimination.

The department will begin meeting with community leaders to talk about how to enhance diversity curriculum for academy recruits, Chief Larry Esquivel said Tuesday. It will also send all sworn staff for training at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.

In addition, the department’s chief officers—ranked lieutenant and above—will attend a two-and-a-half-day training on fair and impartial policing in April. The course, taught by University of South Florida criminologist Dr. Lorie Fridell, addresses the science of prejudice.

In a memo announcing his plan, Esquivel said he chose Fridell after reading an article she penned for the June issue of Police Chief magazine. Her piece, co-authored by retired Palo Alto Lt. Sandra Brown, explains the distinction of explicit and implicit bias. The former associates various groups with negative stereotypes out of hostility. The latter also relies on stereotypes, but on a subconscious level as a mental shortcut.

“Even the best officers—because they are human—can perform biased policing,” Fridell and Brown wrote. “And even the best agencies—because they hire humans to do the work—must be proactive to produce fair and impartial policing.”

In her train-the-trainer course, Fridell aims to teach SJPD’s command staff how to recognize the biases they don’t realize they have. She also talks about how biased policing can be unsafe and unjust. According to her website, the program will cost the city $16,500.

Dozens of law enforcement agencies have turned to Fridell in recent years as high-profile police violence—particularly against unarmed men of color—has shaken the public trust.

In San Jose, two federal lawsuits filed this year accuse police of racial profiling. The most recent, filed in July, claims an officer pulled his gun on an African American man at his own home in front of his wife and kids.

Meanwhile, data collected on last year’s traffic stops showed that San Jose police are more likely to treat black or Latino people as potential suspects. Black and Latino residents comprise a third of the city’s population but accounted for two-thirds of traffic stops in 2014. The city will hire an independent analyst to study those findings.

Yet citizen complaints about police bias have never once been upheld, according to a report earlier this year from recently retired Independent Police Auditor LaDoris Cordell. Before she stepped down last month, she urged police to re-evaluate the way they reviews those claims.

Esquivel's predecessor, Chief Chris Moore, had some of his officers participate in a study on implicit bias in 2011. The report issued by the Consortium for Police Leadership in Equity raised awareness of subconscious bias and called for more targeted training to address it.

That same year, Moore updated the department's duty manual to make biased policing a policy violation. The revised language holds that: "Officers will not engage in biased and/or discriminatory-based policing as this undermines the relationship between the police and the public and is contradictory to the department’s mission and values."

Currently, SJPD puts academy recruits through 24 hours of cultural diversity training that addresses racial profiling and hate crimes. Officers have to take additional two-hour diversity trainings every five years.

Esquivel said he hopes to develop a more robust anti-bias curriculum in time for the March 2016 police academy.

 

MAIL CALL



Aug. 7th

Ed Bettencourt sent us a message last Friday advising that Jerry Smith had posted on Facebook about a former SJPD officer’s passing. Smith's message read…

I am sure there are some on here
(Facebook) who remember Mike, badge 2468. I know he remained friends with a few at SJPD. He was only at SJPD for 2 years, leaving in 1987 to obtain his MBA at Harvard and eventually moved on and upward in his life. He is survived by his wife and 3 children.

A grad of Bellarmine and Santa Clara University, he was Navy aviator for 4 years before coming to SJPD in 1985. We were SJPD Academy classmates, assigned alongside each other at the same classroom desk. Dennis Luca was our TAC. His father is retired SJ Fire. Always thought that if he decided to stay that he would have gone to the top, doing it the right way all the way...which is how he continued to live his life as a leader.

Google directed us to a story about the former San Jose officer…

Michael Schneickert, a former Navy pilot and historic preservation leader in Pasadena, died July 1, 2015 from injuries suffered in an automobile accident.

Click HERE to read the story that was posted in the July 20th edition of the Pasadena-Star News about Michael Schneickert.

 

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Aug. 11th

Bill,

Am I the only one who thinks Trump is a total B.S. artist and that there is no possible way that a majority of Republican and independents will give him the keys to the White House? He is typical of someone who has more money than he could spend in a thousand lifetimes and now craves only one thing: total and complete power. Listen closely to what he says when he talks. Just when you think he's about to explain how he plans to solve a major problem — like making Mexico pay for a border fence — he does a better sidestep than Charles Durning did in "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas." (Knowing you guys, I'll bet you can find what I'm talking about.)

What I would like to see is a response from one of my SJPD brothers or sisters who thinks they can defend the antics of this mega rich caveman, and I don't care if you withhold their name or not.

Talking Points <Talking.Points@comcast.net>

You really stepped in it this time, TP, because we know for a fact that there are many readers who see Trump as the savior of the country. Whether any of them will respond to your rant remains to be seen. And yes, we have no problem withholding their name upon request.

As for Durning doing the Sidestep from “Best Little Whorehouse,” I went on a treasure hunt because that was the part of the movie I liked best. Turns out that the song and dance from the movie was on YouTube at one time, but it had been pulled by the studio. A further search, however, turned up Durning performing the song and dance on Dolly Parton’s show in 1987. To see it, click HERE and get ready to tap your feet and sing along…



Sadly, Charles Durning died on Christmas Eve of 2012 at the age of 89.

 

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Aug. 12th


You deserve to know how much our Secretary of State, John Kerry, knows about the Iran deal. Watch THIS


Bruce Fair <bhfair@lcwb.coop>

 

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When Pete Guerin emailed us a copy of a letter he sent to the Mercury News yesterday, we would have wagered that it would not make it into print. Son-of-a-gun...

Grand Jury Ban Could Be Bad for Recruitment 

Letter to the Editor
Mercury News — Aug. 13, 2015

Are we sure that a grand jury ban (Page A1, Aug. 12) regarding officer-involved shootings is a good thing?

As a lifelong San Jose resident, I have observed that in the 1960s and 1970s the San Jose Police Department recruited and drew some of the finest men and women who had the intellect, the education and the character to do the job of police officer. I also found out that numerous officers had an education in engineering, education and psychological services, but instead chose to serve their community.

I fear that placing more scrutiny and restrictions on officers will cause them to choose other options. Could we be better served by educating our ever-declining culture to obey lawful requests by police officers? My observation is that a very high percentage of officer-involved shootings going to a grand jury start with a suspect refusing to comply with a lawful order, or arrest for a somewhat minor law violation.

Peter T. Guerin
San Jose

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Aug. 12th

Hey guys,

That picture of Bill and Hillary you ran last week seems to have been prophetic. What’s going on? Do you two have an IN with the Feds? Curious minds want to know.

Red State <RedState@comcast.net>

Red is referring to this photo that we chose as last Thursday’s Pic of the Week...

There was nothing, as he says, prophetic about choosing it. Call it a coincidence, the luck of the draw, whatever. Our Pic of the Week folder contains all sorts of images, some political, some not. Here is an example of each…





 

NEWS FOR SIRIUS/XM SATELLITE RADIO “ESCAPE” LISTENERS

Do you have Sirius/XM radio at home and/or in your car? And if you do, is “Escape” (Channel 69) a station you often listen to?

Sirius/XM has made the decision to eliminate “Escape” from its line-up as of today, Thursday, Aug. 13th. After today, it will only be available on-line (which costs more) and via the Sirius/XM app (data charges will apply if no WiFi). The channel will NOT be available on Sirius/XM radios.

If you go to the “SiriusXM Escape” Facebook page you will see that this move has pissed off tons of people, and it was inevitable that this action would give rise to an on-line petition asking that the mellow “Escape” music channel be retained in its line-up. HERE is the petition you can sign if you want Sirius/XM to keep “Escape.” (For address I just typed in my city and state.)

 

EVER FEEL LIKE RODNEY DANGERFIELD WHO GOT “NO RESPECT?”

Ferguson Protesters Label Roasted Pig ‘Darren Wilson,’ Eat Head Outside Police Station

Breitbart News — Aug. 9, 2015

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Ferguson protesters are using a roasted pig’s head during a demonstration marking the eve of the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s shooting death.



Click HERE to watch the video. (1:16)

After a peaceful march during the day, hundreds of protesters converged outside the police department after 10 p.m. They carved and ate from the pig’s head, which was placed on a concrete barrier near the building. Earlier in the day, someone had scrawled the name “Darren Wilson” on the side of the animal.

Wilson wasn’t charged in the Aug. 9, 2014, shooting of the black 18-year-old, whose death galvanized the “Black Lives Matter” movement and months of protests in the St. Louis suburb and beyond.

About a dozen officers stood watch outside while many others were stationed inside police department.

 

PASS THE POPCORN — NO EXTRA BUTTER NECESSARY

—Bernie Sanders’ speech in Seattle shut down by “Black Lives Matter” protestors—

We found this posting on the Powerline Blog amusing. Not ha-ha amusing,
just amusing. OK, perhaps it did generate a chuckle or two. Or three. Or…

Civil War on the Left, Part 21

By Steven Hayward
Powerline Blog — Aug. 8. 2015

Really, this story requires no analysis or set up at all. From the SEATTLE TIMES a few hours ago (though really if you have ten minutes you should just skip this news account and go straight to the two videos below—they are astounding):

Black Lives Matter Protesters Shut Down Bernie Sanders Speech


A Seattle speech by Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was pre-empted in a chaotic confrontation Saturday afternoon with a handful of Black Lives Matter protesters, who took the stage and refused to let him speak.

As the star attraction at a rally for expanding Social Security and Medicare, Sanders was just starting to address the crowd, thanking Seattle for being “one of the most progressive cities in the United States of America.”

That’s as far as he got, as a pair of women walked onstage and grabbed the microphone.

“If you do not listen… your event will be shut down,” one of the protesters told organizers, who at first argued that they could speak after Sanders, but relented and said they could go first.

Some in the mostly white audience booed and hissed as they urged protesters to let the senator talk. A few yelled for police to make arrests. The protesters demanded silence before they’d speak.

Marissa Johnson, one of the protesters, shot back at the crowd, “I was going to tell Bernie how racist this city is filled with progressives, but you did it for me,” accusing the audience of “white supremacist liberalism.”

The activists demanded 4 ½ minutes of silence in memory of Michael Brown, the black man shot to death by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri a year ago. While rally organizers stood and raised their hands in support, some in the crowd yelled profanities.

After the few minutes of silence, the protesters said they wanted to hold Sanders accountable for failing to address their concerns when he was similarly interrupted at a town hall for liberal activists in Phoenix last month. Johnson beckoned Sanders to stand closer to him as she spoke — he refused.

Actually, some commentary is deserved. That a Democratic political rally would allow “a handful” of demonstrators to shut down and hijack their event shows how deeply liberals have drunk the White Guilt Kool Aid. Sanders never did get to speak. He left, appropriately enough, in a white-colored vehicle, according to news accounts.

Below are two videos of the event, first the interruption, and then the speech of the protesters. The organizers totally caved in to what appears to be a mob of three. After saying he’ll shut down the event, the organizer caves and asks, “How long do you want?”  And Sanders stepped back and allowed it to happen. Some presidential material. Once upon a time a candidate might have said, “I’m paying for this microphone you little shits.”

Pass the popcorn indeed. No extra butter necessary. Click HERE to watch the first clip…




Click HERE to watch the continuation…

For what it’s worth, THIS is how The Donald responded to
the Black Lives Matter takeover of the Bernie Sanders speech. 




 

THE CEMETERY WATCHMAN

Contributed by Jordon Freitas

I just wanted to get the day over with and go down to Smokey's for a brew. Sneaking a look at my watch, I saw the time, 1655. Five minutes to go before the cemetery gates are closed for the day. Full dress was hot in the August sun. Oklahoma summertime was as bad as ever — the heat and humidity at the same level — both too high.

I saw the car pull into the drive, a '69 or '70 model Cadillac Deville, looked factory-new. It pulled into the parking lot at a snail's pace. An old woman got out so slowly I thought she was paralyzed; she had a cane and a sheaf of flowers--about four or five bunches as best I could tell.

I couldn't help myself. The thought came unwanted, and left a slightly bitter taste: "She's going to spend an hour, and for this old Marine, my hip hurts like hell and I'm ready to get out of here right now!" But for this day, my duty was to assist anyone coming in.

Kevin would lock the 'In' gate, and if I could hurry the old biddy along, we might make it to Smokey's in time.

I broke post attention. My hip made gritty noises when I took the first step and the pain went up a notch. I must have made a real military sight: middle-aged man with a small pot gut and half a limp, in Marine full-dress uniform which had lost its razor crease about thirty minutes after I began my watch at the cemetery.

I stopped in front of her, halfway up the walk. She looked up at me with an old woman's squint.

"Ma'am, may I assist you in any way?"

She took long enough to answer.

"Yes, son. Can you carry these flowers? I seem to be moving a tad slow these days."

"My pleasure, ma'am." Well, it wasn't too much of a lie.

She looked again. "Marine, where were you stationed?"

"Vietnam, ma'am. Ground-pounder. '69 to '71."

She looked at me closer. "Wounded in action, I see. Well done, Marine. I'll be as quick as I can."

I lied a little bigger: "No hurry, ma'am."

She smiled and winked at me. "Son, I'm 80-years-old and I can tell a lie from a long way off. Let's get this done. Might be the last time I can do this. My name's Joanne Wieserman, and I've a few Marines I'd like to see one more time."

"Yes, ma 'am. At your service."

She headed for the World War I section, stopping at a stone. She picked one of the flowers out of my arm and laid it on top of the stone. She murmured something I couldn't quite make out. The name on the marble was Donald S. Davidson, USMC: France 1918.

She turned away and made a straight line for the World War II section, stopping at another stone. I saw a tear slowly tracking its way down her cheek. She put a bunch on the stone; the name was Stephen X. Davidson, USMC, 1943.

She went up the row a ways and laid another bunch on a stone, Stanley J. Wieserman, USMC, 1944.

She paused for a second. "Two more, son, and we'll be done."

I almost didn't say anything, but, "Yes, ma'am. Take your time."

She looked confused. "Where's the Vietnam section, son? I seem to have lost my way."

I pointed with my chin. "That way, ma'am."

"Oh!" she chuckled quietly. "Son, me and old age ain't too friendly."

She headed down the walk I'd pointed at. She stopped at a couple of stones before she found the ones she wanted. She placed a bunch on Larry Wieserman, USMC, 1968, and the last of the flowers on Darrel Wieserman, USMC, 1970. She stood there and murmured a few words I still couldn't make out.

"OK, son, I'm finished. Get me back to my car and you can go home."

"Yes, ma'am. If I may ask, were those your kinfolk?"

She paused. "Yes,Donald Davidson was my father, Stephen was my uncle, Stanley was my husband, Larry and Darrel were our sons. All killed in action, all Marines.'

She stopped. Whether she had finished, or couldn't finish, I don't know. She made her way to her car, slowly and painfully.

I waited for a polite distance to come between us and then double-timed it over to Kevin who was waiting by the car. "Get to the 'Out' gate quick. I have something I've got to do."

Kevin started to say something, but saw the look I gave him. He broke the rules to get us there down the service road. We beat her. She hadn' t made it around the rotunda yet.

"Kevin, stand to attention next to the gate post. Follow my lead." I humped it across the drive to the other post.

When the Cadillac came puttering around from the hedges and began the short straight traverse to the gate, I called in my best gunny's voice: "TehenHut! Present Haaaarms!"

I have to hand it to Kevin, he never blinked an eye; full dress attention and a salute that would make his DI proud.

She drove through that gate with two old worn-out Marines giving her the send off she deserved for service rendered to her country, and for knowing Duty, Honor and Sacrifice.

I am not sure, but I think I saw a salute returned from that Cadillac.

Instead of The End, just think of "Taps."

As a final thought on my part, let me share a favorite prayer:

"Lord, keep our servicemen and women safe, whether they serve at home or overseas. Hold them in Your loving hands and protect them as they protect us."

Let's all keep those currently serving and those who have gone before in our thoughts and prayers. They are the reason for the many freedoms we enjoy.

 

THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES

Aug. 5 — 11

Aug. 6: Tomorrow night is the first Republican debate. Which means Donald Trump's hair and makeup team should be getting started right about now.

The debate rules state that the highest-polling candidate is given the middle podium, which means Donald Trump will be center stage tomorrow night. Well, that and the fact that he was going to stand there anyway.

Delta and United Airlines announced this week that they will no longer allow passengers to transport animals that they killed on hunting trips. Which begs the question: "There was a time when you COULD do that?"

Aug. 7: One of the candidates at the early GOP debate, George Pataki, said his routine before every debate is to drink a diet lemon Snapple iced tea and pray. Which is also the advice Chris Christie gets from his doctor.

A clothing company is making T-shirts inspired by Bernie Sanders with messages like “Feel the Bern.” They were gonna make them for Lincoln Chafee too, but no one wants to wear a shirt that says “Feel the Chafee.”

At a recent education summit, President Obama admitted that he can’t rap. When they heard that, Americans said, “Good!”

According to a new survey, about half of the world thinks kissing is gross. That half is known as "married people."

Aug. 10: After being accused of making sexist comments about Republican debate moderator Megyn Kelly, Donald Trump went on CNN yesterday and said, “I cherish women. I want to help women.” Then Hillary said, “Well, you're really helping THIS woman.”

A top aide to Donald Trump says he quit the campaign this weekend because of Trump's public feuds, but Trump said he was fired. When asked what he was fired for, Trump said, “Quitting!”

During the earlier debate, Rick Perry said that if he were elected he would "tear up" the nuclear agreement with Iran. Then Obama had it laminated just to mess with him.

A new report claims that William Shakespeare was a marijuana user and may have been high when he wrote some of his plays. Which explains that one line: “To be, or not to be . . . Wait, what was the question?”

Aug. 11: Hillary Clinton has a $350 billion plan that she says will make college more affordable. Which has to be better than my parents' plan to make college affordable: “Be good at sports.”

A PAC supporting Hillary Clinton just received an anonymous donation of $1 million. Which means that if she wins any of us can say that it was us that gave her the million bucks and hit her up for a favor.

What’s really interesting is that this million-dollar donation from an anonymous donor came just two weeks after Hillary spoke out against, quote, “the endless flow of secret, unaccountable money” into campaigns. Then she said, "Starting now! Unaccountable money is awful. Cash it quick!"

According to an online poll, Donald Trump is still the front-runner in the Republican primary race. It's very impressive because it's the only race left that he hasn't offended yet.

Aug. 6: The Republican presidential debate is tomorrow night. People have already come up with drinking games for it. The most popular game is the one where you skip the debate and go out drinking.

Among the debaters tomorrow night is Ben Carson who is a neurosurgeon. Carson says he's not there to debate, he's there to diagnose exactly what's wrong with Donald Trump.

Donald Trump has come out in favor of shutting down Planned Parenthood. However, experts say, if he really wants Planned Parenthood to go under he should turn it into a Trump property.

A new study finds that Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" program may have caused people to actually gain weight. Many mistook the slogan to mean, let's move next door to a Cinnabon.

Aug. 10: Donald Trump insisted he's always had a great relationship with women. He said, "I believe a woman can be anything she wants to be, whether that's Miss USA or Miss Universe. Either one."

North Korea is creating its own time zone. It's going to push the country's time back a half hour. So it's not bad enough that they don't have food and they're ruled by an insane dictator. Now they have to wait until 8:00 to watch "Wheel of Fortune."

For the first time American astronauts on the International Space Station ate vegetables grown in space. In other words, even space is getting more rain than California.

Artifacts found in William Shakespeare's home suggest he may have been a marijuana user. Apparently he was doing a couple of drugs because he also had a rough draft of "The Taming of the Shroom."

Aug. 11: Liberal Democrat Bernie Sanders had a rally in Los Angeles last night attended by over 27,000 supporters. The rally set the world record for most Priuses in one parking lot.

A new poll shows that Hillary Clinton is only six points ahead of Bernie Sanders. Today a very confident Hillary said, "Oh, please. Like I'm going to lose the Democratic nomination to a left-wing senator nobody's ever heard of?"

The New York Jets have released a linebacker for breaking their quarterback's jaw in a fight in the locker room. In other words, the Jets finally get a player who can hit and they release him.

A new bar in London specializes in something called "breathable booze." As we called that growing up in my house, standing next to uncle Patrick for five minutes.

Aug. 10: A Florida man was arrested for throwing potato salad at a nail salon. During his arrest, he said, "I've been drinking and taking Xanax. What do you expect me to do?" Well, not that, although I do sympathize. When I was trying to give up carbs, I once threw a bowl of spaghetti at a karate studio.

The disgrace of this is that it happened at a nail salon. Five feet away were women paying $40 just to have their toenails buffed, but he's the crazy one?

Aug. 11: According to a new study conducted by Facebook, the laughter signifier "LOL," or laughing out loud, is barely being used anymore. That's right, LOL is dead. Of course nobody was ever actually laughing out loud to begin with.

Nobody literally means it when they write LOL. It's just a saying, like "I'm going to the gym" or "It's so great running into you."

Just because LOL is dead on Facebook doesn't mean it’s dead in real life. If it's like any other dying trend, LOL will continue to be used by senior citizens and Christian rock bands for at least a decade.

The study goes on to reveal that instead of writing LOL, people are writing "haha," which works in print, but if you ever actually laugh like that in real life you sound like you're being really sarcastic.

Personally I'm glad that LOL is getting a break, because it can go back to meaning what your mother always knew it meant — lots of love.

Aug. 6: Singer Robin Thicke is engaged to his 20-year-old girlfriend. I guess he wanted somebody who was too young to remember "Blurred Lines."

Kendall Jenner and Nick Jonas are reportedly dating. They have a lot in common. For example, no one’s sure which one that is.

Aug. 10: Donald Trump’s top strategist has stepped down after Trump seemed to imply last week that Megyn Kelly was menstruating during the debate. Even more shocking, Donald Trump has had a campaign strategist this entire time.

Bernie Sanders drew over 20,000 people to his campaign event in Portland this weekend. Sounds impressive, but remember, it’s Portland. You can draw a crowd of 20,000 people with a Frisbee.

Aug. 11: Donald Trump said today that he has made up with Fox News over his controversial comments toward Megyn Kelly. And if there’s anything Trump and Fox are great at, it’s making things up.

Bristol Palin announced on her blog today that she is supporting Donald Trump for president. She said she wasn’t planning to but it just kind of happened.

Hillary Clinton pushed back against Donald Trump's claim that she went to his wedding because of his donations and said she actually attended because she thought, "It'd be fun." Added Hillary, “Am I saying that right — Fun?”

Police in Brazil are looking for hackers responsible for broadcasting 15 minutes worth of hardcore porn on monitors in a bus station. The people in the Brazilian bus station were disgusted, and then the porn came on.


 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE



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From Russ Jones comes this video of a police shooting that took place in Palestine, TX on May 31st. A sergeant approaches a theft suspect in the men’s room of a restaurant and orders him to step outside. With the sergeant leading the subject out, a female officer follows. Once outside, the suspect pulls a weapon and a gunfight ensues that is captured on body cameras worn by both the sergeant and the female officer. The two points of view are synced in this CLIP. (1:22)




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To call this the “mother of all hot chases” is a little hyperbolic in our opinion. We think the “long lost aunt of all hot chases” is a little more accurate. Click HERE if you want to ride in the chopper and watch it from the air. (12:51)




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Some people believe that this Missouri DOT road sign on the main highway leading into Ferguson has been photoshopped. We say maybe, maybe not…




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Some very creative editing went into THIS subtitled parody of Hillary ordering her staff to get rid of her emails and their paper trail. We suspect, but can't prove, it was produced by a Republican. (1:40)

 


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Not sure who you would like to see win the race for the White House? Bob Tenbrink says THIS quiz is very insightful, that it can help you decide who to vote for, and that the results can be surprising. Be sure to click the “Other Stances” at the bottom of each question for specific choices, and to move the slider on the left of each question to refine your answer.




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Have you ever given any thought to looking at your life’s timeline by using jelly beans? Of course you haven’t, until NOW. (2:44)




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If you have never seen an aerobatic helicopter chase a drift car you should take a couple of minutes and watch this clip sponsored by Red Bull that was received from Dirk Parsons. It’s crazy, REALLY crazy. (3:21)




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Have a look at the bike of the future that should be on the market soon. If you didn’t think there was much that could be done to modernize a bicycle, think again. It’s called the DENNY E-BIKE. Now if someone would just invent a bicycle you didn’t have to peddle — say one with a motor — I might be interested. (1:53)




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You probably didn’t think you would live long enough to be able to ride in a helicopter over the surface of Mars. Are we right? Surprise! Now you can. The European Space Agency decided to make it possible by using the images captured by its Mars Express Orbiter in 2008 to create THIS simulated flyover of the Red Planet. (3:10)




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Speaking of flyovers, what we found interesting about flying with this RAF TYPHOON pilot at low level is that he speaks what’s going through his mind throughout the flight. It’s far better than just hearing the wine of the engines and swish of wind over the canopy. (4:58)




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Residents in Hawaii who had solar panels installed on their homes in the past pay about $18/month for their electricity. But as more and more people sign up to have the panels installed, the average monthly tab for power is going to go up significantly. Why? Because the panels are collecting TOO MUCH energy, more than the grid can handle. This clip explains why. (4:34)




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If you have never heard of Iron Mountain before, this clip will show it to you and explain why it’s so IMPORTANT. Trust us, this video is fascinating. (6:13)




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Remember when Dino was minding HIS own business when a brain surgeon sauntered up to the bar and engaged him in conversation? (3:29)




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This clip from Marcia Morton shows that Mark Dice is at it again by posing as a POLLSTER. This time he’s asking Hillary supporters if it’s time to repeal the Bill of Rights. (5:15)




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Some of us old pharts are forming a new motorcycle club. If any of you want to join us, let membership chairman David Byers know and he'll invite you to our first meeting. In addition to snacks we will be serving Advil.


 


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Alice Murphy and Don Hale were among the readers who sent in THIS interesting clip about the construction of the Q'eswachaka bridge (common spelling) over the Apurimac River near Cuzco in Peru that is rebuilt every year. The annual bridge replacement takes three days and is performed to preserve the memory of the Peruvian forebears that constructed the first bridge many centuries ago. (3:15)




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If you are one of those guys (or gals) who is impressed with heavy equipment, you will want to watch this short video we’re calling Cranes on Cranes on Cranes on Cranes. In 2012, the German crane manufacturing company Liebherr invited 2,000 of its best customers to its headquarters for Customer Appreciation Day. None of those who showed up had any idea of the show they were about to SEE. (2:09)




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Here’s ditty dedicated to the golfing community titled “Damn, I Missed Again.” Have a LISTEN, even if you don’t know the difference between a Birdie and an Eagle. (2:48)




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This is relatively rare footage from 2001 of the late Robin WILLIAMS interacting with Koko, the world famous Gorilla who is fluent in American sign language. Since the clip was posted on YouTube 18 months ago it has only received 177 views, which makes it rare. (4:27)

 

THIS is a short clip of Koko after she was told of Robin Williams’ death. (1:01) 

This one-minute TRIBUTE to the late actor/comedian almost
sounds like he’s talking to us from the grave. (1:00)



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We’ve seen clips of people hugging lions and other big cats before, but never like THIS. Perhaps it’s the music and the slow-motion effect that makes it different. (2:31)




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Just as we thought. Add some music and a slow-motion effect and you can make almost any animal video more dramatic that it otherwise would be. Check out THIS one of several canines shaking themselves dry. (2:21)




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If you are referred to as a “fat cat,” it usually means you are well off financially and generally living the life of Riley, which itself is a silly expression. (What was glamorous about William Bendix’s role in the “Life of Riley?” But I digress.) In the animal world, being a FAT CAT is traumatic for such a feline, as this video explains. Meet “Sprinkles,” a 32-pound house cat. (4:07)




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If you want to keep your cat slim and trim, you need to teach him or her to hunt for his meal like this feline. It’s not only the exercise that will keep the fat off, it will also hone the cat’s hunting skills. Watch THIS. (2:02)




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Before we call it a week, Bert Kelsey wants you to meet farmer Chris Koch of Apricot Lane Farms in Alberta, Canada. Click HERE and you will see why. (5:51)




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C’ya


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THE FARSIDER SUBSCRIPTION ROSTER as of 8/13/15

Additions and changes since the last published update (alphabetical by last name):

Bob Brooks — Address change

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Abram, Fred & Connie
Adams, Gene
Ady, Bruce
Agerbeek, Bob
Agerbeek, Rudy
Aguilar, David
Aguirre, Jim
Albericci, Jerry
Alberts, Dick
Alcantar, Ernie
Alfano, Phil
Alford, Mike
Aligo, Cynthia
Allbright, Bill
Allen, Bob
Alvarado, Marie
Alvarez, Pat (Campbell)
Amaral, Mike
Anders, Alberta
Anderson, Jim
Anderson, Mark
Anderson, Sharon
Anthony, Tom
Antoine, Steve
Antonowicz, Germaine
Appleby, Judy
Arata, Jennifer
Arca, Rich
Archie, Dan
Avery, Rod
Babineau, Dave & Cheryl
Bacigalupi, Dave
Baggott, Jim
Bailey, Rich
Baker, Beth
Balesano, Bob
Balesteri, Lou
Ballard, Gordon
Banner, Ken
Barikmo, Jon
Bariteau, John
Barnes, Steve
Barnett, Brad
Baroff, Stan
Barrera, Ray
Barranco, Rich
Barshay, Marc
Bartels, Don
Bartholomew, Dave
Bartoldo, Tom
Basilio, Les
Bastida, Maggie
Bates, Tom
Battaglia, Nick
Battaglia, Will
Baxter, Jack
Bayer, Lance
Bayers, Dennis
Beams, Bob
Beattie, George
Becerra, Manny
Beck, Brian
Beck, Tom
Becknall, Jim
Beckwith, Tony
Beiderman, Margie
Belcher, Steve
Bell, Bob
Bell, Mark
Bell, Mike
Belleci, Ron
Belveal, Chuck
Bence, Martin
Bennett, Joy
Bennett, Mark
Berggren, Heidi
Bergtholdt, Doug
Bernardo, Guy
Bettencourt, Ed
Bevis, Sherry
Biebel, Phil
Bielecki, Mike
Binder, Andrew
Biskup, Shelley
Blackmore, Chuck
Blackstock, Carroll
Boales, Tina
Boes, Judith
Boggess, Eileen
Boggess, Mike
Bonetti, Jon
Bosco, Al
Botar, Rick
Bowen, Gordy
Bowman, Mike
Boyd, Pat
Boyles, John
Bradshaw, Bob
Brahm, Bob
Bray, Mary Ellen
Brewer, Tom
Brickell, Dave
Bridgen, Dave
Brightwell, Larry
Brocato, Dom
Brookins, Dennis
Brooks, Bob
Brown Jr., Bill
Brown, Charlie
Brown, Dennis
Brown, Ernie
Brown, Terry
Browning, Bob
Brua, Dale
Bullock, April
Bullock, Dan
Bulygo, Corinne
Bulygo, Mary
Burke, Karol
Burns, Barbara
Burroughs, (Bronson) Utta
Busch, Dennis
Bye, Bud
Byers, Dave
Bytheway, Glenn
Caddell, Jim
Cadenasso, Richard
Caldarulo, Wendy
Calderon, Richard
Caldwell, Phyllis
Camara, Bob
Camarena, Raul
Campbell, Jason
Campbell, John
Campbell, Larry
Campos, John
Cannell, Tom
Caragher, Ed
Caraway, Steve
Card, Christine
Cardoza, Vic
Carlin, David
Carlsen, Laura
Carlton, Jim
Caro, Bert
Caro, Lynne
Carr Jr., John
Carr, John
Carraher, Don
Carraher, Jim
Carter, Ernie
Carrillo, Jaci Cordes
Carrillo, John
Cates, Dean
Cavallaro, Dave
Cedeno, Rey
Chalmers, JC
Chamness, Hank
Chapel, Ivan
Chevalier, Brian
Chavez, Ruben
Chewey, Bob
Christian, Brian
Christiansen, Bob
Christiansen, Rich
Christie, Kenn
Clark, Bill (the one who stayed)
Clark, Bill
Clayton, Dave
Clear, Jennifer
Clifton, Craig
Coates, Marisa
Cobarruviaz, Lou
Coen, Roger
Colombo, Tony
Comelli, Ivan
Como, John
Confer, Rick
Connor, Stephanie
Connors, Kim
Conrad, Mark
Contreras, Dolores
Conway, Ed
Cook, John
Cooke, Bertie
Coppom, Dave
Cordes, Marilyn
Cornfield, Scott
Cortez, Darrell
Costa, Mike
Cossey, Neil
Cotterall, Doug
Couser, Rich
Cripe, Rodger
Crowell, Chuck
Culwell, Ken
Cunningham, Stan
D'Arcy, Steve
Dailey, Karen
Daley, Brian
Daly, Ron
Damon, Alan
Damon, Veronica
Daniels, Jim
Daulton, Rich
Daulton, Zita
Davis, Bud
Davis, Joan
Davis, Mike
Davis, Rob
Day, Jack
Deaton, Caroll
DeBoard, Joe
DeGeorge, Bob
DeLaere, Sylvia
Delgado, Dave
DeMers, Buc
Dennis, Sandra
Destro, Mike
Destro, Tony
Devane, Dan
Devane, Joe
Dewey, Rod
Diaz, Mike
DiBari, Dave
DiVittorio, Gerrie
Dishman, Billy
Doherty, Janiece
Dolezal, Dennis
Dominguez, Bob
Dooley, Jeff
Dorsey, Ed
Dotzler, Jennifer
Dowdle, Mike
Doxie, Tara
Dudding, Bill
Dudley, Bruce
Duey, Dennis
Dye, Allen
Dwyer, Pat
Earnshaw, Kathy
Earnshaw, Patrick
Edillo-Brown, Margie
Edwards, Derrek
Edwards, Don
Egan, Mike
Eisenberg, Terry
Ellner, Howard
Ellsworth, Larry
Embry (Howsmon), Eva
Erfurth, Bill
Erickson, Rich
Esparza, Dave
Esparza, Fred
Estrabao, Dario
Eubanks, Earl
Evans, Ron
Ewing, Chris
Ewing, Don
Ewing, Paul
Fagalde, Kevin
Fair, Bruce
Fairhurst, Dick
Fanucchi, Ross
Farlow, Paul
Farmer, Jack
Faron, Walt
Farrow, Chuck
Faulstich, Marge
Faulwetter, Stan
Faz, Dennis
Fehr, Mike
Ferdinandsen, Ed
Ferguson, Betty
Ferguson, Ken
Ferla, Al
Fernsworth, Larry
Flauding, Ken
Fleming, Joe
Flores, Phil
Flosi, Ed
Fong, Richard
Fontanilla, Rick
Forbes, Jay
Foster, Rick
Foulkes [Duchon], Louise
Francois, Paul
Frazier, Rich
Freitas, Jordon
Fryslie, Kevin
Furnare, Claud
Gaines, Erin
Galea, Andy
Galios, Chris
Galios, Kathy
Gallagher, Steve
Garcia, Jose
Garcia, Lisa
Gardner, Paul
Garner, Ralph
Gaumont, Ron
Geary, Heide
Geer, Brian
Geiger, Rich
Gergurich, Judy
Giambrone, Jim
Giorgianni, Joe
Giuliodibari, Camille
Goates, Ron
Goings, Mark
Gomes, Rod
Gonzales, Gil
Gonzales, Jesse
Gonzalez, D. (formerly D. Avila)
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Gonzalez, Jorge
Gott, Pat
Graham, George
Grande, Carm
Grant, Bob
Grant, Doug
Grant, Rich
Granum, Jeff
Graves, Pete
Green, Chris
Grigg, Bruce
Griggs, Fran
Grimes, Eric
Guarascio, Dan
Guerin, Pete
Guido, Jr., Jim
Guido, Sr. Jim
Guizar, Ruben
Gummow, Bob
Gummow, Rich
Gutierrez, Hector
Guzman, Dennis
Guzman, Kim
Gwillim, Reese
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Hafley, Gary
Hahn, Chuck
Hale, Don
Handforth, Terry
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Harris, Bucky
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Harris, Don
Haskell, Marty
Hawkes, Ken
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Hazen, Skip
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Heckel, Rick
Hedgpeth, Bob
Helder, Ron
Hellman, Marilyn
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Hendrix, Dave
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Hernandez, Irma
Hernandez, Joe
Hernandez, Linda
Hernandez, Rudy
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Herrick, Mike
Herrmann, Erma
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Hewitt, Dave
Hilborn, Art
Hildebrandt, Karen
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Hirata, Gary
Dave Hober
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Hoehn, Charlie
Hogate, Joanne
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Holser, George
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Howsmon, Frank
Howsmon (Sr.), Frank
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Hunter, Jeff
Husa, Sonia
Hyland, Brian
Ibarra, Miguel
Imobersteg, Rob
Inami, Steve & Francine
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Ireland, Joe
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Jacksteit, Ken
Jacobson, Barbara
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Jeffers, Jim
Jenkins, Dave
Jensen, Dan
Jensen, Janie
Jewett, Donna
Jezo, Pat
Johnson, Bob
Johnson, Craig
Johnson, Cynthia
Johnson, Dave
Johnson, Gary
Johnson, Jon
Johnson, Karen
Johnson, Kyle
Johnson, Mardy
Johnson, Tom & Fran
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Kaminsky, Glenn
Katashima, Annie
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Keeney, Bill
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Kennedy, Tom
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Kimbrel, Tammy
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Kneis, Brian
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Knopf, Dave
Kocina, Ken
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Kregel, John
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Lara, Bill
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Laverty, Ann
Lax, John
Leavy, Bill
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LeGault, Anna
LeGault, Russ
Lem, Noland
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Leonard (Lintern), Lynda
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Linden, Larry  
Lisius, Jim
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Lockwood, Joan
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Lopez, Ruvi
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Lucarotti, Jim
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Malatesta, Jim
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Malvini, Phil
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Marfia, Ted
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Marlo, Jack
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Martinelli, Ron
Martinez, Rick
Martinez, Victor
Matteoni, Charlotte
Mattern, John
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Mattos, Paula
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McCall, Lani
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McFall, Tom
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Namba, Bob
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Nichols, Mike
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Plinski, Leo
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Postier, Steve
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Quint, Karen
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Roach, Jim
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Robertson, Harry
Robinson, Walt
Robison, Rob
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Rogers, Lorrie
Romano, Marie
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Rosso, Ron
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Royal, Russ
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Russell, Stan
Russo, Grace
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Saito, RIch
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Sawyer, Craig
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Seymour, Jim
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Silvers, Jim
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Sly, Sandi
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Smith, Karen
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Spitze, Randy
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